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Hanukkah and the Prophet Haggai

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 11, 2017 by paulthepoke

Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that starts in the ninth month of the Hebrew year, the 25th day. The ninth month is Kislev.  The holiday lasts 8 days.

In 2017, the holiday will start at sunset on December 12 and runs through December 20 as followed on a Gregorian calendar.

Hanukkah in the Hebrew means “dedication”. The holiday celebrates the re dedication of the Jewish Temple. The holiday began in roughly the 2nd century before the birth of Jesus Christ. The Maccabean Revolt was led by Judas in 167-160 BC. The revolt kicked Antiochus out of Jerusalem. The Jews recaptured the Temple.

The Jews only had enough oil for one day to relight the menorah. But the oil managed to burn for eight days in the Temple. In memory, Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights.

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm

Hanukkah is not a God appointed feast holiday. It is not part of the Mosaic Law.

 

Jesus celebrated Hanukkah. The Gospel of John indicates his participation.

John 10:22-23 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon.

The event is the Feast of Dedication. And that is exactly what Hanukkah means in the Hebrew language. The city was Jerusalem. The time of the year was winter. The location is the temple, specifically the colonnade of Solomon. Jesus was there walking around the temple.

 

At this time, let’s introduce the prophet Haggai. The prophet pinpoints a specific time in history. Haggai 1:1 In the second year of Darius the king… The second year of the reign of Darius is 520 BC. Darius was the king of Persia. 520 BC is the year of the writings of Haggai. (Nelson Complete Book of Bible Maps & Charts)

 

Haggai’s writings pre date the festival of Hanukkah by roughly 350 years. Haggai’s writing begin on Elul 1. This is the beginning of the season of Teshuvah or repentance. He begins with a call to repent.

Haggai 1:1b …on the first day of the month…

Of interest is the date referenced three times by Haggai, the twenty fourth day of Kislev. This is the day before the beginning of Hanukkah. Is Haggai alluding to the Festival of Lights?

Haggai 2:10 On the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month, in the second year of Darius, the word of the LORD came by Haggai the prophet…

Haggai 2:18 Consider from this day onward, from the twenty-fourth day of the ninth month. Since the day that the foundation of the LORD’s temple was laid, consider:

Haggai 2:20 Then the word of the LORD came a second time to Haggai on the twenty-fourth day of the month, saying…

Israel is declared a sinful unclean nation by the Lord God.

Haggai 2:14 Then Haggai answered and said, “So is it with this people, and with this nation before me, declares the LORD, and so with every work of their hands. And what they offer there is unclean.

Despite their sin, despite Israel’s rejection of God, despite receiving God’s judgment…God keeps His promises and Israel is His possession.

Haggai 2:19b “…But from this day on I will bless you.” -LORD

 

The last time this date, twenty fourth day of the month, is mentioned by Haggai, it comes with a prophetic promise to us in the 21st century.

Haggai 2:21-22 “Speak to Zerubbabel, governor of Judah, saying, I am about to shake the heavens and the earth, and to overthrow the throne of kingdoms. I am about to destroy the strength of the kingdoms of the nations, and overthrow the chariots and their riders. And the horses and their riders shall go down, everyone by the sword of his brother.”

 

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Virgo’s Spica, The Branch…Featuring Phil Kulis

Posted in Christmas, Phil Kulis, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars... with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

philkulis-picThe meaning of the Constellations of the Mazzaroth.

The main star in Virgo the Virgin is Spica, in the Hebrew it’s Tsemech. It means “Branch”.

There are four places in the Old Testament where the word “Branch”, translated from Tsemech (Strong H6780), is identified with the Messiah.

1) As King in Jeremiah 23:5 Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, and he shall reign as king and deal wisely, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

 
2) As Servant in Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your friends who sit before you, for they are men who are a sign: behold, I will bring my servant the Branch.

 
3) As Man in Zechariah 6:12 And say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.

 
4) As God in Isaiah 4:2 In that day the Branch of the LORD will be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth will be the pride and the adornment of the survivors of Israel.

 

Notice these are the same aspects of Christ in the Gospels.
Matthew = Messiah as King
Mark = Messiah as Servant
Luke = Messiah as Man
John = Messiah as God

 

In Revelation the Four Living Creatures also have these same features.

