News Letter 5857-014
The 5th Year of the 4th Sabbatical Cycle
The 26th year of the 120th Jubilee Cycle
The 9th day of the 4th month 5857 years after the creation of Adam
The 4th Sabbatical Cycle after the 119th Jubilee Cycle
The Sabbatical Cycle of Sword, Famines, and Pestilence
1940 Days until the Two Witnesses
357 Days into the 2300 Days Started May 31st, 2020
May 22, 2021
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Blood Moon of the 4th Month
On Wednesday, May 26, a full “supermoon” will brighten the night sky over the U.S. At the same time, a total lunar eclipse will be visible across the western U.S. during the predawn hours.
Folks in the western U.S. will have the best view of the eclipse, while those in the central U.S. will see a partial lunar eclipse just before the moon sets below the horizon. Unfortunately, people who live along the East Coast won’t see much of anything
Hawaiians will get a great view with the eclipse happening high in their sky in the middle of the night,
Septennial Torah Portion
If you go to Torah Portion at our archived section, you can then go to the 5th year which is the 5th year of the Sabbatical Cycle, the one we are in now, as we state at the top of every News Letter. There you can scroll down to May 22, 2021, and see that this Shabbat we could very well be midrashing about
2 Samuel 1-2
If you missed last week’s exciting discoveries as we studied that section you can go and watch past Shabbats on our media section.
Cease-Fire For Fools
As I write this Israel has bowed to pressure from the international community and agreed to a cease-fire with Hamas. As I heard this in the news Thursday, my alarms that let me know each time a rocket is sent against Israel and to which community it is sent, goes off and the alarms went off all day Thursday. Hamas getting their last round of shots in and hoping Israel would not retaliate before the deadline.
In fact, my alarms have been going off non-stop since the war began last Sunday. And it is the same old BS every single time. Hamas starts shooting rockets over civilian populations indiscriminately aiming at everyone. Over 3000 rockets. Isreal defends herself and the world condemns Israel for sending knock-knock bombs which are a warning to those in the building to get out before the real bomb comes in about 15 minutes. This way Israel destroyed the building and maybe the war machinery, but not any civilians nor the terrorist themselves.
What a joke. What a flippen joke. The world has hog-tied Israel.
Lebanon also shot missiles into Israel.
If I was to start shooting rockets across the border into the USA, there would be a full-scale retaliation and they would not stop until our side was completely defeated. To hell with what the UN and all that lot says.
Last week we wrote you about Obadiah and to let you begin to digest the fact that it prophecies that Ephraim will be the ones to utterly destroy Edom and the Philistines in Gaza so that not one is left alive.
This week I want to point out another scripture to you and again have you get this into your head and be ready for the time when you will have to implement it.
Laws Concerning Warfare
Deu 20:1 When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots, a people more than you, do not be afraid of them. For Jehovah your God is with you, who brought you up out of the land of Egypt.
Deu 20:2 And it shall be, when you come near to the battle, the priest shall go up and speak to the people,
Deu 20:3 and shall say to them, Hear, O, Israel, today you go up to battle against your enemies. Do not let your hearts faint, do not fear, and do not tremble, neither be terrified before their faces.
Deu 20:4 For Jehovah your God is He who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to save you.
Deu 20:5 And the officers shall speak to the people saying, Who is the man that has built a new house and has not dedicated it? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man dedicate it.
Deu 20:6 And who is the man that has planted a vineyard and has not used its fruits? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man use its fruits.
Deu 20:7 And who is the man that has become engaged to a wife and has not taken her? Let him go and return to his house, lest he die in the battle and another man take her.
Deu 20:8 And the officers shall speak further to the people, and they shall say, Who is the man that is fearful and faint-hearted? Let him go and return to his house, lest his brothers’ heart faint as well as his heart.
Deu 20:9 And it shall be, when the officers have made an end of speaking to the people, they shall make captains of the armies to lead the people.
Now pay attention to the rule Yehovah set out for you to do.
Deu 20:10 When you come near a city to fight against it, then shout peace to it.
Deu 20:11 And it shall be, if it makes the answer of peace and opens to you, then all the people found in it shall be forced laborers to you, and they shall serve you.
Deu 20:12 But if it will make no peace with you, but will make war against you, then you shall besiege it.
Deu 20:13 And when Jehovah your God has delivered it into your hands, you shall strike every male of it with the edge of the sword.
Deu 20:14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, all the spoil of it, you shall take to yourself. And you shall eat the spoil of your enemies, which Jehovah your God has given you.
Deu 20:15 So you shall do to all the cities which are very far off from you, which are not of the cities of these nations.
What you just read was for those countries far from Israel. Now for those in the territory of the Promised Land Yehovah was going to give to them, this is the laws of war for those people.
Deu 20:16 But of the cities of these people, which Jehovah your God gives you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes.
Deu 20:17 But you shall utterly destroy them: the Hittites, and the Amorites, the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, the Hivites and the Jebusites; as Jehovah your God has commanded you,
Deu 20:18 so that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominations which they have done to their gods. So you would sin against Jehovah your God.
Deu 20:19 When you shall besiege a city a long time in making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by forcing an axe against them. For you may eat of them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man that it should go before you to lay siege?
Deu 20:20 Only the trees which you know that they are not trees for food, you shall destroy and cut them down. And you shall build bulwarks against the city that makes war with you, until it is subdued.
We read about these people in Genesis 10.
Gen 10:13 And Mizraim fathered Ludim and Anamim and Lehabim and Naphtuhim,
Gen 10:14 and Pathrusim and Casluhim (from whom came the Philistines) and Caphtorim.
And they are further described below.
The Philistines were a group of people who arrived in the Levant (an area that includes modern-day Israel, Gaza, Lebanon and Syria) during the 12th century B.C. They came during a time when cities and civilizations in the Middle East and Greece were collapsing.
Much of what we know about the Philistines comes from Egyptian and Assyrian texts as well as the stories told in the Hebrew Bible. The Book of Joshua claims that the cities of Ashkelon, Gaza, Ashdod, Gath and Ekron were controlled by the Philistines about 3,000 years ago.
The Philistines themselves left no texts and, as such, much of what we know about them comes from the people they encountered. These texts often describe them negatively and today the name “Philistine” is sometimes used to describe someone who is warlike or who doesn’t appreciate art or culture.
When you pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, Shin Lamed Mem, you are asking Yehovah to destroy the authority of Chaos. Nothing less will do. Complete and utter annihilation of those who hate Yehovah, His Torah and His people.
But in order for us, as a people to do this we must be in compliance with HIs Torah ourselves.
As I go to post this Newsletter, riots are breaking out on the Temple Mount again and in other cities in Israel as the rocks again are being thrown at the police and IDF personal.
Persecution Will Come
Mat 10:16 Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as harmless as doves.
Mat 10:17 But beware of men, for they will deliver you up to the sanhedrins, and they will scourge you in their synagogues.
Mat 10:18 And you shall be brought before governors and kings for My sake, for a testimony against them and the nations.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what you shall speak; for it shall be given you in that same hour what you shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.
