Armageddon - what is Armageddon?
For most people the word Armageddon is thought to mean a great destructive battle between good and evil which will bring about the end of time or the end of the world.
The Merriam Webster Dictionary: defines Armageddon as "a final conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil; also: the site or time of this."
Young's Compact Bible Dictionary: p. 62 also defines ARMAGEDDON as: "The location of the battle on the great day of God Almighty" (Rev. 16:16).
And it goes on to define more exactly where this location is:
"The word translated means "Mount Megiddo." In the great valley below the ancient city of Megiddo many famous battles of antiquity were fought and hence many consider the word "Armageddon" to refer to an eschatological battle that will be fought in that valley, the valley of Jezreel."
So to begin with, we can agree that when we're talking about Armageddon we are talking about "a final conclusive battle between the forces of good and evil" as well as the location of this great battle.
Now, in this article, we are going to explain some very key elements of this battle to show not only what the battle of Armageddon is, or where this battle is going to take place, but who the key players in this battle are, how it will affect the whole world -including you and me- and how we are at the brink of this great battle taking place right now, even as you read these words.
Bible: the word "Armageddon" is found in only one place:
"And they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon." REVELATION 16:16 RSV
Young's Compact Bible Dictionary: Armageddon = Mount Megiddo.
The Christian author, Hal Lindsey in his best seller book The Late Great Planet Earth agrees with this translation. He also gives us more insight as to the exact location:
"Harmageddon (Armageddon) means the Mount of Megiddo, which has also given it's name to the great plain of Jezreel which belts across the middle of the Holy Land, from the Mediterranean to the Jordon." The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey p. 152; The Apocalypse, J.A. Seiss.
As the map shows, the Plain of Jezreel is a flat valley which extends all the way from Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea, past Megiddo to Jezreel, where it slopes downward to Beth Shan below sea level in the Jordon Valley. This valley separates the mountainous area of Galilee to the North from the central hill country of Samaria to the South. This gives us a clear picture of the location of Armageddon.
Historically, this place has been the site of "many famous battles".
Defining Armageddon Hal Lindsey states:
The name is from a Hebrew root which means to cut off, to slay; and a place of slaughter has Megiddo ever been." The Late Great Planet Earth, Hal Lindsey p. 152; The Apocalypse, JA Seiss.
More about the history of this area:
"[The town of Megiddo, was probably the most famous junction town of all]...controlling the most strategic [passes in the area]...."
According to Young's Compact Bible Dictionary, p. 235
"Megiddo has been destroyed and rebuilt over twenty times. Today this one time grand chariot city of King Solomon (I Kings 9:15) and of King Ahab lies in ruins and by it's name, Armageddon (Rev. 16:16), testifies to a final reckoning by God with the mighty and the proud of this world. "
The New Compact Bible Dictionary, p. 55 also describes this area as the scene of many decisive battles in the history of Israel.
"The town of Megiddo guarded the pass which formed the easiest caravan route between the Plain of Sharon and the Valley of Jezreel, and the low mountains around were silent witnesses of perhaps more bloody encounters than any other spot on earth, continuing down to recent times.
"Hence, the appropriateness of this place for the vast conflict pictured in Revelation [chapter] 16."
Hal Lindsey The Late Great Planet Earth, p. 152, 153 has said:
"in Biblical history countless bloody battles were fought in this area. ...Napolean is reported to have stood upon the hill of Megiddo looking over the valley and recalled this prophecy "...all the armies of the world could maneuver for battle here.'
"All the armies of the world." Is that what Armageddon will be? In these pages so far, we have clearly defined the site of Armageddon. The location of the great battle itself. But now let us consider the battle. Will the prophecy that Napolean reflected upon be fulfilled? Will all the armies of the world gather at this spot to "maneuver for battle"? Will this be the battle that brings about the end of the world as people have long imagined?
To answer these questions, and many more, we refer again to the Bible.
Let's re-read Revelation 16:16, but the 13, 14 verses along with it:
"And I saw, issuing from the mouth of the dragon and from the mouth of the beast and from the mouth of the false prophet, three foul spirits like frogs; for they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty...and they assembled them at the place which is called in Hebrew Armageddon." Rev. 16:13,14 & 16 RSV
From these verses we read that "three foul spirits like frogs" are seen "issuing from the mouth[s]" of a "dragon," a "beast," and a "false prophet."
We also read that these "three foul spirits" go to the "kings of the whole world" "to assemble them for battle" "at the place which is called ...Armageddon".
So the obvious questions to ask ourselves are:
who are the "three foul spirits like frogs which come from the mouths of the dragon, the beast and the false prophet;"
who or what are the "dragon," the "beast" and the "false prophet;"
how will they be able to assemble the kings of the whole world "for battle;"
and when and where will this great battle occur? Will it actually take place and be confined to that small area on the map that we defined earlier as Armageddon?
what does this mean for the people of the world, for you and for me?
To answer these questions, we will first explain what the dragon, the beast and the false prophet are. Then it will be easy to see exactly who the three foul spirits are and how these come "issuing from" the mouths of these three. We will also tell you why the kings of the earth will go to battle and you will hopefully understand that Armageddon is about to happen so that you can prepare yourselves and those you love for this event.
Let's begin by determining who the dragon is.
In both the Book of Revelation and the book of Daniel we find a description of the dragon that is being referred to. Daniel describes this dragon as a beast in chapter 7, verse 7:
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, terrible and dreadful and exceeding strong; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns." Daniel 7:7 RSV
In the 12th chapter of Revelation, verse 3, John describes the same dragon:
"And another portent [sign] appeared in heaven; behold a great red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems upon his heads." Revelation 12:3 RSV
Both John and Daniel see this dragon as having ten horns. John explains further that it has seven heads. This dragon started with the Bani-Umayyad which was the dynasty that took over and corrupted Islam after the death of Muhammad.
The seven heads of this dragon were the seven countries or dominions that the Bani-Umayyad had power over. These were: Persia, the dominion of Turkestan and Trans-ox-ania, the Middle East, Arabia, Egypt, North Africa, and Spain. John says that the seven heads have diadems upon them. A diadem is a crown so this refers to the kings or rulers of these countries or dominions.
The ten horns are symbolic of the ten Bani-Umayyad rulers beginning with Abu Sufian and ending with Marwan that ruled over these seven countries. It was these ten Ummayad rulers who ascended from the bottomless pit [bottomless pit being the pit of error] to corrupt and destroy the Revelation that Muhammad had brought to the world. Thus fulfilling yet another prophecy which is found in the 11th chapter, verse 7 of the Book of Revelation as:
"...the beast that ascends from the bottomless pit [which] shall make war upon them and conquer them and kill them," Revelation 11:7 RSV
The history of this corruption began in 616 A.D. when Abu Sufian, who was Muhammad's and Islam's chief persecutor, became the Emir of Mecca - chief of the Korish tribe and of the Clan of Umayyad.
