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   MONDEX AND THE MARK OF THE BEAST!



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Published On : February 3, 1998

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The 666, Introduction Of Money, Abram And Pharaoh, Abram And
Abimelech, Biblical Monetary System, Tax System, Paper Money
And Banking System, Elitists And Politics, Inflation And
Poverty, Babylon The Great Whore, Syria And The Black Horse,
Moshiach ben David, Mondex Smart Card, Soft Westerners, World
Bank & International Monetary Fund, Social Security Numbers




While many people in the world today are basically ignorant
when it comes to their knowledge of the Bible, if there is
one topic with which most are at least slightly familiar, it
is with the credit system which will be implemented by the
soon-coming world leader known in the Book of Revelation as
the Beast. Many have heard of the infamous '666' either
through Sunday school Bible studies, through the
cinemagraphic industry, or else through reading books.
Unfortunately, because of their lack of expertise in the
area of eschatological study, many of these people are
erroneously expecting to see a literal '666' tattooed in
some way on everyone's right hand or forehead, similar to
the tattoo system implemented by Adolf Hitler during the
War.

In my view, using such an overt personal identification and
credit system would seem too obvious, and would undoubtedly
be met with a lot of resistance by those who are aware of
the warnings found in the Bible. One thing we all need to
realize is that Satan is in no hurry. As I have shown in
such articles as 'Satan: King of Tyrus, King Of Empires',
world domination is something he has been working on for
literally thousands of years. I don't think Lucifer is going
to forfeit his chance of achieving his ultimate goal by
moving too fast, thus spooking people before he is ready to
spring his trap. At the time appointed, he wants as many
people as possible to willingly accept his rule over their
lives. Because of this, I believe that he has been slowly
implementing the 'Mark of the Beast' without too many people
even becoming aware of it. If you doubt my words, consider
the following:

Historically speaking, all of man's economic systems since
the foundation of the world have been based upon a certain
degree of trust and equity; that is, establishing an
agreed-upon value for all goods and services. Before the
widespread use of hard currency, this usually meant trading,
or bartering, one item or service for another item or
service deemed to be of equal value. This might mean trading
so many sheepskins for a camel, or perhaps working so many
hours to secure a meal, or perhaps trading a woolen cloak
for a pair of leather sandals. In one example found in the
Bible, we read of the story of Jacob who worked for his
uncle Laban for fourteen years in order to obtain his two
wives Leah and Rachel:

"And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder was
Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. Leah was
tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured. And
Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years
for Rachel thy younger daughter. And Laban said, It is
better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her
to another man: abide with me. And Jacob served seven years
for Rachel; and they seemed unto him but a few days, for the
love he had to her. And Jacob said unto Laban, Give me my
wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.
And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and
made a feast. And it came to pass in the evening, that he
took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went
in unto her. And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah
his maid for an handmaid. And it came to pass, that in the
morning, behold, it was Leah: and he said to Laban, What is
this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for
Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me? And Laban
said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the
younger before the firstborn. Fulfil her week, and we will
give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve
with me yet seven other years. And Jacob did so, and
fulfilled her week: and he gave him Rachel his daughter to
wife also." (Genesis 29:16-28)

This type of economic system was the most pure, because it
was based upon trading real goods and services, for other
real goods and services. Men had to have trust in each
other's words, that they would give or perform that which
they had promised. By the time of the above story, silver
and gold had already been introduced as mediums of exchange
to complement the direct barter or exchanging of goods and
services. The first Biblical example we find of this is when
Abraham bought the cave of Machpelah from Ephron the Hittite
in order to use it as a burial place for his family. Notice
that the value of Hebrew money was determined by precisely
weighing it. This is because, unlike today's hard currency
which is in coin form, early money took the form of bars, or
possibly even various-sized nuggets:

"And Abraham stood up from before his dead, and spake unto
the sons of Heth, saying, I am a stranger and a sojourner
with you: give me a possession of a buryingplace with you,
that I may bury my dead out of my sight...And he communed
with them, saying, If it be your mind that I should bury my
dead out of my sight; hear me, and intreat for me to Ephron
the son of Zohar, That he may give me the cave of Machpelah,
which he hath, which is in the end of his field; for as much
money as it is worth he shall give it me for a possession of
a buryingplace amongst you...And Ephron answered Abraham,
saying unto him, My lord, hearken unto me: the land is worth
four hundred shekels of silver; what is that betwixt me and
thee? bury therefore thy dead. And Abraham hearkened unto
Ephron; and Abraham weighed to Ephron the silver, which he
had named in the audience of the sons of Heth, four hundred
shekels of silver, current money with the merchant."
(Genesis 23:3-4, 8-9, 14-16)

The story of how Abram acquired some of his wealth is
rather interesting. In Genesis chapter twelve we find
Abram and his family travelling down into Egypt due to a
famine in Canaan. Because Sarai his wife was so beautiful,
Abram feared that he might be killed so that she could be
taken from him. Thus, he and Sarai made the following
agreement:

"And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into
Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know
that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall
come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they
shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they
will save thee alive. Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister:
that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall
live because of thee." (Genesis 12:11-13)

Exactly as he had expected, the Egptians did indeed find
Sarai attractive. Thus they determined to give her to
Pharaoh, not knowing that she was actually Abram's wife. In
exchange, they rewarded Abram with livestock and slaves:

"And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt,
the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair. The
princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before
Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house. And
he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and
oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and
she asses, and camels." (Genesis 12:14-16)

Well, the Lord wasn't too pleased with that arrangement and
smote Pharaoh's household with plagues. Once the truth of
the matter came out, Abram and his family were kicked out of
Egypt, but not before Pharaoh had paid him restitution for
having taken his wife. Thus, Abram acquired his great
wealth:

"And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great
plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife. And Pharaoh called
Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me?
why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife? Why saidst
thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to
wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy
way. And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they
sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had. And Abram
went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had,
and Lot with him, into the south. And Abram was very rich in
cattle, in silver, and in gold." (Genesis 12:17-13:2)

Abram must have been one shrewd character, just like today's
Jews, because only seven chapters later, we find a very
similar event occurring with Abimelech the king of Gerar. As
with the case of Pharaoh, after Abimelech had taken Sarai,
the Lord revealed to him that she was really Abram's wife:

"But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night, and said to
him, Behold, thou art but a dead man, for the woman which
thou hast taken; for she is a man's wife." (Genesis 20:3)

Greatly fearing the Lord, Abimelech pleaded for his life,
arguing that he was innocent of any crime because Abram and
Sarai had deceived him:

"But Abimelech had not come near her: and he said, Lord,
wilt thou slay also a righteous nation? Said he not unto me,
She is my sister? and she, even she herself said, He is my
brother: in the integrity of my heart and innocency of my
hands have I done this. And God said unto him in a dream,
Yea, I know that thou didst this in the integrity of thy
heart; for I also withheld thee from sinning against me:
therefore suffered I thee not to touch her. Now therefore
restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet, and he shall
pray for thee, and thou shalt live: and if thou restore her
not, know thou that thou shalt surely die, thou, and all
that are thine." (Genesis 20:4-7)

Thus, Abimelech obeyed the Lord and promptly returned Sarai
to Abram, but not before rebuking them both for their
dishonesty:

"Then Abimelech called Abraham, and said unto him, What hast
thou done unto us? and what have I offended thee, that thou
hast brought on me and on my kingdom a great sin? thou hast
done deeds unto me that ought not to be done. And Abimelech
said unto Abraham, What sawest thou, that thou hast done
this thing? And Abraham said, Because I thought, Surely the
fear of God is not in this place; and they will slay me for
my wife's sake. And yet indeed she is my sister; she is the
daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother;
and she became my wife. And it came to pass, when God caused
me to wander from my father's house, that I said unto her,
This is thy kindness which thou shalt shew unto me; at every
place whither we shall come, say of me, He is my brother."
(Genesis 20:9-13)

Like Pharaoh, Abimelech also paid Abram restitution in the
form of livestock, slaves and silver; thus increasing his
wealth even further:

"And Abimelech took sheep, and oxen, and menservants, and
womenservants, and gave them unto Abraham, and restored him
Sarah his wife. And Abimelech said, Behold, my land is
before thee: dwell where it pleaseth thee. And unto Sarah he
said, Behold, I have given thy brother a thousand pieces of
silver: behold, he is to thee a covering of the eyes, unto
all that are with thee, and with all other: thus she was
reproved." (Genesis 20:14-16)

At this point, in order to put things in proper perspective,
and to help us to better relate to these stories, it might
be helpful to provide an explanation of the ancient Hebrew
monetary system. Thus, following is some information I have
gathered from the King James Bible, my Hebrew lexicon,
Easton's Bible Dictionary, and a few other sources. It is by
no means complete, but it will provide a basic framework:

1. Gerah - means a grain or kernel. The twentieth part of a
shekel, equal to the weight of 16 barley grains
or 4 or 5 carob beans In English troy-weight,
this was 12 grains.

