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Part IVa, The Lord vs. Satan: SupCtHeaven aka, the Trial of Human History.. aka, Did God err?
God's Script: NOW, versus "Later"
Why does our "NOW" end with a Pre-Trib Rapture? Says Eph1: Because Bride is Completed!

Mirror, NOW: God's Post-Cross, 490-Year, Justice Accounting System for Time

Intra-page links: [Introduction] [Seven Post-Cross Trend Characteristics ] [1. Scripture Rollout ] [2. Back-to-the-Bible] [3. Mass Evangelism] [4. Opposition by Religion ] [5. Mass Migration/Change] [6. New 'Client' rises on ashes of Old one] [7. Wider Geographic spread vs. prior 490] [Sum of 7 Trends ] [Sketch of how #1-#7 play in the 490's since 30AD] [A: 30-520AD ] [B: 520-1010AD] [C: 1010-1500AD] [D: 1500-1990AD] [#7's Geographic Spread, A-D] [1990 Watershed 490 Characteristics] [Bible Teaching Watershed table] [Where are we now?] 
Introduction

Both before and after the Cross, God 'mirrors' time back to us for the same reason He mirrors Himself: to teach. See, we need to have someone show us where we are wrong or right, and God's method is to measure back what's wrong or right, so we can see objectively: principle is most succinctly stated in Matt7:1-2. So if you have a spiritual problem, you'll have a mirroring physical circumstance. So if the world has a time problem, it has a mirroring time segment to go with it. Loss, or gain. And any gain or loss is balanced either prior or later, with a matching time segment of like kind.

More fundamentally, God 'mirrors' time like an accounting transaction, so that everything balances ("for every thing, there is a season" and similar verses). He does this in 490-year segments, starting with Adam. Mirroring.htm shows the tracking of these segments through 70AD, and needs some refining; however, you will see enough proof from the methodology and dates you can check, to see this is a Real Accounting In Real Time, so only Real God can be doing it. There's nothing like this on the internet, so keep your skeptic's hat on, and breathe 1Jn1:9 as needed.

The basis for all this mirroring, moreover, is solely, the believer. We are used to buy time for the world. It's not a figure of speech, but literal, and has been God's Justice Criterion since Adam. So, in Mirroring.htm, you can prove that God grants the Earth 490 more years based on the DDNA of an individual, starting with Adam. Further, these grants of time STACK, if more than one individual alive at the same time, receives it, which greatly improves the prosperity of the Time the Earth gets. However, Mirroring.htm only traced the proof of those grants, to 70AD. Due to the Cross, it seemed as though the 490's terminated or changed. Well, now I realize the 490's are still God's policy, and are still granted. Still as result of DDNA God built in the believer; still means God grants time to at least one believer sufficient to justify continuing Earth's existence for another 490 years. Because, you can prove it still happening on a corporate level, though you can't prove identity of the individual(s).

Finally, as explained in LordvSatan5.htm's first two sections, macro-historically, mankind is steadily DEvolving into animalism, because the sin nature becomes progressively more influential on the soul with each succeeding generation: thus only so many generations remain, before God can no longer justify imputing a soul at birth. There comes a point where the exiting fetus will have too corrupt a biological nature, and the soul will no longer be able to use it. Freedom means freedom of degradation, too: and when that point is reached, there will be no more births. So we're in a race for time, God orchestrating even time, but without gerrymandering: to finish the Trial, finish building up believers for His Son. He can do this without gerrymandering only if enough believers are on earth who are positive to His Will. So He can execute His Will, with consent -- that is not gerrymandering. So we are definitely used to preserve the human race in far more ways than we know. Would that we be so humbled by the realization God chooses to have it be this way (rather than just bing what He wants)!

And mankind had already degenerated too much, almost 1000 years ago. So the only reason Earth continues NOW, is due to God being legally authorized by believers on earth, to bless the people on it; and, to provide added blessing due to Bible contract clauses for past believers' post-mortem blessing benefits ("Perfect Actuary" section of LvS4b.htm). For if you read LvS4a.htm, you can reasonably prove mankind is already in an overtime round, as history was supposed to end 1144AD: the originally-planned ending of history (1094AD end Mill+50 year voting period), had Israel accepted her Messiah during the First Advent. Because she did not, she gets a double dose of tribulational sevens: the first one resulted in Messiah dying seven years earlier, because time literally ran out (see "David" link in Mirroring.htm for the math); so that seven years was played to end the 40 year period ending 70AD. Thus the 7 years of the Tribulation, now vested in Christ (to pay Him back for the years He gave up down here), are reserved. [See "Two Stone Witnesses" intra-page link in LvS4a.htm, or "Trib Mill" Link in Mirroring.htm for the initial countdown and its expected variations due to Israel's rejection.]

So this race for time is now a sudden-death round, and can end at any time; for the last 1057 years of history must occur; God will Rapture us up first, so that those years will occur. But, we have options, too: and woe to us, if we refuse His DDNA offer (see "God's Soliloquy" table in DDNA.htm).

So if He would even orchestrate time for the sake of the whole human race, and that, based on the positive believer, whoa -- then you know for sure that you'd better get in and stay in His System, kissing good-bye all that folderol which usually passes for 'Christianity'. Only God can orchestrate Time; the doctrine of the 490's is Scripturally and mathematically provable, so you cannot hallucinate this major doctrine in Bible; so you know you have to learn it; it's very serious with huge impact on mankind, so you know you're not supposed to slobber about the "end-times, brother." So you know you need to grow, because you are essentially refusing God's making you into a '490' person like He did Noah et. alia, if you do not stay in His System. Whoa.

Clearly no human works can create or extend time. Clearly, then, the Work God Wants is to make the Believer like His Son. We are the Work, made wholly BY God, Eph2:10, the quintessentially witty NT statement on DDNA (in Greek, not English). [Ionic dative of purpose of epi right next to "Iesou" (Jesus) is priceless wit, since "Ion" was the legendary founder of the Greek sea peoples to whom this epistle was circulated. Ion was supposed to be half human, half god, and "Ion" means "venom" (euphemism for semen). So Paul is direct about DDNA being our origin, and wryly so!]

So we're not who we think we are: we are Royal Family of God. Hence we no longer have a personal life. Even human royalty is trained from the cradle to give up its own personal life for the sake of ruling: since one never rules well, if his personal life 'competes'. Rank has its responsibilities: as Royal Family forever we are responsible for the well-being of the world, by Divine Design. So the quality and quantity of Time itself is ruled by how we grow or retrogress in Christ. ("Thinking" series covers that fact in excruciating detail.) So you are to become a '490', yourself. As befits your Royal Station legated to you from Christ. So if things go bad, blame yourself. If you are growing, you are being made part of the solution. My pastor commonly quips, "as goes the believer, so goes the client nation to God." And, so goes the world which Needs that client nation, to prosper.

The relay-race of historical 490's running since 30AD follow two primary tracks: one dating from the Crucifixion (i.e., 30+490+490+490), and one dating since the Destruction of the Temple (i.e. 70+490+490). God tracks from the Crucifixion: so His "AD" means "After Death", and His "BC" means "Before Crucifixion" (which was 14 Nisan 30AD, tantamount to our 3 April). But oddly enough, Satan appears to derisively target the 490 from Temple destruction. Satan's been obsessed with the Temple since it was destroyed, because the Lord warned everyone to never come back once it got destroyed (i.e., in Matt24 which applies Daniel 9:26). So Satan's been messing with the Temple Mount, ever since. The GeneYrs.xls worksheet mentioned in the "update note" at pagetop illustrates his regular gambits which 'just happen' (yeah, right) to magnetize within 140 years or so of the ending of a 490-year period; Part IVa spends a lot of time on them as well.

Since both tracks unite backwards at the Exodus of 1440BC, the ongoing 490's post-Cross, thread together. So these two 490 tracks run in syncopated tandem. That makes for very intense historical experience, within the last four generations of The Crucifixion 490. In the table below, the ending dates of each of these 490s are listed, so you can see how they overlap.

Ending Dates
Cross 490sTemple 490s
520AD560AD
1010AD1050AD
1500AD1540AD
1990AD2030AD

Historical 490s aren't quite the same as the above dates. The above dates are non-intercalated, but the historical 490s are intercalated with voting periods. Mankind in aggregate must want God enough for time to be justifiably continued; every 490 years or so, that voting is critical to the continuance of the world (i.e., as it was back between 586-516BC). The 490s are housed inside a 1050-year unit, like this: 1000 (qualifying unit for believers) +50 (voting unit) = 490 (qualifying unit for believers) + 70 (voting unit for believers) + 490 (qualifying unit for believers). The 1050 'houses' the 490+70+490. This relationship is explained in more detail in Mirroring.htm's "1050" link. Point is, you'll see in the GeneYrs.xls that the historical play of this 'intercalated' structure of time makes for later benchmarks than is shown in this page. So technically, the above dates in the table, are the dates by which someone must QUALIFY to be awarded a 490. In actual time, the voting period next follows. Then a new qualifying 490 must be awarded. Else time ends. So the GeneYrs.xls plots the actual historical benchmarks, whereas here we're only reviewing the qualifying 490s, which are non-intercalated.

The Seven Characteristics of each 490's completion follow below. After that description, you'll find an "A-D" historical review, which seeks to identify what historical evidence supports the characteristics (as a test in diagnosing what 490 goals were met). The "A-D" is sketchy (and sometimes confusing), right now. Further, the description doesn't distinguish between the two 490's. So you'll need the above table, to see which of the above 490s is being measured, in "A-D". Later I'll fix the "A-D" description to be more specific. (This is a new (June '05) discovery, and I need more time to think over its significance and how to write about it.) The conclusions nonetheless ought to be provable; it's just a question of better discerning the relative roles between these two tandem 490's. So just skim through the "A-D" to get the idea: this page will need to undergo many substantial revisions, given its import. GeneYrs.xls is a better tracker, with many more historical entries from the Cross forward.

So a "490" ends in one of two ways: successfully, or unsuccessfully. If successfully, it will have seven marked (highly-visible) trend Characteristics. There's nothing coy about its ending. If unsuccessfully, well.. the world ends, unless another 490 is still running to take up the slack. Again, the stacking/nesting of 490's are individual, as well as corporate. We saw this in the case of Israel, in the 586BC destruction of the corporate 490, the Temple (in Mirroring.htm): there, David's 490 was still running, so God could make the offer of Daniel 9. Else, the world would have ended. Since the world hasn't ended yet, we can tell Each of God's successfully-ending historical 490's have predictable characteristics.

The Seven Characteristics of a Successfully-Completing "490"

So a historical 490's successful end seems to have at least ALL of the following characteristics:

  1. Biggest Litmus: Scripture Rollout Reaches A Peak. The rollout always begins several generations prior to the end of the 490; "rollout" means a) some 'find' of original-language Scripture, b) the desire to teach and properly translate it, c) some easing up in technology, so that more people can more easily get and/or read Scripture. All or any of these three characteristics will be unusual in scope, and begin to reach unusual scope about 100+ years prior to the 490's end: because, God uses the four-generation-curse doctrine in His Timings. Precedence for this is the 120 years' deadline in Gen6, then Shem being born 20 years later (God made the first covenant with Noah at Shem's birth, as Mirroring.htm documented). The 120 years represents four generations (age of maturity for marriage, rulership and certain other contracts is generally age 30, in Bible); the four-generation timeline isn't always stated so explicitly, but you can trace its repetition in the OT (i.e., book of Jonah, Ninevah being given another 120 years due to his ministry can be proven from when Assyria died, c.612BC). So you know it's a 4-generation-window.

  2. Next characteristic: mass revolt against Catholicism/institutionalized religion, with BACK TO THE BIBLE ("BTTB") as the reason. Look for a peaking in back-to-the-Bible movements (and those of entrenched religion who attack them) in the last 40 or 80 years of each 490 (the most recent one began in 1950). It's not necessarily a public massing of people so much as a lot of people making the same decision, I want to Get Bible. Nor does it mean revolters' doctrines are correct. It means they want BIBLE, not religion. So if they want Bible, they wouldn't always have to make noise to get it; rather, they could quietly arrange Bible time.. say, by working for/as/hiring a monk or something. Aha.

      If the Back-to-the-Bible movement was unusually successful, another 40 years is mirrored. Hence, a nexus of two seven-year periods joins the two 40-year periods: accounting model/precedence is Joseph's period as vizier in Egypt (see "Joseph" link in Mirroring.htm). The second of these 40-year periods often shows precipitous decline in Bible interest, resulting in a subtle or obvious persecution of those still interested in it. Keyword is INTEREST, not correctness. Can't become correct, if uninterested. Even if correct, disinterest nullifies the correctness, 1Cor13:3. Hence the disinterest is JUDGED after the period ends. This period is a bellweather, so if you can diagnose its 'play', then you have a better grip on your historical location. We're in such a period, now.

      1983-1990/1990-1997 appears to be the nexus, with "/" as the juncture of the two 40-year periods; yet the characteristics could mean something else, or the period is different (i.e., 1990-2003). For now, let's presume 1983-1997 correct. 1990 ended the latest qualifying 490. The "1990" intra-page link will tentatively examine the year.

        A 490 only completes if there is at least one person during that time (often, occurring at the end of it) who has become so spiritually-mature, another 490-year period can be granted. The two 40-year periods with the seven-year nexus on either side, means at least one pastor became so spiritually-mature, another 40 years can be granted. Again, both of these criteria have the 'savior' precedence. The nation in which such a pastor resides is getting a final warning to wake up and smell God's coffee: analogous to the warning Egypt got when Amenemhet III welshed against protecting the Hebrews shortly before Joseph's death. Amenemhet's kids were the last to rule, and they were so weak Egypt descended into four centuries of civil war.

        So if that nation now happens to be the United States (most likely candidate): if it doesn't wake up to God by 2030, if it doesn't rid itself of the Christian right in politics -- watch it spectacularly decline. If you are an American Christian, you can help prevent your nation's demise: get in and stay in God's System. This is not a public thing you do, but a quiet learning; you will get no kudos from anyone, so unless you really want to know God, don't do this -- you won't make it. However, the impact you could have, is extremely high: one person of any denomination, might be enough (when added to the very few others who are doing it, each one unknown to anyone). Certainly a few might be enough. Meanwhile, if enough pray for God to save our country, He just might do it anyway, 2Chron7:14. But no prayer outside God's System, gets an audience. Since nearly 100% of 'Christians' don't get the Gospel right (so are they even believers) -- very very few even know how to pray (GodSystem.htm's #5, or PrayProc.htm list the mechanics). The foregoing sentence can be tested and proven, and you should do both.

        The 1990 watershed has worldwide characteristics, so maybe not only the longevity of the US is at stake. Whatever nationality you are, Grow in God's System. That way you will be caused to (invisibly!) help save your own nation. As a believer, you are a Royal Priest before Father. So this is your JOB. It's not a joke, it's not something to make you feel important (lol, you already are important); it's not a wild-eyed "end times, brother" statement. It's God's Justice Accounting for Time, and it has precedence: as noted with respect to Joseph, above.

        The purpose of diagnosing a bellweather or benchmark is to encourage internal motivation. Not, to run around warning other people (who don't know Bible as well, so will think the warning, wacko). Think of it as an investment opportunity you'll wish you didn't miss.. at the Bema.

