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Jeremiah and Daniel’s Prophetic Calendar – Randy Nettles - https://www.rev310.net/post/jeremiah-and-daniel-s-prophetic-calendar
One of the most important and debated prophecy passages in all of the bible is found in Daniel 9:24-27. Many scholars throughout the ages have pondered the meaning of Daniel’s seventy sevens (weeks) prophecy regarding Judah’s restoration after the Babylonian exile and subsequent desolations. The issues most debated are usually date-related: which decree was issued to restore and build Jerusalem (and by whom), the starting date, the end date for the 69 sevens, the end date for the 70 sevens (still future), the gap period between the 69th and 70th sevens, and which calendar is used to determine these dates.
Daniel’s 70 sevens (or 490 years) prophecy has always been a mystery to me. To quote Winston Churchill (regarding Russia). “It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” Ever since Sir Robert Anderson wrote The Coming Prince and developed the ‘prophetic’ year of 360 days for determining the duration between the events mentioned in Daniel’s prophecy, I always wondered why this ‘calendar’ would be used. He says that if tradition may be trusted, Abraham preserved in his family the year of 360 days, which he had known in his Chaldean home. Anderson also mentions the month dates of the flood in Noah’s day (150 days in 5 months) which appears to show that there were 30 days in a month and therefore 12 months in a year in the antediluvian age.
Sir Robert also quotes Sir Isaac Newton, “All nations before the just length of the solar year was known, reckoned months by the course of the moon, and years by the return of winter and summer, spring and autumn, and in making calendar for their festivals, they reckoned thirty days to a lunar month, and 12 lunar months to a year, taking the nearest round number, whence came the division of the ecliptic into 360 degrees.”
The only problem I have with this theory of interpreting Daniel’s prophecy using a 360 day ‘prophetic’ calendar is that the Hebrews never used a 360 day calendar of any kind, especially one that didn’t have an intercalary month added periodically. They used (and still do for their religious activities) a lunar calendar (353/354 days) with an extra month added every two to three years to keep it in alignment with the solar calendar (365/366 days). So if Anderson was right about the 360 day ‘prophetic’ calendar, how did it really come into existence? I don’t believe God was using the 360 day calendar in Daniel’s prophecy (or Jeremiah’s) because of some long ago calendar in Noah’s time which may or may not have been used in the antediluvian age. I believe there was more likely an intercalary month that was added every 6 months during this time. In this article, I will attempt to solve this riddle, un-wrap the mystery, and open up the enigma.
JEREMIAH’S PROPHECY OF SEVENTY YEARS (TEN SEVENS) DESOLATIONS
The word that came to Jeremiah concerning the people of Judah, in the fourth year of Jehoiakim (605 BC), the son of Josiah, king of Judah (which was the first year of Nebuchadnezzar II, king of Babylon), which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying: “Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: Because you have not heard My words, behold, I will send and take all the families of the north, says the Lord, and Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, My servant, and will bring them against this land, against its inhabitants, and against these nations all around, and will utterly destroy them, and make them an astonishment, a hissing, and perpetual desolations. Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones and the light of the lamp. And this whole land shall be a desolation and an astonishment, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.
Then it will come to pass, when seventy years are completed, that I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, says the Lord; and I will make it a perpetual desolation. So I will bring on that land all My words which I have pronounced against it, all that is written in this book, which Jeremiah has prophesied concerning all the nations. For many nations and great kings shall be served by them also; and I will repay them according to their deeds and according to the works of their own hands” (Jeremiah 25:1, 8-14).
“For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place” (Jeremiah 29:10).
Jeremiah prophesied of a judgment and punishment against Judah and the surrounding nations that would last for 70 years. Although Judah’s sins were many, including idol-worship, the prevalent sin and reason for the 70 years of desolation is given in 2 Chronicles, chapter 36: “And those who escaped from the sword he carried away to Babylon, where they became servants to him and his sons until the rule of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her Sabbaths. As long as she lay desolate she kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years” (2 Chronicles 36:20-21).
The author of 2 Chronicles is referring to the Sabbath of the 7th year which the Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai: “ Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a sabbath to the Lord. Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; but in the seventh year there shall be a sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a sabbath to the Lord. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard” (Leviticus 25:2-4).
Just as God commanded His people to observe the 7th day of rest (Sabbath) for the people and work animals, so He commanded a year of rest for the land. This was to be a blessing for the children of Israel, as God would provide for them by sending a bumper crop the year before the Shemitah (Sabbath) year, to compensate for the lack of crops on the Shemitah year and the following year. The people, work animals, and land would all get a year’s rest every 7 years. There is no record that the Israelites ever observed the Shemitah year (much less the Jubilee year). That is why I don’t put much stock in trying to predict Shemitah cycles or Jubilees and/or their significance to the nation of Israel (much less to any other nation). One thing is certain, however, God made sure the land got its rest. He did this by expelling the children of Israel from the land.
