STATE OF THE WORLD

CHAPTER 46                   TO INDEX

THE WORLD

  1. "I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.  Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal offerings, I will not accept them, and the peace offerings of your fatted beasts I will not look upon.

  2. Take away from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen.  But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream."

  3. These are but a few words that describe all of the churches and the congregations of the whole of the world. It is the 20th century and I dare say; there is not a single truthful, Christian congregation left upon all the earth.

  4. For this is what all of them are doing, they assemble themselves making prayer and singing songs, doing what is hated by God. All these assemble themselves only to ease their conscience, making a show of themselves as if somehow they were religious.

  5. But in truth they are irreligious, by which to anger the Lord against their own selves. But these do not realize how all their deeds and speeches are evil, how with their religion they work themselves deeper into hell. Next time when you hear them signing in a church know that they are cursing themselves.

  6. And why should I again teach them what it is that they should be doing? Has not the Lord in many ways told them what it is they should be doing? Therefore these will bear their punishment.

ISRAEL

  1. "Thus says the Lord of hosts: My cities shall again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and again choose Jerusalem.'"

  2. Ho! ho!  Flee from the land of the north, says the Lord;  for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, says the Lord.   Ho!  Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon.

  3. For thus said the Lord of hosts, he who touches you touches the apple of his eye."

  4. The earth turns for Israel, for the Lord has given her double for her sins, but with everlasting mercy He will build her again.  And since the nations have not tasted the wrath of the Lord for their sins, their turn has come.  For thus spoke the Lord:

  5. "I am very angry with the nations that are at ease; for while I was angry but a little they furthered the disaster.   Therefore, thus says the Lord, I have returned to Jerusalem with compassion; my house shall be built in it, says the Lord of hosts, and the measuring line shall be stretched out over Jerusalem."

THE PEOPLE AROUND ISRAEL

  1. Thus said the Lord:  "Lo, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the peoples round about; it will be against Judah also in the siege against Jerusalem.

  2. On that day I will make Jerusalem a heavy stone for all the peoples; all who lift it shall grievously hurt themselves.   And all the nations of the earth will come together against it."

  3. A cup of reeling, do you know what that means?  --  No you don't, --  you will have to experience it.  And again said the Lord:

  4. "I have heard the taunts of Moab and the reviling of the Ammonites, how they have taunted my people and made boasts against their territory.

  5. Therefore, as I live," says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, " Moab shall become like Sodom, and the Ammonites like Gomorrah, a land possessed by nettles and salt pits, and a waste for ever. 

  6. The remnant of my people shall plunder them, and the survivors of my nation shall possess them."

  7. Who are the nations round about Israel?   You know them, and it does not exclude Iran, Iraq, nor the Arabians.    And you know their taunts, and their reviling against Israel, therefore will they be wasted as the Lord said.  For again said the Lord:

  8. "On that day, says the Lord, I will strike every horse with panic, and its rider with madness.   But upon the house of Judah I will open my eyes, when I strike every horse of the peoples with blindness.

  9. This shall be their lot in return for their pride, because they scoffed and boasted against the people of the Lord of hosts."

  10. And you that call yourselves Palestinians, who will commit suicide just so you can drive yourselves into the deeper parts of hell, you will come to a full destruction.  You may think to be killing Israelites, but these will live again, while you touched the apple of your eye.  For again said the Lord:

  11. "Woe to you inhabitants of the seacoast, you nation of the Cher'ethites! The word of the Lord is against you, O Canaan, land of the Philistines; and I will destroy you till no inhabitant is left."

  12. And:   Because of the day that is coming to destroy all the Philistines, to cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper that remains.   For the Lord is destroying the Philistines, the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.

  13. Till no inhabitants left!  You of course have no idea as to what that means until it is exacted upon you.  The nations will be astonished.   But why O you foolish ones?    For had you listened to words of wisdom it could have been different."  

  14. And while no suicide bomber will believe me, nor understand my word, you ought to know that the instant when they blew themselves up, they came to the biggest surprise of their lives; how instead of glory or favor - they found themselves being transported to the dungeons of Hades for a terrible judgment to await them.  

  15. All of them the instant after the explosion, inclusive Japanese suicide pilots, or any such persons anywhere anytime, could have wished that they could go back in to time, to undo their folly.

