File - Prophecy Update

Date 1/27/15
Yesterday's Prophecies - Today's Headlines
Middle East Quartet meets and discusses role to revive talks
toward two-state solution
President Rivlin meets with UN chief Ban
UN's Holocaust Remembrance Day event canceled due to
Spielberg: 70 years after Holocaust Jews still face antiSemitism
Report: 400% rise in anti-Semitic incidents during Gaza war
Hamas test-fires several rockets into Mediterranean
Hamas to Allow 'Zionist' Products into Gaza to fill the Post-War
Israel illegally demolishing Palestinian homes, UN says
What the ICC's 'preliminary examination' means for Israel
Ya'alon: Iran seeking to open front against Israel on Golan
West's emerging nuclear deal with Iran 'unacceptable to Israel,'
Netanyahu says
Report: US vetoed Israeli sale of attack helicopters to Nigeria
New sanctions will improve chance of Iran deal, Israel says
Iranian site suggests targeting Israeli PM's sons in response to
Syria strike
Obama, new Saudi king to discuss fight against Islamist
Sunni officials in Iraq say Shi'ite militias executed 70 civilians
Islamic State group pushed out of Syria's Kobani by Kurds
In Mosul, Islamic State turns captured city into fortress
US-led forces launch 34 air strikes in Syria, Iraq
Japan seeks Jordan's help in gaining hostage's release from
Islamic State
Piece By Piece, Monks Scramble To Preserve Iraq's Christian
Malaysia Airlines website hacked by group claiming to support
Islamic State
Syrian opposition starts talks in Moscow, expectations low
US sees space for cooperation with India on Islamic State
U.S., India reach agreement on nuclear power
US Embassy in Yemen to close to the public
C.I.A. Strike, First Since Yemen Upheaval, Kills 3 Qaeda
Fighters, Officials Say
Officials: Mubarak's sons released from Egyptian prison
Turkish court orders Facebook to block pages insulting
BBC Arabic: Avoid calling Paris attackers 'terrorists'
Muslim No No-Go Zones? Really?
Miss USA's message of peace and love to terrorists widely
Philippine Commandos Killed in Raid Over Suspected Terrorist
US senators set resolution opposing new Iran sanctions,
backing nuclear talks
NATO chief: Russia is behind Ukraine rocket attack
UN: Deadly Attack on Ukraine City Could Be War Crime
EU Renews Push for Sanctions on Russia as Putin Blames
Russia defiant after more threats from West over Ukraine
Russia downgraded to junk status for first time in decade
Russian security forces raid independent Crimean TV station
Cold War Still On? Banker, 2 Diplomats Charged As Russian
Spies in N.Y.
Federal government lends hand for Super Bowl security,
deploying technology from border
Government Employee Crashes Small Drone at White House
US gas stations may be ripe for hacking
Greece Must Repay Debt, Europe Officials Say
Euro bounces back, global stocks up after Greek vote
Mountain-Size Asteroid Makes Close Flyby of Earth
5.2 magnitude earthquake hits near Neiafu, Tonga
5.1 magnitude earthquake hits near Nabulao, Philippines
5.0 magnitude earthquake hits near Tadine, New Caledonia
4.8 earthquake rattles B.C. coastline near Haida Gwaii
4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes Grant County, OK
Sheviluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 25,000ft
Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 21,0000ft
Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 13,000ft
'Tidal wave of snow' to slam Northeast
Hunkerin' down: Tens of millions brace for worst as historic
blizzard pummels northeast
Northeast Residents Preparing For 'Crippling' Blizzard That
Could Dump Up To 2 Feet Of Snow Over 250-Mile Stretch
Meteorologist: 2010s officially the snowiest decade in the east
coast in the NOAA record - surpassing the 1960s
Nor'easters May Become More Intense with Climate Change
USAMRIID Reports Genetic Changes in Ebola Virus May
Impede Potential Treatments
California turkey farm quarantined after bird flu detected
Canada resident tests positive for H7N9 avian flu virus
Measles Panic Spreads at Bay Area Costco, Walmart
30 babies under isolation as measles outbreak hits Bay Area
English Hospitals See Dramatic Rise In Female Genital
Mutilation Cases
Rev. Libby Lane consecrated as 1st female bishop of Church of
Faith of Christians in Niger Grows Stronger in Face of
Unprecedented Violence
Pope Francis says 'ecumenism of blood' is uniting Christians
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Netanyahu after rocket fire from Syria: Those
who play with fire get burned
Why Some Jews Go Home
One Word Can Make a Difference
Nearing Midnight: Gog Eyeballing Ezekiel-Lure?
The Shemitah: The Biblical Pattern Which
Indicates That A Financial Collapse May Be
Coming In 2015
Daily Jot: Historians pinpoint football's origin in
the Bible
Daily Devotion: The Christian's Life Purpose
Featured Article: The Twist of Cain
Netanyahu after rocket fire from Syria: Those who
play with fire get burned -
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted to the firing of two rockets from
Syria into the Golan Heights on Tuesday, saying that whoever tries to
challenge Israel on its borders "will find out that we are ready to react with
"Israel regards with severity the attack today from Syrian territory. Those who
play with fire get burned," the prime minister said.
