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The Deception of Kneeling

“For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. Then that lawless one will be revealed …” (2 Thessalonians 2:7).

I have been reading and researching articles sent to me by family and friends. As I put the information together, a prophetic picture became much clearer with all of the events happening today. This prophetic puzzle includes the Beast in Revelation and the mystery of ‘lawlessness’ that is becoming less of a mystery every day in the streets of America and around the world.

Over the past few years I have come to realize that Black Lives Matter (BLM) is nothing more than a renewal of the Black Panther movement, a black supremacist ideology that became well-known in the 1960s. According to what I read in encyclopedia.com, my beliefs were substantiated. BLM is part of the new Black Panther black supremacist movement along with the Nation of Islam (NOI). Both groups have leaders who are Islamic and both include hatred for the Jewish people and Isra’el – anti-semitism. Reading the article were many names that I recognized not just from the past, but also from the present.

I honestly believe that the Beast, the world religious system in Revelation, will be Islam. The word Islam literally means ‘submission’ and that ‘submission’ is to Allah. Islam is derived from the Arabic word for ‘peace’ and thus implies it is a religion of ‘peace and tolerance.’ Unfortunately, the Koran, Islam’s holy book, doesn’t promote peace or tolerance with anyone who does not ‘submit’ to Allah.

How does submission to Allah look? It is done with lying prostrate on the ground at the sound of the call on a mosque. But, it all begins with kneeling. The most famous recent ‘kneeler’ is Colin Kaepurnick. Many believe he was kneeling to protest racism, but few realize he had also converted to Islam because his girlfriend, Nessa Diab, is an Egyptian Muslim and supported Black Lives Matter. Now we have chaos going on in streets in the United States and people of all races kneeling before their ‘captors’ in the guise of being first, against racism, and second against police brutality (also another tenet of NOI and the new Black Panthers.

“Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy [falling away] comes first, and the man of lawlessness [anti-christ] is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God” (2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Please note that according to Scripture a ‘falling away’ must come first. Apostasy is ‘the abandonment of a religious (and even political) belief.’ Thus, the ‘falling away’ from an honest Biblical faith and a free republic based on life and liberty for all must occur before the anti-christ, the ‘man of lawlessness’ is publicly revealed. He is the ‘son of destruction’ (and we are seeing a lot of destruction) whose father is haSatan who masquerades as an angel of light (enlightenment?) and comes only to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10). Hs goal will be to exalt himself and become an object of worship. The process he uses will be a false peace and submission to his will.

“All the king’s servants who were at the king’s gate bowed down and paid homage to Haman; for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage” (Esther 3:2).

Another article I read was written by some rabbis in the Breaking Israel News. These rabbis discuss bowing to men over God. There are instances in Scripture where men bowed to each other – Abraham to his guests and Moshe to his father-in-law – but it was not a sign of submission but mutual respect. The bowing that was required by Haman was in submission to his authority, an authority that included hatred for the Jewish people. Mordecai understood the difference as did Esther who only bowed before the King’s scepter, but never bowed before a man who required her ‘homage’ or ‘feudal allegiance.’

This is the place where BLM has the country and parts of the world today. Though they want to make it appear as though people are joining them in their fight against racism and police brutality, there is an underlying SPIRITUAL purpose – to make everyone no matter what race SUBMIT to THEIR authority. And, what authority is that? Ultimately, it is to Islam (the Beast), to Allah (the false prophet), and Islamic Law or Sharia (what will bring false peace). It is quite fascinating how many young people who are anti-religion and have been raised without an understanding of the Creator of the Universe are so easily submitting to a religion of ‘peace’ while being ‘silenced’ with their mask-wearing faces.

Of course there are those who will never submit to Islam and bow before any ‘man of lawlessness.’ For now, there is some liberty in doing so, but the day will come when standing as Mordecai did will no longer be tolerated. It may be that those who refuse will either be taken captive or murdered.

Another friend posted some information on the idea being circulated about replacing police forces with a ‘Committee of Public Safety.’ First, it sounds like average people will regulate safety which could become vigilante and very dangerous.

Example, another interesting piece of news has to do with Elmer Fudd. There is a remake of this cartoon and it no longer has Elmer with a gun. He will either wield a machete or an axe (scythe) neither of which have any regulations for use. In other words, guns which have so many regulations for buying and selling will be replaced with murderous weapons that anyone can get and use at a local hardware store. Vigilantism.

There was another era, however, when a ‘Committee of Public Safety’ was introduced into society. It was in France – a country now with a very large Muslim population.

According to history.com: “On July 27, 1793, Robespierre was elected to the Committee of Public Safety, which was formed in April to protect France against its enemies, foreign and domestic, and to oversee the government. Under his leadership, the committee came to exercise virtual dictatorial control over the French government.” Please note it was a DICTATORSHIP. “Robespierre encouraged the execution, mostly by guillotine, of more than 17,000 enemies of the Revolution. The day after his arrest, Robespierre and 21 of his followers were guillotined before a cheering mob in the Place de la Revolution in Paris.

The guillotine was used to destroy enemies of the Revolution. In former president Barak Obama’s Town Hall talk last week he encouraged protests as an example of the American Revolution without discouraging the violence. He was ultimately inciting a revolution that includes terrorism. Please understand that Barak Obama is a Muslim whether or not he is public about his faith. Louis Farrakhan was and still may be Obama’s spiritual mentor and he is the leader of the Nation of Islam (NOI). Even if Obama rejects this man as his spiritual leader, he was raised Muslim. I have known several Muslims who say they know without a doubt that Obama is a Muslim because that was how he was raised.

