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No. 505 SEPTEMBER 2017

The Importance of Bible Prophecy

The importance of Bible prophecy was recognized by Charles H. French (founder of the Gospel Publicity League) of New South Wales, Australia, many years ago.

 The present writer remembers, as a young student of prophecy, reading his Present Day Events flyers on prophecies being fulfilled as early as the later nineteen forties.

But we understand that the first publications of the Gospel Publicity League were issued in the fall of 1939, at the time of the Nazi German assault on Poland – the initial “hot” conflict of World War II.

Henry French understood that crucial events were taking place which were broadcasting (to his mind) the maturing struggle of the Jewish people to establish an homeland in Palestine under the then-existing British Mandate.

The World Zionist Congress in Basle, Switzerland, had, in 1897, set its sights on a Jewish State in the Middle East. The Balfour Declaration had been issued in 1917 – only 22 years earlier, a document which declared the interest of the British government in the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish homeland. The result was that the Jewish population of Palestine (as it was then known) was becoming restive toward that goal.

The rate of Jewish immigration to The Land of Promise (the lands promised to Abram, beginning in Genesis 12) was increasing despite widespread British and Arab resistance to the movement.

Mr. French was almost spot-on in his suspicions.

The World Zionist Organisation was the Prime Mover in the movement to form a Jewish colony in Palestine, to purchase land and properties there which were available mostly from absentee landlords in Turkey and Syria/Iraq – lands which were destitute, forlorn, uncultivated, uncared-for, and in need of loving and dedicated husbandry.

The local Arab population had been indolent for generations; their approach was to utilize whatever grew of itself (such as grasses and fruits) and consume these in their meager daily lives. Their goats and sheep grazed the sparse grasses of the desert lands of the country, barely eking out an existence on its scanty resources. 

The inexperienced Jews who were making aliyah (meaning, going up) were up to the task of their developing scientific approach to land and water management.

Wealthy philanthropists of European Jewry were more than willing to assist the immigrants with their funds.

They were progressively purchasing and draining the Huleh swamplands – that lazily-flowing, relatively flat sector of the Jordan River between Mount Hermon and the Sea of Galilee.

 It had long been a mosquito-infested wasteland breeding only malarial fever for its few inhabitants, and was useless for cultivation.

The new Jewish settlers had moved into the area from a faltering beginning in the late 19th century, purchasing every available parcel of land, and immediately set to work draining the future farmlands, irrigating the hectares near the Jordan waterway, and beginning cultivation of the rich loam soils overshadowed by the Golan Heights of Syria to the northeast.

At first their progress was slow and tortuous – fraught with disease and poverty in spite of the backing of wealthy Jews abroad. It was difficult to make the changes necessary to improve the soils, to terrace the rocky hillsides, to drain the swamps that existed there and to clear much of the Dead Sea shores of its salt content by leaching the high salt concentration by flooding the potential farmlands with fresh water.

Many of the new émigrés were doctors and lawyers as well as other professionals, none of whom had much experience as agriculturists.

But they persisted ... eventually bringing in harvests that increased year by year in both quality and quantity. As Jewish immigration into the country became more attractive their numbers increased greatly; their holdings and influence on the land and climate became apparent.

Charles H. French realized that the “experiment” was going rapidly toward success ... and evidently was the palpable beginning of the Second Recovery of the Jewish people to their homeland as revealed by the Father’s words in Isaiah: Isa 11: 11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 12 And He shall set up an Ensign for the (two) nations (the Two and the Ten Tribes), and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

The progress that the People were making was surely the beginnings of this Great Event of the end times which would lead to the secure colonization of The Land by God’s people returning, or “(re)turning to Him,” as He had instructed them to do as expressed in Micah 5:7: Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts.

It had become evident to Mr. French that the Jews must be required to return to the Land physically, prior to their spiritual reform.

His intuition has been shown to be valid in every aspect!

If this movement continued for many more years it was feasible in his eyes for the Jewish population to become numerous enough to effect a change in the constitution of the territory, and to bring it under their control, even if still subject to the British Mandatory.

In this prospect, he did not foresee that the tables would turn in the Jews’ favour, and that their future State would be formed of their own volition and with their own funds and under their own management, even in the face of the great odds which the fledgling People faced.

The main problem was that the British government now realized that it needed to curry the favor of Arabs everywhere because the Arabs controlled the oil producing lands of the Middle East – and the British navy now needed the bunker oil that was only available from the Arabs, a renowned fighting force which was now being converted from coal-fired to oil-fired furnaces.

The war in Europe slowly ground toward its conclusion in May, 1945 – when a horrible discovery was confirmed. The Nazi Germans had been exterminating the Jews of Europe since 1933, and at the conclusion of the conflict had slain over six million of God’s People in the worst, most cruel genocidal effort ever seen in human history – the Shoah (the Holocaust).

The Prophet Jeremiah had made mention of this great slaughter in the words of Jeremiah 30:7 - Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob's trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

The last phrase of that prophecy could easily be perceived as indicating the surviving three millions of Jews of the original population (in Europe) of nine million. The Editor’s expectations were beginning to come to pass just as it had been forecasted by the prophets of Israel.

The ensuing events in Palestine, as it was then designated, began rapidly to come to pass. The Jewish Defense Force (the Haganah) grew in numbers and experience. Ancillary forces such as The Stern Gang (headed by Vladimir Jabotinsky) and The Irgun (headed by Menachem Begin) came into being – all of these attacking the British forces which they saw as occupying Jewish lands and preventing Jewish immigration.

The world’s sympathy had been aroused by the senseless slaughter of the Six Million (including 1.5 million Jewish children), a factor in the decision of the United Nations Organization (UNO) to approve the Partition of Palestine in 1947, after being informed by Great Britain that it would evacuate all its forces from the troubled land of Palestine by May, 1948.

The UNO had voted to divide the land between the Arabs and the Jews, awarding various parts of it to each party. The Arabs rejected the partition plan completely; they wanted the whole land for themselves.

The die was cast!

As the last of the British forces left the docks of Haifa on May 14th, 1948, David Ben Gurion, head of the Jewish Agency, stood before a gathering in the Tel Aviv Museum, and proclaimed the formation of the new nation of Israel as homeland to the world’s Jews, in the evacuated lands of Palestine.

Immediately, the Arab armies of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt, along with Saudi forces attacked the new State of Israel. The odds were about 90 million Arabs to 660,000 Jews – seemingly impossible odds in warfare, given conventional warfare.

But this conflict was not conventional in any sense. The rag-tag Jewish forces, ill-equipped, virtually untrained in standard war tactics, met the challenge with courage and defiance of the attackers.

The details of the ensuing fourteen month long War of Independence was commented upon extensively and intelligently by writers of GPL, relating the events to Bible prophecy from its beginning.

The GPL founder, Henry French, fell from his garage roof and was killed around 1970 (?) and the effort was continued by his son, Charles A. French, as Editor and Publisher, and his brother Philip French and wife who ran the “back office.” Mr. Graham Bacon was recruited to assist with editorial duties and served until he accidentally drowned several years later. Harold Lafferty, the present writer was brought on board several years ago to assist editorially as well.

Philip French passed away about two years ago. Charles A. French fell asleep earlier this current year, falling victim to severe asthma and other ailments.

The operations of GPL now seem to be somewhat uncertain. However, prior to his passing, Charles A. French designated the present writer to carry on producing the PDE (this pamphlet) every quarter year along with other contributions to the GPL web site (see masthead).

<HEL/MD, USA. September, 2017>

 

 

No. 504 JUNE 2017

Assyria Awakens, Assisted by Iran

Micah 5 presents a definitive picture of an end time power named “Assyria” as it strikes the Judge of Israel upon the cheek. Whether that is an historical reference (to 29AD – the crucifixion) or a modern day application may be debatable, but we believe both views may be valid, and that a time will come when ISIS (or a similar group representing Iraq and Syria of today –Assyria of yesterday – and having the same ideology, the destruction of Israel) will strike the present State of Israel in hopes of destroying it: Psalm 83.

That would likely be the triggering event of the enormous conflict to end the present conflict in the Land between the Rivers – the decisive defeat and destruction of all the surrounding claimants to Israel’s (and God’s) Land as promised to Abram for an everlasting possession. Genesis 13: 14-17.

Several long passages in the prophets give exquisite details of this conflict which in our opinion will bring the return of the Master in His role as Messiah of Israel – and His marshalling of Israel’s defense forces along with the immortalized Saints in their decisive victory over those enemies. states: Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. Micah 5:9.

Today’s events lead us directly to that closure of the troubles now seen there. We are aware that Iran’s role in the end time conflicts of Israel will be highly manifested in the Gogian conflict, where “Persia” is named as a direct participant. But that conflict will not spring out of nowhere with no preparation. It is being prepared now.

Iran has become active in supporting Hamas in Gaza, for example … antithetical to opposing the Islamic State. A recent report in The Tower said, “Recent reports Iran is support-ing ISIS through its funding of Hamas are a reminder that the Islamic Republic has long backed the powerful jihadist group and its predecessors in a variety of ways.

The tactic goes against common sense because ISIS is supposedly a vile enemy of Sh’ia Islam, but things are never logical in the Moslem world. Iran and Russia have entered into a military association that is completely in line with Rus being a “guard” to her allies of the future (cf., Ezekiel 38:7). But “Assyria” is not one of those allies. Instead, it is a Proximal Islamic entity, and plays no role with Gog in its war against Israel.    <HEL>

Israel: Present Wealth, and
Power to Grow

Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett reports that the Israeli economy is in a very good state. Its GDP (gross domestic product) has shown remarkably high value in recent years in contrast to many European economies, and far superior to that of the United States (more than double!).

Israel’s high tech industries are second only to those of the USA, partially because of its military cyber service known as Unit 8200, about which almost nothing is known except that it is a superb incubator for high technology approaches to nearly every problem.

The Jewish state hosts the second largest number of cyber-businesses listed on the NASDAQ stock list in the USA. Startups in Israel are encouraged by every means, and many are sold for extreme value to larger companies such as Google or Microsoft.

Deuteronomy 8:18 exhorts Israel to remember that it is the LORD God Who has given it the power to get wealth – a benefit which we believe here means not only lucre, but spiritual benefits as well – ultimately the godly realization that He is their God and that they are His people.

But that condition remains to be achieved in future time, for it is said to be a benefit of Israel’s recognition of Christ as their Messiah when He sets His feet upon Mount Olive at the close of the coming conflicts. See Zechariah 10-14 for a discussion of those glorious days; from that day forward, Israel the polity, then to be ruled over by its Messiah in person, occupying the Throne of David on Mount Zion, shall advance above and beyond all the nations of the earth in wealth and power – and shall quickly emerge as the power-house of all nations. It will do away in rapid order with the other nations and supplant them in the name of the God of Heaven…when judgment is given to the Saints of the Most High…and the Saints possess the Kingdom. Daniel 7:22.

Those words express the ultimate reality of the “wealth” that will identify Israel of that time: the spiritual depth of perception and acceptance which the Father requires of all His creation, the reality of which expresses glory and honour to Him. <HEL>

6.5 Million Jews Challenge Giant Islam: Miracle upon Miracle

The tiny nation of Israel continues steadily to add to its population, now well above 6.5 million Jews.

