Prophecy Watch: December 19 2013 THURSDAY Tevet 11 5774 Vol.1 No.3

 
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Foreign Affairs Committee chair 
spot strains coalition to breaking point

 

Coveted chairmanship of Knesset's Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee still up for grabs, straining already tense coalition. Source claims coalition members loosing patience with Lapid, while Livni calls coalition 'unnatural'

"First Lapid hinted that there is a need for change in the coalition, then he makes an ultimatum regarding Shelah's appointment, criticizes the prime minister's new residence – even though it is clear that the current prime minister will not live there – and finally he refuses to give up on Adi Kol's bill" regarding equal tax benefits for same-sex couples.

"I think we are all just getting tired of this. There is no doubt that we are in a critical and decisive stage regarding the future and face of this coalition – including whether it will survive or not."

Justice Ministry Tzipi Livni also commented on coalition tensions, explaining that "this coalition is unnatural. It was born out of a pact between brothers (a reference to Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett's partnership) despite the fact the public did not want a coalition locked in with a double veto – one on peace in the form of settlement construction of far out outposts, and the other pertaining to same-sex bills like those Hatnua is promoting."

 

 

Egypt orders deposed President Morsi to trial 
for conspiring with Hamas, Hezbollah

 

Prosecutor says ousted Islamist president, Muslim Brotherhood committed acts of violence, terrorism in Egypt and prepared a "terrorist plan" alongside Palestinian, Lebanese terror groups; charges could result in execution.

Egypt's public prosecutor ordered former President Mohamed Morsi and 34 other Islamists to stand trial on charges including conspiring with foreign groups to commit terrorist acts in Egypt and divulging military secrets to a foreign state.

Morsi is already standing trial for inciting violence during protests outside the presidential palace a year ago when he was still in office. He was deposed in July by the army following mass protests against his rule.

In a statement, the prosecutor said the Brotherhood had committed acts of violence and terrorism in Egypt and prepared a "terrorist plan" that included an alliance with the Palestinian group Hamas and Lebanon's Hezbollah. There was no immediate comment from Hamas or Hezbollah.

 

 

Obama's 'as in the days of Noah' agenda continues:
Obama jabs Putin, picks openly gay delegates for Winter Olympics, he and Biden won't attend opening ceremony

 

President Barack Obama on Tuesday announced his delegates to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. And, in what may be a thumb in the eye to Russian President Vladimir Putin over his crackdown on gay rights, two of Obama's delegates are openly gay.

Billie Jean King, the tennis legend, and Caitlin Cahow, an Olympic medalist in women’s ice hockey, are both part of the U.S. delegation. Both are out lesbians.

In what may be another slight to the Russian president, Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and first lady Michelle Obama will not attend the opening ceremony. This marks the first time since the 2000 Summer Olympic Games that a president, vice president, first lady or former president won't be part of the opening ceremony.

 

 

Putin on NSA leaker Snowden: 
'He's Noble'

Russia strongman Vladimir Putin had some kind words for NSA leaker Edward Snowden. "[H]e's noble," Putin said at a press conference in Moscow today. Snowden has been given temporary asylum in Russia and is on the run from the U.S. government.

"Thanks to Mr. Snowden, a lot has changed in the minds of people around the world ... We don’t help him - we just gave him temporary asylum," said Putin, according to NBC.

"He has to make his own decision for his future. How is he going to live? Where is he going to live? ... He has made such a decision for himself...he's noble - but he has his own activities and I have my own."

 

 

Erekat:
Final peace accord won't be reached by
April, but framework deal might

 

A final peace accord between Israel and the Palestinians will not be reached by the end of the nine-month period set for the talks, but an initial framework agreement could be reached, chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat told reporters on Wednesday according to Palestinian news agency Ma'an.

Stressing that a deal is only possible with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's cooperation, Erekat said the two sides could reach a framework agreement by April 29, the end of the nine-month period, that would "specify the borders, percentage of the [land] swaps, security arrangements, Jerusalem status, refugees" and other core issues.

 

 

Iran, six powers to resume nuclear talks after snag

Iran and six world powers will resume talks in Geneva on Thursday about how to implement a landmark nuclear agreement, a week after Tehran broke off the discussions in anger at an expanding U.S. sanctions blacklist.

Under the November 24 interim accord, Iran will curb its disputed nuclear program in exchange for a limited easing of sanctions that are damaging its oil-dependent economy.

 

 

 

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Featured News 

With Geneva, Military Force Only Remaining Option to Stop Iranian Nukes 

Iran FM: We can resume 20%
enrichment within a day
 

Second Palestinian killed during firefight in Qalqilya 

Iranian Analyst: Without Deal,
We Would've Attacked Israel
 

Israel and Lebanon Try to Defuse Tensions After Cross-Border Shooting 

IDF Soldiers Warned Against 
Contact with Messianic Jews
 

Netanyahu to Reform Jews: Western Wall belongs to all 

Ministers okay bill mandating
two-thirds majority for dividing
Jerusalem
 

US Plan Gives Jerusalem 
Holy Sites to Vatican
 

Latest News 

Thai protesters march in bid 
to oust PM, take aim at U.S.
 

'Duck Dynasty' star Phil
Robertson suspended by A&E
 

Senate approves budget,
sends to Obama
 

Pastor Ken Hutcherson, 61, Champion of the Multi-ethnic Church, Dies of Cancer 

Israeli-American gets 25 years
in Taliban weapons sting
 

Dennis Rodman set for third trip to North Korea, ruled by 'very good guy' 

Death penalty in the United
States gradually declining
 

Arrest, strip-search of Indian diplomat in New York triggers uproar 

Egypt Accuses Morsi of
Vast Terrorist Plot
 

Half of America strips
religion from Christmas
 

1,000 Firefighters Battling
Big Sur Blaze
 

Salmonella outbreak linked to chicken prompts call for action 

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford takes
dance break during council
meeting
 

Blind Man Falls Onto Subway Tracks, Saved by Guide Dog; 'I Feel That God Has Something in Store For Me' 

India retaliates against US
over diplomat arrest
 

Senator's 'Wastebook': Extravagant government spending in face of cuts 

Harold Camping, Controversial End 
Times Predictor, Dies at Age 92
 

Assad drops heavy bomb on
Aleppo elementary school
 

Christianity beginning 'to disappear' in its birthplace, warns Prince of Wales 

Docs Say Stop Taking
Multivitamins
 

'Tips for Jesus' Continues;
Waiters Get up to $10,000
 

Salvation Army Bell Ringer Assaulted for Saying 'Happy Holidays' Instead of 'Merry Christmas' 

Even the employer-insured people 
are rocked by Obamacare changes
 

Hollande: US Senate will ‘squash’
Iran if it evades talks
 

White House News 

Michelle Obama steps into
health care spotlight
 

Obama adviser Podesta under fire
for comparing GOP to 'Jonestown'
 

Fox News Poll: Obama ends year with majority disapproving 

Obama review panel: strip NSA of power to collect phone data records 

Obama to nominate Sen. Baucus
ambassador to China
 

White House, media agree
to expand press access
 

Obamas, Biden to skip the
Winter Olympics in Russia
 

Tech Leaders and Obama Find 
Shared Problem: Fading Public 
Trust
 

White House: Once again, no
negotiations on debt ceiling
 

Obamas, stars come out for
Christmas in Washington show
 

Pew poll: Obama struggles
with Millennials
 

Obama faces outcry over 
missing CIA contractor
 

Israel News 

 

Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither
slumber nor sleep. - Psalms 121:4 (KJV) 


Canada calls for dismissal of Richard Falk for accusing Israel of ‘genocidal’ intentions 

One Palestinian killed, 8 injured in Jenin clashes with IDF 

Anti-Israel mock eviction notices placed on University of Michigan student doors 

How Hamas used the
weather to defame Israel
 

Political Correctness Blamed
for Hebrew U Violence
 

After six-year hiatus, Israeli 
planes to fly to Turkey again
 

State proposes legal framework 
for complete alteration of 
national policy on coastal
waters
 

Jordan wants Israel to remove
Aqsa-mosque surveillance cameras
 

Large group of U.S. scholars endorse
academic boycott of Israel
 

‘US security plan included IDF 
troops on West Bank highway’
 

