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Lamentations 3 They have violated Noah's covenant with God.
48 Streams of tears flow from my eyes
because my people are destroyed.
How, why? Let’s just look at modern history, you had the Russian revolution which terrorized the rich elites. They understandably wanted to build a bulwark against the Soviets by building up Germany and it was worthy of a Disney evil genius how they made the Germans become beholden to them. They engineered the most onerous peace treaty which the Germans would not be able to ever get out from under. Then they came in with their money and built up a useful idiot, Hitler, to run a Fascists regime and pumped billions into their industry to build up a state of the art manufacturing. This is how the German miracle took place, it was paid for the by the rich elites. Now you might think this doesn’t make sense, who wants to invest in creating a megalomaniac who will set fire to Europe? Why would the Rothschilds and European aristocracy do this? What you have to understand is that war is exceedingly profitable business for these ones, government will borrow huge sums of money making banks very rich, they will buy all sorts of guns (remington), tanks and jeeps (Ford, etc) oil and gas (standard oil) and on and on. Pushing the world to war was very good business for all involved. Obviously Hitler went too far when he started bombing London, I mean that is close to the Queen’s castle, so they applied pressure for him to turn his attention to the real target, Russia. From any logical or military point of view attacking Russia was idiotic, stopping the battle of Britain was idiotic, but from the elites point of view it made perfect sense. Still, they are very greedy and will not allow themselves to take a loss, so even though they played both sides and were going to come out with a profit anyway, they wanted to get their investment in Germany back. Hence, the Final Solution. Make the 11 million gassed in the Holocaust pay. Take everything they own, even their gold fillings. Now that may seem like ancient history but that crime, their involvement in one of the most heinous and evil acts in human history is what motivates them to this day. You have to hide that sin. How can you hide it without a really powerful CIA. When you have committed a horrible crime like that it makes you very paranoid that someone will find out and expose you. That is the impetus behind the CIA, that is the impetus behind filling the deep state power positions with like minded people who are also compromised by their own sins. The cold war, the terrorists attacks, these were all designed to convince us we needed a super powerful NSA and CIA. JFK, Watergate, 9/11 it all flows from there. Vietnam was simply feeding and watering your garden of evil doers.
49 My eyes will flow unceasingly,
Why is there no relief? The facts on these things have already come out. Where is the press? Where is the justice department? Why haven’t the law courts dealt with this? They are not your press or your law courts, they belong to the rulers. Could it be any clearer? If someone commits mass murder against the US (911) nothing happens and the investigation is horribly flawed. On the other hand if someone trespasses in the Capitol building they are summarily executed or locked up in solitary confinement.
50 until the Lord looks down
from heaven and sees.
What is the covenant God made with Noah, it was the governments job to deal with murder. If you fail to do that you violate your covenant with God and you are no longer legitimate. We show God this, let Him see, and then it is on God to bring judgement.
Lamentations 3 As they have done may it be done unto them
51 What I see brings grief to my soul
because of all the women of my city.
There was a six year old girl shot and killed on the streets of NYC yesterday and her mother is now in the ICU. All this evil that is perpetrated by the elites and the Deep state, the victims are the women of the city. They are the ones who are raped, they are the ones who see their kids shot and killed on the street or caught up in drugs or in gangs.
52 Those who were my enemies without cause
hunted me like a bird.
It can be very confusing, you can go to work for a company and be the hardest worker, the most upright, the most trustworthy, and they will hunt you and try to destroy you. It doesn’t make any sense until you realize they are a criminal enterprise and they can’t have someone with a sense of truth and justice in their midst.
53 They tried to end my life in a pit
and threw stones at me;
the waters closed over my head,
and I thought I was about to perish.
I have seen this on survival shows, they know they can’t catch the animal so they try to drive it towards a trap where they can kill it. It takes planning, preparation and teamwork for them to do this. One example of those who were enemies without a cause hunting you like a bird: when JFK was killed a police officer named Tibbits was also killed. For years this was a bizarre part of the story because no one believed Oswald killed him so why did the conspirators target this guy? It turns out his nickname was JFK because of how closely he resembled the president. The conspirators did not anticipate the Zapruder film, but they did anticipate more than 3 gun shots. So they needed to switch bodies with the president with a man who had only been killed with 3 shots from the rear. However, it was a complete failure which is why the man working on making Tibbits look like JFK removed his brain as there was no other way to hide the paths of the bullets. In the end the autopsy done in Washington was of the policeman Tibbits, not JFK, neither Bobby or Jacqueline thought the body was JFK, and the brain was brought in later, after the body, of a third person.
55 I called on your name, Lord,
from the depths of the pit.
This is where we are now, the earth is filled with violence and with blood. They can’t hide it anymore and it seems all of the elites are completely dominated with these satanic secret societies.
56 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears
to my cry for relief.”
Now is the time for God’s people to cry for relief. Not to the courts or the unrighteous judge, but to God himself.
57 You came near when I called you,
and you said, “Do not fear.”
