Saturday, December 30, 2017



Yahweh appears to work prophetically in 100 year time frames. This equals two complete Jubilee periods of 50 years. A person could live 100 years and experience two complete Jubilee cycles, but no person in modern times has lived for 150 years. A close reading of scripture seems to confirm that Yahweh is moving prophetically in segments of 100 years.


Currently on Yahweh’s calendar we are in the year 5778 since the creation of Adam. The fall feasts have moved us in to year 5778 on Yahweh’s calendar. The prophetic calendar is based on the biblical genealogies since the creation of Adam until the present day. It is possible that in the past generations the rabbis have changed the calendar for various reasons anywhere from 75 to 200 years. I have seen writings about this but have not yet been able to confirm it.


In any event, we are living in prophetic times. Working in 100 year segments can help us understand how Yahweh views the time frame of a human generation. Very few people live past one hundred years. Each fresh hundred year period is then the beginning of a new generation. Israel as we know it today officially became a nation in 1948. This may have significant meaning based on a generation being 100 years!


Genesis 15:12-16 (King James Version)

And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. and he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; and also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. and thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. The Israelites came out of Egypt 430 years to the date. This was during the time of the fourth generation (hundred years each).


Genesis 17:1, 17, 21

1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless. 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?

21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”

God is starting a new generation with Isaac when Abraham was 100 years old, welcome to the new generation.


Genesis 5:32 (New King James Version) - And Noah was five hundred years old, and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.

Genesis 7:6-7 (New King James Version)

Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters were on the earth. So Noah, with his sons, his wife, and his sons’ wives, went into the ark because of the waters of the flood. Before the flood the last generation of earth was 100 years old, these being Noah's children born when Noah was 500 years old. When they (Noah's children ) came out of the ark a new generation would be born. The children of Noah's children. The beginning of the next generation.


Genesis 15:16

Now as for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” The Lord was telling Abraham that after 400 years (four generations) they would leave Egypt.



Hosea 9:10 - I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the first fruits on the fig tree in its first season. But they went to Baal Peor, and separated themselves to that shame; They became an abomination like the thing they loved.


Jeremiah 24:1-9 The LORD showed me, and there were two baskets of figs set before the temple of the LORD, after Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah…One basket had very good figs, like the figs that are first ripe; and the other basket had very bad figs which could not be eaten, they were so bad. Then the LORD said to me, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “Figs, the good figs, very good; and the bad, very bad, which cannot be eaten, they are so bad.”…Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge those who are carried away captive from Judah, whom I have sent out of this place for their own good, into the land of the Chaldeans…‘And as the bad figs which cannot be eaten, they are so bad’—surely thus says the LORD—‘so will I give up Zedekiah the king of Judah, his princes, the residue of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt. I will deliver them to trouble….


Matthew 24:36-39 (New King James Version)
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.



The word of God establishes a prophetic generation as 100 years. The coming of the Lord will be as the days of Noah. The word establishes Israel as the fig tree. Israel was established in 1948. Is the Lord coming in that generation? I am not saying the Lord is coming in 2048. He could come at anytime during that generation which could be many years later. What I am saying is that we are living in the time of the end of the age. “No man knows the day.” The Lord, however, did tell us to watch and pray.


Matthew 24:32-34 (New King James Version)

The Parable of the Fig Tree

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.


Here are some interesting thoughts from pastor Mark Biltz in his latest newsletter:


It is the Hebrew year 5778 and we know the number 8 speaks of new beginnings. In another few months we will be celebrating the 70th anniversary of Israel becoming a nation! On the Gregorian calendar it was on May 5th 1948 and on the Biblical calendar it was on the 5th of Iyar. In 2018 the 5th of Iyar is on April 20th so that is when they will be celebrating it in Israel.


We know from Ecclesiastes 3 that God has a purpose and a time for everything! We need to be on God's calendar having an understanding of Israel who is God's timepiece. We want to be as the tribe of Issachar who had an understanding of the times so they knew what to do according to God's calendar. We do not want to be like the religious leaders who Yeshua rebuked in Luke 12 that did not know how to interpret the times they were living in.


We know from Luke 17 that the time before Messiahs coming will be as in the days of Lot. Lot represents the leaders of the clueless church. Whereas Abraham represents the remnant which God informs ahead of time about what is coming. During Lot's generation society was judged because of sexual immorality - look at what is happening today!


Luke 17 also tells us those days will also be as the days of Noah. Well, Genesis 6 tells us during Noah's life the world was filled with violence which sure sounds like our day! Look at all the violence happening around the world.


Luke 21 also tells us there will also be signs in the sun, moon and stars of which there have been plenty! Earthquakes will abound as well as plagues, hurricanes and the distress of nations.


Matthew 24 tells us ethnic group will rise against ethnic group and there will be wars and rumors of wars. Most significantly it speaks of the blossoming of the fig tree referring to Israel becoming a nation! Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the retaking of Jerusalem is also highly significant as well. We are definitely in the birth pangs before the coming of the Messiah. The bible says the generation that sees all these events will not pass till the Messiah comes. We are that generation! Israel was to be God's timepiece.


Many wonder how long a generation is. Let's look at the different possibilities and let's see where we land. Noah's generation was given 120 years and this year was the 120th year of the first Zionist congress in 1897. In Genesis 15 we are told that a generation is 100 years. Well, it has been 100 years this year from the Balfour Declaration proclaiming there should be a nation of Israel. What about 70 yrs as Psalms 90 implies that is how long a generation is. Well, 70 yrs ago Israel became a nation!