Surge in anti-Semitic attacks drives
record levels of French aliyah
 

Netanyahu defeats Likud hawks’
efforts to weaken him
 

Provocative Commentary 

Nero in the White House - 
John R. Bolton
 

Kerry's semantics -
Zalman Shoval
 

Understanding anti-Semitism on American Campuses - Prof. Paul Eidelberg 

Jailed Pastor 'Abandoned Because He's Christian' - Michael Carl 

The divisively unanswerable questions of what it means to be ‘pro-Israel’ - Max Fisher 

Arm thyself! - Ariel Harkham 

Four Things We Can Learn
from Billy Graham's Life 
and Ministry - Lee Strobel
 

No Holds Barred: The ferocious fight for Israel - Shmuley Boteach 

If Obamacare fails, more pressure
on Israel - Richard Baehr
 

Until the snow melts -
Nahum Barnea
 

Temple Mount high -
Yisrael Medad
 

Israel’s fateful decision -
S. Fred Singer
 

Laws are for breaking by
Obama - Holly Robichaud
 

The Coptic Christians
of Egypt - Bob Simon
 

How Israel Might Look Next
December if Kerry Succeeds -
Dr. Tuvia Brodie
 

Christmas in Romania: Deck the
Halls and Burn the Jews! - Olivier
 

Analyst: Secret Report
Reveals Kerry's Plan 'Fraud'
 

To those who say there is no war
on Christmas - Tim Wildmon
 

Obama the oblivious - 
Charles Krauthammer
 

Magical Thinking and the Doom of
Nations - Dr. Peter Vincent Pry
 

Obama’s Orwellian Image
Control - Santiago Lyon
 

How President Obama Misled Chris Matthews About NSA Surveillance - Conor Friedersdorf 

Israel's Press: Taking Our Leave of America - Amnon Lord, Makor
Rishon Senior Editor
 

Obama’s four-state solution -
Caroline B. Glick
 

Inspired by God 

 

Christian News

"The men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking Him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, He will be in the last place the remainder of the day." - E. M. Bounds 


December 19: Call Back - 
Streams in the Desert
 

December 19: The Focus Of Our
Message - Oswald Chambers
 

December 19: How We Can Relate
to God - Charles Stanley
 

A.W. Tozer's Daily Devotional 

Charles Spurgeon's 'Morning and 
Evening' Daily Devotional
 

Daily Light 'Morning and Evening' 
Devotional - Jonathan Bagster
 

Charles Stanley's Audio Messages 

McLean Bible's Internet Services - 
Pastor Lon Solomon: Services are 
"live" Sunday' at 9 am, 10:45 am, & 
12:30 pm (Eastern-US), rebroadcast 
Monday at 2 pm (Eastern-US)
 

Pastor Lon Solomon, McLean Bible
Church, McLean, Virginia - 
Sermons by Date, Series and Podcasts

RAPTURE READY NEWS PERSPECTIVE 

 
 
 
 19 Dec 13

South Sudan: Powerful military general declares war against the Government
Two military sites of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) in Jonglei state came under heavy attack early Wednesday morning from forces of General Peter Gatdet Yak. The assault cames just days after president Kiir accuses his political adversaries of an “attempted coup”—a claim widely interpreted as an indefensible. Some government officials call it “an inside job” designed to use as a reason against anyone who tries to challenge Kiir’s leadership.  

In the West Bank, an intifada lurks beneath
Twenty-eight Palestinians have been killed by IDF fire in the West Bank since the beginning of the year, 13 of them since September, after the talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority began.  

Watch the Interactive Map of Real-Time Wind Currents That’s ‘Utterly Hypnotic’
Cameron Beccario, a software engineer, created an interactive map that shows near real-time currents of Earth’s wind using data from the U.S. National Weather Service. The Earth Wind Map, launched earlier this month, has been hailed as “utterly hypnotic.”  

Scientists Produce ‘Bio-Crude Oil’ in Less Than 60 Minutes
Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory engineers used an algae mixture to produce the “bio-crude oil.” “In the PNNL process, a slurry of wet algae is pumped into the front end of a chemical reactor,” the news release about the research stated. “Once the system is up and running, out comes crude oil in less than an hour, along with water and a byproduct stream of material containing phosphorus that can be recycled to grow more algae.”  

Putin: I envy Obama, because he can spy and get away with it
I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences, said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations. During an annual question-and-answer session with journalists, Putin praised Edward Snowden’s actions, saying that he was working for a “noble cause.” At the same time he accepted the importance of espionage programs in the fight against global terrorism, but said the NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers.  

The Palestinian Red Line
The media reported that Mahmoud Abbas, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA), rejected the peace proposals submitted by US Secretary of State John Kerry. The Palestinians leaked that Abbas sent a letter to Kerry reiterating his complete opposition to the demand to recognizeIsrael as a Jewish state. This was declared a “red line” that the Palestinians will not cross.  

Facebook Admits They Can See What Users Type — Even if the Status or Comment Is Not Posted
Facebook can see what users type in unpublished status updates or comments, the company admitted. ...The revelations come after two Facebook researches said they had conducted a study on self-censorship using such information from 5 million random Facebook users. According to The Times, any time a user typed a post over five characters, it was tracked.  

‘Search Warrants May Now Be Based on Predictions of the Commission of Future Crimes’
Texas police can now obtain search warrants based on “predictions of the commission of future crimes,” a judge noted in his dissent to an opinion last week. Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Lawrence Meyers made the claim after the judicial body ruled that evidence authorities had first found during a search they had executed without a warrant was admissible in the court of law, according to the Dallas Observer.  

Museum Removes ‘God’s Creatures’ Quote From Exhibit
The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County removed a quote that references “God’s creatures” from one of its exhibits following negative attention from a prominent evolutionary biologist and atheist. ...“Given the quotation marks, I bet the donor insisted on the wording,” Coyne wrote. “It would be much truer, and not a possible violation of the First Amendment, to say ‘to celebrate all of evolution’s creatures.’”  

It’s About the Settlements, Stupid
Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria, the misnamed occupied territories, are not the obstacle to peace between Israelis and Palestinians. They are the acid test of peace. To argue that peace is conceivable unless the bulk of the settlements remain in place constitutes stupidity or hypocrisy. Leave aside the issue of whether Jews have the right to live in the historic homeland of the Jewish people.  

The Dire Warning From British Royalty: Christianity Is Starting ‘to Disappear’ from the Middle East
Prince Charles warned that Christianity is starting to disappear from the region in which it was born, the Middle East, due to a campaign of persecution by Muslims. “It seems to me that we cannot ignore the fact that Christians in the Middle East are increasingly being deliberately targeted by fundamentalist Islamist militants,” he said.  

'With or without West': Saudi Arabia ready for unilateral action on Syria
Saudi Arabia intends to pursue an independent policy in the Arab world after the US resorted to a diplomatic solution to the Syria and Iran crises. The Saudi envoy to UK says the kingdom is ready to ensure “regional peace” without Western support.  

Health official urges caution as more H7N9 cases reported in China
People traveling to China should take health precautions as 10 more H7N9 avian flu cases have been reported there since October, Taiwan's Central Epidemic Command Center said Tuesday. There have been 142 confirmed cases of the H7N9 virus in China since the outbreak began at the end of March, he said. Of those patients, 47 have died.  

Mystery illness claims 4 lives in Montgomery County
Texas -- Officials with the Montgomery County Health Department are on a mission to find out more about a mystery flu-like illness. So far, half of the people who have come down with it have died. According to the health department, all of the patients have had flu-like and/or pneumonia like symptoms. However, all of them have tested negative for the flu.  

Obama adviser Podesta under fire for comparing GOP to 'Jonestown'
Long-time Clinton hand John Podesta is in trouble with Republicans just days after joining the Obama White House, after he described the House GOP as a "cult worthy of Jonestown."  

70% Do Not Trust the Media to Inform about Obamacare
The survey finds that 7 out of 10 adults do not trust the media to accurately inform them about the new healthcare law and five out of ten say so strongly.  

Robots are the not-too-distant future of war
The need for humans to participate in armed conflicts could soon be over. The next generation of military hardware might be able to think and act for itself. Military hardware will soon consist of "autonomous robots that know neither pity nor fear" — quite a step up from the current generation of UAVs and drones operated by humans from the safety of military bases hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.  

New Bird Flu Strain Detected in China
A woman in eastern China was confirmed to have been carrying a new strain of the bird flu, after she died of respiratory failure earlier this month, Chinese health officials announced Wednesday. The 73-year-old woman, who was living in the Jiangxi Province and died on Dec. 6, was confirmed to have been carrying the H10N8 strain of the bird flu, which had previously not been known to infect humans.  

