The Temple Institute has announced a bold new initiative to identify, select and register kohanim-priests who would be eligible to participate in the process of preparing the Red Heifer, which is used in the ritual of purifying Jews from the tuma-impurity of the dead.
This unprecedented move represents the second stage of the Institute’s project to restore the concept of biblical purity into the world, something that will have immense repercussions on Jewish observance as we know it. Even before the Temple is rebuilt, the reinstatement of halakhically approved kohanim is a pre-requisite for preparation of the Red Heifer which will enable the people of Israel to perform numerous Torah-based commandments…….
Egyptian President Abdel Fatteh El-Sisi has sent a secret missive to President Barack Obama asking for urgent US military intervention in support of Egypt’s war on the Islamist State in Sinai, before the jihadis pose a real threat to Cairo………..
…….., given his record as former defense minister and a much-decorated general in the Egyptian army, an appeal to a foreign power for military assistance is out of character and would normally be found unacceptable in his own milieu. It must therefore be seen as a sign of extreme distress over Cairo’s failure to vanquish – or even contain ISIS, which now poses a strategic threat to Egypt proper…………..
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: Jhn 11:25
The resurrection; it is the ultimate day a believer looks forward too, allowing them into the presence of Jesus. It is the most precious gift.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1Pe 1:3
There are two types of resurrections, one for the dead and one into life. “And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” Jhn 5:29
The word “resurrection” is only used in the New Testament and used in 40 verses; a trial of one’s life to determine which resurrection he will participate in, and all will participate. There are a total of 7 resurrections in the bible, and all of them are represented by the number 7 whether it be 7 days, months, years, or a combination thereof. There is an order to the resurrections, so let’s look at each of them beginning with the firstfruits of Christ (1st) whom is the resurrection.
But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 1Co 15:20
But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming. 1Co 15:23
Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday fulfilling Zechariah 9.9 where He would experience His last Passover supper, betrayal, His Crucifixion, and His Resurrection 7 days later. “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.” Zec 9:9.
50 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Mat. 27:50-53
It is not clear as to whom these saints where, but perhaps they were those saved before Moses and the Law, having righteousness imputed unto them because they believed. Those such as Noah, Abraham, Isaac, and others. And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.” Jas 2:23
If these are the saints spoken of here, we can derive a 7 since it was about 4,000 years from Adam to Christ” and Jesus was in the grave 3 full days or the fact that Jesus began His ministry after baptism at about the age of 30 (Luke 3:21-23).
The next resurrection consist of two groups. Those remaining Old Testament saints (3rd); perhaps those redeemed by a substitute sacrifice while under the law until Christ died on the cross, and those dead in Christ (4th) (dead believers from the church age). It is also during this time that those living believers will have their bodies translated to eternal ones when the Blessed Hope appears!
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. 1 Thess. 4:14-18
This Rapture/Resurrection will occur at the end of the Church age. We know the beginning of the Church age started with the death of Christ. “For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.” Heb 9:16. Opinions of the death of Christ range from 27 AD to 33 AD. It is an almost certainty the number of years after His death to this Rapture/Resurrection will be divisible by 7. The chart below outlines the possible dates using the range 27-33 AD for His death and 1981, 1988, and 1995 years after His death as these numbers are evenly divided by 7.
Example: 1981 years X 365.25 (days in a year) = 723560.25 days. You can use this date calculator to confirm the date ranges given in the chart.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. Rev 11:3
And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them. Rev. 1:7-11.
The martyred Tribulation Saints (6th), Jew and Gentile are resurrected. “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;” Rev 20:4. This resurrection occurs at the end of the 7 year Tribulation.
In Revelation 20:10-15 we see the last resurrection in what is called the Great White Throne judgment (7th).
10 And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.
This resurrection is for the dead since the beginning of Adam that are unredeemed and they along with Satan will be cast into the Lake of Fire. This resurrection takes place at the end of the Millennial Reign and at the end of the 7 thousand year plan God has for mankind.
For more on God’s 7 thousand year plan, see the post https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2015/08/20/the-generations-of-adam/
So there they are, the 7 resurrections all with the number 7 associated to them. The first 6 are a resurrection unto life while the last is a resurrection unto death. Which will you participate in?