      Since a BTTB can play softly, sometimes you can only detect it by means of the opposition TO it. In the US, the BTTB was pretty public, though 'respectable'. You didn't have the entrenched religious community ordering a crusade, like the Pope did against the Cathars. So: it was not 'politic' in America's religious community of the '50's, that pastors break away from denominations, and teach Bible from its original languages. It was politic to 'work within the system', which resulted in a whole lot of stultification in Bible teaching. Yet the teachers were constrained to feed the hunger. Even Catholics were affected by this BTTB groundswell among the populus: a papal bull reluctantly authorized exegesis in 1943. But the Protestants weren't eager to exegete for their congregations, either. Yet the popular desire to get Bible, couldn't be quelled; people knew of the Qumran and other 'finds'; many wondered if their King James Version was accurate; many knew it wasn't, even in the 1930's; so, enquiring minds wanted to know. Now.

      The popular hunger for Bible proved to be politically de-stabilizing for the Protestants, as you might imagine; Gutenberg's Bible likewise proved the undoing of the Catholic Church. Now people could know what God had written; God, not a pastor or translator with a religious agenda. So marked is this hunger, you can't take a course in American history without the historian being obliged to cover it. From the last half of the 1800's through about 1930s, everyone and his brother was talking about 'new' doctrines. Of course, there was a lot of nonsense (i.e., ideas as alike yet diverse as Spiritism and getting-the-Ghost movements). But also, a lot of serious Bible scholarship -- for we had the original-language texts to see. Then, these various 'new' ideas settled into denominations of their own, and from the 1930's to the 1950's you saw a decline of interest. Then, it rose again, from 1950, going through a series of peaks and valleys. But during this time, it branched out all over the world, kinda like a virus. Hunger for Bible, as a virus? Yep.

      So we're looking at a groundswell, here, not a happy thing for the entrenched religious elites who'd become just as dogmatic about their own power, as any Pope of the dark ages. Among these elites, though, were a few very happy campers, who longed to teach their congregations/students that Beautimous Word. The discoveries at Qumran blew the lid off public curiosity, for both Bible huggers and debunkers alike had old stuff to compare to their translations. Those elites who wanted to teach original-language Bible now had even more justification to break away. Which, they did.

      They were of varying denominations or no denominations. There were goofballs among them, and some of the most brilliant scholars, too. They spread geographically, mostly out from the US and Europe, but even in Asia the movement grew (i.e., Watchman Nee). The post-war environment of exhaustion and the usual why-did-God-allow-the-war, fueled interest from Sao Paolo to Nova Scotia to Djakarta. As the fallout from WWII also left many a nation hankering for political freedom, the idea of freely knowing Bible for yourself was of even deeper interest. For one of the less-salutary effects of WWII, was that everyone was tired of the 'old' pre-war authority structures -- after all, didn't those folks get us into the war? So a dark undercurrent of interest accompanying genuine interest in Bible, was.. iconoclasm. So we overthrew our monarchs and opted for new-fangled ideas of governance (which ideas began a century prior). Thus the goofballs spouted original-language Scripture, too...

      The better-qualified teachers were in the minority, however: they were not popular among their other elite brethren, for dissenting with 'tradition'. Kinda hard to agree with Roman Catholicism, when you have a Bible which contradicts it; kinda hard to agree with any of the denominations, when you see in Bible how they've mangled the translations/teaching. So of course, the movement became quite political, right away -- mostly, the opposition politicized the movement, and assigned to the break-away teachers, nefarious motives. That's pretty typical: back in the 1500's, neither Luther nor Calvin sought political power. Calvin was busy trying to evangelize the French King, and Luther was trying to get a discussion going by posting his 95 theses. So it was the opposition then, as well as the opposition now, which politicized everything. Satan has to play the Rev17 harlot against a back-to-the-Bible movement: it's all he has, to offer.

      The only dampening in the 1950-90 groundswell, was the discovery by your average joe Bible student, that it's rather time-consuming to study Scripture this way. So the wheat and chaff, separated: since it had become fashionable to know original-language words, shallow treatment of those words became popular -- and easier to claim one 'knew'. But the wheat, grew on more substantial stuff. So did the opposition grow: they could play off arcane Greek-geek and Hebrew-geek explanations, and use their degrees to claim superior competence. But that didn't deter the break-away teachers. And they became, some of them, popular: the groundswell, mostly through word-of-mouth, passed on the information. It doesn't appear that the teachers were promoting themselves, so much as inundated by people who wanted to hear them teach. [Example: though Watchman Nee travelled quite a bit, it wasn't to promote himself so much as to save people via the Gospel, given the tenor of his writings. People all over the Western world wanted him to come speak to them, and so the poor guy had very little time to himself. Parallel phenomena occurred at the end of each of the prior 490's, with respect to evangelism and teaching, and is not so easily traced (but the travelling and geographical spread has been documented). But no prior 490 had original-language Scripture so widely available.]

      So the period 1950-1990 was fertile for believers being added to the Body of Christ, and believer spiritual growth. The salient question of enquiring minds during this period seemed to be, how do we really learn Bible and really LIVE ON it? For that's what most of the teachers, were trying to address. The seekers were aware that ritualized religion and works weren't 'it'. At the beginning of the 1900's, they'd tried emotionality, and by now it had paled. They wanted meat. There were pastors to cook it for them (well or badly, isn't so much the point, as the demand for real Bible info).

      Hence there was a lot of opposition to these 'new' teachers and to the local churches they established. Technically, the movements ran in defined 'waves': 1850-1930; 1950; 1970, and the current one, 1990. The period 1950-1990 was also remarkable in that widespread negativity to the idea of God at all, grew exponentially. So society the world over, polarized over God Himself during those 40 years like no other time in history, so far as I can tell. So the religious crowd was fighting against these teachers, and Christianity fragmented; but also, a fast-rising segment of the world's population who just flat decided God was 'dead', opposed the teachers by lumping them in with the religious crowd. The latter managed neatly to garner definition as the spokesgroup for Christianity, such that even in movies today, what passes for 'Christian' is really a quasi-catholic wash or a Pentecostal rolling. As ever, the quiet-but-competent Bible teacher, the REAL core of God's System ("haphe", in Eph4:16), gets no press, and wants even less than he gets (for what he gets, is opposition).

        Turns out, my own pastor was one of these break-away teachers; I wouldn't have known that, but for the internet and people telling me what opposition he'd gotten. Turns out even Time Magazine paid a visit to the church sometime in the 1980's, but only to see if the guy really called his congregation "stupid", like they'd heard he did. And this is what Time's editors thought fit to investigate? They covered him as if he were a cult or something, because of the intense devotion of his hearers. So you gauge teaching by popular reaction? Why? A whole lot of crazies believed in Christ during His Time here, as the Gospels reveal. Does that mean Christ is crazy? Another article made a stink out of the Quayles (of Bush Sr. years) being members of that church (you can still find it on the internet, but I forget the site name). And why would that matter? Can't tell a teacher's teaching by who belongs to the church, for crying out loud. Another article made a stink out of how my pastor was anti-communism, as if he were bad as a result. And what does that have to do with the teaching? Everyone is entitled to a political opinion. Notice how substantive stuff is not at all, addressed; the reader is expected to dislike the target based on irrelevant information, so the relevant information needn't be stated. That's an old lawyer's trick. So it would be quite entertaining to read what the opposition argue, if it weren't so tragic they do no homework: kinda like the wild accusations made against Paul by the Judaizers.

        That's but one example which I understand from 'both sides' of the question. But you'll find many pastors who are opposed or 'analyzed' using lawyer's tricks as just mentioned -- by those who have an agenda. Pro- or con-, an agenda. Bible is its own agenda -- but hey, Bibles are only for show, right? Thus the opposition is herded by Satan&Co. to focus on people-people jealousies, controversies -- so the BIBLE goes safely back into the closet. This is a hallmark tactic of Satan&Co., during a BTTB (Back-to-the-Bible movement).

        So does this kind of nonsense by the opposition always occur, not merely in the case above? You bet it always occurs. And as stupidly, too. Phenomenon: the same weird lack-of-homework, characterizes criticisms against other targets both in this period and prior (like the Reformation, and the 1st century AD). Read up on the contemporary opposition to Calvin, Luther, St. Patrick, the Columbans, Waldo, the Cathars (oh -- and tell me how the St. Lyons Ritual is 'gnostic', k?) or any other back-to-the-Bible movement you look at. Never mind how correct they might be in their doctrines, since until they have enough time IN Bible, they can't BE correct. Dunno why opposition is so consistently slipshod, asserting its arguments absent backup. Makes those they excoriate, look good. But it's great for diagnosing who are the good teachers of a #2 era. So, for your period of interest, follow the criticism 'trail' -- and try not to laugh too much at the opposition's carelessness? For the opposition is patently as political, cheesy and silly, as those counterfeit 'Gospels' of the first and second centuries.

      So, back in 1950-1990, you had a cadre, if you will, of mostly unaffiliated individuals teaching Bible in the original-language texts and thus castigated for it, in the US and in other countries: Brazil, Canada, China (for a short time), England, Germany, Korea, and Philippines. In short, this phenomenon arose worldwide among individuals who did not necessarily know each other, akin to the 19th century desire to collect original-language Scripture. And it makes sense, given what did happen in the 19th century which clearly God orchestrated. If He's gonna rollout Scripture to teach, He's gonna rollout the teachers, too. [Distinguish between forest and trees. Trees don't grow evenly, so not all pastors who grew during this period were wholly correct, and some of them were desperately in error. But they all got it right that the real spiritual life depends on Bible Teaching from the original languages of Scripture. Just teaching the Bible, not telling you how to live your life. Just teaching Bible in the original languages, not giving you some church activities or rituals. Learning Bible takes time, and of course errors occur en route. But it's not the mistakes which matter, but the Ongoing Willingness To Learn. Stubborn refusal to fix mistaken beliefs/teaching/translation, not the mistakes themselves, is the true sign of apostacy.]

        Secularly, the period 1950-1990 is one of the confluence-periods in world history, so you'll find lots of folks writing books attempting to analyze it; books as early as the 1970's by William Manchester, David Halberstam, Hedrick Smith, Theodore White, etc. repeatedly noticed the phenomenon of confluence, but didn't recognize its true cause. Mostly, attention was paid to the unique effect of the US, post WWII. But the true cause was God, and once you compare the 490 ending 1990 with those prior, you'll see it's been GOD Who's orchestrated time. By the end of 1990, God RE-built the proper Bible-teaching structure into the 'mainstream' of Christianity: for the spiritual life is studying Bible taught from its original languages by a God-appointed pastor to a local church, per the exacting Greek of Eph4:11-16. That's the way He did it in the first century, and that's what He re-established by the end of the 20th century.

        Which is why so much political change occurred during these 40 years, and why so much unusual political breakup attended the completion of the 490, by the end of 1990. The two world wars did not happen by accident. As usual, Satan was trying to prevent the completion of a 490 (he's always angling for Armaggedon, which is why Jews shouldn't have returned to Israel); but God grew enough folks spiritually to justify its completion (nearly at the last minute, as has been usual since Noah). Sure, the pastors within the structure vary widely in quality of teaching, but the basic right structure of teaching Bible from its original languages, is God's System. From 1950-1990, that re-established structure became mainstream in Christendom. Finally. [LvS4a.htm covers at length why the "shub" (return) to Israel is not God's Will. Doesn't mean we should abandon Israel -- quite the contrary, we should defend Jews everywhere with our very lives! -- and does mean there will never be peace in the Middle East until the 2nd Advent. Isaiah Chaps 61-63, and the last few chapters prior to Eze39:1 give you that story in kinda gory detail.]

        Political power shifts are designed to free up people so they can GET this teaching. Whether they are negative or positive, the structure being available means enough political freedom must be made available. When interest in Bible is too low to justify such political freedom, God uses other means. We know a huge amount of interest in Bible exists, that God would so provide both the texts, and the teachers. Of course, all you have to do is look at the current hunger-for-Bible in China, Korea, India, Russia; in Latin America (Brazil being one of the bright stars) -- and especially in Africa -- to see WHY God would do this. We didn't get the discoveries leading to computers and the internet for no reason.

        Africa's interest is the most poignant. Every time I see a program on Africa by Frontline, whether it's Angola, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, you name it -- there's this at-the-village-level of Bible interest. I think it was Angola where an election after their long civil war, was held: do you know, the people campaigned on Bible ideas? One lady who was running for what we'd classify as 'Congress', was talking to a crowd of people who probably didn't have five cents between them, making an analogy to Deuteronomy 28 -- and she didn't even have to cite where in the Bible it was! She just talked about how there was no reason why Angola (?) couldn't become a great nation, since God would advance the nation if the people were faithful and called on Him -- which is the point of the Deut28 contract. And the villagers listening to her understood what she meant! Poor, dusty, living on less than 10 cents per day.. they understood?! Yeah, who in America would understand? You watch Africa. There's real Bible hunger, there. Pray for them. [There's a difference between campaigning on Bible ideas and trying to unite religion and politics. Any political campaign must be about ideas. Here, the point is what ideas were used. It wasn't a religious pitch. No particular religion was espoused. Which means, vast numbers of Africans in that country shared those ideas. I'm awestruck. These people have nothing, but they have Everything: Him.]

      Opposers to the back-to-the-Bible movements always do the same things: they damn the teacher, claim him wrong in his teachings -- but only once the teacher is popular. So it's not because he's wrong, but because he's popular; so the teacher is accused of 'stealing' congregants, which in fact is not happening. What IS happening: congregants who don't even know the teacher, who are not being fed by their current pastors, go where they can get the food they need. But the teacher is blamed, even though he knows nothing about what's happening all those hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Christ was accused of the same thing: people came from all over the world, having had about 30 years' advance notice of His Birth, to see Him. All kinds of political turmoil and accusations were flying, as a result. The persecution post-Crucifixion was severe and generally immediate. So if your pastor is being accused.. smile. God proves who is the good teacher, Matt7. [Actually, the world had about 1000 years' advance notice of His Birth, because you could use David's Kingship or at least the Daniel 9 timeline to figure it out, had you sufficient dates related to Israel. When He was born, Herod's atrocities massively amplified the shepherd's quiet witness. There was NO Star of Bethelehem, Bible wittily tells you it was an angel (Bible says the 'star' hovered -- angels are called 'stars' in Bible, and only an angel could hover over a house -- see Part IVa "His Birth" link). So the wildfire gossip spreading of that Birth went along the world's trade routes for 30 years -- no one seeing Messiah, the meanwhile. So there was plenty of time, to get to Israel and see Him. God gives the world time: that's but one of the reasons why Messiah didn't show Himself, until age 30. That was the rulership age, so Time was up.]

      This phenomenon and its opposition, isn't at all restricted to religion. You can find it in every discipline, for the entrenched 'order' never brooks change unless the proposer grovels and curries favor from those hoary entrenched. The so-called Atkins Revolution, for example, began with a lot of doctors pooh-poohing the idea of good and bad cholesterol. But today, everyone treats HDL and LDL as normative medicine. Same for Galileo; for Socrates; for anyone who differs from the mainstream, at a time when the mainstream is wrong. When the rank-and-file among the people side with the 'heretic', eventually the 'mainstream' must either fight vociferously (which it always does, at first); or, 'compete', by aping the 'heretic'. This, of course, is how the Reformation occurred. I submit we are in the midst of a fourth 'reformation', going back to how God originally intended Scripture to be learnt. (You of course, will draw your own private conclusions.) [Nerd Note: that wasn't a plug for the Atkins people, whoever they are. It's just an example which quickly came to mind, k?]

