It seems the above passages are very likely describing the same event. Since the Ezekiel passage describes the aftermath of the Gogian invasion and appears to parallel the "supper" of Revelation 19 AFTER the Lamb takes his bride, how can these passages be the same event as the king of the north invasion of Daniel 11 where the bride has not even been resurrected yet? It seems the only plausible explanation is that the Gogian invasion and the king of the north invasion are two separate events, at two separate times.
One last item. Ezekiel describes Israel as "dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates." This is certainly a strange way of describing the present day Israel, which spends millions upon millions of dollars annually on defense, more than most nations on earth. It seems that "bars" and "gates" are but different names for military defense. It is difficult to imagine Israel living without defense until the son of David, the prince of peace, is her king.
If the term "dwell safely" always is in the context of the kingdom age, and these other passages are validly placed in the same time frame, that is, in the early stages of the kingdom age, then our thinking on the sequence of events of the last days changes drastically.
Before we close, some will appreciate one other observation here, others will not. There is another place in the scripture that also mentions the destruction of Gog and Magog by fire from God and is AFTER the resurrection of the saints. Can you find it? The passage has generally been pushed aside as impertinent to this time frame. Can you be "certain" of its time frame application? Any serious Bible student knows that there are over 700 citations and allusions to the Old Testament in the Revelation. Is it at all "possible" the author is alluding to the same event as Ezekiel? [End of submitted article] Published February 7, 2017 eTPL:26
Does our Body of Sin Require a Covering?
Submitted, January, 2017
In God's holy word, the term "cover" takes on two different meanings. Number one is a requirement that physical nakedness be covered with a garment. Number two refers to an atoning covering for that nakedness, meaning sinfulness, for sinfulness in God's sight is considered by the Deity to be "nakedness". As soon as Adam and Eve sinned, they realized they were both physically without clothing, as well as being sinful in the sight of God.
In Ecclesiastes 5: 15, we are told that a person goes out of life naked, just as he had come into life naked. It was a fact that most dead persons were adorned with grave clothes as they were buried. However, many, many dead persons were buried without having put off "the body of sin" and died alienated from the Deity. Therefore, they were not clothed with righteousness as they passed out from among the living.
As soon as Adam and Eve sinned, they adorned their physically naked bodies that had passed from "very good" (Gen. 1: 31), to being "a body of sin" (Rom. 6: 6; Col. 2: 11), with a covering of fig leaves. However, simply a covering for the physical nakedness was not all they needed. If that had been true, the covering by fig leaves would have been sufficient. However, the now sinful human couple needed two kinds of covering that were related to the shedding of blood. Therefore, God, through His Elohim, made a sacrifice that included blood shedding in representation of the blood of Jesus that would one day be shed upon the earth. Thus the first burnt offering ever to be made was made in the Garden of Eden so that the bodies of sin might be covered by sacrifice.
How do we know that the sacrifice that was made for a covering of those two "bodies of sin" was a burnt offering? The answer is clear in that if one will consider the charts of all the Old Testament sacrifices, it will be seen that the burnt offering were the only sacrifices in which the sacrificial animal was skinned (Leviticus 1: 6).
Let us not ignore the fact that the skins from that sacrifice were used to cover the nakedness of "the bodies of sin" that the first human pair now possessed. The blood of those animals were in representation of the blood of Jesus Christ as we see from the fact that Revelation 13: 8 speaks of Jesus as "the (anti-typical) Lamb slain from the foundation of the world," that is, in Eden.
The Hebrew word "kaphar" is translated "make atonement," "appease," forgive, make reconciliation, pardon, reconcile, purge," and so forth. Both Youngs Concordance as well as Strongs Concordance give the meaning of "kaphar" as "to cover.” Therefore, it cannot be denied that as soon as the "very good" bodies of Adam and Eve became "bodies of sin,” they needed a "covering" whereas before their sin, they needed no covering at all. It is a Bible fact that as soon as the nature of their bodies was changed, the changed condition passed upon all their descendants (Rom. 5: 12; Rom. 6: 6; Col. 2: 11; Col. 3: 9). Therefore, all who were born of them for 6000 years all have had "bodies of sin" that needed to be covered in every way.
1. For the physical nakedness of every one's body, the entirety of scripture points out the requirement of appropriate clothing for both man and woman.
2. In addition, a sacrificial "covering" was required before any person, male or female, could be in favor with God or any of His holy things.
Since the effort of redemption from Eden onward to the end, was the work of destroying sin, and "bodies of sin" from the earth, an atonement in representation of the destruction of the flesh became the means of reconciliation and favor with God.
Reconciliation and favor with God was made possible in Old Testament times by the "burnt offering" (Leviticus 1: 1-17). There were burnt offerings for all Israel daily as priests offered for the entire nation. However, the burnt offering of Leviticus 1: 1-17 was for individuals, who by faith brought the burnt offering to the priest. By putting his hand on the animal's head (verse 4) the offerer identified himself with the animal; and as the animal's flesh was reduced to ashes, there was a representation of the destruction of the offerer's sinful flesh, that is, "the body of sin.”
In New Testament times, baptism became the means of reconciliation and favor, which had the meaning of "the destruction of the flesh" (Romans 6: 3-6; Colossians 2: 11; 3: 9). In Romans 6: 6, the Apostle Paul declares that those who had been baptized had done so for the destruction of the body, or body of sinful flesh. In Colossians 2: 11, Paul declared that the brethren had "put off" the body of sin by baptism (omit the added words "the sins of"); and Colossians 3: 9 declared that the brethren had "put off the old man,” that is, "the body of sin,” and had put on the new, the body of righteousness in Christ.
It is often claimed that any need for atonement speaks of the fact that the persons themselves are guilty of sin and in need of atonement for it. In answer to that foolish claim, everyone should ask the questions: "What had the "Holy Place" of Leviticus 16: 16 done in order to be in need of atonement? What had the altar of verse 18 done? What had the leper of Leviticus chapters 14-15 done other than having possessed the defiling disease of leprosy; or what unlawful act had the mother and child of chapter 12 done in order to need atonement? The only cause for the need of atonement in all those cases was and still is found in the possession of a defilement that causes the need for a covering, that is, atonement.
About 116 years ago, a part of the revived ecclesia changed their doctrine and formed a new religion; teaching that no atoning covering for the nature of man was required by God in order to gain reconciliation and favor with Him, meaning that atonement is required for personal sins only. Such doctrine amounts to a charge that God, from the beginning, has required something of all men that is not necessary. God requires nothing that is unnecessary, and He, from the beginning has required the covering for "the Body of Sin" which cannot be acquired except by atonement.
Finally, we find that God through the Apostle Paul, in Colossians 2: 11-13 taught the brethren at Colosse these following two truths:
1. That they had, by being buried with Christ in baptism, "put off the body of the body of the flesh;" which is also called "the body of sin" in Romans 6: 6.
2. Also that God had forgiven them all their trespasses.
Those who changed their doctrine, agree and teach only number two above, while condemning number one as apostate error. However, God's word above demonstrates that number one is the pure doctrine of God which He inspired His apostle to teach the believers.Those whose doctrine remains the same as was always taught, agree completely with our heavenly Father's revelation on the matter. [Wayne R. Tanner, Bulverde Texas USA]
Came Out of Their Graves and Appeared Unto Many
Matthew 27: 52-53 is a passage difficult to understand; there are many who believe that this passage teaches a resurrection of “many saints" two thousand years ago. However, truth and reason dictates a resurrection did not occur as Jesus hung on the tree.
As we seek for evidence that will help us to completely understand this passage we must realize that there is no other mention of such an occurrence anywhere in scripture, nor in history. God never moved any other Biblical writer to refer to such an incident either in the Gospels, or in the epistles. However, all four Gospels records do (give) post resurrection accounts and the pertinent history of the more than forty days following his resurrection. In not one of them is there a reference to any resurrection other than the resurrection of Jesus.
