Friday, December 28, 2012

Jubilee Years in History

A Jubilee is celebrated on the 50th year according to Leviticus 25:8-13 which is announced on Yom Kippur (10th of Tishri) with the blowing of the silver trumpets to release the land and its people from all indebtedness. The 48th year must have been an abundant crop so as to sustain the people through the next two years of not sowing the land and again through to the harvest of the year after the jubilee. After the seventh sabbath (49th) year, the Hebrews were commanded to celebrate another special sabbath year called the year of jubilee. Any lands that had been sold were returned to the original owner or the ownership of their tribesmen. Those who had sold themselves into slavery were freed. All debts were canceled. All farmers took another 'sabbatical' from working the fields.
And you shall number seven sabbaths of years to you, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven sabbaths of years shall be to you forty and nine years. Then shall you cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the day of atonement shall you make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee to you; and you shall return every man to his possession, and you shall return every man to his family. A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be to you: you shall not sow, neither reap that which grows of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of your vine undressed.
(Leviticus 25:8-11)
There was no sowing during the jubilee year so it can not be counted as the first of the next set of seven years. The year after the jubilee year was the first year in the next set of seven.

Starting Year for Counting Jubilees

After years of research, I agree with Ussher's dating of Adam and Eve's creation on Tishri 1 of 4004 BC. The ages in which sons were born in Genesis 5 provide the year of the flood (2348 BC), and in Genesis 11 provide a chronology to Abram's birth year (1996 BC). Based on other Scriptures, the year of the exodus can be determined (1491 BC) which began on the first Passover (Nisan 15) with the crossing of the Red Sea seven days later on what would be called the Feast of First Fruits (Nisan 21).

The Israelites had a combined lunar-solar calendar which maintained the patterns of the seven-day week with a sabbath, and the forty-year generation. A 13th month of thirty days every six years until reaching the 36th year when the extra month was added to the 40th year. Thus it is likely Moses died on the first day of the thirteenth month of a leap year, and they mourned him for thirty days. Every forty years this ancient Hebrew 360-day calendar (360 calendar) reset to the original start day of the week, and it was in sync with the modern 365.25-day calendar. Their religious calendar began in the Spring with the first month of Nisan, and their civil calendar began in the seventh month of Tishri.

The day the children of Israel crossed the Jordan river and were circumcised was the tenth day of the first month (Nisan); the day they were to select a lamb for the Passover to be eaten on the fifteenth, a full moon. Miraculously all of the men were healed by then (as it usually takes a week to heal), and none of their enemies came upon them for fear of God (Joshua 5:1, 8-10). Seven days later Jericho's walls fell on the Feast of First Fruits, forty years to the day of the crossing of the Red Sea when YHWH destroyed Israel's slave-owners, the Egyptian army. So the Hebrews entered the Promised Land in Nisan of 1451 BC, a spiritual victory; but the civil year and counting of jubilees would be counted from the fall of 1452 BC of the Hebrew year 1452/1451 BC.  That Moses and the Israelites were already considering the jubilee count in Fall of 1452 BC could be construed from the dialogue between Moses and the daughters of Zelophehad:
  "And when the jubilee of the children of Israel shall be, then will their inheritance be added unto the inheritance of the tribe whereunto they shall belong: so will their inheritance be taken away from the inheritance of the tribe of our fathers. And Moses commanded the children of Israel according to the word of Jehovah, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph speaketh right. This is the thing which Jehovah doth command concerning the daughters of Zelophehad, saying, Let them be married to whom they think best; only into the family of the tribe of their father shall they be married. . . . These are the commandments and the ordinances which Jehovah commanded by Moses unto the children of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho."  (Numbers 36:4-6, 13)

