Saturday, April 30, 2016


Last Friday (April 2016), the UN Commission on the Status of Women voted on a resolution blaming "Israeli occupation" for the lack of advancement of Palestinian women in their own society. Stunningly, Israel was the only country singled out for any criticism by the UN Commission on Women, after two full weeks of meetings. 

Yes, you read correctly - the only country out of the 193 recognized countries in the world. The resolution passed by 27 to 2, with 13 abstentions. No mention was made throughout the proceedings of the dozens of countries where the concept of advancement for women is simply non-existent, countries in which women are consistently mistreated and abused - such as Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, North Korea and Iran, to name just a few.


You may have already read about this story, but I'm pretty certain that you did not read through the more than 8,500 words of the resolution itself. It is truly a remarkable document. Remarkable, that is, in its twistedness and absurdity. 


Take this gem, for example: "Gender-based violence continues to be a key protection concern for women in the State of Palestine, and the situation is particularly acute in the Gaza Strip. A 2011 survey showed that 51 per cent of women in Gaza had been victims of gender-based violence." 


Or this one: "Case studies indicate that economic hardship, following the 2014 conflict in Gaza, has driven families to marry off their daughters early in order to improve the economic situation of the family." 


In other words, the UN is blaming Israel for Palestinians who viciously beat up their wives and who marry off their daughters to improve their finances. The resolution also meanders off in directions that have nothing to do with Palestinian women's issues. 


For example, it mentions the stalled negotiations for a two-state solution, and the poor state of healthcare provided by the Palestinian Authority, all of which is Israel's fault, obviously.


The UN's bias against Israel has become an unrelenting vendetta. Like a mob of vindictive school bullies ganging up on the one kid that they all agree to hate, every vile country in the world has found that the UN is a perfect outlet for their unbridled antisemitism, and joined forces with each other to endlessly target the world's only Jewish country. 


Not a week goes by without the UN taking some action against Israel, or making some negative pronouncement about Israel - all ratified by majority votes in accordance with the strictest democratic guidelines, guidelines ironically not available in most of the countries that make up those anti-Israel majorities. 


Last Friday's outrage was followed closely by this week's "let's-all-gang-up-against-Israel" moment, when the UN Human Rights Council announced that it would be producing a database of all the Jewish businesses operating out of Judea and Samaria, so that their products could be blacklisted.


This UN crusade to undermine Israel at every turn under the guise of being a professionally run objective international body that strictly observes democratic protocols, reminds me of something in this week's Torah portion. 


After informing us that only animals which have split hooves and chew the cud are kosher, the Torah lists four animals that possess just one of these characteristics, which means they are not kosher, as there is no such thing as half-kosher. The best known of these four animals is the pig, which is not kosher "because it has a cloven hoof that is completely split, but does not chew the cud."


It has always puzzled me why pig meat, of all the possible types of non-kosher meat, is so reviled in Jewish tradition. I think the answer lies with an interesting Midrash, which asks why the Roman Empire was often compared to a pig. 


The Midrash answers with a fascinating observation about pigs. Unlike every other mammal of its size, the pig does not lie on top of its legs when it sleeps, but rather stretches its legs outwards so that everyone can see its feet. 


It seems to want to declare, "See! I am a kosher animal! I have split hooves!" The Roman Empire is no different, says the Midrash, in that it pretends to be the bastion of justice and progress, but in reality this is a false identity, perpetuated to mask Rome's violent nature and thorough dishonesty.


The United Nations is no different from ancient Rome. It is not a neutral organization. Its so-called democratic procedures mean absolutely nothing whatsoever when they are constantly used and abused by all kinds of murderous regimes and bigoted nations to perpetuate the lie that any vote condemning Israel was the result of a fair and transparent democratic process. Such claims are comparable to the pig thrusting out its split hooves to prove that it is kosher.


The revulsion felt for pigs in Jewish tradition makes perfect sense. Enemies we can identify - because they look like villains and act like villains - are an obvious threat and will be tackled for that reason. But enemies who are wolves in sheep's clothing, who hide behind protestations of "human rights concerns" and the "advancement of women," are possibly of greater danger to us than a knife-wielding murderer. 


That's because their pretense of being even-handed and fair, and their hollow justifications for Jew-hating and Israel-bashing, undoubtedly results in an increased number of knife-wielding murderers who feel entitled to wreak their bloodthirsty havoc at will. 


Yes, the UN, rather than promoting greater international harmony and peace, literally has blood on its hands. The revulsion we have for the UN is not because it is not kosher; it is because of its insistence that it is as kosher as can be. Nothing could be more disgusting than that.


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Trouble with Pork – Why God told the Israelites to avoid pork
   And here are some reasons why you should think twice about eating pork…
  • A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.

  • The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.

