Seventeenth of Elul

 

With the failure of Netanyahu to form a coalition after the April 9th vote, Israel is set to vote again on Tuesday, September 17th. In a rare, variable instance on the Hebrew calendar, that date also corresponds to the 17th of Elul. So why is the 17th so important you may ask…..

The word seventeenth or seventeen in the bible always relates to a negative picture. Man reigning in a negative light or an omen of evil that is to come. Noah’s flood started and ended on the 17th.

In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. Gen 7:11

And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat. Gen 8:4

Reigning in a negative light.

Ahaziah the son of Ahab began to reign over Israel in Samaria the seventeenth year of Jehoshaphat king of Judah, and reigned two years over Israel. And he did evil in the sight of the LORD, and walked in the way of his father, and in the way of his mother, and in the way of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin: 1Ki 22:51-52

In the seventeenth year of Pekah the son of Remaliah Ahaz the son of Jotham king of Judah began to reign. Twenty years old was Ahaz when he began to reign, and reigned sixteen years in Jerusalem, and did not that which was right in the sight of the LORD his God, like David his father.2Ki 16:1-2

 

And finally, on “On September 1, 1939, corresponding to the Hebrew date of 17 Elul, the Nazi Wehrmacht invaded Poland, launching World War II. The war would prove to be the deadliest conflict in history, resulting in the death of some 60 million people, including the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust…..”

So what prophetic result if any will be on this election date for Israel? Will Netanyahu’s reign come to an end? We shall have to wait and see.

 

Netanyahu

Netanyahu wins his 5th term as Prime Minister of Israel. As previously mentioned, Netanyahu is the only elected PM born in Israel since the founding of the state in 1948. If the criminal charges against him are dismissed, he will also soon be the longest serving PM in Israel’s history. Once again we see the hand of the Lord in electing state officials.

So what is next? President Donald Trump congratulated Netanyahu saying:

““The fact that Bibi won, I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace.” he said. “Everybody said, and I never made it a promise, ‘you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians.’ But I think we have a chance, and I think now we have a better chance with Bibi having won.”

And as expected:

“US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday that the US administration will roll out its long-awaited peace plan in the “very near future.”

Will we see the announcement of the Third Temple as part of the peace plan?? Is Netanyahu the man that will be in office when the antichrist confirms the covenant??

Pentecost is just around the corner and Netanyahu turns 70 on October 21st. The next couple of months are all but guaranteed to be exciting, perhaps even world changing. I have no way to prove it, but surely time is and has been speeding up in increments for at least two years now….

Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.  And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch. Mark 13:35-37

He is coming

What If….

The writer of Hebrews tells us that we, the church, would be able to “see the day approaching”. That day would be the rapture and the end of the church age for those of us that are watching. Today in a sense, we know we are living in the last days by developments in Israel and around the world. But yet, we really don’t know exactly how close we are to His return.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching Heb 10:25

Interestingly, the word approaching, is used only two times in the bible. Number two; the number for divisions. The other reference is made in Isaiah chapter 58. If you did not already know, the book of Isaiah is like a mini bible. In other words, every chapter of Isaiah makes a reference to every book of the bible in order. The 58th book of the bible is Hebrews.

Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins Isa 58:1 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God Isa 58:2

In chapter 58 of Isaiah, the Lord exposes the hypocrisy and shallow worship of His people; then and now. The word trumpet is used as a warning against sin rather than the blessed voice of God calling us home 1Co 15:52, 1Th 4:16.

Much has been said in the media about the Trump administrations “peace plan” for Israel, its’ borders, and the Palestinians. We don’t know the details yet, but surely would involve monetary grants to some of the surrounding neighbors of Israel and the changing of borders with Israel and their neighbors. The Trump team recently recognized the Golan Heights as Israeli land. The details of the plan probably will not be released until after the Israeli general election that will be held on April 9th of this year. Will Netanyahu remain in office, or will another prevail?

We know by bible prophecy that this covenant, if embraced, will not last as God never intended for the original land He gave to the Jewish people to be divided. And we know there are yet many regional prophetic conflicts waiting to be fulfilled most likely before the beginning of the Tribulation. Some of those below.

  • Isaiah 17 – The burden of Damascus
  • Isaiah 19 – The burden of Egypt
  • Jeremiah 49:34-39 – Prophecy against Elam
  • Ezekiel 38 – Gog, the land of Magog

What if part of Trump’s peace plan includes the building of the third temple? Secretary of state Pompeo, whom is a Christian, recently posted a video on his twitter feed of his recent visit to Israel when he met with PM Netanyahu. Towards the end of the short video, it shows a model of what would be the third temple. View the video here: https://twitter.com/SecPompeo/status/1109083029430067200

Everything is already in place for the establishment of the third temple. Establishing the third temple as part of the U.S. backed peace plan/covenant would certainly be enough to get the ball rolling and would give Christians a real, undeniable, confirmation that the day is approaching and the church age is coming to an end! Then would we not “exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching“? Exhorting means to strongly encourage, comfort, and strengthen. 

And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate Dan 9:27

After much prophetic regional conflict occurs (listed above), Daniel 9 tells us the antichrist will confirm the covenant. The wording suggest a previous covenant (Trump’s peace plan?) had already been implemented to some extent (and obviously broken), and that he (the antichrist) would confirm it. To confirm something means to establish the truth, accuracy, validity, or genuineness of; to make valid or binding by some formal or legal act; sanction; ratify. You get the idea. The passage does not say the antichrist creates the covenant, but confirms it. 

