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The Kings Of The North And The South October 23, 2009

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Grace Thru Faith (Link) – Jack Kelley (October 17, 2009)

This is an update of an article I first posted 2 years ago. Two things prompted me to post it again at this time. First, it’s a good follow up to last week’s article on the growth of Islam. And second, last week, at the last minute, Turkey booted Israel out of a joint training exercise also involving Italy and the US. When they withdrew in protest, Turkey responded by scheduling a training exercise with Syria instead. The reason Turkey gave was Israel’s inability to deliver an order of Heron surveillance drones to Turkey on the agreed schedule, even though it was the failure of a part produced by Turkey that made on time delivery impossible.

Turkey has been distancing itself from Israel since the Gaza offensive, and on top of the canceled training exercise recently began airing a TV series depicting Israeli soldiers as child killers. Inside sources indicate that Turkish PM Erdogan has become convinced that Turkey is destined to play a more pivotal role in Middle Eastern politics by reviving the Ottoman Empire. To that end Turkey has been more involved in MidEast diplomacy, acting as a mediator between Syria and Israel, and has formed a pact with Syria and Iran that features increased military and commercial involvement among the three. Some see in this the re-birth of an end times military force known as the King of the North in Daniel 11. Let’s take a closer look.

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Like A Thief October 22, 2008

Posted by Watchman in America, Christian, Day of the Lord, Economic Crisis, Europe, Fulfilling Prophecy.
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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvationFor God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

I’ve posted this passage many times as indeed it is central to where I feel called, to watch. The question is, how is it that the day of the Lord could come like a thief without the majority of the world noticing? I think Glenn Beck recently hit the nail on the head in his October 8, 2008 radio show regarding the things that are happening and what they could mean. Things are going to be coming fast and hard leaving those who haven’t been watching and don’t understand what is going on dizzy and confused in the whirlwind of events. Many who have built their treasures on earth will be wondering what to do. When a person is overloaded with so much from all sides, they have a hard time keeping track of anything.

On the financial side of things, the calls have already been made from leaders around the world for a globalized financial system (news here and here) and the central banks from around the world have now worked in cooperation to lower interest rates globally. (news here) Now a post-election global talks being pushed by the EU on the current financial crisis are being planned for November 15 in Washington D.C.. (news here) Meanwhile, Vice Presidential candidate Joe Biden is warning his constituents of coming unpopular decisions Obama will make. I believe these are all steps to to the ultimate financial control described in Bible prophecy.

Revelation 13:16-18
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

But we are not in darkness. Who is “we” and how can we not be in darkness? We are a special group, not for anything of ourselves, but rather in spite of ourselves by the grace of God. The only thing special about us in this world of darkness today is that we have seen the Truth in God’s Word and believed it. For this we are also rejected by those of this world, but Truth and reality will always overcome fables because they exist outside of an imagination that fades away. For a greater understanding of how we will be rejected, look into the Alliance of Civilizations (more here) with the understanding that “the world” is increasingly pluralistic in its view of acceptable belief systems. There’s also endorsement from the Obama campaign of the AoC. (news here)

As I have learned, and tried to express in the Watchman Bible study website, that we have a source of understanding given in great detail that provides the hope we cannot find in the things of this world. Moreover, it also foretells what is to come and provides the comfort of understanding our eternal place in God’s kingdom in spite of the troubles and tribulations of this earthly realm. In this we find not only understanding that gives us peace in the midst of tribulations, but hope in the glories yet to come for them that love God.

While I think Glenn Beck is placing his hope in the wrong place, he is right that knowing the future is a buffer to prepare ourselves mentally for the coming challenges rather than being caught completely by surprise. Where I place my hope is in Yeshua the Christ and His Word, the Bible, which reveals not only the things of the spirit, but also prepares those who believe for the future foretold to come within its pages and centered on Him. Even though I know difficult times are coming and indeed here for many, I will always have joy in the midst of them because of the faith, hope and love I have found in God’s Word. My desire is to share that with anyone who wants those things as well.

