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Mar. 31, 2010

I attended a Passover Seder last night, which was excellent.  I believe that Christians should be hosting or attending Seders.

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The Feasts of Adonai, Valerie MoodyThe instructions to perform the Seder were in The Feasts of Adonai, by Valerie Moody.  It also contains numerous charts, menus, and recipes.  It may be the best book describing God’s feast days that I’ve ever seen.

Passover Full MoonI will be eating unleavened bread (matzo) and drinking a little red wine each night of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  If we look at a square of matzo, we should be reminded of the suffering of Yeshua/Jesus: the stripes for the flogging He was given (Matthew 27:26), the numerous small holes for all the piercings He received (27:29,35), and the scorched areas for His bruises (27:30).

He was pierced for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah 53:5,6).

In other news, according to a senior official in the Palestinian Authority, the Obama administration has encouraged “resistance” by Palestinians to protest Israel’s presence in eastern Jerusalem.  Read more here:

Obama encouraged Palestinian "resistance"

Benjamin Netanyahu is being pressured from all sides.  Pray for him.  If my seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy hypothesis is correct, I would expect hostilities and aggression to escalate markedly in and around Jerusalem over the next few days, including a possible influx of troops into the area.

If no extraordinary events have taken place by April 4, the Feast of Firstfruits 2010, then I will be the first to say that I was wrong.  However, if astonishing, unprecedented events do take place—including, but not limited to, the setting up of the abomination that causes desolation in a “holy place” (Matthew 24:15)—I will assume that the Great Tribulation has commenced.

Mar. 30, 2010

Passover Matzo and WinePassover began last night, at sunset.  It’s also a full moon.  Tonight, I will be attending a Passover Seder.  Incidentally, I believe that Jesus was crucified on Good Thursday, not on “Good Friday.”

Passover Full MoonDuring the evening, I read Exodus 12.  I said a prayer for Israel, that the Lord would protect many of them during the Great Tribulation to come (whenever that might take place) and minimize their suffering and anguish.  Then I ate some matzo and drank some wine, in memory of Yeshua’s broken body and His blood shed on my behalf.

Finally, I read Isaiah 53, a written depiction of the suffering Messiah, Yeshua, centuries before He was born to the virgin Mary.  Indeed, “he was led like a lamb to the slaughter” (Isaiah 53:7).  As such, “Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed” (1 Corinthians 5:7).  Thank you, Lord and Savior Yeshua, for willingly dying for my countless multitude of sins and transgressions.

Now, today I have been thinking about something.  The prophecy in Daniel 9:27 says that “in the middle of that ‘seven’ he will put an end to sacrifice and offering.”  It occurred to me that prior to the middle or midpoint, there may not need to be a sacrifice at all.  It could be that the prophecy indicates a one-time, final declaration that from this point forward, whether during Passover or at any other time of year, there will be no more sacrifices, permanently.  It might be similar to the way a state could abolish capital punishment, even though there might not have been an execution for a very long time.

If so, this would come only days after someone was detained, and later arrested, for attempting to slaughter a goat near the Temple Mount in Jerusalem:

Federman detained with goat in car

If my suggestion is true, there will not be any animal sacrifices this week in Jerusalem.  There simply will be a proclamation, this weekend, that once and for all, no more sacrifice and offering will be allowed by Jews...period.  If no such “edict” is made on April 3 or 4, then it would seem that my hypothesis that the European Neighbourhood Policy began the 70th Week is incorrect—even though, so far, everything else appears to have fallen right into place.

Mar. 29, 2010

I have suggested the possibility of a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture (or at least transformation) of “firstfruits” believers sometime this coming weekend, April 3 & 4 (Feast of Firstfruits 2010).  Anyone who has been reading my information for awhile knows that it is not something I am predicting will happen; it is something I am proposing may happen.

Well, I was thinking about something today.  In case such an event does take place, I think it is possible that a similar “firstfruits” event may happen seven weeks later.  Let me explain why.  In Leviticus 23:15-22, the Feast of Weeks is described.  With the Feast of Firstfruits being day #1, then day #50 is the Feast of Weeks (23:1,2), which also is Shavuot or Pentecost.  If you get a Bible and read that entire passage, you will see that “firstfruits” is mentioned twice (23:17,20).

At Pentecost (Acts 2:1-11), a large number of Jews, having come from many nations to gather in Jerusalem, were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in languages or “tongues” not their own.  (Although I’ve never spoken in tongues, I have witnessed it and know of many who have.)  Essentially, these people were “firstfruits” of those, throughout the centuries, who would receive gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Speculating, then, it may be that the latter-day fulfillment of Pentecost will on the fiftieth day of the Feast of Weeks, which begins on April 4 this year.  With “five” often prophetically indicating the Torah, and with “fifty” being a multiple of five, perhaps knowledge and love of the Torah is the “oil” necessary to be part of the “firstfruits” believers to be transformed and then caught up and away.  If so, maybe the second wave of these “wise virgins” (Matthew 25:2,4,10) already will have their oil but simply will be “asleep” and unaware of the timing of the midpoint of the 70th Week on the Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday).  Then they will “wake up” and be ready to go.

Some Jewish rabbis and Christian theologians count the Feast of Weeks differently, arriving at conflicting dates for Shauvuot/Pentecost.  I believe the correct way simply is to count seven full weeks after the Feast of Firstfruits, the day after the weekly Sabbath (Leviticus 23:15,16), which always is the Sunday after Passover, during the Feast of Unleavened Bread.  Thus, beginning with April 4, seven weeks after that is May 23.

Mar. 28, 2010

Today is “Palm Sunday.”  It is the same day of the week that Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Luke 19:28-44; John 12:14,15), as predicted by one of the ancient prophets (Zechariah 9:9).

The night before this, Mary had anointed Jesus with expensive perfume (John 12:1-3).  Mary was the sister of Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead (11:38-44.)  Thus when Jesus, the Anointed One, rode into Jerusalem the next day, this fulfilled the ancient prophecy given to Daniel by the angel Gabriel:

Know and understand this:  From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven “sevens” and sixty-two "sevens" [that is, 69 x 7 years = 483 years]. (Daniel 9:25a)

The people of Israel should have recognized the first coming of their Messiah and God, Yeshua/Jesus, because the exact timing of this event had been chronicled by Daniel, an esteemed Jewish prophet.  Jesus even explained this, on Palm Sunday:

As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God's coming to you.” (Luke 19:41-44)

Because they did not recognize His first coming, Jesus, the Anointed One (Messiah), was crucified or “cut off” (Daniel 9:26a).  This led to the destruction, within decades, of Jerusalem and the Second Temple, by the Roman armies (Luke 19:43,44), in 70 A.D.  Not since then has a Passover lamb been slaughtered in Jerusalem.

That may change this week, though.  In two days, Passover week 2010 begins.  Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem have been saying, for months, that they intend to sacrifice a lamb during Passover this year.  If so, it will be the first time in 1,940 years, that this has occurred.

If that happens, I anticipate a firestorm of violence and carnage to ensue and external armies to enter Jerusalem (Luke 21:20).  I also expect other historically unprecedented events to take place (see my Mar. 10 entry and the last half of my Feb. 4 entry).

Only one week from today, April 4, is the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (Easter Sunday).  If sacrifice and offering is put to a stop anytime during that weekend, then we will have reached the midpoint of the 70th Week, and the dreaded Great Tribulation will commence.  A Mid-tribulation Rapture may be the only means of escape.

However, since most of the Israelites, in Jesus’ day, did not recognize the timing of His first coming, it is very likely that believers, at the end of the age, will fail to identify the occasions of the second return of Jesus: Rapture events and, ultimately, His second advent.

Mar. 25, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Speaking to AIPACIt really is appalling to me how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been treated so insolently by Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton lately.  And Barack Obama snubbed him tonight by leaving him hanging to go have dinner with Michelle and the kids.  The Obama administration believes that Israel should stop building “settlements” in East Jerusalem.

However, Mr. Netanyahu sees things differently:  “The connection between the Jewish people and Jerusalem cannot be denied.  The Jewish people were building Jerusalem 3,000 years ago, and the Jewish people are building Jerusalem today.  Jerusalem is not a ‘settlement.’  It’s our capital.”  I agree.  In fact, I believe that all of Israel—and much more—belongs only to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (Israel).  Here are two email responses I have written showing why I believe this:

What concerns me the most is that God always has reacted very negatively, in the Bible, toward any nation that mistreats or turns its back on Israel.  I strongly believe that one of the main reasons the USA has been so blessed as a nation is because, for the most part, we’ve always supported Israel and have been its friend.

Then Mr. Obama came along.  I am reminded of this:  “Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph [son of Israel], came to power in Egypt.” (Exodus 1:8).  Now, in effect, we are turning away from Israel, which I think will cause a dark, foreboding cloud to start hanging over this nation.

Mar. 24, 2010

I walked around Seaport Village last night.  It is one of my favorite spots in San Diego.  I had intended to get there before sunset to take photos of the sun going down over the ocean, but I was delayed.

By the time I got there, it was dark enough that I had to use an increased time exposure on my camera to capture enough light.  Unfortunately, I did not have my tripod with me, so the shots (especially the last one) are not as sharp as they could have been.

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That final shot has a beacon of light near the middle of the picture.  It is one of those that spins around, and you see the light every few seconds.  It reminded me of how Freedom and Liberty, two main beacons of America, no longer are steady beams but now are faultering lights.

Mar. 23, 2010

Today, President Obama signed into law the Health Reform bill, known as the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” for which the House of Representatives voted by a slim margin, 219-212, on Mar. 21.  As far as I am concerned, it is the final nail in the coffin of the twins, Freedom and Liberty.

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Now, our two beloved friends, who have been so good to us for over 225 years, can have a formal tribute and a solemn burial.  We will not be seeing them again anytime soon.

In other news, the Israel High Court finally has rejected a petition requesting that Jews be enabled to offer the Korban sacrifice on Passover.  Of course, that does not necessarily mean that it will not take place, in defiance of that ruling.  It still could happen anytime from Monday night, March 29, to Friday, April 2.  I will be watching.

Mar. 21, 2010

Rest in Peace, American Freedom and LibertyOn this first full day of Spring, I feel that Freedom and Liberty have died in the USA.  Tonight, the House of Representatives passed the Senate’s version of the Health Reform bill of Dec. 24, 2009 (the so-called “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”) as well as the Reconciliation Bill (see more in my Mar. 3 entry).

Freedom and Liberty will “lie in state” for two days, until the president signs the bill.  However, the “tombstone” has been created, since I see no more hope for the “resurrection” and “recovery” of Freedom and Liberty in the United States or, for that matter, the world.

It's Here: Democrats Pass
Sweeping Health-Care Reform

I watched much of the debate on C-SPAN.  I was proud of such representatives as John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin), who steadfastly have fought this disastrous legislation for over a year.  I am sorry to say that they lost.

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In my opinion, this is one of the biggest travesties in American history.  The USA never will be the same again.  Obamacare is a tragic “train wreck” waiting to happen.  Furthermore, once it “crashes and burns,” it will be impossible to “clean up the mess” completely or to “rebuild the train” (that is, the nation’s health care system) to a properly functioning level again.