  • When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.

  • Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.

  • Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons. Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.

  • When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal’s flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.

  • Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts, and eggs will be killed.

  • Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A three-ounce T-bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a three-ounce pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A three-ounce beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a three-ounce pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.

  • Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine’s one stomach takes only about four hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.

  • The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcass. (Leviticus 11:8).

  • The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016


For those of you who read this blog you know that I believe the scriptures tell us that when we die we sleep in the grave until the resurrection. Reference blog posted Feb 2, 2016


The Law: Exodus 24:9-10... Then Moses went up, also Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, and they saw the God of Israel. And there was under His feet as it were a paved work of sapphire stone, and it was like the very heavens in its clarity.


Job 1:6-12...Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil.


The Writings: 1 Kings 22:19-23...Then he said, Hear thou, therefore, the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne and all the host of the heavens standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab that he may go up and fall at Ramothgilead?


Job 15:7-8...Wast thou born before Adam? Or wast thou formed before the hills? Hast thou heard the secret of God, that thou dost detain wisdom in thee alone?


Psalm 89:5-7...And the heavens shall praise thy wonder, O LORD, thy truth also in the congregation of the saints (Hebrew =heavenly beings). For who in the heavens can be compared unto the LORD? Who among the sons of the mighty can be likened unto the LORD? God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints and to be had in reverence of all those that are about him.


Psalm 103:19-22...The LORD has prepared his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, ye his angels, valiant and strong, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Bless ye the LORD, all ye his hosts, ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure. Bless the LORD, all his works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul.


From Creation to the MK: Genesis 1:26...And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air and over the beasts and over all the earth and over every serpent that moves upon the earth.


Job 38:7...when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


Daniel 7:9-14...I beheld until thrones were placed, and an Elder of great age did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool: his throne a flame of fire, his wheels burning fire…. thousands of thousands served him, and ten thousands of ten thousands stood before him; the Judge sat down, and the books were opened.


They had also taken from the other beasts their rule because their lives had been prolonged until a certain time. I saw in the vision of the night, and, behold, in the clouds of heaven like a Son of man that came and drew near unto the Elder of great age, and they brought him near before him. And he gave him dominion and glory and kingdom; and all the peoples, nations, and tongues served him: his dominion is an eternal dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom such that it shall never be corrupted.


Heaven Full of Divine Beings:

Ps 82:1, 6...God has taken his place in the divine council; In the midst of the gods he holds judgment--I say, You are gods, sons of the Most High, all of you.


Ps 89:5-8...Your wonders, O LORD, are praised by the heavens, Your faithfulness, too, in the assembly of holy beings. For who in the skies can equal the LORD, Can compare with the LORD among the divine beings, A God greatly dreaded in the council of holy beings, held in awe by all around Him?


Ps 103:19-21...The LORD has established his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom rules over all. Bless the LORD, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, obedient to his spoken word. Bless the LORD, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will.


Ps 29:1 (Ascribe to the LORD, O heavenly beings, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength).


Names of the Council:

The gatherings of Gods servants have several titles: “mount of assembly Isa 14:13, camp of God Gen 32:2 “company” [of destroying angels] — Ps 78:49 “Council of God Job 15:8, 29:4 “council of YHVH” Jer 23:18, 22 “congregation of God”— Ps 82:1 “assembly of holy ones” Ps 89:5-7


Names of Council Members:

The heavenly beings and servants of YHVH have several descriptive titles. This variety of terminology suggests that the constituency of the council held considerable interest for the Israelites. In other words, as the beings serve different functions they are titled accordingly. For example, a “messenger could also be a soldier in YHVHs army or a minister in the temple.Following is a representative list of various names for members of YHVHs council.


“gods/divine beings” — Ps 8:6 (Eng 5), 82:1, 86:8, 97:7; 138:1 sons of (the true) God Gen 6:2 108; Deut 32:8;109 Job 1:6, 2:1, 38:7; cf. Dan 3:25 mighty ones Ps 78:25, 103:20 sons of God/gods Ps 29:1, 89:6 sons of the Most High Ps 82:6

 warriors Deut 33:2b-3; Zech 14:5; Joel 4:11; Ps 68:17; 103:19-20 mighty ones Isa 13:3; troops Job 19:12, 25:3 guardians (of the people) Deut 33:3 111 living creatures Ezek 1:5, 13-22host Dan 4:32 (Eng 35) cherubim Gen 3:24; Exod 25:18-22; Ezek 10:1-20 “umpire/arbiter” — Job 9:33 messenger/angel numerous: Gen 19:1; 28:12;32:2-7; 2 Sam 24:16; Zech 1-5; Pss 8:5, 91:11, 103:20,148:2  messenger of God numerous: Gen 21:17, 31:11, 48:16; Exod 14:19; Jud 13:9; 2 Sam 24:16

 messenger of YHVH numerous: Gen 16:7-11,22:11, 24:7, Exod 3:2, 23:20; Num 22:22-35; Jud 2:1,5:23, 6:11-22, 13:3-21; 2 Kgs 1:3; 19:35;Zech 1:9, 3:1-6; Ps 34:8; 1 Chr 21:12-30.

