Eyes Wide Shut

So the Great American eclipse has come…………. and gone.

This phenomenon was visible as a partial eclipse from all 50 states and as a total eclipse from a 70-mile-wide trajectory of 14 states.

While it’s impossible to know exactly how many people saw it is being reported that it was the most observed and most photographed eclipse in history. It is very likely that not hundred, nor thousands, nor tens of thousands, nor hundreds of thousands, but rather, MILLIONS of people across this country from coast to coast, watched this eclipse. 

A CNN poll earlier this month indicated that about half of the US population (323.1 million in 2016) planned to watch the eclipse.

Although the majority of  eclipses fall over water or unpopulated areas of the planet, the path of totality of this eclipse stayed completely in the United States. All things considered, no where else in the solar system, or in the universe for that matter, except in the USA from coast to coast yesterday was it possible to see what we American’s could see.

Last time this happened was in 1776, when the nation was birthed. Is this a coincidence? 

The sun will set at the commencement of this total solar eclipse at Salem, Oregon (named after Jerusalem circa 1850) at 10:17 AM, or the same time as the sun set in Jerusalem, Israel.

The eclipse path is exactly 70 miles wide. 70 has a sacred meaning in the Bible that has two perfect numbers, 7 that represents perfection and 10 that represents completeness and God’s law. 70 also symbolizes perfect spiritual order and a period of judgment. 70 is also specially connected with Jerusalem.

Speaking of SEVENTY, the number SEVENTY is the number of the restoration of Israel, and is also seen many times in relation to punishment. The meanings of SEVENTY are “completeness” and “judgement”. Again, it is related to the punishment and restoration of Israel.

2017 is the SEVENTIETH anniversary of UN resolution 181 in 1947, again paving the way for Israel’s statehood in 1948. All this ironically, is ultimately leading up to the SEVEN year Tribulation period otherwise known as the SEVENTIETH Week of Daniel:

Daniel 9:24-27Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Jesus one time made a clear statement in which He indcated that the signs must occur at some set time or season, in order to be a signal, or warning of coming changes. Look what he said in Matthew 15:3 when speaking to the religious and political leaders in Jerusalem–

Matthew 15:3: Oh ye hyporites, ye can discern the face of the sky, but ye cannot discern the sign of the times. So our LORD was saying that certain times were important as signs. If you point to happening events, without taking into consideration the time when they occur, you can be mistaken.

 

The 70th Week of Daniel, also referred to as the  Time of Jacob’s Trouble that is soon coming will be primarily focused on the final invitation of the Hebrew people.  God promised Israel one more opportunity.   
Could it be that Blood Moons were a warning to the Jews and Solar Eclipse a warning to the gentiles, especially America? Only time will tell.
So what does the phrase  “EYES WIDE SHUT.” mean? It seems to be a contradiction.
Nonetheless, it can be defined as when a person refuses to see something in plain view because of preconceived notions of what this something should look like. This frequently happens to naïve people.
Hebrews 3:12-15 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;  While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.
It’s one thing to be naive. It is yet another thing to be ignorant, or worse off willfully ignorant.
2 Peter 3:1-14—This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you, in both of which I stir up your purity of mind by way of remembrance,  that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken beforehand by the holy prophets and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts and saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.” For of this they are willfully ignorant: that by the Word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water, whereby the world as it then was, being overflowed with water, perished. But the heavens and the earth which now are, by the same Word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the Day of Judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing: that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the Day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. The earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy manner of living and godliness, looking for and hastening unto the coming of the Day of God, wherein the heavens, being on fire, shall be dissolved and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?  Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Therefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.
MARANATHA!

Breaking Update! More Tension on the Temple Mount!!

The Islamic Waqf’s jurisdiction over the Temple Mount is officially over and Israel will now work to reestablish Jewish sovereignty over the holy site, according to  Knesset Member Ari Dichter.

“Israel is the sovereign on the Temple Mount, period. The fact that the Waqf became a sovereign on the Temple Mount ended last Friday,” declared Dichter, chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and former head of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), on Israeli public radio, Israel National News reported.

“The question of our policy [at the Temple Mount] may not be clear to the Palestinians, but it is very clear to us… The Mount will remain under the control of the Israel Police.”

If Israel does indeed take back control of the Temple Mount, then the rebuildng of the Third Temple would not be far off The Mount has not been under lasting Jewish control for thousands of years. Devoted Jews have been praying for the rebuilding ofthe Third temple for the past two thousand years.

However, A Waqf statement released on Monday urged Muslims “to reject and boycott all the Israeli aggression measures, including changing the historical status quo including imposing the metal detectors.”
Furthermore, this just occurred on the Temple Mount: Just a few days after last Friday’s incident on the Temple Mount, Tuesday night’s clashes marked the third straight day that rioters engaged in violent tactics, with the agitators reportedly lobbing Molotov cocktails and rocks at Israeli police forces nearthe Lions Gate, which happens to be a main access point to the Temple Mount. It is being reported that at least 34 people were injured and almost half of them requiring hospitalization.

 The Muslim worshipers are now protesting the Israeli government’s decision to install metal detectors at the entrances to the Mount, which is the holiest site in Judaism and a site holy to Islam.  

Protest leaders, including top Palestinian officials, are stating that the metal detectors are part of an Israeli conspiracy to hamper Muslim worship at the Temple Mount.   

Again, it is worth mentioning that this can escalate to a war. Somehere a peacemaker is awaiting to enforce a covenant of peace if this gets really out of hand. Daniel 9:27???

 

Tension on the Temple Mount!

Jerusalem has seen two temples built on the Temple Mount. The first was built by King Solomon close to 3,000 years ago. It was destroyed by the armies of Nebudchadnezzar in 586 B.C. The second temple was built under Zerubbabel during the years 520-516 B.C. This was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. Since that time there has been a deep longing amongst many observant Jews both out in the Diaspora and back in the land of Israel to see the temple rebuilt once again.

Avid Bible Prophecy students are fully awrae of the fact that the coming Third Temple has major prophetic and eschataological implications that culminate in the end of the Church Age and the beginnig of the Tribulation period.

