The Bible predicts two coming wars in Babylon— modern Iraq— and according to Jeremiah, there may be a third. But first, the infamous City of Babylon must be rebuilt. Iraq’s Saddam Hussein began that rebuilding project some years ago. Recent satellite photos show that Babylon is rising again. (More on his site)...
Go to this URL to see 3 more fabulous pictures of Babylon. You'll see Hussein's palace, Nebuchadnezzar's palace, a theater and the Marduk gate, plus some other things. The picture below is a an overview of Babylon.
Taken from a helicopter, this photograph provides an aerial view of Saddam's Presidential palace (on the hill) at the ruins of ancient Babylon near Al Hillah, Iraq. The Euphrates River is in the foreground. The open plain behind the ruins is the area of the Tower of Babel, described in the Book of Genesis.
This helicopter view provides a closer look at Saddam's Presidential palace. As of June 2, 2003, over 1,000 Marines are working at the base of Saddam's palace, and all Marines billet (sleep) in the palace. There is plenty of room to spare.
The firebrand Libyan ruler Muammar Qaddafi is on the brink of executing an extraordinary change of orientation, according to DEBKA-Net-Weekly’s Middle East sources. He is about to announce a break with the Arab world and proclaim Libya the number one African power. Henceforth, he will focus his efforts on improving the lot of the African continent. To further his new goal, Qaddafi will seek close cooperation with the United States and other Western countries in the hope of acquiring an industry, a financial system, proper services and an education system of Western standards for his country.
As a first step, Libya will open its oil industry to Western firms.
Another key step will be Libya’s final departure from the Arab League and the initiation of economic relations with Israel....
Rightist MKs threaten Temple Mount trips after police ban
By Jonathan Lis. 7-31-03
Right-wing Knesset members threatened to organize visits to the Temple Mount on Wednesday after police suspended visits by Jews and Christians to the holy site earlier in the day due to fear of Palestinian riots....
Israeli officials have become increasingly concerned in recent days that violence could erupt at the holy site, as the matter has received a lot of coverage in the Palestinian media and has also drawn harsh comments from Palestinian public figures, specifically Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, who warned last week of "grave consequences" if Israel continues to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount.
Israel changed its Temple Mount policy two weeks ago, when it allowed kippa-wearing Jews to enter the compound. The change came several weeks after the resumption of visits by tourist groups and non-kippa-wearing Jews.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas called the Israeli act "provocative," and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa denounced the developments as "very dangerous" and "an insult to Muslims everywhere."
Arafat termed the change of policy an "invasion of extremists disguised as tourists, under auspices of the Israeli police," and convened a meeting with Waqf (Muslim trust) officials at his Muqata headquarters compound in Ramallah.
Arafat also issued calls to Arab League leaders and Arab heads of state to intervene and "prevent dangerous developments on the mount, which may affect the peace process."
Toronto director's film screened
Israeli authorities believe relic a fake
JERUSALEM—Is an inscription linked to James, the brother of Jesus, authentic or fake? Tempers flared over the question at the showing of a documentary about the case and a new interview dismissing an Israeli finding that led to the arrest of an antiquities dealer on suspicion of forging sacred artefacts.
Dealer Oded Golan, out on bail, was at the Jerusalem Cinematheque yesterday night, defending his relics and his honour. Toronto filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici was there to back him up
. But Israeli experts dismissed the show with a wave of the hand, pointing to their own findings that indicated that someone forged the James inscription for profit. The ill will between the two sides overflowed several times, as each blamed the other of conspiracy, misdeed and bad faith.
The Jerusalem screening of the Discovery Channel documentary James, Brother of Jesus and the heated panel discussion that followed provided plenty of fireworks but no clear answers....
1. September 17th ;7+7 days after the 3rd of September 2003 he will reach the age of 77
2. This date is exactly 720000 days since the Holy Spirit was poured out over the world (50 days after Ascension Day). 720000 days represent 40 sabbatical Jubilee years (40x50x360days=720000 days).
Note: according to the theory of Sir Robert Anderson the decree of Nehemiah was on March14th 445BC. This brings the resurrection date to Sunday 13th April 32AD; now add 720050 days and we come to 16 September 2003. This day could mark the last day of the Church Age.
Check out the date calculation for yourself:
Why did you add 50 days to the 720000?
To me, an interesting thing to consider now is that 50 days before the Feast of Trumpets, Tishri 1, 5764 (Sept. 27, 2003) is Av 10, (Aug. 8), when both Solomon and Herod's temples were burned. In 70 AD, the fire was set on temple grounds on Av 9. It burned into the temple proper on Av 10.
Jer 52:12,13 says, "in the fifth month (Av), in the TENTH DAY of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, And burned the house of the LORD."
Since we are the spiritual temple of the Holy Spirit, I have wondered if we would be raptured, go up to meet Jesus in the clouds, as the smoke of both temples went up on Av 10 (Fri. Aug. 8 in 2003). I'll be watching to see if we get a sign 7 days before that, on this Fri., Aug. 1.
> > the decree of Nehemiah was on March14th 445BC
I don't agree with "the theory of Sir Robert Anderson" concerning the date of the Crucifixion.
The Lord told us that Cyrus issued the decree he was talking about, not Nehemiah. In Isa 44:28, we see that the LORD "saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."
In "The Romance of Bible Chronology," Martin Anstey said that he found an 82-year mistake in the era of the Persian Kings. BC 536 - 82 = BC 454, when the decree went forth.
Dan. 9:25,26 says, "Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem (BC 454) unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks (49 years), and threescore and two weeks (434 years, i.e., 49 + 434 = 483 years): the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks (i.e., after 483 years) shall Messiah be cut off (karath, killed), but not for himself" (for us).
483 - 454 + 1 (because no zero year) = 30 AD, the year of the Crucifixion. Agape
...Talking to Chalabi afterward, I got a far more optimistic picture of Iraq than has been painted in most of the press. The north and the south are calm; opposition to the United States in Baghdad and the Sunni triangle to the north is limited. There are no clashes between Shiite and Sunni Muslims or between Kurds and other Iraqis. Meetings of the organizing council have been harmonious and productive....
The formation of an Iraqi national army has begun.
30,000 Iraqi police have been hired.
An Iraqi civil defense corps is being formed.
Coalition forces have captured or killed 38 of Iraq's 55 most wanted.
Thousands of lower-level Baath Party loyalists have been rounded up or otherwise dealt with.
The Iraqi Central Bank has been made independent.
Iraq has returned to the world oil market. All of Iraq's universities have reopened.
Power and water are, in most places, at prewar levels, and we're making progress in Baghdad.
The food redistribution system has been restarted.
Nearly all of Iraq's 240 hospitals and 1,200 clinics are open.
Over 100 newspapers have begun publishing.
In all major cities and in 85 percent of the towns, municipal councils have been formed of Iraqis.
AP 7-29-03 RECOVERING ARTIFACTS: The ancient city on the Euphrates has had another great fall, and now the Americans are trying to put it back together again -- brick by brick
The ancient City of Babylon as viewed from one of the palaces that once belonged to ousted Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein, 80km south of Baghdad on July 16. This 4,300-year-old town -- now mainly an archaeological ruin with two important museums -- knows political and military upheaval well.
...the city's two museums, named after Hammurabi and Nebuchadnezzar....
Marines hope to reopen the site within two months, Marrero said. They Marines have created a major base at the city, calling it Camp Babylon....
Regarding some of the gematria that adds to the year 2003, consider this. Remember that Bonnie Gaunt pointed out that the phrase that says "And Boaz took Ruth to be his wife" adds to 2003. Also one of the gematria in the first post indicated 2003.
Pentecost of 2003 has come and gone.
BUT, consider this. Our current calendar starts with 1 AD. When going from 1 BC to 1 AD only one year is counted.
However, there was a year 0. O is part of the calendar, just as the year 10 AD or 2000 AD is.
Therefore, since our calendar counters skipped one year we are ONE YEAR OFF. That is, Pentecost of 2004, which is coming up is really Pentecost of 2003.
I say watch all the time, but especially watch for Pentecost of 2004 (really 2003) and a possible CALL or MIDNIGHT CRY at Passover of 2004, since as I indicated in the first post, the Call of the Bride is clearly indicated in Song of Solomon that is read at Passover. Ruth is read on Pentecost. Boaz marries Ruth in that book. CAPS
If you wonder about BC 454, In his "Romance of Bible Chronology," Martin Anstey found an 82-year mistake in the era of the Persian kings. BC 536 - 82 = BC 454 for the decree of Cyrus.
Isa. 44:28 says that the LORD "saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid."
The news items in your last Pro/Con about the number of stars and the number of grains of sand was especially intriguing to me. Not only did God make the galaxies of stars and set them in their places, but He also called each one by name (Psalm 147:4). What an awesome God! In the same way all the spiritual descendents of Abraham, though they are more in number than the stars, each one is also called by name. God knows each of His children intimately and personally, even though there are millions upon millions of them. I was so moved as I reflected upon the article that I wrote this poem, which I trust will be a blessing.
May you continue to herald the Good News of the Lord's coming with steadfast love and devotion. It is always a joy to read what God is stirring in your heart.
"Be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; for as much as you know that your labor is not in vain, in the Lord."
Ever looking up with you. Sincerely, Lonnell Johnson
Seventy thousand million million million stars,
Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;
Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars:
Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.
Ten times more than grains of sand that cover the earth;
Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also.
Each star formed and fashioned and called by name at birth.
The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.
Sparkling the night with lights, God made the stars also:
Witness to Abraham what he was yet to see.
The heavens declare God’s glory that men might know.
As the stars and grains of sand so shall your seed be.
All creation unified by a single bond.
Galaxies that span far beyond Saturn and Mars
Express the breadth of God’s love, reaching far beyond
Seventy thousand million million million stars.
7 Papal names have emerged since the political fall of the Roman church in 1798: 1.Pius 2.Leo 3.Gregory 4.Benedict 5.John 6.Paul 7.John Paul. 1967 was during the reign of Paul VI. In 1978 a new papal name in the Vatican history (and the 7th name since 1798) was introduced; John Paul, other names have been used since centuries except this name. So who is the “eight head” that will be destroyed? Answer: The next pope that will choose a different name to the ones previously mentioned; http://www.666man.net/totalyearsreign.html....
Now you also understand where [in the future] the angel was when he said to John:
Rev.17:9; And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition (destruction).
WAS= 556-1798 AD [1260x360 days]; The state and church system of the middle ages started after the last of 3 horns was uprooted to give way to the power of the pope [Ostrogoths destroyed in 555, it took 10 months before a pope was elected in 556]; Dan. 7:8/Dan 7:24,25
IS NOT= 7 papal names since 1798 until Pope John Paul II [summer 2003?]
AND YET IS=> The pope with the 8th papal name since 1798!
( II Thessalonians 2:3,7,8 ) " Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed..."
“he”=> Babylon the Great; United States?
“Falling away”=>Jeremiah 51:42 / Rev.18?
“until”=> 31st August 2003 [remember Dan.12:12]
“revealed”=> 3rd September? [remember 1260 days after the covenant was confirmed with many; 3/22/2000]
Question: Who is likely to become the next pope [antichrist]?
The Jewish cardinal from Paris; Jean Marie Lustiger: born 17 September 1926
Possible sign: September 17th ;7+7 days after the 3rd of September 2003 he will reach the age of 77 [also note that this is exactly 1260days since the supposed 7th millennium started on the 5th of April 2000]...
15th February 2000: Arafat signs the PLO-Vatican agreement in Rome.
a. 22 March 2000: Bethlehem; Pope confirms the PLO-Vatican covenant with many.
b. 27th August 2003: Mars approaches announcing the coming of the “Roman God of war”; also: Ezekiel 28:12
c. 31st August 2003: Daniel 12:12 “Blessed him that knows and reaches 1335 days”; Rev. 6:12
d. 3rd September 2003: Order restored and antichrist revealed; [1260days after Bethlehem speech on March 22]
e. 11th October Start of Tabernacle feast week and start of the ministry of the 2 witnesses. Rev. 11:3
f. 14/15th October: “Abomination” is setup in the tabernacle and Jerusalem is besieged. Matth: 24:15/Dan.9:27
g. 17th October: End of the tabernacle feast, Hoshanna Rabbah, 5/5/2000 alignment becomes reality.
h. 24th March 2007: Revelation 11:7; the two witnesses get martyred by the antichrist. Rev.11:7
i. 27th March 2007: Witnesses are resuscitated and the “Day of the Lord”. Rev.8:2/Ezek.28:14
j. 27th April 2007: Dan.12:11/Rev.8:7; 1290 days since 15th October; Jeshua (Christ) returns to this world and the antichrist is/will be destroyed.
> > Rev.17:9; And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, [and] the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition.
> > 7 Papal names have emerged since the political fall of the Roman church in 1798: 1.Pius 2.Leo 3.Gregory 4.Benedict 5.John 6.Paul 7.John Paul.
I think the 7 kings are the leaders of these 7 kingdoms:
(1) Babel (Nimrod was Pontifex Maximus of the Mystery Religion of Babylon)
(2) Babylon II (Nebuchadnezzar was Pontifex Maximus)
(3) Media-Persia (Cyrus was Pontifex Maximus)
(4) Greece (Alexander the Great was Pontifex Maximus)
(5) Imperial Rome (each of the Caesars were Pontifex Maximus)
(6) Ecclesiastic Rome (each Pope is Pontifex Maximus)
(7) Babylon II (False Prophet will be Pontifex Maximus)
Rev. 17 is written as if the Pre-Trib Rapture has just taken place. Verse14 says, "he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that ARE WITH HIM are called, and chosen, and faithful."
At the time of the Rapture, five kingdoms have fallen:
(2) Babylon II
(5) Imperial Rome
(6) Ecclesiastic Rome (the Beast, the Tribulation Pope)
The other is yet to come:
(7) Babylon III (the False Prophet)
Notice that on the day of the Rapture, the Tribulation Pope is already in office--"one is."
I think the 7-year covenant of Dan. 9:27 is still future and will be signed by MANY, not just Arafat and the Pope. The UN may be included. Don't you think that Israel would have to sign it?
The 1260, 1290 and 1335 days all start Mid-Trib, when the False Prophet sits in the temple "shewing himself that he is God" (II Thess. 2:4). Since the 1260-day Great Tribulation is to be shortened, maybe the 1290 and 1335 days will be too. We are not told that, though.
It seems that the two witnesses will come back with Christ when he comes for his Bride. They will prophesy 1260 days, the first half of the Tribulation, and will be killed Mid-Trib. Mal. 4:5 says, "I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD." The first day of the Millennium is the Day of God's Wrath, the Day of Destruction.
I expect Christ to return to Earth on the first day of the Jewish Regnal and Sacred Year, Nisan 1. It is April 6 in 2008, the anniversary of the Crucifixion on our calendar.
> > Revelation 17:11; And the beast that WAS, and IS NOT, [AND YET IS] even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition (destruction).
This is Satan. He WAS in Judas Iscariot in 30 AD. He is not in man now, and yet he exists. He will go into the son of perdition, the False Prophet. When the False Prophet is deposed from office on the Day of God's Wrath, Satan will leave him and operate on his own as "the eighth." The eighth and the tail of the Great Red Dragon are the same--Satan himself.
> > ( II Thessalonians 2:3,7,8 ) " Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, for the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed..."
> > “he”=> Babylon the Great; United States?
To me, Babylon and the USA have nothing to do with this. The Greek word translated "falling away" is apostasia, DEPARTURE. It is the Rapture that precedes the revealing of the son of perdition, the False Prophet. The Holy Spirit in the salt of the Earth (believers) restrains the False Prophet from being revealed until after the Rapture, just as salt retards the growth of yeast in bread. Agape
Marilyn, you said there "was no year" 0. I know that. Did you read what I said? There is a year 0. The calendar keepers decided to not count it, that's all.
If the current calendar authorities decided we would go from 1999 to 2001, would that mean there was no year 2000?? OF COURSE NOT!! Likewise, just because the calendar keepers decided to not count the year 0, does not mean they were accurate in doing so!! The number 0, 10, 100, 2000 are the sequence on the number line.
I think you can understand this. David
The Roman years were in orderly progression, as were the Jewish Years. These kept the numerical order of actual years straight. The Roman years, and their counterparts, run as follows.
751 AUC (BC 3)
752 AUC (BC 2)
753 AUC (BC 1)
754 AUC (1 AD)
755 AUC (2 AD)
756 AUC (3 AD)
B.C. and A.D.
In the modern calendar, we label all years with B.C. (before Christ) or A.D. (anno domini, or "in the year of our lord"). There is no "zero" year. Agape
The "flying roll" (mgillah, rolling thing) of Zech. 5:1 is up in the sky.
I think "THE CURSE THAT GOETH FORTH OVER THE FACE OF THE WHOLE EARTH" of Zech. 5:1-4 is a binary asteroid, twice as long as wide, whose orbit around the Sun is outside Earth's orbit. Each of the 2 stone parts represent the same thing as the 2 stone tablets that Moses smashed. On each of those stone tablets were written 5 commandments.
This agrees with v. 3. It says, "Then said he unto me, This is THE CURSE that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth (as the False Prophet will, breaking one of the 10 commandments) shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth (shaba, to seven oneself, swear, take an oath, as if by repeating a declaration seven times; i.e., the Tribulation Pope will claim infallibility) shall be cut off as on that side according to it."
Verse 4 says, "I will bring it (the binary asteroid of Rev. 8:8,10) forth, saith the LORD of hosts (Christ the Redeemer, Isa. 44:6), and it shall enter into the house of the THIEF (the False Prophet), and into the house of him that SWEARETH FALSELY BY MY NAME (the Beast of Rev. 13:2-10, the Tribulation Pope--claiming infallibility): and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof."
In verses 5-11, we learn that the ephah, largest wheat measure, i.e., the largest church, the world church, will be moved to Babylon in the land of Shinar, where the Tower of Babel was begun and the Mystery Religion of Babylon set up. This is where the world capitol will be built. It will be destroyed by the asteroid on the Feast of Trumpets that is the Day of God's Wrath.
Rev. 18:21 ties in. It says, "a mighty angel took up a STONE like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all." Agape
On August 27, Mars will come with 34,649,589 miles and will be (next to the moon) the brightest object in the night sky. It will attain a magnitude of -2.9 and will appear 25.11 arc seconds wide. At a modest 75-power magnification Mars will look as large as the full moon to the naked eye. Mars will be easy to spot. At the beginning of August, Mars will rise in the east at 10 pm and reach its azimuth at about 3 am. But by the end of August when the two planets are closest, Mars will rise at nightfall and reach its highest point in the sky at 12:30 am. That's pretty convenient when it comes to seeing something that no human has seen in recorded history. So mark your calendar at the beginning of August to see Mars grow progressively brighter and brighter throughout the month.
Luke 21:25: "And there will be strange events in the skies – signs in the sun, moon, and stars. And down here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides."
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