Messiah’s Arrival … On Whose Authority?


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Who Determines When Messiah Will Appear?

The Time Has Come for God to Reveal the Messiah, Says Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi.

This is the headline of a November 13th article posted by columnist Rivkah Lambert Adler in the on-line news source Breaking Israel News.

Your reaction to what the author labels a “surprisingly under-reported story” might be: (1) The Chief Rabbi is simply imploring God to bring Messiah to Israel soon, because this is the passionate prospect of rabbis and Jews in Israel and the world over. (2) Jerusalem’s Chief Rabbi is saying that God is obligated to reveal Messiah … the sooner the better.

If you chose option number two, you would be correct!

The author, Rivkah Alder, continues but with clarification that Rabbi Shlomo Amar, who issued the proclamation, is one of several chief rabbis who hold to the concept (teaching) that, as expressed by Ms. Adler: “…God must bring the messiah and expedite the ultimate redemption (of Israel). The ruling was delivered during an all-night spiritual gathering of rabbis from the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, and a recording of the moment was posted to YouTube (in Hebrew).”

With the clear connotation that God really has no other choice but to comply with this ruling.

The pronouncement was delivered at the conclusion of an annual conference held by the Chabad-Lubavitch society in Brooklyn, New York, in which some 6,000 Rabbis and Jewish leaders attended from over 75 countries around the world. In reporting this event and the extraordinary ultimatum that invoked/reminded God of his responsibility to respond to the virtually unanimous consensus of a large cross-section of Judaism’s religious leaders, Ms Adler writes:

“During this spontaneous gathering … Rabbi Berel Lazar, one of Russia’s two chief rabbis, reminded Amar that 25 years ago, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the last head of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement, who passed away in 1994, had asked Amar to issue a psak din (a formal rabbinic ruling) on the issue of the redemption of the Jewish people. Twenty-five years later … Amar agreed that the time had come to rule that God must hasten the arrival of the messiah.”

Said Rabbi Amar: “We hereby rule according to the demand of the audience—we see the plaintiff but can’t see the defendant—that God Almighty speedily bring an end and reveal the Moshiach (messiah) in front of our eyes in actuality.”

Although it was late in the evening, Rabbi Amar’s invocation produced a chorus of “Amens” from the audience. Immediately they began singing, “We want Moshiach now! We don’t want to wait!” According to the article’s author: “These words come from a song that Lubavitch children are taught to sing from a very early age.”

Breaking Israel News is one of a few Jewish internet news and/or religious sites that have recently published several columns pertaining to the exponentially growing hope for Messiah’s arrival in Israel; thereby, to accomplish Israel’s ultimate redemption and to rescue them from their many enemies. Accordingly, BIN has quoted several Rabbis who have commented (with varying degrees of agreement, disagreement, and some prophetic inconsistency) on Messiah’s imminent appearance. Whether the religious or even secular interest in Messiah’s arrival is at least somewhat based on Scripture or not, I have identified this remarkable trend as one of the phenomenal consequences of the twelve modern-day indicators that clearly signal the last days of the end-times. Please see the Eye of Prophecy articles entitled, Look Up, Redemption is Near Part I & II, posted 7-11-15 and 7-18-15.

It Is Not Kept In Heaven!

However, even the Messianic oriented BIN site was apparently astounded by this audacious announcement, as reflected in Ms. Adler’s final probing remarks:

“How is it possible that a rabbi, even one of the chief rabbis of Jerusalem, can make a ruling in Jewish law that obligates God? Breaking Israel News posed this question to senior Chabad Rabbi Uri Kaploun who said, ‘All that comes to mind is the axiom in Chazal (the Jewish sages) that Lo BaShamayim Hi (it is not in Heaven); once the Torah was given, the earthly court makes the rulings, and the Heavenly Court is, as it were, bound by them.’”

Astonishing! Is Rabbi Kaploun’s reply correct? Is it legitimate? Is the axiom quoted by the Rabbi—obviously supported by many other Rabbis and Jewish leaders—found somewhere in the Bible; specifically in the Torah, which is the first five books of the Old Testament, considered superior even to the rest of the Jewish Bible (Old Testament) by most Orthodox Jews?

Either Breaking Israel News didn’t feel qualified to challenge this stunning verdict nor the explanation given as to its justification; or they chose not to, as it undoubtedly would result in a much longer article than intended on the subject. Most likely it was a combination of the two.

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Photo of Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Council

If there is an answer regarding the Biblical authenticity and accuracy of the rabbinical premise (axiom) that warrants such a bold edict, would you like to know what it is? If your answer is, No, then there’s really no reason for you to continue with today’s Eye of Prophecy article! But if you want to know more about Messiah and whether God is obligated to reveal him because the Heavenly Court is bound by decrees of the (Jewish) earthly court, then stay with us.

The answer is both yes and no. Yes, the axiom (one of hundreds of extra-Biblical traditions and commentaries handed down through the ages by Jewish Rabbis primarily recorded in the Talmud) is derived from a passage in the Torah. No, it is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an accurate application (interpretation) of the passage that purportedly transfers God’s authority to men, be it a rabbinical council or not … especially not the timing of Messiah’s arrival (return).

The passage is found in Deuteronomy, and contains what the Rabbi would only describe as “the axiom” which has been given precedence by Jewish sages as the traditional rendition down through the ages over the clear content and intent of the text, itself.

The Biblical setting is just a very short time before the Israelites would finally (after forty years of wandering in the wilderness because they refused to trust the Lord their God) enter the Promised Land. The entire book of Deuteronomy contains a “refresher” course of God’s laws and requirements beginning with the exodus from Egypt, in order for his people to be blessed and remain in the land. In summary of the first twenty-nine chapters filled with reminders of his people’s obligations to him, the Lord through Moses declares:

“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you to understand, and it is not beyond your reach. It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’ It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’ No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.

“Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster. For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commandments, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy” (Deuteronomy 30:11-16, italics for emphasis).