A senior security source said Hezbollah was behind Tuesday's rocket
The source added that the IDF continues to be in high preparation mode for
potential further events. "Syria is responsible for what happens on Syrian
territory," the source said. "We will see how further events unfold."
A second source added that there are no planned school cancellations or
special security instructions for residents of the North at this time. The source
said the Home Front Command would notify civilians if changes occur.
The Hermon ski site, which was closed following the attack was scheduled to
remain shut.
The IDF returned artillery fire toward the source of the projectiles after they
were fired. The army said that it scored a direct strike against the source of
enemy fire.
There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage in the attack.
Rocket alert sirens were sounded in the area prior to the attack. The rockets
fell in the Mount Hermon area and in Merom Golan.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but it comes
just nine days after a strike on a Hezbollah convoy in Syria which has been
widely attributed to Israel.
Six Hezbollah operatives were killed in the strike, along with six Iranians,
including a high-ranking Revolutionary Guards general. Among the Hezbollah
operatives killed in the strike was Jihad Mougniyeh, the son of Hezbollah's
former military leader, Imad Moughniyeh.
Iran and Hezbollah have both vowed to retaliate for the strike.
Since the alleged Israeli air strike, the IDF has increased its presence in
northern communities as part of a measure to boost defenses around civilian
areas ahead of a potential Hezbollah attack. Local residents have seen an
upsurge in military traffic in their areas.
Israel also deployed several Iron Dome rocket defense batteries to the North
last week, however they were not activated in Tuesday's projectile attacks.
Why Some Jews Go Home - By Daymond Duck
The Bible clearly teaches that there will be a bodily resurrection of the dead
in the future (Job 19:26-27; Isa. 26:19; Matt. 27:52-53; 1 Cor. 15:5-8). Daniel
was told that his people (the Jews) will be raised from the dead at the time of
the end-a phrase that refers to the coming of their Messiah at the end of the
Tribulation period (Dan. 12:1-2).
Paul was talking about the church and speaking by the Word of the Lord
when he said the dead in Christ (Christians not Jews) will be raised; the living
will be changed and all Christians will be caught up (raptured) into heaven
together (1 Thess. 4:13-18). This will take place before the Tribulation period.
God made an everlasting covenant to give all of the Promised Land to
Abraham and his descendants forever (Gen. 17:7-8). He said the covenant
would go through Isaac (Gen. 17:18-21). And later, He said the covenant
would go through Jacob (Gen. 28:13; 35:10-12).
Jacob had 12 sons (Gen. 29:31-30:24; 35:16-19). One of his sons was
named Joseph. This is the one that was sold into slavery by his brothers for
20 pieces of silver (Gen. 37:28). He was framed by Potiphar's wife and cast
into prison (Gen. 39:7-20).
He accurately interpreted dreams for Pharaoh's butler and baker (Gen. 40:119) and was eventually brought out of prison to interpret a dream
for Pharaoh (Gen. 41:1-37). On this occasion, Pharaoh made him the
second most powerful man in all of Egypt (Gen. 41:38-45).
Joseph assumed power in Egypt at the age of 30 (Gen. 41:46). He lived 80
more years and died and the age of 110 (Gen. 50:22).
Just before his death, Joseph called some of the Hebrews together and said,
"I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the
land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an
oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall
carry up my bones from hence" (Gen. 50:24-26).
Notice, that Joseph knew about the everlasting covenant that God made to
give the Promised Land to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
(Gen. 17:7-8). We would expect him to know this because Jacob was his
Also, notice that Joseph said the time would come when God would cause
the Hebrews to leave Egypt and return to the Promised Land; and he wanted
his bones taken back to the Promised Land for burial. He believed God would
fulfill His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob so this was an act of faith.
In fact, it is the reason why Joseph is mentioned in the faith chapter (Heb.
The book of Exodus picks up where the book of Genesis leaves off. That is to
say, with the death of Joseph (Ex. 1:6). Then it skips down to the birth of
Moses, the man who would see that Joseph's bones were taken to Israel (Ex.
Moses was born in the land of Egypt and raised in the royal palace. He killed
a man and fled into the land of Midian (Ex. 2:11-15). He spent 40 years there
and left only after God called him to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt and back
to the Promised Land. (Ex. 3:1-10).
He reluctantly obeyed but when the time came for the Hebrews to leave,
Moses directed them to take the bones of Joseph with them (Ex. 13:19).
They took the bones to the Promised Land and Joshua had them buried at
Shechem (Josh. 24:31-32).
