The Democratic Civil War Is Getting Nasty, Even if No One Is Paying Attention

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On the morning of October 5th, President Trump was on one of his Twitter rants from the White House, denying as “fake news” an NBC report that his Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, had called him a “moron” and threatened to resign. Elsewhere in Washington, the drama over whether Tillerson was actually on his way out threatened to overwhelm other news stories for a second straight day. But, when I arrived at the townhouse of Stanley Greenberg, the veteran Democratic strategist, on Capitol Hill, later that morning, it was not the distractions of the Trump White House that had him worked up. Greenberg was still fuming about Hillary Clinton.

Clinton was guilty of “malpractice” in how she conducted her 2016 Presidential campaign, Greenberg told me. Even worse, he said, Democrats were repeating the same political mistakes a year later. “Look at Virginia right now,” Greenberg said, as soon as we sat down in his second-floor office. “We have a candidate”—Ralph Northam, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee—“running as Hillary Clinton. He is running on the same kind of issues, and has the same kind of view of the world. It’s the Republicans who talk about the economy, not the Democrats.” This was the approach that doomed Clinton against Trump. The electorate was angry in 2016 and remains angry now, Greenberg said, and Northam, a Norfolk doctor, didn’t get it. Neither did Clinton and the team of Obama veterans who staffed her Brooklyn headquarters. “If you live in the metro areas with the élites, you don’t wake up angry about what’s happening in people’s lives,” Greenberg said.

His rant was notable for a variety of reasons, not least because Greenberg was the pollster who helped Bill Clinton win the White House in 1992, and he has been a participant in every Democratic nominee’s Presidential campaign since, including Hillary Clinton’s. His criticism illuminates an urgent question for the Democratic Party, not just in next week’s governor’s race in Virginia but in the midterm elections of 2018 and beyond. Could Trump, as deeply polarizing and unpopular as he is, even be reëlected?

Greenberg and other prominent Democrats still furious about last year’s Clinton campaign think it’s entirely possible, unless the Party figures out, and fast, a way to tackle the problem that sealed Clinton’s fate in 2016: how to appeal to the disaffected white working-class voters who provided Trump’s unlikely win a year ago.

“That debate,” Greenberg told me, “which would have been pushed off had she won, is immediate.”

For months, Greenberg has been stewing over how Clinton conducted her campaign, and he finally unloaded, in The American Prospect, a small-circulation progressive journal founded back on the eve of Bill Clinton’s Presidency. Greenberg’s critical assessment—in the form of a book review of “Shattered,” the best-selling insider account of the Clinton campaign, published earlier this year—came out in September and drew relatively little notice. But here was Bill Clinton’s pollster accusing Hillary Clinton’s campaign of strategic errors, mismanagement, and failure to heed the advice of him and others to appeal to the Party’s traditional working-class voters in the Midwest. Compounding the errors, Clinton’s team conducted no state polls in the final three weeks of the campaign, relying instead on flawed data analytics to predict turnout and the vote. As a result, it didn’t even know that final disaster loomed. “Malpractice and arrogance contributed mightily to the election of Donald Trump,” Greenberg concluded.

Greenberg disclosed in the piece that he was speaking as more than an outside critic. He had served as “invited noodge” throughout the 2016 campaign, Greenberg revealed, secretly critiquing Clinton’s speeches for months at her request, pushing for more attention to be paid to the economic struggles of the white working class, and advising her campaign chairman, John Podesta. In our interview, Greenberg elaborated, saying Podesta had sought his counsel after it became clear that Podesta was failing to sway Clinton’s campaign manager, Robby Mook—a young, data-driven veteran of Terry McAuliffe’s winning gubernatorial run in Virginia—whose strategy was to focus on turning out loyal Obama voters rather than persuading wavering Rust Belt voters. “It came out of his needing to win the argument internally,” Greenberg told me. Both Podesta and Greenberg had worked for the Bill Clinton White House, where Podesta served as chief of staff, and had been allies ever since.

In the weeks after Greenberg published his critique, I spoke with several other veterans of the Bill Clinton years who shared his appraisal of Hillary’s campaign—and said that their advice had also been ignored. “They viewed people like me and Bill Clinton as yesteryear,” one, who ran his campaign in a key Midwestern state and played a public role in Hillary Clinton’s campaign there as well, said. “They thought the world has changed, politics has changed. But their analytics were flawed. They were treating this like a third term for Obama, and it was a big mistake.” The internal critics, they told me, had also included the former President, but he was, as Greenberg put it when we talked, “frozen out.”

This was, I realized, one of the hidden stories of the 2016 election. A former top adviser to the Clinton campaign said that Greenberg’s gripes were a “misplaced diagnosis for why we lost” and noted that Bill Clinton had been a vigorous participant in the campaign’s strategic discussions. Hillary Clinton herself alluded to Greenberg’s critique, though not the campaign’s internal debates over it, in her recent memoir, dismissing as “baloney” Greenberg’s argument that she “went silent on the economy and change” in the key final days before the election. But, even if the fight is in part an exercise in after-the-fact finger-pointing, the campaign’s internal struggles over how to talk to the Trump base in the formerly Democratic states of Middle America are just as relevant, polarizing, and unresolved today as they were a year ago. Should Democrats bet their future on attacking Trump and pledge, as the California billionaire donor Tom Steyer now wants them to do, to pursue Trump’s impeachment, at all costs, if they win back the House next year? Should they give up on the white voters who went for Trump in 2016 even though many had been reliably Democratic in the past? Was Clinton’s defeated primary challenger, Bernie Sanders, right to try to pull the Party to the left?

Without a resolution to these questions, the next Democratic nominee may well end up caught in the same trap in which Hillary Clinton found herself, stuck defending the legacy of the two-term Obama Presidency, even as the economic dislocations of the Obama era fuelled the rise of populism on both left and right.

It can be difficult, if not impossible, in Washington these days to pay attention to the Democrats’ war within while what appears to be the full-fledged implosion of the Republican Party unfolds. After all, hardly a day goes by when the President of the United States isn’t publicly attacking leaders in his own party, and being attacked back. And this week brought a new obsession: the first indictments in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

So perhaps it’s no surprise that the brewing fight over the Democratic Party’s future gets so little airtime. In the wake of Trump’s win, it’s easy to blame Hillary Clinton for being a flawed candidate with a tin ear for politics. Or to rationalize Trump’s unexpected victory as an accident of history. But I haven’t talked with a single Democrat or independent analyst who doesn’t think that the Party remains in serious danger of another electoral catastrophe.

Recently, another former Bill Clinton adviser, the onetime White House political director Doug Sosnik, published an op-ed in the Washington Postarguing that, as the headline put it, “Trump is on track to win reelection.” Sosnik contended that Democrats needed to immediately start figuring out how to appeal to voters in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, where a shift in votes for Trump won him the election. I mentioned the Sosnik article when I recently ran into a Washington operative who had also served as a key White House aide to Clinton. “Of course Trump could win,” he said. “We’re the party that doesn’t have a message that speaks to the country or stand for anything other than being against Trump.”

When Democrats handicap their prospects for 2020 these days, the list of potential candidates is huge and invariably includes septuagenarians like Sanders and former Vice-President Joe Biden—both of whom appear eager to run—as well as an array of younger, relatively unknown officials, like Kamala Harris, the former California attorney general who is now a first-term senator. While the Democratic National Committee is now being led by Obama’s former Labor Secretary Tom Perez, who has promised a technocratic approach to the problem of resurgent Republicans, the energy in the rank and file remains with the Bernie bros and Sandersistas, who are determined to pull the party to the left—toward a future of universal health care and free college for all. Senator Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, could appeal to this fervent new activist base, and conceivably win the nomination in 2020. But more centrist Democrats worry that she couldn’t do so without forever alienating not only the Trump base but also the Wall Street moneymen who have provided the Party with key financial backing ever since Bill Clinton introduced his New Democrats to the nation, in 1992. As for members of Trump’s angry white working class, no one’s sure if there are any Democrats at all in the mix for 2020 who can really speak to them. And to the extent that there are such politicians, figures like Biden or Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, no one’s sure there’s a real place for such a candidate in a party moving left quickly.

“The Democratic Party today is divided over whether it wants to focus on the economy or identity,” Greenberg said when we talked. That is, as he pointed out, just what the Clinton campaign was fighting about a year ago. Greenberg and others who came out of the Bill Clinton era—like the former President himself—had never really let go of the economy-first mantra that got them to the White House in a different time, and they felt that there was a generational conflict with the Obama operatives who held sway over Hillary Clinton’s 2016 strategy. It was a fight that dogged the Clinton campaign all the way until its final days, when Greenberg and his allies inside the campaign pushed unsuccessfully to close with a focus on her plans for the economy.

“The caricature of this debate is, Bill Clinton says you have a problem and the numbers people say you don’t,” Jake Sullivan, who served as Clinton’s top policy adviser for the campaign after working with her closely at the Obama State Department, recalled. But it wasn’t that Hillary Clinton’s team disagreed over the problem, he insisted, just over what to do about it: “Everybody recognized we had a huge working-class, non-college white issue. The question was, How do you add up to victory? Do you attack it head on or by compensating elsewhere? That was the fundamental strategic debate.”

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New ‘Black Death’ FOUND: Deadly virus WORSE than plague and with no CURE breaks out – WHO

A DEADLY outbreak of a rare and highly fatal virus has broken out in eastern Uganda and five cases have already been identified, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed.

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The disease, known as Marburg virus disease (MVD), is similar to Ebola and can be lethal in up to 90 per cent of cases.

Emergency screening has begun at the Kenya-Uganda border in Turkana after three members of the same family died of the disease in Uganda.

The outbreak is thought to have started in September when a man in his 30s, who worked as a game hunter and lived near a cave with a heavy presence of bats, was admitted to a local health centre with a high fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

He did not respond to antimalarial treatment and his condition rapidly deteriorated.

He was quickly taken to another hospital in the neighbouring district, but died shortly after arriving.

His sister, in her 50s, died shortly afterwards and a third victim passed away in the treatment unit of a local health centre.

The WHO website reads: “Marburg virus disease is a rare disease with a high mortality rate for which there is no specific treatment.

“The virus is transmitted by direct contact with the blood, body fluids and tissues of infected persons or wild animals (e.g. monkeys and fruit bats).”

Several hundred people are believed to have been exposed to the virus, which is among the most virulent pathogens known to infect humans.

Early symptoms include fever, chills, headache, and myalgia.

The news comes as Madagascar faces a deadly outbreak of plague, which has already claimed the lives of 127 people.

Cases of the plague have soared in recent days and extra funding has been released by the World Bank to provide additional resources in the face of the “worst outbreak for 50 years”.

The outbreak has been compared with the Black Death, when plague swept across Europe and Asia in the 13th century, killing more than 50 million people in what is now considered one of the worst pandemics in human history.

