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Russian Aircraft Downed In Syria, Yom Kippur 5779/2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2018 by paulthepoke

Latakia, Syria, September 17, 2018: Initial reports indicated Israel shot down a Russian IL-20 airplane. Latakia is home to a Russian Military Base. Four F16 Israeli jets were reported in the altercation. Fifteen (15) Russian service men are reported dead.

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Map: Russian Defense Ministry

“Israel did not warn the command of the Russian troops in Syria about the planned operation. We received a notification via a hotline less than a minute before the strike, which did not allow the Russian aircraft to be directed to a safe zone,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said.

Timeline of events provided at link below by Sputnik News.

https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201809181068121621-france-russia-plane-syria

Click on the link below for additional analysis and geography.

 

The following is a sequence of tweets from the Israeli Defense Force spokesperson.

Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.

Israel also holds Iran and the Hezbollah terror organization accountable for this unfortunate incident.

Overnight, IDF fighter jets targeted a facility of the Syrian Armed Forces from which systems to manufacture accurate and lethal weapons were about to be transferred on behalf of Iran to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

The IDF and the Russian army have a deconfliction system, which was agreed upon by the states’ leaders, and has proven itself many times over recent years. This system was in use tonight as well.

An initial inquiry of the incident suggests:

1. Extensive and inaccurate Syrian anti-aircraft (Surface to Air missile) fire caused the Russian plane to be hit and downed.

2. When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace.

3. During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.

4. The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.

Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.

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“By using the Russian plane as a cover the Israeli air pilots made it vulnerable to Syrian air defense fire. As a result, the Ilyushin-20, its reflective surface being far greater than that of F-16, was downed by a missile launched with the S-200 system,” Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin statement, “Israel didn’t shoot down the Russian plane deliberately. It was a result of a chain of tragic circumstances.”

For detail of recent events, click on the link below from the Times of Israel.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-blames-israel-after-syria-downs-plane-while-trying-to-repel-attack/

Russia has requested the Israeli envoy to Moscow. The diplomat has arrived and discussions have started. This is a developing story. The plot thickens…

Ezekiel 38:4 And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords.

Ezekiel 39:2 And I will turn you about and drive you forward, and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel.

 

 

 

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Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement: 5779/2018

Posted in Fall Feasts, Gospel, Prophecy, Teshuvah/Repent, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2018 by paulthepoke

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is celebrated on Tishri 10th. The holiday officially will be the 10th day after Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets. The new moon was declared and observed on Tishri 1 (Hebrew calendar) after sunset on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Gregorian calendar).

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Please note there are discrepancies in marking time. Secular calendars state these Hebrew appointments are two days earlier than the identification of the new moon and subsequent holidays. Secular calendars are mathematical calculations. God says to observe for a new moon as a starting point. There is at least a two or three day difference depending on the observation of the new moon by two witnesses. There is man’s way and there is God’s way. They are not the same.

There is the difference of calendars. There is a Hebrew calendar and there is the western Gregorian calendar.

These dates do not take Metonic cycles into account. Some years have 13 months in a Hebrew calendar. In a 19 year cycle, 7 years have 13 months to bring the calendar back into accuracy and balance.

Some think the seventh month of Tishri (Hebrew calendar) does not start until October (Gregorian calendar) in 2018 because the event does not take place after the Fall Equinox.

Anybody confused yet???

This is why date setters and outlandish predictions for whatever the event may be are totally defeated across time. Humanity can not agree on how to mark time. Humanity can not accurately mark time when instructed by God Himself.

ANY human being on earth who claims to know the exact date of whatever is simply full of hot air and at direct odds with Jesus Christ Himself.

Matthew 24:36 But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only. -Jesus

The author’s point is this. Take these dates with a grain of salt. People are making a good faith effort to be accurate. But there is no consensus opinion regarding exact accuracy, yet everyone claims to be right. “Listen to me because I know.” And those who disagree are in error… Really???

So… in 2018, Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement is effectively Thursday, September 20 on our Gregorian calendar.