Its contrast with the Arabic nations of Islam is remarkable. All Islam produces almost nothing except its native deposits of petroleum, while Israel produces a remarkably wide variety of products as well as its ingenious innovations in agriculture, animal husbandry, medicine, water conservation, cyber technology, and military innovations and equipment.

This subject integrates intimately with the coming struggle which the world will soon behold as discussed above – the surprising and unforeseen emergence of the remnant of Zion into even more widespread fame and fortune as they challenge and defeat all the malevolent forces of Islam under the personal supervision, and at the personal invitation of the returned Savior and Messiah of Israel (Obadiah 1: 18).

But prior to that glorious day, the nation is seen now to be growing steadily toward that destiny.

When compared to the population of Islam, Israel is nearly insignificant – except for one predominant factor: it is the favored People of God, while Islam is not favored – all according to YHVH’s privilege of election. He has elected to “love Jacob and to hate Esau.”

As we have noted on previous occasions, Jewish recipients of Nobel prizes are numerous as compared to Arabs; the ratio is 12 Muslims against 197 people of Jewish descent. While Muslims make up 22% of the world’s population, the Jews comprise less than 0.2%! Such a disparity is far beyond any reasonable expectation of normalcy of intellectual equivalence of the two peoples!

The Jews’ successful defense against the three armed assaults of Islamic nations against Israel is just as one-sided. In the Israeli War of Independence (fought 69 years ago) only 660,000 Israelis put an “army” in the field which was ill-equipped and scarcely trained. Yet the Palmach ingeniously defeated the armies of six well-armed and trained Arab nations numbering over 100 million.

The succeeding wars of 1967 and 1973 brought even greater victories, and a tremendous expansion of Israel in all directions included the vast Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. These conflicts have been acclaimed “miraculous” by military experts who probably don’t even believe in “miracles.”

The hand of YHVH must be admitted in these victories; without His enablement, His people should not have survived. The scriptures have alluded directly to this divine function in the words of Daniel 12:1-3, where Michael the Archangel is evoked as the Almighty’s agent in these end time wars having to do with the resur-rection of His people from the Valley of Dry Bones (Ezekiel 37).

That “resurrection” of a latent and nearly defeated People is yet another pointedly miraculous occurrence.

The international community’s decision (by the UNO) to allow a Jewish State of be formed was in itself a miracle, as was its immediate approval by both the US and the USSR within minutes of its announcement. Even the American president – Harry S Truman – was divinely provided in our opinion, because Franklin Roosevelt, his predecessor, nor Dwight Eisenhower, his successor, should have so acquiesced. The divine Hand is, in our opinion, quite evident in all these affairs!  <HEL>

Zechariah 14: 12. Nuclear Destruction? Where and When?

The prophet records, in Zechariah 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.

One must wonder whether this is a description of Messiah’s raw power exerted upon His enemies, or an Israeli nuclear strike as its forces assist Christ and the Saints as they defeat their Islamic enemies.

Another view is that it could represent both these allied forces as directed against the millions of fighters who shall then be allied against God’s People, and against the Father Himself. Micah 5: 1-3 makes clear that the enemies of Israel are also the enemies of YHVH in this end time struggle.

To this point our warning goes out to all critics of Israel today of whatever stripe or conviction. Israel today is blessed beyond all human under-standing, and whatever Israel undertakes are only those actions which are deemed necessary for her survival and progress. Israel today is under a different covenant from those baptized out from among the Gentiles, and must not be judged by the same standards. She is being divinely enabled to defend and protect her people and their interests in their Land.

Furthermore, Israelis are now back in their homeland as permanent residents, never again to be displaced or plucked up, as proven by testimony such as Amos 9: 11-15.

In such accounts as those recorded in Isaiah 63: 1-6 some of the fine details of the final conflict are given, but no indication of an attack such as in those words of Zechariah. We have no information as to when such an attack of this magnitude and ferocity will be leveled against the vile enemies of God’s people, nor under what circumstances. It might be that this has been determined by the Almighty as the most decisive and efficient way to clean away the filth of the Land and to cleanse it by fire as were many offensive objects under Moses’ Law. It is a mystery which shall be revealed in its time – and hopefully in our own time. <HEL/MD, USA. June, 2017>

 

No. 503 MARCH 2017

Christ’s Coming Is Imminent

It should be obvious to most Bible readers that the Second Advent is near, and with it the end of all the intruders within the territory of Messiah’s First Dominion – all the lands of the Abrahamic Covenant, which are the Lands Between the Rivers.

The prophets have declared that Messiah’s first imperative then, is as stated by Zacharias, in Luke 1:70 - As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,  

This immediate approach of Messiah’s Second Advent cannot be ignored nor gainsaid! We are presently at a loss to conjecture just why Israel’s need for salvation (of being saving from her enemies) arises, for at the present time, she appears more than capable of overcoming any serious physical assault. And she is confident that she can do so!

But be it noted well, that the Second Coming shall be the most notable departure from “the norm” of any pre-vious event. It will upend the nations of the Middle East, yes, but it also violently shall “shake” all nations by its precipitous nature. And thankfully, one of its immediate effects shall be that Israel as a People, seeing His prowess and immense power against their enemies, shall shout in faithful and utterly thankful unison, “Blessed is He Who cometh in the name of the LORD!” as foretold in Luke 13: 35.

As the Master foretold on that occasion, until that time their eyes and hearts shall not “behold Him” in the sense of perceiving Him, His nature and His mission. The Prophet Zechariah (in chapters 12 and 13) de-scribes the emotional moment when the veil that has covered their eyes is lifted (cf., also II Corinthians 3: 14-16). We must refer to the writings of the Prophet Micah for further proof. He writes, Therefore will he give them up (the phrase means “abandon them”), until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth (has birthed the nation in the end time): then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. Micah 5:3. Those markers, as the two major turning points of Israel’s history, prove that we are living in the terminal days of the end time.  <HEL>

Christ Will Destroy Those Who Destroy the Earth

In Revelation 11:15, the Seventh Trumpet sounds. By definition, it is the last trump. Its sounding fulfills Paul’s prophecy in 1 Corinthians 15:52, which describes the resurrection of the dead in Christ, and their immortalization.

But note that the Revelator includes more in the accomplishments of this Trumpet than this event: viz., The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

The goal of the Seventh Trumpet extends across the Advent and the events which follow, to the end point of His intention for the earth. Verse 17 relates that the King has assumed His throne and is in control of His People.

Verse 18 speaks of the anger of the nations, of His fury upon them at the same time as the resurrection and perfecting of the Saints.

Then there is a reference to “those who destroy the earth.”

In our day there has been widespread concern with the earth and its preservation – a widespread emphasis on “saving” the earth and its resources.

We see here that the Almighty is also concerned with this principle.

Although this next consideration is not exhaustive (it doubtless has other applications), this condemnation fits a remarkably prominent group of men.

Every week we view photos of the destruction of cities such as Aleppo and Damascus, Syria. In the former, it seems that every habitable structure has been wrecked by shells and bombs. At the end of this conflict, that world shall require rebuilding from the ground up. That “earth” has been markedly destroyed: “diaphtherio.”

But the Greek, diaphtherio, has wider implications. It also means “to rot, to decay utterly, and to destroy.” In that sense, there is a societal effect with “religious” overtones. The reader may have noted the similarity of the word to diphtheria, a severe, sometimes fatal infection of the upper respiratory tract and other organs. The beliefs and teachings of Islam are an exact equivalent to this disease in our opinion: it results in fever, malaise, disability, lack of pro-ductivity, ruin, and often, death.

We therefore see in these words of Jesus His condemnation of the destructive force – the rottenness - which has affected His Land and His People for more than a thousand years. Its contagion is recognized and condemned in these words of Jesus, and its eradication in its entirety is indicated.  <HEL>

 

Slain of the Lord

The Prophet Jeremiah’s chapter 25 details the nations which should drink of the Wine cup of the Lord’s Fury in verse 15, and states that … the slain of the LORD shall be at that day from one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth.

That is, it shall include ALL nations.

We have often noted that the phrase “all nations” in certain instances does not indicate all the nations of the world, but is limited to “the nations that have fought against Jerusalem,” as Zechariah 14: 12.

But in this instance we have no reason to limit the Almighty’s intent, as we examine the specifically named nations of verses 18 to 26. The list begins with His own people of Judah, and ends with Sheshach, the symbol of Babylon, according to Strong’s. But because the list already contains Elam and the Medes (peoples of Babylon), we believe that Sheshach” has overtones of Great Babylon – the subject nations of Armageddon in our opinion, thus rounding the great list of His enemies to be dealt with in the subjugation of the whole earth to the rule of Christ in the serial wars of the end time as indicated by myriad details of the prophetic scrolls.

This must similarly apply to those who reject the returned Jesus as being “the Antichrist,” and those who claim “Allah has no Son” – a claim that is so prominent in Islam’s “religion,” that it is emblazoned inside the dome of the Dome of the Rock. It is blasphemy so to deny the Word of the LORD.

Indications are that the “heathen” (the nations) shall not easily relinquish their hegemony over men …

A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. Jeremiah 25:31.  <HEL> 

Those Who Despise Israel

People claim that elephants have perfect memory; but we claim that ability for the Almighty One of Israel.

Ezekiel 28:26 states plainly, that after the conquest of the nations round about, that… they (Israel) shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they(Israel) shall know that I am the LORD their God.

Those “round about” Israel are invariably people of Islam. It is therefore THEY who are to be the first recipients of His divine wrath! For they are the great despisers of Israel in the end time; it is they who daily threaten Israel with extinction. The Almighty through Obadiah af-firms this objective: the immediate result is … And saviours (the immortalized Saints) shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S. Obadiah 1:21 – a passage which proves without hesitation that when the LORD judges Mt. Seir (Esau) as specified there, that the judgment of those peoples is concurrent with the return of Jesus Christ to the earth.

 When this condition is fully realized and accepted, the Believer then has a clear vision of the remainder of the events of the end time – the conflicts of Christ and the Saints with the next two opposing powers.

Already we can see sure signs of the early preparations of Rus (Rosh) in that direction, but we doubt that Russia’s leadership has any clear plan of execution of it as yet. The affair is in the hands of our Almighty God, and He shall bring it to execution. At that time, they, too shall despise Israel, and suffer for it. <HEL>

Syria and Iraq to be Decimated

One of the “nations round about” Israel is an amalgamation of Syria and Iraq, in our opinion, and probably may be identified with ISIS – the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham. “Sham” is an older name for Syria. Some say ISIS is on its way to being conquered, but we must point to the fact that, instead, it is metastasizing as cancer!

We see a clear scriptural record of this end time amalgamation in Micah 5, where the prophet foretells the first coming of Messiah, His rejection by the Jews (“smiting of Him on the cheek”), and YHVH’s “giving them (Israel) up” until a certain time in future history; that is an exact time at which the remnant of his brethren (the Jews who survived the Shoah) will return unto the land of Israel - 1948.

This introduces the determined era of the crucial, end time military assault by “Assyria,” which is said to (attempt to) “come into our Land, and to tread within our palaces.” We emphasize the words “attempt to” do these things, because Assyria of the end time shall fail as abjectly as did her earlier counterpart, Sennacherib, whose army of 185,000 men was slain by the Father’s Angel of Death in the valleys round about Jerusalem!

This is the summary account of the destruction of Syria and Iraq, the locations of which today answer most perfectly to the territory of ancient Assyria. And not only that: the battle doctrines of ISIS closely match that of ancient Assyria as well!

