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We recall that Kittim or Chittim is still the same name Kittim from the line of Japheth the Gentiles who take the gospel into the world. In the Bible often times a ship represents the church as it goes throughout the world. Therefore, as we look at this passage in (Numbers 24). Ships shall come from the coast of Chittim. That is a spiritual representation of the church taking the gospel of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah throughout the world. It also says in that passage. "Shall afflict Ashur; and shall afflict Eber." The gospel of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah afflicts Ashur, the unsaved of the world and it also afflicts Eber, who are the Hebrews by blood, national birth. I think were now beginning to gain a picture of all of this. Therefore to go back and try to get a scope of what is being said in regards to the abomination of desolation, or the abomination that makes desolate spoken of in the book of Daniel?
When we were directed to look from (Matthew 24:15).
Daniel 11:15 15 So the king of the north shall come, and cast up a mount, and take the most fenced cities: and the arms of the south shall not withstand, neither his chosen people, neither shall there be any strength to withstand.
The King of the North it is referring to is the Babylonians who the Babylonians are a picture of the domain of Satan. Satan also refers to himself as setting on the sides of the North. Lucifer is another name of Satan in the book of Isaiah.
Isaiah 14:12-14 12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of
Elohim (God): I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
It says of Lucifer, he shall exalt himself above the stars of heaven and that he will set upon the mount of the congregation in the sides of the North and he lays claim that he will be like the most high, he says, he will be like Elohim (God). This goes along with the Babylonians who are to the north a spiritual picture of Satan and as we looked in Daniel 11. They have indignation against the chosen people of Elohim (God).
Daniel 11:29-31 29 At the time appointed he shall return, and come toward the south; but it shall not be as the former, or as the latter.
30 For the ships of Chittim shall come against him: therefore he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant: so shall he do; he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant.
31 And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate.
All of this is to take place at the appointed time of Elohim (God). Elohim (God) will allow these things to take place in preparation of the coming judgment of Elohim (God) at the return of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah. In (verse 30) the ships of Chittim, representing the true children of Elohim (God) that began with the gentiles who came to salvation; they are coming in ships. This is a representation of the church, In Daniel it says they shall come against the king of the north; the Babylonians. The king of the north is a spiritual representation of Satan. In the (30th verse), in reference to the king of the north it says "therefore, he shall be grieved, and return, and have indignation against the holy covenant." The holy covenant are the truly saved pictured in the ships of Chittim that came against the king of the north. When the king of the north is grieved and returns to battle, it says, "he shall even return, and have intelligence with them that forsake the holy covenant." Those who forsake the holy covenant are those who are playing the game of Christianity. They like to think in their own minds that they are a Christian, but have never truly been saved. It is in this way that they forsake the holy covenant.
In (verse 30), the king of the north has returned and has intelligence with those who forsake the holy covenant; they have an agreement in thought. To see what this agreement is about we look at (verse 31), "and arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength." When it speaks of arms being on his part. During the Old Testament times Israel was taken out of bondage to Egypt, which is a spiritual representation of us being delivered from the bondage of Satan.
Deuteronomy 5:15 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy Elohim (God) brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm:...
Elohim (God) says that he delivered Israel by his stretched out arm. We also read from Isaiah.
Isaiah 59:15-17 15 Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
16 And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
17 For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
The arm is a spiritual representation of salvation. The king of the north has arms on his part that shall pollute the holy sanctuary of strength. The spiritual picture is the king of the north brings a message of salvation. Which is a false gospel that will not lead to salvation and he deceives those who forsake the true Holy covenant into believing his is true. As we continue in (verse 31) it covers how it is accomplished, “and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. This false gospel that he introduces to the church is an abomination to the Lord for it makes desolate. This is the abomination of desolation that was spoke of in (Matthew 24:15).
Matthew 24:15 15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand
in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
This is referring to a false gospel that is being taught in the churches Remember the response of Yahshua (Jesus) when His disciples asked “what shall be the signs of thy coming, and the end of the world.” Keep in mind Yahshua (Jesus)' response to their question.
Matthew 24:4, 5 4 And Yahshua (Jesus) answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.
5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Messiah (Christ); and shall deceive many.
