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Egypt Will Fear Israel… God’s Will

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 7, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:17 The land of Judah will become a terror to Egypt; everyone to whom it is mentioned will be in dread of it, because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.

Who and where is the land of Judah? Judah is a son of Jacob/Israel from Genesis. The lineage of Judah becomes the Tribe of Judah (Genesis 46, 49).  Jesus is from this tribe and is called the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Revelation 5:5). This tribe is synonymous with the southern kingdom in the day of Isaiah. It is modern day southern Israel, the area which shares a border with Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

From previous verses in Isaiah 19, we know the Nile River is dry during this time. The text does not say if the cause is by drought or if water is being withheld by a dam or whatever. Time will tell. The following is food for thought in the event the waters of Nile are restrained by the dam.

Aswan Dam

Recently as 2009, Israel’s foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has stirred controversy with comments about Arab citizens and Egypt. Liberman once suggested Egypt’s Aswan Dam might be bombed. In 2008, he told Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President at that time, “Go to hell!”

Now if Israel is threatening to bomb the Aswan Dam, this would most certainly cause fear, dread, and terror. The concept of the verse is reeling in terror. This would effectively flood and wipe out Egypt.

…because of the purpose of the LORD of hosts which He is purposing against them.

God is the One imposing fear on Egypt. Granted, God has many options at His disposal in regards to stirring up fear. He has plagues, weather, darkness (Exodus) just to mention a few.  I am not suggesting or claiming to know the mind or purpose of God. It does not say. The scenario is worth noting in today’s geo-political climate. God can absolutely plant an idea or emotion into the mind of a country’s psyche (see Ezekiel 38, 39 with Gog; note Pharaoh and his hardened heart in Exodus).

There is also the construction of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). As of April 2019, the dam is about 2/3 complete. The dam is expected to be finished in 2022. Egypt is expressing concern about their neighbors in Ethiopia up river withholding water. The Egyptians are discussing “dire humanitarian consequences” of the completion of the GERD. Ethiopia expects to block 19.5 trillion gallons (74 billion cubic meters) of Nile River water behind the dam. The Nile River is the definitive source of life for Egypt. This is an insane amount of water not going to Egypt.

http://www.arabnews.com/node/1470516/middle-east

Plausible scenario: Egypt wiped out and flooded by waters withheld by destruction of the Aswan Dam. Nile River goes dry in Egypt by waters withheld by the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam.

See the link below for articles related to the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD).

https://paulthepoke.com/?s=grand+ethiopian

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Isaiah 19:18 In that day five cities in the land of Egypt will be speaking the language of Canaan and swearing allegiance to the LORD of hosts; one will be called the City of Destruction.

There are all kinds of speculation and conjecture as to the symbolism or meaning of the five cities noted in this verse. Some commentators are looking for a hidden meaning. Some are seeking spiritual significance of the number five. Some are allegorizing the number of cities.

I am going to take God at His word and believe that He says what He means. There will be five cities in Egypt where those residents will speak Hebrew. Hearts in Egypt will change. Those people in those five cities will be committed to the God of the Bible.

One of those cities is named. The name of that city is debated with legitimate scholarship, not speculation or allegorical interpretation. The argument lies in which text. Here are the considerations.

The Hebrew text has עִיר הַהֶרֶס (’ir haheres, “City of Destruction”; cf. NASB, NIV).

The Qumran scroll 1QIsaa (Dead Sea Scrolls) and some medieval Hebrew manuscripts read   עִיר הָחֶרֶס (ir hakheres, “City of the Sun,” i.e., Heliopolis). This reading also finds support from Symmachus’ Greek version, the Targum (Aramaic translation of the Bible), and the Vulgate (Latin translation of the Bible).

FYI, Heliopolis is located in northern Egypt on the Nile River where it branches into multiple rivers and streams.

I trust at some point in the future this city name will be clarified and make sense.

Make no mistake. God is in control. Egyptian hearts will turn to the Hebrew God of the Bible.