Joshua Warred a "Long Time," and Caleb's Age  at Wars' End

"Joshua made war a long time with all those kings.  . . . So Joshua took the whole land, according to all that the LORD said to Moses; and Joshua gave it for an inheritance to Israel according to their divisions by their tribes. And the land rested from war."  (Joshua 11:18+23)
"And now, behold, the LORD has kept me alive, as he said, these forty and five years, even since the LORD spoke this word to Moses, while the children of Israel wandered in the wilderness: and now, see, I am this day fourscore and five years old. . . And the land had rest from war. " (Joshua 14:10+15)
Two years and two months after the exodus (Num 10:11-12) and another five weeks to get to Paran after burying the dead (Num. 11) comes to July of 1449 BC, when Caleb was forty years old and sent from Kadesh-barnea by Moses to search out the land of Canaan.  At the end of Joshua's wars in Canaan, Caleb was eighty-five years old (compare Jos. 14:10 with Num. 13:3-16, and Deut. 1:36); consequently the war ended by July or August of 1944 BC.  Joshua's wars began with the destruction of Jericho on (April) Nisan 21 in 1451 BC, so April to the end of August is five months plus the six Tishri years of 1451/1450 to 1454/1444 possibly ending in August comes to six years and six months of war.  Therefore, the land of Israel's first year of sabbath rest was (September) Tishri 1444/1443 BC; it was there seventh year in the land promised to them by their Deliverer. 

Parallels of Solomon's Temple and the Temple of Jesus' Body

Solomon's Temple construction began in the second month Zif in 1011 BC of his fourth regnal year 1012/1011 (1 Kings 6:1), and it ended in the seventh month Tishri in 1003 BC of Sabbath year 1003/1002.

Fall, 1004 Temple completed in the eighth month; furnishings 
(I Kings 7:40-50)
Fall, 1003 Temple dedicated in the seventh month during
Feast of Tabernacles
Fall, 1002 Ninth Jubilee began in the fall
 1452 - (9 X 50) = 1002

Hanukkah, 4 BC Jesus conceived (see video)
Tishri 1, 3 BC Jesus born 1000 years after Temple's dedication (hanukkah)
            Christ “tabernacled with us” (John 1:14), and referred to His body as a temple (John 2:19).  
      Hanukkah, 2 BC Wise men gave gifts to King Jesus on 29th Jubilee year.

   The Jubilee year of 2 BC was followed by the first year of the next seven of Sabbath years. Because there is no year zero, the next Sabbath year was 6 AD, so the 30th Jubilee year was 49 AD.

     BC 3   2  1  1  2  3  4  5  6 AD
count 49 50  1  2  3  4  5  6  7

   Therefore 1999 – 2000 AD was the 69th Jubilee year. From 1996-2000 AD the sign of "Virgo birthing the moon" (Rev. 12:1-2) occurred each fall like it did on Tishri 1, 3 BC; and many sought the Lord's return in 2000 AD. I don't recall any Scriptures which state Messiah will return during a jubilee year. By my calculations the 70th jubilee will be 2049-2050 AD, which I hope will be during Christ's millennial reign.

History of Intertestamental Sabbath Years

Herod the Great Captured Jerusalem 37 BC

Herod's brother Joseph was killed in his attempt to capture Jericho and its summer harvest in 38 BC. Herod heard the news and began attacking through Gallilean cities in his attempt to bring vengeance upon those in Jericho, but he was stopped by a “great storm” (Antiquities of the Jews XIV:15:11) according to Josephus “for a few days' time” (Wars of the Jews I:17:1-3); the storm was likely the kind of mini-hurricane often associated with the Sea of Galilee. As soon as his army could travel, Herod made haste to take Jericho. They captured Jericho, and burnt five little cities to the ground. “. . . upon the confidence of which victory, Herod had marched immediately to Jerusalem, unless he tad been hindered by the depth of winter's [coming on].” (Wars of the Jews I:17:6) Then they laid siege to Jerusalem for five months, and during this time Herod went to Samaria and married Mariamne (Antiquities of the Jews XIV:15:14). Herod rejoined his men in Spring, and by Summer his men broke through Jerusalem's wall and slaughtered many of the people (Wars of the Jews I:18:1-2). Herod stopped their slaughter and raiding, and gave his soldiers rewards from his own purse. Herod's capture of Jerusalem was in the Tishri-Tishri year 38/37 BC, which was the second sabbath year (14th year) from the jubilee year of Tishri 52/51 BC.