“And with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.  For this reason God will send upon them a deluding influence so that they will believe what is false, in order that they all may be judged who did not believe the truth, but took pleasure in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10-12).

Each piece of the prophetic puzzle begins to come together with BLM and its foundation along with submission by kneeling to Allah as a false prophet. With police departments being defunded and abolished (and what that really means) and the idea of creating Committees of Public safety, this world may be looking at global beheadings! Is that so far-fetched? Could Islam be the conduit for beheadings?

“Then I saw thrones, and those seated on them received authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming the Word of God …” (Revelation 20:4).

All prophecy revolves are Isra’el. Until 1948 there was no Isra’el. Until 1967 Isra’el had no control over Jerusalem. In 2018 the United States recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Isra’el. So though there have been upheavals and revolutions and wars raging among countries and civil wars among peoples as prophesied by Yeshua in Matthew 24, there was not a nation of Isra’el until our generation. What is happening on a global scale has also not ever happened before even in the World Wars, again occurring without a nation of Isra’el.

In the past few years, a growing hatred has developed against the Jewish people. I had a Jewish friend comment the other day that he doesn’t know how suddenly anti-semitism became part of this massive racist revolt against the police. Not only has there been a resurgence of anti-semitism with neo-Nazis, but within the tenets of BLM and NOI and the new Black Panthers, Jews are also the targets of their intolerance and hatred. Why?Because everything that is happening has to do with the return of Messiah Yeshua and his return to Jerusalem. Without an Isra’el, without a Jerusalem, and without the Jews crying out for his return, ‘the man of lawlessness’ has nothing to worry about. But as the prophetic picture is put in place, his fury, his anger rises and he takes control of all those who also hate and despise the nation of Isra’el. In turn, those ideologies are now out in the open so to speak and are causing the masses to sumbit.

As Yeshua’s return draws closer, several things will happen and I don’t claim to know what order. The ‘man of lawlessness’ will become a public figure. He will promise peace to a chaotic world and the world will ‘bend the knee’ quickly.

There will be those who stand against this ‘man of lawlessness’ and will most likely ‘lose their heads’ while those who have fallen into the ‘great apostasy’ celebrate their deaths as a victory for removing the God of Isra’el, His people, and His Torah from the earth. They will willingly take the ‘mark of the Beast’ because they have already submitted to its leader.

According to Hosea 11:10, the people of Adonai, the Jewish people along with those who love Isra’el will come to the Land of Isra’el from the west trembling when they hear the ‘roar of the Lion of Judah.’ Yeshua will have had enough and he will call his people home in order to judge ‘the man’ and his followers.

There is so much more about endtimes in the book of Revelation and about how this all plays out with the ‘man of lawlessness’ and his global control. Of course, there will always be scoffers and mockers and deniers to the Truth because they have succumbed to the lies.

BUT, there is always a BUT. Yeshua is coming in the clouds and every eye will see him and every knee will bow to His Name and with the breath of His mouth He will slay the ‘man of lawlessness’ and destroy his global kingdom by the glory of His return.

Until then, keep your discerning eyes open and do not fall into the Great Deception. Keep following current events as they unfold and fill in the missing puzzle pieces.

Bo Mashiach. Come Messiah.

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The Pre-Revelation Days?

Passover

“Come, my people, enter your rooms, and shut your doors behind you. Hide yourselves for a little while until the wrath is past” (Isaiah 26:20).

While the world reeled from the global orders surrounding the Wuhan virus, those who attached themselves to the Biblical calendar celebrated Pesach. As commanded thousands of years ago in Egypt, this year’s Pesach found families gathered behind closed doors in their homes waiting for Elohim to reveal Himself. Glasses of wine were poured out and shared and unleavened bread was broken to remember deliverance and redemption. Through Yeshua and his words at his final Pesach, the renewed marriage covenant between Elohim and His people became instituted and memorialized in this ‘appointed time.’

Unleavened Bread

During the days of Matzah or Unleavened Bread that follows Passover, I watched an interesting video by Alef Bet Ministries about the burning bush and the three signs that Elohim gave Moshe to show the Israelites that would not only prove He sent Moshe, but would also heal them from the 400 years of emotional scars they carried.

The first sign Moshe was the staff that transformed into a snake and then return to being a staff. Even though the Egyptian magicians could perform this same ‘trick,’ this was a ‘sign’ for the Israelites that Elohim knew His people had been treated like animals. He saw that the leaders of Egypt had been programmed to believe the multiplying Hebrews were an ‘infestation’ that needed to be controlled and conquered. Pharaoh’s edicts reduced Elohim’s people to ‘snakes’ slithering on the ground which made them hated and easy targets for abuse and death. But He was able to pick them up ‘by their tails’ and restore them to their original purpose: His chosen people.

For the second sign Moshe put his hand in his cloak and when he pulled it out, it was white with leprosy. When he returned his hand to his cloak it came out healed. As explained in the video, the white of the leprosy was symbolic of death. This death, however, was the death of of newborn children. In Exodus 1:15-6, Pharaoh gives an order to the midwives to kill all baby boys as they are delivered on the birthing stool. This means that the midwives would perform a post-birth murder (break the child’s neck) and hand a stillborn infant son to its mother.

Two midwives did not follow the Pharaoh’s orders and allowed the baby boys to live. However, because of their refusal to kill babies, Pharaoh issued a new decree for all Egyptians in Exodus 1:22. This decree did not just apply to the guards and leaders or midwives, but to the citizens of the entire nation. If you were a Hebrew woman walking down the street, any Egyptian, man or woman, could steal your baby from your arms and throw him in the Nile River. This effectively made stealing newborns an drowning them acceptable to an entire nation.

