Thursday, April 30, 2015

U.S. Senator Tom Daschle Quoted Bible Verse Isaiah 9:10 in Speech on September 12, 2001

Senator Majority Leader tom Daschle
September 12, 2001
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In the previous post we looked at then-Senator John Kerry's words in his speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate the day after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and how his words paralleled the defiance against God echoing from ancient Israel in Isaiah 9:10. But John Kerry was not the only United States leader who made a speech that day. (Tweet that!)

If I may simply quote a short portion of Jonathan Cahn's book The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide, because he explains it so succinctly:

On the morning of September 12, 2001, a day after America's calamity, the al Qaeda breach, the US Senate and House of Representatives, the representative bodies of the entire American nation, issued a joint resolution in response to 9/11. 
After the resolution was read, condemning the attacks, expressing condolences, and calling for unity, a war against the terrorists, and punishment of the guilty parties, the Senate majority Leader, Tom Daschle, the highest representative of the nation's highest legislative body, rose to speak. 
At the end of the speech, Daschle uttered the following: 
I know that there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation, but there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that I think speaks to all of us at times like this… 
The bricks have fallen down,
But we will rebuild with dressed stone;
The fig trees have been felled,
But we will replace them with cedars. 
(The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide by Jonathan Cahn, pp 57-58.)
Could it be clearer? On the day after the terrorist attacks 9/11, on the floor of the very place that represents all the people of America, Isaiah 9:10 was spoken to us and on behalf of us.

However, this Bible verse is not something that pleases God. Rather, it is a statement of defiance against God!

This is not a coincidence. This is not a mistake. This surely was not planned by Tom Daschle. (I'd really really really like to know who the speech writer was. Just curious.) But as I said in my previous post, this is God showing up, whispering to all who will listen, making Himself known, through the leaders He has put in power over us. (Tweet that!) He is using them and guiding their every word.

Is that not a display of the answer to prayer of those who pray for our leaders as we are commanded to do in the Bible? (Tweet that!) Of course it is.

Do not worry. God is at work. We are in His hands. (Tweet that!)

If you think this is the only time one of our leaders quoted the Isaiah 9:10 passage in a speech, it's not. (Tweet that!) Come back on Saturday for another dose of Isaiah 9:10.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Then-Senator John Kerry's Biblical Prophetic Statement the Day After September 11, 2001

2005: "John Kerry senator from MA-2" by Kenneth C. Zirkel
Own work.
Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons 
In last week's posts we explored the important spiritual connections between the words of our leaders and the impact these words have in real ways on our nation.

If John Kerry's words, "If Allah wills it," surprised you, there are many more examples of similar statements by leaders in America that you need to know about. These include incredible spiritual statements made by America's leaders after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. (Tweet that!) We will look at three of these this week, beginning with another statement by John Kerry the day after the 9/11 attacks.

In the hours and days following the terrorists attacks and the fall of the twin World Trade Center towers, many (if not most) Americans held a spirit of defiance – we would not allow this attack to go unanswered. We would respond. For me, that reaction is completely understandable and I was right there among everyone else.

It is important for me to say that I do not blame any U.S. leader for the words they said or in any way think they did anything wrong. They did not even know they were being used by God in those moments. (Tweet that!)  But God was and is using these leaders to communicate, in His often-quite ways, to all who will listen. (Tweet that!)  Here's what happened…

At the time, John Kerry was a senior Senator from Massachusetts. On September 12, 2001, the day after the 9/11 attacks, John Kerry delivered a speech on the floor of the United States Senate in response to the 9/11 attacks. John Kerry said:

"I believe one of the first things we should commit to -- with federal help that underscores our nation's purpose -- is to rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid. We are defiant!"  
(The Harbinger, page 63, 256; also The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide page 40, both by Jonathan Cahn.)

But who, really, are we defying?

I, John Kerry, and certainly everyone else meant our defiance against the terrorists. But is that what really is taking place?

In the years since, an amazing network of facts have emerged, detailed by the work of Jonathan Cahn in his book The Harbinger (presents this material in fiction) and The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide (nonfiction). If you're not familiar with Jonathan Cahn's work, this is fascinating material. I’m sharing from his work and I highly recommend you read his books if you haven’t yet. If you are familiar, you may, as I am, appreciate a review of these facts and details in history.

Let's suppose for now that this terrorist attack of 9/11/2001 were, in fact, allowed by God in order to get the attention of America, a nation that was founded on His principals and that is straying away from Him. (Tweet that!) Just suppose.

Now, if that were true, then our defiance would not be defiance against terrorists, but rather defiance against God. (Tweet that!)