President Obama has told numerous, downright untruths about this disastrous piece of legislation.  If this level of deception of the American people continues during his term, it will not surprise me if he turns out to be the False Prophet.  I cannot think of anyone in the world right now who meets the criteria to be that person better than Mr. Obama does.

In other news, the Israeli government has indicated, today, that issuing a permit to allow a Passover sacrifice on the Temple Mount to take place would be a “major threat to public safety and order, especially at this time.

Israeli Government:
Passover Offering Dangerous

The State Prosecutor has urged the Israeli Supreme Court to reject an appeal by an orthodox Jewish group to offer a sacrifice on Passover.  He added that this issue should go before the legislature, not the high court.  It looks like neither the Israeli government nor Supreme Court wants to be holding this “hot potato” issue.  I’m curious to see what happens next.

Finally, a “fire and ice” show has been going on in Iceland today.  I wonder if they export molten lava from their erupting volcano.  I’d like to have some to pour over my Thai food.  See a video here:

Iceland Volcano Eruption—Fire & Ice

Although the volcanic eruption has been relatively small, it is right next to a glacier.  The fear is that there will be flooding due to melting of the glacier.  As such, hundreds have been evaculated.  The pictures I inserted into the following article are frames captured from the video above, so they are not very clear:

Iceland volcano eruption
triggers fears for glacier

Well, with all of the incendiary activities going on today in the governments of the USA and other nations in the world, it seems appropriate to actually see some real “fireworks” exploding somewhere on the earth.

Mar. 20, 2010

Someone has taken issue with my Mar. 14 comments, as well as the last portion of my Mar. 15 comments.  Although she is the only one who has expressed concern about some of the things I said, there may be others who share her feelings.

These are some of the points she raised:

  • God's wrath falls well into Daniel's 70th week, but before that the world will experience His judgment.  This is a distinction without a difference.
  • He is completely Sovereign over all the coming horror, and indeed wrote the script.
  • God is not about to be transformed into a devastated, hurt, sad entity in need of consolation from us.
  • I have little tolerance for modern Theology which reduces God to an image like that of a man.  He is God, all the coming horror, wrath and judgment is decreed by Him, He wrote the script and is not going to be reduced to tears over it.

I actually do see a difference between God’s wrath and what comes before it, which I consider to be an escalation of chaotic destruction in the world, following the midpoint (potentially, April 4, if my hypothesis is correct).  I feel that prior to the “day of vengeance” (Isaiah 34:8, 61:2, 63:4; Revelation 6:16,17), which will encompass God’s wrath and judgment (I think during the the seventh year), the dreadful things coming upon the earth will be a result, primarily, of Satan’s fury and rage and mankind’s degenerate nature (Revelation 12:12,17), not God’s direct wrath.

Without a doubt, God is “Sovereign over all the coming horror, and indeed wrote the script.”  I fully agree with that concept.  Not only does He know what utterly devastating decisions many of His creatures will make, He is the author of all of it.  Some of my feelings about this are explained in an email response comparing predestination and free will.

If anyone perceives that I have reduced God to an image like that of a man, or transformed Him into “a devastated, hurt, sad entity,” I must say that I have not meant to do that.  He is the Creator; we are His creatures.  He made us in His image; He is not an image of us.  However, if we have been made in His image, and if we ourselves possess specific emotional traits, where would we have received such characterists if they had not been projected into us by Him?  After all, He is capable of compassion, love, anger, and even being influenced, on some level, to relent from sending calamity (Joel 2:13).

If we look at Revelation 6:9-11, we see those who will be slain because of their steadfast allegiance to God/Jesus during the Great Tribulation.  They are seen to cry out to God to avenge their blood.  At that point, I do not see God mechanically and perfunctorily performing the subsequent actions, during the “day if vengeance,” just because they have been “written into His script” (although I do believe that they have been).

We feel grief and sorrow when those whom we deeply love experience injustice and mistreatment.  In particular, this certainly would be expected in a Father and Son relationship.  Now, is there any one of us who thinks that the Father did not experience grief and sorrow when His only Son was flogged, nailed to a cross, and then died—even though this was in “the script” from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)?  Of course, Jesus asked for forgiveness for those who did that to Him.  Furthermore, God has wept, and will weep, over the destruction of His people (Isaiah 22:4).

For Israel and for Christian believers, many of whom will undergo extreme persecution and suffering in the future, is it not possible for God to feel grief and sorrow, leading up to anger and rage, resulting in wrath, on their behalf?  This certainly makes sense to me.

As such, I feel it is possible (but I do not necessarily expect others to agree with me) that He also is fully capable of grief and sorrow.  If it is possible, then why might not the elect believers, as the bride of the Bridegroom, fulfill all of the responsibilities and obligations that a wife would do for her husband, including consolation—albeit on a supernatural (not a natural) level which we have, as yet, to comprehend fully?

Mar. 18, 2010

Today, the Anti-Defamation League criticized comments that General David Petraeus made during a Senate hearing two days ago.

Petraeus wrong to link anti-U.S.
attitude to Mideast peace

Here is some of what General Petreaus stated:  “The enduring hostilities between Israel and some of its neighbors present distinct challenges to our ability to advance our interests. … Israeli-Palestinian tensions often flare into violence and large-scale armed confrontations.  The conflict foments anti-American sentiment, due to a perception of U.S. favoritism for Israel.

Some have said to me that they feel his intent was the equivalent of saying that the U.S. might be willing to put up a “defense shield” for the Palestinians.  Taking it one step further, they say it could imply a U.S. military presence in Israel, particularly in parts of Jerusalem having increased tensions and violence all this week (see my Mar. 16 entry and the first part of my Mar. 15 entry).  It has been suggested that such a military presence could explain the presence of armies, at the midpoint of the 70th Week, described by Jesus in Luke 21:20,21.

As described in my Mar. 10 entry, I have been considering the possibility that orthodox Jews will sacrifice a lamb on (or even near) the Temple Mount on Passover, March 30.  Seemingly, this incendiary act would cause a firestorm of unrest in the area, enhancing the potential for outside armies to infuse the area.  Perhaps United Nations Peacekeeping forces, which of course would include some U.S. troops, would be part of this.

Interestingly, Israel’s Supreme Court gave the government of Israel until Sunday, March 21, to respond to a petition by Temple Mount Movements requesting permission to make a sacrificial offering on the Temple Mount.  In past years, this high court has rejected this petition outright, ruling that the right to freedom of worship is outweighed by the consideration of public safety.  But this time, it is going to take the government’s opinion into consideration.

Of course, with the tensions and violence in Jerusalem all this week, I would expect that the government will give an official “thumbs down” to the lamb slaughter.  However, that does not necessarily mean that it won’t happen.  All it would take is a couple of “rogue rabbis” (or anyone else) to sneak up to the Temple Mount with a lamb (perhaps even without an altar) and make a bloody mess, after which that practice is put to a stop (especially if “cessation of sacrifice and offering” happened on April 3 or 4).  This quick series of events would satisfy that portion of the prophecy in Daniel 9:27, as far as I am concerned.

Mar. 17, 2010

Yes, I wore green today, and no I’m not Catholic.    Did you? 

Mar. 16, 2010

A “day of rage” was declared today, by Hamas, leading to violence across Jerusalem.  Hamas was clear that this was a direct result of the opening of the Hurva Synagogue yesterday, Mar. 15.  A statement was read by Politburo Chief Khaled Meshaal, in Damascus, describing the synagogue’s opening as “a declaration of war”:

Hamas: "Hurva" Synagogue a Declaration
of War; Israel Playing With Fire

Hamas "day of rage" leads to
violence across Jerusalem

Today, Rosh Chodesh Nisan, was supposed to be International Temple Mount Awareness Day (see my Mar. 6 entry).  Numerous Jews and Gentiles gathered near the Temple Mount this morning, planning to walk up onto it.

However, all of the tensions and violence put a major damper on that.  Rabbis Chaim Richman, of the Temple Institute, said, “We were denied access by the police, who essentially caved in to Moslem incitement and violence.

NEWS UPDATE: International
Temple Mount Awareness Day

Standing in front of a newly built golden menorah, Rabbis Ariel and Richman gave encouraging talks to listeners.  One thing Rabbi Richman said, speaking of his commitment to see the Third Temple built, was, “Things are not on ‘auto-pilot’; it’s not just ‘cruise control.’  We have to show that we are willing to take a step also. ... First, we have to take a stand and do as much as we possibly can, and then God makes miracles.

It makes me wonder how far they are willing to go to “take a stand.”  Perhaps those who agree with him may be even more intent now on following through with offering the Korban Pesach two weeks from today.

In other news, there was a predawn earthquake in Los Angeles County this morning.  The moderate temblor was a magnitude 4.4 and caused a sharp jolt in the area at 4:04 a.m.  A good friend said she wondered if 4.4 and 4:04 could be subtle hints pointing to April 4 (or 4/4), the proposed midpoint of my 70th Week time frame.  I wonder if there might be another earthquake then.  Hmmm....

Besides the quake, Orange County, CA, had the high temperature for the nation today: 92°.

Yippie...Spring is almost here! 

Mar. 15, 2010

The Hurva Synagogue was dedicated today in Jerusalem (see my Nov. 30, 2009 entry).  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ceremony.  This was amidst growing tensions in East Jerusalem.  See more here:

Netanyahu seeks to ease East Jerusalem
tensions at synagogue dedication

I made some alterations in my Mar. 14 entry, especially in the last two paragraphs.  I made these changes after thinking, during the day, about what I had written.  Sometimes I do go back and make modifications in an attempt to clear up things that I feel might be misunderstood or misinterpreted.

It is true that God has poured out His mercy and grace on mankind, for millennia, because He is compassionate.  But, in the distant past, He also has destroyed people with a great flood, which was after He was grieved for making them.  And He sent plagues and other types of destruction on His people Israel, several times, after they grieved Him.  That is, feelings of rage and wrath often follow grief and sorrow.

God’s righteous wrath definitely is coming again, to a world that absolutely deserves it.  However, that will not begin at the midpoint of the 70th Week, whenever that might be (perhaps in less than three weeks).  The terrible things that will happen to the people of the earth after that, during the Great Tribulation period, will be a result of Satan’s fury and rage (Revelation 12:12,15,17), not God’s.

Evidence that God’s wrath finally has been stirred will be seen soon after the Sixth Seal is opened (Revelation 6:16,17), I believe about 2½ years after the midpoint.  (The Sixth Seal is what will “cut short” the Great Tribulation for the elect believers: Matthew 24:21,22,29).  His wrath will become manifest during the “day of vengeance,” which will ensue after the opening of the Seventh Seal (8:1).

At that time, no longer will God be experiencing grief and sorrow.  Rather, He will be furious and enraged, and the intense anger He will feel, from thousands of years of human disobedience, will be unleashed in the worst cataclysms humankind has ever witnessed, via the trumpet judgments and then the bowl judgments.

Mar. 14, 2010

For the most part, I deal with things logically rather than emotionally, realistically rather than idealistically.  It is much easier for me to relate to people who are the same way—who are very independent and not emotionally needy.  That probably is one reason why I’ve had less than a handful of very close friends in my life.