In addition to the fact it was not mentioned in the other gospels, we see also that Josephus, the Jewish Historian, on Page 535 of Life and Works of Josephus, briefly records the life and works of Jesus along with the history of Jesus' death and resurrection, and there is no mention of any resurrection other than the resurrection of Jesus. It would be very difficult for a Jewish historian to ignore reference to the resurrection of "many" resurrected Israelite individuals if such an event had taken place. Also, not one resident of Jerusalem is recorded as having come forward with testimony of having seen resurrected Israelites in the city of Jerusalem. It would have been impossible not to talk about it, had "many" known to be, resurrected Israelites appeared "unto many" in the city.
Likewise, in what way would such a resurrection have been of any benefit, unless they were very important individuals such as Abraham and David? We read of the death of Abraham, but we find no mention of his return to life anywhere. In Acts 2: 29 Peter testified that "David's sepulcher is with us unto this day". That is testimony to the fact that David's sepulcher had not been disturbed. Since God never inspired one of His Bible writers to address the subject of resurrection prior to the time of the resurrection at Christ's return, the very idea of a resurrection at Christ's crucifixion seems to be a redundant idea. We have to wonder what such as resurrection would have accomplished.
Was the recorded incident a matter of history; or was it a matter of prophesy? Someone may point out that Mathew states that the incident did happen. However, that is a redundant point, for we must now show that many of God's prophesies were stated as though those prophesied events had already happened, although they had not.
1. Isaiah 44: 28 through 45: 2: Here the heavenly Father states that Cyrus is "my shepherd". "I have held his hand to open the two-leaved gates into Babylon". Cyrus was not even born until three hundred years after this passage was written. It was prophecy.
2. Jeremiah 1: 5: Here our Father tells Jeremiah that before he was even conceived in his mother, that God knew him and that He had already ordained him as prophet before he was born. That was stated as though it was already an historic event. Again, it was completely prophetic.
3. Isaiah 52: 14: Here is a shocking description of the sufferings of Jesus. Scofield's New Reference Bible in a footnote, gives the literal rendering of verse 14, "so marred from the form of man was his aspect that his appearance was not that of a son of man.” This passage was given over 700 years before Jesus suffered so greatly.
4. Isaiah 53rd Chapter. This chapter was over 700 years old when Jesus suffered on the cross, which is the theme of the whole chapter. (Vs. 2) – "there IS no beauty in him...." (Vs.) 3 "He is despised;" "we hid our faces from him...." (Vs. 5) – "he was wounded for our transgressions ...." (Vs. 8) – "He was taken from prison... ." All through this chapter, it is this way, written as though the events were past, when the fulfillments were over 700 years into the future.
It is a truth that at the time Jesus walked the earth, there were dead believers in their graves from the previous four thousand years. Those believers had died in faith, expecting to live again when the fullness of time came. However, until the death and resurrection of Jesus, there was not yet any provision that provided for the resurrection of a single one of them, for the blood of the everlasting covenant was not yet shed, for Jesus had not yet been crucified. Lazarus and all others who were raised miraculously, died again, and if Jesus had never died, they all would remain dead forever.
All the dead ones were desperately dependant on the death of Jesus, for they would all perish without the blood of the everlasting covenant, that was to come from the death of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, that is, the blood of Jesus the Christ (Rev. 13: 8; Heb. 13: 20). Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Rom. 10: 17). But even those "who believed" unto "faith" were perished if Christ did not die (John 3: 16; Rom. 6: 5, 1 Cor. 15: 16-18).
In John 3: 16 we read that "God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." The truth was that the graves were full of those who had believed, but who would perish without the death and resurrection of God's only begotten Son (I Cor. 15. 17-18). Christ could not have been raised had he not died. Since Jesus was the "forerunner" of all the redeemed (Heb. 6: 20), it was necessary that he tread the path ahead of every individual, and that path included resurrection from the dead. Without the events of the day of the crucifixion, the dead of all ages would forever remain in their graves, for even our forerunner was raised by his own blood, and entered into eternal life by that same blood (Heb. 13: 20; Heb. 9: 12).
Matt. 27: 53 – "After his resurrection." It was not possible until after he died and was resurrected that anyone else could be resurrected. How long after his resurrection? There is no record anywhere of the resurrection of ancient worthies coming out of the graves after Jesus arose. But the blood of Jesus that was shed on the tree assured that when the fullness of time came, that very thing would happen as a result of the death of Jesus (Matt. 27: 50). God apparently revealed these jewels of truth only to Matthew, after he had just witnessed the unsealing of the graves of the believing dead, who were surely to perish without the death of Jesus. He revealed to him, that because of that event, when the time was to come, those graves would open and "many" of the resurrected dead would go into the "holy city."
However, there is a problem regarding "the holy city". How was the literal city of Jerusalem (either the city or its occupants) viewed by God and Jesus at that time? Notice:
Matt. 23: 35-39 - "Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who killest the prophets, and stonest them that were sent unto thee... your house is left unto you desolate..."
Galatians 4: 9-26 – "Jerusalem which is now," verse 25, answers to Hagar in bondage..."
Vs. 26 - "Jerusalem which is above", that is "the Ecclesia" through whom God is establishing a bride for Jesus (II Cor. 11:1-2). Jerusalem which is now, was to be trodden down; it was under a curse (Luke 21: 24).
When will Jerusalem be holy? Joel 3:17 answers that question. Notice, when "the Lord is dwelling in his holy mountain", "THEN shall Jerusalem be holy."
Therefore, it was not expedient that the words of Matthew in 27: 52-53 could or would relate to the time of the crucifixion. However, the words related to what was to happen as the result of the incident Mathew had just witnessed in previous verses, that is, the death of Jesus. It was a truth – that those who had been in danger of perishing, were then certain not to perish.
Time Gaps in God’s Prophetic Word
Additionally, it was not unlikely that Matthew 27: 52-53 could suddenly move forward 2000 years from the time of verse 51 to verse 52. God's prophetic word often does that very thing.
1. For instance we see in Isa. 9: 1-5 facts being presented, expressing certain things that were true. Verse 6 suddenly moves forward to more than 700 years later. Then verse 7 moves forward from that time to more than 2000 years later – into the kingdom age.
2. Then, there is Isaiah 7: 10-13 as Isaiah writes of present matters. Then in verse 14, the prophet, without warning, moves forward over 700 years to the time of the birth of Jesus.
3. In the 1st chapter of Isaiah, God is informing Israel of certain facts, then suddenly in verses 24-30, God moves forward in His message to the kingdom age which is even now still future.
4. In Micah 5th chapter, there is a time gap between verse two and verse three, even a time gap of over 2000 years in the last part of verse 3 when Israel shall bring forth as a woman with child. There is likewise more than 2000 years between the first part of verse 3 and verses 3-5.
5. Matthew 24: 15-20 was a prophesy relating to 2000 years ago. Verses 21-35 move forward 2000 years to the end time.
6. Luke 21: 24-25: Verse 24 of this passage begins with reference to 70 A.D. and the siege against Jerusalem; while verse 25 leaps forward 2000 years to the end time and continues with reference to the time of the end.
Therefore, it is more than plausible that between Matthew 27: 51 and Matthew 27: 52-53 there is a time gap of 2000 years.
There are many more instances, but we will allow these to make our point. The point is, there surely seems to be a time gap of more than 2000 years between Matt. 27: 51 and Matt. 27: 52-53. Now that the blood of the everlasting covenant had been shed, those that believed and died, could now emerge from the unsealed graves and could go "into that great city, the holy Jerusalem" to become a part of the bride of Jesus forever (Rev. 21: 8-10). John had witnessed that holy city coming down from God out of heaven ( Revelation 21: 2).
Note again that Matthew 27: 53 declares that it was after Christ's resurrection that this all was to happen, not as he hung on the tree. It was only after his resurrection that it was possible for any one else to be resurrected (I Corinthians 15: 17-18), for Jesus was the Forerunner of us all (Hebrews 6: 20.
