The Decree that Ends the Diaspora
Scripture tells us:
"The people of Israel are to serve the king of Babylon until the kingdom of Persia comes to power." (2 Chron.36:21).
The Old Testament is a book of metaphore. Paul called it the "guardian", awaiting the appearance of the True Father (Jesus Christ). The Old Testament's metaphores form the template on which the New Covenant is based. For this reason, we can examine its pages and search out the symbolisms which predict the events of Christianity. This is how prophecy works in scripture.
The words written above concerning the kingdom of Persia in the Book of Chronicles relate to the Jewish captivity in Babylon. As a metaphore, however, they apply to the Diaspora the House of Israel's 2000-year captivity at the hands of the powers of this world. This wider dispersion is still in progress. Scripture tells us it will end when the kingdom of Persia comes to power.
That means the Diaspora will not end until the East has conquered the western world. Since the days of Alexander the Great of Greece, the world has lived under western political domination. The prince of Persia will end that domination, precisely as Cyrus did the dominence of Babylon.
The Diaspora will end by the decree of the Prince of Persia. That decree will contain three elements found in Old Testament metaphore:
First, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon erected a golden statue and issued a proclamtion concerning it which was read to all the people:
"Men of all peoples, nations, languages! This is required of you: the moment you hear the sound of horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, or any other instrument, you must prostrate yourselves and worship the gold statue erected by king Nebucadnezzar. Those who do not prostrate themselves and worship shall immediately be thrown into the burning fiery furnace." (Dan.3:4-7).
Second, Cyrus, the Persian king who defeated Babylon, and killed Nebuchadnezzar issued his own decree. Gaining control of all of Babylon's spoils, he read a proclamation freeing the Jews from Babylon and allowing them to return to Jerusalem and Judea.
"Now in the first year of Cyrus king o fPersia, to fulfill the word of the Lord that was spoken through jseremiah, the Lord roused the spirt of Cyrus king of Persia to issue a roclamation and to have it publicly displayed throught his kingdom.
'Thus speaks Cyrus, king of Persisia, "Yahweh, the God of heaven has given me all the kngs of the earth; he has ordered me to build him a Temple in Jerusalem in Judah. Whoever there is among you of all his people, may his God be with him! Let him go up to Jerusalem to Judah to build the Temple of the Lord, the God of Israel..." (Ezra 1:1-4).
Third, the Book of Maccabees, speaking of the events at the time of Antiochus IV Epiphanes tells us that he (Antiochus) also issued a proclamation:
"Then the king issued a proclamation to his whole kingdom tht all were to become a single people, each renouncing his particular customs." (1 Mac.1:41-44)
All three of these decrees and the events surrounding them unite in the circumstances of the last days. Each of them point in their own way to the events we can expect to see when that pivotal time arrives.
The Book of Revelation shows us that the decree of the Beast (portrayed in scripture metaphorically by Antiochus, will also revolve around an unholy statue. The Man of Evil, it says, will erect a statue to honor the beast with the mortal wound (secularism). He will be able to breathe life into the statue and make it speak. It will have power to put to death anyone who fails to worship it. (Rev.13:14-16).
The beast's statue will relate closely to the desecration of the altar of Christ's Eucharistic sacrifice and to the iniquity that is to be placed on Jesus' 'perpetual sacrifice' itself.
The desecration of the Vatican and the proclamation that accompanies it, commanding everyone to be a single people under the beast and to worship him under penalty of death, will free the House of Israel from Babylon. That is because the proclamation together with the desecration of the Communion sacrifice will violate the treaty Jesus (the King of the Jews) made with Babylon. Isaiah is very clear about the magnitude and implications of this event:
"Ravaged, ravaged the earth, despoiled, despoiled, as the Lord has said...The earth is defiled under its inhabitants' feet for they have transgressed the law, violated the precept, broken the everlasting covenant. So a curse consumes the earth and its inhabitants suffer the penalty. That is why the inhabitants of the earth are burnt up and few men are left." (Is.24:1-6).
Seeing into these prophecies, but only barely, many early Protestants came to the conclusion that the Vatican (because of its showy liturgy) was the 'beast' and this opinion became a key part of the engine which drove them to escape the Roman Church's influence over their lives. History has shown us, however, that all this did was to spread the Christian faith farther out into the scattered dispersion. No Prince of Persia appeared in response to this flight. And that is the key to the captivity of Babylon (and to our separation from it) -- the appearance of the Prince of Persia. ("The people of Israel are to serve the king of Babylon until the kingdom of Persia comes to power." 2 Chron.36:21).
The Antichrist will come at the head of an eastern conspiracy to destroy the Christian Church. And the swarm of soldiers spawned by this iron monster will roll to their victories across Europe and Asia using missles and mobilized warfare. Because of this, Persia's separation of the people of God from Babylon will not come easily. It will be a bloody disconnection -- infinitely more harsh than anything that has ever preceded it. (Mat.24:21).
Scripture portrays the beast as the "prince of Persia", but will he be Persian? The allegories in the Book of Esther indicate that he probably will not be. Haman, in his metaphorical portrayal of the beast, was not Persian by birth (though he later rose to major power there). Like Haman, scripture shows that the beast's association with an area immediately east of the Euphrates will be indisputable. The Rebel will gather his political following and much of his military strength by embracing the Parthian east.
A codicle to this treaty was negotiated for the Jews by Jeremiah under God's grace (Jeremiah chapters 42-44). It allowed an early returnin advance of the Persian decreefor some Jewish military leaders, but it carried strict limitations.
Jeremiah warned these leaders that they had to stay strictly within the boundaries assigned to them, and to refrain from military activity or aggression, otherwise a great disaster, he said, would befall them. As Jeremiah's words show, the Jewish army leaders in the metaphore 2500 years ago did not listen to the warning but made straightaway for Egypt. "They carry out plans that are not mine and make alliances not inspired by me, and so add sin to sin. They have left for Egypt, without consulting me, to take refuge in Pharaoh's protection." (Is. 30:1-15). And true to the prophecy, the entire contingent -- the whole remnant God had permitted to return (except for a few refugees) was annihilated.
This was an obvious metaphore, and we must assume it applies to a history that is currently in progress.
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