They also erected new works when the former were ruined, and making mines underground, they met each other, and fought there; and making use of brutish courage rather than of prudent valor, they persisted in this war to the very last; and this they did while a mighty army lay round about them, and while they were distressed by famine and the want of necessaries, for this happened to be a Sabbatic year. The first that scaled the walls were twenty chosen men, the next were Sosius's centurions; for the first wall was taken in forty days, and the second in fifteen more, when some of the cloisters that were about the temple were burnt, which Herod gave out to have been burnt by Antigonus, in order to expose him to the hatred of the Jews. And when the outer court of the temple and the lower city were taken, the Jews fled into the inner court of the temple, and into the upper city; but now fearing lest the Romans should hinder them from offering their daily sacrifices to God, they sent an embassage, and desired that they would only permit them to bring in beasts for sacrifices, which Herod granted, hoping they were going to yield; but when he saw that they did nothing of what he supposed, but bitterly opposed him, in order to preserve the kingdom to Antigonus, he made an assault upon the city, and took it by storm;” (Antiquities of the Jews XIV:16:2)

Jubilee and sabbath years backwards from magi's Hanukkah

Joshua entered into Canaan in the Spring of 1451 BC which was part of the Tishri year 1452-1451 BC, so I count jubilee years every 50 years from Tishri year 1452/1451 BC.
2 BC was the 29th jubilee from Joshua's entrance into Canaan.
3 BC was the 7th sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
10 BC was the 6th sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
17 BC was the 5th sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
24 BC was the 4th sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
31 BC was the 3rd sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
38 BC was the 2nd sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
45 BC was the 1st sabbath year from the 28th jubilee of the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
52-51 BC was the 28th jubilee from the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
53 BC seventh sabbath
60 BC sixth sabbath
67 BC fifth sabbath
74 BC fourth sabbath
81 BC third sabbath
88 BC second sabbath
95 BC first sabbath
102-101 BC was 27th jubilee from the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
103 BC seventh sabbath
110 BC sixth sabbath
117 BC fifth sabbath
124 BC fourth sabbath
131 BC third sabbath
138 BC second sabbath
145 BC first sabbath
152-151 BC was 26th jubilee from the Tishri year 52-51 BC.
153 BC seventh sabbath
160 BC sixth sabbath
167 BC fifth sabbath
174 BC fourth sabbath
181 BC third sabbath
188 BC second sabbath
195 BC first sabbath
202-201 BC was 25th jubilee from the Tishri year 52-51 BC.


The Maccabees fought against Syria and their mercenary troops from 167-160 BC. A list of dates for the battles is at wikipedia. The Maccabees had retaken Beth Zur and Jerusalem in 164 BC when Antiochus IV died, but his generals fought back to retake the cities again.
I Maccabees 6:44-63 "And Eleazar the son of Saura saw one of the beasts harnessed with the king's harness: and it was higher than the other beasts: and it seemed to him that the king was on it: And he exposed himself to deliver his people and to get himself an everlasting name. And he ran up to it boldly in the midst of the legion, killing on the right hand, and on the left, and they fell by him on this side and that side. And he went between the feet of the elephant, and put himself under it: and slew it, and it fell to the ground upon him, and he died there. Then they seeing the strength of the king and the fierceness of his army, turned away from them. But the king's army went up against them to Jerusalem: and the king's army pitched their tents against Judea and mount Sion. And he made peace with them that were in Bethsura: and they came forth out of the city, because they had no victuals, being shut up there, for it was the year of rest to the land. And the king took Bethsura: and he placed there a garrison to keep it. And he turned his army against the sanctuary for many days: and he set up there battering slings, and engines and instruments to cast fire, and engines to cast stones and javelins, and pieces to shoot arrows, and slings. And they also made engines against their engines, and they fought for many days. But there were no victuals in the city, because it was the seventh year: and such as had stayed in Judea of them that came from among the nations, had eaten the residue of all that which had been stored up. And there remained in the holy places but a few, for the famine had prevailed over them: and they were dispersed every man to his own place. Now Lysias heard that Philip, whom king Antiochus while he lived had appointed to bring up his son Antiochus, and to reign, to be king, Was returned from Persia, and Media, with the army that went with him, and that he sought to take upon him the affairs of the kingdom: Wherefore he made haste to go, and say to the king and to the captains of the army: We decay daily, and our provision of victuals is small, and the place that we lay siege to is strong, and it lieth upon us to take order for the affairs of the kingdom. Now therefore let us come to an agreement with these men, and make peace with them and with all their nation. And let us covenant with them, that they may live according to their own laws as before. For because of our despising their laws, they have been provoked, and have done all these things. And the proposal was acceptable in the sight of the king, and of the princes: and he sent to them to make peace: and they accepted of it. And the king and the princes swore to them: and they came out of the stronghold. Then the king entered into mount Sion, and saw the strength of the place: and he quickly broke the oath that he had taken, and gave commandment to throw down the wall round about. And he departed in haste, and returned to Antioch, where he found Philip master of the city: and he fought against him, and took the city."

