Monday, May 25, 2009

Pentecost Fire

In 1973 Syria and Egypt launched a surprise attack against Israel on Yom Kippur, their highest holy day, so there is precedence for the Muslims to attack Israel during Jewish holidays. The eight days of Hanukkah began at sundown on December 21, 2008. Three days later the Negev of southern Israel was hit by more than 60 mortar shells and rockets from Iran's proxy in Gaza, so there is precedence for Iran to attack Israel during Jewish holidays. Ancient Iran (Persia) sought to destroy the Jews when queen Esther intervened and king Xerxes turned it into a day the Jews could destroy their enemies (which is celebrated as the holiday called Purim).

Iran and its proxies, Hamas and Hezbollah, have vocalized their desire to annihilate the Jews, and have been lobbing Katusha rockets at Israel for years. On May 18, 2009 PM Netanyahu met with Pres. Obama about Iran's threats. Obama said that within a year he would know if discussions/diplomacy had not worked with Iran, and then would consider sanctions. Sanctions have already failed. The next day Israel's air force held large-scale exercises simulating war with Iran in preparation for the real one. Obama's actions may have emboldened Iran's plans to destroy Israel.

The next Jewish feast is Weeks (Shavuot), which was called Pentecost in Greek, which will begin at sundown on May 28, 2009. It celebrates the day God spoke His Ten Commandment to the Hebrews as fire from Mount Sinai, and was fulfilled the day Christ's disciples (with "cloven tongues like as of fire" on their heads) spoke the wonders of God in various languages to the Jews from many nations in Jerusalem.

Satan wants to be "like the Most High" and often counterfeits His miracles. Satan's proxies in the middle-east are the Sunnis (beast of the sea, Rev. 13), the Shia (beast of the earth), and the Wahhabis (the "whore", Rev. 17).
Revelation 13:11-13 "And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke as a dragon. And he exercises all the power of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he does great wonders, so that he makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men,"
Daniel 8:20 "The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia."

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has consistently stated his goal is to create enough chaos to hasten the reign of the Mahdi, and has asserted that was why he was made president. When asked by the Ayatollah Khamenei, "What if he doesn't come by then [the end of your term]?" Ahmadinejad adamantly replied, "I assure you; I really believe this. He will come soon." [Ahmadinejad: The Secret History of Iran's Radical Leader by Kasra Naji, p.92] Iran will hold presidential elections on June 12, 2009.

North Korea successfully conducted another nuclear test on May 25, 2009, and the CIA didn't have a clue that it had occurred, and had to rely on Russia's confirmation. Hours later, North Korea successfully test-fired three short-range, ground-to-air missiles which could carry nuclear warheads. The CIA was caught off-guard at Iran's revolution in the 1970's, and Obama made it clear the US is in a 'wait and see' stance for the remainder of the year.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Antichrists from tribe of Dan

Jeremiah 8:7-20 "Yes, the stork in the heaven knows her appointed times; and the turtle and the crane and the swallow observe the time of their coming; but my people know not the judgment of the LORD. . . .For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, said the LORD. I will surely consume them, said the LORD: there shall be no grapes on the vine, nor figs on the fig tree, and the leaf shall fade; and the things that I have given them shall pass away from them. . . . We looked for peace, but no good came; and for a time of health, and behold trouble! The snorting of his horses was heard from Dan: the whole land trembled at the sound of the neighing of his strong ones; for they are come, and have devoured the land, and all that is in it; the city, and those that dwell therein. For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, said the LORD. When I would comfort myself against sorrow, my heart is faint in me. Behold the voice of the cry of the daughter of my people because of them that dwell in a far country: Is not the LORD in Zion? is not her king in her? Why have they provoked me to anger with their graven images, and with strange vanities? The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved."

This prophecy was fulfilled when the Babylonian cavalry came through the land of Dan to conquer Judah. Early church fathers like Irenaeus (180 AD) also attributed this passage to a future Antichrist, stating that he would arise from the tribe of Dan which is missing from the twelve tribes sealed in Revelation. Cockatrices referred to enemies whose destructive power could not be counteracted by persuasion or other method.

Current Antichrists

Sayyid Muqtada al-Sadr is a possible candidate for the Antichrist. Sayyid is a title used among the Shia to denote direct descendants from Mohammad. Al-Sadr is a Shia cleric currently studying to be an ayatollah in Iran, but he was born in Baghdad, Iraq in 1973 of Lebanese (Dan's territory) ancestry. In Iraq he established the 60,000 man Mahdi Army whose uniform and flags are black. There is also a Black Banner Sunni army in Iraq. If he is able to combine and attack Jerusalem, it would fulfill several Muslim prophecies regarding their Mahdi (end-time savior). Though Sadr stood down his army in August 2008, in April 2009 he was holding talks with officials in Turkey who then changed the make-up of their cabinet to be pro-Islam.

Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. has genealogical roots to the tribe of Dan on his mother's side, and has possible roots to the tribe of Judah on his father's side. [See] He has consistently voted for late term abortions, partial birth abortions, and infanticide. If he nationalizes health care, as he is already nationalizing banks and auto makers, we will likely see more state sponsored/assisted euthanasia. By "peace" he is setting up America and Israel for more deadly attacks by Muslims. He attended a Muslim school for two years as a child, and during an interview made a verbal slip and referred to "my Muslim faith".

Genesis 49:16-18 "Dan shall judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel. Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that bites the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. I have waited for your salvation, O LORD."
The first sentence could be translated, "Dan shall rule and overshadow his people, united tribes; he will rule as God." 'Serpent' is nachash, a hissing snake, from the verb meaning hiss, or whisper a (magic) spell generally used of enchanters. 'Bites' is nashak, meaning "to strike with a sting (as a serpent); figuratively, to oppress with interest on a loan: - bite, lend upon usury." The word 'adder' is shephiphon, which is nowhere else in the Bible. It was translated in the Vulgate as 'cerastes'. According to Clarke's Bible Commentary, the "cerastes has its name from two little horns upon its head, and is remarkable for the property here ascribed to the shephiphon." The root of the last word is shuph which means to bruise, and the word 'heels', are also used in Gen. 3:15 referring to satan, the serpent. 'Backward' can also mean behind or the West. The last sentence has three Hebrew words: qavah yeshua yehovah, which can be translated binding or twisting Jesus, God.
This prophecy indicates we may be looking for two leaders to arise from the tribe of Dan which are deceptive talkers who seek to destroy the West. Interestingly, the "son of perdition (apoleia)" means the waste or destruction of vessels or money, according to Thayer. President Obama has certainly been wasting billions of dollars in his first hundred days in office, as well as destroying the value of the dollar. Many people already call Obama a messiah (which he has never denied), and the world seems to adore him. 'Little horn' is the name Daniel used for a future Antichrist.

Daniel 8:23-25 "And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors are come to the full, a king of fierce countenance, and understanding dark sentences, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power: and he shall destroy wonderfully, and shall prosper, and practice, and shall destroy the mighty and the holy people. And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand." America's Road Map and two-state "peace" plan for Israel have already caused the death and destruction of many Jews in Israel. We have forced them to give land to their enemies who then launch rockets at their civilians.

Deuteronomy 28:49-51a "The LORD shall bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand; A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young: And he shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your land, until you be destroyed:" Though this was true of the Roman legions who had eagles on their standards as they attacked Israel and destroyed Jerusalem, it is also true of America which has legalized euthanasia in several states, and has legalized abortion nationally, and is again promoting it internationally as well.

Who will declare himself to be god on the Temple Mount (2 Thess. 2:1-12)? Jesus commanded His disciples to pray that the "abomination of desolation" (Matthew 24:15-22) wouldn't take place on the sabbath or during winter. That means the date of declaration of deity is not set. Personally, I think it will occur next year after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq in August, 2010.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Three Angelic Announcements

And I saw another angel fly in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:6-12)

The first angelic announcement is the everlasting gospel with a loud voice to the whole world from mid-air, imploring them to revere and glorify Creator God for His judgment is coming. Using a direct broadcast satellite, SkyAngel went on the air on December 10, 1996 with six television channels and three radio channels. God may have sent an angel, or earthly messengers called missionaries, to proclaim the gospel to those people groups which do not have radio and television.
The second angelic announcement is the fall of the great city Babylon. The capital city of Baghdad is located roughly fifty miles north of the ancient ruins of Babylon in Iraq. Saddam Hussein likened himself to Nebuchadnezzar, and had a desire to be the head of a new Babylonian empire. Training of the 9/11/01 Saudi hijackers was linked to Iraq. People from over 90 nations were killed in that attack. A coalition of nations led by the US attacked Iraq. With "shock and awe" from April 3-12, 2003, Baghdad was subdued.
The third angelic announcement is a warning against worshiping the beast or receiving the mark of the beast or its image. The beast is Islam; it's image is a crescent moon. The Antichrist will arise to lead the Muslims in their take-over of the world. He will declare himself to be god on the Temple Mount and cause many Jews and Christians to be killed. I suspect this will occur before the trumpets and vials.