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Gabriel: Character of the Antichrist, Part 2

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

Daniel 8:25b…and he will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, but he will be broken without human agency”.

The angel Gabriel completes his communication to the prophet Daniel. Gabriel finishes his description of the character of the antichrist.

…and he will magnify himself in his heart… His ego will be out of control. Pride will be on display. Confidence will not be lacking and he will be capable of great things, just ask him. He also takes after his leader Satan. God reminds Satan of his attitude and thoughts in Isaiah.

Isaiah 14:13-14 “But you said in your heart, ‘I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.’”

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…and he will destroy many while they are at ease. People will be at quietness and prosperity. Then he will strike. This is consistent with Scripture in the New Testament as written by the Apostle Paul.

1 Thessalonians 5:3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape.

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He will even oppose the Prince of princes… Now this is a bad career move. It is never a good idea to oppose Jesus Himself. But, this is the kind of ego he possesses. The antichrist will take his stand and present himself against Christ.

..but he will be broken without human agency”. The Hebrew says the antichrist will be shabar or broken. Shabar is defined as: to be broken, be maimed, be crippled, be wrecked, or be crushed (figuratively). The phrase without human agency is an interesting one. It literally means “with nothingness of hand” in the Hebrew. He will be get what he deserves but not at the hand of a human being, which includes Jesus. Per the passages above, the antichrist is not sentenced to death by the Prince of princes.

This seems a bit confusing on the surface, until…

Revelation 19:20. And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.

No death for you…but, an eternal living hell.

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Daniel 8:26 The vision of the evenings and the mornings that has been told is true, but seal up the vision, for it refers to many days from now.”

Gabriel is confirming that Daniel’s vision is legitimately from God. The vision of the evenings and the mornings is in reference to Daniel 8:14.

Daniel 8:14 And he said to me, “For 2,300 evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be restored to its rightful state.”

This vision is “true” or emeth in the Hebrew. It is faithful and firm, Amen!

“You’re released” Christine McDonald

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christine "Clarity" McDonald with tags , , on July 24, 2020 by paulthepoke

At last, the phone rang. The guard answered. “It’s for you,” she said. It was the judge.

“You’re released,” he said. “The baby is drug free. You’ll be unshackled right away. Someone from the county will bring you the clothes you were wearing when you were brought in.”

I hung up the phone.

The guard said, “I’ll get your clothes back to you as quickly as I can.”

“Really? You think they’re going to fit?”

She laughed. “Well, maybe not. But we’re not social workers here. We detain the arrested. Surely you can call someone.” She paused. “You need anything?”

“A soda with caffeine would be wonderful,” I said.

She brought me that, said “Congratulations,” and left.

The guard arrived with my clothes and the 96–cent check I had on my books. The clothes didn’t fit. Meanwhile, the woman handling the birth certificate had entered the room. She said, “Surely you want to call her something other than Baby Girl McDonald.”

I picked up the little girl and said, “Jasmine, because she smells so sweet.” I laid her on my chest, listening to her breath, feeling her heartbeat. “Jasmine Nicole.” I signed the birth certificate.

The nurse said I’d be released from the hospital the following day. That would give me another day of rest and a little extra time to figure out what I was going to do.

I held the baby and cried, telling her how I had grown attached to her little kicks in my tummy and would miss her. I explained to her that I was too much of a mess to care for her. My experiences with service providers had been rather jaded. It seemed from my past experiences that there was simply no help for people like me. I did not know how to live, I did not see hope for help, and I could not risk messing up her life; mine was so useless, so dark, so tainted. Desperate to ensure that my brokenness would not damage her little life, I would leave her in the hospital. I told the sweet, warm little girl that they would find someone much better to be her parent, and that I would never forget her. My tears flowed freely.

To be continued…

Contact Information:
Christine C. McDonald
636-487-8986
Christine.CryPurple@gmail.com

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

https://crypurplemovie.com/

Every Nation, Every Tribe, Every Tongue… Mickey Sutliff

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Culture, Mickey Sutliff with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2020 by paulthepoke

22 years ago, nearly half my life ago, I had been a Christian for 15 years, discipled to know and love God’s Word as the foundation for following & loving our LORD, as well as being the basis for shaping my view of the world… to see the world as the LORD sees it, not necessarily as I or my culture chooses. In the process, I grew a passion for theology & apologetics and to make sure I understood what I believed and why I believed it. I had a strong commitment to the local Body of Christ and valued its importance to my daily walk. I would characterize myself at that time as mainstream Evangelical, conservative socially and politically and one that did not think much about diversity in the Body of Christ.

Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

I supported foreign missions and its role in spreading the gospel per Acts 1:8 but would not say I had much passion for what it meant for the Body of Christ to reflect people from “every nation, every tribe, every tongue” that Revelation 5 & 7 reveal before the Throne of God. 

Revelation 7:9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands…

22 years ago, the LORD revealed His plan for me and my family… that we would be a multicultural family, as our two biracial daughters came into our lives at 7 months of age. I began the pursuit of leading my daughters/family well, which included incorporating African American heritage into our home. I began my pursuit for how to raise my girls to love God and who He made them to be. As I moved through this process, this became less of a “racial” discussion per se, but more importantly a biblical & theological one in my mind.

As I pursued the LORD, it became clear to me, to effectively lead my girls to value who God had purposed them to be (from the foundation of the world) in a country that has a history of devaluing African Americans, I had to hold those values for myself. Neither my upbringing or my first 15 years in Christ gave me much of a foundation but what I came to understand more clearly was there was more bias, ignorance and false understanding than I would readily admit 22 years ago. By the LORD’s grace, He brought us into community with African American brothers and sisters in Christ, where we were able to engage in meaningful, honest and at times very difficult and uncomfortable discussions. What followed required humble, honest self-evaluation… which led to repentance of heart issues and attitudes that came to light. The wonderfully good news of the Gospel is forgiveness & transformation Jesus Christ offers, but it does not come apart from repentance, and this is how sanctification is also worked in our heart as we continue to turn to the gospel throughout our life.

Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam Filled, July 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Egypt/Nile River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on July 22, 2020 by paulthepoke

In less than a month, the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam has been filled. Now that the dam has been filled, the politicians in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt have reached a “major common understanding”. A lot of drama over nothing…

It took the good Lord less than 1 month to fill up the reservoir. The experts said it could take up to 5 to 15 years.

Isaiah 19:5-7 And the waters of the sea will be dried up, and the river will be dry and parched, and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away. There will be bare places by the Nile, on the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched, will be driven away, and will be no more.

Water Rising Behind the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, July 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Egypt/Nile River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 20, 2020 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:5-7 And the waters of the sea will be dried up, and the river will be dry and parched, and its canals will become foul, and the branches of Egypt’s Nile will diminish and dry up, reeds and rushes will rot away. There will be bare places by the Nile, on the brink of the Nile, and all that is sown by the Nile will be parched, will be driven away, and will be no more.

Three prophets (Isaiah, Ezekiel, and Zechariah) in the Bible make the claim the Nile River is going to run dry at some point in the future.

Photo: National Geographic

July 2020: Water is beginning to rise behind the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). The source of water for the GERD is the Blue Nile.

There are conflicting reports from the region if Ethiopia has begun filling the reservoir behind the dam.

Currently, water rights talks between Ethiopia, Sudan, and Egypt have broken down. To date, no agreement has been reached. Ethiopia has openly discussed the idea of beginning to fill the dam without reaching an agreement.

The following tweet is from Seleshi Bekele, Minister of Water, Irrigation and Energy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia.

The following satellite photos were taken between June 27th and July 12, 2020 by Maxar Satellite Technology.

The government of Sudan reports water levels in the Blue Nile had dropped by 90 million cubic meters per day.

“The Ministry of Irrigation and Water Resources reiterates its firm rejection of any unilateral action taken by any party, especially following the continued efforts of the African Union and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to reach a consensus among the three countries on this outstanding issue, which could be resolved through strong political will,” Sudan Government statement.

https://atalayar.com/en/content/grand-ethiopian-renaissance-dam-threatens-relations-between-egypt-ethiopia-and-sudan

Egypt is obviously not happy about the GERD. Egypt depends completely on the Nile River for its water.

Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi remains in close contact with his Defense Council regarding the matter. Egypt is also moving military equipment to the Libyan border.

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There are multiple places in the Bible that says the Nile River will dry. Isaiah is not the only place. See what Zechariah and Ezekiel have to say.

Zechariah’s comments are interesting. The prophet states God will strike the waves in the sea to bring this about.

Zechariah 10:11b …And He will strike the waves in the sea, so that all the depths of the Nile will dry up…

Ezekiel 30:12 And I will dry up the Nile and will sell the land into the hand of evildoers; I will bring desolation upon the land and everything in it, by the hand of foreigners; I am the LORD; I have spoken.