Moses then summarizes this magnificent message that God said was not (no longer) confined to heaven (to God alone); but a message that had, indeed, been liberally and lovingly given to his people. One that could immediately and logistically be placed in their hearts and expressed by their lips … if only, they would trust and obey the Lord their God.

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!” (Deuteronomy 30:19).


It was faith (trust) in God’s Word (commandments) and the Levitical sacrificial system of shedding innocent blood for forgiveness of sins that would lead to obedience. This principle (message) had been clearly demonstrated by God through Abraham long before the Law was given through Moses to the people.

“And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Genesis 15:6).

Who Is Obligated to Whom?

Whereas, I’m certain that the 6,000 Jewish Rabbis/leaders who attended this conference and many other Jews who share the same convictions were respectful toward God in their enthusiasm for Messiah’s (immediate) appearance; they, nevertheless, misunderstood, misapplied, and inappropriately substituted the real meaning of this stirring passage of Scripture with one of their traditional interpretations.

Read the passage again. Where do you see or how is it possible to conclude that God is obligated to send the Messiah based exclusively on their presupposition that the Lord (apparently) relinquished heavenly authority to the Jewish leaders (earthly court) when God gave them the Torah? Or, for that matter, that God must comply with any ruling—whether found in the Torah or not—of chief Rabbis that once consisted of seventy members of the ruling body known as the Sanhedrin?

The context of this passage is crystal clear. Both prosperity and continued presence (existence) in the Promised Land of Israel and life everlasting depended upon whether the people trusted and obeyed God; thereby, choosing life. Or abandon the Lord their God and go their own way; thereby, choosing the horrible alternative, death. Since it was already all too evident that everyone must die physically, the text is referring to the eternal spiritual destiny of the people, but also their continued right to live collectively as a nation in the land. For sure, the Abrahamic Covenant was unilateral … God’s promise that (invariably or inevitably) the land promised to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and their descendants was in perpetuity.

But equally evident is that the people would suffer the ultimate penalty of God’s judgment (curses rather than blessings) if they rebelled against the Lord and rejected his commandments. This was a foregone conclusion; so much so that several passages in Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy, warning Israel about the consequences of disobedience, are written as though they had already happened. It was not a matter of if, but when. In fact, Moses subsequently announces this (directly from the Lord) when he in the frankest of terms states: “For I know how rebellious and stubborn you are … I know that after my death you will become utterly corrupt and will turn from the way I have commanded you to follow. In the days to come, disaster will come down on you, for you will do what is evil in the Lord’s sight, making him very angry with your actions” (Deuteronomy 31:27-29).

The Law was given to establish God’s standard of holiness and right action expected of his people, for their own good and welfare. It was also intended to show them than no one, absolutely no one (including the most religious priests or rabbis) could or would keep God’s laws. The Lord’s incredible patience gave them hundreds of years to prove to him and themselves that they could keep God’s Word. But they couldn’t … they wouldn’t.

Thus, God exiled them to Assyria, to Babylon, and ultimately to nations the world over in the disastrous Diaspora when the Romans ransacked Jerusalem and utterly destroyed the second Temple, thus ending the Sacrificial system of atonement.

But by that time, God had initiated the New Covenant that he promised to his people (and the whole world), a covenant purchased and sealed with the innocent blood of God’s very son, Messiah Jesus. Yes, the one and only Messiah, who many refused to recognize, then and now.

Many Eye of Prophecy articles have included Biblical and historical evidence to validate the birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as the Messiah. As have countless other books, articles, messages, commentaries, and the testimony of millions of believers the world over—including thousands upon thousands of Messianic Jews and their life-changing, destiny-altering personal decision to believe and receive Yeshua (Jesus) as Lord and Savior.

As clearly reflected in some Eye of Prophecy articles, my love and passion for Israel—the Jewish people’s physical return to their God-given land and their soon-to-be nation-wide spiritual restoration to their Lord when they fully recognize and acknowledge Jesus as Messiah— constrains me to express this compassion by sharing the truth of the source of their salvation.

“For there is only one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone. This is the message God gave to the world at just the right time” (I Timothy 2:5-6, italics for emphasis).


Listen to the writer of Hebrews (New Testament) who quotes Jeremiah’s prophecy of this New Covenant when he contrasts the Old Covenant with the New; thus providing a reason for this more excellent Covenant:

“But now Jesus, our High Priest, has been given a ministry that is far superior to the old priesthood, for he is the one who mediates for us a far better covenant with God, based on better promises. If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second covenant to replace it. But when God found fault with the people, he said:

‘The day is coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the people of Israel and Judah. This covenant will not be like the one I made with their ancestors … They did not remain faithful to my covenant, so I turned my back on them says the Lord. But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel … I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts, I will be their God, and they will be my people’” (Hebrews 8:6-10, italics for emphasis; see Jeremiah 31:31-34).

At God’s appointed time (just the right time in history) Messiah came to this earth as the Lamb of God who died for the sins of the world. At just the right time, Messiah Jesus will return to this earth as the Lion from the tribe of Judah to make all things right on this weary, war-torn, terror-filled earth.

But Yeshua HaMashiach (Messiah Jesus) will come when he and God the Father chooses … when least expected, with the day and hour known by no one until it happens (Matthew 24 & 25).

Misdirected Enthusiasm

I fully realize and sincerely appreciate the fervor that many Jews have toward God, particularly the observant among them and especially concerning the Messiah. But as the Apostle Paul said to the believers in Rome, both Jew and Gentile:

“Dear brothers and sisters, the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God” (Romans 10:1-4).

It is no different today, with millions of God’s chosen people, the Jews, still holding onto good deeds, righteous conduct, and tradition after tradition to gain favor with God, and to hopefully be accepted by the Lord into and throughout eternity. To the tragic point that their traditions, especially the Rabbinical rulings or decisions (often with disagreements among rabbis, themselves), become more dominant and decisive than Scripture, itself.

