Prophecy is also Pattern: the Book of Ruth

One reason I haven’t been blogging as steadily as I should is being busy with other projects.

We’ve just uploaded our first teaching video; this one on the book of Ruth. The primary target audience is descendents of Israel who don’t know their Messiah yet.

The Book of Ruth: History and Parable from People of the Book on Vimeo.

If you have Jewish friends, I’d be interested to hear what they think of this. Was it effective? Did it inspire them to read their own Bible?

Lessons Learned Too Late

I recently read through Ezra and Nehemiah and something struck me as currently relevant when going over the story of how the Jews reestablished Jerusalem and the Temple after the Babylonian captivity.

Evil men who wanted to thwart the plan of God, attempting to destroy the Jews’ efforts, enlisted the government in their plot. They used deception, half-truths and a distorted view of history in their conspiracy to oppress God’s people.

This conspiracy was exposed and defeated when God’s people had the records opened and reminded the powers that be of the written law.

Freedom-loving and God-fearing people who live in the USA have the law on their side. The Constitution mandates that elected officials and other public servants protect their rights. Those public servants are in rebellion, breaking the law with every drawn breath, and working to destroy what they swore to uphold, trusting in the deception of the lapdog media to cover their treason and spin it as something for the “greater good.”

We should have followed Nehemiah’s example 30-70 years ago. Now the lawful rulers of the USA (the citizens) are either themselves corrupted, deceived, ignorant, apathetic, or some combination of all four. Even if the apathy (in those not decieved, ignorant and/or corrupted) could be erased overnight, it is probably too late to save this country.

The Black Horse in America

“My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.” –Hosea 4:6

It’s doubtful you ever heard of the Panic of ’07 in school. In 1907 the Stock Market crashed. The Stock Marketeers, J.P. Morgan in particular, had to scramble around, spending their own money to stabilize it. Cost to American citizens: minimal–most of the loss was eaten by those who were playing the Stock Market, and the banks (which make money by lending out other people’s money).

You can imagine the Marketeers didn’t like spending away chunks of their own fortunes to save their investments. It’s only natural that those who take the risks both reap the benefits AND suffer the setbacks, right? In a free market economy, which the USA had at that time, that’s how it worked.

But a group of bankers, who would later meet at Jekyll Island in secret to hammer out the details, were devising a system in which the American taxpayers would bear the brunt of Stock Market disasters…and everything else.

Not surprisingly, this scheme was pitched as the exact opposite of what it truly was: as a way to protect American taxpayers from the machinations of the super-rich rather than a way to foist losses off on the middle class when the Wall Street Wizards’ aggressive financial tinkering backfired. Still, the US Congress at that time was far more representative and far less corrupt than it became later. Our representatives understood that the Constitution authorized only Congress to coin money (Article I, Section 8), and the electorate was not nearly as gullible as today. Even with the deceptive disguise of the real purpose for this scam, the scam probably wouldn’t have worked… if they hadn’t waited until Christmas Eve of 1913, when all but a few bought-and-paid-for politicians stayed on Capital Hill to ramrod the legislation through with no opposition.

Professional politicians forced “change” on the American people…the first of many such betrayals in the 20th Century. The usurpation of Article I, Section 8 of our Constitution was called “the Federal Reserve Act.” It created a European-style central bank which is neither federal, nor a reserve. It is no coincidence that it was followed quickly by the creation of the Internal Revenue Service, which confiscates not just income, but the wages, tips and other compensation earned by people who must work for a living. When globalist puppet Woodrow Wilson signed off on these illegal “laws,” the mechanism was in place to pick the pockets of the middle class, pile the loot into the already swollen coffers of the super-rich, ultimately dismantle our constitutional republic, bankrupt our nation and turn future generations into debt slaves for life.

The machine has some very complicated procedures and regulations (often used as a smokescreen to hide its true function), but strip away all the Legalese and Newspeak, and here’s what it does:

1. Congress decides that it wants to A) give itself another pay increase; B) fund an undeclared war overseas in order to replace one brutal dictator with another; C) give practically every foreign country billions of dollars each in foreign aid; D) develop/increase/support another power-abusing domestic agency to infringe on the rights of the American people; E) buy automatic weapons to be given to foreign drug lords who will use them to murder American citizens within our own borders; F) buy condoms for middle-schoolers while teaching them that sexual perversion is a valid lifestyle and G) fund abortion-on-demand for those who like to fornicate without the free condoms. None of these expenditures are authorized by the Constitution, which is the law of the land every public servant swears to uphold, but the politicians depend on the deception of the “free” Press, the brainwashing via state-controlled schools, along with the ignorance and apathy of the people who could (and should) hold them accountable.

