China’s Promise Withdrawn from Taiwan

•August 14, 2022 • Leave a Comment

China has withdrawn its promise not to send troops to Taiwan if it takes control of island

Reuters by Yew Lun Tian / August 10, 2022

China has withdrawn a promise not to send troops or administrators to Taiwan if it takes control of the island, an official document showed on Wednesday, signalling a decision by President Xi Jinping to grant less autonomy than previously offered.

China’s Promise of Autonomy Withdrawn from Taiwan

China’s white paper on its position on self-ruled Taiwan follows days of unprecedented Chinese military exercises near the island, which Beijing claims as its territory, in protest against US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit last week.

China had said in two previous white papers on Taiwan, in 1993 and 2000, that it “will not send troops or administrative personnel to be based in Taiwan” after achieving what Beijing terms “reunification.”

That line, meant to assure Taiwan it would enjoy autonomy after becoming a special administrative region of China, did not appear in the latest white paper.

China’s ruling Communist Party had proposed that Taiwan could return to its rule under a “one country, two systems” model, similar to the formula under which the former British colony of Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997.

That would offer some autonomy to democratically ruled Taiwan to partially preserve its social and political systems.

A line in the 2000 white paper that said “anything can be negotiated” as long as Taiwan accepts that there is only one China and does not seek independence, is also missing from the latest white paper.

Taiwan’s government says only the island’s people can decide their future.

The Taiwan Policy Act of 2022

•August 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

American policy towards China is one from the one-China policy 0f 1972 to the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 to the Propose “Taiwan Policy Act of 2022.”

Will this Propose “Taiwan Policy Act of 2022” succeed?

The Washingtom Post / August 6, 2022 // Bloomberg / August 3, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan this week heightened tensions between China and the United States. Behind the recent developments, including Beijing’s show of force in response, is a long history of shifting ties and frictions.

The Propose “Taiwan Policy Act” of 2022, trying to tame the rising Dragon

US Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey Graham recently introduced the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022, a 107-page bill that Menendez called a “seminal statement of the United States’ absolute commitment” to China’s Taiwan region. The bill’s focus on an unwarranted “defense partnership” and multibillion dollar security assistance capture the latest bipartisan attempt to interfere in China’s internal affairs. Such attempts to empower Taiwan separatist forces have failed in the past, and the Taiwan Policy Act will be no exception.

Washington’s willingness to consistently endorse and support the motivations of Taiwan independence forces should make a fundamental reality clear: characterizing “the security of Taiwan” and the ability for its people to “determine their own future” as “fundamental to United States’ interests and values” is a preposterous assertion. It serves no other interest than hollowing out and obscuring Washington’s adherence to the one-China principle. That trajectory is unsustainable.

Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey Graham introduced the Taiwan Policy Act of 2022

The act arrives at a time when US officials are keen to advance high-level communication between the two countries in the summer. The Biden administration is lobbying Democratic senators to put the brakes on a bill that would alter US policy toward Taiwan, including by designating it as a major non-NATO ally, according to people familiar with the matter.

The legislation also would provide Taiwan with $4.5 billion in military aid, including potentially long-range missiles capable of striking mainland China. This would make the island the fourth-largest recipient of US security assistance, behind only Kiev, Tel Aviv and Cairo.

The upshot is that the White House sees provoking China further as unwise in the wake of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island, which triggered an unprecedented crisis in the Taiwan Strait. A Chinese military official warned the situation could lead to “a real war at any point.” 

White House At Odds With Lawmakers Over Taiwan Policy Act by Connor Freeman

However, the Taiwan Policy Act runs contrary to those realities, presenting a pretexts of Chinese “aggression and influence campaigns” to justify Senator Graham’s fiction of record-setting military and economic “expansion” with the Taiwan region.

“The White House has significant concerns,” said Senator Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “I have significant concerns.”

Murphy said the Foreign Relations panel is delaying work on the legislation until September and it may be rewritten. The committee had planned to vote on the bill Wednesday. The US has treated Taiwan as a major non-NATO ally since the George W. Bush administration. The bill would formalize that designation.

The Biden administration considers the legislation counterproductive and that it would interfere with the decades-old approach of “strategic ambiguity” about whether the US military would defend Taiwan against Communist forces, according to the people, who asked for anonymity because the discussions are private. The US also adheres to a “One China” policy which deems the question of sovereignty over Taiwan as undetermined.

“I’m not sure this is the moment to throw out 40 years of policy,” Murphy said, while adding that “it makes sense for us to draw closer to Taiwan.”

“The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle” Psalm 78:9

And I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning for an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. Amos 8:9-10

Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years

•August 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

God says in Isaiah 46:9 “Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like Me, 10 declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’” Isaiah 46:9-10.

God works out the end from the beginning and our endeavour is to understand how are the numbers work out. God gives some clues and hints here and there and the most puzzling is one found in Ezekiel 4.

I have made some attempts years ago but there are many additions since the original postings of Ezekiel Ch 3-4 and Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years, hence this update. I’ve always been wondering if there are any thoughts to the contrary? Any other possibilities? And so my constant updates.

Ezekiel 4

It has been proven in numerous times that the Septuagint is more accurate than the Masoretic Text. (For more on this issue, click here Lies about the Septuagint)

Hence below is the Septuagint (and Arabic) version and putting all the numbers (in Ezekiel 4:5 & 4:9 LXX reads190; in Ezekiel 4:4 the reading is 150) together is a far more possible explanation to the mystery of the 390/190/150/40 years which has puzzled theologians, pastors and academics in Ezekiel 4:

Ezekiel 4 (Septuagint)

4 And thou shalt lie upon thy left side, and lay the iniquities of the house of Israel upon it, according to the number of the hundred and fifty days which thou shalt lie upon it: and thou shalt bear their iniquities. — this riddle starts with the ten tribes house of Israel—the left side—the northern kingdomand lasts for 150 years; as Judah, the southern, answers to “the right side”

5 For I have appointed thee their iniquities for a number of days, for a hundred and ninety days: so thou shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Israel. — start with the 10 tribes but end with the full house of Israel; all 12 tribes: end of the 190 years

6 And thou shalt accomplish this, and shalt lie on thy right side, and shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Juda forty days: I have appointed thee a day for a year. — after the start of the 10 tribes house of Israel and last for 150 years, the 3 tribes house of Judah join in for 40 years; both ending at the end of the 190 years

7 Therefore thou shalt set thy face toward the siege of Jerusalem; and thine arm shall be uncovered, and thou shalt prophesy against it. — the hint here is that the 40 years is a siege of Jerusalem and of course this represents the modern state of Israel

8 And behold, I will lay bands upon thee, and thou shalt not turn thee from one side to another until thou hast ended the days of thy siege. — “not turn thee from one side to another” is a sign of being in captivity, where freedoom of turning left or right is non-existent

9 Take thou also to thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and bread-corn; and thou shalt cast them into one earthen vessel, and shalt make them into loaves for thyself; and thou shalt eat them a hundred and ninety days, according to the number of the days which thou sleepest on thy side. Ezekiel 4:4-9 Septuagint. — from the start with 10 tribes and ends with the full house of Israel: 190 years in captivity: why the difference? Perhaps Judah had undergo numerous pogroms and cleanings whereas Ephraim and the other tribes has none since the day when they went captivity and into apparent oblivion

Bishop Ussher had famously calculated the date of creation to be 4004 BC, and if so the end of the 6000 years would have ended in 1994; but it is wrong as such date had fallen off the cliff almost three decades ago.

We’ll hence use the Jewish Calendar. We’re now in the Hebrew year 5782 AM; (AM stands for “Anno Mundi,” Latin for “in the year of Adam and Eve Creation”) and we’ll need another 217 years (add to 5999, the eve of the 6000th year) to usher the Divine Plan into the 7th Millennium (from the year 6000) as we believe. Of course, this is on the assumption that God’s oracles have been accurately kept since the day Adam was created as the Orthodox custodians claim; since the Jewish Calendar has been accepted by all forms of Judaism and is standard for Asheknazim, Sephardim and Mizrachim.

If we add 217 years to the Gregorian calendar year 2022 we’ll come to 2239 when the 7th Millennium starts. Working backward 190 years will bring us to the year 2049. So could the year 2049 be the start of the house of Israel’s “iniquity?” — “thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them;” Ezekiel 4:13 in captivity to start the 190 years. It seems so, nevertheless.

In Ezekiel 37, the 190 years should end with the appearance of “My servant David,” in the “valley full of dry bones” scenario where the full house of Israel would dwell securely rather than in captivity. Judgement often come after a period of seven years as the dynamic of the number seven is interwoven throughout the Bible. Jacob served Laban seven years for Leah and another seven for Rachel. Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s dream of seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. In Psalms 12:6 the words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace purified seven times.

As for punishment for Gentile, one prominent example was Nebuchadnezzar, who was punished seven years by having an unsound mind and eating grass. And if this seven year period applies to the punishment of Gentiles involving “Gog and all his multitude” (Ezekiel 38-40) there will be a seven years interval before the beginning of the Millennium. If so, the end of the 190 years would be brought forward seven years, which would be the year 2232, and the start of the 190 years would be 2042; but we couldn’t know for sure the period from Ezekiel 37 to Ezekiel 40 is seven years, hence these figures are subject to adjustments.

On reflection the children of Israel were in Egypt for about 210 years, so cheers; this captivity of 190 years is 20 years shorter. These analyses may run away with imaginations, but the incorporation of prophecies always has elements of uncertainties and so these predictions could be prone to errors.

One Question that comes to mind is, “Why the iniquity for Israel is much longer than Judah?” Perhaps the answer could be broken into two parts: (1) the house of Judah, the Jews, have undergone pogroms numerous times over the last two and a millenium whereas the house of Israel have remained largely unscatched since their captivity was only once by the Assyrians; to be truly qualified to be a kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) requiries numerous immense purifications; and that’s how the prophets of God see things. Prime examples are Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego.

And a related second reason: (2) the house of Judah has already been restored to the Land of Promise; whereas the house of Israel are still largely intact and still in exile from its Promised Land. It would take decades for adverse conditions to build up for the whole house of Israel to want to return back into their homeland to team up with the house of Judah for the fulfilment of the prophecy of the joining of the two sticks in Ezekiel 37.

Third, forty years for the house of Judah rhymes a few parallels (a) when the children of Israel rejected Joshua’s and Caleb’s suggestion to take the land immediately, they were punished by wandering in the wilderness for forty years, Numbers 14:33; (b) when the children of Israel rejected God’s judgement under the rule of the judges, God abandoned them and subjected them under the Philistines for forty years, Judges 13:1. For the Lord had said ““You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities” Amos 3:2.

And finally these analyses are not written in stone and so any thoughts to the contrary are most welcome. Are there any other possibilities or factors that have been left out but could or should be considered? Thanks for your thoughts.

For more, see a possible scenario how such a scene could come about: A Sword from the South!

North Korea To Send 100,000 Troops

•August 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment

North Korea Willing To Send Russia 100,000 Troops For Ukraine War: 

Yahoo News / August 8, 2022 // Zerohedge by Tyler Durden / August 8, 2022

North Korea Willing To Send Russia 100,000 Troops For Ukraine War

During six months of war in Ukraine there have been some instances of Russian satellite states providing “volunteer” forces – with Chechens being a foremost reported group of foreign fighters said to be in Ukraine. But Russian state media recently presented the biggest offer of foreign troops yet, reportedly from an unlikely “pariah” nation also long at odds with the United States.

  • North Korea has offered Russia 100,000 troops to help defeat Ukraine, according to Russian state media.
  • A Russian pundit said North Korean troops could bring useful experience with counter-battery warfare, per reports.
  • North Korea is also reportedly prepared to send workers to help rebuild the Donbas region for Russia.
North Korea expresses a desire to meet its international duty

North Korea has said it is willing to send 100,000 “volunteer” troops to help Vladimir Putin execute the ongoing war in Ukraine, Business Insider has reported, citing Channel One Russia. Russian military pundit Igor Korotchenko made the claim to the state broadcaster, saying further that the DPRK military could provide a “wealth of experience with counter-battery warfare.”

“If North Korea expresses a desire to meet its international duty to fight against Ukrainian fascism, we should let them,” Korotchenko was also quoted in New York Post as saying.

This comes amid unverified Western media claims that Russia has suffered huge and unexpected numbers of casualties, to the point of being “desperate” – and reportedly being forced to provide abbreviated and ineffective training to new recruits.

North Korea’s military is the world’s fourth largest, with nearly 1.3 million active personnel, according to the New York-based Council for Foreign Relations. A further 600,000 serve as reserve soldiers.

Defense experts say it operates with aging equipment and technology, said the CFR.

According to the South Korean newspaper Daily NK, North Korea has also offered up workers to assist Russia in rebuilding a post-war Ukraine.

Citing Russian sources, Daily NK reported that North Korea is planning on sending more than 1,000 workers to the Donbas region in eastern Ukraine if Russia wins the war.

“Considering that the war isn’t over yet, the government is planning to send workers at an appropriate time while monitoring the situation on the ground,” a North Korean source said, per Daily NK.

Monkeypox a health risk

•August 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

US declares monkeypox a public health emergency

Reuters / August 5, 2022

The United States has declared monkeypox a public health emergency, the health secretary confirmed Thursday.

Cases had crossed 6,600 in the United States a day earlier, almost all of them among men who have sex with men.

Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told Reuters that the spread of cases outside that group was not high but was being carefully monitored.

“But you’ve always got to take things like that seriously and keep an open mind that you might see more of that. You don’t want to panic people because there’s no need to be overly concerned now, but at the same time that you’re not currently over-concerned you should be currently very observant, and currently very careful, and currently on top of what’s going on and following it very carefully.”

The first US case of monkeypox was confirmed in Massachusetts in May, followed by another case in California five days later.

Declarations of emergencies are already in place in California, Illinois and New York.

The World Health Organization last month dubbed monkeypox a “public health emergency of international concern,” its highest alert level.

First identified in monkeys in 1958, the disease has mild symptoms including fever, aches and skin lesions, and is usually spread through close contact.

The US government had distributed 156,000 monkeypox vaccine doses nationwide through mid-July. It has ordered an additional 2.5 million doses.

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the Lord out of heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. Genesis 19:24-25

Reuters Washington DC lightning strike that killed three on “climate” warning / August 6, 2022

The two men and two women struck by lightning on Thursday while visiting Washington’s Lafayette Square, just north of the White House, were among the unlucky few – struck by a bolt that hit the ground during a violent, afternoon thunderstorm.

Lightning strikes near the White House killing three people and injuring two more

The lightning hit near a tree that stands yards (meters) away from the fence that surrounds the presidential residence and offices across from the square, which is often crowded with visitors, especially in the summer months.

All four victims sustained critical, life-threatening injuries, and were taken to area hospitals. Two of them later died: James Mueller, 76, and Donna Mueller, 75, from Janesville, Wisconsin, the Metropolitan Police Department said.

Later on Friday a third victim, a 29-year-old male, was pronounced dead, the Metropolitan Police Department said. Further details on the victim were being withheld until the next-of-kin were notified.

NJ woman who survived lightning strike details her shocking experience: ‘I was doing the laundry’

FBI director warns of ‘Significant’ Threat

•August 9, 2022 • Leave a Comment

FBI director warns of ‘significant security issue’ during Biden border crisis

New York Post by Steven Nelson / August 4, 2022

The “staggering” number of people illegally crossing the US-Mexico border poses a “significant security issue” that can be exploited by terrorists, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned Thursday.

One Houston (6-7m) added to the US every year: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 

Wray repeatedly expressed concern about the border crisis at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, despite other members of the Biden administration insisting the border situation is under control.

“I certainly know that it is an eclectic mix of nationalities and the volume is just staggering,” Wray told Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas).

Cornyn followed up, “And that’s a public security threat, you agree with me?”

“To me it represents a significant security issue and represents a wide array of criminal threats that flow out of it,”

The number of Border Patrol busts in the 2022 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, has already surpassed 1.6 million, according to official figures.

One Houston (4.49th minute) 6-7m added to the US every year: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 

The year’s tally is poised to soar past last year’s record of nearly 1.7 million encounters. The figures do not include the number of people able to evade authorities.

Below is a warning from Ezekiel

Nobody Will Put Out the Fire

Ezekiel 20:45-46 God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, face south. Let the Message roll out against the south. Prophesy against the wilderness forest of the south.

47-48 “Tell the forest of the south, ‘Listen to the Message of God! God, the Master, says, I’ll set a fire in you that will burn up every tree, dead trees and live trees alike. Nobody will put out the fire. The whole country from south to north will be blackened by it. Everyone is going to see that I, God, started the fire and that it’s not going to be put out.’”

49 And I said, “O God, everyone is saying of me, ‘He just makes up stories.’”

A Sword! A Sword!

Ezekiel 21:1-5 God’s Message came to me: “Son of man, now face Jerusalem and let the Message roll out against the Sanctuary. Prophesy against the land of Israel. Say, ‘God’s Message: I’m against you. I’m pulling my sword from its sheath and killing both the wicked and the righteous. Because I’m treating everyone the same, good and bad, everyone from south to north is going to feel my sword! Everyone will know that I mean business.’ Ezekiel 20:45-21:5 (The Message Bible)

A Ukraine Stalemate?

•August 8, 2022 • Leave a Comment

RT by Dmitri Trenin: August 4, 2022

Russia cannot afford to lose in Ukraine, but neither can the US – is there a non-nuclear way out of the deadlock?

An escalation can lead to a bigger and more dangerous conflict. Are Moscow and Washington ready to take the risk?

What is vital for the two countries and the rest of the world is that this fight does not cross the nuclear threshold; BUT WHAT IF, IT DOES?

The threat of the conflict in Ukraine getting out of control is not just an ever-present concern, but a reality.

The authors of the RAND Corporation’s recent paper, ‘Pathways to Russian Escalation Against NATO From the Ukraine War’, warn US policymakers to be careful in their statements and moves. This is particularly when deciding on military postures, deployment patterns, weapons capabilities, and the like, so that the steps taken by them do not provoke the Russian leadership into pre-emptive or retaliatory strikes, including using non-strategic nuclear weapons, or taking the campaign into NATO territory.

This is totally in line with America’s overall approach of doing the maximum to weaken Russia on the battlefield in Ukraine while avoiding being drawn directly into a war against Moscow.  

Seen from here, Washington is clearly escalating its participation in the conflict by constantly testing the limits of Russian tolerance of these moves. It started with the provision to Kiev of Javelin anti-tank systems; it was then amplified to include M777 howitzers and HIMARS MLRS systems; it is now moving in the direction of providing Ukraine with U.S.-made military aircraft and training its pilots to fly them. In addition to the new packages of Western sanctions, Russia is also facing pressure on its geopolitically vulnerable outposts, whether regarding goods transit to and from its Kaliningrad exclave or the status of its forces in Transnistria, a small territory wedged between Ukraine and Moldova. Some refer to the latter as attempts by America’s junior allies in Eastern Europe to open a second front against Russia. 

So far, Russia’s actions and inaction have sometimes appeared surprising, even puzzling to US watchers. Moscow has refrained from strikes against transport links to Poland, cyberattacks against Ukrainian – not to mention U.S. – critical infrastructure, or even destroying bridges across the Dnieper River. As for the most concerning step of all – Russia using tactical nuclear weapons – this scenario is irrelevant in a situation where hostilities are taking place on Ukrainian territory with Russian forces slowly but steadily advancing, and a “threat to the existence of the Russian Federation” – the doctrinal condition for such deployment – is out of the question.

Moscow’s failure to respond immediately to high-profile Ukrainian actions, such as the constant shelling of the center of Donetsk; missile attacks against Russian villages and towns close to their shared border; or even the loss of the Moskva, the flagship of its Black Sea Fleet, hit and sunk by Ukraine with the material assistance of the United States, probably demonstrates the Kremlin’s unwillingness to be provoked by the enemy. President Vladimir Putin probably prefers his revenge to be served cold, and at the time of his choosing. It would be safe to say that nothing from this conflict will be forgotten by either side, but at least the Russians have refused to be distracted from their current central task – defeating the enemy’s forces in Donbass and taking control over Ukraine’s east and south.

So far, U.S.-led assistance to Kiev, whether military, financial or diplomatic, has not had a decisive impact on the battlefield. It has certainly propped up the Zelensky government and compensated for the Ukrainian forces’ losses of military equipment, thus contributing to the slowing down of Russian advances, but has not turned the tide of the war. One may conclude that the Kremlin sees no need, for now, to do things that would breach the resistance of the Biden Administration to domestic U.S. demands for a more rapid escalation of the U.S. involvement in the conflict. Jake Sullivan’s recent comment to the Aspen Strategy Group, demonstrating the reluctance of the White House to provide ATACMS systems to Kiev, suggests that this approach has some value.         

Looking ahead, one should expect more US escalation in any scenario of the evolution of fighting in Ukraine – whether Russia continues to gain ground (and integrate various new territories into the Russian Federation), or Ukraine mounts a counter-offensive (which so far it has failed to do). Russian officials express concern that a Ukrainian provocation presented as Moscow’s use of chemical weapons – which makes no military or any other sense but would certainly be believed in the US as a major egregious act by the Russians – could lead to Washington climbing abruptly up the escalation ladder.

Things may become even more serious, however, if the US or its NATO allies enter Ukraine, or otherwise become directly involved in the conflict; if the material assistance which they provide to Kiev starts making a major difference on the battlefield; or if those weapons are used to strike significant targets on Russia’s territory, such as the Crimean Bridge. There are parallel American concerns about Russia attacking transshipment points on NATO territory, launching significant counter-attacks against the United States or its allies, and using weapons of mass destruction. The last point has already been discussed, and as to the previous two, they could be in response to an adverse turn of events in the theater of operations.

Avoiding a “full-scale war” with Russia is one of the main priorities, Jens Stoltenberg says, BUT WHAT IF IT GOES OUT OF HAND?

Neither Russia nor the US can afford to lose in the conflict now raging in Ukraine. However, the difference between the situations faced by Washington and Moscow is huge. For the American leadership, a failure in Ukraine would be a strategic setback, politically costly both at home and internationally; for the Russian leadership, the outcome of its special military operation is an existential matter. In an asymmetrical conflict like this one, this amounts to an escalation advantage, if not dominance. What is vital for the two countries and the rest of the world is that this fight does not cross the nuclear threshold; BUT WHAT IF, IT DOES?

NATO reveals its goal in Ukraine conflict
Avoiding a “full-scale war” with Russia is one of the main priorities, Jens Stoltenberg says, BUT WHAT IF IT GOES OUT OF HAND?

Mormons and the tribe of EPHRAIM

•August 7, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Today, the tribe of Ephraim is greatly praised by the LDS Church.

Excerpts from LDS Learning

The Mormon people regard them-selves as of Israel, and the term “Israel” as applying to themselves is frequently heard in their congregations. They believe themselves to be of Ephraim, and cousins of the Jews, who are of Judah.

The Book of Mormon: Great Britain….The Blessing Given to Manasseh, Not Ephraim?

To a Mormon those not of their faith are regarded as “Gentiles.” Gentiles in Utah often say, in a bantering way, that everybody in Utah outside of the Mormons is a Gentile, even the Jews! But the Mormons themselves would add “Excepting the Jews,” for, as already pointed out. they regard the Jew in the same light that he regards himself as of Israel, but of another “branch” of the faith.

The Mormons hold Heber J. Grant, who is an insurance man by profession as a literal prophet of God, even as Abraham and Moses. Joseph Smith was their first prophet and Brigham Young the second. Others followed until Mr Grant took the office nearly a decade ago.

They assert that they are hated by some sects because of their teachings respecting exclusive divine authority rather than because of polygamy. Polygamy was dropped in the ’90’s, and if anybody in the church attempted it today he would be set upon by church leaders without mercy, as far as immediate excommunication has any terrors. This is because the church undertook to abandon polygamy after the US Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional, and not because of any retraction of faith.

“EPHRAIM SHALL NOT VEX JUDAH”

The Book of Mormon is a history, chiefly, of the descendants of Joseph; and in the mighty nations which have peopled the American continent, the Latter-day Saints see, in part, the fulfillment of the great blessings pronounced upon his head.

Mormons believe their relationship as Ephraimites and the Jews. “With us Mormons who are Ephraimites the time has come when Judah shall not envy Ephraim and Ephraim shall not vex Judah.”

“It is essential in this dispensation that Ephraim stand in his place at the head, exercising the birthright in Israel which was given to him by direct revelation. Therefore, Ephraim must be gathered first to prepare the way, through the gospel and the priesthood, for the rest of the tribes of Israel when the time comes for them to be gathered to Zion.”

The birthright had nothing to do with the priesthood. The Levites had the priesthood in the Old Testament, but they did not have the birthright.

Notice the gathering to Zion … where is Zion again? All of America (North + Central + South) as Joseph Smith taught? “The great majority of those who have come into the Church are Ephraimites. It is the exception to find one of any other tribe, unless it is of Manasseh.”

“It is Ephraim, today, who holds the priesthood. It is with Ephraim that the Lord has made covenant and has revealed the fulness of the everlasting gospel. It is Ephraim who is building temples and performing the ordinances in them for both the living and for the dead. When the “lost tribes” come — and it will be a most wonderful sight and a marvelous thing when they do come to Zion — in fulfilment of the promises made through Isaiah and Jeremiah, they will have to receive the crowning blessings from their brother Ephraim, the “firstborn” in Israel” (Smith, Doctrines of Salvation, 3:252–53).” — page 66.

Only Ephraim is building temples? Only Ephraim holds the priesthood in the LDS Church today?

In fulfilment of the promises made through Isaiah and Jeremiah?

No. This is not the context of the Old Testament prophets.

Both Isaiah and Jeremiah wrote concerning Judah and Jerusalem (Isaiah chapter 2, Jeremiah chapters 4-6).

Confusion arises when scripture is taken out of context.

Great Britain was first because Manasseh was first born and Great Britain was a nation first, long before America; but Ephraim was considered as the firstborn in Israel?

Israel, David, and Ephraim were called the firstborn (Ex. 4:22; Jer. 31:9; Ps. 89:27).

In Doctrine and Covenants 133:34, Joseph Smith said that the tribe of Ephraim would receive the richer blessing above all the other tribes of Israel. The meaning of the name Manasseh, which is forgetful or he who forgets.

When you look at the LDS Church’s Bible Dictionary for “Ephraim” at https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bd/ephraim?lang=eng&letter=e

it says, “Ephraim was given the birthright in Israel (1 Chr. 5: 1-2; Jer. 31: 9), and in the last days it has been the tribe of Ephraim’s privilege first to bear the message of the restoration of the gospel to the world and to gather scattered Israel.”

If you read that passage in Chronicles, the birthright went to Ephraim plus Manasseh. Let’s not forget that. There is no scripture saying that Manasseh ever lost this birthright.

The Throne of Britain on The Stone of Scoon 

By the way, the birthright applies to the physical tribes of Israel. This Israelite birthright does not extend to non-Israelites.

“The time will come when, through the operation of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the envy of Judah and Ephraim shall cease (Isa. 11:12-13).

That last part is incorrect.

If you examine Isaiah 11:12-13, you will see that it has also been mentioned by the Book of Mormon.

“The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim” (Isaiah).

2 Nephi 21:13 – “The envy of Ephraim also shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”

When you examine both versions, it says that a time will come when Ephraim will not envy Judah. Judah did not envy Ephraim. It was Ephraim who envied Judah.

Doctrine and Covenants 133:35 says, “And they also of the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord, to dwell in his presence day and night, forever and ever.”

This sounds like Judah has a greater blessing for Ephraim is not said to dwell in God’s presence day and night.

Also, one should carefully read the passage cited by the LDS Church in Doctrine and Covenants 133:26-35. There is no mention of a land inheritance in the United States.

Also, according to how Joseph Smith writes this, this event of Ephraim’s envy of Judah departing occurs in the future … after the Second Coming. See verse 23.

“He shall command the great deep, and it shall be driven back into the north countries, and the islands shall become one land.”

The prophet Isaiah and others give ample reason why Ephraim is not favoured over the other tribes. It was copied into the Book of Mormon.

2 Nephi 17:2 – Syria and Ephraim wage war against Judah.

2 Nephi 17:5 – Ephraim takes evil counsel against Judah.

2 Nephi 17:8 – Ephraim would be broken that it be not a people.

2 Nephi 19:9 – Ephraim has pride.

2 Nephi 19:21 – Manasseh and Ephraim are against Judah.

We all know from the Bible that Jesus was of the line of Judah. This alone should reveal that Judah received the greatest blessing.

Psalm 78:67-68 – “Moreover, he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim. But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.”

Jeremiah 7:15 – “And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole house of Ephraim.”

Jeremiah 31:20 – After Ephraim repents, he receives mercy, not blessings above the other tribes.

By far, Hosea shows more than any other prophet about the fallen nature of Ephraim:

Hosea 4:17 – “Ephraim is joined to idols; let him alone.”

Hosea 5:3 – “O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.”

Hosea 5:9 – “Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.”

Hosea 9:3 – .”.. but Ephraim shall return to Egypt, and they shall eat unclean things in Assyria.”

Hosea 12:1 – “Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God and is faithful with the saints.”

Far from Ephraim receiving a greater blessing, Judah has. It has in the past, and it will again in the future.

You can see from the above that Mormons who believe they are modern-day “Ephraimites” still envy Judah so much so that they believe the physical Zion is the land of America.

As for the Bible, the tribe of Judah received the greater blessing … and some day, the Eprhaimites will cease to envy Judah (just like Isaiah 11:13 said).

According to the Bible, the physical Zion refers to the land of physical Israel.

I leave you with some final thoughts …

“Moreover, he refused the tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of Ephraim. But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved” (Psalm 78:67-68).

“For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah his pleasant plant” (Isaiah 5:7).

What is the time of the Gentiles?

•August 6, 2022 • Leave a Comment

In Luke 21:24, Jesus speaks of future events, including the destruction of Jerusalem and His return. He says “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” A similar phrase is found in Romans 11:25, which says, “A partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” Does the Bible tell us what the phrase “times of the Gentiles” means?

The context above already has a hint, “that Israel shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away as captives into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

Could the Times of the Gentiles coinsides with the times of Jacob’s trouble? It seems possible. The fall by the edge of the sword upon Jerusalem could occur when the house of Judah is again taken into captivity under Ezekiel 4; when Exekiel was made to bear the iniquity of Judah for forty years; where Judah shall bear his iniquity for forty days, for God have appointed them a day for a year.

A narror context is in Jeremiah 30:6-8

6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

8 “‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ saith the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more be served by him.

Israel incorporates the house of Jacob; it’s also the times of Jacob’s trouble. The house of Judah had already returned to the State of Israel, but the house of Israel hasn’t returned. That’s about to change.

There is a parallel Scripture in Ezekiel 36: “the mountain of Israel” this prophecy is concerning the desolations of the United States, UK and France; “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys” these are the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg;

— shoot forth your branches; that is, the trees that grew upon them should; the vines, and the olive trees, planted on hills and mountains; these are their colonies: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa; American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (US); Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Virgin Islands (UK); Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Mayotte, Réunion (France).

For an answer, lets go into the Old Testament, where this phase originated.

Ezekiel 30:3 “For the day is near; even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the Gentiles” (NKJV, JUB).

The times of the Gentiles could also coincide with the iniquities of the hiouse of Israel for 190 years and the house of Judah for 40 years as given by the Septuagint version of Ezekiel 4:

5 For I have appointed thee their iniquities for a number of days, for a hundred and ninety days: so thou shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Israel. — start with the 10 tribes but end with the full house of Israel; all 12 tribes: end of the 190 years

6 And thou shalt accomplish this, and shalt lie on thy right side, and shalt bear the iniquities of the house of Juda forty days: I have appointed thee a day for a year. Ezekiel 4:4-6 Septuagint. — after the start of the 10 tribes house of Israel and last for 150 years, the house of Judah; 3 tribes join in for 40 years

9 Take thou also to thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentils, and millet, and bread-corn; and thou shalt cast them into one earthen vessel, and shalt make them into loaves for thyself; and thou shalt eat them a hundred and ninety days, according to the number of the days which thou sleepest on thy side. Ezekiel 4:4-9 Septuagint. — from the start with 10 tribes and ends with the full house of Israel: 190 years: why the difference? Perhaps Judah had undergo numerous pogroms and cleanings whereas Ephraim has none since the day when went captivity and into apparent oblivion

We’re now in the Hebrew year 5782 and we’ll need another 217 years to usher the Divine Plan into the 7th Millennium as we believe. Of course, this is on the assumption that God’s oracles have been accurately kept since the day Adam was created as the Orthodox custodians claim.

If we add 217 years to the Gregorian calendar year 2022 we’ll come to 2239 when the 7th Millennium starts. Working backward 190 years will bring us to the Gregorian year 2049. So could the year 2049 be the start of the house of Israel’s “iniquity?” — “thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them;” Ezekiel 4:13 in captivity to start the 190 years?

His Name is YEHOVAH

•August 5, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Who is the LORD?

So, let’s pose a question: If God’s personal name is YEHOVAH, why do most Bible translations translate YEHOVAH as “the LORD”?

The answer is straightforward. The most common translation of YEHOVAH is the ‘LORD’ because the translators chose to follow the traditions of man instead of the command of God.

Since the Hebrew Text was without vowels, it appears in the Text as YHVH (H3068 יְהֹוָה); and without vowels soon the pronouncement was lost. How could we know it is Yehovah and not “Yahweh” (YAH-way); others prefer “Yehowah,” “Yahuweh,” or “Yahawah”; still others argue for “Jehovah”?

The vast majority of Jewish and Christian biblical scholars and linguists do not believe “Jehovah” to be the proper pronunciation of YHVH. There was no true J sound in ancient Hebrew. Even the Hebrew letter vav, which is transliterated as the W in YHWH is said to have originally had a pronunciation closer to V than the W of Jehovah.

Thou Shalt Swear By My Name

Yehovah in His wisdom commanded the Israelites to swear via His Name. If they vowed, they were to use His Name. Thus, His Name had to be used for such solemn acts. They weren’t usually forced to vow, but when they did, they had to use His Name:

Deuteronomy 6:13 Thou shalt fear Yehovah thy God and serve Him. And thou shalt swear via His name.

Deuteronomy 10:20 Thou shalt fear Yehovah thy God. Thou shalt serve Him, and thou shalt cleave to Him. And thou shalt swear via His name.

Here are a few further thoughts:

(1) His name YHVH is used around 6519 times (in Strong’s Blue Letter Bible), and should be used, (not Lord, which is a title). Nehemia Gordon, a native Hebrew speaker, had dug this issue deeper and established His name as Yehovah:

a) The Name Yehovah Found 1015 Times in Ancient Hebrew Manuscripts | Hoshana Rabbah BlogHoshana Rabbah Blog b) (261) Nehemia Gordon: How to Pronounce YHWH in Hebrew The Awakening Report – YouTube

(2) The time when the Jew stopped and lost His name was around the time of Rabbi Haninah ben Teradion, (2nd century AD). During the Hadrianic persecutions decrees (following the Bar Kokhba revolt of AD 132-135) were promulgated imposing the most rigorous penalties on the observers of the Jewish law, and especially upon those who occupied themselves with the promulgation of that law. Nevertheless, Hananiah conscientiously followed his chosen profession; he convened public assemblies and taught Torah; and for this, he lost his life as a martyr.

(3) The LORD; one of the 134 changes to Adonai listed by EW Bullinger in Appendix 32 of The Companion Bible; it should be “The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH, Yehovah)” as in the original Text;

The official list given in the Massorah (§§ 107-15, Ginsburg’s edition) contains the 134.

Genesis 18:3,27,30,32; (Genesis 18:31? The context indicates that this verse should be included)

 19:18; 20:4. Exodus 4:10,13; 5:22; 15:17; 34:9,9. Numbers 14:17.

Joshua 7:8. Judges 6:15; 13:8. 1Kings 3:10,15; 22:6. 2Kings 7:6; 19:23. Isaiah 3:17,18; 4:4; 6:1,8,11; 7:14,20; 8:7; 9:8,17; 10:12; 11:11; 21:6,8,16; 28:2; 29:13; 30:20; 37:24; 38:14,16; 49:14. Ezekiel 18:25,29; 21:13; 33:17,29. Amos 5:16; 7:7,8; 9:1. Zechariah 9:4. Micah 1:2. Malachi 1:12,14.

Psalm 2:4; 16:2; 22:19,30; 30:8; 35:3?(none), 35:17,22; 37:12; 38:9,15,22; 39:7; 40:17; 44:23; 51:15; 54:4; 55:9; 57:9; 59:11; 62:12; 66:18; 68:11,17,19,22,26,32; 73:20; 77:2,7; 78:65; 79:12; 86:3,4,5,8,9,12,15; 89:49,50; 90:1,17; 110:5; 130:2,3,6. Daniel 1:2; 9:3,4,7,9,15,16,17,19,19,19. Lamentations 1:14,15,15; 2:1,2,5,7,18,19,20; 3:31,36,37,58. Ezra 10:3. Nehemiah 1:11; 4:14. Job 28:28.

[There seems to be an error: that there is none in Psalm 35:3 but another change should be added to Genesis 18:31; the total changes remain at 134]

China to conduct military drills around Taiwan

•August 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

China plans to conduct a series of military drills around Taiwan

RT / August 3, 2022 // Global Times August 3, 2022

The PLA will also conduct a series of live fire military drills from August 4 to 7 in six different areas that encircle the island of Taiwan from all directions, according to the Xinhua News Agency after Pelosi landed at the Taipei airport.

Taiwan’s defense officials have accused Beijing of seeking to “invade” the island’s territorial waters and airspace, after China announced a series of “targeted military operations” in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.

Military officials in Taipei claimed on Wednesday that several exclusion zones around the island, where China intends to conduct live-fire drills and other military exercises later this week, overlap with “Taiwan’s territorial space.” According to the Guardian, Taipei accused Beijing of violating “UN rules” with what it claimed would amount to a de facto “blockade of Taiwan’s air and sea space”  

Amphibious armored vehicles of the Chinese PLA pictured during military drills

Accusing Beijing of waging “psychological warfare on Taiwan and citizens,” Taipei vowed to “firmly defend its national security” and boost its military preparedness to the highest level, while adhering to the “principle of not asking for a war.”

Pelosi arrived in Taipei late on Tuesday despite repeated warnings from Beijing against attempting to visit territory that it regards as an integral part of China.

Chinese PLA held combat naval drills in South China Sea
The PLA will conduct live fire military drills from August 4-7, 2022, compared to 1996’s
3 US carrier groups namely the aircraft carrier group USS Ronald Reagan & the amphibious assault groups USS Tripoli & USS America are in the vicinity of #Taiwan
The map also shows the locations of the 2 Chinese carriers, Liaoning & Shandong.

Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose glorious beauty is a fading flower, which are on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine! Isaiah 28:1

European Refugee Crisis

•August 3, 2022 • Leave a Comment

European Migration Refugee Crisis Explained | Middle East Crisis | International Relations Analysis. Europe is struggling to handle its largest flow of migrants since the aftermath of World War II. Why is the crisis happening now?

Amit Sengupta explains / 1 Jan 2021

European Refugee Crisis

Wall Street Journal / 10 Sept 2015

The war in Ukraine, as well as a potential war in Taiwan have sparked off steams and smokes into the atmosphere and act as a distraction to European and US’s problems. The real problem of the West lies to the South. Their blind shepherd just couldn’t see this because they are blind! And that all her shepherd are dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber:

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’ (Ezekiel 20:45-21:5)

European Migration Crisis

And remember, Ezekiel’s prophetic message wasn’t for the house of Judah but to the house of Israel; hence we must try to read the prophetic meaning behind all those historical setting. Its timing was a great distance into the future (Ezekiel 12:27), into our time and the message is primarily and principally for the United States of America, and secondarily its European allies.

Five Scenarios If Pelosi . . .

•August 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment

For every Action, there is an equal or opposite Reaction!

Here Are The 5 Chinese Military Response Scenarios If Pelosi Visits Taiwan.

Zerohedge by Tyler Durden / August 2, 2022

A senior official in Beijing said the atmosphere of last week’s Biden-Xi telephone conversation was the worst among the five talks between the leaders and President Xi was said to have showed the toughest attitude he has ever shown to any world leader, while the most important topic in the conversation was China-US relations especially the ‘Taiwan Question’. 

If indeed it’s accurate that Xi got “tough” in the call with Biden, expressing Beijing’s ‘red lines’ directly to the US president, this is certainly recipe for something big in terms of a major Chinese response (of course… in what form – diplomatic or military – nobody knows) should Pelosi show up in Taipei this week.

“Don’t cross our red lines or we’ll take action.”

Amid concerns that if she lands with fighter jet escort guiding her military transport plane – which has been widely reported to be set for Tuesday night – this could trigger nothing short of a shooting war with China.

And now, a number of military analysis publications are examining the various possible ‘worst case scenarios’. One independent analyst and China-Taiwan watcher has laid out a full range of hypothetical, albeit realistic scenarios involving different potential levels of Chinese aggression against the self-ruled island of Taiwan. 

Below is an excerpt from an insightful post titled Red Clouds of War Looming Over Taiwan by a Westerner who is a Taiwan-based researcher…

Scenario 1: The minimalist approach. The PLA occupies Jinmen or Matsu islands, as well as Taiwan’s islands in the South China Sea, and maybe even the Penghu Islands. They also declare part or all of the Taiwan Strait a “no go” zone to foreign military shipping. This would probably be fairly easy for the PLA, and Taiwan would probably not want to overcommit to naval action against the huge PLA Navy (PLAN) if it didn’t directly approach the main island.

Scenario 2: Hybrid warfare. Some sort of partial naval and aerial blockade of Taiwan intended to interfere with the economy, combined with stepped-up harassment, such as direct flyovers of Taiwan’s territory by PLA Air Force (PLAAF) jets, or incursions into Taiwan’s maritime space by China’s naval militia, protected by PLAN warships. This might also be accompanied by cyberattacks designed to shut down the internet and other infrastructure for days at a time. Taiwan would have no choice to assert a stiff defensive posture, resulting in real engagements between Taiwanese and Chinese forces, posing a serious risk of escalation.

Scenario 3: A serious attack but no invasion. This would involve air and sea warfare only, no boots on the ground. A full aerial and naval blockade, a protracted set of naval and aerial battles designed to degrade Taiwan’s military, combined with ballistic missile attacks on military targets. Aggressive cyberattacks turning off the internet and shutting down critical infrastructure for days or weeks. Once air and naval superiority were established, China could pick off targets at will, ratcheting up the threat until the government breaks.

Scenario 4: The Full Monty – a proper invasion. Total air and sea blockade, massive ballistic missile attacks on military targets, massive cyberattacks to paralyze virtually all military, governmental, and civilian communication and shut down critical infrastructure. Aggressive naval and aerial engagements to degrade Taiwan’s forces and achieve battlespace superiority, followed by sustained aerial assaults by fighters and bombers on military targets.

A decapitation strike at Taipei by special forces units to try to seize key leadership personnel. Well-coordinated insider treason and sabotage actions by gangsters, planted CCP agents, and other groups sympathetic to China – the so-called “5th column”. An amphibious assault with close air support from fighters, helicopters, and battle drones at one or more locations in Taiwan, and very possibly a move to seize a major port, such as Keelung, Taipei Port, Taichung, or Kaohsiung.

Then hundreds of thousands of troops would start rolling in until the island was occupied. That would be the plan, anyway. PLA success in such an endeavor is very unclear. But they could do a hell of a lot of damage trying. And yes, they might actually succeed, at least partially, such as in seizing and holding the region around Taipei.

Scenario 5: Worst Case (short of nuclear) scenario. Full air and sea blockade, massive ballistic missile attacks on military targets, massive cyberattack, aggressive naval and aerial attacks to degrade Taiwan’s forces and achieve battlefield superiority, followed by aerial assaults by fighters and bomber on military targets and area bombing of civilian targets. There are massive casualties, and Taiwan is crushed by brute force, surrenders, and then the occupiers enter the country and take it over.

