Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Daniel Chapter 7 Names 3 World Leaders, and a 4th Beast

How much evidence does it take to constitute proof?

3 February 2016

In criminal law, proof amounts, de facto, to evidence "beyond a reasonable doubt." In civil law, proof is based on "preponderance of evidence." In geometry, it either is or it isn't. What about astronomy?

Planet X (or IX, as the case might be)

This week (1/20/16), CalTech astronomers announced that they had evidence that another planet, so-called Planet IX, exists beyond the orbit of Neptune. They had data, math, computer simulation, probabilities, and all the stuff that makes for good scientific discussion. They were able to deduce the probable orbit of Planet IX (pronounced 'icks' in my estimation), and they were able to reduce the P-Test, "probability caused by chance" to 0.007%. That's not nothing, but that's well out into the "damn unlikely" range. 


...they didn't have any observations of the actual body. It's not huge, less than 10x Earth sized, it's freaking far away (76-300AU), and it's so far that it won't be bright. With their evidence, they have a reasonable range in which to search, and given the flurry of telescopes that will be pointed in that direction, if it's there, someone will eventually find it. If it's NOT, then they won't.

I found myself greatly intrigued with all of the fuss made the day of the announcement. Not only because the last time someone discovered a REAL planet was 1846. That's not a typo. But I had a more selfish reason, and that reason leads into something frankly more remarkable than a new planet.

My selfish reason is that I, too, seek evidence for something I haven't yet seen, but expect to. And like these astronomers, all of the analysis in the world, or solar system for that matter, is just "data and educated guessing" until someone actually sees it.


I have three questions to ask you:

  1. Can "enough evidence" convince that something exists (or is true) without actually seeing the something?
  2. If you think (or believe) that something is "impossible", how much evidence can push you into conceding that it is possible?
  3. If it's not impossible, but merely highly improbable, how highly-improbable must the odds get before you allow yourself concede that the highly-improbable happened? Or will?

The Case

I will now present the evidence for something I deem "haven't seen it yet, but..." As I build the case, check my facts. If you can calculate odds, please do so. Let me know when it's too unlikely to NOT be true. My evidence will investigate words in different languages, none of which existed when the original document was promulgated. I will be careful to present graphical evidence to demonstrate that my assertions about the words in foreign languages are factual. Yea, true. Sources will be cited, so that you may replicate my findings. Let's begin.

Exhibit A: The Lion

Approximately 700 years B.C.(E.), while the nation of Israel lay in captivity in Babylon, a Jewish prophet named Daniel reported visions. In one of the visions, he reports seeing "four beasts", which were taken as symbols of kingdoms, or other form of government. The vision specified that these kings would come to power in the future, and specified that it would be in "the end of days."


(If you are one of the people who believe that there is no such thing as prophecy, then allow me to point you to my question #2. Go ahead, call it impossible, but review the evidence, and let me know when I lose you.)


These visions are reported in the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7. The report of the "First Beast" appears in verse 4:
The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

Daniel 7:4
(New King James Version)
Observation: The word "lion" in Arabic is ‘asad[1].
اسد  (transliteration: a-s-d)
الاسد (al ‘asad, when used in a sentence, such as "the lion sleeps tonight": a-l a-s-d)

If your computer cannot display Arabic characters, here is a graphic:

Connection: The word “al ‘asad” in Arabic is a man's name: The name of the President of Syria (as of 1/24/2016)

Bashar al-Assad
بشار الأسد
Copied and pasted from Wikipedia

Coincidence? Sure. Of course names like lion are common, especially to project grandeur. But there's more. Remember how the vision reported that the lion "...was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man’s heart was given to it." I have no idea what that really means, but this I do know... the word for "man" is "bashar". That Bible verse contains both the last and the first names of the President of Syria. Here's the graphic evidence:

(The triple dot over the middle character gives the 'sh' sound)

The color-coded highlighting indicates what the corresponding English/Arabic words are, and that lion + man is the same as Bashar Assad. This is Google Translate. Try it yourself. While that is unlikely, there is another data point. Remember that the lion had "eagle's wings". Aside from the imagery of a mythological griffin, there is something more literal, relating to Bashar al-Assad: The Syrian Coat of Arms. It's an eagle with its wings splayed outward. Thus:

In celestial navigation, three stars can specify your location. In this verse, three points triangulate to a single, living person who is currently embroiled in a very difficult situation in the middle east. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. To illustrate, if Bashar al-Assad were to read this verse in Arabic, he would see his own name in his own language.


There is a fourth element that points directly to Bashar al-Assad. In Daniel 7:4, it is written that “ man’s heart was given it.” In Arabic, the word "heart" is qalb[4] قلب

The al-Assad family is from the Alawite family, specifically from the tribe of the Qalbiyya[5]. The 'iyya' means 'of, from', just as the English word 'Saudi' is from the Arabic السعودية as-Sa'ūdiyah In English, we would say Qalb-ite, just as we say Alaw-ite.

Daniel Chapter 7 uses its specific words the name the First Beast:

  1. lion = al-Assad
  2. man = Bashar
  3. heart = Qalb (his tribe, Qalbiyya)
  4. eagle's wings = the Syrian Coat of Arms (the country he rules)
Strike Four! You're out!
PS: It's interesting that qalb also means to overthrow a government, because that is PRECISELY what Bashar's father, Hafez al-Assad, did.

Exhibit B: The Bear

In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7, the report of the "Second Beast" appears in verse 5:
"...another beast, a second, like a bear. It was raised up on one side, and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. And they said thus to it: ‘Arise, devour much flesh!’"
Daniel 7:5

It would be easy to ascribe the symbol of a bear to an historic, or even modern kingdom (when I say kingdom, it means a government, whether monarchy or not). Russia, for example is symbolized by a bear, and has been for a couple centuries.

But that's not what I'm going to show you. I'm going to show you a man's name. In Russian, the word for bear is: 

(transliterated: medved’ from Cyrillic).
Again, if your computer doesn't display Cyrillic, here's a graphic:

Which leader of a government or country has the name "
medved"? This guy!

Dmitry Medvedev
Дмитрий Медведев
Prime Minister of Russia

I know... you thought that Vladimir Putin was the Prime Minister of Russia. Putin is the President of Russia. He and Medvedev have been taking turns switching between PM and President since 5/7/2000. By switching, they circumvent term limits. Make no mistake. Medvedev is no puppet. He and Putin are politically "attached at the hip."