Jesus recognized this and bluntly told the Jewish religious leaders in words of what we would call, in today’s jargon, tough love. We know Jesus loved his people more than we can imagine; not only because of what he constantly said (words of love and life) and did (miracles of healing and helping) but most of all because he died for them to save them from their sins.

Said Jesus: “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.’ For you ignore God’s law and substitute your own tradition … You skillfully sidestep God’s law in order to hold on to your own traditions” (Mark 7:6-9). Jesus then provided an example of how the Pharisees and Sadducees and teachers of the law didn’t even keep the law of honoring their father and mother.

By quoting the prophet Isaiah, Jesus was also referring to our central passage from Deuteronomy Chapter 30 regarding God’s primary message to his people—forgiveness and righteousness is graciously given if they would only choose to trust the Lord … choosing life over death. For to trust is to listen and obey. Moreover this message had been freely and generously extended to them from heaven and could be readily understood in their hearts and expressed with their lips.

Returning to Romans Chapter 10, the Apostle Paul makes the same connection when he continues:

“For Moses writes that the law’s way of making a person right with God requires obedience to all of its commands. But faith’s way of getting right with God says, ‘Don’t say in your heart, Who will go up to heaven (to bring Christ down to earth)’ … In fact, it says, ‘The message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.’

“And that message is the very message about faith that we preach. If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved … Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved’” (Romans 10:5-13, quoting Joel 2:32).

This is what the New Covenant, the Good News of the Gospel, is all about. Faith, not works. Trust in God’s Word which is revealed in both Old and New Testaments (Covenants), not traditions. We can joyfully celebrate (remember) traditions such as Sukkot (Festival of Shelters) but we are not to trust in them for salvation … being made right with God. Any more than Abraham was made right with God hundreds of years before the Law was given, by anything other than believing and trusting in the Lord God.

Of anyone, the Apostle Paul would know. Before his amazing life-changing and destiny-altering encounter with the Risen Messiah (Jesus), Paul says about himself:

“…I want you to understand that the gospel I preach is not based on mere human reasoning. I received my message from no human source, and no one taught me. Instead, I received it by direct revelation from Jesus Christ. You know what I was like when I followed the Jewish religion—how I violently persecuted God’s church. I did my best to destroy it. I was far ahead of my fellow Jews in my zeal for the traditions of my ancestors. But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace. Then it pleased him to reveal his Son to me so that I could proclaim the Good News about Jesus to the Gentiles…” (Galatians 1:11-16).

Like the Apostle Paul, and hopefully as much like my Messiah and Savior Jesus as possible, I, too, have a deep concern for Israel’s physical and spiritual restoration, and share their great expectation for Messiah’s arrival. Which is why I write so much about Israel’s miraculous rebirth and other remarkable events that unmistakably point to the imminent return of Messiah.

That they would as Jesus said: “So when all these things begin to happen, stand and look up, for your salvation (redemption) is near!” (Luke 21:28). Indeed, many Jews—Orthodox, Reformed, Conservative, and Liberal—are eagerly looking for their redemption. But, adapting from the words of the song, “They’re looking in all the wrong places.” If only they would look to their own prophets (Scriptures) and to the New Covenant (Testament); they would find their Messiah, who is Yeshua … The Son of David, The Son of Man, and the Son of God.


But there are times like today’s Eye of Prophecy post, that I’m also compelled to challenge rabbinical traditions substituting for or taking precedence over the Bible, as well as misuse of Scripture itself. We find both of these occurring in this misguided rationale for the ruling based on the equally erroneous supposition that God’s Torah message to his people was tantamount to God relinquishing (heavenly) authority to the earthly court; which, in turn, mandates God’s compliance with such rulings.

I’m sure the Rabbis have the utmost respect for God. That they did not willfully intend to usurp God’s divine authority by telling him that it is time for Messiah to appear, especially or exclusively because (they think) such authority was given them to make such a ruling. Rather, they mistakenly reverted back to an axiom that was inaccurate in the first place, much like the one the Roman Catholic Church has copied/borrowed from Judaism: that the religious hierarchy is empowered to issue decrees and rulings that directly or indirectly contradict Scripture. That traditions created and added by Jewish religious leaders (elite) and later the Roman Catholic clergy (Vatican) supersede even the Bible itself.

Neither Deuteronomy Chapter 30 nor any of the Torah conveys that kind of authority at all. It’s just the opposite. It’s everyone’s responsibility—including (especially) those in authority—to listen, to comply, to respond, to make a decision whether to trust and obey God or not … to choose life or death. To opt for blessings or curses. And this mostly certainly means replacing the Old Covenant with the New; because God, himself, as already done that through none other than the Messiah.

Bring in the New

Now that the Old Covenant has been exchanged for the New Covenant, that Grace has replaced Law, to exercise the choice of believing in a Messiah who has already arrived; thereby, choosing God’s eternal pardon for their sins and assurance of live everlasting with the Lord and the host of heaven.

Do I and millions of other believers ardently anticipate the imminent return of Messiah Jesus to establish his glorious kingdom of righteousness, justice and peace (Shalom)? Indeed, we do; but only because of what the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, tells us. Not because of an Orthodox Jewish ruling that requires God to act accordingly.

Yet out of admiration for the sincere enthusiasm expressed by Jewish Rabbis and many Jews (and Gentiles), I truly hope that they are right about Messiah’s any moment (re)appearance. On the other hand, I earnestly hope and pray that they will acknowledge Yeshua as their Savior now, before it’s too late … before he returns as both King and Judge.

With respect and love for the hearts and souls of these Jewish Rabbis and for Jews everywhere, I must caution them: Be careful what you wish for. It’s true that Messiah will bring redemption to Israel; in fact, he already has done that individually … to every Jew and Gentile who places their personal trust in his once and for all atoning sacrifice on the Cross.