Yanukovych tells West to keep out of Ukraine crisis
Ukraine's Russian-backed President, Viktor Yanukovych, has said he strongly opposes Western politicians intervening in the crisis in Ukraine. Asked about their recent visits to the protest camp in Kiev, he said: "I am categorically against anybody coming and teaching us how to live." The opposition is furious after he accepted a Russian bailout, seen as a reward for rejecting EU integration.  

'Heavy fighting' in Pakistan's North Waziristan
Heavy fighting involving artillery fire and helicopter gunships is taking place in the Pakistani tribal area of North Waziristan, military sources say. The army say that it killed at least 23 militants overnight on Wednesday, but there is no independent confirmation of these figures. On Wednesday it said at least five soldiers were killed by militants.  

US TV star Phil Robertson suspended for anti-gay remarks
US reality star Phil Robertson has been suspended from his TV show following derogatory remarks about homosexuality. Pressed to give his own definition of sin, he first suggested homosexuality... "Don't be deceived," he continued. "Neither the adulterers, the idolaters, the male prostitutes, the homosexual offenders, the greedy, the drunkards, the slanderers, the swindlers - they won't inherit the kingdom of God."  

US Federal Reserve pulls back on stimulus effort
The central bank said it planned to scale back its $85bn (£51.8bn) a month bond buying programme by $10bn a month. Stimulus of this kind is designed to lower interest rates and boost economic activity. The Fed's governing committee cited stronger job growth as a reason for the decision to begin winding down its programme of bond buying.  

EU ministers clinch deal on failed banks
EU finance ministers have agreed new rules on how to wind up failed banks - the key pillar of a "banking union" designed to stop a repeat of the crisis. The deal, finalised in Brussels late on Wednesday (18 December) after more than 12 hours of talks, makes good on earlier promises to reach a common position by the end of the year.  

Peres to Chinese FM: Peace is Israel's greatest desire, Iran is the greatest problem
Israel faces not only grave threats but also great opportunities, President Shimon Peres said Thursday to visiting Chinese Foreign Minster Wang Yi, adding that peace is Israel’s greatest desire, and “Iran is the greatest problem”. The chance for peace must not be ignored despite the threat of a nuclear Iran, Peres stated.  

 
 

RAPTURE READY Nearing midnight PERSPECTIVE 

 
 
 
 
Dec 16, 2013 

A Frosty Reality Puts Global Warming on Ice

When I moved from Nebraska down here to Arkansas in 2009, the debate over global warming had me wondering if I would regret the move. Climate forecasters called for the southern states to eventually become an unbearable sweatbox. In the light of recent cold weather, I now wonder if I should have picked a location farther south.

The basic argument for global warming does make sense. If you add billions of tons of a known greenhouse gas like, C02 into the atmosphere, we should expect an increase in the global temperature. Since the dawn of the industrial age, CO2 levels have more than doubled. What works in the lab may not work in the field. Weather is extremely complicated, so there could easily be some unknown factor that invalidates rising temps caused by Man’s industrial activity.

Until the latter part of 2007, we had seen some strong signs of global warming. Here are a few examples:

The years 2005 and 2006 were said to be the warmest on record.
2006: We had several severe tropical storms all around the globe. 
2006: Australia had experienced its worst drought on record. 
2007: Glaciers and polar ice-caps were showing signs of rapid meltdown. 
2007: The Netherlands had its warmest year since 1706. 

Just when the global warming bandwagon got into full gear, somebody suddenly decided to turn down the thermostat. For six years in a row, various regions of the world have experienced cold snaps. Here are some examples:

2008: Areas of China and central Asia saw snow for the first time in living memory.
2009: The American Great Lakes had one of its coolest summers on record. 
2010: Record low temperatures chilled Florida from top to bottom. 
2010: Deadly record cold hit Argentina, Uruguay, and Chile. 
2011: Nowata, Oklahoma set a new record low for the entire state at -31 F. 
2011: South Korea had the coldest weather in 96 years. 
2012: Jim River, AK reached the all-time-record coldest temperature of -80°.
2013: China experienced its coldest January in decades. 
2013: Germany had its coldest March, since 1883. 
2013: This year was the coldest average spring ever in the U.S. 

The most remarkable occurrence that cast doubt on global warming was the news that the coldest temperature anywhere on earth had reached a new record. The folks at NASA were going over their satellite data, and they discovered a reading for Antarctica in August 2010 that hit -135.8 degrees. Then on July 31 of this year it came close again: -135.3 degrees. The old record had been -128.6 degrees, which is -89.2 degrees Celsius.

It appears the cold trend will be stretching into 2014. Just last Saturday, the U.S. had a national average of 15 degrees colder than any other day of the (2012-2013 winter season). Chicago also had it coldest December temperatures in nearly 20 years. Also there is late word that Cairo, Egypt had its first snowfall in 100 years.

However, the lack of warm weather has not stopped the promoters of global warming. They have retooled it under the banner of “climate change.” True believer, Al Gore, has managed to find a way to blame the wintry conditions on global warming. He has this posted on his website:

As it turns out, the scientific community has been addressing this particular question for some time now and they say that increased heavy snowfalls are completely consistent with what they have been predicting as a consequence of man-made global warming. In fact, scientists have been warning for at least two decades that global warming could make snowstorms more severe. Snow has two simple ingredients: cold and moisture. Warmer air collects moisture like a sponge until it hits a patch of cold air. When temperatures dip below freezing, a lot of moisture creates a lot of snow.

One has to wonder how many people will have to freeze to death from global warming before the scientific community starts wondering if the thermometer is headed in the opposite direction. I guess the reason why there is no talk of an ice-age is because it doesn’t fit with their liberal agenda. If the earth is cooling, the warming-effect from greenhouse gases would be positive, and there would be no need for Big Brother to manage our carbon usage.

The failure to take Bible prophecy into account has left scientists ignorant of a vital component that drives earth’s weather. I think the recent deadly typhoon in the Philippines has more to do with the book of Revelation than is does CO2 emissions.

As we get closer to the Tribulation hour, the warning signs will only become stronger.

“Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn't worship him as God or even give him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused” (Romans 1:21 NIV).

“Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart” (Ephesians 4:18 KJV).

--Todd


Antichrist-Jordan Foretelling in View

Antichrist is going to rule the whole world at some point before Christ returns--right? That is the thought of many who have studied Bible prophecy throughout the decades. It is not an accurate assessment of what is scheduled, however.

Much of the thinking regarding the all-encompassing rule of the beast of Revelation chapter 13–Antichrist—is based upon the prophetic passage: “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads” (Revelation 13:16). It certainly appears from this portion of Scripture--Revelation 13:12-18—and others that the entire world of earth-dwellers comes under Antichrist’s beastly rule. But this is not the case.

There is a fancy term that defines why the simple word “all” doesn’t necessarily mean “all.” The term is "synecdoche," which, according to the World English Dictionary, is a figure of speech in which a part is substituted for a whole or a whole for a part, as in fifty head of cattle for fifty cows or the army for a soldier.

This means for our purposes here that the use of the expression "He causeth all" is a synecdoche, or representative of many people throughout the earth, but not necessarily every single individual on earth or every nation. The Bible might include a synecdoche in terms of geography, but never in matters dealing with the soul. In other words, when Paul wrote that "all" will be changed in the twinkling of an eye, he meant that literally everyone who is born again will be changed in that atomos of time that will be the moment of Rapture. When John wrote "He causeth all," he meant "all" in the synecdochical sense.

All of that explanation is to say that Antichrist will have absolute power over much of planet Earth, but not all of it. He will not, according to Bible prophecy, be allowed to spread his tyrannical hegemony to the Middle Eastern nation of Jordan, for example. That prophecy is most interesting when considered in light of the news story just reported this past week.

The Obama Administration and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan have both reportedly sided with Israel in its demand to retain control over the Jordan Valley in any future peace agreement with the Palestinians…

Israel has long insisted that, even if it surrenders the bulk of Judea and Samaria (the so-called "West Bank"), it must retain control of the Jordan Valley as a buffer against future external threats, and as a deterrent and protection against Palestinian aggression.