What about 50 yrs as that is how long the Jubilee cycle is. Well, as mentioned earlier we are celebrating the jubilee anniversary of the retaking of Jerusalem! No matter how you cut it whether it is 120, 100, 70, 50 everything lines up to by the end of this next year we are closing the doors on the definition of a generation.


It has been mentioned in publications that our current President is similar to the ancient King Cyrus.

Interestingly you will discover Cyrus died at 70 yrs old and our President took office at 70 yrs old picking up the baton where it was left off. Also he is our 45th president and look at Isaiah 45:1


 "Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held, to subdue nations before him, and strip kings of their armor; to open the doors before him, and the gates shall not be shut:"


Amazingly Cyrus is mentioned by name here prophetically as he was not born until over a hundred years later!

We know all about fake news, the Nations being upset because of the Jewish building expansion of the city of Jerusalem, and moving our embassy to Jerusalem. We also, have all heard of the "Deep State" well, with all this in mind check out the verses just before, in Isaiah 44.


Isaiah 44:24-28 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and he who formed you from the womb: "I am the LORD, who makes all things; who alone stretches out the heavens; who spreads out the earth by myself; who frustrates the signs of the liars, and makes diviners mad; who turns wise men backward, and makes their knowledge foolish; who confirms the word of his servant, and performs the counsel of his messengers; who says of Jerusalem, 'She will be inhabited;' and of the cities of Judah, 'They will be built,' and 'I will raise up its waste places;' who says to the Deep, 'Be dry,' and 'I will dry up your rivers;' Who says of Cyrus, 'He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure,' even saying of Jerusalem, 'She will be built;' and of the temple, 'Your foundation will be laid.'"


Wednesday, December 27, 2017


As we move into the year 2018/5778 I thought it would be a good time to review the history of events in the Middle East from a Biblical perspective.


The Promise - Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Gen 12.1-3


After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Gen 15.1-6


Disbelief - Now Sarai Abram's wife bare him no children: and she had a handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be that I may obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived….Gen 16.1-4


Promise to Hagar and Ishmael - And the angel of the Lord said unto her, I will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction. And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren. Gen 16.10-12


Promise to Abraham, again - Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? And shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? And Abraham said unto God, O that Ishmael might live before thee! And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him. And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year. Gen 17.17-21


We see in the above verses that Abraham is called to be the Father of Israel. He is told he will have a son from his own seed - from his wife Sarah and him. Sarah is not convinced and provides her Egyptian slave to Abraham for bringing forth an heir. This union with Hagar the Egyptian slave woman and Abraham produces Ishmael. Abraham now thinks his heir is established.


Not so fast. God tells Abraham again that He is going to give Abraham an heir from Sarah and that this son will be the son of God’s promise and everlasting covenant. This is the beginning of the Jewish nation.


Notice that Abraham pleads with God for Ishmael to be the son of the covenant. God tells Abraham, No, it is going to be from the son I promised for you that comes from Sarah. So, even at the beginning, the Father of the Jewish nation was pleading with God for Ishmael. It is God who says no--it will be the son of the promise. God keeps His word--it is going to be Isaac, the son of promise, with whom the covenant is made--not Ishmael.

God tells Abraham that Ishmael will be the father of 12 princes and will be greatly blessed and multiplied. Thus Ishmael is the Father of the Arab nations. Through Isaac God says He will establish a covenant and possession of the land of Canaan.


And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. Gen 17.7-8


Ishmael’s Descendants - Ishmael’s descendants today include but are not limited to: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Egypt, Libya, Turkey (the Ottomans), Turkestan, Persia (Iran and Iraq), Syria, and Jordan.


Abraham’s son Isaac later had twins, Esau and Jacob. Esau was the oldest son and was to receive the birthright blessing of the first born. God told Rebekah, while the boys struggled in the womb, that the older would serve the younger, in effect telling her the youngest would receive the birthright blessing usually reserved for the older:


And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was intreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. And the children struggled together within her; and she said, if it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the Lord. And the Lord said unto her, “Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger.” Gen 25.21-23


Isaac favored Esau and Rebekah favored Jacob as they grew up: Genesis 25.8


Esau despised his birthright and sold it to Jacob for a morsel of food. In the Middle East cultures a vow is a sacred pledge. Esau should never had made this vow. Gen 25.29-24


There were many issues between Esau and Jacob. Esau made his parents unhappy marrying the local women (Genesis 26.34-35; 27.46), Esau was a hunter and daddy’s boy, Jacob was a homeboy (tent dweller) and momma’s boy. The big issue was Esau marrying the local women and not someone of his family lineage.


Rebekah never forgot these things and at the time of blessing she took action for Jacob to receive it: Genesis 27


After Jacob and his mother deceived Isaac to get the blessing, Jacob was sent away to find a suitable wife. He was also sent away because Esau was angry and wanted to kill him. After Jacob left to his uncle’s home to find a wife, Esau married Ishmael’s daughter Mahalath thinking this would please his parents. Gen 28.8-9


Esau married into Ishmael’s lineage and so both Ishmael and Esau fathered tribes that to this day hate the Jews. Some of Esau’s descendants today are: Syria, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, and Jordan. His descendants also include the Edomites of Biblical times which today is Jordan. Esau is Edom…Gen 36.1, 8, 19.


