II Esdras, aka Fourth Ezra

II Esdras (also known as 4th Ezra) is one of the apocryphal books. In the times of the ancient Hebrews, and at the time of Christ, the apocryphal books were mixed throughout the O.T. collection of writings and no distinction was made in their values. II Esdras was part of the GREEK Septuagint Bible of 285 BC, which was the Bible of Jesus. The Hebrew alphabet was not invented until the century prior to Jesus. The Masoretic Text  of the Hebrew Bible (basis of our English O.T. versions) did not appear until nearly 1,000 AD.  This Esdras or Ezra is the same as the author of the O.T. book of Ezra. He lived during the 5th C. BC, after the Jerusalem Temple had been rebuilt. His warnings against the Israelites in Jerusalem were severe because they had brought back from their captivity the religion of Babylonian Talmudic Phariseeism, which is still today the religion of world Jewry (Edomites) today.

(15:20) "Behold," says God, "I call together all the kings of the earth to fear me, from the rising sun and from the south, from the east and from Lebanon; to turn and repay what they have given them (God's people, true Israel, NOT the Edomite invaders of Palestine today). Just as they have done to my chosen people until this day, so I will do, and will repay into their bosom." Thus says the Lord God: "My right hand will not spare the sinners, and my sword will not cease from those who shed innocent blood on the earth." And a fire will go forth from his wrath, and will consume the foundations of the earth, and the sinners, like straw that is kindled. "Woe to those who sin and do not observe my commandments," says the Lord; "I will not spare them. Depart you faithless children! Do not pollute my sanctuary." For the Lord knows all who transgress against him; therefore he will hand them over to death and slaughter. For now calamities have come upon the whole earth, and you shall remain in them, for God will not deliver you, because you have sinned against him.

This prophecy is about the end-time event, which is the same Armageddon war that John describes in his Revelations. The reason such a prophecy comes forth from a true prophet is because of the situation he is speaking to at his own time. Returnees from the Babylon captivity were terribly corrupt, bringing back to Jerusalem a religion born in the Chaldean Mystery Schools of occult magics. The 7,000 men taken captive to Babylon in 586 BC had married the Aramean women there and adulterated the Israelite race. The situation was terrible, and what Ezra felt and envisioned because of it, stimulated a prophecy which would address a future situation of similar type, which is today's Israel in Europe and America. Race-mixing is promoted in America and Europe and the modern Christian church is as far distant from Jesus' Truth as was that Jerusalem Talmudic religion from the ancient Hebrew practices. Consider what Ezekiel described, already some years prior to Esdras. The Pagan religion was being practiced in the Jerusalem Temple. Ezekiel had been taken captive to Babylon in 598 BC, where he was shown a vision from God in 593 BC, about iniquities inside that Temple. Ezekiel 8:13, 14 - "(13)Then He said to me, you shall see still greater transgressions which they are committing. (14) Then He led me to the vestibule of the gate of the house of the Lord facing the north, and behold here were women sitting there, weeping for Tammuz." Cain's religion of PAGANISM was actually being practiced in the Jerusalem Temple! Today, much of Christianity is based on the ancient Pagan religion that we have retained from the anti-Christ Roman Catholicism, with its mother-goddess cult of ancient Paganism.

It is JUSTICE which God enacts with this great war of Armageddon in our end-time day; it is repayment to those who have murdered and exploited and oppressed God's chosen people of Israel over the centuries. Those enemies of God's children are addressed frequently by the O.T. prophets; they are the doomed race of Edomites (modern Jewry). Most of the people involved in God's Great War will be the Adamite and Cain races. These include the Arabian people, for they are Ishmaelites, offspring of Abraham and Sara's maid, Hagar, so they are Adamite and Semitic. But, here Esdras says "all the kings of the earth," so, to some lesser extent this war will include the Orientals and the African races, too.

"those who shed innocent blood" refers mostly to the Edomite Jews who directed the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries of inquisitions to massacre about fifty million European Christians, and then again under Stalin between 1920 and 1940 to massacre nearly sixty million more Germanic Christians, and then Gen. Eisenhower turned the German people over to those Stalinist Jews who killed another nine-million, and then there were all the white soldiers killed in the Jew's World Wars. Recent decades have seen a merciless war against Palestinians as the Jews attempt to purge the region of them. America's Jewish media don't reveal the real atrocities being done against Palestinians, many of them in violation of the Geneva conventions and rules of warfare. The Jew descendants of Cain, and later Esau, have made a bloody world in their lust for massacring innocents, as offerings to their lord Satan. For a real eye-opener, read the O.T. prophets' predictions of Edom's coming annihilation! As for polluting God's "sanctuary," the location of the holy place of God's dwelling is within His people of Israel, the European white race of Christians, most of whom are in America. ISRAEL is a people, not a place. We are God's children who have been polluted by the Edomite Jewish culture of wickedness. Keep in mind that the Jews of today are Khazars, from the line of Edom (Israel's brother), the eternal enemy of Israelites, not children of God but of Satan, as Jesus told them to their face in John 8:44.