BABYLON & BABYLON

  1. Who is Babylon?  The answer depends on the reference!    It can be the country or the area known as such, as it may be in the following reference:

  2. "The word which the Lord spoke concerning Babylon, concerning the land of the Chalde'ans, by Jeremiah the prophet:  "Declare among the nations and proclaim, set up a banner and proclaim, conceal it not, and say:  Babylon is taken, bell, is put to shame, mer'odach is dismayed.  Her images are put to shame, her idols are dismayed.    

  3. For out of the North a nation has come up against her, which shall make her land a desolation, and none shall dwell in it; both man and beast shall flee away."

  4. For what creature would dwell where the heat of atomic explosions has desolated the countryside?  Nor am I saying that it will be by such devices, but surely the Lord did not in vain give to man His secrets to the atom. 

  5. But there is another reference that may very well pertain to the whole of the world:  "Hark! a cry from Babylon! The noise of great destruction from the land of the Chalde'ans!

  6. "For the Lord is laying Babylon waste, and stilling her mighty voice. Their waves roar like many waters, the noise of their voice is raised; for a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon; her warriors are taken, their bows are broken in pieces; for the Lord is a God of recompense, he will surely requite."

  7. Like the word 'Egypt' has its reference to the country as such, and also to the whole of the world,  so the word Babylon has its reference in like manner.  And to know when or where the reference is to the one or the other, one must have a mind of understanding.   Then there is also the word 'Chalde'ans', and 'Medes', and 'Tyre' and 'Sidon' to which specific reference may apply.

  8. The term Babylon - for the world - refers to the evil, the world of evil, which is not quite so with the term Egypt, which has its reference to the world in the whole of the nations thereof, specifically the Gentile nations.  

  9. And while the term Chalde'ans - meaning; 'the strong' - may have its reference to the inhabitants, but more prominently according to its meaning it refers to the strong ones, the heads of the people, the ones in charge etc.

  10. The following passage of the Scriptures may shed some light, quote:  "Flee from the midst of Babylon, and go out of the land of the Chalde'ans, and be as he-goats before the flock.  

  11. Do you know what it means; "To be a he-goat before the flock"? Blessed are you if you do. And so the quotation continues;

  12. For behold, I am stirring up and bringing against Babylon a company of great nations from the North country, and they shall array themselves against her, from there she shall be taken.   Their arrows are like a skilled warrior who does not return empty handed  Chaldea shall be plundered; all who plunder her shall be sated, says the Lord."

  13. This passage does not refer to the US and its coalition taking out the Chalde'ans in the country known as Iraq, simply because it is a number of nations from the North, rather than from the West, from which the present coalition is.  

  14. The reference in the term 'Babylon' here in conjunction with the reference to 'the Chalde'ans, is more specific of the area surrounding the navel of the earth, the Lord warning them to flee from the land of the Chalde'ans, from among all the strong ones, since a number of Chalde'ans are coming down from the North to destroy them.

  15. The following passage then may have a like reference, and/or it may have its reference to a greater meaning; quote:  "The sea has come up on Babylon; she is covered with its tumultuous waves.  Her cities have become a horror, a land of drought and a desert, a land in which no-one dwells, and though which no son of man passes.  

  16. Go out of the midst of her my people! Let every man save his life from the fierce anger of the Lord." Shall I now repeat these last word here? Let them sink into you if in any way at all your life is sacred to you.

  17.   Then there is the following passage that does not have its reference to a mere single nation; quote:  

  18. "Therefore, behold, the days are coming when I will punish the images of Babylon; her whole land shall be put to shame, and all her slain shall fall in the midst of her.   "Then the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them, shall sing for joy over Babylon;  for the destroyers shall come against them out of the North, says the Lord."

  19. And now it states "from the North" there is again more than one understanding here.  And so why am I expounding all this when the words of the Scriptures will not, and cannot be understood except by those of understanding?  And however much I may speak, or expound upon it is for none but the wise.   

  20. And now that some may think; - "This is all for Israel,  she will be protected while we will be desolated." You have indeed a point, but again it is written:  "Hark, a rumor! Behold, it comes! -- a great commotion out of the north country to make the cities of Judah a desolation, a lair of jackals."

  21. And so it is written, quote:  "Babylon must fall for the slain of Israel, as for Babylon have fallen the slain of all the earth:"   If then this last sentence is to your comprehension, note how the term Babylon here is specific for evil, or evil ones.  For it is not only the people of Iraq that must perish for their hatred and sins against Israel.

