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Down the Rabbit Hole: Part I – Pete Garcia - https://www.rev310.net/post/down-the-rabbit-hole-part-i
"During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets. Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems—from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty—leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power."
— excerpt from the Rockefeller Foundation's 2010, Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development- Operation Lockstep
Admittedly, this article is going to sound a little crazy. But that's just how things are now in the 21st century, right? The truth has become so interspersed with speculation, half-truths, and conjecture, it's difficult to determine which way is up. It is very much like since 9/11, we (the American public) have fallen down this rabbit hole and we are all just trying to make sense of it all. This is why I hope today's brief will help (perhaps) shed some light on some of the lunacy we've seen transpire over the past two decades. No promises though. This will require multiple briefs to even scratch the surface of what's going on. While there is truth here in this article, this is also mixed with some speculation because I am not omnipotent. I am, however, attempting to draw some logical conclusions based on the facts we do know. Nevertheless, here we go.
Imagine a virtual (digital) world that mirrors our own.
Imagine a virtual world that is built to the exact specifications of our own real world.
Imagine this digital world ran by a mix of both human operators and an increasingly powerful artificial intelligence (AI) system.
Imagine the avatars (i.e., the digital characters in this virtual world) are based on real people like you and me.
Imagine an intelligence (deep state) apparatus that feeds this virtual world with endless terabytes of all of your digital information (i.e. digital footprints) that perfectly map out your daily life.
These include but are not limited to, your online: purchases, browsing and travel habits, online banking routines, ATM withdrawals, gas purchases, social media interactions, political and ideological intimations, religious beliefs, etc., and so on.
Imagine this virtual world exists solely to wargame cultural/political/economic scenarios against so they can plan out their (Deep State’s) reaction to our reaction months and years in advance.
Sound familiar? Sound like a popular movie that came out not too long ago? If you can imagine all of these as being, at the very least, possible, then you are heading down the rabbit hole to one of the most bizarre and surreal situations I’ve come across in my lifetime.
In 1999, Hollywood released a blockbuster movie called, The Matrix. In this movie, the main character, Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), plays a three-part role. As Mr. Thomas Anderson, Keanu Reeves lives out his daily life as an unassuming software technician leading a normal life. At night, however, he takes on the online persona “Neo” and is a prolific, activist-computer hacker. It is here where he is discovered by “Morpheus” who ‘unplugs’ Neo from the virtual world, only to discover the real world is not at the end of the 20th century, but actually at the end of the 23rd century. By this point (via nuclear wars damaging the atmosphere of the planet) unplugged mankind is reduced to living like animals underground. The world he thought was real (the world of 1999), was really a computer-simulated virtual reality called the Matrix. This is the world that humans in it believed was real. In reality, most humans are plugged into bio-pods and function as “human batteries” that power the artificial intelligence system controlling them and running the prison world of the Matrix.
I bring this example up to tell you that this idea is one that has been ruminating in the minds of the elite not just for decades, but for centuries now. I understand the Matrix is just a science fiction movie, but movies, esp. blockbusters, tend to show the desire of not just the elite, but the desire of the culture at large. Moreover, the principles/concepts behind this movie (i.e., immortality, digital immortality, human deification, etc.) date back millennia.
Throughout the centuries, mankind has, vis a vis, secret occult societies (e.g., Rosicrucian’s, Knights Templar, Illuminati, Freemasons, etc.) have long sought to discover the secrets for forbidden knowledge and immortality. In the past, they tried to achieve this through alchemy and occult practices but found those lacking. Whether they know this or not, what they were really trying to do is to revive the conditions of the Antediluvian Age (pre-flood conditions as found in Genesis 4-6). These conditions include the century’s long life spans, a borderless world, and the enhanced human condition. Alarmingly, they now believe they have the technology to achieve it.