Some other interesting descendants of Esau include Haman the Agagite from the book of Esther. He was of Amalekite lineage and got the king of Persia to pass a law allowing all Jews to be killed on a certain date. Esther the Queen went into the king and told him what Haman was up to. The king passed another law allowing the Jews to defend themselves and hung Haman on the gallows he had erected to kill Esther’s uncle Mordecai.


The Palestinian terror organization Hamas, in Gaza, is named after Haman. The word means hate. These are the descendants of Esau. Other notable descendants of Esau were the Herod family of Jesus’ time. This family included Herod Antipater, Herod the Great (He had all babies killed at the time of Jesus’ birth), Herod Antipas, and Herod Agrippa. The line of Herod was from the area known as Idumea which was where the Edomites were located. Remember Esau is Edom.


Nothing has changed in 4,000 years. The problems in the Middle East today are all related to this birthright issue. As told in the Bible, Abraham and his descendants are the people of promise and inheritors of the everlasting covenant. Because Abraham listened to his wife Sarah and did not wait for the promise, he bore a son with Sarah’s Egyptian slave Hagar. The Arab nations conceived from this union today still hate the Jews and want the birthright and the land which was promised to the Jews through Abraham.


Later Esau was denied his birthright (he sold it to Jacob) and this began a hatred that still exists today between Jews and Palestinians. Today this is the Hamas organization in the south (Gaza) and Hezbolla in the north (Lebanon). These two terror organizations are fully supported by both Egypt and Iran, not to mention other Arab countries.



In 70 AD the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans. Then in 132 AD the Bar Kokhba revolt took place in Jerusalem. This was an attempt by the Jews to form an independent state in Judea. The Romans put down the rebellion in 135 AD and dispersed the Jews and destroyed Jerusalem. This is what Wikipedia says:

A complete Roman legion with auxiliaries was annihilated. The new state knew only one year of peace. The Romans committed no fewer than twelve legions, amounting to one third to one half of the entire Roman army, to reconquer this now independent state. Being outnumbered and taking heavy casualties, the Romans refused to engage in an open battle and instead adopted a "scorched earth" policy which reduced and demoralized the Judean populace, slowly grinding away at the will of the Judeans to sustain the war.


Bar Kokhba took up refuge in the fortress of Betar. The Romans eventually captured it and killed all the defenders. According to Cassius Dio, 580,000 Jews were killed, 50 fortified towns and 985 villages razed. Yet so costly was the Roman victory that the Emperor Hadrian, when reporting to the Roman Senate, did not see fit to begin with the customary greeting "If you and your children are well, all is well. For I and the army are all in good health." He was the only Roman general known to have refused to celebrate his victory with a triumphal entrance into his capital.


In the aftermath of the war, Hadrian consolidated the older political units of Judaea, Galilee and Samaria into the new province of Syria Palaestina, which is commonly interpreted as an attempt to complete the disassociation with Judaea.


After this event there were always a mere handful of Jews in the area now called Palaestina until Jews began returning in earnest during the late 19th and early 20th century. This was the beginning of the Zionist Movement. Jews offered the Arab owners in Palestine, as it was now called, money for the land. The Arabs wanted nothing to do with this “worthless” land and gladly sold it to the stupid Jews.


As Jews immigrated in greater numbers and bought more land the Arabs became restless. The Jews began to turn swamps and barren land into productive money making farms or Kibbutzim. Conflicts began to occur between Jews and local Arab tribes. The Arabs attacked Jewish settlements in hope of discouraging their growth. The Jews kept coming. This conflict lasted until after World War Two at which time Britain took over Palestine.


In 1948 after years of struggle, the United Nations granted the Jews a national homeland in Palestine. The Jews agreed to the borders established by the U.N. but the Arabs did not. In May of 1948 five Arab nations including Jordan, Syria, and Egypt attacked the new born nation of Eretz Yisrael (Land of Israel). The Arab nations broadcast over the radio to all Arabs living in Israel to leave their homes. They were told that after the Jews were destroyed they could come back and reclaim their homes. The Jews did not kick them out. They left on the hope Israel would lose and they could come back.


Israel won the war and the majority of those people who left never returned. Their descendants are those who are today called Palestinians. There never was a Palestinian nation. It was always a territory of other nations. Prior to Britain it was a territory of the Ottoman Turks for over 400 years. These refugees from the 1948 war which the Arabs lost where never integrated into the surrounding Arab nations. Those who choose to return to Israel at that time were allowed to participate in all phases of Israeli life.


The losing Arab nations choose to make these people refugees in order to keep the pressure on Israel and to keep the feud alive. This has over time worked to the advantage of the Arab nations and Palestinians. Israel is called Apartheid and referred to as “Occupiers” by the surrounding Arabs and now the world at large.


Never in history has a nation that won a war had to take in refugees who hate them. The refugees should have been absorbed by the surrounding nations and therefore allow Israel to exist as a Jewish homeland--as it was created to be. This situation has festered now for more than 65 years. Nothing has been solved.


The nations surrounding Israel will not rest until Israel and the Jews are wiped off the face of the earth. This is documented by the Arab’s own words. To this day Hamas will not recognize Israel’s right to exist. Neither do most of the other nations. Listen to what Egypt says to their own people in their own language. The same goes for Iran, and Saudi Arabia. None of these countries want Israel to exist. Their goal is complete destruction. They may say sweet words to the west, but listen to what they say among themselves for the real truth. How do you negotiate peace in this atmosphere? Would you negotiate with such enemies?