Mat 10:21 And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child. And the children shall rise up against their parents and cause them to be put to death.
Mat 10:22 And you will be hated of all men for My name’s sake, but the one who endures to the end shall be kept safe.
Mat 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee into another; for truly I say to you, In no way shall you have finished the cities of Israel until the Son of Man comes.
Mat 10:24 A disciple is not above his master, nor the servant above his lord.
Mat 10:25 It is enough for the disciple that he is like his master, and the servant like his lord. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more those of his household?
I also want to point out the obvious scriptures that are screaming out.
Dan 11:35 And many of those who understand shall stumble, to refine and purge them, and to make white, to the time of the end. Because it is still for the appointed time.
Dan 11:36 And the king shall do according to his will. And he shall exalt and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvelous things against the God of gods, and shall prosper until the fury is fulfilled. For that which is decreed shall be done.
Dan 11:37 He will not regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god. For he shall magnify himself above all.
Dan 11:38 But in his place he shall honor the god of forces; and a god whom his fathers did not know, he shall honor with gold and silver, and with precious stones and desirable things.
The god of forces is the blessed Virgin Mary and the god that the European fathers did not know is Allah. And now as you’re about to read, the hatred for Israel is magnified in Europe by those mass immigrations that began in 2014 and 2015 from the Middle East. Everyone should have seen this coming. But Daniel wrote of it 2500 years ago.
Europe: Anti-Israel Protests Descend into Anti-Semitism
- by Soeren Kern May 20, 2021 at 5:00 am
- The current crisis of anti-Semitism is a testament to the failure of European multiculturalism, which is making Jewish life in Europe increasingly unviable.
- “Open, disgusting hatred of Jews and Israel, but not only: It was also hatred of our free, tolerant democracy.” — Peter Wilke, correspondent, Bild.
- “It is astonishing that, only 76 years after the Shoah, many people fail to understand that the Jewish state cannot accept a threat to its existence without being able to defend itself. The anti-Semitic attacks of the past few days have once again made it clear how fragile Jewish life is in Germany.” — Andrei Kovacs, managing director, “321-2021: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany.”
- “Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, which no longer bothers to identify true war refugees, has imported hundreds of thousands of times an ideology that focuses on the Jew as an eternal enemy… Too many streets were in the hands of people at the weekend who want a different Germany, a country without Jews.” — Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief, Bild.
- “A large part of this mob consists of people who came here as refugees and brought their hatred of Jews with them and continued to expand it here.” — Michal Kornblum, German commentator.
- “German politicians have not understood that immigration from Iraq and Syria, from the Arab countries, also brings more anti-Semitism to Germany. Anyone who says that is immediately branded as right wing and there is no fair discussion or debate about it.” — German-Egyptian political scientist and author Hamed Abdel-Samad, Die Welt.
- “In the end, not even schools can talk about anti-Semitism or the Middle East conflict. Or about Erdogan or about Islamism. Even at universities, Muslim students refuse to speak about such topics. Universities should be a safe haven for opinions. But for many Muslim students, universities are now safe spaces from opinions and criticism, even though that is where we have to start.” — German-Egyptian political scientist and author Hamed Abdel-Samad, Die Welt.
- “This isn’t about Gaza. We’ve never seen such hate after any Western action in Syria or Afghanistan. No British crowds marching through malls to protest airstrikes in Iraq. This is bigotry in its most ugly, rawest form. Gaza is an excuse to find a socially acceptable way to publicly express Jew-hatred while pretending that your hate is righteous…. Arab persecution of Palestinians is ignored by the anti-Israel crowd as well.” — Elder of Zion blog.
On May 13, a highly aggressive group of at least 200 people brandishing Palestinian and Turkish flags and shouting anti-Semitic slurs gathered in front of a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Police were deployed to prevent the mob from entering the building.
Pro-Palestinian demonstrations in cities across Europe have descended into unrestrained orgies of anti-Semitism after protesters opposed to Israeli military action in the Gaza Strip openly called for the destruction of Israel and death to Jews.
The protesters, numbering in the tens-to-the-hundreds of thousands, include a hodgepodge of anarchists, hard-left anti-Israel activists and immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. Many demonstrators — carrying flags of Muslim countries, including Algeria, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey and Syria, as well as the green flag of the Islamist terrorist group Hamas and the black flag of global Jihad — have shouted Islamist chants such as ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (‘Allah is the Greatest’), and have openly called for Jews to be murdered or raped.
The anti-Semitic nature of the anti-Israel protests is further evidenced by there having been no anti-China protests, despite overwhelming evidence that massive human rights abuses are being carried out by the Chinese Communist Party against millions of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
Pro-Palestinian protesters, who also have been silent about the plight of Muslims in Afghanistan, Iran, Syria or Yemen, among other places, clearly are exercising selective outrage with their single-minded concern for Muslim human rights in Gaza.
The spiraling anti-Semitism, and the apparent inability or unwillingness of European governments to stop it, has sounded alarm bells among Jewish communities in Europe, where anti-Jewish hatred is reaching levels not seen since the Second World War.
The violence has also shed renewed light on the consequences of mass migration to Europe from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and especially on the failure of governments to require newcomers to integrate into European society.
Some European lawmakers and security officials are now calling for migrants who commit anti-Semitic hate crimes to be deported back to their countries of origin. Given the iron grip of political correctness in Europe, this is unlikely to happen. In any event, it may be too little, too late for Europe’s Jewish communities. The current crisis of anti-Semitism is a testament to the failure of European multiculturalism, which is making Jewish life in Europe increasingly unviable.
Germany: Ground Zero for Anti-Semitism in Europe
Since the clashes between Israel and Hamas began on May 9, anti-Semitic protests have been held in dozens of cities across Germany, where mostly Arab and Turkish protesters have been chanting anti-Israeli slogans, burning Israeli flags and threatening Jews.
The current wave of protests appears to have begun in earnest on May 13, when a highly aggressive group of at least 200 people brandishing Palestinian and Turkish flags and shouting anti-Semitic slurs gathered in front of a synagogue in Gelsenkirchen. Police were deployed to prevent the mob from entering the building.
North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Herbert Reul vowed to prosecute the perpetrators:
“I find it unbearable when anti-Semitic slogans are chanted on German soil. Our police are pursuing the perpetrators with all resoluteness so that they can be punished.”
Synagogues and Jewish memorials have also been attacked in Bonn, Düsseldorf, Mannheim, Münster and Solingen.
In Berlin, on May 15, at least 3,500 protesters gathered in different parts of the city to denounce Israel and Jews. Some brandished anti-Semitic slogans — “Israel Child Killers” and “Stop Doing What Hitler Did to You” — and chanted “Bomb Tel Aviv!”
Some held banners describing Israel as a “genocidal settler state” and Zionism as racism. Others openly rejected Israel’s right to exist. A large red banner stated: “Palestine is sick and tired of paying the price for Europe’s Holocaust of the Jews.” Other banners called for the total elimination of Israel, which would be replaced by a “free Palestine” from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. Protesters attacked an Israeli film crew reporting on the protests.