Two thirds of the recorded cases in Madagascar are caused by the pneumonic plague, which can be spread through coughs and sneezes and without treatment, can kill within 24 hours.

The outbreak has prompted warnings that it could spread to nine nearby countries, including UK holiday hotspots Mauritius and the Seychelles.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/875433/Black-Death-plague-2017-madagascar-outbreak-africa-world-health-organisation-virus-uganda

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Weekly Torah portion from the One New Man Bible – Vayeira – Nov 3, 2017

Vayeira

Genesis 18:1 – 22:24

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18.1. And the LORD* appeared to him in the plains of Mamre and he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day. 2. And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and there were three men standing by him. And when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and he bowed toward the ground 3. and said, “My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, do not pass by, I pray You, from Your servant:4. let a little water, I pray you, be brought and wash your feet and rest yourselves under the tree.

5. And I shall get a morsel of bread and comfort your hearts for you. After that you will pass on, for that is why you have come to your servant.” And they said, “So do as you have said.” 6. And Abraham hastened into the tent to Sarah and said, “Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it and make cakes.”

7. And Abraham ran to the herd and fetched a good, tender calf and gave it to a young man and he hastened to dress it. 8.And he took butter, milk, and the calf which he had dressed and set it before them, and he stood by them under the tree and they ate.

18:9. And they said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?” And he said, “There – in the tent.” 10. And He said, “I shall certainly return to you at this time next year and, see, Sarah your wife will have a son.” (Rom. 9:9) And Sarah listened in the tent door, which was behind him. 11. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well up in age: the manner of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself saying, “After I have grown old will I have pleasure, my lord being old also?” 13. And the LORD* said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh saying, ‘Will I, who am old, of a surety bear a child?’ 14. Isanything too hard for the LORD*? (Matt. 19:26, Luke 1:34) At the time appointed I shall return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Rom. 9:9) 15. Then Sarah denied it saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No, but you did laugh.”

18:16. And the men rose up from there and looked toward Sodom and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way. 17. And the LORD* said, “Will I hide from Abraham that thing which I am about to do, 18. seeing that Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation and all the nations of the earth will be blessed in him? 19. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him and they will keep the Way of the LORD*, to do acts of loving kindness and judgment, so the LORD* may bring upon Abraham that which He has spoken of him.” 20. And the LORD* said, “Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great and because their sin is very grievous, 21. I shall go down now and see whether they have done everything I told them, which has come to Me. And if not, I shall know.”   22. And the men turned their faces from there and went toward Sodom, but Abraham still stood before the LORD*. 23. And Abraham drew near and said, “Will You also destroy the righteous with the wicked? 24. If there are fifty righteous within the city will You also destroy and not spare the place for the fifty righteous that are there?

25. Far be it from You to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked and that the righteous should be like the wicked: far be that from You. Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26. And the LORD* said, “If I find in Sodom fifty righteous within the city, then I shall spare the entire place for their sake.” 27. And Abraham answered and said, “Behold now, I, who am but dust and ashes, have taken upon me to speak to the LORD*. 28. If by chance there will lack five of the fifty righteous, will You destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And He said, “If  I find forty-five there, I shall not destroy it.” 29. And he spoke to Him yet again and said, “If by chance there will be forty found there?” And He said,  “I shall not do it for forty’s sake.” 30. And he said to Him, “Oh do not let the LORD* be angry, and I shall speak: If by chance thirty will be found there?” And He said, “I shall not do it, if I find thirty there.” 31. And he said, “Behold now, I have taken upon myself to speak to the LORD*: If by chance twenty will be found there?” And He said, I shall not destroy it for twenty’s sake.”  32. And he said, “Oh please, let not the LORD* be angry, and I shall speak yet but this once: If by chance ten will be found there?” And He said, “I shall not destroy it for ten’s sake.”

18:33. And the LORD* went His way, as soon as He had left speaking with Abraham, and Abraham returned to his place.

Lot Rescued

19.1. And two angels came to Sodom in the evening and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. And when Lot saw them he rose up to meet them and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground. 2. And he said, “Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house and tarry all night and wash your feet and you will rise up early and go on your way.” And they said, “No. But we will stay in the street all night.” 3. And he pressed upon them greatly and they went in with him and entered his house and he made a feast for them and baked unleavened bread and they ate.

19:4. But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, surrounded the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter. 5. And they called to Lot and said to him, “Where are the men who came in to you tonight? Bring them out to us, so we can know them.” 6. And Lot went out to them at the door and shut the door behind him 7.and said, “I pray you, brothers, do not behave so wickedly.

8. Behold now, I have two daughters who have not known a man: let me, I pray you, bring them out to you and you do to them as is good in your eyes. Only to these men do nothing, for therefore they came under the shadow of my roof.” 9.And they said, “Stand back!” And they said again, “This one came in to sojourn and he thinks he is  a judge. Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” And they pressed sore upon the man, Lot, and came near to break the door. 10. But the men put forth their hand and pulled Lot into the house to them and shut the door. 11. And they struck the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door. 12.And the men said to Lot, “Do you have here any besides yourself? Sons-in-law, your sons, your daughters, and whoever you have in the city, bring them out of this place, 13. for we will destroy this place, because their cry has become great before the face of the LORD*, and the LORD* has sent us to destroy it.”

19:14. And Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place, for the LORD* will destroy this city.” But he seemed like one who teased to his sons-in-law. 15. And when the morning came, then the angels hastened Lot saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters that are here, so you will not be consumed in the iniquity of the city.” 16. And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand and upon the hand of his wife and upon the hand of his two daughters. The LORD* had pity on him and they brought him out and set him outside the city. 17. And it was, when they had brought them out, that he said, “Escape for your life! Do not look behind you! Do not stay anywhere in the plain! Escape to the mountain, so you will not be consumed.” 18. And Lot said to them, “Oh, not so, my lord. 19. Behold now your servant has found favor in your sight and you have magnified your loving kindness, which you have shown to me in saving my life. And I cannot escape to the mountain, lest something bad overtake me and I die. 20. Behold now, this city is near to flee to and it is a little one. Oh, let me escape there, (is it not a little one?) and my soul will live.” 21. And he said to him, “See, I have accepted you concerning this thing also, that I shall not overthrow this city of which you have spoken. 22. Quick! Escape there, for I cannot do anything until you have come there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

19:23. The sun had risen upon the earth when Lot entered Zoar. 24. Then the LORD* rained brimstone and fire from the LORD* out of heaven upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah. (Rev. 14:10; 20:10; 21:8) 25. And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain and all the inhabitants of the cities and that which grew upon the ground.

26. But his wife looked back from behind him and she became a pillar of salt.

19:27. And Abraham got up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD*, 28. And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the plain and there it was! The smoke of the country went up like the smoke of a furnace.

19:29. And it was, when God destroyed the cities of the plain that God remembered Abraham and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelled.

19:30. And Lot went up out of Zoar and lived in the mountain and his two daughters were with him, for he feared to stay in Zoar and he lived in a cave, he and his two daughters. 31. And the firstborn said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on the earth to come in to us according to the statute of all the earth. 32. Come, let us make our father drink wine and we will lie with him so we can preserve our father’s seed.” 33. And they made their father drink wine that night and the firstborn went in and lay with her father, and he did not perceive when she lay down, or when she arose. 34.And it was the next day that the firstborn said to the younger, “Behold, last night I lay with my father. Let us make him drink wine this night also, and you go in and lie with him, so we can preserve our father’s seed.”

35. And they made their father drink wine that night also and the younger arose and lay with him, and he was not aware when she lay down or when she rose.

19:36. Both the daughters of Lot were thus with child by their father. 37. And the firstborn bore a son and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moab to this day. 38. And the younger also bore a son and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon to this day.

Abraham Again Calls Sarah His Sister

20.1. And Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, the south, and dwelled between Kadesh and Shur, and stayed in Gerar. 2. And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.” And Abimelech (Avimelekh) king of Gerar sent for and took Sarah. 3. But God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, “Behold, you are but a dead man for the woman whom you have taken, for she is a man’s wife.” 4. But Abimelech had not come near her and he said, “Lord, will you slay also  a righteous nation? 5. Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister?’ And she, even she herself said, ‘He is my brother.’ In the integrity of my heart and innocency of my hands have I done this.” 6. And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I AM knows that you did this in the integrity of your heart, for I AM also withheld you from sinning against Me, therefore I did not let you touch her. 7. Now therefore restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live, but if you do not restore her, know that you will surely die, you and all that are yours.”

20:8. Therefore Abimelech rose early in the morning and called all his servants and told all these things in their ears, and the men were very much afraid. 9. Then Abimelech called Abraham and said to him, “What have you done to us? And bywhat have I offended you, that you have brought a great sin on me and on my kingdom? You have done deeds to me that ought not to be done.” 10. And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What did you see that you have done this thing?”

20:11. And Abraham said, “Because I thought, ‘Surely reverence for God is not in this place and they will slay me for my wife’s sake.’ 12. And yet indeed she is my sister. She is the daughter of my father, but not the daughter of my mother, and she became my wife. 13. And it was when God caused me to wander from my father’s house that I said to her, ‘This is your kindness which you will show to me: at every place where we will come, say of me, He is my brother.’”

20:14. And Abimelech took sheep, oxen, men servants, and women servants and gave them to Abraham and restored Sarah his wife to him. 15. And Abimelech said, “Behold, my land is before you. Stay wherever it pleases you.” 16. And to Sarah he said, “Behold I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver: here, it is eye-covering for you, for all that are with you and you are vindicated before all.”

20:17. So Abraham prayed to God and God healed Abimelech, his wife, and his maid servants and they bore children. 18.For the LORD* had closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife.

Sarah and Isaac

21.1. And the LORD* visited Sarah as He had said and the LORD* did for Sarah what He had spoken. (Gen. 18:10) 2. For Sarah conceived and bore Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. (Heb. 11:11) 3.And Abraham called the name of his son that was born to him, whom Sarah bore to him, Isaac. 4. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac when he was eight days old, as God had commanded him. 5. And Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

21:6. And Sarah said, God has made me laugh, so that all who hear will laugh with me. 7. And she said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah should be given children to nurse? For I have borne him a son in his old age.” 8. And the child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast the day that Isaac was weaned. 9. And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, scornful. 10. So she said to Abraham, “Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bondwoman will not be heir with my son, with Isaac.” (Gal. 4:30, Heb. 11:17)

21:11. And the thing was very grievous in Abraham’s sight because of his son. 12. And God said to Abraham, “Do not be distressed in your sight because of the lad and because of your bondwoman. In all that Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice because your seed will be called in Isaac.  (Rom. 9:7, Heb. 11:18) 13. And of the son of the bondwoman I shall also make a nation, because he is your seed.”

