Saturday, December 27, 2014

Christmas Advent Videos: 12 Days of Christmas Bible Prophecies Fulfilled! (Videos)

Thank you for joining me this Christmas Season in these twelve video posts that explored the Bible's Christmas story. We looked more deeply into areas of the story that we don't normal hear about or think about.

We also looked into several prophecies that were fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

If you missed any of this series, are just discovering us, or wish to share what you've learned with your friends or family, here are links to the entire series. (Tweet that!)

We're taking the rest of the Christmas season, through New Year's Day, off. In the New Year we'll pick up with explore more about Bible prophecy and what we're seeing take place in our world today.

Be sure to book mark this page and visit often for more fascinating information!

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I"ll see you next year when we explore more Bible prophecies and compare them to what we're seeing take place in our world today.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 12: What Does It Mean that Joseph and Mary "Presented" Jesus to the LORD? (Video Post)

In Luke 2:22-23 the Bible tells us:

22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"). 

Sometimes I think when we read unfamiliar ideas in the Bible we just kind of read over them without much thought because we don't know what they mean or we don't know if they are important or why they are important. I think this is one of those pieces of information. (Tweet that!)

When the Bible says Joseph and Mary took Jesus to Jerusalem to "present him to the Lord," do you know what that means? (Tweet that!) Do you understand what it is referring to?

You can learn what this means and why it was important in today's video. (Tweet that!)

These are the Bible verses I reference in this video, the first one with more context around these verses:

"Presenting Jesus to the LORD
Christmas Story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 12 of 12

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Again, Mary and Joseph faithfully helped the infant Jesus keep the Law of God right from the start. (Tweet that!)

Today's post along with the previous two posts are all linked together, so if you missed the previous two you might want to view them using the links above.

Today is Christmas Day and the final post in this Christmas Advent video series. I hope you have enjoyed this series of 12 posts with videos. More than that, I hope you have learned something new that has enhanced your Christmas experience this year.

We'll be taking the rest of the week off here at the blog, and will resume blogging in the New Year.

May you and yours have a glorious Christmas!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 11: "What was Mary's 'Purification' About?" (Video Post)

In the previous post we talked about the circumcision of Jesus, and why that was important enough to list it in Scripture (that is, the Bible).

Today, we look at something else in that same Bible passage that is similar in that we often read over it and wonder what it means and why it's important. In this passage Luke also tells us that while Mary and Joseph were at the Temple in Jerusalem, they also performed the "purification" ceremony required for Mary. Now what is this all about? (Tweet that!)

Find out in today's video.

Here are the Scripture verses I reference in the video today. On the video I'm reading from the older New International Version, so the words don't exactly match this translation linked here, but it means the same thing.

"What was Mary's 'Purification' About?" 
Christmas Story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 11 of 12

Here is a thought I had that I didn't include in my video: It is not sinful to get pregnant or to give birth, so why do women need to be purified? I don't know if this is the answer to that question, but my mind connects the verse in Psalm 51:5 where King David wrote "in sin did my mother conceive me." This does not mean David's mother did anything wrong in conceiving him. (Tweet that!) It refers to the fact that every one of us are sinful from birth. It's in our nature. We're born with it. Maybe that has something to do with why God gave Moses the regulation that women must be purified after childbirth. However as I said in the video, I don't really know and I haven't found anything that shows anyone else understands this either.

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Mary and Joseph faithfully helped the infant Jesus keep the Law of God right from the start. (Tweet that!)

Today's post along with the previous post and the next one are all linked together, so please come back on or after Thursday, which is Christmas Day, for the final post in this Christmas Advent video series. Invite your family to join you and then you can have some great conversations about Jesus on Christmas! (Tweet that!)

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 10: Cut Away Flesh for an Intimate Relationship with God (Video Post)

Remember when the angel, Gabriel, came and talked to Mary and told her that she would have a son? Remember when Gabriel told Mary exactly what to name her Son?

Gabriel told Mary to name him Jesus.

So after Jesus was born, Mary and Joseph took Jesus to the Temple to officially name Him.

That's not all they did there. If you've read the Christmas story in the Bible, you may have read the part in Luke 2 where Mary and Joseph had Jesus circumcised. (Tweet that!)

