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Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Times of the Gentiles



THE TIMES OF THE GENTILES

Matthew 24 & Luke 21
The 24th chapter of the gospel of Matthew, and its parallel Luke 21, have several varying interpretations and understandings around the internet and beyond.  Some so-called Bible scholars view the entire chapter as a future event and others claim that all  content was fulfilled by the Roman army’s destruction of Jerusalem including the temple in 70 AD.  However, it may be that both views are incorrect in some ways and correct in others.  A parallel passage to Matthew 24 found in Mark 21 sometimes gives more and different information and insights not found in Matthew 24.  It can be said that most Darby-Scofield dispensational types seem to prefer Matthew 24 over Luke 21 since it appears to focus more on a futurist view or can be bent in that direction.

In verse 2 Jesus tells the disciples, after bragging about the temple, that not one stone will be left on another concerning the temple.  The disciples, not understanding the timeline of the temple destruction and the end of the age ask Jesus a question that integrates both scenarios, “"Tell us, when will these things happen? And what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?"  The answer of Jesus, as indicated in the narrative of the gospel of Matthew, doesn’t appear to inform the disciples about the different timings of the two questions.  However, in the parallel passage in Luke 21:7, the question the disciples ask only refers to the temple and not the end of the age although information about the end of the age is given toward the close of the chapter.

Within the next few verses, Jesus warns of false prophets, false Christs, wars, rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, plagues, Luke speaks of terrifying sights and great signs from heaven, and both speak of the vast betrayal and persecution of believers.  It should be noted that the word “earthquake” has a dual meaning in scripture.  It can refer to an actual ground moving event or it can be used in a metaphoric manner to describe turmoil or upheaval in politics, religion, or economics.

All the events described in the previous paragraph have occurred throughout history, sometimes more frequently than other times.  The persecution of Christian believers appears to have taken an upsurge within the past few years with MSNBC claiming that Christianity is a mental illness as well as many believers being killed in Africa and Arab countries.  The Bible and scripture verses have been taken out of schools and the majority of public places.

Matthew 24:15 speaks of the “abomination of desolation standing in the Holy place” and Luke 21:20 only speaks of Jerusalem surrounded by armies.  These two passages appear to be about the same event although there was no obvious appearance of an abomination of desolation given in history books unless it was merely the Roman soldiers entering the temple.  This has led many in the future group to claim this verse is referring to the so-called “antichrist” during the so-called tribulation period (which will be dealt with later).  The next few verses, in both accounts, are giving instructions to Jerusalem inhabitants to escape or avoid the invasion by the Roman soldiers.  Based on this passage, it is said that many Christians left the Jerusalem area when an invasion became apparent.

The Times of the Gentiles
Of the two gospels currently being used, Luke 21:24 has the only mention of the phrase, “Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles (the nations) until the times of the Gentiles (the nations) are fulfilled”.  As punishment (the law of tribulation) for idolatry, Jerusalem/Judea/Canaan was to be ruled and occupied by the beast nations which refers to the length of time in which the beast nations of Daniel 2, 7, and 8 are given dominion in the earth or specifically the land of Judah.  Out of the fourth beast (Roman Empire) listed in Daniel 7, grows a “little horn” which uproots three of the original ten horns (i.e. acquires territory as a governmental Empire).  This little horn is an extension of the Roman fourth beast and consists of the Holy Roman Church or Empire which gained power during the fall of the western half of the Roman Empire.  For more information concerning the beast system, without having to repeat in this article, please refer to The Beast System  and/or Vatican Watch Dates.

The little horn extension is the sea beast seen by John in Revelation 13.  This Rev 13 beast rises from the sea as did the four beasts viewed by Daniel in Dan 7.  That is why this little horn beast is a system of government and not a single “antichrist” type of person.  This little horn beast is a composite of the first three beasts: like a leopard; feet of a beat; and a lion’s mouth.  Note that the dragon gave the beast his power, his throne, and great authority to rule.

Revelation 13:1-2 NET Then I saw a beast coming up out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, and on its horns were ten diadem crowns, and on its heads a blasphemous name. (2) Now the beast that I saw was like a leopard, but its feet were like a bear's, and its mouth was like a lion's mouth. The dragon gave the beast his power, his throne, and great authority to rule.

The next beast, the earth beast or the false prophet, is not a governmental system but a controlling entity that oversees the finances of the sea beast.  The sea beast is allowed to continue their church/government role while being controlled, in the background, by the earth beast.  The two beasts, one a religious empire and the other a monetary entity, become combined with each other although there is reciprocal hatred.

