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Massive Explosion Outside of Tehran, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags on June 25, 2020 by paulthepoke

Developing story…

June 25, 2020: The United States increased sanctions on the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Later in the day…

The explosion is reported to have taken place near a military base, a nuclear research facility, and an electrical plant. The event is reported east of the city of Tehran. Power outages are reported anecdotally on social media. Speculation is rampant to determine the cause of the event.

There is speculation that Israel is retaliating to an Iranian cyber attack on an Israeli desalinization plant that occurred a few months ago.

Iranian state run media is reporting the event is related to an explosion at a gas facility. The government claims there are no injuries and the situation is under control.

The prophets in Jeremiah 49 and Ezekiel 38-39 state Iran is a major player in the end times scenario…

Jeremiah 49:34-39 That which came as the word of the LORD to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, saying: “Thus says the LORD of hosts, ‘Behold, I am going to break the bow of Elam, the finest of their might. ‘I will bring upon Elam the four winds from the four ends of heaven, and will scatter them to all these winds; and there will be no nation to which the outcasts of Elam will not go. ‘So I will shatter Elam before their enemies and before those who seek their lives; and I will bring calamity upon them, even My fierce anger,’ declares the LORD, ‘And I will send out the sword after them until I have consumed them. ‘Then I will set My throne in Elam and destroy out of it king and princes,’ declares the LORD. ‘But it will come about in the last days that I will restore the fortunes of Elam,’” declares the LORD.

Quakes in Various Places, Oaxaca, Mexico, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on June 23, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

USGS: Oaxaca, Mexico

June 23, 2020: A 7.5 magnitude earthquake has struck Oaxaca, Mexico. Oaxaca is a state in southern Mexico. The quake occurred near the southern shore of the country.

Currently, at least 5 people are reported dead.

Tsunami warnings were issued for the coast of Mexico and southward towards Central America. Anecdotal reports of 10 foot waves were indicated.

All the while, the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. To date, 9.3 million cases are reported world wide. At least 480,000 have died from the corona virus globally.

Spain Going Cashless, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , on June 18, 2020 by paulthepoke

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead, and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.

June 2020: Spain’s Ministry of Finance is looking to eliminate cash payments. Initially, the max cash payment is going from €2,500 to €1,000. The Spaniards indicated this reduction is to guard against fraud. Ultimately, the goal is cashless.

In light of COVID 19, going cashless is also a health consideration. Disease can be passed by bills and coins. This move is all about your convenience, health, and safety.

Spain’s socialist party is the driving force behind the decision.

https://www.euroweeklynews.com/2020/06/13/spains-government-plans-to-cut-cash-payments-gradually-eliminate-cash-to-move-towards-cashless-society/

Ultimately, this is where global economics are going. The end game is a one world currency.

The context of the mark emerges with the total domination and rule of the antichrist. This takes place during the last 3½ years of the seven year tribulation.

The word for “mark” in the original Greek is charagma. Per Strong’s Concordance, it means: a stamp, an imprinted mark; the mark branded upon horses; thing carved, sculpture, graven work; or of idolatrous images.

And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves… Everyone who is alive at this time will be faced with this decision.

no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark…This decision will affect one’s ability to engage in commerce (groceries, gas, water, clothes, etc.). Take the mark, short term gain, eternal loss in the lake of fire.

These verses are an appeal to your intellect. Taking the mark is not an emotional response that is made because one has a flutter in their stomach. It is not a gut hunch. Take control and hold mental faculty. Pay attention closely. Carefully think and discern. Have sober purpose. This is a massive decision. It will be the biggest vote of your life. Your eternal destination rides on this choice.

China and India Clash in Kashmir, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on June 16, 2020 by paulthepoke

Revelation 16:12 The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up, to prepare the way for the kings from the east.

Granted, the context of the kings from the east is the bowl judgments. This is the latter third of the Tribulation in the book of Revelation. The events taking place on the Chinese/Indian border are not the fulfillment of prophecy. Seals have yet to be broken.

June 16, 2020: China and India are literally fighting deadly combat hand to hand. The incident is taking place in the Himalayas in the Galwan Valley. Reports indicate guns have not been fired and soldiers are engaging with rocks and batons. India claims to have lost 20 soldiers. China states they have 43 injured and/or dead.