Revelation 4:7 The first living creature was like a lion (king), the second living creature like a calf (servant), the third living creature had a face like a man (man), and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle (God).

The Branch is a descendant of David.

Jeremiah 33:15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David, and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.

Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement: 5778/2017

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Teshuvah/Repent, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 25, 2017 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 16: Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement is celebrated on Tishri 10th. It is the last day of the 40 day period of Teshuvah. The holiday officially will be 10 days after Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets is declared at the sighting of the new moon. The new moon was declared on Thursday, September 21 outside of Jerusalem. In 2017, Yom Kippur is effectively Sunday, October 1 on our Gregorian calendar.

The Day of Atonement is viewed as the holiest day of Judaism. The day is a Sabbath day of rest. Yom Kippur is the only day a fast is required. The appointment begins at sun down.

The start of Teshuvah was announced in 2017 with a solar eclipse that crossed the United States from the northwest to the southeast. If one follows the understanding of the signs and symbols, the eclipse was a warning. Repent.

Teshuvah is the Hebrew word for repent. Change your heart and return to God. Live a Godly life. People are called to turn away from their sin and change course. It is a time of inward reflection and sincere self-assessment.  There are 40 days to make this consideration. The season implies we have turned away from God. And we need to return to God.

Psalm 53:2-3 God looks down from heaven on the children of man to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all fallen away; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

Romans 3:11 There is no one who understands; no one who seeks God.

The ultimate goal is to be face to face in relationship with God at Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. Sins are forgiven.

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

 

Let’s review what has happened on planet earth since the beginning of Teshuvah and the solar eclipse. All of this is in the last month. I apologize in advance. This is not a complete list…I am sure I missed some items.

hurricanes

Photo: NOAA

Hurricanes Harvey: Gulf coast of Texas and Lousiana.

Hurricane Irma: Caribbean islands, Florida, and the southeast United States.

Hurricane Maria: Puerto Rico.

Typhoon Talim: Japan

Typhoon Mawar: China

Typhoon Hakar: Hong Kong and Macau.

Typhoon Daksuri: Vietnam

Monsoon rains in SE Asia: Bangladesh, India, Laos, and Nepal. 41+ million impacted.

Flooding: Africa with mudslides in Sierra Leone.

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Photo: Getty

Earthquakes

Mexico has experienced three earthquakes greater than 6.1 magnitude. (6.1, 7.1, 8.1)

East coast of Japan: 6.3

Vanuatu: 6.4 magnitude

Papau New Guinea: 6.3 magnitude

West Coast Sumatra Indonesia: 6.3 magnitude

North Korea: 6.3 magnitude nuclear explosion

This does not include quake swarms in Yellowstone Park; Long Valley Caldera, CA; and Bali, Indonesia.

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/map/

Volcanoes are on alert in Popocatepetl, Mexico; Bali, Indonesia, Campi Flegrei near Naples, Italy; and Katla, Iceland.

 

western-wildfires-AP

Photo: AP

Wildfires

10 States in the western half of the US with over 8 million acres consumed with over 100 wild fires.

http://www.businessinsider.com/wildfire-season-western-us-2017-9

 

The question begs. Was this, is this a warning? Did the people repent during the 40 day period of Teshuvah? If not, judgment is coming. Do we really want to see judgment if this was a warning???

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Our Daily Bread…Featuring Paul Beverly

Posted in Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Our Daily Bread with tags , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2017 by paulthepoke

Life rarely turns out like we thought it was going to when we were young, but it definitely can end up better if we put our trust in God. With His guidance, all things are possible. He wants what’s good & pleasant for us.

puerto ricoPray for the people of Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. The entire island is without power and facing many months of hardship. Pray for a break in the storms. Pray for communities and the island to come together and help their neighbor.

 mexicoflagPray for the people of Mexico following a devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake and volcano eruption. Loss of life and injuries are reported as significant. Damage to buildings and infrastructure has been crushing. Mexico continues to recover from Hurricane Katia. Pray for a break in the storms and natural disasters. Pray for the Mexican communities in their time of need and hope.

Pray for this broken world…

Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart & lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him & He will make your paths straight.

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus looked at them & said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Have a hopeful, great, & possible weekend my friends!!!

