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News Letter 5854-011

The 2nd Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle

The 23rd year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle

The 24th day of the 3rd month 5854 years after the creation of Adam

The 3rd Month in the Second year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle

The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle

The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence

June 9, 2018

Shabbat Shalom To the Royal Family,

I want to bring to your attention the changes that we have made to sightedmoon.com

On the sidebar, we have a tab to the store where Pauline Benjes is looking after merchandise that she has designed and is putting for sale to help support this work. Click on it and follow the links to things she has created from this poster we used for the Philippines canpaign.

Next on our sidebar is a poster for Torah Sisters Magazine. When they contacted me I was very impressed with the Home teaching and arts and crafts they offered and it was something I am not able to offer. So we have linked to them to share this with all of you.

The next link is to our podcasts that James and I were doing at one time. We do hope to get back to sharing through this medium soon. but for now all our teaching remain there for you to listen to as you drive your car or walk in the park.

This week we have added the teachings of AlephBeta by Rabbi Forman. I have come to appreciate his teachings as he draws connections in the Torah to deeper understandings. Yes, I realize he is a Rabbi and does not believe in Yehshua, but I can still learn tonnes from him and I hope you do as well.

We have also added Nehemia Gordon’s link to His wall where you can listen to his podcast where he does the weekly Torah portions as well with Keith Johnson and Jono Vandor as well as other teachings. Nehemia is a Karaite Jew which means he goes by what the Bible says and not what the Rabbis decree. We tend to follow this ourselves. Again sightedmoon.com is not about Joseph Dumond. It is about teaching the brethren the truths to the best of our skills. To this end, I want to be able to say that I have fed my father’s Sheep with a great diet from varied sources that I trusted.

 

 

We will be soon adding a link to all our Youtube teachings and we will also have a link to show you the Feast Dates so you can plan the upcoming Holy Days. And this will be on our site all the time.

In The Mail

From my heart
Shalom Joseph,

Some day I will have to tell you the story how the Sabbath Day saved my life. But for now, suffice it to say that at a crucial point in time, I realized that the 4th commandment is the only one that requires me to take action; that I must Do something. I mean “DO” like feet on the ground, chop wood, carry water,- Do.

From that exceptionally simple  knowledge point, my life began to change. I learned that the Bible speaks truth. That the Sabbath Day is vital to the survival of humanity. I’ve learned that my only hope is the covenant with Yahowah and I’ve learned that tithing is an essential part of that. And that it too, requires that I take action.

I have read the commandments as well as many explanations of tithing but, until now, I have not been willing to do it; mainly because of the hypocrisy and lies in ALL of the many churches and groups where I have sought the truth.

Sightedmoon.com teaches truth and I see no hypocrisy. I agree wholeheartedly with your work to prepare the Levites. So, I feel deeply honoured to be able to do this. My monthly income is $1642. Last week I sent you $30 and last night I sent $132 totalling $162- 10% of my income.

Do as you see fit with my tiny contribution. Know that it comes  from my heart and that this is me keeping my promise to follow Torah. Pray for me that I might grow in knowledge and learn to keep and guard the commandments always.

Shalom

PS Please don’t post my name

Dear Jo,

Thank you so much for your email. I read you latest newsletter yesterday with great care and I am in awe of the incredible progress you have made in the Philippines, East Africa and around the world. If there was ever ANY DOUBT about your ministry; the abundant fruits it has and is still producing is clear evidence that Yehovah’s blessing rests upon your work. I firmly believe that His Pillar of Cloud and His Pillar of Fire are resting upon your work, and I am full of  admiration for the utter dedication that has characterised your calling and mission, as you have  pursued your vision trajecting along a long and lonely furrow regardless of oceans of rejection by men, and with extremely limited resources. There is no other word for it; the extraordinary and mighty accomplishments of Sighted Moon.com can only be called MIRACULOUS! It is staggering that all of this has been accomplished with only fifty donors! What blessings will rest on those faithful men and women.

I am pleased you have not forgotten our conversation about the SCHOOL OF PROPHETS IN JERUSALEM, and I am encouraged that you have brought it up, as I believe we may be approaching the day of its miraculous realisation.

May Yehovah continue to lead and bless you, as you go about HIS business in these end times.

With great respect & with love and affection,

Stephen, your friend in Messiah!

Septennial Torah Readings #63
Septennial Torah Readings #63
We have resumed the Septennial Torah readings on our site. We used to do them and I would comment each week.

I will give you the reading for this week and you can go and read them without my comments. Instead of them being the annual Torah readings that are done in one year, the Septennial reading is done twice over the 7 year Sabbatical cycle.

The first weeks reading would have been done on April 1, 2017. This is the start of the first week in this 4th Sabbatical cycle right after the Shemitah year was done. Since this time, this Sabbath is now the 63rd week of this Sabbatical Cycle. The readings for this Sabbath today and for this upcoming 64th week are as follows.

Week #           Shabbat Date   Torah        Neviim            Ketuvim           Brit Chadasha
63                    9/06/2018        Ex 16        Isaiah 9-11      Ps 122           John 5:30 – 6:27

64                  16/06/2018        Ex 17-18   Isaiah 12-14    Ps 123-128    John 6:28-71

The New Moon

This coming Wednesday, June 13th is the 29th day of this month. But the moon will not be visible for anyone to see Wednesday evening. Thus this month is declared a 30 day month by default.

I want to encourage everyone to go out and look for the new crescent moon to begin the month and do it with your family and friends. See you can see it first. But you will not be able to find it until Thursday evening. But you are doing this to practice learning when the month begins. Learn where to look and when to look in order to find it with the naked eye.

Then as you do find it, think of this saying. No Man shall know the day or the hour.

 Mat 24:36 “But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

When you understand what the Feast of Trumpets is all about which we will begin to teach on soon enough, then you when you go looking for the new crescent moon you will then understand why no man can know the day or the hour of his coming.

This month is a perfect example

There are only 29 or 30 days in each month. That is because the moon goes around the earth in 29.5 days. So one month is 29 and the next is 30. that .5 is added to the next one or taken away from this one. It all depends.

So this month on the 29th day the crescent moon will not be able to be seen. So that .5 is then added to make this a 30 day month. But as you look on the 29th for the moon it will not come into visibility because it is too close to the sun after the sunset. Shortly after the sun sets then the moon sets too. But on the 30th day it will be visible and even if it is not visible,  there are no 31 day months.

Now going back to what Yehshua said.

“But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only.

Yehshua was talking to them about the time when He was going to come back to the earth.

Mat 24:3As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them,

And this is exactly what the Feast of Trumpets represents. The time when Yehshua will come again and descend on to the Mount of Olives. Yehovah gave us the Feasts of Lev 23 to show us HIs entire plan of Salvation. He also gave us the Sabbatical and Jubilee years.

The Feast of Trumpets comes at a day and at an hour that no man can know because this Feast day comes on the 1st day of the Seventh Month. The 1st day of the 7th month is determined by the sighting of the moon, the first visible crescent.

So when Yehshua said no man can know the day or the hour, He was, in fact, telling you the very Feast day He would come back on. The Feast of Trumpets.

And while no man can know the day or the hour, Paul said we would know the season.

1 Thess 5:1 Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief. For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

The reason we would know the seasons was because we would be keeping the Holy Days in the proper seasons at the proper time.

In the Torah , major Jewish holidays are shorter than what most traditional Jews outside Israel celebrate now. So we read, “Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread” (Exodus 12:15) and celebrate eight days of Passover. The festivals of Shavuot , Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah , and Shemini Atzeret are listed as single days in the Torah.

How did Diaspora practice diverge from the Torah’s instructions? The answer lies in our history, during the time of transition from biblical to rabbinic Judaism around the beginning of the common era.

Addressing Confusion Over the Start of the New Month

The Jewish calendar is lunar. Over 2,000 years ago, a council of rabbis from the Sanhedrin, the ancient legislative and judicial body, held special sessions in Jerusalem at the end of each lunar month to receive witnesses to the first sliver of the new moon. Because a lunar cycle is approximately 29 days long, it was no mystery when the new moon should appear, but the Sanhedrin still declared months and holidays only on the basis of these witnesses. To encourage ordinary people to take the time to come and testify, the witnesses were fed and honored. The rabbis questioned every witness for credibility:

Where did you see [the new moon]? Was it before or after sunset? Was it in the north or the south? How high was it? How high was it? Which way was it tilted? (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah2:6).

Once the sighting was legitimated, the rabbis declared the next day Rosh Hodesh, the beginning of the new month. Originally, beacon fires would be set on mountaintops to spread the word to distant Jewish communities already living in far away places such as Egypt and Babylon. Watchers on faraway hills set their beacon fires as soon as they saw them, continuing the relay “until one could behold the whole of the Diaspora before him like a mass of fire” (Mishnah Rosh Hashanah 2:4).

But relations with neighboring sects such as the Samaritans worsened, and they deliberately harassed the Jews by lighting beacon fires at erroneous times. As a result, the Sanhedrin substituted messengers to alert the Diaspora communities, but they could take a long time to arrive from Jerusalem.

Only the Sanhedrin was able to make pronouncements about the new moon, so  Diaspora communities could not do this for themselves. The proclamation of each new moon was significant as an alert about the exact dates of holidays. Jewish communities always knew approximately when a festival would fall, but waited until the date of the new moon had been established to decide when festivals would fall. As most holidays fall around mid-month, they could — generally — afford some delay in receiving the Jerusalem news. But celebrating festivals for an extra day would ensure that, regardless of whatever confusion reigned about the exact start of the new month, at least one day of their celebration would be on the correct day.

Extending Rosh Hashanah and Other Holidays

One biblical holiday does not fall in mid-month: Rosh Hashanah.