The third sign was to be done in Egypt. Moshe was to take some water from the Nile and pour it onto the ground where it would turn to blood. This would be another ‘sign’ to the Hebrews that Elohim saw all of the blood of their ‘nameless’ sons buried in the water of the Nile River.

While I was listening to the explanation of this last sign, I had a clear vision about this Wuhan pandemic, especially in New York where thousands of people were dying and placed in mass graves on Hart Island not even able to have proper burials because of the number of deaths due to the Wuhan virus. They were nameless and faceless to even their own family members who were not allowed near them during their hospital stays.

The headquarters for Planned Parenthood, the world’s abortion machine, is located in Manhattan where there have been 15,789 deaths. China has also has an infant death record on their heads. For centuries it has encouraged the infanticide of baby girls. Just as Elohim wanted His people to know that He saw the mass murder of Hebrew baby boys, I saw that He was using China’s ‘virus’ to judge the country’s (and world’s) murder of millions of babies who have no names and no faces. Adonai knows and sees everything. He is dealing with this sin of infanticide on a global level as nearly every country in the world has some sort of legalized abortion. Even the few that don’t allow abortion had some cases, but very few. With a population of 98.2 million, Egypt only had 816 deaths. This is .00000830 changes of dying in Egypt.

Firstfruits

During the days of Unleavened Bread is Yom Habikkurim or Feast of Firstfruits when the resurrection of Yeshua occurred. In the midst of all of the death in this world, there is offered the hope of life, of restoration and redemption. Yet, even this event, the most profound and miraculous event in world history – the resurrection of the Jewish Messiah Yeshya – was ‘hidden’ from the world due to stay-at-home orders and abolishing large gatherings. Could it be that the time for repentance is running out for the world? Could it be that Adonai is hiding His face because of the mssive global sin of murder? Could our High Priest, Yeshua, be preparing to become a Warrior?

Counting the Omer

Beginning with Firstfruits and ending with Feast of Weeks is the Counting of the Omer or the 50 days between the Resurrection of Yeshua and the pouring out of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). During these 50 days of barley harvest, there has been a lot of confusion regarding the pandemic from inflated number of deaths to wondering how this virus began whether from a lab or from eating things Elohim never intended to be food.

“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32).

Censorship of the Truth, whether it’s information about the danger of rushing a vaccine or nurses and doctors revealing scientific facts about the human body and health, is spreading unchecked so that people are incapable of making intelligent decisions for their own lives. This lack of ‘truth’ is keeping a large population of the world in bondage: bondage at remaining at home where they have a false sense of security by keeping themselves from sunshine and fresh air. Even though we are ‘fearfully and wonderfully’ created by Adonai, a lack of faith in anything divine is keeping humanity from working with the very immune systems that were given to us for fighting illness.

Quarantine is required in many places, or as we call it ‘set-apart time’ because Biblically speaking, quarantine is only for sick people and there are millions of people ‘quarantining’ who aren’t sick. Also according to the Bible, quarantine was set at 7 days with a review of the symptoms by the priest and then another possible 7 days. Contrary to Elohim’s commands, the quarantine of healthy people continues because of the ‘fear’ of being asymptomatic. These lies from wherever they are coming will continue to keep people from living a full life.

The Days of Woe

When I think of this time period in terms of Biblical truth, I am reminded of three verses. The first two come from the prophet Isaiah:

“Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute [set] darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute [set] bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” (Isaiah 5:20).

We are living in the days of ‘woe’ or ‘great sorrow and distress’ where good is called evil and evil is called good. How so? Consider the word ‘essential.’ It is ‘essential’ to murder babies during this time, but not ‘essential’ to gather in groups to worship the Creator of the Universe? It is ‘essential’ for pot and alcohol to be sold, but sunshine or Vitamin D and fresh air are not? What about ‘essential oils?’ Though we live in great days of darkness, it is promoted that we are ‘seeing the light’ of world events and what is needed for ‘reopening.’ We are being blinded by deception and lies, through the father of lies. We are seeing and hearing what is being allowed to be seen and heard by powers and principalities that were destroyed by Yeshua himself, but will be given power again at the end of days. Sweet for bitter? We are told it is ‘sweet’ to stay home and stay safe, distance yourself from those you love or wear a mask as if we’re all at a masquerade party. Or, are these ‘mandates’ very bitter to our tastebuds that have been seared as if by a hot iron of twisted information.

Days of Conspiracy

“You are not to say, ‘It is a conspiracy!’ In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, And you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it” (Isaiah 8:12).

Conspiracy is defined as a ‘secret plan by a group to do something harmful.’ The prophet Isaiah warns us that we are not to get involved in conspiracy theories or fear them as the masses do. Unfortunately, when evil is called good and truth is called a lie, then what is a conspiracy theory may actually be what is really happening. In any case, we are not to fear ‘what they fear’. Fear is a ‘spirit’ that is not of God. He gives us a sound mind through studying and knowing His Word and eternal love through faith and walking with Yeshua. It is interesting that the Complete Jewish Bible translates ‘fear’ into ‘timidity.’ Being timid means to be a coward and fainthearted. In these days, those who believe Yeshua is Sovereign King of all Kings should not shrink or fear what is coming on this world because a ‘new heaven and earth’ is a promise.

Confusion and Disorder

“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

Though this verse in Corinthians refers to speaking in other languages and the need for order gatherings, this is what is happening today in the world. Tongues through social media are wagging everywhere and they don’t stop long enough for anyone to figure out if what is actually being said is true. Within seconds another tongue is wagging and saying something completely different. I remember hearing a long time ago that sound travels on forever which is why Adonai wants us to speak less and listen more. All of these tongues wagging nothing but garbage fills the universe with a cacophony of sound creating universal confusion.

