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My Thoughts On Whether An Asteroid Will End All Life on Earth In the Future
Nov092011
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Many of you probably heard that an aircraft carrier-sized asteroid passed by Earth yesterday. The asteroid attracted a lot of media attention as it reportedly was the largest asteroid to approach close to Earth since 1976. According to a Purdue University computer simulation, the asteroid would have triggered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake and a 4,000 megaton explosion if it impacted the earth or created a gigantic tsunami if it crashed into the ocean.

Second person pronoun referring to a ratified participant: those people reading the blog.

Reading about the giant asteroid and the amount of destruction it could have caused if it struck Earth led me to think of the speculation about a giant space object crashing into Earth and wiping out all life in the future. I concluded after thinking about the speculation that it would be a good idea to write an article about the topic because the topic is probably going to be something that is discussed a lot more by the media as we approach December 21, 2012 implicature of quality.
• Therefore, today I share my thoughts on the possibility of an asteroid/comet/meteor destroying all life on Earth in the future.

The use of a second person pronoun, referring humankind in general. The implicature is a leap in logic with the significance of December 21, 2012 left unexcplained.

I believe there is no need to worry about an asteroid/comet/meteor destroying all life on Earth in the future. The reason is that the Bible does not talk about a future event that wipes out all life on Earthimplicature of quality. In fact, the Bible actually talks about conditions on Earth actually becoming more conducive to living longer during the Millennium (which comes after all the chaos during the End Times) in Isaiah 65:19-20:
• Isa 65:19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
• Isa 65:20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed.

Two things here. I believe is a hedge of politeness, softening his stance by not stating it as infallible. He could have written instead There is no need to worry about an asteroid. The implicature is the unstated logical steps that establish the authority and infallibility of the Bible.

I thinkthe closest thing Earth may see to a major asteroid/comet/meteor collision in the future is the third trumpet judgment. The third trumpet judgment calls for a “great star” named “Wormwood” to impact Earth, particularly Earth’s water sources:
• Rev 8:10 And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;
• Rev 8:11 And the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter.

Another hedging with I think.

The poisoning of the water will kill many people, but mankind will not become extinct by this event. We know that life will not be completely wiped out because an angel says “Woe, woe, woe, to the inhibiters of the earth” after the sounding of the fourth trumpet (there would be no reason to mention the inhabitants of the earth if there no longer was anyone alive on Earth).
• Rev 8:12 And the fourth angel sounded, and the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise.
• Rev 8:13 And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

We could refer to bystanders; We know implies that the reader accepts the assumption that the Bible is able to predict the future.

Similarly, there will still be people alive to endure the rest of the trumpet judgments, the bowl judgments, etc. The worst of the Apocalypse won’t result in the end of life on Earth.

I am not saying that it is impossible for Earth to be hit by a significant object from space in the future. I am saying that it is virtually impossible for all life, including human life, to be completely eliminated by a significant object from space. The Bible suggests that there will still be life on Earth even after the planet endures God’s judgments during the End Times, including the judgment that features Wormwood. Therefore, people should not get caught up in any speculation/hype that all life will cease to exist if/when a major space object collides with Earth or comes close to colliding with Earth.

Suggests is a polite hedge. The final sentence is a directive against speculation, even though the entire blog, from a non-eschatological viewpoint, is speculation.

My Thoughts on the Parable of the Fig Tree
Nov072011

I’m sure a lot of people have interest in the “Parable of the Fig Tree”, which was first introduced by Christ in Matthew 24:32-25 (and also found in Mark 13:28-31 and Luke 21:29-32). Here is the parable described in the Book of Matthew:
• Mat 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh:
• Mat 24:33 So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors.
• Mat 24:34 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
• Mat 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

A belief that many people hold today is that Israel represents the fig tree in the parable and that we are the generation that will see the return of Christ after the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. This viewpoint has led to speculation over the past few decades about when Christ will return.
• One popular theory was that Christ would return in 1988 as some argued that a “generation” represented 40 years and that the final generation started with the creation of the state of Israel.
• Another popular theory was that Christ would return in 2007 as some argued that a “generation” represented 40 years and that 1967 marked the start of the final generation.
• A current theory is that Christ will return between 2011 and 2018 as some argue that a “generation” represents 70 years and the final generation started with the creation of the state of Israel.

Today I provide my thoughts on this popular subject.

Some Symbolic Examples
Proponents of the idea that Israel is connected with the Parable of the Fig Tree believe that Israel is symbolically represented by the fig tree in scripture. Proponents cite several passages which they use to make their case. The following are three examples that proponents often cite:

One of the main passages cited by proponents is Jeremiah 24:1-9. The passage describes two groups of figs: those who were taken captive (the good figs) and those who remained in the land and lived in land of Egypt (the bad figs):
• Jer 24:1 The LORD shewed me, and, behold, two baskets of figs were set before the temple of the LORD, after that Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon had carried away captive Jeconiah the son of Jehoiakim king of Judah, and the princes of Judah, with the carpenters and smiths, from Jerusalem, and had brought them to Babylon.
• Jer 24:2 One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very naughty figs, which could not be eaten, they were so bad.
• Jer 24:3 Then said the LORD unto me, What seest thou, Jeremiah? And I said, Figs; the good figs, very good; and the evil, very evil, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil.
• Jer 24:4 Again the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
• Jer 24:5 Thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good.
• Jer 24:6 For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up.
• Jer 24:7 And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart.
• Jer 24:8 And as the evil figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely thus saith the LORD, So will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes, and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt:
• Jer 24:9 And I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse, in all places whither I shall drive them.

Hosea 9:10 is also cited by proponents. The verse compares the Israelites’ ancestors to the first fruits of a fig tree:
• Hos 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved.

Another often cited passage is Mark 11:13-23 (also found in Matthew 21:18-22). Mark 11:13-14 mentions that Christ commanded a fig tree to never grow fruit again. Mark 11:20-21 describes the discovery of the same fig tree-now withered away:
• Mar 11:13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.
• Mar 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.
• Mar 11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;
• Mar 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.
• Mar 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
• Mar 11:18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.
• Mar 11:19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.
• Mar 11:20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
• Mar 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.
• Mar 11:22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
• Mar 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

Some people view the cursing of the fig tree as a symbolic denunciation of Israel’s poor spiritual condition at the time. I know others have different ideas of what the symbolic importance of the curse placed on the fig tree is, so the issue of why Christ cursed the fig tree is not something that I am not dogmatic about.

Here he uses a double negative to soften his view, while at the same time making his underlying suppositions clear. He could have written the fig tress is something I am ambivalent about; but by using the word dogmatic, he makes that underlying supposition clear.

I will not argue for or against the idea that Israel has some symbolic connection to the fig tree in this article because whether Israel is symbolically represented by the fig tree or not has no bearing on my view concerning the Parable of the Fig Tree. I’ll explain my view on the Parable of the Fig Tree next.

My View
I will probably disappoint a lot of people by stating that I currently do not believe that the Parable of the Fig Tree specifically relates to Israel because the parable is not only about the fig tree. Luke 21:29 states the parable relates to the fig tree and all the trees.
• Luk 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees;
• Luk 21:30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.
• Luk 21:31 So likewise ye, when ye see these things come to pass, know ye that the kingdom of God is nigh at hand.
• Luk 21:32 Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all be fulfilled.

I will probably disappoint a lot of people is both a direct address to his audience and a polite hedge. Currently is a polite hedge, indicating that his position might change in the future.

The focus on the fig tree and all the trees suggests the parable is not exclusively about a development that relates to the fig tree. Israel may represent a fig tree symbolically, but the parable is not focused solely on the fig tree sprouting leaves. The sprouting of every tree’s leaves, including the fig tree, is the focus of the parable as “they” are the subject mentioned in Luke 21:30.
I do not believe the Luke 21:29-32’s account of the parable conflicts with the accounts provided in Matthew 24:32-35 and Mark 13:28-31 as the Word of God is inerrant and without contradiction. I think the difference between Luke 21:29-32 and Matthew 24:32-35 & Mark 13:28-31 is just an instance where Matthew and Mark emphasized the fig tree element of the parable (after all, the fig tree was distinguished from "all the trees" even in Luke 21:29-32).

The use of polite hedges here to soften his position.

I believe Christ tried to convey the message that people can tell that His Coming is near when they see the events He described taking place like people can tell that summer is near when they see trees begin to sprout leaves. In other words, Christ sought to alert people that the events He described are indicators that people can look at to gauge how near His Coming is as people can look at the sprouting of leaves to tell what time of year it is.

Another polite hedge. The entire second sentence is an implicature of manner: a restatement of what he said in the first sentence.

People who will endure the great tribulation may not be able to keep a good track of time as they endure the greatest persecution in the history of the world. I imagine that some people may lose track of what day it is as they seek to survive the persecution (finding food and water and avoiding being captured probably will be much higher on the priority list for many people than finding out what day it is). The events Christ described can serve as indicators to help those who may not know what day it is to have an idea of how close Christ’s Coming is.

Here he uses inside knowledge and eschatological jingoism--you have to know eschatological terminology to understand what the great tribulation is. I imagine is another polite hedge.

• The events/indicators for people to watch for relate to what Christ described in the Olivet Discourse prior to the mentioning the parable. For instance, the signs in the sun and moon are events people should watch to get a sense of how close Christ’s Coming is.

Here he again uses inside knowledge--eschatological jingoism: the reader is supposed to understand what the Olivet Discourse is and what it contains.

Closing Thoughts
People are welcome to believe that the Parable of the Fig Tree is connected with Israel in some way, shape, or form. However, I think proponents of the view that the Parable of the Fig Tree is connected with Israel need to account for why the parable in Luke 21:29-32 includes all trees (and not just the fig tree).

Two more polite hedges.

Again, I believe the Parable of the Fig Tree is an analogy given by Christ to communicate the message to people that they can tell that His Coming is near when they see the events He described transpire. Until I am convinced otherwise, this is the position I hold on this topic. However, I am flexible so feel free to offer a rebuttal in the comments section.

