Created  May 27, 2014                                       updated  Nov 7, 2014

The Last Days: Part 14

"Israel's" Choice: Reward or Punishment?


Sub-headings:
The Premise
The Covenant
1st in Leviticus at Sinai
Deuteronomy 28
Deuteronomy 29-30
Deuteronomy 31-32
Who Is to Blame?
Political Meddling
Foreign Gods, Foreign Women
Fornication
Gideon and Midian
Statutes of the Nations
Jeremiah & Deliverance
Remembrance of Egypt
The Whore's Judgment Day
Proverbs 3
What Should Have Been    Nov 7 014
Final Comments

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The Premise
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I put Israel in quotation marks to make the reader ponder as to why I am setting it apart, qualifying it. In this case, It is because I intend this for both "Israels." If anyone is familiar with The New Testament use of "Israel," from the writings of Paul, then you should know this. There is the old fleshly Israel, descended from Jacob, according to the flesh/DNA. And then there is the Spiritual Israel, according to promise and symbolic of that promise, applying to Christianity only in its early form, rather than the corrupted one it soon became. But Spiritual Israel is also symbolic of the New Covenant and is still in force, on both Israels. One Flock, One Shepherd.

Originally, Spiritual Israel was all Jewish, the remnant (good seed) left of the otherwise rotted Israel, as represented by Judah/Judea. But God knowing in advance that most of fleshly Israel would beg off and want nothing to do with Jehovah, their God, opened the way for people of all nations to "fill His house," His kingdom seats in His government administration, as prophesied by Daniel, who foretold of this kingdom.

The devil sought out and corrupted both Israels long ago. But if we look back at the Law God gave through Moses, we see a prophecy written out in very extensive detail and form, in these  5 chapters of Deuteronomy, 28-32, near the very end of that book. They involve the choices before the 1st Israel, led by Moses, depending upon their choice and actions in the generations of them to come. But realistically, these choices apply equally to the 2nd Israel, Spiritual Israel, Christianity. Both have their opportunity to choose either the blessings or curses; good obedient dedicated behavior to God or not! So what applied to the 1st, also applies to the 2nd, too. Which will it be? Obedience? Or death?

But these prophecies of what Israel's future would be, were unusual from the prophecies later to follow in time. Prophecy in general, would tend to be in cryptic, sort of riddle form, with symbols, figures, allegories and the like. But not so with the 5 chapters covering the covenant between Israel and God. These would be rather plainly stated, in easy to understand language, for the most part. I'll take a stab at why this might have been done.

Since this was a contract, a covenant, a legal agreement, really; that God chose clear plain language to spell things out for a people that had been rather dull in understanding. God wanted this to stick in their heads well, so He wrote a song for Moses to record and sing/play that Israel was to keep, sing and hear often to remind them of their eventual betrayal of their agreement with Jehovah, so that it might prick the conscience of some in later times far into the future, in the last days, just before Judgment Day.

Why is this so important? And it is important! Some might tend to doubt my interpretations of prophetic symbols. But these symbols are consistent and unified. But since neither myself nor anyone else that I have ever come across, has recognized the prophecies of Deuteronomy 28-32 as being part of the Last Days fulfillments and judgments; it needs to be pointed out that they are, indeed, part of the Last Days fulfillments. Not only part of, but a key element of verifying other symbols.

I am going to speculate even a little further. Since no one has grasped this up to now, it is likely that it was intended not to be understood until now, even though it had been in written form for about 3500 years, and often read on the Sabbath in Judah. Now will be the time of its unveiling and used to confirm the prophetic symbols at hand. How fitting that the formation of Israel as a national servant of God, should also predict the end result of the formation of that nation. The end told from the beginning even as Isaiah said.

Isaiah 40:21 Have ye not known? have you not heard? has it not been told you from the beginning? have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he.

Isaiah 41:26 Who hath declared from the beginning, that we may know? and beforetime, that we may say, He is righteous? yea, there is none that shows, yea, there is none that declares, yea, there is none that hears your words.

Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:

Isaiah 48:3 I have declared the former things from the beginning; and they went forth out of my mouth, and I showed them; I did them suddenly, and they came to pass.

Isaiah 48:5 I have even from the beginning declared it to you; before it came to pass I showed it thee: lest you should say, Mine idol has done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.

Isaiah 48:7 They are created now, and not from the beginning; even before the day when you heard them not; lest you should say, Behold, I knew them.

Isaiah 48:16 Come ye near unto me, hear ye this; I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, there am I: and now 

Deuteronomy's 5 contractual chapters, told at the beginning, were to predict the ending, the finale. They would be both the foundation corner stone and cap to top it off. The irony is that we were told the ending so long ago and did not grasp it.

So we are going to consider those choices laid before "all Israel." They are a warning to "all Israel." If you love your life and want to keep it and want to protect your loved ones, then you need to take this very seriously. It is a matter of life and death.

After we cover Deuteronomy, I then write concerning Israel's continual betrayal of God and His rules. He calls her a whore and adulterer. It was foreseen from the beginning that this was going to be the case and I write to establish that. I show that Israel was sought out by the devil from the beginning. Then after he had her in his grips, he then sought out the new spin-off that was to replace the forsaken harlot, Christianity. But she ended up being no better than the previous whore.

Many are going to be upset with my pointing out their consistent historical enmity with Jehovah, their God. The truth hurts! But it is impossible to hide, as well. My purpose is to bring back as many of Israel as possible, back into the fold, to inherit the kingdom intended for them from the beginning.

Many today believe that Christianity, as it stands today, is the original pure faith once delivered by the Christ. This is the biggest lie of all. A total fraud! It is totally corrupted and ruined and it is essential that any who love God get out of that old whore's churches at once. All modern day denominational churches are an abomination, controlled by servants of Satan, thru secret societies, civic and charitable organizations, and government manipulation.

So whether a Jew or a Christian, this article is for you, spelled out in plain English, to make clear the will of God.


The Covenant
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This covers the Covenant, the Contract, really, between God and Israel, found in Leviticus and Deuteronomy, primarily. This Contract was to be binding upon Israel forever, meaning as long as things were still being settled between the devil and God and Judgment Day was still awaiting fulfillment, then Israel, all of it, for all the generations ever to be born, was to keep this contract and its terms, till God made promised revisions of that contract by another much like Moses in stature and prominence, preeminence even.

The contract was updated, as promised, by a foretold Messiah, in the person of Jesus. And as if that was not enough, Judgment Day will also bring more changes to that contract as "new books" would be opened as former men and women administer to mankind, as kings and priests in heaven alongside Jesus and the Father. So Christians, too, are also obligated to the same terms of service as regards rewards and punishment.

But this whole article is about this big contract that God required of Israel. Why was all the seed of Israel obligated for all time to keep this contract? Some might think it unfair to make future generations responsible for the keeping of the Law of God. But in reality, God will be making all mankind fully responsible for obedience to Him/God.

God gave Israel great gifts when forming Israel thru Moses, such as literacy, law, justice, in a good productive farming land/nation. These made the entire nation of Israel very literate and educated. In fact, it is my opinion that it was the nation of Israel, starting with Moses, that gave the phonetic alphabet, using vowel-less reduction to aid scribes in recording scriptures. Phoenicians, from where we get the term phonetic, are credited with its invention, but just because evidence may not have survived to testify to it, it is possible that Israel was the one who gave the phonetic alphabet style of writing to the Mediterranean and the world.

I suggest this because Israel and its temple worship of God, all revolved around written records. Such written and copied repeatedly over the years records provide us with the most historical detail likely existing in any literature of any race, nation, or culture. Israel lived and died by this phonetic written language recorded on parchment, papyrus and now paper.

The irony here is that while stone inscriptions and monuments last for millennia, they can still be destroyed, but even if they survive, the difficulty of carving in stone means the very few things will get recorded. So the ease of writing by hand actually allowed history to be further preserved with far greater detail than any other nation had produced. God knows how to protect His concerns by choosing the right form of recording. Hindsight suggests that Israel's course was the correct one and likely the one to have a profound influence on the whole region, which included Canaan and its most notable descendent, the Phoenicians-Carthaginians.

Egypt's hieroglyphics would not survive or at least thrive. Assyria'a stone records were not enough. None had an eternal devoted priesthood that kept religious and royal records and historical accounts. In fact, the very fact that the priesthood of Israel/Judah survived with its records is likely only due to God's protection or they might have disappeared in time.

The biggest problem was that 1500 BC, the time of Moses, was so far back and remote in time, that most history and knowledge of that period was lost, leaving scant and incomplete evidence, that could easily mislead. But Paul Yves Pezron's History of the Celtic peoples is rather impressive but it, too, was on written records left over from many different historians, amounting to an admirable work, though still not of the scope that Israel's priesthood accomplished.

God gave Israel a strong racial identity and loyalty to fellow Israelites, which bond and loyalty was another great advantage and a gift, that Israel likely would not have had otherwise. God made Israel stand out from the rest of the nations and races. No other nation has ever possessed such intense loyalty. This brings advantages and power, which must be tempered with responsibility to use the various gifts of God with judiciousness and care. God would not tolerate anything less. These gifts were to be applied to God's worship and purpose. So all Israel has been made accountable for the great advantages she inherited from God, which every succeeding generation much render an account for.

The impressive accomplishments of Jews today, exist, because of those gifts received from God on high. so God holds them accountable for their continued use of these gifts. If misused, God will punish Israel for abusing His gifts to them. They would not have what they do, had they not received it from God. This is why God had to hold all future generation of Israel accountable for their application of these gifts.



1st in Leviticus at Sinai

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Leviticus 26: 1-13         >Obedience and Blessings<

1 you shall make you no idols, neither shall you rear you up a graven image, or a pillar, neither shall you place any figured stone in your land, to bow down unto it: for I am Jehovah your God.
2 you shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am Jehovah.
3 if you walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
4 then I will give your rains in their season, and the land shall yield its increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.
5 And your threshing shall reach unto the vintage, and the vintage shall reach unto the sowing time; and you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.
6 And I will give peace in the land, and you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid: and I will cause evil beasts to cease out of the land, neither shall the sword go through your land.
7 and you shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.
8 And five of you shall chase a hundred, and a hundred of you shall chase ten thousand; and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
9 And I will have respect unto you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, and will establish my covenant with you.
10 and you shall eat old store long kept, and you shall bring forth the old because of the new.
11 And I will set my tabernacle among you : and my soul shall not abhor you.
12 And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.
13 I am Jehovah your God, who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that you should not be their bondmen; and I have broken the bars of your yoke, and made you go upright.

>> God's laws were very important to Him. If Israel would earnestly apply themselves to keeping God's law, God would gladly aid them in even super-natural ways. Why? God had several options as to how to proceed, or perhaps put more correctly, God wanted to offer at least 2 options, one of blessing and one of punishment for disobedience.

Had Israel kept God's law for the most part, God would be justified in aiding Israel in super-natural ways, to demonstrate to the nations around Israel that God was blessing Israel and that it would be more advantageous to live like Israel so as not to offend God. Nations wanting to keep God's law would have certainly been welcomed by God and arrangements made for some kind of relationship between God and them. But it would remain exclusively Israel's to have those who fill the ranks of a heavenly governmental and priestly administration in bring mankind back to perfection lost by Adam.

But God also knew mankind well and their fallen nature. He knew the course they would choose, as a majority. And it would be disobedience and corruption. But let me make this perfectly clear !!! God has always left the door open to exceptional people, regardless of race or nationality. Many are the races who have embraced beliefs of racial superiority, which Noam Chomsky of late has called "Exceptionalism." Chomsky can be looked up on Wikipedia or at Chomsky.info. He often has very insightful and interesting things to say. I do not agree with everything he says, but he does speak as an individual with considerable intelligence, which is a good thing.

"Exceptionalism" is the doctrine, basically, of "claimed" Superiority, of a nation or race, by that nation or race. Chomsky is disappointed with what he now considers the attitude of the USA as believing itself to be "Exceptional" and unique among nations, with certain rights over and above other nations, due to its more moral and intellectual superiority. And if you agreed with that, I have several bridges I could sell you for a very reasonable price. Call for details ;-)

But there are religious Exceptionalists, intellectual Exceptionalists, racial Exceptionalists, national Exceptionalists, and others, too. National and Racial are usually the top 2 favorites. But not with God !!! "In every nation the man that "fears" God, is acceptable to Him/God."

God is not blind nor a fool. He knows that good and bad are spread throughout every nation and race and wants all who are good (willing to obey God) in His Kingdom/World. God provided for the redemption of any man or woman who wants to do things God's way. Israel was to play a special role in bringing back all of humanity that would accept Him/God.

God offered Israel the prospect of "privilege" to serve in heaven with God and with distinction and glory, so to speak. But God knew most of Israel would reject that offer. But it remains open to individuals of both Israel's, if they want it and its requirements.<<

Verses 14-46 The Curses/Punishment 

>>You will note that the Curses to follow have 32 verses, as opposed to just 13 for the Rewards above. Clearly, the Punishments were given far more attention. We will see why soon.<<

14 But if you will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
15 and if you shall reject my statutes, and if your soul abhor mine ordinances, so that you will not do all my commandments, but break my covenant;
16 I also will do this unto you : I will appoint terror over you, even consumption and fever, that shall consume the eyes, and make the soul to pine away; and you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
17 And I will set my face against you, and you shall be smitten before your enemies: they that hate you shall rule over you ; and you shall flee when none pursue you.
18 And if you will not yet for these things hearken unto me, then I will chastise you seven times more for your sins.

>>14 - 17 show terror and subjection to other nations. If this did not smarten them up, then 18 promises much worse. God is not fooling around. God continues to list progressive installments of punishments getting ever worse. God is also showing how Israel is going to progress or evolve as time went on.<<

19 And I will break the pride of your power: and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass;
20 and your strength shall be spent in vain; for your land shall not yield its increase, neither shall the trees of the land yield their fruit.
21 And if you walk contrary unto me, and will not hearken unto me, I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins.
22 And I will send the beast of the field among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and make you few in number; and your ways shall become desolate.
23 And if by these things you will not be reformed unto me, but will walk contrary unto me;
24 then will I also walk contrary unto you ; and I will smite you, even I, seven times for your sins.
25 And I will bring a sword upon you, that shall execute the vengeance of the covenant; and you shall be gathered together within your cities: and I will send the pestilence among you ; and you shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy.
26 When I break your staff of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall deliver your bread again by weight: and you shall eat, and not be satisfied.
27 And if you will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk contrary unto me;
28 then I will walk contrary unto you in wrath; and I also will chastise you seven times for your sins.
29 And you shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall you eat.
30 And I will destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-images, and cast your dead bodies upon the bodies of your idols; and my soul shall abhor you.
31 And I will make your cities a waste, and will bring your sanctuaries unto desolation, and I will not smell the savor of your sweet odors.
32 And I will bring the land into desolation; and your enemies that dwell therein shall be astonished at it.
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And you will I scatter among the nations, and I will draw out the sword after you : and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.
34 Then shall the land enjoy its sabbaths, as long as it lies desolate, and you are in your enemiesí land; even then shall the land rest, and enjoy its sabbaths.
35 As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, even the rest which it had not in your sabbaths, when ye dwelt upon it.
36 And as for them that are left of you, I will send a faintness into their heart in the lands of their enemies: and the sound of a driven leaf shall chase them; and they shall flee, as one flees from the sword; and they shall fall when none pursues.
37 And they shall stumble one upon another, as it were before the sword, when none pursues: and you shall have no power to stand before your enemies.
38 And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up.

>>Indeed, Israel was often in fear of Egypt, Assyria, Syria, Philistia, Ammon, Moab. Eventually, they were carted off to Babylon. The few who returned after Babylon was destroyed, recognized that they had been punished but they would forget that, soon enough. Medo-Persia then ruled Israel and then Greek kings took over. Rome then came along, and the desperate siege of 70 AD caused some to eat their children out of hunger. Many died trying to escape. For 50 miles in all directions, Jerusalem became desolate due to the Romans cutting down trees for battle use.<<

39 And they that are left of you shall pine away in their iniquity in your enemiesí lands; and also in the iniquities of their fathers shall they pine away with them.
40 And they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, in their trespass which they trespassed against me, and also that, because they walked contrary unto me,
41 I also walked contrary unto them, and brought them into the land of their enemies:
if then their uncircumcised heart be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity;
42 then will I remember my covenant with Jacob; and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.
43 The land also shall be left by them, and shall enjoy its sabbaths, while it lies desolate without them: and they shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity; because, even because they rejected mine ordinances, and their soul abhorred my statutes.
44 And yet for all that,
when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them; for I am Jehovah their God;
45 but I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am Jehovah.
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when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not reject them, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break my covenant with them; for I am Jehovah their God;
45 but I will for their sakes remember the covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in the sight of the nations, that I might be their God: I am Jehovah.
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These are the statutes and ordinances and laws, which Jehovah made between him and the children of Israel in mount Sinai by Moses.

>>I note that Jews are now found all over the world. Some do well in some nations, while some get persecuted for their race and/or religion. The state of Israel in under constant threat all around by enemies.

There still remains hope for any Jews who, while in the lands of their enemies, see that they have been punished by God and they decide they want to come back to God, God leaves the door open for them to return, because of God's love for Abraham and God's promises to Abraham. But it will require some courage as they will face persecution from their own brothers for going back to God.

God leaves Israel with these options when they are about to enter Canaan. He gives them 2 sets of options. I know, the choice should be obvious, but human nature being what it is, most people do not take God seriously, due to the fact that the devil very likely insisted that God remain relatively silent, except for His Bible, so that humans would lose faith and do as they please, believing that God is not real and will not bother them.

But God allowed Satan to have his way, since God saw an advantage here. God wanted to be able to leave humans in charge, without having to force them into obedience. So God allowed the devil to test humans to see if they will obey when not forced. Only a very small few obey, recognizing that God is real but inactive, in order to test them.

Another aspect of this is that the devil does not want any human to have everlasting life, since he knows he has thrown his own life away, just for spite, he wants to deprive as many people as he can, of everlasting life. So the devil wants to make it hard to obtain everlasting life. So he makes stipulations that would prove to be an obstacle and stumbling block for many. But God does not want half-hearted people, anyway, so it works out for both. God does not like lazy people who don't put effort into thinking or anything else.

So each and every one of us is thoroughly tested by the devil to see if he can throw us off the trail to salvation. We have to be willing ot give it our all and not worry that God is being silent for the time being. Yet Very soon, He will cease to be silent and many will then wish He would go back to being silent. They are never happy either way.<< 


Deuteronomy 28
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Deuteronomy 28:                                >The Blessings for Obedience<

1 And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments which I command you this day, that Jehovah you God will set you on high above all the nations of the earth:
2 and all these blessings shall come upon you, and overtake you, if you shall hearken unto the voice of Jehovah your God.
3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field.
4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your beasts, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.
5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough.
6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.
7 Jehovah will cause your enemies that rise up against you to be smitten before you: they shall come out against you one way, and shall flee before you seven ways.
8 Jehovah will command the blessing upon you in your barns, and in all that you put your hand unto; and he will bless you in the land which Jehovah you God gives you.
9 Jehovah will establish you for a holy people unto himself, as he hath sworn unto you; if you shall keep the commandments of Jehovah your God, and walk in his ways.
10 And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you art called by the name of Jehovah; and they shall be afraid of you.
11 And Jehovah will make you plenteous for good, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, in the land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers to give you.
12 Jehovah will open unto you his good treasure the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand: and you shall lend unto many nations, and you shall not borrow.
13 And Jehovah will make you the head, and not the tail; and you shall be above only, and you shall not be beneath; if you shall hearken unto the commandments of Jehovah your God, which I command you this day, to observe and to do them,
14 and shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right hand, or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.

>>The Israel of old could have avoided Babylonian captivity and had quite the peaceful, modestly prosperous life, free of fear and danger. The nations would have had to be impressed and God could have worked salvation for any nation turning to Him, by means of Israel. But it has to be said that for the collective human race, obedience is not possible in the majority. It is part of the futility of sin that once introduced by Adam, it retains its death grip on most. Only a few exceptions turn to God in good measure.

Part of the problem is that while perfection (absence of malfunction, free of defects) of the body is fine, it is only half the formula. We need to keep our mind and thoughts in perfect order as well. Adam and Eve could have learned from God, rather than listen to the devil, and developed the minds needed to fully complete what we were intended to be. But God can teach us through hindsight and bring us back to perfection, provided it is justified by law, by reason of a "sacrifice" of the blood of a righteous man, a "sacrificial lamb," if you will.

Really, the word perfection signifies completion. Adam knew Jehovah enough so that he was not fooled by the serpent. Eve truly was fooled for she had yet received the time to complete her knowledge and understanding of God and His rights and commands. By us having the benefit of knowledge in hindsight, we could make good decisions afterward, if we were returned to being free from defects/sin. This is what God will do, given that the scales of justice have been corrected by the unjust death of a righteous man, which requires the restoration of his seed, for which the sons of Adam could be adopted as sons of the unjustly executed righteous man.