  22. But it is for the evil ones in all the earth that the slain of all the earth have fallen.   Nor was Babylon, or Iraq as such the only one to sin against Israel, the Arabs and Palestinians and many others no less, inclusive Spain, Germany, and Great Britton.

  23. And so it is written: "Therefore, behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will execute judgment upon her images, and through all her land the wounded shall groan.  "Though Babylon (the world as such) should mount up to heaven, and though she should fortify her strong height, yet destroyers would come from Me upon her, says the Lord."

  24.   "Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.    For lo, I am rousing the Chalde'ans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize habitations not their own.".

  25. The corrupters of the Scriptures took out the word "Chalde'ans", and replaced it with the word "Babylonians".  That is like saying that not the United States and it coalition, but aliens from another world. That is how stupid these translators are. 

  26. The servants of Satan are not sleeping too well lately since the coalition from the West is defeating their aspirations for Babylon, or Iraq as they mistakenly see it.  In order now to comprehend the words spoken of the Lord, first and foremost one needs to be instructed of the Almighty Lord. 

  27. And secondly, to look at the correct wording, and not the corruptions thereof.   And thirdly, to read the whole message, and not just a partial.

  28. For if I say to you that "Chalde'ans, means the "strong" and/or ruthless, and that it will be these, you are still left to wonder as to whom they are, and as such could very well be the Babylonians, or Iraqi.   And so I will expound the whole of the message.

  29. And before I quote to you the rest of the words written by Habakkuk, let us consider the words; "I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told".    And so why am I putting words unto paper, to speak unto you, for you are not likely to believe that which I am about to pronounce?  

  30. It is the Lord who said it, "that you would not believe - if told."   And yet why then is it written?  It is for the sons of the Lord, for those whose names are not written in the earth, for them that they might understand.  And secondly, it is for them that are to perish that in the end will come to say;  "It 'was' written, but we did not understand."

  31. And now the next words; quote: "For lo, I am rousing",  -- I advised the President of the US of A, to do as the Lord had given it in his heart, and he did exactly that.  Who then do you think instigated this war with Iraq, and who instructed His servant Mr. Bush, as king of that nation, to unsheathe the sword?   

  32. How many times does it have to be said that it is the Lord who creates war and peace?   How pitiful therefore is the ignorance of so many people that parade against the action of the hand of the Lord, as if they could twist the hand of the Lord.

  33.   And now more of the words of the Lord by Habakkuk:   " Dread and terrible are they; their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.   Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than the evening wolves; their horsemen press proudly on. Yea, their horsemen come from afar; they fly like an eagle swift to devour."  

  34. Who now might these Chalde'ans be, whose horses are swifter than leopards, (that take off in fighter jets)?   And coming from afar (not as near as Iraq, or Syria)   Flying like an eagle, swift to devour (since it has only been in the decades since the Wright brothers began that men began to soar like an eagle).  And yes indeed who might these Chalde'ans be looking at these words by Habakkuk? 

  35. You are not going to know whom they be - by looking at these words by Habakkuk, other than they being depicted as "the strong" and or ruthless along with it.  It requires a further gift of God, a greater instruction in all of the words of the Lord by the various prophets.  One is to place more pieces of the puzzle into place in order to behold what the picture looks like.

  36. Sometime ago I placed a rather cryptic sentence in one of the pages of this website, quote:  "And to the Bear, I know what you want deep down in your heart, you are not a friend of the west except for convenience.   Your opportunity now will arise, and you will act accordingly, but in the end it will not be as you had thought." unquote.

  37. We know who the Bear is, that great head in the middle that died upon its own bed.   It now may have died as a 'head of the eagle', but its body is still functioning being held for what is yet to come.   

  38. And so I said; "Your opportunity will arise, and you will act accordingly," for that Bear along with others will as yet come to devastate many people, and invade nations in order that the word of the Lord may be brought to fulfilling.

  39.   And so my dear people are you believing that which I am expounding to you?  If you ask your preachers you will see me as a false prophet, but it is to your own demise that the word of this so called false prophet is  coming to pass, while the words and the aspirations of your priests and of your prophets to which you give ear so readily is not coming to pass.