Eleazar died in the Battle of Beth Zechariah in 163/162 BC, so the sabbath year when Lysias could find no food in Jerusalem was most likely 160/159 BC.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Learning from Athens

From Athens the USA gleaned the “one man, one vote” concept for government and the legal courts.

During the Persian Wars, an ambassador from Persia came to Athens to determine if the city would willingly subject themselves or fight to remain free. After heated discussion among the male Athenian land owners, each man put a stone into the pot: white to fight, and black to submit. They chose to fight for their freedom, and they also chose to ally themselves with their old enemies in Sparta to do so. As the great city-states of Greece combined, they were able to defeat the overwhelming forces of Xerxes I in 479 BC. Bas-relief squares along the top of the Parthenon depicted the victory.

The American people voted for president Obama fully knowing of his laws and goals for “morning after pills” and abortion. To me that means more than half of the country follows idols instead of King Jesus. The primary idol is Molech (which means king) who demanded child sacrifice. The ancients would burn their infants in the arms of the Molech statue; our society burns preborn children with saline solution during an abortion. It's a choice of sexual sin and human sacrifice to Molech instead of monogamous marital sex and raising children in obedience to King Jesus.

Some in Athens recognized their idolatry when presented with the good news of Jesus Christ, but others didn't. Paul's message to them seems appropriate for our day.

Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry. Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons, and in the market daily with them that met with him. Then certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoicks, encountered him. And some said, What will this babbler say? other some, He seems to be a setter forth of strange gods: because he preached to them Jesus, and the resurrection. And they took him, and brought him to Areopagus, saying, May we know what this new doctrine, whereof you speak, is? For you bring certain strange things to our ears: we would know therefore what these things mean. (For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing.) Then Paul stood in the middle of Mars' hill, and said, You men of Athens, I perceive that in all things you are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore you ignorantly worship, him declare I to you. God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwells not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he gives to all life, and breath, and all things; And has made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. For as much then as we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like to gold, or silver, or stone, graven by are and man's device. And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commands all men every where to repent: Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he has ordained; whereof he has given assurance to all men, in that he has raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear you again of this matter.” (Acts 17:16-32)

It is the LORD who raises up nations and sets their borders and time of existence. Regardless of who the leader is, “The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, as the rivers of water: he turns it wherever he will” (Proverbs 21:1).

The appointed day of God's judgment of the world is drawing closer, and those who mock Jesus' resurrection will be asking the rocks to fall on them to hide them from the “wrath of the Lamb” (Revelation 6:16-17). But if you're not sure your friends have really understood the “Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29), find a cultural connection like Paul did to explain Jesus' gift of eternal life to them.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night;” (II Peter 3:9-10a)

New Tabernacle, New Temple, New Jerusalem

The earthly tabernacle and temple were built upon the pattern of the heavenly tabernacle. Upon their earthly completion and dedication, the shekinah glory of the LORD filled them so that no one could go in. There is also a heavenly completion of God's judgments prior to the last plagues of His wrath when His glory fills the heavenly tabernacle so noone can enter; and I believe we are nearing that time.