We are not alone, in fact we are the 99% and God will hear our voice and God intends to deal with this. The Lord told us He would. They are the tares that have grown up alongside us and will be tossed into the fire.
58 You, Lord, took up my case;
you redeemed my life.
I am very impressed with those who have taken up the case in this last year. Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell, Mike Lindell, Steve Bannon, just to name a few. There are people of conscience, Godly people, who have answered the bell and risen to the challenge. I heard Bannon say “We love the fight”, I love that attitude.
59 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.
Uphold my cause!
There are plenty of Youtube videos showing the wrong that is being done, the response should be to uphold their cause. I saw on the news all these stories about the deplorables so I decided to see for myself and went to the first stop the steal rally in Washington DC and talked to them. They had a cause and I wanted to stand with them to uphold their cause.
You have seen the depth of their vengeance,
all their plots against me.
January 6th was an example of the depth of their vengeance and their plot against MAGA. It was the Deep state trying to discredit MAGA. The pandemic and the vaccine are also their plot against us. Who could have imagined the depth of their vengeance?
61 Lord, you have heard their insults,
all their plots against me—
what my enemies whisper and mutter
against me all day long.
Deplorables, insurrectionists, racists, white supremacists, and on and on.
63 Look at them! Sitting or standing,
they mock me in their songs.
Pay them back what they deserve, Lord,
for what their hands have done.
Yes pray that God would honor His word, that they would reap what they have sowed.
65 Put a veil over their hearts,
and may your curse be on them!
Beautiful! This is what they have tried to do to us, to put a veil over our heart so we would not see and not know the truth. They have tried to put a curse on us, well may that curse rebound and land on them.
66 Pursue them in anger and destroy them
from under the heavens of the Lord.
They pursued us, so Lord pursue them! They have tried to destroy us from under heaven so Lord destroy them from under the heavens.
1. He is speaking from his experience concerning superficial teachings and their effect on believers.
2. I love his response to seeing previous blunders, it isn’t to throw your hands up but rather to say “I need to speak to every witness” and “look for every piece of the puzzle”.
3. I love his attitude — I have a very different teaching from most, so let me know what you think and let’s learn from one another.
4. It is great to have a contrary approach to a portion of scripture you are familiar with, it really helps you double check your understanding.
5. So let’s get into it, he focuses on the account in Luke which says “the fig tree and all the trees”. If you look at the translations all the really good ones like ASV, Darby, KJV and NIV all say this. But he fishes around to find a translation that says “or any tree” instead of “and all the trees”. He then interprets that the Fig tree does not refer to Israel in this instance but to just any tree. So then the parable is a comparison between “these things” the signs given in the chapter and leaves on a tree indicating summer is almost here. So then these things are signs of something that is about to happen just like leaves on a tree are a sign that summer is almost here.
6. So it is funny because I agree with him in part, you need to see all these things happening, not just one thing. However, if Matthew and Mark are just referring to any tree and He just happened to pick the fig tree it is very confusing because one of the very biggest prophecies in the entire Bible is that Israel would be born in a day after having been dispersed to the four winds for close to two thousand years. Why wouldn’t the fulfillment of that prophecy be one of the leaves on the tree, and yes on the fig tree?
7. Now let’s consider the signs of the end of the age. Joel describes a worldwide pandemic with social distancing that shuts down the economy. Does that take place a generation before the Lord’s return? Another sign is that Jerusalem will be compassed with armies, when you see the run. Is that one of these signs that tells you all will be fulfilled in a generation? When I am driving down the road towards NYC I will see many signs. One sign might say NYC 250 miles, another will say NYC 150 miles, and on and on. Some signs take place right at the exit you are to take.
8. So then, what about this verse in Luke “the fig tree and all the trees”? When Israel was reformed they were not the only country. Syria (1946), Jordan (1946), Lebanon (1943), Israel (1948), Egypt, Iraq and Sudan also gained independece around this time. Each of these countries has a national tree, but now it is very interesting that Mark and Matthew do not say “all the trees”, only Luke. The thought is that Luke represents the first rapture, whereas Matthew represents the rapture of Israel at the end of the tribulation. For Matthew Syria and Jordan and Lebanon all would have gained their independence more than one generation earlier.
This chapter is the photographic negative of the gospel. The gospel is filled with testimonies of people who were poor but now are rich, who were destitute or ruined or drug addicts or in one way or another in a terrible situation but their life was turned around with the gospel. We call that to “reverse the curse”. Well now that all those Jesus freaks are gone the blessing that came with them is unravelling as well.
1 How is the gold become dim! how is the most pure gold changed!
The stones of the sanctuary are poured out at the head of every street.
The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold,
How are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!
I visited Taiwan in the 1980s and this is the way they viewed the US. They would talk of how tall and how strong the Americans were. The country was viewed as being very rich and the people very esteemed.
3 Even the jackals draw out the breast, they give suck to their young ones:
The daughter of my people is become cruel, like the ostriches in the wilderness.
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst:
The young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.