Nearly 1,000 police officers were deployed to break up the demonstrations. They were pelted with stones, bottles and firecrackers. A total of 93 officers were injured in the melees.
Correspondent Peter Wilke, who was assaulted by the mob, said that most of the protesters were Arabs or Turks. Writing for the German newspaper Bild, he reported that the protests in Berlin were “a new dimension of hatred and violence.” He added: “Open, disgusting hatred of Jews and Israel, but not only: It was also hatred of our free, tolerant democracy. Uninhibitedly displayed!”
Anti-Israel protests also took place in Bremen, Cologne, Frankfurt, Göttingen, Hamburg, Hanover, Leipzig, Osnabrück and many other German cities, where demonstrators chanted anti-Jewish slogans and burned Israeli flags.
Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is partially responsible for the anti-Semitic protests taking place in Germany:
“These protests are predominated not by the far right, but rather by those who are Muslim oriented and provoked by the brutal speeches of President Erdoğan and others who believe that clashes must spread to German streets. If they do not possess German citizenship or permanent residence permits and if the laws allow, these people should leave our country.”
Gerhard Schindler, a former head of Germany’s BND foreign intelligence service, warned that a red line of anti-Semitism had been crossed and that it cannot be ignored. In an interview Bild, he urged the government to deport migrants who commit anti-Semitic hate crimes in Germany:
“The developments of the last few days are frightening and unbearable because they violate the German raison d’etre [Staatsräson]. Burning flags, throwing stones at synagogues, shouting anti-Semitic hate slogans on German soil — this is simply incompatible with our history.
“Of course, we must not downplay anti-Semitism within the German population. But the anti-Semitism that we are seeing now among migrants is a fact that we have to face.
“These people disregard our hospitality in two ways. On the one hand, by committing anti-Semitic crimes — insulting, threatening, depriving Israel of its right to exist. And secondly, by violating our basic socio-political consensus, namely that no anti-Semitic agitation should take place on German soil.
“This is not a trivial offense. It affects the DNA of the German understanding of the state.
“The security authorities can only address the symptoms. The basic cause of this problem is a social problem that everyone must address.
“It is not enough that we address this fact openly. We also have to get those who abuse our hospitality out of the country.
“We need these people to be better integrated. They are here, and we have to take care of them. But those who do not allow themselves to be helped must be removed from the country.”
Scores of German political leaders have condemned the anti-Semitism. Apart from platitudes, however, few appear able or willing to take effective measures to remedy the problem — presumably because it would require them to admit that German multiculturalism is a failure.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose open-door migration policies have greatly contributed to the current situation, has so far refused to personally make a statement on the anti-Semitic violence raging in Germany. Instead, she had her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, issue an anodyne declaration, summarized in the following tweet:
“Chancellor #Merkel sharply condemned the missile attacks against #Israel and anti-Semitic incidents in Germany. Our democracy will not tolerate anti-Semitic rallies.”
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier said:
“Our Basic Law guarantees the right to freedom of expression and freedom of demonstration. But anyone who burns flags with the Star of David on our streets and shouts anti-Semitic slogans not only abuses the freedom to demonstrate, but also commits crimes that must be prosecuted.
“Nothing justifies the threat to Jews in Germany or attacks on synagogues in German cities. Hatred of Jews — regardless of whom — we do not want and will not tolerate in our country.”
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, one of Europe’s leading apologists for Iran’s Islamic regime, which is dedicated to the elimination of Israel, said:
“All of us are called on to make it very clear that it is unacceptable if Jews in Germany — either in the streets or on social media — are made responsible for the events in the Middle East.”
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer issued a vague threat to crack down on anti-Semitism:
“We will not tolerate the burning of Israeli flags on German soil and attacks on Jewish facilities. Anyone who spreads anti-Semitic hatred will feel the full force of the law. Germany must not be a safe haven for terrorists. The security authorities are wide awake and do everything to protect the people in our country. Jews in Germany must never again live in fear.”
German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said:
“This anti-Semitic hatred is shameful. I condemn the most recent attacks on Jewish synagogues and the burning of Israel flags here in Germany. The perpetrators must be identified and held accountable. Synagogues and Jewish institutions must be consistently and comprehensively protected.”
Wolfgang Schäuble, Speaker of the German Bundestag, added:
“Our country protects the freedom of expression and people can criticize Israel’s policies and protest against them, but there is no justification for anti-Semitism, hatred and violence. We will not allow the conflict to be carried on here at the expense of Jewish Germans.”
Berlin Mayor Michael Müller, a major proponent of mass migration to Germany, tweeted:
“The violent riots at the demonstrations in Neukölln are unacceptable and intolerable for a free and cosmopolitan metropolis — and they have no place in our society. We will take a resolute stand against violence, anti-Semitism, hatred and agitation and protect the people who are affected by it.”
Meanwhile, Germany in 2021 is marking 1,700 years of Jewish life in the country, which is now home to approximately 200,000 Jews. Andrei Kovacs, a Jewish-Hungarian descendant of Holocaust survivors, and who is managing director of the association, “321-2021: 1700 Years of Jewish Life in Germany,” questioned the continued viability of a Jewish presence in Germany:
“Sadly, what we are experiencing these days is part of a recurring pattern. Unfortunately, living with anti-Semitically motivated hostility to Israel is part of the everyday normality for German Jews. For many years it has been tolerated and often even supported by numerous people and organizations. As soon as Israel is forced to defend its existence, these forms of anti-Semitism break out again.
“It is astonishing that, only 76 years after the Shoah, many people fail to understand that the Jewish state cannot accept a threat to its existence without being able to defend itself.
“The anti-Semitic attacks of the past few days have once again made it clear how fragile Jewish life is in Germany — and how resentments can be misused for political purposes…
“Unfortunately, when you see the pictures from Gelsenkirchen and other cities in Germany, it doesn’t feel like a respectful coexistence.”
In London, a motorcade of cars with Palestinian flags drove past a Jewish community center on Finchley Road. A man, using a megaphone, shouted: “F*ck the Jews, f*ck their daughters, f*ck their mothers, rape their daughters and free Palestine.”
At the same time, an estimated 100,000 people gathered in downtown London, where many chanted, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” One protester was filmed tearing apart an Israeli flag after he was unable to light it on fire because it was raining. An on-duty uniformed female police officer joined the protesters and shouted, “Free, free Palestine!”
Later, dozens of members of Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist movement dedicated to establishing an Islamic caliphate, waved the black flag of Islamic Jihad and held signs calling for “Muslim Armies” to “liberate” Jerusalem. A large banner stated: “Whole of Palestine is occupied and all of it must be liberated.” One protester openly called for jihad:
“This goes out to the Muslim armies. What are you waiting for? Jihad is your responsibility. Wipe out the Zionist entity. How dare they occupy Muslim lands. How dare they. Have you no honor? We, the Muslims in the West, are with you. We don’t fear anyone but Allah.”
