Alexander Hislop gives the answer. A statement of Tertullian , about the middle. Egypt, especially, which was never thoroughly. It was in A. In the sixth century, the crucifix image was introduced and its worship sanctioned by the church of Rome. It is the major symbol of the Roman Catholic Church. Under its sign, more blood has been shed than under any other religious symbol in history — both Jewish blood, Muslim blood, and even "Christian" blood, as Protestants fought Catholics in the religious wars for the control of nations, during the Middle Ages.
No true Christian should have anything to do with it! Again, the Hebrew word here is the same word used regarding the mark or sign God placed upon Cain. It is the word owth. The right hand refers to activities, actions, labor, and work. We believe with our minds. Therefore, we are also to keep the weekly Sabbaths in our minds, and thoughts, and observe them — and we are to refrain from any work or labor on them!
The promise made to Abraham and his descendants! As true followers of the Messiah, we become true spiritual Israelites! One World Pagan Religion. The Protestant churches are flocking to her side. Is the mark of the Beast, then, literal -- a physical electronic device? Or is it figurative or symbolic —- a spiritual mark, such as a method of religious worship and practice? Much of this book is written in symbolic language. Likewise, in the book of Revelation, the four horses of the apocalypse — described as a white, red, black and pale horse Rev.
They are not literal. In chapter 1, seven stars are mentioned, and a candlestick with seven candles Rev. These are not literal, but represent seven angels, and seven churches verse We read in Deuteronomy 6: And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. Here again the word owth is used. Orthodox Jewish people take this command in a literal sense, and go even further, making little boxes containing portions of Scripture, called phylacteries, and wear them strapped to their right wrists and foreheads, especially when praying.
But this commandment was not referring to wearing philactories. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill [that is, obey, observe, complete, fill up to the brim]. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. The Mark and Number of the Beast.
Interestingly, there are as mathematicians know, certain squares or grids of numbers which exhibit a strange oddity.
In a square of three boxes across and three down like in tic-tac-toe , if the numbers are arranged a certain way, each column across will add up to 15, each column down will add up to 15, and so will the two diagonal columns. So will the six vertical columns. Also, if you add up the total value of the numbers in the square, , you come up with a total of ! Devin Madson has given up on reality and is now a dual-wielding rogue with a lot of points sunk into stealth and lock picking skills. A completionist at heart, she works through every tiny side-quest and always ends up too over-powered for the final boss.
She is still waiting for her Hogwarts letter a total Ravenclaw and dreams of flying away in the Tardis. Anything but zen, Devin subsists on tea and chocolate and so much fried zucchini she ought to have turned into one by now. Her fantasy novels come in all shades of grey and are populated with characters of questionable morals and a liking for witty banter. On April 13, In Fantasy , Grimdark , Noblebright.
I have always loved fantasy.
No doubt, again, that these women stressed physical beauty. It seemed to take a very long time to come together. In the richest empire the world has ever known, the city of Sorlost has always stood, eternal and unconquered. The Gods will mark their choice with raven hair but as the days turn into weeks without a new queen, speculation and suspicion grows. The next narrative in the book of Genesis tells us what happened among the sons of Adam and Eve What is this strange-sounding prophecy all about? Ramya and her female warriors must crush an epic rebellion before it can destroy her and devastate her beloved nation.
SciFi and thrillers are great, but fantasy will always be my one true love. I read pretty broadly in the genre too. From sprawling epics like the Wheel of Time, to nice quick urban fantasy reads, I like a mixture. One thing I have come across in the past year or two is the rise of two new sub-genres; grimdark and noblebright. The two terms originally came about in the gaming community and eventually expanded to book genres.
Grimdark and noblebright have both been around for a fair while, but the terms have become more widely spread and more prominent over the past year or two. Thanks to some stellar authors like Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie, and Miles Cameron, grimdark has by far become the more popular and widely used term. Brightley put it best in her article on Noblebright. The notion that the actions of one person can do little to improve this world in decline, that the forces of evil and inertia and temptation will ensure that all of us are doomed.
The best we can hope for is a little struggle with morally ambiguous heroes to oppose danger and maybe rescue for a brief time a few others. The notion that the actions of one person can make a difference, that even if the person is flawed and opposed by strong forces, he can and wants to rise to heroic actions that, even if they may cost him his life, improve the lives of others. One thing that I have come to realize, is that a lot of people seem to think that you have to choose one or the other. If someone can write a grimdark book with rainbows and unicorns in it, I would be seriously impressed.
I see people insisting that if you like one, you cannot like the other. And I hear this from both authors and readers.
