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Sukkot/Tabernacles 5778/2017

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 3, 2017 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 23:33-36 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘On the fifteenth of this seventh month is the Feast of Booths for seven days to the LORD. On the first day is a holy convocation; you shall do no laborious work of any kind. For seven days you shall present an offering by fire to the LORD. On the eighth day you shall have a holy convocation and present an offering by fire to the LORD; it is an assembly. You shall do no laborious work.’”

In October 2017 (Gregorian calendar), per the sighting of the new moon, The Feast is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 6th and proceed through Thursday, October 12th. In God’s timing, The Festival is scheduled to run from Tishri 15-21 (Hebrew calendar). Tishri 1 is declared when the new moon is sighted.

Part of the holiday is a road trip and vacation to Jerusalem. Every family needs to build a sukkah (singular). Families will build sukkot (plural). Sukkah can be translated as: booth, cottage, covert, pavilion, tabernacle, or tent. (Strong’s Concordance)

sukkotThe tents serve as a reminder to the forty years of wandering in the desert due to a lack of faith in God after the Exodus from Egypt.

Leviticus 23:42-43 You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All native Israelites shall dwell in booths that your generations may know that I made the people of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Despite their faithless attitude, the holiday is a thanksgiving for the gracious provision and safety God showed Israel during their travels in the desert as noted in Deuteronomy 8. The appointment also marks the end of the harvest season.

sukkot rain palmFor future consideration, Tabernacles is the only God appointed feast gentiles will be required to attend. At some point in the future, the nations will be encouraged to pay their respects to the Lord and King Jesus Christ. If you don’t, there is a consequence.

Zechariah 14:16-19 Then everyone who survives of all the nations that have come against Jerusalem shall go up year after year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Booths. And if any of the families of the earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. And if the family of Egypt does not go up and present themselves, then on them there shall be no rain; there shall be the plague with which the LORD afflicts the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths. This shall be the punishment to Egypt and the punishment to all the nations that do not go up to keep the Feast of Booths.

 

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Trend Update: Israel Strikes Damascus Airport, September 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 17:1 The oracle concerning Damascus. “Behold, Damascus is about to be removed from being a city and will become a fallen ruin.

Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city on the planet. Residents have occupied Damascus for over 5,000 years. The original Hebrew grammar states it is going to be taken away and removed. One could state it will be a ruined ruin or a ruined heap!

Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets, September 21, 2017: Breaking story out of Damascus, Syria

According to multiple Syrian news sources, Israel has targeted the Damascus Airport located less than 10 miles southwest of downtown Damascus. Local news sources and tweets are indicating Israel launched their munitions outside of Syrian air space. Multiple explosions are reported at the airport. Two to four strikes are possible. The events took place around midnight local time.

Damascus Now is reporting Syrian forces have launched two ground to air missiles. One missile was reported to be in the direction of the border. An Israeli drone was reportedly shot down by a Syrian missile. The link below is video released on Twitter of the drone being allegedly shot down.

https://twitter.com/Hamosh84/status/911032289806741504

https://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/156030-170922-israeli-aircraft-strike-damascus-airport-local-media-claim

 

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Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets Declared, Tishri 1, September 2017

Posted in Fall Feasts, Prophecy, Signs: Sun, Moon, Stars..., Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 21, 2017 by paulthepoke

It is official. The new moon has been sighted. The photo credit below is courtesy of: Lea Fitchlee. The website is:

http://whenisthenewmoon.com/7th-month-report-new-moon-sighted-in-israel-happy-yom-teruah

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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.

Friday, Tishri 1 (Hebrew calendar) begins after sunset on Thursday, September 21, 2017 (Gregorian calendar) and continues until sunset Friday, September 22. With the establishment of the new moon and month, the remainder of God’s Fall Appointments can be proclaimed and dated. The Appointments are converted to a western Gregorian calendar below.

Day of Trumpets/Yom Teruah: Friday, September 22nd
Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur: Sunday, October 1st
Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot: Friday, October 6th -Thursday, October 12th
Last Great Day: Friday, October 13th

 

Secular Israel celebrates the new month of Tishri and calls it their new year, Rosh Hashanah. Israelis are celebrating the beginning of year 5778. 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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Trend Update: Israeli Activity in Golan Heights…Allegedly, September 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on September 9, 2017 by paulthepoke

Ezekiel 38:21 I will summon a sword against Gog on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother.