One may note that Psalm 83 – a sure description of the battles of the same campaign emphasize the destruction of Assur, in verse 8. Ashsur was the second son of Shem, and gave his name to his ancient people – Assyria.

Concerning the Syrian faction  of the entity, with Damascus as its ancient and modern capital, Isaiah 17 is an important statement concerning Syria. One of its most memorable lines is, in verse one: The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. It foretells the complete destruction of that once beautiful city, an event which has never happened in history to this oldest of human settlements. It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God! But Iraq/Syria has brought this predica-ment upon themselves. <HELafferty/USA>

 

No. 502 DECEMBER 2016

God Rules in the Kingdoms of Men: USA Elections

The world is yet aghast at the results of the USA election of Donald Trump as president. Nearly every poll had conclusively predicted that Hillary Clinton would be elected by a large margin. But the pundits had not taken into account the sovereignty of YHVH of Hosts...His already concluded and recorded decision about the winner. Ultimately, Mr. Trump would be elected quite readily, and by a large margin. In our studied view, the outcome was an example of a principle decreed thousands of years ago in God’s words to the Prophet Daniel, in 4:17: God’s Watchers had declared a sign…that the living may know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men.

The principle is counterintuitive to men of worldly wisdom. Their conception of the Most High is that, if he exists at all, His interest is now outmoded and passé. That modern man is in complete and exclusive control of his own destiny. We disagree completely.

Having so stated, we cannot offer any special insight into the specific reason why He has so determined. Indeed, the specifically prophesied events of the near future of Israel, indicates in our view, a lonely journey for our Israeli brethren. The initial intervention of Christ and His immortalized Saints is pictured in the prophecy of Isaiah 63: 1-6, q.v. In that highly emotional scenario, the Christ of the Second Advent (Messiah) declares that He has NO ally or confederate: of the people, there was none with Me…as He achieves the decisive victory of verse 6. The episode is decidedly another slant upon the prophecy of Obadiah, for the enemy is identical: Edom, or Idumea – the nations “round about” and dwelling within the lands promised to Abram beginning in Genesis 12.

It is identical to Isaiah chapters 34 to 36, Isaiah 11: 11 et seq, and Psalm 83 – facts which we cannot overstress. The final phrases of Obadiah are summary to the entire affair, concluding with…And Saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

And that condition, dear readers, will be the glorious beginning of the intensely personal and completely righteous beginning of the New Age of Mankind – in which Messiah literally rules in the kingdoms of men, eventuating in the nearterm erasure of those kingdoms as foretold by Jesus Himself, in Revelation 11:15 - And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign forever and ever. <HEL>

Russia Spending Millions on its Islamic Campaign: Why?

Vladimir Putin, president of Russia, is actively participating in warfare in Iraq and Syria, expending men and materiel in large quantities to support the Syrian regime. But he is also courting ALL the Islamic nations by offering arms and armament on a grand scale. The near-term answer to “Why?” is that it involves badly needed trade to support the Russian economy. Even the military intervention in Syria is doubtless being compensated greatly by Islam at large. Putin’s decisive intervention is not gratuitous or without remuneration. Besides that, such interference widens the influence of Russia in the region, heightens her image as the great protector of Islam. As such, this intervention is Biblically described – and even recommended – in the words of Ezekiel, who commands the Gogian leader in 38: 7 - Be thou prepared, and prepare for thyself, thou, and all thy company that are assembled unto thee, and be thou a guard unto them.

In our view, this early intervention of the Russians is fulfillment of this diktat! Its present leader is following The Plan concisely! We recall the indelible words of the Almighty as recorded by Isaiah 46:9 - Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: <HEL>

Why Peace is Impossible in the Middle East

The elusive pursuit of peace in the Middle East has dominated politics in the region for nearly seventy years – since Israel became a nation in May, 1948. In spite of numerous “false starts,” no semblance of peace has even once been achieved.

This admission is not to say that Israel as it is now constituted is at any hazard from its numerous enemies. The danger is to those enemies – not to Israel.

Our reason for claiming this continuing condition of political safety to Israel and its people (although as yet unknown to them) is found in the closing phrases of Amos 9: 11-15 disclose the present state of ongoing Israeli affairs – their sure basis of possession of their Land in perpetuity! Surely, more challenges to their existence shall be encountered; but their survival and their prosperity are concretely assured!

Following the several detailed and profound promises which are being fulfilled at this time, the passage ends in these words: 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. <HEL>

The Prophetic Pathway to the Kingdom of God

The peoples of the earth are in great agony viewing current history; they palpably question just where “things” are going in their present course. This extreme trepidation is described by the Master in His words of Luke 21:26 - Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth.

But we hasten to add that such fear does not impinge upon the enlightened follower of Jesus Christ in this end time! He is neither affrighted nor terrified by these horrendous events of present history. It is estimated that fully one third of the entire Bible was predictive prophecy when first recorded. The prophetic pathway is therefore extremely well laid out for our learning and admonition. But the effort demands strength of resolve on our part – great diligence in our continuing search for Truth in these matters. As the revealed strength of prophetic fulfillment grows, our investigation of the events prophesied must also intensify. The plan for our great increase in understanding of these precious promises was spelled out in the promise of YHVH to Daniel: 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.

Dear reader: there can be NO doubt that we are the fortunate dwellers in the “time of the end.” The Almighty is firm is His claim that at that time “knowledge shall be increased.” ALL SORTS of knowledge seems to be indicated – including a more perfect understanding of those things which are coming upon the earth as already quoted from Luke 21.

The huge volume of prophetic revelation is the ongoing subject of such publications as this one from G.P.L. and other sources.

We commend your avid attention to the studied considerations which we publish with great regularity, because the pathway to the Kingdom of God has not conformed to earlier expectations, but has turned out to be decidedly different from those earlier expectations. <HEL>

Israel’s Future Strength

The nation of Israel is unique among the polities of the world, sitting, as it does amongst hostile nations whose only deeply expressed unity is to destroy Israel. During its modern day Restoration, Israel has shown uncommon strength against its enemies. The Jewish State’s miniscule pool of combatants in 1948 – its War of Independence – were underequipped, out-gunned, out-manned, and often out-maneuvered by their copious enemies. But their victory was assured by their Father, and was decidedly delivered by Him as the 660,000 Jewish defenders finally emerged victorious against six Arabic nations - the invaders of their promised Homeland.

Subsequent conflicts have proven Israeli forces to be far superior to their enemies. We believe divine Providence is to be credited for this great strength – a decided fulfillment of their having emerged from the Valley of Dry Bones as “an exceeding great army.” Ezekiel 37:10. Note that this characterization is given at the moment of their emergence from that desolate Valley, which we believe was typified in the Shoah of 1933 to 1945.

But the prophetic implications are that the world has seen almost nothing as yet! The future strength of Israel is indicated to become even more pronounced. What is the reason for this increase? It shall be attributable solely to the presence among them of the personally returned LORD, Jesus Christ – their long-denied Messiah – Who shall have returned to “save My people” of the end time.

This process of “saving” His people evidently contains two components of His beneficence: Isaiah 11 refers pointedly to two absolutely necessary results …

It surely indicates the Hebrews’ complete recovery from the nations – yes – but also their physical deliverance from their nearby hostile neighbors. An additional benefit is that they shall at that time be brought back into the fold of the Almighty’s favour in a spiritual sense. They shall then be saved! The narrative indicates the initial overpowering, and terminal pitched battles against those specific foes, and Israel’s complete victory under the command of their Messiah, unknown to them at first, but later recognized and accepted with great repentance. Zechariah 11 and 12. <HEL>

Reasons Why Islam Cannot Destroy Israel

The only visible unity among the Islamic peoples seems to be their desire to conquer and destroy Israel. One might believe that, given their numbers and their wealth – as well as their deep hatred of Israel – that Islam eventually could defeat Israel and take its lands. But there is an internal problem: there is no added unity among them whatever! Quite evidently, their age-long propensity for internecine conflict is prevalent in their several societies – Shia is perpetually at odds with Sunni, and vice-versa. Although a long-standing condition of reality within Islam, that conflict has markedly increased since 2000. This relatively new and worsening condition is a direct result of the Almighty’s having taken His Cup of Fury away from Israel (Isaiah 51:22 q.v.), and having given it to Israel’s adversaries (Jeremiah 25: 15 q.v.). This supernatural affair is supremely significant. The obvious intervention of the Almighty into the affairs of Islam effectively blocks any successful effort by that “religion” to harm Israel more than to a nominal degree. In short terms, Islam is doomed to total extinction, for such a “religion” may not coexist with the Kingdom of Christ in the earth; and neither shall any other of the world’s defined religions. Without exception they are spurious – pervasively misconstruing the revealed Gospel of Christ! As already referenced in Amos 9 above, the nations of Islam are sentenced to death by the Almighty. In addition, the last four verses of Obadiah state the same destiny. As already referenced in Amos 9, above, the nations of Islam are sentenced to death by the Almighty. In addition, the last four verses of Obadiah state the same condition. Still other prophets forecasted the same end – even the mysterious prophet Balaam, whose words in Numbers 24:16-18, clearly reveal astounding details of this necessary end time conflict. His words agree with numerous others, which we cannot reference here. <HEL>

No. 501 SEPTEMBER 2016

Persia Ready to Confront the Almighty   The menacing military forces of Iran continue their relentless extensions toward Israel. We have long noted their long-established proxies in South Lebanon as Hezbollah, and in Gaza as Hamas. But in recent weeks Iranian-sponsored forces supporting President Assad of Syria have moved close into the Golan Heights, from which they obviously threaten Israel’s frontier with Syria.

Israel is well aware of the renewed threat of the Iranian sponsors of these forces, and has markedly increased its presence in the Golan. Israel is ready.

The Hebrew prophets, relating the sure will of the Father, reveal a clear outcome of this approaching scenario. Iran and its proxies have no inkling of the nearness of the vindicating hand of God.

The prophet Isaiah, in 11:10 speaks of “a Root of Jesse, which shall stand for an Ensign of the people (Israel) ...” – a certain reference to the returned Jesus Christ, Who shall have returned to the earth to enter into judgment with these hateful enemies.

A time-marker is included in this prophecy that is unmistakable: it shall be at the time when He sets His hand the second time to recover His people from the areas named in verses 11, 12. These named areas are first Islamic venues, but include “the islands of the sea” (vs. 11) and “the four corners of the earth” as vs. 12 – all the other areas where they dwell in the earth.

But the description of the conflict itself is important. It involves Edom, Moab and Ammon (modern Jordan and areas within Israel), and “… the Philistines to the west,” which is Gaza.

The key to this account is that it occurs simultaneously with the wider war of Psalm 83 – a comprehensive summary account of the end-time wars of Israel with their enemies “round about” – the Proximal Islamic peoples who also occupy the Land Between the Rivers – God’s Promised Land – which is reserved for Abraham and His Seed and no others. The remaining (proximate) enemies include Lebanon (Hezbollah), Iraq and Syria (called “Assyria” in Micah 5), Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the Negev and Sinai Deserts, the Arab Emirates of the Persian Gulf, Gaza … and the Golan Heights! All these territories are destined to be cleared of all its intruders who have inhabited the Land for millennia; “there shall be no Canaanite in the House of the Lord” (Zechariah 14:21) in the finality, as His Kingdom, being “holy unto the Lord” in its entirety, will not allow such intruders.

