"When you hear the music, fall down and worship the
image," the king's spokesman repeated as the vast throng
Would it be wrong to kneel, if I didn't really worship with my heart? The question had rankled in my mind for weeks. Ever since I'd heard about the preparations for this national event, the question had haunted me. And here I was, in the very situation, and still there seemed no satisfactory answer.
The law says "Thou shalt have no other gods-"
Yet, if I stood while everyone else knelt, they'd think I was a fanatic. A radical. A subversive. My standing would do nothing for the God I worshiped. Nothing but cast contempt upon Him, my family, and me. If I stood, I would alienate the entire kingdom from Him and destroy whatever influence for good I had built up. I wouldn't have to kneel all the way - just kind of halfway.
The music began. All of the people were falling forward on their faces. For a moment, I hesitated.
Should I? Everyone around me in the Hebrew division was falling. Should I, too? Then I saw the furnace. I fell down on one knee.
I had an obligation to my family and my God. I could do nothing to bring reproach upon them. If I purposely endangered my life or reputation, surely I could not be innocent of any sorrow or hardship it would cause my loved ones.
Suddenly there was disorder in our section.
Shadrach was still standing! He was fairly close to me.
He stood straight and firm, head unbowed, eyes open. The fool!
Didn't he know the penalty?
Then I saw Meshach. No, not two of them! Surely Nebuchadnezzar would have all of us Hebrews thrown into the furnace. I motioned for them to get down. But they paid no attention to me.
Then I saw Abednego, over on the other side of our division.
"Get down! They'll kill us all."
They didn't look at the rest of us. They didn't pay attention to the guards hurrying toward them. They stood looking forward.
The guards dragged them from the crowd. Fear and anger swelled
within me. What right did they have to endanger the lives of the
rest of us?
Would the king send his guards back for the remainder of the Hebrew foreigners? Breathlessly we waited.
Nebuchadnezzar was talking with them. Then he gave them another chance to kneel. Again we heard the music.
This time I fell all the way. As I pressed my face into the dirt, I could almost feel the flames licking the back of my neck.
Suddenly there was an angered scream. The three of them
were still standing. Fury rose within our division. Everywhere
angry fists and voices were raised. The three of them were quickly
bound. Trembling, I watched.
Would I be next?
Was our entire division doomed because of these three fools?
Why were they so stubborn?
What could their narrow-minded obstinacy possibly accomplish?
Except maybe to give the king a good excuse to wipe us all out. We weren't very popular anyway, with our strange religion and customs.
Why do anything to make us more repulsive to them?
I watched the three march toward the furnace. Everwhere fists waved in rage. Once, when a guard looked at me, I raised my fist too.
And then they were in the furnace. As the flames enveloped them, I looked away. I felt sick.
Suddenly there was silence. A gasp went up from the multitude. I looked.
They were alive! The ropes were gone, and the three of them walked unharmed in the fire!
Then I saw Him. Another Man! A fourth Person was in the fire! His bearing was majestic. His face shone brighter than the flames. I knew Him!
I started fighting my way through the crowd. I had to get closer. I knew Him! I ran and pushed and struggled and finally reached the front line of the crowd. I ran forward, but the unbearable heat forced me back. I tried again, but the flames shot out at me, and I could go no farther.
The four of them looked happier than anyone I'd ever seen. I longed to share their joy, but the flames kept me standing with the watching multitude.
Once He glanced out of the furnace. Only once. And briefly He scanned the mass of people. His eyes paused a moment on me. A questioning look shot over His face as if He might have known me. But then His gaze passed on.
Something inside crumbled.
The light from His eyes seared my mind. I turned and ran. I had to get away from His eyes. Those eyes that did not recognise me. Those hurt, questioning eyes.
I had gone to the synagogue. I had prayed. I had given freely to support His work. But He did not know Me.
They chose to stand - and there they walked with the God of heaven. I chose to kneel halfway.
Sadly I walked away from the silent, quivering multitude and the paradise-furnace.
They were not forgotten by God. And forever they shall be remembered, just because they chose to stand.
