Hezekiah’s Prophecy

Most prophecy scholars will tell you that you can’t understand the book of Revelation without studying Daniel. This is true, but it is only partly true!

The truth is that you cannot understand the End Times prophecies of the New Testament, without studying all the Old Testament prophets! For starters, Revelation is not the only book of prophecy in the New Testament; You will find prophecy in the epistles of Paul, and Peter, James, and Jude, the gospels, and even in the book of Hebrews!

Jesus establishes His ministry through prophecy, both those already fulfilled, and those yet to come!

I know Christians who think they don’t need to study prophecy, as if their attitude is commendable, and one of faith! The truth is that you are being disrespectful to your Saviour if you neglect biblical prophecy, and you are showing yourself to be presumptuous!

I have family members who claim to be Christians; they won’t study Biblical Prophecy, but they have no problem reading Harry Potter to their children! Not only is this unwise; it is a form of child abuse! So is taking your son out of Church to go and play hockey games!

What are you saying when you do these things? You are saying that Harry Potter is more interesting and/or exciting than Jesus Christ! You are saying that success in sports is more important than honouring the Creator of the Universe, who created their bodies, and died for their sake!

But I digress…

I was reading through Isaiah recently, and noticed that king Hezekiah actually wrote a part of the book!

The writing of Hezekiah king of Judah, when he had been sick, and was recovered of his sickness: Isaiah 38:9

The words of many kings are recorded in Scripture, but relatively few have had the privilege of actually writing a part of the Word of God; David is most notable, having written most of the psalms, including numerous prophecies, some Messianic, and others End Times. Yes, David was not only a king, and a godly man, but he was a prophet of God!

An example of David’s godly character is the fact that when he was confronted by Nathan, a minor prophet, over his adultery and murder of Uriah, David, a major prophet was willing to heed the word of a minor prophet and repent! There are few “men of God” these days who would be so humble!

Nebuchadnezzar is notable because he started off as a pagan king, but after the Lord dealt with him, later in life, he was given the privilege of writing chapter 4 of the book of Daniel. I believe that this testimony indicates that he became a believer in the God of the bible! What an amazing testimony! If you haven’t already read it, you should!

Hezekiah’s writing is only from Isaiah 38:9-22, but it also contains a prophecy, which I had not noticed the first few times I had read it. It is found in verse 17

17 Behold, for peace I had great bitterness: but thou hast in love to my soul delivered it from the pit of corruption: for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.

The phrase “behind thy back” or “turn thy back”, in Scripture is often an idiom meaning “to forget about” something or to ignore something.

That was how I interpreted this phrase the other times I read this passage, but there is a reason this can’t be the correct interpretation in this case; God is Holy, Holy, Holy, and He can’t just forget about sin! God must punish all sin, because of His character. God is not only a loving God, but He is a Just God. It does not serve Justice to just forget about sin.

If a man, charged with murder, were to come before a judge, and the judge in his verdict says “It is clear the defendant is guilty of this crime, but because I am a loving judge, I can’t sentence him to death therefore I forgive you of this crime. You are free to go!”

Now, think about what just happened in our hypothetical case; a guilty man was forgiven and set free, and no one paid the price for his crime. Justice was not served, the guilty was set free, and the Judge actually participated in the crime! (this is like prisoners being set free because of Covid-19, who then went out and committed more crimes!)

Think about what happened with David; on the surface it looks like what I have just described; David was freed from the penalty of the law, for both Adultery, and for Murder. He was forgiven by God for these crimes!

Does this make God complicit in David’s murder? No! God dealt with David’s sin with Pure Justice!

Hezekiah is alluding to this act of God in verse 17 in the phrase “for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” When did God deal with sin? There is only one time in the history of this planet when God actually dealt with sin; that was the time that Jesus died on the cross and took all of mankind’s sin on Himself! Jesus took responsibility for David’s sin, and for Hezekiah’s sin, in fact for all the sins of mankind, of all time, including mine!

Because he did this, He is worthy to be our Judge! If you are “in Christ” the Judge of judges paid the price for your sins!

So, Hezekiah’s prophecy “for thou hast cast all my sins behind thy back.” is a reference to the literal object that was behind His back when He dealt with sin! The Cross! Hezekiah’s prophecy is about the Cross of Jesus Christ!

This is a prophecy of what Jesus was going to do for Hezekiah a few hundred years hence! Not only for him and David, but for all believers of all time! In fact what Jesus did on the cross was sufficient for all sin of all time, for the blood of the Son of God has unlimited value!

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

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My Response to Covid-19

Well, the world is panicking over the virus named Covid-19, A.K.A. the C.C.P. Virus, or the Wuhan Bat Virus (It is important to indicate the origin of a virus in its name). I have never seen such panic, especially over something that is minor for 98% of cases!  The world didn’t panic like this when the Polio epidemic was in full swing (a little before my time).

In recent weeks we have had several positive cases in our local hospital, and a couple of deaths have been attributed to this virus in our community.

My wife actually works at that hospital.

On line we are watching the cases grow exponentially. It is fascinating to watch the case load explode from 1, to 100, to 1,000, to tens of thousands. It won’t be long now for the numbers to reach the millions! No doubt the growth of this disease is already beyond the ability of our governments to contain.

So, what if you or I get this disease? As I said above, most cases are minor, and most people recover after a few days.

The big question is “What if I die from this disease?”

Well, we are all going to die eventually anyway, but what if we were to die of this disease in the next couple of months?

This is a serious question, and one you shouldn’t put off!

Are you ready to meet your Maker?

Most people think they are, and most are not!

Do you think you are a good person, and have done lots of good things that God must approve of?

If this describes your attitude, then you are in serious trouble! You see, doing good things, good deeds, does not undo the sins you have committed!

I was reading Isaiah 26 the other day and I came across a very interesting statement. In the midst of an indictment against the nation of Israel, the prophet says 12 “Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.” As he goes on to proclaim the failure of Israel he states in verse 18 “we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth”.

What does he mean “we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth”? He means that Israel has failed to deliver anyone from their sins! They were commissioned to be God’s missionary nation to the world, and they have failed in that commission!  All their works were done by God, and so there is no credit for them in those works!  Yes He still has a future of peace for them, but not before the Time of Jacob’s Trouble!

What he is alluding to, is the fact that anything good the nation has done, has been done by God Himself, working in and through them! They have not achieved anything by themselves! This not only applies to Israel, but all of us! As Paul states in Philippians 2:13

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians was written to believers, and even to this group we are told that “anything pleasing you have done for the Lord, has actually been God working in and through you!” In fact we are told that it is God who makes us willing to do things pleasing unto God! We would never do these things on our own, and it is only as God moves in us, and works through us, that we might do something pleasing unto Him!

The people in Heaven understand this, and this is why those who have received crowns in Revelation 4, toss their crowns at the feet of Jesus!

The four and twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and worship him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Revelation 4:10-11

We are all sinners, and all of us deserve the Lake of Fire! I do, and so do you too! So do the 24 elders in this passage, and in fact so do all the saints of all time! In fact 100% of the human race, with one exception, has earned the wrath, the fierce anger of God! The one exception is the Messiah of Israel, the Lord Jesus Christ! The perfect Lamb of God, who received the wrath of God on our behalf!

The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Psalm 14:2-3

I sought God, but truly it was only AFTER He first sought me! I fled from Him at first, and it was only that the weight of sin on my shoulders became to great for me to bear, only when my life fell apart, that I called on Him to save me! He allows us to sin, to show us what we are! It is only in His goodness and mercy that He does this.

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

None of us has lived up to God’s standards!

The truth is that we are born sinners! Don’t talk to me about the innocence of infants; babies are born screaming in anger, and fear! We don’t have to teach children to lie, they know how to do it instinctively!

