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Israel Now Quickly Coming Under Increased Stress

Several decisive moves impacting Israel’s position among her neighbors and enemies dwelling in her midst have just been completed. We see all of them as important in the destabilization of Israel, its continued denigration by the nations, and its overtly increasing danger from the powers hostile to it “round about.”

In short, Israel is increasingly being “squeezed” by its intractable enemies – but she is making advances of her own to counter those threats ...

1.      Bearing upon Israel beyond its ability to circumvent, the UN Security Council recently passes a (non-binding) Resolution declaring any “settlement” activity in the “West Bank” as being in violation of international law. For additional information, please read the article below: Obama Abandons Israel to the Wolves

We understand that this “legal condemnation” means that Israeli diplomats who travel to other countries may be subject to arrest as war criminals, and might be subjected to criminal prosecution before the World Court in the Hague. It may also enable Israel’s enemies to mount court cases against Israeli citizens and organizations for “war crimes” based on this Resolution. This Resolution is highly significant because there is no known route for its erasure or nullification by Israel.

2.     Almost as soon as President Trump took his seat in the Oval Office, Israel announced approval of 2500 new housing units in the vicinity of Jerusalem, including Ma’ale Adumim, an eastern Jerusalem enclave which was established over 20 years ago. Predictably, the Islamic world is enraged. Mr. Trump, uncharacteristically, did not commented on Israel’s announcement immediately, but later suggested that Israel softpedal such announcements to make everyone’s task easier; we can only imagine the words which the former president should have leveled at Israel for such a “violation” of norms.

3.     An Iranian Shi’a cleric in Tehran, Muquada al-Sadr, a political and militia leader closely allied to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) gave an inflammatory speech last Tuesday, declaring his intention to “send an army of his followers to ‘liberate Jerusalem’ if US President Donald Trump moves forward with his stated intention to move the US Embassy” to the Holy City. Al-Sadr added the opinion that such a move would be considered a “declaration of war on Islam,” and reportedly made many other threats against the US and Israel specifically, and against the West in general. [How frightened Bibi and his people must be!!]

4.     In the face of these threats, Israel and the US have jointly announced the successful final tests of two critical Israeli missile defense systems – David’s Sling (in Israel, it is called Magic Wand) and Arrow 3. The Israeli firm Rafael, along with the Boeing Airplane Corp., and Lockheed Martin Aviation, have developed these and other systems during the past few years. These named systems are now designated as operational; they are now fully ready to protect Israel from any missile threats from Iran, Hezbollah in Lebanon, or Hamas in Gaza – or any other rogue power near enough to harm the Jewish State. We see these new weapons as a blessing from our LORD as he continually reassures Israel and its people (perhaps in a subliminal way) of His protection (whether they realize it being irrelevant or not; we see it and firmly believe it).

5.     It has been reported that President Trump is preparing to sign an Executive Order directing an austere reduction of potential US funds distribution in several areas of interest; these include a directive that the US Treasury cease funding for UN agencies that recognize “Palestine” as a state. Closely allied to this new level of cooperation with Israel, several Israeli lawmakers as well as the prime minister himself, are planning trips to Washington in the near term to meet with their counterparts in the new Administration. We see this newly increased level of US friendship and cooperation with Israel as inflammatory to every one of the vile enemies of Israel, and a possible trigger for increased resistance on both the military and political fronts in both countries.

6.     Although the threat to Israel from Hamas in the Gaza Strip has seemed to diminish in the last several months, the threat from Hezbollah in Lebanon is still simmering. That Iran-backed terrorist organization is reported to have over an hundred thousand missiles ready to launch against Israel in case of hot conflict. But Israel says it has many of these sites already verified and targeted with artillery of its own, and that the threat does not intimidate the Jewish State.  But this ongoing, menacing stance of an arms-length enemy is worrying to the Israeli leaders, who see it as only one of several short- and long-term threats bearing down upon them.

7.      When Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with President Trump next week, almost any outcome of their meeting will be at hazard for disagreement and a dim view by the “Palestinians” and their numerous friends around the world – and might trigger any of a great many reactions from them beyond just words … additional encroachments upon the Jewish State from any quarter … or renewed knife attacks upon its civilians.

Our thinking it that the fuse of this time bomb has long been preserved, dry and ready to light; and it seems only about six inches long. Fireworks enthusiasts realize that such a short fuse brings its resultant explosion in almost instantly. As we have stated recently, the noose about Israel is steadily tightening. The powers doing the tightening do not realize that there is a limit to such tension – and it may be that one such move by their enemies will trigger the event of the ages, the return of Jesus Christ to the earth to exert His power against Israel’s enemies. Their enemies are their enemies!

    <HEL> ~1000 words.



An Exciting Prospect for Today

Consideration of a Letter to the Editor

One gratifying benefit of doing an electronic “blog” such as eTPL, is that readers often respond with meaningful notes of appreciation (and sometimes of disagreement); both should be profitable to any editor because each prompts further, deeper consideration of the subject in question.

The following hopeful note, which we believe significant, was received by us on Saturday, January 14th …


Dear Brother Harold,

The next seven days could be very important in the history of the world. While the world is expecting to see a new President inaugurated in the White House, it may be surprised if a new leader appears on the scene in the Middle East.

Whether events are leading to the Lord’s return at this juncture, we do not know and must not allow our expectations to be aroused overmuch; but I would be surprised if some event of significance does not occur. 

With the Pope’s receiving Mahmoud Abbas today at the Vatican and opening the “embassy of Palestine,” the French convening their peace conference tomorrow, and UN Security Council meeting again on Tuesday, there is much talk of peace and security as it relates to the peoples in the holy land.  We shall watch with great interest.

      Your fellow watchman for Israel’s hope, _________

Our comments: The meeting between the pope and Mahmoud Abbas of the “Palestinian” Authority was held on Saturday, January 14, and lasted 23 minutes. According to NBC News, their meeting “looked ahead to Sunday’s international peace conference” in Paris.

But at the meeting, the pope made it clear that an agreement signed last year, making the Vatican’s de facto recognition of Palestine in 2012 official, has come into effect.

Hence the reason for having established a Palestinian Embassy at the Vatican.

Operational since last October, the embassy was officially announced on Saturday at the meeting. It brings into effect the full-bl0wn treaty between the Vatican and “Palestine” which was signed in June, 2016, when it demanded moves to end the Israel-Palestinian conflict, and backed a two-state solution.

The “Palestinian” leader also did not miss an opportunity to criticize the movement of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – a move which is said to be an imminent possibility as soon as President-Elect Trump takes office next Friday.  Abbas said such a move would retard the “peace process” and would not be advisable – ominous words which, if they had real backing, would be frightening to some.

These moves place the pope on precisely the wrong side of this entire discussion – dividing God’s land. Of all people on earth, one should think that the pope, as “supreme leader” of the world’s “Christians,” would be aware of God’s prohibition of anyone dividing His Land: Joel 3:2.

The Paris “peace conference” held yesterday (Sunday) is yet another feckless matter.

No innovative ideas militating toward true Israeli-Palestinian peace were put forward. The councils of men are at their most frustrated ends.

Instead, the conference ended by proposing that Secretary of State John Kerry’s six proposals of last December’s long-winded departure speech be placed in effect as a framework within which to work – themselves being old, outworn, clichés of expectation and theoretically proper solutions which have failed multiple times in the past.

Neither the Palestinian Authority nor Israel participated.

One pundit said it looked like a wedding without the bride and groom.

In considering these now rapid moves toward a “showdown” between Israel and the “Palestinians,” we are seeing what may be the final insults in a long string of compromising moves directed against Israel by everyone concerned in that process.

Our belief is that some such group of similar actions will become the tripwire to the final Confrontation of Israel with its neighbors round about – and the Second Advent of our LORD from the heavens.

But as our correspondent advised, we must not allow our expectations to be aroused overmuch … that is to say that the informed follower of our LORD must quietly observe and fervently hope for the outcome that we know is certain to come – that is, be patient ... and confident of our Hope.

Our wonderment is that our Father has withheld His annoyance in this matter for so long.

It is as if He is willing and determined to allow the intentions of the worldly adversaries of Israel to make their case so clearly evident that even the most disinterested and least-studious observer will be able to see the distinct direction of all these insults, and their ultimate affront to YHVH’s prophesied destiny for His newly-regathering People, Israel, in their future Promised Land.

Even that result will be a retrospective one, however, because the “world” has not clue as to the prophesied outcome of this conflict, even though it has been on nearly every bookshelf of every household of most of the world for hundreds of years, but has not been consulted by them, not investigated … and not believed.

As such, these recent rapid moves forward in the world’s aggression of Israel, heightens our hope that the faithful are nearing the final days of their probation … indeed, that a new Leader may appear on the scene in the Middle East.    

<HEL 1Q> ~850 words. Jan. 16, 2017


Obama Abandons Israel to the Wolves

An eTPL Analysis

H. E. Lafferty

We intend to assist readers to make some sense of recent events in the UN Security Council as they relate to Israel.

On December 23rd, a condemnatory motion toward Israel was tabled in the Security Council of the UNO in New York. Contrary to its usual practice, the United States abstained from voting on this resolution, causing it to pass by a vote of 14 (14 in favor, to one abstention – that of the USA). An abstaining move just says, in effect, we don’t really care about the outcome and will not reject it; abstention is essentially a “yes” vote in nearly every case.

It was a move that surprised hardly any knowledgeable observers of current history, this utter betrayal of America’s friend in the Middle East (and really, her only friend).

By omitting even a single stroke of a pen (a “No” vote), Barack Hussein Obama knifed Israel in the back as surely as some of the lone wolves of Hamas, running amok in Jerusalem, have done to individual Israelis in recent years.

The difference is that Israel will not die as a result of this grave injury.

As to the present state of world jurisprudence, this “knife attack” by Obama upon Israel has indeed done great legal harm to God’s people.

That is, it has done great harm if one respects and upholds the stolid diplomatic weight of the UN Security Council (UNSC).

We believe that the “authority” of the UNSC is overrated in many ways by its acolytes. But their admiration and support for it does have meaning on the public stage – and will hurt Israel palpably as events move forward into the future.

Indeed, among other atrocious provisions, it deprives Israelis of the right legally to worship at the Western Wall.

It restores all of the Old City absolutely to Arab control, including Temple Mount and the Jewish Quarter (occupied by Jews for well over 2,000 years!).

It delegitimizes all Israeli communities within what is known as “the West Bank” (Judea and Samaria, including Jerusalem).

The legal implications of this UNSC Resolution can only move the disputing parties closer to open hostility – a move that is never very far away from reality. And the ultimate winner has already been proclaimed in holy writ – Israel and its beloved People – hands down!

DebkaFile analysts have voiced that conclusion (of certain future warfare) in a dispatch which states that the “UNSC resolution promotes Mid East war,” in a report filed on December 24th.

It is reported to have stated that “The United States did not abandon Israel by its abstention from vetoing the UN Security Council resolution condemning settlements that was passed Friday, December 23, 2016 …. The one who (did) abandon Israel was US President Barack Obama – and not for the first time.”

The article goes on to give these meaningful details:

“During his eight years in office, Obama let Israel down at least three times on issues that jeopardized its security ….

“One of the first consequences of his 2011 ‘Arab Spring’ initiative was the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak as Egyptian president, and his direct promotion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s takeover of power in Cairo.

“Four years later, Obama turned his back on Israel to award Iran favored status. Iran was allowed to retain the infrastructure of its military nuclear program as well as (to) continue to develop ballistic missiles, with the help of an infusion of $250 billion in US and European sanctions relief.

“In the latest UN Security Council resolution, Israel is reprimanded on the score that ‘all Israeli settlement activities in the Occupied (sic) Palestinian (sic) Territory, including East Jerusalem, are illegal under international law and constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two-state solution.’”

This last act of defiance of Israel, and repudiation of Obama support for the Jewish State and its survival, may not be the last one. There are yet three weeks remaining of his term of office in which he can do further harm. We intend to observe these closely and knowledgably.

Our considered opinion is that Obama shall try to do further harm to Israel in his last days in office. You see, he, and the entire Democratic Party, had believed firmly that Hillary Clinton would be elected president and would be instrumental in continuing Obama’s “legacy,” dubious as that may appear.

But now, with critically little time remaining, Obama has had to make adjustments to his conduct and to try to cram all his personal animosity for Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel itself into his final few weeks in office.

 After that time, he probably realizes that he will not be at the forefront of the news (don’t trust in that probability!) and thus will not be held accountable for his vile actions against the loyal US ally in the Mid East, Israel.

This analyst realizes full well that Barack Obama was placed in the office of president of the United States for some distinctive purpose by the election of the LORD God Almighty (cf., Daniel 4: 17).

Whether or not we mortals are able to determine that reason is a moot point. But, given the gravity of – and the long-term effect of – this abstention on December 23rd, might this not be a candidate for thinking it to be of that level of importance?

Think of it! This was the first time the US had allowed an anti-Israel motion to be passed by abstaining from voting.

Most objective observers (conservatives!) see this as a parting shot against Israel by President Obama to cap his acrimonious relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Why was the abstention important?

It gained prime resonance because of the details which were allowed to pass into the legislation of the UNSC (Resolution 2334) – be that of however much importance one thinks.

 The resolution stated that “Israel must immediately and completely cease all settlement (sic) activities in the occupied (sic) Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem ….” And not only that, the wording reaffirmed for a second time that “all Israeli settlement (sic) activities in the occupied (sic) Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem, are  illegal under international law, and  constitute a major obstacle to the achievement of peace on the basis of the two-state solution.”

And even more egregiously, Debka has reported that a senior official in Jerusalem accused President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry of secretly conniving with the Palestinians to cook up an extreme anti-Israel resolution behind Israel’s back – one “that would provide a tailwind for terror and boycotts.”

This latter accusation is said to be supported by reliable Israeli intelligence sources, but that the information will not be shared with the current White House … instead, that the principals in Israel will readily share it with Mr. Trump when he becomes president on January 20th.

The Israelis are sensibly by-passing the authority (and even the disdainful presence!) of Obama, relegating him to “the dustbin of history,” asserting that they will only deal with honest brokers in future!

They are declaring their feelings of “good riddance” as to Barack Obama and his Secretary of State, John Kerry, whose 74-minute rant before the State Department on Wednesday, reinforced only the past, failed initiative of the last eight years, all of which honed in pointedly on a “two-state solution” to the Israeli-Arab dispute.

In our opinion, that is a “solution” as deadly as one of crack heroin dissolved in 180-proof ethyl alcohol!

It is a “solution” which is NOT recognized by YHVH, the God of Israel, and is so stated through His Prophet Joel, in 3:2 – a statement of YHVH from ancient time, which has never been abrogated or changed.

Previous “dividers” have been Great Britain (1922) and the United Nations Organization (1947).

Both have suffered greatly for their trouble – and for their insensitivity to the will of the Almighty God.

The present initiative, against which the veto power of the US has not been exerted, would seek the same ends – division of God’s Land.

Like the others, this initiative shall fail in the end, resulting in a glorious time when Zion is elevated above the hills, and a Great King occupies the Throne of David which shall be erected in that holy hill, in that Seat of the First Dominion of the Kingdom of God on the earth!

<HEL 12P> ~1400 words. Published December 31, 2016.


Britain – Swinging Toward Unqualified Support of Israel?

 An eTPL Analysis

Since taking office a mere few weeks ago, Theresa May, Britain’s new prime minister, has shaken the nation’s conscience in perhaps unexpected ways.

  More strongly than her predecessors, PM May supports closer ties of Britain with Israel.

 Speaking to the Conservative Friends of Israel on December 12th , she strongly urged greater cooperation with Israel “on healthcare, cyber security and counterterrorism efforts.”
 Reinforcing her recommendation, she added the significant note that the Balfour Declaration “had been one of the most important letters in history” and pledged that she would work toward the government’s celebration of next year’s 100th anniversary of the document “with pride."
The move toward closer cooperation (and by implication, a friendlier relationship) with Israel can only benefit Great Britain in both the long- and short-term.
 Israel is well recognized to have made advances in all three of the noted fields of science that are unprecedented in other nations.
 For this reason, Israel attracts more new venture capital (start-ups of companies and industries) than any other country of its size by far – and more proportionally than any other nation except perhaps the USA.
 Giant American corporations are consistently reported to be investing huge sums in research and development within Israel, building incubators with Israelis universities for commercial enterprise, and utilizing to the fullest the country’s immense resource of highly trained scientists and engineers who are expert in these fields of vital interest.
 Israel’s interests are Britain’s interests.
 That seems to be her not-so-subtle message to her peers.
 And it is also tacit admission that the relationship between the two nations has not been the best in recent years – in fact, never.
 In so stating, PM May has declared her government’s unwavering support for Israel.
 That alone, in our opinion, will bring blessings to the British people and their leaders.
 In other releases, she has proclaimed her opposition to boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel by Britain and the British people; in addition, she has reiterated her commitment to expunging anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial from British society.
 It will be a weedy row to hoe given the opposition to Israel of Britain’s Muslim population, whose hatred for Israel is continuously festering and boiling over throughout the country.
 This is indeed a new departure of the generalized, official British attitude toward Israel! It might go some distance toward reversing the general attitude of Brits toward Israel.
 A recent poll revealed that numerically more Brits are suspicious of the motives of Israelis than are suspicious of Iranians! But Ms.
 May also voiced one note with which we cannot agree or concede: she stated that “direct negotiations, ‘without preconditions,’ offered the only plausible blueprint for a peaceful resolution to Israel’s ongoing conflict with the Palestinians.
” Well, perhaps so, by her standards.
 But Believers could not expect that she would be apprised of the real solution to Israel’s conflict with its neighbors – namely, erasure of them, by utter conquest of those neighbors by Israel in the near future, which is our considered conviction in the matter – the Biblical solution of course, not the humanitarian approach of the chief regents and diplomats of the world.
 Along the same train of thought, President-elect Donald Trump has made the statement that one of his many near-term goals is to bring about a peaceful settlement between Israel and the “Palestinians,” an initiative which has successfully and decisively eluded ALL his predecessors.
 It cannot and shall not be done by human hand! Bill Clinton, after many years of unsuccessful (and failed) negotiations, related the ironic statement to Yasser Arafat and others that “whom the gods have decided to destroy, they assign the task of bringing peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
” PM May ended her remarks of December 12th with the appreciative proclamation that Israel is "a thriving democracy, a beacon of tolerance, an engine of enterprise and an example to the rest of the world for overcoming adversity and defying disadvantages.
” In that praiseworthy declaration she is correct.
 But that advantage is itself Biblical throughout, as the Almighty’s purpose for His People of the end time, when this long-term prophecy was given Moses by God: Deuteronomy 8:18 - But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
 That He is now well-advanced in “establishing His covenant” with Israel cannot be doubted by faithful, studious scholars of the words of Bible prophecy.
 At the same time, the burgeoning wealth of Israel cannot be denied.
 The inversion of generalized Jewish prospect and expectation has been stupendous – and against all human intuition or anticipation.
 Clearly, the angel of the LORD is actively working with His People in these end times, to bring both His People and the nations to glorify and honor His great name! Daniel 12: 1-3.

 ~900 words. December 16, 2016.

Gog as Distinct from the King of the North

An eTPL Analysis

H E Lafferty

Our intention is to publish at least several short, pin-pointed scriptural discussions on this subject as we have come to several conclusions which disagree with some others who may not have studied it nearly as analytically.

This is the first installment …

Our contention is that Gog is NOT the King of the North as described by Daniel 11: 40-45, and that that account is entirely different from Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Please stay with us while we discuss the finer points which are given in the scriptures as to their distinct differences.


1.   Note that Daniel specifically points out that Moab, Ammon and Edom (Jordan, on today’s map) “escape” the king of the north’s (KofN) invasion. Daniel 11: 41.

How is this account entirely different from the prophecy of Ezekiel?

One difference Ezekiel states is that in his narrative, no mention at all of these three entities (equivalent to modern Jordan). Some would claim that to argue from omissions is not strong; perhaps it is not, but it is a significant difference in any consideration.

We discuss some of the additional differences in this article, and intend to discuss others in future dispatches. The brethren of Christ above all people should be able to discern the differences – which are multiple.

Their ONLY similarity lies in that they both come from “the north.” That aspect is addressed below …

Every other aspect of these two accounts is mutually exclusive.

Just for clarity of this discussion, the author of this article holds that the invasion of the land in 1517 by the Ottoman Turks, combating Egypt (then king of the south), is the only account of the last king of the north – a conclusion of that prophecy having been reached when the British drove the Ottomans out of the Land of Promise in 1917.

Others disagree with this conclusion, still believing the older interpretation, that the account in Daniel 11: 40-45 is merely another narrative of Ezekiel 38 and 39, despite the MANY differences in the two accounts as to timing, premise, location, confederates, and ultimate outcome; and there are multiple other differences ...

That view in our opinion admits serious deficiency in analyzing and comparing the two accounts!

There are several huge inconsistencies with this notion.

If Daniel 11: 40-45 is identical with Ezekiel 38 and 39, then we must also admit that the accounts given as prophecy in many other locations depict the same events and must be included in the consideration, for they strongly infer the defeat of the nations “round about” Israel within this conflict – an admitted feature of Ezekiel 38 and 39 if they may be proven to be the same conflict.

So they too must be careful along with Gog and its destiny if that is true.

Instead, the author holds that these various campaigns cannot and will not occur simultaneously. If they are not parallel accounts of the same conflict then they must be mutually exclusive, for they cannot be fulfilled twice.

 Yet, they MUST be bundled together if they be considered as the same conflict.

This necessity presents a conundrum.

This discussion is advanced for the consideration of some of these differences.

Daniel’s account of the (supposed) Gogian invasion partially reads …

Daniel 11:41He (the KofN, also considered by some as “GOG”) shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt … and the picture of the KofN conquest is completed in the next phrase: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

But where is the involvement in this account of Moab, Ammon and Edom with the Gogian invader as clearly and unmistakably related in Ezekiel?

Hint: they are not mentioned at all!

 [This author believes that is because that in that future day these entities no longer exist, but have become part of Greater Israel in an earlier conflict.[i] For the Gogian burial ground that is stated to  be “in Israel” of that day demands that Israel conquer those territories “east of the sea,” a portion of which shall be designated Hamon-gog. Whether one believes this designation is east of the Sea of Galilee, or whether it is east of the Dead Sea, BOTH these areas today are in the hands of Islam – either Syria or Jordan. They are NOT in Israel. A great victory of Israel over her proximal enemies must therefore be in the offing prior to the invasion of Gog.]


2.   Only three entities in the target region challenge Gog in any way according to the record: these are Sheba, Dedan, and the Merchants of Tarshish – which we understand occupy the lower eastern and southern districts of the Saudi Peninsula, adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the shipping portal (the mercantile aspect) for the preponderance of the petroleum output of the Saudis.

If Gog has come down into the land as in the narrative of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and be presumed to have occupied Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and to have conquered Israel and Egypt as some have claimed, it would be highly unlikely that Gog would have ignored modern day Jordan (Edom, Moab and Ammon), with its abundance of oil shales – which are approximately six times the size of Israel’s deposits].

That single deposit of oil shales is more than six times greater than all the liquid reserves of petroleum known to be possessed by Saudi Arabia at the present time!

Why would “Gog” ignore that treasure?

Yet Daniel specifically says that the King of the North (whom we believe to have been the Ottomans) did ignore that region [because oil shale, had its existence even been known, would have had no significance for them at all]!

Another important point: The narrative given in Daniel 11 does not mention “Israel” at all, nor a people dwelling without bars or gates, dwelling in peace and security – a condition absolutely essential as almost inviting the Gogian invasion; it does not mention any wealth of the land of Palestine at all (for there IS NONE known at that time) – and almost NO population at all. Instead, Daniel’s prophecy focuses on the wealth of Egypt.

But when the text is examined critically, Gog’s objective is singular – it is specifically to “spoil the despoilers” (Israel: Ezekiel 38:12), a statement which relates to a power that has at that time taken, and at that time possesses, great wealth from other nations.

That specific achievement is described as applicable to Israel in one of the controversial (and necessary to be justified) texts:  Zechariah 14:14  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

How can this scenario be achieved if Gog has previously come down and conquered Israel, and driven their population into Egypt??

How can Israel be conceived to have that magnitude of power and such enormous, assembled wealth at that time and yet to have been overrun by the Gogian host?

The two accounts are entirely incompatible as occurring at the same time. [If all these accounts (and those referred to below) all occur at the same time, there is an impasse, with no explanation! Yet these various accounts, when their differences are admitted and catalogued, are perfectly compatible with the scriptural sequence of the campaigns of Israel and the Christ of the Second Advent conquering those nations well before the Gogian host assembles and invades Greater Israel.

There is not recorded even a peep of resistance or any manner of interrogation as to Gog’s intentions from Moab, Ammon and Edom (modern day Jordan) in the Ezekiel prophecy.

There is not one word of inquiry from them.

Why is this so?

We believe it is because those polities have already been erased by the events of the Second Advent.

At the same time, it is absolutely certain that Gog’s incursion into the northern fringe of the Saudi territories would cause great concern to Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants, as Gog would seem to be encroaching upon and threatening their own territories.


3.   Now … further clarification of this point above: if the Gogian host indeed succeeds in conquering all the territory mentioned above, then the records of the conflicts of Psalm 83, Obadiah, Isaiah 63, Isaiah 11, Ezekiel 34-36,  Zechariah 10-14,  and others all must be concluded at the same time

All of them will be imminently involved in the Gogian invasion if the prophecies depict the same war.

Once conquered, the group of nation-states of Psalm 83, for example, cannot be re-conquered in yet another invasion; such a proposal is folly!

This theorem is completely inconsistent with the Gogian invasion of Ezekiel 38/39 IF IT BE EQUATED WITH THE WARFARE pictured in all those separate (and distinct, in our studied view) accounts which pictures Edom’s destruction in full, along with ALL the powers that are presently located between the Rivers, and are actively fighting Israel at this present time!


Conclusion at this point: The invasion of the land of Palestine in 1517 by the Ottoman Empire in its battle with Egypt – and its total defeat in 1917 by Britain – completely fulfilled the last six verses of Daniel 11.

This account is now history; it is extremely valuable as an example of fulfilled prophecy, but cannot be expected to bear upon future events.

On the other hand, the account of the Gogian invasion must be justified with all the twenty-odd specific, unmistakable references to Gog’s demise within the confines of Ezekiel 38 and 39. The only definitive account that is given of the Gogian affair is found only in these two chapters, as well as one other brief mention, in Revelation 20.


4.   Gog’s ambition is to “spoil the despoilers” (Israel of that day), but its stated destiny does not square with that ambition.

According to Ezekiel, Gog, contrary to its plans of “spoiling the despoilers,” almost immediately inherits graves “in Israel” at a location east of the Sea of Galilee (Young), in perhaps the valley of the Yarmouk River, which is at this time is NOT “in Israel,” but is the international boundary between Jordan and Syria.

The final conclusion that dedicated students of God’s word must make is that Gog achieves no success whatever in its attempt to conquer Israel of that day. [Our studied opinion is that this is fact because Israel’s Messiah is at that time occupying the Throne of David on Mount Zion, and cannot be assailed by a puny mob such as the Gogian host.]

We implore readers to pay attention to words of reason and logic, and to be more diligent in their studies – to recognize the vast differences in these prophesied events – and to “rightly handle the word of truth” as given for our admonition and edification.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (2)

An eTPL Analysis

This is the second insertion in this short series on this subject. We urge readers to open their Bibles and follow the references for the best understanding of  them.

Further differences between the two named entities are these …


5.   There are Two Entirely Different Causes of the two conflicts.

The King of the South “pushes at” the King of the North in Daniel 11, prompting an opposite reaction from the latter. The KofN takes this opportunity to chase his enemy (Egypt) all the way back home and place Egypt under tribute. There is no nation of “Israel” in that day, and hardly any dwellers in the Land. In doing so, the KofN merely “passes over the glorious land” on his southern campaign toward Cairo.

On the other hand, the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38 and 39 is not aggressed by an enemy at all, but conceives an evil thought – that of going down upon a people regathered  from the nations, one which is rebuilding its homeland from its former desolation, and which is dwelling without walls or gates, completely at peace and in visible safety (Ezek. 38: 8, 11, 14 being three separate statements of this fact).

Its stated objective is to capture great wealth and goods from Israel.


6.   The Home Territories of the kings of north and south of Daniel 11, versus Gog …

What territories are occupied by the kings of the north? Turkey – the land of the Seleucids always, with no exceptions, sometimes including adjacent lands.

And by the kings of the south? Egypt – the land of the Ptolemies, always – n0 exceptions.

What territory is designated as being inhabited by the Gogian host? It is the uttermost north. If one follows the Jerusalem meridian northward it crosses the Moscow parallel about eight degrees east of that capital – and further north is only the polar regions. It is indeed the uttermost part of the north.

As a matter of direct interest, here are the exact figures: the GPS address of the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem is  31 deg., 46.31 minutes North, and 35 deg., 14.07 minutes East. This eastern measurement is taken as east of Greenwich, England, the location of the Prime Meridian by man-made standards. Now … the Kremlin’s Moscow’s address is 55 deg., 45.04 minutes  North, and 37 deg., 36.55 minutes East. The difference in the two longitudinal distances is the indicator of Moscow being just a scant 2.25 degrees east of Jerusalem – no statistical difference whatever. As a comparison, Constantinople (headquarters of the Ottoman Caliphate) is not directly north of Jerusalem, but is located only at 29 degrees East – a wide distance at its latitude.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (3)

An eTPL Analysis


This is the third portion in this short series on this subject. We urge readers to open their Bibles and follow the references for the best understanding of  them.

Further differences between the two named entities are these …


7.   The Time Slot of the invasion of the last king of the north of Daniel 11: prior to the “resurrection” of Israel from the nations as described in the prophet’s next chapter: Daniel 12.  This prophecy occurs before there is a nation of “Israel,” before there was any large influx of Jews back to the land. The Turk is called the “desolator” because that caliphate forbade any significant number of Jews from entering Palestine of the day. The Balfour Declaration was not issued until about five weeks before Allenby captured Jerusalem.

Only AFTER the end of the king of the north’s hegemony over the desolated land of Israel could the Land be opened for the initial and early resettlement of the Jews under the auspices of the World Zionist Organization (WZO).

The time slot of the Gogian invasion is clearly AFTER the regathering of Israel in large part from the Diaspora, and not at its birth at all. Only by that feature of its having become mature is there an “Israel” present (and possessing great wealth) as the capable and desirable object of the attack of Gog.


8.   The Goals of the Two Invaders are Entirely Different. The Ottomans are not said to be coming after any monetary or even territorial reward from “Israel,” as there IS NO ISRAEL when he invades the land. The Ottoman king of the north, contrary to the later-arriving Gogian host, “overflows the land and passes over” it, unhindered by any force whatever, and enters into Egypt, extending its hegemony even to the western territories of Libya and the southern regions of Ethiopia (Kuwsh). The Ottomans occupied Palestine and Egypt for 400 years.

On the other hand, while the Gogians intend to “cover the land,” their efforts are prematurely cut off by a great earthquake which is followed by the six terrible, divine plagues which shall shower down upon the Gogian host. The Gogian host never occupies (in the sense of controlling) ANY of Israel at all. Instead, it inherits an enormous burial ground “in Israel.”


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (4)

An eTPL Analysis


Further differences between the two named entities are these …


9.   Consider also The Level of Maturity of the nation of Israel, as it exists during these two (widely separated) events. The humanistic “mother” of Israel was the World Zionist Organization (WZO). It was this particular Jewish group, obviously under the divine control of the Almighty, that brought the Israeli infant to birth in 1948. Micah 5 directly speaks of this rebirth of God’s people in verse 3, forecasting that “WHEN she who is to give birth (actually) gives birth, THEN shall the remnant of his brethren return unto the (land of) the children of Israel.” It could not occur beforehand.

There is a sure order of procession in this affair … and it leads from the neonatal state to the nation’s certain future development of maturity, toward the Second Coming of the LORD from heaven.

This birth-event could only follow on the events of the liberation of the land at the time of the last end of the king of the north (the Ottoman empire of Daniel 11) – opening it to the marvelous development (their “resurrection” from the nations) that we have experienced; it was an event which saw Israel grow from its earliest uncertain beginnings into the mature nation that one views today.

Indeed, when the Ottomans invaded Palestine in 1517, passing through the Land in its pursuit of the Egyptian army, there was NO Israel, no significant population, no “spoil and prey” as magnet for the covetous Gogians, and no People gathered back from the nations, dwelling in peace and safety, without bars or gates … just as it is described in Daniel 11.

The glorious land was a prize of no consequence to the Ottomans as clearly shown in this chapter.

But, when the Gogian host invades Israel, the State of Israel is pictured as already mature, strong and viable – as “an exceeding great army” (Ezekiel 37:10) having emerged from the Valley of Dry Bones, having had its bones joined to each other, sinews laid upon them, standing upon their feet, and breathing the breath of life into their lungs – a living, functioning, successful polity among the other nations. It is a formidable nation among the other nations.

These widely-separated assaults are clearly conducted …

… at different times, and

… for different reasons,

… resulting in different endings,

… accomplishing different purposes,

… and with the attacking forces suffering entirely different ends.

These distinctive differences illustrate again, that these entities are entirely separate and distinct from each other!


10.                The Levels of Resistance Against these Two Invaders is also not comparable. When the King of the North (the Ottoman KofN of Daniel 11) attacked the King of the South (Egypt), what comparative resistance did the Ottomans receive as compared to the Gogian host? As one reads in Daniel, there was not any observable (or recorded) resistance to the invasion of the Land by the Ottomans – none whatever – because the Land was almost uninhabited. It lay desolate, forgotten, forlorn, untilled, untended, strewn with rocks and debris, gullied, fallow and useless.

The prophecy of Daniel dealt with that condition in its sparse, almost-aside, almost passive reference to the Ottomans’ actions: Daniel 11:40 … he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. 41 He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

The mien of the Gogian host is markedly the opposite!

It is specifically against … the mountains of Israel … a people brought forth out of the nations … dwelling safely, all of them … as specified in 38:8. Its goal is to “spoil the despoilers” of their newly acquired wealth. Egypt does not enter the picture at all, not even being mentioned in the text.