The city of Mecca, even before Muhammad, had been a place of pilgrimage due to the fact that in this city was the Kaaba, a very ancient sanctuary, to which great numbers of people came to worship. The Meccans profited greatly from these visitors.
Many of these visitors came to know of Muhammad's Message. As Muhammad's Teachings spread and grew in strength the leaders of Mecca became concerned. The Teachings of Muhammad opposed idol worship and the idea of three Gods in one God and as the people converted to Muhammad's Teachings this greatly affected the pockets of the Meccans.
In the summer of the year 622 Muhammad was forced to flee Mecca and go to Medina. This of course was the year of the Hegira which became the first year of the Muslim Calendar.
In Medina there was already a large group of believers in Muhammad. In addition several hundred of Muhammad's followers from Mecca fled with Him. Therefore, in Medina, Muhammad was well received. Muhammad was a great leader and the people became united. Muhammad became the Head of State. His Teachings spread rapidly.
The leaders of Mecca realized that with Medina being on the main caravan route to Syria it was not in their best interest to have Muhammad in such a position. Abu Sufian pursued Muhammad and made war on Him. Finally, in 628 Muhammad led 10,000 followers into Mecca, capturing the city and destroying the idols. Mecca then became the center of Islam. In 630 AD Abu Sufian was obliged to become Muslim. From that time on, however, Abu Sufian plotted to take over Islam.
The Bani Umayyed also knew of the prophecies for One Who was prophesied to Appear, after Muhammad, Who would be of the lineage of Muhammad. [The Bab] They also knew that when this Person came, the Law of God would be renewed and re-established and that their reign would come to an end. Therefore, they intended to kill any of Muhammad's descendants who might be the fulfillment of that Promised One.
This was the plot of Abu Sufian which was finally accomplished when his son, Mu'awia, killed Ali, who was Muhammad's son-in-law and His chosen successor. Mu'awia then set himself up as Caliph in place of Ali in 661 AD.
The year, 616, when Abu Sufian became the Emir of Mecca, is very important. It is yet another way for us to recognize this beast that both Daniel and John have described as a dragon.
In Revelation, chapter 13, verse 18, John tells us that this beast has a number:
"This calls for wisdom; let him who has understanding reckon the number of the beast, [dragon] for it is a human number, its number is six hundred and sixty-six." Revelation 13:18 RSV
In the RSV of the bible, in the 13th chapter of Revelation, on the page where you would find this verse, you will most likely find a footnote at the bottom of the page which will read "other ancient authorities read 616". The correct number is not 666; but rather 616. This number is the year that this dragon began.
The dragon described is the corrupt Islamic Faith which began with the corruption of the Bani-Ummayad dynasty in the year 616 and still exists in the world today. This Islamic Faith is not the pure Religion of God that was Revealed by Muhammad. It is the corrupt and apostate religion created by the Bani-Ummayed dynasty.
Who then is the beast that is talked about? The beast is also clearly described and prophesied in both the book of Daniel and the book of Revelation.
Daniel describes this beast, Daniel 7:3-6:
And four great beasts came up out of the sea, different from one another. The first was like a lion and had eagle's wings. Then as I looked its wings were plucked off, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand upon two feet like a man; and the mind of a man was given to it. And behold, another beast, a second one, like a bear. It was raised up on one side; it had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth; and it was told, 'Arise, devour much flesh.' After this I looked, and lo, another, like a leopard, with four wings of a bird on its back; and the beast had four heads; and dominion was given to it." Daniel 7:3-6 RSV
"Four great beasts came up out of the sea..." The fourth beast, which Daniel describes in verse 7, is the dragon which I have just explained is the corrupt Islamic Faith. Daniel is describing three other beasts. One like a lion with eagle's wings, another is like a bear, and the third like a leopard.
People have wild imaginations. There are people who really do believe that at the time of the end there is going to be a beast rise up out of the sea that will actually look -or be- exactly like what Daniel describes here from his vision. But then there are a lot of people out there that believe there really is a Santa Claus, and a boogey-man.
My point is that just because people have a wild enough imagination to believe something doesn't make that something true. These people are living in a fantasy world.
These animals that Daniel is describing are symbolic. They symbolize countries. Not some mutant monster created in Hollywood. Daniel is in fact, describing the four world powers that exist today!
At one time England had been ruled by the Saxons, who had the lion as their symbol. In the 16th century, England, led by Henry VIII broke away from the Holy Roman Empire. At that time the lion became the symbol of England and has remained so even to this day.
We all know that the United States was at one time a colony of England and that with the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War that followed, the United States became separated from England. So you see the Eagles wings were "plucked off" just as Daniel describes and the United States became a separate power; that is, it stood on two feet like a man and had it's own mind.
Russia has had the bear as it's symbol since the 11th century when the Russian Orthodox Church broke away from the Holy Roman Empire.
The leopard became the symbol of France when the Saxons and Franks were forced to become part of the Holy Roman Empire. Before the Saxons became united with the Franks their symbol had been the lion and the symbol of the Franks was the panther. In French the word for lion is leo and panther is pard. The word leopard is a contraction of the words Leo and pard.
--England, Russia, France and the United States are the beasts that Daniel sees in his vision!
This beast of Daniel is the same beast that the apostle John describes in the Book of Revelation, verses 1 and two of the 13th chapter:
"And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads and ten diadems upon its horns and a blasphemous name upon its heads. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. And to it the dragon gave his power and his throne and great authority." Revelations 13:1 & 2 RSV
John uses the same descriptive words as Daniel - leopard, lion, bear. John sees this beast, however, not as four separate beasts but as one beast.
The reason that John sees the Beast as one is that these four world powers became united into a single beast in 1945 under the United Nations Charter when they formed the United Nations. These four world powers, along with the UN General Assembly which gives the Beast it's direction, rule the world. This is prophesied in Revelation 13:7.
"... it was allowed to make war on the saints and to conquer them. And authority was given it over every tribe and people and tongue and nation." Revelations 13: 7 RSV
Together, these four world powers and the UN General Assembly is composed of nations of the world whose people are all followers of the world's seven alive, revealed, apostate religions. These apostate religions are: Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Zoroastrian, and Baha'i. These seven apostate religions are the seven heads which John describes in verse one as having a "blasphemous name."
This means that these seven religions are no longer the Pure Revelation of God as they were revealed to mankind through the mouth of His Holy Prophets -or Manifestations. Each of these religions have fallen into the hands of a clergy class who has changed the religion so that all that is left is a religion that was created from their own vain imaginings and their own corrupt inclinations. And these man-made religions become veils that prevent the people from knowing what the true religion of God is.