(28) Behold, a terrifying sight, appearing from the east! The nations of the dragons of Arabia shall come out with many chariots, and from the day that they set out, their hissing shall spread over the earth, so that all who hear them fear and tremble.

ISLAM SPREADS TO AMERICA & WANTS WORLD DOMINION   Islam spreads to Europe and America, preaching hatred of America in their mosques, organizing terrorist cells and attacks against us, and making a lot of threats. Recently, in 2005, officials of the Saudi government instructed all the Mosques in America to restate to their members that America is their enemy. Mohammed (the false prophet) promises in his Koran that Muslims will rule an Islamic world someday, and Muslims believe that now is their time to conquer the western powers and rule us. Jihad is their word for fulfilling that prophecy.

(30) Also the Carmonians (Iran), raging in wrath, shall go forth like wild boars of the forest, and with great power they shall come, and engage them (America?) in battle, and shall devastate a portion of the land of the Assyrians with their teeth (military armaments).

WEST ATTACKS IRAQ   Carmonia is likely ancient Carmania, an area just southeast of central Iran, presently the region of Kerman which includes the shoreline of the Strait of Hormuz. So, this is likely a reference to Iran, in which case, "engage them" probably means to engage Iran's enemy, the western forces who are in Iraq (Assyria) right now, namely America and coalition forces. America is establishing a huge military complex of about 13 large city-size military bases in Iraq for the purpose of dominating the entire Middle East. According to Ezra's prophecy, Iran would probably attack and devastate that portion of Iraq/Assyria where the West is building its mighty fortresses.

(31) "And then the dragons (Islam), remembering their origins, (Koran promise of world domination under Islam), shall become still stronger (all Islam unites against us); and they combine in great power and turn to pursue them (western forces), then these (western forces) shall be disorganized and silenced by their (Islam) power and shall turn and flee (we retreat). And from the land of the Assyrians an enemy in ambush shall beset them and destroy one of them (a coalition force), and fear and trembling shall come upon their army (western forces), and indecision upon their kings."

ALL ISLAM UNITES & ROUTS US OUT   After America (with coalition forces) attacks Iraq, then all the Islamic peoples unite on the basis of their religion and together attack us. Right now, we are making threats against Iran and Syria and we are angering the Saudis. We should keep in mind that all Islam sees Israel as their primary enemy, with the U.S. as Israel's attack dog. As I edit these comments on July 13, 2006, Israel is waging all out war against Lebanon. Of course, it is Israel's goal to eventually cleanse the region of non-Jews, as they have said, from the Nile to the Euphrates. So, this opportunity is one that they can't pass up. The Hezbollah in Lebanon is funded by Iran and Syria with big money, so we might expect a full-region conflict in response to Israel's war against them. In such a regional war, the Iraq situation will be a minor factor; Bush will surely use our forces to help Israel wage war against Islam. According to verse 31, when the Islam nations retaliate in defense, they will be so fierce that our forces are routed and retreat. They might also begin their Jihad against us in America, so our forces might be needed here, too -besides helping Israel. Of course, our major forces will probably be kept over there to help Israel since militant Zionist Jews fill Bush's cabinet and determine his policies. During the chaos, it appears that one of the coalition forces is destroyed. Evidently, the western coalition begins to crumble as some partners opt out.

(34) "Behold, clouds from the east, and from the north to the south; and their appearance is very threatening, full of wrath and storm. They shall dash against one another and shall pour out a heavy tempest upon the earth, and their own tempest; and there shall be blood from the sword as high as a horse's belly, and a man's thigh, and a camel's hock. And there shall be fear and great trembling upon the earth; and those who see that wrath shall be horror-stricken, and they shall be seized with trembling."

A BAR BRAWL AMONG MANY NATIONS   Clouds represent national military forces. So, after Islam's rout of our forces, all the anti-America nations, China in the east, perhaps Russia from the north, or maybe Turkey/Afghanistan, et al, and probably Egypt in the south, join the fray, acting from wrath rather than any religious agenda. They create a great chaos, also using this opportunity for Islam factions to war against each other, like Shiites vs. Sunnis vs. Kurds.  The warfare is so bloody that Ezra describes it with a horrifying picture of deep blood. The world stands awestruck and trembling at the world-wide horror.