Israel not obeying God is evidence of our fallen sinful nature. I dare say, any other nation would have done the same thing in time. God gives these warnings, knowing only a few exceptions will take Him up on His offer. So He told how things would happen to those that would end up not listening, which is the majority, as it is with any nation or group.

Now consider the promise in Revelation:<<

Chapter 3:
7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write: These things says the Holy One, the True One, the One having "the key of David," "the One opening, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens:" [Isa. 22:22]
8 I know your works. Behold, I have given a door being opened before you, and no one is able to shut it, for you have a little power and have kept My word, and have not denied My name.
9 Behold, I give out of the synagogue of Satan those saying themselves to be Jews, and they are not, but they lie. Behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they shall know that I loved you.
10 Because you kept the word of My patience, I also will keep you out of the hour of trial which is going to come on all the habitable world in order to try those dwelling on the earth.

11 Behold, I am coming quickly. Hold what you have that no one take your crown.
12 The one overcoming, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall not go out any more. And I will write the name of My God on him, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem which comes down out of Heaven from My God, and My new name.
13 The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

>>Chapter 3: 9, 10 indicate that those who are exceptionally devoted and faithful, will be spared the hour of trial, to come upon the whole world, including many Christians who have been less that totally committed and dedicated to God. They will survive, but will have much to learn and prove after. But those whose dedication is passionate, will be spared the final hour of trial.

It is much the same way in the promises made in Deuteronomy 28:1-14, in regards to blessings. Good faithful obedience begets special protection. This was no doubt negotiated by God with the devil, with God insisting that if Israel showed that dedication, that she should be spared unreasonable or harsh testing. The devil was allowed to persecute or test, only if disobedience were manifest. But God also knew that disobedience would be the rule. But it does look as if at least a few in our day will prove quite obedient, even if many earn a few disciplinary strokes to go with it.

So I recommend zealous dedication in order to prevent harsh trial and testing. Its no guarantee, because many of us might imagine that we are doing just fine when that may not be the case. We all see ourselves in a good light, but also sometimes, in a not so accurate light. God, and not we, is the judge of our individual dedication and zeal. But the possibility remains that we can be spared much of the suffering if our dedication is impressive to God.

But as a whole, Israel was not going to be faithful. Now some might say, "the Jews were a poor choice on God's part!" I disagree. I think the real lesson here is that regardless of who God had chosen, the result would likely have been the same. That is why God could be precise when it comes to prophecy. He knows how it is going to work out.

The result would almost always be the same. Jews were not chosen! Abraham was! Abraham had many sons. But only Jacob proved deserving. So it is he, and not another, that won the chance for his sons to be the people chosen to be a nation in service to God. And while the nation as a whole, rejected God, there were always those among Israel that were faithful and loyal to God.

Lets face it. There is no nation that has a monopoly on dedication to God. Very few in any nation ever come to God in the degree that God requires. So this is the demographic trend of all nations. And since Israel in prophecy is often referring to those who accept the new covenant Moses said would be coming, and since God has too few to take Him up on His offer, these out of all the nations and races become the true "Israel" of God. God knew from the beginning it would be this way.

Recall Hosea quoting God as calling Israel "not my people" and then calling another nation, "my people." "Another nation" likely meant some from a number of nations. I am not aware of any particular nation being favored in prophecy or otherwise.

So the harvest is on the small side, but it is also enough to get the job done. And most importantly, the door remains open for all fleshly Jews to finally turn to their God that their ancestors and many of their brethren had/have rejected. God does not bring the sins of fathers upon sons. Each must stand or fall on their own merit.<<

                                  
The Curses-Warnings-Penalties of Disobedience

>>Again in Deuteronomy 28, we got 14 verses of blessings and then 15 - 68 for punishments, 53 verses! Its like God expected the worst from Israel, which is how it turned out. But because they had all their options made known to them, they can not say that they did not have a choice. God left them clear distinct paths and choices. Jehovah is a just and righteous God. The list of curses is quite long. God is making it clear how angry He will get. He is not leaving Israel any doubt about the outcome, should they choose disobedience.<<

15 But it shall come to pass, if you will not hearken unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command you this day, that all these curses shall come upon you, and overtake you.
16 Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.
17 Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading-trough.
18 Cursed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your cattle, and the young of your flock.
19 Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.
20 Jehovah will send upon you cursing, discomfiture, and rebuke, in all that you put your hand unto to do, until you be destroyed, and until you perish quickly; because of the evil of your doings, whereby you hast forsaken me.
21 Jehovah will make the pestilence cleave unto you, until he have consumed you from off the land, whither you go in to possess it.
22 Jehovah will smite you with consumption, and with fever, and with inflammation, and with fiery heat, and with the sword, and with blasting, and with mildew; and they shall pursue you until you perish.
23 And your heaven that is over your head shall be brass, and the earth that is under you shall be iron.
24 Jehovah will make the rain of your land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon you, until you be destroyed.
25 Jehovah will cause you to be smitten before your enemies; you shall go out one way against them, and shall flee seven ways before them: and you shall be tossed to and from among all the kingdoms of the earth.
26 And your dead body shall be food unto all birds of the heavens, and unto the beasts of the earth; and there shall be none to frighten them away.

>>26 above, is what is described at the very end in Revelation, as well. This is another way that we can know the fate of Israel, right to the very end. In the next verses, you will note that much of the threats are largely symbolic/figurative, and not to be taken too literally, most of the time. But there are some literal fulfillments as well. None of it will be good.<<

27 Jehovah will smite you with the boil of Egypt, and with the emerods { hemeroids or something similar }, and with the scurvy, and with the itch, whereof you can not be healed.
28 Jehovah will smite you with madness, and with blindness, and with astonishment of heart;
29 and you shall grope at noonday, as the blind grope in darkness, and you shall not prosper in your ways: and you shall be only oppressed and robbed always, and there shall be none to save you.
30 you shall betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: you shall build a house, and you shall not dwell therein: you shall plant a vineyard, and shall not use the fruit thereof.
31 your ox shall be slain before your eyes, and you shall not eat thereof: your ass shall be violently taken away from before your face, and shall not be restored to you: your sheep shall be given unto your enemies, and you shall have none to save you.
32 your sons and your daughters shall be given unto another people; and your eyes shall look, and fail with longing for them all the day: and there shall be not in the power of your hand.
33 The fruit of your ground, and all your labors, shall a nation which you know not eat up; and you shall be only oppressed and crushed always;
34 so that you shall be mad for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
35 Jehovah will smite you in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore boil, whereof you canst not be healed, from the sole of your foot unto the crown of your head.
36 Jehovah will bring you, and your king whom you shall set over you, unto a nation that you hast not known, you nor your fathers; and there shall you serve other gods, wood and stone.

37 And you shall become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all the peoples whither Jehovah shall lead you away.
38 you shall carry much seed out into the field, and shall gather little in; for the locust shall consume it.
39 you shall plant vineyards and dress them, but you shall neither drink of the wine, nor gather the grapes; for the worm shall eat them.
40 you shall have olive-trees throughout all your borders, but you shall not anoint thyself with the oil; for your olive shall cast its fruit.
41 you shall beget sons and daughters, but they shall not be yours; for they shall go into captivity.
42 All your trees and the fruit of your ground shall the locust possess.
43 The sojourner that is in the midst of you shall mount up above you higher and higher; and you shall come down lower and lower.
44 He shall lend to you, and you shall not lend to him: he shall be the head, and you shall be the tail.
45 And all these curses shall come upon you, and shall pursue you, and overtake you, till you be destroyed; because you hearken {listen} not unto the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded you:
46 and they shall be upon you for a sign and for a wonder, and upon your seed for ever.
47 Because you serve not Jehovah you God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart, by reason of the abundance of all things;
48 therefore shall you serve your enemies that Jehovah shall send against you, in hunger, and in thirst, and in nakedness, and in want of all things: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon your neck, until he have destroyed you.
49 Jehovah will bring a nation against you from far, from the end of the earth, as the eagle flies; a nation whose tongue you shall not understand;
50 a nation of fierce countenance, that shall not regard the person of the old, nor show favor to the young,
51 and shall eat the fruit of your cattle, and the fruit of your ground, until you be destroyed; that also shall not leave you grain, new wine, or oil, the increase of your cattle, or the young of your flock, until they have caused you to perish.
52 And they shall besiege you in all your gates, until your high and fortified walls come down, wherein you trust, throughout all your land; and they shall besiege you in all your gates throughout all your land, which Jehovah you God hath given you.
53 And you shall eat the fruit of your own body, the flesh of your sons and of your daughters, whom Jehovah you God hath given you, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemies shall distress you.

54 The man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children whom he hath remaining;
55 so that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his children whom he shall eat, because he hath nothing left him, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemy shall distress you in all your gates.

56 The tender and delicate woman among you, who would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter,
57 and toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children whom she shall bear; for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly, in the siege and in the distress wherewith your enemy shall distress you in your gates.
58 If you will not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and fearful name, Jehovah your God;

>>54 - 58 strike me in particular here in these last days of the world. The man that is tender, delicate, easy going, mild mannered, not the kind of guy to be mean or nasty normally, will be this time, when the starvation from a siege is laid against the Cities of Israel and Judah. He'll eat his own kids! Also the gentle delicate tender woman will also act totally out of character and eat her own family due to extreme hanger and starvation. These will not be good times. Such things did happen during the Roman siege of Jerusalem which ended in 70 AD. They will likely happen again in the last 3.5 years of the Antichrist, when starvation, among other plagues, is foretold to happen.

This also might happen in the last days as famine and possibly social chaos take place. It may not be so much in literal city walls, but in that many have this false sense of security that their police forces and state and national guard troops will protect them, and supply lines from stores will stay open; but in some places, this may fail and the results would be slow painful death by starvation, chaos, and disease.

Or it might be rapid destruction as people attack each other for food, rape, money. Just read about Jerusalem's demise in Josephus' History of the Jews. While under siege, Jerusalem was a mad house, an insane asylum. Robbery and murder were everywhere. This will happen on a much larger scale this time.<<

59 then Jehovah will make your plagues wonderful, and the plagues of your seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.
60 And he will bring upon you again all the diseases of Egypt, which you were afraid of; and they shall cleave unto you.
61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will Jehovah bring upon you, until you be destroyed.
62 And you shall be left few in number, whereas you were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because you did not hearken unto the voice of Jehovah your God.
63 And it shall come to pass, that, as Jehovah rejoiced over you to do you good, and to multiply you, so Jehovah will rejoice over you to cause you to perish, and to destroy you ; and you shall be plucked from off the land whither you go in to possess it.
64 And Jehovah will scatter you among all peoples, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; and there you shall serve other gods, which you hast not known, you nor your fathers, even wood and stone.
65 And among these nations shall you find no ease, and there shall be no rest for the sole of your foot: but Jehovah will give you there a trembling heart, and failing of eyes, and pining of soul;
66 and your life shall hang in doubt before you; and you shall fear night and day, and shall have no assurance of your life.
67 In the morning you shall say, Would it were even! {sunset} and at even {sunset} you shall say, Would it were morning! for the fear of your heart which you shall fear, and for the sight of your eyes which you shall see.
68 And Jehovah will bring you into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I said unto you, you shall see it no more again: and there you shall sell your selves unto your enemies for bondmen and for bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.

>>Israel would suffer many times over. Would Israel love God and fear God? Or would she get haughty and arrogant and say, as Pharaoh did, "who is this Jehovah that I should listen to him?" Most people would like to leave a legacy behind them and be remembered and thought well of.

So what would Israel do? With so many warnings, surely fear would make them stay with God. God gave them good things to hope for, but also horrible things to avoid, making the choice much easier and obvious; but I guess not. But God certainly is not to blame for the choices we all make. He gives the options, and we make the choices.

Of some note, part of the persecution of Israel/Jews often results from jealousy but some of it is that Jews tend to exclude other races and peoples, rather than share with them. Soon, you have the "haves" and the "have nots." The "have nots" resent their nations being taken over by "immigrants," foreigners, so to speak. Greed and selfishness can be a problem for anyone, anywhere, at any time. But when a part of the population decides to exploit another part, resentment will be impossible to avoid.

God required law and justice for all, not just some. foreigners and alien residents were afforded some rights and protections, too. God often reminded Israel that they were once foriegn residents in Egypt so they should know how it feels. But it is easy to get puffed up with pride when you call yourselves God's people without obeying God's laws.

This leads to the previously mentioned Exceptionalism, whereby one group of people considers themselves due more rights and authority than other groups. This was long called Racial and/or National Superiority doctrine. People of God do not lord it over others, even if they are superior. Indeed, I do believe superiority exists, but it should exist with humility and modesty, with the attitude that, "there before the grace of God go I. In other words, some of us were just lucky to be born into the circumstances that we were.

None of us like people who are conceited or have their noses in the air, or look down on others. Compassion and caring to not look down on or despise others. So developing Godly traits and attitudes is vitally important for many reasons, like trying to stay alive and not inspiring contempt, jealousy, and hatred.<<


Deuteronomy chapters 29-30
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Deuteronomy 29:
1 These are the words of the covenant which Jehovah commanded Moses to make with the children of Israel in the land of Moab, besides the covenant which he made with them in Horeb.
2 And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them, you have seen all that Jehovah did before your eyes in the land of Egypt unto Pharaoh, and unto all his servants, and unto all his land;
3 the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs, and those great wonders:
4 but Jehovah has not given you a heart to know, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, even to this day.
5 And I have led you forty years in the wilderness: your clothes are not waxed old upon you, and your shoe is not waxed old upon your foot.
6 you have not eaten bread, neither have you drank wine or strong drink; that you may know that I am Jehovah your God.

>>Israel saw lots of miracles by the hand of God. Know what that means? It might just mean that Israel, having been a direct witness of the miracles of God, had no excuse for not putting faith in God and obeying God. Jesus indicated that a sin against the Holy Spirit, that is, a manifestation of the Spirit, a miracle; such ones who saw and ignored and sinned against this had no excuse ever. They had no right to expect forgiveness from God, ever. Israel saw plenty of miracles and yet disrespected God's display of power, giving full evidence of His power and existence. They did not need to exercise faith for they had the real and powerful demonstration of God, which was undeniable.

So despite their being blessed with the very real presence of God and His might, they ignored Him and went for the golden calf and would not fight Ai. Recall that God kept them in the desert for 40 years until all that generation that rebelled, died off. It was their kids under 20, at the time of refusing to fight Ai, that were going to enter the promised land of Canaan.<<

Deuteronomy 29:
7 And when you came unto this place, Sihon the king of Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, came out against us unto battle, and we smote them:
8 and we took their land, and gave it for an inheritance unto the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to the half-tribe of the Manassites.
9 Keep therefore the words of this covenant, and do them, that you may prosper in all that you do.
10 you stand this day all of you before Jehovah your God; your heads, your tribes, your elders, and your officers, even all the men of Israel,
11 your little ones, your wives, and your sojourner that is in the midst of your camps, from the hewer of your wood unto the drawer of your water;
12 that you may enter into the covenant of Jehovah your God, and into his oath, which Jehovah your God makes with you this day;
13 that he may establish you this day unto himself for a people, and that he may be unto you a God, as he spoke unto you, and as he swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

>>The Covenant is Made with all Israel now at the Entry into Canaan, and with all future generations of Israel to come. Names of rebels breaking the contract will  have their names blotted out of heaven. That is to say, they will be permanently killed forever, similar to the lake of fire in Revelation, as you'll note in verse 20, 21, 23. There will be no remembrance of them at all. Completely vanished forever!<<

14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath,
15 but with him that stands here with us this day before Jehovah our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day

16 (for you know how we dwelt in the land of Egypt, and how we came through the midst of the nations through which you passed;
17 and you have seen their abominations, and their idols, wood and stone, silver and gold, which were among them);
18 lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turns away this day from Jehovah our God, to go to serve the gods of those nations; lest there should be among you a root that bears gall and wormwood;
19 and it come to pass, when he hears the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the stubbornness of my heart, to destroy the moist with the dry.
20 Jehovah will not pardon him, but then the anger of Jehovah and his jealousy will smoke against that man, and all the curse that is written in this book shall lie upon him, and Jehovah will blot out his name from under heaven.
21 And Jehovah will set him apart unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that is written in this book of the law.

22 And the generation to come, your children that shall rise up after you, and the foreigner that shall come from a far land, shall say, when they see the plagues of that land, and the sicknesses wherewith Jehovah hath made it sick;
23 and that the whole land thereof is brimstone, and salt, and a burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows therein, like the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, which Jehovah overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath:
24 even all the nations shall say, Wherefore has Jehovah done thus unto this land?
What means the heat of this great anger?
25 Then men shall say,
Because they forsook the covenant of Jehovah, the God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt,
26 and went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods that they knew not, and that he had not given unto them:
27 therefore the anger of Jehovah was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curse that is written in this book;
28 and Jehovah rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as at this day.
29 The secret things belong unto Jehovah our God; but the things that are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.

>>It does not pay to ignore God when He has a deal with you, a contract. But I will go much further with verses 20 and 21, 23; with added insult that nations will witness this overthrow of "Sodom and Gomorrah" and their intense burning up. What God is saying is that Israel will one day be destroyed .  .  . intensely - by fire, and all nations and witnesses around Israel will know why it has happened, because Israel ignored God's contract and deal that He had with them.

The burning is the same as that of the Lake of Fire in Revelation. The nations shall be destroyed in not much more time after this, but they will live long enough to see Israel/Babylon the Great, get her due for ignoring the contract she had with God Almighty, Jehovah. Yes, disobedient rebellious Israel is Babylon the Great and Moses predicted her ultimate fall for her violating her Covenant with God. And all those wiped out will have their names blotted out of heaven and burned in the lake of fire, a symbol and not taken in a full literate sense.

That is why modern day fleshly national Israel, or at least those of her smart enough to be warned, need to get out of Israel, symbolically speaking, and return to their wonderful God and finally accept the Messiah God once sent to them from 29 AD to 33 AD. So let all good Jews of integrity come out now, regardless of the temporary suffering for it, and take up the covenant of their forefathers with Jehovah.

Even at this late in the game, God wants to save as many Jews as He can, as a favor to Abraham, but as well, God has invested, in times past, quite a bit in Israel and God wants a payoff, so to speak.  So the door is open, but not for too much longer. Bad Israel, the part that disobeys God and serves the devil, is about to pull off the things prophesied in regards to a fake Messiah, typically and commonly called Antichrist, among other things. The Zionist movement has all the signs and symptoms of bearing this coming false messiah along.

It is the will of God and no less myself, that as many Jews as possible be spared. In my own case, I have read many Jewish Authors and scholars, listened to and loved many Jewish musicians and performers. There have been excellent Jewish athletes I admired. Their race delivered the Bible to us, which I am extremely grateful for. I want none killed, were that possible. But I also know that too many others of them are up to no good, even as God warned about in prophecy. What must happen, must happen. But lets get as many Jews as possible, out of Babylon and into salvation, where they belong.

The next chapter of Deuteronomy is a beautiful one. God wants it well  understood that it is never too late for good God-fearing Jews to come back to Jehovah, and yes, you can use that name, too. Then as verse 7 below indicates, God will put curses on any that curse you or hate you or persecute you, as some of your "brothers" will, for jumping from the sinking ship of "Babylon" and turning back to God.<<

Deuteronomy 30:

1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you shall call them to mind among all the nations, wherever Jehovah your God has driven you,
2 and shall return unto Jehovah your God, and shall obey his voice according to all that I command you this day, you and your children, with all your heart, and with all your soul;
3 that then Jehovah you God will turn your captivity, and have compassion upon you, and will return and gather you from all the peoples, whither Jehovah you God hath scattered you.
4 If any of your outcasts be in the uttermost parts of heaven, from thence will Jehovah you God gather you, and from thence will he fetch you:
5 and Jehovah you God will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it; and he will do you good, and multiply you above your fathers.
6 And Jehovah you God will circumcise your heart, and the heart of your seed, to love Jehovah you God with all your heart, and with all your soul, that you may live.
7 And Jehovah you God will put all these curses upon your enemies, and on them that hate you, that persecuted you.
8 And you shall return and obey the voice of Jehovah, and do all his commandments which I command you this day.
9 And Jehovah you God will make you plenteous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, for good: for Jehovah will again rejoice over you for good, as he rejoiced over your fathers;
10 if you shall obey the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law; if you turn unto Jehovah you God with all your heart, and with all your soul.
11 For this commandment which I command you this day, it is not too hard for you, neither is it far off.

12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?
13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, and make us to hear it, that we may do it?
14 But the word is very nigh unto you, in your mouth, and in your heart, that you may do it.
15 See, I have set before you this day, life and good, and death and evil;
16 in that I command you this day to love Jehovah your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that Jehovah you God may bless you in the land whither you go in to possess it.