John also refers to these heads in the 17th Chapter of Revelation, verse 10:
"they are also seven kings, five of whom have fallen, one is, the other is yet to come, and when he comes he must remain only a little while." Revelation 17:10 RSV
Specifically, these kings are the dynasties, or those that took over and corrupted these seven religions.
The "five of whom have fallen" are those that took over and corrupted the Hindu, Buddhist, Jewish, Zoroastrian, and Islamic religions.
These dynasties are no longer in existence. For example, the dynasty that took over and corrupted Islam, was the Bani-Umayyad, and even though the Islamic faith remains today in it's corrupted form, the Bani-Ummayyad dynasty itself does not exist.
The "one is" that is revealed to John is the dynasty that took over and corrupted the Christian Faith. It started in the day of the Apostles. At the time when Jesus is Revealing His Revelation to John, which was approximately 96 AD, this dynasty was in the world already. This dynasty still exists in the world today and it will continue to exist until it is destroyed by fire. It is the only Christian religion that claims the chair of St. Peter. I am, of course, talking about the Roman Catholic church with its papacy. The papacy is the false prophet.
We have now established that the dragon, is the corrupt Islamic Faith that has replaced the True Religion of Muhammad. The "beast" is the Four World Powers of England, the United States, France and Russia which combined is the United Nations. The "false prophet" is the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church.
Let's talk a little more about the false prophet.
It was the pope who was the head of the Holy Roman Empire that created the incarnate god lie. This incarnate god lie is what established the anti-christ in the world.
We are going to explain who the antichrist are because the people of the world are just as confused about this as they are about the dragon, the beast and false prophet. Understanding who the antichrist are is very important - especially if you are one of those who call themselves Christians.
In the 17th Chapter of Revelation, verse 3, John tells us about a woman who sits on the beast -remember the beast is the United Nations:
"And he carried me away in the Spirit into a wilderness, and I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of blasphemous names, and it had seven heads and ten horns." Revelation 17:3 RSV
From the Revelation of Jesus we understand that the pure, revealed religion of God is like a bride adorned for her husband (Rev. 21:2). In the 16th chapter of Ezekiel it is made clear that when the pure, revealed religion of God becomes apostate it is then a whore.
Each of the religions of God in it's inception was like a pure and beautiful woman, but when these religions fell into the hands of the dynasty that corrupted it, it became a whore.
The false trinity doctrine and the incarnate god lie turned the beautiful woman - which was the religion of Jesus - into that awful whore who brought the beast into existence. This is the "woman" that John sees "sitting" on the beast. This woman is the religion of Jesus after it fell into the hands of the dynasty which corrupted it, that is Christianity as it is established in the world today in it's apostate form.
This corruption is the weed that Jesus said is to grow so close to the grain that to pull it out, you would pull out the grain itself. In fact, this lie is growing so close to the truth and has become so intertwined with it, that if anyone would have pulled it out at any time from the days of the Apostles until the present time, there would have been no Christianity left in the world.
The apostle Paul said in 2 Thessalonians:
"And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they receive not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. "And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: "That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
Jesus, at his first coming explained that the one who planted this weed is Satan. (Matt. 13:24-30 and 37-42) "Satan", who is also referred to as "the man of sin," is another name for the false prophet. Again, the false prophet IS the papacy.
With the false trinity doctrine and the incarnate god lie, the pure religion of Jesus became apostate. The papacy corrupted the beautiful woman and made a whore out of her. In the name of Christ this false prophet comes and deceives many.
Now, as we have already stated, Satan began his evil doings in the days of the Apostles. The apostle Paul explains this:
"For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; [meaning at the time when Paul is alive] only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, and the Lord Jesus will slay him with the breath of his mouth and destroy him by his appearing and his coming." 2 Thess. 2:7,8
Jesus has returned just as Paul says. Through his explanations this "lawless one" which is Satan, the false prophet, is now being revealed just as Paul said that he would be. This false prophet will be slain and destroyed as Paul states. He is to be thrown alive into the lake of fire along with the beast which as I have explained is the United Nations. This is the destiny of these two which has been prophesied in Revelation, Chapter 19, verse 20:
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." Revelation 19:20
The "lake of fire" prophesied here represents the thermonuclear war which is soon to fall upon the people of the world.
It was the papacy that declared that Jesus the Messiah of the Jews was a god. Then he joined him to God, making him the second person of a trinity, saying that Jesus IS God, and that when he was born of Mary he was God incarnate. In doing this he denies that Jesus was the Messiah.
It is important to understand what Messiah means. Christians do not know this. They think of Jesus Christ as though the word "Christ" is the last name of Jesus. You know, like Jesus Christ, Mary Christ, Joseph Christ Christ was not the last name of Jesus. It was a title.
The word Christ comes from the Greek word "Christos" which means "Anointed One." The Hebrew form of "Christos" is "Messiah" or in it's more complete form "Messiah ben David." "Messiah Ben David" means a male-sperm descendant of King David who is anointed. The correct meaning of Christ, therefore, is "anointed male-sperm descendant of King David." By making Jesus a god, this false prophet -the papacy- denies the genealogy of Jesus through Joseph back to King David.
The Bible makes it clear in several places that Jesus was the son of Joseph. In both Matthew and Luke the complete lineage of Jesus is given and it is clear that Jesus is a male sperm descendent of King David through His father, Joseph. It is by this fact, the fact of Jesus' lineage through Joseph, that Jesus can be declared to be the Christ In other words, if Joseph was not the father of Jesus, Jesus would not fulfill the prophecy of being the Christ
When Satan, the "false prophet," created the incarnate god lie and the false trinity doctrine, claiming that Jesus the Christ was the son of God this completely corrupted the pure religion of Jesus.
God is not a descendent of King David. If Jesus was the son of God He could not be a descendent of King David and therefore, Jesus could not fulfill prophecy. He could not claim to be the Christ
It is imperative that we understand that Christ means "anointed male-sperm descendent of King David." Jesus the first Christ was not god incarnate. And if you believe the lie that Jesus is God incarnate, then you are the antichrist And it won't matter how devotedly you take Him into your heart as your personal Savior, you're still going to burn in hell along with the false prophet and the beast because you loved the lie and not the truth.
The Christians and all who believe that Jesus is God and not an anointed male-sperm descendent of King David through Joseph are the antichrist.
The false prophet, the Papacy, corrupted the woman, which was the religion of Jesus, and then by foisting this harlot on the Christians, brought the Beast into existence. This took place in the first part of the 8th century, about 100 years after the advent of Islam.
