An Offer Russia Couldn’t Refuse?

•February 3, 2023 • Leave a Comment

A panicked Empire tries to make Russia an ‘offer it can’t refuse’ ~ Reflective thought: If the essence of this article below is true, how could those in the White House find a way to save their face?

The Cradle.co by Pepe Escobar ~ January 30, 2023

Realizing NATO’s war with Russia will likely end unfavorably, the US is test-driving an exit offer. But why should Moscow take indirect proposals seriously, especially on the eve of its new military advance and while it is in the winning seat?

Those behind the Throne are never more dangerous than when they have their backs against the wall.

Their power is slipping away, fast: Militarily, via NATO’s progressive humiliation in Ukraine; Financially, sooner rather than later, most of the Global South will want nothing to do with the currency of a bankrupt rogue giant; Politically, the global majority is taking decisive steps to stop obeying a rapacious, discredited, de facto minority.

So now those behind the Throne are plotting to at least try to stall the incoming disaster on the military front.

As confirmed by a high-level US establishment source, a new directive on NATO vs. Russia in Ukraine was relayed to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken. Blinken, in terms of actual power, is nothing but a messenger boy for the Straussian neocons and neoliberals who actually run US foreign policy.

The secretary of state was instructed to relay the new directive – a sort of message to the Kremlin – via mainstream print media, which was promptly published by the Washington Post.

In the elite US mainstream media division of labor, the New York Times is very close to the State Department. and the Washington Post to the CIA. In this case though the directive was too important, and needed to be relayed by the paper of record in the imperial capital. It was published as an Op-Ed (behind paywall).

The novelty here is that for the first time since the start of Russia’s February 2022 Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine, the Americans are actually proposing a variation of the “offer you can’t refuse” classic, including some concessions which may satisfy Russia’s security imperatives.

Crucially, the US offer totally bypasses Kiev, once again certifying that this is a war against Russia conducted by Empire and its NATO minions – with the Ukrainians as mere expandable proxies.

‘Please don’t go on the offensive’

The Washington Post’s old school Moscow-based correspondent John Helmer has provided an important service, offering the full text of Blinken’s offer, of course extensively edited to include fantasist notions such as “US weapons help pulverize Putin’s invasion force” and a cringe-worthy explanation: “In other words, Russia should not be ready to rest, regroup and attack.”

The message from Washington may, at first glance, give the impression that the US would admit Russian control over Crimea, Donbass, Zaporozhye, and Kherson – “the land bridge that connects Crimea and Russia” – as a fait accompli.

Ukraine would have a demilitarized status, and the deployment of HIMARS missiles and Leopard and Abrams tanks would be confined to western Ukraine, kept as a “deterrent against further Russian attacks.”

What may have been offered, in quite hazy terms, is in fact a partition of Ukraine, demilitarized zone included, in exchange for the Russian General Staff cancelling its yet-unknown 2023 offensive, which may be as devastating as cutting off Kiev’s access to the Black Sea and/or cutting off the supply of NATO weapons across the Polish border.

The US offer defines itself as the path towards a “just and durable peace that upholds Ukraine’s territorial integrity.” Well, not really. It just won’t be a rump Ukraine, and Kiev might even retain those western lands that Poland is dying to gobble up.

The possibility of a direct Washington-Moscow deal on “an eventual postwar military balance” is also evoked, including no Ukraine membership of NATO. As for Ukraine itself, the Americans seem to believe it will be a “strong, non-corrupt economy with membership in the European Union.”

Whatever remains of value in Ukraine has already been swallowed not only by its monumentally corrupt oligarchy, but most of all, investors and speculators of the BlackRock variety. Assorted corporate vultures simply cannot afford to lose Ukraine’s grain export ports, as well as the trade deal terms agreed with the EU before the war. And they’re terrified that the Russian offensive may capture Odessa, the major seaport and transportation hub on the Black Sea – which would leave Ukraine landlocked.

There’s no evidence whatsoever that Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the entire Russian Security Council – including its Secretary Nikolai Patrushev and Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev – have reason to believe anything coming from the US establishment, especially via mere minions such as Blinken and the Washington Post. After all the stavka – a moniker for the high command of the Russian armed forces – regard the Americans as “non-agreement capable,” even when an offer is in writing.

This walks and talks like a desperate US gambit to stall and present some carrots to Moscow in the hope of delaying or even cancelling the planned offensive of the next few months.

Even old school, dissident Washington operatives – not beholden to the Straussian neocon galaxy – bet that the gambit will be a nothing burger: in classic “strategic ambiguity” mode, the Russians will continue on their stated drive of demilitarization, denazification and de-electrification, and will “stop” anytime and anywhere they see fit east of the Dnieper. Or beyond.

What the Deep State really wants

Washington’s ambitions in this essentially NATO vs. Russia war go well beyond Ukraine. And we’re not even talking about preventing a Russia-China-Germany Eurasian union or a peer competitor nightmare; let’s stick with prosaic issues on the Ukrainian battleground.

The key “recommendations” – military, economic, political, diplomatic – were detailed in an Atlantic Council strategy paper late last year.

And in another one, under “War scenario 1: The war continues in its current tempo,” we find the Straussian neocon policy fully spelled out.

It’s all here: from “marshaling support and military-assistance transfers to Kyiv sufficient to enable it to win” to “increase the lethality of military assistance transferred to include fighter aircraft that would enable Ukraine to control its airspace and attack Russian forces therein; and missile technology with range sufficient to reach into Russian territory.”

From training the Ukrainian military “to use Western weapons, electronic warfare, and offensive and defensive cyber capabilities, and to seamlessly integrate new recruits in the service” to buttressing “defenses on the front lines, near the Donbass region,” including “combat training focusing on irregular warfare.”

Added to “imposing secondary sanctions on all entities doing business with the Kremlin,” we reach of course the Mother of All Plunders: “Confiscate the $300 billion that the Russian state holds in overseas accounts in the United States and EU and use seized monies to fund reconstruction.”

The reorganization of the SMO, with Putin, Chief of the General Staff Valery Gerasimov, and General Armageddon in their new, enhanced roles is derailing all these elaborate plans.

The Straussians are now in deep panic. Even Blinken’s number two, Russophobic warmonger Victoria “F**k the EU” Nuland, has admitted to the US Senate there will be no Abrams tanks on the battlefield before Spring (realistically, only in 2024). She also promised to “ease sanctions” if Moscow “returns to negotiations.” Those negotiations were scotched by the Americans themselves in Istanbul in the Spring of 2022.

Nuland also called the Russians to “withdraw their troops.” Well, that at least offers some comic relief compared with the panic oozing from Blinken’s “offer you can’t refuse.” Stay tuned for Russia’s non-response response.

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Reflective Question: If the essence of this article is true, how could those in the White House find a way to save their face?

Micah (Ch 5-7)

•February 2, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The Prophecy of Micah, whose word of the Lord was meant for the heads of Jacob, the princes of the house of Israel; but then who is of the house of Israel today? Are they not of the United States today?

And God says to Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22Ezekiel 12:27; that is, the message is for the endtime, our time.

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

Micah 5

1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops; he hath laid siege against us; they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek. — this verse ought to be joined to the previous chapter (as in the Chabad Bible), as it evidently belongs there and not to this chapter, which is quite a different subject.

2 “But thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall come forth unto Me He that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.”

— and thou, Bethlehem Ephrathah; the two names, modern and ancient, are united, though Jerusalem should the Messiah be born in Bethlehem of which this is a prophecy as is evident from Matthew 2:4-5;

— though thou be of little importance against the mighty Jerusalem nearby, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me the Ruler in Israel, a Judge, and this is the King; for because he is to be of the seed of David, from Bethlehem he will be, that is, the selection of the Messiah as the true King of Israel serving as Ruler of Israel;

— under Israeli control, Bethlehem today has a population of approximately 25,000 people; the majority are of Arab Muslims, but has become encircled by dozens of Israeli settlements. Jewish writings has identified Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah as seen below!

Rashi: from you shall emerge for Me: the Messiah, son of David, and so Scripture says (Ps. 118:22): “The stone the builders had rejected became a cornerstone.”

3 Therefore will He give them up, until the time that she who travaileth hath brought forth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.

Rashi: Therefore, He shall deliver them until the time a woman in confinement gives birth: He shall deliver them into the hands of their enemies until the coming of the time that Zion has felt the pangs of labor and borne her children; Zion, which is now seized by the pangs of labor, is now called a woman in confinement. [i.e., now the labor pains will cease and the redemption will come about.]

Rashi: and the rest of his brothers: The brothers of the King Messiah; i.e., the rest of the tribe [of Judah]; shall return upon the children of Israel: Judah and Benjamin shall join the other tribes and become one kingdom, and they shall no longer be divided into two kingdoms.

4 And He shall stand and feed them in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord His God. And they shall abide; for now shall He be great unto the ends of the earth. — and he shall stand and feed, both ruling and nourishing as the King and Shepherd of his people, in the strength of the Lord, he himself being the mighty God, Isaiah 9:6;

— in the majesty of the name of the Lord, his God, which was communicated to him even in his state of humiliation; and they shall abide, namely, the true spiritual children of Israel; for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth; his kingdom, the Kingdom of God, extending over the entire earth.

5 And this Man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land; and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds and eight princes of men. — this verse, as well as the next, are abstruse; but at least the Talmud attempted and says:

The Gemara asks: Who are these seven shepherds? The Gemara explains: David is in the middle; Adam, Seth, and Methuselah are to his right; Abraham, Jacob, and Moses are to his left. And who are the eight princes among men? They are Yishai, Saul, Samuel, Amos, Zephania, Zedekiah, Messiah, and Elijah (Sukkah 52b)

6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod at the entrances thereof; thus shall He deliver us from the Assyrian when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.

7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many nations, as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. — and the remnant of Jacob, those that survived the fire, famine, pestilences and the sword, shall be in the midst of many people as captives, “in the midst of the abundance of the nations,”

— as a dew from the Lord, their testimonies would nourish the nations, as the showers upon the grass, the truth about their abominations would give the nations much need truth with their life-giving strength, that tarrieth not for man nor waiteth for the sons of men, for the Word of God exerts its strength without the assistance of man, (more on the remnants from Ezekiel 12 at the end)

8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many people, as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he go through, both treadeth down and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. — and the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations (Goyim) in the midst of many people;

— as a lion among the beasts of the forest; strong, mighty, powerful, courageous and superior to their enemies as the lion is strongest among beasts and keeps all others in awe of him;

9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. — in the Millennium, thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries; O remnant of Jacob or Israel, as the Targum says; the remnant of Jacob, and destroy their enemies with the sword that proceeds out of his mouth.

10 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” saith the Lord, “that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots. — after all of Jacob’s adversaries are destroyed, saith the Lord, even he will also cut off thy (Jacob’s) horses out of the midst of thee, and he will also destroy thy (Jacob’s) chariots;

— there seems to be a major shift on the victim! or as the Targum understands this: “I will cut off the horses of the people from the midst of thee, and destroy their chariots?”

11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strongholds. — during the Millennium, there isn’t any need for fenced cities, chariots nor any stronghold; the Targum says, “I will cut off the cities of the people out of thy land and destroy all their strong fortresses.”

12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand, and thou shalt have no more soothsayers. — and God will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; in the Millennium all unlawful arts, cheating and juggling in religious matters will cease and be no more;

13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. — the Targum says, “I will cut off the images of the people, and their statues:”

— every religious building or images of any kind (churches, cathedrals, temples, shrines, mosques, monuments) will all be totally demolished, so that no vestige of any false religion remains; a new standard of building for worship will be implemented.

14 And I will pluck up thine Asherah poles out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities. — thy groves; either the statues, pillars, or trees connected with the worship of Baal and Astarte; and cities will be destroyed and rebuilt with new standard.

15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” — such as they have not heard; such terrible judgements, and dreadful expressions of divine wrath and fury,

— by earthquakes, hailstones, as were never known or heard before of in the world before see Revelation 16:18; or “which have not heard” the people that have not heard and hearkened to the word of God to the voice of Christ, but have turned a deaf ear to it, and despised it. So the Targum says, “who have not received the doctrine of the law.”

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More on the Remnants from Ezekiel 12

16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine and from the pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.” — “that they may declare all their abominations among the nations;” this explains why a few are left to survive;

— if they have hidden in some secret hideouts, they won’t be able to “declare all their abominations among the nations” whither they come; who, observing their calamities, and distresses, could deserve and a need to know, and hear those who are well-versed to explain their sins, abominations and judgement to the nations.

Micah 6

1 Hear ye now what the Lord saith: “Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice. — arise; O Prophet Micah, and do thine office; sit not still, nor indulge to sloth and ease; show readiness, diligence, activity, zeal and courage in my service and in carrying a message from me to my people:

— hear ye now what the Lord saith; here begins a new discourse and with an address of the prophet to contend before the mountains; a parallel Scripture in Ezekiel 6 against the mountains and hills of Israel follows:

— the “mountains of Israel” refer to the United States, UK and France . . .

— “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— “and to the rivers;” where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

2 Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth; for the Lord hath a controversy with His people, and He will plead with Israel. — a parallel Scripture in Ezekiel 6 on the mountains of Israel; “ye strong foundations of the earth,” that is, the United States, the United Kingdom and France.

3 O My people, what have I done unto thee? And wherein have I wearied thee? Testify against Me! — O my people, what have I done unto thee? namely, in inflicting any kind of wrong unto them. And wherein have I wearied thee; is my requirements too rigorous or too hard to follow? Testify against me! God was ready to entertain any reply which they might want to make concerning any charges.

4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servitude; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. — for God brought thee up out of the land of Egypt; instead of doing them any wrong, he had done them much good; of which this is one instance and he was able to produce more:

— and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; or “out of the house of bondage” as the same words are rendered, Exodus 20:2; that is, out of hard slavery in which their lives were made bitter; out of cruel bondage which made them cry to the Lord for help and deliverance; and he heard them and sent them a deliverer;

— and God sent before thee Moses, Aaron and Miriam; to bring them out of Egypt, to be their guides and direct them in all matters, civil and religious. Moses was their lawgiver and commander; Aaron was their priest and to intercede on their behalf; and Miriam was a prophetess; the Targum says, “I sent before thee three prophets, Moses to teach the tradition of judgements; Aaron to make atonement for the people; and Miriam to instruct the women.”

5 O My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab counseled, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him, from Shittim unto Gilgal, that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.” — O my people, remember now what Balak, king of Moab, consulted, the counsel he took in trying to bring about your downfall;

— and what Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal, between the first station after Balaam’s blessing and the first station on the soil of the Holy Land, Numbers 25:1; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord, how truly and righteously he performed the deeds of his almighty power in carrying out his counsel of love toward his people.

6 With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? — wherewith shall Micah come before the Lord and bow himself before the Most High? Shall he come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old? these being considered the choicest sacrifices.

7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? — will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams; if single burnt offerings of bullocks and heifers will not do, will rams and thousands of them be acceptable to him?

— or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? for meat offerings, in which oil was used: if he could but gain his point and get the God of Israel on his side;

— shall I, Micah, give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? It is well known that the Phenicians and others in the land of Canaan sacrificed their children to Saturn or Molech, and some of the idolatrous Israelites imitated this horrid practice: see note on Leviticus 18:21, where God in a solemn manner prohibits it.

8 He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? — and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly; or to exercise public judgement and justice as a king among his subjects;

— to do private and personal justice between man and man; to hurt no man’s property and character; to give to everyone their due and do as he would desire to be done by; which as it is agreeable to the law of God so to the light of nature and what is shown, required and taught by it;

— and to love mercy; not only to show mercy to miserable objects, to persons in distress; to relieve the poor and indigent, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, but to delight in such exercises and which a king especially should do;

— and to walk humbly with thy God? his Creator from whom he had his being and all the blessings of life and was dependent upon him; and therefore as a creature should behave with humility towards his Creator, acknowledging him and even though a king yet his God and Creator was above him, King of kings, and Lord of lords, to whom he owed his crown, sceptre and kingdom.

9 The Lord’S voice crieth unto the city (and the man of wisdom shall see Thy name): “Hear ye the rod and who hath appointed it! — the Targum says, “with the voice the prophets of the Lord Cry to the city; and teachers fear the name (of the Lord); hear, O king and rulers, and the rest of the people of the land.”

10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable? — are there yet the treasures in the house of the wicked? namely, such as had been gained by wickedness, by oppression and cheating;

— and the scant measure that is abominable? or for such practices as they were abominable and detestable to God; they stirred up his wrath, and brought destruction on those that used them. The Targum says, “false measures that bring a curse.”

11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights? — and with the bag of deceitful weights? or “stones” which were used in weighing goods and which were deceitful when a heavier was used in buying and a lighter in selling. So the Targum says, “and with the bag, in which are weights greater and lesser” condemned in Deuteronomy 25:13.

12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth. — for the rich men thereof are full of violence; that is, the rich men of the city, to whom the voice of the Lord cried, Jerusalem or Samaria, or any or all the cities of Israel and Judah; the rich men of these cities,

— who had enough of the world and were under no temptation to do an ill thing, to get money; and yet their hands and their houses and their treasuries, as the Targum says, were full of goods gotten by violent measures, by the oppression of the poor and needy.

13 Therefore also will I make thee sick by smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins. — therefore also will God make thee sick in smiting thee; with the rod to be heard by some of his sore judgments: as famine, pestilence, the sword of the enemy, civil disorders;

— and the like which should cause their kingdom and state and families to decline and waste away as a sickly and diseased body. So the Targum says “and I brought upon thee illness and a stroke.”

14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied, and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee. And thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword. — thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; either not having enough to eat, for the refreshing and satisfying of nature;

— or else a blessing being withheld from food, though eaten, and so not nourishing; or a voracious and insatiable appetite being given as a curse; the first sense seems best;

— and you shall be overtaken: your enemies who lead your sons and daughters away into captivity; but you shall not rescue them and if you rescue them their end will be to the sword.

15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thyself with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.

— thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap, the enemy either destroying or robbing the crop; thou shalt tread the olives but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil since the enemy would plunder the stores; and sweet wine, these must as pressed from the grapes, but shalt not drink wine, the finished product.

16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab; and ye walk in their counsels, that I should make thee a desolation and the inhabitants thereof a hissing: Therefore ye shall bear the reproach of My people.” — “bear the reproach of My people” ~ that is, other nations will make fun of you!

— the statutes of Omri; the people of both Israel and Judah, instead of keeping the commandments of the Lord diligently, adopted the statutes of the house of Omri, the founder of the idolatrous dynasty of Ahab;

— God should make thee a desolation, an object of astonishment and horror, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing, to be jeered at on every side; you will endure the scorn of other nations!

— therefore ye shall bear the reproach (rebuke, admonishment, admonition, hissing and chiding) of my people from the nations; that is, the chidings which is smeared upon the house of Jacob from the nations (the Goyim), if the house of Jacob have a form of godliness but deny its power, then this outward semblance is all the more liable to bring the Lord’s reproach upon such hypocrites; so that the nations could see and learn from their example.

Micah 7

1 Woe is me! For I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: There is no cluster to eat; my soul desired the first ripe fruit. — Woe is for Micah as he was unhappy that he lived in such an age and among such a wicked people as he did! this the prophet exclaimed;

— there is no cluster to eat; his soul desired the first ripe fruit; there are few or none that are so truly and consistently pious as to delight in doing good to others or making them as happy as lies in their power.

2 The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net. — the good man is perished out of the earth; here Prophet Micah expresses in plain words what he had before delivered in figurative terms: the “good” or “godly” man;

— and there is none upright among the people; that are upright in heart and life; that have right spirits in them indeed, in whom there is no guile; and walk uprightly according to the rule of the divine word, truly honest, faithful men; very few such were to be found;

— they hunt every man his brother with a net as men lay nets for fish, fowl, beasts and hunt them; so these men laid snares not for strangers only but for their own brethren to entangle them in and defraud them; and this they would do even to their destruction, so the Targum says, “betray or deliver his brother to destruction.”

— there are very few righteous left because the majority in our society have succumbed to four great deceptions and lies in our modern era (Easter, Christmas, Sundays, holy ghosts; more at the end)

3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man uttereth his wicked desire; so they wrap it up. — they that may do evil with both hands earnestly; Or strenuously, diligently to the utmost of their power, labouring at it with all their might and influence;

— as wicked men generally are more industrious and exertive to do evil than good; and even weary themselves to commit iniquity: the princes and judges asketh for a reward; and if they do it must be bribed and have a reward.

4 The best of them is as a brier; the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge. The day of thy watchman and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity. — the day of thy watchmen; either which the true prophets of the Lord, sometimes called watchmen, foretold should come but were discredited and despised will now most assuredly come;

— and now it should be seen whether it would be the day of their punishment for their false doctrines or prophecies promised only good times ahead; and thy visitation cometh; the time that God would punish the people in general for their iniquities; as well as their false prophets, princes, judges and others.

5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom. — put ye not confidence in a guide; in political matters, in civil affairs as civil magistrates, judges, counsellors or in domestic matters.

6 For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law: a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. — for the son dishonoreth the father, openly despising him; the daughter riseth up against her mother, refusing her the love and honor which she owes;

— the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, all the most sacred relationships being utterly broken down; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house. Similar conditions preceded the fall of Jerusalem and will precede the end of the world.

7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.

8 Rejoice not over me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me. — rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; these are the words of the prophet in the house of Israel to their enemies;

— literally the Chaldeans or Edomites or both who rejoiced at the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and the calamities of the Jews were brought into judgement: “Rejoice not” God warnings to all the surrounding nations!

9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause and execute judgement for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness. — Micah felt he could bear the indignation of the Lord; the Targum prefaces these words with “Jerusalem saith”

— so, perhaps, these are the words of the prophet in the name of Jerusalem; with the humble submission which characterizes the repentant heart, because Jerusalem have sinned against God, such a free and unequivocal confession being essential if their sorrow is genuine;

— until Micah plead his cause, taking the part of his people against the enemies and execute judgement, maintaining and establishing God’s Kingdom in spite of all hostility;

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her that said unto me, “Where is the Lord thy God?” Mine eyes shall behold her; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets. — this being the confident expectation of the Lord’s enemies and shame shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the Lord, thy God?

— God’s eyes shall behold her, with quiet satisfaction; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In that day thy walls are to be built; in that day shall the decree be far removed. — when Jerusalem is to be rebuilt, then it will be larger than it was previously; “far removed” refers to being extended outwards and implied these extended walls are the city limits.

12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain. — in that day God will also come to thee, the restored Zion, from Assyria and from the fortified cities where many of the ten tribes were;

— whither they were carried captives and from the fortress, namely, Assyria, even beyond the river Euphrates, to indicate all the countries lying between; and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain, from all the regions and countries of the earth, all those whom the Lord had chosen from the various countries of the world;

— here is a parallel from Ezekiel 6:3:

and say: ‘Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys: Behold I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. — this message to the “mountains of Israel;” these mountains refer to the United States, UK and France. . . .

— “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— “and to the rivers;” where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

13 Notwithstanding, the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, because of the fruit of their doings. — notwithstanding the land shall be desolate, perhaps because of being negligent of observing the land Sabbath; the reference to the land of Israel;

— possessed by the ten tribes and at the latter days shall be desolate; perhaps for 190 years; because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit or consequence of their doings; the fruit of their doings are the fruits of their wickedness, which is desolation: by fire, pestilence and famine, and by the Sword; but why, possibly because they didn’t keep the land Sabbath all these years?

14 Rule Thy people with Thy rod, the flock of Thine heritage, who dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. — led thy people with thy rod, with a true shepherd’s care, the staff being the mark of the shepherd;

— the Targum says, “feed thy people with thy word, the people of thine inheritance, in the age which is to be renewed.”

15 “As in the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt, will I show unto them marvelous things.” — according to the days of thy coming out of Egypt when God overthrew thy enemies with a mighty hand and revealed his goodness to Israel show unto him marvelous things.

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might; they shall lay their hand upon their mouth; their ears shall be deaf. — the Gentile nations around shall see and be stunned with it and scarce to know what they hear; thrive will stop any more hearing at what is being told to them.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth. They shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of Thee.

— the nations shall lick the dust like a serpent, in deepest humiliation; they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth, literally, “as those things that creep on the earth” they shall tremble forth out of their hiding-places;

— the nations around shall be afraid of the Lord, Israel’s God, approaching him with terror, and shall fear because of him. With these words the prophet, Micah, once more turns directly to and addressing him in words of praise.

18 Who is a God like unto Thee, who pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. — the nations around Israel will expressed among themselves, “Who is a God like unto Thee!”

19 He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities. And Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. — God will turn again, so the prophet, Micah, assures the believers; God will have compassion upon everyone;

— he will subdue our iniquities, treading them down like enemies that rise up against the believers; and he wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea, so that they are covered over and can no more rise to condemn the Lord’s people.

20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob and the mercy to Abraham, which Thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. — thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob; that is, the promise made to Jacob, the Lord would faithfully perform and make good to his posterity, natural and spiritual, especially to those who are Israelites indeed;

— and the mercy to Abraham; the gracious promises made to him, which sprung from grace and mercy; all respecting his natural and spiritual Seed; and especially the promise of the coming of the Millennium and the Messianic Age, that Seed of his in which all nations of the earth were to be blessed; and which is the eminent instance of the mercy and grace of God to all nations of the world that walk in the steps of Abraham.

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Four Great Deceptions:

(a) Easters, a celebration of the Queen of heaven: Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols (like the egg and bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols; and to those who actually think eggs and bunnies have something to do with the resurrection; Jeremiah 7:18 the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queen of heaven; in Egypt, Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25, this is Ishtar: pronounced ‘Easter.’

(b) Christmas; Ezekiel 8:16 five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple; their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east; Christmas, which honor Mithraism, birthday on December 25th – a form of nature worship based on the Sun-Goddess Mithra who on the darkest night of the year (December 20/21), gives birth to “Light” causing each day thereafter to grow longer until the Summer solstice;

(c) Sundays; her sabbaths which is Sundays, where the original keepers were the Samaritans, brought from Assyria: And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel; and they possessed Samaria and dwelt in the cities thereof, II Kings 17:24.

— today, more than 98.5 percent of Pretenders are honoring the SUN by observing SUNday worship. Ezekiel 8:16 They have “their backs toward the temple of the Lord and their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the SUN toward the east; whose penalty is to be stoned to death, Deuteronomy 17:3-5 – ’till they die.

— also, following the SUN-worshipping Samaritans, most Church of God Communities are showing their contempt for God by having their “wavesheaf offering” and Pentecost on a SUNday; always on a SUNday. And these are supposedly in God’s Sanctuary, but God says He is a jealous God, so these pretentious Christians could be spewed out of His mouth! A death penalty – ’till they die!

(d) Holy Ghosts or holy ghosts? – Revelation 4:5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; if the Spirit is a Being or an independent Personage; there would be seven Holy Spirits;

— and with these we would add Jesus Christ the Son, and God the Father, then there would be nine Personage; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; so surely the Godhead would be a Polyty or a Nonaty; nine heads, that would be more like an Indian goddess Mahakali (“Great Kali”) with numerous heads far more gruesome than a Trinity!

— more about the missing Holy Ghost; indeed he’s real and around; he was created full of wisdom and beauty, his head swelled up so much that he wanted to be like the Most High: these clues are giving in the book of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14.

Micah (Ch 3-4)

•February 1, 2023 • Leave a Comment

“NATO leaders are a coop of Chickens without heads,” Colonel Douglas Macgregor

The Prophecy of Micah, whose word of the Lord was meant for the heads of Jacob, the chief princes of the house of Israel; but then who are these princes? Are they not of the United States today?

And God says to these princes of the house of Israel through Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22Ezekiel 12:27; that is, the message is for the endtime, our time.

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

Micah 3

1 And I said: “Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know judgement”

— and Micah said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob; the whole head of Jacob, the leading men and princes of the house of Israel, the ten tribes, being ringleaders in sin, who ought to have set good examples to others;

— shouldn’t you know better, Oh house of Israel, to pass judgement, of (1) when and where to hold the feasts and (2) how to determine the Sacred Calendar, which were administered by the house of Judah and the Sanhedrin; and set rules and pass judgement; to give heed which is in accordance with God’s will?

2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who pluck off their skin from off them and their flesh from off their bones, — who hate good and love evil, doing just the opposite of that which their leaders required of them; who pluck off their skin from off them, like wild beasts that tear off skin and flesh from the bones, and then devour them;

— or like cruel shepherds that fleece their flocks, skin them; so the Targum says, “seizing on their substance by violence, and their precious mammon they take away.”

3 who also eat the flesh of My people and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones and chop them in pieces, as for the pot and as flesh within the cauldron?” — who also eat the flesh of my people; like cannibals, flay them alive and then eat their flesh, devouring their substance,

— only expressed in terms which still more set forth their savageness, barbarity, and cruelty; sound like those who operates Unit 731 during World War II; would God also intended this to mean those Vietnamese, Laotians and Cambodians who had their skin sprayed with Agent Orange?

4 Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but He will not hear them; He will even hide His face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. — then shall they, the guilty ones, cry unto the Lord but he will not hear them namely at the time of the revelation of his wrath;

— the Targum says in the time of their distress but he will not hear their prayer so as to answer it according to their desire; that is, he will not save them from danger but deliver them up and all that belong unto them into the hands of such that shall use them as they have done others;

— he will even hide his face from them at that time, refusing to pay any attention to their distress as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings and thus fully ripe for judgement.

5 Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth and cry “Peace”; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him:

— thus saith the Lord concerning the false shepherds and false prophets, who presumed to speak in the name of the Lord without being sent that make his people err, leading them astray, led them into mistakes about matters of religion and civil government;

— that bite with their teeth and cry, Peace! that is, who prophesy smooth things, promise all kind of prosperity and plenty when they receive a sufficient amount of tithe money, proclaim peace, prophesying as it pleases the heart of men; may even get a “Nobel Peace Prize” for so doing;

6 “Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine. And the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

— therefore darkness shall be unto these people; they shall not have good vision, but nightmares; being excluded from the light granted by the spirit of God; and they have no understanding and granted no revelation of the future;

— and the sun shall go down and the day shall be dark over these prophets; their time of prosperity will be over and they shall no more be in favour with the people, or courted and feasted by them; but shall be held in the utmost contempt and abhorrence with darkness on the Day of Judgement;

— the Targum says, “therefore ye shall blush at prophesying, and be ashamed of teaching; and tribulation as darkness shall cover the false prophets, and the time shall be darkened upon them.”

7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God.” — then shall the seers be ashamed, be disgraced on account of the fact that their false predictions and be confounded, blushing with shame on account of their miserable failures in trying to uncover the future;

— yea, they shall all cover their lips, literally “their beard” their face up to the nostrils as a sign of shame; for there is no answer from God, not that they shall be ashamed and silenced because they shall now have no insight from God for they never had any;

— the Targum says, “for there is not in them a spirit of prophecy from the Lord,” this being the most plain to all that the Lord had never spoken to them nor opened their minds;

8 But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of judgement and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin. — declare unto Jacob; the whole head of Jacob, the leading men of the nation and particularly those princes of the house of Israel, the ten tribes, those northern kingdom that followed Jeroboam;

— to declare unto Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin; especially of (1) when and where to hold the feasts and (2) how to determine the Calendar which were administered by the house of Judah (who has the Scepter) and the Sanhedrin; and set rules, set precedence and pass judgement;

— for more on the seriousness about the Calendar issue, see Is there a Calendar Omen?

9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgement and pervert all equity: — Micah prays, hear this, ye heads of the house of Jacob and princes of the house of Israel, the very leaders whose wickedness had been described above;

— that abhor judgement, precedence, the law and ordinances; everything that was right or just, making crooked paths that which should have been kept straight; hate to do that which was right and just; and pervert all the rules and laws of justice and equity, clearing the guilty and condemning the innocent.

10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. — the Targum says, “who build their houses in Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with deceits.”

11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money. Yet will they lean upon the Lord and say, “Is not the Lord among us? No evil can come upon us.”

— the heads thereof judge for reward being influenced in their decisions by bribes; and the priests, who were first hired by king Jeroboam after payment of bribes and fees from the lowest of people, people who were not qualified but for money;

— and the prophets thereof hired for money, their oracles being fashioned according to the presents which men gave them; yet will they lean upon the Lord, insisting that they were performing the work of their office by authority the God living in the midst of his people;

— and say, Is not the Lord among us? namely, with his power and protection. No evil can come upon us: namely pestilence, famine, sword and captivity that the prophets of the Lord had threatened them with.

12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest. — therefore shall Zion be destroyed for your sake on account of your wickedness in making the Lord’s Temple a den of murderers, be plowed as a field, the king’s quarter turned into tillable soil;

— Jerusalem and the rest of the city shall become heaps, piles of broken stones and the mountain of the house, that is, of the Temple, as the high places of the forest, being overgrown with brush and trees. It is a vivid description of the ruin which comes upon the enemies of the Lord.

Micah 4

1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains; and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow unto it.

— but in the last days, in the great Millennium or the Messianic Age, it shall come to pass that the mountain of the house of the Lord, of the Kingdom of God, shall be established in the top of the mountains which also mean a new Ezekiel Temple built on Mount Moriah where the divine Majesty would reside; the ideal Zion being elevated above all else in the world;

— and it shall be exalted above the hills, visible before all nations; and people of all the nations of the world come come to keep the feasts; should they refuse, there would be no rain, but plagues:

“And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles” Zechariah 14:18

— (more at end of this chapter)

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.

— and all nations shall come, namely, the elect whom the Lord had choosen and say, Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in his paths, in agreement with the Scriptures;

— and no nation will be paying homage to the Queen of heaven of Egypt: Astarte, dubbing it Easter, the day of Christ resurrection;

— neither would they pay homage to Mithras of Babylon, whose birthday is on December 25th, by dubbing it Christmas; nor they be Sun-worshippers, whose services are always on Sundays; and Pentecost on Whitsundays;

— for the Law, as the revelation of the holy and righteous will of God, shall go forth of Zion and the Word of the Lord, from Jerusalem, where the house of Judah has dominion: for the proclamation of the Word, in speaking of the law, statutes and ordinances, of sin, justice and judgement, of redemption and grace, all in the hands of the Saints.

— and they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning-hooks, both in an earthly, temporal Millennial peace of which men are dreaming from time to time, but also in the spiritual peace in him where heretic doctrines are beaten into plowshares and their hatred among men into pruning-hooks;

— nation shall not lift up a sword against nation neither shall they learn war any more, this being said of the inner peace and harmony of the Kingdom of God, in whom there will be truly peace on earth.

3 And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off. And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

— and the God of the covenant shall judge among many people, between Ishmaelites and the sons of Isaac; between Esau and Jacob; between the house of Israel and the house of Judah; teaching them true justice in accordance with his spoken and unspoken will, and rebuke strong nations afar off, to make them cease their enmity against him;

— and God will gather her that is driven out; out of the land of Israel, and scattered among the nations of the world; even driven out by the Lord himself, because of their transgressions against him; Jeremiah 16:15;

— and through her that God have afflicted; with calamities, pestilence, famine and sword and in captivity and deaths; the Targum adds, “for the sins of my people” the Israelites for their Sun-worshipping (Mithras) and idolatry to the Queen of heaven, Astarte; and the Jews for the rejection of their Messiah.

4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree, and none shall make them afraid; for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it. — but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; expressive of the greatest tranquillity, security and enjoyment of prosperity; 1 Kings 4:25;

— when persons need not keep within their walled towns and cities and lock themselves up in their houses but may sit down in their gardens, fields and vineyards and enjoy the fruit thereof; as the Targum interprets it, “under the fruit of his vine and under the fruit of his fig tree.”

5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever. — for all people, all those concerned in this prophecy, will walk every one in the name of his God in the power of the one true God forever and ever.

6 “In that day,” saith the Lord, “will I assemble her that is halt, and I will gather her that is driven out and her that I have afflicted. — in that day, in the great Millennium or the Messianic Age, will God assemble the lame and gather those who were dispersed, along with those he afflicted, all worshipping the God of Abraham.

7 And I will make her that is halt (or lame) a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation; and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from hence forth, even for ever. — “The people of that ‘crippled’ city will be the only ones left alive (ERV);

— and God will make them into a strong nation; the Lord will be their king who will rule from Mount Zion forever.

8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.”

— and thou, O tower of the flock, the term being applied to a tower of refuge for flocks in time of danger, here as a fort from which the great King and Shepherd, the Messiah himself, observes and guards his flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, the impregnable palace of the Kingdom of God;

— unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion, the glory of the earliest OT Saints: Enoch, Noah, Abraham and to the Patriarchs, Job? compared with that of the kingdom of Israel, when established, which are the latter OT Saints, under its mightiest king; King David; and before that: Moses, Joshua, Samuel;

— the Kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem: King Hezekiah, King Josiah; Daniel and his three friends, Ezra and Nehemiah; since the earthly Jerusalem is always at the foundation of the kingdom, the afflictions of the Jewish capital are made typical of the experiences of the Lord’s people.

9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? Is there no king in thee? Is thy counselor perished? For pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail. — now, why dost thou cry out aloud? at the approach of the Chaldean invasion; Nebuchadnezzar was described as “My servant” or at other times, the Sword;

— is there no king in thee? is there no visible representative of the capable king to keep and protect them? Is thy counselor perished? to counsel, instruct and comfort them and at last to deliver and save them this name also being applied to the reigning member of the house of David?

— for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail, the true believers in Israel feeling the deepest grief and sorrow over the desolation of the kingdom; and in modern times a time of Jacob’s trouble.

10 Be in pain and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail; for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field. And thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.

— be in pain and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion like a woman in travail, the catastrophe of the destruction of Jerusalem and of the exile of the people being imminent; that was for ancient Judah which were for a period of 70 years; but for Ezekiel’s Israel and Judah could be 190/40 years; (for more, see Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years)

— for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, after it had been taken by the enemies, their houses taken away from them; and thou shalt dwell in the field if they could survive and thou shalt go even to Babylon, being dragged into captivity again;

— there shalt thou be delivered, namely, when a modern Cyrus issued the decree setting the captives free and thus laid the foundation upon which later arose the Messianic Age or the great Millennium there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies so that the people of the covenant would be restored to the Promise Land, the land where the Messiah was to reign.

11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, “Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion!” — now also, namely, at the time of Jacob’s deepest humiliation, a time known as Jacob’s trouble;

— that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion, namely, in malicious joy over her downfall; many nations are gathered against thee, in bold hostility, starting with those of the South and spread to the North.

12 But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they His counsel; for He shall gather them as the sheaves onto the threshing floor. — but they know not the thoughts of the Lord, the object which he has in mind in thus dealing with his people; one example is the slaughtering of his people spreading from the South to the North (for more see notes from Ezekiel 20:45-21:5)

— neither do they understand God’s unspoken will:

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness and cheerful feasts. Therefore love the truth and peace.’ Zechariah 8:19

But surprisingly, these were the unspoken Word of God! Like parents, they have their secret wishes for their children. So is God. But how do we know God’s unspoken will if they were unspoken? To be unspoken would also mean unwritten. More on the unspoken will of God for a deeper insight, click here.

13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion; for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass. And thou shalt beat in pieces many people, and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.

— arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, all the Saints that will gathered in Jerusalem, who live according to his commands; for God will make thine horn iron and he will make thy hoofs brass, giving to his Saints a new and unconquerable strength;

— and thou shall beat in pieces many people, not by victories of the flesh, but by those of the spirit; and God will consecrate their gain, what the enemies had gotten by robbery and plunder;

— unto the Lord, as devoted to him, all their possessions, unto the Lord of the whole earth, the Saints will now have a dominion, kingdom and cities given by the Ancient of Days that so all people, nations and languages shall serve him, Daniel 7:14.

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More from Zachariah 14: the great Millennium or the Messianic Age

16 And it shall come to pass that every one who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem, shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

18 And if the family of Egypt go not up and come not, upon whom there is no rain, there shall be the plague wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen who come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.

20 In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses: “Holiness Unto The Lord.” And the pots in the Lord’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar;

21 yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the Lord of hosts, and all those who sacrifice shall come and take of them and boil therein. And in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.

For more on the Calendar issue, see Is there a Calendar Omen?

For more on Ezekiel Timeline, see Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years

For more about The Sword from the South to the North!

Micah (Ch 1-2)

•January 31, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Russia didn’t blow up gas pipeline, the Nord Stream boss said. RT January 26, 2023. The culpric seems extremely cunning and elusive!

The Prophecy of Micah, the word of the Lord that came to Prophet Micah during the reigns of kings Jehoram, Ahaziah, Joash, Amaziah and Uzziah, thus a contemporary with Isaiah, Hosea and Amos, which places him in the years 713 to 750 BC.

Micah is thought to have prophesied thirty or forty years; and his message is again primarily to the house of Israel; the name ‘Israel’ being mentioned 12 times in the book of Micah; three times the 4 for ‘Judah.’

“For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel” Micah 1:5;

And God says to the house of Israel through Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22Ezekiel 12:27; that is, the message is for the endtime, our time.

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

Micah 1

1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. — in the days Hezekiah, Micah is thought to have prophesied about sixteen years during Jotham’s reign, and as many under Ahaz and fourteen under Hezekiah;

— hence it appears that Micah was contemporary with Isaiah, Hosea and Amos though they began to prophesy sooner than he even in the days of Uzziah; very probably he conversed with these prophets especially Isaiah with whom he agrees in many things; his style is like others and sometimes uses the same phrases:

— which Micah saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem; in the vision of prophecy, Samaria was the metropolis of the ten tribes of Israel and is put for them all, as Jerusalem was of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin; and Samaria is mentioned first because it was the head of the greatest body of tribes; and as it was the first in transgression it was the first to face judgement.

2 Hear, all ye people! Hearken, O earth, and all that is therein! And let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from His holy temple. — hear, all ye people; or “all the people, all of them” all the nations of the world, not just the nations of Israel or only from several tribes of Judah;

— hearken, O earth, and all that therein is; or “its fullness” the land of Israel and Judah; and all the nations and inhabitants of the whole earth; reinforcing what was said above; and let the Lord God be witness against everyone;

— or “in you” the Word of the Lord as the Targum says; let God, who is the omniscient God who knows all hearts, thoughts, words and actions, let him bear witness in your consciences that what he was about to say; and if you disregard it and repent not let him be a witness against you; and be warned of danger,

— the Lord from his holy Temple in heaven, whose voice should be hearkened to; who from thence sees all the actions of men and from whence his wrath is revealed against their sins and he gives visible tokens of his displeasure.

3 For behold, the Lord cometh forth out of His place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. — for, behold, the Lord cometh out of heaven, where his Throne is situated, where he keeps his court and displays his glory;

— the high places of the earth; which are his footstool; Samaria and Jerusalem, built on mountains and all other high towers and fortified places together with men of high looks and haughty countenances who exalt themselves like mountains and swell with pride.

4 And the mountains shall be molten under Him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as waters that are poured down a steep place.

— and the mountains shall be melt under him, dissolving before him, and the valleys shall be cleft, cleaving asunder as wax before the fire and as the waters that are poured down a steep place, tearing down the earth with landslides a general dissolution of the entire surface of the earth.

5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what are the high places of Judah? Are they not Jerusalem? — for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel; all these evils, all these idolatries and drunkenness;

— they would be inflicted according to the judgement of God, upon the house of Israel and Judah for their manifold sins and transgressions especially their lies and idolatries;

— is it not the wickedness of Samaria, the calf of Samaria? as in Hosea 7:1; is not that idolatry the transgression of Jacob or who is the source or author of it? are they not the kings that have reigned in Samaria with their nobles, princes and great men, who, by their edicts influence have encouraged the worship of the golden calves?

— now the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, is a Hindu, same as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, both worshippers of the cows regarding them as sacred.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both Hindu; both regard calves as worthy of worship

— Or the altering of the Sacred Calendar? where they shifted the feast days a month later? that is; are these not enough reasons for all this wrath to come upon them: or as the Targum says “where have they of the house of Jacob sinned? is it not in Samaria?” verily it is and from thence, the metropolis of the nation;

— and this sin of changing God’s Calendar has spread all over the nations: for more on the seriousness about the Calendar issue, see Is there a Calendar Omen?

— and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem? are they not the kings, the princes and priests that dwell at Jerusalem? certainly they are; see II Kings 16:4; or as the Targum says, “where did they of the house of Judah commit sin? is it not in Jerusalem?” truly it was and it is.

6 “Therefore I will make Samaria as a heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard; and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will uncover the foundations thereof. — therefore God will make Samaria as an heap of the field, as ruins that fall into dust and finally become a part of the soil and as plantings of a vineyard, that is, places where vineyards may be planted;

— and God will pour down the stones thereof, those which King Omri had used in building the city, into the valley, and he will discover, lay bare, the foundations thereof, destroying it to the very ground.

7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate; for she gathered it from the hire of a harlot, and they shall return to the hire of a harlot.” — and all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces and all those harlotry shall be burned with the fire;

— and all the idols thereof shall be lay desolate; for she gathered an harlot for hire, by her spiritual adultery, and they shall return the rich treasures that were taken away from their enemies and had devoted to their own idols.

8 Therefore I will wail and howl; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the dragons and mourning as the owls. — therefore, on account of the calamity which would strike Samaria and Judah, I, Micah, will wail and howl, in a most bitter and mournful cry,;

— I, Micah, will rent my garments, will go stripped and naked (cast off his upper garment) as Isaiah did, Isaiah 20:3; he then go about like a madman, one disturbed in his mind, bereft of his senses because of the desolation coming upon Israel; so the Targum says, “for this they shall wail and howl, and go naked among the spoilers;”

— I, Micah, will make a wailing like the dragons or jackals of the desert (jackals make long howling noises) and mourning as the owls or ostriches crying in pain; the cries of both, as heard at night, are very piteous.

9 For her wound is incurable; for it has come unto Judah; he has come unto the gate of My people, even to Jerusalem. — for her wound is incurable; or her “stroke is desperate” the ruin of Samaria and the ten tribes are inevitable; the decree being gone forth and they hardened in their sins and continuing in their impenitence (not feeling shame or regret about one’s actions or attitudes);

— and their destructions are irrevocable; till the time comes that all Israel shall be saved; “she is grievously sick of her wounds” just ready to die upon the brink of ruin and no hope of saving her; this is the cause and reason of the above lamentation of Micah, the prophet, and his increased grief and sorrow;

— for it is come unto the calamity of Judah; it stopped not with Israel or the ten tribes but spread itself into Judah and Benjamin; for the Assyrian army, having taken Samaria and carried Israel captive and in a short seven or eight years later, invaded Judea and took the fenced cities of Judah in Hezekiah’s time in which Micah prophesied;

— he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem; king Sennacherib of Assyria, having taken the fenced cities came up to the very gates of Jerusalem and besieged it where the Temple and courts of judicature where the people resorted to, to have justice; and Micah, being of the tribe of Judah calls them his people and was in great distress.

10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all; in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust. — declare ye it not in Gath, one of the chief cities of the Philistines, weep ye not at all lest the message cause these enemies to rejoice; in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust, literally “in Beth-leaphra I wallow in the dust,” for such scattering of dust was a sign of deep grief.

11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Shaphir, having thy shame naked. The inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive from you his standing. — the inhabitant of Saphira, a village probably southwest of Jerusalem amidst the hills of Judah; with shame shalt thou be thus led into captivity, and change all thy beauty into shameful nakedness.

12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited anxiously for good, but evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem. — for the inhabitants of Maroth (signifies bitterness); waited carefully for good, being anxiously and bitterly concerned about it, writhing in grief and pain on account of her lost prosperity;

— but evil came from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem; while all these towns were in the neighborhood of Jerusalem the prophet shows that judgement would not be confined to the immediate neighborhood of the capital.

13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast (she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion), for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee. — O thou inhabitant of Lachish, a fortified city in the plain toward the southwest, bind the chariot to the swift beast, to the fastest horses, namely, to escape the impending punishment;

— she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion, for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee; Lachish was the first city of Judah to be introduced of calf or idol-worshipping of Samaria from the northern kingdom.

14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath; the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel. — therefore shalt thou give presents to Moresheth-gath (the betrothed of Gath), the daughter of Zion being obliged to dismiss or release this city to the enemy, like the gift of a marriage portion;

— the houses of Achzib (deception) shall be a lie to the kings of Israel, a deceitful brook which offers no refreshment to the thirsty wanderer; just so the city would slip from the grasp of the kings of Israel (Judah, the southern kingdom) so that it would no longer be in their possession.

15 Yet I will bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam, the glory of Israel. — yet will God bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah (town of inheritance in Judah), for Israel had been the heir obtaining it from the Canaanites and the enemy would now be the heir receiving it from the people of Judah;

— he shall come unto Adullam, the glory of Israel, rather “even unto Adullam will the nobility of Israel come,” to hide themselves in the cave in which David once sought refuge from Saul; 1 Samuel 22:1.

16 Make thyself bald, and shear thy beard because of thy pleasant children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle, for they are gone into captivity from thee. — make thee bald, Zion as the mother of the nation being addressed, shearing her head, for thy delicate children in deep grief and sorrowful lamentation;

— enlarge thy baldness as the eagle, or the vulture, the entire forepart of whose head is without feathers; for they are gone into captivity from thee. The entire chapter is a vivid description of the overthrow of the land by the armies of the invaders, which would be sent to punish the transgression of both Israel and Judah.

Micah 2

1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. — woe to them that devise iniquity; which were premeditated and acted deliberately;

— or the sin of uncleanness on which the thoughts too often dwell in the night; or coveting of neighbours’ goods and oppressing the poor, sins which are instanced in Micah 2:2; and every thing that is vain, foolish, wicked and bring trouble and distress;

2 They covet fields and take them by violence, and houses, and take them away. So they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. — and they covet fields and take them by violence; the fields of their poor neighbours; they wish they were theirs and they contrive ways and means to get them into their possession;

— and if they cannot get them by fair means, if they cannot persuade them to sell them or at their price they will either use some crafty method to get them from them or they will take them away by force or through deceits; as Ahab and Jezebel got Naboth’s vineyard from him and his heritage;

3 Therefore thus saith the Lord: “Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks, neither shall ye go haughtily; for this time is evil. — behold, against this family do God devise an evil; because of those evils of covetousness, oppression and injustice, secretly devised and deliberately committed;

— the Lord have devised an evil punishment against the whole nation of Israel, the ten tribes particularly, among whom these sins greatly prevailed; even an invasion of their land by the Assyrians and the carrying of them captive into foreign regions;

4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation and say, ‘We are utterly despoiled; He hath changed the portion of my people. How hath He removed it from me! Turning away, He hath divided our fields.’”

— in that day your name shall be a byword, a proverb, a taunt and a jeer; mocking at your calamities and miseries: or “concerning you” take up and deliver lament with a doleful lamentation from the mocking song of the enemies would be a mournful dirge in the mouths of the children of Israel;

— and say, “We will be utterly spoiled” losing everything we have; or We be utterly spoiled, completely destroyed! He hath changed the portion of my people, God himself permitting one of the nations, an enemy from the South, to take possession of Israel; (for a more comprehensive Ezekiel 20-21 and a parallel scene is added at the end);

5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord. — thou shalt have none; that is, thou shalt have no part or inheritance in the congregation of the Lord; apparently referring to the ancient division of the land by lot.

6 “Prophesy ye not,” say they to them that prophesy: “They shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not suffer shame.” — prophesy not, say to them that prophesy, they should cease from further troubling and terrifying these people, who fear not God’s judgements, and will not by repentance prevent their miserable captivity and shame.

7 Oh thou that art named the house of Jacob: Is the Spirit of the Lord straitened? Are these His doings? Do not My words do good to him that walketh uprightly? — O thou that art named the house of Jacob; that is, this message is to “both houses of Israel” as in Isaiah 8:14; namely the 10-tribes “house of Israel” in the North and the 2-tribes “house of Judah” in the South;

— is the spirit of the Lord straitened. Is God’s hand shortened? are his power and wisdom less now than formerly? are these his doings; are these severe proceedings the doings your God delights in? are the judgements he brings upon you the genuine effects of his power and goodness?

8 “Even of late My people have risen up as an enemy; ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by trustingly as men returning from war. — even of late, God’s people is risen up as an enemy, taking an open stand against him; and this hostility is openly shown;

— ye pull off the robe with the garment, stripping off the mantle or upper garment violently from them that pass by securely, considering themselves safe from robbery and violence, as men averse from war, that is, from peaceable people, such as seek no quarrel with anyone.

9 The women of My people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away My glory for ever. — the women of my people Israel, the unprotected widows have ye cast out from their pleasant houses, the houses of their delight to which they were attached by the memory of their wedded love;

— from their children have ye taken away my glory, the ornament or gift which he has given them forever, namely, by depriving them of their dress and of their rightful property. Cf Exodus 22:25.

10 Arise ye and depart, for this is not your rest; because it is polluted it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. — arise ye and depart! This is not your rest; the Lord, requiting them for their cruelty to the poor and defenceless, declares that their own time of trouble was imminent.

11 If a man walking in the spirit of falsehood lieth, saying, ‘I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink,’ he shall even be the prophet of this people! — if a man walking in the spirit of vanity and falsehood, namely, in preaching his own ideas, do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink, that is, of the enjoyment of this present life,

— he shall be the prophet of this people, possessing “itching ears” that is: tell us what we want to hear, even if there are little lies, sweet little lies, that they will all go to a place of safety, they would meet for a time of final training, and those who desired a cover for their lives of luxury and dissipation (kill the righteous and the wicked – more at the end).

12 “I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel. I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold; and they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

— God will assemble Jacob; that is, this message is to both houses of Israel; namely the 10-tribes “house of Israel” and the 2-tribes “house of Judah,”

— God will put them together in one fold, John 10:16, as the sheep of Bozrah, the rich meadowland east of Jordan as the flock in the midst of the fold, secure from the attack of the enemies. They shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men, surging with their great numbers.

13 The Breaker has come up before them; they have broken forth and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it; and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord at the head of them.”

— the Breaker, One that breaketh through is gone up before them; through the Eastern Gate? “There will go up before them He that breaketh through,” perhaps, their powerful Messiah; he has broken through the sealed Eastern Gate?

— and have passed through the gate, passing into the gate of the Lord’s Kingdom, and are gone out by it, having free access to the Throne of God; and their King, the Messiah Himself, shall pass before them and the Lord on the head of them, leading them through the promised life of eternity.

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More about an enemy – to kill the righteous and the wicked – from the South to North

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the south, and drop thy word toward the south, and prophesy against the forest of the southland.

47 And say to the forest of the south: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”

49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”

Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,

2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;

3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked. — TO KILL BOTH THE RIGHTEOUS AND THE WICKED AT THE SAME TIME!

4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north,

5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.

Question: how would such a scenario be played out?

For more, see A Sword from the South!

For more about the Calendar, see Is there a Calendar Omen?

90 Seconds to ‘Doomsday!’

•January 30, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Russia didn’t blow up gas pipeline, the Nord Stream boss said. RT January 26, 2023. The culpric seems extremely cunning and elusive!

“If this is not evil, then evil has no meaning,” by then US President George W Bush in his annual message to Congress on January 28, 2003, almost exactly 20 years ago.

The Unz Review by Pepe Escobar • January 26, 2023

The Doomsday Clock, set by the US-based magazine Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, has been moved to 90 seconds to midnight.

That’s the closest ever to total nuclear doom, the global catastrophe.

The Clock had been set at 100 seconds since 2020. The Bulletin’s Science and Security Board and a group of sponsors – which includes 10 Nobel laureates – have focused on “Russia’s war on Ukraine” (their terminology) as the main reason.

Yet they did not bother to explain non-stop American rhetoric (the US is the only nation that adopts “first strike” in a nuclear confrontation) and the fact that this is a US proxy war against Russia with Ukraine used as cannon fodder.

The Bulletin also attributes malignant designs to China, Iran and North Korea, while mentioning, only in passing, that “the last remaining nuclear weapons treaty between Russia and the United States, New START, stands in jeopardy”.

“Unless the two parties resume negotiations and find a basis for further reductions, the treaty will expire in February 2026.”

As it stands, the prospects of a US-Russia negotiation on New START are less than zero.

Now cue to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov making it very clear that war against Russia is not hybrid anymore, it’s “almost” real.

“Almost” in fact means “90 seconds.”

So why is this all happening?

The Mother of All Intel Failures

Former British diplomat Alastair Crooke has concisely explained how Russian resilience – much in the spirit of Iranian resilience past four decades – completely smashed the assumptions of Anglo-American intelligence.

Talk about the Mother of All Intel Failures – in fact even more astonishing than the non-existent Iraqi WMDs (in the run-up to Shock and Awe in 2003, anyone with a brain knew Baghdad had discontinued its weapons program already in the 1990s.)

Now the collective West “committed the entire weight of its financial resources to crushing Russia (…) in every conceivable way – via financial, cultural and psychological war, and with real military war as the follow-through.”

And yet Russia held its ground. And now reality-based developments prevail over fiction. The Global South “is peeling away into a separate economic model, no longer dependent on the dollar for its trading needs.”

And the accelerated collapse of the US dollar increasingly plunges the Empire into a real existential crisis.

All that hangs over a South Vietnam scenario evolving in Ukraine after a rash government-led political and military purge. The coke comedian – whose only role is to beg non-stop for bags of cash and loads of weapons – is being progressively sidelined by the Americans (beware of traveling CIA directors).

The game in Kiev, according to Russian sources, seems to be that the Americans are taking over the Brits as handlers of the whole operation.

The coke comedian remains – for now – as a sock puppet while military control over what is left of Ukraine is entirely NATO’s.

Well, it already was – but now, formally, Ukraine is the world’s first de facto NATO member without being an actual member, enjoying less than zero national sovereignty, and complete with NATO-Nazi Storm troopers weaponized with American and German tanks in the name of “democracy”.

Meanwhile, to quote Dylan, darkness keeps dawning at the break of noon. Straussian neo-con and neoliberal-con psychos will keep pushing the Doomsday Clock closer and closer to midnight.

Amos (Ch 7-9)

•January 29, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Russia didn’t blow up gas pipeline, the Nord Stream boss said. RT January 26, 2023. The culpric seems extremely cunning and elusive!

The book of Amos is an encrypted message to the United States today in which the prophet warns of the impending judgement, beginning with the ancient house of Israel; then Israel’s neighbors, then upon the house of Judah, and by way of climax describing the prophetic utter ruin and devastation of the endtime house of the Anglosphere.

And God says to Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22Ezekiel 12:27; that is, the message is for the endtime, our time.

The Five Eyes Operate as One Big Eye

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

Amos 7

1 Thus hath the Lord God shown unto me: And behold, He formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings.

— thus hath the Lord God showen unto me in visions by the Spirit of God, and, behold, he formed grasshoppers or locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth of the second crop of the season;

— and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king’s mowings; the first crop, apparently, belonging to the king as a part of the nation’s revenue. The time of the grasshoppers’ coming, therefore, was very unfortunate since the first crop had been delivered as the law required and the second crop was bound to be ruined;

— or, when the first grass was mowed down and the first crop gathered in for the use of the king’s cattle; as the later grass was just springing up and promised a second crop these locusts were forming which threatened their harvesting.

2 And it came to pass, when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, “O Lord God, forgive, I beseech Thee! By whom shall Jacob arise? For he is small.” — and it came to pass that when these locusts had made an end of eating the grass of the land all the plants which came up at that time in the rest of the season,

— then Amos said, O Lord God, forgive, I beseech Thee; by whom shall Jacob arise? maintain his ground, not be annihilated altogether. For he is small (refers to only a remnant of Jacob left behind: Amos 5:15, greatly weakened by one calamity or another), even now reduced in numbers and strength.

3 The Lord repented concerning this. “It shall not be,” saith the Lord. — the Lord regretted for this; it shall not be, the Lord saith, who is willing to spare the people and the land upon the intercession of the prophet;

— it shall not be: this explains the former; that sore famine likely to be caused by these locusts didn’t come as Amos prevailed by prayer, and the judgement was diverted.

4 Thus hath the Lord God shown unto me: And behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire; and it devoured the great deep and ate up a part. — thus the Lord God showed Amos a second vision; and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire,

—that is, God directed that the punishment was to be made by fire and it devoured the great deep, the great ocean itself and did eat up a part, the heritage of God, which is Israel. It was a picture of the Lord’s devouring anger directed against his own remnant.

5 Then said I, “O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee! By whom shall Jacob arise? For he is small.” — then said Amos, O Lord God, cease, I beseech Thee; by whom shall Jacob arise? For he is small (refers again to only a remnant of Jacob left behind: Amos 5:15), the prophet Amos thus once more interceding in behalf of a few remnants left.

6 The Lord repented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” saith the Lord God. — the Lord repented for this; God heard the prophet’s prayer and desisted from going on with the threatened destruction; this also shall not be, saith the Lord God; the whole land shall not be destroyed, only a remnant of it remains carried as captives.

7 Thus He showed me: And behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made with a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand. — thus God showed me in a third vision; and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, one which was built upright and according to all the rules of the craft with a plumb-line in his hand.

8 And the Lord said unto me, “Amos, what seest thou?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then said the Lord, “Behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. — and the Lord inquired, Amos, what seest thou?

— and Amos replied, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel, the object, in this case, like in II Kings 21:13; Isaiah 34:11, being to tear down a building. God will not again pass by them any more;

— the Targum says, “behold, I will exercise judgement in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not add any more to pardon them.” God was determined not to show lenience any longer.

9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.” — and the high places of Isaac, in this case, Esau and Jacob, shall be desolate and the sanctuaries of both Esau and Israel the various places devoted to idolatrous purposes;

— shall be laid waste; and God will rise against the house of Jeroboam II in this instance representing the entire kingdom and royal family with the sword. Thus the dissolution of both nations, Esau and Jacob, was definitely foretold and the prophet did not dare to intercede any more in behalf of his people; (but who is Esau that ‘shall be desolate’? see Obadiah)

10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. — then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, the false priest in charge of the sanctuary of idolatry at Bethel, sent to Jeroboam, king of Israel;

— lying, Amaziah charged Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel, namely, by announcing the coming punishment of the Lord; the land is not able to bear all his words.

11 For thus Amos saith, ‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.’” — for thus Amos saith, Jeroboam II shall die by the sword, for this was actually included in the warning statement of verse 9; and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.

12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, “O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread and prophesy there. — go, flee thee South into the land of Judah; to which he belonged and where the Temple stood and where the Jewish king, princes and people, were on his side of the question;

— and where Amos’ prophecies should be received; for he thought, if he stayed down there, Amos may be at liberty to say what he pleases in his own country: predictions of Israel’s fall might not be acceptable at Bethel; surely not at Jeroboam’s capital;

— and there eat bread and prophesy there: Amaziah implies that prophecy was a trade or profession. Already in early times we know that those who consulted a rô’eh paid a fee for his advice (1 Samuel 9:7-8);

13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is the king’s court.” — for it is the king’s chapel; or “sanctuary” where a false temple was built for the idol calf; offering calves for worship, much like Hinduism today; and where the king worshipped it and attended all other religious service:

— and it is the king’s court; or “the house of the kingdom” the seat of where the king of Israel dwell at Samaria; often coming hither to worship it being nearer to him than Dan, and by prophesying to interrupt him either in his religious or civil affairs; and therefore advises him by all means to depart if he had any regard to his life or peace.

14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was a herdsman and a gatherer of sycamore fruit. — then answered Amos in a humble way: “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son,”

— that is, he was not born to that honor nor did he attend any school of the prophets, but he was an herdman, a shepherd of humble position and a gatherer of sycamore fruit, that is, of the sycamore-fig-tree.

15 And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said unto me, ‘Go, prophesy unto My people Israel.’ — but the Lord took him as he followed the flock; or “from behind” it a description of a shepherd such an one Amos was and in this employ when the Lord called him and took him to be a prophet;

— Amos did not seek after it nor did he take this honour to himself; by which it appears that his mission was divine and that he did not enter on this work with lucrative views: thus God took a lowly David in a similar humble state of life and made him king of Israel; and Elisha from the plough and made him a prophet;

— and the Lord said unto Amos; go, prophesy unto my people Israel, the Northern Kingdom; for so they were by profession and notwithstanding their apostasy; as yet they were not tallied “Loammi” [that is, Not My people] Hosea 1:9; to these the prophet was bid to go out of the land of Judea where he was a herdsman and prophesy in the name of the Lord;

— wherefore what Amos did was in obedience to the command of God and he did to fulfil his duty; and what he in this verse and Amos 7:14 declares, is a sufficient vindication of himself: his character, conduct and duty;

16 Now therefore, hear thou the word of the Lord. Thou sayest, ‘Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of Isaac.’ — Amaziah then warned Amos not to say any word against Israel, nor the house of Isaac; say nothing against either of them, and is a rebuke by Amaziah to prophesy against the ten tribes that descended from Isaac in the line of Jacob;

— so the Targum paraphrases it, “thou shalt not teach against the house of Isaac” or deliver out any prophecy or doctrine that is against them or threatens them with any calamity. Amaziah of the house of Israel only want to hear smooth sayings, not warnings!

17 Therefore thus saith the Lord: ‘Thy wife shall be a harlot in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword; and thy land shall be divided by line, and thou shalt die in a polluted land. And Israel shall surely go into captivity forth from his land.’”

— thus saith the Lord; Amaziah’s wife shall be an harlot in the city: either of Bethel or Samaria; probably through force, being ravished by the soldiers upon taking and plundering the city;

— and Amaziah’ sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; either of Shallum, who smote Zachariah the son of Jeroboam with the sword before the people, among whom this family was; or of Menahem, who slew Shallum, with their inhabitants and ripped up the women with child; or in the after invasions by Pul, Tiglathpileser, and Shalmaneser, II Kings 15:10;

— and Israel shall surely go into captivity; as he had before prophesied and confirms here; and which was fulfilled in the times of Hoshea king of Israel by Shalmaneser king of Assyria, II Kings 17:6; but then again, such a prophecy are often dual, and could accur again.

Amos 8

1 Thus hath the Lord God shown unto me: And behold, a basket of summer fruit. — there are three visions in the former chapter, thus another vision, which is the fourth:

— and, behold, a basket of summer fruit; this symbolically denoted that Israel’s sins were now ripe for judgement, not of the first ripe fruit but of such as were gathered at the close of the summer when autumn began. So the Targum says “the last of the summer fruit.”

2 And He said, “Amos, what seest thou?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then said the Lord unto me: “The end is come upon My people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. — and Amos said, a basket of summer fruit; some render it “a hook” such as they pull down branches with to gather the fruit;

— then said the Lord unto Amos; by way of explanation of the vision: the end is come upon my people Israel; of their state; of all their outward happiness and glory; their “summer has ended” and Jeremiah 8:20; all their prosperity was over; and as the Targum says, their “final punishment was come,” the last destruction on its way.

3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day,” saith the Lord God. “There shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.” — there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence under the terrible severity of the divine judgement, saith the Lord God;

— and the songs of the temple, (some say “the palace” instead of “the temple” as the word היכל, signifying palace as well as temple) originally intended to convey the spirit of the highest rejoicing, shall be howlings in that day, cries of the deepest grief and mourning over the large number of the slain;

4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail, — be warned of this, O ye that behave like a beast after its prey, eager to devour; panting after the poor in their anxiety to destroy them, adding field to field and to grasp their property, even to make the poor of the land to fail in order to take their property by a show of might,

5 saying, “When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? And the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit, — saying, when will the festivals of the new moon, the day to sell more thing, or do more business, being appointed and used for religious service;

— that we may sell corn and wheat; speculating at the expense of the poor in the land and the Sabbath, opening their storehouses in order to make unjust gains; making the ephah small, giving the people short measure and the shekel great by raising the price which they charged those in need, so that they sold below weight, their scales having been arranged to cheat.

6 that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of shoes, yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?” — that we may buy the poor as slaves for silver; they might purchase them and theirs for slaves at so small a price as a piece of silver, or a single shekel; and this was their end and design in using them after this manner; see Leviticus 25:39.

7 The Lord hath sworn for the pretensions of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their works. — the Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, that is, by himself; Surely he will never forget any of their evils.

8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? And it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. — shall not the land tremble for this; for this wickedness committed, in using the poor with so much inhumanity?

— may not a great flood from climate change or hotspots of torrential rains from God be expected? or that the earth should gape and swallow up these men alive guilty of such enormities? or shall not the inhabitants of the land tremble at such judgements which the Lord hath sworn he will bring upon it?

9 And it shall come to pass in that day,” saith the Lord God, “that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day. — and it shall come in that day, that God will cause the sun to go down at noon, to express the overwhelming calamities which are to befell upon the earth;

— and God will darken the earth in the clear day by a terrible catastrophe, the picture being well applicable to the fate of a nation or of the earth when it is destroyed while in the very midst of its misfortune and calamity.

— a parallel Scripture in Isaiah says, “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard” Isaiah 24:20.

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

— God will turn your feasts into mourning; he despise your feast-days: (a) Easters (Jeremiah 44:17-25); (b) Christmas (Ezekiel 8:15-16); and he will bring up sackcloth upon them upon their solemn assemblies;

(a) Easters, a celebration of the Queen of heaven: Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols (like the egg and bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols; and to those who actually think eggs and bunnies have something to do with the resurrection; Jeremiah 7:18 the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queen of heaven; in Egypt, Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25, this is Ishtar: pronounced ‘Easter.’

(b) Christmas; Ezekiel 8:16 five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple; their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east; Christmas, which honor Mithraism, birthday on December 25th – a form of nature worship based on the Sun-Goddess Mithra who on the darkest night of the year (December 20/21), gives birth to “Light” causing each day thereafter to grow longer until the Summer solstice.

— and God will turn your feasts into mourning, why? because Jeroboam had changed the feast of Tabernacles from the seventh to the eighth month and from Jerusalem to Bethel and Dan (1 Kings 12:26-33); offering calves for worship, much like Hinduism today;

— hence God is not just taking away all joy, but all their songs into lamentation and he will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, the usual garment of deepest grief; and baldness upon every head, for shaving the head was a sign of the deepest mourning;

— and he will make their mournings as the mourning of the death an only son as in the day of Egypt, a most intense sorrow which cannot be appeased and the end thereof as a bitter day, one whose objectionable taste would not soon be forgotten.

11 “Behold, the days come,” saith the Lord God, “that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. — many wonderful prophets were yet to speak the message of threatened doom and the call to repentance upon Israel;

— but Amos here definitely prophesied an end to his mission. This was most remarkably fulfilled during the inter-testamental period between the OT and the NT when no prophet spoke anything at all to the wayward and rebellious people of Israel;

— this hearing the words of the Lord; the word of prophecy and this blessing the ten tribes were deprived at their captivity and have been ever since; and the Jews, upon their rejection of Christ, have had the kingdom of God, the word of God taken from them and remain so to this day; the seven churches of Asia have had their candlestick removed out of its place and this famine continues to this day;

12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it. — and they shall wander from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean, and from the North even to the East, to the limitless extent of the Arabian Desert, they shall not find it.

13 “In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. — in that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst. After the word for want of that grain and wine, which make young men and maids cheerful, Zechariah 9:17; but being destitute of them should be covered with sorrow, overwhelmed with grief and ready to sink and die away.

14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria and say, ‘Thy god, O Dan, liveth,’ and, ‘The manner of Beersheba liveth’ — even they shall fall and never rise up again.” — they that swear by the false religion of Samaria; the calf at Bethel which was near Samaria and which the Samaritans worshipped; offering calves for worship, much like Hinduism today;

— and was set up by their kings and their religious leaders; worshipping at Dan and Bethel and encouraged by their example which is called the calf of Samaria, Hosea 8:5; and say, thy God, O Dan, liveth; the other calf which was set up in Bethel, liveth;

— even in our days, these idolatrous cult shall fall and rise up again; now the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, same as Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, both Hindu, both worshippers of calves regarding them as sacred. They made pilgrimages to these spiritual cities, Dan and Bethel, where the altars of idolatry were erected and refused to heed the words of the true God.

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, both regard calves as sacred

Amos 9

1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar, and He said: “Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake, and wound them on the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword. He that fleeth from them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth from them shall not be delivered.

— and Amos saw the Lord standing upon the altar; either upon the altar of burnt offerings in the Temple of Jerusalem where he had removed from the cherubim; signifying his being about to depart and that he was displeased: so the Targum says “said Amos the prophet, I saw the glory of the Lord removing from the cherub, and it dwelt upon the altar;”

— and the vision may refer to the destruction of the Jews, their city and Temple, either by the Chaldeans or by the Romans: or rather, since the prophecy in general and this vision in particular seems to respect the ten tribes only, it was upon the altar at Bethel the Lord was seen standing as offended at the sacrifices there offered and to hinder them from sacrificing them as well as to take vengeance on those that offered them, I Kings 13:1;

— and the Lord said, either to the prophet in vision or to one of the angels or to the executioners of his vengeance; either the house of Israel or the enemies of Israel: but the Targum below confirms the former;

— smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake; the upper lintel on which pomegranates and flowers were carved and therefore called “caphtor” this was the lintel of the door, either of the Temple at Jerusalem; signifying the destruction of the whole building in a short time and that none should be able to go in and out:

— and cut them in the head, all of them; and God will slay the last of them with the sword; which shows that the lintel and doorposts are not to be taken literally but figuratively; and that the smiting and cutting of them intend the destruction of men; by the “head” the king, the princes and nobles, or the priests; and by “the last of them” the common people, the meanest sort, or those that were left of them;

— he that fleeth of them shall not flee away; he that attempts to make his escape and shall flee for his life, shall not get clear, but either be stopped or pursued and taken: and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered; those that destroy with the sword shall not be delivered from death but shall die by famine or pestilence;

— the Targum says, “and he said, unless the people of the house of Israel return to the law, the candlestick shall be extinguished, King Josiah shall be killed, and the house destroyed, and the courts dissipated and the vessels of the house of the sanctuary shall go into captivity; and the rest of them I will slay with the sword,” referring the whole to the Jews and to the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem.

2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall Mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down. — though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; that is, the remnants of the house of Israel that endeavour to make their escape from their enemies, though hell, the repository of the dead; they would not succeed;

— though they try to climb up to heaven, God will bring them down; the summit of the highest mountains and get as near to heaven and at as great a distance from men as can be; yet all in vain;

— the Targum says, “if they think to be hid as it were in hell, from thence their enemies shall take them by my word; and if they ascend the high mountains, to the top of heaven, thence will I bring them.”

3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from My sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them.

— God will search and take them out from thence by directing their enemies where to find them: so the Targum says, “if they think to be hid in the tops of the towers of castles, thither will I command the searchers, and they shall search them;”

— and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, get into ships, like Jonah did, going by sea to distant land; or make their escape to isles upon the sea afar off where they may think themselves safe:

— thence will God command the serpent and he shall bite them; the dragon that is in the sea, Isaiah 27:1; the great whale in the sea or the leviathan, describes as very monstrous, horrible and terrible, and which not only devours other large fishes but men; and having such teeth with great propriety may be said to bite;

— the Targum paraphrases it, though hid “in the isles of the sea, thither will I command the people strong like serpents, and they shall kill them.”

4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them. And I will set Mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.”

— thence will God command the sword and it shall slay them; or them that kill with the sword as the Targum says; so that though they thought by going into another country or into an enemy’s country of their own accord to escape the sword of the enemy or to curry favour with them yet should not escape;

— and God will set his eyes upon them for evil and not for good, which are everywhere, in heaven, earth and the sea are set upon them for their ruin and destruction; and there is no fleeing from his presence or getting out of his sight or escaping his hand. The Targum says, “my Word shall be against them.”

5 And the Lord God of hosts is He that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn; and it shall rise up wholly like a flood, and shall be drowned as by the flood of Egypt. — this is the third of Amos’ doxologies, the other two being in Amos 4:13 and Amos 5:8-9;

— the purpose of all three being quite clearly that of a reminder that the Lord, was indeed all-sufficient and powerful to bring to pass exactly that which he promised. The intent of these verses is to strengthen his threat and Amos proceeds to describe Yehovah as the Lord of heaven and earth who sends judgements upon the earth with omnipotent power.

6 It is He that buildeth His spheres in the heaven, and hath founded His troop on the earth. He that calleth for the waters of the sea and poureth them out upon the face of the earth—the Lord is His name.

— it is he that buildeth his spheres in three elements: fire, air, and water; the orbs, one above another; a word near akin to this is rendered “his chambers” which are the clouds, Psalms 104:3;

— perhaps the heaven and the heaven of heavens which are three spheres high may be meant; we read of the third heaven, II Corinthians 12:2; and particularly the throne of God is in the highest heaven; and the “ascents” to it as it may be rendered. The Targum says, “who causeth to dwell in a high fortress the Shekinah of his glory;”

— he that calleth for the waters of the sea and poureth them out upon the face of the earth either to drown it as at the general deluge; or to water and refresh it; now all these things are to show the power of God and that therefore there can be no hope of escaping out of his hands.

— the Lord is his name; the Lord isn’t his name; Yehovah (יהוה‎) is his name (More on God’s name at the end)

7 “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto Me, O children of Israel?” saith the Lord. “Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? And the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? — are ye, O children of Israel, not as children of the Ethiopians unto me? saith the Lord;

— and therefore had no reason to think you should be delivered because you were the children of Israel: of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; since you were no more to God than the children of the Ethiopians, that you could no more change your course and custom of sinning than the Ethiopian could change their skin, Jeremiah 13:23;

— have not God brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and therefore it was ungrateful for you to behave as they have; nor can you have any dependence on this or argue from hence that you shall be indulged with other favours or be continued in your land since the like has been done for other nations.

8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” saith the Lord. — behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom of Israel; God is omniscient and his eyes are everywhere and upon all persons, good and bad,

— and upon all kingdoms especially upon a sinful nation: “the sinning kingdom” or “the kingdom of sin” as it may be rendered; that is addicted to sin where it prevails and reigns; and other sins complained of in this prophecy; and that not for good, but for evil, as in Amos 9:4; in order to cut them off from being a people;

— and God could destroy it from off the face of the earth: so that it shall be no more, at least as a kingdom; as the ten tribes have never been since their captivity by Shalmaneser; this of all the kingdoms of the earth, being sinful, the eyes of God are upon them to destroy them excepting the kingdom of Israel;

— saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord; and so it is that though they have been destroyed as a kingdom, yet not utterly as a people; there were a few of the ten tribes that mixed with the Jews, and others that were scattered about in the world; and in the latter day all Israel shall be saved; see Jeremiah 30:10;

9 “For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as corn is sifted in a sieve; yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. — for, lo, God will command and he will sift the house of Israel, shaking them as in a colander, or sieve;

— among all nations like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth; the nations of the world are the sieve by which Israel is cleaned of the chaff found in its midst of the godless people that claimed back heritage of the Promised Land;

— here is a parallel from Ezekiel 6:3

and say: ‘Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys: Behold I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. — this message to the “mountains of Israel;” these mountains refer to the United States, UK and France. . . .

“and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” — the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

“and to the rivers;” — where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword, who say, ‘The evil shall not overtake nor come before us.’ — all the sinners of the house of Israel shall die by the sword; by the sword of the Assyrians and of others into whose countries they shall flee for shelter, Amos 9:1;

— even all such who are notorious sinners, abandoned to their lusts, obstinate and incorrigible; live in lies, and continue lying convulsively; repent not of them, disbelieve the prophets of the Lord and defy his threatenings and put away the evil day far from them;

— these evils, if they came at all would not in their days; they would never come so near them or so close to their heels as to overtake them and seize them and stop them fleeing from them; they promised themselves impunity; so daring and impudent, so irreligious and atheistical, were they in their thoughts, words and actions; and therefore should be destroyed.

11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old, — in that day, in the great Messianic age to which the entire Old Testament looks forward, will God raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, which parallels Ezekiel 37;

— the monarchy and family of David and close up the breaches thereof; and God will raise up his ruins, and he will build it as in the days of old so that the kingdom of the son of David would once more be secure, established forever,

12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the nations that are called by My name,” saith the Lord that doeth this. — that they may possess the remnant of Edom and of all the nations which are called by My name, rather, “upon whom My name is called,” that is, all those whom He had chosen from all the people of the earth, saith the Lord that doeth this.

— called by My name; the Lord isn’t his name; Yehovah (יהוה‎) is his name (More on God’s name at the end)

13 “Behold, the days come,” saith the Lord, “that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. — behold, the days of harvest are coming, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed;

— by spreading it by print, web and broadcast so fruitful would the land be that the ripe grain would be cut while the plowman was still preparing the soil for the seed and the harvest of grapes would be so plentiful that it would take till seeding-time to tread out the grapes;

— and the mountains shall drop sweet wine so that new wine would be continually dripping from them and all the hills shall melt, dissolving themselves in blessings.

14 And I will bring back the captives of My people of Israel, and they shall build the wasted cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

— and God will bring again the captivity of his people of Israel, all those who accept the deliverance from the powers of evil being assembled in the congregation of the Lord’s people;

— and they shall build the waste cities, being secure in their citizenship and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens and eat the fruit of them.

15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,” saith the Lord thy God. — and God will plant them upon their land and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which he have given them, saith the Lord;

— thus the prophet Amos, in the conclusion of his book, under the type of Israel restored to its land, pictures the peace and prosperity of the true spiritual Israel in which every nation is a garden in order to bring peace to the hearts of poor sinners all those withoutn hope throughout the world.

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More on God’s name, Yehovah.

God’s name is the four-letter Hebrew word יהוה‎ YHVH Yehovah, which are embedded in the Masoretic text over 6000 times, yet when translated into our English language most had been translated as Lord, or LORD, which are titles, but not his name. His name is יהוה‎ Yehovah, or YEHOVAH (but there are no capital letters in Hebrew).

It wasn’t until 1524 that Gian Giorgio Trissino, an Italian Renaissance grammarian, invented the letter J that this new letter started to take a hold in the writings of western Europe. Even in 1611 when the English Bible the King James has our subject of study by the prophet Jeremiah, he was known as Ieremiah. So Jehovah is a very late invention.

The following verses with the LORD erred in translation. His name Yehovah should be used:

I am the LORD; that is My name. And My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Joel 2:32

“I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not. I said, ‘Behold Me, behold Me,’ unto a nation that was not called by My name. Isaiah 65:1

When we call our God, the LORD, we err, because his name is not the LORD, which is a title. His name is YEHOVAH! May We all ask for his forgiveness, and may Our merciful God forgive us all.

Amos (Ch 5-6)

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This prophecy of Amos is a lamentation to the United States today in which the prophet warns of an impending judgement, beginning with the ancient house of Israel, the northern kingdom; then Israel’s surrounding neighbors, then briefly resting for a moment upon the house of Judah, and by way of climax describing the prophetic utter ruin and devastation of the endtime house of the Five Eyes.

And God says to Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22, Ezekiel 12:27.

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Amos 5

1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel: — hear ye the word which God take up against you; and which was not Amos’ word but the word of the Lord;

— and which he took up by God’s heavy burden as some prophecies are called, and though against them, a reproof for their sins and was to be heard; for every word of God is pure and to be hearkened to, whether for us or against us; since the whole is profitable. It may be rendered, “which I take up concerning you” or “over you”

— even a lamentation, O house of Israel; a mournful ditty, an elegiac song over the house of Israel, now expiring and as it were dead. This word was like Ezekiel’s roll, in which were written lamentation and mourning and woe Ezekiel 2:10; full of mournful matter, misery and distress.

2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise. She is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up. — the virgin of Israel is fallen; the kingdom of Israel, so called, because it had never been subdued or become subject to a foreign power since it was a nation;

— or because considered in its ecclesiastic state it had been espoused to the Lord as a chaste virgin; and perhaps this may be ironically spoken and refers to its present adulterate and degenerated state worshipping the calves at Dan and Bethel;

— she shall no more rise; and become a nation again as it never has as yet since the ten tribes were carried away captive by Shalmaneser king of Assyria to which calamity this prophecy refers; the Targum says, “shall not rise again this year.”

— she is forsaken by her people, her princes and her God; or prostrate on the ground as the Targum says; she was cast upon the ground and dashed to pieces by the enemy as an earthen vessel and there left her ruin being irrecoverable; so whatever is cast and scattered or dashed to pieces on the ground and left;

— there is none to raise her up: her princes and people are either slain by the sword, famine and pestilence or carried captive and so can yield her no assistance; her idols whom she worshipped cannot, and her God she forsook will not;

— for a country like the United States now, with so much idolatries and other filths, to be a virgin, it has to undergo many purifications, which in God’s eye has to undergo a prolonged captivity; Judah’s experience under Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was just a preamble; just 70 years; currently a great captivity for Ephraim is in the making! Perhaps a super hyperinflation could be a start?

3 For thus saith the Lord God: “The city that went out by a thousand shall be left a hundred, and that which went forth by a hundred shall be left ten to the house of Israel.” — the city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred; that is, the city in which there were a thousand going in and out; or caused to go out, or furnished, a thousand men upon occasion for war had only a hundred left;

— and on the house of Israel again; that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten; or which sent out a hundred men to the army to fight their battles had now only ten remaining; to such a small number were they reduced all over the land so that there were none or not a number sufficient to raise up Israel to its former state and glory.

4 For thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel: “Seek ye Me, and ye shall live; — for thus saith the Lord unto the house of Israel in a last attempt to save its people from themselves, Seek ye Me, in sincere worship of the one true God and ye shall live;

5 but seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.

— but seek not Bethel as Israel pretended to seek God there; the place where one of Jeroboam’s calves was set up and worshipped, to consult the oracle, idols and priests there; or to perform religious worship, which will be your ruin, if not prevented by another course of living:

— nor enter into Gilgal; a city of great idolatry, a place where God will not be sought nor found by you: see Hosea 4:15; another place of idolatry where idols were set up and where Israel played the harlot.

6 Seek the Lord, and ye shall live; lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel — lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it; that is, lest his wrath and fury break out against the house of the Five Eyes like fire;

— as the Targum says, by sending an enemy to invade the land, destroy it and carry the inhabitants of its captive; even all the ten tribes who frequently go by the name of Ephraim, the son of Joseph, that being the principal tribe;

— and there be none to quench it in Bethel; the calf worshipped there, and the priests that officiated, would not be able to avert the stroke of divine vengeance or turn back the enemy and save the land from ruin. The Targum says, “and there be none to quench it because of your sins who have been serving idols in Bethel.”

7 ye who turn judgement to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth. — ye who turn judgement to wormwood; or into hemlock, as the word here used is translated, Amos 6:12. Ye judges and rulers that pervert the law that was designed to protect innocence, and under colour of it exercise the greatest oppression.

8 Seek Him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night, who calleth for the waters of the sea and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is His name,

— the creator of Pleaides and Orion; these great constellations, the first dominating the spring and summer months and the second the months of fall and winter were known to the ancients; and, “They are referred to in the Old Testament (Job 9:9; 38:31) as demonstrations of God’s creative power;

— the Lord is His name; He, the One Self-existent Unchangeable God, the Lord isn’t his name, the Lord is a title; Yehovah is his name (more at the end)

9 who strengtheneth the despoiled against the strong, so that the despoiled shall come against the fortress. — that strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong; such as have been taken by an enemy who have been stripped of their armour and spoiled of all their goods and substance and have no friends nor allies nor anything to help themselves with;

— the Lord can supply them with strength, furnish them with weapons and send them helpers so that they shall rise up against their conquerors and spoilers and in their turn subdue them;

— the Targum says, “that strengthens the weak against the strong” or causes the weak to prevail over the strong; so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress: lay siege to it and take it in which the spoiler thought himself secure with the spoil and substance he had taken from the spoiled;

10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. — they hate him that rebuketh in the gate; openly and publicly in the courts of judicature: wicked judges hated the prophets of the Lord;

— such as Amos who faithfully reproved them for the perversion of justice even when they were upon the bench: or the people were so corrupt and degenerate that they hated those faithful judges who reproved them for their vices in the open courts of justice when they came before them;

— and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly; not only hate him but cannot bear the his sight, or to hear his name mentioned that speaks out his mind freely and honestly and tells them of their sins and advises them to repent of them and leave them.

11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat, ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine from them.

— forasmuch, therefore, as your treading is upon the poor in the oppression which was then so generally practiced and ye take from him; burdens of wheat, exacting such gifts by methods of violence:

— ye have built houses of hewn stone, costly dwellings, but ye shall not dwell in them; because of their ill-gotten gains; also, ye have planted pleasant vineyards with their unlawful gains but ye shall not drink wine of them;

— for Ahab, as an example of not to take possession of what was their own; who by murderous plot from his wife, Jezebel, possessed himself of Naboth’s vineyard, forfeited his throne and his life; 1 Kings 21; yet Ahab repented not upon hearing of his sin from Elijah, but repented only after hearing what punishment had bestored upon him in days to come.

12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor at the gate from their right. — for God know their manifold transgressions and mighty sins, outstanding even in the midst of a nation steeped in wickedness; like the story of Ahab, Naboth and Jezebel;

— they afflict the just, making life a burden for others, they take a bribe causing such bribe money to be paid in order that men might buy their freedom from the oppression of these same rulers;

— and they turn aside the poor in the gate where the courts of justice were held from their right. Thus the poor were without champions of their right and were obliged to bow to the mighty, a condition which still prevails almost universally.

13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. — therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time; not the prophets of the Lord whose business it was at all times to reprove and not hold their peace, let the consequence be known;

— or the sense is, they would not speak to God on the behalf of these wicked men, knowing that even while he speaks, the prophet feels that his reproof is useless; and therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time;

14 Seek good and not evil, that ye may live; and so the Lord, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. — seek good, turn to the law of God, study it, that ye may do the good it requireth in works of piety, justice, and charity; and not evil that ye may live for lies the way to true life; and so the Lord shall be with you by following his will.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgement in the gate. It may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. — hate the evil, love the good and establish judgement in the gate so that justice would truly be administered in all cases brought to trial;

— it may be that the Lord God of hosts in that event will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph, to the few of the house of Five Eyes who would be left after the judgement now impending;

— the house of Joseph; Israel was represented by Ephraim, the leading tribe; for more, see Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn; (more from Ezekiel 12 at the end); this is where the phrophecy of Amos is directed at, the Five Eyes of Joseph;

16 Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord saith thus: “Wailing shall be in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing. — therefore the Lord, foreseeing their obstinacy, proceeds in denouncing judgments against them: thus saith,

— Wailing shall be in all streets, mourning on account of the chastisement which has come upon them for ignoring the warnings of the prophet; and they shall say in all the highways, expressing their grief in open lamentations;

— Alas! Alas! And they shall call the husbandman to mourning to join in the death-wail over some relative and such as are skilful of lamentation from the professional wailing women, so that the entire country would resound with cries of grief.

17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing, for I will pass through thee,” saith the Lord. — and in all vineyards shall be wailing, instead of the shouts of joy formerly heard there; for God will pass through thee, with his visitation of wrath.

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

— woe unto you that desire the day of the Lord! or the Lord’s day (which isn’t Sunday, Revelation 1:10); believing that their external redemption with the Lord’s people would save them from God’s judgement; which was to judge and strike the nations;

— to what end is it for you? What result would it have for them? What good would it bring to them? The day of the Lord is darkness and not light; it would bring to willful sinners destruction and not deliverance.

19 as if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. — as if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him, so it would be with those who desired the day of the Lord’s judgement,

— or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him, hoping to escape the one calamity, these wicked Israelites would be overtaken by another.

20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it? — shall not the day of the Lord be darkness and not light? full of tribulation and misery; the day of the Lord, or the Lord’s day (which isn’t Sunday, Revelation 1:10);

— is darkness and not light; it would bring no deliverance to those who trample justice beneath their feet; even very dark, and no brightness in it? not a ray for the willful transgressors.

21 “I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell the scent in your solemn assemblies. — God hate and despise their feast-days, as the Lord calls out to them: (a) Easters (Jeremiah 44:17-25); (b) Christmas (Ezekiel 8:15-16); and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies, by taking pleasure in the odor of the offerings brought by them;

(a) Easters, a celebration of the Queen of heaven: Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian goddess of fertility and sex. Her symbols (like the egg and bunny) were and still are fertility and sex symbols; and to those who actually think eggs and bunnies have something to do with the resurrection; Jeremiah 7:18 the women knead their dough to make cakes to the Queen of heaven; in Egypt, Jeremiah 44:17-19, 25, this is Ishtar: pronounced ‘Easter.’

(b) Christmas; Ezekiel 8:16 five and twenty men with their backs toward the temple; their faces toward the east; and they worshiped the sun toward the east; Christmas, which honor Mithraism, birthday on December 25th – a form of nature worship based on the Sun-Goddess Mithra who on the darkest night of the year (December 20/21), gives birth to “Light” causing each day thereafter to grow longer until the Summer solstice.

22 Though ye offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. — though ye offer burnt offerings and meat-offerings, as they continued to do in their effort to have the Lord accept their outward worship, he will not accept them;

— neither would God accept the peace-offerings, or thank-offerings, of their fat beasts, some says it means one of the kinds of the larger cattle; for not a lamb, a ram or a goat is meant as the word is sometimes rendered by the Septuagint, but a creature like an ox; and much larger or the wild ox; they are rejected since their entire service was hypocrisy.

23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs, for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. — take thou away from me the noise of thy songs as he contemptuously calls their congregational singing; for God will not hear the melody of thy viols (family of string instruments) of the harps and other instrumental music.

24 But let judgement run down like waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. — but let just punishment of the Lord run down like waters, in a great and consuming flood and righteousness as a mighty stream, like a mighty torrential rain pouring down, overwhelm and destroy all before it, even any transgressors in Israel.

25 “Have ye offered unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? — have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings; no; they were not offered to God, but to the devils, to the golden calf and to other host of heaven: so their fathers did;

— in the wilderness forty years; where Passover and sacrifices were omitted during that time, it being about thirty eight years; and these their children were imitators of them and offered sacrifice to idols too, and therefore deserved punishment as they: even ye,

— O house of Israel? the ten tribes who are here particularly charged and warned; particularly when Jeroboam their king repeated the calves worshipping at Dan and Bethel.

26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god which ye made for yourselves. — but ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch, the war-god of the Moabites and Ammonites; and Chiun, which in the Arabic and Persian languages is the name of Saturn, a star-divinity;

— your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Even in the wilderness the children of Israel did not quite discard their idolatry but carried their idol-pictures along with them and thus provoked the Lord.

27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” saith the Lord, whose name is The God of Hosts. — therefore the God of Hosts will cause you to go into captivity; beyond Damascus; the chief city of Syria; and which lay to the north of the land of Israel, and was a very strong and fortified place:

— as Syria being in alliance with Israel, the Israelites might think of fleeing there for refuge in the time of their distress; but they are told here that they should be taken captive and be carried to places far more remote than that.

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Ezekiel 12:16 But I will leave a few men of them from the sword, from the famine and from the pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations whither they come; and they shall know that I am the Lord.” — “that they may declare all their abominations among the nations;” this explains why a few from “the remnants of Joseph” (Amos 5:15) are left to survive;

— if they have hidden in some secret hideouts, they won’t be able to “declare all their abominations among the nations” whither they come; who, observing their calamities, and distresses, could deserve and a need to know, and hear those who are well-versed to explain their sins, abominations and judgement to the nations;

— those remnants who survive would explain to the nations that they have been guilty of great enormities, so that their punishment was a visible and standing declaration and warning to the nations of the abominable sins they, of the house of Israel, had been guilty of; and not to repeat them in their own nations.

Amos 6

1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, who are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! — woe to them that are at ease in the Churches of God, given to a false security and trust in the doctrines of the Samaritans, where Passover is observed on the fourteenth night and the wave sheaf always on Sundays;

— the chief of the nations refer to the United States, the United Kingdom and France; those who are apparently without a care as they occupy the upper classes in Samaria, where they consider themselves safe, which are named chief of the nations, the most excellent heads of the chosen people in both Judah and Israel to whom the house of Israel came;

— the Targum says, “that trust in the fortress of Samaria” the United States, the UK and France, with all have nuclear weapons; described as the ‘notable men . . . to whom the house of Israel come,’ which, in modern language, is just ‘conspicuous citizens,’ who set the fashion, and are looked to as authorities and leaders, whether in political or commercial or social life.

— more in Ezekiel 6:3 and say:

‘Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys: Behold I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places; — this message to the “mountains of Israel” these refer to the United States, the UK and France;

“and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg.

2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms? Or their border greater than your border?

— pass ye unto Calneh, a city in Babylonia, on the east bank of river Tigris, and see, and from thence go ye to Hamath, the great, a district and city of Syria; so that they would visit some of the most powerful of the neighboring nations;

— are these two or three kingdoms mentioned above in better condition in dignity or grandeur, in wealth or strength than Judah and Israel, or their border greater than your border? Israel thus ranking at that time among the first of the nations, unexcelled by any of their neighbors;

— but for this very fact, on account of their reliance upon their prosperity and power, the Lord pronounces a woe upon Israel and Judah as they were more ungrateful to sin against the Lord as they had done.

3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near, — ye that put far away the evil day, refusing to believe that a day of reckoning is near and cause the seat of violence to come near, so that violence and oppression come ever nearer to them; ignoring the Lord and his judgement was apparent particularly in their luxurious feasting.

4 that lie upon beds of ivory and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock and the calves out of the midst of the stall; — that lie upon beds of luxurious ivory, on costly couches, inlaid with ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, reclining in self-indulgence on the sofas of their dining-rooms,

— and eat the lambs out of the flock and the calves out of the midst of the stall, in either case the choicest animals; or else these gluttonous judges and rulers eat the best lambs, not of their own, but out of poor oppressed men’s flocks.

5 that chant to the sound of the viol, and invent for themselves instruments of music, like David; — that chant to the sound of the viol in quavering and silly songs and invent to themselves instruments of music for the gratification of their own vanity and sensuality, instead of for the glory of God as David did;

6 that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments— but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. — that drink wine in bowls; Joseph, members of the Five Eyes drink wine not in small cups or glasses but in large bowls and that they might drink freely, even to drunkenness;

— hence we read of the drunkards of Ephraim or the drunkardness of the Anglosphere, Isaiah 28:1; and they “drink in bowls of wine”; which is much to the same sense. The Targum says, “that drink wine in silver phials;” – a phial is a small cylindrical glass bottle;

— and anoint themselves with the chief ointments, using only the finest grades for their purpose; but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph, literally, “the breach of Joseph,” that is, the impending calamity, the looming destruction of the house of the Anglosphere; they indulge in wanton luxury even while their country is hastening to its national debts, inflations, civil unrests and declines.

7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.

— therefore now shall they, those who indulged themselves in drinking while their country was getting ready for dissolution, go into captivity with the first that go captive, this being said in bitter irony concerning the position of the rulers in the procession of captives,

— and the banquet of them that stretched themselves upon couches, reclining in careless ease shall be removed so that they could no more indulge in feasts and drinking-bouts.

8 The Lord God hath sworn by Himself; saith the Lord the God of hosts: “I abhor the pretensions of Jacob, and hate his palaces; therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.” — the Lord God hath sworn by himself, a most solemn oath, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, or “the pride of Jacob” of the ten tribes, remarkable for their pride;

— the prosperous West, or “the pride of Jacob” where church attendance is dwindling, with “mountains of cheese and lakes of wine” hence called the crown of pride, the pride which they exhibited regarding their prosperity and power: the G7 and the core members of the OECD;

9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. — and it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall all die, that is, no matter how large the number who are not already carried captive or destroyed by the sword; not one would escape but would die.

10 And a man’s kinsman shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the side of the house, “Is there yet any with thee?” And he shall say, “No.” Then shall he say, “Hold thy tongue, for we may not make mention of the name of the Lord.”

— and a man’s uncle shall take him up and he that burneth him, literally, “his cousin and his burier,” that is, a near relative who had the duty of providing for his burial to bring out the bones out of the house and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, a last survivor hiding in the innermost recesses of the house;

— is there yet any with thee? And he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue, quickly cautioning him not to say any more; for we may not make mention of the name of the Lord, he should not utter Yehovah’s name, lest by doing so he call the Lord’s attention and bring down judgement upon them.

11 For behold, the Lord commandeth, and He will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts. — for, behold, the Lord will smite the great house with breaches so that it would become a total ruin;

— also strongly supports the probability that the “ten men left in one house” in those verses (Amos 5:3, 6:9) has reference to one of those great palatial establishments for which “Samaria” was famous for, each having an occupancy of a hundred or so, including domestics, servants and retainers.

— and the little house with clefts; so that it shall fall to ruin; that is, he shall smite the houses both of great and small of the princes and of the common people either with an earthquake so that they shall part asunder and fall or being left without inhabitants shall of course become desolate, there being none to repair their breaches;

— the judgement for the “great house” the ten tribes of Israel, is the greater, for 190 years; and judgement for the “little house” the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, is for 40 years; to which the Targum seems to incline, “he will smite the great kingdom with a mighty stroke and the little kingdom with a weak stroke.” (for more, see Ezekiel Timeline – 190/40 Years)

12 Shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plow there with oxen? For ye have turned judgement into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock, — shall horses run upon the rock? Will one plow there with oxen? as little as either feat is possible, so little it is possible that one by perverting right and justice into the opposite can bring deliverance to himself and his country;

— there is a spiritual and moral order in the house of Joseph that is just as impossible to ignore as the natural order; it is as senseless to pervert justice as it is to expect horses to run on the rocks or for oxen to plow on rock;

— for ye have turned judgement into gall, justice into poison; into a hemlock, which is a dangerous plant containing toxic alkaloids that can be fatal even in small amounts; injustice and oppression rule the day.

13 ye that rejoice in a thing of nought, who say, “Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength?” — ye which rejoice in trusting in our wealth and riches or our own ingenuity or power which are things that are not permanent, except in our own imagination because of our own folly;

— which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own strength? trusting in the strength of our armies and weapons by which we hoped to overcome all enemies. Horns are well-known symbol of strength which repels and tosses away what opposes it.

14 “But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,” saith the Lord the God of hosts; “and they shall afflict you from the entrance of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.” — “I will raise up against you a nation” is it Russia? or is it China?

— it should always be remembered in studying this prophecy that it was exactly and terribly fulfilled just as God had promised. Both the Sacred Scriptures and the testimony of the archeologist testify to the overwhelming destruction of Israel within some thirty years after Amos wrote this prophecy; but that was just a preamble.

“The kingdom of Israel was destroyed in the year 722 by Sargon in the first month of his reign when Samaria was taken after a siege which was begun by his predecessor, Shalmanezer IV, and had lasted three years.”

— the Assyrian nation under its king Shalmaneser, who invaded Israel came up to Samaria and after a three years’ siege, took it and carried Israel captive into foreign lands, II Kings 17:5; and they shall afflict you; by battles, sieges, forages, plunders and burning of cities and towns and putting the inhabitants to the sword.

Again, the Question remains: is it Russia? or is it China? Or even someone else?

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More on God’s name, Yehovah.

God’s name is the four-letter Hebrew word יהוה‎ YHVH Yehovah, which are embedded in the Masoretic text over 6000 times, yet when translated into our English language most had been translated as Lord, or LORD, which are titles, but not his name. His name is יהוה‎ Yehovah or YEHOVAH (but there are no capital letters in Hebrew).

It wasn’t until 1524 that Gian Giorgio Trissino, an Italian Renaissance grammarian, invented the letter J that this new letter started to take a hold in the writings of western Europe. Even in 1611 when the English Bible the King James has our subject of study by the prophet Jeremiah he was known as Ieremiah. So Jehovah is a very late invention.

The following verses with the LORD erred in translation. His name Yehovah should be used:

I am the LORD; that is My name. And My glory will I not give to another, neither My praise to graven images. Isaiah 42:8

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered; for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call. Joel 2:32

“I am sought of them that asked not for Me; I am found of them that sought Me not. I said, ‘Behold Me, behold Me,’ unto a nation that was not called by My name. Isaiah 65:1

When we call our God, the LORD, we err because his name is not the LORD, which is a title. His name is YEHOVAH! May We all ask for his forgiveness and may Our merciful God forgive us all.

Amos (Ch 3-4)

•January 27, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The prophecy of Amos is mainly to Ephraim today, in which the prophet thunders the warning of the impending judgement of God, beginning with the ancient house of Israel, the northern kingdom; then Israel’s surrounding pagan neighbors, then briefly resting for a moment upon the house of Judah, and by way of climax describing the prophetic utter ruin and devastation of the house of Israel.

In Chapter 3 the prophet Amos goes on with his prophecy against Israel, whom God had highly favoured, and yet sinned against him, and therefore must expect to be punished; and in this chapter, it is more about Israel.

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

‘The Prophet Amos’ – a Message for today’s Judah and Israel

Amos 3

1 Hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, — hear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel;

— the prophecy against Israel begins in the preceding chapter where notice is taken of their sins and sure destruction; and here they are called upon to listen to what the Lord by his prophet had spoken; and to “receive” this word, or as the Targum says; to receive it as the word of God and not men and with all humility and reverence.

2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” — you, children of Israel, only have I known of all the families of the earth; but notice the sweetness and bitterness composite message above!

— therefore I, God, will punish you for all your iniquities; or “visit upon you” or “against you” in a way of chastisement and correction; they were a family he had highly favoured and yet departed from him; children he had brought up in a tender manner and brought out of a most miserable condition and yet rebelled against him;

— to be truly qualified to be kings and priests or kingdom of priests (Exodus 19:6) requiries numerous immense purifications; and that’s how the prophets of God see things. Prime examples are Daniel and his three friends, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-Nego. God’s message usually has sweetness in the mouth (Ezekiel 3:3), but bitterness when reaches the stomach! (Revelation 10:9-10)

— were worthy of more stripes; their sins were more aggravated than others, being against goodness and mercy, light and knowledge; and therefore the Lord was determined to make an example of them for the surrounding nations to watch, mediate and learn.

3 Can two walk together, unless they be agreed? — shall two walk together; Israel’s having forsaken God’s way means that they are no longer “agreed” with God. “Can they continue together? The law of cause and effect operates to separate them.

4 Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? — will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? No, the lion will not, unless he has it in his sight or in his paws;

— he roars when he first sees it whereby he terrifies the creature that it cannot move till he comes up to it; and when he has got it in his paws, he roars over it to invite others to partake with him;

— now prophecy from the Lord is compared to the roaring of a lion, and this is never in a way of judgement without a cause; the sin of men or of a nation which makes them a prey to the wrath and fury of God.

5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth where no trap is for him? Shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? — can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no trap is for him? No, there must be a snare set or a bird can never be taken in it; but when that is done, not by chance but with the design of the fowler; yea, with the knowledge and will of God himself;

— and have taken nothing at all? when men set a snare to catch anything, do they take it up before anything is caught? they do not; they let it stand till something is ensnared in it and so their end answered and then they take it up and not before. And thus when God denounces or brings a judgement or an affliction upon a people, does he remove it before the end is accomplished?

6 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? — shall a trumpet be blown in the city and the people not be afraid? As the signal of the trumpet was intended to arouse the people out of their security, so the message of the prophet was intended to awaken the people of Israel to the peril of their position.

— shall there be evil in a city and the Lord hath not done it? The destruction which would strike Israel on account of the iniquities of the people was indeed planned by the Most High, who in this sense is the Author of the calamities which come upon men on account of their sins.

7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, unless He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets. — surely the Lord God will do nothing but he revealeth his secret unto his servants, the prophets, that is, Yehovah does not send his judgements without warning but gives the people knowledge of His counsel and opportunity to turn from their evil ways.

8 The lion hath roared! Who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken! Who can but prophesy? — the lion hath roared in sounding the warning of his approach, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shouldn’t take warning?

— Amos was simply carrying out the work of his calling in announcing to his people the impending judgement. Even so the servants of God are bound to make known his holy will, regardless of the manner in which their hearers react to the truth.

9 Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, “Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

— and say, assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; the metropolis of the ten tribes, Isaiah 7:9; and which was built upon a mountain and several others were about it and joined to it;

— and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof; the riots of its inhabitants, the noise of the mob committing all manner of outrages and wickedness:

— in prophecy, the mountains of Samaria are the northern kingdom of Israel; that is, United States, the UK and France (more at the end)

10 For they know not to do right,” saith the Lord, “who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.” — and the oppressed in the midst thereof of their palaces; the poor, the homeless, the fatherless and the widow, injured in their persons and properties, plundered of their substance, or defrauded of it.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God: “An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be despoiled.”

— therefore, thus saith the Lord God, an adversary there shall be round about the land, literally, “and that, too, from every side of the land,” attacking Israel from all sides; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, dashing it down to the ground and thy palaces heaped with the treasures of unrighteousness shall be looted;

— or an enemy mainly from the South? (for more, see The Sword from the South!)

12 Thus saith the Lord: “As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be taken out, that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed and in Damascus on a couch.

— thus saith the Lord, as the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear, insignificant, useless remnants; the body of the creature being devoured by the lion, only some offal left;

— so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, occupying the most comfortable soft parts of California, Beverly Hills, living in carefree gossips, and in Damascus in a couch, rather, “on the damask of the bed.” The powerful men of Samaria, living a life of luxury and ease on silken couch, could save their lives only with the greatest difficulties.

13 “Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob,” saith the Lord God, the God of hosts, — this house of Jacob is a reference to the ten northern tribes as indicated in the next verses by the mention of the altars of Bethel; not jerusalem;

14 “that in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground. — that in the day that God shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him with an adequate punishment;

— he will visit the altars of Bethel, singling out of the polluted shrine at Bethel as this was the seat of the religion of Samaria, their center of idolatrous worship, in defiance of Jerusalem being the holy city;

— and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground, thus demolishing the altars themselves and to which persons in distress fled and laid hold of for refuge; but now these should be of no use unto them, since they would be entirely demolished by the enemy and laid level with the ground.

15 And I will smite the winter house and the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end,” saith the Lord. — and God will smite their winter-houses and their vacational summer-homes, for not only the kings but the noble and the rich as well had at least two establishments;

— and the houses of ivory, whose walls were decorated with inlaid ivory, Cf 1 Kings 22:39, shall perish and the great houses shall have an end, saith the Lord. All extravagance of luxury is displeasing to the Lord, especially if it is connected in any manner with denial of the Lord’s truth.

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More on the Mountains of Samaria or the Mountains of Israel in Ezekiel 6:

3 and say: ‘Ye mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord God. Thus saith the Lord God to the mountains and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys: Behold I, even I, will bring a sword upon you, and I will destroy your high places. — this message to the “mountains of Israel;” these mountains refer to the United States, UK and France. . . .

— “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— “and to the rivers,” where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

Amos 4

1 Hear this word, ye cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters, “Bring, and let us drink.” — Bashan was famous for its flocks and herds, Deuteronomy 32:14; Ezekiel 39:18; and Samaria was the principal city of Ephraim, the metropolis of the ten tribes; cows and oxen are often associate with Samaria,

— in fact cows are associated with Ephraim, the head of the house of Israel; a ox or its horn is a symbol of strength; “His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns. With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh” Deuteronomy 33:17 (more at the end);

— “who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,” and who say to their masters, bring, and let us drink; Jewish commentators interpret these words as of the wives of great men, supposes their husbands are here addressed, who are, and acknowledged to be, their masters or lords;

2 The Lord God hath sworn by His holiness that: “Lo, the days shall come upon you, that He will take you away with hooks and your posterity with fishhooks. — that, lo, the days shall come upon you; speedily, swiftly and unaware: that he will take you away with hooks and your posterity with fish hooks;

— the enemy, the king of Assyria, or God by him would take them out of their own land as fish out of water and carry them captive into a strange land, both them and their posterity; and which should be as easily done as fish are taken with the hook. The word for fish hooks signifies “thorns” and is by some so rendered; these perhaps being used in angling before iron hooks were invented.

— the Targum says, “that people shall take you away on their shields, and your daughters in fishermen’s boats.” In the midst of their security, they should on a sudden be taken away violently from the abode of their luxury, as the fish, when hooked, is lifted out of the water, and not just fish, but even “your daughters in fishermen’s boats.”

3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her (each woman straight ahead), and ye shall cast them into the palace,” saith the Lord.

— and ye shall go out at the breaches; not at the gates of the city as they had used to do at pleasure; but at the breaches which had been torn in the walls by the attacking enemies, every woman at that which is before her, literally “every one before her,” anxious to get away, looking neither to the right nor to the left;

— and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the Lord, or “be cast forth to Harmon” apparently the place where they were led away captive. So much having been said of the rulers of Samaria and of Israel, the Lord now, in bitter irony, turns to the entire nation, bidding the people just continue in their idolatry and transgression; the divine punishment would not be kept away by their tactics;

— the Targum of the whole is, “and they shall break down the wall upon you, and bring you out, gathered everyone before him, and carry you beyond the mountains of Armenia.”

4 “Come to Bethel and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning and your tithes after three years. — come to Bethel and transgress; like a man who says to a scoundrel, “Do as you please until your measure of sin is full” for Bethel was one of the places where the calves were placed and worshipped; in defiance of Jerusalem being the holy city:

— at Gilgal multiply transgression; that is, multiply acts of idolatry: Gilgal was a place where high places and altars were erected, and idols worshipped; as it had formerly been a place of religious worship of the true God, the ten tribes made use of it in the times of their apostasy for idolatrous worship; see Hosea 4:15;

— and bring your sacrifices every morning; and offer them to your idols, as you were wont formerly to offer them unto the true God, according to the law of Moses, Exodus 29:38; that is, altogether, there is a sarcastic force of an appearance of worship, but and yet it is a form of false whorship!

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings; for so ye love, O ye children of Israel,” saith the Lord God. — the special meat offering of the thank offering was to be without leaven Leviticus 7:12; so ironically to “offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven” was a direct infringement of God’s commandment.

6 “And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places; yet have ye not returned unto Me,” saith the Lord. — cleanness of teeth: this is a description of food by one effect of it to foul them with; the teeth are free from uncleanness, but it is the cleanness of want.

7 “And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city. One piece was rained upon, and the piece upon which it rained not withered.

— and God caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city; so that it might appear to be not by the course of nature, or through the influence of the planets, or by chance; but was according to the direction of the hand of God:

— yea, one place will have torrential rain while another it rained not; one ground or field had a plentiful shower on it whereby it became fruitful; and another field or close on the other side of the hedge or partition had none, whereby what did spring up withered away and came to nothing:

— or “one inheritance” or farm as some render it; one man’s estate was well watered with rain from heaven and brought forth much fruit; and another man’s estate for want of it, was barren, and brought forth nothing: thus God was pleased to do in his providence, to show his sovereignty and to chastise men for their sins; and in such a manner as that they might, if not blind easily perceive his hand in it.

8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet have ye not returned unto Me,” saith the Lord. — two or three cities, that is, their inhabitants, being without water, went up and down in quest of any city or place where they could find water for themselves and cattle to drink:

— but they were not satisfied; could not get enough for their present use and much less to carry back with them to supply them for any length of time; such a scarcity in other parts; see 1 Kings 18:5;

— yet they are blind, obstinate or stiffnecked and have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord; this had no more effect upon them than the other to relinquish their former courses, and return unto the Lord by humiliation and repentance.

9 “I have smitten you with blight (plant disease) and mildew (mold or fungus); when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmer worm devoured them; yet have ye not returned unto Me,” saith the Lord.

— the two disasters recorded here are (1) the blasting and mildew, and (2) the invasion of the palmer-worm, or locust (as in some versions). Some doubt persists as to which insect exactly is mentioned; but whatever it is, the effect of it is totally ruinous;

— “blasting and mildew; both words are doubly intensive; they stand together in the prophecy of Moses (Deuteronomy 28:22), among the other scourges of disobedience; and the mention of these would awaken in those who would hear, the memory of a long train of other warnings and other judgements.

“The Lord shall smite thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, and with the sword, and with blight, and with mildew; and they shall pursue thee until thou perish” (Deuteronomy 28:22)

10 “I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt; your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils; yet have ye not returned unto Me,” saith the Lord.

— two more disasters are recounted here, (1) pestilence, and (2) military disaster. God have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt, or “plagues of Egypt” so called because it was prevalent in that country;

— your young men have God slain with the sword, especially when the Israelites suffered defeats at the hand of the Syrians, Egypt or Assyria; and have taken away your horses, these also being slaughtered in battle;

— and God have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils, namely, that of the dead bodies of men and beasts; yet you have not returned unto him.

11 “I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning; yet have ye not returned unto Me,” saith the Lord.

— God have overthrown some of them as he overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah; either their houses were burnt or their bodies consumed by fire from heaven with lightning; not whole cities but the habitations of some particular persons or they themselves;

— yet have ye not returned unto him, saith the Lord, even this chastisement having no effect upon them; even though it is repeated five times (Amos 4:6, 8, 9, 10, 11), somewhat like a refrain or a chorus; it has the utility of constant emphasis upon the truth that the disasters were not mere punishments, but solicitations for the chosen people to repent and return to the Lord but of no effect.

12 “Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel!” — therefore thus will God do unto thee; what he would do is not expressly and particularly said;

— it is commonly understood to be something in a way of judgement and worse than what he had done, since they had no effect upon them; or these things should be done over again until an utter end was made of them; Amos 3:11.

13 For lo, He that formeth the mountains and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is His thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth—the Lord, the God of Hosts, is His name.

— for lo, the Lord that formeth the mountains, calling them into existence by his almighty power and createth the wind and declareth unto man what is his thought; his omniscience readily penetrating into the mind of man;

— the Lord, the God of hosts, Yehovah, is his name, the Ruler of all the heavenly armies;

— God is sovereign over things visible (the mountains), things invisible (the wind), and things rational (man and his thought). He is in direct executive control of the world as is evident when he makes the morning darkness, brings about the sequence of day and night. No place is beyond his reach, even the heights of the earth being beneath his feet.

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More about the Ox without the Unicorn; and Ephraim and Manasseh

The Five Eyes Operate as One Eye

“His (singular) glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns. With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh” Deuteronomy 33:17.

The first part of the above: The armies of Ephraim and Manasseh are majestic and fierce like a bull or a wild ox; its horns like that of a unicorn.

Rashi: and his horns are the horns of a re’em (unicorn): The ox is powerful, but its horns are not beautiful; on the other hand, a re’em has beautiful horns, but it is not powerful. Moses thus blessed Joshua with the power of an ox and the beauty of a re’em ‘s horns. — [Sifrei 33:17]

Or, Joseph is like a powerful firstling bull. His two sons are like bull’s horns; and its horns are like that of unicorns;

“I know it, my son, I know it,” Jacob said to Joseph, “he [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations (H1471 goyim)” Genesis 48:19; “And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.”

Or, Joseph has the strength of a firstling bull; one horn like that of a wild ox, the other like that of a unicorn. These are the ten thousands of Ephraim. And these are the thousands of Manasseh.

Today, the “Five Eyes” is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and led by the United States. After breaking out of the yoke of Europe, the UK thought they could operate independently.

Not so, and soon Americans are heard shouting down at the British! And Boris Johnson succumbed to the whelm of Donald Trump and Joe Biden in the many despicable policies they adopted.

Unlike the Saudis or the Emirates, they just refused taking up the phones, but within the Anglosphere, the British as a vassel couldn’t avoid being shouted at! Hence now the Five Eyes operate as One Eye with its nerve center in Washington, DC; impulsively telling lies and constantly impregnating themselves with many other abominations as they dance like a gang of drunkards along a cliff.

And when they fall, they’ll fall together: And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. Isaiah 34:7; thus saith the Lord: which is to show the Lord God had spoken it; and it is timeless, fulfilled today as it was by ancient Israel shortly after this prophecy was written.

“It is the finger of G-d!”

•January 26, 2023 • Leave a Comment

This week’s Torah reading from the Temple Institute

(Exodus 6:15) [Exodus 8:19]

Tevet 27, 5783 // January 20, 2023

This week’s Torah reading, Va’era, opens with what seems to be a reprise of last week’s dialogue between G-d and Moshe. Once again Moshe is standing before G-d, discouraged by Pharaoh’s outright refusal to set Israel free for three days in the wilderness, and even more discouraged by Israel’s telling Moshe to simply leave them alone, that his efforts on their behalf has only made things worse.

And once again G-d is compelled to lift up Moshe’s spirits and send him right back into Egypt to resume his battle with the hard hearted Pharaoh. Only this time, G-d reveals to Moshe something He never revealed to any human being before, including Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov. “I am HaShem,” G-d tells Moshe, “I appeared to Avraham, to Yitzchak, and to Yaakov with the name Almighty G-d, but with My name YHWH, I did not become known to them.” (Exodus 6:3) What is this mysterious name, YHWH, and why is its revelation a game changer?

The name YHWH, which we traditionally refer to simply as HaShem, (literally, “the Name”), is the ineffable name of G-d, uttered only by the kohanim, and only at certains times, in the Holy Temple. When G-d created our world, He did so via the name Elokim. G-d as Elokim is the creator of man, (“And G-d created man in His image”), but G-d as YHWH is the source of our humanity, (“And HaShem G-d formed man of dust from the ground, and He breathed into his nostrils the soul of life, and man became a living soul”).

G-d, as Elokim, creates the world, but G-d, as YHWH informs the world with purpose. G-d as Elokim creates the immovable laws of nature, but G-d as YHWH can bend and break those laws, as He sees fit, in order to reshape the world’s spiritual reality, and guide man toward a relationship with Him.

And so now, when G-d reveals to Moshe the power of His name YHWH, G-d is, in effect, telling Moshe that He is taking off His gloves in His battle with Pharaoh. Pharaoh, who thinks that he is a god, believes he can battle with, and defeat G-d. After all, Pharaoh is not alone. He is part of a pantheon of Egyptian gods, which control everything from the flooding of the Nile to the raising of wheat, from the setting of the sun to the rising of the moon.

And as Pharaoh told Moshe in their first confrontation, “I do not know HaShem, neither will I let Israel out.” (ibid 5:2) Pharaoh doesn’t know HaShem but he is about to meet Him. Pharaoh doesn’t recognize that there is a single G-d, one who transcends all of creation, a single G-d who creates and a single G-d who shapes creation to His will.

And so now, when G-d sends Moshe back to Pharaoh to deliver again His demand of liberation for the Hebrew slaves, He is prepared to teach to Pharaoh the ABC’s of reality, in the form of the ten plagues. Our sages teach us that with ten utterances G-d created the world. Ten times we read, “and G-d said.” And now, with ten plagues, YHWH is going to undo, step by step, all that He created, and do this before the eyes, and on the backs of Pharaoh and all of Egypt, so that Pharaoh and all the world will know just what he is up against.

G-d starts off with a sucker punch, instructing Moshe to strike the Nile with his staff and turn its waters to blood, knowing that Pharaoh’s magicians can do the same, and that Pharaoh, in his self-destructive pride cannot resist the challenge to strike his own devastating blow against the life giving Nile, a self-goal, if there ever was one.

G-d is toying with Pharaoh, leading him along, delivering sucker punch after sucker punch, inflaming Pharaoh’s perverse sense of superiority, causing him to stumble, time after time, into a bottomless pit of pride induced nihilism.

His wise men and magicians realize early on that the game is over, declaring to Pharaoh, “It is the finger of G-d,” and begging him to desist. “But Pharaoh’s heart remained steadfast, and he did not hearken to them, as HaShem had spoken.” (ibid 6:15) [Exodus 8:19]

All Pharaoh needs to do to escape his certain downfall is to acknowledge G-d’s reality, to accept that there is but one G-d in the world, that He creates and He can un-create, if He so desires; that all the gods of Egypt, including himself, are but an illusion. G-d is, in fact, throwing Pharaoh a life line, that if he only grabs onto, he can save both his life and his humanity.

Accept that the soul which animates your entire being is a gift from HaShem G-d, who has bestowed you with life just as He has bestowed all humankind with life. Accept that, as G-d’s creation, you are no better than, but equal to all others, and that keeping others enslaved is an unacceptable offense. Could Pharaoh only internalize this truth, he could liberate himself, a slave to his pride, as well as the enslaved children of G-d.

Pity poor Pharaoh, who, stuck in the maelstrom of his own self-imposed delusion of divinity, cannot extricate himself, not for the sake of his own life, and not for the sake of Egypt. The captain of his own demise, Pharaoh is going down with his ship, overloaded with the ballast of pride, a worthless treasure, but one which Pharaoh cannot forgo.

G-d is messing with Pharaoh, taking him down slowly, one plague after another. It seems cruel at times. Why can’t G-d lay off a bit, and maybe Pharaoh will come to his senses? Why is G-d hardening Pharaoh’s heart? Is that fair? Pharaoh is not unique. he lives within all of us.

When we say “I do not know HaShem, neither will I let Israel out,” we are denying the source of our humanity, the presence of a G-d given soul within us, and the ability to employ the great G-d given gift of free will, the ability to choose good over bad, humility over pride, and life over death. When we deny HaShem we are giving up on life. And that is not an acceptable option.

Amos (Ch 1-2)

•January 25, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The prophecy of Amos, in which the prophet warns of the impending judgement of God upon no less than eight nations, beginning with the ancient house of Israel, the northern kingdom; then Israel’s surrounding neighbors, then resting for a moment upon the house of Judah, and by way of climax describing the prophetic utter ruin and devastation of the endtime house of Israel itself.

These prophecies are encrypted but it was written to be made plain, yet it isn’t plain unless we could uncover certain codes. If it were written for ancient Israel it would have little or no relevance, but in brief, this book of Amos is a prophecy about Israel, Ephraim, the United States today, the most mighty nation of the earth with seven fleets plowing up and down the five oceans looking for an enemy for a fight.

But when the opportunity comes, it flees like one Joseph of old in Egypt, and for a righteous reason, but in the endtimes, Joseph favourite son, Ephraim, flees out of Saigon and recently out of Afghanistan like one who is naked! The awful judgements, rolling like a storm, in strophe after strophe or tragedy after tragedy all over the world. And then we are obliged to ask why?

And God says to Ezekiel, “Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, the days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? The vision that he seeth is for many days, and he prophesieth of the times far off” Ezekiel 12:22Ezekiel 12:27; that is, the message is for the endtime, our time.

‘The Prophet Amos’ – a Message for today’s Judah and Israel

For more on Ephraim and Manasseh, or the Ox without the Unicorn.

Amos 1

1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake. — the words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen, a man who owned and tended sheep which he saw concerning Israel;

— that is, chiefly with regard to the northern kingdom, in the days of king Uzziah of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the second, the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake, an event of some importance in the history of that century;

—the reign of Uzziah, king of Judah: 767–751 BC; the tenth king of the ancient kingdom of Judah; Uzziah was 16 when he became king of Judah and reigned for 52 years. The first 24 years of his reign were as co-regent with his father, Amaziah;

— Jeroboam II (786–746 BC) was the son and successor of Jehoash (alternatively spelled Joash) and the thirteenth king of the ancient Kingdom of Israel, over which he ruled for forty-one years in the eighth century BC. His reign was contemporary with those of Amaziah and Uzziah, kings of Judah.

2 And he said: “The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.” — the Lord will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; not from Samaria, nor from Dan and Bethel, but from Zion and Jerusalem, where the Temple of the Lord stood; where was the seat of the Most High;

— and his voice being the roaring of a lion, which denotes his wrath and vengeance; and is expressive of some terrible threatening prophecy he would send from hence, by one of his prophets, Amos; and who, having been a shepherd or herdsman in the wilderness, had often heard the roaring of the lion, to which he compares his prophecy concerning the judgements of God on nations.

3 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron. — for three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, he means, many or multiplied transgressions; for he will not turn away the punishment thereof; Damascus was an ancient city; it was in the times of Abraham, Genesis 15:2. It was the “metropolis” of Syria, Isaiah 7:8;

— because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron; that is, “the inhabitants of the land of Gilead,” as the Targum says; this country lay beyond Jordan, and was inhabited by the Reubenites and Gadites and the half tribe of Manasseh; who were used in a very cruel manner, by Hazael king of Syria.

4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad. — and God will send a fire into the house of Hazael, the cruel king of Syria, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad, the son of Hazael, so that both would suffer the Lord’s punishment.

5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the scepter from the house of Eden; and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir,” saith the Lord. — God will also break the bar of Damascus, shattering the bolt of its gate at the conquest of the city, and cut off the inhabitant from the Plain of Avon, possibly a place near Damascus, or the valley between Lebanon and Anti-Lebanon;

— and him that holdeth the scepter from the house of Eden, in the district of Laodicea; and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, very likely a district of Assyria, saith the Lord. This prophecy, perhaps, was fulfilled when the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser took the city of Damascus and dissolved the Syrian kingdom; but this prophecy could be yet in the future!

6 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they carried away the whole captivity to deliver them up to Edom. — thus saith the Lord, For three transgressions of Gaza, the leading city-state of Philistia, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, rather;

— God would not reverse his intention of punishing this city, because they carried away captive the whole captivity, all the prisoners who had been in a certain campaign, very likely that mentioned II Chronicles 21:16-17, to deliver them. up to Edom, the archenemy of Israel, who would be sure to treat the captive Israelites with the highest degree of cruelty.

7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof. — as said above, this prophecy could be yet in the future!

8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the scepter from Ashkelon; and I will turn Mine hand against Ekron, and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,” saith the Lord God. — and God will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, to make the city desolate, and him that holdeth the scepter from Ashkelon, the ruler of this city-state with his people;

— and God will turn his hand against Ekron, and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, the prophecy finding its fulfillment in the repeated conquest of Philistia by the great world-powers, so that it did not retain its existence for any length of time; yet a similar one could be meant for the future.

9 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant. — thus saith the Lord, for three transgressions of Tyre, the great metropolis and seaport of Phoenicia, Cf Isaiah 23, and for four, God will not turn away the punishment thereof, refusing to change the punishment which he had decided upon;

— because they delivered up the whole captivity, all the captives obtained from the Philistines or the Syrians as the result of one of their campaigns, to Edom and remembered not the brotherly covenant, both David and Solomon having been allied with Phoenicia by a special treaty.

10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre, which shall devour the palaces thereof.” — Tyre, as the most important of the Phoenician cities, is taken as representing Phoenicia generally; today it is Lebanon.

11 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity; and his anger tore perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever.

— thus saith the Lord for three transgressions of Edom; or the Edomites, the posterity of Esau, whose name was Edom, so called from the red pottage he sold his birthright to his brother Jacob: and for four, God will not turn away the punishment thereof;

— among these three or four transgressions, not only what follows is included, but their idolatry; for that the Edomites had their idols is certain, though what they were cannot be said; see II Chronicles 25:14; because he did pursue his brother with the sword: not Esau his brother Jacob; for though he purposed in his heart to slay him, which obliged him to flee; and frightened him, upon his return, by meeting him with four hundred men;

— yet he never pursued him with the sword; but his posterity, the Edomites, not only would not suffer the Israelites their brethren to pass by their borders, but came out against them with a large army, Numbers 20:18; and in the times of Ahaz they came against Judah with the sword and smote them and carried away captives, II Chronicles 28:17; and were at the taking and destruction of Jerusalem and assisted and encouraged its destruction, Psalms 137:7; though to these latter instances the prophet could have no respect, because they were after his time:

— and his anger did tear perpetually; it was deeply rooted in them; it began in their first father Esau on account of the blessing and birthright Jacob got from him and it descended from father to son in all generations and was vented in a most cruel manner like the ravening of a lion or any other beast of prey:

— and kept his wrath for ever; reserved it in their breasts till they had an opportunity of showing it as Esau their father proposed to do, Genesis 27:41 “And Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing wherewith his father blessed him. And Esau said in his heart, “The days of mourning for my father are at hand. Then will I slay my brother Jacob.””

12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.” — but God will send a fire upon Teman; a principal city of Edom or Idumea, so called from Teman a grandson of Esau, Genesis 36:11; there was in his time a village called Theman, five miles from the city Petra; it signifies the south. So the Targum renders it, “a fire in the south.”

For more about a prophecy of Esau or Edom, see Obadiah

13 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border.

— thus saith the Lord, For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, the ancient enemies of Israel, who lived northeast of the Dead Sea, on the edge of the Arabian Desert, and for four, God will not turn away the punishment thereof, not reverse his intention of punishing them severely,

— because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead (II Kings 8:12), in the unspeakably cruel manner employed in many instances in those days, that they might enlarge their border, taking possession once more of the territory gained by the tribes of Israel east of Jordan: Reuben, Gad and half of Manasseh.

14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind. — but God will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, the capital of their country, and it shall devour the palaces thereof;

— with shouting in the day of battle as soon as the enemies would enter the city with a tempest, an onset swift, sudden, and resistless as a hurricane in the day of the whirlwind for the enemies would come in a tumultuous assault and carry all before them.

15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together,” saith the Lord. — and their king shall go into captivity; not only the common people that are left of the sword shall be carried captive, but their king also;

— this was Baalis their last king, who was accessory to the murder of Gedaliah, Jeremiah 40:14; whom the king of Babylon had set over the remnant of the Jews left in Judea; which might provoke him to send Nebuzaradan his general against him, who put his country to fire and sword, destroyed his chief city Rabbah, and carried him and his nobles into captivity.

Amos 2

1 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime. — for three transgressions of Moab; or the Moabites, who descended from the eldest son of Lot, by one of his daughters; and though related were great enemies to the Israelites;

— they sent for Balaam to curse them when on their borders, and greatly oppressed them in the times of the judges: and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; idolatry, as well as other sins, must be one of these four transgressions: the idols of Moab were Chemosh and Baalpeor;

— because the Moabites burned the bones of the king of Edom, Esau’s descendant, into lime and by way of contempt, used it to plaster a Moabite palace; the point of violating the corpse; a mark of peculiar hatred and particularly offensive to the common conscience of mankind; this unrestrained hatred didn’t stop with death.

2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth; and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

— but God will send a fire upon Moab; either on the whole country or on some particular city; and there was a city called Moab, now Areopolis; though it may be put for the whole country into which an enemy should be sent to destroy it, even Nebuchadnezzar:

— and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth; and according to the Targum, “and shall consume the palaces of the fortified place” and so may signify all the cities of Moab, and their palaces: or however may be put for them.

3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him,” saith the Lord. — and God will cut off the judges, all the magistrates, from the midst thereof and will slay all the princes thereof with him so that Moab would cease to exist as a nation. This came to pass at the time of the Babylonian conquests.

4 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept His commandments; and their lies caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked.

— God will not turn away the punishment from Judah because they have despised the law of the Lord; a law so holy, just and righteous as no other nation had; and yet was not only not observed, but condemned:

— other nations sinned, but are not charged with breaches of the law of God, which was not given them; but these from the house of Judah, the Jews had it, yet despised it; counted it as a strange thing; walked not according to it, but cast it away from them; and trampling upon God’s legislative power and authority:

— and have not kept his commandments; or “statutes” the ordinances and the law, which he appointed them to observe for the honour of his name, as parts of their worship;

— and their lies caused them to err, their idols leading them into every kind of foolishness and sin, after their fathers have walked, for idolatry had been practiced in the country almost continually, secretly hiding around their walls and doors, and not openly.

5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.” — and God will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem; the military judgements here prophesied with reference to Judah and Jerusalem were fulfilled by Nebuchadnezzar:

— the royal city, Jerusalem, where stood the Temple, the palace of the Most High, and the palaces of the king and his nobles; these were burnt with fire when it was taken by the Chaldean army, about two hundred years after this prophecy; and finally a second time in the destruction by Vespasian and Titus in AD 70.

6 Thus saith the Lord: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof, because they sold the righteous for silver and the poor for a pair of shoes. — for three transgressions of Israel; the ten tribes rent from the house of David in the times of Rehoboam and who departed from the true worship of God to set up calves at Dan and Bethel;

— but now under under the reign of Jeroboam the Second, against which the prophet Amos was chiefly sent: and for four, God will not turn away the punishment thereof; the following part of this prophecy is taken up in pointing at the sins and punishment of Israel, who is headed by their topdog, Ephraim;

— now the prophet has come to the main commission he was sent to, committed in writing and because this book of Amos is prophetic, its reference of Israel is actually referring to Ephraim and who is, in essence, the United States today;

— because they sold the righteous for silver; the sense is, that the judges, or their leaders of Israel, the United States, are so corrupt, that for a piece of money they would give a cause against a righteous man, and in favour of an unjust man that bribed them:

— and the poor for a pair of shoes; that is, for a mere trifle they would pervert justice; if two men came before them with a cause, and both poor; yet if one could but give a pair of shoes, or anything he could part with, though he could not give money; so mean and sordid were they, they would take it, and give the cause for him, however unjust it was.

7 They pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek; and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid to profane My holy name. — the capitalistic nature of the house of Ephraim pant after the dust on the head of the poor; by oppressing the poor and their homeless so severely that they, in their misery, show their grief by placing dust on their heads, Job 2:12;

— and turn aside the way of the meek, by placing obstacles in their way, thereby causing them to stumble and fall; and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, in an excess of shameless lechery, which was regarded as being on a level with incest, to profane my holy name, for such sins brought disgrace upon the name of God who had chosen Israel as his people.

8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid in pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god. — and they lay themselves down upon clothes, the upper garment of the poor, laid to pledge by every altar, although the law required that such pledges be returned in the evening, Exodus 22:25-27;

— because the garments also served as covers by night, as this being his only covering, and they drink the wine of the condemned, such as was purchased with money gotten from the poor by oppression in the house of their god being brazen enough to do this in their places of worship.

9 “Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath. — yet God destroyed the Amorite when Joshua overthrew them in battle, Numbers 21:24;

— whose height was like the height of the cedars, and the Amorite was strong as the oaks, a powerful people; yet God destroyed his fruit from above and his roots from beneath, the picture of a mighty tree being retained to make the fact of his annihilation more vivid.

10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness to possess the land of the Amorite. — also God brought you, the children of Israel, up from the land of Egypt by the deliverance to which the prophets point time and again, Exodus 12:51;

— and led you forty years through the wilderness to possess the land of the Amorite, so the entire land of Canaan might fitly be called, as having been in the possession of this nation before the Hittite invasion; all given to the children of Israel.

11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel?” saith the Lord. — and God raised up of your sons for prophets; such as Moses, Joshua and the seventy elders; not only to foretell things to come but to teach and instruct the people in the doctrines and duties of religion and to warn them of their sins;

— and of your young men for Nazarites: such as Samson, Samuel and others; whose vow not only obliged them from shaving their hair, but to abstain from drinking wine and eating grapes, which the youthful age is inclined unto; as enabled them to deny themselves sensual gratifications and to be examples of piety and constant attendance on the service of God;

— the Targum adds, “of your young men for teachers,” and for instructing the people;

12 “But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘Prophesy not.’ — but ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; contrary to their vow and calling, and in contempt of it, and to make them like themselves; they either persuaded them not to prophesy adverse judgement or forced them to be drunk:

— and commanded the prophets, saying, prophesy not hard and heavy things, judgements and denunciations of vengeance, only smooth things; see Amos 7:12, “And Amaziah said unto Amos, “O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread and prophesy there” (more examples at the end).

13 “Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. — behold, I am pressed under you, rather, “Behold, I will press you down.” It is unlikely that God, in this passage, should declare himself “crushed” under the weight of Israel’s sin, for in the context it is Israel, and not God, who is described as the victim;

— as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves, as a cart loaded with sheaves presses down the ground beneath; the Lord signifies he would afflict and distress this people, bring them into strait circumstances, by a close siege, and other judgements, not to ruin nor destroy them, but to straiten them;

— so the Targum says, “behold, I bring distress upon you, and it shall straiten you in your place, as a cart is straitened which is loaded with sheaves.”

The Targum is another source of the Bible. Started by Ezra for those returning from Babylon and for these returnees they could only understand in Aramaic; hence the Targum is as if Ezra is speaking to them in ancient times and to us today from the Sacred Text.

14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself. — therefore the flight shall perish from the swift; their “place of refuge” or their “place of refuge should perish from the swift,” as though it were not. He should flee, but there would be no “place to flee unto,”

— they should be so straitened and cooped up and be so loaded with pressures that those as swift on foot should not be able to make their escape by fleeing; and the strong shall not strengthen his force; should not increase it or exert it to such a degree as to be able to defend and secure himself from the enemy.

15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow, and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself; neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.

— neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; that is, safe at some distance, and can make use of his instruments of war afar off; yet will not think it safe to stand his ground, but be ready to spring as fast as he can to save himself:

— and even if he that is swift of foot he shall not deliver himself; this is repeated, lest any should place confidence in their agility, and to show how complete and inevitable the affliction will be:

— neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself; by fleeing on horseback, no more than he that is on foot; no ways that can be devised or thought on would preserve from this general calamity.

16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day,” saith the Lord. — and he that is courageous among the mighty; or “strong in his heart” one that is of the bravest hero, famous for courage and bravery, that excels in it among the mighty; the most valiant soldiers and warriors:

— shall flee away naked in that day: shall throw away his armour, nay, put off his warrior clothes, changed into civilian as being both a hindrance in his flight; and that he may make the better speed under disguise; this is talking about the United States, the most mighty nation of the earth today, it flees Afghanistan like one who is naked in the night!

— saith the Lord: which is added to show its certainty of such prophecies; it might be depended upon that so it would be, since the Lord God had spoken it; and it is timeless, fulfilled today as it was about eighty years after this prophecy was written.

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More examples of ‘Prophesy not,’ say smooth things. Amos 7:12, “And Amaziah said unto Amos, “O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread and prophesy there.”

(1) Ahab, during the famine foretold by Elijah, (“Art thou he that troubleth Israel?”) sought him everywhere to destroy him 1 Kings 18:10-12,because he had prophesied earlier, “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except according to my word” I kings 17:1.

(2) Jezebel, after the miracle at Carmel and the death of her prophets, swore by her gods to do so 1 Kings 19:2-3. Ahab’s last act was to imprison Micaiah 1 Kings 22:26-27, the son of Imlath, for prophesying his death, when adjured by himself to speak truly.

(3) Ahaziah, Ahab’s son, undeterred by the fire from heaven which destroyed two captains, each with his fifty, sent yet a third to take Elijah, when he prophesied that the king would not recover from his sickness II Kings 1:9-13.

(4) Jehoram, Ahab’s second son, swore by God to destroy Elisha, II Kings 6:31, laying the evils of the siege to the prophet.

For more about a prophecy of Esau or Edom, see Obadiah

A Study Index of Revelation

•January 24, 2023 • Leave a Comment

In this Study, we’ll find that John’s prophecies were not solely meant to be fulfilled during his time; although some of them were, but the majority of their timing were a great distance into the future, into our time.

A Study Index of Revelation
Table of Contents

Chapter 1

— John was in vision on the Island of Patmos
— the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not John
— before the throne of God the Father
— seven spirits before His throne
— the “hand of God” vs the “spirit of God”

~ Chapter 2

— warnings to the seven Churches of God
— Ephesus; some are apostles, others art liars
— Smyrna; trials and tribulation, but thou art rich
— Pergamos; thou dwellest where Satan’s seat is
— Thyatira; seduced by a Phoenician princess, Jezebel

A Study of Chapters 1 and 2 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 3

— Sardis; thou hast a name, but thou art dead
— Philadelphia; before thee an open door; no man can shut
— Laodicean; thou art lukewarm, neither cold nor hot
— thou art wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked

~ Chapter 4

— One sat on the throne, in heaven
— the 24 elders; art thou angels or saints?
— before the throne a sea of glass like crystal
— absence of the “Holy Ghost” around the throne

A Study of Chapters 3 and 4 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 5

— a book sealed with seven seals
— in the midst of the throne are four living beings
— a Lamb having seven horns and seven eyes
— the 4 creatures and 24 elders worship the Lamb

~ Chapter 6

— the first seal, a white horse with a bow
— second seal, a red horse: war
— third seal, a black horse:famine
— fourth seal, a pale horse: pestilences
— fifth seal, men that were slain: martyrs
— sixth seal, a great and terrible earthquake

A Study of Chapters 5 and 6 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 7

— I heard the number of them that were sealed
— a hundred forty-four thousand of the tribes of Israel
— all the twelve tribes except the tribe of Dan
— “A great multitude!” from the nations, the Gentiles
— all clothed in white robes, stood before Throne; Lamb

~ Chapter 8

— the opening of the seventh seal
— seven angels were given seven trumpets
— another stood at the altar, having a golden censer
— first angel with trumpet blown; fire mingled with blood
— second angel; a mountain with fire; sea became blood
— third angel; fell a great star from heaven
— fourth angel; the sun smitten the world darkened
— fifth trumpet blown: “Woe, woe, woe”

A Study of Chapters 7 and 8 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 9

— fifth angel sounded; first woe, out came smoke locusts
— sixth angel sounded; loose 4 angels from the Euphrates
— releasing the two hundred millions, crossing from the East
— a third part of men killed by fire, smoke and brimstone,
— seventh angel appears in both chapters 10 and 11

~ Chapter 10

— another mighty angel come with “a little book”
— thunders uttered, but write not; secrets still sealed
— seventh angel sounded; “Go and take the little book”
— “Take it and eat it, and it shall make thy belly bitter
— but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.”
— “Thou must prophesy again . . . but who will he be?

A Study of Chapters 9 and 10 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 11

— “Rise, and measure the temple and the altar”
— power to two witnesses who shall prophesy 1260 days
— there was another great earthquake
— second woe is passed
— third woe; seventh angel sounded
— locusts as scorpions and have stingers in their tails

~ Chapter 12

— a woman clothed with the sun and moon under her feet
— being with child, she cried, travailing in birth
— a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns
— his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven
— woman brought forth a child, but taken to heaven
— the dragon went after remnant of her seed

A Study of Chapters 11 and 12 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 13

— a beast rise up out of the sea
— his heads was, as it were, wounded
— his mouth in blasphemy against God
— another beast coming up out of the earth
— he had two horns like a lamb
— but he spoke like a dragon

~ Chapter 14

— the hundred forty and four thousand
— “Babylon is fallen! is Fallen!”
— the third angel, “If any man worship the beast”
— he shall drink the wrath of God
— the Son of Man, in his hand a sharp sickle
— and gathered the vine of the earth

A Study of Chapters 13 and 14 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 15

— seven angels holding seven last plagues
— a sea of glass mingled with fire
— they sing the song of Moses
— another seven angels each given a golden vial
— full of the wrath of God

~ Chapter 16

— seven vials of the wrath of God
— fifth vial poured upon the seat of the beast
— sixth vial poured upon the great river Euphrates
— a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon
— seventh vial poured out his vial into the air
— there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven

A Study of Chapters 15 and 16 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 17

— seven angels, each with a vial
— a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast
— the woman arrayed in purple and scarlet color
— Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots
— the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints
— ten horns shall hate the whore

~ Chapter 18

— “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen”
— therefore shall her plagues come in one day
— the kings of the earth shall bewail and lament her
— “Alas! Alas, that great city is made desolate!”
— in her was found the blood of prophets and saints

A Study of Chapters 17 and 18 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 19

— a great multitude of people in heaven
— with the 24 elders and the four living creatures
— the voice of a great multitude, saying, “Alleluia!
— “Blessed are they at the marriage of the Lamb”
— a white horse with “a sharp two edged sword”
— the beast was taken and with him the false prophet
— both cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone

~ Chapter 20

— an angel laid hold on the dragon
— first general resurrection before the Millennium
— the saints to rule a thousand years
— Gog and Magog from the four quarters of the earth
— the Great White Throne appears after the Millennium
— names written in the Book of Life

A Study of Chapters 19 and 20 ~ HERE ~

Chapter 21

— after the Millennium a new heaven and a new earth
— New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven
— “Behold, I make all things new”
— new City has a great high wall with twelve gates
— the city lit up by the Glory of God, the Shekinah
— more names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life

~ Chapter 22

— a pure river of the Water of Life
— the Shekinah, glory of God will lit the sky
— “I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End”
— “If any man shall add unto these things”
— more on liars and the ever absent holy ghost

A Study of Chapters 21 and 22 ~ HERE ~

 SS # 03 The Churches of Revelation 2-3

•January 23, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Revelation 2

It’s important to note that beside the Churches as seen as historical may have metaphorical or allegorical meaning to these Churches, in term of eras, otherwise why took the time and trouble to write them down.

The Churches must be real; and that their spiritual state is pointed out; but they must have reference to the state of the Church in later stages of its history; and that the notion of what has been termed the Ephesian state, the Smyrnian state, the Pergamenian state . . . the Laodicean state, should be studied, analysed and such expositions should be internalized by anyone who wishes to arrive at a sober and rational knowledge and understanding of Scriptures.

The messenger, or the angel could well be giving the Church certain warnings pertaining to the era of their Church so as to teach and edify those concern.

It must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbath; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbath are being santified to be God’s elect:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you,” Exodus 31:13. Hence all Sunday-keeping churches without exception disqualify themselves as being God’s church!

And broadly, in the NT time, God’s people are collectively known as the Churches of God (1Corinthians 11:16, 1Thessalonians 2:14, IIThessalonians 1:4), their strengths and problems are named and spelt out with some amazing details in Revelation 2-3; whereas Satan’s collections are generally known as of the Synagogue of Satan.

(1) The Ephesus Era

1 “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: ‘These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks:

— the church at Ephesus, started on the day of Pentecost and being the original apostolic church; known originally as Nazarenes (Acts 24:5), a church whose records had been documented in the Acts of the Apostles, which patiently labored to spread the Gospel to the nations, the Gentiles; and were met with many obstacles but remained steadfast to the truth, though persecuted till the end;

2 I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil; and how thou hast tried them that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars; — I know thy works; for the eyes of the Lord are throughout the earth, being omnipresent, beholding the evil and the good; and all things are continually open and naked before him;

— “apostles and are not, and hast found them liars” are false apostles, and they could be found right from the start, Simon Magus, from the Samaritans (Acts 8:9-25), who were famed for their worship of the Sun; but went on masquerading itself as the One True Church or the first church that ever existed.

3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast labored and hast not fainted. — and hast not fainted; and hast persevered so as thou hast neither been seduced to other doctrine by false teachers, nor lost any integrity or thy character.

4 Nevertheless, I have something against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. — I have against thee that thou hast left thy first love, namely, the zeal and fervour of it,

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the works as at first; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, unless thou repent. — remember therefore from whence thou art fallen; the eminence which you once occupied; this is a call to remembrance the state in which you once were.

6 But this thou hast: that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. — reference in Revelation 2:14-15 that is, corrupters of the people, the existence of a sect called Nicolaitanes in the second century “which I also hate.”

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’ — any man, whoever can hear at all, ought carefully to hear this;

— this Ephesus Church, headquartered at Jerusalem, fled to Pella in around 69 AD before the Romans razed the city and the Temple to the ground; until probably the time of Emperor Constantine;

— Paul, Barnabas; and later such men as Polycarp and Polycrates, they were called “Quartodecimani” because they kept the true Passover celebration the Jewish way on the fourteenth instead of Easter on a Sunday.

(2) The Smyrna Era

8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead and is alive: — and unto the angel of the church in Smyrna; “Smyrna was the nearest city to Ephesus, and for that reason probably was addressed in the second place.

9 I know thy works and tribulation and poverty (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. — they called themselves Jews but from God’s point of view they are of the assembly of Satan; this is a serious charge!

What happened was an attempt by the Catholics to stamp out the true scattered Church who observed the true Passover from the world?

Let the Catholic historian Eusebius, who lived in the time of Constantine, tell the story:

“But before this time another most virulent disorder had existed, and long afflicted the Church; I mean the difference respecting… Easter. For while one party asserted that the Jewish custom (as to time) should be adhered to, the other (did not).

“Accordingly, the people being thus in every place divided in this respect… no one appeared who was capable of devising a remedy…. Constantine appeared to be the only one on earth capable… He convoked a general council…”

After the Nicaean Council closed, Emperor Constantine sent the following letter to all the churches: “At this meeting the question concerning… Easter was discussed… First of all, it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this… feast we should follow the practice of the Jews…

Let us then have nothing in common with the Jews… It has been determined by the common judgement of all, that the… feast of Easter should be kept on one and the same day.” The Council of Nicea decided, under his authority, that Easter MUST be celebrated on Sunday and that the Passover must be forbidden!

— but are “the synagogue of Satan;” deserve rather to be called the synagogue of Satan? The synagogue was a Jewish place of worship, but the word originally denoted “the assembly” or “the congregation.”

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of Life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.’ — the second death; this phrase is a new one in Bible language. It points to a death which is other than that of the body; one that stands in contrast to the crown of life.

(3) The Pergamos Era

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: ‘These things saith He that hath the sharp sword with two edges: — as a result of the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), the great false Church commenced 1260 years of persecution (Revelation 12:6) with full force. The true Church fled into the valleys and mountains in Asia Minor and Europe.

It was the close of the twelfth century. In Lyons, France, lived an astonishingly successful and wealthy merchant, Peter Waldo. “One day, while in the company of some of the leading citizens, one of his friends fell lifeless at his side. Terrified by the event, he said to himself: If death had stricken me, what would have become of my soul?”

Being a Catholic, Waldo asked one of these theologians what is the PERFECT way. ‘Ah!’ answered the theologian… ‘here is Christ’s precept’: ‘”If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come take up thy cross and follow me.”‘” (Comba, “History of the Waldenses,” p 21).

Waldo disposed of his property by distributing to the poor. But from his wealth he also had a translation of the Scriptures made. In this translation he noticed the command to the apostles to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. His mind began to understand the Scriptures.

God was using Peter Waldo.

Comba says that “he brought to the study of the Scriptures that practical common sense which had guided him in his business transactions… The word of Christ was clear enough, for Waldo it was simply a question of furnishing a literal translation” (p 243 of Comba’s “History”).

The humble remnant of the Church of God listened to him. Soon many new disciples were coming to repentance. “His disciples became almost as many C0-workers for him” (p 26). The world called them Waldenses.

But in 1315 AD, long before the crusade against the Waldenses occurred, the truth of God was carried to England by a German Waldensian preacher, Walter Lollard. It took deep root for a while until the Protestant Reformation.

Through the preaching of Lollard and other helpers, hundreds were repenting. Thousands were learning for the first time that baptism means immersion — that the world’s religious holidays came from paganism and that Sunday was not the Sabbath.

It was not until about 1650 that there were again enough Sabbath keepers to establish local congregations. They often called themselves the Church of God, but the world termed them “Sabbatarians” and Sabbatarian Baptists.

From England the remnant Sabbath-keeping Church spread to America. In 1664, Stephen Mumford, sent to Newport, Rhode Island, raised up a small church mainly from Baptist converts. One by one new churches were established through continued help of the Seventh-day Baptists in England.

13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is; and that thou holdest fast My name and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

— Benson: that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses, there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million! From the first institution of the Jesuits to AD 1480, that is, in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain; (for more, click here)

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

— the instruction Balaam gave to Balak, which is a doctrine, was that Balak should get some beautiful women in his kingdom to ply the men of Israel, and draw them into sins and impurity and so to idolatry;

— in today’s world, the pull of ecumenism is extremely strong; it is to be accepted by the world as a recognized religion, hence ecumenism as it is now commonly used refers to interdenominational cooperation between different Christian churches. These initiatives can range from local churches of different denominations operating a soup kitchen for the poor;

— hosting an ecumenical Bible study with participants from different Christian traditions, inviting all baptized Christians to partake in a Lovefeast when churches celebrate them, to holding an ecumenical Stations of the Cross service on Fridays during the Christian liturgical season of Lent with the service being held at a different local church each Friday. Many of these churches have, as a result of ecumenical dialogue, established full or partial communion agreements, so as to be considered to be within the realm of orthodox Christianity.

15 So thou also hast them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. — the natural meaning seems to suppose that the Nicolaitanes taught the same things which Balaam did; to wit, that they led the people into corrupt and licentious practices.

They called themselves by adopting the name “Seventh-day Baptists.” But as always happens, after several generations their children take truth for granted and slowly lost surrendering their wills and lives to God and soon they began teaching the false Trinity doctrine! In less than one hundred and fifty years, the English churches almost disappeared.

Members of the Seventh-day Baptists migrated to America and the number of churches increased as the gospel was spread from state to state. But so nearly dead were these congregations that in 1802 many began to organise themselves together into a General Conference. At this serious juncture, most of the local churches joined together to form the Seventh-day Baptist General Conference where they still held these meetings today.

16 Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. — with the Sword of my mouth; and fight against them by his Word; whose true and doctrines shall be like a Sword to devour and to destroy all false ones.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it.’

— a sign and testimony of newness of life in righteousness by putting on the new name, a fresh revelation of God’s name and nature whom no one inwardly knows, but only those who have received it can comprehend its full significance.

(4) The Thyatira Era

18 “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass:

— during the 1800s various form of revivals were initiated, both in the Jewish world (witness Abraham Geiger in Germany who started Reform Judaism); and the Christian world under various personalities but mainly located in the United States.

— during this time William Miller also arrived, starting the advent movement among Sunday-observing churches. In 1843 several followers of Miller in Washington, New Hampshire, became reacquainted with the Sabbath as a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13). It was not until after their miserable Great Disappointment of 1844 that the general body of Adventists had the Sabbath question called to their attention.

19 I know thy works, and charity and service, and faith and thy patience, and thy works, and the last to be more than the first. — a small number accepted the Sabbath and teamed up with the few others who refused to be affiliated with the Seventh-day Baptist Conference.

— they called themselves the “Church of God” and began publishing “The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.” Their first songbook was dedicated to “The Church of God scattered abroad.”

20 Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. — that woman Jezebel; the daughter of Ithobaal I of Tyre and the wife of Ahab, King of Israel, 1 Kings 16:31;

— Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who defiled Israel with her idolatrous practices, now calleth herself a prophetess; no other church group has a better fit than one among the Seventh-day Adventists, a Ellen G White, who fulfils this prophecy exactly to a T;

— with each passing year, new and different doctrines were being introduced by prophetess Ellen G White to explain away the Adventist failure of October 22, 1844. The original church members resisted initially but eventually went along with her fornication, with her “inspired testimony” from her Jezebelian goddess, now established as Sister Ellen G White;

— and finally, a meeting was held by some of the members in Battle Creek, Michigan, September 28 through October 1, 1860. And that is how the Seventh-Day Adventist began to regard her officially as a prophetess, and who was responsible for naming their organisation and the birth of her dreams;

Ellen G White, wrote of rays of lights from the throne in one of her “inspired” visions, or in one of her dreams, of “her revelation” about volcanoes, earthquakes and how the Flood was formed:

“At this time immense forests were buried. These have since been changed to coal, forming the extensive coal beds that now exist, and also yielding large quantities of oil. The coal and oil frequently ignite and burn beneath the surface of the earth. Thus rocks are heated, limestone is burned, and iron ore melted.

The action of the water upon the lime adds fury to the intense heat, and causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and fiery issues. As the fire and water come in contact with ledges of rock and ore, there are heavy explosions underground, which sound like muffled thunder.

The air is hot and suffocating. Volcanic eruptions follow; and these often failing to give sufficient vent to the heated elements, the earth itself is convulsed, the ground heaves and swells like the waves of the sea, great fissures appear, and sometimes cities, villages, and burning mountains are swallowed up.

These wonderful manifestations will be more and more frequent and terrible just before the second coming of Christ and the end of the world, as signs of its speedy destruction.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, Pacific Press, 1958, pg 108-109).

Full of hot air, and it’s suffocating; and that’s the substance of Ellen G White’s visions!

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, but she repented not. — in fact, instead of the true Passover and feast days and prophecies of the Old Testament, especially of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, their ministers taught a “third angel’s message,” which they had accepted from Ellen G White; so much emphasis that it is as if it’s more important than the Word of God itself.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. — the Adventist movement didn’t regard themselves separate from the mainstream Protestants, but rather as one of them, and in doing so, took in Trinity in their false teachings along with their annual Christmas jinglebells celebrations.

23 And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He that searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. — “I will kill her children with death” sounds serious, and this warning is from God, whom they were supposed to believe. There must be some serious abominations within the church, within their practices and doctrines;

— all the churches shall know; implying that these addresses are designed for the whole associated churches especially at the endtime; so shall God’s hand be seen in the judgement on Thyatira, that the whole churches shall recognize it as God’s doing.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine and who have not known the depths of Satan (as they say) I will put upon you no other burden. — there is great rewards for those who are judged faithful and true, avoiding false doctrines; yet penalties are great, too, for those who harbour many Jezebelian doctrines and teachings within.

25 But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. — the weekly Sabbath and the food law are what they have, so hold fast to what they already have, but others need lots of work to do;

26 And he that overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, — Jezebel and her idolatries, he that overcometh; means he that could tell the truth from their fallacies which they have so much ingrained into their doctrines; and only then could they qualify to have authority to rule the nations;

27 and “he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers,” even as I have received from My Father. — and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; there is an allusion in Psalm 2:9; “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.”

28 And I will give him the morning star. — the morning star; that is, Christ will give unto him personally, who am “the morning star” (Revelation 22:16); thus reflecting Christ’s perfect brightness;

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

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One thing which is a serious charge is that Adventists put Ellen G White’s writings ahead of Moses and the Prophets, ahead of God’s Word in actual fact; hence they subbornly insist wine is grape juice; and Passover is observe quarterly, on every thirteenth sabbath, and not annually on the fourteenth of Nisan as the Scriptures say.

And even during the Millennium, Passover will be observed the same way as before:

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days. Unleavened bread shall be eaten,” Ezekiel 45:21

“Behold, I will cast . . . them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent” ~ unfortunately a great tribution await them (Revelation 2:22):

“And I will kill her children with death (Revelation 2:23)” perhaps this great tribulation should be tied in with a similar vision the prophet Ezekiel had: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began with the elder men who were before the house, Ezekiel 9:6. “Begin at My sanctuary” means his own righteous deserve to be offered as a sacrifice;

These same righteous to be slained together with the wicked could be better understood when tied in with Ezekiel 21:3, the Sword from the South! “and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.”

Revelation 3

In Chapter 2, we went through the Ephesian era, the Smyrnian era, the Pergamenian era, and the Thyatira Era; here the last three Church eras continue.

It must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbaths; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbaths are his elect:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you,” Exodus 31:13.

“To santify” means to make holy; Sabbath-keepers are to be made holy before God! Hence all Sunday-keeping churches without exception disqualify themselves as being God’s church! Going through the same ritual every Sunday, they are not worthy of mention, but at best, they are just pretenders, or could be better known biblically as of the Synagogue of Satan!

(5) The Sardis Era

1 “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know thy works, and that thou hast a name that thou livest, but thou art dead. — here were seven Spirits of God, and since the Spirit is inherently Holy, there would be seven Holy Spirits; yes, seven Holy Spirits!

— and we would add Jesus the Son and God the Father, resulting in Nine Personage. Nine in the Godhead; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; it might be more realistic to believe in the Polyty or a Nonaty, but certainly wouldn’t be a Trinity;

2 Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

— “ready to die” one of the characteristics of this church, namely the Church of God, Seventh Day, is that they believe there is no new truth; which means there no nothing more to be revealed; nothing else to be learned, and therefore it is deemed “ready to die” a dead church: “that thou hast a name that thou livest, but thou art dead, (verse1).”

The Church of God, Seventh Day, represents a line of Sabbatarian Adventists that rejected the visions and teachings of Ellen G White before the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1863. Robert Coulter, ex-president and official historian of the General Conference of the Church of God, Seventh Day, in his book The Journey:

A History of the Church of God (Seventh Day) (2014) credits Gilbert Cranmer of Michigan as being the founder of the church. Cranmer was a Christian Connection minister and a biblical Unitarian. He was introduced to Sabbath keeping in 1852 by Joseph Bates, known as the founder and developer of Sabbatarian Adventism.

In 1858, five years before the founding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a group led by Cranmer separated from the Adventists who supported James Springer White and Ellen G White. Another independent Sabbatarian Adventist body formed in Iowa in 1860, and joined with the Church of God, Seventh Day, in 1863.

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

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. — Christology has been a long debated issue in the Churches of God (7th Day); a position paper written by the Jerusalem Conference states the following:

“The Amen, the faithful and the true witness is no one else but Jesus Christ and speaking of himself he said, he is “the beginning of the creation of God” that is, the very first manifested act of YHWH was the creation of his son Yehoshua (Jesus).

Do other scriptures support this? Col 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” A creature is life which has been created, whether terrestrial or celestial: Colossians supports Revelation, it says of Christ he is “the firstborn of every creature:”

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

— more on “but thou art dead” ~ the Church of God, Seventh Day, or CoG7 has a good name; showing “that thou livest” but it is a dead church actually. It is like a behemoth being swept up upon a beach at night and all who came into contact with it in the morning wonders whether it is dead or still alive. To revive or overcometh been dead for such a behemoth would require some herculean effords if it still has any chance of revival.

Besides the Thyatira church one condition lies in the Sardis exist side by side with the Philadelphian and the Laodicean eras at the “end time” groups that may or may not be accounted worthy to escape the tribulation;

They were refusing to repent and allow the spirit to work through them to establish the truth that was ready to perish!

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

Within this Church of God, Seventh Day, or CoG7, an ambitious man grew among the brethren; and not long after his ordination in 1931, and when certain leading ministers demanded that no more new truth be preached to the brethren, he broke off and started his own branch; he was Herbert W Armstrong;

(6) The Philadelphia Era

Most of the congregations of the CoG7 succumbed to spiritual growth; dying, but the age of this Sardis continues, limping along. Elsewhere, the era of Philadelphia had began.

Paul was chosen, who was highly train in Judiasm, for spreading the gospel to the Gentiles. He later raised up Peter Waldo, a successful businessman, to keep His truth alive during the Middle Ages. In later days when the Gospel must go around the world, a man trained in advertising was tasked to shoulder the mission, Herbert Armstrong;

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth:

8 I know thy works. Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. For thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My name. — here is a church with little strength, few in numbers, but which has kept the word of God; here is a church which would preach the gospel with power before it an open door;

Paul was struck down; in like manner Herbert Armstrong’s business went bankrupt in order that he might come to understand the truth;

Shortly before this event, God had opened the mind of Mrs Armstrong to understand the Sabbath truth from an elderly Church of God woman. After six months of study, unsupervised, in a persistent effort to prove Sabbath-keeping unscriptural, Armstrong accepted the Sabbath.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but do lie — behold, I will make them to come and worship at thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly; hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. — from this moment forward, Mr and Mrs Armstrong came to understand further truths. The brethren with whom they associated became interested that Herbert soon found himself speaking at their insistence; then preaching to small groups in Oregon!

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God, and I will write upon him My new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

During Herbert Armstrong’s reign, the church grew rapidly, claimed of up to 30 percent year on year for some 30 years. But as the organization grew in wealth, so did its membership; pride went into his head and claiming his is the one and only true Church, Herbert became a tyrant like any other tyrants one could be found in the African continent.

And when enriching himself for self importance, he flew in a corporate Grumman Gulfstream II, pursuing a political agenda while meeting with dictators from many countries, including the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan and Israel), India, the Philippines, Thailand and Japan; and his apostate treasures of plates and cutleries would of no less eminence than that of the Czars.

A few unauthorised biographies could give more details:

(a) Herbert Armstrong’s Tangled Web, An Insider’s View of the Worldwide Church of God, by David Robinson, 1980

(b) The Truth Shall Make You Free, Herbert Armstrong’s Empire Exposed, by John Tuit, 1981

When Herbert Armstrong died in 1986 January, the mantle passed on to Joseph W Tkach (Sr), but the same dictatorial and totalitarian structure managed under the Armstrong regime continued. By 1991 some members were able to detect changes within the organization. For the most part, little change, if any, spilled over to the membership until 1993.

At that time, a new recruiting and marketing strategy was launched in an effort to train members to recruit through evangelism techniques. The World Tomorrow television program did not result in new recruiting and the Plain Truth lost renewals and subscribers and the church went into rapid decline. And then it collapsed and suddenly disappeared.

In him covering up feelings of inferiority with an inflated ego was the next era started, the Laodicean:

(7) The Laodicean Era

But spiritually Herbert Armstrong and the church become blind, stiffnecked, unable to see that Passover is a composite festival celebrated from the fourteenth to the twenty-first of Nisan:

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days. Unleavened bread shall be eaten,” (Ezekiel 45:21); and Pentecost, he followed the Samaritan version of always having it on a Sunday.

14 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: ‘These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing,” and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor and blind and naked,

After Herbert Armstrong’s death in 1986, many splinters broke off; made up of individuals who are spiritually lukewarm! each saying to the other: “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”

His college, Ambassador College, was built on sand, loose sands, and within a few years of his death, students enrolment collapsed, faulty dismissed or sacked and the land and properties of the college sold.

18 I counsel thee to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Gradually, the assets (airplanes, land, convention centers, Pasadena headquarters, etc) of the Worldwide Church of God organization were sold. Some holdings were transferred to the “extension” churches. In March 2003 they sold the copyrights of Herbert Armstrong’s literature to an offshoot, Philadelphia Church of God, for $3 million in July 2004 auctioned off many valuable items which PCG purchased.

The multimillion-dollar empire has simultaneously downsized its lucrative holdings, creating factions within the membership. The WCG offered no accountability for its financial dealings. They claimed it was audited by a reputable firm, but refuses to publish financial reports openly.

Splinter groups resulted; the Philadelphia Church of God (founded by Gerald Flurry); the United Church of God (founded by David Hulme); Living Church of God (founded by Roderick Meredith); the Restored Church of God (founded by David Pack); and many others; all “wretched and miserable, and poor and blind and naked.”

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

21 To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father on His throne. — instead of overcoming, some of these smaller splinters subcumbed to the whimps of the devil; without any evidence, they charge a man of God, Ezra, (one who “had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord,” Ezra 7:10), of tempering the Scriptures, making it a forgery:

“Whatever I command you, observe to do it. Thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it (Deuteronomy 12:32). Vandalising the Bible is a serious charge, risking eternal life; as warned in Revelation:

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18-19.

Wolves among Sheep: One visible in the picture, others are hidden!

But on the other hand, if Ezra isn’t guilty of vandalising, then his accusers would be in danger of death.

Fred R Coulter, in his book, “The Christian Passover,” says:

Although Deuteronomy 16 contains instructions for the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the two other holy days seasons, the fact that the word “Passover” appears in Verse 1 has caused great confusion in the minds of many Bible students and scholars. They are not aware that these verses were edited by Ezra long after the book of Deuteronomy was originally written, and that in Ezra’s time the entire eight-day observance of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was called “Passover.” When we understand that the term “Passover” was used for the Feast of Unleavened bread, the seeming discrepancy between Deuteronomy 16 and other Scriptural passages is eliminated. (Passover, pg 165)

Fred Coulter’s charge isn’t alone. He has two other comrades who share his view; namely Frank Nelte and John Ritenbaugh.

From Frank W Nelte, referring to Deuteronomy 16:1, 2, 4, 5, 6

These verses, he wrote, claiming of a forgery by Ezra, give the impression that the Passover is being spoken about. But the word “Passover” was deviously inserted into these verses by some dishonest scribe. The motivation for these devious changes was to justify the Jewish custom of referring to the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread as “Passover.”

The evidence for the fraudulent changes in this section of Scripture is not found in preserved manuscripts but in the pages of the Bible itself. We are dealing with a passage that is absolutely vital to upholding a Jewish belief, which belief is clearly unbiblical according to all the other Scriptures in the entire Old Testament. And these fraudulent changes have been accepted in every preserved manuscript, because they endorse a specific Jewish custom.

In addition, there is also a mistranslation in verse 6.

The only evidence for these alterations consists of exposing incompatible, contradictory and illogical statements in the changed text, when compared to other biblical passages. The person who altered this text overlooked some things which expose his fraudulent tampering.

Here are the changes that were made:

In these verses some scribe REMOVED the expression “the Feast of Unleavened Bread” from verse 1, and then REPLACED IT with the word “Passover.” In addition, this scribe also simply INSERTED the word “Passover” into the text of verses 2, 5 and 6. (SOME SCRIBES CHANGE THE TEXT OF DEUTERONOMY 16:1-6).

From John W Ritenbaugh:

In the context of Deuteronomy 16, the word “Passover” is beginning to look clearly out of place. As we continue to look further, we are going to see that verses 1-8 have nothing to do at all with instructions for the Passover lamb, but rather for Unleavened Bread, and specifically the Night To Be Much Observed, which is of course the first night after the Passover, not the same night as the Passover.

How did the name “Passover” get in there? God certainly did not inspire it to be in there. It had to have been edited into Deuteronomy 16 at a much later time (when the entire eight days of the spring festival were commonly called Passover) than from when it was originally written. You will see this very clearly in the New Testament that the entire spring feast was commonly called Passover by the Jews. Somebody, in copying, must have deliberately removed the name “Unleavened Bread” and placed the name “Passover” into Deuteronomy 16 in order to give support to a 15th Passover—to a Temple-centered 15th Passover (Passover transcript, Part 9).

“Who would have the authority to make such a change from Unleavened Bread to Passover in Deuteronomy 16? The finger of history points to someone during or after the time of Ezra. Ezra came along in the period roughly between 530 BC and about 515 BC. When Ezra came on the scene, the Jews, who had just come out of captivity, were again starting down the same path that originally took them into captivity” (Passover transcript, Part 10).

Tampering and forging God’s Word are serious charges, whose penalty is death (Revelation 22:18-19):

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18-19.

And to conclude this, maybe this need to be repeated: “if Ezra isn’t guilty of vandalising, or forging a forgery; then his accusers would be in danger of death,” all three of them, each guilty of his own account of such a hideous crime in making such a ghastly accusation!

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’” — now notice the warning to the last era, at the close of this age, the Laodicea: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:… I will spew you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16);

— at the time of the end when prophecies hidden for ages are being revealed, knowledge increased; truth restored, but knowledge brings responsibility; it becomes dangerous if not handled rightly;

— notice Jesus’ admonition for today in Luke 21:36. “Watch ye therefore and Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

There seems to be a parallel warning from the Book of Ezekiel:

Ezekiel 9:

4 and the Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry because of all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.”
5 And to the others He said in mine hearing, “Go ye after him through the city and smite. Let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity.
6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began with the elder men who were before the house. Ezekiel 9:4-6

A Slaughting is to begin at “My sanctuary” and of course, even in God’s Churches; the message and warning from Ezekiel were primarily aimed at the house of Israel, sometimes call the house of Ephraim; and his churches, even the Churches of God that bear his name!

And broadly speaking in the NT time, God’s people are collectively known as the Churches of God (1Corinthians 11:16, 1Thessalonians 2:14, IIThessalonians 1:4), their strengths and problems are named and spelt out with some amazing details in Revelation 2-3; whereas Satan’s collections are generally known as of the Synagogue of Satan.

And finally, a Question for all Sunday keepers: with all the Scriptures and other resources available in your hand, and if you couldn’t be trusted in figuring out a simple issue as to when the Sabbath is, how could you be raised as kings, who need to judge far more complex issues; or as a priests, who would be teaching others during the Millennium what the Sabbaths laws are among others?

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Revelation (Ch 21-22)

•January 22, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 21 gives an account of the happy state of those being saved, consisting of all the elect, both Jews and Gentiles, which will take place upon the first resurrection, and will continue during the thousand years’ reign, and which will be happy times in the new heaven and the new earth.

Revelation 21

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea. — a new atmosphere took place when saints came not to Mount Sinai, but to Mount Zion, the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem; and when God dwelt among men;

— everything that has any connection with sin will be removed; the ‘sea’ in this context is a hiding place, from which the beast and the dragon came forth, they will be no more.

2 And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. — the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven from God, all ready like a bride arrayed for her husband;

— earth shall then become as heaven, or rather it shall be heaven on earth; God dwelling visibly among men, and sin and suffering being forever done away.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God.

— saying, behold the tabernacle of God is with men; in allusion to the tabernacle being with the Israelites in the wilderness, and the Shekinah, or divine Glory and Majesty, being in the midst of them, as an accomplishment of the promise in Ezekiel 37:27;

— the phrase seems to denote the personal presence of God the Father appearing with his Son, the Messiah with his saints in the Temple; and reign among them as their King.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes, and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away.” — and there shall be no more death; natural or persecution as in former times; nor will they die a natural death any more; these children of the resurrection;

— and inhabitants of the new heaven and earth, and as kings and priests, they will live better than angels.

5 And He that sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said unto me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” — and he that sat upon the Throne said; by whom is meant, God the Father, who is often represented in this book as sitting on the Throne as distinguished from Christ the Lamb.

6 And He said unto me, “It is done! I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the Water of Life freely. — God the Father is also the Alpha and Omega, as Aleph is the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet; and cause of all things; as Tau is the last of the Hebrew alphabet;

— in fact, this same title “Alpha and Omega,” among many others, are derived from the Father’s.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. — he that overcometh… against all spiritual enemies, sin, Satan, and the world, the antichristian beast, his image, mark; not being deceived; obey his commandments who is more than a conqueror through Christ;

— one that perseveres to the end, notwithstanding all temptations, trials and difficulties.

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” — the Ethiopic version renders it, “who pollute themselves” with unnatural lusts;

— and all liars; and all such as are liars with their tongues, and particularly those who speak lies compulsively in successions, as the followers of the man of sin, and who are given up to believe a lie, that they might be damned; all lies being of the devil, the trinity, or the Trinity, all are abominable to God; each and everyone of them are;

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, “Come hither; I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” — the bride, his wife, all the elect of God, consisting of the raised and living saints at the coming of Christ; who will make up one body, one general assembly;

— and be as a bride, prepared and adorned for her husband: these were first betrothed to Christ in eternity, and now all glorified, the marriage is consummated, and they are declared publicly to be the bride, the Lamb’s wife; Revelation 19:7.

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, — John never saw this Holy Jerusalem or “the new Jerusalem” before, so this is a new revelation.

11 having the glory of God. And her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. — even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal: God the Father who sits on the throne is said to be looked upon like a “jasper”

— the divine Shekinah illuminating the whole city, perhaps the whole earth which pendant in the air, shone with an elegant and amazing lustre, expressive of the perfect illumination, purity and holiness of its happy inhabitants.

12 It had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: — but these gates of that great city, the New Jerusalem, are said to be twelve, in allusion to the twelve tribes of Israel, who represent all the elect of God, and to the twelve gates of Ezekiel’s city, Ezekiel 48:31;

— or, having a great and high wall, having twelve gates, and upon the gates twelve angels and their names inscribed, which are the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east three gates and on the north three gates and on the south three gates and on the west three gates; and the wall of the city having twelve foundations, and on them the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. — East: Issachar, JUDAH, Zebulon;

— West: Benjamin, EPHRAIM, Manasseh;

— North: Asher, DAN, Naphtali;

— South: Gad, REUBEN, Simeon;

— but these would be different from that of Ezekiel 48:31 shall be the gates of the city, named for the tribes of Israel, three gates toward the north: the gate of Reuben, one; the gate of Judah, one; the gate of Levi, one.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. — the Churches of God was founded in twelve patriarchs, and twelve tribes; the church in twelve apostles; thus making a total of twenty four; perhaps these are the twenty four elders we met earlier, Revelation 4:4.

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof and the walls thereof.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as great as the breadth; and he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs; the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. — and the city lieth four square; to the four corners of the world, from whence its inhabitants come and indicates its regularity, uniformity, perfection and immovableness;

— and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs; or fifteen hundred miles; a monstrously large city indeed! such an one as never was upon earth; see Ezekiel 48:35 and which shows, that this is not to be understood literally, but mystically;

— and intends the capaciousness of it, here being room enough for all the twelve tribes of Israel; that is, for all the elect of God; for as in the Father’s house, so in this kingdom state of his, there will be many mansions, or dwelling places, enough for all his people. This city will hold them all;

— the Jews say of the Jerusalem to come, that in time it shall be so enlarged as to reach to the gates of Damascus, yea, to the throne of glory.

17 And he measured the wall thereof: a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

18 And the wall was built of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. — the jasper being a very hard and bright stone; and salvation can never be made void; it will last for ever, and in this state will come forth as light, as a lamp that burneth; it is represented by the same precious stone as God sitting on his throne; see Revelation 4:2.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,

— (1) jasper, on this stone, in the breastplate, Benjamin’s name was written (2) sapphire, its colour is azure, or sky blue (3) chalcedony, a misty grey colour, clouded with blue, yellow, or purple (4) emerald, on this stone Judah’s name was written.

20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

— (5) sardonyx, partly of the sardian, and partly of the onyx stone (6) sardius, this was Reuben’s stone (7) chrysolite, a stone of a dusky green colour, with a cast of yellow (8) beryl, a stone of a pale green colour (9) topaz, a stone very hard and transparent, of a beautiful yellow, or gold colour (10) chrysoprase, a stone of a green colour, inclining to that of gold (11) jacinth, a stone of a purple, or violet colour (12) amethyst, a stone of a violet colour, bordering on purple.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each separate gate was of one pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were, transparent glass. — a single gate was of one pearl; the pearl of great price: this shows that this account cannot be taken literally, but mystically, for no such pearl was ever known, but large enough to make a gate of.

22 And I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. — poor thing, the Holy Ghost always missed out! and those who call themselves “pastors” are continuing telling lies saying and re-enforcing in numerous ways that there is a holy ghost!

— Revelation 21: 8 above: “and all liars,” shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone;

— so is it wrong to say that 99.99 percent of professing Christians are LIARS?

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon to shine in it; for the glory of God gave it light, and the Lamb is the light thereof. — for the glory of God did lighten it; the Shekinah, or glorious presence of God, which filled the Temple of Solomon, and shone round about with the presence of God, who is light itself.

24 And the nations of them that are saved shall walk in the light of it, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. — and the nations of them which are saved; most nations are saved, with a few exceptions: Ammon, Tyre, the Amalekite and perhaps a section of Egypt where they are to be remembered no more.

26 and they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie, but only they that are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. — the indication is to the care of his elect to exclude all things unclean from the precincts of the sanctuary;

— those that are written in the book of the Lamb, the true children, the elect of God, will enter the heavenly city, where they will have complete and perfect salvation. Then shall the righteous shine like the sun in their Father’s kingdom. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!

Revelation 22

Chapter 22 contains a further account of New Jerusalem, a City beautified by the river that ran through it, called a river of water of life, said to be pure and clear as crystal, and to have its rise from the throne of God and the Lamb; and by the tree of life in its midst, situated on each side the river, bearing twelve sorts of fruit, yielded every month, the leaves of which heal the nations.

1 And he showed me a pure river of the Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. — the River of Life: The Tree of Life: now the Water of Life means living or running water, like a spring or fountain, as contrasted with a stagnant pool; and he showed me the river coming forth out of the throne of God and of the Lamb;

— a great stream or river watered the Garden of Eden, so here the heavenly Paradise receives its water from a healing stream of perennial waters issuing from the Throne of God and of the Lamb Himself.

2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, there was the Tree of Life, which bore twelve kinds of fruit and yielded her fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. — the Tree of Life; there twelve kinds of fruit, according to each month giving its fruit;

— not one sort of fruit one month, and another sort another month, and so on, but twelve sorts every month; are planted on each side of beautiful trees, not only to serve for ornament and refreshment, but which, like the tree of life in paradise, should be ‘for the healing of the nations,’

3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.

4 And they shall see His face, and His name shall be in their foreheads. — and they shall see his face; the face of God, so as if he is not to be seen ’till now; they shall see him as he is; not only the angels, who always behold the face of God, but all the saints, risen and changed, being pure in heart and perfectly holy; they shall see him face to face;

— it appears as if during the Millennium the saints didn’t managed to see the Father’s face, only after the Millennium is over?

— “His name shall be in their foreheads” such name of Elohim could be in the shortened form, like Samuel, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, Zechariah; perhaps they would be other variants?

5 And there shall be no night there, and they will need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light. And they shall reign for ever and ever. — again, for the glory of God will lit the sky; the Shekinah or glorious presence of God will be manifested from the Throne of God.

6 And he said unto me, “These sayings are faithful and true,” and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show unto His servants the things which must shortly be done.

7 “Behold, I come quickly.” Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book. — this book is a prophecy of things to come, and therefore cannot refer to the times of Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 AD or 132 AD, which some interpreters do, like the book of Ezekiel,

— for then it would be a narrative of things past; the sayings of it are the things contained in it; to keep these sayings is to read them with an open mind with observation, so that as events unfold we can meditate upon them.

8 And I, John, saw these things and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things.

9 Then said he unto me, “See that thou do it not, for I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them that keep the sayings of this book. Worship God!” — this is the second time John did so, though being warned of and rebuked for it;

— for angels are not to be worshipped; hence John was forbidden to worship an angel, any angel; the angel being a fellow servant of the same Lord;

— worship God: Father and Son, and these two only, not three, with reverence and godly fear and according to God’s revealed will.

10 And he said unto me, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book, for the time is at hand. — this angel, in contrast to the injunctions given to Daniel (Daniel 12:9-13), bids the prophet “Seal not the words of the prophecy” ~ the reason being, “for the time is near.”

11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still; and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still; and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”

12 “And behold, I come quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every man according as his work shall be. — my reward is with me; I bring with me a power and authority to recompense every man according to what he hath done.

13 I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” — God the Father is the original Alpha and Omega, as Aleph is the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet; and cause of all things; as Tau is the last of the Hebrew alphabet;

— many of Christ’s names and titles are derived from the Father:

“Have regard for him, and obey his voice. Provoke him not, for he will not pardon your transgressions, for My name is in him” Exodus 23:21.

14 Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the Tree of Life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. — faith and good works aren’t enough; commandments need to be kept, which are the whole duty of man; so the question is, which commandments to keep? This is a life-long struggle;

“Many will say to Me in that Day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name, and in Thy name have cast out devils, and in Thy name done many wonderful works?’” Matthew 7:22

15 For outside are dogs and sorcerers, and whoremongers and murderers and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. — lying is a serious crime, and many are liars, particularly those lying tongues that speak lies in successions; (more at the end):

16 These six things doth the Lord hate, yea, seven are an abomination unto Him:
17 a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,
19 a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19

16 “I, Jesus, have sent Mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.” — both in a temporal and spiritual sense; he sprung from the root of David, or descended from him;

— as David’s Lord and David’s Son; he is also the bright Star of the morning; not the other “light bringer” Lucifer, which the beasty Roman church had given him.

18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. — it is true that this solemn caution particularly refers to this book of the Revelation;

— but this is equally true as a useful warning given to the whole Scriptures; in like manner, as Moses guarded the law, (Deuteronomy 4:2; Deuteronomy 12:32); God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book;

19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book. — here the Lord Jesus adds a solemn admonition, if any one shall have added to them, God shall add to him the plagues which are written in this book;

— and if any one shall have taken away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his portion from the tree of life, the penalty is death! The meaning is, that such a person would be regarded as an enemy of God and would share the fearful doom of all such enemies.

20 He that testifieth these things saith, “Surely I come quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. — this concluding verse might close the book of Revelation; it is isn’t, because the message of the seven thunders in chapter 10 from that “little book” are yet to be announced or revealed!

— that little book has a sweet and bitter message: “it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.” Hence the mystery about this sweetness and bitterness remains, and so when would that time to be revealed be? Perhaps these seven thunders would be revealed with the appearance of the two witnesses in chapter 11?

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More on liars and the non-existing yet offending ‘holy ghost’:

Throughout the study of this mysterious holy ghost we have found him to be missing in the entire book of Revelation. John never saw him; it is as if he had taken a long journey away, or that he was lying in bed with a flu. He was simply not around; Period.

But there was one cherub in the Garden, full of beauty and power, but pride and ego swelled over his head, and he slowly envy and like to be the Most High, led a rebellion to take over the heavenly throne of the Most High, but he was kicked out and fallen like lightning down onto this earth.

He was and is the dragon, the Devil, Lucifer, the other ‘light-bringer’ which the Roman church, whom John describes as the great whore of Babylon, has so much affiliation with, and that this lie is also well-embedded and entrenched by her protesting harlotry daughters.

Such deceitful doctrine is a big cover-up of the Devil, who craves to be the Third Person, but is an abomination to God. There are professing Christians who loves to invent lies, others to tell lies, and still others loves to hear them; more so with this doctrinal lie of the holy ghost.

Unless repented off, such lie infuriates both the Father and the Son, and the penalty is death: “and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8.

The SDA’s Investigative Judgement

•January 21, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The doctrine of the Investigative Judgement, which began on October 22, 1844, is an integral part of the Seventh-day Adventist doctrine, teching that a judgement had begun on that year’s Day of Atonement, when Christ entered the Most Holy Place in heaven to start an “investigative judgement.”

One of the mysteries is that according to Jewish reckoning, there is no way Yum Kippur could be so late as October 22 of any year; and in the year 1844 (Hebrew year 5605) it was on September 23.

Since the Investigative Judgement is a central doctrine of the Seventh-day Adventist teaching, we’ll make a study here. Their SDA Derivation of this 1844 date is as follows:

Seventy “week” period (Daniel 9:24-27) is held to begin in 457 BC, the seventh year of Artaxerxes I.

The “2300 evenings and mornings” period (Daniel 8:13-14) is held to commence in the same year.

2300 days are held to correspond to 2300 years. Hence from 457 BC plus 2300 years gives 1844 AD. — more specifically the date given in their historical statements hold October 22, 1844 as the Second Coming of Christ, resulting in a disillusion known as the Great Disappointment.

Years later, and reluctant to acceptiong a defeat of their prior “understanding” the Adventist movement reinterprets October 22, 1844 as the starting date for the pre-Advent Judgement when Christ entered the Holy of Holies to clean the heavenly Sanctuary.

This perceived revelation of an investigative judgement was greatly encouraging by their prophetess for the Seventh-day Adventist movement. Quoting Daniel 8:14, Ellen G White wrote:

“The scripture which above all others had been both the foundation and the central pillar of the advent faith, was the declaration, ‘Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed . . . pointed to Christ’s ministration in the most holy place, to the investigative judgement, and not to the coming of Christ for the redemption of His people'” (White, The Great Controversy, 1888, p 409).

First we should make a Study of Daniel 8:13-14

Then I heard one saint speaking, and another saint said unto that certain saint who spoke, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?”

And he said unto me, “Until two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” Daniel 8:13-14

A key to this mysterious time period was hidden from Daniel’s understanding — was not to be revealed until the latter days! It is a prophecy for our time — this climactic 21st Century!

Seventh-day Adventists try to explain this prophecy by assuming the “sanctuary” is in heaven and claim that this vision of “2300 days” commenced in 457 BC and ended in 1844, (using a day for a year principle, hence the “2300 days” represent 2300 years).

During this time of 2300 years the “sanctuary” that was cast down, trodden under foot — the Holy of Holies in heaven itself — God’s very throne — was to be “cleansed” beginning on October 22, 1844.

Such thinking are just Nonsense! How could “the little horn” cast down the Holy of Holies, trodden under foot, in heaven? Oh Goodness! Insanity asides, how could well over 20 million Adventists believe such balderdash today? Unless, of course, they were deceived by a Phoenician princess, Jezebel, not a Prophetess!

A SDA’s Phoenician Princess, Jezebel, not a Prophetess!

“O Blind Guides! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” The first thing that these believers need to clean is to clean their own brains. God the Almighty is well capable of looking after his Holy of Holies in heaven! Or, is he not so Almighty?

Whatever the answer is, it has to do with an earthly event concerning the Sanctuary or the Temple in Jerusalem. But notice the little horn takes away the daily sacrifice for “2300 days.” Were there any daily sacrifices taken away since the writing of Daniel?

One possible answer is that this prophecy of the taking away of the evening and morning sacrifice has already been fulfilled by Antiochus Epiphanes. This is rather possible! Notice why: what happened to the daily sacrifice in the days of Antiochus Epiphanes (168-165 BC).

The wicked deeds of Antiochus Epiphanes are recorded in Daniel 11:31. He polluted the ancient sanctuary. He took away the daily sacrifice, and the 1150 days is one possibility; or perhaps it could be a preamble.

Now consider who the “little horn” in this prophecy is. It spring out from the King of the North; which originally was Syria, the Seleucid Empire — north of Palestine. But Syria was soon swallowed by ROME. The Roman system of government became the “King of the North.”

Later the “little horn” became the papal Roman Church, which persecutes the true Church — the “holy people” shall shine in the resurrection like the stars of heaven (compare Daniel 8:1024 with Daniel 12:3).

The papal Roman Church had existed to our time in Europe, Asia and now all over the world. In the Middle Ages it was called the Holy Roman Empire, and the church ever since was and is the Roman Catholic Church.

Notice Daniel 8:26: “And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true….” The vision of “2300 days” is actually called in the Scripture “the vision of the evening and the morning”

The word “days” this note reveals that the original Hebrew of the word “days” is “evening morning” (the original “days” in Hebrew is “bō·qer e·reḇ” which is morning and evening). This prophecy is NOT referring to 24-hour days but to evenings/mornings; that is, the evening and the morning sacrifice!

According to verse 11 the little horn takes away the DAILY SACRIFICE. The daily sacrifice was offered in the evening and in the morning. In Exodus 29:39, “The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning, and the other lamb thou shalt offer at evening.”

Verse 14 in other versions “two thousand three hundred evenings and mornings.” In other words, here is a prophecy that two thousand three hundred evening and morning sacrifices would cease to be offered.

Since the daily sacrifice was offered TWICE A DAY, this prophecy is actually speaking of one thousand one hundred fifty (1150) days. In 1150 days there would be exactly two thousand three hundred sacrifices offered at evening and morning.

Here are some excerpts from Wikipedia (Hanukkah)

When the Second Temple in Jerusalem was looted and services stopped, Judaism was outlawed. In 167 BCE, Antiochus ordered an altar to Zeus erected in the Temple. He banned brit milah (circumcision) and ordered pigs to be sacrificed at the altar of the temple.

By 164 BCE, the Jewish revolt against the Seleucid monarchy was successful. The Temple was liberated and rededicated. The festival of Hanukkah was instituted to celebrate this event. Judah ordered the Temple to be cleansed, a new altar to be built in place of the polluted one and new holy vessels to be made.

We may not be sure of the exact dates, but one account says the abomination took place on the 15th of Kislev (1 Maccabees 1:54) in 167 BC, and at the end of this 1150-day period the sanctuary is to be “cleansed” or “justified.”

And on another account this cleansing was established on the 25th of Kislev in 164 BC to celebrate this liberation: Hanukkah; which would be roughly 1105 days, short of 1150 days by 45 days, or 90 “evening morning, bō·qer e·reḇ.” Thus this prophecy of “2300 days” could have been or partially fulfilled by the abomination set up by Antiochus Epiphanes until its liberation.

And finally, such a prophecy could be dual, that is, another possibility could reoccur if the third Temple is to be built in Jerusalem in the future and another transgression of desolation causing the daily sacrifices to cease. This final time, it could be fulfilled exactly “2300 days.”

And skipping forward to  Daniel 12:11 “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.”

And in Matthew 24:15 “When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (whoso readeth, let him understand).” There we are, another transgression of desolation yet in the future. How will all these play out, well, we’ll have to wait and see.

(For more, see Revelation 2: The SDA’s Thyatira Era)

Revelation (Ch 19-20)

•January 20, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 19 contains a scene of the the marriage of the Lamb and his Church in heaven; before the Throne, praising God, “Alleluia!”

The scene of the multitude of beings moves from heaven down to the earth; the people of triumph of the saints over Babylon, and their thanksgiving to God because of his judgements on her; and a battle between him and his and her enemies, with the beast and false prophet both cast alive into the lake of fire and brimstone.

Revelation 19

1 And after these things I heard a great voice of a multitude of people in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power, unto the Lord our God, — this multitude is in heaven, saying “Alleluia!” an Hebrew expression which signifies “praise ye the Lord,”

— since he has judged the great harlot John heard the songs of the righteous and saints to rejoice at her overthrow, and a mighty angel had expressed her ruin in the strongest terms, with reasons accompanied.

2 for true and righteous are His judgements: He hath judged the great whore who corrupted the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of His servants at her hand.” — his judgements, his sentences, are just and true; they have been rendered in accordance with his promises; and they are just and righteous, and therefore called judgements; God’s judgements.

3 And again they said, “Alleluia!” And her smoke rose up for ever and ever. — by the words “Praise ye the LORD” as in Psalms 106:1;

— hallelujah! the great harlot is cast into the abyss of fire and brimstone; as smoke rose, she was burned with fire; it looks as if Rome, like another Sodom and Gomorrah, would sink into a sulphurous burning lake.

4 And the four and twenty elders and the four living beings fell down and worshipped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” — the scene is still in heaven as the twenty four elders and four living creatures, who worship God, assent to what had been before said, and join in praising the Lord.

5 And a voice came out of the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all ye His servants, and ye that fear Him, both small and great.” — and ye that fear him, both small and great; whether greater or lesser believers, fathers, young or old; Jews or Gentiles, or of whatsoever nation, kindred, or people; from Psalms 115:13, “He will bless them that fear the Lord, both small and great.”

6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, and the voice of many waters, and the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth. — the voice of a great multitude; still in heaven;

— even of all the servants of the Lord, and them that fear him, small and great; a vast multitude of converted Jews and Gentiles, from all parts of the world, who in answer to the voice out of the Throne, God’s Throne in heaven, came with songs, dances and energy, lift up their voices in praise to God, both for their own redemption, and for the downfall of Babylon;

— saying, Alleluia; or praises the twenty four elders and four living creatures, the 144,000 and the great multitude; and this is the fourth time the same word of praise is used in this context.

7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready.” — for the marriage of the Lamb is come; that is, of Christ, the Son of God, with the Church more especially;

— first was a secret betrothing of all the elect before the world began; and there is an open espousal of every individual of them at conversion; but the public and general solemnization of the nuptials will not be until now before the personal reign of Christ;

— the bride, moreover, is clothed in the most gorgeous wedding-garment, all pure white and shining with brilliancy. It is a pure, precious dress of honor, the dress of a bride worthy to ruin with him.

8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. — “the marriage of his Lamb is come, and the wife is prepared” and that her preparation is by her own merits and works of righteousness; the context is still in heaven;

— these saints are those that passed God’s judgement; and are found justified, also because of their excellency; so other Scripture uses the word in the plural: the Targum on Zechariah 3:4 paraphrases the text, “I will clothe thee” זכוך, “with righteousnesses.”

9 And he said unto me, “Write: ‘Blessed are they that are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.’” And he said unto me, “These are the true sayings of God.” — and he saith unto me, write; what follows, because of the importance of it, and that it may be regarded and remembered:

— the person speaking is either the voice from the Throne, Revelation 19:5 or the angel that attended John all along, and showed him this revelation, Revelation 1:1 asking John to write them down.

10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said unto me, “See that thou do it not! I am thy fellow servant and one of thy brethren, who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” — so this is the angel speaking, one of the ministering spirits or angels; he being a servant of the same Lord as John; for angels are not to be worshipped.

11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. — this is Christ on a white horse, with a sword (verse 15 below: “a sharp two edged sword”), not with a bow that the beast had, conquering and to conquer; will fully execute judgement to the utter destruction of all his enemies.

12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a name written that no man knew, but He Himself. — he is the King of kings, and Lord of lords; his eyes were as a flame of fire and on his head he had many diadems, many crowns;

— Greek, “diadems”: not merely (Greek, “stephanoi”) garlands of victory, but royal crowns, as King of kings.having a name written which no one knows but himself, and clothed with a garment bespattered with blood.

13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood, and His name is called, The Word of God. — and clothed with a garment bespattered with blood, or else in the blood of his saints, he now comes to avenge; or rather in the blood of his enemies, with which he appears as stained; and his name is called “The Word of God”

— his name is The Word of God; a name none fully knows but himself; only this we know, that this Word was God manifest in the flesshe; and was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood; the metaphor is taken from persons treading in a winepress, whose garments are stained with blood of grapes; see Revelation 19:15 below.

14 And the armies which were in heaven, clothed in fine linen white and clean, followed Him upon white horses. — see, the context is still in heaven; upon white horses; with sharp swords instead of bows;

— they had served Christ in his Gospel, which some of them had preached, and all professed, and had maintained the purity of doctrines and practices, and now triumphed in Christ, and along with him, riding upon horses of the same colour with his, as being his princes and nobles, and whom he had made them kings as well as priests.

15 And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword with which He shall smite the nations, and He shall rule them with a rod of iron; and He treadeth the wine press of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. — the context is still in heaven, but is moving toward the earth;

— “a sharp two edged sword” and that with it he should smite the nations on the earth; and those that have adhered to Babylon, and have drunk of the wine of her fornication;

— and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; use them with the utmost severity; the phrase is taken out of Psalms 2:9 a prophecy of the Messiah.

16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a name written: King of kings, And Lord of lords. — which will well suit him now when he shall be openly King over all the earth; the great army of heaven, consisting of the troops of all the elect, takes part in the triumph of their Conqueror;

— as KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS; to show that he was really possessed of an enormous dominion over all the princes and kingdoms of the earth as his mouth proceeds a sharp double-edged sword, that with it he should smite the nations, and himself will rule them with an iron rod.

17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God, — this is on the earth;

— for not only will the corpses of the enemies of the Lord lie unburied on earth, in itself one of the worst misfortunes which men knew of, but their bodies should become the prey, the food of the birds, mainly the vultures that fly in the sky above.

18 that ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.” — Come, gather yourselves to the great feast of God;

— and their dead bodies made meat for the fowls of mid-heaven, that is, the sky, feeding on dead flesh; that they may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of general, the flesh of mighty ones, the flesh of horses, of those that sit upon them, and the flesh of all free as well as of slaves, both small and great;

— this is a ghastly announcement, all the more so because of its finality. In a most commanding and conspicuous position the angel with this command is placed, in order that all hearers should realize and appreciate its importance; these wicked will be given to the evil spirits, to the devil and his angels, to be destroyed and tormented forever.

19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies gathered together to make war against Him that sat on the horse, and against His army. — and John saw the beast; or perhaps the remains of the papacy and her harlotry daughters perhaps, or their kings and which, though it may chiefly regard as the remains of their idolatry, or may take in any of the Mahometan powers, which may join together in this battle; the beast will survive for a while after the downfall of his seat, Babylon or Rome.

20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet who wrought miracles in his presence, by which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire, burning with brimstone.

— it seems like the beast, the Roman empire; and the pope, the false prophet were not destroyed until now; perhaps they fall earlier and captured but were not totally eliminated until now;

— both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone; which is the second death, Revelation 21:8. The severe punishment of antichrist, considered in both his capacities, civil and ecclesiastic, is expressed by being “cast into a lake of fire”;

— not material fire, but the wrath of God, which will be poured out like fire, and will be intolerable; and by this lake “burning with brimstone”, which, giving a nauseous stench, aggravates the punishment; the allusion seems to be to the place where Sodom and Gomorrah stood, which is become a sulphurous lake, and is an emblem of the vengeance of eternal fire.

21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, whose sword proceeded out of His mouth. And all the fowls were filled with their flesh. — all the fowls were filled with their flesh; any remains are now eliminated; eaten by the fowls and hyenas feasting on them.

Revelation 20

Chapter 20 contains the binding of Satan, the saints’ thousand years’ reign with the Messiah, the loosing of Satan again, the destruction of him, and the Gog and Magog army, and the last judgement: the angel that is to bind Satan.

1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. — coming down from heaven, this angel appears with key of the bottomless pit: the abyss, the same out of which the beast ascended.

2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years. — that old serpent; so called with respect to his cunning and subtlety, as well as his antiquity, being from the beginning of creation, having beguiled first, Adam and Eve, and later, the whole humanity;

— with the great chain he had in his hand: the devil is in chains now, is under the power of divine Providence, and can do nothing without divine permission;

3 And he cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more till the thousand years should be fulfilled; and after that he must be loosed a little season. — Satan will be bound for a thousand years;

— this is the Millennium reign, the sixth thousand years of the world should had passed; this year by Jewish reckoning is 5783, and so another 216 more years to go to the seventh thousand year; whereas Ussher’s figures since creation of Adam in 4004 BC are already 27 years (1996-2023) off the cliff;

— and after that he must be loosed a little season; a small space of time, in comparison of the thousand years; how long it will be exactly, cannot be said; but because of the decree of God, who has so appointed it, for the glorifying of himself, in the salvation of his people, and flashing forward a thousand years later to the final destruction of the devil, and the Gog and Magog army.

4 And I saw thrones and they that sat upon them, and judgement was given unto them. And I saw the souls of them that had been beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the Word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast, nor his image, nor had received his mark upon their foreheads or on their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

— and judgement was given unto the saints; that is, power, dominion, regal authority, possession of a kingdom, answerable to their character as kings, and to their position, sitting on thrones, Daniel 7:22;

— for more on some individual martyrs because of the Word of God and because of the testimony of Jesus, see Jewish Martyrs; Christian Martyrs

5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. — this must be a first general resurrection; for the 24 elders, the 144,000 and a great multitude from the nations (Revelation 7:9) which no man could number must have already been resurrected way before this time, even before the Secong Coming;

6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. — this first general resurrection occurs at the beginning, or before, of the Millennium so that they will rule with Christ for a thousand years.

7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, — this loosing of Satan is for a trial and testing of people born and coming into life during the Millennium;

— they have never been tested or judged to be worthy, not yet; so “when the thousand years are expired” it was their turn; and that it is the same judgement upon any unbelievers for their characters; in this fiery trial God intends to purify their performance and faith from all dross to make them strong.

8 and shall go out to deceive the nations to the four quarters of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them together for battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. — Gog and Magog, in Ezekiel are said expressly (Ezekiel 38:6; Ezekiel 38:15) to come from the north quarters and the north (Ezekiel 38:6; 38:15; 39:2);

— but here “the nations to the four quarters of the earth” Gog and Magog is more of a generic name, not quite the same which are mentioned in Ezekiel 38:2-3 though there is an allusion to them, as these are from the four corners of the earth; so the Scriptures speak of a Gog and Magog to signify any rebellion that will come up against Jerusalem in the days of the Messiah, by whom they shall be destroyed.

9 And they went out over the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. — the breadth of the earth; either the whole earth, or the land of Israel;

— just as Gog and Magog are said to cover the land of Israel, as a cloud, Ezekiel 38:16 and it may be observed, that the very phrase of רחב ארצך, “the breadth of thy land” is used in the land of Israel, in Isaiah 8:8;

— and fire came down from God out of heaven and devoured them; both material fire; with this the earth and the bodies of the wicked then upon it, will be burnt at the end of the thousand years.

10 And the devil who had deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are; and they shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. — Satan will be “cast into the lake of fire and brimstone the second time, this time to be tormented day and night forever; the beast and the false prophet are already there Revelation 19:20;

11 And I saw a great white throne and Him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away, and there was found no place for them. — the great white throne appears only after the thousand years are over;

— John never saw this in all the chapters written before this; so this is a new revelation.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and the books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. — notice, they were judged not according to their faith, but “according to their works” that is, what commandments (foremost the Sabbaths among the others) they believe and what they had done with them.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them; and they were judged every man according to their works. — and the sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and hell gave up the dead that were in them; and they were judged, every one according to their works; repeated for emphasis;

— but were judged according to their work, not their faith; that is, if it were just faith and not work, many would have been saved, but they were not, unfortunately. Faith without work is dead; James 2:26;

— broadly, in the NT time, God’s people are collectively known as the Churches of God (1Corinthians 11:16, 1Thessalonians 2:14, IIThessalonians 1:4), their strengths and problems are named and spelt out with some amazing details in Revelation 2-3; whereas Satan’s collections are generally known as of the Synagogue of Satan;

— and the sign of God’s people is the keeping of God’s Sabbaths: “Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you” Exodus 31:13;

— a Question for all Sunday keepers: with all the Scriptures and other resources available in your hand, and if you couldn’t be trusted in figuring out a simple issue as to when the Sabbath is, how could you be raised as kings, who need to judge far more complex issues; or as a priests, who would be teaching others during the Millennium what the Sabbaths laws are among others?

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. — death and hell were thrown into the lake of fire;

— these two great enemies of mankind that have dogged its footsteps ever since the first sin, they will be disposed of forever in a punishment which fits their crime: This is the second death, the lake of fire. From this death all children of God are free, since they are partakers of the first resurrection, since the second death, eternal damnation, has no power over them.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire. — but as for the wicked: and if anyone was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire; the absence of any one’s name from this book, however, means that he is condemned forever to the place where their worm will not die, neither will their fire be quenched, and they will be an abhorrence to all flesh;

— in the Book of Life are recorded the names of all those that are saved by the Lamb; for them not even death can separate from the love of God which is in his Son, the Messiah, our Lord. Amen.

Russia wants to buy back the Liaoning

•January 19, 2023 • Leave a Comment

As Russia’s only aircraft carrier falls apart, some Russians want to undo a shady ship deal with China 25 years ago

The Varyag was towed under the Bosphorus Bridge to China in November 2001

Yahoo News by Michael Peck ~ Business Insider ~ January 17, 2023

Russia’s only aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov, is in such bad shape that it may easier to buy a replacement than to fix it.

In a sign of how low Russia’s military has sunk, a Russian politician has suggested doing so by buying a Soviet-designed carrier that was sold to China 25 years ago.

Admiral Kuznetsov has never been lucky. Launched in 1985, the 60,000-ton vessel has suffered engine breakdowns, multiple fires, and bizarre shipyard accidents. In 2012, it had to be towed to port by a tugboat after losing propulsion off the French coast.

Sidelined for overhaul since 2017, Kuznetsov was damaged in 2018 by a falling dockyard crane that left a 200-square-foot hole in its flight deck. This was followed in December 2019 by a major fire that killed at least one person while the ship was under refit in Murmansk. Most recently, a fire in December caused what the Russian government called “minor” damage.

Kuznetsov is now in such bad shape that can neither move under its own power nor be towed, for fear that the ship might capsize, according to Ukrainian media.

“When the diving teams examined the ship’s hull, it was found that the metal structures below the third deck were subjected to significant corrosion,” RBC-Ukraine said, according to a translation. “The holds are completely filled with muddy water, which makes it impossible to examine the ship from the inside in detail.”

At best, the carrier seems unlikely to return to service in 2024 — which was already several years behind schedule.

Meanwhile, Sergey Karginov, a Russian lawmaker who sits on the Duma’s Far East and Arctic committee, has proposed a novel solution: buy the ex-Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag from China.

Varyag, a sister ship to Admiral Kuznetsov, was still under construction when the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991. When the ships of the Soviet Black Sea Fleet were split between Russia and Ukraine, the Ukrainians took possession of Varyag. Ukraine then sold the unfinished vessel for $20 million to a Chinese buyer who claimed it would be converted into a floating casino.

After nearly sinking while being towed to China, Varyag ended up in a naval shipyard where it was outfitted for its original mission. It became Liaoning, China’s first aircraft carrier.

Commissioned in 2012, Liaoning now has an air wing of 40 jets and helicopters. To compound the strange tale, Liaoning carries the J-15 fighter, an unlicensed Chinese copy of Russia’s Su-33 carrier jet.

China acquired an Su-33 prototype from Ukraine and then reverse-engineered it to develop the J-15. In a bit of poetic justice, China’s copies had a habit of crashing, which Russian media gleefully pointed out.

China’s aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, sailed near Guam

Nonetheless, Liaoning was the nucleus for China’s emerging carrier fleet. Its navy commissioned a second carrier — the 60,000-ton Shandong, built in China — in 2019.

Next was China’s first domestically designed carrier, Fujian, launched in 2022. The 80,000-ton Fujian is closer in size and capabilities to US Navy nuclear-powered carriers.

With China desperately needing carrier-qualified pilots for what may eventually be a fleet of a half-dozen carriers, Liaoning is now relegated to being a training ship.

Karginov, a member of Russia’s right-wing Liberal Democratic Party, suggested the repurchased Liaoning be renamed after party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky and be made the new Black Sea Fleet flagship.

“The ship was supposed to become one of the main ones in the USSR,” Karginov said, according to a translation of his remarks. “After the collapse of the country, Ukraine preferred to sell it for a few bottles of vodka, at the price of scrap metal.”

Perhaps Karginov is mocking Russia’s military decline, but his idea is no crazier than Russia buying any other carrier.

Historically, Russia has been a continental power whose strength was its massive army (as has China). The Soviets did build aircraft-carrying ships, but their role was different from that of US Navy carriers. Russia’s challenge now isn’t projecting naval airpower into the Mediterranean or the Pacific. It’s defeating Ukraine — or at least holding off fierce Ukrainian counterattacks.

Russia wants to buy back the ex-Soviet aircraft carrier Varyag from China

Russia’s air and naval power have been remarkably unhelpful so far during the war in Ukraine. Its jets have mostly been relegated to long-range attacks, and its warships have been less active since the sinking of Moskva, the Black Sea Fleet flagship.

A 40-year-old aircraft carrier in the Black Sea won’t provide much value. The money would be better spent on new missiles and drones, which have proven effective in bombarding Ukrainian infrastructure. It’s a little late for Russia to become a carrier power.

Revelation (Ch 17-18)

•January 18, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapters 17 and 18 contain a vision of a beast, and a woman on it, and their riddles and interpretations for each; one of the seven angels that had the seven vials proposes to John to show him the whore of Babylon, named after ancient Babylon, which was seated upon the great river Euphrates.

Described as Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth, and her harlotry daughters, who all sit on many waters, with whom the kings and inhabitants of the earth have committed fornication, have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication, intoxicated by either her or by one of her protesting daughters.

Revelation 17

1 And there came one of the seven angels, who had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, “Come hither; I will show unto thee the judgement upon the great whore who sitteth upon many waters, — that sitteth upon many waters; which in Revelation 17:15 are interpreted of people, multitudes, nations, and tongues, subject to the jurisdiction of Rome; and so several apostate states are in the preceding chapter signified by the sea, and by rivers and fountains of water:

— and this is said in reference to Babylon, an emblem of the Romish harlot, which was situated upon the river Euphrates, and is therefore said to dwell upon many waters.

2 with whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.” — still more concerning this great whore, which the dragon gave his own power and his throne and great authority to him;

— and quid pro quo in response for its favour, the Roman Church incorporates the ‘Holy Ghost’ into the Godhead so that he could be like the Most High; today most professing Christians are drunk with many other pagan practices like her idolatrous worship: Easters; Christmas; either from the Babylonians or from the Egyptians.

3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness; and I saw a woman sitting upon a scarlet-colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, and having seven heads and ten horns. — these are the ten kings, who being of the same mind, and of one religion, the Popish religion, gave their power, strength, and kingdom to the beast;

— the “scarlet” colour is expressive of its imperial dignity, its power and authority, it received from the dragon; on occasion of public festivals and processions, scarlet is suspended from the windows of the houses along which processions the pope pass. The inner color of the cloak of the pope is scarlet; his carriage is scarlet; the carpet on which he treads is scarlet.

4 And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication; — the golden chalice, in which, it is pretended, is the very blood of Christ; and this Roman Papacy was proven to be the Great Whore of Babylon of whom most of her doctrines were later adopted by her harlotry daughters;

— and the golden cup represents the allurements, and delusions, by which this mystical Babylon has obtained and kept her influence, and seduced others to join her abominations.

5 and upon her forehead was a name written: Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. — the Romanists boast that theirs is the catholic church, and universal empire with universal values; Gregorian calendar become universal calendar, Sunday the accepted and standard day of rest; Easter and Christmas become the irresistible holidays worldwide;

— and virtually all these Great Whore doctrines and practises are now adopted by all her protesting harlotry daughters; at her drunkenness with the blood of the saints; at her inhumanity and cruelty, being as savage as the beast she rode on;

6 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus. And when I saw her, I wondered with great amazement. — the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints; the blood of the woman’s seed, Revelation 12:17;

— Benson: that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses, there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million! From the first institution of the Jesuits to AD 1480, that is, in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain (for more details, click here).

Mystery, Babylon the Great, Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth

8 The beast that thou sawest was, and is not, and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit and go into perdition; and they that dwell on the earth, whose names were not written in the Book of Life from the foundation of the world, shall wonder when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. — the beast that thou sawest; this beast was the Roman empire, the scarlet coloured beast which carried the whore;

— “and yet is” much given to idolatry in another way, worshipping the Sun and various “saints” it “was” under kings, consuls, dictators, tribunes, and emperors, it “is not” in such a form of government, “and yet is” under its head the pope;

— “Rome was” but “is not” the same it has been, in some respects, and yet is the same, for idolatry and whoredom; it has the image of old Rome, and under the power of the dragon and though idolatry but has not yet risen up in the empire to its head.

9 “And here is the mind which hath wisdom: The seven heads are seven mountains on which the woman sitteth.

10 And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other has not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. — and when he cometh he must continue a short space; forty two months, or 1260 days;

— that is, so many years, which, though a long time in itself, and in the account of man, yet with God, with whom a thousand years is as one day, and in comparison of the everlasting kingdom of Christ, it is a short space; and so the reign of the beast, and of the ten kings with him, is said to be one hour, Revelation 17:12.

11 And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, yet is one of the seven and goeth into perdition.

12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, who have received no kingdom as yet, but will receive power as kings for one hour with the beast. — the seven heads are seven mountains, where the woman sits on them; the city of seven hills Rome is called, and so this reference to the Church of Rome; for Rome was the seat of the Pope from the beginning, and all the adherents of papacy recognize Rome as the capital of their empire.

13 These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. — these have one mind; the princes of these kingdoms, and their subjects, become, in time, of one calendar, one religion; first they were Romans;

— and after a long series of time there was great unity between the Great Whore and her Protesting daughters, even those kingdoms as Sweden, Denmark, England, Scotland, and Ireland, and others; in respect to religious sentiments, being zealously attached to the church of Rome, its principles and practices; now happily one family.

14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them; for He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and they that are with Him are called, and chosen, and faithful.” — for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings; as God and Creator,

— to whom the kingdom of nature and providence belongs; for this is a reason why he overcomes them: this Lamb is the lion of the tribe of Judah, and when he rouses himself, and stirs up his wrath, and exerts his power, kings and great men flee from him; this is the Word and Son of God, as to God himself, “King Of Kings, And Lord Of Lords” Revelation 19:16.

15 And he saith unto me, “The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples and multitudes, and nations and tongues. — are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues; denoting the vast multitude of people, of which the several kingdoms, of divers languages, all belonging to the jurisdiction of Papal Rome: and these are compared to waters, to many waters; which phrase sometimes is used for the sea.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh and burn her with fire. — and the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, Revelation 17:3; these are ten powers or kingdoms represented by those horns;

— these ten horns will hate the Whore, and shall make her desolate and naked; and shall be burnt with fire; and this is to be understood literally of burning the city of Rome, and the seat of Papacy and of the whore, with fire; of which see Revelation below:

“Therefore shall her plagues come in one day: death and mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her” Revelation 18:8.

— and they will eat her flesh, and they will burn her with fire; for God has given into their hearts to carry out his intention, and to execute their single purpose, and to give their kingdom to the beast, until the words of God are fulfilled.

17 For God hath put into their hearts to fulfill His will and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. — and the ten horns which thou sawest and the beast, these will hate the harlot, and they will lay her waste and strip her naked;

— until the words of God shall be fulfilled; concerning the afflictions of his church and people, and the reign of the Great Whore for the space of forty and two months, Revelation 11:2 all which while they are fulfilling the secret will of God;

18 And the woman whom thou sawest is that great city which reigneth over the kings of the earth.” — which reigneth over the kings of the earth; Rome would of course be understood by this language in the time of John, and all the circumstances, as we have seen, combined to show that Rome, in some form of its dominion is intended.

Revelation 18

1 And after these things, I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened by his glory. — this chapter gives an account of the fall of Babylon, and of the lamentation of many; which account is announced by an angel, having great power or authority, who descended from heaven; to proclaim:

2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. — that’s what the Roman Church is, an habitation of devils, the hold of every foul spirit, a cage of every unclean and hateful bird; now on plain sight.

3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have waxed rich through the abundance of her indulgences pleasures.”

— all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication; that is, all the nations of the Roman empire, the European nations, the Americas and much of Africa and Asia; and being made to drink by her, and made drunk with her idolatries.

4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues; — and this Roman Papacy was proven to be the Great Whore of Babylon of whom most of her doctrines were later adopted by her harlotry daughters:

5 for her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. —fFor her sins have reached unto heaven; her iniquities include having the world accepting the Gregorian calendar as universal calendar, instead of the Hebrew Calendar given by Him; Sunday the standard day of rest instead of his Sabbath; Easter and Christmas as standard holidays instead of God’s annual feast days.

6 Reward her even as she has rewarded you, and unto her double according to her works; in the cup which she hath filled, fill to her double. — and as she had stripped them naked of their clothes, and spoiled them of their worldly goods and substance, so now they should strip her naked of her harlot’s attire, of her gold, silver and precious stones, and make her and her territories desolate;

— and as she has burnt many of the precious saints in flames, so now they shall utterly burn her with fire; and as she has shed the blood of the righteous, and drank it, and been drunk with it, they shall give her blood to drink; and as she hath killed multitudes with the sword, so now shall they kill her and her children.

7 How much she hath glorified herself and lived in luxury! That much torment and sorrow give back to her; for she saith in her heart, ‘I sit a queen and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.’

— and those involved in the papacy lived in a very luxuriant manner, as the popes, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests, monks, and friars have done; some being clothed in purple and scarlet, others in gold and silver, and all living upon the fat of the land, and in rioting and drunkenness, in chambering and wantonness:

— so much torment and sorrow give her: by pulling down her pride, which goes before a fall, than which nothing could more torment and afflict her; by stripping her of her fine clothes and rich apparel; and by taking away her fat benefices from her, which will cut her to the heart; and by burning her with fire, which will be very excruciating:

— for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen; a lady of kingdoms, as in Isaiah 47:5 to which the reference is; having a temporal power and authority over the kings of the earth, and jurisdiction over all churches, apostate ones, being the mother of harlots; and her “sitting” as such, as it well agrees with the whore on many waters, and the woman on the scarlet coloured beast and seven mountains.

8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day; death, mourning and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. — therefore shall her plagues come in one day; the seven last plagues which will take very little time to execute her, one after another, if not all together; see Isaiah 47:9.

9 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived wantonly with her, shall bewail her and lament for her when they shall see the smoke of her burning, — so the same rulers and kings that have commercialism with the great harlot shall mourn and by various gestures outwardly express their sorrow at her desolation;

— and lived deliciously with her; Revelation 18:3 joining with her in her sensual, as well as in her idolatrous practices; when they shall see the smoke of her burning: as Abraham saw the smoke of Sodom and Gomorrah go up like the smoke of a furnace; by which they will perceive that her judgement is come, and her ruin begun.

10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas! Alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour has thy judgement come.’ — the time of her punishment is fixed by God; but the sense is, this is the judgement of the great whore, which the angel proposed to show to John, Revelation 17:1.

11 “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her, for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: — the reason of their weeping and mourning follows that no man buyeth their merchandise any more; for such commodities, if they do not sell at one place, will not also at another; and the decline of trade in one city will slow or stop business all the world over.

12 the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls; and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet; all scented wood, all manner of vessels of ivory and most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble;

— the merchandise of gold and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls; things for treasure and ornament, and with which the great whore is said to be decked, Revelation 17:4 and, literally understood, may indicate the vast riches which these spiritual merchants, or factors for Rome, cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and monks bring into their own coffers and the pope’s.

— the “purple, silk”, and “scarlet” were for the popes, cardinals, archbishops, and bishops so the woman on the scarlet coloured beast is said to be arrayed in purple and scarlet.

13 and cinnamon, and perfumes, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat; and cattle, and sheep, and horses, and chariots; and slaves, and the souls of men. — and cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense; these are things for delight and pleasure, for the gratifying of the senses; cinnamon, and odours were used for perfume.

14 “And the fruits that thy soul lusted after have departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly have departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. — cinnamon, perfumes, ointments and frankincense, wine and oil, thou shalt find them no more at all; for this will be an utter destruction;

— these desirable things will be taken from her in all nations, sinking the whore into an outward show and form, will be wholly given back to the nations, and they will have these things in their hands again before Rome’s utter destruction.

15 The merchants of these things, who were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing — shall stand afar off for fear of her torment; as the kings of the earth before, being conscious to themselves of being partners in crimes, and so might justly fear they should share in her punishment;

— and it may be, they will outwardly deny they are now of her religion, and will distance themselves; though they will still be inwardly weeping and wailing for the destruction of Rome, and the loss of their merchandise and goodly things.

16 and saying, ‘Alas! Alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen and purple and scarlet, and bedecked with gold and precious stones and pearls! — that was clothed in fine linen and purple, in scarlet and decked with gold, precious stones and pearls;

— see a parallel in Ezekiel: And in their wailing they shall take up a lamentation for thee and lament over thee, saying, “What city is like Tyre, like the destroyed in the midst of the sea?” Ezekiel 27:32.

17 For in one hour such great riches have come to nought!’ “And every shipmaster and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off; — in one hour so great riches is come to nought; that is, in a very short time, expressing the suddenness and speediness of Rome’s destruction.

18 and they cried when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying, ‘What city is like unto this great city!’ — for her magnificence and grandeur, so now for sorrow, desolation and ruin; nor was any city like it for power and authority, for pride and luxury, for idolatry and superstition, blasphemy and impenitence.

19 And they cast dust on their heads and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, ‘Alas! Alas, that great city, wherein all that had ships in the sea were made rich by reason of her extravagances! For in one hour is she made desolate!’ — alas! alas! that great city; the lament is parallel with the laments of the kings and the merchants;

— saying, what city is like unto this great city? as before for magnificence and grandeur, so now for sorrow, desolation, and ruin; nor was any city like it for power and authority, for pride and luxury, for idolatry and superstition, blasphemy and impenitence; like the sailors say of Tyre, Ezekiel 27:30.

20 Rejoice over her, thou heaven and ye holy apostles and prophets, for God hath avenged you on her.” — having called upon the saints to come out of Babylon, and to take vengeance on her, now calls upon all good men to rejoice at her ruin, while others were weeping and wailing.

21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. — which is expressive of the utter destruction of Rome, of her violence, force, and power, and of the suddenness and swiftness of her destruction.

22 And the voice of harpers and musicians, and of pipers and trumpeters shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; — players on stringed instruments and musicians;

— the voice of harpists, minstrels, flutists and trumpeters shall no more be heard in thee, and all craftsmen of every craft shall no more be found in thee, and the light of a lamp shall no more shine in thee, and the voice of bridegroom and bride shall no more be heard in thee.

23 and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee. For thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. — a day of lamentation;

— for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived; meaning her false doctrines, traditions, idolatry, superstition, and will worship, with which the whore has bewitched, allured, and deceived the nations of the empire, and the kings thereof, Revelation 18:3.

24 And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.” — for she will now be found guilty of slaying God’s witnesses, who are meant by the prophets and saints, that have been from the beginning of the apostasy.

The Plan to Carve Up Russia

•January 17, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The Unz Review by Mike Whitney • January 5, 2023 // Global Research • January 9, 2023

“For decades, the idea of dismantling the Soviet Union and Russia has been constantly cultivated in Western countries. Unfortunately, at some point, the idea of using Ukraine to achieve this goal was conceived. In fact, to prevent such a development, we launched the special military operation (SMO).

“This is precisely what some western countries –led by the United States– strive for; to create an anti-Russian enclave and then threaten us from this direction. Preventing this from happening is our primary goal” Vladimir Putin.

Here’s your geopolitical quiz for the day: What did Angela Merkel mean when she said “that the Cold War never really ended, because ultimately Russia was never pacified”?

  1. Merkel was referring to the fact that Russia has never accepted its subordinate role in the “Rules-based Order.”
  2. Merkel was referring to the fact that Russia’s economic collapse did not produce the ‘compliant state’ western elites had hoped for.
  3. Merkel is suggesting that the Cold War was never really a struggle between democracy and communism, but a 45 year-long effort to “pacify” Russia.
  4. What Merkel meant was that the western states –particularly the United States– do not want a strong, prosperous and independent Russia but a servile lackey that does as it is told.
  5. All of the above.

If you chose (5), then pat yourself on the back. That is the right answer.

Last week, Angela Merkel confirmed what many analysts have been saying for years, that Washington’s hostile relations with Russia –which date back more than a century– have nothing to do with ideology, ‘bad behavior’ or alleged “unprovoked aggression.”

Russia’s primary offense is that it occupies a strategic area of the world that contains vast natural resources and which is critical to Washington’s “pivot to Asia” plan.

Russia’s real crime is that its mere existence poses a threat to the globalist project to spread US military bases across Central Asia, encircle China, and become the regional hegemon in the world’s most prosperous and populous region.

So much attention has been focused on what Merkel said regarding the Minsk Treaty, that her more alarming remarks have been entirely ignored. Here is a short excerpt from a recent interview Merkel gave to an Italian magazine:

The 2014 Minsk Accords were an attempt to give Ukraine time. Ukraine used this period to become stronger, as seen today. The country of 2014/15 is not the country of today….

We all knew that it was a frozen conflict, that the problem was not solved, but this was precisely what gave Ukraine precious time.” (“Angela Merkel: Kohl took advantage of his voice and build,” Corrier Della Sera)

Merkel candidly admits that she participated in a 7 year-long fraud that was aimed at deceiving the Russian leadership into thinking that she genuinely wanted peace, but that proved not to be the case. In truth, the western powers deliberately sabotaged the treaty in order to buy-time to arm and train a Ukrainian army that would be used in a war against Russia.

But this is old news. What we find more interesting is what Merkel said following her comments on Minsk. Here’s the money-quote:

I want to talk to you about an aspect that makes me think. It’s the fact that the Cold War never really ended, because ultimately Russia was never pacified. When Putin invaded Crimea in 2014, he was excluded from the G8. In addition, NATO has deployed troops in the Baltic region, to demonstrate its readiness to intervene.

And we too have decided to allocate 2% of GDP to military expenditure for defence. CDU and CSU were the only ones to have kept it in the government programme. But we too should have reacted more quickly to Russia’s aggressiveness. (“Angela Merkel: Kohl took advantage of his voice and build,” Corrier Della Sera)

This is an astonishing admission. What Merkel is saying is that ” the Cold War never ended” because the primary goal of weakening (“pacifying”) Russia –to the point that it could not defend its own vital interests or project power beyond its borders– was not achieved. 

Merkel is implying that the main objective of the Cold War was not to defeat communism (as we were told) but to create a compliant Russian colony that would allow the globalist project to go forward unimpeded. As we can see in Ukraine, that objective has not been achieved; and the reason it hasn’t been achieved is because Russia is powerful enough to block NATO’s eastward expansion.

In short, Russia has become the greatest-single obstacle to the globalist strategy for world domination.

It’s worth noting, that Merkel never mentions Russia’s alleged “unprovoked aggression” in Ukraine as the main problem. In fact, she makes no attempt to defend that spurious claim. The real problem according to Merkel is that Russia has not been ‘pacified.’ Think about that. This suggests that the justification for the war is different than the one that is promoted by the media.

What it implies is that the conflict is driven by geopolitical objectives that have been concealed behind the “invasion” smokescreen. Merkel’s comments clear the air in that regard, by identifying the real goal; pacification.

In a minute we will show that the war was triggered by “geopolitical objectives” and not Russia’s alleged “aggression,” but first we need to review the ideas that are fueling the drive to war. The main body of principles upon which America’s foreign policy rests, is the Wolfowitz Doctrine, the first draft of which was presented in the Defense Planning Guidance in 1992. Here’s a short excerpt:

Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.

This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.

There it is in black and white: The top priority of US foreign policy “is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union.”

This shows the importance that Washington and its allies place on the territory occupied by the Russian Federation. It also shows the determination of western leaders to prevent any sovereign state from controlling the area the US needs to implement its grand strategy.

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that Russia’s transformation into a strong and independent state has not only put it squarely in Washington’s crosshairs, but also greatly increased the chances of a direct confrontation. Simply put, Russia’s return to the ranks of the great powers has placed it on Washington’s ‘enemies list’ and a logical target for US aggression.

So, what does this have to do with Merkel?

Implicit in Merkel’s comments is the fact that the dissolution of the communist state and the collapse of the Russian economy was not sufficient to leave Russia “pacified.” She is, in fact, voicing her support for more extreme measures. And she knows what those measures will be; regime change followed by a violent splintering of the country.

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney, a lead architect of the Iraq War, not only wanted to dismantle the Soviet Union; he also wanted to break up Russia itself, to prevent it from rising again as a significant political power…

The fact that a figure at the helm of the US government not-so-secretly sought the permanent dissolution of Russia as a country, and straightforwardly communicated this to colleagues like Robert Gates, partially explains the aggressive posturing Washington has taken toward the Russian Federation since the overthrow of the USSR.

The carving up of Russia into several smaller statelets, has long been the dream of the neoconservatives. The difference now, is that that same dream is shared by political leaders across the West. Recent comments by Angela Merkel underscore the fact that western leaders are now committed to achieving the unrealized goals of the Cold War.

They intend to use military confrontation to affect the political outcome they seek which is a significantly weakened Russia incapable of blocking Washington’s projection of power across Central Asia. A more dangerous strategy would be hard to imagine.

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head” Obadiah 1:15

“The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet” Isaiah 28:3

US Plans to Break Up China: CIA Funding for Terrorists, Narco-trafficking and Proxies

Revelation (Ch 15-16)

•January 16, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 15 opens with seven angels holding the seven last plagues, each filled with the wrath of God ready to be poured upon the earth.

Revelation 15

1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvelous: seven angels holding the seven last plagues, for in them is filled up the wrath of God. — God had borne with his enemies with much longsuffering,

— but now his wrath will go forth to the uttermost; and even after these plagues the holy wrath of God against his other enemies does not cease;

— these seven angels are holding the seven last plagues, because they are sent forth, not like the trumpets to warn men to repent, but upon those who have obstinately refused to return; ready to be pour out;

2 And I saw, as it were, a sea of glass mingled with fire, and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass and having the harps of God. — a sea of glass mingled with fire; Revelation 4:6 “and before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal,” but is now mingled with fire;

— these were those that come out of great tribulation, had mingled with fire; had answering to the baptism on earth with fire, that is, fiery trial, had victory over the beast, his image and his mark; and had washed their garments, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb; and were just come up from the washing, and stood upon, or rather by or “near the sea.”

3 And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, “Great and marvelous are Thy works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Thy ways, Thou King of saints! — and they sing the song of Moses the servant of God;

— both that in Exodus 15:1 and in Deuteronomy 32:1 and the sense is, that they observed the law of Moses, which he as a servant in the Lord’s house faithfully delivered, as in the times before; that they sung a song like that of Moses.

4 Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? For Thou only art holy. For all nations shall come and worship before Thee, for Thy judgements are made manifest.” — for the final result of the Lord’s doing will be that all nations, all men, will acknowledge His sovereignty and to give honor to Him as the holy Judge of the nations.

5 And after that I looked, and behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in Heaven was opened; — and the tabernacle, the tabernacle of Moses, which was before the temple, because God dwells in it;

— the testimony was the law, or the two tables of stone, because they testified what was good, and perfect, and acceptable will of God; and these being put into the ark, were a testimony of the covenant between God and the people of Israel, and were a witness against them, when they transgressed these laws.

6 and the seven angels, having the seven plagues, came out of the temple, clothed in pure and white linen and having their breasts girded with golden girdles. — the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in white, shining linen, and girded about their breasts with a golden girdle; the meaning is, that they were attired in a manner befitting their rank and condition.

7 And one of the four living beings gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever. — another seven angels each given a golden vial full of the wrath of God; it will be the wrath of the living God;

— for this wrath will issue in the everlasting destruction of the beast and his influence: so the wrath of God is signified by a wine cup of fury, Jeremiah 25:15 and that destruction, and those plagues which God designed to bring upon Pharaoh, was a type, there are some of them a manifest allusion to the plagues of Egypt.

8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power, and no man was able to enter into the temple till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled. — and the sanctuary was filled with the smoke of the glory of God and of his power, and no one is able to enter into the sanctuary until the seven plagues of the seven angels are completed.

Revelation 16

1 And I heard a great voice out of the temple, saying to the seven angels, “Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of God upon the earth.” — it is the voice of God which is heard, for it is he that has the avenging plagues in his hand;

— the seven angels, the seven messengers of God, were to pour out the bowls, like the ten plagues of Egypt; each containing the wrath of the Lord upon the earth.

2 And the first went and poured out his vial upon the earth; and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men who had the mark of the beast and upon them that worshipped his image. — and there came a grievous ulcer on the men that had the mark of the beast and those that had worshipped his image?

— or, is this a plague of painful boils? this resembles the sixth of the Egyptian plagues, the plague of boils;

3 And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man, and every living soul died in the sea. — the sea, out of which the first beast rose, from which the world-power drew strength, is turned to blood;

— the second vial on the sea, turning it into blood, and killing the fish; this was like the first Egyptian plague, coagulated blood, fatal to all animal life.

4 And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood. — the rivers and fountains, also rendering the waters blood; undrinkable as in Egypt;

— the third vial affects the same, and brings terrible wars, and great effusion of blood, where so much of the blood of the Saints have been shed: hence it follows, and they became blood; these countries will be covered with blood;

5 And I heard the angel of the waters say, “Thou art righteous, O Lord, who art, and wast, and shall be, because Thou hast judged thus; — the angel of the waters; Jewish writings says of an angel that is “the prince of the sea,” and of angels that were over the waters, and others over fire; though here is designed the “angel of the water,”

— who art, and wast, and shall be; the same as “the Eternal”; the “Everlasting”; ‘I am,’ ‘I was,’ ‘I’ll be.’ These are descriptions of the Lord, or attributes that the Lord has; not to be mistaken as a name of the Lord, whose name is Yehovah (the letter J didn’t appear in the English language until the sixteenth century the earliest).

6 for they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and Thou hast given them blood to drink, for they are worthy.” — much of the blood of the saints, of the preachers of the Word, or the Gospel, of the prophets and witnesses, have been martyred.

7 And I heard another out of the altar say, “Even so, Lord God Almighty; true and righteous are Thy judgements.” — this angel joins the other, and approves and confirms what he says; applauding the judgements of God upon the worshippers of the beast, being what they deserved.

8 And the fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. — this fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun, and to him was given to scorch men with fire; and

— this vial refers to; when Zion’s light will be come, and the light and heat of the Sun will be seven fold, and to scorch men with fire;

— these were worshippers of both beasts, who uphold SUNday worshipping, accusing God’s Sabbath-keepers of being Judaizing, they were scorched, but they did not repent to give him glory:

— Moses’ warnings in Deuteronomy 17

And [if you] hath gone and served other gods and worshipped them, either the SUN or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded, 4 and it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it and inquired diligently, and behold, it be true and the thing certain that such abomination is wrought in Israel, 5 then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman who has committed that wicked thing unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones till they die. Deuteronomy 17:3-5

— the following quotation show that the first Christians understood the Sabbath but were made forbidden and gathered for worship on Sunday: “Christians should not Judaize and should not be idle on the Sabbath, but should work on that day; they should, however, particularly reverence the Lord’s day and, if possible, not work on it, because they were Christians” (Canon 29 AD 360);

9 And men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God, who hath power over these plagues; and they repented not to give Him glory.

— every new plague seems to be more deadly than the preceding one; and after these men were scorched with great heat, they blasphemed the name of God, who has the power over these plagues, and they did not repent to give Him glory.

10 And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness, and they gnawed their tongues from pain; — the beast is the same with that in Revelation 13:1 and which again shows that to be one and the same:

— the seat or throne of the beast is Rome, which, when the empire was Pagan, was the seat of Satan, or the dragon, Revelation 2:13 and when the beast or antichrist was risen, the dragon gave this seat, as well as his authority to him.

11 and they blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds. — and blasphemed the God of heaven; who dwells in it, and from whence wrath is revealed, and comes upon the seat of the beast; but they will curse him who is their King, and their God, and look upwards to heaven, where he is, Isaiah 8:21.

12 And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. — nor is the situation changed by the sixth plague: and the sixth poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and its water was dried up, that the way of the kings from the rising of the Sun might be prepared.

Countries east of the Euphrates: Iran, Aghanistan, Pakistan, India and Bengladesh

13 And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. — this might be the real trinity, or Trinity: (1) the dragon, (2) the beast and (3) the false prophet; they operate as a single unit and work harmoniously among themselves;

14 For they are the spirits of devils working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them for the battle of that great Day of God Almighty. — and of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet: again, the real trinity, or Trinity?

— three unclean spirits like frogs; for they are spirits of demons performing miracles, which go forth upon the kings of the whole earth to assemble them to battle of that great day of Almighty God.

15 “Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” — blessed is he that watcheth; against sin, the lusts of the flesh, and the cares of this life, lest they bring a sleepiness upon him, and so the day of the Lord come upon him at an unawares; and against Satan and his temptations, who goes about seeking whom he may devour;

— and against his emissaries and false teachers, who lie in wait to deceive; and blessed is he also who is wishing and waiting for the coming of Christ, and so, being ready, will enter with him into the marriage chamber, and partake of the supper of the Lamb.

16 And he gathered them together at a place called in the Hebrew tongue, Armageddon. — the Hebrew tongue Armageddon; which may be the same with Har-megiddo, the mountain of Megiddo; for the Hebrew word הר is read “Ar” by the Greeks; so the city Argarize is interpreted the mountain of the most High:

— and this refers either to the slaying of Josiah in the valley of Megiddo, which occasioned such mourning, that it became proverbial for any great sorrow; see II Chronicles 35:22 where it is called the valley of Megiddon; and Armageddon is the mountain of Megiddo.

17 And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven from the throne, saying, “It Is Done!” — the kingdom of Satan, he being the prince of the power of the air, Ephesians 2:2 not that he has power over the air, to raise or lay winds and storms in it at pleasure;

— but he is so called because he is the prince of that posse of devils, the principalities and powers of darkness, that have their dwelling in the air; hence the air, encompassing the whole earth, stands for the kingdom of Satan all the world over.

18 And there were voices and thunders and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as has not been since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake and so great. — another great voice out of the Temple of heaven, from the Throne; this voice is said to come “out of the Temple of heaven” that is, out of the Temple which is in heaven, which will now be opened, as under the sounding of the seventh trumpet.

19 And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell, and great Babylon came to remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of His wrath. — like the city of Jerusalem, as inhabited by Christians, Jews, and Muslims?

— the wrath of God is sometimes signified in the Old Testament by a cup, a wine cup, a wine cup of fury, see Psalms 75:8.

20 And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found. — the islands are removed, and the mountains sink from sight, for the final Judgement has come, and the end of all things is at hand;

— this is the end result of “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again” Isaiah 24:20

21 And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent. And men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail, for the plague thereof was exceeding great. — and great hail, resembling a talent in size, fell down from heaven upon men, and men blasphemed God for the plague of the hail, for the plague of it is very great;

— this is the punishment which will destroy all the enemies of the Lord, a hail of God’s wrath which falls from heaven upon the blasphemers and casts them into the lowest hell;

—.and yet the enemies, in the midst of their destruction, blaspheme the Lord, just as they will blaspheme Him throughout eternity, as they are consumed by the torments of hell.

Years of US Destabilisation in Xinjiang

•January 15, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Seventy Years of US Destabilisation in China. US Sponsored Uyghur Insurgency in Xinjiang.

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee.”

Global Research by Shane Quinn ~ January 02, 2023

China’s exit in October 1949, from the sphere of US control, was perhaps the heaviest blow to strike American post-World War II global hegemony. China’s successful drive for independence had been anticipated in Washington for many months.

In September 1948, the far-sighted American diplomat George Kennan noted that “there are considerable limitations on what we can do to affect the course of events in China.” Over the elapsing seven decades since, the scale of American influence in China’s domestic affairs has been restricted at best, but continues apace nonetheless. Washington has implemented a range of policies in the hope of destabilising and splintering China.

The Pentagon’s strategies towards China have somewhat mirrored those they directed against the USSR: Utilisation of proxy groups, extremists and ethnic minorities, along with client states.

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIC), a terrorist organisation, was founded by Uyghur jihadists in 1988, just as separatist uprisings were breaking out in Xinjiang province, north-western China. The Turkistan Islamic Party, previously known as the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, received CIA sponsorship from its early existence.

In contradictory fashion, the Turkistan Islamic Party, which is based largely in north-western Pakistan, is deemed a terrorist organisation by the United States, along with other major countries like Russia and of course China and its neighbour Pakistan.

By 2001, militant Uyghurs were preparing for guerrilla warfare in the same camps situated in Afghanistan where the CIA and ISI, Pakistan’s intelligence service, had once provided training to Mujahideen extremists – in order to hamper Soviet troops embedded in Afghanistan 40 years ago. Between 1990 and 2001, the Turkistan Islamic Party perpetrated over 200 terrorist acts, including blowing up vehicles, market places and assassinating Chinese government officials.

Following the September 11 attacks on America, Uyghur extremists were seen fighting against US soldiers during Washington’s “war on terror” in Afghanistan. Almost two dozen Uyghurs were sent to the notorious US-run Guantanamo detention camp in south-eastern Cuba, with some Uyghurs held there for as long as 12 years.

High profile Uyghur separatists, like the Xinjiang-born Anwar Yusuf Turani, founder of the East Turkestan Government in exile, is himself living in the state of Virginia, on America’s east coast. Turani has been a willing tool in Washington’s power game with China; in June 1999, he met with president Bill Clinton and asked him to back political movements seeking independence for Xinjiang; and Turani later enjoyed dialogue with Clinton’s successor, George W. Bush, who promised to support the “fundamental human rights” of “Uyghurs and others living in China.”

Further prominent Uyghur exiles living in America have called for Xinjiang’s independence from China, such as Rebiya Kadeer, a five-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee, born in Xinjiang, and who also resides in the US state of Virginia.

For 11 years until November 2017, she was the leader of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), headquartered in Munich, and which is partly funded by the National Endowment For Democracy (NED). The NED, partially subsidised by the United States Congress, has a long history of “soft power” interference in sovereign states around the world: China, Nicaragua, the Ukraine and so on.

The World Uyghur Congress was established in April 2004 by Erkin Alptekin, a former adviser to the CIA.

Kadeer’s husband has previously worked as a commentator for the US government-run broadcaster, Radio Free Asia. Like Turani, Kadeer is something of a pawn for Washington in the growing US-China geopolitical rivalry. In the past, she accepted invitations to meet President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, so as to seek backing for Uyghur independence from China. During a June 2019 visit to US ally Japan, she called on Tokyo to provide more political support for Xinjiang.

One of the central reasons for Beijing’s strong focus on Xinjiang, is because this region is rich in both oil (21 billion tonnes) and coal deposits (40% of China’s entire reserves). Some Uyghur natives have complained that Beijing simply dispatches the raw materials from Xinjiang directly towards the Chinese capital, and to other relatively affluent cities like Shanghai, without providing adequate compensation in response. Even a small surtax could be enough to significantly improve the living conditions of Uyghurs.

The experienced Brazilian historian, Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira, wrote that Beijing’s vested concerns in Xinjiang are also partly due to its position as a pipeline hub; a territory through which natural resources pour into China from Central Asia, and which Bandeira states “was one of the factors behind the ethnic tensions that erupted over the course of the 1990s, and the beginning of the 21st century, with China investing $15 billion in the region’s infrastructure and development until 2001, including petrochemical plants and gas transports to Shanghai.”

The China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), a state-owned company based in Beijing, “sought to transform Xinjiang into the country’s largest oil and gas production base until 2020.” Unsurprisingly, Beijing’s exploitation of Xinjiang’s resources has been increasing, while the province is a focal point too for China’s vast Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) industrial project.

Furthermore, Xi Jinping’s government retains strong ambitions in linking Xinjiang to Gwadar, a strategic port situated in southern Pakistan and which rests on the Arabian Sea. For a number of years, Beijing have been investing heavily in Pakistan, also reaching south to Gwadar, which could provide China’s administration with a field of scope into some of the planet’s most vital oil shipping lanes; with the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf waters positioned tantalisingly close to Gwadar.

China is Pakistan’s largest trading partner, and Beijing views its neighbour as an important ally, borne out by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor – an infrastructural program between these two nations valued at tens of billions of dollars.

Focusing on the Pentagon’s efforts again to destabilise China, we turn our attention to Tibet: A glorious region in south-western China whose landscapes are dominated by towering, snow-filled Himalayan mountain tops, vast uninhabited plains, while in size Tibet is almost twice as large as France.

Following China’s 1949 revolution, the American Congress deemed that Tibet had a right to “self-determination” and Washington gave full support to the Tibetan Government in exile, which was established in 1960 by the current Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso). The Dalai Lama – who has links to the CIA dating to the 1950s – fled to India from Tibet’s capital, Lhasa, following the failed and bloody 1959 Washington-backed Tibetan uprising against Chinese control.

This revolt was partially instigated within the United States itself under the auspices of CIA officer Bruce Walker at Camp Hale, the US army training facility in Colorado. At Camp Hale from the years 1956 to 1957, the CIA extensively trained 250 to 300 “Tibetan freedom fighters” all of which was kept secret from the public. The CIA’s training of Tibetans continued at Camp Hale until it was closed in 1964.

Another covert base for US operations against China was established in the Colorado ski resort town of Aspen where Tibet’s proxy forces were flown over by American aircraft before being dropped by parachutes.

Other CIA training camps were established in separate locations in the south Asian country of Nepal which borders Tibet to the north. Between 1949 and 1951, the number of CIA operatives engaged in covert actions increased ten times over. The CIA’s budget, for encouraging revolts and social unrest in China, reached 20 times the sum of money allocated for the 1953 overthrow of Mohammed Mossadegh in Iran. The CIA received assistance in targeting China from the special services of Nepal and India.

The Dalai Lama’s older brother, Gyalo Thondup, was involved in various CIA-sponsored operations against China, which were eventually crushed by Beijing, resulting in many thousands of deaths. Often playing the role of the Dalai Lama’s “unofficial envoy,” Thondup, living in India today and aged in his early 90s, first travelled to the US in 1951. He provided ample information to the US Department of State on all issues concerning Tibet.

A CIA-funded and armed Tibetan army, the Dokham Chushi Gangdruk, continued a guerrilla warfare campaign for years within the frontiers of China. By the mid-1960s, there were almost 2,000 US-supported combatants of Tibetan ethnicity in operation. The Dalai Lama benefited from generous quantities of CIA funds and in 1964 alone he was subsidised with $180,000.

Until 1975, the Dalai Lama obscured the CIA’s role in the 1959 Tibetan revolt and other activities at a time when he was in contact with US agents in Tibet. The Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 was furnished with an allowance from the CIA dating to the early 1950s, but perhaps even preceding that.

During an interview with the New York Times in mid-September 1993, the Dalai Lama said, “today, the help and support we receive from the United States is truly out of sympathy and human compassion.” Well into the 21st century, US governments have continued chanelling funds to Tibetan independent causes through US Department of State branches like the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM).

Elsewhere in China, and in more recent times, Washington has been limited to utilising its “soft power” organisations like the Reagan-era founded NED, which is financially supporting the anti-Beijing protests in Hong Kong. Since 2014, the NED has provided about $30 million to Hong Kong’s pro-Western or independence marchers. The demonstrations have enjoyed large-scale coverage and sympathy from the mainstream press.

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head” Obadiah 1:15

US Plans to Break Up China: CIA Funding for Terrorists, Narco-trafficking and Proxies

Revelation (Ch 13-14)

•January 14, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 13 appears as an insert chapter, sort of flashbacks. It contains a description of two beasts, one emerging from the sea, representing in civil power; the other coming out on land, one with ecclesiastical power.

The first beast is described by its origin, the sea, and by the monstrous parts; its heads seven, in which were the name of blasphemy; its horns ten, having power, a throne, and great authority; and having one of its heads wounded, and healed; and by the great regard had unto him, being wondered at, and worshipped by all the world, and declared to be more powerful than any, and none to be like them.

And John beheld a second beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon.

Revelation 13

1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea. And I saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. — sea usually indicates vastness as ocean is; so from this vastness of humanity; it arose out of the sea or ocean of nations, gradually, but surely, until it had power over practically the entire world;

— seven heads; the seven mountains on which Rome was built, its heads seven, in which were the name of blasphemy; its horns ten, on which were crowns; its skin like a leopard, its feet as a bear, and its mouth as a lion; and by its state and condition, having power, a throne, and great authoritynd so design the city itself built on them; this beast is the Roman Empire;

— ten horns; refers to the ten provinces of the Roman Empire; or ten kingdoms, into which the empire was divide it upon its being wasted and vanquished by the Goths, and the ten kings of them, which reigned with the beast, and gave their kingdoms to him; so horns signify kingdoms in Zechariah 1:18;

2 And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. — this beast has the best or strongest of other beasts;

— like unto a leopard; to which the Grecian kingdom is compared in Daniel 7:6; because of that rapidity and swiftness with which Alexander overran the world;

— the feet of a bear; to which the Persian monarchy is compared, Daniel 7:5;

— his mouth as the mouth of a lion; which was the first beast, or the Babylonian empire;

— the dragon gave him his power: for the coming of the second beast after the working of Satan.

3 And I saw that one of his heads was, as it were, wounded to death, and his deadly wound was healed. And all the world wondered after the beast. — the great Roman Empire which the beast represents received a temporary setback, a wound which looked like a deadly wound; which came to an end in the year 476;

— but a revived Rome will retain its power in spite of all that, for the worldly authority remained sometimes with the Pope and at other times, the Emperor, supporting and strengthening each other.

4 And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast, and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him?” — and this Roman Empire worshipped the dragon; indeed they do;

— as the cast out one has embedded himself into the Godhead, the Trinity; whom we know the Trinity is fake? So indeed over a billion people or more than 99.99 percent of professing Christians, even including those of the true Church, are conned by the dragon.

And they worshiped the dragon which gave power unto the beast

5 And there was given unto him a mouth, speaking great things and blasphemies, and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. — power is given unto the beast to continue or to make war and prevail, forty-two months;

— speaking great things, and blasphemies; great swelling words of vanity; calling himself Christ’s vicar, Peter’s successor, head of the church, universal bishop; promising to his followers: riches, honours, pleasures, pardons, and heaven itself and uttering things of blasphemies mentioned in Revelation 13:6;

6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in Heaven. — and it is well known what blasphemous and extravagant claims of authority and power have been made by him,

— who has been styled, His Holiness, Infallible Sovereign of kings and kingdoms Christ’s Vicegerent, and yea, God upon earth; and give him power to insert the “holy ghost” into the Godhead to create the fake Trinity.

7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints and to overcome them; and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. — it was given unto him to make war with the saints; the remnant of the woman’s seed, Revelation 12:17;

— let the Romanists boast, that theirs is the catholic church, and universal empire with universal values; the Gregorian calendar become the universal calendar; Sunday has become the standard day of rest; Easter and Christmas have become standard holidays worldwide, etc; and most of these Great Whore doctrines were later adopted by her harlotry protesting daughters.

Benson: that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses, there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million! From the first institution of the Jesuits to AD 1480, that is, in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain; (for more, click here)

8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the Book of Life of the Lamb, slain from the foundation of the world. — and all that dwell upon the earth shall worship the beast, the Roman empire;

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear:

10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity. He that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints. — he that killeth with the sword, must be killed with the sword; he that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity, that is, he that imprisoned others must be imprisoned!

— as a parallel Scripture in Jeremiah: “And it shall come to pass, if they say unto thee, ‘Whither shall we go forth?’ then thou shalt tell them, ‘Thus saith the Lord: “‘Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword; and such as are for the famine, to the famine; and such as are for the captivity, to the captivity,’” Jeremial 15:2

A Beast with two horns like a lamb, but speaks as a dragon

11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. — the first beast with ten crowned horns is the Roman empire, as divided into ten kingdoms;

— but this other beast had two horns like a lamb, the appearance of a lamb; or pretended to be like a lamb, all meekness and mildness; but he spake as a dragon; he had a voice of terror, like Roman emperors, in usurping divine titles, in commanding idolatry;

— this beast is otherwise called the false prophet; than which there cannot be a stronger or plainer argument to prove that false doctors or teachers were particularly designed. For the false prophet, no more than the beast, is a single man, but a body or succession of men, propagating false doctrines, and he spake like a dragon.

12 And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him; and he causeth the earth and them that dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. — he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him; he holdeth an empire within an empire; claiming temporal authority as well as a spiritual, and enforceth his canons and decrees with the sword of a magistrate;

— the papacy, considered as a spiritual domination, was in fact a new power starting up in the same place as the old Roman dominion, and causeth the earth and them who dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed; he supports tyranny, as he is by tyranny supported;

— all the authority; that is, his influence over men, though less directly asserted, is equal to that of the first beast.and this Roman Papacy was proven to be the Great Whore of Babylon of whom most of her doctrines were later adopted by her harlotry daughters.

13 And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.

Gill: “of the pretensions of the Papacy to confer the Holy Ghost, and his gifts upon men, by breathing on them, which on the day of Pentecost were represented by cloven tongues, as of fire, coming down from heaven; or of their anathemas, curses, and excommunications, at which time burning torches and candles are cast up, and fall down, as emblems of divine wrath, which is called cursing men with bell, book, and candle; or else of the fire of persecution.”

— still more concerning this beast: and the dragon gave his own power and his throne and great authority to him; and quid pro quo in response for its favour, the Roman Church incorporates the ‘Holy Ghost’ into the Godhead so that he could be like the Most High.

14 And he deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast, saying to them that dwell on the earth that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword and lived.

— as the first beast concurs to maintain his authority, so he, the second beast, with the dragon behind him, in return confirms and maintains the sovereignty and dominion of the first beast over his subjects;

— the little horn and the two-horned beast act precisely in the same capacity; each exercising the power of the first beast before him, and each perishing in one common destruction with him.

15 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak and cause to be killed as many as would not worship the image of the beast. — he enslaves the consciences by lying wonders and pretended miracles, as the first beast subjugates the bodies of men;

— and by joining with them, procures them a blind obedience from their subjects: and so he is the occasion of the preservation of the old Roman empire in some kind of unity, and name and strength, (for more, click here).

16 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand or in their foreheads, — as slaves received a brand or mark in their flesh, betokening to whom they belonged, so in the conflict here is on the side of good and of evil a brand or mark; but what is this?

17 that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark or the name of the beast or the number of his name. — the number is the number of a man, computed after the usual manner among men, and it is 666 (or in some manuscripts it reads – χις equals 616); but what or who is intended by this remains a mystery;

— Kretzmann: there are the two swords, the temporal and the spiritual, which the Pope still claims for himself; there are the many cases of interdict, or spiritual boycott, when congregations, cities, and states were suspended from the means of grace; there are the cases of indulgences, when the forgiveness of sins was made a matter of traffic and bargaining;

— Benson: the canon of the council of Lateran, under Pope Alexander the Third, made against the Waldenses and Albigenses, enjoins, upon pain of anathema, that “no one presume to entertain or cherish them in his house or land, or exercise traffic with them.” The synod of Tours, in France, under the same pope, ordered, under the like intermination, that “no man should presume to receive or assist them, no, not so much as to hold any communion with them in selling or buying, that, being deprived of the comfort of humanity, they may be compelled to repent of the error of their way.”

18 Here is wisdom: Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man; and his number is six hundred threescore and six. — here is wisdom; this most difficult verse is introduced by this preface; it warns us that wisdom and understanding are needed; but what is it?

Chapter 14 is unusual, in that three angels would be called out to do redemptive work which had been normally reserved for human beings.

Revelation 14

1 And I looked and lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Zion, and with Him a hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father’s name written in their foreheads.

— the vision of the Lamb, the Messiah, standing on Mount Zion; and companied by the 144,000, his Father’s name written on their foreheads; but here no mention of “clothed in white robes,” as described in Revelation 7:13.

— here is also no mention of “a great multitude” (Revelation 7:9) ~ those from the nations, the Gentiles, the goyim; they are clothed in white robes; but no mention of them having the Father’s name; so is this a different group of 144,000?

2 And I heard a voice from heaven as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder, and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps. — for those still on earth; at the same time a voice was heard from heaven, comparable to the sound of many waters, of thunders and of harps.

3 And they sang, as it were, a new song before the throne, and before the four living beings and the elders; and no man could learn that song, except the hundred and forty and four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. — a voice before the throne, hence in heaven, and as the voice of many waters and as the rumbling of great thunder;

— and the voice which John heard resembled that of harpists playing on their harps; and they sang a new song and before the four living beings and the elders; and no one can learn the song except the hundred and forty-four thousand that have been redeemed from the earth.

4 These are they that were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are they that follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. — these are virgins which were not defiled with any idolatry nor with the whore of Rome;

— nor corrupting themselves with her protesting daughters; while the kings and inhabitants of the earth were drunk these were free from such their idolatrous practices.

5 And in their mouth was found no guile, for they are without fault before the throne of God. — in their mouth was found no guile; for idols and idolatrous practices are often called lies, and lying vanities; these are redeemed from the consequence of this evil world, and from a vain, wicked, and idolatrous lying tongues with false doctrines in them.

6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation and kindred, and tongue and people, — in the SDA doctrines, would this be the first angel? A first angel message? to warn them that dwell on the earth?

7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgement is come. Worship Him that made heaven and earth, and the sea and the fountains of waters.” — these are messages from the first angel to the nations, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people, all and every nations that may have not heard of the gospel, nor of the kingdom;

— so this first angel is doing a “Fear God” missionary work? So far only men, if any, are doing “Fear God” work, because most Pretenders are engrossed with the “Covenant of Grace” a non-sensical no-fear gospel.

8 And there followed another angel, saying, “Babylon is fallen! Fallen is that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” — Babylon is a figure of speech for (1) Roman empire: and of this it is said, that it “is fallen, is fallen” which words are repeated for the confirmation of it, as matter of fact;

— (2) but Babylon could also be Ephraim, the message of Ezekiel’s warning of her abominations and all her idolatries; fornication and whoredoms. A day would come that they would be fallen, is fallen.

— so this would be the SDA second angel message?

9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead or in his hand,

— if any man worship the beast and his image; give in to the idolatries of the church of Rome, or her daughter harlots and embrace, maintain, and defend the Popish religion, which bears a resemblance to the worship of the heathens, and is the very image of Rome Pagan; see Revelation 13:4;

— Seventh-day Adventists preach a lot on this third angel message; so much emphasis that it is as if it’s more important than the gospel itself? They seem to know so much on this theme, but nothing about the other prophets; nothing about what Ezekiel says;

— observing on Samaritan Sundays isn’t okay to Adventists, but indulging in a pagan Christmas is okay! And there is no fear among Adventists where their doctrines are corrupted by her prophetness Jezebel; and if they don’t repent, “I will kill her children with death,” Revelation 2:23. Therefore Adventists should take warning from their own First Angel Message: “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgement is come.”

10 the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out unmixed into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. — the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God; which is a just punishment for their sin;

— that as such have drank of the wine of the wrath of Rome’s fornication, Revelation 14:8 so they shall now drink of the wine of God’s wrath; it is usual in Scripture to express the punishment God inflicts upon wicked men by his wrath, and by the wine cup of his fury; and their suffering such punishment, by their drinking of it; see Jeremiah 25:15.

11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.” — and the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever; that is, the smoke of that fire which torments them will for ever arise;

— or, in other words, there will be no end of their torment; like that of Sodom and Gomorrah; hence their misery is called everlasting fire, everlasting punishment, and everlasting destruction.

12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. — here are they that keep the true commandments of God;

— that is, including the Sabbath and annual Feast days; including the calendar established by the Sanhedrin; the judgement of God in AD 70 was just a preamble; a foretaste; where the Sadducees, the Essenes and the house of Shammai Pharisees and those of its military arm, the Zealots were wiped out in an inforno. Were these sects facing their Sodom and Gomorrah? Another major similar judgement lies for the future (for more details, see An Autopsy of JERUSALEM in the AD 70 INFERNO).

13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, “Write: ’Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from henceforth.’” “Yea,” saith the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works do follow them.” — those that die in the Lord or for the Lord are those that remain steadfast in his Word and faith unto the end, whether this end be that of a quiet death or that of martyrdom.

14 And I looked, and behold, a white cloud; and upon the cloud sat one like unto the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown and in his hand a sharp sickle.

— and in the hand of the Son of Man, he has a sharp sickle: to reap the earth with, as hereafter, and is expressive of his power as King of kings, Lord of lords and Chief Judge of the world, to gather all nations before him; for the sickle is used to gather with, as well as to cut them down.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, “Thrust in thy sickle and reap; for the time has come for thee to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” — would this be the fourth angel?

— not only the grapes are gathered, but all the shoots and branches are cut off; the day and hour of judgement has come; the fruit of sin and unbelief has reached its full maturity, the patience of the Lord is exhausted; or rewards to be reaped?

16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.— the Being that sat “upon the cloud like unto the Son of Man,” has a sickle on the earth; the Son of Man ready to reap and he did so;

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. — beside the Son of Man having a sharp sickle, this angel also has one sharp sickle; would this be the fifth angel?

18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in thy sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”— would this be the sixth angel?

— this sixth angel came out of the altar, and shouted (giving a message or an order) with a loud voice to him (the fifth angel) that had the sharp sickle, saying, Send forth thy sharp sickle and cull the grape-clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes have matured. Here the fire of God’s wrath, of God’s Judgement, is in evidence. The final Judgement will not be a partial judgement, but will strike fruit, branches, stem and roots.

19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great wine press of the wrath of God. — and the fifth angel thrust with his sickle into the earth and executes God’s final Judgement;

— at the end of the world: this vine may be said to be cut down at the burning of the world, and to be gathered at the resurrection, as the wheat harvest of the saints will be at a resurrection.

20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even unto the horse bridles, for the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. — even unto the horses’ bridles, for the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs; which could be:

— (a) measuring a thousand and six hundred miles, between 600 and 625 feet in width, with a depth of about five feet;

— (b) an hyperbolical expression, setting forth the largeness and universality of the destruction of the wicked, and the impossibility of their escaping it.

China’s “Photonic Chip”

•January 13, 2023 • Leave a Comment

China’s “Photonic Chip” Welcomes A Breakthrough; US Wants Chinas To Share Technology

 China’s “Photonic Chip” Welcomes A Breakthrough US Wants To Share Technology ASML EXPLODES!!! – YouTube

In order to solve the problem of semiconductor chips being stuck in a ditch by foreign technology, China has been resolute in its quest to tackle its disadvantages and change the game.

To succeed in their quest, they needed to create new, cutting-edge materials to lead their research and development work, and now that their photonic chip production line is set to begin in 2023, ushering in a breakthrough with new ideas to the semiconductor industry, everything appears to be looking up.

Alas, what’s this new chip all about?

And also, just how and why does the United States Of America suddenly want in on the action! This and many more will be discussed in today’s video. China’s first production line for integrated optical circuits, or just as it’s more commonly called, ‘photonic chips’ is estimated to be ready in 2023.  

Global Times: China’s first photonic chip production line to be ready in 2023

Yahoo: China publishes high-quality science than any other nation by Caroline Wagner, Milton & Roslyn Wolf Chair in International Affairs, The Ohio State University ~ January 11, 2023

Revelation (Ch 11-12)

•January 12, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 11 contains a vision of two wonders or signs seen in heaven, a woman and a dragon, and an account of what followed thereon, war both in heaven and on the earth.

Revelation 11

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod; and the angel stood, saying, “Rise, and measure the temple of God and the altar, and them that worship therein. — and there was given me a reed like unto a rod; a measuring reed was six cubits long, Ezekiel 40:5; with the Greeks and Romans, ten feet long.

— measuring the servants of God is equivalent to trying them out and judging their performance, and if qualified, to seal them for official duties; these are called, chosen and are found to be faithful, Revelation 17:14;

2 But the court which is outside the temple, leave out, and measure it not, for it is given unto the nations; and the Holy City shall they tread under foot for forty and two months. — for the time being, the majority people of the nations are not given the calling, nor judged yet, that’s why the court is left out and measure not;

— the reason of this is that it was given to the Gentiles, a reference to the “court of the Gentiles,” the outer court of the Temple to which the Gentiles had access, and within which they were not permitted to go; that its time will come; perhaps starting with the ‘times of the gentiles’? Luke 21:24

3 And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth.” — clothed in sackcloth; black cloth commonly for mourning garments; here it is an emblem of mourning;”

— my two witnesses” that is, they, like Zerubbabel and Joshua, (Zechariah 4) are the two great witnesses of God; that they would give utterance the judgements of God as he reveals them for a thousand two hundred and threescore days; 1260 days is the same as three and half years.

4 These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks, standing before the God of the earth. — and the two candlesticks; which hold forth the light of the Word of God;

— these are the two olive trees; or represented by the two olive tree; reminding us of Moses and Elijah who called for fire upon their adversaries; or in Zechariah 4:3, Joshua and Zerubbabel after the Babylonish captivity, who in laying out themselves, in rebuilding and finishing the temple, were types of these witnesses.

5 And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies; and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. — fire proceedeth out of their mouth; it is, of course, necessary that this should be taken literally;

— the fire devouring their foes seems to allude to II Kings 1:10; like Elijah, they can close the heaven (1 Kings 17:1); like Moses, they can turn water into blood and summon down every plague (Exodus 7:20); thus the spirit and power of Moses and Elias; the meaning is, that they would have the power of destroying their enemies as fire should proceed out of their mouth and destroyed their lives; that is, their words would be like burning coals or flames;

6 These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy, and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. — like Moses and Elijah, these have power to shut up the sky, that no rain map fall during the days of their prophecy, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to smite the earth with all manner of plagues as often as they choose;

— and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed; this is repeated, partly to show the certainty of this destruction; and partly to point out the manner of it, which will be not by the use of carnal weapons: these enemies of the witnesses will not be killed by the sword, or any other weapon, but by the word of God, by the pronouncement of God’s judgements on them, by fire, proceeding out of their mouths.

7 And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them and kill them. — the beast’s coming is after the working of Satan: perhaps the papacy is meant; he is raised up, influenced, and supported by him; he is a creature of his, and has his power, seat, and authority from him, the great dragon, the old serpent, called the devil and Satan.

And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth and devoureth their enemies

8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. — that “the great city” is identical with where our Lord was crucified, is none other than Jerusalem;

— Sodom was the essence of abominations, and Egypt was the country where their forefathers had been kept in shameful slavery; both names therefore stood for the lowest and meanest on earth.

— and men of the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will see their corpses three days and one half, and will not permit their corpses to be placed into sepulchers; and they that dwell upon the earth will rejoice over them and be very glad.

9 And they of the people and kindreds, and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and a half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. — in this world of satellite technologies, their dead bodies could be seen all round the world;

10 And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another, because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. — and kings, people and kindreds will send one another presents, because these two prophets have tormented them that lived sinfully or rebelliously upon the earth;

11 But after three days and a half, the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them that saw them. — the enemies of the Lord rejoiced too soon as in many cases; and after the three and one-half days the Spirit of Life from God came into them, and they stood upon their feet;

— and great fear fell upon them which saw them; in this posture; either on their enemies, who may fear that they should be tormented with them again; that the things which they had foretold concerning their ruin are now coming upon them;

12 And they heard a great voice from Heaven, saying unto them, “Come up hither!” And they ascended up to Heaven in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them. — the resurrection of the witnesses is followed by their ascension unto heaven in a cloud; and their enemies trumbled in fear as they beheld them;

13 And that same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth part of the city fell; and in the earthquake were slain seven thousand men, and the remnant were seized with fear, and gave glory to the God of Heaven. — and as they ascended to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies saw them; and in that hour there happened a great earthquake;

— and the tenth part of the city fell, and there were killed in the earthquake seven thousand souls, and the rest became terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven.

14 The second woe is past; and behold, the third woe cometh quickly. — the second woe is past; the meaning is, that the second woe trumpet, which is the sixth, will now have done sounding, when the four angels, bound in the river Euphrates, shall have been loosed,

— and they, with their horsemen, shall have done what they were designed to do; when the two witnesses shall have been slain, and are raised again, and ascended to heaven; and the things attending or following thereon as the earthquake, and slaughter and the conversions of men are accomplished;

— behold the third woe cometh quickly; immediately, upon the passing of the other; namely, the sounding of the seventh trumpet, as follows.

15 And the seventh angel sounded, and there were great voices in Heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever!”

— and the seventh angel sounded; the sounding of this angel, the third woe commences, brought on the inhabitants of the earth to ruin and downfall of any rebellion and then, and not till then, the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdoms of our Lord and Christ;

— and that include all the remaining nations are to be taken into the account, and everyone of the Papacy, riding on a white horse with a bow; and of Mahometans, the army of locusts of 200,000,000, will “become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ.”

16 And the four and twenty elders, who sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces and worshiped God, — the twenty four elders represent the Church of God in all ages; these Saints sit with Christ in heavenly places,

17 saying, “We give Thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, who art, and wast, and art to come, because Thou hast taken to Thee Thy great power, and hast reigned. — which art, and wast, and art to come; the same as “the Eternal”; the “Everlasting”; ‘I am,’ ‘I was,’ ‘I’ll be.’

— these descriptions of the Lord are not to be mistaken as a name of the Lord, whose name is Yehovah (the letter J didn’t appear in the English language until the sixteenth century the earliest, so Jehovah as the Lord’s name is a recent invention).

18 And the nations were angry; and Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest give reward unto Thy servants the prophets, and to the saints and them that fear Thy name, small and great, and shouldest destroy them that destroy the earth.”

— and there are still nations that are angry; see Psalms 99:1, these could be the remaining nations that are harder to convert, having thicker skulls, which the Septuagint render, the “Lord reigns, let the nations be angry.”

19 And the temple of God was opened in Heaven; and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament, and there were lightnings and voices, and thunderings and an earthquake, and great hail. — and the Temple of God was opened in heaven; this Temple would be the Ezekiel Temple that were designed in heaven but now built at Jerusalem;

— to which the allusion is, was the place of public worship for all nations; the pure worship of God will be restored; the Temple with the Court of the Gentiles utilized to the full, will be open to all; here everyone may come and sing and worship without fear.

Revelation 12

Chapter 12 appears as an insert chapter, sort of a flashback.

1 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun and the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. — and upon her head a crown of twelve stars; “stars” could be the 12 stars that Joseph saw in his dream, the 12 tribes which Christ holds in his right hand;

— each star repesents an apostle; having the respect for the twelve original apostles; and the “crown” being rewarded to each of them, which are also composed of stars.

2 And she, being with child, cried, travailing in birth and in pain to be delivered. — and a great sign was seen in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon beneath her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and being pregnant, she cried in the pains of birth and was in torment to give birth. This woman symbolizes the Daughter of Zion, the Church, the saints;

— and the moon under her feet; the church is sometimes compared to the moon herself, because, as the moon receives its light from the sun, so she receives her light from Christ.

3 And there appeared another wonder in heaven: behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. — so Pharaoh king of Egypt were also called dragons in Scripture, Ezekiel 29:3; Isaiah 27:1;

— all which places the Targum interprets of מלכא, “a king”, and particularly of Pharaoh king of Egypt; who is like to a great and mighty dragon: and the Roman empire, as under the influence of Satan, the missing “Holy Ghost” who wanted to be like the Most High, is fitly compared to a “dragon”;

— having seven heads, and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads; the “seven heads” of the Roman empire either design the seven mountains, or hills, on which Rome was built, as the seven heads of the beast on which the woman drunk with the blood of the saints sat, are explained in Revelation 17:9.

4 And his tail drew a third part of the stars of heaven, and cast them to the earth. And the dragon stood before the woman who was ready to be delivered to devour her child as soon as it was born. — the devil’s tail dragged a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth;

— and the dragon stood before Israel (especially Judah the Sceptre holder) which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born; just as the dragon Pharaoh lay in the midst of his rivers, in the river Nile, Ezekiel 29:3; to slay the male children of Israel as soon as born; and as the dragon Herod sought to take away the life of Jesus quickly after his birth.

5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and to His throne. — the house of Judah gave birth to a man-child, the Messiah, who was intended to rule all the nations with an iron rod; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.

6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. — and the woman, of the house of Judah, now especially the Nazarenes, fled into the wilderness, where a place has been prepared for her by God, that they should nourish her there twelve hundred and sixty days (more at the end).

7 And there was war in Heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,

8 and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in Heaven. — not only the dragon and his angels could not prevail, but he could no longer maintain his place in heaven: he was conquered and cast out like lightning from heaven.

9 And the great dragon was cast out — that serpent of old called the Devil and Satan, who deceiveth the whole world. He was cast out onto the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

— Michael is an archangel, Daniel 10:13; Daniel 12:1 summoned the hosts of heaven and gave battle so successfully that the dragon, or Satan, called the old serpent and the devil because his constant endeavor is to bring ignominy and shame on all men, was cast out of heaven with his host.

10 And I heard a loud voice saying in Heaven, “Now have come salvation and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night.

11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.

12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and of the sea! For the devil has come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.” — for this reason rejoice, heavens, and those that dwell in them;

— Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has come down to you having a great rage, knowing that he has little time. And they, the believers themselves, won the victory over Satan; they are winners in the fight against him through the power of Christ, through the fact that his blood was shed for their redemption.

13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman who brought forth the manchild. — the dragon persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child: the devil was enraged at the house of Judah that put forth the Sceptre, now the church, the Nazarenes, and pursued her with great wrath.

14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the face of the serpent. — two wings of a great eagle; as God said to the children of Israel (Exodus 19:4), “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings.”

— “a time and times and half a time” is one time, plus two times, plus half a time which total 3 and a half times, and since one time is 360 days, the total is 1260 years; one day for a year.

15 And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away by the flood.

— as the Lord holds his protecting hand over his Church, the scattered members continued to exist in spite of all persecutions, even though it be only in secret places and hidden from the eyes of men, and was protected by divine means in the wilderness for 1260 years from the serpent.

16 And the earth helped the woman; and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. — this is a scenario of the flood of trials and tribulations which Satan time and again poured forth against the Church;

— it is a time of great persecutions against the scattered brethren of numerous Inquisitions, to note in what manner the devil makes fanatics of men against the preaching of the truth;

— the wilderness is a desolate place, and full of serpents and scorpions, uncomfortable and destitute of provisions; yet a place of safety as well as where one might be alone.

17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and he went to make war with the remnant of her seed, who keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.

— the Church were dispersed, no more functioning as a single body as was the Jerusalem church, and now her seed are scattered, dispersed throughout the hills and valleys of Asia and Europe, some later migrated to the Americas.

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The Church fled to the wilderness for 1260 days (Revelation 12:6; for more see the Pergamos Era)

Again, it must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbath; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbath are being santified to be God’s elect.

The period for the Church to flee to the wilderness (mentioned in Revelation 12:6) is 1,260 days, which in this place prophetically refers to 1,260 years according to the “day for a year” principle found in Numbers 14:34 and Ezekiel 4:5.

The Church in this text flees into the “wilderness,” a solitary, lonely, desert place. Here is what happened historically: the Church was severely persecuted during the reigns of both Emperor Diocletian and Emperor Galerius from 303 to 313 AD, especially in the eastern provinces (see Revelation 2:10 “and ye shall have tribulation ten days”).

In 325 Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea and Catholicism became the state religion. In order for the Nazarenes to fully obey God and put into practice their beliefs, they had to “flee” from the centers of influence and into the less-populated areas.

In the early period of this “exile” the true Christians were most numerous in what today is eastern Turkey. In later centuries they were found in scattered areas of Europe, especially in and around high mountains and valleys, usually away from major population centers.

Around 1585, some 1,260 years later, Catholic domination of the throne in England ended. This brought to a close the period when the Church had to carry on in the wilderness, lonely areas of Europe and Asia Minor, instead of the greater population centers where Catholic and later even Protestant churches flourished.

It was not until about 1650 that there were again enough Sabbath keepers to establish local congregations. They often called themselves the Church of God, but the world termed them “Sabbatarians” and Sabbatarian Baptists.

From England the remnant Sabbath-keeping Church spread to America. In 1664, Stephen Mumford, sent to Newport, Rhode Island, raised up a small church mainly from Baptist converts. One by one new churches were established through continued help of the Seventh-day Baptists in England.

China’s Petro-Yuan Ambitions

•January 11, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Why We Shouldn’t Underestimate China’s Petro-Yuan Ambitions

ZeroHedge by Tyler Durden ~ January 7, 2023 // Oil Price by Alex Kimani ~ January 5, 2023

The de-dollarization of the global oil industry is in a treacherous mission creep phase. Things like this don’t happen quickly, but determinedly and gradually, not exactly fitting into today’s media headline game that only considers instant developments. But it is happening and the tide will not be turned based on current and near and medium-term geopolitical developments. 

Credit Suisse’s Zoltan Pozsar recently warned clients, in essence, that the de-dollarization of the global oil industry is in full swing–even if we can’t see the final end game from here. 

And it’s all about China, of course. Pozsar does the OPEC math for us. 

Some 40% of proven oil reserves belonging to OPEC+ members is owned by Russia, Iran and Venezuela–all of whom are selling to China at major discounts, and all of whom are on board with Beijing’s petro-yuan plan. 

The countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)–most notably Saudi Arabia and the UAE–account for another 40% of proven oil reserves, and they are increasingly cozying up to China. 

The remaining 20% is also accessible to China, and China is already the largest importer of crude in the world. 

What it all means is that de-dollarization is marching to the beat of a fairly steady drum. In terms of global trade, the yuan accounts for around 2.7% of settlements, while the dollar accounts for 41%. These are the numbers that prompt the new trend of instant gratification to suggest this is not an imminent threat to the dollar. They are wrong. The biggest threats take a significant amount of time to develop. From here on out, the pace will pick up momentum. 

China and the GCC

As Oilprice.com reported earlier in December, Chinese President Xi Jinping has pledged to ramp up efforts to promote the use of the yuan in energy deals, suggesting at a summit in the Saudi capital that the GCC countries should make full use of the Shanghai Petroleum and Natural Gas Exchange to carry out its trade settlements in yuan. 

The year we just exited should be considered the year in which the petro-yuan really took hold, as China forges a path of increasingly oil and gas purchases from places that are petro-yuan friendly. Russia’s war on Ukraine and the Western sanctions response has only acted as a further catalyst. 

In a note to clients carried by the Irish Times, Pozsar warns: 

“China wants to rewrite the rules of the global energy market”, and it will do it by first removing the dollar from the orbit of the Bric countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China) that have been affected by the “weaponization” of dollar foreign exchange reserves meant to punish Russia and keep Putin from filling his wartime coffers. 

What’s happened here is a window of enormous opportunity for Beijing, which has now told the Gulf countries that they are absolutely guaranteed buyers for oil and gas, for payment in yuan, with Xi promising to “import crude oil [and natural gas] in a consistent manner and in large quantities from the GCC”.

Xi’s trip to Saudi Arabia in early December was precisely about the yuan. This was the defining moment for the petro-yuan. It was an invitation, and it was well-received. China and Saudi Arabia signed over $30 billion in trade deals during the visit. That’s $30 billion in leverage that will only help further promote the petro-yuan plan.

More than 25% of China’s crude imports come from Saudi Arabia, and it seems inevitable that the GCC will gradually adopt the petro-yuan, even if there will be a lot of roadblocks along the way due to their exposure to Western financing.

What Western minds are banking on–quite literally–is the fact that China alone has $1T in US Treasury bonds. And as for the Saudis, they are truly tied to the Western financial system and the petrodollar.

De-pegging the riyal from the dollar, though it has been discussed very quietly (only from a purely research perspective), would be a rather dramatic shock for the Kingdom–one the Crown Prince won’t likely be willing to risk for a very long time. But he will actively discuss oil deals with China in yuan.

The Chinese goal is much more patient than any Western mind can fathom. It’s about slowly chipping away at the dollar’s throne in oil and commodities markets, and as the reserve currency of choice. That is what Brics and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is all about.

And with every geopolitical upset on the level of Russia-Ukraine, and with every tightening of the sanctions screws by the West, Beijing gets a little further with its petro-yuan goals.

There won’t be any announcement. There won’t be any loud noise. It will happen gradually. It will happen very slowly. And the West will struggle to find its footing when a new global energy order emerges in the longer-term future.

Revelation (Ch 9-10)

•January 10, 2023 • 2 Comments

Chapter 9 starts the woe, woe, woe; three times to the inhabitants of the earth; incorporating all peoples, with heavy calamities; answerable to the three trumpets soon to be blown; and which are therefore called the woe trumpets.

Revelation 9

1 And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth; and to him was given the key to the bottomless pit. — speaking of Satan as falling like lightning from heaven, Isaiah 14:12

2 And he opened the bottomless pit, and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. — the fifth angel blows his trumpet, and a star falls; the key of the bottomless pit is given to him, which being opened by it,

— out of it comes smoke to the darkening of the sun and air, and out of the smoke locusts, who have power like scorpions; of the east, often the Arabian, are compared to grasshoppers, or locusts: Judges 7:12; “all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts.”

3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth; and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power. — and there came out of the smoke locusts the earth; not literally, for these locusts might not meddle with the grass, nor any green thing, or tree, as locusts do, only men, Revelation 9:4; and had a king over them, Revelation 9:11; which locusts have not.

4 And it was commanded to them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree, but only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads. — and you shall mark a sign: you shall mark a sign on the foreheads of the righteous men in order to show the destroyers those men whom they should not strike;

— it is a Rabbinical thought that Gabriel had orders to write the letter ת (tav; the last letter of the alphabet) in ink upon the foreheads of the righteous, which signified תחיה, “thou shall live.” And for the wicked the same letter ת were written in blood upon the foreheads, but it signified תמות, “thou shall die.”

— Sealing on their foreheads; this could be a parallel in Ezekiel of those sealed and protected:

and the Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry because of all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof” Ezekiel 9:4

5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months; and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion when it strikes a man. — should be tortured five months; the general period of a locust plague is about five months:

— it was granted to them (are they the same as the “six men” or six destroyers in Ezekiel 9:2?) that they should not kill them (the people still living on earth), but should torture them five months; with excruciating pain, and their torture is as the torture of a scorpion when it strikes a man;

— “four angels” as some medieval commentators thought of the four names of Saracens, Turks, Tartars, and Arabians, as all are Mahometans; but these are for our days, the last days; so could they be their revived or resurrected versions?

6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them. — the scorpion signified a vicious and dangerous opponent, whose attacks are worse than death; it signifies how troublesome and afflictive those locusts were;

7 And the shapes of the locusts were like unto horses prepared for battle; and on their heads were, as it were, crowns like gold, and their faces were as the faces of men. — the heads of locusts are very much like the heads of horses: and here they are compared to horses;

— it was the east wind which brought the locusts on Egypt Exodus 10:13, and they must therefore have come from some area of Arabia – for Arabia is the land that lies over Egypt in the east.

And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts, Exodus 10:13

Gill: and it is a remarkable coincidence that Muslim tradition speaks of locusts having dropped into the hands of Mahomet, bearing on their wings this inscription – “we are the army of the most high God; we are the ninety and nine eggs, and if the hundred should be made perfect, we should consume the whole world, and whatever is in it.”

Gill described “Mahomet the king of the locusts.”

Mahomet were referred to as:

(a) Mohammed, the founder of Islam; and who gave birth to over a billion of Muslims today;

(b) Mehmed II, at the age of 21, the General of the Ottomans Turks who conquered Constantinople in 1453 after 53 days of siege. After the conquest Mehmed claimed the title “Caesar” of the Roman Empire based on the fact that Constantinople had been the seat and capital of the surviving Eastern Roman Empire since its consecration in 330 AD by Emperor Constantine.

Mehmed II the Conquerer of Constantinople in 1453


8 And they had hair as the hair of women, and their teeth were as the teeth of lions. — and their faces like faces of men, and they had hair the hair of women, and their teeth like those of lions: weird descriptions, could these vile men be using chemical or germ warfare like those Unit 731 or those flying planes spraying Orange Agents?

9 And they had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was as the sound of chariots with many horses running to battle. — the hardness of their hearts, their thick skulls for their protection; the whirring noise made by them when in flight; these sound like war-like machines, the helicopters.

10 And they had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stingers in their tails; and their power was to hurt men five months. — this should be the same five months as in verse 5; these tails and stings, as of scorpions, were designed to express that these modern version of Mahometans should spread the poison of error and delusion where they came, or only to signify the great pain and uneasiness of their invasion.

11 And they had a king over them, the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue his name is Apollyon. — Benson: Abaddon in Hebrew it means literally “destruction,” and is the same as Apollyon in Greek; that is, the destroyer;

— Mede imagines that this is some allusion to the name of Obodas, the common name of the kings of that part of Arabia from whence Mohammed came, as Pharaoh was the common name of the kings of Egypt, and Cesar of the emperors of Rome; and such allusions are not unusual in the style of Scripture;

— and it is a remarkable coincidence that Muslim tradition speaks of locusts having dropped into the hands of Muhammed, bearing on their wings this inscription – ‘We are the army of the Great God,’

— and they had a king over them…. the ‘locusts’ has a king, a “destroyer” over them, who can he be? An Antichrist? A Mahdi? Commentator Matthew Henry (1708) believed Abaddon to be the Antichrist.

Mehmed II, Conqueror of the Eastern Roman Empire,
took the title Kayser-i Rum (Roman Caesar)

12 One woe is past; and behold, there come two more woes hereafter. — one woe is past; one of the three woe trumpets, the first of them; that is, in the vision which John had saw:

— and behold there come two woes more hereafter; under the blowing of the sixth and seventh trumpets.

13 And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which stands before God, — a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God; in the language used here there is an allusion to the temple, but the scene is evidently laid in heaven.

14 saying to the sixth angel who had the trumpet, “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates.” — loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates; not the four angels in Revelation 7:1; they stood upon the four corners of the earth; these were around or at the river Euphrates; they held the four winds, that they should not blow.

15 And the four angels were loosed, who had been prepared for an hour and a day and a month and a year, to slay a third part of men. — for to slay the third part of men; which may in general denote their readiness, vigilance, and quick dispatch: they lay for a good while hovering over the banks of the river Euphrates, as if they were waiting for an order;

— that would be well over 2 billion people; killed! these seems to be of the locusts, of the Arabic (Revelation 9:7 above), rather than of the army of Gog and Magog;

16 And the number of the army of horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand, and I heard the number of them. — the army of horsemen of two hundred thousand thousand; or “two myriads of myriads” or two hundred millions;

— many commentators, like Gill, Benson, Kretzmann, etc, mentioned the Turk attack the Roman Empire in the year 1453 when Turkish Mahomet took Constantinople, “filled the hearts of the Mohammedan hordes, fire and smoke and sulfur issuing out of their mouths (Kretzmann);”

— Benson: when Mohammed the Second besieged Constantinople, he had about four hundred thousand men in his army, besides a powerful fleet of thirty larger and two hundred lesser ships;

— could a parallel occurs again? Good to watch Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Turkey, which could come up with a significant number of warriors much higher than 200,000,000.

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared, Revelation 16:12.

17 And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and they that sat on them had breastplates of fire and of jacinth and brimstone; and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions, and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone.

— we are reminded of somewhat similar features in the Chaldean armies spoken of by Habakkuk:

“I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation: they are terrible and dreadful: their horses also are swifter than leopards,” Habakkuk 1:6-10.

18 By these three was a third part of men killed by the fire and by the smoke and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. — under these dreadful judgements: fire, smoke and brimstone; a third part of mankind would be from two to three billions dead; that’s a great amount!

19 For their power is in their mouth and in their tails; for their tails were like unto serpents and had heads, and with them they cause hurt. — the tails of their bites; that is, the power of a a scorpion or a wasp may be said to be in their tails;

20 And the rest of the men, who were not killed by these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold and silver, and brass and stone and of wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk;

— the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues; the two-thirds of men that should be left, these are deeply ingrained with the devils; yet they repented not of their idolatry and false doctrines: Easters, Christmas; and their unholy Trinity.

21 neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts. — and the rest of men, that were not killed in these plagues, yet repented not of the works of their hands, not to worship demons and idols of gold and of silver; and they repented not of their murders nor of their magic arts, or witchcrafts, nor of their fornications nor of their thefts;

— even as Pharaoh hardened his heart in spite of the many evidences of God’s power performed in his sight, even as the children of Israel in the wilderness refused again and again to turn to the Lord in true repentance, in spite of the many miracles by which he sought to influence them, thus it has ever been in the history of the world;

— the Lord may send ever so many plagues, wars, pestilences, famines and yet as soon as he withdraws his chastening hand, men harden their hearts once more and refuse to repent of the works of their hands, of their idolatry. This is a description of the abyss of human depravity, such a picture as we see but rarely in its entirety, although glimpses are seen often enough in these last days before the coming of the Lord.

Revelation 10

1 And I saw another mighty angel (angelon ἄγγελον) come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud; and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire. — of another angel (angelon ἄγγελον here or angelou ἀγγέλου; not angelous ἄγγελος as in verse 5) ushers in the following incidents; he is probably another angel as distinguished from the sixth angel (Revelation 9:13);

— a parallel scene in the wilderness, descended on Mount Sinai, but by God, dwelt in the tabernacle and later in the Temple; then even later left the Temple and ascended to heaven.

2 And he had in his hand a little book open. And he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, — βιβλαριδιον, a little book in this chapter, nowhere else mentioned in the NT; different from the βιβλιον or book, mentioned before:

— and it was open, that all men might freely read and consider it. It was indeed an appendix or a supplement to the larger book, and comes along with the sixth trumpet;

— and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left on the earth; to show the extent of his power and commission; this angel set his right foot on the sea toward the west, his left on the land toward the east, so that he looked southward;

— southward, that is, toward the great continent of Africa, but bits of Asia; or this angel might be given authority over land and sea?

— but the Q remains, what is the little book? We are told it is open and that all men could read it freely, not sealed. So what is its message?

— perhaps since it is “open” as the seals were unloosed, and the things in it revealed, perhaps it represents the numerous books and booklets of Christian literatures we are flooded with, every men can study these literatures on our own time and space?

— of course that include online Bibles of different versions, Septuagint, Targum, Talmud, various rabbis and theology experts from the last many hundred years; now internet excess for easy study.

3 and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth. And when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. — thunders are usually judgements of God; (more at the end)

4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write, and I heard a voice from Heaven saying unto me, “Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” — John heard the voice, was going to put it down in writing, but he was forbidden to write them down;

— so the contents of the seven thunders remain sealed; kept secret from mankind at least for the time being; but would they be revealed later? (more at the end)

5 And the angel (ἄγγελος), whom I saw standing upon the sea and upon the earth, lifted up his hand to heaven. — this angel is angelos (ἄγγελος); but why the difference?

6 And he swore by Him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are therein, and the earth and the things that are therein, and the sea and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer, — that there shall not be any more time; there shall be no more delay.

7 but that in the days of the voice of the seventh angel (ἀγγέλου), when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as He hath declared to His servants the prophets. — that time should be no longer; that is, that these times should wait be no longer;

— that these dates and time would be up, and the events affixed to them be accomplished when the seventh angel should begin to sound his trumpet: the same divisions of time are made in Revelation 12:14.

8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spoke unto me again and said, “Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel (ἀγγέλου) who standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.” — the message of the little book is the mystery of God and comes from the Father, but delivers by an angel;

9 And I went unto the angel (ἄγγελον) and said unto him, “Give me the little book.” And he said unto me, “Take it and eat it up, and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.” — the little book has a sweet and bitter message:

— of course the taste of the little book start with the mouth first, which is sweet as honey, then when eaten, it goes down to the belly, and it is bitter; meaning, the message may first appear fantastic, pleasant to the ears; but upon reflection, it is depressing, despondent, or disheartening.

— or expressing it in another way: the knowledge of future things was, at first, pleasant, but the sad contents of the little book afterward filled his soul with sorrow;

— Ezekiel was directed to go to the house of Israel and deliver a divine message, whether they would hear or forbear; and in order that he might understand what message to deliver, there was shown to him a roll of a book, written within and outside. That roll he was commanded to eat, and he found it to be “in his mouth as honey for sweetness,” Ezekiel 3:1-3.

10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s (ἀγγέλου) hand and ate it up, and it was in my mouth sweet as honey; and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. — perhaps it goes like this: the message of the Gospel that mankind will be saved by grace, which is sweet, but that before attaining it, mankind has to go through lots of trials and tribulations, even being martyred, which is bitter, to get into the kingdom.

11 And he said unto me, “Thou must prophesy again before many peoples and nations, and tongues and kings.” — thou must prophesy again; if the prophecy begin here again anew, the subject be resumed from the beginning, and all that follows be contained in the little book, then the little book contains more matter than the larger book;

— the little book, the supplement includes the numerous literatures that we have, will go to the nations, preached and re-preached; our knowledge increases day by day; or perhaps it would contain a new and unpleasant message, as when the seven thunders are revealed (Revelation 10:3-4).

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But the contents of the seven thunders remain sealed (verse 4); it is been kept as a secret from mankind, at least for the time being; would they be revealed soon? We can be sure they will be revealed. The Question is when will that be.

The Greek word translated “thunder” means “to roar.” Thunder is often a mark of judgement as in I Samuel 2:10, II Samuel 22:14, and in Revelation 8:5, 11:19, 16:18, so these seven powerful voices are crying out for God’s judgement upon the whole earth. The thunder represents the voice of God. Psalm 18:13 says, “The LORD thundered from heaven; and the Most High uttered His voice with hail stones and coals of fire.”

Further evidence of the seven thunders being the voice of God is in Revelation 4:5: From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunders; as in Mount Sinai before the children of Israel. There are seven spirits of God with seven lamps all blazing before the throne.

Again the voice of God is depicted as thunderous rumblings that display the power, majesty and glory of our mighty Lord to give the whole world an unique Mount Sinai experience. In this verse, John saw a preview of the divine wrath to be poured out on the earth as described in full from Revelation chapters 16 to 19.

The seven thunders are the only words in Revelation that are still sealed and yet to be revealed. Perhaps these seven thunders would be revealed by the two witnesses in chapter 11? Perhaps these seven thunders would be revealed in our lifetime?

The Temple was on the Temple Mount

•January 9, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Must See New Evidence that Proves the Temple was on the Temple Mount Over the Dome of the Rock!

This video provides the most comprehensive and complete evidence that proves the original temple of Solomon, and the rebuilt temples of Zerubbabel and Herod the Great, were located on the Temple Mount, exactly where the Dome of the Rock is today. Today, some are promoting the theory that the Temple was in the City of David and that the Temple Mount was a Roman Fort. We will answer each of their arguments with facts, the Bible, archeology, and eyewitness accounts.

Contents:
0:00 – Intro
1:46 – Why Is the Temple Location So Important?
3:22 – Where Is the True Location of the Temple?
26:04 – Evidence that Proves the Location of the Temple
26:31 – The Trumpeter’s Stone
30:43 – More Discoveries by the Trumpter’s Stone
31:13 – Beams Discovered from the Temples
31:52 – Muslim Statement About the Location of the Temple
32:11 – Sifting Project Evidence from the Temple Mount
34:42 – Warning Inscriptions Discovered on the Temple Mount
35:06 – Was the Current Temple Mount a Roman Fort?
37:18 – Was the Antonia Fortress the Size of Several Cities?
38:56 – Was a Roman Legion Stationed at the Antonia Fortress?
41:25 – Was the Antonia Fortress Destroyed?
42:54 – History of the Antonia Fortress
44:24 – Bible Verses that Prove the Temple was not In the City of David
47:39 – What Do Christ’s Words About One Stone Left Upon Another Mean?
57:41 – What About the Need for Water for the Temple?
1:06:47 – Did the Jews Forget Where Their Temple Was?
1:11:43 – What Does the Word “Zion” mean in Scripture?
1:16:13 – Was the Temple Mount a Roman Fort?
1:18:42 – Micah 3:12 Prophecy Fulfilled on the Temple Mount
1:19:13 – Could the Temple Mount Have Been in the City of David?
1:33:27 – Closing Remarks

Revelation (Ch 7-8)

•January 8, 2023 • 1 Comment

Chapter 6 ended with “For the great Day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” And now John was to be prepared for the events “the great Day of His wrath which were to follow” after the opening of the sixth seal.

But the seventh seal were not opened until chapter 8 below! Thus chapter 7 is an insert chapter! This being the case because the recruitment of the 144,000 and the great multitude could have occurred way before the NT times; thus a sort of a flashback.

Though a bit late, would the Third Being, the Holy Ghost, if he ever exist, finally turn up?

Revelation 7

1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. — and after these things; after the opening of six of the seals of the sealed book, and these four angels parallel the four spirits of heavens, in Zechariah 6:5;

— these four angels could be four cherubim; as was it the case when Ezekiel saw them in Ezekiel 1?

2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God; and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, — this mighty angel from the east seems to have more authority of the four in verse 1 because he gave command to the others; and the angel of the east would be those of Judah, Jerusalem; from Zion, with a face of a Lion;

— to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea: they had a commission from God to let loose the winds, or to bring on wars, devastations, calamities, and plagues, of various sorts, upon the earth, not only on the continent, but upon the islands, even all the nations, tongues and all peoples.

3 saying, “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.” — this mighty angel commands “Hurt not the earth, neither the sea nor the trees,” to the other three angels;

— sealing on the forehead; this could be a parallel in Ezekiel 9:4; and the Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry because of all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.”

— and you shall mark a sign: you shall mark a sign on the foreheads of the righteous men in order to show the destroyers those men whom they should not strike;

— it is a Rabbinical thought that Gabriel had orders to write the letter ת (tav; the last letter of the alphabet) in ink upon the foreheads of the righteous, which signified תחיה, “thou shall live.” And for the wicked the same letter ת were written in blood upon the foreheads, but it signified תמות, “thou shall die.” The letter ת in the original paleo Hebrew looks like an x sign.

4 And I heard the number of them that were sealed: there were sealed a hundred and fortyfour thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. — the context in verses 2 and 3 indicate that these 144,000 are first marked with the letter ת (tav) in ink; and then sealed on earth, not in heaven.

5 Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand;

6 of the tribe of Asher were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Naphtali were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Manasseh were sealed twelve thousand;

7 of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand;

8 of the tribe of Zebulun were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand; of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand. — that the tribe of Dan is here left out, and Ephraim is not named, though included in Joseph. 

9 After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations and kindreds and people and tongues, stood before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes and with palms in their hands.

— “A great multitude:” now we have the picture of a countless throng. Who are these? Are they the same as the one hundred and forty-four thousand, or are they others? ~ these are from the nations, the Gentiles, the goyim; it pictures of the sealing of a multitude which could only be numbered by God: these are clothed in white robes, too;

— the answer must be that this vision gives the climax of the previous one; as is the immediate prelude to the opening of the seventh sealas: these are also marked with the letter ת (tav) in ink; and as if these were mentioned in one breath! for they are also sealed by God, but which no man could number;

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb!” — God the Father and the Son are always around, but if the Holy Spirit is a Being then where is he?

— the Holy Spirit seems absent all the time; maybe he has been travelling? Weird! We’re in the seventh chapter and we have yet to see how John would describe the Holy Spirit if he appears, but he hasn’t yet . . . maybe he has caught a flu and has gone to sleep?

11 And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four living beings, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, — see, the angels are around, so are the 24 elders and even the four beasts, but where is the Third Person in the Godhead?

12 saying, “Amen. Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving, and honor and power and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen!”

13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, “Who are these that are arrayed in white robes, and from whence have they come?” — these 144,000; and “a great multitude” those multitudes from the nations, the Gentiles, the goyim; they seem to be in heaven; all “arrayed in white robes” in the presence of God; so they must be resurrected?

14 And I said unto him, “Sir, thou knowest.” And he said to me, “These are they that came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. — the way to heaven is through many tribulations; note the particle “the” is missing from (the) great tribulation;

— “they that came out of great tribulation” everyone who have to overcome, struggle against the forces of evil, that in every case is a trial and tribution; for example, speaking of the church in Smyrna, and ye shall have tribulation ten days Revelation 2:10 and they were faithful unto death;

— these 144,000 and “a great multitude” are those that came out of great tribulation, and these would include Moses? Daniel? Elijah? Job? to name a few?

15 Therefore, “they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple; and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. — see, these must be in heaven, before the throne, and had been resurrected; and only one Temple is in heaven, a reflection of one on earth;

16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

17 For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters, and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” — if those redeemed are spirit beings then they are not subjected to physical needs or limitations;

— when the praise of God is sung, the angels couldn’t remain silent; and all the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living beings, and fell down before the throne upon their faces and worshiped God, saying, Amen,

— praise and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever, Amen. As in in earlier chapters, the angels are pictured as surrounding the throne and the elders and the cherubs, a great cloud of witnesses of the heavenly bliss. But the Holy Ghost remains missing! Nar, the Holy Spirit as the Third Being to be part of a Trinity is fake!

Revelation 8

1 And when He had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in Heaven about the space of half an hour. — the whole scene of the vision is laid in heaven as witnessed by John, there was silence in heaven;

2 And I saw the seven angels who stood before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. — and to them were given seven trumpets: every angel has one; which were an emblem of wars, and desolations, and calamities, which would come upon the whole world, at the blowing of each of them; the trumpet being an alarm, preparing for war:

Jeremiah 4:19 “the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war.” The trumpets; these are said to be given them; either by the Father that sat on the throne; or by the Lamb that opened the seal.

3 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar, which was before the throne. — the prayers of the saints, rightly performed, are themselves compared to incense, being very grateful and acceptable to God, Psalms 141:2.

4 And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand. — so the the prayers of all saints ended up upon the golden altar, before the throne of God.

5 And the angel took the censer, and filled it with fire from the altar, and cast it onto the earth; and there were voices and thunderings and lightnings, and an earthquake. — and there were voices, and thunderings, and lightnings, and an earthquake; which may be understood either of the nature, use, and effects of listening to God:

— such as having a Godly experience, speaking to the hearts of men by the sons of thunder, enlightening their minds, and shaking through our thick skulls; the like were at the giving of the law at Mount Sinai, Exodus 19:16. Or “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again” Isaiah 24:20

6 And the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound. — these seven angels who had the seven trumpets; each angel has one trumpet;

7 The first angel sounded, and there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth; and a third part of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. — and there followed hail and fire, mingled with blood; somewhat like one of the plagues of Egypt, Exodus 9:23; in which was hail mingled with fire, only no blood, but what was caused by its fall on man and beast.

— the ancient world was called to mind the Israelites experience of their Egyptian plagues, now the whole world is been given a similar experience, to learn from their “Egyptian” experience.

8 And the second angel sounded and, as it were, a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and a third part of the sea became blood; — this catastrophe includes, as in the first Egyptian plague, the turning of water into blood and the destruction of marine animals; from Egypt, now it becomes worldwide!

9 and a third part of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died, and a third part of the ships were destroyed. — and the third part of the creatures which were in the sea; the fishes; by whom men are meant, the inhabitants of the earth;

— and had life, died; were put to death by these savage and barbarous people, who killed all they met with, men, women, and children, young and old, rich and poor, high and low; see Ezekiel 29:4, where by fish the Targum understands mighty princes and governors:

10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as if it were a lamp, and it fell upon a third part of the rivers and upon the fountains of waters; — and there fell a great star from heaven; a star is a natural emblem of a prince, as a type of one in an exalted position, a ruler, of one distinguished by rank or by talent;

11 and the name of the star is called Wormwood. And a third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter. — wormwood (apsinthos) is used to represent troubles and calamities, as in Jeremiah 9:15;

— Wormwood, an Ukrainian word for Chornobyl’, lit. ’black herb’), many have referred to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986, referring to a ‘star falling down and turning the waters bitter’ are interpreted as the radioactive fallout from the disaster poisoning the environment around Chernobyl, leaving it uninhabitable;

— and the third part of the waters became wormwood; that is, the inhabitants of the countrysides and cities were afflicted with grievous and bitter afflictions and calamities; so great distresses are called wormwood, and waters of gall given to drink, Jeremiah 9:15.

12 And the fourth angel sounded, and a third part of the sun was smitten, and a third part of the moon and a third part of the stars, so that a third part of them was darkened; and a third of the day shone not, and the night likewise. — and the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten; a fit representation to express the last desolation of God’s judgement to all earthly power and authority;

— darkening, smiting, or the setting of the sun, moon, and stars are for the setting of a kingdom; and when darkness is opposed to light, as light is a symbol of joy and safety, so darkness is a symbol of misery and adversity; according to the style of Jeremiah 13:16.

13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying (not “angel,” as in English version; but one eagle flying in Greek 105 [e] aetou) through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, “Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the other voices of the trumpets of the three other angels, which are yet to sound!”

— one flying eagle (105 [e] aetou; a solitary eagle flying could be one of the four living creatures in Revelation 4;

— Woe, woe, woe; three times, to the inhabitants of the earth; all peoples, without exception: heavy calamities coming to all; answerable to the three trumpets yet to be blown; and which are therefore called the woe trumpets: and these woes are denounced.

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More about the missing Holy Ghost; indeed he’s real and around; he was created full of wisdom and beauty, his head swelled up so much that he wanted to be like the Most High:

These clues are giving in the book of Ezekiel 28 and Isaiah 14;

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

“Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre, and say unto him, ‘Thus saith the Lord God: “‘Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.

Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering: the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold; the workmanship of thy taborets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created.

Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth, and I have set thee so; thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee” (Ezekiel 28:11-15)

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer (H1966 hêlēl), son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, who didst weaken the nations!

For thou hast said in thine heart, ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north.

I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High’ (Isaiah 14:12-14)

That’s why the “Holy Ghost” was missing all the while; cast down, heaven and those around the throne has no place for him! Such doctrine was invented by the Great Whore of Babylon, and shared widely by her numerous harlotry daughters; better known as of the Synagogue of Satan!

Crimes Against CHILDREN

•January 7, 2023 • Leave a Comment

The majority of people today, including Roman Catholics do not know about the true bloody history of the Papal Church of Rome. The true history of the Roman Catholic Church has been hidden away from the eyes of the masses, through the re-writing of the history books, so that they cannot see the truth about the antichrist church, otherwise known as Babylon, the Mother of Harlots.

But on this page we will give you a glimpse into the history of Papal Rome, with a timeline of events that took place during the past 1000 years.

Crimes Against CHILDREN

300,000 children abused in France by Catholic priests, monks and nuns between 1950 – 2020 (link)

6,000+ Catholic priests abused 16,000+ (known) children since 1950 in America (link)

500,000 children taken from families, forced into Catholic institutions and abused in Australia from 1930 to 1970 (link)

4,000+ children sexually abused in Australia since 1980 (link)

Hundreds of thousands of children abused in Catholic and Protestant ‘care homes’ in Germany between 1950 to 1970 (link)

Pope John Paul II ignored the abuse of 2,000 boys in Austria over decades and covered up ‘innumerable’ cases of abuse (link)

ONE MILLION men women and children in Croatia tortured and killed by Catholic Church in 1940’s (link)

20,000+ children abused by Catholic Church since 1945 in Netherlands (link)

150,000 children abused and killed in government and Catholic (plus Anglican) run institutions in Canada from 1876 to 1996 (link and here)

1,700+ Catholic priests accused of abuse in Brazil (link)

Catholic Church sends pedophile priests to South American churches (link and here)

Tens of thousands of children abused by Catholic priests in Ireland between 1930 to 1990 (link)

10,000+ women abused in Catholic institutions in Ireland between 1920 to 1996 (link)

Hundreds of Catholic priests abused children in the Philippines between 1980 to 2000 (link)

800,000 people massacred in Rwanda, with support from Catholic Church in 1994 (link)

Thousands of children and adults abused in Catholic ‘care homes’ in Scotland in the 60’s and 70’s (link)

300,000 babies stolen from mothers by Catholic Church in Spain between 1930 – 1990 (link)

Thousands of children tortured and abused in Catholic schools in Switzerland between 1930 to 1970 (link)

The above is just the tip of the iceberg!

Papal Persecutions

1209 – The Albigensian Crusades in southern France. Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter approximately 20,000 citizens of Beziers, France on July 22, 1209. Both Albigensian Christians and Catholics were slain. By the time the Roman Catholic armies finished their crusade, almost the entire population of southern France (mostly Albigensian Christians) has been exterminated (reference Link 1 and Link 2).

1236 – Roman Catholic crusaders slaughter Jews in the Anjou and Poitou regions of western France in a severe wave of persecution (reference Link 1 and Link 2).

1481 – – At the direction of the Roman Catholic inquisitors, authorities torture, burn and slaughter tens, even hundreds of thousands of people during the Spanish Inquisition (Jean Antoine Llorentine, History of the Inquistion; as cited in R.W. Thompson, The Papacy and the Civil Power (New York, 1876); as cited in Dave Hunt, A Woman Rides the Beast).

1540 – 1570 – Roman Catholic armies butcher at least 900,000 Waldensian Christians of all ages during this 30-year period (source: Halley’s Bible Handbook).

1553 – 1558 – Roman Catholic Queen Mary I of England (aka bloody Mary) attempts to bring England back under the yoke of papal tyranny. During her reign, nearly 300 men and woman are burned to death at the stake. Her victims include bishops, scholars, and other Protestant leaders (Link).

1572 – St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. French Roman Catholic soldiers begin killing Protestants in Paris on the night of August 24, 1572. The soldiers kill at least 10,000 Protestants during the first three days. At least 8000 more Protestants are killed as the slaughter spreads to the countryside (Link).

1618 – 1648 – The Thirty Years War. This bloody, religious war is planned, instigated, and orchestrated by the Roman Catholic Jesuit order and its agents in an attempt to exterminate all the Protestants in Europe. Many countries in central Europe lose up to half their population (see Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XVII).

1641 – 1649 – Eight years of Jesuit-instigated Roman Catholic butchery of Irish Protestants claims the lives of hundreds of thousands of Protestants (see Cushing B. Hassell, History of the Church of God, Chapter XVII).

1685 – French Roman Catholic soldiers slaughter approximately 500,000 French Protestant Huguenots on the orders of Roman Catholic King Louis 14 of France.

1941 – 1945 – The Roman Catholic Ustashi in Yugoslavia butchered Hundreds of thousands of Yugoslav citizens, Serbs, Jews and Roma. And Hundreds of thousands were forced to convert to Catholicism. (linklinklink)

1949 – 1953 – With the support from the Columbian government, the Roman Catholic Church had 60,000 Protestants and non-Catholics shot, drowned and emasculated. Pope Pius XII awarded the Columbian President with one of the highest awards the church can give.

“For the day of the Lord is near upon all the nations. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head” Obadiah 1:15

Revelation (Ch 5-6)

•January 6, 2023 • 1 Comment

John is back in vision, his second vision and presents the majesty of God on His throne. A new encounter is experienced, a scroll: And I saw on the right hand of Him that was sitting on the throne a scroll written on the inside and on the back, sealed with seven seals.

Revelation 5

1 And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. — and this may be truly said to be at the right hand of God, and from thence taken by the Lamb of the tribe of Judah;

— a book written within, and on the backside, sealed with seven seals: this book was very much like Ezekiel’s roll, Ezekiel 2:9; which was written “within” and “without” ~ in front and behind, implying fulness and completeness, and indeed it was in the form of a roll;

— sealed with seven seals, as seven is a number for perfection, it may mean that the book was so sealed that the seals could neither be counterfeited nor broken; the matter of the book was so obscure and the work it enjoined and the facts it predicted so difficult and stupendous, that they could neither be known nor performed by any human.

2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the book and to loose the seals thereof?” — who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? suggesting, that if there was any such person, that he is a person of greatness and worth, to take a book out of his right hand, this book of Revelation;

— and as it was sealed, to unseal it and explain it to others, as it afterwards was in the following scenes and visions, and gave a view of all that is contained in it; and how to accomplish all the prophecies in it; and who can or is worthy to do all this but he that sits at the right hand of God?

3 And no man in heaven, nor on earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. — and no man in heaven; whether angels, nor any of the four beasts, nor any of the twenty-four saints;

— nor on earth: among all the men on earth, even those of the greatest sagacity and penetration, the wise, the prudent.

4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. — the Ethiopic version reads, “and many wept”, many of those that were about the throne, as well as John.

5 And one of the elders said unto me, “Weep not! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book and to loose the seven seals thereof.” — weep not; cease sorrowing, do not be cast down; behold the lion of the tribe of Judah; by whom is meant Christ, who, according to the flesh, was to come of the tribe of Judah.

Passing of the Book, from Father to the Lamb, the Son of God

6 And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and the four living beings, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent forth into all the earth. — the Scriptures tell us what the seven horns and seven eyes are: these are the seven spirits of God;

— here the seven spirits of God have some descriptions each, each with an eye and even a horn; nevertheless since the Spirit is inherently holy, there would be seven Holy Spirits;

— and we would add Jesus the Son and God the Father, resulting in nine Personage. Nine in the Godhead; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; it might be more realistic to believe in the Polyty or a Nonaty, but certainly wouldn’t be a Trinity; (more at the end);

— the root of David; Christ called the root of Jesse in Isaiah 11:10; and the meaning either is, that he is a branch that springs out of the roots of Jesse and David, is David’s son and offspring, according to his human nature; see Revelation 22:16;

7 And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him that sat upon the throne. — and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne; as in Revelation 1:1; and the authority to open it, and make it manifest to others, and to accomplish many events, over several eras of time.

8 And when He had taken the book, the four living beings and the four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps and golden vials full of incense, which are the prayers of saints.

— here “the prayers of saints” it is hinting who the twenty-four elders are, every one of them with harps and golden vials full of incense; the prayers of the 24 elders are that of saints, not angels.

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, from every kindred and tongue, and people and nation,

— these 24 elders are singing, praising God, “for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us”; only humans are redeemed “redeem us” ~ angels are not known to be redeemed.

10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth.” — a parallel Scripture in Exodus being fulfilled: “And ye shall be unto Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation;’

— these are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel,” Exodus 19:6; some versions have “kings and priests.” ‘And ye shall be unto me kings and priests and a holy nation.’

11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living beings and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

— and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; an innumerable multitude; and yet these are but a part of the holy angels; afterward, (Revelation 7:11).

12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power and riches and wisdom and strength, and honor and glory and blessing!”

— worthy is the Lamb that was slain; they address him as the Lamb and their Lord; and speak of him as having been slain, and celebrate the virtue and efficacy of his sufferings and death, and ascribe his worthiness to receive such glory and honour.

13 And I heard every creature which is in heaven and on the earth, and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, saying, “Blessing and honor and glory and power be unto Him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever!”

— the hymn of praise is taken up by a larger circle of angels and saints, in a sacred concert with such magnificent singing around the throne of God: And I saw, and I heard as the voice of many angels round about the throne and the living beings and the elders;

— with eyes and ears that mere held open by the inexpressible wonder of it all John took notice of the countless celestial beings as they circled round the throne and the cherubs and the elders, their voices rising in such anthems of glory as pertain to the realms of eternal joy.

14 And the four living beings said, “Amen.” And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshiped Him that liveth for ever and ever.

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The seven spirits of God, having seven horns and seven eyes, which mean each spirit has a horn and an eye, but what does this mean? In Zechariah 3:9; Zechariah 4:10, they mention what is made of the seven eyes of the Lord, which go forth over all the earth.

“For behold the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon one stone shall be seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave the engraving thereof,’ saith the Lord of hosts, ‘and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day” Zechariah 3:9

“For who hath despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven. They are the eyes of the Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth” Zechariah 4:10

A horn represents power and strength, like bull’s horn, and an eye represents all seeing and all knowing; both the horns and the eyes are the seven Spirits or seven Angels of God sent forth into all the earth; therefore having seven horns and seven eyes represent God’s omnipotence and God’s omniscience that operate everywhere in the universe.

And that through this effectual working of the seven spirit or seven angels of God (there are no capital letters in Hebrew), which goes throughout the whole creation: and both in the natural as well as spiritual world, it demonstrates the magnificence, elegance and augustness of God’s Omnipotence and Omniscience!

Revelation 6

Chapter 6 opens with the vision of the opening six of the seals of the sealed book, by the Lamb, and of the events that follows.

1 And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals; and I heard, as it were, the noise of thunder, one of the four living beings saying, “Come and see!”

— the preparation to the vision of the first seal; the Lamb opens it, John hears a noise like thunder, and one of the living creatures bids him come and see; upon which he saw a horse, of a white colour, and a rider on it, who is described by a bow and crown given him, and by the victory he obtained;

— one of the four living creatures speaking, the first of the four living creatures? But what does that mean? (more at the end)

2 And I saw, and behold, a white horse, and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him, and he went forth conquering and to conquer. — what is this white horse? It is a symbol, and it must be very prominent for it to be listed as riding on the first horse, so what is it?

— and this major Church come riding with a bow; but Christ come riding with “a sharp sword” (Revelation 19:14-15), so this subtle difference; and this Church with a bow is the Roman Church, set on conquering and to conquer;

— but Christ the Son was the Revelator, and in Matthew 24:11 Christ revealed very first condition of the times is that of false preachers, misleading and deceiving, not the few, but the many; this was the rise of the Rome Papacy. And this Papacy was proven to be the Great Whore of Babylon of whom many of her doctrines were later adopted by her numerous protesting harlot daughters.

3 And when He had opened the second seal, I heard the second living being say, “Come and see!”

4 And there went out another horse that was red; and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, that they should kill one another; and there was given unto him a great sword. — red, the color of blood; and this horseman, as Jesus Himself reveals, is WAR;

— there were wars in those days, but wars have not stopped; they have grown progressively worse and worse, more and more horrible and destructive, until today, we face the question of whether human life can survive the next atomic and nuclear bomb types of war!

— one of the living creatures, but this is the second one; what does this mean? “And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth—blood and fire and columns (or pillars) of smoke” Joel 2:30

5 And when He had opened the third seal, I heard the third living being say, “Come and see!” And I beheld, and lo, a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. — four living creatures, but this is the third. A black horse!

6 And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living beings say, “A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine!” — but this is the third; a black horse; the famine of bread is a terrible judgement; famine! pestiilence!

7 And when He had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living being say, “Come and see!” — I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, come and see; this living creature was that which was like an eagle, and was on the north side of the throne, answerable to the standard of Dan, which was on the north of the camp of Israel, and had the figure of an eagle upon it;

— one of the living creatures, but this is the fourth. Famine generally follows the sword; or sword following famine.

8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse, and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over a fourth part of the earth to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.

— a pale horse? pestilences, like Covid-19 epidemics of coronal virus which we’re experiencing today; famines, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth;

— God’s four judgements, which goes about with the sword, famine, pestilence and destruction by wild beasts; of Ezekiel 14:21 “the sword and the famine and the noisome beast and the pestilence.”

Ezekiel 14:21 “the sword, famine, noisome beast and pestilence”

9 And when He had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held. — the fifth seal, of the seven seals of the sealed book; here is no beast speaking here, nor horse and rider presented to view;

— the position of the martyrs, “under the altar” there were in the temple at Jerusalem two altars; the altar of burnt sacrifices, and the altar of incense; and these were the souls of such as “were slain” their bodies were dead, and that they may live after their resurrection in a spiritual state;

10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost Thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” — and they “them that were slain” cried with a loud voice as making an appeal to the injured justice of God. This cry began way back under the first Roman persecution;

— they knew their blood would be avenged, but they cried out “how long and execute judgement?”

11 And white robes were given unto every one of them, and it was said unto them that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants and also their brethren, who were to be killed as they were, should be fulfilled. — white robes were given unto every one of them as a token of their justification, and favourable acceptance with God; of their victory and triumph over death, their joy and glory.

12 And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and lo, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; — and a great earthquake happened, and the sun became black as sackcloth, and the full moon became like blood, and the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig-tree casts her figs when shaken by a mighty wind;

— with the opening of the sixth seal by the Lamb the special signs which should usher in the last day were enacted before John; there was a great and terrible earthquake; the shaking extends to heaven as well as earth, as spoken of by Haggai: shake not the earth only, but also the heavens that are shaken, Haggai 2:6;

— and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon all became as blood, and the stars of the heaven fell to the earth, Joel 2:30-31

13 and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs when she is shaken by a mighty wind. — and the stars of heaven fell unto the earth; all the other deities of wood and stones lost their esteem, worship and honour;

— for the idol temples being now opened, the idols and statues were exposed to the common people, and were found to be stuffed with hay and straw, which brought them into great contempt.

14 And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. — every mountain and island were moved out of their places;

— by “every mountain” may be meant the places of idolatrous worship, which were usually upon mountains; see Jeremiah 3:6; which were now shut up, or demolished, or used for Christian worship; and “every island” being moved also may show, that Paganism was not only rooted out of the provinces of the empire upon the continent, but out of the islands also;

— a parallel Scripture in Isaiah: “The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again” Isaiah 24:19-20

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

— and all the kings of the earth and all the mighty ones and their princes and the wealthy and the strong ones and every slave and freeman hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains;

— and said to the mountains and the rocks, Fall upon us and hide us from the face of him that sits upon the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand? Here the terror and despair of the enemies of the Lord, of which he himself has prophesied.

16 and they said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb! — and they all, filled with unspeakable dread, will cower in abject terror and fly to the crags and caves of the mountains;

— all vainly hoping to find a spot where the angry glances of God will not strike them, where the wrath of the Lamb will not find them. That is what the breaking of the sixth seal uncovered: the terrors of the godless world on the day of the Judgement by God.

17 For the great Day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?” — and who shall be able to stand? against either of them, or in their presence, and so as to bear their wrath and displeasure; all which expresses guilt, shame, fear, and despair. The details of God’s wrath are to be revealed in the next chapter.

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The four living creatures, or four beasts could be the same as what Ezekiel saw of a Cherub in opening chapter of Ezekiel:

“As for the likeness of their faces, all four had the face of a man, and the face of a lion on the right side, and all four had the face of an ox on the left side; they four also had the face of an eagle,” Ezekiel 1:10.

The face of a man could also be that of a cherub. But the question is, are these faces as it appeared in Revelation 6 the same as in Ezekiel?

Jonathan Cahn’s Warning to Joe Biden

•January 5, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Jonathan Cahn’s Prophetic Message II to Joe Biden (The White House Apostasy)

“Cry aloud, spare not; lift up thy voice like a trumpet! And show My people their transgression and the house of Jacob their sins” Isaiah 58:1 Jonathan Cahn’s Prophetic Message to President Biden

Jonathan Cahn has been called the prophetic voice of his generation and is known for unlocking the deep mysteries and revelations of God’s Word. He leads Hope of the World, a worldwide ministry of outreach of God’s Word to all nations, and His love and compassion to the world’s most needy.

Revelation (Ch 3-4)

•January 4, 2023 • 2 Comments

The Churches must be real; and that their spiritual state is literally in danger of decays; but they must have reference to the state of the Church in later stages of its history, each with their flaws pointed out. God knows all their strengths and flaws. The messenger, or the angel could well be giving the Churches certain warnings pertaining to each and era of the Churces so as to address and correct those issues concern.

It must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbaths; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbaths are his elect:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you,” Exodus 31:13.

“To santify” means to make holy; Sabbath-keepers are to be made holy before God! Hence all Sunday-keeping churches without exception disqualify themselves as being God’s church! Going through the same ritual every Sunday, they are not worthy of mention, but at best, they are just pretenders, or could be better known biblically as of the Synagogue of Satan!

Revelation 3

In Chapter 2, we went through the Ephesian era, the Smyrnian era, the Pergamenian era, and the Thyatira Era; here the last three Church eras continue . . .

(5) The Sardis Era

1 “And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘These things saith He that hath the seven Spirits of God and the seven stars: I know thy works, and that thou hast a name that thou livest, but thou art dead. — here were seven Spirits of God, and since the Spirit is inherently Holy, there would be seven Holy Spirits; yes, seven Holy Spirits!

— and we would add Jesus the Son and God the Father, resulting in Nine Personage. Nine in the Godhead; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; it might be more realistic to believe in the Polyty or a Nonaty, but certainly wouldn’t be a Trinity;

2 Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found thy works perfect before God.

— “ready to die” one of the characteristics of this church, namely the Church of God, Seventh Day, is that they believe there is no new truth; which means there no nothing more to be revealed; nothing else to be learned, and therefore it is deemed “ready to die” a dead church: “that thou hast a name that thou livest, but thou art dead, (verse1).”

The Church of God, Seventh Day, represents a line of Sabbatarian Adventists that rejected the visions and teachings of Ellen G White before the formation of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in 1863. Robert Coulter, ex-president and official historian of the General Conference of the Church of God, Seventh Day, in his book The Journey:

A History of the Church of God (Seventh Day) (2014) credits Gilbert Cranmer of Michigan as being the founder of the church. Cranmer was a Christian Connection minister and a biblical Unitarian. He was introduced to Sabbath keeping in 1852 by Joseph Bates, known as the founder and developer of Sabbatarian Adventism.

In 1858, five years before the founding of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, a group led by Cranmer separated from the Adventists who supported James Springer White and Ellen G White. Another independent Sabbatarian Adventist body formed in Iowa in 1860, and joined with the Church of God, Seventh Day, in 1863.

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

4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. — Christology has been a long debated issue in the Churches of God (7th Day); a position paper written by the Jerusalem Conference states the following:

“The Amen, the faithful and the true witness is no one else but Jesus Christ and speaking of himself he said, he is “the beginning of the creation of God” that is, the very first manifested act of YHWH was the creation of his son Yehoshua (Jesus).

Do other scriptures support this? Col 1:15 “Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.” A creature is life which has been created, whether terrestrial or celestial: Colossians supports Revelation, it says of Christ he is “the firstborn of every creature:”

5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.

— more on “but thou art dead” ~ the Church of God, Seventh Day, or CoG7 has a good name; showing “that thou livest” but it is a dead church actually. It is like a behemoth being swept up upon a beach at night and all who came into contact with it in the morning wonders whether it is dead or still alive. To revive or overcometh been dead for such a behemoth would require some herculean effords if it still has any chance of revival.

Besides the Thyatira church one condition lies in the Sardis exist side by side with the Philadelphian and the Laodicean eras at the “end time” groups that may or may not be accounted worthy to escape the tribulation;

They were refusing to repent and allow the spirit to work through them to establish the truth that was ready to perish!

6 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

Within this Church of God, Seventh Day, or CoG7, an ambitious man grew among the brethren; and not long after his ordination in 1931, and when certain leading ministers demanded that no more new truth be preached to the brethren, he broke off and started his own branch; he was Herbert W Armstrong;

(6) The Philadelphia Era

Most of the congregations of the CoG7 succumbed to spiritual growth; dying, but the age of this Sardis continues, limping along. Elsewhere, the era of Philadelphia had began.

Paul was chosen, who was highly train in Judiasm, for spreading the gospel to the Gentiles. He later raised up Peter Waldo, a successful businessman, to keep His truth alive during the Middle Ages. In later days when the Gospel must go around the world, a man trained in advertising was tasked to shoulder the mission, Herbert Armstrong;

7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth:

8 I know thy works. Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it. For thou hast a little strength, and hast kept My Word, and hast not denied My name. — here is a church with little strength, few in numbers, but which has kept the word of God; here is a church which would preach the gospel with power before it an open door;

Paul was struck down; in like manner Herbert Armstrong’s business went bankrupt in order that he might come to understand the truth;

Shortly before this event, God had opened the mind of Mrs Armstrong to understand the Sabbath truth from an elderly Church of God woman. After six months of study, unsupervised, in a persistent effort to prove Sabbath-keeping unscriptural, Armstrong accepted the Sabbath.

9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, who say they are Jews and are not, but do lie — behold, I will make them to come and worship at thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

10 Because thou hast kept the word of My patience, I will also keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.

11 Behold, I come quickly; hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. — from this moment forward, Mr and Mrs Armstrong came to understand further truths. The brethren with whom they associated became interested that Herbert soon found himself speaking at their insistence; then preaching to small groups in Oregon!

12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, which is New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from My God, and I will write upon him My new name.

13 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

During Herbert Armstrong’s reign, the church grew rapidly, claimed of up to 30 percent year on year for some 30 years. But as the organization grew in wealth, so did its membership; pride went into his head and claiming his is the one and only true Church, Herbert became a tyrant like any other tyrants one could be found in the African continent.

And when enriching himself for self importance, he flew in a corporate Grumman Gulfstream II, pursuing a political agenda while meeting with dictators from many countries, including the Middle East (Egypt, Jordan and Israel), India, the Philippines, Thailand and Japan; and his apostate treasures of plates and cutleries would of no less eminence than that of the Czars.

A few unauthorised biographies could give more details:

(a) Herbert Armstrong’s Tangled Web, An Insider’s View of the Worldwide Church of God, by David Robinson, 1980

(b) The Truth Shall Make You Free, Herbert Armstrong’s Empire Exposed, by John Tuit, 1981

When Herbert Armstrong died in 1986 January, the mantle passed on to Joseph W Tkach (Sr), but the same dictatorial and totalitarian structure managed under the Armstrong regime continued. By 1991 some members were able to detect changes within the organization. For the most part, little change, if any, spilled over to the membership until 1993.

At that time, a new recruiting and marketing strategy was launched in an effort to train members to recruit through evangelism techniques. The World Tomorrow television program did not result in new recruiting and the Plain Truth lost renewals and subscribers and the church went into rapid decline. And then it collapsed and suddenly disappeared.

In him covering up feelings of inferiority with an inflated ego was the next era started, the Laodicean:

(7) The Laodicean Era

But spiritually Herbert Armstrong and the church become blind, stiffnecked, unable to see that Passover is a composite festival celebrated from the fourteenth to the twenty-first of Nisan:

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days. Unleavened bread shall be eaten,” (Ezekiel 45:21); and Pentecost, he followed the Samaritan version of always having it on a Sunday.

14 “And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write: ‘These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God:

15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot; I would thou wert cold or hot.

16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew thee out of My mouth.

17 Because thou sayest, “I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing,” and knowest not that thou art wretched and miserable, and poor and blind and naked,

After Herbert Armstrong’s death in 1986, many splinters broke off; made up of individuals who are spiritually lukewarm! each saying to the other: “I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing.”

His college, Ambassador College, was built on sand, loose sands, and within a few years of his death, students enrolment collapsed, faulty dismissed or sacked and the land and properties of the college sold.

18 I counsel thee to buy from Me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich, and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear, and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see.

19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

Gradually, the assets (airplanes, land, convention centers, Pasadena headquarters, etc) of the Worldwide Church of God organization were sold. Some holdings were transferred to the “extension” churches. In March 2003 they sold the copyrights of Herbert Armstrong’s literature to an offshoot, Philadelphia Church of God, for $3 million in July 2004 auctioned off many valuable items which PCG purchased.

The multimillion-dollar empire has simultaneously downsized its lucrative holdings, creating factions within the membership. The WCG offered no accountability for its financial dealings. They claimed it was audited by a reputable firm, but refuses to publish financial reports openly.

Splinter groups resulted; the Philadelphia Church of God (founded by Gerald Flurry); the United Church of God (founded by David Hulme); Living Church of God (founded by Roderick Meredith); the Restored Church of God (founded by David Pack); and many others; all “wretched and miserable, and poor and blind and naked.”

20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If any man hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.

21 To him that overcometh, will I grant to sit with Me on My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father on His throne. — instead of overcoming, some of these smaller splinters subcumbed to the whimps of the devil; without any evidence, they charge a man of God, Ezra, (one who “had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord,” Ezra 7:10), of tempering the Scriptures, making it a forgery:

Wolves among Sheep: One visible in the picture, others are hidden!

“Whatever I command you, observe to do it. Thou shalt not add thereto nor diminish from it (Deuteronomy 12:32). Vandalising the Bible is a serious charge, risking eternal life; as warned in Revelation:

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18-19.

But on the other hand, if Ezra isn’t guilty of vandalising, then his accusers would be in danger of death.

Fred R Coulter, in his book, “The Christian Passover,” says:

Although Deuteronomy 16 contains instructions for the Feast of Unleavened Bread and the two other holy days seasons, the fact that the word “Passover” appears in Verse 1 has caused great confusion in the minds of many Bible students and scholars. They are not aware that these verses were edited by Ezra long after the book of Deuteronomy was originally written, and that in Ezra’s time the entire eight-day observance of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread was called “Passover.” When we understand that the term “Passover” was used for the Feast of Unleavened bread, the seeming discrepancy between Deuteronomy 16 and other Scriptural passages is eliminated. (Passover, pg 165)

Fred Coulter’s charge isn’t alone. He has two other comrades who share his view; namely Frank Nelte and John Ritenbaugh.

From Frank W Nelte, referring to Deuteronomy 16:1, 2, 4, 5, 6

These verses, he wrote, claiming of a forgery by Ezra, give the impression that the Passover is being spoken about. But the word “Passover” was deviously inserted into these verses by some dishonest scribe. The motivation for these devious changes was to justify the Jewish custom of referring to the Seven Days of Unleavened Bread as “Passover.”

The evidence for the fraudulent changes in this section of Scripture is not found in preserved manuscripts but in the pages of the Bible itself. We are dealing with a passage that is absolutely vital to upholding a Jewish belief, which belief is clearly unbiblical according to all the other Scriptures in the entire Old Testament. And these fraudulent changes have been accepted in every preserved manuscript, because they endorse a specific Jewish custom.

In addition, there is also a mistranslation in verse 6.

The only evidence for these alterations consists of exposing incompatible, contradictory and illogical statements in the changed text, when compared to other biblical passages. The person who altered this text overlooked some things which expose his fraudulent tampering.

Here are the changes that were made:

In these verses some scribe REMOVED the expression “the Feast of Unleavened Bread” from verse 1, and then REPLACED IT with the word “Passover.” In addition, this scribe also simply INSERTED the word “Passover” into the text of verses 2, 5 and 6. (SOME SCRIBES CHANGE THE TEXT OF DEUTERONOMY 16:1-6).

From John W Ritenbaugh:

In the context of Deuteronomy 16, the word “Passover” is beginning to look clearly out of place. As we continue to look further, we are going to see that verses 1-8 have nothing to do at all with instructions for the Passover lamb, but rather for Unleavened Bread, and specifically the Night To Be Much Observed, which is of course the first night after the Passover, not the same night as the Passover.

How did the name “Passover” get in there? God certainly did not inspire it to be in there. It had to have been edited into Deuteronomy 16 at a much later time (when the entire eight days of the spring festival were commonly called Passover) than from when it was originally written. You will see this very clearly in the New Testament that the entire spring feast was commonly called Passover by the Jews. Somebody, in copying, must have deliberately removed the name “Unleavened Bread” and placed the name “Passover” into Deuteronomy 16 in order to give support to a 15th Passover—to a Temple-centered 15th Passover (Passover transcript, Part 9). 

“Who would have the authority to make such a change from Unleavened Bread to Passover in Deuteronomy 16? The finger of history points to someone during or after the time of Ezra. Ezra came along in the period roughly between 530 BC and about 515 BC. When Ezra came on the scene, the Jews, who had just come out of captivity, were again starting down the same path that originally took them into captivity” (Passover transcript, Part 10).

Tampering and forging God’s Word are serious charges, whose penalty is death (Revelation 22:18-19):

“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book: If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book.

“And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book,” Revelation 22:18-19.

And to conclude this, maybe this need to be repeated: “if Ezra isn’t guilty of vandalising, or forging a forgery; then his accusers would be in danger of death,” all three of them, each guilty of his own account of such a hideous crime in making such a ghastly accusation!

22 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’” — now notice the warning to the last era, at the close of this age, the Laodicea: “I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot:… I will spew you out of my mouth (Revelation 3:15-16);

— at the time of the end when prophecies hidden for ages are being revealed, knowledge increased; truth restored, but knowledge brings responsibility; it becomes dangerous if not handled rightly;

— notice Jesus’ admonition for today in Luke 21:36. “Watch ye therefore and Pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape ALL these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

There seems to be a parallel warning from the Book of Ezekiel:

Ezekiel 9:

4 and the Lord said unto him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark upon the foreheads of the men who sigh and who cry because of all the abominations that are done in the midst thereof.”
5 And to the others He said in mine hearing, “Go ye after him through the city and smite. Let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity.
6 Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began with the elder men who were before the house. Ezekiel 9:4-6

A Slaughting is to begin at “My sanctuary” and of course, even in God’s Churches; the message and warning from Ezekiel were primarily aimed at the house of Israel, sometimes call the house of Ephraim; and his churches, even the Churches of God that bear his name!

And broadly, in the NT time, God’s people are collectively known as the Churches of God (1Corinthians 11:16, 1Thessalonians 2:14, IIThessalonians 1:4), their strengths and problems are named and spelt out with some amazing details in Revelation 2-3; whereas Satan’s collections are generally known as of the Synagogue of Satan.

Finally, a Question for all Sunday keepers: with all the Scriptures and other resources available in your hand, and if you couldn’t be trusted in figuring out a simple issue as to when the Sabbath is, how could you be raised as kings, who need to judge far more complex issues; or as a priests, who would be teaching others during the Millennium what the Sabbaths laws are among others?

Revelation 4

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven; and the first voice which I heard was, as it were, of a trumpet talking with me, which said, “Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.”

— Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter; here is a case of John the Apostle who were called up into heaven, to be around the throne, and to witness what is, and what is to come;

— and later (in chapter 7:14), the 144,000 of the 12 tribes of Israel; these were redeemed and “that came out of great tribulation” from the earth.

2 And immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne was set in Heaven, and One sat on the throne.

3 And He that sat thereon was to look upon like a jasper and a sardius stone; and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in appearance like unto an emerald.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment, and they had on their heads crowns of gold. — who are the 24 elders; are they angels or humans? (more at the end)

5 And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God; — again, if the Spirit is a Being or an independent Personage; there would be seven Holy Spirits;

— and with these we would add Jesus Christ the Son, and God the Father, then there would be nine Personage; we should have a Polygon or a Nonagon; so surely the Godhead would be a Polyty or a Nonaty; nine heads, that would be more like an Indian goddess more than a Trinity?

6 and before the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four living beings full of eyes in front and behind.

7 And the first being was like a lion, and the second being like a calf, and the third being had the face of a man, and the fourth being was like a flying eagle.

— this is very similar to what Ezekiel saw in his vision (Ezekiel 1); the Cherub had four faces; the face of a MAN (REUBEN) on the South; of a LION (JUDAH) on the East; the face of an OX (EPHRAIM) on the West and an EAGLE (DAN) on the North.

8 And each of the four living beings had six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within; and they rested not day and night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come!”

— in Ezekiel 1 the four cherubim each has four wings; same as in Ezekiel 10; but here they each has 6 wings. Why the difference? Are they different sets of cherubim?

9 And when those living beings give glory and honor and thanks to Him that sat on the throne, who liveth for ever and ever,

10 the four and twenty elders fall down before Him that sits on the throne, and worship Him that liveth for ever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying,

11 “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honor and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created.”

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Who are the 24 Elders in Revelation?

Who are the Twenty four Elders in Revelation? Whenever I heard conversation on this topic, my heart jumps onto my throat.

Revelation 4:

1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

2 And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.

3 And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.

4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Q. Who are these Twenty four Elders set around a throne in heaven? Would they be:

(a) Angelic beings, not humans. Jesus said only He had down from heaven John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, so the twenty four elders could not be humans as identified in Revelation 4:4. During the first resurrection, when Christ return, the saints will rise first, Satan bound (Revelation 20:1-4).

They will meet Christ in the air, and when Christ set his feet in Jerusalem, the saints will be with Christ forever (1 Thess 4:16-17). Further, among the restored 18 vital truths to the True Church since 1933 (Mystery of the Ages, Dodd & Mead, 1985, p251), Herbert W Armstrong came in the spirit of Elijah (Malachi 4:5), to establish the foundation of the True Church, and to restore all things (Matt 17:11, Mark 9:12, Acts 3:21).

“Rain” and soon a storm appeared; “Drought” and the land suffered three and a half years of constipation! When you look at the preceding two or three verses in Acts 3:19-20, this restitution of all things by Elijah is in the context of Christ returning back to this earth. Hence these truths are solidified and sealed.

(b) Saints, not angelic beings. First, search the Scriptures, the word or title “elder” is nowhere applied to angels, but only to humans, or once humans. Second, in Rev 5:9, these 24 elders were redeemed by the Lamb’s blood.

The exact phase “and hast redeemed us (Strong’s 2248: hémas; our, us, we).” Only humans, not angels, were to be redeemed to God by Christ’s blood out of every kindred, tongue and nation. And in Rev 5:10 And hast made us (2248) unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Those versions that translated as them for us and they for we are erroneous).

Again, only humans were promised to be kings and priests to reign on earth, not angels. Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? 1 Corinthians 6:2. Finally, only members of God’s family, or members of Elohim (not angelic beings) are given crowns in heaven (Satan might have a crown too but he’s restricted on this earth).

The Greek word for crown in Rev 4:4 (Strong’s 4735 as in Rev 2:10) is stephanos which is a garland wreath as awarded to overcomers or winners as in Greek games.

So are these 24 elders saints or angelic beings?

Some F-35s Grounded

•January 3, 2023 • Leave a Comment

US military grounds some of its top fighter jets – media

RT ~ December 30, 2022

An undisclosed number of F-35s have reportedly been taken out of service on concerns raised by a recent crash

America’s F-35 fighter jets have reportedly come under new scrutiny after a crash earlier this month at a base in Texas raised safety concerns about the aircraft, prompting the grounding of some planes for an investigation.

Some versions of the F-35 have been sidelined for special inspections under an order issued earlier this week, the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) told The Hill media outlet on Thursday. The JPO didn’t disclose how many aircraft have been grounded or the specific concerns that are being investigated.

The order recommended restrictions on “a small number of aircraft, which have been evaluated to be of higher risk, from flight operations and until procedures can be developed for their return to flight,” an unidentified JPO official said. The JPO is working with the US military branches that employ the F-35, as well as foreign buyers of the aircraft, “to ensure understanding of the risks identified.”

The decision follows a December 15 crash involving an F-35B Lightning II, the new US Marine Corps variant of the fighter jet, at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth. The hovering aircraft was landing vertically when it appeared to bounce upward before falling forward and skidding around on its nose and right wing. The pilot ejected as the plane fell back onto its landing gear into a level position.

Another F-35B Crash

Revelation (Ch 1-2)

•January 2, 2023 • 3 Comments

The book of Revelation was written by the Apostle John is clear not only from the express mention of his name, and from his office as a servant of Jesus Christ. He was an eyewitness of the Logos, the Word of God, and who bore a faithful record of him as such, as John did in his discipleship, in a very remarkable manner from this writer’s being in the isle of Patmos when he wrote and bore witness.

1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him to show unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass. And He sent and signified it by His angel unto His servant John, — the Revelation of Jesus Christ, not John; it was Christ who bids John write to the seven churches: “What thou seest, write in a book;”

— hence John maybe a witness or a writer ‘write what thou seest’ but he is not the Revelator! This is a revelation of Jesus Christ which the Father gave unto His Son to show unto an earthly servants, John, things which must shortly come to pass.

2 who bore record of the Word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. — who bore record of the word of God; of the eternal Word of God, of the Father and his only Son; as John the apostle did in his Gospel, and in his epistles, and also in this book.

3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein; for the time is at hand.

— and they that hear the words of this prophecy; that listen attentively to the reading and exposition of this book, and have ears to hear, so as to understand the prophecies contained in it: but some versions read it as either, “blessed is he that readeth and heareth” or “blessed are they that read and they that hear.”

4 John, To the seven churches in Asia: Grace be unto you and peace from Him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits which are before His throne; — John introducing himself similarly as others in the OT: “The word of the Lord came unto Ezekiel, the priest;

— and from “the seven spirits” which are before his throne; before the throne of God the Father; are meant the angels that stand before the throne of God, and are ready to do his will: this is also mentioned with reference to the seven angels of the churches;

— very often at other times, the hand of God is also the spirit of God; as in Ezekiel 3:14, “in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me; hence the spirit is the hand of the Lord and is not a person;

— hence the spirit of God could either be (a) an angel of God; or (b) a hand of God; (more at the end).

5 and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first-begotten of the dead, and the prince over the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood, — and the prince of the kings of the earth: which is to be understood figuratively of the saints, who have power over the world, through Christ, and of whom he is the Prince; above whom there is a King, where the Prince asked us to address as the Father.

6 and hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father, to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. — reference seems to be had to Exodus 19:6: “and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests”; which the Jerusalem Targum renders, “ye shall be unto me”, מלכין וכהנין, “kings and priests”; and so the Targum of Jonathan paraphrases it thus, “and ye shall be before me”, מלכין, “kings” crowned with a crown, “and priests” ministering;

— parallel Scriptures in Chapter 5:

9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Thou art worthy to take the book and to open the seals thereof; for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood, from every kindred and tongue, and people and nation,

10 and hast made us unto our God kings and priests; and we shall reign on the earth,” Revelation 5:9-10

7 Behold, He cometh with clouds, and every eye shall see Him, and they also who pierced Him; and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so. Amen. — every eye shall see him, and they (they were who = “whosoever”) also which pierced him; here again is a reference to the incident of the piercing of Christ’s side (John 19:34), recorded only by John.

— and also a reference to Zechariah 12:10; “and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourneth for his only son.”

8 “I Am Alpha And Omega, the Beginning and the Ending,” saith the Lord, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty. — this is the Son, the Alpha and Omega; the first and the last letters of the Greek alphabet; One who was pierced, referenced earlier in verse 7; he is alsdo the beginning and the ending; that is, as aleph is the beginning of the Hebrew alphabet; and cause of all things; as tau is the last.

9 I, John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation and in the Kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the isle that is called Patmos, for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. — early Christian writers said John “was banished to Patmos” by Domitian emperor of Rome, in about 94 AD;

10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s Day, and I heard behind me a great voice as of a trumpet, — I was in the Spirit; in a prophetic vision; this has many parallels in Ezekiel, “And the Spirit entered into me when He spoke unto me, and set me upon my feet, so that I heard Him who spoke unto me,” Ezekiel 2:2;

— also, “Then the Spirit entered into me and set me upon my feet, and spoke with me and said unto me, “Go, shut thyself within thine house,” Ezekiel 3:24;

— any person reading the book of Ezekiel would not say that was another person talking to Ezekiel, but why would Catholics and Protestants invent that this spirit is a personage in Revelation 1:10?; and if so, there (in verse 4 above) were seven spirits?

— on “the Lord’s Day” is actually the Day of God’s judgement; “the day of Judgement” (Encyclopedia Biblica, article “Lord’s Day”); in later years, when the Roman Church became getting more prominent this was reinterpreted to mean the day of Christ’s resurrection, Sunday; hence nowadays, “the Lord’s Day” has become a commemorative day for Sunday.

11 saying, “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last,” and, “What thou seest, write in a book and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia: unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea.” — “I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last,” this has the same expression as in verse 8 earlier: the “I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending.”

12 And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; — and I turned; for he had heard the voice behind him; this Being who spoke, from this verse aone, could either be the Father, or it could also be the Son to see the person from whom the voice came from.

13 and in the midst of the seven candlesticks One like unto the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the breast with a golden girdle. — like unto the Son of man; this is similar to Daniel 7:13;

— John now describes what he saw: And having turned around, I saw seven golden lamp-stands, and in the midst of the lamp-stands one similar to a Son of Man clothed in a long robe and girded across his breast with a golden belt. The prophet saw, not a single candlestick, but seven candlesticks with seven lamps, Exodus 25:37;

14 His head and His hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes were as a flame of fire; — and his eyes were as a flame of fire: see Daniel 10:6; which is the omniscience of the Son of God;

— and (a) his presence, like flames of fire, melts their souls into a true and genuine repentance for sin: or else, (b) his eyes of wrath and vengeance, as set upon his enemies are meant: will be fierce and furious and bring swift and sudden destruction on them.

15 and His feet like unto fine brass, as though they burned in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters. — the sound of many waters; of a waterfall; or of a cataract; or as the roar of the ocean dashing upon a rock or the shore;

— this description “the sound of many waters” is found in Ezekiel 43:2, “the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and his voice was like the noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory.”

16 And He had in His right hand seven stars, and out of His mouth went a sharp two edged sword, and His countenance shone as the sun shineth in his strength. — in his right hand seven stars; the stars are representing the seven angels, messengers, or the seven churches; their presence in the right hand of Christ shows that they are under his special care and protection;

— and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword; which designs the word of God; this comes out of the mouth of Christ, it is the word of God; and is a sharp sword, contains sharp reproofs for sin, severe threats of punishment against any disobediance;

17 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He laid His right hand upon me, saying unto me, “Fear not; I am the First and the Last. — when John saw him, he fell at his feet as dead; the appearance of the glory of the Lord had the same effect upon Ezekiel, Ezekiel 1:28.

18 I am He that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen, and have the keys of hell and of death. — I am he that liveth, and was dead; I am Christ the Savior, who had died for mankind; and being raised from the dead, has the keys of life and death; to destroy the living or raise the dead.

19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter. — write the things which thou hast seen; these visions are for general instruction, and therefore every circumstance must be faithfully recorded. What John had seen was to be written; and what he was to see afterwards, must also be recorded.

20 The mystery of the seven stars which thou sawest in My right hand, and the seven golden candlesticks: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

— the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches; that is, the seven stars which John saw in Christ’s right hand, represent the angels, or the seven churches of Asia, and in them all their pastors and ministers of the churches in all the periods of time until Christ’s second coming.

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Sometimes, the “hand of God” verses the “spirit of God” could be read interchangeably; and this is true in the following instance:

The word of the Lord came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; and the hand of the Lord was there upon him. Ezekiel 1:3

So the Spirit lifted me up and took me away, and I went in bitterness, in the heat of my spirit; but the hand of the Lord was strong upon me. Ezekiel 3:14

And the hand of the Lord was there upon me; and He said unto me, “Arise, go forth into the plain, and I will there talk with thee.” Ezekiel 3:22

And it came to pass in the sixth year, in the sixth month, on the fifth day of the month, as I sat in mine house and the elders of Judah sat before me, that the hand of the Lord God fell there upon me. Ezekiel 8:1

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones, Ezekiel 37:1

In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year, on the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after the city was smitten, on the selfsame day the hand of the Lord was upon me, and brought me thither. Ezekiel 40:1

In that day shall Egypt be like unto women; and it shall be afraid and fear, because of the shaking of the hand of the Lord of hosts, which He shaketh over it. Isaiah 19:16

Lord, when Thy hand is lifted up, they will not see; but they shall see and be ashamed for their envy at the people; yea, the fire of Thine enemies shall devour them. Isaiah 26:11

I have made the earth and created man upon it; I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. Isaiah 45:12

And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb; and the hand of the Lord shall be known toward His servants, and His indignation toward His enemies. Isaiah 66:14

The “angel of God” verses the “spirit of God” could be read interchangeably; and spirits, as angels can speak too; this is true in the following instance:

Then the angel of the Lord went out and struck down one hundred eighty-five thousand in the camp of the Assyrians. When the people got up the next morning, there were all the dead bodies! Isaiah 37:36.

My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths; and they haven’t harmed me, for I was found innocent before him. And also before you, Your Majesty, I have not done harm,” Daniel 6:22.

I asked, “What are these, my lord?” The angel who was talking to me replied, “I will show you what they are,” Zechariah 1:9.

Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the Lord, with Satan standing at his right side to accuse him, Zechariah 3:1

If the Spirit is a Being or an independent Personage by itself/himself; there would be seven Spirits (Revelation 3:1) before the heavenly Throne; and since the Spirit is inherently Holy, there should be seven Holy Spirits, as John saw them;

and with these John would add Jesus Christ the Son, and God the Father, then there would be nine Personage; this is just simple arithmetic. Therefore there couldn’t be a Trinity since there are Nine in the Godhead; we should have a Polygon (a nine sided shape) or a Nonagon (nine straight sides that meet at nine corners); so surely the Godhead would be a Polyty or a Nonaty, but certainly couldn’t be a Trinity?

Revelation 2

Seven Churches of Revelation

It’s important to note that beside the Churches as seen as historical may have metaphorical or allegorical meaning to these Churches, in term of eras, otherwise why took the time and trouble to write them down.

The Churches must be real; and that their spiritual state is pointed out; but they must have reference to the state of the Church in later stages of its history; and that the notion of what has been termed the Ephesian state, the Smyrnian state, the Pergamenian state . . . the Laodicean state, should be studied, analysed and such expositions should be internalized by anyone who wishes to arrive at a sober and rational knowledge and understanding of Scriptures.

The messenger, or the angel could well be giving the Church certain warnings pertaining to the era of their Church so as to teach and edify those concern.

It must be emphesized that the only sign God has given mankind being classified as his true Church is the Sabbath; it is a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13) that keepers of the Sabbath are being santified to be God’s elect:

“Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, ‘Verily My Sabbaths ye shall keep; for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations, that ye may know that I am the Lord who doth sanctify you,” Exodus 31:13. Hence all Sunday-keeping churches without exception disqualify themselves as being God’s church!

(1) The Ephesus Era

1 “Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write: ‘These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks:

— the church at Ephesus, started on the day of Pentecost and being the original apostolic church; known originally as Nazarenes (Acts 24:5), a church whose records had been documented in the Acts of the Apostles, which patiently labored to spread the Gospel to the nations, the Gentiles; and were met with many obstacles but remained steadfast to the truth, though persecuted till the end;

2 I know thy works and thy labor and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them that are evil; and how thou hast tried them that say they are apostles and are not, and hast found them liars; — I know thy works; for the eyes of the Lord are throughout the earth, being omnipresent, beholding the evil and the good; and all things are continually open and naked before him;

— “apostles and are not, and hast found them liars” are false apostles, and they could be found right from the start, Simon Magus, from the Samaritans (Acts 8:9-25), who were famed for their worship of the Sun; but went on masquerading itself as the One True Church or the first church that ever existed.

3 and hast borne, and hast patience, and for My name’s sake hast labored and hast not fainted. — and hast not fainted; and hast persevered so as thou hast neither been seduced to other doctrine by false teachers, nor lost any integrity or thy character.

4 Nevertheless, I have something against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. — I have against thee that thou hast left thy first love, namely, the zeal and fervour of it,

5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent and do the works as at first; or else I will come unto thee quickly and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, unless thou repent. — remember therefore from whence thou art fallen; the eminence which you once occupied; this is a call to remembrance the state in which you once were.

6 But this thou hast: that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate. — reference in Revelation 2:14-15 that is, corrupters of the people, the existence of a sect called Nicolaitanes in the second century “which I also hate.”

7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the Tree of Life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.’ — any man, whoever can hear at all, ought carefully to hear this;

— this Ephesus Church, headquartered at Jerusalem, fled to Pella in around 69 AD before the Romans razed the city and the Temple to the ground; until probably the time of Emperor Constantine;

— Paul, Barnabas; and later such men as Polycarp and Polycrates, they were called “Quartodecimani” because they kept the true Passover celebration the Jewish way on the fourteenth instead of Easter on a Sunday.

(2) The Smyrna Era

8 “And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write: ‘These things saith the First and the Last, who was dead and is alive: — and unto the angel of the church in Smyrna; “Smyrna was the nearest city to Ephesus, and for that reason probably was addressed in the second place.

9 I know thy works and tribulation and poverty (but thou art rich), and I know the blasphemy of them that say they are Jews and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. — they called themselves Jews but from God’s point of view they are of the assembly of Satan; this is a serious charge!

What happened was an attempt by the Catholics to stamp out the true scattered Church who observed the true Passover from the world?

Let the Catholic historian Eusebius, who lived in the time of Constantine, tell the story:

“But before this time another most virulent disorder had existed, and long afflicted the Church; I mean the difference respecting… Easter. For while one party asserted that the Jewish custom (as to time) should be adhered to, the other (did not).

“Accordingly, the people being thus in every place divided in this respect… no one appeared who was capable of devising a remedy…. Constantine appeared to be the only one on earth capable… He convoked a general council…”

After the Nicaean Council closed, Emperor Constantine sent the following letter to all the churches: “At this meeting the question concerning… Easter was discussed… First of all, it appeared an unworthy thing that in the celebration of this… feast we should follow the practice of the Jews…

Let us then have nothing in common with the Jews… It has been determined by the common judgement of all, that the… feast of Easter should be kept on one and the same day.” The Council of Nicea decided, under his authority, that Easter MUST be celebrated on Sunday and that the Passover must be forbidden!

— but are “the synagogue of Satan;” deserve rather to be called the synagogue of Satan? The synagogue was a Jewish place of worship, but the word originally denoted “the assembly” or “the congregation.”

10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried, and ye shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of Life.

11 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. He that overcometh shall not be hurt by the second death.’ — the second death; this phrase is a new one in Bible language. It points to a death which is other than that of the body; one that stands in contrast to the crown of life.

(3) The Pergamos Era

12 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write: ‘These things saith He that hath the sharp sword with two edges: — as a result of the Council of Nicaea (325 AD), the great false Church commenced 1260 years of persecution (Revelation 12:6) with full force. The true Church fled into the valleys and mountains in Asia Minor and Europe.

It was the close of the twelfth century. In Lyons, France, lived an astonishingly successful and wealthy merchant, Peter Waldo. “One day, while in the company of some of the leading citizens, one of his friends fell lifeless at his side. Terrified by the event, he said to himself: If death had stricken me, what would have become of my soul?”

Being a Catholic, Waldo asked one of these theologians what is the PERFECT way. ‘Ah!’ answered the theologian… ‘here is Christ’s precept’: ‘”If thou wilt be perfect, go, sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven, and come take up thy cross and follow me.”‘” (Comba, “History of the Waldenses,” p 21).

Waldo disposed of his property by distributing to the poor. But from his wealth he also had a translation of the Scriptures made. In this translation he noticed the command to the apostles to preach the gospel of the Kingdom of God. His mind began to understand the Scriptures.

God was using Peter Waldo.

Comba says that “he brought to the study of the Scriptures that practical common sense which had guided him in his business transactions… The word of Christ was clear enough, for Waldo it was simply a question of furnishing a literal translation” (p 243 of Comba’s “History”).

The humble remnant of the Church of God listened to him. Soon many new disciples were coming to repentance. “His disciples became almost as many C0-workers for him” (p 26). The world called them Waldenses.

But in 1315 AD, long before the crusade against the Waldenses occurred, the truth of God was carried to England by a German Waldensian preacher, Walter Lollard. It took deep root for a while until the Protestant Reformation.

Through the preaching of Lollard and other helpers, hundreds were repenting. Thousands were learning for the first time that baptism means immersion — that the world’s religious holidays came from paganism and that Sunday was not the Sabbath.

It was not until about 1650 that there were again enough Sabbath keepers to establish local congregations. They often called themselves the Church of God, but the world termed them “Sabbatarians” and Sabbatarian Baptists.

From England the remnant Sabbath-keeping Church spread to America. In 1664, Stephen Mumford, sent to Newport, Rhode Island, raised up a small church mainly from Baptist converts. One by one new churches were established through continued help of the Seventh-day Baptists in England.

13 I know thy works and where thou dwellest, even where Satan’s seat is; and that thou holdest fast My name and hast not denied My faith, even in those days wherein Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was slain among you, where Satan dwelleth.

— Benson: that in the war with the Albigenses and Waldenses, there perished of these poor creatures in France alone a million! From the first institution of the Jesuits to AD 1480, that is, in little more than thirty years, nine hundred thousand orthodox Christians were slain; (for more, click here)

14 But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication.

— the instruction Balaam gave to Balak, which is a doctrine, was that Balak should get some beautiful women in his kingdom to ply the men of Israel, and draw them into sins and impurity and so to idolatry;

— in today’s world, the pull of ecumenism is extremely strong; it is to be accepted by the world as a recognized religion, hence ecumenism as it is now commonly used refers to interdenominational cooperation between different Christian churches. These initiatives can range from local churches of different denominations operating a soup kitchen for the poor;

— hosting an ecumenical Bible study with participants from different Christian traditions, inviting all baptized Christians to partake in a Lovefeast when churches celebrate them, to holding an ecumenical Stations of the Cross service on Fridays during the Christian liturgical season of Lent with the service being held at a different local church each Friday. Many of these churches have, as a result of ecumenical dialogue, established full or partial communion agreements, so as to be considered to be within the realm of orthodox Christianity.

15 So thou also hast them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. — the natural meaning seems to suppose that the Nicolaitanes taught the same things which Balaam did; to wit, that they led the people into corrupt and licentious practices.

They called themselves by adopting the name “Seventh-day Baptists.” But as always happens, after several generations their children take truth for granted and slowly lost surrendering their wills and lives to God and soon they began teaching the false Trinity doctrine! In less than one hundred and fifty years, the English churches almost disappeared. 

Members of the Seventh-day Baptists migrated to America and the number of churches increased as the gospel was spread from state to state. But so nearly dead were these congregations that in 1802 many began to organise themselves together into a General Conference. At this serious juncture, most of the local churches joined together to form the Seventh-day Baptist General Conference where they still held these meetings today. 

16 Repent, or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. — with the Sword of my mouth; and fight against them by his Word; whose true and doctrines shall be like a Sword to devour and to destroy all false ones.

17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth save he that receiveth it.’

— a sign and testimony of newness of life in righteousness by putting on the new name, a fresh revelation of God’s name and nature whom no one inwardly knows, but only those who have received it can comprehend its full significance.

(4) The Thyatira Era

18 “And unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write: ‘These things saith the Son of God, who hath His eyes like unto a flame of fire, and His feet are like fine brass:

— during the 1800s various form of revivals were initiated, both in the Jewish world (witness Abraham Geiger in Germany who started Reform Judaism); and the Christian world under various personalities but mainly located in the United States.

— during this time William Miller also arrived, starting the advent movement among Sunday-observing churches. In 1843 several followers of Miller in Washington, New Hampshire, became reacquainted with the Sabbath as a sign between God and man (Exodus 31:13). It was not until after their miserable Great Disappointment of 1844 that the general body of Adventists had the Sabbath question called to their attention.

19 I know thy works, and charity and service, and faith and thy patience, and thy works, and the last to be more than the first. — a small number accepted the Sabbath and teamed up with the few others who refused to be affiliated with the Seventh-day Baptist Conference.

— they called themselves the “Church of God” and began publishing “The Advent Review and Sabbath Herald.” Their first songbook was dedicated to “The Church of God scattered abroad.”

Jezebel, along with her husband, instituted the worship of Baal and Asherah on a national scale

20 Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, who calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce My servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. — that woman Jezebel; the daughter of Ithobaal I of Tyre and the wife of Ahab, King of Israel, 1 Kings 16:31;

— Jezebel, a Phoenician princess who defiled Israel with her idolatrous practices, now calleth herself a prophetess; no other church group has a better fit than one among the Seventh-day Adventists, a Ellen G White, who fulfils this prophecy exactly to a T;

— with each passing year, new and different doctrines were being introduced by prophetess Ellen G White to explain away the Adventist failure of October 22, 1844. The original church members resisted initially but eventually went along with her fornication, with her “inspired testimony” from her Jezebelian goddess, now established as Sister Ellen G White;

— and finally, a meeting was held by some of the members in Battle Creek, Michigan, September 28 through October 1, 1860. And that is how the Seventh-Day Adventist began to regard her officially as a prophetess, and who was responsible for naming their organisation and the birth of her dreams;

Ellen G White, wrote of rays of lights from the throne in one of her “inspired” visions, or in one of her dreams, of “her revelation” about volcanoes, earthquakes and how the Flood was formed:

“At this time immense forests were buried. These have since been changed to coal, forming the extensive coal beds that now exist, and also yielding large quantities of oil. The coal and oil frequently ignite and burn beneath the surface of the earth. Thus rocks are heated, limestone is burned, and iron ore melted.

The action of the water upon the lime adds fury to the intense heat, and causes earthquakes, volcanoes, and fiery issues. As the fire and water come in contact with ledges of rock and ore, there are heavy explosions underground, which sound like muffled thunder.

The air is hot and suffocating. Volcanic eruptions follow; and these often failing to give sufficient vent to the heated elements, the earth itself is convulsed, the ground heaves and swells like the waves of the sea, great fissures appear, and sometimes cities, villages, and burning mountains are swallowed up.

These wonderful manifestations will be more and more frequent and terrible just before the second coming of Christ and the end of the world, as signs of its speedy destruction.” (Patriarchs and Prophets, Pacific Press, 1958, pg 108-109).

Full of hot air, and it’s suffocating; and that’s the substance of Ellen G White’s visions!

21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication, but she repented not. — in fact, instead of the true Passover and feast days and prophecies of the Old Testament, especially of Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel, their ministers taught a “third angel’s message,” which they had accepted from Ellen G White; so much emphasis that it is as if it’s more important than the Word of God itself.

22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. — the Adventist movement didn’t regard themselves separate from the mainstream Protestants, but rather as one of them, and in doing so, took in Trinity in their false teachings along with their annual Christmas jinglebells celebrations.

23 And I will kill her children with death, and all the churches shall know that I am He that searcheth the reins and hearts; and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. — “I will kill her children with death” sounds serious, and this warning is from God, whom they were supposed to believe. There must be some serious abominations within the church, within their practices and doctrines;

— all the churches shall know; implying that these addresses are designed for the whole associated churches especially at the endtime; so shall God’s hand be seen in the judgement on Thyatira, that the whole churches shall recognize it as God’s doing.

24 But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine and who have not known the depths of Satan (as they say) I will put upon you no other burden. — there is great rewards for those who are judged faithful and true, avoiding false doctrines; yet penalties are great, too, for those who harbour many Jezebelian doctrines and teachings within.

25 But that which ye have already, hold fast till I come. — the weekly Sabbath and the food law are what they have, so hold fast to what they already have, but others need lots of work to do;

26 And he that overcometh and keepeth My works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations, — Jezebel and her idolatries, he that overcometh; means he that could tell the truth from their fallacies which they have so much ingrained into their doctrines; and only then could they qualify to have authority to rule the nations;

27 and “he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers,” even as I have received from My Father. — and he shall rule them with a rod of iron; there is an allusion in Psalm 2:9; “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” 

28 And I will give him the morning star. — the morning star; that is, Christ will give unto him personally, who am “the morning star” (Revelation 22:16); thus reflecting Christ’s perfect brightness;

29 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches!’

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One thing which is a serious charge is that Adventists put Ellen G White’s writings ahead of Moses and the Prophets, ahead of God’s Word in actual fact; hence they subbornly insist wine is grape juice; and Passover is observe quarterly, on every thirteenth sabbath, and not annually on the fourteenth of Nisan as the Scriptures say.

And even during the Millennium, Passover will be observed the same way as before:

“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, ye shall have the Passover, a feast of seven days. Unleavened bread shall be eaten,” Ezekiel 45:21

“Behold, I will cast . . . them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent” ~ unfortunately a great tribution await them (Revelation 2:22):

“And I will kill her children with death (Revelation 2:23)” perhaps this great tribulation should be tied in with a similar vision the prophet Ezekiel had: “Slay utterly old and young, both maids and little children and women; but come not near any man upon whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” Then they began with the elder men who were before the house, Ezekiel 9:6. “Begin at My sanctuary” means his own righteous deserve to be offered as a sacrifice;

These same righteous to be slained together with the wicked could be better understood when tied in with Ezekiel 21:3, the Sword from the South! “and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.”

Russia’s Medvedev’s 2023 Predictions

•January 1, 2023 • Leave a Comment

Former Russian president’s eerie predictions for 2023

News by Jack Evans ~ December 28, 2022 // Daily Star by Lizzie McAllister ~ 29 Dec 2022

Former Russian president and current deputy chairman of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev took to Twitter and Telegram Monday night to post his own predictions for 2023, in an unusual move from a former head of state, especially given a number of them are not just bizarre but most readers will receive them as incredibly unlikely – at least given the mere one year timeline.

Describing that “many practice futuristic hypotheses,” he said he would add his insight into the mix while “competing in the proposal of the most unexpected and even absurd” predictions.

“On New Year’s Eve, everybody’s into making predictions,” he began of his top ten predictions thread for 2023 which includes a coming civil war in the United States, the disintegration of the dollar, the crash of the IMF and World Bank, and the total collapse of the European Union, following a major war among competing powers in Western Europe – including war between Germany and France.

Russia’s Medvedev Makes 2023 Predictions

Below is Medvedev’s full Twitter thread on “What can happen in 2023”

1. Oil price will rise to $150 a barrel, and gas price will top $5.00 per 1.00 cubic meters

2. The UK will rejoin the EU

3. The EU will collapse after the UK’s return; Euro will drop out of use as the former EU currency

4. Poland and Hungary will occupy western regions of the formerly existing Ukraine

5. The Fourth Reich will be created, encompassing the territory of Germany and its satellites, i.e., Poland, the Baltic states, Czechia, Slovakia, the Kiev Republic, and other outcasts

6. War will break out between France and the Fourth Reich. Europe will be divided, Poland repartitioned in the process

7. Northern Ireland will separate from the UK and join the Republic of Ireland

8. Civil war will break out in the US, California; and Texas becoming independent states as a result. Texas and Mexico will form an allied state. Elon Musk’ll win the US presidential election in a number of states which Musk is not eligible to run for president

9. All the largest stock markets and financial activity will leave the US and Europe and move to Asia

10. The Bretton Woods system of monetary management will collapse, leading to the IMF and World Bank crash. Euro and Dollar will stop circulating as the global reserve currencies. Digital fiat currencies will be actively used instead

Medvedev concluded his predictions by saying: “Season greetings to you all, Anglo-Saxon friends, and their happily oinking piglets!”

Twitter ‘assisted’ Pentagon’s propaganda

•December 22, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Twitter ‘directly assisted’ Pentagon’s propaganda campaign

RT ~ December 21, 2022 // Aljazeera ~ December 21, 2022

Newly released docs show how the social media giant helped the US military “to amplify certain messages”

Twitter executives have granted the US Defense Department special privileges to use the social media platform for its covert online influence campaigns for at least five years, newly released internal company communications show. 

US Airmen from Travis Air Force Base pose for a photo at the Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, November 9, 2017 ©  US Air Force / Louis Briscese

Investigative journalist Lee Fang published the eighth batch of documents on Tuesday, after the company’s new owner, Elon Musk, authorized the release in an effort to provide transparency about Twitter’s past decision-making.

“Despite promises to shut down covert state-run propaganda networks, Twitter docs show that the social media giant directly assisted the US military’s influence operations,” wrote Fang. The journalist was allowed to make requests for internal Twitter documents through an attorney, “meaning that the search results may not have been exhaustive.”

The exposed collusion spanned since at least 2017, when Nathaniel Kahler, an official working with the US Central Command, sent an email to Twitter, requesting verification and “whitelisting” of several dozen Arab-language accounts CENTCOM was using “to amplify certain messages.” The very same day, Twitter integrity team members applied a “special exemption tag” that essentially granted the accounts the privileges of verification without a visible blue check mark.

While the Pentagon allegedly promised not to conceal their affiliation, at some point profile bios and photos of some of these accounts were changed, and they began posing as ordinary users or “unbiased” sources of opinion and information.

Some accounts on the list were promoting US-backed militants in Syria, and anti-Iran propaganda in Iraq. Another was used to justify US drone strikes as “accurate” and only killing terrorists, not civilians, in Yemen. 

Twitter amplified US military’s propaganda in the Middle East

READ MORE: Newly released docs shed light on attempts to influence Twitter

“It sounds like DOD was doing something shady and definitely not in line with what they had presented to us at the time,” one former Twitter employee told The Intercept.

Other emails obtained by The Intercept showed that high-level Twitter officials, including former head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, attorney Stacia Cardille, and deputy general counsel Jim Baker, discussed the collusion as “potentially problematic” in the following years, but allowed many of the accounts to remain active.

In one email, Baker speculated that “DoD might want to give us a timetable for shutting them down in a more prolonged way that will not compromise any ongoing operations or reveal their connections to DoD.” However, none of the emails provided to The Intercept shed any light on what exactly was discussed at the classified meetings with the Pentagon officials.

READ MORE: US Psy-Ops exposed: Washington isn’t concerned about morals, it’s worried about getting caught

The influence campaign appears to be linked to a larger-scale operation that ran beyond those several dozen Twitter accounts and across many other internet platforms, including Facebook, YouTube and Telegram, as initially highlighted by researchers at Graphika and the Stanford Internet Observatory back in August, and corroborated by a Washington Post investigation in September.

Spearheaded by journalist Matt Taibbi and fellow reporter Bari Weiss, the Twitter Files have been published on a rolling basis with the blessing of the site’s new owner, billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk. To date the documents have shed light on several controversial decisions made by the company, including material surrounding the suspension of ex-President Donald Trump, the practice of shadow banning, as well as a site-wide ban on a New York Post report about the foreign business dealings of Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden.

Prophesied Battle over Migrants at the Border

•December 21, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Border Battle over migrants at the Southern border. According to a source, the aim is to bring another 100 million into the United States!

As Title 42 Nears End, El Paso Declares Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers; another hundred million!

The Democratic mayor of El Paso, Texas, has declared a state of emergency over concerns the city won’t be able to provide shelter and resources to the thousands of asylum seekers arriving at the US-Mexico border.

This comes as the Biden administration is expected on Wednesday to stop enforcing Title 42, the Trump-era pandemic policy that has been used by the US government to block over 2 million migrants from seeking asylum in the country. Many asylum seekers now at the border are sleeping outdoors in freezing temperatures while the infrastructure to welcome them is sorely lacking, says Fernando García, the founder and executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights based in El Paso.

“This is what I consider the perfect storm happening right now at the border,” he says. “If we don’t have long-term fixes, if we don’t have immigration reform fixing the asylum process, which has been broken and damaged by the previous administration, I think we are going to continue seeing these crises.”

Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers; another hundred million!

The Sword from the South!

Who are the enemies that will desolate the house of Israel, identified here as the United States? Many believe Russia was and some still believe it is the main threat of the United States.

Others, like warmonger John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, give incredible speeches around the world saying China is the main threat.

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”

Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers; another hundred million!

See some parallel Scriptures: Hosea 5:14, “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah; I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.”

Or in Jeremiah 5:6, “Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased;”

Or Habakkuk 1:8 “Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. And their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from afar; they shall fly as the vulture that hasteneth to eat.”

Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers; another hundred million!

4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’

Emergency over Influx of Asylum Seekers; another hundred million!

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins, and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, ‘Why sighest thou?’ that thou shalt answer, ‘For the tidings, because it cometh; and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water.’ Behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 20:45-21:7)

And in Isaiah 63:1 a question was asked, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?”

In Obadiah 1:20 “And the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad (בִּסְפָרַ֑ד Hebrew 5614) shall possess the cities of the south.” — for the word ‘Sepharad’ Jonathan renders: Spain (Rashi quoting the Targum: Sepharad shall inherit the cities of the Southland as Spain); the Targums identified Sepharad with Spain, hence, Spanish Jews are called Sephardim!

One Report by McKinsey says of the 60 millions Latinos in the US that had migrated from the South; they often live in ‘deserts’ where adequate housing, groceries are hard to find. “Nearly 9 in 10 of the Latino residents in such communities lived in five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”

McKinsey: Latinos are projected to make up 22.4 percent of the US labor force by 2030 and more than 30 percent by 2060 (Latinos population to 111.2 million by ’60); is this analysis wrong? Am I mistaken? Do feel free to present your opinion; thanks. (Originally under Ezekiel (Ch 21-22)For a Discussion at Unz Review, click Goodbye America!

The Sword from the South!

Another 100 Million MIGRANTS!

Died from mRNA-Vaccine-Damaged Hearts

•December 20, 2022 • Leave a Comment

People Died from mRNA-Vaccine-Damaged Hearts, New Peer-Reviewed German Study Provides Direct Evidence

Global Research by Dr. Jennifer Margulis and Dr. Joe Wang ~ December 16, 2022

Medical pathologists from Heidelberg University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany have published direct evidence showing how people found dead after mRNA vaccination died. As this team of six scientists explore in their study, these mRNA-vaccinated patients suffered from heart damage because their hearts were attacked by their own immune cells. This autoimmune attack on their own heart cells then leads to their damaged hearts beating so many times per second that, once the tachycardia unexpectedly started, they died in minutes.

The article, “Autopsy-based histopathological characterization of myocarditis after anti-SARS-CoV-2-vaccination,” was published on Nov. 27, 2022, in the journal Clinical Research in Cardiology, the official journal of the German Cardiac Society. The research team autopsied 25 victims of different ages who were found dead at home within 28 days of vaccination. They looked at their heart tissue under the microscope to find out why these people died of cardiac rhythmic disruption when they had no apparent underlying heart disease.

Died from mRNA-Vaccine-Damaged Hearts

In the authors’ own words: “Our findings establish the histological phenotype of lethal vaccination-associated myocarditis.”

Histological phenotype means direct observation of microscopic tissue.

In a video analyzing the results, nurse educator Dr. John Campbell, who is based in the United Kingdom, told his audience: “This is peer-reviewed. This is proper science, and a definitive pathological diagnosis by a group of leading German pathologists.” Campbell’s video has been viewed 918,000 times. He has 2.58 million subscribers on his channel.

Died of Ventricular Tachycardia or Fibrillation

Ventricular tachycardia is when the heart begins beating so fast that it doesn’t have time to refill with blood between beats, so it is not adequately pumping blood. The problem originates from the ventricles: the chambers that push the blood out of the heart to the rest of the body.

Fibrillation is when, instead of the heart actually beating, it starts to just quiver. This problem can originate from the ventricles or the atria. The atria are the upper chambers that basically suck blood into the heart by expanding and contracting. Though more people are familiar with A-Fib (atrial fibrillation), ventricular fibrillation is much more dangerous, and usually lethal within minutes.

The deceased whose hearts were autopsied in this study were found dead at home, each having died of ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation within 28 days of mRNA vaccination.

Visibly Damaged Hearts

Macrophages are large cells that are part of our immune system. When the immune system is functioning properly, our bodies use macrophages to attack infectious agents and other foreign matter. Macrophages are a key part of the innate immune system, helping with normal tissue development as well as with repairing damaged tissue, according to researchers from Northwestern University.

But in the case of the people who died suddenly within a month of being vaccinated, the body’s own macrophages permeated their heart muscle, chewing up the muscle and causing spots that disrupted the heart rhythm. This macrophage invasion appeared to have literally short-circuited the heart’s conduction of the electrical impulses, causing the heart to beat irregularly.

The irregular heartbeats led to a negative feedback loop, making the heart race faster and faster as it tries to right itself. When that happens, the heart is effectively pumping no blood, and the victim dies within seconds or minutes unless there is a defibrillator nearby—to deliver an electrical shock to the heart to help it get back into rhythm—and someone knows to use it immediately.

The peer-reviewed study from German researchers included microscope images showing the damage to the victims’ heart cells, the presence of lymphocytes (another kind of smaller immune cell) in the heart muscle, and invasive macrophages in the heart muscle. Both macrophages and lymphocytes called T-helper cells were found in the heart tissue. The immune cells were concentrated in spots, each of which is called a focus. Spots of damaged heart tissue like this can generate offbeat signals that disrupt the heart’s smooth rhythm.

There are thousands of cardiac cells in the heart. These cells aren’t passive, like the cells in your biceps that need separate nerves to make them move. Instead, cardiac cells generate their own electrical impulses.

The cells of cardiac muscle act like nerves as well, conducting signals to and from adjacent muscle cells. This synchronizes their contractions, as well as perpetuates the regular continuity of the heartbeat.

Once a heart is beating, it takes a lot to stop it. A focus that breaks up this rhythm is like a bad drummer in a middle-school band. It can cause a cascade of chaos that prevents the heart from pumping blood productively.

Myocarditis: A Recognized Vaccine Adverse Event

The WHO and the CDC do recognize myocarditis post-mRNA vaccination. Both regulatory agencies consider it a “recognized but rare complication.” Most doctors also dismiss myocarditis cases as “mild.”

But the deceased subjects of the German study, as Campbell points out, also had supposedly “mild” myocarditis. The myocarditis appeared only in microscopic spots here and there. However, the electrical disruption of these spots caused rapid and dramatic deaths. In other words, there is no mild myocarditis, as one parent of an mRNA-vaccine-injured teen named Aiden Ekanayake, said.

Campbell recommended that clinicians have a “high index of suspicion” that mRNA-vaccinated people might be subject to this autoimmune myocarditis so that they can diagnose and treat it while the people are still alive. Clinicians pretending that this vaccine injury is “rare and mild,” has led to countless potentially avoidable tragedies.

Your Body Attacking Your Own Heart Cells

To be clear, this is not the mRNA vaccine directly damaging the heart—it is worse. The mRNA is injected into your muscle cells, turning the cell into a factory producing COVID-19 spike proteins.

As a result of the mRNA immunization, your body generates an immune response against COVID-19 spike proteins.

Since your own muscle cells were used to make the COVID-19 spike proteins and may have them on the cell surface, your newly-weaponized immune cells targeting the spike protein may start attacking your own healthy muscle cells.

This new German study shows photographic evidence that this happens and has killed people.

Correlation or Causation?

An original investigation published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that there were many cases of myocarditis in unexpected populations, especially in boys and young menfollowing mRNA vaccination.

Sir Austin Bradford Hill was an English medical statistician who established a set of epidemiological guidelines in 1965, now called the Bradford Hill criteria, which help prove cause and effect. If we apply the Bradford Hill criteria to this new research, it shows that the lethal myocarditis of these patients was indeed caused by mRNA vaccines.

The German research demonstrated Bradford Hill’s criteria of strength (the more two things happen at the same time, the more likely one causes the other, even for rare events); consistency (the finding of sudden death from mRNA-vaccine-induced myocarditis has been happening consistently in different places and populations); specificity (for Bradford Hill, this is when a single cause produces a single effect. In this case the cause is the mRNA vaccine and the effect is myocarditis); and several more.

Indeed, the German researchers eliminated the possibility that the lethal myocarditis could have been caused by something else. Their study also showed “coherence,” another Bradford Hill criterion, which is when the same effect is found in both epidemiological studies and in laboratory samples.

Another Bradford Hill criterion is analogy: Is this cause-and-effect relationship similar to other medical issues that we already understand? In this case, the criterion of analogy is satisfied because we already understand that auto-immune reactions to one’s own heart can cause Giant-Cell Myocarditis, a life-threatening condition that causes ventricular tachycardia and sudden death in over two-thirds of those diagnosed with it.

For cause and effect to be established, Bradford Hill also asks whether the relationship is plausible: is there a mechanism by which one thing can cause the other? Plausibility was also proven by these autopsies: the German researchers clearly showed the mechanism. As Campbell said in his video review: “You can’t argue with a photograph taken under the microscope.”

For cause-and-effect to be established using Bradford Hill’s criteria, just one or two of the nine viewpoints must be satisfied. This study showed that for mRNA vaccines and heart damage, seven of Bradford Hill’s nine criteria were satisfied—an epidemiological slam-dunk.

The evidence is in: mRNA vaccines cause myocarditis, by leading your own immune cells to attack your heart, which can lead to sudden death by ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation.

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

13 “Thus shall Mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted; and they shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken it in My zeal when I have accomplished My fury upon them.

14 “Moreover I will make thee a waste and a reproach among the nations that are round about thee, in the sight of all that pass by” Ezekiel 3:12-14

Habakkuk (Ch 1-3)

•December 19, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The book of Habakkuk is a dialogue between what the Prophet Habakkuk saw and Questions he had for God and how God responded to him. That is, it is a dialogue between Habakkuk and God about the difficult scene he saw, at a letter day, and why was it the way it was.

The time seems to have been about 610 BC; for the Chaldeans attacked Jerusalem in the ninth month of the fifth year of Jehoiakim, 605 BC. And Habakkuk, probably a contemporary of the Prophet Jeremiah, spoke of the Chaldeans as about to invade Judah (Habakkuk 1:6), and he seemed to have seen the people’s desperations of their attack that followed; hence he asked many questions. Although it the oracle was relevant for his time, it was also prophetic; that is, it is for the endtime.

“For I will work a work in your days” (verse 5 below) means that the message of Habakkuk is really for us in the latter days, today. And this is reinforced in Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry.”

“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” that is, it means as a whole, “you wouldn’t fully understand these prophecies until you are living in the latter days after God had executed his judgement in anger and pertformed the thoughts of his heart!”

Habakkuk 1

Habakkuk made his observations and started them with a series of three Questions:

“The vision is yet for an appointed time.” Habakkuk 2:3 makes clear that this vision was not just for his time, but also for the end-time, and although it had a narrow vision for the house of Judah, its wider implication for the latter days is for the house of Israel; the time shortly before the second coming of the Messiah.

1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw. — the prophet Habakkuk saw: the oracle, a burden; not only in the sense of a message from God, but also in the sense of a heavy weight. It was heavy in its content, because Habakkuk announced coming judgement on the house of Judah. It was also heavy in its source, because Habakkuk deals with tough questions he brings to God and God’s answer to those questions;

— “for I will work a work in your days” (verse 5 below) means that the message of Habakkuk is really for us in the latter days, today at the endtime. And this is reinforced in Habakkuk 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie.”

2 O Lord, how long shall I cry, and Thou wilt not hear? Even cry out unto Thee of violence, and Thou wilt not save? — Q (1): O Lord, how long shall I cry, and you will not hear? Q (2): Or cry to you, “Violence!” and you will not save?

— Rashi (Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki 1040–1105, France): O Lord! How long: Habakkuk foresaw that Nebuchadnezzar was destined to be the ruler of the world and to cause trouble for Israel, as the matter is stated in his prophecy (1:6): “For behold, I raise up the Chaldeans, etc.”

— Habakkuk was asking a series of questions we all have today: when we ask and it seems God is not hearing; and when there is violence, it seems God is not saving!

3 Why dost Thou show me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? For despoiling and violence are before me, and there are those that raise up strife and contention. — Q (3): Why do you make me see wickedness, and cause me to see trouble? Plundering and violence are before me; strife and contention everywhere.

— iniquity, plunder and violence are all before me; you look upon these mischieves, but you do not help; —

4 Therefore the law is slacked, and judgement doth never go forth. For the wicked doth compass about the righteous; therefore wrong judgement proceedeth. — the law is “slacked” it means the law is powerless; it loses its force and vigour;

— so the first point is that the law is lacking in physical and moral strength! The law is applied weakly to evildoers; those who are guilty are hardly charged for their crimes. Judgement seldom has its enforcement; that there is little justice in the land;

— “the wicked compass about the righteous” means that the wicked surround the righteous, frequently in the form of rioting, to pressure the law-abiding population into accepting their criminal activities. “Therefore wrong judgement proceeds” means that justice is perverted.

The Lord’s Answer to Habakkuk’s first series of Questions:

5 “Behold ye among the nations and regard, and wonder marvelously; for I will work a work in your days which ye will not believe, though it be told you. — look among the nations and watch, God said; wonder and be amazed! “For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe, though it were told you.”

— “ye among the nations” the Jews during Habakkuk’s time were not among the nations (plural); hence this could only referenced the Jews, or the wider Israelites, as being of a different timeframe, they are to be amazed, or terrified, as one being yet-to-be scattered amongst the nations;

— the expression “in your days” tells us that this is a reference to the end-times when they are to be scattered “among the nations” ~ the period preceding the return of the Messiah;

— this Scripture is speaking about very different type of work where people will not accept what is done as being “the work of God” something very extraordinary which the people will not believe, but only “wonder marvelously;”

— a parallel in Isaiah 29:14, “therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvelous work among this people, even a marvelous work and a wonder; for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid” which means in the context of those in leadership positions lack wisdom and understanding today; perhaps drunk and incoherent.;

— and bear in mind that only then, in the latter days, could we understand fully: “The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall understand it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20;

6 For lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land to possess the dwelling places that are not theirs. — God is going to send “the Chaldeans” or the Babylonians, that fierce and reckless nation; they will march throughout the earth to take possession of lands that don’t belong to them;

— the land that the Jews dwelled in Judea and Jerusalem were actually their given land; already alloted and given during Joshua’s time with divine blessing; but this is talking of “dwelling places that are not theirs;” hence this could only refered to when they are in exile, in captivity. Q. Since this is speaking of the endtime, who would these new Chaldeans be?

7 They are terrible and dreadful; their judgement and their dignity shall proceed from themselves. — they will be terrifying and fearsome with they assault, and cruelty with which they use their captives; they will carry out their own kind of justice and honor.

8 Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. And their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from afar; they shall fly as the vulture that hasten to eat. — they fly like an eagle swooping down to devour;

— their horses will be faster than leopards and quicker than wolves in the evening; or are swifter than the eagles of the heavens. Their riders will gallop along proudly; their riders will come from far away; they will fly like a vulture that swoops down for carcases or its food; or they fly like an eagle swooping down to devour;

— taken historically, these verses can be seen as applying only to the Babylonians who took Judah into captivity; but prophecy are meant to be dual, so when we consider the context that follows, it should be clear that God is using the Babylonian captivity as a type of the yet future great tribulation on all Israel; and particularly on Ephraim, the head of Israel — a parallel scene in Ezekiel 20-21 (more details at the end)

9 They shall come all for violence; their faces shall consume as the east wind, and they shall gather the captives as the sand. — they, the “Chaldeans” will all come for violence; every face will be directed forward; they will gather prisoners as innumerable as the sand of the sea; remember, this prophecy is for the latter days;

10 And they shall scoff at the kings, and the princes shall be a scorn unto them. They shall deride every stronghold, for they shall heap up dirt and take it. — the Babylonian soldiers laugh at kings; Jehoiakim as a tributary sovereign; then Zedekiah;

— they make fun of their rulers; they laugh at all the strong walled cities. They build dirt roads up to the top of their walls, then they capture the cities.

11 Then shall his mind change; and he shall pass over, and offend, imputing this his power unto his god.” — imputing this his power; rather, that his might becometh his god; they will move quickly and pass through like the wind. So they will be guilty, because their own strength is their god; made only of stones and wood.

Habakkuk’s Second Series of Questions

Habakkuk wonders why God would use a wicked nation to bring judgment on Judah.

12 Art Thou not from everlasting, O Lord my God, mine Holy One? We shall not die. O Lord, Thou hast ordained them for judgement; and, O mighty God, Thou hast established them for correction. — O Lord God, you’re from eternity, aren’t you?

Q (1) If thou art from everlasting, we are not going to die, are we? O Lord, you have appointed them, a nation more wicked than Judah, for judgement; and you, O Rock, have established them for correction.

— three times Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, described as God’s servant: Jeremiah 25:9, 27:6, 43:10; and thou hast appointed the Chaldeans to execute thy judgments on sinners;

13 Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity. Why lookest Thou upon them that deal treacherously, and holdest Thy tongue when the wicked devoureth the man that is more righteous than he? — the Lord with his eyes of omniscience beholds all things good and evil, yet your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and you cannot look on wickedness.

Q (2) Why do you look on those who deal treacherously, and hold your tongue when the wicked devours the one who is more righteous than he?

14 And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things that have no ruler over them? — you make men like fish of the sea, that is, sufferest them to be used as the fishes of the sea, which are easily taken in the net, like crawling things that have no dignity; to be killed and devoured for food;

15 They take up all of them with the hook; they catch them in their net, and gather them in their drag; therefore they rejoice and are glad. — some they take up as with the angle, one by one; others they catch in shoals, as in their net, and gather them in their drag, their enclosing net.

— the Chaldeans bring all of them up with a hook, they catch them in their net; they gather them in their lootings; therefore they rejoice and are laughing.

16 Therefore they sacrifice unto their net, and burn incense unto their drag, because by them their portion is fat and their meat plenteous. — therefore they sacrifice with their choicest booty and burn incense to their idols which they set in the heart; for by them their portion is extravagant, and their food plentiful;

— there have not indeed been lacking of savage nations, who indeed worshiped their arms; those of old worshiped spears as immortal gods; others designate their bow and arrow as the only beneficent deities whom they worship.

17 Shall they therefore empty their net, and not spare continually to slay the nations? — should these Chaldeans, when they have conquered one nation, and so filled their net with the spoil, carry it to Babylon, and there lay it up, and then proceed to fight against another kingdom and nation and plunder it in like manner?