My guess is, Scenario 1: China would prefer not to escalate, yet China has to do something as not to appear weak before all the international eyes and before their domestic audience, hence taking a few islands near the coastline off the Mainland and probably one of two further out would be a great runoff! That is, they would have a great achievement after the heat is off, and so is Nancy Pelosi, who now could claim victory to fulfill her capstone career before retirement. Most importantly, it will allow both sides to claim victory in the aftermath! For every Action, there is an equal or opposite Reaction!

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Flightradar24 showed the plane entering Taiwan’s air identification zone from the southwestern side at around 10pm. The website indicates the flight is estimated to arrive in Taipei at 10.44pm.

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US-backed fascism in Japan

•August 2, 2022 • Leave a Comment

US-backed fascism in Japan: How Shinzo Abe whitewashed genocidal imperial crimes

Multipolarista Japan’s longest serving prime minister, Shinzo Abe tried to rewrite the genocidal history of the fascist Japanese empire.

Shinzo Abe, glorifying Unit 731

And Abe and his Nazi-collaborating grandfather enjoyed staunch Western support, hence making the West an accomplice in such hideous crime.

After World War II, the US government pardoned and recruited many of the fascists who had led imperial Japan, like Abe’s grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, putting in power war criminals who had committed genocide in China, Korea, and Southeast Asia, carrying out biological warfare, human experimentation, and mass sexual slavery.

Benjamin Norton discusses how Japan’s political system still today is a one-party right-wing regime run by descendants of these fascist war criminals. SOURCES: https://multipolarista.com/2022/07/09…

The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hidden. The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him: he is an unwise son; for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children. Hosea 13:12-13

Nancy Pelosi’s trip to spark a war?

•August 1, 2022 • Leave a Comment

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s upcoming trip to Taiwan to spark a war?

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s unconfirmed plan of a trip to the island of Taiwan keeps troubling the US as Pelosi, US President Joe Biden and Democrats are now facing pressure instead of “encouragements” from the Republicans on the matter, with Chinese experts warning that if the US eventually let the partisan struggle and internal politics hijack its strategic decision-making, it would definitely bring a new crisis in the Taiwan Straits.

Could Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan spark a Sarajevo incident?

Republicans knew that Democrats, especially Pelosi and Biden, are now facing a dilemma – visiting the island may prompt China’s military reaction and a serious geopolitical crisis will emerge and Pelosi will be in danger as well. According to analysts, canceling the trip will benefit Republicans, as they can say that Democrats are being too weak and dare not to challenge China. The Biden administration and Pelosi still have a chance to keep the mistake from becoming a much bigger one, and if they – both Democrats and Republicans – underestimate China’s warning, it would be extremely dangerous.

China is telling the US loud and clear where the bilateral “red line” is, and the US should keep its promise of not supporting Taiwan secessionism. If Washington doesn’t keep the bilateral ties away from the edge but instead, insists on crashing against the red line the consequence will definitely be a deadly disaster, experts warn.

The American aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and its strike group, including a guided missile destroyer and a guided missile cruiser, had set out from Singapore heading northeast towards the South China Sea, according to ship-tracking information provided by Beijing-based think tank the South China Sea Strategic Probing Initiative.

On the other side, the Chinese PLA will not sit idly by if Pelosi visits Taiwan, Chinese defense ministry warns; indicating PLA ‘fully prepared’ for all scenarios. But US officials also said their fighter jets, ships, and other assets would likely provide protection for the military plane that would be carrying Pelosi.

In a now-banned tweet, Hu Xijin, a commentator with the Chinese-state-owned Global Times, wrote, “If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is an invasion. The [People’s Liberation Army] has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction.”

“If ineffective, then shoot them down,” Hu added, per the New York Post.

To Pelosi, a trip to Taiwan would be a significant capstone to end her career. Or for Nancy to back down would be an enormous blow not only to herself but also to a free and democrative liberal Taiwan, where it’s about the only place in Asia where Lgbtqia+ could parade around with pride and dignity. So what are the likely scenarios? One might led to a Sarajevo incident of 1914! With BeiDou precision, the PLA only need a couple of DF26s to finish them off.

Could Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan spark a war?

Top military experts on China have warned that a visit to Taiwan by Pelosi could heighten the risk of an “accident” that could spark a military crisis in the region.

“There’s a risk of an accident, not a risk of an imminent Chinese attack on Taiwan,” Bonnie Glaser, a leading China expert and director of the Asia program at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, told Insider.

Should she visit the island, approximately 100 miles from China’s southeast coast, Pelosi could spark a Sarajevo incident.

Rand Paul Demands Answers

•July 31, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Rand Paul Demands Answers After NIH Admits Redacting COVID-19 Origins Emails ‘To Prevent Misinformation’

Zerohedge by Tyler Durden / July 29, 2022

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is demanding answers from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), after he says the agency “has repeatedly disregarded its responsibilities under FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) and the American people’s right to agency records,” according to a Wednesday letter from Paul to NIH Acting Director Lawrence A. Tabak.

Rand Paul Demands Answers

“For almost two years, public interest groups and media organizations have been forced to engage in protracted litigation to obtain documents related to NIH’s involvement in COVID-19,” adding “The records NIH has produced have been heavily redacted.”

“redacted” means correct · rectify · repair · fix · improve · enhance · polish · refine · clarify · edit · alter · rewrite · revise · copy-edit · subedit · amend · change · modify · redraft · recast · rephrase · reword · rework · rescript · expurgate · censor · bowdlerize

But what is actually being “protected”? The American public’s right to access public information that may reveal what kicked off the pandemic, or the purported privacy rights of a scientist who lives thousands of miles away in China? This legal ploy further highlights the NIH’s aggressive, haphazard approach to redacting documents and hiding information that might explain how the pandemic started.

“I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel,” Hosea 6:10

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” saith the Lord. Amos 9:8

Daniel Dumbrill: From HK to Xinjiang

•July 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Interview: Daniel Dumbrill – From Hong Kong to Xinjiang / September 21, 2021

Daniel Dumbrill is a Canadian expat living in China for the past 13 years. He has become an outspoken critic of the West’s propaganda war on China.

Xinjiang, the world’s focal point!

A few selected comments:

Hang Tuah: With due respect Brian, your hypothesis is incorrect as the British when they returned Hong Kong to China and allow this phase in period of 50 years, they signed the Basic Laws. Article 1 of the Basic Laws stipulate that Hong Kong is an inalienable part of China so it is useless to say if Hong Kong gain independence as this would be a violation of the BL. The protesters were thinking of waylaying the Basic Laws by pushing for independence and thus violate Article 1. The irony is that during the colonial British rules, these so-called democracy activists did not enjoy any form of voting or even representation and yet they suddenly want democracy. They are being manipulated by the NED and the foreign powers so as to contain China.

Gilles Milaire: Great discussion, about the only thing I didn’t agree with Daniel was his view that China’s news media is not doing a good job promoting their image. I would agree with Daniel 10 years ago, but today I prefer watching Chinese news any day of the week, their news is objective and honest. Western news is not trustworthy, it’s divisive and feeds the polarization of their societies and most reporting is a one sided distortion. Aside from this small critique, I love The New Atlas for it’s excellent journalism and superb guest.

Lion Rock: Tianmen Square Massacre is just a useful name to demonize China. I woke up from this propaganda when I watched many old videos where eyewitness claimed students all moved out peacefully. BTW the tank man was not killed. The casualty happened not in the square but outside and with soldiers burnt alive and killed. It was a riot and many killed were not students. Anyway the anti-government in HK keep this lie for over 30 years to raise money.

F Liu: The failure of the ”one country and two systems” is that China allowed British colonialism to continue in Hong Kong, Hong Kong youths were not taught to be patriotic towards China, their country but taught to be a loyal subject of their former colonial master. Total failure of the education systems, but this is going to change.

Bruce Clark: Kia Ora – In New Zealand, we’ve only had one other terrorist attack and that was the one committed by the crazy right winger on the Christchurch Mosque, so we are hardly in a position to institute a deradicalisation programme. there would have been two – assuming they had arrested the crazy knife attacker guy – one Muslim extremist and one right wing nut job. Don’t see how that would have worked.
By the way, i really think you guys are doing a marvelous job – you’re honest, intelligent and dedicated to the truth and its great to see people like you in the tradition of CHomsky , Pilger et al. Just thought i should point out your overreach when it came to analysis of NZ. Arohahui

Wangbei Gao: 10 months ago I was on the Tiananmen Square in 1989. Let me tell you this, I am glad that the students didn’t succeed in overthrown of the government. Was the government perfect? Nope, would overthrown of the government makes China a better country and people have better life, hell nope. In hindsight, I can see clearly that CIA played a significant role in that movement. Did US want China to be a better country for its people, hell fucking nope!

Monkeypox is sexually transmitted

•July 29, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Monkeypox is ‘almost certainly’ sexually transmitted. A recent report which found that 98 per cent of confirmed Monkeypox cases were in LGBTQIA+ men has stoked a debate on social media platforms over how the virus has been portrayed as a “gay disease.” 

DW report by Clare Roth / July 25, 2022

The outbreak is a ‘global health emergency’ but experts don’t fully know how monkeypox is transmitted. Close contact between people may be all it takes.

A recent report found that 98 per cent of Monkeypox cases were LGBTQIA+ men

Over half a million people partied in the streets of Berlin to celebrate Christopher Street Day on July 23. It was the first CSD parade since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The festival marked one of the largest in the city’s history and the euphoria was palpable — people sang, danced, drank champagne, kissed and hugged.

But by late afternoon, as some of the first confetti-covered floats rolled up to the Brandenburger Tor to begin the evening’s festivities, people got push notifications on their phones that may have changed the mood.

The World Health Organization had declared monkeypox — a virus that overwhelmingly affects men who have sex with other men — a global health emergency.

Awareness of the monkeypox outbreak wasn’t absent at Berlin’s Christopher Street Day parade — a handful of people held signs demanding the German government produce more vaccines against the virus, people handed out pamphlets that explained the symptoms and how to recognize them, and the organizers of the event shared a warning was shared on their website.

But no one mentioned monkeypox when the parade’s leaders addressed the crowd, and signs offering free kisses and hugs far outnumbered signs urging action against, or awareness of, the disease.

Public health officials and spokespeople in LGBTQ organizations across the US and Europe have found it hard to communicate the risks of the virus to men who have sex with men without stigmatizing the people they are trying to reach.

In some cases, that has resulted in messaging that has implied the virus can affect all members of the population and that everyone has a similar risk of getting infected.

Anyone can contract monkeypox, but all the science gathered so far indicates that the risk for men who have sex with men, and those who have different sexual partners, is much higher than for those who aren’t part of that community.

Research published July 21, 2022, in the New England Journal of Medicine shows 98% of cases have been detected in men who have sex with men.

Is monkeypox a sexually transmitted infection (STI)?

Experts still don’t know exactly how monkeypox is transmitted.

The New England Journal of Medicine study, which analyzed the samples of over 520 infections across 16 countries from April to June 2022, indicates that in 95% of cases, the virus was spread through “sexual activity.”

But the authors say that “there is no clear evidence of sexual transmission through seminal or vaginal fluids” and that transmission is only proven to occur through large respiratory droplets, close or direct contact with skin lesions and “possibly through contaminated fomites.” Fomites are things like cloths and kitchen utensils that may carry a virus.  

What we know for sure: The virus is spread through very close contact between two people. This can involve cuddling and kissing as well as genital contact.

“Monkeypox is almost certainly sexually transmitted,” said Paul Hunter, a professor of health protection at the Norwich Medical School in the UK.

“But my uneasiness about labeling it as a [sexually transmitted infection] is that for most [STIs] wearing a condom or avoiding penetration or direct oral-anal/oral-genital contact is a good way of preventing transmission. But for monkeypox, even just naked cuddling is a big risk.”

Hunter said labeling monkeypox an STI “could work against control” if it caused people to believe they were safe from contracting the virus if they wore a condom or didn’t penetrate during sex.

Luka Cicin-Sain, a viral immunology researcher at the Helmholtz Center for Infection Research in Germany, agreed that labeling monkeypox as a sexually transmitted infection or disease (STD) and focusing on condoms as a prevention method could “backfire as a containment strategy.”

Cicin-Sain said that at this point, it’s still unclear to researchers whether the virus is spread exclusively through semen or also through close contact, saliva droplets or skin-to-skin contact.

Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the Lord out of heaven; and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. Genesis 19:24-25

Although viral DNA was found in semen samples in the study, there wasn’t any evidence that the semen was infectious.

“The situation is similar to COVID, which may also spread through intimate contact and kissing, yet it is not considered an STI,” said Cicin-Sain.

Sodom and Gomorrah found
Dead Sea today / Sodom and Gomorrah yesterday

Sunak and Truss tough talk on China

•July 28, 2022 • Leave a Comment

As United Kingdom gears up for its next Prime Minister, both former chancellor Rishi Sunak and British foreign minister Liz Truss have talked tough on China. It is as if they are American presidential debates for the office of the President of the United States! Or their view were of John Mearsheimer’s who regards China, not Russia, as the world’s main threat and enemy!

“China, the number one threat!” – blow by blow they continues

Since Brexit, the UK has followed US policy closer and closer until it is as if the UK is a state and mouthpiece of the United States. Both Australia and New Zealand are treaty allies of the US in the trilateral ANZUS (Australia, New Zealand and the US) Treaty as well as in Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance, the latter also comprising Canada and the UK.

Additionally, this is on the background of Australia, the US and the UK who had announced a trilateral AUKUS arrangement last September. Under AUKUS, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) would get access to technology to develop advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). New Zealand, who used to have a fiercely independent foreign policy, now seems to have allowed herself more and more aligned with the group. Spearheaded by the US, these five nations move around together in a pack; its nerve center radiating from Washington DC. Now London is acting like a wing of the American ox.

Truss and Sunak deliver tough exchange of blows ’til Presenter Kate McCann Faints On-Air

But eventually they, together with Ephraim’s other brothers, that is, all the twelve tribes, would face a tumultuous time known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. That is, all the combined wars of WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Korea, would pale in comparison!

An alternate view of the Ox and the Unicorn:

Let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his ox (bullock), and his horns are like the horns of unicorns. With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh,” Deuteronomy 33:16-17.

On closer look, the Ox and the Unicorn as two separate animals is a misconception. First the scene: “the head of Joseph” and upon Joseph’s head is “his glory;” which is like “the firstling of his ox.” Joseph doesn’t have horns but the Ox has. And upon its horns, that is, the horns of the ox, these are “like the horns of unicorns.” These horns arise from the ox and not from the head of Joseph; and such horns look like that from the unicorns!

Only One Mystical Animal: The Ox with Horns of a Unicorn

So what does this mean? It means there is only one mystical animal, and the horns are only auxiliaries of the Ox. Strictly speaking, the unicorn doesn’t exist. As Ephraim is known as the Ox, it carries all the horns with it. That is, all the nations in the Manasseh camp are being carried on the shoulder of the United States. Being far more dominant, Ephraim led the pack!

Spearheaded by the US, these five nations move around together in a pack; its nerve center radiating from Washington DC. Now London is acting like a wing of the OX as if the UK is a state and mouthpiece of the United States.

What is the Day of the LORD?

•July 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Day of the Lord is a day of Judgement, a day of trouble and distress, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of the Lord’s wrath and a day of destruction. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision upon all the nations.

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; and if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him; they shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth; they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth—blood and fire and pillars of smoke. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. The stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood.

For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; there shall be distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, where the sword shall devour, and it shall be sated and made drunk with their blood; and it shall also be the time of the Gentiles.

Zephaniah 1:14-18

14 The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hasteneth greatly, even the voice of the day of the Lord; the mighty man shall cry there bitterly.

15 That day is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of waste and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness,

16 a day of the trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and against the high towers.

17 “And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord; and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung.”

18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord’S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He indeed shall make a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. Zephaniah 1:14-18

Isaiah 13:9-11

9 Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel, both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

11 “And I will punish the world for their evil and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Isaiah 13:9-11

Isaiah 13:13

Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth shall remove out of her place, in the wrath of the Lord of hosts and in the day of His fierce anger. Isaiah 13:13

Isaiah 14:16

They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee and consider thee, saying, ‘Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms, Isaiah 14:16

Jeremiah 10:10

But the Lord is the true God; He is the living God and an everlasting King. At His wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide His indignation. Jeremiah 10:10

Isaiah 24:21-22

21 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord shall punish the host of the high ones that are on high, and the kings of the earth upon the earth.

22 And they shall be gathered together, as prisoners are gathered in the pit, and shall be shut up in the prison, and after many days shall they be visited. Isaiah 24:21-22

Jeremiah 46:10

For this is the day of the Lord God of hosts, a day of vengeance, that He may avenge Him of His adversaries. And the sword shall devour, and it shall be sated and made drunk with their blood; for the Lord God of hosts hath a sacrifice in the north country by the River Euphrates. Jeremiah 46:10

Isaiah 13:4-6

The noise of a multitude in the mountains, as of a great people! A tumultuous noise of the kingdoms of nations gathered together! The Lord of hosts mustereth the host of the battle.

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the Lord and the weapons of His indignation, to destroy the whole land.

Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty. Isaiah 13:4-6

Isaiah 19:16-17

16 In that day shall Egypt be like unto women; and it shall be afraid and fear, because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shaketh over it.

17 And the land of Judah shall be a terror unto Egypt; every one that maketh mention thereof shall be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts, which He hath determined against it. Isaiah 19:16-17

Ezekiel 30:3-4

For the day is near; even the day of the Lord is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the Gentiles (NKJV, JUB).

And the sword shall come upon Egypt, and great pain shall be in Ethiopia when the slain shall fall in Egypt; and they shall take away her multitude, and her foundations shall be broken down. Ezekiel 30:3-4

Isaiah 27:1

In that day the Lord with His sore and great and strong sword shall punish Leviathan the piercing serpent, even Leviathan that crooked serpent; and He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea. Isaiah 27:1

Joel 3:12-14

12 “Let the nations be wakened, and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great!”

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:12-14

Zephaniah 3:8

“Therefore wait ye upon Me,” saith the Lord, “until the day that I rise up to the prey; for My determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour upon them Mine indignation, even all My fierce anger; for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of My jealousy. Zephaniah 3:8

Revelation 6:15-17

15 And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;

16 and they said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb!

17 For the great Day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:15-17

Amos 5:18-20

18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! To what end is it for you? The day of the Lord is darkness, and not light:

19 as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5:18-20

Isaiah 2:12

For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up—and he shall be brought low” Isaiah 2:12

Joel 1:15

Alas for the day! For the day of the Lord is at hand, and as a destruction from the Almighty shall it come. Joel 1:15

Joel 2:1-2

1 Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble; for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand—

a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains. A great people and a strong, there hath not been ever the like; neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations. Joel 2:1-2

Jeremiah 30:7-8

Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

“‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ saith the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more be served by him. Jeremiah 30:7-8

Zephaniah 2:1-3

1 Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together, O nation not desired,

before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the Lord come upon you, before the day of the Lord’S anger come upon you!

Seek ye the Lord, all ye meek of the earth, who have wrought His judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness; it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the Lord’S anger. Zephaniah 2:1-3

Malachi 4:5

“Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. Malachi 4:5

Joel 2:30-31

30 “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth— blood and fire and pillars of smoke.

31 The sun shall be turned into darkness and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the Lord come. Joel 2:30-31

Isaiah 13:9-10

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel, both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine. Isaiah 13:9-10

Obadiah 1:15-16

15 “For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head.

16 For as ye have drunk upon My holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. Obadiah 1:15-16

Isaiah 2:12-17

12 For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up—and he shall be brought low”

13 and upon all the cedars of Lebanon that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan;

14 and upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up;

15 and upon every high tower, and upon every fortified wall;

16 and upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant sights.

17 And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low; and the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day, Isaiah 2:12-17

Isaiah 13:9-11

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel, both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it.

10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in his going forth, and the moon shall not cause her light to shine.

11 “And I will punish the world for their evil and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. Isaiah 13:9-11

Malachi 4:1

“For behold, the day cometh that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly shall be stubble. And the day that cometh shall burn them up,” saith the Lord of hosts, “that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. Malachi 4:1

Isaiah 13:6-9

Howl ye, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It shall come as a destruction from the Almighty.

Therefore shall all hands be faint, and every man’s heart shall melt.

And they shall be afraid; pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them. They shall be in pain as a woman that travaileth; they shall be amazed one at another; their faces shall be as flames.

Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, cruel, both with wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He shall destroy the sinners thereof out of it. Isaiah 13:6-9

Joel 3:13-14

13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, get you down; for the press is full, the vats overflow—for their wickedness is great!”

14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision. Joel 3:13-14

The Mystery of Melchizedek

•July 26, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Melchizedek, whose name means “king of righteousness,” was a king of Salem and priest of the Most High God (Genesis 14:18–20Psalm 110:4Hebrews 5:6–11, 20Hebrew 7:1-28). Melchizedek’s sudden appearance and disappearance in the book of Genesis is somewhat mysterious.

For this, various opinions have been expressed concerning Melchizedek; some have thought him to be more than a man; some, that he was an angel; others, that he was the Holy Ghost; and others, that he was a divine person superior to Christ; others have supposed that he was the Son of God himself: but he is expressly said to be like unto him, and Christ is said to be of his order; which manifestly distinguish the one from the other; so who was Melchizedek?

Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine for Abraham

Genesis 14:18-20

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine; and he was the priest of the Most High God.

19 And he blessed him and said, “Blessed be Abram of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth;

20 and blessed be the Most High God, who hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand.” And he gave him tithes of all. Genesis 14:18–20

Melchizedek and Abraham first met after Abraham’s defeat of Chedorlaomer and his three allies. Melchizedek presented bread and wine to Abraham and his weary men, demonstrating friendship. He bestowed a blessing on Abraham in the name of El Elyon (“God Most High”) and praised God for giving Abraham a victory in battle (Genesis 14:18–20).

Abraham presented Melchizedek with a tithe (a tenth) of all the items he had conquered. By this act Abraham indicated that he recognized Melchizedek as a priest who ranked higher spiritually than he. But who was Melchizedek?

Psalm 110:4

The Lord hath sworn and will not repent: “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek” Psalm 110:4

In Psalm 110, a Messianic Psalm written by David (Matthew 22:43), Jesus, being the Son of God, was presented as coming “after the order of Melchizedek.” If Christ was a priest after the order of Melchizedek, then Christ wasn’t Melchizedek, so they are two separate beings. Was Melchizedek another divine being? No, that couldn’t be, the Divine Beings are only the Father and Son; so who was Melchizedek?

Hebrews 7:1-28

1 For this Melchizedek, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, met Abraham, who was returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him. — this seems to be reinstating Genesis 14:18–20; where Melchizedec met Abraham when returning from the rescue of Lot;

— Jewish authorities, Josephus and the earliest of the Targums, say Melchizedek was Shem, son of Noah, who lived 600 years; this name occurs in the Bible only in Genesis 14, Psalm 110:4, and in this Hebrew. Nothing else is certainly known of him;

— excerpts from Genesis 11:10-27— Shem was a hundred years old, and begot Arpachshad two years after the flood. … Arpachshad lived five and thirty years, and begot Shelah. … Shelah lived thirty years, and begot Eber. … Eber lived four and thirty years, and begot Peleg. … Peleg lived thirty years, and begot Reu. … Reu lived two and thirty years, and begot Serug. ‘… Serug lived thirty years, and begot Nahor. … Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begot Terah. … Terah lived seventy years, and begot Abram — Shem100 + Arpachshad35 + Shelah30 + Eber34 + Peleg30 + Reu32 + Serug30 + Nahor29 + Terah70 = 390; and since Abraham lived 175 before he died, hence Shem outlived Abraham by about 210 years!

— if the Masoretic numbers are correct then Jewish authorities that Melchizedek was Shem, who was also king of Salem could have a possibility; but the Q. is why was he there, and how was he made a priest?

— from the Septuagint — Shem100 + Arpachshad135 + Cainan130 + Shelah130 + Eber134 + Peleg130 + Reu132 + Serug130 + Nahor129 + Terah70 = 1220; a difference of 828 years! So this is a mystery! Who is right; surprisingly the Targum agrees with the Masoretic Text! But the Septuagint largely agrees with the Samaritan Pentateuch!

— the Samaritan Pentateuch — Shem100 + Arpaxad135 + Salah130 + Eber134 + Peleg130 + Reu132 + Serug130 + Nahor79 + Terah70 = 1038; a difference of 646 years!

2 To him also Abraham gave a tenth part of all, Melchizedek first being by interpretation “king of righteousness,” and after that also king of Salem, which means “king of peace.” — “a tenth” generally means a tithe in the Levitical sense, but it may not be; it could even mean a portion of the the booty taken, so we need to have our option what it means;

— a tithe in the Levitical sense always comes from crops and animals increase; never from booty taken.

3 Without father, without mother and without descent, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God, he abideth a priest continually. — if Melchizedek was “without father, without mother and without descent,” then this description doesn’t fit Shem, since his father was Noah, and his children, Elam and Asshur, and Arphaxad and Lud and Aram (Genesis 10:22); hence the mystery remains!

— “made like unto the Son of God” so this is close to or another “Son of God” as if Jesus has a brother? If so where is the proof? (More at the end)

4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the spoils. — as stated above “a tenth” generally means a tithe in the Levitical sense, but it may not be; it could even mean a portion of the the booty taken, so it does’t prove anything;

5 And verily, those who are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes from the people according to the law — that is, from their brethren — though they come out of the loins of Abraham. — these have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law; Numbers 18:20, these they took of all the people of Israel in the rest of the tribes, by the commandment of God, on account of their service in the tabernacle; and because they had no inheritance in the land; and to show that the Israelites held their land of God himself.

6 But Melchizedek, whose descent is not counted from them, received tithes from Abraham and blessed him that had the promises.

Sculpture of Melchizedek by the Roman Church

7 And beyond all contradiction, the lesser is blessed by the greater. — the conclusion, that Melchizedek in this act appears as Abraham’s superior, so who was he?

8 And here men who die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

PHILLIPS Now notice the greatness of this man. Even Abraham the patriarch pays him a tribute of a tenth part of the spoils. Further, we know that, according to the Law, the descendants of Levi who accept the office of priest have the right to demand a “tenth” from the people, that is from their brothers, despite the fact that the latter are descendants of Abraham. But here we have one who is quite independent of Levitic ancestry taking a “tenth” from Abraham, and giving a blessing to Abraham, the holder of God’s promises! And no one can deny that the receiver of a blessing is inferior to the one who gives it. Again, in the one case it is mortal men who receive the “tenths”, and in the other is one who, we are assured, is alive. One might say that even Levi, the proper receiver of “tenths”, has paid his tenth to this man, for in a sense he already existed in the body of his father Abraham when Melchizedek met him.

9 And, as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, paid tithes through Abraham,

10 for he was yet in the loins of his father when Melchizedek met Abraham.

MSG You realize just how great Melchizedek is when you see that Father Abraham gave him a tenth of the captured treasure. Priests descended from Levi are commanded by law to collect tithes from the people, even though they are all more or less equals, priests and people, having a common father in Abraham. But this man, a complete outsider, collected tithes from Abraham and blessed him, the one to whom the promises had been given. In acts of blessing, the lesser is blessed by the greater.

11 If therefore perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people received the law), what further need was there that another priest should rise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be called according to the order of Aaron?

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.

13 For He of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

PHILLIPS We may go further. If it be possible to bring men to spiritual maturity through the Levitical priestly system (for that is the system under which the people were given the Law), why does the necessity arise for another priest to make his appearance after the order of Melchizedek, instead of following the normal priestly calling of Aaron? For if there is a transference of priestly powers, there will necessarily follow an alteration of the Law regarding priesthood. He who is described as our High Priest belongs to another tribe, no member of which had ever attended the altar! For it is a matter of history that our Lord was a descendant of Judah, and Moses made no mention of priesthood in connection with that tribe.

14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Judah, of which tribe Moses spoke nothing concerning priesthood.

15 And this is yet far more evident when there ariseth another priest according to the similitude of Melchizedek,

16 who is made not according to the law of a carnal commandment, but according to the power of an endless life.

MSG If the priesthood of Levi and Aaron, which provided the framework for the giving of the law, could really make people perfect, there wouldn’t have been need for a new priesthood like that of Melchizedek. But since it didn’t get the job done, there was a change of priesthood, which brought with it a radical new kind of law. There is no way of understanding this in terms of the old Levitical priesthood, which is why there is nothing in Jesus’ family tree connecting him with that priestly line.

17 For He testifieth: “Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

18 For there is verily an annulling of the former commandment because of the weakness and unprofitableness thereof. — the law being obsolete? If so, Jesus never teach this for he said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law: judgment, mercy, and faith. These ought ye to have done and not to leave the other undone.” Matthew 23:23

19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did, by which we draw nigh unto God. — the Levitical, ceremonial law. It did not produce a perfect state; it did not do what was desirable to be done for a sinner; but like the Passover it was a foreshadow of things to come; it was to forshadow Christ’s death and sacrifice;

— or like Yum Kippur, the day of Atonement, where Christ’s blood was offered before the Father as an atonement for sin; again, it was a foreshadowing.

20 And inasmuch as it was not without an oath that He was made priest

MSG The old priesthood of Aaron perpetuated itself automatically, father to son, without explicit confirmation by God. But then God intervened and called this new, permanent priesthood into being with an added promise: God gave his word; he won’t take it back: “You’re the permanent priest.” This makes Jesus the guarantee of a far better way between us and God—one that really works! A new covenant.

21 (for those priests were made without an oath, but He with an oath by Him who said unto Him: “The Lord swore and will not repent, ‘Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.’”),

22 by so much more was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

PHILLIPS And he is, by virtue of this fact, himself the living guarantee of a “better” agreement. Human High Priests have always been changing, for death made a permanent appointment impossible. But Christ, because he lives for ever, possesses a priesthood that needs no successor. This means that he can save fully and completely those who approach God through him, for he is always living to intercede on their behalf.

23 And those priests truly were many, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death;

24 but this Man, because He continueth forever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.

25 Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

PHILLIPS And he is, by virtue of this fact, himself the living guarantee of a “better” agreement. Human High Priests have always been changing, for death made a permanent appointment impossible. But Christ, because he lives for ever, possesses a priesthood that needs no successor. This means that he can save fully and completely those who approach God through him, for he is always living to intercede on their behalf.

26 For such a High Priest who is befitting for us, holy, undisposed to harm, undefiled, separated from sinners, and made higher than the heavens,

27 who needeth not, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice daily first for His own sins and then for the people’s; for this He did once when He offered up Himself.

28 For the law maketh men high priests who have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which came since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.

MSG So now we have a high priest who perfectly fits our needs: completely holy, uncompromised by sin, with authority extending as high as God’s presence in heaven itself. Unlike the other high priests, he doesn’t have to offer sacrifices for his own sins every day before he can get around to us and our sins. He’s done it, once and for all: offered up himself as the sacrifice. The law appoints as high priests men who are never able to get the job done right. But this intervening command of God, which came later, appoints the Son, who is absolutely, eternally perfect.

most Christian commentators assert that Melchizedek was the Son of God himself: but proof are scarce and weak. He is expressly said to be like unto Christ and said to be of Melchizedek’s order; which should manifestly distinguish the one from the other; so who was Melchizedek?

Is Melchizedek another Son of God? Is he a brother of the Logos? Is he worthy of being worshipped? If he is then perhaps God has three “Son” (Lucifer, Logos and Melchizedek?). This rhymes with Adam and Noah both had three sons! Are these just mere coincidences??

But when John was taken in a vision into heaven and there, seeing the throne of the Father, the four beasts, the seven angels and finally the Lamb, nowhere did Melchizedek made his presence there!

So the Mystery of Melchizedek remains mysterious! for Christ says, “If I have told you earthly things and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things?”

5782 – Timeline of Jewish History

•July 25, 2022 • Leave a Comment

This Hebrew year starts September 7th 2021-2022. A Hebrew year is 355 days long. On this day, September 7, 2021, using God’s lunar calendar, the Biblical year 5782 begins.

On the race toward the beginning of the seventh millenium, the Western calendar is already off by 23 years whereas the Jewish Calendar has still 217 years to run. Thus giving rise to a difference of 240 year! The Question is, where are the discrepancies?

And this year, according to the Jews, is 5782.

Timeline of Jewish History

By Mattis Kantor


Creation of Heaven and Earth, and Adam and Eve

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-37601Creation of Adam and Eve
-3631130Seth (son of Adam) was born
-3526235Enoch (son of Seth) was born
-3436325Keynan (son of Enosh) was born
-3366395Mehalalel (son of Keynan) was born
-3301460Yered (son of Mehalalel) was born
-3139622Chanoch (son of Yered) was born
-3074687Metushelach (son of Chanoch) was born
-2887874Lemech II (son of Metushelach) was born
-2831930Adam died
-27051056Noah (son of Lemech II) was born
-22251536Noah began the construction of the ark
-22051556Yaphet (son of Noah) was born
-22041557Cham (son of Noah) was born
-22031558Shem (son of Noah) was born
-21051656Metushelach died
-21051656The great flood covered the earth
-21031658Arpachshad (son of Shem) was born
-20681693Shelach (son of Arpachshad) born
-20381723Eber (son of Shelach) was born
-20041757Peleg (son of Eber) was born
-19741787Re’u (son of Peleg) was born
-19421819Serug (son of Re’u) was born
-19121849Nachor I (son of Serug) was born
-18831878Terah (son of Nachor I) was born

The Forefathers

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-18131948Abraham was born
-18031958Sarah (daughter of Haran) was born
-17881973Abraham married Sarah
-17651996Dispersion from Babel after building the tower
-17612000Terah left Ur Kasdim with his family
-17552006Noah died
-17432018The covenant (Brit Bein Habetarim) with Abraham
-17382023Abraham settled in Canaan (start of the 430 years? Ex 12:40. No, earlier 2018 above)
-17272034Ishmael (son of Abraham) was born
-17132048Abraham circumcised himself and Ishmael
-17132048Sodom and Gommorah were destroyed
-17132048Isaac (son of Abraham) was born
-16772084The Akeda, where Isaac was brought on the altar by Abraham
-16772084Sarah died
-16532108Jacob and Esau were born
-16382123Abraham died
-16032158Shem (son of Noah) died
-15902171Isaac blessed Jacob instead of Esau
-15762185Jacob went to Haran
-15742187Eber (great-grandson of Shem) died
-15692192Jacob married Leah and Rachel
-15662195Levi (son of Jacob and Leah) was born
-15622199Joseph, son of Jacob and Rachel, was born
-15562205Jacob left Haran
-15532208Benjamin was born
-15452216Joseph was sold
-15332228Isaac died
-15322229Joseph became viceroy of Egypt
-15262235Kehot (son of Levi) was born
-15232238Jacob (and his family) went to Egypt

Living in Egypt

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-15062255Jacob died
-14292332After Levi died, the enslavement in Egypt began
-13932368Moses was born
-13552406Joshua was born
-13142447Moses encountered the burning bush
-13132448The Exodus (end of the 430 year)

Traveling Through the Desert

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-13132448The Israelites crossed the Red Sea
-13132448The revelation at Mount Sinai and the giving of the Torah
-13132448Moses broke the Tablets
-13122449Moshe came down Mount Sinai with the second Tablets
-13122449The Tabernacle was erected
-13122449The spies returned from Canaan with bad news
-12742487Aharon and Miriam died
-12732488Moses died

Judges and Early Prophets

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-12732488The Israelites crossed the Jordan into Canaan
-12582503The appointment of the Land of Israel was completed
-12452516Joshua died
-12282533The rule of Judges began with Othniel ben Kenaz
-11882573Ehud ben Gerah became leader
-11072654Shamgar ben Anath died
-11072654Deborah became leader
-10672694Gideon became leader
-10272734Abimelech, son of Gideon, became leader
-10242737Tola, son of Pua, became leader
-10032758Jair, the Gileadite, became leader
-9822779Jephtah (HaGil’adi) became leader
-9692792Elon (HaZevuloni) became leader
-9592802Abdon ben Hillel became leader
-9512810Samson became leader
-9312830Eli the Kohen became leader
-9072854David was born
-8902871Samuel became leader

Kings and the First Holy Temple

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-8792882Saul was appointed king
-8772884David became king of Judah in Hebron
-8692892David became king of Israel in Jerusalem
-8372924Solomon became king
-8332928The building of the first Beit Hamikdash commenced
-8272935The first Beit Hamikdash was completed
-7972964Solomon died and his kingdom was divided
-7972964Rehabeam (son of Solomon) became king of Judah
-7972964Jeroboam ben Nevat became king over Israel
-7183043Elijah went up in a chariot of fire
-6773084Joash renovated the Beit Hamikdash
-6193142Isaiah began his prophecies
-5743187The first two of the Ten Tribes were exiled
-5663195Another two of the Ten Tribes were exiled
-5623199Hezekiah became king of Judah
-5563205The last of the Ten Tribes were exiled
-5483213Sennacherib invaded the Land of Judah and retreated
-5333228Menasseh (son of Hezekiah) became king of Judah
-4633298Jeremiah began his prophecies
-4583303Josiah renovated the Beit Hamikdash
-4423319Jerusalem was conquered and Joiakim (Yehoyakim) was exiled
-4403321Joiakim burned the Book of Lamentations composed by Jeremiah
-4343327Jerusalem was conquered again and Jehoiachin was exiled
-4303331Jeremiah persisted in prophesying calamity
-4293332Ezekiel prophesied in exile
-4253336The final Babylonian siege of Jerusalem
-4233338The walls of Jerusalem were penetrated
-4233338The sacrifices ceased in the Beit Hamikdash
-4233338The First Temple destroyed

Exile in Babylon

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-4233339Gedalyah ben Achikam was killed
-4213340Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar dream
-4103352Ezekiel prophesied about the future Beit Hamikdash
-3723389Daniel read the writing on the wall
-3723389Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den
-3713390Zerubabel led the return to the Land of Israel
-3703391Building of Second Temple commenced, then halted
-3663395Achashverosh II made his great banquet
-3623399Esther was taken to the palace
-3573404Esther took action against Haman’s decree
-3553406Mordechai proclaimed the celebration of Purim
-3533408Building of the second Beit Hamikdash resumed
-3493412The Second Temple completed

Building of the Second Holy Temple

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-3483413Ezra led the second return to the Land of Israel
-3353426Nehemiah returned to rebuild walls of Jerusalem
-3133448Ezra died
-3133448Simon the Tzaddik met Alexander the Great
-3133449The Minyan Shtarot began

Greek Cultural Domination

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-2733488Simon the Tzaddik died
-246351572 Elders translated the Torah into Greek (Septuagint)
-1403621The revolt of Mattityahu the Chashmona’i

Kingdom of Judea: Dynasty of the Chashmona’im

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-1393622Judah the Maccabee ruled
-1393622The Second Beit Hamikdash was re-dedicated
-1383623Hannukah was declared a festival
-1333628Judah the Maccabee was killed in battle
-1333628Yonatan (son of Mattityahu) ruled
-1273634Shimon (son of Mattityahu) ruled
-1193642Yohanan Hyrkanos (son of Shimon) ruled
-933668Judah Aristoblus (son of Yochanan Hyrkanos) ruled
-913670Alexander Yannai (son of Yochanan Hyrkanos) ruled
-733688Queen Shalomtzion (Salome Alexandra, wife of Alexander Yannai) ruled
-653696Aristoblus II (son of Alexander Yannai) ruled/td>
-613700The Romans gained control of Judea
-613700Hyrkanos II (son of Alexander Yannai) ruled
-403721Antigonus (son of Aristoblus II) ruled

Roman Client Kings and Rulers: The Herodian Dynasty

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
-363725Herod I ruled, killing all the Chashmona’im
-333728Hillel became the leader of the Torah scholars
-193742Herod I began rebuilding the second Beit Hamikdash
-113750Renovation of the second Beit Hamikdash was completed
13761Archelaus (son of Herod I) ruled
83768Hillel died
103770Archelaus was deposed by the Roman Emperor
213781Agrippa I (grandson of Herod I) ruled
283788The Sanhedrin moved from the second Beit Hamikdash
443804Agrippa II (son of Agrippa I) ruled
503810Rabban Gamliel I (son of Shimon) grandson of Hillel, died
663826Vespasian arrived in Judea to reassert Roman authority
693829The Second Temple destroyed

The Talmudic Era: The Mishnah

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
743834R. Yohanan ben Zakkai died
863846The Sanhedrin moved from place to place, under R. Gamliel II
1333893Betar fell, and the Bar Kochba revolt ended in tragedy
1343894Judaism was banned, and R. Akiva was imprisoned
1893949R. Judah Hanassi completed the Mishnah around this time

The Talmudic Era: The Gemara

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
2193979Rav left the Land of Israel and settled in Bablyonia
2474007Shmuel was the Talmudic authority in Bablyonia
2544014R. Yohanan was the leading Talmudic authority
2904050R. Huna was the leading Talmudic authority
2984058R. Yehudah was the leading Talmudic authority
3004060R. Chisda was the leading Talmudic authority
3094069Rabbah was the leading Talmudic authority
3214081R. Yosef was the leading Talmudic authority
3254085Abayey was the leading Talmudic authority
3384098Rava was the leading Talmudic authority
3594119Hillel II (who established the calendar) became Nassi
3924152R. Ashi was the leading Talmudic authority
4274187R. Ashi died after the compilation of the Gemara
4754235The Talmud was complete when Ravina II died

The Rabbanan

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
5514311Mar Zutra proclaimed Jewish self-rule in Babylonia

The Geonim

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
5894349The talmudic academy of Pumpedita was reconstituted
6094369The talmudic academy of Sura was reconstituted
6144374The Persians conquered the Land of Israel
6144374The Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem
6294389The Byzantine Empire reconquered the Land of Israel
6364396R. Yitzchak was the last gaon of Neharde’a (Firuz-Shabur)
6374397The Arabs conquered the Land of Israel
6454405One of the “Takkkanot Hage’onim” was enacted at this time
7554515R. Achai Gaon left Iraq for the Land of Israel
7594519R. Yehuda became gaon of Sura
7594519The Halachot Gedolot (BaHag) was written at this time
7884548Another of the “Takkanot Hage’onim” was enacted at this time
8584618R. Amram (who wrote the Siddur) became gaon of Sura
9284688Rabbeinu Saadya was appointed gaon of Sura
9554715“Four Captives” were ransomed at around this time
9684728R. Sherira became gaon of Pumpedita
9974757R. Hai became (the last) gaon of Pumpedita
10384798R. Hai died, and the academies of Babylon declined

The Early Rishonim: The Crusade Massacres

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
10404800Rabbeinu Gersom Me’or Hagola died
10884848The Rif arrived in Spain from Morocco
10964856The Crusaders destroyed Jewish communities
10994859Jerusalem was captured by the Crusaders
11034863The Rif died
11054865Rashi died, and the era of the Tosaphot began
11354895The Rambam (Maimonides) was born
11444904The first (recorded) blood libel took place
11474907The Crusaders attacked Jewish communities
11474907Rabbeinu Tam was captured by the Crusaders
11484908The Rambam’s and the Radak’s families left Cordova
11654925The Rambam visited the Land of Israel
11714931Rabbeinu Tam died
11754935The Rashbam died
11844944The young son of the Ri was killed
11874948Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem
11894949R. Yaakov D’Orleans was killed in London
11904950Jews were massacred in England in the third Crusade
11914951Rabbi David Kimchi, known as the “Radak”, wrote his commentary
11944954The Ramban (Nachmanides) was born
11984959The Ra’avad died
12044965The Rambam died
12364996Rampaging mobs massacred Jews in France
12425002A massive burning of the Talmud took place in Paris
12445004Jerusalem was sacked by Egyptians and Turks
12525012The Inquisition began to use torture
12675027The Ramban left Spain and settled in the Land of Israel
12705030The Ramban died
12865046The Maharam MeRothenburg was imprisoned
12905050New works advanced the study of Kabbalah
12905050The era of the Tosaphot concluded at around this time

