THE SPARTAN ISRAELITES WHO HALTED THE PERSIAN EMPIRE

Many readers have, no doubt, seen the movie, 300, starring Gerard Butler which was released a number of years ago. It tells the inspiring story of King Leonidas of Sparta, who led 300 of his Spartan warriors to the pass at Thermopylae circa 480 BC to block the path of the immense Persian army under Xerxes that was descending upon Greece. Their noble sacrifice in the battle of Thermopylae inspired all of Greece and bought time for the various city-states to organize a resistance to the Persian invasion. The aforementioned movie is drenched in graphic and bloody combat scenes and is outlandish at times (especially in its portrayal of Xerxes), but the self-sacrifice of the martial Spartan detachment inspires people still today. That movie also is laughably inaccurate in its portrayal of the Spartan warriors, who are presented as soldiers who went to war with appropriate armaments but dressed only in capes and leather loincloths. There was an earlier movie, The 300 Spartans, released in 1961 starring Richard Egan, which told the same story but it showed the Spartans dressed and armored in a much more realistic manner. However, it dated to a time when Hollywood presented war movies in a very sanitized way where the battle scenes were acted out with very little blood being shown.

In both my books (available at the homepage of this website) and an article, I make the case that the Spartan warriors were Israelites from the Israelite tribe of Simeon, which, like the Spartans, was known for being warlike and ruthless. According to the book of First Maccabees, a Spartan king acknowledged in a letter to a Jewish High Priest that the Jews and Spartans were “kinsmen” and fellow descendants of Abraham. If so, where is the historic connection between the two groups of people? The Bible actually does offer us a solid historical context where the Spartans could have originated from a group of Israelites that branched off from the rest of the Israelite tribes. In the book of Numbers, there are two separate censuses taken of the Israelite tribes when they left Egypt. The first is in Numbers 1 and the second is in Numbers 26. The second census indicates that a majority of the tribe of Simeon left the Israelite encampment right after a chief Simeonite prince was executed by a Levite, Phineas, in Numbers 25. The context argues that Moses saw that so many people had left the Israelite encampment at that time that he decided to call for a second census to see how many had departed from the various tribes.

If they had struck out on their own, one would expect the Simeonites to found a martial city or nation of their own…in other words, a city-state just like Sparta. History records that the Spartans had a different origin than the rest of the Greeks. The fact that the Spartan letter cited in I Maccabees records that the Spartans regarded themselves as kinsmen of the Jews and jointly descended from the patriarch, Abraham, is strong evidence that the Spartans had to be from a fellow Israelite tribe, but where had they originated? Since Numbers 25-26 confirms that most of the tribe of Simeon left the Israelite wilderness encampment circa 1410 BC, it makes sense that this warlike band of Simeonites would resurface later in history in a location other than the Promised Land. The origin of the city-state of Sparta is unknown, but it began to be noticed as an independent entity by at least the 11th or 10th century BC. Years ago, I wrote an article about the Spartan connection to the Israelite tribe of Simeon and I am including a link to that article. I urge all readers with an interest in history to read that article as it will enable you to see ancient Greek and Mediterranean history in an entirely new light.

As a side-bar, I’d like to note that there was an earlier “Brave Three  Hundred” warrior group which was mentioned in the Bible. It is the group of 300 warriors that accompanied the hero, Gideon, when he, like Leonidas and his 300, fought against an immense army of invaders who came from the east (circa 1150 BC). The story of Gideon and his brave 300 warriors is told in Judges 6-7. Unlike Leonidas and his 300, Gideon and his 300 emerged victorious over the eastern host albeit with God’s intervention to grant the victory. Gideon and his 300 warriors were also Israelites. Leonidas and his 300 did not emerge victorious although their noble sacrifice has been honored throughout time. I cannot help but wonder how the story of Leonidas and his 300 holding the narrow pass at Thermopylae would have ended if they had not been sabotaged by a traitor who revealed a secret pass around the Spartan position to the Persians. Perhaps they might actually have won if it had not been for that betrayal. At the very least, they would have delayed the Persian host for a much longer period of time.

Please enjoy the article below. It has been too long since I mentioned it.

 

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DID YOU HEAR ABOUT “OPERATION PITCH BLACK” IN AUSTRALIA?

Here in America, our media is so fixated on the news and fake news from “within the beltway” of Washington, DC, that many worthy international events and stories receive little or no coverage. Such was the case, in my opinion, with Operation Pitch Black that was held in Australia recently. Operation Pitch Black was an aerial and ground military exercise hosted in Northern Australia which featured 140 warplanes and approximately 4000 personnel from 16 nations listed in the first link. It was an extensive, three-week military exercise. As multilateral military exercises go, this one was unusually long. The second link, a video report about the exercise from an Indian TV source, shows readers just how extensive this exercise was. This was the first time India participated in the periodically-scheduled Pitch Black exercises, and India brought a very valuable asset with it. It sent “top-of-the-line,” Russian-made Sukhoi SU-30 fighters against which (and with which) the western-made fighters could conduct war games. The video mentions Australia, France, and the USA as “strategic partners” of India who share concerns about China’s militarism. It cites the exercise as one “conducting realistic operations as a coalition.”