"And all thy estimations shall be according to the shekel of
the sanctuary: twenty gerahs shall be the shekel."
(Leviticus 27:25)

2. Zuza - the quarter part of a shekel.

"And the servant answered Saul again, and said, Behold, I
have here at hand the fourth part of a shekel of silver:
that will I give to the man of God, to tell us our way."
(1 Samuel 9:8)

3. Bekah - derived from the Hebrew 'baqa' which means to
split, cleave, break open or divide. A half of a
shekel, or 5 pennyweight in English Troy-weight.

"A bekah for every man, that is, half a shekel, after the
shekel of the sanctuary, for every one that went to be
numbered, from twenty years old and upward, for six hundred
thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty men."
(Exodus 38:26)

4. Shekel - derived from the Hebrew 'sheqel' meaning 'weight',
which itself is derived from 'shaqal' meaning 'to
weigh'. The common standard of weight and value
upon which all others were based. There were at
least five types of shekels:

a. gold shekel - equal to 220 grains
b. silver shekel - equal to 132 grains
c. copper shekel - equal to 525 grains
d. brass shekel - equal to ??? grains
e. iron shekel - equal to ??? grains

A shekel was equal to 10 pennyweight in English
troy-weight, or about 220 English grains, which
is slightly more than half an ounce avoirdupois.

NOTE: 'Avoirdupois' refers to the system of weight and
measures used in most English-speaking countries. This
system is based on one pound being equal to 16 ounces, 7000
grains, or 453.59 grams. The term is derived from the Middle
English 'avoir de pois', meaning 'commodities sold by
weight', which itself is derived from the Old French 'aver
de peis' which means 'goods of weight'. In short, it is
based on the very same monetary system first used by the
Jews thousands of years ago! Is this a coincidence?

The difference between 'avoirdupois' and 'troy-weight' is
that in the 'troy-weight' system, while the grain is the
same, the pound only contains 12 ounces, 240 pennyweights,
or 5,760 grains.

Following are some verses in which several types of these
shekels are mentioned:

"So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of
gold by weight." (1 Chronicles 21:25)

"And thy estimation shall be of the male from twenty years
old even unto sixty years old, even thy estimation shall be
fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary."
(Leviticus 27:3)

"And he had an helmet of brass upon his head, and he was
armed with a coat of mail; and the weight of the coat was
five thousand shekels of brass." (1 Samuel 17:5)

"And the staff of his spear was like a weaver's beam; and
his spear's head weighed six hundred shekels of iron: and
one bearing a shield went before him." (1 Samuel 17:7)

5. Ma'neh - derived from the Hebrew 'manah' meaning to
count, reckon or number. Equal to sixty shekels,
or 2 pounds 6 ounces in English troy-weight.

"And the shekel shall be twenty gerahs: twenty shekels, five
and twenty shekels, fifteen shekels, shall be your maneh."
(Ezekiel 45:12)

"And some of the chief of the fathers gave to the treasure
of the work twenty thousand drams of gold, and two thousand
and two hundred pound of silver." (Nehemiah 7:71)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Notice that this word is very similar to our
English word 'money' in that it is pronounced 'maw neh'.
While today we are told that our word 'money' is derived
from the Latin 'moneta', I think this Hebrew word 'ma'neh'
helps to emphasize who is really in charge of the worldwide
commercial system. This word is also translated as 'pound'
four times in the Old Testament. I find it very interesting
that the pound is the monetary unit used in Great Britain.
Some claim that in the distant past, the daughter of King
Zedekiah, the last king of Israel before the Babylonian
invasion, was secretly spirited off to Britain by the
Prophet Jeremiah and Baruch. It is said that once there, she
married into the royal family, and that the royal throne of
England is actually the true throne of King David preserved
until this day waiting for the return of Jesus Christ. The
fact that some also claim that London is actually the
financial capital of the world, and NOT New York City, also
adds intrigue to this Jewish mystery.

6. Talent - derived from the Hebrew 'kikkar' which itself is
derived from 'karar' meaning 'to whirl or dance'.
The talent was thus a round monetary weight, of
which there were at least three types:

a. Copper talent = 1,500 shekels.

b. Silver talent = 3,000 shekels, or 125 pounds.

c. Gold talent = 6,000 shekels, or 250 pounds.

"And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying,
Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two
young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray
thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments."
(2 Kings 5:22)

"And he took their king's crown from off his head, the
weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious
stones: and it was set on David's head. And he brought forth
the spoil of the city in great abundance." (2 Samuel 12:30)

As Israel began to be invaded and occupied by foreign
powers, other monetary systems were introduced into the
country. It is possible that the first of these may have
been the Persian 'darik' which was introduced by Darius the
Great, also known as Dariush or Dayara-Vahusha. This is the
Darius who ascended to the Medo-Persian throne a number of
years after Cyrus the Great, who was instrumental in ending
the Seventy Years of Captivity by allowing the Jews to
return to Jerusalem. The gold 'darik' may have been the
first real minted coin known to the Hebrews. It was equal to
about 128 grains, or 8.32 grams of gold. The ancient Jews
referred to it as the 'darkemown'. In English it is variably
known as the daric, drachma, or dram. In the Books of Ezra
and Nehemiah, right at the time of their liberation, the
term 'dram' is used:

"They gave after their ability unto the treasure of the work
threescore and one thousand drams of gold, and five thousand
pound of silver, and one hundred priests' garments."
(Ezra 2:69)

"And some of the chief of the fathers gave unto the work.
The Tirshatha gave to the treasure a thousand drams of gold,
fifty basons, five hundred and thirty priests' garments."
(Nehemiah 7:70)

It may have been soon after the introduction of the 'darik'
into Israel that the Jews likewise began to shape their
shekels into round coins instead of plain bars. By the close
of the Old Testment era, and the beginning of New Testament
times, other coins had also found their way into Israel.
These included Greek silver coins known as the 'drachma',
'didrachmon', or 'double drachma', and the 'tetradrachma'.
The 'drachma' is only mentioned one time in the Scriptures.
Unfortunately, rather than leave it in its original Greek
'drachme', the translators chose to translate it as 'piece':

"Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose
one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and
seek diligently till she find it?" (Luke 15:8)

The Greek 'double drachma' can be found in Matthew chapter
twenty-four where Jesus instructed Peter to catch a fish in
order to pay the Roman tribute, or tax money, for them both:

"And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received
tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master
pay tribute? He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the
house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou,
Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or
tribute? of their own children, or of strangers? Peter saith
unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the
children free. Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish
that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth,
thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto
them for me and thee." (Matthew 17:24-27)

In the previous verses, the term 'tribute money' is actually
translated from the Greek 'didrachmon' which was the 'double
drachma'. As can be deduced, it received its name because it
was equal to two 'drachmas', one Alexandrian 'drachma', or
half of a Hebrew 'shekel'.

