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Trend Update: Israeli Leaders Talk Temple with President Trump, March 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on March 6, 2018 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 44:28 “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He (Cyrus) is My shepherd! And he (Cyrus) will perform all My desire.’ And he (Cyrus) declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation  will be laid.’” –God

Isaiah 45:1-4 Thus says the LORD to his anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have grasped, to subdue nations before him (Cyrus) and to loose the belts of kings, to open doors before him (Cyrus) that gates may not be closed:

“I will go before you (Cyrus) and level the exalted places, I will break in pieces the doors of bronze and cut through the bars of iron, I will give you (Cyrus) the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you (Cyrus) may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you (Cyrus) by your name. For the sake of my servant Jacob, and Israel my chosen, I call you (Cyrus) by your name, I name you (Cyrus), though you (Cyrus) do not know me.”

March 2018: Make no mistake. Israel political leaders and Jewish religious leaders are equating President Donald Trump with the ancient King Cyrus of Persia.

This is a quote from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 5, 2018 at the White House.

“I want to tell you that the Jewish people have a long memory, so we remember the proclamation of the great King Cyrus the Great Persian King. Twenty-five hundred years ago, he proclaimed that the Jewish exiles in Babylon can come back and rebuild our temple in Jerusalem.”

“And we remember how a few weeks ago, President Donald J. Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Mr. President, this will be remembered by our people through the ages.” -Benjamin Netanyahu


The Sanhedrin pressured President Elect Trump before he took office. They called on Trump to push for the construction of the third Temple. And the Sanhedrin is not backing down. Spokesman Rabbi Hillel Weiss made the following comments.

“There is no question that the comparison between Cyrus and Trump, two non-Jewish leaders, is apt. But it is important to learn the lesson history teaches us from Cyrus and Balfour.”

“Cyrus and Balfour both earned our gratitude, as has President Trump, but the source of all blessings is the Temple Mount. If he does not continue and support the Jewish return to the Temple Mount, he will encounter the same difficulties as those who came before him.” -Rabbi Hillel Weiss, Sanhedrin Spokesman


There is no doubt about it. The Israelis are leveraging political pressure on President Trump to facilitate the building of the third Temple. The Temple will likely be on the table as a bargaining chip when the time comes to negotiate “peace” with the Palestinians and Arabs.


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US Embassy Move to Jerusalem Set for “This Generation” ???, February 2018

Posted in Peace Plan, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 24, 2018 by paulthepoke

Zechariah 12:2a “Behold, I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that causes reeling to all the peoples around…

The date has been set. News of the move broke via Twitter.

The United States will move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Israel’s 70th Independence Day. The date is May 14, 2018.

This is 70 years to the date President Harry Truman announced the re-birth of Israel.

May 14, 1948: late morning eastern standard time (late afternoon in Palestine): David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister, reads a “Declaration of Independence,” which proclaims the existence of a Jewish state called Israel beginning on May 15, 1948, at 12:00 midnight Palestine time (6:00 p.m., May 14, 1948, eastern standard time).

May 14, 1948, 6 p.m. eastern standard time (12:00 midnight in Palestine): The British mandate for Palestine expires, and the state of Israel comes into being.

May 14, 1948, 6:11 p.m. eastern standard time: The United States recognizes Israel on a de facto basis. The White House issues the following statement: “This Government has been informed that a Jewish state has been proclaimed in Palestine, and recognition has been requested by the provisional government thereof. The United States recognizes the provisional government as the de facto authority of the State of Israel.”


“We’re planning to open the new US Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May. The Embassy opening will coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. The Embassy will initially be located in Arnona, on a compound that currently houses the consular operations of Consulate General Jerusalem. At least initially, it will consist of the Ambassador and a small team.” -US State Department

See video link below for geography and additional analysis.

Sheldon Adelson, CEO of Las Vegas Sands, is willing to privately pay for the embassy move. The cost is estimated to be $500 million. Adelson is a supporter of the Republican Party. He has also backed both President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel in the past.


The Palestinians refer to Israeli Independence as Nakba Day. Nakba is the Arabic word for “catastrophe”. They acknowledge Nakba Day the day after Israel’s declaration on May 15. Nakba day was initiated on Israel’s 50th Independence Day by Yasser Arafat. The day is typically celebrated with conflict and skirmishes against the Israeli Defense Forces.

As a result, Palestinians have responded in anger and rage. Violence broke out in Gaza and the West Bank.

Saeb Erekat, Senior Palestinian Negotiator made the following statements.

“Determination to violate international law, destroy the two-state solution and provoke the feelings of the Palestinian people as well as of all Arabs, Muslims and Christians around the globe. Trump and his team have disqualified the US from being part of the solution between Israelis and Palestinians; rather, the world now sees that they are part of the problem.”

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas Official was quoted.

“Moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem is a declaration of war against the Arab and Muslim nation, and the US administration must reconsider its move.”