Rosh Hashanah is set by the Torah “on the first day of the month” of Tishrei (Leviticus 23:24) beginning both the new calendar year and a new month. Delay in receiving word of this new moon would lead distant communities to miss the day and violate Torah law. To address this issue, the ancient Rabbis introduced yom tov sheni shel galuyot, “a second Diaspora festival day.” Residents of distant communities were instructed to observe two days of Rosh Hashanah–on the 30th day of the month of Elul, which precedes the month Tishrei (and which they could establish from the previous month’s new moon) and the first day of the new month of Tishrei. This was a safety measure, to ensure that these communities would celebrate at least one day of Rosh Hashanah on the proper day. With the official news from Jerusalem, they could not know if the new moon had been sighted on the first or the second of these days, but observing two days ensured they would not violate the holiday.

As this custom of yom tov sheni spread through the Diaspora, it began to be observed even in the land of Israel and Jerusalem. This also started as a safety measure, because late-day testimony that the new moon had been seen might leave no time for observing the holiday. Therefore the next day would be observed as Rosh Hashanah as well. The second day of Rosh Hashanah became a more integral part of the celebration of the Jewish new year. Despite the fact that the second day of Rosh Hashanah is nearly identical to the first (with the exception of a different Torah reading), the Talmud ic rabbis declared the second day of Rosh Hashanah is identical in its sanctity to the first. They called the combined two days of Rosh Hashanah Yoma Arikhta — a long or extended day.

This unique understanding of the two days of Rosh Hashanah is universally accepted, in Israel as well as the Diaspora. Gradually, the custom of yom tov sheni was applied outside of Israel to all of the biblical festivals — Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot — but in Israel, only Rosh Hashanah was extended. Yom Kippur, as a fast day, was not extended to two days due to concerns over physical hardship and health safety.

The Witness System Ended, But the Custom Persisted

Establishing the Jewish calendar by witnesses survived the destruction of the Second Temple by the Romans, continuing until the middle of the fourth century C.E., when the Byzantine Christian Empire, hostile to the remaining community in the land of Israel, forbade the proclamation of the calendar. The last Jewish patriarch in Palestine, Hillel II, therefore published the calculations that the Sanhedrin had always used as backup. At this point, the Jewish calendar became fixed and perpetually calculable. Although the calendar was now standardized, the Diaspora custom of observing the extra Diaspora days was retained, although technically no longer necessary.

The original biblical prescriptions for each of the holidays were modified as well, as formerly intermediate days (hol hamo’ed) became yom tov (full holidays). Thus on Passover, the Torah states, “You shall celebrate a sacred occasion on the first day and a sacred occasion on the seventh day” (Exodus 12:16); the “sacred occasions” included prohibitions against working and attendant rituals and celebrations. These days of “sacred occasion” were doubled to include the first two days and the last two days. One significant outcome of these changes is that Diaspora Jews observe two seder nights.

Shavuot, originally a one-day festival, was expanded to two days, both full holidays. Sukkot’s “sacred occasion,” was extended to become two initial holy days.

Sukkot continued to be a seven-day holiday. Its close was bracketed by a unique one-day holiday called Shemini Atzeret, the “eighth day of assembly,” understood to be separate from Sukkot. Shemini Atzeret was expanded to two days with the addition of the yom tov sheni shel galuyot. The completion and new beginning of the yearly cycle of Torah readings became associated with this day and acquired a new name, Simchat Torah (Rejoicing of the Torah), and unique customs and rituals. Nonetheless, it is still, technically, the second festival day of Shemini Atzeret.

So there are a few things to note in the above article.

  1. that the original calendar from your bible was the using of the crescent moon to begin the month.
  2. They had two witnesses that would come each month and declare that they saw the crescent moon. They were interrogated by the High Preist.
  3. This was CHANGED in 358 by Hillel who published the calculated Hebrew calendar which is what is still used today by most Jews and those Christians seeking to obey Yehovah.
  4. The only reason they have each Feast for two days is in recognition of the fact that the first day of the month was to be determined by the crescent moon. And because they do not do that today and do not know which day is actually the true Holy Day, they keep two just in case.

Trouble is we can now know which day is the true day because we do now have people in Israel sighting the moon and we now have communications that can be sent around the world in an instant.

Do you not think it is time for you to get on Yehovah’s schedule and keep His Feasts when He originally said to do so?

We at Sightedmoon.com have been doing this very thing since 2005. We were keeping the Hebrew calendar from 1982 until we learned that truth in 2004.

If you are one of thsoe who says it doesn’t matter, Crescent moon or Hebrew Calendar, then that is the same as saying it does not matter which day the Sabbath is kept, whether Sunday or Saturday or Friday. But Yehovah gave us very specific times when we are to meet Him. Are going to be one of those who comes when Yehovah says to come or are you going to choose your own ways?

Trade Wars

Lev 26:23 “And if by this discipline you are not turned to me but walk contrary to me, then I also will walk contrary to you, and I myself will strike you sevenfold for your sins. And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute vengeance for the covenant. And if you gather within your cities, I will send pestilence among you, and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy. When I break your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in a single oven and shall dole out your bread again by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.

The 4th Sabbatical Cycle began at Aviv 2017.
President Trump came to office January 2017.
President Trump has torn up the Paris Treaty in 2017.
President Trump has torn up the NAFTA Treaty in 2018.
President Trump has torn up the Iran Treaty in 2018.
President Trump has torn up the TPP Treaty in 2017.

This past week Trump has issued Tariffs on all of the G-7 Nations. It is considered an act of war.

Trump has been threatening to withdraw from free trade arrangements, he has been relying more heavily on the military to get what he wants. He has doubled-down on virtually every American military engagement. He has sent US troops into Syria to assist the fight against ISIS. He has stepped up support for the Saudi-led fight in Yemen, even in the face of reported war crimes. He has fired missiles in retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons attacks.

In September 2017, Trump announced that he is sending more US troops into Afghanistan. He has loosened the rules of engagement in Afghanistan as well. He has even suggested that he might use the US military in Venezuela. In front of the United Nations, the home of peaceful cooperation, he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, implying his willingness to use weapons against millions of civilians. And, most recently, Trump has refused to certify part of the Iran nuclear deal and reissued Sanctions on Iran once again.  He is raising the spectre that the deal will break down and Trump will ultimately resort to military force against Iran.

The USA has walked away from the Paris treaty.

On June 1, 2017, United States President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. would cease all participation in the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change mitigation. Trump stated that “The Paris accord will undermine (the U.S.) economy,” and “puts (the U.S.) at a permanent disadvantage.” During the presidential campaign, Trump had pledged to withdraw from the pact, saying a withdrawal would help American businesses and workers. Trump stated that the withdrawal would be in accordance with his America First policy.

In accordance with Article 28 of the Paris Agreement, the earliest possible effective withdrawal date by the United States cannot be before November 4, 2020, four years after the Agreement came into effect in the United States and one day after the 2020 U.S. presidential election.[not in citation given] The White House later clarified that the U.S. will abide by the four-year exit process. Until the withdrawal takes effect, the United States may be obligated to maintain its commitments under the Agreement, such as the requirement to continue reporting its emissions to the United Nations.

The TPP

US President Donald Trump made abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal a key part of his election campaign and on his first day in office, he has proved as good as his word.

Twelve countries that border the Pacific Ocean signed up to the TPP in February 2016, representing roughly 40% of the world’s economic output.

The pact aimed to deepen economic ties between these nations, slashing tariffs and fostering trade to boost growth. Members had also hoped to foster a closer relationship on economic policies and regulation.

The agreement was designed so that it could eventually create a new single market, something like that of the EU.

But all 12 nations needed to ratify it before it could come into effect.

Once Donald Trump won last year’s election, the writing was on the wall for the TPP.

US participation was the major linchpin for the deal.

NAFTA

In 2016 then-candidate Trump said, according to prepared remarks distributed by his campaign:

“I’m going tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers. And I don’t mean just a little bit better, I mean a lot better.

“If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.”

And it appears that both Canada and the USA are about to walk away from this deal arrangement.

The Blessings IF YOU KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS

I would like you to review the blessings and the curse of Deut 28 before we begin this teaching. There is a lot going on the world stage and it is hard to keep up with it all.

Deut 28:8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

Curses for Disobedience

“But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. The Lord will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. The Lord will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. The Lord will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind, and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you. Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see. The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.

“The Lord will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead you away. You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity. The cricket shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground. The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
“All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.
“They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land.

I just wanted to point out to you what this word besiege means.

H6887   tsa^rar   tsaw-rar’

A primitive root; to cramp, literally or figuratively, transitively or intransitively: – adversary, (be in) afflict (-ion), besiege, bind (up), (be in, bring) distress, enemy, narrower, oppress, pangs, shut up, be in a strait (trouble), vex.

Afflict, is the word we talk about during the Day of Atonement. I show you that you the descendants of the 12 Tribes of Israel will be so afflicted that you are going to grovel in the dust of the ground begging for your very lives. Please read our article on Afflicting of your soul. Afflicting our Soul Part 1 Balaam’s Ass .

And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the Lord your God has given you. And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. The man who is the most tender and refined among you will begrudge food to his brother, to the wife he embraces, and to the last of the children whom he has left, so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns. The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces, to her son and to her daughter, her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.

“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the Lord will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God. And as the Lord took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the Lord will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.

“And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see. And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”

The G-7

The G7 is being referred to as the “G6 plus one”.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting President Donald Trump and the other G7 leaders in Quebec’s Charlevoix region, this week. Advance meetings of G7 finance and development ministers took place last week in Whistler, B.C. Those meetings in Whistler showed global trade threats are taking over the agenda.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire told Canadian reporters Friday that a clear message was delivered to Mr. Mnuchin, Finance Minister for the USA,  during the Whistler talks.

“On trade this is a G6 plus one,” he said. “We have been attacked by those tariffs. We do not have any other choice but to respond …

We are now coming to the end of the 3rd month. Keep in mind the 17th of the 4th month the walls of Jerusalem were breached. And on the 9th of the 5th month, the Temple was destroyed. It was on the 9th of the fifth month that Israel was cursed for 40 years in the wilderness.

Right after the G-7 meetings, President Trump is to meet with North Korea on June 12 in Singapour. And as I go to post President Trump has said publicly today, that there is no need for him to prepare for this meeting.

After all, nothing ever goes wrong at this time of year for Israel.

