Would a Gold-backed Yuan bankrupt the US Dollar?

•May 11, 2021 • Leave a Comment

The US Debt Clock is now over $28 Trillion – with regular $2 or $3 Trillion Dollars increase year on year, how could the US ever pay back?

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Another Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin?

Peter Schiff “Madoff is Dead, but the US Government Ponzi Schemes Live On.” Ep 679 — April 14, 2021

Bernard Madoff, the Manhattan investment adviser who promised stellar returns to his A-list clients and instead defrauded them of more than $19 billion in history’s largest Ponzi scheme, has died. 

With his promise to deliver steady returns through markets bullish and bearish, Madoff built such a sterling reputation that he had to turn some prospective investors away. The fraud collapsed in December 2008, when plunging equity markets prompted clients to seek more withdrawals making his scheme unattainable. His sons Andrew and Mark notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation that their father had confessed to them.

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Like Charles Ponzi, whose 1920 con earned him a place in the annals of fame, Madoff seemed to deliver stunning returns to his clients, when in fact he was paying existing investors with money from new ones. Unlike Ponzi, who soared and fell in the course of one year, Madoff achieved a level of respect and acclaim among finance professionals — he was chairman of the Nasdaq Stock Market in 1990, 1991 and 1993 — and kept his ruse going for at least 15 years, even under scrutiny by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“The money is gone,” Andrew Madoff quoted his father as telling the family. “It’s all been one big lie.”

Gold-Backed Yuan and Ruble Leave US Dollar in the Dust

Bernie Madoff died in prison at 82, but his spirit lives on in the US Government with a far greater Ponzi scheme — the Great American Debt. Now the Fed Reserve is trapped; it will either bankrupt the government or the American people. 

The Federal Reserve has either to raise interest rates and bankrupt the Treasury to attract new debts to pay off old ones, or the Reserve doesn’t raise rates, let inflation spiral out of control like the hyperinflation affecting the German’s Weimar Republic from 1921 to 1923 and bankrupting the American people to ruin.

“How does the Reserve fight that inflation without bankrupting the US government?” Schiff asked “The answer is it can’t. My thinking is, if it can’t fight inflation without bankrupting the government, it won’t fight the inflation, which means it bankrupts the public because it destroys the value of the dollar.”

The People’s Bank of China could at any moment at their own choosing move into making a version of the Chinese Yuan, making China the first country in the world to have an exchange rate, which would be backed by gold held in vaults 

. . . and the fall of the US Dollar?

Undoubtedly many Central Banks from various countries would see the benefits of safety to shift their reserves into Yuan. Further incentives include having a currency of international settlements if they have their trades with Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Syria, Libya, Myanmar, South Sudan, Yemen, Zimbabwe, Turkey, Belarus, Russia and China (and the 138 countries in its Belts and Road initiative covering 4.4 billion people and about 40 per cent of global GDP) lie beyond the sanctions of the US government. Germany might find itself sanctioned if it goes with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline.

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Hyperinflation during the Weimar Republic

China’s own currency, the Yuan, is not backed by either global use nor gold but being persistently pushed by Russia, this could change. If these two forces shaking the global monetary system — digital acceleration and geopolitical rivalry with the US — were to come together, change could indeed come quickly and suddenly.

With the advent of smart logistics, just-in-time inventory management and just-in-time payments for goods in world trade, traders won’t have to write contracts in foreign currency for payments due months ahead, and buy expensive hedges against currency market fluctuations.

“$16 trillion of US dollar deposits may disappear,” says David Goldman for ASIATIMES. What it means is that $16 trillion of deposits from foreign countries, once they loose their deposit base function in banks, will return to flood the US economy, chasing the same amount of goods and services, thus igniting a hyperinflation immediately.

If not, the United States must borrow 15% to 20% of its GDP each year to finance its internal budget deficit, and also must attract about $1 trillion of capital inflows to finance its growing current account deficit with the rest of the world. Either the dollar has to fall or Treasury yields have to rise – or both. And cumulatively its interest payment year on year would be prohibitive. Either way it is suicidal!

“Be afraid,” warns David Goldman on his webcast: “Be very afraid!”

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

Is China Preparing A Gold-Backed Yuan? Beijing Greenlights Purchases Of Billions In Bullion

ZeroHedge by Tyler DURDEN – April 16, 2021 

In 2018, the Chinese launched a gold-backed, yuan-denominated oil futures contract. These contracts were priced in yuan, but convertible to gold at the Shanghai exchange, raising the prospect that “the rise of the petroyuan could be the death blow for the dollar.

Two weeks ago, The IMF reported that the global share of US-dollar-denominated exchange reserves dropped to 59.0% in the fourth quarter, according to the IMF’s COFER data released today. This matched the 25-year low of 1995.

And China had became the first major economy to unleash a Central Bank Digital Currency, cementing its trailblazer status in virtual currencies far ahead of other countries, after already recently experimenting with large-scale trials of actual payments by consumers, which was met with mixed results.

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China and its BRI Connectivity among 138 Countries

All of which sets the stage for the dramatic headlines that hit this bombshell as Reuters reports that China has given domestic and international banks permission to import large amounts of gold into the country,

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC), the nation’s central bank, controls how much gold enters China through a system of quotas given to commercial banks. It usually allows enough metal in to satisfy local demand but sometimes restricts the flow.

In recent weeks it has given permission for large amounts of bullion to enter, the sources said.

“We had no quotas for a while. Now we are getting them … the most since 2019,” said a source at one of the banks moving gold into China.

Around 150 tonnes of gold worth $8.5 billion at current prices is likely to be shipped, four sources said. Two of the sources said the bullion would be shipped in April. Two others said it would reach China over April and May.

The news sent gold prices soaring (in US Dollars).

The size of the shipments signals China’s dramatic return to the global bullion market. Since February 2020, the country has on average imported gold worth around $600 million a month, or roughly 10 tonnes, Chinese customs data show.

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In 2019 its imports ran at about $3.5 billion a month, or roughly 75 tonnes.

Is this just the next stage that China, at any moment at its own choosing, would peg its digital currency to gold, and we would see the writing on the wall for the US Dollar as the global reserve currency . . .

. . . paving the way for a gold-backed yuan?
. . . and bankrupting the US Dollar?

“And this the writing that was written, MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN,” Daniel 5:25

Washington is playing a Game without a Strategy

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Washington is playing a losing game with China

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Author: Chas W Freeman Jr, Brown University

America’s latest policies toward China will prove self-defeating. US–China relations now exemplify Freeman’s third law of strategic dynamics: for every hostile act there is a more hostile reaction.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken (2nd R), joined by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan (R), speaks while facing Yang Jiechi (2nd L), director of the Central Foreign Affairs Commission Office, and Wang Yi (L), China's State Councilor and Foreign Minister, at the opening session of US-China talks in Anchorage, Alaska, 18 March 2021 (Photo: Frederic J Brown/Pool via Reuters).
Chas Freeman: Washington is playing the China Game without any Strategy.

Washington would be easy to spot in a game of chess. It’s the player with no plan beyond an aggressive opening. That is no strategy at all. The failure to think several moves ahead matters.

Washington developed some well-founded complaints about Chinese economic behaviour — and launched a trade war. Washington was alarmed about China’s potential to outcompete America — and tried to cripple it with an escalating campaign of ‘maximum pressure’. Washington saw China as a threat to US military primacy — and sought to contain it.

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US farmers have lost most of their US$24 billion Chinese market. US companies have had to accept lower profits, cut wages and jobs, defer wage hikes, and raise prices for American consumers. The US shift to managed trade has cost an estimated 245,000 American jobs, while shaving about US$320 billion off US GDP. 

American families are paying as much as US$1,277 more a year on average for consumer goods. There has been almost no reshoring of American jobs outsourced to China. The United States can expect job losses of 320,000 by 2025 and a GDP US$1.6 trillion less than it would have been.

China’s overall trade surplus rose to a new high of US$535 billion in 2020. Beijing improved its position by lowering barriers, striking free trade deals with countries other than the United States, and sponsoring a trade dispute-settlement mechanism to replace the US-sabotaged WTO.

China is investing 8 per cent more each year in education. China already accounts for a quarter of the world’s STEM workforce. Its science investment is almost on par with that of the United States and rising at an annual rate of 10 per cent as America’s falls. Its infrastructure is universally envied. China accounts for 30 per cent of global manufactures, versus America’s 16 per cent, and the gap is growing. It became the world’s largest consumer market in 2020. Its economy is ferociously competitive. China has many problems, but it has its act together and appears on top.

Imagine if only half of this Annual $750B Military Drainage had been reallocated to STEM and R&D!

The principal challenge that China presents is not military but economic and technological. But the United States is geared only to deal with military threats. China has become the antidote to the US post-Cold War-enemy-deprivation syndrome and a gratifying driver of US defence spending.

There are US aircraft and ships aggressively patrolling China’s borders, but no Chinese aircraft and ships off America’s coast. US bases ring China. There are no Chinese bases near America.

Still, the once indispensable nation ups its defence budget to make its ability to overwhelm China more credible. Yet, in the long run, this indispensable nation cannot outspend China militarily and cannot even hope to beat it on its home ground.

Just Whose Coast Is the Coast Guard Guarding? by Ted Galen Carpenter / May 11, 2021

“The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart; and thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness,” (Deuteronomy 28:28-29)

Is there a Calendar Omen?

•May 9, 2021 • Comments Off on Is there a Calendar Omen?

