News Letter 5855-016
The 3rd Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 24th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 17th day of the 4th month 5855 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Month in the Third year of the Fourth Sabbatical Cycle
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Third Year Tithe for the Widows and Orphans and Levites
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
June 22, 2019
Shabbat Shalom to the Royal Family of Yehovah,
Exo 32:1 And the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, and the people gathered themselves to Aaron. And they said to him, Up! Make us gods who shall go before us. For this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him. And Aaron said to them, Break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, of your sons, and of your daughters, and bring them to me. And all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he took them from their hand, and fashioned it with an engraving tool. And he made it a molten calf. And they said, These are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt. And when Aaron saw, he built an altar before it. And Aaron made proclamation and said, Tomorrow is a feast to Jehovah. And they rose up early on the next day and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and to drink, and rose up to play.
We are not commanded to fast on this day but we do note this event. One month from now will be the 9th or 10th of Av when the 10 spies brought an evil report of the land and the curse of wandering for 40 years was put on Israel. Then a few days after the 9th of Av will be another partial lunar eclipse, similar to the one we just had this last week.
As I share this tidbit of information with you, the USA & Iran issue festers closer to war.
I want to take a moment and thank all of you who are supporting this work at this time and those who have been for quite some time. Thank you all very much. None of the videos or the speaking engagements would have happened without your generous support leading up to each of those occasions.
I want to update you a bit about what we have been doing most recently with your support.
Brother Aike continues to reach into many of the Christian Churches in the Philippines and shares with them the Hebraic roots of their faith. I am very jealous of him as it would seem like he is shooting fish in a barrel and reaching very many. The Philippine people are so humble and so sincere in their worship and desire to learn about God. It is such a stark contrast to many of the so-called western Christian nations. Please read Brother Aikes update he sent me yesterday. This too is where some of the donations you send us are going to help do a work there.
We continue to assist Brother Aike whenever the need comes up and whenever we can.
We are still working on saving up the needed funds to send James to Africa for an extended 6-month teaching session. Although we have sent some funds and have the next amount ready to go, we have been stealing from Peter to pay Paul as the saying goes. That is we have been taking the funds that we wanted to send to Bishop Telesphore in order to pay for advertising in the western nations promoting The 2300 Days of Hell book. And we have had disappointing results.
I had wanted to give up on the west and focus on those places that are responding. And you may be saying the same thing. And believe me, I want to. But when I began to do this work way back in 2005, this one verse was the one I felt I was answering.
Isa 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me!
I have told you before about this verse and my calling as I felt it was to go and tell everyone what I was seeing about the Sabbatical and Jubilee cycles and the end time prophecies they are showing us. After a number of years, I would go back to this verse and read the rest of it to my shock and horror.
Isa 6:8 And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me!
Isa 6:9 And He said, Go, and tell this people, You hear indeed, but do not understand; and seeing you see, but do not know.
Isa 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn back, and be healed.
Isa 6:11 Then I said, Lord, how long? And He answered, Until the cities are wasted without inhabitant, and the houses without man, and the land laid waste, a desolation,
Isa 6:12 and until Jehovah has moved men far away, and the desolation in the midst of the land is great.
Isa 6:13 But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return and be consumed like the terebinth and like the oak being felled, yet has its stump; the holy seed is its stump.
How long am I to keep trying to persuade the people of the USA, the people of Australia and New Zealand. The People of my home country Canada, The people of England, Scotland, and Ireland and the people of South Africa. I even tried Holland and we all know what they say about the Dutch, wooden shoes, wooden heads and wooden listen, but I could say the exact same thing about each of those countries we are striving to reach into.
On the other hand, I am getting great results from the Philippines and so is Brother Aike. Bishop Telesphore is having great results in the poorest country on earth and the rest of East Africa. And when I tried a few other countries in test ads, I got good results from of all places United Arab Emirate and Ukraine.
Because of Isaiah 6, I keep trying and will continue to do so in those western nations until they are destroyed. But in order to do this I will continue to need your help and your prayers, as many times James and I just want to quit. We have shared some very hard-hitting messages in our books and we are about to release our newest one and again Isaiah is telling us what is going on here.
Isa 30:8-11 Now go, write it before them in a tablet, and note it in a book, so that it may be for the time to come forever and ever, that this is a rebellious people, lying sons. They are sons who will not hear the Law of Jehovah; who say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Do not prophesy to us right things, speak to us smooth things, prophesy falsehood; go out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.
Pauline continues to help us with our graphics and memes and teaching aides. She has just helped me to design a large 20-foot by 10-foot display of all the Jubilee charts on one display. I am hoping to use this to share our message in India and then again in the Philippines. We have yet to do a banner that has all 45 Sabbatical and Jubilee year proofs on it that I can also display.
Jan Sytsma has begun to help Henry Mate in Kenya with a new web site for him with our blessing. And in case some of you may not have noticed. The sightedmoon.com site is in the process of crashing. James is at work on it but….James too is having difficulty in completing this job due to his circumstances. Please do pray for James and the web site.
I had mentioned to you about leads into India that Yehovah caused me to trip into. I had asked certain people for help in reaching the Menashe people and those brethren who said they would help gave me bum leads. That is they sent me to teachers teaching the lunar sabbath lie or the Enoch lie and who did not want to learn about the Jubilee cycles. And those who said they would help never allowed me to speak with those they were working with. But they forgot Yehovah is in charge and they are His people, not those trying to gather a flock unto themselves.