I do not need the approval of other people, because I don’t really care what anybody thinks about me (or my views, for that matter).  I want and need the approval of only One: Adonai.

Frankly, sometimes I have a hard time comprehending why He would extend His blessings to me.  I know that I am a wretched piece of garbage and deserve zero support and sustenance from Him, athough He always has been faithful and dependable to provide them for me.

Adonai is the only One for Whom I have a real, true Love, and He is the only One I really need.  Paradoxically, one of the main things I like about Him is that He doesn’t need me, in the sense that He can accomplish His agenda and goals on earth without me.  He is the epitome of autonomy and self-sufficiency, and I revere that, among many other things about Him.

I think of the woman (named Mary—John 11:2) who washed Jesus’ feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, then poured perfume on them (Luke 7:36-50).  Like that woman, I love Him exceedingly, because my countless boatloads of sins have been forgiven (7:47,48).

I do not know how He could have forgiven any more sins, disobedience, and unfaithfulness than mine.  I do know that I probably would have rejected myself as a friend, knowing the host of transgressions that I have committed in my life.  So I never have ceased to be amazed at how He always has been a steadfast Friend to me.

It is virtually impossible for me to comprehend why Adonai would want me to be around Him for a season, much less eternally.  As such, it is very difficult for me to fathom how I possibly could be part of a “firstfruits” transformation of believers, should one occur during the Feast of Firstfruits 2010, only 3 weeks away.

There is only one reason I can think of why He might.  In the past, the Spirit of God has been grieved not only when Israel has been harmed but also due to Israel’s unfaithfulness and spiritual adultery (1 Chronicles 21:15; Ezekiel 6:9).  Furthermore, due to the wickedness of mankind as a whole, God has been grieved and filled with pain that He created mankind at all (Genesis 6:5,6).

I believe that during the Great Tribulation period, all of these circumstances and feelings will be repeated.  I sense that Adonai is going to suffer and hurt considerably, seeing evil, corruption, depravity, and treachery reigning on the earth like never before.  It will be similar to the sorrow that made Jesus weep as He rode into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (Luke 19:41,42).  Furthermore, most of His people, Israel, will be brought to devastation and ruin because they have not recognized Him and have forsaken Him, which also happened at His first coming (19:43,44).

Of course, this grief and rejection, ultimately, will change into rage and wrath after the opening of the Sixth Seal and the Seventh Seal, during the “day of vengeance.”  Until then, though, I feel it is very possible that He will be experiencing anguish and agony that we cannot fully understand.  And, like a bride for her Bridegroom, it may be that the first wave of His Bride, “firstfruits” believers, taken in a Mid-tribulation Rapture, will be able to comfort and console Him during that initial time of sorrow.

Mar. 10, 2010

Recently, several people have asked me what is my “take” on the “abomination of desolation,” of which Jesus spoke in Matthew 24:15 and Mark 13:14.  The bottom line is that I do not know, for certain.  All I can do is consider the timing of this event and make some speculations about it.  As part of this process, I have revised the abomination that causes desolation section, in my Rapture commentary, which some might find interesting.

I think of something that Jesus said:

When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near.  Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. (Luke 21:20,21)

Firstly, Jesus seemed to indicate that there will be a gathering of armies or other forces prior to the “desolation” (which, presumably, will take place after the “abomination,” whatever that may be).  Secondly, in three Gospel accounts, Jesus alerted those in Judea to “flee” when they witness these events.

Of course, not everybody in Jerusalem and Judea will flee, but at least a remnant of people will.  John recorded that the fleeing remnant will be protected for 1,260 days (Revelation 12:6), the final half of the 70th Week.  Thus, it would seem to me that both the setting up of the “abomination” and the fleeing of many in Judea will transpire on the same day.  I do not know how to interpret this any other way.

Also, consider Daniel 9:27 and 12:11.  Both verses seem to connect these two events together:

  • the cessation of the sacrifice and
  • the setting up of the abomination of desolation.

One event may not necessarily cause the other, but it does seem that they will happen at nearly the same time, it would, seemingly on the same day.

The midpoint of my hypothesized 70th Week is April 4, the Feast of Firstfruits 2010.  There very well may be violence in Jerusalem on March 16: International Temple Mount Awareness Day (see my Mar. 6 entry).  If so, it is possible that hostilities could escalate after that, necessitating the influx of external groups (perhaps even the United Nations Peacekeeping forces) to intervene.

In my Jan. 18 entry, I showed how the orthodox Jews of the New Sanhedrin want to sacrifice a Pesach lamb on the Temple Mount on March 30, Passover.  Perhaps this would be done in defiance of the resistance that they would encounter, by Muslims, to their walking onto the Temple Mount on March 16.

If the Pesach slaughter is performed, presumably it would be a direct violation of the Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals, a part of the European Neighbourhood Policy, of which Israel is a member.  As such, it would seem plausible that someone in authority (many have suggested Javier Solana) could proceed to put an end to sacrificing animals and to other orthodox Jewish rituals and practices.  Whether this person, himself, will be the actual “abomination of desolation” has yet to be seen.  See my abomination that causes desolation section for more details.

Mar. 6, 2010

For those who have not heard, International Temple Mount Awareness Day is scheduled for March 16, only 1½ week from now.  It will take place on a Rosh Chodesh (new moon).  The official page promoting this, at the website of The Temple Institute, is here:

March 16, 2010:
International Temple Mount Awareness Day

In my Nov. 30, 2009 entry, I pointed out a prophecy that appears to be in the process of being fulfilled, pertaining to the Hurva Synagogue in Jerusalem.  The dedication of that synagogue is scheduled for March 15, 2010.  Interestingly, that is one day before International Temple Mount Awareness Day (ITMAD).

Presumably, there will be Jews who will support the ITMAD and Arabs who will not.  I would expect violence to take place.  I wonder if it might embolden orthodox Jews to sacrifice a lamb on the Temple Mount, only two weeks later, at the beginning of Passover week 2010.  Or, perhaps, a sacrifice could be performed, in defiance of opposition to their accessing the Temple Mount on March 16.

Mar. 5, 2010

With 30 days remaining until April 4, the midpoint of my proposed 70th Week period, I have decided to give up, for a month, something I love: food from animals.  That includes any kind of meat, eggs, and even cow’s milk.

Today, I ate my usual raw oats, fruit, and almonds.  Instead of regular milk, I got some almond milk, since I love almonds.  It’s really good!  I could see drinking this stuff from now on.

Later in the afternoon, I chopped up and steamed a bunch of vegetables: zucchinis, butternut squash, onions, garlic (two whole globes), broccoli, jalapeño peppers, and red bell pepper.  I even toasted the butternut squash seeds in the oven and mixed them in.  I seasoned everything with Italian seasoning plus a little salt and pepper.  Normally, I would have included chunks of chicken, but not this time.  As always, I made enough to last for several nights.

Mar. 4, 2010

Protect Your Education!There have been demonstrations at several universities across the USA today.  The protestors oppose tuition fee hikes, and many want free publicly-funded education (including for illegal aliens).  Participants have been encouraged to use any tactics they deem effective or appropriate to get their message across, includes strikes, walkouts, marches, rallies, occupations, sit-ins or teach-ins.  This movement began in California, a state which is hopelessly and irretrievably bankrupt.

Dissapointment & FrustrationUnquestionably, education and health care costs in the state, as well as in the nation as a whole, are much too high.  The problem is that making major funding changes in these areas right now, with the economy right on the precipice of a great depression, could be disastrous.  It will not take much more to nudge it over the edge.  I don’t know which will happen first for California: falling into the bottomless abyss of financial insolvency or sliding off into the Pacific Ocean due to a cataclysmic earthquake.

The cry of many protestors is, “Education is a human right!”  However, commodities such as education and health care (see my Mar. 3 entry) are not “rights” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  Attempting to convince people that they are is blatant mendacity.  Fortunately, the framers of our Constitution are not here now to see how lawmakers have been corrupting and chipping away at that key, fundamental document in recent years.  I suspect that they would be banging their heads against the wall in utter disappointment and frustration.

We now are only one month away from April 4, the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (Easter Sunday).  Today, the White House is continuing to push hard for passage of a comprehensive, behemoth health care bill by Easter break.  If it happens, the “Easter bunny” may be bringing lumps of coal instead of multi-colored eggs this year.

If that were to happen, what would nations from whom we borrow the most money, and to whom we are in the greatest debt (such as China), think about our irresponsible and reckless plunge even further into the boundless quagmire of insurmountable debt?  I think I know what I would do if somebody who had borrowed vast amounts of money from me, but had paid virtually none of it back, asked for another enormous loan.  I probably would cut him/her off and begin demanding repayment.

Mar. 3, 2010

Barack Obama and Doctors During Health Care SpeechIn yet another healthcare speech today, President Obama was resolute and insistent that an “up or down vote” on a health care bill, in Congress, should take place soon.  By saying this, Obama was hinting that a very controversial procedure, “reconciliation,” should be used to pass the bill.

After a year of the lack of passage of his healthcare plan—which, incidentally, is opposed by a significant majority of Americans—Obama now is playing “hardball.”  With the election of Scott Brown to the U.S. Senate on Jan. 19, Obama lost his 60-seat Democratic supermajority in the Senate to break a Republican filibuster.

It looks like the plan is to get the House of Representatives to pass the health care reform legislation, passed by the Senate on Dec. 24, 2009, as well as a second bill containing various “fixes.”  Then, by invoking “reconciliation,” also known as the “nuclear option,” only 51 votes would be required to ram the “fixed” health care bill through the Senate.

The rules for budget reconciliation in the Senate restrict the procedure to provisions dealing with the budget.  It never was envisioned to be a “fast-track” procedure to ratify complex and multifaceted social policy measures, such as a gargantuan reform of the health care system.

Most people probably do not know that the provisions of the health care bill, if passed, will not even be scheduled to go into effect until 2014.  What that means is that colossal amounts of taxes will be collected from Americans until then, allegedly to fund the new health care system.  Of course, I am extremely cynical and mistrusting of that.

Now, I will speculate about a possibility.  As I have noted before, I have a sneaking suspicion that Barack Obama will turn out to be the False Prophet (second beast) of Revelation 13:11-17.  What better way to help fund his agenda of a massive global government than with a sudden, huge influx of funds from mammoth tax hikes?

Furthermore, I still find it very interesting that Javier Solana recently joined the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC (see my Feb. 10 entry).  Here are, perhaps, the #1 and #2 leaders of the New World Order now living in the same city, with potentially hundreds of billions, if not trillions, of tax dollars about to pour in.  I wonder what’s going to happen to all that money.  I suggest that the majority of it will be spent on other agendas besides health care.

Mar. 2, 2010

I think this web page is pretty cool:

USA Daily Newspaper Front Pages

It shows a map of the USA with numerous orange dots, representing cities.  Placing your mouse pointer over a dot will cause the front page of a newspaper to appear to the right of the map.  Just below that will be the name of the newspaper and the name of the city.  You can use the arrows at the bottom left to move the map and show other locations, or else just place your pointer on the map and drag it around.