And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Genesis 11:6
In 2006, a Department of Defense (DOD) white paper began to make its rounds through the various agencies, and ultimately, found its way onto the World Wide Web. This white paper was proposing something called the Sentient World Simulation (SWS) project. More specifically, the project came out of the JFCOM J9 office via an Experimentation Engineering Lead and was executed vis the Modeling and Simulation Frameworks department at Purdue University.
Since some of you might be asking what the JFCOM stands for, it stands for the Joint Forces Command (which was disestablished in 2011 by then SECDEF Robert Gates). As for the J9, this is a “Simulations” staff position for organizations that require it. For example, across all military organizations, numbered staff positions/offices all stand for the same function regardless of their branch or size: S1/G1/J1 are always human resources, S3/G3/J3 always operations, etc. In this case, the JFCOM used their J9 as a “special projects” staff who worked on whatever modeling or simulations the senior leader of that organization tasked them with developing at the time. More specifically, a proposal was put forth by this office to create a project titled the “Sentient World Simulation (SWS) project, whose purpose was to create “A Continuously Running Model of the Real World.”
In other words, they wanted to create a Sim-City-like (virtual world), to run simulations against (aka wargaming), but instead of using fictional characters, they wanted to use real data from real people, to feed this virtual version of a city/state/nation. This project was tested in a limited capacity in the DOD’s 2006, Urban Resolve 2015 which was labeled “Adapting to Urban Warfare.” Here is a synopsis of what that simulated exercise entailed:
Urban operations currently are of great concern to the defense community. J9, the Experimentation Directorate of USJFCOM, and the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program currently are conducting an experiment to investigate concepts for applying future technologies to joint urban operations…
Urban Resolve (UR) is a three-phase experiment designed to explore new approaches for urban combat in the 2018 time frame. The U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) J9 Directorate and the Joint Advanced Warfighting Program (JAWP) at the Institute for Defense Analyses are conducting the experiment. The hypothesis is that future sensors will provide a significantly higher degree of situational awareness than we currently have, allowing us to conduct urban operations more effectively and efficiently. (Source)
Sounds nefarious, doesn’t it?
However, before I go any further, let me clarify the original purpose of this project and the justification for this type of technology. In 2006, as you well remember, the US was getting into the worst period of fighting WRT our combat operations in far-off places like Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the fighting in Iraq was predominantly being fought in places like Baghdad, Sadr City, Mosul, etc. our leaders felt justified in needing this kind of predictive technology to make up for our obvious disadvantages.
Nevertheless, who lives in urban areas? People do. People mean men, women, and children. Fortunately, the technology in 2006 was still too limited to accurately map out a digital world. At the time, the computer software was too clunky, not enough bandwidth, and not enough people “online” to fully create this digital world they wanted to simulate.
But in the post-pandemic world of 2022?
Estimates are the pandemic’s economic lockdowns effectively forced an acceleration in digitization by some six years. What this means is that our society reached a level of digital interconnectedness we weren’t meant to reach until 2026. This, as well as the upgraded 5G bandwidth, has indeed accelerated our digital transformation into the cyber-physical age. IOW, we are now in the early months of 2022 already operating at 2026 levels.
So what’s the rush?
Perhaps the real powers behind the throne (i.e., Lucifer and his demonic hosts) are driving their human meat puppets (world leaders) to speed things up because they know the time is drawing to a close? Just a thought. Perhaps the C-19 plandemic was not just about what we thought it was? Listed below was the original narrative many of us (myself included) believed warranted explanations and immediate course corrections on:
While all of these were bad in and of themselves, and those responsible should be held accountable to the fullest extent of the law, I now believe these are not even what this whole thing was about.
These were simply the side effects or ‘outcroppings’ of this brief expansion of power via crisis management. In other words, this was the intended distraction by giving certain leaders a whiff of real power, (antithesis) so they could find or gauge the requisite pushback (synthesis) in places like Canada, Australia, Europe, and the United States to feed the virtual system. They (Deep State) need to know how far they can push the public before the public pushes back. IOW, the Deep State is using people like Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, UK's Boris Johnson, US state governors, and even the Biden Administration to provoke the public via draconian measures that are neither science-based, nor reasonable, so they gauge our reaction in their version of the Matrix (i.e., the SWS).