Now why in the world is that in the Bible? And in our so-far nice little Christmas story! (Tweet that!)

It's because if a Jewish male did not have his foreskin cut off, then he was to be cut off from God. Why is circumcision important to God? Because it is symbolic of something much greater that each of us needs to take care of in order to have an intimate relationship with God.  (Tweet that!)

Find out more in this video.

Scripture verses I used in today's video are:

"Cut Away Flesh for an Intimate Relationship with God" 
Christmas story vlog
Dianne E. Butts - 10 of 12

Mary and Joseph faithfully helped the infant Jesus keep the Law of God right from the start. (Tweet that!)

Have you taken steps to "cut off" (spiritually, figuratively!) your sinful flesh so that you can have an intimate relationship with God? If not, why not do so today? This is not a physical act and no physical cutting needs to be done. This image is symbolic of spiritually removing our sinful flesh to come into a beautiful spiritual relationship with God.

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Today's post and the next two are all linked together, so please come back on Tuesday for the next Christmas Advent video. Invite your family to join you and then you can have some great conversations about Jesus on Christmas! (Tweet that!)

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 9: The Prophetic Meanings of the Gifts of the Magi (Video Post)

Did you know that the gifts the Wise Men gave to the baby Jesus were not just randomly picked, but had special meaning? (Tweet that!)

These gifts were picked especially for Jesus. Well, obviously. But they had meaning for his life. Where He was headed as a man. And what He would do while here on earth. (Tweet that!)

The three gifts of the Magi predicted the future. (Tweet that!)

In other words, the Wise Men's gifts were prophetic. The gifts themselves were prophecies. (Tweet that!)

You probably know the three gifts were

  • Gold
  • Frankincense
  • Myrrh

But what did each of the gifts mean? (Tweet that!) We'll talk about it in today's video.

The Bible Scripture verse I mention in today's video is the one that lists the three gifts brought by the Magi. You can find it here in the context of the story of the Wise Men:

"The Prophetic Meanings of the Gifts of the Magi" 
Christmas Story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 9 of 12

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Please come back on Saturday for the next Christmas Advent video. I hope you're enjoying this special season. Take time out to enjoy the journey and your loved ones!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 8: What Was That Unusual Star of Bethlehem? (Video Post)

Hanukkah begins today, and I wish all those who celebrate it a very happy Hanukkah!

What exactly was the Star of Bethlehem?

There's some interesting research about that, and it's dependent on the answer to this question: When did Herod the Great die? (Tweet that!)

I talk about that in today's video.

Here are some more tidbits from today's video. Did you know...?

  • The planet Jupiter is named after the greatest god of Roman mythology. (Tweet that!)
  • Jupiter is known as the King Planet. (Tweet that!)
  • The star Regulus takes its name from the word we get our word "regal" from. 
  • The Babylonians call Regulus Sharu, which means "king." (Tweet that!)

"What Was That Unusual Star of Bethlehem?" 
Christmas Story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 8 of 12

So when the King planet met the King star, it made an unusual star in the sky that led the wise men to Jesus, and Jesus was born! (Tweet that!)

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 7: Trivia! Who Gave the Prophecy of the Star of Bethlehem? (Video Post)

You've heard there was a prophecy given centuries before Jesus was born that there would be a special star in the sky that pointed to Messiah. (Tweet that!)

You may even know where in the Bible that prophecy is found. (Ask that in a Tweet!)

Christmas trivia question: Who was it who spoke that prophecy? (Tweet that!)

The answer may surprise you! I'll share the answer in today's video.

Bible verses I share in this video are:

"Who Gave the Prophecy of the Star of Bethlehem?" 
Christmas story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 7 of 12

Here's more context for that one little verse: Numbers 24.

Here's the story about the talking donkey! Numbers 22.

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Please come back next Tuesday for the next Christmas Advent video. We're going to talk more about the Star of Bethlehem and what it actually was. Please invite a friend. And please share this blog with your social media networks. Thank you! See you then.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 6: A Prophecy Given And 700+ Years Later It's Fulfilled! (Video Post)

Did you know that one of the most popular Bible verses we hear at Christmastime isn't in the Christmas Bible story at all, but was written more than 700 years before Jesus was born? (Tweet that!)