14. And Abraham rose up early in the morning and took bread and a skin-bottle of water and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder and the child, and sent her away. And she left and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba. 15. And the water was spent in the bottle and she put the child under one of the shrubs. 16. And she went and sat down opposite, a good way off, about a bowshot, for she said, “Let me not see the death of the child.” And she was sitting opposite him and lifted up her voice and wept. 17. And God heard the voice of the lad, and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Do not be in awe! God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. 18. Arise, lift up the lad and hold him in your hand, for I shall make a great nation of him.” 19. And God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water, and she went and filled the bottle with water and gave the lad a drink.

21:20. And God was with the lad and he grew and lived in the wilderness and became an archer. 21. And he lived in the wilderness of Paran and his mother took a wife for him out of the land of Egypt.

21:22. And it happened at that time that Abimelech and Fikhol the chief captain of his army spoke to Abraham saying, “God is with you in all that you do. 23. Now therefore swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my son, or with my son’s son, but according to the kindness that I have done for you, you will do to me, and to the land in which you have sojourned.” 24. And Abraham said, “I shall swear.” 25. And Abraham reproved Abimelech because of a well of water, which Abimelech’s servants had violently taken away. 26. And Abimelech said, “I do not know who has done this thing: neither did you tell me, but I heard of it just today.” 27. And Abraham took sheep and oxen, and gave them to Abimelech, and both of them made a covenant. 28. And Abraham set seven ewe-lambs of the flock by themselves. 29. And Abimelech said to Abraham, “What do these seven ewe-lambs mean that you have set by themselves?” 30. And he said, “For you will take these seven ewe-lambs from my hand, so they may be a witness to me, that I have dug this well.” 31. Therefore he called that place Beer-Sheba because both of them swore there.

21:32. Thus they made a covenant at Beer-Sheba, then Abimelech and Fikhol the chief captain of his army rose, and they returned to the land of the Philistines

33. And Abraham planted a grove in Beer-Sheba, and there he called on the name of the LORD*, Eternal God. 34. And Abraham stayed in the Philistines’ land many days.

The Ultimate Test

22.1. And it happened after these things that God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham.” And he said, “Here I am.” 2And He said, “Now take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love! Get yourself into the land of Moriah! Offer him there as an offering upon one of the mountains of which I shall tell you!”

3. And Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son, and split the wood for the offering and rose up and went to the place of which God had told him. 4. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5. And Abraham said to his young men, “You stay here with the donkey and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.” 6. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it upon Isaac his son, and he took the fire in his hand and a knife, and they went, both of them together.7. And Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father.” and he said, “Here I am, my son.” And he said, “Here are the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” 8. And Abraham said, “My son, God will see to it, providing a lamb for a burnt offering for Himself.” so they went, both of them together. 9. And they came to the place which God had told him about, and Abraham built an altar there and laid the wood in order and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 10. And Abraham stretched forth his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

22:11. Then the angel of the LORD* called to him out of heaven and said, “Abraham. Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 12. And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad! Do not do anything to him! For now I know that you revere God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son from Me.”

22:13. And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behind him there was a ram caught in a thicket by his horns, and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. 14. And Abraham called the name of that place “The LORD* Will See to it” as it is said to this day, “The LORD* Will Show Himself on the mountain.”

22:15. And the angel of the LORD* called to Abraham out of heaven the second time 16. and said, “By myself I have sworn,” says the LORD*, “For because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17. that I shall greatly bless you, and I shall multiply your seed as the stars of the heaven and as the sand on the seashore, (Heb. 6:14; 11:12) and your seed will possess the gate of his enemies, 18. and in your seed will all the nations of the earth be blessed because you have obeyed My voice.”

22:19. So Abraham returned to his young men and they rose up and went together to Beer-Sheba and Abraham stayed at Beer-Sheba.

22:20. And it was after these things that it was told Abraham saying, “Behold, Milkah has also borne children to your brother Nahor, 21. Uz his firstborn, Buz his brother, Kemuel the father of Aram, 22. Chesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, and Bethuel. 23. And Bethuel begot Rebeccah (Rivkah).” These eight Milkah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother. 24. And his concubine, whose name was Reumah, bore also Tebah, Gaham, Thahash, and Maachah.  (Click to Source)

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Don’t Be Fooled by Soros’ Great Deception-America and Trump Are In Grave Danger

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The dreaded November 4th day of infamy has come and gone and we are still alive, we are still here. Today, on November 5th, we all are breathing a collective sigh of relief. The much dreaded Soros-led revolution against our country has come and gone and it has failed miserably. Antifa has become Antifail. The much anticipated nationwide protests, designed to remove Donald Trump from office has failed and failed miserably. The good guys have won and the bad guys have failed. The Independent Media has is rejoicing in America’s good fortune. For example, here are two reports from Breitbart and Infowars where they are proclaiming defeat for America’s 5th column forces.

From Breitbart:

“…the group behind this weekend’s multi-city Antifa rallies, claims to be “organizing millions of people to drive out the fascist Trump / Pence regime.” Actual turnout on the first day of their nationwide rallies was far lower.

The group, founded by Revolutionary Communist Party chairman Bob Avakian, took out a full-page ad in the New York Times to promote the rally, and has enjoyed free press in the national media in the past few days.

Despite the press attention, turnout was low at many of Refuse Fascism’s rallies, which were scheduled to take place in 20 U.S. cities. The exception appears to have been L.A, where local news reported that close to 2,000 protesters gathered.

There were no reports of violent incidents, although a woman accused of deliberately splashing her drink on a Trump supporter was reportedly arrested at the Refuse Fascism march in New York City.”

Infowars filed a report which indicated a similar dismal turnout with all the excitement of watching the paint dry on the wall.

Has Soros Lost the Ability to Launch Violent Protests In Which People Die and Governments Topple?

The question posed in the previous subtitle is ridiculous on its face. The recent deadly riots at Charlottesville stands as a case in point. Then why and how did the George Soros organization, Antifa, fail so badly in bringing people together for the purpose of destabilizing the country in such a manner that Trump would be deposed? The simple answer is that it is all part of the planned deception.

Do not make the mistake of discounting George Soros and his criminal enterprises consisting of social justice warriorsfrom carrying out their deeds of destructio. Don’t make the mistake in assuming that these groups have somehow lost their effectiveness. Soros’s organizations are effective because they employ successful battle plans. Their arsenal of mishief and mayhem consists of a combination of Rules for Radicals and the ancient teachings of Sun Tzu and The Art of War.

November 4th was an abject failure from a strategic point of view based on self-generated violence, violent deaths, raw numbers of participants and the promotion of regime change inside the United States. Before making the mistake of thinking that yesterday’s designed protest were a failure, please consider the following admonitions from Sun Tzu as published in The Art of War. Please note that these teachings form the backbone for teaching military strategy at the military academies. And I have found these historical admonitions to be useful in tracking and predicting Soros strategies which are designed to take down America.

Consider the following quotes from Sun Tzu which have proven applicable to past Soros-led acts of violence.

“Appear at points which the enemy must hasten to defend; march swiftly to places where you are not expected”

“You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places which are undefended.”

“The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible attack at several different points.”

“Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our adversary to make these preparations against us.”

“Appear weak when you are strong, and strong when you are weak.”

From the abovementioned quotes, I see the strategies behind the Vegas massacre, the “hands up don’t shoot” violence in the St. Louis area and the ISIS attack upon innocent and defenseless persons in Manhattan. These quotes also tell us what is coming next.

Antifa is definitely a force to be reckoned with, just ask the concert goers in Las Vegas. However, I repeatedly warned that November 4th would likely be a dud and as I said, nobody in their right mind would telegraph a terrorist attack.

What Is Coming

The artificially created threat of terrorism has forced America to defend the venues of sporting events and air travel. However, what security protections have been enacted at malls? One gets scanned and potentially frisked when they travel or go to a game. However, one should consider the fact that there are no equivalent security measures in effect at shopping malls or at a schools or at large churches? Now that these facts are out on the table, America, ask yourself, if you were Soros, where would you attack next? Where would your big false flag attacks occur? And if your goal is national destablization, what would you do given these facts?

Why aren’t DHS and the FBI moving to correct these glaring deficiencies? Instead, the defense of these soft targets has been made easier by the implementation of gun-free-zones. The terrorists know that there will be virtually no opposition at these vulnerable venues.

Conclusion

Sun Tzu would admonish America to not consider November 4th as a real victory. Soros forces were feigning weakness for the purpose of letting our guard down.

I have revealed in past articles that Antifa is partnered with MS-13, ISIS, the CIA, the FBI and the United Nations. These forces coalesce in the CALEXIT movement. They are probably responsible for the fires in Northern California, but the fact gathering still continues. The contents of these assertions form the background of my interview with Paul Preston which willl air on the November 5th edition of The Common Sense Show.

There is one thing that one can be sure of with regard to timing. We cannot fix an exact date of the coming Tet Offensive-terror like attacks. However, you can bet they are close. When the enemy uses distraction it always precedes,  in close promixity, the timing of theit intended attacks. America is clearly in the danger zone.

As a footnote, the announced arrests of Podesta and Abedin are not real, at least at this point in time. I believe that this is yet another Soros distraction using disinformation to distract and mentally disarm America. (Click to Source)

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V’yeira – He appeared – “Testing Abraham’s Faith” – 30 October, 2017

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Genesis 18:1-22:24
2 Kings 4:1-37 (A); 4:1-23 (S)

“Testing Abraham’s Faith”


by Mark Huey

By the time our Torah examination turns to V’yeira, readers find that the life of Abraham, and his personal trials, are mounting. Having left the comfortable confines of Ur and ventured forth into the land of Canaan, and having gone into Egypt and returned—Abraham’s nomadic journey has finally seen him settled in the region around Hebron. Abraham’s close association with his nephew has been altered, as Lot chose to move his expanding herds to the plentifully watered valleys near the wicked city of Sodom. It is from this vantage point of overlooking the distant city that Abraham had an incredible encounter with the Living God, which affirmed his close and special relationship with Him. Perhaps the most challenging test of Abraham’s faithfulness to follow the Lord is seen in V’yeira, when he is asked to sacrifice Isaac, the son of promise. It is noted very early in our Torah portion that Abraham had a very exclusive call on his life, and that God had chosen Him. Would Abraham be able to live up to such a calling?

“The LORD said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the LORD by doing righteousness and justice, so that the LORD may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him’” (Genesis 18:17-19).

God chose Abraham, for a unique role to play for all who would follow after, because He foreknew that Abraham would set a standard for his descendants to emulate. As more details about Abraham’s direct contact with the Holy One are recorded, the incredible intimacy of his relationship with Him unfolds. What might we learn, as contemporary Messianic Believers, from Abraham’s life example? How much do we need our faith in God to be intensified from what we encounter?