The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. Psalms 58:3

We are estranged from God the moment we are born, and we sin because we are born sinners, sin does not make us a sinner, but rather it is the evidence that we are already sinners!

Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Psalms 51:5

This does not mean that David’s mother was unmarried when she conceived him, but that he was a sinner, just like his mother!

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24

The law never saved anyone, and was not intended to save, but was intended to prove to us that we are sinners!

I know from my own memories that I was an evil little kid when I was 3, and 4 years old! God was good enough to let me live long enough to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and even more, he allowed me to try on my own to live right, and to fail, so that eventually I fell on my knees and received Jesus as my Lord and Saviour!

8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. Romans 10:8-11

God took our shameful acts and put them on the Cross of Christ, so that He could give us the gift of His Righteousness!

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:13

Cling to this promise like it is the only thing standing between you and the Lake of Fire, because it is! I called on Jesus, and He saved me! Praise God!

So I am now confident that if I should die of this Wuhan Bat Virus, that I will be with Jesus that day, and if I live, it is only because He has something more for me to do here on earth! I can now echo with Paul;

For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21

I hope it is the same with you! If not, call on Jesus today, in faith, and He will save you! Then read His word daily, and tell others about Him, as long as He gives you breath!

Jesus gave us a list of End Times events in Matthew 24, and diseases (pestilence) are on that list, so don’t fret; God is in control!  Don’t place your hopes in this fallen world, but place them in the Risen Saviour!

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The Last Babylon

Have you ever been reading a familiar passage of Scripture only to have a part of it jump out and strike you a different way, than you had ever considered before?

I find that the more I am in the Scriptures the more this happens to me! I would have to say that this has become almost a daily thing for me now! I wouldn’t say that any message in the scriptures has changed in the least, it’s just that God has opened my eyes, and I see more and more.

Remember this: A true interpretation of Scripture will never be contradicted by any other true interpretation of Scripture!

God, who knows the end from the beginning, cannot contradict Himself, although sometimes translators insert contradictions into their translations! Therefore it is a good idea to use a tried-and-true translation, based on the literal, word for word, translation method. The best example of this is the Authorized Version, also known as the King James Bible. (an updated version of the KJV may be OK, like the UKJV, or the MKJV, but avoid bibles based on the Nestle-Aland, or United Bible Societies text)

Remember also, that the parts of the KJV which correlate to the same books translated by William Tyndale, have been tested with modern software, and have been shown to be about 83% the work of William Tyndale! Some of the spelling was modified to more modern standards, but otherwise his text was pretty much left alone!

William Tyndale was martyred for his efforts, first by strangulation, and then his body was burned at the stake. That was the price he paid for his work for God, conversely none of the modern bible “versions” has this distinction; no one would ever die for the NIV, or the ESV, the CEV, or The Message! They are not worth dying for, and everyone knows it!

All I am saying is that when you use the KJV you are using the bible of the martyrs, the underlying text of which goes all the way back to the Apostles!

But back to the thought I started with; as I was recently reading Micah 4:10 I realized that I had always looked at this passage with incorrect presuppositions.

Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies. Micah 4:10

I have known for decades that when you see a reference to a woman in labour pains (or travail) in Scripture, that it is always an End Times passage, yet somehow I had missed it in this verse.

I think it was because I had thought that the reference to Babylon in this passage timed it to the capture of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.

Now, as I read through this passage I realized that there are several statements that move the context from Nebuchadnezzar’s time to the End Times! Apart from the above references to a woman in labour, there is also the statement that they shall go forth out of the city (Jerusalem) and shall dwell in the field! This is the opposite of what He told them when they were taken away by Nebuchadnezzar!

4 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;

5 Build ye houses, and dwell in them; and plant gardens, and eat the fruit of them;

6 Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished.

7 And seek the peace of the city whither I have caused you to be carried away captives, and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace. Jeremiah 29:4-7

He was telling them that they were going to be away for a long time, to build houses, and to settle down and live their lives in the land they found themselves in. In Micah, however, they are told that they will live in the field; In an earlier passage (2:12) Micah says that they will be gathered as the sheep of Bozrah. Bozrah is the region of Jordan where the ancient city cut out of the rocks, Petra was located. Today this is a famous tourist site. This is the area where Israel will go to as they flee from the Antichrist, and this is a part of his own nation of birth! The God of the bible can save Israel right under the nose of the Antichrist and he is powerless to stop Him!

The Babylon referred to here in Micah 4:10 is not the original Babylon, nor is it Rome, but the third Babylon, the modern nation of Jordan, with its capital city of Amman!

In the old prophecies He was telling them that they were going to die in the nations they were being taken to;

For thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will make thee a terror to thyself, and to all thy friends: and they shall fall by the sword of their enemies, and thine eyes shall behold it: and I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall carry them captive into Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword. Jeremiah 20:4

And to Amos, that they would die in captivity…

15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.

16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the Lord: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.

17 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land. Amos 7:15-17

And through the pen of Isaiah…

17 Behold, the Lord will carry thee away with a mighty captivity, and will surely cover thee.

18 He will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country: there shalt thou die, and there the chariots of thy glory shall be the shame of thy lord’s house. Isaiah 22:17-18

So now compare these three passages with Amos 4:10, and you will see some stark differences; In Jeremiah, Amos and Isaiah Israel is going away as captives, for a long time and many of them will die in the lands to which they went. We also see in Zephaniah 2:1-2 that they are still called “the nation not desired” even as they are being gathered for the Tribulation!

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired;

2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’s anger come upon you. Zephaniah 2:1-2

This is because they are still in a state of unbelief, even as He is gathering them together. Since this is occurring during the Church-Age, all Jewish believers in Jesus the Messiah are called out of the nation, and are in fact a part of the Church of Yeshuah ha Maschiach! They are not a part of Israel, just as Gentile Christians are also called out of their nations, into this same Church of Jesus Christ!

Now lets look at the last statement in Micah, “and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.”

This time they are not being taken captive, but are in fact fleeing from the Antichrist as he has set-up his Abomination of Desolation in the Holy Place of the new Temple! They are fleeing to Babylon!  This “Babylon” is not in Iraq, but it is the place where the spirit of Babylon will move to, just across the Jordan river from Israel!

There are many passages that indicate that Israel will be saved in Jordan; Babylon, Iraq is too far and is a long way through hostile nations. The current Babylon, Rome is even farther, and is across the Mediterranean Sea, which would leave millions of people exposed in boats. No, neither of these places fits the bill; only Jordan fits…

2 For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

3 Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness. Isaiah 16:2-5

Here, in the midst of a very negative prophecy about Moab, one of the three founding nations of Jordan, we have this curious statement that some of the women of Moab will be involved in being a shelter to the believers of Israel! These Moabite women are believers in the God of Israel, and will survive the Tribulation with these Israelite believers!

Again, there is a very similar statement regarding Edom, the descendants of Esau, in Jeremiah 49

10 But I have made Esau bare, I have uncovered his secret places, and he shall not be able to hide himself: his seed is spoiled, and his brethren, and his neighbours, and he is not.

11 Leave thy fatherless children, I will preserve them alive; and let thy widows trust in me. Jeremiah 49:10-11

In the midst of an End Times curse against Edom (Idumea), we are told that the men of Edom will die, but that their wives and children will trust in the God of Israel! This mixed group of Edomite and Moabite women and children will assist the fleeing Israeli’s and in the end they will be the only survivors of the nation of Jordan! There will be so much shame associated with the name Jordan, with Edom, Moab, and Ammon, that these women will marry Israelis, their children will be adopted by their new husbands, and all will be absorbed into Israel! They can’t stay in Jordan because …

5 For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

8 For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion.

9 And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

10 It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever. Isaiah 34:5-10

Truly, the Babylon of Micah 4:10 is the Babylon just across the Jordan river from Israel, the modern nation of Jordan!  Jordan is Babylon in the context of the second half of the Tribulation period!