        I just learned from someone else, that many others have detected the phenomenon of another 'reformation' brewing, so you should find stuff in print and on internet, about what others think of the period. I define 'reformation' in terms of God's Revealing His Word, not according to the religious conventions, since it's God, not man, Who matters. So we see four 490s, and at the end of each of them, is a kind of reformation: by 520-560, you see the demise of imperial religion, with nation-states taking on that mantle. Hence the progressive fight with the Catholic Church in the next 490, and by 1054 (just after the 2nd 490 post-Cross) what we now call "European" nations won sufficient independence to develop on their own. By 1540, the idea that secular rule is separate from religion even in nations was born, but again, mostly confined to European peoples; but by 1990, individual pursuit of spirituality no matter to what culture or nation you 'belonged', became a mainstream idea worldwide. It is still playing out, but you can see the huge impact on the Asians and Africans -- and now on the Arabs, who historically have been the most reluctant to modernize, advance beyond their culture and tradition to the idea of impersonal secular law. Meanwhile, also in four reformings, you see the idea of (gradual) rejection of institutionalized observance and the (gradual) adoption of personal study of Bible, maturing.

      So of course today, almost everyone who teaches/studies Bible is constrained to pay at least some attention to the original languages of Bible, and it's now fashionable to use original-language words (ego, not God, is the motive). So now that the prior opposition got crushed, apostacy of the opposite kind -- slipshod, fake, twisting 'scholarship' in the original languages is encouraged: i.e., abuse of Strong's soundbyte-ish lexicons; ignorance of Bible's prolific use of Attic Greek; 'new' translations of Bibles which instead copy prior translation errors rather than fixing them; abuse of the original language texts to suit political agendas, etc.

        It's too embarrassing, to name the denominations and people who engage in and promote such bad scholarship. Best defense is to keep using 1Jn1:9 and keep asking God to point out errors so you don't keep making them, too. The process takes time, no shame in that. It's the pretense of being scholarly and right, not the making of mistakes, which signals apostacy. That negative, cover-it-up, bully-them attitude means you can't even begin to fix the problem. God will have to clean house. So you can only keep asking Him to help them and alert you, lest you become like them.

      Back when the Bible was under lock-and-key, a dissenter had to play a different game. Such a person would more likely become a monk, friar, or other person who could be sufficiently trusted to work on or even own a Bible. Then he could quietly learn it; then in conversation, the occasional comment could be made. Much discussion could be had, and freely, comparing Scripture with Scripture, if you were in some 'order'. So if you really wanted Bible and you wanted a way to teach/expose what the real Truth was, you could reliably do that quietly. GeneYrs.xls lists a number of BTTBs in the 500s and 800s AD (in the peak period of the 490, doncha know) showing phenomenal growth in monasteries. If you can get your hands on the Atlas of Bible and Christianity edited by Tim Dowley (or similar book), you'll see maps of Europe almost completely covered with 'dots' of these monasteries' locations.

      Overt rebellions of Back-To-The-Bible were thus rare; but when they occurred, they were traumatic. More often, it was the Catholic Church who demanded allegiance, and when it wasn't forthcoming, the 'heretic' brand was applied. Generally, the folks rebelling did hold goofy beliefs, but so did the RCC -- but the rebellers sure were right to claim religious independence from the Pope. The rebellers were only persecuted for their claim of independence; all else was an illegal charge. For no one has the right to tell you what to believe. Still, it was (and remains) an evil time: so the more savvy who were positive to Bible, found the monastic (or similar) route. God isn't a God of loud rebellion. You could get in and stay in His System, be you a serving wench or a Wenceslas the King. God is never restricted. God never says "no" to anyone who wants Him, and will move heaven and earth to make sure no one dies without the fullest disclosure. Period. Don't ever think God would waste His Son's Precious Thinking 'blood' by doing anything less!

      The harlot never learns. By now, you'd think that ecumenical religion would have begun to re-examine its doctrines and premises in light of the Bible. Instead, it uses the Bible to justify the past. Some of the most convoluted uses of Bible you'll ever see, are in ecumenism. Almost as bad, as how the pro-Grail people misread Bible. So expect that the same arguments as made back in the dark ages will be played again, with as much seduction or force, as can be mustered. Learn whatever God intends you to learn from them.. and just walk away. They can't hear.

  3. Hence, mass evangelism (ergo all that travelling). If you needed to avoid ecclesiastical wrath, it would be easy to point at John 3:16, psst! Here's how you get permanently saved! Travelling made for more freedom-of-teaching: again, lots of real Bible teaching went on under the nose of Catholicism. Many real Catholic heroes will be rewarded at the Bema: charwomen, serfs, monks, outcasts, some priests, dukes and kings. For it's not about your social status: it's only about, Did You Want God? And, they did.

  4. As a counter-trend, religious opposition and political upheaval: Satan's Rev17 harlot. This is the other main characteristic of a 490's end, and it plays at peak level (peak down, peak up). As distinguished from opposition targeting back-to-the-Bible movements, this #4 is its own substitute. Satan's chief goal is to reverse-substitute everything connected to God and call that reversed-substitution, "God". Satan's been wildly successful at it. Hence, at the end of a 490, he turns up the charm, as it were. Or, the force. Therefore one of the salient characteristics of a corporate/historical 490 ending, is that Religion goes even more political than its norm; and it revvs up its two approaches to win you over. Sheer force is one method; the more usual method is to seduce you, by claiming it supports ideas which will appeal to you. You can trace how the 'Church fathers' essentially barnacled all manner of pagan concepts to entice adherents, so that all gods look like God. That same trend has predominated in every century of history, since. Gotta show a little leg. Gotta allow folks think they see the appearance of Mary in a grilled cheese sandwich, some fountain or church, or even on a Chicago freeway underpass pillar (really, a flowing salt stain which looks like an ugly bell curve). For the harlot, knows no shame. And there are many harlots, all hawking different enticements, and all competing with each other over who is the most beautiful. Some hawk tongues; others, songs and healings; still others, 'Christian fellowship' (read: Christian Tyranny Into Your Privacy). Everything for everyone, hooray!

    Satan plays decoys, always. So he also has to set up another decoy to make the one he sponsors, look holy. So, since there is always opposition to entrenched religion for political reasons, he'll sponsor one or more groups to unfairly oppose the entrenched religion, to foster sympathy for it. When Rome and Persia lay exhausted in 600AD, Persia couldn't be used anymore, to make Rome look good. So Satan had to 'save' Rome by giving it a new common enemy, Islam. This marshalled Europe back to the Roman fold for some time, culminating in the Crusades. So interest in Bible tanked again, in favor of someone human you could fight and thus feel holy again. Same gambit has been played, ever since. The gambit's success doesn't last; but while it does last, at least most of the masses learn Bible less, and many never learn it at all.

  5. Also, the last 100+ years of a 490 are not calm, but frenetic. Movement Everywhere. Movement in war, or swift and massive economic or technological change, movement of populations, you name it. Frenetic Activity. Satan's strategy here is to give man's puny mind something else to think about, so he won't think much about God. For, when a 490 is ending mankind senses it, mistaking the ending for the ending of the world (which is always possible). So man gets to thinking more ABOUT God, due to that sense of an ending. So man needs a diversion; and wants one, since he's nervous. So you have populations suddenly on the move, rapid changeovers of relationships, politics, anything but standing still. Complicating this phenomenon and often running coterminous with it, is the ending of a "client nation": that's my pastor's term, taken from Bible (like 2Chron7:14). It means a nation of enough believers to have God's sponsorship, analogous to Israel pre-Cross. For it seems that every time a 490 is about to end, God cleans house. And any of His national representatives who've not kept the faith, well.. they get replaced by a newcomer, who will. We none of us remain faithful, but God never abandons us. Think of this period like.. large-scale renovation or preventative surgery (to slow/stop spiritual plagues), for that's pretty much what it is.

      The house-cleaning will be violent or subterranean. If subterranean, lots of believers get sick and howl, and their legalism/lasciviousness increases exponentially: rotten figs, as Jeremiah's book explains. Just like Israel did in the Operation Cobra thing (you know, when Moses had to make the brass serpent). Lots of believers in crisis. Lev26 tells you how it goes, stage by stage. So if the nation in question starts to wake up and smell God's coffee, then the house-cleaning slows or is delayed. If not, then the nation goes out. 40-year cycle still seems to be the operative period, precedented on Pharaoh's dream period. When it's 80 years long instead of 40, that means the first period went well, but now a second round is needed. The US is in just such a place right now. I wonder if we'll last until 2030. I gotta grow up!

  6. A New Client Nation Is Born Or Established At This Time; usually on the ashes of the dying one. This is another major litmus. That trend is true anytime a client nation dies, and you can trace it historically; but it also specifically happens at the end of a 490. (Precedence is consistent: Exodus was built on the ashes of Egypt, Temple was built on the ashes of David -- the latter case being a dying in honor, so a new 490 was born.)

  7. Finally, each successive 490's above characteristics, extend more broadly geographically, than the 490 prior. Check out the geographical spreads of these characteristics circa 520AD, c.1010AD, c.1500AD, c.1990AD: those dates were 490 endings. Atlas of the Bible and Christianity, edited by Tim Dowley, has maps you can use to start your homework, if you're interested in such tracing. [Neither my pastor nor that book make the 490 claim I'm making here; the book's maps are very helpful. ]

Summary of the Seven 'Ending-490' Characteristics, post-Cross:
  1. Scripture Rollout Peak (including ease of use and especially, superior teaching) during the last 100+ years of a 490.
  2. Back-to-the-Bible movements peak during last 40-80 years of a 490, including strident opposition which seeks to discredit the teachers.
  3. Mass Evangelism peaks during this same time (last 100+ years), so international travel peaks, too.
  4. SUBSTITUTE religion is forcefully or seductively pandered to oppose #2 & #3, beginning about 100+ years prior, claiming to be 'the original' version, with loud appeals to the past and 'tradition', as if an old lie were somehow less a lie. So its lie is patent, even slapstick. But it has power, so it wins adherents who want to share in that power. Truth matters not. Thus a separation of wheat and chaff, occurs.
  5. Frenetic physical, technological, economic, and/or political movement: again, during the last 100+ years.
  6. A client nation dies and at least one other arises, usually on the ashes of the one dying. Timing is fluid, since if the 490 condition is met, the otherwise-dying nation, is instead preserved.
  7. Geographical range of each 490's ending characteristics spans far more terrority than the range of the preceding 490.

    As mentioned earlier, this webpage employs non-intercalated benchmarks. The intercalated-for-voting time runs 490+70+490=1050=1000+50. So the "100+" years toward the end of a 490 works out more often to be something like 120-160 years. It's still a 4-generation measure, fitted to the actual historical 490 playing with the intercalation, factored in. To see the difference, load GeneYrs.xls and track the gold rows versus the historical events between them. I've not yet posted enough events, but you can see the ideas.

Historical Sketch of the #1-#7 per 490-year period since Cross

Now let's test the foregoing with a sketch of what 490's we have. The purpose of the sketch is to show methodology, and test the above-listed characteristics. I'm typing from memory, so some of the data and their dates might be a little 'off'. Data and their interpretation can always be disputed; but even the right data can't prove a thing if the methodology is wrong; if the characteristics aren't the right ones. Note in the dates below, that the ending year is the same as the beginning year of the next 490. Scripture dates have this piggybacking quality about them (i.e., the next day is measured from the night of the previous day, in the Law); so there often seems to be "1" too many or too few, when you work with the dates. For, in real life there is no zero: the beginning and ending are always the same moment. Unity, hupostasis. Also, since this is a living history, the characteristics won't neatly stop, but spill over into the beginning of the next period. Still, you should be able to observe these Seven Characteristics within the last four generations or so of a 490, and the scope/degree will be higher, unusual.

So we've seven 490's since 1440BC (the Exodus), and four 490's since 30AD (the Crucifixion), both resulting in 1990. So just we've just begun a new qualifying 490 rather spectacularly: let's call the ended ones, "A-D" and provide a too-brief sketch of them, so you can see the idea (whether I'm right in what variables picked, doesn't matter right now):

"A": 30-520AD, 70-560AD
(the intercalated, real-time historical period is 30-590AD)

This was the period of the NT's formation and distribution. Technically, it overlaps the ending of the old Adamic historical 490 and resets with Christ's, so its beginning is an ending, such that the 4-generation window plays twice. Here we see God's corporate goals for a 490, playing the same as He demonstrated pre-Cross. The goals are always to Get the Word out. Prior to Christ Himself, the goal was provide for His Coming, so that when He came the world would accept Him. That meant Getting the Word out via developing a bloodline and then a nation to 'house' it, so that the world would have a place to vote with its feet, to Get the Word. Again, infrastructure is needed to support positive volition to God, so one can learn in peace (and war, when ready for it). Here we see the preparation for dissemination of the NT, and its infrastructure goals.

The 4th 1050 would end 4200 years-from-Adam's-Fall, our 94AD; however, the voting period of our 44-94AD required Christ to be completed before it even begin. Problem was, David's underlying time grant of 1000 years based on his death -- which justified the world continue -- ended in Year 4143 (which is why 7 years is walled off in Daniel 9:27). Due to Israel's rejection of Christ, that Davidic deadline couldn't be used, since it was a voting for David to BE king via the Last David, who presented Himself. Hence Christ had to die another 7 years PRIOR, which was the 1000th anniversary of David's Abdication of Kingship. That anniversary was based on DAVID's own election, so it was unimpeachable (Israel's negative voting, couldn't nullify it). Hence Christ died in 4136 (our 30AD).

Israel knew this accounting system; wasn't too hard to count from David. So during what we call 44AD-94AD, everyone expected the Rapture, Trib, and Mill to all begin, because that period technically was a voting window. But it was also a brand new 1000, since Christ had successfully paid for sins. Hence the goal for that period was to Get The Word Out, even as it had been for the "seven weeks" piece in Daniel 9:24-27. OT Canon's distribution finished then (446-397BC): notice how it's a 50-year window.

So just as the 490 granted in Daniel 9 had the agenda of disclosing Messiah and getting the Word out with very specific subgoals and components, like the rebuilding of the Temple and Jerusalem -- here post-Cross, the same overall agenda plays. It's got different subcomponents, but the same Disclose-Messiah-and-Build-the-Temple-of-His-Body-the-Church, remains. That requires a lot of secular building, training, etc. Hence you see all seven trends.

So, by the time of this 490's ending in 520AD: #1 is the distribution and translation of the original-language texts. By this ending, many of the texts were in hiding, unavailable to the common man. Knowledge of Bible was almost zero; it was so bad, people who HAD Scripture couldn't even read it: you don't need to convene a Council to determine whether Christ is God or whether a Book is Bible, if you can read the Bible. Bible is plain. But negative volition can't read it. So the elites had taken over, imposing their views, full of their self-importance; and the common guy had nothing for comparison. So Constantine convened Councils -- he himself couldn't read Bible, either. But wanted to. As you read the Church Fathers' writings, you'll see how wacko they all were. Some great moments and understandings punctuate their stuff, but oh -- how much nonsense, how many lies were pandered. It's embarrassing. Take Pepto-Bismol as you read the Church Fathers. And be glad if we never have to go back there, again.