Later Rishonim: Persecutions and Expulsions

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
12905050All Jews were expelled from England
12935053The Maharam MeRothenburg died in prison
12985058The Rindfleisch massacres began
12985058The author of the ‘Mordechai’ and Hagahot Maimoniyot were killed
13055065The Rashba placed a limited ban on philosophy
13055065The Rosh and his son, the Tur, arrived in Spain
13065066All Jews were expelled from France
13105070The Rashba died
13205080Jews were massacred by the Pastoureaux Crusaders
13275088The Rosh died
13365096Jews of Germany were massacred by the Armleder bands
13385098The Ralbag wrote his commentary on the Bible
13495109The Black Death massacres swept across Europe
13675127The Ran, Rivash, and other scholars in Spain were imprisoned
13915151Jews of Spain were massacred — many were forced to convert
13915151The Rivash and Rashbatz left Spain
13945155The Final expulsion of Jews from France
14135173R. Yosef Albo was in a forced debate with Christians
14215181Jews in Austria were massacred in the Wiener Gezera
14755235The invention of printing was used for Jewish books
14815241The Inquisition was established in Spain
14885248R. Ovadiah De Bertinoro settled in Jerusalem
14915251Columbus consulted R. Avraham Zacuto for his travels
14925252All Jews were expelled from Spain and Sicily

The Great Scholars of the Shulchan Aruch and Torah Consolidation

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
14935253R.Yitzchak Abarbanel arrived in Naples, from Spain
14965257All Jews were expelled from Portugal
15165276The Ein Yaakov was printed
15165276The Turks (Ottoman Empire) conquered Eretz Yisrael
15255285R.Yosef Yoselman saved many Jews during the Peasants’ War
15535314A mass burning of Jewish books took place in Rome
15635323The Shulchan Aruch was completed by R.Yosef Karo
15705330The Shulchan Aruch was published with supplements of Rama
15725332The Arizal died in Tzfat
15735333The Maharal came to Prague
15735334The Maharshal died
15755335R.Yosef Karo died in Tzefat
15995359The Maharal returned to Prague again
16145374The Maharsha became rabbi in Lublin
16165377The Tosaphot Yom Tov commentary was concluded
16215382The Shaloh arrived in the Land of Israel
16295389R.Yom Tov Lipman Heller was imprisoned in Prague
16405400R.Yoel Sirkes, the Bach, died
16465406The Shach and Taz (on Shulchan Aruch) were printed
16485408Jews were massacred by Chmielnicki’s forces

Early Acharonim and East European Massacres

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
16545414The first Jews settled in New Amsterdam (New York)
16555415Many Jews killed in Russian and Swedish invasions of Poland
16565416Jews were permitted to live in England
16565416Baruch Spinoza was excommunicated
16735433The Magen Avraham (on Shulchan Aruch) was completed
16765437Shabtai Tzvi died as a Muslim
16895449The Beit Shmuel (on the Shulchan Aruch) was printed
16985458The Baal Shem Tov was born
17025463The Pnei Yehoshua’s family was killed in an explosion
17125472The Siftei Chachamim was arrested
17245484R.Yaakov Culi (Me’am Lo’ez) arrived in Constantinople
17275487The Mishneh LeMelech died
17345494Jews were massacred by the Haidamack bands

Acharonim and Early Chassidim

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
17415501The Or HaChayim arrived in the Land of Israel
17475507R. Moshe Chaim Luzzatto (Ramchal) died in Acco (Acre)
17505510R. Jonathan Eybeschutz became Rabbi in Hamburg
17545515R. Yechezkel Landau, known as the “Noda BiYehuda”, became Rabbi in Prague
17575518The Frankists instigated mass burnings of the Talmud
17595519Frankists supported blood libel charges in public ‘debate’
17605520The Baal Shem Tov died
17645524The Council of Four Lands, known as the “Vaad Arba Aratzot”, was discontinued
17685528Despite resistance, the Haidamacks massacre thousands
17725532The Maggid of Mezeritsch died
17825542R. N. Adler and Chatam Sofer visited the Noda BiYehuda
17865546R. Elimelech of Lizensk died
17915551The Pale of Settlement was established in Russia
17935553Jews suffered in reign of terror of French Revolution
17975558The Vilna Gaon died
17985559The Ba’al HaTanya was released from first imprisonment
17995559Napoleon led an army expedition through the Land of Israel
18065566The Chida (R. Chaim Yosef David Azulai) died
18065566The Chatam Sofer became rabbi in Pressburg
18095570R. Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev died
18105571R. Nachman of Breslov died
18145574R. Akiva Eger became rabbi in Posen
18145575Kozhnitzer Maggid and Yehudi of Peshischa, both died
18155575Chozeh of Lublin and R. Mendel of Rymanov both died
18195579Anti Jewish riots spread throughout Germany
18275587Russia began conscripting Jewish children to the army
18405600R.Yisrael of Ruzhin was released from imprisonment

Later Acharonim and the Changing Society

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
18435603The Tzemach Tzedek of Lubavitch was repeatedly arrested in Russia
18465606Sir Moshe Montefiore visited Russia to help local Jews
18485609R. Yisrael Salanter left Vilna
18515611R. Shimshon Raphael Hirsch became rabbi in Frankfort am Main
18595619R. Menachem Mendel of Kotzk died
18645624The Malbim was imprisoned, and then expelled from Rumania
18665626Chidushei HaRim, Tiferet Shlomo, and Tzemach Tzedek, died
18735633The Chafetz Chaim was published
18745634The Minchat Chinuch died
18785638Petah Tikvah agricultural settlement was established
18815641Many Jews began leaving Russia after a wave of pogroms
18865646R. Shlomo Ganzfried (author of Kitzur Shulchan Aruch) died
18925652R. Chaim (Brisker) became Rabbi in Brisk
19055665The Sfat Emet died
19055665Many Jews were killed in (official) Russian pogroms
19115671Chazon Ish was published
19145674Over 500,000 Jewish soldiers fought in World War I
19185678Over 60,000 Jews were killed during the Russian Revolution
19235684The Daf HaYomi study cycle commenced
19275687The Sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe was released from Soviet prison
19385699Jews were attacked in the Kristallnacht pogroms in Germany

The Holocaust

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
19395699Germany started World War II, and mass killing of Jews
19415701Nazi Germany unexpectedly invaded Russia
19415701200,000 Jews were killed at Babi Yar and Ponary
19425702400,000 Jews of Warsaw were sent to death camps
19435703Nazi Germany experienced massive losses in the battle of Stalingrad
19435703The remaining Jews in Warsaw staged a massive uprising
19435703Jewish uprisings at Treblinka, Sobibor, and Bialystock
19435703The Danish people quietly rescued 93% of their Jews to safety
19445704300,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in 3 months
19445705Uprising in Auschwitz death camp just before freedom
19455705Nazi Germany was conquered, and World War II ended
194557056,000,000 Jews were killed by the Nazis during the war

The Modern State of Israel

SECULAR YEARJEWISH YEAREVENT IN HISTORY
19475707Publication of the Talmud Encyclopedia was commenced
19475708The United Nations divided Israel
19475708Arabs attacked Israel to gain territory
19485708The State of Israel was established
19485708Israel was invaded by many Arab countries
19495709The “War of Independence” in Israel ended
19505710All Jews left the ancient Jewish community of Iraq
19505710Almost all Jews of Yemen emigrated to Israel
19515711The Lubavitcher Rebbe accepts the mantle of leadership
19565717Jewish forces invaded Egypt and conquered the Sinai Desert
19675727The Lubavitcher Rebbe established the Tefillin Campaign
19675727Jerusalem re-united under Jewish rule in the Six Day War
197357342,500 Jewish soldiers were killed in the Yom Kippur War
19745734The Lubavitcher Rebbe established the Shabbat Candle Campaign
19825742Massive enemy arsenals were discovered in Lebanon
19875746The first international conference of Chabad Lubavitch emissaries
19935753A secret agreement signed in Oslo
19945754The Lubavitcher Rebbe passed away
20085767Deadly terrorist attack at the Chabad House in Mumbai, India, kills six
20205780Israel signed “Abraham Accords,” normalizing relations with UAE and Bahrain, soon followed by Sudan and Morocco.

SMIC’s breakthrough to 7nm

•July 24, 2022 • Leave a Comment

SMIC’s breakthrough shows US efforts to contain Chinese tech are failing

SHINE by Tom Fowdy / July 22, 2022 // Bloomberg July 21, 2022

On July 21, it was reported in Bloomberg that China’s leading chipmaker, Shanghai-based Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp (SMIC) had successfully established 7nm node chips (two generations ahead from 14nm), available for export. Their conclusions? That China had successfully mastered this technology (since July 2021) despite US sanctions intended to stop it from doing so, with the Biden administration aiming to keep SMIC from surpassing 14nm technology as part of its “technology war” containment effort against China.

Although this seems credible enough, there are several motivations behind the publication of such a story in Bloomberg to keep in mind. Firstly, the US Senate is haggling over a massive chip subsidy bill to American semiconductor manufacturers, which has been controversial. It has been a common element of US political discourse to hype up the “China threat” by giving laser focus to China’s achievements in order to drive forward certain policy ambitions, as had been previously done with talk of hypersonic missiles. Secondly, the US administration has long debated placing even tougher sanctions on SMIC on the export of semiconductor manufacturing equipment.

However, the indication that SMIC has already achieved 7nm node technology shows it is already too late for such an option to have a meaningful effect, and such demonstrates that America’s attempts to block China’s technological development have above all been toothless and, in the long run, bound to fail.

Since the Trump administration taken office, US foreign policy has centered upon the objective to block China’s advances in semiconductor technology by increasingly depriving it of access to foreign-made components. This has included listing hundreds upon hundreds (an ever-growing number) of Chinese firms on the US Commerce Department “entity list” banning them from importing high-tech components from the US, using ownership of key patents to interfere in Chinese takeovers of semiconductor firms overseas and veto them and strongarming key lithography firms such as ASML to stop exporting their most critical machines, such as Extreme Ultraviolet Lithography (EUV) machines to China.

In conjunction with this, it has also forced semiconductor firms such as TSMC and Samsung to build capacity in the United States in the bid to politicize and attain over control the entire supply chain for geopolitical purposes.

Although this policy has in the short term created disruptions for companies such as Huawei (who was subject to the tougher “Foreign Direct Product” rule), in the bigger picture America’s aims are in fact backfiring and, as a recent Time Magazine headline led with, are “supercharging China’s chipmaking industry.” Why so? Since 2019, the threat of being cut off from international semiconductor supplies has forced Chinese companies to prioritize a localization drive of their own technology to mitigate business risks. This has involved finding local suppliers where possible, investing heavily in research, and also frontloading the import of lithography machines from overseas in order to preempt the United States. ASML’s sales to China, as well as the purchase of older lithography equipment from South Korea and Japan, have surged over the past year.

In conjunction with this, Chinese government has also overseen large-scale investment in the chip sector with the goal of driving up its own national self-sufficiency, with access to semiconductors being not for “military usage” as the US likes to claim, but as a key prerequisite for national economic development.

The results of all these efforts are paying off. China now has 19 of the world’s fastest-growing chip firms. As a previous China Daily story notes: “For the first time, three Chinese mainland chipmakers accounted for more than 10 percent of the global foundry revenue in the first quarter of this year.” On a year-upon-year basis, SMIC’s revenue increased by 39 percent to US$5.44 billion on booming demand.

This means US sanctions to try and contain China’s semiconductor industry are ultimately not working. They might be able to bring about short-term problems by depriving access to certain markets or parts, but what they cannot outflank is the strength of China’s investment and innovation drive.

RT: SMIC’s breakthrough puts the company’s semiconductors in the same league as Samsung and Taiwan’s TSMC

America’s policy is both unimaginative and negative. One might be able to freeze a small and poor country from the global semiconductor industry, but this is not applicable with China, who has the resources and determination to advance itself. Given this, SMIC’s outflanking of US sanctions illustrates that whilst there is a long way to go, the White House is ultimately losing this battle to deprive China of tech self-sufficiency.

“I will be unto Ephraim as a moth,” Hosea 5:12
Clarke – I will consume them little by little, as a moth frets a garment.
Gill – which eats garments, penetrates into them, feeds on them privately, secretly, without any noise, and gradually and slowly consumes them; but at last utterly, that they are of no use and profit:

Global Crop Declines

•July 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Satellite Imagery Shows Global Crop Declines – Except For Russia And China

Zerohedge by Tyler Durden / July 17, 2022

Infrared satellite imagery designed to measure moisture levels and the health of farmlands suggests that staple crops such as wheat are in poor condition and in sharp decline among major exporters including the Ukraine, the US and India.  Two countries do have bumper crops so far though; namely Russia and China.  

It is hard to say which governments and institutions monitor this data, but a few months ago a multitude of political leaders and global banks issued simultaneous warnings of a “global food shortage” and an impending crisis.  Such institutions included the IMF, World Bank, the BIS and even the White House.  So far, a perfect storm of stagflation, supply chain disruptions and poor weather conditions have combined to disrupt food production around the world. 

Price inflation due to central bank stimulus measures has been enough to do incredible damage to the many national economies, but a single bad year for crops on top of this could spell disaster.  

Russia and China, on the other hand, are enjoying a strategic advantage.  As we entered spring of this year, the mainstream media heralded the end of the Russian economy and the swift collapse of their war efforts in Ukraine.  Today, Russia is selling more oil and exporting more commodities than ever before, and both Russia and China now have the most healthy staple crops in the world.  It’s almost as if the public in the west has been deliberately misled about our economic strength.   

Sadly, many people in the west have forgotten the importance of commodities, industry and energy in terms of geopolitical leverage.  Without dominance of these three arenas there is no chance for a nation or group of nations to dictate terms to a country that has such advantages.  Economic warfare is about independent production and adaptability; these are two things the US and Europe do not have right now.

 

With declines in crop exports, food prices will rise even further this year and there is also the possibility that Russia could cut off the EU and other nations from access to their agricultural market.  Though the Kremlin says this will not happen, given the right trigger event it remains a legitimate threat.  Already this month Europe is on the edge of an economic cliff as they wait to see if the Russian “maintenance shutdown” of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline is actually temporary, or the beginning of a full bore energy crisis that will last for years.          

In other words, the temptation for the eastern nations to use food as a weapon against NATO countries will be just as high on their list as oil and gas.  With food and energy stability in doubt there is also a considerable danger of civil unrest.  Third world nations are likely to see the worst of the shortages, but price inflation in necessities is here to stay for first world countries as well.  And along with that comes all the associated economic problems, including rising crime, rising unemployment and rising poverty. 

“Therefore as I live, saith the Lord God, surely because thou hast defiled My sanctuary with all thy detestable things and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall Mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.

“A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.” Ezekiel 5:11-12

Is Pelosi Going To Spark A War?

•July 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Is Nancy Pelosi (82) Going To Spark A Sarajevo Incident in Taiwan?

South China Morning Post / 19 July, 2022 // Yahoo News / July 19, 2022

Beijing warns US will ‘bear all consequences’ if House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan in August.

Beijing has warned that the United States will “bear all consequences” and face “forceful measures” from Beijing if US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Taiwan as reported.

Is Nancy Pelosi Going To Spark A Sarajevo Incident in Taiwan?

Yahoo News said Pelosi would take a delegation to Taiwan next month. It would be the first visit by a US speaker of the house to the self-ruled island in 25 years.

Pelosi is planning to use a military aircraft to fly to the island, which is standard for congressional delegations. But to the Chinese, “it looks like a military operation,” said one U.S. official.

But President Joe Biden said, “The military thinks it’s not a good idea right now,” when asked whether House Speaker Nancy Pelosi should take a trip to Taiwan.

Pelosi suggested that the president’s comments stem from the military being “afraid our plane would get shot down, or something like that, by the Chinese.” While not confirming the trip, she added that she has not heard that directly from Biden.

“China firmly opposes this as it will have a grave impact on the political foundation of bilateral relations,” Zhao told a regular news briefing in Beijing. “If the US were to insist on going down the wrong path, China will take resolute and strong measures to safeguard its sovereignty and territorial integrity. All the ensuing consequences shall be borne by the US side.”

And Hu Xijin of China’s state-run paper Global Times also offers a stern warning against her rescheduled visit to Taiwan:

If she really dares to visit Taiwan, it will be a major serious incident. She will be the enemy that divides China. She will experience a risky visit. She will also bear historical responsibility for possibly triggering a military conflict in the Taiwan Strait.

Perhaps Pelosi’s visit might even trigger a Sarajevo incident of 1914, which could spark some skirmeses and to ignite a nuclear World War III? And we would all be gone!

Assassination in Sarajevo 1914: The Catalyst For World War One!

But more likely, as in Ukraine, Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan will spark off some steam and smoke into the atmosphere and act as a distraction to US’s problems. The real problem of the United States lies to the South. Their blind shepherd just couldn’t see this because they are blind!

And John Mearsheimer similarily has brilliantly analysised the war in Ukraine, and to put all laser-eyed focus on China and Taiwan, but foolishly negates to address America’s broken border in the South; and that all her shepherd are dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber:

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the
South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God:
Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48
And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places,
and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3
and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee
the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth
My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’ (Ezekiel 20:45-21:5)

And remember, Ezekiel’s prophetic message wasn’t for the house of Judah but to the house of Israel; hence we must try to read the prophetic meaning behind all those historical setting. Its timing was a great distance into the future (Ezekiel 12:27), into our time and the message is primarily and principally for the United States of America, and secondarily its European allies.

Immigrants cross through a gap in the US-Mexico border every night in Yuma, Arizona

The number projected to entering the US is over 18,000 per day; that is over 6,500,000 per year, every year. One Houston of 6 to 7 millions every year added, says Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

One Houston (4.49th minute) 6-7m added to the US every year: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 
The San Luis port of entry in Yuma County is the second busiest border crossing 24/7
A sailboat with potential migrants is anchored near Islandia, south of Miami, Florida
River crossing in Texas
Beginning of their march, from Central American in Escuintla, Chiapas State, Mexico
Migrants ride atop a freight train in Ixtepec, Oaxaca State, toward the US-Mexico border
Further South in Guatemala, migrants start pushing toward the US-Mexican border

Modern Israel, today as in the past, has many blind shepherd, for it was said: “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

For a Spiritual perspective, see A Sword from the South!

EU ‘shot itself in the lungs!’

•July 21, 2022 • Leave a Comment

EU ‘shot itself in the lungs’ with sanctions against Russia, says Hungarian Orban

The Russian ruble has rebounded from crippling economic sanctions imposed on Moscow following the invasion of Ukraine and since President Vladimir Putin exercise his master stroke by demanding that oil and gas from unfriendly countries be paid in ruble, it has rised and is now at its strongest in more than seven years — earning it the distinction of being the best-performing currency in the world so far this year.

Russia is the second largest exporter of oil in the world and is also the world’s largest exporter of natural gas. The export of fossil fuels has allowed the Russian government to reap a $20 billion a month windfall since the start of the war in Ukraine. An analysis by Bloomberg Economics earlier this year found that the Kremlin could amass a surplus of $321 billion this year strictly from energy exports. Consequently, Putin has touted the ruble’s robust recovery as proof that his economy has successfully withstood the onslaught of Western sanctions as the ruble has soared 40% against the dollar since the start of the year.

By Euronews with Reuters • 15/07/2022

The European Union has “shot itself in the lungs” with ill-considered economic sanctions on Russia, which, unless rolled back, risk destroying the European economy, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

The European Union has “shot itself in the lungs!”

The surge in gas and electricity prices forced nationalist Orban to curtail a years-long cap on utility prices for higher-usage households on Wednesday, rolling back one of the 59-year-old prime minister’s signature economic policies.

“Initially, I thought we had only shot ourselves in the foot, but now it is clear that the European economy has shot itself in the lungs, and it is gasping for air,” Orban, a long-time sanctions critic, told public radio in an interview.

Orban said Ukraine needed help, but European leaders should reconsider their strategy, as sanctions have caused widespread damage to the European economy without weakening Russia or bringing the months-long war closer to any resolution.

All EU sanctions packages require agreement among the 27 member states. While Hungary has voted to endorse the sanctions, they objected to the inclusion of Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia’s Orthodox Church and got him excluded from the sixth sanctions package.

Gas supplies to Europe have tightened and fuel costs have soared since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in late February, leaving countries scrambling to refill storage and diversify supply channels.

“The sanctions do not help Ukraine, however, they are bad for the European economy and if it goes on like this, they will kill off the European economy,” Orban said. “What we see right now is unbearable.”

“The moment of truth must come in Brussels when leaders admit they have made a miscalculation, that the sanctions policy was based on wrong assumptions and it must be changed.”

The Ruble rising against the US Dollar and remains strong

Orban said that the entire utility price cap regime will now have to be scrapped.

Re-elected in April, Orban is facing his toughest challenge yet since taking power in a 2010 landslide, with inflation at its highest in two decades, the forint plumbing record lows and European Union funds in limbo amid a dispute over democratic standards. 

Before the April ballot, economists estimated the cost of the utility price caps at up to 1.5 trillion forints (€3.7 billion), which along with a raft of measures that helped Orban’s election bid, have caused a surge in the budget deficit.

Orban’s other decision to fast-track legislation to raise the tax rate for hundreds of thousands of small firms this week as part of a broader drive to rein in the ballooning budget deficit has led to several protests in Budapest.

World on ‘Brink’ of Nuclear War? 

•July 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

World is nearing ‘brink’ of nuclear war – Tulsi Gabbard

RT /14 July, 2022

Biden is escalating the Russia-Ukraine conflict, risking a catastrophic fight with Moscow, an ex-congresswoman has warned

President Joe Biden’s administration is driving the world toward a devastating nuclear conflict by using the Ukraine crisis to fight a “proxy war” with Russia, former congresswoman and 2020 presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard has warned.

“The American people need to understand the seriousness of the situation that the Biden administration and leaders in Washington have put us in,” Gabbard said on Wednesday night in a Fox News interview. The Hawaii Democrat, who was among the candidates whom Biden defeated to win his party’s 2020 presidential nomination, called for stepping back to focus on “the big picture and the great threat that we face, which is the reality that this war is continuing to escalate.”

Biden has led the charge for international sanctions to punish Moscow over its military offensive in Ukraine. The US has approved $70 billion in aid, including advanced weaponry, to help Ukraine fight Russian forces. During a visit to Israel on Thursday, Biden said Washington will continue to provide such aid indefinitely to ensure that Moscow suffers “a strategic failure” in Ukraine.

“President Biden himself says he has no idea when or how it’s going to end, but we know where this escalation leads,” Gabbard said. “It leads us closer and closer to the brink of a nuclear war with Russia.”

Trump Incites Capitol Rioters

•July 19, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Donald Trump incited Capitol rioters after ‘unhinged’ meeting, says House panel

DW /July 13, 2022

US lawmakers accused Donald Trump of inciting a mob to attack the US Capitol in a last-ditch effort to remain in power. The January 6 committee said Trump aides knew he would call for a march on the Capitol.

President Trump urges supporters to march to the Capitol on January 6, “Stop the Steal!”

Former US President Donald Trump tried to incite his followers to storm the US Capitol in a last-ditch bid to cling to power, the House of Representatives January 6 committee said on Tuesday.

The committee also presented evidence that Trump aides knew before the riot that Trump would urge thousands of his supporters to march on the Capitol that day as lawmakers certified Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.

The committee hearings have painstakingly built a case to show that Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results constitute illegal conduct. The committee heard that Trump engaged in discussions that would have called for the military to seize states’ voting machines. That idea was eventually discarded, the panel disclosed in its seventh session.

At the end of the hearing, Republican Representative Liz Cheney said Trump had tried to contact a person who was talking to the committee about potential testimony. Cheney said the Justice Department was informed about Trump’s possible attempt to influence witness testimony. 

‘Unhinged’ meeting with aides

The House committee heard on Tuesday that late on December 18, 2020, Trump’s private lawyers suggested bringing in the US military to seize state voting machines. This came amidst Trump’s unsubstantianted claims of voter fraud. 

In a video testimony, Trump’s White House counsel at the time, Pat Cipollone, recalled the meeting with Trump’s legal team, which included attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani, retired national security aide Michael Flynn, and Patrick Byrne, former head of the online retail company Overstock. Cipollone said he called the draft executive order to order the seizure of the voting machines a “terrible idea.”

Another former White House aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, called the meeting “unhinged” in a separate video testimony.

White House officials, including Cipollone, scrambled to intervene. The meeting erupted in shouting, another aide testified.

The next morning Trump tweeted to his supporters to come to Washington on January 6, when Congress would certify the Electoral College results.

“Be there. Will be wild,” his tweet said.

The committee provided evidence that this tweet galvanized militant groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, as other supporters advised people to bring body armor, shields and pepper spray to the Capitol on January 6.

Second rally was planned

The committee revealed that Trump supporters and staffers knew beforehand that the president would urge them to march to the Capitol on January 6.

“Trump is supposed to order us to the Capitol at the end of his speech,” wrote Ali Alexander, an organizer of the rally outside the White House, in a text message on January 5.

A draft Twitter message from the then-president that never was sent referred to the upcoming speech. “Please arrive early, massive crowds expected. March to the Capitol after. Stop the Steal!” It was stamped “President has seen.”

On January 5, 2021, Trump talked twice with former top adviser Steve Bannon, said the committee. A video showed him saying, “All hell is going to break loose tomorrow,” as he referred to a “point of attack” that would be “quite extraordinarily different.”

Meanwhile, Trump aides also secretly planned for a second rally stage there on the day of the attack outside the Capitol complex across from the Supreme Court.

Previously, on January 4, rally organizer Kylie Kremer texted Trump ally Mike Lindell, MyPillow CEO: “This stays only between us, we are having a second stage at the Supreme Court again after the Ellipse. POTUS is going to have us march there/the Capitol.”

Kremer warned that if the information got out, others would try to sabotage the plans and the organizer “will be in trouble” with the National Park Service and other federal agencies.

‘As if a mob was being organized’

The committee also played audio testimony from a former employee of Twitter talking about Trump’s December tweet who said, “It felt as if a mob was being organized and they were gathering together their weaponry and their logic and their reasoning behind why they were prepared to fight.”

Stephen Ayres, a participant in the riot, testified that Trump’s speech prompted him to head to the Capitol. He also apologized to Capitol police officers after telling lawmakers that he regrets being duped by the former president’s false claims of election fraud.

“Basically, the president got everybody riled up, told everybody to come on down. So, we basically would just follow what he said,” Ayres said. Ayres added that he left the scene after Trump tweeted asking his supporters to stop the riot.

About 800 people have been charged with taking part in the Capitol riot, with about 250 guilty pleas so far. 

BRICS Expanding

•July 18, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Global Power Shifting Away From West, While BRICS Expanding & Increasing Legitimacy. The world is going to be “at least bi-polar and possibly multi-polar”, according to Tony Blair

For the first time in modern history the East can be on equal terms with the West, as the global dominance of the US and its allies comes to an end, former British prime minister Tony Blair has said.

China, which is “already the world’s second superpower,” will compete with the West “not just for power but against our system, our way of governing and living,” the Labour politician warned. Beijing “will not be alone. It will have allies. Russia now for sure. Possibly Iran.”

Dominance of West is coming to an end, says Tony Blair

RT / 17 July, 2022

Sputnik / 15 July, 2022

Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia may “very soon” join BRICS, a group of emerging economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, according to the entity’s International Forum President Purnima Anand.

BRICS Expanding

“Starting with the global pandemic and continuing with the food crisis, soaring inflation, the conflict in Ukraine, the global economic system has shown weakness,” says Yusuf Erim, Turkish foreign policy expert and editor-at-large at TRT World, Turkey’s English language public broadcaster. “I think this is leading many countries to reevaluate their financial and economic positions, their financial and economic dependencies.”

According to Erim, a group like the BRICS provides an opportunity for other countries to diversify their economic alliances and join a club of rapidly growing emerging nations.

“Like it or not, the financial and economic US hegemony that we saw over the past century is coming to a close slowly,” the Turkish expert says. “Groups like the BRICS will definitely be eating away the US market share.”

Purnima Anand, the president of the BRICS International Forum, told Russian newspaper Izvestia earlier this week that Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia are preparing to formally apply for BRICS membership.

“I hope that the accession of countries to BRICS will happen very quickly, because now all representatives of the core of the association are interested in enlargement. So it will be very soon,” Anand said.

Previously, Li Kexin, the head of the Department of International Economic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, also hinted at the possibility of Turkey, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia’s accession to the bloc during a press conference after the 14th BRICS summit.

Global Power Shifting Away From West as BRICS Expanding & Increasing Legitimacy

Growing Dissatisfaction With Washington

Riyadh, Cairo, and Ankara have good reasons to feel disenchanted with Washington and particularly the Biden administration. During the 2020 presidential campaign, Biden vowed to turn Saudi Arabia into a “pariah state” and pledged “no more blank checks for Trump’s ‘favorite dictator'”, in reference to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi over alleged human rights abuses.

Having assumed office, Biden halted support for the Saudi-led coalition and its military operations in Yemen, put US-Saudi arms deals on pause, started talks over the resumption of the Iran nuclear deal, and accused the Saudi crown prince of “approving” the 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, something that Riyadh has resolutely denied.

In June 2021, The Wall Street Journal reported that the Pentagon had been pulling approximately eight Patriot anti-missile batteries from countries, including Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia. An antimissile system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system was withdrawn from Saudi Arabia too, according to the newspaper.

Washington has monumentally failed to address Riyadh’s security concerns, according to Dr. Ali Demirdas, political analyst and a former Fulbright scholar who taught Middle East politics and Turkish foreign policy at the College of Charleston. After the US withdrew the Patriot missile system from Saudi Arabia, the kingdom’s oil refineries were attacked multiple times by Yemeni Houthi rebels, according to the academic.

Growing Dissatisfaction With Washington

Likewise, the Biden administration froze out the Egyptian leadership for quite a while after taking the reins in January 2021. Washington cancelled $130 million in military aid to Egypt over “human rights concerns” in January 2022, just days after approving a massive $2.5 billion arms sale to the country.

Amid mounting criticism over human rights issues from Washington, Cairo is more eager to rely on Moscow, especially when it comes to food and wheat supplies, according to Demirdas. “Bread is everything for Egypt,” the professor highlights.

Turkey’s frictions with the two latest American administrations are also well-documented. Ankara remains outraged by Washington’s support for the Kurdish People’s Protection Units, which the Turks see as an affiliate of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Furthermore, Turkey, a longtime NATO ally, was expelled from the F-35 fighter jet program in 2019 and subjected to threats from the US over its decision to buy Russia’s S-400 anti-missile systems.

“America’s unwavering support for Turkey’s arch-enemy the PKK in Syria has led to Ankara’s complete departure from Washington’s orbit,” Demirdas says. “This is cemented by Turkey’s purchase of Russian S-400s.”

With more and more countries now looking away from the United States and seeking to join other groups to provide economic support and diversify their markets, “this will be a blow to the United States,” according to Erim.

And it shall come to pass in that day,” saith the Lord God, “that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day.

And I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning for an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day. Amos 8:9-10

Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” saith the Lord. Amos 9:8

Bolton Admits to Scheming Coups

•July 17, 2022 • 1 Comment

John Bolton Admits He Helped Plan Foreign Coup Attempts. Obviously that would include the Ukrainian Maidan coup in early 2014 that led to our current crisis between Ukraine and Russia that seems no end in fighting; this must be a result of Bolton”s strategic thinking “We Must Fight Them Over There So We Don’t Have To Fight Them Over Here.”

But given enough time, the US will be swarmed by the Global South! For a Biblical perspective of this potential explosive violence, and how “Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee;” for more, see the Sword from the South!

Reuters / Jul 12, 2022 // China reacts to John Bolton’s coup confession

John Bolton, the former White House national security adviser for the Trump administration, has claimed that he previously helped plan attempted coups of foreign leaders.

“As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat—it takes a lot of work.”

Bolton made the comment in an interview with CNN’s “The Lead” on Tuesday, shortly after the Jan. 6 House Select Committee had wrapped up its seventh congressional hearing, regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol.

Panel lawmakers focused much of Tuesday’s hearing on evidence around testimony provided by former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and alleged ties between former President Trump and “extremist” right-wing groups.

The committee claims that Trump intentionally tried to mount an insurrection against the United States government in a last-ditch effort to remain in power after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden.

Speaking to CNN, Bolton insisted that Trump could not have pulled off a “carefully planned coup d’etat aimed at the Constitution” because “that’s not the way Donald Trump does things.”

It’s not an attack on our democracy,” Bolton said. “It’s Donald Trump looking out for Donald Trump. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.”

CNN host Jake Tapper responded, “I don’t know that I agree with you, to be fair, with all due respect” adding that “one doesn’t have to be brilliant to attempt a coup.”

However, Bolton said he disagreed with this statement before referencing his own alleged experience helping to plan a coup.

Helped Plan Coups

As somebody who has helped plan coups d’etat—not here but, you know, [in] other places—it takes a lot of work. And that’s not what he [Trump] did,” Bolton continued. “It was just stumbling around from one idea to another. Ultimately, he did unleash the rioters at the Capitol. As to that, there is no doubt. But not to overthrow the Constitution to buy more time to throw the matter back to the states to try to redo the issue.”

“And if you don’t believe that, then you’re going to overreact, and I think that’s a real risk for the committee, which has done a lot of good work mostly when the witnesses are testifying, not when the members are opining,” he added. “It is invariably the case when you go too far trying to prove your case, you undermine it.”

28 The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart;
29 and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways. “And thou shalt be only oppressed and despoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee. Deuteronomy 28:28-29

Modern Israel, today as in the past, has many blind shepherd, for it is said:

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18
“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

For more, see the Sword from the South!

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Debt

•July 16, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Debt a China’s Debt Trap? Many in the West propagate this is the case, so how much is Sri Lanka’s Foreign Debt and what are their breakdown?

The following chart tells the story:

China is not the biggest lender to Sri Lanka. The following are the debts that Sri Lanka has:

Market borrowings: $16.38 billion

China: $3.39 billion

ADB: $4.42 billion

Japan: $3.36 billion

World Bank: $3.23 billion

India: $859 million

Others: $3.04 billion

China’s loans only accounts for about 10% of Sri Lanka’s debts, almost similar to Japan.

Secondly, Sri Lanka has not lost its Hambantota port to China. China has a 99 year lease of the port, at $1.12 billion, in a JV with Sri Lanka Port Authority.

Sri Lanka benefits from the employment of its people at the port and can collect tax from their income, as well as a 30% share of profits.

The history:

At Sri Lanka’s request, China developed the Hambantota Port at a cost of $1.5 billion. Upon completion, the port was managed by the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA). However, from 2010 to 2017, the port was running at a loss and Sri Lanka could not pay back their loan to China.

Following this, Sri Lanka agreed to form a JV company with China to run the port. China Merchants Port (CM Port) holds 70% and SLPA holds the remaining 30%. This JV will run the port for the next 99 years.

CM Port then paid $1.12 billion to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka also received from China $292 million in December 2017 and another $97 million in January 2018. These need not be paid back. They are grants.

Hambantota Port is regarded by India as an important link in the “string of pearls” and is often used to hype up the “China threat theory.”

In addition to that, CM Port has invested an additional $600 million in Hambantota Port for its operations.

If you add up all the payments that China has made, you will notice that it exceeds Sri Lanka’s debt to China for building the port.

But the West continues to propagate that Sri Lanka’s problem is China’s Debt Trap!

“Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints” Hosea 11:12

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” Hosea 5:9

Invasion at Southern Border!

•July 15, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Fox News: July 10, 2022

Invasion driven by cartels at southern border: interview with Texas Gov. Abbott

Texas Gov. Abbott: about 6 to 7,000,000 new arrivals every year

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott argues ‘unprecedented, overwhelming number of people coming across the border’ is a result of President Biden eliminating all the policies Trump put in place.

The number projected to entering the US is over 18,000 per day (4.49th minute); that is over 6,500,000 per year, every year. One Houston of 6 to 7 millions every year added.

One Houston of 6 to 7 millions added to the United States every year: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 

John Mearsheimer has brilliantly emphasized the United States are protected by fish to the left and fish to the right, but foolishly negates to address America’s broken border in the South; and that the Scriptures say that America’s main “enemy” comes from the porous South:

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the
South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the
South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth
My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall
My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth
My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’ (Ezekiel 20:45-21:5)

Immigrants cross through a gap in the US-Mexico border every night in Yuma, Arizona
Immigrants cross the US-Mexico border in Texas everyday in broad daylight
The San Luis port of entry in Yuma County is the second busiest border crossing everyday
Immigrants cross the US-Mexico border during twilight
Fences breached with victory ecstasy at Southern border
Nobody knows how many of these containers are carrying immigrants across the Southern border until something goes deadly wrong
Container crossing that succeeded
Those that attempt inside a passenger vehicle
River crossing
Illegal border crossers were being guided by “coyotes” at the river in Eagle Pass, Texas
Stand off, pull and push, but waiting for nightfall to arrive
Sporadic skirmishes here and there in unfamilair terrains
Through difficult and unchartered terrain but watch for drones and helicopters above!
Beginning of their march, from Central American in Escuintla, Chiapas State, Mexico
Migrants ride atop a freight train in Ixtepec, Oaxaca State, toward the US-Mexico border
Further South in Guatemala, migrants start pushing toward the US-Mexican border

Modern Israel, today as in the past, has many blind shepherd, for it was said: “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

For a Spiritual perspective, see A Sword from the South!

Shinzo Abe Legacy

•July 14, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Quora by Zayne Chu to a question “Do you think Shinzo Abe was shot by Chinese agents?”

The Chinese generally don’t like Shinzo Abe. I think there is no doubt about that. But it is not in China’s interest to assassinate Abe.

Shinzo Abe was a representative of the right-wing conservative faction in Japan. His grandfather, Nobusuke Kishi, was one of the Class A war criminals who led the war of aggression against China during World War II.

Shinzo Abe and his grandfather Nobusuke Kishi, known as the “Monster of Manchuria

Nobusuke Kishi was once called the “Monster of Manchuria.” He was the Deputy PM of the puppet Manchukuo. His hands were stained with the blood of the Chinese people.

His main “performance”:

He cultivated opium poppy on a large scale and monopolized the opium trade in Northeast China, becoming the second largest source of revenue for the Puppet Manchukuo after tariff revenue. He personally brought tons of opium to Shanghai to trade, and together with the Japanese army stationed in Shanghai, he made huge profits.

He vigorously promoted the “Manchuria and Mongolia pioneering group” to immigrate to Northeast China, forcibly occupying the land and villages of Chinese farmers, causing a large number of Chinese families to lose their land and homes, to be displaced, freeze to death and starve to death.

During his stay in Manchuria, he also actively organized comfort stations for the Kwantung Army, forcibly recruited or deceived Chinese and Korean women as comfort women for the Japanese army to vent their animal desires…

He formed the infamous Unit 731 to conduct bacterial experiments on living people, and the main funds were raised by him. It can be said that he is one of the main planners of Unit 731.

Because of his numerous crimes, he was greatly appreciated by the Japanese military. After returning to Japan at the end of 1939, he served as the Minister of Commerce and Industry in the Japanese Cabinet.

Since then, Nobusuke Kishi made greater efforts to be loyal to Japanese fascist regime, firmly supported the launching of the Pacific War, signed the declaration of war against the United States, and become the most capable cabinet member of Hideki Tojo’s wartime cabinet.

Under the full operation of Nobusuke Kishi, coal, grain and iron ore plundered from China and oil, rubber, wood, copper and other strategic resources plundered from Southeast Asia were continuously transported to Japan, which became the driving force of Japan’s crazy war machine.

At this time, Nobusuke Kishi has changed from the “Monster of Manchuria” to the “Monster of the Shōwa era“.

After Japan’s defeat, Nobusuke Kishi was listed as a Class A war criminal

After Japan’s defeat, Nobusuke Kishi was listed as a Class A war criminal, but because Hirohito knelt down and licked MacArthur, comfort stations were set up all over Japan, MacArthur was very happy, and finally Nobusuke Kishi was “acquitted”.

Nobusuke Kishi thought he could not escape death, but he did not expect to be “acquitted” by the Americans. He was grateful to the United States when he came out of his cell. He just wanted to lick MacArthur’s ass and show his loyalty all the time. MacArthur immediately said when he saw Nobusuke Kishi’s attitude: Yes, we can rest assured of you, and the Japanese government will hand it over to you in the future.

With the strong support of the United States, in 1957, the war criminal Nobusuke Kishi became the Prime Minister of Japan

In this way, Nobusuke Kishi pledged his infinite allegiance to MacArthur and his oath of allegiance to the United States.

In the process of kneeling and licking the United States, fruitful results have been achieved.

His greatest “merit” was the vigorous push for the “Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States and Japan” under his leadership, which asserted that the United States must defend Japan and that Japan must be defended by the United States – ultimately making Japan a vassal state of the United States.

The Abe family has a long-standing tradition of ideological anti-communism and pro-Americanism. Because of this, the Abe family is considered “loyal” by Americans. This is why the family not only escaped due trial and liquidation, but also held high positions in Japanese politics for a long time with the support of the United States.

Shinzo Abe certainly did not like the Chinese from the bottom of his heart. Much of this “dislike” stems not from a conflict of interest, but from a Nazi-like racial superiority mentality inherent in Japanese gentry families. In other words, they did not consider the Chinese as “human beings” who had the right to be their equals.

This explains why people like Abe have no sense of reflection about the war of aggression against China. Not only was he not ashamed of it, but he was proud of it. Fundamentally, he did not believe that Japan lost to China in World War II, but to the United States. There was nothing wrong with the war, it was wrong to lose. Therefore, his main task was to reflect on why he “lost”, rather than reflecting on the war itself. This was the core logic of Abe’s diplomacy with China and the United States.

Once we bring this nationalistic “blue-blooded aristocrat” mentality into Abe’s career, many of his seemingly contradictory actions were naturally understandable.

This “aristocratic mentality” required Abe to think of the interests of Japan, or the “Yamato people”. He was ambitious and idealistic. This had led him to the path of pragmatism. When it was time to give in, he would give in. When it was time to be tough, his heartfelt arrogance and his long-accumulated family power behind him made him not so easy to be controlled.

He have had three main goals in his career. The first was to stabilize Japan’s sinking economy. The method was the so-called “Abe economics”, which was actually the localization of debt. Debt expansion was used to ease Japan’s chronic deflation and boost consumption and exports. Second, it was to try to normalize the country, to amend the peace constitution and strengthen Japan’s military power.

Third, Japan should try to become a “chess player” instead of a “chess piece” in the game between China and the United States. At worst, it should not become a “chessboard”. In fact, under many constraints, Abe has shown enough ability and wisdom. His achievements in these three points were not good, but definitely not bad either. There was clearly some reasons why he had been the longest serving and relatively successful Japanese Prime Minister since the war. He was also qualified enough.

To accomplish all three, he clearly needed the support of both China and the United States. Even though these policies were essentially in conflict with the interests of China and the United States. Therefore, this had prompted Abe to constantly “walk the tightrope” between China and the United States.

Abe first became prime minister in 2006, when the downward pressure on Japan’s economy showed no sign of easing. This prompted the young Shinzo Abe to embark on a path of seeking China’s support. He was keen to strengthen cooperation with China economically and attract Chinese tourists.

During this time he has shown ample goodwill toward China and South Korea. At the same time, he has successfully upgraded the Defense Agency to the Defense Ministry. These actions made the Americans doubt his loyalty. Therefore, according to the rule of “pro-China will die” in Japanese politics, Abe, who is not yet “mature”, can only accept the fate of stepping down.

After becoming prime minister for the second time in 2012, Abe had become smarter. In diplomacy with China, he had shown an increasingly tough stance. This included paying homage to the Yasukuni Shrine as prime minister, provoking the conflict over the Diaoyu Islands, and actively claiming that he was willing to “defend Taiwan”…

At the same time, he had maintained a soft stance toward the United States and had shown a surprisingly attentive attitude in his dealings with Trump.

Interestingly, even with such poor relations with China on the surface, he still managed to promote the official entry into force of the RCEP and to maintain the stability of the Sino-Japanese private capital exchange to the maximum extent.

We need to understand one basic reality. That is that Japan is still not a “normal country” with full and independent sovereignty. American influence on Japan is inevitable and all-encompassing. The pro-China faction in Japanese politics cannot survive in such an environment. Even if they emerge, they will be quickly purged. Therefore, the two major forces that exist in Japan at the diplomatic level are both pro-US and anti-China.

