Sheba and Dedan

In the backdrop of the disastrous, toxic climate here in the United States, the prophecies of the Bible continue to unfold in the Middle East. Let us not forget it is Israel that is pushed to the forefront of the world for the end time era. One of the most horrific scenes will be the battle of Magog and Israel. 

But before that happens, the Bible says that Israel will be dwelling safely; a thought incomprehensible today.

And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land. Ez. 38:11-12

Recently there has been a string of peace treaties between Israel and other Arab countries like Bahrain and United Arab Emirates. I am sure more are to come, but the big one is quite possibly in the works and could be announced within a week. Regardless of the time frame, we know it will happen as Ezekiel tells us it will.

Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof, shall say unto thee, Art thou come to take a spoil? hast thou gathered thy company to take a prey? to carry away silver and gold, to take away cattle and goods, to take a great spoil? Ez. 38:13

As the Magog force advances on Israel, Sheba and Dedan will be an exception. Sheba and Dedan, the great-grandsons of Ham have historically been documented to reside in Saudi Arabia with that linage reaching into the other Arab countries previously mentioned.

There is an interesting article here that sheds light on a number of issues: Saudis Say Temple Mount and Al Aqsa Not Important to Islam. “In further departure from Palestinian narrative, Saudis recognize Jewish connection to the Temple Mount”

When have we ever seen this? Look carefully at the tail fins.

But to be truly at rest without walls and gates, Israel also needs to eliminate the threat to the North and immediate West of its borders. That would be Syria and specifically the oldest continuous city in history, Damascus. The current Iranian threat against Israel is coming primarily out of Damascus. We know the fate of Damascus.
The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid. Isa. 17:1-2

This would temporarily put an end to the Iranian threat and any threat that Jordan (The cities of Aroer) may pose.

This is what this blog is all about since the very first post July 8th, 2014, almost 7 years ago – watching the world events take place leading up to the departure of the Church and the subsequent Tribulation period. 

Watching – waiting – “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Titus 2:13

Jerusalem Watch – The Embassy Move?

We have been following the story of Trump’s promise to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem essentially recognizing it as the capital of Israel. Tomorrow we shall see if he makes good on his promise.

If Trump delivers, we can expect the following prophecy, which started in 1948 with Israel’s founding, to amplify and continue to play out:

Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. Zec 12:2-3

 

One note of interest is tomorrow also marks 7 days before the beginning of Hanukah and on this day in history:

On the 25th of Kislev in the year 139 BC, the Maccabees liberated the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, after defeating the vastly more numerous and powerful armies of the Syrian-Greek king Antiochus IV, who had tried to forcefully uproot the beliefs and practices of Judaism from the people of Israel. The victorious Jews repaired, cleansed and rededicated the Temple to the service of G-d. But all the Temple’s oil had been defiled by the pagan invaders; when the Jews sought to light the Temple’s menorah (candelabra), they found only one small cruse of ritually pure olive oil. Miraculously, the one-day supply burned for eight days, until new, pure oil could be obtained. In commemoration, the Sages instituted the 8-day festival of Chanukah, on which lights are kindled nightly to recall and publicize the miracle.

Will the world change as we know it tomorrow and are you ready for what comes next……

 

When they took hold of thee by thy hand

Ezekiel 29, a most fascinating prophecy about the destruction of Egypt has been partially fulfilled. The bible says

“And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.” Eze 29:6

A staff is something you lean on for support and a partial definition of the use of the word “reed” in the Hebrew text is defined as a bone or shoulder joint. Israel has been leaning on Egypt for support since the summer of 2014 when Egypt’s head of government Al-Sisi, publicly announced a role in “protecting” Israel’s southern border at the Rafah Border Crossing to the Egyptian Sinai Peninsula. This has led to an ongoing warming of relations between the two countries where they share intelligence information concerning ISIS, Hamas, and Fatah. Recently Egypt agreed to extend the Egyptian side of the Gaza Strip buffer zone 1500 meters in width, instead of 1000 meters.

News article after article outlining the “friendly” relations between Egypt and Israel has been steady since that summer of 2014. The bible goes on to say

When they took hold of thee by thy hand, thou didst break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand.” Eze 29:7

On September 18th of this year, Netanyahu representing Israel and El-Sisi representing Egypt, met in New York for 90 minutes Monday night on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. This was their first public working session. 

When they took hold of thee by thy hand

https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2015/04/07/thou-didst-break/

https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2016/09/23/the-tower-of-syene-corrected-date/

 

Making way for the “Kings of the East”

This event happens towards the end of the 7 year Tribulation, but clearly we see the making of it now, so the question is “how much closer are we to the beginning….”