Dr. J. Vernon McGee wrote:
Why remove his body and bury it in the land? If Joseph knew he would be
raised from the dead someday and taken up to heaven, what difference
would it make if his launching pad was in Egypt or in the land of Israel? Well,
the fact of the matter is that he was not expecting to go to heaven. He
expected to be raised in the resurrection of his people in the land for the
Millennium---and then for all eternity (Thru the Bible with J. Vernon McGee,
Volume I, Genesis-Deuteronomy, p. 244)
The Jews don't expect to be raised when the church is raised (at the
Rapture). They expect to be raised when their Messiah comes to establish
His millennial kingdom on earth, and they want to be raised in the Promised
Land at that time.
On January 9, 2015, four Jews were murdered by Islamic Jihadists at a
Jewish deli in Paris, France. Even though these four Jews lived in France,
their family asked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to allow them to be
buried in the Promised Land. They were taken home for burial and laid to rest
in Jerusalem on Jan. 14, 2015.
Mr. Netanyahu said, "To all the Jews of France, all the Jews of Europe, I
would like to say that Israel is not just the place in whose direction you pray,
the state of Israel is your home."
Israeli Pres. Reuven Rivlin said, "This is not how we wanted to see you come
home, to the State of Israel and to Jerusalem, its capital. We wanted you
alive, we wanted you for life."
Jews have been going home since the days of Joseph and Moses because
they believe in the coming of their Messiah, the resurrection of the dead, an
earthly millennial kingdom and they want to be raised in the Promised Land
at the start of that wonderful kingdom.
Prophecy Plus Ministries
Daymond & Rachel Duck
One Word Can Make a Difference - Doc Marquis
Selah! One word, a very simple word that has a profoundness which few
people realize. Selah is a word that is found 74 times in the Old Testament;
71 times in the in the Book of Psalms and 3 times in the Book of Habakkuk.
Selah means: to pause, and also to consider. When it's used in the Psalms
it's usually a musical mark for ancient cantors (singers) to pause, or as a
musical interlude.
When we take the word Selah, and its definition of "consider," something
wonderful happens. A whole new world or direction of understanding occurs
if we understand how to apply it correctly.
In Mt. 6:28 - 29 it reads: "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they
toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed
(dressed or clothed) like one of these."
Before moving on we need to ask the question: "How was Solomon arrayed
(or clothed)? According to the account of the Queen of Sheba, in I Kgs. 10:45,7b it reads: "And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's
wisdom, and the house that he built,
And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance
of his ministers, "and their apparel" (emphasis added), and his cupbearers,
and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was
no more spirit in her (she was thoroughly and completely overawed by the
sheer magnificence of it all). "...and, behold, the half was not told me: thy
wisdom and prosperity exceedeth the fame which I heard."
The Queen of Sheba was completely overawed and dumbstruck by the sheer
majesty and glory which God had imparted unto Solomon. She noted that
she had been in awe at the "apparel" (clothing) that was worn by all in
attendance. Solomon would've been dressed in various outfits of royal
purple, scarlet, blue, and would have worn costly jewelry of gold and silver
fixed with the finest gems possible. And even those who were attending him
would've been dressed elegantly. This was the wealth of Solomon's court.
Now, let's go back to the lilies of the field.
Mt. 6:28 - 29 starts with the single word "consider." We are instructed to
"consider" (to think about, to reflect upon) the lilies. Well, a lily is a white petal
flower. Upon looking at one initially, there's nothing much about it, that is,
until you "consider" it. For 5 years, on and off, I "considered" the lily. And, I
must confess, I didn't get it! What was God trying to teach me here? I
"considered" (or thought about) the lily, that it was white, how it grew, its size
and shape and still I did not get it! Finally, in a moment of epiphany given to
me by the teaching of the Holy Spirits, I GOT IT!!! I had been looking at the
lily completely wrong for those 5 years. I was looking at it from my human
perspective. How would "God," who put it all together, view the lily?
I FINALLY GOT IT!!! I took one of the white petals, put it underneath a
microscope because God created the lily from a microscopic, cellular level.
And once I began to view the white petal through the microscope it took on a
whole different perspective. Remember, in God's creation, white gathers
together all the colors of the rainbow. A prism will easily divide the white light
into its individual colors.
As I looked upon the white lily through the microscopic lenses, I saw colors
and patterns which defied the imagination. I had no name for some of the
colors I had been viewing. And, oh, the patterns along with those colors were
breathtaking. It was a moment in which I had brushed up against divinity and
truly began to understand just how very small I was in comparison to the true
magnificence of God's creation.
For all the glory in which Solomon had been covered with in his clothes, it
was nothing in comparison to what I had been looking at. I was looking into
the Diving Creation of God Himself and how He had been viewing the lily of
His creation, all along. And I never, NEVER would've been able to have
become a part of that moment of epiphany had I not obeyed the one Word of
God when He instructed all of us to "consider."
Whenever you see that one word, and it's only one word, "consider," stop
whatever you're doing and review what you may have just read. God is trying
to teach us something unique, something profound that will have a
permanent effect on our lives. Obey that simple little word, "consider," and
you will be blessed with understanding of a knowledge your Father is trying
to impart unto you. And, if you do, you shall be eternally blessed as a result.
God bless and keep all of you...Doc!