The Tabernacle

And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work. Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud stayed thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.” (Exodus 40:33-35)

Solomon's Temple

And all the men of Israel assembled themselves to king Solomon at the feast in the month Ethanim, which is the seventh month. . . . And the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of the LORD to his place, into the oracle of the house, to the most holy place, even under the wings of the cherubim. . . .And it came to pass, when the priests were come out of the holy place, that the cloud filled the house of the LORD, So that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud: for the glory of the LORD had filled the house of the LORD. . . . When your people Israel be smitten down before the enemy, because they have sinned against you, and shall turn again to you, and confess your name, and pray, and make supplication to you in this house: Then hear you in heaven, and forgive the sin of your people Israel, and bring them again to the land which you gave to their fathers. . . . For you did separate them from among all the people of the earth, to be your inheritance, as you spoke by the hand of Moses your servant, when you brought our fathers out of Egypt, O LORD God. . . . That all the people of the earth may know that the LORD is God, and that there is none else. . . . And at that time Solomon held a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt, before the LORD our God, seven days and seven days, even fourteen days. On the eighth day he sent the people away: and they blessed the king, and went to their tents joyful and glad of heart for all the goodness that the LORD had done for David his servant, and for Israel his people.” (I Kings 8:2-66)

Solomon bringing up the ark into the temple began on Tishri 1, Feast of Trumpets, and lasted a week. Then they held solemn assembly for the week of atonement with Yom Kippur on the tenth. Then they dedicated the Temple during the 8 days of the Feast of Tabernacles, Tishri 15-22, and sent everyone home on the twenty-third of Tishri according to II Chronicles 7:10.

Heavenly Tabernacle

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are your ways, you King of saints. Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? for you only are holy: for all nations shall come and worship before you; for your judgments are made manifest. . . . And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.” (Rev. 15:2-8)

I see a pattern to the times the LORD's glory filled the tabernacle/temple after completion of work which brought about a successively greater period of worship from the first earthly tabernacle and temple to Ezekiel's temple built in the new earthly Jerusalem to the heavenly New Jerusalem which has no need of a temple.

After Jesus comes with all the saints who have died and His Bride still alive meets them in the clouds (I Thess. 4:14-17) and we aid Him in destroying the wicked (Psalm 149:5-9), then the Earth and space junk will be destroyed with fire and recreated (II Peter 3:7-14).

New Heaven and Earth

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” (Rev. 21:1-3)

Though Jesus will “tabernacle with us” (John 1:14), He will yet build the temple He revealed to Ezekiel in the new earthly city of new Jerusalem.

Ezekiel's Temple

In the five and twentieth year of our captivity, in the beginning of the year, in the tenth day of the month, in the fourteenth year after that the city was smitten, in the selfsame day the hand of the LORD was on me, and brought me thither. In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me on a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south. And he brought me thither, and, behold, there was a man, whose appearance was like the appearance of brass, with a line of flax in his hand, and a measuring reed; and he stood in the gate.” (Ezekiel 40:1-3)

On Yom Kippur, Tishri 10 in 572 BC, Jesus showed Ezekiel the temple which will be built during His millennial reign.

And the glory of the LORD came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the LORD filled the house. And I heard him speaking to me out of the house; and the man stood by me. And he said to me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the middle of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their prostitution, nor by the carcasses of their kings in their high places. . . . Seven days shall you prepare every day a goat for a sin offering: they shall also prepare a young bullock, and a ram out of the flock, without blemish. Seven days shall they purge the altar and purify it; and they shall consecrate themselves. And when these days are expired, it shall be, that on the eighth day, and so forward, the priests shall make your burnt offerings on the altar, and your peace offerings; and I will accept you, said the Lord GOD. ” (Ezekiel 43:4-7; 25-27)

The priests are to cleanse the temple with many animal sacrifices during the Feast of Tabernacles as in the days of Solomon.

Heavenly New Holy Jerusalem

And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God . . . And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honor into it.” (Rev. 21: 10-23)

It's dimensions are too large to rest upon the Earth [pictures], so it will orbit the Earth like a glowing space station. After Christ's millennial reign and His final Great White Throne judgment, He will remain in the heavenly Jerusalem as the nations continue on His edenic Earth no longer encumbered by a sin nature or a Satan or a mortal body. Wow.

His Word is everlasting, and He has given us all the history and instructions needed for the 7,000 years of man's struggle against sin on Earth until the ultimate victory.

