The Anglican's Articles of Religion, VI says:
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be though requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church. (The Book of Common Prayer, pg 603, 1945 AD).
|The Books of the Bible the Anglicans Accepts - Courtesy of http://www.bcponline.org/|
Among the Scripture books accepted by the Anglicans, 2 Esdras was accepted to be authoritative and authentic. It is within the pages of 2 Esdras this article will focus upon. It contained prophecies that have never been seen before, at least by myself, and prove beyond doubt that God intended for the Scripture to focus on a specific region that the world is continually affected by.
The beginning of sorrows, when there shall be much lamentation; the beginning of famine, when many shall perish; the beginning of wars, when the powers shall be terrified; the beginning of calamities, when all shall tremble. What shall they do, when the calamities come? 2 Esdras 16:18This is what Jesus meant when He was telling the disciples when they asked what was the signs of His coming again.
Famine and plague, tribulation and anguish are sent as scourges for the correction of humankind. 2 Esdras 16:19Jesus also quoted this in Matthew 24, "And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places," (Matthew 24:7). The purpose of the tribulation is not the punish the righteous, but the sinners. St. Paul in Romans 5 revealed, "[...] we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope[...]" (Romans 5:3-4).
Yet for all this they will not turn from their iniquities, or ever be mindful of the scourges. Indeed, provisions will be so cheap upon earth that people will imagine that peace is assured for them, and then calamities shall spring up on the earth—the sword, famine, and great confusion. 2 Esdras 15:20-21The parallel between this passage and the Apocalypse is striking similar, "The rest of humankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands or give up worshipping demons and idols of gold and silver and bronze and stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. And they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their fornication or their thefts" (Revelation 9:20-21).
This also recall to mind the words of St. Paul to the Church of Thessalonian, "When they say, 'There is peace and security', then sudden destruction will come upon them, as labour pains come upon a pregnant woman, and there will be no escape!" (1 Thessalonians 5:3), which is also found in the next passage:
The calamities draw near, and are not delayed. Just as a pregnant woman, in the ninth month when the time of her delivery draws near, has great pains around her womb for two or three hours beforehand, but when the child comes forth from the womb, there will not be a moment’s delay, so the calamities will not delay in coming upon the earth, and the world will groan, and pains will seize it on every side. 2 Esdras 16:37-39Therefore, in these selected verses, it is clear that Ezra, inspired by God, prophesied of the days we are in. We should not fear. We should make every effort to live rightfully before the eyes of God, for it is written:
He formed human beings and put a heart in the midst of each body, and gave each person breath and life and understanding and the spirit of Almighty God, who surely made all things and searches out hidden things in hidden places. He knows your imaginations and what you think in your hearts! Woe to those who sin and want to hide their sins! The Lord will strictly examine all their works, and will make a public spectacle of all of you. You shall be put to shame when your sins come out before others, and your own iniquities shall stand as your accusers on that day. What will you do? Or how will you hide your sins before the Lord and his glory? Indeed, God is the judge; fear him! Cease from your sins, and forget your iniquities, never to commit them again; so God will lead you forth and deliver you from all tribulation. 2 Esdras 16:61-67
Proof that Turkey and Saudi Arabia will be judgedIn the following selected passages, I will now turn to prove that God geographically pinpoint Turkey and Saudi Arabia as destined to destruction.
And you, Asia, who share in the splendour of Babylon and the glory of her person— woe to you, miserable wretch! For you have made yourself like her; you have decked out your daughters for prostitution to please and glory in your lovers, who have always lusted after you. You have imitated that hateful one in all her deeds and devices. Therefore God says, I will send evils upon you: widowhood, poverty, famine, sword, and pestilence, bringing ruin to your houses, bringing destruction and death. And the glory of your strength shall wither like a flower when the heat shall rise that is sent upon you. You shall be weakened like a wretched woman who is beaten and wounded, so that you cannot receive your mighty lovers. Would I have dealt with you so violently, says the Lord, if you had not killed my chosen people continually, exulting and clapping your hands and talking about their death when you were drunk? 2 Esdras 15:46-52Here, we have God pinpointing Asia and this is the same geographical location John used as he wrote, "John to the seven churches that are in Asia," (Revelation 1:4), and Jesus instructed John to write to seven churches that are located in today Turkey, "Write in a book what you see and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus, to Smyrna, to Pergamum, to Thyatira, to Sardis, to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea," (Revelation 1:11).
The Ottoman conquered the Eastern Roman Empire in 1453 when they took the city of Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, and the seat of the Patriarchate of the Eastern Church. The Hagia Sophia was a Christian temple that has been taken, plundered, and desecrated by the Ottoman. God will avenge that loss one day soon.
|The Hagia Sophia today|
Who is the chosen people God speaks here? Some will immediately shout, "The Jews," which is true to a degree, however, St. Peter has another answer, "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy," (1 Peter 2:9-10).
Furthermore, the Ottoman's religion is Islam. Since Islam was born in Saudi Arabia, it would make sense that God tied the fate of Asia, or Turkey, to that of Saudi Arabia.