Wow. They used to look on them as fine gold, beautiful earthen pitchers, a work of art. Now they are being compared to jackals and ostriches for cruelty. Their children are starving in the streets and they ignore them. This has been a complaint for years that kids in the inner city are ignored, that is why they get into gangs. The parents are single parents, they are working two jobs, they need assistance, after school programs, and yet the Americans ignore the kids when even Jackals will act like a community, instead they are like ostriches that bury their head in the sand and ignore their own children.
5 They that did feed delicately are desolate in the streets:
They that were brought up in scarlet embrace dunghills.
This is what is about to happen and it is just. When they were feeding delicately at some fancy restaurant did they care about these desolate wandering the streets? When they were being brought up in luxury were they concerned about kids digging through garbage dumps? So then, as you have done it will be done unto you. The main lesson of the Lord’s command to do unto others as you would have them do unto you is to treat people with mercy. They didn’t treat others with mercy and now the the tables have been turned. One last chance to repent, like the thief on the cross and admit you deserve your judgement.
6 For the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the sin of Sodom,
That was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands were laid upon her.
There are two raptures of the Christians. Many are raptured prior to the tribulation like Noah who escaped the flood. The rest are delivered out of the tribulation like Lot who was rescued from Sodom and Gomorrah. Lamentations is giving us an eyewitness account of what it is like for those in the tribulation who were not raptured beforehand. It is a warning that all who fear the Lord will heed.
7 Her nobles were purer than snow, they were whiter than milk;
They were more ruddy in body than rubies, their polishing was as of sapphire.
Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets:
Their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.
We have seen this in the US as well. We now have gyms everywhere, for people to go to the gym is common these days. Fifty years ago or seventy years ago after the War you didn’t see this anywhere. This is not something that 70% of the world does, this is something the rich and the elite can afford. What you consider common in the US is still quite extraordinary for the majority of people on this planet.
9 They that are slain with the sword are better than they that are slain with hunger;
For these pine away, stricken through, for want of the fruits of the field.
So what should you do if you are left behind? If it were me I would become much more bold, no way I’m going to stop speaking, you will have to kill me. I would much rather be a martyr at this point than to try and survive for three years. I don’t want to be Lot being saved by the skin of my teeth in a very humiliating way.
10 The hands of the pitiful women have boiled their own children;
They were their food in the destruction of the daughter of my people.
Do you really want to go through that? Take a stand for the Lord otherwise the depth that you will sink to will scar you for eternity.
11 Jehovah hath accomplished his wrath, he hath poured out his fierce anger;
And he hath kindled a fire in Zion, which hath devoured the foundations thereof.
Remember this is the goal. The corruption of the deep state is way beyond anything you would imagine. Take the most evil people, assume 1% of the world is aligned with them and will do anything they need to to get rich, advance their career, or feed their lusts. Even if 99% of the world is not that evil it still means you have 75 million who are that evil. If you ask a cartel member what it means to “do anything” or if you ask a snuff porn film maker what it means, or Satanist, or a dictator like Stalin you would have an idea of what this 1% do. They must be destroyed, they must be burned to the ground. The point of the gospel was that you don’t have to be destroyed with them, you could receive Jesus, confess your sins, repent, and obey the Lord’s word. This judgement was only for Satan and his angels, why would you give away your salvation to experience their judgement with them?
12 The kings of the earth believed not, neither all the inhabitants of the world,
That the adversary and the enemy would enter into the gates of Jerusalem.
Unbelief, it is a terrible sin. Don’t say “we didn’t know”. You knew, you were warned, you mocked at any discussion of hell and judgement, you made all kinds of human arguments about why a God of Love would not judge serial killers, genocidal maniacs, sociopathic cartels, pedophile rings, satanists, etc.
Lamentations 4 Judgement begins in the House of God
It is because of the sins of her prophets, and the iniquities of her priests,
That have shed the blood of the just in the midst of her.
Dr. Fauci as head of the NIH is a “priest” in the US government. He funded research at the Wuhan Bio weapons laboratory to combine various bat viruses in order to make them more transmissible to humans, something known as “gain of function”. This is the same lab that we now believe the pandemic came from and the same type of virus the pandemic is. He was asked in a congressional hearing if he had ever funded gain of function research at the Wuhan lab and he said no. This is just one example of the sins but you can be sure that these sins have shed the blood of the just in the midst of this country.
They wander as blind men in the streets, they are polluted with blood,
So that men cannot touch their garments.
Dr. Fauci is a good example of this. There was a time when he was on TV daily with his discussion of the pandemic, now know one will touch him.
Depart ye, they cried unto them, Unclean! depart, depart, touch not!
When they fled away and wandered, men said among the nations, They shall no more sojourn here.
Rand Paul and Steve Bannon are the two loudest proclaiming for him to depart. Worldwide we are seeing protests in Europe, the US and other countries that used to listen to Fauci but no more.
The anger of Jehovah hath scattered them; he will no more regard them:
They respected not the persons of the priests, they favored not the elders.