Also hidden in the above parable in the words 'a piece of
money' is another silver coin known as the 'stater'. This
was the Jewish 'shekel' which was equal to four Greek
'drachmas', or two Alexandrian 'drachmas'.

In like manner, while the Roman 'denarius' is mentioned in
the Scriptures, you will never find it unless you do a bit
of digging because, as with the Greek silver 'drachma', the
British translators dropped the original Greek word
'denarion', and replaced it with 'penny' and 'pennyworth' to
make it more easily understood by the members of the Church
of England. The 'denarius' was about equal in weight to the
Greek 'drachma', also known as the 'Attic drachma' since it
originated in Athens:

"He answered and said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And
they say unto him, Shall we go and buy two hundred
pennyworth of bread, and give them to eat?" (Mark 6:37)

"And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a
day, he sent them into his vineyard." (Matthew 20:2)

"And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
(Revelation 6:6)

The word 'denarius' actually means 'containing ten'; thus,
this Roman silver coin received its name due to the fact
that, at the time, it was equal in value to ten 'asses' from
the singular 'as'. The 'denarius' was the principal coin of
the Roman Empire and equal to a day's labor as can be seen
by the parable in Matthew chapter twenty. While the
'denarius' was equal to ten 'asses', the widow's 'mite'
mentioned in Mark chapter twelve was a small Roman coin of
brass equal to an eighth part of an 'as'. In the original
Greek, the word used is 'lepton' meaning 'small' or 'thin':

"And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two
mites, which make a farthing." (Mark 12:42)

As can also be seen by the above verse, a 'farthing' was
equal to two 'mites'; thus its value was one fourth of an
'as'. Being transliterated from the Greek 'kodrantes', it
can easily be seen why it was also known as the 'quadrans'.
While I have not verified this, it may also be that the
'farthing' was the same as the Roman copper or bronze coin
known as the 'sestertius', or 'sesterce', which was also
equivalent to the fourth of a 'denarius'. The 'farthing' was
likewise equal to half of a 'chalcus' which was another
Greek copper coin from Athens.

The final sum of money found in the New Testament is the
'pound', derived from the Greek word 'mna'. While the
lexicon states this word is of Latin origin, I suspect that
it may be a Greek transliteration of the Old Testament
Hebrew 'maneh', which, as I already explained, was also
translated as 'pound'. In New Testament times, a 'pound' was
equal to one hundred 'drachmae', and one hundred pounds were
equal to one talent. We find this word 'pound' used in the
following verse:

"And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten
pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come."
(Luke 19:13)

One final Roman coin which is believed to have been used
during the First Century was the gold 'aureus'. However, I
have not been able to locate it in the New Testament. It may
be that it was only in circulation during the time of
Augustus Caesar.

From all of the information I have now provided, what can be
seen is that by the First Century, due to years of foreign
domination and visitors to the land, hard currency in the
form of precious metals minted into round coins, had become
an important part of Jewish life. As shown by the following
example, these coins usually bore an image of the leader of
the government where the coin had originated:

"And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou
sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the
person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: Is it
lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no? But he
perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye
me? Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?
They answered and said, Caesar's. And he said unto them,
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's,
and unto God the things which be God's." (Luke 20:21-25)

Between their religious obligations, and the burdens placed
upon them by their Roman conquerors, the Jews soon found
themselves under tremendous financial pressure. This is one
reason why radical groups like the Zealots rose up in
rebellion against Rome. During that time, there was a
minimum of four different types of taxes which the Jews were
required to pay. The first of these was what was known as
the 'telos':

"He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus
prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do
the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own
children, or of strangers?" (Matthew 17:25)

In the above verse, the word 'custom' is translated from the
Greek 'telos' which was a tax on merchandise or goods, as
well as on travellers. This is the kind of tax which was
collected by Matthew, also known as Levi, before the Lord
called him to forsake all. Matthew sat at a toll booth,
which in Greek was referred to as a 'telonion':

"And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus
sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow
me. And he arose and followed him." (Mark 2:14)

The second type of tax was known as 'kensos' in Greek. In
the previous verse from Matthew, it it translated into
English as 'tribute'. Aside from meaning the actual money
used to pay a tax, 'kensos' also referred to a census taken
by the Romans for the purpose of registering and evaluating
one's property in order to determine the amount of tax one
had to pay. However, in New Testament times, it referred
specifically to an annual tax levied on the subjugated
masses of the Roman Empire, which included the Jews. Thus,
today it would be referred to as a poll-tax, which is
sometimes required before a person can vote. It is also
known as a capitation, or per capita, tax.

A third tax was an annual property tax known as the 'phoros'
in Greek. This tax was levied on houses, lands and people.
This is what is meant by 'tribute' in the following two
verses:

"Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?"
(Luke 20:22)

"And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow
perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to
Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King."
(Luke 23:2)

Unlike the previous three kinds of taxes which were civil
taxes imposed by the Roman government, the final tax was a
religious tax. According to the Mosaic Law, every Israelite
twenty years and older was required to pay a special annual
Temple tax. The amount of this offering was half a 'shekel',
that is a 'bekah', or two 'drachmas':

"And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, When thou takest the
sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall
they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD,
when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among
them, when thou numberest them. This they shall give, every
one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel
after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty
gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.
Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from
twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the
LORD. The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not
give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering
unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls."
(Exodus 30:11-15)

In order to facilitate the proper payment of the Temple tax
in the Jewish currency, a group of men known in the Bible as
the moneychangers came into being. In Greek, these men were
known as the 'kollubistes' which may have been derived from
a small coin known as the 'kollubos'. These shrewd men took
advantage of the Jews arriving from other lands by setting
up tables, or 'trapeza', in the Temple courts where they
would offer to exchange their foreign currencies for Jewish
currency. They would charge them a certain premium known as
an 'agio'. These same men also dealt in interest loans and
deposits. In short, they were probably the first Jewish
bankers. Unfortunately, as the Lord made clear through the
Prophet Jeremiah, the heart of man is evil, and these men
were soon up to no good:

"The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately
wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9)

Just like some people today, once these bankers realized how
easy it would be to get rich by taking advantage of the
plight of their countrymen, they began to charge exorbitant
amounts for their services. In short, they angered the Lord
by converting what was meant to be a pure religion, into
nothing more than a commercial enterprise, just like most of
organized religion today. It was under these conditions that
Jesus made a whip and kicked them all out, overturning their
exchange tables in the process:

"And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to
Jerusalem, And found in the temple those that sold oxen and
sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when
he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out
of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out
the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto
them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my
Father's house an house of merchandise." (John 2:13-16)

"And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them
that sold therein, and them that bought; Saying unto them,
It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have
made it a den of thieves." (Luke 19:45-46)

In some ways, the introduction of hard currency was good, as
it was a more flexible means of acquiring one's needs.
Instead of exchanging your sheepskins for the other person's
camel, you could give them so many coins for their camel.
The number of coins would represent the same value as you
placed upon the number of sheepskins you formerly traded for
the camel. In addition, it was a lot easier to carry around
metal coins in one's pocket or pouch than to transport a
pile of sheepskins, or to haul around a camel. Furthermore,
a person can only use so many sheepskins, and so many
camels.

Thus, supplementing bartering with hard currency made it
possible for a person to buy anything he needed, even if
someone didn't want his sheepskins. A person could sell the
sheepskins to someone who did want them, and then take those
coins and purchase the camel, or anything else that he may
have needed. While hard currency wasn't quite as pure as the
direct exchange of goods or services, it was still a
relatively safe and fair means of exchange for several
reasons. First of all, as long as men remained honest, the
coins contained a specific amount of gold, silver or other
metal; and they were precisely weighed out; thus they had a
defined value. The second reason is that with hard currency,
people still possessed the power to determine the value of
the goods and services they possessed, purchased and sold.
Finally, people were still receiving something of real
tangible value in exchange for their goods or services.