What we are told over and over again in scripture is to watch, and the context of these warnings is centered on the coming day of the Lord that comes like a thief on an unsuspecting world and likened to the days of Noah and Lot.

Luke 17:26-30
And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of manThey did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them allLikewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them allEven thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.

Matthew 24:36-44
But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. But know this, that if the goodman of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up. Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.

Mark 13:35-37
Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.

Revelation 3:3
Remember therefore how thou hast received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. If therefore thou shalt not watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what hour I will come upon thee.

With all that is going on are you feeling a little lost? Do you feel panic setting in? I hope not, but I want to let you know that there is hope, not in the things of this world because we have been told they will fall. Rather than build up treasures on this earth though, I encourage you to build your treasure in heaven because that lasts forever. It all begins with a belief and acceptance of Yeshua as your Savior and the recognition of personal guilt in transgressing God’s ways of perfect love. We all have and still do, but those who love God try to obey Him with all their heart, mind and soul – the body follows. I think this scripture is central considering Yeshua laid His life down for us, true love is selfless.

John 15:12-22
This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friendsYe are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command youHenceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one anotherIf the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name’s sake, because they know not him that sent me. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloak for their sin.

God is love and Yeshua expressed that perfect love by becoming a perfect sacrifice, taking your personal sins upon Himself and dying in them so that you could live. The evil that has befallen this world is a result of free will departing from God’s ways of selfless Love. God, not inhibiting free will, has provided eternal salvation from eternal death through the sacrifice of Love by His Son Yeshua. If you have a hard time believing what the Bible says, please read through the Watchman Website. In the area of creation vs. evolution, historical fulfillment and current unfolding of events I have tried to bring together what has built my faith to share with those who have ears to hear and help build up your faith.

Hebrews 11:1-3
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

I recommend reading all of Hebrews 11 and going over the stories presented there to define faith. This world is going to fall apart, but you don’t have to fall apart with it. Wicked people are going to take advantage of the chaos to gain greater control and God is going to give this world what it wants, not Him. We saw this spirit displayed when the people were given the choice of releasing Yeshua or Barabas the murderer. And so today the name of Jesus (Yeshua) is looked upon with distain by much of the world in favor of a more all-inclusive belief system that sometimes even uses His name apart from acceptance of His Word.

Watch what is happening in light of scripture, accepting God at His Word and in it, and don’t be sucked into the chaos and the blindness that comes with it. We have not been given a spirit of fear and understanding what is going down provides us the opportunity to be a greater witness and point of stability standing on the foundation of the Word of God. In doing so the waves will crash against us in the storm, but standing on the rock, our firm foundation, will also be a beacon for those looking for the peace and stability we have in Christ.

We are not in darkness, but what we are seeing unfolding now will distract the majority of the people from what is prophesied to come, the fulfillment of the promised return of the bridegroom to gather His bride and the day of God’s wrath on the children of disobedience. (see Day of the Lord) I just want to encourage you, trust in the Lord and don’t be caught unawares at such a time as this, WATCH!

May the Lord continue to bless and keep you as you remain in Him.

Middle East Update 2 August 22, 2008

Posted by Watchman in Gog/Magog, Isaiah 17, Islam, Israel, Treaty of Lisbon.
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Psalm 108
O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory. Awake, psaltery and harp: I myself will awake early. I will praise thee, O LORD, among the people: and I will sing praises unto thee among the nations. For thy mercy is great above the heavens: and thy truth reacheth unto the clouds. Be thou exalted, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth; That thy beloved may be delivered: save with thy right hand, and answer me. God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver; Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe; over Philistia will I triumph. Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom? Wilt not thou, O God, who hast cast us off? and wilt not thou, O God, go forth with our hosts? Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man. Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.

In watching the news, there are some more stories I feel relevant to add here as an update.

