Homelessness is Rising in America…Featuring Michael Douville

Posted in Michael Douville, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2017 by paulthepoke

Matthew 25:34-40 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 

Michael

Homelessness is rising in America. It is going to be worse; much worse. Over 400 “Tent Camps’ have sprung up in the Seattle Area, people are sleeping along walkways, under overpasses, and throughout urban parks; anywhere that might offer a degree of shelter and safety. Over 168,000 people are estimated to be Homeless along the West Coast. In September 2016, almost 58,000 New Yorkers slept in the 5 Burroughs shelters just one cold night. Over 50% of Public School Children qualify for the School Lunch program providing Breakfast and Lunch; often, the only food the children will receive for the day. Indeed, 47% of Americans report feeding their family is a daily concern. Over 1.5 Million American families supplement their diets with visits to the local Food Banks which are already feeling the pressure. These Americans did not start out Life dreaming of Homelessness as a Life Goal. They did not Prepare, they did not Plan.  How many Americans are 1 or 2 paychecks away from living under the Bridge?

The data and charts show that huge numbers of Americans are living well beyond their means. As the availability of Credit at low teaser rates has been expanded, many, many families have indulged in artificially raising their Living Standard by going into debt to supplement their Income; going into massive debt to buy unnecessary things and keep up appearances.

Obviously the counter trend of massive personal debt is an extremely low Savings Rate. Once the Credit Lines have been maximized, misery sets in as years of paying for past indulgences lies ahead. Credit Cards, Auto Loans, School Loans, and Home Equity Lines of Credit (HELOC) doom the debtor. Surveys reveal 46% of Americans cannot even afford $400 in Cash for an Emergency. When all of the Reserves are gone, any calamity jeopardizes the Family.

The Economy has not yet turned down, but some forecasts are indicating it may soon. There may still be time to build reserves, pay off debt, and cut expenses. Should a Recession arrive, and it is inevitable that it will, Income and Revenues will be endangered. Survival will be paramount; survival for those with Capital will build Fortunes. Those that have purchased Income Producing Assets will benefit from the climatic changing Economic Environment and have built their “Lifeboat” will fair much better than those that are over-leveraged and debt laddened,

Economic Turmoil is coming, it is not IF, but WHEN. The Cycles of Real Estate and Commodities will supplant the Aging Cycles of both Stocks and Bonds. Those that take heed and Prepare their Finances will weather the Economic Storm, Protect their family, and have the Opportunity to build Generational Wealth in just a few short years. Those that do not heed or prefer to do nothing, will SUFFER. Perhaps the last of the credit line should be used for Camping Equipment!

 

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Trend Update: Russia Expands Naval Base in Tartus, Syria, December 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on December 13, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:2 Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog…

For specific details linking Magog to modern day Russia, click the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/04/ezekiel-38-who-is-magog/

December 13, 2017: Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a bill to the Duma. This is the lower house of the Russian Parliament. Putin has reached an agreement with Syria on the Naval Base in Tartus.

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Below are excerpts from Putin’s document.

“The duration of the agreement is 49 years, it can be automatically prolonged for a period of 25 years in case none of the parties send a written notification to the other at least one year before a period expires concerning its intention to terminate the agreement…”

“The naval base has full immunity from Syria’s civil and administrative jurisdiction. Its movable and immovable property is immune from search, seizure and other proceedings…”

“Russia has the right to send the necessary number of troops to maintain the naval facility…”

Russia will not be charged rent for the naval base. Reports indicate the base could house 11 ships and nuclear vessels. Residential and office buildings will be part of the development.

The base is for defensive purposes only as indicated in a joint statement by Russia and Syria. Specific nations are not being targeted.

Prior to this bill, President Putin ordered the withdrawal of “significant” Russian troops from Syria. He proclaimed victory over “the most battle-hardened grouping of international terrorists”.

https://www.rt.com/politics/412950-putin-drafts-bill-seeking-expansion/

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/putin-drafts-bill-expanding-russian-tartus-navy-base-syria/

If history is any indicator, Russia withdraws only to come back again in greater number. The prophet Ezekiel tells us how this ends. Russia will come in tremendous numbers with other countries. It will look overwhelming for the nation Israel. And then God decides to flex His muscle. The Lord will protect His chosen people.

Time will tell…

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The Holy Spirit, A Person…Featuring Matt Weinreich

Posted in Matt Weinreich with tags , , , on December 12, 2017 by paulthepoke

When Jesus allowed His living blood to spill into this world before His death, He opened a pathway for us to connect with the Holy Spirit (John 16:7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send Him to you.).  As a redeemed believer, we have the Holy Spirit in us (Ephesians 1:13 In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in Him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit…).

Character of the Holy Spirit

HS flame

The Holy Spirit is a person. The pronoun “he” is always used in reference to the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not a “force”.  He was involved with creation (Genesis 1:2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.), disciplines (John 16:8 And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…), teaches (John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come.), leads, carries (Galatians 5:16 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.), offers freedom (Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.), comforts (John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever…), and grieves (Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.).

However, continuous sinful choices will grieve the Holy Spirit and quench His fire within us (1 Thessalonians 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit.). I felt a burden to write this out of my own personal experiences on this subject. I have found my thoughts to be the greatest challenge (2 Corinthians 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ…).

I see and feel a measurable difference when the commandments of Christ are applied in my daily life (John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.).

Constant prayer is required (1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing.).

Work with Him and He will work with you…

 

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Hanukkah and the Prophet Haggai

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2017 by paulthepoke

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that starts in the ninth month of the Hebrew year, the 25th day. The ninth month is Kislev.  The holiday lasts 8 days.

In 2017, the holiday will start at sunset on December 12 and runs through December 20 as followed on a Gregorian calendar.

