Archive for January, 2020

Weathering the Storms of Life… Christine McDonald

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christine "Clarity" McDonald with tags , , on January 31, 2020 by paulthepoke

Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well–housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger–worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world. ―Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life or a circumstance that you lacked the ability to see your way through? Perhaps you’ve just come through such a storm.

Oftentimes we can look back at those moments and marvel at how God brought us through. Each time we survive, we become a little bit tougher. Each experience gives us the grit to hold on just a little bit longer than the
storm before.

Now, flip the script and imagine your life was the storm, and the reprieves were few and far between. This is the life I describe in the following story.

Even in those dark moments, God was present in my suffering, just as He is in yours. It can be difficult to picture God in such a dark place, yet we know that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38). His love is right there with us.

As you journey with me in this story, keep your eyes open for His provisions. They may seem small, but they meant everything to my survival and ability to hold on just a little bit longer.

What are some ways He has provided for you and sustained you that might have seemed insignificant to an outsider, but meant everything to you? What are ways you can share little moments, little things, that might mean the world to someone else?

“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald

We hope you will join us on the journey of getting her story on film. To book Christine for a public speaking engagement or purchase the CRY PURPLE book, click on the link below.

http://www.christinesvision.org/

https://crypurplemovie.com/

Trump’s Deal of the Century, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on January 30, 2020 by paulthepoke

January 28, 2020: President Trump has revealed his Deal of the Century to address the Palestinian Israeli Conflict. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is on board with the plan.

photo: Getty Images

For those who want to read the complete document, click on the link below.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/Peace-to-Prosperity-0120.pdf

Below are maps of a future Palestine and a future Israel if the Palestinians would be agreeable to sign the peace deal.

Here are the highlights of the plan.

  • A series of tunnels and bridges would connect Palestinian lands.
  • Jerusalem would remain undivided.
  • East Jerusalem would be the capital of a future Palestine.
  • Status quo for the religious sites on the Temple Mount.
  • “All Muslims who come in peace will be welcome to visit and pray at the al-Aqsa Mosque”.
  • A high tech industrial and manufacturing zone would be provided for the Palestinians.
  • Residential and agricultural area would be provided for the Palestinians.
  • Israel maintains control of all borders.
  • Israel will manage security from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.
https://twitter.com/MiddleEastEye

The Palestinians have rejected the plan. The United Nations has rejected the deal.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-trumps-deal-century-map-future-palestine-israel

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/The-Deal-of-the-Century-What-are-its-key-points-615680

Daniel 9:27 And he shall make a strong covenant with many for one week, and for half of the week he shall put an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall come one who makes desolate, until the decreed end is poured out on the desolator.

Prophetically speaking, this is not “the covenant“. For starters, there is no Temple and there is no sacrificial system in place. There is no timeline in Trump’s plan. The covenant above is for one week or a set of seven or seven years.

We are not there yet…

Caribbean Earthquake, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Earthquakes/Volcanoes with tags , on January 29, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11a There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences.

January 28, 2020: Today on planet earth we have all of the above, earthquakes, famines, and pestilences.

A 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck in the open waters of Caribbean between Jamaica and Cuba this afternoon.

A tsunami warning was issued and later cancelled. Damaging waves were not indicated. Death and injuries have not been reported.

Later in the day, a 6.1 aftershock was reported.

Graphic: USGS

All the while, the Wuhan Coronavirus continues to spread. There are now 7,711 cases and 170 deaths reported in China.

US Embassy in Iraq Hit by Missiles, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Breaking…

January 26, 2020: Five rockets are reported to be fired at the US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq. Three of those rockets allegedly were direct hits. As of this post, there are no reported injuries or deaths.

US Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq

https://www.foxnews.com/world/baghdad-embassy-rocket-dining-room

No party has claimed responsibility for the attack at this time.

Wuhan Coronavirus Update, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence, Trend Update with tags , , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

January 26, 2020: Here is the latest update regarding the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus. Numbers and data are rapidly changing.

  • 17 Chinese cities quarantined
  • 54,000,000 quarantined
  • 80+ deaths
  • Countries affected: Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea, Macao, Nepal, and United States
  • 2,700+ cases confirmed by Chinese Government
  • 30,000+ in China currently being monitored
  • 5 confirmed cases in the United States (Arizona, Illinois, Washington, California)
  • Unconfirmed private reports from Chinese healthcare providers and medical experts estimate 90,000-100,000 infected
  • World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared global health emergency
  • WHO Director to travel and meet with officials in Beijing, China

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/china-announces-400-new-coronavirus-cases-bringing-worldwide-total-to-1370-suspends-all-overseas-tour-groups-2020-01-25

For live, real time updates on news related to the coronavirus, see the link below from the Guardian.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jan/27/coronavirus-china-death-toll-climbs-to-80-with-more-than-2700-cases-live-updates

The best way to slow, stop, and manage disease is with hand washing. Wash your hands!!! Keep you hands clean!!!