If you click on the dot, an enlarged version of the newspaper’s front page will be displayed.  At the upper right of that page will be a link that goes to the that newspaper’s website.  So if you quickly want to see the front page of major newpapers all over the nation, this is a good place to be able to do that.

Mar. 1, 2010

Recently, I heard the pastor of a Calvary Chapel (CC) talking about Mark 13:24-37.  It was exactly what would have been taught at the main Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA.  I know because I used to attend the latter, regularly, over two decades ago.

Eventually, I quit, mostly because I felt that the foundational tenets they laid down about such things as the Rapture, the Creation, and a few other biblical teachings were made of “sand.”  Therefore, in my opinion, many of the instructional models built on top of them were, and are, in danger of collapsing.

Also recently, someone emailed me and encouraged me to watch a Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) video and also to read two SDA commentaries.  He wanted to know what I thought about them.  Simply speaking, I feel similarly about many SDA and CC teachings.  I agree with some things (such as their general instruction of Jesus’ principles), but I sincerely disagree with most of their prophetic and end-time views.

Interestingly, both CC and SDA churches call themselves “non-denominational,” to set themselves apart from other church denominations.  Paradoxically, due to their extremely sectarian and narrow beliefs and teachings, they both are very denominational.  Furthermore, their end-time teachings are quite different from each other, almost diametrically opposed; and, generally, I agree with neither.

If you want an example, you can read the following lengthy email response that I have taken the time to write to the person who asked my opinion about the SDA video and commentaries:

In that email response, I focus mainly upon SDA teachings and my observations about them.  In about the last 1/4 of my response, I address the issue of “date setting,” and I compare and contrast some common “Pre-tribulation” (CC) and “Post-tribulation” or “end of the age” (SDA) Rapture beliefs.

Feb. 28, 2010

Today is a full moon.  The next full moon, on March 30, will begin Passover week 2010.  Presumably, by the end of that particular week, my hypotheses about the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy, and about a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture of “firstfruits” believers, will be proven right or wrong, definitively.

Anybody who has followed what I have been writing for the past three years, though, should know that I never have claimed to be a “prophet,” nor have I asserted that I have any type of “enlightenment” about the future, nor have I professed to have “heard” anything from God.  I have not even declared that I feel certain that anything of any significance definitely will occur on even one of the dates I have proposed.  In fact, there are many people who seem to feel more certain that I am correct than I do.

Numerous people, in the past, have set firm dates of when they believed prophetic events would take place (such as the Rapture or the Second Advent of Jesus to earth).  They’ve always been wrong.  Understandably, then, there are many who insist that “setting dates” scares people, causes some believers to give up on trying to reach the lost, or makes other Christians look like idiots when a predicted date comes and goes without a momentous occurrence.  I’ve even heard that Christians should have nothing to do with date-setters.  Generally speaking, these things may be so.

I have had these verses pointed out to me many times:

No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:36)

Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. (Mark 13:35)

Firstly, these are referring to the main, Pre-wrath Rapture event (Matthew 24:30,31; Mark 13:26,27), not to the Second Advent of Jesus back to earth, as some maintain.  (See Are the Sixth Seal events at the very end of the 70th Week?)  Secondly, I believe, quite emphatically, that there will be multiple Rapture events; and no believer will know at which one, much less the day or hour, that he/she will be removed.

In any case, I will not insist on setting my dates in “stone.”  So why do I even bother suggesting dates at all?  Virtually everything I have suggested has revolved around one inescapable fact:

For the first time in history, in October 2006, Israel joined other nations in signing onto a seven-year agreement—one which confirms and strengthens a prior agreement and which potentially fulfills the initial portion of the prophecy in Daniel 9:27.

No other “date setters,” in the past, have had this vitally important “foundation,” on which to build end-time theories, available to them.

Now, the prophecy in Daniel 9:27 indicates that sacrifice and offering will cease in the middle of the “week” of seven years.  It seemed logical to me, then, that 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3, 12:6) should be the length of both the first and second halves of that seven-year period.

As such, I have proposed a very simple thesis:  Day #1 of the 70th Week was October 22, 2006, a new moon (which was significant, to God, several places in the Torah).  If so, then day #1 of the second half of the 70th Week would be April 4, 2010 (the Feast of Firstfruits = Easter Sunday); and day #1,260 of that second half would be September 14, 2013 (Yom Kippur).  Of course, these dates are merely the “tip of the prophetic iceberg,” as anyone knows who has read my commentaries and email responses.

Seeing how these and other dates appear to fit together like a jigsaw puzzle, I have been open-minded enough to consider that some of the presumptions I have made about the 70th Week, for about two decades, may have been incorrect.  I have urged other end-time prophecy teachers to think about this as well.  For me, such long-standing suppositions, which may need to be re-evaluated, include the following:

Knowing that Jesus fulfilled Hebraic feasts at His first coming, and believing that He also will do so at His second coming, I simply cannot discount the amazing concurrence of feast dates, with straightforward calculations (not to be confused with “numerology,” which it is not) using one critical number: 1,260 days.  Moreover, numerous other things “fit” as well.

Frankly, if Passover week comes and goes with nothing noteworthy taking place, I will not be shocked that my hypothesis was incorrect, as I am merely human.  But I will be surprised that God allowed so many things to fall perfectly into place for a mere “trial run,” without being the “real deal,” beginning with a seven-year agreement to which Israel was the first non-European nation to sign on.  That, in itself, should have raised a “big red flag” in the mind of anybody who studies biblical prophecy.

This brings me to my final point.  We know that, on Passover, Jesus gave up something enormously important to Him—His life—for mankind.  Now, just the possibility that the weekend of April 3 & 4, 2010, may be a major turning point in human history seems so plausible to me that I now am contemplating giving up something very important to me on March 30, 2010—Passover.  It will be a physical object that I value greatly and do not want to give up.  (Don’t bother asking what it is; I won’t tell.)  Yet, I seriously am contemplating destroying it so that even if all of my end-time hypotheses do not “pan out,” the object will be irretrievable.

Did not Abraham implicitly trust God when given the command to sacrifice Isaac?  Did not Jesus have complete faith in the Will of the Father in going to the cross?  Was not Jesus’ reward, for what He did on Passover, being transformed and resurrected on the Feast of Firstfruits?

What if the “ticket” onto a Mid-tribulation Rapture “boat” entails our giving up a salient worldly possession, with which we otherwise never would consider parting, to prove that we desire nothing more than to be with our Bridegroom?  I, for one, will be contemplating this idea for the next 30 days.

Feb. 27, 2010

Purim began at sunset tonight, so I read one of my favorite stories in the Bible: the Book of Esther, from which the story of Purim originates.  It is an amazing story of drama and intrigue.

Most people do not realize that the “villain” of the story, Haman, was hanged on Aviv 17 (or Nisan 17) of the Hebrew calendar.  This also happens to be the Feast of Firstfruits, which also is Resurrection Day (Easter Sunday).  That is, Aviv 17 is a day of salvation for both Jews and Christians.  You can read my brief account about Purim here:

Queen Esther and the
Feast of Firstfruits

This year, the weekend of the Feast of Firsfruits is April 3 & 4, only five weeks away.  It also is the midpoint of my proposed 70th Week period.  I continue to consider the possibility that a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture, of “firstfruits” believers, might happen during that weekend.

In other news, look at the chart to see the nine earthquakes, magnitude 6.0 or greater, that have happened in the world during the past 24 hours.  I got my information here:

USGS: Latest Earthquakes
in the World—Past 7 Days
      Seismic Monitor

Most of the quakes, of course, were aftershocks of the colossal 8.8 rocker, which struck central Chile today.  The energy released in this earthquake was over 900 times stronger than the quake that shook Haiti about 1½ month ago, on January 12.

Tsunami watches and warnings went out all over the Pacific Ocean.  Hawaiians, who waited nervously for high waves to come aground, were relieved when none of any significance appeared.  Basically, Hawaii “dodged a bullet” today.

Yet, Hawaii was not so fortunate almost 50 years ago, on May 22, 1960, when a tsunami from the greatest earthquake on record—a 9.5, also centered just off the Chilean coast—caused 35-foot waves that completely destroyed the waterfront in Hilo.

In case my 70th Week hypothesis turns out to be correct, we may see an increasing number of shakers like today’s 8.8, or even greater, up until the entire earth shakes at the opening of the Sixth Seal.  On my projected time frame, that would be on Rosh HaShanah, September 16-17, 2012, and would be followed, shortly thereafter, by the Pre-wrath Rapture.

Feb. 24, 2010

Tensions between Jews and Muslims in the West Bank and Jerusalem are extreme.  Violence can break out, at any time, over seemingly minor things.  This happened today:

Violence Flares in the West Bank

Can you imagine the religious and political volcano that would erupt if the New Sanhedrin were to sacrifice a lamb on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem?  We may find out in just a few weeks.

Feb. 23, 2010

Many of you have heard of “laminin.”  It is a protein molecule that is a major component, in all of our internal organs, of the extracellular matrix also known as the basement membrane.

This protein assists in cell adhesion and binds other extracellular matrix components together.  The laminin molecule has four “arms” that bind to four other molecules.

I heard of laminin a couple of years ago, via the following video:

Louie Giglio — Laminin

Model of the Laminin Molecule
Electron Micrograph of the Laminin Molecule
Both a model and an electron micrograph of the laminin molecule show that it is cross-shaped.  Laminin is vital in making sure that body structures hold together.  It reminds me of one of Paul’s descriptions of Jesus:

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17)

Most scientists probably would insist that relating laminin to Jesus and the cross is mere speculation.  Some would say, “But laminin was here long before Jesus and the cross were around!”  Yes.  However, Jesus was/is the Word of God, Who always has been in existence, and He also made everything (including laminin):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. (John 1:1-3)

There also are events in the ancient Torah that point first to the Messiah and then to the cross.  One of them occurred in the days leading up to the very first Passover.  The Israelites were to take lambs, without blemish or defect, on the 10th day of the month of Aviv (or Nisan).  The lambs were to be kept for four days and then be slaughtered on the 14th day of the month (Exodus 12:2-6).

These “lambs” foreshadowed the Yeshua HaMashiach (Jesus the Christ).  He entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday (on the 10th day), was found to be perfect and faultless in responding to all of the questions asked of Him by the Pharisees and Sadducees (Matthew 21:1-11, 22:15-46), and then was crucified (on the 14th day).  Incidentally, this shows that Jesus’ crucifixion day was Good Thursday, not Good Friday; in that year, Aviv 10 was on a Sunday and Aviv 14 was on a Thursday.

Doorway of an Israelite Home in Ancient Egypt with Blood of the Passover Lamb on the Top, Sides, and Bottom of the DoorframeIn ancient Egypt, God told Moses that after the lambs were slain, on the first Passover, the people were to

...take some of the blood and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. (Exodus 12:7)

I am going to make the assumption that, due to gravity, at least a few drops of blood from the top of a doorframe dripped down to the bottom of the doorframe.  Thus, the configuration of the blood at the top, both sides, and bottom of the doorframe would have been a cross.  This points directly to the Messiah, Yeshua/Jesus, our Passover Lamb, since He was sacrificed on a cross:

For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. (1 Corinthians 5:7)

The blood from the crown of thorns on His head, as well as from the nails in His wrists/hands and ankles/feet, formed the same geometric structure as the blood of the first Passover lambs on the doorframes, millennia before that.    (It reminds me of the configuration of Jesus on the cross seen in the dust cloud of Comet P/2010 A2 in my Feb. 18 entry.)  In the Old Covenant, there are many other Messianic predictions forshadowing the coming of Yeshua, the Messiah, as well.