Yes, it refers to Him. It was a prophecy given by Isaiah and fulfilled perfectly more than 700 years later! (Tweet that!)

In the previous post we talked about why Gabriel, the angel God sent, announced the birth of Jesus, the Christ, to the group of shepherd who were on the hills near Bethlehem.

Today, let's take a closer look at the message Gabriel gave those shepherds.

The angel told the shepherds about a child that had been born that very evening in Bethlehem. (Tweet that!)

This was the same child that the prophet Isaiah spoke of 700+ years earlier when he prophesied that both a child would be born and a Son given. (Tweet that!)

Bible verses I refer in today's video are:
"A Prophecy Given, 700+ Years Later It's Fulfilled!"
Christmas story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 6 of 12

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Next time we will talk about the Star of Bethlehem. If you think a prophecy given more than 700 years before it was fulfilled is amazing, the prophecy of the Bethlehem Star was given way earlier! Please come back Saturday for the next Christmas Advent video. See you then.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 5: The Bethlehem Shepherds and the Temple Sheep (Video Post)

I'm sure you remember the part of the Bible Christmas story where the angel, Gabriel, appeared to the shepherds tending their sheep on the hills near Bethlehem. (Tweet this!)

But have you ever thought about why shepherds were keeping their sheep on the hills near Bethlehem? (Tweet that!)

And why, of all the shepherds tending sheep in all of Israel, would Gabriel have come to those shepherds, the ones near Bethlehem? (Tweet that!)

I think there's a clue, if you think about what those sheep were for.

Find out more in today's Christmas story video.

The Scripture I refer to in today's video is Luke 2:8. Here is that verse with the surrounding context:

"The Bethlehem Shepherds & the Temple Sheep" 
Christmas story vlog 
with Dianne E. Butts - 5 of 12

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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 4: Was Jesus Born on the Feast of Tabernacles? (Video Post)

I hope you're enjoying this Christmas video series as we look forward to the coming of Jesus, the Christ.

If you've missed any previous Christmas Advent posts, you'll find links to the previous Days at the bottom of the page.

You've probably heard that, while we celebrate Christmas on the 25th of December, most likely Jesus was not born on that day. But I think I know which day Jesus was born on! (Tweet that!)

Today I'm going to tell you how I came to the conclusion that Jesus may have been born on the Feast of Tabernacles. (Tweet that!) Now that, as you might imagine, takes a bit of explaining! So I hope you'll hang in there with me through the explanation. I think it's all fascinating so I hope you'll find it worthwhile.

Why would it carry any significance if God had Jesus be born on the Feast of Tabernacles? Because "tabernacle" means dwelling place, so wouldn't it be fitting if God came to dwell among people on the Feast that celebrates God dwelling among people? (Tweet that!)

14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14, NIV).

Furthermore, if Jesus was born on the Feast of Tabernacles, then He may have been conceived during the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah! (Tweet that!) Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights, and Jesus was the Light of the World who was coming into the world. Cool, huh?

The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world (John 1:9, NIV).

This year Hanukkah begins the evening of December 16 and it's 8 Days of Hanukkah, runs through Christmas Eve, December 24.

Want to know more? It's all here in this video. Enjoy!

Scripture verses in the Bible I reference in this video are:

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 3: The Virgin Birth (Video Post)

Welcome to Day 3 of our 12 Christmas Advent video blog posts.

Today, let's talk about the virgin birth.

Have you ever wondered why a prophet 740 years before Jesus was born would give a prophecy of a virgin giving birth? (Tweet that!)

What were the circumstances of that prophecy?

Was there another "virgin birth" fulfilled at that time? (Tweet that!)

Who gave that prophecy? Who received it?

Here's a trivia question: Who received that prophecy? (The answer is a name I bet you've heard if you've read the Old Testament.) (Tweet that!)

If this prophecy was given 740 years before Jesus was born, what did it mean at that time and how did it relate to Jesus 740 years later?

