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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.

Trend Update: Dead Sea Life, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, June 2016

Posted in Blood Red Water/Aquatic Death, Prophecy, Trend Update with tags , , , , , , on June 6, 2016 by paulthepoke

Revelation 16:3 The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man; and every living thing in the sea died.

The Bible states there will be a trend toward complete sea life death as stated in the book of Revelation. In chapter 8, 1/3 of the sea life dies and there is a progression toward Revelation 16 and complete sea life death.

Let me be clear. We are not in the tribulation.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is another example of a global trend of dying sea and fresh water creatures. The extent of death is on a massive scale. The smell of death is overwhelming per people on the scene. The majority of the damage is noted in the northern 1/3 of the reef. 22% of the coral has died. 93% of all reefs have experienced some level of bleaching.

The bleaching of the coral has been caused by increased water temperatures. Other factors include El Nino and changing global weather patterns, fertilizer, herbicides, and pollution.

The Great Barrier Reef is approximately 1,600 miles or 2,300 kilometers in length. It takes up an area approximately the size of Germany.

Half a billion people around the globe rely on the reef as a source of food. There are lost jobs as a result of the dying sea life. The reef brings in $6 billion a year in tourism. 70,000 jobs are filled with tourism demand. Jobs and revenue continue to decrease as a result.

Earlier in the year, the 2,500 mile coast of Chile experienced a similar event. This is not Uncle Joe’s farm pond and 15-20 dead catfish.

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jun/07/the-great-barrier-reef-a-catastrophe-laid-bare

 

Trend Update: Immigration to Israel/Aliyah, February 2015

Posted in Prophecy with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by paulthepoke

Jeremiah 31:8, 10 “Behold, I am bringing them from the north country, and I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and she who is in labor with child, together; a great company, they will return here. Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, and declare in the coastlands afar off, and say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.” –Lord God

Jeremiah 31 is a chapter about the future restoration of the country Israel, the people, the land, and the city of Jerusalem. The chapter promises a return of the Jews to the land of Israel. Happiness, safety, and peace abound. Agriculture efforts will flourish. Produce and livestock increases will be exponential. Israel will repent of its past. There will be a spiritual rebirth. Cities across Israel will be rebuilt. Jerusalem will be the capital and the size of the city will be expanded.

God promises His people (Israel) through the course of the Bible He will return them to the land of their fathers. Over three million Jews have immigrated back to the land of Israel since 1948 (http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/).

Read today’s (February 2015) news. After a shooting of Jews in Denmark, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is calling for Jews to return to their homeland of Israel. This is in response to the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe and the world. Today (February 2015) Jews are returning en masse from France, Ukraine, and Belgium. European leaders have been vocally opposed for the call to return to Israel despite the anti-Semitism taking place in their countries.

aliyah

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/16/leaders-criticise-netanyahu-calls-jewish-mass-migration-israel

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/16/world/middleeast/netanyahu-urges-mass-immigration-of-jews-from-europe.html?_r=0

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/copenhagen-shootings-european-leaders-reject-netanyahus-call-for-jewish-migration-to-israel-10049980.html

 

Legislation and financial aid has been passed in Israel to allow for an increase of immigration.

http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/Israel-prepares-for-mass-immigration-from-Europe-391083

 

See a previous post regarding Scripture promises of Jews returning to their homeland of Israel.

http://paulthepoke.com/2015/01/04/trend-update-land-for-peacejanuary-2015/

As a friend put it, “Prophecies being fulfilled right there!”

Jeremiah 31:17 “There is hope for your future,” declares the LORD, “And your children will return to their own territory.”

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