Fauci is an elder, a priest, a dignitary. When he is exposed as a liar who had no regard for human life people lose all respect for these leaders and have no confidence they are actually concerned for their lives.
Our eyes do yet fail in looking for our vain help:
In our watching we have watched for a nation that could not save.
We thought the CDC would help, that was vain help. We thought Big Pharma could save with their vaccine, that is now been proven false as the Delta variant is very prevalent among the fully vaccinated. We had a group of Democrat legislators from Texas run to DC on a charter plane, everyone of them had been vaccinated and now six have tested positive for the new variant. That is about 12%!
They hunt our steps, so that we cannot go in our streets:
Our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come.
This is the plan, to force the vaccinations. So far the protests have stopped this. Universities, colleges, the military, hospitals, they have all attempted to mandate the vaccine and failed. Now that people can see that it is all but useless and that Fauci has been lying to them it is very doubtful those that didn’t trust the vaccine before will change their mind. As a result the US is now paying $30 an hour to send people door to door with the vaccine and threatening to censor your phone calls and text messages if you say anything about the vaccine.
Our pursuers were swifter than the eagles of the heavens:
They chased us upon the mountains, they laid wait for us in the wilderness.
This attempt to vaccinate everyone is worldwide. Which is even creepier, they won’t answer basic questions about the efficacy and risks of the vaccine and yet everyone worldwide must take it and in some countries they are doing forced vaccinations.
20 The breath of our nostrils, the anointed of Jehovah, was taken in their pits;
Of whom we said, Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.
Again, this is a vision of what it will be like in the tribulation after the first rapture. There are many Christians who think the best strategy is to not say anything, don’t make waves, and yet they appreciate those believers who taking a stand. They thought they could simply hide in their shadow.
21 Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, that dwellest in the land of Uz:
The cup shall pass through unto thee also; thou shalt be drunken, and shalt make thyself naked.
The punishment of thine iniquity is accomplished, O daughter of Zion; he will no more carry thee away into captivity:
He will visit thine iniquity, O daughter of Edom; he will uncover thy sins.
Judgement begins in the House of God. The goal is that you would confess your sins, repent of them, turn and allow the Lord to save you by obeying His commands.
I think it is interesting that coded into the text concerning Israel making a golden calf is the word "Corona". (This is based on something called "Bible Code" which has been demonstrated statistically to be so highly unlikely to happen coincidentally that highly respected scientists and statisticians have concluded that these codes were actually intentionally put into the text of the Bible just like you would code a message during wartime). We now know that Fauci, Zuckerberg, and many others were funding the research to "fashion" this virus, just like those who gave the offerings to fashion the golden calf. Why would a pandemic from a man made virus be likened to "a golden calf", well check the balance sheets of Big Pharma, the Tech giants, and others involved in this research. They have made out like bandits and yes, others have gone into bankruptcy because of this but that just means they will be able to buy up assets at a fraction of the cost at the same time they have money coming out the wazoo. After all having a vaccine to the pandemic is like having the cure for cancer.
10 The lips of a king speak as an oracle, and his mouth does not betray justice.
11 Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making. 12 Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.
Fauci betrays justice. He is not speaking with an honest scale. In one hearing he categorically denies having financed gain of function research. In the next hearing he admits he financed gain of function research but insists that didn't kill anyone. A year ago he insisted the evidence was clear that the virus originated from natural origins and not from a lab. We now know there is no evidence at all that this originated naturally and all evidence points to a lab origin. When he pointed away from the lab he was privately thanked by people who work in that lab doing gain of function research. Because of his connections to the lab where the virus originated he should have been one of the very first to be aware of what had happened yet he was advising the president to not shut travel to Wuhan, he did not have the PPE ordered and as a result we didn't have adequate PPE at the start of the pandemic, and he said the evidence was overwhelming that HCQ was not effective at treating Covid19 and instead was dangerous. These decisions are all responsible for deaths and are either due to clear and undeniable deceit or else gross negligence. He held up Cuomo as the gold standard for following the guidelines and castigated Desantis, though we now know it was exactly the opposite and Cuomo may yet be prosecuted for the deaths of people due to his policies.
We skimmed over this. The CCP, the UN and the globalists are the ones trying to overthrow the US, the populists and those for democracy and freedom. So yes, the US is being judged for abandoning the Lord but let's be real, "Edom" abandoned the Lord long before we ever did. Judgement begins with the house of God but it will certainly move on to these other groups.
Our understanding of the Tribulation is that the first half is the judgement on the Christians left behind, but once they are taken the judgement falls on Sodom and Gomorrah, the evil, godless world.
I am getting pushback on my theory that the 15th of Av is the festival that depicts the rapture. The reason for this is that it is not listed in Leviticus as one of the key feasts. The story of it is given in both Numbers and Judges, but it wasn't a major feast.
