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Understanding the language of the Bible is critical. The language of the N.T. is written in the later Greek, and the writers applied the Greek to subjects on which it had never been used by native Greek writers. The things concerning Jewish affairs, their theology, and rituals. I have committed the work of the Greek dictionary found within, to assist in your personal study, and in repelling those who choose to distort the word. Acquaint yourself with the language of the Greek N.T., you will find it to be of an indispensable importance.
The author of these articles and features quotes verses from the King James Version. We investigate the Bible's original text, examine the Greek, Hebrew, text, context, symbols, and terminologies. We will continue to make every effort to aid readers to grow in their individual faith. We will also make every effort to assist, and to support those who have vowed to honor our Lord Jesus Christ, and His finished work.
For all those who reject Jesus Christ and those who have fallen into idol worship, have built their house on sand, therefore this world is as good as it gets. But for all those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ, who have built their house on the ROCK, this world is as bad as it gets!
The feet, part of iron and miry clay:
The book of Revelation was written by John the apostle around 95 or 96 A.D. It concerns the future of men and nations. It concerns the saints, and the false religious systems of the world and their leaders. It speaks of the coming judgment of God upon the earth because the people of this world have turned their back on their Creator and Savior.
Rev.17:1, one of seven angels comes to John and said, “I will show you the judgment of the great whore that sits upon many waters.” From the Hebrew, “whore” is symbolic of Babylon, the great harlot, as being the chief seat (place) of idolatry. “The kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” She sits on a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, she is arrayed in purple and scarlet color; -- decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, and having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication.”
She is called “mystery Babylon the Great, the mother of harlots and abomination of the earth.” Mystery meaning something know to God alone, but in due time this mystery will be revealed. She is “drunken with the blood of the saints, and the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” These people are called beasts, for they murder and rape, deal is slavery, lie and worship false gods.
She is called the great whore, "The mother of Harlots," “The great city.” And “The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing. And saying, Alas, alas, that (GREAT CITY) that was clothed in fine linen and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in one hour so great riches is come to nothing. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off. And stood afar off. And cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying what city is like unto this great city!”
Let’s go back to Daniel 2, and Nebuchadnezzar’s image of a man. The image seen by Nebuchadnezzar had a head of gold, this represented Babylon; this followed by the Medes and Persians, the breast and arms of silver; followed by the Greeks (the belly and thighs of brass); followed by the Romans (the legs of Iron) and lastly the feet, part of iron and part of clay.
We know about the gold, silver, brass and iron, but who or what qualifies as the feet of iron and part clay? By the way, the Hebrew word clay here refers to potters clay, something that can be used to make vessels; but we also see the words “miry clay”, this being clay not fit for the potter. Babylon was followed by the Medes and Persians; followed by the Greeks, then the Romans, so who is this future entity of iron and clay mix. To this point in history, all the above, Babylon, Medes, Persians, Greece and Rome had some direct connection with God’s people the Jews, and with the land of Israel itself. Taking this into consideration I would suppose the feet of iron and clay mix would also have their hand covered in Jewish and Christian blood.
This woman is said to be the “Mother of Harlots” she is a city that sits on seven hills a place where many ships and sailors that trade their goods will witness her destruction. There are a variety of opinions; many think it represents the Vatican, the pope and the Roman Catholic Church; some think it represents a future world-power, military power or religious power, or the city of Rome itself, or possibly New York City, the financial center of the world.
We are told this city sits on seven mountains (hills,)” this would eliminate all except Rome and Istanbul and because the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream has two legs of iron, and two feet of iron and clay, the two feet most likely represent two entities born of the Roman Empire, and both shall play their part in this end time prophesy.
Now, let’s talk about the city of Constantinople: This great city was founded and named by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 324 A.D., on the site of an already-existing city, Byzantium which was settled in the early days of Greek colonial expansion. It lay astride the land route from Europe to Asia and the seaway from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and had the Golden Horn as a great harbor. Today it is called by the Turks Stamboul or Istanbul.