Again, if Dmitry Medvedev were reading Daniel Chapter 7, verse 5, he'd see his name in print. At least the root, since his name doesn't mean "the bear", but "of the bears". This is what he would see:

So far, we have two major world leaders (in this case allies in the Syrian Civil War) whose actual names are readable in their native language versions of the Book of Daniel. Not "somewhere in the Bible", not "in a BIble Code skip sequence", not "an anagram" from the Bible, not "when viewed in a mirror"... but plain-as-day in two consecutive verses. And in the context of pointing to then-future governments, to boot.

But there is another:

Exhibit C: The Leopard

In the Book of Daniel, Chapter 7, the report of the "Third Beast" appears in verse 6:
After [the second beast] I looked, and there was another, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird. The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.
Daniel 7:6

The Arabic word for Leopard is فهد 
(literally lynx, cheetah, panther. transliterated: fahd)[3]

Again, if your computer doesn't display Arabic, here is a graphic:
Here is a photo of Wehr, p. 729

Again, here is a screengrab from Google Translate:

For additional support, here is a British Muslim name website, with names meaning 'leopard',

Clearly, the Arabic word for leopard is Fahd. Who is Fahd? This guy!

Clearly, the Arabic word for leopard is the name of this king of Saudi Arabia. You may have noticed that he is deceased. Does that invalidate the analysis of this verse? On the contrary. It supports it. Note that the "fourth beast" has 4 heads. If a beast is a kingdom, each head represents a king in that kingdom. But kingdoms only have one king at a time. The four heads are the succession of 3 kings upon the death of Fahd. Here are the names of the first 3 kings, and a hint at the fourth:

  1. Fahd bin Abdulaziz al Saud, d. 2005
  2. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al Saud, d. 2015 (a year ago)
  3. Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, currently reigning at age 80. Reports of dementia are rife. This is where we are at this moment. But...
  4. The current Crown Prince is Mohammed bin Nayef (MbN for short), a 55-yo nephew of the King. Were the king to meet his maker tonight, MbN would be the next king (barring subterfuge)

    However, this past week, on January 18th, 2016 news reports from the Arab world began to surface to where they were visible to the west. This report stated:

    January 13, 2016 By Ali AlAhmed Washington DC – Saudi King Salman Al-Saud plans to abdicate his throne and install his son Mohammed as king, multiple highly-placed sources told the Institute for Gulf Affairs.

    Mohamed bin Salman is the current deputy crown prince, second in-line to the throne, and defense minister.
    King Salman, 80, has been making the rounds visiting his brothers seeking support for the move that will also remove the current crown prince and American favorite, the hardline Mohammed bin Naif from his positions as the crown prince and the minister of interior.

    This report has yet to be corroborated, but rumors to the effect have been rampant for months, some as soon as April 29, 2015 when Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) was named Deputy Crown Prince. (This prince, MbS is multiple blog posts in and of himself, but not during this post.)
None of the intrigue has any effect on the analysis of this verse. The verse reports a beast, the leopard, which in Arabic is the name of a Saudi king, and the four heads represent him and his successors. Where the intrigue does factor in is "the timing." The current king, due to dementia and his hope to change the succession to a vertical scheme as used by Jordan, appears to be in a hurry to get his son in line for the throne, and then abdicate. Anonymous sources in the US diplomatic entourage report to have been told to expect this "by summer." Yes, 2016. THIS summer. Regardless of who sits on the throne, it is highly likely that the Third Beast, Leopard/Fahd et al will complete fulfillment of this verse by this summer.

Three symbols of an ancient vision point to three rulers currently in power!

  1. Lion = Al Assad, man = Bashar, heart = Qalbiyya tribe, Eagle's wings on the Syrian Coat of Arms
  2. Bear = Medvedev, Prime Minister of Russia
  3. Leopard = Late King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, and the four head represent him and his 3 successors.

How unlikely it that three rulers, embroiled in the Syrian Civil War are named in an ancient prophecy? That's really hard to calculate, but it would be less likely than 0.007% (1 in 14,285). That's somewhere between being dealt a straight flush and a royal flush.

But let me offer some specifics on the window of opportunity here:
  1. First Beast: There has been an al-Assad in power in Syria since 1971. But that man, Hafez does not have his first name in a Bible verse. Bashar al-Assad has been in power since 2000.
  2. Second Beast: Dmitry Medvedev has been "leader" of Russia since 2008, whether President of Prime Minister. Again, Putin and Medvedev function as a unit.
  3. Third Beast: King Fahd took power (literally, in a coup) in 1982. If there is a reason why the line of 4 began with Fahd, instead of his ancestor/predecessors, it may be because he ruled Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War. This is "Biblically significant" because in the same way that this chapter mirrors the current kings of these lands, I assert that the next chapter mirrors the Gulf War. Regardless, Fahd reigned until his death in 2005. Abdullah reigned until his death in 2015. Salman has reigned since, but that's only been a year (and a a few days).

    The most recently window in time in which these "three beasts" could have ruled simultaneously began on May 7, 2008 when Medvedev became President of Russia (with Putin switching from President to Prime Minister, then back 4 years later.)

    But more interestingly, with the ink on the report of Salman's abdication still not dry, the "fourth head of the third beast" could rise to power any minute now, and as reported, should be as soon as Summer 2016.

With that, the window of opportunity for complete parallel (I hesitate to say fulfillment. Correlation more like.) with Daniel 7 is at most 8 years, and at the very least, TOMORROW (inshallah). These are very interesting times.

Were that all, it would be remarkable. Calculate the odds if you can. Take all of the possible names, first and last names over the past 2,700 years, choose 3 out of a hat. What are the odds of them matching the names of three kings/leaders. And not only that, but these three are embroiled in a furball, the Syrian civil war, one beast on the same side as another, the other on the opposing side. And, the author of the vision describes three kingdoms whose capitals fit into a 600-mile diameter circle. The odds are astounding!

But wait, there's more...
Exhibit D: The Fourth Beast

Daniel reported Four Beasts! What about the Fourth Beast? Does this beast have a name in it? Let's look:
...a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one, coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words.
Daniel 7:7-8
Hmmm... not much to go on here. I looked at the Hebrew. I looked at the Arabic. Frankly, there aren't even that many interesting words. Horn is used 5 times, beasts, eyes twice. The rest only once each: all, breaking, devouring, different, dreadful, exceedingly/extremely (NASB), feet, huge, iron, little, man, mouth, pieces, plucked, pompous, residue, roots, speaking, strong, teeth, terrible, trampling.