In our opinion, it is in this way that the encroachment of the token, sponsored forces of Iran are defeated in this first stage of the Great Intervention of the LORD Jesus Christ, as He appears to save His people of Israel.

The concentrated and pervasive destruction of Iran (Persia) itself must await the conflict of Ezekiel 38 and 39, when the Gogian confederacy is utterly destroyed. <HEL>

 Brexit and God's Will

Many have speculated as to the ultimate implications of Britain’s recent decision to leave the European Community (EC). Folk in the USA are concerned with this move as so many of us Americans trace our families to Britain; we are special kinsfolk.

If we remember correctly, Britain demanded entry into the EC in earlier years but later realized its error. The move nearly bankrupted the country.

Many factors were realized as being adverse to the Brits. They had lost control of their own affairs as participants in the EC. Their borders were no longer secure; taxation was uncontrollable; many of the day to day decisions affecting the people were decided by Brussels and its unelected administrators.

Many students of prophecy felt that Britain’s membership in the EC would compromise its position, making it opposed to Christ at His return – that Great Britain had little in common, said they, with the continental composites of the Beast/Harlot consortium of Europe.

We are compelled to admit that this is not our personal conviction – that the passage which seemingly refers to Britain in Ezekiel 38:13, “… Sheba, and Dedan, and the merchants of Tarshish, with all the young lions thereof …” does not with certainty indicate Great Britain as a questioner of the motives of the approaching Gogian host. In our opinion, this entity represents the trading nations of the earth doing business in the oil fields of that area. So Britain’s exit from the EC may have no prophetic implications at all.

In any event, no organized resistance, no partisanship of these three named entities against Gog, is indicated in these words, which are a simple question as to Gog’s intent; they are asking if Gog intends to come further south and take their lands and properties. No answer is given by Gog.

Our conviction is that “of the people there (shall be) none with Mewhen Christ arrives upon the scene to begin His conquest of the nations round about Israel (Isaiah 63:3) – a passage which indicates the solitary assault of Christ upon the numerous Arab entities who occupy God’s land.

The same condition shall consist throughout all his subsequent confrontations with the nations; this would necessarily include the events of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16) as His Kingdom forces confront the Harlot/Beast powers of Nebuchadnezzar’s Image standing upon its feet in this third phase of His conquest of the earth.

The Christ of the Second Advent needs no assistance in this great confrontation with the nations. Indeed, to admit ancillary “helpers” would seem to compromise the worldview of His obvious power and strength to overcome them alone.

There is another factor to be considered here. No matter what Britain’s historical position has been as to alliance with the EC, no one can determine in advance what its attitude shall be at the time of this phase of the end time wars. Britain’s recent hard stance against Israel (and therefore the forces of Christ which shall represent Israel of that future time) has been intense animosity in our view. If Britain maintains this stance of animus against God’s people, it probably will join forces with the Beast Powers and the Harlot in resistance to Christ and the Saints as its “membership” in the EC would not be necessary for it to participate.

Our opinion is that it is impossible to determine that probability before that time, as no prophetic utterance of which we are aware seems to address it. <HEL>

Hezbollah on Path to Destruction

The forces of the “party of god” are Hezbollah – the dedicated Islamicists who inhabit South Lebanon today.

. They are extremely vehement enemies of Israel.

Their Charter calls for the destruction of Israel multiple times.

Their forces are supposed to have installed more than an hundred thousand rockets in their region in recent years – all aimed at Israeli cities.

As already mentioned, Hezbollah is directly sponsored by Iran. It is armed and paid mostly by Iran.

The fatal course of Hezbollah is addressed by the prophets of Israel; the outcome shall not be favorable! A direct reference to these terrible ones is found in Obadiah 1:20 – “And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath….”

The described area is precisely that which is occupied by the forces of Hezbollah today! The territory of South Lebanon northward from the border with Israel to the River Litani is nearly exclusively Hezbollah occupied.

The rockets and missiles are known by Israel to be located within private homes and upon the roofs of public buildings such as hospitals and clinics – a technique known to civilized nations as “human shielding,” so located because they believe that the humane forces of Israel will not destroy them for fear of civilian casualties.

But only recently, Israeli military commanders have made it clear to Hezbollah that Israeli preemptive strikes will no longer be withheld from those sites.

We believe that these statements indicate that the final confrontation of Israel which we are expecting with its long-standing enemies is about to occur – a terrible episode of warfare in which the people of Hezbollah will be utterly destroyed, for this is their final destiny. If this rabid population were amenable they would be allowed the abdication of their hatred for Israel, and capitulation to the Conqueror, Whom we identify as the LORD Jesus Christ and the immortal Saints of that future day.

But they will not so comply.

Their oft-stated mantra is that, Their god is Allah and their way is the way of death; heaven is their desire and jihad is their pathway to it.

Jihad is “holy war” to Islam.

There is a pointed reference to that principle in Joel 3:9 –“ Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: 10 Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning-hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. 11Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.”   The phrase “Prepare war!” in Hebrew is qadash milchamah, and means specifically “to make holy, to consecrate, or to set apart – war!” Only the Almighty One could have known these specific ideologies far in advance, and have revealed them to His sons and daughters for their profitable consideration and perfect understanding. We realize full well that some of the foregoing statements are not “standard” explanations of some of these passages. But they are the carefully studied meanings of the Word of the Almighty as we see it in these last of the end-days of Adamic man. <HEL> .

Hamas on Path to Destruction

Hamas controls the Gaza Strip as readers will be aware. Hamas is a direct creation of the Moslem Brotherhood, which was founded in Egypt in the 1920s.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of Israel, in a bold attempt to bring peace with the PLO then in Gaza, removed all the Jews from their homes in the Strip about two decades ago.

He immediately realized his mistake but could not reverse it. In almost no time, the extremists of Hamas won a “democratic” election in the Strip and took control of it. Since that day, Hamas has needled the Israeli population to its north and east by firing rockets and shells into innocent civilian towns. Its terror tunnels into Israeli territory are notoriously threatening to the civil populace.   Two cross-border wars have been prosecuted by Israel since the evacuations, giving such pause to Israel that it now has declared that the next war will result in the destruction of Gaza and its total conquest.

We believe such an action is indicated by the fierce, decisive words referred to earlier from Isaiah 11: 14 – “But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west ….” See also Obadiah 1:19.

But note carefully in the same verse that others are to be destroyed at the same time: they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” The pronoun “they” is not ambiguous: “they” are the Israelis. But in context “they” are also Christ and the Saints, whose bounden goal is Islam’s total destruction, in our opinion. We must add that these are not our judgments, but those of the Almighty One of Israel – their Judge and Jury. It is He Who gave this prophecy through the pen of Isaiah! <HEL MD/USA code 8P> 

 

No. 500 JUNE 2016

God’s End Time Plan: Phase One

The world is rapidly approaching its temporal end, as spelled out in God’s word. The overt, personal intervention of the LORD in the affairs of mankind seems imminent at this date. The glaringly clear plan is that the Almighty steps in at a critical time and saves Israel and its people from their enemies round about. Psalm 83. The summary result is stated by the prophet Obadiah in 1:21 - And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge (Hebrew, shaphat – to punish) the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S.

In our understanding, this is the culmination of the Phase One end time wars of Israel with the nations. It is essential for this time of verified peace to come to the Jewish state – a necessary prerequisite to the later Gogian invasion (Ezekiel 38: 8, 11, 14). 

After 68 years of Arab-Israeli failure to achieve a peace agreement, we cannot visualize such negotiations finally bringing the required safety and tranquility. ONLY by the Second Coming of the LORD from heaven can this status be achieved. It is significant that Obadiah and other prophets indicate that the LORD Himself is responsible for bringing that peaceful condition – not any human efforts. 

We wonder whether the appearance of Christ in the theater of war is because Israel has at that time been attacked by a potentially overwhelming force – one that it cannot humanly defeat (?). We should rather opine that it is because the time in history has been reached (the “set” time of Psalm 102:13) when His overt plan is about to be placed in motion. This dispensation cannot continue on its present pathway much longer. Verse 16 of Psalm 102 states: When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory. This sure identifying factor points ONLY to our present day, for who can honestly claim that the LORD has not built it? We see that momentous conflict as that prophesied by Asaph, a seer of Israel, who penned the comprehensive words of Psalm 83. The warfare described there will bring the Second Coming of Jesus Christ from heaven, with the expressed purpose of ending the tiresome and blasphemous attack of Proximal Islam upon His people. The result shall be that “the house of Esau” shall be “stubble,” and that there shall not be ANY remaining of that aggressor, who is typical of all those listed by Asaph in his prophetic psalm. It is the only solution that is possible to this intractable conflict, now reaching its breaking point – its point of final resolution.  <HEL>

God’s End Time Plan: Phase Two

Immediately upon completion of the Stage One conflict, Israel quickly becomes a pacified, unprotected country in the eyes of the world powers. This status results from Messiah’s having disarmed Israel’s defence forces, stated as having beaten their swords into ploughshares (Micah 4:3).

This action involves dismantling the protective Wall now mostly encircling the State; all IDF personnel will be mustered out of service, their arms and armour discarded, and turned to other purposes. All roadway checkpoints will be abandoned, as there remain no internal enemies liable to commit mayhem. No soldiers will stroll the streets of Jerusalem with weapons slung over their shoulders, as they do today.

The nation is certified in Ezekiel 38, to be dwelling in peace and safety. It is an actual condition, as it is affirmed by the word of the LORD in verse 14 (“shalt thou not know it?”).

Meanwhile, the Gogian despot of Stage Two continues to seek a superior place in the world for Russian power. Like North Korea, Vladimir Putin develops missiles and weapons as his people experience starvation. Even today, the Almighty is moving forward with the Gogian preparations prior to the ending of Phase One.

 

Because Gog and his confederates are not familiar with God’s word, they fatally mistake the new King in Israel as being naïve, a novice at kingship. They believe that He has brought the entire country into an high state of vulnerability to anyone who desires to invade. This mistaken reasoning brings about an evil coalition which is rapidly assembled to move down upon Israel “to take a spoil and to take a prey” (38: 12). The Hebrew words of this phrase could more correctly be translated as “to take the spoil from the despoiler.”  The despoiler is Greater Israel of the day, which has taken unto itself the wealth of the Gentiles – as stated in 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.

The vast wealth of all the nations round about is immense, and includes all their oil and mineral reserves, their cash, their chattels and all their possessions. These enemies have been despoiled by Messiah and His people!

The deeply erroneous, uninformed view of the Gogian leader is colossally fatal to that intruder. Quickly marshalling his coalition, he descends from the uttermost parts of the north upon the apparently defenseless Kingdom of Christ. He invades that peaceable kingdom seeking a great treasure … but instead inherits “a place there of graves, in Israel.” Ezekiel 39:11.

 Contrary to the view of many readers of this account, Gog meets his abrupt end in one day as a result of the FURY of the Almighty which has arisen in His face (38:18). The fine details of Ezekiel 38 and 39 indicate no conceivble success as they are brutally massacred by the divinely directed forces of nature, to which is added “every man’s sword against his brother.” 

It is a common affliction of the enemies of Israel as attested by the details of II Chronicles 20; Judges 7:22; among Egyptians in the Six Day War; among Iraqis in Desert Storm.

At this point in the establishment of His kingdom, the LORD Jesus Christ has completely obliterated two major aggressive forces: the Arab coalition of Psalm 83 (the inner circle of the Proximal Islamic States) and the Gogian coalition of the outer ring, all of which are also Muslim except Russia. 

