ARIEL, THE LION OF GOD
Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary translates the name Ariel as "altar; light or lion of God." Easton's Bible
Dictionary defines Ariel as "the lion of God." Easton adds that Ariel is a "symbolic name for Jerusalem (Isa.
29:1, 2, 7) as "victorious under God," and in Ezek. 43:15, 16, for the altar (marg., Heb. 'ariel) of burnt
offerings, the secret of Israel's lion-like strength." While it true that King David dwelt in Jerusalem (where
Mount Zion is), the scripture shows the city of David to be Zion.

"Woe to Ariel, to Ariel, the city where David dwelt! add ye year to year; let them kill sacrifices." (Is. 29:1).

As soon as he arrived in Jerusalem, David seized the fortress of the Jebusites, which was on Mount Zion.
"And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of
the land. And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took
the castle of Zion, which is the city of David. And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city
of David." (1 Chron. 11:4,5,7).

This identification of Ariel with Zion, "the city where David dwelt," shows this chapter to be about a
message and a messenger which brings forth the Kingdom of God, which is called Zion in the scriptures.
"What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the Lord hath founded Zion, and the
poor of his people shall trust in it." (Is. 14:32). The same pillar of fire that protected God's people in the
wilderness will protect His emerging Kingdom. "And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of
mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night:
for upon all the glory shall be a defence." (Is. 4:5). Also see Isaiah 2:2-5 for a linking of the Kingdom of God
with Zion.

The messenger is to labor for many years, "add ye year to year." Additionally, there will be many martyrs as
the worldly fight a covert war against the message, "let them kill sacrifices."

"Yet I will distress Ariel, and there shall be heaviness and sorrow: and it shall be unto Me as Ariel." (Is. 29:
2).

The distress of Ariel is a continuing persecution using poisons and toxic gas which attempts to kill the
messengers from "natural causes." All of those struggling to bring forth God's Kingdom are saddened by
the long wait and the martyrs, "there shall be heaviness and sorrow." Their suffering is a sacrifice to God,
"it shall be unto me as Ariel." Here the name Ariel is used to mean "altar of God," and denotes that
bringing forth God's Kingdom, with all the resultant turmoil and sorrows, is the highest calling of mankind,
and a true sacrifice to God.

"And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee with a mount, and I will raise
forts against thee." (Is. 29:3).

This is the beginning of the identification of Ariel with a specific messenger. In 1983 and 1984, as this
message began to come forth, the persecution began with poisoning my food and toxic gas from upwind.
God ordained this persecution, "I will camp against thee round about." In 1987 and 1988, after I joined the
Branch Davidian church, the persecution escalated as David Koresh first shot George Roden (November
3, 1987), then took over the church property known as Mount Carmel (March 23, 1988). David Koresh sent
night time visitors to my farm to harass me and sabotage my Volvo's gas lines. Again God was behind the
persecution, using the church against me, "I... will lay siege against thee with a mount (from Mount
Carmel)." Finally, as I struggled with Koresh in the courts for control of the church property, the courts
from Waco to Washington, DC rose up to suppress this message by keeping Koresh in control of the
church despite the fact that his claim was forbidden by church law and fraudulent on its face, "I will raise
forts against thee." Every appellate court was fortified, they closed their doors to me.

"And thou shalt be brought down, and shalt speak out of the ground, and thy speech shall be low out of
the dust, and thy voice shall be, as of one that hath a familiar spirit, out of the ground, and thy speech
shall whisper out of the dust." (Is. 29:4).

The suppression of the message was very successful, almost no one heard it during the years that Koresh
ruled the Branch Davidian church property. However things changed after the Standoff in 1993 which
destroyed most of Koresh's flock.

"Moreover the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones
shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it shall be at an instant suddenly. Thou shalt be visited of the Lord
of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of
devouring fire." (Is. 29:5,6).

The fulfillment of this prophecy began in May of 1993, as I began to meet visitors to the church property
with information about the church and the Standoff. After I opened the church property to the public in
August of 1993, there were thousands of visitors, "the multitude of thy strangers shall be like small dust."
The remainder of this prophecy stretches into the time of the plagues. The prophecy is both physical and
spiritual. There will be messages from the seven thunders, "thou shalt be visited of the Lord of hosts with
thunder." These messages will shake Christianity "with earthquake, and great noise (argument)."
Meanwhile, the earth will be in great turmoil "with storm and tempest." This ends with the destruction of
the wicked in the plagues, which are as "the flame of devouring fire." Suddenly all those who fight the
message will be destroyed, "the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passeth away: yea, it
shall be at an instant suddenly."