BORING! The only significance I saw was that the Fourth Beast rules until, and I quote, "that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, whose appearance was greater than his fellows. I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, until the Ancient of Days came..."

So I wrote it off as another vague, indiscernible "end times prophecy." And while I am a maven of such, it could be tomorrow, it could be a zillion years from now. I let it slide I have bigger salmon to sauté.

This morning (1/23/16), I read an article, and one rather unimportant sentence caught my eye.

I knew that Da'esh was a pejorative synonym for Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, or IS. I didn't recall what the insult was, though. So I looked.

Scroogle, Scroogle... found this, right off:

I read this:

What is "daesh"?

According to Arabic translator Alice Guthrie, "D.A.E.SH is a transliteration of the Arabic acronym formed of the same words that make up I.S.I.S in English: 'Islamic State in Iraq and Syria', or 'al-dowla al-islaamiyya fii-il-i'raaq wa-ash-shaam'."

It is a term that most Arab states and many European governments use to refer to the Islamic State or ISIS. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry often uses the term, too.

It, like most things involved with the terrorist organization, is not without controversy.

Depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, the word can mean "to trample down and crush." But it can also mean "a bigot." ISIS has reportedly threatened to cut out the tongues of anyone it hears using the term.

"It's a derogatory term and not something people should use even if you dislike them," said Evan Kohlmann, a national security analyst at Flashpoint and a contributor to NBC News. "It would be like referring to Germans as 'Huns.'"
Bigot. Big deal. 

Then, it hit me. My eye caught something that immediately clicked.

Depending on how it is conjugated in Arabic, the word can mean "to trample down and crush."

I hurried back to Daniel Chapter 7, and found those very same (highlighted) words in the text regarding the Fourth Beast. See for yourself from different versions:
  • it crushed and devoured its victims and trampled underfoot whatever was left. (Dan 7:7b, NIV)
  • it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. (Dan 7:7b, NKJV)
  • it devoured and crushed and trampled down the remainder with its feet (Dan 7:7b, NASB)
The Arabic word for crushed or trampled is:

From Wehr [6]. Here's another from another source:

That Arabic word is the same as Daesh (داعشdāʿish)!!! I checked Google Translate for spelling variations. I found these:

Whether you used the "sh" or the "s" character, or the "‘" or not, it still translated to "tread". If I added the precise spelling from Wikipedia, I got the literal "Daash", because Google figured out what I was looking for, the Islamic State moniker, not the literal word. No matter. Clearly the synonyms tread/trample/crush translate to the word that ISIS hates being called: Das/D'as/Dash/Da‘esh/Da‘ash/Daesh/Daash.

Is it possible that these verses were pointing to an Arabic word, Daesh (داعشdāʿish)?  Impossible? I dug deeper. According to the earlier clause of the above verse, Dan 7:7a, the Fourth Beast:
  • was dreadful
  • was terrifying
  • was extreme
  • was strong
  • had iron teeth that devoured
  • crushed
  • trampled
  • was different from all the beasts that were before it  (literally, 'different from all the beasts it faced', as opposed to 'those who preceded it')
  • had ten horns  
 Let's examine these:
  • was dreadful — dread is synonymous with fear, and
  • was terrifying — that which is terrifying is literally "terror", which is also synonymous with fear
  • was extreme — they are extreme... extremists
  • was strong — have considerable military might
  • had iron teeth that devoured — this could be a symbol, but it could also be the knives they use to behead people.
  • crushed, trampled literally Da‘esh
  • was different from all the beasts that were before it  (literally, different from all the beasts it faced, not those who preceded it.) — This is certainly true. Da‘esh/Islamic State bears no resemblance to any modern state. It's a Khalifat/Caliphate, where one man rules under Sharia law. There is no voting. No legislature. Their tactics are guerrilla warfare, not stand up military. They steal their weapons from their victims. They brutalize and commit genocide of any kufr, non-believers which includes Shi'a Muslims. These guys are a breed apart.
  • had ten horns — Horns are usually individuals, perhaps kings/leaders/nations, but maybe not. Do they have 10 leaders? No, but they do have numerous groups in different countries who have pledged Ba'yah/allegiance to the Khalifat, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. These 'horns' are carrying out the commands of one man within their own country with no regard for borders. This image demonstrates the widespread tentacles that Da‘esh possesses. So, yes, they have 10 horns.
  • Daesh is extreme terror, militarily strong (they overran half of Iraq and Syria in months, and are still standing after 18 months of bombardment by Syria, Iraq, USA, Russia, France, UK), their name is spelled out trans-literally in the words tread/trampled/crushed.

The final verses of Chapter 7 go on to describe how the Fourth Beast, led by the "little horn" will carry on until
"that horn was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom."
End Times. Literally. In fact, the END of the End Times.

But that's the future. I'm only looking at right now.

And from what I can see, and you can see the evidence before you, that we now live in the days when the Four Beasts of Daniel are in power, and with the succession of the next Saudi king coming probably by this summer, we are in the most narrow of historical windows. By adding Da‘esh to the mix, it narrows the timeframe down to a mere year-and-a-half! Islamic State was declared by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi on Ramadan 1 1435 / June 29, 2014. All FOUR Beasts may have been on the stage since then. But if King Salman is suddenly no longer the king, then his successor will be the FOURTH HEAD of the Third Beast. Once that happens, we know that all players are on stage. It could be by Summer 2016, or it could be before I have a chance to push this blog post live. Hint: I get text alerts whenever Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman tweets out. 

In pictorial summary...

For full resolution, click. Or go here:

What comes next? Only time will tell. But I think you get the idea... Hint: Daniel Chapter 8 ;-)

In conclusion...

Is that enough proof to convince you? Do you need to "see it to believe it?" If you see it, how will you know that you're seeing it? By comparing to this evidence, right? Let me circle back to my initial illustration of Planet IX. The scientists involved are already confident enough of their evidence that articles are using words like:
  • "discovered"
  • "concludes"
  • "lurks" (not 'might lurk') TFA: "If you say, ‘We have evidence for Planet X,’ almost any astronomer will say, ‘This again? These guys are clearly crazy.’ I would, too,” Brown says. “Why is this different? This is different because this time we’re right.” Oh really? Show me!
I have an above-average "threshold of probability." It protects me from bad photoshops, fake videos that defy physics, and of course, supermarket tabloids. (Lizard man!) But this aggregate probability is too high for me to write it off as a coincidence. Science has the "P-test", which measures the odds of being explained by chance. This P-Test would be off the charts. The only way to 'better fulfill' these symbols is if CNN had video of a winged lion getting its wings stripped off before a human heart transplant.