If you are interested in the Bible’s End Times prophecies, then I suggest you get a copy of The Spirit of Prophecy, and you will see how an unbiased study of these prophecies leads to the conclusion that the Antichrist will come from Jordan.

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A Discovery in Isaiah 12

I was reading Isaiah 12 at breakfast, the other morning, and I discovered something that blew my mind.

I’m sure others have discovered this, but I can’t remember ever hearing a preacher speak on this subject.

The first thing I noticed was that it starts with “And in that day…” and so, because I couldn’t remember what I was reading the morning before, I went back and scanned chapter 11 to see what the subject is; and yes, it is Israel in the Millennial Kingdom, most definitely.

So then I went back and read the first two verses;

1 And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me.

2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Hmm, “God is my salvation” nothing controversial there; at least not at first glance. Then it gets more interesting; “for the Lord Jehovah… is become my salvation”

You see, God has existed from everlasting to everlasting, He always was, so how could he “become” something He was not before?

You see, if God simply says “I forgive you for your sin” He isn’t really a Saviour. It could be argued that God can’t just forgive sin, and if He did so without satisfying Justice, He would be participating in something very evil!  He would be an accomplice of the evil-doer he had forgiven!

For example, when David committed adultery with Bathsheba, and then murdered her husband, If God had simply said “David, I forgive you” but He didn’t do something about the injustice against Uriah, He would be participating in the evil deed Himself!

What God did, was to transport David’s sin forward in time, and placed it on His only Begotten Son, and crucified it on the cross!

Not only is God “Love”, but God is also Just. He must satisfy justice, because that is His character; He can’t just say “your sins are forgiven”. Something must be done about the sin. The sentence “for the Lord Jehovah… is become my salvation” is a clue that God has done something about our sin!

The truth is that I thought of these things after reading this passage. At the time, however, I had Strong’s Numbers open, and I noticed that the phrase “…he also is become my salvation” is represented by one word!

Now what do you suppose that word might be?

לישועה

The Lamed (ל) at the beginning of the word is simply a prefix, meaning “to”; the rest of the word is, ישועה or Yeshuah! This is the Hebrew form of the name of the Saviour, who is also God! Jesus! The name “Jesus” means “Jehovah is Salvation”!

The Hebrew name of the Saviour was hidden in plain sight, in Isaiah!

The Lord God became my Salvation, and I hope yours, when He died on the cross! That was the central, and greatest event in human history, and the best thing that anyone has ever done for anyone else; Jesus took our sin on Himself and He crucified it on that cross, so Justice would be satisfied! Without the cross we could never enter into God’s presence! That is the day that Isaiah was referring to, some 700 years before it occurred!

The very name of the Saviour is embedded in the writings of the Jewish prophets! The amazing thing is that it was done in such a way that most of the Jews missed it. If He had made it simple to understand there would have been hundreds of Jesuses all claiming to be the Messiah, but as it is there is only one legitimate contender for the title! Jesus of Nazareth; He’s the only one!

If you haven’t trusted Him yet, do it today!  Jesus is your only hope!

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Bridge to Babylon Review

At Christmas this year we bought a ROKU device. I had heard about them on Worldview Weekend’s radio programs, and I was tired of using our PS3 for viewing videos online.

Having had it for a couple of weeks now I can say that it was well worth it. I think we are actually getting better quality, and we have a lot more resources available to us at minimal cost.

So we found ourselves watching a few videos on Tubitv.com and there have been a couple of really good ones.

The one I want to talk about today is called “Bridge to Babylon” By Christian J. Pinto, and his company Adullam Films.

I first heard Chris Pinto on audio files I downloaded from Worldview Weekend, Brannon Howse’s website.  I think I first heard Chris being interviewed by Brannon, and later downloaded his own radio programs.  Chris is a Calvinist, and so I disagree with him on the TULIP, but I still have a lot in common with him, on a lot of other subjects.  I consider him to be a Brother in Christ, and a co-traveler.  On the subject of Salvation, or the Deity of Christ, or the preservation of Scripture, I think it is fair to say we are in agreement.

So what is “Bridge to Babylon” about?

Bridge to Babylon is an exposé of the Modern Critical Text of the bible, and of the men who put it together.  It is also an exposé of the modern Dynamic Equivalent translation method used in the majority of modern bible translations.  Dramatic re-enactments are used, as are interviews with several experts.

The two men most responsible for the creation of the Textus Criticus, were two Anglican churchmen, Brook Foss Westcott and Fenton John Anthony Hort, who compiled their text from mainly three sources, during the mid 1800s.

The philosophy of these two men is examined, and their methods are exposed.  You will see evidence that their scholarship is in question, and their methods suspect.  Writings of contemporary experts are also examined, so you can see that there was some Christian opposition to the ideas of these two men, even at the beginning.

The history and use of the Sinaiticus manuscript is examined, as well as the claims of one Constantine Simonides, an expert calligrapher, that he had created the manuscript himself in the 1830s, on an old bound but mostly blank book, and had donated it to the St. Catherines monastery, where Tishendorf found it.

Evidence indicating this to be true is presented, including the fact that Simonides himself had published the first Greek versions of “The Shepherd of Hermas” and “The Gospel of Thomas” several years before Tishendorf had found the Sinaiticus manuscript.  This “Bible” manuscript contains the same Greek versions of these two books!

Tishendorf claimed that he had visited the St. Catherines monastery and had found some of the pages from this document in a waste basket, which were then being burned by the monks.  He took some of the pages back to Germany, and two years later returned and obtained the whole document.

The question that must be asked, is “If they were burning the pages of the Sinaiticus Manuscript, how is it that he came home with a complete book?”  This doesn’t add up, but it leads to the conclusion that what they were burning must have been practice pages which had been donated at the same time as the rest of the document, or that they were the original source pages, from which Simonides had copied from!

Pinto interviews several experts in bible preservation including Dr. Jack Mooreman, James White, and Dr. Donald Waite.

There is so much more in the movie, but its probably best if you see it yourself!  Just go to Tubitv and search for “Bridge to Bablyon”.

The documentary is around 2 hours and 40 minutes long, so watching it in one sitting is a challenge.  We did it in 3 sessions over 3 days, but I have to say it was well worth it.

Tubitv also has another Adullam film by Chris Pinto, “A Lamp in the Dark” which I am eager to watch!  Hopefully I will get to it this week!

God Bless,

Dan

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The Three Babylons

In the Context of the End Times there are 3 Babylons; Babylon (or Hillah), Iraq  is Babylon #1, then Rome is Babylon #2, and then Amman, Jordan is Babylon #3. Today Rome is Babylon, but soon the original city will take back the title, for a time.

I was walking my dog one time, and I was thinking about how Grant Jeffrey said that “the sea” in Scripture often is a reference to “the sea of nations” or the Gentiles, and that “the land” is a reference to “the land of Israel”. I was thinking about how he said that “the beast from the sea” in Revelation 13 means that the Antichrist is from a Gentile background, while “the beast from the land” means that the False Prophet has a Jewish or Jewish/Israeli background.

I remember thinking “OK, so the Antichrist must come from the Gentiles, but how then will he sell himself to the Jewish people? How could a Gentile make the claim that he is God in the flesh, and expect the Jews to believe him?” Well, I had no answer to that question, so I went home, and went to bed.

The next morning, everything was as usual, I got up, had a shower, and fed the dog, then I sat down to eat breakfast, and opened my bible to the passage where I had left-off the day before. I was reading through Isaiah, and so I opened up to chapter 63, and this was the first thing I read that morning;

63:1 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.