For by this ending, the Bible itself had been kidnapped by the elites. So Jerome, who disputed with the Catholic Church and everyone else quite a lot, had sequestered himself so he could translate from the manuscripts he was lucky to find; but the RCC didn't like Jerome's contemporary Latin; so his translation was sequestered for another 400 years, finally being adopted as the (newer) Vulgate sometime in the 800's AD, nicely anachronistic. #2-#4 is evidenced by all that missionary activity by St. Patrick and the Columbans, who weren't exactly on good terms with the Catholic Church either (the winner of a conflict gets to rewrite history, so you have to dig deeper than normal, to see these were back-to-Bible movements). Of course, #5 is kinda obvious, what with the Visigoths and all. #6 "old" is the death of Rome, obvious. #6 "new" was the Franks under Clovis, at least. Looks like more than one client nation got born/established at this time. #7 is obvious: the geographical 'virus' of Bible hunger spread from Palestine, outward and everywhere, but it took deepest long-term positive root in what we now call Europe. Not to worry. So long as there is a base for expansion -- which here widened considerably -- people can vote with their feet. Thus you see the Rise of Europe: not because of Christianity, and certainly not because of Europeans, who were largely abusing Bible -- but because of God.

"B": 520-1010AD, 560AD-1050AD
(the intercalated, real-time historical period is 590-1080AD)
(1st 1000 ends 1030AD; intercalated ends 1080AD)

This is a complex period. God's goal, as always, was to rescue Bible from the clutches of politically-entrenched religion, so the common man could get it. Hence there is a lot of warring and development of new infrastructures, as old institutions break apart and give way to new ones. It's almost easier to demonstrate the 490's ending by all the schism and dissent which characterized the new 490 which began the same year. #2, Beginning about 100+ years prior to the end, you had the quiet revolters, the bizillion monasteries (Cluny and Cistercian monk BTTB movements, since that was the only reliable way to GET time in Bible); the louder revolters, like the Cathars, etc., began at the end; of course the Great Schism occurred in 1054. All these were ways of (however heretical in belief) insisting that Rev17 was wrong, and study of Bible was right. Since the Bible was under lock-and-key, if you were interested in it you pretty much had to become a monk or a heretic armed with a Bible. If a monk, you could secretly study by becoming a copyist or servant of one. If a heretic, you must have gotten a Bible somewhere. Which is why the confiscation of Scripture, which began in the 90's AD, peaked during this 490. God being God, well -- sorry, people who wanted Bible got it anyway. Notice how Islam 'rises' so timely, to give the final blow to Byzantium, and to give the new #6 folk some spiritual exercise, at the beginning of a 490 (the completion of which Satan is always out to prevent).

#1, Codex Amiatinus (inter alia) was pretty important, for the RCC had ordered it collected, burnt, and forbid translations, circa 900+AD (if I remember properly) -- so you had widespread translations going on, and dissemination of that text, which would explain why there could be so much dissent (can't dissent over Bible, if you don't have one). #3-4 are pretty obvious. #5 is obvious. #6, the client nation dying is the Holy Roman Empire, but #6, post-Charlesmagne the same territory became a clump of client nations on the ashes. Charlesmagne was big on getting the Word out, and well.. it kinda undid his sons' reigns when they tried to reign in the people; so the "Holy Roman Empire" was one in name only; even the kings had to be elected. Frankly, the kings themselves wanted their own independence from the Pope, as well. That's why so many folks were receptive to Islam's resurgence in the 900's: no Pope behind the king.

The Pope himself wasn't doing too well, either, and for the same reason; so the Great Schism of 1054 was to be expected. Splintering, all triggered by the kidnapping of Scripture people came to want for themselves. Everywhere everything had broken up by 1050, and the foundation for our modern nation-states, began. All due to people wanting Bible not religion, whaddya know. Notice how the #7 trend of geographic 'virus' spread to encompass the Russian landmass, and good portions of Africa, in part owing to the up-again, down-again 'play' of Islam. So just after this 490 ends and the Great Schism begins, Islam will resurge again, take over Byzantium, and thus encourage the evil of the Crusades. That served to widen exposure to Bible even more, however much it was still sequestered by the elites. People talk as they walk or eat, as they rape and pillage.

It's fashionable in Protestantism to say how vile the Catholic Church was -- but honey, it could have been any denomination, and the same bid for power would have resulted. Today there are many popes. So we should see how we've aped those Dark ages, covering up Bible just as much as any prelate ever did, even still repeating the bad translations and interpretations of that particular harlot, but pretending here in 2006, that the translations are 'fresh' and 'scholarly'. Balderdash. So who's the harlot now?

Man has this goofy idea that his agreement is worth something to the other person with whom he agrees. That this other person, is somehow done a 'favor' when he receives agreement. So, man projects that idea on God, too. Hence history is a constant choosing between whether agreement with mere people matters more to you, than agreement with God. Sooner or later a burgeoning interest in God will require one break off with people. This breaking doesn't have to be obvious; it can take the form of isolating oneself. That's what happened to every Bible hero: each one "saw Him Who is Invisible" (said of Moses in Heb11, as a paradigm). Then, they made those choices. You can be isolated as a shepherd or a king, like David was. Leadership isolates. Then, there's the more-obvious isolation of going somewhere alone, like Abram's peregrinations, Moses in the wilderness, David as shepherd, the Lord in the mountains, Paul in Arabia. For at some point, one must choose it.

That's partly why so many monasteries flourish during this 490 period. We owe them much.

"C": 1010-1500AD, 1050-1540AD
(the intercalated, real-time historical period is 1080-1570AD)

This is the most obvious 490, which of course neatly ends with the 'official' Reformation itself, which caused the map of Europe to be redrawn (particularly with respect to Germany and France). It's no accident that Elizabeth I is born toward the end of this period -- and trained in reading Scripture's Greek, a Protestant by upbringing. England will become the true spearhead of back-to-Bible movements from this time forward, as the Reformation fizzles into state religion.

So it's no surprise that #1 began its peaking with the technology of making what became known as the "Gutenberg Bible", about 100 years prior (movable type -- poor Gutenberg went bankrupt circa 1455). Notice how God provided a way for the Bible to become more available than ever by the time people would want and need it: you'd not have had an 'official' Reformation, without it. So there were a number of back-to-the-Bible movements during this 490, abounding in translations, etc. Many client nations reformed on the ashes of their predecessors, and usually in the name of religious war. You should be able to see #2-#6 pretty easily. There are many of them, all overlapping, from 1450 or so.

Satan knows all about the 490's, so he kindly managed to prepare in advance our friend Osman and his dynasty to take over Constantinople in 1453, so Islam could compete for attention with that new-fangled invention of Gutenberg: you know, choose between Bible into the common-man's hands, or attacking the infidel. So by 1540, naturlich, the Ottoman Empire was at a peak. Gotta have some kind of reply to God's freeing up Scripture in Europe.. just like 560, and 1050, Satan counterplays to match God. You can set your watch: he does this in the last 100+ years of a 490 ending, to counter the Scripture-availability peaking; well, he missed that timing goal somewhat when he started up Islam, but managed to get it going in the first 100 years of the new 490 that began in 560; so he used the Persian (Khosrau/Chosroes) Parwiz instead, during the prior 100 (460AD+), and kept him going until Mohammed could take his place (6 year overlap between 622 and 628).

Circa 950AD, he had rolled out Islam again, and when that didn't work by 1050 he rolled out Islam again, getting the Seljuk Turks to capture Byzantium in 1071. Which started, the Crusades. Since history was supposed to end 1070AD-1144AD (range of dates given Israel's rejection versus her acceptance), it looks like Satan was really trying to get it to end, for this period approached a war-everywhere period -- chiefly, with Islam as the counteragent. Seljuks took over 1071 (cute play on the 1070 expectation); Crusades began 1096 (cute play on the original design to end Millennium in 1094, cuter on John's Revelation which came out 96AD). As always, the aim was to move the focus back to the Middle East. When it didn't work yet again, he use Islam to re-take Byzantium in 1453. Note the usage of Islam (again, except the first time, because Satan was using Byzantium and Rome to kill each other, and then Persia to deliver the final blow -- which didn't work out).

Else, the identities of #1-#6 are quite obvious. The Reformation itself was a Back-to-the-Bible movement, and had many facets, not merely the Calvin and Lutheran ones. It's interesting that both Luther and Calvin got caught up with the movement, weren't really interested in politics, at first. Satan neatly managed to arrest both of their adherent groups into state religions: little popedoms. And they've not advanced in their theologies, ever since. Pity.

Even so, the raging in Europe was coupled with unprecedented exploration and migration -- the many pogroms of the Jews, in particular -- and here you see the globalization begin in earnest. So #7 widens, usually with a tyrannical or seductive banner, hitting on far-flung coasts of the Americas, Africa, and China. The 'virus' is no longer contained. When you look at the many European voyages then going around the world, it's almost as if they were in a hurry to get their missions done in time for the Reformation, which technically hadn't yet begun! Spain and Portugal were racing with each other, ostensibly. But God had other goals. So the race begins the end of the 1400's, just in time to deliver the new printing-press Bibles, to their destinations (i.e., the Portuguese reach even Macau by 1514). Over and over, wave upon wave from the West. So by the end of this 490, the base of operations was worldwide. Just in Time.

"D": 1500-1990AD, 1540-2030AD
(the intercalated, real-time historical period is 1570-2130AD)
(2nd contig. 1000 ends 2030AD; intercalated 1000 ends 2080AD)
(Intercalated 1050 ends 2130AD)

This period is usually classified "modern history" in high schools. Its seven trends are obvious, too; its #1-#6 components should be readily identifiable. God's main purpose for the Reformation was to completely free Scripture. It didn't happen right away, but the idea it should, did happen. So the desire to know Bible qua Bible just couldn't be checked anymore, and you have a proliferation of back-to-the-Bible movements, competitions, resurgences of institutionalized religions, everyone calling everyone else a heretic, and oh -- two world wars, preceded and followed, by many civil ones. When interest in Bible breaks free, polities free up, as well. Spiritual maturation produces a kind of secular maturation, so man can handle freedom better. So it's never a political problem when a polity is not free. It's a spiritual problem. So you learn God, instead of crusading for political change. And if it's God you want, you won't even think about trying to get political change: you'll be too busy, learning HIM.

Notice how the baton keeps switching back and forth among France, Germany, and England: when one of them loses interest in Bible (i.e., France under Louis XIV, who revoked the Edict of Nantes), others rise (i.e., Fredrick William took in the Huguenots evicted by Louis). Finally, the US (an offshoot of England) was founded in order to have freedom from state religion, specifically. If you read John Hyde Preston's A Short History of the American Revolution, and specifically its report on the sorry state of the Revolutionary troops at Valley Forge due to the abuse by Congress and other Americans, you realize that only God made America the victor in that Revolution. And solely due to, the faith of a few, in Him. Him, not religion. (Let us never be so arrogant to think we Americans accomplish a thing. God And God Alone is the source of our prosperity. God, not religion. God, never mankind! Read how Moses keeps reminding Israel of that fact, beginning around Deuteronomy 4, repeating the fact every 10 verses or so.)

#1 is extremely interesting, during this 490's span; you have many manuscript finds during this period -- in fact, most of the MSS we know of today, were found since 1540, with the most important one, Codex Vaticanus, being force-published in 1889: because Tregelles had a really good memory when he was allowed to look at the original Codex but not touch it -- so memorized and published what he'd seen. Note the direct correlation between, say, the intense gathering and miraculous discoveries of Bible original-language texts by the likes of Samuel Tregelles (1844+, if I remember -- see www.bautz.de) and Count von Tischendorf, the guys who got Codex Vaticanus and Codex Sinaiticus out from centuries-long sequestration, to mankind; compared to counter-trends at the same time of fake religious texts like the Book of Mormon (1844?), Marxism (yes, a religion, billed as if rational and political), Darwinism (yet another religion in disguise, animism), etc. Then there were the many philosophers (yet another disguise, man worshipping himself). Of course, Islam enjoyed a nice resurgence beginning about the same time.

Of course in 1950, when back-to-the-Bible was mainstream in the US, God rolled out some Greek grammar texts (from Qumran or somewhere), so everyone had to start over rethinking what they thought the MSS words meant. Then, everyone in the US promptly lost interest in Bible (a counter trend beginning intermittently during the 1930's). By the late 1970's, everyone decided God was dead, and the religious crowd were falling all over themselves with various apologetics and wimpy Madison-Avenue games. Rather than MSS'ing, they were missing their brains; so viral-RNA morphing. The Social and Political Gospel has replaced the Real One; who needs God, when one can call Caesar, 'God' and get away with it? Just turn on any 'Christian' TV station at any hour, see for yourself. In six months of watching 'Christian' TV almost continuously in 2004, I didn't even hear one (including the famous speakers) correct Gospel message. Not even one. Was listening for it. Not even one. So whoever gets saved by watching that stuff?

By stark contrast, do you see the proliferation of back-to-Bible all over the world, now? It's commonplace: www.bf.org begs for even torn portions of Bibles, so they can get them out to folks who don't have them -- yeah, and who in the US is that hungry for the Word, anymore? Do you see the RCC trying to 'unify' other Christian denominations to itself? It's commonplace. Do you see how we are doing what every other people at the end of a 490 are doing? We learn from history that we learn nothing from history, and we learn from history that God keeps on being faithful.

He is faithful to get the Word out to anyone who wants it. Satan is 'faithful' to reverse-substitute, obfuscate and imbalance God's 'effort'. If you love your home country, Get In And Stay In God's System. You honor the Lord, you honor your country, and you fight for its freedom that way. Stay out of politics and all other manner of satanic, crusading substitutes for God's DDNA System. And at the Bema, you will be a hero, and heartily grateful for all the DDNA the Holy Spirit Alone can make from you. And so will everyone else be grateful -- especially those believers who were hostile/indifferent to God, down here.

So #3 is at an all-time high, during this 490. Hence #4 takes on the new form of "scientific" and "philosophical" thought as counter-religions, especially in the 19th century; God wasn't dead exactly, but He sure was to be questionned. This was an iconoclasm movement. After all, institutionalized religion took a beating during this 490, so something else was needed.

Of course, another #4, Islam, has been up and happening (but only as needed) all over again; timed nicely with the breakout of Bible in the mid-/late 1800's: that was when the Ottoman empire underwent substantial 'reform'. Then again, Islam countered when Bible teaching from the original languages started becoming commonplace in the US circa 1950+, with Arab independence movement and the establishment of Israel: a Satan-sponsored thing, just as the Crusades were. Gotta get our eyes on something in the Middle East in the name of God, so we can take our eyes off new/better Bible availability! [Israel should be protected, but God didn't want her going back to the Land. Christ warned about it in Matt24, as did Daniel, back in Dan9:25-26. LvS4a.htm explains this problem in great detail. We should never abandon Israel, never be anti-semitic, unless we want to end up in the dustbin of history, like Hitler did. But the Jews were not supposed to 'shub' (return) -- Dome Of The Rock is the living Matt24 warning to STAY AWAY. Who listens? No one.. as usual. So we should be in Iraq for Israel's sake, even if it weren't simple good sense. Sheesh: here we rescue a people from a Hitler-like tyrant, which we should have done in 1990. And we are excoriated for it by the world. Bush got it right on 'invading' Iraq. No one can get the execution of policy right, but God will bless it, you wait and see.]

#5 is a bit more complicated to explain. The frenetic activity is clear enough in literally every level of politics and society, especially in the 1980's and 90's (more will be said under #7, below). If I were a cartographer, I'd be rich, what with all the name changes, alone. Clearly the client nations of Europe at the beginning of the 490, were not the same at the end, however much they occupied the same ground: all the political and social structures, had changed. It's not altogether clear which are the client nations, now; might be a good dozen of them. The US was the big winner of this 490, but it seems on its last legs: Christian activism is the worst evil in the world, even worse than the terrorists, for the world can END if Christianity becomes too apostate. Which is why activism is most rampant IN the dozen or so client nations.