I have written other blog posts which outline similar "unlikely coincidences", all of which form a chain of coincidences. Each link in that chain compounds the minuscule probability to more and more infinitesimal.

One more thing...

By the time you "see it", and finally concede... "Wow, I thought it was impossible, or at least highly improbable, but gosh darn it, I see it now. That Bible chapter WAS a prophecy." Well, it's too late. Why? Because the Fourth Beast reigns WELL into the Book of Revelation, combining into the great Beast of Revelation 13. Need evidence?
I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion.
Revelation 13:1-2
Remember these guys?
  1. lion (al-Assad)
  2. bear (Medvedev)
  3. leopard (4 Saudi kings)
  4. Ten Horns (Da'esh)
Is it possible that The Beast of Revelation is already leaving its paw prints on history? Are you ready for that? You might want to be.

February 3, 2016 A.D.
23 Rabi‘ath-Thani, 1437 A.H.

Footnotes & Sources

[1] Arabic-English Dictionary: The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic (English and Arabic Edition) 3rd Edition, Hans Wehr, p. 16
[2] Wehr, p. 60
[3] Wehr, p. 729
[4] Wehr, p. 784

[6] Wehr, p.282
[7] English-Arabic Conversational Dictionary Paperback – Richard Jaschke, 1987 edition, p. 290

Friday, June 8, 2012

 Look, I suck at math, but...

...It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has happened to Saturn. It might take one to find it, though. Here’s why. Whatever happened to Saturn’s orbit did one of two things.
  1. It pulled Saturn inward and increased its orbital velocity. That would keep it behind the sun for, lo, these 3 months. Or...
  2. It threw Saturn outward. If that’s the case, the velocity is WAY higher because if it weren’t, we’d have come around the sun far enough to have found it by now.
I used to be able to do this math, but I’ve been typing too much HTML and SQL to remember how. So, I cheated. I did some simulations in some softwares that we all know can do these things, without having to work at JPL to use them. I’ve uploaded my family of solutions to my website. Pull ‘em down, and see what you think.

Ok, but it doesn’t matter what you think. What matters is how we find it, and more importantly, how we find the astronomical 3-wood that teed up and drove off one of our planets. If anyone at JPL is listening, take my suggestion, please!

We know a cone in which it must be, since we can’t see it. The sun’s in the way. If we can’t see it from any terrestrial telescopes, we need to call on our space telescopes. But which one can do it? The Hubble can’t see any better into that cone. Spitzer can see a little better being a million miles from earth, but can’t point that close to the Sun without... bad things happening. SOHO can see the Sun, finally, but it still can’t see Saturn. That refines the cone but doesn’t help us see it. Cassini is AWOL, being carried off with Saturn. It’s probably still doing its mission, but its orbital path is chaotic. Only one telescope can find this thing faster... STEREO. If the mission control of STEREO were to re-program the aiming routines to lie and swivel away from the sun, they could see into the cone. Once they find an out-of-place dot of light, they can triangulate and get a fix and a heading faster than we on Earth would be able to do. I have emailed that suggestion to the mission director. However, as you may have garnered from my previous posts, I’m too much of a gadfly for them to take me seriously. I’m sure my piece on the planetary configurations from the Book of Revelation didn’t endear me to them.

BUT!!! If anyone out there knows anyone at JPL or has some pull with STEREO, run this by them. It will either work, or we are in deep yogurt!

My money is that Saturn has been flung out fast, and the Intruder is coming inside of Saturn’s orbit. Check my orbits, and get back with me!

PS: I still don’t have any takers on my bet as to what the Intruder is: It’s a MACHO!!!

Come on, you WIMPS! ;-)

The preceding was a fictitious blogpost, an excerpt from the upcoming novel, Judas Christ by Christopher P. Simmons.
Any similarity to real events, or real persons living or dead is purely a coincidence.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Apology... I’m sorry, but I have no regrets

“Apology... I’m sorry, but I have no regrets”
The Go-Gos
God Bless the Go-Gos

I would like to make an apology to all of my blog readers. From the whack jobs who still can’t believe Nibiru never showed up, to the dark energy cosmologists, who find new ways to say that you don’t know what the hell is going on... let alone what went on.

I would like to apologize and say, I’m sorry. I make no apologies.

Specifically, this pseudo-skeptical blog has tried to address some findings in the world of science and politics with an eye toward Biblical prophecy. Unlike the 666,666 other blogs out there that say “The Bible said this, and here’s where it’s happening on earth”, I tried to look at it from the other direction. I look around and I see things in plain sight, and I explore how they may or may not have been described in Bible prophecy, especially, of course, The Book of the Revelation.

I tried, and I feel I succeeded, to present this not as the “stretch of the week” like many religious prophecy peddlers have done over, lo, these last 50 years. For example, when they said that the “10 nations of the EU are in Revelation”, but then the EU grew to 16 and then more... rather than admitting they were wrong, they morphed the interpretation. I couldn’t look myself in the mirror if I did that. If they had lived in the Old Testament days, they’d have been stoned.

Instead, I kept it terse. I presented just the facts. I took a snapshot of the world, and I pointed to where I thought it matched Revelation. I kept the verbiage to a minimum, I tried not to preach. I showed the two pictures and asked... are these portraying the same things?

For example, one of my first blog posts showed an image of the 7 visible planets, named after Roman Gods & Goddesses all hovering around the head of the constellation Cetus the Sea Beast and Aries the Ram. I compared this image point by point with Revelation 13’s description of the beast rising out of the sea with 7 heads with names of blasphemy... and another beast with two horns like a lamb.

Here’s the URL:

It pointed to a single day. Some interesting things happened on or around that day. It was either a Bible prophecy before our eyes, or the Grand Planetary Coincidence. If that was a coincidence, then I quit.

I showed another that presented Venus, the Moon, Mars, Jupiter (followed by Hell/Pluto) as portraying Revelation 6’s 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse. Each of them in a Zodiac sign matching what each Horseman carried. Bow = Sagittarius, Scales = Libra, etc. etc. etc.

Here’s that post if you haven’t seen it:

It pointed to a single day. Some interesting things happened on or around that day. It was either a Bible prophecy before our eyes, or the Grand Planetary Coincidence II. If that was a coincidence, then I quit, again.

If they were BOTH coincidences, than I Double Secret Probation quit!

And I’m sorry that so many of my posts feature the book of the Revelation.