But the logic of operation is not the same. The aristocratic gentry, led by Shinzo Abe, have deep roots in power. They are more likely to think and make decisions with the interests of Japan as their priority. Their “pro-US, anti-China” approach is more a “gesture” than a substance. It is in their interest to remain neutral most of the time.

The bureaucratic elite, represented by the current Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, is not firmly rooted in power, and must rely more on the U.S. for stability in power, even if the will of the U.S. is often contrary to Japan’s core interests. They can only fall more fully to the United States.

That is, for China, even if we dislike Shinzo Abe, he was still the “least bad” choice for China. In contrast, we would prefer not to deal with the “new elite” represented by Fumio Kishida, who puts U.S. interests first.

In fact, from China’s point of view, we don’t care anyway. With the dramatic change in the power balance in the Asia-Pacific region, Japan has in fact long since lost the right to be a “chess player”. Currently, Japan’s economic crisis is far more severe than any other developed economy in the world. With the dollar interest rate increase spread, the yen is appearing unprecedented devaluation.

At the same time, the Japanese do not dare to solve the problem by raising interest rates. Once interest rates are raised, Japan’s debt crisis will explode completely. With this in mind, an externally-oriented manufacturing economy with no resources to speak of actually has a continuous trade deficit…

This makes people doubt the future of Japan. And the powerful Fumio Kishida is bound to tie Japan more firmly to the U.S. chariot. If he succumbs to the Americans’ eagerness to ease the pressure on the domestic economy, he will continue to “sacrifice” Japan to the U.S. blood transfusion. I can only say, good luck to them…

Shinzo Abe, the scene of his assassination

The fact that the assassin of Shinzo Abe was a socially marginalized person does not bode well for Japan. This in itself is a socialized reaction to Japan’s economic woes over the years. Such an “assassin” may be an isolated case, but such a “marginalized” person is clearly not.

Of course, I must emphasize that economically speaking only, as a member of East Asia, we still want Japan to remain stable. A collapse of the Japanese economy is certainly not in China’s interest. It is equally inevitable that we will be affected. For Southeast Asian countries that are also in the RCEP and hold large amounts of yen assets, the outlook is even less promising. I heard that the Japanese Shinto religion has a tradition of treating dead people as “gods”. Let’s hope that the spirit of former Prime Minister Abe will bless his country.

For more, see FORT DETRICK – SOURCE of COVID-19?

Border guards ‘whipping’ Migrants

•July 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Border guards punished for ‘whipping’ incident

RT / 8 Jul, 2022 
US Border Patrol agents did not whip Haitian migrants, but will be suspended for “offensive language”

Mounted US Border Patrol agents whipping migrants

US Customs and Border Patrol will punish several agents who sought to block migrants from illegally crossing from Mexico last fall, for “unprofessional or dangerous behavior” and “denigrating and offensive language,” the agency said on Friday. However, the nine-month probe cleared the agents of accusations – leveled by activists and politicians, including President Joe Biden himself – that they “whipped” the Haitian migrants with the reins of their horses, which was compared to the evils of slavery.

The Department of Homeland Security “found no evidence Border Patrol agents involved in this incident struck anyone with their reins, intentionally or otherwise,” CBP Commissioner Chris Magnus said at a press conference, referring to the 500-page report compiled by the DHS Office of Professional Responsibility.

However, the agents involved will still be disciplined, because several of them “engaged in unprofessional or dangerous behavior, including one instance in which an agent used denigrating and offensive language,” Magnus said. Another agent was accused of maneuvering his horse around a child in an “unsafe manner.”

Magnus did not say what punishment awaited the agents, who had been reassigned to desk duty since last fall. CBP had also discontinued horse patrols after the incident. According to Fox News, citing multiple sources within the federal government, the agency has proposed suspensions without pay for up to 14 days.

Magnus blamed the local Border Patrol commander for accepting a request for aid from the Texas State Police “that directly conflicted with Border Patrol operational objectives,” dispatching the horse patrol to Del Rio on September 19, 2021. 

More than 15,000 migrants, overwhelmingly of Haitian origin, had crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico over the preceding week, and were camped under a highway overpass. When Fox News showed drone images of the sprawling migrant camp, the federal government responded by imposing a no-fly zone.

The river was shallow enough at the time that the Haitians waded back and forth across the border. AFP photographer Paul Ratje captured a moment when the mounted patrol tried to stop a group of them. Within hours, a Democrat activist claimed that the photos showed the agents “whipping” the migrants. 

The Border Patrol and even Ratje himself repeatedly said this was not true, which did not stop Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-California) from claiming the incident was “worse than what we witnessed in slavery,” or Biden himself to demand punishment for “outrageous” actions.

“I promise you, those people will pay. There will be an investigation underway now and there will be consequences,” the president told reporters several days later.

The Scriptures say that America’s main “enemy” comes from the South:

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the
South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the
South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and
prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel,
‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall
My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth
My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’ (Ezekiel 20:45-21:5)

Boris Johnson Lies for Years

•July 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Johnson’s Lies Worked for Years, Until They Didn’t

Yahoo News by Sarah Lyall / July 8, 2022

After a lifetime of swaggering and dissembling his way through one scandal after another on the strength of his prodigious political skills — a potent mix of charm, guile, ruthlessness, hubris, oratorical dexterity and rumpled Wodehousian bluster — Boris Johnson has finally reached the end. It seems that the laws of gravity apply to him after all.

Johnson’s Lies Worked for Years, Until They Didn’t

It’s not that he ever fooled anyone about who he really was. Over the years, he has routinely been described as mendacious, irresponsible, reckless and lacking any coherent philosophy other than wanting to seize and hold on to power.

“People have known that Boris Johnson lies for 30 years,” writer and academic Rory Stewart, a former Conservative member of Parliament, said recently. “He’s probably the best liar we’ve ever had as a prime minister. He knows a hundred different ways to lie.”

In contrast to former President Donald Trump, another politician with an improvisational and often distant relationship to the truth, Johnson’s approach has rarely been to double down on his lies or to delude himself for consistency’s sake into acting as if they were true. Rather, he recasts them to fit new information that comes to light, as if the truth were a fungible concept, no more solid than quicksand.

Mislead, omit, obfuscate, bluster, deny, deflect, attack, apologize while implying that he has done nothing wrong — the British prime minister’s blueprint for dealing with a crisis, his critics say, almost never begins, and rarely ends, with simply telling the truth. That approach worked for him for years — until finally it didn’t.

His government weathered scandal after scandal, much of it centered on Johnson’s behavior. He was rebuked by the government’s ethics adviser after a wealthy Conservative donor contributed tens of thousands of pounds to help him refurbish his apartment. (Johnson repaid the money.) There were the private text messages he exchanged with a wealthy British businessman over his plan to manufacture ventilators in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, which raised questions of impropriety. There was an almost farcical accrual of embarrassing disclosures about how often Johnson’s aides (and sometimes Johnson) attended boozy parties during the worst days of the COVID lockdown, flagrantly violating rules the country had set for itself.

In the end, the prime minister’s different explanations for what he knew, and when, about Chris Pincher, a Conservative legislator accused of sexual impropriety, finally tipped the scales against him. It was clear that he had once again failed to tell the truth.

“He’s been found out,” said Anthony Sargeant, 44, a software developer who lives in the northern city of Wakefield. “The annoying thing about it is that the signs were there.”

Boris Johnson partying drinks

“He’s been sacked from previous journalism roles for lying,” Sargeant went on, pointing to the time Johnson, then a young reporter, was fired from The Times of London for making up a quote. “Yet there he was, the leader of the Conservative Party becoming the prime minister.”

After helping engineer the downfall of his competent but lackluster predecessor, Theresa May, in 2019, Johnson entered office with an energetic mandate for change. His populist message, buoyant personality and easy promises to cut taxes and red tape, free Britain from the burdens of belonging to the European Union and restore the country’s pride in itself appealed to a public weary of the brutal fight over the Brexit referendum and eager to embrace someone who appeared to be expressing what they themselves felt.

But like Trump, who put a more sinister cast on his own populist message, Johnson has always behaved as if he were bigger than the office that he held, as if the damage he caused was inconsequential as long as he could remain in power. His resignation speech, in which he vowed to remain in office until the Conservatives could choose a new leader, was notable for its lack of self-awareness and its misreading of the curdled mood of his former supporters.

Born Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson — he began using “Boris” in a sort of rebranding exercise in high school — the soon-to-be-ex prime minister has a long and well-documented history both of evading the truth and of acting as if he believes himself to be exempt from the normal rules of behavior. His many years in public life — as a newspaper reporter and columnist, as the editor of an influential London political magazine, as a politician — have left a trail of witnesses to, and victims of, his slippery nature.

When he was editor of the Spectator magazine, he lied to the editor, Conrad Black, promising not to serve in Parliament while working at the magazine. (He did.) When he was first elected to Parliament, he lied to his constituents when he promised to quit his Spectator job. (He didn’t.) As a legislator, he lied to the party leader, Michael Howard, and to the news media when he publicly declared that he had not had an affair with a writer for the magazine, nor gotten her pregnant and paid for her abortion. (He had done all of that.)

Boris Johnson enjoys a drink at a leaving party in November 2020

In a strange incident that he found hilarious but that epitomized his general lack of seriousness, in 2002 he ordered an employee at The Spectator to impersonate him when a photographer for The New York Times arrived to take his picture, fully expecting The Times to embarrass itself by publishing a photograph of the wrong person. (The ruse was discovered only toward the end of the photo shoot, when the magazine’s publisher found out what was happening.)

When he was the Brussels correspondent for the right-leaning Daily Telegraph in the late 1980s, Johnson wrote highly entertaining but blatantly inaccurate articles designed to paint the European Union as a factory of petty regulation intent on stamping out British individuality — articles that helped establish an anti-Europe narrative for a generation of Conservatives and pave the way for Brexit, two decades later.

Johnson himself described the experience years later to the BBC as akin to “chucking rocks over the garden wall” and then realizing that “everything I wrote from Brussels was having this amazing, explosive effect on the Tory party.”

“And it really gave me this, I suppose, rather weird sense of power,” he said.

In 2016, serving simultaneously as mayor of London and a member of Parliament, Johnson betrayed the Conservative Party leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, when he led the pro-leave side of the Brexit debate, contrary to the party’s position. Serving as foreign secretary under Cameron’s successor, May, he stabbed her in the back — and set the stage for his own accession to the job — by resigning from the government and denouncing the Brexit agreement she had spent months negotiating.

His womanizing and affairs were an open secret during his marriage to his second wife, Marina Wheeler, the mother of four of his (at least) seven children. They separated when his affair with a Conservative official, Carrie Symonds, now the mother of two of the seven, came to light. He has at least one other child, a daughter born during a liaison with a married adviser when he was the (still-married) mayor of London, in the 2010s.

“I would not take Boris’ word about whether it is Monday or Tuesday,” Max Hastings, the Telegraph editor who hired Johnson as his Brussels correspondent, once said. In 2019, when Johnson was poised to become prime minister, Hastings wrote an article titled “I was Boris Johnson’s Boss: He is Utterly Unfit to be Prime Minister.” In it, he called Johnson a “cavorting charlatan” who suffered from “moral bankruptcy” and exhibited “a contempt for the truth.”

Hastings, who employed Johnson when the future prime minister was in his 20s, was not the first to raise questions about his seriousness of purpose and inflated sense of self.

When Johnson was 17 and a student at Eton College, the all-boys boarding school that caters to the country’s elites, his classics teacher sent a letter home to Johnson’s father, Stanley.

“Boris really has adopted a disgracefully cavalier attitude to his classical studies,” the teacher, Martin Hammond, wrote, and “sometimes seems affronted when criticized for what amounts to a gross failure of responsibility.”

He added, speaking of the teenager who would grow up to be a prime minister: “I think he honestly believes that it is churlish of us not to regard him as an exception, one who should be free of the network of obligation that binds everyone else.”

The final lie that brought down the pyramid of untruths that sustained Boris Johnson’s premiership was a particularly unedifying one. His claim to be unaware of prior complaints about a member of his government accused of assault was swiftly exposed, leading to first a trickle, then a stampede of ministers from his tainted administration.

For another version from London (CNN) by Rosa Prince July 7, 2022

Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints” Hosea 11:12 

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be” Hosea 5:9

A Nuclear War in Ukraine?

•July 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The World After the Ukraine War, by John Mearsheimer / 28 Jun 2022

The Zerohedge by TYLER DURDEN / JUN 27, 2022

Mearsheimer on Ukraine: The US is to Blame!

The theorist of great power politics believes that NATO’s push eastward provoked Putin’s invasion, and only the Ukrainians can end it.

John Mearsheimer becomes a divisive figure in recent debates over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine because of a message he’s been sharing since 2014 (when Russia invaded and annexed Crimea): Putin’s aggression towards Ukraine isn’t about Russia’s expansionist ambitions or a desire to restore the nation’s global status to that of its Soviet glory days.

Instead, it’s about Western interventionism. Specifically, it’s about pressure by the US on Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and European Union (EU).

NATO membership has grown significantly since 1990 (see image below). Putin views this possible future, in which Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova join NATO and the EU, as an existential threat to Russia’s security and geopolitical interests.

So, even though Russia has clearly been the aggressor in the Ukran-Russia war, the US, not Russia, is to blame for the current predicament.

Mearsheimer explains how the Ukraine-Russia conflict came about:

I think all the trouble in this case really started in April, 2008, at the nato Summit in Bucharest, where afterward Nato issued a statement that said Ukraine and Georgia would become part of Nato. The Russians made it unequivocally clear at the time that they viewed this as an existential threat, and they drew a line in the sand.

Nevertheless, what has happened with the passage of time is that we have moved forward to include Ukraine in the West to make Ukraine a Western bulwark on Russia’s border. Of course, this includes more than just NATO expansion. NATO expansion is the heart of the strategy, but it includes EU expansion as well, and it includes turning Ukraine into a pro-American liberal democracy, and, from a Russian perspective, this is an existential threat.

Regarding the war’s consequences, the greatest danger is that the war will go on for months if not years, and that either NATO will get directly involved in the fighting or nuclear weapons will be used — or both. Furthermore, enormous damage has already been inflicted on Ukraine. A prolonged war is likely to wreak even more devastation on Ukraine.

Listen to Mearsheimer of how we could end up with nuclear weapons being used: The World After the Ukraine War

What is the Fullness of the Gentiles?

•July 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Paul makes a compelling observation—an affirmation he refers to as a mystery—that a blindness on the house of Jacob has happened until “the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.” The context helps us understand the meaning of the blindness and what is the fullness of the Gentiles. “For I, brethren, would not have you be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits: that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in,” Romans 11:25.

Could this times of the Gentiles spoken of in Luke 21:24 be also “the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled”? If so, would this coincide with a time when God will call the Gentiles for redemption?

Romans 11

I ask then: Hath God cast away His people? God forbid! For I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. — I say then; was Paul infering from the language of Isaiah just quoted that God has cast away his people? Far from that. Paul was himself too closely identified with his countrymen to look upon it with anything but horror;

— I also; this appeals to his own descent from Abraham seems to be called forth by the Apostle’s patriotic sympathy with his people, and not merely by the thought that he would be included in their rejection. 

God hath not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Know ye not what the Scripture saith of Elijah, how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, — the word “foreknew” is expressive not merely of foreseeing a thing, but implies in this place a previous purpose or plan;

— he meant by the people God had not cast away, namely, which were “foreknown” by him; for all mankind are in a sense his people, being made, maintained, and supported in their beings by him, for he foresaw their faith, holiness and good works, and so chose them for himself; for the kingdom of Jacob is destined to be a kingdom of priest.

“Lord, they have killed Thy prophets and torn down Thine altars, and I am left alone and they seek my life”? — this is the account which Obadiah gave Elijah when he met him 1 Kings 18:13 seems to favor such a supposition; seek my life; that is, Ahab and Jezebel seek to kill me. This they did because he had overcome and slain the prophets of Baal;

But what saith the answer of God unto him? “I have reserved to Myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.” — there was a chosen remnant of believing elects, who had righteousness; these were kept according to the election of grace; while the Israelite nation were as in a deep sleep.

Even so then, at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace. — as there was a remnant then, so also is there a remnant now; which could be the time of the Gentiles, that there should be due to some human merit on the part of those selection from among the nations.

And if by grace, then it is no longer by works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it be by works, then it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. — this is to combat a favorite notion of the Jews, that we are justified by obedience to the Law; but God could see character through the hearts. 

What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded,

according as it is written: “God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear, unto this day.” — the state of Israel and the Jewish nation were in a deep sleep, without knowledge of their danger, or concern about it; having no sense of their need of further repentence;

— “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18;

And David saith, “Let their table be made a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a recompense unto them. — their blessings upon the dining table shall be turned into curses, by reason of their depravity. The metaphors of a snare and a trap are taken from birds and beasts, which are allured into snares and traps to their destruction, by meat laid in their way.

10 Let their eyes be darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their backs alway.” — the house of Israel and the Jews today, as in the past, has many blind shepherd: “His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10.

11 I say then: Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid! But rather, through their fall salvation has come unto the Gentiles to provoke them to jealousy. — for to provoke them to jealousy; the reason why salvation had been extended to the Gentiles was to stir up the Israelites and Jews to emulation. Their privileges had made them negligent and apathetic. The sight of others stepping into those privileges was to rouse them from their apathy.

12 Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles, how much more their fullness? — if the Israelites have a designated 144,000 in their completeness, then perhaps the Gentiles would have a number, although we were never told how many for each of the other 69 nations or so in God’s list.

13 For I speak to you Gentiles. Inasmuch as I am the apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my office,

14 that by any means I may provoke to emulation those who are my flesh, and might save some of them. — I may provoke to emulation; may awaken up to zeal or to an earnest desire to obtain the like blessings. This was in accordance with the calling in of the Gentiles would excite their attention, and provoke them to deep feeling.

15 For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead? — here he denies they were cast away; they were cast away, though neither totally nor finally, and it is of this partial and temporary rejection that Paul here speaks.

16 For if the firstfruit be holy, the whole lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. — the lump is also holy; by lump, and branches, he means the people of the Jews that descended of these holy patriarchs, and spring from them, as branches from a root.

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree, — if some of the branches be broken off; the unbelieving Jews;

— fatness of the olive tree, he means, all the promises and privileges, the graces and ordinances, the spiritual blessings and benefits, which belonged to Abraham and his seed.

18 boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

— MSG Behind and underneath all this there is a holy, God-planted, God-tended root. If the primary root of the tree is holy, there’s bound to be some holy fruit. Some of the tree’s branches were pruned and you wild olive shoots were grafted in. Yet the fact that you are now fed by that rich and holy root gives you no cause to gloat over the pruned branches. Remember, you aren’t feeding the root; the root is feeding you.

19 Thou wilt say then, “The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in.” — the branches were broken off; the Jews were rejected in order that the gospel might be preached to the Gentiles and be grafted in.

20 Thou sayest well! Because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear;

— PHILLIPS But if some of the branches of the tree have been broken off, while you, like shoots of wild-olive, have been grafted in, and don’t share like a natural branch the rich nourishment of the root, don’t let yourself feel superior to those former branches. (If you feel inclined that way, remind yourself that you do not support the root, the root supports you.) You may make the natural retort, “But the branches were broken off to make room for my grafting!” It wasn’t quite like that. They lost their position because they failed to believe; you only maintain yours because you do believe. The situation does not call for conceit but for a certain wholesome fear. If God removed the natural branches for a good reason, take care that you don’t give him the same reason for removing you.

21 for if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee. — if God proceeded with so much severity against his ancient people the Jews, you Gentiles may in reason expect as great severity, if you take not heed to yourselves, and to your standing.

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in His goodness. Otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off. — behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: toward them that fell, severity (to be a warning to thee); 

— but toward thee, God’s goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they, if they abide not still in their unbelief, shall be grafted in: for God is able to graft them in again. 

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. — for God is able to graft them in again; as many of them were in the times of the apostles, and some since, for nothing is impossible with God; he can remove their unbelief, knock off the shackles and fetters in which they are held, and bring, them out of the prison of blindness.

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these, which are the natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? — grafted contrary to nature, as signifying contrary to the usual way of ingrafting; which is, not to insert a wild scion into a good stock, but a good scion into a wild stock.

25 For I, brethren, would not have you be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits: that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in. — ignorant of this mystery; the word “mystery” means properly what is “concealed, hidden, or unknown”

— the fulness of the Gentiles, as above, the complete number; the full complement of the Gentiles; that is, that this blindness is to continue until great numbers of the Gentiles shall be converted, whose number, and the time of their conversion, is still concealed and hidden from us;

— perhaps this fullness of the Gentiles could be another 144,000; placing itself side by side with those 144,000 of the twelve tribes of Israel signifies by the two loaves of bread as firstfruits on the day of Pentecost? Leviticus 23:17; comparing Revelation 7 with 14;

— as to the timing for their redemption, its main harvest could be during the period of 190 years, described as a time of Jacob’s trouble, just before the Millenium; for more see Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years.

26 And so all Israel shall be saved, as it is written: “There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. — —

27 For this is My covenant unto them when I shall take away their sins.” — —

28 Concerning the Gospel, they are enemies for your sake; but concerning the election, they are beloved for the fathers’ sakes. — —

29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. — —

30 For as in times past ye have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief, — —

31 even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy. — —

32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that He might have mercy upon all. — —

33 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgements, and His ways past finding out! — —

34 “For who hath known the mind of the Lord? Or who hath been His counselor?” — —

35 Or, “who hath first given to Him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again?” — —

36 For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things, to whom be glory for ever. Amen. — —

Pompeo’s or America’s “Holy War”?

•July 9, 2022 • 2 Comments

“America’s Holy War” to Conquer Russia and China, declared Mike Pompeo

Global Research By Eric Zuesse / July 04, 2022

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo a ‘lying, cheating clown’ claiming to be a Christian! Such is a blalant abomination!

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On June 24th, at the think tank, the Hudson Institute, U.S. President Trump’s CIA chief and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, delivered a 5,000+-word speech, suggesting that America has an essentially God-assigned mission to control the world, so as to preserve freedom and democracy for everybody, and that victory against Russia and China is therefore obligatory for the United States and its allies, not only to serve God but also to serve God’s People, because “central to the economic wellbeing of American families is a United States that leads.

It leads all across the world, both in military and in economic power”; and, so,

“We must act in concert with our allies to affect strategic clarity, unmistakable to both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. We must prevent the formation of a Pan-Eurasian colossus incorporating Russia, but led by China. To do that, we have to strengthen NATO.”

Furthermore, “The AUKUS Union [the recently U.S.-UK-created Asian military alliance] should be folded into this expanded security alliance,” so that NATO will become a global alliance against Russia and China, in order to preserve America’s world leadership.

His basic argument was that it’s either us or them, and they must be conquered, because God wants it, and we serve Him.

Pompeo did not argue that World War III will entail sacrifices for any of God’s People, but instead that winning this war will be necessary for the future safety and prosperity of the peoples of America, and of all countries that it will be leading, to conquer Russia and China.

The current U.S. Secretary of State, Antony Binken, or even President Biden himself, could have delivered this speech for themselves, with remarkably little modification, because the beliefs that it expresses are mainstream — and not ONLY in the U.S., but also in UK, and even in most of Europe (except for Russia and Belarus).

Pompeo’s personal background is a fundamentalist Christian whose entire life has been spent in the military-industrial complex and oil industries, and politics. He was first in his class at West Point, an editor of the Harvard Law Review, and cofounded Thayer Aerospace, before entering politics in 2011.

Here are highlights from his speech (including, without comment, its many historical falsehoods, because this is the ordinary way he writes (and extemporaneously speaks). These excerpts are taken from the text that he himself wrote, before he delivered the complete address, from his lectern, at that military-industrial-complex institution, on June 24th.

America and NATO’s Outrageous Behavior, Greatest Threat that Exists

America and the nations of the world cannot continue the pretense that the war in Ukraine can end in a negotiated peace, which mollifies Russia. For such a peace cannot be negotiated with Vladimir Putin. Ukraine must win this war. It must win this war decisively if it is to realize peace, independence and freedom. Same goes for Europe. …

This war, Putin’s war, is to expunge Ukraine as a sovereign nation and as a people. Ukraine is to be folded into the new Russian Empire that seeks to become a rump of the Soviet Union. Nine, count them, nine American presidents from each of our political parties. Nine American presidents dismembered the Soviet Empire at enormous great human costs, to allow it to even begin to be reconstitution unthinkable.

Putin’s illegal assault of war represents a planned genocide, which is deliberate obliteration of a people, as defined by the 1948 United Nations. Though each genocide is different and unique as John mentioned, the one taking place in Xinjiang. This genocide that we’re seeing today is like the Holodomor engineered by Stalin that murdered millions of Ukrainians and it must be named to be fought. …

Putin may or may not be ill, but what is certain, what is certain is that he cannot contain his murderous fury. That he still leads a country exemplifies Russia’s decline into the abyss of madness. …

Both a mass murderer and a serial killer. Putin is that. I pray that Russia will reclaim its soul, its country’s soul. But it cannot do so as long it is led by a man who does not evince any concern for the horrific carnage he has wrought, or any concern for his own people.

Putin has this dream, to reestablish a lost empire. If America behaves properly, it will not occur. And we know this, we know that the dreams of dictators quickly become nightmares. …

It is my conviction that America and the West must acknowledge the centrality of hydrocarbon energy to the world geopolitics and indeed to man’s ability, humanity’s ability to adapt a cornerstone of life. …

Had the current administration maintained American energy dominance rather than prostrate itself to radicals, America could have led the way in securing the world’s hydrocarbon needs during this war. But because America’s abdicated this vital role, the war in Ukraine is compounding the pain that consumers are feeling today to cool their homes and to drive their vehicles. …

These nations were unchained in 1991 because of the collapse of the Soviet Union. And we dare not let any of them be recaptured by Russia. …

I believe Ukraine has found it’s [George] Washington in the embodiment of a single man. His name is Volodymyr Zelenskyy. …

America and the nations of the world cannot continue the pretense that the war in Ukraine can end in a negotiated peace, which mollifies Russia. For such a peace cannot be negotiated with Vladimir Putin. Ukraine must win this war. It must win this war decisively if it is to realize peace, independence and freedom. Same goes for Europe. …

This war can be won if America and our allies supply a range of our most capable conventional weapons to Kyiv. Dauntlessness is needed to end the war in Ukraine, seriousness of purpose. NATO solidarity is essential Germany and France must not defer to any of the Kremlin’s wishes. America and Britain have supplied multiple launch rocket systems. …

We must not give heat to Russia’s false claim that it believes its borders are threatened. This is silliness. …

I believe deeply that the weakness that was expressed in America’s undisciplined withdrawal from Afghanistan was interpreted by Vladimir Putin as a green light. …

As Secretary of State, I built upon my work as the director of the CIA to aid President Trump in formulating concrete terms that would’ve allowed for force reductions and withdrawal from Afghanistan but without the debacle. …

We know China’s intention. It’s intent on dominating global infrastructure development through its Belt and Road Initiative. But this is subterfuge. It hides. It’s a deceit. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is a form of imperialism. It is the manifestation of a corrupt intent to entrap less developed countries with promises of loans and infrastructure improvements. …

Every president since Truman believed Taiwan’s existence is crucial to America’s defense. I believe that with all my heart. The 1970 Taiwan Relations Act requires that we maintain Taiwan’s defensive abilities to thwart an attack, but we’re now in danger of becoming complacent. The capture of Taiwan would grant the following objectives to Beijing: it would severely reduce American influence in the Indo-Pacific. …

Our relationship with Taiwan should be reinforced at every turn. It’s become a shining example in Taiwan of democracy, democracy for Asian peoples, and a hope to all of Asia. …

Central to the economic wellbeing of American families is a United States that leads. It leads all across the world, both in military and in economic power. …

I hope that my words today will galvanize American support for Ukraine and for Europe, for such aid is essential if we’re to enforce the national security policies that place American public interest as of paramount importance. …

We must act in concert with our allies to affect strategic clarity, unmistakable to both Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. We must prevent the formation of a Pan-Eurasian colossus incorporating Russia, but led by China. To do that, we have to strengthen NATO. …

Moving past our current geo-strategic focus, the United States must help in building of the three lighthouses for liberty. These beacons should be centered on nations that have great strife: Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan. They can be the hubs of new security architecture that links alliances of free nations globally, reinforcing the strengths of each member state, in time, linking these three bastions with NATO, as well as the new and expanded security framework for the Indo-Pacific will form a global alliance for freedom. This will benefit America.

“The need for this network of alliances is patent and cannot come too soon. The world has become too small for free countries to not be part of something greater, which will forestall armed conflict rather than react to it. …

The people of America are committed to seeing Ukraine emerge from this war as an undivided nation which will be a beacon to all, to show the world the primacy of freedom, determination, and of love. Thank you, and God bless you. …

The above is what Mike Pompeo had said, but what God had said through his prophets are very different; below is just one example from Ezekiel 36:

16 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

17 “Son of man, when the house of Israel dwelt in their own land, they defiled it by their own way and by their doings; their way was before Me as the uncleanness of a removed woman. — the house or mountain of Israel; this prophecy is concerning the desolations of the United States, the UK and France. And the house of Israel is judged in relation to the “nations”

— the house of Israel includes “the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” Ezekiel 36:4; these are the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.;

— and their shoots and branches: colonies Ezekiel 36:4; Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa; American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (US); Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Virgin Islands (UK); Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Mayotte, Réunion (France).

18 Therefore I poured My fury upon them for the blood that they had shed upon the land and for their idols wherewith they had polluted it.

19 And I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries; according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

20 And when they entered unto the nation whither they went, they profaned My holy name, when they said to them, ‘These are the people of the Lord, and are gone forth out of His land.’ — they profaned my holy name; by their pornography, sexual immorality and promiscuity, by their violation of both tables of laws; by their gun violence, family breakdown, homelessness;

— and by their use of dirty language while invoking God’s name, whereby they gave the Gentiles an occasion to reproach them, their religion, and their God, Romans 2:24; and not only do they promote LGBTQIA and other filths at home but being hubris and narcissistic they also try to promote and enforce them onto other nations; in doing so “they profaned My holy name,” so said the Lord!

21 But I had pity (concern) for Mine holy name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations whither they went. —”I will be sparing of my holy Name;” that is, I will care for my honor; for the glory of my name, had I destroyed them;

—they profaned my holy name; by their irreligion and immorality; by their violation of both tables of the law; by their wicked lives and conversations, whereby they gave the enemy an occasion to reproach them, their religion, and their God,

22 “Therefore say unto the house of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord God: I do not this for your sakes, O house of Israel, but for Mine holy name’s sake, which ye have profaned among the nations whither ye went. — because Israel has defiled its land by their sins, God has scattered them among the heathen; also because they also profaned His name among the heathen, He will exercise judgement for the sake of His holy name, purify them and cleanse them of their sins;

23 And I will sanctify My great name which was profaned among the nations, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord, saith the Lord God, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. — again, God says Israel had profaned his holy name among the nations; by their lies and deceits, by their irreligion and immorality; by their violation of both tables of the law; by their wicked lives and conversations, whereby they gave the enemy an occasion to reproach them, their religion, and their God;

24 For I will take you from among the nations and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land. — this applies to both the house of Judah and the house of Israel. The house of Judah has largely returned to its land; that is, into the land of Canaan, but the house of Israel has yet to do so.

25 “‘Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you. — God speaks primarily of the cleansing of the house of Jacob from idolatry and such gross outward sins, lying, cheating and swearings and their blasphemy against him; purification by water and blood could take place in difficult ways: by the sword, by famine and pestilences and by captivity;

— for it says in Ezekiel 5:12 “A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee; and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.”

26 A new heart also will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh.

27 And I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and ye shall keep My judgements and do them. — today, instead of keeping God’s feasts in Leviticus 23, more than 98.5 percent of Christians are honouring the Sun by observing Sunday worship. They have “their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the SUN toward the east; whose Godly judgement is to be stoned to death – ’till they die;

— but with God’s spirits people will find it easier to understand and keep God’s law, statutes and judgement.

28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God. — and ye shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers…. not only shall be brought into it, but shall inhabit it, and continue there, and that in great safety and plenty; because this land between the rivers is the gift of God and what he gave to their fathers, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and to their seed by promise made long ago.

29 “‘I will also save you from all your uncleannesses; and I will call for the corn and will increase it, and lay no famine upon you. — after purification from all their filthy lusts of pride, envy, malice, covetousness, whoredom, blasphemy and infidelity; by the sword, by famine and pestilences and by captivity, then God will save them from all their uncleannesse;

30 And I will multiply the fruit of the tree and the increase of the field, that ye shall receive no more reproach of famine among the nations. this is flashing forward to the Millenium when Israel will fully keep God’s laws and judgements, they shall dwell permanently in a good land. Israel’s hold on its country was its obedience, not its prowess.

31 Then shall ye remember your own evil ways and your doings that were not good, and shall loathe yourselves in your own sight for your iniquities and for your abominations. — only after purification by the sword, famine, pestilences and captivity could they see themselves cleanly;

32 Not for your sakes do I this, saith the Lord God, be it known unto you: be ashamed and confounded for your own ways, O house of Israel!

33 “‘Thus saith the Lord God: In the day that I shall have cleansed you from all your iniquities I will also cause you to dwell in the cities, and the wastes shall be rebuilt. — again, only after purification by the sword, famine, pestilences and captivity could they see themselves cleanly from all their iniquities;

— Gentile nations should learn from the Israelite expenences, so that they don’t have to go through such a tumultuous experience.

34 And the desolate land shall be tilled, whereas it lay desolate in the sight of all that passed by.

35 And they shall say, “This land that was desolate has become like the Garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities have become fortified and are inhabited.” — for delight and fruitfulness: this may well be applied to the flourishing and fruitful state that could only be achieved during the Millenium.

36 Then the nations that are left round about you shall know that I, the Lord, build the ruined places and plant that which was desolate. I, the Lord, have spoken it, and I will do it.’ — again, Gentile nations should learn from the Israelite expenences, as was in Mount Sinai, their blindness and ignorance, their unbelief and hardness of heart, so that they don’t have to go through such a terrifying experience.

37 “Thus saith the Lord God: I will yet for this be inquired of by the house of Israel to do it for them. I will increase them with men like a flock.

38 As the holy flock, as the flock of Jerusalem in her solemn feasts, so shall the waste cities be filled with flocks of men; and they shall know that I am the Lord.” — God said of the house of Israel that “they shall know that I am the Lord” this implies that they do not know God at this time, despite many claim they are Christians, a few pretentious at best. How could they? In today’s world of professing Christians, no less than 99.99 percent of them don’t even know the Oracles of God!

Covid-19 may have originated in US biolab

•July 8, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Covid-19 may have originated in US biolab – Lancet chair, Jeffrey Sachs 

RT 1 July 2022

Jeffrey Sachs, who chairs Covid-19 commission at the prestigious medical journal, has claimed the deadly virus did not come out of nature

Covid-19 did not come from nature but rather was an accidental release “out of US lab biotechnology”, world-renowned economist and author Jeffrey Sachs has claimed (12-13th minutes). He was speaking at a conference hosted by the think tank GATE Center, in Spain, in mid-June.

While introducing this “provocative statement,” Sachs suggested that he was in the loop, as he chairs the Covid-19 commission at prestigious medical journal The Lancet.

So it’s a blunder, in my view, of biotech, not an accident of a natural spillover,” he reiterated.

The academic noted that while “we don’t know for sure” if this is the case, there is “enough evidence” pointing to this, which “should be looked into.” Sachs lamented that this version is, however, “not being investigated, not in the United States, not anywhere.

Back in May, Sachs, along with Columbia University professor of molecular pharmacology and therapeutics Neil Harrison, penned an article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggesting Covid-19 had originated in a laboratory. In the paper, the two academics called for greater transparency on the part of US federal agencies and universities, arguing that a lot of pertinent evidence was not disclosed.

Virus databases, biological samples, viral sequences, email communications, and laboratory notebooks could all help shed light on the pandemic origin, according to Sachs and Harrison. However, none of these materials had been subjected to “independent, transparent, and scientific scrutiny,” they argued.

As an indicator that Covid 19 had originated from a laboratory, the authors brought up the fact that a sequence of eight amino acids on a critical part of the virus’s spike protein is similar to an amino acid sequence found in cells that line human airways.

In fact, Sachs is not the first one to suggest that the deadly virus had not occurred naturally.

While there is no conclusive evidence that would trace Covid-19’s origin beyond a reasonable doubt, the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded in February 2021 that it had most likely been transmitted from an animal, possibly a bat, to humans.

The highly contagious virus was first identified in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. It then quickly spread globally, with several waves claiming millions of lives by May 2022, according to the WHO.

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What is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble?

•July 7, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Bible propheies reveal there will be a time known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble? (Jeremiah 30:7) The house of Jacob involves all the twelve tribes, both the house of Judah and the house of Israel. So what is it? When is it? And how long will it be?

Could it coincide with the Times of the Gentiles spoken of in Luke 21:24 “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.”

It seems possible. The fall by the edge of the sword upon Jerusalem could occur when the house of Judah is again taken into captivity under Ezekiel 4; when Exekiel was made to bear the iniquity of Judah for forty years; where Judah shall bear his iniquity for forty days, for God have appointed them a day for a year.

A narror context is in Jeremiah 30:6-8

6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?

7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

8 “‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ saith the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more be served by him.

What is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble? Jeremiah 30:17

The larger context is in the full chapter of Jeremiah 30

1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,

2 “Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying: ‘Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. — saying, write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book; being things of consequence, that they might remain to after ages; and be read to the use, comfort, and edification of the Lord’s people, in times to come.

3 For lo, the days come,’ saith the Lord, ‘that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah,’ saith the Lord; ‘and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’” — and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it; the land of Canaan, given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and which shall be again by the Jews their posterity; for, without that the Jews upon their call and conversion shall return to their own land, in a literal sense, I see not how we can understand this, and many other prophecies.

4 And these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and concerning Judah: — and these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel, and concerning Judah. Which follow in this chapter and the next; first concerning Israel, the ten tribes; and then concerning the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, even concerning all Israel; whereas, if this prophecy only respects the return from the captivity in Babylon, there is very little in it which concerns the ten tribes, or but a very few of them. The words may be rendered, “unto Israel, and unto Judah”; as being the persons to whom they were directed, as well as were the subjects of them;

— Ezekiel 36:1 says “the mountain of Israel” which includes the United States, UK and France; 36:6 “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys” these are the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg;

— 36:8 shoot forth your branches; that is, the trees that grew upon them should; the vines, and the olive trees, planted on hills and mountains; these are their colonies: Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa; American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands (US); Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Falkland Islands, Gibraltar, Virgin Islands (UK); Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Mayotte, Réunion (France).

5 “For thus saith the Lord: ‘We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear and not of peace. — we have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace; which is to be understood, of the fear and dread injected into them by the Babylonians when they besieged their city, and burned that, and their temple; nor of the fear and dread which came upon the Babylonians at the taking of their city by Cyrus, upon which followed the deliverance of the Jews.;

But why “a voice of trembling?”

What is the Time of Jacob’s Trouble?

— Isaiah 28:1-4 Ephraim is a fading flower; beauty “whose glorious beauty or ornament is a fading flower” and here repeated to show the certainty of its fading, and to awaken their attention to it; – the image of “drunkards” it was the custom at feasts to wreathe with flowers; so this indispensable Ephraim stood upon the head of the fertile valley,” that is, situated on a hill surrounded with the rich valleys as the best of a garland; but that garland is “fading,” and this intoxicated Ephraim is now close to ruin, not to be depended upon, soon to be destroyed and discarded away quickly.

— while it is yet in his hand he eats it up; and as soon as he has got it into his hand, he cannot keep it there to look at, or forbear eating it, but greedily devours and swallows it down at once; denoting what a desirable prey the ten tribes would be to their enemies from the South, and how swift, sudden and inevitable would be their destruction.

6 Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? Why do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? — wherefore do I see every man with his hands his loins, as a woman in travail; the usual posture of women in such a condition, trying hereby to abate their pain, and ease themselves;

— this metaphor of “a man travails with child” is to express the sharpness of distress; as the pains of a woman in travail are very sharp, yet short, and, when over, quickly forgotten; and so it wilt be at this time; it will be a sharp trial of both the house of Judah and the house of Israel; but it will last but for a short time; and the joy and happy times that will follow will soon cause it to be forgotten.

7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it. — the “time of Jacob’s trouble” could parallel Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years (or 190/150/40 years).

8 “‘For it shall come to pass in that day,’ saith the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more be served by him.

9 But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them. — and David their king; not literally, who shall be raised up from the dead, and reign over them in the Millenium.

10 “‘Therefore fear thou not, O My servant Jacob,’ saith the Lord; ‘neither be dismayed, O Israel; for lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid. — this is prophetic, into our times, both the house of Judah and the house of Israel will go into captivity again; their return are “from afar” whereas Babylon is nearby comparatively;

this period of time “of their captivity” could be the Time of Jacob’s Trouble!

11 For I am with thee,’ saith the Lord, ‘to save thee; though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee; but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.’ — though I will make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee; a full end has been made of the Assyrians, Chaldeans, and Egyptians; these people and their names are no more;

— the destruction of the national life of the heathen nations on whom judgment was to fall should be complete and irreversible, so that Moab, Ammon, Edom, should no more have a place in the history of the world;

— the Targum says, “in destroying I will not destroy thee.”

12 “For thus saith the Lord: ‘Thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound is grievous.

13 There is none to plead thy cause, that thou mayest be bound up; thou hast no healing medicines.

— and “thy bruise is incurable, and thy wound grievous” and “none to plead thy cause” is because His shepherd are blind, ignorant and all like dumb dogs: “His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10.

14 All thy lovers have forgotten thee; they seek thee not; for I have wounded thee with the wound of an enemy, with the chastisement of a cruel one for the multitude of thine iniquity, because thy sins were increased. — all thy lovers have forgotten thee… the Egyptians and Assyrians were historic, but Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Turkey, Germany and Spain could be futuristic, whom they sought unto for help, and entered into an alliance with, and who promised them great things; but forgot their promises and forsook them (more at the end)

15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? Thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity; because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.

16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured, and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that despoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey. — and all thine adversaries, everyone of them shall, as were the Assyrians, Egyptians, Chaldeans, Grecians, the Romans and the Papacy, shall also go into destruction; Revelation 13:10.

17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds,’ saith the Lord, ‘because they called thee an outcast, saying, “This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.”’

18 “Thus saith the Lord: ‘Behold, I will bring back from captivity Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwelling places; and the city shall be built upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof. — and have mercy on his dwelling places; by restoring Israel, or Jacob’s posterity, to their dwelling places in Jerusalem, and other places rebuilt by them and for them;

— the Targum says, “I will have mercy on his cities.”

19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry; and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.

20 Their children also shall be as in former time, and their congregation shall be established before Me, and I will punish all that oppress them.

21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto Me; for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto Me?’ saith the Lord.

22 ‘And ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.’”

23 Behold, the whirlwind of the Lord goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind; it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.

24 The fierce anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has done it, and until He has performed the intents of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it. — in the latter days ye shall consider it; and in the latter day you shall understand it; and see it wholly and fully accomplished. The eyes of His shepherd shall finally be opened!

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More about “all thy lovers have forgotten thee” Jeremiah 30:14 with a parallel verse in Ezekiel 16:37

behold, therefore I will gather all thy lovers with whom thou hast taken pleasure, and all them that thou hast loved, with all them that thou hast hated. I will even gather them round about against thee and will uncover thy nakedness unto them, that they may see all thy nakedness Ezekiel 16:37 — when the going gets tough, the tough gets going and American allies (Germany, Turkey, S Korea, the Philippines and Japan) will take their own interests first, team up with other enemies of the United States (Iran, N Korea, Russia and China; Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua) and will turn against the United States.

And this is not these countries’ doings, but it is God’s will that will cause these allies to be against the United States, and it is again God’s will through His Spirits that will trap the United States in a snare “And I will spread My net upon him, and he shall be taken in My [not China’s nor Russia’s] snare,” Ezekiel 17:20; and he will be like a beast caught in a cage squealing away to no avail, then uncover her nakedness, American nakedness.