17 But if your heart turn away, and you will not hear, but shall be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
18 I denounce unto you this day, that you shall surely perish; you shall not prolong your days in the land, whether you pass over the Jordan to go in to possess it.
19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse: therefore choose life, that you may live, you and your seed;
20 to love Jehovah your God, to obey his voice, and to cleave unto him; for he is your life, and the length of your days; that you may dwell in the land which Jehovah swore unto your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


Deuteronomy chapters 31-32
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Deuteronomy 31:                >Jehovah warns Moses that Israel will rebel in the future<

14 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, your days approach that you must die: call Joshua, and present your selves in the tent of meeting, that I may give him a charge. And Moses and Joshua went, and presented themselves in the tent of meeting.
15 And Jehovah appeared in the Tent in a pillar of cloud: and the pillar of cloud stood over the door of the Tent.
16 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, you shall sleep with your fathers; and
this people will rise up, and play the harlot after the strange gods of the land, whither (wherever) they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

>>Note Jehovah saying Israel will play the harlot. Sounds like Ezekiel 23, too, doesn't it? And Revelation, for sure; the Great Harlot. Many have never recognized that Moses was being given a prophecy. Israel would be scattered into all lands and nations, committing political whoredom in the eyes of God, and ignoring His commands and contract with them, and serving strange gods, one in particular, the devil. God promised that one day he would wipe them all off the face of the earth.

As for evidence of strange gods among Jews today, many embrace the Kabbalah and magic, too. They embrace many pagan symbols, once belonging to paganism, which was full of strange gods, an entire pantheon of them. Many secret societies use many pagan symbols in their images. So the strange gods are everywhere to be seen.

Put another way, since it has not happened yet, and since there is also little time left, it must be near to happening. So the Jews were going to be a big problem in the last days for God, their former husband and owner. She is the Babylon the Great who merits complete and utter destruction for receiving God's very powerful gifts and using them for something other than God's cause; using them for their own selfish cause, which God will not let go unpunished forever. Worse, they used them for Satan's benefit. Talk about insult to injury, huh?

By the way, God knew from the very beginning that this would happen. It was inevitable that the devil was going to appeal to their selfish desires, which most of the human race has more than enough of. Those who love God are always small in number. God knew the devil would seek to infiltrate and corrupt God's vineyard, so to speak, or his wife, so to speak. So none of this should surprise any of us, really.

This is a repeating pattern as well. After the devil won over the 1st Israel, he then waited for the successors to the former covenant revised, Christians, and began infiltrating and corrupting them, too. Christians need to sober up and realize that the same judgment and fate awaits them as it does Jews/fleshly Israel. The covenant of God was not so much terminated as it was amended. But its terms are still binding upon descendants, both the fleshly genetic ones and the spiritual ones, too.

And there is an oddity to this, for while Jews being forced to convert to Christianity was very wrong, indeed, many did it and many kept the faith and never looked back and some of them are no doubt very sincere in that faith now. But that faith, too, has been corrupted and Christianity has long played the whore with the nations. The Roman Catholic Church and the Greek Orthodox Churches have both been in bed with Emperors and Kings, even before Constantine and certainly since then.

But anyone descended from either of these two paths can still approach and come back to God (if sincere) and all will be forgiven and God will celebrate for there is more joy in heaven over one repentant sinner than 99 righteous ones. So as I see it, good-willed Jews and Christians need to forsake their respective controlled religions and become devout to God with their own minds and consciences.<<

Deuteronomy 31:
17 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?

18 And I will surely hide my face in that day for all the evil which they shall have wrought, in that they are turned unto other gods.
19 Now therefore write you this song for you, and teach you it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.
20 For when I shall have brought them into the land which I swear unto their fathers, flowing with milk and honey, and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxed fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and despise me, and break my covenant.
21 And it shall come to pass, when many evils and troubles are come upon them, that this song shall testify before them as a witness; for it shall not be forgotten out of the mouths of their seed: for I know their imagination which they frame this day, before I have brought them into the land which I swore.
22 So Moses wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.
23 And he gave Joshua the son of Nun a charge, and said, Be strong and of good courage; for you shall bring the children of Israel into the land which I swore unto them: and I will be with you.
24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished,
25 that Moses commanded the Levites, that bare the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, saying,
26 Take this book of the law, and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of Jehovah your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
27 For I know your rebellion, and your stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, you have been rebellious against Jehovah; and how much more after my death?
28 Assemble unto me all the elders of your tribes, and your officers, that I may speak these words in their ears, and call heaven and earth to witness against them.
29 For I know that after my death you will utterly corrupt your selves, and turn aside from the way which I have commanded you ;
and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
and evil will befall you in the latter days; because you will do that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger through the work of your hands.
30 And Moses spoke in the ears of all the assembly of Israel the words of this song, until they were finished.

>>Israel absolutely was/is going to betray God and have to be destroyed. Fact! Can't be avoided as a group. It can be avoided as individuals. But you can not put new wine into old wineskins. They will burst. New wine has to have a new wineskin or Covenant, if you prefer. A covenant of individuality and direct relationship with God and WITHOUT earthly mediators or leaders. God knows how to separate sheep from goats and wheat from weeds.

So watch out for Babylon the Great. She is just one great big selfish whore .  .  .  and a real bitch, too! So Moses wrote a song for God to give to Israel, letting them know what their future offspring would do, and really, the whole point of this was to warn those who would be alive in the last days, of their responsibility and obligations to God, and that if they did not, they would be destroyed. God wanted to prevent as many from being destroyed as would listen and obey.

There was so much tied up in this covenant. Now lets be very clear here. If it is the last days and Israel's destruction is near, then their Messiah is not due to arrive because he already arrived in 29 AD, to be rather exact! So all Jews and "Spiritual Jews" have to accept this Messiah. The one about to show up will be a fake and we have been warned about him a lot in Daniel and Revelation, among others. But it should be clear as a bell (or a trumpet, if you prefer) that Moses was also warning of this. It is not a matter of if, but only when. Don't fall for this fake pseudo imposter-liar Messiah.<<


Deuteronomy 32:                    >The Song of Moses to Israel<

1 Give ear, you heavens, and I will speak; And let the earth hear the words of my mouth.
2 My doctrine shall drop as the rain; My speech shall distil as the dew, As the small rain upon the tender grass, And as the showers upon the herb.
3 For I will proclaim the name of Jehovah: Ascribe you greatness unto our God.
4 The Rock, his work is perfect; For all his ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he.
5 They have dealt corruptly with him, they are not his children, it is their blemish; They are a perverse and crooked generation.
6 Do you thus requite Jehovah, O foolish people and unwise? Is not he your father that hath bought you? He hath made you, and established you.
7 Remember the days of old, Consider the years of many generations: Ask your father, and he will show you; your elders, and they will tell you.
8 When the Most High gave to the nations their inheritance, When he separated the children of men, He set the bounds of the peoples According to the number of the children of Israel.
9 For Jehovahís portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10 He found him in a desert land, And in the waste howling wilderness; He compassed him about, he cared for him, He kept him as the apple of his eye.
11 As an eagle that stirs up her nest, That flutters over her young, He spread abroad his wings, he took them, He bare them on his pinions.
12 Jehovah alone did lead him, And there was no foreign god with him.
13 He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he did eat the increase of the field; And he made him to suck honey out of the rock, And oil out of the flinty rock;
14 Butter of the herd, and milk of the flock, With fat of lambs, And rams of the breed of Bashan, and goats, With the finest of the wheat; And of the blood of the grape you drank wine.

>>Jehovah made you, Israel. He nurtured and cultivated you and Christianity, too. He was tender and attentive. He made you great and you did not make yourselves great. Your gift was not your own doing but God gave you those gifts that you have, that give you so much success. You owe it to God to use your gifts and powers in His behalf and cause, and not that of your own and the devil's. God has been good to you. Its your turn now or else.

You will note the symbolic language such as sucking honey out of rocks and oil from flinty rocks, etc. Israel was well cared for but it was not enough. It was never enough. That is all human nature everywhere. But God only had a contract, a deal, a covenant, with Israel, so she is the one being made to account for her duties to God.<<

15 But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: you are waxed fat, you art grown thick, you have become sleek; Then he forsook God who made him, And lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation.
16 They moved him to jealousy with strange gods; With abominations they provoked him to anger.
17 They sacrificed unto demons, which were no God, To gods that they knew not, To new gods that came up of late, Which your fathers dreaded not.
18 Of the Rock that begat you, you are unmindful, And have forgotten God that gave you birth.

19 And Jehovah saw it, and abhorred them, Because of the provocation of his sons and his daughters.
20 And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see what their end shall be: For they are a very perverse generation, Children in whom is no faithfulness.

21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; They have provoked me to anger with their vanities: And I will move them to jealousy with those that are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

>>God indicates above in 21, that He is going to favor another people other than Jacob/Israel in order to make them jealous. Hosea also prophesied much about this, in saying to Israel, "you are not my people" and to a strange nation who God calls "not my people," These God changed the name of to "my people." But not to fear because anyone who is a Jew can return to God and once again become God's people as had always been God's will, though often not Israel's own will.

This too, clearly, without dispute, points to the advent of Christianity, filled with foreign nations and cultures, Greek in particular, at the start as far as language goes. So the true Messiah really did show up in 29 AD. There can be no doubt about it. Moses made it quite clear.

Let me ask, O Israel. Have you not been scattered among every nation? Have you not been bitterly persecuted for numerous centuries? Yes, some of you are in the land you once had before Rome did you in. But you are in constant peril and danger all around, are you not? Isn't it time to wake up? God is angry! Can you read the handwriting on the wall?<<

22 For a fire is kindled in mine anger, And burns unto the lowest Sheol, And devours the earth with its increase, And sets on fire the foundations of the mountains.
23 I will heap evils upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them:
24 They shall be wasted with hunger, and devoured with burning heat And bitter destruction; And the teeth of beasts will I send upon them, With the poison of crawling things of the dust.
25 Without shall the sword bereave, And in the chambers terror; It shall destroy both young man and virgin, The suckling with the man of gray hairs.
26 I said, I would scatter them afar, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men;
27 Were it not that I feared the provocation of the enemy, Lest their adversaries should judge amiss, Lest they should say, Our hand is exalted, And Jehovah hath not done all this.
28 For they are a nation void of counsel, And there is no understanding in them.
29 Oh that they were wise, that they understood this,
That they would consider their latter end!
30 How should one chase a thousand, And two put ten thousand to flight, Except their Rock had sold them, And Jehovah had delivered them up?
31 For their rock is not as our Rock, Even our enemies themselves being judges.
32 For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, And of the fields of Gomorrah: Their grapes are grapes of gall, Their clusters are bitter:
33 Their wine is the poison of serpents, And the cruel venom of asps.
34 Is not this laid up in store with me, Sealed up among my treasures?
35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense, At the time when their foot shall slide: For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things that are to come upon them shall make haste.
36 For Jehovah will judge his people, And repent himself for his servants; When he sees that their power is gone, And there is none remaining, shut up or left at large.
37 And he will say, Where are their gods, The rock in which they took refuge;
38 Which did eat the fat of their sacrifices, And drank the wine of their drink-offering? Let them rise up and help you, Let them be your protection.
39 See now that I, even I, am he, And there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal; And there is none that can deliver out of my hand.
40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, And say, As I live forever,
41 If I whet my glittering sword, And my hand take hold on judgment; I will render vengeance to mine adversaries, And will recompense them that hate me.
42 I will make mine arrows drunk with blood, And my sword shall devour flesh; With the blood of the slain and the captives, From the head of the leaders of the enemy.

43 Rejoice, O you nations, with his people: For he will avenge the blood of his servants, And will render vengeance to his adversaries, And will make expiation for his land, for his people.
44 And Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the ears of the people, he, and Hoshea the son of Nun.
45 And Moses made an end of speaking all these words to all Israel;
46 And he said unto them, Set your heart unto all the words which I testify unto you this day, which you shall command your children to observe to do, even all the words of this law.
47 For it is no vain thing for you ; because it is your life, and through this thing you shall prolong your days in the land, whither you go over the Jordan to possess it.

>>Who are God's servants in the last days, if they are not Israel, who God will punish? They are those who come out of Babylon the Great and render to God His proper due and obedience. Now some Jews may object to this being Christianity, but Christianity was a Jewish creation and that is a fact. It was founded exclusively by Jews who wanted to be loyal to the Covenants of God and the scrolls of God, the Bible, up through Zechariah and Malachi.

One could easily call Christianity the continuance of Moses and the Priesthood. The only difference is that Christianity accepted Jesus as the Messiah and Jews did not. So all that is required of Jews today to come back to God is to obey the principles that lay underneath the laws of Moses and accept that Messiah, whose arrival in time was prophesied by Daniel 9 and described by many other prophets in details.

But since both groups are totally corrupted and forsaken, those of good intent, whether Jewish or of any nation, they must accept Jesus and the sacrifice he became for them, which God's prophets long ago spoke much about. And they must have nothing to do with Zionism or the false Messiah to come with lying/deceiving signs and wonders.<<


Who Is to Blame?
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I write this as a warning to those who might want to strike out against Israel or Babylon, just because God has a score to settle with them. That is God's score, not your, not ours. Some will say, OK, but is not Israel bad and perverse, and totally corrupted. Well, yes, but then again so is the entire world and nearly everyone in it. So if you want to get Israel, maybe you'll have to take out the whole world, who is just like "her."

To Christians in particular, there should be no retribution to anyone. Everyone everywhere has been corralled into this coming false scheme of a Messiah, whose ultimate goal is to kill off most of mankind, though mankind is not being told this except by a few conspiracy theorists or Christians like myself. No one has any business blaming Israel and wanting revenge on her. Those who blame Israel only have to look in the mirror to see another guilty party.

Just remember, it is God who will punish Israel for ignoring His covenant deal. Yes, God will used nations to do that, but those nations belong to the devil up to that time. Authentic Christians are only to warn people. They are not assigned to be God's executioners. Only God has the power to do as He pleases, and He does not like interference. So none should take this article as a call to arms against "Israel", Jews, or anyone else. Jews answer to God, not us. And we will also have to answer to God. Consider that!

Yes, God intends to use nations, alienated from God and in service to the devil, to destroy Babylon/Israel. But no Christians should ever be found doing any such thing. Christians should not be fighting any wars, anywhere, for that matter. The ones who do, are not really Christians and in fact, are devil s\worshippers. Yes, you can quote me on that!

God provided us with warnings of what would be going on in the last days. Any who choose to obey God or return to Him will suffer, directly from "Babylon," if you will. Can't avoid that! But God will overcome all this, not us. Its way too big and beyond our ability to do anything about it. Remember that the devil, a supernatural force, has been helping, yes, even forcing mankind into this corrupt scheme. You can not do battle with such vast power. Only God can reign the devil in, when God is good and ready to do so.

Many are determined that their own actions will save them and that they can overcome anything, including Israel and I am telling you, you will not overcome them. God will one day overcome them but not you. No true Christian should join any attempts to overthrow or stop anyone. They should remain neutral, so as to give no excuse to those who will attack them, anyway. God wants us to remain blameless. In turn, God will make the attackers answer for their evil and hatred.

Hatred is not in the Christian vocabulary or shouldn't be. But now I address both "Israels."

Hear, O Israel! You had a contract, an agreement, with your God, the God of your forefathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. I speak in particular to the Israel of today. God made you a brilliant literate nation that was to be for God's benefit, to bring salvation to the nations. But such wisdom could also lead to great corruption, which God forbid to you. So now you exist in enmity with God, having forsaken His contract/covenant.

For among you are those steeped in magic practices, paganism, high finance, and enormous amounts of big commerce, greed, and political meddling, war mongering, all on an unprecedented scale. And Worst of all, you are busy trying to help the devil bring about a false messiah, and are working against the True God of your ancestors, whom your ancestors revered and worshiped. And not to be forgotten, you have rejected the law and prophets of God, Yahweh if you prefer, and accepted in their place, an Oral Tradition, supposedly, that totally nullifies the law of Moses.

But to those of Israel who detest what their brothers have done, I say, dump the Talmud and devote yourselves to Moses and the prophets, who all prophesied about the coming messiah, including the time of his arrival and what he would do. I grant doing this will not be easy, but dying at the hand of God is not fun, either.

This really is a matter of life and death. I can't say it any more clearly or with greater urgency. We are very near to the unveiling of the Great Hoax of a false messiah and after enduring 7 years of him, he will die and right after him, Babylon the Great, which I do suggest is fleshly genetic Israel and her sister whore, Christianity, both of whom have sold out to the devil.

What that means is that you (the 2 Israels) will be safe for 7 years upon the false messiah's arrival, but then you and all yours, if not submitted to the real messiah of nearly 2000 years ago, will be hunted down in 1 day, yes, even 1 hour and the genocide will be under way. This one will not be stopped because it is from God, not men, as the previous unjust ones were.

The 1 day and 1 hour are not precise and literal, but simply mean very fast compared to normal unfolding of events. You will not see this one coming. It will start suddenly and will not last long at all. Can't afford to give them time to react and defend themselves. And remember that God will be aiding them so that it can not get out of hand in some sort of nuclear conflagration.

Love your lives and love your children and live forever under God's law. It just makes perfect sense, doesn't it? God has held the door open for you. He does not want any to die, but neither will He tolerate disobedience any longer. Now is the time to take the right stand.

What Remains

There is no source on the internet that has ever revealed or recognized the covenant chapters of Deuteronomy, 28-32, as having promised that Israel as a whole, would merit God's destruction. I only write this article with the sincere hope that it could help all Israel to avoid that destruction by returning to obedience to God. But God made it clear you will not return, for most of you, anyway. But what this article seeks to make clear is that the prophecies of Babylon the Great, the Antichrist, and Deuteronomy all make it perfectly clear that rebellious Israel is the foretold whore of Revelation that will be suddenly and unexpectedly be wiped out.

Life in God's eyes is precious. He has been patient since about 1500 BC to the present, at least 3500 years. But with the culmination of the final courtroom drama in heaven and on earth, climaxing in unprecedented bloodshed of numbers far far beyond anything we have ever seen or heard of, before, Babylon the Great will finally be brought to justice by God, her master. For many of the earth are going to go along with horrible conduct in the not too distant future. All things we would have considered unthinkable, in the end, will become the routine, for a brief time. Anyone doing those things or stooping to those lows will have to die.

This would be a very good time to consider joining God rather than resisting the impossible. You do not want to be on the wrong side in this decision, I assure you. You won't have very good choices. All who go against God will die. And some of those who join God may have to temporarily die, but will receive their life back after Judgment Day. This will require faith and trust in God, of course! I really do hope as many of you as is possible can wake up at this late stage in the game and turn back to God, as is the sensible thing to do. The rest is up to you.

Now I suspect some idiots will try to say that I am an anti-semite or some other crap like that. Nothing could be further from the truth and this article alone should dispel such lies. First, it is not I who declared that latter day Israel would be destroyed. Moses and Jesus both declared that. Call them anti-semites, if you like. Further, I say most of Christianity will receive the same fate as Israel, so if it were hate the motivated me, it is far more than just some Jews. But I do not hate anyone. I desire that all Jews be spared, were it possible, and all Christians, too. But it is not I who condemn or spare. It is God that does that. I'm just the messenger, and yes, I was all God really had, and yes, that is pretty sad. But you beggars can not be choosers at this point.

Nothing should make me any happier to that to have every last Jew and Christian come to God in the proper way. I'd be dancing in the streets, and singing in the rain, too! So forget about silly accusations. The only ones sure to be enraged are those servants of the devil, since none of this bodes well for them. Let them rage. It comes with the territory, right?

You won't find a message like this anywhere else on the net, and especially not in a church, since most of those belong to the devil. I scour the net continually and there is no real alternative to Truth 1. For whatever the reason, it appears that I have been the only one to be able to put it all together. I wish it were not so, but no one seems to want to join in the fun. Perhaps this will change as things become more clear, but time may also be running out. Act decisively, very quickly, and with urgency and great effort. There is not a moment to waste.


Political Meddling
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The biggest problem today is in the Political Meddling of Babylon the Great, who in imitation of a great empire of the past, the Tyrian/Sidonian-Phoenician-Carthaginian Empire, have created a vast network of merchants, traders, manufacturers, bankers, financiers, and the like, with their combined staggering fortunes that dwarf that of most nations, have then gone on to buy up those nations and those who rule them, thereby harnessing the peoples of those nations as slaves/laborers and as soldiers to police the world and control the world and subdue the world.

Many wars have been initiated by this vast network, a monolithic entity and conspiracy. So much blood shed has taken place so that one nation after another falls to this all-consuming conquering force, ultimately led and guided by none other than the devil, himself, Satan. You can read my work on Babylon the Great, which is the Revelation Series Part 8, for more on that.

But it is this political meddling, which has wrestled control away from nearly every nation on earth, in order to form one great big vast crime syndicate family, has been the primary force for most of the world's suffering for at least the last 500 years, and possibly for over a thousand years, from before 1066 AD, and it may even be that it began in parts of the world from the days of the Babylonian Empire onward.

But for sure, the last 500 have been miserable and more prominently, since the Industrial revolution, which seems to have begun in earnest near to 1820 or so. It was slow in its growth but gained speed rapidly as coal, steel, and steam were intensely developed to enable train, steam ships, and transportation. Electricity was the last big and great development to begin in the late 1800s.

All the while, financiers were pooling and disseminating their investments to rapidly accelerate the development of technology all around the world, starting with The UK and the USA.