Jordan wants Israel in the Jordan Valley to prevent further influx of Palestinian Arabs into the Hashemite Kingdom. Jordan's Palestinian majority has threatened the Bedouin-backed Hashemite monarchy in the past, including in the 1970-1971 Jordanian Civil War. (Ryan Jones, "US, Jordan Agree: Israel Should Control Jordan Valley," Israel Today, 12/09/13).

There has been over the decades an almost comfortable arrangement between Israel and Jordan. The late Jordanian King Abdullah, and now his son, have always received a degree of protection from Israel, the much-hated Arab enemy.

Of course, the geopolitical reason for the arrangement is that Jordan and surrounding area gives Israel a buffer zone against attacks that could otherwise be launched, giving the Jewish state a much shorter warning time. However, the real reason for the peaceful arrangement doubtless derives from heavenly directive. Jordan is scheduled to escape the deadly Antichrist regime’s tyrannical grip during the time of Tribulation. There are interesting aspects of this apparently heaven-given arrangement we will examine momentarily.

Let’s look first at the prophesied rise of Antichrist in the region and the lead-up to the matter of Jordan escaping his murderous control. Daniel the prophet gives the beast of Revelation 13 the title “the king”:

And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overflown from before him, and shall be broken; yea, also the prince of the covenant. (Daniel 11:21-22)

And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. (Daniel 11: 36)

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. (Daniel 11:41)

Daniel switches from ancient wars and conquest, as recorded in chapter 11 prior to verse 40, to suddenly bring the reader to the end of the age and the Antichrist’s appearance and rampage across the pages of end times history. This vile king of fierce countenance overtakes many nations, but Daniel foretells that Edom, Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon escape his terrible land grab.

Moab, which is in essence modern-day Jordan, it is fascinating to consider, isn’t mentioned as part of the coalition in the Gog-Magog war of Ezekiel 38 prophesied to attack Israel. It is also interesting that Edom, part of modern Jordan, is the place the Lord will come from at the Second Advent in great fury. Bozrah was that area’s capital. Here is what Isaiah said about that area when Christ returns to do battle with Antichrist and earth’s rebels:

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. (Isaiah 63:1-4)

Another fascinating point of prophecy to consider, seeing as how Jordan and its relationship with Israel is in the headlines, is that nation’s apparent treatment of the Jews as Antichrist’s full fury storms against them as given in Revelation chapter 12. The remnant of Israel will escape into the wilderness while Satan’s forces rage after them. It will be in the middle of Daniel’s seventieth week, the last half or three and a half years into the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). All Jews are told to flee Jerusalem, for Antichrist’s full fury will come against them.

The remnant of Israel will flee, many believe to Petra, the ancient, rose-red city. And that is, guess where, in the Jordanian desert area, somewhat south of the place known in ancient times as Bozrah.

Whether the hiding place is Petra or another, it almost will certainly be in the area of the Jordanian valley, and Christ will make a stop there, as we know, to save God’s chosen people–the remnant (all) of believing Israel.

Jordan is proving to be one more indicator of this late date on God’s prophetic timeline.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Dec 9, 2013
The Demonic Knockout GameOur nation is in the grip of an epidemic of black-on-white crime. The latest trend in this problem is a practice called the “knockout game.” It involves assailants (mostly young black males) attempting to “knock out” an unsuspecting victim with a single sucker punch to the head.
Calling this a game is a sick joke. You would have to be a hate-filled psychopath to find this entertaining. Striking someone in the face as hard as possible can be fatal. Attempted murder is the only proper way to label this type of attack.
In just the city of Syracuse, the “knockout game” is blamed for two deaths:

Michael Daniels, 51, was beaten to death, outside the Los Amigos Market. Ander Grady, 16, was found guilty of manslaughter and his 13-year-old co-defendant pleaded guilty to assault.
Jim Gifford, 70, was punched and kicked after he was knocked unconscious outside a 7-Eleven in September, dying four days later at Upstate University Hospital. Romeo Williams, 18, has been charged with first-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault.

There is no national record of how many of these knockout attacks have occurred because the liberal media is doing everything possible to cast doubt on the problem. Not a single major-broadcast has run a story on the trend. I did find that John Stewart of The Daily Show made a quick reference to the “knockout game,” saying it was equal to the fictitious war on Christmas.
How can there be any doubt about the intentions of black ruffians randomly punching someone of another race in the face? It has happened at least a hundred times. The only thing to disbelieve is the depth of depravity required to carry out such an attack.
It’s easy for the liberal media to ignore attacks on whites (they don’t count in a politically correct world). However, the news of attacks of Jewish residents in Crown Heights has forced them to give some secondary coverage to the matter. There is a long history of tension between the black and Jewish communities.
Councilwoman-elect, Laurie Cumbo was just elected to represent Crown Heights. Since the problem is occurring in her district she obviously felt compelled to express her concern in a letter to supporters. She started out by calling the “knockout game” an epidemic, but then she offered one excuse after another for why young blacks are attacking Jews:
“In many ways governmental neglect, outside uncontrolled influences and failed leadership have led to the breakdown that so many young people of color are currently facing.”
Nowhere in her 1,200-word letter did Cumbo directly condemn the youths who have been carrying out the vicious attacks. By blaming the problem on economic disparities she evoked what the Anti-Defamation League calls: “Classic anti-Semitic stereotypes.”
These attacks are disastrous for the social standing of blacks in America. If you’re a youth of any African decent, it would be very disheartening to have the majority of the people you encounter on the street taking a defensive stance as you pass by them.
The “knockout game” is rocket fuel for hate groups. Already websites that track race-related crimes are popping up all over the Internet. If you go to any news story on the “knockout game” offering a reader-comment section, you’ll find them full of statements that reflect the growing feeling of persecution on the part of whites.
I think we are on a hopeless collision coarse with racial unrest. The liberal media is fanning the flames by ignoring the dangerous trend. Many blacks think they live in a state of total oppression, and whites—who are in a position of responsibility by their majority status—prefer to cowardly bite their tongues and do nothing until something forces them to act.
The collapse of the welfare state will likely be the event that uncorks this brewing volcano. When the EBT cards go void, people will go mad. I guess the only question is this: Will there be so much black-on-black violence that anyone will notice the black-on-white hostility?
I see this breakdown of racial harmony as just one more reason for us to hope for our deliverance in the Rapture. In heaven, there is no racial strife, because in Christ, we are all brothers and sisters.
“For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:27-29).
--Todd


Israel Forever!I am writing this piece this morning, the first day of the Pre-Trib prophecy conference in Dallas--the 23rd such conference, according to Dr. Tim LaHaye, the founder of the forum. This year's conference is on Israel and that nation's destiny.
We have addressed this subject on a number of occasions on Rapture Ready, but it is one that never grows stale--at least not with me. And, the insights gained so far while listening to Dr. David Hocking made the trip worthwhile, even if I didn't plan to sit through another session. Israel is the prophetic signal--if one were to choose just one--that should prove to any rationally oriented mind that: 1) God's Word is true, and 2) This generation is very near the end of the dispensation of grace.
Dr. Hocking, one of the most knowledgeable scholars and speakers on Israel, spent 45 minutes or so laying out the case for Israel being the one nation that is guaranteed to be such forever. In the process of his presentation, he, without having to say so, built the foundation to show that the God of the Bible is the one and only God.
He told how he had opportunity to witness to a cabbie who had driven him from the airport to the hotel. He said the cab driver made the mistake of asking what he was doing in Dallas. Dr. Hocking told him he was speaking at a conference. The cabbie, a Muslim a native of the Middle East, asked him what he was speaking on, and the conversation that followed was one of great interest. The shuttle van's driver said something about Allah being in charge of everything, and Dr. Hocking went into depth--for the brief duration of the ride from DFW to the hotel, how there is only one God and His Name is Yahweh. He didn't say--or I don't remember him reporting that he did so--how the conversation ended. But, David spoke the following morning with his head still attached, so I presume the driver didn't consider the infidel's offense of sufficient magnitude to take jihad action. Or, maybe Dr. Hocking didn't mention Mohammed, which seems to be the redline for employing the scimitar, like in the case we remember involving the writer Salman Rushdie from some years back.
Again, David Hocking's presentation was on Israel and her destiny. That topic is at the heart of what is going on, prophetically, in the world today. One question Hocking addressed was the question of whether Israel today is fulfillment of Bible prophecy. Is the modern state of Israel a literal fulfillment of Bible prophecy?
The more academic of Bible prophecy scholars--the seminarians--mostly hold that Israel being back in the land God gave the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is "preparation" for fulfillment of prophecy, in their view, but not literal fulfillment of any specific prophecy. I was rather surprised, and pleasantly so, to learn that David Hocking considers it literal fulfillment, not merely preparation for fulfillment of prophecy from the futurist point of view.
Dr. Hocking certainly fits into the fold of academia, but his overwhelming, evidence-laden exposition on modern Israel being prophecy fulfilled in our time proved, to me, at least, that the academic purists within the pre-Trib view of eschatology camp are out of sync with what God predicts for Israel.
Now, for a commercial. That's what my book, Cauldron: Supernatural Implications of the Current Middle East, is about, in its essence. It is a treatment--and, if I may say so, a very reader-friendly treatment--of why Israel is at the center of world geopolitical controversy and has become a nation blamed for the threat of global nuclear war--thus, even though it is that tiny Jewish state, itself, that is constantly threatened with destruction from its enemy neighbors.
The book covers the current, precarious state of world peace. It goes back to the book of Genesis to find the beginning of the supernatural hatred being waged against modern Israel at this very hour. It deals, often in minute detail, with some of the international intrigues being plotted for the wind-up of human history.
The bottom line is summed up scripturally with the prophetic words, "He who keepth Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps." To put it another way--"Israel forever!" -