Proud Boys Designated as Terrorists

•July 6, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Proud Boys are now designated as a terrorist organisation in New Zealand. Here’s why it matters

Reported by Stuff / Thomas Manch, Jun 30 2022

The Proud Boys, a fascist organisation in the US, has been designated a terrorist organisation under New Zealand law. The Government says the group poses a “significant threat” to New Zealand, despite there being no evidence of a connection to the country.

Gavin McInnes started the Proud Boys in 2016; promotes the use of violence to advance the group’s fascist, white nationalist goals

Why it matters

The Proud Boys were designated a terrorist group alongside The Base, another US-based organisation that has plotted violence to spark a “race war.” It’s the first time far-right or white supremacist organisations have been deemed terrorist entities by the Government, which has previously used the law for Islamic extremists, Irish and South American nationalists, and the Christchurch mosque terrorist.

  • The Proud Boys are described as a violent, fascist organisation by the Government.
  • The police have published a lengthy document detailing why the Proud Boys have been designated a terrorist organisation. Essentially, the Proud Boys were deemed a terrorist organisation because they attempted to stop a democratic process in the US for their racist and fascist aims.
  • The designation means people who recruit for the Proud Boys or provide them with material support could be prosecuted under the Terrorism Suppression Act (TSA). It does not make it a crime to be a member of the group.
  • Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern signed off the terrorist designation for the group on June 20, according to a June 27 entry in the New Zealand Gazette. The designation was otherwise not publicised. Ardern, who is travelling in Europe, has yet to comment on the matter. The last time she made such a designation was in August 2020, when she deemed the Christchurch mosque shooter a terrorist under the TSA.
  • The police are tasked with investigating and prosecuting terrorism in New Zealand, and maintain the list of terrorist entities.
  • Gavin McInnes, a co-founder of Vice magazine, started the Proud Boys in 2016. According to details published by the police, McInnes promoted the use of violence to advance the group’s fascist, white nationalist goals.
  • Enrique Tarrio became chairman of the Proud Boys in 2018 and escalated the group’s violence.

The breakdown

  • The Proud Boys are defined as “crypto-fascist”, meaning they make cryptic references to their intentions and aims to obscure their fascist nature. Fascist aspects of the Proud Boys include their support of a strongman political figure, former US president Donald Trump, and their expressed white nationalist, racist and anti-Semitic views.
  • Members of the group were key participants in attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, and five of its members, including Tarrio, are now awaiting trial on charges including sedition.
  • The attack on the Capitol, which has been called an attempted coup or insurrection, was aimed at stopping the finalisation of the 2020 US election result, which was set to oust the Trump administration and place US President Joe Biden in power.
  • The attack is currently being scrutinised in the US by a high-power congressional committee, with a series of public hearing revealing new details about Trump’s knowledge of the attack.
  • In the police document, the Proud Boys were described as having unconnected branches in Canada and Australia. There was no mention of the Proud Boys having a presence in, or connection to, New Zealand.
  • Canada designated the Proud Boys a terrorist group in February 2021.

Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD saith thus: “Wailing shall be in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing. And in all vineyards shall be wailing, for I will pass through thee,” saith the LORD.
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! To what end is it for you? The day of the LORD is darkness, and not light: as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? Amos 5:16-20

The Ox without the Unicorn

•July 5, 2022 • Leave a Comment

More on the Ox and the Unicorn:

Let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his ox (bullock), and his horns are like the horns of unicorns. With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh,” Deuteronomy 33:16-17.

On closer look, the Ox and the Unicorn as two separate animals is a misconception. First the scene: “the head of Joseph” and upon Joseph’s head is “his glory;” which is like “the firstling of his ox.” Joseph doesn’t have horns but the Ox has. And upon its horns, that is, the horns of the ox, these are “like the horns of unicorns.” These horns arise from the ox and not from the head of Joseph; and such horns look like that from the unicorns!

Only One Mystical Animal: The Ox with Horns of a Unicorn, but no Unicorn

So what does this mean? It means there is only one mystical animal, and the horns are only auxiliaries of the Ox. Strictly speaking, the unicorn doesn’t exist. As Ephraim is known as the Ox, it carries all the horns with it. That is, all the nations in the Manasseh camp are being carried on the shoulder of the United States. Being far more dominant, Ephraim led the pack!

The NOG translates this well: “They will be as majestic as a firstborn bull. Their horns will be like the horns of a wild ox. They will use them to push away nations including those at the ends of the earth. The tens of thousands from the tribe of Ephraim and the thousands from the tribe of Manasseh will be like this.”

Since Brexit, the UK has followed US policy closer and closer until it is as if the UK is a state and mouthpiece of the United States. Both Australia and New Zealand are treaty allies of the US in the trilateral ANZUS (Australia, New Zealand and the US) Treaty as well as in Five Eyes (FVEY) intelligence alliance, the latter also comprising Canada and the UK.

Additionally, Australia, the US and the UK also announced a trilateral AUKUS arrangement last September. Under AUKUS, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) would get access to technology to develop advanced nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs). New Zealand, who used to have a fiercely independent foreign policy, now seems to have allowed herself more and more aligned with the group. Spearheaded by the US, these five nations move around together in a pack; its nerve center radiating from Washington DC, not London.

But eventually they, together with Ephraim’s other brothers, that is, all the twelve tribes, would face a tumultuous time known as the time of Jacob’s Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7). Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it. That is, all the combined wars of WWI, WWII, Vietnam and Korea, would pale in comparison!

And here are a few prophecies!

“The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet” Isaiah 28:3

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke; among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be,” Hosea 5:9

“For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah; I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him,” Hosea 5:14

And refering to the shepherd of Israel, the Scripture says they are blind, ignorant and all like dumb dogs: “His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10.

The Ukraine Distraction

•July 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Ukraine war: the US will ramp up military presence across Europe! This is a result of a misguided strategic thinking “We Must Fight Them Over There So We Don’t Have To Fight Them Over Here.”

BBC reports 30, June, 2022

The US will increase its military presence across Europe as Nato agreed a “fundamental shift” in its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Nato to expand troops to well over 300,000 at eastern flank ready to fight Russia

A permanent army headquarters will be created in Poland, while new US warships will go to Spain, fighter jets to the UK and ground troops to Romania.

Mr Biden said Nato was “needed now more than it has ever been.”

The alliance is having its biggest overhaul since the Cold War, Nato head Jens Stoltenberg said.

The new plan in response to Russia’s invasion will mean well over 300,000 troops – spearheaded by the US – at high readiness next year, up from the current level of 40,000.

Mr Biden told a summit in Madrid that Nato would be “strengthened in all directions across every domain – land, air and sea”.

Latinos charging towards the Mexico Border, joining 60 millions already have crossed over

“We Must Fight Them Over There So We Don’t Have To Fight Them Over Here” but the real US problem is over here! Everyday there are caravens of migrants heading to the Mexican border and crossing into the US from the Global South. A couple of millions accumulative year on year added to those already here.

One Report by McKinsey says of the 60 millions Latinos are already in the US that had migrated from the South; they often live in ‘deserts’ where adequate housing, groceries are hard to find. “Nearly 9 in 10 of the Latino residents in such communities lived in five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”

Scene of Dry Branches and Dry Leaves, just need Someone to lit the Fire!

McKinsey: Latinos are projected to make up 22.4 percent of the US labor force by 2030 and more than 30 percent by 2060 (Latinos population to 111.2 million by ’60).

The followings already have Spanish as their second language: Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virgina, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Rhodes Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland.

The minor exceptions are: North Dakota (German), Maine (French), Vermont (French), New Hampshire (French), Louisiana (French), Alaska (Yupik), Hawaii (Tagalog).

And given enough time, and as certain as the sun will rise tomorrow, the US will be swarmed by the Global South!

For a Biblical perspective of this potential explosive violence, and how “Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee,” see the Sword from the South!

A Study of Matthew 28:19

•July 3, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Trinitarian believers use two verses of the New Testament to justify the existence of the Trinity in the Godhead, namely I John 5:7 and Matthew 28:19. For there are three that bear record in Heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. I John 5:7. But it is well known that the authenticity of this verse has been a subject of much controversy as it was found that the fidelity and accuracybof this verse is wanting in all the ancient Greek. 

I John 5:7 seems like it appears as if this verse was inserted by the Trinitarian advocates against the Arians. Without the insertation, the most sensible appears to be the AMP version, “For there are three witnesses: 8 the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three are in agreement,” I John 5:7.

On Matthew 28:19 Trinitarins believe “To be baptized into the name of any one implies a professed dependance on him, and devoted subjection to him; to be baptized, therefore, into the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, implies a professed dependance on these three divine persons, jointly and equally, and a devoting of ourselves to them as worshippers and servants.”

Is it true? We’ll find out in this post.

Another view presented by Jews for Judiasm is linked here for your study.

Matthew 28:19 (KJV)

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth. 19 Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 20 teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world,” Amen.

If Matthew had written in Hebrew, one might expect to find evidence of this from some sources in early Christian literature. Indeed, this is the case:

​— “For Matthew, who had at first preached to the Hebrews, when he was about to go to other peoples, committed his Gospel to writing in his native tongue,” (Eusebius (260/265-339AD), Church History Book 3, Chapter 24, “The Order of the Gospels”); “So then Matthew wrote the oracles in the Hebrew language, and every one interpreted them as he was able,” (Papias (60-130AD) quoted by Eusebius, Church History Book 3, Chapter 39, “The Writings of Papias”).

​​— Irenaeus (130-202AD), in the second half of the second century, wrote: “Matthew also issued a written gospel among the Hebrews in their own dialect” (Against Heresies 3.1.1)

​— Origen of Alexandria, in about the mid third century wrote: “…..the four gospels…..first to be written was by Matthew…..who published it in Hebrew for Jewish believers” (Quoted by Eusebius, Church History 6.25).

​​— Eusebius in the first half of the fourth century wrote: “Matthew had first preached to Hebrews and…..transmitted in writing in his native language the gospel according to himself…..” (Church History 3.24)

​​— Jerome in the latter half of the fourth century or early fifth century wrote: “Matthew, who wrote the gospel in the Hebrew language…..” (Epistle 20:5)

​​​In “Hebrew Gospel of Matthew” by Professor George Howard from the University of Georgia, which contains a Hebrew version of Matthew from the 1300s, with an English translation.

Reading this version of Matthew is similar to reading an alternative translation of Scripture from one you’re accustomed to. The stories are familiar, but the wording is somewhat different with some interesting variant readings, omissions, additions etc.

​The big shock however is at the very end of chapter 28. The entire phrase “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” is missing!

​This book, Hebrew Gospel of Matthew, refers to early writings and their quotes from Scripture, particularly by Eusebius, one of the most significant Christian historical writers.

​Eusebius wrote a lot about the Scriptures, and frequently quoted from them. In his book published in English as “The Proof of the Gospel” (Original title “Demonstratio Evangelica”), one version of which has a Scripture index in the back (1981 version – Baker Book House), it can be found that in just this one book he quoted Matthew 28:19 no less than seven times – sometimes in part, sometimes in full.

Not once in Eusebius’ seven quotes of Matthew 28:19 does the phrase “baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost” appear!

​When he quotes the whole sentence, it reads as follows:

​“Go, and make disciples of all the nations in My Name, teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.”

Finally, throughout the book of Acts, when baptisms occur, they only mentioned this formulaic expression in the name of Jesus only. Here are some examples:

Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the holy spirit.

Acts 8:16 For it [the holy spirit] had not yet fallen upon any of them; they had simply been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 10:47-48 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the holy spirit just as we did, can he?” And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.

Acts 19:5-6 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the holy spirit came on them, and they began speaking with tongues and prophesying.

Basing on Matthew 28:19 for proof of the existence of the Trinity is like a house built on a mirage!

What Is the Holy Spirit?

A Study of Isaiah 61:1

•June 30, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The prophecies of the Messiah include His mission; some of which remain to be fulfilled. It includes the healing of the blind, which the Masoretes conspiciously deleted it out. Claiming that opening of the blinds isn’t one of the signs of messiahship, it is not surprising that the Jews for Judiasm and Rabbi Tovia Singer remain blinded who the Messiah is!

Isaiah 61 (JPS 1985)

1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me;
He has sent me as a herald of joy to the humble,
To bind up the wounded of heart,
To proclaim release to the captives,
Liberation to the imprisoned; — the phase “and recovering of sight to the blind” is nowhere to be found; same in the King James version; hence many Jews and Christians are still blinded (examples of Christ’s healings of the blinds in fulfilment of this prophecy are at the end)

2 To proclaim a year of the LORD’s favor
And a day of vindication by our God;
To comfort all who mourn—

Isaiah 61 (King James Version)

1 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound, — same here, the phase “and recovering of sight to the blind” is nowhere to be found;

To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn,

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Luke 4

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He hath anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor. He hath sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, — Luke quoted from the Septuagint instead of the Masoretic Text!

19 to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

20 And He closed the book, and He gave it again to the minister and sat down. And the eyes of all those who were in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

21 And He began to say unto them, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

Esias 61 (The Septuagint)

1 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me; he has sent me to preach glad tidings to the poor, to heal the broken in heart, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind; — Luke quoted from the Septuagint instead of the Masoretic Text!
2 to declare the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of recompence; to comfort all that mourn;
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Christ’s Healings of the blind:

There are 8 specific people who were given their sight and we have two more instances where we aren’t told how many people Jesus restored sight to. Following is a list of the 8 who were healed:

1. Matthew 9:27-31 Jesus gave sight to “two” blind men.

27 And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed Him, crying and saying, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on us!”

28 And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him, and Jesus said unto them, “Believe ye that I am able to do this?” They said unto Him, “Yea, Lord.”

29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith, be it unto you.”

30 And their eyes were opened, and Jesus strictly charged them, saying, “See that no man know it.”

31 But they, when they had departed, spread abroad His fame in all that country.

2. Mark 8:22-26 Jesus gave sight to a blind man in Bethsaida by spitting on his eyes.

22 And He came to Bethsaida, and they brought a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him.

23 And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw anything.

24 And he looked up and said, “I see men as trees, walking.”

25 After that He put His hands again upon his eyes and made him look up; and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

26 And He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.”

3. Matthew 12:22-23 Jesus gave sight to a man who was demon possessed, and blind and mute.

22 Then was brought unto Him one possessed with a devil, blind and dumb; and He healed him, so that the blind and dumb both spoke and saw.

23 And all the people were amazed and said, “Is not this the Son of David?”

4. Luke 18:35-43 Jesus gave sight to a blind man while coming into Jericho.

35 And it came to pass that as He was coming nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the wayside begging.

36 And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.

37 And they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by.

38 And he cried, saying, “Jesus, Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 And those who went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace, but he cried out all the more, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 And Jesus stood and commanded him to be brought unto Him. And when he had come near, He asked him,

41 saying, “What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?” And he said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

42 And Jesus said unto him, “Receive thy sight; thy faith hath saved thee.”

43 And immediately he received his sight and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

5. Matthew 20:29-34 Jesus gave sight to “two” blind men when leaving Jericho. One was named Bartimaeus (Mk 10:46-52)

29 And as they departed from Jericho, a great multitude followed Him.

30 And behold, two blind men were sitting by the wayside when they heard that Jesus was passing by, and they cried out, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David!”

31 And the multitude rebuked them, that they should hold their peace; but they cried out the more, saying, “Have mercy on us, O Lord, Thou Son of David!”

32 And Jesus stood still, and called them and said, “What will ye that I shall do unto you?”

33 They said unto Him, “Lord, that our eyes may be opened.”

34 So Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes, and immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.

6. John 9:1-41 Jesus gave sight to a blind man by putting clay on his eyes, and then having him wash it off in the Pool of Siloam.

John 9:1 And as Jesus passed by, He saw a man who was blind from his birth.

And His disciples asked Him, saying, “Master, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

Jesus answered, “Neither hath this man sinned nor his parents, but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

I must work the works of Him that sent Me while it is day; the night cometh when no man can work.

As long as I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.”

When He had thus spoken, He spat on the ground and made clay with the spittle; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay

and said unto him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which interpreted means, “Sent”). He went his way therefore and washed, and came back seeing.

The neighbors therefore, and those who before had seen that he was blind, said, “Is not this he that sat and begged?”

Some said, “This is he.” Others said, “He is like him.” But he said, “I am he!”

10 Therefore they said unto him, “How were thine eyes opened?”

11 He answered and said, “A man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed mine eyes, and said unto me, ‘Go to the pool of Siloam and wash.’ And I went and washed, and I received sight.”

12 Then they said unto him, “Where is he?” He said, “I know not.”

13 They brought to the Pharisees him that beforehand was blind.

14 And it was the Sabbath day when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes.

15 Then again the Pharisees also asked him how he had received his sight. He said unto them, “He put clay upon mine eyes, and I washed and do see.”

16 Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This man is not of God, because he keepeth not the Sabbath day.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such miracles?” And there was a division among them.

17 They said unto the blind man again, “What sayest thou of him, that he hath opened thine eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.”

18 But the Jews did not believe concerning him that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him that had received his sight.

19 And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who ye say was born blind? How then doth he now see?”

20 His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind;

21 but by what means he now seeth we know not, or who hath opened his eyes we know not. He is of age; ask him. He shall speak for himself.”

22 These words spoke his parents, because they feared the Jews; for the Jews had agreed already that if any man confessed that He was Christ, he should be put out of the synagogue.

23 Therefore said his parents, “He is of age; ask him.”

24 Then they again called the man who was blind and said unto him, “Give God the praise! We know that this man is a sinner.”

25 He answered and said, “Whether he be a sinner or not, I know not. One thing I know, that whereas I was blind, now I see.”

26 Then said they to him again, “What did he do to thee? How opened he thine eyes?”

27 He answered them, “I have told you already, and ye did not hear. Why would ye hear it again? Will ye also be his disciples?”

28 Then they reviled him and said, “Thou art his disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples.

29 We know that God spoke unto Moses. As for this fellow, we know not from whence he is.”

30 The man answered and said unto them, “Why, herein is a marvelous thing: that ye know not from whence he is, and yet he hath opened mine eyes.

31 Now we know that God heareth not sinners, but if any man be a worshiper of God and doeth His will, him He heareth.

32 Since the world began it was not heard that any man opened the eyes of one who was born blind.

33 If this man were not from God, he could do nothing.”

34 They answered and said unto him, “Thou wast altogether born in sins, and dost thou teach us?” And they cast him out.

35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out. And when He had found him, He said unto him, “Dost thou believe in the Son of God?”

36 He answered and said, “Who is he, Lord, that I might believe in him?”

37 And Jesus said unto him, “Thou hast both seen Him, and it is He that talketh with thee.”

38 And he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.

39 And Jesus said, “For judgment I am come into this world, that they that see not might see, and that they that see might be made blind.”

40 And some of the Pharisees who were with Him heard these words, and said unto Him, “Are we blind also?”

41 Jesus said unto them, “If ye were blind, ye should have no sin; but now ye say, ‘We see.’ Therefore your sin remaineth.

Lies about the Septuagint

•June 29, 2022 • 1 Comment

I used to believe the Masoretic Text was a perfect copy of the original Old Testament.  I used to believe that the Masoretic Text was how God divinely preserved the Hebrew Scriptures throughout the ages.

I was wrong. Further research proves that the Septuagint could be extremely useful, especially where the Masoretic Text is vague or at time even tampered with.

The Septuagint

The origin of the Septuagint started when seventy-two Jewish scholars were asked by the Greek King of Egypt Ptolemy II Philadelphus to translate the Torah from Biblical Hebrew into Greek, for inclusion in the Library of Alexandria.

Beginning of the Letter of Aristeas to Philocrates. Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, 11th century.

This narrative is found in the pseudepigraphic Letter of Aristeas to his brother Philocrates, and is repeated by Philo of Alexandria, Josephus and by various later sources, including St. Augustine. The story is also found in the Tractate Megillah of the Babylonian Talmud:

King Ptolemy once gathered 72 Elders. He placed them in 72 chambers, each of them in a separate one, without revealing to them why they were summoned. He entered each one’s room and said: “Write for me the Torah of Moshe, your teacher”. God put it in the heart of each one to translate identically as all the others did.

Philo of Alexandria, who relied extensively on the Septuagint, says that the number of scholars was chosen by selecting six scholars from each of the twelve tribes of Israel.

The Masoretic Text

The oldest copies of the Masoretic Text only date back to the 10th century, nearly 1000 years after the time of Christ. And these texts differ from the originals in many specific ways. The Masoretic text is named after the Masoretes, who were scribes and Torah scholars who worked  between the 7th and 11th centuries. The texts they received and the edits they provided ensured that the modern Jewish texts would manifest a notable departure from the original Hebrew Scriptures.

Historical research reveals five significant ways in which the Masoretic Text is different from the original Old Testament:

  1. The Masoretes admitted that they received corrupted texts to begin with.
  2. The Masoretic Text is written with a radically different alphabet than the original.
  3. The Masoretes added vowel points which did not exist in the original.
  4. The Masoretic Text excluded several books from the Old Testament scriptures.
  5. The Masoretic Text includes changes to prophecy and doctrine (Isa 7:14; 9:6).

From the Restored Church of God (A Pack of Lies):

David Pack alledges that the law portion of the Greek Septuagint version of Alexandria was translated from the Samaritan Pentateuch:

“The law portion of the Greek Septuagint version of Alexandria was translated from the Samaritan Pentateuch instead of the official Jewish Version. This can be absolutely proven by the 2,000 places where the Septuagint disagrees with the official Jewish Version, but agrees perfectly with the Samaritan Pentateuch.

“The Jews who translated the Septuagint were “Samaritan Jews.”” (From the booklet How We Got the Bible, pg 24).

And when it so happens that LORD God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to posses, you shall setup there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the altar to the LORD God of you. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to LORD God of you. And you bring on it ascend offerings to LORD God of you, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the LORD God of you. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Sechem. — additional words after Exodus 20:17 by incorporating building of an altar from neighbouring stones on Mount Grizim, not in Jerusalem, in their worship.

The above are 169 additional words in the Samaritan Pentateuch, but not in the Septuagint, so Pack’s allegation is bullshit to say that the Greek Septuagint “agrees perfectly with the Samaritan Pentateuch.”

In Deut 27:4 the Samaritan version altered the word Ebal to Garizim as the mountain upon which the altar should be erected  . . .

Masoretic Text Deut 27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, that ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Ebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster.

Septuagint Deut 27:4 And it shall be as soon as ye are gone over Jordan, ye shall set up these stones, which I command thee this day,on mount Gaebal, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster.

Samaritan Deuteronomy 27:4 Therefore it shall be when ye be gone over Jordan, [that] ye shall set up these stones, which I command you this day, in mount Gerizim, and thou shalt plaster them with plaster (The Samaritans stand alone to make Mt Gerizim as the sacred mountain).

Also in Deuteronomy 5:21, the Samaritan Pentateuch added these word:

And when it so happens that Yahuah God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to posses, you shall setup there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the  altar to the Yahuah God of you. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to Yahuah God of you. And you bring on it ascend offerings to Yahuah God of you, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the Yahuah God of you. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Sechem.

Again, the 169 additional words were not in the Septuagint, but added in the Samaritan Pentateuch.

Exodus 20:21 

And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God [was].And the Yahuah said to Moses to say: I heard what people have said. All that they have spoken to you, they have spoken wisely. All that they have spoken let them put in their hearts so that they can keep my commandments in all their days, so that it would be good to them and to sons of them forever. Prophet I shall raise up to them from the midsts of their brothers, and I will place words of me into his mouth to speak to them all that I’m commanding them. And it becomes that the man who will not listen to his words that are spoken in my name, I shall require from him. But the prophet who will speak insolently in my name that which I have not instructed him to speak, or if he speaks in the name of other Gods, such prophet shall die. And if you will ask yourself in your heart how you shall know which word God has spoken and which he has not, see if the word spoken comes to pass. And if it shall not come to pass then this is not the word of the Yahuah, in insolence spoken the prophet. Not you shall listen to him. Go now back to your tent and I will speak to you regarding all commandments and ordinances and verdicts that you shall teach them, and what to do in the land that I give them for possession.

The above additional 263 words in the Samaritan Pentateuch, which incorporates Deuteronomy 18:18 and others: I will raise up to them a prophet of their brethren, like thee; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them as I shall command him. Samaritans believe this Prophet (the Messiah) was to be from the line of the tribe of Levi, like Moses, not from the line of Judah, which the Jews believe. Hence their rivalries continue today.

Roman 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes (The Pink portion above (v13-18) is not in the Masoretic but in the Septuagint. Some preachers (like Frank Nelte and others) allege that the Septuagint is a fraud, if so, the New Testament would also be a fraud. A serious misguided charge).

Psalm 14 Septuagint 

For the end, Psalm of David.

14:1 The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They have corrupted themselves, and become abominable in their devices; there is none that does goodness, there is not even so much as one. 2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the sons of men, to see if there were any that understood, or sought after god. 3 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become good for nothing, there is none that does good, no not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are swift to shed blood: destruction and misery are in their ways; and the way of peace they have not known: there is no fear of God before their eyes (The Red portion above is a quote in Roman 3 from the Septuagint but is not found in the JPS 1917 Masoretic. This indicates that Paul used the Septuagint as his guiding Scripture).

Psalm 14 JPS 1917 

1 For the Leader. [A Psalm] of David. The fool hath said in his heart: ‘There is no God’; they have dealt corruptly, they have done abominably; there is none that doeth good.

2 The LORD looked forth from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any man of understanding, that did seek after God.

3 They are all corrupt, they are together become impure; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. — there is no mention of “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues. . . .”

Psalm 14 KJV

1 The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.

2 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God.

3 They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. — again, there is no mention of “Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues. . . .”

5 There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous.

6 Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the Lord is his refuge. 

7 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! when the Lord bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad. (by following the JPS Masoretic, this KJV missed out the extended portion quoted in Roman 3, but only found in the Septuagint).

These are the examples of where the New Testament agrees with the Septuagint (in fact 93 percent according to one research) but contradicts the Masoretic Text. What is listed below is the New Testament quote from the KJV, followed by its source-text in the Old Testament, first from the Septuagint and then from the Masoretic Text (JPS 1917). Agreements between the New Testament and the Septuagint are in blue text; red text is used to highlight the divergence of the KJV Old Testament:

Hebrews 10:5 cf. Psalm 40:6

Hebrews 10:5 KJV

Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me…

Psalm 40:6 Brenton’s Septuagint

Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not; but a body hast thou prepared me:

Psalm 40:7 JPS Tanakh 1917

Sacrifice and meal-offering Thou hast no delight in

Psalm 40:6 KJV

Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened:

Comment: Psalm 40:6 is regarded by Christians as a prophecy of Christ, and Hebrews 10:5 quotes it as such, but the Masoretic Text omits the key phrase entirely, replacing “but a body hast thou prepared me” with “mine ears hast thou opened.” Note that the KJV New Testament and the Septuagint agree with each other against the reading of the Masoretic Text.

Hebrews 1:6 cf. Deuteronomy 32:43

Hebrews 1:6 (KJV) And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.

Deuteronomy 32:43 KJV Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him — no mention of the Gentiles rejoicing as in the Septuagint

Deuteronomy 32:43 Septuagint Rejoice, ye heavens, with him, and let all the angels of God worship him; rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people, and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him; for he will avenge the blood of his sons, and he will render vengeance, and recompense justice to his enemies, and will reward them that hate him; and the Lord shall purge the land of his people. — the Lord, the Father, was speaking all the while in Chapter 32, so who would you think another being as worthy of worship unless He is the Son of God?

Deuteronomy 32:43 JPS 1917 “And let all the angels of God worship him,” omitted.

Deuteronomy 32:43 KJV Following the Tanakh, the phrase above is similarly omitted.

Comment: The Masoretic Text completely omits the phrase “and let all the angels of God worship him” from Deuteronomy 32.43. But why? The Jews don’t believe another Divine Being worthy of worship?

Matthew 12:21 cf. Isaiah 42:4

Isaiah 42:4 is regarded by Christians as a prophecy of Gentile acceptance of, and faith in, the name of the Messiah, and Matthew 12:21 quotes it as such, but the Masoretic Text omits the key phrase entirely, replacing the phrase “and in his name shall the Gentiles trust” with “and the isles shall wait for his law.” Note that the KJV New Testament and the Septuagint agree with each other against the reading of the KJV Old Testament, which was translated from the Masoretic Text:

Matthew 12:21 (KJV)

And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Isaiah 42:4 (Brenton’s Septuagint)

He shall shine out, and shall not be discouraged, until he have set judgment on the earth: and in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

Isaiah 42:4 (JPS Tanakh 1917)

He shall not fail nor be crushed,

Till he have set the right in the earth;

And the isles shall wait for his teaching. (Something totally different)

Isaiah 42:4 (KJV)

He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

Acts 7:43 KJV

 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Amos 5:26 JPS 1917

So shall ye take up Siccuth your king and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

Amos 5:26 Septuagint

Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Raephan, the images of them which ye made for yourselves.

Amos 5:26 KJV

But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. (Luke, writing the book of Acts, like Paul, used the Septuagint to quote Amos 5:26, and not the Masoretic text)

Hebrew 8:8 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:

9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

Jeremiah 31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they broke, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord: KJV (JPS: Lord)

31:31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Juda:

31:32 not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took hold of their hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; for they abode not in my covenant, and I disregarded them, saith the Lord. LXX

These Contradictions Prove Two Things:

1) It proves that the ancient texts have been altered to suit the agenda of the alterers,

2) It puts a big lie to the claim that the King James Version is a perfect, “divinely-inspired translation.” Obviously, if the New and Old Testaments of the King James Version contradict each other then the King James Version cannot be an inerrant document.

In conclusion, it would seem that the Septuagint (LXX) translation is not only far more ancient than the Masoretic Text . . . the Septuagint is far more accurate as well. It is a more faithful representation of the original Hebrew Scriptures.

On another topic, to check how his mind works, Frank W. Nelte alleges that Exodus 34:25 had been altered:

Exodus 23:18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice (h2282) remain until the morning (KJV).

Exodus 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover (h6453) be left unto the morning (KJV). This verse implies that the feast of Passover was also a feast—the feast of unleavened bread. Frank W. Nelte says, “The forger’s intent was to introduce the word “Passover” into this verse.”

But both the Samaritan Pentateuch and the Septuagint, both earlier versions, which the sopherim could not have any influence, also have included this words “feast of the Passover”: Exodus 34:25 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leaven; neither shall the sacrifice of the feast of the passover be left unto the morning. (Nelte’s allegation is just BullShit; he is just a liar, a false witness. Did the Scriptures say anything about such false witness to be stoned to death?)  

And the Septuagint: Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifices with leaven, neither shall the sacrifices of the feast of the passover remain till the morning. (Rashi: You shall not slaughter…: You shall not slaughter the Passover sacrifice as long as leaven still exists. This is a [specific] warning to the slaughterer, to the one who sprinkles the blood, or to one of the members of the group [bringing this sacrifice]. -[from Pes. 63b])

Exodus 23:1 warns, “Thou shalt not raise a false report. . .” Proverbs 6:16 says “These six things doth the Lord hate, yea, seven are an abomination unto Him: 17 a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, 19 a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

Historical figures, Aristobulus, and Alexandrian writer quoted by Eusebius; Philo, an Alexandrian Jew, Josephus; and Christian writers, Irenaeus, Clement, all gave testimony to the Septuagint’s authentic origin. Paul and other NT writers, frequently quoted from the Septuagint (93%) compared to the Masoretic (68%). In fact it was the only Scriptures the common people could understand (as the Masoretic text was not in existence until some 700-800 years later).

Here, Frank Nelte, who alleges that the Septuagint is a forgery, shows the lunacy of his own conclusion. Pre-Christian Jews Philo and Josephus considered the Septuagint on equal standing with the Hebrew text, so Nelte must be wiser than these historic sagas. The New Testament writers, when citing the Scriptures, or when quoting Jesus, freely used the Septuagint, implying that Jesus, his apostles and their followers considered it reliable. To Nelte, Even Moses writing, his logic would follow, must also be corrupt! 

A Handbook to the Septuagint by Richard Ottley, pg 36-38; a Summary:

Jerusalem and the Temple had fallened, and Christianity had became a force to be faced with, making the conquered Jews dispossessed and embittered. Their only national hope caused them to rise up against the Septuagint which the Christians had been quoting against them (the Jews), treating it as if it was the original. This constant thread and hostile from the Christians paved their way to establish their own official text. As a living version of the Sacred Text, the Septuagint was destined to be superseded by a younger river in its original Text. The days of the supremacy of the Septuagint would be numbered. 

The constant quotations against them would give rise to our modern Masoretic text. The quotations would include:

Isaiah 7 Identifies a Sign — a virgin shall conceive and bear a Son

Daniel 9 Proves Who the Messiah Is — and to anoint the Most Holy 

Psalm 110 — The LORD said unto my Lord, “Sit Thou at My right hand

Isaiah 11 — He shall come forth a Rod out of Jesse

Isaiah 9 — a Child is born; the Mighty God, the Prince of Peace

Daniel 7 — the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven

Zechariah 12:10 — they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced

Genesis 18 & 19 — the LORD יְהוָ֗ה Yehovah stood before Abraham

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Another example, using common sense to determine which is more accurate:

1 Samuel 14:41

KJV

Therefore Saul said unto the Lord God of Israel, Give a perfect lot. And Saul and Jonathan were taken: but the people escaped.

Septuagint

And Saul said, O Lord God of Israel, why hast thou not answered thy servant this day? is the iniquity in me, or in Jonathan my son? Lord God of Israel, give clear manifestations; and if the lot should declare this, give, I pray thee, to thy people of Israel, give, I pray, holiness. And Jonathan and Saul are taken, and the people escaped. 

ERV (or some other versions, NIV, RSV, ERV)

Then Saul prayed, “Lord, God of Israel, why haven’t you answered me today? Show us who sinned. If it was I or my son Jonathan, give Urim. But if it was your people Israel who sinned, give Thummim.” Saul and Jonathan were shown to be the ones who sinned, and the people went free.

Footnotes to ERV: 1 Samuel 14:41 Then Saul prayed … give Thummim This is found in the ancient Greek version. The standard Hebrew text has, “Then Samuel prayed to the Lord, God of Israel, ‘Give the right answer.’” 

Origin of the New Testament

•June 27, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Origin of the New Testament

There are of two families to its origin:

1. The Byzantine family (also known as the Traditional or Majority Text, Ecclesiastical Text, Constantinopolitan Text, Antiocheian Text or Syrian Text), was the text used and preserved by the Greek Church from the time of the apostles until the era of movable type printing. It is from this family that the manuscripts known as the Textus Receptus (also known as the Received or Stephens Text) were produced. The Textus Receptus was the translation base for the original German Luther Bible, the New Testament into English by William Tyndale, the King James Version and others.

The Textus Receptus – from Wikipedia

The first printed edition of the Greek New Testament was completed by Erasmus and published by Johann Froben of Basel on March 1, 1516 (Novum Instrumentum omne). Due to the pressure of his publisher to bring their edition to market before the competing Complutensian Polyglot, Erasmus based his work on around a half-dozen manuscripts, all of which dated from the twelfth century or later; and all but one were of the Byzantine text-type.

Six verses that were not witnessed in any of these sources, he back-translated from the Latin Vulgate, and Erasmus also introduced many readings from the Vulgate and Church Fathers. This text came to be known as the Textus Receptus or received text after being thus termed by Bonaventura Elzevir, an enterprising publisher from the Netherlands, in his 1633 edition of Erasmus’ text.

The New Testament of the King James Version of the Bible was translated from editions of what was to become the Textus Receptus. The different Byzantine “Majority Text” of Hodges & Farstad as well as Robinson & Pierpont is called “Majority” because it is considered to be the Greek text established on the basis of the reading found in the vast majority of the Greek manuscripts. The Textus Receptus differs from the Majority Text in 1,838 Greek readings, of which 1,005 represent “translatable” differences.

2. The Alexandrian Text manuscript family is composed of texts that were generally circulated in the region of Alexandria. The family of this Alexandrian Text essentially disappeared for centuries after 500 AD, but claimed to be found again in the mid-1800s. Although these manuscripts are quite old, they often disagree with one another and show significant signs of grammatical revision. It is from this family that the Sinaiticus and Vaticanus manuscripts are produced.

Two Cambridge professors, B. F. Westcott and F. J. A. Hort, preferred to label the ancestor of the Alexandrian text type the “Neutral text,” meaning that it was relatively unchanged and successively became the more corrupt type of text that they identified as the Alexandrian text. The so-called Neutral text, chiefly represented by the fourth-century codices Vaticanus and Sinaiticus, formed the basis of their The New Testament in the Original Greek (1881). This edition—which in Westcott and Hort’s view represented the most accurate and authentic version of the New Testament in the original language available in their day—furnished the death blow to the traditional text published by Erasmus in 1516, also known as Textus Receptus (the “received text”), which had dominated Greek editions and, indirectly, Bible translations (most famously the King James Version) for hundreds of years.

Modern critical texts – from Wikipedia

Karl Lachmann (1850) was the first New Testament textual critic to produce an edition that broke with the Textus Receptus, relying mainly instead on manuscripts from the Alexandrian text-type. Although the majority of New Testament textual critics now favor a text that is Alexandrian in complexion, especially after the publication of Westcott and Hort’s edition, there remain some proponents of the Byzantine text-type as the type of text most similar to the autographs. These critics include the editors of the Hodges and Farstad text (cited below), and the Robinson and Pierpont text. Depending on which modern critical text is taken as an exemplar of the Alexandrian text-type, then this will differ from the Hodges and Farstad text in around 6,500 readings (Wallace 1989).

To give a feel for the difference between the Byzantine form of text and the Eclectic text, which is mainly Alexandrian in character, of 800 variation units in the Epistle of James collected by the Institute for New Testament Textual Research, the Byzantine and Eclectic texts are in agreement in 731 of the places (a rate of 92.3%). Many of the 69 disagreements involve differences in word order and other variants that do not appear as translatable differences in English versions. According to the preface to the New King James Version of the Bible, the Textus Receptus, the Alexandrian text-type and the Byzantine text-type are 85% identical (that is, of the variations that occur in any manuscript, only 15% actually differ between these three).

The Byzantine type is also found in modern Greek Orthodox editions. A new scholarly edition of the Byzantine Text of John’s gospel, (funded by the United Bible Societies in response to a request from Eastern Orthodox Scholars), was begun in Birmingham, UK. and in 2007, as a result of these efforts, The Gospel According to John in the Byzantine Tradition was published.

Q. Which text to use?

Now to the question about what is the best English Bible to use for our primary studies. It is suggested one that uses the Masoretic text for its Old Testament translation base and the tried and true Textus Receptus (Received Text) manuscripts as the basis for its New Testament. Scriptures based on these manuscripts include the King James Versions.

If you are a more mature Christian and you prefer to compare texts then do so, but just remember translators take a lot of license as some idiomatic and figurative phrases do not readily translate out into the English language well.

Many of the newer versions have stopped using the Received Text for their New Testaments and are instead using the Vaticanus manuscripts with their many errors. It pays to be careful in selecting a new copy of God’s word. Not only are ministers preaching unscriptural doctrines the very Scriptures themselves are being corrupted as well. We must be very aware of these facts in order to discern God’s truth from lies. Thank you for submitting your question about what is the most accurate Bible translation.

Question: “What is the Majority Text?”

Answer: The Majority Text, also known as the Byzantine and Ecclesiastical Text, is a method of determining the original reading of a Scripture by discovering what reading occurs in a majority of the manuscripts. As the Greek New Testament was copied hundreds of times over 1500 years, the scribes, as careful as they were, occasionally made mistakes. The vast majority of these mistakes are in misspellings, or in whether “the” or a preposition occurs. It is important to remember, though, that no doctrine of the Christian faith is put into doubt by these textual questions. The testimony of the thousands of manuscripts over 1500 years is entirely consistent on all the key issues of the Christian faith.

It is vital, though, that our Bibles are as accurate as possible. The accuracy of the manuscripts plays a large role in determining the accuracy of the translation. While the presence of a the is not usually vital to the meaning of a verse, there are times when it can be. This is where the science of “textual criticism” comes in. The goal of textual criticism is to examine all of the available manuscripts, and by comparison and contrast, to determine what the original text truly was.

The Majority Text method within textual criticism could be called the “democratic” method. Essentially, each Greek manuscript has one vote, all the variants are voted on by all the manuscripts, and whichever variant has the most votes wins. At first glance, the Majority Text method would seem to be the most likely to result in the correct original reading. The problem is that the Majority Text method does not take into account two very important factors: (1) The age of the manuscripts, and (2) the location of the manuscripts.

(1) The age of the manuscripts. The more times a manuscript is copied, the more likely it is that errors will occur. A first-generation copy—one that was copied directly from the original—is very likely to be closer to the original than a tenth-generation copy (a copy that was copied from a copy, from a copy . . . from the original). Manuscripts from the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th centuries should be far closer to the originals than manuscripts from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries.

The problem is that the majority of the manuscripts are from the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries. To illustrate, let’s say there is a man named James Smith. Let’s say you are attempting to discover James Smith’s middle name. Who would be a better source, James Smith’s one thousand great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren, or James Smith’s son? Of course it would be James Smith’s son. Similarly, a 2nd- or 3rd-generation copy of the New Testament is far more likely to be correct than a 12th- or 13th-generation copy.

(2) The location of the manuscripts. The vast majority of Christians through the centuries have lived in western and eastern Europe. For cultural, theological, and political reasons, the western and eastern churches split. The western church became the Roman Catholic Church while the eastern church became the Orthodox Church.

A few centuries after the start of Christianity, the western church began using Latin as its primary language. The eastern church continued using Greek as its primary language for another thousand years (and in some places, even to today). Textual critics have discovered that the manuscripts discovered in one part of the world tend to be very similar to other manuscripts from that part of the world, likely due to originating from the same source.

Since the eastern church continued using Greek as its primary language for 1000+ years longer than the western church, there are significantly more Greek manuscripts that were discovered in eastern Europe than in western Europe. And, these eastern Greek manuscripts (the Byzantine manuscripts) are all very similar to each other.

When the Majority Text is applied, this results in the eastern manuscripts having far greater weight than the western manuscripts. However, if the thousands of Latin manuscripts from the western church were thrown into the Majority Text “equation,” the results of the voting would be far more balanced, and would actually tilt away from the eastern / Byzantine reading.

Perhaps another illustration will help. Let’s say that there are two copies of a document, document A and document B, with minor differences between them due to copying mistakes. Document A is copied 100 times, while Document B is copied three times. If you used the Majority Text method, the Document A copies would have 100 votes, while the Document B copies would only have 3 votes. The Document A copies would win every vote. However, since Document A and Document B are both first-generation copies of another document, Document A and Document B and their “descendants” should be given equal weight in determining the most likely original reading.

The principles of age and location, then, result in “the majority rules” not being the best method in textual criticism. What, then, is the best method? The best method would seem to be taking into account all factors: majority, age, location, difficulty of the reading, and which variant best explains the origin of the other variants. This method is known as the “Eclectic Text” or “Critical Text.” Other than the King James Version and New King James Version, all of the modern English translations are based on the Eclectic Text. Most assume that the King James Version and New King James Version are based on the Majority Text. This is not correct.

The King James Version and New King James Version are based on the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus is very similar to the Majority Text, but there are in fact hundreds of differences between the Majority Text and the Textus Receptus. The Textus Receptus was compiled and edited by Erasmus in the 16th century. Erasmus used several Greek manuscripts, which were eastern / Byzantine in nature. This explains why the Textus Receptus is very similar to the Majority Text.

However, Erasmus by no means had access to all of the Greek manuscripts, so there was no way he could develop a true Majority Text. The Textus Receptus is based on a very limited number of manuscripts, all of them eastern, and all of them dating to around the 12th century. As a result, compared to the Majority Text, the Textus Receptus is far less likely to have the most accurate reading.