The national redemption spoken of in Scripture and often mentioned by observant Jews in today’s world will come at a great price, identified in Scripture as Jacob’s troubles, during the ruler’s march against Israel (Daniel 7, 9, 11, and graphically depicted by Zechariah 11 through 14). So great a salvation will be available only to those who recognize and accept the one whom they (for they are the same as their ancestors) pierced, as prophesied by Zechariah.


“Then I will pour out a spirit of grace and prayer on the family of David and on the people of Jerusalem. They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died” (Zechariah 12:10).

Pay special attention to the pronouns in this remarkable prophecy. Who is speaking (“then I…”)? “I” is the same “me” whom they pierced. Messiah is speaking. This is referring to none other than Jesus of Nazareth who was nailed to a cross and “pierced” for our transgressions (Isaiah 53:5, NASB).

Things to Ponder

A member of the first century Jewish Sanhedrin (religious ruling body of seventy) by the name of Nicodemus came after dark one evening to learn from the greatest Rabbi of all time. He began the meeting with these words:

“Rabbi … we all know that God has sent you to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you” (John 3:2).

Jesus of Nazareth replied to Nicodemus: “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God” (Verse 3).

When Nicodemus asked what Jesus meant by being born-again, Jesus explained it to him. Included in this enlightenment is perhaps the most well-known verse in all of Scripture, Old or New Testament:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

This esteemed member of the powerful Sanhedrin became a believer in Jesus; because he set aside his traditions long enough to listen. He opened his eyes, ears, and heart to the written and Living Word of God, and realized that Jesus is the Messiah. This belief would be conclusively confirmed when Jesus arose from the tomb where Joseph of Arimathea, another member of the Jewish High Council, and Nicodemus had buried him.

The tomb is empty to this day!


“Jesus told her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying…’” (John 11:25).

What about you?

Do you believe?

Who do you say that Jesus is?

“One Ring To Rule Them All….”


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“One Ring to Rule Them All….”

Do you recognize the quote from which this Eye of Prophecy article draws its title? Have you read the book or watched the movie?

Does it ring a bell?

It comes from the second bestselling novel ever written, with some 150 million copies sold. But don’t be all that self-conscious if you haven’t read the book (or watched the movies). Because if you are embarrassed, think how much more so I am for never (to date) having read one of the greatest American novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. However, I have seen the movie … several times! Also, I am relieved to say that I’ve read the bestselling novel of all time, A Tale of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens (200 million copies sold).

And, of course, the bestselling non-fiction book of all time (by far); The Bible.

Okay, if you haven’t got it yet, I’ll give you a clue, with the last few lines of the poem from which the title comes. These lines were inscribed on this potent ring:

One Ring to rule them all,

One Ring to find them,

One Ring to bring them all

And in the darkness bind them.

In the land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Yes, I see some hands waving wildly … now you’ve got it.

The novel: The Lord of the Rings, written by J.R.R. Tolkien. Actually it’s a Trilogy, as one book would be far too long. They are: The Fellowship of the Ring; The Two Towers; The Return of the King. Followed decades later by three award-winning movies of the same titles, directed by Peter Jackson.

The evil ruler Sauron forged the all-powerful ring in the fires of Mordor; he would stop at nothing to regain the lost ring and use it to return to absolute power over Middle-Earth. Among other influences, the ring could merge the real world with the shadowy underworld of wicked spiritual forces. Only the ring (bearer) could unite the forces of evil rulers and kingdoms into a cohesive colossal confederation that, left unchecked, would conquer the world.

Fortunately, there are those like the hobbits, elves, good wizards, and honorable men and women who love justice, righteousness, and peace. Those who are willing to give up comfort, tranquility, security. Those who would give their very lives to halt the relentless rampage of terror, power, and world conquest.


It’s the stuff legends are made of; as are other classic works of fiction that seek to depict the past, present, and future real-life conflict between good and evil, heroes and villains. That successfully mirror and depict the factual rise and fall of kings and kingdoms. Although Tolkien’s fictional masterpiece effectively represents and reflects the timeless struggle of good and evil, there is an all-too real Mordor-like Kingdom with a king wearing a signet ring that will soon appear on our 21st century global stage. With him will be ten kingdoms and their kings who will yield themselves and their nations to his miraculous Christ-like sudden appearance from a 2000-year old grave. The ten kings will figuratively and very possibly literally kiss his ring of power, the ring worn by Roman Emperors who ruled them all.

I have written much about this legendary reappearance return of Antichrist who is none other than the soon-to-be Revived Roman Emperor, Nero. Extensive Scriptural and historical documentation is provided in my non-fiction book, Out of the Abyss … can the number of the beast be solved, 666? But also in several Eye of Prophecy articles such as, Reappearance of the Beast, posted 9-21-13; The Legendary Return of Nero (4-4-15); A Beast by any Other Name is Still a Beast, I, II, III (March, 2015).

Today’s article will focus on the ten kingdoms (and whoever the ten kings of those kingdoms might be when the Rapture takes place), with the soon to follow return of Nero from the Abyss. (Revelation 17:8). Those who have read Out of the Abyss or even a few Eye of Prophecy articles are aware that I rarely engage in much, if any, speculation. Instead, the theme/subjects of these writings are based on historical and Biblical evidence (facts). If there is any conjecture (what if), it is derived from historical and contemporary events that logically, reasonably, and feasibly fit into the Biblical prophecies that give us extraordinarily strong clues, but not necessarily specific details.

In that context, I will issue a disclaimer that the identity of the ten nations (kingdoms) presented in this article most certainly is supposition, as no one knows with absolute certainly who they will be. If, however, we subscribe to the premise that I and many other students of Biblical prophecy endorse—that the return of Messiah Jesus is as imminent as it has ever been because we are living in the last of the last days—then this speculation is as Scripturally sound as can be.

In other words: If Christ were to return today or even in the next few months or years, select identification of these ten nations would be as viable as any time in history. I believe you’ll see that the choice of these kingdoms is based on Scripture, reasonable deduction, and a cogent correlation of what is taking place in today’s world.

So here we go!