Passover Week 2010 begins on March 30, exactly five weeks from today.  It could be the first time officially, since 70 A.D., that a lamb will be sacrificed on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.  See my Jan. 18 entry for more about this.

Feb. 22, 2010

Archeologists in Jerusalem have uncovered ancient structures that probably date back to about 1,000 years BCE.  Dr. Eilat Mazar, leader of the archaeological dig, has indicated that a wall 70 meters long and 6 meters high is likely to have been built by King Solomon.  Read more here:

Dig Supports Biblical Account of King Solomon's Construction

The wall runs between the historic City of David and the Temple Mount.  It makes me wonder what else, of significance, might be uncovered within the next few weeks.

Feb. 18, 2010

Comet P/2010 A2
Comet P/2010 A2: Star of David
Comet P/2010 A2: Jesus on Cross
Maybe I should have been an astronomer; the universe and everything in it utterly fascinates me.  As anyone who has read much of my stuff knows, I absolutely and adamantly believe in an extremely ancient Creation, about 13.7 billion years ago.

I have seen way too much scientific evidence for me to believe in a young universe that is only a few thousand years old, as many Christians believe.  Furthermore, I feel that a very ancient universe makes much more sense in demonstrating of one of God’s stellar traits: patience.

For weeks, astronomers have been observing a strange object in the solar system.  The tail of Comet P/2010 A2 appears to have been formed by a recent head-on collision of two asteroids.

The comet’s nucleus is offset substantially from the central axis of the tail and outside of the typical comet or dust halo of the comet.  This never has been observed before in a comet.

Is it my imagination, or do I see the faint outline of the Star of David in the comet’s dust cloud?  Someone else pointed out that there also appears to be the outline of Jesus on the cross in the same dust cloud.  If you want to see what I mean, click on any of the three photos to see a larger view.  Then click on the large versions, from one to another.

Feb. 17, 2010

Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent.  That is why people (such as Vice President Biden) are walking around with ash smudges on their foreheads.  Each year, Catholics, and some Protestant denominations, traditionally go through a period of prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial, from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday, which is April 4 this year.

Although I am not Catholic, nor do I belong to a denomination that celebrates Lent, I do recommend that believers observe the things the Lenten adherents do.  I am doing that myself.

In fact, back on December 14, I decided to abstain from three “pastimes,” which I did occasionally.  I will “give up” these things, at least until the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (Easter Sunday).  I wanted to give them up for the Lord, as a sacrifice to Him, and so far I have been successful.  Don’t bother asking what they are; they are between God and me only.

Anyway, what has amazed me is that virtually everything in my life, since then, has been going great.  There have been much fewer hassles and snags, and it’s like God’s protection and help have been with me, more effectively and continuously, than ever before.  I do not believe that this is merely a “coincidence”; I believe that He has noted my activity and has been compensating me accordingly.

Now, look how the word “overcome” appears once, for each of the seven churches, in Revelation 2 and Revelation 3 (which I believe are messages, especially to end-time believers, of how they need to repent, endure, and overcome things for Him, simply speaking).  It very well may be that those who are willing to “overcome” some regular worldly activity or activities, in the weeks leading up to April 4, will fit into the Philadelphian church (Revelation 3:7-13) and be part of the “firstfruits” group of believers to participate in a Mid-tribulation Rapture event, should one take place.  I believe that it is worth the effort to find out.

Feb. 16, 2010

On Nov. 3, 2009, I posted a prophetic dream and a vision.  Here is a prophetic word, from the person who wrote the vision about the “rain of fire,” describing extreme change that is about to come, both in ourselves and in the world:

As before, I cannot and will not attest to the validity or reliability of this prophetic word.  All I can say is that in case there actually is a transformation of “firstfruits” believers during the weekend of April 3 & 4 (the Feast of Firstfruits 2010), followed by the onset of the Great Tribulation upon the world, this prophecy would appear to support that.

Feb. 15, 2010

I flew, recently, and shot these photos out the window of the plane, near sunset:

10-second slideshow

They reminded me of how Jesus will be coming on the clouds (Matthew 24:30,31), at the Pre-wrath Rapture.  The entire world will be awestruck when that occurs, probably just prior to the beginning of the seventh year of the 70th Week.  Most of the people will be in sheer terror and dread when that day comes, hiding in caves and under rocks, because God’s day of vengeance will be imminent (Revelation 6:15-17).

Feb. 14, 2010

Valentine’s Day, like most days celebrated annually (such as Christmas Day), is just another day of little significance to me.  Really, the main good thing about it, to me, is getting various types of candy on sale the next day.  And since I typically do not eat much candy, that “stash” will last me quite a long time. 

This seems like an appropriate day, though, to say that I do have one, and only one, true Love: my Lord and Messiah, Yeshua (Jesus).  I long to see Him and to be like Him, which could happen as early as the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (during the weekend of April 3 & 4 in Passover Week 2010), only a few weeks away.  I know that I would not deserve such a privilege; nevertheless, I desire it more than anything.

Whenever it may transpire, I look forward to being a part of the “Bride” of Christ, my Bridegroom.  For you men out there who have difficulty thinking about being a member of the “Bride” of Christ, I can understand your hesitation, perhaps even uneasiness about this.  Such a thing does not seem “natural” to me, either.  But, in effect, that is the point.  This is not a natural matter; it is a supernatural issue.  Just as wives should submit to their husbands (Ephesians 5:22; Colossians 3:18), we need to submit, wholeheartedly, to God and to His commands, as He will be our eternal “Husband.”

I believe that the seven churches addressed in Revelation 2 & 3 have multiple symbolism.  I feel that one representation pertains to Christians during the 70th Week, most of whom will enter the Great Tribulation.  However, it appears that those in the Philadelphian church (Revelation 3:7-13) will be the only ones to keep God’s “command to endure patiently” and, as such, will be kept “from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth” (3:10).  This “hour of trial” would seem to be the Great Tribulation.

Furthermore, there are two more things that will apply to these believers:

  1. before them will be placed “an open door that no one can shut,” and
  2. they also will have “kept [God’s] word and have not denied [His] name.” (Revelation 3:8)

The “open door” may be the same door through which the “wise virgins” will walk, with their Bridegroom, into the “wedding banquet,” and then the door will be shut (Matthew 25:10) by the only One who can shut it: the Bridegroom.  If so, I suspect that this will be soon after a partial Mid-tribulation Rapture of “firstfruits” believers—see Is it possible that Jesus' parable about the ten virgins could indicate that there will be a Mid-tribulation Rapture?  Also, it may be that those who will be part of this event will have honored, revered and obeyed God’s Word or Torah (see my entry for Feb. 13) and will have continued, steadfastly, to proclaim the name of Jesus.

If there is to be a supernatural transformation of some believers, in as little as seven weeks from this weekend, I hope to be on that “boat” out of here.  There is absolutely nothing in this world that I would regret leaving behind.  Indeed, that may be one of the “keys” to being part of that “firstfruits” group, to be changed on or around the Feast of Firstfruits (Easter Sunday).  I want nothing more than to be with my Bridegroom, and I hope that those reading this yearn for it as much as I do.

Phil JonesIn other news, today may be the beginning of a “Climategate” situation.  Professor Phil Jones, who has stepped down as director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, is at the center of a media storm concerning climate change, specifically an alleged global warming deception:

Climategate U-turn as scientist at centre of row admits:
There has been no global warming since 1995

In an interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Jones implied the following things:

  • 'Hockey Stick' GraphData for vital “hockey stick graph” has gone missing.
  • There has been no global warming since 1995.
  • Warming periods have happened before—but not due to man-made changes.

To see the interesting interview that Professor Jones had with the BBC’s environment analyst, Roger Harrabin, go here:

Q&A: Professor Phil Jones

I still recommend reading the Global Warming article, by Hugh Ross, that I posted back in March 2007.  It explains why the reasons for climate fluctuations are much more complex than most people realize.  We cannot blame such things merely on human activity, and “to suggest that we can stop global warming simply by cutting back on fossil fuel combustion and altering our industrial processes is naïve, at best.

Feb. 13, 2010

From time to time, I get asked why I place so much importance and significance in the ancient Torah (or Instruction or Law) of God.  There are so many reasons that I could not even begin to list them here.  However, I found one of the best explanations of this topic by Tony Robinson of Restoration of Torah Ministries.  If you read the following (a PDF file), you will have a good understanding of how I feel about this issue:

Why Should We Study the Torah?

Most people who read the information I have written about the Bible and prophecy, at my website, are Christians who have been raised in Protestant or Catholic churches.  Most of us have heard, all our lives, that the “Old Testament” is mainly for the Jews and has little application or relevance to believers in Jesus today, whose main focus tends to be on the “Old Testament.”  If you read the article I have suggested, you will see why I no longer accept that.  I do not honor and revere the Torah to gain eternal salvation; rather, I do it because I am saved and because Yeshua/Jesus was the fulfillment of the Torah (Matthew 5:17,18).

Feb. 12, 2010

Nodar Kumaritashvili: 1988-2010The Winter Olympics, in Vancouver, Canada, began on a sad note today.  Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili, only 21, died during a training run.  He lost control of his sled and was flung off of the Olympic luge track, crashing into a metal pillar.

I’m sorry that his family, friends and teammates have to go through a terrible grieving process at this time.  I hope that Nodar’s soul is in heaven and that he will spend an eternity with God.

The Winter Olympics do not interest me nearly as much as the Summer Olympics do.  This mainly is because I detest snow and cold weather, so most of those events do not appeal to me too much.  I will watch some of the events, however, hoping for USA medals.

Feb. 11, 2010

We all get spam, but some of it can lead to acquiring malware on our computers, if we are not careful.  Click here to see an email I received with “You've received a postcard from a family member !” as the subject.  Right away, a “red flag” went up, since it is poor punctuation to insert a space between the end of a sentence and the ending punctuation mark.

Also, it says that this ecard is from a “family member.”  If that were true, then why didn’t that person address me by name?  There are other clues as well, but let me tell you about the most obvious one.

In the email, there are 3 hyperlinks.  Two of them are 123Greetings.com and the other one is click here.  When I place my mouse cursor over any of those links, the actual URL (web address) shows up under the cursor.  Since that address does not match the address to which it is supposed to go (123Greetings.com), then that is a gigantic red flag.  Whoever wrote this email is trying to deceive anyone who reads it into going to a questionable web address.

Furthermore, it can be seen that the last part of the actual web address is postcard.jpg.exe.  Anything with “.exe” on the end of it is an executable program.  In this case, postcard.jpg.exe is a backdoor trojan program that I definitely do not want to download onto my computer, as it can cause unknown damage.  Basically, if the URL that appears is different than the address in the hyperlink, do not click on the link.