For over three thousand years, since at least the time of
Abraham, hard currency in the form of gold, silver, brass,
copper, bronze, and iron bars and nuggets, and then actual
minted coins, remained the standard of exchange in addition
to the bartering of goods and services. However, after
accumulating and lugging around his heavy currency for so
many years, man began to realize that he needed an easier
and safer way to perform his daily business dealings. Thus
began the practice of depositing one's wealth with the local
moneychanger, or banker, and receiving a written note
reflecting the value of that deposit. With the introduction
of written promissory notes, people could begin to perform
their business dealings with each other much more easily
since they didn't have to actually carry around large
amounts of heavy coins.

While the Jewish moneychangers and other cultures used
papyrus scrolls, skin parchments and clay tablets to keep a
record of their transactions, to issue receipts, to make
interest-bearing loans, to write bills and to make payments,
there was still no means to implement a universal system. A
clear example that such transactions were commonplace in
Jesus' day can be found in the parable of the unrighteous
steward found in Luke chapter sixteen. In part it says:

"So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him, and
said unto the first, How much owest thou unto my lord? And
he said, An hundred measures of oil. And he said unto him,
Take thy bill, and sit down quickly, and write fifty. Then
said he to another, And how much owest thou? And he said, An
hundred measures of wheat. And he said unto him, Take thy
bill, and write fourscore. And the lord commended the unjust
steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of
this world are in their generation wiser than the children
of light." (Luke 16:5-8)

After centuries of performing his financial dealings in
basically the same manner, several hundred years ago, in the
mid-fourteen hundreds, an event occurred in Europe which has
since totally changed the way man's economic system
operates. The catalyst for this change was the creation of
moveable type by German inventor Johann Gutenberg. With the
advent of the printing press, it eventually became possible
for a government to print and distribute paper currency on a
national scale. This first occurred in the early 1600's.
While most people have viewed this development as a great
achievement which has further enhanced the worldwide
economic system, from a Biblical perspective, this is the
furthest thing from the truth.

The reason for my above statement is quite simple: With the
introduction of paper currency, society has been distanced
even further from a system based on the exchange of things
of real value, and become dependent upon a false system
based upon standards of basically non-existent value. In
addition, this new system has greatly reduced the ability of
the common man to determine and set the value of the goods
or services he buys, sells or performs, thus limiting his
ability to control his own destiny. This power has been
translated to the government, and to banking institutions
which are in turn controlled by affluent families and
powerful merchants.

Collectively, these powerful groups of people control, shape
and influence both the politics and the economy of a
country. In a political sense, by simply choosing to support
or not to support a candidate financially, they control who
is at the helm of the government. Those candidates who
choose to do the bidding of these elite groups by promoting
their political agenda, thus receive their financial
support. Quite frankly, the modern political machinery has
very little to do with popular issues and the needs of the
poor. It simply turns on the wheels of money and the
interests of the elite. The minute a political candidate
accepts contributions, he becomes subservient to the
Monetary Masters; just another cog which helps to keep
things rotating in the direction they wish them to go; for
as the Bible clearly tells us:

"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant
to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7)

In an economic sense, through their invisible control of the
government, these same people decide such things as how much
money should be printed, minted and distributed; they
determine the interest rate on loans granted to foreign
governments, companies and private individuals; they
determine the minimum wage for hired labor; they set price
minimums and ceilings on goods sold and services rendered,
etc. In short, this powerful elite controls the political
and economic pulse of a country. Furthermore, these rich
banking families form part of even more powerful
international groups and organizations such as the
International Monetary Fund, the Fortune Five Hundred, the
Bilderger Group, etc. which control the political and
economic pulse of the world!

So one might ask, 'Where is the common man left in all of
this?' The answer is quite simple. He is left on the bottom
rung of the ladder struggling to survive, and has little
choice but to accept the dictates of those above him. While
he is given the illusion of freedom through the popular
vote, the truth of the matter is, no matter how many times
he votes, or who he votes for, or how many years go by, he
still has no choice but to work for whatever amount those
above him are willing to pay him, and to pay whatever prices
are set for those things which are necessary for his
existence, including food, clothing and shelter. The
maneuverability he does have to choose between jobs to try
to advance in society is akin to a goldfish swimming in
circles in a glass bowl. He can only go so far, and his
masters know it. I am reminded of something Jesus said
almost two thousand years ago:

"For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not
always." (Matthew 26:11)

Initially, when paper currency was first introduced, it was
backed by real gold and silver reserves. It had been agreed
that a government could not print or distribute more paper
money than the actual amount of gold and silver that it held
in its reserves. Because of this, up until a few decades
ago, theoretically speaking, a person could still take their
paper currency to the bank and exchange it for real gold and
silver. By that time, gold coins had already disappeared
from circulation as a common medium of exchange. Currently,
they can only be found in the collections of investors and
private collectors. Such is the case with the South African
Krugerand. While some gold is used in modern technology, as
well as in jewelery, the vast majority of it remains safely
stored within the bank vaults of national governments which
want to keep it out of the hands of the common people. The
fact that gold was so common centuries ago, but has now all
but disappeared from the public eye should be enough to
cause everyone to question what is really going on.

The story of silver is basically the same. As late as the
early 1960's, silver coins were still in circulation. In the
United States Of America, these included the Mercury dime,
(ten cent piece), the quarter, (twenty-five cent piece), and
the half dollar, (fifty cent piece). We kids used to help
collect them for our parents. Today, three decades later, it
is extremely rare to find any coins made of pure silver
within the public circulation. They have been completely
replaced with coins made of copper mixed with alloys. In
other words, the face value of a coin no longer has anything
to do with the amount of pure metal contained within it. For
example, a quarter used to contain twenty-five cents worth
of real silver. Back then, if a person had five dollars in
his pocket, that meant that somewhere in the country, there
was five dollars in gold or silver reserves to back up that
five dollar bill. Thanks to the American Government, the
country was taken off of both the gold and the silver
standards decades ago. In short, since that time, the
American Government has been at liberty to print as much
paper currency as it desires regardless of the actual amount
of gold and silver reserves it possesses.

While hard currency and paper money have been well-received
by modern society, they are not without their negative
aspects. As we have already seen, hard currency is bulky and
heavy. It tends to wear out one's pants pockets. Paper money
also eventually becomes worn and tattered and must be
replaced. Many folks also consider money to be very dirty
due to the number of hands it passes through. Some have said
that just about every dollar bill which has passed through
one's hands, has at one time or another been used as drug
money. And finally, hard currency and paper money also make
one prone to attack by robbers. From the Government's point
of view, other drawbacks include the fact that if one
possesses the proper knowledge and the right technology,
paper currency is also easy to duplicate. Additionally,
besides being used to traffick drugs, it is used for other
illicit purposes such as for purchasing guns and weapons of
mass destruction, arming violent terrorist groups, etc.