To summarize, the Majority Text is a method within textual criticism that uses the “majority rules” to determine which variant is most likely to be original. While the Majority Text method does result in the most likely original reading in most instances, it should not be employed universally or exclusively. There are many other important factors in determining which variant is most likely to be original.

Characteristics of the Alexandrian text-type

All extant manuscripts of all text-types are at least 85% identical and most of the variations are not translatable into English, such as word order or spelling. When compared to witnesses of the Western text-type, Alexandrian readings tend to be shorter; and are commonly regarded as having a lower tendency to expand or paraphrase. Some of the manuscripts representing the Alexandrian text-type have the Byzantine corrections made by later hands (Papyrus 66, Codex Sinaiticus, Codex Ephraemi, Codex Regius, and Codex Sangallensis). When compared to witnesses of the Byzantine text type, Alexandrian manuscripts tend:

  • to have a larger number of abrupt readings — such as the shorter ending of the Gospel of Mark, which finishes in the Alexandrian text at Mark 16:8 (“.. for they were afraid.”) omitting verses Mark 16:9-20; Matthew 16:2b–3, John 5:4; John 7:53-8:11; — Walter Veith: the papacy do not believe in the appearances of the Risen Lord
  • Omitted verses: Matt 12:47; 17:21; 18:11; Mark 9:44.46; 11:26; 15:28; Luke 17:36; Acts 8:37; 15:34; 24:7; 28:29.
  • In Matthew 15:6 omitted η την μητερα (αυτου) (or (his) mother) — א B D copsa;
  • In Mark 10:7 omitted phrase και προσκολληθησεται προς την γυναικα αυτου (and be joined to his wife), in codices Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, Athous Lavrensis, 892, 48, syr, goth.
  • Mark 10:37 αριστερων (left) instead of ευωνυμων (left), in phrase εξ αριστερων (B Δ 892v.l.) or σου εξ αριστερων (L Ψ 892*);
  • In Luke 11:4 phrase αλλα ρυσαι ημας απο του πονηρου (but deliver us from evil) omitted. Omission is supported by the manuscripts: Sinaiticus, B, L, f1, 700, vg, syrs, copsa, bo, arm, geo.
  • In Luke 9:55-56 it has only στραφεις δε επετιμησεν αυτοις (but He turned and rebuked them) — P {\displaystyle {\mathfrak {P}}} 45 P {\displaystyle {\mathfrak {P}}} 75 א B C L W X Δ Ξ Ψ 28 33 565 892 1009 1010 1071 Byzpt Lect
  • to display more variations between parallel synoptic passages — as in the Lukan version of the Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:2), which in the Alexandrian text opens “Father.. “, whereas the Byzantine text reads (as in the parallel Matthew 6:9) “Our Father in heaven.. “;
  • to have a higher proportion of “difficult” readings — as in Matthew 24:36 which reads in the Alexandrian text “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only”; whereas the Byzantine text omits the phrase “nor the Son”, thereby avoiding the implication that Jesus lacked full divine foreknowledge. Another difficult reading: Luke 4:44.

The above comparisons are tendencies, rather than consistent differences. Hence there are a number of passages in the Gospel of Luke where the Western text-type witnesses a shorter text — the Western non-interpolations. Also there are a number of readings where the Byzantine text displays variation between synoptic passages, that is not found in either the Western or Alexandrian texts — as in the rendering into Greek of the Aramaic last words of Jesus, which are reported in the Byzantine text as “Eloi, Eloi..” in Mark 15:34, but as “Eli, Eli..” in Matthew 27:46.

Now on to Westcott and Hort’s Magic Marker Binge!

(Part 1: Matthew – John)

Matthew
1:25And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.
5:44But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
6:13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
6:33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
8:29And, behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art thou come hither to torment us before the time?
9:13But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
12:35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
13:51Jesus saith unto them, Have ye understood all these things? They say unto him, Yea, Lord.
15:8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
16:3And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?
16:20Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.
17:21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.
18:11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
19:9And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.
19:17And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
20:7They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive.
20:16So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
20:22But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
23:14Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
25:13Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
27:35And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.
28:9And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail. And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.
Mark
1:14Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
1:31And he came and took her by the hand, and lifted her up; and immediately the fever left her, and she ministered unto them.
2:17When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
6:11And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment, than for that city.
6:16But when Herod heard thereof, he said, It is John, whom I beheaded: he is risen from the dead.
7:8For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.
7:16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
9:24And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
9:42And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
9:44Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
9:46Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
9:49For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.
10:21Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.
11:10Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
13:14But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:
13:33Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
14:68But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
15:28And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.
16:9-20              Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept. And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not. After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country. And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them. Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen. And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.(typically marginalized or set in brackets. Footnotes in NIV are patently false.)
Luke
1:28And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.
4:4And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
4:8And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
4:41And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
7:31And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like?
9:54-56And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
11:2-4And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
11:29And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
17:36Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
21:4For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.
22:31And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:
22:64And when they had blindfolded him, they struck him on the face, and asked him, saying, Prophesy, who is it that smote thee?
23:17(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)
23:38And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
23:42And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
24:6He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
24:40And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet.
24:49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.
24:51And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven.
John
1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
1:27He it is, who coming after me is preferred before me, whose shoe’s latchet I am not worthy to unloose.
3:13And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
3:15That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
4:42And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.
5:3-4In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
6:47Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.
6:69And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.
11:41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
16:16A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
17:12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.

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What do the footnotes in the NJKV mean?

These notations are meant to identify the original manuscript source of Bible passages. Here are more details from the New King James Version preface:

Where significant variations occur in the New Testament Greek manuscripts, textual notes are classified as follows:

NU-Text

These variations from the traditional text generally represent the Alexandrian or Egyptian type of text [the oldest, but questionable text]. They are found in the Critical Text published in the Twenty-sixth edition of the Nestle-Aland Greek New Testament (N) and in the United Bible Society’s third edition (U), hence the acronym “NU-text.”

M-Text

This symbol indicates points of variation in the Majority Text from the Byzantine traditional text [a consensus of most Greek manuscripts]. It should be noted that M stands for whatever reading is printed in the published Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text, whether supported by overwhelming, strong, or only a divided majority textual tradition.

Battle Over the Bibles

•June 25, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Since time memorial there has been numerous attempts to change the Word of God, sometimes covertly, sometimes overtly.

In Genesis, by believing the serpent, there was a corresponding disbelief and rejection as true what God had told them. This same process is still extant today. What God declares to be true, man ends up altering through addition, deletion or outright rejection and substitution.

Battle Over the Bibles by Walter Veith

Below are scattered excerpts from Walter Veith’s lectures

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?

2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:

3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:

5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. — this is very true, seeing first their own nakedness before anything else

6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.

Deuteronomy 12:32 NKJV Whatever I command you, be careful to observe it; you shall not add to it nor take away from it.

Proverbs 30:6 Do not add to His words, Lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

Revelation 22:18 For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

A. The Samaritan Pentateuch is Corrupt

The Samaritan Pentateuch varies in the Ten Commandments passages, in that Samaritans count as nine commandments what others count as ten. The Samaritan tenth commandment includes the sanctity of Mount Gerizim for worship. Additions after Exodus 20:1–17 (The Ten Commandments) 

And when it so happens that LORD God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to posses, you shall set-up there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the altar to the LORD God of you. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to LORD God of you. And you bring on it ascend offerings to LORD God of you, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the LORD God of you. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Sechem. — 169 additional words.

Also in Deuteronomy 5:21

And when it so happens that Yahuah God brings you to the land of Caanan, which you are coming to posses, you shall set-up there for you great stones and plaster them with plaster and you write on the stones all words of this law. And it becomes for you that across the Jordan you shall raise these stones, which I command you today, in mountain Grizim. And you build there the altar to the Yahuah God of you. Altar of stones. Not you shall wave on them iron. With whole stones you shall build the altar to Yahuah God of you. And you bring on it ascend offerings to Yahuah God of you, and you sacrifice peace offerings, and you eat there and you rejoice before the face of the Yahuah God of you. The mountain this is across the Jordan behind the way of the rising of the sun, in the land of Caanan who is dwelling in the desert before the Galgal, beside Alvin-Mara, before Sechem.

Q If Moses had been so sure he shouldn’t be so vague about where the LORD shall choose in Deut 16:15,16 (Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty). Also, which mountain is Mt Grizim exactly, since they were so far off?

Q2 Is it a coincidence, the mentioning of the rising of the SUN? Why not just west of the Jordan, before Sechem? Today, they, together with most of the CoGs, keep their Feast of Weeks on Sundays. Always a Sunday!

Exodus 20:21And the people stood afar off, and Moses drew near unto the thick darkness where God [was].And the Yahuah said to Moses to say: I heard what people have said. All that they have spoken to you, they have spoken wisely. All that they have spoken let them put in their hearts so that they can keep my commandments in all their days, so that it would be good to them and to sons of them forever. Prophet I shall raise up to them from the midsts of their brothers, and I will place words of me into his mouth to speak to them all that I’m commanding them. And it becomes that the man who will not listen to his words that are spoken in my name, I shall require from him. But the prophet who will speak insolently in my name that which I have not instructed him to speak, or if he speaks in the name of other Gods, such prophet shall die. And if you will ask yourself in your heart how you shall know which word God has spoken and which he has not, see if the word spoken comes to pass. And if it shall not come to pass then this is not the word of the Yahuah, in insolence spoken the prophet. Not you shall listen to him. Go now back to your tent and I will speak to you regarding all commandments and ordinances and verdicts that you shall teach them, and what to do in the land that I give them for possession. (It incorporates Exodus 18:18 and others: I will raise up to them a prophet of their brethren, like thee; and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them as I shall command him. Samaritans believes this Prophet was to be from the line of the tribe of Levi, like Moses, not from the line of Judah, which the Jews believes.)

B. New Testament

ADDITIONS: Even in the King James Version

The Great Commission of baptizing in Jesus’ name

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: — not in the original Hebrew

20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. — only need to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ

Acts 8:16 For as yet He had fallen upon none of them. They had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Acts 11:16 Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ — but in Jesus’ name

Acts 19:5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. — only need to baptize in the name of Jesus Christ

John 4:1(NKJV) Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. — this illustrates what it means when the disciples baptized in Jesus’ name. Baptism is a symbol of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. This should be the model for today.

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. — so there is no need for additional authority, the Father nor the holy spirit.

John 10:38 But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him. — Jesus always emphasizes the Father and Son relationship.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. — not in the original Greek

CHANGING THE WORD

Genesis 3:15 KJV And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Douay-Rheims (DRA), a Jesuit Bible: I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she [mother Mary? instead of her seed] shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.

Jesus says he is the Gate to Life, but the Catholics say the Blessed Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven, is the gate to life, so they pray to Mary; “Hail Mary, full of Grace! . . .”

Hosea 11:12 KJV Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.

NIV Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, Israel with deceit. And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One. — totally anti-Jewish and opposite in meaning

AMP Ephraim surrounds Me with lies And the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the faithful Holy One. — same here

CEV Israel is deceitful to me, their loyal and holy God; they surround me with lies, and Judah worships other gods. — same here

Matt 5:44 KJV But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

ESV But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Matt 18:11 KJV For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost. — many versions whole verse taken out

Matt 20:16 KJV So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

ESV So the last will be first, and the first last.

Matt 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

NIV 22 “You don’t know what you are asking,” Jesus said to them. “Can you drink the cup I am going to drink?”

“We can,” they answered.

23 Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink from my cup, but to sit at my right or left is not for me to grant. These places belong to those for whom they have been prepared by my Father.” — NIV baptism deleted

Matt 25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

ESV Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour. — deleting until it doesn’t make sense

Matt 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

ESV “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. — I and my Father are One, hence Jesus should know His own coming, but in ESV, He doesn’t. It also implies that the Son and Father doesn’t work together.

If the Son doesn’t know that it contradicts John 1:1-3 where they plan everything together:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made. John 1:1-3

Mark 2:17 KJV When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

ESV And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” — implies as if there is no need for repentance

Mark 6:11 KJV  And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city.

ESV And if any place will not receive you and they will not listen to you, when you leave, shake off the dust that is on your feet as a testimony against them. — the world doesn’t like to hear of the day of judgement, like the Sadducees

Mark 10:21  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

ESV And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” — no need to take up the cross 

Mark 10:24  And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!

ESV And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God!

NIV The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! — Abraham, Job and many others were rich, yet they are destined for the Kingdom of God.

Mark 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

NIV For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

NLV It does not go into his heart, but into his stomach and then on out of his body.” In this way, He was saying that all food is clean.

Mark 13:14 But when ye shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing where it ought not, (let him that readeth understand,) then let them that be in Judaea flee to the mountains:

ESV “But when you see the abomination of desolation standing where he ought not to be (let the reader understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains. — no reference to Daniel’s prophecy

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

ESV “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

ESV And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone.’” — there is no need to live by every word of God. Modern Christians want just to feel what is right or wrong, rather than by every word of God

Luke 9:55-56 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

ESV 55 But he turned and rebuked them. 56 And they went on to another village. — the world doesn’t like correction, doesn’t like to be rebuked

1 Cor 10:28 But if any man say unto you, this is offered in sacrifice unto idols, eat not for his sake that shewed it, and for conscience sake: for the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof:

ESV But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience — no reference that the earth is of the Lord’s 

Revelation 14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

ESV and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. — no accountability before the throne of God

Revelation 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

ESV Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. — no reference to obeying His commandments

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

ESV And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’” — no reference that Satan is always around us

Acts 13:42 And when the Jews were gone out of the synagogue, the Gentiles besought that these words might be preached to them the next sabbath.

ESV As they went out, the people begged that these things might be told them the next Sabbath. — eliminate the Jew’s sabbath by deleting the Jew’s

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

ESV Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. — “for us” is eliminated

Hebrews 7:21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord swear and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek:)

ESV but this one was made a priest with an oath by the one who said to him: “The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind, ‘You are a priest forever.’” — that Jesus has a higher level of priesthood after the order of Melchizedek” is eliminated

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

ESV You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, — wishy washy translation

Matthew 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

ESV and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. — no need to be converted

Ephesians 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

ESV and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things,

Colossians 1:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

ESV in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. “through his blood” eliminated

Revelation 1:7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

AMP Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes (nations) of the earth will mourn over Him [realizing their sin and guilt, and anticipating the coming wrath]. So it is to be. Amen.

ASV Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they that pierced him; and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn over him. Even so, Amen. — the change from judgement to that of being sorrowful for Christ

Mark 7:19 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

ESV since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

ERV Food does not go into a person’s mind. It goes into the stomach. Then it goes out of the body.” (When Jesus said this, he meant there is no food that is wrong for people to eat.)

NIV For it doesn’t go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body.” (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

1 Corinthians 7:5 Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your incontinency.

ESV Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. — “fasting” taken out

John 9:4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.

ESV We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.— diminished the fact that Jesus has intimate relationship with the Father, also the work of salvation can only be done by Christ

1 Corinthians 11:29  For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.

ESV For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

ESV And just as it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment, — the article “the” is eliminated, so the judgement isn’t a specific one, so purgatory could be established

Luke 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant;

NIV to show mercy to our ancestors and to remember his holy covenant, — a total change of meaning, so now you can pray to our ancestors who are already dead. Again establishing the concept of purgatory

1 Peter 4:6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

RSV For this is why the gospel was preached even to the dead, that though judged in the flesh like men, they might live in the spirit like God.

NIV For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit. 

Acts 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.

ESV having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust. — ‘of the dead‘ deleted

Purgatory Incorporated

Job 26:5 Dead things are formed from under the waters, and the inhabitants thereof.

ESV The dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants.

NIV “The dead are in deep anguish, those beneath the waters and all that live in them. — establishing the concept of purgatory

2 Peter 2:9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

NIV if this is so, then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trials and to hold the unrighteous for punishment on the day of judgment, while continuing their punishment. — In our hard copy version, the last phase, “while continuing their punishment” was in but the online version taken out! This means the concept of purgatory could be taken in or out!

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

ESV and all who dwell on earth will worship it, everyone whose name has not been written before the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who was slain.

1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: — active voice

ESV that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, — passive voice

1 Corinthians 11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

ESV and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” — eliminate Christ’s body being broken for us, especially on the night of the thirteenth where He was severely beaten and wounded for our sin, and healing.

John 7:8 Go ye up unto this feast: I go not up yet unto this feast: for my time is not yet full come.

ESV You go up to the feast. I am not going up to this feast, for my time has not yet fully come.” — ESV version shows He has no intent to go to the Feast, which isn’t right

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

RSV Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a young woman shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. — this nonsense follows the Masoretic Text

Proverbs 8:22 The Lord possessed me in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.

RSV The Lord created me at the beginning of his work, the first of his acts of old. 

NIV “The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; — Strong’s H7069 — could be both possessed or created! 

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

ESV He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.” — maybe the son of a pagan god

Matthew 1:25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name Jesus.

ESV but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. — neglect to indicate that Jesus had brothers

Matthew 19:16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life? 17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

RSV 16 And behold, one came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do, to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? One there is who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” — change of emphasis

Matthew 27:35 And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots.

ESV And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. — eliminate the fact that Jesus fulfilled prophecy

Mark 15:3 And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.

RSV And the chief priests accused him of many things. — eliminate the fact that Jesus fulfilled the Isaiah 53:7 prophecy

1 John 4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

ESV and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

NIV but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you have heard is coming and even now is already in the world. — “that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh” is the central theme in this verse, so these new versions were written or translated with the spirit of antichrist? or no?

Acts 2:30 Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, he would raise up Christ to sit on his throne;

ESV Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, — reduces the “Christ” impact, also the antichrist criteria pointed out above, that He came in the flesh

Matthew 6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

ESV And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Luke 11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.

ESV And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. — “which art in heaven” and “Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth” taken out, so that you can now pray to the Pope as father, one on earth.

Luke 11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.

ESV and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation. — ‘but deliver us from evil’ taken out

Luke 24:40 And when he had thus spoken, he shewed them his hands and his feet. — in the RSV whole verse taken out

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

ESV No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. — eliminate the fact that Christ is now in heaven

VOICE No one has ever journeyed to heaven above except the One who has come down from heaven—the Son of Man, who is of heaven. — best translation

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world.

RSV For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” — reduces Christ emphasize to just bread

John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life.

ESV Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life. — believes what? The Pope?

John 16:16 A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.

ESV “A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a little while, and you will see me.” — because I go to the Father’ taken out

John 16:23 And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

RSV In that day you will ask nothing of me. Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father, he will give it to you in my name. — change of meaning altogether. NRSV and NIV okay!

Acts 9:29 And he (Paul) spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him.

ESV And he spoke and disputed against the Hellenists. But they were seeking to kill him. — “in the name of the Lord Jesus” taken out

Romans 1:3 Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh;

ESV concerning his Son, who was descended from David according to the flesh — “Jesus Christ our Lord” taken out

Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

ESV Why do you pass judgment on your brother? Or you, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God; — impact of Jesus Christ as our God reduce by such change

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

ESV Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness: He was manifested in the flesh, vindicated by the Spirit, seen by angels, proclaimed among the nations, believed on in the world, taken up in glory.

Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.

ESV saying, “Write what you see in a book and send it to the seven churches, to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” — “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last” deleted

Revelation 5:14 And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

ESV And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped. — “him that liveth for ever and ever” taken out

DEDUCTIONS: What are those missing verses in your RSV and NIV Bible?

The NIV has removed at least 64,000 words from the Bible …

The NIV and RSV and other versions have also now removed 45 complete verses. Most of us have the Bible on our devices and phones. Changing the Word slowing and consistently, and but the end of a hundred years or so, a new “religion” could be found.

The King James Version is still the most reliable, and for modern versions either the New King James or the KJ21.

Matthew 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” — ESV whole verse taken out

Matthew 23:14 “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.” — ESV whole verse taken out, reducing the impact of judgement

Mark 7:16 “If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.” — ESV whole verse taken out

Mark 9:44 “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” — ESV whole verse taken out

Mark 9:46 “Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” — ESV whole verse taken out

Mark 11:26 “But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” — ESV whole verse taken out

Mark 15:28 “And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.” — ESV whole verse taken out, they don’t like the idea that Jesus fulfilled prophecy

Mark 16:9-20 (all 12 verses) — in ESV but not in NIV

9 Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.

10 And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.

11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

12 After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.

13 And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.

14 Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.

15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;

18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.

20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (KJV) — why the NIV took this out? They don’t believe that Jesus was resurrected (raised from the dead).

Luke 17:36 “Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.” — not in NIV; (ESV?)

Luke 22:43-44 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground. — ESV whole verses taken out; not wanting to hear that Jesus was human or that He atoned for our sins by shedding His blood

Luke 23:17 “(For of necessity he must release one unto them at the feast.)” — ESV whole verse taken out, not wanting to show that Jesus fulfilled prophecy

John 5:4 “For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.” — ESV whole verse taken out

John 7:53-8:11

KJV &:53 And every man went unto his own house.

KJV 8:1 Jesus went unto the mount of Olives.

2 And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them.

3 And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery; and when they had set her in the midst,

4 They say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act.

5 Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?

6 This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not.

7 So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

8 And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground.

9 And they which heard it, being convicted by their own conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?

11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. — ESV whole section taken out, not wanting to hear about repentance

Acts 8:37 KJV And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. — ESV and many other versions where whole verse taken out. Its deletion makes one think that people can be baptized and saved without believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God. They dislike the fact that Jesus is the only way to be saved.

Acts 15:34 KJV “Notwithstanding it pleased Silas to abide there still.” — ESV whole verse taken out.

Acts 24:7 KJV “But the chief captain Lysias came upon us, and with great violence took him away out of our hands,” — ESV whole verse taken out.

Acts 28:29 KJV “And when he had said these words, the Jews departed, and had great reasoning among themselves.” — ESV whole verse taken out.

Romans 16:24 KJV “The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.” — ESV whole verse taken out

I John 5:7 “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.” — not in the early Greek manuscript

Gal 3:17 KJV And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

ESV This is what I mean: the law, which came 430 years afterward, does not annul a covenant previously ratified by God, so as to make the promise void. — “in Christ” is taken out

Gal 4:7 (KJV) Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

ESV So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. — so there is no need to go through Christ

Gal 6:17 (KJV) From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

ESV From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus. — Jesus is no longer consider Lord

Eph 3:14 KJV For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

ESV For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, — Jesus is no longer needed nor considered Lord to be bowed

Col 1:2 KJV To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

ESV To the saints and faithful brothers in Christ at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father. — Jesus is no longer consider Lord

Col 1:14 KJV In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

ESV in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. — Jesus’ blood is no longer needed

1 Tim 2:7 KJV Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

ESV For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth — “in Christ” is not needed

2 Tim 4:22 KJV The Lord Jesus Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.

ESV The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you. — the Lord is not identified

1 Tim 3:16 KJV And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

(ESV) Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:

He was manifested in the flesh, — diminishing the fact that Christ was once God

vindicated by the Spirit,

seen by angels,

proclaimed among the nations,

believed on in the world,

taken up in glory.

For more, see 01 Battle Over the Bibles Walter Veith

“I AM THAT I AM”

•June 23, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The “I AM has been used to prove that the Divine Being of the Old Testament is the same as Christ of the New Testament.

Is this correct? Or is this misguided?

John 8:56 Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day: and he saw it, and was glad. 57 Then said the Jews unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham?

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I AM.

Additional view from the OT perspective by Rabbi Tovia Singer. Highly recommended.

“I am that I am” is this the name of God?

First, it’s confusing to prove anything by mixing Greek with Hebrew. Jesus was merely stating that He was present during Abraham’s time rather that His name is “I am.” The phrase “I am” in Greek is “ego eimi.” In fact, when Yeshua spoke to the Jews, he used the phrase “ego eimi” at least twenty times and yet, in only one instance did the Jews seek to stone him (John 8:58).

Jesus said, “I am the bread of life” to a large crowd in John 6:35,48, yet no one opposed him. In verse 41, the Jews murmured because he said, “I am (ego eimi) the bread which came down from heaven.” But in verse 42, the Jews questioned only the phrase, “I came down from heaven” and ignored “ego eimi.” The same is true of verses 51 and 52. Their complaints being that He claims He came down from heaven, not because of the “I am”. Yet they didn’t attempt to stone him.

In John 8:12,18,24, and 28, Jesus used “ego eimi” with the Pharisees present (vs.13) and yet, no attempt at stoning. He again used it four times in John 10:7,9,11 and 14 with no stoning. Jesus said to his disciples,“… that…ye may believe that I am (ego eimi)” in John 13:19 without them batting an eye.

A slight of hand! A pigeon!

In fact, several other individuals beside Jesus used “ego eimi” as well. In Luke 1:19, the angel Gabriel said, “Ego eimi Gabriel.” In John 9:9, the blind man whose sight was restored by Yeshua said, “Ego eimi.” In Acts 10:21, Peter said, “Behold, ego eimi (I am) he whom ye seek.” Obviously, the mere use of “ego eimi” does not equate one to the “I Am” of Exodus 3:14.

Only the claim of being present before Abraham caused the Jews to stone Him. 

Later in the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus was answering the question “Whom seek ye?” They answered Him, “Jesus of Nazareth.” Jesus said unto them, “I am He.” John 18:4-5. Jesus didn’t say he was the God of the Old Testament, the God who said he was the Ehyeh that appeared to Moses before the burning bush (Exodus 3:14).

WE (Worldwide English) translation of John 8:58: Jesus answered, `I tell you the truth. I already was before Abraham was born.’ TLB Jesus: “The absolute truth is that I was in existence before Abraham was ever born!” Same with Luke 22:70 where “I am” is just an affirmation of what His accusers were charging Him of in the WE version.

Those who insist that Jesus was the I AM of the Old Testament is just simply MAGIC! A touch of Simon Magus.

Exodus 3:14 The fact that the “I AM THAT I AM” couldn’t be certain of God’s name is that it hasn’t been translated (or untranslated) the same in other primary sources. This means that the “I AM” as translated in the Masoretic Text is of great suspect.

1. Septuagint translated it as “And God spoke to Moses, saying, I am THE BEING; and he said, Thus shall ye say to the children of Israel, THE BEING has sent me to you. — note that the “I am” above wasn’t emphasized, but THE BEING is;

2. Targum: a. Onkelos: And the Lord said unto Mosheh, He who spake, and the world was; who spake, and all things were. And He said, This thou shalt say to the sons of Israel, I AM HE WHO IS, AND WHO WILL BE, hath sent me unto you.

Jerusalem: And the Word of the Lord said to Mosheh, He who spake to the world, Be, and it was; and who will speak to it, Be, and it will be. And he said, Thus shalt thou speak to the sons of Israel, EHEYEH hath sent me unto you

3. Pershitta (Lamsa’s translation): And God said to Moses, I am AHIAH ASHAR HIGH (that is, THE LIVING GOD); and he said, Thus you say to the children of Israel, AHIAH has sent me to you.

4. TANAKH (JPS 1985): And God said to Moses, “Ehyeh-Asher-Ehyeh.”a He continued, “Thus shall you said to the Israelites, ‘Ehyeh sent me to you.’” fn a Meaning of Hebrew uncertain.

5. Vulgate: God said to Moses: I AM WHO AM. He said: Thus shalt thou say to the children of Israel: HE WHO IS, hath sent me to you.

The hard copy of TANAKH (JPS 1985) differs from the JPS 1917 online. JPS seems to change back and forth what Ehyeh meant, indicating indeed they are uncertain of its meaning.

YHVH told Moses He haven’t revealed His name to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Exodus 6:2-3 And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the Lord. 3 I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty, but My name Lord I was not known to them.

Further commentary from Adam Clarke on Exodus 3:14

Adam Clarke: I am that I am – אהיה אשר אהיה Eheyeh asher Eheyeh . These words have been variously understood. The Vulgate translates Ego Sum Qui Sum, I am who am. The Septuagint, Εγω ειμι ὁ Ων, I am he who exists. The Syriac, the Persic, and the Chaldee preserve the original words without any gloss. The Arabic paraphrases them, The Eternal, who passes not away; which is the same interpretation given by Abul Farajius, who also preserves the original words, and gives the above as their interpretation. The Targum of Jonathan, and the Jerusalem Targum paraphrase the words thus: “He who spake, and the world was; who spake, and all things existed.” As the original words literally signify, I will be what I will be, some have supposed that God simply designed to inform Moses, that what he had been to his fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he would be to him and the Israelites; and that he would perform the promises he had made to his fathers, by giving their descendants the promised land. It is difficult to put a meaning on the words; they seem intended to point out the eternity and self-existence of God. Plato, in his Parmenides, where he treats sublimely of the nature of God, says, Ουδ ‘ αρα ονομα εστιν αυτῳ, nothing can express his nature; therefore no name can be attributed to him. See the conclusion of this chapter, Exodus 3:22; (note) and on the word Jehovah, Exodus 34:6; (note), Exodus 34:7; (note).

The Significance of Yom Kippur

•June 21, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. It is the most sacred and solemn day in the Jewish calendar. Yom Kippur is a day of fasting, the day is spent in the synagogue, where attendees hold prayer services.

On Yom Kippur the High Priest would perform a specially prescribed service, which includes offering incense in the Holy of Holies (where the ark was housed) and the casting of the two goats—one of which was brought as a sacrifice, the blood to be offered on the Mercy Seat; the other being sent out to the wilderness (Azazel) and cast down a terrain.

For it says in Leviticus 17:6 And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savor unto the Lord. . . .11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul. What are these significance?

While the High Priest generally wore ornate golden clothing, on Yom Kippur, he would immerse in a mikvah and don plain white garments to perform this service. Again, what are these significance?

Neither the Jews for Judiasm nor Rabbi Tovia Singer has any writup on what the Significance of Yom Kippur is.

Leviticus 23

26 And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying, — On the tenth day of the seventh month the day of atonement was to be observed by a holy meeting, by fasting from the evening of the ninth till the evening of the tenth, by resting from all work on pain of death, and with sacrifices; 

27 “Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a Day of Atonement. It shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. — there shall be a day of atonement … and ye shall afflict your souls; an unusual festival, at which the sins of the whole year were expiated. It is here only stated that the severest penalty was incurred by the violation of this day.

28 And ye shall do no work in that same day, for it is a Day of Atonement to make an atonement for you before the Lord your God. — Yom Kippur is a complete Sabbath; no work can be performed on that day. It is well-known that you are supposed to refrain from eating and drinking (even water) on Yom Kippur. 

29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. — any member of the community who does not fast on this day God himself will punish with death, except those who through old age or sickness are unable to endure it; or a child under nine years of age, were not obliged to fast on this day.

30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. — that doeth any work; that is, engages in any kind of work whatsoever, since this is the most solemn festival which is to be kept like the sabbath.

31 Ye shall do no manner of work; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. — ye shall do no manner of work; which is repeated and to show how strictly God required this day should be kept, and how careful men should be of breaking the command in this respect, and how much he should resent it if they did:

— it shall be a statute for ever, throughout your generations, in all your dwellings; unto the coming of the Messiah, who, by the atoning sacrifice of himself, would foreshadow Christ’s death; and after his death, an memorial of his sacrifice as would be other sacrifices, Ezekiel 40-48.

32 It shall be unto you a sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls. On the ninth day of the month at evening, from evening unto evening, shall ye celebrate your sabbath.” — from even to even; the day of atonement began at the evening of the ninth day and continued till the evening of the tenth day;

— ye shall celebrate your sabbath; this particular sabbath is called your sabbath, possibly to denote the difference between this and other sabbaths; for the weekly sabbath is often called the sabbath of the Lord. 

Leviticus 16

And the Lord spoke unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, when they offered before the Lord, and died;

and the Lord said unto Moses, “Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the Holy Place within the veil before the mercy seat which is upon the ark, that he die not; for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. — that he come not at all times; Moses is therefore to warn his brother Aaron, the high priest, that if he wishes to escape a similar fate, he is not to presume to enter the Holy of Holies except on one day of the year, the Day of Atonement.

Thus shall Aaron come into the Holy Place: with a young bullock for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering.

He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen miter shall he be attired. These are holy garments. Therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on. — the white clothing was both intended to symbolize humility and penitence, for white is the colour in which penitents are naturally dressed;

— also it was symbolical of the purity and holiness which the ceremonies of the day symbolically affected, and which was specially needed to be exhibited in the person of the high priest.

And he shall take from the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering. — and he shall take of the congregation; on this occasion the high priest himself had to officiate, by virtue of his being the chief mediator between God and His people.

And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself and for his house.

And he shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. — both two goats were presented before the Lord; 

And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats — one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat (5799 לַעֲזָאזֵֽל la·‘ă·zā·zêl). — One lot for the Lord; to be sacrificed to him upon his altar. Both this and the other goat ă·zā·zêl typified Christ; that is, these two goats signified the two aspect of Christ our Messiah; One as the Son of God, the other as the Suffering Servant of Man;

— Rashi: And Aaron shall place lots upon the two he-goats: He would place one [he-goat] on his right and one on his left. Then, he would insert both his hands into an urn [which contained two lots, one bearing the inscription “to the Lord” and the other “to Azazel.” These lots were mixed up, and Aaron, with both hands inside the urn] took one lot in his right hand and the other in his left hand, and he would place them upon them [the he-goats]: [The one] upon which [he placed the lot] with the inscription “to the Lord,” would be for God, while the one upon which [he placed the lot] with the inscription “to Azazel,” would be sent off to Azazel. — [Yoma 39a]

Azazel: This is a strong and hard mountain, [with] a high cliff, as the Scripture says [in describing Azazel] (verse 22 below),“a precipitous land (אֶרֶץ גְּזֵרָה),” meaning a cut-off land [i.e., a sheer drop]. — [Torath Kohanim 16:28; Yoma 67b]

And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’S lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. — the one which was “for the Lord had a red woollen thread tied around its neck, whilst the one “for Azazel” had the scarlet thread tied on the head or on the horns;

— this seems a probability, that the goat upon which the Lord’S lot fell represents the Son of God;

10 But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him and to let him go as a scapegoat into the wilderness. — and the one “for Azazel” represents the Son of Man; he was sent into the wilderness where he would be pushed over a cliff and to die there; he represents the Suffering Servant of Man as in Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12.

11 “And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself.

12 And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it inside the veil. — and his hands full of sweet incense; having provided himself with two handfuls of the finest incense, and holding the censer with the fire in his right hand, and the cup with the incense in his left, he now entered for the first time through the second vail into the Holy of Holies, advanced to the ark of the covenant, and deposited the censer between its two staves;

— during the second Temple he stepped forward to the stone which was the substitute of the Ark, and placed the censer upon it.

13 And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not. — standing before the Ark, he deposited the censer of coals on the floor, emptied the plate of incense into his hand, poured it on the burning coals; and the atmosphere was filled with fragrant smoke, which was the Lord’s throne.

14 And he shall take of the blood of the bullock and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. — the high priest having done this, perfumed the sanctuary, returned to the door, took the blood of the slain bullock, and, carrying it into the holy of holies, sprinkled it with his finger once upon the mercy seat “eastward”—that is, on the side next to himself; and seven times “before the mercy seat” that is, on the front of the Ark.

The same use is made of the blood, which is once sprinkled by Aaron on the mercy-seat and seven times on the ground before it, as in the former case. 

15 Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering that is for the people, and bring his blood within the veil, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat and before the mercy seat. — leaving the coals and the incense burning, he went out a second time, to sacrifice at the altar of burnt offering the goat which had been assigned as a sin offering for the people; and carrying its blood into the holy of holies, he made similar sprinklings as he had done before with the blood of the bullock.

16 And he shall make an atonement for the Holy Place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel and because of their transgressions in all their sins; and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness. — for the second times, he went out of the Holy of Holies and killed it outside the Sanctuary on its north side, and then returned to the Holy Place and the altar of burnt offering; and in like manner sprinkled seven times with the blood of the bullock and the goat.

— Rashi: He shall do likewise to the Tent of Meeting: i.e., just as he had sprinkled from [the blood of] both [the bull and the he-goat] inside [the Holy of Holies, with] one sprinkling above and seven below, so shall he sprinkle from [the blood of] both [the bull and the he-goat] on the dividing curtain from the outside once above and seven times below. — [Torath Kohanim 16:43; Yoma 56b]

17 And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the Holy Place until he come out, and has made an atonement for himself and for his household and for all the congregation of Israel. — while the high priest was thus engaged in the most holy place, none of the ordinary priests were allowed to remain within the precincts of the tabernacle.

18 And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord and make an atonement for it, and shall take of the blood of the bullock and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. — and he shall go out unto the altar; the authorities during the second Temple took this to denote the golden altar, or the altar of incense which stood in the Holy place over against the Holy of Holies, as this was the altar for which expiation was made once a year on this day; hence it was cleansed next.

19 And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. — and for the third times he shall sprinkle; he then sprinkled with his right finger, seven times, the middle or top of the altar, the coals and ashes having been previously removed so effectually, that the gold appeared. 

20 “And when he hath made an end of reconciling the Holy Place and the tabernacle of the congregation and the altar, he shall bring the live goat. — and when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place; that is, the holy of holies, by carrying in the blood of the bullock, and of the goat there, and sprinkling them as before:

21 And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness. — and Aaron shall lay both his hands; with the imposition of “both his hands,” a phrase which only occurs in this ceremony, the high priest indicated in the most solemn manner possible that the animal was intended both for the priesthood and for the laity.

— both goat were sacrificed as a sin offering, and this other led away into a solitary land. Putting them upon the head of the goat; by this imposition of hands and the confession, the high priest transferred the sins of the nation to the goat. He then turned to the people, and declared, “Ye shall be clean.”

— Matthew Poole: the Jews write that this goat was carried to the mountain called Azazel, whence the goat is so called, Leviticus  Leviticus 16:10; and that there he was cast down headlong; and that the red string by which he was led turned white when God was pleased with the Israelites, otherwise it remained red; and then they mourned all that year. And the ancient Hebrews write, that forty years before the destruction of the temple, which was about the time of Christ’s death, this red string turned no more white.

22 And the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited; and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness.

— According to Ellicott’s commentary:

During the second Temple, however, the authorities decreed that the animal must be destroyed. Accordingly one of the priests who was appointed to execute this mission led the goat to a rock called Zuck, in the wilderness, situate about twelve miles, or ninety furlongs, from Jerusalem.

Between the holy city and this steep rock, ten booths were erected at intervals of one mile, and persons were located in every booth to accompany the messenger to the next tent, which was distant a Sabbath day’s journey. From the last booth to the rock, which was double this distance, the messenger had no companion, but he was carefully watched by the occupants of the last booth to see that he performed the ritual according to the prescribed order.

On his arrival at the mountain he divided the crimson thread, which was the badge of the goat, into two; one half he fastened to the rock, and the other he tied between the two horns of the victim, and then pushed the animal down the projecting ledge of the rock, when it was dashed to pieces before it reached the bottom. Hereupon the persons stationed at the last booth to watch the proceedings waved linen cloths or white flags, thus signalling from station to station to the priests in the court of the Temple the arrival of the goat at its proper destination.

23 “And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the Holy Place and shall leave them there; — shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation; better, shall come into the tent of meeting;

— this was the fourth time that the high priest entered into the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement. The object of his going into the most Holy was to fetch the censer and the incense cup which he had left between the two staves, Leviticus 16:12. To do this he had again to bathe which always accompanied the change of garments and to put on his white robes.

24 and he shall wash his flesh with water in the Holy Place and put on his garments, and come forth and offer his burnt offering and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself and for the people. — bathing in the holy place, that is, in that part of the sanctuary set apart for that purpose; and put on his garments and come forth; put on his golden garments, and come out of the place where he had washed himself, to the court, where was the altar of burnt offering: 

25 And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar. — and the fat of the sin offering; that is, the fat of the inwards of both the bullock and the goat.

26 And he that let go the goat as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. — both he who led away the goat, and he who burned the parts of the sin-offerings had to purify themselves. They who went out of the camp during a religious solemnity incurred uncleanness; hence, the need of purification.

27 And the bullock for the sin offering and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the Holy Place, shall one carry forth outside the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins and their flesh and their dung. — as the blood of the bullock and the goat which had been offered in the special sacrifices of the day had been carried within the sanctuary (verses 14, 15), their bodies had to be burnt outside the camp;

— the fact of Christ’s having “suffered outside the camp” serves as an indication that his blood had in its atoning effects been carried into the holy of holies, to be presented before the Mercy Seat, before the Father.

28 And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward he shall come into the camp. — the man who took the goat into the desert and those who burned the two sin-offerings outside the camp, had also to wash their clothes and bathe their bodies before they returned to the camp, because they had been defiled by the animals laden with sin.

29 “And this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country or a stranger who sojourneth among you; — was to be observed as a solemn fast, in which “they were to afflict their souls” it was reckoned a sabbath, kept as a season of “holy convocation,” or assembling for religious purposes;

— any person who performed any labor on Yom Kippur were subject to the death penalty.

30 for on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. — for on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you to cleanse you; by offering the sin offering for them; typical of the sacrifice of Christ, whose soul was made an offering for sin whereby atonement is made for it, and whose blood cleanses from all sin;

— that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord; which is a general phrase; as Christ by his blood and sacrifice has cleansed all his people from all their sins of every sort, so that they stand pure and clean, unblamable and unreproveable, before the throne of God, and in his sight.

31 It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute for ever. — directions for the yearly celebration of the day of atonement; it was to be kept on the tenth day of the seventh month, as an “everlasting statute”

32 And the priest, whom he shall anoint and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make the atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments; — and the priest, whom he shall anoint; better, and the priest who shall be anointed. Not only is Aaron to make atonement on this occasion but in future the priest who shall be consecrated by the proper authorities as his successor to the pontificate shall perform this act of expiation on the Day of Atonement.

33 and he shall make an atonement for the Holy Sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests and for all the people of the congregation.

34 And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you: to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year.” And he did as the Lord commanded Moses. — this shall be an everlasting statute unto you. It lasted as long as the earthly Jerusalem lasted, and until the heavenly Jerusalem was instituted, when it had a spiritual fulfillment once for all.

A Study of Zechariah 12:10

•June 19, 2022 • 1 Comment

As prophecised by Joel, “I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh” the veil of blindness will be removed and the Jews shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son; they’ll grieve and lament the crucifying of their Lord Jesus Christ, not only as the sinful, cruel act of their fathers, but that they had a great share of guilt by denying Hin when every eye shall see Him.

Zechariah 12:10 predicts the piercing of the Son of God, the Messiah, fulfilled at the first coming of Jesus Christ when He died on the cross and was pierced by a spear in His side (John 19:36–37). The complete fulfillment of this verse awaits the last days when the Jewish people will plead for mercy from the One whom they have pierced.

The presentation here is the correct view. Alternate views presented by Rabbi Tovia Singer; and Jews for Judiasm or here are linked for your study.

Zechariah 12

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord who stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him:

“Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people. All who burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

In that day,” saith the Lord, “I will smite every horse with astonishment and his rider with madness. And I will open Mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness;

and the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, ‘The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the Lord of hosts, their God.’

“In that day will I make the governors of Judah like a hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf, and they shall devour all the people round about on the right hand and on the left; and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem.

The Lord also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah.

“In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David, and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them.

And it shall come to pass in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.

10 And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem the spirit of grace and of supplication; and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one who is in bitterness for his firstborn. — this verse indicates a future time when the Jewish people will plead for the mercy of God, which will happen when they see “the one they have pierced.”

— this verse was mentioned in John 19:36-37 when Jesus, hanging on the cross, was pierced with a spear: “For these things were done, that the Scripture should be fulfilled . . . They shall look on Him whom they pierced.” And Revelation 1:7 adds, “Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him.”

— these prophecies are a fulfilment to Zechariah 12:10Isaiah 53:5 also predicts that the Messiah would be pierced: “But he was pierced for our transgressions.”