He has now consolidated His realm within the bounds of the Abrahamic Land Grant of Genesis 12, et seq.

From this point forward, Messiah, now installed upon the restored Throne of David in Mt. Zion, proceeds with His development of the infrastructure of His kingdom, paying relatively little attention to the fury of the nations of the earth who are filled with rage at His victories over their erstwhile allies.

But He is a Master Multitasker, and at the same time, in our view, sends forth to the remainder of the world, the Everlasting Gospel of Revelation 14:7 - Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

As noted in that text, now Great Babylon comes into the picture, hearing this disturbing commandment, ushering in the next stage of His kingdom’s expansion. <HEL> 

God’s End Time Plan: Phase Three

The result will be extreme animosity toward Israel of the day and its newly

installed, powerful King. Now He is encroaching upon their sovereignty – upon their authority – an action which shall be thoroughly rejected by them. 

This shall be additional fuel upon the fires of anti-Semitism, which as every reader is aware, is already abroad in every nation of Europe – nations which are now home to millions of Arab “refugees” from the currently hot war zones. 

Many of these are “planted” by Islam to foment trouble for Israel as well as their hosts.

In Britain it is reported that there are more mosques than there are church buildings, many of the latter of which have been converted to mosques. Some portions of several European countries contain zones into which the local police dare not travel.

So far, the Muslim factor is however, less important that the Roman Catholic factor. 

The Gospel which has been transmitted to them is foreign to their ears and minds; it is not the message which has been given them by the pope of Rome.

The “Christian” factions of the West therefore immediately glom onto the insidious information which had long ago been put forward by Ignatius Loyola and Francisco Ribera, Jesuit priests, who had formed the Society of Jesus specifically to combat the resistance that had come from the leaders of the Renaissance, many of whom were religious scholars, who had begun to discover the true message about Great Babylon contained in Jesus’ Revelation, and the fate which she should suffer.

In the midst of this account of this less than gentle European reception of  the words of His gospel, an unique word appears in the text, which reads:  And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. Revelation 16:16.

The word has been bandied about in motion picture plots and in secular novels. It has been applied to relatively minor disasters among men. It has been grossly misunderstood to indicate an attack by all the nations of the world upon Jerusalem.

Our studied view is that Armageddon is the summarizing word for the great conflict that at that future day looms in Europe. It is only uttered in the midst of this detailed account of the final interface of the forces of the Kingdom versus Great Babylon.

The word is purported to mean, “an heap of sheaves in the valley of threshing.” It symbolizes the final sifting of the nations of “Christianity” and its result: the destruction of the harlot of Babylon, the dispersion of the Beast powers, and the termination of the great deception foisted upon the entire world by the popes of Rome.

As such, many Bible students identify the office of the pope as that of Antichrist. In Latin and in Greek, the numerology of his official title adds to 666, which is defined as the number of the Beast.

The deception and corruption of God’s word has a long history. The Apostle Paul, in II Thessalonians 2:7 wrote that …the mystery of iniquity doth already work. That epistle was written from Athens during his second missionary journey, probably just beyond the midpoint of the first century. 

The concept of Antichrist is therefore of great antiquity, and is not indicative of a single man who springs forth from Europe (or Islam, or even Israel) to do mischief to the Plan of God. We believe it indicative instead, of a series of men occupying a prime place among men – a series of king/priests who occupy the preeminent position of head of state and head of church – an office unique to the papacy.

We do not wish to dismiss this entity and his office brusquely, but time and space in this flyer does not afford a fair treatment. However, we do refer you to the website noted in our masthead, in whose archives one may find lengthy discussions of this entity and the malodorous effects which he (they) have foisted upon humanity virtually from the time of Christ’s sacrifice. It will yield a much deeper understanding of the subject. <HELaffertyMD/USA code 5P>  

  

No. 499 MARCH 2016

Russia in Syria Russia’s excursion into Syria is in our estimation an enigma. Why would President Putin expend so much of the scarce treasure of Russia today on this futile effort to prop up President Assad of Syria? Is it an effort to prove that Russia is the power in the Middle East, and not the USA? Both the US and her ally Britain are warned to steer clear of Russian planes and forces as Islamic fighters destroy each other in their helter-skelter slaughter of one another.

It has occurred to our minds that this is the precise reason for Russia’s abrupt intervention in Syria – a move that has been (unknown to them), put into play in order to further hasten Islam’s internal destruction in advance of that which we expect to occur when Christ returns to the earth and initiates His plan for that same end. Syria is indeed destined for total destruction, as portrayed by Micah 5 and many other revelations of the prophets of Israel – their words having never been contravened by any human power.

Syria and Iraq together, comprising the end time “Assyria” of old, is doomed – cursed to extinction by the Father. They have no possible place in His kingdom. But it still is not Russia’s “time to shine,” in our opinion. Its presence in Syria is seemingly not even important enough to have been foretold by Israel’s prophets in any text that we have discovered. President Putin recently is reported as having said Russia will remain in the area for a limited time – he has now withdraw a lot of his forces.. On the other hand, we soberly realize that Russia has a key role to play in the Levant in the near term, as Gog of the land of Magog of Ezekiel 38 and 39.

But there are many well-described prior elements in the scheme leading up to that intervention into Christ’s affairs of the future from outside the borders of His Promised Land stretching from the Nile to the Euphrates. We have written extensively of these details in many past issues of PDE. Instead of a present involvement, Gog’s destiny is clearly foretold in Ezekiel 39:4 - Thou shalt fall upon the mountains of Israel, thou, and all thy bands, and the people that is with thee: I will give thee unto the ravenous birds of every sort, and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. 5 Thou shalt fall upon the open field: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD.

The faithful Elect are well advised to take these matters to heart, to ponder them, and patiently wait for their coming to pass. <HEL>

Israel Continues to Survive The miracle that is Israel today has a decidedly strong advantage. Some may question the veracity of this claim. But here is the clear proof: 1. The Jews were promised a Land 2. They will become a great nation 3. They will become a blessing 4. Those (plural) who bless them shall be blessed, and those (singular) who curse them shall be cursed, and 5. In them shall all families of the earth be blessed. How do we know these facts to be true? They are clearly stated in Genesis 12: 1-3: these ancient promises were made to Abram by YHVH, and have never been retracted. Their promise stands today as they ever have; they merely await their time of fulfillment! History confirms that everyone who dares confront the Living God will become a “dead dog,” as Goliath became when he confronted the stripling David, armed only with a primitive sling and five smooth stones. It may be more significant than we realize that one of Israel’s weapons today is “David’s Sling.” This weapon is not primitive, and does not sling stones. Instead, its “missile” is an antiballistic missile, and its effect is extended for hundreds of miles distant from its origin. It is among an entire range of defensive weapons which Israeli genius has developed for the defense of the country in the end time, the operation of all these being reminiscent of “birds flying,” as foretold by Isaiah 31:5 - As birds flying, so will the LORD of hosts defend Jerusalem; defending also he will deliver it; and passing over he will preserve it. We watch in wonder! <HEL>

Gog’s Colleagues In the News The future cohort of the Gogian host is specifically named in Ezekiel 38. Some of these with comments upon their current affairs are: Persia (Iran today): The country’s population is in a severe replacement deficit as its females are not currently reproducing (sustaining) its populous. Iran is running out of water. In addition, it is overwhelmed by dust storms.

The entire region is earthquake prone.

It is controlled by insane despots – “thought police” of the lowest and most vicious mien.

Its continuous stream of invective (threats of immediate violence) issued upon Israel is reminiscent of that of Hitler’s SS upon the Jews of Europe – and, like those of yesteryear, are generally ignored by the world. The words of Ezekiel 35:12 directly address this recent phenomenon: And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume.

Iran is awash in petroleum, which until recently it has not been allowed to sell on the open market. But today the price of crude oil has collapsed, leaving the country with almost no profitproducing exports, because it has little arable land.

It is feasible to visualize Iran’s future aggression of Israel in cahoots with Gog’s desperate gamble into Israel to “take a spoil and a prey” unto itself – as a foolish gamble which is destined to utter failure, and to Iran’s erasure as a people.

The prospect is that when Persia’s billions of barrels of crude oil hit the market, this may further depress the price of oil, much to the hurt of both Russia and the USA – two of the significant producers of oil in the world. Even given these difficulties, Persia will in our opinion have the means in future, to “bribe” Russia to go down upon Israel, much to the hurt of all parties to the conflict, except Israel.

Libya is a war-ravaged region of Islamic conflict, a region which also is rich in oil deposits that are not being recovered efficiently, the slim revenues of which are being confiscated by IS, the Islamic State, which has newly adopted Libya as a base of operations. As to location, Libya gives ready access to Europe for uncivilized ISIS infiltrators posing as “refugees” from Arab conflict, and for expressing its overt plans for world conquest within the formerly civilized countries of Europe. That specific probability has drawn the US to station hundreds of troops in Libya to counter this move.

Ethiopia (Kuwsh, or Sudan) is a faction-ridden society of the sons of Ham, son of Noah. Their offering to the Gogian coalition is sheer terrorism - or cannon fodder – because the former training camps of Afghanistan and Pakistan have been relocated to Sudan/Eritrea in order to remove the “heat” from those sources.

Magog, in our opinion, is the region now occupied by Kyrgyzstan and the four other “-stans” comprising the CIS. The population is 100% Moslem, and will be readily recruitable to accompany its demagogic leader on his desperate gamble southward to the utter demise of all. Nearly its entire contribution to the Gogian host will be human bodies, as is the case with Sudan/Eritrea, but these will give a spectral appearance to this great and fierce aggressor whose end shall be, like the entire cohort, utter destructtion to the last man. <HEL>

Aspects of the 2520 Year Period In Ezekiel, God told the prophet to enact a parable by physically lying on his left side for 390 days, and on his right side for 40 days, for a total of 430 days. This seemingly strange object lesson – this enacted parable – has a prophetic dimension as we should suspect from its unusual nature.

What did it mean?

It related to the time representing Judah’s (then called Israel – subsequent to the Ten Tribes’ scattering) combined years of rebellion and their penalty for such transgression.

Their captivity in Babylon terminated in 70 years. Subtract these from 430 and we observe a remainder of 360 years of punishment.

But as the scriptures clearly reveal, Israel never truly repented, but consistently continued its rebellion. Only a tiny minority returned from Babylon under the leadership of Ezra and others. In Leviticus 26, we see that the Almighty had already anticipated this failure to repent. In this chapter, God warned Israel far in advance, that if they didn’t repent and turn from their wicked ways, and return after the captivity that was in store for them, that His sevenfold wrath should fall upon them. 360 years x 7 fold = 2520 remaining years of judgment from YHVH.

Now, note that 2,520 years x 360 days (number of days in the Hebrew calendar year) = 907,200 literal days. What significance does this figure have? 

No. 498 DECEMBER 2015

God Rules in the Kingdom of Men

Those who place their trust in organic evolution to guide world progress toward perfection will find it difficult to explain how present history is improving “things.” It seems obvious that if there were no Overarching Force guiding the world’s affairs, the human race could be drifting toward complete extinction, and not perfection, as they claim. Honest men everywhere admit their own frailty – which is so perfectly illustrated each day.

