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Bats in God’s Law & COVID 19

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Culture, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2020 by paulthepoke

Leviticus 11:13-19 Additionally, you are to detest the following birds, and they must not be eaten because they are detestable: the eagle, the bearded vulture, the black vulture, the kite, any kind of falcon, any kind of raven, the ostrich, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey, the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe, and the bat.

April 2020: Recently, The Guardian posted a story on the origins of the Coronavirus. Many studies were compared from scientific experts from around the globe.

Scientists think it is “very likely” or “most likely” the COVID 19 coronavirus has its origins in a bat. But… Science is not really “sure”.

The Guardian best captured the spirit of the article with the disclaimer at the end.

Due to the unprecedented and ongoing nature of the coronavirus outbreak, this article is being regularly updated to ensure that it reflects the current situation at the date of publication. Any significant corrections made to this or previous versions of the article will continue to be footnoted in line with Guardian editorial policy.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/how-did-the-coronavirus-start-where-did-it-come-from-how-did-it-spread-humans-was-it-really-bats-pangolins-wuhan-animal-market

Bat soup

The bat is mentioned three times in Scripture. Twice the bat is mentioned in the context of the Law. At that time, God told Moses bats were “detestable”. Another appropriate translation would be an abomination. The Jews were told not to eat certain kinds of birds.

The “bird” is ceremonially unclean. Notice, the Creator of the universe states the bat is a bird. Leviticus 11 is the first time the bat is mentioned in Scripture. The bat is included in an extensive list of birds. The bat is the last bird mentioned. God says the bat is a bird.

Science tells us bats are mammals of the order Chiroptera; with their forelimbs adapted as wings, they are the only mammals capable of true and sustained flight. Bats are more maneuvrable than birds, flying with their very long spread-out digits covered with a thin membrane or patagium. -Wikipedia

Imagine that. God’s classification system is different than the modern day altar of Science. God’s order and humanity’s order are not the same. See multiple examples provided in the links below regarding the topic of creation.

https://paulthepoke.com/2011/09/09/genesis-120-day-5/

https://paulthepoke.com/2011/09/22/genesis-124-25-day-6-land-animals/

“…I am quite conscious that my speculations run beyond the bounds of true science…it is a mere rag of an hypothesis with as many flaw(s) and holes as sound parts.”Charles Darwin to Asa Gray

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From the time of Moses, fast forward to the days of the apostle Peter. Christ has died on the cross for sin. Christ has fulfilled the Law. 

Romans 10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.  

Peter in Acts 11 has an encounter with the Lord regarding the Law and unclean food. Restrictions on food consumed are being lifted. Granted, the greater issue is not about food but food is used as the example. 

Acts 11:6-9 and when I had fixed my gaze on it and was observing it I saw the four-footed animals of the earth and the wild beasts and the crawling creatures and the birds of the air. “I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ “But a voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed, no longer consider unholy.’

Granted, we are not under the constraints of the Law. We have freedom because of Jesus Christ. But, we may want to think twice about exercising this freedom of handling, preparing, and eating bats.

Preview: God’s Spring Appointed Holidays 5780/2020

Posted in #PaulthePoke, Gospel, Spring Feasts with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 29, 2020 by paulthepoke

There are seven God appointed holidays communicated through the Old Testament Law. The first three spring holidays were fulfilled on the appointed holiday by Jesus Himself. The names of the feasts are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, and First Fruits.

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In the Hebrew year 5780 or the Gregorian calendar year of 2020, the holidays occur as follows. Passover essentially begins at sunset on Wednesday, April 8 on a western calendar. The first day of Unleavened Bread is the next day at sunset on Thursday, April 9. Lastly, the feast of First Fruits starts at sunset on Friday, April 10. The holidays culminate and end at sunset on Thursday, April 16.

Please note, there is not consensus on these dates within various studies of Judaism and Jewish Messianic believers in Yeshua or Jesus Christ. When in doubt, search for the new moon and full moon. Humanity struggles to keep time as God has directed.

https://paulthepoke.com/2016/03/06/creation-of-time-the-calendar/

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The first of God’s holidays is Passover or Pesach in the Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 14th day of the Hebrew month Nisan (March or April on a Gregorian calendar). There is a play on words in the original Hebrew. A “pesach” is an unblemished lamb which was required for the sacrifice. After the “pesach” was sacrificed, the blood was to be smeared on the wooden posts of the house. When God saw the blood on the door posts, He passed over or “pasach” and the house was spared judgment.

The original directions for the Passover were given to Moses and Aaron in Egypt. The statute and happenings are noted in Exodus 12. God defines the purpose of the holiday to Israel. 