I had read this verse before, but this was the first time I even thought that it might be possible that the Antichrist could come from anywhere other than Rome! This passage very clearly states that God comes from Edom (the modern nation of Jordan). (Note also that Habakkuk 3:3 also states the same thing.)

I am convinced that God knew where I was in His Word, and He ensured that I was thinking along these lines, and either heard my question, or led me to the point where I would ask that question. His answer was in His Word all along!

The Antichrist must be able to use Scripture in order to “prove” to Israel that he is their Messiah! Of course there is no Scripture that says the Antichrist is the Messiah, but by taking it out of context he will be able to make it seem like he is the subject of this, and other passages of Scripture!

Isaiah 63:1 is actually talking about the return of Christ, first to the Jews who are in hiding in the nation of Jordan, and then from there He goes out conquering the World. The tribe of Edom, founded by Jacob’s brother Esau, was one of the three founding tribes of the modern nation of Jordan.

Like I said, before this I had always heard that Rome was the “Babylon” of Revelation 17, and the “seven mountains” of this chapter are the seven hills of Rome. Rome is indeed the leader of the fourth nation of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream in Daniel chapter 2. The the spirit of Babylon was passed from Babylon, to Medo-Persia, then to Greece, and finally to Rome, where it has been for some 2348 years.

But that is not the end of the story. The End Times Empire, that covers the whole world, has been twisting, and morphing, and worming its way into every society on earth, and soon it will complete the circle and end up where it started.

This transition was written about by the prophet Zechariah in a passage that might seem somewhat cryptic at first glance;

5 Then the angel that talked with me went forth, and said unto me, Lift up now thine eyes, and see what is this that goeth forth.

6 And I said, What is it? And he said, This is an ephah that goeth forth. He said moreover, This is their resemblance through all the earth.

7 And, behold, there was lifted up a talent of lead: and this is a woman that sitteth in the midst of the ephah.

8 And he said, This is wickedness. And he cast it into the midst of the ephah; and he cast the weight of lead upon the mouth thereof.

9 Then lifted I up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came out two women, and the wind was in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork: and they lifted up the ephah between the earth and the heaven.

10 Then said I to the angel that talked with me, Whither do these bear the ephah?

11 And he said unto me, To build it an house in the land of Shinar: and it shall be established, and set there upon her own base. Zechariah 5:5-11

Hmm, that does seem rather odd, doesn’t it? Let me see if I can shed some light on this passage;

An Ephah is a measure of dry quantity, roughly equivalent to 9 imperial gallons, or about 40 litres. It is basically a container which holds this volume.

Originally I skipped the statement “This is their resemblance through all the earth”, so I will do that again today, and get back to it in a bit.

A “Talent” of lead refers to a round weight, and lead is very heavy; i.e. a great burden. A Talent was also a form of money, or a round coin, based on weight.

The “woman” who sits in the midst of the ephah is none other than the “Mother Goddess” of Paganism.

This woman is in the midst of the ephah, and the lead talent is placed over the mouth of the container. She is essentially a prisoner of these two “women with wind in their wings”. She has no ability to move herself, but goes where these women take her.

Essentially, she is an idol, and the place they are taking her is a new place they are building in the place where she came from in the beginning, at Babel (or Babylon). This is why it refers to “her base”; her base is already there.

You see, Paganism began with the first king of Babel, or Babylon; Nimrod, and his wife Semiramis. Nimrod died, and some histories say he was put to death for the evil he began, and his wife reigned in his place. Semiramis said, when Nimrod died, that he ascended up to the sun, and thus became the high God, or the Sun God.

A few years later she got pregnant, and claimed that she was impregnated by a sunbeam from her husband in Heaven, thus her pregnancy was claimed to be a virgin birth. When her son was born she called him Tammuz, and he was said to be the reincarnation of her husband, Nimrod. Tammuz was the first Antichrist.

Later on, Tammuz was killed by a wild boar, and Semiramis started a spring celebration where they were commanded to eat boar, or pig, as vengeance for the death of Tammuz. This was the beginning of the Easter celebration. In Ezekiel 8:14 we see the Lord angry with Israel for their participating in this celebration and provoking the Lord to anger.

Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. Ezekiel 8:14

When Semiramis died she too was claimed to have ascended to Heaven, and became known as the “Queen of Heaven”, the central goddess of Paganism. This all happened around the same time as the Tower of Babel, and the tribes that were dispersed around the world took this pagan religion with them. Thus anthropologists have found that paganism is the same all over the world; only the names have changed.

So Semiramis, Nimrod, and Tammuz became known variously as Devaki and Krishna (India), Isis and Horus (Egypt), Venus or Fortuna and Jupiter (Rome), etc. (also Demeter, Ishtar, Astarte, Diana, etc) They are the central figures of all forms of paganism. This is a religion that was intended to supplant the worship of the true God, and succeeded in doing so in the lives of most people.

The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger. Jeremiah 7:18

Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. Jeremiah 44:25

God has a score to settle with the land of Nimrod. Here, in the midst of an End Times prophecy, He mentions that name again;

And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders. Micah 5:6

Note that the Antichrist can be called “the Assyrian” even if he wasn’t born there; Once he is proclaimed the king of Babylon, he will automatically be the king of Assyria, even if Assyria is known as Iraq! Iraq is the modern name for Assyria.

You may have heard of Alexander Hislop’s book, “The Two Babylons”, written in the 1800s. It has been years since I read that book, but I must say that there is some important information within its pages. His central thesis is that there are two Babylons; Babylon proper, and Rome, which has taken on the spirit and pagan characteristics of the original Babylon.

His central thesis is true to an extent, but as you may have noticed, I believe there are actually three Babylons with regard to End Times prophecy. Today Rome has taken on the spirit of Babylon, but as we have seen in Zechariah 5, the spirit of Babylon will soon move back to its original location.

When will that move take place?

I believe the Scriptural evidence is that Rome will be destroyed during the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39, shortly before the end of the Church Age. Once Rome is destroyed, and uninhabitable, then the remaining Catholic Churches will move back to Babylon, Iraq (Which is today known as Hillah, or al Hillah), and there they will build a new headquarters for the End Times World Religion.

That brings me back to the two women with wings of Zechariah 5:9. I originally thought that these look like two angels, which would make them the only female angels in the bible. I could see that it says “this is evil” so I thought they might be fallen angels, but I missed something; The little phrase found in verse 6 “This is their resemblance through all the earth”!

In Scripture when we see words such as “like” or “as”, or “as it were” we need to realize that it is telling us that something has characteristics like something else. In other words it is an allegory, but not to be taken literally. It is the same in this case: the phrase “their resemblance” means that this is what it looks like, in a way.

So who are these “women with wind in their wings”? I believe the answer is that they are “daughters of the Harlot”, like we see in Revelation 17:5

5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.

If I were to identify them specifically, I would guess that one is the Roman Catholic Church, and the other is her partner, with whom she shares much doctrine; the New Apostolic Reformation. The NAR is the fastest growing segment of Christianity today. Many Churches that used to be Baptist, Pentecostal, Wesleyan, Anglican, and others, are now following and teaching the false doctrines, of the New Apostolic Reformation!

One of the doctrines being taught by the NAR is the “Seven Mountain Mandate”. This is the idea that in order for the Church to transform society it has to infiltrate, and take over, seven areas of society, namely; 1) Education 2) Religion 3) Family 4) Business 5) Government/Military 6) Arts/Entertainment 7) Media

I am not going to go too deep with these 7 mountains today, but I believe this is the “seven mountains” of Revelation 17:9

And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth.”

The key is the use of the word “wisdom”; This is not a matter of geography, but of wisdom. These are not literal mountains, but concepts. This is a Satanic strategy to take over the planet. The Christian mandate is to preach the gospel of Salvation by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and His work on the cross! That is it! As Jesus Himself said …

Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence. John 18:36

“But now is my kingdom not from hence”, or here! We are not commanded to take over this world, but to teach doctrine and make disciples. Jesus does indeed have a time when He will take over this world, but that time is not dependent on Christians doing anything! We are to do what He commanded us, and He will bring in His Kingdom, in His time!

