To further our understanding of the mythical phoenix bird, we must look to the land of Phoenicia in Canaan, and to the flora and fauna of that region. Even though the myth of the resurrecting bird originated in Egypt, the Greeks, who affiliated with both the Egyptians and Phoenicians, married concepts from those cultures to create the phoenix myth that we know today.
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A recent article at Natural News addresses a growing trend among doctors to flippantly prescribe behavior-modification drugs. Unfortunately, this trend will grow until much of the first-world population is doped with government-approved mind-altering substances. Remember Soma in the classic novel, Brave New World? That's not far-fetched. Did you know that Bible prophecy identifies widespread use of pacifying drugs as one of the features of the Last Days?
One way the Enemy fights the Gospel is by keeping people from feeling their pain. Mental and physical anguish both stimulate change—by nature, we want to avoid pain. As much as we may dislike it, pain plays a very important, God-given role in our lives. If the Enemy can get us to numb our pain without debilitating side-effects, then we're less likely to repent of the lifestyle that is causing the pain.
Enter psychiatric drugs. Feeling out-of-whack? Your doctor is likely to prescribe you one of the plethora of pharmaceuticals that will cover that up. Big mistake.
Until you understand the symbolism of the different beasts in John's apocalyptic vision, end-time prophecy will remain largely confusing. As a result, you could be blindsided by major events in the future. That's why it's important to carefully study prophetic symbolism today, before the prophesied events come to pass.
The following was transcribed from the audio of Alexander's 5/3/2018 interview with Tony Koretz on A Minute to Midnite. Many thanks go to Phillipa C. of Australia for doing the transcribing!
2018 will move us towards an Ephesians 4 reality as Abba focuses on the establishment of His true ekklesia (assembly/government) on the earth. This will be marked by genuine koinonia (unity/communion/brotherly love). We will experience shifting, sifting and shaking this year as Elohiym cuts down briars, uproots dead trees, and levels the ground so that he may lay a perfect foundation.
YHVH will increase divine order within his ekklesia, both on individual and corporate levels. In this coming season, many will be required to relocate their lives as He connects His people with the right co-laborers. The days of one-man shows are drawing to a close; the days of selfless collaboration are coming.
The following verse art comes from the extra-canonical scripture of Second Baruch (a.k.a. the Apocalypse of Baruch).
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