I don't know how that strikes you. You may react with skepticism, anger, or curiosity. But let's just explore the possibility. Because Jonathan Cahn has uncovered some amazing parallels that support that possibility. I'll be detailing these in future posts.

This possibility is based on a Scripture verse: Isaiah 9:10.

The setting is ancient Israel. Dateline: 732 B.C. At that time in history, the nation of Israel is divided into two kingdoms: Israel in the north and Judah in the south. The brutal Assyrian empire (modern day Iraq), led by Assyrian king Tiglath-Pileser III, attacked and sacked the northern kingdom of Israel. This could only happen if there was a breach in the "wall" of God's promised protection of Israel…which occurred because Israel was straying away from its foundation on the One True God.

After this breach, the leaders of Israel refused to see this as a warning from God. Instead, this is what the Bible records Israel's leaders as saying:

"Who say in pride and arrogance of heart: 
"The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with hewn [quarried] stones. The sycamores have been cut down, but we will plant cedars in their place." 
(Jonathan Cahn's translation of Isaiah 9:9b-10 found on page 49 of The Harbinger Companion with Study Guide.)

Fast forward to the day after al Qaeda, based in Iraq which is ancient Assyria, attacked the United States. (Tweet that!) A senior leader in the United States Senate firmly announces:

"[We] should…rebuild the towers of the World Trade Center and show the world we are not afraid. We are defiant!"

Not convinced 9/11 was a parallel warning from God? Then please come back on Thursday for the next post and some amazing evidence of this parallel.

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

John Kerry's Jewish Ancestry, Catholic Profession, and Islamic Pronouncement = Spiritual Confusion

 John Kerry told reporter Laura Rozen this weekend 
that a nuclear deal with Iran is possible, "Inshallah."
Did you know U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has Jewish ancestry? (Tweet that!) His ancestors changed the family name and converted to be Catholic.

Here are two articles about John Kerry's ancestry:

One thing that caught my attention is the seemingly "easy" conversion the Kerry ancestors made from Jews to Catholics. But according to the article, it seems this conversion was because they were experiencing some level of persecution for being Jewish, at least in their business dealings if not more.

My intention is not to criticize, but to just point it out so we can discuss what true conversion is and means.

A person cannot or does not change between religions by the swipe of a pen. A true conversion does not take place simply so they will find it easier to do business.  A true religion is a set of beliefs that a person honestly believes to be true. If a person truly believes in the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, then you don't suddenly give all that up just so business will be better or easier.

On the other hand, it's easy to change religions if there is no true belief there. (Tweet that!)

In the case of Jewish people, this is not only a religion but also a race. So that means that there can be religions Jews, who truly believe the Torah (what Christians call the Old Testament). But then there can also be non-religious Jews, which means they are Jewish by race but there is no real belief in anything religious. I've heard these called "secular Jews."

For Christians – and I mean true Christians – there must be an understanding of who Jesus is and what he did and a conscious decision to become a Christian. (Tweet that!) No one is born a Christian. However in some countries the term "christian" is understood to be anyone who is not Muslim. (Tweet that!)

My point in all this is to say that for true religion, and for an honestly religions person, there are beliefs that are truly held and, in that case, are not easily scrapped and left behind. For someone to believe any person can jump from one religion to another means none of these beliefs really matter, or perhaps they are all in essence the same and there is no difference.

This is massive spiritual confusion. We're seeing a lot of spiritual confusion in the world today. (Tweet that!)

In the case of John Kerry, we have a U.S. leader with Jewish blood who is Catholic proclaiming, "If Allah wills it." (Tweet that!)

Is that not spiritual confusion?

But it is fascinating that this representative of the United States, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry now seems to be connected to Jews by blood, to Christians by the faith he claims, and now, through his pronouncement on March 27, 2015, to Islam. (Tweet that!)

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

American Secretary of State John Kerry Says "If Allah Wills It"

 John Kerry told reporter Laura Rozen this weekend 
that a nuclear deal with Iran is possible, "Inshallah." 
In the previous post we looked at U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry answering a question about if there will be a nuclear deal with Iran with the phrase "Inshallah," which means, "If Allah wills it."

Isn't what John Kerry said offensive to the One True God (who is not Allah)? Some say Christians and Jews worship the same God as the Muslims but this is not true. The God of the Bible is not the same as Allah. The God of the Bible is about love and life and protecting the truth in the revelation of who He is. (Tweet that!) In contrast, Allah apparently instructs the hatred and death, beheading, drowning, bombing, terrorist's acts and other forms of killing Christians and Jews. 