To help combat some of these problems, as well as to further
exploit humanity as the worldwide slave class of the rich
and the elite, several decades ago, a new medium of exchange
was introduced to the world. It took the form of plastic
credit cards, electronic checking accounts, debit cards, and
ATM's, or Automatic Teller Machines. Of course, as has
always been the case, these new developments were presented
in a positive light so that people would readily accept
them. Under the illusion that this plastic marvel will give
them more financial freedom, as well as add a degree of ease
and comfort to their everyday financial dealings, since its
introduction, millions of people the world over have applied
for and begun using credit cards. The mentality seems to be,
'Spend now, and feel the pain later when it comes time to
pay'. Had these people taken heed to the wisdom found in the
Scriptures, perhaps they wouldn't be so quick to fall into
this subtle trap:

"The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant
to the lender." (Proverbs 22:7)

"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the
world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is
not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the
flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is
not of the Father, but is of the world." (1 John 2:15-16)

"Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that
loveth another hath fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:8)

You see, those in control of the System truly understand the
greedy undulgent heart of man. In fact, I don't doubt that
they base their whole financial scheme on the following
advice taken straight from their own Holy Book, which
clearly explains that the way to become rich is to lend, but
never to borrow. Notice that they are also instructed to
forgive their brethren's debt every seven years, but that
this does not apply to the Gentile nations:

"At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release.
And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that
lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall
not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it
is called the LORD'S release. Of a foreigner thou mayest
exact it again: but that which is thine with thy brother
thine hand shall release; Save when there shall be no poor
among you; for the LORD shall greatly bless thee in the land
which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to
possess it: Only if thou carefully hearken unto the voice of
the LORD thy God, to observe to do all these commandments
which I command thee this day. For the LORD thy God blesseth
thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many
nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign
over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee."
(Deuteronomy 15:1-6)

These financial wizards realize that if they entice people
to spend more money by making it easier for them to do so,
it also means that those same people must work longer and
harder to pay back what they have borrowed. Because many
folks have ignored these warnings found in God's Word, they
have over-extended their line of credit, written checks
which really aren't covered by funds in the bank, and
resorted to other unscrupulous means to try to get ahead of
the System. They have foolishly allowed themselves to be
lured into spending more than they should by the masters of
the worldwide commercial system known as Babylon the Great
Whore! If you doubt my words, just look at how much sex and
glamour is used to sell her wares the world over! This is
what advertising and shopping malls are all about! It is
truly sad how many families have been broken up, how many
friendships have been destroyed, and in fact, how many
people have actually taken their lives due to financial
difficulties. Because of their unwise spending or foolish
investments, some of these people have fallen into a pit of
their own making, just as the following verse says:

"He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso
breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him."
(Ecclesiastes 10:8)

What we need to realize is that these principles apply not
only on a personal level, or on a national level, but they
also apply on an international level as well. Over the
decades, some of the poor developing nations of the third
world have been inticed by the International Monetary Fund
into taking out loans with a certain amount of interest
attached to them. As this interest has continued to mount,
and these loans have reached maturity, some of these nations
have not been able to pay back their debts. In some cases,
this has resulted in some of them simply renegging on their
loans, while other nations have been forced into making
other concessions or compromises which have placed them in
deeper servitude to their lenders. In short, the System
keeps grinding, the rich continue to get richer, and the
poor continue to get poorer. However, there is One who sees
the plight of the poor, and at the Appointed Time, He will
reward every man according to his works, whether they be
good, or whether they be evil:

"And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and
the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is
the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to their
works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and
death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and
they were judged every man according to their works."
(Revelation 20:12-13)

Not only that, but at the Appointed Time, God will mete out
His righteous judgments against Babylon the Great Whore, and
against her masters, and they will all meet the fate that
they deserve:

"And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over
her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:...The
merchants of these things, which were made rich by her,
shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping
and wailing, And saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that
was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and
decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! For in
one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every
shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and
as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, And cried when they
saw the smoke of her burning, saying, What city is like unto
this great city!" (Revelation 18:11, 15-18)

In the above verses we witness the grief experienced by the
merchants of the world who behold the destruction of the
great Babylon, the mysterious city which serves as the
center for the worldwide financial empire. Exactly who is
this mysterious woman? Many people have attempted to answer
this question over the years. Some have suggested that it is
London, or New York, or Rome, or possibly even ancient
Babylon which is currently being excavated. I present my own
speculations in the article 'Revelation's Babylon The Great
Whore'. If one realizes who these powerful families are, and
where this whole system originated, it is much easier to
recognize this city which reigns over the kings of the
Earth. It is because she has abandoned her faith in the One
True God and gone awhoring after the things of the world,
that the Lord has called her a whore! However, before the
terrible day of destruction arrives for Babylon, there are
still some major events which must occur.

Thus far we have seen how the value of man's economic system
has slowly deteriorated over the centuries. Initially, early
man exchanged goods and services for other goods and
services of equal value as was agreed upon by both parties.
As shown by Genesis, at some point in the early history of
the world, man attached great value to gold and silver, and
began to use them as mediums of exchange for other goods,
services, or necessary items. Eventually, these metals were
minted into coins. In our more recent history, paper
currency backed by real gold and silver reserves was
introduced. In our current day, while paper money and hard
currency still exist, they are no longer backed by any real
gold and silver. In short, modern currency is absolutely
worthless! It has no real value. It is a false value
instilled in us by the word of our government. They say,
'Behold, it is worth so much', and we blindly agree, 'Yea
master, it is worth so much because thou sayest so'.

What may amaze some of you, is the fact that about two
thousand five hundred years ago, the Lord showed the Prophet
Daniel exactly how the empires of man would deteriorate over
the centuries until the final one would be basically
worthless. This symbolism is found in the great image of
Daniel chapter two. In this image, each succeeding power is
represented by a certain part of the statue's body. As time
marches on, and one empire follows another, they are
represented by various metals of the Earth. While Babylonia
is represented by gold, the final governments of men are
represented by iron mixed with clay. While we can interpret
this as representing moral and spiritual corruption, or even
as the various forms of government created by man, I believe
we can also interpret the nature of the elements found in
the image as representing the economic value of these
empires, which culminates in clay, or economic bankruptcy,
in the Ten Toes:

"Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great
image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee;
and the form thereof was terrible. This image's head was of
fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and
his thighs of brass, His legs of iron, his feet part of iron
and part of clay." (Daniel 2:31-33)

Another possible indication that this may be so can be found
in the companion book to Daniel, the Book of Revelation. In
chapter six we find the description of the Four Horsemen.
These horses and horsemen are of different colors and
represent spiritual forces upon the Earth. The black horse
and horseman are described as follows:

"And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third
beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse;
and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.
And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A
measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley
for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine."
(Revelation 6:5-6)

These verses may be indicative of the poverty, famine, high
inflation rate, and the trade wars and boycotts which
currently exist in these final years of the Endtime. As I
described earlier, this word 'penny' is actually referring
to a Roman 'denarius', which was the standard wage for a
full day's labor. Thus here we see a measure of wheat, or
three measures of barley, being sold for a full day's labor.
This word 'measure' is derived from the Greek word
'choinix'. A 'choinix' was a dry measure equal to about a
liter, or just enough food for one day for a person of an
average appetite. Thus we see that these verses seem to be
indicating that in the Last Days, one will have to work an
entire day just to buy enough food for that day, with no
money left over to pay taxes, or rent, or utilities, or to
cover healthcare needs, or for care repairs, etc. It is a
hand-to-mouth existence just like we see in many parts of
the world today, even in the United States of America!

Notice also that the rider of the black horse has a pair of
balances in his hand. In the modern legal system, these
scales represent justice. However, in the Old Testament,
we find the following verses:

"Just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin,
shall ye have: I am the LORD your God, which brought you out
of the land of Egypt." (Leviticus 19:36)

"A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just
weight is his delight." (Proverbs 11:1)

"Divers weights are an abomination unto the LORD; and a
false balance is not good." (Proverbs 20:23)

"Ye shall have just balances, and a just ephah, and a just
bath." (Ezekiel 45:10)

As I have shown previously, in times past, hard currency was
carefully weighed and measured so that each bar or coin
contained the proper amount of precious metal. Thus, a just
weight means a fair weight. In other words, you are getting
what you expect, or what you paid for. Today, this is the
furthest thing from the truth. Both paper and metal money
are worthless, and prices are greatly inflated by many
businessmen. On an international level, it is clearly
evident that there is a false economic balance in the world
today. The rich unjustly continue to get richer while the
poor increasingly grow poorer. In addition, the rich
Westernized countries, like the United States of America,
use economic boycotts to apply pressure to enemy states and
to poorer countries which refuse to bow to their mandates.
Through these low-handed practices, they cause many millions
to die of starvation or to die of diseases which could
easily have been cured. The Lord exposed these modern evils
thousands of years ago through the mouths of His Prophets:

"He is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand:
he loveth to oppress." (Hosea 12:7)

"Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the
poor of the land to fail, Saying, When will the new moon be
gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may
set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel
great, and falsifying the balances by deceit? That we may
buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;
yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat? The LORD hath sworn
by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any
of their works." (Amos 8:4-7)

"Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of
the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? Shall
I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag
of deceitful weights? For the rich men thereof are full of
violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and
their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. Therefore also
will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee
desolate because of thy sins. Thou shalt eat, but not be
satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of
thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and
that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. Thou
shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the
olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet
wine, but shalt not drink wine." (Micah 6:10-15)

The fact that the oil and the wine are not hurt in the
previous verses from the Book of Revelation may possibly
represent the Lord's provision for His children despite the
fact that the world at large is suffering due to the lust
and greed of dishonest men. In the story of the Prophet
Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, the cruse of oil never
emptied during the time of the three and a half years of
drought. Zarephath was a town located south of Sidon in
ancient Phoenicia:

"For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal
shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until
the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth. And she
went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and
he, and her house, did eat many days. And the barrel of meal
wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to
the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah."
(1 Kings 17:14-16)

Concerning the wine, you may recall the story in the Gospels
regarding the marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. The wine
had run out, and at His mother Mary's request, Jesus
converted six waterpots full of water into wine so that the
feast could continue:

"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee;
and the mother of Jesus was there: And both Jesus was
called, and his disciples, to the marriage. And when they
wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto him, They have
no wine...And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear
unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When the
ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine,
and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the
water knew;) the governor of the feast called the
bridegroom, And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning
doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then
that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until
now." (John 2:1-3, 8-10)

Thus, not hurting the oil and the wine, seems to represent
the Lord's provision for His children in the Endtime, even
though the world will be persecuting them. Exactly how the
Lord will provide for His children is a mystery, but the
answer may possibly be found in the following verses, also
from the Book of Revelation. The challenge is to define who
the 'they' are:

"And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a
place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a
thousand two hundred and threescore days...And to the woman
were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly
into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished
for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the
serpent." (Revelation 12:6, 14)

Regardless of how He chooses to do it, we know that the Lord
will indeed provide for His children in some miraculous way;
for as the Apostle Paul testified in the following verse:

"But my God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

While God will be providing for His beloved children, the
nations of the world will be suffering due to supernatural
plagues from the Lord, due to natural calamities such as
droughts, earthquakes, and floods, and also due to
political, social, and economic injustices resulting in war,
famine and the un necessary spread of disease. Before moving
on, there is one other interesting idea I wish to share with
you which may be directly related to the arrival of the
Beast. Just as Revelation chapter six discusses the four
horsemen, in Zechariah chapter six we also find a parable of
four chariots being drawn by horses of four different
colors. The second chariot just so happens to be drawn by
black horses. We have already looked at Revelation 6:5-6.
Now let us take a look at Zechariah 6:5-6.

Notice that the verse references from Revelation and
Zechariah are identical, as are the topics. Is this just
another coincidence? Or is this yet another proof that,
despite the fact that the Old and New Testaments were
written hundreds of years or more apart, it was God's Spirit
which inspired the writers of both? It is the direction in
which these black horses, or spirits, of Zechariah are going
which is of interest to us:

"And the angel answered and said unto me, These are the four
spirits of the heavens, which go forth from standing before
the Lord of all the earth. The black horses which are
therein go forth into the north country; and the white go
forth after them; and the grisled go forth toward the south
country." (Zechariah 6:5-6)

As I explained in my article 'The Kings Of The North And The
South: Part One', I believe the 'north country' quite
possibly represents Syria, and the 'south country'
represents Egypt. We need to remember that all of these
Endtime prophecies are written from the perspective of
Prophets who were natives of Israel; thus Syria is north of
Israel, while Egypt is to the south. As I explained in 'The
Seven Heads' series, while Syria is the primary candidate in
my mind, this 'north country' might also be Iraq, Iran or
maybe even Turkey. However, another indication that Syria is
the most plausible interpretation for the 'north country'
can be found in verse eight of the same chapter:

"Then cried he upon me, and spake unto me, saying, Behold,
these that go toward the north country have quieted my
spirit in the north country." (Zechariah 6:8)

As I also explained in 'The Seven Heads' series, the main
thrust of Jesus' Earthly Ministry was in northern Israel; in
Galilee near the Syrian border. In fact, while Galilee was a
part of Palestine, it actually fell under the jurisdiction
of Cyrenius, the Rome-appointed governor of Syria. This is
why Joseph and Mary left Nazareth to go to Bethlehem:

"And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a
decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be
taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was
governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into
his own city." (Luke 2:1-3)

This closeness to Syria may also be the reason why Jesus
spoke Aramaic. Aramaic was a Syriac language commonly spoken
in Israel during the First Century. In fact, it's quite
possible that it was spoken there since the times of
Abraham. Syriac, or Aramaic, is the language Jesus spoke
just before He died on the Cross. I have wondered if Jesus
might have done this as an affront to the religious Jews
present at His Crucifixion, who spoke Hebrew:

"And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,
saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being
interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"
(Mark 15:34)

The reason Mark had to interpret it is because it was
Aramaic and not Hebrew. Aram was the descendant of Shem who
settled in Aram, or Padan-aram, that is, Syria. As I have
shown in other articles, it was also to Haran, Syria that
Terah, Abram and Sarai, Lot, etc., travelled after leaving
Ur of the Chaldees. It is also in Syria where Jacob worked
for Laban in order to obtain his two wives, Leah and Rachel,
and where most of his family was born. Most importantly, the
reason we are told in the previous verse that God's Spirit
was quieted in the 'north country' may be because Jesus'
fame and Ministry were well-known throughout Syria. In other
words, at one time, God's Spirit was very strong in Syria.
In fact, it was in Antioch that the Disciples were first
called Christians:

"And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought
unto him all sick people that were taken with divers
diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with
devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had
the palsy; and he healed them." (Matthew 4:24)

"And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And
it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves
with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples
were called Christians first in Antioch." (Acts 11:26)

Thus we see that Jesus had a direct ministry with the
Syrians. I don't believe that anything happens by accident.
I believe that everything occurs by God's Design and
Purpose. It seems to me that He wanted to make sure that
Syria received a strong witness of The Truth, because He
knew that it would later become instrumental in the early
spread of Christianity.

Exactly how does all of this relate to the Endtime,
economics and the rise of the Beast? Just as I speculated in
'The Kings Of The North And South: Part One', that the
'north country' might pertain to Syria, I also speculated
that the Endtime political/military leader, that is, the
Beast, might arise out of Syria. The possible significance
of Zechariah's team of black horses, symbolic of economic
hardship, going to Syria can be found in the following verse
from the Book of Daniel which discusses events just prior to
the arrival of the Beast:

"Then shall stand up in his estate a raiser of taxes in the
glory of the kingdom: but within few days he shall be
destroyed, neither in anger, nor in battle. And in his
estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not
give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in
peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries."
(Daniel 11:20-21)

Notice that just before we are introduced to the 'vile
person', that is the Beast, in the 'north country', we have
the appearance of a ruler described as 'a raiser of taxes'.
This leader dies a mysterious death which opens the way for
the final leader, the Beast, to come to power in Syria, or
wherever this 'north country' is located. This ties in
perfectly with our whole discussion on inflation and
economic hardship, because it seems that it is under these
conditions that the Beast will make his appearance. What is
also interesting to note is that in Iraq, previously known
as Assyria/Babylonia, and also a former 'king of the north'
which invaded Israel, the people are currently suffering
from famine and extreme hardships due to U.N. trade
sanctions levelled against that country for the past seven
years. This has been led primarily by the United States of
America which hates Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein with a
passion. Is Zechariah's description a mere coincidence, or
are we beholding things which few have understood? As I
write this, the government of the United States of America
is preparing for another major military assault against
Saddam Hussein; an attack which it claims will be much more
severe than the damage it inflicted on Iraq during the
1990-91 Persian Gulf War, or through the trade sanctions
since then.