At this time the whole eastern half of the Roman Empire had fallen to the Muslims. Christians were converting rapidly to the religion that Muhammad had Revealed. There were three main reasons why this was happening.
The first reason was that people in the Middle East still possessed the bible in the original tongue of Jesus. Jesus had prophesied that Muhammad would come after Him and Jesus had called Him by His name -Muhammad. It wasn't until many years later when the bible was translated into Greek that the name "Muhammad" became "Paraclete" and when it was transferred into English, the KJV gave the name as the "comforter" and the RSV translated the name as "counselor." The early converts, however, could read the words that Jesus actually spoke and saw that in the words of Jesus, Himself, Muhammad was named to be the One who would come after Him. Many Christians rapidly converted to Islam for this reason alone.
The second reason for the rapid conversion was due to the fact that the Christians of Egypt and North Africa were not Trinitarian in belief. However, the Trinitarian doctrine as well as the incarnate god lie was being forced on them by the catholic church. Of course, Islam did not hold to either of these doctrines. So the Christians of these countries readily accepted the Islamic faith rather than the apostate Trinitarian religion of the catholic church.
The third reason that the early Christians were rapidly converting to Islam was the incessant charge of idolater which was hurled against the Christians by the Jews and the Muslims. Both Jews and Muslims had derived from the law of Moses and the Koran an immortal hatred of graven images and idol worship. As the worship of idols and images among the Christians increased, the Jews and Muslims found this to be deplorable. The early Christians could not escape their protests.
So, with the rapid conversion of the people from Christianity to Islam, the whole Roman Empire of the east was gone. The capital, Constantinople, was surrounded by the great Islamic Empire and it too was ready to fall.
The Emperor, Leo III, realized that in order to save what was left of the empire, something had to be done. He called a synod of the bishops of the church and senators and together they decided that idol worship in the Christian church should be abolished.
In other words, these people awoke to the fact that under the mask of Christianity they had returned to the idol worship of their fathers. By abolishing this idol worship they believed that perhaps they could stop the Christians from continuing to convert to Islam and the empire could be saved.
In 726, Leo the III issued two edicts against idol worship. The second edict went so far as to prohibit the existence of all idols. This edict included pictures as well as statues. All the churches in Constantinople and throughout the provinces were cleansed from from idolatry as a result of this edict.
All that is, except Rome.
At that time, the roman pontiff, or false prophet as prophecy states, was Gregory II. Gregory II summoned a council of Western bishops, and this council cursed the Iconoclasts -without naming the Emperor.
Gregory II then wrote a letter to Leo III condemning him for his attack on idol worship and defending the images. This letter which was written in 727 AD still exists. It was this letter to the Emperor which was the founder of the papal monarchy. This was a letter of revolt of the roman pontiff and the province of Italy, to the Roman Empire and the rest of Christendom.
After the cleavage and the setting up of the Holy Roman Empire had taken place, the debates and decrees of many provincial synods introduced the summons of a general council of the Christian religion.
This council was said to be the seventh and it was convened during the time of Constantine V who was the son and successor to Emperor Leo III. Three hundred and thirty eight bishops of Europe, after serious deliberation which lasted six months, pronounced and subscribed a unanimous decree that all visible symbols of Christ were either blasphemous or heretical; that image worship was a corruption of Christianity and a renewal of paganism; that all such monuments of idolatry should be broken or erased.
The Roman Catholics, who had separated themselves from the Roman Empire and the rest of Christendom, did not attend or participate in this council.
The papacy then vested itself in the purple of the Roman Emperor and declared itself the temporal ruler, as well as the spiritual head of Christianity
This false prophet deified Jesus, creating a mythical Jesus to worship as the Vicar of Christ "Vicar" means substitute Christ or God. Thus, the papacy fulfilled the prophecy of being the one:
"who opposes and exalts himself against every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, proclaiming himself to be God." 2 Thess. 2:4
As already stated, the Holy Roman Empire began with the letter of revolt from Pope Gregory II to Leo III in 727 AD In the year 731 AD the Roman Pontiff, Gregory III, taking his place as the false prophet, convened a synod of 93 bishops in Rome. It was at this time that Leo III and the entire Greek Orthodox Church were declared by Gregory III to be excommunicated from the Holy Roman Empire.
The Papacy then crowned Pepin, the King of France. Pepin was the first Frankish King to be anointed, or blessed with holy oil by the Pope. In return for the churches support, Pepin led an army into Italy and defeated a group of Germans known as the Lombards who held a section of land in central Italy. Pepin then gave this land to the Pope. This gift made the Pope the political ruler of much of the Italian peninsula. After Pepin died, his son Charlemagne became King of the Franks. In 800 AD on Christmas day the Pope crowned Charlemagne and named him the new emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.
Charlemagne waged a series of wars, first defeating for a second time the Lombards who had tried to take their land back from the Pope. After this defeat, Charlemagne turned his attention to a Germanic tribe called the Saxons.
When Charlegmagne had conquered the Saxons and set up his throne in Germany, France and Germany were then united into the Holy Roman Empire. Thus the body of the beast which now rules the world was born. This body has been described by both Daniel and John as a leopard which as explained earlier is the symbol of France. The sword of Charlemagne brought Western Europe under the influence of the Holy Roman Empire.
The false prophet, the dragon, and the beast are all key players in the great battle of Armageddon that is soon to take place. Understanding now that the dragon is the corrupt Islamic Faith, the beast is the United Nations and the false prophet is the papacy and Christian clergy who are the antichrist, we can now answer the question of who the three foul spirits are that issue from the mouths of these three beasts.
The mouth of the dragon is Saddam Hussein, the mouth of the beast is the president of the United States, who at this time is "W", George Bush Jr., and the mouth of the false prophet is the Pope.
The "three foul spirits like frogs" are the corrupt and apostate teachings or work of these three powers. They are said to be "demonic spirits" meaning that they are evil. They have no likeness of God. The are compared to frogs because frogs live in slimy marshes along with slithering reptiles to show how undesirable these spirits really are.
According to the prophecy of Jesus, Revelation 16:13-16, it is these three foul spirits, Saddam Hussein, "W", and the Pope, that are going to assemble the kings of the world to the great battle at Armageddon.
Why is it that these three world leaders would want to gather the kings of the world for such a battle? The answer is simple. The Battle of Armageddon will be a religious war between the Israelites, the Christians, and the Muslims.
The events which have taken place in the world, especially since 1991, have set the stage for the battle of Armageddon. The affairs of the world today clearly indicate that this great battle of Armageddon is going to happen very soon.
In 1991 with the start of the Gulf War the United Nations imposed sanctions on the country of Iraq. These sanctions have caused a great deal of difficulties and hardships for the people of that country. In particularly, the poor people whom the sanctions are suppose to help. These sanctions have forced Iraq to defend itself and it's people. Therefore, Iraq has placed a siege against the seat of the beast, that is the city of New York, where the UN building itself is located.