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. Rev 16:12

Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. Rev 9:14

And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them. Rev. 9:15-16

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Recent Giant war god of China revealed. http://www.boredpanda.com/giant-war-god-statue-general-guan-yu-sculpture-china/
Recent Giant war god of China revealed. http://www.boredpanda.com/giant-war-god-statue-general-guan-yu-sculpture-china/

Swarms of snakes are attacking people and cattle in southern Iraq as the Euphrates and Tigris rivers dry up and the reptiles lose their natural habitat among the reed beds…..

The collapse in the water levels of the rivers has been swift, the amount of water in the Euphrates falling by three-quarters in less than a decade. In 2000, the flow speed of the water in the river was 950 cubic metres per second, but by this year it had dropped to 230 cubic metres per second.

In the past, Iraq has stored water in lakes behind its own dams, but these reservoirs are now much depleted and can no longer make up the shortfall. The total water reserves behind all Iraqi dams at the beginning of May was only 11 billion cubic metres, compared to over 40 billion three years ago. One of the biggest dams in the country, on the Euphrates at Haditha in western Iraq, close to the Syrian border, held eight billion cubic metres two years ago but now has only two billion.

Read the article here.

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

The Tower of Syene

There is no shortage today of articles outlining the burgeoning relationship between Egypt and Israel. It seems the two countries have manufactured a lasting relationship. Here are some articles:

Egypt’s president has urged Israel and the Palestinians to look to the “wonderful” example set by his country and the Jewish state and agree on a solution that lets them exist in peace as two neighboring states. Speaking Tuesday to the UN General Assembly, President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi described the Israel-Egypt model as “a real opportunity to write a bright page in the history of our region to move towards peace.”

 

Egyptian President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi applauded the level of cooperation between Israel and Egypt in a closed-door meeting with Jewish leaders in New York on Tuesday.

THE EGYPTIAN foreign minister brought a breath of fresh air to the decades-long Arab-Israeli conflict when he stated unequivocally on August 21 that Israel could not be considered a terrorist state. This further step toward closer relations between Egypt and Israel resonated throughout the Arab world, where accusing the Jewish state of terror against the Palestinians is a basic propaganda tenet.

Considerable evidence suggests that relations between Egypt and Israel have steadily developed during the past two years and that they may be in the process of shifting from conventional cooperation to the level of strategic alliance. Foremost evidence is the following:

Sisi’s New Approach to Egypt-Israel Relations Cairo believes that relations with Israel are strategically and diplomatically beneficial, and the trend toward greater rapprochement will likely continue.

But as previously mentioned, it only seems that way. We know the opposite will happen as the Bible tells us so. Ezekiel 29 outlines a prophecy against Egypt for breaking their fellowship and support of Israel and involves the Tower of Syene that resides next to the Aswan Dam. 

Aswan

And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the LORD, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. When they took hold of thee by thy hand,

https://lookingforthatblessedhope.com/2015/04/07/thou-didst-break/

, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon thee, thou brakest, and madest all their loins to be at a stand. Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and cut off man and beast out of thee. And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it. Behold, therefore I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt utterly waste and desolate, from the tower of Syene even unto the border of Ethiopia. Ez.29

Recently Israel appointed a new ambassador to Egypt. Israel’s new ambassador to Egypt, David Govrin, on Wednesday presented his credentials to President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi at his palace in Cairo, enabling him to begin officially contacting Egyptian government officials in his capacity as a diplomatic representative.”

David Govrin is the 13th (rebellion) ambassador to Egypt since the signing of the peace treaty in 1979. More importantly, in a little over 2 years, we will arrive at the 40th year anniversary of the Egypt–Israel Peace Treaty that was signed 26 March 1979. Forty is a period of testing whether it be in years or days. The question is, will Egypt pass the test….not according to what the scripture says. It is also worth pointing out that God will make the land desolate for 40 years due to their betrayal; well into the Millennial Kingdom reign.

No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years. And I will make the land of Egypt desolate in the midst of the countries that are desolate, and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be desolate forty years: and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries. Yet thus saith the Lord GOD; At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the people whither they were scattered: And I will bring again the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their habitation; and they shall be there a base kingdom. It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it exalt itself any more above the nations: for I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations. And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, which bringeth their iniquity to remembrance, when they shall look after them: but they shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Ez 29.

Is this a prophecy that will be fulfilled before the Tribulation? The Lord say’sI will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.” This speaks to a humanitarian aid effort, for whole will help them once the Tribulation has started? 

Should we see this prophecy unfold before March 26, 2019…the world will never recover, the Egyptians will be scattered around the world from the devastation created by the flood of the broken dam, and Israel will be in various wars until the signing of the deceptive peace treaty with the Antichrist. As always, time will tell. 

kohanim-priests

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…….

A-red-heiferhttp://www.jewishpress.com/news/temple-institute-inaugurates-registry-of-biblically-eligible-kohanim/2016/03/29/