A heavy use of polite hedging here.

Ezekiel 38:8-12 Questions and More

Nov042011

Today I want to provide an update on where I am in my study concerning Ezekiel 38, Ezekiel 39, and other related verses since it’s been awhile since I’ve discussed my progress.

I mentioned before that I believe it is essential to understand Ezekiel 38:8-12 in order to have a good understanding of the timing of the many events described in Ezekiel 38 and a good understanding of Ezekiel 38’s relationship with Ezekiel 39:
The key to understanding the context of the main invasion described in Ezekiel 38 is to come up with an understanding of when the conditions/details described in Ezekiel 38:8-12 will exist in Israel and an understanding of who will be responsible for creating the conditions that exists in Israel when Gog’s invasion transpires. Every explanation concerning the events described in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 must be able to account for the details described in Ezekiel 38:8-12 in a manner that is biblically possible.

Another polite hedge. The references to Ezekiel 38-9 is a reference to knowledge the writer assumes the reader possesses.

I recently formulated a list of questions during my study of Ezekiel 38:8-12 which I think are relevant to gaining a solid understanding of Ezekiel 38:8-12. I now offer you these questions as something for you to consider if you are studying Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 yourself and as something to give you a better idea of what details I see as particularly relevant from this important passage:

More polite hedging. The pronouns here are all addressed to a ratified participant.

Ezekiel 38:8:
(38:8) After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them.

• The verse mentions that the land is "brought back from the sword". When is/was the land subject to the "sword"?
• Have the Lord’s people already been gathered out of the nations in a biblical sense, and if not, when will they be gathered?
• Are the Lord’s people dwelling in the mountains of Israel now, and if not, when will they dwell in the mountains of Israel?
• When will the Lord’s people dwell safely? Under what circumstances will the Lord’s people live safely?
• What time period constitutes the “latter years” and why does it say “after many days” Gog shall be visited?

Ezekiel 38:9-12:
(38:9) Thou shalt ascend and come like a storm, thou shalt be like a cloud to cover the land, thou, and all thy bands, and many people with thee. (38:10) Thus saith the Lord GOD; It shall also come to pass, that at the same time shall things come into thy mind, and thou shalt think an evil thought: (38:11) And thou shalt say, I will go up to the land of unwalled villages; I will go to them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates, (38:12) To take a spoil, and to take a prey; to turn thine hand upon the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the nations, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land.

Is Israel currently a land of “unwalled villages” without walls, bars, or gates, and if not, when will Israel be? And under what circumstances will enable the land of Israel to be this way?
Is the gathering of the Lord’s people out of from the nations a 100% gathering or is it a partial gathering?
Has the level of wealth described in Ezekiel 38:12 been achieved yet, and if not, when will this level of wealth be achieved?
What does Ezekiel mean by “the desolate places that are now inhabited”? Which location(s) is this referring to and when will these desolated places be inhabited?

All of these questions are attempts to enact conversation.

A Few Other Questions Worth Considering
In addition, I have also formulated a few questions relating to Revelation 20:7-9, Ezekiel 39:9, and Ezekiel 38:16, 22-23 which I think are also worth considering:

Revelation 20:7-9:
(20:7) And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, (20:8) And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. (20:9) And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

What role does Revelation 20:7-9 play in the understanding of Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39?
I do not believe this passage can be ignored or downplayed because it references Gog and Magog. There is probably some aspect of Ezekiel 38 and/or Ezekiel 39 which relates to the end of the millennium.

Another question that enacts conversation. There are two examples of polite hedging here as well.

Ezekiel 39:9:
Eze 39:9 And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years:

When will people begin to burn the weapons from Gog’s defeated army for seven years?

A question enacting conversation.

Ezekiel 38:16, 22-23:
Ezekiel 38:16, 22-23 suggests that the Lord will be sanctified in the eyes of the heathen through the defeat of Gog and his army:
(38:16) And thou shalt come up against my people of Israel, as a cloud to cover the land; it shall be in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me, when I shall be sanctified in thee, O Gog, before their eyes…(38:22) And I will plead against him with pestilence and with blood; and I will rain upon him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire, and brimstone. (38:23) Thus will I magnify myself, and sanctify myself; and I will be known in the eyes of many nations, and they shall know that I am the LORD.

However, several other Bible prophecy passages, including Ezekiel 39:25, which suggest that the Lord will be sanctified in the eyes of the nations through His people.
Eze 20:41 I will accept you with your sweet savour, when I bring you out from the people, and gather you out of the countries wherein ye have been scattered; and I will be sanctified in you before the heathen.
Eze 20:42 And ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for the which I lifted up mine hand to give it to your fathers.
Eze 28:25 Thus saith the Lord GOD; When I shall have gathered the house of Israel from the people among whom they are scattered, and shall be sanctified in them in the sight of the heathen, then shall they dwell in their land that I have given to my servant Jacob.
Eze 28:26 And they shall dwell safely therein, and shall build houses, and plant vineyards; yea, they shall dwell with confidence, when I have executed judgments upon all those that despise them round about them; and they shall know that I am the LORD their God.
Eze 39:25 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
Eze 39:26 After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
Eze 39:27 When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
Eze 39:28 Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there. Eze 36:23 And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes.
Eze 36:24 For I will take you from among the heathen, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.
Eze 36:25 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you.

How can we reconcile the fact that the Lord will be sanctified in eyes of the heathen through the defeat of Gog and his army and the fact that the Lord will be sanctified in the eyes of the heathen through His people?

A question enabling conversation.

The answers you come up to these questions will have a strong influence on when you see the fulfillment of the many events described in Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39…

Pronouns referring to a ratified participant.

I’ve actually begun to work on writing articles which will help to answer these questions. My plan is to finish a bunch of articles in advance before I publish them because I want to be careful how I present my answers to you as the interpretation of Ezekiel 38 and Ezekiel 39 that I’m working on conveying is not what people are accustomed to reading about…

Both you and people are references to a ratified participant.

I don’t know how long it will take to finish these articles, but I’m trying my best to complete them as circumstances allow me to. In the meantime, I will still write articles on a variety of subjects. In fact, one topic that I’m thinking about writing about soon is the Parable of the Fig Tree…

Harold Camping Reemerges and It Seems He May Issue Another Prediction
Nov022011

Recall that I attempted to provide some closure on the Harold Camping subject in an article last week entitled “My Final Article on Harold Camping (Unless He Makes Another Prediction)”. I mentioned at the end of the article that I did not plan to write about Harold Camping again unless he reemerges to make another prediction. I thought it was unlikely that Camping would make anymore public statements or predictions after the non-events of May 21 and October 21. However, after the events of October 28, it sounds to me like Camping is not yet done issuing predictions about the end of the world.

Here he uses a directive.

Harold Camping released an audio statement on Family Radio’s website on October 28 where he discussed the non-events of October 21. Here are some highlights of what Camping said in his audio statement:
• The non-events of October 21 seems embarrassing for Family Radio
• God is in charge of everything
• We have to be very careful to not dictate to God about what He should do
• We must continue to look to the Bible and God in His own timetable will reveal truth to us
• He apologized for saying that people who did not believe in May 21 probably had not become saved.

A polite hedge.

To Camping’s credit, he said some things that I agree with. I agree that God is in charge of everything, that we have to be very careful to not dictate to God about what He should do, we must continue to look to the Bible as it is the source of truth, and God in His own timetable will reveal the truth to us. However, Camping did not follow some of this advice when he formulated his failed predictions, so I’m unsure if Camping will actually follow this advice now and in the future.

While he apologized for saying that people who did not believe in May 21 probably had not become saved, Camping did not apologize for:
• Giving skeptics something to cite in their mocking of people who study or believe in Bible prophecy (I recently read a comment on a news website where a skeptic teased a commenter who quoted a Bible prophecy passage by saying that people who use the Bible recently have a poor track record of predicting things).
• The financial losses people incurred promoting his false teachings (probably in the millions of dollars in total when you consider all the money that was spent promoting May 21).
• Tearing families apart with his false prophecy teachings. Recall, one New Jersey businessman did not communicate with his wife for at least several months because she did not believe in Camping’s May 21 prediction and one of the businessman’s sons cancelled his engagement with his girlfriend because she did not believe in Camping’s May 21 prediction (link).
• The deaths his false prophecy teachings have brought on (Example)
• For teaching that virtually no one was saved anywhere in the world between May 21, 1988 and September 7, 1994 (I was asked to be saved during that time as a young child).

Here he uses a directive.

Camping has said that he is not responsible for the actions that people take. While Camping did not force people to make certain choices, he is responsible for the false prophecy teachings that led people to make the choices they made. If Camping did not work to spread his false prophecy teachings much of what happened would have been avoided. In that sense, I believe that Camping needs to accept some responsibility for what has taken place and apologize for it.

A polite hedge.

The thing that stood out the most about the audio statement (and is the reason for today’s article) was that Camping did not sound like a man who was ready to give up making predictions.
• Camping did not come close to admitting that his false prophecy teachings were wrong. Camping denouncing his false prophecy teachings would have been a major gesture to show that he is no longer interested in making predictions.
• Camping seemed to hint that he may be working on another prediction when he mentioned that he found “other language in the Bible” that he says needs to be examined carefully:

“Amongst other things, I have been checking my own notes more carefully than ever. And I do find that there is other language in the Bible that we still have to look at very carefully and will impinge upon this question very definitely. And we should be very patient about this matter.”

A polite hedge.

There is some debate about whether Camping’s audio statement should be accepted as an apology. I think it’s up to each person to determine whether they accept Camping’s audio statement as an apology. I personally did not detect a lot of remorse from Camping as he did not apologize about some key matters I mentioned above, did not denounce his false prophecy teachings, and seemed to hint that another prediction is a possibility. However, this may be as far as Camping will ever go to apologizing for everything, so perhaps that has to be considered when assessing whether his audio statement qualifies as an apology worth accepting.

A couple more polite hedges.

