May 22, 2018

Prophecy to the Greek or Western man is prediction and fulfilment.  To the Jew, it is pattern.

The Jewish sages compiled the 150 psalms long ago.  We have forgotten how. They divided the Psalms into 5 books just like the Torah, or first 5 books of the Bible.  5 was the number for grace, the unmerited favor of God, and the Torah had 5 books.  They believed these 5 books could be correlated with human life.   

  

    Genesis is the book of life and election.

    Exodus is the book of redemption.

    Leviticus is the book of sanctification.

    Numbers is the book of testing and experience.

    Deuteronomy is the book of divine government. 

Or:

          Genesis                   - God forms the soul.

          Exodus                    - Birth...

April 26, 2018

Daniel is one of the major books on prophecy in the Bible.  Daniel is divided into the first six chapters which are historical and the last six which are prophetic, though it should be noted that the famous statue of Nebuchadnezzar with the head of gold for Babylon, the upper torso and arms of silver for Medo-Persia, the bronze belly and thighs for Alexander the Great’s Greek empire, and the lower legs of iron for Rome, still awaits the identity of the feet of iron and clay, but perhaps not much longer. 

Though Revelation is an open book per Revelation 22:10, Daniel is a closed book till the time of the end per Daniel 12:4, i.e., the meanings of the prophecies will not be understood until the End Days.  If Daniel is now an open book, then the End Times (Daniel’s final or 70th week) could well have begun or are close to starting. 

The upper four metals of Nebuchadnezzar’s statue were likely clearly understood by the mid-2nd century BC, but certainly by Christ’s crucifixion...

March 12, 2018

Most of the books I have read on Daniel’s final or 70th week relate it will be divided into two equal halves of 1260 days, a multiple of three and one-half multiplied by 360, the number of days in the ancient calendar year from Creation about 6,000 years ago until it was changed around 701 BC to the present 365.2422 days per year.  I suspect this is from Daniel 9:27 “Then he (anti-Christ) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week;                                                                                                                                                                  But in the middle of the week                                                                                                                                                                            He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.                                                                                                                                              And on...

December 11, 2017

In 1776, the Continental Army was defeated at Long Island in August.  The 20,000 British and Hessian troops turned the Americans’ flank and destroyed about one-third of their army which withdrew to their coastal fortifications   The next day the British did not attack to Washington’s surprise, but drew their cannons closer in a storm.  There was a mile of open water between Long Island and safety in Manhattan.  The British fleet could cut off their escape and easily bombard their Long Island fort from the water, in effect, surrounding them with artillery, but the winds were adverse, so the fleet remained at anchor below them.  Washington decided to evacuate his entire force that night, but the sea was too rough to cross as darkness arrived.  At 11 pm, the wind died down, and the troops began to enter the boats.  All through the night they rowed to Manhattan and back and again.  With the dawn, two-thirds of the army had been evacuated, but the remaining third was becoming more and more...

November 17, 2017

Around 1530, Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church and formed the Church of England. The Catholic Church refused to annul his marriage with Catherine, the daughter of Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, the hyperpower of the time, whose coffers annually filled with New World gold and silver. Henry VIII desperately wanted a male heir, and his Spanish Queen had only provided Mary, later known as Bloody Mary to history for her persecution of Protestants. Now, she was past the age of child-bearing.  Hence, Henry formed his own church- the Episcopalian. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther had nailed his 95 theses on the Wittenburg Cathedral and begun the Protestant Reformation. (This Oct 31 just past was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It is the 100th year since the Balfour Declaration and the taking of Jerusalem and Palestine from the Turks by Great Britain, both in 1917. It is the 50th year since Jerusalem was retaken by the Israelis in June, 1967. Finally, it is the...

September 14, 2017

I have written about the destruction of Islam over a 2 year span per Amos 1:1 previously, but new information has come to my attention regarding the sequence of events according to the Bible: 

  1. The destruction of the nations, bordering Israel save Egypt, per Amos 1 & 2, Zephaniah 2 and Ezekiel 25, Isaiah 17:1, Ezekiel 28:20- 23.  Also Assyria (ISIS?) per Zephaniah 2:13-15.