The “times of the gentiles (nations) began when God raised up Babylon to bring judgment upon Judah and Jerusalem in 607-604 B.C. The divine law specified “seven times,” or 2,520 years.  This figure is acquired by the multiplication of 360 (days of a prophetic year) by 7, which is the maximum number of God’s judgement.  The laws of tribulation may be found in Deuteronomy 28.

When exactly did the “times of the gentiles” begin?  Scripture does not give us the precise year when the divine court sold Jerusalem to the king of Babylon. It may have been as early as 612 BC, when the Babylonian army captured Nineveh, the capital of the Assyrian Empire. It may also have been 607 B.C. when they were first organized into a Babylonian Empire from a political standpoint. Or it may have been in 604 when the Babylonian army actually took the city of Jerusalem.

Thus, we have three potential start dates:  612 BC; 607 BC; and 604 BC.  Dr. Stephen Jones claims that all three dates are important in determining the endpoint of the beast system’s Dominion Mandate.  2,520 years from each date ends with 1909, 1914, and 1917.  However, Jerusalem gained independence during the final century of the Greek Empires dominion due to the atrocities of Antiochus Epiphanes and the valor of the Maccabees.  This century had to be restored to the beast nations to properly fulfill the law or tribulation which gives us the end dates of:  2009; 2014; and 2017 AD.  The extension is an important aspect that many people fail to understand.

The year 2017 was exactly a century after General Allenby took Jerusalem from the Ottoman Empire in December 1917.  Recall that on September 23, 2017 the heavens portrayed the picture given in Revelation 12:1. The sun will be in Virgo, the Virgin, with the moon under her feet. She will be crowned by Venus, Mercury, and Mars positioned over her head. This was also reminiscent of the signs prior to Jesus’ birth.  For more information see Signs in the Heavens.

It can justifiably be said that we are in the last years or days of the “times of the Gentiles.” Insofar as Jerusalem is concerned, we know that the city has been trampled down by various manifestations of the beast nations since 604 B.C. when they first occupied the city. Dating from that event, 2,520 plus 100 years brings us to 2017 and we are now into 2018 with the falling of Mystery, Babylon (although it currently appears to be much slower than expected, but who knows other than God).

The Days of Noah
Matthew 24:36-42 and Luke 21:25-28 appear to be answering the last part of the disciple’s question in Matthew 24:2 (i.e. “what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?")

Luke 21:25-27 NET "And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth nations will be in distress, anxious over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves. (26) People will be fainting from fear and from the expectation of what is coming on the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (27) Then they will see the Son of Man arriving in a cloud with power and great glory.

There will be heavenly signs as in September 2017.  Many nations are in some type of distress i.e. the Middle East wars involving Israel, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Russia, China, and the USA.  There is also the inane Russian collusion debacle in the USA.  Migrants invading Europe and etc.

Anxiety over the roaring of the sea and the surging waves is metaphorically speaking of civil unrest and despair.

As for the phrase, “For just like the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be” of Matthew 24:37 has a simple explanation if the verse is not taken out of context.  The previous verse states, “But as for that day and hour no one knows it — not even the angels in heaven — except the Father alone.   Thus like the people in Noah’s day, “People were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark”.  In other words, it was business as usual although they had been warned.

Many prognosticators and fear-mongers like Tom Horn of SkyWatchTV interpret “like the days of Noah” as an invasion of Watchers, Nephilim, and giants.

The Fig Tree Parable
Luke 21:29 relates a parable of a fig tree, with the fig tree representing Jews, Judah, Edomites, or Khazarians.  Matthew 21:19 related another account of a fig tree that Jesus cursed because it had no fruit and declared that it (fig tree or Judah) would never have any fruit.

Matthew 21:19 NET After noticing a fig tree by the road he went to it, but found nothing on it except leaves. He said to it, "Never again will there be fruit from you!" And the fig tree withered at once.

It can be seen that the fig tree parable is about Jerusalem and the nation of Judah, which is symbolized by the fig tree. The tree was cursed because it bore leaves but no fruit.  Fig leaves represent self-justification, as opposed to being justified by faith in the blood of the Lamb.  Adam and Eve covered themselves with fig leaves which represented a false covering for their sin.  The nation of Judah (or Judea) as a whole rejected the Lamb of God and had no faith in His blood sacrifice. They continued to sacrifice animals for the covering of sin instead of applying the blood of Jesus. So several days prior to the end of Jesus’ ministry, He laid a curse on the fig tree, representing the nation of Judah, saying, “No longer shall there ever be any fruit from you.”  Later Jesus related to the disciples another aspect about the fig tree, telling them, in effect, that it would come back to life after withering away. It would again bear leaves near the end of the age but would not bear fruit.