The Essenes had their own calendar, but they were wiped out during the 70 AD Inferno, so is there a Calendar Omen?

The Scriptures command us to celebrate Passover in the spring at the time of the ripening of the barley, so the Jewish or the Hebrew calendar has to be a solar calendar. But in another Scripture, it commands us to remember the new moon, so the Jewish calendar has to be a lunar too.

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The Nasi presiding over the Great Sanhedrin in ancient times

Since Biblical times, various astronomical phenomena have been used to establish uniquely Jewish definitions for the day and its hours, the months and the year.

The length of days and hours vary by the season, controlled by the times of sunset, nightfall, dawn and sunrise. The months and years of the Hebrew calendar are established by the cycles of the moon and the sun.

Though the months follow the lunar cycle, the lunar months must always align themselves with the seasons of the year, which are governed by the sun. Thus, the Hebrew calendar is “Luni-Solar.” The discrepancy between the solar year (365 days) and the lunar year (354 days) was resolved by every so often adding a thirteenth month to the year, to form a “leap year.”

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In the early times of our history, the High Court (Sanhedrin) in Jerusalem was assigned the tasks of determining the beginning of each month and the balancing of the solar with the lunar years. They relied on direct observation of the New Moon, astronomical data, and other considerations.

In the fourth century after the Temple’s destruction, however, when oppression and persecution threatened the continued existence of the Court, a fixed calendar was instituted — based on the Sanhedrin’s closely guarded secrets of calendrical calculation. Called the Hillel calendar, this is the permanent Hebrew calendar according to which the New Moons and festivals are calculated and celebrated today by Orthodox Jews all over the world.

Like the original system of observation, it is based on the Luni-Solar principle. It also applies certain rules by which complex astronomical calculations are combined with the religious requirements into an amazingly precise system.

Exodus 121 And the Lord spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2 “This month shall be unto you the beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.

From the wording of this verse, “shall be unto you,” the sages deduced that the responsibility of pinpointing and consecrating the chodesh, the crescent new moon, was entrusted to the leaders of our nation, the Sanhedrin, the rabbinical supreme court of every generation.

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Preceding the Sanhedrin were the one hundred and twenty priests who comprised the Great Assembly that Ezra had established.

Originally, there was no fixed calendar. There was no way to determine in advance the exact day of a coming holy day or festival, because there was no way to determine in advance when the month would begin. Each month anew, the Sanhedrin would determine whether the month would be 29 or 30 days long — depending on when the following month’s new moon was first sighted — and would sanctify the new month.

The Sanhedrin (Hebrew synedrion, “sitting together,” hence “assembly” or “council”) were assemblies of elders (known as “rabbis” after the destruction of the Second Temple), who were appointed to sit as a tribunal in every city in the ancient Land of Israel.

There were two classes of Jewish courts, the Great Sanhedrin and the Lesser Sanhedrin. A lesser Sanhedrin of 23 judges was appointed to sit as a tribunal in each city, but there was only supposed to be one Great Sanhedrin of 71 judges, which among other roles acted as the Supreme Court, taking appeals from cases which were decided by lesser courts.

Members of the Sanhedrin were to be recruited from the following sources: Priests (Kohanim), Levites (Levi’im), and ordinary Jews who were members of those families having a pure lineage such that their daughters were allowed to marry priests.

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Arrow shows the Chamber of Hewn Stones where the Sanhedrin convened

In general usage, the “Sanhedrin” without qualifier normally refers to the Great Sanhedrin, which was presided over by the Nasi, who functioned as its head or representing as President, and was a member of the court; the Av Beit Din or the chief of the court, who was second to the nasi; and sixty-nine general members (Mufla). 

Hillel II (Hillel the Nasi), held the office of Nasi of the Sanhedrin between 320 and 385 AD and he is regarded as the creator of the modern fixed Hebrew Calendar the Jews observed from 359 AD onward to modern time.

In the Second Temple period, the Sanhedrin met in the Temple in Jerusalem, in a building called the Chamber of Hewn Stones. This Sanhedrin convened every day except the yearly festivals and on sabbath days (Shabbat).

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Inside the Chamber of Hewn Stone

Members of the Sanhedrin were well schooled in astronomy. They knew exactly when the new moon would have appeared, and where it would have been visible. Nevertheless, the sanctification of the moon depends on the crescent new moon actually being seen by at least two witnesses. The word “this” (in the above-quoted verse in Exodus 12:2, “This month shall be to you . . .”) implies something that is actually seen. These witnesses could be local or from the Disporal who arrived (would be lavishly entertained there, in order to attract potential witnesses to travel) to Jerusalem to testify.

The rabbis of the Sanhedrin would question the witnesses in the order of their arrival. They knew what the proper responses to their questions ought to be, and were thus quickly able to identify fraudulent claims. Starting with the elder of each pair, they would ask: “Tell us how you saw the moon:

In which direction was it in relation to the sun? (The observation is limited to the time of sunset)
Was it to the north or south?
How high in the sky did the moon appear to be?
In which direction were the crescent’s tips facing?
How wide was it?”

After they had finished questioning the first witness, they would bring in his partner and question him in similar fashion. If the two accounts corroborated, the evidence was accepted.

Publicizing the New Month

The following night (the second night of the month), huge bonfires were lit on designated mountaintops. Lookouts stationed on other mountaintops would see that a fire had been lit, and would light their own fires. This chain of communication led all the way to Babylonia, so that even very distant communities knew that the day beforehand had been declared the New Month (Rosh Chodesh).

Eventually, the Samaritans started lighting fires mischievously on the wrong days in order to confuse the Jewish Diaspora. To prevent this confusion, the fire-on-mountaintop method of communication was discontinued, and instead running messengers were dispatched from Babylonia and all other far-flung Jewish settlements. This took a lot longer, a delay which had (and still has) halachic implications with regards to observance of the second day of the Festivals in the Diaspora.

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The Essenes living on their own

Nowadays

The lunisolar Hebrew calendar, or the Hillel calendar, was named after Hillel II because he was the presiding Nasi of the Sanhedrin when the calculated calendar was established, is actually a brilliant invention that filled a desperate need. Originally, the new moons were formerly sighted by multiple witnesses and officially declared throughout Israel. But after the Second Temple destruction and the subsequent dispersion, it was impractical to declare the new moon to every Jewish community in the world, and under Constantius II, it was actually outlawed.

As a remedy, the Sanhedrin instituted the Hillel calendar in 359 AD. This calendar averages 29.5 days per month and 365.2468 days per year (compared to the average solar year length of 365.2422). 

Implementing the Hillel calendar was the Sanhedrin’s last big decision before disbanding. Whenever the Hillel calendar will be decommissioned in the future to return to sighting and declaring the New Moon days, it would have to be at the authority of a reconvened Sanhedrin.

So until then, this calendar is what unites Jewish people worldwide in celebrating any Festivals on the same days, and reading the same Torah portion together each week. So Hillel and his rabbinical court, the Sanhedrin, established the perpetual calendar which is followed today.

The Sanhedrin considered several factors in the course of their deliberations whether to declare a leap year on a given year. The primary factor, which may or may not override other factors, was the spring equinox.

(a) If the spring equinox would fall later than the first half of Nissan (from the 16th onward), then the year was automatically declared a leap year. This is because, as mentioned earlier, the verse states: “Guard the month of spring, and make [then] the Passover offering.”

(b) However, it wasn’t enough for Passover to fall after the equinox, when it was “officially” spring; spring-like conditions needed to be evidenced. If in the land of Israel, the barley had not yet ripened, and the trees were not yet blossoming with seasonal fruit — that, too, was sufficient reason to delay Nissan by adding a second month of Adar. Spring had to be felt; it had to be bright and green.

(c) There were also several non-season-related factors which the Sanhedrin considered. For example, if the roads or bridges were in disrepair due to the winter rainy season, impeding the ability of the pilgrims to travel to Jerusalem for Passover.

But where did the Sanhedrin get their authority?

Deuteronomy 16:18 “Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes; and they shall judge the people with just judgment. 

19 Thou shalt not distort judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a bribe; for a bribe doth blind the eyes of the wise and pervert the words of the righteous.

Deuteronomy 17:11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do. Thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall show thee to the right hand nor to the left. 

12 And the man who will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest who standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die; and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Moses knew he would die soon and his understanding had been conveyed to the judges, the Levites and priests where the true interpretation of the law were taught. So in the book of Deuteronomy Moses spoke and explained unto all Israel “according unto all that the Lord had given him” as to how to keep them, the blessing they would have if they obey, or cursing if they disobey, in a language they could understand. Men may have good intentions, but may do things seen as presumptuously? 

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The Essenes, known also as Sun-worshippers

And the man who will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest who standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die

It’s a death penalty, so what is presumptuous or presumptuously? 

Below are some of its synonyms: 

arrogant, bumptious, cavalier, chesty, haughty, high-and-mighty, high-handed, high-hat, huffish, huffy, imperious, important, lofty, lordly, masterful, overweening, peremptory, pompous, presuming, pretentious, self-asserting, self-assertive, sniffy, supercilious, superior, uppish, uppity

Moses as a god unto Pharaoh:

Exo 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god H430 to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet.

The KJV translates elohim as “judges” in Exodus 21:6; Exodus 22:8; and twice in Exodus 22:9

Exo 21:6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges H430; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.

Exo 22:8 If the thief is not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges H430, to see whether he has put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods.

Exo 22:9 For all manner of trespass, whether it be for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, or for any manner of lost thing, which another challenge to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges H430; and whom the judges H430 shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.

The Jewish “leap year” which occurs seven times in a 19-year cycle has 13 months instead of the regular 12. This is so that the lunar-based Jewish year should remain aligned with the solar seasons (12 lunar months make up a total of 354 days — slightly more than 11 days short of the 365.25 day solar cycle). The added month is called “Adar I” and is inserted before the month of Adar (termed “Adar II” in leap years).

New Testament Omen

The significance of the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD should not be ignored. It came forty years after John the Baptist had given a stern warning about another consuming fire recorded in Luke 3:16. The number 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. During Moses’ life he lived forty years in Egypt and forty years in the desert before God selected him to lead his people out of slavery.

Because of their perversion, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah during Abraham’s time. The Blind have ignored John’s warning about another consuming fire recorded in the Gospel of Luke. John said unto them:

“I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the straps of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with FIRE. 17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with FIRE unquenchable,” Luke 3:16-17.

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Dining together – Commual living among the Essenes

The word F-I-R-E is highlighted above, with a hope that the Blind could see the word“FIRE.” When we look back, one cannot avoid concluding that God had deemed that the Essenes were worthy of extinction during the AD 70 INFIRNO. Everything about the Essenes were destroyed by FIRE.

“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?” Amos 3:6

Or by the Roman SWORD?

“Think not that I am come to send peace on earth. I came not to send peace, but a SWORD,” Matthew 10:34

The Sadducees and a large portion of the Shammai Pharisees also followed suit; only the Hillel branch of Pharisees limped off to Yavne and survived; the Nazareens survived too, they fled to Pella on the northeastern side of the Jordan Valley.

If the 70 AD inferno was only a microcosm, a foretaste, how could those who deviate from the God ordained Calendar, who have similar deceptive beliefs as the original Essenes, escape John’s warning during the Last Days? Wouldn’t there be another Sodom and Gomorrah? And wouldn’t they also share its fate? It’s an unpleasant ending, but that’s what the Scriptures indicate.

The Essene/Qumran has their own 364 day solar calendar totally at odds with the calendrics of the Sanhedrin. Their sacred year always began on the vernal (spring) equinox and is, by definition, Wednesday (because God Created the “lights in the firmament” for “signs and seasons” on the 4th Day), 1st day of the 1st month (Nisan or Abib). Consequently, the Essene Passover will always begin at 6 PM Tuesday, 13 days later (Nisan 14). The key point being Essene Passover always began “Tuesday” evening, 13 days after the vernal equinox. To outsiders, the Essenes would appear to observe the vernal equinox and (regardless of whatever the previous day was) declare that day to be Wednesday 1 Nisan of their calendar.

The way of Sodom and Gomorrah? If not, why not?

The Essenes were pious, they practised celibacy, collective ownership, and plagued obedience to their leaders, chose not to possess slaves but served each other, to maintain a pure lifestyle, to abstain from criminal and immoral activities, they practised daily purification by water rituals and baptism and even refrain from defecation on the Sabbath. Yet the Essenes were wiped out during the AD 70 inferno.

But why? Why did they faced their Sodom and Gomorrah in AD 70! 

Had the Essenes acted presumptuously by repudiating the Calendar that God has instituted through the Sanhedrin? Were they found guilty of repudiating the Passover sacrifice in Jerusalem? Had the Essenes acted presumptuously?

If so, could this AD 70 INFERNO be just a microcosm during the endtime for those who promote their own calendar?

“Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, and the CREATOR of this Universe has not brought it about?”

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A Critique of UCG’s Pentecost 

•May 6, 2021 • Leave a Comment

A Critique of UCG’s Pentecost 

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Chairman — Len Martin

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Pentecost and Its Observance — A Doctrinal Study Paper (20 pages)
Approved by the Council of Elders September 1997

How to Count Pentecost, Feast of Weeks (Exodus 34:22), Feast of Firstfruits (Numbers 28:26), Festival of Fifty Days, Feast of Heptads, Festival of Seven Heptads, Wave Sheaf, Omer, “the firstfruits of thy labors which thou hast sown in the field (Exodus 23:16).”

This is a Critique of UCG’s Pentecost, the Feast of Weeks, or the Feast of Firstfruits. The counting to Pentecost is an extremely interesting subject and we’ll follow it in every issue discussed. Besides the main issue of when to start counting towards Pentecost is the issue of what the firstfruits mean. What or who do they represent? Are they humans or is it Christ?

Quoted are UCG’s “Pentecost and Its Observance” doctrinal paper, a Study Paper,1997, posted on its website. They are indented, in PINK, and in block form so as to differentiate UCG’s from other narratives or my comments. The Scriptures, in RED, must be our primary focus and guide, and sometimes the Scriptures, which include the Septuagint and the Targum, say things very different from what we think! 

And so with that in mind, we’ll begin:

The expression refers to the fact that Pentecost was the fiftieth day in a specific counting commanded in the Old Testament. The festival is one of the seven annual Holy Days listed in Leviticus 23. 

And you shall proclaim on the same day that it is a holy convocation to you. You shall do no customary work on it. It shall be a statute forever in all your dwellings throughout your generations (Leviticus 23:21).

This same Festival is referred to as “the Feast of Harvest, the firstfruits of your labor” (Exodus 23:16). (Pentecost and Its Observance pg 1)

Only one-tenth of an ephah “sheaf” finally accepted

That’s right! The “Feast of Harvest” is “the firstfruits of your labor” or the firstfruits of thy labors which thou hast sown in the field. Question. If this “firstfruits” represents Christ, what labor did we humans contribute to His ressurection? NOTHING!

In studying the observance of Pentecost, it is important to understand the historical context. It was in 1974 that the Worldwide Church of God began observing Pentecost on Sunday (the 50th day after the Sunday during the Days of Unleavened Bread). Mr. Armstrong’s position was that the issue should not be complicated with a number of technicalities. There was no attempt to ignore these technicalities and the subsequent study paper addressed most of them. To arrive at the correct biblical position in this matter, we need to study the relevant passages of scripture. After all, our position must rest on scripture and not necessarily on what has been practiced historically.

Leviticus 23

In dealing with Leviticus 23, we must address the term “Sabbath” and what it means in this context.  There are three references to the word Sabbath (or Sabbaths) in verses 15-16.

And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall offer a new grain offering to the LORD.

The English word “Sabbath” or its plural “Sabbaths” is translated from the Hebrew shabbath or its plural form shabbathoth. Although there are some translations that use the word “weeks,” this is not the most common translation.  In fact, in the King James Version (KJV) the word shabbath (or its plural shabbathoth) is only translated Sabbath and is never translated weeks. There is another word in Hebrew which is translated weeks. This can be found in Deuteronomy 16:9  and also in Exodus 34:22. The word used in these verses for weeks is shabuoth. The singular form of this word is shabua. In the King James Version, and the New King James Version this Hebrew word is never translated as Sabbath. In twenty occurrences in the KJV, this word is translated as “week” (or weeks) nineteen times and on one occasion it is translated “seven.” The Englishman’s Hebrew-Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament makes this point quite clearly. The word shabbath can be found 108 times and in every instance it is translated Sabbath or Sabbaths and never weeks. According to this same source, the Hebrew word shabuoth is never translated as Sabbath, but is in every instance but one translated as weeks. (Pentecost and Its Observance pg 8-9)

It is interesting to note that the writer intends to arrive at the correct biblical position in this matter by seeking the relevant Scriptures, but the evidence is that this stated intent is only lip service. After all, UCG position has always been centered on what had been practiced historically.

The King James Versions say:

Leviticus 23:15 “‘And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, H7676 from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths H7676 shall be complete:16 Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath H7676 shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD.

Leviticus 23:15-16 seven sabbaths [h7676 shabbat] according to Strong, this shabbat could be translated as:

(a) sabbath
(b) day of atonement
(c) sabbath year
(d) WEEK
(e) produce (in sabbath year)

According to Strong’s Concordance, this shabbat could be translated as a weekly sabbath or an annual sabbath like the Day of Atonement. It is also the same word for the seventh year where the land needs a rest. But the most important point in Strong’s Concordance is that it could also mean week, or a block of seven days. The JPS 1917 and the New JPS 1988 translate Leviticus 23:15-16 as follows:

Leviticus 23:15 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the day of rest (footnote: Sabbath), from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the waving; seven weeks shall there be complete; 16 even unto the morrow after the seventh week shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall present a new meal-offering unto the LORD. (JPS 1917)

Leviticus 23:15 And from the day on which you bring the sheaf of elevation offeringthe day after the sabbathyou shall count off seven weeks. They must be complete; 16 you must count until the day after the seventh weekfifty days; then you shall bring an offering of new grain to the LORD. (New JPS 1988)

Note: the word sabbath [h7676 shabbat] could be translated as week. To restrict the word to only the weekly sabbath is misguided. The above extracts is as if Moses had written the Original Scriptures in the English James King Version. The King James translation is generally good, but at times, could be ridiculous, as translated in Numbers 25:4 

KJV: And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. — this includes all men, women and children; all are to be hung! Genocide!

Compared to:

Amplified Bible: The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people [who have committed sin with the Moabites], and execute them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the fierce anger of the Lord may turn away from Israel.”

Septuagint: And the Lord said to Moses, Take all the princes of the people, and make them examples of judgment for the Lord in the face of the sun, and the anger of the Lord shall be turned away from Israel.

Look at the official UCG logo and it tells a story. The church has the mistaken notion that the center of this Universe is the British Isles instead of Jerusalem, whereas God’s main interest is centered in Jerusalem. Here are the evidence:

II Kings 21:4 . . . the Lord said, “In Jerusalem will I put My name.”
II Kings 21:7 . . . the Lord said to David and to Solomon his son, “In this house and in
Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all tribes of Israel, will I put My name for ever.
II Chronicles 6:6 . . . but I have chosen
Jerusalem, that My name might be there.
II Chronicles 33:4 . . . the Lord had said, “In
Jerusalem shall My name be for ever.”
Ezra 7:19 The vessels also that are given thee for the service of the house of thy God, those deliver thou before the God of
Jerusalem.
Ezra 8:30 So the priests and the Levites took the weight of the silver and the gold and the vessels, to bring them to
Jerusalem unto the house of our God.
Psalm 116:19 in the courts of the Lord’s house, in the midst of thee, O
Jerusalem. Praise ye the Lord!
Psalm 125:2 As the mountains are round about
Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth, even for ever.
Psalm 135:21 Blessed be the Lord out of Zion, who dwelleth in
Jerusalem! Praise ye the Lord!
Psalm 147:12 Praise the Lord, O
Jerusalem! Praise thy God, O Zion!
Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, “Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem.
Isaiah 28:14 Therefore hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in
Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 3:17 At that time they shall call
Jerusalem the Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem.
Ezekiel 5:5 “Thus saith the Lord God: This is
Jerusalem. I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.
Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come and say, “Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob. And He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths.” For the law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from
Jerusalem.
Zechariah 8:3 “Thus saith the Lord: ‘I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of
Jerusalem; and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth, and the mountain of the Lord of hosts, the Holy Mountain.’
Zechariah 14:8 And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from
Jerusalem, half of them toward the eastern sea and half of them toward the hinder sea; in summer and in winter shall it be.

UCG’s Self-Absorbing Logo

The focus of UCG is not in Jerusalem, but on the British Isles. It may seem innocuous and insignificant, but God says He is a jealous God. Their focus are on themselves, their elitist Anglo-Saxonisn — an indication of where members of the Council of Elders came from — their minds unfocused on the themes of God, but all about their self-centered hubris. 

“History Doesn’t Repeat Itself, But It Rhymes.” 

“Ephraim compasseth me about lies, and the house of Israel with deceit” (Hosea 11:12).

The house of Judah operates with hypocrisy but the house of Ephraim operates with lies and deceits! 

And here  are some examples:

In an August 2002 speech that kicked off the Bush White House administration’s campaign for war against Iraq, Cheney asserted, “Simply stated, there’s no doubt that Saddam Hussein now has weapons of mass destruction. There is no doubt he is amassing them to use against our friends, against our allies, and against us.”

In October 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld claimed he had “bullet-proof” evidence that Saddam was tied to Osama bin Laden. And a National Intelligence Estimate said Iraq had “continued its weapons of mass destruction program.”

“However, there is no doubt at all that the development of weapons of mass destruction by Saddam Hussein poses a severe threat not just to the region, but to the wider world.” – Tony Blair, House of Commons, 10 April 2002.

Prime Minister Tony Blair defended himself in 2005: “I have never told a lie. No. I don’t intend to go telling lies to people. I did not lie over Iraq.”

But these are only following their first lie by King Jeroboam, an Ephraimite:

“It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem,” says King Jeroboam. “Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt!” (I King 12:28).

So he (King Jeroboam) offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart, and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel; and he offered upon the altar and burned incense (I King 12:33).

Jeroboam was of the house of Ephraim; he was not supposed to offer sacrifices, which were reserved only for the Aaronic Priesthood of the house of Judah. Further let’s take a closer look into this prophecy regarding Manasseh rallying with Ephraim against Judah:

Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh; and they together shall be against Judah. For all this His anger is not turned away, but His hand is stretched out still (Isaiah 9:21).

Manasseh and Ephraim are united against Judah; their quarrels, contentions, and wars among themselves, whereby they bit, devoured, and consumed each other, though they were brethren; which explains and confirms what is before said, of no man sparing his brother, and everyone eating the flesh of his own arm. 

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Massacre of Jews in Clifford’s Tower 1189-1190

In 1190 THE MASSACRE OF THE JEWS at Clifford’s Tower the British expelled all Jews from his kingdom and only some four hundred years were they allowed to return in the 17th century.

Furthermore, the pogroms of 1189 and 1190 is just the tip of an iceberg, here in Wikipedia it documents more than two hundred years (1066–1290) of persecutions.

The Targum bore testimony the words in Isaiah 9:21:

“they of the house of “Manasseh” with those of the house of “Ephraim”, and they of the house of “Ephraim”, with those of the house of “Manasseh”, shall be joined together as one, to come against them of the house of Judah.”

Rashi: “Manasseh” shall be joined with “Ephraim”, and “Ephraim” shall be joined with “Manasseh”, and they together shall be joined against Judah;’

Gill: for all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still;

that is, the anger of God, that was not turned away; he had not yet stirred up all his wrath, he had not done with them, he had still other judgments to bring upon them; and his hand continued to be stretched out to inflict them, seeing they were not brought to repentance by what was already done unto them; so the Targum,

“for all this they do not return from their sins, that he may turn away his anger from them, but still retain their sins; and yet his stroke will be to take vengeance on them.”

The anger of God will soon hit Ephraim and Manasseh. Blind and deceitful Guides! Ephraim compasseth the world with lies! Such parallels are astonishing! Why have they ignored the warning of the Prophets, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and especially Ezra? Even other English versions have translated “seven weeks” correctly in Leviticus 23:15,16. Blind Guides! Why have UCG blushed off these other translations? These are:

The Companion Bible (Bullinger)
Common English Bible (CEB)
Complete Jewish Bible (CJB)
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
Darby Translation (DARBY)
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
English Standard Version (ESV)
Expanded Bible (EXB)
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Good News Translation (GNT)
Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
International Children’s Bible (ICB)
International Standard Version (ISV)
Lexham English Bible (LEB)
The Message (MSG)
Modern English Version (MEV)
Names of God Bible (NOG)
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)
New Century Version (NCV)
New English Translation (NET Bible)
New International Version (NIV)
New Life Version (NLV)
New Living Translation (NLT)
Revised Standard Version (RSV)
The Voice (VOICE)
Wycliffe Bible (WYC)

Also, if Leviticus 23:11,15-16 are restricted to a weekly Sabbath, there is no proof as to which one, since there are over 50 weekly sabbaths during the year. Another problem arises when the fourteenth of Nisan falls on a weekly Sabbath. And so there are different interpretations among the different CoG Communities adding confusion to confusion. Why choose one instead of another especially where there is no solid evidence to be found?

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UCG’s Council of Elders – a display of a self-serving Anglo-Saxonisn elitist Church

Further in Deuteronomy 16:9 it says:

Deuteronomy 16:9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.

Putting the Scriptures in Leviticus 23 and Deuteronomy 16 together, they may appear to say different things. Surely they don’t, but how do we reconcile them? 

First we must realize that the books of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers were mainly the words of God to His subjects — from Adam to Abraham, on to Moses — but in the book of Deuteronomy it was Moses speaking to the Israelites. Deuteronomy 1:1 says “These are the words which Moses spoke unto all Israel on this side of the Jordan . . . 3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year . . .  that Moses spoke unto the children of Israel according unto all that the Lord had given him.”

In a language meant to be more easily understood, Moses uses the word šāḇûa [h7620] in Deuteronomy:

Deuteronomy 16:9 Seven weeksH7620 shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeksH7620 from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn.

Deuteronomy 16:9 Seven weeks [h7620 shabua] Strong translates shabua as seven, period of seven (days or years), heptad, week

A. period of seven days, a week
Feast of Weeks
B. heptad, seven (of years)

UCG points out that shabua is never translated as a sabbath. That is true, but UCG fails to explain that shabua is generally described as a block of seven days, or heptad. So what is a block of sevens?  It is a group or series of seven — it could be days or years.

In all, the Bible has used “šāḇûa H7620twenty times. We should study each of them in detail. Here are all their uses, all 20 of them, in 17 verses:

Gen 29:27 Fulfil her week, H7620 and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years. — this is a block of seven years

Gen 29:28 And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week: H7620 and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also. — again, this is a block of seven years

Exo 34:22 And thou shalt observe the feast of weeks, H7620 of the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the feast of ingathering at the year’s end. — This is the Feast of Weeks, which could also be called the Feast of Firstfruits, the firstfruits of thy labors which thou hast sown in the field

Lev 12:5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean for two weeks, H7620 as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days. — this is a block of two weeks

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Num 28:26 Also in the day of the firstfruits, when ye bring a new meat offering unto the LORD, after your weeks H7620 be out, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work — this is the Feast of Firstfruits, which could also be called the Feast of Firstfruits, the firstfruits of thy labors which thou hast sown in the field

Deu 16:9 Seven weeks H7620 shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks H7620 from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the corn. — this is the Feast of Weeks, and is NEVER called the Feast of Sabbaths. The difference is that the count starts immediately; no need to wait until the weekly Sabbath has arrived

Deu 16:10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks H7620 unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee: — this is the Feast of Weeks, NEVER the Feast of Sabbaths

Deu 16:16 Three times 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, H7620 and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty: — again, this is the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of Firstfruits, the firstfruits of thy labors which thou hast sown in the field

II Ch 8:13 Even after a certain rate every day, offering according to the commandment of Moses, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts, three times in the year, even in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, H7620 and in the feast of tabernacles. — this is the Feast of Weeks or the Feast of Heptads

Jer 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in his season: he reserveth unto us the appointed weeks H7620 of the harvest. — this is a block of weeks

Eze 45:21 In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a feast of seven H7620 days; unleavened bread shall be eaten. — a block of seven days: this is the most obvious illustration that shabua is NOT connected to the weekly sabbath. It starts IMMEDIATELY after Passover! And NO NEED to wait until the weekly Sabbath to start! The blind couldn’t see this because they are blind

Dan 9:24 Seventy weeks H7620 are determined upon thy people and upon 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 the most Holy. — a block of seventy weeks

Dan 9:25 Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, H7620 and threescore and two weeks: H7620 the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. — a block of sixty-nine weeks

Dan 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks H7620 shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. — a one week block; the seventieth week

Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: H7620 and in the midst of the week H7620 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. — a one week block; the seventieth week

Dan 10:2 In those days I Daniel was mourning three full weeks. H7620 — a block of three weeks

Dan 10:3 I ate no pleasant bread, neither came flesh nor wine in my mouth, neither did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks H7620 were fulfilled. — a block of three weeks

All their uses show heptad is a block of seven — days or years — but NEVER is it used as a weekly Sabbath, nor does it have to align with the weekly Sabbath. It is a BLOCK of seven, and it can start on any day. 

The term was first used when Jacob had to serve seven years marriage to Leah, and another seven to marry Rachael. The seven years period began immediately when Jacob and Laban concluded their agreement.

When Moses wrote or spoke in Deuteronomy 16, he uses this word shabua that was different from that expressed in Leviticus, to clarify that the start of the count to Pentecost need not start at the beginning of a week, but that it can start “on the morrow after the Sabbath,” and that Sabbath is an annual Sabbath, the First Day of Unleavened Bread, followed by seven blocks of days. 

As the wordings in Deuteronomy16 show, Moses would clarify seemingly unclear issues in Leviticus 23, or to elucidate complex subjects. And when Ezra returned from Exile, he, too, used expressions which appeared different from what God or Moses used. We can see those expressions in the Targum.

The Targum makes it extremely clear:

Leviticus 23:15 And number to you after the first feast day of Pascha, from the day when you brought the sheaf for the elevation, seven weeks; complete they shall be.

The reference is from the day “after the first feast day of Pascha.” Since Passover also means Unleavened Bread, this is the day after the first Day of Unleavened Bread. And this is confirmed in Septuagint 23:11 and he shall lift up the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you. On the morrow of the first day the priest shall lift it up. “The first day,” of course, refers to the first Day of Unleavened Bread; and to the morrow after is the sixteenth of Nisan. 

The Targum is an important source of our Scriptures. Blind Guides! Why would we ignore such an important witness? Naked Preachers! 

Let’s go and check into what the Targum is and what it says:

The Targum known in Hebrew: תרגום, plural: the targumim play an important role in translating many of our modern editions. The range of its origin was from 530 BC to 500 AD. When the Israelites returned from their exile in Babylon in the 6th century BC, most of them could no longer speak Hebrew; they spoke Aramaic. Nevertheless, the Scriptures have always been read in Hebrew even if no one in the greater community could speak it.

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The Targum, the ignored Cornerstone of Scriptural Understanding

Something had to be done so that the people would understand God and His Word. The sages, starting with Ezra, found an answer. After hearing a priest read a few verses of the Torah scroll in Hebrew, they then heard a translation in Aramaic called a Targum, which simply means translation. Hence the Targum is an Aramaic translation of the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) that was written or compiled in Palestine or in Babylonia from the Second Temple period until the early Middle Ages (late first millennium). 

One might think that God would have given the Levites privileged land as their inheritance to match their privileged position, but God actually gave them no land inheritance at all. Instead, they received agricultural and monetary tithes from the people as their inheritance. In this capacity, the Levites and priests had the opportunity to minister to the people through the instruction of the Torah. 

Back in Jerusalem, for instance, after returning from Babylonian exile, Ezra, a Levite and high priest, read and translated the Torah in Hebrew into the common Aramaic language, and he, or other Levites, explained the Torah so the people could understand. 

“The Levites … instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read” (Nehemiah 8:7–8).

Another way of saying: The Law was read by Ezra, verse by verse, and each verse was followed by a recitation by the Levites of the Aramaic version. Hence, we have to assume that the action of Ezra narrated in Nehemiah 8:8 implied not only the reading of the Law, but also the interpretation of its language — its translation in fact from Hebrew to Aramaic, and that, further, this practice was long followed in all the synagogues among the returning Exiles in Judea.

The Targum is like a mirror: when placed against the end-time CoG Communities, it reflects their nakedness. And the Targum stated clearly that the counting is the morrow after the first festal day of Pascha. Leviticus 23:11-13 And he shall uplift the sheaf before the Lord to be accepted for you. AFTER THE FIRST FESTAL DAY OF PASCHA (OR, THE DAY AFTER THE FEAST‑DAY OF PASCHA) on the day on which you elevate the sheaf, you shall make the sacrifice of a lamb of the year, unblemished a burnt offering unto the Name of the Lord . . . 15 AND NUMBER TO YOU AFTER THE FIRST FEAST DAY OF PASCHA, from the day when you brought the sheaf for the elevation, seven weeks; complete they shall be.

A Partial Week?

Are the weeks (shabuoth) referenced in Deuteronomy 16 truly full weeks, each ending with a Sabbath?  Can there be partial weeks in this count?  A partial week will result when a day other than the first day of the week is used as day one.  If the count were intended to start on any other day of the week, say, a Wednesday, seven weekly cycles would be completed on a Tuesday. In this case we would have a partial week, Wednesday to Sabbath, six complete weeks from Sunday to Sabbath, and another partial week from Sunday to Tuesday.  Notice how this would look if you began your count on a Wednesday:

Wednesday to Sabbath = one partial week, 4 days 6 full weeks (Sunday to Sabbath) = 42 days Sunday to Tuesday = one partial week, 3 days Total of 49 days, followed by the 50th day on Wednesday (morrow after the 49th day)

We could also count seven Sabbaths, and not have 49 days. In the hypothetical example above we count the seven Sabbaths, and then we still have to count the remaining days of Sunday through Tuesday to complete the seven weekly cycles.  It should be noted here that the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version), Moffat, NIV, and the JPS (Jewish Publication Society) all translate Leviticus 23: 15 “seven Sabbaths shall be complete” as “seven weeks” or “seven full weeks.”  The King James Version and the New King James Version are both faithful to the original Hebrew text where the word shabbath is used.  If weeks were the intended meaning in these verses, then a different Hebrew word should have been used– shabuoth.

It is certainly true that seven full weeks could be satisfied by seven weekly cycles, independent of when the weekly cycle started.  Thus, it would be permissible to have two fragments of a week and six complete weeks (from the first day through the seventh day or Sabbath) according to this explanation.  But is this what is intended by the scriptures?

An argument could be made here that God starts the week on the first day and ends it on the seventh day, the creation week being an example (Genesis 1).  This argument, however is not necessary in the determination of how to count to the day of Pentecost.  It is to be noted here that Deuteronomy was written after Leviticus.  The instructions from Leviticus have to be taken into account, as Deuteronomy supplements Leviticus.  There is no contradiction between the two. (Pentecost pg 12-13)

This is correct, that the “seven full weeks could be satisfied by seven weekly cycles, independent of when the weekly cycle started.” Pentecost is NEVER called the Feast of Sabbaths, it’s the Feast of Weeks, or Feast of Heptads (blocks of sevens). The Feast of Weeks could start at any day of the week. The best illustration is Ezekiel 45:21 where it testifies the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread could start at any time of the week.

Look at Ezekiel 45:21 again:

In the first month, in the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the passover, a Feast of Haptads (a block of seven) H7620 days; unleavened bread shall be eaten.

Note carefully, the seven days Feast of Unleavened Bread starts IMMEDIATELY after Passover, so it could be a Monday, or any day after Passover, but the most important characteristic is that it starts IMMEDIATELY to begin the block of seven weeks! There is no waiting even for a single day. That’s why Pentecost is called the Feast of Weeks but never the Feast of Sabbaths.

The Pharisees and Sadducees were both sects of the Jews in the first century. The two groups had numerous differences, one of them being the method of counting Pentecost.  It is acknowledged that during the first century C.E. and up until the destruction of the Temple in 70 C.E., the Sadducees controlled worship at the temple. . . . 

It is only after the destruction of the Temple that the Pharisees gain control and the Sadducees, for the most part, disappear:

Except under Salome Alexandra the Pharisees have the role of a minority up to A.D. 70.  Their great period comes only with the fall of the hierocracy.  When the capture of Jerusalem shatters the Sadducean ideal, Pharisaism provides the direction needed for reconstruction. Politically independent, it nurtures community life in the synagogue.  The failure of the Zealots clears the way for more moderate leaders such as Jochanan ben Zakkai. Jabneh with its chakamim [sages], which plays no part in the revolt, forms a center for reorganization. (Pentecost pg 16)

On first appearance, the Sadducees seemed to have control over the worship at the temple, but it wasn’t the case. Josephus, an eye witness living during the first century, wrote in his Antiquities of the Jews, saying that the Pharisees were the dominant religious party during the time of Christ, and that they controlled the worship services. 

Now, for the Pharisees, they live meanly, and despise delicacies in diet; and they follow the conduct of reason; and what that prescribes to them as good for them they do; and they think they ought earnestly to strive to observe reason’s dictates for practice. They also pay a respect to such as are in years . . .  on account of which doctrines they are able greatly to persuade the body of the people; and whatsoever they do about Divine worship, prayers, and sacrifices, they perform them according to their direction (Antiquities 18.1.3).

The bulk of the common people followed the Pharisees. And although the Sadducees were occupying the upper stratum of the Jewish aristocracy, they were few in numbers, hence they were unable and unwilling to carry out their own beliefs in the Temple service, “because the multitude would not otherwise bear them” but to carry “the notions [directions] of the Pharisees”:

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But the doctrine of the Sadducees is this: That souls die with the bodies; nor do they regard the observation of any thing besides what the law enjoins them; for they think it an instance of virtue to dispute with those teachers of philosophy whom they frequent: but this doctrine is received but by a few, yet by those still of the greatest dignity. But they are able to do almost nothing of themselves; for when they become magistrates, as they are unwillingly and by force sometimes obliged to be, they addict themselves to the notions of the Pharisees, because the multitude would not otherwise bear them. (Antiquities 18.1.4).

The Unger’s Bible Dictionary tells us further political-religious amalgamation called the Sadducees:

“Their political supremacy was, however, of no long duration. Greatly as the spiritual power of the Pharisees had increased, the Sadducean aristocracy was able to keep at the helm in politics. The price at which the Sadducees had to secure themselves power at this later period was indeed a high one, for they were IN THEIR OFFICIAL ACTIONS TO ACCOMMODATE THEMSELVES TO PHARISAIC VIEWS. With the fall of the Jewish state the Sadducees altogether disappear from history. (“Sadducees,” Pg 954).

The strength of the Sadducees was mainly in politics and living luxurious lives. “What servant would work all day without obtaining his due reward in the evening?” they asked themselves, and so they broke away from the Law and lived in great luxury, using silver and gold vessels at banquets; and they established schools which declared the enjoyment of this life to be the goal of man, at the same time pitying the Pharisees for their bitter privation in this world with no hope of another world to compensate them. These schools were called, after their founders, Sadducees after their apparent founder, Zadok; and Boethusians, after Boethus the high priest brought over by King Herod the Great from Alexandria.

In the book Faith in the Future, we find a chapter which discusses this subject in some detail.  The chapter is entitled “Shavuot/Pentecost, Israel’s Wedding” and the book was written by Jonathan Sacks, who is currently Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth:

In Judaism, mysteries have a habit of becoming controversies, none more so than in the case of Shavuot, otherwise known as Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks.  Shavuot generated one of the great arguments in Jewish history. . . The argument became acute in the days of the second Temple when Jews were divided into several groups, most notably the Sadducees and Pharisees.  We know all too little about this period, but we can say this.  Of the two groups, the Sadducees were the more affluent and influential.  They were closely connected to the Temple hierarchy and to the political elite.  They were as near as Jewry came to a governing class. . . The Torah had specified that the counting of seven weeks should begin on the “day after the Sabbath.”  The Sadducees took this literally.  The counting should begin on Sunday, so that Shavuot would always fall on Sunday seven weeks later.  The Pharisees invoked tradition and argued instead that in this case “sabbath” meant “festival,” specifically the first day of Pesach.” 

From the above quotes, it may be deduced that the Pharisees were unable to convince the Sadducees that the Feast of Weeks always falls on a fixed date of Sivan 6.  The two groups were clearly divided over this issue. (Pentecost pg 17)

There was a Talmudic report of a Sadducean high priest, R Abbahu, who suffered badly by following the Sadducaic interpretation. It was reported that coming out of the Holy of Holies on the Day of Atonement, he was hit from behind between his shoulders. He fell forward and hit the floor on his face. It was believed that an angel kicked him, a type of sound was even heard in the Temple courtyard, whose sole of a foot had the mark of a calf-hoof, (Ezekiel 1:7). 

A mark of a calf’s hoof appeared right at the center of Abbahu’s forehead and his nose started to discharge worms. And he died a terrible death a few days later. (Yoma 19b)

The significance of the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD should not be understated. It came forty years after John the Baptist had given a stern warning about another consuming fire recorded in Luke 3:16. The number 40 generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial or probation. During Moses’ life he lived forty years in Egypt and forty years in the desert before God selected him to lead his people out of slavery.

Because of their perversion, God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah during Abraham’s time. The Blind have ignored John’s warning about another consuming fire recorded in Luke 3:16. John said unto them:

“I indeed baptize you with water; but One mightier than I cometh, the straps of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose. He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with FIRE. 17 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly purge His floor and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with FIRE unquenchable.” (Luke 3:16)

The word “FIRE” is highlighted above, with a hope that the Blind could see finally. When we look back, one cannot avoid concluding that God had deemed that the Sadducees and the Boethusians were worthy of extinction during the 70 AD INFIRNO. Everything about the Sadducees and the Boethusians were destroyed — they “disappeared.” A large portion of the Shammai Pharisees also followed suit; only the Hillel branch of Pharisees limped off to Yavne and survived. 

Now, just as the victims of Sodom and Gomorrah have revived today, so were those of the Sadducees and Boethusians! They, too, have revived as a “Reform Movement.”

So says the United Hebrew Congregations on its website:

We are a Reform congregation with a traditional mind-set and a progressive heart. As a congregation affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, we strive to attain the high ideals of the movement. We make informed, meaningful choices from Jewish tradition to guide our observance, take an open-minded approach to Jewish religious belief and practice, and provide a home where members can cultivate, explore, and expand their spirituality.

The origins of Reform Judaism started in 19th-century Germany, where its early principles were formulated by Rabbi Abraham Geiger (1810-1874). Since the 1970s, the Movement adopted a policy of inclusiveness and acceptance, inviting as many as possible to partake in its communities, rather than “strict theoretical clarity,” and away from the “Bondage of Judaism.”

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Abraham Geiger (1810-1874)

Reform Judaism initially developed as lay Jews simply lost interest in the strict observances required of Orthodoxy, with many seeking shorter services, more frequent sermons, and organ music, modeled after Protestant churches. Thus Reform Judaism’s own mandate is “a process of constant evolution” and it “rejects any fixed, permanent set of beliefs, laws or practices.” In an attempt to alter the appearance and ritual of Judaism and to mimic German Protestantism, they stated that the old mechanisms of religious interpretation were obsolete and a new one had to be found. 

Hence Geiger sought a more coherent ideological framework to justify innovations in the liturgy and religious practice. Discrimination and persecution against Jews were rampant for the next hundred years in Germany. Works were hard to come by and such new interpretation made sense in a community struggling to survive. 

One characteristic of their progressive revelation was the institution of a “Second Sabbath” on Sunday, modeled on the Second Passover, as most people desecrated the day of rest. “If you cannot keep the Sabbath on its appointed time, you keep it on the next available day,” and so the Sabbath was shifted from Saturday to Sunday. “God would accept it,” they justify themselves and encourage each other.

America was opening up to immigrants and in a new Land of the Free, the five-day workweek soon made the Sunday Sabbath redundant. But nevertheless, the Movement had already had its momentum and today the Reform Movement’s largest center is in North America. 

Reform Judaism encourages adherents to seek their own means of engaging a new Judaism, enhancing “individualism.” Tolerance for LGBT and ordination of LGBT rabbis were also pioneered by the Movement. It started slowly then gathered speed. Intercourse between consenting adults was declared as legitimate by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 1977, and openly gay clergy were admitted by the end of the 1980s. Same-sex marriage were sanctioned by the end of the following decade. In 2015 the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) adopted a Resolution on the Rights of Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, urging clergy and synagogue attendants to actively promote tolerance and inclusion of such individuals.

If the 70 AD inferno was only a microcosm, a foretaste, how would the Reform Movement and its CoG Communities, who have similar deceptive beliefs as the original Sadducees and Boethusians, escape John’s warning during the Last Days? Isn’t this a return to the days of Sodom and Gomorrah? And also to share its fate? And why is it so coincidental that the end-time lackadaisical churches described as “wretched” and “blind” and “naked”? It’s an unpleasant descripture, but that’s what the Scriptures say.

How did the Sadducees just “disappeared” in 70 AD?

These Blind Guides may have grand aspirations but they are misguided! The Targum ireflects their nakedness. When placed against the end-time CoG Communities, it reflects their wretchedness. Woe unto the shepherds of Israel (the shepherds of the United States, Britain and related countries), says the Lord, for they feed themselves but not the sheep!

Although Ezekiel’s message was to both the “house of Israel” and the “house of Judah” its main message after chapter 24 was to the “house of Israel.” Captivities were the end results historically for both kingdoms, but today, the main focus in Ezekiel chapter 34 is on the Northern Kingdom with dire warning, especially its shepherds: 

Ezekiel 34:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy and say unto them, ‘Thus saith the Lord God unto the shepherds: Woe to the shepherds of Israel that feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed the flocks? 3 Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe yourselves with the wool, ye kill the ones that are fed; but ye feed not the flock. 4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them. 5 And they were scattered because there is no shepherd, and they became meat to all the beasts of the field when they were scattered. 6 My sheep wandered through all the mountains and upon every high hill; yea, My flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. — Adam Clarke: The prophet is commanded to declare the dreadful judgments of God against the covetous shepherds of Israel, who feed themselves, and not their flocks; . . . the using these tithes and offerings, not to enable them the better to fulfill the work of the ministry, but to pamper their own bodies, and support them in an idle voluptuous life . . . and maintain their own luxury and idolatrous prodigality . . . The fat sheep point out the rich to whom these pastors often disguised the truth, by a cruel condescension and complaisance . . . And the consequence was, grievous wolves, false and worldly interested teachers, seized on and made a prey of them.