This issue goes back 4000 years to God’s promise to Abraham. If you don’t believe in the Bible you cannot understand the situation. If you don’t believe there is a God you can’t understand the situation. This is a birthright and a promise by God issued to Israel. It is irrevocable. It is everlasting. It cannot be changed or amended. It is the truth whether a person chooses to believe it or not. How will this issue ever be resolved?

We all know that YHVH has a plan. All world events are moving toward a resolution of the issues at hand. Our part is to watch, pray, and discern. There will be great tribulation before the issues are resolved--but the final resolution will bring peace to this world and the reign of Jesus.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Trump’s Jerusalem Speech Is an Opportunity for Europe

The following analysis is from The Trumpet. It speculates on how President Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will have an effect on end time events. Until proven wrong, The Trumpet, in my opinion, has the best handle on end time events of any organization trying to discern end time events. 

As this blog has stated in the past, America may have a reduced role in end time events in the Middle East. This article appears to confirm.  Links are provided.

EU foreign policy chief: Europe is forced to act in Jerusalem to preserve peace.
Abbas has the backing of the 57 nations of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. They signed a declaration on December 13 saying they regarded Mr. Trump’s decision as “an announcement of the U.S. administration’s withdrawal from its role as sponsor of peace.”

This leaves a massive job vacancy—and Europe is eager to fill it.
“The European Union will engage even more with the parties and with our regional and international partners,” European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said December 7. She said that President Trump’s announcement “could diminish the potential role” of the U.S. The EU is “now determined to play an even more convinced and active role in trying to re-launch the peace process.”
Other European foreign ministers made similar statements. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said: “We’ve been waiting already for several months for the American initiative, and if one is not forthcoming then the European Union will have to take the initiative.”

The German media is also on board. Spiegel Online published an editorial on December 8 titled “Time for Europe to Take the Lead on Peace.” Just like the Palestinians, it believes Mr. Trump’s decision “disqualifies” the U.S. as mediator. “[I]t is now up to us—the Europeans, the Germans—to come up with new ideas and new formats, as difficult as that may be,” it wrote.
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung commented that “Trump’s Jerusalem Decision Forces Europeans Out of Cover” and impels them to take on a greater role in the Middle East (Trumpet translation throughout).

“Because of the geographic proximity, the historical, political and economic connection [the EU] sees itself in a responsibility that it could hardly ever live up to in the past,” it wrote. “During the peace process, it played a role, but often not more than that of a junior partner of the United States.” But now: “Europe is forced out of cover.”

In other words, if Europe does not take on a bigger role in the Middle East, the peace process could fail—at least according to European media. They believe that because Palestinians and surrounding Arab nations can no longer rely on the U.S. to lead the peace process, the region is destined to erupt into violence and seek another mediator. As the greatest trading partner of Israel and the biggest donor to the Palestinians, the EU is in the best position to fill that need.
Mogherini said that Trump’s “decision has the potential to send us back to even darker times than the ones we already live in.” She’s right about the dark times Jerusalem has experienced—though Europe has often been the one to bring on that darkness.

The Bible contains specific warnings about coming dark times for Jerusalem. Many of these warnings revolve around a peace process. One of them is found in Hosea 5:13. It states that when “Judah saw his wound,” he went “to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb.” What is this talking about? Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his free booklet Jerusalem in Prophecy:
The word wound is number 4205 in Strong’s Concordance. It means “in the sense of binding up: a bondage, i.e. remedy.” GeseniusLexicon defines it this way: “the pressing together, binding up of a wound; here used figuratively of a remedy applied to the wounds of the state.” In other words, the remedy is the wound!
Another word for wound is also mentioned in Obadiah 7: “All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border: the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee, and prevailed against thee; they that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee: there is none understanding in him.” This wound is number 4204 in Strong’s. Gesenius’ defines it as “falsehood; hence, fraud, insidious dealing … net, or snare.” It has the same root word as the word used in Hosea 5:13. In Obadiah the wound is directly related to being deceived by a peace pact!
This prophecy, then, states that Israel will have trouble with its peace pact and will turn to another power for help—to Assyria. This is the biblical name for Germany. (For proof of this, read our free reprint article “The Remarkable Identity of the German People.”)

Israel, then, is prophesied to turn to Germany! Exactly the situation we now see an opening for. Other Bible prophecies tell us what happens next. Daniel 11:40-41 talk about “the king of the north,” referring to this same German-led European power. This power “shall enter also into the glorious land,” referring to Jerusalem. Mr. Flurry explains: “The word enter in no way indicates the use of force. The Germans will undoubtedly be invited in as a peacekeeping force.”
In the short term, this does not turn out well for Jerusalem. But Hosea 5 says that this suffering will lead Israel to “acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early” (verse 15).

God is allowing this to happen for a glorious purpose. And Mr. Trump’s decision could pave the way for this important, prophesied event—Israel turning to Germany.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

A historical telling of the Hanukkah Story


Daniel’s Vision

1 In the third year of the reign of Belshazzar the king a vision appeared to me, Daniel, subsequent to the one which appeared to me previously. 2 I looked in the vision, and while I was looking I was in the citadel of Susa, which is in the province of Elam; and I looked in the vision and I myself was beside the Ulai Canal. 3 Then I lifted my eyes and looked, and behold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. 4 I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself.