Gabriel: Character of the Antichrist, Part 1

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels, Prophecy with tags , , , , , on July 19, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:23-25a “In the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue. His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; he will destroy mighty men and the holy people. And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence…

The angel Gabriel continues his revelation to the prophet Daniel. Gabriel is about to describe the character of the antichrist.

This king will be insolent and skilled in intrigue. Other adjectives in the original Hebrew could describe him as strong, mighty, and fierce. He will understand and be able to teach and communicate riddles, difficult questions, parables, enigmatic and perplexing sayings or questions. (Hebrew definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance)

His power will be mighty, but not by his own power… His strength and power will be exceedingly great. It will be given to him. Revelation 13 tells us from where the man draws his power. Satan is the source of his power.

Revelation 13:2b,4 And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority. They worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?”

…and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will… The Hebrew grammar states he (the antichrist) is the source and cause of destruction. He will destroy physical property to the point of ruination. He corrupts morally and is perverted. The destruction would appear to be beyond one’s power and difficult to do. The level of destruction will be extraordinary and difficult to comprehend. In a bizarre twist, his destruction will result in prosperity. In our vernacular, he will do whatever the hell he wants.

…he will destroy mighty men and the holy people… The Hebrew word for mighty is `atsuwm. Per Strong’s, it means: mighty, vast, numerous, countless, and strong (in number). Lots of people are going to perish at the antichrist’s hands. God’s people will also suffer at his hands. 

Revelation 13:7 It was also given to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them…

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And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence… He will demonstrate shrewdness or sekel in the original Hebrew. Sekel can be defined as: cunning or crafty in a bad sense. The antichrist is going to be one slick-talking, smooth liar. And he is going to be able to sell.

Psalm 91… Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , on July 16, 2020 by paulthepoke

Hi everyone! Here is Psalm 91 in prayer form for anyone feeling fear over this pandemic. Know that our Father in heaven (your Creator) loves you more than you can imagine… 💕. He promises to rescue and protect you. You will see His glory transform this condition. Pray this out loud and give thanks to Him that He has already provided us the victory in Christ Jesus who is sitting at the Father’s right hand of glory and power. We too are seated right now in Christ where He is completely victorious over every form of darkness. Just knowing this raises you up above all enemies, which includes weapons (viruses) of the enemy. Anything under Christ’s feet is also under your feet if you have put your faith in Jesus. Blessings to you and have no fear. Trust Him and declare this…

“My home is in the secret place of the Most High so I live under the shadow of the Almighty.

I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress; my God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver me from the trap of the hunter and from the perilous pandemic (or epidemic).

He shall cover me with His feathers, and under His wings I shall take shelter; His truth shall be my shield and protector.

I shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the deadly (viral) pandemic that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that destroys at noonday.

…it shall not come near me (or those I love and pray for, or those who live in the realm in which God has assigned me to operate in and live in).

Only with my eyes shall I look and see the reward of the wicked.

Because I have made the LORD, who is my shelter, even the Most High, the place where I live, no evil shall happen to me, nor shall any plague come near my home;

For He shall give His angels charge over me, to keep me in all my ways. In their hands they shall hold me up, so that I don’t strike my foot against a stone.

I shall tread upon the lion and the cobra; the young lion and the serpent I shall trample underfoot.

My Father said about me, “Because he (she) has set his (her) love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name.

He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him, and show him My salvation.”

Photo by Luis Quintero on Pexels.com

Seven Iranian Ships on Fire, July 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Trend Update with tags , , , on July 15, 2020 by paulthepoke

July 15, 2020: Seven ships have caught fire in the port city of Bushehr, Iran. Local authorities state there have been no casualties.

And stuff continues to explode and burn in Iran…

Here is a recent time line of events in Iran courtesy of the BBC.

  • 26 June: Blast at a liquid fuel production facility for ballistic missiles in Khojir, close to Parchin, near Tehran; fire at power plant in Shiraz, causing a blackout
  • 30 June: Explosion at a medical clinic in Tehran, 19 people killed
  • 2 July: Blast and fire at Natanz nuclear site
  • 3 July: Large fire in Shiraz
  • 4 July: Explosion and fire in power plant in Ahwaz; chlorine gas leak at Karoun petrochemical plant in Mahshahr
  • 9 July: Gas tanks in western Tehran explode
  • 11 July: Gas cylinders explode inside the basement of an apartment building in Tehran
  • 12 July: A fire breaks out at a petrochemical facility in the southwestern Mahshahr area which was blamed on an oil leak
  • 13 July: A fire occurs at an industrial zone near Mashhad. Six gas storage tanks catch fire and one explodes.
photo: News Colony