400 Year Judgment

The Amorites

And he said to Abram, Know of a surety that your seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. But in the fourth generation they shall come here again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. In the same day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, To your seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates: The Kenites, and the Kenizzites, and the Kadmonites, And the Hittites, and the Perizzites, and the Rephaims, And the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Girgashites, and the Jebusites.” (Genesis 15:13-21)

 [The map is from Wikimedia Commons under GNU license.]

The LORD (YHWH) lists 10 tribes which the descendants of Abraham were to drive out of the promised land between the Nile and the Euphrates rivers, but makes a special reference to the wealthiest of those tribes, the Amorites. The land of Amurru was north of Canaan, roughly from Tyre and Damascus north to Aleppo. Those who traded at their major ports for cedar and their unique dyes of purple and crimson (phoinos in Greek) called the area Phoenicia. A tribe of Amorites also lived in the lands west of the Jordan river. The first pharaoh of the fourth dynasty, Sneferu (1977-1953 BC), bought cedars from Byblos. Yahweh's promise to Abram came in 1921 BC when He decreed 400 years for the sins of the wealthy city-states of Amurru/Phoenicia to reach their peak of wickedness.

Exodus 12:41 and Galatians 3:16-17 reference the exodus as being 430 years from the Genesis 15 promise which was given to Abram on Nisan 14, 1921 BC. But the actual 400 years is from when Ishmael, the half-Egyptian son of Hagar, mocked Isaac when he was weaned in 1891 BC. The exodus occurred during the reign of Ramesses I on Nisan 14, 1491 BC.

The United States

The Amorites/Phoenicians avoided war and were the wealthiest nation of the old world. The United States of America have had unprecedented peace, and have been the wealthiest nation of the new world for most of its existence.
On April 29, 1607, a group from England erected a seven-foot cross at Cape Henry (now Virginia Beach), and Rev. Robert Hunt prayed the following: 
“Almighty God, by your great mercy we have reached this land, which we now claim and establish for Thy eternal purposes. We ask thee to open hearts and enlighten the understanding of the peoples of these shores to comprehend the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ.” (see CBN's First Landing the Movie)
The King James Version of the Holy Bible was completed in 1611, and Pilgrims brought it to America in 1620. Our country had every physical and spiritual advantage, but each generation must choose to love and obey King Jesus and disciple the next generation. Our heavenly Father graciously sent spiritual revivals and great awakenings to renew people's faith in the land.
Although no decree was made regarding the USA (unless you believe it is “mystery Babylon”, I certainly see a pattern which would signify the judgment and soon collapse of the United States.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Bridegroom Delays His Return

And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he that waits, and comes to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.” (Daniel 12:11-12)

677 + 1290 = 1967 677 + 1335 = 2012

The Al-Aqsa Mosque was completed between 675 and 679 AD; an “abomination” “set up” on the Temple Mount and banned Jews from the city, making them “desolate”. In 1967 during the 6-day War the Jews regained the Temple Mount with the hope of removing the Muslim desecrations upon it. “The deity” (al-illah or allah in Arabic) who placed His Name upon the Temple Mount is Yahweh (YHWH), the Creator of heaven and earth who gives eternal life through His Son Yahshua; not the moon-god of the Arabs who has three daughters but no son. 

Wise Servant and Virgins 

When you therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoever reads, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: . . .and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. . . . Therefore be you also ready: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes. Who then is a faithful and wise [phronimos] servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? . . . But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delays [chronizo] his coming; . . . But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. While the bridegroom tarried [chronizo], they all slumbered and slept. And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom comes; go you out to meet [apentesis] him.” (Matthew 24:15-16, 30c-31, 44-45, 48; 25:4-6)

I've noticed that the Lord's “tarrying” was apparent to both “evil” and “wise” servants,
The evil servants turned back to evil lifestyles (violence and drunkenness) in Matthew 24, and in Matthew 25 the “foolish” virgins were unprepared for Christ's delay and turned back because they were only religious and didn't have a personal relationship with Yahshua/Jesus. Sadly, there are many “evil” and “foolish” people in American churches today who will not be “taken” or “caught up” and received into Christ's fellowship when He returns.