 intercessor, angel mediator Job 33:23 112 ravager Isa 54:16 113

minister Ps 103:21; 104:4 “servants” — Job 4:18 witness Ps 89:38 114; Job 16:19 (or is this God himself?)

watcher(s) Dan 4: 10, 14, 20 (Eng 13, 17, 23) pillars of heaven Job 26:11 host/army Jos 5:14-15; 1 Kgs 22:19;    Isa 24:21;Jer 19:13; Zeph 1:5 ; Pss 103:21, 148:2; Neh 9:6 host of heaven 1 Kg 22:19; Isa 24:21, 34:4;Dan 8:10; Neh 9:6                                                                                                                                                                                                                holy ones Deut 33:2-3 117; Hos 12:1; Zech 14:5;Pss 16:3, 89:5, 7, 8; Prov 9:10?, 30:3?; Job 5:1, 15:15;Dan 8:13

 spirit (rare) 1 Kgs 22:21-23; Ps 104:4 those on high Job 21:22 “prince(s)” — Jos 5:14, 15; Dan 10:13, 20, 21; 12:1 serafim Isa 6:2, 6


Other Indications of the Divine Council:


Plural verbs and pronouns.  Other evidence for a heavenly assembly includes the use of plural pronouns and verbs in statements attributed to God. Three of these occur in Genesis 1-11.

Gen 1:26 Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness

Gen 3:22 The man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil

Gen 11:7 Come, let us go down


·     Jewish commentators generally held that these plurals were used because God was addressing his heavenly court.

·     The early post-Apostolic Fathers (e.g., Barnabas, Justin Martyr) saw the plurals as a

reference to the pre-incarnate Jesus and a foreshadow of the Trinity.

·     Recent scholars, however, tend to agree with ancient Jewish opinion, believing that the interpretation of the Fathers was anachronistic (meaning: One that is out of its proper or chronological order, especially a person or practice that belongs to an earlier time) and that the HB writers had no such conception in mind.  (i.e. the pre-incarnate Jesus or the Trinity concept).


Courtroom Settings:  Plurals, such as these in Genesis, commonly occur in the book of Isaiah. For example, the statement in Isaiah 6:8 (Whom shall I send, and will go for us?) likely, this reflects the idea that God was surrounded by the court which is made up of his heavenly judicial councillors. Similarly, the court room scene in Isaiah 41 contains several plural pronouns:


Set forth your case, says the LORD; bring your proofs, says the King of Jacob. Let them bring them, and tell us what is to happen. Tell us the former things, what they are, so that we may consider them, and that we may know their outcome; or declare to us the things to come. Tell us what is to come hereafter, that we may know that you are gods [elohim] do good, or do harm, that we may be afraid and terrified. (vv. 21-23)


In Isaiah 40:1-8, the second person plural imperatives and the reference to various voices indicate a heavenly council session, which apparently included the prophet himself:

1 Comfort O comfort my people

2 Speak tenderly to Jerusalem . . . and cry to her

3 A voice cries out

6 A voice says

6 And I [the prophet?] said


When the council gathers for legal purposes, it is typically called into session with an Address to the Divine Council.

For the LORD has spoken. (Isa 1:2)

A little later, following detailed specification of the charges brought against the defendant, the Judge then enters the courtroom:

The LORD rises to argue his case he stands to judge the peoples. The LORD enters into judgment with the elders and princes of his people. (Isa 3:13-14a) Similar imagery appears in Psalm 82, where the defendants are members of the divine council itself: God has taken his place in the divine council in the midst of the gods he holds judgment]. (v. 1)


Summary of Council Activities

A survey of passages mentioning the council members provides a general list of activities in which they engage. These include:

(1) praising and worshiping God (Deut 32:43; Isa 6:3; Pss 103:20-22, 148:1-6; Job 38:7; Neh 9:6);

(2) serving as ministers (Isa 6: 6-7; Ps 103:21);

(3) serving as witnesses, fellow judges, and bailiffs in YHVHs court (Isa 1:2; Ps 82:1-4; Zech 3:3-5);

(4) acting as Gods throne or chariot (Pss 18:10, 99:1);

(5) carrying Gods throne (Ezek 1, 10);

(6) serving as captains and soldiers in the supernatural army (Jos 5:14-15; 2 Kgs 6:17);

(7) interpreting visions (Zech 1:9, 19, 21; Dan 7:15-17, 8:15-19); and

(8) serving as shepherds of men or as patron angels of nations (Gen 48:15-16; Deut 32:8; Dan 10:21, 12:1).