DESOLATIONS OF JUDAH AND JERUSALEM
The 70 years of desolations Jeremiah spoke about started in the year 605 BC. King Jehoiakim was in his fourth year of his reign in Judah. Nebuchadnezzar II became king of Babylon in the same year, after the death of his father, Nabopolassar, on August 16, 605 BC. Soon after Nebuchadnezzar became king, he defeated the Egyptian army at Carchemish, and Hamath, thereby securing control of all Syria. He then came against Judah and Jerusalem, and the king of Judah and his nobles surrendered to Nebuchadnezzar. At this point, Judah essentially became a vassal state of Babylon (until they later rebelled). Nebuchadnezzar took some trophies from the temple and also took some youth from the royal family, including Daniel and his three friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.
The southern kingdom of Judah was invaded by the Babylonians three times. The first time was in 605 BC (2 Kings 24:1-2). The second time was in 597 BC (2 Kings 24:10-16). The 3rd time was in 588 BC and lasted until 586 BC (2 Kings 25:1-21), when Nebuchadnezzar’s army destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and the Jews were killed or carried away into captivity by the Babylonians.
According to my research, Nebuchadnezzar’s first invasion of Judah occurred on September 23, 605 BC or Tishri 20 (5th day of the Feast of Tabernacles), AM 3157 on the Jewish calendar. This is the starting date for the 70 years of desolation that Jeremiah prophesied about. As I mentioned before, these 70 years were judgment for not obeying the Shemitah years of rest for the land of Judah (and Israel). The Shemitah years occurred (or was supposed to) every 7 years, so that means the Israelites did not obey this commandment from God for 490 years, going all the way back to the time of the judges (specifically Eli and Samuel).
Just as God had foretold through his prophets, Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians. This historical event occurred under the leadership of Darius the Mede on October 12, 539 BC. Cyrus II (Cyrus the Great) of Persia began his official reign on March 24, 538 BC. Cyrus’s reign was much different than that of the Assyrians and Babylonians who had gone before him. He committed himself to restoring people to their native lands and appointing governors to represent his rule. His policy resulted in the proclamation that the Jews could return to Judah and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. This fulfilled the prophecies of Isaiah, who named Cyrus as the one who would carry out God’s purpose for Israel; and Jeremiah, who prophesied a return to Judah after 70 years of desolation (2 Chronicles 36:22-23; Isaiah 44:28,45:1-13; Jeremiah 25:11-12; and Ezra 1:1-4).
Cyrus appointed Shesbazzar to be his official representative as governor to lead the Jews back to Judah in 537 BC. He took the sacred vessels with him that Nebuchadnezzar had taken 68 years. More than 42,000 Jewish exiles returned with Shesbazzar to Judah and began the process of rebuilding their homes.
I believe the end date for the 70 years of desolations for Judah and Jerusalem occurred in 536 BC when the returning Jews gathered together in Jerusalem and gave thanks to God for their return to the Promised Land. “And when the seventh month had come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered together as one man to Jerusalem. Then Jeshua the son of Jozadak and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and his brethren, arose and built the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings on it, as it is written in the Law of Moses the man of God” (Ezra 3:1-2).
The people offered burnt offerings on the 1st day of the 7th month of Tishri (Feast of Trumpets) in 536 BC, on the first new moon of fall in their homeland of Judah. “They also kept the Feast of Tabernacles, as it is written, and offered the daily burnt offerings in the number required by ordinance for each day. Afterwards they offered the regular burnt offering, and those for New Moons and for all the appointed feasts of the Lord that were consecrated, and those of everyone who willingly offered a freewill offering to the Lord. From the first day of the seventh month they began to offer burnt offerings to the Lord, although the foundation of the temple of the Lord had not been laid” (Ezra 3:4-6).
JEREMIAH’S PROPHETIC CALENDAR
From 605 BC to 536 BC is 69 years on the Julian/Gregorian/Jewish calendar. But God did not use any of these calendars. He used a new calendar called the “prophetic calendar” which He used to calculate the duration of Jeremiah’s prophecy of 70 ‘years.’ It is prophetic because it is used by God to determine the duration of two prophecies, Jeremiah’s 70 years of desolation and Daniel’s 70 sevens. There are more actual ‘years’ in a prophetic calendar than in a strictly solar calendar, but less days, so it appears that God was actually lessening the time of the 70 years desolation. For example, there are 25,200 days in 70 years of a 360 day calendar, while there are 25,567 days in 70 years of a 365.2425 day calendar. IOW, 70 years of a 360 day prophetic calendar is approximately equal to 69 years of a solar (and Jewish) calendar.