The “wise” [phronimos] are cautious in thought and deed. The “wise” faithfully continue to serve in their God-given station. The “wise” prepare for the Bridegroom's delay, and prepare to “go out” to “meet” Him. “Meet” [apentesis] means to officially welcome a newly arriving dignitary which is also in I Thess. 4:17 in which we are “caught up” to meet Him in the air. Though King Jesus is returning on a white horse, He will also have the amazing New Jerusalem to transport His Bride to the wedding; much as King Solomon made a lavish palaquin lovingly built and embroidered for his bride.

King Solomon made himself a chariot of the wood of Lebanon. He made the pillars thereof of silver, the bottom thereof of gold, the covering of it of purple, the middle thereof being paved with love, for the daughters of Jerusalem. Go forth, O you daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the crown with which his mother crowned him in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart.” (Song of Solomon 3:9-11)

Muslim attempt to annihilate Israel with be thwarted by the real God

It was clear to me that King Jesus should return in 2012 on the Feast of Trumpets, and though I knew my interpretation could be incorrect, I should have been better prepared for the Bridegroom's delay.

The Muslims have lost every war they've fought against the new nation of Israel because Yahweh is on their side doing miracles to deliver them. Muslims don't want to recognize Israel or Israel's God, but Yahweh will prove He alone is God and kick Allah into the ash heap of idols. As Israel defends itself against the world, it might look pretty bleak until King Yahshua/Jesus intervenes to fight for them.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Solstice or Christmas return of Christ?

Signs in the Heaven

Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matthew 24:29-31)

Solar and lunar eclipses occur quite frequently. Recently there was a total solar eclipse on Nov. 13th was viewed from Australia. There will be a partial lunar eclipse on Nov. 27th viewed from most of Africa and Asia. Meteor showers are named according to the constellation they appear to be coming from. The 2012 meteor showers: Perseids were August 11, Orionids were October 20, Taurids were November 9, Leonids will be November 17, and Geminids will be December 13. Usually the Perseids and Geminids provide the best display.

The “powers” (dunamis) with be “shaken” (saleuo). Dunamis could be translated forces or wonderful work. Saleuo come from a root meaning to vibrate, and could be translated waver, agitated, disturbed, or destroyed. Since the sun, moon, and stars were already mentioned in the passage; these “forces” might be gravity, radiation, or something like dark energy.

Winter Solstice: December 21st

December 21, 2012 is the winter solstice and the end of the age for the Mayan long count calendar. The winter solstice has been important to humans since Noah's flood as evidenced by Stonehenge [picture by Mark Grant] and other similar monuments oriented to it. Most cultures worshipped the sun at some time. The Roman festival of Divalia was held on December 21st, in honor of the goddess Angerona, in which sacrifices were made in the temple to the goddess of joy and pleasure.

Roman Festivals during Jesus' time

Caesar Augustus, who ruled from (33 BC while Antony remained triumvir) 28 BC to 14 AD during time Christ was born, established an obelisk and pulvinar at Circus Maximus in Rome. He brought the obelisk, which honored Egyptian Sun-gods, from Heliopolis and erected it along the dividing barrier. The obelisk reminded everyone of his victory as general Octavian over Egypt's Cleopatra and Mark Antony, which gave him the name Augustus in 30 BC. The pulvinar was a bench from which Roman idols could watch the chariot races. On August 28th races and games were held at the Circus Maximus in honor of Sol and Luna. Since Julius Caesar name a summer month July after himself, around 8 BC Caesar Augustus renamed the next month as August after himself. Hence I suggest Augustus required the census to coincide with August 28, 3 BC to honor his name and reign as caesar for 25 (or 30) years, and the 750th year of Rome. Then Messiah was born a few days later on September 11, 3 BC on Tishri 1, the Feast of Trumpets; and then his family resided at a home for the rest of the fall holidays until the magi came in December the next year.