Christians know and believe the One True God came in human flesh as Jesus the Nazarene. Jesus IS God. Ask any Muslim if they worship Jesus as God. They do not, proving we do not worship the same God. (Tweet that!)

Muslims will say Jesus is a "prophet," an equal to Muhammad. Jesus was not "just a prophet." Jesus is God, come in human flesh, who died and is alive again. (Tweet that!) In contrast, Muhammad is dead.

When John Kerry, the Secretary of State of the United States, says "if Allah wills it," what is he doing?!

He could be trying to connect with the people he is in company with at those negotiations: Muslims. (Tweet that!)

He could be ignorant of the important differences between Allah, the god of Muslims who chant "Death to America," and the One True God of Heaven and all the earth, but I doubt it. As a Catholic* he should know better. (Tweet that!)

Does he think and believe his praise to Allah has power? Or that it has no power? (Tweet that!)

It is "praise," because his use of this phrase puts Allah in the position of God Almighty – instead of relying on the One True God, the God of the Bible in whom belief in the United States of America was founded on.  

So what do you think? Is it really that important what a leader of the United States says about God? (Tweet that!) Does a pronouncement like this make a difference to anyone or in anything having to do with our nation?

Yes, it matters. Big time. It matters more than most people can even imagine.

There is power in words. The Bible is God's Word. And Jesus, who embodies everything the Bible says, is The Word personified.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning... 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 1:1-2, 14)

This is talking about the Man, Jesus.

A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. (Luke 6:45)

We can see what is truly in a person's heart, what he believes by what comes out his or her mouth.

It's not the first time John Kerry, or others in the highest leadership positions in the United States of America, has spoken out in defiance of the One True God of the Bible. (Tweet that!) It is so important for you to be aware of these statements that we're going to look at these spiritual pronouncements in a series of posts starting next Tuesday. (Tweet that!) (New articles here on the blog are posted Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.)

*But first, my next post on Saturday will give some background on John Kerry himself. Did you know the Catholic John Kerry has Jewish blood? Come back on Thursday to learn more. And please bring a friend. 

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Spiritual Importance of Secretary of State John Kerry Saying "If Allah Wills It"

 John Kerry told reporter Laura Rozen this weekend
that a nuclear deal with Iran is possible, "Inshallah." 
On March 27, 2015, while negotiating a deal with Iran concerning nuclear weapons on behalf of the United States of America, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was asked if there would be a deal. His response: "Inshallah." This phrase means, "If Allah wills it." (Tweet that!)

World Net Daily discusses this more in its March 30, 2015, article "Iran Nuke Deal Close? Kerry Says 'Inshallah.'"

So are United States Secretary of State John Kerry's words spiritually or prophetically important? (Tweet that!)

Do John Kerry's words hold any real power over the United States of America? (Tweet that!) Are these just words? Or is there a spiritual power activated by these words and others words like these that can and will have real ramifications in our nation?

The answer is yes, Secretary of State John Kerry's words hold great meaning and great power spiritually and prophetically. (Tweet that!) If you don't know it, this means real happenings in the real world that affects us.

Spiritual words spoken by national leaders hold more power, I would say, than most Americans dare to imagine. I base that on looking out my window. I'm watching most Americans this very day going about their daily business apparently completely oblivious to what is happening in our nation and in the world. (Tweet that!) Yes, I know some of you are very tuned in and aware of so much that is happening of spiritual and prophetic importance. And honestly we're all going about our daily business and it's impossible to tell who is aware and who is not. But still, it seems so many people are completely oblivious.

I'm writing this blog to encourage you, to keep you informed on happenings that you may not be aware of, as well as to have a place to discuss what you are aware of.

I'm also writing this blog to inform those who, until now reading this post, are or have been oblivious. (Tweet that!)

Still other people may have a sense that something is going on, something is happening, but haven't yet figured out how to sift through all the noise to find what's true. (Tweet that!)

In addition to that, I think most people think words don't really have an impact other than on those who hear them. In other words, most people don't realize, or don't believe, that words can have a spiritual and prophetic impact that translates into real consequences in our world and our lives.  (Tweet that!)

The spiritual importance of what John Kerry said is vastly important and powerful. It will have implications in the United States of America (though I'm not wise enough to be able to tell you exactly what consequences at this point). John Kerry was literally praising the "God" of the Muslims in defiance of the One True God of Christians and Jews. (Tweet that!) His words will have a profound effect on our "Christian" nation (that is, Christian-founded and Christian-based). 