Feb. 10, 2010

Some have been wondering whatever happened to Javier Solana, after he retired from the position of EU Foreign Policy Chief late in 2009.  Well, if he is “the one” that many think he will turn out to be, he wouldn’t really be expected to drop out of sight completely.

Here is new information on Solana today:

EU chief Javier Solana joins US Brookings think-tank

Note the last reference to Solana in that article:  “Javier will make a significant contribution to the institution's global agenda....”  Hmmm...so maybe he’ll still be instrumental in helping to formulate a global government after all.  This is speculation, of course.

However, since the Brookings Institution is located in Washington, DC, it makes me wonder if Solana and Obama will be spending more time together, whether publicly or privately.  In any case, here is an article, at the Brookings website, where you can find out more about Solana and Brookings:

Javier Solana, Former NATO Secretary General
and European Foreign Policy Chief, to Join
Brookings as Distinguished Senior Fellow

At Brookings, Dr. Solana will join the Foreign Policy program, where he will “consult with other Brookings programs, especially Global Economy and Development, on transnational governance issues, and contribute to deepening and broadening the Institution’s international networks and activities.”  Transnational governance?  International networks and activities?  Hmmm....

Feb. 9, 2010

Today, Iran followed through with president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s promise to begin enriching uranium up to 20 percent grade, in open defiance of a UN ban.  This follows yesterday’s threat by Iran’s spiritual ruler Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:  “The Iranian nation with its unity and God’s grace will punch the arrogance [of Western powers] on the 22nd of Bahman (February 11) in a way that will leave them stunned!”  I guess we’ll see what, if anything, happens on February 11.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded by asking for “crippling” sanctions against Iran:

Israel urges "crippling" sanctions now against Iran

I do not see the United Nations imposing any sanctions on Iran.  They already have had ample opportunities to do so but have done nothing.  For instance, Javier Solana’s Geneva Talks 2, on Oct. 1, 2009, were ineffective.

I think that as far as the UN is concerned, if Iran wiped Israel off the map, it would be doing the world a big favor.  In light of the fact that Israel is God’s chosen nation, the UN and Iran should rethink their perspectives.  But they won’t.

Geert WildersIn other news, it looks like Geert Wilders may be getting “railroaded” by the court in his trial in the Netherlands.  In the second part of my Jan. 20 entry, I noted how his trial had begun on that date.  Read more about it here:

The Railroading of Geert Wilders

I suspect that the court is scared to death of negative repercussions from Islamic factions if it does not find Wilders guilty.  Here is an eye-opening speech given in New York, by Geert Wilders, on Sep. 25, 2009:

America As the Last Man Standing

As Islam gains a stronghold on other nations of the world, freedom of speech will be all but wiped out in those places.  I think anyone who still thinks that Islam is a “peaceful, tolerant” religion needs to be given a clue by the Board of Education.

Feb. 8, 2010

In my entry yesterday (Feb. 7), I pointed out how disgusted I was that “progressive” groups had protested the Super Bowl video with Pam and Tim Tebow.  I found a perfect example.

During the video, Tim “tackled” his mother, all in fun and good humor.  Yet, Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization of Women (NOW), said that this “glorified violence against women.”  Frankly, I find that comment no less than obtuse.  See more details here:

Pro-Abortion Group Claims Tim Tebow
Super Bowl Ad Promotes Domestic Violence

O’Neill also said, “I am blown away at the celebration of the violence against women in [the video].”  Huh??  Although I celebrate Ms. O’Neill’s right to express her opinion, I have to say that, in my opinion, her viewpoint is so far off-base that it pushes the envelope of absurdity.  Evidently, even many passionate “pro-choice” advocates feel the same way.

Feb. 7, 2010

Drew Brees
Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints
Peyton Manning
Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts
Like millions of people, we watched the Super Bowl game: New Orleans Saints (31) vs. Indianapolis Colts (17).  Personally, I didn’t really care who won.  I just wanted whoever was the best team to win.  I certainly do extend my congratulations to Drew Brees (Most Valuable Player) and the Saints.  They are a dynamite team!

Tim Tebow
Tim Tebow, Hebrews 12:12
Hebrews 12:12
Ephesians 2:8-10
Ephesians 2:8-10
I enjoyed Pam and Tim Tebow’s video #1 and video #2.  I also felt that the recent “outrage” by “progressives” to the airing of these videos, during the Super Bowl game, was abhorrent.

As far as I am concerned, “pro-choice” groups have exhibited their manifest intolerance by openly complaining about this, and they are exceedingly hypocritical in contending that the opposite view should be suppressed.  Frankly, their appalling rhetoric disgusts me.  I think that such people need to have a “liberal” administration of the Board of Education.

I liked Pam and Tim Tebow’s pro-life message, which was neither blatant nor offensive.  I also like these Bible verses that Tim has painted on his face in the past:

Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. (Hebrews 12:12)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:8-10)

If you would like to read the entire passage of each (which I recommend), see Hebrews 12:1-13 and Ephesians 2:1-10.  There are links in the first one to verses in the following passages: Proverbs 3:1-35 and Proverbs 4:1-27All of these passages speak of “wisdom.”

You know, that reminds me of the “wise virgins” of Matthew 25:1-13.  If I had to name one person whom I felt would be caught up in a Mid-tribulation Rapture of “firstfruits” believers, it might be Tim Tebow.  He has great faith in God, and he wisely has used the life God has given him to put God first and to serve others.

At age 22, Tim is one of the most outstanding athletes and servants of the Lord in public view today.  As quarterback of the Florida Gators, he was the first sophomore winner of the Heisman Trophy.  Other awards are the Maxwell Award, twice (as the nation’s top football player), the Davey O’Brien Award (as the nation’s best quarterback), and the James E. Sullivan Award (as the nation’s most outstanding amateur athlete in any sport).

Furthermore, he has done extensive missionary work in the Philippines, where he was born.  That is where his mom contracted a life-threatening amoeba infection.  Doctors figured that the fetus (Tim) would be stillborn and recommended an abortion.  Of course, Pam chose not to do that.  Good for her.

Tim has said that he is “saving himself” for marriage.  Perhaps he literally will be a “wise virgin” and the Bridegroom will purify, make spotless and refine him (Daniel 12:10) by tranforming him on the Feast of Firstfruits 2010.

I bet that Tim would be the first to affirm that he would not deserve such an honor, yet willingly would be on the first line of eager, fervent warriors to serve his Lord, Savior and King, Yeshua/Jesus, during the Millennium.  I feel that he will be a bright and shining Star in God’s Kingdom on earth.

Feb. 6, 2010

It rained in Southern California all day yesterday, all night long, and it still is going strong today.  I love sleeping while it’s raining outside.  I think my dreams are more colorful than usual.

It’s not like we need anymore rain right now, but El Niño has other plans.  I suspect that as this storm moves eastward across the country, it is going to cause some major problems as snow, ice, and high winds.  Get ready, USA!

Feb. 5, 2010

A good friend made a boatload of soup: shredded turkey, vegetables, and tasty seasonings.  She’s the only female I know who fully understands me, and I think she’s the only one who ever has.  She was going to throw out the last couple of bowlfuls, but I said I wanted it.  She also had purchased a jar of green olives.  Each olive is stuffed with a whole garlic clove.  They were “too strong” for her, and she was going to throw them out, too.

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Look at those yummy things on the right.  It just makes me think of the vastness of the Mind of the Father and Son, to have made all of this gigantic Creation, yet paying attention to such exquisite detail (smoothness of the olive’s surface, life-stimulating substances in the garlic).  I love to just think about how He knows everything, and I want Him to teach me about things I’ve never even imagined.  Of course, given all eternity, there still will be infinitely more to know about Him.  There could not be a more perfect Bridegroom than that, don’t you think?

I ate all the rest of the soup, and I lost count of the stuffed olives that I stuffed into my mouth.  All I know is that after all of that, I was totally stuffed and satisfied.  Mmmm-Mmmm-Mmmm!!!  After a filling, healthful meal like that, I didn’t even think about dessert.  No doubt I reek of garlic now.  Too bad I’m not still examining patients a few inches away from their faces anymore. 

Feb. 4, 2010

Today is halfway between December 21 (the first day of Winter) and March 20 (the first day of Spring).  Southern California has had tons of rain recently, so everything is green and there are colorful, vibrant plants everywhere.


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It’s a good thing that flowers and animals don’t have to work; the unemployment rate in California is 12.4%—fifth worst of all the states.  I guess the flora and fauna don’t even realize that California is in a downward spiral, plummeting rapidly into the dark, bottomless abyss of bankruptcy and chaos.  Otherwise, maybe they would relocate elsewhere, as millions of people have done.

A lot of people from here have moved to places where it snows in Winter.  Personally, I detest snow and ice.  It is difficult to find a better year-round climate outside of coastal Southern California, especially San Diego.

Jan. 29, 2010

Tonight is the biggest and the brightest full moon of 2010:

Biggest and Brightest Full Moon of 2010 Tonight

Near the bottom of that article, it talks about the “moon illusion,” meaning that the moon appears to be larger to us soon after it rises than it does when it is high up in the sky.  The article suggests that you snap two photos of the moon, one when it is near the horizon and one when it is higher in the sky.  So I did that.  These two photos are almost 3½ hours apart:

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Click on either one to see the full-sized photo.  Then click on that full-sized photo, and it will take you to the other photo.  You can click back and forth and see that the moon images are the same size.  The only differences are that the earlier photo is more “pinkish” and the later photo is more “bluish” (I do not know why), and also the later image seems to have rotated a bit counterclockwise.  That is because the earth had been turning for about 3½ hours, and the new perspective of the moon was different.

As I was looking at the full moon, though, I really was not too concerned with any of that.  My main thought was, “There are only two full moons until Passover Week 2010 begins.”

Jan. 27, 2010

He certainly is a great orator, at least I think so.  However, nothing about the “State of Obama Address” impressed or pursuaded me.  Basically, all I heard were recycled campaign promises and unreasonable, idealistic expectations.

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Rather than empty rhetoric, I am looking for effective policies and positive results; but I predict that we will not be seeing them anytime soon.  The USA has an insurmountable debt and trade deficit.  The Federal Reserve is printing money faster than ever before.  Unemployment is continuing to escalate.  And those problems are just the “tip of the iceberg.”  Hyperinflation, more bankruptcies, rising foreclosure rates, and much worse, are unavoidable.

In essence, I do not believe there is any possiblity, by mere human means, that the U.S. economy is going to be pulled out of the deep, dark hole it is in.  I feel it is inevitable that we will slide further into our hopeless abyss—until Yeshua HaMashiach returns to save us from utter destruction.  As such, though I sound like a bitter pessimist, in fact I am extremely optimistic about the future of America, but only after about 3½ years from now.  Barack does not make me smile; however, Jesus does. 

Jan. 24, 2010

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu help plant a tree in a West Bank settlementToday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated Israel’s claim to portions of the West Bank “forever.”  To emphasize what he was saying, he helped plant a tree at one of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Needless to say, this infuriated Palestinians.  All of this was done while the U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell, sent my President Obama, is attempting to restart “peace talks,” which have been stalled for about a year.