Abraham Pleads

As V’yeira begins, Abraham experienced a supernatural encounter with the Lord. While Abraham wandered around his tent encampment, all of a sudden out of nowhere, three men appeared, who obviously had something special about them. We are not told whether there was some kind of holy aura seen or not, but without hesitation, hospitable Abraham humbly greeted them and honored them with a specially prepared meal to enjoy:

“Now the LORD appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day. When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold, three men were standing opposite him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth, and said, ‘My lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by’” (Genesis 18:1-3).

In the course of the ensuing conversation as the meal was eaten (Genesis 18:4-8), the three inquired of Sarah’s whereabouts. It became evident to Abraham in the course of this encounter, that he had truly been communicating with God Himself. Earlier, when he had discussed the fate of Ishmael, Abraham had received a promise that Sarah would bear a child whose name would be Isaac (Genesis 17:19-22). When this promise was repeated, Abraham had to recognize that he was speaking to the Lord:

“Then they said to him, ‘Where is Sarah your wife?’ And he said, ‘There, in the tent.’ He said, ‘I will surely return to you at this time next year; and behold, Sarah your wife will have a son.’ And Sarah was listening at the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in age; Sarah was past childbearing. Sarah laughed to herself, saying, ‘After I have become old, shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also?’ And the LORD said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, “I indeed bear a child, when I am so old?” Is anything too difficult for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, at this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.’ Sarah denied it however, saying, ‘I did not laugh’; for she was afraid. And He said, ‘No, but you did laugh’” (Genesis 18:9-15).

Abraham knew that he was speaking to the Almighty God, who had given him the promises of descendants and land. As He prepared to depart, the Lord rhetorically asked whether or not He should inform Abraham about what was about to happen to the wicked cities of Sodom and Gomorrah:

“Then the men rose up from there, and looked down toward Sodom; and Abraham was walking with them to send them off. The LORD said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed?’” (Genesis 18:16-18).

After recognizing the fidelity of Abraham to Him and His ways of righteousness (Genesis 18:19), the Lord informed Abraham about the judgment that He was to unleash upon Sodom and Gomorrah:

“And the LORD said, ‘The outcry of Sodom and Gomorrah is indeed great, and their sin is exceedingly grave. I will go down now, and see if they have done entirely according to its outcry, which has come to Me; and if not, I will know.’ Then the men turned away from there and went toward Sodom, while Abraham was still standing before the LORD” (Genesis 18:20-22).

Having been informed that “their sin is exceedingly heavy” (LITV), Abraham was left standing in the presence of the Lord—surely with enough faith—to begin some kind of “negotiations” on behalf of any righteous people who might have resided in Sodom (Genesis 18:23-33). It was at this juncture that a glimpse into the expanding faith of Abraham is revealed to Torah readers. For, what ensued was that Abraham had enough faith in God and His mercy, to implore Him to suspend the intended judgment. Abraham most likely had his nephew Lot in mind, as we are informed later by the Apostle Peter that Lot’s righteousness warranted sufficient mercy for at least himself (2 Peter 2:6-8).[1]

At this point, let us pause for a moment and consider the faith of Abraham, and most specially his boldness to get into a negotiating session with the Lord God. Can you imagine the audacity—or at least the great courage—to actually suggest to the Creator God that He would judge the righteous along with the wicked? Abraham did say, “Will You indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?” (Genesis 18:23)?

The thought of questioning the Lord seems somewhat daring to most of us, but have you ever gotten into a debate, or even just a “vigorous discussion,” with the Lord, in prayer, on a major issue? If you truly have faith in the Lord and look to Him for salvation, direction, and provision—is it not part of your thought process to spend time asking Him for not only your personal needs, but for the needs of others as well? If you are not seeking Him in your thoughts and prayer life, who or what are you communing with as your thoughts rotate throughout the day? Believers have been instructed by the Apostle Paul to “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Messiah Yeshua” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and also to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6). Being able to address the Lord with a degree of frankness, is something that those who know Yeshua are to surely be able to do. The author of Hebrews further elaborates,

“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

Faithful Abraham helped establish an important precedent, which true seekers of God, confident in their relationship with Him, should be able to follow. If we have established some level of intimate trust with the Lord in our relationship with Him, then we should indeed “approach the throne of grace with fullest confidence” (Phillips New Testament) when we need an answer for something important!

Lot and the Fall of Sodom

After Abraham pleaded with God for mercy to be shown on any righteous people who were living in Sodom, two angels arrived at the gates of Sodom to find Lot among the leaders of the city. Their supernatural nature was likely withheld from many, but Lot must have inherently sensed that there was something special about these two strangers. He immediately offered his home as a place for them to spend the night (Genesis 19:1-3).

When word got around in Sodom that Lot had two visitors, the men in town made their way to Lot’s house and demanded that they be given over to them, because “We want to have sex with them!” (Genesis 19:5, CJB). Lot pleaded with the mob to not act wickedly (Genesis 19:6-7), and even offered his two virgin daughters to them (Genesis 19:8), which does seem a bit out of place for someone regarded as “righteous” in 2 Peter 2:6-8. We are not given a great deal of information about Lot’s personal character, even though it was surely a contrast to those inhabitants of a city about to suffer catastrophe. Lot had some degree of “faith” in the One True God, even though it was not as strong or developed as that of Abraham.

The mob outside of Lot’s home prepared to break down the door (Genesis 19:8), totally given over to its fleshly debauchery. The angels manifested themselves at this point, blinding the sight of those in Sodom, and providing the means for Lot’s family to escape from the impending judgment of the city and its environs (Genesis 19:9-14). As Lot’s company departed Sodom, the angels specifically instructed them to not look back upon Sodom, or they would suffer the consequences. The scene is marked by Lot’s wife looking back and turning into a pillar of salt:

“When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, ‘Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city.’ But he hesitated. So the men seized his hand and the hand of his wife and the hands of his two daughters, for the compassion of the LORD was upon him; and they brought him out, and put him outside the city. When they had brought them outside, one said, ‘Escape for your life! Do not look behind you, and do not stay anywhere in the valley; escape to the mountains, or you will be swept away.’ But Lot said to them, ‘Oh no, my lords! Now behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have magnified your lovingkindness, which you have shown me by saving my life; but I cannot escape to the mountains, for the disaster will overtake me and I will die; now behold, this town is near enough to flee to, and it is small. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) that my life may be saved.’ He said to him, ‘Behold, I grant you this request also, not to overthrow the town of which you have spoken. Hurry, escape there, for I cannot do anything until you arrive there.’ Therefore the name of the town was called Zoar. The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar. Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. But his wife, from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt” (Genesis 19:15-26).

Lot’s wife disobeyed the angels’ instruction and lacked belief—most probably having thought back on all of what was left behind at the home in Sodom—and she did not avoid looking back. For modern-day Believers in Yeshua, many of whom think that the End of the Age and His return are steadily approaching, He appealed to the example of Lot’s wife turning back on how many will surely turn away from the Lord when His judgment manifests:

“It was the same as happened in the days of Lot: they were eating, they were drinking, they were buying, they were selling, they were planting, they were building; but on the day that Lot went out from Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. It will be just the same on the day that the Son of Man is revealed. On that day, the one who is on the housetop and whose goods are in the house must not go down to take them out; and likewise the one who is in the field must not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:28-33).

Yeshua is returning for a faithful group of people who have chosen to place their trust in Him, rather than in trying to preserve themselves and their possessions through their own mortal strength. The choice every seeker of God has to make is clear: one is either going to have faith (even if somewhat flawed like Lot), or have a lack of faith resulting in calamity and eternal punishment. These illustrations definitely give each of us something to seriously consider, while we meditate upon V’yeira.

Abraham and Abimelech The Birth of Isaac

At this point in V’yeira, an episode similar to the famine-driven sojourn of Abraham to Egypt is described. Abraham and his entourage relocated to the Negev desert area near Gerar, and while there they encountered another strong leader, who like the Pharaoh of Egypt, took Sarah into his harem:

“Now Abraham journeyed from there toward the land of the Negev, and settled between Kadesh and Shur; then he sojourned in Gerar. Abraham said of Sarah his wife, ‘She is my sister.’ So Abimelech king of Gerar sent and took Sarah. But God came to Abimelech in a dream of the night, and said to him, ‘Behold, you are a dead man because of the woman whom you have taken, for she is married.’ Now Abimelech had not come near her; and he said, ‘Lord, will You slay a nation, even though blameless? Did he not himself say to me, “She is my sister”? And she herself said, “He is my brother.” In the integrity of my heart and the innocence of my hands I have done this.’ Then God said to him in the dream, ‘Yes, I know that in the integrity of your heart you have done this, and I also kept you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her. Now therefore, restore the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not restore her, know that you shall surely die, you and all who are yours’” (Genesis 20:1-7).

Once again, Abraham employed the same tactic, to avoid problems, as he introduced Sarah as his sister (cf. Genesis 12). In this case, we see how God providentially interceded for the migrant couple, and revealed to Abimelech in a dream that Abraham and Sarah were married. Interestingly, it is shown how Abraham and Sarah were in agreement in their dealings to avoid any problems by saying that they were brother and sister. And, it was not totally untrue, either, for Abraham and Sarah were half-brother and half-sister to one another (Genesis 20:11-13). Even with some possible concern among readers today, that the presentation of themselves as brother and sister was deceptive, apparently Abraham and Sarah were allowed to use this strategy to remain alive. We see how in their encounters with Abimelech, they received additional wealth and freedom to settle in the area—and not only this, but we see how Abimelech himself was blessed by the Lord:

“Abimelech then took sheep and oxen and male and female servants, and gave them to Abraham, and restored his wife Sarah to him. Abimelech said, ‘Behold, my land is before you; settle wherever you please.’ To Sarah he said, ‘Behold, I have given your brother a thousand pieces of silver; behold, it is your vindication before all who are with you, and before all men you are cleared.’ Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech and his wife and his maids, so that they bore children. For the LORD had closed fast all the wombs of the household of Abimelech because of Sarah, Abraham’s wife” Genesis 20:14-18).

After enduring this uncomfortable situation, the Lord’s promise that Sarah would conceive a child miraculously happened, and Abraham obediently named him Isaac or Yitzchak as instructed by the Lord earlier (Genesis 21:1-7; cf. 17:19). However, upon weaning Isaac, Sarah’s jealousy of Hagar’s son Ishmael erupted into a demand that Abraham cast him away. Sarah’s insistence greatly distressed Abraham, so the Lord intervened and comforted Abraham with the assurance that Ishmael would also become a nation, but that it would be through Isaac by whom his descendants would be named:

“The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day that Isaac was weaned. Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking. Therefore she said to Abraham, ‘Drive out this maid and her son, for the son of this maid shall not be an heir with my son Isaac.’ The matter distressed Abraham greatly because of his son. But God said to Abraham, ‘Do not be distressed because of the lad and your maid; whatever Sarah tells you, listen to her, for through Isaac your descendants shall be named. And of the son of the maid I will make a nation also, because he is your descendant.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning and took bread and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar, putting them on her shoulder, and gave her the boy, and sent her away. And she departed and wandered about in the wilderness of Beersheba” (Genesis 21:8-14).