Two of Gog’s allies at that time are Libya and Ethiopia (Cuwsh). These two nations are listed in Daniel 11, as well, but in that conflict are said to be “at his steps,” which means under his feet – his footstool – his avowed conquests … who paid, as did Egypt, tribute to Constantinople for hundreds of years.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (5)

An eTPL Analysis


This is the fifth portion in this short series on this subject. We urge readers to open their Bibles and follow the references for the best understanding of  them.

Further differences between the two named entities are these …


11.                The Entities’ Final Status is Markedly Different: The Ottoman King of the North “comes to his end with none to help,” and is driven back inside his Anatolian homeland and is not destroyed at all, as indicated by Daniel’s account, comparable to that of Ezekiel’s account of Gog’s complete destruction.

Also, Turkey was allowed by the Allies to remain as an intact nation, but was rapidly changed into a republic by its newly arisen leader, Gemal Ataturk – the only sense in which it disappears.   

There is NO record of any huge or excessive number of Turkish casualties – the greatest number would have been at Megiddo – but their hands-down defeat in all their battles is indicated. There was certainly no great mound of rotting corpses lying unburied for consumption by the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

On the other hand, the fate of the last King of the South (Egypt) is clearly described in Daniel 11. His ill-considered, fatal movement against the Ottoman King of the North caused an equal and opposite reaction of the King of the North.

For nearly three verses, the King of the North vigorously conducted a pell-mell pursuit of Egyptian forces southward as described – and ends with Egypt being placed in tribute to Constantinople, and with Ethiopia and Libya being “at his steps” (meaning, subservient to him); and indeed, both did also pay tribute to Constantinople for many years on pain of having the Turks re-invade and destroy them outrightly.

No massive destruction of these southern forces is indicated – and no central burial ground “in Israel” as is said of Gog.

In extreme contrast, the final end of the Gogian host is decisively and utterly clear: it is destroyed IN Israel of the day, and is buried in a designated burial ground (Hamon-gog), “east of the sea” of Galilee (Young).

The obvious conclusion is that Ezekiel’s prophecy does not take into consideration ANYONE called “the king of the south.” That phrase is confined completely to Daniel 11, as is the phrase “king of the north.” Students must assign no such certain identity to any such entity in any other context (such as Ezekiel’s account) for it does not concern such an entity.

In Ezekiel 38/39, Just Who is the King of the South? For several years we have heard many suggestions as to the identity of an un-referenced Resistance – a “King of the South” in the Ezekiel account.

The problem is, no such power is named in the prophecy at all; and neither is any “king of the north;” instead, Gog is said to be from the “north parts.”

There is no indication of any pitched battles as Gog approaches Israel of that future day as is prominently noted in the prophecy of Daniel 11 – so where is there any indication of a resisting King of the South?

There is none whatever.

Some readers will grasp at the bruised reed of a Resistance movement by citing the question posed by “Sheba, Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish,” about which we have already commented.  Some have gone as far as to label these as “king of the south!”

How could they possibly be?

Can anyone be serious in claiming that this interrogation by these three (really two) puny entities of the South are any valid source of resistance at all to Gog? 

Theirs is a question of frightened uncertainty –  not of steadfast resistance to Gog – and does not even receive a cited answer!

It is quite evident that these south-dwellers of the Saudi Peninsula are earnestly inquiring whether Gog intends to come down and take their wealth as well as that of Israel. These have no army or navy of any consequence today, and no prospect of having such in that future time.

  Besides that, what level of resistance could these mount against an enemy as enormous as the Gogian host is described to be?

So, Who is Ezekiel’s “King of the South” (as above referenced), if Ezekiel and Daniel are parallel  accounts?

A common suggestion is that Britain will be King of the South in that conflict.

That is one of the means by which adherents to that theory try to make the two accounts equivalent to each other, although the text of the prophecy does not mention or even infer still another king of the south!

But when we study closely all the detailed movements of the kings of the north and south in Daniel 11 (again, we stress that ONLY this prophecy utilizes these labels), are all conducted on only these premises …

1.   The King of the North was always located to the north of Jerusalem.

2.   The King of the South was always located to the south of Jerusalem.

3.   They were certifiably labeled as one or the other after they had overrun Jerusalem – the focal point of  the prophecy. It has nothing to do with Cairo or Constantinople – just Jerusalem and its remnant of Jews who always persisted there; the Land and its People are the object of conflict and contention in this exhaustive prophetical-historical account.

4.   Each of these powers ALWAYS had their own imperial interest in mind when they attacked the opposite power which was at any time holding the Holy Land. (Note that the “treasure of Egypt” was the interest of the last king of the north in Daniel 11.) However, those who hold these accounts to be different versions of the same invasion will point to a (much different) “treasury” cited by Ezekiel – that is, the massive “spoil and prey” which shall then be owned by Israel, which draws Russia’s attention. This is obviously not the same accumulation of wealth being sought by the King of the North.  

Incidentally, this notable difference of premises for the attack also bears heavily upon the solution to the confusion. Please see details in insertion #2, above.

But the following details relate to that feature of the prophecy as well; please consider …

A reasonable evaluation of the intentions of Britain as it purposed to liberate Palestine from the Ottoman Turk, was NOT stated by their officials as being for its own imperial interests. We make this claim because of the issuance of the Balfour Declaration which had been issued just weeks prior to the conquest of Jerusalem as British forces from Egypt under Lord Allenby moved northward.

Britain was certifiably about to conquer Palestine in order to establish a Jewish homeland in it for the Jews of the world – not for British interests at all.

The almost immediate turnabout of Britain against this written intention has no bearing upon the original invasion and conquest. It was not undertaken for British imperial interests.

 Our conviction is that Britain’s rapid demise was initiated immediately after it turned its back upon the Jewish people and their great desire for an homeland. It was a modern day expression of the blessing given by YHVH to Abram in Genesis 12: … I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee

Our conclusion to this point is that Britain cannot possibly have fulfilled any role as “king of the south,” for that entity had, in the last six verses of Daniel 11, been erased from history never again to raise its unattractive head!

There had been given no prophetic “place” for a future king of the south.

Once the Land came under the control of a restored Israel, the possibility (even under the older scheme) would have obviated any further king of the south, because these always threatened the Jews when they were NOT in control of their own affairs – NOT present in the Land.

The steadfast promise of YHVH to Israel OF OUR DAY through Amos is certain and undeniable: Amos 9:14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

In our earnest opinion, based on this and several other prophecies spelling out the same level of concern for His People by YHVH, we state conclusively that NO power on earth shall ever again be able successfully to war against Israel. Although this does not amount to their presently dwelling “in the peace and security” of Ezekiel’s prophecy, their future is assured and protected by their Father – although His people are not yet convinced that that is so.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (6)

An eTPL Analysis


This is the sixth portion in this short series on this subject. We urge readers to open their Bibles and follow the references for the best understanding of  them.

Further differences between the two named entities are these …


12.                The Invasion Route of Both Entities is Identical?  Yes, it is indeed identical as being “from the north,” although we are aware that the Turkish troops who were sent to Palestine in 1917 (two entire Armies, by historical account) probably arrived mostly by steamship. Some apparently did come overland from their bases in Syria, passing down the coastal region of Lebanon.

From the prophecy of Ezekiel, it appears that the Gogian host assembles in the south of what is Syria today, and is attempting to enter the country which is Jordan today, by crossing the River Yarmouk, which is today the international boundary between Jordan and Syria. The qualifying word “today” is editorial on our part, because the Ezekiel account takes special pains to point out that the burial ground of Gog is “in Israel,” a condition which TODAY does not apply to the territories east of either the Sea of Galilee or the Dead Sea.

An extremely slender slice of land is controlled by Israel east of the Galilee, but within a few hundred meters one crosses over into Syria of today. It goes without proof (being clearly evident) that all the land east of the Dead Sea is now claimed by Jordan; so both parcels of possible burial grounds are presently (today) in the hands of Israel’s enemies – not in Israel’s hands.

Now. it is not uncommon for two different enemies to approach Palestine/Israel from the north, given that neither the Mediterranean Sea (west) nor the Jordanian-Saudi desert (east) offer an hospitable route. Only a southern entry is otherwise feasible – not applicable in this case because the enemy is approaching from the opposite direction. Even the far-eastern Babylonian assault upon Judea came from the north due to those armies’ necessity to follow the Fertile Crescent.


13.                The Military Presence of the Two is Entirely Different: As to the named King of the North, Daniel 11:45  states according to the A.V.: And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain … a translation that may be better rendered,  “And he shall pitch his palatial tents between the sea and the glorious holy mountain;” (RSV)

The meaning is greatly changed by this translation (contrasting to the A.V.), and reflects precisely how the Ottomans positioned their military headquarters when the threat from Britain came into their awareness.  The Porte moved two entire armies into Palestine; he placed his military headquarters (his palatial tents is a military term for a military field headquarters according to authorities) not in the mountainous, relatively inaccessible Jerusalem, but in Ramle – which is located near Tel Aviv-Jaffa today. That command post was maintained for several months as the Turks awaited the British invasion from the south.

That venue perfectly fits the RSV location of being between the (Mediterranean) sea and the glorious holy mountain (Jerusalem).

But now consider the actions of the Gogian host as to this requirement.

In our opinion, the prophecy of Ezekiel allows no opportunity for Gog to establish any permanent accommodations in Israel at all – and certainly none is specified.

It appears that, as soon as the movements of the Gogian host have progressed far enough into the Land to make its intentions clear to the world’s press and the world’s diplomats (who shall be observing this invasion with great interest), that the Gogian host is destroyed by the actions of the Almighty in Bashan (northern Jordan of today) at the central location of its forces. There is no hint whatever that the Gogian host progresses beyond that point – and certainly not to Jerusalem itself, for in our opinion, the Anointed Saviour is then occupying the Throne of David upon Mount Zion, and is going forward with the development of the infrastructure of His nascent kingdom.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (7)

An eTPL Analysis

14.                The Survivors of Each Group are Entirely Different:

Since Gog is distinctly said to be destroyed completely (no other textual version of which we are aware specifies that a sixth part will be left), in an extremely short period of time (24 hours? – one day? Ezekiel 39:11), there shall be NO survivors of this group of aggressors.

What about survivors of the King of the North of Daniel 11?

They are not even mentioned. Historical accounts indicate no huge number of dead Turks in Palestine – and certainly no slaughter even similar to that of the Gogian host (again, indication that these are separate and distinct from one another).

This description is therefore markedly different from the fate described for the Gogian host, to which several verses of the prophecy are devoted – the enormous destruction of war materiel, the massive loss of life, the carnage of that great day of destruction – probably in one twenty-four hour period (in contrast to the king of the north, whose demise is not only different, but takes a much longer period), and the extended period over which the dead are either interred or consumed by the raptors and the carnivorous beasts of that day. 

The matter-of-fact statement that, as to the King of the North, “he shall come to his end with none to help” tells the entire story – in greatly diminished degree from the account of the Gogian dead. Historically, the Turkish army was routed completely after the Battle of Megiddo, and fled northward through today’s Syria, and home to Anatolia.


15.                The Home Territories of These Two Northern Powers is Dissimilar. 

The King of the North is identified in its historical context with eastern Turkey, Iraq and Babylon – the Seleucid inheritance from Alexander the Great’s empire. Seleucus 1 Nicator was the first regent of this territory to the immediate north of Palestine. He later expanded it to the far east. But when Daniel wrote, he was awarded the initial allotment as stated, in our understanding.

Gog, on the other hand, is named Rhos in the Septuagint, which we know always to have been located in the far distant north – so far north that nothing lies between it and the north pole.

Thus the home territories of these two distinct enemies of God’s People are defined by their names in both historical and scriptural contexts!  ##


16.                The Actual Name of Gog is Revealed in Ezekiel; the Name of the King of the North is not Given.

The word “rosh” in Hebrew means “chief, or head.” But there is widespread recognition that the use of Rosh in Ezekiel indicates the proper name of a race of men.

The Hebrew lexicographer Gesenius says, "Rosh is the proper name of a northern nation mentioned along with Tubal and Meshech; without much doubt the same as the Russians, who are described by the Byzantine writers of the tenth century under the name, the Rhos, as inhabiting the northern parts of Taurus; and also by Ibn Fosslan, an Arabian writer of the same period, under the name Rus, as dwelling upon the river Rha, that is, the Volga." (noted from a Church of God website) 

We may note in this comment that the names Rosh, Rhos and Rus are the same name in three different languages.

Here is the LXX translation of Ezekiel 38: 1-3 - 1 "And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 2 Son of man, set thy face against Gog, and the land of Magog, Rhos, prince of Mesoch and Thobel, and prophesy against him, 3 and say to him, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, Rhos prince of Mesoch and Thobel:"

It is shown here that the translators (Jewish scholars) of the Torah into Greek  as the Septuagint, regarded the term Rhos to be a proper name rather than an appellative: it actually names the Rhos as the identity of Gog.

This designation is distinctly different from the designation of the King of the North of Daniel 11. He is given no scriptural name at all, but by historical context, scholars have concluded that the King of the North is always either the Seleucids or a later derivation thereof, and never indicates a power or powers much further north.

The geographical locations of the capitols of these two entities has already been discussed in earlier sessions, and their widely dispersed locations shown to be factual.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (8)

An eTPL Analysis

17.                “My Fury” of Ezekiel 38:18 as Compared to the End Prescribed for the Troops of the King of the North.

The specific reason for the exhaustive and extremely sudden destruction of the Gogian host is given in two words from the Almighty: MY FURY shall come up in My face …” Ezekiel 38: 18.

The sentence is parallel to that voiced upon Nineveh: Nahum 1:2 - God is jealous, and the LORD revengeth; the LORD revengeth, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. 3 The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.

It appears that the reigning King of Israel of the day – Yeshua Messiah in our opinion – holds His anger in check as the massive forces of the Gogian host cross the boundaries of His Kingdom, the Lands between the Rivers,  and forges southward through today’s Iraq and Syria (these are no longer in existence at that time) to the vicinity of the River Yarmouk – at the present time the international boundary between Syria and Jordan, and the presumed location of the future burial ground at Hamonah (Hamon-gog).

At that exact place His fury is unleashed against the unwashed masses of the Gogian host, and they are destroyed immediately and without quarter. The details of this slaughter require several verses of the prophetic record; they are extremely detailed.

On the other hand, the end of the last of a long series of Kings of the North is almost tacitly dismissed in the phrase, “he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.”

The two accounts are so markedly different as to severity and completeness we cannot conceive that they are parallel accounts of the same event.


18.                The Treasures Sought by Each Aggressor is Different.

The King of the North’s entry southward into the “glorious land” is treated by Daniel as being almost circumstantial, or an annoying necessity.

That venue held no reward for the King of the North at all! Can anyone cite ANY treasure at all taken from Palestine in the Ottoman’s day?


There was no available treasure of any sort there! And not even an “Israel” in existence.

But the treasury of Egypt was constantly drained for about 400 years!

But what “treasure” is said to be sought by the Gogian host of Ezekiel?

Is is stated quite clearly that Gog’s greedy intention is to invade ISRAEL of his day, which consists of people regathered from all the nations, dwelling safely, and possessing at that time enormous WEALTH which it has taken from others!

This was an impossibility for the King of the North of Daniel 11.

The specifically stated intention of Gog – to “take a spoil and a prey” – is said to be better translated as : to spoil the despoilers.

This statement places an entirely different “spin” on the nature of the spoils that Rhos seeks to obtain: it is not valuable goods which a nation has produced by its own sweat and toil! Instead, it is valuable goods which a nation has acquired from othersthe exact subject of the text of a precursory action of Israel revealed by Zechariah 14: 14 … and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

This is a summary statement given at the end of the earlier conflict of Israel and Christ with the indigenous Islamic people …

 This enormous heap of wealth includes all the territories south of the Euphrates – those of Iraq and Syria, of Lebanon, of Jordan, of (at least) northern Saudi Arabia, of Kuwait, of the Negev and the Sinai Peninsula westward to the Nile River.

The natural resources of these regions include over 60% of the known liquid petroleum reserves of the entire world, but the “spoil” also includes the chattels, the real estate, the accounts receivable, the customers, the real properties, all the bank accounts and hoarded wealth (gold, silver, valuable physical wealth), and all the other assets of all these countries between the rivers.

This, dear readers, represents the incomprehensible net worth of Israel and its King and His Saints when the commotion of the Second Coming settles down to a slow simmer – and the wealth of all the heathen (nations) of the Promised Land – now occupied by and under the complete control of Messiah – is brought in and accounted for.

Israel of that day becomes the wealthiest nation upon earth by several magnitudes. And there is no consideration of “giving back” that wealth to its former owners, as God’s word states clearly, that there shall then be NONE of the former enemies to which repatriation could be made.

It is said of the house of Esau, for example, that there shall not be ANY remaining” of that polity in Obadiah 1: 18; the issue is underlined by the words of verse 16: “… they shall be as though they had not been.”

It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God!

It is the beginning of the harvest of the earth for the Kingdom of Christ as we understand it. Nations and peoples always respect physical wealth and power; these assets shall be a significant part of the premise for their beginning to respect the supreme authority and sovereignty of the Anointed Savior of mankind as he begins to project His innate power among the nations.

There is much, much more of that to come after this initial phase is accomplished!


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (9)

An eTPL Analysis

19.                The Erroneous Translation of Isaiah 16:4 Bears Heavily Upon this Discussion:

The entirety of Isaiah 16 is concerned with the fate of Moab. It was written as the entire Levant was assaulted by Sennacherib of Assyria.  We insert here a discussion of the first four verses of Isaiah 16 as illustration of how the misinterpretation of one verse can lead to catastrophic consequences of further interpretation.

Isaiah 16

The Burden of Moab, Continued

This records the first of seven Burdens upon the lands adjacent to Israel, c. 700BC.

Isa 16:1  Send ye the lamb to the ruler of the land from Sela (a city existing today as Petra) to the wilderness, unto the mount of the daughter of Zion.

We remember that Mesha had actually done this specific thing to Judah, recorded in 2Kings 3:4: he sent as tribute an hundred thousand lambs, and an hundred thousand rams, with the wool thereof, to Ahab. Now the return favour is commanded …

Isa 16:2  For it shall be, that, as a wandering bird cast out of the nest, so the daughters of Moab shall be at the fords of Arnon.

This information sets the stage for the next two verses; note carefully that the refugees are noted as being the daughters of Moab, at the fords of the River Arnon, which flows into the Dead Sea from the high tablelands of the east in Moab.

Here the language takes on a poetic mien, addressing the River Arnon, bidding it “take counsel, execute judgment.”

 The valley of the Arnon is extremely deep and narrow. Only around midday is its stream lighted by the sun; otherwise its valley is dark with shadows. This river of Moab should be a covert for them, to hide them from the Assyrian invaders.

This intent is consistent throughout the next several verses of text in this poetic address to the Arnon, as if it were a personage, and capable of such acts to protect the Moabite refugees from the invaders.

Isa 16:3  Take counsel, execute judgment; make thy shadow (the murky depths of the River Arnon is addressed here) as the night in the midst of the noonday; hide the outcasts; bewray not him that wandereth.

And now we come to the erroneous translation of verse 4 … a statement that may be taken in either of two ways, but which has been averred to mean the outcasts of God’s people in the end time. Instead its textual meaning is not this at all.

Isa 16:4  Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert (a refuge, or hiding place) to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler (Sennacherib) ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

Every other translation in the writer’s library states the precise opposite of the surface meaning of this phrase as translated in the AV. All of them indicate the prophet’s statement is “let Moab’s outcasts dwell with thee,” meaning the River Arnon, with its shadowy covert from the Assyrians.

This erroneous translation is a real conundrum.

How did it come about?

And why did not our esteemed early scholars who were well schooled in Hebrew, not recognize this egregious error and correct it – as they did so many others with less seeming import?

We cannot answer that question at this time; but it has been an unfortunate affair, because many other erroneous suppositions have been based upon it.

For example, earlier prophecy students have relied on this one verse as a seeming basis for their entire interpretation of the end time invasion of Israel by the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38 and 39 – claiming that many in Israel shall escape the northern host by fleeing eastward toward Jordan! (That allegation, by the way, assumes that the Gogian host ever actually enters the Israeli heartland, thus threatening those inhabitants. Ezekiel allows no such thinking.)

They point to the verse as solidification of their view that the Prophet Daniel’s last six verses concern the invasion of Gog which obviously extends to Egypt and beyond.

Why so? Because of Daniel 11:41, which tells us that when the King of the North (whom they deem to be “Gog”) comes down into Israel, these areas are omitted from his attention: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

[Although maps of the Ottoman Empire usually include these areas of modern Jordan, historical facts indicate that the Ottomans paid little attention to establishing any police force or military troops, or even significant administrators in those areas. They were empty and desolate, and were inhabited by nomadic Bedouin, whose chief characteristic is anarchic behavior.

These jealously independent people are nearly unable to be ruled with any concrete authority. They do what they want and when they want.

Their activities include theft, smuggling, slave-trading, and many other unlawful activities. The Ottoman Turks were spread too thin to deal with the Bedouin of Moab, Ammon and Edom of the day!]

These “facts” do seem to fit together remarkably well, don’t they?

But there is a very large problem with this interpretation.

Not only is the meaning of Isaiah 16:4 the opposite of the stated language; at the time of the King of the North’s invasion, there is NO “Israel” in existence. And “Israel” is the object of Gog’s intentions as stated by Ezekiel.

Historically, the Ottoman Turk (King of the North, by definition) in 1517 AD, after an earlier battle (a defeat) with Egyptian forces near Damascus, entered the coastal strip which is now Israel, and passes over it with great haste as it pursued the Egyptian King of the South, southward toward Egypt … which is specified as the target of his aggression (his target is not “Israel” at all, as is that of the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38).

At the time of the fulfillment of Daniel 11:41, as the text proves, there is no entity named Israel, and no treasures in the land of Palestine at that time. Indeed, there is hardly a population at all in the Land, for that land is desolate and barren – able to support hardly anyone except the few Bedouin who keep goats and sheep, and a few resident Jews, whose subsistence comes from their brethren abroad!

Historical accounts reveal that the Ottomans had no significant military presence in Palestine until the British threat became apparent; at that time the Porte moved two Ottoman armies into Palestine as bulwark against Allenby, establishing his military pavilions (headquarters) at Ramle, near present-day Jaffa/Tel Aviv.

Therefore, these two prophecies are not identical at all, but depict two entirely distinct invasions of this area by two widely different armies and for two separate reasons, at widely separate dates in history, with two opposite endings!

This set of facts entirely destroys the theory that some of the Israelis may flee the Gogian invasion and seek refuge in Jordan of today. Isaiah 16 is not speaking of Israeli refugees at all, but is addressing the Moabite victims who are about to be overrun by Sennacherib, centuries before the birth of Christ!

This conclusion is quite evident by considering the chapter’s context within the book of Isaiah, and the details of every verse of the chapter.

This understanding entirely destroys the earlier theory that Daniel 11: 40-45 is describing the Gogian invasion of Ezekiel.

And it absolutely demands that the serious Bible student recognize the facts of history as copiously and accurately recorded, which describes the last King of the North’s conquest (the Ottoman conquest) of the last King of the South (Egypt) in 1517 AD; because the historical fulfillment perfectly fits the prophecy as given!

And further, that it goes on toward its own conclusion by describing the last end of the King of the North (and not Gog) as well – a decisive conclusion which was fulfilled when the British forces from Egypt invaded Palestine in 1917 and brought to a full end the 400-year old occupation of the Ottomans in the entire Levant, thus “drying up the Euphrates” (ejecting the power that exerted hegemony over that famous river valley – the Ottomans) and made it possible for the establishment of the nation of Israel – “the fig tree” of Luke 21: 29 – and “all the trees,” which are the Islamic nations which sprang up in the same general time frame, after World War I.

Thus the close analysis of the Biblical texts – and our resort to more exact translations of God’s word – have clarified a major error in interpretation of end time affairs, and thus greatly enhanced the faith and understanding of diligent students of the Word of God. It has contributed greatly to a rational understanding and appreciation of these end time affairs before they occur, based on a justified and rectified understanding of past events which bore directly upon these of the end time.

And it also demands a re-thinking of modern day students of the Word who continue to adhere to the disproven assumptions of the past – that the Gogian host is being described in Daniel 11: 40-45.


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (10)

An eTPL Analysis

20.                Burial Details of the Two Aggressors are Relevant to this Inevitable Conclusion:

Gog’s burial place should give our intelligent scrutiny a clue as to the place at which it is destroyed: in the vicinity of Hamon-gog – the Valley of the Passengers – Ezekiel 39:11.

Our reasoning for this assumption is that nations do not transport huge numbers of dead soldiers hundreds of miles for burial; they are buried near where they fell in battle. 

Consider Omaha Beach in Normandy, for example, where one discovers a massive cemetery containing the thousands of bodies of the men who fell there in battle. The same principle holds for Sword Beach, Chateau-Thierry, Belleau Wood, Flanders Field, etc., from past wars.

This great slaughter will require seven months to bury all the Gogian dead, by men of “continual employment,” an apt term for the Israeli Burial Society of today – those who are now appointed to sanitize the sites of terror attacks, for example, who take pains to scour each such scene for body parts – for evaluation, identification,  and burial.

On the other hand, NO burial place is nominated for the King of the North’s dead soldiers; indeed no such activity is referenced at all. From the importance given the Ezekiel account of the burial of the Gogian dead, it would seem to be mandatory for Daniel also to mention this aspect of any identical battle at least, if not to comment upon it extensively . 

Yet he does not do so.

Not only that: an exhaustive Internet search for Turkish burials in Israel yielded no significant results – even in the Jerusalem War Cemetery,  where almost all the dead are English, Australian or Indian nationalities. Ottoman dead are not worthy of any special comment in news sources, it seems – which will not be the case in the Gogian demise. It will be reported extensively by all the world press!

This is testimony to another significant difference in these two aggressors – that they ARE separate and distinct. 


21.                Melek (king – H4428) Versus Nasiy  (prince H5387) in the Two Accounts.

A correspondent has drawn our attention to the titles given the King of the North (it is always the Hebrew word melek, meaning king), versus the title of the Gogian leader, which is nasiy, which gives a different identity to that despot.

In Ezekiel 7:27 both terms are used – and are translated consistently as “king” and “prince.” This shows a consciously decisive difference in the sovereign status of these two leaders.

Yes, a prince is often a king in waiting; but reference to the usage of the word “prince” shows a consistent translation of five different Hebrew words as “prince,” and never as “king.”

A Strong’s Concordance search of the word “king” in the A.V. shows over 1900 occurrences of the word “king” in the A.V. Our personal detailed examination of the first 175 occurrences of the word (nearly 10%) shows that every one of them is translated from the word melek – and none of them are from any of the five most frequent Hebrew words for “prince.”

This clearly statistically-valid sample of the usage of melek would seem sufficient to prove that the translators in Daniel were correct in using the word “king” for the Kings of the North and the South, and the word “prince” for the ruler of Rhos, or Russia – for that word may also be applied to nearly any head of government other than a king.

In doing so, these scholars have indicated yet another difference in the identities of these two entities.

Although the Hebrew word nasiy COULD mean “king.” it is never translated that way (per our examination of dozens of instances of its usage as well).

Any student may prove this fact for himself by consulting Young’s Concordance where the different terms should be grouped under various specific headings for easiest examination.

Our reasonable assumption must be that Gog is NOT a “king,” as is the King of the North of Daniel 11. The decisively different status of “president” or “prime minister” is reflected in the translations.

Therefore these leaders are different as to title and responsibility to their subjects. They are mutually exclusive of each other – therefore the two accounts are different even in this almost hidden aspect! 


Conclusion: In view of such a great and irreconcilable contrast between these two prophesied conflicts, how could these possibly be two accounts of the same event???

Our rational and scriptural opinion is that they just cannot be the same account.

Their differences are clearly drawn by comparing the historical account of the Ottoman Turks’ conquest of Palestine with the prophesied (but as yet unaccomplished) future assault by the Gogian horde.

This reasonable and scriptural conclusion is in our conviction, absolutely necessary to a more correct understanding (but admittedly not an understanding required for the salvation of Believers) of the events of the end time from this day forward. Otherwise, confusion reigns … and the reasonable expectations of the many casual readers of Bible prophecy are quite understandably perplexed as to what events are to be expected on the horizon.  

At the same time, eTPL realizes that every one of our Father’s called and elected children are perhaps at different stages in his understanding of Bible prophecy. It is a subject unlike the doctrinal elements which we hold as a united body – thought to be necessary to be understood in order to be among those chosen for the kingdom.

Therefore let us make clear our thoughts on this subject: any mistaken understanding of identity in this imbroglio of the two entities is not a cause for the sharp division that we perceive in some parts of the brotherhood – because our differences of opinion on these matters are not a scripturally valid cause for some going their separate ways based upon prophetic matters.

Our exhortation to all is … relax and breathe deeply of the wonderful ruach of life which all of us have been given by our Father! The prophecies as given will come to pass as they have been foretold. Some of us will not understand them as well as some others in advance. And all should bear in mind that perhaps not one of us modern students of the subject may yet have all the correct answers. We can only do our very best to understand them, and all of us must await their  fulfillment in order to be certain.

For now, we leave this absorbing and profitable study. Other points of difference may occur to us as we continue our perusal of things prophetic – and strive to understand more perfectly the order of the astounding and imminent events which are foretold for our profit and spiritual advantage.

Meanwhile, let us march determinedly ahead as conscripted, determined, and trained soldiers toward the mark of the prize of our high calling – and pray fervently that every one of our brethren will find themselves, by His mercy, seated upon the right hand of the Master when we are assembled before Him for judgment – and that every believer, at whatever stage of his or her development, and at whatever hour of service in the vineyard, will receive the rewards of his faith.


Israeli Air Activity in Syria

An eTPL Analysis Israel: December 9, 2016. ICEJ News:

Early this morning in Israel, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman announced a startling development; he told the Knesset Affairs and Defense Committee that reports that the circulating rumors were true – that Israeli warplanes had struck the Mezzeh military air field near Damascus yesterday. He said that the strike had been carried out to prevent chemical weapons from being transferred to the Lebanese Shi’ite terror group, Hezbollah

As disclaimer, Mr. Liberman stated directly, that "Israel has no interest in intervening in the civil war in Syria, our policies and our positions are very clear and are based on three red lines: we will not allow any harm to come to Israeli citizens, we will not allow any harm to the sovereignty of the State of Israel and we will not allow the smuggling of sophisticated weapons or chemical weapons from Syria to Lebanon for Hezbollah .... The State of Israel will make decisions freely regardless of other circumstances." (Emphasis ours – Ed.)

Any rational observer should agree with this agenda. Of course, most do not. Most seem to think Israel should sit still and wait for a declaration of war or a physical invasion before it does anything at all! MK Liberman stressed that Israel is “... working primarily to protect the security of our citizens, defend our sovereignty, and try to prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah.” It is a matter of self-preservation in the eyes of most objective observers.

The strike yesterday was thus a preemptive one – conducted to prevent later hostilities by Hezbollah.

His comments were a distinct break with Israel’s usual policy of not commenting publically on reports in foreign media about its alleged covert military actions. The enemy is usually left to wonder whether the latest attack was from their enemy Israel, or from their own “friends,” the other Islamic military groups. It is unlikely that Syria will take any retaliatory action against Israel for the raid.

It is our opinion that Israel will scale up its offensive attacks such as the one yesterday. It comes with Israel’s increasing tendency toward aggressive preemptive actions against its Islamic enemies. We have wondered for a long time why Israel has not been more willing to take up its initiative against its known and avowed enemies. These enemies’ ambition of wiping out Israel is well known and well publicized in the entire world. It would seem that international opinion would be on Israel’s side in these matters.

But it generally is not. The election of Donald Trump to the US presidency may usher in a much higher level of US support for Israel in such cases, as temporary as such assistance may be. Mr. Trump has vowed to stand by Israel in all such cases, and to support its right of sovereignty as to its own defense.

.It will be extremely interesting to see where this stated initiative will go – even in the short run – for his words have been clear and determined as to his intentions: that he loves Israel and the Israeli people, that his own daughter and her family are Jewish, and that he will support Israel (and Prime Minister Netanyahu) in its stand against the world in it struggle for survival.

Our conviction is that Israel really doesn’t need the assistance of the US, but such assistance bodes well for America as long as it is extended. After all, being in the eternal favor of the Almighty One of Israel, who could have a better and more reliable Friend?

God’s promise to Abram in Genesis 12 makes this principle of favorability to His People clear. It is heartening to learn that Vice-President Elect, Mike Pence seems to have an even greater affinity for Israel – indeed, a Biblical affinity. He cited in a recent speech the principle alluded to in Genesis 12 – that those who bless Israel shall be blessed. Mr. Pence stated that he does not believe that God has revoked that blessing!

<HEL 12P> 700 words. December 9, 2016

Considerations of  Zechariah 13 and 14

Zechariah 13

Jerusalem and Judah: Their redemption

The immediate result (of the last portion of Chapter 12) shall be that a remedy shall be instituted for their advantage. It is expressed as being a fountain opened to the House of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.

Although we do not know the intimate details of this institution at this time, it shall become apparent to them at that time as a universal mechanism for confirming their repentance and acceptance of Messiah, the King of Israel, as He takes His seat upon the Throne of David upon Mount Zion in the Holy City.

Zec 13:1  In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

This benefit of a mechanism of their cleansing – of whatever it consists – comes to them as a result of their repentance and subsequent mourning for their crucifixion of Jesus as well as their ready acceptance of Him as Messiah, at His Second Advent..

The next verse indicates the removal of all impediments to their understanding of and worship of the LORD Jesus Christ, Whom they shall at that time have accepted as Messiah and King.

Their cleansing and sanctification; all corruption defeated

Zec 13:2  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the (false) prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land.

In our studied opinion, this provision means that the Land shall be cleansed drastically: it indicates the expulsion of all the Jews who are “gay,” who will be cut off from the land and people; in includes everyone who is engaged in business theft or corrupt practices; and all those who claim to be atheists; and those who practice prostitution of all kinds; or are the proprietors of gambling establishments, casinos, etc.