Due to the above passages in Ezra, I believe the end date for the 70 years of desolation for the Jews, as prophesied by Jeremiah, occurred on Friday, September 21, 536 BC (Julian calendar) or Tishri 1 (Feast of Trumpets), AM 3226 on the Jewish calendar. The total duration for the desolations of Judah was for 25,200 days (70 years x 360 days), from Friday, September 23, 605 BC to Friday, September 21, 536 BC. From the 5th day of Tabernacles in 605 BC to the day of the Feast of Trumpets in 536 BC.
You might ask, “Why didn’t God just tell Jeremiah the desolations would last for 69 (regular) years on the Julian/solar calendar (of 365/366 days), instead of 70 (shortened) years on the prophetic calendar of 360 days per year? Come on, you know the answer! The number 7 is God’s perfect number and represents perfection and completeness. The number 10 represents ordinal perfection. 70 (7 X 10) is the biblical number that signifies perfect spiritual order carried out with all spiritual power and meaning. See: https://www.raptureready.com/2018/11/09/seven-gods-perfect-numbers-part-3-randy-nettles/. The complete number, 2520 (3 x 7 x 10 x 12), is seen in this prophecy as well. The 70 ‘years’ consist of 25,000 (2520 x 10) days. God’s complete judgment against Judah for not obeying His word, in regards to keeping the Shemitah years, was now complete. As it is written, so shall it be!
The reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem began about 6 months later. However, they stopped construction when opposition arose from surrounding nations. The work on the temple remained dormant for well over a decade until the prophets Haggai and Zechariah urged the Jews to complete the project in 516 BC.
DANIELS’ PROPHECY OF 490 YEARS (SEVENTY SEVENS)
The second part of the history of Israel’s desolations (and future restoration) began three years prior to the children of Israel’s return to the Promised Land. In 539 BC, Daniel the prophet was in Babylon and was reading the words of Jeremiah regarding the 70 years of judgment against Judah. “In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the lineage of the Medes, who was made king over the realm of the Chaldeans—in the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by the books the number of the years specified by the word of the Lord through Jeremiah the prophet, that He would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem” (Daniel 9:2). Daniel realized that the 70-year exile of Judah was nearing its completion. He began to pray and beg God’s forgiveness for the sins of His people and pleading for the restoration of Jerusalem.
In the midst of Daniel’s prayer, the angel Gabriel appeared and gave him a vision. 70 ‘sevens’ (weeks) have been decreed for the people of Judah and the holy city Jerusalem. Sevens or weeks refer to 7 years, so 70 sevens would amount to 490 ‘years.’ From the decree to restore and build Jerusalem (the streets shall be built again, and the wall; even in troublesome times) until Messiah the Prince comes, there would be 69 sevens (or 483 years); after which the Messiah would be killed. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; and the people of the prince who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Then he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering. And on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate, even until the consummation, which is determined, is poured out on the desolate” (Daniel 9:26-27).
There are two theories on why God decreed these 70 sevens/weeks (490 years) for the nation of Israel. I am now of the opinion that theory 2 is the correct one. Regardless of your opinion, they both amount to the same amount of time.
God multiplied Israel’s judgment for not obeying His word (idol-worship, ten commandments, etc.) and not observing the Shemitah years while in the land according to Leviticus 26:18, whereas God promised His people that if they did not obey Him, He would punish them 7 more times for their sins. So instead of just 70 years of judgment, there would be 490 years of judgment for Israel.
The 490 years of Daniel’s 70 sevens were not a judgment. They were a period of time set by God to complete the six objectives the angel Gabriel listed in Daniel 9:24 for the Jewish people and the city of Jerusalem: “Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy” (Daniel 9:24).
I believe Jeremiah’s prophecy of the 10 sevens or 70 years of 360 days per year is the model or harbinger of Daniel’s prophecy for the duration of the 70 sevens. The 360-day prophetic calendar should be called Jeremiah’s prophetic calendar.
In this article, we will just concentrate on the first 69 weeks of Daniel’s prophecy. Daniel and other Jewish leaders believed that the Messiah would come after the 70 years were fulfilled, but Gabriel informed him otherwise. Gabriel told Daniel that the Messiah would come, but only after hundreds of years and then he would be killed after 69 sevens had elapsed. I can only imagine Daniel’s shock after receiving this news from the heavenly messenger.