Both grimdark and noblebright are fantastic sub-genres and both have their place. I have books in both genres that I love. And that is what really bugs me about this. Drop me a comment below and tell me what you think! On April 12, First off, could you tell us a bit about yourself? Real life scientific researcher drug designer , married no kids. Diagnosed with CLL in , lost my hearing , cochlear implant Darkmage by ML Spencer. What was the hardest part about transitioning from writing short stories to a full novel?
I had no intention of writing a novel; Exile was a short story that just grew unexpectedly. Now I find it very difficult to go back and write short stories. Lord Tirellan, he has all the best lines. The guy is very smart, very ambitious and totally amoral. Same as with all my work — characterisation. Fortunately I have great beta readers who pull me up on it.
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In your opinion, which fantasy series has had the greatest influence on the fantasy genre? I think that has to be Lord of the Rings and the rest of the Tolkien universe. The rise of e-books and self-publishing. When I started only the desperate resorted to it, but now with e-books it is a very viable alternative. My agent failed to get a deal for Exile and it would still be sitting on my hard drive if electronic publishing had not delivered a whole new world to smaller publishers and self-publishers. Conan, again a world of almost endless possibilities.
If they love fast-paced adventure with real as real as I can make them characters facing real threats then my work should suit them. They are deliberately non-epic so if the bad guys triumph its rotten for the characters but the world keeps turning; the Dread Emperor and his endless army of zombie penguins will not take over everything. Aron of Darien, raised in exile after his homeland is conquered by a treacherous warlord, makes his way in the world on the strength of his wits and skill with a sword.
Both are sorely tested when he is impressed into the service of the Earl of Nandor to rescue his heir from captivity in the fortress of Sarazan. The rescue goes awry. Aron and his companions are betrayed and must flee for their lives. Pursued by steel and magic, they find new friends and old enemies on the road that leads, after many turns, to the city of the High King.
Fantasy and Science Fiction writer. I am Martin Owton, I write fantasy and science fiction stories and novels.
On April 5, This week I am interviewing fantasy author Brandon Draga. I live just outside Toronto, Canada. I most recently started the audiobook version of Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft. After all was said and done, finishing the series was ultimately bittersweet. Yes, in some ways it was a weight lifted, but it was a weight that I charged myself with carrying. I have a few different projects on the go at the moment. I had the opportunity to write him at two very different points in his life: It was fun getting to write this glimpse of who he is, and then to write a pivotal point in shaping that.
I actually might try and do more with him in the future. I wrote and self-published the first two books, as well as the picture book I did with my fiancee, when RPG approached me. In the brief time I was with them, I was emboldened to really try and make the third book worthy to be next to the other authors RPG published. Despite the whole operation being small, I was seeing greater success in terms of sales than I had seen when I self-published, and it really felt like a step in the right direction.
Beyond all of that for me, though, was the sense that, despite working harder than ever to write a good book, do boots-on-the-ground promotion, and really up my own level of professionalism, it felt like I had made no headway in the end. It was something I struggled a lot with when writing Collapse, and is probably a large part of why it took me as long as it did to finish. I think in the beginning I tried really hard to emulate R. I think, whether people like it or not, Lord of the Rings is the stepping stone upon which nearly all modern fantasy stems.
The change had already began as I entered the world of published writing, but the destigmatization of self-publishing. Nothing too crazy, really. I just make sure I have coffee handy, cue up my writing playlist on Spotify, sacrifice exactly twelve grams of cotton candy and two ounces of triple sec to the elder god Shoggoth, and just let the words flow out.
When the next market day comes, however, strange events take place that will reunite her with an old friend, bring her into the world of a pair of sell-swords, and reveal a secret that will change Hallowspire forever, and cause ripples across the whole of the Four Kingdoms. Brandon Draga was born in , just outside Toronto, Ontario. His love of all things fantasy began at an early age with games like The Legend of Zelda, Heroquest, and Dungeons and Dragons. This affinity for the arcane and archaic led to his studying history in university from to Brandon still lives just outside Toronto, and when he is not writing enjoys skateboarding, playing guitar, and playing tabletop games.
On March 24, In Author Interview , Fantasy , Grimdark. This week I am interviewing fantasy author A. Anthony has previoulsy written a number of short stories and his debut novel, Servant Of Rage, is due to be released in April this year! Anthony, best known for my genre-warping fiction which crashes global markets, and my humility.
Erik Bakutis and I am absolutely enjoying it. Your debut novel, Servant of Rage , the First Book of the Bloodrage Trilogy, is set to launch on April 3, , what is the book about? The Last Airbender as directed by Quentin Tarantino. To kill one of these heirs is to consume their power, but as the brothers do just this, and their power grows, so too does a primal, uncontrollable madness within. I always draw up outlines for my novels, but they inevitably change in some ways when I get to the act of physically writing the story.