The United Nations, which supposedly was formed for the purpose of keeping peace throughout the world has done exactly the opposite of establishing peace. Instead, they have been the perpetrators of international conflict and warfare. And in no worldly affairs have their double standards been more blatant than in those situations dealing with the Muslims and the Jews.
The West would readily rid the world of Islam. And the reason is that they have been corrupted by the lie which was invented by the papacy. This lie is the incarnate god lie which the Christians have built their Trinitarian doctrine on.
These people listen to and they believe what the foul spirit issuing from the mouth of the false prophet, the papacy, has said. Because they do this they will not accept that Muhammad was a prophet of God. And the reason they refuse to accept Muhammad as a Prophet is that Muhammad completely debunked the Trinitarian doctrine. Muhammad taught that there is not three gods in one god. Therefore, in order for these followers of the false prophet to protect and preserve the trinity, they have to get rid of Muhammad. They need to rid the world of Islam. And their hatred of Muhammad, is because Muhammad when He debunked the Trinitarian doctrine, interfered with their business. The business of selling Jesus Christ on the cross for the dollar.
The Muslims on the other hand have a strong disdain for the west. Up until World War I the Muslims were very powerful. During that war, however, the Muslims lost their empire. It was broken into a number of states and placed under the authority of either France or England. After World War II these states gained their independence but rather than re-forming their empire they remained as independent countries and became members of the United Nations. Thus, fulfilling prophecy of being the ten horns of the beast described in the Book of Revelation [12:3]. These ten countries are Syria, Jordon, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Arabia.
Being Muslim, these countries all have an aversion to idols and to anyone who joins gods to God. Therefore, these ten horns hate the beast for accepting and promoting the invention of the papacy which is the incarnate god lie that created the Trinitarian religion (Rev.17:16, KJV). It is these Muslim countries that is being referred to in the 13th chapter of Revelation as those that have the mark who "make fire come down from heaven". What this means is that it will be the Muslims who are first to drop the bomb.
The people of Iraq have suffered severely under the sanctions imposed upon that country by the United Nations since 1991. The United Nations are unrelenting in applying these sanctions. Saddam Hussein will soon retaliate against the beast. The UN Building, which is the seat of the beast, will be the target of this retaliation. Saddam Hussein will destroy the seat of this beast with a nuclear bomb. The whole city of NY will be destroyed. The bombing of New York, however, is NOT the Battle of Armageddon. It is the prelude to Armageddon.
Once New York is bombed, the United States will want to retaliate. Russia will most likely intervene to prevent this. The United Nations might then attempt to use the same type of tactics on Russia that they have used and are still using on Iraq.
Russia is prophesied in the Bible to play a major role in the Battle of Armageddon. Both the 38th and 39th Chapters of Ezekiel explain how Israel is going to be invaded and attacked by a great army consisting of many people who will come upon them from the "uttermost parts of the north." The geographical location of Russia certainly fits the vision of Ezekiel. We can see that to the extreme or uttermost north of Israel is Russia
A careful reading of the first six verses of the 38th Chapter of Ezekiel more clearly identifies Russia as the great army that is being prophesied to invade Israel. The names that are given by Ezekiel are the names of the people and their tribes who were established in that area.
"The word of the Lord came to me: Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, "Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal; "and I will turn you about, and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you forth, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great company, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords; "Persia, Cush and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; "Gomer and all his hordes; Bethtogarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes--many peoples are with you." Ezekiel 38:1-6
The names which will help us to identify this army are: Gog, Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Persia, Cush, Put, Gomer and Bethtogarmah.
Gog, whom Ezekiel addresses, represents the name of the nation's leader and Magog is his land. Gog is the prince of the ancient people who were called Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal. In Genesis 10:1,2 we find that Magog, Meshech and Tubal are the grandsons of Noah through his son Japheth. Japheth was the son of Noah who went to the north country. He is the ancestor of the Indo-european peoples from the southern coasts of Europe to Persia. Archaeological and historical documents clearly establish that this north country was settled by the Scythians whose roots are established in Japheth and that this north country is the area now known as Russia.
Ezekiel clearly states that the army from "the north with all his hordes" will "come from the uttermost parts of the north." When Gog, or Russia as we've established Gog to be, invades Israel it will be supported by a number of Allies. These are referred to as "the hordes" or "many people" in Ezekiel's vision. These are the countries who align themselves with Russia in it's attack on Israel.
Russia's three main allies are Persia, Cush and Put who represent the countries that are today known as Iran, Ethiopia and Libya. Persia is today modern Iran. To mount the large-scale invasion predicted by Ezekiel, Russia would need Iran. It would be much easier to move a large land army across the Elburz Mountains that border Iran than the Caucasus Mountains that border Turkey.
Iran's general terrain is also much easier to cross than Turkey's. Iran is an enemy of the United States and with the United States having imposed sanctions against that country there is no doubt who Iran will support.
Ethiopia is a translation of the Hebrew word, Cush. Cush was the first son of Ham, one of the sons of Noah. Moses mentions "the land of Cush" as originally being adjacent to an area near the Tigris and Euphrates rivers (Gen. 2:13). The Cushites were black men who migrated first to the Arabian peninsula and then across the Red Sea to the area south of Egypt. The ancient Ethiopians (modern Abyssinia) are made up of Cushites, but they do not represent all of them. In addition to Ethiopia, many of the African nations will be united and allied with the Russians in the invasion of Israel. Ethiopia, like Iran is an enemy of the United States.
The Ethiopians hate the Western world because the West allowed the Italian Premier Mussolini in 1935 to launch a war of conquest against Ethiopia. Mussolini was a fascist who along with Hitler had set out to conquer and establish fascism throughout the world. In his conquest against Ethiopia, Mussolini's intention was to kill the King of Ethiopia, Hali Solossy, and to reduce the African kingdom and then colonize it. Hali Solossy was a descendent of the Queen of Sheba who had been one of King Solomon's concubines. Hali Solossy, claimed to be the Messiah and had a very large and powerful group of followers. Mussolini was successful in his conquest against Ethiopia and Hali Solossy was killed.
The name Libya is the translation of the original Hebrew word Put. Put was the third son of Ham (Genesis 10:6). The descendants of Put migrated to the land west of Egypt and became the source of the North African Arab Nations, such as Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco. The first settlement of Put was called Libya by ancient historians and undoubtedly included more than what is now called Libya. Libya is another enemy of the United States.
Gomer and all it's Hordes symbolizes what were the former Iron Curtain Countries. Gomer was the eldest son of Japheth, and the father of Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah. These people make up an extremely important part of the future Russian invasion force. They include Poland, Czechoslovakia, and East Germany to the banks of the Danube river.