5 While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. 6 He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. 7 I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his power. 8 Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven.


The Little Horn

9 Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land. 10 It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. 11 It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. 12 And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper. 13 Then I heard a holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that particular one who was speaking, “How long will the vision about the regular sacrifice apply, while the transgression causes horror, so as to allow both the holy place and the host to be trampled?” 14 He said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings; then the holy place will be properly restored.”  Daniel 8.1-14


Interpretation of the Vision

15 When I, Daniel, had seen the vision, I sought to understand it; and behold, standing before me was one who looked like a man. 16 And I heard the voice of a man between the banks of Ulai, and he called out and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision.” 17 So he came near to where I was standing, and when he came I was frightened and fell on my face; but he said to me, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.” 18 Now while he was talking with me, I sank into a deep sleep with my face to the ground; but he touched me and made me stand upright. 19 He said, “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.” Daniel 8.15-19

The Ram’s Identity

20 The ram which you saw with the two horns represents the kings of Media and Persia.

The Goat

21 The shaggy goat represents the kingdom of Greece, and the large horn that is between his eyes is the first king. 22 The broken horn and the four horns that arose in its place represent four kingdoms which will arise from his nation, although not with his power. Daniel 8.20-22


Antiochus Epiphanes

23 “In the latter period of their rule, When the transgressors have run their course, A king will arise, Insolent and skilled in intrigue. 24 “His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, And he will destroy to an extraordinary degree And prosper and perform his will; He will destroy mighty men and the holy people. 25 “And through his shrewdness He will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; And he will magnify himself in his heart, And he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, But he will be broken without human agency. 26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings Which has been told is true; But keep the vision secret, For it pertains to many days in the future.” 27 Then I, Daniel, was exhausted and sick for days. Then I got up again and carried on the king’s business; but I was astounded at the vision, and there was none to explain it. Daniel 8.23-27


This prophecy has been fulfilled and is to be fulfilled. This is how prophecy in the Bible works--it has a duality. Many prophecies have a historical fulfillment and also have a future fulfillment. Some prophecy, as spoken in the Old Testament, have never been fulfilled historically and have a future fulfillment only. This prophecy in Daniel has the dual fulfillment. It was fulfilled in history by the evil Antiochus Epiphanes, who is a type of the Anti-Christ, and it will be fulfilled in the future. How do we know this? We know this because Jesus told us so: “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand)…Matt 24.15 Jesus made this statement when asked by his disciples what was going to happen at the end of the age. He told them when this happens the end is very near. In this spirit we will take a look at the historical fulfillment of Daniel’s vision by searching the book of 1 Maccabees.



The book of Maccabees is not considered as part of the canon of scripture, but it is an historical writing of what happened when Antiochus Epiphanes desecrated the temple in Jerusalem. In this case we use the book of 1 Maccabees to understand what happened at this time. It may also furnish clues to what will happen during the time of the Anti-Christ. We will find some important clues as to how the Anti-Christ will act.


1 Maccabees Chapter One - The Death of Alexander the Great

1:1 Now it came to pass, after that Alexander the son of Philip the Macedonian, who first reigned in Greece, coming out of the land of Cethim, had overthrown Darius king of the Persians and Medes:

1:2 He fought many battles, and took the strong holds of all, and slew the kings of the earth:

1:3 And he went through even to the ends of the earth, and took the spoils of many nations: and the earth was quiet before him.

1:4 And he gathered a power, and a very strong army: and his heart was exalted and lifted up.

1:5 And he subdued countries of nations, and princes: and they became tributaries to him.

1:6 And after these things, he fell down upon his bed, and knew that he should die.

1:7 And he called his servants the nobles that were brought up with him from his youth: and he divided his kingdom among them, while he was yet alive.

1:8 And Alexander reigned twelve years, and he died.

1:9 And his servants made themselves kings every one in his place.


Antiochus Epiphanes Comes to Power

1:10 And they all put crowns upon themselves after his death, and their sons after them many years, and evils were multiplied in the earth.

1:11 And there came out of them a wicked root, Antiochus the Illustrious, the son of king Antiochus, who had been a hostage at Rome: and he reigned in the hundred and thirty-seventh year of the kingdom of the Greeks.

1:12 In those days there went out of Israel wicked men, and they persuaded many, saying: Let us go, and make a covenant with the heathens that are round about us: for since we departed from them, many evils have befallen us.

1:13 And the word seemed good in their eyes.

1:14 And some of the people determined to do this, and went to the king: and he gave them license to do after the ordinances of the heathens.

We see several interesting things here. Antiochus Epiphanes was a hostage in Rome. There he would have learned many things about Rome and the Romans. We see him come to power in Judea and that many wicked men in Israel made a pact with him to serve him. The Lord would not have been pleased with His people making a pact with such a man. They were, in effect, trading in their inheritance in God for a pagan lifestyle. The nation of Israel in the future will make a peace treaty with this man.


The Double Cross

1:17 And the kingdom was established before Antiochus, and he had a mind to reign over the land of Egypt, that he might reign over two kingdoms.

1:18 And he entered into Egypt with a great multitude, with chariots and elephants, and horsemen, and a great number of ships:

1:19 And he made war against Ptolemee king of Egypt, but Ptolemee was afraid at his presence, and fled, and many were wounded unto death.