In their attempt to force the Kingdom, these people will actually enable the Antichrist! Thinking they are serving God, they are actually serving Satan!

In their rush to take over the world, they will be moving their Headquarters back to Babylon Number 1!

Then, after the Beast has used these people to gain power, he will destroy them, and Babylon as well. Then he will move his headquarters to his hometown, the city of seven literal mountains, Amman, Jordan.

At the time of Christ, Amman was known as Philadelphia, but this is not to be confused with the Philadelphia of Revelation 3. That Philadelphia was situated a few miles to the north in what is known today as Turkey. Amman was the original Philadelphia, and I am certain that the Antichrist will use this fact as a deception to trick people into thinking that Amman is really the city of Revelation 3, the most blessed city in the seven letters to the Churches. Amman does make an appearance in Revelation, but not in chapter 3, it is actually the city of Revelation 18!

There is so much more information leading to the identification of the Antichrist as coming from Jordan, I would recommend you read the series of four articles I have written, starting with The Jordanian Antichrist, or for a more detailed exposé you could always pick up a copy of The Spirit of Prophecy.

So yes, while there are numerous cities carrying the spirit of Babylon throughout history, during the End Times there are only three; Rome, the current Babylon, will lose its position to the original Babylon during the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39, then at the mid-point of the Tribulation, when the Antichrist destroys the Harlot Church and the city, the spirit of Babylon will move to Amman, Jordan for the last half of the Tribulation period!

And those, my friends, are the Three Babylons of End Times Biblical Prophecy!

For more information:

https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/the-queen-of-heaven-of-the-catholic-church-has-its-roots-in-pagan-idoloatry/

https://biblepaedia.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/nimrod-part-17-the-transit-of-venus-and-the-queen-of-heaven/

https://ia800309.us.archive.org/6/items/theTwoBabylons/TheTwoBabylons.pdf

 

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God’s Personal Intervention In Our Lives

Did you ever experience the phenomenon known as “déjà vu”, or have you ever thought of things, or dreamed them, only to have that event happen, either to you or to someone around you?

I want to tell you a story.

This is my story, it is personal and it is amazing. I am not going to tell you the names of the other people involved, because they are still alive and I don’t want to embarrass, or provoke, them. This actually happened to me…

When I was around 12 years old I picked up a book at our church. It was called “Tortured for His Faith” by Haralan Popov. It was the story of a Christian pastor who was imprisoned in Bulgaria and tortured until he confessed to crimes he hadn’t committed. If I remember correctly the communist party had asked him to spy on the members of his congregation, and he refused. Shortly thereafter he had a knock at the door, in the middle of the night, and thus began thirteen years of imprisonment and torture.

Just as an aside, leftists are always the same, and the ongoing “Impeachment” sham in the USA against president Donald Trump, and the Israeli indictments against Benjamin Netanyahu are in the same vein, fake charges of fake crimes, but without the torture… yet!

Now I had thought I was a Christian at the time, though in hindsight I don’t believe I was, but I thought that I needed a plan in case the Communists ever took over in Canada, and it became illegal to be a Christian here. I thought I needed a plan, and I didn’t think Mr. Popov had a very good plan! (In hind sight he did the right thing, but that’s another story)

So, my plan was, and remember that I was 12 years old at the time, that I would go across country, and I would have to change my name. So I thought “How could I make up a name that I would remember. We have all seen TV shows and movies where a person makes up a fake name, and then forgets what he called himself! It could be very embarrassing, and a give-away that one was using an assumed name.

So I thought I would use my middle name as a first name. Most people don’t frequently share their middle name, and everyone remembers theirs; so my middle name would become my first name.

Now, for a last name I couldn’t use my own surname, because then I would have the same name as my father, so I figured out a simple formula; I would remove one letter and double another letter and the result would become my last name.

So, to summarize my thought it would be like this; If I was running away from the police, because I was a Christian, I would replace my name with a name made of my middle name and a modification of my last name. This was a name I would not forget.

And, I didn’t forget that name, and fifteen years later a police officer with that exact name entered my life and married my ex-wife! I was replaced in the life of my ex-wife, by a man with a name I had planned to use to replace my name with! What are the odds of this?

You can be sure I didn’t like this fact one bit. I tried to pass it off as a coincidence, but it has always been a nagging fact in the back of my mind.

Since I had this thought when I was 12, I never told anyone this story, until this year. I never told anyone even a part of it! To be honest it was a little frightening.

I have thought about this event quite a bit this year. I am convinced that this is no coincidence; there is no such thing as a coincidence! This had to be of God!

There are many places in Scripture that say that God knows our thoughts. Here are just a few of them;

And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. I Chronicles 28:9

And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Genesis 6:5

But he (Jesus) knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth. Luke 6:8

There are many other places in Scripture where it says the same thing; that God searches the hearts of men. He knows our every thought!

In fact there are many places where Scripture teaches that God will judge us for our thoughts! Here’s one from the ten commandments;

Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour’s. Exodus 20:17

Most people focus on the wrong things that people have done, but God declares that He has a right to Judge us just for thinking the wrong thoughts!

Look at these passages from 1 Corinthians and Revelation, and see how many sins of the mind are included here;

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. I Corinthians 6:910

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. Revelation of John 21:8

Covetousness, fearfulness, and unbelief are three of the many thought sins which will condemn people to the Lake of Fire! You don’t even have to do anything to merit such punishment! Fearfulness is not the fear of God, but the fear of man; very often we fail to do, or say, the right thing out of the fear of what people will think or say!

Of course Jesus also said;

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matthew 5:28

I’m sure you have heard people say “Its Okay to look, but just don’t touch”! This is bad advice! Jesus can and will throw people into the Lake of Fire for just looking with lust in their hearts!

Indeed, how many of us have not committed these thought sins at some point in our lives? This is a universal problem!

But back to the story I started this with; I was reading Amos chapter 4 last week and verse 13 hit me in a way I had never thought about it before, and it explains what happened to me;

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, is his name. Amos 4:13

A lot of bible translations make this phrase say “and declares to man what is God’s thought”, but this is incorrect! In the previous chapter Amos wrote “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” (Amos 3:7) So if God declares to His prophets what His secret is that He is about to bring to pass, then “declareth unto man what is his thought” is not saying that He shows his thought to man in general. What He is saying is that God reveals himself by showing us that He knows our thoughts!

What happened to me is that God showed me that He knows my thoughts! He has done similar things quite often in my experience.

What Amos is saying is that God intervenes this way with everyone! He finds ways of showing each of us that He knows our thoughts, but most simply shake their head and say “What an amazing coincidence!” and then they go back to sleep!

The verse just before is very important for setting the context;  This is important for the time when you meet God!

12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

Yes I know it is about Israel, but in fact it extends to the whole human family.  Each of us will meet God one day soon!  We need to be prepared for that event!

We have so many “coincidences” in our lives, that if we were to add up the odds against these things happening it would be astronomical! No! They are not coincidences!  God is always working all over this planet in the lives of each of Adam’s descendants! All seven billion of us!

We all have these amazing events happening in our lives. This is His way of saying “See, I know your thoughts! You need to know that I will hold you accountable for your thoughts. On Judgment Day you will be judged, for your thoughts as well as your actions!”

Our only hope is Jesus Christ! How many fall on their knees, call on the Lord, and confess they are sinners? With these people Jesus takes all their sins, even their sinful thoughts, and nails them to His cross, and He gives them His Righteousness in exchange!