The Day of Atonement is viewed as the holiest day of Judaism. The day is a Sabbath of rest. Yom Kippur is the only appointment a fast is required. The appointment begins at sun down. It is the last day of the 40 day period of Teshuvah. See Leviticus 16 for details of Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement.

The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets and Yom Kippur are known as the “Days of Awe”. These are to be 10 days of repentance. The idea is to have serious introspection of one’s life and conduct relative to God’s commandments. Review the sins of the past year and seek to repent. If one has sinned against another, find the person and make amends.

Tradition (not found in the Bible) says God looks in the “books” to determine who lives for the next year. Who will have a good life? Who will have a bad life? These 10 days allow for a chance to change.

Ultimately, no one person is going to pay or atone for their sins to a holy and just God. That’s where Jesus Christ enters the picture. He is the high priest of Leviticus 16.

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Hebrews 9:11-14 But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

 

 

Metonic Cycles… Featuring Phil Kulis

Posted in Fall Feasts, Phil Kulis, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2018 by paulthepoke

philkulis-picThe Feast of Trumpets is an announcement that something has come as evidenced by the sounding of the trumpet (shofar, ram’s horn).

There is a very unique connection with Trumpets to the next Feast, the Day of Atonement. The period of time between the two Feasts is also significant and is called the “Days of Awe”. So, the two Feasts and the interval between represent an event consisting of a marked beginning, a specific period of time and a marked ending.

Trumpets is an announcement that during the Days of Awe it is a time of repentance and forgiveness. When the Day of Atonement arrives, it signals “time’s up” and an accounting will be made as to who repented and forgave and who didn’t.

The Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle yet it is reconciled to the solar cycle. This reconciling is called the Metonic Cycle. Normally the Jewish calendar has twelve months of thirty (sometimes twenty-nine) days. But with the Metonic cycle, seven out of nineteen years an extra thirteenth month is added. At the end of the nineteen-year Metonic cycle, the calendar is within minutes where an adjustment can be made.

The reason this is important is when the Metonic cycle is understood. The time between Trumpets and Atonement when separated by seven years gives the exact number of days equal to the number of days given in prophecy for the 70th Week of Daniel. The number of days given is 1,260 + 1,290 which equals 2,550 days.

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But this exact number of days between Trumpets and Atonement separated by seven years doesn’t happen all the time. It happens irregularly because of the extra month added to the calendar seven out of nineteen years in the Metonic cycle. Specifically, when a count of months is made between Trumpets and Atonement separated by seven years, the number of months will be 86 or 87 months. It is the count of 86 months that yields the exact count of 2,550 days.

Trumpets is a Feast Day the beginning of which is based on the sighting of the moon immediately after it is new. The focus is on the New Moon and also is the beginning of a new year according to the pre-Exodus calendar. It is the only Feast related to the New Moon and a new year.

The year that begins an 86-month count over seven years starting on Trumpets is called a “candidate” year. It is a candidate for the start of the 70th Week.

It’s important to remember that the rapture is not the event that begins the 70th Week! The 70th Week begins when the character known as the antichrist “confirms a covenant”.

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets/Rosh Hashanah Declared, Tishri 1, 5779/September 2018

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

It is official. The new moon has been sighted at 6:47 pm Jerusalem, Israel time. Rosh Hashanah declared! Well… maybe. The following is stated by Brother Mark Harris of http://whenisthenewmoon.com/

“Some of you may be keeping this New Moon as the 7th month based on the barley observation this year, and some may be keeping this as the 6th month based on the first New Moon sighted after the Spring began. May you all continue to be blessed as you walk in Obedience to the Creator, and search out the Truth in these matters!”

Time, time, time… sigh… of that day or hour no one knows…

The photo credit is courtesy of: Kenny Russell

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The website is:  http://whenisthenewmoon.com/

Click on the link below for a brief explanation of keeping time on God’s calendar.