Today’s nation of Israel could be considered inhabited by Judeans and Edomites (with the Khazarians running the show).  Although some individual Jews have become Christian believers, the nation of Israel will never bear fruit.  If they do then the words of Jesus are wrong and He would be a false prophet.

As reported by John the Baptist a tree (a person or group of people) not producing fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire (i.e. the “lake of fire” or the corrective judgment of God occurring at the end of the Millennium).

Luke 3:9 NET Even now the ax is laid at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire."

Jesus examined the people of Judea for three years and below is His final response.

Luke 13:6-7 NET Then Jesus told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. (7) So he said to the worker who tended the vineyard, 'For three years now, I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and each time I inspect it I find none. Cut it down! Why should it continue to deplete the soil?'

The fulfillment of Luke 19:43-44 (scripture given below) partially occurred with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by the Roman military.  However, Jerusalem was rebuilt, and because the Jewish nation came back to life as the revived fig tree, the final fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy remains for the near future.

Luke 19:41-44 NET Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, he wept over it, (42) saying, "If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. (43) For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. (44) They will demolish you -- you and your children within your walls -- and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God."

This Generation
“Learn this parable from the fig tree”.  The fig tree is Judah or Judea that is today represented by the nation of Israel.  The nation has sprouted many leaves which means that summer or the end of the age is near.  “This generation will not pass away until all these things take place”.

The United Nations passed the Palestinian Resolution on November 29, 1947, and the state was established on May 14, 1948.  If a generation is considered to be 70 years then 2017-2018, which is now, should be the time of the destruction of Jerusalem not the so-called pre-tribulational rapture as the Darby-Scofield group believes.

Matthew 24:32-34 NET "Learn this parable from the fig tree: Whenever its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. (33) So also you, when you see all these things, know that he is near, right at the door. (34) I tell you the truth, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Who Is Your Mother? - Israeli Air Strikes



WHO IS YOUR MOTHER? – ISRAELI AIR STRIKES

Who is your mother?  As emphasized by Paul in Galatians 4:22-31, Abraham had two sons, the first named Ishmael and his mother was the slave woman named Hagar.  The second son, who was of the Promise, was named Isaac and his mother was the free woman named Sarah.

Paul tells us in plain language that he was speaking allegorically, and not literally. Hagar is the Old Covenant, corresponding to both Mount Sinai and Jerusalem. Sarah is the New Covenant, corresponding to the Jerusalem that is above i.e. the New Jerusalem.

That is, the "children" of the physical city of Jerusalem are those who remain bound by the Old Covenant, but the "children" of the heavenly Jerusalem are set free by the New Covenant. Judaism, then, can only produce Ishmaels, children of the bondwoman, born according to the flesh. True Christianity, on the other hand, can only produce Isaacs, the "children of promise" (4:28).

Galatians 4:22-31 NET For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. (23) But one, the son by the slave woman, was born by natural descent, while the other, the son by the free woman, was born through the promise. (24) These things may be treated as an allegory, for these women represent two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai bearing children for slavery; this is Hagar. (25) Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. (26) But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother. (27) For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren woman who does not bear children; break forth and shout, you who have no birth pains, because the children of the desolate woman are more numerous than those of the woman who has a husband." (28) But you, brothers and sisters, are children of the promise like Isaac. (29) But just as at that time the one born by natural descent persecuted the one born according to the Spirit, so it is now. (30) But what does the scripture say? "Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son" of the free woman. (31) Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.

What groups of people are bound by the Old Covenant and the physical city of Jerusalem?  Definitely the Israeli’s referring to themselves as Jews and the additional Zionist Jews around the world.  The Zionist Christians can also be added to this list, particularly John Hagee and his like-minded followers.

The problem comes when Christians, who are supposed to be children of Sarah, revert back to the fleshly claims of Ishmael. Such Christians become children of the bondwoman, Hagar. In essence, they claim to be of Sarah, but their beliefs and practices show that they really desire to be of Hagar instead.

Because there are two Jerusalems, one physical and the other heavenly, Christians are called upon to choose their mother. They may either claim Hagar or Sarah. In the early Church this was one of the key issues that threatened to divide the Church. And Paul was in the midst of that dispute.