CONVERGENCE of the End Time Signs
CONVERGENCE of the End Time Signs
"CONVERGENCE of the End Time Signs" - Bible Prophecy fulfillment is in
a period of acceleration, a time of Quickening, the world is racing towards
Armageddon, now more than ever we must be ready! We are about to enter
a time like no other time, a time that no man has ever seen, a time like no
other time in the history of this world, as a matter of fact we are about to
enter the end times. Since the dawn of mankind, there have always been
wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, famines, pestilences, disease,
strange-weather and false Christ's just as Jesus predicted. Fast forward
nearly 2,000 years since Jesus made this prediction, and you have today's
headlines lining up exactly with the Word of God. The big thing isn't that
these events are happening today, is that they are all happening at the very
same time! Bible prophecy is being fulfilled right before our very
eyes. Fulfilled prophecy is increasing in frequency and intensity just like birth
pains, and Jesus said when you see these know that I am near, even at the
All the signs of the last days are converging at the same time. Bible Prophecy
is happening right before our eyes and like birth pains, the predicted events
are happening more frequently and more intently. Never, in the history
throughout the world have so many forces, including economic, scientific,
techno-logic, ecologic, cultural, geopolitical, moral, spiritual and religion,
converged together to bring this world that's already teetering over the edge
into the abyss, to a point of no return. "CONVERGENCE" brings it all
together and will clearly show where all this heading and what people need to
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Nearing Midnight: Gog Eyeballing Ezekiel-Lure? - Terry
James -
Russian leadership--led, of course, by President Vladimir Putin--is angry, and
doesn't seem to be able to figure which direction to go. This makes for a
more volatile situation in that prophetic region of the world than it was even a
few weeks ago. When the Saudi oil masters pulled the plug on petroleum
prices recently, some major players in end-times prophecy were traumatized.
The situation has only gone from bad to worse from that point. None is more
adversely affected by the price manipulation than the Russians.
The Russian bear's outburst revolves around their ongoing conflict with
Ukraine. For sure, the European Union (EU), too, is facing increased
suffering, in that their dealing with the angry Russians means they face
becoming the whipping-boy--or, if you prefer, the punching bag--for Mr. Putin
as he seeks someone to punish in all of this.
Europe faces the harshest months of winter just as Russia decided to cut gas
exports by 60 percent, sending the continent into crisis. The action is, I
believe, mostly to try to intimidate those who would seek to force Russia into
comportment more in line with good nation-state citizenship.
I am still of the opinion that the American presidential administration was key
in convincing the Saudis to drastically cut the cost per barrel of petroleumthus to undercut the fracking industry in the US. At the same time, Mr.
Obama can't be unhappy about possibly achieving one-upsmanship over
Putin, who has been getting some good press in recent years-"good"
meaning good in his own ego-driven opinion of his becoming the next Peter
the Great, or whomever, while trying to recapture superpower status for his
country like that of the former USSR.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, now 81, recently stated his concern
that the West is pushing Putin and the Russians to dangerous levels by
intervening in the dispute between Russia and Ukraine. Gorbachev takes the
side of his native country, of course, and expressed fear that pressures on
the Russian economy in the form of sanctions could be destabilizing to the
point of producing military confrontation not unlike that of the Cold War era.
While Putin lashes wildly in cutting off gas supply to many nations toward his
West through his actions against Ukraine, he is at the same time desperate
for ties that can produce better economic times. His ambition to be the great
leader who can bring himself and Mother Russia unprecedented, historic
power and glory depends on securing mighty economic assets, he no doubt
Meanwhile, to his South, the tiny state of Israel is seeing its fortunes increase
exponentially in the area of potential energy export. The following news
excerpt gives us a flavor of Israel's possible, even probable, future in the field
of petroleum-based energy: Thirty-five trillion cubic feet of gas worth some
USD $500 billion has been found in Israel's "economic waters," with the
Leviathan field being by far the largest. To give some kind of reference point,
Israel's national expenditures for 2013 totaled USD $114 billion. More
importantly than covering the national budget is the fact that, for the first time
in history, Israel has the opportunity to become energy-independent, as well
as a major exporter of natural gas. (Tsvi Sadam, "The Economic Miracle of
Israel's Natural Gas Fields," Israel Today, September 29, 2014,
A number of reports tell that even some of Israel's traditional enemyneighbors are considering making major deals with the Jewish state for gas
purchases to fill desperate energy requirements. For example, Egypt's oil
minister has said on state-run media that Israel is being considered as gas
supplier to help tackle Egypt's energy crisis. Although such an arrangement
would be very controversial, Israel's proximity and better pricing because of
supply-and-demand dynamics make it an ideal supplier prospect.
The ominous factor in all of this is that Russia is one such prospective
supplier to Egypt. The bear is not one to easily accept a competitor who can
undercut, as its growling and stomping about in the matter of cutting Europe's
supply by 60 percent attests. One can only wonder what throwing additional
fuel for anger on the already enraged Russian bear can engender. I'm
referring to the fact that Israel's National Planning Commission has
announced that it approved two proposed pipeline connections allowing the
delivery of natural gas to Jordan. The routes were approved to link Jordan
with pipelines from the north at Bet Sheen, and in the south at the Dead Sea.