 

These people are located northeast of Jerusalem, Israel and they follow the ancient practice of Rosh Chodesh. Rosh Chodesh means “head of the month”. There are people who are trained witnesses to identify the new moon. When the moon goes dark, witnesses are looking for the tiny sliver to emerge. It is a tiny crescent that is noted briefly at sunset on the western horizon.

God operates on a lunar calendar. Jews have utilized the following procedure every month for thousands of years. At the end of a lunar cycle, the moon is dark and is not seen for 2-3 days. The new moon can be identified during this 2-3 day period …of that day or hour no one knows…

The month begins at the sighting of the new moon. Two witnesses have to confirm the sighting. Upon agreement, the two witnesses report to the high priest. When the new moon is confirmed, the trumpet (shofar/ram’s horn) is blown. Humanity’s time keeping system is different than God’s. It is easy to see how the concepts of time are different and not on the same page. God marks time from month to month on a lunar calendar. The issue is not a mathematical calculation. It is a legal matter of truthful verification as far as God is concerned.

Deuteronomy 19:15 A single witness shall not rise up against a man on account of any iniquity or any sin which he has committed; on the evidence of two or three witnesses a matter shall be confirmed.

Tishri 1 (Hebrew calendar) begins after sunset on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 (Gregorian calendar) and continues until sunset Wednesday, September 12. With the establishment of the new moon and month, the remainder of God’s Fall Appointments can be proclaimed and dated.

Secular Israel celebrates the new month of Tishri and calls it their new year, Rosh Hashanah. Israelis are celebrating the beginning of year 5779. Note, God calls Tishri the seventh month.

Numbers 29:1 ‘Now in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall also have a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work. It will be to you a day for blowing trumpets. See also Leviticus 23:23-25

God’s new year begins in the spring.

Exodus 12:1-2 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you…”

 

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Will Turkey Align with Russia?

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Michael Douville, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Featuring: Michael Douville, Paul Lehr

Ezekiel 38:1-3 The word of the Lord came to me: “Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal, and prophesy against him and say, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech and Tubal.

Ezekiel 38:6 Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-Togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you.

The brothers of Magog (Meshech, Gomer, and Tubal) appear to point to modern day Turkey.

For more evidence pointing to modern day Turkey, see the link below.

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/08/ezekiel-38-who-are-meshech-tubal-gomer-beth-togarmah/

For evidence pointing to modern day Russia, see the link below.

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

Modern day, 21st century Russians refer to themselves as the ancient Scythians or Magogians. See the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/2017/08/23/trend-update-putin-netanyahu-meet-in-sochi-russia-august-2017/

https://michaeldouville.com

No Presidential Decree from Turkey’s de facto ruler will stop the Lira’s decline against the US Dollar.

Nations are no different than Families; each has a credit line. Using credit to enjoy today is always at the expense of tomorrow; maybe at the expense of a lot of tomorrows.

The US Dollar is cycling higher as uncertainty in Financial Markets starts to spread; just Capital looking for Safety! The easy credit and absurdly low interest rates of the last decade have encouraged gorging on Debt across the Villages, Hamlets, Towns, Cities, and Nations of the World. The Joy of Financed Prosperity is ending and the Day of Judgment is coming as the servicing of the Debt now is impeding Prosperity and the Creditors are looking for re-payment. Emerging Markets rely heavily on Debt to finance schools, airports, roads, water sanitation and all of the infrastructure already in place in modern countries. Further, Emerging Markets rely heavily on Foreign Investments for Capital to build retail, restaurants and housing. When local currencies start to decline against the benchmarks such as the US Dollar, these pools of Capital start to leave causing a liquidity problem for local governments and eventually a loss in confidence which can quickly and adversely affect exchange rates. Capital in Argentina, Brazil, India, Greece, Macedonia, Poland and of course Turkey is fleeing to the Safety of the US Dollar and their currency’s purchasing power is declining. Once started, it is very difficult to stop: even Presidential decrees do not work.