The relationship between God and faithful Abraham was certainly maturing, as the experiences that He had with Him, as he followed His guidance, steadily built upon themselves. Nevertheless, at times it does appear that the Almighty had to speak directly to Abraham, to confirm the actions that he was to take. In this case, despite Abraham’s affection for Ishmael, he quickly followed God’s affirmation of Sarah’s demand. Hagar and Ishmael were sent toward the wilderness near Beersheba.

Apparently, Abraham and his entourage continued to graze their herds in the same area, as the text reveals that Abimelech was still in awe of Abraham’s blessings from the God he worshipped. In order to maintain peace among the various herders seeking water for their livestock, a covenant was made between Abraham and Abimelech by the wells of Beersheba:

“Now it came about at that time that Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, spoke to Abraham, saying, ‘God is with you in all that you do; now therefore, swear to me here by God that you will not deal falsely with me or with my offspring or with my posterity, but according to the kindness that I have shown to you, you shall show to me and to the land in which you have sojourned.’ Abraham said, ‘I swear it.’ But Abraham complained to Abimelech because of the well of water which the servants of Abimelech had seized. And Abimelech said, ‘I do not know who has done this thing; you did not tell me, nor did I hear of it until today.’ Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech, and the two of them made a covenant. Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves. Abimelech said to Abraham, ‘What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?’ He said, ‘You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well.’ Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath. So they made a covenant at Beersheba; and Abimelech and Phicol, the commander of his army, arose and returned to the land of the Philistines. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days” (Genesis 21:22-34).

Our Torah portion affirms how Abraham was absolutely aware that it was ADONAI El Olamwho had blessed Him. Abraham’s experiences of favor from his potentially hostile neighbors, and the significant grace and mercy displayed by the Holy One, were preparing him for the most significant test that he was given: the command of the Lord to offer up Isaac, the son of promise.

Abraham Offers Up Isaac

Turning to the final and perhaps most noteworthy test of Abraham that is often highlighted in this parashah, one finds the gut-wrenching command of the Lord for Abraham to offer up his beloved son Isaac as a sacrificial burnt offering. Abraham was obviously prepared for this ultimate test by all of the previous experiences and dealings he had, because without hesitation, Abraham obeyed the command, which to human or mortal reasoning does not make that much sense:

“Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, ‘Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am’ [hineini]. He said, ‘Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.’ So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance” (Genesis 22:1-4).

By this time in Abraham’s walk of faith with the Almighty, he certainly knew His voice—and so when he called, he immediately responded with a resounding “Here I am.” This direct reaction is reminiscent of a future response declared by the Prophet Isaiah, when he heard the voice of the Lord asking for someone to declare righteous judgment to wayward Israel:

“Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?’ Then I said, ‘Here am I. Send me! [hineini shelacheini]’” (Isaiah 6:8).

Unlike the call of Isaiah to prophesy to the disobedient, Abraham was commanded to take his son of promise—Isaac, the one to whom all of the blessings spoken to Abraham would be placed—and sacrificially offer him as a burnt offering (olah) on a mountaintop that the Lord would designate.

Imagine what a perplexing request this must have been to Abraham. Had he heard God correctly? After all, if the promised son was to be killed, how would His blessings be passed down to future generations through his descendants? To the human mind, this makes absolutely no rational sense at all. Yet, by this time in Abraham’s walk with God, he was so dependent upon Him that he did not even question the command. Abraham simply set out early the next morning in obedience.

To better understand what Abraham must have been thinking, we often find ourselves turning to the Epistle to the Hebrews, to discover that Abraham had so much faith in God, that he believed that He could raise people from the dead in order to fulfill His promises:

“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten sonit was he to whom it was said, ‘IN ISAAC YOUR DESCENDANTS SHALL BE CALLED’ [Genesis 21:12]. He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type” (Hebrews 11:17-19).

Abraham was totally confident that his God would fulfill His promises that He had made regarding Isaac, because he trusted in Him. If God had promised that Isaac would be the child of promise, and upon killing him Isaac remained stone dead, then God would be a total, faithless liar. But this is not what occurred.

Needless to say as this took place, the young lad Isaac was perplexed. After traveling for three days with Abraham and the servants, they arrived at the mountain together with fire and wood, but without a lamb for the offering (Genesis 2:5-6). When inquiring of his father, Abraham’s response to Isaac was that God would provide a lamb for the sacrifice. Upon reaching the designated place, Abraham built an altar, arranged the wood, and then bound his compliant son Isaac by placing him on the altar. Abraham was absolutely willing to slay his son, and at that moment the angel of the Lord called out his name in a voice which Abraham clearly knew. The interruption must have startled Abraham, because the stretching of his knife-wielding hand indicated that he was fully willing to sacrifice his son at the instruction of God:

“Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, ‘My father!’ And he said, ‘Here I am, my son.’ And he said, ‘Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?’ Abraham said, ‘God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.’ So the two of them walked on together. Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, ‘Abraham, Abraham!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ He said, ‘Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me’” Genesis 22:7-12).

The Lord recognized that Abraham was absolutely willing to offer his son Isaac to the Lord as a burnt offering. Surely in his mind, Abraham had already sacrificed Isaac, and only had to carry through with the physical action. As this event took place, and Abraham was told to not harm his boy, he saw a ram caught in the thicket. Abraham immediately realized that the Lord had providentially allowed a ram to get entangled near the altar, so that the provision of a substitute for Isaac was readily available. Without hesitation, Abraham aborted the sacrifice of Isaac, gathered the ram, and offered it up as the desired sacrifice:

“Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son. Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day, ‘In the mount of the LORD it will be provided.’ Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, ‘By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice’” (Genesis 22:13-18).

Abraham was doubtlessly relieved that he did not have to slay his son Isaac, but he knew instead that it was the Lord who ultimately provided the substitute. After giving Him total recognition for providing the sacrificial ram, Abraham once again heard a reiteration of the covenantal blessings that God had made with him: “in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth [b’zar’akha kol goyei ha’eretzbe blessed, because you have obeyed my voice” (ESV). Genesis 22:18 is certainly one of the most important verses in the entire Bible, as it carries a theme that resonates into the Apostolic Scriptures, as the Abrahamic promise of blessing has reached its pinnacle via the arrival of Yeshua the Messiah (Jesus Christ) onto the scene of human history, and how all the peoples and nations of Planet Earth are to benefit from His sacrifice (Galatians 3:8, 16).

Historically in Judaism, this test of Abraham is referred to as “the binding” or the aqedah,[2]and it has been revered as one of the greatest tests that the father of our faith had to endure. For the multitude of saints who believe in Yeshua the Messiah, we recognize the binding of Isaac as a main foreshadowing of His sacrifice for us.[3] Yeshua endured the capital punishment, on the tree, which we are all worthy of because of our universal condition as fallen human sinners (Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13). He absorbed this capital punishment onto Himself, so that in the post-resurrection era, those who acknowledge Him can receive forgiveness for their sins (cf. Colossians 2:14).[4]

By our faith, trust, and steadfast belief in Yeshua (Jesus), the “Seed” of Abraham who died, we are saved from the commensurate penalties of sin (cf. Galatians 3:16). As we each consider the diversity of events witnessed in V’yeira this week, may we believe and place our ever-present hope in all of the promises made to the Patriarch Abraham. In so doing, may we not only live like Abraham with extreme faith in our Eternal Creator, but know the True Seed of Abraham ever more intimately, our Savior the Messiah Yeshua! (Click to Source)

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NOTES

[1] “[A]nd if He condemned the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to destruction by reducing them to ashes, having made them an example to those who would live ungodly lives thereafter; and if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds)” (2 Peter 2:6-8).

[2] Cf. Marcus Jastrow, Dictionary of the Targumim, Talmud Bavli, Talmud Yerushalmi, and Midrashic Literature (New York: Judaica Treasury, 2004), 1105.

[3] Consult the relevant sections of the article “Answering the ‘Frequently Avoided Questions’ About the Messiahship of Yeshua” by J.K. McKee.

[4] Consult the FAQ entries on the Messianic Apologetics website, “Colossians 2:14” and “Capital Punishment.”

The Dam Is Breaking On Hillary Clinton- Mass Saudi Arrests In Corruption Crackdown & Discovery Of Two New Sealed Indictments

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By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

Some huge news coming out this weekend, which ties directly into what may be the biggest scandal yet to hit Hillary and Bill Clinton directly on the heels of three major scandals in the last three weeks alone, including the Uranium One revelations, the funding of the Kremlin disinformation campaign dubbed the “Trump dossier,” and former interim DNC chair, Donana Brazile’s recent bombshells on how the Clinton campaign took over the DNC before the primaries, rigging the process in a manner that Clinton was “selected” as the Democratic nominee.

In ANP’s most recent article about the three “watergate-level scandals” engulfing Hillary Clinton right now, we highlighted how many people were wondering if the reason everyone seems to be throwing her under the bus was that more was coming, something bigger and worse than what has been revealed over the last few weeks.

We may have the answer to what that is.

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THE SAUDI ARABIA ARRESTS AND THE CLINTON CONNECTIONS

On Saturday news from Saudi Arabia dominated headlines when a huge anti-corruption crackdown occurred, netting the ouster  and detainment of dozens of ministers, Princes and former government officials, including Saudi Arabia’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, who is known as the “de-facto public face of Saudi finance,” and has heavily invested in U.S. corporate giants like Citigroup, Apple, 21st Century Fox and Twitter.

While unrelated as far as we know, it does bear mentioning that Bin Talal also owns the Four Seasons, the four highest floors of Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas, where the recent mass shooting occurred.

While many are highlighting how Alwaleed publicly slammed President Trump during the election cycle, what isn’t be discussed at length in the mainstream media is the direct connections between the Podesta Group, Hillary Clinton and the Saudis, which was detailed back in 2016, nor the connections between Prince Alwaweed Bin Talal and Clinton’s former top aide, Huma Abedin.

Breitbart detailed Huma Abedin’s connections back in February 2016:

According to the official website of Prince Alaweed, one of the members of the Supreme Advisory board for his Al-Resalah TV network is “Dr. Abdullah Naseef, President of World Muslim Congress and President of Forum For Social Studies (FFSS).”

As Breitbart News has extensively documented, Al-Resalah TV board member Dr. Naseef is the longtime benefactor of top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s family business, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs.

