All the Way Up! Rodna Epley

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Rodna Epley with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2020 by paulthepoke

John 16:28 I came forth from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to the Father.

Jesus went to be with the Father where He is today at the Father’s right hand—as the Father’s right hand. He is the King of glory siting on the throne of glory in the Kingdom of Glory—the Kingdom of Heaven. Everything that Jesus did along the way to His destination, the Father, was all a part of the Father’s plan to restore us to Himself by placing us in Christ.

Jesus is the way to the Father (John 14:6). He came down from the Father and went back up to the Father. He finished the work the Father gave Him to do (John 17:4). He lived a perfect, sinless, obedient life as a Man born under the Old Covenant (John 8:46). He restored the glory of the Old Covenant and released the glory of the New Covenant which is greater. He proved the Father sent Him and was working through Him by the words He spoke and the works He did.

As the Lamb of God, He took all of our sins and sicknesses upon His own body as He was crucified until death on the cross. He was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father. He ascended to heaven as our High Priest presenting Himself to the Father as the Wave Sheaf offering. He preached the kingdom of heaven on earth for forty days afterward. And then He ascended in His glorified body to the Father to sit at the Father’s right hand where He is now. Those of us who put our faith in Jesus are there now too with Him where He is. Not if or when we die, but now.

From the position of the Father is where Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the Father upon us and gave the same glory He had with the Father since the foundation of the world to make us One with the Father as He is One with the Father (John 17:5, 22-23). When we know that we are seated in Christ and Christ is with the Father, we can operate in “greater works” which come from the Father. We do the works that we see Jesus do and greater works because He is with the Father (John 14:12).

Our minds are being transformed into the image of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are promoted from one level of glory to another level of glory as we overcome one suffering to another turning all darkness that we face into light as we are taught and led by the Holy Spirit in each experience (Romans 8:18). So, learning to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and to “separate the precious from the vile” is extremely important (Jeremiah 15:19, 2 Timothy 2:15).

Armenia and Azerbaijan in Conflict, Yom Kippur 5781

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

Developing and Breaking Story…

Nagorno-Karabakh Region, September 27, 2020: Military conflict has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the weekend. The situation appears to be escalating quickly. Both countries have declared martial law. Both sides are leaking information about war declarations.

Armenia has called for troop mobilization. Armenia is claiming they are responding to the Azerbaijan initiation.

photo: Wikipedia

Civilian and military casualties are being reported on both sides. Military equipment, munitions, and air force equipment are being destroyed on both sides.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/armenia-declares-martial-law-and-mass-mobilization-after-clashes-with-azerbaijan/

https://www.rt.com/russia/501859-azerbaijan-armenia-martial-law/

The following is from the Facebook page of Nikol Pashinyan, Prime Minister of Armenia. https://www.facebook.com/nikol.pashinyan/

“Dear compatriots: Now by the decision of the government, a military situation and a general military gathering is announced in the Republic of Armenia. The decision will take effect from the moment of publication. I urge the staff attached to the troops to present their territorial military commissions. For the sake of the homeland, for the sake of victory.”

Reports indicate Azerbaijan is shutting down social media. Tweets are showing truck loads of Syrian and Muslim mercenaries headed to the region. On Twitter, the Foreign Minister of Azerbaijan is making phone calls with Turkey, Russia, and the European Union. There are lots of pictures with people in meeting. Content is not being released.

There are religious implications. Azerbaijan is viewed as a secular country by the Muslim world. Nearly a quarter of the population identifies itself as Muslim. Of that group, Azerbaijan is mostly a Shia Muslim country.

Armenia is a predominantly Christian nation. As of 2011, 97% of the country identified as Christian and members of the Armenian Apostolic Church (Wikipedia).

The conflict has nations quickly aligning with one of the two nations.

Countries supporting Azerbaijan include: Turkey, Pakistan

Countries supporting Armenia include: Russia, India

Global economic considerations include pipelines of oil and natural gas that flow through the region. Turkey’s Lira and the Russian Ruble are in free fall and being devalued to historical levels relative to the US dollar. Cost of basic goods are exploding across the region due to inflation. Both countries are feeling the pain of United States economic sanctions.

World leaders are calling for peace and an end to hostilities…

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.

This marks the third regional conflict where Turkey and Russia are at odds; Syria, Libya, and now Nagorno-Karabakh.