                                  JP Morgan Emerging Market Currency Index

Nations are no different than Families; each has a credit line. Using credit to enjoy today is always at the expense of tomorrow; maybe at the expense of a lot of tomorrows. Eventually the credit line is completely spent; maybe an extension or two will postpone the inevitable. However, just as Families, nations can only service so much Debt and then something has to change. Families can declare Bankruptcy or allow a Foreclosure. Nations DEFAULT!!

Before a Nation Defaults, plans must be made for the continuation of the Government and essential services. This is done by securing funding from other sources; sources that previously would not even be considered; desperation changes things! Turkey is running out of Credit! Turkey will not accept constraints imposed by the IMF or creditor Banks and has received an emergency $15 Billion from Qatar.  The Debt must be addressed while the Turkish economy and currency is quickly declining creating a very difficult situation.  Overtures to Russia and China for funding will be a game changer. If the future funding requirements can be obtained, Turkey will be able to default on it’s Debt; geopolitics are also economic realities. Capital is fleeing now, time is short.

Prepare for Turmoil, but also prepare for opportunity! Defaults in Emerging Markets would impact Stocks and Bonds across the Globe.  Reduce or eliminate debt, create personal reserves, stockpile needed medicine, store extra food and water, and keep personal cash handy. The Financial Asset Cycle is ending and Real Assets will rise. Natural Resources, Agriculture, Mining and Minerals, Lumber, Copper, Oil, Aluminum, and most if not all of the basic materials should rise as currencies decline. Things should be accumulate; very conservative Real Estate such as rental houses should do well. It is time to prepare, time to change,  time to prepare for the next opportunity.

 

Currently, American economic sanctions and a strong US dollar are crippling the currencies of Russia, Turkey, and Iran. All of these countries are feeling an economic, monetary squeeze. Ultimately, the reason for the invasion of Israel from the north appears to be economic. Israel is a prosperous country.

Ezekiel 38:13 Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’

Is now this time? It is looking like it more and more with each passing day. But, that remains to be seen. Will Turkey Align with Russia? God’s prophet Ezekiel says emphatically “Yes”!

 

In the Beginning…

Posted in Creation, Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Trend Update with tags on September 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

The following is from Rabbi Mordechai Persoff‏, Educational Director of the Temple Institute. He is one of the top Rabbinical scholars in the world. This is a reflection of Jewish thought as we approach God’s Fall Appointments as noted in the Mosaic Law.

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 

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EVERYTHING We See In The Universe Began Right Here At The Temple Mount In Jerusalem! Based On Our Jewish Understanding Of The Bible, The Creation Account All Started In Israel, On The Temple Mount, Early In The Autumn, On The 25th Day Of The Bible Month Of Ellul, To Be Exact. Yes, The Creation Of The Entire Universe All Started There! In Ancient Times This Holy Place Was Called Mount Moriah.

One Day Soon, The Third Jewish Temple Will Be Rebuilt, Right Here, On The Very Spot Where All The Universe Was Created! And This Glorious House Of God, In Jerusalem, Is Destined To Become A House Of Prayer For All Nations!

The Jewish People Were Taught By G-D That The Very Foundation Stone-Even Shtila – Of The Whole Magnificent Universe Is Located On Mount Moriah, In Jerusalem. So, This Is Where It All Started! Baruch HaShem! Blessed Be G-D’s Holy Name!

Later, At This Same Place, Here In Jerusalem, G-D Also Created Adam And Eve! After That He Placed Them In A Beautiful Garden Of Paradise. Which Is Another Whole Story. BUT, Suffice It To Say, EVERY SINGLE ONE OF US Here On Earth, Every Jew And Every Gentile, All Of Us Came From OUR COMMON ANCESTORS, Which The Bible Calls Adam And Eve. We All Started Our Journey From The Foundation Stone!

Who Is This Wonderful Creator Of Us All? What Is His Name? According To The Bible, His Name Is Simply “HaShem” Or, When Spelled Out In Hebrew, Just 4 Holy Letters, Yod-Hay-Vov-Hay! This Wonderful Name Of The One Creator Of Us ALL, Is Found Throughout The Holy Bible. He Is Also Known As The Mighty G-D Of Israel!