This attempting to enslave the world, which God had not commanded and did not want, would bring nothing good to man or beast. This enslavement was the desire of the devil, who wants total control of everything so that he might bring everything to ruin in the sight of God. Satan wants to mock the human creation and belittle it but still a few come out of the trails, relatively obedient to God, against most selfish interests or self-interests.

God is letting it reach a specific point in development that we are not given details of. Satan insisted those detail be withheld. But those trusting God know these things will be revealed in time, after. God will not let Satan carry out his ultimate plan, which is the elimination of all humanity, extinction.  God has set a point which will begin His active involvement. He has given Satan a set time to introduce a false messiah we also know as the antichrist. 7 years have been allowed for the antichrist. Then God will have His way, all the way.

But after the antichrist is killed off mysteriously (by God, of course), God will then turn His attention to the most wanted criminal of all criminals, Babylon the Great, the Great Political Meddler who bought nations and peoples as if they were mere trading commodities, like lumber or grain.

God intended for Israel to be the Great Shepherds of the entire world. to shepherd with love, kindness, decency, with their eternal welfare in mind, doing what they do in behalf of Jehovah Himself. Instead, they treat mankind with contempt and evil as their father, the devil, does. It is for this reason that God will exact a very great punishment against Israel for her violating His contract with them at Sinai.

This punishment will shock and awe the world. It will be so sudden, so swift, so severe. Into the lake of fire they will go.

What next follows for the 2nd half of this article, roughly, is how God warned time and again of the covenant He had with Israel at Sinai mediated by Moses and how Israel would reject God time and again. So we will review those warnings in their whole and carefully. we will see why political meddling is hated so much by God and why all God-fearing people should avoid political entanglements of any type.

To have any other god, other than Jehovah, Himself, is to make Satan your god. Keep that in mind as we review foreign gods and foreign nations.



Foreign Gods, Foreign Women

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Whoring,  unfaithfulness,  spiritual fornication,  playing the harlot,  spiritual adultery

The Old Testament made many references to the above concept, worded in various ways. Any corruption of God's worship, or worse, to serve another god, all of which were false gods, was the ultimate betrayal as far as Jehovah was concerned. To seek out and nourish relationships with people who served other gods was also a major sin, since this would also lead to corrupting worshipers of Jehovah, either by polluting or corrupting Jehovah's teachings (doctrine), and rituals, or changing them altogether. Jehovah insisted upon loyalty, faithfulness, fidelity, devotion. He wanted His worship to remain precise and pure as the day it was first given by Moses.

Any tampering was really a capital crime punishable by death (stoning). So yeah, God took His requirements real serious and He knew that humans were fickle and easily led astray. God did not mince words or punishment. Obey or die, because I have a contract, a covenant, with you.

All the following scriptures are from the American Standard Bible (AST), which renders similar to the KJV, but uses Jehovah, the proper name of God, in place of the corrupt LORD substituted by corrupt Jewish translators.

Genesis 35:

1  And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Beth-el, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God,
    who appeared unto thee when thou fled from the face of Esau thy brother.

2  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the foreign gods that are
    among you
, and purify yourselves, and change your garments:

3  and let us arise, and go up to Beth-el; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me
    in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.

KJV says strange gods, rather than foreign gods. Its not that it is wrong, but really, foreign, as we use that word today, better describes the other gods. It was not because they were strange as in odd or peculiar, but that they were ultimately from the devil, strange being more at foreign, unfamiliar, not like Jehovah in any way, really. Repulsive, really! Foreign as in antagonistic. So I use the AST for a better understanding and purity in this subject. The KJV was/is a fine adequate work, but it does have a few flaws in some places, such as LORD for Jehovah/Yehovah; and antiquated outdated obsolete archaic language, also a flaw of the AST.

In the next account, we see the prediction by God that Israel will one day ask for a king and Jehovah reserves the right to Himself to pick the king.

Deut 17:

14  When thou art come unto the land which Jehovah thy God give thee, and shall possess it,
      and shall dwell therein, and shall say, I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me;

15  thou shall surely set him king over thee, whom Jehovah thy God shall choose: one from among
      thy brethren shall thou set king over thee; thou may not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.

16  Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end
      that he may multiply horses; forasmuch as Jehovah hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17  Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away:
      neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18  And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy
      of this law in a book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites:

19  and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to
      fear Jehovah his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them;

20  that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment,
      to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children,
      in the midst of Israel.

A king of the Jews was not to have many wives, and certainly not foreign ones, who worship other gods. Sex is very powerful stuff. When two people are joined in marriage and really embrace each other, they will  have an influence and effect on each other, and that could corrupt devotion to Jehovah. So foreign wives were not allowed. You see, shortly.

As well, no foreigner could be a king, either. Had to be among those chosen by God and engaged by contract with God. And a king could not accumulate a whole lot of gold and silver. Ouch! How's that! Not a lot of wealth so that he might get corrupted by it. Lastly, he had to be devoted to the scriptures, by making a copy from the priests and reading it all the days of his life so that he knows God's requirements well and keeps them. God made His requirements quite clear, plain as the nose on the king's face. The handwriting on the wall, right? No excuses! Do it or die!

Next is playing the harlot for pursuing other gods than Jehovah. So God rejects them.

Deut. 31:

16  And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, thou shalt sleep with thy fathers; and this people will rise up,
      and play the harlot after the strange gods of the land, whither they go to be among them, and will
      forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

17  Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide my face
      from them, and they shall be devoured, and many evils and troubles shall come upon them; so that they
      will say in that day, Are not these evils come upon us because our God is not among us?

Deut. 32:

  9  For Jehovahís portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.

10  He found him in a desert land, And in the waste howling wilderness; He compassed him about,
      he cared for him, He kept him as the apple of his eye.

11  As an eagle that stirreth up her nest, That fluttereth over her young, He spread abroad his wings,
      he took them, He bare them on his pinions.

12  Jehovah alone did lead him, And there was no foreign god with him.

13  He made him ride on the high places of the earth, And he did eat the increase of the field; And he made
      him to suck honey out of the rock, And oil out of the flinty rock;

Again, no foreign god. And "Jacob" had it good in the land of plenty. God took care of His people when they were obedient.

Joshua 24:

19  And Joshua said unto the people, You cannot serve Jehovah; for he is a holy God;
      he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgression nor your sins.

20  If you forsake Jehovah, and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you evil,
      and consume you, after that he hath done you good.

21  And the people said unto Joshua, Nay; but we will serve Jehovah.

22  And Joshua said unto the people, You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen for
      yourselves Jehovah, to serve him. And they said, We are witnesses.

23  Now therefore put away, said he, the foreign gods which are among you, and incline
      your heart unto Jehovah, the God of Israel.

24  And the people said unto Joshua, Jehovah our God will we serve, and unto his voice will we hearken.

25  So Joshua made a covenant with the people that day, and set them a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

26  And Joshua wrote these words in the book of the law of God; and he took a great stone,
      and set it up there under the oak that was by the sanctuary of Jehovah.

Above, Josh. 24, Israel is warned not to serve other gods. When one serves other rules, one serves other gods. Jehovah has His own exclusive rules that must be kept. Reject the rules and you reject Him. All other gods are from the devil and his rules. Joshua records this so that it might be used against Israel in the last days, and all days of rebellion up to then.

Judges 10:

15  And the children of Israel said unto Jehovah, We have sinned: do thou unto us whatsoever seems
      good unto thee; only deliver us, we pray thee, this day.

16  And they put away the foreign gods from among them, and served Jehovah;
      and his soul was grieved for the misery of Israel.

Israel repents at this time, and God grieves for Israel and forgives her and restores by by means of the judges.

1 Samuel 7:

2  And it came to pass, from the day that the ark abode in Kiriath-jearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after Jehovah.

3  And Samuel spoke unto all the house of Israel, saying, If you do return unto Jehovah with all your heart, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtaroth from among you, and direct your hearts unto Jehovah, and serve him only; and he will deliver you out of the hand of the Philistines.

4  Then the children of Israel did put away the Baalim and the Ashtaroth, and served Jehovah only.

The days of the judges, which continues in 1 Samuel, is a time of Israel leaving God and returning to Him, again and again. God lets us see that anytime we repent, we can come back to God and He will forgive us and accept us. Its never too late.

Now the account(s) which I described earlier and promised was coming is now here below:

1 Kings 3:
1  And Solomon made affinity with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took Pharaohís daughter, and brought her into the city of David, until he had made an end of building his own house, and the house of Jehovah, and the wall of Jerusalem round about.

Solomon no doubt thought he was smart making a political alliance. Maybe he saw it as extra political insurance. But it was totally not needed. God did not need Pharaoh's support or approval or even good relations. Solomon was not thinking well. Or maybe he was just smitten by Pharaoh's daughter. Whatever, it was wrong. He married a pagan. Imagine that!

1 Kings 11:

1  Now king Solomon loved many foreign women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh,
    women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Sidonians, and Hittites
;

2  of the nations concerning which Jehovah said unto the children of Israel,
    You shall not go among them, neither shall they come among you; for surely they will
    turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

3  And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart.

4  For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after
    other gods; and his heart was not perfect with Jehovah his God, as was the heart of David his father.

I have no doubt that the women were quite beautiful. But they also served other gods. Keeping and maintaining 100% compliance with Jehovah means not subjecting one's self to powerful influences such as sexual attraction. Sex is a drug, really, that can easily intoxicate and make one act as if they were drunk and senseless. One has to be careful what kind of sexual influence they open themselves up to. It can be deadly. Loyalty to God ought to have priority over sexual satisfaction. Its not like you can not have both, but first you have to make sure that remaining loyal to God is fully secured in who you hook up with.

Solomon was also on the greedy side, having 700 wives and 300 concubines. This was far more than was appropriate, even for the richest of kings. Wealth and power can bring/enable extreme indulgences. So obtaining wealth and riches, is not wise. Being humble and restraining one's appetites to reasonable amounts is essential, in order to avoid eventually falling away from God. Solomon was said to be wise, but obviously, no wise enough to follow the law when it comes to restraint.

In some respects, perhaps Solomon was intended to show the problem of greater later Israel, in that Solomon did acquire a lot of gold and silver if you read the accounts of 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles. His wealth and power, which enabled him to get what he wanted, with women folk ranking as a high priority, showed Solomon to not be very wise at all, for wisdom means obedience to God and making every effort to remain modest and humble.

A very capable person can easily exceed the limits of modesty and humility. But no matter how strong we are, our inner selves can only handle so much temptation and then we fall. It takes a big man to admit to himself that he is very vulnerable to the world he lives in, and its many temptations. Avoid and resist trouble or you will soon find it.

I also want to point out to those among modern day Jews, that those most wealthy and prominent among them, also, too, ought to restrain themselves in appetites, wealth and money making, or marrying for looks rather than for someone who truly cares about God and is devoted to Him. Wealth and Sex are 2 very powerful drugs, so to speak. In my view, maybe the 2 most powerful drugs there are to screw up heads really bad.

I do think we all underestimate the potential we all have for out-of-control appetites, and obsessive-compulsive behavior. All things that are good in moderation, can be pursued with reckless abandon, just as easy. Part of the challenge for all of us is to maintain balance and perspective. We all love a sexual high as was intended by God. But we also need to place some restraint upon it at some point or it can catch fire, so to speak, and burn an entire forest down for many miles.

I bring this up because sexual restraint is disappearing and wild reckless abandon is replacing it and there are serious consequences for a society that does not attempt to moderate and restrain itself, with some balance between indulging and restraining. Too much of either will produce bad results. It is about balance.

Ezra 10:

1  Now when Ezra had prayed, and when he had confessed, weeping and casting himself down
    before the house of God, there assembled unto him out of Israel a very great congregation of
    men and women and children: for the people wept very sore.

2  And Shechaniah the son of Jehiel, one of the sons of Elam, answered and said unto Ezra,
    We have trespassed against our God, and have taken strange wives of the people of the land:
    yet now there is hope in Israel concerning this thing.

3  Now therefore let us make a covenant with our God to put away all the wives, and such as are born of them,
    according to the counsel of my lord,
and of those that tremble at the commandment of our God;
    and let it be done according to the law.

4  Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.

No doubt that many took foreign wives due to beauty and charm. It is no easy matter to put them away. Putting away may indicate that they were still supported, but were not visited for sexual relations, even as King Saul's daughter, Michal, was put away by King David. But the potential influence of a woman can never be underestimated. God intended for women to have influence over their husbands. But choosing women for beauty is ignoring the other aspects such as undue influence on religious/spiritual loyalty to Jehovah. We must have some priorities and boundaries that we dare not cross. We must defend them to the bitter end. Can we accept that lesson and put it into practice?

Exodus 34:

15  Lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they go a whoring after their gods,
     and do sacrifice unto their gods, and one call thee, and thou eat of his sacrifice;

16  And you take of their daughters unto thy sons, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods,
      and make thy sons go a whoring after their gods.

Leviticus 17: 7 And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring.
     This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.

Leviticus 20:

5  Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go
    a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.

6  And the soul that turns after such as have familiar spirits, and after wizards, to go a whoring after them,
    I will even set my face against that soul, and will cut him off from among his people.

Numbers 15: 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember
    all the commandments of Jehovah, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart
    and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

Deuteronomy 31: 16 And Jehovah said unto Moses, Behold, thou shall sleep with thy fathers;
    and this people will rise up, and go a whoring after the gods of the strangers of the land,
    whither they go to be among them, and will forsake me, and break my covenant which I have made with them.

Judges 2: 17 And yet they would not hearken unto their judges, but they went a whoring after other
    gods, and bowed themselves unto them: they turned quickly out of the way
which their fathers walked in,
    obeying the commandments of the Jehovah; but they did not so.

Judges 8: 27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel
    went thither a whoring after it: which thing became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.

Judges 8: 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again,
    and went a whoring
after Baalim, and made Baalberith their god.

1 Chronicles 5: 25 And they transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring
    after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them.

2 Chronicles 21: 13 But hast walked in the way of the kings of Israel, and hast made Judah and the
    inhabitants of Jerusalem to go a whoring, like to the whoredoms of the house of Ahab, and also have
    slain thy brethren of thy fatherís house, which were better than thyself:

Psalms 73: 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.

Psalms 106: 39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.

Ezekiel 6: 9 And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall
    be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me,
    and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loath themselves for the evils
    which they have committed in all their abominations.

Ezekiel 23: 30 I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a whoring after the heathen,
    and because thou art polluted with their idols.

Hosea 4: 12 My people ask counsel at their stocks, and their staff declares unto them: for the spirit of
    whoredoms hath caused them to err, and they have gone a whoring from under their God.

Hosea 9: 1 Rejoice not, O Israel, for joy, as other people: for thou hast gone a whoring from thy God, thou hast loved a reward upon every cornfloor.

I can not say this for sure, but I believe the "reward upon the cornfloor" refers to the sexual practices on a threshing floor, where the grain or chaff served as a soft "bed" for the "transaction." The devil is no fool. How easy it is to induce spiritual whoring when one uses sexual enticement to go along with it. Sex is a very powerful modifier of human behavior. Indeed, here in the last days, sex will be used again to get the entire world to reject God and follow their own lusts, and these lusts will go further than ever before. Nothing ever changes.

Fornication (in the spiritual sense toward God)

2 Chronicles 21: 11 Moreover he made high places in the mountains of Judah, and caused the
     inhabitants of Jerusalem to commit fornication, and compelled Judah thereto.


Fornication Takes a New Twist
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It is not so much a twist, but an expansion or elaboration of what we discussed earlier. Spiritual fornication with other (foreign) gods can be accomplished thru foreign peoples. But it takes on more of a political tone in the prophets, whereas thru 1-Samuel in the Bible, it focuses mainly on pagan religion and practices.

Isaiah 23: 17 And it shall come to pass after the end of seventy years, that Jehovah will visit Tyre,
    and she shall turn to her hire, and shall commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world
    upon the face of the earth.

The Tyre above in Isaiah, actually is a symbol for Babylon the Great, also a symbol for Israel gone bad, which is redundant, right? Check out my article on Babylon the Great for more on Isaiah 23 and Ezekiel and others, too. The prediction above is that "Tyre" shall commit fornication, perhaps better said as intercourse, with all the kingdoms/nations of the world. That is a very big fornication-whorehouse. The whole world will worship the false messiah of the devil, and the world will defile itself in its filth and abominations. Below is more of this sort of fornication.

Ezekiel 16:

26 You have also committed fornication with the Egyptians your neighbours, great of flesh;
     and have increased your whoredoms, to provoke me to anger.

29 You have moreover multiplied your fornication in the land of Canaan unto Chaldea;
     and yet you were not satisfied herewith.

The intercourse taking place in Egypt and from Canaan to Chaldea (possibly Galdea//Gauldea in some languages) has more to do with some Israelites settling in Egypt and all the way to Chaldea/Babylon as well. Business was no doubt conducted and trade pursued for big profit and its corrupting leavening influence. Of course, when dealing with others, you deal with their religious customs as well, often required in making deals and trades. Politics is also impossible to avoid in these situations.

Israel's place was in Israel, the land formerly of Canaan. Israel was to be independent and without political entanglements. Solomon may have started this bad trend in international trade, alongside of Tyre. Political entanglements are impossible to avoid with trade or prosperity. And hiring nations as "protection" or "enforcement" is what sometimes got Israel and Judah too entangled to escape being dominated by bigger nations and armies, instead of relying on God to be their protection/defense. God knew Israel would need defense and God was willing to supply it, but only if Israel remained faithful to God and did not whore around with other gods.

No God

2 Kings:

And Moab rebelled against Israel after the death of Ahab.

2  And Ahaziah fell down through the lattice in his upper chamber that was in Samaria, and was sick:
    and he sent messengers, and said unto them, Go, inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron,
    whether I shall recover of this sickness.

3  But the angel of Jehovah said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers
    of the king of Samaria, and say unto them,
Is it because there is no God in Israel,
    that you go to inquire of Baal-zebub, the god of Ekron?

4  Now therefore thus saith Jehovah, You shall not come down from the bed whither you have gone up,
    but shall surely die. And Elijah departed.

        As long as Israel had Jehovah, they had a great God of protection, whom they could consult, as well. But Israel was not faithful to Jehovah.

No Saviour

Isaiah 43: 11  I, even I, am Jehovah; and besides me there is no saviour.

Hosea 13: 4 Yet I am Jehovah your God from the land of Egypt, and you shall know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.

    The above 2 scriptures are vital to understand. Jehovah wanted it well understood that He was to be looked to, for salvation, rescue, deliverance, restitution, as the best and only God capable of doing those things in any meaningful way. Israel was not to look at any other god for these things. God made a habit of showing His power to deliver Israel and Judah in their times of need. Enough that they should have relied on Jehovah, exclusively, and without hesitation. To ask for rescue from another nation by paying them off for protection from another enemy; why it would be insane. Was it because Jehovah had never delivered? Did Israel have no God of their own? Oh, they had one, alright and the best and only at that.

2 Chronicles 16:

1  In the six and thirtieth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah,
    and built Ramah, that he might not suffer any one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah.

2  Then Asa brought out silver and gold out of the treasures of the house of Jehovah and of the kingís house,
    and sent to Ben-hadad king of Syria
, that dwelt at Damascus, saying,

3  There is a league between me and thee, as there was between my father and thy father: behold,
    I have sent you silver and gold; go, break your league with Baasha king of Israel, that he may depart from me.

4  And Ben-hadad listened to king Asa, and sent the captains of his armies against the cities of Israel;
    and they smote Ijon, and Dan, and Abel-maim, and all the store-cities of Naphtali.

    >>Asa played politics and paid for an alliance with the king of Syria, in order to have peace and deliverance from Israel. God does not like this sort of thing, as indicated just earlier. God wants us to look to Him for salvation and deliverance. He wanted Asa and all kings of Judah to do the same.<<

5  And it came to pass, when Baasha heard thereof, that he left off building Ramah, and let his work cease.

6  Then Asa the king took all Judah; and they carried away the stones of Ramah, and the timber thereof,
    wherewith Baasha had builded; and he built therewith Geba and Mizpah.

7  And at that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah, and said unto him, Because thou has relied
    on the king of Syria, and has not relied on Jehovah thy God
, therefore is the host of the king of Syria
    escaped out of thy hand.

    >>Jehovah sends a prophet to Asa to express God's displeasure with Asa's actions. God lets Asa know that Syria was to be given into Asa's hand, but now he would not be given, since Asa did not rely upon God to fix his problem with Israel and surrounding nations. It was God's will to preserve Judah and Jerusalem so that the messiah could arrive to bless all mankind thru Judah and the priesthood.

What this boils down to, is that God establishes His power in behalf of His people, if they obey Him. They do not need to lean upon foreign pagan nations. They have Jehovah as their guide and deliverer. Playing politics with other nations is a dirty business God did not want His people involved in. When we play politics, we automatically express no faith in God as a deliverer. When we play politics, we are going to get dirty, since all the nations belong to the devil. We must remain clean to God.

Below, God points out that He has delivered Asa and Judah and Israel in the past, so that Asa should have trusted that God could save and Asa should have sought God out for protection, not Syria. Is modern Israel listening? Are Christians, who love to play politics, listening?<<

8  Were not the Ethiopians and the Lubim a huge host, with chariots and horsemen exceeding many?
    yet, because you did rely on Jehovah, he delivered them into your hand.