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he End Times According To Daniel … Part Two, Chapters 8 And 9

 

Two years after Daniel’s vision of the four beasts that we described in chapter 7, he had another vision, this one of a ram and a goat. As we’ll see, it was intended to give both him and us more detail on the things to come, because the vision has a dual fulfillment. For Daniel this vision was all in the future.  But for us the first fulfillment is now history, assuring the final one, which is still in our future.

Daniel 8

Daniel’s Vision of a Ram and a Goat
In the third year of King Belshazzar’s reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. In my vision I saw myself in the citadel of Susa in the province of Elam; in the vision I was beside the Ulai Canal. I looked up, and there before me was a ram with two horns, standing beside the canal, and the horns were long. One of the horns was longer than the other but grew up later. I watched the ram as he charged toward the west and the north and the south. No animal could stand against him, and none could rescue from his power. He did as he pleased and became great. (Daniel 8:1-4)
The year was 551 BC. It was 16 years before the fall of Babylon to the Medo-Persian coalition. Susa was 230 miles east of Babylon in modern day Iran and would become the capital of the Persian Empire. Both Daniel and Nehemiah lived there, as did Queen Esther. Today it’s known as Shush. An unusual white cone shaped stone there marks the traditional resting place of Daniel. In addition to the Persian Jews, many Shiite Muslims who also revere the prophet visit his grave to this day.
The King of Persia wore a ram’s head crown into battle, so the ram with two horns represents Medo-Persia. The longer horn that grew up later is the Persian component of the coalition that eventually became dominant. (The Angel Gabriel will confirm the identities of both animals for us later in the chapter.) As we’ve noted before, Media was home to the Kurds of today while Persia has become Iran. Together these two conquered an area extending from Pakistan in the East to Greece in the West and to the shores of the Black and Caspian Seas in the North and ruled it for 200 years, until about 330 BC. A Royal Road ran from Susa all the way to Sardis in Western Turkey bringing goods from the Mediterranean to the capital city.
As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between his eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground. He came toward the two-horned ram I had seen standing beside the canal and charged at him in great rage. I saw him attack the ram furiously, striking the ram and shattering his two horns. The ram was powerless to stand against him; the goat knocked him to the ground and trampled on him, and none could rescue the ram from his power. The goat became very great, but at the height of his power his large horn was broken off, and in its place four prominent horns grew up toward the four winds of heaven. (Daniel 8:5-8)
The one horned goat was the symbol of Phillip of Macedon, father to Alexander the Great. The Persians had humiliated Phillip, and Alexander built a powerful army to exact revenge. To unite the warring factions of Eastern Europe against the Persians, Alexander invented a new language, called Common Greek, so they could all speak together and settle their real and imagined grievances. Showing the Persians no mercy, he soundly defeated Darius III’s 200, 000 man army at the Battle of Guagamela in 331 BC with only 35,000 troops of his own. He was 22 years old. Seven years later he died in Babylon leaving the empire to be divided among his four generals, Cassander (Macedonia and Greece), Lysimachus (Thrace and Asia Minor), Ptolemy (Israel and Egypt) and Seleucus. (Syria, Lebanon and Jordan)
Out of one of them came another horn, which started small but grew in power to the south and to the east and toward the Beautiful Land. It grew until it reached the host of the heavens, and it threw some of the starry host down to the earth and trampled on them. It set itself up to be as great as the Prince of the host; it took away the daily sacrifice from him, and the place of his sanctuary was brought low. Because of rebellion, the host of the saints and the daily sacrifice were given over to it. It prospered in everything it did, and truth was thrown to the ground.
Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to him, “How long will it take for the vision to be fulfilled—the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, the rebellion that causes desolation, and the surrender of the sanctuary and of the host that will be trampled underfoot?”
He said to me, “It will take 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the sanctuary will be re-consecrated.” (Daniel 8:9-14)
Now we fast forward to 175 BC and a descendant of Seleucus named Antiochus IV, called another horn here, who gave himself the name Epiphanes, or Divine One. By now the Seleucid Empire had grown substantially and included Israel (the Beautiful Land) taken from descendants of Ptolemy. Antiochus Epiphanes hated the Jews and swore to wipe their religion off the face of the Earth. He almost succeeded.
Arranging to have Israel’s last legitimate High Priest, Onais III, murdered, he began selling the office to the highest bidder, a money-maker that the Romans later adopted as well. He invaded Israel and took control of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. He banned circumcision, the speaking or reading of Hebrew, and possession of the Hebrew Scriptures, burning every copy he could find. He converted the Temple into a pagan worship center, erecting a statue of Zeus (Jupiter) with his own face on it there, requiring the Jews to worship it on pain of death. He slaughtered a pig on the holy altar and ordered the priests to do likewise.
This defilement of the Temple rendered it unfit for use by the Jews. It became known as the Abomination of Desolation and triggered the Maccabean revolt, a successful 3 ½ year long guerrilla action led by Judeas Maccabeas (Judah the Hammer) to oust the forces of Antiochus from Israel and restore the Temple for worship. Because of it, Antiochus Epiphanes has become the clearest type of the anti-Christ, with the Maccabean revolt a model of the Great Tribulation. For 1150 days (2300 evening and morning sacrifices) the sanctuary lay desolate until it was consecrated again in a ceremony celebrated today as the Feast of Hanukkah.
The Interpretation of the Vision
While I, Daniel, was watching the vision and trying to understand it, there before me stood one who looked like a man. And I heard a man’s voice from the Ulai calling, “Gabriel, tell this man the meaning of the vision.”
As he came near the place where I was standing, I was terrified and fell prostrate. “Son of man,” he said to me, “understand that the vision concerns the time of the end.”
While he was speaking to me, I was in a deep sleep, with my face to the ground. Then he touched me and raised me to my feet.
He said: “I am going to tell you what will happen later in the time of wrath, because the vision concerns the appointed time of the end. The two-horned ram that you saw represents the kings of Media and Persia. The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king. The four horns that replaced the one that was broken off represent four kingdoms that will emerge from his nation but will not have the same power. (Daniel 8:15-22)
The Angel Gabriel now comes to explain to Daniel that he’s going to expand the vision to show that there will be a repeat of these events on a much larger scale at the time of the end. We’ll see that the “Little Horn” of Daniel 7:8 is the end times fulfillment of the one called “Another Horn” in Daniel 8:9, the one we know as Antiochus Epiphanes. He begins with the identification of the Ram and Goat and describes the distribution of Alexander’s Kingdom to his four generals. Then he heads straight for “the time of wrath.”
“In the latter part of their reign, when rebels have become completely wicked, a stern-faced king, a master of intrigue, will arise. He will become very strong, but not by his own power. He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does. He will destroy the mighty men and the holy people. He will cause deceit to prosper, and he will consider himself superior. When they feel secure, he will destroy many and take his stand against the Prince of princes. Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power. (Daniel 8:23-25)
Remnants of these Empires will endure until the End of the Age when a king like Antiochus will arise, but this one won’t be acting in his own strength. In Rev 13:2we’re told that the Dragon will give him his power. And unlike Antiochus, who had suffered an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the upstart Romans and was forced to leave Egypt in shame, this king will succeed in everything he does and will be admired by all. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, “Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?” (Rev. 13:3-4)
He’ll come on the scene as a peacemaker, but will wind up with most of the world under his authority, even thinking to go to war against the armies of heaven. Like his predecessor, he’ll have an unnatural hatred for the Jews and will attempt to wipe them off the face of the Earth. He too will erect a statue in the Holy Place (Rev. 13:15), calling himself God and demanding worship (2Thes. 2:4). Yet his end will come at the hand of the One who really is the King of the whole Earth.
“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”
I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king’s business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding.(Daniel 8:26-27)
Gabriel concluded his interpretation of the vision by implying that the 2300 evenings and mornings will surely come, but the vision’s ultimate fulfillment is for the End Times. This has been verified in history. The Temple’s desolation by Antiochus Epiphanes fulfilled the prophecy of the evenings and mornings. This distinguishes the Macabbean revolt  from the Great Tribulation, where the coming Abomination of Desolation is said to last 1260 days (Rev. 12:6), and shows that for us it’s a historical model of a future event.  Jesus made reference to this when He warned the Jews living in Judea at the end of the age to flee when they see the Abomination of Desolation again (Matt. 24:15-21).