These are the two largest militaries in the world. According to Google, India has a population of 1.353 billion people. China has a population of 1.393 billion people. These two countries account for almost 40% of the Earth’s population.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8425875/Three-Indian-soldiers-killed-fighting-Chinese-forces-disputed-Himalayan-border.html

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Isaiah 49:12 Look, they come from far away! Look, some come from the north and west, and others from the land of Sinim!

Genesis 10:16-18 the Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. Eventually the families of the Canaanites were scattered.

The following is from the Genesis Record, Henry Morris.

The Biblical mention of a people in the Far East named “Sinim” (Isaiah 49:12), together with references in ancient secular histories to people in the Far East called “Sinae,” at least suggests the possibility that some of Sin’s descendants migrated eastward, while others went south into the land of Canaan. It is significant that the Chinese people have always been identified by the prefix “Sino-” (e.g., Sino-Japanese War; Sinology, the study of Chinese history). The name “Sin” is frequently encountered in Chinese names in the form “Siang” or its equivalent.

The evidence is tenuous but, of all the names in the Table of Nations, it does seem that two sons of Canaan, Heth (Hittites = Khittae = Cathay) and Sin (Sinites = Sinim = China), are the most likely to have become ancestors of the Oriental peoples. Since it seems reasonable that divine inspiration would include in such a table information concerning the ancestry of all the major streams of human development, it is reasonable to conclude that the Mongoloid peoples (and therefore also the American Indians) have come mostly from the Hamitic line.

D 10 Alliance Proposed, June 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , on June 2, 2020 by paulthepoke

The United Kingdom is proposing a new economic alliance to combat China’s 5G Technology. The 10 nations would include the United Kingdom, United States, Italy, Germany, France, Japan, Canada, Australia, South Korea, and India. This would effectively be the G7 plus three new countries.

China is home to the telecom company Huawei, the major player on the global market. The proposed alliance would create competition against China for telecommunications equipment.

The United States has recently placed sanctions on Huawei. American chips can no longer be sold to Huawei as a result. The concern of the United States is having China spying on global allies with American made equipment.

For more details of the alliance, see the link below.

https://www.opindia.com/2020/05/d10-britain-alliance-india-south-korea-australia-g7-china-monopoly-5g-huawei/

To be clear, I am not suggesting this is the 10 nation kingdom of the end times. This is a proposal, nothing more, nothing less. Even if this 10 nation group becomes as proposed, this does not mean Scripture has been fulfilled. The actual 10 nation kingdom may be yet future. But, this alliance is worth watching for prophetic reasons.

Below is what the Bible has to say about the 10 nation kingdom. Notice, this alliance does not reach the height of its power until Revelation 13. It is announced between the trumpet and bowl judgments. This is 2/3 of the way through the series of judgments.

Revelation 13:1 And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, with ten horns and seven heads, with ten diadems on its horns and blasphemous names on its heads.

Revelation 17:12 And the ten horns that you saw are ten kings who have not yet received royal power, but they are to receive authority as kings for one hour, together with the beast.

Daniel 7:19-20 Then I desired to know the truth about the fourth beast, which was different from all the rest, exceedingly terrifying, with its teeth of iron and claws of bronze, and which devoured and broke in pieces and stamped what was left with its feet, and about the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn that came up and before which three of them fell, the horn that had eyes and a mouth that spoke great things, and that seemed greater than its companions.

Daniel 2:40-43 And there shall be a fourth kingdom, strong as iron, because iron breaks to pieces and shatters all things. And like iron that crushes, it shall break and crush all these. And as you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter’s clay and partly of iron, it shall be a divided kingdom, but some of the firmness of iron shall be in it, just as you saw iron mixed with the soft clay. And as the toes of the feet were partly iron and partly clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly brittle. As you saw the iron mixed with soft clay, so they will mix with one another in marriage, but they will not hold together, just as iron does not mix with clay.

Shavuot Offering Reenactment, 5780/2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Pentecost/Shavuot/Feast of Weeks, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on May 28, 2020 by paulthepoke

The following is courtesy of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem, Israel.

This year’s First Fruits & Twin Loaves reenactment took place in Itamra, in the Shomron. It was led by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of the Temple Institute and Professor Hillel Weiss, and performed by the kohanim of the Nezer HaKodesh School for Kohanim.

Thanks to Professor Hillel Weiss for providing this footage.

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Click on the link below to watch the reenactment.