Fear of new Mid East ‘Cold War’ as Syria strengthens military alliance with Russia Times Online August 21, 2008

Russia sends aircraft carrier to Syria Barents Observer August 20, 2008

Monitor: UN peacekeepers in Lebanon co-opted by Hizbullah World Tribune August 20, 2008

As US Looks to Improve Ties, Libya Positions Itself in Russia’s Corner CNS News August 19, 2008

Israeli missile defense system detects Syrian tests World Tribune August 19, 2008

Israelis: War With Hezbollah Inevitable Newsmax August 18, 2008

Report: Israel threatened to target Syria if Hezbollah attacks

Lisbon treaty would have helped in Georgia crisis, says France EU Observer August 18, 2008

Lebanon, Syria open diplomatic relations The Jordanian Times August 15, 2008

‘Syria and Hizbullah gaining strength’ The Jerusalem Post (August 12, 2008

Exclusive: Hizbollah ‘stronger than before’ and ready to strike Israel  Telegraph UK August 2, 2008

Keep watching…

360 vs. 365: God’s prophetic Clock August 8, 2008

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I just wanted to share this remembrance from the research of Guy Cramer as I was looking into some information. I find it fascinating that the precision of God is evident in His creation and that His eternal plan, running on its original time, is the clock by which God has laid out human history from His creation of us to the time of redemption for them that love and obey Him. It is through the highlights of the Hebrews that He has brought this redemption to mankind, becoming flesh from a peculiar people and to enter this world with humility to serve those that would reject His ways of love that we could repent and be forgiven. So it is through this Hebrew clock, set to God’s time by obedience to His decrees, that He reveals His plans to us through His work to redeem not only His bride, but also His chosen people. To Yeshua be the glory as is the will of God. More information on the Hebrew Calendar.

360 vs. 365 by Guy Cramer

More to Post-Magog August 7, 2008

Posted by Watchman in Bible Prophecy, Fulfilling Prophecy, Gog/Magog, Israel, Planet-X.
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In the past I have mentioned that as a result of God’s intervention on Israel’s behalf to glorify His name in destroying the Magog attackers, that there will be a spiritual shift in Israel that may spur the rebuilding of the temple. I recently had some scriptures brought to my attention that I believe may scripturally point this out and I would like to share these passages with you.

Acts 2:16-21
But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel; And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: And on my servants and on my handmaidens I will pour out in those days of my Spirit; and they shall prophesy: And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and notable day of the Lord come: And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Is there more context to this passage quoted from Joel that could give us more information as to the meaning?

Joel 2:15-25
Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God? Then will the LORD be jealous for his land, and pity his people. Yea, the LORD will answer and say unto his people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things. (Ezekiel 38,39 – Magog invasion from the North which God decimates in the mountains of Israel leaving but 1/6 of them.) Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the LORD will do great things. Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength. Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the LORD your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month. And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.

There appears to be a sequence in Joel 2 that goes from a time of increase for Israel to a point when a Northern army is removed far off from Israel. This is where the Magog invasion comes in from the past posts…

Ezekiel 39:21-29
And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them. So the house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God from that day and forward. And the heathen shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity: because they trespassed against me, therefore hid I my face from them, and gave them into the hand of their enemies: so fell they all by the sword. According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions have I done unto them, and hid my face from them. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name; After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid. When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies’ lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations; Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

It is after God decimates the Magog invaders that Israel knows He is the LORD their God from that day forward. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they accept Yeshua as the Messiah, but as compared to the largely secular state of Israel today I’ve posited that there will be a spiritual shift that will bring the nation of Israel back to a place where the nation will rebuild the temple and begin the daily sacrifice once again in the ways of their fathers. What I hadn’t noticed before was Ezekiel 39:29 in relation to the following continuation of Joel 2 after driving off the Northern army…

Joel 2:26-29
And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed. And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the LORD your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and terrible day of the LORD come. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

There seems to be a distinct similarity between what happens after God drives off the Magog invaders from the North, Israel’s recognizing God’s sovereignty as a nation again and God pouring out His Spirit upon all flesh. What is even more interesting is the progression of events continues to show wonders in the heavens and the earth leading to the signs of the sixth seal that heralds the day of the Lord and sudden destruction soon following it.