Dear Friends, The ONLY REASON That Any Of Us Are Here Today On This Beautiful Earth Is Because HaShem Willed It, Hashem, Who Created Us All!

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By G-D’s Help, The Plan Is To Have A Celebration Like This Every Year In Jerusalem From Now Until The Wonderful Time When The Glorious Third Jewish Temple Will Be Rebuilt!

Here Is What Israel’s Sanhedrin Decrees Now To All The People On Earth! It Is Time To WAKE UP In The Spiritual Sense. The Bible Prophecies Are All True And They Will All Soon Be All Coming To Pass! Just 70 Years Ago, The Dry Bones Of Ezekiel Chapter 37 Began To Come Alive Again! The Jewish People Miraculously Returned To Israel And Began Building Up Their Ancient Homeland. Israel Today Is Alive And Well, HALLELUJAH! But, The Best Days For The Jewish People And For All Who Will Choose To Love Israel And The Jewish People, Are Still Ahead!

Rosh Hashana, The Jewish New Year, Marks The Beginning Of The Fall Season Here In Israel, In The Holy Land. G-D Taught The Jewish People To Show Reverence And Thanksgiving To HaShem, Our King And Holy Creator, At That Time. This Beautiful Bible Holiday Is Always Celebrated 6 Days After “World Creation Day” On The Biblical Calendar.  The Jewish Sages Taught Us That Rosh Hashana Is Also When HaShem Judges ALL Of His Creation! Not Just The Jewish People, But All Of Us!

https://www.worldcreationconcert.com/a-heavenly-vision-that-will-change-the-world-by-rabbi-mordechai-persoff%E2%80%8F/

 

Red Heifer Update, September 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , on September 4, 2018 by paulthepoke

The following is courtesy of the Temple Institute. Click on the video below for red heifer coverage.

On the 17th day of Elul, 5778, (August 28, 2018), a red heifer was born in the land of Israel. The red heifer candidate is being raised and specially cared for under the auspices of the Temple Institute’s ‘Raise a Red Heifer’ program. One week after its birth the heifer underwent an extensive examination by rabbinical experts, who determined that the heifer is currently a viable candidate for the Biblical red heifer (para aduma) described in Numbers, chapter 19, and will be examined again in three months time to determine whether it continues to possess the necessary qualifications for the red heifer, a necessary prerequisite for the renewal of the Divine service in the Holy Temple. The rabbinical experts who conducted the examination stress that the heifer, while currently bearing the required qualifications could, at any time in the future, become disqualified through natural causes, and therefore the heifer will be periodically re-examined.

Click on link below for additional analysis.

 

Numbers 19:1-2 Then the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded, saying, ‘Speak to the sons of Israel that they bring you an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect and on which a yoke has never been placed.

The ashes from the sacrifice of the red heifer are necessary for purification prior to the building of the Temple.

Let’s look at the qualifications of the red heifer per the Bible in Numbers 19:1-2.

Interpretation of verses provided by the Temple Institute. This is the criteria used for the identification of the red heifer.

…and take a heifer… Since the verse instructs us to take a heifer, we do not purchase a calf and wait for it to grow older while in our custody; “and take a heifer” means that the act of acquisition has to take place while the animal is a heifer. However, if a red calf is available, a price can be set with its owner, and the transaction can be concluded, but we do not take possession until it reaches the proper age as mandated by the Bible.

A heifer by definition is a female cow.

…an unblemished red heifer in which is no defect… This means that the presence of as few as two hairs of any other color will render it invalid. Even its hooves must be red. It must also be totally free from any physical blemish or defect, whether internal or external. A list of blemishes that would disqualify the animal for sacrifice are noted in Leviticus 22.

…on which a yoke has never been placed. The red heifer must have never been used to perform any physical labor. This would include riding, or even leaning on her. But if a yoke were placed upon her even once, even if she were not used to plow – this would be enough to render the heifer unfit for use.

Three to four years of age is an oral tradition that has been passed down through the generations.

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