Some days I feel like I’m reading the “Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. The book is written by a demon named Screwtape to Wormwood, another demon. Ultimately they are trying to bring one man into the Satanic Kingdom (and fail). These demons write letters back and forth with lies and deceptions, lying and deceiving each other until, well, I stopped reading the book because I became entirely confused as to what was truth and what was a lie.

Wait for the Promise

Ten days before the end of counting the omer, Yeshua meets with his disciples on the Mount of Olives. At this time, he tells them to wait for the promise in the city of Jerusalem. Then he is taken up into the heavenly realm in the clouds before their eyes. An angel appears and tells them that he will return in the same way – in the clouds.

Shavuot

“If you love me, you will keep my commands; and I will ask the Father, and he will give you another comforting Counselor like me, the Spirit of Truth, to be with you forever” (John 14:15-16).

Ten days after Yeshua returns to his throne at the right hand of his Father is the Feast of Weeks or Shavuot. This Biblical holy day is upon those who know and understand the Biblical calendar and ‘appointed meeting times’ of Yeshua. Again, we wait for the promise. This promise is the pouring out of the Ruach of Elohim, the Wind of God, on the Jewish nation first, then the gentiles. Could it be that this year there will be an outpouring of Elohim’s Ruach in Isra’el like never seen before? A pouring out on Jewish people all over the world who will either turn to Messiah before he returns in the clouds or be called into the ‘greater exodus’ from the nations around the world to return to the Promised Land? Here’s an awesome video from Isra’el and Isaiah 53, the forbidden chapter.

“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord, “when they will no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up the sons of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives, who brought up and led back the descendants of the household of Israel from the north land and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ Then they will live on their own soil” (Jeremiah 23:7-8).

On Shavuot two leavened loaves of bread, the high priest in Jerusalem waved two leavened loaves before the altar signifying the joining of the Jew and non-Jew in the faith of Abraham, in the faith of Yeshua of Nazareth as Messiah. Could this Shavuot be the day in which the Christian nations awaken to their responsibility to become part of the commonwealth of Isra’el so that Yeshua, the Jewish Messiah is glorified in the earth? So the chosen people may be sealed from His wrath? Could it be on this Shavuot the Ruach haKodesh will be poured out in the world in such a way that many hundreds of thousands are ‘cut to the heart’ and repent from transgressing the Torah that was taught and lived out by Yeshua himself? Stop eating unclean foods? Stop nodding assent to immoral relationships? Begin celebrating the Biblical Sabbath because Yeshua said he was Lord of the Sabbath? I don’t know, but as each of these spring feasts have unfolded this year, they have prophetic relevance to the world events surrounding this pandemic. For the ‘called out’ ones, I will wait and watch how the Ruach will move.

After Shavuot there is the long interval of summer before the fall ‘appointed times.’ This summer the people of the world will begin living again. Leaders will take baby steps waiting to see whether death tolls rise or drop, whether the numbers are true or false. Many in ‘free’ countries will begin to revolt as they cry out for a return to normal life. Fewer people will become sick due to sunshine and fresh air. Some families will once again hug and kiss. Small business owners will reopen and begin to dig themselves out of an economic pit. Masks and social distancing will remain for those who embrace the ‘new normal.’ Funerals for loved ones will have mourners and wedding celebrations will be filled with guests.

“And just as it happened in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all” (Luke 17:26-27).

“For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:2).

“So remember what you have received and heard; and keep it, and repent. Therefore if you do not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come to you” (Revelation 3:3).

Feast of Trumpets

“Oh, sinful nation, a people weighed down by iniquity, descendants of evildoers, immoral children! They have abandoned Adonai, spurned the Holy One of Isra’el, turned their backs on him! “Where should I strike you next, as you persist in rebelling? The whole head is sick, the whole heart diseased. From the sole of the foot to the head there is nothing healthy, only wounds, bruises and festering sores that haven’t been dressed or bandaged or softened up with oil” (Isaiah 1:4-6)

After the dog days of summer when the Sovereign King brings forth the second wave of Wuhan or something different to disrupt the lives of people on planet earth, the first fall ‘appointed time’ arrives in the season for corporate repentance. This year is also a Shemitah or a beginning of a Sabbath year. We have already watched the earth begin its Shemitah as the air is cleaner, the sky is bluer, the water is clearer, and an incessant shaking has slowed down. But even with the earth seemingly at rest, the prophecy given by Yeshua in Matthew 24 for the end of days birth pangs seems to be growing stronger. There are wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes all over the world, false prophets abound on social media and the news stations, and the spiritual distancing from Torah by many who call themselves believers has made the love of many toward Adonai Himself, grow cold – so cold they don’t even know His lifecycle of prophetic events through His Son.

“For loving God means obeying his commands. Moreover, his commands are not burdensome …” (1 John 5:3).

With so many unique events falling into place during the spring Feasts of the Lord Yeshua, could it be that the ‘day of the Adonai’ is as near as this coming Feast of Trumpets? Or, will there be another yearly cycle until the priests in Jerusalem are given the final ‘okay’ to offer the sacrifice lamb on Pesach on the Temple mount?

As Yeshua says ‘do not be deceived,’ let us not fall into hearing what the world says. Instead, as he says to his Messianic communities, Those who have ears, let them hear what the Spirit is saying…  Revelation 2:7, (Revelation 2:11), Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:26-29), Revelation 3:5-6, Revelation 3:12-13, Revelations 3:21-22.