At a time when a modern leader of the ancient area of Magog is almost
certainly needing, and voraciously desiring, financial assets to secure power
for himself and to develop a superpower military in order to exert hegemony
over his perceived sphere of influence, can it be too much of a stretch to
consider we could be watching Gog leering lustfully at the lure mentioned by
the prophet Ezekiel?
Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time
shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: And thou
shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that
are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having
neither bars nor gates, to take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand
upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that
are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that
dwell in the midst of the land. (Ezekiel 38:10-12)
The Shemitah: The Biblical Pattern Which Indicates
That A Financial Collapse May Be Coming In 2015 - By
Michael Snyder -
Does a mystery that is 3,500 years old hold the key to what is going to
happen to global financial markets in 2015? Could it be possible that the
timing of major financial crashes is not just a matter of coincidence? In
previous articles on my website, I have discussed some of the major
economic and financial cycle theories and their proponents. For example, in
an article entitled "If Economic Cycle Theorists Are Correct, 2015 To 2020
Will Be Pure Hell For The United States", I examined a number of economic
cycle theories that seem to indicate that the second half of this decade is
going to be a nightmare economically. But the cycle that I am going to
discuss in this article is a lot more controversial than any of those. In his
most recent book, Jonathan Cahn has demonstrated that almost all of the
major financial crashes in U.S. history are very closely tied to a seven year
pattern that we find in the Bible known as "the Shemitah". Since that book
was released, I have been asked about this repeatedly during radio
appearances. So in this article I am going to attempt to explain what the
Shemitah is, and what this Biblical pattern seems to indicate may happen in
2015. If you are an atheist, an agnostic, or are generally skeptical by nature,
this article might prove quite challenging for you. I would ask that you
withhold judgment until you have examined the evidence. When I first heard
about these things, I had to go verify the facts for myself, because they are
truly extraordinary.
So precisely what is "the Shemitah"?
In the Bible, the people of Israel were commanded to let the land lie fallow
every seven years. There would be no sowing and no reaping, and this is
something that God took very seriously. In fact, the failure to observe these
Sabbath years was one of the main reasons cited in the Scriptures for why
the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon in 586 BC.
But there was more to the Shemitah year than just letting the land lie fallow.
On the last day of the Shemitah year, the people of Israel were instructed to
perform a releasing of debts. We find the following in Deuteronomy chapter
At the end of every seven years you shall grant a relinquishing of debts. This
is the manner of the relinquishing: Every creditor that has loaned anything to
his neighbor shall relinquish it. He shall not exact it of his neighbor, or of his
brother, because it is called the Lord's relinquishment.
This happened at the end of every seven years on Elul 29 - the day right
before Rosh Hashanah on the Biblical calendar.
So what does this have to do with us today?
Well, if you go back to the last day of the Shemitah year in 2001, you will find
that there was an absolutely horrifying stock market crash.
On September 17th, 2001 (which was Elul 29 on the Jewish calendar), we
witnessed the greatest one day stock market crash in U.S. history up to that
time. The Dow fell an astounding 684 points, and it was a record that held
for precisely seven years until the end of the next Shemitah year.
At the end of the next Shemitah year in 2008, another horrifying stock market
crash took place. On September 29th, 2008 the Dow plummeted 777 points,
which still today remains the greatest one day stock market crash of all
time. It turns out that September 29th, 2008 corresponded with Elul 29 on
the Jewish calendar - the precise day when the Bible calls for a releasing of
So on the very last day of the last two Shemitah years, the stock market
crashed so badly that it set a brand new all-time record.
And now we are in another Shemitah year. It began last fall, and it will end
next September.
Could it be possible that we will see another historic market crash?
Author Jonathan Cahn has correctly pointed out that we should never put
God in a box. Just because something has happened in the past does not
mean that it will happen again. But we should not rule anything out either.
Perhaps God is using His calendar to make a point. Cahn believes that if we
are going to see something happen, it will probably occur as the Shemitah
year comes to an end...
Cahn has pointed that, according to his research, the worst of the worst
usually happens at the end of the Shemitah year, not at the beginning. In
fact, the last day of the year, Elul 29 on the Hebrew calendar, which will
occur on Sept. 13, 2015, is the most dreaded day.
The pattern revealed in "The Mystery of the Shemitah" is that the beginning
of the Shemitah's impact is often subtle, but leads to a dramatic climax.
"The beginning may mark a change in direction, even a foreshadow of what
will come to a crescendo at the Shemitah's end," he said.
And this time around, far more people are paying attention. Back in 2001
and 2008, most Americans had absolutely no idea what a "Shemitah year"
was. But now it is being talked about on some of the most prominent
alternative news websites on the Internet. For example, the following is what
Joseph Farah of WND has to say about the Shemitah year...