Once a year, on the 9th day of the Hebrew month of Av, Jews fast, cry and mourn for the destruction of their Holy Temple. They long for the rebuilding of an edifice that was destroyed 2,000 years ago.

At the present time the construction of the Third Temple is quite impossible from a political standpoint. The Temple Mount area is currently under strict Islamic control. But the prophetic scriptures indicate that the temple will indeed be rebuilt.

At some point there will be a new peace on the Temple Mount. And in this peace the Third Temple will be constructed. However, this peace may come after a future war in the Middle East ignites.  Will it be Psalm 83? Will it be Jeremiah 49:34-39?? Will it be the destruction of Syria mentioned in Isaiah 17. Or will it be Ezekiel 38-39?? 

The Bible repeatedly describes the Temple as the spiritual center of the world and the source for peace and prosperity. 

Over the past decade there has been a growing “Movement” to rebuild the temple in Israel today with thousands of Jews working to rebuild the temple. According to a poll taken last year in a leading newspaper Ha’aretz, one third of Israelis believe that Israel should erect the Temple on the Temple Mount. Just last year, Israel’s Housing Minister called publicly for the rebuilding of the Temple, “We’ve built many little, little temples,” MK Uri Ariel said, referring to synagogues, “but we need to build a real Temple on the Temple Mount.”

Schools throughout Israel are diligently studying the laws of the temple and Jews of all backgrounds visit the Temple Mount each month. The Jerusalem Post quoted Sarit Berko, a non-observant Israeli who came to the Western Wall to observe the 9th of Av from her home in Tel Aviv, an annual pilgrimage she has made since the Six Day War in 1967. “During Passover, most Jews say ‘Next year in Jerusalem’,” explained Berko, “As an Israeli I pray, ‘Next year may the Third Temple be built and last for eternity.’

The Temple is such a central theme in the Bible that one third of all its commandments deal with laws carried out in it. In the near future it will be rebuilt and part of it will be given over to the gentiles:

Revelation 11:1-2—–And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. 2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

Forty and two months is equivalent to 3.5 years which in itself is half of seven, or quite possibly midway through the last seven years of history prior to the Return (NOT THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH) of the Lord Jesus Christ. These seven years have been referred to by many scholars as the Tribulation.

The Temple Institute in Jerusalem has announced that it has finished building an altar that can be utilized for Temple service. The altar, which took several years to build, can be operational at little more than a moment’s notice, reported Matzav Haruach magazine.

Furthermore, the third Temple’s sacred vessels, the menorah, showbread table and incense altar are completed. The architectural design is also done. It is also being reported that the third Temple will be a mix of steel, stone and composite materials conforming to the Law. The architectural plans only need to be executed.

A Biblical description of the preparation of the temple can be found in Zechariah Chapters 1-4. Interestingly enough, the fourth chapter reads right into the advent of the two witnesses of Revelation Chapter 11—-See Below:

Paging Elijah and Moses!!!

The Temple Institute is committed to preparing all the necessary clothing and tools for the re-built Holy Temple in Jerusalem. In addition, the institute operates an educational center for visitors and a preparatory training program for members of the Aaronic priesthood who wish to be ready to serve as soon as the Temple is rebuilt.

Events continue to escalate on the Temple Mount following the murder of two Israeli guards on the Temple Mount just last week.

The Temple Mount was closed Friday after three Arab Israeli terrorists emerged from the compound and opened fire at a group of police officers just outside, killing two of them.

On Sunday, the site was opened to Muslims only, and on Monday, it was opened to non-Muslim visitors as well.

Under the status quo, established after Israel captured the site in 1967, the site is managed by an Islamic foundation under the auspices of Jordan — the Waqf — and Israel controls access.

Jews are allowed to visit, but not pray, at the site — the holiest place in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam.

Pay close attention because here is where this gets very interesting:

The current ruling Fatah party of Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas re-broadcast his call for violence at the Al-Aqsa Mosue in 2014. The broadcast was in response to the closure of the Temple Mount following the terrorist attack in which two police officers were murdered Friday morning. Palestinian Media Watch reported that Fatah posted the video on its official Facebook page. In it, Abbas calls on Arabs to use violence to prevent Jews from ascending the Temple Mount.

“We must all carry out Ribat [religious conflict] in the Al-Aqsa Mosque… We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary… They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places,” Abbas says in the video.

In addition, last week the country of Jordan also condemned the violence in Jerusalem but also demanded that Israel “immediately” reopen the Temple Mount compound for Muslim worshipers. 

Jordan’s Government Spokesman Mohammed Momani said in a statement quoted by the Jordanian news agency Petra that Jordan rejects any violation against the right of Muslims to perform their religious rituals in their holy shrines.

Israeli officials were angered by Jordan’s statement, saying on Friday evening they rejected it.

“Instead of condemning the attack, Jordan chose to attack Israel, which protects the worshipers and preserves freedom of worship in the area,” the statement said, according to Israeli media outlets.

“Israel will not tolerate any ham to the holy sites and it maintains the status quo in them. It would be appropriate for all the parties involved, including Jordan, to maintain restraint and prevent an escalation,” it added.

Jordan is one of two Arab countries, the other being Egypt, to have signed a peace treaty with Israel.

Events like these can be looke upon as trigger points that can escalate to war.

Many Bble prophecy students are aware of the coming Revelation 12 sign: See here–

Revelation 12 And The Year 2017

Just how will this Middle East peace be achieved? What will have happened to suddenly change the political landscape in the Middle East and thus open the way to allow the temple to be rebuilt? A new “prince” will have come into power. But who will this man be? And in whose name will he come? Will he turn out to be the peacemaker or power broker spoken of by the prophet Daniel? Shall we come face to face with the long awaited peacemaker of Daniel 9:27:

Daniel 9:27–And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

This future seven year covenant will be different. The final solution of the “Road Map to Peace” will be on the front pages of our newspapers and News websites on Fox and CNN cable news. This seven year peace deal or covenant will kick off  the final seven year history of this world spawning earthshaking political events of Biblical proportions.