9  For the eyes of Jehovah run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them
    whose heart is perfect toward him.
Herein you have done foolishly; for from henceforth you shall have wars.

10  Then Asa was angry with the seer, and put him in the prison-house; for he was in a rage with him because
      of this thing. And Asa oppressed some of the people at the same time.

11  And, behold, the acts of Asa, first and last, lo, they are written in the book of the kings of Judah and Israel.

12  And in the thirty and ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet; his disease was exceeding great:
      yet in his disease he sought not to Jehovah, but to the physicians.

13  And Asa slept with his fathers, and died in the one and fortieth year of his reign.

Asa'a heart appears to have withdrawn from God somewhat. He even rejects the message of Jehovah's prophet/seer. Nor did Asa seek out Jehovah for healing as Hezekiah later did. Asa depended upon the physicians (doctors) instead, perhaps trusting them more than God. Asa died a failure to himself. Asa should have considered what had happened several hundred years earlier, in the days of Gideon vs. Midian, recorded in Judges.


Gideon and Midian
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Judges 6:

6  And Israel was brought very low because of Midian; and the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah.

7  And it came to pass, when the children of Israel cried unto Jehovah because of Midian,

8  that Jehovah sent a prophet unto the children of Israel: and he said unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, I brought you up from Egypt, and brought you forth out of the house of bondage;

9  and I delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians, and out of the hand of all that oppressed you, and drove them out from before you, and gave you their land;

10  and I said unto you, I am Jehovah your God; you shall not fear the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But you have not hearkened unto my voice.

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14  And Jehovah looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and save Israel from the hand of Midian: have not I sent thee?

>>God sending Gideon means that God guarantees victory over Midian.<<

15  And he said unto him, Oh, Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel? behold, my family is the poorest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my fatherís house.

16  And Jehovah said unto him, Surely I will be with you, and you shall smite the Midianites as one man.

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24  Then Gideon built an altar there unto Jehovah, and called it Jehovah-shalom: unto this day it is yet in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

25  And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Take thy fatherís bullock, even the second bullock seven years old, and throw down the altar of Baal that your father has, and cut down the Asherah that is by it;

26  and build an altar unto Jehovah your God upon the top of this stronghold, in the orderly manner, and take the second bullock, and offer a burnt-offering with the wood of the Asherah which thou shall cut down.

27  Then Gideon took ten men of his servants, and did as Jehovah had spoken unto him: and it came to pass, because he feared his fatherís household and the men of the city, so that he could not do it by day, that he did it by night.

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33  Then all the Midianites and the Amalekites and the children of the east assembled themselves together; and they passed over, and encamped in the valley of Jezreel.

34  But the Spirit of Jehovah came upon Gideon; and he blew a trumpet; and Abiezer was gathered together after him.

35  And he sent messengers throughout all Manasseh; and they also were gathered together after him: and he sent messengers unto Asher, and unto Zebulun, and unto Naphtali; and they came up to meet them.

>>Gideon is appointed and empowered by Jehovah's spirit, and calls some of the tribes of Israel to face the enemy at Jezreel.<<

 

Judges 7:

1  Then Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, and all the people that were with him, rose up early, and encamped beside the spring of Harod: and the camp of Midian was on the north side of them, by the hill of Moreh, in the valley.

2  And Jehovah said unto Gideon, The people that are with thee are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves against me, saying, Mine own hand hath saved me.  

>>Jehovah had chosen this situation to show off, you might say. There were enough of Israel that some might think Israel did it by their own power, in winning over the enemy. Jehovah did not want anyone to miss this point, that it was He, and not Israel, that was responsible for the victory to follow. Interesting, isn't it?<<

3  Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, Whosoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from mount Gilead. And there returned of the people twenty and two thousand; and there remained ten thousand.

4  And Jehovah said unto Gideon, The people are yet too many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, that of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go.

5  So he brought down the people unto the water: and Jehovah said unto Gideon, Every one that lapps of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shall you set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.

6  And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, was three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.

7  And Jehovah said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand; and let all the people go every man unto his place.

8  So the people took victuals [provisions/vessels] in their hand, and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of Israel every man unto his tent, but retained the three hundred men: and the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley.

9  And it came to pass the same night, that Jehovah said unto him, Arise, get thee down into the camp; for I have delivered it into thy hand.

10  But if thou fear to go down, go thou with Purah thy servant down to the camp:

11  and thou shall hear what they say; and afterward shall thy hands be strengthened to go down into the camp. Then went he down with Purah his servant unto the outermost part of the armed men that were in the camp.

12  And the Midianites and the Amalekites and all the children of the east lay along in the valley like locusts for multitude; and their camels were without number, as the sand which is upon the sea-shore for multitude.

13  And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man telling a dream unto his fellow; and he said, Behold, I dreamed a dream; and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the camp of Midian, and came unto the tent, and smote it so that it fell, and turned it upside down, so that the tent lay flat.

14  And his fellow answered and said, This is nothing else save the sword of Gideon the son of Joash, a man of Israel: into his hand God hath delivered Midian, and all the host.

15  And it was so, when Gideon heard the telling of the dream, and the interpretation thereof, that he worshipped; and he returned into the camp of Israel, and said, Arise; for Jehovah hath delivered into your hand the host of Midian.

16  And he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put into the hands of all of them trumpets, and empty pitchers, with torches within the pitchers.

17  And he said unto them, Look on me, and do likewise: and, behold, when I come to the outermost part of the camp, it shall be that, as I do, so shall ye do.

18  When I blow the trumpet, I and all that are with me, then blow ye the trumpets also on every side of all the camp, and say, For Jehovah and for Gideon.

19  So Gideon, and the hundred men that were with him, came unto the outermost part of the camp in the beginning of the middle watch, when they had but newly set the watch: and they blew the trumpets, and brake in pieces the pitchers that were in their hands.

20  And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the torches in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands wherewith to blow; and they cried, The sword of Jehovah and of Gideon.

21  And they stood every man in his place round about the camp; and all the host ran; and they shouted, and put them to flight.

22  And they blew the three hundred trumpets, and Jehovah set every manís sword against his fellow, and against all the host; and the host fled as far as Beth-shittah toward Zererah, as far as the border of Abel-meholah, by Tabbath.

23  And the men of Israel were gathered together out of Naphtali, and out of Asher, and out of all Manasseh, and pursued after Midian.

24  And Gideon sent messengers throughout all the hill-country of Ephraim, saying, Come down against Midian, and take before them the waters, as far as Beth-barah, even the Jordan. So all the men of Ephraim were gathered together, and took the waters as far as Beth-barah, even the Jordan.

25  And they took the two princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb; and they slew Oreb at the rock of Oreb, and Zeeb they slew at the winepress of Zeeb, and pursued Midian: and they brought the heads of Oreb and Zeeb to Gideon beyond the Jordan.  

>>Jehovah shows off and shows Israel that He, God, watches out for Israel whenever they call out to Him and are loyal to Him. More importantly, we have a pattern set here so that we can recognize when God is behind something, as opposed to when we do something out of our own will and cunning, without God's command and approval. The spirit of God was manifest through out this adventure. Too many signs and omens to ignore.

A modern day false messiah will appear with deceiving signs and wonders but it will contradict the word of God. God does not listen to those who violate His word. Their actions and any words or claims will be false, lying, deceiving and coming from their own hearts and not God's.

You will enjoy the remainder of this account in Judges 8.<<

 

Judges 8:

1  And the men of Ephraim said unto him, Why hast thou served us thus, that thou called us not, when thou went to fight with Midian? And they did chide with him sharply.

2  And he said unto them, What have I now done in comparison with you? Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abiezer?

3  God hath delivered into your hand the princes of Midian, Oreb and Zeeb: and what was I able to do in comparison with you? Then their anger was abated toward him, when he had said that.

4  And Gideon came to the Jordan, and passed over, he, and the three hundred men that were with him, faint, yet pursuing.

5  And he said unto the men of Succoth, Give, I pray you, loaves of bread unto the people that follow me; for they are faint, and I am pursuing after Zebah and Zalmunna, the kings of Midian.

6  And the princes of Succoth said, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread unto thine army?

7  And Gideon said, Therefore when Jehovah hath delivered Zebah and Zalmunna into my hand, then I will tear your flesh with the thorns of the wilderness and with briers.

8  And he went up thence to Penuel, and spake unto them in like manner; and the men of Penuel answered him as the men of Succoth had answered.

9  And he spake also unto the men of Penuel, saying, When I come again in peace, I will break down this tower.

10  Now Zebah and Zalmunna were in Karkor, and their hosts with them, about fifteen thousand men, all that were left of all the host of the children of the east; for there fell a hundred and twenty thousand men that drew sword.

11  And Gideon went up by the way of them that dwelt in tents on the east of Nobah and Jogbehah, and smote the host; for the host was secure.

12  And Zebah and Zalmunna fled; and he pursued after them; and he took the two kings of Midian, Zebah and Zalmunna, and discomfited all the host.

13  And Gideon the son of Joash returned from the battle from the ascent of Heres.

14  And he caught a young man of the men of Succoth, and inquired of him: and he described for him the princes of Succoth, and the elders thereof, seventy and seven men.

15  And he came unto the men of Succoth, and said, Behold Zebah and Zalmunna, concerning whom ye did taunt me, saying, Are the hands of Zebah and Zalmunna now in thy hand, that we should give bread unto thy men that are weary?

16  And he took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth.

17  And he brake down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city.

18  Then said he unto Zebah and Zalmunna, What manner of men were they whom ye slew at Tabor? And they answered, As thou art, so were they; each one resembled the children of a king.

19  And he said, They were my brethren, the sons of my mother: as Jehovah liveth, if ye had saved them alive, I would not slay you.

20  And he said unto Jether his first-born, Up, and slay them. But the youth drew not his sword; for he feared, because he was yet a youth.

21  Then Zebah and Zalmunna said, Rise thou, and fall upon us; for as the man is, so is his strength. And Gideon arose, and slew Zebah and Zalmunna, and took the crescents that were on their camelsí necks.

22  Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy sonís son also; for thou hast saved us out of the hand of Midian.

23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: Jehovah shall rule over you.

>>People seem to love dictators and Gideon was not about to be another king/dictator. Instead, he declared that Jehovah should rule over Israel. That arrangement from God was not satisfactory to them, evidently. But God should be the dictator. He has that right and more importantly, the proper spirit and motivation to direct or dictate, what is in our best interests.<<

24  And Gideon said unto them, I would make a request of you, that ye would give me every man the ear-rings of his spoil. (For they had golden ear-rings, because they were Ishmaelites.)

25  And they answered, We will willingly give them. And they spread a garment, and did cast therein every man the ear-rings of his spoil.

26  And the weight of the golden ear-rings that he requested was a thousand and seven hundred shekels of gold, besides the crescents, and the pendants, and the purple raiment that was on the kings of Midian, and besides the chains that were about their camelsí necks.

27  And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in Ophrah: and all Israel played the harlot after it there; and it became a snare unto Gideon, and to his house.

28  So Midian was subdued before the children of Israel, and they lifted up their heads no more. And the land had rest forty years in the days of Gideon.

29  And Jerubbaal the son of Joash went and dwelt in his own house.

30  And Gideon had threescore and ten sons of his body begotten; for he had many wives.

31  And his concubine that was in Shechem, she also bare him a son, and he called his name Abimelech.

32  And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.

33  And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and played the harlot after the Baalim, and made Baal-berith their god.

34  And the children of Israel remembered not Jehovah their God, who had delivered them out of the hand of all their enemies on every side;

35  neither showed they kindness to the house of Jerubbaal, who is Gideon, according to all the goodness which he had showed unto Israel.

>>Gideon was hardly gone when Israel left Jehovah and sought Baal-berith as their god, committing yet another adulterous act against Jehovah, which was uncalled for, of course. How quickly we forget, huh?

The book of Judges is full of times when Israel would serve other gods and leave Jehovah or they would not wipe out the Canaanites as God commanded that they do. The Canaanites would then start to bully Israel and subdue them and enslave them. Then they would cry out to God and He always listened when they did. Judges is not that long a book and I would recommend reading it all.<<


Statutes of the Nations
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God refers to His leading Israel out of Egypt, many times. It is the foundation event in forming Israel as a nation, structured by Jehovah, no less. It came into existence only because of His will. It was also His supreme example of salvation and deliverance of Israel. He showed Israel an impressive display of power, unlike which most have never had the privilege to witness. AS the saying could go, "If He did it once, He can do it again." God refers to this to remind Israel of that fact. As well, you could say, that He could say, "I formed you and delivered you and I can destroy you, too. Keep that in mind, my favored nation."

Egypt would continue to be a snare to Israel, as Israel would keep returning to Egypt, though commanded by God upon leaving Egypt, never to return to it.

2 Kings 17:

7  And it was so, because the children of Israel had sinned against Jehovah their God, who brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods,

8  and walked in the statutes of the nations, whom Jehovah cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they made.

>>That little phrase just above, regarding statutes of the nations, is rather interesting. It is another foreign aspect that is included in going after foreign gods and foreign people and nations. God's laws came from God. To throw them out and embrace another set of laws and statutes, why that is a rejection of God and, . . . embracing the devil. It is unthinkable. But even today, Christians and Jews routinely do this. They embrace and support laws of the nations/devil, and want nothing to do with God's statutes and regulations. They prefer the justice of the nations to that of God.

Indeed, Christians are told to obey (relatively speaking) the "superior authorities" that they live under, in whatever nation they are in. Likewise, whether liked or not, Jews now also find themselves scattered throughout the nations of the earth. Some have done that deliberately in order to do business and influence politics or serve as an informant of what goes on in that nation. A kind of secret or dual embassy, you might say.

Christians are to be obedient to the various laws. But they can not break their own laws from God. They must serve God as ruler rather than men. One instance where they violate this is in joining the militaries of the nations, and end up killing other Christians in the other nations as a result. Jews do this, too. To reject any of God's laws is to invite the devil, or certainly alienate God.

Adopting foreign statutes is part of this spiritual fornication against God, that He is always denouncing thru His prophets. But Israel cast God out so many times. But as often as they would come back, God would accept and deliver them. But the time would come when Israel would return no more. The devil would make them an offer they could not resist and they have been with him ever since.

Then Christians went right along in doing the same thing. They embraced the Roman empire and fought for it, and adopted its statutes and laws, and made the emperor their boss and leader and to hell with Christ. Christians should not imagine that they will not receive the same fate as Israel in the last days. Christians, too, have a covenant with God and have broken it. The same principles will apply to them.

But what I want to emphasize is that when one embraces other gods, or other laws, or other peoples as marriage partners, they embrace all those, together. You can't avoid it. So Israel was to remain fairly independent and not involved too much in international foreign trade and commerce. She was to remain chaste, pure, clean, kept, as if a wife kept from adulterous behavior. She was not to have too much to do with the men-folk of the neighboring nations.

Imagine a man with a beautiful wife, whose wife is out about the town all the time, and loves to be in the company of other men. Soon the people are talking. Why is she hanging around with all the men in town? None of the other wives are allowed to do that. How unbecoming. In fact, in our day and age, many would simply refer to her as a slut, whether she was sleeping with them or not. Just hanging around all the time would be scandalous. A good wife would not be spending too much time around the men folk, like young single women might.

So Israel had to stay to herself, simply offering a brief hello/acknowledgement to passers by. But Israel could not resist the foreign influences, which had no regard for Jehovah at all.<<

9  And the children of Israel did secretly, things that were not right against Jehovah their God: and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fortified city;  

>>Yet another important point in this account. Israel did these things in secret. Those breaking laws always seek out secrecy and darkness. They want no light shed upon their activities. But at the same time, almost everyone was doing it. But they did not want neighboring tribes to know, perhaps. But if they were embracing foreign pagan gods, then they were embracing nearly everything else, too! Their hearts belonged to the devil, more often than not. Even their thinking would reflect that of the nations rather then Jehovah.<<

10  and they set them up pillars and Asherim upon every high hill, and under every green tree;

11  and there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the nations whom Jehovah carried away before them; and they wrought wicked things to provoke Jehovah to anger;

12  and they served idols, whereof Jehovah had said unto them, You shall not do this thing.

13  Yet Jehovah testified unto Israel, and unto Judah, by every prophet, and every seer, saying, Turn you from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

14  Notwithstanding, they would not hear, but hardened their neck, like to the neck of their fathers, who believed not in Jehovah their God.

>>They did not give a damn, then, and nothing has changed since, for either Christians or Jews. I call them the 2 sisters.<<

15  And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he made with their fathers, and his testimonies which he testified unto them; and they followed vanity, and became vain, and went after the nations that were round about them, concerning whom Jehovah had charged them that they should not do like them.  

>>I can't help but notice the "monkey see, monkey do" habits of Israel. We imitate who we admire or want to be like. We often model our peers. Israel's heart was not in the right place when she keeps ending up in bed with the nations. Something is very wrong.

The 2 sisters both love war and violence. They enable the devil and can't get enough of spilling blood. Vampires have nothing on these two. They make the devil proud. It goes on and on.<<

16  And they forsook all the commandments of Jehovah their God, and made them molten images, even two calves, and made an Asherah, and worshipped all the host of heaven, and served Baal.

17  And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah, to provoke him to anger.  

>>Imagine sacrificing your babies to a god? Right to lifers would have a fit. Justly so in this case.    An important point here. Since they got so caught up in magic, they, no doubt, were contacted by the devil and his angelic/demonic follower at his side, and made deals and offers at some point. From this point on, they would remain loyal to the devil. The devil's powers were and are very attractive to humans. Humans are in awe of such power and knowledge, but fail to recognize an even higher power than the devil, since humans want to justify their selfish evil ways.

But the devil does not object to bad conduct, so the 2 sisters prefer his less restrictive ways in comparison to Jehovah's.<<

18  Therefore Jehovah was very angry with Israel, and removed them out of his sight: there was none left but the tribe of Judah only.

19  Also Judah kept not the commandments of Jehovah their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.

20  And Jehovah rejected all the seed of Israel, and afflicted them, and delivered them into the hand of spoilers, until he had cast them out of his sight.

21  For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king: and Jeroboam drove Israel from following Jehovah, and made them sin a great sin.

22  And the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they departed not from them;

23  until Jehovah removed Israel out of his sight, as he spoke by all his servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.

Quite the summary, isn't it? Not a good record for the Jews. Yet, somehow, most do not see it or do not want to see it. But the last days are wrapping up and Jews would be wise to consider coming back to Jehovah at this time and forsaking the blood spilling devil and his hordes.

Next is the attack against Judah from Assyria in the days of Hezekiah. Rabshakeh of Assyria taunts Judah outside their walls.

2 Kings 18:

33  Have any of the gods of the nations delivered at all his land out of the hand of the king of Assyria?

34  Where are the gods of Hamath, and of Arpad? where are the gods of Sepharvaim, Hena, and Ivah? have they delivered Samaria out of mine hand?

35  Who are they among all the gods of the countries, that have delivered their country out of mine hand, that Jehovah should deliver Jerusalem out of mine hand?

36  But the people held their peace, and answered him not a word: for the kingís commandment was, saying, Answer him not.

37  Then came Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph the recorder, to Hezekiah with their clothes rent, and told him the words of Rabshakeh.

 

2 Kings 19:

1  And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of Jehovah.

2  And he sent Eliakim, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, unto Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz.

3  And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and of contumely (harsh haughty language and contempt); for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth.

4  It may be Jehovah thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to defy the living God, and will rebuke the words which Jehovah thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that is left.

5  So the servants of king Hezekiah came to Isaiah.

6  And Isaiah said unto them, Thus shall ye say to your master, Thus saith Jehovah, Be not afraid of the words that thou hast heard, wherewith the servants of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me.

7  Behold, I will put a spirit in him, and he shall hear tidings, and shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land.

8  So Rabshakeh returned, and found the king of Assyria warring against Libnah; for he had heard that he was departed from Lachish.

9  And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee, he sent messengers again unto Hezekiah, saying,

10  Thus shall ye speak to Hezekiah king of Judah, saying, Let not thy God in whom thou trustest deceive thee, saying, Jerusalem shall not be given into the hand of the king of Assyria.

11  Behold, thou hast heard what the kings of Assyria have done to all lands, by destroying them utterly: and shall thou be delivered?

12  Have the gods of the nations delivered them, which my fathers have destroyed, Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden that were in Telassar?

13  Where is the king of Hamath, and the king of Arpad, and the king of the city of Sepharvaim, of Hena, and Ivvah?  

>>Realistically, if one did not have faith in Jehovah, these threats would be impressive. Assyria was top dog and undefeated, really. It would practically take an act of God for a small nation like Judah to be delivered from Assyria. But an act of God it would be. God does not need armies and weapons. All the laws of physics are obedient to Him and under His control. He can arrange anything.