So many questions! You can learn the answers in today's video:

Bible verses referenced in this video include:

  • Matthew 1:22-23
  • Isaiah 7:1-14, especially Isaiah 7:14
  • Genesis 24:43

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Please come back on Saturday for the next Christmas Advent video. Please invite a friend. See you then.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 2: Jesus is a Descendant of Abraham (Video Post)

Hello! Welcome to Day 2 of our own "12 Days of Christmas" Advent video posts. (Tweet that!)

Have you ever wondered how the people living in the days of Jesus could have known whether or not He was the Messiah? (Tweet that!)

That's what we're talking about today.

In today's video I teach about one of the very first prophecies any good Jewish leader would have checked to see if someone claiming to be the Messiah actually fulfilled. (Tweet that!)

So when people began to think Jesus was the Messiah, it was important to them to find out if He fulfilled this prophecy. (Tweet that!)

The Bible verse I use in the video is:

If you missed Day 1 of this special series of Christmas Advent video posts, you can view the previous blog post with that video here:

Please come back on Thursday for the next Christmas Advent video! And bring a friend! See you then.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Christmas Advent Day 1: And He Shall Be Called the Son of God (Video Post)

Welcome to Advent Season!

Advent means "coming," and in this season after Thanksgiving we look forward to the coming of the Messiah.

Of course this is the Bible Prophecies Fulfilled blog, and so this is an excellent time to remember the prophecies in the Bible that were fulfilled in the Advent of Jesus -- meaning the first coming of Jesus. (Tweet that!)

In the previous post I mentioned that I was planning something special for the Advent Season. There's a bit of a story behind it.

A few months ago I heard from a reader, Angela, who said this blog looked really interesting, and the topics looked intriguing, but she didn't have time to read all my posts. However, she pitched me a suggestion: Why didn't I put this information on my blog into videos? (Tweet that!)

I thought, What? Me? On video?!


I'll admit the idea was a bit intimidating. Nevertheless I did think it was a good idea. So I'm giving it a try.

Through this Advent Season, between now and Christmas, I'm planning a series of short videos about some of the Bible prophecies fulfilled in the birth of Jesus.

Since I post three times a week -- on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays -- that gives us twelve posts between now and Christmas.

And here (double Yikes!) is the first one.

In this little video I talk about the prophecy from Isaiah that says Jesus would be called the Son of God.  (Tweet that!) The references I use are:

  • Isaiah 7:14 Please note Isaiah worked as a prophet in Israel from 740 B.C. until at least 681 B.C.. So his prophecy was given 700+ years before Jesus was born!
  • Luke 1:35 When the angel Gabriel gave Mary the news that she would give birth to the Christ child, he also told her that her Son would be called the Son of the Most High.
Enjoy the video: (Angela, this is for you!)

I hope you enjoyed hearing me on video! If you did, please invite your friends, contacts, and family to join us too. (Tweet that!)

I'll see you next time for Day 2 in our 12 days for Christmas Advent.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

To those readers outside the United States, today is an American (and Canadian) holiday in which we give thanks to the God of the Bible for His provision and blessing.

We will be back on Saturday and will resume the three times a week posts on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.

When we resume, we're going to take some time away from the troubles of the world.  I'm preparing a special series of posts for the Advent season. (Tweet that!)

After Thanksgiving, the Advent season begins. The season of Advent looks forward to the coming of the Christ, which we celebrate on Christmas.

In this series of posts through the Advent season, we are going to take a look at several Bible prophecies that have already been perfectly fulfilled 100%!

This will actually be just a handful of the many prophecies that were fulfilled in the first coming of the Messiah. (Tweet that!)

I hope you will enjoy this special Advent series of Bible prophecies fulfilled as we look forward to our celebration of the first coming of Christ. (Tweet that!) Please invite a friend or your family or church family to join us. (Tweet that!) Or spread the word via social media.

Thank you.  See you on Saturday.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

How the United States of America is Like First-Century Israel in the Bible

The White House
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As I wrote my previous post, "Lawlessness" in Bible Prophecy: Are We Seeing It Now?, it occurred to me how much we, here in the United States, are like that first-century crowd  in Israel who witnessed the first coming of Jesus.

So many people in our day see the problems facing our world and the devastation that is coming. In the United States we see the wrong-doing and the wrong choices being made and forced upon us by those in leadership in our nation. (Tweet that!)