I also want you all to keep in mind that the 7 years of Plenty in Pharaoh’s dream were for the 7 years of good things that would happen to Egypt. Those 7 years began in 1607 to 1601 BC. The green section in the chart below.

The 7 years of famine began in 1600 and went to 1594 BC and they happened to Egypt and all the area around Egypt including Israel who ended up going to Egypt.

When we compare the Jubilee cycle of Josephs day with the 7 years of plenty and the 7 years of famine to our own day today we see that the start of the 7 years of plenty for Egypt which today is Babylon and known as the EU or European Union, matches our time of 2020. Just two years from today and you are witnessing what President Trump is doing to provoke this war that is to come through trade wars. The EU, Babylon is then going to reap for 7 years and become wealthy. I said reap, the proper term is rape as the EU will be raping the USA of all of its wealth.

When we then look back to the year that the Nation of Israel was destroyed and never to return to the land, we see that the very year they fell was in 723 BC. But they were attacked and besieged, there is that word again, before this final destruction. Now compare that Sabbatical cycle to our time today and note the similarities.

The nation that defeated and destroyed Israel was called the Assyrians. The Assyrians were then destroyed by Babylon. Those same Assyrians migrated and settled in what is today Germany bringing with them the same symbols and names they had back then and seen in Germany today. They will be the very same people that Prophecy says is going to destroy the 12 tribes of Israel in the last days. That time is now.

This is the same European Union, the same Germany that just brought in millions of Syrian refugees. The same people who hate the State of Israel and the USA. The little Satan and the Great Satan.

Daniel tells us that this King of the North will worship the god of fortresses. That god is the “Blessed Virgin Mary”. See the Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop for a complete history of the god Cybel also know the Queen of the Heaven and Mother Nature, today is known as the Blessed Virgin Mary. Daniel also tells us that they will change from the god of fortresses to a god their fathers did not know and that is Islam. It is the new god on the block only coming on the world scene in 70 CE.

Daniel 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods; and he shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished; for that which is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the gods of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his place shall he honor the god of fortresses; and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honor with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. And he shall deal with the strongest fortresses by the help of a foreign god: whosoever acknowledgeth him he will increase with glory; and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for a price. And at the time of the end shall the king of the south contend with him; and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass through. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown; but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries; and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt; and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him; and he shall go forth with great fury to destroy and utterly to sweep away many. And he shall plant the tents of his palace between the sea and the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

Bible prophecy is happening right in front of you and many have no clue that they are about to be destroyed.

We are also warned in Genesis that Joseph would be grieved by arrows which in today’s language are missiles.

Gen 49:22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a fountain; His branches run over the wall. The archers have sorely grieved him, And shot at him, and persecute him:

A German-led Europe is going to Double-cross Israel

The Bible states that in the near future, the city of Jerusalem will find itself “compassed with armies.” What does this mean? When will it occur? And what will be the result

We often quote Daniel 11 to find out what will happen to the nations “at the time of the end” (11:40). Look closer at verse 41:

He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon.

This is talking about the king of the north, a German-led European Union. This “king” has just wiped out an aggressive king of the south (Iran, verse 40) and is crushing Iran’s end-time allies, Egypt Libya, and Ethiopia (verses 42-43). What of verse 41?

It is clear that the “glorious land” refers to Israel, Jerusalem in particular. The king of the north will enter into this land. There is no mention of this being an aggressive military entrance. We see from this and other passages that the king of the north will most likely be welcomed in peaceably into Israel, as a peacekeeping force! Why? The UN is a Peacekeeping force.

By this point in the prophetic timeline, half of Jerusalem would have already fallen to radical Islam, as described particularly in Zechariah 14:2. The Palestinians will have violently wrested control of half of Jerusalem from the Jews. It will be a terribly destabilizing time for Israel.

Today Iran is sponsoring the Palestinian Marches and protests along the Gaza Border. The PA already live in East Jerusalem.

As such, after the German-led EU wipes out Iran and its allies, they will be welcomed into Israel as a peacekeeping force, “securing” the land that had once been taken by the Islamists. The king of the north’s armies will exert a strong “protective” presence in the land. But all is not as it seems.

Ezekiel 23 prophesies a close end-time “relationship” between Judah (Israel in the Middle East) and its “lovers,” the Assyrians (modern-day Germany). The United States has currently been Israel’s closest ally. Yet the whole world is currently watching America’s power decline and a cooling of relations between the governments of both countries. Thus, Israel has already started to look to the EU, notably Germany, for help. They will welcome in a “peacekeeping” EU force. This will be a fatal mistake.

Ezekiel 23 describes a massive double cross that will happen to Israel. Her Assyrian “lovers” will turn on her and tear her apart (verse 24). Ezekiel describes how incensed God is that Israel refuses to look to Him for national help, but turns instead to Germany—a country that in living memory has brutally slaughtered 6 million Jews!

Ezekiel 23:1 The word of Jehovah came again unto me, saying, Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother: and they played the harlot in Egypt; they played the harlot in their youth; there were their breasts pressed, and there was handled the bosom of their virginity. And the names of them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they became mine, and they bare sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah. And Oholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors, who were clothed with blue, governors and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. And she bestowed her whoredoms upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them; and on whomsoever she doted, with all their idols she defiled herself. Neither hath she left her whoredoms since the days of Egypt; for in her youth they lay with her, and they handled the bosom of her virginity; and they poured out their whoredom upon her. Wherefore I delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted. These uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters; and her they slew with the sword: and she became a byword among women; for they executed judgments upon her. And her sister Oholibah saw this, yet was she more corrupt in her doting than she, and in her whoredoms which were more than the whoredoms of her sister. She doted upon the Assyrians, governors and rulers, her neighbors, clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men. And I saw that she was defiled; they both took one way. And she increased her whoredoms; for she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion, girded with girdles upon their loins, with flowing turbans upon their heads, all of them princes to look upon, after the likeness of the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their nativity. And as soon as she saw them she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea. And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her soul was alienated from them. So she uncovered her whoredoms, and uncovered her nakedness: then my soul was alienated from her, like as my soul was alienated from her sister. Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, remembering the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt. And she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses. Thus thou calledst to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in the handling of thy bosom by the Egyptians for the breasts of thy youth.
Therefore, O Oholibah, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy soul is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side: the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them; desirable young men, governors and rulers all of them, princes and men of renown, all of them riding upon horses. And they shall come against thee with weapons, chariots, and wagons, and with a company of peoples; they shall set themselves against thee with buckler and shield and helmet round about; and I will commit the judgment unto them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments. And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal with thee in fury; they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy residue shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire. They shall also strip thee of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels. Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt; so that thou shalt not lift up thine eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more. For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest, into the hand of them from whom thy soul is alienated; and they shall deal with thee in hatred, and shall take away all thy labor, and shall leave thee naked and bare; and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be uncovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms. These things shall be done unto thee, for that thou hast played the harlot after the nations, and because thou art polluted with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thy hand. Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Thou shalt drink of thy sister’s cup, which is deep and large; thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria. Thou shalt even drink it and drain it out, and thou shalt gnaw the sherds thereof, and shalt tear thy breasts; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah. Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.
Jehovah said moreover unto me: Son of man, wilt thou judge Oholah and Oholibah? then declare unto them their abominations. For they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands; and with their idols have they committed adultery; and they have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass through the fire unto them to be devoured. Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths. For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of my house. And furthermore ye have sent for men that come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent, and, lo, they came; for whom thou didst wash thyself, paint thine eyes, and deck thyself with ornaments, and sit upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou didst set mine incense and mine oil. And the voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with men of the common sort were brought drunkards from the wilderness; and they put bracelets upon the hands of them twain, and beautiful crowns upon their heads. Then said I of her that was old in adulteries, Now will they play the harlot with her, and she with them. And they went in unto her, as they go in unto a harlot: so went they in unto Oholah and unto Oholibah, the lewd women.
And righteous men, they shall judge them with the judgment of adulteresses, and with the judgment of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands. For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I will bring up a company against them, and will give them to be tossed to and fro and robbed. And the company shall stone them with stones, and despatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire. Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness. And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and ye shall bear the sins of your idols; and ye shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah.

The Prophet Jeremiah also describes what the king of the north will do in Israel:

Jeremiah 1:13 And the word of Jehovah came unto me the second time, saying, What seest thou? And I said, I see a boiling caldron; and the face thereof is from the north. Then Jehovah said unto me, Out of the north evil shall break forth upon all the inhabitants of the land.

This is the king of the north—the end-time German-led European Union. Verse 15:

For, lo, I will call all the families of the kingdoms of the north, saith Jehovah; and they shall come, and they shall set every one his throne at the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem, and against all the walls thereof round about, and against all the cities of Judah.

Israel, and Jerusalem, in particular, will be surrounded. These peacekeeping “lovers” will actually double-cross Israel and will begin conquering the nation, killing most and enslaving those who are left.

Some might point out that these events in Jeremiah were already fulfilled during the prophet’s lifetime and thus do not apply to the future. They certainly did occur during Jeremiah’s time—but only in type. There is an important principle to consider in Bible prophecy—that of duality. Prophecy largely has an initial fulfilment, and then a latter end-time fulfilment (for example, see Isaiah 41:22).

Additionally, the reason Yehovah commanded Jeremiah to even write a book in the first place is because it was to be a message for the future end time.

Jer 30:2-3 Thus speaketh Jehovah, the God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

Isaiah 30:8 Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever. For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Jehovah; that say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits,

Jeremiah continues to tell us that this coming disastrous time would be concluded with King David being resurrected to rule over Israel!

Jeremiah 30:1-9 The word that came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying, Thus speaketh Jehovah, the God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith Jehovah, that I will turn again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith Jehovah; and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
And these are the words that Jehovah spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith Jehovah: We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child: wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith Jehovah of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds; and strangers shall no more make him their bondman; but they shall serve Jehovah their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.

Has David yet been raised up to rule over Israel? Of course not. Then Jeremiah’s end-time warning of the greatest suffering ever  has not yet been fulfilled.

:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.