Israeli activity is increasing in and around God’s mountains. These mountains are in the Golan Heights in northern Israel.

This is a developing story. Israel reportedly has crossed into the village of Beer Ajam. The village is held by Syrian moderate forces. The Syrian government also reports Israeli flights over Beer Ajam in the Quneitra province.

Russian forces are located just south of this location in the village of Quneitra.

https://maps.southfront.org/israeli-troops-enter-militant-held-area-of-beer-ajam-in-golan-heights-reports/

Syrian media is reporting Israeli jets attacked a target in Syria while in Lebanese air space.

A Hezbollah position on the Lebanon/Syria was attacked near Baalbeck. Israel is suspected in the attack by Syria.

According to the Lebanese Army, Israeli jets and drones were viewed flying recon mission in the Golan Heights.

Understandably, this story is being lost in the United States with all of the natural disasters. Keep your eyes on God’s chosen people, Israel.

 

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Trend Update: Israel Bombs Syrian Research Center, September 2017

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2017 by paulthepoke

Jeremiah 49:23 Concerning Damascus. “Hamath and Arpad are put to shame, for they have heard bad news; they are disheartened. There is anxiety by the sea, it cannot be calmed.

Hamath: The name means “fortress”. In the times of Jeremiah, Hamath was a city in valley of the Orontes River. Hamath was the capital of the northern kingdom of ancient Syria. Today, this is the city known as Hama, Syria.

Click on video link below for geography and additional analysis.

September 7, 2017: Hama, Syria is prophetically significant. Roughly 2,600 years ago the prophet Jeremiah wrote about Hamath, Syria. In the early morning hours, Israeli Defense Force jets bombed a chemical plant on the outskirts of the ancient city. The operation took place at approximately 2:30 in the morning. The location has been dubbed as a “scientific research center for chemical weapons”. Missile development is also believed to be conducted at this site. Multiple weapons convoys were also hit during operation. Two Syrian soldiers are reported as dead.

Amos Yadlin is the former head of Israeli military intelligence and Executive Director of Tel Aviv University’s Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). In response to the attack in Syria, Yadlin tweeted the following.

amos yadlin

“The reported attack overnight is not routine. It is a military-scientific Syrian site in which they produce, among other things, precision missiles, some of which will be significant in the next military campaign.”

“…chemical weapons and explosives that have killed thousands of Syrian civilians. If it was an Israeli attack, it is finally an Israeli moral statement about the massacre in Syria.”

“Israel won’t allow for empowerment and production of strategic arms. Israel intends to enforce its red lines despite the fact that the great powers are ignoring them. The presence of Russian air defense does not prevent airstrikes attributed to Israel. Now it’s important to keep the escalation in check and to prepare for a Syrian-Iranian-Hezbollah response and even opposition from Russia.”

See this link for Amos Yadlin’s Twitter page. https://twitter.com/YadlinAmos

 

Which brings up an interesting question. What happened to the Russian S400 Missile System response?

In response, Syria has announced the following warning of “dangerous repercussions of this aggressive action to the security and stability of the region”.

The United States sanctions on this “research” facility and its employees have now been rendered useless.

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Initial-Israel-attacked-chemical-weapons-facility-in-Syria-Arab-media-claims-504455

 

The southern Sunni Muslims (Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia) are curiously quiet. Makes one wonder what is going on behind the scenes.

Keep in mind, Syria is supported by Iran who is supported by Russia. See Ezekiel 38.

The geo-political situation in the Middle East just got more interesting…

 

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Trend Update: Wars & Rumors of Wars, September 2017

Posted in Euphrates River, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 5, 2017 by paulthepoke

Mark 13:7-8 And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains. -Jesus

September 5, 2017: These are the headlines for the day…We will start in Israel.

http://www.newsweek.com/israel-preparing-another-war-hezbollah-idf-practices-attack-lebanon-659510

http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/Hezbollah-reacts-to-IDF-drill-We-are-ready-for-any-act-of-Israeli-stupidity-504293

Israel is rehearsing an attack on the terrorist group Hezbollah out of Lebanon. The military exercise is taking place in northern Israel. The activity is a war simulation. Hezbollah’s response, “We are ready for an act of Israeli stupidity.”