I love following the text as it develops in unexpected ways and takes me in new directions. Character growth, for sure. At first, it was more stressful. I was worried about a dozen things, primarily, that no one would buy the book. But all that worrying built into an important realization: That realization has helped me get back to the basics.
He was the gateway drug that led me down this dastardly path.
I love a good morally gray protagonist, or outright anti-hero. This one is tough. But, my current WIP is a standalone that draws much heavier on survival thriller influences such as Jurassic Park. I mean, I have to say Lord of the Rings, right? Something about the world he created fascinated me.
I quite like living. Airship mate, and if I work really hard, maybe I can make it to First Mate. I just want to sail the skies in a badass ancient relic ship and watch the sunset over the horizon. What is the weirdest place you have found yourself working on a book? Not planning, but actual writing. Without hesitating, she reminded me that I work out while I write.
Every forty-five minutes or so, I do a quick set of exercises with free weights. I find it helps keep me active, encourages the creativity to flow, and the ever-increasing physical exhaustion makes it easier to stay at the keyboard a comfy computer chair is far preferred to crunches on the hardwood floor with a weight on my head. Anthony is best known for his genre-warping fiction whose popularity commonly crashes global markets. More realistically, he is the author of several award-winning short stories.
Should you wish to reach out to A. However, he can also be reached through these less effective means:. On March 18, Your novel, Priest Of Bones, is set to release in October this year, what is the book about? Priest of Bones is basically a gangster novel set in a fantasy world.
It tells the story of army priest and former gangster Tomas Piety, who returns from war to find his criminal empire has been taken from him by a foreign gang. In the process of reclaiming what was his, Tomas finds himself drawn into a shadowy world of government agents, spies, and conspiracies. I greatly enjoyed shaping the city of Ellinburg where the story is set, basing it partly on Edinburgh in the early Tudor period and partly on industrial revolution-era London.
Strangely enough, getting the economics right. Oh, Bloody Anne for sure. The thing I love about Anne is her utter loyalty to Tomas, and the depth of the friendship between the two of them. Priest Of Bones, seems quite different from your previous series. What inspired you to write it? I learned a lot from it. I think different works have influenced the genre in different ways. Those two things helped open the genre up to mass appeal in the wake of Tolkien, and opened the gates for the massive expansion of popularity that followed.
I just want Druss to be my dad, basically. Now for some fun questions. Ah well, do I get transported as me or as a character? I kid you not, I felt like one of those authors you see in TV who always seem to be inexplicably wealthy! I tend to write in the evenings and sometimes long after midnight rather than in the mornings though. Priest of Bones is a story of organised crime with shades of the Godfather. It sounds grim and dark. What did Her Majesty think was going to happen? He has come home from the war to reclaim his family business, to provide for his men and to ensure the horrors of Abingon can never happen in Ellinburg.
But things have changed: With his best friend Bloody Anne, his war-damaged brother Jochan and his new gang, the Pious Men, Tomas sets out to reclaim what was his. Peter McLean was born near London in , the son of a bank manager and an English teacher. He went to school in the shadow of Norwich Cathedral where he spent most of his time making up stories. By the time he left school this was probably the thing he was best at, alongside the Taoist kung fu he had been studying since the age of He grew up in the Norwich alternative scene, alternating dingy nightclubs with martial arts and practical magic.
He has since grown up a bit, if not a lot, and spent 25 years working in corporate IT. It has a compelling allure to the lusts of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life I John 2: The next narrative in the book of Genesis tells us what happened among the sons of Adam and Eve No doubt, again, that these women stressed physical beauty.
They dressed themselves up to look the most alluring and provocative as they could, using all the arts and charms of feminine wiles -- including powder, rouge, lipstick, eye shadow, and the like. The Scriptures inform us that Lamech's wives were named Adah, that is, "beauty," or "adornment," and Zillah, meaning "the shaded" a reference to the kind of eye shadow later made famous by Jezebel who "painted her eyes"?
These women were the anti-types of the kind that Peter wrote about when he admonished Christian women: Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quite spirit, which is of great worth in God's sight. For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful" I Peter 3: However, as often happens, in the course of time, the progeny of Seth saw these alluring women among the Cainites, and intermarriage became commonplace.
Just as the Midianite women seduced the Israelites in the time of Moses, so these women seduced the righteous line of Seth, who were tempted to forget the pagan upbringing and practices of these women, and began to intermarry with them. This event led to a disastrous result. Eventually, the entire line of Seth became corrupted by the influence of the wicked daughters of Cain, and his family, and they embraced their pagan ways, violence, and vices.