When this covenant is signed and confirmed there will be major international consequences. Great and awesome events will start to happen as the Holy God of Israel resumes His determined covenant dealings with the nation of Israel and the rest of the world.

Zechariah 12:1-11—The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 4 In that day, saith the Lord, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts their God. 6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 7 The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 8 In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. 10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon.

It is of a surety that we are living in the very season of the Lord’s return, and have been for quite some time. As Jesus Christ taught in the Gospels, the prophetic birth pangs that are so prevalent globally speaking, in so many different prophetic spheres, are becoming more pronounced and stronger with each passing day.  

As we approach the end of the Church Age, all the prophetic pieces are falling into their Biblically ordained end-time places and this is exactly what we are witness to in all other areas of Biblical eschatalogy or end-time prophecy.

A recent Blockbuster Summer movie was released with a sub title called “HOMECOMING” and interestingly enough a soundtrack that played in the opening scenes contained the following words:

“Can’t you hear me knockin’ on your window”
“Can’t you hear me knockin’ on your door”
“Can’t you hear me knockin’, ahh, are you safe asleep?….”

Revelation 3:20-22:  Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. 21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. 22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.

Song of Solomon 2:10-13My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. 11 For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; 12 The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land; 13 The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away.

Can you hear HIM Knockin’??

May 2017: Examining (CON)-Current Events

One of the main purposes of this website is to examine current events in light of the Scriptures as pertaining to Bible Prophecy. Unless one has their head in the sand, it goes without saying that there not only current events unfolding today but rather “concurrent” events that ere manifesting before our very eyes in the closing hour of the Church Age.

con·cur·rent (kənˈkərənt); adjective
  1. existing, happening, or done at the same time.
    “there are three concurrent art fairs around the city”
    synonyms: simultaneous, coincident, contemporaneous, parallel

    As we approach the midway point of the year 2017, which in the Hebrew Calendar is 5777, the year 5778 on the Hebrew calendar is September 21-22, 2017. This will officially mark 70 years from Israel becoming a nation in 1948. One of the most incredible prophetic occurrences is the upcoming sign in the Heavens as mentioned in Revelation 12, that has not been seen for almost 6,000 years. I wrote briefly about that in a previous post:

    http://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2017/03/05/revelation-12-and-the-year-2017/

    What is interesting to note is what happens after this sign appears:

    Revelation 12: 7-13And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    10 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. 11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. 12 Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.” 13 Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.

    Satan’s rage and fury are moving on Israel.  Satan knows the 70th Week of Daniel is dead ahead.  He tried to cause God’s Word regarding the time of Jacob’s trouble to be broken with the destruction of the Jews. World war 2 and Hitler’s unsuccessful plan to elimnate the Jews from the face of the earth resulted in the birth of a nation.  If Satan can cause all the Jews to be killed, then God’s final call for Israel to repent will fail and His reputation will be destroyed and the Second Coming of Jesus Christ will be prevented….We know this won’t happen.
    Notice that in the above passage Michael and his angels fight the dragon. Notice this next passage in the Bible:
    Daniel 11:41 thru Daniel 12:1a  —He shall also enter the Glorious Land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall escape from his hand: Edom, Moab, and the prominent people of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch out his hand against the countries, and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 He shall have power over the treasures of gold and silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; also the Libyans and Ethiopians shall follow at his heels. 44 But news from the east and the north shall trouble him; therefore he shall go out with great fury to destroy and annihilate many. 45 And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the seas and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and no one will help him. “AT THAT TIME MICHAEL SHALL STAND UP, THE GREAT PRINCE WHO STANDS WATCH OVER YOUR PEOPLE; AND THERE SHALL BE A TIME OF TROUBLE, SUCH AS NEVER WAS SINCE THERE WAS A NATION, EVEN TO THAT TIME..
    This is a clear depiction of Anti-Christ entering Jerusalem to set up his palace, if you will, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Dead Sea in the glorious land of Israel. Notice that when Michael will “step aside” then a time of trouble (as referenced in Jeremiah 30:7) will commence.
    Jeremiah 30:4-7—Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.“For thus says the Lord: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling,

    Of fear, and not of peace. Ask now, and see, Whether a man is ever in labor with child? So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins Like a woman in labor (wait, isn’t that a description of the sign mentioned in Revelation 12???0) And all faces turned pale? Alas! For that day is great, So that none is like it; And it is the time of Jacob’s trouble, But he shall be saved out of it.

    So is it any surprise that North Korea suddenly makes an alarming statement that if Israel that damages the “dignity” of the North Korean leadership, North Korea will respond with “merciless, thousand-fold punishment.” What one must understand is that when Israel destroyed Syria’s nascent nuclear program, it was quickly discovered that North Korea had provided the know-how and hardware to the defiant Arab dictatorship.

    It is also known that North Korea is in league with some of the Middle East’s more unsavory players, all of which want to see Israeli annihilated. These would include Syria and Iran. Of course, the “Hook” is literally being inserted in the jaw of Russia. Ezekiel 38-39, anyone?

    Just last week in an astounding move towards peace, Hamas separated itself from the Muslim Brotherhood and acknowledged the recognition of a peace with Israel. Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal personally declared the new policy document of his organization, announcing that it is not a “branch of the Muslim Brotherhood” anymore. He also declared that Hamas would form better relations with Egypt and other Muslim countries that have problems with the Muslim Brotherhood. It also gave the message it could live together with Israel.

    I Thessalonians 2:4For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. (There we go with a similar description of the Sign in Revelation 12….again.) And they shall not escape.

    Could this possibly be a ruse by both Turkey and Hamas to help the world pressure Israel to divide the land and will lead to peace treat that is enforced upon Israel at the onset of the 70th Week of Daniel?

    Daniel 9:27—Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week. He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, Even until the consummation, which is determined, Is poured out on the desolate.”

    What is painstakingly obvious is that several “concurrent” events are rapidly unfolding as we are approaching the end of the Church Age with breakneck speed.

    I want with this post with a mention of Methusaleh.  Methuselah comes from muth, a root that means “death”;1 and from shalach, which means to bring, or to send forth. The name Methuselah means, “his death shall bring”.