Introduction of the Ten Kingdoms and Kings

Some 2,500 years ago, the Lord gave to Daniel the first and perhaps most amazing prophetic disclosure of these ten kingdoms and their kings, in the context of what is also the initial introduction to the Antichrist in Scripture. The ten kings are referred to as horns and immediately follow Daniel’s (now famous) vision of the four beasts which are the world empires: Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome. Read with me the description of the last beast:

“Then in my vision that night, I saw a fourth beast—terrifying, dreadful, and very strong … It was different from any of the other beasts, and it had ten horns. As I was looking at the horns, suddenly another small horn appeared among them. There of the first horns were torn out by the roots to make room for it. This little horn … was boasting arrogantly” (Daniel 7:7-8).

When compared to another startling revelation given to John as one of many spectacular visions he saw some six hundred years later as recorded in the book of Revelation, Bible scholars (including me) understand that the little horn is Antichrist and the ten horns of Daniel 7 and Revelation 17 are one and the same—kings and their kingdoms aligned with Antichrist (Nero) during the Great Tribulation.

At Daniel’s request, someone standing near the throne of God (which was also part of this astounding vision) explained the meaning of Daniel’s visions. Continuing in Chapter 7, we read:

“…This fourth beast is the fourth world power (Rome) that will rule the earth … Its ten horns are ten kings who will rule that empire. Then another king will arise, different from the other ten, who will subdue three of them. He will defy the Most High and oppress the holy people (Jews) of the Most High. He will try to change their sacred festivals and laws, and they will be placed under his control for a time, times, and half a time (3 ½ years)” (Daniel 7:23-25).

In Out of the Abyss, you’ll find compelling evidence to explain and confirm that the “sudden” appearance of the little horn (Antichrist) and his “difference” from the other ten kings fits precisely with Nero and his abrupt reappearance from the Abyss. And the reason he is so different is because he doesn’t arrive (reappear) on earth by natural birth, as would be expected of a modern-day born Antichrist.


There will not be a Revived Roman Empire during the Tribulation, meaning one that is a reproduced replica of the once mighty realm of the Caesars. Instead there will be a Revived Roman Emperor, whose dominion will be Roman in appearance (because of the fact that he is a once great Roman Caesar), and will be a confederation of six powerful European nations plus one non-European kingdom, plus three other dominant nations that will, through force and threat, become part of this ten-kingdom unification.

In Daniel Chapter 7 we learn that the Antichrist will subjugate three of the ten countries, with the obvious implication that seven of the ten kingdoms will willingly submit to his authority. The end result will be all ten kings yielding themselves and their kingdoms to the beast-king Antichrist, who initially captures their loyalty because of his astonishing return from the dead (actually the Abyss).

As indicated, I have covered this in great detail in Out of the Abyss and past Eye of Prophecy posts, i.e. clear evidence that all-embracing allegiance to the beast by people from every nation and language will be a direct result of his god-like reappearance from the grave (Revelation 13:3-4). This is more of a religious following, but NOT a one world religion. The political and military power wielded by Nero will be centered in the ten kingdoms, but this will NOT be a one-world government as many postulate. Please see Eye of Prophecy articles, One World Government and One World Religion, published 2-28-15 and 8-15-15, respectively.

Second Scriptural Disclosure of the Ten Kings/Kingdoms

Actually there are two more revelations of the Antichrist beast (who is a man) and his ten-nation coalition, as found in Revelation Chapters 13 & 17. They follow closely with each other and are both part of similar apocalyptic visions seen by John. The beast rising from the sea in Chapter 13 has seven heads and ten horns with each horn bearing a crown. These ten horns are the same horns called kings in a subsequent vision of the beast (Antichrist), which also has seven heads, as recorded in Revelation Chapter 17. As fully documented in past articles and Out of the Abyss, the seven heads (also called kings) were historical Roman Caesars, with the ten horns (kings) exclusively future … during the Great Tribulation.

Said the angel to John:

“The ten horns of the beast are ten kings who have not yet risen to power. They will be appointed to their kingdoms for one brief moment (meaning during the relatively short time of the Tribulation) to reign with the beast. They will all agree to give him their power and authority. Together they will go to war against the Lamb (Messiah Jesus), but the Lamb will defeat them because he is Lord of all lords and King of all kings. And his called and chosen and faithful ones will be with him” (Revelation 17:12-14).

Thus, when we compare and complement the ten kings/kingdoms of Daniel 7 with Revelation 13 and 17, we see that Antichrist’s empire will not be a one-world government; rather, it will politically and militarily consists of ten nations. Albeit, modern-day dominant countries … but still just ten. Yet, the leaders and people of these ten nations will be endorsed by a cross-section of people all over the earth who have already begun to worship Nero for one and only one reason: his perceived supernatural return from the dead.

Although those who take the mark of the beast will be many in number, they won’t be able to overthrow by force the governments of the countries in which they reside. Let’s determine why and why not by examining some of the world’s nations, including the pre-Rapture and post-Rapture alliances of which they consist … which is what we see developing prophetically in today’s world and will accelerate abruptly after the disappearance of hundreds of millions of (all) believers at the Rapture.

Three End-Time Major Alliances of Nations

Let’s see if we can logically and deductively identify the ten kingdoms that will comprise Antichrist Nero’s political and military machine. By process of Scriptural elimination, let’s first ascertain which of today’s nations will NOT be among these ten nations, to better and more accurately accomplish this objective.

Scripture is sufficiently clear to demonstrate that there will be three main coalitions of nations during the Great Tribulation, one of which will directly oppose the little horn and his ten kingdoms. All three will march on Israel (Middle East) at one time or another during the Tribulation. Because it will take Nero most of the first 3 ½ years of the Tribulation to fully consolidate his base of power and sphere of influence, the third of these coalitions will ignore him and make their own assault on Israel, soon after the seven-year Tribulation begins.