All these evil and ungodly practices and professions will be removed from the people and the culture forever. Our reason for saying so is that all these practices were condemned in the tenets of the Law of Moses. In so claiming, we are not advocating that the Law shall be re-established in that future time, but are at the same time, recognizing that the stipulations of the Law are an expression of the standard of the righteousness of the Almighty which He had revealed to them in that statutory body of legal documents. We cannot but be convicted that such conduct and such practice shall be summarily forbidden in the administration which at that time becomes instituted in the Land for His People’s benefit and guidance.

 The false prophets also, who now predict other than godly outcomes are to be expelled as well – the subject of the next verse. These are referred to in the context of the false prophets which plagued Judah in the days leading up to the Babylonian captivity – a period when their presence was rampant in the country.

 False prophets nullified, destroyed out of the land

Zec 13:3  And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy (that is, of his own convictions, one who prophesies falsely), then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth. 4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the (false) prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment (their outward identification as a “prophet”) to deceive: 5  But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth.

Now their attention is riveted upon Jesus as His identity is announced to them in this astounding “show and tell” session which He holds with them, in answer to their queries: we visualize this episode as occurring immediately after some semblance of order has been restored in the nation, after His feet touch the Mount of Olives, subsequent to His complete victory over the thorns and briers of the Land between the Rivers and the Seas (Abraham’s promised land).


Israel’s recognition of Jesus

Now comes “the moment of truth” as we so often describe pivotal events:

Zec 13:6  And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.

The Revelator finds it necessary to insert relevant background information here, determined to be of the categories, What? and Why?

The narrative now shifts back to that time when He first came, and was indeed betrayed. The prophecy is one of the most succinct, fully explanatory prophecies of this terrible episode in Judah’s history.

The prophet now explains in great detail how and why Messiah should be subject to the wrath of His fellows, and be wounded and killed in the manner which they shall then view with horror.

Bear in mind – these prophecies are necessary in order that the Spirit may establish its case in future history. These prophetic words will prove beyond any doubt to future consideration, that the events which shall come to pass relating to Jesus, were prophesied OF HIM – accurately, graphically, and in truth. They will verify the testimony of all the Father’s prophets.

 The prophet is now directed to raise an alarm: “Awake, O sword …."  The words introduce some of the critical details of the final persecution of Jesus leading to those wounds which still, at his Second Advent, reside in His palms and His side.


Subject: How He should be betrayed; 

the consequences of the Shepherd smitten

Zec 13:7  Awake, O sword, against my Shepherd, and against the man that is my fellow, saith the LORD of hosts: smite the Shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn mine hand upon the little ones.

Recall, please, that this prophecy lies well beyond (ahead of) the times of Zechariah, and as already stated, foretells in great detail much of the future history of his people, and His Son in particular.

It gives the reasons why certain key fulfilments came about, and in what manner they would do so.

This call is for a “sword” to be raised against two subjects: first, against the man Judas Iscariot, Jesus’ fellow who betrayed Him, and second, against Jesus Himself, the Shepherd Designate of Israel, Whose time had not yet come to fulfil that role.

First must come His sacrifice of shame, which should immediately result in His victory over sin and death, by resurrection.

These words foretell the man Judas, who betrayed his Friend Jesus; they also foreshadow the final moments of the life of the LORD, and his treatment before Pilate, some six hundred years future from the day of this revelation.

Judas’ “smiting” was his immediate recognition of the enormity of his act of betrayal, so severely overwhelming that he hanged himself, an act which was fatal to him.

The “smiting” of Jesus took the final form of crucifixion, the summary description of which is recorded in the gospel of John; its result was directly converse to that of Judas; it led to His salvation, and that of His followers:

John 19:14 And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour: and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King! 15 But they cried out, Away with him, away with him, crucify him. Pilate saith unto them, Shall I crucify your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar. 16 Then delivered he him therefore unto them to be crucified. And they took Jesus, and led him away. 17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: 18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

This vile deed, promoted by the Jews, and executed by the Romans, could not stand without repercussion upon them, although it was fully providential. Its near-term consequences should become one of the most savage conquests of a people ever known – the destruction of Jerusalem and Judah in 70AD to 73AD, in which the curses of Deuteronomy and Leviticus came to bear with great vengeance upon the remnant of Judah.

The siege of Jerusalem was one of the final acts of this horrid, morbid drama. The Roman general Titus besieged the city for several months before he could conquer it. The walls were built of massive limestone blocks weighing many tons, and stacked as high as 60 feet.

The City contained its own abundant water supply, whereas the Romans were compelled to cart water from as far away as Caesarea Maritima, some dozens of miles away, for its thousands of soldiers. The Jews of the City taunted the Romans by soaking blankets with their abundant fresh water and hanging them over the walls to show the Romans that their supply of fresh water was not threatened.

But foodstuffs were a different story. Their supply of grains, dried vegetables, and meats was limited. As the siege wore on and on, those supplies dwindled and finally were depleted.

Caloric intake is absolutely necessary for human survival. As siege stones were catapulted over the walls, buildings were wrecked and people were killed within the city. One might suppose that the cannibalism which occurred at that time may have been initiated when some felt compelled to consume the carcasses of some of those persons killed in this way.

But later in these desperate times, women actually slew and boiled their own children in order to survive. Deuteronomy 28: 52-57 prophecied that destiny for many. The siege lasted from Passover to mid-August, 70AD.

Here is the crux of the prophecy: During that time, Josephus the historian, records that a third of the people died in warfare, a third starved to death, and a third were taken captive, fulfilling to a word this terrible prophecy of what was to come in days well after those of Zechariah.

It requires no “faith” at all to accept these facts as fulfilling this direct prophecy of their fate at the hands of Rome, the awful sentence of which lies in Zechariah’s next words. They follow closely upon the previous narrative, indicating the ultimate fate of those left living.

Zec 13:8  And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the LORD, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Of the third who lived, and were taken captive, many survived a life of Roman slavery, going forward into freedom at some point, marrying and rearing families in the Jewish tradition.

The Jews of Judah continued to resist Roman overlordship, and in 135AD, under Bar Kockba, they rebelled again, with consequences nearly as severe.

Jewish slaves were sold and deported all over the known world. It is said that the price of slaves in the markets of the Middle East dropped sharply, as the supply of slaves was overwhelming; there were not enough buyers of these miserable human properties.

Out of this oppressive milieu came the Jewish populations of much of Europe during the next centuries.

However, at the time of this great siege, many of the growing community of affluent Jews were already in dispersion, living in various parts of the Empire at the time of Jerusalem’s destruction, witness to which we summon the record of the many synagogues in which the Apostle Paul and his companions taught the Way of Christ, but were rejected.

In the years that lay ahead of them, the Jews in particular were most oppressed of all Europe’s peoples, hunted and slain, accused and persecuted for all sorts of vile crimes and trumped-up charges, killed, tortured, maimed and vilified universally as a people.

In our opinion, all these folk represent the “third” that were brought through the fire of the Jewish rebellion, were refined as silver and as gold, the descendants of whom are in our present age coming home to Israel, and eventually shall come to call upon God’s name.

That is a time which lies yet beyond our own day, for their national recognition of Him, as already referred to by Zechariah, lies yet in their future.

They have significantly returned to their homeland from the Valley of Dry Bones as a re-assembled skeleton, standing upright, with skin and sinews (muscles) in place and with breath in their nostrils.

They have stood upon their feet as an exceedingly great army. Ezekiel 37: 10.

But today they still lack the infused Spirit of God, which shall ventilate and permeate their vital bodies in the near future – in that singular moment when they, seeing the thunderous  actions of the LORD Jesus Christ being exercised on their behalf (such as in Isaiah 63), shall cry as one man, “Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the LORD,” as they shall do in fulfillment of the Master’s words in Luke 13:35.

We believe this to be a valid explanation of this critical passage of scripture relating to the two thirds destruction of Jews – that these terrible consequences have passed, because they are a matter of record; these are therefore not events which are yet to be expected in Israel’s future history.

To regard these horrible events as to be expected in future confuses our understanding of events to come.

 Just how does such a drastic outcome as their future slaughter correlate with all the positive statements of the Spirit as to Israel’s future to the present day?

It does not correlate.

In our opinion it is not even possible.

Indeed, the sure prophecy of Amos, among several others, foretells a much different future, which is bright in prospect and sure of fulfilment:

Amos 9:11  In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old: 12  That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this. 13  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 14  And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. 15  And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

It surely must be agreed by every student of the Word that this described condition partially exists even now in Israel. Well over six million of His People have returned and now inhabit the Land! Although Edom (the PLO, etc, as described in Obadiah 1: 19, 20) is not fully conquered as yet, it is surely contained, and restrained from any further real harm to God’s people. 

That hot conflict, in which this resistance is exhaustively crushed and destroyed, lies inevitably in their immediate future, in our opinion.

Its consummation, along with the comprehensive destruction of all the Islamic enemies between the Nile and the Euphrates Rivers, brings the personal return of Christ into their midst, for verse 21 informs the reader, that Saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau, and the Kingdom shall be the LORD’s, meaning, surely, that He and His now immortal Saints are personally there and occupying the restored Throne of David.

And although the Tabernacle of the Millennium shall not at that time have had its foundation laid, that remains the privilege of the Man, the BRANCH, Who when He comes, shall “build the temple of the LORD.” Zechariah 6:12.

And now the prophet’s words address the third part which historically escaped destruction at the hands of Rome. Their final refinement and redemption as a great body of fervent believers is depicted.

Zec 13:9  And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.

Through the years subsequent to 70AD, the dispersed people are indeed subjected to refining as are precious metals. The end result shall be their humble submission to His will and way; and His response to them in that day will be clear and unmistakable. 

The end of the matter sees their reconciliation to Him, and his declaration: “It is My people.” These are the ultimate, concrete events which are to be expected as a long-term result of His refining them, and removing their dross.

The end result is their sincere confession of His name and His Fatherhood.

 But could there be another, additional implication of this prophecy?

We are not normally proponents of “secondary fulfilments” of prophecies, although sometimes such may be reasonably expected and actually seen.

In the soon-coming prophetic fulfilments, we may be able to perceive an “echo” fulfilment of this ninth verse of Zechariah 13.

The City of Jerusalem today prides itself in accommodating all its citizens, be they Jewish, Christian or Muslim – the three recognizable divisions of “religion” located there today.

We have recently heard Mr. Benyamin Netanyahu’s words of rebuke to those of the USA who have voiced their opposition to the immigration of Muslim refugees from the present unrest in Syria and Iraq to come to the USA in 2015.

Mr. Netanyahu proudly claims the truth that all religions are treated the same in Israel today.

Not only are the Jewish synagogues protected, but so are the Christians and their churches; so also are the Muslims and their mosques. All are purported to have equal rights and protection within the State of Israel today – a point of great pride for the Israeli people.

But will this condition persist in Israel?

Will the LORD Jesus continue to hold this principle?

NO; He shall not.

Are all these groups, as such, equally and fully acceptable in God’s sight?

Can He tolerate their continuance within His land?

Shall they continue on unabated into His kingdom?

Emphatically, NONE of these three groups are acceptable to the Almighty, as constituted

That statement requires qualification ...

The destiny of the first group is markedly different from the latter two, in this fashion.

The Jews still refuse the personhood of Jesus, the Son of God, Who shall appear soon, as their long-awaited Messiah. They are destined to remain in denial of Him until that future time, although surely under His angelic protection and guidance even as we speak.

Their fate is to be enlightened and converted to the Way of Christ, and not destroyed. These are the People to whom He is returning personally, and who He intends to save and redeem. In such a case, they could be regarded as the third which is saved from destruction.

The Christians have, after inheriting the words of Life from the Savior’s apostles and disciples directly, have corrupted the words of salvation and made a mockery of them, claiming the Son of God to be ‘God the Son;’ claiming him to be a third part of an indivisible trinity of gods, all coequal and coeternal; they hold that man “contains” an immortal soul which lives on eternally after death in fuller knowledge than ever, denying that “the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything” (Ecclesiastes 9:5); they fear an external, hostile Devil-tempter who convinces them to sin, rather than recognize that they, themselves, are inherently evil and sinful; they are led principally by a Papa-figure (the pope) who takes to himself the authority of God in the earth, sitting as he does on ‘the throne of St. Peter” in the Vatican; as God on earth, he forgives sins directly, grants papal exemptions for sin, and generally conducts a richly sumptuous pagan, sectarian empire, giving the true God no real credit; everyone gets the picture here. The destruction and eradication of this System is adequately addressed in the latter chapters of the Apocalypse.

The third group, The Muslims, are a purely pagan, godless people who have never been privy to the truth of God. Their founder knew not God in any sense, but being nominally acquainted with both Judaism and Christianity (as they existed in his day) appropriated many well-known stories of the Bible, and adapted them to his “holy book,” the Koran. He was a man who lived, and ‘converted’ the ‘infidel,’ by the sword, and lorded it over all men with fierce authority. His “religion” is patently man-formed, and based in the fleshly nature of the natural man. Even its most prominent “heavenly” reward is purely of the flesh – unlimited access of each “saved” Muslim to 72 virgins which will be provided for them.

 These three populations are all destined either to be converted or removed from Jerusalem and Israel in the coming Age.

But they shall ALL (as presently constituted) be destroyed in three different modes.

The Jews of Israel are set to recognize and befriend Him, and thus be converted. This conversion changes their belief system to that of their Father, and brings their subjection to Him with gratitude and humility. Thus, this first “third” survives His refining actions upon them, and live on to inhabit the first dominion of the kingdom of God on the earth (specifically promised to them in Micah 4:8, q.v.).

The Christians will resist Him to the end, believing Him to be anti-Christ and many shall be destroyed, although a few, or even many, may convert to His way and be saved. But they shall not be saved into His kingdom as “Christians,” but as Brethren of Christ who shall have submitted to intelligent baptism into His name – and to have repented,  and to have repudiated their former false doctrines.

The Muslims make up the nations round about, and are also mingled within Israel (in the West Bank, Gilead, Gaza, Golan Lebanon, Jordan, Negev and Sinai), whose destiny is that outlined in Psalms 83, Obadiah, Ezekiel 35, Isaiah 11, Zechariah 14, and many other scriptural passages.

Destruction to a man is their destiny, for they will never “convert” to God’s way, nor kneel to the newly returned Jesus Christ; their destruction shall be so pervasive and inevitable that there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, as records Obadiah 1:18.

 Those Jews who then remain in Israel shall have been delivered from the vile threats of the nations round about, which they have endured for 68 years (since 1948). The deadly Islamic sword which has overshadowed them shall have been removed permanently, and their peace and safety assured by the LORD Who shall have appeared to them in the last of these end times.

In the terminal chapter of Zechariah, we shall read the exciting and exacting details of that final conflict of Israel with their enemies “round about” them.

The account takes the reader to the end of this conflict, introducing at its end the conditions of “peace and safety” which shall consist when the Gogian host casts it covetous eyes on the great wealth that shall have been amassed by the newly-expanded Jewish Commonwealth which is now under the rulership of its new King, the Lord Jesus Christ. <HEL 12O> ~3400 words. 


Zechariah 14

Subject: The day of the LORD; a narrative which addresses our time

Zec 14:1  Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

Most readers tend to think of “the day of the LORD” as the actual day of His reappearance upon the earth in visible form, revealing Himself to Israel in warfare, conquering the nations of the earth.

We submit that the term refers to a much longer period of time which shall lead up to and include the events of His second coming. We refer to the words of the prophet Daniel, in chapter 11, in which he states that, “at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him ….” Daniel 11: 40

Here the "time of the end" is cited as being when this action occurred. Our studied conviction is that the date of this event is 1517AD, when the Ottomans overran the land of Palestine while chasing the Egyptian forces southward after they "pushed at" the Ottomans in the region of Damascus.

At this time, the Ottoman Empire became the last king of the north by displacing the last king of the south, which was Egypt, from its possession/occupation of the Holy Land.

This date is described as "the time of the end," and evidently refers to the latter half of the Times of the Gentiles - a period which terminated in 1917, when Britain drove the Ottomans out of Palestine under the authority of the Balfour declaration. The “time of the end” obviously stretches well beyond this date, however, and occupies the time until the Christ returns to His people.

At this future time, the passage in Daniel 12 comes into play: Daniel 12:4  But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

This stipulation – knowledge being increased – indicates a marked increase in our understanding of Bible prophecy concurrent with the vast, exponential increase of the “knowledge” of science and technology which we have experienced during the last century.

At this point in time, enough of the end time events have occurred that students are able to make comparisons of history with prophecy and determine much of it as having been fulfilled to the current date.

 Zec 14:2  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

These actions were fulfilled during the 1948 War of Independence. They must not be expected to occur again because of such passages as Amos 9, as cited above. 

Any future physical assault upon Jerusalem shall fail.

Israeli forces, near the end of the time leading up to the truce in August, 1949, were unable to hold the Old City of Jerusalem. In an unprecedented defeat, Haganah troops were forced to evacuate it and leave it to the Arab League of Jordan to occupy.

It was the first and only time in history that half of the city was conquered, but the other half was left in the hands of the Jews.

In that war, the LORD surely fought “as in the day of battle” for the 660,000 Israelis who had declared independence on May 14, 1948, in the shadow of perhaps 180,000,000 Muslims of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the nearby Islamic states within the Promised Inheritance (between the Nile and the Euphrates, and between the Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf and Indian Ocean).

We don’t believe it should have been possible for Israel to have survived, and to have gained huge amounts of extra territory in the war, as actually happened, without angelic (divine) assistance. We believe that is the meaning of the prophet’s next words – the LORD FOUGHT for His People.

For 68 years at this writing (2016) we have, in wonder, beheld the prowess and fortune of Israel’s Defense Forces in their several wars with the proximate Islamic States.

As the next verses foretell, the conflict is not yet finished. Its end shall come with a remarkable and drastic change in the geopolitical matrix of the entire Middle East.

Zec 14:3  Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

His (Jesus’) involvement is no longer to be at a distance, and conducted by angelic intervention. In that day (a code word here for, “when the kingdom comes”) HIS FEET shall stand upon the Mount of Olives, and certain unprecedented tectonic events shall shake the earth to its foundations – a great earthquake which shall rearrange the topography of the Land, and set it up for certain progress into the kingdom age.

Zec 14:4  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

We question sincerely, should this great shaking not cause the demise of many Israelis and other citizens? The answer is found in the text. Evidently, the people shall have been given a warning to “flee to the valley of the mountains,” as in the following verse. In this manner, the populus is saved from great damage by the great shaking of the Land.

The very intense nature of this earthquake signals to Israel and to all the world, that a great change has come with the advent of Jesus Christ, although indications are that the peoples of the nations shall not recognize Him for Who He really is, and that the world of Christendom will sincerely mistake Him as being their prophesied antichrist of the end time.

Zec 14:5  And ye shall flee (the people are to be warned ahead of time) to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

This straightforward account in plain Greek tells the essential details of the Second Advent. It attests plainly that the Master returns at that time, and that when He does, He shall bring with Him all the Redeemed Saints (Hebrew, qadosh, which may indicate an angel or a Saint; we prefer the latter meaning here).

All these together shall rescue Israel from its enemies – a fact attested by numerous scriptural references,  and a fact which is true regardless of the confidence of Israel in its own defense forces.

The next verses comment upon the geopolitical “outlook” in general when He comes.

In that day, Israel’s prospects (the light) shall not be clear at all, in our opinion. At that point, the Jewish people may have yet another moment of doubt such as that expressed by Moshe Dayan during the initial days of the Yom Kippur War.

In the first few days, the battle did not go well for Israel. Its forces were largely on leave from duty and its troops were in their homes to celebrate Yom Kippur.

Egypt’s forces attacked at dawn on that significant day. During the next few days they made excellent progress into the Israeli lines in the Sinai. They were immediately joined by forces from Syria, Lebanon and Jordan, approaching the country of Israel from the east and north.

General Dayan went to the prime minister’s office and spoke to Mrs. Golda Meir personally. He said to her on this occasion, “Golda, the Third Temple is about to fall!”

The darkness of possible defeat loomed heavily upon Israel’s leadership.

That ominous report brought a decision by Mrs. Meir to arm Israel’s warplanes with nuclear weapons. She was getting ready to exercise “the Samson Option” of Israeli battle doctrine.

But the spy satellites of both the Soviet Union and the USA quickly noted suspicious activity, which indicated the Israelis’ nuclear intentions of defense in that moment. The USSR raised its threat level to code red; the USA placed its armed forces at, I believe they referred to it as, “defcon one,” both indicating the nations’ highest threat level.

Even they were preparing for a nuclear exchange by Israel upon the Proximal Islamic enemies – those Islamic nations “round about.”

But immediately a curious, unexpected change in the battle came; Israel began to make clear and obvious advances against their enemies, beginning decisively to repel them on every front.

The threat level was reduced; Israel did not exercise the Samson Option, which is the Jewish State’s military doctrine that, “If we are going down, we will take everyone else – our enemies – down with us.”

How dark that “day” had become!

It may again reach this depth of doubt and uncertainty for Israel in the coming hot conflict which will ensue between itself and its Proximal Islamic enemies. We cannot know for sure, but this is surely the potential meaning of these next words …

Zec 14:6  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:

Israel’s leadership may not be sure of a successful outcome in the coming war, for it shall be waged by nearly 200 million Arabs pitted against about six million Jews – not good odds in any case (over 25 to one). The day may look extremely dark for Israel at this time.

However, a new factor enters the picture.

We learn that the result of this New Factor is that the LORD has returned, and is vigorously engaged in the battle for Israel’s survival in this terminal war of Phase One, as we designate it.

The prophet’s next words are extremely telling as he relates the conditions “at evening,” or, we believe he is specifying, “at the end of that day,” when nightfall ordinarily occurs. Instead of darkness, “it shall be light” in a far greater sense than indicated by the words themselves.

Zec 14:7  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.

Here the narrative leaps into the near future to that day, omitting all the messy details of its fulfillment – the pitched battles in many various locations between  the Rivers, designated by the Prophet Joel as ‘the Valley of Jehoshaphat,” and “the Valley of Decision.”

In II Chronicles 20, one reads the historical forecast – the prototype – of these end-time wars – in the account of these same enemies of today (Moab, Ammon and Edom) approaching the kingdom of King Jehoshaphat, who is clearly not confident (the day is “dark” for him) that he can combat these enemies, so he seeks the LORD in fervent prayer.

King Jehoshaphat asks appropriately and fervently for the LORD’s assistance; he is assured of deliverance from these enemies. The result was that, well before the king and his small army could even reach the field of battle, Edom has been destroyed by Moab and Ammon; and after that, the Spirit informs that Moab and Ammon then slaughtered each other!

In other portions of scripture that action is described multiple times as “every man’s sword against his brother.”

Arab armies today are literally FAMOUS for such confusion.

It happened in Operation Desert Storm. It happened in the Yom Kippur War, and to an huge extent in the Sinai phase of the Six Day War.

Advancing Arabic forces met fierce opposition from Israeli troops [or American troops (in Desert Storm)], and thus were compelled to retreat, but could not do so because of all the troops and armament behind them, so they literally fired upon their own tanks and men who were now in their exit pathway, killing multiple thousands of them completely apart from any involvement of Israeli or American armies! Every man’s sword against his brother, indeed!

Life Magazine’s weekly edition following the Six Day War pictured hundreds of burned out Egyptian tanks, and thousands of dead Egyptian soldiers who had been killed by “friendly fire” as they desperately tried to make their way back to Cairo and relative safety! They abandoned their tanks and half-tracks, their food supplies and water supplies, and even hundreds of articles of clothing, including their footwear, in their frantic efforts to escape the wrath of the LORD being thundered from their fleeing fellow troops now trying to make their way back to Egypt; the carnage was multiplied by lightning strikes from the skies above them by the Israeli Air Force and by the tanks and infantry of Israel which were often beyond the horizon – just as in Jehoshaphat’s day.

Every man’s sword against his brother!

It shall be one of the main features of the coming war of Israel with the Proximal Islamic states (Haggai 2:22, q.v.) as well as in the later Gogian conflict (Ezekiel 38:21, q.v.).

The end result of all this bloody conflict is reflected in the prophet’s next words, which depict the long-term outcome of all this carnage – the peaceful, tranquil, abundantly safe environment which shall eventuate after the dust of battle has settled. The scene is that of the peaceable Kingdom of Christ in its nascent years, when He has pacified the entire Land, and brought the Islamic enemies of His people to their knees in battle.

That result brings Israel to a state of rest and peace from their enemies “round about.” Kingdom conditions begin to be developed by the Christ of the Second Advent, Who is now among His People in person – now fully accepted by them, after their universal recognition of Him and their abject repentance for their long denial of His name.

Zec 14:8  And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.

The Kingdom age is depicted in its early years in this poetic description of the Land in that day. The King is on His throne, and all is finally right with the world!

Zec 14:9  And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.

The pervasive peace of that day will be in direct contrast to the turmoil and unrest of today; and the governance by feckless rulers of men shall be replaced by the perfect judgment and righteousness of the King of kings, the LORD of lords, the Lion/Lamb of God!

The safe and peaceable habitation of the Land is then addressed. Its topography shall have been changed drastically by the Olivet earthquake, preparing the great platform as the site of the Millennial Temple which shall soon be constructed in Jerusalem.

In addition, we are convicted that the general physical disruption, the geologic upheaval in the Land prepares the cantons, or provinces, of the Twelve Tribes now as clearly visible to Him, and ready to have their respective citizens brought home to Israel from the four winds, and settled there for the kingdom age that has begun.

Zec 14:10  All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses.

Zec 14:11  And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

Notice carefully this last phrase, that “Jerusalem shall be SAFELY inhabited.”

It has been inhabited officially for 68.5 years to date, but never “safely,” in the sense of being secure from intruders and killers of various sorts, who desired to do damage to Israel and her people.

But now it is specified to be “SAFE.”

The word in Ezekiel 38:8 is “safely,” and comes from the Hebrew word (Strong’s H983) Betach, which means, as safe as if in a fortress, utterly safe, carefree, careless, implying without bars or gates of any kind.

In that day, a failure to comply with the demands of the New Ruler will have direct and clear consequences. His reply to disobedience shall be positive and effective, for it leverages the very existence of His subjects as to their compliance with His will and law.

The results – the plague over which He has complete control – clearly resemble nuclear warfare, but in the circumstances described, can hardly be that. We believe the connotation of these drastic words is that the punishment for disobedience shall be immediate and clearly visible to its victims and any outside observers.

 Zec 14:12  And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet, and their eyes shall consume away in their holes, and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.

The effect of this plague is human dissolution. It is the identical, terminal result seen in leprosy – the rotting flesh, causing portions of bodies to drop away.

Zec 14:13  And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.

Again we see the godly exercise of internecine strife as an effective “crowd control” method!

Among the rebellious ones, It is again, every man’s sword against his brother.

Note that this activity is pervasive in ALL the land by our estimation – it occurs in every venue between the Nile and the Euphrates, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. The Land is aflame with conflict in a rapid-paced melee of destruction of Islam and its followers!

The prophet’s next words outline in detail the role of God’s people Israel in the coming affair.

As it has to date, Judah also shall fight – and conquer  –  and then gather the wealth of the enemy forces, just as did the army of Jehoshaphat in II Chronicles 20 – no doubt requiring far longer than the three entire days that were required to strip the dead bodies of an incredible bounty of wealth which they had inexplicably brought with them into the notable battle that gave its name to “the Valley of Jehoshaphat!”

In the same manner, shall Christ and His Saints, and Israel, His newly challenged people, gather the enemies’ wealth and lands and properties with their vast deposits of liquid crude petroleum, oil shales, and vast potash and uranium deposits (as in Jordan) – all the currency, the precious metal stockpiles, the mineral wealth, the physical chattels, the liquid capital and all deposit accounts and stock certificates, bonds and debentures of the Islamic States “round about,” and devote these assets to the benefits of the nascent kingdom which the returned Christ shall establish.

In this manner shall the Christ and His People spoil the Gentiles round about, fulfilling the specific wordage of the next verse, which describes those conditions with unmistakable certainty!

Zec 14:14  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

Zec 14:15  And so shall be the plague of the horse, of the mule, of the camel, and of the ass, and of all the beasts that shall be in these tents, as this plague.

And now, the great preamble to PEACE is voiced by the prophet.

Addressing those who may then remain of their nearby enemies, the LORD reveals that all these nations which “came against Jerusalem,” shall do obeisance to Him in Jerusalem – in that holy city of God which they once claimed as an holy city of Islam – the city that is so “holy” that Mohammed never mentions its name even once in his entire diatribe which is called the Qu’ran (the Koran).

The scene is one of utter peace and tranquility, as the subdued nations come forcibly under the scepter of the newly arrived Shiloh of Genesis 49:10 – that blessed and (to the sons of Jacob) mysterious descendant which should depart from (be born of) Judah, otherwise known as my Servant David, in Ezekiel 37: 24, meaning Jesus, the Son of God.

 Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

It shall be a bitter pill to swallow for the non-compliant ones of those nations; but of such there shall be NONE remaining. If any of those present nationalities do remain, their nature shall be wholly receptive of the rulership of the LORD, for their “religion” shall have been abolished by the Lion of Judah, its practice outlawed and summarily forbidden by Him and His administrators.

For non-compliance there are severe penalties …

Zec 14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

Zec 14:18  And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the LORD will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

These horrible consequence has been described in verse 12, above.

 Zec 14:19  This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Henceforth there shall be no undercurrent of unrest in the Land – and no overt noise of rebellion among its peoples. Every intention of the righteous reign of the Prince of Israel shall be directed to the honor of His Father – Holiness to the LORD. Every aspect of that administration shall be so marked, from the ubiquitous and lowly ornaments of its horses even to its humble cooking pots in the LORD’s house.

Zec 14:20  In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD'S house shall be like the bowls before the altar.

Zec 14:21  Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.

This extremely telling, final sentence of the prophecy of Zechariah summarizes the entire message of his entire scroll – the conquest of the LORD over the nations round about Jerusalem.

The broader, godly expansion of His kingdom to the wider world seems not to be touched upon in this prophet’s words; he leaves these considerations to the large-scale and more global considerations of Daniel and Ezekiel, and of the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, in his Revelation.

 This personal review of the writings of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, son of Iddo the prophet of Israel, has been thoroughly profitable to pursue as concentrated research into one of the great prophets of Israel. It is not meant to be an exhaustive study as such, but to be a workable, brief resume of our personal understanding of the overall general and specific meaning of the prophecies as stated.

Other students of prophecy have written in greater depth, bringing in wider considerations than these. We commend for your own further research, for example, John Carter’s Prophets After the Exile: Zechariah (The Christadelphian, Birmingham, 1945) as a credible work, although it contains suppositions that we do not necessarily agree with, or do so only with stipulations. <HEL code 1P


Gog as Distinct from the King of the North (1)

An eTPL Analysis

H E Lafferty

Our intention is to publish at least two short, pin-pointed scriptural discussions on this subject as we have come to several conclusions which disagree with some others who may not have studied it nearly as analytically.

This is the first installment …

Our contention is that Gog is NOT the King of the North as described by Daniel 11: 40-45, and that that account is entirely different from Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Please stay with us while we discuss the finer points which are given in the scriptures as to their distinct differences.

Note that Daniel specifically points out that Moab, Ammon and Edom (Jordan, on today’s map) “escape” the king of the north’s (KofN) invasion. Daniel 11: 41.

How is this account entirely different from the prophecy of Ezekiel?

One difference Ezekiel states is that there is in his narrative, no mention at all of these three entities (equivalent to modern Jordan).

We discuss some of the additional differences in this article, and intend to discuss others in future dispatches. The brethren of Christ above all people should be able to discern the differences – which are multiple.

Their ONLY similarity lies in that they both come from “the north.” That aspect is addressed below …

Every other aspect of these two accounts is mutually exclusive.

Just for clarity of this discussion, the author of this article holds that the invasion of the land in 1517 by the Ottoman Turks, combating Egypt (then king of the south), is the only account of the last king of the north – a conclusion of that prophecy having been reached when the British drove the Ottomans out of the Land of Promise in 1917.

Others disagree with this conclusion, still believing the older interpretation, that the account in Daniel 11: 40-45 is merely another narrative of Ezekiel 38 and 39, despite the MANY differences in the two accounts as to timing, premise, location, confederates, and ultimate outcome.

That view in our opinion admits serious deficiency in analyzing and comparing the two accounts!

There are several huge inconsistencies with this notion.

If Daniel 11: 40-45 is identical with Ezekiel 38 and 39, then we must also admit that the accounts given as prophecy in many other locations depict the same events and must be included in the consideration, for that insistence would strongly infer the defeat of the nations “round about” Israel as being part of the conflict.

Instead, the author holds that these various campaigns cannot and will not occur simultaneously, for they cannot be fulfilled twice; yet, they MUST be bundled together if they be considered as one conflict.

This necessity presents a conundrum.

This discussion is advanced for the consideration of some of these differences.

Daniel’s account of the (supposed) Gogian invasion partially reads …

Daniel 11:41He (the KofN, also considered by some as “GOG”) shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. 42 He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. 43 But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt … and the picture of the KofN conquest is completed in the next phrase: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps.

But where is the involvement in this account of Moab, Ammon and Edom with the Gogian invader as clearly and unmistakably related in Ezekiel?

Hint: they are not mentioned at all!

 This author believes that is because that in that future day these entities no longer exist, but have become part of Greater Israel in an earlier conflict.[i]

 Only three entities in the target region challenge Gog in any way according to the record: these are Sheba, Dedan, and the Merchants of Tarshish – which we understand occupy the lower eastern and southern districts of the Saudi Peninsula, adjacent to the Persian Gulf, the shipping portal (the mercantile aspect) for the preponderance of the petroleum output of the Saudis.

If Gog has come down into the land as in the narrative of Ezekiel 38 and 39, and be presumed to have occupied Turkey, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon, and to have conquered Israel and Egypt as some have claimed, it would be highly unlikely that Gog would have ignored Jordan (modern day Edom, Moab and Ammon), with its abundance of oil shales [approximately six times the size of Israel’s deposits].

That singular deposit of oil shale is more than six times greater than all the liquid reserves of petroleum known to be possessed by Saudi Arabia at the present time!

Why would “Gog” ignore that treasure? Yet Daniel specifically says that the King of the North (the Ottomans) did ignore that region [because oil shale, had its existence even been known, would have had no significance for them at all]!