    Methuselah’s father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be brought or sent forth. And, indeed, the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.

    Genesis 5:21-29Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. 22 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. 23 So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. 24 And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.25 Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. 26 After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters. 27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died Lamech lived one hundred and eighty-two years, and had a son. 29 And he called his name Noah, saying, “This one will comfort us concerning our work and the toil of our hands, because of the ground which the Lord has cursed.”

    Methusaleh was the oldest living man in the Bible. Is it a coincidence that BOTH  Enoch and Noah are also mentioned here? It was in the days of Noah, when Methushelah died in the year of the flood, that Enoch was “raptured”, prior to the flood. So was Enoch’s rapture, “Pre”-Flood, “Mid”-Flood, or “Post”-Flood??

    Matthew 24:37—But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.

    Luke 17:26—And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man

    Just this past week,the oldest human in the world, Mbah Gotho of Indonesia, died on Sunday, April 30, at the age of 146.  Gotho was reportedly a Christian.  Gotho was exactly 146 years, 4 months, and 1 day old at his death Sunday, April 30th, 2017.

    By the way this was exactly 146 days from the Revelation 12 Sign that is to converge on September 23rd 2017.

     

     

Hallelelujah! He’s Risen……

April 16—-20th of Nissan 5777: He is Risen and Soon He is Coming Again!!!

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Resurrection Day occurs in conjunction with Passover. This is the true foreshadowing and meaning of what our LORD and Savior Jesus Christ has done for all mankind. He is our Messiah, He is our Deliverer. And behold, He is soon to return.


Happy Resurrection Day to all!

Palm Sunday: A Prophetic Look (Re-Post)

 

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Have you ever wondered about Palm Sunday? I want to give you some insight about it and its prophetic implications…….

 

Leviticus 23:1-4—And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 2 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. 4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Perhaps in another post I will explain how Jesus fulfilled the Spring feasts in His First Coming and how He will fulfill the Fall feasts during His Second Coming. Nonetheless, of the Seven Feasts, the final feast is the Feast of Booths or the Feast of Tabernacles…

Leviticus 23:41-44—And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Ye shall dwell in booths seven days; all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: 43 That your generations may know that I made the children of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God. 44 And Moses declared unto the children of Israel the feasts of the Lord 

We see the Jews disciples observing this in John chapter 7:

John 7:1-6— After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him. 2 Now the Jew’s feast of tabernacles was at hand. 3 His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judaea, that thy disciples also may see the works that thou doest. 4 For there is no man that doeth any thing in secret, and he himself seeketh to be known openly. If thou do these things, shew thyself to the world. 5 For neither did his brethren believe in him. 6 Then Jesus said unto them, My time is not yet come: but your time is alway ready.

During this festival, the Jews would recall their sojourn in the wilderness as they journeyed to the Promised Land by living in booths. Spiritually speaking, we as Christians are sojourning in this world looking forward to our ultimate promised land which is in the kingdom of Heaven. 

1 Peter 2:11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. (ESV)

The longer we walk this earth as believers, the more we recognize that we’re just strangers passing through, or sojourners, as Peter put it. Yet, we have a faithful Guide, the Holy Spirit to lead us through our pilgrimage. 

Interesting to note that upon the return of jesus Christ, the Feast of Tabernacles will be established again when He sets up His Millennial kingdom.

Zechariah 14:16-17— And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. 17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

When studying the Jewish feasts, Passover was one of the three pilgrim feasts where the Jews would sing what is referred to  “Hallel Rabah” (Psalms 113 to 118). This was actually to be sung twice in the Jewish annual liturgy. The first time would be at the Passover, with their hands waving. But in the fall, it was to be at the Feast of Tabernacles, while waving palm branches in their hands.

The highlight of the Hallel Rabah is: Hosanna, hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever. Hosanna, hosanna.

The Jews were supposed to sing that on two occasions: Passover, with their hands waving. And also at the Feast of Tabernacles, while waving palm branches, also known as “lulavim,” in their hands.

On Palm Sunday, the Jews began to celebrate Passover (which teaches about the Messiah who was the Lamb that would be slain), as if it were the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds, in the typology of the Jewish calendar, to the Millennium. Let me explain:

This is why, when Jesus was transfigured with Moses and Elijah, Peter wanted to build three booths, or three tabernacles.

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Matthew 17:1-9—And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him. 4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. 5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. 6 And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid. 7 And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid. 8 And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only. 9 And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

Peter was saying, “Here is the Messiah. Now let’s set up the Kingdom!”

When Jesus came on Palm Sunday, they wanted somebody who was going to overthrow the Roman government and set up the Messianic Kingdom. So they began to celebrate Passover, as if it were the feast of Tabernacles.They began to wave palm branches as if it were the feast of tabernacles. What they did not understand was that at His first coming, He was to die for their sins and ours, let alone the sins of the world. It is at His Second Coming where he will establish His Millennial Kingdom and reign for 1,000 years.

Revelation 20:1-7—And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 7 And when the thousand years are expired…… 

In His first coming, Jesus fulfilled the first three (Spring) holidays in the Jewish calendar: Passover, First Fruits (which was the Resurrection), and the Feast of Weeks (which was Pentecost).

In His Second Coming, Jesus will fulfill the last three (Autumn) holidays: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and finally and ultimately, the Feast of Tabernacles.

The Jews of His day did not want to know about a Suffering Servant Messiah, who was going to come as the Passover Lamb to be slain. They wanted a conquering King, who was going to set up the Millennial Kingdom.

The suffering servant Messiah is called “the Son of Joseph,” HaMashiach Ben Yosef. The conquering king Messiah is called “the Son of David,” HaMashiach Ben David.

For Jesus of Nazareth to be the Messiah, He has to fulfill ALL the prophecies.

In other words, it is one Messiah, two comings. In His first coming Jesus came as the Son of Joseph, the suffering servant. In His Second Coming He will return as the Son of David, the conquering King.

Much of what is unfolding in the Middle East right now is a fulfillment of Bible Prophecy as the Messiah is preparing to return as the conquering King!!!