Some would argue, the time span covered in this post is a Biblical generation.

Psalm 90:10 The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away.

Are we entering a prophetic window of time??? The context is the Olivet Discourse and the end of time scenario. Jesus made this comment.

Matthew 24:33-34 So also, when you see all these things, you know that He is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place.


It is ultimately your personal business…But I highly recommend getting right with God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave his only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, by this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures…

Search your heart, think about it…


Trend Update: Israel & Egypt Ink Gas Deal, February 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 22, 2018 by paulthepoke

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?’

See the video link below for additional analysis and geography.

Oil and natural gas will be serious bait for the Russian invasion of Israel. At some point in the future, Russia and its allies will invade Israel for their “great spoil”.

For details linking modern day Russia to ancient Magog. See the link below.


Full disclosure, the author of this article is a shareholder in Zion Oil & Gas (ZN); listed on NASDAQ Exchange.

February 14, 2018: Zion Oil & Gas has discovered oil and natural gas in the Megiddo-Jezreel Valley.

“I am ecstatic to see clear evidence of hydrocarbons (oil and gas) in the deeper portion of our Megiddo-Jezreel #1 well, a project that we have been working on for years. However, at this time we cannot comment on the commerciality or ability to successfully produce the well. We ask that our shareholders continue to pray for safe and successful drilling, logging, and testing operations, and for God’s wisdom for management as we make key decisions in the following days and weeks. Please be patient. We will provide further updates after we have adequate time to properly evaluate the logs and finalize our well testing program following the recent events.” Zion’s CEO, Victor G. Carrillo

This is the location John discusses at the outset of the bowl judgments in Revelation.

Revelation 16:16 And they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.


February 19, 2018: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel announces a $15 billion deal to export natural gas to Egypt. See the link below for a video statement from the Prime Minister.

Noble Energy and Delek Drilling are the benefactors of the deal. They will be selling natural gas to Dolphinus Holdings of Egypt. The natural gas is coming from the Leviathan and Tamar natural gas fields off the coast of Israel in the Mediterranean Sea. 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas are expected to be exported over 10 years.

Egypt has the ability to liquefy the natural gas and transport around the world. Those liquefication plants are owned by Royal Dutch Shell. Egypt announced the deal to their public as a nameless partner.

Security of pipelines and distribution will be a factor. Historically, ISIS has vandalized pipelines in the region of the Sinai Desert.


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Trend Update: Israel & Hamas Clash in Gaza Strip, February 2018

Posted in Gaza Strip/Philistia, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on February 18, 2018 by paulthepoke

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 2:5-7.

Philistia or the Philistines are the people who make up what is the modern-day Gaza Strip. This group is associated with Hamas and Sunni Muslims.

Click on video link for geography and additional analysis.

February 2018: Living conditions in the Gaza Strip continue to decline. Fuel for electricity continues to be in short supply. Currently there is only enough fuel to accommodate 4 hours of electricity per day. With the lack of electricity, hundreds of tons of food are spoiling.

The World Health Organization has recently delivered 5+ tons of medical supplies, medicine, and equipment. As a result, labs and blood supplies are being severely hampered.

Gaza is reported to 14 hospitals. 300,000 patients are in need of care. Over 6,000 health care workers have not been paid since the summer of 2014. Doctors who have been out of practice for over 10 years are returning to work free of charge to fill the gaps.

February 17, 2018: Palestinians rigged an explosive device to a Palestinian flag on the border with Israel. An explosion occurred when Israeli troops attempted to remove the flag. Four Israeli soldiers were injured.

“The incident on the Gaza border was a very serious one. We will respond in kind. I am sending to the wounded my wishes for a speedy recovery,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel wasted no time responding. The terrorist organization Hamas was targeted. Tunnels, military compounds, and ammunition sites were destroyed.

Israel has military considerations in the south with the Gaza Strip and in the north with the Golan Heights.

Matthew 24:6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. -Jesus


Trend Update: Israel Smokes Iranian Drone, F-16 Shot Down, February 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 10, 2018 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.

Isaiah 17:9 In that day their strong cities will be like the deserted places of the wooded heights and the hilltops, which they deserted because of the children of Israel, and there will be desolation.

Military operations and tensions are escalating quickly in the Golan Heights and Damascus, Syria.

Damascus is taking serious Israeli fire. Syria has responded by firing missiles into Israel. Defense sirens were blaring in the Golan Heights region as a result.

See video link below for geography and additional analysis.

Israel is claiming to have launched an offensive into Syria which includes 12 targets (3 Syrian SA5 and SA17 air defense batteries, 4 Iranian targets). The IDF is tweeting about the response. See the link below for tweets related to the incident.

Jonathan Conricus is the Spokesman & Head of Social Media of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).


Israel has released video of shooting down an Iranian drone. The IDF claims the Iranian drone breeched Israeli airspace. Armored personnel operating the drone were destroyed as well. Israel reports the activity took place at 4:30 a.m. from an Apache attack helicopter. See the link below with video of the drone and personnel destruction.