If I am correct, then let us make some simple assumptions before moving forward:
Regarding the current state of the SWS, its current existence is still largely unknown. The USJFCOM was disestablished in 2011, and the name SWS doesn’t appear anywhere else other than in this 2006 white paper. However, the fact we don’t know its present status (in this veritable age of information) is, in and of itself, telling. It could well be the US best-kept secret for predictive technology the world has ever known. The truth is, the Deep State only lets us know what they want us to know. Groups like DARPA (the Deep State’s research leg), almost exclusively focus on technologies that are still 10-20 years in the future, therefore, I’m willing to bet this SWS still exists somewhere. Perhaps it's been funded by the Deep State and rebranded as the "Metaverse" which, bizarrely enough, is already selling virtual real estate.
The US needed an edge back in 2006, which is why it first began implementing this technology. This is why it began collecting biometric data over in Iraq and Afghanistan. This information was needed to offset our intelligence disadvantage of not speaking the language, not knowing the customs, and more importantly, not being able to differentiate between friendlies and hostiles when every military-aged male was named either Abdul or Mohammed. However, just because the wars ended, doesn't mean the technologies ended.
Nobody complained back then, because if you were a red-blooded American in 2006, you weren’t worried that this kind of technology would ever come back and be used against you. At the time, the enemy was not Mr. and Mrs. Law Abiding American Citizen. No, the enemy was those “radicalized” terrorists over there seeking to cause death and destruction. We blindly accepted the mentality that if we had nothing illegal to hide, then we had nothing to worry about the government doing a little ‘snooping.’ We were, after all, doing our part in fighting the “war on terror.”
Furthermore, the need for this level of surveillance and predictive technology was justified in the name of both the common good and the war on terror. As justified as the conveniently handy Patriot Act was necessary for the common good, and then signed into law a mere 30 days after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
However, since terror is both a state of mind as well as an ideal, terror then has the potential to become a subjective standard. In other words, terror is whatever the leadership of the country decides terror (or a terrorist) is.
But my how times have changed since 2006. Let us look at how the “enemies of the state” have changed and evolved (from the US Govt. perspective) since those ancient and archaic days of 2001.
Since the definition of “enemy of the state” seems to be as malleable and movable a goalpost as the “two weeks to slow the curve” mantra was, it’s fair to say, given our present trajectory and barring any black swan event(s), we are headed toward an authoritarian police state.
But is it too late?
Part II coming soon.
It’s “Game Time”: Russian Forces Move Into Attack Position As “Negotiations” Fail - by Michael Snyder - http://endoftheamericandream.com/its-game-time-russian-forces-move-into-attack-position-as-negotiations-fail/
How is it possible that we are suddenly on the precipice of global war? During the Cold War days, we could always count on the fact that there were competent foreign policy professionals in the United States and in Europe that could simultaneously look out for our interests but also prevent a nuclear war with Russia from happening. Because if a nuclear war were to erupt, nobody wins. Unfortunately, the landscape is completely different here in 2022. Instead of competent foreign policy professionals running the show, we have got a bunch of clueless hacks that seem to have absolutely no idea what they are doing. I wish that I could be more optimistic that a diplomatic way out of this crisis will be found, but I can’t.
On Monday, Joe Biden and Boris Johnson both agreed that a “window for diplomacy” remains open…
Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, and US President Joe Biden agreed in a call today that a “crucial window for diplomacy” remained open over the crisis in Ukraine, Downing Street has said.
I am glad that they believe that, but in order for diplomacy to work you must be willing to negotiate.
Up to this point, the attitude of the Biden administration has been that the Russians will get nothing that they want and the U.S. and NATO will get everything that they want.
Needless to say, that isn’t diplomacy.