  40. No, it is not just Russia, the Bear as you might apprehend from my words, But I shall quote you the words of Esdras:  "Behold clouds from the East and from the North unto the South, and they are very terrifying to look upon, full of wrath and storm.  And they shall smite upon one another, and shall smite down a great multitude of stars upon the earth, and even their own star." 

  41. From the east and north,  for it is often spoken of a king of the North.  But without a right understanding relevant to the passage this can be deceiving since there are a number of kings from the North, good as well as bad.   

  42. This one "Star" that will be killed by these kings, (or clouds as the words are)  from the North and East, is not an evil one, or these evil clouds, these strong and ruthless ones, these Chalde'ans, would not be killing him.   

  43. And while that single star, labeled as a "star of the world" is also one from the North, it however was not from the North from which he was to arise, but rather as prophesied - from the West.

  44. And now the rest of the words from Habakkuk:  "They all come for violence; terror of them goes before them. They gather captives like sand.  At kings they scoff, and of rulers they make sport.   They laugh at every fortress, for they heap up earth and take it.   Then they sweep by like the wind and go on, guilty men, whose own might is their god!."

  45. The aspirations of the President of the USA, and that of other leaders, and of a great many people to bring peace into the world, and to secure for freedom, is all fine and admirable, and they should indeed look for it.  But what their aspirations are and what will occur are two very different things since it is as the Lord said:  "His decree is against "all" nations."

  46. And: "I will utterly sweep away everything from the face of the earth," says the Lord.   "I will sweep away man and beast;   I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea.   I will overthrow the wicked;   I will cut off mankind from the face of the earth," says the Lord."

  47.   I gave you nations a way out of your predicament, or at least a lessening thereof in the year 1991 on one of these web-pages, but no-one would listen, nor are you likely to listen to the wisdom that I placed before you, lest the word of the Lord would not be true as it is now.  

  48. And so what is the score?   It is not peace that the world or the rulers thereof will be looking for, but rather - "They come for violence, all of them" so said the Lord.

  49. Taking many people captive, and with their modern machinery there is no fortress that shall intimidate them, nor any president or ruler for whom they will back down.   Because, and so I say to you my dear people that are about to be put under, these are the Chalde'ans, and Babylonians if you will, both strong and ruthless, guilty men, so the Lord said whose god is their own might.

  50. They will not believe a word of what I have said, for their aspirations are not for the good of men, nor is there any regard in them for the word of the Lord, not of prophesy nor of wisdom.  It is the intend of the Lord to make the earth desolate, desolate of men, and of all the wicked with their wicked inventions.  

  51. Therefore He the Lord is arousing, them, that is - not one nation, not just Babylonians, but many nations, from the North, and from the East, and from the West as well as from the South, from the four winds of heaven, to strike upon one another.

  52. As many therefore will perish, and much damage will be done to the beauty of men, this will not be the end, nor of the powers of the nations and the rulers of the earth.  But many will become insatiable with no regard for authority or for right dealings.  

  53. But then the day will come, that the Lord will again call upon them, upon many nations to gather themselves for battle.  And being afraid - yet they will come and gather themselves for battle.  But as to the outcome of that battle, it will be the shortest of all, and there will be no body bags, nor will they return.

  54.   And so you see - it is as the Lord said: "I will do a work in your days that if it were told you would not believe."   It is a dreadful thing that is to come upon the earth, and all of it comes by the hand of the Lord, arousing whom-so-ever He will to punish man for his sins in whatever fashion He sees fit.   

  55. And as for me and my request of Him, I indeed asked of Him to grind you to powder, the whole lot of you, since in beholding the sons of man I took no pleasure in them.

  56. The whole world is currently tuned to a coalition of men devastating the Chalde'ans among the Babylonians, the ruthless among a people that do not know their right hand from their left.   But what is it to fear the US of A, or a pair of ruthless persons?  

  57.  If there is to be any fear, you ought to fear the Lord who is bringing it about.   And if in fear you look to the West, you ought sooner look to the North, and to the East,  yes round about you from which the sword will strike you.   

  58. Currently the ones from the West are acting in a civil manner, bringing aid along with the sword.  But the sun going down to rise for another day it will be different, and these will have no mercy upon the people of Iraq, nor upon those that border on the sea.  

  59. These will truly be the Chalde'ans to terrify Babylon.   And do not now mistake the term Babylon, for just a single people, but rather as "the world" seeing how Babylon translate into the world, even as the term Egypt translate into the world, each in their own perspective.