Northern Africa is destined to join the southern sphere of power which will also attack Israel along with the "King of the North."
In the book of Revelation we read:
"And out came another horse, bright red; it's rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that men should slay one another; and he was given a great sword." Revelation 6:4
This red horse symbolizes Russia. Russia will "take peace from the earth" by invading Israel. This act will be the start of the great battle of Armageddon. Russia's interest is to rule the world. To conquer the West. The oil in the Middle East provides the means by which Russia might accomplish it's objective.
Russia itself does not need the oil that is supplied by the Middle East. The country of Russia has huge oil supplies, in fact they have more oil than anyone else in the world. The United States, however, has some oil but not enough to supply our country with all that it needs to keep our country running. The United States is dependent upon the Middle East for 50% of the oil that it needs.
One way that Russia could bring the western world to its knees would be to get control over the oil of the Middle East. If Russia were to take sides or act on behalf of the Muslims at a time when the Muslims were in need of their support, such as when the United States is wanting to retaliate for the bombing of New York city, this would place Russia in a very good position with the Middle Eastern countries and the Islamic people.
Another objective for Russia is the acquisition of a land route from Russia to the Indian Ocean. At the present time Ethiopia gives Russia it's only sea base in the Indian Ocean. Winning the trust and support of the other Muslim countries would also most likely assure Russia of finally having access to such a land route.
And "the four angels who are bound at the great river Euphrates" are released (Rev.9:14). These four angels are the same four angels spoken of in the 7th Chapter of Revelation who are "standing at the four corners of the earth holding back the four winds of the earth". These four winds are the four winds of destruction. They will come as four great waves, one after the other, soon after New York is bombed. When Russia invades Israel, the first wind of destruction will begin. This will be the nuclear war. The Battle of Armageddon.
Reading from the book of Revelation:
"...and there followed hail and fire, mixed with blood, which fell on the earth; and a third of the earth was burnt up, and a third of the trees were burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up...and something like a great mountain, burning with fire, was thrown into the sea;And a third of the sea became blood, a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed...and a great star fell from heaven, blazing like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the fountains of water...The name of the star is Wormwood. "A third of the waters became Wormwood, and many men died of the water, because it was made bitter....and a third of the sun was struck, and a third of the moon and a third of the stars, so that a third of their light was darkened; a third of the day was kept from shining, and likewise a third of the night." Revelation 8:7-12
When this wind of destruction is let loose, one third of the world's population will be killed. The exchange of nuclear bombs will be between Russia and the United States. Therefore Europe, the Middle East and America will be the primary targets. When it is done, only one sixth of Russia will remain.
The "third" that is referred to are the Muslims, Christians and Jews who the nuclear war will take place between. The nuclear war will be fought between the four beast nations -- England, France, Russia and the United States. The white race will be decimated in the destruction that takes place. Only 10% will survive.
The seas will also be targets because of the submarines which have nuclear war heads that are located there.
The great star which fell from heaven and is named wormwood is the radioactive fallout that comes from the nuclear missiles. It will contaminate the waters of this area of the earth where the war takes place, the seas as well as the rivers, and even the snowcapped mountains which provide drinking water to the populated areas. Whoever drinks the water will die or become sick.
When the bombs hit the earth they will cause great amounts of material matter to be thrown into the atmosphere. This will cause the sun, moon, and stars to be obscured from view over the third part of the earth where the nuclear war is concentrated.
Reading again from the book of Revelation, chapter 9, verses 17 through 19:
"And this is how I saw the horses in my vision: the riders wore breastplates the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur, and the heads of the horses were like lions heads, and fire and smoke and sulfur issued from their mouths. "By these three plagues a third of all mankind was killed, by the fire and smoke and sulfur issuing from their mouths. For the power of the horses is in their mouths and in their tails; their tails are like serpents, with heads, and by means of them they wound." Revelation 9:17-19
The horses are the ballistic missiles with their thermonuclear warhead and the riders are the nuclear warheads themselves. Their breastplates "which are the color of fire and of sapphire and of sulfur" represent the results of the explosions of the missiles and their colors are the colors of the mushroom clouds and represent the radiation, heat and percussion of the explosions. These are the three plaques by which a third of mankind was killed. Death by any one of these three things is instantaneous.
The horses are likened to a serpent in that by it's tail a serpent propels itself and with its head it wounds. The missiles are propelled by their tail and the warheads are the heads which wound.
The thermonuclear war will last one hour.
Reading verses 20 and 21 of that same chapter, Nine, we see that:
"The rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plaques, did not repent of the works of their hands nor give up worshiping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which can not either see or hear or walk; nor did they repent of their murders or their sorcery's or their immorality or their thefts." Revelation 9:20-21
What this means is that in the parts of the world that are not directly involved in the nuclear war, such as China, India and Africa, the people will continue living as they are today. South America, too, where most of the people are Catholic and being such hold fast to their idols. Because they will not be directly involved in the nuclear destruction these people's belief in their false religions will be intensified and their interest in their idols renewed. The people of these parts of the world will believe that their idols are true gods and that these "true gods" saved them from the horrible destruction that the rest of the world will undergo. Their salvation; however, will be short lived.
Immediately after the nuclear destruction takes place, the second wind of destruction will be let loose. This will be a meteor hitting the earth. The effect of such an impact may cause the third wind of destruction to take place immediately. This third wind of destruction will be an earthquake, probably around twelve on the Richter scale. The whole world will feel it and experience the effects of it.
The fourth and final wind of destruction will be the earth's shifting crust. This wind of destruction is prophesied in Rev. 6:12-14.
The crust of the earth which is approximately fifty miles thick and composed of solid rock, covers a layer of molten lava referred to as magma. This magma is soft and slippery which allows the earth's crust to slide over it. What causes the crust to slide is the uneven deposit of ice which is found in a polar region.
Albert Einstein, in his foreword to the book Earth's Shifting Crust by Charles H. Hapgood explains how this can occur:
"In a polar region there is a continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth's rotation acts on these unsymmetrically deposited masses, and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth's crust over the rest of the earth's body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator."
The last great crustal shift of the earth's crust was about eleven thousand years ago. Since that time the continent of Antarctica has accumulated a deposit of ice that is from one to two miles high. This layer of ice is unsymmetrically located.
Because this mass of ice is unsymmetrically located this exerts a centrifugal pressure on the earth's crust due to the force of the earth's rotation on it's axis.
This action is causing the earth's crust in the eastern hemisphere to be slowly pushed northward. In the western hemisphere the earth's crust is being pushed southward due to the deposition of ice found at the Greenland ice cap. As this movement continues, the friction causes the magma to become hotter and thus more slippery. The earth's crust begins to slide more easily. As the center of Antarctica moves further away from the South Pole, the centrifugal force becomes greater.