It would appear Russia and Turkey will need to get on the same page politically. And maybe not…

The verses above from Ezekiel 38 read as follows. Gog, a political leader of Magog (modern day Russia) is the leader of Meshech, Tubal, Gomer, and Beth Togarmah (essentially modern day Turkey and the area above in dispute).

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

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

It would appear somebody is going to coalesce power before the invasion of Israel takes place. This group of people will be under the leadership of Gog.

IF (and I caution with a BIG IF) this is a pivotal event that brings this about, it seems reasonable Russia is about to assert its authority whether it be military or political might.

Recent history teaches not to be dogmatic in certainty about prophecy being fulfilled. There have been and will be many twists and turns. Be watchful. Be alert. Scripture tells us how it ends but does not always tell us how we get there…

Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement: 5781/2020 Days of Awe and the Book of Life

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Fall Feasts, Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 26, 2020 by paulthepoke

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is celebrated on Tishri 10th. It is the last day of the 40 day period of Teshuvah.

In 2020, it is Sunday, September 27 at sunset on our Gregorian calendar. The holiday is 10 days after the civil new year (Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets) is declared at the sighting of the new moon. The new moon was declared on Friday, September 18 outside of Jerusalem by at least two witnesses.

The ten day period of time from Yom Teruah/Rosh Hashanah/Feast of Trumpets to Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement is known as the Days of Awe. The ten day period is also called Yamim Noraim in the Hebrew or the Days of Repentance. This is to be a time of intense reflection of the sins committed during the previous year. The result should be Teshuvah or repentance.

Tradition, not the Bible, says during the Days of Awe, God is keeping His books. God is determining who lives, who dies, who will have a good life or a bad life during the upcoming year. But on Yom Kippur, the decision is made and the books are sealed.

https://www.jewfaq.org/holiday3.htm

Revelation 3:5-6 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The statement is conditional. One must conquer or overcome through Jesus Christ. The result…

…and I will never blot…Jesus is making a promise. As a believer in Him, your good name and character are safe.

This the Greek word ἐξαλείφω/exaleiphó. Defined by Strong’s Concordance, it means: I plaster, wash over; I wipe off, wipe out, or obliterate.

Believers will not be erased, obliterated, or wiped out.

The verb ἐξαλείφω/exaleiphó is used a total of five times in the New Testament. It is utilized in the context of the removal of tears, sin, and debt. See the examples below.

Revelation 21:4a and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; 

Acts 3:19a Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away

Colossians 2:14 having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

Jesus totally paid for sin once and for all. He is not about to let us be erased from life. He overcame death. And in Him, believers have eternal life.

Erased from what? …the book of life.

The “book of life” is mentioned in five times in Revelation. Scripture tells us the “book of life” has its origins from the beginning of time at creation. The owner of the “book of life” is Christ Himself, the Lamb.

Revelation 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.

See also Revelation 21:27 and Revelation 17:8 for origin and ownership of the “book of life”.

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It would appear, we all start with our name in the “book of life”. Moses and the Lord are having a discussion. Sin will remove our name from the “book of life”. And this makes sense considering the wage of sin is death.

Exodus 32:32-33 “But now, if You will, forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.”

The span of our life is noted to the day in the “book of life”.

Psalm 139:16 Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Your book were all written the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.

Every single detail of our life is documented down to the number of tears in the “book of life”.

Psalm 56:8 You have taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book?

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Revelation 3:6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

Please listen. This marks the fifth time Jesus has requested to all members of the church to listen. He is not pleading with the Sardis church only. This is an individual appeal. If you have an ear(s), Christ is talking to you.

You want to be found in the “book of life”. There is a consequence if your sins are not squared away with the Father.

Revelation 20:15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

Red Heifer Update: Colombia, September 2020/Tishri 5781

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on September 24, 2020 by paulthepoke

Colombia, September 2020: So an ultra Orthodox Jewish student is living in Colombia… This young man was out minding his own business and spotted a red heifer candidate. He took a picture of the heifer and sent it to the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. Upon further review, the Temple Institute authorized purchase of said red heifer. Apparently, a significant portion of pesos was paid.

https://www.israel365news.com/158710/a-red-heifer-was-accidentally-discovered-in-colombia-watch

According to Jewish tradition, historically there have been 9 perfect red heifers. The 10th perfect red heifer is to coincide with the advent of the Messiah and the third Temple. These folks are committed and serious. Watch some of the video productions at http://www.templeinstitute.org

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=red+heifer

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

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.

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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The innocent, shed blood of Jesus Christ on the cross is the fulfillment of forgiveness and the release from sin.