This is true and yet I feel that all the best feasts depicting the church age are not in Leviticus. Passover and unleavened bread are not unique to the the church age. Shavuot is referring to Israel at Mt. Sinai, however we have come to Mt. Sinai, Pentecost is clearly a feast that is very big for the church but is very vague and difficult to discern in the OT. Yes it talks about a feast of new wine, but it is so vague that we have conflated Shavuot in the third month with Pentecost in the fifth month up until just a year or two ago. Then it seems Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles all take place after this pause for the church age takes place.
That said Hanukah is definitely a festival that depicts the church age and the "rededication of the temple" with a type of the antichrist there. Paul organized the last eight chapters of 2 Corinthians on the 8 days of light of this festival. It is a feast that depicts the NT ministry. Purim is another feast that appears to depict the believers standing against the enemy to "stop the steal". A reference the Lord gives us repeatedly for the end of the age. The 15th of Av is a third feast that is not mentioned in Leviticus, so why is that?
The 15th of Av is directly tied to the 9th of Av by 6 days and by 40 years. Why would God give us a feast depicting the rapture of the believers in the church age in Leviticus before the 9th of Av? Israel has to stumble first.
There are many aspects to the rapture. One is that many saints will be ashamed, they will not be watching, and to them the Lord will come as a thief. The story was that this one tribe did not come to assist in the battle against Benjamin, they were asleep, the Lord did come to them as a thief, and their daughters were stolen. Another aspect of the Rapture is that this is the "firstfruits" it is an offering from all the churches to God of those who are ripe first, this story clearly depicts God's people in a very pathetic situation making an offering, an atoning sacrifice of these girls. A third aspect of the rapture is that "the dead in Christ rise first" and that is the origin story of this feast, they laid in graves expecting to die in the night and they did that for six days until they realized the curse was past, and they rose out of the graves. The fourth aspect of this story is that this is considered the "happiest" day of the year (along with the day of atonement). I think we all look at this first rapture as the happiest day of our NT calendar. The fifth aspect of this feast is that it is the most auspicious day on the calendar to get married. The sixth aspect of this feast is that it is the same day that the Lord took some disciples up the mount of transfiguration. The seventh aspect of this feast is that it is directly tied to the 9th of Av in both Matthew and Mark (the transfiguration was six days after Peter gets rebuked by the Lord saying "get thee behind me Satan"). However, in Luke, the gospel to those who are raptured first there is no reference to Peter being rebuked for trying to talk the Lord out of the cross, this gospel represents the account of Joshua and Caleb, they embraced the cross so in that account it "is about 8 days since the resurrection day is the 8th day and the rapture takes us in the 8th day, the day of new beginnings. Finally, the 8th aspect of this feast is you stop chopping wood on this date, you stop hanging on a tree. The Christian life and the church age is an age of us "being crucified with Christ", we are hanging on a tree and that will come to an end at the rapture. But this "debate" is foolish, we will all know the reality in one month, Aug 22/23
In this blog I have given the signs in the sun, moon and stars because the Lord says there will be signs that we should take note. Some have really gone into great detail on these signs and they are quite amazing. They go so far as to try and figure out where the Sun, Moon and stars would be to indicate the rapture. I find that is foolish, complete conjecture without a verse in the Bible to stand on. That said I always felt that the rapture should take place on a Full moon. The moon represents the church and the she is supposed to have her lamps lit, she is supposed to be the light set on a hill. You could argue for a quarter moon since some will be taken and some will be left but the problem with that is that the quarter moon is on the 7th, the sabbath day, the full moon is on the 15th, that is "about the 8th day" which is how Luke describes the day of the Mount of Transfiguration.
Others have gone into great detail on the Jewish calendar and I am very appreciative of all I have learned. But I felt they forgot a very key point, in the NT we have only been given one day to keep and that is the Lord's day. Paul made it very clear that no one is to judge us concerning the feasts of the Old Covenant, on the other hand Hebrews makes it very clear that we are not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together and so much the more as we see the day approaching. Philadelphia is taken as a church, as an assembly. Therefore I have also felt that the Lord will return on the Lord's day. Think how wonderful that is, some have great joy in searching the scriptures for clues, others just want to worship the lord and praise Him. That is fine, as long as you are doing that then don't let anyone judge you. Now those are two very big clues, on the Lord's day and during a full moon.
Jeremiah is the prophet to those who are left behind and it says "summer is past and we are not saved". This corresponds with the Fig tree prophecy that Israel being reformed as a nation indicates that "summer is near". It also corresponds to the Song of Songs description of when he tells the bride to come away in chapter 2. That narrows it down further, during the Lord's day, during a full moon and during summer.
I could go on, Dr. Barry Awe in the last video I posted makes a very comprehensive and compelling case for 2021 being the year for the rapture.
But the clincher for me is the Mount of Transfiguration, the clues are there for us to realize this takes place on the 15th of Av, the happiest day on the calendar. This will be the day when all God's people know the curse is over, whether they get raptured or not.
18 Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say I am?” 19 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, that one of the prophets of long ago has come back to life.” 20 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Peter answered, “God’s Messiah.”