Farah believes the date Sept. 13, 2015 bears close watching - though he is
quick to admit he has no idea what, if anything, will happen in America.
"A clear pattern has been established," he says. "I don't believe it's a
coincidence what happened in America on Elul 29 in 2001 and 2008. It would
be foolish to ignore the possibility that a greater judgment might be in the
works - especially if America continues to move away from God and His
The Shemitah year that we are in now does end on September 13th, 2015 and that falls on a Sunday so the markets will be closed.
But what it comes to the Shemitah, we aren't just looking at one particular
And it is very interesting to note that there will also be a solar eclipse on
September 13th, 2015. Over the past century, there have only been two
other times when a solar eclipse has corresponded with the end of a
Shemitah year. Those two times were in 1931 and 1987, and as Jonathan
Cahn has told WND, those solar eclipses foreshadowed major financial
In 1931, a solar eclipse took place on Sept. 12 - the end of a "Shemitah"
year. Eight days later, England abandoned the gold standard, setting off
market crashes and bank failures around the world. It also ushered in the
greatest monthlong stock market percentage crash in Wall Street history.
In 1987, a solar eclipse took place Sept. 23 - again the end of a "Shemitah"
year. Less than 30 days later came "Black Monday" the greatest percentage
crash in Wall Street history.
Is Cahn predicting doom and gloom on Sept. 13, 2015? He's careful to avoid
a prediction, saying, "In the past, this ushered in the worst collapses in Wall
Street history. What will it bring this time? Again, as before, the phenomenon
does not have to manifest at the next convergence. But, at the same time,
and again, it is wise to take note."
So what is going to happen this time?
We will just have to wait and see.
But without a doubt so many of the same patterns that we witnessed just
prior to the financial crash of 2008 are happening again right before our very
It has been said that those that do not learn from history are doomed to
repeat it.
Perhaps you believe that there is something to "the Shemitah", or perhaps
you think that it is all a bunch of nonsense.
But at least now you know what everyone is talking about. What you choose
to do with this information is up to you.
Daily Jot: Historians pinpoint football's origin in the
Bible - Bill Wilson -
Isaiah 22:18 says of the judgment of the evil servant Shebna, "He [The Lord]
will surely violently turn and toss thee like a ball into a large country."
Commentaries agree that Shebna was in the hands of the Lord like a ball in
the hands of a strong man, and would be hurled out of his place--thrown at a
great distance by a strong arm. Park H. Davis wrote what is known as the
first history of football in 1911--"Football: The American Intercollegiate
Game"--where he wrote: "This allusion, slight as it may be, is sufficient unto
the antiquary to indicate that some form of a game with a ball existed as early
as 750 years before the Christian era, the epoch customarily assigned to the
Book of Isaiah."
Davis chronicles the development of a football-like game played by the
Greeks and the Romans through 28 BC. Davis writes: "...among the first acts
of Augustus after settling his right to succeed his great uncle, Julius Caesar,
was to demand a revision of the football rules." Davis quoted Julius Pollux
circa 100 AD in describing the game played in Rome: "The players divide
themselves into two bands. The ball is thrown upon the line in the middle. At
the two ends of the field, behind the line where the players are stationed, are
two other lines, beyond which these two bands endeavor to carry the ball, a
feat that can not be accomplished without the pushing of one another
backward and forward." Davis says this game, eventually called Calico, was
played throughout Italy after the fall of Rome through the Middle Ages and
into 1898.
Football teaches life lessons, galvanizes communities, and promotes
diversity where men are defined not by the color of their skin, but the content
of their ability and teamwork. It is the game of leaders as characterized by
President Dwight Eisenhower: "Morale--the will to win, the fighting heart--are
the honored hallmarks of the football coach and player. Likewise, they are
the characteristic of the enterprising executive, the successful troop leader,
the established artist and the dedicated teacher and scientist." Presidents
who played football include Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon, Ford, and Reagan-in contrast to the current "president" who says he wouldn't allow his son, if
he had one, to play football.
NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent says, "The
lessons of football--character, leadership, tenacity, and perseverance--are
qualities that every one believes to be important to achieving excellence. The
value of football inspires the very things that we want to see in ourselves as
we experience life and pursue happiness and success. In a day when some
are clamoring that the risk with football is too great, we believe that the risk is
far greater to an America without football." Those of us who use football to
teach character and leadership see the value not only to young men in their
overall development, but to a society in remaining strong and vibrant.
Daily Devotion: The Christian's Life Purpose - Greg Laurie
For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a
life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. -Romans 14:17
Years ago during a visit with Billy and Ruth Graham, I noticed while we were
outside that their dog was continuously going around in circles.
"What's wrong with this dog?" I asked them.
"He's chasing his tail," they told me.
I had heard about dogs chasing their tails, but I had never actually seen one
do it before.