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Chapter 9 – The Abyss

“The fifth angel sounded his shofar; and I saw a star that had fallen out of heaven onto the earth, and he was given the key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss” (Revelation 9:1).

When the fifth messenger blows his shofar, a fallen star is given a key to the shaft leading down to the Abyss. The only ‘star’ to have fallen out of heaven onto the earth is called ‘the morning star.’

“How did you come to fall from the heavens, morning star, son of the dawn? How did you come to be cut to the ground, conqueror of nations?” (Isaiah 14:12).

This ‘star’ wanted to raise its throne above God’s stars, sit on the Mount of Assembly, rise past the tops of the clouds and make itself like the Most High. Instead, this ‘star’ is brought down to Sh’ol, the uttermost depths of the pit. Though there are many ideas as to who or what this ‘star’ is, Yeshua reveals its identity to his disciples:

“Yeshua said to them, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven” (Luke 10:18).

From the time the Adversary fell from heaven, he still had the ability to move around the realms. He enters the heavenly throne room with the ‘sons of God’ and challenges Elohim regarding Job after going ‘to and fro’ on the earth. However, at this time in Revelation, the Adversary will no longer have access to the heavenly realm. He is given the key to the Abyss where many of his cohorts have been “bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.” The ‘great day’ has arrived and he is given the key to release his demonic armies.

He opened the shaft of the Abyss, and there went up smoke from the shaft like the smoke of a huge furnace; the sun was darkened, and the sky too, by the smoke from the shaft. Then out of the smoke onto the earth came locusts, and they were given power like the power scorpions have on earth” (Revelation 9:2-3).

Thick smoke rises from the shaft that is so thick it darkens the sun and the sky. According to the prophet Isaiah, “wickedness burns like fire, it devours briars and thorns; it sets the forest underbrush ablaze, with clouds of smoke whirling upward” (Isaiah 9:17). This is the shaft of great wickedness, the shaft where those spirits ‘under the earth’ will come forth for their last ‘hurrah.’ These will be the final days for the Adversary and his power will be great, so great that he will deceive millions. However, his power will also be restrained.

When studying about the locusts, riders and horses, it is important to remember that the spiritual realm will become a reality in our physical world. Those things that have been unseen and hidden will be revealed in a very specific way (Luke 8:17). How that happens remains to be literally seen. What follows is just my interpretation from what I know of Scripture.

From the smoke comes a swarm of locusts. When green plants are plentiful, locusts begin to breed and gather together into ravenous swarms that can be larger than 450 square miles. The desert locust is found in Africa, the Middle East and Asia and can cover one-fifth of the earth’s’ land surface affecting 1/10 of the world’s population. They devastate crops creating famine that leads to starvation. Just like in the days of Pharaoh, there will be a plague of locusts, but they will be supernatural creatures, an army from the Abyss and they will have a different appetite.

They were instructed not to harm the grass on the earth, any green plant or any tree, but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. The locusts were not allowed to kill them, only to inflict pain on them for five months; and the pain they caused was like the pain of a scorpion sting. In those days people will seek death but will not find it; they will long to die, but death will elude them”

These locusts will be instructed not to harm grass or any green plant or tree, but only to inflict pain on those people who do not have the seal of Elohim on their forehead – the seal on the men who grieve over the abominations done in the city of Jerusalem, the seal of the 144,000. Their powerful stinging spree is limited to five months. So, for five months, everyone on earth except the sealed of Elohim will be tortured by this army from the Abyss.

Now these locusts looked like horses outfitted for battle. On their heads were what looked like crowns of gold, and their faces were like human faces. They had hair like women’s hair, and their teeth were like those of lions. Their chests were like iron breastplates, and the sound their wings made was like the roar of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. They had tails like those of scorpions, with stings; and in their tails was their power to hurt people for five months. They had as king over them the angel of the Abyss, whose name in Hebrew is “Abaddon” and in our language, “Destroyer” (Revelation 9:7-11).

Yochanan describes the locusts as warriors ready for battle. They had golden crowns with human faces suggesting they men with great authority. Their hair is long and flowing like a woman’s. In 2 Corinthians 13:14, Sha’ul states that a man with long hair degrades himself because long hair is given to a woman for her glory. Thus these masculine warriors have chosen to look like women.

Rather than devouring green grass, their teeth tear at human flesh like a carnivorous animal. Eating flesh can be literal which would add to the horrible pain or what happens with their scorpion-like sting.

At the time I am writing this, I am in Las Vegas visiting my son. Up until two days ago I had actually never seen a real, live scorpion, but one was spotted on the baseboard of his bathroom. I was amazed at how tiny it was.

Scorpions are feared because they have a venomous bite, however most stings are not lethal to humans. The percent that are lethal only cause serious problems where there is limited access to medical treatment. Scorpions are actually part of the spider family. They like rotting logs and leaves for hiding, snack on other insects especially cock roaches, are always looking for something to drink, and love darkness. Scorpions also glow in the dark – in the darkness of the Day of Elohim, these demonic creatures will be ‘lit.’

The power of these locust-warriors is their scorpion-like sting. Their sting doesn’t cause death, but brings tremendous pain that those stung will want to die, but won’t be able to. They will only writhe in pain.

I have read commentary that these locusts teach false doctrines and deceive the masses, but that is deception. False doctrines do not cause people to writhe in pain, however a severe sickness might and could become a plague.

“Adonai will strike all the peoples who made war against Yerushalayim with a plague in which their flesh rots away while they are standing on their feet, their eyes rot away in their sockets, and their tongues rot away in their mouths.  When that day comes, there will be among them great panic, sent by Adonai, so that everyone lays hands on his neighbor, who in turn attacks him” (Zechariah 14:12-13).