I doubt that any of this pleased Javier Solana who, as recently as Dec. 2, 2009, proposed that the UN should adopt a resolution declaring a Palestinian state and accepting it as a full member into the UN.  Hmmm...that doesn’t seem to be working out too well.

All this friction reminds me of the buildup of stress on both sides of an earthquake fault that has been locked for an inordinate period of time.  Eventually, something has to give; and when it does—KA-BOOM!  My estimated date for “the big one” in Israel, politically speaking, is on or around the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (April 4).

Jan. 22, 2010

I was watching C-Span this morning.  Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, was the main speaker at the National Urban Fellows Conference in Washington, D.C.  I was impressed by both the content of his speech and his oratory skills.

Booker, a Christian, was raised Baptist.  In his speech, he gave a good example of how God allows us to be in certain situations which, initially, seem to be unpleasant.  Yet, later, we see how He caused them to happen for our benefit.

He described the account about when he was a teenager, flying from Newark to San Francisco, to begin college at Stanford.  On the plane, he was relieved to see that there were two open seats next to him.  He began a conversation with God, saying, “Please, Lord, let these two seats remain open!”  Then, as the door to the plane closed, he thought, “Dear God, you have blessed me!”

However, as he started to stretch out and relax, the door to the plane swung back open.  He heard a screaming, yelling baby coming on board, along with its mother and brother.  Guess where they sat?  If you want to hear this fascinating, 4½-minute story, go to C-Span Video Library, Jan. 22, 2010.

C-Span: Mayor Cory Booker; Begin: 06:50 C-Span: Mayor Cory Booker; End: 11:18

If you start the video, then place your arrow on the horizontal bar near the bottom of the video, you can see the time, in minutes and seconds, at any point during the video.  The interesting account begins at 6 minutes 50 seconds (6:50) and ends at 11 minutes 18 seconds (11:18).  I personally can relate to this story, having been in the same situation several times before.  Next time I am, I hope that God will give me the composure and wisdom to take advantage of the situation as well as Mayor Booker did.

Jan. 21, 2010

Eating according to the kashrut (that is, the Hebraic dietary laws, located mostly in Leviticus and Deuteronomy) is very healthful and nutritious.  For the most part, I eat that way; rarely do I deviate from that.

This afternoon, I was eating my usual raw oats, fruit, and corn tortilla with peanut butter.  I chopped up some skinless chicken breasts (after removing any fat) and some vegetables: a cabbage, two large zucchinis, two large broccoli crowns, two large onions, and a whole garlic bulb.  I sprinkled on some sea salt and Italian seasoning and steamed everything well.

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I will “nuke” the chicken and veggies every night for at least a week and not get tired of it.  It’s amazing how filling and tasty it is.  I like eating kosher, not because I feel I have to, but because I want to.  I also feel more energetic and happy.  God definitely knows what is best for us, and His dietary laws are wise and good. 

Jan. 20, 2010

I have written a lengthy email response to someone with the following question:

Perhaps some readers will find this to be interesting, if not provocative.  In option #3, I raise the prospect that the Islamic Dome of the Rock could come to be used, by the Jews in Jerusalem, as their next “temple” or “shrine” of worship. In Jews and Muslims did worship together at Dome of the Rock, the writer points out the possibility that the Dome of the Rock will become an “International temple in Jerusalem” and the “Temple of the new One World Universal Religion with the basic belief that all faiths lead to the same god.”  Hmmm....

Geert WildersIn other news, the trial of Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders began today in the Netherlands.  There is a link to a very power speech he gave, about Islam, at the Four Seasons Hotel in New York in my Sep. 25, 2009 entry, or else just click here to go directly to the speech:

America As the Last Man Standing

Wilders is creator of the controversial Fitna movie (16 minutes 48 seconds in length), to which I also have a link in the radical Islam section of my End-Times commentary.  Read more about this at Atlas Shrugs site here:

Geert Wilders Goes on Trial Today

Geert Wilders: Today's Dutch Boy 'Plugging the Hole in the Dyke'I agree with Pamela Geller:  “If Wilders is convicted, Europeans will see in such a verdict the suppression of their own freedom to defend themselves and their submission to dhimmitude.”  (“Dhimmitude” is the Islamic system of governing populations conquered by jihad wars.)  This ideology very well could become prevalent in the USA as well.  In fact, at some point during the final half of the 70th Week, I suspect that it will.

Jan. 19, 2010

Today is the last day of Barack Obama’s first year in office.  What I’ve seen is that virtually all the statements of economic prosperity and success that have come out of his mouth have not come to pass, at least in the way he seems to have wanted people to think that they would.  Frankly, if he does not turn out to be the False Prophet (Revelation 13:11-17), I cannot imagine who will.

Also, today, Scott Brown won the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, although he will be up for re-election in less than two years.  Amazingly, in 2008, Massachusetts voters went decisively for Obama (63.1%) over McCain (36.9%).  Brown succeeded ultra left-wing Senator Ted Kennedy, who had held the seat for almost 47 years.

Perhaps even the people in, arguably, the most liberal-minded state in the union are grasping the true meanings of the words that have been emanating from “progressive” President Obama’s mouth for the past year.  At this point, I would be shocked if it isn’t in the mind of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be considering another bid for the White House in 2012.

Jan. 18, 2010

Sacrificial Altar ModelSomeone who follows the blog that I mentioned on Jan. 12 actually emailed the New Sanhedrin in Israel (webmaster@thesanhedrin.org).  She asked if they intend to use the newly built altar this year on March 30, 2010 (Passover), when they plan to slaughter the Korban Pesach (sacrificial lamb) on the Temple Mount.  Their reply, to that particular question, was a simple “Yes.”

You can view the text of her email and their brief responses.  (I corrected spelling but not content.)  If a sacrifice were to be made on the Temple Mount this year, I would expect for it to become an international incident.

Attempts have been made to sacrifice on the Temple Mount before (see my Apr. 2, 2007 entry).  However, all attempts have been prevented before they happened.  That is quite different from being put to a stop once they have started.  Could the New Sanhedrin pull it off this year, and then could further sacrifices be forcibly ceased, potentially fulfilling Daniel 9:27?  We have about 2½ months to find out.

Jan. 17, 2010

It was 16 years ago today, in 1994, that the Northridge/Reseda earthquake occurred.  I remember it vividly; inside of my house in Irvine, I was awoken out of a dead sleep at 4:31 a.m.

Although 55 miles away from the epicenter, I thought that my house was going to come off the foundation.  Fortunately, there are strict earthquake building codes in Southern California.  So the 6.7 magnitude quake, located about 11 miles underground, did no observable damage to my house or property, although a couple of things fell off of shelves.  However, with about $20 billion in damage in the Los Angeles area, along with 72 deaths, it was one of the costliest natural disasters in U.S. history.

Now imagine the amount of shaking, and the resultant destruction, from the 7.0 magnitude earthquake in Haiti on January 12, only 5 days ago.  The epicenter was only 16 miles from the capital, Port au Prince, and it was only about 8 miles below the surface, which is relatively shallow.  Like many Caribbean islands, Haiti has no building codes; therefore, there was catastrophic damage to structures in Port au Prince.  This helps explain the estimate, so far, of up to 200,000 deaths and well over 1 million homeless.  The United Nations has announced that this event is the worst disaster it ever has experienced.

It is my personal opinion that the devastated portions of Haiti will lie in ruins until the return of Yeshua HaMashiach.  If we now are nearing the midpoint of the 70th Week, and the Great Tribulation is to take place immediately thereafter, then Haiti-like cataclysms will become almost commonplace and widespread.

The United States, who has sent more aid to Haiti than has any other nation, by far, will not be able to “bail out” everybody—including itself, when it is struck by catastrophic quakes (perhaps in Southern California and/or in the Midwest) and other massive disasters.  In essence, Haiti may be the “first domino to fall” in a sequence of devastating calamities, both natural and man-made, that will leave much of the world in shambles.

For those who, presently, are not holding God in highest regard, fear and reverence, nor submitting in obedience to Him in their daily lives, I strongly recommend that they begin doing so.  He is the only One dependable, capable and trustworthy enough to protect and shelter us from danger, when these things, ultimately, will take place.  “On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.  Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken” (Luke 21:25,26).  All I can say is, “Please come and get me soon, Lord Jesus!”

Jan. 16, 2010

There are certain things I hear or read, from many prophecy “buffs” or “teachers,” with which I adamantly disagree.  A big one is that a Rapture event must take place before the 70th Week, shown in Daniel 9:27, begins.  People who believe this also typically believe that God’s wrath or vengeance will encompass all of the final seven-year period (the 70th Week), often referred to as the “Tribulation.”  I have refuted the notion of a so-called “Pre-tribulation Rapture,” as well as the idea that the wrath of God will last for seven years, plus the common misconception of a “seven-year peace treaty,” in these and in other email responses:

Another common view is that the 70th Week, along with other end-time prophecies, already have taken place, sometime in the 1st Century A.D.  Again, I absolutely disagree with this view, known as “preterism,” as explained in these email responses:

People who firmly embrace the bogus notion of a “Pre-tribulation” Rapture, or who have adopted a “preterist” perspective, usually will completely disregard the possibility that we have entered the 70th Week (the final seven years of this age, prior to Jesus’ second advent to earth).  Maybe, by Passover week 2010, they will change their minds.  Or else perhaps, by then, I will have changed mine.

Jan. 14, 2010

I was directed to a couple of interesting and informative websites tonight.  Normally, I do not refer to other websites; however, I will make an exception here.  These are companion sites:

Joined to HaShem   |   Torah is Life

Just as I have a section with email questions and responses, the first site above has one as well: Questions of Our Day.  And just as, at the end of my Introduction to Daniel 9:27, the 70th Week, and the ENP page, I have a checklist of adversity supplies, the second website above has a Getting Started page with some excellent advice and recommendations.

As you know, I revere and honor the Torah—the Law of God contained, predominately, in the first five books of the Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.  I believe that, mistakenly and unfortunately, Christendom at large has disregarded and discounted the importance of Torah teachings, such as celebrating the Hebraic Spring festivals/holy days and Hebraic Fall festivals/holy days.

As a Jew, Yeshua/Jesus would have observed all of the prescribed feasts and festivals, and He would have obeyed all of God’s Laws.  This would have included keeping the Sabbath on the seventh day, rather than on the first day, of the week (Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Luke 4:16,31, 13:10).

Moreover, He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.  I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17,18).  So Jesus was the bodily fulfillment of the Torah/Law, which also is His eternal Word (John 1:1).  Furthermore, throughout the Millennium, and even until everything in this present creation passes away, the Torah will remain in effect.

If my hypothesis concerning the seven-year European Neighbourhood Policy is correct, then very difficult times are going to come upon the whole world, as the Great Tribulation begins.  This may be much nearer than most people comprehend—even as soon as the Feast of Firstfruits 2010.  Perhaps some will escape, via a Mid-tribulation Rapture.  For those who are here during that dreadful time, though, it will be extremely difficult to get by, or even to survive, without having and maintaining an intimate relationship with Yahweh/God.