Like that dog, some people are effectively chasing their tails in life. They are
chasing after happiness. But the best way to not be happy is by trying to be
Our purpose in life as Christians is to know God and bring Him glory. If you
will do that with your life, if you will get up every morning and say to yourself,
"I want to know God, and I want to bring Him glory," then you will find the
happiness that has eluded you. You will find the satisfaction you have always
wanted by having your priorities in order.
Anything short of this ultimately will disappoint, because true and lasting
happiness never will be found in the things this world tells us to look for.
The Bible offers something better than happiness, and that is joy. Happiness
largely depends on good things happening. When things are going
reasonably well, we are happy. If things aren't going so well, we are not
happy. But we can have joy despite our circumstances.
The problem with happiness is that it's generally derived from
accomplishments, accumulation, and, to some degree, through escape. The
trouble with that is we won't always be able to accomplish something or
escape somewhere. And the things we have accumulated will go out of style,
break, get lost, or may be stolen.
If we live for happiness, we'll never find it. We'll be like that dog, constantly
chasing his tail.
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Featured Article: The Twist of Cain - Pete Garcia
Fair to say, we live in dark days. The world around us it would seem, has
embraced the darkness and frolics flippantly in it, thinking not about what
comes next.
I have spoken to people here and there, and while some express disbelief,
others are distressed over their lives and where it may end up after they've
breathed their last breath. It would seem also, that as disconcerting as some
view their impending deaths (it is impending for us all I might add), others are
dismayed at the lives they have here and now. Even believers struggle to
understand why God sometimes allows terrible things to happen to
them. For us all, the future, is that long walk, down a dark path, into
unknown territory.
As for the believer, our day to day life may remain unknown, but our next life
is assured. Maybe that is why so many of us long for that next one, over this
one. For the unbeliever, this is as good as it will ever get. For many, it is all
they know, or all they care to know. For the unbeliever, the flesh is all they've
been born into. And the flesh is ruled over by sin, as was present at their
birth, an unwelcomed inheritance. For the believer, we have been born
anew, into a new spiritual man and given second life.
Sin is a cruel and terrible master. It enslaves one in a web of deceit, and no
matter how far you fall down into the abyss, it then tells you soothingly, that
you are ok just the way you are. Sin at its root, tells you that you not only
don't need God, but that you can do for yourself, what God could not. And so
to understand the gravity of the magnitude of sin, we must go back to the
beginning, and look at a young man, whose life is marred by the terrible
consequence of his father, through whom we all share.
Adam, who sinned willingly (1 Tim. 2:14), partook of the tree he was
forewarned not to do. Upon this discovery, God says to Adam in Genesis
..."Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the
tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it':
"Cursed is the ground for your sake;
In toil you shall eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,
And you shall eat the herb of the field.
In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread
Till you return to the ground,
For out of it you were taken;
For dust you are,
And to dust you shall return."
And so Adam and Eve were driven out from the garden in nakedness and
shame. God didn't do this because of their deed, but because the Tree of
Life was there, and should they partake of it in a state of sinfulness, they
would forever be in a constant state of death, but never dying. (Gen. 3:2224) But God, being merciful did not abandon them. He did not destroy them
and start over. Instead, God provided for them...
Also for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed
them. (vs. 21)
In order for skins to be made into tunics, something living has to be killed in
order for them to be covered. Thus, we have the institution of sacrifice
initiated. Blood has to be shed, in order for atonement (covering) to be
made. And so we fast forward to life beyond the Garden...
Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, "I
have acquired a man from the Lord." Then she bore again, this time his
brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the
ground. And in the process of time it came to pass that Cain brought an
offering of the fruit of the ground to the Lord. Abel also brought of the
firstborn of his flock and of their fat. And the Lord respected Abel and his
offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very
angry, and his countenance fell. So the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you
angry? And why has your countenance fallen? If you do well, will you not be
accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for
you, but you should rule over it." Genesis 4:1-7 NKJV
What is not known, is whether Adam and Eve had daughters before their first
born son Cain. Scriptures only speak to the first male child born. And as
would be the case, Cain, like his father, became a tiller of the ground.
(Remember the curse) He worked the ground, and brought forth the fruit of
the ground as his sacrifice to God. But his sacrifice was not
acceptable. (Remember the covering) God reminds him that he (Cain)
knows what is right, he only need do it or else, sin will rule over him. And so
it does.
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were
in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him. Then
the Lord said to Cain, "Where is Abel your brother?" He said, "I do not know.
Am I my brother's keeper?"
And He said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries
out to Me from the ground. So now you are cursed from the earth, which has
opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood from your hand. When you
till the ground, it shall no longer yield its strength to you. A fugitive and a
vagabond you shall be on the earth."
And Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is greater than I can bear! Surely
You have driven me out this day from the face of the ground; I shall be
hidden from Your face; I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond on the earth, and
it will happen that anyone who finds me will kill me."
And the Lord said to him, "Therefore, whoever kills Cain, vengeance shall be
taken on him sevenfold." And the Lord set a mark on Cain, lest anyone
finding him should kill him.
