Into Perdition

he world has just undergone yet another immersion into the dark whirlpool of the hideous “holy day” season known as Christmas – a contrived ritual which seeks to combine the Gospel with the demonic Roman Saturnalia -- and the Spirit has prompted me to associate this abominable cycle with the descriptive passages in Revelation concerning the mysterious eighth, which goes into perdition:

“And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is [6], and the other [7] is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition” (Revelation 17:10, 11).

These mysterious words speak of a pattern, in which Spiritual identities are swept into a panoramic sequence, and the fact that the formula culminates in the enigmatic “king” (or head of the beast) going into perdition, indicates the outcome is dark and desperate. This prophetic pattern, which has been dubbed the 6, 7, 8 Cycle, has been conclusively identified as a key to understanding Bible prophecy.

The 6, 7, 8 Cycle is a grandiose predictive formula which addresses the phenomena of Spiritual conflict, and apostasy. It’s actually relatively simple, for the number six which begins the computation, is always associated with creation, or the crowning achievement found in this physical realm.  God made man on the sixth day, and it is the final component of His instructive statements concerning the recurring “week” in which mankind moves:

“Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work” (Exodus 20:9).

The seventh is equally coherent, for everyone knows the concept of the Sabbath rest, personified by how the LORD rested on the seventh day from all of His creative labours.

“For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it” (Exodus 20:11).

It is, however, the eighth, or the third stage of the formula which is so widely misunderstood. This is in spite of the fact that just about every Scriptural commentator sees the significance of the number eight, as the mathematical turnaround, or the renewal of the pattern of existence, in that eight is easily seen to be the number of new beginnings.

The eighth day is actually the first day of the new week. There were eight people in the ark of Noah, and so forth. There are many other Scriptural examples – including the pivotal passage in Revelation, where the number also speaks of new beginnings.

Intriguingly, the text itself provides us with a significant clue concerning how this cycle works, in that the Word of God tells us the eighth is “of the seven.” The fact the eighth is comprised of, or has somehow assimilated the previous seven, points us directly to the pervasive intellectual algorithm of the Dialectic, which is subtly imbedded in the verse.

Most know the rather simplistic version of that which is known as the Dialectic, which is essentially a philosophical formula attributed to the German philosopher Georg Hegel, wherein the triple elements of 6, 7, 8 are reduced to Thesis + Antithesis = Synthesis.

In reviewing how this applies to Bible Prophecy, the pattern emerges all over the Scriptures – and understanding it can yield great Spiritual benefits. First, we see the number six is the final stage of the previous five, as exemplified in the Genesis account of the creation.

On the first day God made light, and on the second He made the waters. Vegetation arrived on the third day, followed by the seasons and abundant animal life on the fourth and fifth days. On the sixth day, the climactic act was man’s creation, as he was given dominion over the former; so the number six actually represents the entirety of the creation – i.e. the total week.

It is at the Sabbatarian rest seen in the number seven where God is distinguished from His creation, as epitomized by the number six. Thus, the six and the seven, can be seen as metaphors representing man interacting with God, and these are combined to produce the eight – which is “of the seven” (Revelation 17:11).

Lest the reader perceive these facts as a sectarian call to observe the Sabbath, we hasten to add the very concept of the Sabbath was but a shadow of the rest which is found in the Saviour. Speaking of how the principle of a divine Sabbath rest was to point us to Jesus, the writer of Hebrews used the seven as a similitude of Christ:

“For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works. Let us labour therefore to enter into [Christ’s] rest ” (Hebrews 4:4,11).

The entire Old Covenant, engineered around works, physical adherence to God’s rigid statutes, and His chosen people delineated on a flesh and blood basis, represents the sum total of man, as seen in the number six. Once we accurately perceive the arrival of Messiah and the New Covenant, which was designed around a Spiritual rebirth in the LORD Jesus Christ, we see He exemplifies the seven, to say nothing of His association with the concept of Sabbath rest, in that we may now rest eternally in His finished redemption.