I know I wrote that I would not write about Harold Camping unless he made another prediction, but Camping’s audio message was something that I felt could not be ignored-especially when he did not close the door on making another prediction. Now I’ll try to refrain from writing about Camping until he makes a prediction. I hope Camping just gives up and save me and others the effort of trying to show the flaws of any new prediction that builds on the false prophecy teachings that his previous predictions were based on.

An implicature of manner here: a flout of more words than is needed.

October 2011 Edition of Creme’s Magazine Attempts to Reinterpret the Great Tribulation
Oct312011

Pre-Article Disclaimer for Newer Readers: If you are reading this blog for the first time or are not totally familiar with my work, I am a 100% Christian writer who analyzes things from a Christian point of view. I sometimes research into what the spiritual forces of evil are up to in hopes of gleaning information to help us Christians figure out what is going on or to figure out what Satan has planned. You can read more about why I dare consider these unbiblical sources at the following link Now on to the article...

Pronouns referring to ratified participants.

I occasionally encounter a claim or a series of claims about the future from unbiblical sources that remind me of a Bible prophecy concept when I investigate them in an attempt to glean information about what the spiritual forces are up to or what Satan has planned in the future. Unbiblical sources typically attempt to reinterpret the meaning of a Bible prophecy concept/event in a way that warps the truth and/or advances Satan’s agenda.

I mention this because the October 2011 edition of Benjamin Creme’s (the official spokesmen of Maitreya, the leader of the Ascended Masters-a group of spiritual beings referred to as the “spiritual wickedness in high places” in Ephesians 6:12) magazine contains a prime example where an end time event is reinterpreted in a way that arguably advances Satan’s agenda. The October 2011 edition of the magazine emphasized false teachings about a future time period that eerily sounds like the great tribulation mentioned by Christ in the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21).
• Today I focus on this topic in lieu of a review of the October 2011 edition of Creme’s magazine.

This is a definite implicature of quantity. It is a flout that fails to provide the logical connection between Maitreya and the reference in Ephesians.

Every month Creme’s magazine devotes a significant amount of space to discussing a false teaching. The space often includes teachings from Creme, messages that purportedly are from Maitreya (transcribed by Creme) , and/or messages that are purportedly from the spiritual being who advises Creme (transcribed by Creme). The false teaching emphasized in the October 2011 issue is a concept called the “sword of the cleavage”.
• The “sword of the cleavage” is supposedly an energy that divides mankind against itself. The magazine claims the sword is going to be utilized in full force shortly after Maitreya reveals himself to the world.

The magazine focused a lot on the period following the time when Maitreya will supposedly reveal himself to the world. The magazine emphasized that there will be a time of crisis following the unveiling of Maitreya to the world. The magazine characterizes this time of crisis as being:
• A painful and traumatic time for many people
• A major confrontation between good and evil
• A time when brother will turn against brother (a reference to the Bible was actually given)
• A period of testing for mankind. Instead of testing people’s loyalty to God, the magazine claims it will be a test of people’s supposed “divine consciousness”/willingness to follow Maitreya's ideas for a supposedly better future.
• An unprecedented time on Earth

The magazine claims that this crisis period will be instigated by Maitreya and is used to serve his purposes to test people.
• This is a false claim because 2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 suggests that God permits Satan to operate for His own purposes (to send the strong delusion). In other words, God is still in control of the entire situation even though Satan is allowed to utilize all “power and signs and lying wonders”.

(2:8) And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: (2:9) Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, (2:10) And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (2:11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (2:12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

The magazine includes a message purportedly from Maitreya (transcribed by Creme) that states that there are only two paths that people can follow during this time. People will decide which choice they will make:
• A path that will lead them directly to divinity (underlying this are the false teachings that mankind can create the Kingdom of God on Earth on their own and that man can become God).
• A path that will lead to death and devastation

The magazine suggests that there will be three types of people during this time:
• Followers: People who are motivated to do good and willing to follow the teachings of Maitreya.
• On the Fence: People who wait for those they trust to make a decision about whether to commit or resist.
• Those Who Don’t Follow: People with prejudice, fear, suspicion, and/or hate. The magazine notes that some of these people will cite scriptural warnings to justify their reluctance to follow (Creme mentions that some people will say that the Antichrist has arrived).

The magazine never directly states that those who do not follow Maitreya in the future will face persecution. However, I detect hints in the section about the sword of the cleavage that Satan’s plan is to indeed persecute those who refuse to follow:
Recall that the magazine mentioned that this time period would be a time when brother would turn against brother as mentioned in the Bible. I’ll show a verse mentioning this in a moment, and what you will see in that verse is that betrayal of this nature will lead to death and devastation.
Recall that the magazine characterized the time period as a painful time.
Recall that the path for not following Maitreya is death.
• The last part of the section about the sword of the cleavage includes another purported message from Maitreya (transcribed by Creme). The message calls on people to join Maitreya’s army and to help cleanse the world of “hate”. Recall that the magazine suggests that those who oppose Maitreya possess hate.

A series of directives here, and a second person pronoun referring to a ratified participant.

As I mentioned near the beginning of the article, the description of the time described by the magazine is eerily reminiscent of the great tribulation. Here are four of the parallels that I noticed between the period the magazine described and the great tribulation:

The first parallel is the detail that brother shall turn against brother. Christ warned us that this phenomenon would occur prior to His Second Coming:
• Mar 13:12 Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death.
• Mar 13:13 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

The second parallel is the detail that this time period will be unlike any time period in history. Christ described the great tribulation as an unparalleled period:
• Mat 24:15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
• …
• Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The third parallel is that the crisis period that the magazine describes begins shortly after Maitreya reveals his identity to the world. The great tribulation begins shortly after the Antichrist reveals his true identity to the world.

The fourth indication that the magazine is talking about a period which resembles the great tribulation is the detail that people will say that the Antichrist has arrived. I believe there will be some people who will recognize the Antichrist for who he really is at the moment he reveals his true identity to the world.

A polite hedge.

I think the main reason why you see attempts to reinterpret end time concepts/events like Creme’s magazine tried to reinterpret the great tribulation is that Satan wants people to see events in a way that does not harm his ability to execute his agenda or in a way that advances his agenda.

A polite hedge, and a second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

• The magazine’s reinterpretation of the period we know as the great tribulation provides readers the sense that the time period will be difficult so that readers won’t be surprised by the difficulties when that time comes. However, the reinterpretation tries to mislead people into believing that the test is not people’s faithfulness to God, but instead people’s willingness to follow Maitreya and his ideas. The reader is encouraged to follow the appeals of Maitreya and to not resist like those who cling to scripture. In essence, readers are given dangerous advice concerning how to live through an unprecedented time of tribulation on Earth.

A second person pronoun referring to a bystander. He refers here to a directive from Maitreya.
• This reinterpretation suits Satan’s purposes because Satan wants people to turn away from God and to follow the Antichrist during the great tribulation.
I also think it’s worth mentioning that the spiritual being who advises Creme claims that those who will cite scripture in resistance to Maitreya misinterpret scripture! The accusation is ironic because it is the reinterpretation that gets it wrong!

Finally, I think the reinterpretation is an indirect recognition by those who devised it that there is going to be a period of great tribulation in the future. We know there is going to be a period of great tribulation in the future since Christ mentioned it in the Olivet Discourse. Therefore, we do not need unbiblical sources to tell us that there is going to be a period of great tribulation to know there is going to be one, but the recognition by them is there since they are preparing their followers to expect an unprecedented time of difficulty too.

A polite hedge. A second person pronoun referencing bystanders. A directive warning against non-Biblical sources of prophecy.

I hope you found the article today interesting and informative…

A second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

My Impressions of the Vatican’s Report on Global Political and Economic Reform After Reading It
Oct282011

As many of you probably know by now, the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice released a report that many say calls for the creation of a global central bank and the creation of an authority to manage the global economy. The report raised many eyebrows with people who are leery about the prospects for a future global government since the report was published by a Vatican-affiliated organization.

A direct address in many of you. People who are leery might also be considered a direct address to a ratified participant, or to bystanders.

• I was surprised when I heard about the report because it is usually a United Nations organization that advocates global governance or management of the global economy.

I wanted to read the Vatican’s report before fully commenting on it because I wanted to see whether there were some things in the report that journalists failed to notice when summarizing the report. I found some time over the past couple of days to read and to study the Vatican’s report, and I am now ready to share my thoughts on the report.

Before I begin I’ll disclose that I am not a Catholic and I don't hold the same view on economic and political matters as those who authored the report (on the political spectrum the authors are far to the left of me). My intention in this article is to not criticize the Catholic Church or to bash the Pope. My intention is to remain as objective as possible when providing my thoughts on the Vatican’s report.

What the Report Is
The report was issued by the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice. The report was written by the council in response to Benedict XVI’s call for humanity to come up with new rules to address the difficulties of our time. The report seeks to provide a list of possible suggestions for policymakers to follow to ultimately address many of the problems in the world today.

A second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

• Cardinal Peter Turkson, the head of the Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice, compared the current situation to the immediate aftermath of World War 2 when nations around the world came together to form the United Nations in an audio interview discussing the report. He mentioned that there is a similar need for nations to come together to today to form a similar authority to deal with the dimensions of globalization today.

What the Report Isn’t
Although it comes from the Vatican, the report is not an official papal document nor does it have any legal binding for global policymakers. The report’s authors state that they merely offer their reflections for global leaders to consider.
• Cardinal Turkson acknowledged in the audio interview that some people may view the recommendations made by the council as idealistic and unrealistic.

Specific Recommendations in the Report
The report indeed calls for the creation of a global political authority and the creation of a global monetary management body (whose role would resemble a global central bank). Here are the relevant passages where the authors call for the creation of these global governing bodies:
• Note: The authors periodically cited statements made by Popes to give their recommendations added ethical/moral weight.

Implicature of manner: a flout using more words than are necessary.