Jan. 12, 2010

After reading my yesterday’s entry, someone pointed out to me that no matter how my “numbers seem to add up,” the fact is that there is no Third Temple, nor even the beginning of its foundation, standing in Jerusalem.  So how, then, according to the prophecy in Daniel 9:27, could sacrifice and offering begin and then be put to a stop by Passover week 2010?

In a few entries during 2009, I highlighted some related issues: July 30, Aug. 6, Oct. 12, and Nov. 30.  Today, an online friend (from Unsealed Prophecy) linked me to an interesting website, Korban Pesach.  They assert that the “true centerpiece of the Passover table,” the Paschal Offering (that is, the Passover lamb), has been missing for years.  The following article states, “This year in Jerusalem, the Sanhedrin Initiative is calling upon the Jewish people in Israel and throughout the world to participate in the Korban Pesach”:

What Has Changed That Enables Us
to Offer the Korban Pesach Now?

Now, I personally do not engage in any online blogs, chat room conversations, or bulletin boards.  However, sometimes I am directed to noteworthy ones, such as the following example at the Fulfilled Prophecy website, where many of the entries pertained to the possibility of a Pesach (Passover) sacrifice in 2010:

2010, Sanhedrin initiative calling world to Pesach Sacrifice

I found some of the observations made by “Adamantine” on that page to be astute and particularly interesting.  In case that page disappears, for any reason, I will record two sections of that user’s observations here:

Adamantine Comments #1 | Adamantine Comments #2

Jan. 11, 2010

I’ve been asked if I have a list of people, to whom I email a regular “newsletter,” to notify them of new entries here on this remarks page, new commentaries, new responses to people’s questions, or anything else that is new at my website.  No, I don’t have a list like that.

For one thing, I do not like to be on such lists myself (even though I am on many of them).  For another thing, it is not important to me to have a “following” of people who read things that I have written, mainly because it is irrelevant to me whether or not people agree with my views.

However, like I said, I am on several email lists, mostly of “Bible teachers” and “prophecy buffs.”  Evidently, for most of these, it is important to them that other people know and accept, even embrace, their views.  Also, many of them have books, CDs, DVDs, and other things to sell, and many also request donations. 

Of course, there is essentially zero chance that I will buy anybody’s anything, since I sell nothing at my website, nor do I request donations.  Personally, I have a problem with “peddling,” for profit, the Word of God (Proverbs 23:23 and 2 Corinthians 2:17).  That doesn't necessarily mean that others shouldn’t do it; it just means that I shouldn’t and won’t.

I have seen many on the internet, and elsewhere, who seem absolutely certain that they know when the 70th Week has begun or will begin.  Usually, they base their belief on some painfully convoluted collection of numerology, jubilee years, eclipses, a tenuous definition of “generation” (Matthew 24:34), certain threats made toward Israel, and/or whomever they believe the Antichrist to be.  Some of them even say, “God told me that [such and such].”  I also have a problem with that.

If you have read things at my website, you will know that I never have claimed to have received any type of divine revelation from God, nor “heard” Him directly tell me anything, about end-time events.  I simply have examined God’s written word and have made what I feel are logical comparisons among various passages in the Bible.  I also have cited specific verses, so the reader can follow and verify my train of thought.

Pertaining to the 70th Week, I have said that it may have begun in October 2006.  I have based this, mostly, on one solid fact.  That is, for the first time in history, Israel has signed onto a seven-year agreement, the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), which both confirms and strengthens another agreement: the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (EuroMed).  These are the main stipulations for the final seven years of this age to have begun, according to Daniel 9:27—not some esoteric and nebulous “jubilee” or “generation” or some other period of time, measured from an inconclusive year such as 1948 or 1967.  Also, the way we know that the prophecy involves Israel is because it was decreed for Daniel’s people and his holy city (Daniel 9:24): Israel and Jerusalem.

Incidentally, here is one of the EU-Israel documents, in the ENP portfolio, showing the scheduled seven-year period (2007-13), as well as the middle year (2010), on the title page: European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, Israel.  On man’s time table, the ENP was calculated to run from January 1, 2007, through 2013—seven years.  However, God often “trumps” the plans of mankind; therefore, He very well could have determined another date, closer to the establishment of the ENP in October 2006, to be the commencement date.

The only “numerology” that I have used is 1,260 days (Revelation 11:3, 12:6).  What I have done is very easy and straightforward, as I believe God has made His Word very simple and uncomplicated, so that anyone with half a brain and with any sense, who has read it, can understand it.

I merely have begun with a day on which there was a new moon (October 22, 2006), during the week in which the ENP was funded (October 17) and established (October 24).  In Scripture, new moons and full moons are shown to be significant to God (1 Chronicles 23:31; 2 Chronicles 8:13, 31:3; Ezra 3:5; Psalm 81:3; Isaiah 66:23).  With October 22, 2006, as day #1, then day #1,260 is April 3, 2010—the regular Sabbath day during Passover week 2010, which presumably would be an ideal period of time for sacrifice and offering to be taking place, once it has been re-initiated.

Then, I did not “force” anything for the next day to be, amazingly enough, the Feast of Firstfruits 2010 (= Easter Sunday).  Jesus, the “firstfruit” from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:20) Who never would die again, was resurrected on the Feast of Firstfruits.  So could April 4, 2010, be the day on which a group of “firstfruits” believers are supernaturally changed into imperishable, incorruptible forms?  And could they be the “wise virgins” depicted in one of Jesus’ most illustrious parables (Matthew 25:1-13)?  I believe that these things could be true.  Of course, I will not insist that they will be so, since God has not told me so, directly.  Yet, they certainly do seem to be quite plausible possibilities to me.  (Read more here:  Is it possible that Jesus' parable about the ten virgins could indicate that there will be a Mid-tribulation Rapture?)

An even more astounding “coincidence” is discovered if April 4, 2010, is counted as day #1 of the final half of the 70th Week.  In this case, amazingly enough, day #1,260 turns out to be September 14, 2013—Yom Kippur 2013.  For over two decades, I have believed that Jesus’ second advent, back to earth, would take place on a Yom Kippur (also known as the Day of Atonement).  I just did not know in which year it would take place, since I did not know in which year, seven years earlier, the 70th Week would begin.

The day I discovered that the final day of my hypothesized 70th Week period is a Yom Kippur, my knees buckled (I was standing at the time, with a calculator in my hand), I gasped out loud, and I had to sit down.  Had Yom Kippur not been the last day of that seven-year period (extending from the Fall of 2006 to the Fall of 2013), I probably would have discounted my entire theory, on the spot.  On the contrary, what I discovered only strengthened that theory.

I will continue not to claim that I am correct between now and April 4, 2010.  In accordance with Daniel 9:27, if sacrifice and offering are not forcibly stopped, by that date, somewhere in Israel—whether in a partially or fully constructed Third Temple, or in a replica of that Temple (see my Oct. 12, 2009 entry)—then I will be the first one to acknowledge that my “theory” was wrong.  It will not mean that I have disregarded the validity of the Daniel 9:27 prophecy, but rather that my timing, clearly, was off.

You know, the timing of the first coming of the Anointed One (that is, Messiah), Yeshua/Jesus, was defined very plainly and unmistakably in Daniel 9:25.  Yet, almost nobody in Jerusalem recognized it when it actually happened (Luke 19:41-44).  As such, it makes a great deal of sense to me that the timing of Jesus’ second advent, as well, will be missed by the vast majority of people—even though God, Who never changes, and in His grand simplicity, has explained it extremely clearly and explicitly.

I find it quite unfortunate that some people love to make things (such as the Word of God) infinitely more complicated and complex than they really are.  Maybe they think it makes them sound “smart” or “enlightened” or something.  Others choose to be patently oblivious to clear and stark warnings, such as that the Great Tribulation—the darkest time in human history up to that point (Matthew 24:21)—very well may be upon us much sooner than they imagine, even as soon as the Spring of 2010.  Watch this short but sobering video to see just a little of what to expect, at least as far as Christians (and Jews) are concerned:

Persecution or a Great Awakening?

So, if my theory turns out to be correct, it very well may be that much of Christendom will be wishing that they had been paying more attention.

Jan. 10, 2010

Today was my last day of work, 19 years ago: Jan. 10, 1991.  Officially, the next day (Jan. 11) was my last day.  However, I called in sick that final day.  After 11¼ years of work, I simply had had enough. 

I am saying this mainly because I continue to get emails from people with eye-related problems and questions, after having visited my Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology of the Human Eye section.  I answer any questions that I can.  However, since my interests have moved on to other things, and most of the questions I now answer have to do with the Bible and prophecy, I often refer them to this page: Eye Advice and Information.

Jan. 4, 2010

Burj Dubai TowerThe world’s tallest building opens in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, today.  Its height is over 800 meters, more than 4/5 of a kilometer.  It has 160 levels and the highest occupied floor of any building in the world.  An elevator, moving at 25 mph, will take visitors to the top in 2 minutes.

Dubai is the epitome of wealth, extravagance, and excess.  The building, made of steel and glass, together with the Burj Complex on which it sits, cost about $20 billion to construct.  Ironically, last year, Dubai went bankrupt, and its property market is on the brink of collapse.

This colossal, man-made structure reminds me of the Tower of Babel, described in Genesis 11:1-9.  Dubai, in erecting a tower that “reaches to the heavens,” certainly has made a name for itself (11:4).  I don’t think it will be too much longer before the Lord will be coming down “to see the city and the tower” (11:5).  And I don’t think that He’s going to be too impressed.

Jan. 3, 2010

Today, the earth is the closest to the sun (perihelion) that it will get during 2010, about 91 million miles.  The earth will be at its furthest point from the sun (aphelion) on July 6, about 94½ million miles, although in most years the latter takes place on July 4.

Earth at its perihelion

Jan. 2, 2010

Four of us were playing Chickenfoot Dominoes Game this afternoon.  I’ve always thought it was a fun game.  We must have played for at least a couple of hours.

We played with a double-six set, although more commonly it is played with double-nines.  We just wanted to get more games in, so we used less dominoes.  I came in third place, overall.  But I don’t have to win to have a good time, which I did. 

By the way, I think some JibJab videos are clever.  This one, pertaining to 2009, is pretty funny (although there are a few questionable parts of which I did not approve):

Never a Year Like ’09

Jan. 1, 2010

Happy New Year.  I had a really good time last night (New Year’s Eve).  I am still full from all the great food I ate.  Here was the very beginning of 2010, as registered on the official U.S. time clock:

I always make a calendar and tape it to the wall in front of me.  I like to keep track of the phases of the moon each month.  On the back of the calendar are holidays and observances during 2010.

If you would like one for yourself, click on each image below and print out the two pages (.doc files) on either side of one piece of paper.  Just change my name, at the top of the calendar page, to your name before you print it.  (The thin gray lines will not show up when you print the pages).


Or else you could print out these (.pdf files), without my name on the calendar, and write in your own.


Also, if you have an interest in reading the Bible from Genesis to Revelation during 2009, go to my Dec. 31, 2007 entry for more information, including a Chronological List of Bible Passages list to check off as you read.  If you haven’t read the whole Bible before, now would be a good time.  I re-read it again in 2008, along with a friend who posted a Bible Study at his website.

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