So Yehovah had me contact someone from Malaysia and after talking to them and developing a repour with them I learned they were from India and not Malaysia. Not only that they were the leading tribe of many other clans and this person was a leader in the tribe and amongst the others, who were already keeping Torah and they wanted to learn about the Jubilee cycles. So we, sightedmoon sponsored a work they were doing in exchange for them translating our books into their native language. They are almost done now both their project and the translation of two of our books.
Yehovah just bypassed those hypocrites who were trying to keep me out.
We are about to do another arrangement and help them to build a synagogue in exchange for them making our books into audio books as many there cannot read or write but they all listen. And I am thinking of doing a similar thing in the Philippines in the Pinoy language.
I am being cryptic in my message to protect those involved from those others who may seek to do damage. The danger is very real. You can read about the many slaughters that have taken place in India in recent years at this link.
When I was in Burundi we spoke with people who had gone through the slaughter of the Hutu and Tutsi people, where they each slaughtered about a million of their own countrymen. If you want to learn about this go and watch Hotel Rwanda or you can read this brief history of these people. And while I mention this do keep Telesphore and our brethren there in your prayers as Ebola from the Democratic Republic of the Congo has now crossed over into Rwanda. Both places where Telesphore is teaching.
The group we are working with in India was recently driven from their homes and land by another clan who murdered almost a thousand of them. I have been invited to come and speak with these people. I had thought it was to be at the Feast but I may have misunderstood. So we are working on when right now and I do not know for sure when that will be. On top of the many things going on in India, we have just received word that Cities are running out of water due to the drought. Again I share this with you to include in your prayers as we prepare to go there and teach at some point.
I want you all to know and understand what we are doing and trying to do and what doors Yehovah has opened to us. We do not have overflowing vaults of money to do the work we are doing. We have just a little donated by just a few brethren. And yet we are doing a great work at this time.
To the Church in Philadelphia
Rev 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts; and shuts and no one opens, says these things:
Rev 3:8 I know your works. Behold, I have given before you an open door, and no one can shut it. For you have a little strength and have kept My Word and have not denied My name.
Rev 3:9 Behold, I give out of those of the synagogue of Satan, those saying themselves to be Jews and are not, but lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before your feet, and to know that I have loved you.
Rev 3:10 Because you have kept the Word of My patience, I also will keep you from the hour of temptation which will come upon all the habitable world, to try those who dwell upon the earth.
Rev 3:11 Behold, I come quickly. Hold fast to that which you have, so that no one may take your crown.
Rev 3:12 Him who overcomes I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will go out no more. And I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My new name.
Rev 3:13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.
We also have our newest book “It was a Riddle Not a Command” which is talking to the Christian community about the five foolish virgins and showing them what the oil is that they are missing and lacking. The one thing that has constantly shown up each and every time we teach about the Jubilee cycles is the saying from these groups “That no man can know the day or the hour.” So we are addressing this very point head on and showing them what they are missing by being ignorant of what this verse actually was telling them.
Many of you may already know the answer. I am thrilled to know, but by purchasing the book from us you will also be supporting this work and the things we are doing and you wil then have a great resource that you can use and share in the future with others. Please do consider ordering the pre-sale of the e-book after Sabbath and sharing these truths with those who have yet to be called.
This book is right now in the final edits stage. At the very end. I have a couple of rewrites to do and then submit them to the editor again. Joli is my editor and has done all my books. She makes me crazy but she also makes me sound good.
Once this book is done then we will do advertising for it in those areas that we got good results from before. We need your prayers for the success of this.
Then once this is underway, I will begin to do the next book on the mark of the beast or 666 which always interests people. Again we have shared some of this with you in various News letters but this will all be brought together in one book and it scares me to even think of it as I can see just how true it is already in the news.
That is what we are doing and hope to do with the donations that you have sent in as well as the book sales to help us to do this work. This is what you are also a part of when you also help.
Pro 3:1-12 TRUST IN YHVH
(1) My son, do not forget my commands and keep my teachings (torah) in your heart,
(2) for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.
(3) Do not let covenant faithfulness and trustworthiness ever leave you, tie them together about your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
(4) Then you will find favor and a good reputation in the sight of God and man.
(5) Trust in Yahweh with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding;
(6) in all your ways acknowledge him and he will make your paths straight.
(7) Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear Yahweh and turn away from evil.
(8) It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment for your body.
(9) Honor Yahweh with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce,
(10) and your storehouses will be filled up and your vats will be bursting, full of new wine.
(11) My son, do not despise Yahweh’s instruction and do not hate his rebuke,
(12) for Yahweh disciplines those he loves, as a father deals with a son who pleases him.
June 20, 2019
SHALOM FRIENDS AND BRETHREN at Sightedmoon.
It has been three weeks since I arrived in the city of Manila from my recent thirty six (36) days mission trips to key cities in Visayas and Mindanao Islands.
Personally, this mission trip is very important to me because it verifies my calling. Being human is sometimes frail, no one can ever say that his or her faith in YHVH and His Word-Torah is already 100%. Somehow there is always doubt at the back of the mind. This is just reality folks. So what I mean by this is that this recent ministry experiences had solidifies and mature my faith somehow.
So I think this is the third or fourth mission trip that I did since our beloved brother Joseph Dumond came to teach in the Philippines last April 2018. As far as the vision is concerned, it remains alive and realistic.
Pro 29:18 Where there is no prophetic vision the people perish, but the one who keeps the law is blessed.