On the other side, the Russians are clearly threatening to invade Ukraine, but they are also indicating that they are still open to talks for a limited period of time…
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that talks “can’t go on indefinitely, but I would suggest to continue and expand them at this stage.”
The Russians consider Ukraine to be part of Russia.
They always have.
So the idea of having Ukraine join NATO and having western missiles just minutes from Moscow is absolutely unthinkable to the leadership in the Kremlin.
We need to understand that, but we also don’t have to give the Russians everything that they are demanding in order to avoid war. Several workable frameworks for peace have been put forward, and that includes one that has been drafted by former policymakers on both sides.
This crisis could be resolved so easily, but the Biden administration has decided that the Russians will get nothing and be happy with it.
Either the Biden administration believes that the Russians are bluffing, which would be a colossal mistake, or the Biden administration actually wants a war in Europe.
Let us hope that the Biden administration has a sudden change of heart, because time is running out. According to CNN, Russian forces continue to pour into the region…
The build-up of Russian forces close to the Ukrainian border continues apace, with everything from submarines and amphibious landing ships in the Black Sea to short-range ballistic missiles, tanks and howitzers around Ukraine’s northeastern edges.
CNN has geolocated and authenticated social media videos of these movements — though there are likely many more that are not being observed.
And it is being reported that some Russian units have left their staging areas and have now advanced to “attack positions”…
Russia has moved some long-range artillery and rocket launchers into firing position, threatening Ukraine, according to a U.S. official.
Some Russian units have left their assembly areas — the bumper-to-bumper formations seen in satellite photos — and are beginning to move into “attack positions,” according to the official. This movement marks a change since Sunday, when some of the units had left the assembly areas but had not yet taken what could be viewed as attack positions.
If the Russians actually pull the trigger, they will hit really fast and really hard.
Meanwhile, a war reporter living in Ukraine says that he is getting the feeling that it is “game time”…
“During the past, I’ve used the analogy of a Florida town before a hurricane to kind of describe the mood here… as people try to decide what they should do, should they leave or stay or, in this case, take up arms and fight,” he continued.
Peterson said it is “incredible to watch” the nation prepare for a Russian attack, saying it’s now “game time.”
Let us hope and pray that it is not “game time”, because once war starts there will be no going back.
Unfortunately, things just get even more tense with each passing day. On Monday, we learned that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has ordered the U.S. embassy in Kiev to be closed down due to invasion fears…
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday ordered the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv closed and directed embassy staff to relocate to Lviv, a city in western Ukraine, citing the “dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces” on Ukraine’s border.
“We are in the process of temporarily relocating our Embassy operations in Ukraine from our Embassy in Kyiv to Lviv due to the dramatic acceleration in the buildup of Russian forces,” Blinken said in a statement.
And the mayor of Kiev created quite a stir when he publicly admitted that he had a plan to evacuate three million residents from the city…
Ukraine’s president and military chiefs are presenting a façade of skepticism over any possible Russian invasion. This has been reflected in the upbeat mood on the streets of Kyiv, However, on Monday, Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko introduced a jarring note with an announcement that he had a plan ready for the evacuation of 3 million city dwellers.
But despite everything that you just read, I don’t think that an invasion will happen this month.
I think that the Russians are willing to negotiate for at least a couple more weeks.
Many have suggested that a Russian invasion must happen before the ground thaws, but that simply isn’t true.
In fact, Russian officials have reportedly “scoffed” at the idea that the ground must be frozen for an invasion to take place…
The Kremlin, which has denied having any Ukraine invasion plans, has scoffed at an argument that it wants to see the ground frozen to launch an attack on Ukraine. Ukrainian officials agree that frozen ground or mud isn’t an issue.
So I don’t know why Biden and his minions keep bringing this up as an argument.
Unlike western tanks, Russian tanks are specifically designed to operate effectively in extremely muddy conditions…
Konstantin Sivkov, a Russian military analyst, said even if there were a ground incursion, Russian battle tanks are significantly lighter than Western armored vehicles and don’t get bogged down.