1:20 And he took the strong cities in the land of Egypt: and he took the spoils of the land of Egypt.

1:21 And after Antiochus had ravaged Egypt in the hundred and forty-third year, he returned and went up against Israel.

Antiochus Epiphanes waged war against the Ptolemy’s of Egypt and then came up against Israel. He had previously made a pact with Israel, but now was double crossing them. His aim was to force Hellenism on the Jewish culture and destroy it completely. He was in effect, attempting to create a new world order based on Greek culture.


Antiochus Epiphanes Sacks the Temple

1:22 And he went up to Jerusalem with a great multitude.

1:23 And he proudly entered into the sanctuary, and took away the golden altar, and the candlestick of light, and all the vessels thereof, and the table of proposition, and the pouring vessels, and the vials, and the little mortars of gold, and the veil, and the crowns, and the golden ornament that was before the temple: and he broke them all in pieces.

1:24 And he took the silver and gold, and the precious vessels: and he took the hidden treasures which he found: and when he had taken all away he departed into his own country.

1:25 And he made a great slaughter of men, and spoke very proudly.

1:26 And there was great mourning in Israel, and in every place where they were.


The Slaughter Continues

1:27 And the princes, and the ancients mourned, and the virgins and the young men were made feeble, and the beauty of the women was changed.

1:28 Every bridegroom took up lamentation: and the bride that set in the marriage bed, mourned:

1:29 And the land was moved for the inhabitants thereof, and all the house of Jacob was covered with confusion.

1:30 And after two full years the king sent the chief collector of his tributes to the cities of Juda, and he came to Jerusalem with a great multitude.

1:31 And he spoke to them peaceable words in deceit: and they believed him.

1:32 And he fell upon the city suddenly, and struck it with a great slaughter, and destroyed much people in Israel.

1:33 And he took the spoils of the city, and burnt it with fire, and threw down the houses thereof, and the walls thereof round about:

1:34 And they took the women captive, and the children, and the cattle they possessed.

1:35 And they built the city of David with a great and strong wall, and with strong towers, and made it a fortress for them:

1:36 And they placed there a sinful nation, wicked men, and they fortified themselves therein: and they stored up armour, and victuals, and gathered together the spoils of Jerusalem;

1:37 And laid them up there: and they became a great snare.

This second slaughter was worse than the first. Antiochus was now going to defile the temple and declare himself to be God. Any who stood in his way would be executed. A “new” religion would be imposed on Judea. The Anti-Christ will impose his brand of religion on the Jews and the rest of the world.


One World Order Declared

1:38 And this was a place to lie in wait against the sanctuary, and an evil devil in Israel.

1:39 And they shed innocent blood round about the sanctuary, and defiled the holy place.

1:40 And the inhabitants of Jerusalem fled away by reason of them, and the city was made the habitation to strangers, and she became a stranger to her own seed, and her children forsook her.

1:41 Her sanctuary was desolate like a wilderness, her festival days were turned into mourning, her sabbaths into reproach, her honors were brought to nothing.

1:42 Her dishonor was increased according to her glory, and her excellency was turned into mourning.

1:43 And king Antiochus wrote to all his kingdom, that all the people should be one: and every one should leave his own law.

1:44 And all nations consented according to the word of king Antiochus.

Antiochus changed the times and festivals. Now only pagan rituals would take place in the temple. We also see the establishment of a New World Order. This is how the spirit of the air, Satan, operates. He wants to bring the entire world under his domination. We see these same forces at work in our day and age. This is a classic example of the spirit of the world in operation. The coming Anti-Christ will also change the times and religious observances and try to impose a new world order on earth.


Jews Forbid to Practice Their Faith - Temple Desecrated

1:45 And many of Israel consented to his service, and they sacrificed to idols, and profaned the sabbath.

1:46 And the king sent letters by the hands of messengers to Jerusalem, and to all the cities of Juda: that they should follow the law of the nations of the earth,

1:47 And should forbid holocausts and sacrifices, and atonements to be made in the temple of God.

1:48 And should prohibit the sabbath, and the festival days, to be celebrated.

1:49 And he commanded the holy places to be profaned, and the holy people of Israel.

1:50 And he commanded altars to be built, and temples, and idols, and swine's flesh to be immolated, and unclean beasts.

1:51 And that they should leave their children uncircumcised, and let their souls be defiled with all uncleannesses, and abominations, to the end that they should forget the law, and should change all the justifications of God.

1:52 And that whosoever would not do according to the word of king Antiochus should be put to death.

We see the temple defiled as swine are sacrificed on the altar of God. Jews are forbidden to practice their faith. Antiochus was demanding they become Hellenized. An interesting side note: Recently in San Francisco an attempt to pass a law forbidding circumcision was voted down. Is this a harbinger of things to come? The coming Anti-Christ will rule with a strong arm and will heavily persecute the Jews and true believers.


Abomination of Desolation Set Up

1:53 According to all these words he wrote to his whole kingdom, and he appointed rulers over the people that should force them to do these things.

1:54 And they commanded the cities of Juda to sacrifice.

1:55 Then many of the people were gathered to them that had forsaken the law of the Lord: and they committed evils in the land:

1:56 And they drove away the people of Israel into lurking holes, and into the secret places of fugitives.

1:57 On the fifteenth day of the month , Kislev in the hundred and forty-fifth year, king Antiochus set up the abominable idol of desolation upon the altar of God, and they built altars throughout all the cities of Juda round about:

1:58 And they burnt incense, and sacrificed at the doors of the houses, and in the streets.