Everyone else has had these experiences, and they have no excuse at all! They had personal evidence that He knew their thoughts, but they did nothing about it!

If you have never done it, I urge you to trust Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour today!  He will take all of your sins, even your thought sins, and put them on His cross, and give you His Righteousness, without which you cannot enter Heaven!  Trust His promises!

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. Romans 10:9

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Musings on Current Events, November 14, 2019

What can I say? I was greatly disappointed with the results of the recent Canadian election. Not only are the Liberals “low-information voters”, so are the supporters of the NDP, the Green party of Canada, and the Bloc Quebecois!

On top of this there is a concerted effort by the mainstream media, not only in Canada, but also all around the world, to blacklist, and hinder, to denigrate anyone who disagrees with the unscientific “climate consensus”! People who want a discussion, including Climate professionals, are marginalized and called every name in the book!

We are back in 1933, only this time the bad-guys are all over the world! People like the NDP leader, who claims that those who don’t think like him “don’t deserve a platform”, are actually using Nazi techniques to shut-down debate! Meanwhile Democrats like Alan Dershowitz, who is a Jew and nowhere near a Nazi, are called “Nazis” by people who more closely resemble Hitler by their own behaviour!

The world is upside-down! Right is wrong, and evil is good!

Isaiah was talking about our generation when he wrote;

20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! Isaiah 5:20-21

What we are watching in the USA today, the “Impeachment Inquiry” against president Donald Trump, is nothing less than a Stalinist era show-trial, with the accused being considered guilty even before the “trial” (actually a Kangaroo Court) even began!

Something I heard about just the other day; since 1961, every elected Republican president has had Articles of Impeachment filed against them, by Democratic members of congress! (Ford was not elected president) Unbelievable! The Democrats are not democratic in their methodology!

It is the same thing in Israel with the attacks against Netanyahu. To call accepting a gift of cigars, or a bottle of wine from a friend “bribery” boggles the mind! The fact is that his opposition is far more corrupt than he is!

So, when a prophecy student tells you that we are in the last days, make no mistake about it, it is the truth! Unfortunately it is going to get worse!

The giant German bank Deutsche Bank, is in a precarious financial position, with record losses, and recently laying-off 18,000 workers. This largest bank in Europe is in danger of collapse and when it does it will take down the European economy with it! Maybe even the World economy! Numerous analysts have stated that it appears that this will be more significant than the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008! (Numerous articles are calling Deutsche Bank a “Zombie bank”; it is dead, but still walking!)

As I studied the bible’s End Times prophecies, I came to the conclusion that the European Union will not exist in its current form during the war of Ezekiel 38-39, and in the Tribulation period which will follow! Could the fall of Deutsche Bank be the trigger that begins the implosion of the European Union? Why stay in an economic Union that is not able to manage its own banking system?

The name Magog refers to a group of Eastern European nations including, but not limited to Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Finland, Georgia, and most of the nations in between them! As the EU falls apart these nations will be forced to band together to prevent their members from being swallowed by Russia!

As I write this, Israel has been undergoing a couple of days of rocket attacks from Islamic Jihad in the Gaza strip. Some prophecy watchers have been saying that they believe that this could trigger the Gog and Magog war of Ezekiel 38-39.

There are a couple of factors that would go against this idea;

For one the Psalm 83 war has not yet occurred.

I follow Amir Tsarfati’s analyses on youtube, and while I believe that Amir is a brother in Christ, and he does have a lot of good information in his videos, he has made a mistake with regard to the Psalm 83 war. He has gone on record as saying that he believes the Arab attacks on Israel, from 1948 until now, actually constitute the Psalm 83 war, and that now the next event on the prophetic agenda is the Ezekiel 38-39 war.

I find a lot of Christians, when current events don’t go along with their interpretations of Scripture, often fall back on Augustine’s method of “allegorical interpretation”. While the psalm indicates that there will be One Attack consisting of ten nations which surround Israel, Amir believes that the 20th century attacks with smaller groups of nations being involved is the fulfillment of this prophecy.

There are a couple of problems with this idea;

1. The psalm describes one attack by ten nations (old nations listed by their patriarchs, may not be ten nations today, but it will include the descendants of all ten nations), not sporadic attacks by small handfuls of nations. Biblical prophecy is always fulfilled literally, and exactly!

2. The Psalm begins with the statement “They have taken crafty counsel against thy people…” Again, in none of the wars against Israel have their enemies actions ever been done in a manner that could be described as “crafty”. They made threats, massed their troops on the border, and then attacked!

No, what we are seeing today could be the beginning of a “crafty” strategy; Numerous Arab nations are saying that Israel has a right to defend its borders. Some, such as Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, are actually talking with Israel behind the scenes.

I am afraid that Amir’s credibility will be harmed when the Psalm 83 war occurs, and I wish he would be more careful in saying the psalm 83 war has already occurred; he should say “I think the psalm 83 war has occurred, but I am not certain”.  This would leave some wiggle room!

What if Israel works with Saudi Arabia to take-out the Iranian nuclear facilities? Will this mean that the Saudis are ready to be friends, and to normalize relations with Israel?

Here’s how the Muslim mind works; When they see Israel working together with someone, like Saudi Arabia, to take-down a mutual enemy they will think something like this “Israel has cooperated with us to attack the Iranian Nuclear facilities because they can’t do it on their own! Israel is weak so now is the time to attack them!”

So when we see Israel and the Arabs working together, you can bet the Psalm 83 war is just around the corner! It is not imminent today.

Some prophecy watchers have been saying that they think the Ezekiel war is imminent, with Russia sitting in Syria, just to the north of Israel.

What the Lord says in Ezekiel 38 shows that Israel is in no danger today;

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal:

4 And I will turn thee back, and put hooks into thy jaws, and I will bring thee forth, and all thine army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed with all sorts of armour, even a great company with bucklers and shields, all of them handling swords:

The only other time in Scripture that the phrase “turn thee back” is used is when Sennacherib was attacking Israel in 2 Kings 19:28 and Isaiah 37:29. In that instance Sennacherib was moving toward Israel, with the purpose of attacking, and God turned him back toward the place he came from, and he left-off his attack.

Using the same logic, if God is going to “turn back Gog and his forces” and then they attack, they must attack at a time when they are moving away from Israel! Since they are on the borders of Israel today, the attack won’t occur until they are leaving the area! In other words, They won’t attack until their leaving the area makes Israel feel secure!

I’m pretty sure Russia will still be in parts of Syria during the Psalm 83 war, and they will see Israel using nuclear devices to defend themselves due to this all-out attack. They won’t attack until a European leader convinces Israel to give-up their nukes in exchange for an iron-clad guarantee of support if Israel is attacked. This agreement will not be the Antichrist’s agreement, but ultimately, after the war, it will serve as the template for the Antichrist’s agreement.

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. Daniel 9:27

The word translated as “confirm”, גבר gawbar in the Hebrew, can also mean “to strengthen”, “confirm, or to give strength”, so in the context of the Antichrist’s agreement, he is not the originator of it, but it will be in place before he comes along. I suspect that it will be put in place after the Psalm 83 war, and it will work for a time, providing peace and prosperity for Israel and the Arabs, after their disastrous attack of Psalm 83. The world will see this work, and so after Ezekiel’s war it will be reinstated, and strengthened, and the world will applaud him for it! The problem is, of course, that after 3 1/2 years, he will break his word, and all Hell will break-loose on the earth! I don’t expect to be here by that time, because the Rapture will occur in the aftermath of this same war, and I expect to be with Jesus from then on! I hope you will be with us!

By the way, I don’t believe Vladimir Putin is Gog. I think it is more likely that Gog will be Georgian, since the Georgians are descended from Magog. Joseph Stalin is the perfect type of Gog, since he was Georgian, and he united the whole Soviet empire.