Global Political Authority
In the same spirit of Pacem in Terris, Benedict XVI himself expressed the need to create a world political authority. This seems obvious if we consider the fact that the agenda of questions to be dealt with globally is becoming ever longer. Think, for example, of peace and security; disarmament and arms control; promotion and protection of fundamental human rights; management of the economy and development policies; management of the migratory flows and food security, and protection of the environment. In all these areas, the growing interdependence between States and regions of the world becomes more and more obvious as well as the need for answers that are not just sectorial and isolated, but systematic and integrated, rich in solidarity and subsidiarity and geared to the universal common good.

Second person pronoun referring to a ratified participant.

Global Central Bank
Specific attention should be paid to the reform of the international monetary system and, in particular, the commitment to create some form of global monetary management, something that is already implicit in the Statutes of the International Monetary Fund. It is obvious that to some extent this is equivalent to putting the existing exchange systems up for discussion in order to find effective means of coordination and supervision. This process must also involve the emerging and developing countries in defining the stages of a gradual adaptation of the existing instruments.

An interesting interplay of an implicature of manner here--It is obvious is a flout requiring more words than necessary--and a polite hedge--to some extent that counterbalance each other.

In fact, one can see an emerging requirement for a body that will carry out the functions of a kind of “central world bank” that regulates the flow and system of monetary exchanges similar to the national central banks.

However, it’s worth mentioning that the report does not advocate the use of force to create the global political authority. The authors of the report prefer the global political authority be achieved voluntarily by the nations of the world:
It is a matter of an Authority with a global reach that cannot be imposed by force, coercion or violence, but should be the outcome of a free and shared agreement and a reflection of the permanent and historic needs of the world common good. It ought to arise from a process of progressive maturation of consciences and freedoms as well as the awareness of growing responsibilities.

A possible implicature of manner here?

Furthermore, the report calls for the global political authority to operate under the principle of subsidiarity, which is a Catholic principle which calls on issues to be dealt with by the lowest competent authority [added by me to provide clarification].
As we read in Caritas in Veritate [a work by Benedict XVI], “The governance of globalization must be marked by subsidiarity, articulated into several layers and involving different levels that can work together.” Only in this way can the danger of a central Authority’s bureaucratic isolation be avoided, which would otherwise risk being delegitimized by an excessive distance from the realities on which it is based and easily fall prey to paternalistic, technocratic or hegemonic temptations.

The authors recommend that a reformation of the United Nations is a logical starting point to create this future global political authority:
However, a long road still needs to be travelled before arriving at the creation of a public Authority with universal jurisdiction. It would seem logical for the reform process to proceed with the United Nations as its reference because of the worldwide scope of its responsibilities, its ability to bring together the nations of the world, and the diversity of its tasks and those of its specialized Agencies.

Politeness. A hedge.

The impression I got reading about the global political authority is that the Vatican department wants a global governance structure that resembles a world federation of nations where each individual nation maintains its sovereignty while operating under the international guidelines that the governing body sets. In other words, the Vatican department wants a global political authority in place to oversee global issues, but does not want this political body micromanaging every aspect of life in each individual nation.

A polite hedge.

The impression I got reading about the global central bank is that the Vatican department sees a global central bank as a potential ethical tool to promote global economic development instead of a tool that helps a future world leader further exert their dominance over the world.

A polite hedge.

My View on These Recommendations: I believe the creation of a global political authority and the creation of a global central bank is a dangerous thing to do-even if every country agreed to the creation of these institutions voluntarily. I believe the creation of such institutions would put the world at increased risk of seeing a totalitarian global government arise since the institutions would be in place for a power-hungry global leader to quickly establish his dominance over the world after taking control of these institutions.

Two polite hedges.

• It is naïve to think that a person or a group of people won’t try to exploit the power available to them if these institutions are created. We’ve seen numerous examples in history where leaders become addicted to power and grow to abuse the power available to them.

Second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

The Big Picture Impact of the Report
Looking at the big picture, the Vatican’s report is unlikely going to have a major impact on bringing the world towards a global government. Here are the main reasons why I believe the report’s impact is likely going to be minimal with regards to this:
• The Vatican does not have the power to coerce world leaders to implement the things that it calls for. The Pontifical Council for Peace and Justice even recognized that they do not have the power to make world leaders follow the suggestions they’ve made.
• The world is already on the track to eventually have a global government as verses like Daniel 7:23-25 and Revelation 13:7 suggest that the world will see a global government under the Antichrist in the future. The publication of the report does not hurt the process, but it’s not the game changer that will turn the prospect for a global government from pipedream to reality (the process towards a global government would continue regardless of whether the report was issued or not).

A polite hedge.

The one way I can see the Vatican’s report potentially having some impact is that it may give global elites an ethical/moral clearance to pursue greater global integration.

A polite hedge.

• Although the Vatican is not nearly as influential as it was a few hundred years ago, there are still a lot of people in the world that look to the Vatican for guidance on ethical/moral issues. A Vatican department’s call for global leaders to pursue greater global integration on ethical/moral grounds may make it more tenable for the global elite to justify the push for greater global integration.
• The report at least gives me the sense that the Vatican would not oppose a movement towards increased global governance if it follows the general guidelines issued by the authors of the report.


Closing Thought
It’s somewhat alarming to read that a Vatican-affiliated organization advocates the creation of a global political authority and a global central bank on some level. However, at the same time, it is important to have a big picture perspective when thinking about whether this report has the potential to be a major difference maker in the push to create a global government and a one-world economic system. You may not come to the same conclusion as I’ve reached, which is that the report is unlikely going to make a big impact overall, but distinguishing between the report’s symbolism and the report’s potential to influence events may help put things into a better perspective.

A polite hedge, and a couple of directives. A second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

My Final Article on Harold Camping (Unless He Makes Another Prediction)
Oct262011

October 21, 2011 came and went without Harold Camping’s end of the world prediction coming true. If
you read my critique of Camping’s October 21 prediction, you should not be surprised that his prediction failed to transpire as his prediction was built on teachings that contradict the Bible.

Second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant, and a directive.

Media interest in the October 21 story was not nearly as high as the interest in the May 21 story. Consequently, there has been relatively less media coverage of the aftermath of October 21’s non-events than the aftermath of May 21’s non-events.

Today I’ll share with
you what I’ve read about the aftermath of Camping’s failed October 21 prediction and share some of my thoughts on the subject as a way to provide some closure on this whole Harold Camping topic.

Second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

The Christian Post reports that Harold Camping has finally retired from Family Radio. The website managed to interview Brandon Tauszik, a documentarian who has attended services at Camping’s church during the past several months.
• According to the Christian Post, Tauszik said that Camping seemed to doubt his own prediction when he spoke to Camping on October 16. Tauszik also reportedly said that Camping told him that God did not give anyone the power to know when the Rapture will occur.

If what Tauszik reports is accurate, it makes me wonder whether pride played a role in preventing Camping from admitting that he was unsure about what he has taught people for years. Camping could have stopped the October 21 madness with a simple public statement that he had doubt.
Perhaps a public statement from Camping would have stopped one woman from recently donating her entire life savings in anticipation for October 21.

Two polite hedges.

You’d think that hardcore followers of Camping would realize that Camping is not a reliable Bible prophecy teacher after his predictions concerning 1994, May 21, and October 21 failed. However, it seems that there are still people who follow Camping’s prophecy teachings after all of his failed predictions. Tauszik reported that people at Camping’s church this past Sunday concluded that God did judge the world on October 21, but it was another spiritual judgment:
“Meanwhile, during an Oct. 23 service at Camping’s church, after the rapture did not happen, the congregation was trying to make sense of the facts. Most people there apparently still believe that Christ will return very soon. During that first sermon after the failed doomsday, Camping’s church also declared that God's judgment did occur, but was, once again, "spiritual.”

Second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

Tauszik also reported that some members of Camping’s church believe that the end of the world would come today due to the end of a moon cycle.

“Brainwashed”
may be too strong of word to describe those who continue to follow Camping’s prophecy teachings after his numerous failed predictions. However, it seems that those who choose to continue to follow Camping have a mindset that is very difficult to alter. In fact, the mindset reminds me a hardcore Camping follower who posted pro-Camping comments in the comments section of my articles concerning Camping’s May 21 great earthquake prediction and Camping’s May 21 Rapture prediction.

Two polite hedges.

• The Camping follower was extremely difficult to reason with because he viewed the Bible in a non-literal way, yet claimed that he allowed scripture to speak for scripture. The Camping follower was also hard to reason with because he would often reply to comments and questions by repeating everything Camping taught like it was Gospel. I could tell he psychologically equated Camping’s words with the Bible because he at one point in the exchange questioned whether I actually believed that the Bible was the Word of God because I dared to question Camping (Page 4 of the discussion thread when viewed by newest first).
• The Camping follower has not posted any comments admitting that he was wrong about May 21 nor do not expect him to…

I hope that Camping supporters do not lose faith in Christianity after this entire ordeal. Christ will come, but not on an artificial date like May 21, 2011 or October 21, 2011. Christ will come when the time is right-when conditions in the world matchup with what the Bible tells us about the general time surrounding Christ’s return.

I do not plan to write about Harold Camping again unless he reemerges to make another prediction concerning the Rapture or the end of the world. Camping is in poor health following a stroke in June and has declined to speak to the media since last Friday, so
I think it is unlikely that Camping is going to make another prediction. Of course, stranger things have happened… so I would not be totally shocked if Camping were to make one last attempt to predict the end of us all…

Polite hedge.

The next date to critique is December 21, 2012.
I have a feeling the hype for that date is going to be much worse than the hype for May 21, 2011…

Polite hedge.

U.N. Security Council Vote on Palestinian Authority’s Bid May Come in November
Oct242011

Today I want to draw attention to an article that appeared in the Jerusalem Post around the time when much of the world’s attention was focused on Libya after the death of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The reason I want to draw attention to the article is that it pertains to something I’ve written about periodically during the past several months: the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. bid. Specifically, the article is about the possibility for the United Nations Security Council to vote on the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. bid soon.