The book of Hebrews shows us how to move from the old way to the new. In fact, it was even called "Hebrews," because a Hebrew literally means an immigrant, one who crosses over to another place. It shows us that God replaced the Levitical priesthood with a new order called the Melchizedek Order (Heb. 5:10), of which Jesus, who was of the tribe of Judah, became the High Priest. If Levi still had the priestly calling, then Jesus was not qualified to be its high priest.

Hebrews 5:10 NET and he was designated by God as high priest in the order of Melchizedek.

The New Covenant replaced the Old Covenant, in the mind of God. The Old had been broken, as Jeremiah had prophesied, and so the people needed a better covenant.  This New Covenant came through the heavenly Jerusalem, not the physical city.

When men try to fuse the two cities and the two covenants, they are attempting to claim both Sarah and Hagar as their mother. This cannot be done, for in the end, no man can have two mothers. God does not recognize Judeo-Christianity any more than He would recognize a son of Hagar-Sarah. To become a Christian, one must renounce Judaism and leave Hagar.

In the past 150 years we have witnessed a growing "messianic" movement that has brought Hagar back into contention as the mother of us all. Teachers have arisen, telling us that Jerusalem will soon become the mother of the Kingdom in the Age to come. They say that a new physical temple will be rebuilt there, and that Jesus will rule the earth from that location. They say that Levitical priests will be called once again to offer animal sacrifices. Many have reverted to the idea that Christians ought to practice Judaism and only add Jesus to the old religion.

Galatians 4:30-31  But what does the scripture say? "Throw out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman will not share the inheritance with the son" of the free woman. (31) Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman but of the free woman.

God first cast out the bondwoman in 70 A.D. He is preparing to do so again today. The destruction of Jerusalem was prophesied in Jer. 19:10-11 and described as a nuclear war in Isaiah 29:5-6. Why is such destruction necessary? Because Christians have brought Hagar back and claimed her as their mother. Or, more properly, Christians have claimed to have two mothers. They have appealed to God and set forth their case before the Divine Court.

God will indeed make a ruling. His ruling will not be different from His previous ruling in 70 A.D. Hagar is NOT the mother of the Kingdom, nor can she ever be the mother of the inheritors in Christ. The Old Jerusalem is NOT the New Jerusalem. The old Levitical order will never replace the Melchizedek Order, whose high priest is Jesus Christ. Animal sacrifices will never replace the one true Sacrifice which Jesus made on the cross.

We will NOT go back to Egypt, even if that is the carnal tendency of Christians today. The book of Hebrews makes it clear that all of these old religious forms under the Old Covenant have been replaced by something better under the New. Modern Christians ought not to disagree with the book of Hebrews and attempt to revert back to the old forms found in Judaism. If Jews wish to remain as spiritual Ishmaelites, that is their business, and I will respect that, but Christians have little or no excuse.

In fact, these Zionist Christians are a primary reason God must destroy Jerusalem once again (but not the only reason).

Jeremiah 19 prophesizes of the destruction of Jerusalem.  Some claim it has already been fulfilled and it has – first by the Babylonians and then by the Romans.  Each time it has been rebuilt.  However, the third future time it is destroyed will be the final time.

Jeremiah 19:10-11 NET The LORD continued, "Now break the jar in front of those who have come here with you. (11) Tell them the LORD who rules over all says, 'I will do just as Jeremiah has done. I will smash this nation and this city as though it were a potter's vessel which is broken beyond repair. The dead will be buried here in Topheth (Gehenna) until there is no more room to bury them.'

Isaiah 29 appears to indicate that Jerusalem and the surrounding areas will be destroyed by a nuclear hit.  The nuclear perpetrator is unknown although Saudi Arabia has been guessed as the culprit.

ISRAELI AIR STRIKES ON SYRIA

The following articles pertaining to the recent Syrian air strikes by Israel may either be considered as true news or fake news.  It can be assumed that new weaponry and equipment transferred to Syria by Russia may prove that Israel is lying and VT is telling the truth.  If the VT claims are true then Israel may be in a tight spot and their ruthlessness may soon be called out and eliminated.

It can be said that Israel should have been satisfied, at some point, with their land acquisitions and call a halt to their Palestinian harassment.  It appears, however, that enough is never enough for the so-called Jews and their endgame must ultimately be eliminated.

Mystery Babylon is being dismantled, much slower than I originally anticipated.  Mr. Trump is draining the DC swamp, but again, much slower than I anticipated.  Although I am not in favor of anyone being killed, the destruction of Jerusalem would be an intense game changer for the world, the Arabs, and the DC swamp which is largely controlled by Zionist Jews and Zionist Christians.