I battle the Beast because of my beliefs. This is precisely
why it irritates me to see spineless "christians" who
insist, "When the time comes, we too will oppose the Beast
and his Mark." Well in the times of Christ the religious
people had all the information available to recognise Jesus for
who he was ... and were falling over themselves to missed it.
What makes you think you're any better. The truth is: If you are
not NOW being persecuted because of your stand against the Beast,
you simply have not taken a stand. You are simply going right
along with ALL the Beast requires, and WILL continue to do so
right through to the end.
14 And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write;
These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the
beginning of the creation of God;
15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (you make me sick)
17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; (you opperate in a commercial state) and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, (the truth is in your face and you cannot see) and naked:
18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.
When I first began to battle the drivers licence and data
digitised base 4 years ago, others (claiming to adhere to the
same set of beliefs as myself) tried to assure me that, "We'll
all KNOW it is THE 'Mark of the Beast' when it comes, and we'll
all KNOW that we are to refuse it." If you don't know what
the truth is; you won't recognise a lie when it is in front of
Some others suffered under another strong delusion, that they will be "Raptured" and never have to concern themselves with the Mark. What a cop out, with an attitude like that what makes you think you'll be taken. You've been given a golden opportunity to witness to the lost of the coming peril but you chose to duck your heads and hide your light (your God given knowledge) from the lost. SHAME ON YOU ALL.
By going along with the mark of the beast could it be reasoned by the lost that you condone it? Go read Eze 33:6.
You should have gird up your loins and got the hell out of your caves of FEAR. But you sit dumb, a mighty army without a war cry. The salt of the earth like lukewarm vomit to the taste. That's not where your King would have you. stand up and gird your loins about you.
Now if you don't want to be seen fighting evil, keep my head low, lest you be singled out by the Beast as a "conscientious objector" (troublemaker) that's fine. Go make your covenant with Death.
Oh who should dare express any silly "sincerely-held" religious objection to being numbered, digitised in some Beasts data base are accused of rebellion, disdain, and scorn by this particular band of christians tyrants. Just get in line, provide the information as requested, make checks payable to LtsA, yes just keep the Beast happy you lowly christians!"
These very same "christians" marched right down
to receive the numbering system of the Beast, even though the
Word is clearly against the numbering of the people.
They attend a church that has a charitable statice, owned by the state and therefore will toe the political line. The "State owned church" will never come under persecution, there's no reason to persecute those who will stay in their comfortable clubs and obey the Beasts bidding. If you have not yet felt the wrath of the Beast, try once resisting.
"The evils of tyranny are rarely seen but by him who resists it." -- John Hay, 1872
Go pay your taxes to the Beast, you're not directly responsible
for the unborn murders these taxes provide??? The people you pay
your taxes to RE-PRESENT you don't they?? That means you are paying
them to do this murder for you and you are in full agreement with
these child murders, BUT it's ok you're forgiven
These same "Christians" marched right down and "numbered" their very own children for a bag of coins, 30 pieces of silver, (i.e., a tax debate from welfare).
But wait! There's politicians we can beg for mercy... "mighty army? .. salt of the earth?" these politicians will play you like the fish you are and you are, a Simon "Simon" = jellyfish "Peter" = ROCK as in petra. Don't hold your breath ... these politicians are eating you alive.
I would think most of those parents (of whatever religion) who numbered their very own children did so without understanding (or caring) that they were complying with International Law. With an international numbering system called The Beast. Just give me the money they say. So long as their rugby team is winning and the Beast is letting them exist they have no problem with their lost brothers. SHAME ON YOU do you still think you are worthy to escape by rapture? You really should spend less time believing the lies of TV justice.
The worst part is that, once again, it is the "religious crowd" who are yelling (by their actions), "Throw them to the lions -- those who won't 'render unto You, oh Great Beast." These are those who render to their god, the state.
Each time a claimant "Christian" takes a number, or numbers their children, or provides their number as requested -- each time they go along just to get along -- their actions discredit and diminish the arguments against numbering. Every occasion in which someone, (claiming to be Christian), uses their or their children's' number, the act itself mocks those of us who stand on our convictions and adhere to our beliefs.
