Friday, August 8, 2014

Nuke Gaza to End the War?

It was about 69 years ago, August 6, 1945 that America dropped a nuke on Japan and incinerated tens of thousands of civilians.  We issued no warning...we just dropped it on those folks while they were heading to work, school, shopping, etc...

It was just a normal day until destruction came on the suddenly.

When Japan refused to surrender, we dropped another one on Nagasaki and killed 50,000 more civilians.

President Truman had decided that it was better to kill 100,000 civilians and crush Japan than it was to lose 300,000 US soldiers invading the Japanese mainland....and he was right.

Now what should Israel do now that Hamas is flinging more missiles?  Should they take a hint from what USA did to Japan?...and not give any thought or warning to Gaza's civilians...but just make them silent...and force them to unconditionally surrender?

The issue is not whether Israel actually HAS any nuclear capability, so Dichter’s comments must be viewed metaphorically.
Hamas is at least as fanatical — and at times as suicidal — as was Japan. Rational discourse is not an option. Israel has tried, and failed. As of this writing, some four hours after Hamas broke the last 72-hour truce, Israel’s military response has been limited.
Unquestionably, the majority of Israeli opinion is that there is no long term solution, other than the full demilitarization of Gaza — and the West Bank, for that matter. Events continue to unfold, but Israel is not controlling them.
Perhaps what is unthinkable today may become the only option tomorrow


The Bible gives us some hints that nuclear weapons may be used in the Last Days....maybe these statement by Israel's CIA are just one more?

Thursday, August 7, 2014

World is Descending Into Chaos

Hey all, I will be posting from my iPad again so comments will be short.

John Bolton just said the world is descending into chaos and anarchy will follow.

On Fox Business Wednesday, former ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton declared that under the president’s ineffective leadership, “the world’s descending into chaos” and if America continues to pull back internationally, "you're going to have anarchy increasing."
Speaking with host Stuart Varney, Bolton first discussed Vladimir Putin’s hostile strategy in Ukraine and Europe, including increasing the number of Russian troops at the border and conducting cyber-warfare against several European countries—“aggressive” tactics to which Bolton saw no end in sight.
Varney then transitioned to the recent WSJ/NBC poll that presents damning numbers about the American people’s opinion of President Obama’s leadership—particularly in foreign policy, with a dismal 36% approval.
Bolton: Yeah, I’d like to know who those 36% are because the world’s descending into chaos. And I think this poll and the drop in approval numbers overall, gives the lie to the conventional political wisdom that Americans don’t care about foreign policy, that it’s too remote from their lives.
I think the American people are much more sensible and practical than their political leaders, and they see that because our economy here at home depends on a global economy that instability in Europe can have a profound effect...


Jesus told us the condition of the world would be the worst EVER as His return certainly God is in control!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

483 Years of Prophecy

Yesterday we blogged on RAISING MONEY TO BUILD THE THIRD TEMPLE.  And in that post we talked about Daniel 9 and the 483 years from the issuing of the decree until the Anointed One was cut off....meaning Jesus was crucified.

Today I saw a new article on Rapture Ready that is also talking about this amazing prophecy given to Daniel from the angel, Gabriel.

Friends, this passage is so detailed and so precise that Bible critics for centuries claimed that the book of Daniel HAD TO BE WRITTEN AFTER THE FACT.

But Jesus verified that Daniel was a real man and he wrote a real book so that all of us could know what is coming in the future....thereby proving once again that the Bible is a supernatural book.

I often hear people say there’s no evidence for Christianity. “You just have to accept it on faith” is something I’ve heard a lot over the years. You've probably heard similar statements. But is this really true? Is the Bible a work you need to either accept or reject without any evidence of its supernatural origins?

I don’t think so. And I believe that anyone who actually studies the Bible with an open mind will agree. How can I be so sure?

Fulfilled Bible prophecy. That’s right. The Bible is unique among all the other texts in the world. And one of the reasons why is fulfilled prophecy. The Bible contains numerous detailed prophecies written hundreds and sometimes thousands of years in advance. In fact, by some estimates, 25% of the Bible was prophecy when written. In my mind, the existence of these prophecies verifies the claim that the Bible is the Word of God. Because no other book in the history of the world comes anywhere close to matching the Bible's track record of fulfilled prophecy.

Need an example? Let's take a look at a prophecy I like to call “483 years prophecy.”

The Prophecy

The Bible tells us that while held captive in Babylon, a man named Daniel was visited by the angel Gabriel. During this visitation, Gabriel revealed that precisely 483 years would pass from the time the command is given to rebuild Jerusalem until “the Anointed One” comes (Daniel 9:25).