Ezekiel 38:5 Persia, Ethiopia and Put with them, all of them with shield and helmet…

The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century. This is modern day Iran…

Gabriel: The End Is Coming

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Angels, Prophecy with tags , , , , on July 12, 2020 by paulthepoke

Daniel 8:23-25 “In the latter period of their rule, when the transgressors have run their course, a king will arise, insolent and skilled in intrigue. His power will be mighty, but not by his own power, and he will destroy to an extraordinary degree and prosper and perform his will; he will destroy mighty men and the holy people. And through his shrewdness he will cause deceit to succeed by his influence; and he will magnify himself in his heart, and he will destroy many while they are at ease. He will even oppose the Prince of princes, but he will be broken without human agency”.

Daniel 8:23-25 is a description of the future antichrist. The prophet Daniel is given clarification and comprehension from the angel Gabriel of a vision he had previously received. Gabriel frames the prophecy with a specific era.

The period in history is clearly stated on four occasions. Gabriel specifically tells Daniel. Gabriel opens the prophecy with a time point.

Daniel 8:23a In the latter period of their rule…

In the latter period“… This is the Hebrew word acharith. The word is defined as the after-part or end. Many times in the Old Testament, acharith is used in the context of the end of a human lifespan or the end of the calendar year.

As a point of review, Gabriel indicated to Daniel this is about the time of the end. Daniel 8:17 “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end.” 

The angel Gabriel restates this again. Daniel 8:19 “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end.” 

On a fourth occasion we are told of the period in history. Gabriel closes the prophecy regarding the character of the antichrist with a time point.

Daniel 8:26 “The vision of the evenings and mornings which has been told is true; but keep the vision secret, for it pertains to many days in the future.” 

So I take it these passages have to do with the end times…

The context of Gabriel’s information from God is the Greek Empire. Notice, Rome or modern day Italy was not part of the Greek Empire. Modern day Greece is the country furthest west in the ancient Greek Empire. Historically, the eastern legs of the Roman and Greek Empires were larger. This is suggestive the antichrist will not come from western Europe.

Historically, there has been a pause of over 2,300 years since Alexander the Great. History is running its course. And we continue to wait for a king who will arise… not a nice guy.

Have A Nice Rest… Christine McDonald

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Christine "Clarity" McDonald with tags , , , , on July 11, 2020 by paulthepoke

In the mornings I was throwing up, in the afternoons I was throwing up, and in the evenings I was throwing up. I’d try to eat, and would just throw up. I was picked up by the police a few weeks later in a sting operation. By this point I was almost five months along.

When I went to court, they didn’t have enough on me to keep me or convict me, because I hadn’t taken the money or even negotiated the price for my services. Plus, the officers had not shown up in court to assist in the prosecution. So the charges were dropped.

However, the judge told me, “You won’t be released.”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
He explained that I was being held without charges, but the baby I was carrying was being protected from me. I would remain in custody until the birth of the baby.
“You can’t do that,” I said. “You can’t hold me without charges.”
“Lady, I just did,” was his answer.

I had been in jail for about two weeks before I went to court. They had confirmed I was pregnant, given me double meal trays and vitamins, and sent me to a prenatal appointment at the local hospital.

I see now they were holding me for that court date, collecting information and waiting for me to reach five months. At five months, the fetus is considered a human life and not just a fetus. The baby is considered viable and has a chance at life if born that early. Taking the baby into custody as they did was the best thing they could have done for me or her.

The judge informed the county officers that he was to be notified when I went into labor and again at the time of delivery. Then he said, “Ms. McDonald, at the time of delivery you’ll be free to go if the baby is tested and found to be drug free. But if the baby tests positive for drugs, I promise you that the state will bring charges against you for child endangerment and any other charges I can come up with, and I will encourage maximum sentencing and full prosecution.” Then he looked at me with a smile and said, “You have a nice rest.”

While I was locked up, I was not offered any social services. I just stayed in a cell alone, waiting and waiting. That was in late 2000. I had the baby in March 2001. I remember getting double trays at mealtime to ensure the
baby grew.

I remember drinking gallons of water, too. Following my own mindless logic, I was trying to flush the drugs from the baby’s system.

To be continued…

Contact Information:
Christine C. McDonald
636-487-8986
Christine.CryPurple@gmail.com

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

https://crypurplemovie.com/

Paul the Poke

Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. -LORD God

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