What we say matters. What our leaders say matters more. It matters to God – that is, the One True God. We'll talk more about the implications of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying "If Allah wills it" in the next post on Thursday. Please stop back by then.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Did the "Dig" TV Show Get it Right? - The Bible Prophecy of the Red Heifer

"Dig Panel at Comic-Con 2014" by chrisjortiz - IMG_9185.
Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons  
This week we've been looking at some intriguing topics brought up by the TV show Dig. In the first episode, as a matter of fact if I remember right it was the first scene of the first episode, we saw traditional Jewish men arriving at a snowy farm in Canada to inspect a newly born calf.

Again, I thought it was intriguing that the folks behind the TV show Dig portrayed the red heifer needed to fulfill Bible prophecy. (Tweet that!)

A heifer is defined as:
A young female cow; especially: one that has not had a calf (Merriam-Webster Dictionary)

I previously wrote a little bit about the red heifer in the Bible in my article:

I wanted to revisit the topic and give more information. Every few years I hear of a lot of excitement about another red calf that has been born followed by flurry of activity by Jewish authorities. (Tweet that!) Jewish authorities need to inspect any such calf to see whether the calf qualifies as being red enough (limited number of other-colored hairs) to be the red heifer needed for the ceremony to purify the rebuilt Jewish Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. (Tweet that!)

Just this past week a new article emerged talking about another red heifer which might be THE red heifer. (Tweet that!) The article sums up the information so well I'll let you read it rather than try to recap it here:

My question is, if this heifer is two years old, as this article says, why are we just now hearing about it? (Tweet that!)

Here's another article with the same title on a different blog:

Again, the TV show Dig has opened an opportunity to talk about some of the details that need to occur in order for Bible prophecies to be fulfilled.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Did the "Dig" TV Show Get it Right? - Tunnels Under the Temple Mount in Bible Prophecy

"Dig Panel at Comic-Con 2014" by chrisjortiz - IMG_9185. 
Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons  
In the previous post, Did the "Dig" TV Show Get it Right? – Training Temple Priests in Israel to Fulfill Bible Prophecy, I gave an introduction to the TV show Dig and some of the little known pieces of information about Bible prophecy portrayed in the show. (Tweet that!)

Another tidbit of information is about the extensive network of tunnels that exist under the Temple Mount. (Tweet that!) Some of the scenes in the show take place in these tunnels.

I wrote an article about the Temple Mount tunnels previously on this blog here:

One very interesting belief about these tunnels is that this may be where the currently-missing Ark of the Covenant is located. (Tweet that!) Here is a portion of an article on the Temple Institute's site titled "Israeli Institute Prepares Priests for Jerusalem's Third Temple" (April 9, 2014):

Everything is ready, then, except two additional, small matters. The easy one, you'd be surprised, is the Ark of the Covenant. "The Second Temple didn't have an ark, either," Segel reminds me, and Friedman adds, "There are 10 studies about the location of the Ark of the Covenant. We read them and studied all of them, and reached the conclusion that the right answer is that it's buried in the tunnels under the Temple Mount. When the day comes, we will get to it."

Image from 
I haven't been able to determine if the scenes portrayed in the tunnels were actually filmed in the tunnels under Jerusalem's Temple Mount (Tweet that!), but if so, it was very fun and intriguing to see some of these tunnels.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Did the "Dig" TV Show Get it Right? – Training Temple Priests in Israel to Fulfill Bible Prophecy

"Dig Panel at Comic-Con 2014" by chrisjortiz - IMG_9185. 
Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons  
Have you been watching the new TV show Dig? It airs on the USA Network and the first episode ran March 5, 2015.

I was incredibly intrigued because the previews showed glimpses of Old Jerusalem.  So of course I had to watch and check it out.

Here is the recap of what the show is about from

Peter, an FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who, while investigating a murder of a young female archaeologist, uncovers a conspiracy 2000 years in the making.

I can't figure out why the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations, which I though investigated federal crimes here on U.S. soil, would have an agent or an office in Jerusalem, Israel. Don't think he'd have any jurisdiction in real life. Don't think he'd actually be "stationed" there in real life. But anyway, here at my house we watched the first episodes – I believe it was two and a half episodes.*

The opening of the pilot had me thrilled because the show started with what I thought might be little-known facts about the Bible even among Christians (Tweet that!), interesting tidbits that I've run across in my studies. For example these three items were portrayed:

  • The training of priests from boyhood in a special location and their feet are not allowed to touch the ground. Ever.
  • The extensive tunnels beneath the Temple Mount.
  • And the red heifer.