Under Augustus, Saturnalia was celebrated (and businesses were closed) from December 17th to 19th, and Larentalia was held on December 23rd. Since Larentia was the nurse of Romulus and Remus, Augustus ordered Larentalia, which included gift giving, to be observed twice a year. I suggest the second observance was on August 28th when he received the “gifts”/taxes of the people.
Brumalia was an ancient Roman celebration of merriment for thirty days from November 24th to December 25th. This is akin to US holidays lasting from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Christmas: December 25th

Some folks are getting dreams and visions of King Jesus returning this Christmas. I think it would be the greatest gift the Father could give us since the first time He sent His Son.

Because of the amazing astrological signs which occurred during one and a half years prior to Christ's birth, the magi followed the "star" to “the house” to offer King Jesus gifts of worship sometime between December 4th and 30th in 2 BC when Jupiter would have been visible. Hanukkah in 2 BC was December 22-30, and I'd like to think the wise men were at the house of Mary and Joseph during that season of dedicating the Temple which originated on Kislev 25 in 165 BC during the Maccabees.
Hanukkah this year begins the evening of Dec. 8th (Kislev 24), and lasts until sunset on Dec. 16th.

As it was in the days of Noah . . .”

And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” (Luke 17:26-30)

Tishri was the first month of the year; then Yahweh established the spiritual calendar which began in Nisan at the exodus. Prior to Noah's flood, a year was 360 days, and a month was 30 days.
Yahweh sent the animals to enter the ark on the 10th of the second month of Mareheshvan which is close to our October (as Tishri usually falls in September), and gave the people seven last days to repent.
The deep burst open and the rains fell on the 17th of Mareheshvan and the rains lasted 40 days until the 27th of Kislev (which is Dec. 11th this year). Hanukkah this year begins the evening of Dec. 8th, and lasts until sunset on Dec. 16th.
I think we are living in “. . . in the days of the Son of man” when most people are living life oblivious to the season of the Lord and His merciful judgments trying to get us to turn (repent) towards Him before He returns with total destruction.

Therefore wait you on me, said the LORD, until the day that I rise up to the prey: for my determination is to gather the nations, that I may assemble the kingdoms, to pour on them my indignation, even all my fierce anger: for all the earth shall be devoured with the fire of my jealousy. For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call on the name of the LORD, to serve him with one consent.” (Zephaniah 3:8-9)

But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hastening to the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness. Why, beloved, seeing that you look for such things, be diligent that you may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.” (II Peter 3:10-14)

I am “looking” forward to Christ Jesus' return at any time: Hanukkah, the winter solstice, or Christmas; any day would be just fine with me. I feel like one of the maidens who fell asleep awaiting the Bridegroom while He "tarried".  Come quickly, Lord Jesus.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

First and Second Amendment Conspiracies

Was Fast and Furious an attempt to ban Second Amendment?

Katie Pavlich wrote an excellent book about the scandal and cover-up of the US government's “Fast and Furious” program under President Obama. On page 22 she quoted Eric Holder's disagreement with individual gun ownership in the Second Amendment. Maybe she will also tackle the scandal and cover-up of the terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya.

Was video blame for Benghazi attack an attempt to ban First Amendment?

The testimonies are beginning to shine a light on the Benghazi cover-up, but was it a setup to try to take away free speech and/or give internet control to the government? Obama didn't make any move to help the young Iranians protesting Ahmadinejad's corrupt re-election campaign, but Obama got the US and UN involved in taking down Libya's president, and Chris Stevens was a part of it. Did the US government knowingly placed a homosexual man in an unstable Muslim country (almost like sending in a Jew) as a pawn for their desire for more control?
There was a failed assassination attempt on Britain's ambassador, and other attacks this summer; but requests for more security were denied. It sounds like king David telling Joab to place Uriah, Bathsheba's husband, in the thick of battle and then withdraw from him. The “video” had been up on Youtube since June, yet somehow it was cast as the sole reason for the Benghazi murders and Cairo protests on 9/11; as if Muslim hatred for America wouldn't be emboldened on that anniversary anyway.
Obama and his lackeys repeatedly point to the video, and Obama cited it six times in his speech to the UN; but then snippets of truth began to be divulged to the public, and Obama's team couldn't make the lies about the video stick. The only thing that makes sense to me is that Obama's team wanted to take over the internet or Youtube and/or ban “freedom of speech” due to security issues on their road to total fascism so that Obama could become dictator of the world.