So it seems possible that Joel 2 follows a progression of end time events that describes Israel at a time just prior to an attack by an army from the North that God drives away through a time of the latter rain bringing great increase to Israel afterward and a pouring out of God’s Spirit on all flesh during this time. Imagine the state of Israel during this time of God showing His power in her protection and Israel’s blindness to Yeshua as the Messiah. I can imagine that they will have a strong national desire to rebuild the temple, yet with the Dome of the Rock still located where it is, they will only build the inner court so that the two temples will rest side-by-side fulfilling Revelation 11:1,2. More on that here.

This will set up everything for the stopping of the daily sacrifice by the man of sin who will then declare himself to be God and set himself up as an idol to be worshipped in the Holy of Holies. This is the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet and Yeshua in Daniel 9:27 and Matthew 24:15-22 respectively.

Matthew 24:29
Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

It is this time just after the abomination of desolation when the signs of the sixth seal take place, immediately after the time of Jacob’s trouble. The sixth seal is the sign just before the day of the Lord, heralding the sudden destruction that comes like the days of Noah and Lot that the bride escapes. We are not in darkness, keep watching!

Middle East Update: Interesting Summer? July 12, 2008

Posted by Watchman in Bible Prophecy, Day of the Lord, Fulfilling Prophecy, Gog/Magog, Isaiah 17, Islam, Israel.
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In case you’ve just joined the Watchman Newsletter or have not yet seen some of the stories linked from it, my current theory in light of what I’ve studied from the Bible and seen in current events reported here is as follows. (I’m just watching and reading in prayer, so in all things hold to Acts 17:11.)

The attack of Ezekiel 38 & 39 where Iran, Russia, Turkey, Libya and friends attempt to destroy Israel and God destroys them with fire and brimstone from heaven, will come before the abomination of desolation and indeed be the event that both quiets the opposition and cause a spiritual shift in the nation of Israel that will lead to the rebuilding of the temple for the third time in several millennia.

Ezekiel 38:2-6; 16-23
Son of man, set thy face against Gog, the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him, And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: 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: Persia, Ethiopia, and Libya with them; all of them with shield and helmet: Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes. Thus saith the Lord GOD; Art thou he of whom I have spoken in old time by my servants the prophets of Israel, which prophesied in those days many years that I would bring thee against them? And it shall come to pass at the same time when Gog shall come against the land of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, that my fury shall come up in my face. For in my jealousy and in the fire of my wrath have I spoken, Surely in that day there shall be a great shaking in the land of Israel; So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground. And I will call for a sword against him throughout all my mountains, saith the Lord GOD: every man’s sword shall be against his brother. And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Ezekiel 39:1-8
Therefore, thou son of man, prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee, and will cause thee to come up from the north parts, and will bring thee upon the mountains of Israel: And I will smite thy bow out of thy left hand, and will cause thine arrows to fall out of thy right hand. Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD. And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD. So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel; and I will not let them pollute my holy name any more: and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. Behold, it is come, and it is done, saith the Lord GOD; this is the day whereof I have spoken.

From these passages, I believe that the Magog armies will be pulled into a confrontation with Israel. (hooks in their jaws) God’s destruction will be expressed in natural form with fire and brimstone from heaven. Even though things happening in the nature are usually discouraged from association with God’s design, the timing of the natural event with the attack will be a clear trumpeting of Bible prophecy as being real and present in a concrete manner for most. Some may remain in denial, but anyone who knows anything about Bible prophecy will be awake and aware.

Israel has God’s Word intertwined with them and even though they can’t see the fulfillments of the shadows in Yeshua, this is clear and from the Tahakh, Old Testament. So while Israel has not accepted the Meshiach Nagid as presented in prophecy at the triumphal entry, their faith will be strengthened and it is my belief that the Nation of Israel will return to the ways of their fathers and require the rebuilding of a temple to begin the sacrifices again setting up the way for the abomination of desolation and the beginning of the time of Jacob’s trouble. More on the Temple Mount here.

