Aims to curb Hezbollah. Phase 1 to include declaration of stop to violence. US, France, UN to referee complaints.
Ben Caspit, 3-8-04
A complete, mutual cessation of violence, restraint of hostile activity originating within sovereign territory, establishment of a “monitoring committee” and then renewed negotiations on the basis of UN decisions – these are the main features of a new proposal by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan for restarting the peace process between Israel, Syria and Lebanon.
The UN initiative was first revealed two weeks ago but full details are only being exposed by Marriv now. The first stage of the plan would be a joint declaration by the three countries, stating, “The parties promise to halt all violence against each other. If any incident does occur, the sides will refer it to the monitoring committee, which will handle all claims concerning the relationship between them. They promise to immediately cease all hostile and violent activities against each other and to act against activities of this type originating within their territory”.
The main practical implication of this declaration would be the cessation of the Hezbollah activity against Israel that originates in Lebanon. The plan developed by and his staff was recently delivered to Jerusalem by the UN’s Middle East envoy Terje Roed-Larsen, who helped develop the plan after meetings in Lebanon and Syria.
According to the plan, the monitoring committee would include representatives of the UN, the United States, France, Israel, Syria and Lebanon and be chaired by the UN representative (most likely Larsen). The sides would be required to file complaints about any incident within 24 hours and the committee would have one week to investigate the event and publish its findings and conclusions. If the committee is unable to reach unanimous agreement, the case is to be referred to the Secretary General, the French Foreign Minister and the US Secretary of State.
The next stage in the process would be the prompt resumption of negotiations based on UN resolutions, with the goal of reaching a comprehensive peace agreement.
Unnamed sources involved in the talks say that the Syrians have accepted the basic principles of the UN plan as a way to calm the situation and restart negotiations. In messages from Damascus, President Bashar al-Assad continues to call on Israel to return to the negotiating table.
On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has not responded to the proposed program. He prefers to let the US apply increasing pressure on Syria, while he concentrates on his program to disengage from the Palestinians and on his domestic and political troubles.
..."We were just staggering out of the drought, we are incredibly frustrated," said farmer Bev Dennis, based 550 km (340 miles) west of Sydney.
"A thick haze of them came through over the weekend and chomped their way through our oats crop overnight," she added....
New South Wales farmer Joe Davis, who has already lost crops to the locusts, said he had been warned to expect the worst.
"In a few days, we will see locusts that will just black the sun out," he told ABC television. "There won't be a green thing, they'll even eat the clothes off the washing line."
There were locusts devastating Egypt before the Israelites' flight to the promised land. Are there to be locust plagues before the Bride of Christ flies to her promised land? There are swarms in the Mideast too.
'Biblical' locust plague threatens Mideast
Ahead of Passover, U.N. agency warns of potential devastation
'Biblical' locust plague threatens Mideast - 3-8-04
An outbreak that potentially could darken the sky and consume everything in its path is "in progress on the Red Sea coast in Saudi Arabia where swarms are forming," the Rome-based U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said.
Despite intensive control operations, swarms are expected to move into the country's interior where a further generation of breeding could occur in the spring. Some could reach areas in Jordan, southern Iraq and Western Iran later in the spring, the agency said, according to the JTA news service.
Locust plague out of control in Mauritania, Sahara
24 February - The locust plague in Mauritania and Western Sahara is now threatening to get out of control....
FAO says that it "urgently seeks US$ 9 million" to prevent the locust plague in North and West Africa from developing into a disaster. The Rome-based agency warns that the plague is about to "hit the whole of West and North-West Africa" unless urgent control and preventive measures are implemented....
Plague of Locust Grows Out of Control
March, 4 2004 - A locust plague of Biblical proportion could be brewing in Northern Africa. Larger than average rain fall has caused huge swarms of locust. Despite intensive control operations carried out since October 2003, the locust swarms are growing. They now cover an area of 500,000 hectares.(1,930 sq. miles). The situation is also growing in Saudi Arabia along the Red Sea coast line as well as in Australia.