These are just a few biblical passages that point out the king of the north’s coming siege of Jerusalem. Yet finally, Daniel 11 concludes:

And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him.

The king of the north will move his headquarters into Israel—where? “Between the seas” (the Mediterranean Sea and Dead Sea), “in the glorious holy mountain” (Jerusalem). Just as in the time of the Crusades, Jerusalem will be the trophy for the Catholic and Islamic-guided king of the north. But as this verse also states, the king of the north will soon come to his demise. A great Asian juggernaut power is prophesied to come after him—and as they gather to battle it out, the Messiah is prophesied to come and conquer them!

The symbols that the European Union has for itself and recognised by most of Europe is the story of the woman that rides the beast. Yes, this is the very same story you have in your bible. That great whore in Revelation is the EU which is led by Germany.

Rev 18:3 “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great!
She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit,
a haunt for every unclean bird,
a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
For all nations have drunk
the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality,
and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her,
and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living.”
Then I heard another voice from heaven saying,
“Come out of her, my people,
lest you take part in her sins,
lest you share in her plagues;
for her sins are heaped high as heaven,
and God has remembered her iniquities.
Pay her back as she herself has paid back others,
and repay her double for her deeds;
mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.
As she glorified herself and lived in luxury,
so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,
since in her heart she says,
I sit as a queen,
I am no widow,
and mourning I shall never see.’
For this reason her plagues will come in a single day,
death and mourning and famine,
and she will be burned up with fire;
for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her.”
And the kings of the earth, who committed sexual immorality and lived in luxury with her, will weep and wail over her when they see the smoke of her burning. They will stand far off, in fear of her torment, and say,
“Alas! Alas! You great city,
you mighty city, Babylon!
For in a single hour your judgment has come.”
And the merchants of the earth weep and mourn for her, since no one buys their cargo anymore, cargo of gold, silver, jewels, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all kinds of articles of ivory, all kinds of articles of costly wood, bronze, iron and marble, cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, oil, fine flour, wheat, cattle and sheep, horses and chariots, and slaves, that is, human souls.
“The fruit for which your soul longed
has gone from you,
and all your delicacies and your splendors
are lost to you,
never to be found again!”
The merchants of these wares, who gained wealth from her, will stand far off, in fear of her torment, weeping and mourning aloud,
“Alas, alas, for the great city
that was clothed in fine linen,
in purple and scarlet,
adorned with gold,
with jewels, and with pearls!
For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste.”
And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning,
“What city was like the great city?”
And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out,
“Alas, alas, for the great city
where all who had ships at sea
grew rich by her wealth!
For in a single hour she has been laid waste.
Rejoice over her, O heaven,
and you saints and apostles and prophets,
for God has given judgment for you against her!”
Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,
“So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence,
and will be found no more;
and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters,
will be heard in you no more,
and a craftsman of any craft
will be found in you no more,
and the sound of the mill
will be heard in you no more,
and the light of a lamp
will shine in you no more,
and the voice of bridegroom and bride
will be heard in you no more,
for your merchants were the great ones of the earth,
and all nations were deceived by your sorcery.
And in her was found the blood of prophets and of saints,
and of all who have been slain on earth.”

 

 

Here is that same Babylonian whore known as the EU depicted in Daniels visions both as the many various beasts and as the statute leading down to our time now when we are entering trade wars. Tariffs and sanctions which are the economic tools used today in place of bombs and mortars.

Even in front the European headquarters in this image of the woman that rides the beast of Revelation.

THE BIG PICTURE: TRUMP, TRADE, AND WAR

THE BIG PICTURE: TRUMP, TRADE, AND WAR

This is the 25th instalment of The Big Picture, a public symposium on what’s at stake in Trump’s America, co-organized by Public Books and NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge. Read IPK Director Eric Klinenberg’s introduction here.
11.10.2017

BY OONA A. HATHAWAY & SCOTT J. SHAPIRO

President Trump has proven to be a reckless leader. His refusal to denounce white supremacists, his repeated attacks on journalists and free speech, his courting of Vladimir Putin, his attempts to belittle and provoke the North Korean leader—every single one of these acts is corrosive and destabilizing. While the media has understandably focused on the risks of authoritarianism and nuclear war, there is another grave danger that has largely gone unnoticed: President Trump’s rejection of free trade.

It may take years before historians fully understand why President Trump won the election. But already we know that his message resonated with an electorate that had suffered from economic dislocation and growing inequality and that was tired of what has been called a “forever war.” Trump promised a new America, an America that put itself (or at least certain parts of itself) first. To the candidate and his electorate, our 70 years of global order were, at best, outdated. As his campaign progressed, Trump began hawking an international agenda built on two pillars: protectionism and isolationism. In a nod to the isolationists and pro-Fascists of 1930s America, he even began referring to this agenda as “America First.”

During the 2016 campaign, Donald Trump attacked free trade, promising to erect tariffs and barriers to keep manufacturing and jobs at home, to withdraw from negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, to renegotiate NAFTA, and to punish China for devaluing its currency.

Trump’s critics pointed out many problems with his protectionist positions: protectionism is economically inefficient; it is an assault on the post–World War Two American conception of freedom and liberty; it is a futile fight against globalization—a stance that has been proven, time and again, to be on the wrong side of history. Trump’s isolationism is a retreat from America’s role in world affairs and will lead to global instability; a declaration of defeat in the global war on terror; and an abdication of America’s decades-long policy of spreading democracy and protecting human rights.

But the critics missed the biggest problem with Trump’s embrace of protectionism: trade today plays the role in the world order that war once played. Trade gives states a way to influence one another without resorting to force, as was once common. Giving up on trade means giving up on that influence, leaving states with little choice but war.

To understand why this is the case, one has to return to what we have described as the “Old World Order.” For hundreds of years, waging war was considered a necessary function to run a state. As described and systematized by the so-called “father of international law,” Hugo Grotius, in the early 17th century, international law permitted states to use force in order to right (perceived or otherwise) wrongs. Actually, it did more than permit war. The system relied on war as a tool of international justice. It was the way in which states collected unpaid debts, obtained compensation for wrongful harms, enforced treaty obligations, and protected religious interests, among much else.

In this world, war to enforce legal rights was perfectly legal but economic sanctions by neutrals against belligerents were illegal. Neutrals had a duty of impartiality in a conflict—states outside of a conflict could not offer more favorable trade terms to the state it favored. To do so was illegal, and would give the disfavored state a cause for war.

As we argue in our recent book, The Internationalists: How a Radical Plan to Outlaw War Remade the World, that all changed in 1928. Over 60 countries ratified the Kellogg-Briand Pact (also known as the Peace Pact). By outlawing war, the Peace Pact changed the role of war in the international system. War could no longer legally be used between states to resolve disputes, to right wrongs, or to force uncooperative states to cooperate.

The Pact did not work overnight, of course. As we show in the book, it took decades to figure out how to make the promise of the Pact a reality. One of the crucial moments came shortly after it entered into force: in 1931, Japan, which was a party to the agreement, committed a clear violation by invading Manchuria. The world was unsure how to respond: surely it could not enforce the prohibition on war with war. But if not war, then what?

The answer came when US Secretary of State Henry Stimson wrote to Japan and China on January 8, 1932: “The American Government … does not intend to recognize any situation, treaty, or agreement which may be brought about by means contrary to the covenants and obligations of the Pact of Paris”—another name for the Kellogg-Briand Pact. The League of Nations quickly followed suit. The doctrine of nonrecognition would become known as the “Stimson Doctrine” and would give rise to a new way to enforce the law: not with war, but with so-called “sanctions of peace.” As Stimson explained in a speech entitled “The Pact of Paris: Three Year Later,” the Pact had set in motion a change in the laws of neutrality, which for the first time permitted states to put in place economic sanctions against parties to a war, using trade, not force, as a way to enforce the law.

Economic sanctions thus slowly began to fill the void left by the decision to outlaw war. They became one of the most powerful weapons a country could wield. By placing sanctions on uncooperative nations, the international community could effect change without violence. States could no longer use war to enforce the law, but they could use sanctions to “outcast” misbehaving states.

To see how sanctions can be used as a substitute for war, consider the events that led to the Iran nuclear deal. In 2006, the UN Security Council joined the United States in economically isolating Iran. It demanded that Iran stop uranium enrichment and imposed progressively more painful trade sanctions in response to its continued intransigence. As a result, Iran was shut out of global commerce not only by the United States and a few sympathetic countries but by nearly every nation in the world.

The sanctions regime was further tightened in 2010 by an obscure office in the US Treasury Department: the Office of Foreign Asset Control, or OFAC. At the behest of OFAC, Congress passed the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions, Accountability, and Divestment Act, which strengthened US sanctions on the Iranian energy industry and financial sector. Whereas previous measures had targeted only Iranian firms, Congress now authorized the imposition of “secondary sanctions” on any bank, anywhere in the world, that transacted with Iran’s central bank. Any bank placed on the blacklist could be cut off from access to the US financial sector. The United States offered banks a choice: you can do business with the United States or you can do business with Iran; you can’t do both.

These sanctions worked remarkably well: Iran’s oil exports fell by more than 50 percent, the value of the nation’s currency (the rial) plummeted, and in 2012, Iran’s economy shrunk by about 7 percent, prompting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to complain: “The enemy has announced that it has imposed sanctions …This is a hidden war. A broad and heavy war, spread across the globe.”

Ahmadinejad’s statement was evidence that the sanctions were imposing costs. But as David Cohen, the Treasury official who oversaw OFAC, pointed out, the sanctions were not a secret war. They were instead “done for all the world to see” and, indeed, “done by all the world.” Nor were they actually a war, Cohen continued, but “the alternative to war.” And that alternative worked.

In August 2013, Hassan Rouhani succeeded President Ahmadinejad, after running on a platform of improving relations with the rest of the world and sanctions relief. The new Iranian leadership began negotiations with the “P5 plus one”—the permanent five members of the Security Council plus Germany, the economic steward of the EU. In November 2013, they reached an interim agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program and partially lifting sanctions and made plans to complete a more permanent, comprehensive agreement. For the first time in decades, there was real hope that a nuclear Iran could be prevented through discussions at the negotiating table rather than with military strikes.