Iran is denying the claim Israel shot down one of their drones. Iran states the notion is “ridiculous”.

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An Israeli F-16 has been shot down during the incident. The F-16 remains are located near a village in Harduf. The area has been secured for investigation.The pilots ejected from the fighter jet. One pilot is in serious but stable condition. The other pilot sustained mild injuries.

“Iran and Syria are playing with fire. The results of our strikes are not yet fully known to them (Iran), and they may be surprised when they discover what we targeted,” IDF Brigadier General Ronen Manelis.


Hezbollah has issued a statement indicating a “new strategic phase” in response to Israel. Hezbollah is believed to possess 130,000 to 150,000 short, medium, and long-range missiles. These include the M-600 missiles with a range of about 300 kilometers (180 miles) and a 450-500 kilogram warhead; plus the Syrian B302 missiles with a range of about 100 kilometers (60 miles) and a 175kg warhead.

“Today’s developments mean the old equations have categorically ended.”


Hamas has issued a declaration placing their military wing on high alert.

“The al-Qassam brigades announce high alert among members in order to defend against any Zionist aggression.”

Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel was closed for about 15-20 minutes. Services have been restored to normal operation.

Russia is requesting all parties involved to show restraint.


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Trend Update: Israel’s Natural Gas Riches, January 2018

Posted in Ezekiel 38-39, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 30, 2018 by paulthepoke

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?’

This is the bait for the Russian invasion of Israel. At some point in the future, Russia and its allies will invade Israel for their “great spoil”.

For details linking modern day Russia to ancient Magog. See the link below.

January 30, 2018: The Israeli government has an anti-monopoly policy in place for protection. As part of this policy, the American company Noble Energy will sell $800,000,000 worth of shares and cash to be in compliance. The money will go to Tamar Petroleum Ltd. Noble’s holdings is now 25%.

At this time, the Tamar field is the only operational natural gas field. But things will be changing…

The development of the Leviathan natural gas field is in process. The Leviathan is Israel’s largest gas field. It is estimated to contain 18.9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, plus 34.1 million barrels of condensate.

Noble Energy is looking to invest $4 billion (4,000,000,000) into the Leviathan project. The Leviathan is looking to be online by 2019.

So far, Noble has pocketed up to $1.25 billion. Almost $1 billion has been in cash.

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Europe and Israel have agreed to the construction of a pipeline linking the Leviathan gas field to Europe. The name of the project is EastMed. The European Union will spend 34.5 million euros for planning the pipeline. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin construction in 2021. It is expected to take four years to be completed and operational by 2025.

The pipeline will go from the Leviathan field to Cyprus to Greece then to Italy. From Italy, the natural gas will be distributed throughout Europe.

The following statement is an excerpt from the Globes article…

“The EU regards EastMed as a strategic project that will enhance the energy security of European countries by giving them access to a supply of gas through another pipeline besides Russia’s and the dwindling gas resources of Norway and the Netherlands.”


Israel will cut into Russia’s bottom line.


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Trend Update: Israel Strikes SCUD Targets East of Damascus, January 2018

Posted in Burden of Damascus, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2018 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.

January 9, 2018: Syria is claiming Israel has fired missiles from fighter jets at targets northeast of Damascus. Surface to surface missiles were fired from the Golan Heights area. Targets appeared to be related to scud missiles near the town of al-Qutayfah, Syria.

The incidents took place at approximately 2:00-3:00 in the morning.

Syria says that Israel is “fully responsible” for the military action.

Damascus is upset with Israel “as Israel does not announce their raids against Syrian targets.”

“The Israeli aggression affirms again the support of the occupying entity to terrorist organizations in Syria and its desperate attempts to raise their morale after the painful blows they received in Harasta in eastern Ghouta in Damascus countryside and the sweeping victories the Syrian Arab Army is achieving in Idlib.” -Syrian Army Spokesman

Syria is claiming to have hit an Israeli jet and intercepted incoming missiles…allegedly.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has sent a letter to the United Nations (UN). Syria warned Israel had better stop the aggression. Excerpts from the letter indicated the following…

“Israel’s aggressive attitude will lead to a regional conflagration and further exacerbate the situation. This is in order to support terror and perpetuate the occupation of Arab lands. The repeated Israeli strikes on Syria will not succeed in protecting terror organizations of Israel’s that are used as its agents, with the heads being ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front.”

“The Syrian government will repeat its warning to Israel of the serious consequences of striking Syria and the continued support to armed terror movements, and it holds it responsible. The Security Council must condemn the Israeli strikes and take steps to stop its aggression.” President al-Assad letter to UN


The Israeli Defense Forces have not publicly commented. It should be noted that Israel has admitted to hitting over 100 Hezbollah convoys and military targets. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicated the Jewish state will strike when “we have information and operational feasibility.”,7340,L-5068669,00.html



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