The mindless teachers

  1. What is man to have wisdom, or the sons of man to know what is past present and in his day to come?  The preachers of man may make it appear as if God has miscalculated the actions of man, but that is only to cover the evident lies of their false teachings.  If then you are wise you ought to recognize them by their own words.

  2. For example, note how one stated, quote:  "Only Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and all the prophets had God's Holy Spirit."  Unquote.    Stupid! - is that what you would say?   Of course it is,, 

  3. "For I will send you the Counselor (the Holy Spirit) so the Lord himself said, to abide with all of those that believe on Him.  Since again they cannot very well believe, nor keep His law without that Spirit.  Nor would baptism have any meaning to be baptized in the name of the Father, the Son, while to exclude the Holy Spirit.

  4. Then note what verse in the book of Luke he is utilizing to support his mindless apprehension in the word of God;  quote: "There you will weep and gnash your teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out."  (Luke).

  5. How is that sentence an indication that only these are in the salvation of God?   Does he think the Lord should have named each and everyone of that countless number, just so as to satisfy the ignorance of liars?   There would not have been enough scrolls in Israel at the time to list them.

  6.   The false prophets, and all those lending themselves to the desire of the Devil must be very upset that the leaders of the coalition are determined to see it to the end.   Note how one of those false one's said;   "The Mighty Ephraim (USA) has come to his end, and will end his days in terror.  

  7. Donít you remember what Paul wrote to the Thessalonians about the secret power of lawlessness, and how the one who holds it back will be taken out of the way?" unquote.

  8. And yes what did Paul write?    2 Thess: 2:7 "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains it will do so until he is out of the way."  

  9. The question then is "who is the 'He' that restrains, and who is 'he' that is to be out of the way?   The way this false preacher puts it,  it is supposed to be the US who is holding back God until God is out of the way, so that his master the devil will have the upper hand.  But where was the US of A ten centuries ago when the evil one, the Satan was being restrained?  

  10. Stupid is it not since the US with all its might is not even a match for the Satan all by himself.   Note again what he said; quote:  "No one needs to be told today whom it is thatís holding back the forces of evil and restraining the nations!   Everyone knows that itís the U.S. Ė Ephraim of the Bible. Heís the one Ė the son of God (Jer 31:20) Ė appointed for this very purpose." unquote.

  11. He is taking the restrainer and the one to be put out of the way as one and the same.  But that is not what Paul said, and rather than me quoting the same you should read all of the verses in 2 Thess. 2, from verse 3 to verse 12.   And while he quotes Jer 31:20, where it reads   

  12. "Is E'phraim my dear son?  Is he my darling child? For as often as I speak against him, I do remember him still. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, says the Lord."

  13. This has no reference to the US of A, but to the sons of Israel.   And from verse 6, the US of A,  did not exist during the time of Paul, nor in the sixteen some centuries since Paul when God was holding back the one of lawlessness - until all the nations which He had ordained to come forth, had come.

  14. Paul in saying (in verse 6) "what" is restraining, - the "what" is the "grace" of God is restraining him namely; the lawless one, the emissary of Satan, so as to give all men a chance to come unto His grace and salvation.   For this particular one, called the lawless one by Paul, is depicted by Daniel as the little horn that came up before which three of them were plucked up by the roots.   

  15. And elsewhere, as also by Daniel, as the one that understands riddles, and who will magnify himself against God, causing the offerings, the prayers, to cease, and who will persecute all those that call upon the Lord, the saints.   For he will set up his trophies in every land, and call for the sun to go dark, and the moon to become bloody, and it will come to pass for him.   

  16. He will proclaim that he is God, and for all his marvels, healing the sick, walking on water, and being acquainted with riddles, etc, the world as a whole will come to believe in him.  And these will come to assist him in persecuting the righteous in the earth, the elect whose faith is in Christ Jesus, the true Son of God.    

  17. Since he of course will put himself for as were he the Son of God.  And it will be as I said; the guilty one accusing his opponent of his own crimes.

  18.   This lawless one is not really a man, but an angel, the Satan himself as such.  For it is somewhere written.  "And there arose war in heaven, and the Satan and his host were defeated, and cast down upon the earth."   For he is the beast that accents from the bottomless pit, as revealed in the book of Revelations.   

