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Middle East Super Highway

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Egypt/Nile River, Isaiah with tags , , , , on May 19, 2019 by paulthepoke

Isaiah 19:23-25 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and the Assyrians will come into Egypt and the Egyptians into Assyria, and the Egyptians will worship with the Assyrians. In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth, whom the LORD of hosts has blessed, saying, “Blessed is Egypt My people, and Assyria the work of My hands, and Israel My inheritance.”

There will come a time when there will be a public road that connects Africa to the Middle East. The road will go through Israel. There will be a peaceful flow of travel between ancient Assyria to modern day Egypt. Even more amazing, the Egyptians and the Assyrians will worship the God of Israel.

So where is Assyria? Ancient Assyria was at the height of its power during the time of Isaiah. It was the world superpower of the time. The most fertile and densely populated part of Assyria lay east of the central river Tigris which is near modern day Baghdad, Iraq. Most of the population lived in country towns.

Ancient Assyrian Empire

Geographical boundaries were as follows. The Assyrian empire stretched from Egypt on the west to Persia (modern day Iran) on the east and from the Persian Gulf on the south to Anatolia (modern day western Turkey) on the north. This is essentially the Middle East as we know it today (May 2019). Information is noted from New Unger’s Bible Dictionary and Logos Bible Atlas.

During the time of Isaiah (approximately 700 years before Christ), these two countries (Egypt and Assyria) had caused nothing but angst for Israel. The countries flank Israel on the east and the west. Israel was stuck in the middle.

Notice what the text says regarding Israel. They are blessing in the middle of the earth or “erets”. The Hebrew word for earth is erets. It could mean the land in this context or the totality of the earth.

This would have been an incredible prophecy to the Jewish people of the day (incredible for today as well in May 2019). From the perspective of Israel, two major ancient enemies are going to get along with them in peace. And they are going to worship the God of Israel with them.

Finally, real peace on earth.

Veils & Head Coverings…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 1, 2018 by paulthepoke

1 Timothy 2:9-10 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness, with good works.

Look at the adjectives in the Greek in regards to clothing. Definitions provided by Strong’s Concordance.

“Proper” κόσμιος/kosmios: well arranged, seemly, modest.

“Modestly” αἰδώς/aidos: honour, modesty, bashfulness, reverence, regard for others, respect.

“Discreetly” σωφροσύνη/sophrosune: soundness of mind, self-control, sobriety, self-restraint, temperate, moderation, prudently.

 

1 Peter 3:3 Do not let your adorning be external, the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear, but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.

From the Bible’s perspective, it is not how a woman dresses or the clothes she wears. Scripture does have expectations of dress. The issue is her attitude and inner beauty. God does not care how fancy or expensive your accessories are.

A woman’s inner beauty is more important than what she wears or how she looks. Her conduct is to be consistent with gentleness, meekness, tranquility, and quietness. This is what is excellent and valuable…

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Entering Iraq in 2003, I had it in my head. I was to defend my country; fight for freedom; and protect my family from the threats overseas. We have to find weapons of mass destruction. We need to stop Saddam’s regime.

The first time I entered the Islamic part of the world, I never really thought much about religion. Yes, I had read about Christianity defending themselves from being wiped out by Muslims during the Holy Wars. But again, I read them from the mindset of the history of a past. You know, something that happened a long, long time ago…

A lot of people in the western world have no idea what it’s like over here in the Middle East. You watch these Islamic States videos and the people living in it. The culture is medieval. It is the way they live. It is the way they treat their people. It is the way they treat their own family.

This is a question I get asked a lot of the times. Why do the females of the cult “Muslim” or the ideology of “Islam” wear head covers and veils? Ladies, I can see it in some of the people’s eyes when they ask me out of curiosity. They believe that it is something really cool or really neat. But it’s not. It’s pure slavery.

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Veils and Covering

Does Islam require women to cover themselves?  Yes. There is some disagreement as to whether the face should be veiled. But almost all scholars agree that a woman’s hair should be covered. The covering of cloth is supposed to keep the sexual appetites of passing men at bay when women travel outside the home. This might even save a woman’s life. She is usually assumed to bear the responsibility of unlawful sexual encounters and thus subject to stoning.

This Is a Holy War…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Culture with tags , , , , , , on February 21, 2018 by paulthepoke

The following is from an American active duty soldier serving in the Middle East.

When we deployed to Iraq, I did not realize how that part of the world is still in a Holy War mindset. In the western world, our youth only think of the next iPhone, Poke someone on Facebook, Instagram, or the next PlayStation/XBOX, etc. In the western world, we think of future technology, future colleges, the future…

But in the Middle East, their youth only think of how corrupt the white western people are. INFIDELS need to be wiped off the face of the Earth. In the Middle East they are living in the past…literally.

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Front Lines and Care Packages…Most of the care packages were stripped to useless items. Military personnel in Kuwait who handle the packages would take all the good stuff when inspecting. By the time we would receive the boxes, they would be almost empty. We would get screwed over. For example, we would not have batteries for our Night Vision Goggles.

After 3 months into the war, we finally got to use a satellite phone to call home for 15 minutes. We had to use our own money. It cost me $78.89 to talk to my mom for 10 minutes.

If we captured a prisoner of war, we would have to find a way to give them 3 meals & 3 bottles of water a day. While United States soldiers would only receive 1 meal and 1 bottle of water each day. They told us to give our prisoners our sleeping cots. So they would not sleep on the floor. We slept on the ground using our rucksacks for comfort. Iraqi prisoners were just trying to kill us. They survived our battles and they would get this kind of treatment.

Muslims are in a Holy War. It is scary that westerners are clueless. Western culture has no idea they are in this war, even if they don’t want it.

I can ramble when I’m just talking to a screen. In person I don’t really say much. I’m just a regular guy who loves his God, Country, Family… And even though I am quiet, I’ll do what it takes to defend those I love.

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Please pray for our military service personnel who protect us and our freedoms.

This Is War…Thoughts From An American Soldier

Posted in American soldier, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , on February 14, 2018 by paulthepoke

Psalm 144:1-2 Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.

2 Timothy 2:4 No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him.

 

The following is from an American active duty soldier serving in the Middle East. His identity and location will be protected.

 

A lot of movies about war at times make my eyes roll. But if you like to see the closest it was on D-Day entering Iraq, I recommend this miniseries. They filmed it very well.

Generation Kill

American television miniseries

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Yeah, a lot of Americans don’t know how unprepared we were for this war. When we first entered Iraq, we would drink one bottle of water a day and have one MRE meal a day and that blistering heat. That’s why they pushed so hard to take Baghdad’s Airport. Until we took the airport we had to live with what we could carry; water, food, ammo, etc. And it was very limited. Sometimes at night, we would trade with farmers to get chickens so we were able to eat.

Another thing that made it real tough in the beginning was the reporters. Examples, CNN would announce exactly where we were, how many of us there were, and what our plans were. The enemy…all they had to do was watch CNN. And they knew all our battle plans. Pissed me off. It may sound funny but I was so glad that later on in the war that me and my team were so far into dangerous areas that reporters could not be around us.

Anyways I don’t want to ramble on. I just want to say that this miniseries is very well filmed if you wanted to see how it was for the basic soldier entering Iraq on D-Day.

P.S. Well here’s a little funny part. The Iraqi natives believed that my Oakley sunglasses had X-ray vision. My body armor had air conditioning and special powers. And the U.S. government biologically, genetically engineered us. That’s why we are so big and can carry so much. I thought that was funny.

Anyways have a good night all and talk to you soon.

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