This is reported in all three gospels, only in Luke does it not mention the part about Peter telling the Lord He didn’t need to go to the cross. I liken this account to the 9th of Av when the spies returned from spying out the good land to give their report. Since Luke is referring to those who are raptured prior to the tribulation, the Joshuas and Calebs there is no reference to this part of the story.
21 Jesus strictly warned them not to tell this to anyone.
Do you have a problem with this? They are given a revelation of Jesus that they are to keep to themselves. Obviously when we read the book of Acts we learn that they were very vocal to say that Jesus was the Christ, the son of God, but at this point in time they need to keep quiet because it is through the resurrection and ascension that God designated Jesus as the Son of God.
22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”
He must be killed. Pr 22:3 The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. Jesus saw the danger, was He prudent? Did He take refuge, did He advise the disciples to hide themselves? Jesus continued to keep going to Jerusalem and the cross, so was He simple? Did He pay the penalty? Was He a ransom for our sin? He must be raised to life. There are many out there who will try every possible way to avoid having Jesus as Lord. They will go so far as to crucify Him. They are conceited, they are envious, they would rather fail than have Jesus be Lord. Pr 22:4 Humility is the fear of the Lord; its wages are riches and honor and life. Clearly the Lord was not simple, He saw the danger, but He humbled Himself to be a servant, to fear the Lord. There are people who do see the danger approaching from this pandemic, from climate change, and from these protests. They see the schools shutting down, they see visions of armed riots, and they see the collapse of the economy. So what do we do, are we afraid of Herod the Tetrarch who goes around chopping heads off, or do we fear the Lord who has set His face to go to Jerusalem? Are you going to run and hide yourself, or are you going to proclaim the kingdom? Did you really think you would cast out demons without a fight? Pr 21:12 The Righteous One takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin. That is why it must be this way. The Lord is prudent, He does see the danger, and He fears God. Man’s sin is going to be judged, that is the danger, so He became a ransom for us to pay the price for us. Pr 21:22 One who is wise can go up against the city of the mighty and pull down the stronghold in which they trust. Think of the public school system. For inner city youths, for young men of color, for the poor it is not too much to say they have been a failure. The United States generally scores 28th on international exams comparing school systems. However, we spend far more per student than the countries scoring at the top of these exams. When you consider how we do for the money we are far worse than 28th. This is because the Son of Man was rejected by the elders. The first year they did one of these international exams Finland scored first. All the reporters ran to the political leaders to ask them what they did. They were confused, they hadn’t done anything. They had simply told the educators to figure out the best way to educate and the politicians had basically kept their hands off. In the US controlling funding for the school system is very big money, no way the political leaders, the “chief priests and rulers” will keep their hands off. That is why we have one of the worst education systems “for the money”. On the one hand the death and resurrection of Jesus demonstrated that He was the one chosen by God, just like Aaron’s budded rod did. Pr 21:15 When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers. On the other hand Jesus' crucifixion becomes a judgement on the elders and chief priests who rejected Him and sentenced Him to die.
23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.
This chapter is written to those who want to be the Lord’s disciple. Pr 20:6 Many claim to have unfailing love, but a faithful person who can find? You want to be able to heal the sick, cast out demons, and proclaim the kingdom. The Lord is faithful, are you? For two thousand years there have been many Christians in the church meetings claiming to have unfailing love for the Lord. But, during the tribulation will the Lord be able to find any that are truly faithful?
24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? 26 Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels. 27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”
These words are written for our admonition. The Lord’s crucifixion and resurrection was a very big day in human history, but the 2nd coming of the Lord is also a very big day in human history.
15th of Av in Luke is the day they go up the Mount of transfiguration
28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem.
This word “departure” is a direct reference to the Exodus. Jesus was sacrificed as our Passover, His death and resurrection was His exodus, and He opened the way for all of us to cross the Red Sea and follow Him. Likewise at the end of the age there will be a transfiguration, and some of us will see the Lord in glory on the mountain top. The firstfruits will be raptured to the Lord. At that time we will see Moses and Elijah, the two witnesses. So look at this chapter as a word to us at this moment in time.
One of the big issues with this chapter is that it says “about eight days after Jesus said this” whereas in the gospels of Matthew and Mark it says six days later. So which is it? It is six days after the 9th of Av when the spies like Peter gave a bad report. However it is about 8 days after the Lord giving the word to follow Him to take up your cross. The 8th day is a new beginning, it is the day of resurrection. The rapture is a transfiguration and it is a new beginning and it is six days after the 9th of Av. The rapture signals the end of the curse and is the happiest day of this age along with the day we learn that our names are written in the book of life.
The tribulation and the great tribulation will be a trial on this earth that has never been seen before. Like the 9th of Av it will be a day of crying and a period of testing. Although the 15th of Av is 6 days after the 9th, it is also 40 years after because for forty years they were under that curse. As we head into that storm you have to focus on the word, don’t worry about anything else. Don’t worry about your job, don’t worry about your money, just focus on the word. Proclaim the kingdom. Whatever church, whatever house you are in, remain until the Lord comes. Feed one another with your testimonies. The crowds, social media, and the news will have all kinds of ideas about what is going on. You need to pray that the Lord open your eyes to see that this is the Lord’s doing, it is His return. Second thing we need to see is that we must suffer many things. The things that the chief priests and rulers do are the sins that they will be judged for, God is not going to judge them until they have committed the sins. We must suffer these things, we must take up our cross and follow Him.