Daniel 9

Fast forward 13 years to 538BC. Daniel is an old man by now, probably in his eighties. He’s been in Babylon for nearly 70 years and has learned from reading Jeremiah’s account of the Babylon’s conquest that Israel’s period of captivity was nearly over. God had told Jeremiah that it would last for 70 years, and then Babylon would be defeated and the Jews would be set free to rebuild their country. (Jeremiah 25:11-12)
The reason for this judgment was Israel’s insistence upon worshiping the false gods of their pagan neighbors. Its duration of 70 years came from the fact that for 490 years they had neglected to let their farmland lie fallow one year out of every seven as God had commanded in Leviticus 25:1-7. The Lord had been patient all that time but finally had sent them to Babylon to give the land the 70 years of rest that were due it. (2 Chron. 36:21)
While praying one day, confessing Israel’s sins and reminding God of His promise to restore them, (Daniel 9:1-23) Daniel was visited once again by the Angel Gabriel, who interrupted his prayer to reveal more of Israel’s future, once again expanding the visions of chapters 7 and 8 with a four verse overview of things to come.
Many believe that Daniel 9:24-27 is the most important passage of prophecy in all of Scripture. Almost every mistake I’ve run across in studying the various interpretations of End Times Prophecy can be traced back to a misunderstanding of this passage. Let’s read the whole thing to get the big picture and then take it apart verse by verse.
Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your Holy City to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy. Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until The Anointed One the Ruler comes there will be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble. After the sixty two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue till the end and desolations have been decreed. He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation until the end that is decreed is poured out on him (Daniel 9:24-27).
No prophecy in all of Scripture is more critical to our understanding of the end times than these four verses. A few basic clarifications are in order first, and then we’ll interpret the passage verse by verse. The Hebrew word translated weeks (or sevens) refers to a period of 7 years, like our word decade refers to a period of 10 years. It literally means “a week of years.” So 70 weeks is 70 X 7 years or 490 years. This period is divided into three parts, 7 weeks or 49 years, 62 weeks or 434 years, and 1 week or 7 years. Let’s begin.
Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your Holy City to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the most Holy (place)(Daniel 9:24).
These 6 things would be accomplished for Daniel’s people (Israel) and Daniel’s Holy City (Jerusalem) during a specified period of 490 years. I’ve inserted the word “place” after Holy at the end of the verse to clarify the fact that it refers to the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.
Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until The Anointed One the Ruler comes there will be seven weeks and sixty two weeks. It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench but in times of trouble.(Daniel 9:25).
Here is a clear prophecy of the timing of the First Coming. When this message was given to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel, Jerusalem had lain in ruin for nearly 70 years and the Jews were captive in Babylon. Counting forward for 62 + 7 periods of 7 years each from a future decree giving the Jews permission to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, they should expect the Messiah. That’s a total of 483 years after the decree is issued.
Here it’s important to distinguish the decree that freed the Jews from their captivity from the one that gave them permission to rebuild Jerusalem.
When he conquered Babylon in 535BC Cyrus the Persian immediately freed the Jews. It had been prophesied 150 years earlier in Isaiah 44:24-45:6 and was fulfilled in Ezra 1:1-4. But according to Nehemiah 2:1 the decree to rebuild Jerusalem was given in the first month of the 20th year of his reign by King Artaxerxes of Persia (March of 445 BC on our calendar, about 90 years later).
Exactly 483 years after that the Lord Jesus rode in to Jerusalem on a donkey to shouts of “Hosanna”, on the only day in His life He permitted His followers to proclaim Him as Israel’s King, fulfilling Daniel’s prophecy to the day! The Hebrew in Daniel 9:25 calls Him Messiah the Prince, denoting the fact that He was coming as the Anointed Son of the King and was not yet crowned King Himself.
In Luke 19:41-45, He reminded the people of the specific nature of this prophecy. As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said,“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace–but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” He held them accountable for knowing Daniel 9:24-27.
A few days later He extended that accountability to us. “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel–let the reader understand– then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. (Matt 24:15) We are also required to understand Daniel 9 in reference to the Great Tribulation and 2nd Coming.
After the sixty two weeks the Anointed One will be cut off and have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue till the end and desolations have been decreed (Daniel 9:26).
First came 7 sevens (49 years) and then 62 sevens (434 years) for a total of 69 sevens or 483 years. At the end of this 2nd period their Messiah would be executed (literally destroyed in the making of a covenant) having received none of the honor, glory and blessing the Scriptures promised Him, and the people of a ruler yet to come would destroy Jerusalem and the Temple. The Israelites would be scattered abroad and peace would elude the world.
We all know that Jesus was crucified, establishing the New Covenant in the process, and 38 years later the Romans put the torch to the city and the Temple destroying both. Surviving Jews were forced to flee for their lives and in the ensuing 2000 years I don’t believe a single generation has escaped involvement in a war of some kind.
And then something strange happened: The Heavenly clock stopped. 69 of the 70 weeks had passed and all that was prophesied to happen during those 483 years had come to pass but there was still one week (7 years) left. There are hints in the Old Testament that the clock had stopped several times before in Israel’s history when for one reason or another they were out of the land. And in the New Testament we’re also told that while God is dealing with the Church, time ceases to exist for Israel (Acts 15:13-18). But the clearest indication that this is the case is that the events foretold in Daniel 9:27 simply haven’t happened yet.
He will confirm a covenant with many for one week. In the middle of the week he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the Temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation until the end that is decreed is poured out on him (Daniel 9:27).
Here is the missing 70th week, but before we try to understand it let’s recall a rule of grammar that will help make our interpretation correct. The rule is this: Pronouns refer to the closest previous noun. “He” being a personal pronoun refers to the closest previous person, in this case the “ruler who will come.” So a ruler who will come from some part of the old Roman Empire will confirm a 7 year treaty with Israel that permits them to build a Temple and re-instate their Old Covenant worship system.  3 1/2 years later he will violate this treaty by setting up an abomination that causes the Temple to become desolate, putting an end to their worship.  This abomination brings the wrath of God down upon him and he will be destroyed. This is the Little Horn of Daniel 7:8 and the end times fulfillment of the one called “Another Horn” in Daniel 8:9, first fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes.
The most obvious way in which we know these things haven’t happened is that the Jewish Old Covenant worship system requires a Temple and there hasn’t been one since 70 AD when the Romans destroyed it.
Some say this prophecy was fulfilled during the Roman destruction of 70 AD but most believe it’s yet future, partly because of the term Abomination that causes Desolation. As Gabriel told Daniel, in the time of wrath there would be a second, greater fulfillment of the prophecies from his vision of chapter 8. Another king would arise and repeat the things Antiochus had done, one of which would be to stand in the Temple and declare himself to be God, and demand that the people worship a statue of him on pain of death.  Both Paul (2 Thes. 2:4) and John (Rev. 13:14-15) confirmed these things.
Jesus said that this event would kick off the Great Tribulation (Matt 24:15-21), and Paul said the anti-Christ would be the one to do it (2 Thes 2:4).  The blasphemies of Antiochus had not been specifically repeated when the Romans destroyed the Temple, and there hasn’t been another Temple since. The similarities between this coming event and the one from history being so obvious, most scholars are persuaded that one points to the other since nothing in the intervening years fits so completely.
Soon And Very Soon
Following a devastating war in the Middle East, a new leader will soon emerge on the scene. With great personal charisma and a plan end to all wars, he will captivate and control the world. Since all true believers will have recently disappeared from Earth, he’ll have no trouble persuading most remaining inhabitants that he is the promised Messiah, the Prince of Peace. He will astound and amaze them all with feats of diplomacy and conquest, even performing the supernatural.  But when he claims to be God, all hell will break loose on Earth and 3 1/2 years of the most terrible times mankind has ever known will threaten their very existence.
But before they’re all destroyed the real Prince of Peace will return and overthrow this imposter. He will set up His kingdom on earth, a kingdom that will never be conquered nor left to another. Having given His life to finish transgression, put an end to sin, atone for wickedness and bring in everlasting righteousness, and having fulfilled all Biblical vision and prophecy, He will anoint the most Holy Place and receive all the honor, glory and blessing the Scriptures promised Him. Israel will finally have her Kingdom restored and will live in peace with God in her midst, and you and I as the bride of the Christ will rule and reign with Him forever. If you listen carefully, you can almost hear the footsteps of the Messiah.