LOCUST SITUATION HEADS TOWARDS PLAGUE, UN AGENCY WARNS
ROME, 23 February (FAO) -- The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) launched today an appeal to donors for $6 million urgently needed to support desert locust control operations in Mauritania and another $3 million for Mali, Niger and Chad, in order to prevent the early stages of the current upsurge from developing into a plague.
...But the stone floor turned out to be the ceiling of a concealed void beneath. And Nathan's hammer blow punched through to a repository containing hundreds of vessels of pottery, personal jewelry and other effects untouched for 2,600 years.
Among them was THE FIND OF FINDS -- TWO TINY, TIGHTLY ROLLED SILVER SCROLLS.
Carefully unpeeled over time, they revealed faint scratchings that took Barkay's breath away: YHWH. The earliest appearance in Jerusalem of the unspeakable Hebrew word for God....
In time, Barkay and other researchers came to see that both contained variations of the so-called triple blessing from the Book of Numbers...
In the New International Version of the Bible, the blessing in Numbers 6: 24-26 says: "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
To this day, THEY STAND AS THE OLDEST FRAGMENTS OF BIBLE EVER FOUND: "OLDER BY FOUR CENTURIES THAN THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS," FROM THE TIME OF JEREMIAH THE PROPHET, Barkay said....
The sixth or seventh century find "means that if people were writing it on their jewelry, it means the text was already seen as sacred and already in common use," Ortiz said....
The amulets are preserved in the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.
Numbers 6:24-26 is dated BC 1490. Those two tiny silver scrolls from Jeremiah's day quoted Scripture Moses recorded for us. That's an amazing find.
Forty-five minutes south of Jerusalem, Israeli archaeologist Asher Afriat was among a group digging for artifacts 10 years ago with a group of North American tourists as assistants, when they stumbled across six clay pieces with Aramaic writing on them.
Called an ostracon, the clay pieces bore an inscription that was basically a marriage contract, quite similar to the one used by Jews to this day called a ketuba.
But the kicker is that the ostrocan discovered at this site, which is 2,180 years old, was from the time of the Edomites, who were not Jewish. The discovery may shed light on the origins of the present-day Jewish marriage contract, Afriat said....
The dig, at Tel Maresha, dates back to the Hellenistic period and was the hometown of Herod the Great, at the time of the second Temple in Jerusalem, Ofriat said. The city of Maresha was built in the Iron Age, about 3000 years ago, and is mentioned several times in the Bible, starting in the book of Joshua. The city later became part of the Edomite kingdom....
...And they are infusing gay and lesbian rights with the consciousness of a major civil rights movement. ...
"We're seeing an incredibly fast-paced civil rights movement and what I think is the last-gasp backlash of the radical right that has been in the gay-bashing industry for decades," said Patrick Guerriero, executive director of the gay Log Cabin Republicans. "This is an unstoppable train."
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Yellowstone National Park happens to be on top of one of the largest “super volcanoes” in the world. Geologists claim the Yellowstone Park area has been on a regular eruption cycle of 600,000 years. The last eruption was 640,000 years ago making the next one long overdue. This next eruption could be 2,500 times the size of the 1980 Mount St. Helen's eruption. Volcanologist have been tracking the movement of magma under the park and have calculated that, in parts of Yellowstone, the ground has risen over seventy centimeters this century.
In July, 2003, Yellowstone Park rangers closed the entire Norris Geyser Basin because of deformation of the land and excessive high ground temperatures. There is an area that is 28 miles long by 7 miles wide that has bulged upward over five inches since 1996, and this year the ground temperature on that bulge has reached over 200 degrees (measured one inch below ground level).
There was no choice but to close off the entire area. Everything in this area is dying: The trees, flowers, grass and shrubs. A dead zone is developing and spreading outward. The animals are literally migrating out of the park.
Then during the last part of July one of the Park geologists discovered a huge bulge at the bottom of Yellowstone Lake. The bulge has already risen over 100 feet from the bottom of the lake and the water temperature at the surface of the bulge has reached 88 degrees and is still rising.