According to our calculations (and others), the starting point for Daniel’s prophecy of 70 sevens is the year 444 BC when King Artaxerxes I Longimanus of Persia issued the decree for the Jews to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. See Thomas Ice’s article regarding this issue. There were 3 decrees given by kings of Persia regarding rebuilding the temple and the city of Jerusalem: 537 BC by Cyrus (Ezra 1:2-4 & 6:3-5); 458 BC by Artaxerxes (Ezra 7:11-26); and 444 BC by Artaxerxes (at the time of Nehemiah’s return to Jerusalem). These are the only 3 decrees given by kings of Persia regarding rebuilding the Jewish temple or walls of Jerusalem. The 444 BC decree is the only one that was for the purpose of rebuilding the walls and streets of Jerusalem.
DANIEL’S PROPHECY OF SEVENTY SEVENS AS CALCULATED BY JEREMIAH’S CALENDAR
We know that Jesus Christ was crucified in AD 33 and that is the endpoint of the 69 sevens of Daniel’s prophecy. From 444 BC to AD 33 is 476 solar years (as there is no year 0) when using the solar calendar of 365/366 days per year. All other calendars, including the Jewish calendar, with their intercalary months added periodically, eventually coincide with our modern-day Gregorian calendar of 365.2425 days per year.
Regarding the duration of the 69 sevens in Daniel’s prophecy, it should be for 483 years, as 69 sevens (69 X 7) = 483 years; but as you can see 444 BC + AD 33 = 476 years. So how do you explain this seeming discrepancy? The same way you do with Jeremiah’s prophecy of 70 years, by using the Jeremiah prophetic calendar of 360 days. If these starting and end dates for Daniel’s prophecy are correct (and they are), then the only explanation is that God is using the 360-day prophetic calendar, as He did with Jeremiah’s prophecy. That is why the 360-day calendar is called the ‘prophetic’ calendar.
If the Gregorian or Hebrew calendar was used for Daniel’s prophecy, there would be 176,412 days within 69 sevens or 483 years. If you deduct these days from the end date of April 2 (Nisan 14), AD 33, you would get a starting date of April 6 (Nisan 18), 451 BC. There was no decree given by any Persian king in 451 BC. So, we know that none of these calendars that use 365/366 days per year were used. The only one that works is Jeremiah’s prophetic calendar of 360 days per year. In this case, there would be 173,880 days within 69 sevens or 483 years. If you deduct 173,880 days from April 2, AD 33, you arrive on Thursday, March 12, 444 BC. From Thursday, March 12, 444 BC to Thursday, April 2, AD 33 is the timeline for Daniel’s 69 sevens prophecy. There are 2520 days in a 7 year (360 days) period, so 173,880 total days divided by 2520 days = 69 ‘years.’
Likewise, the last 7 years of Daniel’s 70th seven/week (the Tribulation) will be for 2520 days. 176,400 total days (360 days X 490 years = 176,400 days) divided by 2520 days = 70 ‘years’. Daniel’s 70th seven prophecy will be the last prophecy to be fulfilled before the 2nd Advent of Jesus Christ to the earth occurs. All vision and prophecy will be sealed up and no longer needed in Jesus’ kingdom on earth as foretold by Daniel the prophet many moons ago. Jesus will no longer need prophets to speak for Him, as He will talk to us in person, face to face.
Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus!
Randy Nettles email@example.com
72 Percent Of Americans Believe “The Nation’s Moral Compass Is Pointed In The Wrong Direction” - by Michael - http://endoftheamericandream.com/72-percent-of-americans-believe-the-nations-moral-compass-is-pointed-in-the-wrong-direction/
A new survey has found that the vast majority of Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track morally, but meanwhile the nation continues to move away from organized religion at an unprecedented rate. Needless to say, America’s moral decline has been a focus of mine for a very long time. Our society has been steadily decaying for decades, and our culture is now radically different than it was when I was growing up. I would love to see our culture return to the way that it was 50 or 60 years ago, but I don’t think that is ever going to happen. Instead, the numbers seem to indicate that our culture is going to continue to deteriorate as older Americans die off and younger Americans gain more power in society.
According to a brand new Deseret News/Marist Poll survey that was just released, 72 percent of Americans believe that “the nation’s moral compass is pointed in the wrong direction”.
On the surface, that number would seem to be really good news.
Because if most of us can agree that there is a problem, theoretically we should be able to agree that a solution to that problem is necessary.
The survey also discovered that it isn’t just highly religious Americans that believe that we are in moral decline. 74 percent of Christians agreed that “the nation’s moral compass is pointed in the wrong direction”, and 69 percent of non-religious Americans also agreed with that statement.
I found that to be very noteworthy.
And this is how the numbers broke down by political affiliation…
-90 percent of Republicans agreed
-77 percent of Independents agreed
-51 percent of Democrats agreed
It is very rare for any survey to ever find this sort of widespread agreement on any issue.