Veteran’s Today    We have all heard the official narrative of the Israeli airstrike on Syria now, thanks to the ever-compliant MSM; an Iranian drone, controlled from a Syrian airbase, violated Israeli airspace so the Israeli airforce struck the Iranian control centre, destroying it and sending a stark message to Damascus and Tehran not to mess with Israel, even if it is a single, unarmed drone.

BBC News
Israeli air strikes against Syria 'biggest since 1982'
Israel says it has inflicted huge damage on Syrian air defences after one of its fighter jets was brought down during a raid over Syria.

The response was the "most significant attack" of its kind against Syria since the 1982 Lebanon war, said senior Israeli air force general Tomer Bar.

The F-16 jet went down during a mission that followed an Iranian drone launch into Israeli territory, Israel says.

The two pilots parachuted to safety before the crash in northern Israel.
Israel says it responded with a second wave of strikes on both Syrian and Iranian military targets operating inside Syria.

Israeli air strikes in Syria are not unusual, BBC Middle East correspondent Tom Bateman says, but the loss of an Israeli fighter jet marks a serious escalation.


Huffington Post
Israel Launches Heavy Air Strikes On Syria After Fighter Jet Crashes


JERUSALEM/BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel launched heavy air strikes in Syria on Saturday, saying it hit air defenses and Iranian targets, and the Syrian army claimed to have brought down an Israeli F-16 that crashed in northern Israel in a major escalation of tension.

The Israeli military said early assessments indicated the jet had been shot down by Syrian fire, but this was still unconfirmed.

Israel’s air force has targeted Syrian military and Hezbollah targets in Syria on an almost regular basis, but its attacks on Saturday appeared to be the most intense yet.

Referring to the downed Israeli F-16, an official in the pro-Assad alliance said a “message” had been delivered to Israel. “I do not believe matters will develop to a regional war,” the official said.

Veteran’s Today    However, in the last 2 hours, information from sources on the ground inside Syria paint a very different picture of events.

They report that the Israeli airstrike was a complete failure, that Syrian loses are very minimal with the only notable damage being a large explosion at a mortar depot near Damascus.

The Israeli airstrike was unable to penetrate far into Syrian airspace as the Israeli ECM systems failed to counter the Syrian radars, resulting in most Israeli warplanes dropping their weapon loads harmlessly over southern Syria due to the heavy fire from the Syrian Air Defenses.

The huge failure of the Israeli air strike, forced Tel-Aviv to launch another attack, that also failed ignominiously.

In short, the Israeli strike force dropped their encumbering load of bombs and got the hell out of there, at least two of their number were hit and one of them subsequently crashed in Israel, the pilots surviving but very badly injured.
Contrary to the Israeli claims of having destroyed the ‘Iranian control system’ that they claim guided a drone into Israeli airspace, no ‘Iranian control system’ was hit at the T4 airbase, the vehicle that was hit was an empty, abandoned caravan.

Veteran’s Today - Editor’s note: Yesterday, Gordon (Duff) and I (Ian Greenhalgh) reported what the world’s media knows but will not say – that the Israeli airstrikes on Syria were a complete failure where no targets were hit and the Israeli planes failed to breach the Syrian air defences, rather, they flew straight into a hail of fire, shit themselves and dropped their bombs so they could make a run for the safety of Israeli airspace – they could run much faster without the encumbrance of heavy weapons loads.

The official line has the Israelis hitting a dozen targets and destroying Iranian and Syrian assets, all a lie; a desperate and pathetic attempt to prop up the ailing Netanyahu regime as it teeters on the brink of collapse due to the criminal investigations into Netanyahu and his wife which are drawing ever closer to the point of arresting and impeaching the Israeli leader.

Sputnik

The Iranian security chief has commented on the Israeli airstrikes in Syria on February 10, which triggered retaliatory fire from Syrian air defense.

“The Syrian nation proved this time that it will respond to any act of aggression, as the era of hit and run is over,” Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council told reporters in Tehran on Sunday, speaking on the sidelines of rallies marking the victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran.

The official went on by responding to Israel’s Defense Forces’ report of attacks against “additional Iranian targets in Syria,” referring to an alleged Iranian drone in the area.
“The claim by the Zionists (that they have carried out sorties) to damage Iranian bases in Syria is a lie,” Ali Shamkhani stated, adding that Iran had an “advisory, not a military presence” in Syria, the security official reiterated, denying Israeli allegations that its warplanes had scrambled in reaction to an Iranian drone.

Shamkhani explained that no forces would fly military jets to hit a drone.