The narrative given in Daniel 11 does not mention “Israel” at all, nor a people dwelling without bars or gates, dwelling in peace and security – a condition absolutely essential as almost inviting the Gogian invasion; it does not mention any wealth of the land of Palestine at all (for there IS NONE at that time) – and almost NO population at all. Instead, Daniel’s prophecy focuses on the wealth of Egypt.

But when the text is examined critically, Gog’s objective is singular – it is specifically to “spoil the despoilers” (Israel: Ezekiel 38:12), a statement which relates to a power that has at that time taken, and at that time possesses, great wealth from other nations.

That specific achievement is described as applicable to Israel in one of the controversial (and necessary to be justified) texts:  Zechariah 14:14  And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem; and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, and silver, and apparel, in great abundance.

How can this scenario be achieved if Gog has previously come down and conquered Israel, and driven their population into Egypt??

How can Israel be conceived to have that magnitude of power and such assembled wealth at that time and yet to have been overrun by the Gogian host?

The two accounts are entirely incompatible as occurring at the same time.

If all these accounts (and those referred to below) all occur at the same time, there is an impasse, with no explanation![ii]

There is not recorded even a peep of resistance or any manner of interrogation as to Gog’s intentions from Moab, Ammon and Edom (modern day Jordan) in the Ezekiel prophecy.

There is not one word of inquiry from them.

Why is this so?

We believe it is because those polities have already been erased by the events of the Second Advent.

At the same time, it is absolutely certain that Gog’s incursion into the northern fringe of the Saudi territories would cause great concern to Sheba, Dedan and the Merchants, as Gog would seem to be encroaching upon their own territories.

Now … further to this point: if the Gogian host indeed succeeds in conquering all the territory mentioned above, then the records of the conflicts of Psalm 83, Obadiah, Isaiah 63, Isaiah 11, Ezekiel 34-36,  Zechariah 10-14,  and others all must be concluded at the same time.  

All of them will be imminently involved in the Gogian invasion if the prophecies depict the same war.

Once conquered, the group of nation-states of Psalm 83, for example, cannot be re-conquered in yet another invasion; such a proposal is folly!

This theorem is completely inconsistent with the Gogian invasion of Ezekiel 38/39 IF IT BE EQUATED WITH THE WARFARE pictured in all those separate (and distinct, in our studied view) accounts which pictures Edom’s destruction in full, along with ALL the powers that are presently located between the Rivers, and are actively fighting Israel at this present time!


Conclusion: The invasion of the land of Palestine in 1517 by the Ottoman Empire in its battle with Egypt – and its total defeat in 1917 by Britain – completely fulfilled the last six verses of Daniel 11.

This account is now history; it is extremely valuable as an example of fulfilled prophecy, but cannot be expected to bear upon future events.

On the other hand, the account of the Gogian invasion must be justified with all the twenty-odd specific, unmistakable references to Gog’s demise within the confines of Ezekiel 38 and 39.

Gog’s ambition is to “spoil the despoilers” (Israel of that day), but its stated destiny does not square with that ambition.

According to Ezekiel, Gog, contrary to its plans of “spoiling the despoilers,” inherits graves “in Israel” at a location east of the Sea of Galilee (Young), in perhaps the valley of the Yarmouk River, which is at this time is NOT “in Israel,” but is the international boundary between Jordan and Syria.

The final conclusion that dedicated students of God’s word must make is that Gog achieves no success whatever in its attempt to conquer Israel of that day.[iii]

We implore readers to pay attention to words of reason and logic, and to be more diligent in their studies – to recognize the vast differences in these prophesied events – and to “rightly handle the word of truth” as given for our admonition and edification.  <HEL 11P> ~1600 words. An eTPL Analysis, November 26, 2016.


Education Minister Bennett Advises Israel: Annex Judea and Samaria Now

An eTPL Analysis

Someday it will happen. We cannot forecast just when it will happen. But we can forecast the ultimate outcome of such a move by the Israeli government.

Hezki Baruch of Arutz 7, is the author of this news article. He reports that ... Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home Party has strongly advised the Israeli government immediately to annex Judea and Samaria – the Arabic term for which is “the West Bank” – meaning the West Bank of the Jordan River, formerly (before June, 1967) under the control of Jordan to its east.

 The extremely hawkish suggestion was made in the wake of a number of anti-Israel resolutions passed recently denying the historical Jewish ties to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Education Minister of Israel Naftali Bennett

About 450,000 Jewish citizens live in the area in dispute, most of whom are Jewish (some are Arabic citizens of Israel). They are currently living under the Palestinian Authority system of laws and therefore have only limited freedom.

The minister acknowledged that many Israelis are concerned about the inevitable international resistance that such a move would trigger. But he advises, “Don’t fret global opposition; annex Judea and Samaria now!”

He pointed to earlier precedents for such annexation. He said, "Menachem Begin in 1981 did the same thing for the Golan Heights. [Prime Minister] Eshkol in '67 did the same thing in Jerusalem. And there was always a world [that opposed it]. But there was the will power and the courage to do it – and we need to do what's right for Israelis, for the Jews, and that's the right thing." [Emphasis mine – Ed.]

Speaking about the recent UNESCO resolutions which dismissed Jewish historical ties to the Holy City, the education minister claimed that the root of the problem “was the failure of Israel to clearly express Jewish rights to the historic Land of Israel.”

He explained further, "That's what happens when we don't treat our own land as ours. The UNESCO resolution is an attempt to deny history. But you know what? You cannot change history. Israel is ours for well over 3,000 years. It will be ours –Jerusalem is ours – but it’s time to apply Israeli law to Judea and Samaria."

A Tripwire for War?

It is possible that such an unilateral move on Israel’s part will be the tripwire of the final conflict in the long series of conflicts which we have witnessed during the past 68.5 years (since the establishment of the State of Israel in May, 1948).

What is our rationale for such a statement? It hinges upon recognition of the generalized state of Israel at this present time in history – its being threatened by enemies on every border – by savagely dedicated and highly organized enemies whose only goal is the erasure of the State of Israel and its People, ending in their desire to acquire the Jews’ Land and possessions.

But the scriptures of the Almighty One tell us differently. Mere human estimates or intentions hold no value or validity. Isaiah 11: 16 et seq tells the story in capsule format. It reveals in detail the Jews’ Second Recovery from the nations of their dispersion. Note especially the detailed list in verse 11, of countries from which they are to be rescued.

It is highly significant that a large portion of this verse has already been fulfilled on the sole initiative of the Jewish State! Its citizens have already returned from all the listed countries except “the islands of the sea,” which we understand to mean all the other scattered venues where His People are now located, such as the United States, France, Sweden, Italy, etc.

These folk are moving to Israel at a slower pace than those from the Arab countries perhaps because their conditions of life are not as drastically reduced and the danger to their existence is perceived as being at a lower level.

But its narrative contains a graphic depiction of another kind of activity ... that of Israeli aggression against the nations round about them, beginning in verse 14. This is another view of the narratives of Obadiah, Isaiah 63, Psalm 83, Ezekiel 35 and 36, Micah 5 and 7, and many other prophetic pictures of the decisive and final victories of God’s people over their enemies.

The end result of that final conflict is summed up in Psalm 83:17 - Let them be confounded and troubled for ever (this is obviously their final defeat); yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: 18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.

This is the beginning of conditions that are to be existent during the Kingdom of God upon the earth! It is a time when at least a limited number of peoples shall KNOW that YHVH is the most high over all the earth; at the foremost shall be Israel itself, according to the prophets.

One of the clearest indicators if found in Obadiah 1:21 - And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

At that time, there is no quandary about the new Sovereign Who has taken charge of Israel, naming Himself its King, identifying Himself as Messiah ben David, or David My Servant of Ezekiel 37: 24, 25.

His person and His office are described there as being “forever” and shall be the boon for which Israel has always claimed, and long sought. Indeed “... the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.”

<HELafferty code 10P> 950 words and photograph. An eTPL Analysis October 31, 2016.

Israel, not the West, stands for international law

The West maintains that Israel occupies Palestinian territory in the “West Bank.” This is untrue. There has never been any “Palestinian territory.”

By Melanie Phillips, Jerusalem Post, September 29, 2016

After the death of Shimon Peres, BBC radio’s flagship current affairs show “Today” interviewed Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev.

The presenter persistently suggested to him that Peres’s record as a peacemaker ran contrary to Israel’s subsequent record of failure to make peace with the Palestinians, and that the absence of a two-state solution was all the fault of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Her questioning reflected the grotesque false assumption underlying Western hostility toward Israel: that if only it wasn’t so belligerent there would be peace. Repeatedly challenged with this claim, Regev refused to engage. Instead he mouthed platitudes about how Peres would always have answered such a question with hope and optimism about a peaceful solution.

This was a missed opportunity. The overwhelming requirement for Israel is always to nail the big lie behind the questions thrown at it.

Regev should have said that the reason for the absence of a two-state solution was displayed last week at the UN, where the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas made a speech expressing hostility to Israel’s very existence.

To dissuade a determined White House from this course of action, Congress will have to do more than write letters. Here are some of the legislative options that could throw significant roadblocks in its path.

He [Abbas] falsely presented the Jews of Israel as squatters in the Palestinians’ own land. He even demanded that Britain apologize for the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which first committed Britain to reestablish the Jewish homeland in what was then called Palestine.

Through this declaration, said Abbas, Britain had given “without any right, authority or consent from anyone, the land of Palestine to another people.”

This preposterous speech was notable for three things. First, it rewrote the Jews out of their own history by fabricating an entirely fictitious Palestinian story. The only people for whom the Land of Israel and the disputed territories have ever been their national kingdom are the Jews.

Second, Abbas blamed Israel for his own people’s aggression and murderous violence over the Temple Mount.

Third, his speech showed that the Palestinians’ complaint is not about the absence of a state of their own. It is about the existence of Israel which they want gone.

The full speech received no mainstream coverage in the West. Abbas could be confident, however, that it reflected two entirely false Western beliefs: that Israel acts in contravention of international law, and that the land originally belonged to the Palestinians.

With the West duly softened up, Abbas is thought to be planning a maneuver at the UN. He says he will be pushing a UN Security Council resolution against the settlements. What worries Israel more is the rumor that President Obama will refuse to veto a proposed French UN resolution recognizing a Palestinian state.

If Obama does this, the US will be complicit in tearing up international law and bringing into being a terrorist state whose existential purpose is the extermination of Israel.

As the international law expert Prof. Eugene Kontorovich argued in The Washington Post in September, the proposed French measure repudiates UN Security Council Resolution 242, passed in the wake of the Six Day War. Resolution 242 represented a territorial compromise, with Israel agreeing to cede some but not all the territories it seized during the Six Day War in return for peace.

According to Kontorovich the French resolution, which would push Israel back behind the 1949 “Auschwitz” armistice lines, would repudiate 242 and amount to “a fundamental reversal of 50 years of Middle East diplomacy.”

Instead of a negotiated settlement, the US would therefore not only be aiding the unilateral imposition of a new terrorist entity in the Middle East but would also show its contempt for international law.

In fact the US, Britain and Europe have long displayed this contempt by supporting the big lie that Israel behaves illegally or belligerently.

The West maintains that Israel occupies Palestinian territory in the “West Bank.” This is untrue. There has never been any “Palestinian territory.”

Israel’s presence in the disputed territories cannot be legally defined as an occupation. Under the Hague and Geneva conventions, an occupation can only take place on sovereign land. The territories were never anyone’s sovereign land.

Israel is furthermore entitled under international law to continue to hold onto them as a defensive measure as long as its Arab aggressors continue to use them for belligerent ends.

The West says Israel’s settlements are illegal. This is also untrue.

In the 20s, the Mandate for Palestine gave Britain the legally binding duty to settle the Jews throughout what is now not just Israel but the disputed territories too. That Jewish right has never been abrogated.

The Geneva conventions, cited as the reason the settlements are illegal, prohibit an occupying power from transferring people en masse into occupied territory. This was drafted after World War II to prevent any repetition of the Nazis’ forced displacement of peoples. Israelis resident in the disputed territories, however, have not been transferred but moved there through their own free choice.

Kontorovich has looked at every modern example where occupied territories have been settled. In none of them did the international community denounce such action as illegal or demand that settlers had to vacate the land as a condition for peace or independence. If world powers asked the occupying force to withdraw, they referred only to the army and not the settler population. The only exception has been Israel.

The West makes a fetish of international law. Yet it denounces Israel, the one Middle East state that upholds it. It’s time to call out the US, Britain and Europe for aiding the repudiation of law and justice and thus helping promote the Arab agenda of exterminating Israel.


1. Gog is destroyed as soon as he approaches Israel.(Ez 38:18), whilst the King of the North is NOT destroyed but merely comes to his end...(Dan 11:45) 

2. Gog is not described as "overflowing and passing over' (Dan 11:40) as he is destroyed in the Land of Bashan (Ez 39:18), East of the sea (Ez 39:11). The King of the North does "overflow and pass over" but Daniel does not suggest HE is destroyed in Bashan or East of the sea, or, destroyed at all. 

3. Gog cannot take the treasures of Egypt (Dan 11:43) for there are none. Turkey in its role as King of the North, took them all away. 

4. Gog, in Ez 38/39 is NOT described as taking Israel, as Ezekiel assures us he is destroyed as soon as he sets foot in the north east corner of "ancient Israel". The King of the North (Turkey) took ALL of Israel and held it for 400 years....1517-1917. 

5. Gog cannot "take" Jerusalem because Ezekiel does not describe him as even entering modern Israel. The King of the North(Turkey) not only took Jerusalem, but made it his military headquarters. 

6. Gog does not destroy 2/3 of the returned Jews, as many claim and take the "remnant" captive into Moab....there is NO mention of it in Ezekiel, or anywhere else for that matter.. Ezekiel 39:9 reveals that "the house of Israel comes forth out of the Cities of Israel to bury Gog. The King of the North is not recorded as killing any Jews either, because there were very few in Palestine to kill, when he invaded the land in 1517. 

7. Gog cannot "take" Egypt, Ethiopia or Libya, because in his drive south he gets no further than Bashan, where he is destroyed. The King of the North took Israel and Egypt and accepted tribute from Libya and Ethiopia. 

8. Gog will not attempt to attack Israel until Israel dwells safely and has great wealth, which they will not have until Messiah comes. The King of the North did not take Israel for its wealth for it had none. He wanted the wealth of Egypt, which he assuredly took away to Constantinople. 

9. Gog is described in Ezekiel 38:5/7 as being a "guard to many nations", such as Persia, Ethiopia, Libya, Gomer, Togarmah and many people, No such description is given of the King of the North, who is more than adequately described in the SINGULAR. 

10. Gog is nowhere described in Ez 38/39 as planting a "tabernacle in the glorious Holy Mountain" Rather, God rains on him and his hosts, rain hail, fire and brimstone, as soon as he comes near unto Israel. The King of the North is described by Daniel as pitching "the tabernacle of his palace" between the seas, "in the Glorious Holy Mountain. Turkey assumed the mantle of the Islamites, who had built the Mosques on the Temple Mount.    

K/North.  8/1995.   C.FRENCH


The Festival (Feast) of Trumpets Approaches

By Harold Edward Lafferty

An eTPL Circular Letter

We sincerely hope that this information is not redundant; but it will be so if you read it after October 2nd – the day before the Feast of Trumpets.

We are acutely aware of the approaching Jewish holiday (festival, or moed) of the Feast of Trumpets; we realize that most folk are not aware of this imminent event and probably could not care less.

This message is to those who are concerned.

We believe that the festival is important in the fulfillment of end time Bible prophecy in that it appears logically to be the next festival that is intended to be fulfilled literally in the overall Plan of YHVH, whether this year or in a future year.

We remind readers of the dates of all the Hebrew festivals of the current Gentile year; these are not readily apparent because they are dictated by the Hebrew calendar, and not the Gregorian calendar upon which our affairs are based:

The actual dates of these festivals in the current year, 2016, are …

Passover              April 24 – fulfilled by Jesus’ crucifixion

Unleavened Bread       April 25 – fulfilled by Jesus’ burial

Firstfruits            April 27 – fulfilled by Jesus’ resurrection

Pentecost             June 12 – fulfilled by giving of the Spirit gifts

     The unfulfilled festivals of the fall are …

Trumpets            October 3  [Rosh Hashana]

Yom Kippur                October 12         [Day  of Atonement]

Tabernacles                  October 17- 23       [Sukkot]

Readers will note that the first four have been fulfilled in the first century …

We now anticipate fulfillment of the last three festivals in the order presented, beginning with the Feast of Trumpets.

Our main problem is … we cannot discern in advance, the year (or years) in which these will be fulfilled.

Given the abundant signs of the times, could the fulfillment of the next one – literally, upon the exact date of the Feast of Trumpets – be imminent? October 3rd is less than one month away.

The Feast of Trumpets is integral to resurrection and judgment.

As such, it is logical to believe that its fulfillment will bring the literal resurrection of the responsible dead and the gathering of the responsible living believers to the Judgment Seat of Christ – at “the last trump” as evoked by the apostle: Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1Corinthians 15:51, 52

(To a few of our readers this suggestion may appear absurd! But we make no apologies for suggesting it as an expression of our faithful acceptance of God’s word as being far above any “logic” of humanity. Anyone who has considered the magnificence of the universe must accept the divinity of the Almighty – indeed, that there does EXIST, the Almighty! We have no compunction to accepting His word as ultimate and irrefutable truth, because we have witnessed scores of fulfilled prophecies for which He is solely responsible .) 

We believe that we discern that this cited Pauline phraseology refers directly to the literal resurrection upon the date of a coming Feast of Trumpets when we consider that the Jewish custom during this festival is to blow the shofar one hundred times.

The last blowing in this series is a drawn-out note which is blown for as long as the trumpeter has one breath; it is a prolonged, soulful, sustained note which is literally called “the last trump.”

We believe that this final blowing of the trumpet is the source of the apostle’s reference to “the last trump” as being the signal for the resurrection of the dead.

This suggestion is given in light of the additional fact that the trumpeter of the words of Paul is not a mortal trumpeter, but an angelic one – an angel sent for the specific purpose of resurrecting the dead.

And, yes, we believe in that literal certainty as well, absurd as it has seemed to many mere human observers!

It is an affair which shall concern (i.e., directly impinge upon) only a selected (and relatively small) number of persons – all of them committed Believers in the Almighty and His Plan – and all of them having made a true covenant with Him by sacrifice (baptism into His death).

It is also an affair which we understand to be as clandestine as such an affair can be made to be.

Our expectation is that the turbulence of these times shall act to mask from widespread notice, the majority of the “disappearances” which the people of the world may observe.

These may have questions about the sudden disappearance of friends – questions of the greatest import, but few answers – unless they understand the process which has taken place.

Hopefully some shall understand, having been tutored in some measure in the expected event by their Believing friends, but having discounted their importance or even their possibility until they see the events take place.

Our compelling question is … “Shall this be the year of that “last trump?”

We cannot know in advance, of course, for no man knoweth the day nor the hour. But in light of the seriousness of the times – and the near-termination of the number of years of a “generation” – the seventy years of Psalm 90:10, specified AS a “generation” – is the generation that is rapidly coming to a close, given its beginning on May 14, 1948 (the establishment of the State of Israel, or the shooting forth of the Fig Tree of Luke 21: 29, 30, q.v.

Whether the approaching date of the Feast of Trumpets will be significant, either ushering in events pertaining to the resurrection or seeing the resurrection itself, we can only speculate – and await patiently.

The certainty is that the resurrection will occur in the near-term. Everyone should prepare himself for the event, and the sequelae to that event.

Note that the word “sequela” is essentially a medical word in our day. It is defined as an abnormal condition resulting from a previous disease.

It is Latin in origin, and originally indicated a single result or plural results. As such, it presupposes a “previous disease.”

In our intended usage, that previous ailment is that of sin and mortality – two words one hears almost never; sin is not recognized as sin; mortality is denied by most folk, who believe they have inherent immortality (that is, a lack of mortality, or certainty of death, i.e., that they are destined to live forever in some venue or other – either “heaven” or “hell”). In current medical terminology the word is pluralized as “sequelae,” as in this article, meaning multiple events resulting from an occasion such as the resurrection.

Those events shall turn the entire world upside down!

We wait patiently, and watch …     

         <HEL 9P> ~1200 words.  An eTPL Circular Letter  of Sept. 12, 2016.

The Promise of ISIS’ Demise?

Some Observations; Some Possibilities

By Harold Edward Lafferty

The apathy exhibited by President Barack Obama toward the Islamic State (a.k.a. ISIS) has been absolutely phenomenal.  He seems still to regard this vicious terrorist organization as “the Junior Varsity” as he called them several years ago.

They are not.

Even though having suffered some losses to the US, British, French and Russian forces, ISIS is still a formidable force – one which has multiplied into over twenty countries during the last two years in the form of enclaves, military outposts, and rag-tag “troopers” who enforce their wills among their host populations.

It is now estimated that a terrorist operation of some sort is perpetrated by ISIS somewhere in the world every 84 hours!

Both the political aspirants in the approaching US presidential elections make threatening statements about how they intend to approach the problem of ISIS.

Donald Trump vows to exterminate the organization with an hard-hitting attack by a coalition all the NATO allies. He intends an immediate attack geared to total victory and eradication of ISIS.

Hillary Clinton’s threats are more reminiscent of the intimidations intended by Obama: she merely wants to contain ISIS, and eventually get rid of it. No hurry; no urgency to speak of.

If Donald Trump is indeed the victor in the presidential race, and becomes president, it will be interesting to see just how much “clout” there is behind his threats – both as to how soon and how resolutely they might be exercised.

ISIS is not yet nearly strong enough to tackle Israel – even if ISIS were not engaged on fifteen or twenty other fronts of warfare.

ISIS is aware of its current unpreparedness.

Our question is, Would Donald Trump’s threatened and executed preemptive strike on ISIS cause the caliphate to do something rash … such as viciously attacking the Jewish State from its position of inferior strength, in a last-ditch effort to inflict as much pain and damage upon Israel as it can?

In addition, its strike upon Israel would mobilize all the forces of the other Islamic entities in the whole area – compelling them to join in the blood bath that ISIS is at that time intending upon God’s People.

In our thinking, this might be precisely what is reflected by the key prophecy of Micah 5, in which “Assyria” of the end time is said to “strike the judge of Israel upon the cheek,” much in the manner of a slap in the face.

The exact words of the prophet are, they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.  Micah 5:1.

Objectively, this “striking” by Assyria of “the judge of Israel” may simply be saying that the latter-day Assyria may attack the present government of Israel militarily.

Upon further consideration, the “judge” (Hebrew, shaphat, one of its meanings being governor; it is never  translated “king”) of Israel” seems not to be the LORD Jesus Christ, but the leader who is presently the country’s head of government.

Presently that person is Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

One reason for this opinion is that under no circumstance and in no degree of strength of forces, ISIS (or whomever is meant in this passage) is not pictured as victorious in any degree.

The invading force is pictured as absolutely destroyed in this as well as other passages which are in reference to the same conflict.

No future Islamic force will ever again have any significant degree of victory over Israel, a nation from which their Father has now removed His Cup of Fury – and has given it into the hands of their enemies to drink deeply – and to suffer its intoxicating, debilitating effects. Cf., Isaiah 52: 17, 22; Jeremiah 25: 15.

This fact alone is indication of His returned favor to Zion, as proclaimed in Psalm 102 – the “the time to favour her … the set time.”  The full text of the reference is Psalm 102:13  Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.

The fifth of Micah has long been recognized by thoughtful students of Bible prophecy as important information for the end time.

The entity spoken of there has been aptly termed “the latter-day Assyrian,” but has largely been mistaken to mean Russia – as in the Gogian host of Ezekiel 38/39.

But such a view mistakes the context of this (Assyrian) conflict as being much later than it is shown to be by the text. The picture given by the entirety of Micah is that of the people of Israel being in process of regathering into their land in the end time, of cultivating and nourishing the land,  of developing its waste places.

Micah 7: 11 illustrates the removal of the judgments of the LORD against His people: In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree (His judgments against His people) be far removed.

The processes depicted by Micah are intended to illustrate the manner in which conditions are brought about which are in place among His people before the Gogian host assembles for its invasion.

These events of Micah (and related references) show how He brings about the peace and security of Israel from the nations round about her (cf., Obadiah 1: 19, 20) which specifically are defined here.

Israel’s defense described here is not against a Gogian host, but against their primary Islamic foes with which they presently have a conflict – and have had for over 68 years (since 1948).

It is a conflict which in our understanding MUST reach its resolution in the total victory of Israel over the forces between the Rivers Nile and Euphrates (the Promised Land of Abram: Genesis 12, et seq). These proximate enemies are those who have created and who perpetuate the state of warfare and conflict from which Israel MUST be freed before the Gogian offensive is formed.

As we often stress, “Edom” here in Obadiah’s prophecy specifies the exact five regions of the distribution of the population of the PLO, the PFLP, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Salafists and the other Islamic fanatics who now constitute the “thorns and briers” which still threaten His people.

These regions, as described in these two key verses, are south Lebanon, the “West Bank” of Judea and Samaria, the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights, Jordan (the entire nation), the Negev desert of the south, and the Sinai Peninsula.

All these areas in our view will be under at least the influence – if not the absolute control – of “Assyria” of the end time when it emerges in hot conflict against Israel; these conflicts cannot be differentiated from each other. When one is prosecuted, so shall the other be … in lock step with one another.

And taken as an whole, their outcome is that of Psalm 83, in which the same group of enemies is enumerated and shown to be annihilated – absolutely NONE of which are Gogian in any sense.

These entities must be conquered and destroyed by Christ and His Saints, along with Israel’s defence forces, in order to set in place the necessary conditions for the attack of Gog and his bands: Ezekiel 38: 11 et seq gives us the picture: 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: 11,12.

Is that a description of Israel today?

In no way!

It is absolutely necessary for the resolution of Israel’s present conflicts – after which the People shall enjoy the peace and safety of Christ’s kingdom – sets the stage for the Gogian assault.

The reality that this sequence of events is valid is proven by the last verse of Obadiah, in which the outcome of this conflict is specifically stated: Obadiah 1:21 - And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

If the Kingdom shall at that time “be the LORD’s,” it follows that that same LORD must be present as its King, and be occupying the Throne of His father David upon Mount Zion. (II Samuel 7: 12, 13)

At this time the LORD Jesus Christ shall have appeared upon the Mount of Olives in His overt apocalypse to His people, revealing Himself to them as to identity and purpose. Zechariah 12 and 13 contain details of this momentous time, in which His regathered People ask Him the sincere question, “Just who are You, anyway??” and receive the loving, forgiving answer, along with the concrete proof, that He is their returned Saviour.

Note carefully how incongruous this scene is to the false theory that Christ shall have brought up His people out of the literal nation of Egypt, coming northward, bringing them against the Gogian host which some claim at that time to have conquered Israel and driven its people INTO Egypt some months prior to this time.

If Jesus and the Saints had appeared to His people in Egypt, and they had agreed to have Him lead them back up to Israel, the Promised Land, should the people after such a trusted deliverance from their enemies  be expected to make the inquiries implied in these two chapters?


 Long before this, they should have been convinced of His identity – a necessary requisite prior to their conjectured deliverance “from Egypt;” so the question as to His identity – and their response to His answers – make no logical (or scriptural) sense at all; this supposition is entirely redundant and inane

Just sayin’ …                        <HEL 9P> ~1700 words  An eTPL Analysis August 28, 2016.


 Jews of Yemen: A News Item Overlooked Until Now

An eTPL Analysis

It occurred less than six months ago – this terminal removal of the Jews from Yemen. Nearly 63,000 Yemenite Jews have been recovered from that fearsome and hostile war zone. But due to an extremely high birth rate, over 350,000 Yemenite Jews now inhabit Israel. The extraction of the entire Jewish populous of Yemen is now pronounced “complete,” in spite of the election of some fifty Jews to remain in Sanaa under what is described as “Yemeni protection.”

We doubt that supposition.

These too shall return – at some near future time.

Because Moses predicted that every last one of the exiles would return in the end time … “then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the peoples, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. If any of thine that are dispersed be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will He fetch thee.” Deuteronomy 30:3-4 (The Israel Bible™)

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz reported this small and terminal recovery in March, 2016, referring to the event as “Prophecy Fulfilled as Yemen’s Last Jews Make Aliyah.” He attributes the event to being “pre-Messianic.”

As already noted, the process has been going forward for a long time. The photograph below shows an obviously prosperous and elated Jewish family arriving at Ben Gurion International in August, 2013.

Photo: Moshik Brin/The Jewish Agency/Flash90)

The newest Yemeni residents of Israel were virtually the last Jews remaining in Yemen – currently a vicious war zone under the control of the Houthis – hard-line Islamicists.

Nineteen individuals were on that flight, including the wife and children of a man named Aharon Zindani, whose remains were transported to Israel for burial.

Significantly, the group’s 500-year old Torah scroll was brought by the community’s rabbi – a valuable part of their heritage.

The flight marked the nominal end of a series of secret operations that have brought about 200 Yemenite Jews to Israel during the last several years. It was sponsored by the Israeli Foreign Ministry as well as the US State Department, and others.

Natan Sharansky, Chairman of the Jewish Agency for Israel, issued a statement which read:

“This is a highly significant moment in the history of Israel and of Aliyah. From Operation Magic Carpet in 1949 until the present day, the Jewish Agency has helped bring Yemenite Jewry home to Israel. Today we bring that historic mission to a close. This chapter in the history of one of the world’s oldest Jewish communities is coming to an end, but Yemenite Jewry’s unique, 2,000-year-old contribution to the Jewish people will continue in the State of Israel.”

The effort to identify and recover clandestine Israelites in many locales is also going forward in force. During the Spanish/Portuguese Inquisition, many thousands of Jews were forcibly “converted” to Catholicism – an election that was forced upon them upon pain of conversion or death. The Israeli government is making a concentrated effort to locate these folk and to offer them refuge in Israel.

All these efforts are being mounted today because the Hebrews of the world now have a refuge (the State of Israel) open to all of them, regardless of health or any other factor.

Entire dispersed Jewish communities have been saved in the process – including virtually all the Ethiopian Jews.

Similarly, the Bnei Menashe of India have returned home after 2,000 years of exile!

Other Jews in crisis also have been saved in miraculous operations, such as that of Entebbe, Uganda, in which Israeli citizens on an Air France flight were highjacked and held hostage by Muslim interests.

Had these current Jews of Yemen not been rescued, they should have disappeared entirely; they had been issued an ultimatum either to convert to Islam (unthinkable) or to depart.

The threat to their existence came from a vicious group called the Houthis, which took over Yemen in October, 2015 – a group of Jew-haters who have in as their credo “Death to Israel” and “Damn the Jew.”

They chose finally to depart that heathen land.

In our thinking, this miraculous delivery is the result of the “hunters and fishers” of the LORD, which are still at their task among the Diaspora – forces guided by YHVH to bring His people home. Cf., Jeremiah 16: 16, referring to the great, second Restoration.

Sadly, the fifty Jews who chose to remain in Yemen will yet face that ultimatum, all the while believing that they have the protection of the Yemeni government. They are said to live in a closed and protected environment near the US embassy, and to live under government protection.

It’s remarkable that these few should choose this restricted life when they could have complete freedom in the State of Israel.

The recovered Jews (they are technically “Hebrews,” as not all of them are tribal members of Judah – or “Jews”) have a long history in Yemen.

The writer of this article points out that “Yemenite Jews have a unique and strong tradition, with some families even retaining their tribal identity, claiming a clear ancestry to Judah, Benjamin, Levy, and Reuven.”

By far the largest number of Yemeni Jews were rescued by Israel in 1949, when the new State of Israel conducted Operation on the Wings of Eagles – and 49,000 of the estimated 63,000 Jews were brought back. That operation was highly secretive and extremely dangerous for all the personnel involved; even the fact of its having been carried out was not revealed for many months after it concluded.

The operational name of that recovery is based upon the poetic language which described the same sort of miraculous deliverance, found in Exodus 19:4 – Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.

The “eagle wings” have much work yet to perform as one of the first works of Messiah’s future administration is that of bringing the remaining people of the Diaspora home to Israel – a signal event of which Zechariah wrote:

Zechariah 10:6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the LORD their God, and will hear them. 7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD. 8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased. 9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn (meaning REturn) again. 10 I will bring them again also out of the land of Egypt, and gather them out of Assyria; and I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon; and place shall not be found for them. 11 And he shall pass through the sea with affliction, and shall smite the waves in the sea, and all the deeps of the river shall dry up: and the pride of Assyria shall be brought down, and the sceptre of Egypt shall depart away. 12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD. Zechariah 10: 6-12.

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“Palestinians … May as Well Sue God …”

An eTPL Opinion Piece

In the renewed controversy over ownership of “Palestine,” a Jewish citizen of Efrat, Jonathan Feldstein, has posted on Facebook, this comment: “If the Palestinians are preparing to sue [Britain], they may as well sue God, because it is not [Britain] that gave us the land.” That quotation is taken from an article by Ilse Posselt entitled “Palestinians Threaten to Sue UK over Century-Old Balfour Declaration.” These notes are based on that article and other sources.

 His reference goes directly to the British statesman responsible for that Declaration, Lord Alfred Balfour. Since Lord Balfour’s photograph is rarely seen, we include his likeness here … 

Alfred Balfour, UK Foreign Secretary Who Authored the 1917 “Balfour Declaration”

On Monday, July 25, 2016, the Palestinian Authority (PA) Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki, indicated yet another enemy of “Palestine” in pointing out that Great Britain is answerable for today’s mayhem in the Middle East. Following the pitifully inept platform of his superiors, he told leaders at the Arab League conference in Mauritania, that Britain “stands responsible for all the ‘Israeli crimes’ committed since 1948.”

True to the conscience of every collective perpetrator of this “evil,” it is a popular Arab libel that only one nation stands to blame for the horror, bloodshed and violence in which the entire Middle East is submerged: Israel.

But Mr. al-Malik has now conceived another perpetrator – one which facilitated the founding of Israel the State: Great Britain. It follows that Mr. al-Malik continues to blame the plight of the “Palestinian” Arabs on others rather than the Arabs themselves. He went on to describe London’s crime as “issuing the 1917 Balfour Declaration, a document that led to the establishment of the State of Israel nineteen years later [it was actually 30 years later – Ed.].”