For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: Job 19:25
Have you noticed how fast time is fleeting by these days? No longer is it just a perception that happens once one obtains middle age due to increased responsibility and activities, but rather now, even teenagers and young adults are sensing that time has sped up. Is it still just a perception or could it be biblical? What would cause time to speed up?
God is eternal and the creator of time stating the end from the beginning. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: Isa 46:10. “Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: Isa 48:16.
God is in complete control of time and can change it as He wills. All of time is in the present sense to Him as he views time on a vertical scale of past, present, and future and can intersect time any place He chooses.
But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2Pe 3:8
For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psa 90:4
Then spake Joshua to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel, Sun, stand thou still upon Gibeon; and thou, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon. And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day.
After the Sin of Adam, all of creation suffered for it, “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now” Rom 8:22. The entire universe is suffering a slow death. If all motion of the universe is slowing down at a uniform rate, then time is speeding up for if the faster an object travels, the slower the time, then the opposite must also be true. This concept is explained by Time dilation and Einstein’s theory of relativity, a topic outside the scope of this paper.
Jesus says the days of persecution during the last half of the Tribulation will be shortened.
For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.Mat. 24:21-22.
Daniel tells us the number of those days will be 1290. “And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days“ Dan 12:11. “Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days“ Dan 12:12.
Clearly the 1290 days will be reduced by what Jesus says in Matthew 24 in that the number of persecution days will be shortened but the number of days to the Second Coming will remain the same. Is it possible this passage has a dual meaning in that those days will also literally be shorter in time? Are we seeing a precursor to that now?
God created the stars, sun, and moon for reasons including time. These celestial bodies will be effected in the Tribulation. “And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:” Gen 1:14.
The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly. Rev 11:14.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. Rev 12:12
In the end, time will be now more. “And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:” Rev 10:6.
Do you know Jesus as your personal savior? Are you one that has just “added” Jesus to your life rather than truly submit to Him? Are you one that is “working” for your salvation?
For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Romans 10:12-13.
Time is running out……….
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu to start the withdrawal of forces from Syria starting Tuesday. Russia will however keep a military presence at the port of Tartus and at the Khmeimim airbase to observe ceasefire agreements.
A deep rift with Tehran over the continuation of the Syrian war and an irreconcilable spat with Syrian ruler Bashar Assad over his future prompted Russian President Vladimir’s shock order Monday, March 14, for the “main part” of Russian military forces to quit Syria the next morning. This is reported by debkafile’s military and intelligence sources. Moscow would retain a military presence at the naval port of Tartous and the Hmeymim airbase outside Latakia.
The Russian president did not fix a timeline for the military withdrawal – only its start. Neither did he promise to discontinue all military operations in Syria.
He did say only that “The task put before the defense ministry and Russian armed forces has on the whole been fulfilled” and he spoke of a “fundamental turnaround in the fight against international terrorism.”
To some extent, Russia has kept a volatile country from going completely ballistic. Once the majority of the Russian military is gone, will the country resume its’ tailspin? Will Iran or Hezbollah be the instigator?
We know the destruction of Damascus (Isaiah 17) is yet to occur, and we know it is caused by the children of Israel.
In that day shall his strong cities be as a forsaken bough, and an uppermost branch, which they left because of the children of Israel: and there shall be desolation. Is. 17:9
One would think Israel would not create this type of destruction as long as a country as powerful as Russia were present, but now they leave….what’s next? Will this prophecy occur in the near future or will it commence in the seven year Tribulation? Will it be before or after Gog and Magog? Time will tell, but this author leans towards a pre-Gog & Magog occurrence.
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Tit 2:13
Rarely is a post made concerning politics except where it becomes a threat to freedoms and/or society.
With about 10 months left in office, President Barack Obama is considering unprecedented moves to implement a two-state solution, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Senior US officials revealed that the President is looking to initiate a final negotiated settlement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority using United Nations Security Council resolutions, a step that would obligate not only Israel and the Palestinian Authority, but effectively determine the direction of US policy for the president’s successor as well.
Netanyahu’s extraordinary decision to spurn the presidential invite came a year after Obama refused to meet with Netanyahu in Washington, citing the proximity to Israeli elections, in what was widely regarded as a sign of the strain in ties between the two leaders;
And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Gen. 12:3
Do you remember this man? Democracy in Turkey is quickly dying.