Not until you've been on the receiving end of endless phone calls and countless email messages from numerous others asking: "What can we do?" -- and not until you have had to answer time-after-time, "There is no effective course of action to stop the progression until the Body of Christ gets it's act together" -- will you likely understand that those who claim to be on our side and yet work against us by their actions, are our worst enemies.
Well I've stopped calling myself a christian .... when I've found that christians don't Believe. See I Believe .... belief is an action, not sitting in your club rooms once a week.
Note to all believers ... It's time to drop your preconceived
ideas about what the 7 year treaty has to be. I say this because
it is very dangerous to lock Gods truth out with "preconceived
ideas" is it not? Having and holding "Preconceived ideas"
that are not directly found in the Word of God, the Bible is like
putting God in your box and informing Him that he cannot be anything
else but your box.
Take the religious people and leaders at the time of Christ for example, they had preconceived ideas about what Christ was to be. They considered that Christ was to be born a King and that he would save them from the Roman Government ... and they missed the plot completely because Christ came to die on the cross. Do you want to be as stupid as they were?
Another preconceived idea is the lie of "rapture". Apart from being firmly rooted in nothing but selfishness and totally unsustainable by Scripture isn't it the exact same preconceived idea that the people had in the times of Christ? "That he would come and save them from the Romans?" ... thinking????
As I have been pointing out for some time we are now living under Roman law. It is called Admiralty law, or Commercial law, or Equity law all are of the Roman system of law.
We used to be under common law or the law of the land (innocent until proven guilty). Admiralty law is the law of the sea (guilty until proven innocent). Take the attitude and power of the IRD (or any other government department) for example. From the guilty/innocent innocent/guilty above, what law are you under? Common? NO .. Admiralty law? YES. ROMAN LAW!
Roman law is very harsh, cruel and oppressive by it's very nature. We only have to look at the ingenious ways the Romans enjoyed killing people. One really neat way was what they called crucifixion. Very simple you just nail the man to a tree by his hands and feet and death came anywhere from 9 hours to 3 days.
Roman law says "Here is an order, do it or you die!" Take IRD, you pay them 60% of all you have or they will take all you have and you will still owe them. Does that sound Common law or Admiralty law?
It is this oppressive law that some christians believe Christ will come and save them by way of what they call rapture. In effect they have made a selfish little box, put what they want in it, called it truth, found passages in their Bible to support it, and convinced themselves and others of the lie.
The Beast system and anti-christ are clearly Admiralty law and has now been signed in under the document known as the "Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court."
Other lies and preconceived ideas listed below: I defy you to Provide me the Scripture!
1. "The Seven Year Treaty must be signed in Israel."
.. Provide me the Scripture!
2. "The Seven Year Treaty must be between Israel and the Arabs." Provide me the Scripture!
3. "The Seven Year Treaty will be open to see and obvious to all." Provide me the Scripture!
4. "The Anti-christ must be a Jew." Provide me the Scripture!
5. "The Mark of the Beast is a 'computer chip' in the hand or head." Provide me the Scripture!
6. "The Mark of the Beast will be open to see and obvious to all." Provide me the Scripture!
7. Have I mentioned the misguided belief in rapture? Provide me the Scripture!
There are many others but do you get the point? Either Provide me the Scripture! Or get rid of the box!
Neal King The Believer ....
But when they said, "Give us a king to lead us, ... 9 Now
listen to them; but warn them solemnly and let them know what
the king who will reign over them will do." 10 Samuel told
all the words of the LORD to the people who were asking him for
a king. 11 He said, "This is what the king who will reign
over you will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with
his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots.
12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders
of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest,
and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his
chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks
and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards
and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take
a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials
and attendants. 16 Your menservants and maidservants and the best
of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He
will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become
his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief
from the king you have chosen, and the LORD will not answer you
in that day." 19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel.
"No!" they said. "We want a king over us. 1 Samuel 8 : 6,