Hezekiah is showing true faith in God. And Isaiah, of course, had full faith in God and received communication from God all the time, for like around 40 years, I think. Don't quote me on that ;-) Isaiah is one of the biggest prophets and perhaps the one who delivered the greatest number of symbolic prophetical messages, which would serve to teach us all how to understand prophetic symbols and meanings.<<

14  And Hezekiah received the letter from the hand of the messengers, and read it; and Hezekiah went up unto the house of Jehovah, and spread it before Jehovah.

15  And Hezekiah prayed before Jehovah, and said, O Jehovah, the God of Israel, that sittest above the cherubim, you are the God, even you alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.

16  Incline thine ear, O Jehovah, and hear; open thine eyes, O Jehovah, and see; and hear the words of Sennacherib, wherewith he hath sent him to defy the living God.

17  Of a truth, Jehovah, the kings of Assyria have laid waste the nations and their lands,

18  and have cast their gods into the fire; for they were no gods, but the work of menís hands, wood and stone; therefore they have destroyed them.

19  Now therefore, O Jehovah our God, save you us, I beseech thee, out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou Jehovah art God alone.

20  Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, Whereas thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria, I have heard thee.

21  This is the word that Jehovah hath spoken concerning him: The virgin daughter of Zion hath despised thee and laughed thee to scorn; the daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee.

22  Whom hast thou defied and blasphemed? and against whom hast thou exalted thy voice and lifted up thine eyes on high? even against the Holy One of Israel.

23  By thy messengers thou hast defied the Lord, and hast said, With the multitude of my chariots am I come up to the height of the mountains, to the innermost parts of Lebanon; and I will cut down the tall cedars thereof, and the choice fir-trees thereof; and I will enter into his farthest lodging-place, the forest of his fruitful field.

24  I have digged and drunk strange waters, and with the sole of my feet will I dry up all the rivers of Egypt.

25  Hast thou not heard how I have done it long ago, and formed it of ancient times? now have I brought it to pass, that it should be thine to lay waste fortified cities into ruinous heaps.

26  Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were as the grass of the field, and as the green herb, as the grass on the housetops, and as grain blasted before it is grown up.

27  But I know thy sitting down, and thy going out, and thy coming in, and thy raging against me.

28  Because of thy raging against me, and because thine arrogancy is come up into mine ears, therefore will I put my hook in thy nose, and my bridle in thy lips, and I will turn thee back by the way by which thou camest.

29  And this shall be the sign unto thee: Ye shall eat this year that which groweth of itself, and in the second year that which springeth of the same; and in the third year sow ye, and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat the fruit thereof.

30  And the remnant that is escaped of the house of Judah shall again take root downward, and bear fruit upward.

31  For out of Jerusalem shall go forth a remnant, and out of mount Zion they that shall escape: the zeal of Jehovah shall perform this.

32  Therefore thus saith Jehovah concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come unto this city, nor shoot an arrow there, neither shall he come before it with shield, nor cast up a mound against it.

33  By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and he shall not come unto this city, saith Jehovah.

34  For I will defend this city to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant Davidís sake.

35  And it came to pass that night, that the angel of Jehovah went forth, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians a hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when men arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.

36  So Sennacherib king of Assyria departed, and went and returned, and dwelt at Nineveh.

And it came to pass, as he was worshipping in the house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer smote him with the sword: and they escaped into the land of Ararat. And Esar-haddon his son reigned in his stead.  

>>Just for the record, it does not pay to curse or threaten Jehovah. There are easier ways to die. Sennacherib got real haughty and arrogant. He should have known a little about Judah's reputation. By the way, note that Jehovah refers to Judah and Israel, though by this time or near it, Israel was defeated and hauled off to other parts of the Assyrian Empire. And since Judah was part of Israel, Israel remained represented by Judah and Jerusalem and its temple and priesthood.<<


Jeremiah & Deliverance
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Jeremiah is a fascinating prophet for a number of reasons, but perhaps the biggest is that no one would listen to him, despite his continually proving to be right against his detractors and "haters." God, thru Jeremiah, pleaded with Judah to listen and obey, but they refused all and many attempts to come to obedience. God does not force obedience, but He has the right to reject and "terminate" for disobedience and has often done so. God's people are always given a choice of whether to obey or not and what the consequences or reward are for each choice. but steadfast refusal to obey has never worked well.

But let me point out that Jehovah did show great patience in letting a remnant always remain until the time when God would sent His son, thru a woman, no doubt at the insistence of the devil, knowing this might cause some to doubt the son's authenticity and authority as the son of God and the prophet promised by Moses, as well as other prophets prophesied. But upon the rejection and execution of God's son, full of the spirit and power of God, Jehovah then did fully revoke and divorce Judah, as the last remnant of Israel. The promise or opportunity still exists for any Jew to return to God. But now it also extends to the nations, as well, since most of Israel would have nothing to do with the offer from God.

So the son of God, fully appointed by God in heaven, did say he would go out into the streets and find others to take their place, even if he had to accept beggars and cripples. His "house" would be filled, no matter what.

So we will now consider some accounts from Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 9:

26 Egypt, and Judah, and Edom, and the children of Ammon, and Moab, and all that are in the utmost corners, that dwell in the wilderness: for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel are uncircumcised in the heart. >>Ouch, right? Slap! Judah and Israel were no better than any of the other surrounding nations.<<

Jeremiah 34:

8  The word that came unto Jeremiah from Jehovah, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people that were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;

9  that every man should let his man-servant, and every man his maid-servant, that is a Hebrew or a Hebrewess, go free; that none should make bondmen of them, to wit, of a Jew his brother.

10  And all the princes and all the people obeyed, that had entered into the covenant, that every one should let his man-servant, and every one his maid-servant, go free, that none should make bondmen of them any more; they obeyed, and let them go:

11  but afterwards they turned, and caused the servants and the handmaids, whom they had let go free, to return, and brought them into subjection for servants and for handmaids.

12  Therefore the word of Jehovah came to Jeremiah from Jehovah, saying,

13  Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel: I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them forth out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying,

14  At the end of seven years ye shall let go every man his brother that is a Hebrew, that hath been sold unto thee, and hath served thee six years, thou shall let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.

15  And ye were now turned, and had done that which is right in mine eyes, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbor; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name:

16  but ye turned and profaned my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom ye had let go free at their pleasure, to return; and ye brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids.  

17  Therefore thus saith Jehovah: you have not listened to me, to proclaim liberty, every man to his brother, and every man to his neighbor: behold, I proclaim unto you a liberty, saith Jehovah, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be tossed to and fro among all the kingdoms of the earth.  >>The famine and pestilence could be by Babylon or more by Rome in 70 AD. The scattering among the nations sound like more modern circumstances, where Jews are scattered all over the earth.<<

18  And I will give the men that have transgressed my covenant, that have not performed the words of the covenant which they made before me, when they cut the calf in twain and passed between the parts thereof;

19  the princes of Judah, and the princes of Jerusalem, the eunuchs, and the priests, and all the people of the land, that passed between the parts of the calf;

20  I will even give them into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life; and their dead bodies shall be for food unto the birds of the heavens, and to the beasts of the earth.  >>This sounds just like Revelation's verses.<<

21  And Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes will I give into the hand of their enemies, and into the hand of them that seek their life, and into the hand of the king of Babylonís army, that are gone away from you.  >>This is the typical fulfillment of Jeremiah's particular time.<<

22  Behold, I will command, saith Jehovah, and cause them to return to this city; and they shall fight against it, and take it, and burn it with fire: and I will make the cities of Judah a desolation, without inhabitant. >>It was somewhat fulfilled by Babylon, but perhaps a bigger fulfillment as symbolic prophetic Babylon the Great of Revelation.<<

But we do know in Deuteronomy that Jews in the last days would be punished ( the ones who do not come back to Jehovah ) by complete annihilation so it is not like this is unexpected. Again, God may have chosen to wait a couple thousand years before he totally wipes out the "rebellion" begun with the killing of God's son. Satan also wanted to have the Jews to use for his purpose so God allowed that, but only for a time and then execution. Of course, many of Christianity will be joined to those Jews and also be executed by God for their apostasy.

When Babylon finally showed up outside the city walls of Jerusalem, God just had to taunt Judah and her false prophets and leaders:

Jeremiah 37:

19  Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor against this land?

Jeremiah 38:

1   And Shephatiah the son of Mattan, and Gedaliah the son of Pashhur, and Jucal the son of Shelemiah, and Pashhur the son of Malchijah, heard the words that Jeremiah spoke unto all the people, saying,

2  Thus saith Jehovah, He that abides in this city shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; but he that goes forth to the Chaldeans shall live, and his life shall be unto him for a prey, and he shall live.

3  Thus saith Jehovah, This city shall surely be given into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.

4  Then the princes said unto the king, Let this man, we pray thee, be put to death; forasmuch as he weakens the hands of the men of war that remain in this city, and the hands of all the people, in speaking such words unto them: for this man seeks not the welfare of this people, but the hurt.  

>>First, God wanted Judah to surrender to Babylon as a symbol of obedience to God. Judah refused. Then they want Jeremiah executed for weakening the people and causing them to possibly surrender, as God wanted. In other words, not only would the leader not follow God, but they wanted to prevent others from following God as well. And Jeremiah was selling them out, so they were saying. All he was really trying to do is save their lives and bring them back to their God, which was their obligation as well. Now I am trying to save those who do not want to be saved. 2500 years and nothing has changed.

Look for history to repeat itself. Jews who want to listen and come back to God are definitely going to be given a hard time about it. Those in leadership among them will threaten them and persecute them. You can count on that. Look what they did to the group who followed God's son and messiah after 33 AD. They persecuted them throughout the entire Roman empire, since Jews lived throughout that empire as well. Just pointing out the obvious. And they will wish me dead as well. Perhaps God might see fit to preserve me as He did Jeremiah, if it is His will. Regardless, I am here to serve God, for better or worse.<<

Jeremiah 38:  

14  Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took Jeremiah the prophet unto him into the third entry that is in the house of Jehovah: and the king said unto Jeremiah, I will ask thee a thing; hide nothing from me.

15  Then Jeremiah said unto Zedekiah, If I declare it unto thee, will you not surely put me to death? and if I give thee counsel, you will not hearken unto me?

16  So Zedekiah the king swore secretly unto Jeremiah, saying, As Jehovah liveth, that made us this soul, I will not put thee to death, neither will I give thee into the hand of these men that seek thy life.  

>>Zedekiah knew Jeremiah was for real. You'll see in a minute. So Zedekiah approached in secret to know what must happen.<<

17  Then said Jeremiah unto Zedekiah, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: If you will go forth unto the king of Babylonís princes, then your soul shall live, and this city shall not be burned with fire; and you shall live, and your house.

18  But if you wilt not go forth to the king of Babylonís princes, then shall this city be given into the hand of the Chaldeans, and they shall burn it with fire, and you shall not escape out of their hand.

>>Again, God gives two choices and their outcomes. Even at this time, there was a way out. But it would yet again be refused. Time and again!<<

19  And Zedekiah the king said unto Jeremiah, I am afraid of the Jews that are fallen away to the Chaldeans, lest they deliver me into their hand, and they mock me.

20  But Jeremiah said, They shall not deliver thee. Obey, I beseech thee, the voice of Jehovah, in that which I speak unto thee: so it shall be well with thee, and thy soul shall live.

21  But if thou refuse to go forth, this is the word that Jehovah hath showed me:

22  behold, all the women that are left in the king of Judahís house shall be brought forth to the king of Babylonís princes, and those women shall say, Thy familiar friends have set thee on, and have prevailed over thee: now that thy feet are sunk in the mire, they are turned away back.

23  And they shall bring out all thy wives and thy children to the Chaldeans; and thou shall not escape out of their hand, but shall be taken by the hand of the king of Babylon: and thou shall cause this city to be burned with fire.  

>>Despite Jeremiah's assurance that Zedekiah would not die if he obeyed, he did not put faith in Jehovah and His word to Jeremiah. Lack of faith and trust in God is not well liked, either. But you will soon see that Zedekiah was not crazy about the men just below him who seem to be really running the show, so to speak. Zedekiah was a reluctant puppet in their hands. This displeased Jehovah as well. It was really a low point for Judah, the remnant of Israel. No good was to be found anywhere, except for Jeremiah.<<

24  Then said Zedekiah unto Jeremiah, Let no man know of these words, and you shall not die.

25  But if the princes hear that I have talked with you, and they come unto you, and say unto you, Declare unto us now what thou hast said unto the king; hide it not from us, and we will not put thee to death; also what the king said unto you:

26  then thou shall say unto them, I presented my supplication before the king, that he would not cause me to return to Jonathanís house, to die there.

27  Then came all the princes unto Jeremiah, and asked him; and he told them according to all these words that the king had commanded. So they left off speaking with him; for the matter was not perceived.

28  So Jeremiah abode in the court of the guard until the day that Jerusalem was taken.

 

Jeremiah 41:

16  Then took Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, all the remnant of the people whom he had recovered from Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, from Mizpah, after that he had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, to wit, the men of war, and the women, and the children, and the eunuchs, whom he had brought back from Gibeon:

17  and they departed, and dwelt in Geruth Chimham, which is by Beth-lehem, to go to enter into Egypt,

18  because of the Chaldeans; for they were afraid of them, because Ishmael the son of Nethaniah had slain Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, whom the king of Babylon made governor over the land.

 

Jeremiah 42:                 >>I refer to the captains below as Judah for this account and the one to follow.<<

1  Then all the captains of the forces, and Johanan the son of Kareah, and Jezaniah the son of Hoshaiah, and all the people from the least even unto the greatest, came near,

2  and said unto Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we pray thee, our supplication be presented before thee, and pray for us unto Jehovah thy God, even for all this remnant; for we are left but a few of many, as thine eyes do behold us:

3  that Jehovah thy God may show us the way wherein we should walk, and the thing that we should do.

4  Then Jeremiah the prophet said unto them, I have heard you; behold, I will pray unto Jehovah your God according to your words; and it shall come to pass that whatsoever thing Jehovah shall answer you, I will declare it unto you; I will keep nothing back from you.

5  Then they said to Jeremiah, Jehovah be a true and faithful witness amongst us, if we do not according to all the word wherewith Jehovah thy God shall send thee to us.

6  Whether it be good, or whether it be evil, we will obey the voice of Jehovah our God, to whom we send thee; that it may be well with us, when we obey the voice of Jehovah our God.

7  And it came to pass after ten days, that the word of Jehovah came unto Jeremiah.

8  Then called he Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces that were with him, and all the people from the least even to the greatest,

9  and said unto them, Thus saith Jehovah, the God of Israel, unto whom ye sent me to present your supplication before him:

10  If you will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you,
      and not pluck you up; for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.

11  Be not afraid of the king of Babylon, of whom ye are afraid; be not afraid of him, saith Jehovah:
      for I am with you to save you, and to deliver you from his hand.

12  And I will grant you mercy, that he may have mercy upon you, and cause you to return to your own land.

 

13  But if you say, We will not dwell in this land; so that you obey not the voice of Jehovah your God,

14  saying, No; but we will go into the land of Egypt, where we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet, nor have hunger of bread; and there will we dwell:

15  now therefore hear you the word of Jehovah, O remnant of Judah: Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, If you indeed set your faces to enter into Egypt, and go to sojourn there;

16  then it shall come to pass, that the sword, which you fear, shall overtake you there in the land of Egypt; and the famine, whereof you are afraid, shall follow hard after you there in Egypt; and there you shall die.

17  So shall it be with all the men that set their faces to go into Egypt to sojourn there: they shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence; and none of them shall remain or escape from the evil that I will bring upon them.

18  For thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: As mine anger and my wrath hath been poured forth upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so shall my wrath be poured forth upon you, when you shall enter into Egypt; and you shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach; and ye shall see this place no more.

 

19  Jehovah hath spoken concerning you, O remnant of Judah, Go you not into Egypt: know certainly that I have testified unto you this day.

20  For you have dealt deceitfully against your own souls; for you sent me unto Jehovah your God, saying, Pray for us unto Jehovah our God; and according unto all that Jehovah our God shall say, so declare unto us, and we will do it:

21  and I have this day declared it to you; but you have not obeyed the voice of Jehovah your God in anything for which he hath sent me unto you.

22  Now therefore know certainly that you shall die by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence, in the place whither you desire to go to sojourn there.  

Those above kidnapped Jeremiah and went to Tahpanhes in Egypt.

  

Jeremiah 43:

8  Then came the word of Jehovah unto Jeremiah in Tahpanhes, saying,

9  Take great stones in your hand, and hide them in mortar in the brickwork, which is at the entry of Pharaohís house in Tahpanhes, in the sight of the men of Judah;

10  and say unto them, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadrezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them.

11  And he shall come, and shall smite the land of Egypt; such as are for death shall be given to death, and such as are for captivity to captivity, and such as are for the sword to the sword.

12  And I will kindle a fire in the houses of the gods of Egypt; and he shall burn them, and carry them away captive: and he shall array himself with the land of Egypt, as a shepherd putteth on his garment; and he shall go forth from thence in peace.

13  He shall also break the pillars of Beth-shemesh, that is in the land of Egypt; and the houses of the gods of Egypt shall he burn with fire.

>>Keep in mind that at this point, Jehovah had offered mercy at a number of different times. Not once could He ever get the Judaic remnant of Israel to to obey His directions. Not Once! and even when they said they would obey, they did NOT obey. They lied even to God.<<

Jeremiah 44:

1  The word that came to Jeremiah concerning all the Jews that dwelt in the land of Egypt, that dwelt at Migdol, and at Tahpanhes, and at Memphis, and in the country of Pathros, saying,

2  Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Ye have seen all the evil that I have brought upon Jerusalem, and upon all the cities of Judah; and, behold, this day they are a desolation, and no man dwelleth therein,

3  because of their wickedness which they have committed to provoke me to anger, in that they went to burn incense, and to serve other gods, that they knew not, neither they, nor ye, nor your fathers.

4  Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate.

5  But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear to turn from their wickedness, to burn no incense unto other gods.

6  Wherefore my wrath and mine anger was poured forth, and was kindled in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; and they are wasted and desolate, as it is this day.  

>>Migdol and Tahpanhes, are in the north and east delta region of Egypt. Memphis is in the neighborhood of the Pyramids just below (south) of the Delta region. Pathros is much further south along the Nile, near the Valley of the Kings.<<

7  Therefore now thus saith Jehovah, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Wherefore commit you this great evil against your own souls, to cut off from you man and woman, infant and suckling, out of the midst of Judah, to leave you none remaining;

8  in that you provoke me unto anger with the works of your hands, burning incense unto other gods in the land of Egypt, whither you are gone to sojourn; that you may be cut off, and that you may be a curse and a reproach among all the nations of the earth?

9  Have you forgotten the wickedness of your fathers, and the wickedness of the kings of Judah, and the wickedness of their wives, and your own wickedness, and the wickedness of your wives which they committed in the land of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem?

10  They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you and before your fathers.

11  Therefore thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I will set my face against you for evil, even to cut off all Judah.

12  And I will take the remnant of Judah, that have set their faces to go into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, and they shall all be consumed; in the land of Egypt shall they fall; they shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine; they shall die, from the least even unto the greatest, by the sword and by the famine; and they shall be an execration, and an astonishment, and a curse, and a reproach.

13  For I will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence;

14  so that none of the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or be left, to return into the land of Judah, to which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return save such as shall escape.  

 

>>God's prophecies often reflect His foreknowledge of what is to happen in the future as well as His ability to control or change things. These of Judah in Egypt thought they were out of harm's reach, but whether by knowledge of what Babylon would do, or whether God would make Babylon come down, or use other nations to harass Egypt in places where Judah happened to be, or whatever, these of Judah were going to be smitten in one way or another over time. None would live to return to Judah 50 years later, that including their kids.

But as you see below, these were so arrogant as to ignore what God had spoken thru Jeremiah, which did come true, that they credited the queen of heavens for good times and blamed God for any suffering. That will happen in the last days of the coming Judgment near to 2021-2026 AD (my best guess). Their arrogance and non-repentance are most evident. The hardness of their hearts plain as the nose on their face. They had no respect for Jehovah, their creator and founder.

At the very end times, as people are dying of famine and pestilence, they will curse God and swear that He does not care about them. He cared, but they did not care to listen to Him. So that will be why they are dying and not because God does not care.<<

 

15  Then all the men who knew that their wives burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great assembly, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying,

16  As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of Jehovah, we will not hearken unto thee.

17  But we will certainly perform every word that is gone forth out of our mouth, to burn incense unto the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of victuals, and were well, and saw no evil.

18  But since we left off burning incense to the queen of heaven, and pouring out drink-offerings unto her, we have wanted all things, and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine.

19  And when we burned incense to the queen of heaven, and poured out drink-offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her, and pour out drink-offerings unto her, without our husbands?  

20  Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, even to all the people that had given him that answer, saying,

21  The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye and your fathers, your kings and your princes, and the people of the land, did not Jehovah remember them, and came it not into his mind?

22  so that Jehovah could not longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which you have committed; therefore is your land become a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without inhabitant, as it is this day.

23  Because you have burned incense, and because you have sinned against Jehovah, and have not obeyed the voice of Jehovah, nor walked in his law, nor in his statutes, nor in his testimonies; therefore this evil is happened unto you, as it is this day.