Turkey has recently seized two newspaper media companies including the largest Zaman.
An İstanbul court appointed trustees to take over the management of the Feza Media Group, which includes Turkey’s biggest-selling newspaper, the Zaman daily, as well as the Today’s Zaman daily and the Cihan news agency, dealing a fresh blow to the already battered media freedom in Turkey.
Despite criticism from European officials over its crackdown on opposition media, the Turkish government has reportedly taken control of another news agency. It comes days after the seizure of the popular opposition newspaper Zaman.
Turkey’s “strongman” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is going the extra mile in his trajectory of authoritarianism by challenging a Constitutional Court ruling.
Although stressing that he fully supports freedom of expression, Erdogan said no one can attack the country under the guise of liberty. “This is spying, [and] intelligence organizations in every country have almost infinite legal power — and so they can’t be interfered with so easily by any ordinary prosecutor,” he added. “Now, after our departure, there will be a lot of turbulence behind us over my statement,” he said, signaling that he was aware of the possible dramatic ramifications of his statement.Amid President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s recent West African tour, from Feb. 28 to March 4 and including visits to Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria and Guinea, news reports surfaced of Turkey establishing a military presence on the strategic Horn of Africa, in Somalia. This development will make Turkey the fifth foreign country to have a military presence in Africa, joining Britain, France, Japan and the United States.According to the reports, carried extensively by the pro-government media under such headlines as “New Turkey Spreads to Four Continents,”
There is much prophecy yet to be fulfilled concerning Egypt in the last days. The titles of two recent news articles eerily appertain to one of the prophecy’s in Ezekiel 29. You can get a refresh on that prophecy here https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2015/04/07/thou-didst-break/
At the time of the post above a news article dated April of 2015 stated Egypt was preparing for war with Israel. It has now been almost a year. Here are the more recent news articles related to the prophecy.
- Egypt’s higher stratums view Israel as an important, powerful ally in regional struggles. Egyptian President Sisi, in an interview with the Washington Post in March 2015, said he speaks to Prime Minister Netanyahu frequently, sometimes several times a month. In reality, Sisi talks to Netanyahu even more than that, and not only to Netanyahu.
- On the list of Egypt’s close allies, Israel is a front-runner. Many of the interests of the two countries have converged and complement one another. Even the list of enemies held by Israel and Egypt includes the same names, more or less.
- “Sisi understands the situation,” said a high-ranking Israeli security source. “He knows exactly whom he can trust in the region and whom he can’t. He knows what’s good for Egypt and, under the correct circumstances, what’s good for Egypt is also good for Israel.”
- Sisi is also well-acquainted with Israeli Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot. They once served in parallel positions in the Israel Defense Forces and the Egyptian army and their cooperation extends over many years.
- Intelligence information is almost totally shared between the sides with regard to the struggle against the Islamic State (IS) branch in the Sinai Peninsula. Israel and Egypt also rely on one another in their joint struggle against Hamas.
- According to a high-placed Israeli military source, “The efficacy of the Egyptian army in its war against IS is gradually improving. This is true for intelligence, for preciseness and for rapid response. The Egyptians know that Gaza’s Hamas provides IS with military experts, they know that wounded Sinai IS operatives are treated in Gaza, they know that there is a direct, close connection between the sides. Thus, they try to block all passageways between the Gaza Strip and Sinai.”
This one is dated 8/14/2015
- Israel is actually a close friend, maintaining an intimate, and sometimes very intimate, relationship with Egypt. At least that’s how Jerusalem sees it.
- As far as the Egyptians are concerned, Israel has the same status as a mistress. It is only behind closed doors, in the innermost sanctum of the bedroom, that the lover opens up to her, pours out his heart and sometimes even puts his life in her hands. There is nothing to prevent Egypt from exchanging intelligence with Israel or cooperating with it in the fight against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Iran’s influence in the region or Sunni radicals in the Sinai Peninsula. The two countries might even work together to steal a horse or two from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But all that happens under the cover of night. God forbid that news of it gets out, because if it did, the man would be branded with an indelible mark of shame.
March of 2019 will mark the 40th year anniversary of the historic US-sponsored peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.