From The Alpha and the Omega - Chapter Eight
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
The Last Word

   I hope this book has presented an accurate picture of its subject. No man can resolve all the speculations of creation, history, and the future prophecy. This subject may not be popular in my own time, but may come to life in some future generation when the events specified are evident. Popularity is not the test of truth. I earnestly write that the subject presented in this book is one that is solidly presented and will not be changed to suit the readers of a political party, social order, theological movements or record sales for the publishers. This disturbs me that many of the early major authors of 1950’s about the subject of prophecy have simply not stood the test of time. The same authors have done 180 degrees in their world view on what the Scriptures states. Even present televangelists will change with the wind to make their ratings based on the slimmest newspaper article that they speculate as significant to Biblical prophecy.

   I would like to remind that this book is not a guide for anyone to look to the stars for guidance, and has nothing to do with astrologers or fortune tellers who are con artists preying on the weak willed with very vague advice. They are deceivers, whose practices had their origins in occult practices. These practices are always associated with spiritual forces that are opposed to God.

   God solemnly warned his people when the wrath of the Lord comes as seen in Zephaniah 1:4-6.
"The Last Word Update for Zephaniah Prophecy" seen at

   Zephaniah 1:4 "I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem (Here we find an unusual work of vengeance, Judah and also Benjamin, these two tribes escaped the captivity in which the ten tribes were involved, and Jerusalem the place of his sanctuary is the fountainhead of the evil);
   and I will cut off the remnant of Ba’al from this place (Heb. Ba’al, bah’-al, was the Phoenician tutelary god, which Israel had fallen into idolatry with from the time of Judges on through to Josiah.),
   and the name of the Chem’arims (Heb. kamar, kaw-mawr’, properly an ascetic, also as plural Heb. kemarim, possibly "prostrate oneself"; some claim that these idol priests, who had not reached puberty, were known as "ministers of the gods," and possibly were the same as the Tyrian Camilli. The Hebrew root means black from the black garments which they wore, or the marks which they branded on their foreheads.)
   with the priests (also see 2 Kings 23:5, Hosea 10:5 for idolatrous priest, or the priest of Jehovah, of Aaronic descent, who abetted this idolatry.);"

   Zephaniah 1:5 "And them that worship the host of heaven (Heb. tsaba’, tsaw-baw’, army, as in Saba, in contrast to Sabeanism, Jehovah is called Lord of Sabaoth.) upon the housetops;
   and them that worship and that swear by the LORD, and that swear by Mal’cham
(Molech, Malcam, "their king," and also "Milcom the god of … Ammon" in I Kings 11:33.);"

   Zephaniah 1:6 "And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him."

   Later in Zephaniah 1:11 "Howl, ye inhabitants of Mak’tesh, for all the merchant people are cut down; all they that bear silver are cut off."
   Paraphrased "Wail in Sorrow, you, people of Jerusalem. All your greedy businessman, all your loan sharks -- all will die."
   Who the inhabitants of Mak’tesh (Heb. mak-taysh’, the same as the word for mortar, hollow, thus meaning dell) really are is a confusing issue.
   Are they the people of Jerusalem as paraphrased; are they the inhabitants of Jerusalem in verse one the Mak’tesh?
   Some texts refer to them as the business district of Jerusalem, another guides one to look at the word mortar, a name applied to the valley of Siloam from its hollow shape, which is located between Zion and Mount Olivet (of Olives), at the eastern extremity of Mount Moriah, where the merchants dwelt. Zechariah 14:21 "The Canaanite," or merchants, but in Zeph. 1:11 the merchant people (Heb. Kena’an, ken-ah’-an, Kenaan, a son of Ham, also a Kenaanite or inhabitant of Kenaan), which are doomed to be destroyed as corn or drugs are pounded in a mortar (Proverbs 27:20).

   Moriah, is the unknown location of a land or district where Abraham offered Isaac (Gen. 22:2). Jewish tradition identified it with Jerusalem, Samaritan tradition identifies it with Mount Gerizim, also Solomon built the temple on Mount Moriah.

   Mount of Olives, the reputed site of the Ascension, to the south, above the village of Silwan (old Siloam) is the Mount of Offense, where tradition claims Solomon built altars to Chemosh, "the detestable god of Moab," and to Molech, "the detestable god of the Ammonites." This place is deeply connected with the Jerusalem ministry of Christ.

   I also imagined them to be the descendants of Manasseh the Makir (Heb. makhir, sold) or Makirites. In 2 Kings 23:6 brought out the grove, i.e. Asherah, the mystic tree, placed by Manasseh in the temple, removed by him after his conversion, and replaced in the sanctuary by his wicked son Amon.

   As you know by now this book was based on three major verses from the bible and these show God’s sovereignty in the universe and beyond and his omnipresence in everything.

   Job 38:32 Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

   Psalms 147:4 He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. (Stars Heb. kowkab, ko-kawb’, a star (as round or shining); fig. a prince, star[gazer].)

   Revelation 22:1-2 "And he pointed out to me a river of pure Water of Life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and the Lamb," "coursing down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew Trees of Life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month; the leaves were used for medicines to heal the nations."

   A commentary on Revelation 22:1-2 presents a symbolic river and the water of life which provides spiritual life in perpetuity. It is seen as clear as crystal or transparent like a precious stone. From it we find the throne of God and of the Lamb.

   In the middle of the main street and on either side of the river was there the tree of life which refers to the universe and the life giving forces which produced twelve, a detail of the Heavenly Jerusalem with the occurrence of Divine administration as the symbol of manner of fruits. This tree’s fruit was plucked every month and the leaves a symbol of a sprout, offshoot of a race or tribe of the tree were for the healing as in care and attention of the nations.

   Is it possible that the tree's twelve fruits are the twelve signs of the zodiac or Mazzaroth, and it "yields one fruit" each time "for the healing of the nations" to reach its spiritual maturity. The Tree of Life is found at the beginning and the end of the Bible. In Genesis (the origin), man loses the tree in the Garden of Eden whose fruit if eaten gave everlasting life, in Revelation (to reveal), man regains his access to the tree in the new heavenly Jerusalem, which is like unto Eden. Both trees represent the same principle.

   The real issue is that we do not need the stars to guide us since God Himself wants to guide us. Put your confidence in him, the one who loves us and his way is always perfect.

   This page last updated on June 1, 2007, November 15, 2007, August 15, 2010, May 4, 2011, December 7, 2012, and October 12, 2015.

The End of "The Alpha and the Omega" originally dated as finished on 11/23/95
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