(38) And after that, heavy storm clouds shall be stirred up from the south, and from the north, and another part from the west. And the winds from the east shall prevail over the cloud that was raised in wrath, and shall dispel it; and the tempest that was to cause destruction by the east wind shall be driven violently toward the south and west. And great and mighty clouds full of wrath and tempest, shall rise, to destroy all the earth and its inhabitants, and shall pour out upon every high and lofty place (eminent persons) a terrible tempest, fire and hail and flying swords and floods of water, that all the fields and all the streams may be filled with the abundance of those waters. And they shall destroy cities and walls, mountains and hills, trees of the forests, and grass of the meadows, and their grain.

ISLAM PREVAILS & TURNS TOWARD AMERICA -- PERHAPS NUCLEAR WAR!   Following some period of the above widespread chaos, clouds (military forces) arise from the south, north, and a part from the west, probably Europe (perhaps including northern Russia), and America. Meanwhile, Islam prevails over those nations who had risen in wrath. Then their east-wind (Islam) turns toward south and west, probably toward America. These mighty clouds may be nuclear, destroying all the political powers. It appears that nuclear holocaust and devastation are described.

(15:43 - 46) And they (western powers) shall go on steadily to Babylon, and shall destroy her. They shall come to her and surround her; they shall pour out the tempest and all its wrath upon her; then the dust and smoke shall go up to heaven, and all who are about her shall wail over her. And those who survive shall serve those who have destroyed her.

ISLAM GETS DEFEATED   The great battle then focuses against the middle east and destroys the Islamic enemy. That would fulfill the prophecy in Revelations that the false-prophet (Islam) is destroyed.

The following verses, 15:46-63, speak to the countries of Asia, namely that region which Ezra knew as Asia which is now Asia Minor (Turkey with its various nations). These have aligned with Islam and have long been unfriendly and exploitive of America, so must now pay for their acts against God's white Adamic race.

(16:1 - 17) Woe to you, Babylon and Asia! Woe to you, Egypt and Syria! Gird yourselves with sackcloth and haircloth, and wail for your children, and lament for them; for your destruction is at hand. The sword has been sent upon you, and who is there to turn it back? A fire has been sent upon you, and who is there to quench it? Calamities have been sent upon you, and who is there to drive them away? Can one drive off a hungry lion in the forest, or quench a fire in the stubble, when once it has begun to burn? Can one turn back an arrow shot by a strong archer? The Lord God sends calamities, and who will drive them away? Fire will go forth from his wrath, and who is there to quench it? He will flash lightning, and who will not be afraid? He will thunder, and who will not be terrified? The Lord will threaten, and who will not be utterly shattered by his presence? The earth and its foundations quake, the sea is churned up from the depths, and its waves and the fish also shall be troubled at the presence of the Lord and before the glory of his power. For his right hand that bends the bow is strong, and his arrows that he shoots are sharp and will not miss when they begin to be shot to the ends of the world. Behold, calamities are sent forth and shall not return until they come over the earth. The fire is kindled, and shall not be put out until it consumes the foundations of the earth. Just as an arrow shot by a mighty archer does not return, so the calamities that are sent upon the earth shall not return. Alas for me! Who will deliver me in those days.

KINGDOM OF WORLD ENDS   Chapter 16 speaks to all our other enemies around the world. Almighty God completes His great war, cleansing the planet. The word "Egypt" is often a symbol for the world. Syria represents the nations who persist in tormenting and exploiting God's children. God's great war of Armageddon that is described in these chapters is finally brought to an end with the cataclysmic geophysical event of a reversal of earth's magnetic polarity. Some of it is described here by Ezra. The resulting earthquakes and volcanoes shake the earth's foundations and fire is the element that destroys much of the planet. This is the same event that Jesus describes in Matthew 24. This event is also described in Esaias (Isaiah) 13.

Note regarding the magnetic reversal. Geologists know from rock strata that about every 12,000 years earth's electro-magnetic field reverses. A compass will suddenly point south! Scientists have found over 180 previous reversals. On a sine-wave diagram of a cycle, this polarity shift is the changing of energy from negative to positive, or pos. to neg. One cycle of world history is about 24,000 years (astronomical "precession of equinoxes"). The negative half-cycle is the kingdom of World, which is now ending. The positive half-cycle is kingdom of God, which will be born after the traumatic end of World.