Surprisingly, the survey also found that more than half of all Americans still believe in the God of the Bible…
For example, 54% of Americans report they believe in God as described in the Bible—this includes 86% of all those who practice a religion and one in three (33%) individuals who report they do not practice a religion.
But despite the numbers that I just shared with you, apparently most Americans do not believe that organized religion is the answer to our moral problems.
In fact, the survey found that the percentage of Americans that attend religious services “at least once or twice a month” has fallen by 12 percent just since 2011…
Only 40% of adults report attending a religious service at least once or twice a month. This is a noticeable decline from an April 2011 Marist Poll which revealed that 52% of Americans attended religious services at least once or twice a month.
So what will our society look like if these trends continue?
The survey also discovered that the oldest U.S. adults are more than twice as likely as the youngest U.S. adults to attend religious services regularly…
Attendance at religious services is also influenced by age: Americans 60 or older (43%) are the most likely to attend services at least weekly. This practice decreases significantly with younger Americans: 45-59 (27%), 30-44 (25%) and 18-29 (21%).
These results are perfectly consistent with other poll numbers that I have written about in the past.
As older Americans die off, it appears that our society will become less and less religious.
So if our society is already facing a “moral crisis” today, what would things be like a few decades from now?
That is a frightening question to consider.
Another new report that was just released also found that Americans are increasingly abandoning organized religion…
A new report released Thursday by the American Enterprise Institute shows, however, that despite the proven benefits of belonging to a faith community, Americans are increasingly leaving organized religion with each subsequent generation and the majority aren’t coming back.
In the report, Generation Z and the future of faith in America, Daniel A. Cox, senior fellow in polling and public opinion at the American Enterprise Institute, who also serves as director of the Survey Center on American Life, paints a complicated and diminished view of religion in American life.
According to that report, Americans that are in Generation Z are almost four times as likely to be religiously unaffiliated as members of the Silent Generation are…
Generation Z, born in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is now the least religious generation yet, with 34% of them identifying as religiously unaffiliated. Among millennials, 29% identify as religiously unaffiliated, while Generation X stands at 25%. Only 18% of baby boomers and 9% of the silent generation identify as religiously unaffiliated.
Survey after survey has shown the same thing.
Americans are losing their religion, and young adults are leading the way.
We are a completely different nation than we were 50 years ago. In this sort of an environment, crimes against humanity of the highest order can be revealed and yet hardly anyone gets upset about them.
When I was growing up, what was right and what was wrong was generally very clear.
But these days very few people have a clear sense of what is right and what is wrong.
In fact, much of the time what used to be “wrong” is now called “right”, and what used to be “right” is now called “wrong”.
We have become an upside down society where those that actually try to stand up for morality and virtue are called the bad guys, and those that are dragging our society into the gutter are called the good guys.
If we continue to stay on this path, there is only one way that things can end.
Unfortunately, those that are determined to fundamentally transform our society seem to have unstoppable momentum at this point, and that is really bad news for all of us.
CLIMATE LOCKDOWN: Globalists are exploiting oil price spikes to push for greater population control with “10-point plan” that includes bans on travel - https://www.naturalnews.com/2022-03-24-globalists-oil-price-spikes-push-population-control.html
The globalists, like the Democrat Party in the U.S., never lets a good crisis go to waste, using each one to push their agenda of suppression and population control just a little further down the field.
In a “10-Point Plan to Cut Oil Use” (See Chart Below) – a long-held objective of the globalists is to get rid of cheap, plentiful fossil fuels altogether – the International Energy Agency (IEA) wants to return Americans to the bad old days of reduced highway speeds and increasing filthy mass transit in order to deal with the current (and temporary) spikes in oil prices.
As oil has risen (as part of “Bidenlflation”) so, too, have gas prices, leading the IEA to put forth a plan that is essentially a climate lockdown, which includes banning the use of private vehicles in cities on Sundays.
Additional measures include bringing down highway speeds, more working from home, cutting out business travel by air and imposing a new tax on SUVs, according to Climate Depot.
“Governments have all the necessary tools at their disposal to put oil demand into decline in the coming years, which would support efforts to both strengthen energy security and achieve vital climate goals,” the report states.
Another policy proposal is “restricting private cars’ use of roads in large cities to those with even-numbered plates some weekdays and those with odd-numbered plates on other weekdays” – never mind that most Americans who use their vehicles to go to work need them every weekday.
“As a result of Russia’s appalling aggression against Ukraine, the world may well be facing its biggest oil supply shock in decades, with huge implications for our economies and societies,” said IEA Executive Director Fatih Birol, who launched the ‘plan’ earlier this week with Barbara Pompili, the Minister for the Ecological Transition of France, which currently holds the Presidency of the European Union.