In other words, the Messiah (the Anointed One) would appear exactly 483 years after the command to rebuild Jerusalem. So, did this happen? To find out, we only need to count forward 483 years from the time of the command to rebuild Jerusalem.

The Command to Rebuild

In the year 457 B.C., the King of Persia, Artaxerxes, issued a decree instructing officials in the province west of the Euphrates to give Ezra "whatever he requests of you" in his efforts to rebuild Jerusalem, reinstitute the Temple services, appoint judges and magistrates, and teach the Law (Ezra 7:11-26). This is a historical fact recorded in the Book of Ezra long before the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth, and it reveals the starting point for the 483 year countdown.

The Messiah’s Arrival

Fast forward 483 years from 457 B.C., and you end up in the year A.D. 27 (note that the year zero doesn’t count as a year). According to Daniel, this is the time when Israel's Messiah would appear. It’s also the year that marks the beginning of Jesus’ ministry (it’s generally accepted that His ministry lasted 3 to 3.5 years, and Jesus was crucified in spring of the year A.D. 31).

After the 483 Years

The book of Daniel also predicted that after the 483 years pass and the Messiah arrives, He will be killed “appearing to have accomplished nothing.” Then a ruler will come whose armies will destroy the Temple and the City (Daniel 9:26). So did this happen?

Yes. Jesus was killed, and His ministry appeared to have fallen short of its goals. Why? Because at the time of His arrival, the Israelites were looking for a Messiah who would conquer their Roman oppressors and rule the earth in righteousness forever. They were expecting fulfillment of the prophecies of the Messiah’s Second Coming, not realizing at the time that the Messiah would come twice - once as a “suffering” Messiah and the second time as a “conquering” Messiah. So the death of Jesus on the cross seemed to indicate (at least in the world’s eyes) that He was not the Messiah - that He had “accomplished nothing.”

Less than four decades after the crucifixion (A.D. 70), the Roman legions under the command of Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple. To this day, the Arch of Titus stands in Rome as a monument to this event. So was Titus "a ruler whose armies will destroy the Temple and the City?” Yes. While Titus was, at the time, commander of the military campaign to put down the Jewish rebellion, he was also the son of the Emperor Vespasian. And Titus himself served as Emperor following his father's death, making him “a ruler” in every sense of the word.

Fulfilled Bible Prophecy

Alone, the 483 years prophecy should provide enough evidence to at least spark the curiosity of an objective non-believer. But it's just one many prophecies that point to Jesus as the Messiah. Here are a few additional examples:

• The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2).

• The Messiah will open the eyes of the blind (Isaiah 42:6-7).

• The Messiah will be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:12).

• The Messiah's hands and feet will be pierced (Psalm 22:16).

• Others will cast lots for the Messiah's clothing (Psalm 22:17-18).

• The Messiah will be pierced in His side (Zechariah 12:10).

• The Messiah will be buried in a rich man's tomb (Isaiah 53:9).

See it all here;

Matthew 24:15 (spoken by Jesus)
“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Raising Money to Build the Third Temple

Here are the facts people;

Solomon built the first Temple which was destroyed by Babylon.  The 2nd Temple was rebuilt when the captives got released from Babylon and made it back to Jerusalem some 70 years later.  This 2nd Temple was then added on to by King Herod and is many times referred to as Herod's Temple.  This would have been the Temple that Jesus would have gone to in Jerusalem and overthrown the money changers tables who had set up on the Temple Mount.  This also was the Temple that Jesus said would be destroyed...and it was in 70AD, about 35 years after Jesus' death on the cross...and it was destroyed by the Romans.

That's it!!  Only two temples!!

But a third one WILL BE BUILT.

We know this because the Antichrist will one day sit at this temple and declare himself to be God.  (read the book of Daniel)

This coming third temple MEANS NOTHING TO CHRISTIANS except to show us the lateness of the day...which also means the closeness of Jesus' return for us.  We WILL NOT BE HERE to see the Antichrist sit in this Temple.  This will happen AFTER we are gone.

So we WATCH for the talk of rebuilding the third Temple as just one more sign that gives us confidence the the rest of prophecy is about to be played out in full.

The campaign to rebuild the Third Jewish Temple has entered a new phase beyond the praying, preparation of vessels and training of Temple priests: the raising of additional funds for the project. This would hasten the rebuilding of the temple and in the words of The Temple Institute “usher in universal harmony.” This is a sentiment that is reportedly shared and welcomed with excitement by many Jews in Israel, and is further enhanced by the current war with Hamas and the increasing concerns around the wider perennial Arab-Israeli conflict.