— and the Jews shall look upon Me whom they have pierced (H1856 – dāqar דָּקַר to pierce, piercing through), as they nailed their Messiah to the cross, John 19:34Revelation 1:7, or by piercing His side with a spear; and they shall mourn for Him as one mourn for his only son, acknowledging their transgression in killing the Prince of Life, Acts 3:15, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn, almost the greatest grief and sorrow known to the Jews;

— the Speaker is the Son of God, the Messiah. The Jews had pierced Him metaphorically by their accusation before the Roman governor during His trial in Jerusalem. They pierced Him, literally and as the crowning act of their blindness, in crusifying the Being of God’s Son upon the Cross,

  they shall mourn for him; they shall heartily lament the crucifying of the Lord Jesus, not only as the sinful, cruel act of their fathers, as one mourneth for his only son; with an unfeigned and real, a great and long-continued, a deep and lasting sorrow, such as is the sorrow of a father on the death of an only son:

— Rashi: as one mourns over an only son: As a man mourns over his only son. And our Sages expounded this in tractate Sukkah (52a) as referring to the Messiah, son of Joseph, who was slain;

— Rashi rightly quoted the Targum Sukkah (52a) about the Messiah to come from one Yeshua, a son of Joseph, of the house of David, yet they are blindsided to Him as the Son of God and as the fulfilment of the Messiah’s first coming; (reference to this “piercing” disappeared in the Masoretic Text, an example of the lying pen of the scribes: Jeremiah 8:8; or perhaps the lying tongues of their Sages).

11 “In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the Valley of Megiddo. — on that day, in the future when the realization of the greatness of their crime in putting their own Messiah to death, shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem as is ever the case when men realize that their sins were the cause of Christ’s death;

— as the mourning of Hadadrimmon, when the men of Judah mourned so bitterly over the death of their King Josiah, who was mortally wounded near that place in the Plain of Esdraelon, II Chronicles 35:22 ff. in the Valley of Megiddon.

And from Wikipedia (Zechariah): Zechariah’s prophecies took place during the reign of Darius the Great and were contemporary with Haggai in a post-exilic world after the fall of Jerusalem in 587/586 BC. Ezekiel and Jeremiah wrote before the fall of Jerusalem while continuing to prophesy in the early exile period. Scholars believe Ezekiel, with his blending of ceremony and vision, heavily influenced the visionary works of Zechariah 1–8. Zechariah is specific about dating his writing (520–518 BC). — it just doesn’t make sense that a prophecy of a future “shall” (more at the end) to refer to a past to king Josiah (reign 640–609 BC), who lived and died well over a hundred years earier! More appropriately, the mourning for Josiah was a foreshadowing of a greater one to be fulfilled.

12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart: the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; — and the land shall mourn, each family by itself: the family of David by itself, and the wives by themselves; the family of Nathan by itself, and the wives by themselves;

13 the family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; — the family of Levi by itself, and the wives by themselves; the family of Shimei by itself, and the wives by themselves;

14 all the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart. — all the families that remain, that is, the whole nation shall be born; every family apart and their wives separately. Nor would this sorrow of true repentance be in vain. Zechariah 13:1

— on that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to the entire nation, as representative of the Kingdom of God in the Millenium, in whose members the blood of the Messiah, shed for the sins of the whole world, has prepared a water which thoroughly cleanses sinners from their uncleanness.

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Zechariah 12:10

From the Chabad Bible

And I will pour out upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplications. And they shall look to me because of those who have been thrust through [with swords], and they shall mourn over it as one mourns over an only son and shall be in bitterness, therefore, as one is embittered over a firstborn son.

From OJB (Orthodox Jewish Bible)

And I will pour upon the Bais Dovid, and upon the inhabitants of Yerushalayim, the Ruach (Spirit) of Chen (grace) and of Tachanunim (supplications for favor); and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced [dakar, “pierce through” cf. Yeshayah 53:5; Targum HaShivim Tehillim 22:17], and they shall mourn for Him (Moshiach) as one mourneth for his yachid (only son), and shall grieve in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his bechor (firstborn).

Both sources are prophecies, to be fulfilled in the future; it just doesn’t make sense to prophecise a past! More appropriately, the mourning for Josiah was a foreshadowing of a greater mourning to be fulfilled.

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

Israel today, as in the past, has many blind shepherd.

A Study of Genesis 18 & 19 

•June 17, 2022 • 1 Comment

While Abraham was thus sitting about noon, he saw three men coming. These three heavenly beings were in human bodies. Some think they were all created angels; others, that one of them was the Son of God, the Messiah.

During the encounter, Abraham managed to perceive that one of them was the LORD (יְהוָ֗ה). Bear in mind that 5 of the 134 changes from LORD (יְהוָ֗ה) to Adonai (אֲדֹנָ֗י) as listed by E.W. Bullinger in Appendix 32 of The Companion Bible occured in these two chapters: namely Genesis 18:3,27,30,32; and Genesis19:18.

By such tampering, the Sopherim corrupted the Sacred Text; hence, sadly, the Jews couldn’t figure out the second Being in the Godhead and remain blinded to this day. A result of “the lying pen of the scribes has turned my words into a lie,” says Jeremiah 8:8!

Alternate view by Jews for Judiasm and here for your study.

Genesis 18

1 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) appeared unto him in the plains of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day. — right at the start, the LORD יְהוָ֗ה Yehovah was introduced;

And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground — and lo, three men; these three were three heavenly beings assuming human shapes, that they might be visible to Abraham, and conversable with him; although we couldn’t be sure if all three were יְהוָ֗ה, but at least we could be sure there one יְהוָ֗ה in an human form is.

and said, “My Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy), if now I have found favor in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant. — “My Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י)” should be changed back to “My LORD (יְהוָ֗ה),” one of the 134 changes to the Sacred Text made by the Sopherim;

— the Sopherim (ancient scribes, as well as many of today’s translators), upon reading this, couldn’t believe the Deity יְהוָ֗ה came down from heaven to mix with men, for there was a belief that God could not be seen and if anyone who had seen God would die; so the scribes took upon themself and changed it to “My Lord(אֲדֹנָ֗י).” They left the Changed Text on the side of the page and E.W. Bullinger came alone and collade all the 134 changes (more at the end).

— but Abraham realised straight away that the Guest is the Lord Yehovah (יְהוָ֗ה). Abraham must be moved by God’s spirits instantly, whereas the Sopherim were found to be sleeping!

Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree;

and I will fetch a morsel of bread and comfort ye your hearts. After that ye shall pass on, for therefor are ye come to your servant.” And they said, “So do, as thou hast said.”

And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.”

And Abraham ran unto the herd and fetched a calf, tender and good, and gave it unto a young man, and he hastened to dress it. — animal food is never provided, except for visitors of a superior rank when a kid or lamb is killed. A calf is still a higher stretch of hospitality, and it would probably be cooked as is usually done when haste is required—either by roasting it whole or by cutting it up into small pieces and broiling them on skewers over the fire.

And he took butter and milk and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they ate. — and the calf which he, the young man, had dressed and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, – a custom still observed among the Arabs, who honor their guests by not sitting to eat with, but by standing to wait upon, them – and they did eat.

And they said unto him, “Where is Sarah thy wife?” And he said, “Behold, in the tent.”

10 And he said, “I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son.” And Sarah heard it from the tent door, which was behind him. — at this time, when it lives again; that is, at this time next year;

11 Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age, and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. — now Abraham and Sarah were old, and well stricken in age; the one being ninety nine years of age and the other eighty nine; 

12 Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, “After I have waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy) being old also?” — Sarah addressed her husband as lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י) but then she haven’t known her Guest was the the Lord יְהוָ֗ה.

13 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) said unto Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I of a surety bear a child, who am old?’ — the narrator knows that it was the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) speaking; his question must have convinced Abraham of the Guest’s omniscience; as Sarah laughed within herself.

14 Is any thing too hard for the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה)? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” — that is, the Guest was revealing himself to both Abraham and Sarah, voicing his own name as Yehovah!- “the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה)?” – it seems that the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) was slowly but explicitly revealing himself; if I were Sarah with such experience, I would have felt several chills running down my spine!

15 Then Sarah denied, saying, “I laughed not,” for she was afraid. And He said, “Nay, but thou didst laugh.” — Sarah became afraid, of course she would, finally realising their Guest was no ordinary being, but Yehovah (יְהוָ֗ה) speaking to her; would she die, she must be wondering!

16 And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom; and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. — One remained with Abraham and is addressed ‘Lord (יְהוָ֗ה)’ but could all three are similarly addressed in Genesis 18:3? The inference is that יְהוָ֗ה Yehovah appeared, not only in the one ‘man’ who spake with Abraham, but also in the two who went to Sodom; but this thought could be debatable.

17 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) said, “Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do,

18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?

19 For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) to do justice and judgement, that the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) may bring upon Abraham that which He hath spoken of him.”

20 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous,

21 I will go down now and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which has come unto Me; and if not, I will know.”

22 And the men turned their faces from thence, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham stood yet before the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה). — this Lord (יְהוָ֗ה), who would be identified as the Son, stayed back with Abraham;

23 And Abraham drew near and said, “Wilt Thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?

24 Perhaps there be fifty righteous within the city; wilt Thou also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are therein?

25 That be far from Thee to do in this manner — to slay the righteous with the wicked; and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from Thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

26 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I will spare all the place for their sakes.”

27 And Abraham answered and said, “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י), I, who am but dust and ashes. — “the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy),” should be changed back to “the LORD (יְהוָ֗ה),” one of the 134 changes;

— in its original form, it shows that Abraham had (verse 3) right from the beginning realised that his Guest was the Lord Yehovah (יְהוָ֗ה).

28 Perhaps there shall lack five of the fifty righteous; wilt Thou destroy all the city for lack of five?” And He said, “If I find there forty and five, I will not destroy it.”

29 And he spoke unto Him yet again and said, “Perhaps there shall be forty found there?” And He said, “I will not do it for forty’s sake.”

30 And he said unto Him, “Oh let not the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י) be angry, and I will speak: Perhaps there shall thirty be found there.” And He said, “I will not do it if I find thirty there.” — “the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy),” should be “the LORD (יְהוָ֗ה),” one of the 134 changes;

31 And he said, “Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy): Perhaps there shall be twenty found there.” And He said, “I will not destroy it for twenty’s sake.” — was this “the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy)” tampered also, but left unrecorded? Indications are strong that this is the case!

JPS 1917 says: And he said: ‘Behold now, I have taken upon me to speak unto the Lord. Peradventure there shall be twenty found there.’ And He said: ‘I will not destroy it for the twenty’s sake.’

32 And he said, “Oh let not the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י) be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Perhaps ten shall be found there.” And He said, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake.” — “the Lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy)” should be “the LORD (יְהוָ֗ה),” one of the 134 changes;

33 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) went His way, as soon as He had finished communing with Abraham; and Abraham returned unto his place.

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Actually, there is only One יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah (and also one God; yet God is in the plural, Elohim) and many Scriptures testify to this, and this One יְהוָ֨ה or One God principle is found in Exodus 23:

20 Behold, I send an Angel (or messenger) before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. Exodus 23:20-21

The phase “for my name is in him” sends a powerdul message, that His name is with His messangers, hence the LORDs mentioned in Genesis 18-19 (and Psalm 110:5) were derivative. They were all carrying the message of the original יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah.

Where a special envoy of יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah carries his official title יְהוָ֨ה, often the Son, he has the “full powers” of his Father יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah. In particular, he is one acting like a Plenipotentiary Ambassador; the term commonly refers to a diplomat fully authorized to represent a government as an ambassador; that is, he is one acting like a Plenipotentiary Ambassador.

The word plenipotentiary comes from the Latin, plenus + potens, full + powerful. Thus a plenipotentiary is a diplomat who has full powers or authorization to sign a treaty or convention on behalf of his or her sovereign.

Jesus or Yeshua, the Son, testifies He came in His Father’s name: John 5:43: I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not; and Jesus came and spoke unto them, saying, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth,” Matthew 28:18.

Same thing with the one God concept. God the Father, God the Son, yet there is only one Elohim. Jesus addresses the Father as “the only true God” (John 17:3); that is, the Father is the only true Creator God.

Genesis 19

1 And there came two angels to Sodom at evening, and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom. And Lot, seeing them, rose up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground; it started with three men in Genesis 18:2, and now two of them were revealed as angels;

— these two angels came to engage themselves with Lot, Abraham’s nephew; although Lot was righteous, all the people of Sodom were very wicked and vile;

— the two angels who left Abraham had now arrived Sodom in the evening (or afternoon, pressing toward sunset) to perform a delegated duty, when Lot, who was sitting at the gate, insisted them to pass the night in his house. 

and he said, “Behold now, my lords (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy), turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early and go on your ways.” And they said, “Nay, but we will remain in the street all night.”

And he pressed upon them greatly, and they turned in unto him and entered into his house; and he made them a feast and baked unleavened bread, and they ate. — and did bake unleavened bread; probably it was the time of the Passover.

But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom — both young and old, all the people from every quarter —compassed the house around. — the wicked violence of the citizens displays itself. They checked the house, and demand the men for the vilest ends. How familiar Lot had become with vice, when any necessity whatever could induce him to offer his daughters to the lust of these Sodomites! 

And they called unto Lot and said unto him, “Where are the men who came in to thee this night? Bring them out unto us, that we may know them.” — bring them out unto us, that we may know them; not who they were, and from whence they came, and what their business was; nor did they pretend anything of this kind to hide and cover their design from Lot, but they were open and impudent, and declared their sin without shame and blushing;

And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him — and shut the door after him; the door of the passage to his house, the courtyard, and the other a hatch: however, this precaution of shutting it was used to prevent the men of Sodom rushing in and taking away the men by violence;

and said, “I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

Behold now, I have two daughters who have not known a man. Let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes. Only unto these men do nothing, for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.” — only unto these men do nothing; for as yet he knew them not to be angels; had he, it would not have given him the concern it did, since he must have known that they were able to defend themselves:

And they said, “Stand back.” And they said again, “This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will become a judge! Now will we deal worse with thee than with them.” And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door. — this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge; this one man; and he a stranger and sojourner, the man, who came as a foreigner, wanting to play the judge?

— no freeman or citizen of this city, sets himself against the whole body of the inhabitants, and takes upon him to judge what is right and wrong to be done; and if he is let alone in “judging he will judge” as it may be rendered; he will take upon him this office, and continue to exercise it, and determine and decide all matters among us at his pleasure. This confutes the above notion of the Jews, that Lot was appointed a judge by the men of Sodom, yea, the president of the court for that day;

— Rashi: The Sodomites were saying as follows: “You intercede for the wayfarers? How dare you?!” — the Targum says: “And they said, Did not this come alone to sojourn among us? and, behold, he is making himself a judge, and judging the whole of us?” 

10 But the men put forth their hands, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut the door. — but the angels put forth their hands and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut the door.

11 And they smote the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door. — and the angels smote the men who were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great,

12 And the men said unto Lot, “Hast thou here any besides? Son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whomsoever thou hast in the city — bring them out of this place. — and the angels said unto Lot, “Hast thou here any besides? Son-in-law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, trying to acquaint him with the business they came to do:

13 For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them has waxed great before the face of the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה), and the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) hath sent us to destroy it.”

14 And Lot went out and spoke unto his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, “Up, get ye out of this place; for the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) will destroy this city!” But he seemed as one who mocked unto his sons-in-law. — and the Lord hath sent us to destroy it; by which they discovered themselves to be angels, and what their business was, to destroy Sodom; 

— Lot spake to his sons-in-law; it is likely these sons-in-law had married other daughters of Lot, who refused to obey and who afterward would perish in the destruction of the city. 

15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, “Arise, take thy wife and thy two daughters who are here, lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” — and spake unto his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters: according to some experts, Lot had two other daughters that perished in Sodom, which are indicative from this phase “who are here” as though he had some elsewhere;

16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife and upon the hand of his two daughters, the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) being merciful unto him; and they brought him forth and set him outside the city. — and while he lingered; Heb, and he lingered. Lot still clung to his wealth and could not make up his mind to leave it and so at length the angels took him by the hand and compelled him to quit the doomed city.

17 And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth outside, that he said, “Escape for thy life! Look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain. Escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed!” — look not behind thee; this was not merely to prevent delay but also showed that God demanded of them a total abandonment in heart and will of the condemned cities and hence the severity with which the violation of the command was visited.

18 And Lot said unto them, “Oh, not so, my lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י). — “my lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י ’ă·ḏō·nāy)” should be changed back to “my LORD (יְהוָ֗ה),” one of the 134 changes (see more at the end below);

— the Sopherim (scribes) couldn’t believe that Lot was addressing the Deity יְהוָ֗ה, for there was a fear that anyone who had seen God would die; so the scribes changed it to “my lord (אֲדֹנָ֗י).”

— this verse shows that even angels could also carry the name of God, Yehovah, “for my name is in him,” Exodus 23:20-21, or in this case “for my name is in them.” The logical supposition remains, therefore, is that Lot recognised that the two angels as manifestation of God, and so addressed them as יְהוָ֗ה; but their Sopherim then, and their shepherd today, are fast asleep after stumbling around with too much wine!

19 Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shown unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die. — Lot seems bewildered by the contemptuous refusal of his connections to leave the place. His early choice and his growing habits have attached him to the place, notwithstanding its temptations;

— his married daughters, or at least the intended husbands of the two who were at home (“who are here”), are to be left behind. But though these thoughts make him linger, the mercy of the Lord prevails. The angels use a little violence to hasten their escape. 

20 Behold now, this city is near enough to flee unto, and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.” — Lot’s meaning was that since Zoar was the smallest of the cities of the Pentapolis, it would not be a great demand on God’s mercy to spare it, and it would save him from further exertions for his safety. 

21 And he said unto him, “See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city for which thou hast spoken. — this city is Zoar, hence it was saved because of Lot;

22 Hasten thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou hast come thither.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar. — therefore the name of the city was called Zoar; in later times, and probably first by Lot, from his use of the word “little”, which was his request, which Zoar signifies; before it was called Bela, see Genesis 14:2.

23 The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

24 Then the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire, from the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) out of heaven; — the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה, Yehovah) rained . . . from the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה, Yehovah); in this repetition of the name of Yehovah an indication of duality of the Godhead, as though God the Son (יְהוָ֗ה,) on earth rained down fire from God the Father (יְהוָ֗ה,) in heaven;

— both the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem call the Son, the Word of the Lord, which manifests in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground. — all but Zoar; and he overthrew those cities; namely Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboiim: very probably at the same time that this fiery tempest was in the heavens, there was an earthquake which overthrew the cities; “and all the plain ” and so Strabo makes the lake (the Dead Sea), which is now the place where they stood; 

— “rain of fire and brimstone” these words are to be understood quite literally, as meaning that brimstone and fire, i.e., burning brimstone, fell from the sky, even though the examples of burning bituminous matter falling upon the earth. By this rain of fire and brimstone not only were the cities and their inhabitants consumed, but even the soil which abounded in asphalt was set on fire, so that the entire valley was burned out and sank, or was overthrown (הפך) that is, utterly destroyed and the Dead Sea took its place.

26 But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. — but his wife looked back from behind him; that is, the wife of Lot, whose name some Jewish writers say was Adith, or as others Irith; and, according to the Targums of Jonathan and Jerusalem, she was a native of Sodom: now, as they were going from Sodom to Zoar, she was behind Lot, his back was to her, so that he could not see her; this was a temptation to her to look back, since her husband could not see her;

— the Dead Sea lake lies in the lowest part of the valley of the Jordan, and its surface is about thirteen hundred feet below the level of the sea. In such a hollow, exposed to the burning rays of an unclouded sun, its waters evaporate as much as it receives by the influx of the Jordan. Its present area is about forty-five miles by eight miles.

27 And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה); — and Abraham gat up early; to see what was become of his prayers, he went to the very place where he had stood before the Lord יְהוָ֗ה.

28 and he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld. And lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

29 And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt. — that God remembered Abraham; his promise to him, that he would bless them that blessed him, Genesis 12:3; and his prayer to him for Lot in Genesis 18:23;

— for though Abraham does not mention him by name, he bore him on his heart, and he was always in the number of the righteous ones, on whose account he interceded for the sparing of the cities; and, though God did not hear and answer him with regard to the cities, yet he did with respect to the righteous men in them:

30 And Lot went up out of Zoar and dwelt on the mountain, and his two daughters with him, for he feared to dwell in Zoar; and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters. — from Zoar Lot removed with his two daughters to the (Moabitish) mountains, for fear that Zoar might after all be destroyed and dwelt in one of the caves (מערה with the generic article) in which the limestone rocks abound and so became a cave dweller. 

31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth. — a mark of Jewish hatred towards the Moabites and Ammonites and an attempt to brand their origin with shame;

— really we find in Deuteronomy 2:9-19, no trace of the existence of this hostility, but on the contrary the relationship of these two nations to Israel is used as a ground for kindly feelings; and in the story of Ruth the Moabitess, and the friendship which existed between the king of Moab and David, we have proof that such feelings existed.

32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.”

33 And they made their father drink wine that night, and the firstborn went in and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

34 And it came to pass on the morrow that the firstborn said unto the younger, “Behold, I lay yesternight with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also, and go thou in and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.”

35 And they made their father drink wine that night also. And the younger arose and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. — thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. We learn from hence what the best of men are when left to themselves; a good man, a righteous Lot, is guilty of crimes the most shocking;

— he exposed the chastity of his daughters to the men of Sodom and now his daughters attacked him, and succeeded, being both with child by him; and this brought about by excessive drinking, a sin which often leads on to the foulest crimes, and therefore to be carefully avoided; these sins Lot fell into when as it were alone, on a mountain, in a cave, none but his family with him, and these only his two daughters;

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. — Lot is never mentioned again. Separated both outwardly and inwardly from Abraham, he was of no further importance in relation to the history of salvation, so that even his death is not referred to. His descendants, however, frequently came into contact with the Israelites; and the history of their descent is given here to facilitate a correct appreciation of their conduct towards Israel.

37 And the firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab; the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day.

38 And the younger, she also bore a son and called his name Benammi; the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day. — Moab afterward occupied the district south of the Arnon, and east of the Salt Sea. Ammon dwelt to the northeast of Moab, where they had a capital called Rabbah. They both ultimately merged into the more general class of the Arabs.

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The official list given in the Massorah (§§ 107-15, Ginsburg’s edition) contains the 134.

Genesis 18:3,27,30,32; 19:18; 20:4 (Genesis 18:31? The context dictates that this verse should be included). Exodus 4:10,13; 5:22; 15:17; 34:9,9. Numbers 14:17.

Joshua 7:8. Judges 6:15; 13:8. 1Kings 3:10,15; 22:6. 2Kings 7:6; 19:23. Isaiah 3:17,18; 4:4; 6:1,8,11; 7:14,20; 8:7; 9:8,17; 10:12; 11:11; 21:6,8,16; 28:2; 29:13; 30:20; 37:24; 38:14,16; 49:14. Ezekiel 18:25,29; 21:13; 33:17,29. Amos 5:16; 7:7,8; 9:1. Zechariah 9:4. Micah 1:2. Malachi 1:12,14.

Psalm 2:4; 16:2; 22:19,30; 30:8; 35:3?(none), 35:17,22; 37:12; 38:9,15,22; 39:7; 40:17; 44:23; 51:15; 54:4; 55:9; 57:9; 59:11; 62:12; 66:18; 68:11,17,19,22,26,32; 73:20; 77:2,7; 78:65; 79:12; 86:3,4,5,8,9,12,15; 89:49,50; 90:1,17; 110:5; 130:2,3,6. Daniel 1:2; 9:3,4,7,9,15,16,17,19,19,19. Lamentations 1:14,15,15; 2:1,2,5,7,18,19,20; 3:31,36,37,58. Ezra 10:3. Nehemiah 1:11; 4:14. Job 28:28.

[There seems to be an error: that there is none in Psalm 35:3 but another change should be added to Genesis 18:31; the total changes remain at 134]

This article disproves the Trinity: for more see, What is the Holy Spirit?

A Study of Daniel 7 

•June 15, 2022 • 1 Comment

This Study is on Daniel 7: Zooming in on Who is the Son of Man on Clouds of Heaven?

Although Jewish authority acknowledges that the book Daniel is a Sacred Text, they relegated it to “Writings” that this book is among the holy writings but not among the Prophets; it isn’t a prophecy, they claim; the reasons they give are based on sands as the Prophet Isaiah speaks of his own people, Israel, their shepherd sre blind, “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see,” Isaiah 42:18.

Bear in mind that the Book of Daniel is divided between the Hebrew of chapters 1 and 8–12 and the Aramaic of chapters 2–7 (Book of Daniel Wikipedia); so Daniel 7 was originally written in Aramaic, although the two languages are closely related.

The presentation here is the correct view. Alternate views, which offer plenty of commentaries but no substance, could be found in Rabbi Tovia Singer

Daniel 7

1 In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions in his head upon his bed. Then he wrote the dream, and told the sum of the matters.

2 Daniel spoke and said, “I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of the heaven strove upon the great sea.

3 And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from another.

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle’s wings. I beheld till the wings thereof were plucked, and it was lifted up from the earth, and made to stand upon the feet as a man, and a man’s heart was given to it.

5 And behold, another beast, a second, like unto a bear. And it raised up itself on one side, and it had three ribs in the mouth of it between the teeth of it; and they said thus unto it, ‘Arise, devour much flesh.’

6 After this I beheld, and lo another, like a leopard, which had upon the back of it four wings of a fowl. The beast had also four heads; and dominion was given to it.

7 After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth. It devoured, and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it; and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns.

8 I considered the horns, and behold, there came up among them another little horn, before whom there were three of the first horns plucked up by the roots. And behold, in this horn were eyes like the eyes of man, and a mouth speaking great things.

9 “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days sat down, whose garment was white as snow and the hair of His head like the pure wool. His throne was like the fiery flame, and His wheels as burning fire.

10 A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. Thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him: the judgement was set, and the books were opened.

11 “I beheld then because of the voice of the great words which the horn spoke; I beheld even till the beast was slain, and his body destroyed and given to the burning flame.

12 As concerning the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and time.

13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of Days, and they brought Him near before Him. — like Ezekiel in vision (Ezekiel 1:1) when he saw a likeness of four living creatures, Daniel saw in the night visions and behold, one like the Son of Man came with the clouds of heaven, riding upon them as on a celestial chariot and came to the Ancient of Days and they brought Him near before Him;

parallel Scripture when Nebuchadnezzar cast Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego into the midst of the burning fiery furnace, the king was astonished and said unto his counselors, “Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” Nebuchadnezzar answered his own question and said, “Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God,” Daniel 3:23-25.

Israel today, as in the past, has many blind shepherd:

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

Daniel 7:13 is testifying that it is the Son of God coming with the clouds of heaven towards the Ancient of Days, the blinded shepherd couldn’t figure out the second Being in the Godhead; he’s actually the Son in Psalm 2:7 and Proverbs 30:4.

“I will declare the decree: The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) hath said unto Me, ‘Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee” Psalm 2:7

“Who hath ascended up into heaven or hath descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?” Proverbs 30:4

It is on the basis of this passage, which describes the formal inauguration of the Messiah as King of His eternal kingdom, that Yeshua frequently applied the name “Son of Man” to Himself in the gospels;

and in numerous places in the NT, the Son of Man is also the Son of God, (Matthew 12:8, Mark 2:10, Luke 9:22, John 3:13; Matthew 27:54, Mark 15:39, Luke 1:32. John 1:34)

The Son of Man

For the Son of Man is Lord even of the Sabbath day.” Matthew 12:8

But that ye may know that the Son of Man hath power on earth to forgive sins—” He said to the one sick with the palsy, Mark 2:10

saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and scribes, and be slain and be raised the third day.” Luke 9:22

And no man hath ascended up to Heaven, but He that came down from Heaven, even the Son of Man who is in Heaven. John 3:13

The Son of God

Now when the centurion, and those who were with him watching Jesus, saw the earthquake and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly, this was the Son of God!” Matthew 27:54

And when the centurion who stood opposite Him saw that He so cried out and gave up the ghost, he said, “Truly, this Man was the Son of God!” Mark 15:39

He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David, Luke 1:32

And I saw and bore record that this is the Son of God.” John 1:34

14 And there was given Him dominion and glory and a Kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His Kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. — and there was given unto the Messiah dominion and glory and a kingdom, divine authority over the domain of the earth during the Millenium, that all people, nations and languages should serve Him;

— His dominion is an everlasting dominion which shall not pass away and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. The description clearly shows that the Son of Man is a person distinct from the Father, and that the fact of His eternal dominion and power is a direct argument for His deity. Cf Revelation 11:15Revelation 19:16.

And these Scriptures tie in with Psalm 110:1-5The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH, Yehovah) said unto my lord (לַֽאדֹנִ֗י ladoni)”

What Is the Holy Spirit?

•June 13, 2022 • 3 Comments

In the Scriptures, the word “spirit” is translated from the Hebrew word ר֣וּחַ ruʹach and the Greek word pneuʹma. Most often, those words refer to God’s active force, or holy spirit (Genesis 1:2). However, the Bible also uses those words in other senses:

And You renew the face of the earth (Genesis 1:2). And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit (h7307 ר֣וּחַ rū·aḥ) of God moved upon the face of the waters.

The Answer from the Scriptures

The holy spirit is God’s power in action, his active force (Micah 3:8; Luke 1:35). God sends out his spirit by projecting his energy to any place to accomplish his will — Psalm 104:30; 139:7

Micah 3:8 “But truly I am full of power by the spirit (h7307 ר֣וּחַ rū·aḥ) of the Lord, and of judgement and of might to declare unto Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.”

Luke 1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, “The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”

Psalm 104:30 (Speaking of Genesis 1:1-3) You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;

  • Breath — Habakkuk 2:19; Revelation 13:15

Habakkuk 2:19 Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To the dumb stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver; Yet in it there is no breath (h7307 רוּחַ rū·aḥ) at all.

Revelation 13:15 “He was granted power to give breath (h7307) to the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.”

  • Wind — Genesis 8:1; John 3:8

Genesis 8:1 “Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the ark. And God made a wind (h7307 rū·aḥ) to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided.”

John 3:8  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

  • The vital, or animating, force in living creatures — Job 34:14,15

Job 34:14 If He should set His heart on it, If He should gather to Himself His Spirit (h7307 rū·aḥ) and His breath (H5397 neshamah), 15 All flesh would perish together, And man would return to dust.

  • A person’s disposition or attitude — Numbers 14:24
  • Spirit persons, including God and the angels — 1 Kings 22:21; John 4:24

I Kings 22:21 “Then a spirit (h7307 rū·aḥ) came forward and stood before the Lord, and said, ‘I will persuade him.’ A spirit can appear as a being or an angel, but nothing to suggest he’s a God, or a member of the Godhead.”

John 4:24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

These meanings all share the sense of something invisible to humans that produces visible effects. Similarly, the spirit of God, “like the wind, is invisible, immaterial and powerful” — An Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words, by W. E. Vine.

The Bible also refers to God’s holy spirit as his “hands” or “fingers.” (Psalm 8:3 When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork; Luke 11:20; compare Matthew 12:28.) Just as a craftsman uses his hands and fingers to do his work, God has used his spirit to produce such results as the following:

  • The universe — Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath (h7307 rū·aḥ) of His mouth;” Isaiah 66:1,2 Thus saith the Lord, “The heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where is the house that ye build unto Me? And where is the place of My rest? 2For all those things hath Mine hand made, and all those things have been,” saith the Lord. “But to this man will I look: even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit (rū·aḥ), and trembleth at My word.
  • The Bible — II Peter 1:20,21
  • The miracles performed by his ancient servants and their zealous preaching — Luke 4:18; Acts 1:8,1 Corinthians 12:4-11
  • The fine qualities displayed by people who obey him — Galatians 5:22,23

The holy spirit is not a person

By referring to God’s spirit as his “hands,” “fingers,” or “breath,” the Bible shows that the holy spirit is not a person (Exodus 15:8,10) 

Exodus 15:8 And with the blast of Your nostrils, the waters were gathered together; the floods stood upright like a heap; the depths congealed in the heart of the sea.

10 You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them; they sank like lead in the mighty waters.

A craftsman’s hands cannot function independent of his mind and body; likewise, the holy spirit operates only as God directs it. 

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the holy spirit to those who ask Him!” Luke 11:13

The Bible also compares God’s spirit to water and associates it with such things as faith and knowledge. These comparisons all point to the impersonal nature of the holy spirit — Isaiah 44:3; Acts 6:5; II Corinthians 6:6

The Bible gives the names of Yehovah the Father and of his Son, Jesus Christ; yet, nowhere does it name the holy spirit (Isaiah 42:8; Luke 1:31). When the Christian martyr Stephen was given a miraculous heavenly vision, he saw only two persons, not three. The Bible says: 

“He, being full of holy spirit, gazed into heaven and caught sight of God’s glory and of Jesus standing at God’s right hand” (Acts 7:55).

The holy spirit was God’s power in action, enabling Stephen to see the vision.

Misconceptions about the holy spirit

Misconception: The “Holy Ghost,” or holy spirit, is a person and is part of the Trinity, as stated at 1 John 5:7,8 in the King James version of the Bible.

Fact: The King James version of the Bible includes at 1 John 5:7,8 the words “in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth.” 

However, researchers have found that those words were not written by the apostle John and so do not belong in the Bible. They were inserted by some copyist trying to promote the Trinity. Professor Bruce M. Metzger wrote: “That these words are spurious and have no right to stand in the New Testament is certain” — A Textual Commentary on the Greek New Testament.

Misconception: The Bible personifies the holy spirit, and this proves that it is a person.

Fact: The Scriptures do at times personify the holy spirit, but this does not prove that the holy spirit is a person. The Bible also personifies wisdom, death, and sin. (Proverbs 1:20; Romans 5:17, 21) For example, wisdom is said to have “works” and “children,” and sin is depicted as seducing, killing, and working out covetousness — Matthew 11:19; Luke 7:35; Romans 7:8,11

Similarly, when the apostle John quoted Jesus, he personified the holy spirit as a “helper” (paraclete) that would give evidence, guide, speak, hear, declare, glorify, and receive. He used masculine personal pronouns such as “he” or “him” when referring to that “helper” (John 16:7-15). However, he did so because the Greek word for “helper” (pa·raʹkle·tos) is a masculine noun and requires a masculine pronoun according to the rules of Greek grammar. When John referred to the holy spirit using the neuter noun pneuʹma, he used the genderless pronoun “it” — John 14:16,17.

Misconception: Baptism in the name of the holy spirit proves that it is a person.

Fact: The Bible sometimes uses “name” to stand for power or authority (Deuteronomy 18:5, 19-22; Esther 8:10).

This is similar to its use in the English expression “in the name of the law,” which does not mean that the law is a person. A person who is baptized “in the name of ” the holy spirit recognizes the power and role of the holy spirit in accomplishing God’s will.

Misconception: Jesus’ apostles and other early disciples believed that the holy spirit was a person.

Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” — Interesting enough, this verse sounds far too trinitarian to have been included in Matthew’s original words but was inserted in the 3rd or 4th Centuries by some copyist trying to promote the Trinitarian formula for baptism.

Fact: The Bible does not say that, nor does history. The Encyclopædia Britannica states: “The definition that the holy spirit was a distinct divine Person . . . came at the Council of Constantinople in AD 381.” This was over 250 years after the last of the apostles had died. The Hastings Dictionary of the Bible also provides proof that scholars generally regard the tripartite phrase of Matthew 28:19 to be a late Catholic addition.

A Study of Isaiah 9 

•June 11, 2022 • 1 Comment

A Study of Isaiah 9; but a more indepth Study of verses 6 to 7 in particular. Rabbinic Jews say this Child is Hezekiah “a wonderful counselor” but Christians say he is the Son of God, the Messiah. For the record, King Hezekiah foolishly show Merodach-baladan, the Babylonian king’s envoys to Hezekiah, of all his treasures and his armory, and Isaiah rebuked him for such foolishness, II Kings 20, Isaiah 39.

The presentation here is the most accurate view. Alternate views, which offer little sense, mixed with some blasphemous views, could be found in Jews for Judiasm.

Isaiah 9

1 Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first He lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward more grievously afflicted her by the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.

2 The people that walked in darkness have seen a great light; they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined.

3 Thou hast multiplied the nation and not increased the joy; they joy before Thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4 For Thou hast broken the yoke of his burden and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian.

5 For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise and garments rolled in blood, but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. — for unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, the eternal Word being made flesh for us, not only in our stead, but for our benefit, for the eternal salvation of all believers; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, the absolute and unlimited power, the divine authority in its fullest sense, rests upon Him, He is, from His birth, in complete possession of the eternal power and Godhead;

— a Question for Rabbinic Judiasm: if a Rod shall spring forth out of the stem of Jesse (Isaiah 11), and a Branch shall grow out of his roots; why would he not start with a Child?

— and His name shall be called Wonderful, not only His birth, but His entire essence being a miracle, Counselor, for He not only knows the right and proper counsel in every difficulty of body and soul, He also carries out His plans for the benefit of men, the Mighty God, for the Messiah, true man as He is, is at the same time above all, God blessed forever, altogether identical with Yehovah;

the Everlasting Father, this description isn’t in the Septuagint nor in the Targum; so what could we make of this? He who is called the Son of God (John 1:18, 3:16) cannot himself be called everlasting Father. The Son of God has never been described as the Father anywhere else in the Scriptures. Is this not the lying pen of the scribes as described in Jeremiah 8:8? Is this another one of the self-deceptions of rabbinical Judaism to keep themselves blinded (who claim that King Hezekiah fulfilled this prophecy)?

— the Prince of Peace, the true Shiloh, Genesis 49:10, who has restored the right relation between God and man, making peace by abolishing in His flesh the enmity which existed since the fall of man, Ephesians 2:14-15.

— He is also the LORD יְהוָ֑ה” as proven in A Study of Psalm 110 and A Study of Isaiah 11; hence He is the Mighty God as well; it would be blasphemous to attribute such title to Hezekiah;

— the full verse in Targum says, “The prophet said to the house of David, For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and He has taken the law upon Himself to keep it. His name is called from eternity, Wonderful, the Mighty God, who liveth to eternity, the Messiah, whose peace shall be great upon us in His days” — yes, this verse confirms the Messiah had been prophesised but nothing about ‘the Everlasting Father’ and he was to be born, the Son and He was from eternity to eternity;

— the Targum is an indispensable source of understanding the Bible. Started by Ezra for those returning Jews from Babylon and for these returnees they could only understand the Sacred Text in Aramaic; hence the Targum is as if Ezra is speaking to them in ancient times and to us today from the verses quoted.

— in the Septuagint “For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of great counsel: for I will bring peace upon the princes, and health to him. His government shall be great, and of his peace there is no end: it shall be upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to support it with judgment and with righteousness, from henceforth and for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts shall perform this.”

— Christians identifies the Father speaking of his Son, who was and also is the Messiah, identified as the Word in the Targum; and confirms by John as he wrote of him in his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1 (more at the end).

7 Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David and upon His Kingdom, to order it and to establish it with judgement and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. — of the increase of His government, in extending the boundaries of His spiritual kingdom, and peace there shall be no end, that is, He brings about a condition of eternal peace between God and man,

— upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, for the kingdom of David continued and established in order to establish the foundation for the Kingdom of God with judgement and with justice from henceforth even forever;

— the zeal of the Lord of hosts, the eagerness of His love in seeking the salvation of mankind, will perform this. All this was fulfilled in the Son of God, of whom the angel says: “He shall be great and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David, and He shall reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there shall be no end.

— and finally, to ascibe such titles and attributes to King Hezekiah are flirting with blasphemy!

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More than One יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah?

Actually, there is only One יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah (and also one God; yet God is in a plural form, Elohim) and many Scriptures testify to this, and this One יְהוָ֨ה or One God principle is found in Exodus 23:

20 Behold, I send an Angel (or messenger) before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. Exodus 23:20-21

Hence the God (Elohim) in Isaiah 9:6 (or the LORDs mentioned in Psalm 110:5 and Genesis 18-19) were derivative. They were all carrying the message of the original God or יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah, “for my name is in him.”

Yeshua, the Son, testifies He came in His Father’s name: John 5:43: I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not.

Migrant Caravan heads to the US

•June 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Migrant caravan heads to the US border as key summit begins

BBC News 8 June 2022 / TRT World June 8, 2022

Thousands of migrants are headed to the US-Mexican border in a caravan timed to coincide with a meeting of Western Hemisphere leaders in Los Angeles.

Some 6,000 (or another 6,000,000?) people, including many from Venezuela and Central America, have begun walking from the southern tip of Mexico north as part of a caravan.

Some 6,000 people from the Mexican city of Tapachula, marching to the US border

Migration is among the top issues on the agenda at the Summit of the Americas.

The caravan may be one of the largest in recent years.

On Monday, the group began its 1,270 mile (2,000 km) journey to the US from the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the country’s border with Guatemala. It is unclear when they will arrive at the northern frontier.

The group’s organisers say it is made up of people who are fleeing instability, violence and poverty in their home countries.

As many as 15,000 migrants leave Tapachula, Chiapas, on long march north

Robinson Reyes, 35, a Colombian migrant, said he was traveling north after waiting in vain in Mexico for a month for a humanitarian visa.

“We want a future for our family,” he told Reuters. “We are not violent. We just want a better future.”

Many believe Russia was and some still believe it is the main threat of the United States. Others, like John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, give incredible speeches around the world saying China is the main enemy. And Mearsheimer emphasizes the United States are protected by fish to the left and fish to the right, but he foolishly negate to address America’s broken border in the South; and that the Scriptures say that America’s main “enemy” comes from the unprotected South:

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”
Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.
4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.

47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.

48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”

49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”

Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;

3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My Sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the South to the North,

5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My Sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’

The Scriptures above are shrouded in cryptic languages and so the Qs are: how would such scenarios be played out? The current Russia/Ukraine and China/Taiwan arises are just two major distractions, but more importantly, who are these enemies the Prophet Ezekiel identifies coming from the SOUTH, and how would God says He will kindle a fire and “all the remnant of the people shall despoil thee?”

Daily Mail 7 June 2022

One Report by McKinsey says of the 60 millions Latinos in the US that had migrated from the South; they often live in ‘deserts’ where adequate housing, groceries are hard to find. “Nearly 9 in 10 of the Latino residents in such communities lived in five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”

McKinsey: Latinos are projected to make up 22.4 percent of the US labor force by 2030 and more than 30 percent by 2060 (Latinos population to 111.2 million by ’60); is this analysis on the right track? Is there anything else missing? Do feel free to present your opinion; thanks.

A Study of Isaiah 11 

•June 9, 2022 • 2 Comments

Not as prominent a Chapter as Daniel 9, Isaiah 11 is a Chapter on Who the Messiah finally Is; and what He will do. To Christians the Messiah is Yeshua, or popularly known as Jesus, first Coming as a lamb, a son of man, presenting Himself as the Suffering Servant, Isaiah 52:13 to 53:12; the second Coming as a King of kings, a Son of God. But for milleniums, in the Jewish mind, the ‘anointed one’ the Mashiach will only come as a King of Kings; He is ‘the Anointed One, King Messiah.”

The presentation here is the correct view. Alternate views, which offer little sense, could be found in Jews for Judiasm.

Isaiah 11

1 And there shall come forth a Rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots. — the Coming of the Messiah; the idea correspond to those of Isaiah 6:13 as a new Israel will spring up from the “stump” a Rod of the old, so the Messianic King will arise from the decayed family of David; the Targum agrees, paraphrasing the words thus, “and a King shall come forth from the sons of Jesse.”

— the Messiah is called a Branch and a Rod; the words signify a small, tender product; a shoot, such as is easily broken off; which is his first Coming;

— second, he is called a “Rod” a symbol of power, his second Coming as King of kings because he is an instrument of executing judgement from the hand of the Father to horsewhip his children, Jews and Gentiles, into shape;

2 And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” — and the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him; the Rod and Branch, the King of kings, so qualifying him for his office and the discharge of his duty with the fullness of His divine power;

— the spirit of wisdom, which searches all things, even the secrets of God, and understanding, able to make the proper distinction concerning all things, the spirit of counsel by whom the Messiah is endowed to be the Counselor and might, the spirit of knowledge, by means of which He is familiar with all the mysteries of God;

— and of the fear of the Lord, yea “of the fear of the Lord” a fear of reverence, a fear to please him, and aversion to offend him; even the Son has to pay homage to God the Father, praying to His heavenly Father and seeking His leadership, and He was and is to fear the Lord, his Father, the “only true God” according to His divine nature united with Him in an everlasting union as One;

— that night, the night the Son was betrayed, he had two desires but his requests were denied (1) his desire to eat the Passover with his disciples; (2) his desire for the “cup” to be removed from him (for more see THAT NIGHT COULDN’T BE THE FOURTEENTH!)