But here's the complication, and I can't find its like in any other 490 except Egypt under Joseph, and Daniel 9: the US appears to have gotten a second 40-year warning. Hence the initial explanation regarding a nexus of 7 years, in #2 above. Hence those of us learning Bible must take responsibility for 9/11, since if enough of us grew up to Pleroma (Eph3:19) stage, there wouldn't have been another deployment of Islamic terrorists. It's not the 'infidel' who causes the downfall of a nation: read Lev26 and Deut28 and 2Chron7:14. That gives US until about 2030 to wake up and smell God's coffee. But only a few of us need to make it.

Meanwhile, other nations who have not been interested in Bible, might be carrying our baton, as #6 new client nations: China, India, Brazil, Korea and maybe some country in Africa (Cameroon?) will take over. God knows. Would that they all became client nations, and that the US would wake up as well. You can set your watch: a rise of interest in Bible for itself results very quickly in a rise of prosperity in the region/country wherein that interest resides. There might be a one-generation lag, and if the interest doesn't sustain over three generations you might not have enough time to recognize a blip of prosperity increase; but generally, the rise of properity is swift. American belief in Bible surged in the aftermath of the Civil War; and by 1900 we were the most significant of the Industrial Revolution countries. So it happened IN that generation. Same thing seems to be happening in China and India, now; a rise of Bible interest seemed to happen to Brazil, soon after Goulart ('guessing). Korea's interest is so strong in America, you can't hardly go a mile anywhere in a metropolitan area, without seeing a Korean Bible church. Many of them have tape ministries, too. God bless 'em all!

Looks like God's goal back when the Spanish and Portuguese were racing, got realized for the distant races, huh. Just when they'd need the information and were ready for it en masse, God sent out explorers, to set up bases for distribution. Sure, it has always been true that if you wanted Bible, no matter how isolated you were, God would bring it to you or you to it. Trade routes have always been all over the place, and of course Israel is in the middle of three continents. But what all the exploration and travel en masse tells us, is that there were distinct periods in history when a whole mass of people in a geographical area, wanted the Word At The Same Time. So, God provided it.

The travellers themselves were few in number; those they met, were few in number. So the converts were few in number, but they dispersed. Technically, God would deliver an entire nation for the sake of one person (Israel, due to Moses or David). The whole world is delivered for the sake of Christ. At the same time, people are all connected, so one person's information can disperse across a very wide area. What people do with that information, is up to them. But the word-of-mouth system is very effective. People like to repeat information.

Now think: don't you see how He's doing the same thing for the Middle East, via the Americans in Iraq? What, do you think we're there for our reasons? Guess again! God runs history. Not, puny man.

#7's Geographic Spread, A-D

Regarding #7, notice how the geographical span at the end of each period, is so much wider than pertained prior to the ending of the previous 490. In "D" we have worldwide span, compared to "C" which was worldwide exploration (setting up for "D", if you check the dates of Columbus, De Gama, etc). So today's client nations are potentially many, not few, owing to the spreading geographical span of interest in Bible. Hmmm. God DID promise to get the Word out. Looks like His record is rather good, doncha think?

While I don't agree that the US is directly referenced in the "eagle" prophecy -- which is instead, SPQR -- the US is yet another legatee of Rome's demise at the end of the first post-Cross 490. What distinguished SPQR from all other polities was the eclectic nature of its state religion. It was a state religion that you honor the "gods", but what gods you honored, was a matter of personal choice. Rome only prohibited claims that 'your god' was the only one; so Rome serially persecuted both Jews and Christians. Eventually the persecuted became the rulers, as happens so often in history; that was Satan's goal, not God's. But then God used that outcome to return back to God's version of the SPQR freedom-of-religion policy. Since, that is the First Commandment (can't pursue the First Commandment if freedom-of-faith is curtailed). So you see the breakup of Rome, and Europe formed out from its ashes.

So the US, is a 'descendant'. And, we have a very similar political structure to SPQR. Hallmark characteristic of the US is separation-of-Church-and-state, which separation principle was indissoluble from the very founding of the US (however much the Christian right, ever unable to read anything, ignorantly contend otherwise). The idea of this separation is that Personal Freedom Of Faith should never be a thing government 'touches'. Our current government is misguided (or even traitorous, due to the prolife idiots) to our founding purpose, but there's no need to take revenge or crusade, since God founded the US, so God will handle the necessary correction.

And you know God is the author of the US, because literally every country in the world feels constrained to adopt at least some of the US 'model' of government. That doesn't mean 'democracy' is universally right: in fact, the US is not a democracy (would anyone bother to read the Constitution), but a "republic". Meaning, elected representatives are the rulers, not the 'people'. Same model, as SPQR. Deliberately (if anyone would bother to read the Federalist Papers and like material).

So, what are other nations doing? Well, everywhere you see an increasing attention reluctantly paid to freedom of opinion/faith. Even Saudi Arabia is holding elections; even Egypt is paying more attention. While those movements are secular, not about faith, the underlying idea is freedom-of-opinion being necessary. So if freedom of secular opinion is necessary for good government, then soon freedom-of-faith can flourish better. That is the significance of our being in Iraq. Not to 'bring democracy' there, since not even the US is a democracy (fifth-century BC Athens was a democracy, and it didn't work out too well). But rather, to bring about some kind of freedom-of-opinion as a valid institution in a polity. Which type of institution, nations are deciding. But not a country on this planet, is unaffected by the American idea of freedom-of-faith (hence freedom-of-opinion, its root). So clearly God is freeing the world: currently, via America.

GOD is doing it, not US. We are contributing the problem, as usual. Man contributes the problem, God makes the doo-doo into Diamonds, and Satan tries to make the Diamonds defeat Deus. That's the plotline of history; so here in #7, you see that plot widen geographic distribution to its widest extent, in the latest (and maybe last, who knows) 490.. the one we are in, potentially ending 2480AD if the Rapture doesn't occur first.

As explained in LvS4b.htm and even more in LvS4c.htm, the Rapture being based on believer growth or retrogression, cannot be predicted. Further, retrogression will be the ostensible trigger for the Rapture to occur; God having finished His Trial Rebuttal will let time run its natural course, as usual. Which means, as usual, believers will not grow beyond spiritual age 8; so, will retard. So will be called home in shame, with Satan exulting at finally being able to get rid of us. For he won't buy that God's Trial Arguments were right. Instead, he'll think he has finally manipulated time himself, to his advantage.

Since we are still in a 40-year grace period, the US will probably limp along: Americans don't own much of their country's economic assets, anymore, so we're almost "America" in name only, here in 2005 -- perfect description of the last two 'cycles' of Divine National Discipline in Lev26. (There's more than one way to be under seige.) The world will probably limp along, too. So if interest in Bible within the US doesn't experience a resurgence whereas the other nations' interest in Him increases, you'll see a shift in the balance of power to the nation with the most interest. Many would argue it already began about 20 years ago. How long it will take for the new balance of power to result in war, I'm not sure. Newly-strong nations will be challenged, and they want to stretch their muscles: expect alliances to change in surprising ways. But the desire to fight economically rather than militarily, is the norm. Only the Middle East could trigger a real military conflict, if nations take sides. And they are, so the danger is real enough. Satan's always angling for Armaggedon, especially when interest in Bible is high, and he'll 'match' religion to religion, to get our eyes off Bible in the name of God. Of course, we can see that trend every day, since we live in the wake of 9/11. It's real significant that both the Roman Catholic Church and Islam are being promoted. Not sure yet how they will be used.

The US will die very quickly if our anti-semitism keeps on rising. Here in 2006, after Israel entered Lebanon due to the unprovoked attack by Hezbollah, the incredibly-negative-to-Israel reaction by Christians and unbelievers presage a dark turn in our policy with respect to Israel. Most of their negativity is a way to be negative to President Bush; so they react against Israel, to 'get back' at him. How bizarre. Imagine turning against another innocent country because you don't like your own nation's president, who favors that country. How satanic. So it's frightening how no one bothers to look at the facts of Hezbollah's evil, which for a change the media were correctly reporting (though slanted pro-Arab, as usual). So if we turn anti-Israel en masse, that's the end of US. Hitler's regime didn't last but what -- 12 years?

When Nebuchadnezzar invaded Israel, he took back with him the best individuals, put a puppet king on the throne, and left. Two more times he'd return, and the final time in 586BC, he razed the Temple and melted down the Ark. You can read this in 2Kings and 2Chronicles, toward the end of each book. God then picks up the story with Jeremiah, using the latter to explain how God pulled out the yet-good figs (believers) into Diaspora, leaving the rotten figs (again, believers) behind to suffer. Of course, He had done the same thing prior with Noah, delivering him and his family who'd also voted for God. He'd done the same thing in 70AD. In short, when God removes His Protection due to a nation's apostacy, the believers are delivered. But those left behind, get the punishment due, so they too can wake up and smell God's coffee. You'll see that pattern in Bible again and again. Well: it plays in history, too. Looks like by 2030 or sooner, it will play yet again.

1990 Watershed '490' Characteristics

1990 was undeniably a watershed year. Technically, it was the end of a qualifying 490, an off-calendar, running contiguous deadline by which some believer on earth must RECEIVE the grant. The historical 490 ends in 2130. But unless someone GOT the 490 award during the qualifying 490 which ended in 1990, time would end in 2130. You'll see these qualifying 490s in GeneYrs.xls, mapped in a lighter, cross-hatched gold (versus the solid gold of the historical 490s). Someone got the award, so as usual God readies mankind for a massive housecleaning and Bible rollout, to terminate the last 120 years of the historical 490. Additionally, 1997 was the close of the 2000th anniversary of His Birth, which usually God tracks as a kind of warning. But it's not a qualifying 1000 (which runs 30, 1030, 2030, etc). An unusually-successful ending of the 490 means an unusually-polarized new 490 is in the making (as a counter, trying to undo the success and force the Rapture). Seems like Thomas Friedman just has written about 1990 being a watershed year (according to his early May interview on Charlie Rose, April 2005) -- not attributing the nexus to Bible interest, of course.

So examine what else happened in 1990. That was the year the official 'downfall' of the Soviet Union began. The significance of the downfall of Soviet Union is that Freedom Of Opinion (and economy) can flourish there. It's been a tumultuous place to live, with fantastic highs and lows, ever since.

1990 was also the year China began its breakup as well, though to the world it looked like a resurgence: economic breakup leads eventually to freedom, and in China the Great Communist Experiment also failed. (But then, it never really was about communism in China, but about modernization against foreigners, a centuries-old goal.) In that year, China became the biggest economy (in terms of people), with everyone outside China, slavering to serve it. Of course, Deng Shiao-Ping (Xiaoping, new spelling) began that reform to economic (and hence related) freedom, about seven years earlier; once ostracised because he was practical, Deng got the last laugh over his former arch-rival, Mao; the latter having died in 1976(?), Deng quietly began to consolidate power enough to cause the reform simply by announcing it, beginning about 1983. Encarta notes that due to Deng's announcement in 1990, it "touched off" rapid economic growth, though Deng was officially (but not really, k?) out of power, by then.

Next, the breakup of the Middle East began in earnest in 1990, though it's not as obvious. Terrorism in the Middle East has two basic roots: a) anti-semitism, which is a 4000 year inheritance quarrel (Isaac got the inheritance, not Ishmael). Then b), Islam is a terrorizing religion (unfies church and state) which thus keeps its people backward economically -- and the rest of the world has passed it by, so lots of Arabs are becoming disaffected with Islam. The backlash of terrorism neatly gives Arabs an excuse to think they are still superior. Hence, in that same year 1983, our friends the Muslims managed to decimate Lebanon and turn the conflict there into a full-scale terrorism campaign against the US. The world began to be under seige, then. By 1990 Lebanon ended its civil war, so Saddam Hussain started a new one. All the while, Israel was increasingly involved, so terrorism stepped up, and given Saddam being such a problem, what with invading Kuwait and all, Israel and the US caved into negotiations with the Palestinians who sponsored the terrorists -- negotiations which went nowhere, except to get Rabin killed.

While Soviet Union, China, and the Middle East began breaking up due to their failed economic and political policies, Germany, Europe and other groups were unifying during 1990. Germany was split post-WWII to prevent it from ever being able to wage war again, and now its erstwhile conqueror, is the one conquered. Of course the end-timers went even more wacko when the European Union was started, but that was also a natural outgrowth (starting some years earlier) in order for Europe to compete with its larger geographical competitors. That's actually more why places like Angola and Serbia were troubled, due to losing the Soviet Union's patronage; Eastern Europe itself had nothing to hold it together now. Of course, the conflict in Afghanistan began in 1990 for the same reason (civil war fallout from the Afghan-Soviet war). Of course, 1990 was the first year Al-Qaeda was on its own.

Beneath these political developments of the 80's and 90's, is a deeper spiritual ennui, and it has two sides, as well: emotional, and genuine. For, man now has an increasing awareness that there should be something 'more' to life. You can easily find commentaries on the rise of religion, which characterizes the period: people SEARCHING. God isn't dead, anymore. But its emotional side quickly devolves into goofy conclusions (the intifada and Bin-Laden versions, being obviously destructive, but the tongues movement is just as destructive, even worse than drugs). Hence the now-worldwide popularity of the tongues crowd and all manner of emotionalism in Christianity, which -- also begun about 1983 -- had fully embraced Revelation 17 as if it were spiritual. Now no one bothered to read the Bible, so could ignorantly claim whatever, and the stupid 'prolife' movement passed for God's Will -- we even elected a President (Reagan) who espoused it (otherwise a great President). So it's all downhill beginning in 1990, and by 1997, well.. ministers crusade on political topics in their pulpits; one even ran for President. What happened to teaching Bible? Some talk techie using buzzwords from the original-language texts.. but tell you to pray to Jesus or the Holy Ghost; they tell you to invite Christ into your heart to be saved (which is nowhere in BIBLE, and doesn't save you); they preach emotion and thumping the Bible, and cruises and retreats; and they teach God is emotional, for crying out loud. Guess all those techie words they use, they just use for show. Even John 3:16 in translation, isn't taught or remembered anymore (whereas in 1949+, practically every non-Catholic schoolchild and parent in the US, knew it by heart). Sheesh.

Bible Teaching 1990 Watershed: the Quest to PERSONALLY live on Bible

Meanwhile, during this same period, teaching on Bible by a few reaches an all-time-high in quality, as teaching it from the original languages, matures. The quest to have a personal spiritual life living on Bible, as distinct from herding within institutionalized religion, becomes a mainstream Christian pursuit. The US led this trend, and many in Europe find US odd because of it. Of course, by 1990, it became the dominating focus in Asia (esp. China), Latin America (unevenly), Africa. If you ever get a chance to watch Frontline World or Wide Angle on Africa, notice how this focus plays at the grass-roots level.

Alongside some of the newly-taught goofiest ideas in Christendom (like 'Lordship' salvation, life-in-womb, and God is emotional), some very few pastors worldwide had true breakthroughs which enabled folks to finally get a grip on how to live the spiritual life, daily. Real hands-on concepts you can breathe while you do dishes, writhe in pain, exult in happiness, stand in line, move your mouse, drive somewhere, use at the office. 24/7! For it's during this period that Bible Doctrines long neglected or covered up for centuries, begin to be comprehensively explained or proven from those dusty original-language texts. Several types of systematic theologies arise during this time, as a result; they don't necessarily agree, nor are they alike accurate, but the sheer fact they are there and nearly all of one focus -- how does the believer really live ON Bible -- is of epic importance.