“IEA member countries have already stepped in to support the global economy with an initial release of millions of barrels of emergency oil stocks, but we can also take action on demand to avoid the risk of a crippling oil crunch,” Birol said. “Our 10-point plan shows this can be done through measures that have already been tested and proven in multiple countries.”
“France and all European countries must get out of their dependence on fossil fuels, in particular on Russian fossil fuels as soon as possible,” France’s Minister of the Ecological Transition Barbara Pompili said. “It is an absolute necessity, for the climate but also for our energy sovereignty. The plan proposed today by the IEA offers some interesting ideas, some of which are in line with our own ideas to reduce our dependence on oil.”
Marc Morano, a former Capitol Hill staffer who launched Climate Depot and managed GOP communications for the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Work, referred to the IEA plan as “COVID 2.0,” saying the report “sounds an awful lot like an energy version of COVID lockdowns.”
“Instead of opening America back up for domestic energy production, we are told to suffer and do with less and are prescribed the same failed lockdown-style policies we endured for COVID,” Morano said. “It is odd how COVID ‘solutions’ also allegedly helped the climate and now the same solutions are being touted to deal with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”
He also noted that the proposed ‘solutions’ to climate change, COVID and now the Russian war are all exactly the same – hammer the poor and middle class with more restrictions on travel, less freedom and even more surrendering of power to unelected government regulators.”
The globalists want their ‘subjects’ poor, immobile and dependent on them.
Prophecy and Increased Knowledge - Nathele Grahams - firstname.lastname@example.org
Are you afraid? Do you listen to the network news and find many reasons to stay in your home and bury your head in useless pursuits? Many people are addicted to watching the news and are very scared because of what they hear. Instead of reporting news, it seems reporters are geared to instill fear. People deal with fear in various ways, such as playing video games, partying, YouTube videos with low moral value, and much more. By throwing themselves into such activities, they hope to drive the trouble out of their minds. Instead of turning to God for answers, people turn to the world. The world has no answers, but God does. God has given Biblical prophecy, but the mindset of most Christians is that it’s too confusing. I agree that you can’t understand it unless you study. When you study, it’s important to let go of ancient interpretations, and study it with knowledge of today. Daniel was given an amazing prophecy of the end times, but was told “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” Daniel 12:3. The word “knowledge” is “da’at” in Hebrew and means “knowledge, perception, skill and discernment, understanding, wisdom”. In other words, what Daniel was shown would make no sense to him, but as time went on, this prophecy (and indeed, all prophecy) would make more sense. Daniel wanted to know more. “And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?” Daniel 12:8. He was very concerned about what he had been shown. Remember, Daniel was Jewish and had heard some disturbing things concerning the entire world, but mostly about Israel. We all need to be concerned about Israel. The answer that was given to Daniel wasn’t what he wanted to hear. “And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:9-10. Brothers and sisters, we are nearing “…the time of the end.”, but too many Christians don’t even try to understand prophecy. Have you studied the book of Daniel? Have you studied Revelation? Have you studied any Biblical prophecy? If not, you should, and if you do then use increased knowledge to gain understanding.
Until a few years ago, things that happened miles away, could only be known after time had passed. If a large earthquake happened in Japan, it would take time for the news to reach people in distant lands. But now we can watch on-the-spot, live news coverage. As the war between Russian and Ukraine continues, there’s live coverage of it all. I have an App on my cellphone that sends an alert every time rockets are shot at Israel. Sadly, it goes off way too often. When Scripture tells us that there will be two witnesses in the streets of Jerusalem during the final week of History, and that the whole world will see them lying dead in the street, people of yesterday just don’t understand how. Truly knowledge is increasing, and we need to apply it to our understanding of prophecy. It seems that knowledge of Biblical prophecy is stuck in the Dark Ages. Praise God there are a few knowledgeable men who share their insights. When Scripture was first written by men inspired by the Holy Spirit, the weapons of war included horses, spears, and swords. When Isaiah penned the prophecy in Isaiah 17 regarding the destruction of Damascus, the weapons of war were very primitive. “The burden of Damascus. Behold, Damascus is taken away from being a city, and it shall be a ruinous heap. The cities of Aroer are forsaken: they shall be for flocks, which shall lie down, and none shall make them afraid.” Isaiah 17:1-2. I can understand why those who have read it through the years were confused. Damascus, Syria, is an ancient city, and there have been many wars fought there, but none have left it a ruinous heap. How could soldiers on horseback, with swords and arrows totally destroy this large city? Maybe they could have set fire to it? The ancient people wouldn’t have known about airplanes flying over with bombs. You see, updating the understanding of prophecy based on modern knowledge can make it more understandable.