These are things that I believe most people don't know about (especially #1 and #3). I think even most Christians who study the Bible faithfully may not know much about these details. (Tweet that!) So it caused me to wonder who is behind this TV show? It made me want to research that, which I haven't done yet. But I thought it would be interesting to talk a bit about these three items here on the blog, so we're doing that this week in this post and the next two.

I was amazed that the creators of the show had in place the training of a special priest who has been raised from birth to perform a certain function (not yet revealed on the show).  I had heard years ago that there is a school in Jerusalem that is training young boys to be priests and perform all the duties of the Jewish Temple (Tweet that!), should it be rebuilt or when it is rebuilt.

As you can imagine, a lot of training that would need to be done in order to properly perform all the sacrifices and ceremonies properly. These are jobs that have not been performed since 70 A.D. when the Herod's Temple (the Second Temple) was destroyed. (Tweet that!)

I also heard at that time years ago that for at least some of these young boys, and I'm not clear if this was all of them or just certain positions such as, perhaps, the High Priest, that these boys were never to allow their feet to touch the ground. They were to keep themselves that holy. I remember finding and reading an article about it at the time which I wanted to share with you here, but I was unable to find it. Perhaps that is now controversial as it is made to be considered abusive as it is portrayed in the TV show.

As a matter of fact, in the first episode one of the boys so longed to be outside and to walk on grass that he did, and then this young child was ruthlessly shot in the head by the weird, cult-ish, evil, homicidal "Christians." It was extremely sick how Christians are portrayed on the show, which unfortunately is not unusual for Hollywood. But no worries, they have another boy to take the first one’s place – an identical boy, no doubt a clone.

Anyway, back to real life: Here is one article I found about the training of priests to serve in the rebuilt Temple. (It does not mention the restriction from touching the ground though.)

Image from 
At any rate, whoever is behind this TV show has done some deep research which I find fascinating. It's just too bad they are doing so much ugly with it.

*As I said, we watched two and half episodes. I'm pretty sure it was the third episode that opened with a sex scene (not the first one in the series) that was more graphic than we care to watch – between the main character/FBI Agent (Jason Isaacs) and his boss (Anne Heche). We sat through that reluctantly, but later in the same episode there was a short scene in a gay bar (yeah, in Jerusalem) followed by a scene where two men were ripping their clothes off and we didn't stick around to watch any more of that.

So we're done with the TV show Dig at my house and I can't recommend that you watch it. But it opened up a good opportunity to discuss some little known information about Bible prophecy of the rebuilt Temple. (Tweet that!) We'll talk about it more in the next post.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Will the “Framework Agreement” with Iran be the False Peace Treaty in Bible Prophecy?

"Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program - 
the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Other Officials 
of the P5+1 and Ministers of Foreign Affairs 
of Iran and EU in Lausanne" 
by United States Department of State
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
I had a friend ask me the other day if the "framework for a deal with Iran," which seems to be coming to be known as the "Framework Agreement," which the Obama Administration has worked out via Secretary of State John Kerry could be the "false peace treaty" in Bible prophecy. (Tweet that!) I had to admit I was kicking myself that I had not thought of that possibility.

Let me explain what my friend was referring to. The Bible speaks of "weeks" which we understand to be "weeks of years," in other words 7-year segments of time. In Daniel 9:20-27 the prophet Daniel saw a vision of the angel Gabriel, whom Daniel had seen and met with before. This time, Gabriel gave Daniel insight and instruction about "seventy sevens." We understand these to be 70 weeks of years.

Then in Daniel 9:25 Gabriel speaks of "seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.'" That totals 69 sevens. Which means there is one more "seven" left: the 70th seven, or one more "week of years," a 7-year period.

There are, of course, different ideas about this, but many (if not most?) scholars believe there was an indeterminate gap of time between the 69th week in Daniel and the 70th week. And this final 70th week of 7 years will be the final 7 years of history on earth as we know it now.

Then Daniel says this about that 70th week of years:

"He [that is the Antichrist] will confirm a covenant with many for one 'seven.' In the middle of the 'seven' he will put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on a wing of the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him." (Daniel 9:27, NIV 1985)

As you can see, there is a covenant with "many." I believe most scholars think this is the Jewish people. I wonder if it isn't the majority of people on the earth?

This covenant is for one seven-year period. But in the middle of this seven – in other words, at the 3½ year point – the Antichrist breaks the covenant. (Tweet that!) This means the Antichrist never really meant for there to be lasting peace and so it was a "false peace." (Tweet that!)

We know the Jewish Temple has been rebuilt on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem at this point because sacrifices are going on, and that is the only place Jewish sacrifices can take place. (Tweet that!)