Abram lived in the depth of paganism in Ur of Chaldea when the LORD found him and brought him out of that land with the sure promise of blessings which would be eternal and immutable. Had he remained in Ur, his end should have been the extinction which has been suffered by all Abram’s neighbors and kinsmen. Instead, He brought Abram into a land which He promised to give to Abram and his seed for an everlasting possession.

“Everlasting” means endless – but not necessarily continuous. Yes, Abram died at the end of his brief life; but the promise assured him of living again in future – at a time when he should rise from the dead and inherit the promise which God had made to him.

His associates in Ur have no such future prospects, as the promise was selectively to Abram and his seed.

That special feature of God’s unilat-eral promise is our sure foundation – that God does rule in the kingdoms of men, and so guides their affairs within certain boundaries.

But there is one element which He requires of each of His people: faith.

The identical promise that God gave Abram was also given to David – the faithful king of Israel who is a forerunner of Christ. David wrote of the faithfulness of God in these words: The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Psalm 145:18.

That attribute of the Father has two main requirements – namely, that all call upon Him, and that they do so in truth. If these simple conditions are met, then God rules not only in the kingdoms of men, but also in the hearts of all His children who comply with His requirements. In the final state of things, only those who so comport themselves will survive to live again to inherit His eternal blessings.

It is a benefit which results only from the complete submission of His servants – His sons and daughters of the present age – to His expressed will during their lives.

Their common realization is that the Almighty IS ruling in the kingdoms of men and that in the finality, only HIS will shall be carried out, and His purpose accomplished among all those remaining on the earth. The nations shall pass away

entirely, becoming absorbed into the polity that shall succeed them for all eternity. In that manner, it shall finally become fully apparent to all that He does rule supreme in the kingdoms of men. <HEL>

The Syria/Iraq Debacle: Why? and What Next?

The nations of the earth are in great turmoil; this fact is no better illustrated than in the disaster now in progress in Iraq and Syria. Without exception, the participants in such conflicts are pagans as fully as were those of Ur of Chaldea.

Their affairs are guided by the Almi-ghty, but they are completely unaware of His hand in their ongoing history. More than 2,000 years ago, one of the prophets of Israel wrote of a power called Assyria, whose end-time aggression against the regathered people of Israel should bring about the terminal conflict of the present era.

He wrote of them in this fashion: Now also many nations are gathered against thee (Israel), that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor. Micah 4:11, 12. 

Not only do these words illustrate that God does rule among the heathen, but that His favour is directed toward the salvation of His people.

In our opinion, it is this targeted war which shall bring the physical return of the LORD Jesus to the earth. The next words of Micah (chapter 5) give details of a conflict which reveals the great strength of His people Israel in that day (verse 8) , resulting in all their enemies being “cut off” as in verse 9, and the purification of His people in that day as in verses 10-14, and their elevation above the heathen round about.

That summary appears certain to answer Why the conflict is occurring now.

But What Next? may we expect?

The forces of ISIS are expressing their violence in many areas of the world, best illustrated at the date of this writing in the great massacre of French citizens in Paris on November 14th.

Such events indicate the rapidly rising strength of this new entity of ISIS, which has declared itself a Caliphate intending to absorb Iraq and Syria (just as Micah had predicted– assuming the identity of “Assyria”) and to go on to attack the Jewish State directly.

The “many nations” that are assembled with “Assyria” here are quite obviously the remaining Islamic States that lie nearby – all those who are now aggressing Israel. These are Lebanon, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Gaza, the Negev and Sinai peoples, and the smaller Islamic entities now at odds with Israel.

Coincidentally, these occupy precisely the entire area between the Nile and the Euphrates rivers, an area which comprises that early promise of his eternal inheritance made to Abram of which we wrote earlier.

We therefore see in these earthshaking events a concise picture of the forecast of Asaph in Psalm 89. These precise nations are doomed to destruction at the hand of Christ, the Saints and Israel at His Second coming. As that terminal event approaches we expect their anterior events to increase in their frequency, the final alignment against Israel coming into form before our eyes.

How blessed are His people to under-stand in advance these crucial mileposts along the pathway to His kingdom on the earth! We await that day now.  <HEL>

Worldwide Murder Distinguishes Islam

As a believer in the Almighty’s over-arching Plan, we are quite amazed at the character of a “religion’ whose overall target is death for its opposers, and is desired even for its members – and which offers a pervasively fleshly reward (72 virgins) for its “saved” people.

These are overtly fleshly reactions to every affront or “transgression.”

In our conviction, if someone had given a natural man an assignment to create a religion, and had offered no godly suggestions to him, his product should have been similar to that of Islam, featuring above all, the vindictiveness of men over other men,

In the highly structured teachings of the God of Israel, on the other hand, murder is condemned out of hand. Indeed, the only killing that His people have been permitted to undertake was under the Law of Moses when that polity was the Kingdom of God on the earth. He was its King in reality, and the laws were divinely given to assure its physical and spiritual survival. The actions of its regent were directly guided by the Almighty Himself through the words of His prophets.

Now that the Law has been nailed to the tree of Golgotha, the Law of Christ Jesus has come into effect; it is establish-ed and defined as a future kingdom which is planned by Him, and having no present existence. Therefore it requires no present enforcement as did the kingdom under Moses’ Law. John 18:36, q.v.

Murder is the fleshly reaction of the natural man to an affront by others from the time of Cain. It always results in a rather permanent, bloody and final settlement of differences.

Its employment as a final measure is to be expected from men who task them-selves with the invention of a religious system. Mohammed utilized it in every case of a disagreement of his judgments versus those of any others.

Related to murder is the reaction of vengeance toward others with whom we differ, or against any who have transgressed the standards of that system.

We hear almost daily that certain Islamic groups will take vengeance upon its opposers by means of rockets or suicide bombers – murder for murder, or as they like to claim (mocking the Biblical tenet) “an eye for an eye.”

The recent massacre in the French capital was just such an act of vengeance. One of the murderers was heard to ex-claim that “This (act of vengeance) is for Syria,” meaning that it was in retaliation for the Allied efforts to uproot ISIS from its positions in Syria by bombing.

The ploy seems to have backfired as the French Air Force has unleashed a fierce barrage of intense bombing of ISIS holdings in Raq’aa, its designated capital.

We see in this reaction the beginnings of the final words of Micah 5: And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard. Micah 5:15.  

But we emphasize only the beginnings as the present conflict is decidedly not the one designated by the prophet, but is only a precursor. That conflict is not secular as is the present one – and a large component of its combatants is not mortal, but shall be composed of the immortalized Saints of Christ under His leadership and command. <HEL

 

Pointers to the Soon Return of the Lord Jesus

The general population of the world today is on the cusp of The Event of the Ages – the Second Coming of the LORD from heaven, first to His elect of all ages, and then to the secular nations of the earth. His purpose then shall be the subjection of all rule and authority of the kingdoms of men, making them to bow to His righteous reign, and to enjoy the peace which they have always claimed to have desired but have never attained.

What assurance do Believers have of these facts? There are many Biblical ones – the only valid assurances.

Although accounted as nothing by most nations – and as insignificant by world bodies such as the United Nations Organization (UNO), Israel’s establish-ment in the end-time was the signal event which marked the final count-down to the Kingdom of God.

The Lord Jesus’ words recorded by Luke’s 21st chapter, prominently men-tions “the Times of the Gentiles.”

The end of this time period is supremely important in the realization of His Plan. By computation from the great Diaspora’s  initial years to its end, the exact date of the terminal year of those “times” is determined to have been 1917-18AD – the long expected year when the Ottoman oppressor was finally ousted from God’s Holy Land, and it was beginning to be opened for unlimited Jewish immigration to it for all future ages. It was to be the Second Return as indicated by Isaiah 11:11 – whose words are ... And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people …

As the period had approached on a progressive scale, so it ended. Not until 30 years later – at the time of the Independence of Israel in 1947-48, did that great benefit come to His people.

Within four years the nation’s pop-ulation doubled, then doubled again in a short time. Today a highly symbolic number of Jews live within its confine: six million of God’s blessed people have gathered there in expectation of His great blessing of redemption.

We note again the succinct words of the Prophet: Return unto me, and I will return unto you, saith the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:7. Blessed are those who have lived to see this great event.  <HELafferty 11O>

No. 497 SEPTEMBER 2015

Israel Continues Preparing for War

Operation Juniper Cobra is its name; it is at present being jointly held in Israel with US forces to simulate threats to Israel’s home front. It is dealing specifically with defense against missiles being fired against Israel’s homeland. One of the best known secrets of the success of Israel at repelling attacks is that of constant preparedness – role playing of the most realistic kind – in league with other friendly forces, namely the US. The exercise involves some 6,000 troops from European Command being included. The operation is designed to test and improve Israeli technology used to intercept missiles fired against it.

It began in earnest on Sunday, August 9th, and will center on Hazor Airbase in Israel, but will include two American ships equipped with the Aegis Combat System; these vessels will participate from their stations in the Mediterranean Sea. The Israeli Defense minister Moshe Ya”alon addressed the troops during a visit along with Chuck Hagel, the American Secretary of Defense, telling the troops: “We are here to witness what we are talking about when we claim about the unshakable bond between the US as the greatest democracy all over the world, and the state of Israel, the only democracy in our tough neighborhood, the Middle East.” He added that one of Israel’s challenges was “how to intercept rockets and missiles coming from Iran, Syria, Lebanon (and) the Gaza Strip. We’ve got a challenge,” he said, “but we can cope with it.”

Only since Israel became a state in 1948 could such a scenario occur. At the present time, the commitment of the US to Israel’s defense seems secure, though many voice doubts that this will continue into the distant future.

Such exercises are now prevalent (this one is held every two years by these joint forces), and are necessary to counter the enemies of Israel, whose main thrust is to perform the threat enunciated so long ago in the prayer of Asaph as recorded in . Psalm 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. 3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones. 4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. 5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee ..

Thus has developed the current need for Israel to be prepared against these assaults. But one must not disavow the element of the Father’s protection of His people through angelic assistance as well, as indicated by Daniel 12: 1,2, referring to Michael the Archangel. <HEL>

Hamas Terror Develops Apace 

Speaking directly to one faction of the enemies of Israel today – those of the Gaza Strip – are the words of Ezekiel 35:11 Therefore, as I live, saith the Lord GOD, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them (Israel); and I will make myself known among them (Israel), when I have judged thee. 12 And thou shalt know that I am the LORD, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains of Israel, saying, ‘They are laid desolate, they are given us to consume’.13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them. 35:14 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When the whole earth rejoiceth, I will make thee desolate. 35:15 As thou didst rejoice at the inheritance of the house of Israel, because it was desolate, so will I do unto thee: thou shalt be desolate, O mount Seir, and all Idumea, even all of it: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

It may seem almost bizarre to us who possess rational minds that these word have never been brought to the attention of the Edomites (Arabs of the PLO) of today. Perhaps they have been, and those enemies have ignored them as the ranting of an irrelevant god of Israel – for their “god” is not Israel’s God by any measure.

In any case, Hamas is born and bred a terrorist organization all of whom have no respect for human life, not even their own! They know only one avocation – the way of death – and they pursue it relentlessly. Their profession is wreaking terror upon all opposers of her brand of Islam, the punishment for which is death. The additional words of Ezekiel 36:5 apply here: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.

Hamas has no title to the lands that they have usurped. That land is Israeli land solely. Their covetous actions to take it for their own land inevitably is destined to lead to their destruction in full, as Ezekiel’s prophecy has shown.