Hebrews 9:22 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

As the red heifer was and will be again sacrificed outside the city limits of Jerusalem, so was Jesus Christ. As the sacrifice of the red heifer is for the purification and consecration of the people of Israel, so was and is Jesus Christ.

Hebrews 13:12 Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.

Christ’s sacrifice is not only for the people of Israel, but for all the people of the world. He is the sacrifice for all sin for all time.

1 John 1:7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Failed Attempt to Blow Shofar on Temple Mount, Rosh Hashanah 5781

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2020 by paulthepoke

Joel 2:1 Blow a trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on my holy mountain! Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming; it is near…

The prophet Joel commands to blow the shofar on the Temple Mount. A young Jewish man took the call seriously. There was an attempt to blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah/Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets.

The following is from Yehudah Glick’s Shalom Jerusalem Foundation.

On Shabbat, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Teruah, the Israeli authorities violently arrested a young man for trying to blow the Shofar on the Temple Mount. Please partner with us to change facts on the mount. Join the Global campaign. http://www.shalomjerusalem.org

http://www.shalomjerusalem.org/shofar/

#Let_the_Shofar_Blow_on_Zion

September 24, 2020/5781: Yehudah Glick was ticketed and fined at the Golden Gate at the foot of the Temple Mount. He was accused of praying. Below are Glick’s comments and video of his demonstration.

Last minute before complete lockdown in Jerusalem, Two days before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Rabbi Yehudah Glick takes advantage of permit and demonstrates. (He is) demanding to be allowed to blow shofar on Temple Mount. Police Fines Rabbi Yehudah Glick at Golden Gate for Demonstrating and Blowing Shofar claiming it is a false demonstration as he was actually praying! (minute 7). This situation is really crazy and must stop! We Will continue calling loud and clear.

Click on the video below for Glick’s demonstration. He gives examples of multiple shofars and their purpose and sound. See the video of Glick being fined for “prayer” as seen by local law officials.

http://www.shalomjerusalem.org/shofar/

A shofar blast from the Temple Mount is a call of warning and trembling. The Day of the Lord is coming!!! When this event actually happens, we should know the Day of the Lord… it is near…

Joel 2:2 …a day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and thick darkness! Like blackness there is spread upon the mountains a great and powerful people; their like has never been before, nor will be again after them through the years of all generations.

Jesus Arrested in Siberia

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Fake News???, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2020 by paulthepoke

Matthew 24:23 Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There he is!’ do not believe it.

Wikipedia

Siberia, September 23, 2020: Sergei Torop or “Vissarion the Teacher” or “Jesus of Siberia” has been arrested. Vissarion is the leader of the Church of the Last Testament and the reincarnate Christ. He was charged with psychological abuse.

Torop was previously a police officer in the old Soviet Union. He lost his job when the Soviet Union went out of business.

1 John 4:3 and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already.

“I am not God. And it is a mistake to see Jesus as God. But I am the living word of God the father. Everything that God wants to say, he says through me.” -Vissarion, The Guardian, 2002.

Strict veganism was enforced on the compound so no miracles of fish. Living conditions were poor with limited medical care and suicides.

The Russian government for their part was taking no chances. Special forces, just in case, were sent in to arrest “Jesus of Siberia”. Hooded, armed troops and military helicopters were utilized to secure Vissarion and two of his followers.

https://www.jpost.com/omg/helicopters-armed-police-swoop-in-to-arrest-russian-jesus-cult-leader-643201

https://www.timesofisrael.com/russian-special-forces-arrest-siberian-jesus-reincarnate-cult-leader

https://mundo.sputniknews.com/sociedad/202009231092875209-jesus-de-siberia-quien-es-vissarion-el-mesias-ruso-que-creo-la-secta-del-ultimo-testamento/

Granted, there have not been any miracles attributed to this fellow in Siberia. But don’t kid yourself. One is coming who will be most impressive and deceptive.

Matthew 24:24 For false christs and false prophets will arise and perform great signs and wonders, so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect.

Israel Joins the East Mediterranean Gas Forum, September 2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Saudi Arabia/Sheba/Dedan, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2020 by paulthepoke

September 22, 2020: Today, Israel has become a member of the East Mediterranean Gas Forum (EMGF). The virtual conference was hosted in Cairo, Egypt. Current members include Egypt, Jordan, Greece, Cyprus, Italy and the Palestinian Authority. The goal of the group is to supply Europe with 10% of its natural gas needs.

Of note, France wants to be a member of the forum. The European Union and the United States are “observers”.

