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Stan Richard's view of the beautiful aurora over Saylorville Lake, IA
Tsunami Danger Over Following Earthquake
By ANNIE HUANG
Dec 26, 2006 - AP - TAIPEI, Taiwan - A powerful earthquake struck off southwestern Taiwan on Tuesday, prompting fears of a potentially destructive tsunami on the second anniversary of the quake and deadly waves that killed thousands in south Asia.
An official at Japan's Meteorological Agency said there was no longer any danger of a destructive tsunami headed for the Philippines, as had been predicted.
Powerful Tremor Near Taiwan Damages Undersea Cable, Disrupting Regional Tech Services
Dec. 27, 2006 (AP) TAIPEI, Taiwan - Telephone and Internet service was disrupted across Asia on Wednesday after a powerful earthquake off Taiwan's southern tip damaged undersea cables used by phone customers and Web surfers from Japan to Southeast Asia and the United States.
My note: Luke 21:25,28 says, "And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; THE SEA AND THE WAVES ROARING...And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh."
MY THOUGHTS ABOUT QUEEN ESTHER, LOVED ABOVE ALL THE OTHER VIRGINS, AND THE UPCOMING FAST OF TEVETH 10
Mt. 25:6 tells us that "at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him". Could this take place in Teveth?
Esther could be a type of the Rapture. She was taken into the kings royal house in Teveth, and the fast of Teveth 10 is coming up Dec. 31, 2006. The mournful fasts will become "cheerful feasts" sometime in the future. Zech 8:19 says, "Thus saith the LORD of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and THE FAST OF THE TENTH (Teveth), shall be to the house of Judah joy and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace."
Esther 2:16,17 says, "So Esther (meaning hidden, secret or star, i.e., a wise virgin, see Mt. 25) was taken unto king Ahasuerus (meaning prince, chief, head) INTO HIS HOUSE ROYAL IN THE TENTH MONTH, WHICH IS THE MONTH TEBETH (or Teveth), in the SEVENTH YEAR of his reign. And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the VIRGINS; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti (which means beautiful)."
Seven is the number of perfection and completion. It also is the number of the eastern lamp on the lampstand that stood for Saturn, Heaven. According to Josephus (Ant. III. VI. 7), the 7 lamps represented (1) the Sun (the western lamp that was always to be kept lit), (2) Mercury, (3) Venus, (4) Earth, (5) Mars, (6) Jupiter, and (7) Saturn.
Does the number 7 tie in? The current Hebrew year that started on the Feast of Trumpets (Sept. 23, 2006) is 5767. Also, we are fast approaching the Gregorian January 1, 2007.
Just as there are two Raptures, the Pre-Trib Rapture and the Pre-Wrath Rapture, the book of Esther suggests both. Esther 2:18,19 says, "Then the king made a great feast unto all his princes and his servants, even ESTHER'S FEAST; and he made a RELEASE (as the Lord will do at the Pre-Trib Rapture) to the provinces, and gave gifts, according to the state of the king. And when the virgins were gathered together THE SECOND TIME (i.e., the foolish virgins at the Pre-Wrath Rapture), then Mordecai (representing the 144,000 Israelites of Rev. 7 and 14) sat in the king's gate."
The fast of Teveth 10 (Dec. 31 in 2006) marks the day that Nevuzadran, the Babylonian general under the leadership of Nebuchadnezzar, laid siege to Jerusalem about three years before the Babylonians destroyed Solomon's temple, and took the Hebrew people to Babylon. The attack marked the beginning of a long line of disasters that ended with the destruction of Herod's temple and another exile of the Hebrews. The fast on the 10th lasts from sunrise to nightfall.
The sages pointed out that the day should be devoted to contemplation of the events leading up to the siege.
In our day: The 10th Tevet has been established in Israel by the Chief Rabbinate as the day of mourning for all those who perished in the Holocaust and whose day of departure from this world is unknown.
Comet dust yields surprises about universe
By Sandi Doughton
..."We're learning incredible things," said Brownlee, principal investigator for the $212 million National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission....
Among them is the discovery of organic molecules, very similar to the amino acids that are the building blocks of proteins. The compounds contain a biologically useful form of nitrogen, which would have been important to early microbes....
Less than one-fifth the diameter of a human hair, the particle was made up of unusual minerals that were created at blistering temperatures — higher than 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit. But that contradicts the standard view that comets formed on the fringes of the solar system, where temperatures average around minus 400 degrees....
"It was stunning," Brownlee said. "People's jaws dropped."
The finding means material from the hot, innermost reaches of the early solar system was somehow propelled to the frigid nether lands beyond Pluto....
"It looks like about 10 percent of the material came from the inner disc," Brownlee said. "No one has ever suggested anything like that in the past."
Main entrance to Temple Mount said in danger of collapse
By Nadav Shragai, 15/12/2006
The ramp leading up to the Mugrabi Gate - the main entrance to Temple Mount serving tourists, security forces and visitors - is in danger of collapse, a Jerusalem municipal engineer has warned.
The ramp has not been in use for more than two years, after part of it collapsed into the Western Wall's women's prayer compound in the winter of 2004.
A makeshift wooden bridge was built above the ramp. However, after being used by thousands of people daily for almost three years, the bridge is beginning to wobble...."Everyone should hurry up before a disaster happens there....
Yehoshua Pollak, head of Jerusalem's Planning and Construction Committee, says the Public Security Ministry has agreed to the municipality's condition to call the bridge a "security requirement" and the process is almost finished.
"Everyone should hurry up before a disaster happens there. Nothing is stable there, not even the temporary wooden bridge," he says.
Vatican archaeologists unearth St. Paul's tomb
AP - Dec. 6, 06 - ROME: Vatican archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle Paul that had been buried beneath Rome's second largest basilica.
The sarcophagus, which dates back to at least 390 A.D., has been the subject of an extended excavation that began in 2002 and was completed last month, the project's head said this week.
"Our objective was to bring the remains of the tomb back to light for devotional reasons, so that it could be venerated and be visible," said Giorgio Filippi, the Vatican archaeologist who headed the project at St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica.
The interior of the sarcophagus has not yet been explored...
Blue square - size of New Jerusalem, but also remember that the heavenly city can be a sphere, just as the Holy of Holies cube in the Temple stood for Heaven, which is a sphere. In both the cube and sphere, the length, breadth and height are equal.
'Church of the Ark' found on West Bank
By Harry de Quetteville in Shiloh, 4/12/2006
Archaeologists look over a mosaic discovered at Shiloh
Archaeologists claimed yesterday to have uncovered one of the world's first churches, built on a site believed to have once housed the Ark of the Covenant.
The site, emerging from the soil in a few acres in the hills of the Israeli occupied West Bank, is richly decorated with brightly coloured mosaics and inscriptions referring to Jesus Christ.
There are several interesting maps at this site
Full communion the aim, Patriarch tells Pope
Meeting Benedict XVI in Istanbul, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew told the Pope that the Catholic and Orthodox churches share an unhesitating desire to restore full communion....
EU backs peace plan worded by Spain, France, Italy
The plan has five components: an immediate ceasefire; formation of a Palestinian unity government; an exchange of prisoners —; talks between Olmert and Abbas, and an international mission in Gaza to monitor a ceasefire
AP European Union foreign ministers on Thursday discussed a five-point plan to revive the Middle East peace process first put forward by Spain, France and Italy in mid-November....
The 25 foreign ministers reaffirmed the initiative Thursday and leaders from the 25 EU nations will formally endorse it Friday.
J'lem dig reveals Second Temple-era Jewish homes
Excavations at the Western Wall have uncovered the remains of Jewish homes from the Second Temple period as well as a Herodian water conduit and arches from various eras, Army Radio reported.
Incoming e-mail, Re: the 10 kings
Have you looked at Herb Peter's website www.fulfilled.prophecy.com ? He believes the WEU is the 10 nation alliance of Daniel 7:7-8, and that Javier Solana is either the antichrist or is setting up the office for the ac. A good overview of Herb's ideas, which are based on news and official documents, is
I'm particularly interested in what you think about possibility that the 7 year covenant with many is the ENP which starts 1/1/2007. Sorry if you have already responded to this in a previous pro & con, there are so many I didn't want to look through them all to check....Agape
> > In the O.T. book of Daniel we read:
> > And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate (Daniel 9:27 New America Standard Bible).
> > In my religious circles it is commonly believed the passage above foretells the rise of a new leader from out of a revived Roman Empire who will confirm, strengthen, or make strong, a covenant, agreement, or treaty, with many for a period of seven years. Israel will be included in this covenant. As far as Israel is concerned, the leader will terminate his covenant 3 1/2 years later. In other passages from Daniel, we learn that this leader will appear among a 10-nation alliance (Daniel 7:7-8). And, on his rise to power, the leader will subdue three kings from the 10-nation alliance (Daniel 7:24). And, in the N.T. book of Revelation we learn that this leader will somehow be identified with the number 666 (Revelation 13: 18).
> > Friends, everything that's written above is what appears to be happening. Today, for the first time in 2000 years, we're seeing the Roman Empire being successfully revived through a European reunification process that has come to be known as the European Union (EU). And, as I stated at the beginning, a 10-nation alliance has also appeared in Europe. On January 1, 1995, Greece became the 10th nation of a military alliance known as the Western European Union (WEU). These 10 nations are members of both NATO and the European Union (EU). What binds these 10 nations together is a mutual defense obligation under Article Five of the modified Brussels Treaty. These 10 nations are also known as the Brussels Treaty Powers.
Dan. 9:26,27 (LITV) says, "And after sixty two weeks (434 years), Messiah (Yahshua/Jesus) shall be cut off (karath, killed, i.e., crucified), but not for Himself (for us). The Crucifixion took place in 30 AD.
(There is a break here that lasts from 30 to 70 AD).
"And the people (Romans) of A COMING RULER (i.e., the False Prophet that in our days is still to come in the future) shall destroy the city (Jerusalem) and the sanctuary (i.e., the Temple).
(Here, there is another break that starts with the burning of Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD.)
"And its (the Temple's) end (i.e., at the end of the future shortened Tribulation) shall be with the flood (i.e., when the asteroid of Rev. 8:8 hits the Mediterranean Sea causing a tsunami), and ruins are determined, and war shall be until the end (i.e., the end of the shortened Tribulation).
"And he (the False Prophet) shall confirm (strengthen) a covenant (probably a peace treaty) with the many (i.e., with the UN) for one week (7 years, the Tribulation). And in the middle of the week (Mid-Trib) he (the False Prophet) shall cause the sacrifice and the offering to cease (when he sits in the rebuilt Temple showing himself that he is God; II Thess. 2:4). And on a corner of the altar will be abominations (idols) that desolate, even until the end (i.e., of the shortened Tribulation). And that which was decreed shall pour out on THE DESOLATOR" (i.e., when the 2nd asteroid destroys Babylon at 'the end', and later when cast into the Lake of Fire following Armageddon).
Zech. 11:16,17 (LITV) says of the worthless idol shepherd, the False Prophet, who will move to Babylon, "For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in THE LAND (i.e., Israel); he shall not visit those who are cut off, nor will he seek the young, nor will he heal that which is broken, nor will he sustain that which stands. But he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear off their hoofs. Woe to the worthless shepherd who abandons the flock! The sword (i.e., the Sword of the Lord, the asteroid of Rev. 8:10) shall be against his arm and against his right eye. His arm shall be completely withered, and his right eye shall be totally darkened."
Rev 19:20 (LITV) says, "And THE BEAST (first Beast of Rev. 13) was seized, and with this one THE FALSE PROPHET (second Beast of Rev. 13) doing signs before it, by which he led astray those having received the mark of the beast, and those worshiping its image. The two were thrown alive into the Lake of Fire burning with brimstone."
> > Today, for the first time in 2000 years, we're seeing the Roman Empire being successfully revived through a European reunification process that has come to be known as the European Union (EU).
Dan. 7:19-27 (LITV) says, "I wanted to know the truth of the fourth beast, which was DIFFERENT (because its state at the end is the Roman Ecclesiastic Empire) from all of them, very frightening, whose teeth were of iron (symbol of Rome) and its nails bronze (symbol of a curse); who devoured and crushed, and trampled what was left with its feet, also of the ten horns (kings) that were on its head, and THE OTHER (the False Prophet) which came up, and before whom three fell, even that horn that had eyes, and a mouth speaking great things (because he will be Satan-possessed), and its appearance was greater than his fellows. I was looking, and that horn made war with the saints and overcame them, until the Ancient of Days came. And judgment was given to the saints of the Most High, and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. And he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom on earth, which SHALL BE DIFFERENT FROM ALL KINGDOMS (because it is Ecclesiastical, and shall devour all the earth (i.e., it has become the world church), and shall trample it down and crush it. And the ten horns out of this kingdom (the world church) are ten kings (of Rev. 17:10); they shall rise, and ANOTHER (the False Prophet) shall rise after them (they will rise during the first half of the Tribulation). And he (the False Prophet who comes to full power Mid-Trib) shall be DIFFERENT from the first (i.e., the 1st Beast of Rev. 13, who rules during the 1st half of the Tribulation), and he shall humble three kings. And he shall speak words against the Most High (mainly because he will be Satan-possessed), and he shall wear out the saints of the Most High (Yahshua/Jesus, Isa. 44:6). And he intends to change times and law. And they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and one half time (i.e., the end of the shortened last 3.5 years, the Great Tribulation). But the judgment shall sit (i.e., the Judgment Seat of Christ in Heaven will convene at the end of the shortened Tribulation), and they (the 24 elders, 12 patriarchs and 12 apostles of Israel) shall take away his rulership (i.e., the False Prophet will be deposed at the end of the shortened Great Tribulation), to cut off and to destroy until the end" (of Armageddon, which is 7 months after "the end" of the Great Tribulation, Eze. 39:12,13).
Of the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture, Rev 17:10-14 says, "And the kings (heads of the Great Red Dragon) are seven. The five fell (Babel, Babylon, Media-Persia, Greece and Imperial Rome), and the one is (the 1st Beast of Rev. 13, head of Ecclesiastical Rome), and THE OTHER (the False Prophet, 2nd Beast of Rev. 13) has not yet come. And when he does come, he must remain a little (during the shortened Great Tribulation). And the beast (Satan) which was (in Judas Iscariot), and is not (in man now), even he (Satan) is the eighth (the tail of the great red dragon), and is of the seven (controls them), and goes to (or into) perdition (the tail of the great red dragon, Satan himself, goes into the False Prophet, the 2nd 'son of perdition'). And the ten horns you saw (i.e., AT THE TIME OF THE RAPTURE) are TEN KINGS WHO HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED A KINGDOM, but will (i.e., after the Rapture) receive authority as kings one hour with the beast (i.e., sometime during the Great Tribulation). These have one mind, and their power and authority they shall give up to the beast. These will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, AND THE ONES WITH HIM (i.e., those who have just been raptured) ARE THE CALLED AND ELECT AND FAITHFUL ONES."
> > be in place. The prophecy tells us that the entire 70 weeks are for the Jewish people and their holy city Jerusalem (Daniel 9: 24). So, it stands to reason that this should be true for the final week also. And, as we read earlier, the prophecy also tells us that in the middle of the week the covenant will be broken and the coming leader will stop the Temple sacrifices in Jerusalem. After this event happens, the leader and his 10-king alliance will begin a religious war against God's elect.
> > On December 18 and 19, the UN's new Alliance of Civilizations (AoC) was formally christened. The AoC's stated goal is to avoid a clash of civilizations by building a bridge between the West and the Muslim world. While Kofi Annan was kicking off the new global peace project in New York, British Prime Minster Tony Blair was touring the Middle East pushing the AoC's agenda. Blair was calling for moderate Arab states to enter into an alliance with the West in order to fight religious extremism and confront Iran. Friends, Blair's choice of words was no coincidence.
> > You see, the AoC was proposed by Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero. The UN initiative was co-sponsored by Zapatero and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Zapatero's main concern is controlling immigration from the south and the completion of the EU's Euromed. Erdogan, on the other hand, is concerned about the threat his and other moderate Muslim states face from the religious extremists. The AoC was created to provide solutions for both concerns. Not only will the AoC bring on board the moderate Arab world, it will serve as a vehicle from which they can mount a religious war against all who oppose.
> > The UN plans to use the Euromed and the ENP as the framework in which to begin implementing the AoC. If successful, the idea is to extend it globally. A World Parliament of imminent religious leaders is to follow. Also to soon follow is the appointment of an AoC High Representative -- a person of renown political and religious qualifications.
Since the 10 kings have not yet received their kingdoms at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture, they do NOT have these kingdoms now. However, we have a rough idea of what kind of a kingdom they will rule over.
Revelation tells us about the great red dragon, which represents Satan and the world empires which he heads up. Rev. 12:3 (LITV) says, "And another sign was seen in the heavens. And, behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns! And on his heads were seven diadems" (crowns).
Rev. 17:10-12 says, "And the kings (crowned ones) are seven. The five fell (Babel [Babylon I], Babylon II, Media-Persia, Greece, and Imperial Rome), and the one is (i.e., at the time of the Pre-Trib Rapture, Ecclesiastical Rome is in power), and the other (Babylon III) has not yet come. And when he (the False Prophet that will rule Babylon III during the Great Tribulation) does come, he must remain a little (during the shortened Great Tribulation). And the beast (i.e., Satan) which was (in Judas Iscariot), and is not (in man now), even he (Satan) is the eighth (the tail of the dragon), and is of the seven (i.e., he influences the 7 kings), and goes to (or into) perdition (the False Prophet; only Judas Iscariot and the False Prophet are called sons of perdition). And the TEN HORNS you saw are TEN KINGS who have NOT YET RECEIVED A KINGDOM, BUT WILL (i.e., sometime after the Pre-Trib Rapture) receive authority as kings one hour with the beast" (the False Prophet).
The New World Order (NWO) plans on dividing this world into 10 regions. I think the kingdoms of the 10 kings will probably turn out to be the 10 regions that this world was divided into by Gorbachev.
Below is a list of the main nations in each region. These are the ten regions of Free Trade under GATT (General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade). It is actually the One World Trade Organization. Here are the 10 regions:
(1) NAFTA: including US, Canada, Mexico, Central America
(2) EU: including Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, Netherlands, and Greece
(3) APEC: includes Australia, New Zealand, China, South Korea, plus Indonesia (OPEC), N. Korea and Mongolia
(4) Middle East/North Africa: including Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, S. Arabia, Maghreb Union (5 nations), and Libya (OPEC)
(5) Western Asia/East Europe: most of the Balkan States, including Finland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Czechloslovakia, Yugoslovakia, Albania, Estonia, and Latvia
(6) Mainly central Asia: includes Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbejuan, also Cuba
(7) ASEAN, including Thailand, Bangledesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Vietnam, Burma, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan
(8) Orient: Japan
(9) Mainly S. Africa, including Union of S. Africa, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Belgian, Uganda, Kenya, Somali, Angola, Rhodesia, Mozambique
(10) South America, including Venezuela (OPEC), Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Guatemala, Nicauraga, Yucatan, Paraquay, Argentina, and Bolivia
I don't know much about the ENP. This web site, "Welcome to the European Neighbourhood Policy Website," covers what I know.
It says, "Since the 2004 enlargement, relations with our neighbours have become the EU’s main external priority. Through the European Neighbourhood Policy, we aim to avoid new dividing lines between the enlarged EU and our neighbours to the east and on the southern and eastern shores of the Mediterranean. We invite these neighbours, on the basis of a mutual commitment to common values, to move beyond existing cooperation to deeper economic and political, cultural and security cooperation - strengthening stability, security and well-being for all concerned. The new feature is that we go beyond cooperation to include economic integration, for those ready and able."
I do think the covenant that will be strengthened in Dan. 9:27 will be a peace treaty between Israel and the Palestinians.
On Five Doves today, is an interesting article.
Jang Hyuk Son (23 Dec 2006)
"Daniel's 70th week starts in January, 2007?"
Herb Peters said, "In December of 1998, at their Vienna summit, the EU's heads created the Office of High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy for the European Union. The holder of this new Office would be empowered by the many EU member states to direct their common foreign and security policy toward the Russian Federation, the Ukraine, the Balkans and -- biblically significant -- the Mediterranean. The funny thing is, out of over 1150 documents that were generated by the summit, the document that created the post of High Representative was number 666. "
That could be a clue. Will the False Prophet, the 666 of Rev. 13:18, hold the title of "High Representative" among his other titles?
> > Cassiopeia. She is said to be the vain Queen. A reference to Queen Vashti of the story of Esther?
Cassiopeia doesn't represent the banished Queen Vashti, but represents Esther, the one who became Queen instead of Vashti. The story of Esther is interesting. Esther 2:16 says, "So Esther was taken unto king Ahasuerus (meaning the lion king) into his house royal in the tenth month, which is the month Tebeth, in the seventh year of his reign." It raises the question, will the Bride of Christ be taken into His house royal in Heaven in Tebeth? Hannukah is over. Tebeth/Teveth has already started. It runs from Dec. 22, 2006, through Jan. 19, 2007. We will have to keep watching, and just wait patiently and see. Agape
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