Sunday, October 31, 2004
According to this AP report, "The World Health Organization has called an unprecedented summit meeting next week of flu vaccine makers and nations to expand plans for dealing with the growing threat of a flu pandemic." :: Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.
Friday, October 29, 2004
As Arafat clings to life, his followers face an uncertain future and Israel is left to plan for the chaos that is sure to follow his death. It has been rumored for some time that his followers are planning to bury him at the mosque located on the Temple Mount. Israel will not allow this. Riots will ensue, possibly very violent riots. There are those who doubt that another Jewish temple will be built on the holy site or that the area has any prophetic significance, having spiritualized away all those scriptures that suggest (Daniel 9:27, Matthew 24:15 & 2 Thessalonians 2:4) otherwise. However, I'm confident that events in the near future will demonstrate that the Temple Mount remains a focal point for spiritual and physical battles and that the prophetic importance of the site will be evident to all.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
The prophecy in Luke 21:11 that there will be fearsome events is an interesting prophecy. It doesn't really say what events will happen, it just says there will be fearsome events. So what is the purpose or role of fearsome events that they should be important from a Bible prophecy perspective? Fearsome events like natural disasters shake people out of thier complacency, they cause people to take a hard look at life and what is important. A disaster can be a wake-up call, a chance to get real with God. The good news is that you don't have to survive an earthquake or a hurricane to do that, you can do it right now. Why wait?
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
This AP report is interesting, though I'm not sure I would say it was extremely relevant in terms of the Signs in the Moon (Luke 21:25) prophecy. What are signs in the moon? That is a good question and I'm not sure there is a good answer for that at this time. I've always thought that the Signs in the Moon represented a future discoloration of the moon caused by cataclysmic events on Earth. We already know that volcanic ash in the atmosphere can contribute to the red moon phenomenon, even smoke from forest fires can do that, to say nothing of the standard pollution or light reflection that causes the phenomenon in its most standard form. At this stage, we can only speculate what a global war with modern weapons would do to the atmosphere and our view of the moon, or if nuclear winter would cause the moon to disappear from view all together. All we can do is take encouragement from the fact that those things have not happened and keep watching the heavens for those signs in the moon, sun and stars.
Monday, October 18, 2004
One of the more interesting aspects of the Mark of the Beast prophecy of Rev 13:16-18 is the idea that any government could require something so drastic and get away with it. Yet today we accept the idea that governments routinely require certain forms of identification for access to borders, facilities and services. In the past, identification took the form of paper, as in, "your papers, please." Now it is starting to take the form of biometric data, identity verification keyed specifically to your body, either your fingerprint, your eyes, or your face. It's really not that much of a leap to say that the next stage of identity verification would be something artificial placed on or in your body.
Saturday, October 16, 2004
Many commentators will no doubt make much of the "compromise" that the Israeli Police and the Waqf managed to reach this week. But some day, something drastic will happen to the Temple Mount site. When it does, the talk will be, not of peace, but of war.
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Rabbi Yisrael Ariel, who heads the Temple institute in Jerusalem, is one of the participating rabbis. He told Arutz-7 today, "Whether this will be the actual Sanhedrin that we await, is a question of time - just like the establishment of the State; we rejoiced in it, but we are still awaiting something much more ideal. It's a process. Today's ceremony is really the continuation of the renewal of the Ordination process in Israel, which we marked several months ago. Our Talmudic Sages describe the ten stages of exile of the Sanhedrin from Jerusalem to other locations, until it ended in Tiberias - and this is the place where it was foretold that it would be renewed, and from here it will be relocated to Jerusalem."Prophecy students, this is awesome. The last time we ever heard of the Sanhedrin, apart from the 1600-year-old attempt to restart it, was during the Roman era, and specifically during the Principate of Nero, and more specifically at the trial of Paul of Tarsus [Acts 23]. There, you'll remember, the Sanhedrin split down the middle between Pharisees and Sadducees over the question of the Resurrection from the Dead. The controversy was so violent then that the Roman garrison commander, Tribune Lucius Claudius (rendered "Claudius Lysias" by Saint Luke), had to hustle Paul away and, in the end, send him to Caesaria, which had become the seat of Roman authority after Pilate's disastrous procuratorship during the Principate of Tiberius.
Interestingly, the Sanhedrin tried to convene 1600 years ago, but failed for lack of support. Now it's coming back.
Who says that the Temple will not be rebuilt? [Revelation 11:1-2ff]. Watch closely--and also keep watching for the next few hours. If you hear of a collapse of the Temple Mount during the start of Ramadan, look out.
Wednesday, October 13, 2004
This is an important development for a technology many prophecy students have been following for some time: the implantable biochip. When the VeriChip was first approved for human use it was not approved for medical use, and that has now changed. This is an exciting step forward for the commercial applications available to the company that makes it and it makes the implanted chip that much more attractive as a potential fulfillment of Rev 13:16-18. I'm not saying that the mark of the beast will be a chip, it is just one of many possible fulfillments of that prophecy, and a technology that we should watch closely.
Saturday, October 09, 2004
But in this case the supply of the commodity involved, which is petroleum, is under the control of the same people who hate the people of Israel worst of all. Even before Western man finds another source of energy, war may come--and with it, the perfect excuse that the Beast from the Sea [Revelation 13] needs.
Get ready for the Black Horse of the Apocalypse [Revelation 6:5-6] and eventually for Armageddon [Revelation 16].