We know that the United States of America is not too big to fail. (Tweet that!)

We are desperate for solutions. We know the solutions--moving back towards the one true God of the Bible, His way of doing things, and honoring Him in our nation--and yet we are helpless to carry out any such ideas because most of those in leadership insist on going their own way, on not listening to the people, on forcing wrong policies on us. We do have some good people in leadership, but they are too few, even when they band together, to overcome the majority who are taking us in the wrong direction.

As so what do we do? We look forward to the next election. We hope that the next election will remove more of those who are leading our country in the wrong direction and will put into places of leadership and power more people who will lead us in a right direction.

But we have been trying to correct the course our country is on for several elections now, and while we may make progress, it has not yet been enough to make a difference in the direction our nation is moving in between those elections.

Our elections of our political leaders are too few and too far in between, while meanwhile decisions are being made every week or every day that take us farther down the wrong path.

We are looking for a political solution to our problems.

This is exactly what the first-century people in Israel were doing the first time Jesus came. They expected Jesus to be a political leader who would deliver them from the occupying forces of Rome and their Roman oppressors.

Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. (John 6:15, ESV)

Don't get me wrong. Please! I am so very grateful for the hard work of those who run for office and campaign so hard to win in order to become our leaders who will turn this country back toward the right course.

I am also so very grateful for those conservative commentators who work so hard to education the people and make a difference in our county.

I believe history will honor men like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity for their extraordinary efforts to make a positive difference in the United States of America.

However, as I watch them and listen, and as I watch our elections, I am reminded of their past campaigns such as Sean Hannity's "Defeat Obama Express" and Rush Limbaugh's "Operation Chaos." And yet despite all their efforts, President Obama still won the election. Again.

So what does this say? To me it says we will not find a political solution.

So what are we to think about these men and their efforts? I believe these conservative commentators are doing a remarkable job that must be done. (And these are only two examples of many men and women who are doing similar work.) They are talking about what is wrong with our nation, and because of them in the end there will be no excuse for anyone not knowing what was going on, what was wrong, and what could have been done to make it right. (Tweet that!) In a very real sense, they are doing God's work.

But at the same time, I don't believe there will be a political solution to the problems facing America. I don't believe we will be able to wait for enough elections to replace those leading us in a wrong direction with those who would lead is in a right direction.

I believe it's all too little and too late. I believe we're already over the cliff; it's just going to take us a while to hit the bottom. Yes, I'm pretty pessimistic about the future of the United States of America.

That's probably why political commentators don't talk about Bible prophecy. That's probably also why I wouldn't make a good talk show host. (Tweet that!)

To those who are doing such work, whether in political commentary or in running for office, please keep on. Keep working. Don't ever give up. We need you. I need you. Keep on doing good. Keep on calling out wrong, promoting right, and defining the difference. (Tweet that!)

In the end, we need to know that everything that possibly could be done to redirect our nation onto a right path, right in God's sight, has been done. That's important. (Tweet that!)

But in the end, the Bible prophecies will be fulfilled. So whether that comes sooner or later, whatever happens in or to the United States of America, the ultimate answer is not in politics but in individuals and national leaders looking to and following the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

"Lawlessness" in Bible Prophecy: Are We Seeing It Now?

The White House at Night
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In my August 14, 2014, post, I mentioned the topic of "lawlessness" and that this would be a discussion for another day. Maybe that's a good topic for today. (Tweet that!) Did you know the term "lawlessness" is in the Bible in regard to prophecy?

Back on August 14, we were looking at that prophetic chapter in the Bible where Jesus talked with his disciples about what would be happening in the End Times, just before his return. Jesus was answering the question his disciples asked about what would be signs that he was coming soon?

In answer, Jesus gave a list of many things that would be happening in our world that would be "signs." Within this context, Jesus said in verses 12, this:

12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold (Matthew 24:12, NKJV).

To me, lawlessness means a total disregard for the law. It means not only that the law is not followed, but there is an attitude that a person doesn't care if the law is followed. How much worse is that situation when law enforcement officers are instructed not to enforce the laws (which has been happening in the United States for years)? And how much worse from that does it get when the highest ranking officials in the nation disregard the law?