The article mentions that there is a meeting on November 11 where Security Council ambassadors are expected to decide on their response to the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. bid. The article mentions that the members of the U.N. Security Council could hold a vote on the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. bid if the Palestinians want a vote to take place.
• The Palestinians could get a vote called within 24 hours after the meeting or at any time after the meeting with the help of Lebanon, a current member of the U.N. Security Council.

The Palestinians want to get at least nine votes in favor of their U.N. bid to claim a symbolic victory if/when the U.S. issues its veto as nine votes represent the minimum number of votes needed for approval at the U.N. Security Council. The following is a breakdown of how the current members of the U.N. Security Council are expected to vote on the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. bid if a vote were held today:

Likely to Vote Against/Abstain/Veto
1. United States (Veto if Palestinians have 9 Votes)
2. United Kingdom
3. France
4. Germany
5. Colombia
6. Portugal

Likely to Vote For
1. Russia
2. China
3. Lebanon
4. Gabon
5. India
6. South Africa
7. Brazil
8. Nigeria

Unsure (Swing Vote)
Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Palestinians are expected to ask the U.N. Security Council for a vote before the end of 2011 because their chances of getting nine votes worsen at the start of next year when Guatemala replaces Brazil as a member of the U.N. Security Council.
• A U.N. analyst believes Guatemala would not vote in favor of the Palestinian’s U.N. bid if the U.S. applies pressure to Guatemala.

Regardless of how many votes the Palestinian Authority's U.N. bid gets at the U.N. Security Council,
I think it is likely that they will take the issue to the U.N. General Assembly (where they only need a majority vote to upgrade their U.N. status from “observer” to “non-member observer state"-the equivalent to the Vatican’s status at the U.N.) because they will want to show their people that they got something from the U.N. experience.

Polite hedge.

I’m still unsure how this situation is going to completely play out over the next several weeks and months. However,
I still think we may see something very important happen later as a result of this situation (like a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and/or a major Middle East war).

A polite hedge, and a second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

Nevertheless, with a U.N. Security Council vote potentially coming as early as November 11,
we may not have to wait much longer before the Palestinian Authority’s U.N. efforts and Israel’s reaction to their efforts return to the forefront of people’s minds…

A second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

Creme’s Television Commercial Recently Aired on the History Channel in the U.S.
Oct212011

Pre-Article Disclaimer for Newer Readers: If
you are reading this blog for the first time or are not totally familiar with my work, I am a 100% Christian writer who analyzes things from a Christian point of view. I sometimes research into what the spiritual forces of evil are up to in hopes of gleaning information to help us Christians figure out what is going on or to figure out what Satan has planned. You can read more about why I dare consider these unbiblical sources at the following link Now on to the article...

Second person pronouns referencing ratified participants.

I occasionally write about a man named Benjamin Creme. For
new readers who do not know who Creme is, he is a false teacher who promotes the coming of a figure named Maitreya. Creme, Helena P. Blavatsky, Alice Bailey, and others (falsely) claim that Maitreya is an individual who represents the coming messianic figure predicted by all the world’s major religions.
• From a Christian point of view, Maitreya, at the minimum, represents one of the many false christs that the Bible warned
us about. Some go as far as to say that Maitreya represents the Antichrist.

Direct address

The reason why I occasionally write about Creme is that
I do not believe that he is your ordinary false teacher.
• He is a man who Christian lawyer Constance Cumbey, the author of The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow, personally witnessed mesmerizing a large crowd of people with “a power that was not his own - an evil, hypnotic presence”.[1]
• Creme’s interviews on Coast to Coast AM have coincided with large numbers of people becoming physically ill, including the host of the program himself. Coast to Coast AM host George Noory described his interview with Creme as the “strangest” one he’s ever conducted. The following video contains audio of Noory describing how ill he and his audience became while listening to Creme speak. The audio of Noory lasts from 0:46 to 2:53 (Note, I am not responsible for the logo that appears on the lower right corner of the screen.
I don’t believe Barack Obama is the Antichrist).

Polite hedges.

The main reason for this article is that it has come to my attention that a television commercial promoting the coming of Maitreya and his group of so-called “Masters of Wisdom” (a group of spiritual beings referred to as the “spiritual wickedness in high places” in Ephesians 6:12) recently aired on a major American television channel. Unsurprisingly, the television commercial is sponsored by Creme’s organization.
• The following video shows the commercial that recently aired on television in the United States and an old commercial that aired on television a couple of years ago in the United States. The person who uploaded this video says they saw the commercial a few weeks ago on the History Channel show Ancient Aliens (a program that attracts high television ratings for this major U.S. television channel).

What Can Be Glean From This?
This television advertising campaign comes at a time when Creme's organization is asking its supporters for donations.
I think this is significant because it indicates that Creme’s organization sees now as an important time to devote its limited financial resources to aggressively raising awareness about its message (it’s not cheap to buy television advertising time on a show that often attracts an audience above one million people like Ancient Aliens does).

Polite hedge.

My hunch is that the Arab Spring and other recent events in the world have significantly raised the expectations of people within Creme’s organization for the arrival of Maitreya soon. This increase in expectations may have compelled people within Creme’s organization to take aggressive steps towards alerting people that someone who they believe is going to change the world is coming soon.

Polite hedge.

• Another possibility is that people within Creme’s organization see this turbulent time in the world as an opportune time to promote their message.

We likely have a situation in the world where different groups of people that hold completely different sets of religious/spiritual beliefs see the world heading towards an important time in history.

Second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

• The people who follow the false teachings of Creme, Maitreya, and other New Age teachers see events in the world lining up for the start of a New Age.
• Meanwhile,
people who study Bible prophecy see events in the world lining up for the start of the End Times.

A direct address referencing bystanders.

I am a Christian
who believes that the world is definitely heading towards the start of the End Times. In fact, I believe the End Times will begin in my lifetime. Unlike the followers of Creme, Maitreya, and other New Age teachers, I believe Jesus Christ will demonstrate His superiority over anyone who falsely claims to be the world’s savior in the future.

Polite hedges.

Reference

[1] Cumbey, Constance. The Hidden Dangers of the Rainbow. Lafayette: Huntington House Publishers. 1985: 94.

More European Integration May Be On the Way According to Biancheri
Oct192011

Clarification for why I write about the European sovereign debt crisis
for new readers: There are a lot of people who believe that the European Union could someday be a significant End Times player. If the European Union were to become a significant End Times player it would likely need to have much more political cohesion amongst its member countries than it has now. The process to create more political cohesion in Europe is a complicated one that is likely going to require more cohesion in areas like fiscal policy (taxation and spending) first as political union often represents the final step of integration.

Direct address.

I sometimes write about issues relating to the ongoing European sovereign debt crisis because
I believe the crisis is a potential catalyst that could push European leaders to agree to more cohesion in areas like fiscal policy. In other words, the ongoing turmoil in Europe is a potential event that could help Europe become more like the Europe that many people envision it will resemble during the End Times. With this clarification out of the way, I now share today’s article relating to the European sovereign debt crisis.

Polite hedge.

This past weekend leaders from the G20 stated that they expect European leaders to come up with a comprehensive plan to address the European sovereign debt crisis and the European banking crisis by the end of a major European Union summit this weekend.

At the time of this writing, there is no guarantee that European leaders will come up with a comprehensive plan to effectively address the challenges that Europe faces. In fact, Germany’s Finance Minister warned yesterday that it was unlikely that European leaders would have a comprehensive plan completed by the end of the summit. In addition, the Wall Street Journal reports that there is disagreement between Germany and France on major issues, including what to do with Greece and how to boost the size of the E.U.’s financial rescue fund (the EFSF).

Despite the uncertainty, it seems that
we are getting closer to European leaders deciding what the future course of Europe will be. European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso conveyed this sentiment when he said:
“We’re at a turning point, a decisive point, which requires clear and determined responses, comprehensive responses.”

Second person pronoun referencing overhearers.

The question that is probably on the minds many people watching Europe approach this “decisive point” is: “What is the outcome of all this going to be?”
enacting conversation

I recently listened to an interesting podcast interview featuring a European trends analyst named Franck Biancheri. Biancheri talked about several subjects, including the future of the European Union and where he believed the world is heading as a result of the ongoing crises.

I thought I would share some of the key highlights from the interview because I found Biancheri’s analysis interesting. Biancheri talked about potential developments concerning Europe and the world which I think are important to watch for as the End Times approach from a European perspective.
• I will also share of my own thoughts from time to time in this article.

Before I begin, I think it is important to mention that Biancheri is someone who wants to see an united Europe and has worked towards organizing a trans-Europe political movement. I don’t know how much this skews his analysis, but he insisted during the interview that he was trying to be as objective as possible when giving his analysis of the situation in Europe and that public opinion polls and political trends supported his analysis. You be the judge of whether this disqualifies Biancheri from giving an honest assessment/analysis...

Implicature of manner: a flout using more words than are necessary. A polite hedge. A second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant. A directive.

Biancheri began with a very keen observation that crisis contracts time. By this he means that change which would ordinary take a very long time to transpire is taking place within just a few years due to the crises that are taking place.
• My View: I think this observation summarizes the importance of the ongoing crises in Europe. The ongoing crises are forcing European leaders to make important decisions which they would probably be reluctant to make or would find difficult to make/justify under ordinary conditions. Consequently, the ongoing crises in Europe have the potential to accelerate the transformation of Europe into the Europe that many people envision it will resemble during the End Times.

A polite hedge

Biancheri expects a complete reshuffling of the international monetary system that has been in place since the end of World War 2 within the next 2 to 4 years. He only questioned whether the transition to a new international monetary system-what he called a “New World Order”- would be orderly or disorderly. Biancheri described what he thought would happen if the transition is orderly or if the transition is disorderly:
1. Orderly: The orderly scenario would arise as a byproduct of the G20 and the IMF working together and finding consensus. The U.S. dollar would lose its status as the world’s reserve currency to a new global currency whose value would be linked to a basket of currencies.
2. Disorderly: He expects complete chaos if the G20 is unable to handle the transition smoothly. He expects a global currency war and for all paper currencies to be in a “dire situation” in this scenario. He thinks this period of chaos would last between 4 to 6 years until a new monetary system is constructed.