There’s a reason for that. One can say, “there is no such thing as prophecy.” But then I would have asked you to explain to me how a 1st Century fisherman could describe a global database, including the “Primary Key”, the aggregate COUNT, BOOLEAN operators when the man didn’t even know what a ZERO was?

I would ask you to explain why, I could literally ‘count the number of a man’s name’ with a simple SQL statement:

SELECT TOP 666 DISTINCT NAME from tblBibleNames where SEX=’M’ ORDER BY id ASC

And explain why, when I listed the unique names of the men in the Bible, the 666th name ended up being... well, indeterminate. The result VARIED!!! It was either Adino, Yosheb Bashebeth or IshBaal, depending on which version of the Bible you looked up the verse 2 Samuel 23:8. If that is merely a coincidence that the single greatest discrepancy in Bible translation should just HAPPEN to be man’s name #666... then I quit.

“I was quit when I came in, I’m thrice as quit now.”

Apologies to Bladerunner.

And finally, I’m sorry that I have been so quiet in trying to figure out who this Beast, this Antichrist, this Mr. 666 is. I used to. I used to comb the news and the Bible, looking for who that bad mopho might be. I would embarrass myself if I released my data on that query. I’m sorry, I was an idiot. At best, naïve. Thank God that blogs weren’t the rage yet. I’d be in hiding.

But then, one day, something happened. I saw Gulf War I in Daniel, Chapter 8 (previous blog), and I realized that it wouldn’t be long until this legendary dictator would be revealed, and I asked myself... “What if I’m right? What am I going to do about it?”

I realized that standing up and saying “So and So is the Antichrist” would be not only stupid, dangerous, and just plain whacko... but treason. So, I sat and watched... and it went away.

So, to recap, I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry.

That being said, I have a prediction that I want to make. GASP!

My prediction is not who the Antichrist is. I can tell you flat out who that is. Yes, that’s what I said. The Antichrist is the person, persons, or group of nations who present Israel with what they want... and then turn their back on them. Betray them, if you will. It’s that simple. It doesn’t matter what this person’s name adds up to in some ancient gematria that you don’t understand anyway. That’s not the mark of the beast, it’s not the 666. Sorry, you’ve been chasing your tail on that one.

Again, when someone whom Israel believes is their supporter turns on them, THAT is the Antichrist, and all of Revelation will break loose. I have to be honest here. I was deathly afraid that it would be The Dub. If he had applied the same “War on Terror” criteria to Israel as he did to Iraq, we would have troops in Bethlehem searching for WMDs, only this time, they’d find them. If the UN had applied the same criteria to Israel as they did Iraq, UN Peacekeepers would be setting up roadblocks around Jerusalem. And if that had happened, we’d be in the midst of the Seven Trumpets right now.

Here is my prediction.

As best as I can from here, I have been watching Sabah and this international man of mystery, Hamad. With the Saudi King recently gone, and with all that has happened in Israel, especially with the Ark (see my previous rant here), the time is ripe. Here is my prediction:

The grass roots are crying out, and the tree stands ready.

“Sabah, with the help of Hamad, will assert his might and take the reign and the reins in the former Saudi Arabia, forming a new government and an alliance with Israel. Soon, and very soon.”

There, I’ve said it. I am not saying that he will do what I said above, and turn on Israel. If not, then hamdallah! Peace and Security! If he does, Bingo! 666!

I’m sorry. I make no apologies.


The preceding was a fictitious blogpost, an excerpt from the upcoming novel, Judas Christ by Christopher P. Simmons.
Any similarity to real persons living or dead is purely a coincidence.

The Gulf War in Daniel 8

I promised this blog post in May 2012. It's January 5, 2016... long past time to reveal this. Here goes:

In 1990, war was beginning. Saddam Hussein had invaded Kuwait. Operation Desert Shield (not yet Desert Storm) had mobilized troops in response. As I was wont to do in those days, I read my bible. I happened upon a chapter long-studied, and for as long not understood. At that time, the meaning became eminently clear to me. I was seeing it on CNN. I sat down and typed a document outlining my findings, citing chapter, verse, and news of the day. I printed it, and since we didn't have the Interwebs in those days, I showed it to some friends, my pastor at the time. And it sat. Since The Cloud hadn't been invented yet, and floppies are fleeting, the original electronic version has been lost, but I still retain the hardcopy. On October 8, 2001 21:20 EDT, I scanned it, and I have included a copy at the bottom of this blog entry. That image serves only as evidence that I originally wrote this in 1990. It was an IBM PC-XT on WordPerfect 5.1. The paper is Parchtone Gunmetal. The printer, and HP LaserJet II, one step up from Ugaritic clay cuneiform tablets.

In the missive of October 1990, I made observations of ancient writings, comparisons to current events, correlations between interpretations of the writings and those current events, and finally, prediction, or rather extrapolations for how the near future would proceed. Some of the predictions were pretty darn accurate, albeit no-brainers in hindsight. One prediction ended up being glaringly incorrect, or at least it fulfillment was delayed YEARS beyond the scope of my extrapolation. Because this post documents a past document, I am retaining the content of the original writing, without 'correcting' my predictions. Read; warts and all. Commentary, revision, abrogation will be handled on a separate blog post. This is an historic post, not speculative.

If my analysis from those days is accurate, neither the gist, nor the thrust, not the future has changed.

One more thing... The original document was formatted into two columns. I will try to mimic the two columns with HTML tables. Because of the limitations of this blogpost platform, it may not work perfectly.


Daniel, Chapter 8

{3}...Then I lifted up mine eyes, and saw, and, behold, there stood before the [Karkheh] river [in Western Iran] a ram which had two horns: and the two horns were high; but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last.a

Current & Imminent World Events

The Present...
Daniel 8:20 says explicitly that the ram is the "kingdoms" of the Medes & Persians. The ancient kingdoms are now called Iran [Persia] and Iraq [Media]. The horns always represent their power, or specifically, their leaders. aIn the late 70's Iran was the thorn in the side of the west, but now Iraq has the entire world in its clutches, through oil and the 4th largest military, as well as Bio/Chemical weapons.

{4} I saw the ram pushing westward, and northward, and southwardb; so that no beasts might stand before him, neither was there any that could deliver out of his hand; but he did according to his will, and became great.c

The invasion of Kuwait, August 2, 1990 made the countries of Iraq's bwestern, northern and southern borders, which were Arabic allies and brothers, now his enemies. cOvernight, Saddam Hussein's powerful sway, 'charm' and defiance made him the front runner for Time Magazine's 1990 Man-of-the-Year.