Then, in the middle of this seven-year so-called peace deal, the Antichrist puts an end to sacrifice, meaning he stops the Jewish sacrifices going on at the Temple.

When he, the Antichrist, breaks that covenant at the half-way point through the seven years, all hell breaks loose quite literally. The Antichrist sets himself up as God in the Jewish Temple or "on a wing of the temple" and this attempt to usurp God's rightful place as King of kings and Lord of lords is the last straw: the abomination that causes desolation.

So, for prophecy watchers, we are watching for these two things:
  • the Temple to be rebuilt on the Temple Mount where sacrifices resume for the first time since 70 A.D., and
  • the start of a “peace” deal which we know will be killed after 3½ years.

So the question is, could this so-called deal with Iran that the United States and other nations are painfully claiming to be negotiating with Iran be that Biblically prophesied false peace deal? And furthermore, considering the previous post, I’m wondering might this "peace deal" be made on the 9th of Av? (Tweet that!) It's something to watch.

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Can this Date be Biblically Prophetic? Important Events in Jewish History on the 9th of Av

"Negotiations about Iranian Nuclear Program -
the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Other Officials
of the P5+1 and Ministers of Foreign Affairs
of Iran and EU in Lausanne"
by United States Department of State
Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons
In the previous post we looked at the date when Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke to the joint session of the United States Congress. He gave this speech, which was against the deal the U.S. is working out with Iran to allow Iran to create nuclear weapons, on the eve of Purim. Mr. Netanyahu is concern Iran will use their nuclear weapons against Israel and it's a certainty that they will because they have said as much and there is no reason to disbelieve they will do exactly as they threaten. 

I believe it's significant that Mr. Netanyahu's speech was given on the eve of Purim. (Tweet that!) The One True God reveals His wisdom and speaks to us in patterns. (Tweet that!) And as we've watched the past three "Blood Moons" on important Jewish Feast days occur over the past year, we can notice, if we're paying attention, that the Lord God has planned and timed these events to coincide with what He foreknew would be occurring on earth. (Tweet that!

Purim was when the enemies of Israel plotted to wipe Israel off the face of the earth in the time of Queen Esther, 474 B.C. The Prime Minister's speech to the U.S. about the U.S.'s coming nuclear agreements with Iran was on the eve of Purim (Tweet that!) and I believe also on the eve of significant worldwide events occurring concerning Iran attempting to carry out its threats against Israel with the cooperation of the United States. (Tweet that!)

If dates are in fact prophetic, meaning we can see a pattern in history of important events occurring on the same date (on the Jewish calendar), then my question is, can we take an educated guess that something significant might occur on this date in the future? (Tweet that!)

Here are three examples: (Tweet that!)

The Total Lunar "Blood Moon" Eclipses On Jewish Holy Days

If you've been following this blog or the series of four "Blood Moons" you know we are experiencing a series of four total lunar eclipses on significant dates on the Jewish calendar. Those dates are the first and last of the seven annual feasts – Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles – in both 2014 and 2015. In the past, significant events occurred in Israel's history around those times. Learn more here:

The Financial Happenings on Past Shemitahs

If you've been following this blog, then you also know about the Shemitah that comes every seven years, which we will talk about more as it approaches on September 13, 2015. (Tweet that!) Major financial falls have occurred in the United States which rippled worldwide on the previous two Shemitahs in 2001, just after the attacks of 9/11, and again in 2008. Some are already speculating what may occur this coming fall. Learn more here:

The 9th of Av

"Av" is the fifth month on the Jewish religious calendar and matches up approximately with July/August on our calendar. On the 9th day of Av, significant occurrences have taken place in Israel's history including the following. (Tweet that!):

  • According to Jewish history, it was on the 9th of Av that the ten spies, not counting Joshua and Caleb, which Moses sent to search out the Promised Land gave their bad report to Moses which caused the Israelites to refuse to enter the land God promised to them, resulting in them wandering the wilderness for forty years until that generation died off before entering the Land under Joshua's leadership.
  • It was on the 9th of Av that the first Jewish Temple, that is Solomon's Temple, was looted and burned by the king of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar. (Note my Bible says, "On the seventh day of the fifth month…" (2 Kings 24:8). That was August 14, 586 B.C. Jeremiah 52:12 records it as "the tenth day of the fifth month…" A note in the NIV Study Bible explains the difference this way: "The parallel in 2 Ki 25:8 reads 'seventh day'; one of the numbers is a copyist's error, but we cannot tell which." See 2 Chronicles 36:15-21, 2 Kings 25:1-21, Jeremiah 52:4-27.) 
  • Significantly, the second Temple was also destroyed on the 9th of Av in 70 A.D. by the Romans under Titus. This occurred some 40 years after Jesus' death and resurrection and fulfilled the Bible prophecy spoken by Jesus himself in Matthew 24:2.
  • King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella expelled the Jews from Spain on the 9th of Av in 1492.