Keep your eyes peeled after the April 9th election to see what may be in store with the upcoming U.S. peace plan. One can always hope……

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Tit 2:13

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Golan Heights – doorway to Damascus?

Trump signs proclamation recognizing Israeli sovereignty over Golan Heights!

 

US President Donald Trump on Monday formally recognized Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights, saying the dramatic shift in American policy will help Israel defend itself against regional threats.

 

Trump on the move again bringing in the last day prophesies. Notice the proximity of the Golan to Damascus.

Red Heifer Candidate Born in Israel!

The last red heifer candidate born in New Jersey back in 2015 was eventually disqualified by the strict Jewish standards of a perfect heifer. The latest candidate was born in Israel, a more fitting place for the Red Heifer’s birth. As a reminder, the current PM of Israel is the only one born in Israel.

The red heifer was born on August 28, 2018 and must be three years of age before it can be sacrificed to cleanse the temple. That would be September of 2021 time frame and depending on how you view a generation in the bible, would not over reach the 80 year generation given in Psalm 90:10 from the year Israel became a nation in May of 1948. Adding 7 years (Tribulation period) to 2021 brings us to 2028, and 2028 minus 1948 = 80.

2028 is the year 5788 on the Jewish calendar – 8, the number for new beginnings. You can see the calf in the video below.

….as ye see the day approaching…. Israel @ 70 YEARS

If we want to know where we stand on God’s prophetic clock, we must always look to the nation of Israel, for Daniel’s 70th week – the seven year tribulation – is all about the country of Israel.

The book of Matthew was written between 50-55 A.D. and Jesus warned at the beginning of chapter 24 that their temple would be destroyed.

And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple. And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. Mat. 24:1-2.

The book of Hebrews, written to the Jewish people, was written around 65-67 A.D., so the Jewish people were well aware of Matthew’s prophecy for the destruction of their temple by the time Hebrews was available. Hebrews 10:25 talks about an approaching day and later in verse 37 speaks of the soon coming of Christ.

Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. Heb. 10:25

For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Heb. 10:37

For the Jewish people of that day, they saw the day approaching as the destruction of their temple and was fulfilled in 70 A.D. by the Roman Empire. For today’s Christians, what would that day approaching be? It would be the 70th year anniversary of the establishment of modern day Israel and the soon return of our Lord to follow. Israel will be 70 on May 14th, 2018.

Some interesting facts on Netanyahu, current Prime Minister of Israel.

  • The only PM born in Israel since the nations beginning in 1948.
  • Netanyahu has been elected Prime Minister of Israel four times and the only PM to be elected three times in a row. The biblical number 3 refers to Divine control, election, sovereignty, volition, ordering, or perfection.
  • His first term was from 1996-1999 and the youngest ever PM elected. Since his last election in 2009, he has been in office for the last 9 years and is the 9th of 12 total PM’s of Israel.
  • He was born October 21, 1949, one day after Methuselah died according to Jewish tradition. Methuselah whose name means “his death shall bring” was the longest living man in history at 969 years and upon his death, Noah’s flood came. This year Netanyahu will turn 69 years old. 
  • The biblical number 9 refers to finality, termination or fulfillment…arriving at the end. The biblical number 12 represents Headship, rule.

Do all of those 9’s mean anything? Maybe, maybe not. Though one can’t help but wonder…

So what are we to make of Israel turning 70? At the very least, it is with almost certainty, that God’s prophetic clock will start once more as much needs to be done before the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week and will take perhaps a year or longer to have all in place. For 7 is the number of God’s program on behalf of man; when God is doing something for man, as in the 7000 year plan for mankind or the 490 weeks for Israel or the 7 years Nebuchadnezzar lived as a wild beast in the wilderness. You get the picture.  If we are not taken out of here soon, we will see major prophecy begin to be fulfilled, and there are many waiting in the wings.

When do we leave? Well before Daniel’s 70th week as Jesus told us in Matthew 24.

But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. Mat. 24:36-42

As you can see, it will be an ordinary day just like today when our Lord returns. We cannot confuse this passage with Jesus physical return at the end of the 7 year Tribulation because at that time, most of the world and 2/3rds of the population will be destroyed and no one will be getting married, given in marriage, or be eating and drinking in a celebratory way.

It will happen as Paul says “in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, 1Co 15:52. Just like when we see a bolt of lighting. “For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be” Mat 24:27. “And the LORD shall be seen over them, and his arrow shall go forth as the lightning: and the Lord GOD shall blow the trumpet, and shall go with whirlwinds of the south” Zec 9:14.

I have a ticket out of here on flight #777 with Blessed Hope Airlines on a Titus 2:13 jumbo jet given to me by the Captain Himself. He even promises a free set of incorruptible luggage at the end of the flight and the most wonderful supper I have ever had!

What? Don’t have your ticket yet? Don’t miss the boarding call!! You can ask the Captain for one; His name is Jesus and it is absolutely free. No works needed or waiting in line. Just free for the asking!

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. Jhn 3:16

 

Passover

Today marks the 1st day of Passover and the 50 day countdown to Pentecost. In the book of Exodus chapter 12, Moses instructs the Jewish people to place the blood of a lamb on their door in 3 places in order to avoid the destroyer.

And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you. Exodus 12:22-23

If we draw a line from each point on the door the blood was put, it would look like this.

It makes a triangle pointing up towards Heaven and represents the act of man looking towards God. Now fast forward to around 32 AD. Christ dies on the cross for all mankind leaving blood on the cross at the hands and feet.

Connecting the dots we can see an upside down triangle pointing down as a sacrifice from God to man.

Combine the two triangles and we have:

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. Zec 12:10