This agreement will also ensure that this Southern European leader, and the nations he controls will be victims in this same attack. Some of the attacking nations will actually think they are attacking the Antichrist, and when he is dead, the world will breathe a sigh of relief, thiinking the Antiichrist is dead, and then the Beast will stand up, and the world will welcome him as a peacemaker!

 

For further reading;

http://themostimportantnews.com/archives/the-deutsche-bank-death-watch-has-taken-a-very-interesting-turn

http://investorinsider.net/bank-bankruptcy-three-times-bigger-lehman-bros

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-06-12/deutsche-bank-next-lehman

https://www.silverdoctors.com/gold/gold-news/jim-willie-if-deutsche-bank-goes-under-it-will-be-lehman-times-five/

 

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The 2019 Canadian Party Leader’s Debate

Usually I don’t comment much about local politics. Canada, while having a very large land-mass, has a very small population, some 30 million, which is close in size to some large cities around the world. We would have been invaded a long time ago if it weren’t for the fact that we are so close to the USA!

My focus is on biblical prophecy, and consequently on political and religious trends in places closer to the heart of biblical prophecy, especially Israel, and the Middle East.

The bible does, however, say that all the armies of the world will join in the attack on Israel, during the Tribulation period, and this will include both the USA and Canada. So, if we are getting closer to that event we should see trends in North America, as well as the rest of the world, which will see us moving closer to a place where it would not be beyond the realm of possibility to think that armies of distant nations, like Canada and the USA might join in an attack on the tiny nation of Israel.

This week the five major parties in the current Canadian election got together for a debate. There were no real surprises in the debate, but it actually does show the mindset of the Canadian people at this time. Represented were the Liberal party of Canada, the New Democratic party, the Green party, the Bloc Quebecois, and the People’s Party of Canada.

Justin Trudeau of the Liberal party of Canada is the incumbent prime minister, and he was the object of the attack of most of the other party leaders. No surprise there. Trudeau is famously unethical, having personally intervened in a police investigation of the SNC Lavalin company. Then he fired the Canadian Attorney General because she refused to go along with his intervention in one of her cases.

Interestingly his defense when confronted on his behaviour was to say that “jobs are more important than ethics”! He didn’t say those words exactly, but this is exactly what he meant!

Unfortunately 5 of the 6 parties represented accept the current Global Warming/Climate Change hysteria as fact, without doing their own investigations into the facts!

There are a lot of websites which have scholarly articles refuting the idea of Anthropogenic Climate Change. One of the best clearing-houses for scholarly articles is Climate Depot, run by journalist Marc Morano. This website has numerous articles, many of which are written by Climate Scientists, and Meteorologists, which show that the real Science does not support the idea that human activity is responsible for climate change.

Another excellent resource is WattsUpWithThat.com a blog run by Meteorologist, and TV weather personality, Anthony Watts. Mr. Watts is “Green” but he does not accept the idea that human activity is causing Climate Change. There is a lot of good science to be found on this blog!

I was bothered by the statements from Elizabeth May of the Green party, and Mr. Singh from the New Democratic party, as well as the Bloc Quebecois, that there is a “climate emergency”, and that this is the single greatest threat we face today!

I am reminded of that quote from Adolf Hitler “if you repeat a lie, loud enough, and often enough, people will believe it”! Evidently most Canadian politicians are following the teachings of that infamous Nazi leader! By the way, if you believe a lie it doesn’t make it true!

Where is the debate? Where are the facts? Go and look at the websites and articles I have linked to above and below. There is plenty of evidence from real Scientists that there is no climate emergency!

The only political leader in Canada who is thinking for himself is Maxime Bernier. Not only is he not afraid to say “there is no climate emergency” he is also not afraid to say “we need sustainable immigration”!

We need to encourage skilled people to immigrate to Canada, we need people who are not afraid to work, and who are not afraid to learn English or French. We do not need people who come here and stay on welfare! Such people might vote for leftist parties, but they do not make a positive contribution to Canadian society! This is the main reason that Trudeau wants so many immigrants to come to this country; because they will vote for the Liberal party!

Jagmeet Singh, the leader of the New Democrat Party has launched a complaint against the inclusion of Maxime Bernier at the debate. Then at the debate he said “I don’t believe you deserve a platform to incite hatred…”

Talk about arrogance! Mr, Singh thinks that those who have different opinions from him don’t have a right to express their opinions!  Wow!  Mr. Singh clearly does not understand the People’s Party of Canada platform. No doubt he has not taken any time to try to understand it, because he has pre-judged Mr. Bernier. There is no way that Mr. Bernier is pushing any sort of “hate”! He is merely saying “lets sit back and examine what would truly be in the interests of Canada, and Canadians.”

That’s right Mr. Singh is prejudiced against those who hold different opinions than his own! How people can vote for a party that doesn’t understand basic economics is beyond me! The same goes against the Green Party as well. If Canadians elect these parties to the House of Commons they are asking the government to turn Canada into Nicholas Maduro’s Venezuela!

Socialists Hugo Chavez, and his successor Nicholas Maduro took the most successful South American economy and turned it into a basket case, where people have to barter haircuts for bananas just to stay alive!

Every time socialism has been tried, over the last 100 years, people always die! Even where there is not an official policy of incarcerating critics, these governments turn a blind eye to violence and theft! Sweden is Europe’s rape capital, because the Swedish police refuse to hold immigrants accountable when they break the laws of Sweden! The same thing is happening, to a lesser extent, in Britain, Holland, France and Germany! As these nations embrace Socialism they are ignoring the plight of their own citizens!

South Africa is no longer able to feed itself, because they are kicking the white farmers off their land, and those who end up with those farms are unable, or unwilling, to grow enough food for the country! South Africa is also the world’s rape capital, where 25% of the nations women can expect to be raped at some point in their lives!

This is what Socialism does to nations!

By the way, Adolf Hitler was the leader of the Nationalist Socialist German Workers Party, which was shortened to Nazi! When you include the Socialists of Russia, China, Vietnam, Cuba, and the rest of the world, the death toll from Socialism over the last century is easily 150 million dead!

Socialists consider people to be tools and property, and worthless if they think for themselves! This is not very different from the modern Green movement which considers people to be “harmful to the environment”! They consider the use of carbon-based fuels to keep warm in the winter to be an act against the environment! No doubt if the Green party of Canada ever gets the upper hand they will enact policies that will make life much worse for Canadians! Do you think Trudeau’s Carbon Tax is expensive today? Just wait until the Greens and/or the NDP take power! Forget about disposable income; you won’t have any!

It reminds me of the Georgia Guide Stones with their “ten commandments for the New Age”. The first “commandment” they have inscribed on them is “Maintain Humanity Under 500,000,000 in Perpetual Balance With Nature”! Think about it, Even when this was written, in 1980, billions of people would have to die to bring this about! Today with a world population of around 7 Billion, it means that 6 1/2 Billion people will have to die to make this a reality! These people think that they are good, but in reality they are devilish!

The last “commandment” on the Georgia Guide Stones reads Be not a cancer on the earth – leave room for nature – leave room for nature” This is particularly disturbing because they are comparing human life to a cancer! The Nazis dehumanized the Jews in order to justify their attempt to eradicate them from the planet. Now the New Age Movement is doing the same with their fellow man! Oh, but they intend to be the ones who survive to repopulate the earth!

This would be alarming if it weren’t for the fact that Jesus Christ is still the one in control. The New Age Movement will find themselves coming up against the Lord, and He will have the victory!

Is the “Green” push to curb the use of fossil fuels an attempt to reduce the population of this planet? I think it is! I think you and I are in danger from these so-called “Green” earth worshippers! Their intentions toward their fellow man are evil!