1:59 And they cut in pieces, and burnt with fire the books of the law of God:

1:60 And every one with whom the books of the testament of the Lord were found, and whosoever observed the law of the Lord, they put to death, according to the edict of the king. Now read Daniel 9.

On the 15th of Kislev the Abomination of Desolation was set up. and on the 25th of Kislev the first pig was sacrificed.

All Jewish customs were banned and the holy books were burned. This is exactly what the Nazi’s did to the Jews! They burned books, synagogues, and forbid Jews to worship God.


First Pig Sacrificed

1:62 And on the five and twentieth day of the month they sacrificed upon the altar of the idol that was over against the altar of God.

1:63 Now the women that circumcised their children, were slain according to the commandment of king Antiochus.

1:64 And they hanged the children about their necks in all their houses: and those that had circumcised them, they put to death.

1:65 And many of the people of Israel determined with themselves, that they would not eat unclean things: and they chose rather to die than to be defiled with unclean meats.

1:66 And they would not break the holy law of God, and they were put to death:

1:67 And there was very great wrath upon the people.

On the 25th of Kislev the first pig was sacrificed on the altar. There was a remnant that refused to deny their faith.


Chapter 2 - The Uprising

2:1 In those days arose Mathathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib, from Jerusalem, and he abode in the mountain of Modin.

2:2 And he had five sons: John who was surnamed Gaddis:

2:3 And Simon, who was surnamed Thasi:

2:4 And Judas, who was called Machabeus:

2:5 And Eleazar, who was surnamed Abaron: and Jonathan, who was surnamed Apphus.

2:6 These saw the evils that were done in the people of Juda, and in Jerusalem.

2:7 And Mathathias said: Woe is me, wherefore was I born to see the ruin of my people, and the ruin of the holy city, and to dwell there, when it is given into the hands of the enemies?

2:8 The holy places are come into the hands of strangers: her temple is become as a man without honour.

2:9 The vessels of her glory are carried away captive: her old men are murdered in the streets, and her young men are fallen by the sword of the enemies.

2:10 What nation hath not inherited her kingdom, and gotten of her spoils?

2:11 All her ornaments are taken away. She that was free is made a slave.

2:12 And behold our sanctuary, and our beauty, and our glory is laid waste, and the Gentiles have defiled them.

2:13 To what end then should we live any longer?

2:14 And Mathathias and his sons rent their garments, and they covered themselves with haircloth, and made great lamentation. See Daniel 11.31-32


Mathathias and sons refuse to give in

2:15 And they that were sent from king Antiochus came thither, to compel them that were fled into the city of Modin, to sacrifice, and to burn incense, and to depart from the law of God.

2:16 And many of the people of Israel consented, and came to them: but Mathathias and his sons stood firm.

2:17 And they that were sent from Antiochus, answering, said to Mathathias: Thou art a ruler, and an honourable, and great man in this city, and adorned with sons, and brethren.

2:18 Therefore come thou first, and obey the king's commandment, as all nations have done, and the men of Juda, and they that remain in Jerusalem: and thou, and thy sons, shall be in the number of the king's friends, and enriched with gold, and silver, and many presents.

2:19 Then Mathathias answered, and said with a loud voice: Although all nations obey king Antiochus, so as to depart every man from the service of the law of his fathers, and consent to his commandments:

2:20 I and my sons, and my brethren will obey the law of our fathers.

2:21 God be merciful unto us: it is not profitable for us to forsake the law, and the justices of God:

2:22 We will not hearken to the words of king Antiochus, neither will we sacrifice, and transgress the commandments of our law, to go another way.

This faithful remnant decide to not give in and determine to fight against Antiochus Epiphanes. After this Mathathias died and his son Judas Machabeus became the leader. The story continues:


Chapter 3

3:1 Then his son Judas, called Machabeus, rose up in his stead.

3:2 And all his brethren helped him, and all they that had joined themselves to his father, and they fought with cheerfulness the battle of Israel.

3:3 And he got his people great honour, and put on a breastplate as a giant, and girt his warlike armour about him in battles, and protected the camp with his sword.

3:4 In his acts he was like a lion, and like a lion's whelp roaring for his prey.

3:5 And he pursued the wicked and sought them out, and them that troubled his people he burnt with fire:

3:6 And his enemies were driven away for fear of him, and all the workers of iniquity were troubled: and salvation prospered in his hand.

Judas Machabeus called the people back to Torah and the ways of God. Many responded and joined with him. They defeated and overthrew Antiochus Epiphanes. The overthrow of the Anti-Christ will take place when the Lord returns on the last day and the dead are resurrected. Prior to the Lord’s return God’s people will wage a war of love towards the people on earth through powerful witness and sacrificial acts that lift up Jesus Christ. Rev 19.11-20.7; 1 Thessalonians 4.15-18


Chapter 4 Cleansing and Restoration of the Temple - Hanukkah Celebration Established

4:36 Then Judas, and his brethren said: Behold our enemies are discomfited: let us go up now to cleanse the holy places and to repair them.

4:37 And all the army assembled together, and they went up into mount Sion.

4:38 And they saw the sanctuary desolate, and the altar profaned, and the gates burnt, and shrubs growing up in the courts as in a forest, or on the mountains, and the chambers joining to the temple thrown down.