This week the news is buzzing with President Barack Obama's speech Thursday night and his Executive Order signed Friday reforming the immigration laws of the United States. (Tweet that!) Both sides are arguing whether this, and other changes President Obama has made (for example changes to his Health Care Law), are indeed legal. Please note just because the President, in his speech, said what he is doing is completely legal doesn't mean it is.

Do you remember what the oath says that every President swears or affirms before he (or she) takes office? Here it is:

The oath of office of the President of the United States is an oath or affirmation required by the United States Constitution before the President begins the execution of the office. The wording is specified in Article TwoSection OneClause Eight:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:— “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  Wikipedia 

Interestingly, it is this very same Constitution of the United States that makes him President in the first place.

Also, just because the President, or anyone else, quotes the Bible does not mean he or they are using that quote in context or with its true meaning. I always find it interesting when people who, on any other day, act or speak as though they are so opposed to what the Bible has to say attempt to use it to defend and justify what they are doing. That should be a red flag to anyone. (Tweet that!)

According to Bible prophecy, a time of complete lawlessness will come before the Antichrist appears. Am I saying what President Barack Obama has done completes that and fulfills that Bible prophecy? No. The prophesied lawlessness will be world-wide, not just in the United States.

Secondly, am I saying President Barack Obama is the Antichrist? For heaven's sake, NO. Did I answer that clearly enough? I only brought up this question to answer it because I've heard the question asked so many times. No, Barack Obama is not the Antichrist. (There are many factors about the Antichrist described in the Bible that President Obama does not fit. He is not the Antichrist.)

But I do believe everything, everything, in the world is being moved into place like chess pieces preparing the way for Antichrist to come.

For Antichrist to prosper, take over, lead the world and be followed and even loved by the majority of people, lawlessness must exist. There must be no regard for the good laws of this Christian land and no regard for the laws of God. (Tweet that!)

Lawlessness has moved up the ranks from some individuals (the world has always had at least some lawless individuals), to many more individuals (though not all), to world leaders. (Tweet that!)

This is my prediction: Lawlessness will increase. Worldwide. And history will show the actions of this President plays a part in that and paves the way for more. (Tweet that!)

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Pastor John Hagee Shares 900-Year-Old Extra-Biblical Prophecy Predicting Messiah Will Come in 2017

Pastor John Hagee
You may know Pastor John Hagee as the popular preacher on TV - one of the few pastors actually teaching about and talking about the End Times.  

You may know him as the author of the book Four Blood Moons: Something Is About to Change. 

You many know him as the founder of Christians United for Israel.

In any case, I was catching up on watching some of his church services I had recorded and one of them caught my attention with something I really wanted to share with you. So I took the time to transcribe a portion of what he said.

This aired on Daystar (I get it on channel 369 on DirectTV) on October 26, 2014. It is the portion of the hour-long show that starts at approximately minute 39. 

Quoting Pastor Hagee:

A prophetic statement by Rabbi Ben Samuel. He lived in the twelfth century.  That's nine hundred years ago. Rabbi Ben Samuel was called the light of Israel. He wrote his prophecy for the future on paper and told his followers not to open it until after he had died. Rabbi Ben Samuel wrote down these three facts 900 years ago: 
1.) God has divided time into modules of 50 years. Now that's a Jubilee. That's the fulfillment of the Jubilee Year. And He has said that Israel will be invaded by the Ottoman Empire in the future and the Ottoman Empire is going to rule for eight Jubilees. 
So 8 x 50 is 400.

From the day in 1517 when the Ottoman Empire invaded until 1917, 400 years, to the day, when General Allenby rode into Jerusalem and conquered Jerusalem without firing a shot.

His prophecy came true to the day and hour. 
2.) Secondly Rabbi Ben Samuel wrote, Israel will become a no-man's land for one Jubilee, meaning 50 years. So from 1917 until 1967, talk about the no-man's land. There's no way he could have known this.

Because of the British mandate, the British ruled over the Jewish people. While it was the Jewish land, the Jewish people had no right of self-determination. They could live there, but the British told them what they could and could not do. And in fact most of the time [inaudible] against the Jewish people in their own land.