 

 
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Friday, December 6, 2013

Global SITREP B10-13: The Jordan Valley



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    06 December 2013: The geo-political and military situation in the Jordan Valley (image above) is tremendously informative as to where we are prophetically with respect to the fulfillment of Psalm 83, Ezekiel 28:24-26 and Isaiah 11:14 at any point in the near term. This present situation clearly informs that some great upheaval will have to occur within the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jordan's official name) for it to become openly hostile to the existence of Israel as made clear in the prophecy.  

     

     
    As can be determined by reading an article published yesterday morning in The Times of Israel, at the present time Jordan is resolutely supportive of Israel through the IDF maintaining total military control of the Jordan Valley and the West Bank instead of Palestinian Authority's forces. Amman wants Israel to complete a security fence along this frontier because it would be a security benefit for both Jordan and Israel. Jordan has been telling its American ally that it supports Israel's position in the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinian Authority. And US SECSTATE John Kerry's notion of an international security force for this region has already been shot down in flames, almost before it was presented to these nations.

     

     

    Obviously Jordan and the PA are not reading from the same sheet of deadly music as seen in the above noted prophecies, therefore something of a sea-change will have to occur between these two nations. Isaiah 17 might be the catalyst for that change, but only time will tell. It's clear to me that Jordan will be key to how the final fulfillment of the Psalm 83 prophecy comes to fulfillment. We'll keep an eye on this for new developments.

    The map above  has been added to illustrate the nations and peoples prophetically identified by Asaph in Psalm 83. This is how the region was geo-politically divided 2,900-3,000 years ago. However, at that time none of these nations or peoples were united in an alliance against Israel. Only since 1948 A.D. has this been true, making Psalm 83 a prophecy in he process of fulfillment for our time.

     

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Recap: Your Favorite Posts on Eschatology Today



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    04 December 2013: I was just engaged in a cursory analysis of readers preferences on Eschatology Today. Three blog items that concern specific Bible prophecy subjects stand out, not only head and shoulders above all other posts found here, but by such a wide margin that I had to double and triple check my data to be certain of it. It is that lopsided that I was taken aback by the sheer numbers involved. So the cursory analysis quickly transformed into a detailed study. What fun!
     
    The most popular subject by far is anything related to the prophecies of Psalm 83, Isaiah 17 and Jeremiah 49.  Combined and individually they are by far the most viewed topics and the most discussed by a factor of several thousand. 
     
    Not surprisingly, the second most preferred topic is anything to do with Ezekiel 38/39, and especially anything to do with "Gog of Magog."  Folks want to learn more about this man than they do about Antichrist by a factor of almost 5 to 1. I have to believe that this is because most view Gog as a pre-70th Week personage and Antichrist is viewed as strictly 70th Week.
     
    Third place goes to anything having to do with the 70th Week Temple, which ties in directly with Gabriel's prophecy in Daniel 9 and Jesus' Olivet Discourse in the Gospels. Brothers and Sisters, as we all should know, these topics in sum are the meat n' taters adult sustenance of the Lord's prophetic word.
     
    So, armed with this knowledge of what ya'll prefer to read about, I will do my best to keep the focus on these topics during 2014 and to do deeper research on them. Marana'tha!

     

     

Global SITREP B9-13: A Nuclear Iran



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    04 December 2013: The overnight assassination of the Hezbollah commander for terrorist operations on foreign soil, Hajj Hassan Hollo al-Laqqis (his Jeep Cherokee looks like so much metallic Swiss cheese from automatic weapons fire), has to have had an effect on the enemy forces. Instead of blowing him up as was done to his Hezbollah predecessor Hajj Imad Mughniyeh, this assassination team got up very close and personal in dispatching this terrorist to his eternal fate. Were it possible to do the same to Ayatollah Khamenei or Hassan Nasrallah that would be the case, and that is the message that has been sent by this assassination: This and worse is waiting for you when the time comes (seePsalm 83:9-12 for the gruesome prophetic details).

    02 December 2013: Unless the military option is exercised by the State of Israel at the direction of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu within a very narrow window, there is nothing else on this earth that will prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from arming itself with nuclear weapons of its own manufacture from start to finish.  These nuclear weapons will range from Radiological Dispersion Devices (RDD), the so-called "dirty bombs," to theater and strategic nuclear weapons in the form of warheads fitted upon cruise and ballistic missiles. Both the United States of America and the State of Israel appear to have talked the talk but failed to walk the walk to prevent this catastrophe from occurring. The world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, with an apocalyptic national doctrine based upon Shi'a Twelver eschatology, is now within a very few days of acquiring the method with which it can achieve its goal.

     

     
     

THE FALSE GOD OF CHRISTMAS

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    Parents, often without even realizing it, have been teaching their children the following things about Santa Claus
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    SANTA IS OMNISCIENT
    He knows how children behave throughout the year. The familiar song says, "He knows if we've been good or bad." Also he knows exactly what children want for Christmas even if the child does not have an opportunity to tell him personally.

    SANTA IS OMNIPOTENT
    No storm is too great to hinder Santa from performing his annual miracle of delivering gifts throughout the world. He also defies the laws of nature by flying and by coming down the narrowest (and hottest!) of chimneys! Nor should we forget his amazing ability to produce millions of gifts throughout the year. Is anything too hard for Santa? With Santa all things are possible!

    SANTA IS OMNIPRESENT
    To visit every home in the world in one evening requires nothing less than omnipresence! Every child in the world can wake up in the morning and say, "Santa has been here! Santa was present in my home!" Prior to Christmas Santa also appears at hundreds of street corners and shopping centers throughout the country at the same time!

    SANTA IS FAITHFUL
    You can always count on Santa! Santa never fails and he never breaks his word. When Santa makes a promise he keeps it! When he promises a child a gift, that child will never be disappointed. Children are fully persuaded that what Santa has promised he is able also to perform. The child that believes in Santa will not be put to shame! Santa is totally dependable and trustworthy!

    SANTA IS ETERNAL
    Santa with his white beard and weather-beaten face is the very essence of eternity. Year after year goes by and Santa grows no older. Generations have come and gone but Santa is still here. His life is endless and Santa cannot die. To Santa belongs an unending life.
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    SANTA IS IMMUTABLE
    Yesterday, today, forever Santa is the same! He never seems to change. He is always happy! He is always jolly. He is always kind to children. In a changing world you can always count on Santa being Santa!

    SANTA IS LOVE
    Santa loves all the boys and girls in the world. Santa is no respecter of persons. He loves them all--red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight.

    SANTA IS RIGHTEOUS
    All that Santa does is right! He makes no mistakes. He does all things well. Every child's stocking contains exactly the right thing.

    SANTA IS GOOD
    Santa showers his blessings upon all. Every good and perfect gift comes from Santa. He is the supreme GIVER of Christmas. It is Santa who brings the best gift of all!

    SANTA IS SOVEREIGN
    On Christmas Eve Santa is in complete control of the situation. Circumstances do not phase him (such as storms, sizes of chimneys, red-hot fire places, etc.). He is the King of Christmas!