So my question is, Could something prophetically significant happen to Israel on the 9th of Av in soon-coming years? Even in 2015? (Tweet that!) On our calendar, the 9th of Av in 2015 takes place from the evening of July 24 to the evening of July 25, 2015.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Was the date Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Joint Session of U.S. Congress - the Eve of Purim - Prophetic?

"Benjamin Netanjahu 2" by
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I have to admit this would have slipped past me if someone had not told me. Did you know that the day the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, addressed the joint session of Congress of the United States was the eve of the Jewish holiday of Purim? (Tweet that!)

If you listened carefully to the Prime Minister’s speech, you heard him talk about Purim. To see the importance you need to know that Purim commemorates the attempted annihilation of the all persons of Israeli descent in the days of Queen Esther in 474 B.C.  (Tweet that!)

It seems to me that God is speaking to us through events today occurring on important dates to the Jewish people, whether in history or in the holy days God gave the Jewish people.  (Tweet that!) For example, three days ago we witnessed the third total lunar eclipse falling on the first or last of the 7 annual Jewish Feasts – the second year in a row that we had a totally eclipsed moon on Passover.

It was John Boehner who invited Benjamin Netanyahu to speak to Congress. Interestingly he invited to speak on February 11, 2015. You can see Mr. Boehner’s original invitation here to Mr. Netanyahu here

I don’t know who changed that date or how that came about, but I find it very interesting that it was changed to the eve of Purim. (Tweet that!) I believe that was a change orchestrated by God because I believe that timing is a message from God. (Tweet that!

What is that message? It is a warning and a promise. Just as evil regimes in the time of Queen Esther tried to annihilate the Jews, evil regimes are about to try again in our near future. (Tweet that!)

But their evil plan did not succeed then and it will not succeed in our time. (Tweet that!)

Don’t believe me? Come back for the next post and we’ll look at another important date in Jewish history on which several similar events have occurred.

Here is a brief portion of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, from The Washington, that referenced Purim:

My friends, I've come here today because, as prime minister of Israel, I feel a profound obligation to speak to you about an issue that could well threaten the survival of my country and the future of my people: Iran's quest for nuclear weapons. 
We're an ancient people. In our nearly 4,000 years of history, many have tried repeatedly to destroy the Jewish people. Tomorrow night, on the Jewish holiday of Purim, we'll read the Book of Esther. We'll read of a powerful Persian viceroy named Haman, who plotted to destroy the Jewish people some 2,500 years ago. But a courageous Jewish woman, Queen Esther, exposed the plot and gave for the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against their enemies. 
The plot was foiled. Our people were saved. 
Today the Jewish people face another attempt by yet another Persian potentate to destroy us. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei spews the oldest hatred, the oldest hatred of anti-Semitism with the newest technology. He tweets that Israel must be annihilated -- he tweets. You know, in Iran, there isn't exactly free Internet. But he tweets in English that Israel must be destroyed.  
For those who believe that Iran threatens the Jewish state, but not the Jewish people, listen to Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, Iran's chief terrorist proxy. He said: If all the Jews gather in Israel, it will save us the trouble of chasing them down around the world.  
But Iran's regime is not merely a Jewish problem, any more than the Nazi regime was merely a Jewish problem. The 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazis were but a fraction of the 60 million people killed in World War II. So, too, Iran's regime poses a grave threat, not only to Israel, but also the peace of the entire world. To understand just how dangerous Iran would be with nuclear weapons, we must fully understand the nature of the regime... 

I’m reminded again how important it is to have a Jewish/Hebrew calendar and to keep it handy and reference it often, if not every day. I should not have missed this. I’m pleased the Lord, through a friend, brought it to my attention.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Thoughts Following Blood Moon #3 -- Plus Easter Moments Countdown Day 1

Dates of Four Total Lunar Eclipses
plus the central Solar Eclipse
of 2014 and 2015
Early this morning the earth is witnessing the 3rd of the four total lunar eclipses which have been "nicknamed" or called the Blood Moons. I hope you were able to see it wherever you are.

I'm writing this post in advance so it will post early in the morning, actually even before the end of the eclipse, although for many of us the moon will set behind the horizon before it's over so we can't see the end of the eclipse.

My prayer is that this has been a beautiful event for you, spiritually significant and personally memorable. (Tweet that!)

As you know, today is Passover, a significant holiday for the Jewish people. I wish you a blessed Passover.