My View: I expect the transition to be disorderly because I believe a chaotic world gives the Antichrist the best opportunity to present himself as a problem-solver, particularly in the Middle East. In addition to the chaos that Biancheri described, I expect this disorderly period to include increased political volatility, social unrest, and war.

Two polite hedges.

Biancheri also noted that he believed that the European sovereign debt crisis and European banking crisis has brought on a new period of accelerated integration in Europe.
• He observed that financial integration in Europe has occurred at an “amazing” pace during the past 18 months.
• He expects a new generation of European leaders to arise in 6 to 9 months following national elections in several European countries including France. He expects these leaders to be even more in favor of European integration than the current set of European leaders.
• He cannot imagine any possibility besides the acceleration of European integration in 2012.
• He expects the introduction of Euro Bonds in 2012, which is something that I’ve identified is a key thing to watch in Europe.
• He expects a new Eurozone constitution by 2014 and for it to be voted on in a trans-Europe election. He expects the new constitution to be approved by an overwhelming margin.


My View: Biancheri’s analysis here is dependent on the assumption that European leaders will be able to put their differences aside and work towards a common goal. It is often difficult for people to envision how European leaders can reach consensus on major issues when major decisions in Europe often require the input and approval of many countries that have different and sometimes conflicting interests. However, I believe European elites will eventually find a way to continue the process of European integration because I don’t think European elites want to give up on a project they’ve been working on for the past several decades.

Two polite hedges.

If you are interested in listening to the podcast interview, you can hear it at the following link: link A transcript of the interview is also available at this link: link

Second person pronoun referencing a ratified participant.

The Arab Peace Initiative as a Potential Basis for Daniel 9:27's “Covenant With Many”?
Sep282011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently granted an interview on BBC’s Arabic Channel. Netanyahu reportedly hinted during the interview that he may be open to using the Arab Peace Initiative as a potential basis for negotiations if it is open to negotiation:
“I have noticed the Arab Peace Initiative. This is a huge improvement compared with the ‘No’s’ of Khartoum. If it is open for negotiation, then this is an important opportunity”

Polite hedge.

Interestingly, this is not the first time that Netanyahu has talked about the Arab Peace Initiative as a potential basis for peace negotiations. Netanyahu rejected the Arab Peace Initiative in its current form in 2007. However, Netanyahu showed an increased willingness to build from the spirit of the Arab Peace Initiative when he made the following statement in 2009:
"We appreciate the efforts by Arab states to advance the peace initiative. If these proposals are not final, they can create an atmosphere in which a comprehensive peace can be reached."

Netanyahu’s recent references to the Arab Peace Initiative compelled me to look up information about it to see what the initiative called for. I think it’s worthwhile to take a look at the Arab Peace Initiative because it may provide us with some idea of what an eventual Middle East peace deal (Daniel 9:27’s “covenant with many”) might include as it is something the Arabs are willing to go along with and is something that Netanyahu seems open to considering as a potential basis for negotiations if it is negotiable.

A polite hedge.

The 22 member countries of the Arab League met in Beirut in March 2002 to discuss a peace initiative inspired by the current King of Saudi Arabia. The members endorsed the initiative on March 27 in a unanimous vote. Here are some key points of the initiative:
• Israel would have to withdraw from areas that they gained in the Six Day War and other conflicts.
• Israel would have to accept an independent Palestinian State and allow that state to have its capital in East Jerusalem.
• The Arab league members would enter a peace agreement with Israel and consider the Arab-Israeli conflict over.
• All parties involved would contribute to the security of the region.
• Relations between Israel and the members of the Arab League would be normalized (i.e. the removal of sanctions, the unfreezing of previously frozen assets, and other moves that improve relations between former adversaries).
• The U.S., the E.U., Russia, the United Nations, other Muslim countries, etc. would be asked to support the initiative.

The following is the complete text of the Arab Peace Initiative: Link I've highlighted some aspects which stand out in yellow
The Council of the League of Arab States at the Summit Level, at its 14th Ordinary Session,

- Reaffirming the resolution taken in June 1996 at the Cairo Extra-Ordinary Arab Summit that a just and comprehensive peace in the Middle East is the strategic option of the Arab Countries, to be achieved in accordance with International Legality, and which would require a comparable commitment on the part of the Israeli Government.

- Having listened to the statement made by His Royal Highness Prince Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz, the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in which his Highness presented his Initiative, calling for full Israeli withdrawal from all the Arab territories occupied since June 1967, in implementation of Security Council Resolutions 242 and 338, reaffirmed by the Madrid Conference of 1991 and the land for peace principle, and Israel's acceptance of an independent Palestinian State, with East Jerusalem as its capital, in return for the establishment of normal relations in the context of a comprehensive peace with Israel.

- Emanating from the conviction of the Arab countries that a military solution to the conflict will not achieve peace or provide security for the parties, the council:

1. Requests Israel to reconsider its policies and declare that a just peace is its strategic option as well.

2. Further calls upon Israel to affirm:

a. Full Israeli withdrawal from all the territories occupied since 1967, including the Syrian Golan Heights to the lines of June 4, 1967 as well as the remaining occupied Lebanese territories in the south of Lebanon.


b. Achievement of a just solution to the Palestinian Refugee problem to be agreed upon in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 194.

c. The acceptance of the establishment of a Sovereign Independent Palestinian State on the Palestinian territories occupied since the 4th of June 1967 in the West Bank and Gaza strip, with East Jerusalem as its capital.

3. Consequently, the Arab Countries affirm the following:

a. Consider the Arab-Israeli conflict ended, and enter into a peace agreement with Israel, and provide security for all the states of the region.

b. Establish normal relations with Israel in the context of this comprehensive peace.

4. Assures the rejection of all forms of Palestinian patriation which conflict with the special circumstances of the Arab host countries.

5. Calls upon the Government of Israel and all Israelis to accept this initiative in order to safeguard the prospects for peace and stop the further shedding of blood, enabling the Arab Countries and Israel to live in peace and good neighborliness and provide future generations with security, stability, and prosperity.

6. Invites the International Community and all countries and Organizations to support this initiative.

7. Requests the Chairman of the Summit to form a special committee composed of some of its concerned member states and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States to pursue the necessary contacts to gain support for this initiative at all levels, particularly from the United Nations, the Security Council, the United States of America, the Russian Federation, the Muslim States and the European Union.

The Arab Peace Initiative covers a lot of important issues, but it does leave some difficult issues relatively untouched. Here are some issues which the initiative does not seem to cover:
• The sharing of the Temple Mount
• The future of the Jewish settlements in the West Bank
• The future of the Jewish populations living in the West Bank

In addition, there are some aspects of the Arab Peace Initiative that Israel would have major reservations about, including the surrender of East Jerusalem and the return to the pre-1967 borders.

However, the Arab Peace Initiative should not be completely dismissed directiveas something that cannot play a role in forming a future Middle East peace deal.

• One reason is that the endorsement of the 22 members of the Arab league is not something to ignore. An eventual Middle East peace deal is probably going to need the support of many Middle East countries to keep the deal from breaking down shortly after it is put in place.
• The Arab Peace Initiative is also something to not dismiss since Netanyahu seems open to using it as a potential basis for negotiations if it is negotiable, the Arab League endorses it, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas supports it (he actually voted for it in 2007 when the Arab League re-endorsed it).

Last Friday the U.S., Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations (the Quartet) released their own peace initiative in hopes that an end to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict is reached by December 2012. The following passage from Quartet’s statement summarizes their timetable to bring Mideast Peace:

1. Within a month there will be a preparatory meeting between the parties to agree an agenda and method of proceeding in the negotiation.

2. At that meeting there will be a commitment by both sides that the objective of any negotiation is to reach an agreement within a timeframe agreed to by the parties but not longer than the end of 2012. The Quartet expects the parties to come forward with comprehensive proposals within three months on territory and security, and to have made substantial progress within six months. To that end, the Quartet will convene an international conference in Moscow, in consultation with the parties, at the appropriate time.

Israel appears to have a more positive view of the Quartet’s peace initiative than the Palestinians at this point (although each side has yet to issue an official stance on the Quartet’s peace initiative at the time of this writing). Israeli officials like Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman reportedly have a positive view of the plan. Meanwhile, the Palestinians are unhappy with the peace initiative because it does not ask Israel to stop settlement construction nor ask Israel to use the pre-1967 borders as a basis for peace negotiations, two preconditions that the Palestinians want before returning to the negotiating table.

I am skeptical whether the Quartet’s peace initiative is going to accomplish much because I think it is the Antichrist who eventually brokers the Middle East peace deal. As we wait for a Middle East peace deal to be brokered, I would keep the Arab Peace Initiative in mind. It seems the Arab Peace Initiative has potential to serve as a basis for negotiations for the coming “covenant with many” if it becomes open to negotiation.

A polite hedge, a directive, and a second polite hedge.

FRBNY’s Social Media Monitoring Platform May Be a Prelude of Things to Come During the End Times
Sep262011

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about Attack Watch, a new information-gathering and information-decimating website operated by Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
• I cited Attack Watch as an example of how easy and inexpensive it is now for organizations to setup websites to encourage people to report to them about things they see and hear.
• I also talked about how we are probably going to see the Antichrist utilize a more sophisticated reporting system than what Attack Watch utilizes during the End Times to encourage people to turn people into the authorities.

Today I will touch on a story that I think merits as much or even more attention than the launch of Attack Watch and briefly relate how this story may have End Times implications.
The Federal Reserve Bank of New York (FRBNY) is soliciting bids from companies to provide them a service which will enable them to monitor what people are talking about in real-time. The FRBNY has released a document which defines what they want and asks potential bidders how they can fulfill their needs.
• The 32 page document can be found at the following link: Link
• The FRBNY wants the system operational by December 12, 2011.