2. To pay for all this, the politicians give the nod to their owners at the central bank (“Federal Reserve”) who print trillions of greenbacks.

3. This fiat money goes into circulation, reducing the value of the US Dollar (this is what inflation is, despite what you learned in public school).

4. Through hard work, blood, sweat, tears and sacrifice, you have managed to save $1000.00 over a period of months or years. Now that all that extra printing press money is in circulation, your savings has only 93% of the value it had yesterday. So it is only worth $930.00 in the currency that existed when you earned it. You have just been robbed with an invisible tax, on top of all the other taxes you’re paying. Yesterday you could have had the roof of your house repaired with the $1000 you earned and saved; but today the price increased to $1070. The next time the Fed goes on a printing spree, your earnings will be devalued again, say to 90% of what it was. Then 86%. Then 75%. You’re still working just as hard, for just as long, but your wages are being eroded and your renegade elected servants assume you are too stupid to ever figure it out.

But wait…it gets better.

5. The government now is obligated to repay all those trillions of dollars the Fed just printed up (for the cost of the paper and ink) and lent to them. Like any other lending institution, the central bank charges interest on the unpaid loans. The government taxes the people to make payment on that debt. Private citizens can avoid Constitutional taxes like sales taxes simply by saving instead of spending; but thanks to income tax, a portion of your savings can and will be confiscated as well. This is where the national deficit and the national debt come from. You, your children, and your children’s children will be forced to pick up the tab for all this debt. …Assuming there’s that much time left on the clock.

6. Politicians will insist taxes be raised for all the increased spending they want. But no matter how much revenue they collect, they always spend much more, via funny-money hot off the Fed’s printing presses.

On a small scale, what the Fed does would be called counterfeiting, and you or I would be sent to prison for doing it. But the billionaire bankers at the Federal Reserve merely get richer and richer while their Machine destroys the middle class, and assures that fewer and fewer hard-working entrepreneurs will ever have the opportunity to acquire wealth themselves and therefore compete with the elite power brokers behind the scenes. It’s good to be da king.

7. Using convoluted reasoning and financial mumbo-jumbo, the bankers and their politicians and media machines convince those in the population who might actually care that the reported national debt and inflation are only fractions of their true amounts; and that reductions in the increase in spending from year to year are actually the “spending cuts” you hear about. Meanwhile, the debt has grown to such a gargantuan level that tax revenue will never even be able to pay the interest on the debt. Even if tax rates were raised to 99% across the board (which, of course, would raise unemployment to 100% and reduce revenue to 0%…but that’s another lesson).

8. Foreign governments are buying up the national debt. So we now owe other nations trillions of dollars…and they expect to be repaid. You know: those same nations that we are still GIVING TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN FOREIGN AID. Giving means we don’t ever expect to be repaid. How much sense does that make? Plenty, if your agenda includes destruction of America.

9. The brilliant solution to this debacle is for our government to give away permanent resources like highways, harbors oil fields, coal mines, and national parks to “balance the budget” in order to look good for the next election year…after which they can continue to increase our debt at a geometric rate. This is already happening.

10. Possibly the only thing that has delayed the utter cataclysmic economic collapse engineered by the central bankers and their politicians and media mouthpieces is the fact that the US Dollar is still the official trade currency of OPEC. Those who want to buy oil from the OPEC nations must use the dollar. (Does it make sense now why our intervention in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm was far more decisive, businesslike and no-nonsense than our intervention in Korea and Vietnam?) Iran is trying to create it’s own organization now to rival OPEC, and Iranian strategists have been planning for an invasion of the oil-rich Arabian peninsula. Does that make a little more sense, now?

When this American Suicide Machine was created in 1913, the people didn’t do much about it. After all, the potential effects of it were hardly even felt at that time–the income tax rate was around 1%, for instance. Americans have always been fickle, collectively, so why bother fixing a problem that was hardly doing any damage at that exact moment, when they could let the next generation worry about it? The Machine wasn’t dialed up significantly until after the Stock Market crash of 1929 when first the Hoover administration, then FDR and his socialist Congress, used the Machine to tamper with the free market, ballooning the Wall Street crisis into the Great Depression. But the blame for the Machine’s damage was craftily deflected onto the free market itself, since they rewrote history to cast Hoover as a laissez-faire economist so all true free market advocates would suffer guilt-by-association. Like a broken record just starting its redundant mantra, the media convinced voters that they needed “change,” which was delivered to them as the New Deal…a heavier dose of the same Unconstitutional central planning that caused the problem in the first place.