Matthew joyously witnessed and prophesied those very events in Matthew 27: 52-53. Those events that were surely the result of the shedding of the blood of the everlasting covenant, and the unsealing of the graves of all saints which previously had been sealed. Now he saw that as soon as the forerunner (Hebrews 6: 20), was resurrected, it was certain that all saints would in the fullness of time rise from death; and enter into that holy city to become the bride of Christ (Revelation 21: 2, 8-10). Wayne R. Tanner Bulverde TX/USA
Ancient Nineveh (Mosul) Recaptured
Archaeology Confirming the Bible
An eTPL:26 Analysis
Doubtless, readers have been seeing reports of the destruction of the city of Mosul, Iraq, by ISIS forces which have controlled the city for several months.
If readers are not aware of it, Mosul is the current name of Nineveh, the capital of Assyria of Biblical fame!
One of the prime scenes of intentional destruction has been the Tomb of the Prophet Jonah. On March 7, 2017, archaeologists made some remarkable discoveries beneath that Tomb, which was systematically destroyed by ISIS in 2014: the long-hidden palace of Assyrian King Sennacherib.
The scientists were documenting the jihadists’ destruction of the ruins when they located the lost palace. It dates to around 600 B.C. They were following tunnels which had been dug by ISIS as the jihadists searched for plunder – artifacts to sell in the huge, worldwide illicit antique market for stolen artifacts.
This palace was built for Sennacherib initially; his son Esarhaddon expanded it further; his grandson Ashurbanipal then renovated the palace to suit his own tastes. The reported current activity – reported by the Telegraph – said that evidence of the sack of Nineveh circa 612 B.C. was evident in their findings. This history is well documented in the scriptures, and known to all students of Bible prophecy and history.
Today’s excavations at the Tomb of the Prophet, which are being carefully undertaken, utilizing accredited methods of investigation, are headed by Dr. Paul Collins, Chair of The British Institute for the Study of Iraq, which is working with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage, and UNESCO, to protect Iraq’s cultural heritage.
He told Fox News that there could be more damage at the site as the tunnels are in imminent danger of collapse.
The Tomb complex is located inside a Sunni mosque on a hill in the eastern section of Mosul and has been under Iraqi control for several days.
The damage to the Tomb inflicted by ISIS is not only extensive but unconscionable among civilized beings. Actually, the location of the palace has been known since the nineteenth century but had not been thoroughly investigated.
The site features ancient Assyrian royal buildings located beneath the shrine, according to Collins, who notes that inscriptions and a relief from a dig in the 1870s are now in the British Museum.
Additional investigations were undertaken in the 20th century.
The article quotes Dr. Collins as having said, “Iraqi excavations in the 1950s revealed an entrance to an Assyrian royal arsenal, and in 1990 a large Assyrian building to the east of the mosque guarded by colossal human-headed winged bulls (a traditional Assyrian depiction) was excavated, but this work came to an end with the Iraq/Kuwait war.”
One current discovery was made by Iraqi archaeologist Layla Salih, who found a marble cuneiform inscription of King Esarhaddon inside one of the tunnels. It is dated to about 672 B.C. when the palace was part of the city of Nineveh. As readers will probably be aware, cuneiform is one of the earliest forms of writing, consisting of wedge-shaped marks widely used in ancient Mesopotamian and other cultures.
Mosul is located on the west bank of the Tigris River, opposite the ancient site of Nineveh on the east bank. In recent years the metro area had grown sharply, expanding to the east bank, and reaching a population of over 1.8 million in 2004. Since that time hundreds of thousands have fled the fighting brought by ISIS; tens of thousands have been slain.
An interesting fact about Mosul is that it is always under a critical threat of severe flooding which could result from the failure of Mosul Dam on the Tigris, the largest hydroelectric dam in Iraq, located about 30 miles north of the city.
Built in 1980, in possibly “the worst possible site for a large, two-mile-wide dam” (it was erected at that location in spite of the best engineering advice), that dam is still under control of ISIS, which captured it several months ago.
The dam is dangerously located on an unsure foundation of “soluble soils,” which means that the soils under the dam are constantly being not only dissolved but also eroded and require systematic and continuous reinforcement with hundreds of tons of concrete grouting.
Ominously, Nahum 2:8 and 3:7 mention dire possibilities for Nineveh, which in the first reference is described as, “Nineveh is of old like a pool of water: yet they shall flee away. Stand, stand, shall they cry; but none shall look back.”
The latter reference reveals that “Nineveh is laid waste,” but does not indicate by what means. Nahum wrote at about the time of the destruction of the city and empire by Babylon and the Medes.
The city was sacked and destroyed as previously noted around 625-612B.C. so this may be a reference to that event.
The phraseology in Nahum 2:8 seems to indicate a great danger of flooding. If Mosul Dam is breached either by failure or by the intentional action of ISIS, for example, in spite for attempts to take it from them, Mosul would be buried under a 65-foot wall of plunging, eroding, thrashing waters, drowning multiple hundreds of thousands of its people.
Depending upon the performance of a smaller dam downstream on the Tigris, that same inundation would continue downstream causing a disastrous flood in Baghdad, located some 200 miles further down the Tigris.
Such events would be integral to the coming utter destruction of the Proximal Islamic States which we expect imminently to come.
These current events are extremely strengthening to everyone interested in prophecy and ancient history, and are invaluable corroborating evidence that our understanding of such prophetic matters is accurate and valid.
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The Cup-Bread-Cup Sequence of Luke
An eTPL:26 Analysis
In the Gospel of Luke, the account of the Last Supper contains a variant not seen elsewhere in accounts of this memorial service.
His words are …
Luke 22:17 And he (Jesus) took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves: 18 For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come. 19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. 20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
Only in this account is this preliminary “cup” noted as being offered by the LORD as He broke bread on this final occasion.
What are the likely facts behind this act?
As a result of a deeper search of the details of Passover observances, the following clues have surfaced as to the Jews’ observance of Passover in Jesus’ day (not admitting that THIS ceremony was a celebration of the traditional Passover; more on that further down).
The Jews of Jesus’ day had added some elements to the observance of Passover. They often would circulate in sequence some two or even three cups of wine (diluted with water, and at intervals) to the participants prior to the partaking of the Seder. (This may be evidence of the well-known Jewish propensity for making “things” more significant, and more embedded in ceremony!)
Luke, the beloved physician, offers this one extra detail to his account that others do not report – the partaking of one of these preliminary cups – an element which Jesus probably utilized to certify the unity of those gathered together to partake in this service.
By passing it from one to the other, each drinking from the cup, their brotherhood was reconfirmed and strengthened as further basis for the formal ceremony that followed.
However, there is something of a problem if one believes that the Last Supper was an observance of Passover itself – which we know as Seder.
We are aware that there are other considered opinions, but we don’t believe that Jesus and the Apostles observed a “normal” Passover Seder, but that Jesus was here instituting “This Passover,” that is, a Passover that would be superior to and subsequent to that of the Law – one which would replace the original observance, which, with His death, should be abolished.
He seems to have actually said so when He said, “with desire I have desired to eat This Passover with you before I suffer,” although we admit that this view of those words may be unwarranted. We capitalize “This” in order to emphasize the word.
We are reasobably certain that the cup-bread-cup sequence should not be considered the accepted form of the Memorial Service that we should observe today…
That Jesus was slain at the exact moment that the Pascal Lambs were being slain at the Temple is certain from all accounts – so Jesus’ institution of this Memorial Service – This Passover – was instituted on the Day of Preparation (the day prior to the offering of the lambs), not on Passover itself.
This accords with the statement that Jesus was literally “our Passover,” in I Corinthians 5:7: “For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us.” John 1:29 confirms this accomplishment.
It therefore was a different affair. We have always known that neither wine nor bread are components of the normal Passover Seder. They were foreign elements.
So why were they provided and available in this Institution?
Now, we understand that there are some who believe that Jesus DID partake of the traditional Passover, but that he simply moved the observance with His apostles forward one day.
But was such permitted by the Law?
We don’t believe so, but are certainly open to discussion.
Provision had been made to partake of Passover a month later in such cases when Jews were traveling, were seriously ill, or were otherwise indisposed on the properly designated date for Passover.
Therefore, to understand the revealed formality and the full meaning of this Institution’s actual nature and its components we simply have to weigh the various scriptural accounts of all the reporters as written.