“Our tanks are much better suited for advancing on muddy terrain, there is nothing to worry about,” Sivkov said in remarks carried by the FAN news outlet. “A thaw can only stop Western tanks.”
Hopefully we won’t actually see Russian tanks in action any time soon.
If the Biden administration is willing to negotiate, this crisis can still be resolved.
But I don’t think that is going to happen.
I think that the Biden administration isn’t going to move from current positions, and so in the end we are going to get to see if the Russians are bluffing or not.
Many people out there are absolutely convinced that they are, but I believe that they aren’t.
And once the Russians start rolling into Ukraine, nothing will be the same ever again.
Nearing Midnight: Evil Men and Seducers – Terry James - https://www.raptureready.com/category/nearing-midnight/
Today when we look around the world and the way things have moved from a “saner” time until now, those who care to consider these matters see an increasingly wicked world. Such observers see, for example, Russia and Vladimir Putin, China and Xi Jinping, and North Korea and Kim-Jong-un. These are leaders who hold their populations under absolute control. They do so sometimes with the greatest cruelty imaginable.
Sadly, there are few observers who care to gauge the evil, the wickedness we face as a world while things are sucked into the gravity of the increasingly evil times.
And as a result, America herself, under the greatest, most noble experiment in human government of all of history, now faces insanity that threatens tyranny the equal of some of the most terrible regimes ever upon the planet. This is, of course, in keeping with God’s prophetic Word for the wrap-up of history.
Many, including this writer, considered in times past that the Antichrist system of control would suddenly leap onto the scene once the Rapture occurred. The call of Christians into the air would be what set in motion that sucking of left behind mankind into the gravity of what would almost instantly become Tribulation tyranny.
Some warned of incrementalism –the slow changes through luciferian incursion into the human condition. But none foresaw the almost instantaneous dive into the reprobate sea of debauchery into which much of mankind has plunged during this late hour.
Freedom found in God’s Rx for mankind has been abandoned to the upside-down madness that separates humankind farther and farther from the Creator Who Knows Best for us. That Heavenly Rx is, of course, Jesus Christ, the opposite Truth from the total lie with which the evil men and seducers of this present evil day deludes and destroys.
Paul forewarned that the end times generation would face exactly what we are experiencing.
“But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” (2 Tim 3: 13)
And it is not just the Vladimir Putins, the Xi Jinpings and Kim-Jong uns who are the evil men and seducers. We, in this once great republic, face now some of the most evil and seductive forces on Planet Earth. These are determined to bring not only America down but are even more determined to destroy all Christian vestiges. They are making inroads in this regard not by banning Christianity, but by changing what Christianity means in many instances.
I found the following think piece most interesting in considering this force of evil men and seducers.
In a recent Front Page column, Dennis Prager criticizes the idea that people are basically good. The belief that humans are inherently good is both “foolish” and “dangerous,” writes Prager, and it leads to much suffering. He offers several sobering examples from recent history of what happens to people who put their trust in human nature.
Prager was prompted to write his rebuttal when a respected Jewish publication published an article by an Orthodox rabbi claiming that “Judaism posits that people are basically good.” The idea has long been prevalent among non-Orthodox rabbis, but Prager was surprised that an Orthodox Jew would subscribe to an idea that is clearly rejected in the Torah.
The notion that human nature is basically good is also rejected in the rest of the Bible—and just as strongly in the New Testament as in the Old. Which brings me to my main point. Over the last six decades, belief in human goodness has become an article of faith for many Christians as well as for Jews. This is particularly true of many mainstream Protestants and Roman Catholics. For the Catholic Church, the belief has served as a wrecking ball. Numerous polls have shown a massive decline in church attendance among Catholics (and other Christians), and a corresponding drop in the number who identify as Christians.