Russia Sends Air Support to Libya, May 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on May 27, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

These are Noah’s grandchildren. The sons of Ham by and large settled in Africa. Historical Put is a country that will join Russia, Turkey, Iran and others in their future invasion of Israel per the prophet Ezekiel.

Military ties continue to strengthen in the 21st century as promised by the prophet Ezekiel roughly 2,600 years ago.

Put or Phut means “a bow”; a nation and people of northern Africa; probably Libyans. Consensus among researchers and scholars is noted that Put is modern day Libya. –Strong’s Concordance.

https://libya.liveuamap.com/

May 2020: Russia is moving fighter jets into Libya. It is believed Russia is looking to support General Haftar and the Libyan National Army (LNA). Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) has the support of the United Nations. Turkey has moved troops into the arena to support the GNA. The situation is showing signs of mirroring Syria.

Libya is Africa’s largest source of oil and natural gas. Libya is also the launch point of immigration into Europe from Africa. Human trafficking is estimated to be a 6 to 7 billion dollar per year business.

The following is a press release from U.S. Africa Command.

US AFRICOM: Russia deploys military fighter aircraft to Libya –

“Russia is clearly trying to tip the scales in its favor in Libya. Just like I saw them doing in Syria, they are expanding their military footprint in Africa using government-supported mercenary groups like Wagner. For too long, Russia has denied the full extent of its involvement in the ongoing Libyan conflict. Well, there is no denying it now. We watched as Russia flew fourth generation jet fighters to Libya, every step of the way. Neither the LNA nor private military companies can arm, operate and sustain these fighters without state support, support they are getting from Russia.” – General Stephen Townsend, U.S. Army

“If Russia seizes basing on Libya’s coast, the next logical step is they deploy permanent long-range anti-access area denial (A2AD) capabilities. If that day comes, it will create very real security concerns on Europe’s southern flank.” -U.S. Air Force General. Jeff Harrigian, Commander, U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa.

https://www.africom.mil/media-room/pressrelease/32789/russia-deploys-military-fighter-aircraft-to-libya

Historic Tombs of Bible Figures Desecrated

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2020 by paulthepoke

Today, Hamadan is believed to have approximately 554,000 people per 2016 census numbers. Hamadan is home to the tombs of Esther and Mordechai.

May 16, 2020: The tombs of Esther and Mordechai have been set on fire. Allegedly, there was not significant damage.

“Since February, members of the Iranian Basij militia have once again threatened to raze the tomb of historic Jewish heroes Mordechai and Queen Esther. It appears that these domestic terrorists attempted to carry out this outrageous act of desecration with this premeditated attack,” Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/tomb-of-mordechai-and-esther-in-iran-reportedly-set-ablaze

The Basij is a volunteer militia of the Iranian government. The Basij was set up by the Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979. The stated purpose of the Basij is as follows: “create the necessary capabilities in all individuals believing in the Constitution and the goals of the Islamic Republic to defend the country, the regime of the Islamic Republic, and aid people in cases of disasters and unexpected events.”

The role of the Basij is to handle “resistance areas” within Iran…

Here is a quote that likely best describes the role of the Basij in Iran. This is a group of enforcers.

“But because they receive less training than other Iranian security forces, their tactics are often the toughest against dissidents—and in turn generate more public anger that could weaken rather than strengthen the regime long-term.”

If interested (highly recommended) in more detail of the Iranian Basij, click on the link below.

https://iranprimer.usip.org/resource/basij-resistance-force

Kifl, Iraq: An ancient synagogue at the tomb of Ezekiel has been replaced by a Shiite Mosque. Ezekiel is a prophet listed in the Quran as well as the Bible. He is called Thel Kifl in the Quran. Hence, the town in Iraq is named after Ezekiel. Iraqis call him Hidkel.

Kifl is located about an hour and 45 minutes south of Baghdad on the Euphrates River.

It is thought Ezekiel died in 569 BC.

Now it is Muslims making the trip to Ezekiel’s tomb instead of Jews and Christians.

https://www.haaretz.com/archaeology/.premium-jewish-shrine-of-prophet-ezekiel-s-tomb-open-to-visitors-in-shi-ite-iraq-1.8508401

Esther, Mordechai, and Ezekiel were real people. They lived and died and they were buried. Esther and Mordechai were buried in what is modern day Hamadan, Iran. Ezekiel was buried in the middle of Iraq and has a town named after him. The book of Esther and Ezekiel are not fables or a fairy tales. Shiite Islam is trying to erase their memory from history.