Hanukkah in the Hebrew means “dedication”. The holiday celebrates the re dedication of the Jewish Temple. The holiday began in roughly the 2nd century before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Maccabean Revolt was led by Judas in 167-160 BC. The revolt kicked Antiochus out of Jerusalem. The Jews recaptured the Temple.

The Jews only had enough oil for one day to relight the menorah. But the oil managed to burn for eight days in the Temple. In memory, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm

Hanukkah is not a God appointed feast holiday. It is not part of the Mosaic Law.

 

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah. The Gospel of John indicates his participation.

John 10:22-23 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.

The event is the Feast of Dedication. And that is exactly what Hanukkah means in the Hebrew language. The city was Jerusalem. The time of the year was winter. The location is the temple, specifically the colonnade of Solomon. Jesus was there walking around the temple.

 

At this time, let’s introduce the prophet Haggai. The prophet pinpoints a specific time in history. Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king… The second year of the reign of Darius is 520 BC. Darius was the king of Persia. 520 BC is the year of the writings of Haggai. (Nelson Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts)

 

Haggai’s writings pre date the festival of Hanukkah by roughly 350 years. Haggai’s writing begin on Elul 1. This is the beginning of the season of Teshuvah or repentance. He begins with a call to repent.

Haggai 1:1b …on the first day of the month…

Of interest is the date referenced three times by Haggai, the twenty fourth day of Kislev. This is the day before the beginning of Hanukkah. Is Haggai alluding to the Festival of Lights?

Haggai 2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet…

Haggai 2:18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid, consider:

Haggai 2:20 Then the word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying…

Israel is declared a sinful unclean nation by the Lord God.

Haggai 2:14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean.

Despite their sin, despite Israel’s rejection of God, despite receiving God’s judgment…God keeps His promises and Israel is His possession.

Haggai 2:19b “…But from this day on I will bless you.” -LORD

 

The last time this date, twenty fourth day of the month, is mentioned by Haggai, it comes with a prophetic promise to us in the 21st century.

Haggai 2:21-22 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, everyone by the sword of his brother.”

 

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , on December 10, 2017 by paulthepoke

kindness

There is never a good time to be selfish, but especially this time of year when others are struggling with depression & loneliness. This can be the loneliest time of year for some. Every small act of kindness can change someone’s day. It is a busy time of the year. It takes little effort or time to brighten someone’s day & make them feel that they matter. Be a blessing to others.

Philippians 2:3-4 Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Luke 6:31 And as you wish others would do to you, do also to them.

Have an unselfish week my friends!!!

Trend Update: Days of Rage Across the Holy Land, December 2017

Posted in Gaza Strip/Philistia, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 10, 2017 by paulthepoke

Live video feed from the Holy Land.

https://www.rt.com/news/412638-israeli-police-use-tear-gas/

 

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…

Psalm 122

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
Our feet have been standing
within your gates, O Jerusalem!

Jerusalem—built as a city
that is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up,
the tribes of the LORD,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the LORD.
There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they be secure who love you!
Peace be within your walls
and security within your towers!”
For my brothers and companions’ sake
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your good.

http://biblehub.com/esv/psalms/122.htm

 

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Trend Update: Emergency UN Meeting Over Jerusalem, December 2017

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

Zechariah 12:2a “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around…

The United Nations (UN) held an emergency meeting over President Trump and his declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The UN has informed President Trump’s announcement has ruined the chance for peace in the Middle East.

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“The United Nations has repeatedly declared that any unilateral decision that seeks to alter the character and status of Jerusalem or that may alter these long-standing principles could seriously undermine current peace efforts and may have repercussions across the region.” Nickolay Mladenov, UN special coordinator for the Middle East peace process.

“The status of Jerusalem cannot be unilaterally altered or determined by any state and this decision by the US should be reconsidered and rescinded. The extremely regrettable announcement … has heightened tensions and risks the complete destabilization of this volatile situation.” -Riyad Mansour, UN ambassador and permanent observer for Palestine.

Israel and the United States responded with a different tone and approach at the emergency meeting. The United States was represented by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN. Israel was represented by their Ambassador to the UN, Danny Danon.

Haley Danon

“The United States has the courage and true understanding of justice to officially state what has always been known: that Jerusalem has and always will be the capital of Israel. The embassy of the United States belongs in Israel’s capital. We are grateful to the United States for its courageous decision. We call on all the nations of the world to join us this year in Jerusalem, the capital of the state of Israel.” -Danny Danon, Israeli Ambassador to the UN.

“Over many years the United Nations has outrageously been one of the world’s foremost centers of hostility towards Israel. The UN has done much more damage to the prospects of Middle East peace than to advance them. We remain committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement. We support a two-state solution if agreed to by the parties.” -Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN.

 

Jordan who manages security for the holy sites in Jerusalem has stated nothing has changed.

“The kingdom believes that any unilateral decisions to build a new situation on the ground are null and void. The protection of Jerusalem and its holy places for all religions.” -Sima Bahous, Jordan UN representative

Egypt, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, Sweden, and Japan have made strong public statements condemning President Trump’s declaration. The Arab world is obviously up in arms.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/12/convenes-emergency-meeting-jerusalem-decision-171208162736190.html

 

The countries of the world are literally wringing their hands over Jerusalem.

The rest of the world does not see President Donald Trump to be a viable peace broker in the Middle East Peace Process. The world is scrambling for a person to take the lead on the issue. I will make the argument President Trump’s actions may be paving the way for the antichrist. Leadership will emerge. Do your own homework.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/france-us-excluded-itself-from-peace-process/

The Bible states in Daniel 7 and Revelation chapters 13 & 17 a man will emerge from a group of a 10 nation conglomerate. He is going to be a really bad dude.

https://paulthepoke.com/category/antichristbeast/

 

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