Different people give different reasons for the decline of Christian belief, but for me the obvious reason is that Christians have replaced the idea of human sinfulness with the idea of human goodness. And when you do that, you undercut the whole rationale for Christianity—namely, that we are sinners in need of redemption. If human beings are good the way they are, then there is no need for a Savior to free us from our sins.
[Source: The devastating impact of the premise that people are essentially good, William Kilpatrick , Frontpage Mag, February 4, 2022]
The founding fathers of the United States recognized the Biblical Truth of the depravity of man. The idea that man is good flies in the face of God’s Truth. “There is none good, no not one…”
Unless the individual is willing to admit they are not good and need a Savior to save them from their sinfulness, there is no hope. And this is the great, seductive ploy of the devil, and has been since his time of tempting Eve in the garden. “Ye shall be as God,” he seduced and beguiled. The ploy is working now more effective than ever, and we see the results with man’s turning their back on God –doing what is right in their own eyes– in preparation for the time of God’s Wrath and Judgment. As looked at many times, we now are at the Romans 1:28 place at the very end of the age. Man has turned his back to the God of Heaven and now has been given over to a reprobate mind.
Good is called evil and evil good. Thankfully, God still Calls individuals to Salvation, but the creature called man continues en masse down that broadway to destruction.
There is the Narrow Gate Jesus said. As a matter-of-fact, Jesus is that Narrow Gate that leads to Eternity spent with God the Father.
Don’t listen to the evil men and seducers of these increasingly sin-darkened days. Here again, is how to enter that Narrow Gate.
That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Romans 10: 9–10)
If You Build it, He Will Come – Amir Rauf - https://bibleprophecyfortoday.com/2022/02/13/if-you-build-it-he-will-come-2/
In the late 1980’s, there was a movie about an Iowa corn farmer who hears a voice telling him: “If you build it, he will come.” He interprets this as an instruction to build a baseball diamond in his fields. As he takes heed to this instruction, Shoeless Joe Jackson and other dead baseball players emerge from the cornfields to play baseball. The film went on to be a successful one representing one of North America’s famous pastimes, which is baseball.
Let’s fast forward to now and look at this phrase from a Biblical perspective. There has been a common saying among Jewish Rabbis that was recently modified. It was originally believed by many Jewish Rabbis that “…when the Meshiach will come, the temple will be built!” This of course is in reference to the rebuilding of a third temple in Israel.
The first temple built in Jerusalem was a crowning achievement of King Solomon during his reign as the King of Israel. He was responsible for the construction of the magnificent Temple in the capital city of ancient Israel, which was Jerusalem. An interesting observation to make here is that when the Temple was completed, Solomon inaugurated it with prayer and sacrifice and even invited non-Jews to come and pray there. He urged God to pay particular heed to their prayers as well.
1 Kings 8:43—Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for: that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel; and that they may know that this house, which I have builded, is called by thy name.
The first temple was ultimately destroyed by the Babylonians in 586 BC,
The second temple was eventually built some seventy years later due to an “Aaliyah,” of sorts that was led by the prophets Ezra and Nehemiah. The Second Temple was built on the same site.
Ezra 3:1-11—And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem. 2 Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God. 3 And they set the altar upon his bases; for fear was upon them because of the people of those countries: and they offered burnt offerings thereon unto the Lord, even burnt offerings morning and evening. 4 They kept also the feast of tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings by number, according to the custom, as the duty of every day required; 5 And afterward offered the continual burnt offering, both of the new moons, and of all the set feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and of every one that willingly offered a freewill offering unto the Lord. 6 From the first day of the seventh month began they to offer burnt offerings unto the Lord. But the foundation of the temple of the Lord was not yet laid. 7 They gave money also unto the masons, and to the carpenters; and meat, and drink, and oil, unto them of Zidon, and to them of Tyre, to bring cedar trees from Lebanon to the sea of Joppa, according to the grant that they had of Cyrus king of Persia. 8 Now in the second year of their coming unto the house of God at Jerusalem, in the second month, began Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and the remnant of their brethren the priests and the Levites, and all they that were come out of the captivity unto Jerusalem; and appointed the Levites, from twenty years old and upward, to set forward the work of the house of the Lord. 9 Then stood Jeshua with his sons and his brethren, Kadmiel and his sons, the sons of Judah, together, to set forward the workmen in the house of God: the sons of Henadad, with their sons and their brethren the Levites. 10 And when the builders laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord, after the ordinance of David king of Israel. 11 And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks unto the Lord; because he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever toward Israel. And all the people shouted with a great shout, when they praised the Lord, because the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.