Now President Trump, by calling into question the United States’ commitment to free trade and global economic integration, is threatening to unilaterally disarm. The less business it does with the rest of the world, the less influence it will have in the modern legal order. Raising trade barriers, and withdrawing from free trade agreements, means giving up power and influence.

TRADE TODAY PLAYS THE ROLE IN THE WORLD ORDER THAT WAR ONCE PLAYED.

The President’s twin messages of isolationism and protectionism are dangerous. If the US pulls back from unilateral trade and cooperation, it will be left with fewer diplomatic options. States that outcast themselves find it difficult to outcast other nations. What’s more, giving up the capacity to influence states through trade can cause states to look longingly at the Old World Order tool of influence: war.

North Korea is an excellent example of a country caught in this trap. It is so isolated from the global economy that it has little influence over other states other than the threat of military force. Its capacity to exert influence outside its borders depends entirely on its nuclear weapons program; it has nothing else.

Indeed, even as Trump has been threatening to withdraw from free trade arrangements, he has been relying more heavily on the military to get what he wants. He has doubled-down on virtually every American military engagement. He has sent US troops into Syria to assist the fight against ISIS. He has stepped up support for the Saudi-led fight in Yemen, even in the face of reported war crimes. He has fired missiles in retaliation for Syrian chemical weapons attacks.

In September, Trump announced that he is sending more US troops into Afghanistan. He has loosened the rules of engagement in Afghanistan as well. He has even suggested that he might use the US military in Venezuela. In front of the United Nations, the home of peaceful cooperation, he threatened to “totally destroy” North Korea, implying his willingness to use weapons against millions of civilians. And, most recently, Trump has refused to certify part of the Iran nuclear deal, raising the spectre that the deal will break down and Trump will ultimately resort to military force against Iran.

The lesson Trump has yet to learn is that in the modern era trade is more than trade. Trade is the power to exert peaceful and effective influence abroad. Giving up on trade means walking away from that influence. “America First” threatens to put America last, at least on the international stage.

Trump’s lasting legacy may be even more destabilizing than the most dire predictions issued at the start of his presidency. By pulling back American support for free trade, Trump threatens America’s nearly century-long run of being the “indispensable nation.” Even after he leaves office, that lesson will linger. For decades, the US dollar has been the foundation of the world’s economy, countries have freely lent to the United States, and English has been the dominant language on the international stage. If the United States relinquishes its leadership role, we should wonder: who will fill the void we leave behind?

This is what Yehovah has already done for us and what we could have kept on having IF we would obey Him.

Deut 28:8 The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

But here is what are getting now and what is yet to come.

Deut 28:13 Curses for Disobedience
“But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
“The Lord will send on you curses, confusion, and frustration in all that you undertake to do, until you are destroyed and perish quickly on account of the evil of your deeds, because you have forsaken me. The Lord will make the pestilence stick to you until he has consumed you off the land that you are entering to take possession of it. The Lord will strike you with wasting disease and with fever, inflammation and fiery heat, and with drought and with blight and with mildew. They shall pursue you until you perish. And the heavens over your head shall be bronze, and the earth under you shall be iron. The Lord will make the rain of your land powder. From heaven dust shall come down on you until you are destroyed.
“The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them. And you shall be a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth. And your dead body shall be food for all birds of the air and for the beasts of the earth, and there shall be no one to frighten them away. The Lord will strike you with the boils of Egypt, and with tumors and scabs and itch, of which you cannot be healed. The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of mind, and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways. And you shall be only oppressed and robbed continually, and there shall be no one to help you. You shall betroth a wife, but another man shall ravish her. You shall build a house, but you shall not dwell in it. You shall plant a vineyard, but you shall not enjoy its fruit. Your ox shall be slaughtered before your eyes, but you shall not eat any of it. Your donkey shall be seized before your face, but shall not be restored to you. Your sheep shall be given to your enemies, but there shall be no one to help you. Your sons and your daughters shall be given to another people, while your eyes look on and fail with longing for them all day long, but you shall be helpless. A nation that you have not known shall eat up the fruit of your ground and of all your labors, and you shall be only oppressed and crushed continually, so that you are driven mad by the sights that your eyes see. The Lord will strike you on the knees and on the legs with grievous boils of which you cannot be healed, from the sole of your foot to the crown of your head.
“The Lord will bring you and your king whom you set over you to a nation that neither you nor your fathers have known. And there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone. And you shall become a horror, a proverb, and a byword among all the peoples where the Lord will lead you away. You shall carry much seed into the field and shall gather in little, for the locust shall consume it. You shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine nor gather the grapes, for the worm shall eat them. You shall have olive trees throughout all your territory, but you shall not anoint yourself with the oil, for your olives shall drop off. You shall father sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours, for they shall go into captivity. The cricket shall possess all your trees and the fruit of your ground. The sojourner who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower. He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him. He shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
“All these curses shall come upon you and pursue you and overtake you till you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that he commanded you. They shall be a sign and a wonder against you and your offspring forever. Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you. The Lord will bring a nation against you from far away, from the end of the earth, swooping down like the eagle, a nation whose language you do not understand, a hard-faced nation who shall not respect the old or show mercy to the young. It shall eat the offspring of your cattle and the fruit of your ground, until you are destroyed; it also shall not leave you grain, wine, or oil, the increase of your herds or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.
“They shall besiege you in all your towns, until your high and fortified walls, in which you trusted, come down throughout all your land. And they shall besiege you in all your towns throughout all your land, which the Lord your God has given you. And you shall eat the fruit of your womb, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the Lord your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you. The man who is the most tender and refined among you will begrudge food to his brother, to the wife he embraces, and to the last of the children whom he has left, so that he will not give to any of them any of the flesh of his children whom he is eating, because he has nothing else left, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in all your towns. The most tender and refined woman among you, who would not venture to set the sole of her foot on the ground because she is so delicate and tender, will begrudge to the husband she embraces, to her son and to her daughter, her afterbirth that comes out from between her feet and her children whom she bears, because lacking everything she will eat them secretly, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemy shall distress you in your towns.
“If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting. And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, of which you were afraid, and they shall cling to you. Every sickness also and every affliction that is not recorded in the book of this law, the Lord will bring upon you, until you are destroyed. Whereas you were as numerous as the stars of heaven, you shall be left few in number, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God. And as the Lord took delight in doing you good and multiplying you, so the Lord will take delight in bringing ruin upon you and destroying you. And you shall be plucked off the land that you are entering to take possession of it.
“And the Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known. And among these nations you shall find no respite, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot, but the Lord will give you there a trembling heart and failing eyes and a languishing soul. Your life shall hang in doubt before you. Night and day you shall be in dread and have no assurance of your life. In the morning you shall say, ‘If only it were evening!’ and at evening you shall say, ‘If only it were morning!’ because of the dread that your heart shall feel, and the sights that your eyes shall see. And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Egypt, a journey that I promised that you should never make again; and there you shall offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves, but there will be no buyer.”

Why are Europeans demonizing this president unlike any before?

President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the USA President Donald Trump, President of the European Council Donald Tusk

Why are Europeans demonizing this president unlike any before?

BY RICHARD PALMER • MAY 15

A lot of people have been rejoicing at United States President Donald Trump’s recent decisions. In less than a week, the president announced he is withdrawing the United States from the nuclear deal with Iran and then moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Many Americans are excited, and many Israelis are experiencing a boost in national power, prestige and morale. But in Europe, the reaction is anger.

“RIP the Trans-Atlantic Alliance, 1945–2018” was the headline on Foreign Policy on Friday. “The alliance was already a corpse, but Donald Trump drove the last nail into its coffin when he decided this week to withdraw from the nuclear deal with Iran.”

The cover of Spiegel, Europe’s most popular magazine, portrayed Mr. Trump as an obscene gesture toward the rest of the world. Former Swedish Prime Minister Carl Bildt wrote in the Washington Post, “Trump’s decision to blow up the Iran deal is a massive attack on Europe.”

Many agree with the Europeans’ basic premise, that the Iran deal was great and only a moron would end it. Those who are glad the Iran deal is cancelled tend not to care about Europe’s response. After all, to adopt a phrase from the days of the Iraq War, engaging in foreign policy without the Europeans is like going hunting without an accordion—you leave behind only useless, noisy baggage.

Here at the Trumpet, we are adamant that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran was a disaster. Editor in chief Gerald Flurry characterized it as deadly. But that does not mean Europe’s outrage is just noise. In 2014, when Europe was outraged by the U.S. National Security Agency monitoring the communications of top European leaders, Mr. Flurry wrote:

Most Americans don’t realize how violently our allies are condemning our foreign policy. They are too absorbed and distracted with sports, entertainment and domestic issues to be interested.

But this is something everyone should be concerned about. What makes the German-American split especially important is this: It is exactly what biblical prophecy told us would happen!

Europeans have detested many of Donald Trump’s boldest decisions. The 2016 climate change accords signed in Paris would have been disastrous for the U.S., but when Trump cancelled the pact, Europe was outraged. The Financial Times called it “a blow to Germany’s collective solar plexus.”

President Trump has attacked Germany for unfair trade. Again, he’s correct. But that does not mean the Germans are happy about it. Trump made another great move in relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. Every other country in the world can choose where its capital is. Why should Israel be any different? But this is another move that Europeans regard with anger.

And now, Iran.The Iran decision has resonated among European leaders as none of Trump’s previous follies has,” wrote Foreign Policy. They’re wrong to portray it as a folly, but they’re right about its importance to Europeans. Bild wrote, “[I]t would be most unwise to underestimate the long-term damage to the trans-Atlantic relationship caused by Washington’s assault on Europe. Strong voices are now demanding that Europe stand up for its sovereignty by being more confrontational with Trump.”

Spiegel editor in chief Klaus Brinkbäumer wrote an article titled “Trump Deals Painful Blow to Trans-Atlantic Ties” and subtitled “Trump and Iran: Time for Europe to Join the Resistance.”