 

Nuclear North Korea

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/north-korea-warns-of-more-gift-packages-for-united-states-20170905-01076

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/putin-warns-global-catastrophe-over-north-korea-nuclear-crisis.html

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/09/05/north-korea-mountain-used-as-nuclear-test-site-at-risk-collapsing-chinese-scientist-says.html

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Pyongyang-provocation/North-Korea-threat-prompts-Japan-evacuation-preparations

 

Russia & Ukraine

Russia wants a UN Security Council resolution for peacekeepers to the Ukraine.

https://www.rt.com/news/402094-russia-resolution-peacekeepers-ukraine/

 

ISIS

ISIS is out at Deir Ezzor, Syria on the Euphrates River. The fighting continue in Raqqa, Syria. This is the only remaining stronghold of ISIS. Raqqa is on the Euphrates River. ISIS is getting seriously squeezed in the Middle East.

https://www.almasdarnews.com/article/breaking-syrian-army-lifts-siege-deir-ezzor/

https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1298928/syrian-democratic-forces-clear-great-mosque-of-raqqa/

 

Yemen

cholera yemen

http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/09/saudi-arabia-yemen-war-rebel-alliance-imploding-washington.html

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/yemens-cholera-epidemic-hits-600-000-confounding-expectations/

 

And the earthquakes and famine portions of the verse were not addressed in this post. Let alone regional flooding throughout the planet and Harvey and Irma…

NOAA Hurricane Irma

These are but the beginning of the birth pains.

 

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Trend Update: Iranian Activity Near the Golan Heights, September 2017

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Persia/Elam/Iran, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 1, 2017 by paulthepoke

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.

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

August 31, 2017: The United States is allowing Iranian supported militia less than ten kilometers from the Israeli Golan Heights in Syria. Israel obviously does not support the move. Syria is supported by Iran and Hezbollah out of Lebanon. All of these groups are Shia Muslims and they support Syria’s President Assad.

The support behind all of the Shia activity in Syria is Russia. These comments are quoted per Pravda out of Russia. These were the observations of the Russians regarding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his meeting with Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia last week.

Netanyahu was observed to be “too emotional and at times even close to panic”. Israeli officials denied the observations.

https://www.timesofisrael.com/us-to-let-iranian-backed-militias-within-10-km-of-golan-heights-report/

 

The Head of Hezbollah Hassan Nasrallah has surfaced, literally. Nasrallah made the road trip from his bunker to Damascus to see President Assad of Syria. The leader of Hezbollah has been living in a hole since 2006 and the war against Israel. Nasrallah is on Israel’s most wanted list.

“We call on the state to devise a plan and take a sovereign decision to liberate the Shebaa Farms and the Kfarshouba Hills,” Hassan Nasrallah, Leader of Hezbollah.

Shebaa Farms is also known as Mount Dov in Hebrew. Nasrallah apparently wants to go another round with Israel.

August 28, 2017: ISIS and Hezbollah agreed to a truce. Hundreds of ISIS fighters and pro ISIS civilians were sent packing in a bus from the Lebanon and Syria border. It is believed pro ISIS people were sent to eastern Syria near Iraq. With this deal, ISIS is done in Lebanon. (As an aside, ISIS has been defeated west of Mosul in Tal Afar, Iraq. ISIS is essentially done in Iraq. And ISIS is on the ropes in Raqqah, Syria.)

Nasrallah was in support of the deal and told Assad the following.

“We have a humanitarian cause. We wish you to help us. We can only know what happened to the soldiers through this compromise.”

Assad told Nasrallah, “This will make things difficult for me.”

https://www.timesofisrael.com/hezbollah-chief-urges-recapture-of-mt-dov-from-israel

 

August 31, 2017: Behold Israel is reporting Russia has stationed the S-400 missile system near Tartus. This is the factory that manufactures long-range missiles for Hezbollah. The factory is supported and paid for by Iran.

http://beholdisrael.org/news-israel/news/russia-reportedly-deploys-s-400-missile-system-iranian-arms-factory-syria

We know one thing for sure. Iran, Assad (Syria), and Nasrallah (Hezbollah in Lebanon) are united against Israel.

 

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