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Daniel 12:4 But you, Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, until the time of the end. Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase.

Our current generation is definitely living in a time of people running to and fro. Humanity is able to quickly travel from continent to continent with airplanes. We can get from region to region by train, bus, and car.

Another translation for “increase” is multiply per Strong’s Concordance. Knowledge has and continues to multiply, but that does not mean mankind uses new found information wisely or skillfully.

We are watching firsthand how infection can rapidly spread around the globe.

So the big question remains… Is now the time of the end???

Gabriel Covers Mary in Grace

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels with tags , , , on January 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 1:28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”

The angel Gabriel is about to talk to the virgin Mary.

“Greetings” or χαίρω/chairo in the Greek. This is a form of the word χάρις/charis or what we know as “grace”. The word means to rejoice or be glad. Gabriel is approaching Mary in a graceful and joyous manner. “Greetings”

…O favored one… This is how Gabriel describes Mary. This is the Greek word χαριτόω/charitoó. Again, this is a form of the word χάρις/charis or what we know as “grace”. Strong’s Concordance defines the term as endowed with grace or graceful.

Gabriel approaches Mary in a gracious manner and then tells her she is favored with grace because the Lord is with you!”

Mary’s response to grace…

Luke 1:29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.

The translators were kind with the wording “greatly troubled“. This is the word διαταράσσω/diatarassó. The verb is defined to agitate greatly. The prefix dia- in the Greek indicates intensity. Mary was thoroughly perturbed and anxious.

This is Mary’s initial impression. This is not exactly the response one would think someone should have when visited by an angel from the throne of God. Gabriel comes in the grace of God and He has to deal with a disturbed young woman. This is the earthly vessel for Jesus Christ.

Mary is not finished. She tried to discern or διαλογίζομαι/dialogizomai. Again, note the prefix dia- which denotes intensity. She wants to reason, debate, or consider. Mary is doing some serious thinking and trying to come to a logical conclusion. She is questioning reality. What is going on?

Luke 1:30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God.

Do not be afraid… Gabriel recognizes that Mary may not be comfortable with his appearance and he is reassuring. Gabriel perceives her to be φοβέο/phobeo. The word can be defined as afraid, terrified, or frightened by Strong’s. In English, we use the word phobia.

Then Gabriel calls the young lady by her name, Mary. Imagine if you were Mary. A strange being, who you have never met, shows up out of nowhere. And the entity knows who you are and calls you by name.

Gabriel reminds Mary.

…for you have found favor with God. Emphasis here is on the word “favor”. This is the Greek word χάρις/charis. It means grace.

Gabriel approaches Mary in grace. He tells her she has been supplied with grace. And Gabriel closes his introduction and reminds Mary, God has blessed her with grace. Despite her attitude and response, Gabriel covers Mary in God’s grace.

Wuhan Coronavirus Spreading Across Asia, January 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pestilence with tags , , on January 22, 2020 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:11b …and in various places famines and pestilences. -Jesus

January 22, 2020: The Chinese government has quarantined the entire city of Wuhan, China. Wuhan is a city of 11,000,000 people located about 400 miles west of Shanghai. According to Chinese health officials, 540 people have become infected and 17 have died.

This does make one wonder. Why quarantine an entire city of 11 million if only 540 have been infected? The military and law enforcement logistics required to block off a city of this size is a significant civil undertaking. This would be the equivalent of closing off New York City. What are Chinese officials not telling the rest of the world?

The chart below provides content from earlier in the day of Wednesday, 1/22/2020.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/
https://www.thesun.co.uk/

Coronavirus is an airborne virus spread in a similar way to colds and the flu. The virus attacks the respiratory system causing lung lesions.

Symptoms include: runny nose, headache, cough, fever, shortness of breath, chills and body aches.

It is incredibly contagious and is spread through contact with anything the virus is on as well as infected breath, coughs or sneezes.

In most cases, you won’t know whether you have a coronavirus or a different cold-causing virus, such as rhinovirus.

If coronavirus spreads into the lower respiratory tract, it can cause pneumonia in older people. Other populations include those with heart disease or weakened immune systems.

Currently, there is no vaccine for coronavirus.

For more details on the story, see the link below from The Sun out of England.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10784540/coronavirus-death-toll-wuhan-china/

The World Health Organization (WHO) has yet to declare a global outbreak but is monitoring the situation closely.

For complete details of the WHO statement, see the link below.

https://www.who.int/dg/speeches/detail/who-director-general-s-statement-on-ihr-emergency-committee-on-novel-coronavirus

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