"And the multitude of all the nations that fight against Ariel, even all that fight against her and her
munition, and that distress her, shall be as a dream of a night vision. It shall even be as when an hungry
man dreameth, and, behold, he eateth; but he awaketh, and his soul is empty: or as when a thirsty man
dreameth, and, behold, he drinketh; but he awaketh, and, behold, he is faint, and his soul hath appetite: so
shall the multitude of all the nations be, that fight against mount Zion." (Is. 29:7,8).

All of those nations who fight Zion, the Kingdom of God, and the message (munition) that founds it, will be
as men in a dream. They will think that they have spiritual food and water, but they will awaken to discover
that they are perishing of hunger and thirst. The munition of the Kingdom of God is a message unveiling
the scriptures, "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" (Eph. 6:17).

"Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but
not with strong drink. For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed
your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath He covered. And the vision of all is become unto
you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I
pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: and the book is delivered to him that is not learned,
saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned." (Is. 29:9-12).

In days to come, people will be amazed, and outspoken about their amazement, "stay yourselves, and
wonder; cry ye out, and cry." The leaders of Christianity and the leaders of the nations are deluded and
have lost their footing, "they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink." The
Lord has put them to sleep, complacent and unconcerned, "the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit
of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes." Generations of people, inspired by the Holy Ghost to unveil
the scriptures and chosen by God to lead His people, have come unseen while you slept, "the prophets
and your rulers, the seers hath he covered."

The message is a closed book to the leaders of Christianity, who have no knowledge of Old Testament
prophecy, nor of the latter day prophets who will reveal its meaning; "the vision of all is become unto you
as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray
thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed." Laymen, with no knowledge of the Bible, can't understand the
message either, "and the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and
he saith, I am not learned."

The next verses make it clear that God has judged both leaders and laymen.

"Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do
honour Me, but have removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept
of men: therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous
work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent
men shall be hid." (Is. 29:13,14).

God's people come to their churches to honor Him, but they do so at the wrong time and on the wrong
day. (They should be praising God in the morning and evening hours of prayer on the Saturday Sabbath.)
As God says, "this people draw near Me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour Me, but have
removed their heart far from Me, and their fear toward Me is taught by the precept of men." Because they
have made the mistake of following human traditions instead of the Bible, God has made a mockery of
them, "therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous
work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent
men shall be hid." In the days to come, people will wonder at their foolishness.

"Woe unto them that seek deep to hide their counsel from the Lord, and their works are in the dark, and
they say, Who seeth us? and who knoweth us?" (Is. 29:15).

This is a curse (woe) on the secret cabal of persecutors who have fought this message for over 25 years.
God saw them, and His angels were taking names.

"Surely your turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay: for shall the work say of
him that made it, He made me not? or shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no
understanding?" (Is. 29:16).

Modern church doctrines have turned things upside down. God will break these doctrines, "surely your
turning of things upside down shall be esteemed as the potter’s clay." God made man. Men have invented
other false gods. This denies that God is the creator, "shall the work say of him that made it, He made me
not?" God gave instructions in the Bible telling people how to worship Him. Men have changed the
instructions that the Bible has given for the worship of God. Changing God's instructions is the same as
saying that God has no understanding, "shall the thing framed say of him that framed it, He had no
understanding?" God will not allow these upside down doctrines to continue.

"Is it not yet a very little while, and Lebanon shall be turned into a fruitful field, and the fruitful field shall
be esteemed as a forest?" (Is. 29:17).

This verse is further explained in Isaiah 32, which shows that a message from God calls His Kingdom.

"Until the spirit be poured upon us from on high (a message from heaven that allows mankind to
understand the scriptures), and
the wilderness be a fruitful field, and the fruitful field be counted for a
forest
(the Kingdom is established in the wilderness by many people who are symbolized as a forest of
fruitful trees). Then judgment (Christ's King) shall dwell in the wilderness (outside the Kingdom), and
righteousness (the Holy Ghost) remain in the fruitful field (the Kingdom). And the work of righteousness
shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness quietness and assurance for ever. And My people shall
dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places." (Is. 32:15-18).