“The West as we once knew it no longer exists,” he wrote. “Our relationship to the United States cannot currently be called a friendship and can hardly be referred to as a partnership.”

“The U.S. has chosen a path of confrontation with Europe …,” Spiegel wrote in another article. “In the seven decades of the postwar trans-Atlantic relationship, there has never been such a violation of European interests, never such deep-seated discord.”

Some of these same commentators are warning that this epochal shift will mean big changes for Europe.

A Remilitarized Continent

“Europe has lost its protective power,” wrote Spiegel. For decades Europe has relied on America for its defence. Now Europeans are realizing that if they want to have their own separate foreign policy, they can’t be an accordion—they need to be a shotgun.

This is part of the reason for such outrage. When Europe has needed muscle to get its own way—such as with the breakup of Yugoslavia—it turned to the U.S. Now, it is realizing that America isn’t going to do its bidding anymore. It needs to build its own muscle.

Those who have long wanted Europe to bulk up are happy about this development. Foreign Policy wrote that “perhaps Europe’s leaders needed the shock.”

“Europe may begin laying the foundations for a more independent military and diplomatic strategy,” it continued. “All talk of a unified European army has long vanished, but [French President Emmanuel] Macron has invited the defence ministers of 10 European nations to Paris next month to discuss his plan to create a battle-ready force of up to 100,000 troops. Everyone I have spoken to has felt that the split with Trump has given a serious boost to the plan.”

“It’s no longer the case that the United States will simply just protect us,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday. She reiterated her statement that “Europe needs to take its fate into its own hands.”

Mr. Trump’s actions may help Europe find the unity it needs to do this. Spiegel noted all the disagreements dividing the European Union, of which there are plenty, and added, “But they do agree on one issue: Donald Trump. Lately, the American president has emerged as a great unifier of Europe.”

Chairman of the European Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger said, “It is another dramatic wake-up call for the European Union to finally get a grip on itself. For the European project, I cannot imagine a better motivation than this shock from Trump.”

An Economic Confrontation

After Mr. Trump announced the cancellation of the Iran deal, the United States ambassador to Germany tweeted, “German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately.”

With the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action cancelled and U.S. sanctions reinstated, European companies that continue to do business with Iran will face financial penalties three to six months from now.

Bild called it a “massive assault on the sovereignty of European states and the European Union.”

Spiegel grouped Europe and Iran by writing, “By reimposing sanctions, Trump is hitting the Europeans and Iran where it hurts.”

Because of American dominance of the financial system, it is very hard for large European companies to avoid American sanctions. A huge percentage of foreign trade requires U.S. dollars as an intermediary, even when the trade doesn’t include American companies. European companies that make deals with Iran now risk being shut out of the international payment system.

European trade with Iran has increased ninefold since the Iran deal came into force. The last time sanctions were imposed, Europe agreed to join with the U.S. Now Europe feels it is being forced into sanctions—at economic gunpoint.

The reimposition of sanctions provides Europe with additional motivation to avoid the dollar, to wean itself off of the American-influenced financial system, and to search for allies to build a new one.

Why Such Hatred for Trump?

“This conflict has the potential to escalate into a real confrontation between Europe and the United States,” wrote Spiegel. “In a worst-case scenario, Trump could force Europe to make a choice between the U.S. and Iran.”

Shockingly, many in the media seem to be rooting for Europe to choose Iran.

When it comes to actually setting foreign policy, cooler, more rational heads will probably prevail. But what does it say about the state of trans-Atlantic relations when Europe’s media wants to choose the No. 1 sponsor of terrorism over the world’s most powerful democracy?

The hatred being whipped up in Europe goes beyond a rational disagreement between nations with different interests and views of the world.

Spiegel’s front cover showed Mr. Trump as a middle finger to the world. Past covers include:

  • Donald Trump slicing the head off Lady Liberty
  • Donald Trump as some kind of subhuman ape
  • Donald Trump as a baby riding a nuclear bomb with a baby Kim Jong-un
  • Donald Trump as a meteor about to destroy the world
  • Donald Trump as a tsunami destroying Washington, D.C.
  • Donald Trump as a golfer, hitting a flaming planet Earth

They hate him—in a unique way. Europe has disliked presidents in the past, most notably George W. Bush. But even he was not attacked like this. Spiegel’s least-flattering covers of him portrayed him as a cowboy or a soldier.

When discussing the Iran deal, President Trump’s European critics don’t see America’s decision as a rational one that they happen to oppose. Of course, there are downsides for Europe with America’s cancellation of the deal. But a rational discussion of the pros and cons is nowhere to be found in the European press. Instead, Mr. Trump is simply portrayed as cancelling the deal because he’s a madman. Even the Atlantic ran an article discussing the downsides of the Iran deal and calling for its cancellation. When you are a critic who makes the Atlantic look pro-Trump, you know you’re pretty extreme.

“Trump is only proficient in destruction,” wrote Spiegel’s editor in chief. “And that’s what he does.”

Just about all of the articles pointing out the growing division between Europe and the U.S. put the blame squarely on Mr. Trump’s shoulders. None seem to ask why Europe is so passionately devoted to causes that are so bad for America. Why is it so upset about the Iran deal and the climate change accord? Why respond so irrationally and emotionally—with insults, not reasoned arguments?

This is something I want to explore in a longer Trumpet print article. But this is a trend we should be concerned with. Europe is becoming a virulently anti-American power—and it’s working to unify against America.

The European politician we watch most here at the Trumpet is former German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who has called Mr. Trump “the violent madman in the White House.”

“Guttenberg went after American President Donald Trump—in a way a world leader never does to another leader in power!” wrote Mr. Flurry last October.

Regarding Guttenberg’s comments about Mr. Trump, Mr. Flurry wrote, “He is talking about a man who got over 60 million votes. Is he just criticizing one man? I believe what he is saying says a lot about his attitude toward America.”

“Listening to Mr. Guttenberg and the way people are responding to him, I have to say that it looks like the relationship between the U.S. and Germany is already dead!” Now the European media is saying the last nail is in the coffin. Mr. Flurry concluded his article with the following:

A strongman is coming on the scene. Daniel 11 says he is going to come in by flatteries. He really knows how to speak the right words. …

Prophecy tells us in detail just what this strongman is going to do. It also says that he can’t even imagine the damage he will wreak on America—but at a certain point, his mind is going to change. (Read about this in Chapter 2 of my booklet on the Prophet Habakkuk.) We are watching for that mind change. Perhaps, to some degree, it is already happening!

These things might be the best indication that Baron Guttenberg could be the man we are watching for.

Listen to him. He’s talking like a man who has ambitions to rule Europe! In some ways, he talks like a man who already leads Europe!

Winston Churchill had insight into Germany like nobody else in his time. He said this in 1924: “The enormous contingents of German youth growing to military manhood year by year are inspired by the fiercest sentiments, and the soul of Germany smolders with dreams of a war of liberation or revenge.”

Watch Germany. I believe we are seeing more than just dislike for one man in the White House. There is evidence of a desire for revenge. After all, history would have played out very differently if it hadn’t been for America’s intervention in World Wars i and ii.

You wouldn’t think human beings would think that way, but if you understand biblical prophecy, you know that there is an evil spirit being involved who can inspire some very ugly emotions. And the Bible is clear that America’s German “lovers” are going to betray America.

Daniel 8:25 says of this man: “And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes [Jesus Christ!]; but he shall be broken without hand.” This man is going to have tremendous power for a short time—but then he is going to be broken by Jesus Christ Himself!

The fact that we are seeing these prophecies about to be fulfilled before our eyes shows how close we are to that magnificent outcome! That is the magnificent hope in Bible prophecy!

So watch closely what is happening in Germany.

Andromeda

Let me at this time also share one more thing that is found in the Stars each night.

I would like to share his preface about this subject.

The Witness of the Stars
E. W. Bullinger

Preface

Some years ago it was my privilege to enjoy the acquaintance of Miss Frances Rolleston, of Keswick, and to carry on a correspondence with her with respect to her work, Mazzaroth or, the Constellations. She was the first to create an interest in this important subject. Since then Dr. Joseph A. Seiss, of Philadelphia, has endeavored to popularize her work on the other side of the Atlantic; and brief references have been made to the subject in such books as Moses and Geology, by Dr. Kinns, and in Primeval Man; but it was felt, for many reasons, that it was desirable to make another effort to set forth, in a more complete form, the witness of the stars to prophetic truth, so necessary in these last days.

To the late Miss Rolleston, however, belongs the honor of collecting a mass of information bearing on this subject; but, published as it was, chiefly in the form of notes, unarranged and unindexed, it was suited only for, but was most valuable to, the student. It was she who performed the drudgery of collecting the facts presented by Albumazer, the Arab astronomer to the Caliphs of Grenada, AD 850; and the Tables drawn up by Ulugh Beigh, the Tartar prince and astronomer, about AD 1450, who gives the Arabian astronomy as it had come down from the earliest times.

Modern astronomers have preserved, and still have in common use, the ancient names of over a hundred of the principal stars which have been handed down; but now these names are used merely as a convenience, and without any reference to their significance.

This work is an attempt to popularize this ancient information, and to use it in the interest of truth.

For the ancient astronomical facts and the names, with their meaning, I am, from the very nature of the case, indebted, of course, to all who have preserved, collected, and handed them down; but for their interpretation I am alone responsible.

It is the possession of “that blessed hope” of Christ’s speedy return from heaven which will give true interest in the great subject of this book.

No one can dispute the antiquity of the signs of the Zodiac, or of the constellations. No one can question the accuracy of the ancient star names which have come down to us, for they are still preserved in every good celestial atlas. And we hope that no one will be able to resist the cumulative evidence that, apart from God’s grace in Christ there is no hope for sinners now; and apart from God’s glory, as it will be manifested in the return of Christ from heaven, there is no hope for Israel, no hope for the world, no hope for a groaning creaton. In spite of all the vaunted promises of a religious world, and of a worldly church, to remove the effects of the curse by a social gospel of sanitation, we are more and more shut up to the prophecy of Genesis 3:15, which we wait and long to see fulfilled in Christ as our only hope. This is beautifully expressed by the late Dr. William Leask:

And is there none before? No perfect peace
Unbroken by the storms and cares of life,
Until the time of waiting for Him cease,
By His appearing to destory the strife.
No, none before.

Do we not hear that through the flag of grace
By faithful messengers of God unfurled,
All men will be converted, and the place
Of man’s rebellion be a holy world?
Yes, so we hear.

Is it not true that to the Church is given
The holy honor of dispelling night
And bringing back the human race to heaven,
By kindling everywhere the Gospel light?
It is not true.

Is this the hope–that Christ the Lord will come,
In all the glory of His royal right,
Redeemer and Avenger, taking home
His saints, and crushing the usurper’s might?
This is the hope.

May the God of all grace accept and bless this effort to show forth His glory, and use it to strengthen His people in waiting for His Son from Heaven, even Jesus which delivered us from the wrath to come.

Ethelbert W. Bullinger

For more than two thousand five hundred years the world was without a written revelation from God. The question is, Did God leave Himself without a witness? The question is answered very positively by the written Word that He did not. In Romans 1:19 it is declared that, “that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” But how was God known? How were His “invisible things,” i.e., His plans, His purposes, and His counsels, known since the creation of the world? We are told by the Holy Spirit in Romans 10:18. Having stated in v. 17 that “Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word (the thing spoken, sayings) of God,” He asks, “But I say, Have they not heard? Yes, verily.” And we may ask, How have they heard? The answer follows–“Their sound went into all the earth and their words (their teaching, message, instruction) unto the ends of the world.” What words? What instruction? Whose message? Whose teaching? There is only one answer, and that is, THE HEAVENS! This is settled by the fact that the passage is quoted from Psalm 19, [one] part of which is occupied with the Revelation of God written in the Heavens, and the part with the Revelation of God written in the Word.

This is the simple explanation of this beautiful Psalm. This is why its two subjects are brought together. It has often perplexed many why there should be that abrupt departure in verse 7–“The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul.” The fact is, there is nothing abrupt in it, and it is no departure. It is simply the transition to the second of the two great Revelations which are thus placed in juxtaposition. The first is the Revelation of the Creator, El, in His works, while the second is the Revelation of the Covenant Jehovah in His Word. And it is noteworthy that while in the first half of the Psalm, El is named only once, in the latter half Jehovah is named seven times, the last being threefold (Jehovah, Rock, and Redeemer), concluding the Psalm.

Let us then turn to Psalm 19,

The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament showeth his handiwork.
Day unto day uttereth speech, And night unto night showeth knowledge.
There is no speech nor language; Their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoiceth as a strong man to run his course.
His going forth is from the end of the heavens, And his circuit unto the ends of it; And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
The law of Jehovah is perfect, restoring the soul: The testimony of Jehovah is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of Jehovah are right, rejoicing the heart: The commandment of Jehovah is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of Jehovah is clean, enduring for ever: The ordinances of Jehovah are true, and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the droppings of the honeycomb.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: In keeping them there is great reward.
Who can discern his errors? Clear thou me from hidden faults.
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me: Then shall I be upright, And I shall be clear from great transgression.
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in thy sight, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer.

From the Witness in the Stars by Bullinger.

Andromeda (the Chained Woman)

This is a peculiar picture to set in the heavens. A woman with chains fastened to her feet and arms, in misery and trouble; and bound, helpless, to the sky. Yet this is the ancient foreshowing of the truth.

In the Denderah Zodiac her name is Set, which means set, set up as a queen. In Hebrew it is Sirra, the chained, and Persea, the stretched out.

There are 63 stars in this constellation, three of which are of the 2nd magnitude, two of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc.

The brightest star, a (in the head), is called Al Phiratz (Arabic), the broken down. The star b(in the body) is called Mirach (Hebrew), the weak. The star g (in the left foot) is called Al Maach, or Al Amak (Arabic), struck down.

The names of other stars are Adhil, the afflicted; Mizar, the weak; Al Mara (Arabic), the afflicted. ARATUS speaks of Desma, which means the bound, and says–

“Her feet point to her bridegroom
Perseus, on whose shoulder they rest.”

Thus, with one voice, the stars of Andromeda speak to us of the captive daughter of Zion. And her coming Deliverer thus addresses her:

“O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold,…in righteousness shalt thou be established:
Thou shalt be far from oppression; for thou shalt not fear:
And from terror; for it shall not come nigh thee.”
Isaiah 54:11-14

“Hear now this, thou afflicted…
Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion;
Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem…
Shake thyself from the dust;
Arise, and sit down, O Jerusalem:
Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck, O captive daughter of Zion.
For thus saith the LORD, Ye have sold yourselves for nought;
And ye shall be redeemed without money.”
Isaiah 51:21-52:3

“The virgin daughter of My people is broken with a great breach, with a very grievous blow” (Jer 14:17).

There in the stars, each night is this story of Andromeda. The woman that represents Israel who is near death and about to be destroyed by the Great Serpent.

Cetus (the Sea Monster)

When John sees the New Jerusalem, the Bride, the Lamb’s wife (Rev 21:10), Satan has been bound already: for we read, a few veses before (20:1-3) “I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, that Old Serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him [and kept him bound] a thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled.”

This is what we see in the second section of the chapter–the second constellation in ARIES.

The picture is that of a great sea-monster, the largest of all the constellations. It is the natural enemy of fishes, hence it is placed here in connection with this last chapter, in which fishes are so prominent.

It is situated very low down among the constellations–far away towards the south or lower regions of the sky.

Its name in the Denderah Zodiac is Knem, which means subdued. It is pictured as a monstrous head, trodden under foot by the swine, the natural enemy of the serpent. The hawk also (another enemy of the serpent) is over this figure, crowned with a mortar, denoting bruising.

It consists of 97 stars, of which two are of the 2nd magnitude, eight of the 3rd, nine of the 4th, etc.

The names of the stars interpret for us infallibly the meaning of the picture.

The brightest star, a (in the upper mandible), is named Menikar, and means the bound or chained enemy. The next, b (in the tail), is called Diphda, or Deneb Kaitos, overthrown, or thrust down. The star o (in the neck) is named Mira, which means THE REBEL. Its names is ominous, for the star is one of the most remarkable. It is very bright, but it was not till 1596 that it was discovered to be variable. It disappears periodically seven times in six years! It continues at its brightest for fifteen days together. M. Bade says that during 334 days it shines with its greatest light, then it diminishes, till it entirely disappears for some time (to the naked eye). In fact, during that period it passes through several degrees of magnitude, both increasing and diminishing. Indeed its variableness is so great as to make it appear unsteady!

Here, then, is the picture of the Great Rebel as shown in the heavens. What is it, as written in the Word?

The Almighty asks man:

“Canst thou draw out Leviathan with a fish hook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
Canst thou put a rope into his nose?
Or pierce his jaw through with a hook?…
Shall not one be cast down even at the sight of him?
None is so fierce that he dare stir him up.”
Job 41:1-10, RV

But he whom man cannot bind can be bound by the Lamb, and He is seen with “the Band” that has bound the fishes, now in His hands, which he has fastened with a bright star to his neck, saying,

“Behold, I have taken out of thine hand the cup of trembling,
Even the dregs of the cup of My fury;
Thou shalt no more drink it again,
But I will put it into the hand of them that afflict thee.”
Isaiah 51:22, 23

“Behold, the LORD cometh forth out of His place
To punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity…
In that day the LORD, with His sore, and great, and strong sword,
Shall punish Leviathan, the piercing serpent,
And Leviathan, the crooked serpent;
And He shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.”
Isaiah 26:21-27:1

“For God is my king of old,
Working salvation in the midst of the earth.
Thou didst divide (marg. Heb., break) the sea by Thy strength,
Thou brakest the heads of the dragons (RV marg., sea monsters) in the waters.
Thou brakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces.”
Psalm 74:12-14

And this Second Book closes by revealing to us this glorious “Breaker.”

This is Cetus or Satan who has the two bands going from its neck to the two Fish which are Israel and Judah. They are constantly being pulled by Satans forces and about to be destroyed by them.

 

 

Perseus (the Breaker)

Here we have set before us a mighty man, called in the Hebrew Peretz, from which we have the Greek form Perses, or Perseus (Rom 16:13). It is the same word which is used of Christ in Micah 2:13. When He shall surely “gather the remnant of Israel” (v 12), it is written–

“THE BREAKER is gone up before them…
Their King is passed on before them,
And the LORD at the head of them.”

This is what is pictured to us here. We see a glorious “Breaker” taking His place before His redeemed, breaking forth at their head, breaking down all barriers, and breaking the heads of Leviathan and all his hosts. In His right hand He has His “sore, and great, and strong sword” lifted up to smite and break down the enemy. He has wings on His feet, which tell us that He is coming very swiftly. In His left hand He carries the head of the enemy, whom he has slain.

In the Denderah Zodiac His Name is Kar Knem, he who fights and subdues.

It is a beautiful constellation of 59 stars, two of which are of the 2nd magnitude, four of the 3rd, twelve of the 4th, etc.

Their names supply us with the key to the interpretation of the picture.

The star a (in the waist) is called Mirfak, who helps. The next, g (in the right shoulder), is named Al Genib, which means who carries away. The bright star in the left foot is called Athik, who breaks!

In his left hand he carries a head, which, by perversion, the Greeks called the head of Medusa, being ignorant that its Hebrew root meant the trodden under foot. It is also called Rosh Satan (Hebrew), the head of the adversary, and Al Oneh (Arabic), the subdued, or Al Ghoul, the evil spirit.

The bright star, b (in this head), has come down to us with the name Al Gol, which means rolling round.

It is a most remarkable phenomenon that so many of these enemies should be characterised by variable stars! But this head of Medusa, like the neck of Cetus, has one. Al Gol is continually changing. In about 69 hours it changes from the 4th magnitude to the 2nd. During four hours of this period it gradually diminishes in brightness, which it recovers in the succeeding four hours; and in the remaining part of the time invariably preserves its greatest lustre. After the expiration of this time its brightness begins to decrease again. Fit emblem of our great enemy, who, “like a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8); then changing into a subtle serpent (Gen 3:8); then changing again into “an angel of light” (2 Cor 11:14). “Transforming himself” continually, to devour, deceive, and destroy.