During the first century B.C. Herod, the Roman appointed head of Judea, made substantial modifications to the Temple and the surrounding mountain, expanding the Temple. The Second Temple, however, met the same fate as the first and was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D.
To this very day, Orthodox Jews pray three times a day for the Temple’s restoration. The original phrase mentioned earlier has now been changed to “…when the temple will be rebuilt, then Meshiach will come!”
Over the centuries, the Muslims who eventually took control of Jerusalem built two mosques on the Temple Mount, the site of the two Jewish Temples. Since any attempt to level these mosques would lead to an international Muslim holy war against Israel, the Temple cannot be rebuilt in the foreseeable future.
This is all about to change. Look at this video which has been circulating through mainstream Israel and viewed by many:
The real question is who will this person be that will allow for the construction of the Temple. the Bible clearly tells us who:
Daniel 9:27— And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Satan has always wanted to be worshipped and has always wanted Jerusalem. Notice the following:
Isaiah 14:12-14 —How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
So where on earth is mount of the congregation in the sides of the north? I’m glad you asked.
Psalms 48:1-2—Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
The Great King being referred to is none other the King David. Mount Zion is none other then the city of Jerusalem. The term Mount Zion has been used in the Bible first for the City of David and later, for the Temple Mount.
2 Samuel 5:4-7—David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah.6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither.7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
You ever wonder why there was such an uproar back in 2017 (December 6, 2017 to be exact) when President Trump declared that the U.S. Embassy was to be moved to Jerusalem and that Jerusalem is the Capital of Israel.
When studying Bible prophecy it is a surety that what God says in His Word MUST come to pass. As written in the Book of Isaiah:
Isaiah 55:11–So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
The truth of the matter here is that we are fast approaching the Time of Jacob’s Trouble as the Tribulation period is set to kick off very soon.
Further developments are now being discovered as we move forwards into the second month the year2022.According to a recent article in the Jerusalem Post, there now may be compelling evince that ancient Jewish Temple treasures are in the Vatican:
This could be a major breakthrough in events that will only accelerate to ultimately bring to fruition the Building of the THIRD Temple in Israel!
According to the article, The official liaison of the pope to Israel, Archbishop Giuseppe Lazzarotto, apostolic nuncio in Israel and apostolic delegate in Jerusalem and Palestine, stated in an official letter dated November 15, 2013, that if the Temple treasures do in fact still exist, surely the church would return those lost items to their “legitimate owners.”
Did you notice the mention of Palestine? Is this all leading to a two-State solution brokered by perhaps the most respected religious authority figure in the world? The article goes on to mention that there are several people alive that can personally attest to being eyewitnesses of the Vatican possessing Temple vessels, including the Menorah candelabra.
These items if (and when) retrieved will be used in the Temple after it has been rebuilt.
Over the last few years Israel has been making peace with several Muslim nations (Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Morocco & Sudan), something has never seemed to be possible yet it has happened.
Perhaps the time has come for the Vatican to enter the picture. I believe this is what is really being discussed in the long corridors of Rome, the United Nations, the European Union and also the PA. Several Bible prophecy scholars agree that the coming Anti-Christ may indeed be the leader of a revived Roman Empire.
Let me again reiterate that the United States of America is not mentioned in Bible Prophecy as far as being a dominant figure in eschatological events.