The council operates

·     on a cosmic level, governing Gods universe;

·     on an earthly plane, governing Israel and nations; and

·     on an individual level, guiding and protecting the righteous believer (Jud 13:8; 2 Kgs 6:17; Ps 91:11)


These activities or functions are all relationalto YHVH. The council members do not act as autonomous divinities. There is no question who is Head of the assembly: YHVH makes decisions


Three primary theological images attributed to God in the Hebrew Bible. They include: King, Judge, and Warrior. Each reflects aspects of his position as head of the cosmic government. Corresponding to these positions, members of his council perform appropriate duties.


The picture of God as King points to his power and rule: power to control nature and history, and rule in the processes of ordering and governing. Thus, as entourage of the great king, the assembly pays homage to the monarch and carries out his rule by communicating the divine decrees.


Gods role as Judge affirms that there is ethical grounding to his reality and that the universe and human history are morally accountable. There will be, in the end, a vindication of the right.

Accordingly, YHVHs judicial members investigate the human situation, record the crimes, and lift the human outcry to God. They also carry out his verdicts of judgment.


The third image of God as Warrior points to his power to bring about a righteous rule and perform the plans of his heart. His assembly then marches with their Lord as a heavenly army, engaging the enemies of YHVH in holy war. Additionally, it is worth noting that all three flow out of YHVHs character as Sovereign Lord. He is Lord first, then King, Judge, and Warrior. Similarly, his servants function in four spheresreligious, monarchical, legal, military.


One of the main responsibilities of the council, is to maintain justice and righteousness in the universe. Righteousness can be understood as an all-encompassing cosmic order, a principle of moral orderliness of holiness as YHVH is Holy. Sin is the disobedience to YHVHs moral orderliness or injustice in the social sphere injects discord and shatters the peace. The council then exercises decisive acts of justice, thereby restoring peace on earth. 


This gives us a general idea of the divine council concept in the Hebrew Scriptures.


The colors of the four horses: White, Red, Black, Green.

  1. White Horse – Rev 6.1-2 – The white horse is a symbol of political power. The rider of the horse has a bow and went forth conquering. This is the logo of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  2. Red Horse – Rev 6.3-4 – The Roman God of War was depicted in red. Red signifies war. The world is engulfed in various wars in the Middle East today.
  3. Black Horse – Rev 6.5-6 – When the stock market experiences a crash that day is referred to as “Black”. In October of 1987 the market collapsed on a Friday. This is referred to as “Black Friday.” This horse has to do with financial collapse and rapid inflation that causes the price of food and other goods to sky-rocket.
  4. Green or Pale Horse – Rev 6.7-8 – The world “pale” in the original Greek translation of the New Testament is chloros = which means; light green, pale, green plant. This horse is given power over a fourth of the earth to kill with the sword, hunger, and death with the beasts of the earth. This means violent killings, such as beheadings, and famine, and disease. Think of droughts and crops failing and various diseases such as bird flu, mad cow, disease, and ebola.
  5. Tribulation – Rev 6.9-11 – John sees a vision of those who have been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus Christ. They are given white linen robes and told to wait until their brethren are martyred. These are cruel decapitations such as we see today. This is a mark of the end times. In Jesus’ time King Herod beheaded John the Baptist (Luke 9.9). ISIS is doing this in the world today.

The most interesting thing in the Middle East is that most of the countries that surround the nation of Israel have national flags with these four colors of white, red, black, and green.

                 Iran                                         Jordan                                        Iraq


When the United Nations established Israel in 1948 they gave Israel and the Arabs each a part of the country. The Jewish people accepted the plan but the Arab nations rejected the plan. In May of 1948 the Arabs attacked Israel and told all the Arabs living in the Israel portion to leave. They told them after the war and the defeat of Israel they would be given their land back.

The Palestinian homeland should really have been the country of Jordan. When this plan was adopted by the U.N. about 70% of the land that was “Palestinian” became part of the nation of Jordan. Jordan has never accepted the Palestinians and all the Arab countries seek to completely wipe Israel and the Jews off the face of the earth.

ISIS plans to unite all the Arab countries as one huge state with no borders. They, along with the other Islamic countries plan to totally murder all Jews and turn Israel into the Palestinian nation. When you look at a map of the Middle East you see about a fourth of the earth (Rev 6.8). Right in the middle is tiny Israel which is about the size of New Jersey.

When Jesus returns at His second coming He will come to Jerusalem to save the Jewish people and all who believe and await His coming (Zechariah 12 thru 14; Micah 5.8-15; 1 Thessalonians 4.13-18).