This brings us to the conclusion of the Second Book, in which we have seen the Redeemed blessed with all blessings, delivered out of all conflict, saved from all enemies. We have seen their Redeemer, “the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” “the Conqueror,” “the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.”

This is the Revelation recorded in the heavens. This is the prophetic testimony inspired in the Book.

From the very beginning of time, Yehovah has told us that we would become harlots and go a whoring after others gods, after other lovers. He knew it from before the time of Adam and Eve. He wrote it in the stars for us all to see.

Yehovah told us that those same lovers would turn on us and destroy us. But at the very last moment, when we had been raped and beaten and about to die that our Redeemer would come to our rescue.

Isaiah 43:1 But now thus saith Jehovah that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel: Fear not, for I have redeemed thee; I have called thee by thy name, thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned, neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am Jehovah thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour; I have given Egypt as thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in thy stead. Since thou hast been precious in my sight, and honorable, and I have loved thee; therefore will I give men in thy stead, and peoples instead of thy life.

:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and my servant whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour. I have declared, and I have saved, and I have showed; and there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith Jehovah, and I am God. Yea, since the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who can hinder it?
Thus saith Jehovah, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and I will bring down all of them as fugitives, even the Chaldeans, in the ships of their rejoicing. I am Jehovah, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.

Isaiah 49:7 Thus saith Jehovah, the Redeemer of Israel, and his Holy One, to him whom man despiseth, to him whom the nation abhorreth, to a servant of rulers: Kings shall see and arise; princes, and they shall worship; because of Jehovah that is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who hath chosen thee.

Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith Jehovah, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, Jehovah of hosts: I am the first, and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. And who, as I, shall call, and shall declare it, and set it in order for me, since I established the ancient people? and the things that are coming, and that shall come to pass, let them declare.

17 Comments

  1. Brother Joseph, This was a great newsletter. I really appreciated the info about Germany, the EU and their hatred towards Trump. I have been seeing that more and more lately (probably because they are having the G7 Summit right now). You brought out news articles that I hadn’t seen and they added quite a bit. Thank you.
    I fully agree that there are dual fulfillments of prophecy throughout the Bible and history. I, like many, believe that America is Babylon, but I always thought there was more than just 1 country included in that. Babylon is the world system, including the EU / UN and others plus throw in there the world religion portion (Roman catholic church and others); I’ve wondered if there might be multiple times where “Babylon” is destroyed – at least like layers of an onion being peeled off: maybe America first, then one or more of the other entities, until the full culmination of all that is Babylon is finally destroyed.
    Recently, some have come out with evidence that Prince William (UK) might be the AC, whereas many of us were convinced Barry O. was the guy; now this article with the guy in Germany. Again, still watching, waiting and praying for more insight. All of this adds to helping be awake and aware. We do NOT want to be caught napping thinking we had it all figured out and get blind-sided by a twist in things. All of that to say, again, “thanks for bringing this info to light”.
    Yehovah bless you brother. Shalom

  2. Hello Joe Dumond,

    I am a modern day Assyrian living in Iraq. There are 100s of thousands of us. We trace ourselves back to biblical times. We are not German! Please correct your erroneous ways!

    Regards,
    Al Bashur Al Wazi

    • There were many peoples conquered by the Assyrians as they rose to become a world Empire before being crushed by the Babylonians empire that followed. Many of those people were assimilated into the Assyrian culture. It is the same today. Many people of various races are found in many different societies. Those imigrant peoples do not make up the original. The Assyrian also known as the Hittites conquered many various people. If you have any interest in learning the truth we urge you to watch our teaching on Assyria at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-koTWeVirk&t=5s&index=6&list=PL96wPWNeV3DUtSnqcKAELjcA375CTZvC9 or you can read our article The Breaker That Breaks in Pieces. https://sightedmoon.com/the-breaker-that-breaks-in-pieces-will-be-broken/

      After the King of Akkad (Mesopotamia) destroyed Ebla, Amorites ruled the region until their power was eclipsed in 1600 B.C. by the Egyptians. The following centuries saw Syria ruled by a succession of Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, Aramaeans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Seleucids, Romans, Nabataeans, Byzantines, Muslim Arabs, European Christian Crusaders, Ottoman Turks, Western Allied forces, and the French. Syria has absorbed the legacies of these many and varied cultures, It does not make all Syrians or Iraqis Assyrian just because they are there today.

  3. I know the day and hour no man knows is the Day of Trumpets, but assuming the sun doesn’t shine and the moon turns to blood or doesn’t give It’s light, we would know the day because we would be on 30-day months, right? They would have to be equal lengths, because we won’t know when the month. The war that makes cuts off the Mashiach (set apart ones….all Israel), starts Shavuot 2020. In 2024 until 2030 we will be in captivity. Then the 2 witnesses will curse the earth with more plagues. We’ll be released from captivity to go back to Jerusalem then escape again (final exodus) to the wilderness. We will still not be abe to keep track of the sighted moon, right? Who is keeping track of the Aviv barley? Perhaps the two witnesses will be. And they Will let people know when to return to Israel to celebrate Passover?
    Are we fleeing once or twice? Please do correct me if I’m wrong. I get confused. There is so much going on. : )

    Shabbat shalom

  4. Shalom Joseph!
    I think you’re out by one day next week.
    The moon was seen in Israel on Wednesday 5/16 for the start of this month.This makes Wednesday 6/13 Day 28, and Thursday Day 28.Here is a copy from Devorah Gordon’s email:-

    “The new moon was sighted from Israel this evening, May 16, 2018!

    * From Jerusalem by Devorah Gordon at 7:40pm followed by Harold Tarter, Cari Tarter, and Gil Ashendorf.
    * From Tiberias by Dennis Chkolnik at 7:45pm.
    * From Eilat by Lukas Schneider and his two sons Alon and Lior at 7:50pm.
    * From Kfar Tapuach by Ephraim Lee, Yonatan Lee, and Gideon Lee

    This means that Rosh Chodesh (the first day of the month) is from sunset May 16, 2018 – sunset May 17, 2018. Be sure to keep track of what number month this is based on when you started the new year.”

    If the moon is visible on Day 29, 6/14 Rush Chodesh will begin that evening, making 6/15 New Moon Day or the1st of the fourth month.
    As I understand things…..

    Love and affection as always Joseph,
    Frank

    • Thank You, Frank. You are indeed correct. This is why we all must do our own counting. I had put the wrong number on my calendar and not corrected it and then used it to make my comments this week. I will leave this as it is and see just how many others realize this mistake.

  5. I am enjoying the feeling of unity it gives me reading the Torah readings that are posted from Sabbath to Sabbath.
    A great gift indeed
    Shabbat Shalom everyone from eastern, Canada

  6. Shalom Joseph.
    Tremendous insight from beginning to end!
    Thank you and your helpers.
    And I love that you said SightedMoon is not about you. Each week my respect for you grows as I witness that and your commitment to Truth.
    I’m a little confused though. You say, “But the moon will not be visible for anyone to see Wednesday evening. (which I now understand is off by one day as Frank pointed out) Thus this month is declared a 30 day month by default.”
    I don’t know how you know that this will be a 30 day month. Why will the moon not be visible on the 29th?

  7. Excellent newsletter again Joseph Dumond. I see and understand it more clearly now. You always do a great job of bringing everything together into cohesion.

  8. You say that Yeshua will return on Trumpets and you also say the the resurrection will be on Pentecost. I always thought that the two occurred at the same time. I’m trying to put together a timeline with dates based on many of your newsletters. Not an easy task, if even possible, and from what I’ve come up with so far, it’s not making much sense. You say that the resurrection is on Pentecost 2033 and King David will be raised up at that time and that Yehovah arrives on Trumpets in 2024. This would mean that the resurrection occurs 8 1/2 years AFTER His return. You also say that the Great Tribulation ends on the Day of Atonement in 2033, which means that at Shuvuot 2033, the resurrection occurs before the GT ends. These dates come from your newsletters.
    Do you have a published timeline, for download, with all the dates that you have given over the last few years?
    Thanks if you can clear up any of this confusion.
    Sandra

  9. Hello Joe Dumond,
    In your response to me you state, “the immigrant people do not make up the original”. This seems to defeat your argument. You are saying those that immigrated are not the original Assyrians? Further, Germans do not in any way look Middle Eastern. How did the Assyrians morph in 2500 years into blond blue eyed Germans and change their Middle Eastern features. Finally, are you saying we Assyrians in Iraq are not descendants of the original Assyrians?

    Best regards,
    Al Bashur Al Wazi

    • Sir,
      Respectfully, perhaps for kicks you can watch National Geographic on utube regarding searching for Adams DNA, from 2014.

  10. “The EU, Babylon is then going to reap for 7 years and become wealthy. I said reap, the proper term is rape as the EU will be raping the USA of all of its wealth.”

    Joseph the above is just not happening. sometimes when one has a prophetic perspective its blinds his eyes for deeper things

    • Shalom Peter, I have shared that this is to start at Shavuot in 2020. I have also shared that it might be delayed to start at the Fall Feasts in 2020. (This comes from the prayer that our flight not be on the Sabbath or the Winter. The Fall Feast all come in the Winter Season) This is why I have consistently asked everyone who reads the News Letter to double check what I am posting and concluding. Prove what I am saying to be wrong. No one has. Many do not agree but no one has proven what I am saying to be wrong. But once January 2021 comes and nothing has happened. I will be off the air and done. So either the feathers begin, that is begin to fly in 2020 or they do not. I will be either right or wrong. No fudging it.

      I have never been in this for fame or the money. Only to share what I have come to learn. Period. So if I am right and you did not prepare you might not be able to flee. If I am wrong and you left, how will you come back? I do get it and I am too faced with the very same thoughts. I also pray that I am wrong. And then turn on the news and it sure seems like I might be very right. I do understand the dilemma more than most and can empathise with each person wrestling with this.

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