The Law what is know to be the Holy Torah in the Hebraic sense “ the teachings, the instructions & guidance of the Holy One of Israel, YHVH.
This is all about it, the Torah of YHVH through His son Yeshua our Messiah (John 1:14). My life has changed because of Torah. All the course of my life was changed after YHVH let me discovered the Torah in October 2005 after my fasting and prayer. This is what I fasted and prayed about. Now, its been fourteen years. I will never regret it. For living a torah pursuant lifestyle is Life itself because YHVH is life itself and His son Yeshua is lifegiving Spirit too (Deut. 30:16). YHVH has put in my heart the enduring passion to study, know and apply the teachings of the torah in my life. The Torah is for kings and princess in the Kingdom. We are under training for the future millennial reign as prince & princess of YHVH’s Kingdom here on earth. The ambassador and authorized representatives here in earth as it is in heaven for a thousand years. This is pretty long years, isn’t it, as reward for the torah obedient sons and daughters of King YHVH Yeshua. Just as it is written:
Deu_17:19 The scroll must be with him (the king), and he must read in it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to honor Yahweh his God, so as to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to observe them.
Rev. 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.
What is meant by this is that our efforts to pursue a torah observant lifestyle and to spread the knowledge of it to anywhere we can will never be wasted or be in vain.
1Cor. 15:58 Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always abound in the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is not in vain.
Jer. 31:33 But this is the covenant that I will establish with the house of Israel after these days—this is Yahweh’s declaration: I will place my law (torah) within them and will write it on their heart, for I will be their God, and they will be my people.
This will take place in its fullness in the final days of the Millennial kingdom.
So that means we have a good future ahead of us. This is what we hold on to. Holding on to the Word the Davar Elohym and take hold of our inheritance now until the future glory of the Kingdom of Elohym (God). YHVH will be king of the world by then.
Deut. 33:4 Moses commanded us a law (torah), an inheritance for the assembly of Jacob.
Deut. 33:5 Then there was a king in Jeshurun, when the heads of the people had gathered, all the tribes of Israel together.
The focus of the Ministry of Messiah the Living Torah Center, the organization that I represent is nonetheless than the proclamation of the Torah as a way of life centered on the teachings of our master Yeshua the Messiah on his redemptive work, more particularly here in the Philippines, to the filipinos. I believed I am called to proclaim this message to the believing communities in and around the Philippine islands (7000) and not to mention the four (4) million filipinos scattered abroad working.
So here is my report on what is the actual outcome of my latest mission trips to Visayas & the Mindanao Islands in the Philippines:
On the first week of April I was led in the Spirit to fast and pray for ten straight days on a honey lemon water fast. This is was very good. I never had an easy fast than this. So as I always have know before, anointing has a price tag. The anointing comes from prayer and fasting as our spirit are being groomed through it.
After the fasting the confirmation comes upfront. I was invited by the Director of BibleLeague International Ministries to attend their first National bible convention of church planters in cebu city which was held for two days on April 24 & 25 in cebu city. More than one thousand three hundred pastors and church planters have attended this event.
So the plan was to book airplane tickets to several key cities around the Philippines. After the Itineraries are planned from city to city on a schedule according to the proximities of each cities.
The strategy was to personally meet pastors exchange phone numbers and proposed to them a free basic Hebrew language seminar with kingdom principles from a Hebraic perspective.
Next stop would be to visit friend in Bohol who from the seventh day Adventist group to teach to them the celebration of the 7 festivals appointed times of YHVH. The Adventist organization keep the seventh day sabbath rest but does not keep the 7 biblical feasts of Leviticus 23. The core doctrine of the SDA is that after the resurrection otherwise knows as the Rapture, SDA’s will spent a thousand unrealistic years in heaven. Its funny because YHVH throught King David and Yeshua will rule and reign for a thousand years in the seventh millenia here on earth. So, this kind of teachings is a sure victim of the Greek Mindset which has its core teachings on the philosophical ideas of Plato, the separation of earthly from the spiritual rather than the Hebrew mindset of the unity of the earthly and the Spiritual kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.
Teaching 7 Biblical feasts in Panglao Christian Academy, a school operated by our Adventist friend sister Dolly Lacgao. After which I proceeded to meet of what I heard of was the sacred namer torah observant organization in the Bohol Province. Here their leader Elder Ephraim ( holding a book of Joseph Dumond).
Congregation of Yahweh in Yashuah is an offshoot from the seventh day Adventist church. Elder Ephraim told me that they have network of fellowships in some areas in Visayas and Mindanao. So my goal here is to network and make friends from the torah restorahtion movement as the LORD’s lead. This group follows the traditional rabbinical calendar. So somehow they need to learn the Barley agricultural calendar from us through the guidance of our dear brother Joseph Dumond written books and materials.
By April 29 I’m flying to Iloilo city for the first time since around 6 years ago. Through the recommendation of our sister Churchille Montealto who now resides in Iloilo city. She’s learned torah in MLTC when she was still working there. Sis Churchille introduced us to REMNANT INSTITUTE, an organization that advocates natural medicines that also provides culinary and natural agricultural practice. Here, my wife Florence and the team from MLTC will join me with our missions here.
I Was hoping that our team from MLTC right here in Iloilo will catch the vision that one day we will also learn how to practice to eat very healthy foods and practice organic farming in our own communities. Produce our own food and vegetables, sustainable until the end of the 7 year tribulation period which we cannot take for granted.