The FRBNY is basically seeking a social media monitoring platform. The following passage from the FRBNY’s document defines what a social media monitoring platform (or social listening platform) is:

II. Social Listening Platforms
Social media listening platforms are solutions that gather data from various social media outlets and news sources. They monitor billions of conversations and generate text analytics based on predefined criteria. They can also determine the sentiment of a speaker or writer with respect to some topic or document.

The information gathered can guide the organizations public relations group in assessing the effectiveness of communication strategies.

Here are some of the services it can offer:
• Track reach and spread of your messages and press releases
• Handle crisis situations
• Continuously monitor conversations
• Identify and reach out to key bloggers and influencers
• Spot emerging trends, discussions themes and topics

The FBRNY also specifies what they want for its social media monitoring platform in their document. They basically want a technology solution that can monitor what people are saying on a wide array of websites, including a blog like this one, in real-time. The following are the minimum requirements that the the FBRNY wants for its social media monitoring platform:
III. Mandatory Minimum Solution Requirements
A. Geographic scope of social media sites
The solution must support content coming from different countries and geographical regions. It should also support multiple languages.

B. Content and Data Types
The solution must be able to gather data from the primary social media platforms –Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, Forums and YouTube. It should also be able to aggregate data from various media outlets such as: CNN, WSJ, Factiva etc.

C. Reports and Metrics
The solution must provide real-time monitoring of relevant conversations. It should provide sentiment analysis (positive, negative or neutral) around key conversational topics.

It must be able to provide summaries or high level overviews of a specific set of topics. It should have a configurable dashboard that can easily be accessed by internal analysts or management. The dashboard must support customization by user or group access.

The solution should provide an alerting mechanism that automatically sends out reports or notifications based a predefined trigger.

D. FRBNY Technology Integration
The solution must be able to integrate with existing FRBNY technologies such as: Google Search appliance, Lotus notes suite and web trends.

It must have support for single sign on or windows integrated authentication.

E. Cost Structure
The solution should offer a flexible pricing structure that can support multiple user licensing. It should also have the option to base pricing on content volume and usage. _Supplier acknowledges an understanding of and agrees to comply with the above minimum solutions requirements.

The document does not specify why the FRBNY wants a social media monitoring platform.
My guess is that they primarily want to monitor what people are saying about the Federal Reserve at a time when the Federal Reserve is very unpopular. With this information, the FRBNY and others could work to formulate a public relations campaign to counteract negative sentiment that might exist in the public.

A polite hedge.

As a side note, I noticed something noteworthy when reading through the list of questions that the FRBNY poses to potential bidders. One of the FRBNY’s questions asks bidders whether they can provide them a system that can monitor discussions about the U.S. government in general:
Does the Proposed Solution have the ability to identify discussions that are unrelated to FRBNY, such as anything related to Federal, FBI, etc?

This question makes me wonder whether the FRBNY’s social media monitoring platform is the start of a larger-scale social media monitoring program…

I also noticed something particularly startling when reading through the list of questions that the FRBNY poses to potential bidders. One of the FRBNY’s questions asks bidders whether they can provide a system that enables them to “engage directly with content owners”:
Does the Proposed Solution offer the ability to engage directly with content owners? Please provide additional details

The FRBNY asking a question like this suggests that they have some degree of interest in having a social media monitoring platform that enables them to send messages to people whose content they want to respond to (possibly content that they disapprove of).
• As a writer, I would feel uncomfortable if I received an email from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York asking me to retract something I wrote…

The main reason I mention the FRBNY’s planned social media monitoring platform is to alert people that the technology now exists for organizations to track what people are saying about them in a real-time, sophisticated manner. In addition, I think it is important to alert people about this story because I think we will see more of this in the future, especially during in the
End Times.

Two polite hedges.

I can see this technology being utilized more in the future because it helps an organization monitor what people say about them. With this information, an organization can determine whether they need to take measures to correct people’s perception of them. This information could also help an organization to identify who their opponents/enemies are.

Implicature of manner here? A flout using more words than necessary. Depends on the level of sarcasm.

I imagine that the Antichrist will have a system that will monitor the online (and probably offline) conversations of people around the world. I imagine that conversations will be monitored for negative comments concerning the Antichrist and that anyone who is found saying anything remotely critical about the Antichrist will be disciplined for what they say. I can also imagine the Antichrist using a social media monitoring program to identify whether people’s perception of him is aligned with what he wants people to believe.

Three polite hedges.

Finally, I want to make one thing clear just in case the FRBNY’s planned social media monitoring platform someday flags this article and alerts the authorities. I am not saying that the FRBNY’s specific social media monitoring platform is a tool of the Antichrist (it is not). I am merely using the FRBNY’s planned social media monitoring platform as an example of the kind of technology exists today and how this technology can be used in the future to the detriment of those who oppose the Antichrist.

As I warned in my article about Attack Watch, as we approach the start of the seventieth week of Daniel (the seven year period that many people refer to as the “tribulation”), do not be surprised to hear about the development of more technological innovations which could be used to make it even more difficult for opponents of Antichrist to avoid persecution during the End Times.

Second person pronoun referencing ratified participants, as indicated by the use of a directive.

My Thoughts After the Palestinians Submitted their U.N. Bid.
Sep232011

Update: I wrote that U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is likely going to take some time before he forwards the Palestinians' application to the U.N. Security Council. Apparently, Ban Ki-moon is not taking a lot of time before he forwards the application. The U.N. Security Council reportedly will look at the Palestinians' application on Monday, but a vote is still not expected for several weeks or months.

Earlier today Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen) submitted a completed application to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon asking the United Nations to accept the Palestinians as a full member of the U.N. The application was submitted despite efforts by the U.S., the European Union, Russia, Tony Blair, the United Nations, and others to craft a deal that would persuade the Palestinians to halt their U.N. bid and to return to negotiations with Israel.

Today I want to share some of my thoughts after the Palestinians submitted a completed application to the U.N.
First, it is important to note that a U.N. Security Council vote (where the U.S. will use its veto power) is unlikely going to come immediately. Ban Ki-moon is likely going to take some time before he forwards the Palestinians’ application to the U.N. Security Council. After the application arrives at the U.N. Security Council there will probably be some time for the members of the U.N. Security Council to “review” the Palestinians’ application. Estimates on when a vote may take place range from several weeks to several months.
• This delay on a vote will provide more time for diplomats to come up with a deal to get Israel and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table. However, it is going to be difficult for diplomats to get each side to agree to return to negotiations since Israel wants the Palestinians to recognize Israel as a Jewish state before returning to negotiations (something that Abbas today said that the Palestinians won’t do) and the Palestinians want Israel to use the pre-1967 borders as the basis for negotiations (something Israel is reluctant to do) and a settlement construction freeze.

I am struck by how difficult it is to make a Middle East peace deal. The top diplomats in the world have exerted maximum effort these past several weeks and months, but they cannot even get the Israelis and the Palestinians to agree to negotiate with one another.
• I heard on television this morning that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Mahmoud Abbas are staying at hotels less than a mile from each other. Nevertheless, the close geographic proximity between the two is irrelevant considering the vast difference between each side’s respective positions.

The task to reach a Middle East peace deal becomes even more challenging once negotiations actually resume. Here are some of the complicated issues that the Israelis and the Palestinians probably will have difficulty reaching an agreement on:
• The recognition of Israel as a Jewish state.
• The borders of a potential Palestinian state
• The future of Jewish settlements in the West Bank
• The future of Jews living in the West Bank (some Palestinian officials prefer that no Jews live in a Palestinian-controlled state)
• The issue of land-swaps
• The issue of the Palestinian right of return
• The issue of East Jerusalem

I think a deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians may be possible someday, but it may not come until the arrival of the Antichrist. Daniel 9:27 suggests that the Antichrist will be able to confirm a seven year “covenant with many” that will at least enable Israelis to have a Third Temple and to have temple sacrifice:

Two polite hedges.

• Dan 9:27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

The issue of the Third Temple/the Temple Mount is not something I’ve heard about during the past several weeks and months of following Israel’s and the Palestinians’ diplomatic maneuvers. The probable reason for this is that the issue of the Third Temple/the Temple Mount is not considered a high-priority one by each side involved at this point (they have other things to worry about before they worry about this issue). Consequently, the issue of the Third Temple/Temple Mount is unlikely going to be negotiated until other issues are resolved first.
I think the fact that the Antichrist will be able to confirm a covenant that enables the Israelis to have a Third Temple and to have temple sacrifice is an indication of the kind of wide-ranging deal that he may be able to broker between Israel, the Palestinians, and others.
• Again, I think the high degree of difficulty associated with reaching a Middle East peace deal makes it likely that the Antichrist will be initially hailed as a “hero” by most people for accomplishing what seemed to be impossible when an all-encompassing Middle East peace deal is finally reached.

Two polite hedges.

I am not sure how this situation is going to play out over the next several weeks and months. The potential for an escalation of violence is there, but the potential for things to be relatively quiet is also there as people wait to see what happens. However, I think the Palestinians’ move to submit an application to the U.N. will result in something very important happening later on. I am not exactly sure what that “very important” thing is at the moment, but I would not be surprised if this event eventually becomes a catalyst for a major escalation in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict and/or a major Middle East war later on.

Polite hedge.

• This situation somewhat reminds me of last year’s flotilla incident. The flotilla incident was an event that a lot of people closely followed right after it happened. However, many people began to lose interest/no longer followed the situation as time went on. The importance of the flotilla incident seems like it took more than a year to be fully realized. It’s become clear recently that the flotilla incident was a catalyst that has led to a rapid and dramatic deterioration in Turkish-Israeli relations. Similarly, it may require the passage of a lot of time before we fully realize the significance of what the Palestinians did today by submitting their U.N bid.