He went on to threaten Britain with retaliation for this “crime” in that the PA is in the process of formulating a lawsuit against the British government for this action.

Just what was the part that Britain played?

The referenced document was written almost a century ago by Lord Arthur Balfour, then British Foreign Secretary (in the USA, the equivalent office is Secretary of State), who wrote, in November, 1917, that his government “views with favor the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people and would use their best endeavors to facilitate the achievement of this object.”

Now … the scenario of the time is this: The Ottoman Empire 0f Turkey had controlled Palestine (a province of Syria – not ever a bona fide country by that name) along with Egypt, Libya, Cush (Ethiopia and others), along with the northern Levant of the day. It had done so for 400 years – since 1517, when it had taken many of the territories away from Egypt – then King of the South of Daniel 11.

But as World War One was drawing to its end, the British Expeditionary Forces then rooted in Egypt under the command of General Edmund Allenby, were on the threshold of a victorious push northward to Jerusalem, and further, to Damascus and Baghdad, thus freeing the entire region from Ottoman “desolation” – an apt term because the Turks did almost nothing to improve these lands under their control. They merely collected tribute from Egypt and the other distinct nations under their hegemony (Daniel 11:43).

Even at the time, students of scripture saw this Declaration as harbinger of a pivotal victory for the Jews of the day – a People who had been driven from their land (that same land) nearly two millennia before, and who were now in a sustained, purposeful attempt to reestablish themselves in it again.

In our view, Lord Balfour’s decision was an official voicing of international intention to favor the Jews of the world; its language was later made a part of the peace settlement at San Remo a few years later at the insistence of the League of Nations – a development which added to the legality of the decision according to international law.

That end was nominally achieved in May, 1948, after a long-fought Jewish resistance to British and Arab forces in Palestine; you see, Britain reneged on its stated policy and soon began to oppose the Jewish efforts at statehood because they needed the oil that only the Arabs of the East could supply to Britain. But as one might suspect, Mr. al-Malik does not see it in that light. His claim is that the Balfour Declaration “gave people who do not belong there [in Israel], something that was not theirs.”

He therefore enjoined the Arab League and its leaders to assist the PA in its legal efforts to “bring a suit against the British government over the ominous Balfour Declaration, which resulted in the Nakba for the Palestinian people.”

Just what is the “Nakba?”

It is the word used by Arabs to indicate a catastrophe – a singular term referring to the establishment of the Jewish State. By that name, it has become a “national” holiday (although “Palestine” in not a nation, nor has it ever been) among the people of the PA.

The “foreign minister” (a presumptuously strange title for an official of a non-state) did not indicate any specific court in which the PA will attempt to bring suit; and he did not state whether reparations would be requested (is there any real question?); Britain has not responded to the threat.

This is not the first attempt to hold Britain responsible for the existence of Israel; as far as we can determine, the two previous, known attempts have gone nowhere. The quoted article ends with a footnote: “One of the best retorts arguably comes via a Facebook post from Jonathan Feldstein from Efrat, ‘If the Palestinians are preparing to sue [Britain], they may as well sue God, because it is not [Britain] that gave us the land.’” (News source: Bridges for Peace, July 26, 2016)

As a follow-up to the main article, the writer read just this morning some additional comments by Zalman Shoval, writing for Israel Hayom (emphasis ours) … He writes that, “Since neither history nor the law is on the Palestinians' side in their struggle against Israel, their preferred method is to fabricate history in an attempt to undermine the legality of international agreements that contradict their objectives.”

 He clarifies: “The Balfour Declaration is dangerous for them, not just because it spoke of a national home for the Jews in the Land of Israel, but because it relates to the Arab population in the land in the context of its religious and civil rights, without any mention of national rights. It was clear to the British statesmen that Arabs in that part of the Ottoman Empire called Palestine did not have the history of a nation.” The most prominent British statesman of recent years, Winston Churchill, declared in 1949, that "The coming into being of a Jewish state in Palestine is an event in world history to be viewed in the perspective not of a generation or a century, but in the perspective of 1000, 2000, or even 3000 years."

With that level of understanding, it is obvious that the Nation of Israel should have come into being even without the supposed assistance of the Balfour Declaration.

Our considered view is however, that Lord Balfour’s Declaration gave legitimacy to the Jewish attempt to form its own State in the court of public opinion – and at a surpassing legal level as to global law.


The fact is that the time to favour Zion had come; cf., Psalm 102 reveals: Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof. Psalm 102:13,14.

Jewish participants agree with that assessment on a more personal level.

The persistent Jewish efforts to establish an homeland for the Jews in Palestine were voiced with great fervor by David Ben-Gurion, who was at the time Chairman of the Jewish Agency, as he testified before a royal British Committee in 1937, that … "Our right to Eretz Israel does not derive from the [British] mandate and the Balfour Declaration. It predates those .... The Bible, which was written by us, in our own Hebrew language and in this very country, is our mandate."

He could have given much higher emphasis to its legitimacy by adding that the words that were recorded were those of the Almighty, not merely those of Hebrew scribes. Ben-Gurion evidently did believe in the divinity of scripture, for on another occasion he stated that, “For one to be a realist in Israel, one must believe in miracles.”

We conclude this commentary with the words of the Almighty in Exodus, quoted by a correspondent who forwarded this particular article to us: I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord. - Exodus 6:7-8.

Although those words well express His ultimate blessing upon His People, we feel compelled to add yet one more specific reference to the above – one which indicates an even greater Exodus of Israelites from all nations of the earth – the second recovery of His people: Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name (Israel): for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Isaiah 43:5-7. ~1700 words. An eTPL Circular Letter August 3, 2016.

The French Riviera, July 14, 2016. 

It has happened again. Just before midnight a large-box lorry (truck) was driven swiftly and deliberately into dense crowds of people who had been watching a beachside fireworks display celebrating Bastille Day in the beautiful Riviera city of Nice, France. The truck swerved through the crowds for nearly 1.2 miles, leaving scores of dead and injured pedestrians in its wake.

After the vehicle came to an halt the driver (or drivers, by some accounts) then leaped out of the cab and started to fire guns into the crowds and the nearby shops.

The driver of the truck is reported to be have been killed by police.

Televised news reports out of France almost immediately displayed a screen labeled “Attaque á Nice; des dizaines de morts.” (You surely can translate those phrases in context.)

At this moment, nobody knows the full implication of this attack.

By its character, any reasonable person must conclude that it was a terrorist attack.

The French Police acknowledged it to be so within the first hour.

It is not a surprise that it occurred on Bastille Day – the paramount symbol of Free France, a model of the liberté, égalité, fraternité of the Revolution that it memorializes.

 In the mind of Islam the symbolism of an attack on such an anniversary is advantageous.

Although the death toll will doubtless climb above the current level, seventy eight persons are known dead.

Although not certainly known at the moment of this writing, the attack was doubtlessly terror motivated.

Although not yet known it will doubtless be determined that more persons than these presumed two are behind the attack.

Interviewed in California, the presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said that if this continues, “We aren’t going to have a world anymore.”

He is correct. Terrorism such as this is the outcome of lawless people who want to move the present world backward into the Dark Ages.

As such, these words are germaine to the scriptures relating to the end time. In our minds, the world that we now have is also undesirable…not worth saving as is, either.

Evil and violence attained the present level in the world on one previous occasion – in the days of Noah. The Almighty took decisive action; it is graphically described by the Apostle Peter…

2Peter 3:6  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

The “heavens and the earth, which are now,” are those of our world; the words of Peter are conclusive as to its destiny!

The giant delivery truck was loaded with arms and grenades according to police reports. But there were no explosions of these munitions. The truck still sits abandoned on the streets of Nice.

Internet monitors say there was an immediate response by known Islamic bloggers praising the attack and rejoicing at the disaster that resulted. No organization has yet claimed responsibility for it.

We strongly suspect that ISIS is behind this attack – or if not, it strongly supports it. The intention is identical to the deed in such a case.

As Charles Krauthammer remarked, ISIS is being squeezed; he stated that they (ISIS) are preparing their people for the loss of their Caliphate.

We are not necessarily in agreement with this opinion. The Allied assault upon ISIS seems to be sporadically successful, but not decisively so.

One revelation by the prophets is clear to our minds:  An end time entity exactly similar to ISIS is certainly indicated by prophets such as Micah and Asaph (in Psalm 83) – a polity which will attack Israel as representative of present day Iraq and Iran (ancient Assyria).  Such an attack would trigger an all-out assault of all the nations of the “inner ring” of enemies (i.e., those between the Nile and the Euphrates). THAT event, in our opinion, will bring the physical return of Christ to the earth in defense of Israel, His People, in order to clear their Land forever of all their enemies.

Although somewhat weakened, nobody should count ISIS “out.” Even a dying entity can sometimes cause great damage.

In our opinion, greatly expressed actual strength is not called for in the case of the “latter day Assyrian” attack upon Israel, because no success of the assault is even hinted at.

The importance of its attack upon Israel lies not in its successes, but in its fatal intentions. An event of this precise character seems to be the “trigger” for the return of Jesus Christ to the earth with the immortalized Saints.

France and all Europe – as well as America – are once again placed in a quandary: what to DO about these serial attacks upon open society? How can they be detected and prevented?

There is no obvious solution. Even destroying the vipers in their own nests would not be sufficient; because the ideology of jihad is now prevalent within the whole of Islam, no matter how loudly “moderate Islam” protests. The principles of jihad are clearly outlined in its “holy” manual, The Koran, of which there are 1.2 billion estimated adherents.

Meanwhile, tonight there seem not to have been any angels present on the famed “Promenade des Anglais,” in Nice, France.   <HEL MD/USA code 6P

Netanyahu Reiterates Claim To Golan Heights

Comments on a Late News Report

Harold E. Lafferty

The Golan Plateau, lying east of the Jordan River above Kinneret, southeast of Mount Hermon, and north of the Yarkon River, was a possession of Israel from earliest times. Today it is again in Israeli hands, but its possession is being challenged by outside forces.

How can we be sure of this fact of Israel’s earlier possession?

That is easy.

Moses designated “Golan in Bashan of the Manassites” as a City of Refuge, for a sanctuary city to anyone who innocently slew another person. Such a man-slayer was instructed to flee to any of several such designated Cities of Refuge where he could live in safety from the avengers of the victim’s death; he should live in this foreign place until the death of the high priest who was in office when the slaying occurred. Deuteronomy 4: 43 and Joshua 20: 8.

Further, in Joshua 21, there is the account of the heads of the Levitical priests approaching Eleazar the Priest and Joshua, asking that their Levitical residence cities be assigned among the tribal inheritances, as Moses had promised them several years earlier.

 Golan, in Joshua 21: 27, was given to them as one of 48 settlements in which they should make their homes.

More specifically, Golan was one of two cities given to Gershon, of the family of the priestly tribe of Levi: Joshua 21: 27; I Chronicles 6:17.

The other city was Ashtaroth, also in the same area (it was the capital of Bashan, and home of King Og), which in the Joshua reference is called  Beeshterah, a reference which is explained by a note in ESword: Beeshterah: It is very probable that Beesh-terah is a contraction of baith ashtaroth, "the house of Ashtaroth," and the same as Ashtaroth, which is the reading in 1Chronicles 6:71.

Thus we establish beyond any reasonable doubt the early possession of the Golan by the Children of Israel, and its additional, special identity not only as a City of Refuge, but also as a Levitical City.

These are the reasons, presumably, why Israel is adamant about not giving up the Golan Heights to Syria in any possible approaching “peace treaty.”

But even this is not as strong a reason perhaps, as the aggression upon Israel by Syria from the Heights when it was in Syrian hands.

Before 1967 – the Six Day War, in which Israel captured the Golan – the Syrian gun emplacements on the western brow of the Heights would fire upon farmers driving their tractors in their fields on the Hula Plain below, tending their farms in complete peace (from their points of view).

It was a nettlesome intrusion upon Israeli sovereignty to say the least, so when the opportunity to capture the Heights was presented in the Six Day War, Israel quickly captured the land, from the western scarp toward the east, to the vicinity of Quenitra – the capital of the Golan under Syrian rule.

Today, Quenitra is in No Man’s Land between Israel’s Golan and Syria’s southern province.

It is headquarters to the UN force which was interposed between the two enemies to try to maintain the truce.

That truce has been fragile, to say the least.

Israel formally annexed the Golan Heights in 1971, we believe, and has declared that it will never return it to Syria.  

This information furnishes the reason for a recent report (April 17) from Reuters (via Stratfor), which relates: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said April 17 that Israel would never relinquish the Golan Heights, in a signal to Russia and the United States that the strategic plateau should be excluded from any deal on Syria's future, Reuters reported.”

The claim on the Golan Heights by Mr. Netanyahu is thus made part of the record of how it intends to deal with any imposed settlement of Israel with Syria: the Golan will be retained by Israel.

 The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on the other hand, quickly countered that “Syria will re-take the Golan Heights by any means necessary in any future conflict (with Israel).”

We beg to differ, Mr. President!

The future of the Golan is that it is to be retained by Israel for all future time, in our opinion. The Prophet Amos clearly reveals the word of the LORD in such matters: in Amos 9: 11-15, we find these beginning words: In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old …

“That day” is today.

As proven above, those “ruins” of the “days of old” included the Golan Heights – and even much further territory toward the north and east!

The Apostle James, in Acts 15: 16 refers directly to this verse as he remonstrates with the Jews as to their exclusive calling of God, informing them, After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up …

That passage goes on to show the inclusivity of Gentiles in the age to come. It is significant that the indigent population of the Golan is wholly Gentile – Syrians, as well as Syrian Druze people – a somewhat esoteric “religion” that follows their conception of the beliefs of Jethro, the father in law of Moses.

The Druze of the Golan have proven generally to be loyal to whichever country rules over them, and many prominent Druze men have served in the Israel Defense Force since 1967. They are hospitable people as a whole, offering delicious restaurant fare to travelers; the writer has dined in Druze eateries at several places on the Golan. Almost all of them speak English (along with Hebrew and Arabic).

The rich volcanic soil of the Golan derives from basalt, and supports almost any crop planted upon it. Today it is considered the “bread basket” of Israel – thus serving a large agricultural enterprise consisting of dozens of Israeli Kibbutzim. The area is protected by a heavy concentration of not only UN forces (which offer almost no actual protection) but also legions of IDF personnel.

And no longer do the Guns of the Syrian Summer rain shells down upon the peaceable farmers of the Hula Valley in Israel – itself a fertile valley watered profusely by the tumbling, abundant Banias headwaters of the River Jordan.

<HEL 5P> ~1110 words. . An eTPL Circular Letter. May 12, 2016.


Israel: America’s Largest Aircraft Carrier

Recap: A Glowing Report from inFocus Quarterly, Spring, 2016

According to the former Supreme Commander of NATO forces and Secretary of State, the late General Alexander Haig: “Israel constitutes the largest US aircraft carrier, which does not require a single US boot on board, cannot be sunk, (is) deployed in a most critical region to the US economy and national security. And, if there were not Israel in the eastern flank of the Mediterranean, the US would have to deploy - to the region - a few more real aircraft carriers and tens of thousands of troops, which would have cost the US taxpayer some $15 billion annually. All of which is spared by the existence of Israel.”

Those are some of the earlier quotations from this report issued about six weeks ago – proofs of the value of Israel and the USA to each other in the current milieu of world affairs.

The report goes on to tout the fact that Israel is “no longer a supplicant (a beggar) as it was in the early years of its independence; that Israel has transformed from a net-national security and economic consumer to a net-national security and economic producer, generating very substantial military and commercial benefits to the US which greatly exceed the highly appreciated $3.1 billion annual expenditure in Israel by the US.

The article fairly glows with praise for Israel’s achievements, saying, “…annual US investment in Israel – erroneously defined as ‘foreign aid’ (Foreign Military Financing) - has yielded one of the highest rates of return on US investments overseas. Israel is neither ‘foreign,’ nor does it receive ‘aid.’”

These words probably were not penned by Barack Obama’s White House, whose relationship with Israel and its prime minister seems always to be adverse and unpleasant!

The report also addresses these and earlier tensions going back a long way: it states, “From a one-way-street relationship, the US-Israel connection has evolved into an exceptionally productive two-way-street, a mutually-beneficial alliance. The US is the senior partner, and Israel the junior partner, in a win-win, geo-strategic partnership, which transcends the 68-year-old tensions between all US presidents (from Truman through Obama) and Israeli prime ministers (from Ben Gurion through Netanyahu) over the Arab-Israeli conflict and the Palestinian issue.”

The direct result of this close relationship with Israel has borne abundant fruits for the US military-industrial complex. Israel has been the most cost-effective, battle-tested laboratory benefitting the US defense industries, and the most reliable and practical beachhead/outpost of the US defense forces, the article claims. Israel freely shares with the US its unique intelligence, battle experience and battle tactics.

Therefore, Israel “…extends the US strategic hand at a time when the US is experiencing draconian cuts in its defense budget, curtailing the size of its military force and the global deployment of its troops while at the same time facing tough international competition of an industrial-defense nature, and dramatically intensified threats of Islamic terrorism both overseas and on the US mainland.”

An example of this is Israel’s Air Force (IAF), which, operating US-made fighter bombers in parallel with the US Air Force, cooperates on a regular basis with the US manufacturers of the F-15, F-16 and other US aircraft systems, sharing real-time frontline, daily operational, maintenance and repair lessons derived from Israel’s daily battle experience.

This information upgrades US national and homeland security as well as enhances research and development, global competitiveness, exports, and the employment base of the US defense industries such as Lockheed-Martin, McDonnell Douglas, Bell Helicopter, Boeing Defense and Northrop Grumman.

The plant manager of the Fort Worth, Texas-based General Dynamics facility, which manufactures the F-16, recently stated that Israeli lessons have spared the manufacturer ten to twenty years of research and development efforts leading to over 700 modifications to the current generation of the F-16, which he said could be “valued as a mega-billion dollar bonanza to the manufacturer.”

One might also conclude that McDonnell Douglas (F-15 manufacturers of St. Louis) benefits in the same manner.

Similar improvements are consistently being shared with not only the armed forces of the US but also manufacturers of tanks, armored personnel carriers, missile launchers, missiles, night navigation systems and scores if not hundreds of additional military and homeland security systems shared with Israel.

The absolutely effusive report goes on to quote General George Keegan, a former US Air Force Intelligence Chief, who said that “the value of intelligence shared by Israel with the US – exposing the air force capabilities of adversaries (Russia, etc.), their new military systems, electronics and jamming devices – ‘could not be procured with five CIAs….’

The ability of the US Air force in particular, and the Army in general, to defend whatever position it has in NATO, owes more to the Israeli intelligence input than it does to any other single source of intelligence, be it satellite reconnaissance, be it technology intercept, or what have you.” 

For instance, the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Northrop Grumman plant, which manufactures explosive-neutralizing robots, has increased its exports since Israel’s decision to employ its product, benefitting from weekly telephone conference calls with Israeli experts, who have shared with Northrop Grumman their operational lessons.

Israel is to the US defense industry what a triple-A tenant is to a shopping mall – enhancing value and drawing clients.

The late Senator Daniel Inouye, former Chair of the Intelligence Committee and the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “Israel provides the US with more intelligence than all NATO countries combined.” As such, a Deputy Chief of Staff of the US Army said that Israel’s counter-terrorism experience has “shaped the US war on terrorism.”

US Special Ops units being deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are trained by Israeli experts in tackling suicide bombers, disabling car bombs and deadly Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs.

When these troops arrive at the front, these soldiers are assisted by Israeli-developed (sometimes co-developed with the US) unmanned aerial vehicles.

In addition, an Israeli armor plating system, installed on US Military vehicles minimizes US fatalities.

Wounded soldiers are treated with the innovative “Israeli bandage,” which is utilized to stop severe bleeding of injured personnel; in 2014, General (ret.) Chuck Krulak, former Commandant of the US Marine Corps, stated: “The US battle tactics formulation, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – the intellectual Mecca of the US Army – is based on the Israeli book.”

But prejudice does raise its ugly head. The report states that “In November, 1952, following Israel's 1948-49 War of Independence, General Omar Bradley, the US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, proposed expanding strategic cooperation with Israel, only to be rebuffed by the Department of State, which opposed the establishment of the Jewish State.”

The “striped pants boys” of Harry S Truman had struck again!

In 1969, Israel shared with the US its own flare system, which diverted anti-aircraft heat-seeking missiles away from their targets, saving the lives of many gunship pilots during the Vietnam War.

In 1989, 1969 and 1966, Israel snatched a Soviet Mig-23, a most advanced P-12 Soviet early warning radar and ELINT (electronic signals intelligence) system, and a Soviet Mig-21 from Syria, Egypt and Iraq, respectively. All these were transferred to the US, evaluated and integrated into the US battle tactics, counter-measures and the defense industrial competitive edge, tilting the global balance of power in favor of the US.

On July 4, 1976, Israel's Entebbe hostage-rescue operation was a turning point in the battle against anti-US, pro-USSR Islamic terrorism. 

The list of Israeli contributions to the US military establishment goes on and on…

In 1981, in defiance of the US Administration, Israel bombed and destroyed Iraq’s nuclear reactor, sparing the US a nuclear confrontation against Iraq in 1991, and snatching the pro-US Saudis from the jaws of pro-Soviet Iraq. 

In 1982, Israel destroyed twenty advanced Soviet surface-to-air missile (SAM) batteries, (all of which are deployed in Lebanon/Syria and throughout the world), downing 89 Soviet Mig-21s, Mig-23s and Su-20s in the process.

In this conflict, Israel proved that the most advanced mobile Soviet SAMs could be jammed, penetrated and destroyed, promptly sharing the battle tactics and electronic warfare innovations with the US Air Force and defense industrial base, providing the US with a significant geo-strategic and industrial game-changing edge over Moscow. 

In 2007, Israel destroyed a Syrian-North Korean-Iranian nuclear plant, dealing a blow to global terrorism, sparing humanity the trauma of a nuclear Assad in 2016.

In March, 2007, General John Craddock, the Supreme Commander of NATO, told the House Armed Services: “In the Middle East, Israel is the closest ally of the US, consistently supporting our interests through security cooperation.”

Even CNN – which is generally critical of Israel - agreed that Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists advanced homeland security in pro-US Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.

A June 2015 strategic agreement intensified cooperation between the air forces of both countries, establishing twelve teams of officers and codifying a widening range of joint annual agendas: operations, battle tactics, training, maintenance, repairs, airborne medicine, flight safety, etc., in the face of mutual threats, joint interests and constrained budgets. 

US combat pilots benefit uniquely during joint drills with their Israeli colleagues, who always fly in a “do-or-die” state of mind – a result of Israel’s narrow geographic waistline – which stretches the capabilities of the aircraft to new dimensions and generates more daring and innovative maneuvers, shared with their US colleagues.

Recently, Israel’s Air Force developed a ground-breaking method of identifying, repairing and preempting cracks the airframes of older combat planes, such as the F-16, and promptly shared that information with the US Air Force and manufacturer. Instead of grounding planes for six months and preoccupying hundreds of mechanics, the Israeli-developed system requires two weeks and only a few mechanics, yielding significant economic and national security benefits, not to mention the ultimate safety of its aircrews.

In 2016, against the backdrop of mounting conventional and terrorist threats, the proliferation of Islamic terrorist cells in the US, the collapse of Europe’s military power projection, the Islamization of Turkey’s national security policy, the erosion of the Western posture of deterrence, and the growing instability, fragmentation, unpredictability and doubtful reliability of pro-US Arab regimes, Israel is the only stable, reliable, predictable, capable, democratic and unconditional ally of the US.

Israel constitutes a critical obstacle to the megalomaniacal, Islamic imperialism, enhancing the national and homeland security of the US and its Arab allies.

Unlike Europe, Israel is able and willing to flex its muscles.  

An Israel-like ally in the Persian Gulf might have dramatically reduced the US military involvement in the Gulf and the Indian Ocean.

“The raging, anti-US Arab Street, the melting UN-minded European Street, the commercially and militarily innovative pro-US Israeli Street, and the intensifying threats to global sanity and the US national and homeland security, all highlight Israel’s role as a special strategic partner of the USA – and not a member of the “foreign aid” club of supplicants - increasingly contributing to mutually-beneficial geo-strategic US-Israel joint ventures” concluded the report. 

Yet the US Administration of Barack Obama continually bickers with Israel on the inane pursuit of a “two state solution” to the Arab-Israeli conflict – a solution which has been rebuffed by the Palestinian Authority several times in the past. 

Little does anyone yet perceive that conflict to be well on its way to a final solution – the Second Advent of the LORD from heaven, followed by the absolute annihilation of all the Arabic/Islamic enemies between the Nile and the Euphrates, and from the Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf.

                       <HEL 6P> ~1900 words. An eTPL Circular Letter   June 4, 2016.



 The Word of the Lord

(Ho Rhema Kurios)

1Peter 1:25

The Apostle Peter wrote relatively little of the post-resurrectional scriptures.  But the instructions which he gave befit a master teacher – not inconsistent with those qualities of his intensively personal Trainer, the Lord Jesus Christ. His words of encouragement and instruction plunge to great depths of godly perception, and devotion to the things of the Spirit.

His own experience with utter failure of his own devices may have brought Peter to attest that man’s abilities are of the most fragile and brittle nature; and to contrast them starkly with the only remedial element – devout faith in the word of the Lord: 1Peter 1:24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord (ho rhema Kurios) endureth for ever. And this is the word (rhema) which by the gospel is preached unto you.

It is astonishing to realize that the ONLY enduring words of life are contained in the replete, essential message of salvation as recorded in the brief “books” inscribed by the N.T. writers, based upon and supported, of course, by the priceless substantiating witness of those who came before that time.

Peter’s certain message is that one’s only lifeline has been supplied by the Gospel of Christ which had been conveyed by His Spirit – by inspiration, or the instillation of His rhema (utterance, word, or narration) – in the minds of the teachers and recorders of the Gospel of Christ.

Thus, that Word in Greek is ho rhema Kurios the Word of the Lord. It is never the writers’ words but the words of the Almighty, faithfully and economically recorded by His servants, the prophets and righteous men of old.

They are placed there for His brethren’s guidance and admonition.

This principle is of most crucial importance to His people.

It not only recognizes His authority; it admits the conveyance of His loving will and purpose to fragile men, whose lives and glory otherwise are as temporal as the grasses and flowers of the field, but which, by His grace and word – by ho rhema Kurios – are given substance, established, extended, and validated.

It therefore must induce humility and submission in those who hear it.

It is not generally (or natively) the view which man adopts toward himself.

Because his life seems long and drawn out, and to his finite mind, greatly extended, he tends to think deceptively of himself as being far more significant than he really is. He sometimes assumes self-assured confidence which will not hold up to approaching challenges.

This means that he often takes upon himself the arrogance of authority or position of influence which he does not rightfully possess, and which he may not rightfully impose upon others.

Because men tend toward this bias, it also militates toward their insisting upon their own finite ways rather than those of the Almighty, no matter how unnecessary, inexpedient, unworkable or inane – or even contrary to His will.

We sometimes see this trait manifested by brethren who adopt an overbearing mien, who vaunt themselves above others, and vindictively insist on their own way among their brethren and in their Ecclesias to the hurt of many.

Such was Diotrephes of 3 John 1:9.

 This attitude generates within one, an invalid and falsely exalted view of one’s own position and authority – and often leads to the imposition of one’s own personal will upon one’s brethren in hurtful, derogatory ways.

That intrusive “authority” which this attitude conveys is completely gratuitous, and unscriptural.

It can do great hurt to the household of faith.

In a strong sense, it usurps the authority of the Master.

Peter’s instruction is to the contrary, as is the entirety of the writings of the disciple Titus.

His godly instruction is that every brother and sister of Christ must humbly realize his own fragility – his own propensity to failure of resolve; his own inherent weakness even in marginal relationships – and demands that each approach his life in humility and godly fear.

It is surely a principle which was vividly illustrated to Peter himself in his own life of service to his Lord.

When he penned these epistles he doubtlessly was painfully remembering his own flesh-generated declaration of earlier times to Jesus that he (Peter) would lay down his own life for his Lord, but that within hours he had patently denied Him three times in order to preserve his own life.

The prelude to this incident is recorded in John 13, when Peter had sincerely but impulsively pledged his willingness to lay down his own life for that of Jesus.

At their last gathering in the Upper Room, Jesus informed His disciples that He was shortly to depart from them, but that, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me. John 13:36.

It must have appeared as a challenge to Peter.

John 13:37  Peter said unto him, Lord, why cannot I follow thee now? I will lay down my life for thy sake. 38 Jesus answered him, Wilt thou lay down thy life for my sake? Verily, verily, I say unto thee, The cock shall not crow, till thou hast denied me thrice.

  At that moment, Peter probably questioned the pointed query – Peter, WILT thou lay down thy life for My sake? – and the conclusive assertion of Jesus that he certainly should.

The events that ensued proved devastating to Peter, illustrating to him the frailty of his own fleshly resolve, the overpowering, inherent need to preserve his own life rather than sacrifice it in support of His Master – a temporary refusal of the most dire sacrifice which he should later make of himself; it is claimed that Peter was crucified by being hanged on a stake upside down (but this manner of his death is unsupported).

Peter had vowed, with supreme confidence in his own personal, godly intentions to defend His Lord – and even initially proved those intentions in Gethsemane, when only hours later he drew a sword, and severed the ear of the servant of the high priest!  John 18:10.

The narrative following in John 18, then slows to a detailed account of the actions involving Jesus, and the feelings of John (presumably the disciple who was known to the high priest) and Peter, as the dramatic confrontation plays out.

In the presence of the authorities, and in the face of great danger, Peter’s impulsive resolve quickly faded. The confidence that he has exuded in his own resolve had meant nothing, being quickly erased by his own intensely fleshly failings.

Jesus was now in custody, and was being grilled before a great crowd by the priestly authorities. Peter joined the throng at Caiphus’ house, being brought into the judgment chamber by request of a certain disciple (John?), and was soon recognized as one of Jesus’ followers.

One even today feels the gravity of this assembly when visiting the excavated residence of Caiphus in Mount Zion today – the capacious Judgment Hall of the most elevated Priest of Israel that fateful evening, filled with his loyal adherents along with the curious and largely confused spectators.

The stage was set for Peter to fulfill his boastful and precipitous promise to Jesus in the Upper Room.

But when now confronted and questioned, and realizing the great danger to his own person, Peter persistently denied even knowing the man; what’s more, Peter persevered in his denials: after the third such, the Lord turned and pointedly gazed upon Peter, a silent, authoritative, but pitiful gesture which brought stunningly to Peter’s mind the previous saying of the Lord.

Luk 22:61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word (rhema) of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow (i.e., before the dawn), thou shalt deny me thrice. 62 And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

This extremely short-term prophecy by Jesus taught Peter a lifelong lesson in humility – a quality with which he had not previously been very well acquainted.

 That the message became etched upon Peter’s conscience becomes stridently clear in that he went out, and wept bitterly.

That enormously personal example of the effects of ho rhema Kurios seared into the conscience of Peter the unfailing principle of the pitifully inept, inherent weakness of the flesh, affecting eternally the character of one who would soon become one of the strongest and most faithful of the disciples.

It doubtlessly was the motivation behind his incisive observation here: that … all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth forever.

Peter’s zeal-generated, fleshly assertion that he would personally give his life for his Savior had been immediately, realistically, and crucially refuted by the Master – a detail which would come home to Peter in the approaching hours – that, instead of Peter giving his life for Jesus, that Jesus instead was to give His life for Peter!

And not only for Peter, but for all who should likewise avow their faithful allegiance to Him not only by words, but by their works, because their public commitment to Him by baptism into his name literally and humbly promises that one’s life shall henceforth be completely dedicated to His service and glory.

This commitment is fully governed by godly faith, not human resolve.

It declares openly and firmly to all observers that one’s life is to be considered no longer his own, but is that of Christ Jesus – the Savior and Redeemer of all mankind – to all who will commit to exhaustive allegiance to Him in his or her life.

The extreme reality of that humbling principle was proven explicitly to Peter in this incident – and was recorded for our benefit as well – as a vivid illustration of natural man’s fragility and ineptitude, bringing home clearly that one’s faith must be founded not upon one’s own fleshly intentions, but on his purposeful, dedicated affection for and faith in the Rock of his salvation – the Lord Jesus Christ – and upon an assured faith in ho rhema Kurios.  

A final explanatory note: as sometime students of Greek, every serious Bible scholar knows that the Greek word “logos” is translated “word,” as famously in John 1. In this instance and in many others, logos indicates the total, inspired word of God, and the Living Word as exhibited in Jesus Christ – the written information pertaining to Him.

The other Greek term translated “word” is rhema, as emphasized in the above article. Its thrust is mainly the spoken words (utterances) of the gospel – the verbal instructions given for our daily guidance.

The words of Jesus are significant on this point. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word (rhema) that proceedeth out of the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4).

An implicational example of this principle is readily seen in the words of Luke: When Jesus told Peter to cast the fishing nets on the other side of the boat, Peter answered,“Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word (rhema) I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5).

In our understanding then, rhema signifies the application of the instructions of the Almighty and His Son – our putting into practice the basic doctrines and moral directions that we have been given in the written word.

<HEL 11N, 6P> ~1900 words. An eTPL Circular Letter  June 15, 2016.

Aspects of the Seventy Weeks Prophecy of Daniel 9

Harold E. Lafferty 

The prophecy of Daniel known as The Seventy Weeks Prophecy is grossly misunderstood by the greatest majority of Bible readers, led by the “preachers” of Christendom who use it to their advantage in the propagation of their theories of the end-time events occurring at the time of the Second Coming of the LORD.

 In order to facilitate a closer study of the prophecy, we have set it forth below in limited tabular form, in order to highlight the main features of the prophecy.

 Dan 9:24  Seventy weeks

are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city,

•        to finish the transgression,

•        and to make an end of sins,

•        and to make reconciliation for iniquity,

•        and to bring in everlasting righteousness,

•        and to seal up the vision and prophecy,

•        and to anoint the most Holy.

Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince

shall be seven weeks,

and threescore and two weeks:

the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Dan 9:26  And after threescore and two weeks (and after the initial seven weeks already stated – i.e., after 69 weeks)

shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:

and the people of the prince that shall come (this is Rome – not “the AntiChrist) shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Dan 9:27  And He shall confirm the covenant with many

for one week:

and in the midst of the week He (The Christ – by His sacrifice) shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations (by the Romans, with the Jews’ enthusiastic approval) He (Jesus, for the subject-pronoun has not changed) shall make it (by dint of His sacrifice He annulled it, making it) desolate, even until the consummation (at the end-time), and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate (that is, upon the desolator – Rome and subsequent desolators, ending with Ottoman Turkey in 1917).

In order better to understand the prophecy we intend to examine it in great detail

The Seventy Weeks

We see first that the prophecy concerns Seventy Weeks of time. We note from Leviticus 25, that a “week” is equivalent in prophetic terms to seven calendar years based on our solar year. We can discern that fact based on how events have played out in history in similar applications.

The only difficulty we can have with the basic period of seventy weeks of years (490 years in total, or 70 x 7), is determining the beginning point of the prophecy.

We note from verse 25, that the period was to begin at a point designated as ... from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem.

 Historically, there are three similar decrees which could have served as the starting point; only one of these can be valid.

In order to establish the correct decree, one only need carry the beginning dates of all three to an end-point, then determine which end-point is relevant to the prophecy. 

“Weeks” here is the Hebrew word Shebuah, which Strong confirms in his Hebrew Lexicon as meaning, literally “sevened” – just “sevened” – which, he says, means a seven of years, or seven years, or a “Sabbath” of years” as it is expressed in Leviticus 25: 8.

One of the three decrees should work out perfectly with the specifications of the prophecy, so it should be an easy task.

From historical record, we know that similar decrees were issued …

1.      By Cyrus the Persian in 533 BC;

2.    By Artaxerxes Longimanus to Ezra the Scribe in 455 BC;

3.    And by Artaxerxes Longimanus to Nehemiah in 442 BC.

The first of these dates, if lapsed 490 years (the total of the prophetic years indicated) would give a result of 43 BC as its termination: [533 BC minus 490 = 43 BC]. Nothing happened in this terminal year to fulfill the prophecy.

The Second of these dates, lapsed 455 BC to 1 BC leaves, from the next year which was 1AD, 34 years of fulfillment remaining in the AD years, or 34 AD. Let’s leave this entirely workable one for a moment and calculate the last date.

The third of the above dates, lapsed 442 years into the future to 1 BC leaves, from the next year which was 1AD (or a lapsed 443 years), 47 years remaining in the 490 decreed [490 minus 442 = 47 AD]. There is no visible indication that the Seventy Weeks could have ended on this date.

We therefore revert to consideration of the middle date, 455 BC, when Artaxerxes decreed the return of Nehemiah to rebuild the Sanctuary and the walls of the Holy City.

In our consideration of the terminal date for the prophecy of 34 AD, we determine that this year is slightly after the crucifixion, which we deem to have been in the year 30 AD.

If this is so, how do the tenets of the prophecy correlate with this date? 

Is it reasonable to conclude that this is the proper starting date of the prophecy?

It would seem precisely the correct date. If it is so, the six goals of the prophecy should have been met in some meaningful way by that date. This is extremely important, because the complete fulfillment of these requirements awaits the establishment of the kingdom of God.

Now we turn to the features of the prophecy to be fulfilled, the first of which is “to finish the transgression.”

First … To finish the transgression

If this is difficult to understand in the AV, we must look to the Hebrew word translated ‘finish.’ It is (Strong, H3607) ‘kala – a primitive root, to restrict, by act (hold back or hold in), (or) by word (i.e., prohibit).’ The RV uses “restrain” here, and omits the article, thus meaning “to restrain transgressions.” The text seems to refer to transgressions in general, i.e., sin. The first objective, then, is to restrain transgressions.

It is obvious that when Christ comes the second time He will forcibly suppress sin in all its aspects, ruling the nations with a rod of iron. He will give to Israel a ‘new heart’ at that time, and work a work of moral reform upon His people. That restraint will pass over into the general world population.

But how was this accomplished at Christ’s first coming? Messiah had first to come to His people – the primary ‘business’ of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks (P70W) – and to be ‘cut off.’ In so doing He made an end to the daily sacrifice and abolished the Old Covenant of Moses; He therefore ‘confirmed the promises made unto the fathers’ by the shedding of ‘the blood of the everlasting covenant.’ 

The preparation of the people (both Jews and Gentiles) who would assist Messiah in His great future work would be required to develop the ‘new heart’ and the ‘new spirit’ which pertains to this new covenant.

By this process of godly living which He established and codified, therefore, sin would quite effectively be ‘restrained,’ and the characters of His adherents would be developed after the requirement and pattern of the Lord. When He came the first time, similar to the work of John Immerser, that was his avowed mission – to make ready a people prepared for the Lord in the long term Luke 1:17.

Christ’s spiritual cultivation of this great body of believers thus prefigures the work to be done upon His people, upon Jerusalem, and ultimately upon the people of the world at His Second Advent.

We are told that the Law was a ‘yoke of bondage’ to the people; as such it was impressed upon them as a restraint upon their desire to serve the flesh and their own purposes.  It was intended to make His chosen ones markedly different from other peoples. The second part of this goal was to make salvation available to the Gentiles as well as the Jews – a goal which was attained during this final, 70th week as we shall see.

The requirements of the provision, then, is seen fulfilled in limited aspect at His first coming, but perceived to be of greatest effect – of conclusive effect – upon His people at His return.

Second … to make an end of sins

As it stands, we know that this provision was not universally and literally fulfilled at His first coming. Men and women continued to sin in their daily lives; although sin was repressed by their attempts at obedience, sin was not ended. There is one exception to this general fact: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was certainly the primordial victory over sin and death – and over ‘sins,’ for He committed none.

However, it is notable that the word in Hebrew for ‘sins’ and ‘sin offerings’ is the same; note that in the 27th verse of Daniel 9, His making an ‘end of sin offerings’ is referenced in the ‘cutting off’ of Messiah in the clause, “in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.” This means that He would in some manner bring to an halt the ‘sacrifice and the oblation,” which were literally the sin- offerings under Moses’ Law! 

In sacrificing Himself, Jesus Himself “was made sin for us” (II Corinthians 5: 21); “He died for our sins according to the scriptures.” He offered the one perfect sacrifice which was the ‘one offering’ which God required at that time.

In doing that, He effected the ‘end of sin offerings’ whether anyone recognized the fact or not. From that point in time – His death on the stake at Golgotha – the sin offerings of the Law were no longer valid or operative.

We are aware that, in the minds of the Jews of that day, Jesus’ sacrifice did not impinge upon the Law of Moses at all, and did not end their ritual use of sin offerings which they continued to offer until 70 AD when the Temple was destroyed. They did not accept His sacrificial death in the least, and shall never do so until they ‘look upon Him whom they have pierced’ (Zechariah 12:9).

At that time they shall be introduced to the ‘bonds of the New Covenant,’ and with that will come their immediate recognition of ‘the end of sin offerings.’ 

Having said that, Jesus’ sacrifice did put an effective end to the ‘sin-offerings’ of the Law although not recognized at the time by the Jews. In light of His sacrifice, no matter how many sin offerings they offered after that time, they were no longer functional as they had been under the Law.

Thus, the greater fulfillment belongs to that future day, and like the first provision, points to a greater fulfillment of this great prophecy in the coming kingdom age.

Third … to make reconciliation for iniquity

The Hebrew word for making reconciliation is kaphar, which means to cover; figuratively it means to expiate, condone, placate, or cancel. In the O. T. it is translated as make atonement, cleanse, forgive, pardon, purge away, and others.

To review, we see that the proclivity for sin in the Jews of His day was not removed with the coming of Jesus. But we see in His work that He clearly introduced age-lasting righteousness to those who perceived His work and mission. At first a few Jews believed – then multitudes did; then the Gospel was introduced to the Gentiles, and thousands believed on Him. The Gospel is the means by which sin is expiated or cleansed or pardoned – and thus is the vehicle of age-lasting righteousness.  

The important factor here is that Jesus Christ came to His people, obeying His Father in every respect even though He was an earth-born man with all the propensities of the flesh dwelling within Him. Hebrews 2:17 informs us that Jesus was made exactly like us so He could “make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”  By offering this perfect life by His death on the stake, he indeed made reciliation for sin – he expiated it within Himself, making perfect atonement by obedience and faith.

Thus the result was established in One Who was a prototype for all who would come after Him in faith. In the most literal way, He “gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity.” (Titus 2: 14) As believers in the gospel, we realize that this redemption of Christ reflected upon Himself as beneficiary as well as upon all men; it was entirely necessary that He put forth His own, now perfected life, as the required perfect and acceptable sacrifice.

The future effect of this component of the six objectives is defined in the national cleansing described in Ezekiel 36: 24, 25: “I will gather you out of all the countries, and will bring you into your own land. Then I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean (forgiven): from all your filthiness and from all your idols will I cleanse you.”

Fourth … to bring in everlasting righteousness

At His first appearance, Jesus brought into visible appreciability ‘the way of life’ and established it and amply illustrated it in His own life. He made it known widely at that time.

But Israel – His people and the Holy City – did not widely adopt His teachings. That achievement awaits future fulfillment, in the day of Israel’s salvation; it is only then that Zion’s “righteousness of Ages” shall “go forth as brightness.” (Isaiah 62: 1; 46: 13)

The future fulfillment is indicated in such passages as Jeremiah 23: 5, 6: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. In HIS days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is the name whereby He shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.” It is remarkable that the same prophet in chapter 33: 15, 16 pens these precise words the second time!

At the same time, His blessing is personal to each of his people: “Unto you first, God, having raised up His Son Jesus, sent Him to bless you (every one, individually), in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3: 26)

When those events of Jeremiah 23 occur, the Lord’s name shall rest immutably upon Israel, and the People shall BE ‘righteous!’ Only when she thus possesses His righteousness can the nation’s righteousness ‘shine forth as brightness,’ for before that time Israel has none.

At that time, it is the righteousness of Israel’s Savior which goes forth from that place – the Lord our righteousness – which will fulfill Isaiah 1: 26: “I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.”

It is only then that the promise of Isaiah 60: 21 can be fulfilled: “Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, THAT I MAY BE GLORIFIED.”

Fifth … to seal the Vision and the Prophecy

In the A.V. the word ‘prophecy’ is marginally defined alternatively as ‘prophet:’ “to seal the vision and the prophet.” The Hebrew word translated ‘seal’ in this passage is used 24 times in the O.T., in 21 of which it is rendered “Seal, sealed, sealest, or sealeth.”

In I Kings 21: 8 and in Esther 8: 8 it refers to affixation of the Royal Seal to a document to confirm or establish its bona-fides, and also the authority of the person whose duty it was to issue the same (W. H. Carter, Times and Seasons, pp 49-50).

This same idea is found in Isaiah 44: 26 where God reveals Himself as the One who ‘confirmeth the word of His servant, and performeth the counsel of His messengers.’ In this case the divine ‘seal’ of the prophets’ words is the confirming performance by God Himself of the things spoken or written in His Name and by His inspiration. 

So performance by the Lord (His prophet) of His intention is here the Seal of Truth.

If we apply this significance to the words of our immediate passage, Daniel 9: 24, it should be realized that in a prophecy bridging hundreds of years of time before the designated ‘consummation’ of God’s purposes with Israel, such confirmation by performance – though continually manifested in all the stages of its development – can only find complete ‘sealing’ when ALL the foretold events have come to pass.

W. H. Carter adds, “So far as the Christ’s first appearing is concerned, the ‘vision’ was ‘sealed’ by all that happened ‘according to the scriptures’ (in I Corinthians 15:  1;  I Peter 1: 10,  11). There was thus a partial ‘sealing of the vision’ in the events of those first century days: but the day is still expected in which all the words of Daniel 9: 24 - 27, and indeed, the words of all the Lord’s prophets who have spoken of ‘the end’ shall find their complete ‘sealing’ in the establishment of the Kingdom of God in the Day of Zion’s Salvation and Glory.”

“To this point in our consideration, Daniel 9: 24 has referred more to the ‘sealing’ of the ‘prophecy’ rather than to the ‘prophet.’ But both are obviously involved: for that which puts the Seal of Truth upon their message must also ‘seal’ them as being true Prophets of God.

“The coming Kingdom of God will not only set the final Seal of Truth upon their message, but also upon themselves as the faithful servants of the Lord. Hence, the time of the Kingdom is also ‘the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that God shouldest give rewards unto His servants the prophets’ (Revelation 11: 18); and that they should now become sharers in the glory and incorruptibility of which they testified.”

We would suggest that in the sealing of the ‘prophecy’ there is inherent the sealing of the ‘prophet’ as well – for the Lord Jesus attained the full measure of His required work at that time and in doing so established credentials for Himself which assured that he was indeed ‘the prophet,’ whether he had yet fulfilled all His future duties or not. In having come this far, his future course was engraved in stone and could not fail! He was assuredly ‘the prophet’ upon Whom salvation depended and had, by His resurrection from the dead, been ‘sealed’ to that end.

One more point here: it appears that we should acknowledge in the term ‘vision and the prophecy’ that there is a close connection of this principle to Daniel 8: 16, where there is a vision which is interpreted for Daniel by Gabriel.

In the current consideration there is a prophecy but no ‘vision’ per se. In Daniel 9: 21, the prophet relates the vision of his 8th chapter to the one under consideration; the angel– Gabriel – is the same in both cases. Both events are substantial equivalents which indicate that both would be ‘sealed’ by ‘performance’ at the same time period in history. Both point immutably forward to ‘the consummation.’

Sixth … To anoint the Most Holy

Scholars – and specifically W. H. Carter – tell us that the Hebrew here does not indicate whether the “Most Holy” refers to Messiah, the People, the Holy City or the Temple. As Daniel’s prayer in 9: 16 - 19 indicates the Holy City is “the place of the Sanctuary,” it seems fitting that the prophecy given as God’s answer to him should nominate that Sanctuary.

Also, in the 8th of Daniel this prophecy is connected as to subject, and it is “the Sanctuary and the Host” which are “trodden under foot,” or desecrated.  Desecration is a state of things which ends with the “cleansing” of the Sanctuary. Jesus’ prophecy that “Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled" seems to be a direct reference to this 8th chapter. That specific prophecy predicts the “cleansing of the Sanctuary” or the Sanctuary Cycle of 2300 evening-mornings. By our best estimates the sanctuary was “cleansed” on June 7, 1967, when Israeli forces captured the City and soon after proclaimed it the eternal capital of the nation of Israel.

In the interim the Temple Mount has been desecrated by many enemies from the Romans to the present desecrators, the Muslims, whose Dome of the Rock stands precisely upon the Most Holy place of Solomon’s Temple. This history is in accord with the words of Daniel 9: 26, 27 – 

“… the people of the prince that shall come (that was Rome) shall destroy the City and the Sanctuary (70 AD) … and for the overspreading of abominations he (Rome) shall make it desolate, even unto the consummation.” Byzantine Rome was succeeded in the Holy Land by Islam in the 7th century, which consistently extended the abominations, as did later oppressors.

The prophet was thus informed that the “day of Glory” lay far, far ahead in time! Ezekiel predicted (43: 4 – 7) that the Shekinah of God should re-enter the Temple in the future age of His re-established Throne in Jerusalem: “Son of man, the place of My Throne, and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever, and My holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile.”

Jesus Christ in His role as Priest and King IS that Shekinah – that glory of God – that Light of the world!

And so the City shall be sanctified and consecrated to the glory of God forever. He has sworn that it shall be, when He “… shall perform the truth to Jacob and the mercy to Abraham, which He has sworn unto the fathers from the days of old.” It is only then that the City’s people shall truly be called “the holy People, the Redeemed of the Lord.”

So how may we understand the fulfillment of this last tenet of the prophecy? – “To anoint the Most Holy?” It appears that, like the other specific elements, it was not fully accomplished at Christ’s first coming, but the foundation for that action was firmly and immutably laid in place, never to be moved. Its future was thus concretely assured…

In accord with the earlier elements, the machinery of its completion was set in motion in His personal anointment – His own rectification with His Father as being typical of the great universal rectification which has been foretold. The Instrument of Anointment (Christ) was set firmly in place with the loving obedience and sacrifice of Himself, of Christ Jesus, our Lord.  

As Jesus has transcended the flesh (Hebrews 10: 20) and now dwells at the Father’s right hand, He dwells in the Most Holy place in heaven itself, having torn away the curtain (opened and removed its fleshly barrier) in his sacrifice. The certainty of the future sanctity of the Most Holy became sure upon His sacrificial death, certified by His resurrection on the third day.

So it appears to us that although none of the six tenets of the prophecy were completely fulfilled at Jesus’ first coming, that they were adequately addressed and fulfilled in full prospectThe absolute mechanism of their fulfillment was solidly and immutably established before all the world – before Jew and Gentile alike – before any and all who would concern themselves with these vital components of eternal salvation. The final fulfillment awaits the Second Advent of Christ, at which time He shall place in motion the complete and perfect fulfillment of these.

The Time-Line of the Prophecy

The prophecy was thus set in motion by the decree of Artaxerxes Longimanus, in 455 BC, the date of his decree to Ezra to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild Jerusalem. This time period is addressed in verse 25 …

Dan 9:25  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince

shall be seven weeks,

and threescore and two weeks:

the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Note carefully here that from this date certain – 455 BC – unto Messiah the Prince shall be … a set of unusual markers within the prophecy of a specific time period.

That specific period of time is outlined in the next two phrases, curiously expressed as ‘seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks.’

Why this peculiar, dual expression of the time involved?

We believe it is because the exact time of Messiah’s appearance (i.e., His identity being made known with certainty) should be seven PLUS sixty two weeks from the date of the decree of Artaxerxes. When we do the calculation, we shall with great satisfaction see that it was an accurate forecast by the Almighty to the very day (probably). As far as we know, the exact date of Artaxerxes’ decree is not known within the year 455 BC.

We can be fairly certain as to the end of that period of time, however, by back-dating the ministry of Christ from His crucifixion on Passover, 30 AD, to His baptism three and one half years earlier. It is a generally accepted fact that Jesus’ active ministry lasted three and one half years.

 The earlier date – which was that of His baptism – should therefore, for consistency’s sake, have been on the Feast of Succot (Tabernacles), 26 AD.

Why This Fractional Definition?

But why is the prophecy expressed in fractional terms, as ‘seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks?’

We believe it a subtle clue that the entire prophecy was given in the context of the Jubilee Cycle, which Israel had been enjoined to observe since its inception in 1435 BC, as outlined in Leviticus 25.

The Law had specified that seven weeks of weeks (seven “sevened” – or 49 years should be known as a Jubilee, or a Jubilee Cycle. The next year, the fiftieth, should be not only the YEAR of Jubilee, but also the beginning year of the next cycle of 49 years.

Thus, the Jubilee should be observed the year after each cycle terminated.

Now, seven ‘sevened’ is 7 x 7, or 49 years, or one Jubilee Cycle.

But seventy ‘sevened’ is 490 years, or TEN Jubilee Cycles.

Is this significant?

We believe it is extremely so, for it indicates a termination of events consistent with the fulfillment of the prophecy, as we shall observe later in this article.

If we consider the lapse of the first seven weeks of years (49 years), the terminal date is not significant, prophetically. But that specificity highlights the prophecy’s close connection to the Jubilee Cycle.

Add the two periods together (seven and sixty two sevens) and one arrives at 483 years unto the Messiah the Prince, specified earlier in the verse.

This date, as already considered, is extremely important, for it terminated in 26 AD, the year of Jesus’ baptism by our reckoning, probably precisely on the date of the Feast of Tabernacles, which is consistent with His death three and one half years later, on Passover, in the year 30 AD.

This seems conclusively the time ‘unto Messiah the Prince,’ as it was publicly made known to the contemporary people of Judah through the ministry of John Immerser.

The date of Jesus’ baptism was the beginning of His public ministry to Israel of His day, therefore, occurred as the exact fulfillment of the 69th week of the prophecy. It is a prime example of the precision we have come to expect of the Almighty in His forecasts – His prescience – of the future which we know as Bible prophecy.

As such, it strengthens and confirms His truth to His servants of every future age which are privileged to observe the perfect fulfillment of the prophets’ words.

So the prophecy continues … the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks (and after the initial seven weeks already stated – i.e., after 69 weeks) shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself:

Now we come to an extremely vital point of understanding of this prophecy.

In which week should He ‘confirm the covenant with many?’

The prophecy specifies that time as ‘after the 62 weeks – plus the previous seven weeks – ‘shall Messiah be cut off.’

There is NO ambiguity here, such as has been claimed by the present-day ‘prophecy gurus’ of the churches. They erroneously claim that the 69 weeks ended with the death of Messiah in contrast to the exact words of the prophecy, which specifies His ‘cutting off’ to be ‘after’ the 62 plus seven (69) weeks of the (second period of the) prophecy – or specifically in the midst of the 70th week of its term.

Instead, the modern day enthusiasts of ‘the (personal) Anti-Christ’ theories now prevalent among them, claim that the death of Christ, marked the END of the 69th week, automatically transferring the last week of years (7 years) of the prophecy forward beyond our current days – and designate this period ‘the great tribulation’ of their theology, discussion of which has been done in a separate article some years ago – an article proving conclusively that the theory is in complete error; that no such separation (or ‘gap’) has ever been a feature of any prophetic utterance in the Bible, and is inconsistent with the revelation given in this chapter, by Gabriel to Daniel.

For this specific reason, the churches of today’s “Christianity” are doomed to misconstrue the Second Coming of Christ as the coming of ‘the Anti-Christ’ of their own imagination. This will be the regretful outcome of their willing mis-construction of this prophecy’s details, and the imposition of their theories of a diabolical, supernatural, all-powerful Anti-Christian individual who shall come in the end-time to deceive Israel and the nations with great power and charisma – an exact description of the appearance of the REAL Christ when He comes to save His people (Isaiah 11: 11-16; Amos 9:14, 15; Zechariah 10-14).

As the prophet was informed, Messiah should be ‘cut off’ AFTER the 69th week – that is, during the 70th week – and indeed, in the MIDST of that last week.

No words could be more definitive or descriptive of the history that unfolded. As we have conjectured above, Jesus was slain precisely in the midst of that last week of the prophecy.

But if this is so, how may we account for the last three and one half years of that 70th week?

With great ease we address this vital question.

The entire prophecy should see its palpable fulfillment at the end of the 70th week – now determined to have been 34 AD, or three and one half years after His sacrifice at Golgotha.

We confidently claim that this is the case; please allow our explanation.

We have already stated that the six requirements of the prophecy were fulfilled by events which followed Jesus’ death by crucifixion by no more than 3 ½ years.

The Terminal Events of the 70th Week

We now consider those terminal events, which brought to a conclusion the final format of the Offer of Salvation which is graciously given His devout followers in His Word of Truth.

In supporting his assertion that Jesus’ baptism occurred on Sukkot, 26 AD, W. H. Carter, in his book, Times and Seasons, has this observation, on pages 248 to 249: “Our sixth reason (for the time of Jesus’ birth) is one of great importance, and rests on Daniel’s prophecy (9: 25) which specifies sixty-nine “weeks” (of years) “unto Messiah the Prince” (Messiah = Christ = Anointed); thus indicating His “anointing” at the close of that sixty-ninth “week” (See Matthew 3: 16, Acts 10: 38): and as these “weeks” are associated with the Sabbatical years which commence on the first of Tisri, the seventieth “week” would also open on that date. On that day Jesus “was anointed with the Holy Spirit and with power:” moreover, it was His birthday, for “He began to be about thirty years of age.” (Luke 2: 23). But it was also the anniversary of that first day when God said “Let there be light;” but “the Great Light” (Matthew 4: 16) which now “appeared” was to be a “light to lighten the Gentiles and the glory of God’s People Israel.”

We quote here from an earlier article on this subject in 2010, in which we state: “His next paragraph in the book is astonishing, for he continues … ‘Daniel’s prophecy also required that “Messiah” should be “cut off” “in the midst” of the seventieth “week;” and as He was also to be the antitypical  Passover Lamb, that “cutting off” took place on the fourteenth day of Abib three and a half years later. Only by being “anointed” at the beginning of Tisri could He, by dying in the month Abib, fulfill this prophecy, for Tishri and Abib are separated by six months.’[In this case, three years and six months; we have always been aware that Jesus’ ministry lasted three and one half years – Ed.]”

“I believe it is now fairly clear to you that we have the correct solution to the primary, on-the-surface meaning of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks of Daniel nine!

“If this baptism – or this revealing, or this anointing – of Jesus occurred at the end of the first 69 weeks, the seventieth week would now begin. It would be the most unusual seven years in all history, and would bring universal change (no – actually, fulfillment!) to many aspects of God’s relationship to mankind – and most importantly, would reveal the ultimate Savior among men.

“In the same time span the six specifications of the P70W would be fulfilled and immutably established in the most elemental sense!

 “Notice, first, that Gabriel had said that Messiah would be ‘cut off’ after the 69th week. In verse 27 Gabriel reveals that ‘He (i.e., Messiah) should “confirm the covenant with many for ONE WEEK.” He repeats the fact that ‘in the MIDST of the (70th!) week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease.’”

“Here Gabriel is not indicating that some “Antichrist” is going to appear to Israel of today and, after several years of leadership in that nation, then interrupt their worship services in the new Temple which they say the Antichrist shall build.  He is promising that Messiah shall cause the sacrifices and the oblations of the Law of Moses to cease! This He did by dying on the stake of Golgotha! In so dying, he “nailed” the Law to the tree of redemption (Colossians 2:14), fulfilling it for all time, and instituting the “law” of salvation through Grace.

“Even though His contemporaries, the Jews of Judea, did not perceive or accept this act as an end [the fulfillment] to the Law of Moses, He had already proclaimed to His disciples earlier in His ministry, “Think not that I am come to destroy the Law, or the prophets; I am NOT COME TO DESTROY, BUT TO FULFIL (IT).” (Matthew 5: 16)

“But what about the other half of the final “week?” Gabriel told Daniel in 9: 27 that “He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week.” But He was crucified at the precise middle of that week. But did He continue to “confirm the covenant with many for one week?” Did not the Lord Jesus tell His faithful eleven on the mountain in Galilee, “Lo, I am with you, even unto the end of the world” [Matthew 28: 16 - 20]?

“Yes, He did promise His continuing presence with them! In fulfillment of that promise, we ask, Did not His ministry then continue through the words he had spoken to them and through the gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Day of Pentecost and onward … through those same apostles? 

“If we examine the events of the next three and a half years after His sacrifice, what conditions do we find? Well, for one thing, persecution of the apostles and disciples becomes greater. But their personal teaching of Christ’s truth intensifies, for theirs is now the entire load to bear.

“But the Christ was the driving Force, the prime Mover, the effective Teacher. It was HIS teachings being passed on by the Holy Spirit to His brethren the Jews, through the apostles for much longer than the 42 months (3 ½ years) after His ascension to the Most Holy. It was in reality His ministry continuing through them.

But all the progress in store for the Plan would be completed in 3 ½ years!”

 In this dissertation we are concerned with the fulfillment of the P70W in the sense of the accomplishment of the six tenets of the prophecy. We must therefore consider closely the events which transpired through the end of the 70th week, where we shall discover the fully-revealed terminal point of the Plan of Salvation as then completed by the work of Christ and the Apostles.

 A prime consideration must be that, up until this time in history, no Gentile was offered salvation unless he first became a Jewish proselyte. Only then was he taught the gospel by the apostles and disciples of Jesus’ time. These outsiders must have legitimately converted to Judaism up to this time in order even to be offered the terms of salvation.

After the crucifixion the Jerusalem Ecclesia strengthened and solidified its position. Its members were involved actively in teaching the Gospel to their fellow Jews, traveling through many towns and villages to accomplish this vital work. Eternal salvation was now achievable, and that was their message; it was in contrast to the rewards of the Law of Moses, observance of which only conferred long life in the land – but not immortality in a future kingdom.

We now move forward to the terminal point of the 70th week – 36 AD. We read with great interest the account of Peter, in Acts 10, who is visiting Simon the Tanner at Joppa. It is nearing the time of the evening meal.

Peter goes up to the flat roof of Simon’s home for prayer, alone. While he is praying, he is shown a forceful vision of a great variety of animals, let down from the heavens by means of a great sheet. The sheet is filled with animals both clean and unclean by the standards of the Law. The vision is designed to teach Peter the now unfolding truth that the Gospel is now to be offered directly to the Gentiles – no longer only to proselyted Gentiles. Gentiles per se are now acceptable candidates for baptism into Christ, whereas prior to this date, they had been “unclean.”

Although the vision does not reveal it initially, the targeted Gentile will be a Roman Centurion who lives at Caesarea Maritima (Caesarea-by-the-sea) – one Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian Band … a devout man, and one that feared God with all his house …” (Acts 10:1,2). The P70W’s provision for Jesus’ ‘confirmation of the covenant with many’ is nearing its terminal point. W. H. Carter’s chronology places the year as 4039 AM (or, 36 AD).

This fortunate man of Caesarea sees an angel in a vision at about ‘the ninth hour’ (3 pm) – a few hours prior to Peter’s vision of the sheet let down from heaven containing the diverse animals; but the two visions are intimately connected.

An angel in the vision commands Cornelius to send some of his men to Joppa, to the home of Simon, a tanner, where they will find “Simon, whose surname is Peter.” (verse 5)

 Please keep in mind that Peter, as one of the chief apostles, is continuing in the name of Christ what the Father had ordained through Gabriel – confirming “the covenant with many for one week” after Christ’s baptism by John in the River Jordan in 29 AD. We must bear in mind that the statement “for one week” does not imply the END of that “confirmation” process, but does indicate a certain sense of culmination or completeness of all its aspects or goals.

The ensuing events, we believe, were illustrative of that culmination, and the terminal acts which would place the current offer of Salvation on its present footing, never to be advanced again until comes the Christ of the Second Advent, and the establishment of His kingdom.

Being a child of the Law of Moses, Peter at first recoils that the angel of his vision urges him to “rise Peter, kill and eat” of the unclean and clean animals. But in further revelation, Peter is brought to realize that the vision is a new development in the establishment of the Gospel proclamation directly to the Gentiles.

Cornelius’ messenger arrives and requests of Peter that he accompany him to Caesarea (about 40 km north of Joppa) in order to confirm The Covenant to Cornelius, who is primed and ready to receive it directly from Peter. Peter travels northward straightaway.

While Peter is discussing the possibility with Cornelius, the Holy Spirit is manifested in Cornelius and all his household by their speaking in foreign languages, proving to Peter and those with him that “the Gentiles had also received the word of God,” as we learn from Acts 11: 1.

One can imagine the inherent rejection of this principle by the elders of the Ecclesia at Jerusalem when Peter returns to inform them of this important incident. But after much debate, the elders at Jerusalem are constrained to admit that “God hath also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life” (Acts 11: 18).

The stark reality of the continuation of Christ’s ministry after His resurrection and ascension is confirmed in the words of the last two verses of Mark, who reords that, “So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, He was received up into heaven, and sat upon the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”

This overt involvement of the Master personally, through the operation of the Holy Spirit, is clearly seen in the episode of Peter and Cornelius, and that the centurion and his entire household were given the gifts of the Spirit prior to their being baptized into Christ as absolute proof of the new direction which had been determined by the Almighty – His intention to speak directly to the Gentiles His words of Salvation and Redemption.

The ‘mystery’ was now fully revealed. It would not progress from this now final form until about 2,000 years into the future, when comes the Consolation of Israel – the arrival back in the earth of the LORD from heaven, and His accession to the throne of David in Jerusalem.

The Conclusion of the Matter

We behold in this explanation of the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, a perfectly-outlined forecast of events as they should develop in future time – a time of great turmoil for the Believers following the unexpected “cutting off” of Messiah and the blessed events which followed that grave time – His resurrection, His brief sojourn among them and then His ascension into the heavens from the Mount of Olives, followed by His continuing ministry among them by means of His Holy Spirit.

This understanding completely and scripturally obliterates the false construction that the “churches” and their minions have almost universally placed upon the prophecy – all the “facts” of which are geared to promote their pernicious doctrine of a personal Antichrist and their  supposed but fictional “seven year tribulation” of that period. 

It also illustrates quite clearly that when He returns to the earth, the REAL Christ shall enact perfectly almost every aspect of their erroneous expectations of their darling of the end-time – “The Antichrist!” By their deliberate and wilful corruption of the truth of God’s word shall they be deceived terminally – but mostly by their wholesale acceptance of its corruption by the early Roman Church whose doctrines have pervaded almost every century since His first appearance.

What is the origin of this deception?

It stems from the new knowledge of God’s word which was gained by the movers and shakers of the Enlightenment, beginning essentially with the nailing of his 95 Theses to the door of Wittemberg Cathedral in Worms, Germany, by Martin Luther in 1517 – the action to which is generally attributed the spiritual revolution that is known as the Renaissance.

Because of Luther’s exposes of the Roman System, and the scholarship of translators such as Myles Coverdale, John Wycliffe, John Hus, Thomas Linacre, Johann Gutenberg, John Colet, and Erasmus, the Bible came into the comprehension of scholars who resisted to the death the corrupt doctrines and practices of the Roman Church.

The papacy became so alarmed by this disturbing development that it allowed the formation of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) by Francisco Ribera and Ignatius Loyola. The Jesuits’ main mission was to combat the teachings of these Renovators and preserve the doctrines of the Church. The selling of indulgencies helped their cause; the Inquisition absolutely improved the retention of “church members” for the Catholic Church. Ribera, principally, wrote a book in which he sought to “take the heat” off the Church’s nomination of the pope being “Antichrist,” as the Renovators had proven. Ribera’s conclusion was that the prophecies contained in The Revelation were ALL to be fulfilled in the FUTURE (called Futurism), and that they had nothing to do with the Church.

The Revelation, according to Ribera, indicated that Antichrist should arise as a single man who would stand up in the end time and make peace for a regathered Israel in their land; and, misinterpreting the Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks, promised that Antichrist would make a seven year covenant with Israel during that seventieth week of seven years – now transferred to the end time – and would rebuild their Temple, and assure peace and safety for Israel for a time.