If you go back to Adam, you'll notice the macro rollout: from Adam through the Flood, the objective was to get the Word out that the Savior was coming, and to develop a bloodline for that Savior. Note how deft: the evidence He was coming was in the evidence that people you could see, were to be the progenitors of the One you could not see. So the ones you could see, would be charged with the message He was coming. People in Genesis 5 all knew they were the progenitors. That is the Promise they lived on, since they would never live long enough on earth, to See Him Be Born. At the end, only Noah and his family cared about that Promise of a Savior. So they were delivered. From them we all derive. From them, eventually Abraham derived. From him, came that bloodline. With the bloodline, a secular nation was needed, with the potential Promise (Contract, really) of becoming a Priest Nation for this Messiah, when He came.

That bloodline and the nation coming from it -- Israel -- were given a Written Word gradually rolled out, to learn and teach anyone else who wanted to know it. That way you had both A People And A Book, To See The One You Could Not See. So you also had little rituals which aped common, everyday tasks, such that when you even did the mundane, you were reminded of the Divine. So the Word and the ritual could be 'married' in your mind, such that nothing you ever did, would BE mundane. But look: that Word kept on getting LOST, right inside God's House! Samuel found it while wandering around, sleeping in the Holy of Holies. Then later, when the Temple was built, it would go lost again, though right inside: some king would find it, and weep when he read it; some priest or prophet (like Jeremiah) would find it, and would also weep. Weep, weep, read, then lose it again. Meanwhile, the disclosure kept on being added by God. Then, finish. Then, Messiah comes. Then, He is rejected. Then within only 66 years, this time -- the entire NT is reduced to writing. Which it had to be, since the fourth 1050 was ending. So in the 1st century, Canon got completed, by the end of the voting period.

Then it's quickly lost again, kidnapped by religion -- the Rev17 harlot, right on time, began. It goes lost for the better part of 18 centuries, slowly broken out in pockets, available only in pieces -- a Psalter or one of the Gospels -- so far as the macro history is concerned. Theological development was most childish and legalistic. Until the 1850's, the Reformation was the largest of these breakouts, but look how kindergarten its focus, for what was the big issue in the Reformation? What's salvation, and whether you need some pope to tell you how to be spiritual. Very baby focus, that. See how much we didn't know? How is it, we didn't even know what salvation was?

Well, look: by the 4th century, even the Bible experts didn't know if Christ was Divine; thousands of people died over this question. How so? Why couldn't they even read a simple Gospel verse like "Before Abraham was, I AM"? They all knew Greek well enough to read that in the original-language texts. Verse uses the Greek version of the OT Sacred Tetragrammaton, leaving no doubt that He's God. John's extremely popular Gospel starts with the explanation that He's God, making very clever wordplay on Exo3:14's LXX. So how did they not know? Yet even the experts couldn't read that, else they'd not be debating and denouncing slaughtering each other. They couldn't read Matt4:3, where Satan admits He's God. They couldn't read any of the OT, obviously, since all over the OT it says He's God.

So they convened Councils, instead. Blind leading blind. You don't need a Council to tell you He's Divine, and you don't need a Council to tell you if a Book is from God or not, because God will make that clear, and a Book from Him will be provably from Him. So look: there was also a frequent street joke that if you needed your shoes fixed, the shoemaker would tell you whether He was Divine or not; when you got your daily milk, the milkman would give you a treatise on how He was God and Man. So the popular interest in Him was surely there. So the Councils were there. Someone in those Councils was deployed who could read the Bible, so that the people could get a whole Bible -- since the experts themselves, were too dang blind to teach it! God accomplished that. God: not, stinking human consensus. ["Stinking", in that so many today arrogate to themselves a claim that they determined what the Bible is. I'm reasonably certain that at the time of the Councils, a whole lot of people genuinely didn't know, and wanted to. So it was like this humungous Bible study group, and among them were a few who actually knew 1Jn1:9 and could therefore teach the others, how to read the requisite verses, etc. So probably the group ended up being temporarily positive enough, to read properly. But later generations of religious who look back on these Councils to arrogate to themselves a mantle of being right -- that stinks, sorry.]

So God managed to get His Word out, despite us. And here in 1990, we are back to the first and third centuries. Full circle. For the majority of our experts debate the same things, having learned nothing in 20 centuries. Same old debates clog the chat channels: how many is God, is Christ Divine, what's salvation, can you lose it, what is the spiritual life, and on and on and on. You'd think we never had a whole Bible, either. But a few among the experts, have been deployed with sound knowledge, too. So we can get Understanding to go with this now-fully-rolled-out Bible, we have. So while traditional theology remains extremely childish and even anti-Biblical -- new theologies of much greater depth and accuracy are taking their place. Hence all the iconoclasm against the 'traditional' denominations. "They teach as if we were in 200AD", my best friend quipped a few days ago. Yep.

For God's always been about FREEDOM. That has two ends: the evil, stupid, and its other apex, Seeing God. Seeing God, not seeing religion. The problem isn't sin; sin is a symptom of the problem. The problem, is that God is Infinite but we are finite. Sin irrevocably complicates our finity, hence the need for the Cross. After which, it's a question of spiritual growth, to get His Head in Our Heads (witty Greek theme of Paul's letter stated of 1Cor1:5, always mistranslated). We have to grow beyond our human nature, not just our sin nature, to have a true soul oneness with God. That's impossible. But with God, nothing's impossible. His Son's Humanity grew to Complete Oneness with Father, due TO the Cross. You don't think Father put Him on the Cross without that purpose, do you? God is Omniscient. So that means all the highs and all the lows -- to have Complete Rapport. So that's His Goal Through His Son's Soul, for us: that goal is actually a Contract in the BHS and LXX texts of Isa53:10-12, and forms the basis for the Book of Hebrews as well as all the NT.

    So to do that, means Scripture -- Son's Thinking, 1Cor2:16, Heb4:12, Rom12:2, etc. -- must be built in us. That's what I call "DDNA", and only the Holy Spirit can do this. Hence the need to live in God's System. It's not a works thing. It's a Growth Thing. So you need the Mentor and the Book, growing you. So you need a whole lot of secular stuff, supporting that. So the world needs historical circumstances, supporting that. Thus the development of all the necessary mechanisms to transmit this Freedom to Learn Him, is the purpose of secular history. It operates within the corridor of what people are willing to accept, since Sovereign Love Never Wills to Coerce.

    Thus by 1990, a few pastors caught on to this as God's Goal, caught onto what's the real spiritual life, and they began teaching it. Not all of them taught it as well, not all of them understand it as well, but there came to be a large enough group to get that point across: spirituality is Someone You Learn. And we've heard that point, got that message, for look: nearly every Christian in any denomination will tell you the spiritual objective is to be "Christlike." Problem is, what does that term mean? Aha: this is the point of the new 490, to explain that being like Christ, is learning to Think Like Christ. We all kinda know that. But we need to get those Spiritual Dendrites. And enough pastors worldwide, have enough information now, to impart. 1983-2003 is probably the most productive period of Bible doctrine recoveries -- all due to and made in, those original-language texts, not translations. That phenomenon bespeaks a sustained (not merely temporary) hunger to really know God, not religion.

For the human race has long regarded religion as the way to relate to God. The idea of relationship was kinda like the idea of war: setpieces, rote things you did, everyone congregate (and in war, smash each other). You sacrificed because it cost you something, so therefore it was worth something to God. You said this or did that and you observed, observed, observed, and patted yourself on the back, when you did. Thus you told yourself you were assured of heaven. What a shell game. No wonder people got so jaded by the end of their lives. All that roteness, all that sacrifice.. bought nothing! Hence the iconoclasm of the 19th-20th centuries.

    But GOD never told us that's how it should have been. We invented those silly robotic ideas, and slapped God's name on them. Helped to keep slapping, by an eager Satan&Co. who ever love turning us into puppets. We danced to their tune. Wasn't enough interest in GOD to ask, hey, how is this spiritual? What about just plain learning about HIM?

    The prophets were forever warning Israel not to misuse the Law as a set of rotenesses. Isaiah made fun of them in Isaiah 28, with his famous "tsav latsav" speech, imitating a drunk who just says the same thing over and over -- the wordplay is usually translated "line on line". Double-entendre: instead of learning one item at a time, you guys just chant it, repeating your rituals as if you were drunk or sleepwalking. Thus it was for Israel, and thus we inherited the goofy idea that the Law and all those rituals, were somehow magic in themselves, something you did to get a blessing. Never mind it was stupid. So they didn't notice the rich metaphor of the tfellin, the sacrifices, the washings. Learning intensifies if you use tools to signify the doctrine behind them. But if you don't know that doctrine, then.. it's tsav, latsav, just so much drunken shuffling. Leaving you with a hangover.

So now, the lid is blown off that rote-religion idea, beginning most prominently in the 19th century. Now, it's a free-for-all, as the new advances in Bible understanding, slowly coalesce and mature, coming out of their entrapping, religious cocoons. No, it's not the elites who decide how you worship; no, it's not the elites who stand between you and God; but rather, you learn Bible and live it yourself. This personal freedom idea is often iconoclastic, viz. all the I-can-interpret-Bible-for-myself rebellions, throwing out the baby with the bathwater. And right there! are a few pastors simultaneously discovering God has an answer which reconciles this Royal freedom with Royal discipline with Royal responsibility: you need someone to teach you math, so you need someone to teach you Bible and you LIVE IT yourself. You live the Bible, not religion. Yourself, thinking with it before the Lord. No paint-by-number rules. For, you are in training to become a King. So you are to make your own rules, and hopefully learn from your own mistakes. Which is why you get the Holy Spirit as your Mentor. Which is why you need a human pastor who specializes in studying Bible, 24/7, to teach it to you. For we are Royal Priests to Father, a Kingdom of Priests -- which is what Israel was supposed to become, but she turned it down. Christ however succeeded, and thus we get His Thinking. Rev 5:10, 1:6, 1Pet2:5,9. We are in training to be King-Priests.

    So Isaiah 53:10's im tasim asham naphesho, "If He will appoint Himself a Substitute for Sin" becomes the Replacing Mindset we get, 1Cor1:5 (Greek), Rom8:4ff, Rom12:2 (Greek), 1Cor5:14-21. He lived for us, He died for us, so we get to live for Him, now. Mechanism? Learning our Husband via the husbandmen ("haphe", meaning pastors), Eph4:16, so we will all be grown up to HIS Maturity, Eph4:13. That's the deal. That's what is variantly understood by many a pastor. That's the goal of this and every other 490, since Adam. Freed, now, from Satan's religious shackles which would have us be drunk, forever (2Tim2:26, Greek).

So despite the iconoclasm in the aftermath of WWII, and maybe even partly due to it, by the end of 1990, people worldwide realized that some kind of Personal Relationship which functions 24/7, IS the spiritual life; and they want it! Just God! Just Because! But the devil is in the details, hence the confusion over which idea of God (and the lie that all versions are the same); hence so much emotion (which the ritualized religions recapture via the 'feel' of the ritual). But the details are in Scripture; so learning those original-language texts, teaching from them, unlocks the conundrums that the devil so cleverly strews in every believer's path. Aha! Eph4:11-16!

    Thus is fulfilled the verse refrain (i.e., in 1Jn2 and 3), which is a frequent OT prophecy that you won't have any need for anyone to teach you what God says (idea that you don't have Scripture, so rely on a prophet), for you yourself will know. Because the Word is completed in writing, and the Word Itself Is Taught To You Directly as it was written, line on line, precept on precept; hence The Mind Is Written on your minds, ten dianoian epigrapsw autous (last Greek phrase in Heb10:16). God keeps His Promises! [When John wrote his Gospel, 1-3John, and Revelation, he knew he'd be the last Canon writer. That's one reason for the riddle-like structure in 1Jn2. It's a main theme of 1Jn, that Canon will be completed, and John is the last of the writers of it. That's why the letter is crafted in "firsts" (i.e., the "in the beginning" catchphrase) to show that the fulfillment of God's Purpose since the Garden, is coming to pass with what John writes. Full circle: ties to Eph1. First Aspect of DDNA.htm covers this subtopic in more detail.]

So Satan must copycat whatever God does, so to substitute God with himself. Hence the most popular among the new systematic theologies (all of which stress personal relationship with God as the spiritual life).. will nonetheless be the most satanic. So the truth must be 'shaved'. See, Satan has to use truth in order to wreck the spiritual life, since there is no power like the truth. So by shaving it, dicing it (2nd Temptation method), he can manipulate.

    Hence the opposition to this personal quest makes disparaging and dismissive remarks, reminiscent of the way kids in high school ridiculed "geeks" -- you know, students who took their school learning seriously, so were considered to be 'showing off' or trying to curry favor with the adults. To the masses, it's somehow wrong to take learning or Bible, seriously. Cool people don't do that.

    Hence the most popular dicing-the-Bible manipulation method Satan employs is TRUNCATION. Soundbytes for bored minds. So the Bible looks like something no cool person would actually read, but instead, would nod at. Hence the translations are awful. If the original-language texts of Bible said, "The Maserati sped down the Autobahn", then the translation of that 'verse' is "the vehicle moved down the path". Notice how fuzzed over is the translation, merely by 'clipping' down the meaning of each word, to vague generalities. Now you know why you fall asleep whenever you try to read Bible. Now you know why it's so easy to misuse Bible. Now you know why God rolled out the original-language texts of Bible in the 19th century.

    The dead giveaway of a satanic truncation going on, is the promotion of herding. Herding activities (you know, those rallies where everyone sings how they love Jesus), herded ideas. Away from individual responsibility, and toward a Group Identity on an issue, on a doctrine, something. People in crowds stop thinking, because the 'feel' of the crowd is so comforting to them. That's when Bible gets thumped. Thus the Bible's own words can be read, and only the truncated meaning assigned at the Group Identity level, will be heard. Soundbyte Christianity.

    So now you know why people pretend to know those texts, but still dice Scripture. The conclusive evidence of a satanic interpretation is that it stresses man, not God. Man's doing something. Man's being something. God nicely gets chopped down to Petty Judge/Sugar Daddy level, that way. Gracelessness is Satan's #1 love. So will be lovingly patent in all false pitches re Bible.

    We are to blame, not Satan&Co., because we don't check Scripture, but just love how the shaved/diced 'truth', feels. Especially, if emotional (asceticism is very emotional, just like the tongues crowd). Kinda like the prolife movement: anyone involved in it has lost his mind, hates Bible, never even cracks open the original-language texts to notice that every "womb" verse is REVERSED in translation (e.g., says "in the womb" in translation, but "from BIRTH" in the inspired text). [There are hundreds of verses saying human life is not in the womb, and you need to know that, to know how the spiritual life really works. See NoWombLife.htm and Caveat #4, both accessible from the Home Page.]

Note Satan's dilemma: the Bible 'cat' is outta da bag. How can he get it back in there? Satan can't. But in addition to 'shaving', he can distort and obfuscate what Scripture plainly says; he can discredit all of what's taught, by 'tainting' with one or two obvious falsehoods. That is his focal goal. People who truly know Bible will be persecuted as subtly as possible (martyrdom only attracts adherents). The main games will stay Rev17 in style, since everyone loves crusading. That will contaminate and thus siphon off a lot of erstwhile interest in God. So now he can focus only on the smaller groups who are genuinely interested.

    Since Bible is now freely available in the original language texts, how can Satan obfuscate desire to consult them? Well, he's got to get our eyes on people! Same strategy as he used to roll out Islam and thus the crusades. Here, he's got to get some emotional idea within Christendom around which people can rally. So he picks the pagan idea that there is soul life in the womb. RCC carefully cultivated that idea in order to advance the lie that Mary's only spiritual value, was being a virgin. (What a slur on her character.) So now with the precipitous decline of interest in Bible, the non-Catholics have picked up that pagan idea, never even bothering to read the original-language texts. Hence the prolife movement is the worst spiritual AIDS/cancer in the world today, so any pastor with a systematic theology which supports prolife and claims to be teaching from the original languages, will be promoted by Satan&Co.