Exodus 12:26-27a “And when your children say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’ you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.’”

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The second of God’s holidays is Unleavened Bread or Chag haMatazt in the Hebrew. The holiday begins on the 15th of Nisan and runs for seven days.

The directions of Unleavened Bread are noted in Exodus 12:15-20. The focus of the week is to live a life without leaven, the symbol for sin. Leaven is not to be in the house. Leaven products are not to be consumed. Bread without yeast, matzah, is to be eaten.

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The third of God’s holidays is First Fruits or Reshit Katzir in the Hebrew. The one day holiday begins on the day after the Sabbath or Sunday on our calendar.

The directions for First Fruits are noted in Leviticus 23:9-14. The priest is to make a barley offering of the first portion of the harvest to the Lord. The priest intervenes of behalf of the people. The reality of the holiday for the people of Israel is this. The people bring their grain sheaf to the priest. They are to sacrifice a lamb without blemish. The offering is also to be presented with bread and wine.

Temple Altar Dedicated, December 2018

Posted in Prophecy, Sanhedrin, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , on December 11, 2018 by paulthepoke

Exodus 20:25 If you make an altar of stone for Me, you shall not build it of cut stones, for if you wield your tool on it, you will profane it.

Deuteronomy 27:5 Moreover, you shall build there an altar to the LORD your God, an altar of stones; you shall not wield an iron tool on them.

These are the directions given to Moses by God.

Photo: Temple Institute

Fast forward to the 21st century…These directions have been followed again. The Mosaic Law has been followed accordingly. Stones from the remote shores of the Dead Sea were gathered from this location. The stones have not been touched by iron equipment, cut, or quarried. The stones were wrapped in plastic to protect them from being touched by iron. Workers completed their labor barefoot. The completed altar is versatile. It can be assembled and reassembled easily.

December 2018: The altar for the third Jewish Temple was dedicated on the last day of Hanukkah. In the Hebrew language, Hanukkah means “dedication”. 

The precedent has been set to start sacrifices without a temple. This was the case in the book of Ezra.

Ezra 3:6 From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the LORD, but the foundation of the temple of the LORD had not been laid.

Jewish Rabbinical scholars and members of the modern day Sanhedrin do believe the altar should be located on the Temple Mount. The specific location of the altar is believed to be meters east of the Islamic Dome of the Rock.

Hillel Weiss is the spokesman for the Sanhedrin. Weiss stated animal sacrifices per the Mosaic Law would start immediately on the given location on the Temple Mount if given clearance by the government of Israel. Weiss encourages the government to be “the first to support” these sacrifices.

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Temple-ready-altar-dedicated-on-last-day-of-Hanukkah-by-activist-groups-573980

Just waiting on political clearance… We are getting closer… Where’s your heart??? All of this is happening before us in our time, just like the Bible said. You got Jesus???

“One Nation Under God” & Moral Relativism… Phil Kulis

Posted in Phil Kulis with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2018 by paulthepoke

PhilKulis PicHere’s the problem of moral relativism.

You are subject to the morality of whoever has power over you. You don’t get a choice.

In a dictatorship such as Nazi Germany or a Mexican drug lord, you don’t get the luxury of saying you don’t want to follow the Ten Commandments. And worse than that you don’t get the benefit of others following the Ten Commandments.

If a dictator wants your money, or your labor, or your wife, children and even your life… You don’t have a say so about it.

The Ten Commandments were a gift to mankind. Prior to that, everyone was subject to the whim of a patriarch, or tribal chieftain, or king.

So, the next time an atheist tries to say they think they are moral in themselves, it’s not about your morality. It’s about the morality of whoever has power over you.

So, thank God that this nation chooses to say “One nation under God” and “In God we trust.” Because the morality of God is fair to all.

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Exodus 20:1-17 And God spoke all these words, saying,

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

You shall have no other gods before me.

You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.

You shall not murder.

You shall not commit adultery.

You shall not steal.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”

10-Commandments- Heritage Auctions

Photo: Heritage Auctions

 

 

Please… Please Listen to Grace

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Grace is the operating principle of how God interacts with believers in and through His Son. For those who have not accepted the gracious gift of Jesus Christ, they are still under God’s Law regardless of what they believe. Prior to the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, humanity was under the Mosaic Law. We are not saved under the Law. The Law points out the fact we are flawed sinners. The standard of the Law defines the fact we are in sin.

John 1:17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

With the cross work of Jesus Christ, things changed. He paid the price for sin. With the cross, there was a new program. And that program is grace. The undeserved gift is eternal life. We don’t deserve it. We cannot earn it. The grace of Jesus Christ is a free offering to anyone who will take it. The free gift is grace. Grace and free gift are synonymous.

Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?

Grace is an interesting and intriguing concept. Grace makes no logical sense. The more one accepts and uses grace, the more grace multiplies and increases. The sting of sin pales in comparison to the power of grace. Sin is no match. Grace wins in a land slide. Accept grace…

Romans 5:20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more…

1 Timothy 1:14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.

In 1 Timothy 1, grace is described as overflowing or ὑπερπλεονάζω/huperpleonazó. The prefix “hyper” is used to describe the amount of the number of grace. One cannot measure grace. It is so plentiful, grace cannot be counted. Grace is super, exceedingly abundant. Grace is hyper “cannot be counted”. Definition provided by Strong’s Concordance.

Grace wins…

 

Grace is the difference maker, not the individual. We are granted grace by God. It is not about us. Don’t get cocky.

Romans 12:3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Don’t forget, grace is a gift. There is no amount of good deeds or work anyone can do to earn grace. One can not work for an eternity to earn grace. God is not impressed with your effort. Humble yourself. Get over it because you are not that good. And you are not going to be good enough not matter what you do. Spare God your pride and arrogance. You did not die on a cross to pay for all the sins and transgressions (past, present, and future) of all humanity.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

 

 

Lies, Lies, Lies…Thoughts from an American Soldier

Posted in American soldier with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 10, 2018 by paulthepoke

Exodus 20:16 You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

Proverbs 25:18 Like a club and a sword and a sharp arrow is a man who bears false witness against his neighbor.

Leviticus 19:11 You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another.

Matthew 19:18 “Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus answered, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not bear false witness…”

Colossians 3:9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices…

Lying or bearing false witness are never permissible regardless of the circumstances in the Bible. The idea is to absolutely renounce the act of lying.

 

Lying and Taqiyya

Sharia is Islamic Law.  It is the religious legal system that governs the political, social and moral duties of faithful Muslims.  It is what is meant by “God’s Law”.

Lies nose

Does Islam permit Muslims to lie?  Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to “smooth over differences” or “gain the upper-hand over an enemy”.

There are several forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances, the best-known being taqiyya (the Shia name).  These circumstances typically advance the cause of Islam. In some cases, by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.

Allah does not impose blame upon you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He imposes blame upon you for what your hearts have earned. And Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing. Quran 2:225

Allah has already ordained for you (Muslims) the dissolution of your oaths. And Allah is your protector, and He is the Knowing, the Wise. Quran 66:2

Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief… except for one who is forced (to renounce his religion) while his heart is secure in faith. But those who (willingly) open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment. Quran 16:106

 

Revelation 22:15 Outside (The New Jerusalem) are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

 

 

 

Trend Update: Temple Infrastructure Build, June 2017

Posted in Prophecy, Temple, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 28, 2017 by paulthepoke

The Israeli government is on board for the construction of the third Temple. The building of the third Jewish Temple is no longer a fringe idea. The government is looking to facilitate the necessary infrastructure to allow for millions of Jews to travel to the Temple as required by the Mosaic Law three times per year.

The men are required to make their presentation and sacrifice before God at the Temple.

Exodus 23:14-17 Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me. You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you are to eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. And none shall appear before Me empty-handed. Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord God…

Deuteronomy 16:16 “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the Lord your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the Lord empty-handed…

Government officials are anticipating the building of the third Jewish Temple. They are making preparations for the incoming millions making the road trip to Jerusalem.

A high speed train from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is currently under construction. The last stop in Jerusalem will be at the Western Wall.

Jerusalem light rail

 

A cable car system is being planned in Jerusalem. This has been approved by the Israeli government.

“We need to establish express service bus transportation to the Temple Mount from all parts of the country. The Temple Mount Express bus lines will have special blue and white bus stops enabling Jews to regularly travel directly to the Temple Mount, pray and return home.” -Yaakov Hayman, Chairman of the Friends of the Temple Organization

More hotels are required along with improvements to current lodging in the Jerusalem metropolitan. Discussions regarding improved wider roads are noted. Utility infrastructure is a necessary upgrade.

Israel bridge“We expect millions of Jews coming to the Temple Mount even before the Temple is built, so transportation is a potential bottleneck. We need to open up more entrances to the Temple Mount, since there is currently only one entrance available to the Jews.”  -Yaakov Hayman

https://www.breakingisraelnews.com/90393/infrastructure-bring-millions-pilgrims-temple-mount-quietly-constructed/#rL7WrOjUJjKUhhkh.99

 

Paul the Poke

Habakkuk 1:5 Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told. -LORD God

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