But at the mid-point of the “seven year tribulation” “the Antichrist” would betray the Jews, install a statue of himself in the Temple, and insist that the Jews worship him and it. The Jews would refuse. After that troublous time, Jesus would return to the earth and save His people from “the Antichrist.”

The appeal of this entirely false interpretation gained such currency that nearly the entirety of the clergy swallowed it – especially after it was re-presented by another Catholic priest named LaCunza under the guise of having been written by a converted Jew.

These hirelings of Christendom are doomed to the deception which they have swallowed completely by their own lack of faithful scholarship in the Word – they shall have been fatally deceived into believing the returned LORD Jesus Christ to be in actuality, “The Antichrist.”

The consequence of this conviction is their rabid resistance to His sovereignty, and rejection of His decrees for that time.

It is an ironic payback for their willing corruption of God’s holy word. But we sincerely hope that many of those folk will quickly recognize the genuine nature and identity of the returned Christ’s work and innate power, and accept Him as the Real Savior, and turn their hearts to the LORD when He offers them His salvation.

<HEL MD/USA, 9O, edited 6P> 


“Palestine Museum” Now Open…and Empty!

Commentary by Harold E. Lafferty

From The New York Times, May 16, 2016:

The “Palestinian Authority” has opened its splendid new Palestine Museum of Art, History and Culture, in Birzeit, near Ramalla, in the “West Bank.” But its most intriguing feature is: it contains no exhibits whatever!

A commentator in Jerusalem quipped that the museum in a sense is comparable to the shortest books ever written, such as Light Jewish Cuisine, and Tips on Courting Israel, by Barack Obama.

The museum cost $24 million, and it is scheduled to celebrate its opening today (which was May 16th). The building is modern and beautiful, it has an outdoor amphitheater, its garden is terraced – but it has no exhibits. 

It is as vacuous as the Palestinian Cause itself, in our opinion.

Its emptiness is not surprising to students of History 101, all of whom know that the history of Palestinian Arabs goes back only a few decades. The Times article pointed out that that name originated in 1964, the date of the Palestinian National Charter, authored by founders of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). 

It fails to state that, prior to that date, every “Palestinian” of later years disdained the term “Palestinian,” insisting that they were “Arabs,” and that ONLY JEWS of the Mandatory Period were known as “Palestinians.”

The museum staff had planned an inaugural exhibit entitled “Never Part,” which would have showcased the lives of “Palestinian refugees.” But crucially, before opening, the museum’s board ousted the head of the museum staff, so it lacked a planner/executioner.

But the Palestinian Authority is plowing ahead with the opening anyway, even after a museum spokesperson acknowledged that "There will not be any artwork exhibited in the museum at all." 

PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, now 81 and in the 12th year of his four year term as president, was present, so the opening was considered as a “big deal” by the PA.

As to “Palestinian refugees,” Article 6 of the Palestinian Charter states that “Palestinians are those Arab citizens who were living normally in Palestine up to 1947, whether they remained or were expelled.” The Times pointed out the inconvenient truth that … “This (statement) indicates

that those who left on their own – the bulk of today's Palestinian "refugees" – are actually not Palestinians, according to their own charter.”

The museum’s chairman, Omar al-Qattan, explained that the Palestinians are so in need of “positive energy,” that even opening an empty building would be helpful, and symbolically, was critical. He admitted that the next opening – with exhibits in place – will be the more exciting one.

The museum contains 3,500 square meters of space for exhibits; its charter states that it will focus on the "history and culture of Palestine from 1750 to the present day," (although that date was not significant to the Holy Land in any way).

Any good reportage would advance the basic question as to why Palestinian culture is so lacking. Ignoring the simple fact that PA history is basically a thin phantom,

The Times rather opted to blame Israel, with the words, that the Palestinians of Judea and Samaria “have for years struggled to build political and civic institutions while resisting Israel’s occupation of the territory."

The Times also stated that since 1993, the signing of the Oslo Peace Accords with Israel, Palestinian cultural and social initiatives have often failed to gain traction and find consistent leadership.” That truth is evident judging by the evidence that no successor has come forth to succeed Mahmoud Abbas in elections for “president” of the PA. Nobody wants the job, because it could surely end with their assassination. But these timid ones are soooo short-sighted; they should look more closely at the open opportunity for beaucoup monies in their own coffers as president. Abbas is reputed to be worth millions of dollars today just from his presidency for 12 years.      

<HEL 5P> ~660 words.  An eTPL Circular Letter, May 21, 2016.   

U. S. and Russia to Seek Golan Return to Syria

A Special Report from DebkaFile

As this file is being written, the Israeli Cabinet is holding its weekly meeting in the Golan Heights. This is being done to show Israel’s definitive decision to retain possession of the fertile area which it captured from Syria during the Six Day War (1967).

The map below illustrates the key location of the Heights in relation to northern Israel. Before being captured by Israel, its farmers cultivating their fertile Jordan valley lands below the scarp of the Golan, were regularly fired upon by Golani Syrian forces from Kiryat Shmona to the Sea of Galilee. This  continuous barrage of artillery shells was entirely halted by Israel’s conquest of the area. -

he rock scarp of the Western Golan extends nprth to south from just northeast of the Sea of Galilee to the Syrian border just east of Kiryat Shmona; that former border is not apparent from the map. The territory captured by Israel is mostly inhabited by Druze, but is home to dozens of Israeli kibbutzim, whose farmers cultivate some of the most productive volcanic soil in the entire Middle East. It is referred to as “the bread basket of Israel” today.

 The compiler of this report has been privileged personally to have made several visits over the years to the site of an Israeli observation outpost at Ein Zevan, where a prominent hill shelters underground Israeli operations, its slopes festooned with radio antennae, directional radio dishes for the collection of audible noises including conversations in Damascus, and numerous radar sweepers. The apartment towers of Damascus itself are eerily visible in the distance. The site affords a spectacular whole-view of Mount Hermon’s snow-capped heights to the north.

The site overlooks the former provincial capital city of al-Quneitra, less than a mile to the east, inside the Demilitarized Zone, where one observes the ubiquitous white vehicles marked with the large black letters “UN,” belonging to The United Nations Special Commission on Palestine (UNSCOP), which was formed just as the truce was signed between Israel and its Arab neighbors in 1949. The headquarters of UNSCOP is at the former British Military Headquarters building located on The Hill of Evil Counsel (appropriate name?) just south of Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu is scheduled to visit Moscow on April 21, to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as Debka reports, “… to launch the most important battle of his political career, and one of Israel’s most decisive contests of the last 10 years: the battle over the future of the Golan Heights.”

This arrangement has taken on new importance after Israel’s main political leaders and military people were paralyzed last weekend to learn that US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to support the return of the Golan to Syria. The top diplomats of the two countries, Secretary of State John Kerry, and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, have been given instruction to include such a clause in a joint proposal being drafted at the Geneva Conference on ending the Syrian war. This is the content of a DebkaFile exclusive report, which in our experience is quite a reliable source of information.

Under Prime Minister Menachem Begin, Israel passed a law in 1981 defining the Golan as a “territory under Israeli sovereignty.” It did not claim Israeli ownership of the area.

This sudden complication comes in the midst of preparations by Israel for a diplomatic battle over the future of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria – an heavy burden for the concerned nations (cf., Zechariah 12).

The prophetic details of this present conflict are not apparent from the writings of the prophets; but the end of the matter certainly is, witness two familiar verses from Zechariah’s prophecy: Zechariah 12:2 – “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. 3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.”

It is apparent that the so-called “great powers” will never accept that their artificial impositions borders and pacts and other agreements in the Middle East never work out well, for they are again approaching such arrangements at speed. Russia and the U.S. are attempting to use their clout to force military and diplomatic cooperation over Syria as they strive to impose agreements on neighboring countries such as Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. As an example, Washington and Moscow are attempting to set up a legal agreement regarding the granting of independence to Syrian Kurds despite Ankara’s steadfast opposition. The two presidents are also pressuring Riyadh and Amman to accept the continuation of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s rule, at least for the immediate future.

They doubtless see this entire process as taking several years before the Golan is returned to Syria; but their imposed decision is slated to be that Israel will have to withdraw from the Golan at the end of the process.

It is significant that President Obama has not asked PM Netanyahu to travel to Washington to discuss the Golan issue; in Obama’s mind, there is no alternative. On the other hand, diplomatic shuttles by all the above to Moscow in the recent past indicate the wind direction in the Middle East at this moment. Israel has absolutely no lobby in Moscow to defend its interests.

It does, however, have an Almighty God in heaven Who has already written the significant history of this evil appropriation of authority over His people by the “great powers;” it shall soon become apparent that these are not really “great” and that they have no “powers” at all before the Almighty.

It is reported that Netanyahu’s enthusiasm over the Russian intervention in Syria has no basis in fact. All the partisan calls to  Jerusalem for caution in dealing with Putin have been ignored by the IDF and the Israeli leadership.

In the meantime, there are three regional players who are quite pleased by this forced action of Israel’s abandonment of the Golan. They are President Assad of Syria, the Iranian leadership in Tehran, and the leader of Hebollah, Hassan Nasrallah. 

Once again, Israel is placing its reliance upon “Egypt” for help, instead of placing it upon their ineffable God. 

<HEL 4P>  ~1200 words. A GPL Bulletin of April 20, 2016.   An eTPL Circular Letter.  May 3, 2016.

"In the Beginning Was the Word"

We read in John 1: 1, "In the beginning was the word".  The term "word is translated from the Greek term “logos”The Apostle John is saying, "In The Beginning was the truth", "the word of God" "logos tou theos";  "the gospel of Jesus Christ." (Luke 8: 4-11,  Romans 1: 16).  In Luke's version of the parable of the sower, Luke 8: 11 refers to the "seed that is sown, as "the word of God," an English phrase transliterated from the Greek. In Rom. 9:9  we encounter the phrase "word of promise"  from the Greek phrase (logos epangelias).

In Acts 7:  22  we read in Stephen’s last account where  "Moses was mighty in deed and word." In Acts 20:7, Paul is said to have continued his speech or (logos)..." until midnight.  Since Jesus had sent his apostles through the world to preach the gospel (Mark 16: 15-16),  logos in the passage speaks of the "preaching of the gospel of Christ."

We must keep in mind that the term ”logos” is translated "word" 208 times in the New Testament.  It always refers to something that was said or written,  referring to the Old Testament that God had spoken to his prophets,  who then wrote that “logos” they’ had received from God.  Twelve of the occurrences of Logos occur in the book of Revelation referring to something that was yet future from the time of John's writing.  It spoke of the word or truth of that which comes from God either in spoken word or in writing.  Logos is translated "speech" 8 times;  and is translated "saying" 50 times.  It is never translated "Jesus" or "Christ"  even one time.

"THE WORD WAS WITH GOD"  - That is,  God's Logos or truth was always with Him, or in His mind, for He has taught it to every generation of believers for six thousand years.  Also,  God's promises, His plan and purpose, were always in His mind and "with Him.  Again, in Romans 9:9 we see the Greek phrase “word of promise”.  This passage refers to the promise by God to Abram in Gen.  15: 12-17 that his seed or descendants would be in a strange land for 400 years.  That passage  with Acts 7: 6-17 shows how this Logos or "word of promise” was with God for those 400 years, for "when the time of the promise drew nigh",  God fulfilled that promise.  So when God speaks his Logos or word,  it stays with Him until the time to fulfill the "Logos of promise".

Therefore, it is an established fact that of God's doctrines,  His prophecies and His promises all remain "with Him" to the day of their fulfillment.

"The word of promise was God".   The apostate world of religion understands that statement to mean that Jesus was God.  That is not even close to what the passage says or means. Many times,  the statement that something "is" or  "was" ,  speaks of "representation" .  For instance:

1 Cor.  10:  4 speaks of the rock that WAS Jesus. Here Paul writes of a rock in the Sinai out of which water to drink was brought forth.  The truth is that the rock was a type or a representation of Christ.  Christ was not a lifeless rock that had been situated at that spot for years, even for centuries in the wilderness of Sinai.

Also,  on the night before Jesus was crucified, he instituted the first memorial service for his disciples to keep until his return.  He first took the loaf (bread) and said  "This IS my body".  It is important to keep in mind that Christ's body had not yet been crucified.  Therefore,  Jesus meant that "the loaf represented his body" that would soon be crucified.  He then took the cup and speaking of the "fruit of the vine", said of what was in the cup,   "This IS my blood".  Literal blood was not in that cup, and the blood of Jesus was still flowing through his body. 

   Therefore,  the contents of the cup represented his blood,  Today,  we still put the fruit of the vine in the cup and say, this IS "the blood of Jesus".  Yet, even small children in our midst know that literal blood is not drank by those partaking of the memorial service.  What we drink is a representation of the blood of Jesus.  Therefore,  the phrase "was God"  simply states that the word or truth that had been from the beginning was representative of God,  his plan and purpose that has continued from the beginning.

 The Apostle John was simply telling his readers that everything they had witnessed in the last three and a half years, was not something that unexpectedly happened.  Therefore, it was all laid out at the time of the Garden of Eden in the “the word of promise and prophecy).  All that had happened was fully expected by the servants of God,  for it was all foretold in the logos or word of God  in "the beginning".  As stated above, it is informative when we are told in the parable of the sower (Luke 8: 11) that  the seed that was sown was "the word" or logos of God,  that had been from the beginning,  and was all written in the Old Testament which was the only Bible in existence at that time, and for two hundred more years.


(JOHN 1: 3)

Nearly every version of the New Testament goes astray in this verse.  The Emphatic Diaglott presents the truth regarding this verse.  The Logos does not speak of a person,  but speaks only of things that were either said or written. Instead of the pronoun "him" that is used by so many in the translation of the Greek”autou”,  the Diaglott renders the word by the English "it", and that is the proper translation because the passage is not referring to a person,  but to the principle of speaking or writing.

It should also be noted that Jesus, speaking of himself,  says, 

"I can of mine own self, do nothing,  I hear; I judge; and my judgment in just, because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father who sent me."

How senseless is the very idea that Jesus is the maker of all things, when he himself testifies that he could do nothing of himself.  It is also true that Jesus himself declared in John 14: 10:

"Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me?  The words that I speak unto you,  I speak not of myself; but the Father that dwelleth in me,  he doeth the works".

Also, in Acts 2: 22, the Apostle Peter stood up and said to that vast number of assembled Jews:

"Ye men of Israel, hear these words:  Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs,  which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know."

It is Bible truth that every single miraculous thing that Jesus is said to have done during his earthly mission,  was done by God through Jesus.   Notice the word "by"  in both John 1: 3 and Acts 2: 22.  That English word "by"  is translated from the Greek term “dia”.  The Greek term "dia"  is translated by the English term "through" 87 times.  "Dia" is Strong's number 1223 as dealt with on page 22 of the Greek Dictionary in the back.  Strong's defines the term "dia" as: "denoting the channel of an act".  Therefore, in such instances,  God is the doer of the act, while Jesus is the channel through which God performs the acts.

It must also be remembered that God himself often declared the he himself is the creator of all things and everything that is therein.  Notice:

Isaiah 45: 24 -  "Thus saith the Lord (Yahveh),  thy redeemer, and he who formed thee from the womb: I am the Lord who maketh all things ; who stretcheth forth

the heavens by alone; who spreadeth abroad the earth by myself".

Isaiah 45:  18 -  "For thus saith the Lord (Yahveh) who created the heavens,  God himself who formed the earth and made it;  he hath established it, he created it

not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited.  I am the Lord (Yahveh) and there is none else."

It is written that Jesus came in his Father's name (John 5: 43), that is,  his Fathers purpose, but not called by the name of the Father.  Jesus was not even the redeemer alone and by himself.  God declared in Isaiah 45: 24 that He was Israel's redeemer as He had said in Chapter 43:11,  "beside me there is no savior".  Again in Isaiah 45: 21,  Yahveh declared,  "There is no God else beside me, a just God and a savior; there is none else beside me".

A reasonable question then is, how is it that when Jesus was born, an angel said to the shepherds,  "in the city of David, a saviour is born..."?  Also,  "...grace, mercy and peace, from God, the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, our savior."

There are a number of other passages of scripture referring to Jesus as our savior. It is a Bible truth that often  Yahveh works through other individuals, and God declares Himself to be in such individuals , carrying out His purpose through them.

We see that same circumstance with the angel sent before Israel at the time of the Exodus.  God told Moses in Exodus 23: 20-21 that he should beware and not provoke that angel because "my name is in him".  In other words,  Moses is told to consider the angel to be God Himself.  From the time of the Exodus  that angel was even called Yahveh; and Yahveh Elohim (the Lord God).  We are also told that the Lord (Yahveh) saved Israel that day (Exodus 14: 30).  Yet,  we are informed in Isaiah 63: 9 that "the angel of his presence saved"them."  We can be certain that God,  through all those 1400 years of Israel's history,  never left his throne in heaven.  He did all that work with Israel through the "Angel of his presence".  We read in Exodus 24: 9-10 that more than 70 Israelites went up on Mt. Sinai with Moses, and that "They saw the God of Israel".  Yet,  we are told in John 1: 18 that "no man has seen God at any time.  The truth is,  those Israelites saw the angel of God's presence."  Since God was in that angel,  to see the angel was to see God who was a representation of God.

We also read in 2 Corinthians 5: 19,  "To wit,  God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself...".  Jesus also stated in John 14: 9 that "to see him was to see the Father."  surely no one believes that the father was born of a woman, and  lived among men for 331/2 years, and died upon the cross.  No,  it was the Father's Son involved in all that.

Since God was in the angel,  God was doing His work through the angel.  In such cases,  a person saw God when he saw the individuals in whom God was present.  For 1400 years that angel remained with Israel doing God's work with them,  even being called God because God was "in him".  Neither the angel nor Jesus ever did anything of themselves,  but God carried out the work, being present in each of them.


(ACTS 3: 21)

This is another area that is closely associated with the matter of the Logos in the beginning.  This matter of restitution began in Eden the same as did the matter of the Logos.  As soon as Adam sinned, he lost all that God had planned for him to receive in the event of obedience to the law under which God had placed him.  The passage does not say that "all things" shall be restored.  It says "the restitution of all things which God spoke by the mouth of all his holy prophets"  Only those things the prophets  foretold   will be restored as the logos or Word of God predicts.

At the beginning of the logos of God,  we see the first human pair being addressed by the angels of God.  The man and his wife were tested for their worthiness to receive the blessings of God.  Eternal life would been the reward if  they had obeyed, as the tree of life in the garden attests.   However,  they were warned that they would die if they dis- obeyed. This brings up the question of,  "what is death"?  A comparison of Genesis 2:7  with Psalms 146:  3-4 reveals that death is the exact reversal of creation for in life,

God breathed into his nostils the breath of life and man became a living soul.  In death, 
"his breath goeth forth, he returns to his earth and in that very day his thoughts perish".

The apostate world of religion has turned completely away from that truth, and as was foretold, turned to believing fables.  Practically the whole world of religion now describes death as leaving this lowly body, and ascending to heaven to live with God and His angels.  If  Adam and Eve had been told that if they disobeyed  God,  that they would leave this earth and go to the presence of God in heaven , to abide there with Him forever,  it is no wonder they ate of the tree of which they were warned not to eat, for just about anyone would have done so.   Surely ascending to heaven and abiding with God is a better choice than working daily in the garden of Eden.

 According to the world wide religious theory,  death is a wonderful blessing.  However,  God's "logos"  assures us that death is man's greatest enemy, the last enemy due to be destroyed I Corinthians 15:  25-26).  The logos also declares that those who die as "sons of Adam" have no more portion forever in anything that is done under the sun (Ecclesiastes 9: 3-6)  However,  God's logos also teaches us that the Jesus' work of redemption makes it possible for  anyone to become Sons of God (John 1: 12), who may live on the earth throughout eternity in the very nature of God  (Psalms 37: 29;  Matthew 5: 5; 2 Peter 1: 4).

Regarding the matter of eternal blessings for faithful servants of God,  the fact of death speaks of the fact that a man must live again.  The Patriarch Job asks a pertinent question regarding that subject when he asks in Job 14: 14,  "If a man die, shall he live again"?

Job answers his own question as the verse continues,  "All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come."  Verse 15,  "Thou shalt call, and I will answer thee; thou wilt have a desire to the work of thine hands."

It is a principle of the logos (the word of God) from the beginning, that those who enter in a covenant with God are promised a resurrection from the dead that they might live again.  The word "resurrection' does not occur even once in the Old Testament,  but the principle of rising from the dead for the servants of God is bountiful in that logos or word of God. For instance:

God's plan of salvation is vivid in Job 14th Chapter.  In this Chapter, the four Hebrew words that are translated "man" are found.  Those terms are;  1. Adam;  2. Ish, 3. Geber, and  4. Enosh.  As those terms are  applied to man,  we see men as they are related to God,, and even as most are not related to God,  as well as the consequences of their relationship or lack thereof.

In Job 14:  1- the first half of verse 10 we see an Adamic man, mortal,  deathful, unclean  from whom God has turned away (Verse 6) .  The term "man" is from the Hebrew "Adam"  in verse. 1 That man dies and wastes away and "continues not.  In the last half of verse 10 the Hebrew word for man is "geber"  referring to a man that is "raised up" and has a covenant relationsip with God, occupying a higher position in God's sight.

Even the man to whom the term "geber" applies is  like the Adamic man in the state of death ,  lifeless and unconscious ( Ecclesiastes 9: 5, 10).  In Job 14: 12 the condition of the Adamic man "out of Christ" is "Ish"  That term relates to a " man in Adam" who shall never again rise from the grave.  In the last half of Verse 10,  the word speaks of a man termed "a geber".  Job himself was a "geber" (Verses 14, 15) .  The term geber relates to a man raised up to occupy a higher position in God's sight.  The term is applied to David in 2 Samuel 23:1  and says he was a man "raised up on high".This should remind us of those said to have been "quickened" by covenant relationship in (Ephesians 2: 1, 6) who are said to have been raised up to a "heavenly" or higher position in relationship to God.  In Job 14:  19 we see a man who has no hope and is referred to by the term "Enosh".  It is noteworthy that of the four terms for "man" that appear in this Chaper,  only the man referred to as "geber" is related to resurrection and salvation.



God had promised to Abaham and his seed the very land that he saw and walked through (Genesis 13:  13-14).  In Chapter 15: 7-17,  Abraham questions God as to information regarding how and when the possession of that land would occur.  In order for Abraham to understand the answer to his questions,  "a deep sleep,  an horror of great darkness" (signifying death), fell upon Abraham.  Abraham knew from this experience that it would be at a time when he would live again that the possession of that land would be a fact.  It was testified in a later portion of God's logos (Hebrew 11: 13),  that Abraham and others "died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off..., that is, after being raised again from the dead in the resurrection which is an integral part of the Logos or word of God.  Also late in the development of the logos, we are told in Galatians 3:  26-29  that the servants of God can all become heirs of the promises to Abraham by baptism into Christ.


In Acts 13: 22 God's logos reveals that David was very special to God's heart.  Jesus was literally of David's seed and in (Acts 13, 32-34)  we read just how special David was in the plan and purpose of God.  In 2 Samuel 7:  8-19  God makes a covenant with David, and says in Verse 12 that the fulfillment of this promise would be after David has slept with his fathers, and of course, after David is raised from the dead, for in Verse 16 God tells David that the events described in this promise would be in David's presence,  for He says,  "before thee".  Many more resurrections are indicated in the Old Testamen to be going to take place , but we shall be content with further reference to Daniel 12:  1-3:

Here God describes the time of the return of Jesus to the earth along with the time of trouble that will accompany his return.  God says:

Verse 2-  "And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt."

Verse 3-  " And they that be wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness , as the stars forever."

Imagine shining like the sun,  being so bright that all immortals have to shield their glory in order for mortals to look upon them .  We surely recall the brightness of Jesus appearing to the Apostle Paul (Acts 9: 1-9),  and what it did to Paul's eye sight.   Jesus, in Matthew 13: 43 speaks of this glorious truth when he ends his parables by saying:

"Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father..."

Verily,  it is true that in the beginning of the logos  or "word of God",  God had in mind the gospel of a kingdom on the earth even before the sin of Adam.  In Genesis 1: 28 as God placed Adam in the garden He said to him,

 "Be fruitful and multiply,  and fill the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth above the earth".

And so,  it is very evident that the gospel of the kingdom,  the subject with both John and Jesus preaching the "gospel of the kingdom" (Matthew 3: 1-2;  Matthew 4: 23) the very same subject that was voiced to Adam in the garden of Eden.  Therefore,  there it is proven beyond doubt that the logos (word of the kingdom began in Eden and continued to the time of Jesus, and continued to the time of all who are still alive, awaiting the fulfillment of the logos of promise and the establishment of God's kingdom on the earth,  a kingdom which will last throughout eternity (1 Corinthians 15:  24-28).


In Ecclesiases 1: 4 the word from the beginning has assured that God created the earth to abide forever.  Psalms 104: 4 declares that God "laid the foundations of the earth that it should not be removed forever".  In Isaiah 45: 18 , God declares that he created the earth to be inhabited,  and did not create it in vain. Also,  Proverbs 10:  30 assures us that the righteous shall never be removed from the earth.  Therefore,  there will never be a time when the earth is not in existence, or a time when the righteous are not dwelling on the earth ( Psalms 37: 29).  The Messiah himself declared in Matthew 5: 5 that the meek would inherit the earth.  If it were true as the apostasy believes and teaches, that heaven is the eternal home of the righteous,  why did he who is the embodiment of truth state that the earth shall forever be inherited by the righteous?

It is a violation of the teachings of the logos(word of God) to believe or teach that heaven is to be the eternal  home of the righteous,  when God has assured us otherwise.

If God's purpose was to further populate heaven,  whey was man created on the earth,

and why is it that every promise of God to man concerns the earth and not heaven?

It is unfortunate that the religious world turns to the fable of heaven going because they read where Jesus in John 14: 2,  "I go to prepare a place for you".  Because of Jesus' statement in this passage,  the religious world understands that Jesus ascended to heaven and prepared a place for his disciples to come to him in heaven.  Such an error is the result of not having an understanding of the logos of God.

First,  it is a fact that in John 7: 33 Jesus says to the Pharisees,  ""I go to him that sent me" Verse 34, "Ye shall seek me and shall not find me; and where I am ye cannot come."

Then,  Jesus, in conversation with his disciple in John 13: 33 "...yet a little while I am with you.  Ye shall seek me; and as I said to the Jews, Where I go , you cannot come..."

Would it not be strange that Jesus would "prepare a place" for his disciples in a place where they could not come? Jesus meant only that the logos of God had long ago foretold that Jesus was to ascend to heaven and sit at the right hand of the Father to act as a priest to make intercession for his servants (Psalms 110:  1-2; Hebrews 7:25).  It was necessary that Jesus go to his Father and make intercession for his servants, or no place would be prepared for his servants,  for all the promises of God are dependent the intercession of Jesus in order for fulfillment.

The errorist will seek to save his argument by appealing to John 13: 36 where Jesus continues by saying, "Where I go, thou canst not follow me now;  but thou shalt follow me afterward".  Jesus simply meant that while he was in heaven where the disciples could not come that they could not follow him as they followed him for 31/2 years.  Jesus in John 14:  1-3 assures his disciples he would return and receive the unto himself, and that they could then follow him as they followed him before.  If he had meant that they could later follow him to heaven,  then the message to the Pharisees was the same in John 7: 33 for the message was the same to the Jews and to the disciples.  Surely the wicked Pharisees did not follow Jesus to heaven.  We must not forget that it is recorded in John 3: 13 that no one other than Jesus has ever gone to heaven,  and the “logos” of God assures us that none of the righteous shall ever leave the earth (Proverbs 10:  30;  Psalms 115: 16; Psalms 37: 29;  Matthews 5: 5)

From all this,  we see that even if the first sin had not taken place, the first Adam would have been king over the earth and the earth would have been filled with righteous people free from the curse of death and  free from the need for redemption.  There would also have been no need for the logos of God to do its work of salvation over the times of the restitution of all things indicated in the logos that has been since the beginning.  Many other things could be said regarding the logos of God. However, we look for a new heaven and a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Peter 3: 13).  That  perfect world was the very mark toward which the logos of God has moved since the beginning,  for, "In the beginning was the word..."

Wayne R. Tanner

A Study of Psalm 20

Harold E. Lafferty

The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; [The Lord] …

Send Thee help from the sanctuary (qodesh), and strengthen thee out of Zion;

Sanctuary: Strong's H6944 qodesh (ko’-desh) - "a sacred place or thing, rarely abstract. Sanctity, consecrated thing; dedicated thing; hallowed thing; holiness, holy, most holy, holy day, holy portion, holy thing, saint, SANCTUARY."

The psalmist notes “the day of trouble,” but does not define that day. Essentially, it is every day that a person is alive, for the exigencies of personal health and safety are always in question.

The only conclusion, or end, that one can make to this “day of trouble” is his or her acceptance of the Way of Life as presented by the Master and His apostles and disciples.

That deliverance comes directly from the qodesh – the sanctuary – of salvation, which are the gracious words of salvation which have proceeded from His mind and heart.

One’s knowledgeable acceptance of that Way brings a release from the “day of trouble” in a certain sense.

No claim is made that “trouble” shall cease for anyone on the day of his acceptance; but the result of any such challenges are, by such acceptance, radically blunted and deflected as affecting one’s eternal destiny.

If faithfully followed, one’s new Path assures an end which is guaranteed by Him to be utterly without any “trouble” of any kind.

The ultimate Sanctuary is that place above the mercy seat where Shekinah dwelt as light unapproachable – a light whose substance literally illuminated the face of Moses and resided there and had to be veiled from the view of the children of Israel.

The second phrase of the second verse is [The LORD] strengthen thee out of Zion. It is a location of which much is stated in these end times, which is rather strange … because it is the high mountain of the LORD’s authority in Jerusalem, Israel, a city which is wondered at by many, disputed over by others, and sought after (in the spiritual sense) by every true believer.

Ultimately, literal and residual strength of eternal quality can come ONLY from Zion and her approaching King; and it can come only after He has appeared there and made Himself known to His people.

It marks His return unto them in the deepest spiritual way, and acknowledges their heartfelt acceptance of His Person and identity as Messiah – a clear fulfillment of Jesus’ promise given to them as he stood upon Olivet’s eastern slopes, as he gazed over the City of Light, wept over it, and pronounced upon the Jews of His day, Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Luke 13:35 

At that time, His physical salvation for His people (safety from their enemies) shall be assured, and His eternal salvation proffered both to them and the peoples of the earth.

Through the Mosaic age, endless and innumerable offerings were made for sins. All these were made effective by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ upon the tree of Golgotha; they were verified and placed into operation by His incredible life of faith and devotion. As such, they were harbingers of His perfect life of service and devotion.

The psalmist now calls upon the Almighty to bring all these sacrifices into His remembrance:

Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.

Grant thee according to Thine own heart, and fulfill all Thy counsel.

His full counsel was designed from the beginning to have its final consummation in the end time – to be made visibly manifest ONLY at that time – the blessed time when salvation, contained within and offered freely by His Son, was brought palpably into the lives and hearts of His servants, shown to them plainly, and conferred upon them in truth.

We will rejoice in Thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners; the Lord fulfill all thy petitions.

In this yet future time, not only His people Israel, but even more visibly, the redeemed of the LORD will exult in His salvation, now fully operative upon their multitude of holy ones; as such, they shall themselves become banners, or ensigns to the remainder of the world’s peoples. The Hebrew word for “banners” here is, dagal, meaning to raise a flag, or to be conspicuous – words which certainly apply to the newly immortalized Saints Who now go forth into the world bearing the true message of salvation, which heretofore has not been widely heard or accepted by its peoples as in Zechariah 8: 20-23, q.v.

They go forth as highly visible, uniquely qualified, specially appointed emissaries of the LORD of Hosts Who now dwells in Zion, and occupies the restored Throne of David in that city.

These are extremely high-profile representatives, marked by obviously superior qualities in every way, whose authority shall override all local authorities and precinct officials of every sort.

It shall be almost immediately perceived by the peoples of the earth, that their words are true and lawful – and are set forth for general acceptance and obedience by these folk.

These convey the respect and authority of their Master; they give reassurance of His salvation, for they are themselves visible components of it among the mortal nations.

Now know I that the Lord saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His holy heaven with the saving strength of His right hand.

His right hand – the hand of power and strength and judgment – rules for him universally. Those who hold His name do not do so by the power of the war chariot, or the war horse; they hold it and express it by his Name – that is, by Himself embodied within them.

They go forth to all the world IN that Name, and proclaim that Name to all its residents; they bring multitudes of converts to it through the waters of knowledgeable baptism into His name.

Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the Lord our God.

Some shall not acquiesce to their proposed way of life, or to their condemnation of war and commotion in enforcing their peaceful agenda upon the people.

Opposers shall fall on the left hand and on the right, universally doomed to failure against the powerful Name of God expressed in their perfect persons – the upright of the LORD. Their failed lives, unless surrendered to Him in love and devotion, and in acquiescence of His mighty Plan and its markedly valuable provisions for all the people, shall be relegated to the lowest worth – accounted as nothing to Him and to the Saints who have appeared among them after the turbulent affairs which attended His Second Comng.

They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.

This entirely new thing in the earth – multitudes of the Redeemed being dispatched to all the nations (heathen) – shall bring to those peoples, widespread repentance, and heartfelt seeking and longing to the general populous, creating a refining process which shall continue and strengthen until the end of the Millennial Reign of Christ.

The faithful and earnest prayer in that day shall be …

Save, Lord: let the king hear us when we call.

Now instilled with the humble realization of the errors of their former ways, and the abysmal ignorance of their former beliefs, the blessed people of that day will, we believe, almost universally praise Him, and with deep emotion and profound thanksgiving, seek His face and advice in every matter.

The words of Zechariah, as referred to above, attest to this truth:

Thus saith the LORD of hosts; In those days it shall come to pass, that ten men shall take hold out of all languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, We will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you. Zechariah 8:23.

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ISIS Has Invaded the Sinai

Summary of Ynet News Report

Harold E. Lafferty

Alex Fishman, writing in a Ynet news dispatch of mid-2015, described activities in the Sinai that prove beyond any doubt that ISIS (Islamic State) has penetrated and is flourishing in the area, with sober implications as indicated by Obadiah.