The fate is now sealed. The great whore has caused people to be drunk. John continued:
‘Come, I will show you the judgement of the great whore who is seated on many waters, with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and with the wine of whose fornication the inhabitants of the earth have become drunk.’ Revelation 17:1-2
The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her fornication; and on her forehead was written a name, a mystery: ‘Babylon the great, mother of whores and of earth’s abominations.’ And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and the blood of the witnesses to Jesus. Revelation 17:4-6.
|On the left is Mecca, and on the right is the Vatican. Of the two, which qualifies to be the "woman" that is in the wilderness per John's vision in Revelation 17:3?|
Let's compare this passage to 2 Esdras 15:
The hateful city? Interesting how John wrote, with the angel giving the interpretation of the woman and the beast:
Beautify your face! The reward of a prostitute is in your lap; therefore you shall receive your recompense. As you will do to my chosen people, says the Lord, so God will do to you, and will hand you over to adversities. Your children shall die of hunger, and you shall fall by the sword; your cities shall be wiped out, and all your people who are in the open country shall fall by the sword. Those who are in the mountains and highlands shall perish of hunger, and they shall eat their own flesh in hunger for bread, and drink their own blood in thirst for water. Unhappy above all others, you shall come and suffer fresh miseries. As they pass by they shall crush the hateful city, and shall destroy a part of your land and abolish a portion of your glory, when they return from devastated Babylon. You shall be broken down by them like stubble, and they shall be like fire to you. They shall devour you and your cities, your land and your mountains; they shall burn with fire all your forests and your fruitful trees. They shall carry your children away captive, plunder your wealth, and mar the glory of your countenance. 2 Esdras 15:54-63
The waters that you saw, where the whore is seated, are peoples and multitudes and nations and languages. And the ten horns that you saw, they and the beast will hate the whore; they will make her desolate and naked; they will devour her flesh and burn her up with fire. For God has put into their hearts to carry out his purpose by agreeing to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God will be fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth. Revelation 17:15-18.The city is described as the mother of prostitutes. For many, it is Rome, however, to few of us, it is nothing other than Mecca, the infamous city where Muhammad was born, where he conquered it with his religion, established the practice of visiting Mecca to circle around the black stone (purposed to take away their sins), and it is from Mecca the sword of Islam spread, conquering, plundering and murdering those who refuses to convert to Islam.
|Since Muhammad's conquest of Mecca, this is what Muslims continue to do, venerating the black stone housed in corner of the cube structure.|
|There should be no doubt of whom and what John referred to in his vision|
The Ottoman would have conquered all of Europe if it was not for the Catholics who, under the inspired leadership of Pope Pius V, fought a successful naval battle known as Battle of Lepanto, and aided by God who caused storm to appear, sending the Ottoman's ships to the abyss.
|Pope Pius V|
Spearheading these effort are being done by Recep Erdogan, the bombastic and arrogant Turk who dreams of reviving the Ottoman Empire. His pro-government publications have printed countless op-ed pieces where they all talk about reversing the fate of 100 years. The worst part of all of this is how America is helping him.
However, the story will end with fire:
See the clouds from the east, and from the north to the south! Their appearance is exceedingly threatening, full of wrath and storm. They shall clash against one another and shall pour out a heavy tempest on the earth, and their own tempest; and there shall be blood from the sword as high as a horse’s belly and a man’s thigh and a camel’s hock. And there shall be fear and great trembling on the earth; those who see that wrath shall be horror-stricken, and they shall be seized with trembling. After that, heavy storm-clouds shall be stirred up from the south, and from the north, and another part from the west. But the winds from the east shall prevail over the cloud that was raised in wrath, and shall dispel it; and the tempest that was to cause destruction by the east wind shall be driven violently towards the south and west. Great and mighty clouds, full of wrath and tempest, shall rise and destroy all the earth and its inhabitants, and shall pour out upon every high and lofty place a terrible tempest, fire and hail and flying swords and floods of water, so that all the fields and all the streams shall be filled with the abundance of those waters. They shall destroy cities and walls, mountains and hills, trees of the forests, and grass of the meadows, and their grain. They shall go on steadily to Babylon and blot it out. They shall come to it and surround it; they shall pour out on it the tempest and all its fury; then the dust and smoke shall reach the sky, and all who are around it shall mourn for it. And those who survive shall serve those who have destroyed it. 2 Esdras 15:34-45It sounds like multiple nuclear strikes on Babylon. The hatred toward Saudi Arabia is very real. In the past few months, Saudi Arabia has suddenly reversed long-standing practice of slamming Israel. Instead of continuing the stirring of hatred toward Israel, they are now praising Israel. Instead of publishing opinions critical of Israel, they praise it.
Why? Because they fear Iran. What they do not truly know is that God already prophesied their doom:
"For I will rise up against them," says the LORD of hosts, "And cut off from Babylon the name and remnant, and offspring and posterity," says the LORD. "I will also make it a possession for the porcupine, and marshes of muddy water; I will sweep it with the broom of destruction," says the LORD of hosts. Isaiah 14:22-23The rivalry between the Saudi and Iran government are partly over oil, but it also over the perception that the Saudi betrayed Islam by allowing Western governments to access oil, control the oil, and to sow divisions among the Muslims living in the Middle East.
Unfortunately, Israel does not realize it is repeating the error of their ancestors when they turned to foreign powers for military and diplomacy to fend off judgements from God. In the end, God's will prevailed, Israel was taken into captivity, and judgements were then executed on the captors.
The apocalyptic vision of John, of Ezra via the reading of 2 Esdras 15 and 16, of Ezekiel, of Isaiah, of St. Paul's and of St. Peter's, all are pointing toward the end of the world when God will finally have enough and act.
In closing, 2 Esdras 16 contains these instructions:
Listen now to these things, and understand them, you who are servants of the Lord. This is the word of the Lord; receive it and do not disbelieve what the Lord says. The calamities draw near, and are not delayed. Just as a pregnant woman, in the ninth month when the time of her delivery draws near, has great pains around her womb for two or three hours beforehand, but when the child comes forth from the womb, there will not be a moment’s delay, so the calamities will not delay in coming upon the earth, and the world will groan, and pains will seize it on every side. 2 Esdras 16:35-39We should take to heart and know that God gave us advanced warning so we would be prepared for the Day of the Lord. Do confession. Do penance. Do everything we can do to be made right in the sight of God so we would not be ashamed when He comes to judge the quick and the dead.