Pro and Con 1112

Posted 3-29-04

Incoming email, Re: WHY SHARON DID IT

The fall of Saddam Hussein closed what had become the single biggest source of funds for Hamas in the past five years. Several other Arab countries have been forced to close channels through which funds were collected for and directed to Hamas.


3-27-04 -The EU Observer reports: "The European Union has called for an increased role for the UN in Iraq to be 'endorsed' by the Security Council in a bid to secure that the organization plays a significant role as power is transferred to the Iraqi people.

Leaders - including the British and Spanish who backed the war in Iraq despite the lack of a second UN resolution explicitly authorizing the use of force - have now called for a larger UN role....

Incoming email, Re: The first and the last

I've heard Chuck Missler teach often about the untranslatable Aleph and Tau. Here's a link, which also refers to Zechariah 12:10 Best Regards

My reply

Thanks much. "The Bible in Shorthand" by Chuck Missler, is an interesting article. I'm glad to know about the Aleph and Tau appearing after "me" (Christ) in Zech. 12:10 too.

I also found a bit more about the first and last letters of the alphabet. I'll post excerpts below.

I looked through the Hebrew of Gen. 1 in Green's Interlinear without finding any more Aleph and Tau two-letter words. They are only there in the first verse.

I wonder why translators did not translate those two letters as "the first and the last." Dr. Tabor didn't even translate them in Gen. 1:1 in the TEV he is working on for the Original Bible Project. Agape
The Hyperetai:
The Bible in Shorthand?
by Chuck Missler Zechariah 12 we find the prophecy of the Messiah's climactic appearance to Israel:

...and they shall look upon me [aleph tau] whom they have pierced... Zechariah 12:10
The untranslated aleph tau could be translated as follows:

"... and they shall look upon me, the aleph and the tau, whom they have pierced." which the aleph and the tau, the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet, are, thus, equivalent to the alpha and the omega in the Greek.

We also find the same untranslated letters in Genesis 1:

In the beginning God [aleph tau] created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1
This Aleph and Tau, that created the heavens and the earth, is the same Aleph and Tau whom they pierced on the wooden cross erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago
What does Jesus mean when He refers to Himself as the "Alpha and Omega" (Revelation 1:8 & 22:13)?
by Ron Rhodes

...Though the letters Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, John recorded the Book of Revelation for Jewish readers who were also familiar with the Hebrew language and alphabet. And therein lies the significance of Christ's claim. In Jewish thinking, a reference to the first and last letters of an alphabet (aleph and tau in Hebrew) was regarded as including all the intermediate letters, and came to represent totality or entirety....

When used of God (or Christ), the first and last letters express eternality and omnipotence. Christ's claim to be the Alpha and the Omega--like God Almighty's claim in the Old Testament--is an affirmation that He is the all-powerful One of eternity past and eternity future.
Beginning and Ending
by Art Pierce

A couple of weeks ago someone asked me where in the Bible does Jesus first appear? I told them in Genesis 1:1.

1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

This phrase in the original Hebrew is absolutely amazing. In the original Hebrew text there are two letters between the words GOD, and CREATED, that are never translated. The two letters are the Hebrew alphabet letters ALEPH and TAU, which are the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. If Jesus is alpha and omega in Greek, and a to z in English, He certainly is also aleph and tau in the Hebrew. This certainly identifies the Messiah of Israel and it is clearly Jesus in the OT, and as the Creator. This two-letter combination is found seven times in the first chapter of Genesis. And if any of you are up on your Bible study you will know that seven times in no coincidence.

Incoming email, Re: Re: 1998 and Gen. 1:1

Thanks a million, Marilyn!

My very favorite of all these verses is Isaiah 44:6 where Jesus as Jehovah says He is the first and the last and that beside Him [Jesus] THERE IS NO ELOHIM!