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

Revelation 13:1-5
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: [abomination of desolation] and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months.

You can read more about the beast and 10 horns here. Now the question is, what triggers this series of events that could very well lead to the fulfillment of the above prophecies? (more…)

2008 Global Financial Crisis Report June 28, 2008

Posted by Watchman in America, Economic Crisis, Europe, New World Order.
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The 2008 ICA McAlvany Report is an online collection of videos of a DVD that you can order for free here. I highly recommend watching this presentation that gives some history of the current global financial crisis that is now upon us. Don and David McAlvany analyze the financial market chaos of 2008 and its immediate impact on the real world economy of 2009 and beyond.

My own belief based on the HIStory, Our Future timeline and what is reported here is that we are on the verge of a global financial crisis that could lead to the collapse of the current systems combined with other events that will happen leading to the implementation of a global cashless system based on RFID technology that will prevent anyone from buying or selling if they choose not to participate. Somark has an RFID tattoo ink that is currently being used to track cattle that could be implemented on humans so that they would receive a “mark” that could not be stolen or transferred that would be linked to a global database, being put together now under various national ID systems. This system would not require printing any new currencies because it would be completely electronic. In addition, since it would replace currency, anyone left with nothing but their old Dollars, Euros or whatever else would be left with nothing that any stores would take. And have you seen those Paypass systems being attached to debit card machines at McDonalds and theaters and grocery stores all over? The infrastructure is already being put in place so that all that is needed are initiation centers where people can go to get a tattoo and be entered in the database. Without that, you cannot buy or sell anywhere. Who do you serve, God or mammon?

Revelation 13:16-18
And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

Revelation 14:9-13
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

Lucifer comes to give us the final … Luciferic initiation … that many people now and in the days ahead, will be facing — for it is an initiation into the New Age. … No one will enter the New World Order unless he or she will make a pledge to worship Lucifer. No one will enter the New Age unless he will take a Luciferian Initiation. | David Spangler, Director of Planetary Initiative, United Nations   Reflections on the Christ [Book: 1978], quoted in ‘Unicorn in the Sanctuary‘, by Randy England, 1978, Interconnections Must-read link

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Book – Lost In Translation: Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of our Faith June 23, 2008

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Lost In Translation

Despite the sensational nature of its subject, Lost in Translation: Rediscovering the Hebrew Roots of our Faith is written in simple, clear, rational language that relies 100% on the Bible as the ultimate authority. The authors shed light on centuries of confusion surrounding subjects that are seldom addressed in modern sermons and Bible studies. Using ancient Hebrew language and culture, the authors clarify many of the Bible’s so-called “mysteries” and help the reader uncover the treasure of foundational truths that have been “lost in translation.” Topics include:

  • Who is the Bride of Messiah?
  • Is there a difference between covenant and testament?
  • How does the rainbow reflect God’s plan for mankind?
  • What is the difference between devils, demons, and Nephilim?

Join us on an exciting adventure to rediscover the treasures still buried within the pages of The Book that reveal the pathway to the heart of God.

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Biblical Meditation vs. The “Mystical Silence” June 16, 2008

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This article came from the Lighthouse Trails Newsletter, which you can subscribe to here.

Does God Sanction Mystical Experiences? Lighthouse Trails Research by Ray Yungen June 16, 2008 – For many years during my research, I would come across the term contemplative prayer. Immediately I would dismiss any thought that it had a New Age connotation because I thought it meant to ponder while praying–which would be the logical association with that term. But in the New Age disciplines, things are not always what they seem to be to untrained ears. What contemplative prayer actually entails is described very clearly by the following writer:

When one enters the deeper layers of contemplative prayer one sooner or later experiences the void, the emptiness, the nothingness … the profound mystical silence … an absence of thought.1

To my dismay, I discovered this “mystical silence” is accomplished by the same methods used by New Agers to achieve their silence–the mantra and the breath! Contemplative prayer is the repetition of what is referred to as a prayer word or sacred word until one reaches a state where the soul, rather than the mind, contemplates God. Contemplative prayer teacher and Zen master Willigis Jager brought this out when he postulated:

Do not reflect on the meaning of the word; thinking and reflecting must cease, as all mystical writers insist. Simply “sound” the word silently, letting go of all feelings and thoughts.2

…One of the most well-known writings on the subject is the classic 14th century treatise, The Cloud of Unknowing, written by an anonymous author. It is essentially a manual on contemplative prayer inviting a beginner to:

Take just a little word, of one syllable rather than of two. With this word you are to strike down every kind of thought under the cloud of forgetting.3

The premise here is that in order to really know God, mysticism must be practiced–the mind has to be shut down or turned off so that the cloud of unknowing where the presence of God awaits can be experienced…. So the question we as Christians must ask ourselves is, “Why not? Why shouldn’t we incorporate this mystical prayer practice into our lives?” The answer to this is actually found in Scripture. While certain instances in the Bible describe mystical experiences, I see no evidence anywhere of God sanctioning man-initiated mysticism. Legitimate mystical experiences were always initiated by God to certain individuals for certain revelations and was never based on a method for the altering of consciousness. In Acts 11:5, Peter fell into a trance while in prayer. But it was God, not Peter, who initiated the trance and facilitated it.

By definition, a mystic, on the other hand, is someone who uses rote methods in an attempt to tap into their inner divinity. Those who use these methods put themselves into a trance state outside of God’s sanction or protection and thus engage in an extremely dangerous approach. Besides, nowhere in the Bible are such mystical practices prescribed. For instance, the Lord, for the purpose of teaching people a respect for His holiness and His plans, instated certain ceremonies for His people (especially in the Old Testament). Nonetheless, Scripture contains no reference in which God promoted mystical practices. The gifts of the Spirit spoken of in the New Testament were supernatural in nature but did not fall within the confines of mysticism. God bestowed spiritual gifts without the Christian practicing a method beforehand to get God’s response.

Proponents of contemplative prayer would respond with, What about Psalms 46:10? “Be still and know that I am God.” This verse is often used by those promoting contemplative prayer. On the surface, this argument can seem valid, but once the meaning of “still” is examined, any contemplative connection is expelled. The Hebrew meaning of the word is to slacken, cease, or abate. In other words, the context is to slow down and trust God rather than get in a dither over things. Relax and watch God work…. This isn’t talking about going into some altered state of consciousness!

It should also be pointed out that being born again, in and of itself, is mystical. But it is a direct act of God, initiated by Him–the Holy Spirit has regenerated the once-dead spirit of man into a living spirit through Christ. Yet, we notice that even in this most significant of experiences when one is “passed from death into life” (John 5:24), God accomplishes this without placing the individual in an altered state of consciousness.

We can take this a step further by looking at the day of Pentecost recorded in Acts, chapter 2 where those present were “all filled with the Holy Spirit” (vs. 4). Notice that they were “all with one accord in one place” (vs. 1) when the Holy Spirit descended on them. From the context of the chapter, it is safe to assume this was a lively gathering of believers engaged in intelligent conversation. Then, when those present began to speak in other tongues, it was not an episode of mindless babbling or vain repetition as in a mantra. Rather it was an event of coherent speech significant enough to draw a crowd who exclaimed, “we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God” (vs. 11). Other observers who suspected they were in an altered state of consciousness said, “They are full of new wine” (vs. 13). Notice that Peter was quick to correct this group in asserting that they were all fully conscious. Would it not then stand to reason that their minds were not in any kind of altered state? Next, Peter delivered one of the most carefully articulated speeches recorded in Scripture. This was certainly not a group of men in a trance.

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Protection From Deception: Navigating Through The Minefield Of Signs And Wonders April 28, 2008

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Hello everyone, I just wanted to bring this writing by Derek Prince to your attention in light of some research I’ve been doing on the falling away from the Truth. I think this lays things out very well regarding signs and wonders and the need for a solid Biblical foundation and understanding in these matters.

Protection From Deception: Navigating Through The Minefield Of Signs And Wonders by Derek Prince