Is any of that at all possible? Sure! Is any of it new? Of course not! Throughout history there has arisen one order after the next. We called them âempires!â From 2400 to 612 BCE, Assyria flourished. Is it hard to believe; after all those years of ruling they eventually speculated about a new world order? And of course, there were those who considered such talk a conspiracy theory. At least, at first! After the fall of the Assyrian capital, Nineveh, the Babylonian empire emerged. Hence, after a series of battles and winning the war the victorious side ruled. And after a while, biblical prophecies emerged predicting the fall of the next great order.
RELIGIOUS CONSPIRACY THEORY
Many Bible scholars suggest the âfall of Babylonâ is a futuristic event. Mainly, because Isaiah 13 constantly uses the term, âthe day of the Lordâ in association. However, there is such a thing as a âreligious conspiracy theory.â In their minds, this text always implies a current futuristic event. But could the Lord have had more than one day? This text merely identifies an account when the Lord exacted vengeance upon whoever pissed him off! Ergo, the day of the Lord could pertain to the ancient Hebrew exodus out of Egypt! In Isaiah 3(:18), the day of the Lord pertains to the falls of Jerusalem and Judah. And Jeremiah 46(:10) speaks about the day of the Lord against the Gentiles. The text does not always pertain to the fall of an empire or new world order.
In a nutshell, some scholars suggest the âday of the Lord (fall of Babylon)â in Isaiah and the âday of the Lord (thief in the night)â in 1Thesalonians 5:2 are one in the same. And it doesnât help that the Book of Revelations constantly talks about the fall of this empire. As a matter of fact, Isaiah 21:9 and Revelations 14:8 both use the identical text, âBabylon is fallen, is fallen.â And as we all know, the new world order prophecies in Revelations have not yet occurred. Or, so we are told. How does anyone really know? They donât! Based on nothing more than personal opinion and speculation, we are told Bible prophecies (both Old Testament and New) refer to OUR future and not the futures of the people who lived when the text was written.
All conspiracy theory aside, are we really interested in any prophecies expected to take place thousands of years after we die? NO! We are more concerned with the new world order expected to manifest in 2012! Or was it the end of the world? What ever might happen in 4012 does not really concern us! What makes us think it was any different with Old and New Testament prophets? When people asked about the future, it was their own futures they were concerned about; not ours! They had no idea (nor did they care) what empires would exist thousands of years down the road! But itâs easy for some to read the old biblical prophecies about Babylon then speculate and spread fear and pandemonium.
THE ANCIENT WORLD ORDER
In Genesis 11, at one time the whole earth (Babylon) was unified in a new world order setting with one mind and one voice. As it turned out, only mankind thought this was a good thing. The Lord some how felt intimidated and destroyed the unity by confusing everyoneâs speech! Eventually, the people divided into different groups and went their separate ways. And as a result, one empire after the next has tried to rule. Talk about a conspiracy theory, weâre taught to blame wars, fighting and killing on Eve!
This is not to say, the Lord was evil. On the contrary, the ancient Hebrews did not believe in good VS evil. This is a Greek abstract that came along centuries later. The ancient Hebrews believed the LORD giveth and the same LORD taketh away. He created the dry land and he sent the massive flood. He caused it to rain on the just, as well as, the unjust. He created both, light and darkness! Hence, they did not believe in the God VS Satan scenario. Once again, thatâs a Greek thing!
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil [s/b the bad]: I the LORD do all these [things].
THE NUMBER OF HIS NAME
From the moment I heard the term, new world order, I could not help but to ask, âWhatâs the big deal?â Isn’t “unity” supposed to be a good thing? After all, the greatest country on earth, the United States of America, is based on unity. So why is a united human race often portrayed as evil? A common conspiracy is the theory that the Beast in the book of Revelations is on his way! He is an evil ruler who unites the planet into one empire and leads billions to their doom in the process. Ergo, the future Babylon. But is it remotely possible; this guy already came and went?
In Revelations, the Beast of the new world order is known by the number of his name. And what are the chances people tried to figure this out when the text was first written? The very first candidate was a world emperor named Nero Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus. Who was he? The Caesar who began the campaign of hunting down and executing Christians by the thousands; often for sport! And this was all going on while the Book of Revelations was written. What are the chances? As it turns out, in the Hebrew Alephbet the shortened version of this name (Caesar Nero or QSR NRON) adds up to the value, 666:
Here’s the chart:
ALEPH=1. BETH=2. GIMEL=3. DALET=4. HE=5. VAV=6. ZAYIN=7. CHETH=8. TETH=9. YODH=10. KAPH=20. LAMED=30. MEM=40. NUN=50. SAMEKH=60. AYIN=70. PE=80. TSADHE=90. KOPH=100. RESH=200. SHIN=300. TAV=400.
Q (100) + S (60) + R (200) + N (50) + R (200) + O/V (6) + N (50) = 666
In Hebrew, an N is added at the end of a foreign name (in this case, a Greek name) that ends with the letter, O. Which means, in Greek manuscripts (or at least in some of them) the final N does not appear and the number only adds up to 616. Hence, there are two different numbers that can be construed as the mark of the Beast! Howâs that for a conspiracy theory? But I believe Hollywood thought â666â was the catchier phrase. Yet, there are those who insist the Beast of Babylon will appear in the future and single-handedly run the entire planet as one global empire! Regardless, we should all know by now; the name of practically anyone we dislike can be made to add up to those dreaded numbers; 666 being the number of choice for the new world order.
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