We have gone back to the Old Testament and set the stage for everything. In Matthew, Yahshua (Jesus) spoke of a false gospel that will deceive many in the church. I believe we can see more clearly when Yahshua (Jesus) says, "For many shall come in my name," Yahshua (Jesus) is not speaking of people presenting themselves as the Messiah (Christ) who are coming in their own name. They come in the name of Yahshua (Jesus) and they think they are Christians. Because of the intelligence they have with Satan, (the king of the north), they truly believe they are following a true gospel. As the people say in Matthew "saying, I am the Messiah (Christ); and shall deceive many." Because these people think they are following the true gospel and because they claim that Yahshua (Jesus) is the Messiah (Christ), from that point their message is twisted to not lead to salvation.
This false gospel that is being spread is not one from the people deceived. It is from Satan himself (the king of the north) as he is deceiving the followers.
The message of this false gospel presents a different Messiah (Christ), rather than the true Messiah (Christ), the true son of Elohim (God), even though they start by coming in the name of the Messiah (Christ), and claiming that Yahshua (Jesus) is the true Messiah (Christ). After that point their message speaks of a different Messiah (Christ) with a different way of salvation then what the Bible speaks of.
However, their message is so close to the true gospel of salvation that if it were possible it would deceive even the elect of Elohim (God). Those who are truly saved by grace through faith.
Matthew 24:24 24 For there shall arise false Messiahs (Christs), and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
The false Messiahs (Christs) this verse is speaking of are not people who come proclaiming themselves to be the Messiah (Christ). Rather, those who think they have the true gospel of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ). Yet their twisted version of the gospel of the Messiah (Christ) presents a different Messiah (Christ). The gospel they bring is so close to the truth, that if it were possible, it would deceive even the very elect of Elohim (God). The only reason it is not possible to deceive the very elect is because of Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ), and not because of the individual. Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ) holds them securely in his hand.
What is this false gospel of Yahshua (Jesus)? And how can we tell it from the true gospel of Yahshua (Jesus)?
To try and help us understand the truth from the false we must take a close biblical look at salvation. In fact, this is where we began this entire adventure so some of it may be repeating of what was said earlier in the beginning of this discussion.
If you were to go into virtually any church today and ask them how one is saved, they would no doubt say that it's very simple. All you have to do is accept Yahshua (Jesus) from your own free will, because Elohim (God) will never save someone against their will.
What I would like to do is look in the Bible, at a couple of examples of Yahshua (Jesus), bringing salvation to someone.
John 1:1-5 1 And as Yahshua (Jesus) passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3 Yahshua (Jesus) answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of Elohim (God) should be made manifest in him.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
During this time era the religious leaders would teach that people with a defect was a result of sin.
However, here in this story in John we have a man that is blind from birth; he was born blind. The disciples reasoning within themselves no doubt figured that there is no way his defective sight could be a result of his sin. So they asked Yahshua (Jesus), who had sinned this man or his parents, figuring that the sin of the parents would be carried down to the children.
In Yahshua’ (Jesus’) response to the disciples question. He said neither this man nor his parents have sinned.
His blindness is for a reason; so that the work of Elohim (God) can be manifest in him. The word manifest means to be made known or visible that which has been hidden or unknown. The gospel of salvation is a mystery so that people could not understand the mysteries, unless it has been given by Yahshua (Jesus) the Messiah (Christ) to understand.
Just as the parables that Yahshua (Jesus) spoke, when the disciples asked him about parables. His reply
was as follows:
Mark 4:11 11 And he said unto them, Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of Elohim (God):
but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:
We are also told in 1 Corinthians:
1 Corinthians 2:6-8 6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of
the princes of this world, that come to nought:
7 But we speak the wisdom of Elohim (God) in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which Elohim (God) ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
I will show you one more, but there are many more that we could look at:
Romans 11:25 25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in.
We see from these passages that the mystery is the hidden treasure of salvation which has been hidden by Elohim (God), and in the last verse I showed you from Romans, part of the purpose for the mystery of salvation it is hidden from the physical people of Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles come in.
What it means by the fullness of the Gentiles come in. Salvation is not only for the physical Hebrew people of the world, but the Gentiles are also included. Therefore, the gospel of salvation is a mystery until the working of Elohim (God) is complete and to those whom Elohim (God) plans to save, Elohim (God) reveals the mystery unto them.
As we begin to look again in the gospel of John where Yahshua (Jesus) healed the eyes of the blind man. I will just quickly touch on something that is said in verse 4 of John chapter 9.
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
In (verse 4), Yahshua (Jesus) indicates that there will be a time coming, that he refers to as the night when no man can work, that is to say the true gospel shall not be heard.
Amos 8:11, 12 11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord ELOHIM (GOD), that I will send a famine in the land, not
a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.