Connections between the Podesta Group and the Clinton campaign were revealed by none other than HuffPost back in August 2016:

If I told you that Democratic Party lobbyist Tony Podesta, whose brother John Podesta chairs Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, is a registered foreign agent on the Saudi government’s payroll, you’d probably think I was a Trump-thumping, conspiratorial nutcase. But it’s true.

The lobby firm created by both Tony and John Podesta in 1988 receives $140,000 a month from the Saudi government, a government that beheads nonviolent dissidents, uses torture to extract forced confessions, doesn’t allow women to drive, and bombs schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods in neighboring Yemen.

The Podesta Group’s March 2016 filing, required under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, shows that Tony Podesta himself oversees the Saudi account. At the same time, Tony Podesta is also a top campaign contributor and bundler for Hillary Clinton. So while one brother runs the campaign, the other brother funds it with earnings that come, in part, from the Saudis.

It is also noteworthy that the “Saudi regime by itself has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, with donations coming as late as 2014, as she prepared her presidential run,” as reported by the Intercept in August 2016.

The connections are undeniable and we now know, from multiple reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Tony Podesta, among others as he goes after “lobbyists who violated lobbying laws, or worked as foreign agents without properly registering it with the Justice Department..”

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Tony Podesta recently stepped down from his position with the Podesta Group, after becoming a subject in Mueller’s probe. Podesta was quoted as saying he “doesn’t intend to go quietly, or learn how to play golf,” and that he “needs to fight this as an individual, but doesn’t want the firm to fight it.”

Given the aforementioned connections, along with the ongoing investigations into lobbyists, including Tony Podesta, in conjunction with the mass detainment of the ministers, Princes and former Saudi officials, specifically Bin Talal, that the Clinton machine as well as the Obama regime, may be caught up a major take down right now.

Zach Hall succinctly concludes his article titled “Saudi Royalty Arrests Rock Clinton-Obama Regime,” with the following rundown of what we may be witnessing right now:

Bin Salaman’s rise may allow Saudi to accelerate a recent plan to reduce the kingdom’s reliance on oil, which includes the partial privatization of state oil company Aramco. Trump has recently pitched for Aramco to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange, a move that would boost the Saudi Arabian economy. This may also be a sign bin Salaman is involved a coordinated effort to confront the corrupt individuals with the Saudi government who participated in pay-to-play schemes with American foundations tied directly to high-level U.S. politicians, including Obama and Clinton.

Given the high profile nature of the Saudi royalty arrests, pressure increases on American law enforcement in Trump’s administration to follow through with indictments and arrests of the Obama-Clinton regime officials involved.

As speculation bubbles around looming indictments of Tony Podesta, John Podesta, Hillary Clinton, and others, charges against bin Talal and other Saudi royalty may well be related to money laundering and bribery schemes that implicate the Uranium One parties and transactions within the Obama-Clinton regime already being investigated.

Is it just a coincidence that President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is a senior advisor, along with deputy national security adviser Dina Powell and Jason Greenblatt, special representative for international negotiations, traveled to Saudi Arabia last week in a previously unanounced trip?

WEEDING OUT RUMORS FROM FACTS

With the Podesta connection to the Mueller probe, it would be remiss of us to not address the now-viral rumor and try to separate fact from the rumors that are swirling around. We continue to see chatter that Tony Podesta has been arrested…… that is unconfirmed and right now appears to be just a rumor that stemmed from some Internet forums, conflating the fact that there are two sealed indictments listed by the DC U.S. District Court, from November 2 – November 4, 2017, and an arrest report that no one seems to be able to access naming Tony Podesta, first because it requires payment and a “free trial,” and second some of those that have attempted are claiming they are getting a “access limited for security reasons” message.

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FACT: There are two sealed indictments. It is unknown who the defendants (because they are sealed!) are or whether or not they have anything to do with Mueller’s probe. They could be or they could be completely unrelated.

The second rumor floating around right now is that Huma Abedin may be indicted. This one was first mentioned by former Project Veritas employee Laura Loomer who has been investigating the Vegas shooting of late, when she tweeted on Saturday “I’m hearing #Weiner’s Muslim Brotherhood wife @HumaAbedin may be indicted on Monday as well.”

Since we are trying to separate rumor from fact, in regards to the other recent scandal engulfing Hillary Clinton regarding the information revealed by former interim DNC chair Donna Brazile,, the Intercept does a very good job debunking four patently false claims made by the MSM in the last week alone, including; Viral Falsehood #1: The Clinton/DNC agreement cited by Brazile only applied to the General Election, not the primary; Viral Falsehood #2: Sanders signed the same agreement with the DNC that Clinton did; Viral Falsehood #3: Brazile stupidly thought she could unilaterally remove Clinton as the nominee, and; Viral Falsehood #4: Evidence has emerged proving that the content of WikiLeaks documents and emails was doctored.

BOTTOM LINE

The dam is breaking on the corruption in DC with multiple scandals implicating some major DC players, all seemingly surrounding Hillary Clinton. The coincidence in timing with others in the media and Democratic politicians like Brazile and Senator Elizabeth Warren tossing Clinton under the bus, and Mueller’s ever-expanding probes which seems to be uncovering a ton of ‘collusion’ unrelated to President Trump at all, which was supposed to be the basis of the special counsel’s mandate when he was chosen, cannot be ignored. (Click to Source)

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The Mystery Of The Sixth Seal

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

This article is not necessarily the viewpoint of the BloggingHounds.com

Preface

This article offers a bit of what I call unconventional eschatology. Because the seals seem to be such a mystery, I’ve been asking the Lord for insight about them and want to present the results of a prayerful study. I don’t share this as a teaching, but as something to consider as you study prophecy yourself and seek our heavenly Father for wisdom in these last days. I am not dogmatic about these findings and remain soft, humble, and open to correction by the Holy Spirit.

TL;DR 

I believe the seven-year “tribulation age” begins with the trumpets. The seals are not part of Daniel’s 70th week and Jesus has been opening them for the last 2000 years. In my humble understanding, the “dead in Christ rise first” (1 Thess. 4:16) happens at the completion of the 5th seal. “We who are alive and remain” (1 Thess. 4:17) will occur in the 6th seal.

I also want to mention that Gary and Jeff hold to the traditional dispensational view where the seals are opened after the rapture. What I present here is a pre-tribulational alternative to the traditional view, and I believe the fifth seal has already been opened.

The book of Revelation describes a series of seals, trumpets, and bowls that hold current events, plagues of warning, and the wrath of God. 

I’ve come to understand that the seals described in Revelation 6 & 7 are pre-trib; i.e., before the beginning of Daniel’s 70th week. The seals are not judgments. There is “tribulation” during the seals—tribulation as in trouble and trial and heartache and suffering (see John 16:33). But I believe Jesus has been opening the seals ever since he ascended to the throne and that the first five have already been opened. My position is that we are, right now, in the 5th seal. Here is why.

The revelation that Jesus gave to the Apostle John shows us that after Jesus ascended to His Father (Acts 1:9-11), He took the scroll (Rev. 5:5-7) and began opening the seals (Rev. 6:1). Notice that Jesus Himself is opening the seals, which is different than the later judgments, where angels are actively blowing trumpets or pouring out bowls of wrath.

The scroll contains judgments (and / or legal matters), but the seals are simply holding the scroll closed.

“Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:32-33)

“And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll, or to look at it. So I wept much, because no one was found worthy to open and read the scroll, or to look at it. But one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep. Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed [conquered; overcome] to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.” (Rev. 5:3-5)

Prevailing is what made Him worthy to take and open the scroll. This is something that only Christ could do. What is something only Christ has done? He alone tasted death for all men, the just for the unjust (1 Pet. 3:18), and conquered it.

Seals 1-5 are all things that Jesus has already overcome.

Not all of the seals are destructive, so we cannot think of them as tribulation or judgments. Seal 5 is about comfort. Seal 7 is about silence in heaven, an atonement ritual, and the 7 angels preparing to sound.

Moreover, I do not believe that Seal 1 is the antichrist. While it could be a spirit of deception, there is perhaps another conclusion.

Consider:

“And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.” (Rev. 6:1)

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:35-39)

We are more than conquerors. 

“And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:11)

“He who overcomes!” 

Please read Revelation chapters 2 & 3 and see all of Jesus’ promises to “him who overcomes.”

“I die daily.”—Paul.

I realize the first seal could apply to deception & false christs, but knowing that not all of the seals contain what Jesus described in John 16:33 as “in the world you will have tribulation,” it’s very possible that Seal 1 is associated with the saints. Just as Jesus overcame the world, so we too, with Him, can overcome. And each of the first five seals are associated with the very things Paul said that we are more than conquerors in—tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness, peril, sword, death, and more—through Him that loved us.

The first five seals, the Olivet discourse, and where we are now…

There is a fascinating parallel to the first five seals and Jesus’ conversation with his disciples about the years leading up to His 2nd coming. There are nearly two thousand of them, and the rapture happens before the last seven.

Take a look:

“But the end is not yet…”

1st seal: The royal conqueror; Rev. 6:1-2
Jesus: “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.” Matt. 24:4-5

2nd seal: Great conflict on earth; Rev. 6:3-4
Jesus: “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.” Matt. 24:6

“The beginning of sorrows…”

3rd seal: Scarcity & economic distress; Rev. 6:5-6
Jesus: “For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Matt. 24:7-8

4th seal: Widespread death; Rev. 6:7-8
Jesus: “…And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.” Matt. 24:7

Where I believe we are right now:

5th seal: Cry of the martyrs: Rev. 6:9-11
Jesus: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation [John 16:33 tribulation] and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.” Matt. 24:9

The things happening in seals 1-5 are not new events.

Almost all of these things have been happening in the world since before Jesus ascended to His throne. The volume and magnitude of them has increased, but none of it is new. Famines, pestilences, death, earthquakes, war…these are not new events.

Out of all of these distresses, Christian persecution is the newest, and it started with the stoning of Stephen nearly 2000 years ago.

What has not yet happened in the seals is that the martyrs are given white robes & told to rest for a little while. 

And he said, “Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.” (Amos 8:2)

“I will not again pass by them anymore.” This is the shift in dispensation where God turns His attention back to Israel (Micah 5:3Romans 11:25) and I believe Seal 5 concludes & Seal 6 opens. As mentioned, I believe we are currently in the 5th seal. I also believe that the harpazo could begin in the 5th seal. Consider the following:

“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” (Rev. 6:9-11)

White robes are given to bodies. In the 5th seal, the souls under the altar receive white robes which means they must also receive bodies. Later, in the following seal, we see the multitude wearing their white robes already in heaven. We know from Paul that the dead in Christ rise first (1 Thess. 4:16), and we who are alive & remain meet them and Jesus in the air (1 Thess. 4:17).