My reply

I am partial to that verse too. Isaiah sure has some good ones. Isa 40:3 (KJV) says, "The voice of him (i.e., John the Baptist) that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD (YHWH), make straight in the desert (arabah, the generally sterile valley of the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized) a highway for our God" (Elohim).

Compare with Mat 3:3: "For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord (Kurios, i.e., YHWH), make his paths straight."

No wonder "Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord (Kurios, i.e., YHWH) and my God (Theos, i.e., Elohim)" (John 20:28).

Isa 41:4 says, "Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD (YHWH), THE FIRST, AND WITH THE LAST, I AM HE."

Isa. 43:10-13 says, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD (YHWH), and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I AM HE: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, even I, am the LORD (YHWH); and beside me there is no saviour (yasha). I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I AM GOD (El). Yea, BEFORE THE DAY WAS (in Gen. 1:5) I AM HE."

Isa. 45:21,22 says, "I the LORD (YHWH)? and there is no God (Elohim) else beside me; a just God (El) and a Saviour (yasha); there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God (El) and there is none else."

Isa. 48:12,13,16 says, "Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I AM HE; I AM THE FIRST, I ALSO AM THE LAST. Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand hath spanned the heavens: when I call unto them, they stand up together....from the time that it was, there am I: and now THE LORD (Adonai) GOD (Yehovah) (the Father), AND HIS SPIRIT (the Holy Spirit), HATH SENT ME" (the Son of God).... Agape

Incoming email, Re: Ascension Day!

God told Noah to go forth out of the ark on the 2nd month, 27th year and 10 days after he entered the ark, for God had closed the door, on the 2nd month, l7th day (even though that was fall, before God changed the calendar at the Passover). I think you said that Iyar 26th is Acension Day. "AS the days of Noah" could have a double reference. There was moral decay as the days of Noah, and or rapture door could be opened 2nd month, 26th/27th day, as the days of Noah. Timing seems really close. And, if "this same Jesus returns in the same manner" as He left on Acension Day (which I think was at midnight), that could be double reference, also. Left on Acension Day. Left in the clouds. Returns on Acension Day. Returns in the clouds. What do you think?

Your hard work is deeply appreciated.

My reply

Thanks for your kind words. I'm not a lot of help on these, however.

I wonder about 2nd month, 27th day too. The second month on the Sacred Calendar would be Iyar 27. That's May 18, 2004, one day after Ascension Day. I don't know about that, but we'll find out soon.

> > He left on Acension Day (which I think was at midnight)

Why at midnight? Acts 1:2 says, "Until the day in which he was taken up." Verse 9 says, "And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight." Verses 12 and 13 say, "Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet...they went up into an upper room."

Since they were used to sleeping on the mount of Olives, it could have been midnight, but what would tell us the hour? Midnight is when the Bridegroom came for the wise virgins, so that could tie in to his coming at the Rapture. Could be. Food for thought. Agape

Incoming email

Moon To Spotlight Rare Procession Of Planets
By Paul Taylor, 3-23-4

...Even people who do not know anything about spotting planets or stars should be able to take part in this celestial event.

That's because the moon will appear to come extremely close to each one of the planets over a series of nights, making them easier to identify.

"The clockwork of the cosmos just so happens to turn the moon into a pointer to the planets," as Earth's natural satellite makes its monthly journey across the heavens, Mr. Dickinson said.

The key planet-spotting nights are from Monday night to April 2. ...

Monday night, Mercury will be seen close to the moon. The best time to observe is from 7:15 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., or about an hour after sunset, Mr. Dickinson said. (This applies across the country, regardless of the time zone.)...

On March 24, Venus will be just to the right of the moon. ...

On March 25, Mars will be a bit to the left of the moon....

On March 28, it will be Saturn's turn to be graced by the moon. At sunset, the pair will be high in the sky.

"There will be no mistaking Saturn. Nothing else will be that bright that close to the Moon," Mr. Dickinson said....

On April 2, Jupiter will sit to the moon's right. The two will be found mid-way up the eastern sky.