It would not be incompatible with the ceremony that He was instituting on this occasion for Jesus to have offered a preliminary cup in order visibly to establish the apostles’ realization of their brotherhood – their unity in the faith of Jesus.
The extra, preliminary Cup mentioned by Luke may be a component of his strict attention to detail which he, as a highly trained doctor, would exercise.
This trait – his careful attention to extra details – is notable throughout both Luke and Acts, the scriptural books which he authored. [We are currently doing a detailed study of the use of medical terminology in these two books, and will produce that study when it is finished.]
From the evidence, the documentation of the Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles, both Luke and Acts, are methodically precise over and above the other Gospel writers, illustrating Luke’s medical training as to details which would or might be overlooked by the medically untrained observer. It is notable that the ability of doctors, even in these primitive times, clinically to observe extremely critically the condition of their patients; this detail may be a reflection of this training in Doctor Luke. It is one of a trilogy of useful tools for diagnosis of disease: observation, palpation and auscultation.
It appears that this “extra” cup that Luke describes is part of the preliminary portion of their meeting together on that fateful evening in the Upper Room.
We believe we can rely on our present format of partaking of the Memorial Service by following the generally unified records that we find in the four Gospels, as well as the most detailed and reasoned account by the inspired Apostle Paul in I Corinthians 11.
Indeed, it may be the case that Paul delineated the details of the basic ceremony of The Memorials so that we would have no serious questions as to its procedure. Indeed, it may be the case that Paul delineated the details of the basic ceremony of The Memorials so that we would have no serious questions as to its procedure. <HEL 3P> ~ 1050 words. eTPL26.
Setting the Stage for the Gogian Invasion
An eTPL26 Analysis
We are dismayed that so many Bible students are expecting the invasion of the Gogian host to bring the return of Christ to the earth. Nearly every current article published and every lecture produced on Bible prophecy stresses the impending invasion of Israel by the Gogian host. Hundreds of pages are expended on the minute movements of the Russians as they seem to make preparation for this impending assault.
Our view is that Russia has no inkling as yet that its destiny is to attack and conquer Israel at some time in the future. The thought has not yet occurred to Russia and its confederacy that it will even form in the future in order to attempt such a quest.
It is only in future time that … It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought … Ezekiel 38: 10.
But there are clearly stated prerequisites for such thoughts and planning by the evil Gogians and their confederates … and these prerequisites do not exist today.
Before Russia can even formulate this plan, certain conditions in Israel must change drastically from the conditions that the astute observer realizes today.
Therefore, we submit that the theory that this future invasion brings the return of Christ to the earth is not only improbable – it is impossible.
Why should we make such a statement?
Because there are only two stipulations which give rise to the Gogian invasion of Israel as recorded in Ezekiel 38 and 39 – only TWO, and no more: these two premises are contained in two verses … two necessary premises which are consistently overlooked (or ignored?) by most of the pundits!
These premises are clearly and distinctively stated by YHVH’s words …
Eze 38:11 And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest (Hebrew, shakat, or repose), that dwell safely (betach), all of them dwelling without walls (Hebrew, chomah, a wall of protection), and having neither bars nor gates,
Eze 38:12 To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.
Our logical question is, Are these the conditions that we see in Israel today?
Can we by any stretch of our imagination see such conditions being attained by Israel in the near future without some tremendous upheaval – some mighty conflagration coming about – to achieve these conditions?
There are Only Two Conditions
for the Gogian Invasion
Note carefully that Gog’s first observation is that the People of Israel are “dwelling safely … without walls, and having neither bars nor gates;” and that her second observation is that they “have gotten cattle and goods (have acquired great wealth, implying the acquisition of this great wealth by their conquest over others)” so that this great wealth has become in Gog’s eyes “a spoil … and a prey” to be desired as booty. We submit that this great booty is the "wealth of the Gentiles" which Israel shall garner from the nations round about as Zechariah 14: 14.
There are noted no other reasons for Gog’s interest in Israel.
Only when those conditions are attained by Israel will Gog think its evil thoughts …
It is the beginning era of the Kingdom of Christ, Who shall then be enthroned on Zion's holy hill upon the reestablished Throne of David.
Israel at that time shall be extremely wealthy, and shall be dwelling without walls, having neither bars nor gates – terminology which indicates it is dwelling in complete safety and peace (Hebrew betach), having no bars nor gates – which means protective barriers of any sort, including its military forces of today, it protective Wall of today, it protective cybernetic defenses of today, its Shin Bet and Mossad of today and its border guards of today.
Is This Condition Different from Today’s Israel?
The obvious answer to this question is, Yes! This condition is entirely the opposite condition that we see today.
Our repeated thesis is consistently ignored by some who just keep on preaching the same tired, outworn theory that the Gogian invasion is imminent.
If our exasperation is showing then we must say, Good! We’re glad to have it recognized.
We must again point out the scriptural documentation that an impending series of conflicts MUST precede the Gogian invasion in order to bring about the conditions for the Gogian invasion.
We will make this substantiating statement short and succinct – not burying it in much persuasive rhetoric – and will let these previous words of the Prophet Ezekiel stand as preamble to the Gogian invasion (and simply point out the fact that this prophecy necessarily precedes that of Ezekiel 38 and 39, in order to establish the conditions for that later invasion) …
In his 28th chapter, Ezekiel begins to address the nations “round about” Israel, indicating a significant conflict that they have mounted against Zion of the end time. It is a conflict which must be resolved in Israel’s favor in order to establish the conditions that are stated as necessary for the later Gogian invasion.
It is a conflict in which Israel has been critically involved ever since it declared its statehood, on May 14th, 1948 – the date of Israel’s Independence. The prophet begins with Zidon (modern Lebanon – and stronghold of Hezbollah – a rabid enemy of Israel today). But immediately the prophet informs his readers of the final outcome of this conflict, as well as all the others, referred to up to Ezekiel 37 …
Eze 28:22 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Zidon; and I will be glorified in the midst of thee: and they (Israel) shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall have executed judgments in her, and shall be sanctified in her.
It is critical that Israel recognizes that YHVH is their LORD, and these words prove that that recognition can only come WHEN He has executed judgments in Zidon (only one of the subject nations round about) and am sanctified (vindicated) in Hezbollah’s defeat.
The picture that is given Ezekiel is the total destruction of Zidon, a representative polity of several which occupy the land of Abram’s promise – the lands between the Rivers and the Seas of the Genesis promises.
It is these hostile and rabid enemies which must be subdued and destroyed before Israel can possibly dwell in peace and safety and before its walls and gates are dismantled.
Such a condition coming into existence before that time is impossible … well, at least implausible – because the scriptural sequence is immutable.
Eze 28:23 For I will send into her (Tyre, as a representative polity of the nations round about) pestilence, and blood into her streets; and the wounded shall be judged in the midst of her by the sword upon her on every side; and they shall know (again, it is Israel that shall “know”) that I am the LORD.
Eze 28:24 And there shall be no more a pricking brier unto the house of Israel, nor any grieving thorn of all that are round about them, that despised them; and they shall know that I am the Lord GOD.
Even the clearly designated time of this prophecy is further defined in the prophet’s next words …
Eze 28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
Has the Lord so “gathered” His people at this time? We should say that the concentration of over six million of the scattered sheep of Israel having already been gathered into their Land qualifies for such a condition.
Those actions are described in great detail. The prophet’s next words reveal just what conditions result from the described actions against their enemies round about …
Eze 28:26 And they (Israel) shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed j:udgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.
See how perfectly these conditions mesh with Ezekiel’s description! Why can our friends not “get” this picture??
Why all the breathless conjecture of the minutia of Russia’s preparations at this time?
When the time comes for the actual invasion of Israel by Gog, we respectfully submit that covenanted Believers of all ages already shall have been resurrected and gathered before His throne of Judgment; that it shall have ended, and that the immortalized Saints will already have been admitted to the Kingdom of Christ in the earth, and shall be on hand – in Israel of that time – accompanying the LORD Jesus Christ in His administration of the Kingdom’s internal affairs as he disarms Israel completely (see Zechariah 9:10), and is proceeding with the development of the infrastructure of His nascent Kingdom!