{5} And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground:d and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.e

{6} And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran unto him in the fury of his power.f

But, dthe world under the United Nations direction instituted broad sanctions against Iraq, including Iraq's greatest trading partners, Jordan and Turkey. Even the Soviets and the Chinese condemned the invation. Without touching the ground, Operation Desert Shield airlifted over 150,000 American troops, jets and ships into the Saudi Arabian Desert. Even Egypt, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia arrayed their force against Saddam Hussein. But the e,fdriving force was George Bust and the American Military, the backbone of the anti-Iraqi operation, despite the unease of the Arabs at the presence of the US in an "Arab situation."

The Future... [As of October 11, 1990]
{7} And I saw him come close unto the ram, and he was moved with choler against him, and smote the ram, and brake his two horns:gand there was no power in the ram to stand before [the he goat], but he cast him down to the ground, and stamped upon him: and there was none that could deliver the ram out of his hand.h

gThe President, driven by anger and pressure from the rest of the world will strike out at the Iraqi's and possibly the Iranians, if they decide to step in on the side of Hussein. hUnder the superiority of the massed forces, Baghdad is dusted off and Saddam Hussein will be defeated, probably killed.

{8} Therefore the he goat waxed very greati: and when he was strong, the great horn was brokenj; and for it came up four notable ones toward the four winds of heavenk.

{9} And out of one of them came forth a little hornl, which waxed exceeding great, toward the south, and toward the east, and toward the pleasant land.m

{10} And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them.n

{11} Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the hosto, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away,p and the place of his (the Prince's) sanctuary was cast down.

{12} And an host was given him against the daily sacrifice by reason of transgression, and it cast down the truth to the ground; and it practised, and prospered.

Note: in verse 11, I turned to the NKJV for clarification of the pronouns. KJV everywhere else, including old spelling.

iThe forces of Operation Desert Shield plus the new Arab Allies (perhaps numbering a total of 1 million-ish) take Iraq. However, jthe welcome of the US troops on Arabic soil is worn out, and the Americans go home. The occupation of Iraq is left either to a coalition of Iraq's neighbors, or kIraq is literally split into 4 pieces in the tradition of the former East/West Berlin. (Or event he Quarters of Jerusalem.) These caretakers would probably be Turkey (north), Saudi Arabia (south), Iran? (east) and Syria (and/or Jordan) to the west. lOne of these 4 countries brings forth a popular leader who becomes very powerful. mHis greatness spreads to the south, east and west, which would have him either be from Turkey, or more probably, Syria. (This hints at the prospect of Lebanon falling to Syrian occupiers.) This person becomes so popular (and pridefully self-enamored) that he fulfills nRevelation 12:4 & 7 (somehow) and imagines himself equal to oJesus and God [Joshua 5:14, Exekiel 28:2, I Thessalonians 2:4-5, pDaniel 9:27] This makes him, by Biblical axiom, The AntiChrist, literally. He will spread his long-prophesied reign of terror, false-wonders and miracles, and deceit. But the End is not yet...

The original...


That's it. Presentation of the document is complete. Comment and conjecture on future blog posts. Clearly this was written before I discovered the miracle of an 'editor'. Spelling, punctuation, and lack of Oxford commas betray the green-ness of my writing.

1/5/2016 14:03 EST

Sunday, May 27, 2012

"Count the number of the Beast... LITERALLY!"

To compute requires a computer

What if one were to "count" the numbers of a man's name?  We tried to do that, and when it came time to get to the 666th name, we were not prepared for what name we found at #666. 20 years later, it still puzzles us. See why...

Many years ago, I once again re-read the best known, yet least understood Bible verse in the New Testament. No, not John 3:16, since a child can understand that. And not "Let there be light!" because I said the New Testament. If you don't know what that verse is, ask some of its commentators:
  • Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath
  • Iron Maiden
  • Slayer
  • Avenged Sevenfold
  • Motley Crüe 
  • Let me pause and note that the classic rock station is playing the #1 Classic Rock song of all time. Stairway to Heaven, in which is alleged the backward masking of "666" :))
  • Anyone under the age of 44 who is named Damien
  • Nearly ANYONE playing on at any time
Even if they only know the last 3 digits, certainly the best-known, least-understood Bible verse is: 

"This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has wisdom calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666." -- Revelation 13:18

Somehow or another, this points to "the Beast", the Antichrist (at least for the purposes of the this discussion.) And since about 95 A.D., people have been trying to figure out what that means. I won't bore you with the history of that search. Google it.

But as I re-read that verse, very slowly (in Greek), a thought came to me. The word "calculate" in the NIV is the word "count" in the KJV, and is translated from the Greek "psephizo." They are "counting stones" which could be actually individual stones, or stones of an abacus. Either way, the idea came to me: What if one were to LITERALLY count the number of a man.
  • Take a stone, write the first man's name: Adam. 
  • Take a second stone, write the second man's name: Cain
  • Take a third stone, write the third man's name: Abel
  • Take a fourth stone, write the fourth man's name: Seth
  • Etc., etc., etc.
  • Take a six-hundred sixty-sixth stone, write the six-hundred sixty-sixth man's name: Ta-da!!!
Simple, right? So that's what we decided to do. I and my friend, Eomerica427, sat down at a computer, created a database, and entered the people's names in the order in which they appeared int eh Bible. We indicated whether the person was male or female, and also indicated if we had seen this name before (this was a LONG time ago, before we had access to SQL and the DISTINCT syntax.) We each had a Bible, checking each other as we went. I had a King James, and he had I think a Revised American Standard Bible. I know... what difference does it make if we are reading the "inerrant Word of God", right?

We carried on as carefully as astronomers. We kept track of the Bible verse, in case we needed to check our math. We debated what to do about 'Pharaoh', whether it was a name or a title. We considered it prudent to follow the Jewish Bible order of book, as that's what John would have done. As we approached the #660th name, we backtracked to check our counting. And we moved ahead, very slowly, very seriously. Realize, we teetered on a discovery that had eluded scholars for millennia. We didn't even know if this had been done.  

And if we were correct, we would be fulfilling a Bible prophecy!

We found ourselves in II Samuel Chapter 23. Ignoring Pharaoh as a name, we found:
#660 Armoni,
#661 Ishbibenob,
#662 Sibbechai,
#663 Saph
#664 Elhanan
#665 Jaareoregim (If we didn't ignore Pharaoh, this was our man!)
We paused, breathless, grinned at each other. I remember this moment like it was yesterday. He read II Samuel 23:8 and the next name, the 666th name:
"Number 666... Josheb-basshebeth!"
"NO IT'S NOT!" I said.
"Yes it is."
"No, it's not. It's Adino, the Tachmonite..."
We looked at each others' Bibles, and sure enough... there was a DIFFERENCE! He grabbed his Catholic Bible, and there was a THIRD NAME, Ish-Baal.What was going on? Isn't this the Bible? The Word of God?Did God STUTTER?! Was God bad with names?