There was a lot of news this entire week about the diplomatic maneuvering by those hoping to stop the Palestinians’ U.N. bid. However, after today’s events it seems that we have not reached an endpoint, but instead the beginning of something more important later on…

Some Theories Concerning the “Wilderness of the People” in Ezekiel 20:35
Sep212011

One of the remaining things I want to do before I am ready to share my thoughts on the timing of Ezekiel 38 & Ezekiel 39 is to become completely comfortable with Ezekiel 20:33-38. Ezekiel 20:33-38 speaks of the Lord gathering Israel from the lands from where they are scattered and bringing them to the “wilderness of the people”. Ezekiel 20:35-38 suggests that the Lord’s people will endure a wilderness experience like the Israelites endured after they left the land of Egypt. Verse 20:38 notes that the rebels and the transgressors will not be allowed to enter the land of Israel.
• Eze 20:33 As I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you:
• Eze 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
• Eze 20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.
• Eze 20:36 Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord GOD.
• Eze 20:37 And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant:
• Eze 20:38 And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me: I will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.

There are some different viewpoints regarding the fulfillment of Ezekiel 20:33-38.
• Some think the passage was fulfilled between the time of the Babylonian captivity and return from Babylonian captivity.
• Some think the passage is partially fulfilled: Israel has already been gathered from the nations, but awaits judgment in the "wilderness of the people" in the future.
• Some think the entire passage will be fulfilled in the future.

I do not want to get into a major discussion today about whether this passage has been fulfilled, is partially fulfilled, or will be completely fulfilled in the future (I’ll save that discussion for a later date). Instead, I want to discuss some theories I’m considering about the location of the “wilderness of the people” mentioned in Ezekiel 20:35 in hopes it helps people who also have thought about this topic.
The past few days I’ve considered three theories about the location of the “wilderness of the people”.

1. The Wilderness of the Sinai: Recall that Ezekiel 20:35-36 suggests that Israel will endure a second wilderness experience. Some people use this parallel to suggest that “wilderness of the people” represents the wilderness of the Sinai since it was the location of Israel’s first wilderness experience.

The main issue with this theory is the question of how Israel would assemble in the Sinai. The theory has a problem if one assumes that the gathering of Israel from the nations mentioned in Ezekiel 20:34 occurs in the future. The Bible indicates that the nations will assist in the return of Israel, but Isaiah 66:20 suggests that the nations will bring them to Jerusalem instead of the Sinai:
The Gentiles Assist in the Return of Israel
Isa 49:22 Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. Isa 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land: and the strangers shall be joined with them, and they shall cleave to the house of Jacob.
Isa 14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. Isa 66:19 And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
Isa 66:20 And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.


2. The Mountains of Israel: Ezekiel 34:13-14 and Ezekiel 37:21-22 note that Israel will be gathered from the nations to their land and the mountains of Israel.
The Mountains of Israel
Eze 34:13 And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country.
Eze 34:14 I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be: there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel.
Eze 34:15 I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord GOD. Eze 37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
Eze 37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Some think that the mountains of Israel could be the place where Israel endures its second wilderness experience. The idea that this theory invokes is that Ezekiel 34:16-22 mentions that the Lord will separate the good from the bad of His flock (flock = Israel in Ezekiel 34:15).
• Eze 34:16 I will seek that which was lost, and bring again that which was driven away, and will bind up that which was broken, and will strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong; I will feed them with judgment.
• Eze 34:17 And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the rams and the he goats.
• Eze 34:18 Seemeth it a small thing unto you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye must tread down with your feet the residue of your pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but ye must foul the residue with your feet?
• Eze 34:19 And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet.
• Eze 34:20 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the fat cattle and between the lean cattle.
• Eze 34:21 Because ye have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed all the diseased with your horns, till ye have scattered them abroad;
• Eze 34:22 Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will judge between cattle and cattle.

There are a few issues that the supporters of the “wilderness of the people” = mountains of Israel theory would have to explain:
Why would the “mountains of Israel” be referred to as the “wilderness of the people”?
Ezekiel 20:38 mentions that the rebels and the transgressors would not be allowed to enter the land of Israel. How could the rebels and transgressors be allowed to enter the mountains of Israel when they are not allowed to enter the land of Israel?
• Isaiah 66:20 poses an obstacle if one assumes that the return to the mountains of Israel and the fulfillment of Isaiah 66:20 occurs in the future. Recall that Isaiah 66:20 mentions that the nations will help Israel return to Jerusalem instead of the mountains of Israel.

questions enacting conversations

3. Somewhere in the Nations: Some people think that Israel will endure its second wilderness experience while it is scattered from the land of Israel. The distinction between “wilderness of the people” in Ezekiel 20:35 and “land of Israel” in Ezekiel 20:38 suggests that the location of the second wilderness experience is distinct from/outside the land of Israel.

The main issue with this theory is that Ezekiel 20:34-35 suggests that the Lord’s people enter the “wilderness of the people” after the Lord gathers them from the nations.
• Eze 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
• Eze 20:35 And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face.

Where is Israel located if they have been gathered from the nations but are not in the “land of Israel”?

A question enacting conversation.

One possibility is that the “wilderness of the people” mentioned in Ezekiel 20:35 could be the wilderness mentioned in Revelation 12:
• Rev 12:6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.

• Rev 12:13 And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child.
• Rev 12:14 And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent.

Some believe that the wilderness location mentioned in Revelation 12 is in Jordan, a location that shall escape war (Daniel 11:41).

There is a potential issue associated with accepting the possibility that the “wilderness of the people” = the wilderness mentioned in Revelation 12:
• A person who accepts this possibility may have to assume that the gathering mentioned in Ezekiel 20:34 has been fulfilled prior to the events described in Revelation 12:6 and Revelation 12:13-14 since they equate the location of the second wilderness experience with the location mentioned in Revelation 12. (Revelation 12:6 and Revelation 12:13-14 are generally seen as events that cover the second half of the seventieth week of Daniel-starting at its midpoint).

I am still in the process of evaluating these theories and in the process of trying to come up with other alternatives. I am very interested in hearing any interpretation of Ezekiel 20:33-38 that you may have, especially where you think the “wilderness of the people” is located and when you think the passage will be fulfilled (if it is not already)directive. Please feel free to share your thoughts on Ezekiel 20:33-38 if you have any. Your ideas could help me a lot.

Second person pronouns referencing ratified participants. A directive.

A List of Jewish Fall Feasts Dates From 2011 to 2031
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Disclaimer: This article is not meant to be an overview of the Jewish fall feasts and their potential prophetic significance. My intention is merely to list the future dates of the fall feasts for those who are curious.

Today I provide information about the timing of the Jewish fall feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth over the next twenty years. The reason I think it is a good idea to provide information concerning the future timing of these fall feasts is that there are some people who study Bible prophecy that believe significant Bible prophecy events will take place in connection with the Jewish fall feasts. For instance,
• There are some who believe the Rapture could take place during the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).
• There are some who believe that Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) could be the time when the seventieth week of Daniel (the seven year period that most people call “the tribulation”) will end. I have a further discussion of this topic, including how one may be able to determine the start of the seventieth week of Daniel using a Yom Kippur termination date at the following link: Link

A polite hedge.

The following table lists the start dates for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkoth from 2011 to 2031. There is no particular reason why the list is twenty years in length except to provide people who have different expectations about how close we are to the End Times an idea of what dates these fall feasts will occur in the coming years.
• Note: Rosh Hashanah is celebrated for two days.
• Note: Sukkoth is celebrated for seven days.

Year Rosh Hashanah Yom Kippur Sukkoth
2011 September 29 October 8 October 13
2012 September 17 September 26 October 1
2013 September 5 September 14 September 19
2014 September 25 October 4 October 9
2015 September 14 September 23 September 28
2016 October 3 October 12 October 17
2017 September 21 September 30 October 5
2018 September 10 September 19 September 24
2019 September 30 October 9 October 14
2020 September 19 September 28 October 3
2021 September 7 September 16 September 21
2022 September 26 October 5 October 10
2023 September 16 September 25 September 30
2024 October 3 October 12 October 17
2025 September 23 October 2 October 7
2026 September 12 September 21 September 26
2027 October 2 October 11 October 16
2028 September 21 September 30 October 5
2029 September 10 September 19 September 24
2030 September 28 October 7 October 12
2031 September 18 September 27 October 2

It’s up to you to decide how relevant these dates are to you. People are welcome to believe that significant Bible prophecy events will coincide with important Jewish fall feasts or not. I am merely listing these dates just in case there are people who are curious about what dates these fall feasts will occur in the coming years.

Second person pronouns referencing ratified participants, and two directives. Just in case there are people who is a direct address

Perhaps I'll write an in-depth article about the potential prophetic significance of these Jewish fall feasts in the future. At the moment, I'm still engaged in my ongoing study of Bible chapters and verses relating to Ezekiel 38 & Ezekiel 39, Revelation 17:16, the prophecies concerning Egypt & Libya, Zechariah 12:2, etc.

A polite hedge.

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There are patterns of implicatures and politeness in this blog. The first thing to be said is that implicatures of quantity--implicatures that flout the maxim that all that is needed to say will be said--number in the hundreds, primarily in relation to scripture, in which the necessary logical steps establishing Scripture is authoritative for prophecy are assumed and never stated. This same kind of implicature occurs when he refers to extra-Biblical prophecies or prophets, referring to them as fulfilling a Biblical passage foretelling evil without providing the necessary logical steps to draw that conclusion.

The blogger heavily uses implicatures of manner: using more words than necessary to make his point. I suspect he does this in order to insert himself more distinctly into the blog entry: for example, he writes "I know I wrote that I would not write about Harold Camping unless he made another prediction, but Camping’s audio message was something that I felt could not be ignored...,", when he could have written: "Camping's audio message was something I felt could not be ignored..."

The blogger uses an interesting interplay between implicatures of manner and polite hedges, using the second to soften the first. For example, he writes, "It is obvious that to some extent this is equivalent to putting the existing exchange systems up for discussion in order to find effective means of coordination and supervision," with "to some extent" softening "It is obvious".

The blogger heavily uses polite phrases to soften his otherwise strongly stated dogmatic speech, especially the phrase "I think" and "I believe", though I wonder now if the phrase "I believe" from a very dogmatic person, is meant less as a politeness as an in-your-face declaration.
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