Once upon a time (or was this really history), there was suppose to be a beautiful city, known as the Garden of the gods. As best as we can figure, it was called something like OusGaRahDT (pronounced? ouce-ger-awed) or in more modern spelling Osgard or Asgard. And, people from all over Scandia used to go there to celebrate the Pagan Festivals, with lots of drinking and womanizing--in the party hardy spirit. (Gee, that sounds like some college resorts, today, huh?)
Anyway, some say it is a vision of the end of the world, others think that it may have actually happened, but some where in this process, this beautiful Garden (Eden?) was burned to the ground. And, with that, all the so called gods there, lost their power and influence. Along with that, its inhabitants were disbursed abroad, as they could no longer live there.
And unfortunately, most myths do incorporate a certain amount of TRUTH in them. But, the problem is unravelling what is real, from what is just hot air! So, is there, indeed, any TRUTH to this Viking Folktale?
Even more intriguing, some view this Norse Mythology as a vision of the End of the World. That Our modern world is a kind of Asgard, or Garden. And that one day, it will all be burned to the gound! Now, is that Truth? Well, we don't have a Time Machine, so we can't go and check. But, there is something, we can check on!
Now, along with his Judeo-Christian (Messianic) beliefs, Ivar seems to have sparked something of a REVIVAL in his time. And, with that REVIVAL came a Call to purge his lands of Idols and Idolaters. And, some have suggested, that like the Romans, in order to make his lands safe, he had to attack and subdue all the surrounding lands. (Or, was that just simple greed?)
OKAY, so what did the FIRE have to do with all of this???
Ah, yes, back to our story. Norse mythology holds that the world is locked in a battle between good and evil. But, who can tell the guys in the white hats, from those wearing black? Typically, the Norse gods are held as good, while Loki, the Gray Wolf, is held as the demon of evil. (But, then, the Norse gods aren't so pure and holy, either!)
And, even more curious, the emblem that Ivar used as his sign was that of the GRAY WOLF, supposedly from the Tribe of Benjamin (Genesis 49:27)--out of respect for King Saul, one of the ruling Dynasties of Israel. So, was Ivar the evil Gray Wolf of the Asgard story? (And, was he really so evil?)
OKAY, but what about the FIRE? Are you avoiding this issue?
Thus, Ivar seems to have had Scriptural justification for burning Asgard to the ground! And, more than likely, he also burned other such cities, in his campaigns and conquests. (For details on this Scriptural Purge of Idols, see IDOLOCLASTIC CALL.)
(And later, this Passage became the foundation for the INQUISTION in Feudal Europe, and its original intent of rooting out idolatry--though in later days, it tended to turn to attacking any dissident, and especially Jews!)
It is written in the Holy Scriptures:
Therefore, the burning of idolaters (and their cities) significies the coming DAY OF JUDGMENT, where the evil one, the Devil, will be destroyed, and cast into HELL!
However, this Day is not jost the doom of the Devil (or the end of the Norse gods), for the Word of God also warns us:
Thus, all those who follow the Devil (and his allies, the Norse gods), will come to perish in that GREAT FUTURE FIRE!!!
So, will you be among them?
Thus, all humans are trapped in sin, and by it, to slavery to serving the Devil! So, whether you like it or not, you are bound in spiritual chains, and being carried off to that Great Future Fire!
However, there is a remedy (if you are willing to take it), for it is also written:
Thus, with an appropriate animal blood sacrifice, there could be an atonement for sin. (And this is what the Jews did with the Temple for centuries.) But, that was only temporary--and required an annual sacrifice.
Consequently, someone had to die, and shed their blood, to atone or pay for YOUR sins! Now, who would do that? (And what would you have to give them?)
Well, you don't have to! For, God took care of it, even as it is written:
And to grasp the whole program that HE intended in doing that, consider:
Now, this is the Gospel or Good News: that Christ died on the Cross to pay for YOUR sins. Yes, HE shed his own precious blood, dying in YOUR place--as your own death, by proxy! Thus, through Belief in HIM, you are saved from the coming Great Future Fire! But, only if you will turn to HIM!
OKAY! How do I choose to follow God?
Actually it is very simple. Just say the following prayer out loud (so God will know that you agree to it). It forms a kind of Covenant or Mediavel Social Contract between you and God. You are to serve HIM and HE is to take you to Heaven in your afterlife. So, just repeat this, aloud:
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So, don't stay out there. Come on in! Get involved in our Fellowship. (Don't be lonely any more!)
In fact, why don't you come on in and take Our Revival Course? It will help you follow the other Vikings in their Renewal to God. And, it gives you all the basic steps and information that you need to bring about the Revival of God in your life.
Okay, perhaps you need a little time to think things over. Or, maybe you just need some more facts, to understand what all the real issues are. So, take the time and read through some of our other materials. Then, once you have all the facts, perhaps you can make a better decision.
To help you understand this process of the Roman's Road, we have written a more detailed article on the whole Regeneration Concept. This is filed away with the rest of Our Northmen basic teachings.
And, while you are making up your mind, perhaps you would like to know more about us. After all, it does help to have all the basic facts when you are trying to make up you mind. So, if you are curious, then look over the rest of what we have to say. Let the VIKING REVIVAL win you over to God's side!
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