We did some homework, and found yet a FOURTH name in another version. Here is the rundown:
  • Josheb-Basshebeth... NIV: These are the names of David’s mighty men: Josheb-Basshebeth, a Tahkemonite, was chief of the Three; he raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed[d] in one encounter.
  • Adino... KJV: These be the names of the mighty men whom David had: The Tachmonite that sat in the seat, chief among the captains; the same was Adino the Eznite: he lift up his spear against eight hundred, whom he slew at one time.
  • Jesbaham... Douay-Rheims 1899: These are the names of the valiant men of David. Jesbaham sitting in the chair was the wisest chief among the three, he was like the most tender little worm of the wood, who killed eight hundred men at one onset.
  • Ishbaal... These are the names of David's champions: Ishbaal the Hachmonite leader of the Three; it was he who brandished his spear over eight hundred men whom he had killed at one time.

Ok, I grant you that I have never heard of anyone named "Yosheb bas-Shebeth", and I don't have any expectation that every single word of every single version of the Bible will agree. It seems that the King James translated this guy's name to "he that sat in the seat", while the others left it as a proper name.

But here's the part that troubles me... to this day...

What are the odds that a fairly major discrepancy between versions of Bible translations ends up on the VERY VERSE in which we expect to find the 666th unique male name? Astronomical? Miraculous? Or is it something else?

 So we asked ourselves, "What could this possibly mean?" Is the answer not a name, but "the one who sits in the seat?" Let's consider.

Who sits in the seat?

There are several answers for this question. Here are my top 3:
  • #3: The person who sits in the seat is "The Chairman". I don't know WHICH Chairman, but here are a few to mention: Mao, Arafat, Gates/Ballmer. Even Steve Jobs. Few can deny that Chairman Mao could have been the Antichrist, with his human/deity influence. Arafat was not that charismatic, but he was also in the best position to betray Israel after a false peace. Sketchy, but possible.
  • #2: An infallible Pope speaks Ex Cathedra, which means literally, "from the Chair." The Pope "sits in the chair" of St. Peter, thus:
    "The pope is said to occupy the "chair of Peter", as Catholics hold that among the apostles Peter had a special role as the preserver of unity, so the pope as successor of Peter holds the role of spokesman for the whole church"

    "Holy See" and "Apostolic See" ...the term "see" comes from the Latin word "sedes", meaning "seat."
    I will quickly say that I am SLOW to point to the Pope as Antichrist, as I believe that the Pope will end up being the target of the Antichrist, but that's another blog post.
  • #1: My primary interpretation is to take the Bible literally where is should be, and realize what this verse means:
    "...and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God." -- 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 NKJV
    If the "temple of God" is the temple from the Old Testament, there is only one place on which to sit in the temple, only one "seat"... The Mercy Seat on the Ark of the Covenant!

    I realize that by the time that happens, it's too late. He'd already be here. But ask yourself... if someone is going to LITERALLY "sit in the seat", it would have to be someone who is already in position to sit in that seat.

In conclusion... I don't have a conclusion... yet!

I suspect that doing the literal "counting of a man's name", I and Eomerica427 have arrived at a clue to the identity of the Antichrist, sitting in a verse which is translated at least 4 different ways, giving 4 different names. How odd. How convenient.

On a more spiritual note, if we are correct in our methodology, then we have fulfilled a Bible prophecy. We would each be what the Bible calls, "the person who has wisdom." That's a feather in one's cap, wouldn't you agree?

Once again, I'm showing you the facts. I have toyed with the interpretation of those facts, but ultimately, as with my previous posts... you must decide...


Appendix: The List of Men's Names -- 5/29/2012

Since a good skeptic will want to see our data, here is the gist:
List of Unique Men's Names of the Bible, in order of appearance

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse... LITERALLY!

The following is a repost of the page I created on 5/4/2000, regarding a then-future astronomicalogical configuration. I then add some information spotted just before the date determined. As with the previous post from that page, I have not revised the graphics or the writing style, which is from a different era in my life. Very different.

Original Post:

A few weeks ago, my sister, Laurie, sent me a link to an astrological chart site on the web that turns dates into charts. I didn't buy any of it, but i found the charts interesting, as a web developer. It also made me wonder how the ancients (especially 1st Century Christians) saw the heavens. It occurred to me as I read Revelation Chapter 6, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse may be 'someone' trying to give us a hint at a date. Here's why:
Horse Carrying? Bringing? Astro Analogy Interpretation?
White bow conquering white=venus, bow=sagittarius venus in sagittarius
Red sword war mars (roman god of war), the "sword" of the heavens is on Orion's belt. (Yes, orion again) mars in orion, maybe even in line with the 'sword' Nair al Saif is "tip of the Sword"
Black balances famine (no harvest) black=darkside of the moon, seriously. Balances=Libra Moon in Libra,  either very new or very old
"pale... bleached" 
(chloris, as in Clorox)
death/Hell  death/hell pale is probably jupiter, being white, but not as white as venus, and who is death and hell? Literally Hades=Pluto (I know they didn't know about Pluto back then, but God probably did.) near conjunction of jupiter & Pluto, probably just after a conjunction with jupiter ahead of Pluto. If I could get Chiron, Pluto's Ferryman in the picture, I'd earn extra credit.
Anyway... this is a date, I just haven't found it yet. I FOUND IT! This is complex, but bear with me! I will improve it. The point is, I have met the above criteria, and it's sooner than you think... New Year's Eve/Morning, 2007-2008! Party!
Thanks to for this chart.
All of the above criteria are met, to the letter, even with a literal translation of Hades to Pluto!
And Mars is in line with the sword of Orion!
But does the Bible use Zodiac for signs? Well...
 And God said , Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide  the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
Genesis 1:14

Fast Forward to November, 2007, as the day approaches

As the end of 2007 approached, and the astrological configuration above approached, I kept my eyes open. For a plague, a new war, a new wave of famine, for massive death. Nothing seemed to be on the radar. I re-checked my data and of course, it hadn't changed. Astrological data really can't. It can be calculated to a very precise degree for eons into the past and future. How could it change? And yet, something as significant as the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in literal fulfillment didn't seem to matter to the circumstances of the world.