The fact that northern Israel and Syria played an important
role during the days of Jesus' Earthly ministry might have
another possible significance. While I can't prove this
unequivocally, I have reason to suspect that the Usurper and
Imitator, Satan, might also have plans to have his Son of
Perdition arise out of that area of the world. I am of
course referring to the Jewish False Messiah known as
'Moshiach ben David', which I discuss in full in the second
part of 'The Kings Of The North And The South'. Please note
that 'Moshiach ben David' is not the political/military
Beast according to my understanding; neither is he the False
Prophet of the Book of Revelation; but rather he is someone
of Jewish origin who will be harolded by the Jews as their
'Christ', their anointed one, who will sit in the
newly-built Third Temple claiming to be 'God'. This is the
man which I personally refer to as the Antichrist because
he will be a false christ and a false prophet. Please refer
to 'Who Is Who?: Defining Endtime Terms', 'Who Is Hindering
The Antichrist?' and other articles for a more detailed
explanation:

"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not
come, except there come a falling away first, and that man
of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and
exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is
worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God,
shewing himself that he is God." (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4)

So basically what I am saying is this: Not only is it
possible that Syria might produce the Beast/False Prophet
team, but it is also possible that either northern Israel or
Syria will produce the Jewish Antichrist as well. Whether
or not this will be so may very well be answered in the near
future as tensions in the Middle East are currently at very
dangerous levels with Iraq about to be bombed again, and
with the Israelis and the Palestinians totally at odds with
each other in their peace negotiations. Palestinian
Authority President Yasser Arafat has been warning Israel
that unless it quickly backs down from its belligerence in
the peace talks, there will definitely be an escalation in
violence soon, possibly even war!

Returning to the main thrust of this article, with each of
the economic phases I have described previously, we have
taken another step forward to becoming a totally Cashless
Society which will ultimately depend upon the Mark of the
Beast. The next phase will involve the complete elimination
of all paper money, checks and hard currency. As with the
previous stages, this phase will probably be a gradual
process spread out over a period of years. The initial steps
of this next phase have already been implemented in certain
European countries with the introduction of national Smart
Cards. While the arrival of national Smart Cards has been
viewed by economists as the next step in a 'natural' process
of financial events, a more recent development has caused
considerable alarm within the Christian community. This
alarm is centered around a Smart Card pilot program
currently being undertaken in Great Britain, Australia, New
Zealand and Canada by Mondex International. What makes the
Mondex Smart Card unique is the simple fact that, unlike its
predecessors, this Smart Card is geared towards an
international clientele. Following is a description of the
Smart Card taken from the Mondex International web page:

----- Begin Quote -----

"The Mondex card is an integrated circuit card (ICC), a
"smart" card - a normal plastic card with a small
microcomputer "Chip" embedded in it. The card takes the form
of ISO 7816 Integrated Circuit cards - the international
standard for IC cards. This microcomputer has been
programmed to function as an "electronic purse". The
electronic purse can be loaded with value, where it is
stored until it is used as payment for goods or services at
retailers or service outlets or transferred to another
Mondex card, by inserting the card into a card reader. The
electronic purse can also be locked using a personal code so
that only the card's owner can access the value on it."

Copyright 1997 Mondex International Limited

----- End Of Quote -----

As can be clearly seen, the Smart Card will take the place
of money in most, if not all, of the everyday financial
transactions performed by the owner. However, in order to
use the Smart Card properly, one must also possess the
Mondex Wallet. The Mondex International webpage provides the
following information regarding this product:

----- Begin Quote -----

"The Mondex Wallet is a pocket sized device which contains
its own internal electronic purse along with a card reader,
keyboard and screen. Wallet holders can transfer money from
their card(s) and store it in the electronic purse inside
their wallet. By transferring money from the wallet to
another individual's card, person to person payments are
simple. The wallet can be used as a secure 'bank' of value
so that a consumer need only carry enough money for a day's
purchases at any one time. Like a telephone, the wallet
provides balance, statement and currency enquiry functions
as well as the lock facility. These functions can be used in
conjunction with either the wallet's own internal electronic
purse or any Mondex Card inserted into the wallet's card
reader.

Copyright 1997 Mondex International Limited

----- End Of Quote -----

As described above, possessors of the Smart Card will be
able to load it up with value, and then go do their
shopping, or perform transactions with their friends. From
what I have read elsewhere, home computers are also
currently being designed to acommodate the Smart Card so
that banking and shopping transactions will be easily
performed from the comfort of one's home. It seems innocuous
enough. However, once the Smart Card has been accepted by a
certain percentage of the populace, what is to prevent
Mondex from expanding the use of their Smart Card to other
areas of the financial market? The fact that it is designed
for an international market clearly demonstrates its
potential for becoming the worldwide standard, which is
exactly what Mondex is aiming for. MasterCard has already
taken a keen interest in the Mondex Smart Card and currently
owns fifty-one per cent of the Mondex stock. Clearly then,
the citizens of the United States of America will soon
experience some major changes in their financial habits.
From the information I have read, it appears that 1998 will
be the year of the international debut of the Mondex Smart
Card.

However, in my view, it is what the Smart Card may lead to
which should have all sincere Christians concerned. Let's
face it; like paper currency, checks and credit cards, the
Mondex system is still vulnerable to misuse by unscrupulous
persons. While the elimination of cash may reduce such
things as money laundering, drug-trafficking, political
bribery, activity on the Black Market, etc., it isn't a
'cure-all'. The Smart Card could be effectively used for the
same purposes, and perhaps in an even more clandestine
manner, by a computer-literate person. Thus, the Smart Card
may be the precursor to an even more sinister financial
system once money has been fully eliminated.

Consider the following point: The only type of financial
system which would be totally secure would be an actual
bio-chip implant containing the same information currently
found in the Smart Card micro-chip. Short of killing a
person and extracting the bio-chip, there would be no way to
extract their personal data. The fact that each person will
have a unique identification number will make it even more
difficult to abuse. While some may scoff at such things as
being utterly ridiculous, the fact of the matter is, that
the technology necessary to implement such a system of
identification and credit is clearly already in existence!

Animals such as livestock and pets are already being
implanted with such microscopic tracking devices. In fact,
unless I am mistaken, some important political figures, as
well as dangerous criminals, have also been recipients of
such devices. My understanding is that these transmitters
are powered by a minute lithium battery, and that they are
injected with a syringe-like device. Under the right
conditions, what is preventing such a system from being
implemented on a worldwide scale? With the current Mondex
technology, these implanted transmitters could easily be
modified so that they contain all of the additional data
regarding the bearer currently found in the Smart Card.
Instead of carrying your identification number in your
Mondex Card or in your Mondex Wallet, you would be WEARING
it under your skin, exactly as we are told in the
Scriptures!:

"And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor,
free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in
their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he
that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number
of his name." (Revelation 13:16-17)

Notice that in the above verses, we are told 'in their right
hand'. While this may be mere coincidence, it might interest
you to know that the name 'Mondex' has some very interesting
implications. For example, if we divide it into two
syllables, we discover the following:

MON = Latin 'moneta' meaning money.
DEX = Latin 'dexter' meaning of the right side, right-handed

Another interesting way to look at it is like this:

MONDE = Latin 'mundus' meaning the world
X = a mark, as in 'X marks the spot'.