*Note: All of the nations mentioned in these three alliances are the more conspicuous nations in today’s world. Prominent in terms of not just population, but also economic and military significance. Other smaller, less influential countries throughout the world will either choose sides or remain neutral; thus, their economic, military, and political participation and contribution will be nominal.

Gog/Magog Alliance

Much has been written about this end-times campaign against Israel, including last week’s and several other Eye of Prophecy articles. For purpose of this week’s subject, we simply want to reference the main countries participating in this attack, as directly or indirectly identified in Ezekiel 38 & 39. All of these nations will be devastated by the Lord, himself, as they march against God’s special possession, Israel. The Antichrist and his ten-nation federation will, I’m convinced, be among those who simply watch and wait to see what happens when Russia and its allies invade Israel. (See Ezekiel 38:13).

The Main Nations: Russia, Iran, Turkey, Ethiopia, and Libya. To also include what is described in Ezekiel as other counties (secondary) that most likely will include the Ukraine, some of the “stan” nations such as Kazakhstan. Also Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. These nations, I believe, will once again be part of the Russian sphere. Possibly, to include Pakistan and Afghanistan.


As indicated in last week’s article (and others), the Gog/Magog invasion is NOT the same as the final tribulation battles known as Armageddon.

Alliance of Eastern Kings (Nations)

In addition to the Gog/Magog nations doing their own thing, and to Biblically demonstrate that there will be no such thing as a one-world government (headed by Antichrist or anyone else) during the Tribulation, there are two passages in Scripture that clearly indicate Antichrist Nero and his ten-nation confederacy will face a formidable alliance of substantial power.

First from the book of Daniel speaking of the king of the north (Antichrist): “He will enter the glorious land of Israel, and many nations will fall…. He will conquer many countries, and even Egypt will not escape … But then news from the east and the north will alarm him, and he will set out in great anger to destroy and obliterate many. He will stop between the glorious holy mountain and the sea (which is the valley of Megiddo) and will pitch his royal tents. But while he is there, his time will suddenly run out, and no one will help him” (Daniel 11:41-45).

Remember, the Antichrist king of the north (Nero) will be in control of the military might of the ten nations and their kings (Prime Ministers or Presidents) during this time and place described by Daniel. When we combine this passage from Daniel Chapter 11 with Revelation Chapter 16, we establish the connection between the, “news from the east and north” that will alarm Antichrist and cause him to redirect his armies toward this threat. Let’s examine the passage from Revelation:

“Then the sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great Euphrates River, and it dried up so that the kings from the east could march their armies toward the west without hindrance” (Revelation 16:12). This is the next to last tribulation judgment that will pave the way for a head-on clash between the Antichrist-led alliance and the massive armies of the kings of the east.

The Main Nations of the East: Geographically, it’s relatively easy to identify the “kings of the east” as, China, Japan, North & South Korea, Indonesia, and quite likely India. Less weighty counties in this alliance very well could be Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, and even the Philippines.

Revelation 16:12-16 strongly suggests that the actual confrontation between Nero’s confederation and the eastern alliance of nations won’t last long, and will abruptly end when these two conglomerates and rulers of other nations collectively unite their forces against Christ, himself. At this point late in the Tribulation, there will be a brief semblance of a global military union that will dare to fight against Jesus Christ and the armies of heaven.

“And the demonic spirits gathered all the rulers and their armies to a place with the Hebrew name, Armageddon” (Verse 16).

But for those who are convinced that there will be a One-World Government during the entire Tribulation period, how can you have such a government unless virtually all nations, especially the most powerful countries are part and parcel of that unified governmental and military system? The answer is: you can’t. Scripture is more than sufficiently clear to show that the major nations on earth will belong to one of these three alliances; with other smaller, less significant countries supporting in some fashion one of these alliances, or attempting to remain neutral.

Third Alliance … The Ten Kingdoms Controlled by the Beast-King (Antichrist)

Before we can determine with at least some measure of assurance which ten nations will willingly (seven nations) and reluctantly (three countries) surrender their governments and military to Antichrist, we must once again establish the biographical and geographical origin of the Antichrist, himself.

As already indicated in this article, and as previously documented in my book, Out of the Abyss as well as other Eye of Prophecy articles listed earlier, there is abundant evidence in Scripture combined with events of the 1st Century to convincingly confirm that the fifth Roman Emperor, Nero, was the little horn, ruler, and king prophesied by Daniel. And the man of lawlessness alluded to by the Apostle Paul; and the beast-king of Revelation revealed to John.

In John’s second vision of the beast, the angel explained the mystery of the woman and the beast. Let’s look again at this astounding disclosure. Said the angel to John: “The beast you saw was once alive but isn’t now. And yet he will soon (abruptly, suddenly) come up out of the bottomless pit … And the people who belong to this world (those left behind after the Rapture) … will be amazed at the reappearance of the beast who had died” (Revelation 17:8, italics for emphasis).

The amazing revelations given to John, including the history and future of the Antichrist in Chapters 13 and 17, took place just a few years after Nero’s reign ended in 68 AD. The verse we just read clearly indicates that the beast had been alive and had already died BEFORE John saw the beast. Furthermore, this beast (Antichrist) would come up out of the Abyss—which would, in the clearest language possible, be a (future tense) reappearance of the beast who had died.

From where did Nero and all the Roman Emperors rule and reign? Easy answer: Rome, Italy. To what does Italy and twenty-seven other countries belong in today’s world? Another easy answer: The European Union. When the Common Market increased to ten European countries years ago, many prophecy scholars equated it with the ten nations who give their authority to Antichrist.


But then the Common Market morphed into the European Union which now has a total of twenty-eight signatory nations. That doesn’t mean, however, that all of these nations will necessarily align themselves with Nero upon his astonishing return (from the dead, as the world will see it); or that Nero would automatically choose more than ten kings and kingdoms (nations) that Daniel 7 and Revelation 17 clearly state will be the core of his (European) coalition. More (countries) is not necessarily better. There can be as much or more unity and cohesiveness concentrated in ten powerful nations than in twenty, or thirty, or however many. There would be less language barriers, less cultural differences, less number of people and governments to argue with or galvanize into a strong centralized cohesive force.