I listened to a youtube video of a Pastor who had a prophetic dream. His dream saw the catastrophe we would have in March and in June, he saw the Lord pointing to these months. He saw the riots and protests. He saw that this would get worse in September and then He saw that in November it would be catastrophic. He saw vultures and armed riots and economic collapse. But then he gave his advice on what people should do and it was all about trying to save your life. He talked about buying a gun, converting your cash to gold. Whoever wants to save their life will lose it. You have been proclaiming your love and faith in the Lord for years in the meetings, now let’s see if the Lord can find faith when He returns.
The 15th of Av is also the day they celebrate that they can stop chopping wood. We are crucified with Christ, we are hanging on a tree until the day of our rapture and then the crucified life becomes the ascended life.
He also said there are some here that will not taste death until they see the Kingdom of God. Jesus is our salvation (not guns, not gold) and there are some of us that will be raptured to the Lord before they taste death.
32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him.
It is time for us to wake up. The rapture will certainly be a wake up call for all of God’s people who are left behind.
33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.) 34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.”
Instead of making fun of Peter, let’s all admit we are about to enter into a terrifying time, none of us knows what to do or what to say. So then, once again, forget everything else, just focus on one thing Jesus is the Son of God, the one that God has chosen, listen to Him.
36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.
The Lord’s first coming was somewhat private, only the disciples saw Him, the second coming will be public, in glory, and at that time every knee will bow. Likewise this first rapture will be somewhat private unlike the one at the end of the age.
37 The next day, when they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met him. 38 A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39 A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him.
What a wonderful picture of the Black Lives Matter protests. The looting, the rioting, the anti semitic comments, the vandalism against various statues, it is like an epileptic boy having convulsions that throw him into the fire and try to destroy him. These things damage the movement, they damage the community, they damage the people involved. His father is there, men that were involved in the Civil Rights Movement in the sixties, and they are praying someone will help their children, someone will cast this demon out of them.
According to Luke what happens immediately after the rapture?
40 I begged your disciples to drive it out, but they could not.” 41 “You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.”
Why is the Black Lives Movement like this? Two reasons, they are unbelieving, it seems to them there has not been any progress, they don’t believe their parents know what they are doing. The second reason is this is a perverse generation. The looters are perverse, the rioters are perverse, racists slurs are perverse. There are athletes that used to be millionaires, but have lost everything and they blame “the Jews”. Be a man, take responsibility for your own actions, your own perverseness. That is why you are now broke.
42 Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father. 43 And they were all amazed at the greatness of God. While everyone was marveling at all that Jesus did, he said to his disciples, 44 “Listen carefully to what I am about to tell you: The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45 But they did not understand what this meant. It was hidden from them, so that they did not grasp it, and they were afraid to ask him about it.
The situation is about to get very bad. The only way to prepare yourself is the word of God. We are going to be delivered into the hands of men, do not lean to your own understanding, hold fast to Jesus. The general consensus is that the tribulation begins with the feast of trumpets in October of this year (the first new moon after the autumnal equinox). Basically you have some Christians who obeyed the word to take up their cross and follow the Lord, they are raptured, but there are still many who did not feel it was necessary to be so extreme. They “must” take up their cross and so for these believers the rapture is a sobering message, the tribulation is about to begin (the 15th of Av is around August 22 or August 23).
46 An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest.47 Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. 48 Then he said to them, “Whoever welcomes this little child in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. For it is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest.”
I saw something, protesters tore down a statue in the UK and replaced it with a statue of one of the leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is a fork in the road, and trying to boost your own ego is the wrong way to go. The reason they provoke others by attacking George Washington and Abraham Lincoln is because they are conceited and they are envious. This is a very basic lesson for believers, that pride goeth before a fall, or “death to ego”. There are going to be a lot of believers who after the rapture are essentially beginning in “first grade”.
49 “Master,” said John, “we saw someone driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” 50 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.”
This is another error I have seen them make. They are telling everyone who is protesting what they have to stand for. Some people are concerned about climate change, some people are concerned about the ethical treatment of animals, and some are concerned about racism. None of them are against you, they are all for righteousness. They are all for the Kingdom. Do not stop them, if they aren’t against righteousness then they are for you. This is another elementary school lesson, there are many ministries in the Body of Christ but one body.
51 As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; 53 but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. 54 When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, “Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?” 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them. 56 Then he and his disciples went to another village.
The Lord has appointed us to proclaim the kingdom, to cast out demons and to heal the sick. He hasn’t appointed us as Judge and executioner. Jesus is Lord. We proclaim the kingdom, He will do the rest. If Facebook doesn’t welcome you do not pray that God curses them, merely go to Rumble or Getter or to some other village.