Keep in mind that Yellowstone Lake is a high mountain lake with very cold water temperatures. The Lake is now closed to the public. It is filled with dead fish floating everywhere. The same is true of the Yellowstone River and most of the other streams in the Park. Dead and dying fish are filling the water everywhere.
Many of the picnic areas in the Park have been closed and people visiting the Park usually stay but a few hours before leaving since the stench of sulfur is so strong they literally can't stand the smell.
The irony of all this is the silence by the news media and our government. Very little information is available from Yellowstone personnel or publications. What mainstream newswires do appear underscore the likelihood of a massive volcanic eruption. Though geologists publicly admit Yellowstone is “overdue,” they have been quoted as stating another massive magma release may not occur for 100,000 or 2 million years. Others close to the story are convinced that a massive eruption is imminent. A source that has demonstrated firsthand knowledge of the park's history and recent geothermal events stated the following: “The American people are not being told that the explosion of this 'super volcano' could happen at any moment. When Yellowstone does blow, some geologists predict that every living thing within six hundred miles is likely to die. The movement of magma has been detected just three-tenths of a mile below the bulging surface of the ground in Yellowstone raising concerns that this super volcano may erupt soon.”
That area in Wyoming seems to be preparing for a big blowout. Maybe the asteroids that will hit the Middle East on the Day of God's Wrath, and the resulting worldwide earthquake, will cause Yellowstone to blow. There is the possibility that Atomic Reactors around the world will be set off too. You know, I don't plan to be here on that awful day. It will be worse than a nightmare. Every wall will fall--worldwide (Eze. 38:18-20). Agape
Isaiah 45:17 [But] Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world (OLAM, to the vanishing point, time out of mind, (practically) eternity, everlasting, perpetual, world without end) WITHOUT END.
Isaiah 51:6 Lift up your eyes to the heavens, and look upon the earth beneath: for the heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner: but my salvation shall be for ever (olam, to the vanishing point, time out of mind, eternity, everlasting, perpetual, world without end), and my righteousness shall not be abolished.
Teitan (i.e., Satan) = 666
Roman numerals = 666
The number 6 means man, who was created on the sixth day, so 666 shows that though the false prophet claims to be God, he is man, man, man.
Eze. 28:2 says, "Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus (rock), Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas (in Jerusalem, between the Mediterranean and Dead Sea); yet thou art a man, and not God". He will be Satan possessed by the king of Tyrus (king of the rock, Satan's planet Rahab, now our Asteroid Belt).
Rev. 13:1 says, "And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (the great red dragon) rise up out of the sea (nations, Rev. 17:15), having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy" (Pontifex Maximus).
From Nimrod on, the heads of the seven world empires all carry the title Pontifex Maximus.
1. Babel, Babylon I
2. Babylon II
5. Imperial Rome
6. Ecclesiastic Rome
7. Babylon III
Rev. 17:10 says, "there are seven kings: five are fallen (kings of Babel, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Imperial Rome), and one is (Ecclesiastic Rome, 6th head, the Pope), and the other (7th head, the False Prophet) is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space" (the shortened Great Tribulation).
When the False Prophet, the 7th king, comes, he will speak "as a dragon" (Satan) and "exerciseth all the power of the first beast" (the 6th king, the Pope; Rev. 13:11,12).
To me, that means that along with the first beast of Rev. 13, the False Prophet will be worshiped by "all that dwell upon the earth...whose names are not written in the book of life" (Rev. 13:8). As the final Pontifex Maximus, the False Prophet will be the head of the United Religions. Power will also be "given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations" (Rev. 13:7). I think he will be over the UN and UR, probably when the first beast of Rev. 13, the first of the two Tribulation Popes, can no longer perform those functions.
At the Pre-Trib Rapture, I think the Pope that is in power will be left behind and become the first Tribulation Pontifex Maximus. He will then open "his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and THEM THAT DWELL IN HEAVEN" (the Bride of Christ).
At Mid-Trib, the second Tribulation Pontifex Maximus, the False Prophet, the 7th head of the great red dragon, will assume all the powers of the first one. When he is deposed on the Day of God's Wrath, Satan, the tail of the great red dragon, will come out of him and operate on his own as the eighth king of Rev. 17, the tail of the great red dragon.
If you ever looked at the papal count and thought about it carefully you would see what im talking about. Only GOD could have picked out 7 papal names to bring the count to 665 and 8th new name to bring the total to 666. Its better than any gematria numerology out there! The beast is a scarlet beast which could be the papacy and the woman who rides the beast is dressed in purple and scarlet. The papacys church colors are purple and scarlet. Now what im about to say may not happen but i hear that the vatican wants control over the old city of Jerusalem as well as the eastern half, the vatican also wants to make Jerusalem an international city. Ive even heard that the papacy has toyed with the idea of moving the vatican to Jerusalem and unite religions. It is something thats being heavily dicussed right now between the vatican and Israel and it could bring peace. Is it possible that the woman who rides the beast is (Jerusalem/Israel and the Vatican combined as one) and that the beast that returns MAYBE is the old Papal form of persecution? The papacy rose to power in 538 A.D and stayed in power until 1798, Which is 1,260 years. The papal count begins in 1798. I think its highly possible that the next pope will be antichrist and he will bring peace to Israel. There is also room of doubt in me about the count but I stop and think to myself on how coincidental would it be admist all those popes that 7 papal names since 1798 would equal 665 and an 8th and new papal name since 1798 equal 666. It may be true it may be false, right now i guess its false until proven true!! GOD BLESS!!
Something else i forgot to point out about the papal count is the number of years reigned by each papal name. Here are the seven papal names since 1798--
1. Pius: 161 years
2. Leo: 99 years
3. Gregory: 125 years
4. Benedict: 88 years
5. John: 122 years
6. Paul: 67 years
7. John Paul: 25 years
8. Unkown name ????
Now whats interesting is the 7th papal name John Paul and for two reasons. #1 John Paul is a papal name that had never been used before in the entire history of the papacy until 1978 and #2 he reigned the least amount of time compared to the other 6 papal names.
Heres Revelation 17:10 They are also 7 kings. Five have fallen, one is, THE OTHER(the 7th) HAS NOT YET COME(John Paul); but when he does come he must remain for a little while(25 years).
As you can see the 7th papal name since 1798 John Paul ruled the least amount of time compared to the other papal names. And before 1978 the name John Paul had never been used before in the history of the papacy---Therefore the 7th king had not yet arrived but when he did arrive he rules the least amount of time compared to the other 6 papal names since 1798.
John Paul the 2nd is still in power. GOD BLESS!
To me, the papacy ties in, but it isn't just since 1798. There are seven kings, plus Satan as the eighth, and they start way back at the Tower of Babel (Babylon I).
The 6th king will reign 42 months (Rev. 13:5) after the Tribulation starts, and I think he will be the Tribulation Pope. Whether he will be John Paul or not, I don't know. Whoever it is will get left behind at the Pre-Trib Rapture though. The 7th king, the False Prophet, will reign less time than that, because the Great Tribulation is to be shortened or no flesh would be saved (Mt. 24:21,22).
Please, can you lay aside the subject of the papacy since 1798 just long enough to concentrate on some scriptures to see the broad picture they paint for us? We need this for basic background. Then, we can recognize when other things fit into the prophetic puzzle we are trying to fit together piece by piece.
I'll give you my thoughts on the "scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns" of Rev. 17:3. I think it is the great red dragon, which stands for Satan. Rev. 12:9 says, "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan".
It's heads represent the rulers of 7 world empires, from the Tower of Babel to Babylon III. The world empires are (1) Babel, i.e., Babylon I, (2) Babylon II, (3) Media-Persia, (4) Greece, (5) Imperial Rome, (6) Ecclesiastic Rome and (7) Babylon III.
From Rev. 17:10, we find out that at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture, the first 5 have fallen. The 6th, Ecclesiastic Rome, headed by the Tribulation Pope (the Beast of Rev. 13:2-10), is already in power. The 7th, Babylon III, headed up by the False Prophet (Rev. 13:11-18), is yet to come.
A woman represents a religious group. In Rev. 17:5, we can see that the woman that rides the scarlet beast represents the Mystery Religion of Babylon. It says, "MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH." It is the Mystery Religion, actually the worship of the sun god, that began with Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz at the Tower of Babel. It will be destroyed when Babylon III is wiped out by the asteroid impact of Rev. 8:10 on the Day of God's Wrath (Rev. 18:21).
The setting of Rev. 17 is after the Pre-Trib Rapture, but before the Tribulation begins. Those "that ARE with him (the Lord of lords and King of kings, Christ) ARE called, and chosen, and faithful" (17:14). At the time of the Rapture, the 10 kings "have received no kingdom as yet" (17:12).
These 10 kings are crowned when the Tribulation begins and the Beast of Rev. 13:2-10 is ruling. Rev. 13:1 says, "I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast (the great red dragon) rise up out of the sea (nations, Rev. 17:15), having seven heads (but only 6 crowned) and ten horns, and upon his horns TEN CROWNS, and upon his heads THE NAME OF BLASPHEMY" (Pontifex Maximus).
Webster's Dictionary says that blasphemy is the act of claiming the attributes of deity. Pontifex Maximus, meaning the high priest, is blasphemy because the 6 heads are usurping Christ's title of High Priest. That is an insult to God. Webster's says that "usurp" is from L. usu (use) and rapere (to seize).
The setting of Rev. 12:3 is Mid-Trib. It says, "behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and SEVEN CROWNS upon his heads." The crowns upon all 7 heads means that the False Prophet (the 7th head) has come to full power. He does that Mid-Trib. That is when the wicked one, the False Prophet, "as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God" (II Thess. 2:4). It is when "the abomination of desolation (an idol), spoken of by Daniel the prophet, (will) stand in the holy place" (Mt. 24:15).
Mid-Trib is when Michael and his angels will cast Satan and his angels out of Heaven. Rev. 12:9 says, "And the great DRAGON was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and SATAN, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him."
Satan will come up out of the earth and go into the False Prophet, the second son of perdition. Judas Iscariot was the first son of perdition.
In John 17:12, Jesus said, "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition (Judas Iscariot); that the scripture might be fulfilled."
II Thess. 2:3 says, "Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day (the Day of the Lord) shall not come, except there come a falling away (apostasia, departing, the Pre-Trib Rapture) FIRST, and that man of sin be revealed (second), the son of perdition" (the False Prophet).
Rev. 17:8 says, "The beast that thou sawest (the red dragon, Satan) was (in Judas Iscariot), and is not (in man now); and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit (Mid-Trib), and go into perdition (the False Prophet): and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast (Satan) that was (in Judas Iscariot), and is not (in man at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture), and yet is" (exists).
Isa. 26:20,21; 27:1 says, "Come, my people (at the Pre-Wrath Rapture as the Day of the LORD begins), enter thou into thy chambers (in Heaven), and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast (it will hit at noon, Zeph. 2:2-5). For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place (Heaven) to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain. In that day (the Day of the LORD) the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword (the sword of the LORD, Jer. 12:12) shall punish leviathan (Satan) the piercing serpent (who has gone into two sons of perdition), even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon (the red dragon) that is in the sea" (nations, Rev. 17:15).
The False Prophet will be deposed from office that day. Satan will come out of him and operate on his own as "the eighth" king of Rev. 17:11, until he is chained and cast into the bottomless pit for 1000 years (Rev. 20:1-3). Agape
The papacy reigned in its persecution era 1,260 years 538 to 1798. Its colors are purple and scarlet, and the 8th papal name since 1798 will be 666. This is a possibilty. GOD BLESS.
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