“…contribute to advancing regional stability and prosperity, creating an environment of trust, prosperity, stability and neighborly relations through regional energy cooperation…” -EMGF

https://www.timesofisrael.com/israel-joins-new-regional-forum-in-hope-of-selling-gas-to-europe

The EastMed Pipeline is estimated to cost $8 billion and will deliver up to 12 billion cubic meters of gas annually to Europe. The EastMed will be the deepest under sea pipeline. The line is estimated to be 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometers) long.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/03/19/israel-greece-and-cyprus-participate-in-gas-summit-march-2019/

Israel discovered natural gas off their coast in the Mediterranean in October 2015. There is enough gas for Israel to be energy independent and a significant exporter to western Europe. These gas fields are set to be ready for production in 2021.

https://paulthepoke.com/2015/10/14/trend-update-russia-magogisrael-ezekiel-38-39-october-14-2015/

Ezekiel 38:12 …to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth.

Currently, Russia is the largest exporter of natural gas to Europe.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians, along with the Turks and Iranians are planning to invade. Their motivation is economic. They want to steal natural resources from Israel.

Turkey has not been included the East Mediterranean Gas Forum. Of course the Turks will join forces with the Russians. These are the countries who stand to lose out economically because of the EMGF.

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?’

Historically, per Strong’s Concordance and NET Bible, Raamah settled in the southwest of the Arabian Peninsula. Sheba settled in the southern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan settled in the northern Arabian Peninsula. Dedan was an ancient capital of Saudi Arabia. It is modern day Al Ula in northwest Saudi Arabia. These areas make up what is modern day Saudi Arabia.

In light of recent Middle East peace developments and Biblical prophecy, don’t be surprised if Saudi Arabia has an agreement for normalized relations with Israel.

Today, Israel wishes Saudi Arabia congratulations on their 90th national year as a country. Israel expresses a future “with goodness and blessing in light of security, safety and prosperity, with our wishes for an atmosphere of peace, cooperation and good neighborliness.”

According to Ezekiel’s prophecy, it would appear modern day Saudi Arabia along with at least Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Jordan will protest the potential Russian invasion. Prophecy seems to indicate there will be more countries in this coalition with Israel.

Control… Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Our Daily Bread with tags , , on September 21, 2020 by paulthepoke

Control is an ugly weapon. A person will use it to make you believe that nobody will love you & care about you like they do. Then they will use it to break you down to make you believe you can’t exist without them. They need you to depend on them. Truth is, they are weak & do not know how to love. Do not allow anyone to control you. Stop thinking you can change them, you can’t. Know your worth…

Have a worthy week my friends!!!

Titus 3:10-11 As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.

Romans 16:17 Now I urge you, brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them.

Temple Mount Shofar Blowing Denied on Rosh Hashanah, 5781

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Trend Update with tags , , , , on September 20, 2020 by paulthepoke

Temple Mount, Rosh Hashanah 5781/2020: For this year, the shofar was not allowed to be blown on the Temple Mount.

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.

The Sanhedrin and the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation had requested to blow the shofar on the Temple Mount to bring in the secular Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah. In Judaism, it is called Yom Teruah which means the “Day of Blowing”. The appointment is called the Feast of Trumpets by Christians.

Although, they were not allowed to blow a shofar on the Temple Mount… it did not stop them from playing recordings of a shofar from their cell phones on the Temple Mount.

Click on the video from Yehuda Glick as he provides commentary before he blows the shofar from the Mount of Olives across the valley from the Temple Mount. Listen closely, it was a bit windy on the Mount of Olives.

For those of you who are not familiar with Yehuda Glick, he has led a most interesting life.

Yehuda Glick was a member of the Israeli Knesset from 2016-2019. After serving his term, Glick founded the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation. A stated goal of the foundation is to “pave the road for the rebuilding of the Third Temple”. Check out the link to the Shalom Jerusalem Foundation.

In 2014, Yehuda Glick took multiple gun shots from an intended assassin and survived. He is the same rabbi who was the head of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. He believes Jews should be able to pray on the Temple Mount. Previously, Glick has stated a vision of three faiths (Islam, Christianity and Judaism) sharing the Temple Mount.

https://www.shalomjerusalem.org/

Atlantic Basin to Greek Letters

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

Luke 21:25 There will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves…

And we have run out of named storms for the 2020 hurricane season.

Click on the YouTube video link below for a review of current happenings in the tropics around the world including the Mediterranean Sea.

NOAA
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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