The second link shows, among many other things, warplanes from the participating nations practicing aerial refueling from each other’s tanker planes. It also mentions that India sent an elite commando group as part of the practiced coordination of air and ground forces just as these nations would do in real combat. The ability of each nations’ personnel to coordinate their military assets in a realistic combat exercise is invaluable if they need to all act together against a common foe. The unspoken common foe is, of course, China. Interoperability was a word stressed in both the second and third links The third link is a media release about the exercise from the Indian Defense Department and it cites the very interesting fact that pilots from the various nations flew missions in the warplanes of other nations. For example, Australian F-18 pilots were able to fly in Indian Sukhoi SU-30s and vice versa. No doubt, ground and maintenance crews practiced servicing and rearming the warplanes of other nations, and joint tactics were developed based on each warplane model’s capabilities. No doubt, there was considerable time spent ensuring that pilots, soldiers, etc. of so many nations could understand each other via secure communications links. Also, it is certain that the pilots and other military personnel of each nation will be able to train their fellow pilots in what was learned when they return to their home nations. The fourth link offers a montage of photos from the 2018 Pitch Black exercise.

There are some side-bars to this story that is well worth bringing to readers’ attention. The fifth link discusses the military power of Singapore, one of the nations participating in the Pitch Black exercise. Singapore is a city-state nation, but it has an unusually large military force. It has 100 modern, American-made F-16’s and F-15s in its air force, German main battle tanks in its army, French frigates in its surface fleet plus it has a submarine fleet. Singapore is reported to have the best military force in Southeast Asia, but its small territory makes it vulnerable to losing many military assets in a single attack. The sixth link reports that Singapore bases some of its warplanes in the USA, France, Australia and New Zealand in permanent or extended deployments, so Singapore has taken actions to make sure many of its assets survive any attack upon Singapore.

France sent three fighter planes and three large transport-size aircraft to the Pitch Black Exercise. After these exercises were concluded, the French warplanes visited a number of Southeast Asian nations to further establish links with those nations and also to give those nations chances to inspect and purchase these models of French warplanes. The French Air Force contingent made history when it landed in Vietnamese airports as a guest of Vietnam (seventh link and eighth link). This was the first visit of French warplanes to Vietnam in over half a century. Some readers may not realize that France had its own “Vietnam War” when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina after World War II. The USA then followed with an even longer and costlier Vietnam War mostly during the presidencies of Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon. The steadily-warming relations between the USA and Vietnam have been discussed in previous posts, and Vietnam’s rapprochement with France offers affirmation that Vietnam is becoming steadily more aligned with the growing nations arrayed against China’s effort to seize sovereignty over the South China Sea. The final link adds that the United Kingdom has joined the USA and France in conducting freedom of navigation missions in the South China Sea to oppose China’s claims over that large and strategic body of water through which transits a high percentage of global merchant tonnage.

The above information is interesting and informative, but it also has a biblical connection. Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies about two great global alliances that will oppose each other in the latter days of our current age. One has been described as the Gog-Magog alliance and it comprises Russia, China, Iran, and their allies. This alliance will attack the modern nations founded by the descendants of the so-called “lost” ten tribes of Israel. They have never really been “lost” at all. God gave us many clues in the Bible to locate them in the modern world and throughout history. They were prophesied to become powerful and large nations after they went into exile (Hosea 1:10) and the “birthright” tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh were given the lion’s share of these blessings. Specific clues about the descendants of each of these tribes are found in Genesis 48-49 and other chapters as well. These nations of the modern ten tribes of Israel are not to be confused with the tribe of Judah, which consists of the modern Israelis/Jews.

Ezekiel 38 reveals various other nations which will be allies of the Israelite nations in the latter days, and these are identifiable as Japan, India and many Pacific Rim nations. For over thirty years, I’ve been writing and speaking about these global latter-day alliances, and the roster of nations participating in the Pitch Black exercise are the very ones I have long seen identified in biblical prophecy and secular history as the nations in the alliance that will be attacked in a final World War III by the Gog-Magog nations. My books, available on the home page of this website, offer abundant evidence from the Bible and secular history that traces the ten tribes of Israel throughout history and into the modern era. I urge you to obtain copies of these books and see that the Bible’s prophecies are “spot on,” as friends in our British nations would say. For an introduction to these national origins in biblical terminology, please read my free articles, The USA in Bible Prophecy, Japan in Biblical Prophecy, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? and What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveal about a Future World War III. If you do, you will see modern geopolitics from a biblical perspective that most will never understand.

 

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IMMIGRATION ISSUE CONTINUES TO RIP THE EU APART

The immigration issue continues to rip the EU apart from within. The EU’s nations are pulling further apart from each other depending on whether globalists or nationalists are in charge in the various nations. One does not need to be a rocket scientist to look at the developing pattern and wonder when an outright breach will occur within the EU. The bureaucrats in Brussels may be “playing the tune” about the EU’s future, but an increasing number of nations are not willing to “march” to the EU’s tune.

The latest fracture within the EU comes from an alliance of Hungary and Italy to actively oppose and reverse the EU’s immigration policies. The first link reports that Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini agreed to an alliance to stop the EU from allowing more immigrants into the EU. The link reveals increasing ill will between Italy and France over the immigration issue. Italy is threatening to veto the EU’s budget unless the EU alters its immigration policies, and the EU is threatening to withhold EU funds from Italy unless it submits to the EU policy. The second link adds that the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and Austria are also in the Hungarian-Italian alliance. It also has a noteworthy comment that goes to the crux of the growing EU internal feud. It state that Austria has voiced the position that it “stands in defense of the right to remain national states instead of becoming part of a federalist entity led by the French-German alliance.” An increasing number of nations want no part of any Franco-German EU “Anschluss” against the sovereignty of other European nations. The United Kingdom’s Brexit vote passed to a large degree due to this same opinion. Indeed, it seems that the harder the EU-German-French alliance pushes for the EU to become a sovereign government over all of Europe, the quicker the EU will come apart.

The third link adds that the nationalist camp within the EU nations intends to make the March 2019 European Parliamentary Elections nation-wide referendums on the EU’s immigration policies. The nations already led by nationalist governments intend to reach out to such out-of-power nationalist leaders as Geert Wilders in the Netherlands and Marine Le Pen in France to join their nationalist coalition in those elections. France’s Emmanuel Macron is the leader of the EU/globalist camp and he is allied to Germany’s Angela Merkel. However, Merkel leads a very shaky German governing coalition that is being held together only by the common fear that the nationalist, anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany Party will expands its share of the vote in any new election and force its way into any new governing coalition. The fourth link confirms that Hungary is very closely allied with Poland in a common stance vs. the EU’s immigration policies. Relations between the EU and Poland are downright hostile, but Poland has enough friends within the EU’s nationalist camp that it is difficult for the EU to successfully sanction Poland. Additionally, both Poland and Hungary have taken positions that they are Christian nations which are defending their national culture vs. a tidal wave of Islamic immigration. If the EU attempts to stop EU funding for Italy, Italy would likely hold a national referendum on whether to leave the EU and abandon the Euro currency.

In previous posts, I have cited the very accurate maxim cited in Amos 3:3 of the Bible which states: “Can two walk together except they be agreed?” The nations of the EU are increasingly in deep disagreement on immigration and sovereignty issues, and the dissension is becoming more intense. At some point, the EU cannot continue in its current form. There is a larger question: If the EU comes apart, how can the Euro currency survive? Perhaps it can survive as a “core Euro” of some kind led by the Franco-German alliance, but that is not clear. The nationalist sentiment inside France and Germany is growing steadily stronger, and the EU globalists cannot take it for granted that France and Germany will always have pro-globalist governments. There are so many loans, banking contracts, trade deals, derivatives, etc. denominated in the Euro currency that if the Euro currency’s survival becomes at risk, it could quickly cascade into a sell-off of the Euro that destabilizes the entire global monetary system. The book of Revelation prophesies in chapters 17 and 18 that a global financial/monetary crisis will occur during the latter days of our age that crashes the current globalist financial system, and that it will be replaced by a new global financial system with new leaders. The language of that prophecy argues that there will be a currency crisis. Revelation 17:11-24’s language presents a situation where the “merchants of the earth” have plenty of goods and services to sell, but that “no man buys their merchandise any more.” Since the demand for many types of goods and services is inelastic, this prophesied circumstance must mean that global currencies and money systems have collapsed. There are no more trustworthy mediums of financial exchange. The chaos that this situation will cause should be obvious to all readers. I am not predicting that an EU-break-up and a run on the Euro will cause this prophecy to be fulfilled, but it is one possible trigger for such an event.

Whatever the trigger for this future collapse, there is something in the prophecy in Revelation 18 that everyone should take very seriously as proof that there is a Creator God who is guiding his prophecies to fulfillment.  Revelation 18 states in three different places (verses 10, 17 and 19) that this eventual, prophesied, global financial crisis will occur “within one hour.” This language was seen as purely metaphorical in the pre-computer age, but as all economies, currencies and markets have now become digitally interconnected, a sudden crisis in one part of the global financial system could literally cascade into a systemic failure of all markets “within one hour.” That this prophecy in Revelation 18 could have foreseen so accurately what can happen in the modern digital environment argues strongly that the God who inspired this prophecy almost two millennia ago is, indeed, the Creator God.

For more detailed information about the above topics, I urge you to read my free articles, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, Is Babylon the Great about to Fall…Ushering in a New Beast System? and The Babylonian Origin of the Modern Banking SystemIf you read these articles, you will see modern world events in a brand-new perspective that only an understanding of biblical prophecies can provide.

 

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IRAN MOVES MISSILES INTO IRAQ; WAR LIKELIHOOD GROWING

Iran has just escalated the military tensions in the Mideast, and it has moved the region closer to a major regional war. The first link, second link and third link offer details about a revelation that Iran is now moving missiles into neighboring Iraq, placing them almost surely within firing range of both Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Tel Aviv, Israel. The reports indicate at least “tens” of missiles have already been moved and that Iran is also building missile production facilities inside Iraq. I urge readers to consult a Mideast map to see how close Western Iraq is to Israel. It must also be remembered that Saddam Hussein’s regime fired many old Soviet-era Scud missiles into Israel from Western Iraq during the Persian Gulf War so Israel is easily within range of many firing locations within Iraq. Israel has warned that it may use military force against these Iranian missiles and that Israel is no longer limited to attacking Iranian military forces only inside Syria. The fourth link offers readers a variety of other perspectives on this escalation of tensions in the Mideast.

The fifth link documents that Iran is ramping up the delivery of Iranian military equipment into Syria via aerial shipments. Of course, any Iranian military equipment sent into Syria can be placed on Israel’s northern borders with Syria or Hezbollah-controlled Lebanon. Iran may also be in the act of pre-positioning military equipment for Iranian ground forces that could be quickly sent westward into Syria in any war with Israel. Israel is again attacking locations in Syria where Iranian military weaponry is located (sixth link).

The entire Mideast is sliding steadily toward a larger war. While the Shiite central government of Iraq is allied with Shiite Iran, there are regions of Iraq which are majority Sunni. The Sunnis are chafing under Shiite rule inside Iraq and resent Iran’s dominance over Iraq. The seventh link and eighth link document a major outbreak of Sunni vs. Shiite violence in the Iraqi city of Basra (located very close to Kuwait, Iran, and the Persian Gulf).  One of the links reveals photographically how extensive the uprising was as the protesters burned a large Iranian consulate building. Iraq may not survive as a nation within its current borders. The northern Kurdish region is almost independent already albeit without international recognition. Sunni regions of Iraq have no desire to be ruled by a Shiite government, as the uprising inside Basra confirms. This situation argues that a civil war within Iraq may be inevitable unless the nation can be peacefully partitioned.

Also, the Syrian rebels have been pushed back into their stronghold city of Idlib. Nations are trying to avert another bloodbath when Russian-backed Syrian government forces attack the city. The leaders of Turkey, Russia, and Iran have just met to try and find a peaceful way out of an armed attack upon the city. Apparently, no agreement was reached. Given the fact that Syrian President Assad has used chemical weapons on his own people in the past, there is a real fear he may do so again against the people massed inside Idlib. President Trump has warned Syria not to take such an action. Trump has previously sent cruise missiles at Syrian military targets and may do so again if Syria uses chemical weapons (or perhaps its “barrel bombs”).  Even France has warned that it will militarily strike Syria if it uses chemical weaponry vs. Idlib’s population (final link). There are many military forces with confusing alliances and relationships in the region. Russia backs Assad, but it also has been careful not to allow Russian forces to become entangled with Israeli forces during the Israeli attacks against Iranian weaponry inside Syria. The American and Russian forces have also been careful to keep their forces “disengaged” even though both have been very active in the region. Turkey seems to be walking a solitary road without strong allies in the region at present. Indeed, Turkey has all but alienated itself from its traditional NATO allies, and has further isolated itself in the region by cozying up to Shiite Iran even though Turkey is Sunni.

Iran has declared its intention to “wipe Israel off the map.” The persistent placement of Iranian military forces and weaponry inside Syria, its moving missiles into firing positions inside Iraq to be aimed at Israeli territory and its close relationship with the Syrian government and Hezbollah indicate Iran is very serious about destroying the Israeli nation. Israel is just as determined to survive and to do whatever is necessary to counter Iran’s goals. Iran is steadily pushing the Israelis toward a confrontation. Iran seems to be spoiling for a fight, and Israel is ready to give them one. Indeed, if Iran pushes Israel into military action, I expect the Israelis to not only vigorously defend themselves but also to attack Iran’s nuclear facilities and key oil infrastructures inside Iran. Genesis 49:8-12 are a prophecy about the tribe of Judah (the Jews/Israelis) in the latter days of our age. This prophecy applies to our modern time. It includes a prophecy that the Jews will be militarily victorious in that time and that could only be possible when the Jews again had their own nation-state. That happened in 1948, fulfilling the prophecy in Zephaniah 2 that the Jews would have a nation again in the old Promised Land in the latter days. Jesus Christ prophesied that “wars and rumors of wars” would characterize the time on earth just prior to his return, and that is the current state of our world.  Ezekiel 38-39 prophesy about a final great World War III and Zechariah 12 and 14 are prophecies about the Jewish theater of warfare in that final climactic war. I currently believe we are years away from that final war which will end our age and jeopardize the existence of “all flesh” on earth (Matthew 24:22). However, those prophecies do not preclude the outbreak of major regional wars prior to the final climactic world war. Just such a regional war may be nearing in the Mideast. One could even observe that it is starting to look inevitable. Iran is pushing the region toward a war, and they just may get one. Iran may not like how the war ends.

For more detailed information on the topics mentioned above, please read my articles, Four Reasons the Jews are Judah and Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?

My thanks to a reader for sending me a link cited in this blog post.

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“I WILL SHOW WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS”

There is a relatively obscure prophecy about the latter days in the Bible that receives little attention. It is in Joel 2:28-32 and it is also cited in Acts 2:16-20. Joel 2:30 quotes God as saying in a prophecy: “I will show wonders in the heavens.” Verse 31 certainly seems to be a reference to solar and lunar eclipses in the latter days, but I think the reference to wonders that God himself will show in the latter days goes far beyond predictable solar and lunar eclipses. Young’s Analytical Concordance to the Bible defines the Hebrew word translated “wonders” in Joel 2:30 as meaning “wonder” or “miracle.” It could be anything in the sky or heavens above us that caused mankind to marvel or look at. The word “miracle” strongly infers that these “wonders” will include events that are real “miracles,” phenomenon that only God can cause unexpectedly to appear in mankind’s eyesight. Predictable eclipses are marvelous events (like the great solar eclipse across America about which I posted as my home city was in the 93% of totality zone), but they are not unexpected or miraculous ad-hoc events. In this post, I’d like to suggest several celestial or atmospheric alternatives which could qualify as miraculous events, indicating a divine hand in their occurrence.

Supernovae

The first celestial event to be examined which could qualify as a divine “sign” in the heavens that the latter days are coming to a conclusion would be an impressive and unexpected supernova which appears in the nighttime sky (or even in the daytime sky, if bright enough). The first link relates that in 1066 AD, an extremely bright supernova was observed in the heavens. It was called a “guest star” by Chinese observers and was “brighter than a crescent moon and visible in the daytime.” This supernova occurred almost a millennia ago, and, as the article observes, “we’re long overdue” for a similar event. There was a supernova observed in 1604 AD, but nothing very spectacular has occurred since. The second link suggests that Betelgeuse, a star in the constellation, Orion, is a candidate to be a supernova. Indeed, the article notes that due to how many light years this star is from earth, it may have exploded into a supernova long ago, but its explosive light has not yet reached observers on earth. If a supernova does appear in our sky, it could be that divine action exploded it long ago so its explosive light would appear visible to us precisely during the latter days of our age when “wonders in the heavens” are prophesied to occur. If two or more supernovas occur, then we are looking at a very good likelihood that the Creator God who made our Universe is sending us a warning that our current age is almost over and the time for repentance has almost run out (Joel 2:32). If a supernova became visible in particular constellations, it would be even more likely that God has sent the message. For example, a supernova appearing in the constellation, Leo “the lion,” would be especially meaningful. Jesus Christ is referred to as the “lion of Judah” (Revelation 5:5) and such a supernova would argue that the Second Coming of Jesus Christ/the Messiah is nearing. I’m not predicting such an event, but that would be my interpretation of the event if such a supernova did occur in that celestial location.

Comets and Asteroids

These phenomena can sometimes be very bright objects in the sky. Most are far too dim to be seen with the naked eye, but there are exceptions. Halley’s Comet makes periodic returns to our solar system and sometimes its arrival has coincided with major historical events, but other times it is hardly noticeable. Its most recent return in 1986 was a huge disappointment. It was very difficult to find even with a telescope and directions regarding where to look in the nighttime sky. I can recall taking my family outside the city to view it with a telescope, but it was a very underwhelming experience. Comet Hale-Bopp was more recently visible in the nighttime sky, but it was hardly a huge event. Most people ignored it. If an unexpected comet were to arrive in our solar system which was very bright with a long tail in the nighttime sky, it would be more of an impressive “sign” in the sky.  If an actual asteroid large enough to impact the earth is in our future, it would be an event causing panic around the world. A large enough such object likely killed the dinosaurs when it impacted into the earth, and even a small asteroid would have a catastrophic effect if it collided with the earth. Movies such as Deep Impact have depicted the catastrophic effect that an asteroid hitting the ocean would have on our planet. It would look like a “flaming mountain” falling through our atmosphere before it hit the earth in a fireball causing destruction, tsunamis, etc. The book of Revelation in chapter 8:8-11 describes two heavenly objects hitting the earth–one in an ocean and one on land in a riverine region. The book of Revelation’s description of what a meteor or asteroid would look like as it plummets through the atmosphere and hits the ocean matches quite well how such an impact was depicted in the aforementioned movie. Since the Apostle John had almost surely never seen such an event in his lifetime, his accurate description of a heavenly object on fire as it falls through the atmosphere argues that he did see it in an actual vision, not in his imagination. The death tolls for such events would be very high, and when they occur, survivors will surely be told by biblical teachers that Revelation 8:8-11 foretold the event(s). These will surely qualify as “wonders in the heavens.”

“Steve”

Another “wonder” in the heavens could be something entirely new and not previously observed by scientists and astronomers. Such an unprecedented and so-far unexplained celestial event has, indeed, now occurred. It is known by the acronym, STEVE, as explained in the third link. This is a “different celestial phenomenon” than an Aurora and appears as a shaft of vertical purple/white light linking the earth and the night sky. Its existence was only noticed in recent years, and its exact nature is still a mystery to science. A photo of this new phenomenon appears in the third link. Since it appears to look similar to a wide laser beam, I wondered if it could be a secret, high-tech project like HAARP, but it appears to be something else. If it is truly a new celestial phenomenon that has never previously been seen or reported until recent years, it could qualify as a “wonder in the heavens” that has manifested itself only in our current latter day time period.

Massive Solar Disturbance

Revelation 16:8-9 foretell that something is going to go “haywire” with our sun in the final portions of the latter days. These verses prophesy that the sun will become unusually hot and will “scorch” mankind with unusual heat. This will occur during the existence of the “beast” ruler/system on earth so this event will occur after the fall of our current globalist Babylon the Great system and the institution of a new “beast” system which will replace it (Revelation 13, 17 and 18). It appears this will occur during the ministry of the Two Witnesses who will “plague” the beast, and it may even be caused by their divinely-delegated powers (Revelation 11). This may be an unusually severe “solar maximum” or a completely unexpected increase in the sun’s heat and brightness. This “wonder in the heaven” is specifically prophesied to occur during the beast’s rule, so remember this post when/if you see this in the future and remember the Bible foretold it. The biblical prophecy about this heavenly event does not relate to how long this “plague” on the sun will last.

A Final “Sign” in the Heaven”

There is one final “sign in the heaven” that is prophesied in the Bible. At the very end of our age, Matthew 24:30 prophesies that “the sign of the Son of man in heaven” will appear overhead in the earth’s sky and that it will quickly be followed by Jesus Christ’s actual return accompanied by hosts of heavenly angels and beings (Matthew 24:31, Revelation 19:11-20). What this “sign” will be is not detailed in the Bible, but the context of the prophecy indicates that mankind will know what it portends and they will “mourn” that the end of this age has arrived. Since mankind will then know from this sign that the end of the age is imminent, I believe it can be inferred that during the ministry of the Two Witnesses, they will make known to mankind what that “sign” will be so it is recognized for what it is when it happens.

Conclusion

The above list of heavenly signs is by no means a complete one. When we are dealing with an infinitely-powerful Creator Being taking increasing control of events, as the end of our age approaches, our small minds cannot possibly grasp all that is within God’s power to do. For that reason, it is possible that celestial or atmospheric events will take place which will be “wonders in the heaven” that we cannot yet anticipate. For additional information on above-mentioned topics, please read my free articles, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?, Is Babylon the Great about to Fall…Ushering in a New Beast System? and The Two Witnesses

 

  1. http://discovermagazine.com/2018/sep/tonights-supernova
  2. http://www.yalescientific.org/2011/05/betelgeuse-ticking-time-bomb/
  3. https://scitechdaily.com/steve-an-entirely-new-celestial-phenomenon/

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A GLOBAL FOOD SHORTAGE COULD OCCUR QUICKLY

We take it for granted in America and much of the civilized world that the grocery stores will always be full, that our preferred food choices will always be available and we think that that “it can’t happen here” whenever we see stories about famines and starvation in other parts of the world. However, a look at the planet’s geologic history reveals that global food shortages can happen quite suddenly and unexpectedly. Scientific studies and discoveries have linked major super-volcanoes to widespread food shortages all over the world. This happens because super-volcanoes send so much ash into the upper atmosphere that it deflects enough of the sun’s heat to lower global temperatures. This results in shorter growing seasons, and, if the volcano is severe enough, hunger and starvation due to crop failures. A super-volcano is not likely to be predicted. If one happens, it can be expected to happen without any advance warning.

While the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines in 1991 was large enough to lower the earth’s temperature slightly, it was not large enough to qualify as a supervolcano. Supervolcanoes have occurred when Mt. Tambora erupted in Indonesia in 1815 and when Krakatoa erupted in 1883. These eruptions caused global cooling so severe that hunger resulted from crop failures due to the shorter growing season (second link). Europe was hard hit by the 1815 eruption, and that year was dubbed “the year without a summer” in Europe. Snow fell in New York State in June that year. I watched a NOVA documentary on PBS which first aired in October 2017 which examines the threat to global food security caused by super-volcanoes and it focuses on the scientific sleuthing which led to the discovery of what was probably the greatest super\volcano in recent millennia. It was the eruption (and explosive disintegration) of Mt. Samaras in the year 1257 on the Indonesian island of Lombok. That mountain no longer exists and only a caldera remains where the mountain once stood. That eruption caused famines all over Europe and the afore-cited PBS documentary mentions that mass graves in Medieval London indicate perhaps 30% of that city’s population died that year due to the Indonesian supervolcano. I highly recommend that documentary to readers of this blog, and it is attached as the first link. The documentary also noted that most volcanoes affect either just the northern or southern hemispheres, causing food shortages in just the affected hemisphere. However, when a super-volcano occurs in a narrow equatorial region (such as in Indonesia), a super-volcano will affect both hemispheres and famines can then result all over the planet. This would quickly result in global food shortages due to crop failures, and we could again have “a year without a summer.”

The Bible’s prophecies indicate that a supervolcano may be in our planet’s foreseeable future. While discussing the latter days of our age which will precede the return of Jesus Christ and the Millennial Age, combining two prophecies indicates such an occurrence is possible or even likely. Matthew 24:7 prophesies that “famines” and “earthquakes” will characterize the latter days. It is noteworthy that these two conditions are mentioned together in the same verse. Does one event cause the other event? The Greek word translated “earthquake” in Matthew 24:7 is “seismos,” meaning “a shaking.” We derive the word “seismic” from this Greek word, and that includes all kinds of seismic events, including volcanoes. The prophecy in Matthew 24:7 can include all types of seismic events. Earthquakes can be very damaging, but even damaging earthquakes do not cause global food shortages. However, we know a megavolcano can cause a global food shortage. Revelation 6:5-6 also prophesies that food shortages will occur at the end of our age, and that food will be rationed by price. Since the book of Revelation addresses global conditions affecting mankind at the end of our age, the food shortage foretold in Revelation 6:5-6 is almost surely a global food shortage, which can be caused by a known seismic event: the supervolcano.

Science cannot yet predict the location and severity of volcanoes. Foreshocks may indicate one could be imminent, but it is an uncertain science. If you are a believer in the Bible, it forewarns you that food shortages and seismic events are certain to occur in the latter days. Have you made any advance preparations for such events? Indeed, one hardly needs a biblical warning to know that many types of weather conditions such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms,  etc. can lead to localized food shortages, power outages, access problems, etc. Such events as these occur every year all over the globe in various locations. Prudent people make preparation for their families’ needs in the event such events strike. During my lifetime in the Midwest of the USA, I’ve experienced many floods, seen a number of tornadoes, and experienced several severe ice-storms. I recall, as a child, huddling around a non-electric heater with my family in the winter for warmth and eating whatever food was available when ice-storms cut off electricity for days. The power grid is more reliable today, but it can still be taken down locally or regionally by major weather events. In our modern time, we have been warned that an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) event–caused by the sun or by a nuclear detonation–could end electric service for many months and cause widespread deaths. Terrorism has also been cited as a possible cause for a power grid failure. It is reasonable for all people, not just believers in the Bible, to prepare for such weather or atmospheric disasters in advance of their occurrence. If you do not make advance preparations, it will be too late to do so once a major disaster strikes. I urge readers to review my articles, Should Christians Prepare for Future Hard Times? and Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days?

If, at some point in the future, you hear on news media reports that a huge volcano erupted in the earth’s near-equatorial region (such as in Indonesia or the Philippines), take quick notice of the severity and location of the volcano. Indonesia has produced three supervolcanoes in the last millennium (Samaras, Tambura, and Krakatoa) so a massive volcano in that same region could again plunge the world into a cooler atmosphere–causing food shortages due to the shortened growing season where crops cannot mature. If a huge volcano erupts far from the equatorial region, it will predictably affect growing seasons in either the northern or southern hemispheres, but not both of them. This would result in a more limited food shortage as one hemisphere would still produce normal harvests. Such a volcano could fulfill the prophecies of Matthew 24:7 and Revelation 6:5-6, but a supervolcano along the equatorial region of the earth is likely to kill many millions of people all over the earth due to widespread famine. Food shortages triggered by a supervolcano could cause food shortages for years before enough volcanic ash falls from the upper atmosphere to allow normal growing seasons to be reinstated on the earth’s surface. I don’t think anyone can fully prepare for such an event, but have you made any precautionary efforts to safeguard yourself and family when/if such an event happens?

One final note: the greatest known supervolcano ever documented (Mt. Samaras) occurred in 1257 AD on the Indonesian island of Lombok. In 2018, the island of Lombok again became seismically active with a series of earthquakes killing hundreds of people (third link). Is this a prelude to another possible supervolcano in that region? The PBS documentary cites scientific thought that the island’s seismic pressures were so vented in 1257 AD that another supervolcano on that island is unlikely. However, none of us can say for sure.

 

  1. https://www.pbs.org/video/killer-volcanoes-iqiwjg/
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/tambora-1815-volcanic-eruption/
  3. https://www.9news.com.au/2018/08/09/06/43/lombok-earthquake-indonesia-death-toll-381-aid-assistance-arriving

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RUSSIA AND CHINA HOLD LARGE WAR GAME EXERCISE

Russia will soon be holding its largest war games in over 35 years. The Vostok war games are expected to involve perhaps 150,000 Russian military personnel and will include simulated nuclear weapons usage as well as conventional live-fire exercises. Significantly, China is sending a large contingent to blend their military forces with Russia’s in this exercise. China is reportedly sending 3,200 of its elite military forces as well as 900 pieces of military hardware and 30 warplanes. The number of pieces of military hardware (such as tanks, artillery, armored personnel carriers, transport and medical evacuation vehicles, etc.) is an especially high number for a participation in a military exercise on foreign soil. The first link and second link offer details about these impending maneuvers, and the third link offers a wide variety of additional international perspectives on this topic if readers wish to access them.

The exercise will also include some Mongolian forces. One link notes that Mongolia has sought closer ties to the USA, but the fact that this massive military exercise is being held not far from Mongolia sends a clear message to Mongolia that its future belongs in the military alliance which includes Russia, China, Iran, etc. I think Mongolia will “get the message.” The links also mention Russia and China have coordinated the projection of bomber forces into the South China Sea and the Taiwan Straits. This action is clearly intended to impose further military intimidation upon Taiwan and other nations whose territories border the South China Sea.

As I have noted for over 30 years in my writings, Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies that a strong military alliance will be created in the latter days of our current age which will include Russia, China, Iran and many other nations. This Gog-Magog alliance has come into existence in recent years, fulfilling Ezekiel’s prophecy most precisely. That this alliance was prophesied to coalesce only in the latter days at the end of our current age (Ezekiel 38:8 and 16) also confirms that our modern age is, indeed, the biblically-prophesied “latter days.” This Gog-Magog alliance is prophesied to attack the modern nations of the modern ten tribes of “Israel” at the very end of our age, provoking divine intervention (God’s “presence” on the earth is cited in Ezekiel 38:20). The term, “Israel,” in biblical prophecies refers to the nations of the modern ten tribes of Israel, who are prophesied to be numerous, prosperous and locatable in the latter days (Genesis 48:14-49:28). The term “Israel” does not mean the Jews/Israelis, who are referred to as “Judah” in latter-day prophecies about the Jews/Israelis (Zephaniah 2, Zechariah and 14). Unless someone understands the key difference between the terms “Israel” and “Judah” in biblical prophecies, they have no chance of accurately comprehending or applying latter-day prophecies to the modern world.

The huge Russian-Chinese military war games show they are taking steps to enable their forces to perform coordinated military actions in a future war. There is no other explanation that makes sense. Ezekiel 38-39 reveals that such a future war is certain to occur, and it reveals many details about how and where the war will be fought. This expanding and close Russo-Chinese military cooperation further confirms the accuracy of biblical prophecy. Only a Divine Creator God could have inspired this prophecy circa 2,500 years ago and also bring it to pass so accurately in our time. At some point in the future, this alliance will attack NATO and the western world and it allies in a global surprise attack. Ezekiel 38-39 guarantees it. The nations do not realize it but they are acting out a divine “script” that was written for them millennia ago.

Oh yes! There is one other aspect of this Russo-Chinese military exercise which could be sending a subtle message. It is scheduled to begin on September 11th, the anniversary of the surprise attack on the USA when the World Trade Center was destroyed in New York City on September 11th, 2001. Readers may draw their own conclusions about whether this choice of date is merely a coincidence or whether it is not.

For in-depth examinations of the topics discussed above, please read my free articles: What Ezekiel 38-39 Reveals about a Future World War III, The USA in Bible Prophecy, Japan in Bible Prophecy, Are We Living in the Biblical Latter Days? and Four Reasons the Jews are Judah.  My four printed books and additional e-book detailing the comprehensive history of the ten tribes of Israel also identify the nations where their descendants are living in the modern world. They can be obtained via the links at this website’s homepage.

My thanks to a reader who sent me a link which stimulated this post. 

  1. https://freebeacon.com/national-security/chinese-military-joining-russians-nuclear-war-games/
  2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAM_eE_j52A
  3. https://goo.gl/5Bmwpx

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