These demonic warriors have wings and move like swarm of locusts. Whether or not these wings are actual locust wings or they have some sort of flying machine, they move quickly wherever they want to go.

The sound of the warriors’ wings roars like horses with chariots rushing into battle. Could these demonic warriors use drones to seek out those who need to be stung? Not long ago, drones were being flown over western parts of the United States with no one taking responsibility, most especially the U.S. military. Then suddenly, at the outbreak of the Wuhan virus in the U.S., they disappeared. Whatever is happening with these warriors from the Abyss, Elohim allows the sting and the ensuing plague to create a great panic that will cause everyone to attack each other.

Until recently, I would never thought about these creatures apart from being a demonic presence on earth that exert extraordinary pain over people. With the recent pestilence (COVID-19), I began to see the sting as the purpose of the demonic presence. These warriors do not carry a sword into battle, but a sting.

There are many world leaders whose evil intentions come from the ‘pit of hell’ – the Abyss. They believe that in order to maintain global health, there needs to be a universal vaccine – the sting of a needle. As they rush to prepare some sort of vaccine, there will be few, if any real studies and humans will become guinea pigs. I heard one doctor comment about a vaccine that was created in 1976 that paralyzed nearly everyone who received it. Could it be the demonic warriors that come out of the Abyss will swarm around the world like a police brigade forcing injections into people with a concoction that doesn’t cause them to die, but to be tormented with pain such that they wish they could die? All at the bidding of demonically-possessed leaders?

The demon warriors have chests like iron. For those who body build, this means they have ‘abs.’ I believe their iron chests suggest they have no heart or are hard-hearted. They operate without any compassion because they are inhuman and cruel.

Now I am in Alaska and I’m reading about the presidents unveiling of a vaccine by the end of the year. There will be several hundred million vials manufactured so that the entire United States population can be vaccinated. He is not only working with the CDC and the NIH. This vaccine for Covid-19 will be administered by the army, the military, warriors.

‘Demonic’, along with resembling and having the characteristic of evil, also means ‘fiercely energetic or frenzied.’ The plan for unraveling this several million doses of vaccine is called “Operation Warp Speed.” Even the name suggests a ‘demonic’ side to this ‘operation.’ Putting a vaccine into the hands of warriors who ‘become fiercely frenzied’ with making sure every person in the United States is ‘stung’ could be come a very wild ride for those who refuse to receive the ‘sting.’ The only way to avoid receiving the ‘sting’ is to have the mark of Elohim. In these days of uncertainty, believers should be praying for the revelation of that mark on their foreheads – a completely different mark from the ‘mark of the beast.’

The warrior demons have a king whose name is in Hebrew Abbadon meaning ‘doom’ or the ‘place of destruction’ or ‘realm of the dead.’ In Greek Abbadon is Apollyon who is not a place, but the angel of the bottomless pit, This fallen angel represents spiritual oppression and the desire for self-beauty that is so valued by the world. Some believe Apollyon is the devil himself or his representation in the anti-messiah.

The ‘Destroyer’ is the leader over the locust-type warriors who bring forth months of torment and horror like never before in the history of the world.

Blow the shofar in Tziyon! Sound an alarm on my holy mountain!” Let all living in the land tremble, for the Day of Adonai is coming! It’s upon us! — a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick fog; a great and mighty horde is spreading like blackness over the mountains. There has never been anything like it, nor will there ever be again, not even after the years of many generations. Ahead of them a fire devours, behind them a flame consumes; ahead the land is like Gan-‘Eden, behind them a desert waste. From them there is no escape. They look like horses, and like cavalry they charge. With a rumble like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like crackling flames devouring stubble, like a mighty horde in battle array. At their presence the peoples writhe in anguish, every face is drained of color. Like warriors they charge, they scale the wall like soldiers. Each one keeps to his own course, without getting in the other’s way. They don’t jostle each other, but stay on their own paths; they burst through defenses unharmed, without even breaking rank. They rush into the city, they run along the wall, they climb up into the houses, entering like a thief through the windows. At their advance the earth quakes, and the sky shakes, the sun and moon turn black, and the stars stop shining” (Joel 2:1-10).

“The first woe has passed, but there are still two woes to come” (Revelation 9:12)

“The sixth angel sounded his shofar, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the gold altar before God, saying to the sixth angel, the one with the shofar, “Release the four angels that are bound at the great river Euphrates!” And they were released. These four angels had been kept ready for this moment, for this day and month and year, to kill a third of mankind; and the number of cavalry soldiers was two hundred million! — I heard the number” (Revelation 9:13-16).

When the sixth messenger blows his shofar, a voice from the four horns of the golden altar speaks. The Altar of Sacrifice in the earthly Tabernacle was made of bronze, not gold, but the purpose of the four horns would be the same: to tie the sacrifice to the altar. With the release of four angels bound at the Euphrates River, one third of mankind was going to be ‘sacrificed.’

These angels have been bound for this moment in time – this specific day, month and year. The Hebrew word is zaman and means ‘fixed time’, not mo’ed for ‘appointed time. Because there are ‘times’ for everything under heaven, this zaman is no different. Some suggest that this ‘time’ is Passover because it is a specific month (first), day (14) and time (midnight). I am going to suggest that if this is a reference to a specific time on Elohim’s calendar, it would not be a spring ‘time,’ but one in the fall.

Yom Teruah is also a specific day: the first day of the seventh month, on the New Moon festival. This Feast of Trumpets is commemorated by blowing the shofar to remember something that has yet to happen. For the ten days between Yom Teruah and the Day of Atonement, the shofar is blown. As these judgments are shofar blasts, I lean toward these ‘ten days of awe’ for the specific month and day.