 

Revelation 12 And The Year 2017

I want to start this post by stating right up front that I am not a date setter when it comes to events. However, I invite you to examine this on your own and prayerfully come to your own conclusions as the Spirit of God speaks to you……

Revelation 12: 1-7-—And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: 2And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. 3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. 4 And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. 5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. 6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. 7 And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

 

On September 23rd, 2017, an unprecedented astronomical (note: I said astronomical , NOT astrological)  alignment will appear in the sky over Israel that seemingly fulfills a literal word-for-word fulfillment of Revelation 12:1-5 The passage describes a heavenly sign where a pregnant woman appears covered in the sun, with the moon at her feet, and crowned with 12 stars. The woman gives birth to a male child who is “caught up” to God.  A literal reading of the text tells us seven things that must all be true for a proper and complete fulfillment of the prophecy:

1. It is a heavenly sign, not an earthly occurrence.

2. The sign includes a woman.

3. The woman is pregnant and giving birth to a male child.

4. The male child is royalty.

5. The woman is clothed with the sun.

6. The moon is under the woman’s feet.

7. The woman is crowned with 12 stars.

Looking at the above passages reveals the following:

  • The woman here is the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, who every Biblical scholar says represents Israel. In fact, Israel in Biblical days was well aware of these constellations and their meanings.  The Dragon ofcourse, alludes to none other then Satan, our adversary.
  • For years theologians believed this child was Jesus and this Scripture referred to His birth and how satan attempted to kill Jesus through Herod. However, recently theologians have been looking deeper at the greek meanings behind the words.
  • The Greek word for male child as mentioned in verse 5 is different from the other word for child used in the passages.

Child = Greek word : Teknon  (Strong’s 5043) 
Meaning: daughter, son, figuratively used as children of God

This word in the Greek means a child, offspring, a child as respects to descent and age. Therefore, the child whom the woman is about to give birth to is not Jesus as most early scholars believed. but it is the collective children of God, i.e.. believers in Jesus, who were “birthed” from the chosen people, Israel.

When it comes to the word for “man child,” it is a different Greek word:

Child = Greek Word: huios  (Strong’s 5207) 
Meaning: son, kingship, Son of Man, Son of God, Son of David, my beloved Son. This word stressed the quality and essence of one so resembling another that distinctions between the two are indistinct. It is also used of male offspring, legitimate as opposed to illegitimate, a son who acts a certain way, who manifests a certain character whether evil of good

Remember that Jesus is the Son of God. The Church has been adopted and/or grafted in and share the same characteristics by virtue of salvation and the New Birth through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross!

Keep in mind that however, that when the Apostle John , penned these passages in the Book of revelation as inspired by the Holy Spirit never uses “huios” of the believer; he reserves that title for the Lord. Thus, there are TWO separate meanings to the “child” words in the above Scripture in Revelation 12. One set of them refer to the church, wheras the other refers to Jesus. When one studies the Book of Revelation you have to understand the Book is arranged in somewhat of a chronological fashion but also with parenthetical interludes as well.

The woman in Revelation 12 is ready to give birth. But there are two different children referenced. One is a male child who is to rule all the nations with a rod of Iron. The Greek word used to describe Him  (“hulios“)is also used whenever Jesus is called Son of Man, Son of God, etc. So, it has to be none other than Jesus Christ Himself.) The other child  (“teknon“)that the woman gives birth to, based on the references and meanings where the same word is used, has got to be the church, children of God, believers in Jesus.

If this is all correct than when the woman gives birth to the second child (The Body of Christ???), the dragon tries to destroy it, but the child is quickly caught up to heaven.

This is he same word Paul used when referencing the rapture of the church. Remember that after His Resurrection, Jesus Christ was not caught up or snatched away to heaven. He rather ascended  up to Heaven after His resurrection.

Could this possibly mean then that the Rapture of the Church may take place  when the Sign described in Revelation 12 occurs in the heavens?????

Now if all this sounds new to you then I invite you to continue reading and take note of the following passages as well:

1 Thessalonians 5: 1-5—But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 BUT YE BRETHREN ARE NOT IN DARKNESS, THAT THAT DAY SHOULD OVERTAKE YOU AS  THIEF, 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

It amazes me that so many believers in the Body of Christ completely ignore the last part of Thessalonians 5:1-9 and think and say, “Christ will come like a thief in the night! No one knows when,” Scripture clearly contrasts that view point. 

God set the stars, moon, and sun in the sky for seasons and for signs for us. What is a sign? It is something that points us to something else or points us in the right direction, or gives us important information. Let’s look at a few scriptures that allude to that…

Genesis 1:14–Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years

Psalms 19:1-4—The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.

Originally, God set up the constellations to reflect the Gospel. The constellations were then perverted by satan who used people to create the astrological signs we know today and are warned to stay away from. I believe this may have been an attempt by Satan to prevent us from seeing the heavenly signs God wanted us to see.

Let me give you another example:

If you recall, according to the Bible in the Old Testament, it was the Magi followed a SIGN in the heavens to determine His loction. They were gentile men who came out of the Parthian (Persian) Empire and made this journey of 1,900 miles or so through mountainous terrain and deserts.

This was done after their reading and holding to the prophet Daniel’s detailed prophecy (given by the angel Gabriel in Daniel 9:24-26:

Daniel 9:24-26—24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

This prophecy was concerning the coming of the Messiah and the Magi knew it. So for over 600 years, and after waiting generation after generation for a very specific sign in the skies, and all the while knowing the precise number of days until the Messiah’s birth because of the details given in the prophecy, the Magi began their journey towards Jerusalem when they saw the sign in the sky. They knew how to count Hebrew years, and exactly how many days each year had. They know precisely when to look for the star. 

Let’s continue……

Leviticus 23:1-4— And the Lord spake unto Moses , saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, Concerning the feasts of the Lord, which ye shall proclaim to be holy convocations, even these are my feasts. 3 Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the Lord in all your dwellings. 4 These are the feasts of the Lord, even holy convocations, which ye shall proclaim in their seasons.

Another meaning for “holy convocations” is ‘divine appointments.” or “appointed times”  remember, God is never late.