COVID-19, Slaves to Death

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2020 by paulthepoke

Hebrews 2:14-16 Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death He might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil, and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham.

This is a sober reality. Currently, Satan has the power of death. And Satan utilizes fear of death over us to the point of slavery.

So the other day… a great friend of mine and I were discussing the reality of the coronavirus, COVID-19. We all have different perspectives on how this has impacted us. We all have our points of view. His point was the spiritual impact. Humanity’s response to COVID-19 speaks to the current global spiritual condition of man.

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Look at the response across Earth. It does not matter where people are located. We have all seen the pictures. The streets of major metropolitans around the globe are empty. Every one is shut in their place. From the point of origin in Wuhan China, to Italy, to Spain, to Australia, to New York City, to Los Angeles, to Brazil, to Moscow, to where ever…

COVID-19 is a simple reality. People are scared of death.

photo: Atlantic

Millions of people in China are quarantined under a totalitarian government. Nations around the planet have closed their borders. We are much more sophisticated here in America. We are free. We are not quarantined. We are to “Stay at Home”.

Politicians tell us we are to “shelter in place” to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are told we do not want millions of people to die. Wear a mask for the safety of others. Practice social distancing. Mind you, this is solid practical advice to stop the spread of the disease. But, the populous has been paralyzed with fear.

I find it interesting we are very consumed with life when it impacts us personally with a killer virus. But in other cases, we could care less when it comes to the issue of other’s lives with abortion or euthanasia.

Look at humanity’s response to this virus. We are all slaves to death. We have holed up in our places in the fetal position. Collectively, our response indicates we are ultimately slaves to death and Satan.

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Because of Christ’s death on the cross, He has utterly abolished and rendered Satan inoperable. Jesus has power over death. Life reigns supreme through Him and because of Him.

John 8:34-36 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Do not think as a Christian, we are immune to the pressure and fear of death. Do not become over confident.

1 Corinthians 10:12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall.

As Christians, we should have no fear. There is absolutely no need to be scared of death. So what if we die from COVID-19 or whatever. Eventually, we all physically die. Death is inevitable except for a raptured generation. Believers are in Christ and with Christ.

2 Corinthians 5:8 Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.

As followers of Christ, we should not shy away from the pressure of the times. It is the squashing that ultimately defines who we should be in Jesus. In the Greek, the word is θλῖψις/thlipsis. The idea is being squeezed. Our character is revealed in these pressing moments.

Romans 5:3-6 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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Hebrews 2:16 For surely it is not angels that He helps, but He helps the offspring of Abraham.

The offspring of Abraham is human kind. Christ is for humanity. He died for us, human beings.

Russia Invites Iran to Syrian Air Base, May 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , on May 6, 2020 by paulthepoke

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

The prophet Ezekiel says Russia will be joined by several countries with their future invasion of Israel (Ezekiel 38-39). One of those countries will be Persia. The country was known as Persia until the name change in the 20th century. This is modern day Iran…

May 6, 2020: Russia has invited the Iranians to use their air base in Latakia, Syria. The Russian air base is located on the Mediterranean Sea.

On August 15, 2016, Russia acquired its first permanent air base in Syria, the Khmeimim Air Base near Latakia, Syria. The Russians have been building and expanding their military presence in the region since.

For the recent history of Khmeimim Air Base in Latakia, see the link below.

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=latakia

photo: Moscow Times

Here is a quote from the Russian source Avia.pro

“Israel, with varying success, nevertheless destroyed several military facilities of the Iranian military forces on the territory of Syria and damaged the infrastructure of a number of military bases in order to prevent Iranian aircraft with weapons from landing here; however, Russia provided the Iranian military with the opportunity to use its military airfield in the province of Latakia, thereby challenging Netanyahu, who promised to strike at the Iranian military at any time.”

Israel has recently stepped up its defense with attacks on Iranian and Hezbollah targets inside of Syria. Israel appears to be targeting Iranian missile capability.

https://www.jewishpress.com/news/middle-east/syria/russia-grants-iran-access-to-syrian-hmeimim-air-base/2020/05/05/

Russia and friends continue to pour military hardware into the region on the northern border of Israel. It ultimately does not matter.

Ezekiel 39:3-6 Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coast lands, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

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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