But there will be no need to rush out at sunset to see them: They will be visible most of the night....

Incoming email, Re: Recent P/Cs--YHVH or YHWH?

I have really been busy lately and have had time only to briefly preview most of your P/C articles without deep thought. Some where I have missed your shift from using YHVH to the recent YHWH use? Are both not equal since we teach the God of the Old is revealed as the same God of the New? Or, should we properly use YHWH in all future teachings. Your kind and educated explanation would be greatly appreciated.

One more further question, "Isn't it wonderful that on the almost eve of Pesach that we already have our Passover Lamb and have purged the old leaven and practice keeping the feast "daily" with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians 6:7,8)?

May Nisan 13 reflect in your life even more so than ever before this coming 4 April. May you children and readers always continue to ask, "What mean ye by this Passover?" and may everyone give the answer, "It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, our deliverance from the bondage of our sins, for Christ is our passover!" God bless.

My reply

As far as I can tell, either YHVH or YHWH is ok. It's a transliteration, an approximation in English, not the actual Hebrew letters (yothe, he, waw, he). Compounding the problem, in ancient Hebrew, YHWH fits better, but in modern Hebrew, YHVH fits better. However the latter differs according to who is asked. Some say YHWH fits modern Hebrew better.

I have used it both ways in the past. Recently, I decided that if I was going to pronounce the Tetragrammaton Yahweh, I'd write YHWH. I was tickled to find out the meaning of each letter--y (hand) h (behold) w (nail) h (behold). This meaning ties in to Zech. 12:10, where an Aleph andTau follows "me" as it does after "God" in Gen. 1:1. Zech. 12:10 means that "they shall look upon me (the first [YHWH] and the last [Jesus]) whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him (Jesus) as one mourneth for his only son."

YAHshua seems to be better than Yeshua too, but the Messianic Jews use Yeshua. Jesus came in his Father's name--YAH, and is our Saviour--shua.

Below is some interesting information I found on the Internet. (I added some emphasis in addition to theirs.) Agape
Spelling the Sacred Name: V or W?

What are the four letters that make up the Tetragrammaton or Sacred Name—YHVH or YHWH? Here’s the answer from Hebrew scholars, linguists, lexicographers, and historians....

Bible scholars agree that the personal Name of the Mighty One of Israel is best-expressed in Hebrew today as “ hwhy ”. The letters are written and read from right to left as they are in most Semitic languages. The Tetragrammaton is most often represented in English as YHWH.

The question before us is, what is the exact English equivalent of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton (yothe, he, waw, he), hwhy ?...

In explaining the Hebrew language, Menahem Mansoor in Biblical Hebrew points out on page 33: “There are, generally speaking, two main pronunciations: the Ashkenazi, or German, originated by Central and Eastern European Jews and carried to all countries to which those Jews have emigrated (Western Europe, America, etc.): and the Sephardi, or Spanish, used by the Jews of Spanish or Portuguese stock in Europe and America and also by Jews from Oriental countries. In all universities and throughout Israel, the Sephardi pronunciation has been adopted, since it is generally believed that this is the pronunciation nearest to the original…”

A response to a query about the proper pronunciation of waw/ vav, EKS Publishing responded, “In modern Hebrew it is pronounced VAV. Since our materials are geared for a predominantly Jewish audience, we give this pronunciation in our wall charts and most other publications. However, in Biblical times the letter was pronounced WAW. Because our book, A Simple Approach to O.T. Hebrew, is written for a Christian audience, we have given this Biblical Hebrew pronunciation for WAW and for a few other letters.”...

V Once Equivalent to U and W

History reveals that the pronunciation was Yahweh. Clement of Alexandria transliterated the name into Greek in the form Iaoue. Theodoret used Iabe. According to the New Bible Dictionary (p. 478), the Greek b represented the v. The early writers and translators obviously used the letter v for the Tetragrammaton in English because it was then used as an equivalent for the Hebrew waw (w) and was considered a vowel....

By the time the Hebrew Tetragrammaton was transliterated into English as YHVH, the “v” had either the sound of “v” as in victory, or, more often, sounded as a “u.” There was no “w” or “u” in early English. Both these letters were latecomers to the alphabet, developing from the v, even though the sound was more like the “oo” in moon....
How the Name hvhy Reveals iwvhy
(YAHWEH Reveals YAHshua)
By Jerry Healan

...can we study into the name YAHWEH and determine that YAHshua was truly the One who has dealt with mankind from Adam until these very days today? We intend to proffer the truth of this and hope that you are able to receive this treatise....

Let’s look at the name YAHWEH (hwhy) and apply the understanding of the Hebrew alphabet to His name to see if that precious name applies to YAHshua. y (hand) h (behold) w (nail) h (behold)....

It was proclaimed, "Psa. 50:1. The mighty Elohim, even YAHWEH, hath spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun unto the going down thereof. 2. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, Elohim hath shined. 3. Our Elohim shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous round about Him. 4. He shall call to the heavens from above, and to the earth, that He may judge His People. 5. Gather My saints together unto Me; those that have made a covenant with Me by My sacrifice."

A very careful study of the Hebrew verses reveal that these verses should be rendered as I have presented them.

The Hebrew rendering of this verse is: `xb;z"-yle[] ytiyrIb. yter>Ko yd'ysix]

When we look at the individual Hebrew words utilized here we find something very interesting. The first Hebrew combination is: which should be rendered as gather to Me. Notice the yod (y) at the end of this word (remember that the Hebrew reads from right to left.). When utilized as a suffix in this manner, it can have a couple of meanings. It can either denote plurality or it can denote the personal pronouns Me or My. In this case it has to do with the personal pronoun "me" or "my."

The next word is: yd'ysix. This word means saint or holy one and should be translated as it has been; "My saints."

The next word is: yter>K. It has to do with cutting or making. But notice that once again there is a yod (y) following the word which introduces the idea of "cutting with Me."

The next word is: ytiyrIb.. This would be translated as "My covenant."

The final word or words is: xb;z"-yle[. The word le[ means upon or by. The yod (y) added to it again has to do with Me or My. Thus, this should read "By My sacrifice."

Therefore, this verse should read thusly, "Gather to Me My Saints, those cutting with Me My covenant by My sacrifice."

It was YAHWEH’S Own sacrifice which makes the much better covenant promised in Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8. This is confirmed by the Prophet Zechariah who is inspired to record, "And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon Me Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn," Zech. 12:10.

The Scriptures confirm that the One Who was sacrificed was YAHWEH Himself! Even Paul records, "Phil. 2:5. Let this mind be in you, which was also in the Messiah YAHshua: 6. Who, being in the form of Elohim, thought it not robbery (a thing to be clung to) to be equal with Elohim: 7. But made Himself of no reputation (emptied Himself), and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8. And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."

We YAHwists had better quit haggling over Who YAHshua was and simply give Him the honor, glory and praise due Him and His name!....

2 Cor. 5:17, "Therefore if any man be in the Messiah, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new,
18. and all things are of Elohim, Who hath reconciled us to Himself by YAHshua the Messiah, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19. To wit, that YAHWEH was in the Messiah, reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them, and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20. Now then we are ambassadors for the Messiah, as though YAHWEH did beseech you by us: we pray you in the Messiah’s stead, be ye reconciled to Elohim.
21. For He hath made Him to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of Elohim in Him."...

Incoming email, Re: Re: 1998, Re: I think I can translate the "untranslatable"


I checked my Hebrew Bible and sure enough, there was the "Aleph-Tau" right after "Elohim."

I think this really is a tremendous find. I am really glad to see there is someone besides me who really is excited about the Trinity! Jesus Christ is the "express image" of the Trinity. And Is 44:6 is still one of my favorite verses.

My reply

There is another Aleph and Tau, the first and the last, after "me" in Zech. 12:10. The LORD (YHWH, Yahweh) is talking. He says, "they shall look upon ME (the first and the last) WHOM THEY HAVE PIERCED, and they shall mourn for HIM (YAHshua, Yeshua, Jesus), as one mourneth for his only son."

Hebrew letters have meanings, and YHWH means y (hand) h (behold) w (nail) h (behold). The first and last had his hands pierced by nails, to which the verse above refers. We have probably just skimmed the surface of all the information that is in the Bible. I think we will say, "Why didn't I think of that?" many times as we learn more of the truth after the Rapture. Anyway, we try hard.

Prov. 30:4,5 asks, "Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name (YAHweh), and what is his son's name (YAHshua), if thou canst tell?" Jesus came in the name of his Father. They "shall call his name EmmanuEL, which being interpreted is, GOD WITH US" (Mt. 1:23; Isa. 7:14), and God he is.

"For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD (YHWH) of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer (YAHshua) the Holy One of Israel; THE GOD OF THE WHOLE EARTH SHALL HE BE CALLED" (Isa. 54:5).

"God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto HIMSELF" (II Cor. 5:19).

"Therefore my people shall know MY NAME: therefore they shall know in that day that I AM HE that doth speak: behold IT IS I" (Isa. 52:6).

Jesus said, "I AM Alpha AND Omega, the beginning (Gen. 1:1) AND the end, the first AND the last" (Rev. 22:13). Agape

Incoming email, Re: Recent P/Cs--YHWH or YHVH?

Oh Wow! Thank you, thank you, and thank you for your teaching, the sharing of knowledge, and most certainly understandings in keeping my own path on the straight and narrow.

I too have pretty much used the transliteration of Yeshua and YHVH but have noticed more and more the use of YHWH and variations of Yeshua. No matter what...let there be no haggle found us who have made a covenant by His sacrifice. May the Messiah be our passover daily as we keep the daily feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and in truth! With much love

Your understanding of the Aleph and Tau Hebrew letters in Genesis 1:1 did so make my heart burn. Again, thanks!

My reply

I appreciate your kind words. I was so excited when I realized that Aleph and Taw were in Gen. 1:1. That was totally unexpected. I had no idea they were there. As quick as I got that information, I knew what they meant. That tied everything up in a neat package--from start to finish. What was indicated in the first book was stated flat out by Christ in the last book.

I intend to stick to YHWH unless new information shows otherwise, but either spelling is ok. Agape

Incoming email, Re: Friends of the Feasts of the Lord- Abib Barley Found!- NewYear Begins

I would like you to look at this email.

It says " the modern Jewish calendar just happens to have fallen on the correct day this month" Hummm

My reply

Thanks for the interesting information. Things seem to be falling into place.

Because of the many viruses that arrive in the e-mail each day, attachments are turned off at the server. However, you gave me enough information for me to find the news. I went to Michael Rood's website. What I found is below.

While I was trying to recall his name, I searched on Google and found the other piece posted below. It has the correct information on when to keep the Passover. I can't tell you the times that I have found something interesting on the way to look up something else, but it's a lot.

It says, "Passover: Monday, April 5th 2004 (to be celebrated the evening before, or evening of the 4th)".

Apr., 4, 2004, is Nisan 13, "the preparation of the passover." John 19:14 says, "And it was the preparation of the passover, and about the sixth hour (Roman time; our 9 AM): and he saith unto the Jews, Behold your King!"

Then Jesus was crucified on Nisan 13. He died about 3 PM as they started to kill the Passover lambs at the Temple. They had to be roasted and eaten between 6 PM and midnight, when the death angel killed the firstborn in Egypt on the 14th. Agape

"A Rood Awakening!" by Michael John Rood!

NEWS FLASH ! The Barley is Aviv as new moon sighted, Marking the Head of the Biblical Year!

Read more here!
Aviv 1 / March 22, 2004

18:30 hours, Jerusalem time.

Dear Torah Fans,

The first sliver of the new moon is gleaming over the horizon. Barley was sparsely aviv on the side of Mount Zion, and aviv in abundance in the lower altitudes outside of the city of Jerusalem. This is the month of the aviv - the Head of the Biblical New Year!

The modern Jewish calendar just happens to have fallen on the correct day this month - so all of the family of Israel will be celebrating the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread on the correct dates this year.
God's Appointed Times for the Year 2004
by Steve Bruns, December 11, 2003

MY OPINION of when the appointed times are for 2004, for those who believe in the sighting of the new crescent, in Jerusalem, as the new moon & the barley being found in a state of abib.
According to scripture, recognizing the 23rd of March as the 1st day of the biblical calendar year, the following would be true.

Passover: Monday, April 5th 2004 (to be celebrated the evening before, or evening of the 4th)
First Day of Unleavened Bread: Tuesday, April 6th 2004 (beginning April 5th at sunset)
Last Day of Unleavened Bread: Monday, April 12th 2004 (beginning April 11th at sunset)
Wave Sheaf Offering: Sunday, April 11th 2004

Pentecost: Sunday, May 30th 2004 (beginning May 29th at sunset)

Incoming email, Re: 1998, Re: I think I can translate the "untranslatable"

I'm so glad I made someone's day :-) I haven't been doing too well in that regard lately.

I can't recall ever seeing you this excited ... with good reason. Your aleph/tau translation is awesome.

I think even more awesome is the fact that Jesus is revealed in Genesis & the entire OT as God Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the first & the last, etc. is contextually clear. When I became saved, the Holy Spirit illuminated this for me ... almost immediately. The numerical codes, in my opinion, are God's autograph, the proof of the truth, for only an omnipotent God could do this. Agape

My reply

Well, as it turns out, I wasn't the first to figure that out, but at least we agree that it means the first and the last and that it refers to the Son of God, the Pre-incarnate Christ. Agape

Incoming email, Re: Planet X

I've been keeping up with your site for awhile know and wondering if you have anything on Planet X that suppose to be in our solar system. If so do you think that this planet plays a big part in revelation? Thank you

My reply

I don't think a planet X has anything to do with end-time prophecy. I think a binary asteroid twice as long as wide will break apart and impact Earth (Zech. 5:1-4). The mountain burning with fire of Rev. 8:8 will hit the Mediterranean Sea. Zeph. 2:3-5 says, "Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger. For Gaza shall be forsaken, and Ashkelon a desolation: they shall drive out Ashdod at the noon day, and Ekron shall be rooted up. Woe unto the inhabitants of the sea coast".

The other burning star, the aster of Rev. 8:10, will total the literal city of Babylon in Iraq. Zech. 5:3,4 says, "Then said he unto me, This is THE CURSE that goeth forth (i.e., orbits) over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it (like one stone tablet with 5 commandments on it); and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according to it (like the other stone tablet with the other 5 commandments on it). I will bring it forth, saith the LORD of hosts, 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 Tribulation Pope that claims infallibility): and it shall remain in the midst of his house, and shall consume it with the timber thereof and the stones thereof."

Rev. 18:21 says, "And 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." Jer. 51:43 says, "Her cities are a desolation, a dry land, and a wilderness, a land wherein no man dwelleth, neither doth any son of man pass thereby." I have wondered if the asteroid would set off an atomic bomb hidden under Babylon. Radiation would keep men away from the area.

"Babylon shall become heaps, a dwellingplace for dragons, an astonishment, and an hissing, without an inhabitant" (Jer. 51:37). This total wipeout has not yet happened. Below is an aerial view of Babylon now. Soldiers, first of the USA, then of Poland, have been billeted in Saddam Hussein's palace at Babylon. Agape

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