If Mondex is not the actual mark of the world, the Mark of
the Beast, then in my view, it is at least the next step in
that direction! These money-hungry and power-hungry
worshippers of Satan have now become so sure of themselves,
they have become so bold, that it doesn't even bother them
to boast about what they are about to do! They have chosen a
name which clearly defines their ultimate goal! As I pointed
out in 'Revelation's Babylon The Great Whore', one of the
pieces of merchandise of the worldwide commercial system is
the spirits and bodies of men; absolute slavery!:

"And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense,
and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts,
and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls
of men." (Revelation 18:13)

In order to show that a slave belongs to his master, it is
necessary to either place a band on him, or to mark him in
some way. In the phrase 'mark of the beast' the word 'mark'
is derived from the Greek word 'charagma'. The lexicon
states that this refers to a stamp, or an imprinted mark,
such as is branded upon horses. This again points to the
fact that those who accept this system, will in essence
become not only the property of the ruling class of the rich
and the elite, but of Satan himself! Just like an animal,
each person will receive their personal identification
number, their brand, encoded in their bio-chip implant. In
short, everyone will be forced to either receive Satan's
mark, or else to be sealed by God. There are no two ways
about it:

"And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the
grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any
tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in
their foreheads." (Revelation 9:4)

What I find absolutely amazing is that in my everyday life,
I have met some people who are looking forward to the day
when they will exist within a Cashless Society. I have tried
to explain to them the dangers of accepting such a credit
system as the Mondex Smart Card. When I point out that it is
only an interim step to something much more sinister, the
usual reaction is, 'Oh, it will never come to that. People
are only willing to go so far with their government. They
would revolt before they would allow things to go that far'.
In my view, this is naive and wishful thinking. As I told
one fellow, by becoming so dependent on such a thing as the
Smart Card, they are sealing their own fate. Once paper
money, checks and hard currency are gone, they are gone, and
there is no turning back. Those who have accepted the Mondex
Smart Card will have no choice but to move forward to the
next phase of the agenda of the New World Order when they
feel that the time is right. I honestly don't know how fast
they plan to move to the final phase, but I know it will be
soon; and I definitely feel that it will be within my
lifetime!

As I have explained in other Endtime articles, it is my
feeling that when the final system of the '666' does come
around, there will probably be no other choice left for
those who live in urbanized areas other than to face
starvation, unless of course one has already adjusted his
lifestyle to a system of self-sufficiency based on bartering
with others of like-mindedness. One would have to totally
remove himself from the current system of things in order to
survive. This would include moving to some remote rural area
where crops could be grown, and sufficient livestock kept
free of harassment from the Government. For those who are
not fortunate enough, or wise enough, to find themselves in
such a situation, when the Government says that they can no
longer buy any food, or hold a job, or get Government
benefits unless they accept their Mark and worship the
Beast, they will have no choice but to accept or else be
killed:

"And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast,
that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause
that as many as would not worship the image of the beast
should be killed." (Revelation 13:15)

As I stated to one person recently, while people may now say
that they will simply rebel against such a totalitarian
system, they need to realize that they say this under a
normal non-life-threatening situation. However, what if some
major widespread disaster were to occur? Or what if a
situation is purposely created, or allowed to happen, such
as a sudden and complete collapse of the current worldwide
economic system? With the Millennium Bug scare currently
circulating in cyberspace, it is said that as soon as the
year 2,000 arrives, many computers will either malfunction,
or else they will cease to function altogether due to their
internal clock not knowing how to cope with the double zero
digits. Might not such an event 'unexpectedly' require and
necessitate the immediate implementation of a new economic
system? Might not this new system encroach even more on our
personal liberties than the previous system? The truth of
the matter is that most people living within Westernized
society wouldn't know how to survive without all of the
comforts with which they have surrounded themselves. They
are like spoiled children. This is in total contrast to the
attitude held by the Apostle Paul who said:

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in
whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both
how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and
in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be
hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."
(Philippians 4:11-12)

Westerners are so pampered, and so used to having
electricity, running water, their home air conditioner
running twenty-four hours a day, a corner convenience store
where they can run to buy snacks or rent a video, their
microwave oven, their gas-guzzling car, etc., that to have
to do without such things would be more misery than most
would be able to endure. Let's face it folks, most of us get
upset if our power or water goes out for even twenty-four
hours! The point is, when things begin to fall apart at the
seams, most people are going to be willing to do whatever is
necessary to regain their comforts and conveniences as
quickly as possible; and that will include lining up like
cattle to get their Mark of the Beast. They may grumble and
groan about it at first, but once they experience the
benefits of receiving the Mark, they will soon forget the
concerns they had previously. Notice again exactly what we
are told in the verses from the Book of Revelation:

"And he causeth ALL, both SMALL and GREAT, RICH and POOR,
FREE and BOND, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in
their foreheads: And that NO MAN might buy or sell, save he
that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number
of his name." (Revelation 13:16-17)

You see, there are no exceptions because of social or
economic status. EVERYONE is going to be forced to accept
the new system! How could this be unless there is simply no
other choice, or no other system available? While I have
theorized that the actual empire of the Beast may possibly
be a local situation limited to the Middle East, I do not
embrace this idea entirely. He may begin there, and
eventually expand his power and influence to control the
entire world; and if not the entire world, then at least all
of the Middle Eastern countries, North Africa, and parts of
the Eurasian continent. The idea of the Mark of the Beast
definitely seems to be much more universal in scope. Time
will surely tell.

In conclusion, as unbelievable as it may sound, Satan and
his cohorts have deceived the entire world. In the very near
future, many, either by choice, or else out of necessity,
will be branded as cattle and thus be reduced to mere
numbers in a computer. In fact, in a sense, we all already
are. For example, in the United States of America, by simply
entering a person's Social Security number into a computer
terminal, a wealth of personal data can be accessed by the
operator. To tighten up the system, and to place the noose a
little tighter around our necks, even driver's licenses now
use the Social Security number instead of a separate seqence
of numbers as in years past. Similar systems exist in many
other countries as well; and they are all linked together in
one global network. As I said at the beginning of this
article, Satan is not stupid. He knows that if he did
everything at once, it would frighten many people and wake
them up to the truth; so he is taking his time, implementing
one phase here, and one phase there. The Controllers give
people a little time to adjust and accept one phase before
they introduce the next phase.

I don't doubt that things are moving along exactly as they
have planned. Many countries are already bankrupt and in
total bondage to the International Monetary Fund and the
World Bank. Their debts have become so deep that they will
never be able to pull out of it. They now find themselves in
the uncomfortable position of having to do as they are told
if they expect to stay afloat, and to continue to receive
financial assistance. Soon there will be no more gold, or
silver, or hard currency, or paper money, or charge cards,
or cheques, or debit cards, or even Smart Cards. There will
only be a small bio-chip implant full of long strings of
numbers comprised of zeroes and ones. In the computer world
it is referred to as binary. Can we stop it from happening?
It is highly unlikely, because it is ordained of God as a
punishment upon the unbelieving wicked world. However, God's
true children don't have to go along with it.

While I personally do not support or advocate armed
rebellion or resistance of any kind, I do feel that it is
the responsibility of every Bible-believing Christian to
take a firm stand against accepting the Mondex system, and
any other system which may follow in its steps. Of course,
if you do this, you must be prepared to be ridiculed and
accused of being a religious fanatic, to be alienated from
and rejected by friends and family, to possibly be harassed
by your government and accused of being unpatriotic and a
law-breaker, and ultimately, to possibly even be sacrificed
for the cause of Christ:

"And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the
word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto
the death." (Revelation 12:11)

Time is indeed short, and it may be much later than you
think! Are you properly prepared for these things? If not,
the best way to be prepared is by making sure that you have
accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour. Then, regardless of
what may happen to your Earthly body, you will know that you
belong to Him; and that one of these days when that Seventh
Trumpet sounds, you will be on your way to Heaven. So don't
delay; please accept Him today; but DON'T accept Mondex or
the Mark of the Beast! I pray that this article has been a
help and a blessing to many.

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