(16:18) The beginning of sorrows, when there shall be much lamentation; the beginning of famine, when many shall perish; the beginning of wars, when the powers shall be terrified; the beginning of calamities, when all shall tremble. What shall they do in these circumstances, when the calamities come? Behold, famine and plague, tribulation and anguish are sent as scourges for the correction of men. Yet for all this they will not turn from their iniquities, nor be always mindful of the scourges. Behold, provisions will be so cheap upon earth that men will imagine that peace is assured for them, and then the calamities shall spring up on the earth - the sword, famine, and great confusion. For many of those who live on the earth shall perish by famine; and those who survive the famine shall die by the sword. And the dead shall be cast out like dung, and there shall be no one to console them; for the earth shall be left desolate, and its cities shall be demolished. No one shall be left to cultivate the earth or to sow it. The trees shall bear fruit, and who will gather it? The grapes shall ripen, and who will tread them? For in all places there shall be great solitude; one man will long to see another, or even to hear his voice. For out of a city, ten shall be left; and out of the field, two who have hidden themselves in thick groves and clefts in the rocks. As in an olive orchard, three or four olives may be left on every tree, or as when a vineyard is gathered some clusters may be left by those who search carefully through the vineyard, so in those days three or four shall be left by those who search their houses with the sword. And the earth shall be left desolate, and its fields shall be for briers, and its roads and all its paths shall bring forth thorns, because no sheep will go along them. Virgins shall mourn because they have no bridegrooms; women shall mourn because they have no husbands; their daughters shall mourn because they have no helpers. Their bridegrooms shall be killed in war, and their husbands shall perish of famine.

Here, Ezra begins a sort of summary: the wars begin, the rulers become terrified, and still they don't turn to God. At a time when the world's provisions are cheap and available to everyone, which is our time right now, and we imagine that our future will be peaceful, then the disasters will come upon us. During this terrible period, we Christians should bear in mind that when Babylon (the Bible's term for our wicked materialistic civilization) is destroyed, the angels in heaven rejoice, according to John's vision in his Revelation. God's children, to the extent that we cling to Him, will be protected and cared for as promised. Psalm 91 is a treasure to which we can turn for comfort and reassurance.

(16:35 - ) Listen now to these things, and understand them, O servants of the Lord. Behold the word of the Lord, receive it; do not disbelieve what the Lord says. Behold, the calamities draw near and are not delayed. Just as a woman with child in the ninth month, when the time of her delivery draws near, has great pains about her womb for two or three hours beforehand, and when the child comes forth from the womb, there will not be a moment's delay, so the calamities will not delay in coming forth upon the earth, and pains will seize it on every side.

The kingdom of World, ruled by Satan, is brought to an end. The painful end is compared to a woman giving birth. And so does the kingdom of God (heaven) begin on earth after many of the people, cities, and nations have been destroyed. Ezra describes how difficult it will be for those who are left

(16:40ff ) Hear my words, O my people; prepare for battle, and in the midst of the calamities be like strangers on the earth. Let him that sells be like one who will flee; let him that buys be like one who will lose; let him that does business be like one who will not make a profit; and let him that builds a house be like one who will not live in it; let him that sows be like one who will not reap; so also him that prunes the vines like one who will not gather the grapes; . . . etc.

He describes a way of life for us as a situation where we continue to live and do what is necessary, but warns to not become attached to anything that we do. God will direct the play, and in verse 52, he says, "iniquity will be removed from the earth, and righteousness will reign over us."  In 16:74 Ezra writes, "Hear, my chosen people," says the Lord. "Behold the days of tribulation are at hand, and I will deliver you from them." Do not fear or doubt, for God is your guide."

Remember also that we have Psalm 91 which promises God's protection for those who trust in Him. "with His breast will overshadow you; under His wings you shall rest secure. . . . A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand: but it shall not approach you. But with your eyes you shall observe and see the reward of the wicked. . . . For He will give His angels charge concerning you; to keep you in all your ways."

The last verses of this book of II Esdras (also called Fourth Ezra) warn God's children to turn away from sin, lest they be given up to be consumed by fire. Of course, following the terrible events described by Ezra, we begin the kingdom of God (Heaven) and institute a Godly society which is ruled by Christ (the Elect members of His body), headed by Jesus. During that positive kingdom, God's children have the advantage because they have within in them God's Spirit, something all others lack. The children of Satan, the Cain/Esau race are then disadvantaged because their native instincts are worldly lusts, lying, and murder. Those talents won't fare well in a spiritual kingdom.

President Bush, Saddam Hussein, and all the rulers of the world's nations are now being directed by God to play out His great battle of Armageddon. Prophecies don't give clear pictures of timelines, so we don't know just how long this will take. America will suffer a great war and be nearly defeated, when God intervenes and silences all our enemies with the geophysical event. When the electro-magnetic polarity reverses, the magnetic cables (lines of flux) also reverse their rotational spin, and that will end all electricity completely, from dynamos to generators and alternators to small flashlight batteries. Civilization as we know it will cease. The survivors will eventually regroup and with new spiritual powers, unimaginable to us right now, will found a new society on spiritual constructs rather than material ones. That will be the Kingdom of God.

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