Although Nero could very well establish his sphere of influence from the EU headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, his initial reappearance will be in/at Rome. Where else would it be? His amazing return from the underworld as a Revived Roman Emperor would lead him immediately to Rome, from where he and the mighty Roman Emperors ruled for centuries. But this will not be a revival of the ancient Roman Empire. The only thing resembling such an empire will be a Roman Emperor. Italy is an integral part of Europe and the European Union, which consists of territory much larger than even the ancient Roman Empire.

Whether by immediate surrender of their government and military to Nero or by Nero “persuading” certain nations to align with him, he will seek out only the strongest of these countries … in terms of population numbers, economic stability, and military might. In fact, the current EU does not actually have a centralized military as such.

It’s readily apparent that only a handful of current European nations possess the population, wealth, and military capacity to transcend the majority of nations within the European Union. In fact, I’m convinced that only six of these nations (that collectively dwarf the remaining twenty-two countries of the EU) will eagerly agree to give Nero, all, “their power and authority” (Revelation 17:13). The seventh kingdom that will voluntarily surrender its allegiance to Nero may surprise you, if for no other reason than it’s not part of Europe. We’ll get to that shortly!

Another reason that the six nations in particular and the EU in general will follow the Beast is because nearly 50% of Europeans who claim religious affiliation are Roman Catholics. As many Bible scholars believe (including me), the woman on the beast in Revelation 17 is the Roman Catholic Church headquartered in none other than Rome. Please see the Eye of Prophecy six-part series entitled, The Woman and the Beast, posted in October, November, 2013.

The Six Nations of Europe Aligned with Antichrist

First, in order of population rounded off to millions:

Germany: 81 million (1st)

France: 66 million (2nd)

United Kingdom: 65 million (3rd)

Italy: 61 million (4th)

Spain: 46 million (5th)

Belgium: 11 million (9th)

Total of 330 million (close to the current population of the United States). Representing 65% of the total EU population of about 508 million.

European Union Rank in Military Might:

United Kingdom: 1st

France: 2nd

Germany: 3rd

Italy: 4th

Spain: 11th

Belgium: 14th

*Note: Belgium is selected over Poland (38 million population and a higher military rank) for several reasons, but the most notable is that the EU headquarters is in Brussels.

Thus the six EU nations who very likely will be part of Antichrist Nero’s confederacy are: United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Belgium. With the remaining EU countries not a member of Nero’s “inner circle” but those who undoubtedly will serve as mercenaries in his armies and contribute financially as much as they can or will be commanded.

The Seventh Kingdom to Willingly Yield

Based on two extremely significant factors, I believe that the seventh kingdom voluntarily aligned with Nero and the other six (European) and three unwilling members will be:

An Arab Coalition Known as the Persian Gulf States: Headed by Saudi Arabia and comprised of Oman, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Iraq, Qatar, and Kuwait (Seven in all!). Though they will provide some military assistance, the more obviously substantial contribution from this Arab kingdom that will unify as one entity is that of … you guessed it: Money. The combined oil wealth of these nations is staggering—just what Nero needs to fund his ten-nation Leviathan that will do battle with the kings of the east, with Israel, and inevitably Messiah, himself.


The two factors or reasons for including this Arab coalition as one kingdom are found in Scripture and in the contemporary phenomena of what’s happening all over Europe, but especially in the six nations selected.

  • Scripture: Referring to the Antichrist, the prophet Daniel tells us: “Instead of these, he will worship the god of fortresses—a god his ancestors never knew…. Claiming this foreign god’s help, he will attack the strongest fortresses. He will honor those who submit to him, appointing them to positions of authority and dividing the land among them as their reward” (Daniel 11:38-39).

I’ve written about this at some length in my book, Out of the Abyss. Time/space in this article does not permit; suffice to say that this god referenced in Daniel is, I firmly believe, the god of Islam, Allah. Nero will feign allegiance to Islam and the Muslim agenda to generate as much support as possible from Islamic sources … in this case primarily from the wealth of the Muslim Gulf States.

  • The Astonishing Increase of Muslims in Europe: Hardly a day goes by without media focus on the refugees pouring into Europe; but also the years of Muslim immigration to Europe, especially to the six EU nations identified as soon-to-be members of the Antichrist’s massive merger.

So, we now have seven of the ten kingdoms in place, which leaves the three countries who will be forced to join the monstrous alliance of the beast. However, once they become part of Nero’s fold, it’s logically evident that they will be a formidable addition to the ten-kingdom league, and will do so with increased enthusiasm.

Are you ready?!

The Three Remaining Nations Will Be: Australia, Canada, and The United States.

“Really … the United States?” you question. Yes, Canada and Australia, too.


First and foremost, each of these countries are fiercely democratic and independent. They will not readily join forces with what they undoubtedly will perceive as totalitarian, nor a tyrant no matter how enthusiastically he will be welcomed by a world in chaos and confusion. However, the United States, and to a lesser degree Canada and Australia, will experience a substantial loss of population when millions are taken in the glorious Rapture.

Which is the primary reason that the United States will not be able to economically or militarily do anything about the Russian-led (Gog/Magog) invasion of Israel soon after the Rapture. Nor will America, Canada, or Australia pose any obstacle to the enormous bloc of eastern nations. And certainly not to Nero’s agenda of establishing a powerful dictatorial ten-kingdom federation to include these three countries that, though considerably weakened, will still exert an impressive influence on this global scene of temporary anarchy. The natural resources and technology of these three countries would be enticement enough for Nero.

As independently self-sufficient as these three nations are and still will be (to a lesser extent), they also will not want to lose their standard of living and Western way of life … all of which will have been shaken to the very core by global upheaval caused by the sudden disappearance of hundreds of millions the world over.