Indications are that in the meantime, based on purely natural, religious and political considerations, it will take much more than just adequate fundraising and social broadcasting to realise the actual building of the Temple: According to Rabbi Chaim Richman, the institute’s international director, the temple would stand in the present location of the Dome of the Rock, a Muslim shrine. Muslims revere the mount as the Haram al-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

No wonder then that Richman did not set a target date for breaking ground for the construction project, instead reportedly stating that the temple will be built when “the world will want us to build the temple. The Jewish people have a responsibility to all of humanity, including Islam…I don’t expect it to come about through any sort of confrontation or any sort of military maneuver. The Jews have to represent good in the world, light in the world.”

The prophesied rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem will eventually take place – simply because God has stated that it will, and He is easily able to ensure it by whatever means or circumstances He chooses to allow it to happen. Meanwhile, Christians and Jews alike would do well to heed the Biblical exhortation to continually pray towards the actualization of God’s will and purposes for Jerusalem and the Jews:

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
“May they prosper who love you.
Peace be within your walls,
Prosperity within your palaces.”
For the sake of my brethren and companions,
I will now say, “Peace be within you.”
Because of the house of the Lord our God
I will seek your good (Psalm 122:6-9).

Or as was given to the Prophet Isaiah: 

I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:6-8)


If you are reading this and happen to be one of those rare PRETERISTS who have bought into the false notion that all prophecy has already been fulfilled and that there will be no third temple because you believe Jesus is the third temple...then please tell it to the the Temple Institute.  Maybe they will (not) listen to you.

Daniel 9 (inside parenthesis are my comments and explanations)

20 While I was speaking and praying, (Daniel was still in Babylon in exile) confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel (God used Babylon to destroy them because of Israel's sin) and making my request to the Lord my God for his holy hill— 21 while I was still in prayer, Gabriel, the man I had seen in the earlier vision, came to me in swift flight about the time of the evening sacrifice. 22 He instructed me and said to me, “Daniel, I have now come to give you insight and understanding. 23 As soon as you began to pray, a word went out, which I have come to tell you, for you are highly esteemed. Therefore, consider the word and understand the vision:

24 “Seventy ‘sevens’ are decreed for your people (490 years is 70 x 7) and your holy city (Jerusalem) to finish transgression, to put an end to sin, to atone for wickedness, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy and to anoint the Most Holy Place. (Until Jesus returns to earth to usher in Millennium kingdom)

25 “Know and understand this: From the time the word goes out to restore and rebuild Jerusalem (Cyrus of Persia overthrew Babylon and let Ezra and Nehemiah go start rebuilding) until the Anointed One (Jesus), the ruler, comes, there will be seven ‘sevens,’ and sixty-two ‘sevens.’ It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. 26 After the sixty-two ‘sevens,’ (483 years) the Anointed One will be put to death (Jesus died on the cross) and will have nothing. The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. (Rome did this in 70 AD...and the Antichrist will come from the revived Roman Empire) The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed. 27 He (Antichrist) will confirm a covenant with many (Jews in Israel) for one ‘seven.’(7 years...483 + 7 = 490) In the middle of the ‘seven’ (3 1/2 years into the 7 yr peace agreement) he (Antichrist) will put an end to sacrifice and offering. (sacrifice and offering can ONLY BE DONE in 3rd Temple...which needs to be built) And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, (Antichrist will do something horrible in 3rd declare himself to be God) until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.” (Jesus returns at the end of the 7 years and destroys Antichrist, throws Satan in the Abyss and ushers in 1000 year reign)

For further explanation of when Cyrus gave this decree...check it out below;

The Book of Nehemiah covers a period of at least twenty years, from December, 445 B.C., to about 425 B.C., when Nehemiah returned from Babylon to cleanse Jerusalem and the province of various evils that had crept in during his absence since 432 B.C. The careers of Ezra and Nehemiah overlap, as may be seen in Neh 8:1-9 and 12:26. (It is quite probable that Malachi prophesied during the governorship of Nehemiah, for many of the evils he denounced are found to be prominent in the Book of Nehemiah.)

Nehemiah served as cupbearer to Artaxerxes I, the son of Ahasuerus (Xerxes), who took Esther to be his queen. Nehemiah's obtaining authorization to rebuild the walls and city of Jerusalem was the very decree that Gabriel had predicted to Daniel 95 years earlier in 539 B.C. This decree was issued on March 14, 445 B.C. and would trigger the most astonishing prophecy in the Old Testament: The Seventy "Weeks" of Daniel Chapter 9.8 The example of Nehemiah's passion for the truth of God's Word, whatever the cost or consequences, is an example sorely needed in this present hour. May the prayerful study of this book lead more of God's people today to "earnestly contend for the faith which has been delivered unto the saints."


Pale Horse of Apocalypse is Ready to Ride

This Ebola outbreak has been leading in the news almost every night this week.  It's a nasty virus that once you catch it your cells start to dissolve, they turn to juice as you melt from the inside out and then all your insides start running out of all the orifices of your body and then you die.