It is significant that today is the only time in history in which these stated conditions prevail. In the same sense, they APPLY to today as in not time past. It should be clear to all readers that we are living today in the extreme terminus of the end-time; that the remaining time shall be well used in our own preparation, and that of those who love God and His Way of Peace and Righteousness. <HEL>

Hezbollah Moves Ahead in Face of Known Dangers

Hezbollah is well aware of the terrible firepower of Israel – and that Israel already has mapped out every Hezbollah firing station and rocket base, as well as military bases, within Southern Lebanon; Israel is ready to ‘take on’ Hez-bollah at any time, and has stated so many times. Yet Hezbollah has stated a plan to invade and grab parts of the Galilee of Northern Israel, and to hold them as long as possible, then withdraw from Israel after causing enormous damage and mayhem. It cares not for its own suffering and the destruction of its own infrastructure or its own people; its avowed goal is to cause as much damage to Israel as is possible.

Israel has indicated several times that the next war it pursues with Hezbollah will be devastating. The offensive bases that are established in Lebanon are already located and mapped by Israel, which has found that multiple thousands are located in mosques and private homes. This expresses the usual practice of “human shielding” as utilized by Islamicists throughout the Middle East. The words of Joel address these present-day enemies of Israel: Joel 3:4 Yea, and what have ye to do with me, O Tyre, and Zidon, and all the coasts of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompence upon your own head; Notice carefully that “the coasts of Palestine,” or Philistia/Gaza, are mentioned in the same sentence, indicating their being parts of an whole aggressor, slated to attack Israel at the same time and for the same purpose. In the most real terms, their fates – to be obliterated – are also linked inseparably. Their demise is described as occurring in The Valley of Jehoshaphat, a.k.a. The Valley of Decision, in this prophecy, and likewise point to fulfillment which can only occur in these end-times; their establishment against God’s people could not have been possible during the Times of the Gentiles – the 2,520 years of Israel’s Exile – for during those times there was no “Israel” for them to aggress. Readers must doubt not that Israel can and shall defend itself well against these puny enemies of God’s people. Their defenses include anti-missile rounds which can destroy even mortar shells in mid-air, as well as short to medium range rockets.

Other defensive weapons in Israel’s arsenal include those which can destroy stratospheric missiles incoming from enemies further away, should some decide to intervene on Hezbollah’s behalf. These include “star wars” type weapons utilising laser technology, which, “locked on” to incoming missiles can destroy them at ranges hundreds of miles away from the homeland, causing them to explode over enemy territory well before they reach Israel’s heartland.

We believe that this conflict per se shall bring the personal return of the LORD to the earth:

Joel 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel. 17 So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more. <HEL>

Israel’s Future Peace

Isaiah 66 is well-recognized as one of the premier forecasts of conditions in Israel during the opening days of the Kingdom of God on earth. These promises of future serenity and security are worthy of our renewed attention … Isaiah 66:10 Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: 11 That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. 12 For thus saith the LORD, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies. 15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. Isa 66:16 For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many

. The outcome of these blessed conditions for Israel shall be to the benefit of the entire earth – truths which we know from reading the latter portions of that chapter, especially verses 19-26, in which Israel’s role as Ambassadors for Christ to the Nations is clearly spelled out. The now converted and healed (and thoroughly tutored nation of Hebrews shall become additional emissaries to the people of the earth, teaching and instructing them in ways of righteousness and peace, in full compliance with the King Who then sits on David’s Throne in Zion.

Isaiah 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they (the citizens of Zion of that day) shall declare my glory among the Gentiles. 20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD. 21 And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD. 22 For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.

Thus shall be the perfected nature of the constitution of Christ’s Kingdom on the earth, and of His Redeemed of Israel. All the past resistance to His will shall have gone, and righteousness shall flow to the people at the tranquil waters of a river, restoring to the Land those conditions seen first in Eden, the perfect society of the Creator of all things . <HEL>

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No. 496 JUNE 2015

The Final “Generation: ”Is it Now Ending?

When the State of Israel was established in 1947-1948, most of the real students of Bible prophecy probably thought: "OK. Now we have only forty years for all things to be 'fulfilled.'” After all, hadn’t Jesus Himself said those very words?

We must look at those words again, for context: Luke 21:29 - And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree (symbol of the nascent State of Israel at its formation in 1947-48), and all the trees; 30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. 31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand. 32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

But, as usual, we were too eager for the Plan to come to fruition. The forty years which we assigned to “this generation” expired in 1987-88 without the completion of His plan to return and set up the kingdom in Jerusalem.

We were disappointed to say the very least. Then we thought. Perhaps He is referring to the generation of Israel in the wilderness after they left Egypt (40 years). but just needed to add the seven years of their conquering Canaan, and the further seven years required for them to settle it. Adding 14 to 40 = 56 years. These expired in 2002; yet no Return of our Lord.

Our default consideration leads us to consider that perhaps by a “generation” the Lord meant seventy years, for which there is some validity.

If we add 70 years to 1947-48 we arrive at 2017-18 (the Hebrew year spans the latter portion of the earlier year and extends into the latter year. It seems remarkably scriptural!

That date lies still in future. But need His servants wait that long for His Second Coming? We must also consider what He means when He says “till all be fulfilled.” This surely includes more than simply His return to the earth, for many other tasks must be accomplished by Him in the early stages of the kingdom age, as we learn from the prophets.

Consider this important prophetic time period from Daniel: Daniel 9:2 – In the first year of his reign, I Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.

Our earnest inquiry is: If the LORD required 70 years for His careful and thorough desolating of Jerusalem, might He not also require 70 years for its end-time restoration?

 In considering this principle, we realized that the fulfillment of “all things” includes far more than merely His Second Advent. According to the detailed writings of multiple prophets, the completion of the required developments IN THE LAND in order to place the kingdom on its valid path, would involve His conquest of all the city-states listed in Psalm 83, which we believe to be a reliable, single-source list of all of them.

We ask your consideration of this proposal: in conjunction with all the other work which must be accomplished as He prepares the Land and its People, putting the entire nation of a sure footing of “peace and safety,” which is necessary PRIOR to the Gogian invasion.

The people will also need some time to view and absorb His enormous power in overcoming their enemies, ending with their fervent acceptance of His Messiah-ship; also some time will be needed for His administrative expertise in rectifying all the concrete factors upon which the kingdom is to be based – such as apportionment of the Land; re-settlement of the People in their cantons; beginning to construct the Millennial Temple; placing rulers over the twelve tribes; disarming Israel completely (Zech. 10); as well as other factors.

Therefore, our firm hope is that the forthcoming Blood Moon of Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) may bring the immediate benefit for which we profoundly hope – His Second Advent.

If it does not occur then, we shall wait patiently … for it will not tarry: it SHALL come to pass!   <HEL>

Importance of Israel’s Arrow 3

Reporting of Israeli tests of its Arrow 3 anti-missile missile have seemed to be “close to the vest;” we have seen one or two glowing reports of its success in controlled tests. But its deployment is seemingly not imminent.

Arrow 3 is a long-range space weapon which is capable of downing enemy anti-ballistic missiles coming in from outer space and at long range from Israeli territory.

It is a weapon which will be useful if Israel does decide to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities in the near future; such an attack would surely be answered by a barrage of missiles from Iran, raining death and destruction toward Israel.

We must inquire: is this the deterring factor which is delaying Israel’s almost certain attack on Iran's nuclear factories? We cannot know for certain, but the theory seems to fit the circumstances. We wait and see on this one, too. <HEL>

The "Plague" of Zechariah 14: 12

The text of Zechariah 14 gives certain details of many end-time events which are slated to affect the enemies of Israel as well as Israel itself. Among these is a great earthquake which will level and up-raise the topography ”from Geba to Rimmon," creating an unusual, level platform for construction of the Temple.

After that, a time of tectonic and societal serenity shall come: Zechariah 14:11 - And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited.

But at that point, a new factor is inserted into the text unlike any of the prophet's previous words: it concerns a "plague" of an unusual kind. 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.

This kind of destruction is inconceivable absent nuclear warfare. Its language calls to remembrance descriptions of victims of the US attack upon Hiroshima, in which these same phenomena were described by survivors – destruction which is so rapid and thorough that it seems to take no time at all.

But does this plague refer to Israelis - or to their enemies?

To their enemies, of course. Is this then a depiction of an Israeli nuclear attack upon its enemies round about? Shall the People have finally to rely upon their nuclear weapons for their own defense?

Or is this a snapshot of the LORD's per-sonal vengeance upon the attacking armies? Is it a picture of HIS displeasure with these intractable foes of His People? In His eyes, they are totally useless, because they repent not of their hatred of His People. And so it comes to pass that He destroys them in huge numbers probably in one day (see verse 7).

The nature of atomic warfare is that it does not last very long. An explosion of one millisecond can render destruction which is age-lasting. Destruction which is conclusive - and judgmental on a scale undreamed of before 1945. And Israel is in possession of just such weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps it will be driven finally to use them. <HEL>   

Iran Still Funding Hamas in Gaza

The Mullahs of Iran persist in donating vast sums of money to Hamas in Gaza – the "militant" creation of the Moslem Brother-hood which exacted such an huge price on its own population last year in the Gaza War with Israel. Heavy construction equipment is now said to be in use by them to re-construct the terror tunnels under the border of Gaza with Israel - most of which were demolished by Israel in last year's fighting.

The existence of the tunnels took Israel by surprise when surveillance cameras show-ed fighters literally materializing like termites from the earth within Israel - emerging from the tunnels in large groups in order to wreak havoc and take hostages, which they later planned to barter for their own jailed fighters.

The Israeli offensive put an halt to that activity. But now Hamas is again moving ahead with more tunnels. Will they never learn? (The answer is, No.) Their connection with Iran is only financial at this point, as far as we can learn - and probably will remain limited to funding for now. But our belief is that before any positive benefit of the tunnels can come to Hamas, they will be entirely wiped out by an Israeli offensive which is specific to Obadiah 1:19:  And they of the south (of Israel) shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines ... Seldom are prophetic utterance so pinpointed in their definitions as this one is.

In relating it to the other six "fingers" of activity of Israel against Esau (the PLO of today, as well as Hamas and Hezbollah in Lebanon, occupies these areas today), this level of specificity in prophecy is nearly unique; it describes what we believe shall be the Israeli Defence Force's rapid aggression against these enemies round about and within Israel today - a condition which has never existed in past history, and which is intended for our instruction. It is information which shall not be "heard" or attended by these enemies, although the information has been in plain sight for centuries - for the Qur'an does not mention such a defeat for them. <HEL>

 

  Islam Decimates Itself

The fighting in Iraq and Syria between Sh'ia and Sunni factions of Islam continues as it has for centuries – but now on a much more immediate, higher level of activity than before; Muslims are killing Muslims. As we have pointed out in past articles, this retribu-tion is a result of the Almighty's promise to Abram in Genesis 12, et seq.

The promise was: Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: 2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

That latter portion of Abram's blessing has consisted throughout the ages. Blessing for blessing; cursing for cursing. In our day the "curse" takes the form of massive destruction of His (and Israel's) enemies on an wholesale scale.

Jeremiah was told (cf. Jeremiah 51:22): Whereas Israel formerly drank of the Cup of the LORD's wrath, its enemies are now saddled with its curses. The cup has passed from Israel to its enemies in a distinctive and highly noticeable fashion.