Trend Update: Breath of His Nostrils, Sea Water Recedes, September 2017

Posted in Creation, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 12, 2017 by paulthepoke

2 Samuel 22:14-16 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the Most High uttered his voice. And he sent out arrows and scattered them; lightning, and routed them. Then the channels of the sea were seen; the foundations of the world were laid bare, at the rebuke of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of His nostrils.

This passage is an excerpt from a song or psalm written by David. He had been delivered from his enemies and King Saul. The LORD God had spared David.

At first glance, the verses appear to be over the top and unfathomable. How in the world can the water of the sea be removed and we see the floor of the ocean?

The critic of the Bible has a field day with verses like these. “The Bible is a book of fairy tales. The little stories are just cute fables. This is an example of an uneducated, primitive man trying to make sense of a so called God.”

Prior to Hurricane Irma, the ocean was reported to recede in the Bahamas, Pensacola Bay Florida, and Tampa Bay Florida. This was a result of the strength of Hurricane Irma.

But in other parts of the western hemisphere where hurricanes are not occurring, vast swaths of beaches in Brazil and Uruguay are reporting the same phenomena. The ocean is receding from the shore along hundreds of miles. The recession is so striking, natives are in fear of tidal waves.

…at the blast of the breath of his nostrils…The focus of the passage is on the terms “blast” and “breath”.

“Blast” or neshamah in the Hebrew means breath.

“Breath” or ruach in the Hebrew means breath, wind, or spirit. Ruach is the same word used of the Holy Spirit of God. The word is most frequently translated as “spirit” from the Hebrew.

Simply put, God is breathing through His nose. If this is an example of God breathing, I don’t think I am interested in seeing the results of God blowing His nose or sneezing.

This is not an example of Mother Nature. This is the omnipotent and all powerful creator El Shaddai at work. The meaning of Shaddai in the Hebrew: almighty, most powerful; the Almighty of God. (Strong’s Concordance).

Psalm 135:6-7 Whatever the LORD pleases, He does, In heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deeps. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

 

The last passage in the psalm is a promise to God’s chosen people of Israel. David ruled Israel 1,000 years before Jesus Christ. Today in the 21st century, we are 3,000 years removed from this prophecy. The pledge is not temporary. The promise is eternal.

2 Samuel 22:51 “He is a tower of deliverance to His king, and shows lovingkindness to His anointed, to David and his descendants forever.”

 

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Trend Update: Groans & Birth Pains, September 2017

Posted in Creation, Earthquakes/Volcanoes, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

Luke 21:25 And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves… -Jesus

Isaiah 51:15 I am the LORD your God, who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the LORD of hosts is his name.

Pray for people around the world impacted by natural disasters.

The planet is currently experiencing a rough patch. Some have referenced the creation groaning. Others have called these events birth pains.

Romans 8:22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.

Hurricanes Sept 17 NOAA

The state of Florida is on the verge of taking a direct hit from Hurricane Irma. The storm is one of the largest and one of the most destructive hurricanes in the Atlantic basin in recorded history. At times, winds have been reported up to 215 mph. Islands experiencing the storm have been devastated.

The Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana are recovering from the flooding rains and winds of Hurricane Harvey. Up to 41 million people in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal are suffering from historic flooding in southeast Asia. Flooding and mudslides have occurred in Africa’s Sierra Leone.

mumbai-floods Independent

2 Peter 3:7 But by the same word the heavens and earth that now exist are stored up for fire, being kept until the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

The scope of Peter’s verse is the heavens and earth. Fire plays a significant role in the end times scenario.

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The situation in the western half of the United States is an ignored tragedy. I am not suggesting these wild fires are the judgment of God.

76 forest fires are noted in 9 western states. Approximately 1.4 million acres of land are burning. The smoke can be viewed by satellites from space. Smoke can be observed from space from the west coast to the east coast of the United States.

http://www.ibtimes.com/wildfire-map-2017-76-fires-engulf-oregon-other-western-states-2587478

Know at some point in the future, judgment is coming to the planet in the form of fire.

Luke 21:11 …and there will be great earthquakes…

September 8, 2017: A magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Mexico. Multiple aftershocks of 5.0 have been registered. As of this date, 61 are reported dead. Nearly 2 million homes have lost power. Tsunami warnings were issued. Waves as high as 3 feet were reported. Hurricane Katia in the western Gulf of Mexico will only complicate the matter.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/08/americas/earthquake-hits-off-the-coast-of-southern-mexico/index.html

A swarm of over 200 quakes has been reported on the southwest edge of Yellowstone in Soda Springs, Idaho. Over 2,300 tremors have been reported in the Yellowstone caldera since the beginning of June 2017.

http://www.newsweek.com/yellowstone-supervolcano-earthquake-swarm-largest-recorded-658318

 

Is this the time Jesus referenced? Did He really mean what He said? Jesus also spoke of a better day. Good news is coming.