Note: The date 1/1/2008 was astrologically correct, but that it could also occur on 1/31/2008, as the Moon came around to Libra again. Perhaps, I was looking from the wrong angle. John the Revelator didn't calculate astrology... he saw visions. Maybe this configuration was visual. So, I fired up my celestial simulators and just LOOKED. This is what I saw. (I've reconstituted some of the images in modern software, such as Celestia and Stellarium.)

The First Horseman: White Horse with a Bow

I watched as Venus moved to a visual conjunction with Jupiter. It was a CLOSE one, very close to sunrise, hard to see, but it was there:

"I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest. -- Revelation 6:1 NIV '84"
Here we had Venus, the White Horse in the midst of the constellation that "held a bow." I found it a phenomenal coincidence that Venus and Jupiter formed up on the head of Sagittarius, as if a crown! But if that doesn't fit literally enough for you, look below the bow. Corona Australis, "The Crown of the South" is right there, a literal crown. This IS the First Horseman of Revelation.

The Second Horsemen: Red Horse with a Sword

Ok, if we have the First Horseman, where is the Second Horseman? The Red one with the Sword?

"Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword." -- Revelation 6:2 NIV '84"
Mars is obviously the "red" planet and zodiacally in Gemini, but Gemini doesn't have a sword. Which Zodiacal symbol has a sword? There's only one sword in the sky... Let's look.

 Mars is aligned with the Sword of Orion. Is that a stretch? Take a look at how precise the alignment is, and you decide...

That's pretty precise! That gives us two horsemen. Let's see if we can see the third.

The Third Horsemen: Black Horse with a Balances

"I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand... “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages..." -- Revelation 6:3 NIV '84
This seems tricky at first. What planet is black? Pink Floyd knows. The Dark Side of the Moon. It's the darkness of the crescent moon. Later in my studies I learned of the phrase "Dark of the Moon", referring to the Old Crone, the Old Moon. And if the black is the Old Moon, then the Balances are clearly Libra, the Scales. And there it is...

The Fourth Horsemen: Pale Horse with Death & Hell following

"I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him." -- Revelation 6:7 NIV '84

Venus is the White Horse, the brightest light in the sky besides the Sun and Moon. What's the next brightest? Jupiter... is Jupiter the 'pale planet'? I decided to test the validity of referring to Jupiter as "the Pale Rider". The Greek word there for pale is 'chloris', related to chlorophyll or sickly green. I checked the Webster's Dictionary (hardcopy) for the definition of "chloris". I was defined as "between green and yellow". I did the following steps in Adobe Photoshop 5.0.
I took the image of Jupiter from the Net (from Hubble Space Telescope)

Being a 256 color GIF, I set the Mode to 16Million color RGB

I Did a Gaussian Blur of 12 pixels
I Sampled the center of the blurred image with the "eyedropper tool"
The resulting color is shown on the color wheel as being 63°, which is literally between Yellow (60°) and green (120°) Precisely as the word chloris or "sickly green" AND the Book of the Revelation said it would be!

...with Death & Hell following

Ok, Jupiter is on the head of Sagittarius, and the verse from Revelation doesn't mention the Rider or the Bow. How do we know this matches the verse? Because the verse says that "Death, and Hades was following". In Roman Mythology, Pluto was the God of the Underworld, the place of the Dead. In Greek Mythology, that god was named Hades. Hades = Pluto, and the planet Pluto is "right behind Jupiter", following, having been passed by Jupiter just 40 days previous.

Let's Review:

Here are the verse which describe each "Horseman":
I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, “Come!”
  1. I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
  2. Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
  3. I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand.
  4. I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
Here are the graphics I made in 11/2007. Let them tell the tale: 

Could this REALLY be a coincidence? I don't think so.

Are you CRAZY!? You're saying the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse have occurred?

 I'm not sure. The 4 Horsemen also bring plagues: Pestilence, War, Famine, global death. The Book of Ezekiel corroborates these ("How much worse will it be when I send against Jerusalem my four dreadful judgments —sword and famine and wild beasts and plague" -- Ezek 14:21) and Jesus warns of them in Matthew 24.

They didn't happen in 2008, not in the scale required to fulfill the prophecy. But, given the astronomicalogical configuration of the Beast From the Sea with 7 Heads caused me to wonder. I think that this configuration is similar; not a literal fulfillment, but a literal warning. It's telling us to keep our eyes open. 

I've never heard this before. Why after these centuries are YOU the only one to see this?

A mundane answer is "who else would have seen this?" Astrologers? Astronomers? Bible Prophecy scholars? Consider:
  • Astrologers don't pay attention to Bible Prophecies
  • Astronomers don't regard Astrological Symbols or Bible Prophecies
  • Bible Prophecy scholars view astrology as forbidden [sic], and view Astronomers as "secularists" (at best).
Perhaps I am the first person with enough awareness of all of the above to piece the puzzle together. I don't claim to know. The only "spiritual" answer I can give is that I once asked God for "the Truth". Maybe, this is part of that.

Ok, let's say, for the sake of argument, that this IS what you say it is. So what?

Again, I don't know. The event occurred over 4 years ago. I'd have to look into the history for a hint. Let's do that... What happened on or about the end of January 2008?

  • U.S. President George W. Bush says Israel must return to its pre-1967 borders to enable the establishment of a Palestinian state.  [War]
  • Snow falls in Baghdad, Iraq for the first time in a century. (Why does that sound familiar?)
  • Prime Minister of Israel Ehud Olmert warns that "all options are being taken into consideration" to stop Iran from going nuclear. [War]
  • Stock markets around the world plunge amid growing fears of a U.S. recession, fueled by the 2007 subprime mortgage financial crisis.  [Famine]
  • George W. Bush delivers his final State of the Union Address as President of the United States. [One decreases that the other may increase.]
  • United States presidential election, 2008: Democratic Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama hold the first two-person debate. Barack Obama rises to lead the Democratic polls, as Hillary Clinton slides. [One decreases that the other may increase.]
  • A new disease, progressive inflammatory neuropathy (PIN), is found in pig slaughterhouse workers in southeastern Minnesota. As of now, this is not a threat, but I find the phrase "A new disease" intriguing. [Pestilence]
  • Source:
  • Nothing much about Putin... Odd.

Just the facts

Those are the facts. You can check them. You can verify them. You can show me when this has happened before, or will again. Does this configuration match the Book of Revelation, Chapter 6, the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse?

You decide...