    Satan thus masks the quiet, accurate teaching this way; he hopes to mask any other accurate teaching even by prolifers, by stress on a human thing, so to mask information about God. Always, the substitution of man for God, in the name of God. I could quickly name at least three pastors who fit the 'prolife' category of Bible abuse; who have developed their own (sometimes quite brilliant) systematic theologies; who are very engaging to hear.. and thus who are quite popular, too. Pray using God's System of protocol, for these pastors to wake up and smell God's coffee, because they don't need to keep on serving Satan's chicory chicanery, Eph4:14. It would be a real shame for these guys to lose out at the Bema, because this falsehood will bring down all their other insights. A pastor's job is the worst on earth, and who among us wouldn't want to see those who give us our very food, the most blessed?

    There are also some popular back-to-the-Bible movements which fail God's System, in that they reject the doctrine of Right Pastor, Eph4:11-16's Greek (which explains how Isa53:11-12 function for Church). Yet they too are recovering certain truths which have long been in front of our very eyes, unseen -- their writings are prolific, and are likewise worldwide. Would that they understood the need of a pastor, too, since for all their recoveries, they will not profit by growing spiritually, absent function within this Element of God's System. [As you can hopefully see, I'm trying to avoid naming names. Today's failures might recover and become tomorrow's spiritual successes. There are at least three groups of folks, each numbering in the hundreds of thousands (if not millions), who believe and understand God's System Element #5's structure, but refuse #4. So they are growing fitfully, God orchestrating what they learn to get the message to get into #4. Meanwhile, sometimes you'll see quite brilliant conclusions by folks in these movements, and some of their stuff is a joy to read. They claim to retranslate the Bible, and have crafted their own full versions. But instead of true retranslation, they just rehash the old translations -- still egregiously wrong in the same places as the traditionally-accepted translations (i.e., James 4:5, Gen1:2, Gen3:11, 1Cor1:5, James 2:22, Heb11:1, etc). See, if you don't know the doctrine being covered in a verse, you'll mistranslate it. And you can't learn the Doctrine if you're not in God's System (#4 of the System, here begin rejected). We're all learning!]

    These are but two of many examples, the prolifers and the no-pastor-wanted crowd. Here's the gain for Satan: both 'doctrines' are easily proven false from Bible. So for as long as folks believe the falsehoods, their spiritual growth is stunted, even though other doctrines developed by these two groups, might be very beneficial and advanced. And, if some do notice the falsehoods, then all those other doctrines of value taught by these two groups, will be deemed false. Look at how people just lambast everything the RCC teaches, due to a fictional novel based on the fictional premise that Christ had kids. The RCC is accused of covering that up. As a result, the Bible is accused of being an invention of the RCC. It's totally amazing how a flimsy accusation which a fictional novel merely used as its story line, is accepted by millions of people. No one did his homework. No one wanted to do his homework. Everyone just wanted to be iconoclastic. And everyone just wanted to hate the Bible. For notice how the entire Bible got blamed, too? This is negative volition talking. So Satan licks his chops: Yeah, let these people advance theology -- I'll make sure they bang the drum on obviously-inaccurate things, thus ruining ALL that advance!

    You see this all the time in secular life. A guy works hard and achieves much. But one day, he does something bad. Thereafter, all that good work done prior, is tainted because of the one thing he did bad. We humans are disgusting.

So Religion vs. Bible is the hallmark theme of our current 490, and since its first 40 years are internal stabilization and maturity years (analogous to Israel wandering in the wilderness), we are in for one heckuva historical rollercoaster between now and 2030. That's why attention got focused on the US: not because of US, but because God used some pastors here for the sake of the rest of the world, since we aren't listening to them, but to Rev17's siren song; but some few in other nations, are less arrogant. So God is answering their need. Hence the US economic decline, too. In whatever nation interest in Bible grows, that nation prospers. In whatever nation interest in Bible wanes, that nation declines. It's all laid out in Lev26 and Deut28, even in translation. Here, we're talking of the verifiable historical playout of those Bible truths.

    Expect a stirring up of religious fervor, and demagogues, worldwide (i.e., at much higher levels than characterized the close of the 490 ending 1990). All targeting against Israel, the US, and any nation which has good teaching in it. At last, the world realizes that Bible is GOD's, not some culture's private pet (so not 'Western', lol). Hence a number of nations are beginning to shine with His Face, and have the tumultuous politics, to match (God uses tumult to mature and strengthen interest in Him, just as He did to Israel in the wilderness). For example, Brazil will be #1 target in Latin America; Cameroon, Liberia, Niger and Nigeria are becoming strongly pro-Bible (few people, but you only need a few); maybe some others in Africa, I'm not sure. China is becoming strongly pro-Bible; Korea is already one of the most pro-Bible countries in the world, which is why it got split post-WWII, so the positive people in the south could Learn Bible In Freedom. Korea is one of the shining stars, baby. I hope they ALL become God's Stars! I hope my own beloved America will regain its lost interest in its Former Love, and stop acting like Laodicea (Rev3). If I grow up spiritually, and finish the Pleroma course, God will save my own nation. So too, you can 'do' in God's System (His Power, your choice).. for your own country! Some 'causes' are worth dying for: spiritual growth is a GAIN to the one getting it, and so isn't really, a sacrifice -- but God will use it to save many from disaster. So be a spiritual soldier? [WitnUS.htm is a short essay on how the US declined, and functions as an inset for LvS4d.htm, which is about how the believer's growth in Christ during Pleroma phase, impacts all history forever.]

    So all these nations are upper-echelon targets, and there could be others, of course (who can ever have all the facts for diagnosis). Doesn't mean there isn't a lot of apostacy within these nations. Does mean there is a lot of interest (one can't grow OUT of apostacy until much time has been spent learning in God's System).

Meanwhile, to suit the huge appetite for Scripture's original-language study, you have every kind of book and internet page and software available, many for free. It's never been easier to get Bible. All over the world various companies compile Bible on software, so you can study its texts side by side, search better. I use BibleWorks 5 for these websites (with other materials I got at a nearby seminary). But there are hundreds of other kinds. Of course, you needed the internet for that, which was conveniently invented and made useable, in 1990.

    It's incredible, the historical contrast: the official Reformation was only about a few basic doctrines, salvation's mechanic and RCC control. So the Reformation quickly fizzled out into much the same apostacies as had characterized its Roman Catholic parent: state religion, denominational infighting and inter-denominational fighting, tradition, fake scholarship, standing pat on the famous men God used, rather than continuing to improve on what learning they got. Hence the Reformation's accomplishment was the idea of personal salvation, John 3:16, and the idea of Bible being the Authority (not the pope), Heb4:12, 2Pet1:20-21, Rev22:6ff. Which the Reformers of both camps (Luther and Calvin and their spinoffs) just stood on and crusaded on, but didn't advance. So, descended into legalism. How tragic.

    But since the 1800's, oh! So much more desire to really know! So God rolled out Scripture and its teachers, beginning in the 19th century, as discussed in #2, above. Even so, 90+% of Christians as usual don't give a flip to know God, they only want His Goodies, and ego-stroking, feeling good. But now, oh! Some, more than the normal number (small as a percentage, as always) really want to know God deeply. Just because. And you know this is true, because all the fake interest in God is reacting: when real interest is widespread, fake interest reacts; so you can tell the true level of interest, using the fake as an index of the hidden 'true'.

    When an idea spreads widely in a populus, there is an inevitable morphing to groupness. Call it a fad, a fashion, a 'movement', a 'cause'. But what you really see, is the widespread thinking about, the idea/thing. Once the groupness-morphing hits, one needs to fit in with the idea/thing, so a whole lot of what passes for 'interest', is really only interest in fitting in. But that interest reflects the hidden true interest. I'd bet you that 99% of folks who own a PDA, don't use it well or find it frustrating, but it's the thing to do. But 1% of folks live on their Blackberry or whatever. Same, for interest in God. His Nature and Existence waxes and wanes in the public interest, so of course when the awareness of the size of interest morphs to a 'group' level, most of those in the 'group' could care less about God: they just want to fit in. Nonetheless, even the fit-in folks have an occasional thought or two -- which God can use to foster genuine interest (God never coerces, but He never misses an opportunity, either).

    True interest has its maturity levels, so true interest which is young, will of course be glitchy, prone to siphoning off into false concepts about God. For a baby's level of even true interest, is quickly overcome by any kind of distraction. But if it grows anyway, or at least remains, then God will work with it (and discipline the baby, when he gives into the distraction, so that his interest can be freed up). That's what you see here. Sure, the fit-in crowd are just going along with the latest fad; but they too get God's attention just as much: Christ paid for the whole human race, and God will never waste His Son's Payment by neglecting anyone. So, it's a messy process, but all along the wheat are being caused to grow, and the chaff are making themselves plain. We do it to ourselves, but since info about God can only come from God, and He will never coerce, then -- wheat and chaff are self-determined. So a chaff can reverse that disinterest in God, and boy oh boy -- God will Answer! The process, being messy (there are many distractions), takes some years. But God is answering -- because, again, He'll never waste His Son's Payment, Isa53:11!

    Those in the lukewarm traditional denominations look down their noses at the fresh-faced versions -- which are often wild in their doctrinal ideas, to be sure -- not realizing that the issue is Do You Want God, not how 'proper' is your denomination and its doctrines. God can make any stone into a son of Abraham. So while 'today' these baby goofballs look silly to their Pharisaical elders, count on it -- God will develop the goofballs into geniuses. Wanting to know God is what He uses to develop you, principle in 1Cor13:3. It's not what you know, it's Who you love. God is innately loveable, so no merit accrues due to loving Him. But those who love religion and its trappings don't love God. The two are mutually-exclusive. So the goofball of today will become the superior scholar of tomorrow. Wait and see. Ignorance and error can be corrected; lack-of-love, cannot. The Lord didn't fault the Laodiceans for being incorrect on doctrines, but for their lack of love.

And now you know why 1) English is becoming the universal language, and why 2) we have the internet, which became user-friendly in 1990 with AOL and the invention of html to make it web-able. Oh: Windows was first invented as a GUI add-on to DOS in 1983, right-on-time. God's Time, of course. Version 3.0, which was the precursor to all other versions, was launched in 1990. God remembers everything. Now why were these two developments so important? Well: most of the really-important recoveries of meaning and teachings in the original-language Bible texts, are done by English-speaking pastors. So, the rest of the world needs to know that language to have easy access to the teaching, should anyone choose it; so, the rest of the world needs an internet to get free access to those teachings, especially since the rest of the world is still largely so poor. But God will provide. He always does. And especially at the end of this topsy-turvy, weirdest 490 the Earth has ever had.

    It seems as if never before in history have so many just-plain-joes ventured into deeper Bible study. Look at all those personal webpages on Bible strewn thickly throughout the internet, including of course, my own. So many needles in haystacks. What makes people want to publish such stuff? Is it demon possession, mere ego, a drive to learn God, a drive to share knowledge of Him? It's a hard thing, to keep writing webpages. Eats up all your free time. Yet look: millions upon millions of these pages exist! Not to mention, all the chat rooms so clogged with believers, all trying to articulate their faith, and usually unable to do so. Why do they go? Why remain? It's not as easy or as nice as congregating in a coffee house or church bazaar, y'know.

    Upshot: many believers are isolated, and it appears to be a choice. We humans don't know what to do with ourselves, ever -- but we get it that some alone time is important. Maybe, it's imposed. Maybe more likely, we feel 'different' or 'outside' our peer group. But you couldn't have the skyrocketing webpages and Bible study materials sold by the bizillions if there weren't a whole lot of worldwide interest in Bible. We're all inept in our interest.. but God knows how to mature us. Again, can't get correct, until get Bible. But disinterest coupled with however much competence, who can fix? Love will never coerce volition. The rest, can be healed.

So the upcoming historical 490 is designed by God to coalesce and refine understanding in what is the true spiritual life, God putting Bible in your head and running it, 24/7. Not, religion. DDNA.htm's "God's Soliloquy" neatly sums up God's purpose. This purpose will be fought tooth-and-nail by Satan&Co., as its progress dramatically shortens history's lifespan: for as people grow up in Christ, God completes the Kingdom He's gifting to His Son. And when He's finished doing that, the Rapture occurs. So yes, we are in a new 490, but it's sudden-death in nature: can end tomorrow. For the larger timeline is the completion of Church for the sake of rescuing the rest of time (covered in detail in LvS4a.htm) which is on hold for the sake of Israel. Whom the Lord heads. Forever.

So of course Satan's mimicking-God counterstrategy has its success, too: beginning about 1990 those interested in learning Bible this deeply, decline drastically in number; many of those interested die, but no new cadre replaces them. So that in the US by 1997, you have incredibly low interest in learning Bible deeply, compared to the seven 'fat' years from 1983-1990. The louder and more popular 'Christian' has become, the more it proves no interest in God is operating. Hence the loud 'Christian' agenda in 2000+ elections. So those genuinely interested, always small in number anyway, dwindled to so small a size, that the normally-apostate populus can't be sustained at the same level of blessing-by-association which God had granted. 9/11 happened not due to the terrorists, but due to Christians who are disinterested in God, Lev26 (last cycle, toward end of chapter).

    This counterstrategy looks like genuine Bible interest: lots and lots and lots of internet pages, for example. But look deeper: the analyses are shallow, the doctrines are false, the content is emotional, and above all you're being SOLD something with typical Madison-Avenue appeals. Appeal to congregate. Appeal to 'belong'. Appeal to give money, of course -- which makes you a 'good person' and a 'faithful partner'. Yuck. All that people stuff -- notice how GOD gets cut out? That's the dead giveaway of a satanic approach; cut God OUT, and graft people IN. So people become the god you serve.. all in the name of God. Just His Name, as a designer label, a Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Not any real information about Him HIMSELF. Oh no. You just sing songs about how you love Him, and His Own Character isn't ever taught from Bible. No, morality toward people is enjoined as spirituality, instead. Clever, huh.

    This doesn't mean the pastors are necessarily bad. Does mean the people don't want to hear whatever real information about God, the pastors might want to impart. When Christianity politicizes like it's done in the US and several other English-speaking countries, that's your sure litmus that interest in the Bible is dead. So "God" is just a word you sing to feel good.

    My pastor's own ministry reflects that trend. When he started teaching 53 years ago, he taught fast, advanced, and gave you plenty of exegesis. As a result, his teaching started to morph, growing in sophistication, a true advancing in theology. He'd revisit past teaching and correct/refine/upgrade it constantly, teaching six new classes per week, so you ended up going there daily (except Saturdays). So by 1990, you had a thorough grounding in Bible, and could read it yourself in the original-language texts -- for he always backed up any principle taught, by showing you how he got it. It was like going to seminary for 50 years: well, seminaries weren't even that deep. [My pastor would kill us if we didn't keep on revisiting what he taught, improving it where necessary. Your parent or teacher always dreams you will carry on the baton, not stand on it, insisting that every golden word out of his mouth should be forever enshrined. Unfortunately we treat our parents and Bible teachers/scholars as if what they say should be frozen in time, never improved. Yeah, and he'd have learned more himself if he didn't have to spend time parenting you. So honor him and carry the baton, improving on what God caused him to give you. It's only loyal to do this. It's disloyal to stand pat on what he says.]