Since the New Deal our checks and balances have been toppling like dominoes, each wound inflicted to the free market effectively being blamed on the free market, so that new “solutions,” packaged as “change,” can inflict even greater damage.

As much as a shrinking minority of US citizens would like to see a course correction, we can no longer deny the ugly truth staring us in the face: global hyperinflation is coming; and the United States of America will soon cease to exist.

When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “Two pounds of wheat for a day’s wages, and six pounds of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” –Revelation 6:5-6

Will the Afterlife Be Spent in Heaven?

Most believers, myself included, were taught that salvation means we will live the next life “up in Heaven.”

We’ve all heard about Heaven: Pearly gates; streets of gold; river of life flowing from the throne of God. The trouble is, the Biblical description people have attributed to “Heaven” is actually a description of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21-22) which comes down FROM Heaven TO the earth.

When God created man, did He place him on Heaven or on the Earth? Was the Earth not made for man to dwell on? After creating the Earth and every living creature on it, God saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31). Obviously, it met with God’s approval that man dwelt on Earth. Of course, the devil came along and ruined what was perfect.

But once the devil meets his ultimate fate, there will be a new Heaven and a new Earth (Rev. 21:1). Why would God renew the Earth unless He intends to let men live on it again, as He originally intended? Man restored to all that Adam had, that is.

 

 

The Basics: Israel’s 70th “Seven” and the Great Tribulation

In Daniel Chapter 9, a prophecy is given about Israel. From careful study, we can infer that the time allotted the nation here is the time in which God deals with the world through Israel and on her behalf (as opposed to the Church Age).

Just as we use “decades” to group years together by tens, so were devout Hebrews familiar with time periods divided into “weeks” of years, or “sevens”–seven-year periods. This concept is evident in Leviticus 25:2-4 when God instructs the Israelites to give the land its due Sabbaths.

Daniel was told Israel would have 70 of these sevens (Dan. 9:24), looking forward. The timeclock started with the decree to restore/rebuild Jerusalem (9:25; Nehemiah 2), but would progress only 69 of the 70 “sevens” until the Anointed One came. If you crunch the numbers, using the proper Jewish calendar (360 day years, correcting for leap years, etc.), you’ll find that 483 years passed between the decree to rebuild Jerusalem (March 14, 445 BC) from Artaxerxes and Jesus’ entry into that same city on a donkey (as prophesied in Zechariah 9:9; the first time, if you study carefully, that he openly welcomed being pronounced as the Messiah King, April 6, 32 AD).

But that’s only 69 of the sevens. The last seven has been set apart. There’s a mysterious gap in between, duplicated in other prophecies, into which the Church fits.

In Chapter 9 verse 27, Daniel says the coming ruler (nowadays usually called the Antichrist) will “confirm a covenant with many for one seven.” Most end-time scholars agree that the “many” are the children of Israel, and that the “seven” is the last one–the 70th. This is what I believe, too. So there is an armistice of sorts between Israel and the rest of the world, to be enforced by this world dictator.

However, as you continue reading, you find that this dictator breaks the pact himself. He puts an end to Levitical Temple worship (a clue as to what covenant he confirmed). And he will set up an “abomination that causes desolation.”

Many sloppy scholars will insist that this prophecy has no future fulfillment because before Christ, it was fulfilled when Antiochus Epiphanes sacrificed a pig on the brazen altar and erected a statue of Zeus in the Holy Place. However, Jesus points to Daniel’s “abomination of desolation” prophecy as being yet future (Matt. 24:15-31; Mark 13:14-230) and triggering what He called “great tribulation,” from which we get the term.

And so, there is one more seven-year period destined for Israel (not necessarily the present political state, but the descendants of Jacob, including those living in Israel). That “week” begins when the coming world dictator confirms a covenant with Israel–providing for a rebuilt Temple and resumption of sacrifices. In the middle of that seven, the beast will desecrate the Temple (Dan. 11:31; Rev. 13:14-15). Then follows “the time of Jacob’s trouble” or “the great tribulation” for the second half of that seven. In the book of Revelation, it is measured out as 42 months; 1260 days; and as “a time, times, and half a time” (3 & 1/2 years).

Some folks refer to the 70th seven as “the tribulation,” and the second half of it as “the great tribulation.” Others mistakenly refer to the entire seven as the great tribulation. Hopefully, the breakdown is a little more clear, now.

Passover: a Prophetic Fulfillment Still to Come?

We interrupt this regularly scheduled series of blogs on the topic of tongues to share a possibility which may prove very important in the next few years.