4:39 And they rent their garments, and made great lamentation, and put ashes on their heads:

4:40 And they fell face down to the ground on their faces, and they sounded with the trumpets of alarm, and they cried towards heaven.

4:41 Then Judas appointed men to fight against them that were in the castle, till they had cleansed the holy places.

4:42 And he chose priests without blemish, whose will was set upon the law of God:

4:43 And they cleansed the holy places, and took away the stones that had been defiled into an unclean place.

4:44 And he considered about the altar of holocausts that had been profaned, what he should do with it.

4:45 And a good counsel came into their minds, to pull it down: lest it should be a reproach to them, because the Gentiles had defiled it; so they threw it down.

4:46 And they laid up the stones in the mountain of the temple in a convenient place, till there should come a prophet, and give answer concerning them.

4:47 Then they took whole stones according to the law, and built a new altar according to the former:

4:48 And they built up the holy places, and the things that were within the temple: and they sanctified the temple, and the courts.

4:49 And they made new holy vessels, and brought in the candlestick, and the altar of incense, and the table into the temple.

4:50 And they put incense upon the altar, and lighted up the lamps that were upon the candlestick, and they gave light in the temple.

4:51 And they set the loaves upon the table, and hung up the veils, and finished all the works that they had begun to make.

4:52 And they arose before the morning on the five and twentieth day of the ninth month (which is the month of Kislev) in the hundred and forty-eighth year.

4:53 And they offered sacrifice according to the law upon the new altar of holocausts which they had made.

Three years to the date of the first sacrifice of a pig on the altar, the temple was completely cleansed and sacrifices according to the Torah were reestablished. This took place 1150 days after the abomination was set up. In Daniel 8.11-14 it mentions 2,300 evening and morning sacrifices--that is two per day. If we divide 2,300 by 2 = 1150 days or 3 years and two months. (Jewish sacrifices were probably stopped 45 days earlier before the Greek sacrifices began.) The date of Hanukkah was then set to begin on 25 Kislev forever thereafter.


Hanukkah Established

4:54 According to the time, and according to the day wherein the heathens had defiled it, in the same was it dedicated anew with canticles, and harps, and lutes, and cymbals.

4:55 And all the people fell upon their faces, and adored, and blessed up to heaven, him that had prospered them.

4:56 And they kept the dedication of the altar eight days, and they offered holocausts with joy, and sacrifices of salvation, and of praise.

4:57 And they adorned the front of the temple with crowns of gold, and escutcheons, and they renewed the gates, and the chambers, and hanged doors upon them.

4:58 And there was exceeding great joy among the people, and the reproach of the Gentiles was turned away.

4:59 And Judas, and his brethren, and all the church of Israel decreed, that the day of the dedication of the altar should be kept in its season from year to year for eight days, from the five and twentieth day of the month of Casleu, with joy and gladness.

4:60 They built up also at that time mount Sion, with high walls, and strong towers round about, lest the Gentiles should at any time come, and tread it down as they did before.

4:61 And he placed a garrison there to keep it, and he fortified it to secure Bethsura, that the people might have a defence against Idumea.


Hanukkah is an eight day celebration of the cleansing of the temple in Jerusalem. It is called the Festival of Lights. Jesus said we are to be the light of the world. He celebrated this feast in John 10.22. Jesus was most likely conceived during the Feast of Hanukkah as His birth took place nine months later during the Feast of Tabernacles. This celebration is also symbolic of the cleansing of our “temples” by the Holy Spirit.

Tradition says that the menorah that was lit for the restoration of the temple only had enough oil for one day’s light until they could make more. Miraculously, the menorah stayed lit for eight days until the additional oil was made. Thus Hanukkah is celebrated for eight days. The Jews do not celebrate the war--they celebrate the miracle of the oil.

Our lights stay lit if we abide in the Lord and continually receive His oil.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

President Trump, Saudi Arabia, and Israel Secret Peace Deal in Middle East?

Last week President Trump announced that the US would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. This announcement caused the Middle East to lose their mind. Protesting and rioting took place in the Palestinian Authority and most Middle East heads of state renounced the move by President Trump.

For the past 40 years there has been no progress in Middle East peace talks. The Palestinians (PA) teach their children to kill and refuse to recognize the Jewish state. In fact the only goal of the Palestinians is to wipe Israel off the face of the earth.

The world acts like the Palestinians are a poor suppressed people. The EU funds the PA and the money is spent on weapons and training to kill Jews. All PA maps of the area recognize the area of current day Israel as Palestine. There is no Jewish land. Would you trust a peace deal with someone who disrespected you in this way?

The world is living denial and virtual reality. Jerusalem has always been connected to the Jewish people. It has always been their capital—long before there was ever a religion called Islam. In fact, Jerusalem has been Israel’s capital since the time of King David—at least 3000 years ago. Islam did not become a religion until 1400 years ago. Do the math.

God is moving through man and history to bring about the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy in the Middle East. Israel and Jerusalem are ground zero. It doesn’t matter what the world thinks—YHVH is going to establish His Kingdom in the City of David also known as Jerusalem. This will become reality after the most terrible time this earth has ever experienced.

The world is in rebellion to God’s eternal word. God is revealing to man the wickedness of the human heart: The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17.9

After this terrible time the earth will find peace and security during the reign of Jesus on the earth. Read about it in Revelation 20-22.

Read this interesting link to see what is happening behind the scenes:

Also continuing our watch on financial developments: