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Sep. 30, 2009

I have been reading through the Torah since Yom Kippur, a few days ago.  Every time I read it, I notice things that I have not seen before.  Any believer who thinks that the Torah (essentially, God’s Law, Teaching, or Instruction) is not important anymore because it was “nailed to the cross, along with Jesus”) is sadly mistaken and seriously in error.  In fact, the Law was in effect long before God gave it to Moses, and it still is in effect today.  Furthermore, it will be in effect for all eternity.

Furthermore, much of the traditional Christian church has misunderstood certain things, such as these:

  • God’s plan for Israel and for humanity from the very beginning,
  • why the ten northern tribes of Israel were scattered and where they went,
  • Hebraic roots within the nations of the world,
  • who these chosen people are today, and
  • when they will be returned to their land to be rejoined with Judah as a united Israel.

Much of Paul’s writings, in the New Testament, cannot be understood fully without first comprehending these and other concepts.  One of the best teachings I’ve ever seen/heard on these and related topics is by Jim Staley of Passion for Truth Ministries.  It is not often that I recommend lengthy videos, but I find the following teaching by Jim Staley to be extremely coherent and highly enlightening:

Who Are the Chosen People?

During the first 20 minutes, Jim is interviewed by Jeff and Al Cooper.  If you slide the time indicator, just below the video, to the right until it reaches 20:00 (assuming enough of the video has loaded), that is where Jim’s teaching begins.  It continues for another 1 hour and 37 minutes.  If you have the time, it’s worth checking out.  It very well may open your eyes to subject matter in the Bible that you’ve never heard or known before.  Be sure to grab your Bible and follow along; he provides numerous scriptural references.


Sep. 28, 2009

Yom Kippur began at sunset last night, and I have been fasting since then.  I will not eat anything until sunset after tonight.  It is amazing how mentally alert I feel whenever I fast for 24 hours.

I also am reading the Torah or, more specifically, the Pentateuch (that is, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy).  I read at least an hour from it last night and I am reading more today.  I probably will not finish all of it today; however, I will continue reading this week until I finish it.  I have read the Torah numerous times before; it contains a great wealth of information about God, Israel, and life, and it is very important to me.


Sep. 27, 2009

This afternoon, I made a chocolate/strawberry birthday cake for someone’s birthday tomorrow, although my writing on the cake is sloppy.  I should have started the “Happy” about an inch to the left; but the phone began ringing as I was starting, and I got distracted.  Also, the inside of the cake was supposed to look like a checkerboard.  However, I used two different brands of cake mix (which was a mistake), and the strawberry batter expanded into the chocolate batter.

         
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I even had enough extra batter to make a small two-layer cake (one layer chocolate, one layer strawberry) for me and whoever else happens to want some.  Anyway, Yom Kippur begins at sunset, and I will begin fasting then for 24 hours.  So I cannot have any cake until tomorrow night, after my fast is over.


Sep. 25, 2009

Geert WildersToday, Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders spoke at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York.  In all of his speeches, he warns of the impending take-over of Europe—and potentially America and the world—by radical Islam.  I feel that his speech is worth reading:

America As the Last Man Standing

I also feel that Wilders’ controversial but informative film, Fitna, is well worth watching.  Anyone who believes that Islam is a religion of “peace” is living in an idealistic fantasyland.


Sep. 22, 2009

This coming Friday, September 25, Muslims and friends of Muslims will meet in Washington, DC.  They will be celebrating Islam, Allah, and the prophet Muhammad.

The Athan—which is the call given five times each day for Muslims to participate in mandatory prayer—will be chanted on Capitol Hill.  It will echo off of the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, and other buildings in the vicinity.  This website describes this and more:

Islam on Capitol Hill

Here is a commentary about this event by David Barton of Wall Builders:

Calling Muslims to the Capitol?

Sep.18, 2009

Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.  It also is known as Yom Teruah, which means “Day of the Awakening Blast.”

I suspect that, today, many who believer in a so-called “Pre-tribulation” Rapture are anxiously awaiting Jesus’ sudden appearance to whisk them away.  Many also think that a “peace treaty” with Israel is forthcoming and that the final seven years of this age, prophesied in Daniel 9:27, will commence soon thereafter.  Of course, I disagree with all of that.

I do believe that a Rapture of believers will will take place on a Yom Teruah of the future.  However, I am convinced that it will be a Pre-wrath Rapture, probably about one year prior to the end of the final seven years (the 70th Week).  I also leave open the possibility of a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture, of “firstfruit” believers, midway through the seven-year period.

The idea of a “peace treaty” involving Israel, to begin the final week of years predicted in Daniel 9:27, is a very simplistic concept.  Israel aleady has signed onto a seven-year accord, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).  Plus, several documents in the ENP-Israel portfolio—including the ENPI for Israel—include statements indicating that, as a main objective, a Palestinian state should be part of a two-state solution with Israel, sometime within a seven year (2007-13) time frame.

Although none of the ENP documents can be considered a “peace treaty,” I believe it is very plausible that the ENP is the prophesied seven-year agreement of Daniel 9:27.  If so, we now are nearly three years into the final seven.

In any case, my advice for “Pre-tribbers” today is very simple:  Stop looking upward, waiting for heaven to open and take you in.  It isn’t going to happen yet!  Look at something else, such as your Bible, and learn about the proper timing of the Rapture.


Sep. 15, 2009

I have received some interesting questions lately:

I am no theological “expert.”  My answers to these questions are merely my opinions, based on my scriptural research.


Sep. 12, 2009

The H1N1 viral outbreak was declared a pandemic on June 11.  As such, the message of Greg Evensen (an award winning former Kansas State Trooper) in the following video is rather sobering, if not chilling, pertaining to the H1N1 vaccination and the possible “marking,” with a wristband, of those who have accepted this vaccination:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pZjCefqcyo

I have not been able, independently, to verify the validity of what is said on that video.  However, also consider the video of Dr. Leonard Horowitz (see my Apr. 28 entry) and the information provided by Jane Burgermeister, in Austria (see my Apr. 13 entry).  Furthermore, in my Apr. 25 entry, I pointed out how I expected the events of the Fourth Seal (Revelation 6:7,8) might begin sometime before Passover Week 2010, at which time the Fifth Seal events (Revelation 6:9-11) may be transpiring.

Well, I have listened to the following 6 videos (totalling 55 minutes and 53 seconds) of Jane Burgermeister’s interview just a few days ago (on September 8), although I had to use earphones because the volume was rather low.  She seemed perfectly sound and rational to me.

In Part 3, from 0.38 to 050 seconds, she says that some of her accusations allege that “the U.S. government, pharmaceutical companies, and banking cartels are operating together to push forward this mass murder program, under the guise of offering people vaccinations.”  From 9:19 to 9:49 minutes/seconds, she says that "they [the powers behind the scene who are causing all of this] have put in place this plan for the collapse of the economy, and in parallel or synchronization this mass vaccination program which is designed to kill or injure a large number of people, and I think there are plans for famines and wars and various other things, and for moving countries under control of the World Health Organization and the U.N., which indeed would be the result of this pandemic—a declaration of a one world government.”  Her mention of “famines” and “wars,” along with the virus pandemics, certainly fits right into Fourth Seal events.

In Part 4, she talks about how the vaccine makers plan to put nanochips in the vaccine.  She thinks that the vaccines themselves (perhaps not the initial ones, but definitely after a certain point) will introduce viruses into people, which they will spread to other people.  There will be great panic, causing more people to rush to be vaccinated, which is what they should not do.

She believes that all of this will cause widespread death.  According to the Fourth Seal of Revelation 6:7,8, perhaps as much as a quarter of the world will die.  This seems to fit right in to her account.  Once this process begins (she thinks in as soon as a few weeks, probably in October, with forced vaccinations taking place, perhaps, by the end of the year), it could accelerate very rapidly.  She feels that many people who refuse the vaccination will be arrested and imprisoned.  I, for one, plan to reject the vaccine for myself.


Sep. 11, 2009

After eight years, are most Americans yawning when they think about the attacks on America, by radical Islam, on 9/11/01?  I shudder to think that this may be the case.


Sep. 9, 2009

Today is 09/09/09.  That sure doesn’t happen very often.  It will be easy to remember the date that President Obama gave his big speech to Congress on health care.

     
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I was hoping to hear specific details about Obama’s national health care plan.  I didn’t.  All I heard was the typical distractive rhetoric, common in his speeches.  All I can say is that if this thing passes, I expect there to be rioting in the streets of America.

At the time of Jesus, many of the people thought that the Kingdom of God was going to come at once (Luke 19:11).  I believe that they thought Jesus was going to remove, from Israel, the yoke and bondage of the Roman Empire.

I also believe that the people, seeing all the great miracles that Jesus was performing, believed that King Jesus would provide for them all of the things they wanted: food, shelter, comforts, perfect health, and worldly luxuries.  Is this really any different from a great many Americans today, looking to Barack Obama to take care of all their needs and wants, so that they no longer have to work to obtain these things?

If so, this is a very dangerous mindset to have.  We know that the coming False Prophet will perform “great and miraculous signs...on behalf of the first beast [Antichrist],” and these miracles will “deceive the inhabitants of the earth” (Revelation 13:13,14; 2 Thessalonians 2:9).  Could it be that if Obama’s poll ratings bottom out, he will begin performing great miracles, in an attempt to re-elevate himself in the eyes of America and the world, as well as to deceive people into following the Antichrist?  We’ll see.


Sep. 6, 2009

Here is an interesting development, pertaining to Barack Obama’s birth certificate (or possible forgery thereof):

Court document swears Kenyan birth cert legit

I doubt that anything will come of it; but then, you never know.


Sep. 2, 2009

Thank you to those who have notified me of ongoing developments pertaining to the EU’s interactions with Israel, including anyone’s pressuring Israel to agree to a two-state solution, or plans/proposals relating to the building of the Third Temple.  I do sense that, beginning this Fall, significant events may begin happening, and then will continue to escalate—leading, perhaps, to sacrifice and offering taking place in Jerusalem by Passover Week 2010.

I still do not insist that my 70th Week hypothesis is correct.  Yet, as I continue to observe progressively stranger and more perplexing events in the USA and in the world, my suspicion that the Great Tribulation will begin next Spring does increase almost daily.


Aug. 31, 2009

A friend gave me the most recent issue of the Sun newspaper (or maybe it’s a magazine).  He wanted me to read an article in which some predictions were made and see what I thought about it.  I’m pretty sure this is the first time that I’ve ever opened a Sun tabloid in my life.

All of the predicted events, in the article featured on the cover, are supposed to happen before the end of 2009.  While leafing through the tabloid, I saw another article, with additional predictions for 2009, by “Nikki,” a professed clairvoyant and psychic.  I scanned both articles; if you have an interest in reading them, you can link to them here:

No, I do not endorse the predictions of people today, including psychics.  Only the Bible is 100% accurate in its predictions and prophecies.  Also, I absolutely do not believe that the world, as we know it, will “come to an end” before this year is out, as indicated in the first article.

The prophet Ezekiel wrote this about false prophets in ancient Israel: “Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit and have seen nothing!  Your prophets, O Israel, are like jackals among ruins. ... Their visions are false and their divinations a lie” (Ezekiel 13:3,4,6).

On the other hand, if the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy agreement is the fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, and if the middle of the final seven years is just over seven months from now, then significant disasters and calamities very well could occur before that point, and certainly afterward, though probably not exactly as predicted by the articles in the Sun newspaper.

The articles in the Sun include very specific forecasts, all expected to happen before the end of 2009.  The ones that struck me as the most interesting were these:

  • Osama bin Laden will be captured or killed.
  • President Obama will find himself in a nuclear standoff with Iran and North Korea.
  • A terrorist attack will be made on the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., killing one senator.
  • A massive earthquake will strike the American heartland, most likely centered in Kansas or Missouri, with considerable loss of life and billions of dollars in property damage.

I guess I found the last prediction above to be the most interesting.  Pastor John Kilpatrick has had both a vision and a dream, which he has interpreted as being an earthquake of epic proportions, on the New Madrid Fault.  He describes this here: An EARTHQUAKE VISION and DREAM of the NEW MADRID FAULT.

Furthermore, a video interview, from June 6, can be seen here: Sid Roth’s Interview of John Kilpatrick.  If you click on the tiny arrow, at the bottom of the video, and move it about 40-45% of the way to the right, that is about where the earthquake portion of the interview begins.  Kirkpatrick believes that the gigantic earthquake—probably centered near Europa, Missouri—will be a consequence of Obama’s pressuring Israel to be divided to accommodate a Palestinian state.  Obama has been doing this at least since May 18.  In any case, time will tell if any of these predictions and prophecies come true.


Aug. 29, 2009

I watched a bit of Ted Kennedy’s funeral this morning.  Before it started, Barack Obama turned around and was having a conversation with Bill Clinton, sitting in the row behind him.  Michelle Obama was sitting next to Joe Biden and conversing with him.  She seemed to be doing most of the talking; maybe Joe has been told just to keep his mouth shut on most occasions.

Hillary Clinton slid down the bench, away from Bill, and was sitting next to George W. Bush and Laura.  They were talking, non-stop, as if they’d always been best of friends.  Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter didn’t seem to be talking to anybody.  If it weren’t for Carter, Ted Kennedy might have become president (although I doubt that he could have beaten Ronald Reagan).  That whole scene just seemed amusing to me.  At least there were many interesting Bible passages read by various people.  I was glad to see/hear that.


Aug. 27, 2009

The debts and deficits of the USA are mounting day by day.  I do not know how accurate the following is, but it certainly is alarming:

US Debt Clock

Aug. 26, 2009

Here are some views that seem to be widespread among those who study and believe in the Bible:

  • The Assyrian (Isaiah 10:5, 14:25; Micah 5:5,6) will be the same as the Antichrist or first beast (Revelation 13:1-8).
  • The attack of the armies of Gog & Magog on Israel, and their subsequent destruction (Ezekiel 38 & 39), will take place early in the 70th Week, or even before it begins.
  • The Battle of Armageddon, during which the Antichrist and his armies will be destroyed, will take place on the day Jesus returns to earth (Revelation 19:11-16), at the end of the 70th Week.

Some, although not as many, even believe the following:

  • The Assyrian, Antichrist, and Gog all will be the same person.
  • The bloodbath of Gog/Magog will be the same as the Battle of Armageddon.
  • The Gog/Magog massacre, described in Ezekiel 38 & 39, will not take place until the end of the Millennium (Revelation 20:7-9).

I adamantly and unequivocally disagree with all six points above.  Although I agree that the Assyrian and Gog will be one and the same person, I absolutely do not believe that either of them will be the Antichrist.  In fact, I see the distinct possibility of end-time confrontations between the Assyrian/Gog and the Antichrist, who perhaps will be leaders of two divergent factions of Islam.  According to Jesus, every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined and will not stand (Matthew 12:25,26).  Why could this not apply to end-time blocs attempting to overcome Israel?

In the Bible, I find a great deal of evidence to support the idea that it will be the Gog/Magog hordes that are trampled in the winepress of God’s wrath, on the day Jesus returns; whereas, the Battle of Armageddon will not take place until 30 days later.  All of the details can be found in the Assyrian section of my Beasts commentary, in my Final Battles commentary, and in my responses to the following questions:

The bottom line is this:  I still have yet to be convinced that the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy is not the fulfillment of the agreement in Daniel 9:27  By Passover Week 2010, we will know for certain, one way or the other.


Aug. 17, 2009

The account of the transfiguration of Jesus always has fascinated and amazed me:

After six days Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves.  There he was transfigured before them.  His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.  Just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah, talking with Jesus. (Matthew 17:1-3)

The entire account can be read in Matthew 17:1-13.  Many people believe that Jesus was an ordinary man or, at best, a good prophet—but no better than the spokesperson or prophet of any other religion.

I have to point out that no representative of any religion or sect has ever transfigured himself or herself, in front of witnesses, as Jesus did.  Furthermore, Moses and Elijah—gigantically significant historical figures—never have appeared, together, with anyone else but Jesus.  That is because Jesus was the principle figure in all of human history, with no equalWas Jesus God?  I maintain, absolutely and resolutely, that indeed He was, and is!

Very difficult and trying times are coming soon upon the whole world.  Jesus said, “For then there will be great distress [or tribulation], unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again” (Matthew 24:21).  Anyone who does not already have a personal, meaningful relationship with Jesus would be wise to develop one, as soon as possible.


Aug. 15, 2009

From time to time, I get emails from those who believe that the 70th Week, of Daniel 9:27, took place in the First Century A.D.  This view is called “preterism.”  I steadfastly disagree with this view and have indicated why in two email responses, located in my Email Questions and Ted’s Responses section:

Of course, if the 70th Week commenced with the establishment of the European Neighbourhood Policy in October 2006, then it renders all preterist arguments null and void.


Aug. 14, 2009

There are many who are concerned about the “dark tunnel” that seems to be looming ahead.  They wonder how bad things are going to get and whether or not God will be protecting them through the worst of it.  I would not be being honest if I said I was not apprehensive as well.

Some also wonder, if we are where I suggest that we may be in the 70th Week, if it is appropriate to pray that God would forestall the disasters and calamities to come, perhaps even to stop the prophesied time count and prevent the worldwide upheaval altogether.  My opinion is based on something contained in God’s Word.

Firstly, I am reminded of King Solomon’s prayer (1 Kings 8:22-53), just prior to the dedication of the First Temple (8:62-66).  One thing he stated was this:

When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and confess your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. (1 Kings 8:35,36)

Secondly, I think about how, many years later, Elijah approached the evil King Ahab, he told Ahab,

Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the LORD, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.” (1 Kings 17:1)

Elijah did not pray that God would continue letting rain fall on the land.  He already knew that it was God’s will to stop the rain (according to Solomon’s prayer), since the people had sinned against God.  We know, from statements by Jesus and James, that the rain did not fall for 3½ years, resulting in a severe famine (Luke 4:25; James 5:17).

In fact, James noted that Elijah had “prayed earnestly that it would not rain.”  Thus, Elijah simply was praying for God’s will to be done; he did not ask God to suspend His will.  Furthermore, God provided, in supernatural ways, for the needs of Elijah, a passionate man of God, during the entire period of famine (1 King 17:2-24).

Interestingly, many believe that Elijah—who was taken by God, alive, up to heaven in a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:11)—will return and be one of the two witnesses during the final half (3½ years or 1,260 days) of the 70th Week (Revelation 11:3).  During that time, it will not rain (11:6), perhaps over the entire earth.

If we have entered the 70th Week, with the Great Tribulation to begin at the midpoint, during Passover Week 2010, it is possible that many believers will be caught up and away in a Mid-tribulation Rapture event.  If so, those who remain behind can hope for a Pre-wrath Rapture, probably 2½ years later.  Those who wait until after that point to accept Jesus as Lord and Savior will have to wait for the return of Jesus, at the end of the 70th Week, for their brief catching-up event.

We all have been disobedient to God.  None of us is worthy to be exempt from the most terrible time in human history (Matthew 24:21), which I feel is coming soon.  Hoping and praying that it will not happen, I believe, is unrealistic and unreasonable.

However, perhaps those who grow closer to God than ever before, who confess His name and turn from their sins, and who pray fervently for His grace and mercy to allow them to escape the dreadful days ahead (Luke 21:36), will avoid some, or maybe all, of the worst to come.  It probably also is prudent, as well, to discover and employ whatever gifts of the Holy Spirit that each of us possesses.

For those who are predestined to remain behind, they can pray for the supernatural hand of God to protect them from severe affliction, even death—although the latter, as part of God’s perfect will, will be looked upon with special honor by God (Revelation 6:9-11, 20:4).  Above all, it will be critically important to refuse the mark of the beast—which, incidentally, will be implemented by the False Prophet, not by the Antichrist (13:16-18).  Evidently, accepting the mark and worshiping the beast will have eternally catastrophic consequences (14:9-11).

In any case, God is perfectly able to provide for those who cannot buy or sell, without the mark, in ways we cannot even fathom.  Yet those who maintain an unswerving testimony for God, and whom He chooses to die for Him, will be given white robes and held in great esteem by God.  What could be better than that?


Aug. 13, 2009

Someone sent me samples of her artwork.  She obviously has become very proficient in calligraphy.  I think it is nice.

 

I like what Philippians 4:8 says, and I like the poem.  Any art that exalts the Word of God is good in my book. 


Aug. 12, 2009

It has been requested that I give a straightforward, uncomplicated explanation as to why I feel we may have entered the 70th Week (the final seven years of this age), then to expound a bit on that premise.  OK, I will attempt to give the easiest explanation to understand that I can.

The underlying concept is very simple.  The angel Gabriel gave Daniel, an Israeli prophet, a lengthy and very significant prophecy.  One verse of that prophecy, Daniel 9:24, indicates that the prophecy focuses upon Daniel’s people (Israel) and his holy city (Jerusalem).

The last verse of that prophecy, Daniel 9:27, specifies that there would be the confirmation of a covenant for “one seven”—that is, for a “week” of (seven) years.  In the middle of that seven-year period, sacrifice and offering would cease or be put to an end.

Some people (preterists) believe that the prophecy already was fulfilled, around 70 A.D., when Jerusalem and the Second Temple were desolated by the Romans.  For many reasons, I adamantly disagree.  For instance, at that time, Israel did not enter into a seven-year agreement, of any type, with Rome or with anybody else.

In fact, never in history has Israel engaged in a seven-year agreement with anyone—that is, until it was the first non-European nation to sign onto the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which was established in October 2006 (view their website).  Furthermore, the ENP confirmed and strengthened a prior agreement (covenant): the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EuroMed), as discussed in my August 6 entry.

As for sacrifice and offering, for the first time since 70 A.D., a sacrificial altar stone is being constructed in Jerusalem, by the Temple Institute, whose primary goal is the building of the Third Temple.  In my July 30 entry, you can click on a link that goes to a video showing the initial stage of this altar stone’s construction.

In the Book of Revelation, 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3, 12:6) is mentioned.  This period of time is significant; it is the second half of the prophesied seven years.  If sacrifice and offering is stopped in the middle of the seven years, then it is plausible to consider that the first half of the seven-year period also will be 1,260 days in length.

So with the beginning of my proposed seven-year period being October 22, 2006 (a new moon), the midpoint will be April 4, 2010 (the Feast of Firstfruits = Resurrection Day or Easter Sunday).  Potentially, there could be a Mid-tribulation Rapture on this date, and then the Great Tribulation should begin.  The final day of that seven-year period would be September 14, 2013 (Yom Kippur), on which date, potentially, the Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus) will return to earth to rule and reign, during the Millennium.

If April 4, 2010, comes and goes with no cessation of burnt (animal) sacrifices and other offerings, on a sacrificial altar stone in Jerusalem, then my hypothesis is incorrect.  It does not mean that I do not believe the seven-year prophecy of Daniel 9:27 will not take place in the future.  It just means that my proposed timing of the 70th Week is wrong, and I will state this clearly at my website—if, indeed, I am proven to be in error.


Aug. 11, 2009

I know people who absolutely refuse to watch Barack Obama on TV or listen to anything he says.  They say he opposes everything in which they believe, and they have no use for him.  On the contrary, I want to listen to everything this man says, especially if I can watch it coming out of his own mouth.  I do not want to depend on the comments of others (i.e., news reporters) about what he has said; I want to know firsthand what he says.

Today, I watched and listened to Obama’s townhall meeting in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  He did not say anything new, and virtually everything he had to say about health care was a generalized commentary.  As usual, his answers to questions were non-specific, and he side-stepped and spun, into another topic, almost everything that was asked him.  Without a doubt, Mr. Obama certainly is a master of distractive rhetoric.

       
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It seemed a bit suspicious to me how Obama’s townhall meeting was very tame.  Everyone in the audience clapped and smiled graciously, and no difficult questions were asked.  On the other hand, those who attended two other townhall meetings today, with Senator McCaskill in MO and Senator Specter in PA, bombarded the senators with tough questions.  It’s almost as if the audience at Obama’s meeting was carefully chosen—as I suspect is the case at all of his public gatherings—to be non-hostile and favorably disposed toward his policies, even though he denied that this was the case.

Also, if people listened carefully, and were able to separate Obama’s words from his charm, there were things he said that were downright illogical.  For instance, he pointed out how private mail delivery companies, such as UPS and FedEx, were doing very well, while the federally-run US Postal Service was not.  Of course, the government already is planning to shut down 700 post offices across the country because the USPS is in big trouble financially.  So why would Americans want the federal government to run their health care system if it cannot even afford to run the nationwide postal system?  It seems nonsensical.


Aug. 8, 2009

In answer to questions about how I feel the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) may have confirmed the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EuroMed), I think the following is reasonable conjecture:  After EuroMed was ratified in 1995, there was little to no progress in creating a Palestinian state, adjacent to Israel.  This was because no specific time frame was placed on the process, and it is human nature not to get things done without time constraints forcing us to do so.

Therefore, a second agreement, the ENP, was formulated, confirming and strengthening EuroMed.  The ENP was developed to force a two-state solution in Israel, sometime within the seven-year time frame of 2007-13.  This seems clear in the following language contained within the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument for Israel:

The achievement of lasting peace in the Middle East is a central aim of the EU, whose main objective is a two-State solution leading to a final and comprehensive settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict..., with Israel and a democratic, viable, peaceful and sovereign Palestinian State living side-by-side in peace within secure and recognised borders....

This document indicates that a central aim and main objective of the European Union, in creating the ENP, was to settle the Israel-Palestinian conflict, once and for all, via a two-State solution.  This aim and objective was to be completed within the seven-year period, at some point between the beginning of 2007 and the end of 2013.

I have thought for quite some time, and have stated accordingly at my website, that the traditional idea of a “seven-year peace treaty” involving Israel, as a fulfillment of Daniel 9:27, was a very simplistic, naïve notion.  Indeed, it makes little sense to me that there would be a declaration of peace at the beginning of the seven-year period, but rather that the seven-year agreement would stipulate that a land-for-peace situation, between Israel and the Palestinians, would be required sometime within the seven-year framework.  In fact, the European Neighbourhood Policy fits like a glove into that model.

There certainly may yet be a forthcoming agreement to take place, in which Jerusalem, and perhaps even the Temple Mount, will be divided.  If so, this very well could be labeled a “peace treaty.”  However, if it is not specifically for a period of seven years, then it will not qualify as the prophesied Daniel 9:27 agreement—which, so far, the European Neighbourhood Policy appears to be.


Aug. 7, 2009

I feel that there is enough reasons to suspect that Barack Hussein Obama is a Muslim.  Some of those reasons are included in this 10-minute video:

Obama Admits He Is A Muslim

So why doesn’t he just come right out and say it?  Well, maybe he has.


Aug. 6, 2009

It is hard to imagine how a Jewish Temple could stand on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, with that tract of land under Muslim control, and with the Islamic Dome of the Rock already in place there.  Yet, the sacrificial altar stone, which presumably will be placed inside a completed, or partially-standing, Third Temple at some point, is now under construction (see my entry for July 30).

Furthermore, there may be growing consensus, even among Muslim clerics, that this “House of God” should be built.  Adnan Oktar, a prominent Muslim leader in Turkey, has joined with several rabbis in Israel to advocate for the rebuilding of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem:

Muslim leader wants Temple rebuilt

Aug. 5, 2009

Looking at the full moon tonight, I saw a bright planet to the left of it.  I did a search and found that the planet is Jupiter.

By the way, Jesus probably was born on a full moon (the first day of Sukkot), and He died on a full moon (Passover).


July 30, 2009

Today is Tisha B’av, or the Ninth of Av.  It is a sad anniversary in Israel, commemorating the destruction of both the First Temple and the Second Temple, about 656 years apart, in Jerusalem.  There also were other calamities in Jewish and Israeli history that have taken place on or around Tisha B’av.

Interestingly, a type of construction, rather than destruction, has begun in Jerusalem.  Today, the Temple Institute, whose primary purpose is to build the Third Temple, started making the vitally important sacrificial altar.  The altar will measure 3 meters wide by 3 meters long and 2 meters tall.

The plan is to place the new altar inside the next temple, once it has been constructed.  For more details about the altar, including a video (less than 5 minutes long) of tar being poured onto the first stones of which the altar will be composed (Exodus 20:25), go here:

Temple Altar Construction Begins on Day of Destruction

Now, in the time of Ezra, an altar was constructed, prior to the building of the Second Temple.  Even though no temple was present, burnt offerings were sacrificed on that altar:

Then Jeshua son of Jozadak and his fellow priests and Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel and his associates began to build the altar of the God of Israel to sacrifice burnt offerings on it, in accordance with what is written in the Law of Moses the man of God.  Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the LORD, both the morning and evening sacrifices.  Then in accordance with what is written, they celebrated the Feast of Tabernacles with the required number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day.  After that, they presented the regular burnt offerings, the New Moon sacrifices and the sacrifices for all the appointed sacred feasts of the LORD, as well as those brought as freewill offerings to the LORD.  On the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, though the foundation of the LORD's temple had not yet been laid. (Ezra 3:2-6)

I am not going to make any assumptions or jump to any conclusions.  However, potentially, this could lead to sacrifice and offering being performed, on the Temple Mount, by Passover Week 2010—with or without a temple.  If so, then my 70th Week time frame probably is correct; otherwise, it most likely is wrong.  I guess we’ll see in eight months or less.


July 26, 2009

I live in the Southwest USA; so this weekend (July 24-26), I attended the Southwest Hebraic Roots Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, coordinated and directed by the Hebraic Communities of New Mexico.  Oh and, yes, New Mexico is a state (the fifth largest in area); it is not at territory of Mexico.  It became the 47th state in 1912, and it is located between Texas and Arizona.  I have been asked if I need a passport to enter New Mexico.  That makes me laugh.

The conference was excellent.  The speakers were Rico Cortes, Jim Staley, Denis Otero, and Mordecai Silver.  There also was a great deal of praising and worshiping Yahweh (God), including singing and dancing, plus shofars blowing now and then.  A heavenly shofar (trumpet) will blow at the Rapture event(s).

Everybody who attended the conference believes in Yeshua (Jesus) as the Messiah (Christ).  Their Sabbath is sunset Friday to sunset Saturday, and they keep the Hebrew Spring Festivals/Holy Days and the Hebrew Fall Festivals/Holy Days.  They also keep the Torah.  I agree with all of that.

Incidentally, “Jewish” refers, specifically, to descendants of the tribe of Judah (and, loosely speaking, of the tribe of Benjamin—Esther 2:5; Ezra 1:5, 4:1, 10:9—which remained loyal to the house of David).  They were taken captive into Babylon in 586 B.C.; but then they returned to Jerusalem 70 years later, as prophesied (Jeremiah 25:11).

Prior to that, around 720 B.C., the ten northern tribes of Israel had been taken captive into Assyria (2 Kings 17:6).  From there, they were dispersed among the nations of the world.  As such, they often are referred to as the Ten Lost Tribes (1 Kings 11:31,35).

It is believed, by many, that these are in the midst of the nations the nations of the world and will be associated with Ephraim, son of Joseph (Genesis 48:17-19).  Furthermore, it is prophesied that the ten tribes (“Ephraim”) one day will be reunited again with descendants of Judah (and Benjamin), in Israel, as one nation (Ezekiel 37:15-22).  This will take place when the Messiah, Yeshua, returns at the end of the 70th Week.

To see some photos of northern New Mexico, that I took after the conference, click on July 26, 2009, to continue today’s entry.


July 23, 2009

Someone sent me a link to an interesting, and I believe prophetic, audio message about the following passage, written by the great ancient Israeli prophet, Isaiah:

The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.  All the people will know it—Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—who say with pride and arrogance of heart, “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.”  But the LORD has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them and has spurred their enemies on.  Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west have devoured Israel with open mouth.  Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away, his hand is still upraised.  But the people have not returned to him who struck them, nor have they sought the LORD Almighty.  So the LORD will cut off from Israel both head and tail, both palm branch and reed in a single day. (Isaiah 9:8-14)

The audio message is located at http://isaiah910.com/page7/page9/page9.html, and it is 1 hour and 3 minutes in length.  I listened to it while I was doing other things on my computer.

Basically, the rabbi’s message equates the attacks of 9/11 with the attacks that God sent upon ancient Israel by its enemies, the Assyrians, as a warning for Israel to repent and return to God.  Instead, Israel’s arrogant response was this:  “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone” (Isaiah 9:10).  That is, they defied the small taste of God’s judgment against them, claiming that they would repair the damage, on their own, without humbling themselves before God and entreating Him to restore them.  As a result, Israel’s enemies, Assyria and Babylon, eventually desolated Israel and took the people into captivity (2 Kings 17:1-23, 25:1-21).

Essentially, America has done the same thing since the attacks of 9/11, which I feel were a limited assault foreshadowing future attacks.  They were a warning to repent and return to God, but there has been no such response by most of this nation.  As a result, the decline of America is underway and has escalated, markedly, under Barack Obama’s “leadership.”

I do not see how America can possibly avoid additional terror attacks, and God’s overwhelming judgment, in the future.  This probably will be sooner rather than later, especially if we now are almost three years into the 70th Week—the prophesied final seven years of this age—which may have commenced in October 2006, with the establishment of the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy.  Those who choose to humble themselves, and plead with God for mercy and forgiveness, may be protected, personally, from captivity and destruction.  However, I fear that the USA, as a whole, will neither repent and turn to God, nor be shielded from utter devastation and desolation.


July 22, 2009

President Obama spent about 8 minutes talking to the public, and 47 minutes answering a few questions by press correspondents, on TV this evening.  He wanted to convince Americans that his health-care plan needs to pass through the Congress before they go on recess in August.  Of course, there is growing opposition to it.  That’s because it would be disastrous if it passes—especially in this recession—and even many Democrats realize that.

I watched the program live and even the full repeat of it later.  Now, I am not an idiot (most of the time, anyway).  But, frankly, the president spoke in such generalities that I really could not understand how he planned to improve this country’s health care system.  He even indicated that, due to his stimulus plan, the economy has been “brought back from the brink.”  Huh?  It has??

You know, this man is slicker than a snake oil salesman.  Mr. Obama’s entire discourse was another example of how his outstanding oratory skills cause his words to sound profound and believable, when there actually is very little substance or significance to most of what he says.  But, of course, many idealogues are like that.

         
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Our present health care system certainly needs to be revised; but it should not be radically transformed, most likely into an even worse condition, which is what is happening to almost everything else that the present government in Washington has touched this year.  No wonder the approval ratings of the President and the Congress have deteriorated so much in the past six months.

Incidentally, I suspect that no elected official, including the president, will even read all the way through the health care bill, over 1,000 pages in length.  Hopefully, the bill will not even come up for a vote before the August recess.  We don’t need anymore exorbitant taxes and deficits to zoom us any faster into a depression than we already are racing.


July 15, 2009

The liftoff of Space Shuttle Atlantis today was spectacular, as always.  The launch was successful after five aborted attempts, over the past few days.

         
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I know that space program has given us a tremendous amount of knowledge in the medical, science, and other research fields that would not have been possible otherwise.  Even with today’s success, though, I question the need for the exceedingly enormous amount of money and time that NASA and the U. S. government puts into these missions.  Why bother?

If we are near the end of the age, with the return of Jesus being soon, I don’t really see the point of shuttle missions anymore.  Once He comes, He will supply us with vast amounts of knowledge, for free, that we could not attain in a million trips out into space.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8,9)


July 13, 2009

Today, in London, Javier Solana made another speech, seemingly as a continuation of yesterday’s declarations.  Pertaining to the Israeli-Palestinian situation, he called upon the UN to impose a deadline, at which time it should adopt a two-state solution and accept the Palestinian state as a full member of the UN.  More about this is here:

EU's Solana calls for UN imposed deadline for Palestinian state

So are we getting close, or is this issue just going to keep dragging on, unresolved?