  19. And again: " But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!"

  20. Just think of a bear driven into a corner, and wounded, he is angry this devil, for having been defeated by the angels of God,  and now he is driven to what for him may be what a jail-cell is unto us, to come among men.   And on whom do you think he will take vengeance?  

  21. This is what Christ Jesus said:   "And when the dragon saw that he had been thrown down to the earth, he pursued the woman who had borne the male child."

  22. Who then might this women be that bore the male child, the Son of God?  It is none other than the elect of God, the people of Christ Jesus who bore Him in faith.   And now that the unwise will make all sorts of imaginary things out of the words of the book of revelations, that is to their own demise.    

  23. For these judge things according to the letter, not having the Holy Spirit of wisdom, these indeed are known by that value of 666, having derived of the same, seeing also how it is clearly marked upon them.

  24. It was given me of the Lord of all mercies to understand riddles, and by the same I spoke many riddles in an effort to speak with the wise, and to withhold  knowledge from the unwise.    

  25. And what will the devil proclaim for riddles to expound the same?  No doubt he will twist them to his own advantage if possible to deceive even the elect, for it is the elect in Christ Jesus, that are on the top of his list.

  26. And now that I know that you will neither believe nor understand my word, for there will be a famine in all of the world for the knowledge of my speech.   Then the day will come that you will grow weary of this so called Christ, the Satan, since his actions are not like the actions of the real Christ.    

  27. He is unable to raise the dead, and he will torture men with the cruelest of all tortures, and bidding them with gifts to renounce the law of heaven.

  28. And some will take his gifts, while others will not, and many will escape into deserts, into lonely places, hiding away, to await the day of the coming of the real God of heaven.  

  29. In that time many will begin to realize that they have been deceived by a false Christ, and they bid the devil, to himself go after the elect to find them for torture and maltreatment.

  30. Such will be the times of the end, if anyone has an ear - let him hear.

  31. And for a good measure allow me to quote these following statements.  "But with an overflowing flood he will make a full end of his adversaries, and will pursue his enemies into darkness."

  32. Do you know what that darkness is you men of the earth?  You will come to know it!   "For behold, the Lord is coming forth out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth."

  33. Do you know what the high places of the earth are you dull of understanding? When you are trampled upon you will know it.  "Fire devours before them, and behind them a burning flame. The land is like the garden of Eden before them, but after them a desolate wilderness, and nothing escapes them."  

  34. Their appearance is like the appearance of horses, and like war horses they run.  As with the rumbling of chariots, they leap on the tops of the mountains, like the crackling of a flame of fire devouring the stubble, like a powerful army drawn up for battle."

  35. It is of no use to hide, you will be found no matter where you go.  Nor have you ever recognized us, as to whom your friend or your enemy was, nor is the force of gravity of any concern, for it is an army unlike any the world has ever seen.

  36. "Before them peoples are in anguish, all faces grow pale.  Like warriors they charge, like soldiers they scale the wall. They march each on his way, they do not swerve from their paths.  They do not jostle one another, each marches in his path; they burst through the weapons and are not halted."

  37. And what is it with you hero's, and your usual arrogance to now act like cowards?   For this is what I call an army, one that is truly disciplined and full of courage.  And these, we, are invincible.

  38. "They leap upon the city, they run upon the walls; they climb up into the houses, they enter through the windows like a thief.  The earth quakes before them, the heavens tremble. The sun and the moon are darkened, and the stars withdraw their shining."

  39. And what is it that you expect of us with the Lord as our King before us?   Did we not tell you before-hand into whom we placed our trust, and that He is the God of heaven and earth?

  40. "The Lord sounds his voice before his army, for his host is exceedingly great; he that executes his word is powerful. For the day of the Lord is great and very terrible; who can endure it?"

  41. You men of the earth, cowards as you appear to be - certainly cannot endure it.  With all your bravery you are now slain as dogs, and to the dogs you will indeed go, as food for them and for the vultures.

  42. And what might the reason be - as if you did not know you men of the earth?   "I will requite Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, says the Lord."

  43. "The Lord has a day of vengeance, a year of recompense for the cause of Zion.   Behold, I am against you, O destroying mountain, says the Lord, which destroys the whole earth; I will stretch out my hand against you, and roll you down from the crags, and make you a burnt mountain."

  44. And you thought we were the destroyers of the earth, but you are the murderers, and the adulterers, and for whom, or by whom the earth will come to be a burned mountain.

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