    But starting in 1992, people bucked all that depth, and he had to keep dumbing it down. So that by the end (2003), when he got the pinnacle of his understanding, the ultimate theological point that Love is God's Head Attribute, and He builds our reciprocity at His Own Level! Which he communicated, too -- he nonetheless had to stop elaborating, and revert back to repeating how salvation is John 3:16, and you use 1Jn1:9 after that. Most of each Bible class hour had to be spent explaining over and over and over these BABY doctrines. Because if you don't get the Gospel, you can't be saved. If you don't get 1Jn1:9, you can't be spiritual and learn Bible.

    Here's the point: my pastor is advanced. We got better Bible teaching than I can find anywhere else, and I surely didn't appreciate that fact before writing these webpages. So in my congregation, we have zero excuse for being ignorant of Bible; each one of us should by now, be experts ourselves, given the high and consistent quality of the teaching we got. His many years of almost-daily Bible class audiotapes are the witness against us, that still we didn't listen to him. I'm utterly embarrassed, k? So it's really hard to go through his audiotapes after 1990, but that's where the most advanced theological material is -- hiding amongst all that baby food the people wanted. [That doesn't mean there aren't pastors as good or better than him. I just can't find any Bible teaching which is more advanced, than what I got. Pastors often dumb down what they teach, so they might be more advanced, but can't teach what they know due to the lower acceptance levels of their congregations.]

    So if that's how one congregation went, for congregations everywhere are just as human -- that's how it's gone for America. You can see it in the insane politicizing of Christianity, it's not a hidden trend. You wouldn't have so much interest in the Da Vinci Code and its many precursors, if people knew their Bibles. Bible is way more interesting than any other thing in life. But of course, you can't know that until you learn it in the original languages. And you won't do that, if no one's teaching from those languages. And no one will be teaching, if no one wants to learn. So if even my own congregation went negative, which was taught for over 50 years from those original-language texts, guess what? Up go the fictional sales, down goes the truth.

    Litmus: how many believers can genuinely articulate God's nature in their own words -- without sounding like parrots? Almost no one. But boy oh boy, everyone can articulate well the latest party, soccer match, date, political squabble! Every word of a song is remembered, lingered over, played incessantly. But thinking about how God is? Um, is He one God or Three, an Egg? We can't even understand Trinity.

    So the 'lean years' from 1990-1997 in the European nations, are lean of desire to know God. So the pastor must lean toward his congregation's need, and hence cut out the delightful fatness the Lord would rather have us learn (see Isa55). So we stay lean, mean.. children. How tragic.

    You can evaluate Lev26's 'play' in the US yourself, by thinking over what setbacks happened to the US since 1950, and then comparing them to the cycles/stages God explains in Lev26. You'll have to upgrade the text for modern times (i.e., Lev26 uses agrarian-economy phrasing). Basically, an increasing series of setbacks in economy, foreign policy, and weather are deliberately allowed by God to wake up a nation He sponsors (at the time, Israel). You should be able to match the cycles to US history without too much agonizing. Encarta has a feature where you can type in, say, "1990" and get its list of major events of the decade, so that will help jog your memory. It's real useful to 'play' here, so you can see how predictable are the results. Again, the Christian is supposed to read history now, not after-the-fact, so you can use the 'play' here as practice in discernment, breathing 1Jn1:9 as you do so.

Conversely, the rest of the world's interest in Scripture has increased. Nations previously lukewarm have, since 1950, peaked up in interest: Korea; China; India; even Africa. Latin America is kinda spotty, going through a rejection of Catholicism in favor of the tongues movement, so going from one apostacy to another. Africa seems to be more Catholic, but underneath that trend is a lot of interest in real Bible, "lot" being always a small percentage, even when high: these people clamor for Bibles, and will even accept torn Bibles. They sit around together and listen to one person read from what may be the only Bible the whole tribe has. So watch Africa: it's a battleground of real interest, which is partly why Satan needs to get institutionalized religion to take over (i.e., Catholicism). China is another to-watch-for candidate for the next client nation. So while interest in Bible in the US has seriously declined (but might return, one never knows), interest in hitherto-UNinterested countries is much stronger. One of these will be the next big power, if that interest continues.

So for this upcoming 490, Satan's main strategy will be an extreme promotion of religion itself: he needs to create Gotterdamerungs and destroy certain key technological advances of the last 500 years, in order to isolate access to Scripture. So we're looking at a new dark ages, by the end of this 490, if the world lasts that long (i.e., if the Rapture doesn't occur sooner). Satan always builds up prosperity to encourage war (via greed). Since God built prosperity to get Scripture out, Satan tried to capitalize on it, to foster greed and hence chaos. Well, he had a lot of success, but didn't prevent the widespread access to Scripture the world now enjoys. Hence, he needs a religious war, which is the only counterstrategy he can employ, in light of the current interest in God. Satan hasn't had a good religious war going for two centuries, and needs one. Satan will use our current globalization and interest in God (fake or true) to foster religious alignments. For only that will generate enough fervor to war again. Beware religion of all kinds. It's only about the Bible, stupid. So everything but the Bible, it will seem to be about. In the name of God, of course!

Consequently, war since 1990 is now mainly fought with lying words.. and economically. So much more effective, than the old-fashioned methods of hack-and-destroy. Sun Tzu was right: you aim to defeat the enemy's mind, in part because then he makes better booty, and you can capture more of his infrastructure. Hence guerrila-type tactics in economics are far more important. Like, how much of the US is actually owned by Americans, anymore? Has anyone noticed China's quiet policy of economic hegemony, which -- surprise, surprise -- also began in earnest about 1983? Who recognized the weirdness of the Fed having to keep down interest rates, so the US doesn't go into a depression, beginning about 1990?

Next, notice how plausible and alike are each of the A-D epochs in their timings. Note also how the confluence of #1-#7's presence, allows identification of the end of the 490, even if you don't quite diagnose properly, any one of the seven. In short, you don't have to count all the trees properly, to know you have an end-490, forest. So, in the diagnosis of particular facts above, well.. they are facts which can be checked; the interpretation of the facts can be disputed. Gauging #5 and #6 would be subject to error in the sense of choosing the determinative variables and identities. But the #1 rollout of Scripture would be determinative, and the other six characteristics would be fairly easy (although painstaking) to reliably identify, in a broadbrush manner.

So when God Rolls Out Scripture Or Ease In Learning Scripture, there is a genuine, invisible, market for it of an unusually-high quantity. In short, it would have been easy to get Scripture as it was being written, the slow technology notwithstanding; Israel was easy to get to, all the main trade routes went through it. Today, it's easy technologically, so you can stay in the same spot all your life, yet 'visit' any country in the world. God knows how to get the Word out, and when He does, that is the litmus of true interest. A more important historical bellweather cannot be listed.

The other variables likewise can be identified in a broad brush manner, and reliably. It cannot be disputed, for example, that the world is in quite a lot of moving turmoil at all levels from religious to political to even sheer movements of people (movement economically, and/or movement physically) at the end of each 490.

It also cannot be disputed that religious warring characterizes the end of each 490; that's in fact another litmus, a reaction to the unseen true interest in #2-#3; for Satan must make a #4 to counter any progress in #2-#3, as those latter two potentially hasten the Rapture's occurrence.

Today #5 and #6 play differently. We are more sophisticated in our warring, so are tempted to think we are at peace; but in fact today we war constantly in word, at bar (courts), ballot box, and especially in checkbook. Greed and cultural insecurity predominate, but we are all too weak to just don our armor, rush onto some plain, and hack each other with abandon. Oh no: we have words, now. Yesteryear, conflicts were setpieces; they were short and composed of far fewer bodies, usually two blocks of men who rushed at each other not unlike Pickett's charge, at Gettysburg; then, the kings of the warring nations/city-states gave enormous import to the outcome of those encounters, largely due to how outsmarted they/the enemy, was in the event. The Battle of Waterloo had what, 1% of the troops involved, compared to Verdun? So our mode of warring has changed, but the warring has actually increased, not decreased. And become guerilla-like, subtle.

Same too, with the ending of a client nation: it may be a subtle demise. SPQR continued in name, but died essentially with Diocletian or Constantine. The Holy Roman Empire really ceased with Charlesmagne's death. Yet on their ashes other nations grew, trying to be phoenixes, carrying the baton. So the US today may well cease as a nation in 2030 (seems to me it died structurally in the late 1960's or 1970's, when Americans stopped owning their own country); but it will still likely be called the US. When a client nation dies, it typically dies this way, or splits in two. You see that phenomenon clearly with respect to Israel after Solomon, SPQR, and Germany. They had all at one time enjoyed a large-enough body of believers to constitute a 'client' God sponsored (i.e., evangelism, laws largely compatible with the Ten Commandments -- which is a code of freedom, not religion, which any nation however heathen can adopt for its benefit). So again, today's version of national demise will largely mean some other nation, maybe rising on the same soil, will gain ascendance. Outwardly, it might not even seem to have changed.

Where Are We Now?

1990 was the contiguous end of the seventh 490 from the Exodus, when Moses began putting Scripture in writing for the first time. 1990 was also the contiguous end of the fourth 490 from the Crucifixion, the 'exodus' of our sins from being under condemnation, Gal5:1. Since all time vests in Christ and He is Risen, that is the operative timeline for the world; but, as usual, there must be at least one individual 'completed' to a spiritual maturity level high enough by the end of it, to warrant granting another new 490; and then, the new 490 can always be truncated, as it was for Israel.

That's why Rapture can't be predicted: it occurs based on a balance between Christian apostacy warranting Divine Recall -- and on the high end, Christians who reach Christ's Own "Pleroma" level of Spiritual Maturity, Eph4:13. Your average joe believer or pastor would say that's impossible, how arrogant, no one can be mature as Christ is. Well, look at Eph4:13, and guess again. Nothing is impossible for God. God is omnipotent: He could just BING you with Christ's Thinking if He wanted to. But that would coerce your volition. So how God Sovereignly wants to use His Omnipotence, is within the corridor of your volition. So His Power, your choice. And when enough believers choose to be grown up to Christ's level, the opposite apostacy will be at its nadir (there's an inverse correlation, historically). At that point -- which no one can predict, since no one can predict volition -- the Rapture will occur.

So this is no normal period in history. If God orchestrates time and convergence, and we know He does, then when HE does a convergence, it's a time of special importance. And we know it is, because never before in history has Scripture been so available to so many for free, with qualified teachers all over the world to teach it. The first century was higher in quality, but far more restricted in scope. Now, all limitations are 'off'. They might resume again, but we are in an open window. How long it lasts, well.. no one knows.

2030 is the contiguous end of the 2nd 1000 since 30AD. That's a qualifying 1000: someone must be awarded a 1000 by its ending, or the next 1000 can't play, and time ENDS.

Satan of course rolled out Islam right on time, yet again. We can now see his games live on television, ever reminding us of Daniel 9:26c, the historical bubble in which Church sits. You can even go to Aish.com and see the Wailing Wall live, to remind you of Dan9:26c's import. So we've a convergence here with the Temple 490, but we're really in that second 40-year period, with 1990-1997 being the 'lean years' in (American, European) Bible DISinterest. How the next 33 will end, is anyone's guess.

Where We Are NOW: Three Timelines Now Converge;
so ours is a most omnious
and potentially-profitable epoch: 1990-2030.

If you load GeneYrs.xls and scroll down to the year 6112 since Adam's Fall per Bible (=2006AD), you'll notice several gold and green rows which benchmark the actual historical windows nearest this year. Unlike this webpage which doesn't track the intercalations, GeneYrs.xls does. The non-intercalated 490 ended 1990; but the 2nd contiguous 1000 ends in 2030, as well. Temple 490 ends in 2030, too. And then there's the second half of the nested sevens (each containing a 40) which began in 1950 and also ends 2030. This isn't mystical number-crunching. These are deadlines. Certain spiritual-development goals must be met to justify continuing time. Maybe they were met already, I don't know. But if not, then this will be a very tumultuous period until 2030.

Rapture depends on how people grow up in Christ, and thus cannot be predicted. God won't coerce volition, so He won't predict its outcome. The availability of Scripture and the hunger for it are at an all-time high (all time low percentage wise, but all time high numbers-wise). So the likelihood of Church completing is the highest. However, for that very reason you should expect massive attempts at world war. Took Satan 2000 years to get the Jews back into the Land (yes, Satan, because God warned them to flee, Matt24, which is why an abomination repeatedly sits over the Holy of Holies since 70AD -- see Part IVa for the details). Since it took Satan that long, he's got in mind the rebuilding of the Temple; every other time he's tried to do that, war resulted. But before, he didn't have Jews there in sufficient number. Now, over 50% of world Jewry, lives in Israel. Sitting ducks.

Meanwhile, all we do is quietly learn in God's System. We need to be aware of the upcoming clamor and its real meaning; but for all that, it's kinda like driving a car. When you're driving, you look out for the other driver, since he might hit you. But you don't worry about it, you concentrate on your own driving. Same idea, here.

So there couldn't be a more important time to get in and stay in God's System, than right now. LvS4c.htm goes into excruciating detail on the macro effect of the believer in God's System, on history. God does this. God designed it. God isn't setting prophecy on the 490's, but believers who grow in Christ to Pleroma level are caused to totally affect history. Same, in the opposite direction, if we are negative: again, LvS4c.htm goes into excruciating detail on both 'paths'. LvS4d.htm covers the 'destiny' or 'legacy' we can leave behind, either way. Remember, we aren't working, HE is. So if we refuse to be in His System, then He isn't working on us, and we bear responsibility for that: again, 9/11 is the fault of Christians in the US.. no one else. God isn't kidding when He tells us "to whom much is given, much is expected". We are in training to become kings forever. So, are treated like kings down here: and you know that whatever the king does or doesn't do, either blesses or curses his country.

Moreover, the Level Of Motive is the volitional 'corridor' for what God blesses, Matt7:1-2 principle (in the larger Bible context of what you want, you'll get). Motive is everything. Don't think because you feel somewhat stupid about Bible, that you're somehow inferior. Nothing could be further from the truth. Don't think that because you're so educated in Bible, that you're somehow superior. Nothing could be further from the truth, 1Cor13:3. [Because God never wants to coerce, whatever meaning you assign to a thing, He grants. So if you obey Bible as a morality thing, that sets a kind of 'corridor' of what your volition accepts, and God will bless within that 'corridor'. But if you want a bigger corridor and that is your reason for being positive, then God uses that bigger corridor, since your volition essentially authorized it. God is the God of authority, so He chooses to subordinate to any authority: would that we would be so humble! So DDNA is the biggest corridor motive: my pastor would term it, "Reciprocity"; DDNA ("Divine DNA" link at pagetop) is what the Holy Spirit produces in the believer, and that reciprocates God: obtained by, being in His System and learning His Son, 24/7. So you essentially vote for God the Holy Spirit to produce the DDNA, Bible running in your head, transforming your thinking. Hence He Sovereignly responds analogous to "Light, Be!" in Gen1:2ff. Just as you can pray anything in His Name, so also you can receive anything.]

Consequently, it couldn't be more important to be in God's System. Just get in, go through the process, don't worry about the results: God does all the work. Doesn't matter who you are, what you've done right or wrong, nor even whether you're correct or incorrect in your beliefs, nor whether anyone even knows about you doing this (better that they didn't). Just get in the System. God will do the rest. For, we truly are at an apex of human history -- and one person can indeed be made all the (invisible!) difference! GOD Alone does all the making, Eph2:10! So.. vote for all that DDNA!