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A ‘Catastrophic’ Risk, Warns Henry Kissinger

•May 6, 2021 • Leave a Comment

Endless US-China Contest Risks ‘Catastrophic’ Conflict, Henry Kissinger Warns

Henry Kissinger warns of 'catastrophic' conflicts unless China and US  settle their differences | South China Morning Post

Excerpts from NEWSWEEK By David BRENNAN – 3/26/21

Few people are as well connected or have more diplomatic experience than Kissinger, particularly when it comes to America’s bilateral ties with China. Beijing is not “determined to achieve a world domination,” Kissinger said in a recent Chatham House webinar “they’re trying to develop the maximum capability of which their society is able.”

The 97-year-old Kissinger called on the US to create a balance with existing global forces, saying

“And if you imagine that the world commits itself to an endless competition based on the dominance of whoever is superior at the moment, then a breakdown of the order is inevitable. And the consequences of a breakdown would be catastrophic.”

The veteran diplomat warned the US of creating a pre-World War One situation:

“Is it possible for us to develop a foreign policy thinking together with allies and understood by other countries that looks for world order at the basis of that sort of analysis? And if we don’t get to an understanding with China on that point, then we will be in a pre-World War One-type situation in which there are perennial conflicts that get solved on an immediate basis but one of them gets out of control at some point.”

The Straits Times (May 1, 2021) published another speech given and reaffirmed his thoughts that United States-China tensions threaten to engulf the entire world and could lead to an Armageddon-like clash between the two military giants.

Strains with China are “the biggest problem for America, the biggest problem for the world,” Mr Kissinger told the McCain Institute’s Sedona Forum on global issues.

“Because if we can’t solve that, then the risk is that all over the world a kind of cold war will develop between China and the United States.”

More from RT “For the first time in human history, humanity has the capacity to extinguish itself in a finite period of time,” Kissinger said, “the nuclear issue is added the high tech issue, which in the field of artificial intelligence, in its essence is based on the fact that man becomes a partner of machines and that machines can develop their own judgement.” This is not just about nuclear missiles, as it was in the days of America and the Soviet Union, but also about the ability of advanced technology to reimagine and refine warfare in ways not conceived previously.

Speaking of Ephraim:

“In all your dwelling places the cities shall be laid waste, and the high places shall be desolate, that your altars may be laid waste and made desolate, and your idols may be broken and cease, and your images may be cut down, and your works may be abolished” Ezekiel 6:6.

China’s new battle into Space

•May 4, 2021 • Comments Off on China’s new battle into Space

China’s space station means lift-off on a new battle for the galaxy … and just like on Earth, Beijing has America worried

By CGTN – April 29, 2021

Joe Biden’s prediction of a technological war with Beijing will be played out in outer space. And as the creation of a new space station and other successful missions demonstrate, China is intent on winning the strategic battle.

On Thursday, China sent the core module of its first-ever space station, the Tianhe – or ‘Harmony of the Heavens’ – up into orbit. It’s long been under development, and marks a huge breakthrough in the country’s space program.

The space-based construction effort requires 10 additional launches from 2021 through 2022: two more module launches, four crewed missions and four cargo vessel flights, as reported by China Global Television Network (CGTN).

Three types of Long March carrier rockets will jointly launch the remaining 10 missions. When completed, China’s orbiting outpost will form a T-shape with Tianhe at the center and two other modules, Wentian and Mengtian, on each side.

The only current space station in orbit is the ISS which is a collaboration between Russia, the US, Canada, Europe and Japan. China has been blocked from participating in it.

China is pioneering a space program that is not only advancing very quickly, but successfully. This will almost certainly put NASA to the test, and it is a competition which, as we saw previously, is likely to massively broaden our perspective and understanding of the universe around us.

China has made no secret of its space ambitions. It has poured significant funding into its space efforts, and in 2019 became the first country to send an uncrewed rover to the far side of the Moon.

President Xi Jinping has also thrown his support behind the country’s space endeavours and the Chinese state media regularly cast the “space dream” as one step in the path to “national rejuvenation.”

This national rejuvenation in developing space capabilities are manifold. Satellites facilitate military and civilian communications. Human spaceflight garners international prestige, while also providing opportunities for cutting-edge research.

China Is Set to Launch First Module of Massive Space Station
From Tiangong to Tianhe (2021-2022)

Experiments conducted in space have resulted in numerous breakthroughs that have been used to address medical, environmental, and technological challenges back on Earth.

The ISS is due to be retired after 2024, which could potentially leave Tianhe as the only space station in Earth’s orbit.

China welcomes collaboration on the CSS from scientists all over the world but also could use this to gain diplomatic leverage, since countries interested in continuing research in space could be compelled to look to the Chinese space program in the absence of other alternatives.

But US law prohibits NASA scientists from collaborating directly with China.

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

China’s new missiles into the US

•May 3, 2021 • Comments Off on China’s new missiles into the US

China’s new nuclear submarine missiles expand range in US: analysts

The Type 094A Nuclear Submarine

SCMP reports May 2, 2021

China’s newly commissioned nuclear-powered submarine is armed with the country’s most powerful submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) capable of hitting the US mainland, according to a military source and analysts.

The Type 094A, or Jin-class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN), was presented last Friday as part of the celebration to mark the 72nd anniversary of the PLA Navy. It was capable of firing the JL-3, or Julang (Big Wave) SLBM with a range over 10,000km (6,200 miles), a source close to the navy said.

“The Type 094A is an upgraded version of the Type 094 that overcame one of the key problems – noise – by improving hydrokinetic and turbulent systems, allowing it to carry the more powerful JL-3,” said the source, who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject.

JL-3 | Tiananmen's Tremendous Achievements
The JL-3 SLBM with a range of 10,000 km

“Before the upgrade, the submarine was armed with the inferior JL-2 that could only hit the northeast United States, but now it’s able to cover the whole American continent.”

Chinese submarines have been dogged by the problem of being too noisy and easy to detect but that has largely been remedied in recent years by Chinese naval engineer Rear Admiral Ma Weiming, who is now taking the lead in a cutting-edge propulsion technology, according to state media.

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

Annabel Yao – China’s Rising Soft Power!

•May 3, 2021 • Comments Off on Annabel Yao – China’s Rising Soft Power!
Annabel Yao: Ái Nữ Của Ông Trùm Huawei Đã Từng Từ Chối Trở Thành Con Dâu  Vua Sòng Bài Macau

Countries that can successfully leverage their national power are able to affect the behavior of other political actors. This can be accomplished through traditional “hard” power measures, such as threats or coercion, or through “soft” power, which enables countries to persuade or attract others to support their interests.

A country’s soft power is heavily dependent upon its global image and international prestige. In the case of China, the central government has developed top-down strategies for enhancing China’s soft power, which in conjunction with public diplomacy, are designed to cultivate a positive international image of China.

And this mood seems to be shifting. Annabel Yao, the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei, is one example of soft power; she has forayed her aspiring career into the entertainment industry instead of the cutthroat world of Huawei.

On January 18, 2021, she debuted her first single, sung in a mix of Chinese and English, is called Backfire.

Younger sister of Huawei's Meng Wanzhou is jealous of her popularity |  Vancouver Sun

“I never saw myself as a princess,” she said in the documentary, which shows her preparations ahead of the debut and touches on her billionaire father.

“Just like most people my age, I needed to put a lot of effort into studying to get into a good school,” she added, having graduated with a degree in computer science from Harvard University.

But she has drew much criticism, with some saying she lacks voice and moves. Others ridiculed her as self-indulgent, insincere and insensitive.

Thiên kim tiểu thư tập đoàn Huawei chính thức gia nhập showbiz, từ gia thế  đến học vấn đều 'hàng khủng'

“Her singing and dancing abilities are not enough to make her a star,” complained one Weibo user.

“Based on your talent, was it possible for you to become an artist without your family background?” asked another.

Another commented on Yao’s privileged upbringing with a withering assessment: “Can’t sing, can’t dance, but if you have money…”

Others however expressed opposition to attempts to discredit Yao because of her family’s fortune, and pointing out that all big names in entertainment rely on family support.

“I also felt lost after college, but I kept trying different things before I found what I was passionate about,” she said, defending herself, prefering to shake her bum to advance China’s soft power than her father’s dog-eat-dog world of Huawei.

FORT DETRICK – SOURCE of COVID-19?

•April 30, 2021 • Leave a Comment
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FORT DETRICK, the nerve center of US biological weapons program, was “shut down” in July 2019 but resumed back on November 25, 2019. Is this FORT the Source of COVID-19?

Is FORT DETRICK the SOURCE of COVID-19?

In the months leading up to the Outbreak of COVID-19 in China, US media reported an outbreak of a fatal respiratory disease of unknown cause near Fort Detrick. What’s more, Fort Detrick was suddenly and mysteriously closed in July 2019, just before the onset of an unknown infectious disease a few months later, and the US government has so far been reluctant to explain why. Suspicions are growing and there are calls for an international investigation of the largest biological and chemical weapons site in the United States, but the the US Administration has repeatedly rejected such call.