 

>>Jehovah and Jeremiah let them know that it was their sin that got them where they are now, with Jerusalem destroyed and desolate.<<

 

24  Moreover Jeremiah said unto all the people, and to all the women, Hear the word of Jehovah, all Judah that are in the land of Egypt:

25  Thus saith Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, saying, You and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and with your hands have fulfilled it, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink-offerings unto her: establish then your vows, and perform your vows.

26  Therefore hear ye the word of Jehovah, all Judah that dwell in the land of Egypt: Behold, I have sworn by my great name, saith Jehovah, that my name shall no more be named in the mouth of any man of Judah in all the land of Egypt, saying, As the Lord Jehovah liveth.

27  Behold, I watch over them for evil, and not for good; and all the men of Judah that are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by the famine, until there be an end of them.

28  And they that escape the sword shall return out of the land of Egypt into the land of Judah, few in number; and all the remnant of Judah, that are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall know whose word shall stand, mine, or theirs.

29  And this shall be the sign unto you, saith Jehovah, that I will punish you in this place, that you may know that my words shall surely stand against you for evil:

30  Thus saith Jehovah, Behold, I will give Pharaoh Hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, who was his enemy, and sought his life.

>>Read the Wikipedia article just below and see that Hophra, also known as Apries, experienced a mutiny of soldiers in his Aswan garrison, and then was attacked by Greek Dorians, who mauled the military forces of Egypt. This lead to a civil war in Egypt between factions of the military. During all this, Judah likely got caught in a bad position and ended up on the wrong end of things more than once. Famine as a result of all the uprisings and chaos during these days likely cause Judah to suffer badly. It was a tumultuous time, by any measure.

Hophra was overthrown by his General, Amasis II, who declared himself Pharaoh, and Hophra fled Egypt. He returned with some help from a Babylonian army, likely not a big one, and was defeated and killed. Whether Judah fell out of favor under Amasis is not known, but these tumultuous events cold have easily wiped out areas where Judah was living or caused famine within city walls. They could have fallen out of grace by playing politics on the losing side, or any number of things.

Judah figured he was far out of harms reach down in Egypt but he did not see the downfall of Hophra and the turmoil to come. Jehovah let them know it was not going to be business as usual and that Hophra would die in defeat. He was given into the hand of his enemies. Judah was no doubt adversely affected as well so that no Judean resident would survive to go back to Judah after the fall of Babylon.<<

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Apries    ( Hophra )    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apries
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Reign 589Ė570 BC, 26th dynasty Died 567 BC

Apries (Ancient Greek: Ἁπρίης) is the name by which Herodotus (ii. 161) and Diodorus (i. 68) designate Wahibre Haaibre, Ουαφρης (Pharaoh-Hophra), a pharaoh of Egypt (589 BC Ė 570 BC), the fourth king (counting from Psamtik I) of the Twenty-sixth dynasty of Egypt. He was equated with the Waphres of Manetho, who correctly records that he reigned for 19 years. Apries is also called Hophra in Jeremiah 44:30.

Apries inherited the throne from his father, pharaoh Psamtik II, in February 589 BC and his reign continued his father's history of foreign intrigue in Palestinian affairs.[3] Apries was an active builder who constructed "additions to the temples at Athribis (Tell Atrib), Bahariya Oasis, Memphis and Sais."[4] In Year 4 of his reign, Apries' sister Ankhnesneferibre was adopted as the new God's Wife of Amun at Thebes.[5] However, Apries' reign was also fraught with internal problems. In 588 BC, Apries dispatched a force to Jerusalem to protect it from Babylonian forces sent by Nebuchadrezzar II. His forces were quickly crushed and Jerusalem, following an 18-month long siege, was destroyed by the Babylonians in either 587 BC or 586 BC. His unsuccessful attempt to intervene in the politics of the Kingdom of Judah was followed by a mutiny of soldiers from the strategically important Aswan garrison.[6]

While the mutiny was contained, Apries later attempted to protect Libya from incursions by Dorian Greek invaders but his efforts here backfired spectacularly as his forces were mauled by the Greek invaders.[6] When the defeated army returned home, a civil war broke out between the indigenous Egyptian army troops and foreign mercenaries in the Egyptian army.

At this time of crisis, the Egyptians turned in support towards a victorious general, Amasis II who had led Egyptian forces in a highly successful invasion of Nubia in 592 BC under pharaoh Psamtik II, Apries' father.[6] Amasis quickly declared himself pharaoh in 570 BC and Apries fled Egypt and sought refuge in another foreign country. When Apries marched back to Egypt in 567 BC with the aid of a Babylonian army to reclaim the throne of Egypt, he was likely killed in battle with Amasis' forces.[7][8] Amasis thus secured his kingship over Egypt and was now the unchallenged ruler of Egypt.

Amasis, however, reportedly treated Apries' mortal remains with respect and observed the proper funerary rituals by having Apries' body carried to Sais and buried there with "full military honours."[5] Amasis, the former general who had declared himself pharaoh also married Apries' daughter Chedebnitjerbone II to legitimise his accession to power. While Herodotus claimed that the wife of Apries was called Nitetis (in Greek), "there are no contemporary references naming her" in Egyptian records.[9]

Eusebius placed the eclipse of Thales in 585 BC in the eighth or twelfth year of Apries' reign.

References

Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopśdia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.

  1. Clayton, Peter A. Chronicle of the Pharaohs: The Reign-by-Reign Record of the Rulers and Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson., paperback, p.195, 2006. ISBN 0-500-28628-0
  2. Clayton, p.195
  3. Peter Clayton, Chronicle of the Pharaohs, Thames and Hudson, 1994 hardback, p.196
  4. Ian Shaw & Paul Nicholson, The Dictionary of Ancient Egypt, Harry N. Abrams Inc, 1995. pp.36-37
  5. Shaw & Nicholson, p.37
  6. Clayton, p.197
  7. Wahibre
  8. Shaw & Nicholson, p.37 Shaw & Nicholson write that Apries "probably died in battle in 567 BC"
  9. Shaw & Nicholson, p.36

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From:        http://www.formerthings.com/hophra.htm

Herodotus Mentions Apries-Hophra and The City of Memphis
"So when Apries leading his foreign mercenaries, and Amasis at the head of the army of Egyptians, in their approach to one another had reached the city of Memphis, they engaged in battle".
- Herodotus Histories Book II

Hosea 9: 6 For, lo, they are gone because of destruction: Egypt shall gather them up, Memphis shall bury them: the pleasant places for their silver, nettles shall possess them: thorns shall be in their tabernacles.

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It seems clear that God foresaw the misery Egypt was going to experience. But Judah did not see it. They were short-sighted and blind. They had no faith in God. They only understood what they could see immediately in front of them. That is why we all need God and His abilities in our life. He is the ultimate shepherd who can see long range and see the invisible range, too. He can read the hearts and minds of men. We don't have such abilities that might enable us to avoid bad situations.

God left Judah with a good choice. God had the ability to change the hearts of the Babylonians and God knew their hearts and plans anyway and might not have needed to change a thing, to benefit Judah. But Judah would not have it. So Judah died, collectively, in Egypt. Not only died then, but likely lost any chance of resurrection as well, since the power of God's spirit was well at work in their time. God communicated with them thru Jeremiah. God's words came true.

Now in our day, we are seeing the prophecies coming true. Will we be impressed and obey God, or rather, tell Him, in essence, to beat it, get lost. That is exactly what He will do. He will leave those who asked for it, to themselves to die in one of several possible agonies in the form of famine, pestilence, disease, violence/crime, riots, war. Take your pick. Or, listen to God and obey Him and live. Sounds like a pretty good deal to me. None of us has a 3rd choice. Its die miserable or live under God. I could think of worse deals.


Remembrance of Egypt
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What we want to keep in mind as we read Isaiah is that he wrote long before the events would actually happen. One could not see it all coming over the horizon. God likes to show off His far sighted visions of the future. For Him, it is no big deal. But it should be for us. We can not foresee that far ahead in time. It should impress us and it damn well should have impressed Israel and Judah, but it did not. Really, the history of Israel has never been very impressive. Most of it has been about rebellion against Jehovah and going after false pagan gods of the other nations.

Isaiah 30:

1  Woe to the rebellious children, saith Jehovah, that take counsel, but not of me; and that make a league, but not of my Spirit, that they may add sin to sin,

2  that set out to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at my mouth; to strengthen themselves in the strength of Pharaoh, and to take refuge in the shadow of Egypt!

3  Therefore shall the strength of Pharaoh be your shame, and the refuge in the shadow of Egypt your confusion.

4  For their princes are at Zoan, and their ambassadors are come to Hanes.

5  They shall all be ashamed because of a people that cannot profit them, that are not a help nor profit, but a shame, and also a reproach.

6  The burden of the beasts of the South. Through the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the lioness and the lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the humps of camels, to a people that shall not profit them.

7  For Egypt helps in vain, and to no purpose: therefore have I called her Rahab that sits still.

8  Now go, write it before them on a tablet, and inscribe it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever.

 

9  For it is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of Jehovah;

10  that say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits,

11  get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us.  

>>Verse 11 would seem to indicate that it was the good and pure ways of Jehovah that Israel hated. They loved evil rather than good.<<

 

12  Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because you despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and rely thereon;

13  therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly in an instant.

14  And he shall break it as a potterís vessel is broken, breaking it in pieces without sparing; so that there shall not be found among the pieces thereof a sherd wherewith to take fire from the hearth, or to dip up water out of the cistern.

>>Below, we see a common occurrence, even throughout the ages to the very present. We view a current political circumstance as perhaps reliable or safe. Israel saw Egypt as strong, stable, and a good place to reside to be sheltered from trouble. But they should not be depending upon other nations for that type of  security. They should be relying on Jehovah for that. Only He can guide them through the treacherous waters of politics. Jehovah had a vested interest in His nation, Israel. She was the custodian of His word and worship. He wanted her to survive and thrive, provided she was faithful and loyal to Him.

Today, We see all sort of political meddling by Christians and Jews. They are treacherous waters, indeed. It is not uncommon to see Christians of one nation, fighting and killing Christians of another nation, such as we saw in the rebellion from Great Britain 1776, the USA Civil War, WWI, and WWII.

Egypt looked good to Israel when nations were in an upheaval between Assyria, Egypt, Babylon. But Israel was short-sighted and stupid. She had the best and only real God on earth. But She preferred Egypt instead of God, Jehovah. Likewise, Christians and Jews should be looking to Jehovah and the Bible, not political and business relations. Those are fickle and untrustworthy. And ultimately, the devil is behind them, for "the whole world lies in the power of the wicked one."<<

Isaiah 31:

1  Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek Jehovah!

2  Yet he also is wise, and will bring evil, and will not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evil-doers, and against the help of them that work iniquity.

3  Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit: and when Jehovah shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall stumble, and he that is helped shall fall, and they all shall be consumed together.

4  For thus saith Jehovah unto me, As the lion and the young lion growling over his prey, if a multitude of shepherds be called forth against him, will not be dismayed at their voice, nor abase himself for the noise of them: so will Jehovah of hosts come down to fight upon mount Zion, and upon the hill thereof.

5  As birds hovering, so will Jehovah of hosts protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it, he will pass over and preserve it.

6  Turn you unto him from whom you have deeply revolted, O children of Israel.

7  For in that day they shall cast away every man his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which your own hands have made unto you for a sin.

8  And the Assyrian shall fall by the sword, not of man; and the sword, not of men, shall devour him; and he shall flee from the sword, and his young men shall become subject to taskwork.

9  And his rock shall pass away by reason of terror, and his princes shall be dismayed at the ensign, saith Jehovah, whose fire is in Zion, and his furnace in Jerusalem.

>>Egypt and Assyria were enemies of Babylon and both joined together to resist Babylon. Assyria had once been a mighty empire, but that was about to change. In 609 BC, Assyria fell to Babylon at Carchemish. Egypt was supposed to be there at that time to help Assyria but got held up by king Josiah of Judah. Babylon then conquered Egypt in 605 BC.

So in a brief amount of time (4 years), the 2 nations/empires that Judah was hoping would destroy Babylon, were wiped out by Babylon, so that Jeremiah started to look real good, if you catch my drift. The false prophets looked pretty stupid by comparison, and technically, should have been stoned for their failed prophecies according to the law.<<

Ezekiel 17:

12  Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these things mean? tell them, Behold, the king of Babylon came to Jerusalem, and took the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and brought them to him to Babylon:

13  and he took of the seed royal, and made a covenant with him; he also brought him under an oath, and took away the mighty of the land;

14  that the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping his covenant it might stand.

15  But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such things? shall he break the covenant, and yet escape?

16  As I live, saith the Lord Jehovah, surely in the place where the king dwells that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

17  Neither shall Pharaoh with his mighty army and great company help him in the war, when they cast up mounds and build forts, to cut off many persons.

18  For he hath despised the oath by breaking the covenant; and behold, he had given his hand, and yet hath done all these things; he shall not escape.

19  Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: As I live, surely mine oath that he hath despised, and my covenant that he hath broken, I will even bring it upon his own head.

20  And I will spread my net upon him, and he shall be taken in my snare, and I will bring him to Babylon, and will enter into judgment with him there for his trespass that he hath trespassed against me.

21  And all his fugitives in all his bands shall fall by the sword, and they that remain shall be scattered toward every wind: and ye shall know that I, Jehovah, have spoken it.  

>>You will note at this point how often these leaders of Judah tried to outsmart God with their political manipulations, but those never worked out, just as God said they would not. It could happen today as well. Some Christians and Jews might not like the choices God has presented to them in the last days. So they might try to make deals with other nations, to pull off their own plans to get around God. But none will work. God will have His way!<<

Ezekiel 29:

1  In the tenth year, in the tenth month, in the twelfth day of the month, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

2  Son of man, set thy face against Pharaoh king of Egypt, and prophesy against him, and against all Egypt;

3  speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great monster that lieth in the midst of his rivers, that hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.

4  And I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales; and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, with all the fish of thy rivers which stick unto thy scales.

5  And I will cast thee forth into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shall fall upon the open field; thou shall not be brought together, nor gathered; I have given thee for food to the beasts of the earth and to the birds of the heavens.

6  And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am Jehovah, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel.

7  When they took hold of you by your hand, you did break, and did rend all their shoulders; and when they leaned upon you, you broke, and made all their loins to be at a stand.

8  Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will bring a sword upon thee, and will cut off from thee man and beast.

9  And the land of Egypt shall be a desolation and a waste; and they shall know that I am Jehovah. Because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it;

10  therefore, behold, I am against thee, and against thy rivers, and I will make the land of Egypt an utter waste and desolation, from the tower of Seveneh even unto the border of Ethiopia.

11  No foot of man shall pass through it, nor foot of beast shall pass through it, neither shall it be inhabited forty years.

12  And I will make the land of Egypt a desolation in the midst of the countries that are desolate; and her cities among the cities that are laid waste shall be a desolation forty years; and I will scatter the Egyptians among the nations, and will disperse them through the countries.

13  For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: At the end of forty years will I gather the Egyptians from the peoples whither they were scattered;

14  and I will bring back the captivity of Egypt, and will cause them to return into the land of Pathros, into the land of their birth; and they shall be there a base kingdom.

15  It shall be the basest of the kingdoms; neither shall it any more lift itself up above the nations: and I will diminish them, that they shall no more rule over the nations.

16  And it shall be no more the confidence of the house of Israel, bringing iniquity to remembrance, when they turn to look after them: and they shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah.

>>Who at that time could have ever foreseen that Egypt was to come to nothing, having so long been an empire and player in the region. It would take a real God to see something like that ahead of time.<<

17  And it came to pass in the seven and twentieth year, in the first month, in the first day of the month, the word of Jehovah came unto me, saying,

18  Son of man, Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon caused his army to serve a great service against Tyre: every head was made bald, and every shoulder was worn; yet had he no wages, nor his army, from Tyre, for the service that he had served against it.

19  Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will give the land of Egypt unto Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off her multitude, and take her spoil, and take her prey; and it shall be the wages for his army.

20  I have given him the land of Egypt as his recompense for which he served, because they wrought for me, saith the Lord Jehovah.

21  In that day will I cause a horn to bud forth unto the house of Israel, and I will give thee the opening of the mouth in the midst of them; and they shall know that I am Jehovah.

 

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Ezekiel 30 God promises to defeat Egypt thru Babylon and all who try to support Egypt as well. Egypt would cease to be a great power in the region. In fact, Egypt was substantially reduced in power after Rameses III and the collapse of the 20th dynasty after him. But Egypt regained some of her might. But in 609 BC, both Assyria and Egypt (605 BC) as allies, were defeated by Babylon at Carchemish. Egypt had to return to her own land, but with her army somewhat in tact. But internal war pretty much wiped her out.

It was Alexander the Great of Macedonia that defeated Egypt entirely. After Alexanderís death, one of his 4 generals, Ptolemy Soter, began a lasting dynasty over Egypt and Egypt took on a lot of Greek culture, including the language. Rome would defeat Cleopatra and Mark Anthony to take over control of Egypt. So as God had foretold, Egypt was going to fall from grace. She did as history well records. Even today, Egypt is a very small power of no real serious consequence to the big nations of the world.

Why Did Ancient Egypt Decline?

Posted by patrickjkiger in Inside NGC on February 26, 2011

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Ezekiel 32:

2  Son of man, take up a lamentation for Pharaoh king of Egypt,

11  For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: The sword of the king of Babylon shall come upon thee.

12  By the swords of the mighty will I cause thy multitude to fall; the terrible of the nations are they all: and they shall bring to nought the pride of Egypt, and all the multitude thereof shall be destroyed.  

Now I did quote this below, earlier, but I thought it merited repeating.

Deuteronomy 17:
16 Only he shall not multiply horses to himself,
nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses;
forasmuch as Jehovah hath said unto you, You shall henceforth return no more that way.

God did not ever want Israel going back to Egypt again. Egypt really ticked Him off. But as well, since Egypt was highly given to many gods and goddesses, and pagan practices, God might have feared it being a snare for such a weak people as Israel. Or indeed, even if they are/were strong, the temptation might have been too much, anyway. Trading in horses to make a large army was not what God wanted. Israel did not need a big army as long as they had God and were faithful to Him. But Israel seldom ever trusted enough to leave themselves vulnerable, as far as people typically view those things. They wanted to be safe, and not take chances, as if being with God was not safe enough.

It is possible that Israel did not lean upon God since they had not planned on staying loyal to God. But you can not trick God, either. They really tended to disrespect Him or imagined Him without much power or vision.

God may also have feared trade for other reasons. More trade with Egypt could end up being more trade with everyone around them. Their focus could end up on merchandising and money, rather than God and His laws and ways. Any nation with wealth was bound to attract attention from surrounding nations. You become a bigger and more desirable target when you have wealth. God wanted a humble devoted nation, undistracted by materialism. Those who seek and acquire wealth will never be satisfied with wealth. They will always want more. It will become a snare.

Better in the eyes of Jehovah that Israel remained inconspicuous, somewhat kept to itself, with as little friendship with the pagan nations and their foreign gods and ways, as possible. Even today, wealth ensnares and corrupts many Christians and Jews. They forget their God, Jehovah. Let's face it, money making is a full time job and takes up a lot of time because at its heart, you are always competing, as if in an arms race in a cold war, and competition, which usually knows no limits, will force you to spend all your time competing, or you end up the loser more often than not. Its a vicious cycle, once it starts. God wanted to avoid the whole mess to begin with.

Then there is the last possibility. Maybe ( I say surely) Jehovah foresaw Israel becoming entangled in a snare in the future; a snare due to pursuing wealth outside of Israel, and dwelling outside of Israel, the dwelling place that God had established for them. I believe that is the case. Jehovah said that in the latter days Israel would be judged for having forsaken the covenant Jehovah had with them. Its right in there in Deuteronomy. So He warned Israel not to go back to Egypt, for horses, for an army, and/or trade, or to anywhere for anything.

Israel was to avoid foreign gods, or marrying foreign women, or engaging much in trade and commerce. They were a specially chosen nation that was to serve God exclusively in His temple and keep His laws, ways, and commandments. They were enabled to be self-sufficient and self-supporting in their homeland chosen by God. And they were to trust in God to protect their nation, homes, and land. And if they had remained loyal, God would have defended them without hesitation, and done it without an army, in all likelihood. Did I mention God likes to show off, if given reason?


The Whore's Judgment Day
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Alas, I have one more chapter of Ezekiel to consider. I covered it in my Babylon the Great article, but it bears repeating here, for its lessons in regards to fornication with the nations, and adultery against Jehovah.

Ezekiel 23:

1  The word of Jehovah came again unto me, saying,

2  Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother:

3  and they played the harlot in Egypt; they played the harlot in their youth; there were their breasts pressed, and there was handled the bosom of their virginity.

4  And the names of them were Oholah the elder, and Oholibah her sister: and they became mine, and they bare sons and daughters. And as for their names, Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem Oholibah.  