In Manchester, a mob carrying Palestinian flags gathered in front a bagel shop at Arndale Center, a large shopping mall, where the crowd appeared to be targeting Jewish shoppers.
As in Germany, politicians in Britain have condemned the anti-Semitism, but few appear to know how to stop it from spreading.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted:
“There is no place for antisemitism in our society. Ahead of Shavuot [a Jewish holiday], I stand with Britain’s Jews who should not have to endure the type of shameful racism we have seen today.”
Conservative MP Christian Wakeford said:
“As the Member with the largest Jewish community outside of London, I have been contacted by constituents scared to take their children to synagogue due to the appalling scenes on the streets of the UK over the weekend.”
MP Robert Jenrick added:
“As the father of Jewish children it shocks me every time I take my children to synagogue or to their nursery to see individuals stood there in stab proof vests guarding the entrance to those places.”
Elsewhere in Europe
Austria: In Vienna, pro-Palestinian protesters held signs stating, “Well done Israel, Hitler would be proud” and “The Nazis are still around, they call themselves Zionists now.” Other signs read: “F*ck Zionism,” “End Zionism,” and “It is Kosher to boycott Israel.” One protester shouted at pro-Israel counter-demonstrators: “Shove your Holocaust up your ass!”Dozens of people, including many youths, burst into applause.
Belgium: In Brussels, protesters chanted, “Khaybar, Khaybar, Jews, remember Khaybar, the army of Mohammed is returning.” The chant refers to the seventh century when Muslims massacred and expelled Jews from the town of Khaybar, located in modern-day Saudi Arabia. It is a battle cry for attacking Jews. Protesters also shouted, “Death to Jews.”
France: In Paris, thousands of people disobeyed a ban on protests. Mobs chanted slogans including “Death to Israel.” Police used water cannons to disperse the crowds.
Greece: In Athens, police used tear gas and water cannons against hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the American and Israeli embassies. Protesters held signs accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing.” Other signs said: “Stop doing what Hitler did to you.” A protester tweeted: “Until we free Palestine from the river to the sea, we will not stop.” In Thessaloniki, leftist groups and anarchist collectives organized anti-Israel protests that were attended by at least 700 people.
The Netherlands: In Amsterdam, thousands of people protested against Israel at Dam Square, a central plaza that is the country’s main monument in remembrance for those who died in the Second World War. They carried signs accusing Israel of genocide and vowed that, “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free.” In The Hague, protestors shouted anti-Semitic slogans, including “Jews are a cancer” and “Heil Hitler.”
Spain: In Madrid, thousands of hard left and Arab protesters, some chanting ‘Allahu Akhbar’ (‘Allah is the Greatest’), gathered in the city center and falsely accused Israel of committing genocide against Palestinians. In Oleiros, a municipality in the northern Spanish region of Galicia, local officials, misusing outdoor municipal billboards, postedmessages stating, “Zionist Terrorism in Palestine,” called for Israeli leaders to be investigated for war crimes.
Julian Reichelt, editor-in-chief of Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper, in an essay titled, “Our Country is in Peril,” wrote:
“What we saw on our streets on Saturday was nothing less than a historical threat. Enabled by our government, belittled by our public media, an anti-Semitic mob, which was clearly Arab-Muslim, marched through almost all major German cities and hatefully demanded the erasure of Israel.
“On Saturday I took my own pictures of the demos and came to the bitter realization: We who want Jewish life in our country are losing. We may be more numerically. But those who want Israel and Jewish life erased from us rule the streets whenever they want.
“They do not fear the police, they have nothing to fear from our federal government, they bring their children to these demonstrations and raise the next generation of Israel haters in Germany. Their youth culture and their rap music conjures up the murderous myths that Hamas also glorifies. Their idols fire rockets from Gaza at Tel Aviv while they hunt kippah wearers in Berlin and other cities.
“It is not Islam, but rampant Islamism, that is making German cities an inhospitable, dangerous country for Jews, as has already happened in France and Sweden. Angela Merkel’s refugee policy, which no longer bothers to identify true war refugees, has imported hundreds of thousands of times an ideology that focuses on the Jew as an eternal enemy. Here she has fallen on the fertile ground of failed integration.
“Their identification mark is a map from which Israel has been wiped out, and their followers carry this mark roaring through German cities. To be clear: you cannot carry these banners and at the same time pretend to recognize our constitutional state, one of the foundations of which is Israel’s right to exist. Only one or the other is possible. Too many streets were in the hands of people at the weekend who want a different Germany, a country without Jews.
“‘We can do it!’ was Angela Merkel’s most famous refrain in the refugee crisis. It was also her promise that our country would not change fundamentally, would not be shaped by political-religious ideologies that sow death and annihilation elsewhere.
“This promise was broken a thousand times over this weekend. I would finally like to hear what the Chancellor intends to do about it, what her personal, unequivocal words are to these Jew haters, what she wants to DO against the rise of this extermination ideology, before she leaves office.
“Angela Merkel should take responsibility for what has become a threat to our liberal society and oppose it with all her might.”
The chairwoman of the Liberal Jewish Community in Hanover, Rebecca Seidler, in an interview with Norddeutscher Rundfunk, said:
“The escalating situation in Israel… has massive effects on the Jewish communities and institutions here in Germany. Jews are seen as representatives of the State of Israel and are held responsible…. I would like to emphasize that these anti-Semitic incidents in Germany are not about expressing criticism of the political actions of the State of Israel, but that we are dealing with massive anti-Jewish threats, which must be condemned in the strongest possible way….
“Ultimately, it’s not a new phenomenon. It has always been the case that the situation in Israel always has an impact on Jewish life outside of Israel. As I mentioned, we are always seen as representatives of the State of Israel. It should also not be denied that the hatred of Jews is very strongly represented and anchored in Islamist milieus and is thus also expressed in Germany. Anti-Semitism has many faces, occurs in many social environments, and also has links between them, which can generate enormous energy. This aggressiveness, which we are experiencing here these days, is very worrying for us as a Jewish community.”
In an interview with Die Welt, German-Egyptian political scientist and author Hamed Abdel-Samad said:
“One can of course criticize the action of the Israeli police in Jerusalem and also the settlement policy. I have done this in the past. But when this criticism is used as a pretext to stir up hatred against all Jews, then the problem begins. If you criticize Israeli politics but glorify Hamas, the problem begins. And that’s exactly what happens in Germany. I think it has nothing to do with solidarity with Muslim victims. Muslims are victims every day in the Arab world: in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen. A few days ago, a school in Afghanistan was bombed; 50 children died as a result of Taliban terror and there were no demonstrations by Muslims on the streets in Germany. And they didn’t shout: ‘F*ck the Taliban!’
“There is a high level of emotionalism in this conflict. For Muslims, it is not the victims that are important, but rather: who is the perpetrator? If the perpetrators are Muslim terrorists, then it stays in the family. If the perpetrators are Israel or America, then this staged indignation occurs.
“Turkish politics also play a role in this. Erdogan’s speeches, the Islamic associations here, Milli Görüs and so on. They stir up this hatred of Jews, even though they constantly complain about anti-Muslim racism or Islamophobia.
“German politicians have not understood that immigration from Iraq and Syria, from the Arab countries, also brings more anti-Semitism to Germany. Anyone who says that is immediately branded as right wing and there is no fair discussion or debate about it. For me this is a racism of lowered expectations. Let us imagine that after every terrorist attack by Muslim terrorists, Germans take to the streets, besiege mosques and shout ‘Sh*tty Muslims.’ That would be right-wing extremism. That would be a Nazi, but when it comes from Muslims, they say: yes, the poor things. They are emotionally charged. No, that is racism of lowered expectations. I don’t expect the same from them what I expect from normal German young people. And that’s part of the problem.”
When asked about anti-Semitism in the Arab world, Abdel-Samad replied:
“People who come here also carry in their baggage many conflicts from their home countries. Anti-Semitism is part of the educational policy in the Arab world, so to speak. Hitler’s books are sold there as bestsellers. Conspiracies like the ‘Protocols of the Elders of Zion’ are among the best sellers there. And these people come here. And you are not allowed to even talk to them about such conflicts in schools or in integration courses. The anti-racism debate is also part of this problem, because Muslims or migrants are generally seen as a group as victims and only the White man is considered to be the perpetrator.
“In the end, not even schools can talk about anti-Semitism or the Middle East conflict. Or about Erdogan or about Islamism. Even at universities, Muslim students refuse to speak about such topics. Universities should be a safe haven for opinions. But for many Muslim students, universities are now safe spaces from opinions and criticism, even though that is where we have to start. We need to talk to each other. We have to have controversial discussions on all issues, not just the Middle East conflict. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. We have a very poisoned culture of debate in Germany. You get the stamp of racist or Nazi if you address any grievances in immigrant milieus or with minorities. The racist is always White, but never a Muslim or a Black or a migrant. For me that is racism of lowered expectations.”
On his Facebook page, Abdel-Samad elaborated:
“Let’s imagine a mob made up of German youths shouting ‘Sh*tty Muslims’ and throwing stones and fire at mosques in Germany after a terrorist attack in Paris, London or Berlin. What would we call these youngsters? Correct: Nazis! What would the anti-fascists and anti-racists do then? They would stir up outrage and fear that the return of the little man with the funny mustache is imminent.
“But why don’t you hear from them now? Why do they consider terms like ‘Gypsy Sauce’ [the name of a German gravy] to be racist, but ‘Sh*tty Jews’ to be harmless? Why do they freak out when you ask someone with a migration background where they come from, but do nothing when people are insulted and beaten because of their origin?
“A. Because for them it’s not about people, it’s about ideology!
“B. Because in their racism industry, minorities can only be victims, and only the White man can be Nazi and racist.
“C. Because their anti-racism is deeply intertwined with anti-Americanism and anti-capitalism, so some of them even sympathize with Hamas.
“This is not just a double standard in dealing with the issue of racism, it is racism by definition. Because the White man is generally regarded as a person who was born with the original sin of racism, while all other ethnicities and cultures are acquitted of this charge. This, too, is racism against minorities, who are only viewed as objects of the White man and do not have to take responsibility for themselves. It is racism of lowered expectations when one demands something different from German young people than from Muslim young people.”
Writing for the German blog Tichys Einblick, commentator Michal Kornblum noted:
“A large part of this mob consists of people who came here as refugees and brought their hatred of Jews with them and continued to expand it here. It is no secret that many mosques and also left-wing German associations provide the breeding ground for this. In Germany, the most diverse social currents converge in anti-Semitism and hatred of Israel.
“Another indication of the failure of politics and the judiciary is that many young Muslims from families who have been living here for two or three generations are more radical and anti-Semitic than their parents and grandparents, who often maintain a more Western view of the world. When the acquired ‘made in Germany’ hatred of Jews meets up with the imported anti-Semitism from Arab countries, it results in the explosive atmosphere on German streets that we are currently experiencing….
“In reality, we are still moving from phrase to phrase in the anti-Semitism debate. The popular saying ‘no place for anti-Semitism’ turns out to be one of the biggest lies, since anti-Semitism obviously takes up a lot of space in Germany. Repeating a phrase like a prayer wheel does not change the realities. In the same way, ‘whoever lives here must accept the Basic Law and Israel’s right to exist’ tends only to be said. I am not aware of any cases of expulsions or deportations for these reasons. The deportation of all anti-Semitic rioters who do not have German citizenship would be a logical step.”
Writing for the blog Achgut, the German-Israeli writer Chaim Noll blamed German Chancellor Angela Merkel for the resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany:
“The open hatred of Jews has returned to Germany, from a direction that surprised many unsuspecting people. Gradually, the word ‘Jew’ has again become a swear word, an epitome of the contemptible, in schoolyards dominated by Muslims. This time the anti-Jewish resentment is not rooted in Europe’s anti-Semitic tradition, but in a different one. Which only a few Europeans took notice. Who would have bothered to study the Koran, the hadith or the Hamas charter twenty years ago? Who knew the countless passages in the religious literature of Islam that call for the contempt, persecution or extermination of the Jews?
“The few who read about it remained silent, or if they voiced their concerns, were declared ‘Islamophobic’ and ostracized. In the meantime, in thousands of mosques and Koran schools, what Germans have for decades mutually been forbidden to do with heavy prison sentences, has spread unhindered. All the while, the same demon was allowed to flourish with impunity in its new environment. Numerous reinforcements have arrived since 2015, and hatred of Jews is in renewed bloom. The shouting at the demonstrations is getting louder from year to year. So far, no German Muslim has been punished for hating Jews or for openly inciting the murder of Jews, although this has happened again and again….
“The pictures that are now going around the world document Germany’s new shame. Angela Merkel can take credit for the fact that in a country where hatred of Jews, although it existed, remained quiet or inaudible, the roar of pogroms can be heard again. She betrayed and sold out the German Jews. And not just the Jews. Also many Germans, for example, everyone who feels sympathy for Israel or for whom hatred of Jews is unbearable. By demonstratively abstracting critics of Islam in Germany, she created an atmosphere of fearful silence. Which, not unlike in the later years of the Weimar Republic, makes the roar of the Jew haters all the louder.
“Angela Merkel will go down in history as the Chancellor who made open hatred of Jews in Germany possible again. She simply brushes aside decades of ‘coming to terms with the past,’ of popular education and trying to overcome a traumatic German defeat. Under her government one can in Germany again openly call for the murder of Jews and at the same time be subsidized by the state. In the small as in the large. Just as thousands of Jew-haters raging on German streets are supported by state funds, so is the terrorist organization Hamas on a large scale via obscure ‘relief organizations’ and NGOs, so that in the end every rocket that hits Israel also contains a part of German money. Angela Merkel is also silent on this.”
The inimitable blog, Elder of Zion, wrote:
“This isn’t about Gaza. We’ve never seen such hate after any Western action in Syria or Afghanistan. No British crowds marching through malls to protest airstrikes in Iraq.
“This is bigotry in its most ugly, rawest form.
“Gaza is an excuse to find a socially acceptable way to publicly express Jew-hatred while pretending that your hate is righteous.
“And while it is more subtle, that is exactly what is behind nearly all the obsessive hate of Israel we see every day of every year. Nothing else explains this level of hate, and clearly it isn’t because of the supposed victims — Arab persecution of Palestinians is ignored by the anti-Israel crowd as well.
“The way we know that anti-Zionism is antisemitism is that the anti-Israel Leftists who swear up and down that they are against antisemitism have not said a word about these incidents. And certainly, none of them have popped up and said they would protect the Jewish right to counter-protest or even walk around unmolested.”
Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.
The Prophecy of Abraham
In 2009, I began to write about the Prophecies I saw with Abraham and the Jubilee cycles. Those Newsletters would become the basis of the book The Prophecies of Abraham published in 2010. This book would then stun those who read it and it was then nominated for a Nobel Prize.
It was a revolutionary book showing how the Jubilee cycles were used to count time. It also connected the history in Genesis with modern chronology and synchronized all the dates. That was an amazing feat in itself. But then the book compared each Jubilee Cycle with other Jubilee cycles to learn and understand future prophetic dates. Specifically our own last and final 120 Jubilee Cycle.
Many people had trouble understanding the Prophecies of Abraham which led me to explain how to figure out all the things I assumed people already knew. This second book is Remembering the Sabbatical Year of 2016. It was written in as simple a language as possible so that even my Mom who is not a believer could understand. This book came out in 2013.
To explain the prophetic aspects in The Prophecies of Abraham, which I felt most people already understood, I then wrote The 2300 Days of Hell and did so in great detail leaving no stone unturned to explain these end-time prophetic understandings. This book was published in 2014 along with another book The Blood Moons: The Elephant in the Room.
In writing the Prophecies of Abraham I did not set out to find all the prophetic messages that could be found. I have hoped others would take what I have shared and then add to it their own research.
Last Sunday we had Mark Webb on our youtube meeting along with Cyrus Harding. Both of them are using what we have shared about the Jubilee Cycles and adding their own research to it. Like many of you, I find what they bring to the table amazing. If you have not yet watched the video I hope you will soon. We will be having another interview on Sunday May 30, 2021.
Last Sunday Mark blew me away. Actually, he blew me away when he wrote to exclaim what he had discovered.
Although he presented these things in the video, I felt it needed to be explained and spelled out here in a NewsLetter. And Mark has agreed to share his notes with us. Everything you are about to read has been provided by Mark and we are very thankful for it. I may add things along the way and not distinguish which is which. But all the thanks to Mark Webb for what you are about to read.
1809 BC & 3 BC
I would like to show you the year Yehovah made the covenant with Abraham. It was the year 1809 BC. We explain how you can figure that out in our book Remembering the Sabbatical year of 2016. We are not going to explain this here.
Psa 19:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the expanse proclaims His handiwork.
Psa 19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.
Psa 19:3 There is no speech nor are there words; their voice is not heard.
Psa 19:4 Their line has gone out through all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun,
Psa 19:5 and he comes forth as a bridegroom from his canopy; he rejoices as a strong man to run a race,
Psa 19:6 going forth from the end of the heavens, and its course is to their ends. And there is nothing hid from its heat.
When Yehovah made His covenant with Abraham, Yehovah said to him,
Gen 15:5 And He brought him outside and said, Look now toward the heavens and count the stars, if you are able to count them. And He said to him, So shall your seed be.
if H518 thou be able H3201 to number H5608 them:
A primitive root; properly to score with a mark as a tally or record, that is, (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively to recount, that is, celebrate: – commune, (ac-) count, declare, number, + penknife, reckon, scribe, shew forth, speak, talk, tell (out), writer.
So H3541 shall thy seed H2233 be. H1961
From H2232; seed; figuratively fruit, plant, sowing time, posterity: – X carnally, child, fruitful, seed (-time), sowing-time.
Both words, saphar and Zera are singular and are pointing to the Messiah. Even the word be Hayah is part of the Name of Yehovah.
Yehovah made this covenant with Abraham at Passover in 1809. Using Torah Calendar Passover was either March 18, or April 17, 1809.
When we look again in 3 BC the year Yehshua was born, and the next year after, 2 BC when the Magi were on their way, the events in the heavens were the same as when Yehovah was speaking to Abraham. And Mark is telling us they are the same in 2033.
March 5 1809 BCE Comet Machhol
CETUS (The Sea Monster). The great enemy bound.
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.
THE BAND, but binding their great enemy Cetus, the sea monster.
The band that unites these two fishes has always formed a separate constellation. The Arabian poems of ANTARAH frequently mention it as distinct from the Sign with which it is so closely connected. ANTARAH was an Arabian poet of the sixth century.
Its ancient Egyptian name was U-or, which means He cometh. Its Arabic name is Al Risha, the band, or bridle.
It speaks of the Coming One, not in His relation to Himself, or to His enemies, but in His relation to the Redeemed. It speaks of Him who says:
“I drew them with cords of a man, With bands of love; And I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws.”
But it speaks also of His unloosing the bands with which they have been so long bound.
One end of the band is fastened securely round the tail of one fish, and it is the same with the other. Moreover, this band is fastened to the neck of Cetus, the sea monster,
while immediately above is seen a woman chained as a captive.
These both tell the same story, and, indeed, all are required to set forth the whole truth.
The fishes are bound to Cetus; the woman (Andromeda) is chained; but the Deliverer of both is near. Cepheus, the Crowned King, the Redeemer, “the Breaker,” the Branch, is seen coming quickly for the deliverance of His redeemed.
These are the three constellations of this sign, and all three are required to set forth the story.
Israel now is bound.
The great enemy still oppresses, but deliverance is sure. ARIES, the Ram, is seen with his paws on this band, as though about to loosen the bands and set the captives free, and to fast bind their great oppressor.
ARIES (The Ram or Lamb). The Lamb that was slain, prepared for the victory.
This Second Book began with the Goat dying in sacrifice, and it ends with the Lamb living again, “as it had been slain.” The goat had the tail of a fish, indicating that his death was for a multitude of the redeemed. In the two middle Signs we have had these fishes presented to us in grace, and in their conflict. We come now to the last chapter of the book: and, as we have seen, like each of the other books, it ends up with victory and triumph. Here we are first shown the foundation on which that victory rests, namely, Atonement. Hence we are taken back and reminded of the “blood of the Lamb.”
This is pictured by a ram, or lamb, full of vigour and life; not falling in death as CAPRICORNUS is.
In the Denderah Zodiac its name is Tametouris Ammon (lamb), which means the reign, dominion,
or government of Ammon (lamb). The Lambs head is without thorns and is crowned with a circle.The Hebrew name Taleh, the Lamb.
The Arabic name is Al Hamal, the sheep, gentle, merciful. This name has been mistakenly given by some to the principal star, a. The Syriac name is Amroo,as in the Syriac New Testament in
John 1:29 “Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world.” The ancient Akkadian name was Bara-ziggar. Bar means altar, or sacrifice; and ziggar means right making; so that the full name would be the sacrifice of righteousness.
Its chief star, a (in the forehead), is named El Nath, or El Natik, which means wounded, slain. The
next, b (in the left horn), is called Al Sheratan, the bruised, the wounded. The next g (near to b ), is
called Mesarim (Hebrew), the bound.
How is it there is no conflicting voice? How is it that all the stars unite in one harmonious voice in
testifying of the Lamb of God, slain, and bruised, but yet living for evermore, singing together,
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and
honour, and glory, and blessing” (Rev 5:12)
“So shall your descendant be.”
This is exactly what Abraham was told by Yehovah. And now consider the word “be”.
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary): – beacon, X altogether, be (-come, accomplished, committed, like), break, cause, come (to pass), continue, do, faint, fall, + follow, happen, X have, last, pertain, quit (one-) self, require, X use.
Exo 3:14 And God H430 said H559 unto H413 Moses, H4872 I AM H1961 THAT H834 I AM: H1961 and he said, H559 Thus H3541 shalt thou say H559 unto the children H1121 of Israel, H3478 I AM H1961 hath sent H7971 me unto H413 you.
The word “be” היה hâyâh makes up the name of Ye-hov-ah. The descendant of Abraham. The same word Yehshua used when He said “I AM”.
PISCES (The Fishes). The Redeemed blessed though bound.
The Sign is pictured as two large fishes bound together by a Band, the ends of which are fastened separately to their tails. One fish is represented with its head pointing upwards towards the North Polar Star, the other is shown at right angles, swimming along the line of the ecliptic, or path of the sun.
The ancient Egyptian name, as shown on the Denderah Zodiac, is Pi-cot Orion, or Pisces Hori, which
means the fishes of Him that cometh.
The Hebrew name is Dagim, the Fishes, which is closely connected with multitudes, as in Genesis
48:26, where Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons, and says, “Let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the
earth.” The margin says, “Let them grow as fishes do increase.” It refers to the fulfilment of Genesis
1:28, “Be fruitful and multiply.” The multitude of Abraham’s seed is prominent in the pronouncement of the blessings, where God compared his future posterity to the stars of the sky, and the sand upon the sea
shore. “A very great multitude of fish,” as in Ezekiel 47:9.
Gen 15:14 and afterward they will come out with many possessions.
The sign, then, speaks of the multitudes who should enjoy the blessings of the Redeemer’s work.
Gen. 17:4 “As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And you will be the father of a multitude of nations.
If these Signs and these star-pictures be the results of inspired patriarchs, then this Sign of PISCES can refer to “His seed,” prophesied of in Isaiah 53 “He shall see His seed.” It must refer to
“The nation whose God is the LORD, And the people whom He hath chosen for His own inheritance.”Psalm 33:12
“Such as be blessed of Him shall inherit the earth.” Psalm 37:22v “The LORD shall increase you more and more, You and your children, Ye are blessed of the LORD.”Psalm 115:14, 15
“Their seed shall be known among the Gentiles. And their offspring among the people; All that see them shall acknowledge them, That they are the seed which the LORD hath blessed.”Isaiah 61:9
“They are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, And their offspring with them.” Isaiah 65:23
The prophecy of this Sign was afterwards written in the words of Isaiah 26:15–the song which shall yet be sung in the land of Judah: “Thou hast increased the nation, O LORD, Thou hast increased the nation.” And in Isaiah 9:3 (RV), speaking of the glorious time when the government shall be upon the shoulder of the coming King: “Thou hast multiplied the nation, Thou hast increased their joy.” Of that longed-for day Jeremiah sings (30:19): “I will multiply them And they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, And they shall not be small.” Ezekiel also is inspired to say: “I will multiply men upon you, All the house of Israel, even all of it: And the cities shall be inhabited, And the wastes shall be builded; And I will multiply upon you man and beast, And they shall increase and bring fruit.” Ezekiel 36:10, 11 “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them;
It shall be an everlasting covenant with them! And I will place them, and multiply them, And will see My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” Ezekiel 37:26
Indeed, this sign of PISCES has always been interpreted of Israel. Both Jews and Gentiles have
agreed in this. ABARBANEL, a Jewish commentator, writing on Daniel, affirms that the Sign Pisces always refers to the people of ISrael.
He gives five reasons for this belief, and also affirms that a conjunciton of the planets Jupiter and Saturn always betokens a crisis in the affairs of Israel.
Because such a conjunction took place in his day (about 1480 AD) he looked for the coming of Messiah.
Certain it is, that when the sun is in PISCES all the constellations which are considered noxious, are seen above the horizon. What is true in astronomical observation is true also in historical fact. When God’s favour is shown to Israel, “the Jew’s enemy” puts forth his malignant powers. When they increased and multiplied in Egypt, he endeavoured to compass the destruction of the nation by destroying the male children; but their great Deliverer remembered His covenant, defeated the designs of the enemy, and brought the counsel of the heathen to nought. So it was in Persia; and so it will yet be again when the hour of Israel’s final deliverance has come.
There can be no doubt that we have in this Sign the foreshowing of the multiplication and blessing of the children of promise, and a token of their coming deliverance from all the power of the enemy.
But why two fishes? and why is one horizontal and the other perpendicular? The answer is, that not only in Israel, but in the seed of Seth and Shem there were always those who looked for a heavenly portion, and were “partakers of a heavenly calling.” In Hebrews 11 we are distinctly told that Abraham “looked for a city which hath foundaitons, whose builder and maker is God” (v 10). They were “strangers and pilgrims on the earth” (v 13). Strangers are those without a home, and pilgrims are those who are journeying home: “they seek a country” (v 14). They desired “a better country, that is, an HEAVENLY: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city” (v 16). It is clear, therefore, that what are called the “Old Testament Saints” were “partakers of THE HEAVENLY CALLING” (Heb 3:1), which included a heavenly portion and a heavenly home; and all through the ages there have been “partakers of the heavenly calling.”
This is quite distinct from the calling of the Church, which is from both Jews and Gentiles to form “one body,” a “new man” in Christ (Eph 2:15). It must be distinct, for it is expressly stated at the end of that chapter (Heb 11:40) that God has “PROVIDED (marg. foreseen) SOME BETTER THING FOR US.” How can this be a “better thing,” if it is the same thing? There must be two separate things if one is “better” than the other! Our calling in Christ is the “beter thing.” The Old Testament saints had, and will have, a good thing. They will have a heavenly blessing, and a heavenly portion, for God has “prepared for them a city,” and we see that prepared city, even “the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of HEAVEN, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Rev 21:2). This is the “heavenly” portion of the Old Testament saints, the Bride of Christ. The Church will have a still “better” portion, for “they without us should not be made perfect” (Heb 11:40).
The fish, shooting upwards to the Polar Star, exquisitely pictures this “heavenly calling”; while the other fish, keeping on the horizontal line, answers to those who were content with an earthly portion. But both alike were divinely called, and chosen, and upheld. The names of two of the stars in the sign are Okda (Hebrew), the united, and Al Samaca (Arabic), the upheld. These again speak of the redeemed seed, of whom, and to whom, Jehovah speaks in that coming day of glory in Isaiah 41:8-10 (RV):
“But thou, Israel, My servant,
Jacob, whom I have chosen,
The seed of Abraham My friend;
Thou whom I have taken hold of from the ends of the earth, And called thee from the corners thereof,
And said unto thee, Thou art My servant;
I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away;
Fear thou not, for I am with thee;
Be not dismayed, for I am thy God!
I will strengthen thee;
Yea, I will help thee;
Yea, I will UPHOLD thee with the right hand of My righteousness.”
ANDROMEDA (The Chained Woman). The Redeemed in their bondage and affliction.
Gen. 15:12 Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions.
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).
The picture which sets forth her deliverance is reserved for the next chapter (or Sign), where it comes in its proper place and order. We are first shown her glorious Deliverer; for we never, in the heavens or in the Word, have a reference to the sufferings without an immediate reference to the glory.
September 10, 1806 BCE
LEO (The Lion). The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the rending of the Enemy.
September 10, 3 BCE
November 10, 2038
July 19 – Aug 15, 2 BCE.
July 28, 2 BCE
1. HYDRA (The Serpent). That old Serpent Devil, destroyed.
Aug 3, 2 BCE
LEO (The Lion). The Lion of the Tribe of Judah aroused for the rending of the Enemy.
In the Denderah Zodiac he is treading upon a serpent, as shown in Mr Edward Cooper’s Egyptian Scenery.
Its Egyptian name is Pi Mentekeon, which means the pouring out. This is no pouring out or inundation of the Nile, but it is the pouring out of the cup of Divine wrath on that Old Serpent.
The Denderah picture exhibits all four in one. The Lion is presented treading down the Serpent. The Bird of prey is also perched upon it, while below is a plumed female figure holding out two cups, answering to Crater, the cup of wrath.
Aug 10, 2 BCE
1. COMA (The Desired. The woman and child). The Desired of all nations.
The first constellation in VIRGO explains that this coming “Branch” will be a child, and that He should be the “Desire of all nations.”
The ancient name of this constellation is Comah, the desired, or the longed for. We have the word used by the Holy Spirit in this very connection, in Haggai 2:7–“The DESIRE of all nations shall come.”
It was in all probability the constellation of Coma in which “the Star of Bethlehem” appeared. There was a traditional prophecy, well-known in the East, carefully preserved and handed down, that a new star would appear in this sign when He whom it foretold should be born.
This was, doubtless, referred to in the prophecy of Balaam, which would thus receive a double fulfilment, first of the literal “Star,” and also of the person to whom it referred. The Lord said by Balaam (Num 24:17), “There shall come * a star out of Jacob, And a sceptre shall rise out of Israel.”
One step more places this new star in the constellation of COMA, and with new force makes it indeed “His star”–the “Sign” of His “coming forth from Bethlehem.” will it be “the sign of the Son of Man in heaven” (Matt 24:30) when He shall “come unto” this world again to complete the wondrous prophecies written of Him in the heavenly and earthly Revelations? *
Aug 13, 2 BCE
VIRGO (The Virgin. A woman bearing a branch in her right hand and an ear of corn in her left). The Promised Seed of the woman.
Here is the commencement of all prophecy in Genesis 3:15, spoken to the serpent: “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.” This is the prophetic announcement which the Revelation in the heavens and in the Book is designed to unfold and develop. It lies at the root of all the ancient traditions and mythologies, which are simply the perversion and corruption of primitive truth.
VIRGO is represented as a woman with a branch in her right hand, and some ears of corn in her left hand. Thus giving a two-fold testimony of the Coming One.
The name of this sign in the Hebrew is Bethulah, which means a virgin, and in the Arabic a branch. The two words are connected, as in Latin–Virgo, which means a virgin; and virga, which means a branch (Vulg. Isa 11:1). Another name is Sunbul, Arabic, an ear of corn.
In Genesis 3:15 she is presented only as a woman; but in later prophecies her nationality is defined as being of the stock of Israel, the seed of Abraham, the line of David; and, further, she is to be a virgin. There are two prominent prophecies of her and her seed: one is connected with the first coming in incarnation, Isaiah 7:14 (quoted in Matthew 1:23).
Thus the brightest star in VIRGO (a) * has an ancient name, handed down to us in all the star- maps, in which the Hebrew word Tsemech is preserved. It is called in Arabic Al Zimach, which means the branch. This star is in the ear of corn which she holds in her left hand. Hence the star has a modern Latin name, which has almost superseded the ancient one, Spica, which means, an ear of corn. But this hides the great truth revealed by its name Al Zimach. It foretold the coming of Him who should bear this name. The same Divine inspiration has, in the written Word, four times connected it with Him. There are twenty Hebrew words translated “Branch,” but only one of them (Tsemech) is used exclusively of the Messiah, and this word only four times (Jer 33:15 being only a repetition of Jer 23:5). Each of these further connects Him with one special account of Him, given in the Gospels.
* The stars are known by Greek letters and sometimes by numbers, &c. Alpha (a) denotes a star of the first magnitude; Beta (b), the second, and so on. This plan was originated by Bayer in his Uranometria, 1603. The star Alpha, as seen in the New Great Equatorial Telescope recently set up at Greenwich, is now discovered to be really a double star, though it had hitherto always appeared to be one.
(1) Jeremiah 23:5 –“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, That I will raise unto David a righteous BRANCH (i.e., a Son), And a KING shall reign and prosper.” The account of His coming as King is written in the Gospel according to Matthew, where Jehovah says to Israel, “Behold thy KING.” (Zech 9:9; Matt 21:9)
(2) Zechariah 3:8–“Behold I will bring forth my SERVANT the BRANCH.” In the Gospel according to Mark we find the record of Jehovah’s servant and His service, and we hear Jehovah’s voice saying, “Behold my SERVANT.” (Isa 42:1)
(3) Zechariah 6:12–“Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the MAN whose name is the BRANCH.” In the Gospel according to Luke we behold Him, presented in “the MAN Christ Jesus.” (4) Isaiah 4:2–“In that day shall the BRANCH of JEHOVAH be beautiful and glorious.” So that this Branch, this Son, is Jehovah Himself; and as we read the record of John we hear the voice from heaven saying, “Behold your GOD.” (Isa 40:9)
This is the Branch foretold by the star Al Zimach in the ear of corn.
Let’s not forget about Comet NeoWise last year that marked the beginning of the 2300 days as it traveled through the constellation Ursa Major (more commonly know as “the sheepfold” in hebrew constellations or the “big dipper” to the west).
This is fascinating!
I would be interested in a comparison of ‘he who was, he who is, he who will be’ Revelation 1:8 and ‘he who was and is not and will come’ Revelation 17:8 Those who dwell on the earth will wonder, whose name has not been written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they see the beast, that he was and is not and will come.