I submit that, in the fifth seal, the souls under the altar are joined with their bodies (& thus given white robes). This means a rapture! First the dead in Christ, followed quickly by the sixth seal and “we who are alive & remain…”


The mystery of the sixth seal

6th seal: The shaking of heaven & earth; Rev. 6:12-17

“I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” Rev. 6:12-17

I believe the 6th seal describes a catastrophic cosmic & earthly event (quite possibly the Ezekiel 38 war; please read it and note its similarities with the sixth seal) that brings the age of grace to a close and ushers in the time of Jacob’s Trouble. At this time, as promised in John 14:1-31 Cor. 15:50-52, and 1 Thess. 4:17, Jesus receives his alive & remaining Body in the air and takes us to always be with him.

“And then the end will come…” 

This further illuminates the conversation between Jesus and His disciples. As we saw above, after he tells them that some will be martyred for His name’s sake (Matt. 24:9), the next thing to expect is:

“AND THEN many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matt. 24:10-14

Why “…and then…offended?” 
Why (then) will lawlessness abound? 
Why (then) will false prophets arise and deceive many? 

There must be a cataclysmic shift. Something huge has to happen here. Offenses, betrayals, false prophets, lawlessness, and hatred of others have occurred since the fall of man. What is different now? What is significant about this particular time, and what distinguishes it from all the thousands of years prior to this?

The answer is found in 2 Thessalonians 2.

“And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thess. 2:6-12)

 

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matt. 5:14

Right now Jesus, the light of the world, indwells believers. Light keeps the darkness away. With the Church out of the earth, the light of the world will go out. The Holy Spirit will still be in the world, but I believe He will operate as He did in the Old Testament, Law & Prophet days. Once the restrainer is gone, and the influence of the Holy Spirit is removed, indeed: lawlessness and deception will abound. Once the Church is caught up to God, many who thought they were the church will not be included.

 “I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked—” (Rev. 3:15-17)

“Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:28-29

And they will be offended: offended because they were left behind. These are the Christian-in-name-only folks who may have a form of godliness, but deny its power (2 Tim. 3:1-7). They will see what happened and will be offended that they were not included in the rapture, and with the restraining work of the Holy Spirit through the Church out of the way, darkness will again cover the earth.

“Out of” tribulation, not “through” it

Before continuing on to the 7th and final seal, two new events take place. John says, “After these things…” which confirms a sequence of events:

  • • First, the 144k of the twelve tribes of Israel are sealed with the seal of God on their foreheads. (Rev. 7:1-8) Also consider Micah 5:3.
  • • Second,  John sees something new: a great and innumerable multitude clothed in white robes standing before the Lamb (Jesus). (Rev. 7:9-10)

A heavenly elder tells John,

“These are the ones who come out of [rather than through] the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” (Rev. 7:14-17)

Some believe this multitude is made of tribulation saints, or those who come to faith during Daniel’s 70th week. Perhaps they are. However, this vast multitude, great and innumerable which no one could number, would be a perfect representation of 2000-years-worth of “dead in Christ & we who are alive and remain” believers… a congregation that is truly impossible to count. I believe it is the faithful Church who is caught up to God and his throne before Daniel’s 70th week begins—those whom the dragon tried to devour, but which “overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” (Rev. 12:11)

Consider these points:

  • • We know that the current world population is almost 7.6 billion. This is numbered.
  • • After the rapture, this population will be drastically reduced.
  • • During Daniel’s 70th week, the numbers of those who come to faith will be even less.
  • • Those who come to faith after the rapture appear after the 2nd Coming (Rev. 20:4), which follows the trumpets & the bowls, and there is a good case that they will be judged by the saints.
  • • Remember, when this innumerable multitude appears, we are still pre-trib in the sixth seal.

Note that in the book of Revelation, there are two saved groups from two separate dispensations. 

The first, believers from the dispensation of grace: the body of Christ which makes no distinction between Gentile or Jew. They sing the song of salvation (Rev. 7:1012:10) and have overcome the enemy by the blood of the Lamb & word of their testimony (Rom. 10:9-10Rev. 12:11). This is the innumerable multitude which appears during the sixth seal.

The second group are the tribulation saints. They keep the commandments of God & the faith of Jesus (Rev. 12:1714:12). They sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb (Rev. 15:2-4).

This second group is not part of the body of Christ. They do not exist until after the catching away of the Church. They are people from the dispensation of time that features two witnesses (Rev. 11:1-12) and the angelic everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6-7). This happens during the first 3.5 years of Daniel’s 70th week, which contain the trumpets.

The 7th seal & silence in heaven

The seventh seal is a mysterious seal. It seems to indicate a ritual (described in Exodus 30 and Leviticus 16) and a transition.

“When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and threw it to the earth. And there were noises, thunderings, lightnings, and an earthquake. So the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.” Rev. 8:1-6

Here we have silence in heaven which precedes the incense that is offered with all the prayers of the saints. John Barnett, from Discover the Book Ministries, writes that this ceremony takes about half an hour. He also suggests that the silence is because God stops everything to listen!

God Stops Everything to Listen—The silence in Heaven may well be a precious insight into how vital our prayers are to God. Everything halts before the Throne as the prayers of His saints arise before our Almighty God. If everything else halts and God breathes in the sweet fragrance of the devoted prayers we offer, doesn’t that make us want to pray, and pray, and pray: without ceasing, as Paul exhorts us?—John Barnett

Once the fire is thrown to earth, the seven angels prepare to sound the trumpets for the judgments. And this is when I believe Daniel’s 70th week begins.

So, Beloved, PRAY.

Regardless of where we are in the timeline, the truth is: we know we are in the last days. Many of us can sense the chill of coming darkness. Dear saints, the Day is at hand! We are called to watch and pray. To watch & pray is part of our warfare.

“…Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Eph. 6:10-18)

The power is the blood.

We do not have to agree on secondary issues. We do not need to all interpret eschatology the same way. But more than ever, there is urgency to believe and to proclaim the gospel. Right now, the Holy Spirit indwells the body of Christ on earth. You are the light of the world! (Matt. 5:14) When the Church is taken away, the door to this dispensation of grace will close.

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.” (Rom. 1:16)

This is the gospel: the death (shedding of blood), burial and resurrection of Jesus: “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.” (1 Cor. 15:1-4)

Among those who will not be part of the rapture are those who have the form of godliness but deny the power thereof. 

The power is the blood of Jesus, because without the shedding of blood there is no remission, or forgiveness, of sin. (Heb. 9:22) His blood makes atonement for us, or at-ONE-ment. Because of Jesus, we are reconciled to God. Through Yeshua, our sin no longer separates us from His holiness and we have peace with God. (Rom. 5:1-11)

Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. (Rom. 5:9)

Nothing else saves us. Repentance from sin does not save us. Living a holy life does not save us. Only belief in the finished work of Jesus saves us! Once we are saved, we are sealed by the Holy Spirit who guides us, leads us and convicts us to repent, walk in obedience and holiness, and to grow in our faith so we can do good in our lives. (Eph. 2:8-10Eph. 1:13-141 Pet. 1:5).

If you have not yet put your trust solely in the blood of Jesus, I urge you to do so now. Trust that He, and He alone, saves you!

If you already believe, pray always in the Spirit and pray for all the saints and pray for those who will become saints. Like never before, we must become a people of prayer.


Conclusion

Here is a brief overview of how I see events unfold:

  • Pre-trib: first 5 seals
  • Pre-trib/beginning trib: harpazo (the catching away of the Church at the last trump, the trumpet of God & the Lord gathers his people), 6th & 7th seals, the sealing of the 144k, the revealing of the lawless one (the man of sin in 2 Thess. 2:3)
  • First half: seven trumpet judgments, 2 witnesses, antichrist rises in power
  • Mid-point: the abomination of desolation
  • Last half: seven bowl judgments, Jews fleeing (Matt. 24:15-22), satan indwells antichrist (the son of perdition in 2 Thess. 2:3-4)
  • Very end: 2nd Coming & angels gather the tares first (Matt. 13:30Matt. 24:29-31), Armageddon
  • Millennial kingdom / new heavens & new earth

In closing, I believe that we are currently experiencing the 5th seal. Believers are being martyred like never before across the globe. I believe the dead in Christ rise at the end of the 5th seal, and “we who are a live & remain” will be removed from the earth at the 6th seal. And with the trumpet judgments, the 7-year time of Jacob’s Trouble will begin.

Torah Commentary – Vayera (He Appeared) – The Rewards and Challenges of Listening – SCRIPTURES FOR November 4, 2017

Torah Commentary
Vayera (He Appeared)

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Gen 18:1-22:24
2Kings 4:1-37
Luke 17:26-37
Romans 9:6-9
Hebrews 6:13-20
Ya’akov 2:14-24
 
The Rewards and Challenges of Listening
 
The journey to Canaan taught Abram and Sara much about listening. They have learned so much that their names have been changed. What has been added to each of their names? It is the Hebrew letter hey, which is a picture of breath and authority. HaShem’s voice has now become a part of them. Is it all just fun and games from here? Absolutely not, though the rewards will definitely overcome the challenges.
Imagine Abraham there in front of his tent by the oaks of Mamre. Maybe he was engaging in a bit of afternoon daydreaming about where he had come from. He is suddenly startled out of his daydream by three men standing in front of him. As they greeted one another Abraham caught something. The voice of one of these men was a voice he had heard before. It was the voice of the Creator, but now it was coming from a man standing in front of him. No wonder he was hurried in the dinner plans. Can you imagine his face when he ran into the tent and told Sarah, “You won’t believe who is coming to dinner tonight!”
Abraham has come a long way from listening to the inaudible voice become audible. That growth of listening will now put him in line to listen and act on greater instructions. You know, things like “I need someone to intercede for their nephew who has made all the wrong decisions.”
The listening will come with wonders and miracles like, “You just thought you were too old to have children!” The listening would also cause him to hear something he never dreamed of when he was told to sacrifice his son on an altar on Mt. Moriah. It was not the listening that day that would determine his future, but rather his trained response to the words he heard.
Stop for a moment and put yourself in the shoes of Abraham. When he hears HaShem call his name his response is, “Here I am.” In Hebrew it is the word “hineni.” Before we go further, consider how we respond to the sound of our name from a spouse, child, parent or friend. We normally say something like “What do you want” or another conditional response. Abraham’s response, the word “hineni,” is much different. It is more like, “I am here and whatever you need or ask the answer is already yes.”
Abraham did not think to question what he heard, because hineni is never linked to questioning, just yes and obedience. Let’s pull this week and last together. I would imagine we are all in agreement that our desire is for and to listen to HaShem’s voice better. We desire the inaudible to become audible at times. We may even go so far as to say we would like to hear that voice as clear as if it were manifested in front of us. The question we must ask ourselves is, “Are we willing to listen with the attitude of hineni?” Have we grown past putting conditions to the voice? Abraham gives us a great example and footsteps to follow. Since it is revealed to us that he was just a man with issues and failures it kind of takes our excuses away for not trying. (Click to Source)

A Fitting Finale? The Venus/Jupiter Conjunction Connection

I am convinced the Rev12 Sign was the real deal… If you are still visiting this site you probably are as well.   I actually believe it takes very little faith to believe such a thing when you ponder the scriptural references and the odds of such an alignment coming together so precisely.  It was something we saw with our own eyes for crying out loud!  Add on top of that all the other world events and ‘signs of the times’ which make it abundantly clear that we are living in a time period with huge prophetic significance.