  2. The destruction of Shia Islam (Iran, Iraq & Syria) by Sunni Islam (Turkey, Egypt, Pakistan and?  Saudi Arabia? Assyria?) per Daniel 8.

  3. The defeat of Turkey (Lydia led by the king of the North), Egypt (Egypt led by the king of the South), Put (North African Muslims), Cush (black African Muslims), and all the mingled people (jihadists from all over to include Europe and America) per Ezekiel 30:1-5, Jeremiah 46:8-10, and Daniel 11:40. 

  4. The invasion of Egypt by the anti-Christ to be followed by the nuking of the Aswan Dam per Isaiah 19:1-17, and Ezekiel 29

  5. The destruction of the Russo-Islamic invasi...

August 2, 2017

I was puzzled that God did not appear to intervene much in the affairs of men until the Flood, 1656 years after Creation according to the Bible.  Per Jasher 2:4, after the birth of Enosh in the year 235 after Creation (he lived 905 years), men forgot the LORD and began to worship idols.  Per Jasher, God caused the river Gihon to overwhelm them, and He destroyed a third part of the earth.  Famine was great in those days because there was neither sowing nor reaping.  And the seed they sowed became thorns, thistles, and briers, so God was active, but man did not repent.

Circa year 1554 after Creation, Noah marries, and his wife thereafter bore Japheth and thereafter Shem per Jasher.  The birth of his third son Ham is not mentioned.  Ham begat Cush who begat Nimrod, the first world dictator, who built the Tower of Babel.  Curiously, per Jasher 6:34, Noah began to build the ark only 5 years before the Flood. 

In Jasher 6, many animals came to the ark just before...

June 5, 2017

                                                     

Jasher is not a book of the Bible, but it covers the history of the world from Genesis to the conquest of Canaan after the Exodus.  It is not inspired, but is a very old history book noted in the Bible on three occasions, two directly and one indirectly.  For example, in Joshua 10:12-13:  Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel:  “Sun, stand still over Gibeon, and Moon, in the valley of Aijalon.”  13 So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, till the people had revenge upon their enemies.  Is this not written in the book of Jasher?

This would indicate...

June 5, 2017

ODDS AND ENDS    

About 1400  BC, Moses was instructed by God on tekhelet (pronounced t-chell-et), A Hebrew word for a color of blue that the LORD wished to be used in the veil covering the Holy of Holies, Temple clothes for the priests, and the Jewish prayer shawl, the tallit.  Apparently, knowledge of the source of the dye was lost after the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in 70 AD.  Blue and purple dyes, produced from sea snails, gave birth to important industries along the Mediterranean coast for centuries.  These colors primarily adorned the garments of the nobility and priests.  The Islamic invasions of the Holy Land in the seventh century destroyed these industries.  The Talmud stated the color tekhelet was from a sea snail from the beaches of Israel also, but the actual source was lost long ago.

A professor specializing in ancient dyes has recently identified the source as Murex trunculus, a spiny shellfish once thought extinct.   Th...

February 20, 2017

BIBLICAL PROPHECY (Feb., 2017)​

Judaism and Islam are mutually exclusive.  The heart of the history of the Jews is that Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac, the son promised by God, on Mount Moriah (Genesis 22) while the heart of Islam is that Abraham was to sacrifice Ishmael, Abraham's son by Hagar, the Egyptian handmaid of Sarah, on the Kaaba in Mecca.  They could both be false, but there is no way they could both be true, which, of course, is the heart of the conflict for these sons of Abraham.  This is why peace is impossible in the Middle East.  Someone must give up his religion.  Islam reveres six prophets to include Adam, Noah, Abraham (father of Isaac and also Ishmael, who fathered the Arabs), Moses (a Levite), Jesus (a Jew), and Muhammad.  Their religious teachings include the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) of Moses, the Psalms of David, the gospel of Christ, and the Koran with the Koran having authority because the others were perverted in some way.  They...

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