We must also understand this very important truth: Jesus Christ did not come at any time at His first advent. He came at the appointed time according to the Word of God anfd in alignment with the Feasts of Israel. He died, was buried and resurrected all on the Feasts of Passover, Feasts of Unleaven Bread and the Feasts of First Fruits. Furthermore, He sent the Holy Spirit at an appointed time, and that was the Feast of Pentecost. Is this a coincidence???

There are only 7 feasts, and they are literally God’s “appointed times.” The Hebrew word is “moadim.”

The 7 feast all occur year after year within a 7-month period. The first four occur in the spring, and the final three occur within a 15 day period in the fall each year. Each set time for each feast occurs at the time set by God (thus they are “appointed times”). As mentioned above, the first four feasts (Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits and Weeks/Pentecost) were fulfilled by Christ during His ministry. 

The final 3 feasts (Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles) will be fulfilled in the events of Christ’s second coming and this clearly reveals shows that they do not deviate from the Lord’s already established “appointed times.”

70 weeks was appointed unto Israel. 69 weeks have passed and only the 70th week or exactly 7 years reamins, hence the 7 year tribulation period which commences after the Rapture of the Church.

That being said, then the Rapture of the Church and His second coming will be at an appointed time. Whether or not these upcoming events will occur on the Feasts of Trumpets , the Feasts of Tabernacles remais to be seen. God has his own timetable and will not in any way deviate from it.

This sign is so rare that if Biblical chronologies are accurate and the earth is roughly six thousand years old then the sign has actually NEVER occurred before. And in fact it won’t happen again supposing a future 1,000 year reign of Christ on earth, which is yet to happen and is preceded by the rapture, the seven Year Trubulation period and the Second Coming of Christ.

Thus the sign of Revelation 12 along with every thing else that is transpiring in the world should definitely get your attention.

On a final note, 

September 23, 2017 also falls on Rosh Hashana, an important Jewish feast day also called the Feast of Trumpets. (Sept 23-24 of this year!)

The feast started at the first sighting of the new moon. Once the new moon was sighted, trumpets were blown to let everyone know the feast had begun. Therefore, in regards to the feast, people would say “No one knew the day or the hour”. The feast is also called Yom Teruah which means the awakening blast, wakening those who have died. It is known by the Jews as the resurrection of the righteous dead.

During the feast 99 trumpet blasts were blown. The 100th and final trumpet blast was known as “The Last Trump”

 

1 Corinthians 15:51-52—Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

 

 

When the Levee Breaks

  1. If it keeps on rainin’ levees goin’ to break,

If it keeps on rainin’, levee’ going’ to break……

Such are the lyrics of a popular Blues song written and recorded back in 1929 that was written in reaction to the upheaval caused by the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927.

However, we aren’t talking about levees and rivers here. The issue at hand happens to be a Dam. Not just a standard Dam, but the tallest Dam in the United States of America. One that rises 770 feet high and is holding back a resorvoir containing 1.1 trillion gallons of water. I am referring to the Oroville Dam in northern California.

 

 

 

 

After a long stretch of no rain and drought-like conditions for a span of almost five years, winterstorms and atmospheric rivers over the past few weeks have drenched the northern parts of California. As a result, the Oroville Dam was reportedly at 151 % of normal capacity. Not a a major problem so as long as your chute in the spillway is operable. Just a few weeks ago, a massive, gaping hole opened up the chute of the Spillway of the Oroville Dam.

As a result, the water spilled over the spillway and began eating away at the very ground beneath the top of the auxiliary spillway. Dozens of towns in between Oroville and Sacramento are at risk were the spillway to collapse. Well, just when the situation seemed to have stabilized, along comes a new storm.

Now I am not making up this next part: the name given to storm is……LUCIFER. What are the odds? Anyways, incredible amounts of rain have accumalated within the last two months alone coupled with an abundance of snow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Even Lake Tahoe has benefitted from this. As a matter of fact, since the beginning of 2017, the state of California has received over 200% above what is concerned normal rainfall for this time of the year.

Enter Lucifer (mere coincidence I suppose), a storm that is projected to dump another 12 inches of rain over the weekend alone. The forecast also calls for even more rain next week.

Job 38:22-30—Where is the way where light dwelleth? and as for darkness, where is the place thereof,  That thou shouldest take it to the bound thereof, and that thou shouldest know the paths to the house thereof? Knowest thou it, because thou wast then born? or because the number of thy days is great? Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail, Which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war? By what way is the light parted, which scattereth the east wind upon the earth? Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, or a way for the lightning of thunder; To cause it to rain on the earth, where no man is; on the wilderness, wherein there is no man; to satisfy the desolate and waste ground; and to cause the bud of the tender herb to spring forth? Hath the rain a father? or who hath begotten the drops of dew? Out of whose womb came the ice? and the hoary frost of heaven, who hath gendered it? The waters are hid as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

One must keep in mind that America’s dam infrastructure is not in the greatest of working conditions. The Oroville Dam itself was built in 1960’s and is experiencing wear and tear as of late. It doesn’t help to know that over the last few days there have been reported tremors as two earthquakes have been reported. These quakes that are in the 5.0 range! Could this have been caused by the fast lake level changes and the subsequent release of pressure from water weight?

The city of Sacaramento is already reportedly experiencing some flooding. If something were to happen, the only means of escape would be eastward. Will President Trump have to declare a State of Emergency for the State of California?

If it keeps on raining, is the levee indeed going to break?

Stay tuned….

 

 

 

Is This Really Happening???

It has been said that the new administration in charge has accomplished more in one week than the last eight years combined. Of course, it depends on your view point. However, from a Biblical perspective, I just might have to agree.

Newly appointed  Diretor of the Central Intelligence Agency, said Christians need to pray, fight, and understand that “Jesus Christ our Savior is truly the only solution for our world.” That’s a very bold statement if you ask me.

I am not stating that the  government at any level is to usurp its authority to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ. History shows what happened as a result of that when Constantine declared Christianity the supreme religion. Of course, the Kingdom of God is not of this earth, but one day it will reign on earth during the Millennial Reign of Christ.