Luke 21:28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.

The focus is on the word “redemption”. It is the Greek word ἀπολύτρωσις/apolutrósis. Strong’s Concordance defines as: release effected by payment of ransom; redemption, deliverance.

HELPS word studies states the following: literally, “buying back from, re-purchasing (winning back) what was previously forfeited (lost).”

The believer’s glorification is coming. We will be transformed and born again.

1 Corinthians 15:49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven.

 

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Revelation 12 Sign: What Time Is It?

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Revelation 12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.

What time is it on God’s calendar? One thing is clear. Humanity has absolutely butchered the ability to mark time as God intended.

Look at all of the calendars. Gentile calendars are generally based on solar cycles. There is the Julian calendar. The Julian calendar is used by the Stellarium software system that many utilize for the Revelation 12 Sign in the heavens. In western society and here in the United States, our calendar is a Gregorian calendar. In 1582, Pope Gregory noted a difference in time as related to the equinoxes and solstices. This variance was affecting the ability to mark Easter accurately.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregorian_calendar

The Chinese have their calendar. Muslims have their calendar and on and on and on…

 

God says the first month is Nisan 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…”

What do the Jewish people do? The Jewish people have two calendars. There is a civil calendar and a religious calendar. The spring month of Nisan is the beginning of the religious or spiritual year in a Hebrew calendar. The beginning of the civil year is the seventh month of Tishri in the fall. A Hebrew Year always contains 12 Hebrew months in a regular year or 13 Hebrew months in a leap year.

The modern day Sanhedrin recognizes there is an error with the current time keeping system as ordained by God. Prior to the 4th century, the calendar was determined by observation. The calendar has been calculated mathematically since 4th century. Years are numbered from creation. Error occurred when man strayed from observation and started calculating.

“Even though the calendar needs to be adjusted, unity is of the utmost importance. Jews are required to adhere to the calendar accepted by the entire nation. Until a formal Sanhedrin is accepted by the nation, Jews must use the established calendar and observe the holidays on the days mandated by rabbinic authorities,” Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Sanhedrin Spokesman.

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/85817/passover-celebrated-wrong-night-sanhedrins-new-moon-witness-fix/#uSvuvbWiSBrOuYWp.99

 

Do you have confidence in any aspect of humanity to accurately tell time as God intended? As a people, are we sure we are accurate in our understanding of what we are seeing in the sky and how it relates to the timing of events?

Please understand, I hope the Rapture Fall 2017 is right. That would be awesome. Let’s get an eternity of bliss started. There are good men who have spent countless hours of dedication and excellent scholarship on the Revelation 12 Sign. That needs to be recognized.

It also needs to be recognized there are others who have looked into the Revelation 12 Sign. And some of us respectfully question and/or disagree with the timing of the rapture in regards to the date presented (September 23, 2017).

Questioning and/or disagreement does not make us heretics because we differ. I am a sinner. I am a flawed man. The space between my ears is a dangerous place. Jesus Christ died for all of my sins. He was buried. And Jesus rose from the dead on the third day according to the Scriptures. I/we are all members of the bride and body of Christ in His good news. This is what is important.

I personally believe the resurrection/rapture event will take place on the Feast of Trumpets or Yom Teruah. To me, the issue is the year. There are some who make excellent arguments for the rapture during the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost. It is called Shavout in the Hebrew. I was once in the Pentecost rapture camp. I was first taught the rapture event is “imminent” and it could happen at any moment. Our salvation is not dependent on us understanding the Revelation 12 Sign.

We should be ready for our gathering to Christ in the clouds regardless of what is in the sky on any given date. Be ready. Stay ready regardless of what does or does not happen on any day!

A pastor I know made a common sense statement on matters such as the Revelation 12 Sign. “Good men can respectfully disagree.”

Dig in on your own with the Holy Spirit. Encouragement to study the Scriptures is highly recommended.

Acts 17:11 Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

 

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