July 12, 2009

It looks like Javier Solana is still pushing the Palestinian State issue:

Solana: Let's force the birth of Palestine

It sounds like he wants to make it an international issue and just bypass Benjamin Netanyahu, who is the only one who understands that a Palestinian State would have disastrous consequences for Israel.  We’ll see what happens.


July 10, 2009

I am amazed at how Black pastor, James D. Manning, rails against Barack Obama in this video:

White Folks Will Riot

Wow, this guy is pretty intense!


July 8, 2009

This is 123456789 day.  You probably know what that means by now.  The date is 07/08/09 (789).  At 12:34:56 (or 123456, which actually occurred twice today), the count was 12:34:56 07/07/09, or 123456789.  It happens on only one day every century, so it is rather rare.

At 12:34:56 this afternoon, I was doing one of my favorite things: eating Thai food at Thai Time II (see my June 26 entry).  There was nothing unusual about that.  What was unusual was that it was the second time today that I had eaten Thai food.

A friend and I had eaten a Thai feast a couple of days ago, and there were leftovers (red curry chicken and basil chicken—both extra extra extra spicy, of course—and some rice and wontons).  I think she ate her leftovers last night.

For some reason, I was craving mine when I got up early this morning.  So I added Thai and jalapeño peppers, nuked it, and shoveled it down.  It didn’t take long.  I even took a photo of my plate.  Are you surprised?  I know it doesn’t look like breakfast, but it was.

What is weird, though, is that by noon, I was craving Thai food again.  I have no idea why; go figure.  In any case, I think I have enough capsaisin in me right now to fuel a small rocket ship to the moon, maybe even to Mars.  What a great sensation.  Maybe I’ll have my usual raw oats and fruit for dinner.


July 6, 2009

I have been asked what I think about the fact that Javier Solana’s ten-year term in office, as the European Union High Representative for the Common Foreign and Security Policy, is set to expire in October.  (See my June 29 entry about him.)  Dr. Solana announced his upcoming retirement yesterday.

It is very difficult for me to speculate on what this could mean, practically and prophetically speaking.  I have a suspicion that, after October, Solana simply will have more time to focus on “solutions” to the global socio-economic collapse and other gigantic problems facing the world.  I also suspect that Israel will be in the forefront of his concerns.

If the European Neighbourhood Policy is the seven-year agreement of Daniel 9:27, then the person prophesied to be at the forefront of that accord should be “revealed”(2 Thessalonians 2:6) by Passover Week 2010.  Time will tell if that person is Javier Solana.


July 5, 2009

I was at the home of some friends today.  We didn’t know what to have for dinner.  I immediately thought of all the fresh tomatoes growing in their backyard, plus there was lettuce and bell peppers (red, orange, yellow, and green) in the refrigerator.  So I put together a big salad.

       
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There even was some salmon and ahi tuna to add to everything.  Yummm, I like ALL of that.  I didn’t use any dressing on my salad.  My only indulgence was the chocolate cupcake that I sneaked from the party yesterday


July 4, 2009

I attended a very enjoyable Independence Day party today.  There was excellent food and some cool decorations.  They always throw great parties, including the Superbowl party earlier this year.  You can see some 4th of July photos, or watch a 2-minute slideshow, if you want.

I brought the big box of cupcakes with stars on them, many of which got eaten before I got a shot of them.  And no, I did not make them; Costco did.  I’m not that creative.

The last photo in the group above is a shot of a game that several people played.  Basically, each pair of people was given a water balloon.  The row of people on the left threw their balloons to their partners on the right.  Then each row would take one step backwards (further away from each other).  The balloons were tossed again, and then everyone stepped backwards again.  As the teams moved further apart, it became more and more difficult to catch the balloons without breaking them.  Finally, the last team left with their balloon intact was the winner.

My favorite part was after that when everyone grabbed more water balloons and plastered each other with them.  I ran for cover.  Some people got soaked, but I didn’t get splashed by one drop of water, although I got a good laugh watching those who did.

Now, click on the pinwheel on the left if you want to see a 15-second (1.34-megabyte) video of it spinning around.  It was spinning clockwise the entire time, although the speed varied as the wind velocity changed, making it appear to spin counter-clockwise some of the time.  It is an interesting optical illusion.

Oh yeah, I did watch some fireworks after dark, and they were awesome.  The ones at Disneyland, a mile away, were nice; but they lasted only about 15 minutes, which was surprising.  There also were some pretty dazzling ones in the neighborhood.  In case you celebrated Independence Day, I hope it was fun for you, too. 


July 3, 2009

A good friend got the following for his wife (who also is a good friend) to hang up on the wall:

 
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She thought they were hilarious.  So did I.  I’m just glad that I don’t have them (hot flashes, that is).


July 1, 2009

I would declare California officially bankrupt today, if I were Governor Schwarzenegger.  The state budget did not pass yesterday, the last day of the fiscal year.  Arnold would need to transform into the “Terminator” again to terminate the state debt, as well as the outrageous taxes—the highest of any state.

Frankly, I am expecting Obama, eventually, to “bail out” California.  It may be the first domino to fall, before other states follow suit.  Of course, I also wouldn’t be surprised if some of the states were to secede from the Union, at some point.  It happened before our first Civil War, and it may happen again before the next one.

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