Typhoon Ma-on, packing winds of up to 162 kilometres (100 miles), slammed into the central Japan prefecture of Shizuoka around 4:00 pm (0700 GMT) and was on course to hit the capital, the Meteorological Agency warned.As you can see, a great storm like that can have effects far beyond its immediate center. This is a mere taste of the sort of disasters (which is actually ancient Greek for "evil stars") that await us as prophecy gallops toward fulfillment.
A 74-year-old newspaper deliveryman went missing in the town of Onjuku in Chiba prefecture, east of Tokyo, local police said.
"He is feared to have been washed away in a swollen river," a police official said, adding his motorbike had been found turning over on its side near the river.
A gust of 243.4 kilometres (151 miles) per hour was recorded at a Shizuoka cape of Irozaki, some 150 kilometres (93 miles) south of Tokyo.
More than 3,800 households in central and eastern Japan were ordered or recommended to evacuate, public network Japan Broadcasting Corp (NHK) said.
"Shinkansen" bullet trains ground to a halt in central and eastern Japan, affecting tens of thousands of passengers. Train station officials with loudspeakers were seen urging holidaymakers to cancel their schedules.
Express roads were partially closed while nearly 200 domestic and international flights were cancelled.
Friday, October 08, 2004
Of course, this is bigger even than the selection of the next President of the USA, as big as that might seem today. As all of us good prophecy students know, a time will come when even a Presidential election will look like a summary relief-of-command aboard the Titanic. No, this stem-cell debate is about regarding human life so cheap that people will think nothing of killing one person to benefit another. In other words, murder, as John the Revelator [ch. 9:22] says in detail, will become the order of the day.
In case you're wondering what this has to do with prophecy, I remind you that the Tribulation to come will be a period of flat-out rebellion against all of God's standards, including God's plain teaching on the roles of men and women. Watch Muriel Porter closely, dear readers--her name might appear on the report of some Ecumenical Conclave of Peace and Unity or some such thing, right next to that of the eventual False Prophet [Revelation 13].
The article says that "Health care workers can't legally bar insistent, lower-risk patients from getting shots but will try to persuade them to do otherwise." But when yours truly tried (in Essex County, NJ) to get in line for a flu shot, he was practically thrown out of line and even threatened with arrest, fine, imprisonment, or a combination of the three if he attempted to get a shot by any form of subterfuge.
Of course, this looks forward to a day when something far more dire than influenza will kill one-fourth of the people then inhabiting the planet [Revelation 6:7-8]. As a practical matter, all I can suggest is to carry a canister of pre-treated hand wipes with you when you travel, and talk to your employers or supervisors about some simple, common-sense infection-control policies. The specific recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control can be found here.
Thursday, October 07, 2004
I am here in Jerusalem, and yesterday I was on the Temple Mount, and went over extensively what is being done there. You cannot believe what the Muslims have done in violation of a treaty. They have carved underneath the floor of the land adjoining the al-Aqsa mosque, a mosque that will hold 10,000 people -- huge steps leading down to it. And in the process, they have excavated enough fill material to imperil the wall structure. The wall is bulging out, and the people of Israel are warning that during Ramadan, if thousands and thousands of people come in there, that the entire structure could collapse. It is very serious.And this:
I am simply appalled at the desecration of holy sites that are holy to Jews and Christians. What is happening here...is a cultural Intifada, an attempt to erase all knowledge that the Jews were in the holy land, and to try to make believe that they had no right to be here at all. There is a desecration of the tomb of Joseph, and the tombs of Abraham and Sarah, etc. The whole situation is terribly fragile.And in the process, the Muslims have so weakened the foundation of their own property that it might collapse under their own feet next week.
Prophecy students will remember that Daniel and John the Revelator, among other prophets, make repeated references to various events taking place inside a physical Temple. Of course, no Temple exists right now. But if the Al-Aqsa mosque collapses, two things will happen:
- Anti-Semitic riots will break out in Jerusalem, in all Arab quarters in Israel, and possibly in all Arab lands.
- The collapse will be one necessary step in paving the way for the rebuilding of an actual Jewish Temple--but probably under the administration, or at least the "protection", of the Beast from the Sea [Revelation 13].
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
According to this report, "Americans' supply of flu vaccine was abruptly cut in half Tuesday, prompting the government to ask most healthy adults to delay or skip flu shots so that the elderly and others most at risk from influenza can get scarce supplies." At this point, the only thing we can do is pray that this is not a bad flu season. Submitted for your Pestilence (Luke 21:11) files.
Monday, October 04, 2004
Reuters reports,"Palestinian militants fired rockets into an Israeli border town on Monday despite Israel's vow to stop such attacks from the Gaza Strip with a massive military offensive that has killed 64 Palestinians." Also today, Arab states went to the UN to depict the Palestinians as the victim of Israeli aggression. I think we are all wise to the game they are playing. Submitted for your files on the Battle for Jerusalem (Ezekiel 38:8; Zechariah 12; Luke 21:20).
Sunday, October 03, 2004
AP reports, "Iraqi security forces patrolled the streets, and U.S. troops went door to door searching for weapons and fighters Sunday after the military claimed success in wresting control of Samarra from Sunni insurgents in fierce fighting." :: A War (Matthew 24:6) update for you.
Friday, October 01, 2004
A series of earthquakes preceded the latest eruption of Mt. St. Helens and apparently more eruptions are on the way. Geologic activity and earthquakes are something BP enthusiasts watch, mostly as a low-level sign (Matthew 24:7), but there are major Earth changes in store for much later, towards the end of this age (Rev 16:18).