Despite of this, many of us have been in a period of perplexity for the last month or so as we wait on the Lord and do our best to trust in His promises. As the days passed and theories fell by the wayside, it was understandable that some lost enthusiasm.  Sure some lost all interest, but for most of us I it seems we are unable to fade back into the lives we were living before we learned of the Rev 12 Sign. Praise God for that blessing… but it is also a cross to bear as well as we are all finding out.  I believe He has been winnowing us… testing our faith, honing our perseverance. Drawing us back to dependence soley on Him as He reminds us that all of us studying this are just humans… None of us have been given all the answers and none of us will be able to boast on that great day.  We are saved by grace and I believe it is only by the grace of God alone that we are able to understand anything at all… especially something as complicated and epic as interpreting the signs of His glorious return.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.
Ephesians 2:8-9

By His grace a thought has reoccurred to me for the past month or more that doesn’t seem to go away.  It goes something like this: Whenever things ramp back up there should be a very logical connection back to 9/23/17 that would add legitimacy to the sign.  I think of people sharing the gospel in the future, perhaps after we are gone, pointing back to the Rev12 Sign and explaining how that kicked everything off.  It seems to me there must be a logical connection to be able to teach the change of dispensation (Micah 5:3) in an easy to understand way.  Perhaps there would be another alignment, or a logical day count, or some other type of biblical precedent that connected directly to Rev 12 verses 1 and 2.   The reason I am writing this is because I am excited say all of those happen to roll together around the 12th and 13th of this month!  Could this be the fitting finale?

Below is a compilation of info of why this event seems so promising.  Nothing is for certain, but the info below has gotten me more excited than anything since the days leading up to September 23rd.  Please check it out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  God Bless!

Part 1: 7 reasons why I am excited about November 12th and 13th

1. Coming very soon Venus and Jupiter will form a beautiful conjunction in the sky (they get really close together). These two planets are the brightest objects in the sky besides the Sun and Moon and they will be practically on top of each other. It happens in the morning and in the East and all of these elements are directly relatable to the Rev 12 Sign and other biblical passages.

2. Venus is considered the “bright and morning star” and is biblically linked to Jesus Christ who is given the same title. Jesus is the head of the church.

“Behold, I am coming soon, bringing my recompense with me, to repay each one for what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.” Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life and that they may enter the city by the gates. Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.” Revelation 22:12-16

3. Jupiter represents the Body of Christ.  We all know His literal body while he walked the earth was beaten and bruised for by his stripes we were healed (Is. 53:5).  True Christians (The Body of Christ) are often persecuted as well.  Representing this mystical body,  Jupiter completed a loop inside the womb area of Virgo for the period of a human pregnancy just prior to the alignment which fulfilled Revelation 12:1-2Revelation 12:5 describes a rapture event in which that child is caught up to God at some point after this event. Now that planet which represents The Body of Christ (Jupiter) comes into close proximity with Venus. I believe this could be very clear imagery in the heavens of The Body of Christ (Us/ Jupiter) being united with the Jesus Christ (The Head) at His return.

And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.
Colossians 1:18

 

Notice in the image above how the Venus appears to site directly on top of Jupiter just like a head would sit on a body.  This was a close as I could zoom in on this software and the imagery jumped out at me.  Additionally, if Jesus was going to give us something (like a new body) it is fitting that these planets would seem to ‘touch’ as well.

4. This conjunction takes place 50 days after the Revelation 12 Sign. Obviously we know that the Holy Spirit came to the disciples 50 days after Christ’s crucified. 5 is also the number of grace. 50 days would be a fitting “grace period” after the sign to close out the age of grace. We shared a post on this back on October 5th… 50 Days of Grace | Reader Contribution 

5. This conjunction also takes place 777 days since the last Blood Moon of the Tetrad in 2015. 7 is the number of perfect completion. If the Blood Moons were a warning of the end to come, 777 days would be a fitting and merciful period to show the perfect completion of the warning period which was ushered in by the Blood Moons. (Joel 2:31)  And as you can from Dan Matson’s graphic below this isn’t the only interesting day count to this conjunction!

6. In fact, this conjunction has been on peoples radar for many years as it closes out a series of five(5) Venus/Jupiter events which have all landed on very interesting days.  Dan is working on a post about this I’m sure, but for now here is one of his older posts from 2015 in which he touches upon this phenomena and looks forward to this day we are talking about. http://watchfortheday.org/aug7.html

7. A conjunction of Venus and Jupiter was an integral part of the Star of Bethlehem as described by Rick Larson who is famous for his Bethlehem Star presentation.  Rick’s presentation awakened many of us to the world of Biblical Astronomy and Scott Clarke has repeatedly credited Rick Larson for initially helping light the fire that led to his subsequent studies. Here is an excerpt from the Bethlehem Star site where Rick describes the Jupiter / Venus conjunction at Christ’s birth.

By the following June, Jupiter had finished crowning Regulus. The Planet of Kings [Jupiter] traveled on through the star field toward another spectacular rendezvous, this time with Venus, the Mother Planet. This conjunction was so close and so bright that it is today displayed in hundreds of planetaria around the world by scientists who may know nothing of Messiah. They do it because what Jupiter did makes such a great planetarium show. Jupiter appeared to join Venus. The planets could not be distinguished with the naked eye. If our magus had had a telescope, he could have seen that the planets sat one atop the other, like a figure eight. Each contributed its full brightness to what became the most brilliant star our man had ever seen. Jupiter completed this step of the starry dance as it was setting in the west. That evening, our Babylonian magus would have seen the spectacle of his career while facing toward Judea. No one alive had ever seen such a conjunction.

http://www.bethlehemstar.com/starry-dance/westward-leading/

As you can see we have a precedence of a Jupiter/Venus conjunction indicating huge events including the birth of Christ at His first coming.  Would it not make sense that a similar conjunction indicated another big event (the birth / rapture) of Christ’s Body at His 2nd coming?  It makes a lot of sense to me!


Part 2: Conjunction Connection

The text below is making the rounds on Facebook and for good reason…. a fantastic summary that put many pieces together…  You may have seen it on some Rev 12 Facebook Groups or the Watch for the Day page.

(From our Sister Stephanie…)

“Family, I don’t know if this connection has been made but I was stuffing my face at my sisters bday dinner and I randomly was thinking about the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on 12/13 Nov. I’ve looked at the two mentions of the morning star and also the two different Greek words used for the word child in Rev 12:5 which I always thought was weird. I just solved the puzzle for real this time!!! 

Ok in the first mention of morning star it says this: Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star. I never noticed that it says give “him” the morning star. I was like who is “him”? So I read the scripture above and it says, 

Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

Rev 2:28 And I will give him the morning star. 

I was like I have seen this somewhere before and then I just realized who the “Him” was, look!!! 

Rev 12:5 And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. We know the child in both verses is Jupiter. 

We know that the morning star is Venus, but I can confirm that bc the use of the original word for morning in Rev 22:16 is orthros. Here is the scripture and the meaning is below it.. 

Rev 22:16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 

From orthros; relating to the dawn, i.e. Matutinal (as an epithet of Venus, especially brilliant in the early day) — morning. see GREEK orthros 

 Sooooooo here is it out simply, When Jesus is saying he will give “him” the morning star, the “him”is the child in Rev 12:5. When Jupiter conjuncts with Venus Jesus is going to give Jupiter the morning star (Venus) I have looked at these scriptures for months and I never noticed the “Him” in Rev 2:28. What gave it away was when I saw Rev 2:27 above it about the rod of iron phrase, the same rod of iron that is given to the child Rev 12:5

Guys this has to be right!!!”

The coming conjunction info: (Nov 12/13) Very interesting to consider.

I agree… very interesting indeed!  Thanks to all of you who have spread this message!


Part 3: Paul Dawson’s latest Video about Venus

Here is the concluding video from Paul Dawson that highlighted much of this so beautifully and succinctly.  Check it out, it’s just under 14 minutes long. I have watched it multiple times and found it so encouraging.

Regarding the video above and this conjunction our brother Bryan shared the following quote in a group I am a part of which I thought was quite insightful:

“I have run Stellarium back and forth many times after watching Paul Dawson’s series and the Nov. 13th conjunction seems like such a fitting and poetic finale to this whole season.”

I couldn’t agree more. This would be a very fitting finale indeed!


Part 4: The Final Exit Out of The Woman?

Another thing I found interesting is that this conjunction takes place at the VERY EDGE of the boundary for the constellation Virgo.  In a few short days after this conjunction both planets will be out of Virgo (The Woman)… leaving only Mars in the constellation.  Mars is often the planet of War… so perhaps this indicates war in Israel after the church departs?  I am not saying this is the birth, but just another type of exit from the woman and potentially another piece to the puzzle.  It could be something or it could be nothing, but I thought I would share.

 


Conclusion

At times I feel like we are watching a very complex and detailed movie play out before our eyes.  We may have walked into the theater assuming the movie was 90 minutes long, but as we blow past that time marker we realized this is not your typical flick in any way.  With most movies you can get a sense you are getting close to the end, but if you haven’t seen it before and aren’t checking your watch you never quite know when the will credits appear on the screen.  I think it is the same way with the rapture and this season of watching. We have a sense we are towards the end of the age of grace, and are waiting for the rapture to take place… but we didn’t write the script, we are just watching and eagerly waiting for the conclusion.  We know a movie can’t go on forever though, and it is the same way with this world.  And just like a good movie, I have a feeling “The Director” will be able to tie up all these loose ends perfectly in the end.

So we must ask ourselves, is this conjunction the fitting finale to this epic film, or is this just another step in the process or piece of the puzzle?  Surely if a human director can formulate a script that will keeps people guessing our Awesome Abba can do the same and more.    None of us know how far this will play out but I believe it is worth eagerly watching that’s for sure!  I believe there is a chance this could be it.  As you have seen above, there are a lot of elements that seem to come together in a beautiful way, but like always, we must wait and watch… in fact, that’s exactly what He wants us to be doing. Maranatha!!

So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.
Hebrews 9:28   (Click to Source)