3 and shall make Him of quick understanding in the fear of the Lord; and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears. — ‘and the spirit of the fear of God shall fill him,’ or “the breath of his nostrils shall be the fear of the Lord,” or “a sweet savor shall he find in the fear of the Lord.” That is, even the Son is motivated by the fear of his Father, Yehovah; for the fear of God is a sacrifice of adoration continually ascending to God, the Father, who is the “only true God” John 17:3.

— He is highly pleased when men bring to Him the sacrifice of their fear of God; and He shall not judge after the sight of His eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of His ears, rendering judgement not according to external appearances, rather according to His understanding of the heart and soul;

— Q, how did the Son (the only begotten Son) came into being? Could the creation of Adam and Eve have given us a hint? Also, could there be another ‘son’ that went bad?

4 But with righteousness shall He judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth; and He shall smite the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips shall He slay the wicked. — but with justice and impartiality, He shall He judge the poor; it would be characteristic of the Messiah’s rule that the poor should have their complaints heard, that oppression should cease and judgement be no more perverted in favor of the rich. His interest turning especially to the meek, the lowly, and the humble, to those who bear the enmity of the world with the proper meekness, taking the part of those who are persecuted for their confession’s sake;

— and He, the Son, shall smite the earth with the Rod of His mouth; rebuking and horsewhipping in a most emphatic manner the hostility of the disobedient world and with the breath of His lips, His Word, which bears almighty power, shall He slay the wicked, overthrowing the power of Satan and revealing the true character of the Kingdom of God.

5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins, and faithfulness the girdle of His reins. — and righteousness shall be the girdle of His loins and faithfulness; righteousness shall be ever with him, ever ready for active use, upon which His believers may rely with full confidence, the girdle of His reins; he was faithful to God, that appointed him as King and Head of the Kingdom; faithful as a Prophet, in declaring his mind and will and is a faithful High Priest, holding up His clothes at His hips.

6 “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. — just as Yeshua performed numerous miracles during his first Coming, now as the Messiah King, more powerful miracles will occur when the wolf shall also dwell with the lamb and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them, a figurative representation of ideal spiritual conditions; the Targum introduces in this manner, “in the days of the Messiah of Israel, peace shall be multiplied in the earth.”

— parallel Scripture of the changing nature of the wild beasts as in Isaiah 65:25, “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock; and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain,” saith the Lord.

7 And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. — during the Millenium the cow and the bear shall feed, all the bloodthirstiness of the latter forgotten; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox, his nature so completely changed that he is no longer a carnivorous, but a herbivorous animal.

8 And the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder’s den. — and without fear or danger, the sucking child, the unweaned infant, shall play on the hole of the asp, on the entrance of the adder’s cave, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’s den, or stretch out his arm to touch the sparkling eye of the basilisk, the poisonous serpents having lost all their vicious habits. All His Messiahic miracles are now expounded further.

9 They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. — they shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, all the members of God’s kingdom, whose former state was characterized by the comparison with the various animals named above, would lose and lay aside their hostilities toward one another;

— for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea. Knowledge of Yehovah, love and fear of God, is the motive in all acts of all believers; because they fear the Lord, because they know Him the one true God, and the Messiah, Yeshua or Jesus Christ, whom He has sent as the Savior of the world, therefore they, the inhabitants of His holy mountain, the members of His Kingdom, who previously live in the midst of a hateful and hostile world, now live together in peace and harmony.

10 “And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, who shall stand for an ensign of the people; to It shall the Gentiles seek, and His rest shall be glorious.” — and in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse, that same wonderful Scion, the Son of David spoken also as whom “the Gentiles seek” to be consulted on all occasions, he being the wonderful Counsellor, Isaiah 9:6.

— “It shall the Gentiles seek” the Messiah will also bring in the fullness of the Gentiles; how many we do not know, do we? 

— but of course all the skeptic Jews will become believers that the Messiah had his first Coming, whom they were blinded to see, and deaf of hearing to hear: “Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18; and “His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

and those who persist in their blindness may be more than horsewhipped! They would suffer Judgement by the sword, by famine, by pestilence and spending years in captivity to reflect and repent there (for more see Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years and A Sword from the South!)

11 And it shall come to pass in that day that the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה before the change) shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. — and it shall come to pass in that day, just before or the beginning of the Millenium, that the Lord shall set His hand again the Second time, stretching it out as once before when He led His chosen people out of Assyria, and Egypt, to recover the remnant of His people which shall be left, not, only the believers of Israel and Judah, but those from all the nations of the world;

— holdon; from Assyria, the mighty nation in the, valley of the Euphrates, and from Egypt, the empire toward the southwest, and from Pathros, Upper Egypt, and from Cush, or Ethiopia, and from Elam, Southern Media, and from Shinar, Southern Mesopotamia, and from Hamath, the country or province on the Orontes, north of Palestine;

— except for Egypt, these names couldn’t be speaking of Moses’ Exodus! Because that first deliverance, like the second, is supposed to be a deliverance of the remnant from several countries into which they were dispersed: whereas the deliverance out of Egypt was a deliverance, not of a remnant but of the whole nation, and out of Egypt only:

— and from the islands of the sea, an expression which refers to the entire coast of the Mediterranean and the adjacent countries; these could not be speaking of coming out of Egypt during Moses’ time, but could only be possible only during Yeshua’s time where after his death, his disciples went all over the world, especially around coast of the Mediterranean to make disciples, so that was an implied First Coming to recover his remnants, now it is the Second Coming to redeem his remnants that are scattered thoughout the four corners of the earth;

— further, because this second deliverance was universal, extending to the generality of the outcasts and dispersed ones, both of Israel, or the ten tribes and of Judah or the two tribes, as is evident from these verses, 

— see also Isaiah 49:22 where will lift up his hand to the Gentiles; to lift up the hand is a sign of beckoning to, or inviting; that God would call the Gentiles to partake of the blessings of the true religion and to embrace the Messiah; could this period also coincide with Ezekiel 4 – 390/40 Years?

— the Messiah is also the LORD; here the LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) should be in the original; one of the 134 changes to Adonai listed by EW Bullinger in Appendix 32 of The Companion Bible; it should be “The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH Yehovah)” as in the original Text; this is a prime example of “the lying pen of the scribes” found in Jeremiah 8:8 (more at the end)

12 And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. — and the Messiah shall set up an ensign for the nations, that is, all nations, both Jews and Gentiles, around which all believers might rally;

— and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, those of remnant of the house of Israel, his people among the ten tribes; and gather together the dispersed from the house of Judah, the Jews, from the four corners or wings of the earth so that they will march under His banner, united in spirit, though outwardly separated by race and language and customs.

13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. — another Messianic miracle relating to human nature occurs when the envy also of Epraim shall depart, this hostility having been the chief factor in keeping up the division of the nation during the time of the kings in the Old Testament; and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off:

— Epraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim, that is, not only all outward hostilities shall cease, but also their inward animosities; the children of Israel would then be a perfect and harmonious union, its various parts living together in perfect harmony.

14 But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall despoil them of the east together. They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab, and the children of Ammon shall obey them. — but they, the house of Israel and the house of Judah, shall cheerfully join together against the common enemy, the Phillstines toward the west, this nation being the embodiment of the fiercest hostility since the early history of Israel; they, the house of Israel and the house of Judah, shall spoil them together; so the Targum says, “and they shall be joined together in one shoulder, to smite the Philistines;”

— they, the house of Jacob, shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab, which is today’s Jordan, conquering the country of these ancient enemies; and the children of Ammon shall obey them, literally, “their obedience.” These scenarios show the manner in which the Lord, through His Kingdom will judge and destroy His enemies. The Last Day will spell their doom, and the children of Jacob, the remnants left of the Day of the Lord, will be present to celebrate their victory.

15 And the Lord (יְהוָ֗ה) shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea; and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams and make men go over dryshod. — and the Lord shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian sea; a bay of the Egyptian sea, so called because in the form of a tongue; or the fork of the Arabian Gulf known as the Red Sea as at the time when the children of Israel left the house of their bondage;

— and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, over the Euphrates, and shall smite it in the seven streams, separating it into seven shallow brooks, and make men go over dry-shod, walking through its bed on sandals; in references the Lord here promises to the spiritual people of God a wonderful salvation, like that out of Egypt or out of the captivity of Assyria;

— and so the Targum says, “and the Lord shall dry up the tongue of the Egyptian sea, and shall lift up the stroke of his strength upon Euphrates, by the word of his prophets” and this designs the destruction of the land of the Muslims which is signified by the drying up of the river Euphrates; that is, from the Nile to the Euphrates would the house of Israel and the house of Judah return to.

16 And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people who shall be left from Assyria, as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. — and during the Millenium there shall be an highway for the remnant of His people, cast up or purposely built for the believers in the Lord’s Kingdom, which shall be left, from Assyria, permitting the captives to return to their inheritance;

— far more than it was to Israel in the day that the house of Jacob came up out of the land of Egypt. This redemption of His people out of the hand of all enemies and oppressors is the last great deed of the Messiah, and its completion will usher in the peace and glory of eternity. In this way the despised Branch out of the house of David established His kingdom, which, although jeered at on all sides, will still conquer in the end.

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Listed by EW Bullinger in Appendix 32 of The Companion Bible are 134 changes from יְהוָ֨ה to Adonai; they should be “The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH Yehovah)” as in the original Text; this is a prime example of “the lying pen of the scribes” found in Jeremiah 8:8:

The official list in the Massorah (§§ 107-15, Ginsburg’s edition) contains the 134 changes.

Genesis 18:3,27,30,32; (Genesis 18:31? The context dictates that it should be included)19:18; 20:4. Exodus 4:10,13; 5:22; 15:17; 34:9,9. Numbers 14:17.

Joshua 7:8. Judges 6:15; 13:8. 1Kings 3:10,15; 22:6. 2Kings 7:6; 19:23. Isaiah 3:17,18; 4:4; 6:1,8,11; 7:14,20; 8:7; 9:8,17; 10:12; 11:11; 21:6,8,16; 28:2; 29:13; 30:20; 37:24; 38:14,16; 49:14. Ezekiel 18:25,29; 21:13; 33:17,29. Amos 5:16; 7:7,8; 9:1. Zechariah 9:4. Micah 1:2. Malachi 1:12,14.

Psalm 2:4; 16:2; 22:19,30; 30:8; 35:3? (none),17,22; 37:12; 38:9,15,22; 39:7; 40:17; 44:23; 51:15; 54:4; 55:9; 57:9; 59:11; 62:12; 66:18; 68:11,17,19,22,26,32; 73:20; 77:2,7; 78:65; 79:12; 86:3,4,5,8,9,12,15; 89:49,50; 90:1,17; 110:5; 130:2,3,6. Daniel 1:2; 9:3,4,7,9,15,16,17,19,19,19. Lamentations 1:14,15,15; 2:1,2,5,7,18,19,20; 3:31,36,37,58. Ezra 10:3. Nehemiah 1:11; 4:14. Job 28:28.

[There seems to be a small error: that there is none in Psalm 35:3 but another change should be added to Genesis 18:31; the total changes remains at 134]

A Study of Psalm 110 

•June 7, 2022 • 2 Comments

Who was the LORD speaking to in Psalms 110:1 when the LORD says “Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.” Rabbinic Jews see this as a scribe was recording as God was speaking to David and not the Messiah.

The Rabbinic view stipulates that the Messiah, when He comes, will be a Man, a human born to ordinary human beings. His existence is derived from Deuteronomy 18:18 and as a man will rule on this earth, but never die.

But Christian view is that He is the Son of God who pre-existed even before being born into this world. ‘The LORD said to my Lord…’ Christians say that this is God the Father speaking from His throne to His Son.

The presentation here is the correct view. Alternate views, which make little sense, could be found in Jews for Judaism and Rabbi Toviah Singer.

Psalm 110

A Psalm of David: The LORD said unto my Lord, “Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.” — David was speaking, a Psalm he wrote; and in the original Hebrew it is: The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH, Yehovah) said unto my lord (לַֽאדֹנִ֗י ladoni; that is, David’s lord), “Sit Thou at My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”

— Christians identifies the Father speaking to his Son, who was also the Messiah, identified as the Word in the Targum, whom John wrote of him in his Gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” John 1:1

— under the inspiration of God, or in the spirit of God, David alleged that there was a time when the Son’s enemies were not under his footstool. He has many enemies, but Satan, his archrival, being chief of them.

— The Targum is, “the Lord (יְהוָ֨ה) said in his Word.”

The LORD shall send the rod of Thy strength out of Zion. Rule Thou in the midst of Thine enemies!

Thy people shall be willing in the day of Thy power; in the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, Thou hast the dew of Thy youth.

The LORD hath sworn and will not repent: “Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchizedek. — this “order of Melchizedek” is Yeshua, our High Priest. Hebrews 7:3 describes Melchizedek as being “without father, without mother, without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life, but made like the Son of God, [and one who] remains a priest continually.

— whoever Melchizedek is, he couldn’t have been the Father because he is the “priest of the Most High God.”

The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) at Thy right hand shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. — the LORD; one of the 134 changes to Adonai listed by EW Bullinger in Appendix 32 of The Companion Bible; it should be “The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה YHVH, Yehovah” as in the original Text;

— this is a prime example of “the lying pen of the scribes” found in Jeremiah 8:8

— notice that the second Lord sitting on the right hand of the Father in verse 2 has become LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) in verse 5. By doing so, the Soferim blurred the evidence of another YHVH; he, being the Son of the Most High;

— by such tampering, the Sopherim corrupted the Sacred Text; hence the blinded Jews couldn’t figure out the second Being in the Godhead; he’s actually the Son in Psalm 2:7 and Proverbs 30:4.

“I will declare the decree: The LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) hath said unto Me, ‘Thou art My Son; this day have I begotten Thee” Psalm 2:7

“Who hath ascended up into heaven or hath descended? Who hath gathered the wind in His fists? Who hath bound the waters in a garment? Who hath established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, and what is His Son’s name, if thou canst tell?” Proverbs 30:4

From the above, it is obvious that the LORD (יְהוָ֨ה) has a Son; and, teasing the sceptics. asks what is His name and what is His Son’s name.

He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with dead bodies, He shall wound the heads over many countries.

He shall drink of the brook on the way; therefore shall He lift up the head.

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Actually, there is only One יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah (and also one God; yet God is in the plural, Elohim) and many Scriptures testify to this, and this One יְהוָ֨ה or One God principle is found in Exodus 23:

20 Behold, I send an Angel (or messenger) before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

21 Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him. Exodus 23:20-21

Hence the LORDs mentioned in Psalm 110:5 (and Genesis 18-19) were derivative. They were all carrying the message of the original יְהוָ֨ה Yehovah.

Yeshua, the Son, testifies He came in His Father’s name: John 5:43: I am come in my Father’s name, and ye receive me not:

Same thing with the one God concept. God the Father, God the Son, yet there is only one Elohim. Jesus addresses the Father as “the only true God” (John 17:3).

Israel, today as in the past, has many blind shepherd:

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

Daniel 9 Proves Who the Messiah Is

•June 5, 2022 • 1 Comment

Many theologians noted that Chapter 9 of Daniel identify the coming of the Messiah, the one specially annointed; but Rabbinic Jews and Rabbi Tovia Singer identify this “annointed” as Cyrus, Isaiah 45:1. Cyrus maybe God’s annointed and God’s servant but certainly he just couldn’t be the “Most Holy,” Daniel 9:24. To honour Cyrus as the “Most Holy” would be blemphemous. Further, Daniel 9 is a prophecy for a future “in the last days” which Daniel couldn’t figure out as he was dazzed and puzzled!

In Daniel 12:4 “but thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days,” – this phrase “in the last days” shows this prophecy isn’t meant for Daniel’s time but its timing is for the far future; and only during the latter days could we fully understand this prophetic significance.

Alternate views by Rabbi Tovia Singer, here; and Jews for Judiasm or here for your study.

Daniel 9

1 In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans” — in the first year of Darius, the son of Ahasuerus, known in secular history of the empire after the fall of Babylon, of the seed of the Medes, who were with the Persians in the conquest of Babylon, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans, not by accession, but through the agency of the victorious army and by the hand of Cyrus,

— there were three Darius in biblical times and the most sensible one while Daniel was still alive must be Darius I, whose reign was from 522 to 486 BC; whereas Cyrus “the Great” reign was from 550 to 529 BC; hence the Rabbinic deflection that Gabriel’s prophecy was “to anoint the Most Holy” applies to King Cyrus just doesn’t make sense: (1) Cyrus had already came and gone, dead; and (2) Cyrus maybe “his annointed” prophecised in Isaiah 45:1, but he certainly just couldn’t be qualified to be considered “the Most Holy” Daniel 9:24. By denying this Special Annointed One as the Most Holy that would be close to blasphemy!

20 And while I was speaking and praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God— — and while Daniel was praying and confessing his sin and the sin of his people Israel and presenting his supplication before the Lord, piling up petitions in seeking the mercy of God in the interest of the His country and people and true worship;

21 yea, while I was speaking in prayer, even the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, touched me about the time of the evening oblation. — while Daniel was praying, making the concluding remarks, even Gabriel, one of the chief angel-princes, whom Daniel had seen earlier in the vision at the beginning (Daniel 8:15-16), being caused to fly swiftly, touched him about the time of the evening sacrifice, about three o’clock in the afternoon.

22 And he informed me, and talked with me and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give thee skill and understanding. — and he informed Daniel and talked with him and said, O Daniel, I am now come to give thee skill and understanding, a correct insight into the problem perplexing him and an assurance for the future.

23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth; and I have come to show thee, for thou art greatly beloved. Therefore understand the matter, and heed the vision: — at the beginning of Daniel’s supplications the commandment came forth, namely, the decree or oracle, which is presently stated, and Gabriel was to show him to make it known;

— for thou art greatly loved, this being the reason why the Lord was so ready to make known to Daniel the solution of the problem of the seventy weeks; therefore understand the matter and consider the vision, observing the oracle as to be set forth and explained.

24 “Seventy weeks are determined concerning thy people and concerning thy holy city to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint (4886 וְלִמְשֹׁ֖חַ wə·lim·šō·aḥ) the Most Holy. — seventy weeks are determined upon thy people to build the Holy City, the capital which was so dear to the heart of Daniel, the determination of the time being purposely indefinite, to finish the transgression and to make an end of sins, to restrain the rebellion and to seal up the sins so that they would no longer find expression;

— and to make reconciliation for iniquity, to effect an expiation for guilt and to bring in everlasting righteousness, the result of the expiation of sin and to seal up the vision and prophecy, rather “and the prophet,” for these would be the chief and greatest prophecies ever written and be fulfilled;

— and to anoint the Most Holy: if this is meant to be Cyrus, it is blemphemous, he might be God’s anointed, but surely he wasn’t anything holy; if this is meant for the Holy of Holies in the Temple, then what is this anointing for? And why the split into TWO anointings? What is its significance? C’mon, Rabbi Singer? No possible explanation were even attempted. It only has meaning if it is something special: to anoint the Special One; to anoint the Messiah; this has far more merit than for any other purpose;

— how could Cyrus be the Most Holy? Cyrus maybe God’s anointed to be his servant to perform certain jobs, but how could Cyrus be annointed as the Most Holy? – such thoughts are convulsing and contemptuous;

— second, if the Temple had been desecrated (as was the case by Antiochus Epiphanes in 167 BC), and if the cleansing of the Most Holy has any remote chance of something to do with the Temple or the Holy of Holies, the ashes from an unblemished red heifer would be used for its cleansing; so what would this anointing of “the Most Holy” for?

— and even if some merit points may be offered they would pale in comparison when compared to the anointing reserved for a Special One; One that would eventually emerge as the Messiah, the Prince; One that will make all His enemies becoming His footstool! Psalm 110:1; and thus it is unsurprising that these unbeliving Rabbinic Jews and Rabbi Tovia Singer are denounced by the prophet Isaiah as being deaf and blind to the will of God (Isaiah 42:19-20, 56:10, 59:10);

— using the day-for-a-year principle of Bible prophecy is understood in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:3-6, the seventy weeks in Daniel 9 represent 70 times 7 or 490 days — that is, since days stand for prophetic years, this comes to a total of 490 years. What was to happen at the end of these years?

25 Know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem until the Messiah (4899 מָשִׁ֣יחַ mā·šî·aḥ) the Prince (nā·śî”), shall be seven weeks and threescore and two weeks; the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublesome times. — the Messiah the Prince (nā·śî); literally, an Anointed one, a Prince; the two nouns being placed in apposition, and the article omitted before each; the Annointed and the Prince (nā·śî mentioned 18 times referring to the Messiahic reign in Ezekiel 40-48 during the Millenium period starting with “It is for the prince nā·śî; the prince nā·śî shall sit in it to eat bread before the LORD יְהוָ֑ה”) to possess both attributes which in other passages are ascribed to only one;

— of great significance is ths title “Messiah the Prince” as nowhere is this composite title used elsewhere in the Scriptures. Yes, this “annointed Prince nā·śî” is special, real special, hence translators into the English language rightly capitalise the M for Messiah and added the particle “the” before the title, that is “the Messiah” – simply because such anointing for Him is extremely Special!

— know therefore and understand that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem, from the time that the decree to restore and to build Jerusalem until the Messiah the Prince,

— shall be seven weeks, that is, until the coming of the Messiah, the Prince, and threescore and two weeks, during which the great city of the Lord would be constructed; the street shall be built again and the wall, even in troublous times; young and adolescents, until the spiritual Church established, under the turbulent Roman rule, would be like kids playing in the streets of Jerusalem in troublous times;

— this means the Messiah would appear after “seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks” or 69 weeks, after the decree was given; it is known that the seventh year of Artaxerxes when he issued the decree was from September 458 to September 457 BC (Jewish reckoning fall to fall; Artaxerxes came to the throne in December 465 BC and reigned until 424 BC; Encyclopedia of World History; Wikipedia);

— it took seven prophetic weeks, or 49 years (a year for a day) to complete this rebuilding of the city. The troublous times are described in Nehemiah 4. This carries us from 457 to 408 BC;

— after 62 more weeks, or 434 years (from 408 BC), the Messiah would be on the scene (verse 26).

— in other words, from 457 BC in the fall, till Christ appeared on the scene, there would be sixty-nine weeks (7 + 62) — a total of 69 times 7 or 483 years! Just 483 years after 457 BC brings us to exactly AD 27!

483 years were to pass, beginning from
457 BC when the decree went forth, bringing us to
26 AD — however, one year must be added
1 in crossing from BC to AD, bringing us to
27 AD — since there is no year zero (for the Jewish Calendar equivalent, see more at the end)

The Messiah would appear on the scene in 27 AD!

— Note that earlier, the decree of Cyrus concerning the first rebuilding was of the house of God, the Temple, not the city of Jerusalem, Ezra 1:2 (The Lord God of heaven hath given me (Cyrus) all the kingdoms of the earth; and He hath charged me to build Him a house at Jerusalem, which is in Judah); but this verse specify it is the rebuilding of Jerusalem unto the time of Messiah, the Anointed One, the Prince; shall be 62 weeks;

— also in II Chronicles 36:

22 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the Lord spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished, the Lord stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it also in writing, saying, 23 “Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth hath the Lord God of heaven given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem, which is in Judah. Who is there among you of all His people? The Lord his God be with him, and let him go up.”

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. And the end thereof shall be with a flood, and until the end of the war desolations are determined. — and after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, namely, at the time of One’s death, a death not for Himself, but for the whole humanity;

— and the people of the prince that shall come, a mighty opponent, an anti-Messianic movement, Rome, shall destroy the city Jerusalem and the Temple, so that everything, apparently, would be lost after an overwhelming attack as in AD 66 to 70;

— and the end thereof shall be with a flood, so that the attacking prince himself would perish in the end, by a divine judgement, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined, or “until the end there will be warfare,” until the end of this world; these sound like a preamble, introduction or summary to the book of Revelation.

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week; and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease. And for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.” — and he, the prince shall confirm the covenant with many for one week;

— and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and oblation to cease, so that there would be a transfer of the worship of God from the physical to the spiritual, and for the over-spreading of abominations he shall make it desolate; the daily sacrifice of the Temple and all their other sacrifices; when the city of Jerusalem, being besieged by Titus, and their fall in AD 70; the daily sacrifice ceased to the great grief of the people;

When? When did the Messiah accomplish this? “In the MIDST of the week”! That is dual — 1) after fulfilling one half of the seventieth week — after preaching the Kingdom of God for three and a half year, Christ died for the sins of the world, after doing the Work of God for three and a half years, from autumn 27 AD until spring 31 AD.

And 2) it also indicates that Christ died for our sins in the middle of a literal week — on a Wednesday! And He was resurrected three days and three nights later — near sunset on the weekly Sabbath (Matthew 12:40), so that He had risen already by sunrise Sunday morning (Matthew 28:6Mark 16:6Luke 24:6).

Since Yeshua died for the sins of man kind in the midst of the week, the prophecy, “And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week,” has not yet been been completely fulfilled. For three and a half years, during His ministry, He confirmed the covenant with His disciples. By His death, He put the final stamp on the covenant; through Him all people can now enter into the covenant which God made with Abraham and become heirs “according to the promise.”

But as Daniel 9:26-27 reveals, there yet remains three and a half years of Christ’s ministry to be fulfilled! When will Christ fulfill it? When will He once again confirm the covenant? It is a Mystery!

Thus in Summary on why only Yeshua as the Son of God fulfills this prophecy:

(1) Daniel 9 is prophecy is for the endtime; Cyrus does’t qualify for this; he was already dead;

(2) no annointed could be considered as the “Most Holy” unless he is very special; if this is meant to be Cyrus, it is blemphemous;

(3) the composite title “Messiah the Prince” is of great significance; this “annointed prince” is real special, so special that when translated into English, “the Messiah” is rightly designated.

Israel, today as in the past, has many blind shepherd:

“Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see” Isaiah 42:18

“His watchmen are blind; they are all ignorant; they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark, sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber” Isaiah 56:10

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In the Jewish Calendar

— in other words, from 3305 (457 BC) in the fall, till Christ appeared on the scene, there would be sixty-nine weeks (7 + 62) — a total of 69 times 7 or 483 years! Just 483 years after 3305 brings us to 3788!

483 years were to pass, beginning from
3305 when the decree went forth, bringing us to
3788 —

Nehemiah (Ch 11-13)

•June 4, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Here is what Wikipedia says about the Samaritans: “There has been a history of genetic disorders within the group due to the small gene pool,” such as high incidence of austisics and cripples within their community but of course they manage to deflect from mentioning the truth of God’s curses upon those who show hostilities to the rebuilding of the house of God in Jerusalem.

Nehemiah 11

1 And the rulers of the people dwelt at Jerusalem; the rest of the people also cast lots to bring one of ten to dwell in Jerusalem, the holy city, and nine parts to dwell in other cities. — the rest of the people; the rulers being already in the capital, Nehemiah ordered that one man in ten should be chosen by lot to transfer his family;

— Jerusalem the holy city; the “separation that had taken place (Nehemiah 9), and the recent covenant (Nehemiah 10), we see the solemnity of this epithet, now first used, and repeated in Nehemiah 11:18. “Then shall Jerusalem be holy, and no strangers shall pass through her any more (Joel 3:17).

And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered themselves to dwell at Jerusalem. — the people blessed all the men that willingly offered themselves; besides those who were chosen by lot, it seems there were some that voluntarily chose to go and live there, whom the people highly commended, beseeching God to bless and prosper them.

Now these are the chief of the province who dwelt in Jerusalem; but in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit: Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinim, and the children of Solomon’s servants. — Israel rather than Judah, partly because there were some of the other tribes now joined and incorporated with them; and partly because none of the tribes of Israel, except Judah and Benjamin, dwelt in Jerusalem, as appears from the sequel.

And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah and of the children of Benjamin. Of the children of Judah: Athaiah the son of Uzziah, the son of Zechariah, the son of Amariah, the son of Shephatiah,the son of Mahalaleel, of the children of Perez; — the heads in Jerusalem: as compared with 1 Chronicles 9, by no means complete. Judah and Benjamin are represented, with priests and Levites and porters.

and Maaseiah the son of Baruch, the son of Colhozeh, the son of Hazaiah, the son of Adaiah, the son of Joiarib, the son of Zechariah, the son of Shiloni.

All the sons of Perez who dwelt at Jerusalem were four hundred threescore and eight valiant men.

And these are the sons of Benjamin: Sallu the son of Meshullam, the son of Joed, the son of Pedaiah, the son of Kolaiah, the son of Maaseiah, the son of Ithiel, the son of Jeshaiah.

And after him Gabbai and Sallai, nine hundred twenty and eight.

And Joel the son of Zichri was their overseer; and Judah the son of Senuah was second over the city.

10 Of the priests: Jedaiah the son of Joiarib, Jachin.

11 Seraiah the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, was the ruler of the house of God. — Seraiah; the high-priestly family name. Eliashib was the present occupant, who allowed Tobiah, an Ammonite and an ally of Sanballet, a Samaritan, to pollute the Sanctuary;

— Seraiah, or ‘Azariah the son of Meshullam.’ 1 Chronicles 9:11 – the same person may be intended? – the priesthood names corrupted or polluted? Nehemiah 7:64

— “And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah,” Nehemiah 13:4. Q. Could such groundwork and corrupt alliance give rise to the Sadducees a few hundred years later?

12 And their brethren who did the work of the house were eight hundred twenty and two; and Adaiah the son of Jeroham, the son of Pelaliah, the son of Amzi, the son of Zechariah, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah,

13 and his brethren, chief of the fathers, were two hundred forty and two; and Amashai the son of Azareel, the son of Ahzai, the son of Meshillemoth, the son of Immer,

14 and their brethren, mighty men of valor, were a hundred twenty and eight; and their overseer was Zabdiel, the son of one of the great men.

15 Also of the Levites: Shemaiah the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Bunni;

16 and Shabbethai and Jozabad, of the chief of the Levites, had the oversight of the outside business of the house of God.

17 And Mattaniah the son of Micha, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, was the principal to begin the thanksgiving in prayer, and Bakbukiah the second among his brethren, and Abda the son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.

18 All the Levites in the holy city were two hundred fourscore and four.

19 Moreover the gatekeepers, Akkub, Talmon, and their brethren who kept the gates, were a hundred seventy and two.

20 And the residue of Israel, of the priests, and the Levites, were in all the cities of Judah, every one in his inheritance.

21 But the Nethinim dwelt in Ophel; and Ziha and Gishpa were over the Nethinim.

22 The overseer also of the Levites at Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micha. Of the sons of Asaph, the singers were over the business of the house of God.

23 For it was the king’s commandment concerning them, that a certain portion should be for the singers, due for every day.

24 And Pethahiah the son of Meshezabeel, of the children of Zerah the son of Judah, was at the king’s hand in all matters concerning the people.

25 And for the villages with their fields, some of the children of Judah dwelt at Kirjatharba and in the villages thereof, and at Dibon and in the villages thereof, and at Jekabzeel and in the villages thereof,

26 and at Jeshua, and at Moladah, and at Bethphelet,

27 and at Hazarshual and at Beersheba and in the villages thereof,

28 and at Ziklag and at Meconah and in the villages thereof;

29 and at Enrimmon and at Zorah and at Jarmuth,

30 Zanoah, Adullam, and in their villages; at Lachish and the fields thereof, at Azekah and in the villages thereof. And they dwelt from Beersheba unto the valley of Hinnom.

31 The children also of Benjamin from Geba dwelt at Michmash, and Aija and Bethel and in their villages,

32 and at Anathoth, Nob, Ananiah,

33 Hazor, Ramah, Gittaim,

34 Hadid, Zeboim, Neballat,

35 Lod, and Ono, the valley of craftsmen.

36 And of the Levites were divisions in Judah, and in Benjamin.

Nehemiah 12

1 Now these are the priests and the Levites who went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, — Priests and Levites who came up with Zerubbabel;

— Seraiah; the high-priestly family name again? see Nehemiah 11:11.

Amariah, Malluch, Hattush,

Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth,

Iddo, Ginnethoi, Abijah,

Mijamin, Maadiah, Bilgah,

Shemaiah and Joiarib, Jedaiah,

Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, who was over the psalms of thanksgiving, he and his brethren.

Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were opposite them in the watches.

10 And Jeshua begot Joiakim, Joiakim also begot Eliashib, and Eliashib begot Joiada, — Eliashib??

11 and Joiada begot Jonathan, and Jonathan begot Jaddua.

12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; — Seraiah??

13 of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan;

14 of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph;

15 of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai;

16 of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam;

17 of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai;

18 of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan;

19 and of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi;

20 of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber;

21 of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers; also the priests, until the reign of Darius the Persian. — Eliashib??

23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the Chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. — Eliashib??

24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren opposite them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, watch opposite watch.

25 Mattaniah and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the watch at the thresholds of the gates.

26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe.

27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps. — they sought the Levites; the dedication was to be processional and musical, as well as sacrificial: after the pattern of Solomon’s dedication of the Temple.

28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem and from the villages of the Netophathites,

29 also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth; for the singers had built themselves villages round about Jerusalem.

30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people and the gates and the wall. 31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of those who gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the Dung Gate;

32 and after them went Hoshaiah and half of the princes of Judah,

33 and Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, — ‘Azariah the son of Meshullam’ or Seraiah??

34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah,

35 and certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets, namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph;

36 and his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them.

37 And at the Fountain Gate, which was opposite them, they went up by the stairs of the City of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the Water Gate eastward.

38 And the other company of those who gave thanks went opposite them, and I after them with half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the Tower of the Furnaces even unto the Broad Wall,

39 and from above the Gate of Ephraim and above the Old Gate, and above the Fish Gate and the Tower of Hananeel and the Tower of Meah, even unto the Sheep Gate; and they stood still at the Prison Gate.

40 So stood the two companies of those who gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and half of the rulers with me;

41 and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets;

42 and Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer.

43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the wives also and the children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

44 And at that time some were appointed over the chambers of the treasuries for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions appointed by the law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites who waited.

45 And both the singers and the gatekeepers kept the watch of their God and the watch of the purification, according to the commandment of David and of Solomon his son.

46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and in the days of Nehemiah gave the portions for the singers and the gatekeepers, every day his portion; and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites, and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron.

Nehemiah 13

On that day they read in the Book of Moses in the audience of the people, and therein was found written that the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God, ever, — the Ammonite and the Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever; that is, not be incorporated into the Israelitish kingdom, nor united in marriage relations with that people, Deuteronomy 23:3 No Ammonite or Moabite or any of their descendants may enter the assembly of the LORD, even to the tenth generation.”

— but the Temple was corrupted as “And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah,” Nehemiah 13:4. Tobiah was a Ammonite; influenced by Sanballat, a Samaritan;

— not only the Temple was corrupted, but their teachings, too (for more, see the Samaritans at the end).

because they met not the children of Israel with bread and with water, but hired Balaam against them, that he should curse them. However that be, our God turned the curse into a blessing.

Now it came to pass, when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.

And before this, Eliashib the priest, having the oversight of the chamber of the house of our God, was allied unto Tobiah. — and before this; that is, before this separation was made; Eliashib the priest; “Eliashib the high priest” (Nehemiah 3:1,)

— having the oversight of the chamber; of the chambers, (Nehemiah 13:9,) the high priest having the chief power over the house of God, and all the chambers belonging to it; was allied unto Tobiah, the Ammonite, and a violent enemy to God’s people;

— Tobiah had suffered his grandson to marry Sanballat’s daughter who was the fast friend of Tobiah and the great enemy of the Jews. This is mentioned as a great blot on Eliashib’s character and the cause of his other miscarriages, noticed Nehemiah 13:5. We read also in Ezra 10:18 that several of the priests had married strange wives; and among the rest some of the sons of the high priest; 

— moreover, the fact that Eliashib’s leanings were towards the enemies of Nehemiah accounts for his disappearance from the history from Nehemiah 3:1 to Nehemiah 13:4. For such a hedious crime to take place right in the Temple, the name ‘Eliashib’ was probably wiped out from Jewish history?

— not only the Temple’s chambers were polutted but their heretic teachings, too (for more, see the Samaritan’s teachings at the end).

And he had prepared for him a great chamber, where previously they laid the meat offerings, the frankincense and the vessels and the tithes of the corn, the new wine and the oil, which were commanded to be given to the Levites and the singers and the gatekeepers, and the offerings of the priests. — “A great chamber,” perhaps made so by throwing several chambers into one, as older expositors have inferred from Nehemiah 13:9,

— according to which Nehemiah, after casting out the goods and belongs of Tobiah, had the chambers (plural) cleansed. The statement also in Nehemiah 13:5, that there (in this great chamber) were aforetime laid up not only the meat-offerings (i.e., oil and flour, the materials for them), the incense and the sacred vessels, but also the tithe of the corn, the new wine, and the oil and the heave-offerings of the priests, seems to confirm this view;

— this tenth or tithes is designated as הלויּם מצות, the command of the Levites, that is, what was apportioned to the Levites according to the law, the legal dues for which משׁפּט is elsewhere usual; comp. Deuteronomy 18:31 Samuel 2:13. The heave-offering of the priest is the tenth of their tenth which the Levites had to contribute, Nehemiah 10:39.

— the frankincense; for frankincense was a necessary ingredient in the incense which was offered twice a day on the “altar of incense” in the holy place (Exodus 30:34). As a rare foreign product, it had necessarily to be kept in store;

— the vessels; sacred vessels, basins and the like, not needed except on occasion of great festival gatherings; the offerings of the priests. The portion of the offerings which belonged to the priests – “the tithe of the tithes.”

But in all this time I was not at Jerusalem; for in the two and thirtieth year of Artaxerxes king of Babylon I came unto the king, and after certain days I obtained leave from the king. — but in all this time when Nehemiah was not at Jerusalem, this gave Eliashib and Tobiah the opportunity of scheming such abominations; for unless Nehemiah had been absent, Eliashib and Tobiah would not have dared to do them.

— and after certain days Nehemiah obtained leave of the king to return to Jerusalem. 

And I came to Jerusalem and learned of the evil that Eliashib had done for Tobiah in preparing him a chamber in the courts of the house of God. — the evil Eliashib did in preparing him a chamber; “Tobiah had insinuated himself into the good opinion of many of the people, and especially those of note, by his making two alliances with families of this sort:

— for (a) Johanan his son had married the daughter of Meshullam, the son of Berechiah, (Nehemiah 6:18Nehemiah 3:4,) who was one of the chief managers of the building of the wall of Jerusalem, and (b) Tobiah himself had married the daughter of Shechaniah, another great man among the Jews. By these means he had formed an alliance and was looked upon as a worthy man, though, being an Ammonite, he could not but bear a national hatred to all that were of the race of Israel; 

— thus says Nehemiah 7:64 “These sought their register among those who were reckoned by genealogy, but it was not found; therefore they were as polluted, put from the priesthood.” — thus their register were polluted, put from the priesthood R.V. were they deemed polluted.

And it grieved me sore; therefore I cast forth all the household stuff of Tobiah out of the chamber. — it grieved me sore; the second time we read of Nehemiah’s deep emotion:

— first, because of the utter dissoluteness of which this was a token; and secondly, because it was a priestly desecration, having a stranger, an idolatrous Ammonite, and one of the worst of that people and that all this should be done by the permission and order of the high priest.

Then I commanded, and they cleansed the chambers; and thither I brought back the vessels of the house of God, with the meat offering and the frankincense. — then Nehemiah commanded; and they cleansed the chambers which had been thus profaned and restored them to their former sanctity by the water of purification and such other means and rites as were then usual in such cases;

— and thither Nehemiah brought again the vessels of the house of God which had been cast out to make room for Tobiah; and commanded the chamber to be purified and the vessels of the house of God, the meat-offering and the frankincense and probably the tenths and heave-offerings also.

10 And I perceived that the portions for the Levites had not been given them; for the Levites and the singers who did the work had fled every one to his field. — Nehemiah perceived that the portions of the Levites had not been given them: for the Levites … were fled; what he saw was that the Levites were absent and “the house of God forsaken” (verse 11). On inquiry, he found that the reason of their absence was the non-payment of the tithes. 

11 Then I contended with the rulers and said, “Why is the house of God forsaken?” And I gathered them together, and set them in their place. — then Nehemiah contended with the rulers; he sharply reproved those priests to whom the management of those things was committed, for the neglect of their duty and breach of their late solemn promise;

— why is the house of God forsaken? – so that there are few or no Levites or priests to attend there. They have not only injured men, in withholding their dues but you have occasioned the neglect of God’s house and service, insomuch that little or no public worship is maintained;

— and Nehemiah gathered them together; to Jerusalem from their several country possessions. And set them in their place; restored them to the exercise of their office. “A Levite in his field is out of his station: God’s house is his place, and there let him be found. 

12 Then brought all Judah the tithe of the corn and the new wine and the oil unto the storehouses. — the Levites had their portions not been given; they were gone to get livelihoods for themselves and their families for their profession would not maintain them; the temple services had ceased; all religious duties had fallen into neglect;

— the people, disgusted with the malversations of Eliashib, or the lax and irregular performance of the sacred rites, withheld the tithes, so that they were compelled for their livelihood to withdraw to their patrimonial possessions in the country. The money put into the sacred treasury had been squandered in the entertainment of an Ammonite heathen, an open and contemptuous enemy of God and His people. The return of Nehemiah as governor put an end to these disgraceful and profane proceedings. 

13 And I made treasurers over the storehouses: Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, and of the Levites, Pedaiah; and next to them was Hanan the son of Zaccur, the son of Mattaniah; for they were counted faithful, and their office was to distribute unto their brethren. — and Nehemiah made treasurers over the treasuries; new ones, since the others appointed were either dead or unfaithful to their trust, Nehemiah 12:44,

— Shelemiah the priest and Zadok the scribe, who also was a priest, perhap the ‘judicial’ priest as contrast to Temple priest, as Ezra was both scribe and priest; one that besides his office as a priest was expert in the law, and capable of instructing others: this implies that Ezra was dead and that Zadok had succeeded to his office;

— and that of Eliashib the chief priest and Tobiah the Ammonite were tossed out; never to be heard again; nar, they were still around and eventually gave rise to a sect known as the Sadducees;

— so in the NT times, these Sadducees emerged with their heretic teachings who claimed they were carrying the mantle of the Zadok the priest and that their name “Sadducees” was derived from Zadok the priest (although there was another Zadok the priest during the reign of King David who moved the ark to Jerusalem), and were allied with the Herodians and the Boethusaians.

14 Remember me, O my God, concerning this, and wipe not out my good deeds that I have done for the house of my God and for the offices thereof. — Remember me, O my God, Or “Think upon me, my God,” as the same words are translated in Nehemiah 5:19. Wipe not out my good deeds.

15 In those days I saw in Judah some treading of wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves and loading them on asses, as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day. And I testified against them as to the day wherein they sold victuals. — the desecration of the Sabbath is first brought into prominence among the sins of the Jewish people by Jeremiah, Jeremiah 17:21-27;

— it could have been hard to practise Sabbath keeping during the captivity when foreign masters were unlikely to have allowed the cessation of labor for one day in seven. On the return from the captivity, the sabbatical rest appears to have been one of the institutions most difficult to reestablish.

16 There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, who brought fish and all manner of wares, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah and in Jerusalem. — merchants of Tyre; they brought timber for the building of the Temple and received food in payment Ezra 3:7;

— now they seem to have established themselves as a colony, and supplied fish; these would be the salted and dried fish from the Mediterranean. But their offence was trading this “on the sabbath unto the children of Judah and in Jerusalem.”

17 Then I contended with the nobles of Judah and said unto them, “What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day? — then Nehemiah contended with the nobles, in the desecration of the sabbath and in the non-payment of tithes;  remarking in addition, “and ye are bringing more wrath upon Israel, profaning the Sabbath,”

— the nobles were the chief offenders, being at once luxurious and latitudinarian. They desired the freshest food for