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Trump Formally Recognizes Israel’s Golan, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2019 by paulthepoke

March 25, 2019: President Trump officially signed an executive order recognizing the Golan Heights as Israeli territory. Click on the link below provided by the President’s Twitter account for complete remarks by President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Trump also defended Israel’s right to defend itself from recent Hamas aggression. The US president indicated Israel has every right to be offensive in nature if necessary in regards to the management of terrorism. This morning, Hamas fired missiles from the Gaza Strip and hit a town north of Tel Aviv. A home was destroyed and seven people were injured.

Times of Israel

Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it clear, Israel will defend itself. Israel has every intent to end terrorism. Israel is currently responding with strikes of its own as of the writing of this post. Multiple air strikes have been reported throughout the Gaza Strip.

President Trump was exonerated and cleared by the Mueller Investigation for collusion with Russia in the 2016 election and obstruction of justice.

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Isaiah 2:13 And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan…

Bashan is the modern day Golan Heights. This would be the area in the far north east corner of modern day Israel. This place is south of modern day Damascus, Syria. Geographical land marks would include a region east of the Jordan River and north of the Arnon River. This territory extended from Gilead in the south to Mount Hermon on the north.

Joshua 21:27 And to the Gershonites, one of the clans of the Levites, were given out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its pasturelands, the city of refuge for the manslayer…

Photo: CIA

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Trump Recognizes Israel’s Golan Heights, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on March 21, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 2:13 And it will be against all the cedars of Lebanon that are lofty and lifted up, against all the oaks of Bashan…

Bashan is the modern day Golan Heights. This would be the area in the far north east corner of modern day Israel. This place is south of modern day Damascus, Syria. Geographical land marks would include a region east of the Jordan River and north of the Arnon River. This territory extended from Gilead in the south to Mount Hermon on the north.

Joshua 21:27 And to the Gershonites, one of the clans of the Levites, were given out of the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan with its pasturelands, the city of refuge for the manslayer…

Photo: CIA

President Trump has recognized the Golan Heights as part of Israel.

In an interview with Fox Business News, President Trump made the following statement.

“I’ve been thinking about doing that for a long time. Every president has said ‘do that’. I’m the one that gets it done.” -President Donald Trump

The United Nation recognizes the Golan Heights as part of Syria. Resolution 242 calls on Israel to leave the Golan. Israel captured the land in 1967. In 1981, Israel stated they annexed the Golan Heights as part of their land. The link below provides a Middle East Eye perspective on the Golan Heights.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/golan-heights-why-it-matters


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lavished praise on Trump’s decision.

“He did it again. First, he recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and moved the US embassy here. Then, he pulled out of the disastrous Iran treaty and re-imposed sanctions. But now, he did something of equal historic importance.” -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus Participate in Gas Summit, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 19, 2019 by paulthepoke

1 Thessalonians 1:1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.

Located in the shadows of Mount Olympus, Thessaloniki was a major hub of trade during the Roman Empire. The wealthy city minted its own coins. It was the chief port and capital of Roman Macedonia. Thessaloniki was located on the Via Egnatia, the major road that connected the Roman Empire to the east.

Another large natural gas deposit has been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus.

United States Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt discussed the significance of the natural gas discovery. Here is a paragraph from the story noted in a Greek newspaper in the link below .

He welcomed Greece’s strengthened role in the Balkans, noting that the Prespes Accord is “the most obvious expression” of this development, which will restore Thessaloniki’s historic role as a cosmopolitan crossroad in the Balkans.

http://www.ekathimerini.com/238217/article/ekathimerini/news/mike-pompeo-likely-to-join-greece-cyprus-israel-summit-says-us-envoy

ekathimerin.com

The following leaders are expected to attend the meeting on March 20, 2019: United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades.

Israel, Greece, and Cyprus are expected to sign and reach a deal to build a natural gas pipeline from the eastern Mediterranean into Europe.

Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, “(This) will bring vast revenue to the state coffers.”

https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Netanyahu-Israel-views-rockets-fired-toward-Tel-Aviv-with-utmost-gravity-583757

Tekmor Monitor

Russia and Turkey are watching the action closely. 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. Egypt is rumored to want in on the action to export their natural gas to Europe.