The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, 'I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth -- men and animals and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air -- for I am grieved that I have made them. The Genesis account could not be more specific in describing a depraved and utterly corrupt and sensual world.
God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for ALL the people on the earth had corrupted their ways" -- even the children of Seth by now had abandoned the principles of truth and were running rampant after the ways of Cain, greed, and selfish pleasures. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth'" Genesis 6: That "world" was destroyed in a cataclysm of water which overflowed the whole "world" of that time.
Those who followed the "way of Cain" all perished in the deluge. Notice what the apostle Jude had to say about it! Yet these men speak abusively against whatever they do not understand; and what things they do understand by instinct, like unreasoning animals -- these are the very things that destroy them. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted -- twice dead.
They are wild waves of the sea, foaming up their shame; wandering stars, for whom blackest darkness has been reserved forever. The apostle John tells us, "This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous" I John 3: Cain, consumed by hatred, violently killed an innocent, righteous man -- his own brother.
He had no excuse. His anger was completely unjustified. But because his own deeds were wicked, and he knew it, in his heart he was jealous of his brother's relationship with YEHOVAH God, which he could not have so long as he continued in his selfish, greedy, competitive course -- the way of pride, arrogance and self-will. He had no intention of giving up his selfish pleasures. Therefore he simply slew the source of his irritation, the source of his provocation -- his frail, helpless brother.
Many will follow their shameful ways and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. In their GREED these teachers will EXPLOIT you with stories they have made up [including false biographical backgrounds, alleging accomplishments they never did, proclaiming themselves as "heroes" when they never fought in military action at all].
Their condemnation has long been hanging over them, and their destruction has not been sleeping. This is especially true of those who follow the corrupt desire of the sinful nature and despise authority. But these men blaspheme in matters they do not understand. Their idea of pleasure is to carouse in broad daylight [engage in sex parties and group sex, at sensual pleasure palaces and the like]. They are blots and blemishes, reveling in their pleasures while they feast with you.
They have left the straight way, and wandered off [like Cain, into the "land of wandering"] to follow the way of Balaam son of Beor, who loved the wages of wickedness. But he was rebuked for his wrongdoing by a donkey -- a beast without speech -- who spoke with a man's voice and restrained the prophet's madness. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they ENTICE people who are just escaping from those who live in error.
Of them the proverbs are true: The attitude of Cain was described by Paul when he wrote: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal [notice how all these characteristics perfectly describe Cain himself, the progenitor of this evil, lustful attitude!
Have nothing to do with them" II Timothy 3: Cain was the originator of the Babylonian Mystery Religion. The earliest kingdoms on the other side of the Flood arose in the region of "Shinar," or the confluence of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers -- the area of "Babylon. He devised a man-made religion of works, sacrifices, and worship of false gods, the original "Baals," with himself the chief "god" since he was the progenitor of his race, and considered himself the "Messiah to come.
Earth goddesses and gods, after the custom introduced by Cain, are found by archaeologists throughout Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia. The system of paganism was widespread. But even as Cain first began his counterfeit religion with subtlety and craft, with secret planning and mystery, as long as Adam was alive, when Adam died the gloves were taken off, and the mystery religion became full-blown.
A similar process occurred during the days of the apostles and the early Church. And then the lawless one will be revealed [he will come to full power and influence, without anyone restraining him], whom the Lord Jesus will overthrow with the breath of his mouth and destroy by the splendor of his coming" verses In the early Church, it was the apostles themselves who "restrained" the apostasy.
But when Peter and Paul were removed from the scene -- they were both executed during the reign of Emperor Nero -- then the apostasy blossomed and spread without restraint. Paul's message is obviously dual. Paul goes on to explain that in the end times,. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.
For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe THE LIE and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness" II Thessalonians 2: Will you also be deceived by the coming powerful delusion? It is already here! And many have already succumbed to its deceptive allure, its blandishments, its smiles and profession of love. The "way of Cain" is alive and well on Mother Earth, today!
The Hebrew word for "mark" is simply owth and means "a signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence -- mark, miracle, ensign, token. It was something that identified Cain, and set him apart from other men. This mark came to stand for Cain and his way. Could it have been the pagan "cross" or "X" which was a sign commonly used in pagan societies and among the heathens religions?
The "cross" or "Tau" symbol stood for the pagan Messiah Tammuz, who was the illegitimate son of Semiramis, wife of Nimrod. In the Papal system, as is well known, the sign of the cross and the image of the cross are all in all. No prayer can be said, no worship engaged in, no step almost can be taken, without the frequent use of the sign of the cross. The "mark" was his symbol of divine protection! No wonder its use would become commonplace among his followers!