Needless to say, I do highly support of individuals who are in submission to Christ holding key positions within the government. Amen to that! As I have mentioned before, regardless of who is in authority , we need to pray. Ultimately, if our prayers don’t affect them, something else will. I have heard before that principalities operate through personalities. But that is another message for another day.

I Timothy 2:1-3—I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

Although it can be said that President Trump may lack governing experience and may not have any national security experience, what is interesting to note is that he has quickly assembled good Bible-believing people to assist him and these individuals are advising him. The Vice President himself is a professing Born-Again believer.

Just this week,  and for the very first time in the history of the Annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. , a vice president of the United States, Mike Pence, spoke at the demonstration.

Proverbs 29:2—2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

The purpose of this post is not necessarily to elaborate on this transition and the strong influence of Biblical values that are held by many of President Trump’s advisors. That in itself is a answered prayer. You see, We have witnessed the hand of God on this election. God’s will was for Donald Trump to be the 45th President, despite the fact that ALL efforts to stop him failed. I have also mentioned in regards to Bible prophecy, and the the study of eschatalogy that Jerusalem will become the world’s focal point or center of attention. 

Ezekiel 5:5—Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.

Joel 3:2—I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.

Zechariah 12:1-3—The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. 2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

President Trump’s plans to move the U. S. embassy to Jerusalem, means Trump agrees with God, and we know that Jerusalem belongs to God’s chosen people. Could it be that before the Rapture of the church, God Almighty wants the world to know that Jerusalem belongs to Israel, His chosen people?

If so, has President Trump the man chosen to do this? Also, it must emphatically be stated that according to Holy Bible all the nations of the world will come up against Israel in the end times. Let us also consider that after the Rapture of the Church, governments around the world will have no Christian presence. Israel will not have any Christian ally nations. May I suggest that even the United States will not have a Christian presence. Can the Rapture of the Church indeed be the harbinger toward God’s appointed time of dealing directly with Israel and the issue of Jerusalem??


Let me present to you a rather interesting scenario that could possibly come to fruition. The doctrine of the Rapture has come under much attack as of late and it can be said that is a rather controversial one. 

The Rapture of the Body of Christ clearly ends the dispensation of the church, or the Church Age. As a result,with a new dispensation will begin immediately. This new one is called the Seventieth week of Daniel, or the Time of Jacob’s trouble, or the seven year tribulation. These terms are all for the Nation of Israel and Jews and not the church.

Jeremiah 30:1-7-–The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 2 Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. 3 For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it. 4 And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. 5 For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. 6 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? 7 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.

Romans 11:1-5—I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel saying, 3 Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

Romans 11:25-32—For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Again, we need to understand that the above-mentioned  verses relate to Israel, but as I said, the rapture begins the dispensation of the “Seventieth Week” which is for Israel.

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons that so many oppose anything to do with the rapture and tribulation start is because it is all about judgement, and believe me, no one wants to talk about judgment. Furthermore, in the many churches that have been deceived by Replacement Theology, there is apparently an outright  rejection of  any future fulfilment for the Jews.

When the tribulation period begins, many will turn against God in a blaspheming rage of bitter hatred. Emptiness of spirit and soul will be magnified and multiplied. DOESN”T ANYBODY SEE THAT THIS IS ALREADY BEGINNING TO HAPPEN???

Whether or not the current president is re-elected, we have four years that can possibly become eight years under the current administration. If you recall that I mentined earlier in this post that many of the newly appointed advisors for the preseidnet are Bible-believing Christians. So at the Rapture of the Church………they too will be gone. Who or what will fill that void in the Oval Office only remains to be seen!!!

During his very first week in office, President Trump has begun to own up to what he said he would do. Now comes word that the moving of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may will not happen right away.

It is being reported that they are not going to move on Jerusalem for quite some time, because they want a peace deal in the Middle East which really is the top priority. Could this be the peace deal spoken of in Daniel chapter 9? If so, exactly who will confirm this Peace deal??

Daniel 9:24-27—24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

We shall find out very soon.

 

To Him Who Sits on the Throne

Daniel 2:20-21—-20 Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are His: 21 And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding…

It is now official: There has been a change in the administration of the the most powerful nation in the world and we have a new president. My purpose for writing the following is not to debase or debunk previous leaders and/or favor/disfavor political parties. However, I will clearly look at this through the lense of Scripture and the times we are living in. If there is any ought against what you read, I invite to go to the source of this: The Word of God.

Prior to the return of Jesus Christ, there has always been a war between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of darkness. Truth has always be combatted with deception. It goes without saying that this battle has been ever escalating and will increase even more.

1 Timothy 2:1-4— I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

This mandate given by God according to the above Scripture has always been  to intercede for ALL leaders in authority, regardless of whatever opinions we may have regarding them.

Irrespective of people’s opinions of the new president, this much is a surety: God, in His foreknowledge knows that the new president will fulfil His purposes, and even more so he will fulfill His purposes primarily with the nation of Israel  moving forward. We must continue to pray even more so.

Again, if you are a student of the Bible and understand Bible prophecy Israel has a major role to play in the end-times. Heck, if you have some knowledge of the Bible, it should have provided you some hope to see that both leaders were sworn and made their oaths with their hands firmly placed on the Bibles of former presidents Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln that were opened to 2 Chronicles 7:14:

2 Chronicles 7:14—If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

That being said, it was interesting to note that at the inauguration, five of the six members of the clergy ushering in the new president have strong ties to Israel.

It can be said that the USA will begin giving Israel the respect and attention it has not received over the past 8 years. Actually, I believe almot SEVENTY years of mistreatment of Israel are going to be reversed. SEVENTY years takes us back to 1947!

Interesting to note that it was SEVENTY nations that were represented at the recent internationl gathering of nations that met in France. SEVENTY is also the number of nations and languages that were the origin of all nations of the world today. So, SEVENTY can be interpreted as  a reference to the nations of the whole world.

The SEVENTY nations met to sign an anti-Israel agreement, which I believe will now ultimately lead to  a final showdown that pits the nations of the world against Israel. 