Q (3) shall they continue to empty their net, and continually kill the nations while not sparing anyone? The Targum askss, “shall he send his armies continually to consume nations, and that without mercy?”

~~~

A Description of the Chaldeans, one from the East an anti-type of one similar coming from the South in the latter days:

“Their horses are swifter than leopards, more fierce than evening wolves. Their horsemen charge on; their horsemen come from afar; they fly like the eagle that hastens to eat,” Habakkuk 1:8

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

The Scriptures above are shrouded in cryptic language, and so the Q is: how would such scenarios be played out?

Habakkuk 2

1 I will stand upon my watch and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved. — Habakkuk will stand at his watchtower and station himself; and he will wait and keep watch to see what God will say to him, and what he will answer when he expect himself to be reprimanded.

The Lord’s Answer to Habakkuk’s second series of Questions:

2 And the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision and make it plain upon tablets, that he may run that readeth it. — here Habakkuk is expecting some message or some instructions from God; and sure enough, God gave him specific instructions, which is: write this message down in big block letters, engraving it, for people to read it;

— it says “that he may run who reads it,” that none would need to make a stop while reading the message, but hold on his course in great haste of fleeing from those terrible times to come who take warning.

3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry. — for the vision is yet for an appointed time; not the present vision only, but vision or prophecy in general: it speaks of the end and does not lie;

— for the vision is a witness for the appointed time, a testimony to the endtime; a prophecy for the latter days at the end; if it seems slow in coming; wait, it’s on its way; it will come right on time. If it delays, wait for it; it will not be delayed;

— a parallel Scripture in Jeremiah: “The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” that is, it means as a whole, “you wouldn’t fully understand these prophecies until you’re are living in the latter days after God had executed his judgement in anger and pertformed the thoughts of his heart!”

4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith. — look, his soul is lifted up; or be puffed up or arrogant; it is not upright in him; but the just shall live by his faith; yes, not just the NT, but the OT talks of mercy (Ezekiel 39:25) and faith!

5 “Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people. — note well: wine and money deceives; the arrogant rich don’t last;

— God sees the proud man and how the proud man cannot be satisfied; indeed, wine betrays the proud man, who does not stay at home. He enlarges his appetite and like death he is never satisfied;

— they are like cemeteries filled with dead bones; like graveyards filled with corpses. Don’t give people like this a second thought. Woe to the Wicked, soon the whole world will be taunting them.

6 Shall not all these take up a parable against him, and a taunting proverb against him, and say, ‘Woe to him that increaseth that which is not his (how long?) and to him that ladeth himself with thick clay’?

— shall not all these take up a taunt against him, with satire and riddles, and say, “Woe to him who increases what is not his—how long? And to him who loads himself with heavy debts!”

— to him that ladeth himself; woe to him that increaseth that which is not his, substance or goods, not his own, while he burdens himself with amassed treasures gathered by extortion and grievous, unjust gains!

7 Shall they not rise up suddenly that shall bite thee, and awake, that shall vex thee? And shalt thou be for booty unto them? — shall not your debtors rise up suddenly, or shall exact usury from thee? Then you will be their plunder; and those awake shall suddenly oppress you.

8 Because thou hast despoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall despoil thee, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. — this threat applies to the Chaldaeans, as well as to Israel; because you Israel have plundered many nations, all the remnant of these nations will plunder you;

— and for the violence of the land, and of the city, and of all that dwell therein: because you did it through warfares, bloodsheds, deceits and violence; of the cities and all of the land where you live in them; it shall return like a boomarang;

— when you visit any museum of the house of modern Israel (London, Paris, New York), you’ll witness lots of plunderings of other nations over the last few centuries; thus one day “all the remnant of these people will plunder you.”

— from the Message Bible: Habakkuk 2:6-8

“‘Who do you think you are—
getting rich by stealing and extortion?
How long do you think
you can get away with this?’
Indeed, how long before your victims wake up,
stand up and make you the victim?
You’ve plundered nation after nation.
Now you’ll get a taste of your own medicine.
All the survivors are out to plunder you,
a payback for all your murders and massacres.

Here is one example of an article by Jason Hickel’s How Britain stole $45 trillion from India (from economist Utsa Patnaik – published by Columbia University Press) and thus funded the industrialisation of Britain. And during the entire 200-year history of British rule, income in India collapsed and millions died needlessly of policy-induced famine. India’s share of world’s GDP went from over 20 percent to less than 2 percent when India won her independence in 1947.

But the plundering of India wasn’t alone; after the British had conquered India, they then went to war with China (the First and Second Opium Wars: 1839–42; 1856–60), “trading opiums” for tea, porcelain and silk, promoting opium smoking as fashionable and resulting a quarter of China’s population hooked on opium. Not satisfied, they, together with the French, went to war again, burnt down Beijing’s Summer Palace after looting its arts and treasures. These plundered treasure are still hidden today by the rich and famous in their lofty homes, a few in their national museums.

Following Christopher Columbus’ voyage in 1492, the Spanish conquistadors arrived in the 15th and 16th century with steel weapons and armor, they plundered the Aztecs and Incas of their gold and silver, as native weapons could not pierce Spanish armor nor could native armor defend against steel swords.

Later they came with rifles, firearms and cannons. In Mexico, conquistadors found great golden treasures, including great discs of gold, masks, jewelry, and even gold dust and bars. In Peru, Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro demanded that the Incan Emperor Atahualpa fill up a large room once with gold and twice with silver in exchange for his freedom. The emperor complied, but the Spanish killed him anyway. All in all, Atahualpa’s ransom came to 13,000 pounds of gold and twice that much silver. This did not even count the vast treasures taken later when the Inca capital city of Cuzco was looted.

And following the Mexican-American War that ended in 1848, the United States plundered more than 500,000 square miles (1,300,000 square km) of land from Mexico, expanding US territory by about one-third. Mexico ceded nearly all the territory now included in the US states of New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, and western Colorado for $15 million and US assumption of its citizens’ claims against Mexico.

More recently, the Americans “assisted” American museums in acquiring vast quantities of Persian antiquities and archaeological finds; this was the looting of Persia’s mosques and shrines, the transfer of these religious artifacts first, to London, and the subsequent acquisition of some of the objects by such museums as the Metropolitan of New York.

God says He saw all these; and how these Godly Judgements will play out, we’ll have to wait and see; but there is a parallel from the Prophet Ezekiel; and this mystery is an “enemy” coming from the SOUTH:

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

Q: Who is this enemy from the SOUTH, and how would such scenarios be played out? But God says He will kindle a fire and “all the remnant of the people shall despoil thee.”

9 “Woe to him that coveteth an evil covetousness for his house, that he may set his nest on high, that he may be delivered from the power of evil! — woe to him who gets evil gain for his house, that is, greedily seizing enormous wealth, not merely for himself, but for his family, to set his nest on high, an image is from an eagle (Job 39:27); the royal family or dynasty is meant.

10 Thou hast devised shame to thy house by cutting off many people, and hast sinned against thy soul. — instead of bringing honour and glory to their nation, you have given shameful counsel to your house by cutting off many peoples and forfeiting their lives.

11 For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it. — for the stone will cry out from the wall, from wall of cruelty and oppression, and the beam of the woodwork will answer it.

— from the Message Bible: Habakkuk 2:9-11

“Who do you think you are—
recklessly grabbing and looting,
Living it up, acting like king of the mountain,
acting above it all, above trials and troubles?
You’ve engineered the ruin of your own house.
In ruining others you’ve ruined yourself.
You’ve undermined your foundations,
rotted out your own soul.
The bricks of your house will speak up and accuse you.
The woodwork will step forward with evidence.

12 “Woe to him that buildeth a town with blood, and establisheth a city by iniquity! — “Woe to him who builds a town with blood and sweat of the subjugated nations and establishes a city by cruelty and wickedness!”

13 Behold, is it not of the Lord of hosts that the people shall labor in the very fire, and the people shall weary themselves for very vanity? — is it not the Lord’s will that people labor to feed the flames, and the nations exhaust themselves for vanity?

14 For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. — for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the seas.

15 “Woe unto him that giveth his neighbor drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on his nakedness! — “Woe to him who makes his neighbor drink, pouring out your poison until they are drunk, that you may look on their nakedness with the utmost pleasure and delight!”

16 Thou art filled with the shame for glory; drink thou also, and let thy foreskin be uncovered. The cup of the Lord’S right hand shall be turned unto thee, and shameful spewing shall be on thy glory. — you will be filled with shame instead of glory; you yourself—drink and show your own uncircumcision!

— let thy foreskin be uncovered; in retaliation for uncovering the nakedness of others, now let thy own shame of sinning, like king David did with murder of Urioah after adultery with Bathsheba, be laid open before all nations of the world;

— the judgement of the Lord’s right hand will be turned against you; the drunk and those who promote drunkenness loved their own cup full of drink; now a cup of shame after judgement shall be a cup of glory for them;

17 For the violence of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts which made them afraid, because of men’s blood and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein. — since Lebanon was a mountain on the borders of the land of Israel, from whence cedar wood was brought, of which the temple was built, so the Targum interprets it, “the violence of the house of the sanctuary shall cover thee;”

— the exploitation done to the forest of Lebanon for the house of the sanctuary, this a a type of Christ (and to a certain extent, Israel), will cover you; who because of his blood shed for all men and violence of the land, the desolation of the land of Judea and city of Jerusalem and all who live in them “shall cover thee.”

Remember, the Targum, whose origin was in the Aramaic language, could be traced to Ezra speaking to the returning exiles who couldn’t understand Hebrew, but was expounded to them in a language they could understand.

— from the Message Bible: Habakkuk 2:15-17

“Who do you think you are—
inviting your neighbors to your drunken parties,
Giving them too much to drink,
roping them into your sexual orgies?
You thought you were having the time of your life.
Wrong! It’s a time of disgrace.
All the time you were drinking,
you were drinking from the cup of God’s wrath.
You’ll wake up holding your throbbing head, hung over—
hung over from Lebanon violence,
Hung over from animal massacres,
hung over from murder and mayhem,
From multiple violations
of place and people.

18 “What profiteth the graven image that the maker thereof hath graven it, the molten image and a teacher of lies, that the maker of his work trusteth therein to make dumb idols? — what profit is a carved image when its maker has carved it, their man-make dumb idols, a cast image, and a teacher of lies, that its maker trusts in what he has shaped when he makes graven and molten images?

19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, ‘Awake!’ To the dumb stone, ‘Arise, it shall teach!’ Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. — woe to him who says to the wood, “Awake!” To the silent stone, “Arise!” Can it teach? It is overlaid with gold and silver, but there is no breath at all in any of them;

— from the Message Bible: Habakkuk 2:18-19

“What’s the use of a carved god
so skillfully carved by its sculptor?
What good is a fancy cast god
when all it tells is lies?
What sense does it make to be a pious god-maker
who makes gods that can’t even talk?
Who do you think you are—
saying to a stick of wood, ‘Wake up,’
Or to a dumb stone, ‘Get up’?
Can they teach you anything about anything?

20 “But the Lord is in His holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before Him.” — but the Lord is in His holy Temple; He is on His Throne; not in graven and molten images; not in idols of wood and stone, covered with gold and silver; Or, as the Septuagint renders it, stand in awe, or stand in fear before him.

— let all the earth keep silence before Him; the point of this verse is that even though terrible times lie around, God is always in full control; the ultimate outcome will be exactly what God predicted; that, for the time being, the just shall live by faith; that all question has a full and adequate answer before a God of Omniscience and Omnipotence.

Habakkuk 3

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet: The first two chapters of Habakkuk presented the prophet’s question and answer time with God. Now that the Lord had answered Habakkuk, the prophet offered a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to God “in wrath remember mercy” before keeping silence before Him and close the book.

1 A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon “Shigionoth.” — a prayer of Habakkuk because of his ignorance; concerning his errors of judgement: This may be interpreted (by Ezra) according to the Targum. However, according to the apparent meaning, Habakkuk is begging for mercy for himself because he spoke rebelliously: (1: 4) “Therefore Torah is slackened,” and (verse 14) “You have made man like the fish of the sea.” Habakkuk also criticized the Divine standard of justice.

— Job, too, repented of his sin of questioning God; earlier, he had stated that he had lived righteously before God and was undeserving of God’s punishment, as if God was unjust in his treatment of him:

“Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not. Hear, I beseech thee, and I will speak: I will demand of thee, and declare thou unto me. I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.” Job 42:3-6.

2 O Lord, I have heard Thy speech and was afraid; O Lord, revive Thy work in the midst of the years. In the midst of the years make it known; in wrath remember mercy. — O Lord, revive Your work in the midst of the years: Habakkuk simply prayed for revival, knowing how God once worked and how His people once responded, and he wanted to see that again;

— this prayer of Habakkuk shows us that repentence is a work of God, not the achievement of man; there is something man can and must do for repentence; simply crying out to God and pleading for his mercy;

— notice the prayer: “revive thy work” – often, our prayers are really “revive my or our work,” but we must have a heart and mind for God’s work, far bigger than our portion of it;

— in wrath remember mercy: Habakkuk prayed, knowing well that they didn’t deserve revival, so he prayed for mercy. The idea is, “Lord, I know that we deserve your wrath, but in the midst of your wrath remember mercy.”

3 God came from Teman, and the Holy One from Mount Paran [with everlasting might, Chabad Bible]. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of His praise. — Teman: Esau; Paran: Ishmael, as Scripture states (Genesis 21:21): “And he (Ishmael) dwelt in the desert of Paran.”

— having rejected Ismael and Esau, he came to the house of Jacob; or God’s might and wrath could possibly come from Teman (Esau) and Mount Paran (Ismael)?

— Selah; “stop and think.” Oh ye house of Jacob; stop and ponder: his glory covered the heavens, and the earth was full of his praise: All creatures bow down to him!

4 And His brightness was as the light; He had horns coming out of His hand, and there was the hiding of His power. — Oh house of Jacob; stop and ponder: God appeared in unparalleled splendour which shined from him, was as the light; pure, clear as the sun, but much more dazzling and overcoming.

5 Before Him went the pestilence, and burning coals went forth at His feet. — Covid-19 has been spreading around the globe; first the Delta variant, then the Omicron; and who knows what’s next? Could Covid-19 destroys a third of mankind eventually?

— and sparks went out at his feet: fiery angels came with him to witness the affairs of the heavens and earth. Could “burning coals” went forth at his feet be civil wars within nations? Witness the numerous civil strives within many western nations because of the various issues of how to manage Covid.

6 He stood and measured the earth; He beheld and drove asunder the nations; and the everlasting mountains were scattered, the perpetual hills did bow. His ways are everlasting. — He stood and judged the earth; he looked and shook the nations; as he did at Mount Sinai, now the whole world is experiencing it;

— the everlasting mountains: Ephraim and the other twelve, the heavenly princes of the nations; all are either scattered or bow low.

7 I saw the tents of Cushan in affliction; and the curtains of the land of Midian did tremble.

8 Was the Lord displeased against the rivers? Was Thine anger against the rivers? Was Thy wrath against the sea, that Thou didst ride upon Thine horses and Thy chariots of salvation? — Habakkuk was asking another series of Questions: asking the question thrice, Was the Lord displeased against the rivers?

— was thy wrath kindled against the rivers? in the Nile, the Red Sea and the Jordan? God meant more by these acts; he showed his supremacy over all creation, and these rivers are no problem in the execution of his great design (Psalm 106:9; Psalm 114:3);

~ a Parallel in Ezekiel 6:3 on mountains, hills and rivers ~

— this message to the “mountains of Israel;” these mountains refer to the United States, UK and France. . . . “and to the hills, to the rivers and to the valleys;” the hills: Ireland, Switzerland and the Scandinavian countries: Denmark, Norway, and Sweden, Finland, and Iceland; and the valleys, the low countries: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg;

— and to the rivers; where during the nineteenth century, the British Royal Navy were known to “Rule the Waves;” and the United States having been plowing up and down the five oceans with her Seven Fleets since the British left the scene.

9 Thy bow was made quite naked according to the oaths of the tribes, even Thy word. Selah. Thou didst cleave the earth with rivers. — your bow revealed itself: your might being revealed; thy bow was made quite naked; that is, the sheath of the bow was laid aside to make it ready for use;

— Rashi: You split the earth into rivers: according to the Targum, “for thou didst break strong rocks, rivers came forth overflowing the earth.”

10 The mountains saw Thee and they trembled; the overflowing of the water passed by; the deep uttered his voice and lifted up his hands on high. — the mountains saw thee, and they trembled; literally, were in pain, Septuagint, the words point to the phenomena of an earthquake, as Sinai shook at the presence of the Lord (Exodus 19:18Psalm 114:6);

— about similar scene at the end-time in Isaiah: where, not just the Israelites, every being will have a Mt Sinai experience: the earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard; the land utterly emptied! “The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again” Isaiah 24:20

11 The sun and moon stood still in their habitation; at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of Thy glittering spear. — as a similar scene in Isaiah 60:19. ‘the sun shall be no more for thy light by day, neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee, and the Lord shall be to thee an everlasting light.'” 

12 Thou didst march through the land in indignation; Thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. — Habakkuk says, in fury you walkest through the earth, in wrath you stampest down the nations, both Israelites and others.

13 Thou wentest forth for the salvation of Thy people, even for salvation with Thine Anointed. Thou wounded the head out of the house of the wicked, by uncovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. — Habakkuk says you went forth for the salvation of your people, for salvation with your Anointed:

— Selah; “stop and think.” Oh house of Judah; stop and ponder; don’t be stiff-necked:

— as Habakkuk remembered how God had saved in the past; this made him full of faith for what God could do in the present and in the future. He also declared that salvation is brought with your Anointed – and the Lord’s Anointed is none other than the Messiah (Isaiah 52:13 Targum says God’s suffering servant is the Messiah), Jesus Christ; others call him Yeshua (for Christmas is rightly called “the Mother of all paganism”).

14 Thou didst strike through with his staves the head of his villages; they came out as a whirlwind to scatter me; their rejoicing was as to devour the poor secretly. — some interpret of Pharaoh and his host, who were destroyed by the steps and methods which they themselves took, going into the sea of themselves, and so were struck through with their own staves:

15 Thou didst walk through the sea with Thine horses, through the heap of great waters. — the gists of the thought rests upon the fact of the destruction of Pharaoh and his horsemen in the Red Sea.

16 When I heard, my belly trembled; my lips quivered at the voice. Rottenness entered into my bones, and I trembled in myself, that I might rest in the day of trouble. When he cometh up unto the people, he will invade them with his troops. — when Habakkuk heard, his body trembled: he showed the righteous response of man under the sovereign power of God, recognizing his own weakness and low standing before this God of all majesty and power;

— the Babylon king Nebuchadnezzar will invade him with his troops: the prophet remembered that the Babylonians were coming, and that this God of sovereign power and majesty would direct their work against Judah.

17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines, the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat, the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls— the prophet Habakkuk depicts the effects of the hostile invasion, which are such as to make the natural heart despair;

— though the fig tree may not blossom, no fruit on the vines; nor fruit on the vines; though the labor of the olive may fail, and the fields yield no food; though the flock may be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls; yet Habakkuk will still rejoice in the Lord, whom he knows, has full control from His throne;

18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in the God of my salvation. — Habakkuk will rejoice in the God of his salvation: In almost a vision, he saw the Judean countryside desolate, perhaps from the invading Babylonian army or perhaps from natural calamity;

— sometimes when we see a day of trouble approach, we think, “If God is so great and powerful, how come we’re going through a hard time?” Habakkuk knew this was the wrong question and the wrong attitude; instead, he said: “I know you are strong and mighty, and if we are in desolate circumstances it is because we deserve it. I will praise You still, and even rejoice in You.”

— but in the midst of this almost complete loss, the cities and countryside desolate, Habakkuk could still rejoice in the Lord.

19 The Lord God is my strength; and He will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and He will make me to walk upon mine high places. To the chief singer on my stringed instruments. — the Lord God is my strength: Habakkuk could only properly declare this after he prayed the prayer of faith in the previous verses. He rightly declared that his strength was not in fig trees or vines or fields or flocks, but only in the Lord God;

— Habakkuk’s prayer could also be adapted as a song of prayer and/or a prayer of reflection. Selah!

In summary, the theme of Habakkuk is “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak and not lie. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry,” Habakkuk 2:3.; and we wouldn’t fully understand until the anger and God’s judgement had passed in the latter day; then and only then will we be able to understand fully:

“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” that is, it means as a whole: “we wouldn’t fully understand these prophecies until we are living in the latter days after God had executed his judgement in anger and pertformed the thoughts of his heart!” Selah!

Another F-35B Crash

•December 18, 2022 • Leave a Comment

A F-35B crashes during vertical landing in Texas, pilot ejects

FlightGlobal by Ryan Finnerty ~ 16 December 2022 ~ Yahoo News by Irene Loewenson

A Lockheed Martin-owned F-35B short take-off and vertical landing (STOVL) fighter jet crashed during an apparent attempted vertical landing in Fort Worth, Texas on 15 December.

The defence manufacturer, which is the prime contractor on the F-35 programme, confirms the aircraft is company owned, having not yet been delivered to the US Department of Defense (DoD).

Lockheed adds that the operator of the aircraft was a “US government pilot” rather than a Lockheed employee.

“We are aware of the F-35B crash on the shared runway at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base in Fort Worth and understand that the pilot ejected successfully,” Lockheed said on 15 December. “Safety is our priority, and we will follow appropriate investigation protocol.”

Video circulating on social media shows the jet approaching a runway in vertical landing mode with landing gear down. The aircraft makes contact with the tarmac, but bounces off the ground – sometimes called “porpoising” or a “kangaroo landing” in pilot parlance.

The pilot ejected when the aircraft settles onto a level plane with both rear landing gear on the runway. Former NASA astronaut and US Navy fighter pilot Scott Kelly described the event on Twitter, saying “Skillful timing on the ejection, right when the wings were level.”

The ejected aviator’s condition was not immediately disclosed. An investigation is underway.

Again, another F-35 crash!

The US Marine Corps (USMC) is the only branch of the US military that operates the STOVL variant of the multi-service fighter aircraft.

The Fort Worth crash caps a year that saw several serious incidents involving F-35s. In October, a US Air Force F-35A crashed in Utah, and in January a US Navy (USN) F-35C was lost in the South China Sea while attempting to land on the USS Carl Vinson aircraft carrier.

Pilots in both incidents ejected safely. The F-35C was later recovered by the USN.

In November 2021, a UK Royal Navy F-35B assigned to the HMS Queen Elizabeth crashed in the Mediterranean Sea.

Obadiah

•December 17, 2022 • 1 Comment

The long feud between the brother tribes of the children of Israel and the descendants of Esau, which began at the birth of the twin ancestors and continued with varied fortunes down to the extinction of both as distinct nationalities, forms the vision of Obadiah.

Esau selling his Birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup

The title of this Book in the Hebrew copies is usually “Sepher Obadiah” which means the Prophecy of the Prophet Obadiah. This book is the shortest book of the OT with 21 verses only. We do not know anything of the book’s author, except its name, Obadiah (meaning servant of Yehovah).

Many would place Obadiah at the time of king Jehoram of Judah (848 – 841 BC) under whose reign the Edomites revolted from under the dominion of Judah (II Chronicles 21:8-10). In this case Obadiah would have been the first writing prophet in Israel. Other observers, however, think that Obadiah lived and ministered at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction in 586 BC or even later as he obviously must have known this event.

This short prophetical book is about the nation of Edom; its people the Edomites were established to the South of the Israelites whose hatred for Israel will eventually lead to their destruction, a destruction that may not has a return; but as could be understood by following this study, its fate is still in suspense. The Lord was asked to remember in Psalms 137 against the Edomites who had asked that Jerusalem be razed to its foundations:

7 Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem’s fall, who said, “Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof!”
8 O daughter of Babylon who art to be destroyed, happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. Psalms 137:7-9

To call for the razing of the Temple of God “Raze it, raze it, even to the foundation thereof!” is a heavy crime against the God of the Most High. The Most High dwelled there and these Edomites cheered the Babylonians to burn it down? Madness! Just Madness!!!

Prophecies against Ammon and the Ammonites (Genesis 19:38; it is stated they are the descendants of Lot) have no promise of restoration; for the Lord have spoken it (Ezekiel 21:32, 25:10).

But for Edomites, and they shall know My vengeance: “And I will lay My vengeance upon Edom by the hand of My people Israel, and they shall do in Edom according to Mine anger and according to My fury; and they shall know My vengeance, saith the Lord God,’ Ezekiel 25:14; indicating they’ll survive? Or, perhaps, their fate is still in the balance?

Historically, the children of Esau dwelt to the South of the children of Israel; in the mountains of Seir, South of the Dead Sea down to the Gulf of Akaba. When the Israelites were on their journey from Egypt to Canaan the Edomites would not let them pass through their territory (Numbers 20:14-21).

Edom rejoiced over Jerusalem’s destruction in 586 BC (Psalms 137:7). When the Romans conquered Judea the Idumeans (Edomites) family of Herod reached the royal dignity. Since Jerusalem’s destruction in 70 AD the Edomites seemed to “disappear” from history. But where did they go?

These are the names of Esau’s sons: Eliphaz (7) the son of Adah the wife of Esau, Reuel (4) the son of Basemath the wife of Esau (Genesis 36:10); and Jeush, Jaalam and Korah from Abolibamah (Genesis 36:18); so Esau had five sons and numerous grandsons.

In ancient times the children of Esau lived South of the children of Israel; hence this is one strong indication points to where they are today: South of the Israelite nations today; that they are now in Spain, Portugal, Italy; and across the Atlantic: Mexico and the Latin Americas. This is just an indication but more evidence below is to come!

Obadiah

A parallel theme about Obadiah in Ezekiel 35

— a prophesy against Mount Seir
— a prophesy against all Edom

A Targum version of Obadiah as translated by Lenihan exists online here.

The Targum is an indispensable source of understanding the Bible. Started by Ezra for those returning Jews from Babylon and for these returnees they could only understand the Sacred Text in Aramaic; hence the Targum is as if Ezra is speaking to his listeners of the Scriptures from the verses quoted.

1 The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the Lord God concerning Edom: We have heard a word from the Lord, and an ambassador is sent among the nations: “Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle” — the divine prophetic vision of destruction of Edom or Idumea, for their pride, and for their unnatural behaviour in time of Jacob’s distress;

Rashi: The vision of Obadiah: Why is Obadiah different that he was chosen to prophesy concerning Edom and did not prophesy any other prophecy? Our Sages of blessed memory stated: Obadiah was an Edomite proselyte. Said the Holy One, blessed be He: From them and in them will I bring upon them. Let Obadiah, who dwelt between two wicked people, Ahab and Jezebel, and did not learn from their deeds, come and impose retribution upon Esau, who dwelt between two righteous people, Isaac and Rebecca, and did not learn from their deeds. [from Sanhedrin 39b]

2 “Behold, I have made thee small among the nations; thou art greatly despised. — thou art greatly despised; I have made thee small; a parallel in Jeremiah 49:15 “For lo, I will make thee small among the heathen and despised among men,” as the term beaners (Latinx or Latinos?) thou art greatly despised could allude to.

Rashi: Behold I have made you small: In contrast with what his father called him, his big son, and his mother called him her big son, the Holy One, blessed be He, says: In My eyes, he is small. And our Sages expounded: small for they have neither script nor language; [from Avodah Zarah 10a]

The Targum (translated by Lenihan): Behold, I will make you weak among the nations. You are highly contemptible.

3 The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, that saith in his heart, ‘Who shall bring me down to the ground?’

— the Edomites thought their land was unconquerable because of the defence system that they had built throughout their rocky mountains; its chief city was called Selah or Petra, “rock.” Obadiah warns them that no matter how high up the mountains they go or how strong they make their defences, nothing will save them from the coming destruction;

The Targum: The wickedness of your heart has led you astray. For you are like an eagle that dwells in the teeth of the rock, whose dwelling-place is in the heights, who says in his heart, “Who will bring me down to earth?”

— one  Report by McKinsey & Company dated December 9, 2021 says of the 60 millions Latinos in US, they often live in “deserts” where adequate housing, groceries are hard to find. “Nearly 9 in 10 of the Latino residents in such communities lived in five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”

McKinsey & Company: Latinos are projected to make up 22.4 percent of the US labor force by 2030 and more than 30 percent by 2060 (Latinos population to 111.2 million by 2060).

4 Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, from thence will I bring thee down,” saith the Lord. — Edom boasted of his strength from the height of the stars from the heavens and the loftiest jagged rocks he dwelt on;

— Esau was the firstborn, set to exalt thyself as an eagle and favored by his father Isaac for the birthrights, but Jacob coveted it and stole it from under him, and he was brought down like a pigeon. Also, like Herod the Great, an Idumean, he was a great eagle with his famed cruelty over the Jews as king over Judea; shall come up and fly as the eagle but he, too, would be brought down;

Christopher Columbus, an Italian explorer; when he set foot in the Americas on October 12, 1492, claimed the land for King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain

5 “If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night (how thou art cut off!), would they not have stolen till they had enough? If the grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes?

— if thieves came to thee, if robbers by night; whether the one came by day, and the other by night, their intent is to plunder and steal, and carry off what they can;

— would (the vintagers) not leave over some gleaning grapes? But these will not leave you anything, for they will search and reveal and seek out your hidden things;

— how art thou cut off! from being a nation, wholly destroyed; thy people killed, or carried captive; thy fortresses demolished, towns and cities levelled with the ground, and all thy wealth and substance carried off, and nothing left:

The Targum: If thieves came upon you, if plunderers of the night – How then would you sleep until they had stolen their fill! And if robbers, as grape-cutters, came upon you – Would they not leave gleanings?

6 How the things of Esau are searched out! How his hidden things are sought out! — his hidden things; rather places, his treasure-houses and receptacles hewn in the secret places of the rocks, Petra, through its rocky ramparts and inaccessible as he thought them.

The Spanish Armada, defeated by Queen Elizabeth I and her Royal Navy, 1588, when the British emerged to become the top dog and ruled the waves

The Targum: How then has Esau been ransacked! His hidden things have been revealed.

7 All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border; the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee and prevailed against thee. They that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee; there is no understanding in him.

— your food they lay as a wound under you: Even your food your brother Jacob made for you as a wound, for he gave you bread and a pottage of lentils, and thereby you despised the birthright;

— those allies, the allies intended may be Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Zidon, came and joined their forces with the Edomites, and went out with them to meet the enemy, as if they would fight with them; they prevailed against you: to entice you to leave, and they deserted you.

Rashi: Until the border… escorted you: Those who promised to aid you, came with you and escorted you to the border of your land, to the boundary, whence they came upon you in war, and with this they enticed you and succeeded.

8 Shall I not in that day,” saith the Lord, “even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? — perhaps a reference to wisdom as a special characteristic of the Edomites; “Eliphaz, the chief of Job’s friends, the representative of human wisdom, was a Temanite.”

Americans moving westward after they bought the Louisiana Purchase from France in 1803

9 And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter.

— Teman, a son of Eliphaz and grandson of Esau (Genesis 36:11, Genesis 36:15); from the mountain of Esau by slaughter: By the great slaughter that will come upon them.

— in order that every man be cut off: i.e, every mighty man. [from Targum Jonathan]; the Targum: And your warriors who dwell in the south shall be smashed, in order to destroy any man with the mark of the City of Esau, through slaughter.

Rashi: And your mighty men shall be dismayed: They shall be dismayed and frightened to flee to the land of Israel [Malbim : to the land of Edom]. Another version of Jonathan rendered: And your mighty men shall be dismayed, dwellers of the southland.

10 “For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. — shame shall cover thee because of the hatred of Esau towards Jacob (Genesis 27:41); and later, the violence of the children of Esau, especially the Amalekites (g-grandchildren of Esau), the “first among the nations” (Numbers 24:20), against the children of Israel;

— thou shalt be cut off for ever; never more be a nation or kingdom; which was in a very great degree fulfilled in the cutting them off by the sword of Nebuchadnezzar; see Isaiah 34:5,10; threatens with desolation.

11 In the day that thou stoodest on the other side—in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates and cast lots upon Jerusalem” even thou wast as one of them. — on the day you stood from afar: that you did not come to aid him;

— in fact you, too, are like one of them: I account it for you as though you were one of their attackers. “Raze it, raze it.”

The Targum: On the day you stood aside, on the day the nations plundered his possessions and strangers entered his forts and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even you were like one of them.

Tombs in the southern part of the city Petra

12 But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. — rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; of the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, by the Chaldeans: this with pleasure and complacency, “Raze it, raze it.”

Rashi: And you should not have looked on the day of your brother: You should not have looked and stood from afar.

13 Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of My people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity. — notice the word calamity, אֵידָ֔ם ’ê·ḏām, was repeated three times;

— Obadiah was, perhaps, warning them against yet a third, intercepting their fugitives in their escape from an even more powerful enemy.

Dwellers of the Southland – Anachronous map of the Spanish Empire (RED Territories until the Spanish American wars of independence (1808–1833)

The Targum: And that you entered the gates of my nation on the day of their destruction, and that even you watched his affliction of the day of his destruction, and that you laid your hand on his possessions on the day of his destruction.

14 Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that remained in the day of distress. — “Stand not in the crossway,” Obadiah warns them against yet a third, intercepting their fugitives, like the Amalekites did, trying to prevent their escape from a calamity.

Rashi: And you should not have stood by the gap: Heb. הַפֶּרֶק. The place through which the escapees emerge to escape, and in French they call it “trou.”

— And you should not have stood by the gap: From here [we learn] that one may not interrupt between one paragraph and another in reading the “Shma.” [Haggadah of Rabbi Akiva]

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

Spain and Mexico losing their territories after Napoleon, broke but wanting France to fight the Russians and British, was forced to sell Louisiana to the American in 1803, but ended defeated by the Russians in 1812 and by the British at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815

16 For as ye have drunk upon My holy mountain, so shall all the nations drink continually; yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. — as you have done, it will be done to you; what you did will boomerang back and hit your own head; whatever evil you have done will be done to you;

Rashi: For, as you drank on My Holy Mount: Just as you rejoiced concerning the destruction of My Holy Mount. [from Jonathan]

— and be stunned: Heb. יְלָעוּ. As the Targum renders: וְיִסְתַּלְעֲמוּן, an expression of confusion, amazement, and benumbing the mind; etourdissant in French – stunning.

17 “But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. — the fugitives of Israel who have survived their various calamities;

— while judgement is falling upon all the nations, Mount Zion will be an asylum for all the Israelites who had fled for safety, and been scattered and dispersed;

The Targum: And in Mount Zion there will be deliverance, and they will be holy. And the House of Jacob shall inherit the possessions of the nations who had inherited from them.

18 And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble [“as weak as straw” Targum]; and they (Jacob and Joseph) shall kindle them and devour them. And there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, for the Lord hath spoken it.”

— it is one deadly destruction, first of Judas Maccabæus, and then, in another extermination, of John Hyrcanus; both when Esau suffered at the hands of Jews only, but what about the progenies of the house of Jacob and Joseph?

Reuben, firstborn but drunk, climbed up to his father’s bed, hence lost his birthright, defeated at the Battle of Waterloo and Napoleon exiled to the island of St Helena

Rashi: for the Lord has spoken: Now where did He speak? (Num. 24:19) “Out of Jacob shall come a ruler, and he shall destroy him that remains in the city.” [from Mechilta Bo 12:16, Pirkei d’Rabbi Eliezer ch.37]

— Oh, wait; is “there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau,” meaning an end of any survival for the house of Esau, which seems contrary to Ezekiel 25:14? Or, perhaps according to Rashi above, verse 10, only those “that remains in the city” won’t survive?

Targum: And the House of Jacob shall be mighty as fire and the House of Joseph as strong as flame and the House of Esau as weak as straw. And they shall dominate them and kill them and there will no survivor for the House of Esau, for the Lord has decreed it so;

19 And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau, and they of the plain the Philistines. And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria, and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. — they of the south; those occupying the south—Heb., negev; that is, the dry parched country forming the southern portion of the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:21), were to inhabit Mount Esau:

Rashi: And [the inhabitants of] the southland shall inherit: Israel, who were dwelling in the south of Eretz Israel, shall inherit the mountain of Esau, which is at the southern boundary; and the people of the plain shall inherit the land of the Philistines and Mt. Ephraim and Mt. Shomeron.

— and Benjamin with [the inhabitants of] Gilead: And the children of Manasseh, whose territory was the land of Gilead, shall spread beyond the borders of Eretz Israel on the east.

20 And the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad (בִּסְפָרַ֑ד Hebrew 5614) shall possess the cities of the south.

Rashi: And this exiled host: Heb. הַחֵל. Jonathan renders: This people. הַחֵל, An expression of a host. Cf. (Isa. 36:2) “And he came to Jerusalem with an army (חֵיל) of a great multitude,” which deals with Rabshakeh, only that this one is missing a “yud.” It is also possible to explain גָלֻת הַחֵל as “the exile of this valley.”

— who are with the Canaanites as far as Zarephath: The exile which is of the children of Israel who were exiled from the ten tribes to the land of the Canaanites as far as Zarephath

— and the exile of Jerusalem which is in Sepharad: who are of the people of Judah who were exiled to Sepharad – they shall inherit the cities of the southland, which are in the Southern part of Eretz Israel. The exegetes [a person who interprets text, especially the Scriptures] claim that Zarephath is the kingdom called France in French.

— Jonathan renders: Spain (Rashi quoting the Targum: Sepharad shall inherit the cities of the Southland as Spain); the Targums identified Sepharad with Spain (Ispamia or Ispania), hence, Spanish Jews are called Sephardim;

— Peshitta (Lamsa): The first exiles, that is, of the children of Israel, shall possess the land from Canaan as far as Zarephath; and the exiles of Jerusalem who are in Spain shall possess the cities of the south.

Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges: Sepharad is the name of a place; the modern Jews understand it of Spain, and accordingly, “at the present day the Spanish Jews, who form the chief of the two great sections into which the Jewish nation is divided, are called by the Jews themselves the Sephardim, German Jews being known as the Ashkenazim.”

Geneva Study Bible: by Zarephath, France; and by Sepharad, Spain;

21 And saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the Lord’S.

Wikipedia: Sepharad (/sɛfəræd/or səˈfɛərəd/ Hebrew: סְפָרַד Sp̄āraḏ; also Sefarad, Sephared, Sfard) is the Hebrew name for Spain. A place called Sepharad, probably referring to Sardis in Lydia (‘Sfard’ in Lydian), in the Book of Obadiah (Obadiah 1:20, 6th century BC) of the Hebrew Bible. The name was later applied to Spain.

Rashi: shall ascend: Princes of Israel as saviors on Mt. Zion.

— to judge the mountain of Esau: to exact retribution from the mountain of Esau for what they did to Israel.

— to judge: Heb. לִשְׁפֹּט. joustiser in O.F.

— the mountain of Esau: Jonathan renders: the great city of Esau.

— and the Lord shall have the kingdom: This teaches you that His kingdom will not be complete until He exacts retribution from Amalek.

“Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure,’” Isaiah 46:9-10; but humans could not understand the execution of God’s plan until the latter days;

“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” that is, it means as a whole, “you wouldn’t fully understand these prophecies until you’re are living in the latter days after God had executed his judgement in anger and pertformed the thoughts of his heart!”

Final decision seems to be still in suspense, yet to be decided, if this is the correct understanding, until the saints would come to Mount Zion to judge the house of Esau? Any other possible observations?

More on Esau: Ezekiel 20:45-49; 21:1-7 (The Sword from the South); Ezekiel 35

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“What thou hast done to others, it shall be done unto thee,” (v15).

This was fulfilled in part by the Jews under Hyrcanus and the Maccabees, who made great slaughter of the Idumeans; expressed by the strong image of their being the fire and flame, and the Idumeans crumbled, forcing them to convert. Event turned around and King Herod the Great, an Idumean, became king of Israel, designated as the “King of the Jews” by the Roman Senate and he suppressed the Jews in return, “what thou hast done to others, it shall be done unto thee.”

First, it started when Judas Maccabaeus fought against the children of Esau in Idumea at Arrabatene and gave them a great overthow, and abated their courage, and took their spoils,” (1 Macc. 5:3).

His second battle against them was in Judaea itself. Judas Maccabaeus (1 Macc. 5:65.) “fought against the children of Esau in the land toward the South, where he smote Hebron and her daughters, and pulled down its fortress and burned the towns thereof round about.” About 20 years afterward, Simon had again to recover Bethzur (1 Macc. 11:65, 66), and again to fortify it, as still lying on the borders of Judah. (1 Macc. 14:33).

Twenty years later, John Hyrcanus, son of Simon, (1 Macc. 13:53; Josephus, Ant. xiii. 9, 1) “subdued all the Edomites and forced their captives to be converted by having them circumcised and adopting the laws of the Jews.” This they did, against the Pharisees, and supported the war of expansion southward by the Hasmoneans and the forced conversions of the Idumeans, “and henceforth they became Jews.”

Outwardly they appear to have given up their idolatry. For although Josephus says, “the Edomites “account” (not, accounted) Koze a god,” he relates that, after this forced adoption of Jewish customs, Herod made Costobar, of the sacerdotal family, prefect of Idumaea and Gaza. Their character remained unchanged.

Years later, an event was to take a turn. Herod was born around 72 BC in Idumea, south of Judea. He was the second son of Antipater the Idumaean, a high-ranking official under ethnarch Hyrcanus II, and Cypros, a Nabatean Arab princess from Petra (in present-day Jordan). Herod’s father was by descent an Edomite with a Jewish mother; his ancestors had converted to Judaism. Herod was raised as a Jew.

Herod rose to power largely through his father’s good relations with the Roman general Julius Caesar, who entrusted Antipater with the public affairs of Judea. Herod was appointed provincial governor of Galilee in 47 BC when Herod was about either 25 or 28 years old (Greek original: “15 years of age”).

There he faithfully farmed the taxes of that region for the Roman Senate, and he met with success in ridding that region of bandits. Antipater’s elder son, Phasael, served in the same capacity as governor of Jerusalem. During this time the young Herod cultivated a good relationship with Sextus Caesar, the acting Roman governor of Syria, who appointed Herod as general of Coelesyria and Samaria, greatly expanding his realm of influence.

With the backing of Rome, Herod set out with a large army in 37 BC and captured Jerusalem, took the role as sole ruler of Judea and the title “king” for himself, ushering in the Herodian dynasty and ending the Hasmonean Dynasty. According to Josephus, Herod ruled for 37 years, 34 of them after capturing Jerusalem, until his death around 4 BC, and officially passed on the throne to his sons, thus establishing his own Herodian dynasty.

Herod’s despotic rule has been demonstrated by many of his security measures aimed at suppressing the Jews. It has been suggested that Herod used secret police to monitor and report the feelings of the general populace toward him. With a bodyguard of 2,000 soldiers, he sought to prohibit protests, and had opponents removed by force.

Today, King Herod is most known in the Gospel of Matthew as the ruler of Judea who orders the Massacre of the Innocents at the time of the birth of Jesus during his tyrannical rule of Judea and Jerusalem; “What thou hast done to others, it shall be done unto thee.”

The Sword from the South!

•December 16, 2022 • 3 Comments

Who are the enemies that will desolate the house of Israel, identified here as the United States? Many believe Russia was and some still believe it is the main threat of the United States.

Others, like warmonger John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago, give incredible speeches around the world saying China is the main threat.

Ezekiel 20:45 Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
46 “Son of man, set thy face toward the South, and drop thy word toward the South, and prophesy against the forest of the Southland.
47 And say to the forest of the South: ‘Hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee and every dry tree. The flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the South to the North shall be burned therein.
48 And all flesh shall see that I, the Lord, have kindled it; it shall not be quenched.’”
49 Then said I, “Ah, Lord God! They say of me, ‘Doth he not speak parables?’”

Ezekiel 21:1 And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying,
2 “Son of man, set thy face toward Jerusalem, and drop thy word toward the holy places, and prophesy against the land of Israel;
3 and say to the land of Israel, ‘Thus saith the Lord: Behold, I am against thee, and will draw forth My Sword out of his sheath and will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked.

See some parallel Scriptures: Hosea 5:14, “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah; I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.”

Or in Jeremiah 5:6, “Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased;”

Or Habakkuk 1:8 “Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. And their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from afar; they shall fly as the vulture that hasteneth to eat.”

4 Seeing then that I will cut off from thee the righteous and the wicked, therefore shall My sword go forth out of his sheath against all flesh from the south to the north,
5 that all flesh may know that I, the Lord, have drawn forth My sword out of his sheath. It shall not return any more.’

6 Sigh therefore, thou son of man, with the breaking of thy loins, and with bitterness sigh before their eyes.
7 And it shall be, when they say unto thee, ‘Why sighest thou?’ that thou shalt answer, ‘For the tidings, because it cometh; and every heart shall melt, and all hands shall be feeble, and every spirit shall faint, and all knees shall be weak as water.’ Behold, it cometh, and shall be brought to pass, saith the Lord God.” (Ezekiel 20:45-21:7)

The Scriptures above are shrouded in cryptic languages and so the Qs are: how would such scenarios be played out? The current Russia/Ukraine and China/Taiwan arises are just two major distractions, but more importantly, who are these enemies the Prophet Ezekiel identifies coming from the SOUTH, and how would God says He will kindle a fire and “because thou hast despoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall despoil thee?” Habakkuk 2:8

Furthermore, could Isaiah 34:6 indicate where the Sword comes from? It says “the Sword of the Lord is filled with blood; it is made fat with fatness and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams; for the Lord hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Edom.”

Note: the Scriptures in Isaiah 34:6 don’t say it is the ‘Sword of Edom or Bozrah’ but ‘the Sword of the Lord.’ This tie in with ‘My Sword’ mentioned three time in Ezekiel 20:45-21:5 highlighted above. Isn’t this really significant?

Continuing in Isaiah 34:7, ”And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.” The unicorns symbolise the British while the bulls/bullocks symbolise the United States, and “their land shall be soaked with blood” (for more see Ephraim and Manasseh).

And in Isaiah 63:1 a question was asked, “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength?”

In Obadiah 1:20 “And the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad (בִּסְפָרַ֑ד Hebrew 5614) shall possess the cities of the south.” — for the word ‘Sepharad’ Jonathan renders: Spain (Rashi quoting the Targum: Sepharad shall inherit the cities of the Southland as Spain); the Targums identified Sepharad with Spain, hence, Spanish Jews are called Sephardim!

One Report by McKinsey says of the 60 millions Latinos in the US that had migrated from the South; they often live in ‘deserts’ where adequate housing, groceries are hard to find. “Nearly 9 in 10 of the Latino residents in such communities lived in five states: California, Florida, New Jersey, New York and Texas.”

McKinsey: Latinos are projected to make up 22.4 percent of the US labor force by 2030 and more than 30 percent by 2060 (Latinos population to 111.2 million by ’60); is this analysis wrong? Am I mistaken? Do feel free to present your opinion; thanks. (Originally under Ezekiel (Ch 21-22)

For a Discussion at Unz Review, click Goodbye America!

Hosea (Ch 13-14)

•December 15, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Prophecy of Hosea is primarily to the house of Ephraim. Being the chief of the ten tribes, Ephraim is often used in place of Israel when referring to northern ten tribes. Elsewhere on this site Ephraim and Manasseh has been established as the United States. So although Hosea may refer to situation in his time, the encrypted message of Ephraim and Israel today is specially meant primarily for the United States and secondarily its European allies.

“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” that is, it means as a whole, “you wouldn’t fully understand these prophecies until you’re are living in the latter days after God had executed his judgement in anger and pertformed the thoughts of his heart!”

More on (1) Ephraim / The United States; (2) Ephraim and Manasseh

Hosea 13

1 When Ephraim spoke, trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Baal, he died. — “when Ephraim spoke,” as the mightiest of the northern tribes, “there was trembling”

— and he died; death is the penalty of sin. Ephraim “died” spiritually; because of their worshipping of Baal, and this came into use in Israel in Ahab’s time as his his wife Jezebel, daughter to Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, prevailed with him to take her country idol and add to Jeroboam’s calves.

— for the other tribes were so much weaker that they could not hold out against the top dog; he exalted himself in Israel, assuming the leadership and enforcing his will; that was yesterday, but today, when America sneezes the world catches a flu!

— and when the United States went to war with Russia through a proxy, her allies, Europe, went into multiple layers of darkess!

2 And now they sin more and more, and have made for themselves molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen. They say of them, “Let the sacrificers of men kiss the calves!”

— and they sin more and more; since the times of Jeroboam, and also of Ahab, adding other deities to the calves, as follows; increasing the number of their idols, and their idolatrous sacrifices, rites, and ceremonies: Easters, Christmas and then Halloweens; and from evil to more evils;

— they stop not, but run into greater absurdities; such as in Admah or as in Zeboiim (Sodom and Gomorrah, Deuteronomy 29:23) and grosser and weirdier abominations.

3 Therefore they shall be as the morning cloud, and as the early dew that passeth away, as the chaff that is driven with the whirlwind out of the floor, and as the smoke out of the chimney. — and as the early dew it passeth away; as soon as the heat of the sun is felt, when the earth is left dry;

— so these people, though they seemed to be in great prosperity, and to be very fruitful in children, and in substance, and promised themselves much more; yet in a little time their land would become desolate, and they stripped of all that was dear and valuable to them these metaphors are used in Hosea 6:4.

4 “Yet I am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but Me; for there is no savior besides Me.

5 “I knew thee in the wilderness, in the land of great drought. — I did know thee in the wilderness; where there were no food nor drink, where scorpions, serpents, and beasts of prey; there the Lord knew them, and showed a fatherly affection and care of them;

— in the land of great drought; in the parched sands, where were no refreshing showers, no rivers or springs of water, to suffice so many cattle and men; where thou wentest as it were through flames and on sands, scorching as embers of a fire, a place fit for none but fiery serpents;

— and fed them with manna and quails, and guided and directed them in the way, and protected and preserved them from their enemies, and from all hurt and danger; so the Targum explains it, “I sufficiently supplied their necessities in the wilderness.”

6 According to their pasture, so were they filled; they were filled, and their heart was exalted; therefore have they forgotten Me. — they were filled, their hearts exalted, elated with plenty, grew proud and haughty;

— they attributed their fullness not to God, but to their own merit; put their trust and confidence in their affluence; and thought themselves safe, secure, and out of any danger.

— their heart was exalted; “If we have to use force, it is because we are America; we are the indispensable nation. We stand tall and we see further than other countries into the future, and we see the danger here to all of us.” Madeleine Albright saw US as an ‘indispensable nation.’

— growing proud and haughty, their pride thumbed against God’s face; “Only the United States [that is, not God’s] had the power to guarantee global security: without our presence or support, multilateral endeavors would fail.” ~ this phase, or with small variation, used by numerous American politicians.

7 Therefore I will be unto them as a lion; as a leopard by the way will I observe them. — by this and the following metaphors are set forth the severity of God’s judgements upon them for their arrogance, and utter destruction;

— the lion makes his onset more openly, the leopard more secretly; both express the various ways God would take in his judgement to chastise these people for their sins; to execute his purpose with great wrath and fury, to their utter ruin;

— see a parallel Scripture: Hosea 5:14, “For I will be unto Ephraim as a lion, and as a young lion to the house of Judah; I, even I, will tear and go away; I will take away, and none shall rescue him.”

— or in Jeremiah 5:6, “Wherefore a lion out of the forest shall slay them, and a wolf of the evenings shall spoil them, a leopard shall watch over their cities: every one that goeth out thence shall be torn in pieces: because their transgressions are many, and their backslidings are increased;”

— or Habakkuk 1:8 “Their horses also are swifter than the leopards, and are more fierce than the evening wolves. And their horsemen shall spread themselves, and their horsemen shall come from afar; they shall fly as the vulture that hasteneth to eat.”

8 I will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps, and will rend the caul of their heart, and there will I devour them like a lion; the beast of the field shall tear them. — God will meet them as a bear that is bereaved of her whelps; a fierce bear, but especially when deprived of its whelps; or when sensing its whelps are in danger;

— and there will I devour them like a lion; in their cities and houses, when taken by the enemy; the wild beast shall tear them, and then they will utterly destroy them; which literally is one of God’s sore judgements, as in AD70; but that was for Judah;

— but for Israel, it could re-occured at the endtime, where Israel would fall into captivity first, then after 150 years, Judah would join the fall; and together, for another 40 years; (for more, see Ezekiel 4 – 190/40 Years of captivity and A Sword from the South!).

9 “O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself, but in Me is thine help. — thou hast destroyed thyself; after these menaces it might seem God had destroyed them, but thou thyself hast done it by thy sins.

10 I will be thy King. Where is any other that may save thee in all thy cities, and thy judges of whom thou saidst, ‘Give me a king and princes’? — I will be thy King, so the Lord’s offer still holds good; where is any other king that may save any of your cities? Who else could deliver you from the power of the Assyrians?

11 I gave thee a king in Mine anger, and took him away in My wrath. — the first king of all Israel, king Saul was given at the request of the people; in doing so, in fact, they rejected God as their King.

12 “The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; his sin is hid. — the day of reckoning would certainly come, for the sin of Ephraim was neither forgotten nor blotted out;

— unrepented sin is an evergrowing store of the wrath of God, hid out of sight in the depths of his divine judgements, but of which nothing will be lost, nothing will be left unpunished; hence the Targum says, “the sins of the house of Ephraim are treasured up; they are reserved to punish all their offences.”

13 The sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him. He is an unwise son, for he should not stay long in the place of the breaking forth of children. — the sorrows of a travailing woman shall come upon him; the travail-pangs are violent, sudden, irresistible upon Ephraim, or the ten tribes;

— that is, afflictions and calamities, which are often compared to the pains and sorrows of a woman in childbirth; see Isaiah 13:8; the Targum says, “distress and trouble shall come upon them, as pains on a woman with child.”

14 I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death. O death, I will be thy plagues! O grave, I will be thy destruction! Repentance shall be hid from Mine eyes.”

— God’s plan of redemption would be carried out; in the very midst of a proclamation of wrath and punishment; then they would have a most glorious promise of the victory gained through redemption; as in Ezekiel 37: God’s counsel for mankind established before the foundation of the world.

15 Though he be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come; the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up; He shall despoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels.

— an east wind shall come; from the Assyrian, Shalmaneser; the Targum says, “now will I bring against him a king strong as a burning wind;”

— Rashi: A king, strong as the east wind, shall come up by the word of the Lord from the way of the desert; he shall plunder: that king shall plunder the treasures of all coveted vessels; (more at the end).

16 Samaria shall become desolate, for she hath rebelled against her God. They shall fall by the sword, their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up. — Samaria is the abominable name for Ephraim; according to these unspeakable cruelties, things which are often done by extreme enemies;

— cities are sacked and plundered; and which Shalmaneser might have provoked into such extremes by the treachery of the king of Israel, and the city of Samaria holding out a three years’ siege;

— but why does Ephraim deserve all these unspeakable cruelties? Oh wait, perhaps the answer is in the next or last chapter?

Hosea 14

1 O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God, for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. — for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity; or “though thou art fallen” into sin, and into ruin, temporal and spiritual; from a state of great prosperity and happiness, both civil and religious, into great calamities;

— yet return, consider from whence thou art fallen; be restored, notwithstanding thy fall, and the low state in which thou art in; the Targum says, “return to the fear of the Lord.”

2 Take with you words, and turn to the Lord; say unto Him, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously, so will we offer the calves of our lips. — so will we render the calves of our lips, literally, “and we will render as bullocks our lips,”

— namely, the confession of guilt and the promise to amend our ways; the Targum says, “turn to the worship of the Lord, and say, let it he with thee to forgive sins, and may we be received as good, and the words of our lips be accepted with thee as bullocks for good pleasure upon the altar.”

3 Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses, neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, ‘Ye are our gods’; for in Thee the fatherless findeth mercy.” — we will not ride upon horses; to seek for help elsewhere; or go to Egypt for them, nor Assyria, as they had done;

4 “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for Mine anger is turned away from him. — I will deliver them from a backsliding heart and way, all the calamities brought upon them by their unfaithfulness to the Lord; and they shall not seek it in vain.

5 I will be as the dew unto Israel; he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon. — the Targum says, “my Word shall be as dew to Israel;”

— he shall grow as the lily; or like a great sunflower; to which the church and people of God are sometimes compared; the Targum says, “they shall shine as the lily.”

6 His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon. — some render “as incense” called “lebonah” in Hebrew, from whence the mountain is thought to have its name, frankincense growing upon it;

— so the Targum says, “and their smell as the smell of the incense of spices.”

7 They that dwell under his shadow shall return. They shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine; the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon. — the Targum says, “and they shall be gathered out of the midst of their captivity, they shall dwell under the shadow of their Messiah;”

8 Ephraim shall say, ‘What have I to do any more with idols?’ I have heard him, and observed him; I am like a green fir tree. From Me is thy fruit found.” — I have heard him; says the Lord; Ephraim bemoaning himself, repenting of his sins; and confessing them;

— his prayers for pardon and this is what his idols he once served could not do, who had ears, but heard not; but the Lord not only heard, but answered and granted his request; the Targum says, “I by my Word will receive the prayer of Israel, and will have mercy on him.”

9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? Prudent, and he shall know them? For the ways of the Lord are right, and the just shall walk in them; but the transgressors shall fall therein. — who is wise, and who shall understand these things? namely, all that the prophet has written by way of warning, rebuke, admonition, and correction; prudent, and he shall know them?

— for the ways of the Lord, particularly in the manner in which he deals with his children on earth, are right, and the just shall walk in them, finding their delight in doing the Lord’s will; but the transgressors shall fall therein;

— Rashi: who is wise and will understand these: who among you is wise and will ponder to put his heart to all these and return to Me? And the rebellious shall stumble on them: i.e. because of them, because they did not walk in them.

— and as the Targum says of Ephraim earlier, “return to the fear of the Lord . . . and I will have mercy on him.”

“The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20; “In latter days you will understand it fully,” or even “you will understand it fully in the latter days.”

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Wikipedia: an east wind (Hosea 13:15) is a wind that originates in the east and blows in a westward direction; and thus a strong king from the east, from areas of Jordan, Iraq and Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, will come.

Second, the descendants of Esau: Edom, Idumea and Mount Seir; where and who are they?

What Happened to the Spanish Armada in 1588?

Unto the men of the East with the Ammonites, and will give them in possession, that the Ammonites may not be remembered among the nations, Ezekiel 25:10 — this prophecy against Ammon and the Ammonites has no promise of restoration.

And finally, Revelation 9: fifth angel; came out of the smoke locusts; to kill only those men who have not the seal of God in their foreheads; breastplates like breastplates of iron; sixth angel: “Loose the four angels who are bound in the great river Euphrates;” to slay a third part of men; the army of horsemen was two hundred thousand thousand; And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared, Revelation 16:12.

And finally, the East wind shall come to Ephraim (Hosea 13:15); the context is Ephraim (Hosea 13:12), the United States (Manasseh is UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand).

The Message Bible prophesies of tornadoes rampaging through the house of Ephraim

13-15 “When birth pangs signaled it was time to be born,
    Ephraim was too stupid to come out of the womb.
When the passage into life opened up,
    he didn’t show.
Shall I intervene and pull them into life?
    Shall I snatch them from a certain death?
Who is afraid of you, Death?
    Who cares about your threats, Tomb?
In the end I’m abolishing regret,
    banishing sorrow,
Even though Ephraim ran wild,
    the black sheep of the family.

15-16 “God’s tornado is on its way,
    roaring out of the desert.
It will devastate the country,
    leaving a trail of ruin and wreckage.
The cities will be gutted,
    dear possessions gone for good.
Now Samaria has to face the charges
    because she has rebelled against her God:
Her people will be killed, babies smashed on the rocks,
    pregnant women ripped open.” Hosea 13:13-16 (The Message Bible)

THE END ~~~

Musk says Fauci lied, people died

•December 14, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Rand Paul demands Dr Fauci must be investigated under oath

RT ~ December 12, 2022 // Daily Mail by Katelyn Caralle

Tesla and Twitter CEO Elon Musk triggered a social media firestorm on Sunday after suggesting that US Covid-19 czar Dr Anthony Fauci should be investigated and prosecuted for allegedly lying under oath about the funding of gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab in China.

Elon Musk and Rand Paul say Fauci lied; and 6,651,557 people had died

In what initially appeared to simply be a humorous dig, Musk also posted a meme showing the retiring White House chief medical adviser whispering “Just one more lockdown, my king” in President Joe Biden’s ear.

However, after Fauci’s name was propelled to the top of Twitter’s trends with over 600,000 mentions, Musk apparently felt the need to elaborate why he thought the controversial face of America’s response to the pandemic should be investigated.

“As for Fauci, he lied to Congress and funded gain-of-function research that killed millions of people,” Musk said in response to one critic, adding “not awesome imo.”

Fauci, 81, who plans to retire by the end of the month, led America’s controversial Covid-19 response, which was marked by his flip-flopping on issues such as the efficacy of masks and herd immunity targets. Shortly after Fauci announced that he would step down as Biden’s chief medical adviser and as director of the NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), US Senator Rand Paul demanded that the Biden administration preserve documents and messages that could become evidence in a potential probe.

“Fauci’s resignation should not prevent a full-throated investigation into the origins of the pandemic. He must be required to testify under oath regarding any discussions he participated in concerning the Wuhan lab leak. His policies destroyed lives,” Paul tweeted.

The senator previously accused Fauci of directing public funding to gain-of-function research at the Wuhan lab and lying about it under oath in congressional testimony, as the two sparred repeatedly in Senate hearings.

Senator lays groundwork for potential Fauci probe: Senator lays groundwork for potential Fauci probe Gain-of-function is the modification of pathogens to enhance them in various potential ways, including transmissibility. The rationale is that scientists can study new strains and find ways to stop them before similar adaptations emerge naturally.

The ‘lab leak’ theory – that the coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab – was popularized by former US President Donald Trump, who made the allegation amid a trade war with China. Major US media organizations and tech platforms initially labeled it as ‘disinformation’ and tried to suppress the theory from public discourse. However, after Musk took over Twitter, the company stopped enforcing its Covid-19 “misleading information policy.”

What you did to others will be done unto you, the God of all humanity says:

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

“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

Hosea (Ch 11-12)

•December 13, 2022 • Leave a Comment

The Prophecy of Hosea is primarily to the house of Ephraim (mentions 32 times in Hosea, more than in any other books of the Bible). Often, as Ephraim being the chief tribe of the ten tribes, the name is used in place of Israel (used 41 times) when referring to the northern kingdom.

Yet from God’s point of view, he address Israel as “thy calf, O Samaria!” This being the case because Samaria was also the capital of the northern kingdom. Second, Ephraim also indulged in many of the abomination of the Samaritans that were relocated by the Assyrians!

More on (1) Ephraim / The United States; (2) Ephraim and Manasseh

Hosea 11

1 “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called My son out of Egypt. — or “though Israel was a child” a weak, helpless, foolish, and imprudent one, “yet I loved him”; or “when a child” in the infancy when in Egypt as he said to Pharaoh, “Israel is My son, even my firstborn; let my son go, that he may serve me” Exodus 4:22-23;

— and in the wilderness; the Lord loved him, not only as his creature, as he does all the works of his hands, but with a more special love than he loved others; choosing them to be a special people above all others; giving them his law, his statutes and his judgements.

2 As they called them, so they went from them; they sacrificed unto the Baalim, and burned incense to graven images. — but they turned a deaf ear to them, and their backs upon them; or as the Targum says, “I sent the prophets to teach them, but they wandered from them;”

3 I taught Ephraim also to go, taking them by their arms; but they knew not that I healed them. — I taught Ephraim and all the tribes of Israel to go; Ephraim or with the rest of the ten tribes; these the Lord instructed in the way of his commandments;

— and taught them to walk therein; he with his angel before them to lead them through the wilderness; yea, he himself went before them in the pillar of cloud by day and in the pillar of fire by night; so the Targum says, “I, by an angel sent by me, led Israel in the right way.”

— and just a recollection; the Targum, whose origin in the Aramaic language, could be traced to the work of Ezra, and hence has prominence and insights in giving us further understanding of biblical concepts which, sometimes, are lost in the Masoretic Text.

4 I drew them with cords of a man, with bands of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke from their jaws, and I laid meat before them. — when Israel were weak I drew them with cords of a man, as with bands which support the first weak steps of a child, with bands of love, not with chains to hold them captive against their will;

— and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, as when a man slips back the yoke on the neck of a draft animal in order to give it the liberty to eat freely, and I laid meat unto them, gently offering them food for their souls.

5 “He shall not return into the land of Egypt; but the Assyrian shall be his king, because they refused to return. — the Septuagint: “and Ephraim dwelt in Egypt” he did so indeed with the other tribes formerly; but it is said here as he shall not return unto God, he shall be a captive again and he shall go into bondage more severe than that in Egypt, even into captivity in Assyria.

6 And the sword shall abide on his cities, and shall consume his branches and devour them, because of their own counsels. — because of their own evil counsels; which they took and pursued, contrary to the counsel of God, notwithstanding all the admonitions, exhortations and threatenings of God by his prophets;

— or else because of their counsels with the Egyptians, and their covenants with them, for help against the Assyrian, whose yoke they were for casting off, and refused to pay tribute to; which provoked him to draw his sword upon them, which made the havoc it did in their cities, and the inhabitants of them.

7 And My people are bent on backsliding from Me; though they called them to the Most High, none at all would exalt Him. — none at all would exalt him; the most high God, and give him the praise and glory due to his name; but, they extolled their idols;

— Rashi paraphrases it, “when the prophets teach them to return to Me, they are in doubt whether to return or not to return; it is with difficulty that they return to Me.”

— none at all would exalt him; the most high God, and give him the praise and glory; but they kept looking to earthly things, particularly to their idols; but were deaf to all counsel and reproof; the Targum says, “my people divide (or hesitate) to return to my law.”

8 “How shall I give thee up, Ephraim? How shall I deliver thee, Israel? How shall I make thee as Admah? How shall I set thee as Zeboiim? Mine heart is turned within Me; My repentings are kindled together. — how shall I make thee as Admah? how shall I set thee as Zeboim? two cities that were utterly destroyed by fire from heaven, along with Sodom and Gomorrah, Deuteronomy 29:23

— so would God even judge and put an end to Ephraim as Sodom and Gomorrah, who were so severely punished for their sins, and were never restored again? God is asking a question for reflection above, so should we?

9 I will not execute the fierceness of Mine anger, I will not return to destroy Ephraim; for I am God, and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee; and I will not enter into the city. — theu God answer the above question, that he will not return to destroy Ephraim; or “again” or “any more, destroy” him; not twice;

— he might be destroyed when carried captive into Assyria; but the remnant that shall spring from him in the latter day shall not be destroyed, but saved; as the Targum says, “my word shall not return to destroy the house of Israel.”

10 “They shall walk after the Lord; He shall roar like a lion. When He shall roar, then the children shall tremble from the west. — the remnant shall tremble and hearken to God’s call, and shall comply with his commands;

— the phrase, “from the west” or “from the sea”, meaning the Mediterranean sea, which lay west of Judea, and is often used for the west, may signify the western or European part of the world, where the house of Israel for the most part are, and from whence they will be regathered;

— the Targum says, “for he shall roar, and the captives shall be gathered from the west.”

11 They shall tremble as a bird out of Egypt, and as a dove out of the land of Assyria; and I will place them in their houses,” saith the Lord. — they shall tremble as a bird out of captivity; they shall come from thence with fear and trembling;

— which may allude to the trembling of birds at the roaring of a lion, or to the trembling motion of their wings in flying to their own land, under divine influence and direction.

12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints. — their chief lie was the setting up of the worship of the calves, with a worldly end, yet with pretence of religion toward God; denying him, the One true God, in that they joined idols with him, yet professing to serve him;

— chronic political liars like Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump’s Secretary of State, freely admitted those lies about the CIA: We lied, We cheated, We stole.

Ex-CIA director Pompeo said: “I was the CIA director. We lied, we cheated, we stole,” former CIA director and now Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on April 15, 2019 at a forum at Texas A&M University. “It was like – we had entire training courses. It reminds you of the glory of the American experiment.” Interestingly, a Christian religious news broadcaster that described Pompeo’s words with such precision as follows: “that’s not the resume of the Secretary of State… that’s the resume of Satan.”

Hosea 12

1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind; he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt. — Ephraim is alwasy associated with lies, falsehood and desolation while multiplying idols, which are fallacious and deceitful;

— not content with the daily increase of their idolatries among themselves, they continually persecute, spoil and plunder those who do not give into their false worship: thus the Targum says, “lies and spoil they multiply;”

— and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians: and gave tribute and presents to their kings, as Menahem did to Pul, and Hoshea to Shalmaneser, to strengthen their kingdom; see 2 Kings 15:19;

— and oil is carried into Egypt: while they sent presents to the Assyrians, to obtain their favour; at another time to the Egyptians; to So king of Egypt; see Isaiah 57:9. So the Targum says, “and they carried gifts to Egypt.”

2 The Lord hath also a controversy with Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways; according to his doings will He recompense him. — and God will punish Jacob according to his ways; all the posterity of Jacob, whether Ephraim or Judah; those, “will be visited according to his ways” if right, or if wrong, a divine visiting used both ways.

3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb, and by his strength he had power with God. — he took Esau by the heel in the womb in order to obtain, if possible, the privileges of the first-born; then I will not let thee go except thou bless me; intimating the strength of his faith, henceforth, Jacob’s name, meaning “supplanter,” was changed to Israel.

— and of his getting the birthright and blessing from him, so says the Targum,”prophet, say unto them, was it not said of Jacob, before he was born, that he would be greater than his brother?”

4 Yea, he had power over the angel and prevailed; he wept, and made supplication unto Him; he found Him in Bethel, and there He spoke with us, — yea, he had power over the angel (messenger), who is identified with God, and perhaps the revelation of the Son of God, and made supplication, by stating that he would not let go without having received a blessing.

5 even the Lord God of hosts; the Lord is his memorial. — the Lord is his memorial: or his name, Yehovah; this “angel” is most probably the Son of God, who also has the name Yehovah as well as the Lord God of hosts.

— “Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared. Beware of him, and obey his voice, provoke him not; for he will not pardon your transgressions: for my name is in him” Exodus 23:20-21

6 Therefore turn thou to thy God; keep mercy and judgement, and wait on thy God continually. — keep mercy and judgement; or “observe” them to do them; to show mercy to persons in misery, to the poor and indigent, which is what the Lord desires and delights in.

— as Jacob did, and his posterity should, and many of them were in this posture, before and at his coming; the Targum says, “and wait for the redemption or salvation of thy God continually.”

7 Canaan is a merchant, the balances of deceit are in his hand; he loveth to oppress. — not Ephraim, but Canaan should he be called; for his ideal is Canaan’s; thus Ephraim had became a Canaanite: the word also signifies a merchant; they carried on trade upon Canaanitish principles;

— the balances of deceit are in the hand of the merchant; that is, instead of practising just and fair dealing, they made use of unjust weights and measures, and practised frauds, deceits and cunning, in buying and selling;

8 And Ephraim said, “Yet I am become rich, I have found myself substance; in all my labors they shall find no iniquity in me that were sin.” — here again Ephraim, or the people of Israel, vainly ascribe all their wealth and riches to their own labour, diligence, and industry,

— and take no notice of God and his providence, or of his blessing upon them; and pretend to be very upright and honest in their dealings.

9 “And I that am the Lord thy God from the land of Egypt will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles, as in the days of the solemn feast. — and I that am the Lord, thy God, from the land of Egypt, where he first revealed the greatness toward Israel;

— will yet make thee to dwell in tabernacles as in the days of the solemn feast; the Passover, Pentecost and Tabernacles; which brought to the attention of the Israelites the blessings with which the Lord so richly supplied them in the Land of Promise.

10 I have also spoken by the prophets, and I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes (parallelism, analogy) by the ministry of the prophets.” — used by the prophet Hosea, taking a wife and children of whoredoms, and Ezekiel being bound 390 (or 190 Septuagint) days for the iniquity of Israel and 40 days for Judah (Ezekiel 4).

11 Is there iniquity in Gilead? Surely they are vanity. They sacrifice bullocks in Gilgal; yea, their altars are as heaps in the furrows of the fields. — “In Gilgal they have sacrificed oxen.” Gilead represents all the country on its side, the East of Jordan; “Gilgal,” all on its side, the West of Jordan.

— in both, God had signally shown forth his mercies; in both, they dishonored God, sacrificing to idols, and offering his creatures, as a gift to the devils; in both they had a multitude of altars that stood there, so the Targum says,”they have multiplied their altars, like heaps upon the borders of the fields.”

12 And Jacob fled into the country of Syria, and Israel served for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep. — and Jacob chose poverty and servitude rather than marry an idotatress of Canaan; he went to serve for a wife, and for a wife he kept sheep;

— and so the last clause is supplied by the Targum: this was after his flight into Syria, and before he fled from Laban, whom he served seven years for Rachel; and seven years more for the same in like manner.

13 And by a prophet the Lord brought Israel out of Egypt, and by a prophet was he preserved. — a prophet Moses is here referred to, and perhaps, a hint that the Lord would yet again save Israel from worse than the Egyptian bondage where they had been bondmen two hundred and fifteen years;

— and by the words and warnings of another prophet, Joshua, they were preserved and were safely conducted through Jordan into the land of Canaan, and settled there; where the covenant of circumcision was renewed, and the first Passover in the land kept;

14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly; therefore shall He leave his blood upon him, and his reproach shall his Lord return unto him. — “return unto him” it was Ephraim or the ten tribes that provoked God to stir up his wrath against them; and this rift in the clouds is closing again, and another severe rebuke will sure follows;

— “The anger of the Lord shall not return, until He has executed and till He has performed the thoughts of His heart; in the latter days ye shall consider it perfectly” Jeremiah 23:20

— this sequence could re-occured at the endtime, where Ephraim would fall into captivity first, then after 150 years, Judah would join the fall; and together, for another 40 years; (for more, see  Ezekiel 4 – 190/40 Years of captivity).

The Great Robbery (9)

•December 12, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Excerpts from

Unz Review by Larry Romanoff ~ November 21, 2022

(20) Privatisation, Part 1

There are some who believe that turning over government services or assets to private enterprise is a wise move because, as we are told, governments are bloated and inefficient, and private companies can almost inevitably be far more efficient. In real life, I have not been able to uncover even one instance where this mythical theory has proven true.

Instead, private enterprise inevitably follows the same path – that of maximising profit by raising prices and cutting services. Even worse, it seems impossible to locate an example of privatisation that wasn’t clouded with corruption and payoffs on the part of legislatures and government officials. Examples are not difficult to find.

In the UK, our Jewish banker friends arranged the privatisation of British Rail, after which point they bled it dry and ran it into the ground so that the UK government had to take it back and rebuild it. After they had reconstructed the rail system and had it operating steadily and profitably, our Jewish bankers got another kick at the can and had it privatised again. The cost to the British public was in the high billions.

Still with the UK, these same bankers arranged (or bribed) for the privatisation of the Royal Mail. However, immediately prior to negotiating the selling price, the unions at the Royal Mail became suddenly embittered at their management and proposed a long-term all-out strike, thus kicking the foundations out from under the selling price and making the Royal Mail nearly worthless in view of the serious labor strife ahead.

But then, magically, as the sale took place at a much-reduced price, the unions were suddenly quite happy again and no strike ever took place. More disheartening was that somehow, inexplicably, the selling price seemed to have included only the value of the mail delivery service and omitted entirely the billions of dollars of prime property owned by the Royal Mail in downtown London. An “inexplicable oversight” but, in a democracy, nobody is to blame.

In Canada, in the province of Ontario, government officials sold off in a 99-year lease, the busiest highway in North America, for $2 billion. A few years later, the new owners sold off 10% of their investment to some friends for $10 billion, meaning that the government of Ontario sold off a $100-billion asset for $2 billion.

A photograph of the Parliament Buildings in downtown Ottawa

Even worse, the new owners raised tolls so high that all motorists attempt to use other highways, creating such congestion that the province has no choice but to build new highways. Unfortunately, they are unable to do that since the terms of their initial sale prohibit the government from constructing new highways to “compete” with the old one, unless the new ones are also turned over to the “new owners”.

In the US, the prison system was costing $20 billion per year. After privatising only a portion of it, the same system is now costing American taxpayers more than $80 billion per year, with some of the prisons so inhuman in their conditions that courts are ordering them closed. And it isn’t only the prison system but the parole system and much more, all bleeding the nation.

In all Western countries, these same Jewish bankers and their friends push incessantly for the privatisation of nearly anything where money could be made. They normally fire the majority of the staff to reduce costs, and also avoid all maintenance that isn’t critical. The theory, under these long-term “leases” is to cannibalise the asset itself so that at the end of the lease period when the asset is returned, its value is precisely zero. That is the theory of profit maximisation under privatisation.

In all Western countries, everything from airports to prisons to education to communications, transportation, and every manner of government services is slowly being “privatised”, producing literally trillions in profits for the new leaseholders, and slowly bankrupting the nations. This is such an enormous program involving so many countries, so many kinds of infrastructure, and so many types of government services, that any sensible estimate of the looting is impossible.

I will therefore make no entry for it, but will state emphatically that the looting here – the transfer of sovereign assets into the hands of a few bankers – is in the tens of trillions of dollars.

Leger Entry: $XX trillion in today’s dollars

(20) Privatisation, Part 2

More than this, there are at least hundreds, and more likely thousands, of undercurrents in this business of privatisation which is more often than not conducted as outright theft.

It should be emphatically noted that the 50+ nations where the US overthrew a legitimate government and installed a compliant dictator, would have very quickly undergone the same “privatisation” process, with the US military and State Department specifying to the new dictator the portions of his country’s infrastructure to be seized. None of this would have been paid for, and these occasions have occurred in many other nations.

As one example, it was initially reported in the NYT, then quickly suppressed everywhere that, after the destruction of Yugoslavia, George Soros and Madeleine Albright were given “ownership” of the entire communications infrastructure of Kosovo – stated as having a value of $800 million.

It is likely that all of the former Yugoslavia suffered the same fate, but the news blanket is total and no information is permitted to leak. All of Iraq and Libya have suffered this same consequence, and so many other nations are in the same position. Without a world map of this so-called “privatisation”, we can never know the true total but it must be immense.

Leger Entry: $XX trillion in today’s dollars

(21) The World Bank and the IMF. Infrastructure and Debt

This category is a bit easier than the one above. Typically, our Jewish bankers fund government loans privately or through the IMF or World Bank, and do so when US$ interest rates are at a low. They then push increasing debt on a country until it is past any sane level, then have the US FED raise interest rates and effectively place these nations into bankruptcy.

Since the countries haven’t the cash to repay their loans, our Jewish bankers take infrastructure in lieu of payment. They will also take arable land, which is what has recently happened to Ukraine although the (Jewish-owned) media seem to have no knowledge of this.

There was a recent media report that Rothschild had to form a new bank just to hold all the arable land that had been confiscated by these methods. The Khazar Jews are also after the water, the president of Nestle publicly claiming that “drinking water is not a right. It is a commodity and should be priced and sold like any other commodity”.

A few years back, Jenna Bush, GW’s daughter, took over for a paltry sum the ownership of the largest water aquifer in South America – on behalf of her Jewish friends. There are countries where more than 70% of all infrastructure, including railways, airlines and airports, shipping ports, banking, arable land – and water – and much more are owned by these same Jewish bankers in the City of London.

A good current example is Greece.

The situation was so pitiful, and the bankers’ greed so powerful, that Greece was forced to place the country’s entire stock of infrastructure – everything – into a “privately-owned” Luxembourg trust that was “entirely outside the power or influence” of the Greek government.

The value was about $3 trillion, and it is gone at whatever price the bankers choose to pay for its parts – if anything at all. I include only Greece in this account entry, and ignore the many dozens of other nations who were placed in this position as long ago as 100 years. The totals are most assuredly in the high tens of trillions, but we haven’t the detail on which to base an estimate.

Leger Entry: $3 trillion in today’s dollars

(22) War Financing

It is no longer much of a secret that these same Jewish bankers have typically financed both sides of most, if not all, wars in recent history. The general consensus is that the war in Iraq cost the US around $2 trillion, and Forbes claims the cost in Libya at $2 billion per day, all of which was borrowed from the FED.

We cannot know how much money has been borrowed from the Jewish bankers in the City of London to finance all the military conflicts in recent history, and thus we cannot put a price on the interest paid, but it is of utmost importance to realise that these totals are not small.

As one indication of the real cost, the British Empire was at one time the ruler of the world, an empire on which the sun never set, and “Britannia ruled the waves” for a very long time. But the Jews pushed England into two wars nobody wanted and, at the end, Britain was bankrupt and begging the US for loans to stave off “a financial Dunkirk”.

England borrowed all the money to finance its part in WWI, and lost 40% of its empire to repay those loans. WWII cost Britain the remainder of its empire and left the nation in actual bankruptcy. WWI cost Britain about $7 trillion in today’s dollars, and WWII was much worse.

Again, we cannot know precisely how much money was borrowed from the Jewish bankers, nor the amount of interest paid, but the magnitude of both would have been considerable since the estimated cost to all countries was nearly $50 trillion in today’s dollars.

We know that when the Civil War was unleashed on the US, the London Rothschilds were backing the Union and the French Rothschilds were backing the South. Everyone made a fortune and by 1861 the US was $100 million in debt. But we haven’t information about the total of interest paid.

We know that Rothschild (through Jacob Schiff) lent Japan $200 million in 1905 to finance their war with Russia. That would be about $60 billion in today’s dollars, and another set of Jewish bankers financed Russia to the same extent, both sides selling weaponry from Rothschild’s armament factories in Germany. In this case, we know the amounts borrowed but no information on the interest repayment amounts nor on the revenue and profit from selling the weapons of war.

There simply isn’t sufficient public detail to determine the increases in wealth by these bankers from instigating and financing all those wars. The totals must be well into the trillions, but we haven’t a sound basis for estimation, so no leger entry.

As WWII approached, these same bankers not only pushed the US into the war but lent the Americans the money to pay for it. By the end of WWII, the US went from $33 billion to $285 billion in debt, all to help out our Jewish banker friends to launch and fight a war that no one but them wanted. It’s even worse than you imagine.

These bankers needed other countries in the war, but didn’t want to lend them the money because their economies weren’t considered sufficiently risk-free, and this applied to England itself. The solution was to lend the money to the US, then push the Americans to make all those war loans, to keep the Jews happy not only by keeping all countries in the war, but by having the US effectively guarantee all their debt.

Hence, the $285 billion debt which, for your comparison, would be about $12 trillion in today’s dollars. The debt has never been paid off; there are insufficient records available to document the total interest paid to the Jewish bankers in war financing, neither for the US nor for all the world’s nations, so this item receives no leger entry. In terms of magnitude, however, the amount again is most assuredly well into the tens of trillions in today’s dollars.

Leger Entry: $XX trillion in today’s dollars

What you did to others will be done unto you, the God of all mankind says:

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

“Because thou hast despoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall despoil thee, because of men’s blood, and for the violence of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein,” Habakkuk 2:8

“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

“Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,” Ezekiel 19:1 — so this chapter 19 is a lamentation; notice it started at the beginning with a lamentation and at the end it says: “This is a lamentation and shall be a lamentation,” for the princes of Israel; but who are the princes of Israel?

The City of London

•December 11, 2022 • Leave a Comment

Excerpts from

Unz Review by Larry Romanoff ~ November 26, 2022 // The City of London by Wikipedia

You may be surprised to learn that the city of London and the City of London are two very different things, related to each other mostly by historical accident and geographical proximity, and co-existing today in a rather complicated power system in which the City of London appears gloriously victorious.

Evelyn de Rothschild, “This is how it should be done, even if you don’t like it.”

First, the City of London, a small area of about one square mile in size, was established as a haven by the Khazar “Jews” during their extermination from Khazaria nearly 1,000 years ago, and was named ‘London’ at the time. And yes, I know the Romans had been there first.

The city of London, with the Bridge and Harrods, and the fish and chips and the people driving on the wrong side of the road, was established much later, adopted the same name, and gradually expanded with population until it completely surrounded the Jewish enclave of the City of London.

You can see the positions and relative sizes from the map. When you read about “The Lord Mayor of London”, you are not reading about the chief executive of the city, but about the chief executive of the City. The City of London Corporation, with its square mile directly in the center of London, obviously owns some very expensive real estate, this in addition to a great deal of other property also in the city center, but this amounts to only perhaps $10 billion in total and, as we will see, is trivial.

The local authority for the City, namely the City of London Corporation, is unique in the UK and has some unusual responsibilities for a local council, such as being the police authority. It is also unusual in having responsibilities and ownerships beyond its boundaries.

The corporation is headed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London (an office separate from, and much older than, the Mayor of London). The Lord Mayor, as of November 2021, is Vincent Keaveny. (Wiki: City of London)

The City of London is effectively an independent city-state * existing inside greater London. However, its nature is unique and complicated. It is not so neat and tidy as is the Vatican for example, which is clearly a separate sovereign entity nestled within the city of Rome.

Still, the City of London has its own government and police force, makes its own laws and levies its own taxes. It has its own flag, crest, and ceremonial armed forces. I have seen one reference stating that the City also has its own port. I could not find an independent confirmation of this, but it would fit the pattern and the City does have some responsibilities for London ports, so this is plausible.

If true, it would be stunning because that would mean that the City could bring in products of any kind including currency, precious metals, cocaine, and also people, without the permission or even knowledge of UK customs and immigration or the UK government.

The City is the center and home base of the world’s banking and insurance industries. It is the home of the Bank of England (which was supposedly privatised but is still Rothschild-owned), the home of Lloyd’s of London, and the literal head office of many of the world’s major banks (some of which you know and many of which you have never heard of).

It still contains the home office of the former British East India Company, which was always a Khazar Jewish company and undoubtedly the greatest criminal organisation in the history of the world – up to that time – and whose archives are still closed to the world for good reason.

The City of London is also the home of the oldest Masonic Temple in the world. Our history books tell us that the origins of the Freemasons are lost to history, but that’s not really true. Freemasonry was a Jewish cult that was formalised in the City in the early 1700s.

The legal-political relationship between the City of London and the UK is a bit murky. On one hand, the City is at least theoretically subject (or can be made subject) to at least some UK legislation, although in practice this seldom if ever has happened for reasons I will describe below.

On the other hand, the City is so sovereign that the King of England himself is forbidden by both UK and City law to even enter the City of London without first obtaining a “special invitation” which process is too complicated to bother discussing. The invitation ceremony is not required by law, but the invitation itself is.

Readers may not be aware that democracies can have “flavors”, the UK version being one such with a very distinct flavor. In this case, on the floor of the British Parliament, directly facing the Speaker of the House, is a special chair.

Think of it as a kind of throne. The person occupying this chair is a representative of the City of London, attended by six lawyers. His purpose is to monitor all debate in the British Parliament and to scrutinise in exhaustive detail all proposed and drafted legislation to determine any possible effect on the “interests” or operations of the City of London, and to take appropriate action if such interests are affected.

The “appropriate action” inevitably results in the legislation being killed. This is not necessarily done by force, but by what we might term “lobbying”, sometimes by extortion, and often simply by an all-pervasive influence on British Politicians.

Many believe the City puts its interests above those of the nation, and of course they are correct, evidenced by a long string of such legislative “victories” over Parliament. “For almost 1,000 years, the City of London Corporation has resisted virtually every attempt by monarchs, governments or subjects to rein in its vast financial wealth and influence. Such is the Corporation’s political and economic influence that today some suggest the British state, rather than controlling the Corporation, is in fact subservient to it.”

According to the Financial Times, “. . . because the corporation is entitled to special tax and legal privileges, this renders it an offshore island inside Britain and a tax haven in its own right, and gives those who own businesses within its borders a distinct upper hand over everyone else.”

But it is also true that the Jews in the City have UK politicians so much in their pockets that even the UK Prime Minister will lobby against any regulation that might handicap the City’s financial crimes. The UK Labor party tried at one time to obtain election within the City, to have the power to repair some excesses from the inside, but failed.

However, due to the unique relation between the City of London and the UK, the tens of trillions of dollars that flow into and out of the Jewish banks in the City each day do not appear in UK capital flows or transaction records and there is thus no way to know how much money enters, passes through, and leaves the City, nor is there any way to know the source or application of those funds.

“Behind it all lies the City of London, anxious to preserve its access to the world’s dirty money.”

“The City of London is a money-laundering filter that lets the City get involved in dirty business while providing it with enough distance to maintain plausible deniability . . . a crypto-feudal oligarchy which, of itself, is. . . captured by the international offshore banking industry.”

“It is a gangster regime, cloaked with the “respectability” of the trappings of the British establishment. . . . guaranteed protection. No matter just how nakedly lawless their own conduct.”

“The City is often now described as the largest tax haven in the world, and it acts as the largest center of the global tax avoidance system. An estimated 50% of the world’s trade passes through tax havens, and the City acts as a huge funnel for much of this money.”

The City of London: headed by the Lord Mayor of the City of London

The King of England Meets His Master

North Americans seldom pay much attention to news details in the UK and might not be aware of the recurrent brief media campaigns about “Should the Monarchy be Abolished?” These normally emerge abruptly without warning or apparent cause, listing all the usual issues of a monarchy being an anachronism, the British Royal Family being a useless appendage to government, a needless expense, and so forth.

Look at the photo of (then) Prince Charles and Evelyn de Rothschild, with smug Rothschild poking Charles in the chest. That is a very aggressive gesture, and not something one would do to a superior.

Can you picture yourself walking up to your boss or the Chairman of the Board, poking him in the chest and saying, “I have something to tell you”? Definitely not. We would do this only to a distinct inferior, and someone we were bullying, almost treating with contempt.

The gesture is not only to accentuate a point but is a kind of threat, one we might imagine a policeman making when issuing an order. From the photo, the relation between these two men is quite clear. We can’t know the topic of conversation but Rothschild is essentially telling Charles “this is how it is, and you don’t have to like it”.

But why wouldn’t Rothschild poke that little twerp in the chest? Charles is nothing to him, a convenient nuisance, a bit of a public shield, but no more. Rothschild has wealth that Charles can barely fathom, and power exceeding that of Charles by orders of magnitude, including over the UK Parliament and UK public opinion.

Both men know Rothschild could dethrone the “King” at any time, that Charles as a Royal exists only at the Jews’ pleasure. Charles, the supposed “King of England” can’t even enter Rothschild’s home or place of business without a specific invitation. How subservient can you be? It is the several Rothschilds, Sebag-Montefioris and others similar who are considered the real “royalty” of England, Charles, Andrew, Edward, being puppet-caricatures.

“Moreover take thou up a lamentation for the princes of Israel,” Ezekiel 19:1 — This chapter in Ezekiel is a lamentation; notice it started at the beginning with a lamentation and at the end it says:

“And fire has gone out from a rod of her branches, which hath devoured her fruit, so that she hath no strong rod to be a scepter to rule.’ This is a lamentation and shall be a lamentation,” Ezekiel 19:14; for the princes of Israel; but who are the princes of Israel?

And this from Ezekiel 11:1 these are not those who administer his temple, but further out; that is, rulers and governor; cities chiefs; mayors and their rich and influential: “princes” of a city; and the likes of Bill Gates, George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk and Rupert Murdoch; but most important, the Rothschilds, who spanned many generations centered in the City of London; these are the princes of Israel.

The Great Robbery (8)

•December 10, 2022 • Leave a Comment

“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

Excerpts from

Unz Review by Larry Romanoff ~ November 21, 2022

(18) Seizure of German Industrial Assets

It appears to be not at all known, totally expunged from th