The news media is a good thing, but also a bad thing. Instead of simply reporting news they choose a side and give a biased report slanted to make their chosen “hero” look good. Today, Russia is the bad guy, and Ukraine is the good guy. The truth is both are led by humans who fail. The images of the destruction that Russia is causing in Ukraine are truly sickening. On the other hand, do you remember a few years back, when Hunter Biden was paid millions of dollars by the Ukrainian government to basically do nothing? Friends, use discernment when placing your loyalties. The tragedy in Ukraine can also be the catalyst for evangelism. Does that make headlines on the nightly news? There are many Christians who are working hard to provide food and shelter to those who have lost their homes in this war. Another overlooked aspect of the war is that Israel has rescued hundreds of orphans and displaced people. I’m certain that when the fighting ends, there will be many stories of God’s mighty hand at work. Never lose sight of the fact that God is eternal, and nothing that happens surprises Him. His desire is that everyone look to Him for salvation. “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else.” Isaiah 45:22. The greatest tragedy is when a person dies without asking for salvation through Jesus Christ. Use knowledge of prophecy to witness to the lost.
Don’t be afraid to study prophecy. The Apostle Peter tells us just how important it is. “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: knowing this first that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” 2 Peter 1:19-21. Peter had been speaking about his experiences with Jesus, whose birth, life, and death were the subject of many prophecies. Had the religious leaders understood those prophecies, they would have recognized Jesus as their Messiah. They chose blindness and ignorance. The miraculous things Jesus did should have been evidence that He was the Messiah, but understanding prophecy should have clinched it. Today the world is getting darker, but God’s light outshines the darkness. Peter said that Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Jeremiah, and all of the other prophets of God, didn’t make up the prophecies, but were inspired by the Holy Spirit. They were given a look into the future, and described it as best they could with their knowledge of the time. Today, we’ve gained knowledge and that should make the study of prophecy come into focus.
We are nearing the time of Jacob’s Trouble. That’s what Jeremiah called Daniel’s 70th week. “Alas! for that day is great so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” Jeremiah 30:7. Why is it called the time of Jacob’s Trouble? Jacob was the father of 12 sons, each was the head of one of the tribes of Israel. God changed Jacob’s name to Israel. Those final seven years (Daniel’s 70th week) are about the nation of Israel. Throughout the Old Testament, God’s chosen people are referred to as “Jacob” or “Israel”. Usually, when the nation is rebelling against their God, they are called Jacob. When the nation is in fellowship with God, they’re referred to as Israel. So, by calling that time “Jacob’s trouble”, we know two things. First, the nation is in rebellion and also, those seven years are about Israel. Today, many Jewish people from all nations are returning to Israel, but most of them don’t believe in God…they aren’t in fellowship with Him. Even though the entire world is judged by the wrath of God, the main focus is Israel and bringing them to a covenant relationship with God. One false belief held by some Christians is that Christians have replaced Israel in God’s heart. That is absolutely ridiculous. We have our place and Israel has their place. Not only have we not replaced Israel, but we will be Raptured prior to the start of Daniel’s 70th week.
As secular knowledge increases, Biblical knowledge should also increase. We are drawing very close to Daniel’s 70th week. Study Revelation and understand what a horrific time those seven years will be. When the Lamb opens the first seal, the end begins. Read Revelation with discernment. Christians have nothing to fear from the horrors of that week The reason we have nothing to fear is that we will be safely at Home with our Lord. Revelation, chapters 2 and 3, contain seven letters which Jesus dictated to the Apostle John. These letters describe the history of Christianity. The first letter, addressed to Ephesus, describes those Christians in the first century who faced much persecution. Unfortunately, they had begun to change their focus from a relationship with Christ, to religion. “I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars: and has borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake hast laboured, and hast not fainted.” Revelation 2:2-3. That sounds good, but Jesus sees everything, and has a criticism. “Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left they first love.” Revelation 2:4. They were turning the joy of salvation into works and religion. Today we live in the time of the final letter written to Laodicea…the apostate church. What a sad letter it is. Christ is no longer the focus, but many false teachings have entered. The congregation is lukewarm…neither hot nor cold. Jesus says He will spue them out of His mouth. Apparently, the leadership of the congregation has failed. Instead of preaching the pure Gospel, it’s watered-down God’s truth in order to make it easy for the pew-warmers to hear. We should learn from this, but instead of reading Jesus’ prophetic words, we are shutting Him out of our worship and our lives. When was the last time the Gospel was preached from the pulpit in your place of worship? It does make people uncomfortable to think they sin and need to be forgiven. Jesus isn’t wanted inside the Laodicean congregation, but He hasn’t given up. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. Don’t wait for the pastor to preach the Gospel. You have a Bible, so study and allow the Holy Spirit and increased knowledge of God’s truth to guide you. Answer the knock…Jesus wants to come in to your heart. The first verse of Chapter 4 reads “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet taking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.” Revelation 4:1. Remember, the history of the church ended in chapter 3. The first words in chapter 4 are, in Greek, “meta tauta” which indicate a sequence of events. First the Church Age runs its course, then a door is open in Heaven and The Apostle John (representing Christians) was told to “Come up hither”. John is a picture of the Rapture.