The Cup of His Fury has been expressed in another significant way: Whereas Islam formerly prospered by discovering their lands underlain with oceans of petroleum, the world is once again awash in petroleum, and the Arabs' influence has nearly ceased in that sphere.

But its physical destruction is moving apace as we observe the startlingly increased killings of Arab by Arab. Internecine warfare seems the most reprobate of all warfare - and it's happening throughout Islam as these two major sects battle it out for "religious" supremacy in every Islamic nation. In this information age, it seems an enigma that their leaders just don't "get it," and continue to promote such wholesale murders.  <HEL>

Yet Israel Prospers Mightily

The prosperity and advance of modern Israel continues to amaze the financial and material world. The population of Israel has just passed the eight million mark.

The Jerusalem Post reported, on the just-passed Independence Day, that the nation has grown to an estimated 8,345,000 residents, of which 6,251,000 are Jews (74.9%). The increase is due to 176,000 infants being born and 32,000 new people moving to Israel during the year. There are 14 cities across the country which have more than 100,000 residents, and six which exceed 200,000 residents.

Even some of its enemies are becoming more accommodating of Israel. Reports of Israeli aircraft, submarines and surface craft have been seen off Arabia’s coasts since Saudi Arabia began attacking the Houttis of Yemen - evidence of Israeli cooperation with Saudi Arabia in its offensive there.

In addition, Jordan's administration is friendlier than ever to Israel in the midst of their common threat from ISIS forces concentrating in the north of both countries.

Israel's financial prosperity was recently highlighted in a report from Bridges for Peace, March 23, 2015. Lawrence Solomon noted that Western Media "likes to describe Israel as increasingly isolated in the world." But in fact, he writes, just the opposite is true: "Israel has never been less isolated, never been more embraced."

Solomon points to Israel's new relationship with Egypt and with Saudi Arabia, both leaders in the Sunni Arab world. He listed other trade agreements with African nations, China, Japan and India, as being important pointers to the prosperity and advances being made in Israel.

Even the soured relationship with the US is said to be over-stated, and that the US attitude toward Israel is good at the moment, and supportive of its initiatives in general.

The driving forces behind Israel's rapid advance in world trade has been its technological prowess, which has literally created the welcome mat that it now enjoys in most of the regions of the world. The accepted opinion is that is due to PM Benyamin Netanyahu's previous actions to dismantle the welfare state of Israel's founding, and creating within it a dynamo for downsizing govern-ment as well as breaking up Israel's remaining public monopolies and private oligopolies. All these moves militate for vigorous moves forward in the financial and ideological fronts, and evidence Israel's mature, trustworthy ability to advance, and adapt to its challenges.

It is clearly our Father's kind hand of influence upon Israel's leaders that has brought these conditions about. Although threatened severely by powers all around its borders, Israel is a largely tranquil society dwelling in relative safety at the moment. But not to the extent that it shall be doing; not to the extent that its walls and barriers and defences will be dismantled. That day of utter trust in the LORD and His protection cannot yet be enjoyed by Israel's people. There is some way yet to go on this stormy, treacherous road of Israel's present traverse before that goal may be reached. But reached, it shall be! To the glory and honor of the Father of Lights, Israel's Salvation.  <HELafferty 4O>

 

PRESENT DAY EVENTS REVIEW

No. 495 MARCH 2015


The Iran-Hezbollah Axis -    Where is it Heading?

Iran’s leaders are always giving aid to the radical forces of Hezbollah in Lebanon. The rapacity of both groups is identically offensive to Israel; and both have sworn to destroy Israel and take its lands and wealth.

The intent of the Almighty is not so. In order to determine the fate of any named modern entity we must deter-mine what has been said of its ancient counterpart by the prophets of Israel.

Hezbollah is in South Lebanon; indeed, it is practically a state of its own within Lebanon, from the northern border of Israel to the River Litani (near Tyre and Zidon).  What is foretold for the peoples of this region by God’s prophets? More on Iran later.

There are many prophecies against both these, and they are definitive. In Psalm 83, “the inhabitants of Tyre” are listed among those entities which, in the end-time, have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee- v.5

Hezbollah is deeply entrenched as one who is God’s enemy: For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones Psa 83: 2,3.  We must logically ask,   What future could

such a people have against the mighty power of God and His people when the time of final decision comes? The answer is, None!

Verses 9 to 18 of Psalm 83 foretell the utter and exhaustive extinction of the ten entities of verses 6-8, every one of whom are today rabidly arrayed against Israel, specifically – a factor which could only come into play after 1948AD, the time of modern Israel’s re-establishment!

This long dormant prophecy of Asaph the prophet, well-hidden in the Psalms of Israel, reveals sudden destruction to all these entities, and their complete obliteration at the hand of the LORD of all the earth.

Typical of all these enemies is the fate of Sisera, captain of the host of Jabin, a king in Galilee of the Gentiles. His history is found in Judges 4, and well illustrates the violent fate which lies in store for The Ten of Psalm 83!

All students of God’s word will well remember the grisly fate suffered by Sisera – a fate which typifies the destiny of these enemies. He fled from Deborah and Barak on foot when his battle plan failed, entering into the tent of one Jael, whose husband, Heber, was a Kenite – both Canaanite by identity. Even this man was slain by the sword (tent peg!) of a fellow Canaanite: every man’s sword against his brother, as in Judges 7:22. <HEL> 

Are Beirut and South Lebanon About to be Destroyed?

Because South Lebanon and Beirut, the present capital of Lebanon, are tied politically together today, and because ancient Tyre, as in the article above, as-serted its power throughout the region adjacent to it, the student of God’s word may be assured that the same fate awaits both regions today. As with Hezbollah, Lebanon is also strongly infiltrated by the Islamism of Iran.

Although not as strongly offensive as Hezbollah, Lebanese society is also powerfully leveled against Israel and its people. Much of Lebanon is “Christian” (Eastern Orthodox) in religious denom-ination. Both the Islamists and the Christians of Lebanon hold no love for Israel, and see it as an enemy.

So, our conclusion must be that, as Damascus, Syria, shall “become heaps,” so shall all the suburbs of the two ancient prominences of Tyre and Zidon be dismantled by the forces of the LORD as he rampages through these territories as foretold by the Prophet Joel in 3:4. These areas, in league with Philistia (the Gaza Strip) of the end-time shall not “render recompense” as the LORD demands, and thus shall suffer greatly for their animosity toward Israel’s people in this concise tale of conquest, the end of which shall be: Joel 3:14 - Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. 15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.

Israeli intelligence forces have pin-pointed the locations of thousands of missile launchers and gun positions in South Lebanon; these could be put out of operation within 24 hours. Many of them are located in mosques and in private homes; much damage would ensue from such an effort, reminiscent of the great wreckage of Hamas in Gaza during the past year.

So, in our view, these passages show the certain, utter destruction of the societies and peoples of Lebanon.

This action is t0 be understood as that described by the Apostle Paul, in these words to Thessalonica: that the Christ shall appear, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: II Thessalonians 1:8. 

In just this way, all human governments and institutions shall pass away, causing the renovation of the earth and all its peoples, and giving them into the blessed hand of the Saints of the Most High God, for their righteous administration for all time.

That expectation comes from the words of Daniel 7:22: when … the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. <HEL>

Is Iran Preparing for a Destructive Fight With Israel?

As we have proven on past occasions, Iran’s involvement with God’s people Israel is not revealed as being of any sensible extent at any time before the assembly of “Persia” (Iran of today) with the Gogian host.

That conflict certainly seems to lie at some intermediate time in the future to our day, because Iran’s support is indubitably given to the Gogian despot as he assembles his host to come against  God’s people and King, Who shall then be occupying the throne of David in Mt. Zion. In such a case, the Gogian affair is of little interest to those who shall then already be inheriting the Kingdom of Christ, and shall witness this event.

On the other hand, one does not expect the Gogian affair to spring out of nowhere, fully developed, in a sudden burst of opposition to God’s people Israel. It must mature along with all other events leading up to its day of manifestation; so it is reasonable that we, as students of God’s prophecies, should see clear indication of its future maturity as that day approaches. Such observations convey faith in His plan, and assurance of its destined end.

We see Iran in the midst of intensive preparations to confront Israel. Indeed, its public vow has been to “erase Israel from the map,” and “free the land for Palestine.”

We are assured by God’s word that this cannot happen (Amos 9:11-15), but that, instead, the forces of darkness now directed against God’s people will be completely blunted and confused, and that those powers of today will be obliterated from the face of the earth, and their nations dissolved.

How can it be otherwise, when the accession of Jesus Christ to the throne of David is definitively foretold in the words of 2Samuel 7:12: And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever. 14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son…. 16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established ... thy throne shall be established for ever.

This specific event of Christ’s taking unto Himself the throne of David happens, by all indicators, BEFORE the Gogian invasion occurs. Obadiah pictures “Edom” (the Palestinians of today) being destroyed by Christ at his second coming (as also does Isaiah 63), and informs that this conflict shall end with “Saviors” coming up onto Mount Zion – Obadiah 1:21 – and “the kingdom shall be the LORD’s.”

We discover from the 38th and 39th chapters of Ezekiel, that WHEN the Gogian invasion occurs, that Israel is at that time dwelling SAFELY, without bars or gates. This condition can only come about by the Second Coming of Christ and His effectual destruction of all the proximate enemies of Israel, placing Israel in this verifiable condition of safety and peace. It is only in this context that Gog thinks an evil thought, and determines to go down upon this vulnerable People to take a spoil. His cohort includes Iran and others, whose hatred of Israel is then über-excited and ready to obliterate it,

 

S0 … Yes, Iran is preparing for a destructive fight with Israel, but not yet, in our opinion. But a future bloody conflict is inevitable. And the result is already set in stone: And I will plead against him (Gog, and all his con-federates. … with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. Ezekiel 38:22

The events that are impending upon Israel are at this moment in question; will it attack Iran in order to neutralize Iran’s thrust toward the development of nuclear weapons? No one can be sure; but if it does so, we must realize that it is not worthy of mention by the prophets of Israel as to its effects or timing; there is no record of it. <HEL>

The Almighty Fights for His People: Amazing Events Ahead

A great conflagration is brewing. Even the great unwashed of human-kind is aware of dire impending events. It seems transparently obvious that no HUMAN force upon the earth can blunt the intent of Islam to control the world.

Only Israel stands in the way of this goal in the Mid-East – the Israel of God, standing as David against the Goliath-like forces of Islam. What does the Word of God have to say about this?

Long has the hand of the Father been hidden to human view, unless they be spiritually bent toward attending His words! The words of the prophet clearly tell all believers that the day shall come when … the LORD (shall) go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle. Zechariah 14:3.

This concise prophecy stands in the midst of a description of the end-time wars of Israel and her God against the forces of destruction and godlessness. This account in Zechariah spans decades of end-time historical out-working of God’s promises to Israel, for the discerning believer realizes that the Almighty has already palpably fought mightily for His people, delivering them from great peril, preserving and protecting them.

Is should be obvious to every thinking student of God’s word that His patience is near its end. The ultimate favour of God toward His people is about to be shown to the world – the time of His King and Kingdom; it is at the door. He stands at the threshold, and is knocking. The world will not allow Him to enter; but He SHALL do so, and that right early.  <HELafferty, MD/USA  2O>