Greece and Israel are increasing military and economic ties. Turkey’s President Recep Erdogan has called Greece and Cyprus actions “reckless”.

https://sputniknews.com/europe/201903191073359011-israel-greece-radar-rapprochement/

This is direct competition with Russia’s Turk Stream pipeline. This will cut into Russia’s and Turkey’s bottom line. Turkey’s economy has recently fallen into recession.

https://paulthepoke.com/2019/03/18/turkey-enters-recession/

Ezekiel 38:12 to capture spoil and to seize plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places which are now inhabited, and against the people who are gathered from the nations, who have acquired cattle and goods, who live at the center of the world.

These are the intentions of Gog, the leader of Magog (Russia). The Russians along with Turkey, Iran, and others are going to invade to steal natural resources from Israel.

The pieces of the puzzle keep falling into place…

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For more information linking Ezekiel’s ancient names to modern day Russia, Turkey, and Iran, click on the articles below.

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/

https://godinanutshell.com/2017/08/17/ezekiel-38-who-is-persia/

Breaking… Missiles Fired on Tel Aviv, Israel Retaliates, March 2019

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gaza Strip/Philistia, Trend Update with tags , , , , on March 14, 2019 by paulthepoke

This is a developing story…

March 14, 2019: Two rockets have been fired from Hamas in the Gaza Strip towards Tel Aviv, Israel. Sirens were activated in Tel Aviv. Below is video of the Iron Dome intercept of the two missiles over the sky line of Tel Aviv.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called an emergency meeting. Israel is responding with rocket strikes on terrorist sites in Gaza. Stay tuned…

Ezekiel and Zephaniah had some things to say about the Gaza Strip…

Ezekiel 25:15-17 Thus says the Lord God, “Because the Philistines have acted in revenge and have taken vengeance with scorn of soul to destroy with everlasting enmity,” therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines, even cut off the Cherethites and destroy the remnant of the seacoast. I will execute great vengeance on them with wrathful rebukes; and they will know that I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance on them.”

See also Zephaniah 2:4-5.

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Israel to the Moon, February 2019

Posted in Trend Update with tags , , , , , on February 21, 2019 by paulthepoke

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning…

February 21, 2019: Israel is scheduled to launch their first satellite to the moon. Israel looks to join Russia, China, and the United States and land a craft on the moon. The Beresheet lunar craft will be launched on top the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket at 8:45 p.m. EST from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Beresheet was created by a non profit company SpaceIL and Israel Aerospace Industries. The cost of the journey is $100 million. The craft would be the first privately funded project to land on the moon.

The trip to the moon will take 8 weeks. The 5 foot craft is scheduled to land on the moon April 11, 2019. See the video below from SpaceIL for the lunar landing plan.

For more details on the launch. See the link below.

https://www.space.com/israel-moon-lander-spacex-launch-webcast.html

Beresheet is Hebrew for “in the beginning”.

Warsaw Middle East Peace and Security Conference, February 2019

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2019 by paulthepoke

1 Thessalonians 5:3 While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

February 14, 2019, Warsaw, Poland

photo: Middle East Online

The slogan, “Peace and Security in the Middle East”.

The talking points and sound bites coming from the conference mirror the comments of the Apostle Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5.

photo: Arab News

President Trump adviser Jared Kushner spoke at the event in Warsaw.

Kushner stated, “We will present the U.S. Israeli-Palestinian peace plan after the April 9th elections in Israel – both sides will have to make compromises.”

click on link for audio/video

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in attendance. He made the following comments.

“You can’t achieve stability in the Middle East without confronting Iran. It’s just not possible. There are malign influences in Lebanon, Yemen, Syria and Iraq. The three H’s- the Houthis, Hamas and Hezbollah. These are real threats.” -US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo

https://www.haaretz.com/middle-east-news/kushner-israel-palestinians-trump-peace-plan-warsaw-1.6936851

Click on the video for conference comments

Russia boycotted the event in Warsaw and held its own peace conference in Sochi, Russia. President Putin hosted their allies of Turkey and Iran…

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“There is peace and security…”

Currently, there is no peace and no security. Politicians are talking about achieving peace and security. Eventually they will declare, peace and security.

The headlines do make one wonder. How close are we to the remainder of the verse?

…then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.

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