The ‘ten days of awe’ are also known as the ‘ten days of repentance.’ This is a time not only for individual repentance, but for corporate and national repentance. In the days of these six shofar blasts, there is a time of great testing and still mankind refuses to repent. Though it would not be a specific ‘appointed time,’ the ‘ten days of awe,’ could be the moment.

Though the number 200 million is translated for the number of cavalry soldiers, the actual Greek words are myriads and myriads suggesting the number is too great to count. The same words are used for the number of angels in heaven in Revelation 5:11 – a number too vast to count. These mounted horsemen are sent out to kill 2.5 billion more people as 2.5 billion were already killed by plague, famine and wild animals. With a population of nearly 8 billion, losing 5 billion is a massive number of people who die.

The Hebrew word for ‘bound’ means ‘chained’ or ‘banned.’ These beings who were ‘chained’ are the disobedient, fallen angels referred to in Jude 6:

“And the angels that did not keep within their original authority, but abandoned their proper sphere, he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for the Judgment of the Great Day.”

These demonic beings have been ‘chained’ by the Euphrates River which runs though Babylon. It is from Babylon where the economic, political and religious global system will be centralized. Babylon is specifically modern-day Iraq. In ancient times the area between the Euphrates and Tigris Rivers was known as Mesopotamia. Avraham was living in Ur, the city of Sumer in southern Mesopotamia when Elohim called him to leave and go to a ‘land he would be shown.’

In Isaiah 14, there is the account of the ‘fall of the morning star.’ In order to understand the spiritual war that occurred in heaven, a type and shadow of the Adversary is revealed through the King of Babylon. Modern-day Babylon is steeped in a religious system that is always at war with Isra’el. Though it has a similar foundation in Abraham, its lineage follows the descendants of Ishma’el, not Yitz’ak. Its eschatology is the opposite of Biblical eschatology; its ‘deliverer’ is the antithesis of Messiah or anti-messiah.

“Here is how the horses looked in the vision: the riders had breastplates that were fire-red, iris-blue and sulfur-yellow; the horses’ heads were like lions’ heads; and from their mouths issued fire, smoke and sulfur. It was these three plagues that killed a third of mankind — the fire, smoke and sulfur issuing from the horses’ mouths. For the power of the horses was in their mouths — and also in their tails, for their tails were like snakes with heads, and with them they could cause injury” (Revelation 9:17-19)

The multitude of this cavalry will come from the east, not the Far East as some suggest, but the Middle East. They will have the power to kill another 2 billion people. With only 8 billion people and already a loss of 5, this will leave only 1 billion people alive unless some of these events happen simultaneously. While Elohim declares the ‘beginning from the end’ (Isaiah 46:10) and can see multi-levels of events at the same time, Yochanan can only witnesses these spiritual end time events through his limited understanding.

These riders wear breastplates of heavy armor like ‘chainmail’ that are multi-colored of red, purple, and yellow, or in the Greek ‘fire and jacinth, and brimstone.’ Fire not only suggests the color red, but being led by demonic spirits, their chainmail could literally be on fire. The jacinth is a deep blue or purple and was one of the stones in the breastplate of the High Priest representing the Tribe of Gad meaning ‘troops.’ The final color is ‘brimstone’ which is bright, clear yellow like sulfur. Sulfur is used to ignite matches which start fires. It was ‘fire and brimstone’ that rained down on Sodom and Gomorrah as a judgment, now it seems these ‘troops’ have the same power to judge the world.

It is through their horses’ mouths that fire, smoke and sulfur come. With heads like lions and tails like snakes with venomous heads, these ‘troops’ have the power or to ignite fires and kill another third of mankind. When I looked up the Hebrew for ‘power,’ several other meanings appeared, euthanasia and ‘gassing in a killing facility.’ This adds another dimension to the authority given to these horses and their riders.

“The rest of mankind, those who were not killed by these plagues, even then did not turn from what they had made with their own hands — they did not stop worshipping demons and idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood, which cannot see or hear or walk. Nor did they turn from their murdering, their involvement with the occult and with drugs, their sexual immorality or their stealing” (Revelation 9:20-21).

Using the Hebrew in this verse, the remaining population not killed by ‘infectious epidemics’ – perhaps only one billion people – ‘were still unwilling to make teshuvah or ‘repent,’ be ‘born again,’ and serve the LORD.’ They will continue to worship ‘demons’ by ‘setting up idols’ made of gold, silver, bronze, stone and wood. They are reprobate and corrupt. They even continue to ‘murder, kill, assassinate,’ ‘steal,’ ‘whoring and prostitution,’ and ‘practice witchcraft.’

The Greek translation uses ‘sorcery’ for ‘witchcraft.’ This Greek word is pharmakos and means ‘poisoner.’ From pharmakos comes pharmacon and means ‘drug.’ This is from where we get the word pharmacy. A sorcerer literally ‘poisons people with drugs.’ This word also means “to drug people into living by their illusions – like having supernatural powers to manipulate God into giving them more temporal possessions” (Strongs 5333.). With today’s culture of legalized drugs known as pharmaceuticals, it stands to reason that this practice will continue without ‘repentance’ and a return to Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh as The Healer. These people will live by the illusions given to them by the drugs whether it’s hallucinations or the false sense of security of their physical health.

Chapter 10 – The Little Scroll

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Jeremiah: Ishtar and God

This week’s Sabbath reading from the prophets is Jeremiah 7:21-8:3. I began reading the portion and wondered about the backstory of the beginning verses. So I began reading in Jeremiah 21:16.