In such a case, the Saints will have a front-row seat as the Gogian affair develops. And they will know in intimate detail (and in advance) the exquisite moves that the Gogian host will be making as well as the fate of that doomed company!
Now … the question remains: Why is the Gogian account given as such a definitive invasion if the saints of today are not destined to witness it from this side of the Judgment Seat?
We submit that is may be a for testimony of those of our friends and loved ones who are left behind – who have not made their covenant with our Master – and who at that time will be soberly and anxiously concentrating on the world scene – perhaps with greater interest and far deeper involvement than ever before – so that they will have an indication of just where “things” are going at that time.
In that sense, it will be for the same reason that even later prophecies are revealed which indicate events in the ongoing affairs of the kingdom age – i.e., these utterances complete the picture for us today … but they also fill in the blanks for persons who will be interested in future time as these events occur in historical time. <HEL 4P> ~1600 words. An eTPL26 Analysis April 25, 2017.
Trump To Visit Israel Soon?
An eTPL26 Analysis
The Israeli media is said to be discussing a possible visit to Israel by President Trump – possibly later this month. Further discussion is related to the burning question of whether he will announce the removal of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is possible therefore that Israel will be his first foreign visit since taking office.
During the early weeks of his administration (and during the entire campaign) Mr. Trump often stated that it is his intention to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. If he does so, others may follow; at present there are no embassies (only consulates) located there.
Because of later scheduled events in Europe, the Israeli press (specifically The Times of Israel) is abuzz with rumors that the president will touch down in Jerusalem on May 22 for one day and night. He is scheduled to attend a NATO conference in Brussels on May 25th, and presumably, would need to arrive there the previous day. After that meeting, he is attending a G-7 summit conference in Italy on May 26-27.
If this schedule actually is fulfilled, it will be a fortuitous visit indeed, coming just one day before the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem under Israeli sovereignty (1967) – the first for nearly two thousand years! The president’s few hours on the ground would be occupied with meeting the prime minister, touring Jerusalem, visiting Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial) and the Western Wall as well as other key venues, including possibly Masada and the Allenby Bridge, which connects Israel to the Kingdom of Jordan at the north end of the Dead Sea. Although it is not clear that he will do so, speculation has not been advanced as to whether he will address the Knesset.The Israeli newspaper reminds its readers that in January, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin had formally invited President Trump to visit Israel at his earliest opportunity. Then Prime Minister Netanyahu met with the president at the White House in February and personally repeated the invitation. The president’s response on both occasions was positive; on the latter occasion, Mr. Trump told Bibi that he wants to visit the Jewish State early in his administration as he has actually never visited Israel.
These speculations have been fueled by the fact that an advance US team arrived in Jerusalem on Sunday. The White House is said to have confirmed that such a trip is being considered but would not confirm the dates.
The president also is said to be considering visiting Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Egypt in May or early June. But there seems to be insufficient time to make all these visits prior to the Brussels meeting. President Trump has met with the leaders of these countries since taking office, and senior US officials have visited each of these countries in recent days.
No previous US president has ever visited Israel early in his term.
It is the Jerusalem Post which is speculating that Mr. Trump will announce the removal of the US embassy to Jerusalem, and quoted Congressman Ron DeSantis (R-FL): “DeSantis, who is chairman of the House committee (which oversees) US embassies around the world, said the timing of Trump’s visit – two days before Jerusalem Day, marking 50 years since the reunification of the capital – is not accidental …. What better time could there be to announce the relocation of the US Embassy to Jerusalem when you are over there celebrating with our Israeli friends this very important 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem?” DeSantis asked. “I think the announcement of that trip is a signal that it is more likely to happen than not, and will send a powerful signal to other countries around the world that America is back and will stand by our allies and will not let folks cow us into not doing the right thing.”
The Post did point out a troubling factor, however: it reported that “Moscow announced earlier this month that it recognizes West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and that it expects East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future Palestinian State” (Joel Rosenberg posting). That report stated that Moscow made it clear that it has no intention of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Yediot Aharonot then reported last Thursday that Mr. Trump may announce united Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but might say that the time is not yet right to move the embassy. Ha’aretz stated on Sunday that it believes Trump will not seek to move the US embassy to Jerusalem for now …
By all the above, one can see that the issue is being discussed intensively in Israel, yet with no concrete conclusions. We applaud the president’s obvious favor for Israel and its people in these troublesome days.
But as Bible students we conclude that all the above discussion means little in the long run. There will not be a permanent “Palestinian” State between the Nile and the Euphrates (nor anywhere else, for that matter!). Such is not in the revealed Plan of our Father and His Son. That is because YHVH has declared “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.” Romans 9: 13.
Esau was the original anti-Semite as revealed in his early history – one who was born into the privilege of elder sonship in his family, but sold that birthright for a bowl of lamb stew. Esau – the tribal identity of the “Palestinians” of today (see Obadiah) – was a profane man (Hebrews 12: 16) who never adopted the ways and mores of his faithful father, Isaac, nor his brother Jacob.
Meanwhile, our eyes and hearts are fastened intently upon Israel in the run-up to its 70th anniversary of May 14, 2018 – almost exactly one year from today. Psalm 90, verse 10, defines a generation as threescore and ten years as a normal value, in our closest estimate; this probably is exquisitely relevant to Jesus’ statement in Matthew 24: 34, q.v.
Readers will recall that all these factors indicate that the probationary walk of the saints is nearly finished if our calculations are correct and that the glorious appearing of the LORD from heaven may be imminent. It is our studied opinion that before Christ comes in His overt role as Messiah and Liberator of Israel He will appear prior to that time to resurrect the dead in Christ and gather them with the living Believers to His Judgment Bema. Therefore, Readiness is the watchword ...
<HEL 5P> ~1100 words. An eTPL26 Analysis Published May 8, 2017.
Israel Independence Day 2017: A Remarkable Speech
by the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence
The following remarkable speech by Vice President Pence was given at an Israel Independence Day Commemoration Event in the White House.
Transcript courtesy of Paul Billington, The Bible Magazine
The introductory remarks by Ambassador David Friedman highlighted the fact that this was the first time the White House had celebrated Israel’s Day of Independence.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you, Mr. Ambassador. Thank you all for being here. And on behalf of the First Family, welcome to the White House. (Applause.)
I bring greetings from the President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.) And on behalf of President Trump, just a few minutes ago, I had the distinct honor to wish a happy Independence Day to Prime Minister Netanyahu over the phone as we celebrate the 69th anniversary of the independence of America’s most cherished ally, the Jewish state of Israel. (Applause.)
I want to thank all the distinguished guests who are here and members of Congress who made time to come to the White House this afternoon, and people representing a broad spectrum of Americans who all cherish the relationship that the American people have enjoyed throughout these 69 years with the people of Israel.
It’s humbling to be here with you on this remarkable and even a hallowed day. From Secretary Steve Mnuchin to Ambassador David Friedman -- (applause) -- to Senator Orrin Hatch, who has been a great, great champion for Israel all these many years in the United States Senate. (Applause.)
Distinguished members of Congress, including Congressman Peter King, who’s with us today. (Applause.) Republicans and Democrats who are gathered here, honored guests, my fellow friends of Israel, thank you, on behalf of the President of the United States. Just thank you for being here today at the White House to celebrate this day, the anniversary of a moment that will be remembered for eternity.
You’re all here, all of you, regardless of your home, your creed, because on this day, the fifth day in the month of Iyar in the Hebrew calendar in 1948, nothing short of a miracle occurred. On that day, in the ancient and eternal homeland of the Jewish people, the state of Israel was reborn. (Applause.)
On that day, the Jewish people’s 2000-year exile, the longest exile of any people anywhere, ended. And on that day, a prophecy literally came to pass. And I believe in my heart that God himself fulfilled his promise to his people. The Lord God tells us in the Old Book, “Behold, I will cause breath to enter into and ye shall live.” And Israel lives today. (Applause.)
Today and every day, the state of Israel and her people bear witness to God’s faithfulness as well as their own. How unlikely was Israel’s birth? How much more unlikely has been her survival? And how confounding against all odds, both past and present, has been her thriving. Since the moment of their independence, the Israeli people have awed the world with their strength of will, and their strength of character. They’ve turned the desert into a garden, scarcity into plenty. And people of Israel have turned hope into a future of security and prosperity.