However, when we seek to combine the six and the seven, as opposed to allowing a full receipt of the Gospel rest in Christ, we produce the Hegelian synthesis, which incorporates elements of the thesis (read the allegorical six – the flesh and blood sinner), and the opposite antithesis (the allegorical seven – the divine Spirit of God). In such an ill conceived place, we end up with a composite eight – and that is the synthesis which goes Into Perdition (Revelation 17:11).

The Apostle Paul also addressed the phenomena of attempting to add to the redemption (the seven) with our own self directed efforts (the six), and he plainly stated this will result in a bad outcome (the eighth who goes into perdition).

“For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire…If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss….” (I Corinthians 3:11-13, 15).

Conversely, when we truly allow the LORD Himself to live through us, we also see a new beginning, personified by the number eight, in which we are able to grow in Him, and our lives bring forth fruit which magnifies the LORD.

“Therefore if any man [6] be in Christ [7], he is a new creature [8]: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (II Corinthians 5:17).

In this glorious instance, instead of going Into Perdition, we may paraphrase the Revelatory verse, and say that such a man goeth Into Paradise. Unfortunately, the prophetically crucial book of Revelation emphasizes the negative outcome, manifesting the fate of most of the world, which indeed goeth Into Perdition. 

Even the kingdoms of the age provide an additional witness concerning the truth of this formula. For instance, although vast numbers of Christians know about the various kingdoms in prophecy, very few are taught the truth about how the 6,7,8 Cycle applies to the ancient heathen kingdoms preceding the kingdom of God.

In Genesis, we learn of the huge empire of Egypt, which was followed by Assyria  -- and they are succeeded by Daniel’s famous quartet of Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome – symbolized by the notorious statue dream of Nebuchadnezzar with a head of gold (Babylon), arms of Silver (Persia), brass belly (Greece), and iron legs (Rome)

Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, Greece and Rome totals six kingdoms, and the epic prophetic book of Daniel addresses what will happen after the latter four of these six kingdoms have come to power:

“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44).

This is the seventh kingdom – the kingdom of God – and it follows pre-Christian Rome, which annually memorialized the worship of Saturn, coinciding with December 25th and the winter solstice.

Kingdom number six in Saturn worshiping Rome collided with the Gospel, the seventh, and the eighth melded the Christian faith with the heathen ritual of the Saturnalia – a planetary deity directly associated with Satan. The result was the Holy Roman Empire, and the synthesized Saturnalia, now called “Christmas,” marks any and all who partake of it as associated with those inhabited by the Spirit which goeth Into Perdition.

Furthermore, this is not an exclusive Roman Catholic apostasy, as the “Spirit of Christmas,” permeated with heathen elements such as the adorned tree drawn from the ancient religion of the Groves, is found in all sorts of Protestant and so called “evangelical” traditions.

Such facts are not articulated to draw Christians into the Jewish apostacy known as “Hebrew Roots,” or the oxymoronic Messianic Judaism, for alleged Jewish believers in Christ are caught in their own version of the 6, 7, 8 Cycle, as they seek to blend the Old Testament law (6) with the Gospel (7), to produce a legalistic variant (8) which also goes Into Perdition.

In fact, the Gentile deity Saturn is a Romanized version of the Persian Kevan, and the Greek Kronos; and all of them are emblematically associated with the six pointed star. The fiery Old Testament prophet Amos rebuked the Israelites for honouring what is now errantly called the “star” of David, whereas the Scriptures link it to the Hebrew version of the devil behind the Saturnalia:

“But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun [also spelled Kaiwan, or Kevan], the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves” (Amos 5:26).

Thus, the Antichrist Spirit which seeks to synthesize the truth with heathen religion has leavened the Gospel to an astonishing degree in both Jewish and Gentile venues – a development which was to be expected as the prophets warned us of a Strong Delusion; but God has always promised to preserve a Remnant, and the true sons and daughters of the LORD will hear His voice, and repent of these devilish vanities, the seductive Spiritual ways which seem right to a man, but actually lead him Into Perdition.

-- James Lloyd

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