On July 2nd, Egyptian authorities displayed about 60 dead bodies of ISIS fighters which had been brought in from recent conflict and laid out in rows at al-Arish – the origin of the Russian airline flight which was later bombed by an Egyptian agent of ISIS, killing all passengers shortly after it left al-Arish, a plush Egyptian resort on the shores of the Red Sea. Mr. Fishman reported that almost all the dead combatants were clad in military uniforms, and that many were wearing bullet-proof vests.

He views this event as a clear warning to Israel.

The message, he says, “is that there is a sizeable armed force operating in Sinai, organized in levels that we’ve seen in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq.”

He says,  “This is a group of Egyptian Bedouin with a jihadist ideology, and foreigners who, over the past six months, have turned into an established military force.”  This fact alone will bring Israeli retribution upon them in due time. 

It is general knowledge that the Israel Defense Force has tightened its observations and its intelligence-gathering capabilities deep into the Sinai.

Their well-supported realization is that Hamas has now extended several tunnels under the border between Egypt (which at this place, is the Sinai peninsula) and Gaza; these tunnels now extend beyond the 1.5 kilometer buffer zone which the Egyptians had established.

 These new tunnels extend from 2.5 km to 3.0 km under the border. Through these, the forces of Hamas are smuggling huge amounts of rocket propellant from Egypt, as well as tons of building materials, aiding in its preparation to resume its attacks upon the adjacent Israeli population of such cities as Ashkelon and others in southern Israel.

And he says, ISIS is not JUST in Sinai. “One would have to be naïve to believe ISIS did not already cross the border, and that Israeli citizens (of Arab descent – that is, Israeli Arabs) are not influenced by this ideology.”

He concludes:  “ISIS is a contagious disease, and it's already here.”

We might add that since that dispatch was published the ”Intifada of the Knives” has begun in Israel – a direct upshot of this pervasive influence of ISIS within Israel.

During the last several months, dozens of Israelis have been killed and/or wounded by seemingly innocent Arab men, women, and even children who have suddenly emerged from apparently peaceful pedestrians on city streets within Israel, and have violently stabbed Israelis – often women and children – many of whom have died.

This is confirmatory evidence of Obadiah’s prophecy in 1:20, that  … the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the southand that this particular prophecy includes the vast wastelands of the Sinai Peninsula bordering upon the Negev of Israel today.

After all, have students of Bible prophecy not realized all along that the future Kingdom of Christ stretches from the eastern shore of the Nile River (including a large portion of the City of Cairo!) to the Euphrates River, south to north?

It is a truth that we had not really thought about or considered extensively until just a few years ago. It is apparent that these late developments in the Sinai now confirm this sober realization.

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The Sycamore Tree in History and Prophecy

Harold E. Lafferty

Sometimes a subject emerges from the pages of scripture which seems to be insignificant and ordinary, or even somewhat dull or drab as to deeper spiritual meaning, but which, with further study, contributes immense importance to our understanding, and sometimes rises to heights of relevance, even as to the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, in unsuspected and even almost alien, highly unlikely ways.
After some initial studies, we cannot help but be struck by the arcane and esoteric nature and character of the sycamore tree of the Middle East – a species of tree somewhat different from the tree of the same name in the West, but closely comparable.
The sycamore tree is briefly but significantly mentioned in God’s word – seeming to be an almost incidental object which pops up in a few widely scattered, invisibly connected references – until we give them deeper consideration.
We have come to realize that such is ever the case with any aspect of God’s word. We are now convinced that every last jot and tittle of it contains profitable and highly useful significance, and should never be ignored by those who appreciate and investigate God’s eternal Plan.
So, just what are we driving at?
One of the sparse records of the sycomore (sycamore) tree is found in the text of Isaiah 9:10, where God’s word states: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.” (Authorized Version)
If you do not remember the occasion of the utterance of these words, they were originally spoken by leaders in ancient Israel. They were spoken in response to a rather limited, but significantly worrying, strike by Assyria on the territories of Zebulon and Naphtali – both tribal allotments being in Northern Jordan of today, east of the Jordan River, in the areas today known as Bashan. It essentially was a “warning shot” relating to things to come – namely, the conquest of Ephraim by Assyria.
The initial assault of Assyria was later enlarged to include “Galilee of the Gentiles,” which is the comparable areas west of the Jordan River. Assyria was becoming serious in its intention to conquer and devour the Ten Tribes as evidenced by these preliminary assaults.
These early warnings were pointing to the danger for Israel that lay directly in its path. The warning shots (for such they were) were clearly an attempt by the LORD to gain the attention and the repentance of His people, and reversal of their rebellion against God’s way.
These earlier blows were intended to awaken the errant Tribes, but not to destroy the nation that they had become.
Historically, the northern kingdom of Israel did not repent of its rebellious idolatry, its transgression of God’s commandments, and were soon overrun and deported en masse from their homes by the Assyrians.

The Assyrian “shot across the bow” of the earlier date resulted in the overpowering descent of Assyria upon the Ten Tribes and their conquest.
Soon the southern kingdom of Judah suffered the same fate at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon after the Jews (Yehuda, or Judah), after serial warnings, refused to repent as well.
In light of these eventual circumstances, the bricks and the sycamores become important prophetic symbolsrelating to the disfavor of the LORD upon His people. Their stubborn refusal to hear the lesson wrought upon the nation by their destruction by these first moves of Assyria against them, and their immediate, stubborn avowal of replacing them with stronger materials and plantings, indicated their rebellious mindset toward their God – and their utter failure to heed His will as to their errant ways.
As we shall propose, the significance of similar “bricks” and a lonely sycamore tree reaches far into the future to another culture which was similarly unequivocally stated as founded upon a convicted belief in God and His provision, but which similarly betrayed its original charter.


The Sycamore Tree in Scripture

Before we investigate these latter, more arcane assertions, we will devote some attention to the instances in which the sycamore tree is mentioned in God’s word.
The first and most memorable occurrence of the sycamore tree is perhaps in most minds, that of the tree which was climbed by Zacchaeus of Jericho – a man of short stature, who wished to rise above the throng which had gathered, to get a good view of Jesus as He passed through the City of Palms on His final journey up to Jerusalem to be sacrificed for the sin of mankind.
The entire account occupies only five verses:
Luke 19:2 – “And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.”
A publican is a tax collector – a class of citizens who were disdained by the Jews’ rulers; almost without exception, publicans were dishonest and unscrupulous.
The description of Zacchaeus as “rich” is testimony to the profitability of holding the office of publican. Later verses in this account witness to the discontent of the Jewish leaders who found fault with Jesus’ extended association with the hated official.
Here is an artist’s conception of Zacchaeus as he strained to see Jesus:

Notice carefully the sturdy limbs of the sycamore, spreading out broadly to furnish abundant shade to those who would seek shelter from the intense heat of the plain of the Dead Sea, which often reaches 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
On this tree we cannot discern any of its fruits – a subject upon which we must comment at some length.
In our personal experience we can think of no other tree which bears its edible fruits in the peculiar manner of the sycamore.
We may more intelligently explain the means of its produce by referring to the Prophet Amos’ words, where he identifies himself to Amaziah: Amos 7:14 “Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:”
But is this translation, “a gatherer of sycomore fruit,” accurate? A meaningful note in E-Sword’s text of theA.V. adds this information:
“a gatherer: Rather, as bolais is rendered by the LXX and Vulgate, κνιζων, (and)vellicans "a scraping," or a scraper of sycamores; for the fruit does not ripen till it is rubbed with iron combs.
When the sycamore fruit is still green, it must have its skin gently ruptured by some kind of instrument, such as iron combs. Otherwise it will not ripen. The green fruits appear as seen in this photograph.

Each fruit must be excoriated by some sharp instrument (even a fingernail) before it will ripen. As each tree yields up to several tons of fig-like fruits, the job is demanding and of low caliber as a skill-set.

Amos was one of the lowliest of Israel’s society, being a shepherd and a scraper of sycamore fruits – both menial occupations with low pay scales.
Notice in this photograph how the fruits look similar to figs. Indeed, they are sometimes called sycamore-figs, but are not as succulent as figs, although much sweeter and more abundant. But since they are freely available throughout the entire country, they are known as the poor man’s fig.
In sectors of the Galilee where swine are grown (as in the Golan) among the Samaritan population, the abundant sycomore fruits are widely fed to pigs.
The trees grow profusely in relatively moist soil in wadis, and valleys near rivers and streams, and prolifically cover the land of Israel.
A reference in the Book of Kings makes reference to the ubiquitous nature of sycomore trees in describing the opulence of Solomon: 1Kings 10:27 - And the king made silver to be in Jerusalem as stones, and cedars made he to be as the sycomore trees that are in the vale, for abundance.
The reference to their fruits being destroyed by “frost” probably really should be translated as “hail.”
When the fruits ripen, and are ready for harvest, they appear like this:

The fruits grow out of the bark as well as on the smaller limbs, as shown by this photo, where the produce may be appreciated as to its abundance:

In the next illustration, the resemblance to the fig tree of the painting of Zacchaeus at Jericho is seen to be remarkably similar: also, please note carefully the structure of the upper root system. This pattern of distribution is even more exaggerated below ground, as we shall later discover in this article.



Smith’s Bible Dictionary adds important information:
“Sycamore – (Heb. shikmah). Although it may be admitted that the sycamine is properly, in (Luke 17:6) the mulberry, and the sycamore (is) the mulberry, or sycamore-fig (Ficus sycomorus), yet the latter is the tree generally referred to in the Old Testament and called by the Septuagint sycamine, as (1 Kings 10:27 ; 1 Chronicles 27:28 ; Psalms 78:47 ; Amos 7:14).
“The Sycamore or fig-mulberry, is in Egypt and Palestine, a tree of great importance and very extensive use. It attains the size of a walnut tree, has wide-spreading branches and affords a delightful shade. On this account it is frequently planted by the waysides. Its leaves are heart-shaped, downy on the underside, and fragrant.
“The Fruit grows directly from the trunk itself on little sprigs, and in clusters like the grape. To make it eatable, each fruit, three or four days before gathering, must, it is said, be punctured with a sharp instrument, or the finger-nail. This was the original employment of the prophet Amos, as he says. (Amos 7:14)
“So great was the value of these trees that David appointed for them in his kingdom a special overseer, as he did for the olives (1 Chronicles 27:28) and it is mentioned as one of the heaviest of Egypt’s calamities that her sycamores were destroyed by hailstones.”
The sycamore tree is therefore realized to have many good benefits: shade, food, employment, animal fodder, and recreation (tree climbing). Its produce is freely available to everyone who is energetic enough to pick it. In addition, the wood is useful in many applications of domestic life. Being a soft wood, it is workable into many articles of interest and use, including furniture.
Now ... back to Zacchaeus. His name means “pure and righteous one.” His aggressive attitude toward getting a good view of Jesus, and then of entertaining Jesus, speaks to the good character which Jesus perceived in him. Anyone who would voluntarily place upon himself the indignity of tree-climbing to get a view of Jesus must have been one who was intensely curious as to Jesus and His mission.
In their later discussion, Jesus advised Zacchaeus as to how to adjust his life to one of righteousness – by not overcharging people as to their taxes, and as to refunding any previous overcharges. We may delightfully anticipate communing with this curious man of small stature in the coming kingdom age!
Having established the existence and the importance of sycomore trees in the Bible, we will now return to the passage in Isaiah noted at the beginning: Isaiah 9:10: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
The setting for these words is found in verse one, when … Isaiah 9:1 - at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations.
The aggression of Assyria had been brought against Israel more gently at first, when certain limited destruction was wrought upon God’s people as a warning of more serious consequences if they did not repent of their sins.
This less-than-final blow is what is described in verse ten.
Some damage was done to Israel as God’s warning – but the first blows of Assyria were rebutted by the Hebrew elders in their wisdom. They stuck out their chests in denial of God’s gentle warning. They vowed that though the bricks had fallen down they would rebuild with hewn stones (stronger material resistance); and though the sycomores had been cut down, they would replace these with a more hardy wood – the cedar, a sturdy conifer.
In simpler terms, Israel did not pay any attention to the rebuke of their LORD, but vowed to rebuild and replant with stronger materials – a move which proved their resistance to His instruction and will for them.
These were marks of pride and arrogance against His guidance, and represented rebellion on their parts.


An Application to Our Day?

There is a remarkable parallel to this principle which may have come into a precise application today, having to do with the United States.
Every reader must make up his own mind as to whether the parallel that we intend to expose is either valid or instructive – or indeed prophetical.
But in the end, everyone will be forced to admit the eerie similarity of its modern outworking to its ancient counterpart in the prophecy of Isaiah.
We speak of the principle now known as The Harbinger.
That is the title of a book by Jonathan Cahn, a Messianic rabbi at a synagogue in Wayne, New Jersey.
We are not certain of the date when we first noted this phenomenon, but refer now to World Net Daily’sexclusive report entitled; “Old Testament Prophecy Fulfilled Before Our Eyes?” published December 21, 2011.
The author of the article is Joe Kovacs; his report will surprise and delight you in revealing a phenomenon which is truly remarkable, whether you believe it has any real validity as prophecy re-directed and re-purposed to a modern application or not.
As will be seen, it is a prophecy against Israel of old which may have an application against the U.S. of today in an eerily spectral and parallel way. And the implications may be seen to be as strong against the U.S. as they were against ancient Israel, for in both cases, the harbinger was, and is, being ignored by both.
Allow us to explain briefly. To do so in depth would require more time than either of us (ourselves or you, our reader) has in these last hours of the end-time.
But you may investigate it by purchasing a copy of the rabbi’s book by the same name at nearly any Bible bookstore, or on the Internet sites such as Amazon.com. The book is available both in new and used condition at an inexpensive price in both cases. It makes the full case for the rabbi’s reasoning as we could not hope to do in a short article such as this one.
The weightiest evidence we can give for recommending this book is that it violates NO scriptural principle that we can discern – and that its message is relevant but being ignored today as it was in the sixth century BC.
The parallels are astonishing, whether or not you agree that they are relevant.
The short-form scenario is seen in several parts – sections or chapters. For brevity we will refer to the WNDarticle, and outline these initially, and then perhaps comment upon them in more detail nearer the end of this article.
Mr. Kovacs begins with the question, “What do sycamore and cedar trees have to do with biblical prophecy, the tragic events of 9/11 and the imminent future of the United States? Everything, according to a new book, which says an obscure text from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah, is an urgent wake-up call for all Americans in light of what happened on that fateful day in 2001.
The Harbinger by Jonathan Cahn, a messianic rabbi from the Jerusalem Center-Beth Israel Congregation in Wayne, N. J., deciphers stunning connections between what some may think is a cryptic biblical prophecy to the news events happening right now, in our current time.
The key verse in question is Isaiah 9:10, which states: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.”
In The Harbinger, Cahn shows uncanny similarities between what’s stated in Isaiah 9:10 to the 21st century events of 9/11 and the years afterward, suggesting America is currently under a time of focused judgment by Almighty God.
Cahn claims the part of the prophecy noting “The bricks are fallen down” refers directly to the crumbling of the World Trade Center in New York City, with the verse connoting … an attitude of defiance, a desire to rebuild with stronger materials instead of acknowledging the hand of God and moving toward national repentance.
The verse mentions sycamore and cedar trees, and it is here that things start to get eerie with the terrorist attack involving planes that smashed into the Twin Towers, leading to their eventual crumbling.
“After the cloud of dust began to clear, police officers, rescue workers and onlookers gazed at the little plot of land at the edge of Ground Zero,” Cahn writes in The Harbinger.
“There in the middle of the ash and debris that covered the ground was a fallen tree. It would soon become a symbol of 9/11 and of Ground Zero. And it was a symbol … but one much more ancient than anyone there could have realized, and one carrying a message no one could have fathomed.”
“The tree at Ground Zero that was struck down on September 11 was a sycamore tree.”
Cahn notes that in Old Testament times, the Assyrians who attacked the ancient Israelites intended to cut down the sycamore trees belonging to God’s people. But the intention was not present with the hijackers of 2001.
“The terrorists had no idea of Isaiah 9:10, no idea of the Harbingers, no idea of the sycamore tree growing at the corner of Ground Zero, and no idea that their attack would cause it to fall or that its fall was connected to an ancient prophecy. They had no idea … but it still happened.”
Not only was a sycamore tree struck on 9/11, but it was replaced in the exact same location by another tree of the type mentioned in the original Hebrew, an “erez” tree, which is the same genus as the cedar.

The roots of a sycamore tree at Ground Zero felled on Sept. 11, 2001, have been preserved as a memorial to the event in New York City. A local messianic rabbi believes it’s a visible fulfillment of an Old Testament prophecy about God’s current judgment on America.
“The most natural thing to have done would have been to replace one sycamore with another,” Cahn writes. “But the prophecyrequired that the fallen sycamore be replaced with a tree of an entirely different nature. So the tree that replaced the sycamore of Ground Zero was likewise not a sycamore. According to the prophecy, the sycamore must be replaced by the biblical erez. So it must be replaced by a conifer tree.”
And that’s what took place in 2003, as a conifer tree, the “Tree of Hope” as it was called, was planted in the spot where the sycamore was slammed on 9/11.
“Think about it,” says Cahn. “Who could have put it all together? The tower fell because of the terrorists. It happened to fall exactly as it did in order to strike down that one particular tree. The tree just happened to be a sycamore, which just happened to be growing at the corner of Ground Zero.
“The tree that would replace it just happened to be given as a gift from outsiders who had nothing to do with anything else, but who just happened to feel led to give it. Their gift just happened to be the fulfillment of the biblical Erez Tree, which just happened to be the same tree spoken of in the ancient vow – the tree that must replace the Sycamore.
“They just happened to lower it into the same soil in that the fallen Sycamore had once stood – exactly as in the Hebrew of the ancient vow. And the man who led the ceremony around the tree just happened to bring it all together without knowing that he was bringing anything together. No one knew what they were doing. It wasn’t a matter of intent. It was a manifestation of the Harbingers.”
“The parallels are truly stunning,” says Joseph Farah, founder of WND, who is producing a video documentary about Cahn’s findings. “They are too numerous and too powerful to relate in news story form. In fact, they are overwhelming in their number and their exactitude. I am persuaded God is trying to tell America something and Rabbi Cahn has found the key to unlocking the message.”
As WND previously reported, two major American political figures actually voiced the Isaiah 9:10 prophecy in public in the immediate wake of the 9/11 onslaught.
“In the aftermath of the attack, the nation was stunned,” said Cahn, “Everyone was trying to make sense of what had happened – this unprecedented attack on America. The very next day, September 12, then Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle presented America’s response to the world. And what did he say?”
Daschle said: “America will emerge from this tragedy as we have emerged from all adversity – united and strong. Nothing … nothing can replace the losses of those who have suffered. I know there is only the smallest measure of inspiration that can be taken from this devastation. But there is a passage in the Bible from Isaiah that speaks to all of us at times like this.”
He then went on to read Isaiah 9:10: “Daschle has no idea what he is doing here,” explains Cahn. “He thinks he’s offering comforting words to a grief-stricken people, but he is actually embracing the spiritually defiant and arrogant words of the children of Israel, proclaiming the ancient and ominous vow of the leaders of that nation. He doesn’t realize it, but he is actually inviting more judgment on the nation.”
It might be of some significance that Daschle, one of the most powerful men in the nation when he spoke those words, later fell into disgrace – to the point where he couldn’t even serve in Barack Obama’s Cabinet.
That might have been the end of the story – if no other top leader in the nation uttered those strange and obscure words after 9/11. But that’s not the case.
On the third anniversary of the attack, Sept. 11, 2004, another powerful U.S. senator running for vice president that year and who would famously run for the presidency four years later, gave a speech to the Congressional Black Caucus.
This time, John Edwards’ entire speech was built on a foundation of Isaiah 9:10: “Today, on this day of remembrance and mourning, we have the Lord’s Word to get us through,” he said. He then read Isaiah 9:10. He went on to talk about how America was doing just that – rebuilding with hewn stone and planting cedars:
“Like Daschle, Edwards thinks he’s invoking inspirational and comforting words from the Bible, but he’s actually inviting judgment on America,” says Cahn. “He’s repeating the vow that provoked God to bring calamity on ancient Israel.”
[End of WND article]

From that “teaser” article, readers must get a sense of an higher purpose in these events. The above is only the beginning of the story. It continues for many, many fascinating pages in its probe of this spectral reprise of an earlier prophecy directed at some of God’s ancient peoples for a purpose especially similar to those of today.
The U. S. has been the premier power on earth for decades: it has been the world’s policeman, the world’s counselor, the world’s financier, giving moral compass to all for the taking.
But America’s direction has become radically different in just the past few years.
Uniquely founded by God-fearing men on their interpretation of God’s principles, the nation has long prospered as no other nation ever has; yet everyone sees dark clouds on the horizon – clouds of discomfiture and trouble, of misfortune and ruin has already begun for this once great economy.
The recent lawful allowance of abortion of babies on demand is entirely parallel to the sacrifice of infants to Ba’al and Moloch by the ancient Israelites. It is estimated that more than sixty one million babies have been aborted under Roe v. Wade.
Widespread drug use mimicks the practice of the ancients who had discovered the emotional consequences of taking certain stimulants and depressants, such as various forms of alcohol and of cannabis.
The break-down of social morals today parallels that of yesteryear in societies such as Greece and Rome – and Israel of old time.
Crime in the streets of such cities as Chicago is the worst in recorded U.S. history;
The widespread acceptance (now over 50% approval by the general population) of the immoral behavior of “gays” and lesbians today was summarily rejected not so long ago.
All these bring the people to seek their own pleasure, and to neglect the service of the Creator.
Could there be a parallel in these harbingers to America today?
There certainly could be.
And by going forward in this protocol, the U.S. could fall from its position of strength. In such a case, Israel would be devoid of any future assistance from another nation, because even at the present time, the U.S. is perhaps the only one who might come to her aid.
We cannot venture to put forth any hugely significant, overriding reason for the parallel fulfillment of the Isaiah prophecy except to raise a warning flag to a People who has benefitted the world in many ways but who have lately gone wrong; the exactitude of the events and their entirely corresponding nature is truly astonishing.
If it means nothing, why do we see these exact similarities?
We believe the case is worth considering on a personal level.
There follows a brief outline of the events that followed as presented in Rabbi Cahn’s book – presented for those who may be interested in this nearly unbelievable “coincidence” of events.

1. The Breach: The author argues that the United States just like ancient Israel has breached the covenant it made with God at the time of its foundation. Thus the hedge of God's protection around America was lifted on 9/11 similar to the way the hedge of protection around ancient Israel was lifted.

2. The Terrorist: The author argues that similar to the way that the kingdom of Israel was attacked by Assyrians, the United States was attacked by Al-Qaeda. The Assyrians were a Semitic people, children of the Middle East. So too were the terrorists of 9/11.

3. Fallen Bricks: The most visible signs of the attack on ancient Israel were that of the fallen buildings and the ruin heaps of fallen bricks. In 9/11 the most visible site of the attack was also the fallen bricks of the fallen buildings.

4. The Tower: The harbinger symbolizes the fact that after the Assyrian attack, the kingdom of Israel did not repent from its sins but vowed to rebuild its buildings with its own power. Similarly the author argues that United States also did not repent from its sins after the warning and continued its path, vowing to rebuild on Ground Zero with its own power.

5. Gazit Stone: The Israelites carve out quarried stone from mountain rock and bring it back to the ground of destruction where clay bricks once stood. Three years after 9/11, a 20-ton quarried rock meant to serve as the cornerstone of the new building was brought to Ground Zero. A ceremony took place over the rock, called the "Freedom Stone,"... in which New York Governor George Patakipronounced:
‘Today, we, the heirs of that revolutionary spirit of defiance, lay this cornerstone and unmistakably signal to the world the unwavering strength of this nation, and our resolve to fight for freedom.’ Eventually, the stone was permanently removed from Ground Zero after security concerns prompted some redesigning at the site. It now sits in the yard of a stone manufacturing plant on Long Island.

6. Sycamore: In Isaiah 9:10, the nation of Israel declares that its sycamore trees have been destroyed by the Assyrians during the attack but they would replace them with cedar trees. After the collapse of the buildings during the 9/11 attacks, a shock wave was created that damaged most buildings around the area. Only one building was not harmed which was St. Paul's Chapel, which was protected by a sycamore tree that is believed to have captured the blast. Cahn points out that St. Paul's Chapel was also the place that the government of the United States prayed on the day of the first inauguration of George Washington on April 30, 1789. The sycamore is known today as the 9/11 Sycamore and a memorial was built for it.

7. Erez Tree: In Isaiah 9:10, the nation of Israel vows to replace the damaged sycamores with cedars, which are stronger. Two years after the events of 9/11, on November 29, 2003, an actual tree was planted in the place of the original sycamore in front of St. Paul's Chapel. This tree was a 21-foot spruce tree and was called the Tree of Hope. The tree itself no longer exists, as it died and was dug up and destroyed and not replaced.

8. The Utterance: Or the “the vow” of defiance. For there to be a parallel with ancient Israel with this harbinger, Cahn says a national leader would have to speak the defiant vow to rebuild in the nation's capital, which he argues that U.S. Senator John Edwards did during a 9/11 memorial on September 11, 2004, when he quoted Isaiah 9:10.

9. The Prophecy: Another parallel with ancient Israel, according to Cahn, is that a national leader must utter the Isaiah 9:10 vow as a prophecy, before such events as the replacing of the tree and the bringing of the cornerstone rock to Ground Zero. Cahn says this occurred one day after the events of 9/11, when America issued its official response to the terrorist attacks. Senator Tom Daschle, who was the Senate Majority Leader at the time and in charge of the official response, spoke before the Congress. At the end of his speech he quoted Isaiah 9:10.

Conclusion: This series of events perfectly mimicking those earlier ones in Israel of old, being so eerily parallel, may be an external sign of the doom of the U. S., in the same way they were harbingers of Israel’s downfall at the hand of Assyria. Every reader must make up his own mind whether these may be valid “signs.”

When Israel’s terminal confrontation with her Muslim enemies round about her comes, she is from all accounts entirely alone in her plight. Her final deliverance necessarily comes from on high, for the intimation is that in that day, she can no longer save herself.

Al-Baghdadi Says ISIS Has Not Forgotten Israel

Analysis of News Reports, by Harold E. Lafferty

A news post entitled, “ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Threatens Israel with new Holocaust as IDF Prepares for Islamic State (IS) Attack from Egypt,” was published on December 29th in The Daily Mail (UK).

The self-proclaimed caliph released a 23 minute audio message on Saturday, December 26th, his first in about seven months. In his diatribe, he threatened Israel, and mocked the enemies of the Islamic State.

In it he said that “ISIS has not forgotten Israel,” and vowed to expand the caliphate to “Palestine” soon. He said, “The Jews thought we forgot Palestine and that they had distracted us from it. Not at all, Jews; we did not forget Palestine for a moment. With the help of Allah, we will not forget it…. The pioneers of the jihadist fighters will surround you on a day that you think is distant and we know is close. We are getting closer every day.” “You will never find comfort in Palestine, Jews. Palestine will not be your land or your home, but it will be a graveyard for you,” he declared.

He also used specifically anti-Semitic language about an imminent, new holocaust. He said that Allah had gathered the Jews in Palestine so that it would be easier for Muslims to kill them: “God (he means Allah) caused the Jews of the world to gather in Palestine, and the war against them has become easy. It is the obligation of every Muslim to carry out jihad. Jews, you will not enjoy (sic) in Palestine. God has gathered you in Palestine so that the Mujahadeen can reach you soon and you will hide by the rock and the tree.” It was a direct reference to words from the Koran (Quran) about the final battle against the Jews.

In the audio message, the ISIS leader harshly criticized Saudi Arabia that recently formed a Muslim coalition to fight against Islamic State in Arab states. “They announced lately a coalition falsely called ‘Islamic,’ and announced its goal is to fight the Caliphate. If it was an Islamic coalition, it would have declared itself free from its Jewish and Crusader lords, and made the killing of the Jews and the liberation of Palestine its goal,” al-Baghdadi said. He called upon Saudi citizens to rise against the monarchy and its “apostate tyrants.”

The leader of the self-proclaimed caliphate also mocked the U S coalition that attempts to defeat ISIS by airstrikes. “Be confident that God will grant victory to those who worship him, and hear the good news that our state is doing well. The more intense the war against it, the purer it becomes and the tougher it gets,” he said.

Al- Baghdadi’s threats against Israel, and the specific language he used to warn an attack on the Jewish state is not far away could be related to what is happening in the Sinai Peninsula at Israel’s southern border  with Egypt.

Israeli Middle East expert Ronen Bergman, who has connections within the Israeli intelligence services, published an analysis about Wilayat Sinai this weekend. Wilayat Sinai is the ISIS branch in Egypt; Bergman reported that the organization is growing stronger all the time and now possesses advanced weapons.

“My instincts tell me the downing of the Russian plane [in the Sinai], recently was a terrorist attack. And if it indeed turns out that Ansar Bait el Maqdis (ABAM – meaning “supporters  of the holy house”) was behind it, we are talking about an incident with wide strategic significance. It proves that ISIS leader (Abu Bakr) al-Baghdadi has the ability to operate through satellite organizations not only in Iraq, but also in Syria, Lebanon, Africa and now in Sinai. If it’s true, he succeeded in a very short time in terms of preparing and executing an operation, in taking revenge against the Russians for the war they are waging in Syria.

“If that is the case, his ability and his organization’s ability is much higher than we thought.”

In November, 2014, ABAM changed its name to ISIS in the Sinai, while still holding its original identity as “supporters of the holy house,” meaning al-Aqsa Mosque on Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

This ideology brings more credence to the notion that the ultimate goal of ISIS and all its branches has as its ultimate goal the conquest of Israel and Jerusalem.

Indeed, its first change of name from Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (meaning Syria) or ISIS, to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, came when al-Baghdadi realized that the original name did not include Israel, but that the Jewish State would be indicated if the name included the word, “Levant,” which comprehends Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia and the Sinai Peninsula – all of which are the land of the sun’s rising (Levant relating to levitation, or lifting up, of the sun), and all of which are in ISIS’ sights.

In addition, ISIS has a small presence in southern Syria near the Golan Heights but it has not yet been active against Israeli targets. If it does launch rockets into Israeli territory or attempts to infiltrate the Golan Heights, says the author, “ISIS knows that the Israeli Air Force will respond with greater force than that used in the surgical strikes carried out by the U. S. and its coalition partners (in Syria). ”

A German journalist named Jurgen Todenhofer spent a short time with ISIS forces in Mosul recently, writing of his experiences in a book when he returned. He says “They think they can defeat U.S. and British ground troops who they say have no experience in urban warfare or terrorist strategies…. But they know that the Israelis are very tough as far as fighting guerillas and terrorists. They told me the Israeli army is the real danger. ‘We can’t defeat them with our current strategy. These people (the Israeli army) can fight a guerilla war.’”


Conclusion:  We continue to view with intense interest this evolution of a powerful, wily Islamic force based primarily in the territory of ancient Assyria (Syria and Iraq).  And even though the privately expressed view of some members of ISIS is that Israel is a foe beyond their present capability to fight successfully, the wealth of ISIS which is enormous, can soon acquire for them the weapons that they deem necessary to defeat Israel.

We are assured of the survival of Israel, however, and have no fear whatever that ISIS’ expectations might bear fruit.

Again, we view this entire episode as an highly likely fulfillment of the remarkable prophecy of Micah 5, which points to an end time “Assyrian” attack on Israel (only possible since 1948) in great force, and its defeat, hands-down and complete, by One Whom we know to be the LORD Jesus Christ. That can only come about by His return to the earth in the Second Advent.

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Evidence of Israel’s Drift Toward Godliness?

A News Report

None other than the next Mossad Chief – Yossi Cohen, one of the “best of the best,”according to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu – has issued a significant statement of faith in Israel’s God. We relate a verbatim copy of the Walla report here:


Report: New Mossad Chief Says Israel Still Needs God’s Help

by Ilse Posselt

 Next Mossad chief Yossi Cohen Monday, 14 December 2015 –

Israel’s legendary intelligence agency, the Mossad, needs no introduction. Since the birth of the modern State of Israel, its reputation for cunning brilliance and fearsome efficiency has demanded a grudging admiration—even from the Jewish state’s most vehement adversaries.

It stands to reason then that only the best of the best be chosen to stand at the helm of Israel’s intelligence service. According to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yossi Cohen is such a man. On Monday, Netanyahu appointed his former National Security Adviser as the next Mossad chief.

Yet speaking at a synagogue just days after his appointment, the spymaster acknowledged both God’s role in the birth of the Jewish state as well as the ongoing need for divine assistance today, Israel National News reported. Israel, Cohen said, still needs God’s help.

“Without siyata de'shamaya (Aramaic for heavenly aid) the State of Israel would not have been established,” he told worshippers. “That was true then—and today too, we need siyata de'shamaya,” Walla reported him as saying.

Cohen, who grew up in Jerusalem in an Orthodox family, spoke during the morning Shabbat prayer service at the synagogue where he attends prayers regularly. Apart from those who came for the traditional Saturday morning service, the synagogue was also packed with people who wanted to hear the spymaster speak.

According to Israel National News, Mossad’s new chief did not disappoint. Drawing from the weekly Torah reading on Joseph’s position of second-in-command in Egypt, his brothers’ plea for help during a terrible famine and the brothers’ reunion after Joseph revealed himself to his family, Cohen shared some wisdom from his own intelligence experience.

“We can see the importance in the strategy that the brothers took in their descent to Egypt,” he said, using the tale to illustrate the importance of sound intelligence, the correct strategy and a plausible cover story. “The plan of action of the brothers was good, but what they didn’t take into account was the fact that the ruler of Egypt was none other than their brother Joseph, who was the second-in-command to the king of Egypt.”

Cohen concluded his address by quoting the slogan of the Mossad, which is taken from Proverbs 11:14, “Where there is no wise direction, a people fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.”

Speaking to Israel National News, a community member recounted that “everyone listened intently to his biblical exegesis; he is a very impressive man. All the time he used hints to connect the weekly Torah portion with his position at the Mossad. It was very unique.”

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