And at all times, in war and in peace, the people of Israel and the Jewish people have held their heads high. Every day, Israel takes the curses and slanders of too much of the world and turns them into blessings. The dignity of the people of Israel rebukes all who condemn them, not for what they do wrong, but they condemn them for what they do right.
And under President Donald Trump, let me assure you of this -- if the world knows nothing else, the world will know this: America stands with Israel. (Applause.) President Trump stands with Israel for the same reason that every freedom-loving American stands with Israel -- because her cause is our cause. Her values are our values. And her fight is our fight.
And President Donald Trump is a lifelong friend and supporter of the state of Israel and its people. You know, I’ve seen firsthand the President’s deep affection for Israel and all who cherish her, and so has the world. Just last week, President Trump stood with Holocaust survivors during the National Days of Remembrance. And he declared, “I will always stand with the Jewish people, and I will always stand with our great friend and partner, the state of Israel.” (Applause.)
For my part, my Christian faith compels me to cherish Israel as well as our deep alliance and historical ties. The songs of the land of the people of Israel were the anthems of my youth when I was growing up. You know, my wife and I had the privilege of visiting Israel in 2004 and 2008, and we fulfilled a lifelong dream to bring all of our children to the Holy Land in December of 2014. It was a joy -- inexpressible.
So let me say with confidence to all who are gathered here: President Trump stands without apology for Israel, and he always will. (Applause.)
Just look at the actions our President has taken since he took office. The President named David Friedman to represent the United States of America in Israel. (Applause.) The President named Governor Nikki Haley to be America’s Ambassador to the United Nations. (Applause.) And the President of the United States, as we speak, is giving serious consideration into moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Applause.)
To be clear, the President has also personally committed to resolving the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. Even now, we’re making valuable progress toward the noble goal of peace. Thanks to the President’s tireless leadership, momentum is building and goodwill is growing. And that while there will undoubtedly have to be compromises, you can rest assured President Donald Trump will never compromise the safety and security of the Jewish State of Israel -- not now, not ever. (Applause.)
President Trump has made it clear America stands alongside Israel, as friends and as allies, as together we confront those enemies who threaten our people and all that we hold dear. Since the moment of their nation’s birth, there's hardly been a day when the people of Israel have not lived without war or the fear of war, or the grim reality of terror. Know today that our prayers for the safety of the people of Israel, each and every day, go from the hearts of the American people to heaven. And know that Israel does not stand alone.
Today, under President Donald Trump, America’s support for Israel's security is at record levels. (Applause.) And in President Trump, America has a leader who will call our enemies by their name. I want to promise you, as the fight even goes on now in precincts around Mosul and Iraq, even in northern Syria and Afghanistan, this President is determined to keep his promise to the American people. ISIS is on the run, and we will hunt down and destroy ISIS and terrorist organizations at their source so they no longer threaten our people, our allies, and our most cherished ally, Israel. (Applause.)
And under President Donald Trump, America will stand strong in the face of the leading state sponsor of terrorism. This administration has put Iran on notice. America will no longer tolerate Iran’s efforts to destabilize the region and jeopardize Israel’s security. Under President Donald Trump, the United States of America will not allow Iran to develop a nuclear weapon. (Applause.) This is our solemn promise to you, to Israel, and to the world.
History attests that enmity toward the Jewish people often turns from evil thought to evil action. The State of Israel bears witness to this truth. On this day, so many years ago, only three years after the horrors of the Holocaust, Israel was given life by a people who had looked into the eye of the angel of death. The Jewish people have persevered through history’s darkest hour, for in that darkness shine the light of faith, of hope, and of love.
It was faith that led the Jewish people to return to their ancient homeland. It was hope that spurred them to strive with all their strength for a brighter future. And it was love for each other, and a love for freedom, that has inspired the Jewish people to greatness at the hour of Israel’s birth and every hour since.
And so today we celebrate and we marvel at all that Israel and her people have accomplished. We praise their vigilance and resolve in the face of crisis and condemnation, and for their enduring courage in this time of widening challenges and unknowable threats. And today we remember the sacrifice of those who gave so much for Israel’s existence, and for those brave men and women who stand sentry at this very hour.
Israel is an eternal testament to the undying fortitude of the Jewish people, to the unfathomable power of human freedom, and to the unending faithfulness of God. Indeed, though Israel was built by human hands, it’s impossible not to sense that just beneath their history lies the hand of heaven. For as God tells us in his word, speaking to his people so long ago, "I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I believe these words are as true today as they were in millennia past. And so I say with confidence, with your help, with God’s help, through the strength and courage of the people of Israel and all who cherish her, and with President Donald Trump in the White House, the best days for Israel and America are yet to come. (Applause.)
Thank you very much. May God continue to bless and protect Israel and the people, and may God bless America. (Applause.)
Speech Delivered on May 8th, the anniversary of Israel on the Israeli Calendar. Other Items, Published May 14,2017: Israel's 69th modern Independence Day on the Gregorian Calendar. <HEL>
President Trump in Israel
An eTPL26 Analysis
The US president has set his sights on “the ultimate deal” according to a headline in USA Today, May 23, 2017. By this statement the reporter, Gregory Korte, means a workable peace agreement between Israel and the “Palestinians.”
The president visited Israel immediately following his earlier stop in Saudi Arabia where he addressed the leaders of many Arab nations on current issues. In Israel he visited the Western Wall where, wearing a black yarmulke, he prayed publicly, and gently placed a traditional written message between the huge stone blocks of the structure, considered by Israel as its second holiest site.
His visit was scheduled just prior to Israel’s celebration of the Jubilee – the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem – on June 7, 1967, during the Six Day War, an event which marked the first time Israelis had gained sovereignty over all of the city of Jerusalem in modern times.
On this occasion his interactions with Israeli officials, including the prime minister, exhibited the warmest relationship with the Jewish state that any American president has ever had.
He became the first sitting president to pray at the Wall. His prayer doubtless included supplication for success in solving the Israeli-Palestinian controversy – a goal which he had assigned himself in the early days of the presidential campaign.
As to his visit to Israel – his first – he later summed it up in the statement, “Words fail to capture the experience. It will leave an impression upon me forever.”
In a meeting with Israeli President Reuven Tivlin, Mr. Trump had said the time may be right for a peace agreement which has eluded all of his predecessors. It is interesting that he also reported “a really good feeling toward Israel” at the American Arab Islamic Summit two day ago in Riyad.
A large component leading toward such a good attitude is surely what is now happening in Iran, as it opposes all its Islamic neighbors and even threatens them with aggression. If there is a benefit of this aggressive attitude, the unifying of the nearby neighbors of Israel may be that benefit. In this acknowlegment, he makes reference to the long-standing controversy of Zion (of Isaiah 34:8).
Unfortunately for him, Mr. Trump’s odds of permanent success in this effort are zero. That is not our conclusion, but is that expressed in scripture as to the final conflicts of the end time.
On the other hand, the president’s efforts may result in some temporary benefits which will set the stage for the final conflict of the age.
By that statement, we mean that we wonder whether his initiative might set up some sort of agreement which appears to be reasonable and workable – including “Palestinian” agreement to complex conditions – and bring observers widely and confidently to proclaim that peace has finally been achieved.
In our considerations, that conclusion would fulfill I Thessalonians 5: 3, in which “they shall say (the Greek word to say, is logo, or a statement of fact; in no sense does it imply a “cry” for peace – a plea, or an urgent request for peace – a condition which has stood so long that it has become tedious) Peace and Safety,” which is the moment when sudden destruction comes upon them. The ambiguous pronoun “they” becomes un-ambiguous when that statement concludes: the “them” designates Israel’s enemies round about, which shall suffer sudden destruction. There can be no other conclusion …
Thus the “peace process” in our opinion shall reach its end – but not that planned or hoped for by the diplomats and leaders of the world, whose best contribution is the “two state solution” of an Arab and an Israeli state in God’s Land.