57 As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
Many people think they need a budget, they want committees to raise money for the work. The Lord has turned the entire age and He didn’t have any of that. What you need is the Lord. If you don’t have the Lord all of that is a waste, and if you do have the Lord none of that will make any difference.
59 He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” 60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
There was no social security in those days, instead there were familial responsibilities. We still have familial responsibilities, Paul said that if we don’t take care of our family we are worse than an infidel. But, you can’t use this as an excuse to not follow the Lord. Examine yourself and examine your heart.
61 Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” 62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
It sounds reasonable, but the Lord’s picture translates what they are really saying. They are plowing the field and yet are looking back from where they came from. It is like Lot’s wife who looked back no Sodom and was turned to a pillar of salt. If you want to follow the Lord you have to be all in.
Exodus 15 -- Defeating tyranny in 10 steps, part 1
1 Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord: “I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
Tyranny controls people by creating a terrifying enemy whether internal or external. In this case it was the Egyptian army. They will harras you, imprison you, attack with a thug caste system, and seek to control what you say and think. Dissent will be equated to treason. To “sing to the Lord, for He is highly exalted” would have been equal to treason to Pharaoh. They impose this tyranny with both the horse and the rider. So the government leaders will call for censorship and make free speech illegal. Protests are now evidence of insurrection. Meanwhile the horses of Big Tech and the mainstream media carry this message far and wide. This victory throws both the politician trying to become a dictator and the large corporations supporting that effort into the sea. This is what the recall efforts for Newsom, Cuomo and others will do. This is what the laws passed by Poland, Hungary and proposed by Florida will do. This is what the collapse of their ratings will do.
2 “The Lord is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
The Lord is our strength. The church is headed up by the Lord and follows Him, they will see the victory. Only 3% of those living in the American colonies rose up to fight against Britain, the Super power of the day, and they defeated them. It doesn’t take every Christian on earth or even every Christian in the US, just a portion of them following the Lord will be enough.
3 The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name.
It is time that the Lord Jesus, the warrior, be revealed to the world.
4 Pharaoh’s chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea.
The best of Pharaoh’s officers are drowned in the Red Sea.
Tyrannies and wannabe dictators will target individuals. We saw this at Smith College with the phony “Eating while Black” scandal. Four people were fired from their jobs or lost their jobs over the scandal and they attempted to get everyone else at the University to conform ideologically even though it was plainly evident to be bogus. They target universities because they are historically a hotbed of activism. Well, you reap what you sow. The Lord in turn hurls their best officers into the sea. Twitter, Google, Youtube, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, CNN, NY Times and Disney are just a few of the examples of their “best officers”. All of these companies have been exposed and people in the US and around the world are leaving these services as fast as they can.
5 The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone.
Stock prices are highly leveraged based on projected growth rates over the next five years. A company that is projected to grow by 15% per year due to rapid expansion into a worldwide market who now is seeing a 15% decrease due to their blatant censorship and arrogance could see a very rapid drop in stock price of 80% or more. In other words the stock will sink like a stone.
6 Your right hand, Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, Lord, shattered the enemy.
Apple, Amazon and Google all acted together to try and destroy Parler. That violates antitrust laws. When companies violate antitrust laws the response is to “shatter them”, break them up.
7 “In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.
Microsoft and the other tech giants want to identify every computer with a “fingerprint” so that not only can they delete posts they disagree with but they can also go and shut down your computer as well. Imagine if in the very near future when Twitter deletes your tweet not only is the tweet deleted but your computer is shut down as well. This is the ultimate dream of tyrants, to be able to have an internal surveillance system so powerful that they can monitor every person what they are saying and then harass and target individuals. Well, the Lord has His own internal surveillance system and He knows who opposes Him and He will throw them down. He will unleash His anger on them and you will see their laptops being shut down like a grass fire sweeping through the plains.
8 By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood up like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.
What we are seeing today in the US has caused great indignation to the Lord.
9 The enemy boasted, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.’
We see this with every tyrant. They send out a thug caste of scary young men in order to shut down society. Already in Europe they want to divide up the failed restaurants and give them to a communal ownership. First you bankrupt these private businesses and then you can just take them over without even having to pay a dime. This is how they will pay for their new “communist system” by taking everything the middle class has built up.
10 But you blew with your breath, and the sea covered them. They sank like lead in the mighty waters.
Twitter will sink like a stone, Antifa will sink like lead.
11 Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you— majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?
The Lord delivered Israel from the Egyptians, he delivered the Americans from the British and He can deliver us now at the end of this age.
12 “You stretch out your right hand, and the earth swallows your enemies.
We saw this during WWII. The US getting involved was like the Lord stretching out His right hand. Once that happened the earth swallowed up the fascists and those belonging to the emperor.
13 In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed.
In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.
We have been redeemed by the Lord, we belong to Him. Anyone tries to mess with us they are messing with the Lord because we belong to Him.