Then Cain went out from the presence of the Lord and dwelt in the land of
Nod on the east of Eden. (vs. 8-16)
From here we see, that Cain would have to wander the earth, seeking a
place away from the presence of God, to find land suitable to support himself
even just to eat. Cain feared for his life, thinking (and rightfully so) that all
this blame would come upon him, and that whoever came across him would
take his life. And in God's enduring mercy, He set a mark upon him, so that
anyone who met him, would know not to strike him down.
What was the 'mark on Cain'? We don't know. And even though Cain erred,
I wonder how a man who has physically walked and talked with God, could
still end up in hell. It would seem according to further scripture, that that is
where he currently resides. (1 John 3:12; Jude 1:11) It would also seem, that
sin (first birthed from Lucifer himself), set his sights on Cain. Remember that
in the curse that God pronounced in the Garden, the Serpent (Lucifer) first
receives the first and only prophecy ever directly pointed at him face to
face. It is here, that Lucifer is told that...
And I will put enmity
Between you and the woman,
And between your seed and her Seed;
He shall bruise your head,
And you shall bruise His heel." (Gen. 3:15)
Lucifer then targets Eve's first born son, Cain, and it is to this, we can only
assume, that Lucifer begins to entice Cain to yield to the sin of pride. His
work and his own efforts of working the ground he thought, was sufficient
enough sacrifice to come and bring before God. When his sacrifice (his own
efforts) were rejected, something changed inside Cain. Some dark, terrible
thought began to fester in Cain's heart. It was here...
And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell
That sin took root and Lucifer began to work a dark and terrible thought into
Cain's mind. The pride of life, (1 John 2:16) began to shape Cain's mind to
believe that blood need not be shed for the remission of sins, but that by his
own efforts, he should be acceptable to God. Many years later, God finally
had to set in stone, the rules that man would have to keep, in order to
become acceptable to Him. Of course, no one could keep them, so a
sacrificial system was also emplaced to atone for man's inadequacy of
keeping God's Law. But even then, man found a way to pervert that as
well. Some 1,400 years after the Law was given to Moses on Mt. Sinai,
Christ addresses the so-called righteousness of the Pharisees, who upheld
the letter of the Law, but not the intent of the Law. Christ says to them,
"You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and
whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' But I say to you that
whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the
judgment...Matt. 5:21-22
I don't pretend to know Christ's thoughts on that particular day, but I wonder if
He had Cain and Abel in mind, when He mentions this pointed truth, to those
who purportedly personified the ability to keep said Law. For believers, the
penalty of the Law, is what Christ death on the Cross has saved us from. We
are no longer subject to its wrath, because He took that wrath on Himself on
our behalf. But the Law has no rule over the believer today. We aren't
justified by it any more than the Pharisees were justified in their own day by
keeping to the letter of it. D.L. Moody puts it like this,
The Law can only chase a man to Calvary, and no further.
It was a schoolmaster meant to drive us to the Cross, not replace it by
keeping it. If we attempt to justify ourselves by it, we are no better than Cain
in bringing the 'fruits of our labor' before God. The Prophet Jeremiah says
that the "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who
can know it?" (Jer. 17:9) We cannot earn our own way to God. Blood must
be shed on our behalf, in order to wash away our inherited and earned sin
we've accumulated over the course of our short existence on this planet. The
Good News is that penalty has already been paid. That Blood has already
been shed. God sent His Son to earth to become a man, and to live out the
Law perfectly, in perfect submission to the Father, and to endure the Joy set
before Him, and was obedient unto death, to be that sacrifice for us. He
became in a sense, that tunic made of skin, to cover us in our own
nakedness. But for those who think they don't need the Blood of Christ...
There is a war between you and God's Law. The Ten Commandments are
against you. The First comes forward and says, "Let him be cursed, for he
denies Me. He has another god besides Me. His god is his belly and he
yields his homage to his lust." All the Ten Commandments, like ten great
cannons, are pointed at you today. For you have broken all of God's statutes
and lived in daily neglect of His Commandments.
Soul, you will find it a hard thing to go at war with the Law. When the Law
came in peace, Sinai was altogether on a smoke and even Moses said, "I
exceedingly fear and quake!" What will you do when the Law of God comes
in terror; when the trumpet of the archangel shall tear you from your grave;
when the eyes of God shall burn their way into your guilty soul; when the
great books shall be opened and all your shame and sin shall be
published? Can you stand against an angry Law in that day? Charles
The Apostle Paul warns, 'today is the day of salvation', because we are not
promised tomorrow. Do not go after the 'way of Cain', because that path only
leads to wandering as a vagabond, in a fallen world that will never satisfy
you. You will wander in fear and trepidation, at what comes beyond the ends
of this life. This life, and your own works, offer no redemption, and in the
end, you only stand to spend an eternity separated from your Creator, in a
place designed for Lucifer and his fallen angels. And if hell is powerful and
desolate enough to entrap the most powerfully created being, you have no
hope of escape. You cannot earn your way to God on your must
go through the Cross.
Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the
Father except through Me. John 14:6
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