Instead, Micah the prophet prescribes the conclusion in Micah 5:5, where he writes: And this man (that “man” of Bethlehem) shall be the peace (meaning, shall enforce or bring about peace by conquest), when the Assyrian shall (strive to) come into our land: and when he shall (strive to) tread in our palaces …
The summary account of this entire precursory affair is not encapsulated or obviously marked out as definitively as the later Gogian affair, and thus is overlooked, or relegated merely to a function of their (erroneous) assumptions of a great Gogian victory over Israel, and a re-scattering of the Jews of the land into exile.
Being dispersed in approximately fifty various references – all distinctly different from the Gogian invasion – it is a concept which is overlooked by many.
But it is one which is entirely integral to the solution of the Israeli-Arab controversy.
The USA Today article referenced Jerusalem as the key point in the controversy: it said, “Jerusalem is a central point in that debate: Israel sees Jerusalem as its undivided, “eternal” capital; Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.” Both conditions cannot prevail …
That exact pivot point was elucidated by the Prophet Zechariah when he wrote: And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zechariah 12:3.
This statement – and others similar to it – are the reason that we have stated that the president’s odds of achieving a permanent peace are zero.
There can be NO Islamic presence in Abram’s Land between the Rivers (see Genesis 13), for “… in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord (Zechariah 14: 21. Closely allied to that principle, Obadiah states that … in that day, there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau (as representative of the PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, the PFLP, etc.).
Now there is a resolution that will not fail!
But its execution depends upon that inevitable event of the personal return of the LORD to the earth in His role as Messiah – as Commander of His vast immortal armies of Saints as well as strategist for the Israelis as well – in the greatest victory ever gained by any army in all history.
And brethren, we are on the threshold of it at this moment!
<HEL 5P> ~1025 words. An eTPL26 Analysis Posted in “Other Items 2017” on May 23m 2017.
Jacob’s Sheep, Now Back in Israel, Begin Birthing
An eTPL26 Circular Letter
Our intense interest in the saga of Jacob’s Sheep returning to Israel has taken a natural and expected turn …
The now returned flock of Jacob’s Sheep, now living in Nes Harim, Israel, north of Beer’sheva, have begun kidding (calving?) – i.e., bringing forth offspring.
They are en route it is reported to a kibbutz in the Jordan Valley, where their owners – Gil and Jenna Lewinski of Canada, now having made aliyah – will continue to care for them and to develop the flock.
Readers may watch two short videos which give details of the Baa-aliyah of the sheep (pun intended!) which will be of intense interest in this heartening story of some of the longest exiles from the Land of Israel now having returned …
I don’t know about your feelings, but mine are that there is nothing in nature more lovable and precious than a lamb, just as our Father views His lambs of His human flock as they humbly and devotedly serve Him.
Videos of Jacob’s Sheep in Israel today may be viewed at …
Access to these videos may be obtained by copying the URLs (the addresses above) and pasting them into your search engine. Both are less than ten minutes in length, and are so worth watching! <HEL 6P> An eTPL26 Circular Letter Published June 12, 2017
A More Compelling Father’s Day
Father's Day: 2017. Our celebration of today must extend beyond its temporal significance of simple devotion to our earthly fathers, for every living being has a greater Father Who dwells at the center of the universe – One Who in every sense of the word, is our Father.
Although a kind of “Father’s Day” has been celebrated in Europe by the Catholic Church as St. Joseph’s Day for centuries, the celebration was not brought to the New World as a reflection of that tradition.
Instead, our modern form of the holiday was first celebrated on July 5, 1908, in Fairmont, West Virginia, in the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South, now known as the Central United Methodist Church.
It was brought about by Grace Golden Clayton, who was mourning the loss of her father in the terrible mining accident known as the Monongah Mining Disaster – a terrible accident in nearby Monongah, which killed 361 men, 250 of them fathers, leaving around a thousand fatherless children.
Pastor Robert Thomas Webb aided her in honoring all those fathers in this first celebration of “Father’s Day” as we now know it.
A Deeper Consideration
But we suggest a more serious view of this special day … an injunction found within a psalm of Asaph, recorded in the Chronicles …
1Chronicles 16:11 – Seek the LORD (YHVH) and His strength, seek His face continually. 12 Remember His marvelous works that He hath done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth; 13 O ye seed of Israel His servant, ye children of Jacob, His chosen ones.
The remembrance of our Father becomes more imperative in light of the fulfilled prophecies pointing to the rapidly approaching Event of the Ages – the Second Coming of our Father’s beloved Son from the heavens.
His return to the earth will have profound effects upon the entire world in a physical sense, matching the spiritual effects which His life expressed upon a small fraction of His people in the days following His ministry and sacrifice.
Those words of Asaph enjoin that every faithful man and woman (and child) fervently seek the wisdom and strength of His Fatherhood that is from above – that which intimately concerns the heavenly Father and Creator of us all and the consistent provider of every good and precious gift to mankind.
By extension, then, every calendar day is in the hearts and minds of every one of His children, both Jew and Gentile, in all our hearts and in our devotions, Father’s Day.
Such consistent devotion to Him could do wonders changing the contemporary world – a world whose sincere dedication to Him has been latent for so long, unexercised for such a long time, and never developed to an acceptable level in His view.
His marvelous works are insensible to us mere mortals.
His wonders are far beyond our comprehension.
And the judgments of His mouth pass all our understanding
The injunction is to “the Seed of Israel His servant,” and includes all the natural seed as well as the spiritual: that wonderfully blessed Elect – the Chosen of God – whether Jew or Gentile: in brief, the Seed of Abraham, to whom all His blessings flow, both now and forever!
The inspired words of Asaph express the sentiment in more noble terms:
1Chronicles 16:8 Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people.
1Ch 16:9 Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works.
1Ch 16:10 Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
1Ch 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually.
<HEL 6P> ~600 words. An eTPL26 Exhortation
Signs in the Sun and Moon
An eTPL28 Analysis
Oregon, USA. Early Monday afternoon, EDT, August 21, 2017: At approximately this moment, an ecliptic “zone of totality” is starting to occur in some 22 states of the lower 48, beginning in the state of Oregon.
The sun will be totally blocked by the moon in those areas of totality. The effect will be eerie to many observers, having never been experienced by most of them.
We believe that this event has been set up specifically for North America because this country is surely the most influential, the wealthiest, the most powerful nation of the world as we know it today; it is the epitome of human secular development which shall give way to the Way of God in the near future.
Consequently, it is harbinger of the certain destiny of this country (and all others) as well – that its destiny is to be “darkened” as to importance and influence in the world as the Kingdom of God approaches, and the Israel of God continues its relentless climb into prominence, and then dominance, among the nations!
It is destined to be an unprecedented shift in national emphasis and national prominence that the world shall never have witnessed.
As to the present eclipse, the phenomenon has not occurred (in the same manner) here since July 7th, 1442 – long before Columbus set sail for the New World. Solar eclipses of a more limited sort have happened frequently, however, and are not a “strange” occurrence to many people.
But this dark path of the sun across an entire continent to this extent is nearly unprecedented in modern time. Solar eclipses of this magnitude have triggered changes in human history in past time.
Our chief interest in this current solar eclipse is due to the words of two scriptural writers ...
A. Luke 21:25 - And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;
These are the words of Jesus Himself, Who was referring to the times just prior to “the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.”
B. Acts 2:19 - And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come:
These words are a quotation of the Prophet Joel’s writings (Joel 3: 15) by the Apostle Paul, referring to the last days preceding the establishment of the Kingdom of God beginning in Israel.
The words refer specifically to a solar eclipse (the sun being turned into darkness – or covered by the moon – a solar eclipse) and a total lunar eclipse (the moon into blood).
We believe the first of these subjects – the solar eclipse of this pair of references – is occurring at the moment.
It is the singular most extensive such event of over 200 years, this present solar eclipse. It is designed to get the attention of the world as almost nothing else could! And it has accomplished this end quite well...