When the fourth wind of destruction is let loose, there will be a rapid slipping of the earth's crust. The north pole will move into the Lake Baikal area of Siberia. The United states will move southward about four thousand miles toward the equator. Because of the equatorial bulge which raises the sea level a mile at the equator, most of the areas of the United States that are less than a mile above sea level will be under water.
There will be volcanic eruptions which will cause enormous amounts of ash to be thrown into the earth's atmosphere. Looking at the sun and the moon through the volcanic ash will cause the sun to be obscured from view as though it became black. The moon will appear to be red like blood as it does when it sets on the horizon. When the volcanoes erupt, molten rock and lava will be thrown into the atmosphere. When they fall back to earth it will seem as though "the stars of the sky fell to the earth". As the earth's crust shifts thousands of miles, the sky will be misplaced. Much of the land will be inundated. Mountains and islands will disappear or rise from ocean or sea bottoms and they will be moved to different places.
With the second, third and fourth winds of destruction another one third of the world's population will be killed. When the four winds of destruction are finished, only one third of the world's population will be left alive.
In the 13th chapter of Zechariah, verses 8 & 9 we read:
"In the whole land, says the Lord, two thirds shall be cut off and perish, and one third shall be left alive. And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, `They are my people'; and they will say, `The Lord is my God.'" Zechariah 13:8,9
In the Book of Revelation, chapter 7, verses 1-4 we read:
"After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. "Then I saw another angel ascend from the rising of the sun, with the seal of the living God, and he called with a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm earth and sea, saying, `"Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God upon their foreheads. "And I heard the number of the sealed, a hundred and forty-four thousand sealed," Revelation 7:1-4
The meaning of these verses is this:
The servants who have been "sealed upon their foreheads" are those individuals, or followers of God who have used their intellect to discern the proofs and know the Truth of God's Revelation as taught by the Manifestation of Himself and of His Promised One for the day in which these people live.
Prior to the Battle of Armageddon there will be 144,000 people who become firm in their knowledge of God and in their understanding of His Covenant. These 144,000 servants will come out from the group of Covenant breaking Baha'is who in 1957 violated God's Plan and threw out His Covenant, by setting up a so-called "UHJ" without the Executive Branch, of the lineage of King David. As they have no Executive Branch, they are the Covenant-breakers (Will and Testament, p. 15).
"This House of Justice enacteth the laws and the government enforceth them. The legislative body must reinforce the executive, the executive must aid and assist the legislative body so that through the union and harmony of these TWO FORCES, the foundation of fairness and justice may become firm and strong, that all the regions of the world may become even as Paradise itself." (W&T, p. 15)
These people will overcome the lie which they have believed and will come under the Provisions of the Covenant. These 144,000 believers will be gathered after New York is bombed. Then the great battle of Armageddon will begin. When it is finished, two thirds of the people of the world will have been destroyed as we have stated.
In the 9th verse of the 7th chapter of Revelation we are told what to expect when it is done:
"After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no man could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongues, "standing before the throne and before the Lamb, "clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands," Revelation 7:9
How many is a great multitude? "A great multitude" is more than 144,000 but less than a third of the world's population today.
"A great multitude" is referring to those who will be believers after the four winds of destruction are over. These believers will be people of all nationalities and kindred. They will be united in the knowledge of the Truth of God's Revelation through the explanations of the one sent by God with this specific Mission.
This one sent by God is not a Manifestation of God, as Jesus the Christ was on His first Coming, or Baha'u'llah Who fulfilled the prophesies of being the Return of Christ But like the Manifestations he has a mandate from God. He has been prophesied in numerous scriptures and Holy Books by many names and many titles. And like the Manifestations of God He has been prophesied in the greater Covenant of God by Name, Address, Date and Mission. He is the return of Jesus, not as the Christ, but as the High Priest after the order of Melchizedec. High Priest means great educator. He is Jesus "the Lamb" who the great multitude stands before.
Reading from Revelations 5:6-10:
"And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain with seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. "And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which the prayers of the saints; and they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy art thou to take the scroll and to open its seals for thou was slain and by thy blood didst ransom men for God from every tribe and tongue and people and nation and hast made them a kingdom and priest to our God, and they shall reign on earth." Revelation 5:6-10
This one sent by God is the return of the sacrificial Lamb described in Revelation who appears slain to show that this prophesy is for Jesus on His return.
He is described as having seven horns and seven eyes. These seven horns represent the seven Manifestations whose Revelations are still practiced in the world today but have become apostate. These are Moses, Krishna, Zoroaster, Buddha, Jesus, Muhammad and Baha'u'llah. The seven eyes symbolize his insights into these Revelations which enable him to prove their validity and interpret the prophecies contained within them.
The person who is seated on the throne represents the living Davidic King, the current President of the UHJ, the Executive Branch in the Baha'i Faith and the scroll which the Lamb removes from the right hand of the Davidic King is the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and the Will and Testament of `Abdu'l-Baha.
The Lamb is the only person in the world who is worthy to break the seals. This is because he is the only person in the world who fulfills the prophecies for the establisher of the Baha'i Faith.
The "new song" that the people sing is the explanations and commentaries of the Lamb. It is the "new song" which seals the 144,000 on their forehead. That is, they understand through their intellect what the truth is.
Again, "The throne" that is referred to here is the Davidic throne which represents the Davidic Kingship. This throne is to endure forever. This was a promise made to David from God.
From Psalms 89 we read about this promise:
"I have made a covenant with my chosen, I have sworn unto David my servant, Thy seed will I establish forever, and build up thy throne to all generations." Psalms 89:3-4
"His seed also will I make to endure for ever, and his throne as the days of heaven" Psalms 89:29
"My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips. Once I have sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure for ever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established for ever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven." Psalms 89: 34-37
"For thus says the Lord, David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel;" Jeremiah 33:17 RSV
As I explained earlier, the word Christ means anointed male sperm descendant of King David. Jesus through His father Joseph was a descendant of King David. This is clearly stated in the bible in both Matthew and Luke where the genealogy of Jesus is given. Also the Apostle Paul tells us:
"Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord which was made of the seed [the word seed is translated from the Greek word sperma] of David according to the flesh; And declared to be the Son of God according to the spirit" Romans 1:3
Jesus was a male sperm descendant of King David through David's son Nathan. Jesus was not a descendant of King David through the Throne Line of David's son Solomon. Therefore Jesus did not sit upon the throne of King David.
Baha'u'llah WAS a descendant of King David through Solomon. His ancestors sat upon the throne of King David in an unbroken chain all the way back to King David.
