The Penny Image of Caesar
“Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not? But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them, Whose is the image and superscription? They say unto him, Caesar’s. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s: and unto God the things that are God’s.”
The Jewish religious leaders came subtly against Jesus to ensnare and entangle Him using the tribute money words as bait. Jesus said that we are to pay tribute money to Caesar, for that is rendering unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s, and He used Caesar’s image to show this. But we are never to render tribute to Caesar by worshipping Caesar or his image or calling him Lord. We are to render this highest tribute of worship only to God. And many Christians were martyred for refusing to worship Caesar.
And very soon the Antichrist shall come, the world’s last Caesar, and world emperor, the feet of iron and clay of Nebuchadnezzar’s emperor image dream in (Dan.2:41-43). He will be the final outgrowth of the Roman Empire which is shown in (Dan.2) as the Roman leg, which is why God created Italy shaped like a leg. And when the Antichrist-Beast rules, the whole earth will be faced with the same choice as the early Church faced: Whether to give tribute to this Caesar by worshiping him and his image under penalty of death - (Rev.13:15). The same money snare will be there also because you must also receive the number of the Beast (666) in your forehead or right hand in order to buy or sell.
Thank God we have the word “penny” here in our KJ Bible instead of the word ‘denarius’ as the other perversions of the Bible have. This “penny” teaches us much truth as God exalted the humble little penny to teach more wisdom than all the gold, silver, or precious stones of this world - (Job 28:12-19).
Our U.S. penny has the image of President Lincoln on one side, and the Lincoln Memorial on the other side. The Lincoln Memorial has a 20 ft. image of Lincoln in it in Washington D.C. It’s called a ‘temple’ and God is warning U.S. not to worship images of rulers like people did with Caesar’s images in their temples. Lincoln’s image and the Lincoln Memorial are also on our five dollar bill. The 20 ft. image of Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial is an even greater tribute to him than his image on money. Millions make pilgrimages to his temple in Washington D.C. that was modeled after Zeus in a Greek Temple. And like the images of the Greek gods, Lincoln has now achieved near divinity. The world’s ‘deity,’ ‘Godlike,’ and ‘shrine’ are used about Lincoln’s image, especially because of his assassination on Good Friday. When the President-Antichrist is assassinated and resurrected, as it were, then the unsaved of the U.S. and the world will worship him and his image. And no doubt, a temple with his image will also be built in Washington D.C. But the Beast’s assassination and resurrection is all an act played out for the T.V. camera. I believe that the reason President Lincoln’s assassination took place in a theatre and that John Wilkes Booth was an actor, was to warn U.S. of this very thing. Will the Beast’s assassination take place on Good Friday also? The new security car for President Obama to prevent assassination, is called ‘The Beast.’
President Lincoln was an Illinois congressman and our President during our Civil War fought to free the black slaves. He was assassinated with a bullet in his head on Aug.28, 1863. M.L.King gave his ‘I have a dream’ speech for black civil rights at the Lincoln Memorial and was assassinated with a bullet in his head in 1968.
And now in 2009, we have our first black President, Obama, who rode both Lincoln’s and M.L.King’s coattails into the White House. Obama is a former congressman and senator from Illinois and lives in Chicago. He has been using Lincoln and King as props and vote-getters from the beginning of his campaign to the end. On Feb.7, 2007, he announced his candidacy for president in Springfield, Il. where Lincoln began his career. There he invoked a speech Lincoln gave there in 1858 ‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’ The theme of Obama’s inauguration was taken from Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address ‘A new birth of freedom.’ He retraced the train route taken by Lincoln to his inauguration in 1861. Obama rode the train to Washington D.C. where he was sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible. Obama, the man of change, is morphing himself and changing into Lincoln. He fancies himself another Lincoln.
Will Obama be assassinated by a head wound like Lincoln and M.L. King and President Kennedy and the Antichrist and be proclaimed as God? (Rev.13:3,12). Will Obama do miracles and resurrect as a counterfeit of Christ? One day soon we may see Obama’s image on the penny like Caesar’s and Lincoln’s. Already they're pressing out Obama pennies in Iowa City and Obama’s image on commemorative coins. One day soon people worldwide may be faced with the most important decision in their lives: whether to worship Obama’s image and receive his mark or not.
The day after Obama was elected President they started ‘paying him tribute.’ They are naming schools, streets, mountains etc, after him. Songs are being sung about him. Hollywood stars entertain for him, and sports teams pay him tribute also. They have made monuments, sculptures, and paintings of him. His image is everywhere and on everything. The Chicago Public Schools created a human shrine of him as 800 students dressed in red, black and white and became human drops of paint to form a 150 ft. long living portrait of him. And even other nations consider him ‘tribute worthy.’ Before too long the whole world may pay him the ultimate tribute - worldwide worship as God. Are you watching Obama?
Are you ready for the rapture? Are you saved and born again? If not, repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell. You will receive the true ‘new birth of freedom’ by being born again and freed from the bondage of your sins. Jesus said - “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, ye must be born again” - (Jn.3:6,7). Don’t spurn God’s love and grace in His beloved Son on the cross or the wrath of God abides upon you. Receive eternal life by faith in Christ. Christ died for you with the pennyweight of nails crucifying Him to the tree.
Pastor Mike Storti
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