The second of these phenomena occurred only two years ago. Prior to the time we reminded readers[i] of the approaching dates:
The dates of the next and final Jewish tetrad (for ages to come) are now known to be beginning on April 15, 2014, in this matrix:
April 15, 2014 Total lunar eclipse Feast of Passover
October 8, 2014 Total lunar eclipse Feast of Sukkot
April 4, 2015 Total lunar eclipse Feast of Passover
Sept. 28, 2015 Total lunar eclipse Feast of Sukkot
Both these phenomena are remarkable in their rarity ... and consequently in their ability to gain the popular attention that they have done.
As noted, this is the first solar eclipse of this magnitude for over 250 years in North America. It is not scheduled for repetition on this scale for over 500 years in the future! Rare indeed!
Only four “Jewish tetrads” (blood moons) have occurred in the last thousand years, and are not again possible for over 500 years into future time according to the NASA website dedicated to such information.
Both, in real terms, are events that are contemporary with each other, i.e., they have occurred in close proximity to each other as to time.
As such, they are surely reinforcers of our numerous warnings that mankind is living in the last throes of its incompetency – its innate inability to govern itself effectively – and the Second Advent of Jesus Christ to the earth from His place at the Father’s right hand – destined imminently to return to the earth to straighten out the mundane affairs of mankind by the establishment of His Kingdom among them.
The accomplishment of theses facts is stated many times in God’s word, as exemplified by this series of quotations...
Colossians_3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
Hebrews_1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
Heb_1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?
Heb_8:1 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
Heb_10:12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
Heb_12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
1Peter_3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
And two references to the Second Advent from the writings of the Apostle Paul...
1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
2Thessalonians 1:7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels...
This recognition of man’s incompetency to govern himself was voiced notably by the Prophet Jeremiah, who wrote: O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23.
Yet, mankind’s reliance upon the LORD to direct his steps has been nearly totally absent – especially from national assemblies and parliaments, although many of these begin their official sessions with prayer to their God.
All that is about to change abruptly, dependable evidence we believe associated with these intrusive signs in the sun and the moon.
We know these are heavenly signs – meaning, not “signs” among the ruling powers of the earth (the political heavenlies) because of the inclusion of the phrase ... and on earth ... which certainly denotes them as astrophysical, not geopolitical events, although the “distress of nations with perplexity” indicates that reality as well.
Therefore, these are signs in the literal sun and moon.
Together, these two converging earthquakes of the present time must strike some semblance of fear (in the sense of reverence) in thoughtful, introspective men and women, and a sober reminder that their redemption draweth nigh. Luke 21: 28.
<HEL 8Q> ~1200 words. An eTPL28 Analysis Published August 21, 2017
[i] Please see article in eTPL at this location: 9 April, 2014: The Stars as Witness to God’s Eternal Truth
Russian/Iranian Intrusion into the Golan
An eTPL28 Analysis
DebkaFile is reporting daily the continuing intrusion of both Iranian and Russian troops and Iranian “advisers” into the Golan Heights area near Quenitra, the UN-controlled no-mans-land between Syria and Israel.
During the week of August 16, 2017, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met with President Vladimir Putin of Russia in Sochi, Ukraine, and set “red lines” against Iran’s presence in Syria.
Although their meeting lasted only three hours, Mr. Netanyahu stated plainly that Israel will take any actions needed to halt this intrusion of Iranian influence in the area adjacent to Israel. His statement was, “We will not remain passive,” as he addressed Iran’s expansion into Syria – described by DebkaFile as “the Lebanonization of Syria,” an overt mechanism by which foreign control is unofficially introduced into an area adjacent to Israel in the manner in which Hezbollah has been allowed to become firmly established (and the dominant influence) in Lebanon.
Mr. Netanyahu objected to Mr. Putin that “Iran is attempting to establish a permanent military presence with airlifts of Revolutionary Guards as well as (forces of) Hezbollah. This is a serious situation for us and for many other countries in the region.”
He added the ominous warning that Israel is not asking Russia or anyone else for permission to intervene on its own behalf: “It will act in its own interest,” he stressed. “In view of the rapidly-changing reality in recent weeks, the Mossad and Shin Bet directors were sent out on a mission which was received with serious attention. We want to prevent war and we are therefore giving due warning,” he said.
Israel’s concern is that an extremist Shiite presence is being introduced into an area of predominant Sunni Islamic enclave (Syria), as well as being on the back doorsteps of Israel itself.
Mr. Netanyahu voiced an optimistic tone as to the outcome by noting that all his previous dealings with Putin had brought good results for both countries, that he was confident that this latest meeting would also produce such an outcome. He obviously does not suspect what is in store for the two countries in a future time!
Now, less than a week after the above warning had been issued, Russia has put the PM to the test. Debka just reported that “on Saturday and Sunday, (Aug.26-27), Russian forces installed Iranian Revolutionary Guards and Hezbollah officers at a joint “administration center” they had set up in the town of Quneitra.”
The Iranian troops were brought over from a base about 6km east of the Golan where they had been stationed for several weeks – a location still too close for Israel’s tolerance. This places Iranian troops within three km of Israel’s border with the demilitarized frontier in the Golan.
Debka has defined that the “administration center” is actually a military-civil body which has been formed by the Russians for their closer management of the Quneitra de-escalation zone, one of four such zones President Donald Trump and Putin agreed to establish in Syria at their meeting in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7th.
Israel strenuously objected to this provision from the start, but neither Moscow nor Washington was heedful of Israel’s concerns. They both assured Israel that there was no threat in this arrangement because Russian monitors would be in sole control there.
We would ask whether that is a source of comfort for Israel!
So, on Saturday August 26th, all this changed drastically.
From their observation post on the prominent Israeli hill, an intelligence outpost overlooking Quneitra, Israeli observers began observing Russian officers dressed in civilian clothing driving Iranian and Hezbollah officers (also in civvies) into the town of Quneitra, and placing them in the building which houses the “administration center.”
Through its connections through Skype, Israeli intelligence officers have determined that the various Syrian rebel groups in the Golan, which have been supported with medical and logistical aid by Israel for the last four years, have been given three options by the Russians ...
We quote the dispatch by Debka; the rebels can do one of three things:
“1. Play along with their Quneitra “administrative center” and do as they are told, in return for which they would be guaranteed Russian and Syrian army protection as well as regular supplies of food, water and medical care.
“They would naturally be obliged to cut their ties with Israel.
“2. Voluntarily disband and turn in their weapons to the Syrian army.
“3. If they rejected 1. and 2., they would be free to move to another Syrian location of their choice with safe conduct guarantees for them and their families.”
The Short-term Prospects?
It would seem that no matter which of these three options the Syrian rebels choose, Israel has effectively lost its security buffer on its Golan border with Syria; Syrian loyalists (loyal to President al-Assad – an enemy of Israel) and Hezbollah forces have intruded and replaced the Syrian rebels with Russian enablement. This location is far too close for Israel’s comfort and safety, in their opinion.
We realize that much is being made by pundits of this Iranian intrusion into the near-border of Israel, and we acknowledge Israel’s legitimate concern as to its meaning for Israel’s security.
But we also must point out, although we could be mistaken, that we believe little will become of this whole affair in the short-term, because our understanding of end time events is that the time for serious Russian/Iranian interference has not yet arrived.
Conditions are not yet “ripe” for such an imposition...
We believe that their fatal intrusion into the affairs of Israel will come at a significantly later time, when these integral parts of the Gogian coalition will attack Israel from the lands beyond the Rivers (Nile and Euphrates) as that great, aggressive host comes forth, looking to “despoil the despoilers” (Israel) – a truer translation of the phrase in Ezekiel 38, 39, stated as “to take a spoil and a prey” –KJV.
That translation takes into account that the State of Israel shall by that time have acquired “great spoils” from its neighboring countries round about, and at that FUTURE time possesses the vast riches of all their neighbors’ previous productivity – which we must acknowledge as an accumulation of riches and potential wealth perhaps unrealized in the annals of human history!
We believe that Israel today does not contain the great wealth indicated by this phraseology, or this necessary geopolitical posture of the future.
But we shall have to await the outcome ... meantime, we wait and watch.
<HEL 8Q> ~1150 words. An eTPL28 Analysis Published August 28, 2017.