Shiro Ishii
Shiro Ishii – Commander of Japan’s Unit 731

Unit 731, officially under the cover of and known as the “Epidemic Prevention and Water Purification Department of the Kwantung Army,” was a covert biological and chemical warfare unit that was solely dedicated to testing and researching various uses of lethal chemicals and organisms for the Imperial Army during World War II.

In August 1945, Japan surrendered to the Allies and Unit 731’s leader, General Shiro Ishii, ordered his more than 10,000 workers to bury the evidence by destroying the facilities, killing and burying the remaining prisoners, releasing all disease-infected animals, and taking their secrets to the grave.

The United States granted General Ishii and a number of other prominent Unit 731 workers immunity from war crime investigations in exchange for the medical research they accumulated from their experiments.

On 6 May 1947, Douglas MacArthur, as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, wrote to Washington that “additional data, possibly some statements from Ishii, can probably be obtained by informing Japanese involved that information will be retained in intelligence channels and will not be employed as ‘War Crimes’ evidence.”

The Soviet-US rivalry was soon to turn into the Cold War, and the US wanted to get ahead of the USSR in biological warfare research. The Americans did not want the publicity of an international war crime trial, which would leak any of the secret and valuable research to the Soviets that the Japanese had accumulated at the high cost of hundreds of thousands of human lives.

Unfortunately, this decision not only undermined the integrity of the Tokyo Tribunal, but also deprived the victims of Unit 731 of any kind of justice, and its effects are still in evidence more than 70 years later. Until recently, Japan denied the very existence of Unit 731 and the crimes it committed on primarily Chinese, but also Korean, Russian and Allied prisoners of war. This lack of accountability is evident in Japan’s revisionist history, and relations between China and Japan are strained, in part due to Japan’s refusal to acknowledge its wartime actions

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Only the least gruesome picture among the many

The US found the data “the fruit of 20 years’ laboratory tests and research” to be useful “obtainable nowhere else.” It was also useful to deny that data to the enemy Soviets who otherwise would snatch the Japanese war criminals for their own uses.

Thomas Powell Quora reported how consequently the US government gave immunity and took Unit 731 scientists home to America; how Fort Derrick was where many of the Japanese scientists (including Shiro Ishii “took his research data and begged for remission” for himself and his associates) ended up; and where the US’s bio-weapon program got started. Of particular interests to American bio-weapon scientists were data about “Caucasian and Asiatic prisoners with fatal pathogens to determine possible racial differences in natural immunity.”

Excerpts from Global Times, who asks for an explanation:

USAMRIID, (the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland) the US largest research center for biochemical weapons, has long been enmeshed in scandal. 

The institute once had shady connections with Unit 731, a Japanese Imperial Army unit notorious for its atrocious and lethal chemical experimentation on Chinese and Russian people during World War II, said a Chinese biosecurity expert who spoke on anonymity.

The US had a backdoor deal with then detainees of Unit 731 after the war, granting immunity from prosecution to many of the unit’s members in exchange for its biological warfare and experiment data for USAMRIID, the expert told the Global Times.

CAMP DETRICK / UNIT 731 Transplant / USAMRIID / FORT DETRICK – Aerial view

What are Fort Detrick’s remaining secrets? Why did the closure of Fort Detrick coincide with the timeline of “vaping illness,” the pandemic flu and COVID-19, and why don’t US politicians, Democrates and Republications, ask the Fort to be opened for investigation and give Americans an explanation? The US has been preaching about transparency and being clean, so why not takes this opportunity to prove to the world that the United States is, indeed, transparent and clean? What an opportunity!

Ralph Baric in his lab
Professor Ralph S. Baric; from SHC014 with the help of a “naive Snow White” Shi Zhengli, is this virologists the Father of COVID-19?

Time reported high cancer rate, Agent Orange and anthrax, weaponized botulism and radioactive carbon here. John Hopkins Public Health news here. Baltimore Sun here.

For those living near Fort Detrick and are affected by sickness, diseases, cancer or any other illness, please check here.

Would a Chernobyl incident happen one day at Fort Detrick and the Supreme Court finally consent to opening up the secret Fort for an investigation?

And below is a testimony from an anonymous Samantha Hill, an ex-employee of the bio-weapon lab at Fort Detrick, who testified that Professor Ralph Baric is the creator of the COVID-19 virus and had now fled back to India when her continual presence there became dangerous:

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Research into deadly viruses and biological weapons at US army bio weapon lab shut down over fears these deadly viruses could have escaped. Perhaps one day when racial issues become so polarized, a new President, probably one of colored like a probable President Harris, President Haley (or even the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands) would be compelled to open the Fort for investigation. And if found guilty, this could be one possible way Ephraimites may be carried away screaming into captivity as prophesied.

More from The Independent Aug 6, 2019; New York Times Aug 5, 2019;

A couple of US athletes became sick during the Wuhan Army Games (Oct 18–27, 2019) and until today why is this mysterious “sickness” remains classified?

More from Politico for a briefing by Stephen Kinzer’s new book Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control, September 15, 2019

In 1954, a prison doctor in Kentucky isolated seven black inmates and fed them “double, triple and quadruple” doses of LSD for 77 days straight. No one knows what became of the victims. They may have died without knowing they were part of the CIA’s highly secretive program to develop ways to control minds—a program based out of a little-known Army base with a dark past, Fort Detrick.

Suburban sprawl has engulfed Fort Detrick, an Army base 50 miles from Washington in the Maryland town of Frederick. Seventy-six years ago, however, when the Army selected Detrick as the place to develop its super-secret plans to wage germ warfare, the area around the base looked much different. In fact, it was chosen for its isolation. That’s because Detrick, still thriving today as the Army’s principal base for biological research and now encompassing nearly 600 buildings on 13,000 acres, was for years the nerve center of the CIA’s hidden chemical and mind control empire.

Detrick is today one of the world’s cutting-edge laboratories for research into toxins and antitoxins, the place where defenses are developed against every plague, from crop fungus to Ebola. Its leading role in the field is widely recognized. For decades, though, much of what went on at the base was a closely held secret. Directors of the CIA mind control program MK-ULTRA, which used Detrick as a key base, destroyed most of their records in 1973. Some of its secrets have been revealed in declassified documents, through interviews and as a result of congressional investigations. Together, those sources reveal Detrick’s central role in MK-ULTRA and in the manufacture of poisons intended to kill foreign leaders.

Excerpts from Samantha Hill’s testimony for further analysis below:

Why was China so naive and silly as to allow the Wuhan Institute of Virology to receive foreign funding ($3.7m) from the US’ NIH to “collect about 15,000 bat samples / to identify bat coronaviruses that were at high risk of jumping to humans”? More in Science Magazine
Unsupervised, a pretty “Snow White” Shi Zhengli was doing legwork for a Bar’barian
Has Professor Ralph Baric been developing this COVID-19 virus to produce an effect only on the non-white??

In innumerable times, President Trump, a Republican, said the virus will soon go away. For a record here, on March 25, 2020 BBC (and numerous media) reported Trump says: “We’re going to be opening relatively soon… I would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.”

Had President Trump been misguidedly briefed on something from their research at Fort Detrick about the “China virus” that fellow Americans knew nothing about? As reported in POLITICO, here is what Nikki Harly said of Trump: “He was getting bad advice from bad people who were filling his head with self-destructive fantasies.”

Dark and glommy days lie ahead for the modern descendents of Ephraim; for the LORD looks down from HEAVEN and says:

“I have seen a horrible thing in the house of Israel; there is the whoredom of Ephraim, Israel is defiled” Hosea 6:10.

“Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of [My] rebuke” Hosea 5:9.

And His Judgement of removing EPHRAIM’s Mandate of Heaven is sure:

“The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies; thou shalt go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them, and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.”

“And thy carcass shall be meat unto all fowls of the air and unto the beasts of the earth, and no man shall frighten them away. The Lord will smite thee with the boils of Egypt, and with the hemorrhoids, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed,” (Deuternomy 28:25-27).

With few exceptions, most Mandates run around 200, 250 or 300 years. Another GREAT Change is about to take place!

China’s African Iron Ore Strategy

•April 30, 2021 • Comments Off on China’s African Iron Ore Strategy
The Simandou range of hills in Guinea

China’s opportunity is its Africa’s giant iron ore field and its strategy may spell danger for Australia.

Australia is currently the largest source of feed for China’s steel mills, with around 60% of China’s iron ore imports originating from Australian mines. But ongoing tension between the countries have alarmed the iron ore and steel industry, with speculation over the future of the China-Australia iron ore trade.

The top focus for China’s diversification push is Guinea, an impoverished but mineral rich country in West Africa. A 110 km range of hills called Simandou is known to hold the world’s largest reserve of untapped high-quality iron ore.

A dream deferred | Article | Africa Confidential

This Simandou range of hills deep in the hinterland of Guinea boasts the world’s largest untapped iron ore reserves. Advocates of the site have labelled it a “Pilbara killer,” and the site is said to boast the world’s largest untapped iron ore reserves. They could reshape the global supply chain of the critical ingredient of steel, the world’s second-most traded commodity behind crude oil and has the potential to change the dynamics of the global iron ore market and put China in the driver’s seat.

With the iron ore price hovering around US$160 a tonne and Australia exporting about 20 million tonnes of ore from the Pilbara every week, the country is earning about $585 million a day from China (or around $200 billion a year).

Simandou is one great alternative, which is expected to have an estimated reserves of 2.4 billion tonnes of ore grading 65% iron metal. The project is expected to start its first production in 2025/26.