Jesus had no son. When He was crucified the lineage of King David through his son Nathan came to an end. The only lineage which remained that could last forever was the lineage of David's son Solomon which was the Throne Line of Kings.
Baha'u'llah being the second Christ and seated on the throne of David passed this lineage of David to His son, the Most Great Branch, `Abdu'l-Baha and conferred upon him infallibility.
This successorship was to be passed on to Baha'u'llah's other son, Muhammad Ali, the Lesser Branch, after `Abdu'l-Baha died. However, Muhammad Ali violated the Covenant and was removed from the Faith. `Abdu'l-Baha then designated his grandson Shoghi Effendi to be the one that everybody should turn to and obey after his death. He conferred upon Shoghi Effendi the infallibility of Muhammad Ali and appointed Shoghi Effendi to be the Guardian and center of the Cause.
Shoghi Effendi, however, was not a male line descendant of King David (his descent was through his mother, `Abdu'l-Baha's daughter) and therefore could not sit upon the throne of David. If Shoghi Effendi were to have had a son, this son could not sit upon the throne of David either for the same reason -- the one to inherit the throne must be descended through the father, that is it must be a male-line inheritance only. So at the same time that `Abdu'l-Baha appointed Shoghi Effendi to inherit the conferred infallibility, 'Abdu'l-Baha also passed this lineage of the Davidic throne on to his son, that he appointed to succeed him to the throne. 'Abdu'l-Baha had both natural and adopted sons. An adopted son has all the rights and privileges of a natural son, including kingship.
The successorship of the Davidic throne is a hereditary position known as the guardianship. The guardian is the head or president of the Universal House of Justice. In his Will and Testament `Abdu'l-Baha establishes the Charter for this Universal House of Justice. This Universal House of Justice has two parts--the executive head and the legislative body. These parts are inseparable.
In 1957 at the death of Shoghi Effendi the majority of the Baha'is in the world violated the Covenant of God going against the Provisions of `Abdu'l-Baha's Will and Testament. These individuals were led down the shaft to the bottomless pit of error by a group of people known as the "Hands" which included Shoghi Effendi's own wife, the designated leader of the pack. These people refused to turn to the successor that Shoghi Effendi had established prior to his death. These violators put aside the Plan of God and established their own plan. They are covenant-breakers.
God, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise however, can not be outfoxed. God knew at the beginning what these evil doers would do. So, God's real Plan was not usurped at all. He sent His Establisher, the Return of Jesus after the Order of Melchizedec to put things back on track. Jesus on His first coming told us to pray for the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in heaven. This Kingdom is not a mystical place.
This Kingdom is the Plan of God. It is the World Order of Baha'u'llah, the return of Christ The purpose of the return of Jesus is to explain the true meaning of the Word of God which has been revealed through His Divine Manifestations and as Jesus the High Priest after the Order of Melchizedek to establish his Father's Kingdom. That is the World Order of Baha'u'llah.
His Mission was accomplished with the establishment of the Universal House of Justice, it its appointed stage as the second International Baha'i Council on January 9, 1991. On this date, exactly forty years after Shoghi Effendi set up his successor the first International Baha'i Council, this one sent by God for this Mission, the return of Jesus, reassembled that International Baha'i Council that was on its death bed, bringing it back from near death, having it born into this world as the Second International Baha'i Council with the descendant of King David as its president, the true Universal House of Justice of Baha'u'llah.
This Council of the Universal House of Justice of Baha'u'llah, will evolve through four stages. 1) the first stage, the second International Baha'i Council; 2) the second stage, the Baha'i World Court; 3) the third stage, the International or Supreme Tribunal; and finally 4) the fourth stage, the fully elected body of the Universal House of Justice when all the nations of the world have become Baha'i.
As the first stage of the Universal House of Justice is appointed, this body is composed of the twelve apostles of Jesus. These apostles are the foundation for the establishment of the true Universal House of Justice. These twelve apostles are the twelve gates which all the people of the world must pass through to enter the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem being the city of God, which is the law of God.
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Revelation 21:14
Right after the battle of Armageddon has taken place this council will move into the stage of being the Baha'i World Court. At that time the four beast nations, England, France, Russia and the United States will become the first Baha'i States. When the majority of the people of other nations become Baha'i they will come under the provisions of the Covenant and under the World Court.
When a significant few become Baha'is under the World Court then these nations, under the World Court will elect the body, having the Executive Branch, the descendant of 'David which is hereditary, as it's president. This organizations will be called the Supreme Tribunal and it will bring peace to the world.
"For example, the question of Universal Peace, about which His Holiness Baha'u'llah says that the Supreme Tribunal must be established: although the League of Nations [and the United Nations Organization] has been brought into existence, yet it is incapable of establishing Universal Peace. But the Supreme Tribunal which His Holiness Baha'u'llah has described will fulfill this sacred task with the utmost might and power. And His Plan is this: that the national assemblies of each country and nation -- that is to say parliaments -- should elect two or three persons who are the choicest men [rijal] of that nation, and are well informed concerning international laws and the relations between governments and aware of the essential needs of the world of humanity in this day. The number of these representatives should be in proportion to the number of inhabitants of that country. The election of these souls who are chosen by the national assembly, that is, the parliament, must be confirmed by the upper house, the congress and the cabinet and also by the president or monarch so these person may be the elected ones of all the nation and government. From among these people the members of the Supreme Tribunal will be elected, and all mankind will thus have a share therein, for every one of these delegates is fully representative of his nation. When the Supreme Tribunal gives a ruling on any international question, either unanimously or by majority-rule, there will no longer be any pretext for the plaintiff or ground of objection for the defendant. In case any of the governments or nations in the execution of the irrefutable decision of the Supreme Tribunal, be negligent or dilatory, the rest of the nations will rise up against it, because all the governments and nations of the world are the supporters of this Supreme Tribunal. Consider what a firm foundation this is! But by a limited and restricted League [like the United Nations or headless "UHJ"] the purpose will not be realized as it ought and should. This is the truth about the situation, which has been stated." ('Abdu'l-Baha, Baha'i World Faith, pp. 291-292)
When all nations become Baha'i then the secondary Houses of Justice will elect the members of the Universal House of Justice and thus the Kingdom of God will be born into this world.
Through the explanations of the Lamb, they will be confirmed in the Covenant of Baha'u'llah and faithful to the living President of the Universal House of Justice, who sits upon the throne and represents the Davidic Kingship.
"Clothed in white robes" symbolizes the spiritual body of these people or their auras. They are white because these people have been purged. They have been purified like silver and gold in going through the four winds of destruction.
"The Palm branches" symbolize submission. The people will be submissive to God.
Only then can we truly say that the Kingdom of God is established on earth as it is in heaven.