Knowledge is so important to understanding all Scripture, but when studying prophecy, knowledge is very important. Use it wisely.
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Daily Jot: The Farm Chronicles: The Gathering Place - Bill Wilson – www.dailyjot.com
There is a slice of American history that reveals the closeness of neighbors and friends. While our farm, established around 1818, was in a rural area, friends, relatives and neighbors all knew each other. Between the Wilson’s, Richards’ and Griffith’s, I was related to about 80% of Paris Township. My cousin, Betty Richards, was my second grade teacher. And even though my brothers were 14 and 9 years older than me, Betty also taught them. Virginia Cook, wife of pastor William Cook, was our first grade teacher. Sue McCarthy, one of my mom and dad’s best friends, filled in as a substitute. It was really difficult for me to call her “Mrs. McCarthy” because all my life she was like a second mother, Sue.
Life was a bit slower in 1960’s rural Ohio. It was real. The people were friendly. We interacted. People were generous. If you walked into Griff’s general store in Wayland, which was also the local post office, you could expect to be greeted by your first name, and generally, you couldn’t be in too much of a hurry as there had to be a conversation about something. I didn’t mind because Dad would usually fork out a nickel or a dime so I could get a candy bar and a Coke from the vending machine outside on the porch. He always made me feel like that was a lot of money, so I had better take my time and enjoy the purchases. I really don’t know how Griff stayed in business as there weren’t many customers. Probably the post office was the cash cow.
While life was not as fast moving as it is today, people worked hard. There was no end to the work. Many could not support themselves on the small farms, so they had second, even third jobs. Dad had the farm, a gas and oil delivery business, custom combining, and hauling things for people. Warren McCarthy, for example, had his small farm, worked at Packard Electric, and had a carpentry shop. The days were long and by the weekend, everybody knew how to celebrate as the wise Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes 3:13, “And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labor, it is a gift of God.” And on Sunday, the Lord was praised and honored for those gifts by the community at church. After church, was a time of visiting and our farm was often the gathering place.
I was reminded of this by a Monday, October 31, 1960 letter from Mom to my brother Chuck, who was attending Ashland College. She wrote: “Went to church yesterday. Then the company started in the afternoon. Donald and Sadie Tomlinson came. We were real pleased and surprised. They stayed all afternoon and for supper, too. Left here about 7:30. While they were here Eddie Evans came. Then Helen and Eddie and then Betty and Gene. So we really had a house full. It never fails. Everyone comes at once. It was 11:00 o’clock by the time everyone left. So all in all, it was quite a day.” This was a typical weekend and because they did not forsake the gathering together of one another as advised in Hebrews 10, their friendships kept them strong and loyal in good times and bad. Our farm was the gathering place for many. No need to call ahead.
Daily Devotion: Disastrous Disobedience - by Greg Laurie – www.harevst.org
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. —Psalm 19:7
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Moses was fed up. And he was in no mood to speak to some rock.
In the past, God had directed Moses to go to a rock and strike it with his staff, and then water gushed out. But this time the God didn’t tell him to do that. He told Moses to just speak to the rock, and water would flow out to satisfy the thirst of the people and the livestock.
Moses, however, wanted to hit something. Therefore, he didn’t speak to the rock. He didn’t even whack it once like he had before. No, he said to the people, “Hear now, you rebels! Must we bring water for you out of this rock?” (Numbers 20:10 NKJV). Then he lifted his staff, struck the rock twice, and water came pouring out of it.
There are a number of things that went wrong here, but clearly Moses hadn’t done what the Lord called him to do. As a result, God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not believe Me, to hallow Me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore you shall not bring this assembly into the land which I have given them” (verse 12 NKJV).
In the same way, we can’t select the things in the Bible that we want to follow and then ignore the rest. Jesus said, “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you” (John 15:14 NKJV).
Someone might say, “Well, I like this part of the Bible and that other part of the Bible, but this one passage of Scripture? I don’t know if I agree with that.”
However, Jesus didn’t say, “You are My friends if you do whatever you find easy or personally agree with.” By the way, who are we to offer an opinion on the Bible? It is absolute truth. The Bible is right, and we need to align our thoughts with what the Scripture teaches.
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