    SANTA IS COMING
    Santa is coming to town. You better be ready! You better watch out! You better be good! He's coming! Are you prepared when Santa comes to reward every boy or girl according to his work? Millions of boys and girls each year wait with eager expectancy for the glorious appearing of the great Santa god. What a blessed hope for countless numbers of children! His reward is with him! What a comforting hope the boys and girls have as they prepare for his coming! And during the night he may come at any time. Even so, come, Santa Claus!

    SANTA IS WORSHIPPED
    Santa is worshipped and loved by thousands of children the world around. Children love him so much that all through the year they seek to please him in such a way that when they see him they will not be ashamed. O come let us adore HIM!
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    .[Parents, is this the god you want your children to know and love? Is it important to tell our children the truth even when they are very young?What have you taught your children about the TRUE GOD, and His beloved Son, the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you taught them who the Great GIVER of Christmas is (John 3:16)? Do they know about the gift of God which is eternal life (Rom. 6:23)?]

    For God so loved the world, that he gavehis only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

     

    (John 3:16)

    Merry Christmas! The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!

    GWZ I.F.

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    The Christmas Reality

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    A note;

    All this post is seeking to communicate is that Christ must have the preeminence at Christmas. If “Christians” would seek to exalt Santa above the reality of Christ’s Person and birth – which many do - they are dead wrong. These “Christians” are the ones who usually get the most offended at this post! If one seeks to be objective and truly believes the Christmas reality they would have no problem with this post. We did not post this piece to start a Santa War, but to make the individual consider the majesty and Devine Message of Christmas. That God Gave His Son! (John 3:16-17) Share/Bookmark 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2013

The WONDERFUL Christmas Message in a Nut Shell!!!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013

The Angelic Proclamation of Then and Now!



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    Imagine if you will the picture… It is another normal depressing night in the fields of Bethlehem and you are a son of Abraham and a shepherd guarding and watching over your flocks by NIGHT (Luke 2:8). All seems to be as it always is. Sadly, you are pondering what life is all about? In your deep despair and subjective worldly perception you wonder, has Almighty God forsaken His people Israel? Does the God of Israel even care about me? Will a Messiah come and redeem His people from the bondage of oppressiveRome? I’m confused and disillusioned with everything. The conditions, seasons and future looks very bleak and pessimistic. 

    As Almighty God breaks through the silence He does not send not a prophet, but the entire exceeding multitudes of angelic host to herald the Messiah’s birth!
     
    It is very hard to be optimistic in such a day when Rome dominates the land with an iron hand and its oppressive taxation leaves very little left for the people. The ruler of the land who is under Rome is not even a Jew and is a violent madman who knows NO mercy. It feels as if we are at the end of our lot here and all is hopeless. As your despair and hopelessness reaches a suicidal numbing pitch a wonder of wonders bursts out of the heavens from above which astonishes and frightens you beyond all belief! It is in this night, when ALL is hopeless that Almighty God breaks through the 400 years of silence. As Almighty God breaks through the silence He does not send a prophet, but sends the entire exceeding multitudes of the angelic host from heaven's glory to herald the Messiah’s birth!
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    “And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. (Luke 2:8-14)

    Wake up O Israel!! Wake up O Earth!!! A Savior is born!!!! Wake up!!! Almighty God has sent a SAVIOR, mighty to save and deliver ALL who trust in Him from sin and death (John 3:16-17, 36, Rom 7:24-25, Rev. 20:11-15)! Oh my beloved, how many people in the land of Israel were TRULY looking for Almighty God’s Savior, the Savior of the Holy Scriptures (Isa. 53, John 1:10-11)? Sadly near to none because people (conservative and liberal) are NOT looking to be delivered from their transgressions against Almighty God. They are looking for Almighty God to accommodate and accept THEIR subjective fallen world perspective which is governed by their 5 senses (Rom. 1:18-32, 10:2-4, Jude 1:10). They are ever seeking to preserve this fallen world while rejecting the NEW one that is to come in complete RIGHTEOUSNESS (Rev. 21). It is their personal will that must always trump Almighty God’s ETERNAL SOVEREIGN will. They (conservative and liberal) have THEIR own opinions of who God is and have made the Holy Scriptures to fit THEIR personal “Judeo/Christian” life style (Jer. 23:36, Matt. 7:21-23, 2 Peter 3:16). They know it not but they are personally (conservative and liberal) at war with Almighty God and His program for the ages.

    The dear shepherds and Israel of old were absolutely oblivious to truly who Almighty God was, why the present state and condition of the nation Israel and what was their greatest need for their lives.

     

    The majority of the world wants a godless and lawless existence (conservative and liberal) and desires for their lawless lives the fruits of RIGHTEOUSNESS by applying godless and lawless means (Rom. 10:2-4, 2 Peter 3:16, Jude 1:10). Even today, just as 2000 years ago the majority of the world still REJECTS Almighty God’s FREE GIFT of saving grace, redemption and ETERNAL LIFE (Rom. 1:18-32). The dear shepherds andIsrael of old were absolutely oblivious to who Almighty God truly was, why the present state and condition of the nation Israel and what was their greatest need for their lives. Their greatest need was not to be free from under the yoke of Rome and Herod, but to be delivered from the tyranny, oppression and bondage of Satan, their wretched fallen state and ETERNAL damnation (Rom. 7:24-25, Heb. 2:14-15)

    Even today just as 2000 years ago the majority of the world still rejects Almighty God’s FREE GIFT of saving grace, redemption and ETERNAL LIFE.

     

    Is today any different here inAmerica. The Bible can be found in our own tongue abundantly in every facet of our society, but is the most neglected and rejected book in our nation. Our nation is fully saturated today with godlessness, lawlessness, corruption, decadence, violence, the blood of millions of the unborn, lewdness, narcissism, drug addiction, sex addiction, greed (poor and rich) and the outright rejection of Almighty God and His infallible Word. The height of hypocrisy is that we run around saying Merry Christmas, God bless you, God bless America and Happy Holidays and are absolutely oblivious that we as a nation are about to reap the whirlwind and receive the full weight of Almighty God’s wrath coming up shortly in the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-16). We as a nation (conservative andliberal) are looking for solutions by godless means. We are seeking political saviors who cannot save this sinking Titanic. We have replaced REALITY with vain and delusional optimism. We as a people want to be delivered from all of the ills that plague our nation but we do NOT want to give up our lawless vices that got us here in the first place. Our day is no different than that night 2000 years ago when the world and the shepherds guarding their sheep were oblivious to what Almighty God was doing and what He was going to do. Think about it, how many people back then and here today are looking for Almighty God's TRUE Savior? The answer is a horrific, nearly none (Isa. 53, Matt. 7:13-14, John 1:10-11)!

    We as a people want to be delivered from the ills of our nation but we do NOT want to give up the lawless vices that got us here.

     

    My dear friend, may I ask you this very personal question since we are in the “Christmas” season? Do you truly comprehend and believe the biblical message of ETERNAL salvation put forth by Almighty God in His infallible Word? Do you fully comprehend without a shadow of a doubt that your ABSOLUTE GREATEST NEED is to be delivered from your fallen humanity and the wrath of your Creator (John 3:36, 1 John 5:12)? My friend are you fully prepared for your ETERNAL abode? Do you have the ABSOLUTE PERFECT RIGHTEOUSNESS required by Almighty God (Rom. 3:23, 6:23, 10:2-4)? My friend, no one does and that is why we need Almighty God's Savior so desperately!

    This child would - by the shedding of His RIGHTEOUS BLOOD one day - make FULL ATONEMENT for all who would place their absolute trust in Him and that He would be the satisfying propitiation that would make peace on earth.
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    No wonder the angelic multitude on that night 2000 years ago rejoiced with EXCEEDINGLY GREAT JOY, for they FULLY understood what this lost world did not. For what sin had destroyed, Almighty God was seeking to redeem. This child would - by the shedding of His RIGHTEOUS BLOOD one day - make FULL ATONEMENT for all who would place their absolute trust in Him and that He would be the satisfying propitiation that would bring TRUE peace to the earth (1 John 2:2). Indeed Almighty God’s RIGHTEOUS intentions and good will towards mankind were expressed in the sending of His precious Son (John 3:16-17). Oh beloved, that is what Christmas is about!!
     
    A Savior was born! Do you personally know Him? That is your own personal choice to make. May it be so that you choose to receive the LOVE of Almighty God which is His dear Son who is the greatest gift this Christmas season and every season! Place your trust in Him today, you will NEVER EVER be the same!
     
    The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!
     
    DJP I.F.
     
     
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