As you all probably know by now we have brought people ill with Ebola into the USA for treatment. From what I hear, the disease is only spread by DIRECT CONTACT with body fluids of a sick person and is not an airborne disease.

But let's remember that there are lots of other diseases floating around the world...any of which could morph and explode at any time....swine flu, bird flu, SARS, polio, Ebola, AIDS and probably dozens more that could jump into humans from bats, monkeys, wood ticks, mosquitoes or any other animal.

Yesterday, Rapture Ready published an update on the Pale Horse that is really very interesting.

It certainly does seem that The Tribulation may be right around the corner....and Christ coming for His bride comes first!!  Do we all have oil in our lamps?  Are we ready to meet the Bridegroom?  Have we kept ourselves pure for Him?

The Pale Horsemen Getting Ready to Ride

Throughout history mankind has suffered the crippling effects of various infectious diseases; including times when 90 percent of a city’s population would be wiped out by one of these microscopic germs. When plagues would get really bad in Europe, the nobility would often flee to the countryside.

The greatest killer on the battlefield has always been infectious disease. During the American Civil War twice as many soldiers died from disease than from battle wounds. The Russian winter is famously blamed for decimating Napoleon’s army, but it was really Typhus that killed most of his soldiers.

Smallpox is responsible for an estimated 500 million deaths in the 20th century. This death count is 10 times greater than the all the victims of World War II. Smallpox has claimed the most number of lives, but it is also the only infectious disease that man has completely eradicated from nature.

The modern age of antibiotics and vaccines has caused us to be complacent about the threat from microorganisms that would seek to invade and kill the human body. While our drug research has focused on more trivial aliments, deadly diseases have learned to mutate and jump species.

Our struggle with infectious disease may have more to do with spirituality than biology. I recently watched a video that explained why we have been unable to find a cure for AIDS. The bug is simply too devilishly clever for us. The AIDS virus mutates a million times faster than most other viruses. The protein coating of AIDS changes so rapidly that the human immune system has no way to target it. It’s like trying to decipher a coded message while a super computer is constantly working to scramble the text.

From 1981 to 2014 America had spent over $220 billion on AIDS research. We know more about AIDS than any other virus. Maybe we would have a clearer understanding of the disease if we considered the fact that it is spread almost exclusively by sinful activity.

I’ve been keeping my eye on Ebola for several years. In 1976, the virus was first spotted in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Up until now, Ebola has been very elusive; emerging every few years from the jungles of Africa, killing several people, and then disappearing without a trace.

The five known strains of Ebola have a mortality rate of between 50% and 90% of those who are infected. It is generally believed to only spread through close contact with the blood or bodily fluid. However, Ebola has just managed to infect doctors who wore heavy protective gear. The virus has also resisted all efforts to develop a vaccine.

This current outbreak is the largest to date—killing more than 700 people—which is more than all the other outbreaks combined. The largest outbreak to date is the ongoing 2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak which is running unchecked in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. The global community has reason to be worried by the fact that all the other outbreaks were restricted to a single location.

We seem to be under increasing attacks from a growing number of infectious diseases. It was just a few months ago that the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, was out to get us. The World Health Organization blames MERS for 300 deaths. In China, around 200 people were killed by the bird flu. The reason for the big concern over diseases that only claim relatively few number of lives is because the gap between a few hundred deaths and several million could become very narrow.

Our closeness to the last days of these end-times increases the likelihood of seeing harmful organisms defy all efforts to control their spread. I have no way of knowing if Ebola will be one of the plagues that will kill over a fourth of the world’s population during the Tribulation hour. If Ebola turns into a pandemic, we have a strong indication that the pale horse rider is getting ready to head out.

“And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. 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 the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth” (Revelation 6:7-8).


Wild Weather

Maybe you have seen it, but NBC has a segment on their nightly news that they have titled EXTREME WEATHER.  The segment is filled with the latest crazy reports of weather going wild around the world.

Hurricane Iselle barreled towards Hawaii early Tuesday, with forecasters warning that the islands could face a one-two punch as Tropical Storm Julio is trailing not far behind.

It is extremely rare to have such major storms in such quick succession, according to Weather Channel lead meteorologist Kevin Roth. He said the most recent example was in 1982 when two significantly weaker tropical storms and depressions hit ten days apart.

“In 75 years of reliable data you only have one case where they were even 10 days apart,” he said. And for Hawaii to be facing two spaced just two to three days apart? “This is unprecedented in the satellite era,” Roth added.


Yes!  "Extremely rare"!

In over 75 years of reliable date....this event has NEVER happened.

Hmmm.....maybe more evidence of birth pains?