I can’t conclusively prove what I’m about to propose. It’s mostly a conviction laid on me as I read about the first Passover. I’ll try to briefly duplicate the revelation as it came to me.

Up front: Passover has already had a prophetic fulfillment, when Jesus served as our Passover Lamb once for all, and His blood (if we accept it) protects us from the Destroyer. But as often happens with God’s prophecy, there can be more than one fulfillment. Example? Take Daniel’s prophecy about the abomination of desolation (Daniel 9:27; 11:31; 12:11): it was fulfilled when Antiochus Epiphenes sacrificed a pig on the brazen altar of the Temple. AND YET Jesus referenced this very prophecy in Matthew 24:15/Mark 13:14 when warning of events that are clearly yet future. (In fact many of Daniel’s prophecies–particularly about the kings of the north and south–seem to suggest multiple fulfillments.)

In Exodus 12, God (through Moses) established Passover as a “lasting ordinance” (verses 14, 17) for ongoing generations of the Israelites. As I was reading the chapter, verse 11 jumped out at me:

This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the LORD’s Passover.

If you imagine yourself living in those times, this is how you would prepare yourself for the possibility that you must evacuate at a moment’s notice–possibly in the middle of your meal. Eat hastily, dressed for the outside weather/traveling, with your running shoes on, your GPS battery fully charged, your SUV’s gas tank filled, etc.

If you read  Chapter 12 in its entirety, maybe you’ll notice that the Israelites did leave their homes after the firstborn were struck down, but it was at the urging and with the cooperation of their Egyptian neighbors. They took time to collect gold, silver and clothing before leaving Egypt (12:33-36). Sounds like an orderly evacuation, does it not? So far as we can tell from the text, the Israelites didn’t have to abandon their meal partially eaten and beat feet in a matter of seconds. They took the time to go door-to-door collecting charity from those they were leaving behind.

So why did the Lord tell them to prepare that way? Do the rituals He ordained serve no practical purpose? Or do they only partially fit some practical purpose?

What about the kosher diet and cleansing ordinances from the Torah–seems like all moot ceremonies after Luke 11:37-41, Galatians 2:14-15 and other scripture to some people, right? But while the Black Death was wreaking devastation on the people in Europe, the ghettos and other Jewish communities were mostly unaffected, because Orthodox Jews were careful to observe the ceremonial washing ordinances, and stuck to their strict diet codes.

In bringing this up, it is not my intention to cause controversy regarding New vs. Old Testament, or get into legalities. I merely mention this as an example of how some of these seemingly quaint customs the Lord ordained will actually protect those who faithfully practice them. There are plenty of other examples–circumcision on the 8th day, for instance (that’s when a baby boy’s immune system is at it’s strongest, modern medicine has discovered).

So why would God establish this lasting ordinance to eat the Passover meal in haste, ready to drop everything and bolt at a split second’s notice?

There is a day coming when such hasty action will be necessary for survival. It was prophesied by the Lord Jesus Himself. Remember that example I gave you above? Here it is, in context:

“So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—  then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.  Let no one on the housetop go down to take anything out of the house.  Let no one in the field go back to get their cloak.  How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers!  Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath.  For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.” –Matthew 24:15-21

Notice that this warning is addressed specifically to Israelis living in Judea (the “West Bank” in media Newspeak). The Temple will be built not far from this area. When the coming false messiah violates the covenant made with Israel (providing for this very Temple to be built in the first place), has the two witnesses killed and sets an image of himself up in the Holy of Holies to be worshiped, they need to get the blazes out of Dodge…and NOT go door-to-door asking for handouts from their neighbors, I would guess.

Suppose this fateful day occurs on Passover. The devout Israelis who don’t yet accept Jesus but nonetheless obey the Law as best they can, including the quaint customs about Passover, will be prepared and in a position to heed Jesus’ advice–which will save them from a time of tribulation far worse than the Holocaust of the National Socialists.

Wouldn’t that be just like God–to hide his survival evacuation plan for His people in plain sight for thousands of years so that the unfaithful who deem the custom too silly and antiquated will weed themselves out? I strongly suspect that this event called the abomination of desolation, which occurs in the middle of the 70th “seven” (“week” of years) prophesied by Daniel, and which marks the beginning of the three-and-one-half year Great Tribulation, will take place during Passover.

Revelation 12:6 is one of many places where this future bug-out is mentioned.

I’m not trying to establish what year this will happen, so this is not date-setting. This prophecy is at least 1,260 days/42 months/ time, times, and half a time away. But I feel utterly confident that it’s not too terribly far away.