For Christians, yesterday was "Good Friday," when the Christian church remembers the crucifixion of Jesus the Christ. Tomorrow is Easter Sunday. This "Blood Moon" is sandwiched in between those two important dates on the Christian calendar. (Tweet that!) I wish you a blessed Easter.

God is as work. He is working in this world and in each of our lives, calling us to recognize His sovereignty, to remember Him, to call upon Him, to thank Him for His mercy, grace, and work on our behalf. (Tweet that!)

Some additional resources you may enjoy:

Here is information about the next total lunar eclipse coming our way. This will be the 4th and final eclipse of the current tetrad. (Tweet that!)

As you can guess, I'll be talking about the fourth and final total lunar eclipse of this tetrad here. And I've already created a Facebook Event for this eclipse coming next September 28, 2015. Please join this event now so you won't miss anything or forget. Simply click this link and then choose "Going."

This is an article I wrote earlier on my thoughts about what might happen on the Shemitah later this year and what life might be like afterwards:

I've also already created a Facebook Event for the coming Shemitah. You can learn all about what that is at this event. (Also through articles I've already posted on this blog. Please do a search for that word if you're interested in learning more now.) This event occurs BEFORE the next lunar eclipse -- only about two weeks before. Please also join the Shemitah Watch event by clicking this link and then choosing "Going."

Again, here is my informational brochure for you to print and share, or share electronically by posting it on your social media sites:

Have a very happy Easter. He is alive! Celebrate! I'll see you next week when we'll talk more about what's going on in the world and how we might be seeing Bible prophecies fulfilled right before our very eyes. 

Easter Moments:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Natural Phenomena that Cause the Moon to Appear Red and Tips for Viewing the 3rd Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse -- Plus Easter Moments Countdown Days 3 & 2

Dates of Four Total Lunar Eclipses
plus the central Solar Eclipse
of 2014 and 2015
Since we've been observing this series of four (tetrad) total lunar eclipses, I've heard some people saying these cannot be the "blood moons" mentioned in the Bible because the moon is appearing red under natural circumstances. (Tweet that!) They say that the Biblically prophesied "blood moons" will be something miraculous from the hand of God. I say that's a bunch of hooey. (Tweet that!) Why couldn't the blood moons in the Bible be caused by natural circumstances? (Tweet that!) I see no reason why they couldn't be red moons caused by natural reasons.

Clearly the Lord God who created the heavens and the earth, Who set the moon in the sky and Who set the times and knew with perfect foreknowledge when lunar eclipses would occur because He set up the whole system, could have and did know these lunar eclipses would be occurring on these dates in our lifetimes. (Tweet that!) This is not a problem for Him.

He is also the One Who mandated when the Feasts of the LORD would be -- on what dates on the Jewish calendar. (Tweet that!) He also foreknew with perfect foresight that those total lunar eclipses on His Feasts of the LORD would coincide with happenings on the earth in our day. (Tweet that!) This is not a problem for Him.

So some people using the fact that this is a "natural" way the moon turns red as evidence that this is not the hand of God nor the Biblically prophesied "blood moons" that are to come before the day of the Lord (the Lord Jesus' return) simply is not convincing me.  (Tweet that!)

What do you think?

The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the great and awesome day of the Lord comes. Joel 2:31

Here are some trivia questions:  

How many natural causes are there for the moon to appear red? (Tweet that!)

What are the causes in nature that make the moon appear red? (Tweet that!)

You can find the answers in this post:

Tips for Viewing this Total Lunar Eclipse:

I learned a few things while viewing the first of these four total lunar eclipses last April. I wrote about what I learned and gave some tips before the second eclipse last October. Here are those tips for you to review. I'm going to review them also so I don't forget what I learned! (Tweet that!)

Final Reminder:

This Saturday's Total Lunar Eclipse -- Blood Moon #3 -- will occur in the early morning hours of Saturday, April 4th. Don't miss it! You'll have to get up early to see it. (Tweet that!)

If you haven't yet, please join my Event on Facebook for more reminders, discussion, links to articles and information, and more:

#Lunar Eclipse Watch Party! - 3rd of the 4 #Blood Moons

I'll look forward to seeing you again on Saturday after this 3rd of the four "Blood Moons" for some followup thoughts. Enjoy the view! Bask in the knowledge you are witnessing history. Make it memorable with those you care about. (Tweet that!)

As you're looking into the heavens after midnight Friday evening / early Saturday morning, think about the Lord God and what you and your life looks like to Him from His point of view. (Tweet that!) It's a good think to contemplate.

Easter Moments: