The Book Of Habakkuk is one of the most fascinating books in the Bible. It is only three chapters in length, yet it contains some of the most relevant prophecies in the Bible for God's people (those truly saved) who are living right now....
In this study I will use both the King James Version and the literal translation of the Masoretic Hebrew text found in the Hendrickson Interlinear Bible....
1. Habakkuk is a book of prophecy. The context of the book makes that clear. Yet most commentators dismiss Habakkuk as being of little importance to us living today because, they say, "Habakkuk related to the Babylonian invasion of Judah and it has all been fulfilled."...If such a claim was true, then why was Habakkuk included as a book of prophecy when the canon of Scripture was being decided upon several hundred years after the Babylonian invasion?...
2. It is important that our readers understand the "time frame" of Habakkuk's prophecy. God Himself stated that the "vision" would speak "at the end," Habakkuk 2:3.... Therefore, the prophecies in Habakkuk do not apply to the invasion of ancient Judah by ancient Babylon, but rather to the events of the end-time; the very time in which we are living.
3. The words in the Hebrew text (and also the Greek of the NT) are always classified as masculine, feminine, or neuter (neutral). In other words, every word has a gender assigned to it. When translating from the Hebrew (or Greek) these genders must be taken into consideration if the Scriptures are to be correctly translated....
The first chapter of Habakkuk is one of those places in the KJV where the translators failed to translate according to the proper gender. In this study, every personal pronoun in the literal Masoretic Hebrew text has been translated in the proper gender. Compare your KJV with the Hebrew text used in this study and it will be easy to understand this truth.
1 The burden which Habakkuk the prophet saw.
(Verse 1) This opening verse makes it clear that this book is dealing with judgment that is t o come upon the nations and people spoken of in the context of the book. ...
It is also clear that Habakkuk "saw" this impending judgment through a "vision" given to him by the Lord. See 2:2-3. The word "vision" is ordinarily used in God's Word in the sense of revealing future events. It is clear that the word is used this way in Habakkuk's prophecy. The "vision" that Habakkuk saw includes all three chapters in Habakkuk. We know this to be so because the Lord instructed Habakkuk to "write" [write down; record] "the vision" and Habakkuk wrote three chapters; all three prophecies of future events.
2 Until when, Jehovah, shall I call for aid, and You will not hear? I cry out to You, Violence! But You do not save.
3 Why do You show me evil, and You look upon toil? And ruin and violence are before me; and strife, and contention rises up.
4 Therefore the law has become helpless, and justice continually goes not forth. For the wicked entraps the righteous, therefore justice goes forth, being perverted.
(Verses 2-4) The "time frame" set forth in these verses is when our so-called "civilized" world has become so depraved that on every hand there is violence, iniquity, spoiling, grievance, strife, and contention. Because of the immoral conditions, the law becomes useless and real justice never prevails.
Does this sound familiar? It should! Habakkuk's "vision" is describing the last days in which we are presently living....
5 See among the nations and behold, and be amazed, be amazed! For a work is working in your days, which you will not believe, though it be told you.
6 For, behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, the nation bitter and impetous, that is going into the broad spaces of the land to possess dwellings not to him.
7 Terrible and dreadful is he; from himself his judgment and his majesty came forth.
8 And are swifter than leopards his horses, and are fiercer than the wolves of the evening....
(Verses 5-8) When I read these verses I understand why the Lord told Habakkuk to be "amazed." These verses contain a detailed description of the invasion of Kuwait by the armies of Iraq (the descendants of the ancient Chaldeans), which invasion occurred on the 9th of Av, 5750 on the Jewish calendar; August 2, 1990 on our Gentile calendar. This account was given to Habakkuk some 2,600 years in advance. Only our great God could inspire such a detailed account of a historical event written in advance.
The invasion of Kuwait was masterminded by Saddam Hussein, a man "terrible and dreadful." He is known and feared throughout the Arab world as a brutal, cruel, merciless tyrant. Even though Iraq pretends to have a democratic form of government, Saddam Hussein is the real ruler of Iraq, and his word is law. He rules as an absolute autocrat. His "judgment and majesty" proceed "from himself," and he is honored to whatever extent he decides is proper for himself. All over Iraq on the sides of buildings and in public places are pictures of Saddam Hussein along with the caption, "Saddam Hussein in whom dwells the spirit of Nebuchadnezzar." Woe to the man (or woman) who offends or opposes him.
After dark on August 2, 1990, the armies of Iraq, following orders issued by Saddam Hussein, invaded the nation of Kuwait. They "swiftly" crossed the "broad spaces of the land to possess dwellings" that did not belong to them or to Saddam Hussein. They showed no mercy at all to the people of Kuwait, robbing, looting, raping, and killing, "fiercer than the wolves of the evening."
Is it just coincidence that these prophecies in Habakkuk, given some 2,600 years ago, exactly match the invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990?...
8....Their horsemen spread themselves, and their horsemen come from afar: they shall fly as the eagle hurrying to eat.
9 All for violence of him shall come; the gathering of their faces are forward; and they shall gather captives like the sand.
(Verse 8-9) The latter half of verse 8 and all of verse 9 next describes, also in intimate detail, the Desert Storm War. The Desert Storm War began on January 16, 1991, and was concluded on February 27, 1991 (the Jewish Holy Day of Purim). The war against Iraq (Saddam Hussein) was carried out by a Coalition of nations ("their horsemen") who had "come from afar." They were led by the United States whose national emblem is "the eagle." The Coalition was "hurrying to eat" in order to stop Iraq from holding the western industrial nations hostage (especially the United States) by cutting off their oil supply. The war was actually won by massive air strikes ("they shall fly"). Following the air strikes, ground troops pushed across Iraq in just four days, taking "captives like the sand." When the war ended the Coalition forces had taken over 150,000 Iraqi soldiers as prisoners.
Once again, we see how the intimate details of Habakkuks "vision," given 2,600 years in advance, describe the Desert Storm War exactly as it happened. How can this be? Through the Divine Inspiration of our wonderful Lord. Glory!
10 And he against the kings shall scoff, and officials shall be a scorn unto him. He shall scorn every fortress, and he shall heap up dirt [a mound of rubbish] and capture [hide] it.
(Verse 10) This verse then describes in exact detail Saddam Hussein's attitude and actions in the now twelve years that have passed since the Desert Storm War. No honest person can deny that Hussein has "scoffed" at every UN Resolution and threat made against him, and has showed nothing but "scorn" and contempt for the "officials" (UN Inspectors) sent to search for his hidden weapons of mass destruction.
As I write, another UN Resolution has been passed and Saddam Hussein has permitted UN Inspectors to return to Iraq. So far they haven't found much. Why? Because they are looking (deliberately or otherwise) in all the wrong places. God's Word, 2,600 years in advance, revealed exactly where Saddam Hussein would hide his weapons facilities.
In the KJV the latter part of verse 10 reads, "they [he] shall deride every stronghold; for they [he] shall heap dust, and take it." If our readers will look up the words, "deride," "stronghold," "heap," "dust," and "take it" in a good Hebrew Lexicon, they will be amazed at the meaning of the words. In order to save space I will paraphrase the latter part of verse 10. Our readers can verify the accuracy of this paraphrase in any good Hebrew Lexicon. "He shall [in proud subtlety] reject fortified areas, but he shall hide his treasures under the mounds of ancient rubbish."
God told Habakkuk 2,600 years in advance, that Saddam Hussein would "hide" his arms facilities under the ancient mounds of rubble scattered throughout the land of Iraq. Brilliant! Who would ever think of looking for them in such unlikely places? God would!
About three months ago one of the former UN Inspectors was being interviewed on TV. I personally heard him say, "Since we were forced to leave Iraq in 1998, we have received intelligence info that Saddam Hussein has built a huge weapons complex under the old city of Babylon." As I write, I have laying on my desk a news article obtained about three weeks ago. This news article tells about a so-called "robbery" that occurred in the ancient city of Babylon several months ago. Supposedly, the museum was robbed and several ancient artifacts were taken. Saddam Hussein used the "robbery" as an excuse to close the entire city of Babylon to the public, stating that it was his responsibility "to protect the ancient historical artifacts of his people." (Sic!) This is as good an excuse as any to keep "prying eyes" from finding his "treasures." (Spell that last word, chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons).
Why haven't the UN Inspectors found his weapons facilities? Because they aren't looking where God's Word said they would be hidden. Isn't our Lord amazing, awe inspiring, and wonderful? And all the people said, "Amen!"
11 Then he sweeps on as a wind, and he transgresses and is guilty, crediting this his power to his god.
12 Are not You from of old, Jehovah, my God, my Holy One? We shall not die, Jehovah, for You have appointed him for judgment. And my Rock, You have established him for correction.
(Verses 11-12) Our readers should notice that all of this chapter has been in chronological order, predicting the events exactly in the order they have occurred over the past twelve years. What's next?
Verse 11 predicts that the next event in order will be a great victory for Saddam Hussein. He "sweeps on as a wind." Unstoppable! Have you ever tried to stop the wind? The Hebrew word translated as "wind" in the KJV is "ruwach" which literally means, "wind." See Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon, page 760, Strong's No. 7307. Babylon (modern Iraq) still has a great role to play in the events of the end-time. See Jeremiah 50-51, Revelation 16:19, 18:1-24, and other passages scattered throughout the Old Testament. Saddam Hussein is not going to be stopped right now.
In fact, the Hebrew word translated as "transgresses" (pass over...KJV) is the word "abar." This Hebrew word literally means, "to pass over; cross over; especially of a wind passing over; to overflow their banks; used figuratively of an army overflowing." See Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon, page 601, Strong's No. 5674. This verse also says that "he...is guilty" ("offend"...KJV). The Hebrew word translated as "guilty" is the word "asham." This Hebrew word literally means, "to be or become guilty; to trespass; offend; commit an offense; do wrong." See Gesenius Hebrew Lexicon, page 86, Strong's No. 816.
The meaning of these two words strongly implies that Saddam Hussein's armies are again going to invade Kuwait (?) or some other nation, achieving a great victory. And Saddam Hussein will "credit" [give glory to] his god [Allah? Lucifer?...???] for giving him the "power" to triumph over his enemies in such a great way.
Since everything previously predicted in this chapter has occurred over these past twelve years in the exact chronological order in which it was given, there is good reason to expect this next predicted event to also be fulfilled just as it is given. Does that alarm anyone?
It alarms me! Who is the most outspoken enemy of Saddam Hussein today? The United States of America! Who is constantly boasting and threatening to remove Saddam Hussein from power? The United States of America! Will the U.S. succeed? Not according to this inspired prophecy!
This should serve as a warning to the United States of America, and to all others who are determined to depose or destroy Saddam Hussein. May I remind our readers that the Lord Jesus Christ Himself stated emphatically, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but My words shall not pass away," Matthew 24:35. God's Word is established forever, and we can be more certain that it will be fulfilled than we can be certain that the sun will rise in the morning. If the United States proceeds with a war against Saddam Hussein, it will be the greatest military blunder and disaster that this country has ever made. It could very well be the end of America as we now know it. Let all those who "understand" take heed to this inspired warning from God's Word, Daniel 12:10.
When Iraq took Kuwait, I saw a likeness between Habakkuk 1 and the Iraq-Kuwait-Desert Storm sequence too.
However, Habakkuk goes beyond the Desert Storm war. Hab. 3:16 speaks of "the day of trouble," the day of the Pre-Wrath Rapture and after that God's wrath will hit Earth. The asteroids of Rev 8:8,10 hit Earth at NOON. The burning mountain impacts the Mediterranean Sea. The burning "aster" (asteroid, meteor or star) will obliterate Babylon.
Zeph 2:1-5 says, "Gather yourselves together, yea, gather together (fulfilled in 1948), O nation not desired (Israel); Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce ANGER OF THE LORD come upon you, before the DAY OF THE LORD'S ANGER come upon you. 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 (i.e., be caught up in the Pre-Wrath Rapture) 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."
Hab. 3:16 and 19 says, "I trembled in myself, that I might REST IN THE DAY OF TROUBLE.... The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine HIGH PLACES" (Heaven).
Isa. 26:20,21 says, "COME, MY PEOPLE (the Pre-Wrath Rapture, the call is similar to the 'Come up hither' of Rev. 4:1 and 11:12), enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: HIDE THYSELF as it were for a little moment, until the INDIGNATION be overpast. For, BEHOLD, THE LORD COMETH OUT OF HIS PLACE TO PUNISH THE INHABITANTS OF THE EARTH FOR THEIR INIQUITY: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain." This is not the Second Advent, which is 7 months future (Eze. 39:12,13).
GOD'S STRANGE WORK
Hab. 1:5 says, "Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will WORK A WORK in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you."
Act 13:37-41 (KJV) says, "he (Yeshua/Jesus), whom God raised again, saw no corruption. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man (Yeshua/Jesus) is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins: And by him (Yeshua/Jesus) all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Beware therefore, lest that come upon you, which is spoken of in the prophets; Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perish: for I WORK A WORK in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise believe, though a man declare it unto you."
Isa 28:17-22 says, "Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place. And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it. From the time that it goeth forth it shall take you: for morning by morning shall it pass over, by day and by night: and it shall be a vexation only to understand the report....the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim (a break or gap), he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, that he may do HIS WORK, HIS STRANGE WORK; AND BRING TO PASS HIS ACT, HIS STRANGE ACT. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I HAVE HEARD FROM THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS A CONSUMPTION, EVEN DETERMINED UPON THE WHOLE EARTH."
Jer 50:2 says, "Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.
PS: Since no man will ever set foot in Babylon after the asteroid wipes it out, I won't be surprised if Saddam has hidden atomic weapons under Babylon. No man would go where there was a high level of radiation. The asteroid impact might set off what was hidden below. The Tower of Babel was abandoned. Babylon III will also be abandoned.
Jer. 50:39,40 says, "it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation. As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein.
The ancient Babylonians used a calendar with alternating 29- and 30-day months. This system required the addition of an extra month three times every eight years, and as a further adjustment the king would periodically order the insertion of an additional extra month into the calendar.
The Babylonians, who lived in what is now Iraq, added an extra month to their years at irregular intervals. Their calendar, composed of alternate 29-day and 30-day months, kept roughly in step with the lunar year. To balance the calendar with the solar year, the early Babylonians calculated that they needed to add an extra month three times every eight years. But this system still did not accurately make up for the accumulated differences between the solar year and the lunar year. Whenever the king felt that the calendar had slipped too far out of step with the seasons, he ordered another extra month. However, the Babylonian calendar was quite confused until the 300's B.C., when the Babylonians began to use a more reliable system.
Saturn is now brighter than at anytime in the past three decades...
The great ringed beauty arrives at opposition to the Sun on Dec. 17 – when Earth and Saturn are in on the same side of the Sun and all three objects are lined up – and puts on an all-night performance with greatest gleam. It rises as the Sun sets, reaching its highest point in the southern sky at midnight and setting as the Sun rises.
Saturn is shining as bright as it can ever get, mimicking a beautiful golden-yellow "star" within the horns of the constellation of Taurus, the Bull. It shines at magnitude –0.5. On this scale used by astronomers, smaller numbers indicate brighter objects, with negative numbers reserved for the very brightest.
Among the stars, only Sirius and Canopus are brighter than Saturn right now. Venus and Jupiter are also brighter....
There are two reasons why Saturn appears so exceptionally bright this winter season:
First, the planet is now about as close to the Earth as it can ever come. Saturn will reach the perihelion point of its orbit (nearest to the Sun) on July 26, 2003. This circumstance will also bring Saturn near to its closest possible approach to Earth during successive December oppositions in 2002 and 2003....
The second reason for Saturn’s unusual brilliance are its spectacular rings which right now appear almost fully open to our view, so that they reflect more sunlight toward Earth than usual. During December, the rings are dramatically tipped more than 26.5 degrees to our line of sight....
On Thursday evening, Dec. 19, Saturn will hover to the right of the Full Moon, making it impossible to miss....
Next April 7, the maximum Saturnicentric latitude of Earth will be attained. In other words, Saturn’s ring system will be open at its widest to Earth (27 degrees). Such extremes generally come at approximately 15-year intervals, with the last one in September 1988 and the next not coming until October 2017....
(CNN) -- Saturn makes its closest approach to the Earth in 30 years this week, promising exceptional views whether seen with the naked eye or via a telescope.
The ringed planet is now brighter than all other stars except for Sirius and Canopus. And it is tilted in the Earth's direction, giving observers using even simple telescopes an impressive view of the rings.
Even if one misses the closest encounter on Tuesday, the celestial show continues until early 2003.
"Saturn and Earth will be close together for many weeks," notes said NASA astronomer Mitzi Adams in an online science bulletin...
That sounds reasonable. What is coming up soon? New Year of Trees. However, I don't know just when it will be this year.
I saw Saturn tonight. It was the biggest, brightest and yellowest I have ever seen it. I called my grandson to see it and the clouds covered it before he could get to me. It has been raining off and on, so the water washed the smog out of the sky.
Saturn is near the intersection of the lines making the cross. It actually looks yellowish though. Aldebaran is in Taurus. Castor and Pollux are in Gemini.
Betelgeuse is in Orion, the easiest constellation for me to find in the sky. I see fewer stars so it really stands out. The 3 stars in the belt make identification easy.
Here is a picture that shows Orion so you can find it. The triangle formed by Meissa, Betelgeuse and Bellatrix is easy to see. Meissa points to Saturn now.
Here is some interesting information on Mars. Think about this: "six times larger and shine some 85 times brighter than it appears now."
Mars recently emerged into the morning sky and has begun an orbital dance with Earth that will, over the next several months, lead to the best viewing opportunity since Neanderthals looked skyward. We’re not kidding.
To get ready for this momentous skywatching event, now would be a fine time to reacquaint yourself with the Red Planet [maps/charts]. All during the summer of 2002 Mars was pretty much out of view because of its proximity to the Sun. But during the latter part of September it began to emerge back into view in the morning sky and is in full view, though for now it appears rather small in the sky and low on the horizon.
However, this is only the beginning of what will turn out to be the most dramatic and spectacular Mars apparition you or any of your ancestors has ever had a chance to see.
The Red Planet is getting progressively closer to Earth with each passing night, and consequently it will slowly appear to grow larger and brighter. By late August 2003, when it will be about 191 million miles closer, the reddish point of light in our night sky will appear more than six times larger and shine some 85 times brighter than it appears now.
At 5:51 a.m. EDT on Aug. 27, 2003, Mars will be within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,006 kilometers) of Earth. This will be the closest that Mars has come to our planet in about 73,000 years....
It is 2 AM. Gotta get some sleep. I got my bills paid thanks to some very nice people. I thank them and thank you Lord, in Jesus' name, Amen.
Marilyn, Yes I did notice that he rarely uses Scripture to back up his statements. My Daughter brought this web site to my attention. I think it is unfortunate because many people don't know or understand the word of God and can be deceived. Im thankful that my children compare everything with the word. Then we discuss the matter and then we send it to you. My family, Mother, and daughters and sister all read your site and think you a teacher in the Masters footsteps, Jesus. Thank you Marilyn!
I really don't deserve the credit, though. I asked the Lord to help me understand the Bible, all the deep things, everything he wanted man to know about it. I also asked him what he wanted me to do. He led me to this, something totally unknown c. 1960. I just trusted him to let me know what he wanted me to do and kept studying. The first inkling of what I should do was when I saw a rectangle of light on Jer. 50:2, saying to publish and conceal not.
I softly said, "Ok, I'll continue to study and write, but you'll have to help with the publishing, I don't know anything about that." He did, Avon Books called me about mass market paperback rights. I didn't even think of contacting them on a first book. In the end, they printed all three books.
When I was working to finish my 3rd book, Ed kept saying, "I think you should be on the Internet." I explained that I had to finish the book first, or it would never get finished.
Once it was finished, I couldn't believe the speed Ed got me into this. He took me down to the mall and signed me up at Internet in the Mall right then. The Lord must have used him to get me right where he wanted me.
I had never heard of HTML code and the books were around $49, which we couldn't afford. Not really knowing what I was doing, somehow, I managed to find an HTML guide and a color chart online. I was told by the salesman at Internet in the Mall to go to Tucows (now Twocows, I think) and DL an HTML Editor and a FTP client program. I did, and within a month had my Web Page up. I finally did get a book on HTML when a store was going out of business, but to this day, I still do the simplest HTML, but it will do. I don't need more.
I got stumped on how to put in a picture. The salesman sent me to someone upstairs in the mall, who could give me the HTML for that.
I didn't agonize over a name for the Web site or the Pro and Cons. Those things just flew into my brain as I typed.
I made a logo for the site, but someone nice offered to make me a better one. He made the ProCon Logo for that Index too and set up the HTML for it. I was sure thankful. I couldn't have set up that table.
The Lord is good to us, and many people have been so good to us, we are astonished. We had our retirement money taken away from us by a con artist selling bogus investment securities. The Feds caught him and told Ed to not feel bad, the man was very good at what he did. He had cheated people out of $13 million. After our Bankruptcy, the judge wouldn't let us keep the car we had, and we couldn't see our way clear to even keep the house. However, our daughter worked at Ford a short time and helped us get a car.
I didn't want to move. Our son and I have bad backs. Ed has had 5-bypass heart surgery and can't lift heavy things. He's diabetic and is in the early stages of Parkinson's Disease and walks with tiny steps and a cane. Now, I'm diabetic too. However, here we are, still in the house. It is miraculous. We are so thankful for all of you and our many blessings. The Lord is wonderful. Happy holidays. Agape
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