Byzantium pertains to an ancient city Thrace. Founded on the Sarayburnu promontory around 660 BC as Byzantium, the city now known as Istanbul developed to become one of the most significant cities in history; built upon a high point of land (promontory) projecting into the sea beyond the line of the coast. Today, Istanbul is the largest city in Turkey, having a population of over 14 million and is the largest city in the Middle East, and the sixth-largest city proper in the world. It straddles the Bosphorus strait in northwestern Turkey between the Sea of Marmara and the Black Sea.
Over 11 million foreign visitors come to this great city each year, making it the fifth most popular tourist destination. It is considered a global city, and one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Istanbul's strategic position along the historic Silk Road; rail networks to Europe and the Middle East, and the only sea route between the Black Sea and the Mediterranean making it a vital waterway for many countries including Russian.
Constantinople is where a future Caliphate will rule, he bearing the same relation to the founder of Islam as the pope claims with Saint Peter. Also, the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks is one of the signs of the End time for Islam.
This city of Constantinople served as the capital of three Empires; the Roman, Byzantine and the Latin. It also played a large part in the progression of Christianity during Roman and Byzantine times, before the Ottomans conquered the city in 1453 A.D. and transformed it into an Islamic stronghold, which is to be the seat of the last caliphate.
What do we mean by Caliphate, or Calif? It pertains to a successor and title that is given to the successors of Mohammed. The Calif is considered a vicar, a representative of Mohamed, he bearing the same relation to the founder of Islam as the pope claims to bear to Saint Peter. The Caliphate is the leader of the entire Muslim community.
The city of Constantinople was built on seven hills as well as on the Golden Horn and the Sea of Marmara, presenting an impregnable fortress, it spanning two continents. Today, Istanbul is of great religious importance to Islam, as the conquest of Constantinople was/is one of the signs of the End time for the religion of Islam. The modern Turkish name for the city of Istanbul is derived from the Greek phrase which means “Into the City” or “to the City.”
Constantine presented a representation of the city of Constantinople as tribute to an enthroned Mary and Christ Child in this church mosaic. He identified the site of Byzantium as the right place: a place where an emperor could sit.
In due course, the barbarian hoards overran the Western Roman Empire: Its leaders retreated to Revenna and the city soon came to nothing, in this, Constantinople became the largest city of the Roman Empire and of the world. Emperors no longer had to move from place to place and between various court capitals and palaces. They remained in their palace in this Great City, and sent generals to command their armies. And now the wealth of the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia flowed into Constantinople.
Constantinople was conquered by the Ottoman Empire on Tuesday, 29 May 1453. The Ottomans were commanded by 22-year-old Ottoman Sultan Mehmed II. Islam has the largest community of Muslim followers in Turkey, of whom some 72% belong to the Sunni branch of Islam. The Muslim followers of Iran associate themselves with the Shi’a branch of Islam. They have many disputes between themselves, but do not be deceived for their common enemies are the Jews and Christians. The total elimination of both is their end goal.
Concerning the Muslim religion, and Catholic religion, one third of the world’s population, some two and a half billion people belong to one or the other. So, both the religion of the Roman Catholic Church with its bloody history and idol worship, and the Muslim religion with their false prophets, and their worship of another god may both be in the crosshairs of the Lord’s judgments. To conclude the woman who sits upon her scarlet colored beast, who is decked out in precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication, most likely are the feet of iron mixed with miry clay.
Let us not forget about Bishop Arius the presbyter who in 325 brought in his false teaching and false gospel into the Christian Church. He shouted from the highest places, Jesus Christ the Son of God is inferior to the Father, a created being as is every man, as are the angels of heaven, demons and the devil. This doctrine makes Jesus Christ a brother to the devil. The Christian Church at Constantinople taught this doctrine for most of the 4th century. Today it has been picked up by the cults and is responsible for million having fallen away from the true gospel of Jesus Christ.
Phil LaSpino www.seekfirstwisdom.com
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