One hundred years ago, 500,000 people around the world, died every winter! Today, the number is around 20,000 death’s from exposure to the cold! That’s a 96% decrease in annual deaths from exposure! Did you know that the reason is the invention of natural gas and oil furnaces? The use of fossil fuels has saved millions of lives! Fossil fuel technology is good technology!

Can you imagine what would happen if everyone had to heat their homes with firewood, today? How long would it be until the world’s forests would be decimated? People used to have very short lives due to the lung diseases caused by breathing in wood smoke all winter, every year! The use of fossil fuels has extended the average life expectancy by decades! Do you think the Liberals/NDP/Green parties have ever looked at the life-saving benefits of fossil fuels?

I don’t think they ever have, but I do think they have a plan to make heating your home with natural gas too expensive for the average Canadian, all in the interests of “saving the planet”!

Conversely, so-called “Green Energy”, wind turbines to be precise, are the worlds number one killers of birds and bats! It is estimated that the number of birds and bats killed by wind turbines each year in the USA is around 140,000 – 550,000 birds and 600,000 bats! The solar farms in the southern USA fry birds that fly over them by the thousands!

Don’t tell me that the proponents of Green energy love the environment, they don’t care at all for wildlife! Jesus tells us that He will have to intervene personally or these people would destroy all life on earth! (see Matthew 24:21-22)

What it’s all about is power! Not electrical power but power over you, and they are willing to kill millions of animals to get it! Will they stop at animals? Not if what we have seen above is true! What will they do when they get this power over you? They will turn you into a serf, without any rights or property! If you oppose them they will do to you the same as Stalin did to those who opposed him! As many as 60,000,000 (sixty million) people were killed in the Soviet Gulags, their only crime was having a different opinion than Stalin!

Certainly it is my hope that these leftist parties won’t win this election, but even if there is a Liberal minority government, being propped up by the NDP or the Greens, it will give these parties too much power! While the Conservatives today are just another globalist party, at least they are moving more slowly towards a global government, so I would prefer a Conservative government over a government dominated by Socialist parties.

I expect that after the Rapture, the worst governments will be elected all around the world. There won’t be any Christians in those governments, and in the electorate either! That will be the time of the Great Tribulation, and the dead around the world will indeed be very close to what the authors of the Georgia Guidestones imagined, only in the end it will be Jesus of Nazareth who wins, and not the New Age!

If you are Canadian, and eligible to vote in this election, I urge you to exercise your right to vote!

Resources;

https://thefederalist.com/2019/10/11/you-dont-need-to-be-a-scientist-to-be-legitimately-skeptical-of-climate-alarmism/

https://medium.com/@ProfByron/how-i-changed-my-mind-about-global-warming-f603a8aca3da

https://thebfd.co.nz/2019/10/climate-change-reality-vs-apocalyptic-rhetoric/

https://www.scienceunderattack.com/blog/2019/10/7/shrinking-sea-ice-evaluation-of-the-evidence-36

https://www.cfact.org/2019/10/11/500-expert-skeptics-rattle-europes-climate-cage/

http://www.drroyspencer.com

https://judithcurry.com

http://savetheeaglesinternational.org/new/us-windfarms-kill-10-20-times-more-than-previously-thought.html

https://www.audubon.org/news/will-wind-turbines-ever-be-safe-birds

https://www.popsci.com/blog-network/eek-squad/wind-turbines-kill-more-600000-bats-year-what-should-we-do/

https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/08/21/explaining-wind-turbine-lethality/

https://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/renewable/wind/license-to-kill-wind-and-solar-decimate-birds-and-bats/

 

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The Loaves and the Fishes, and the Body of Christ

Have you ever noticed how so many professing Christians take parts of the Scriptures out-of-context? It is easy to do, really! Sometimes the context of Scripture actually changes mid-verse, or mid-sentence even!

In order to really understand what any passage means you need to read the passages before and after, but you also need to consult all the Scriptures which touch on the same subject! The reason is this:

9 Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isaiah 46:9-10

Because God knows all things at all times, he can’t make statements that contradict Himself! There are apparent contradictions, but when you understand what is being said, you find that He never actually contradicted Himself. It is only our understanding that is dim, and we often force contradictions into our interpretations, due to our limited knowledge!

One passage that is frequently taken out-of-context, with disastrous results, is found in John 6. In fact it appears that they are doing what I have recommended above, but they are not. They do use multiple verses, but they ignore Jesus’ own explanation;

I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. John 6:51

And…

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. John 6:53-58

Then they go to the Last Supper and what Jesus said there;

 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Matthew 26:26-28

 And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.  And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God. Mark 14:22-25

Its not wrong to cross-reference these Scriptures, but stopping here does not cover all the passages that touch this teaching, and thus it leaves our understanding incomplete! We also need to read Luke’s Gospel, Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians, and indeed we need to complete reading John 6 as well!

And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Luke 22:19

Hmmm, “this do in remembrance of me” certainly should be taken as a clue that He is not telling us that the bread and wine of the last supper becomes the literal blood and body of Jesus Christ.

Paul also affirms this interpretation;

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. I Corinthians 11:24

Yes, Paul also states very clearly that this celebration of the Lord’s Supper is to be a memorial, for the root of the word “remembrance” is the same as the root of “memorial”, the memory i.e. to remember!

But what about the rest of John chapter 6?

Earlier in John 6 Jesus fed the five thousand men (plus women and children) with the five loaves and two fish. This miracle is not insignificant; they ate the literal loaves and fishes, but Jesus is clear that His flesh and blood is spiritual, and not literal.

They asked a question, and His answer is totally relevant to the conversation which is about to follow;

28 Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

So, what “work” must we do to do the work of God? We must believe in the one He has sent, the Lord Jesus Christ! It is belief in Him that saves, not actual work!  (It is not to believe that He existed, but that His work on the cross is sufficient for us.)

But is this something different than the statement that “Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day”?

No! Absolutely not! He is talking about the same thing! Just keep on reading;

61 When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you? 62 What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. 64 But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him.

He is talking about the same subject all the way through. He is not changing the subject!

When He says “What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?” He is rebuking the idea that they could eat his physical body! He is saying essentially “How can you eat this body, if you see it ascend up to Heaven?” or “How are you going to get there to get at it, in order to eat it?”

While he had just multiplied the loaves and fishes, he is not thinking that his body could be literally multiplied like that! Not at all! Churches that teach that it is His literal body which could be multiplied are taking the whole conversation out-of-context! Truly it is like the loaves and fishes, but in a spiritual sense!  His grace is multiplied to all who believe!

Notice verse 63. “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.”

This is the key to the whole conversation; It is the spirit that gives eternal life. This life comes from the Holy Spirit.

When he says “ the flesh profiteth nothing” who’s flesh is He talking about? Its His flesh, of course! If you ate Jesus literal flesh you would still be lost in your sins! Look, if you licked-up a little of His blood from under the cross, and if you snuck into his tomb and snipped off an ear-lobe and ate it, you would still be going to Hell!

Where does eternal life come from? He just told us; “the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life”

The Holy Spirit comes in the words of Jesus! Eternal life is not something you can earn with a physical action!

When Jesus says “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you”, what He means is that you must read His words, this is like taking a bite of Him. Then you must think about what His words mean; this is like chewing on His flesh! Then you must believe what He has said; this is like swallowing Him!

The person of Jesus Christ is carried in His words, and not only in His words, but in the words of all of His chosen spokesmen, from Moses, all the way to John!  He is synonymous with His Words!  Jesus is the Word of God!

The 66 books of the bible are the greatest treasure ever given to mankind! It is all His Word, and we ought not to neglect this life-giving book! The message of this library is our only hope! (Note: the original bible is preserved in the Ben Chayyim Hebrew text, and the Textus Receptus, Greek text. All other texts are doctored, by unbelieving men, and are not reliable!)

 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.  Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever. Psalm 12:6-7

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