The reason I entitled one of the books I have written “Journey With Jeremiah” is that so much of my life and what Adonai says to me, teaches me, comes from Jeremiah; so much so that sometimes I feel like I am that prophet in the world. Today is no different.

Beginning with verse 16:

“So you, [Yirmeyahu,] don’t pray for this people! Don’t cry, pray or intercede on their behalf with me; because I won’t listen to you. Don’t you see what they are doing in the cities of Y’hudah and in the streets of Yerushalayim?  The children gather the wood, the fathers light the fire, and the women knead the dough to make cakes for the queen of heaven; and, just to provoke me, they pour out drink offerings to other gods! Are they really provoking me,” asks Adonai, “or are they provoking themselves, to their own ruin?” (Jeremiah 7:16-19).

These words are actually an answer to prayer for me. In the past few days I have been struggling with how to pray for a nation that no longer cares to hear what God has to say to them? How am I to pray for a nation that I know won’t repent because evil has been transformed into good? Is there even a prayer for a people or nation who consider righteousness wicked?

The answer God gave Jeremiah is “Don’t.” Don’t pray for them because He isn’t going to listen! For those who would argue otherwise believing that God hears every prayer, Adonai tells Jeremiah why He won’t listen and, His words are exactly for this exact day and time.

The people of God are worshipping the Queen of Heaven! Who is the Queen of Heaven? Ishtar who is commonly known as Easter in our culture. The short story of Ishtar is she is a goddess who had a son, Tammuz, who died by a wild boar attack. Those who worshipped the trinity of Ishtar (as the mother of god), Tammuz (as the son of god) and Nimrod (as the father god) mourned the death of Tammuz for a period of 6 weeks. Today that ‘mourning’ time is called Lent and, according to the prophet Ezekiel, is considered ‘disgusting’ by Adonai.

“He brought me to the entrance of the north gate to Adonai’s house; and there before me were women weeping for Tammuz.  ‘Human being,’ he asked me, ‘have you seen this? You will see practices even more disgusting than these'” (Ezekiel 8:14).

The designated reading for today:

“Thus says Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el: “You may as well eat the meat of your burnt offerings along with that of your sacrifices. For I didn’t speak to your ancestors or give them orders concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices when I brought them out of the land of Egypt.  Rather, what I did order them was this: ‘Pay attention to what I say. Then I will be your God, and you will be my people. In everything, live according to the way that I order you, so that things will go well for you.’  But they neither listened nor paid attention, but lived according to their own plans, in the stubbornness of their evil hearts, thus going backward and not forward” (Jeremiah 7:21-24).

There are no burnt offerings today, not because Yeshua’s death and resurrection cancelled everything, but because there is no Temple standing in Jerusalem. When there is another Temple/Tabernacle, there will be sacrifices again. It is even possible that this year, Pesach 2020, there will be a Passover sacrifice on the Temple mount for the first time since its destruction nearly 2000 years ago.

The significant part of today’s reading for anyone who claims to follow yod-hey-vav-hey is “Pay attention to what I say … living according to the way that I order you.” Unfortunately, because of the stubbornness in evil hearts and the desire of people to live according to their own will, those who worship other gods and goddesses will continue to go backward and not forward. The Hebrew word for ‘backward’ refers to ‘turning away.’ The Hebrew word for ‘forward’ is lepanim and refers to ‘the face of Elohim.’ Rather than seeking the face of the One, True, Living Elohim for what is coming on this world, they turn away and cling to their false gods and goddesses.

“Therefore, say to them, “This is the nation that has not listened to the voice of Adonai their God. They won’t take correction; faithfulness has perished; it has vanished from their mouths. Cut off your hair, and throw it away, take up a lament on the bare hills, for Adonai has rejected and abandoned the generation that rouses his anger'” Jeremiah 7:28-29).

Such a nation will not listen to the voice of Adonai. They won’t be corrected for their worship of Ishtar and Tammuz. They like what they are doing and have rationalized what they are doing is honest worship. In reality, they have become so lacking in true faith that their mouths no longer utter truths. For this nation, one should not pray, but only express deep sorrow for their impending death for they have been rejected and abandoned by Adonai.

“For the people of Y’hudah have done what is evil from my perspective,” says Adonai; “they have set up their detestable things in the house which bears my name, to defile it” (Jeremiah 7:30).

The weekly reading continues with Adonai saying those ‘houses’ that bear His name are defiled because of detestable things. Defiled with the Queen of Heaven, Ishtar. Defiled with mourning for Tammuz, Lent. Defiled by false gods and goddesses. This generation rouses His anger.

“For the time has come for the judgment to begin. It begins with the household of God; and if it starts with us, what will the outcome be for those who are disobeying God’s Good News?” (1 Peter 4:17).

Peter says that judgment begins with the ‘house’ of God and this is why. The ‘houses’ of God throughout the world have embraced the false goddess Istar and false god Tammuz. As the fast of Lent comes to an end, they prepare for Easter with baking of cakes (hot cross buns), pouring out drink offerings and preparing their ‘wild boar’ roasts. The ‘houses of God’ have created a worship system that is not recognizable to Adonai and it rouses His anger.

Each individual in the ‘house of God’ has a choice in this ‘appointed season.’ They can choose to live according to the ways Adonai gave His people – Passover, Unleavened Bread and Firstfruits and be God’s people and things will go well or continue in the worship of false gods and goddesses that Adonai calls abominations and bring ruin on oneself.

Harsh? Not my words, but God’s. We are living in very serious times. We need to be very serious about the Word of God and follow His ways or suffer His anger.

“Now this is the judgment: the light has come into the world, but people loved the darkness rather than the light. Why? Because their actions were wicked” (John 3:19).

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