>>Normally, God might not reveal the symbols openly, such as in "Babylon the Great." He might challenge us to solve the riddle for ourselves, seems we are so smart ;-) But God does not always hide identities. Here, He makes it clear and leaves no doubt. Incidentally, it is likely that the devil and God had an agreement worked out with terms, before the devil was allowed to try to deceive Adam and Eve.

Among other things, the devil may have negotiated to not allow God to speak all things plainly, but to put them in symbolic terms to see if God's people would really make the effort to discern God's intentions in those prophetic symbols. Jesus promises that once Judgment Day has passed, then he will speak plainly to all of us. Why then and not now? I have already answered.<<

 

"Samaria"

5  And Oholah played the harlot when she was mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbors,

6  who were clothed with blue, governors and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses.

7  And she bestowed her whoredoms upon them, the choicest men of Assyria all of them; and on whomsoever she doted, with all their idols she defiled herself.

8  Neither hath she left her whoredoms since the days of Egypt; for in her youth they lay with her, and they handled the bosom of her virginity; and they poured out their whoredom upon her.

9  Wherefore I delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted.

10  These uncovered her nakedness; they took her sons and her daughters; and her they slew with the sword: and she became a byword among women; for they executed judgments upon her.

 

"Jerusalem"

11  And her sister Oholibah saw this, yet was she more corrupt in her doting than she, and in her whoredoms which were more than the whoredoms of her sister.

12  She doted upon the Assyrians, governors and rulers, her neighbors, clothed most gorgeously, horsemen riding upon horses, all of them desirable young men.

13  And I saw that she was defiled; they both took one way.

14  And she increased her whoredoms; for she saw men portrayed upon the wall, the images of the Chaldeans portrayed with vermilion,

15  girded with girdles upon their loins, with flowing turbans upon their heads, all of them princes to look upon, after the likeness of the Babylonians in Chaldea, the land of their nativity.

16  And as soon as she saw them she doted upon them, and sent messengers unto them into Chaldea.

17  And the Babylonians came to her into the bed of love, and they defiled her with their whoredom, and she was polluted with them, and her soul was alienated from them.

18  So she uncovered her whoredoms, and uncovered her nakedness: then my soul was alienated from her, like as my soul was alienated from her sister.

19  Yet she multiplied her whoredoms, remembering the days of her youth, wherein she had played the harlot in the land of Egypt.

20  And she doted upon their paramours, whose flesh is as the flesh of asses, and whose issue is like the issue of horses.

>>Its unlikely that you'll ever find another account more graphic and vulgar in the Bible than this one. The Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, all whose "flesh" was as that of asses. I have been told by co-worker who visited Mexico at one time, that he paid to see a woman "take it" with a donkey. He said the donkey was huge, if you get my drift. The "issue" of horses should also be plain enough.

Let me explain it this way. When working at the airport in Portland Maine, I would see and hear wild women come thru the parking lot booths, loud, boisterous, and looking for action. They are not subtle about it. And they are looking for "qualified" paramours. For them, it is about size, among other things.

I had to substitute for an AWOL employee at a parking facility on New Years Eve in downtown Portland. Talk about wild. I admit, I probably had been quite sheltered without realizing it, till that night. Lets just say, I had offers which I did not encourage. They were wild and they were determined not to go home alone on that night. I was long gone before any could come back.

If I had stayed, I probably could have coaxed 2 of them to join me, had 2 come back empty handed. But as determined as they were to find something, I really doubt there was any chance that any of them would leave the bar without someone to take along. And some of these girls were nothing to turn your nose up at. But on that night, fussy was not a word I would use to describe anything that night.

This is how God is describing His wife turned total whore. She likes them big and she is not subtle. She'll take on as many as she can, one right behind the other. And I have 2 stories told to me of women who took on a group of bikers, 2 separate stories. You say, this stuff is outrageous. Yes, it certainly is, but this is exactly what God thought, too, and He wanted us to know all about it, not leaving out a thing. It was intended to offend. God was offended by it. He thinks you should be, too. But not so offended that you refused to hear it. He told it because He wanted it told and understood. I have done my job!<<

 

21  Thus thou called to remembrance the lewdness of thy youth, in the handling of thy bosom by the Egyptians for the breasts of thy youth.

22  Therefore, O Oholibah, thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will raise up thy lovers against thee, from whom thy soul is alienated, and I will bring them against thee on every side:

23  the Babylonians and all the Chaldeans, Pekod and Shoa and Koa, and all the Assyrians with them; desirable young men, governors and rulers all of them, princes and men of renown, all of them riding upon horses.

24  And they shall come against thee with weapons, chariots, and wagons, and with a company of peoples; they shall set themselves against thee with buckler and shield and helmet round about; and I will commit the judgment unto them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.

25  And I will set my jealousy against thee, and they shall deal with thee in fury; they shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and your residue shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters; and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire.

26  They shall also strip thee of thy clothes, and take away thy fair jewels.

27  Thus will I make thy lewdness to cease from thee, and thy whoredom brought from the land of Egypt; so that thou shall not lift up your eyes unto them, nor remember Egypt any more.

28  For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Behold, I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom you hate, into the hand of them from whom your soul is alienated;

29  and they shall deal with thee in hatred, and shall take away all thy labor, and shall leave thee naked and bare; and the nakedness of thy whoredoms shall be uncovered, both thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

30  These things shall be done unto thee, for that thou hast played the harlot after the nations, and because thou art polluted with their idols.

31  Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thy hand.

32  Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Thou shall drink of thy sisterís cup, which is deep and large; thou shall be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much.

33  Thou shall be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of astonishment and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria.

34  Thou shall even drink it and drain it out, and thou shall gnaw the sherds thereof, and shall tear thy breasts; for I have spoken it, saith the Lord Jehovah.

35  Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Because thou hast forgotten me, and cast me behind thy back, therefore bear thou also thy lewdness and thy whoredoms.

36  Jehovah said moreover unto me: Son of man, wilt thou judge Oholah and Oholibah? then declare unto them their abominations.

37  For they have committed adultery, and blood is in their hands; and with their idols have they committed adultery; and they have also caused their sons, whom they bare unto me, to pass through the fire unto them to be devoured.

38  Moreover this they have done unto me: they have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.

39  For when they had slain their children to their idols, then they came the same day into my sanctuary to profane it; and, lo, thus have they done in the midst of my house.

40  And furthermore ye have sent for men that come from far, unto whom a messenger was sent, and, lo, they came; for whom thou didst wash thyself, paint thine eyes, and deck thyself with ornaments,

41  and sit upon a stately bed, with a table prepared before it, whereupon thou didst set mine incense and mine oil.

42  And the voice of a multitude being at ease was with her: and with men of the common sort were brought drunkards from the wilderness; and they put bracelets upon the hands of them twain, and beautiful crowns upon their heads.

43  Then said I of her that was old in adulteries, Now will they play the harlot with her, and she with them.

44  And they went in unto her, as they go in unto a harlot: so went they in unto Oholah and unto Oholibah, the lewd women.

45  And righteous men, they shall judge them with the judgment of adulteresses, and with the judgment of women that shed blood; because they are adulteresses, and blood is in their hands.

46  For thus saith the Lord Jehovah: I will bring up a company against them, and will give them to be tossed to and fro and robbed.

47  And the company shall stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire.

48  Thus will I cause lewdness to cease out of the land, that all women may be taught not to do after your lewdness.

49  And they shall recompense your lewdness upon you, and you shall bear the sins of your idols; and you shall know that I am the Lord Jehovah.

You should note that the various things described here are also in Revelation 17 & 18. I believe that the two describe one and the same eventual outcome.  Those who break the covenant with God must be severely punished. God gave them great powers and gifts when first forming the nation of Israel after leaving Egypt. Those gifts were granted with expectations and conditions to be kept forever.

Need I also point out that it was a great honor to be selected by God for this privilege of being the nation that was to lead all mankind to salvation. How could you turn that away? Worse, rather than save mankind, they seem to despise and look down upon mankind. God will never tolerate that.

These gifts were not meant to be employed by Israel on behalf of Satan the devil. Jehovah thy God is a jealous God. Likewise, Christians entered into that same covenant, whereby, they were obligated to keep it forever in loyalty to God. God has passed on the spirit to Christians, it having been taken from the Jews and the Temple. So Christians who reject God for wealth and sinful pleasure shall surely meet the same fate. God hates betrayal. He does not take rejection very well. And who could blame Him! I feel just like Him. I don't take rejection and betrayal very well, either.

God gives a very large detailed warning, spanning many prophecies and different names/symbols. The descriptions are all identical and consistent, though. Those belonging to the covenant, which was updated by Jesus, since he did fulfill so many scriptures so clearly, are beholden to it whether they like it or not.

But God does not make the threat because He likes killing. His desire is that all Jews and Christians come back to Him, their God. But God is also a realist and knows many will just not conform to His demands. These must be eliminated as the time is coming when God will no longer tolerate disobedience from mankind. But He will first judge His own, before He judges the rest of the world. That is how God does things. In Ezekiel's vision, god told the angels with hammers of destruction, to begin with His temple.

So my hope and prayer is that many will come back to their God and my God. That would be great. But to those who refuse, and there will be those who cling to Satan right to the very end, you should know that it certainly will be your end and the end of your children, too. Your seed will be wiped out and all memory of you wiped out forever. So it would be wisdom to avoid this by rejecting the devil and coming back to God.

Nevertheless, Satan will be very angry with we who keep the covenant. Expect temporary troubles and tribulation if you stand by God, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing he has but a short time left.



Proverbs 3
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To me, the first 5 chapters of Proverbs are among the most important in the Bible. In particular, chapter 3 of Proverbs is the most important to take to heart. A king of Israel was to heed these proverbs and use them to guide his life and lead/run his nation under God. All Israel was to follow suit.

Proverbs 3:

1  My son, forget not my law; But let your heart keep my commandments:

2  For length of days, and years of life, And peace, will they add to you.

3  Let not kindness and truth forsake you: Bind them about your neck; Write them upon the tablet of your heart:

4  So shall you find favor and good understanding In the sight of God and man.

5  Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, And lean not upon your own understanding:

6  In all your ways acknowledge him, And he will direct thy paths.

7  Be not wise in your own eyes; Fear Jehovah, and depart from evil:

8  It will be health to your navel, And marrow to your bones.

9  Honor Jehovah with your substance, And with the first-fruits of all your increase:

10  So shall your barns be filled with plenty, And your vats shall overflow with new wine.

11  My son, despise not the chastening of Jehovah; Neither be weary of his reproof:

12  For whom Jehovah loves he reproves; Even as a father the son in whom he delights.

>>It does take a certain amount of boldness and courage to trust/rely on Jehovah, when all around you, or all the nations around you, do not take God into consideration. We all tend to depend on what we can see. We are not so good at discerning some obvious certainties, such as how we got here in the first place. We know rules such as every reaction has a cause, and every cause has an effect. Or for every action is an equal and opposite reaction. But we do not carry those far enough to see the only living and true God, Jehovah.

Kings see and think in terms of the military, armies, weapons, as the primary if not exclusive way to protect or defend. Depending on God takes real brains and trust. But it worked when Israel gave it half a chance. We all need to give God our full trust and adopt His laws in our lives and let those laws govern our conduct. Otherwise, selfishness will rule over us and cause us to slight others.<<

13  Happy is the man that finds wisdom, And the man that gets understanding.

14  For the gaining of it is better than the gaining of silver, And the profit thereof than fine gold.

15  She is more precious than rubies: And none of the things you can desire are to be compared unto her.

16  Length of days is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor.

17  Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace.

18  She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: And happy is every one that retains her.

>>Those who pursue God in all they do, will pursue wisdom and understanding above all, knowing it yields far better than gold, silver, or any other treasure. It should be that valuable to us. Many eat, sleep, and breath business. But how many eat, sleep and breath wisdom and understanding? And how many let God tell them what is wise and understanding? God speaks to us whenever we pick up a Bible and read it, and try to apply it in our lives. Its that simple. Yet, most of the time, Israel did not do that, despite having a temple and after coming back from Babylon, having synagogues with copies of the Bible, commonly known as the Old Testament.

We did not have printing presses so having the law/Bible read every Sabbath gave all the opportunity to hear the Bible every week. Most people today, rarely ever go near a Bible even once a year. But the Bible definitely is a tree of life. If we want life, we need to draw close to the Bible, which does ultimately derive from God, not men.<<

19  Jehovah by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding he established the heavens.

20  By his knowledge the depths were broken up, And the skies drop down the dew.

21  My son, let them not depart from your eyes; Keep sound wisdom and discretion:

22  So shall they be life unto your soul, And grace to your neck.

23  Then shall you walk in your way securely, And your foot shall not stumble.

24  When you lays down, you shall not be afraid: Yea, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.

25  Be not afraid of sudden fear, Neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it comes:

26  For Jehovah will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being taken.

27  Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do it.

28  Say not unto your neighbor, Go, and come again, And to-morrow I will give; When you have it by you.

29  Devise not evil against your neighbor, Seeing he dwells securely by you.

30  Strive not with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm.

31  Envy you not the man of violence, And choose none of his ways.

32  For the perverse is an abomination to Jehovah; But his friendship is with the upright.

33  The curse of Jehovah is in the house of the wicked; But he blesses the habitation of the righteous.

34  Surely he scoffs at the scoffers; But he gives grace unto the lowly.

35  The wise shall inherit glory; But shame shall be the promotion of fools.


What Should Have Been
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We know that Adam sinned in the garden of Eden and condemned mankind to sin and death by his actions. God foresaw this state of affairs. He willed and desired that mankind should have a chance to be redeemed and rescued from this condemned state and returned to the prospect of life without end in peace and prosperity, in union with God. To this end, the Father, Jehovah, planned for a redemption thru His son, Jesus, the firstborn of heaven. The details would be revealed over time thru progressive revelations to prophets.

In bringing salvation about, God intended to take the descendants of Abraham thru Jacob, and make a nation out of them, in a land selected by God, and bring about a temple and priesthood to administer to God's worship, with its many symbols and tokens, and to keep the laws, revelations, and history of God's dealings as a record from Him to, in time, all of mankind, as well as Israel.

Israel was going to produce a royal priesthood and kings for heavenly service in the presence of the Father, in behalf of all mankind. Israel was going to learn about God and then teach the other nations about God, encouraging them to join in serving God and being reconciled to God. Israel was to be the shinning beacon, the great shepherd of the nations, to draw them all back to God, if possible.

Israel had to be cultivated for this role, by God encouraging (requiring actually) morals, decency, kindness, mercy, compassion, intelligence, wisdom. But Israel never had a mind for obedience. She always seemed to rebel when given half a chance. Israel refused her obligatory service to God, as agreed to upon, at Mount Sinai. So in time, she left God and her duties to the temple and priesthood, to pursue her own selfish desires. Israel was taken from her land and scattered abroad. Judah, too, being the small remnant of Israel, forsook God and was carted off to Babylon, where the devil tempted "Israel" as was remaining in Judah, in Babylon, to pursue great riches in trading and financing, adopting the language of the empire, (Babylonian) Aramaic, and even using Aramaic alphabet script for Hebrew letters already inexistence. Most of "Israel" never returned to Judah 50 years later, when Cyrus the Persian freed Judah to return to Jerusalem and Judah.

Rather than be a kind hearted shepherd of the nations in behalf of God, to bring mankind back to God, Judah/Israel became a mercantile class/nation of businessmen, even financiers and bankers as time went on. As is the nature of business, she became a ravenous pack of wolves, seeking to devour the flock of God, that is, all mankind, who God sought to bring back to Himself if at all possible. Israel devoured the sheep rather than tenderly conduct them toward God. This is best described by the prophet Habakkuk.

It is well  known today that banking and business use people and populations as a means of profit, creating loans with enormous interest and making great profit from manufacturing, and paying wages that amount to no better than slavery. It is the nature of business and finance to do such things. This is why God wanted Israel tied to the land as farmers, rather than merchants and bankers. They were to live comfortable but yet quite plain and humble existence. Had Israel obeyed, God would have protected them from warring nations, as He was known to do on occasions when Israel was briefly obedient.

An agrarian lifestyle would keep Israel in a modest life as fitting for people who worship Jehovah, the God of Israel. Materialism would be kept to a minimum. No outrageous mansions or other such extravagances. Following God's law should  have produced such people who sought love and caring for one another rather than riches and lording their wealth and "success" over others. Success usually involved dirty deals, bribes, and other such corruptions. Success is often another word for rewards for criminal activity or exploitation. Again, read Habakkuk. 

And since God was to entreat the nations to come to Him thru Israel, He needed Israel to imitate Him, God, so that the nations would find it desireable to follow the Israel of Jehovah. What sort of people would want to follow Israel, if all Israel did was charge outrageous prices and tax the nations to death. What if Israel lived in luxury while the nations were in poverty and destitution. That would never work, so God insisted upon freeing slaves after 7 years, and forgiving all debts every 7 years, and requiring mercy and generous hearts from the Israel of God.

God was offering Israel a great privilege in being the special nation to attend to God's concerns. But God was well aware of the responsibility He was entrusting to them and the gifts of literacy God was installing, and how  those could be misused. So God made Israel agree to an everlasting (permanent) agreement/contract so that Israel, for all succeeding generations would be obligated to keep God's laws and contract, with great punishments if Israel did not do so. God was not going to tolerate disobedience nor would God accept Israel acting as if God's gifts were of no value or no blessing. Israel had a duty to use her gifts on behalf of God only, and not use them for themselves or worse, for Satan.

But Satan also had ambitions for Israel and likely presented his "offer" to Judah in Babylon. Judah would help him to produce a false temple, false priesthood, and even a false messiah to fool and mislead the entire world away from God and the real messiah. So Judah became a merchant, a trader, a financier, and pursued her corrupt agenda of a corrupted nation of Israel restored in the old homeland with a rebuilt temple (its coming), and restored priesthood, said to be in service to God, but really in service to the devil. The devil promised to make Judah/Israel great, and set them at the top of the world.

But it is for this reason, that Israel left God for the devil and used God's gifts of His legacy and promises, with God's education of Israel, to elevate themselves and abase the rest of mankind, that God foretold the day, thru the prophet Moses, that He, Jehovah, God of Israel, would destroy Israel in the last days as the first of His many judgments against wicked mankind, who preferred the devil to God.

So it is vital and essential that anyone who is a Jew or of Israel, who does not want to be judged and destroyed by God, to leave her wicked brethren, and come back to God and finally accept His appointed Son as the messiah and redeemer that he truly is. Any Jew or anyone else of any nation can become a member of God's family once again, like Adam once was before he sinned.


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As often as I scour the internet, I can find no one who has discerned the above section. You'll only find it here, unfortunately. Perhaps God only wants it found in one place to avoid confusion. But I suspect it is because no others have been allowed to see. Were it me, I would prefer at least 2 or 3 witnesses more. To ask for 10 would be madness, of course. But this makes it easy for you. You don't have to hunt any longer. You're knocking on heaven's door right now! God is sure to open to you, if you want Him to.

This article, Last Days Series, Part 14, really is the finishing of the mystery of God. We know who the bad guys are and what they will do, and what will happen right down to the very end. There can be no doubt about the identity of Babylon the Great, with this article. Deuteronomy Chapters 28-32 make it quite clear. I can not say this will be the last of the Last Days Series, but it could end up being that. But we must brace for the things rapidly coming upon us.

A complete collapse of the USA financial system, if not that of the world.

A possible WWIII involving Russia, China, and their allies against USA and allies.

Maybe a war with Iran and Syria.

Israel and Zionists want to rebuild the temple and eventually bring us a false messiah.

We might have a supposed UFO invasion or even 2 opposing UFO groups, one supposedly bad and the other good.

Maybe the messiah will come out of one of the UFOs.

Magicians are performing remarkable things now, which may have the power of demons behind them. Deceiving signs and wonders!

I note that the false doctrine of the immortal soul will become far more deadly as time unfolds. Lies will become death dealing.

Our food supply is being sabotaged and environment destroyed.

Our weather will become more tampered with, to bully us into accepting the doctrine of global warming, a total lie.

The governments are busier than ever, readying the world to kill off many of mankind, on a scale never imagined before.

We got lots to look forward to ;-) Meanwhile, I am busy but hope to keep up with any urgent things to consider as the lies become more numerous and clever if one does not know what God says. I have several articles partially started and uploaded to finish. I do not know what my direction will be after those. Its too far ahead now to guess. The pot of water, which had been mildly simmering, is now starting to boil. We are getting very close. The 2016 election looks to be a real game changer, regardless of who is elected here in the USA.

Stay awake and watch out for false prophets like Chris White, who does not seem to be able to get anything right on the last days stuff. He gets it wrong too often to believe that he is not following someone's lead. His game is to confuse. I have held out hope for him in the past but now I say, do not bother with the false prophet. His latest theory about Gog and Magog is a joke. He often comes the closest to me, but he still remains miles behind.

You want truth? You can only get that in serious depth right here at Truth1. Where else? Chris can not put together a coherent series of events concerning the last 7 years. He's a thousand years off. In fact, if you take a look around at prophecy, you find nothing even close to the detail and thoroughness I have provided. Mine fits into one big perfect coherent picture. Good luck in your search for truth. Always seek Jehovah the Father in all things you do.

 



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