God's protection is around and within His emerging Kingdom. "For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her (the
Kingdom) a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory (Holy Ghost) in the midst of her." (Zech. 2:5).

Trees are a symbol of God's people, again showing that this verse is about gathering God's Kingdom
(Zion). "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for
mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called
trees of
righteousness
, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified." (Is. 61:3).

The identification of Lebanon with the Kingdom of God is found in Hosea 14.

"O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. Take with you words, and turn
to the Lord: say unto Him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of
our lips (instead of animal sacrifice, men will offer words of true worship). Asshur (Assyria, the One World
Government) shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses (but will be meek): neither will we say any
more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods (no more idolatry): for in Thee the fatherless findeth
mercy (God's Law protects fatherless children). I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for Mine
anger is turned away from him (God forgives His people, the seed of Jacob). I will be as the dew unto
Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as
Lebanon. His branches shall spread, and his
beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as
Lebanon. They that dwell under his shadow shall return;
they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of
Lebanon."
(Hosea 14:1-7).

Lebanon was part of God's original land grant to Israel. (See Joshua 13:5). And Lebanon is one of the
places where the overflow of the scattered tribes will dwell after they return to Israel. "And I will
strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place
them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord
their God, and will hear them. I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they
shall increase as they have increased. And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember Me
in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again. I will bring them again also out of
the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and
Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them (because there are so many)." (Zech. 10:6,8-10).

"And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of
obscurity, and out of darkness. The meek also shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among
men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel." (Is. 29:18,19).

In the day that the Kingdom of God is gathered, (when "the fruitful field shall be esteemed as a forest"),
the people of the Kingdom will understand the scriptures; "the deaf hear the words of the book, and the
eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness." The poor and the meek will all own farms
in the Kingdom and pay no taxes except the 10% tithe, naturally they will rejoice; "the meek also shall
increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel."

"For the terrible one is brought to nought, and the scorner is consumed, and all that watch for iniquity are
cut off: that make a man an offender for a word, and lay a snare for him that reproveth in the gate, and turn
aside the just for a thing of nought." (Is. 29:20,21).

God destroys those who persecute His people, "the terrible one is brought to nought." Those who deny
the existence of God are also destroyed, "the scorner is consumed." Those who (like Satan -see Rev. 12:
10) are accusers of the brethren are also destroyed, "all that watch for iniquity are cut off."

In the struggle to bring this message to Christendom, I have been repeatedly denounced for not
accepting David Koresh as a Messiah, I have thereby been made "an offender for a word." I was also
arrested five times for meeting the public on the church property, most of these arrests were "a snare for
him that reproveth in the gate." Finally, I have been despised and rejected for my support of polygamy by
those now in control of the church property, they "turn aside the just for a thing of nought."

Most people would deny that polygamy is "a thing of naught," a big nothing. However, the Bible accepts
polygamy. "If he take him another wife; her (his first wife's) food, her raiment (clothing), and her duty of
marriage (sexual satisfaction), shall he not diminish." (Ex. 21:10). Since God accepts polygamy, the fact that
I accept it also is simply not a big deal.

"Therefore thus saith the Lord, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob, Jacob shall not
now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale. But when he seeth his children, the work of Mine
hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify My name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear
the God of Israel. They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall
learn doctrine." (Is. 29:22-24).

The end time is a terrible frightening time, the time of Jacob's trouble. "Ask ye now, and see whether a
man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in
travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even
the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it." (Jer. 30:6,7). It is God's promise that those of
Israel (the house of Jacob) may trust in Him and find safety in the Kingdom He establishes, "Jacob shall
not now be ashamed, neither shall his face now wax pale."

The first generation of children born on the farms of the Kingdom of God will be strong, smart, comely and
reverent, a revelation in their excellence and a blessing from God. God's people will rejoice in their
offspring, "when he seeth his children, the work of Mine hands, in the midst of him, they shall sanctify My
name, and sanctify the Holy One of Jacob, and shall fear the God of Israel."

Those who misunderstood the scriptures and those that complained against God for the griefs caused by
Satan, will be enlightened, "they also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that
murmured shall learn doctrine."

Amo Paul Bishop Roden

THE ZION GATE IN JERUSALEM