Speaking of SEVENTY, the number SEVENTY is the number of the restoration of Israel, and is also seen many times in relation to punishment. The meanings of SEVENTY are “completeness” and “judgement”. Again, it is related to the punishment and restoration of Israel.

 2017 is the SEVENTIETH anniversary of UN resolution 181 in 1947, again paving the way for Israel’s statehood in 1948. All this ironically, is ultimately leading up to the SEVEN year Tribulation period otherwise known as the SEVENTIETH Week of Daniel:

Daniel 9:24-27Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. 25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The meeting in Paris comes after the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334, making it unlawful for Jews to live in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights area, and Hebron. The resolution also grants a religious monopoly on the Temple Mount and the Western Wall to Islam. Notice this verse in the Bible:

Revelation 11:1-2-—And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

This resolution has already declared sovereignty of the Temple Mount towards Islam. The next verse introduces the ministry of the Two witnesses, Elijah and many believe Moses, or even Enoch. In addition, it states that the Holy City (Jerusalem ) will be trampled under the foot of the gentiles for 42 months (3 1/2 years). This is referred to as “Tribulation Period” talk. But before that comes to pass, the Church will be caught up in the Rapture. I am not going to debate the issue of whether this event is “pre,” or “mid-,”, but for a surety it is not “Post-.” The Bible informs us of how this all ends. Somewhere, possibly in the middle, possibly not, that which restrains the bride of Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit, will be taken out of the way, and it will all get usurped by an impostor, otherwise known as the Anti-Christ. As Jack Palance would say, “Believe it,………..or not.” I suggest you believe it.

However, for some reason and for a season if you will, it appears as if God has intervened to raise a very strategic ally for Israel, especially at a time when this ally appeared to be on a fast track to become Israel’s enemy as well. This will ultimately come to pass as the Bible states tht ALL nations will come to battle against Jerusalem.

Romans 9:17--For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth.

You see, God’s purpose is to “declare His name in all the earth”.  In the tribulation period, this too will be done through the Jews. In the Scripture above, it was ironically done through Pharaoh. God even used Cyrus the King to ultimately help rebuild the temple in Jerusalem when the Jews came out of Babylonian captivity:

Ezra 5:9 -15–Then asked we those elders, and said unto them thus, Who commanded you to build this house, and to make up these walls? 10 We asked their names also, to certify thee, that we might write the names of the men that were the chief of them. 11 And thus they returned us answer, saying, We are the servants of the God of heaven and earth, and build the house that was builded these many years ago, which a great king of Israel builded and set up. 12 But after that our fathers had provoked the God of heaven unto wrath, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed this house, and carried the people away into Babylon. 13 But in the first year of Cyrus the king of Babylon the same king Cyrus made a decree to build this house of God. 14 And the vessels also of gold and silver of the house of God, which Nebuchadnezzar took out of the temple that was in Jerusalem, and brought them into the temple of Babylon, those did Cyrus the king take out of the temple of Babylon, and they were delivered unto one, whose name was Sheshbazzar, whom he had made governor; 15 And said unto him, Take these vessels, go, carry them into the temple that is in Jerusalem, and let the house of God be builded in his place.

Isaiah 44:24-28—Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself; 25 That frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; 26 That confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers; that saith to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be inhabited; and to the cities of Judah, Ye shall be built, and I will raise up the decayed places thereof: 27 That saith to the deep, Be dry, and I will dry up thy rivers: 28 That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.

In these verses above, and there are many more examples, we see that God does not only always use the righteous to do His will.

God’s purposes will be done. In light of what has happened with the change of administration there is a strong implication for an end time presence of the United states as she stands with Israel. How long this will will last only remains to be seen. 

The moving of the American Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem very well could be the Hot Button. Israel is of course  being the main Time Clock, yet it sure seems that all the surrounding nations are ready to attack Israel — except Jordan. The moving of the Embassy has been declared to be a Red Line by Jordan. King Abdullah may have zero alternative options once that happens.

The Vatican has recently opened an Embassy in East Jerusalem, which we already know has been the subject of disputed Palestinian territory. The Vatican has most certainly cast their lot in with the Palestinians and confirmed their enmity to God and His plans as they too have been preparing for their role to divide Jerusalem! In a reciprocal move, last week the Palestinians opened an Embassy right inside the Vatican. At that inauguration, the PA leader told Pope Francis that Jerusalem is the capital of the Palestinians.

 

Because the United States now appers to have a leader and co-leader who seem determined to exercise various measures in line with God’s word, this does not in any ways mean that the nations of the world let alone the inhabitants of this country and the nations of the world will celebrate and come to a mutual agreement. It means conflict is coming, 

Sadly, God’s word being fulfilled on Israel will be hated and rejected by much of the church. The liberal media, Islam and the unsaved will always stand against God in these things. As I have said before, I also believe and am grieved at the notion that there is a great divide coming not only over the issue of Jerusalem, not only within this nation, but ultimately within the Body of Christ. I believe the sifting of the wheat and the tares has begun:

Matthew 13:24-20—Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

 

We have entered a time when  Satan will soon create war so that he can make “peace” and deceive the world! It means we are about to see Jerusalem in conflict, the Temple rebuilt and the nations of the world becoming supernaturally enraged againstin relation to Israel like never before.

This also means that the Church Age (“HE THAT HATH AN EAR LET HIM HEAR…”) is rapidly coming to a close and the fullness of the Gentiles is fast approaching which also means we are close to the veil of spiritual blindness being lifted from the eyes of the Jews much faster as

Romans 12:25-32—For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. 26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: 27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. 28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes: but as touching the election, they are beloved for the father’s sakes. 29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. 30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief: 31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. 32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

Sad to say this also means that a great proportion of the church will fall for the multitude of deceptions that are being unfurled at a breakneck speed. Satan indeed knows that his time is short.

The ultimate authority is not Left or Right, or what I perceive or what you perceive. Ultimately it comes down to what is written in the Bible.

Period. And regardless of what is forthcoming, God STILL is sitting on the throne of the Universe and when it is all said and done, not yours, not mine but HIS will will be done.

MARANATHA!