Then, he said that will last one fifty-year block. That brings us to 1967. What happened in 1967? The 6 Day War. Israel defeated 5 nations in 6 days. Israel, the land of Israel, was increased 400%.  Four times in one day. Jerusalem was reunited. The Jewish people for the first time in 1850 years could pray at the Western Wall. 
Then, listen to this, Rabbi Samuel said, within the next Jubilee, Messiah will come.

1967 and 50 is 2017. 
Now I’m not setting a date, and don’t you go out of here saying Pastor Hagee said Jesus is coming back in 2017. I’m telling you what someone who has been dead for 900 years wrote down. 

Now, of course, this is an "extra-Biblical" prophecy, meaning it comes from outside of the Bible, the Holy Spirit-inspired, inerrant Word of God. (Tweet that!) Therefore we can't give this prophecy as much weight as the prophecies given in the Bible, which must all come true. Nevertheless, I find it very interesting. (Tweet that!) Don't you? 

Tweet this!: #Prophecy given 900 years ago: Ottoman Empire would rule 8 Jubilees (8x50=400). Came true: 1517-1917 to the day. 

Tweet this!: #Prophecy said Israel would become a no-man's land for one Jubilee. Came true 1917-1967. 

Tweet this!: Final part of #prophecy: Messiah will come in the next #Jubilee: 1967 + 50 = 2017 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

More Strange Sounds from the Heavens - Are They in Bible Prophecy? (Video Post)

In the last post we had a video of strange sound people are hearing and capturing on video coming from the skies all over the world.

I found more videos on these strange phenomena of sounds in the skies so I thought I would share them also. (Tweet that!)

Could these be some of the "signs in the heavens" predicted to take place in the End Times in Bible prophecy? (Tweet that!)

I don't know the answer to that.  It's not what I had pictured as a fulfillment of that prophecy, but then I don't really know.

This first one was posted very recently, on November 14, 2014. (Tweet that!) It took place in Arizona and runs 2:27:

This next one took place in Cambridge, Ontario on July 22, 2014, (Tweet that!) and was posted the next day.  It runs 2:37:

And finally this one kind of sums it all up. It includes some repeats of video you've already seen, but there is also more plus it includes many locations and dates, which I really appreciate. (Tweet that!) It runs 26:23 and the title of the video is "Trumpets, Explosions, Strange Sounds, Coming from the Heavens!"

I note that because we've been talking about the Feast of Trumpets, so I'm fascinated some hear trumpets in these sounds.

If you have any ideas what these strange sounds from the heavens might be, or if you think they might link to fulfilling prophecies in the Bible, please let your thoughts in the comments. (Serious, helpful comments only, please. Spam will be deleted.)

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

What's Causing Strange Sounds Around the World? (Video Post)

Strange sounds in the air heard all over the world.
In the previous post we heard author and teacher Jonathan Cahn teach more about the Feast of Trumpets. Today's video reminds me of the Feast of Trumpets because of the strange sounds being heard from the skies all over the world! (Tweet that!)

I saw this earlier this year and I can't figure out what it is. Maybe you can. (Tweet that!)

I thought it was unusual enough and interesting enough that I want to share it with you.

I read one comment that indicated some scientists think these sounds might be caused by the earth getting ready to reverse its polarity -- the magnetic south pole and the north pole. (Tweet that!) They say this would be devastating to life on earth, but I don't understand enough to share anything more with you about that.

At times it sounds to me like a chorus singing.  At times it sounds like trumpets. At times it sounds like a shofar (ram's horn trumpet). (Tweet that!) Other times it sounds to me like that UFO in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. (Yes, I know. That one's admittedly fiction!)

I also noticed that all the people taking video and audio of these sounds had their cameras pointed toward the sky. The people in the videos are also looking toward the sky. Clearly everyone involved is reacting in a way that shows these sounds are coming from the sky. (Tweet that!)

What do you think this is?

(Please note this video has some language sensitive viewers may not appreciate. But I feel the content is valuable and interesting enough that I hope you can overlook that.)

Strange Apocalyptic Sounds WORLDWIDE 2013
Runs 8:06