But look here in the news the curse for not keeping the 7 year sabbatical laws of the torah. The curses are evident and most people are so blind to it, even the bible believing christians. So how can they know until somebody sent by YHVH to teach them. This is the burden of our ministry, to be able to reach out and teach people the laws of the Torah so the curse will stop. Accordingly the damage to crops are very high and farmers are suffering. Because of the lack of knowledge and the rejection of torah the people are suffering (Hosea 4:6).
ILOILO – Damage to palay production in this province due to El Niño phenomenon’s extreme heat since October 2018 already reached P1.3 billion covering 28,026.57 hectares and adversely affecting 27,245 farmers or 136,295 families, data from the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) showed.
PAO chief Ildefonso Toledo said damage to corn was way lower – P160,000 covering 4,502.37 hectares.
The number of corn farmers affected reached 3,735 or 18,675 families, he added.
But so far, only 256 farmers in the province have received indemnity – totaling P1,148,141 – from the Philippine Crop Insurance Corp. (PCIC), an attached agency of the Department of Agriculture (DA) whose principal mandate is to provide insurance protection to farmers against losses arising from natural calamities, plant diseases and pest infestations.
Now ,from Iloilo city we proceed to ride a boat to a nearby island called Guimaras to conduct bible studies to our local contacts and reach out for a tribal community called “Aetas”.
Here we do acts of charity according to the laws of the torah. We gave cash gifts, food and free bibles to this very poor community in Guimaras Islands, the Aeta tribes.
After a day we go back now to Iloilo City , since I will meeting a key person Bishop Larry Guzman who I found out only thru facebook that the name of his congregation is Yeshua HaMashiyach.
So I ask Bishop where did he received the revelation of the Hebrew name of the Messiah Yeshua?
He told me that this had happened only three months ago. After confirming with Bishop Larry that indeed this Hebrew name of Messiah is indeed true. He was very happy and enthusiastic that YHVH had brought a servant to confirms this to him. So Bishop Larry invited me to visit their church wherein he led me speak to his congregation.
Then I motivated this congregation to hold a biblical Hebrew crash course immediately. Look at the smiles of the congregants after our Hebrew class. This is a strategy to motivate people to study the bible from a Hebraic perspective and later will introduced to the concept of torah in the Hebrew mindset.
Now to balance ministry work with family fellowship me and my 8 years old son Moshe will join to fly from Iloilo City to Zamboanga city to meet my biological parents and sister. So, I rarely see my parents since I stayed in Manila most of the time. Now that both of my parents are in their lates 70’s. I realized that they need my presence and spiritual guidance. The Torah teaches us to honor our parents. My son Mosheh met my mom and dad and sister and cousins for the first time in Zamboanga city.
Zamboanga city are composed of christian and muslims in the southern part of Mindanao. This city is where I grew up. This is my Egypt. At the age of 22 years I packed up and leave for Manila to find a greener pasture. I ended cornered by the LORD YHVH and became a born again Christian at the age of 23. It’s my 27 years as a believer, 13 years in a Pentecostal Church and 14 years in a torah pursuant lifestyle.
Zamboanga city was once an embattled city where muslim took siege in the past. Up till now the city hasn’t fully recovered in the area of peace and order. See Sigthedmoon article
I also met for the first time torah observant groups here in this city. I fellowship with them also on the sabbath day.
Now I proceed to ride a bus to Dipolog city 7 Hour bus ride down North of Zamboanga.
The following day I will be attending the GOD CULTURE seminar in Dipolog city. Their leader is a Canadian married to a filipina and has network of filipino ministry partners from the Christian groups in the middle east particularly Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The God Culture ministry thrust is also torah. They are also teaching torah to the filipinos these days and they have their own approach. They teach that the ISLANDS of the SEA mentioned in the book of Isaiah are filipinos who will be YHVH representative for His kingdom in these end times.
A hidden revival is happening in the Philippines. We are being prepared for the torah of YHVH.
The following day I will be meeting Bishop Renato whom I met only thru facebook. He invited me to speak to his congregation in Dipolog city.
Bishop Renato (In light green long sleeves) told me that God his put in his hearts to pray for Israel. He requested to give him a flag of Israel or Jerusalem to remind them to always pray for God’s people.
After which we proceed to distribute bibles and food to a local tribe called the “Subanon”, as part of our charitable outreach.
Now I will be travelling to Pagadian City, 5 hours bus drive from Dipolog City. This meeting was set after I met of group of pastors from this city way back in the national bible convention of church planters last April 24 in cebu city. I promised to give them 100 pieces Cebuano bibles as a gesture of goodwill.
This pastors agreed to held a Hebraic Foundation Seminar in their ministerial meetings.
The seminar was a success and they want to return and teach them with a bigger crowd next time I come. Praise YHVH. Gadol ELohym. God is Great !
Now I travel to Cagayan de Oro city, a seven (7) hour bus ride from Pagadian City. Then From there travelled to the mountains of Bukidnon. I have a ministry partner here in the local Matigsalug tribal Christian groups.
The Seminar was success and the pastors wants me to return and teach them again. They were amazed how the Hebrew language brings clarity to the Scriptures. Praise YHVH ! our success are His success.
Now we travel back to Valencia City, Bukidnon. Arrived for the erev shabbat. I was invited by a messianic congregation in this city to conduct Hebraic Foundation crash course for their shabbat meetings the following day.
I gave to the Elders of this Torah keeping congregation, Joseph Dumond’s book on the Kingdom and the Sabbatical Years. One of their Elder, brother Manny will be coming to meet me in Manila in July for a possible ministry partnership. He wants to hold seminars in their city sometime this year.
Now I travelling to Davao city for the final leg of this torah mission trips. With some ministry partners brother Dennis, led me to meet pastors who might be willing to hold a seminar that we are offering for free.
Overall this whole trip was a success because I had planted to seeds of torah in their hearts. And in due time YHVH will make the seed sprout, but need to return again sometime in the future for a follow-up teachings.
Just the other day I received a call from Bishop Larry Guzman of Iloilo and He said they decided to Keep the feast of Yom Teruah /Trumpets in September and he is inviting me to be their guest speaker and that they will organizing a whole day seminar for Christians from different groups to attend. And also they will be blowing the shofar and will conduct a Jericho march around the city of Iloilo in September. Wow see how fast the conviction is.
Just this week sometime really great happened. Our ministry partner in MLTC brother Alvin Abaring had proposed to ALL NATIONS COLLEGE, a bible school in Marikina city whom he was previously connected as a professor, that the HEBREW FOUNDATIONS teaching be included in their school curriculum for theological studies. This is great materialization of our vision. This will be a good start for our future bible school program in the near future.
Thank you for all the financial support you are giving to the ministry of sightedmoon, who in return is helping supporting the work here in the Philippines. Your investments is noticed by YHVH , you are investing it right, very wisely in the Torah restorahtion movement here in the Philippine Islands.
We are all part of biblical prophecies coming to pass in our lifetime now. We are the future inheritors of the covenant of YHVH. Your donations are stored in the Treasury of the Kingdom of YHVH and will be kept till the day He will return to reward us for all work for His kingdom here on earth. May it speedily come.
To Him be the glory and honor forever. AMEN !
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Some of you have complained that the News Letters are too long. Especially the one about the Alphabet. As I write this Tuesday, June 18, I will try to keep this one short. We will see. Laugh Out Loud.
Last week the Toronto Raptors won the NBA finals over the Warriors. Here in Toronto, they were hailed as heroes. Over 2 million people came out on Monday from a city that is just over 3 million to cheer them in the victory parade and to have a great party. During that parade a shooting took place and 4 people were struck along the parade route.
They caught those involved, very quickly; all but one and the parade kept on going uninterrupted. Many were annoyed at those doing the shooting interrupting the party and they wanted the full penalty of the law executed on them. After all, we are going to have this party no matter what. So what if 4 people were shot. Party on, Go Raptors.
Yes I understand this is the first time anyone outside the USA has won the NBA and it is a big deal as everyone rooted for the underdog. But as I listened to the news afterwards they reluctantly reported the shooting but got back to the party and the infamous quotes from the “Heroes”.
Having seen this on the news, I kept thinking about a few scriptures.
This is one
Luk 18:8 I say to you that He will avenge them speedily. Yet when the Son of Man comes, shall He find faith on the earth?
The word faith is from
G4102 (Strong) pistis pis’-tis
From G3982; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
Here is the other scripture that would not leave me after seeing these things on the news
2Ti 3:1 Know this also, that in the last days grievous times will be at hand. For men will be self-lovers, money-lovers, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, unyielding, false accusers, without self-control, savage, despisers of good, traitors, reckless, puffed up, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power of it; even turn away from these. For of these are those who creep into houses and lead captive silly women loaded with sins, led away with different kinds of lusts, ever learning and never able to come to the full knowledge of the truth. But as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so these also resist the truth, men of corrupt mind, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further. For their foolishness shall be plain to all, as theirs also became.
Last week we shared with you the moral decay that is taking place here in the west with the LGBT influence on Disney and children’s cartoons. But that is just part of the problem. Our societies hard-heartedness towards all others and its desire to want to party or the lovers of pleasure in every respect just as Timothy says.
This also goes hand in hand with the left versus the right in the political spectrum. They are so opposed that they are now coming to blows and seeking to prevent the other from even being heard. You are only allowed to speak if your views agree or enforce my position.
Our society has degraded to something I no longer want to be a part of.
These are just some of my thought this week in light of the things I am seeing.
I was sent the following and as I read it I learned of the many things that cause me to be depressed. Things I am not always able to rectify and yet they continue to come week after week. There are many times I would love to put my boot up the butt of those who never seem to be able to get out the problems they are in. Many times it is because they are not obeying Yehovah. Sometimes it is Yehovah testing them and there is no viable solution.
I make no claim that pastors are perfect people. We mess up. We can be arrogant and uncaring at times. At the same time, though, most pastors I know are genuine, faithful followers of God who love their congregations. They’ve learned, too, that the work of pastoral ministry often carries heartache with it.
Here are some of those aches:
We mourn when marriages fall apart. We usually hear both sides of the story, and we’re privy to both anguish and sin. Often, we’ve seen the pain that divorce can cause.
We hurt when young people make decisions that lead to trouble. None of us wants our church young people to go down paths that could lead to long-term difficulty. Nor can we always stop it, however.
We occasionally beat ourselves up when our sermon wasn’t nearly as strong as we thought it would be. We’re usually our own worst critics. And, some of us will think for days about how we could have done better.
We sometimes grieve the sin of others more than they do. We know we can’t bring them to repentance on our own, and it’s agonizing to watch them continue toward destruction.
We ache when our church must carry out church discipline. In all my years of ministry, few situations were as painful as removing a church member who chose to ignore our attempts at guidance and reconciliation. It felt like I had failed in reaching him as his pastor.
We struggle when the churches we lead aren’t growing. I realize that we can become idolatrous of numbers, but most pastors I know aren’t comfortable when the churches they lead are not reaching people.
We sometimes hurt alone when we see the loneliness and struggles of our families. I’m casting blame on no one here; I’m simply making the point that some pastoral families struggle under the weight of the task—and we keep that struggle to ourselves.
We quietly grieve funerals for persons who showed no evidence of Christian conversion. We have to lead in those situations, but the tears sometimes come in the quiet rooms of our lives.
We wrestle with loneliness when we don’t know how to develop strong friendships. Frankly, I think this problem is more often our issue than our congregation’s issue, but it nevertheless can lead to aloneness.
We often feel guilty even expressing any of these thoughts. Maybe I’m the only pastor who’s ever felt these things, but I doubt it—so I use this post to ask for prayer on behalf of all my pastoral colleagues.
Say a prayer for your pastors this weekend.
May 8, 2018
One Year ago, The US withdrew from the Iran deal and announced new sanctions would be put back in place.
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday, he is quitting the Iran nuclear deal, pitting him against the United States’ closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in question.“It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of the current agreement,” Trump said from the White House Diplomatic Room. “The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing we know exactly what will happen.”In announcing his long-telegraphed decision, Trump said he would initiate new sanctions on the regime, crippling the touchstone agreement negotiated by his predecessor. Trump said any country that helps Iran obtain nuclear weapons would also be “strongly sanctioned.”
May 10, 2019
The USA suddenly announced the deployment of B-52 Bombers and the Strike Forces Abraham Lincoln to the Gulf.
B-52 bombers ordered by the White House to deploy to the Persian Gulf to counter unspecified threats from Iran have arrived at a major American air base in Qatar, the US Air Force acknowledged Friday.
On Sunday, the White House announced it would send the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier strike group and the bombers into the Persian Gulf to counter Tehran. The Lincoln on Thursday passed through the Suez Canal on its way to the Persian Gulf.
The administration of President Donald Trump has not offered specific details of the threat allegedly presented by Iran.
On Wednesday, Iran announced it would begin backing away from its nuclear deal with world powers, a year after Trump pulled America from the accord. President Hassan Rouhani gave European leaders a 60-day deadline to find a way to shield Iran from US sanctions targeting its economy and oil industry — otherwise, he said, Tehran would begin to enrich uranium at closer to weapons-grade levels.
May 13, 2019
Four OIl Tankers rammed or hit by an unknown object in the Gulf
Early yesterday morning, somebody or something rammed four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, near the port city of Fujairah. No one was injured, and all of the vessels — two Saudi ships, another from Norway, and the fourth as yet unidentified — remain afloat with their cargo intact.
The damage seems limited, but that hasn’t stopped the Saudi government from concluding that its tankers were deliberately targeted, and predicting that the “acts of sabotage” will have serious ramifications for both regional and international peace and security.
The damage to the Andrea Victory tanker crumpled its hull. (Satish Kumar/Reuters)
The Kingdom hasn’t said who it believes might be behind the “criminal acts,” although the finger of suspicion is falling on Iran.
Last Thursday, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued an advisory to ships in the region, citing an “increased possibility” that Iran or its proxies could take action against America and its allies by “targeting commercial vessels, including oil tankers.”
The warning came in the wake of the sudden deployment of a U.S. Navy carrier group and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf last week, amid mounting White House warnings about aggressive Iranian activity.
May 20, 2019
Iran issues a 60 Day ultimatum to the Europeans to protect Irans oil and banking sections or it would begin to enrich uranium
Iran today announced its exit from “certain” obligations under the landmark 2015 nuclear agreement and gave a 60-day deadline to world powers to protect Iran’s interests against U.S. sanctions, or it will restart high-level uranium enrichment.
At the same time, Iran President Hassan Rouhani in a speech declared that Iran’s current policy “is not war, but diplomacy”. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif announced that his country is not exiting the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA), or the nuclear agreement with world powers.
Iran announced its decisions first by a National Security Council official statement, followed by Rouhani’s televised speech.
Iran’s move falls on the exact day to a year of the U.S. decision to withdraw from JCPOA, on May 8 2018. The U.S. decision was followed by imposing stringent economic sanctions on Iran that have crippled the country’s economy, by choking off its banking relations and oil exports.
In a speech broadcast on national television, Rouhani said the remaining signatories – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – had 60 days to make good on their promises to protect Iran’s oil and banking sectors.
Rouhani has also written to the leaders of those countries, saying it will start rolling back some of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal on Wednesday, and will no longer sell enriched uranium and heavy water to other nations. “If the five countries came to the negotiating table and we reached an agreement, and if they could protect our interests in oil and banking sectors, we will go back to square one (and will resume our commitments),” Rouhani said.
June 3, 2019
USS Abraham Lincoln deployed outside the Persian Gulf to avoid interaction with Iran Revolutionary Guards
A U.S. aircraft carrier ordered by the White House to rapidly deploy to the Mideast over a perceived threat from Iran remains outside of the Persian Gulf, so far avoiding any confrontation with Iranian Revolutionary Guard forces amid efforts to deescalate tensions between Tehran and Washington.
Officers aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln repeatedly told The Associated Press on Monday they could respond rapidly to any regional threat from their position, at the time some 320 kilometers (200 miles) off the eastern coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.
However, after decades of American aircraft carriers sailing through the Strait of Hormuz, the narrow mouth of the Persian Gulf through which a third of all oil traded at sea passes, the U.S. Navy’s decision to keep the Lincoln away is striking.
“You don’t want to inadvertently escalate something,” Capt. Putnam Browne, the commanding officer of the Lincoln, told the AP.
The White House in May deployed the Lincoln and B-52 bombers to the Persian Gulf. The U.S. also plans to send 900 additional troops to the Mideast and extend the stay of another 600 as tens of thousands of others also are on the ground across the region.
The crisis takes root in President Donald Trump’s withdrawal last year of the U.S. from the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers that capped Iran’s uranium enrichment activities in return for lifting sanctions. Washington subsequently re-imposed sanctions on Iran, sending its economy into freefall.
June 13, 2019
Two Oil Tankers hit with explosions, Video footage seen of Iranian Guards removing an unexploded mine from the side of the tanker
Explosions crippled two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday in what the United States called “unprovoked attacks” by Iran, raising alarms about immediate security and potential military conflict in a vital passageway for a third of the world’s petroleum.
Iran called the accusations part of a campaign of American disinformation and “warmongering.”
The explosions forced the crews of both vessels to evacuate and left at least one ablaze, and hours later the causes were still under investigation. Yet the backdrop of steeply rising threats between President Trump and Iranian leaders gave the stricken ships a grave significance even before the facts became clear.
By afternoon, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said that American intelligence agencies had concluded Tehran was behind the disabling of both ships. He pointed to the weapons used, the expertise and resources required and the similarity to other recent attacks attributed to Iran.
The most compelling evidence to support Mr. Pompeo’s claim was video footage released Thursday night by the United States Central Command. A military spokesman, Capt. Bill Urban, said the video showed an Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps patrol boat pulling up alongside the Kokuka Courageous, one of the stricken ships, several hours after the initial explosion, and removing an unexploded limpet mine in broad daylight.
June 16, 2019
The Kremlin on Sunday warned against “baseless accusations” over last week’s attacks in the Gulf of Oman on two oil tankers, blamed by Washington and Riyadh on Iran.
“Such incidents can undermine the foundations of the world economy. That’s why it’s hardly possible to accept baseless accusations in this situation,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov.
“We always urge a sober appraisal of the situation and to wait for more or less convincing evidence to appear,” Peskov said on Russian television, extracts of which were published by the RIA Novosti news agency.
A Japanese and a Norwegian oil tanker were targeted in attacks on Thursday in the Gulf of Oman.
No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks.
June 18, 2019
A thousand more US troops sent to the Gulf Region
The U.S. military has released additional photos that it claims bolster allegations that Iran was responsible for attacks last week on two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman.
The Pentagon on June 17 released images, many taken from a U.S. Navy helicopter and purporting to show Iranian forces removing an unexploded mine from the hull of the Japanese-owned Kokula Courageous oil tanker.
Washington has said the photos appeared to show an attempt to remove evidence from the scene of the incident.
The same day, the Pentagon announced it would send some 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East because of the tanker attack.
June 18, 2019
China on Tuesday warned against opening a “Pandora’s box” in the Middle East
China on Tuesday warned against opening a “Pandora’s box” in the Middle East after the United States announced the deployment of 1,000 additional troops to the region amid escalating tensions with Iran.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi also urged Tehran to not abandon the nuclear agreement “so easily” after Iran said it would exceed its uranium stockpile limit if world powers fail to fulfil their commitments under the agreement in 10 days.
The United States ratcheted up pressure on Iran Monday, announcing the deployment of additional troops to the Middle East and producing new photographs it said showed Tehran was behind an attack on a tanker ship in the Gulf of Oman last week.
“We call on all parties to remain rational and restrained, not to take any actions to provoke the escalation of tension in the region, and not to open a Pandora’s box,” Wang told reporters in Beijing during a joint press conference with visiting Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem.
“In particular, the United States should change its practice of extreme pressure,” Wang said.
June 19, 2019
Rocket attack on headquarters of several major oil companies in Iraq
A rocket struck the site of the residential and operations headquarters of several global major oil companies, including U.S. giant ExxonMobil, near Iraq’s southern city of Basra early on Wednesday, wounding three people, Iraq’s military said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility. It came after two separate attacks in as many days on bases housing U.S. military personnel in Iraq, as tension rose between the United States and Iran.
The rocket hit the Burjesia site west of the city, according to police and a statement released by the military. Police earlier said two Iraqi workers were wounded.
The United States evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy last month, citing unspecified threats from Iran against U.S. interests in neighbouring Iraq, where Tehran supports some Shi’ite militias.
Wednesday’s incident came just as Exxon staff who were also evacuated after the diplomats’ departure had begun to return to Basra.
A security source said Exxon was evacuating 21 foreign staff immediately by plane to Dubai.
Oil officials said operations including exports from southern Iraq were not affected by the incident.
Other companies operating at the site include Royal Dutch Shell PLC and Italy’s Eni SpA, the oil officials said.
The rocket was a short-range Katyusha missile, the military said. Police said it landed 100 metres from the part of the site used as a residence and operations centre by Exxon.
June 20, 2019
Iran shoots down a USA unmanned Drone
Both the U.S. and Iran said Thursday that Iranian forces had shot down an American military surveillance drone, but the two sides offered conflicting details on the incident, which is likely to further escalate already soaring tensions in the Middle East. U.S. officials confirmed to CBS News that a high altitude drone on a surveillance mission over the Strait of Hormuz was hit by an Iranian surface-to-air missile in international airspace.
Iran, however, said its elite Revolutionary Guard shot down an RQ-4 Global Hawk drone as it flew over southern Iran. Iran’s Foreign Ministry issued a condemnation of the purported violation of its airspace and warned of a strong reaction to what it called a “provocative” act by the U.S.
The U.S. military has denied that any of its aircraft were operating over Iran at the time, but officials confirmed to CBS News national security correspondent David Martin that an American drone was downed.
June 20, 2019
India deploys Navy to the Persian Gulf to guard and protect Ships under the Indian Flag
The Indian Navy has deployed warships and aircraft to the Gulf of Oman and Persian Gulf to undertake maritime security operations amid rising tensions between the US and Iran.
The announcement came from the Indian Navy on a day when Iranian paramilitary forces claimed that a US spy drone had been shot down after entering Iran’s airspace.
June 21, 2019
United States authorises attack on Iran then stands down.
Dan 11:40 And at the end-time, the king of the south shall butt at him. And the king of the north shall come against him like a tempest, with chariots and with horsemen and with many ships.
The King of the South is Iran and the word butt means to war. The King of the North is the European nation and not the USA. Iran has threatened the Europeans. Something unforeseen to the world is about to happen. But it is not unforeseen by Yehovah who said the King of the North was going to attack the King of the South like a whirlwind. That is the German blitzkrieg type of sudden all-out aggression.
Now read Daniel 8
Daniel’s Vision of the Ram and the Goat
Dan 8:1 In the third year of the reign of King Belshazzar a vision appeared to me, to me, Daniel, after that which appeared to me at the first. And in a vision I looked. And it happened when I looked, I was at Shushan the palace, which is in the province of Elam. And in a vision I looked, and I was by the Ulai Canal. Then I lifted up my eyes, and looked. And behold, a ram with two horns stood before the canal having two horns, and the two horns were high, but one was higher than the other, and the higher came up last. I saw the ram pushing westward and northward and southward; so that no beasts could stand before him, nor any that could deliver out of his hand. But he did according to his will, and became great. And as I was watching, behold, a he-goat came from the west, over the face of the all earth, and did not touch the ground. And the he goat had an outstanding horn between his eyes. And he came to the ram that had two horns, which I had seen standing before the river, and ran to him in the fury of his power. And I saw him come close beside the ram, and he was moved with anger against him, and struck the ram and shattered his two horns. And there was no power in the ram to stand before him. But he threw him down to the ground and stamped on him. And none could deliver the ram out of his hand. Then the he-goat became very great. And when he was strong, the great horn was broken. And in its place came up four outstanding ones towards the four winds of the heavens. And out of one of them came forth a little horn, which became very great, toward the south and toward the east and toward the bountiful land. And it became great, even to the host of heaven. And it made fall some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and trampled them. Yea, he magnified himself, even to the ruler of the host, and the daily sacrifice was taken away by him, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. And an army was given to him against the daily sacrifice because of transgression, and it cast the truth to the ground. And it worked and succeeded. Then I heard a certain holy one speaking, and another holy one said to that one who spoke, Until when shall the vision last, concerning the daily sacrifice and the transgression that astounds, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trampled? And he said to me, For two thousand, three hundred evenings and mornings. Then the sanctuary shall be vindicated.
The Interpretation of the Vision
Dan 8:15 And it happened when I, even I Daniel, had seen the vision, and sought for the meaning, then, behold, there stood before me the form of a man. And I heard a man’s voice between the banks ofUlai, which called and said, Gabriel, make this one understand the vision. So he came near beside my place. And when he came, I was afraid and fell on my face. But he said to me, Understand, O son of man, for the vision is for the time of the end. And as he was speaking with me, I was stunned, on my face toward the ground. But he touched me and set me upright.
Dan 8:19 And he said, Behold, I will make you know what shall happen in the last end of the indignation. For it is for the time appointed for the end.
Dan 8:20 The ram which you saw having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. And the shaggy goat is the king of Greece. And the great horn between his eyes is the first king. And as for that being broken, and four stood up in its place; four kingdoms shall stand up out of the nation, but not in its power. And in the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have come to the full, a king, fierce of face, and skilled at intrigues, shall stand up. And his power shall be mighty, but not by his own power. And he shall destroy marvelously, and shall prosper and work, and destroy the mighty and the holy people. And also through his understanding, he shall cause deceit to succeed in his hand. And he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace shall destroy many. He also shall stand up against the Ruler of rulers. But he shall be broken without a hand. And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told is true. But you shall shut up the vision; for it shall be for many days. And I Daniel fainted, and was sick for days. Afterward I rose up, and did the king’s business. And I was amazed at the vision, but there was no understanding.
The King of the North and the South starting right after the Flood. https://sightedmoon.com/the-king-of-the-north-and-the-king-of-the-south-who-are-they-introduction-to-the-gods/
You can also read about the prophecy of Joseph when he was in prison in Egypt. https://sightedmoon.com/the-pope-and-isis-in-prophecy/ Even though I am writing about ISIS at that time nothing has changed. The HEad of ISIS has not been caught or found dead. The Vatican still remains a target of Islam. Now Iran is threatening Europe unless they intervene and help them with the banks and their oil that the USA has sanctioned.