After the Rapture of the Church, the divine wrath of God will ultimately come in response to an arrogance of the nations against His covenant with Israel, particularly as it touches the question of Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
Zechariah 12:2—Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem
Joel 3:2—I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.
Daniel 9:27— And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Matthew 24:15-16—And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.15 When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)
Revelation 11:1-2—And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.
This is the Eschatological context in which the gospel was first preached for a witness to all nations. It must be so again. The first disciples lived under the shadow of an imminent, age-ending judgment of Jerusalem. So shall it be again.
Daily Jot: The great North American crackdown - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
North Americans are witnessing a “true color” historical event. For all the pandering to the media about exercising the right to dissent and to peaceably protest; for all the encouragement from politicians to protest for social justice; for all the looking the other way and saying that protests are peaceful amid the obvious evidence of burning buildings and looting of businesses; for all the winking at herds of nefarious characters making off with other people’s property; for all the alligator tears over police brutality resulting in the defunding of police, and the subsequent 30% increase in violent crime; Liberals are not true to their word. They champion dissent only when they support the issue that causes dissent.
Across Canada and the United States, draconian COVID mandates have shredded freedom, civil liberty and personal choice. The governments have rejected the medical science of quarantining the sick and have opted for the political science of locking down the healthy. They have forced the wearing of masks when the science says that masks are not effective against the spread of COVID. They have tried to force the masses to take a genetic-altering serum that neither prevents infection nor transmission of the disease. When reputable scientists and medical doctors publish studies challenging the effectiveness, safety and treatment of government-mandated protocols, they censor and dismiss them as misinformation, even to the point of inferring those who believe these studies could be domestic terrorists.
Those who refuse the government line are treated like criminals, set apart, ostracized, labeled and demonized. Those who would go so far as to peaceably assemble against the government line are considered enemies of the state. False narratives are spoon fed to a media that has become the furry little lapdog of the leftist agenda. Protestors who help the elderly shovel their snow, feed the homeless, pick up garbage and set up bouncy castles for children are labeled violent extremists. Government power is applied to shut down funding of the dissenters. Emergency measures are invoked to further take away the rights associated with freedom. This is contrary to the social contract upon which North American government (Canada and the US) is established as articulated by English philosopher John Locke (1632-1704).
Locke maintained that mankind is created equal in God’s nature and “being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty or possessions.” Limited civil government is established to protect those rights. 1 Peter 2:13-14 outlines the role of government: “Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake…as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.” Verse 16 outlines the role of the governed: “[Live] As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.” Herein when the government breaks its God-ordained responsibility to the governed, the solution is as Peter said in Acts 5:29, “We ought to obey God not man.” Today, there is a great North American crackdown on our civil rights. Who do we obey?
Daily Devotion: Weak Start, Strong Finish - by Greg Laurie – www.harvest.org
When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. —Matthew 13:19
https://harvest.org/resources/devotion/weak-start-strong-finish/ - Listen
In the first century, the objective of the sower was to take the seed, throw it out, and let the wind pick it up. The process was pretty primitive. He just walked out, had his seed in his big bag, reached in, and threw it.
Interestingly, the word broadcast actually comes from the root word for sowing seed. And in the same way, our job as Christians is to go into all the world and preach the gospel, or sow the seed.
We throw out the seed of the gospel to as many people as we can, and time will tell who the real converts are. That’s because sometimes people come on strong in the beginning and then walk away, never to return. Other times, people have a weak start, but they get stronger with the passing of time.
In the parable of the sower, Jesus talked about seed that fell along the wayside, and the birds came and ate it. He went on to explain, “When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside” (Matthew 13:19 NKJV).
So we just have to wait and see who the real believers are because sometimes a person will make a profession of faith, will fall away, and then return. That is a prodigal.
How do we know the difference between a prodigal and someone who is not really converted? If someone has professed faith in Christ but walks away and never comes back, then they are like the seed that was sown along the wayside. A prodigal, however, will always come home.
Sometimes you can have a weak beginning but a strong finish. What matters is how you finish.
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