Consequently, America, Canada, and Australia will inevitably yield their political, economic, and military allegiance to Nero and the other seven nations. They will succumb to what will probably be extensive economic sanctions and daunting military threats against them. Their capitulation to Nero’s invitational-style demand (please join us … or else) to enter his coalition will be reluctant at first; but then they will participate enthusiastically when they see the astounding accomplishments of Nero’s early program to pacify Europe during the first year or so of the Tribulation.

*Note: It’s also quite possible that select countries from Central America (Mexico) and South America (Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru) will merge with the United States and form a national coalition of “The Americas.” If so, it will still be just one of the ten nations (kingdoms) aligned with Nero.

As mighty as the six European nations aided by the Arab Gulf States will be, when you include these three weakened, but still formidable and viable nations, Nero will field an economic and military giant that even the mighty Eastern kingdoms will not take on. Not, that is, until the very last days of the seven-year Tribulation. Furthermore, the Russian confederacy of Gog/Magog will pose no threat to the Antichrist, as this alliance will be destroyed by the Lord, himself, soon after the Rapture.

*Note: There will actually be a 4th coalition, headed by the King of the South (Daniel 11:40-43); however, this alliance will be easily and quickly overwhelmed by Nero and his ten nation kingdoms. The text strongly suggest that this southern threat will be led by Egypt, with what’s left of Ethiopia and Libya (after the Gog/Magog defeat) and most likely other African nations, such as the Sudan, Nigeria, and Algeria … perhaps South Africa.

Things to Ponder

Once again, I must issue a disclaimer (acknowledgment) that the selection of these ten kingdoms is part speculation, but also part logical application of Scripture to contemporary global developments.

However, I firmly believe, for example, that identification of Nero as the Antichrist and other Biblical prophetic applications found in some Eye of Prophecy articles (such as the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11) are much more than mere theory. In fact, Revelation’s author John, and accordingly all believers, are challenged to ascertain the mysterious identity of the beast and of the woman. (Revelation 13 & 17).

Thus, the vast majority of prophetic studies—correlations, connections, clarifications, counsel, and conclusions found in the book Out of the Abyss and Eye of Prophecy articles—are based on sound application of Biblical passages and historical and contemporary events. Read them for yourself, and decide.

There are also many (most) passages of which the meaning is crystal clear and the prophetic fulfillment will most certainly come to pass.

Such as: “But then the court will pass judgment, and all his power will be taken away and completely destroyed. Then the sovereignty, power, and greatness of all the kingdoms under heaven will be given to the holy people of the Most High. His kingdom will last forever, and all rulers will serve and obey him” (Daniel 7:26-27).

From the context of that passage and other passages relating to it, we know beyond any doubt that the Lord will conquer Antichrist and his ten-kingdom coalition, as well as all rulers and nations who would vainly oppose the everlasting Kingdom of the Most High God.

The Russians Are Coming!


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The Russians Are Coming!

If you vaguely recognize the origin of today’s article title, then you probably are not a Baby Boomer; however, you do watch more than just old blockbuster movies. If you immediately recall the title, then you are undoubtedly a Baby Boomer, because the movie was released in 1966, during the Cold War days. You may also remember that the full name of the film was: The Russians are Coming, the Russians Are Coming.

The title was repeated to underscore the fact that the film was primarily a comedy, i.e. the misguided and hilarious panic reaction of small-town America when a Russian submarine captain wants to get a better look at America but accidentally grounds the submarine on a sandbar off the coast of a (fictional) New England Island. The captain sends a nine-man team ashore to find something mechanized to free the submarine; but, the Americans assume that they are being invaded by the big, bad Russians.

This movie was released just four years after the Cuban Missile Crisis. Some of the starring actors were: Alan Arkin, Carl Reiner, Eva Marie Saint, Brian Keith, Jonathan Winters, and Theodore Bikel.

In the more serious context of today’s Eye of Prophecy article, the film was ironically directed by a well-known Jewish director, Norman Jewison. Though Jewison’s film portrayed the Russians in a more favorable light, the animosity and distrust between the Soviet Union and the United States then is still all too real between Russia and America today.

The Cold War Is Warming Up Again

Who would have ever imagined the Russian Bear establishing its lair and the American Eagle building its nest in the same country? For those of us old enough to vividly remember the Cold War encounters between the Soviet Union and the United States of America, it is unthinkable that military forces consisting mostly of air force and special operations from both nations are now entrenched in Syria, fighting alongside each other against a common enemy? Alongside, not in the sense of joint military action (that will never happen); rather, conducting airstrikes against rebel groups attempting to overthrow Syrian President Assad and his regime.

Since the US led-coalition entered the Syrian Civil War in 2014, they have flown over 2,500 airstrikes. Russia joined the fray just two months ago (September), and her planes have already launched nearly 1,700 sorties throughout Syria. As a result, dozens more civilians have been killed and another 120,000 displaced from their homes. But then, what’s another hundred thousand refugees when some ten million have been uprooted from their homeland in the past four years!

But who is bombing whom? Who supports what and whom (and why) in this bloody civil war, with over 250,000 killed, including many non-combatants? Trying to answer these questions and make sense of what’s happening is like trying to solve the Rubik cube or assembling a one-thousand piece puzzle with most of the pieces exactly the same shape and color.

The United States Air Force, Special Ops, and other Military Advisors (no boots on the ground) and our main allies, France and England, are there to do battle with ISIS. But they also support the rebel groups (plural) trying to overthrow the repressive Syrian government. Some of these rebel factions clash with each other. Fighting with and for the corrupt and brutal Syrian Government is the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, supported by Iran, with government forces and Hezbollah also fighting against ISIS.

Enter Iran’s ally Russia, which also backs the Syrian regime of Basher al-Assad, to ostensibly join the battle against ISIS. Which is supposedly one reason that the United States hasn’t vigorously resisted Russia’s intervention … we have the common enemy of ISIS. That, and the political and military embarrassment of the United States that its training and support of select rebel armies has not exactly been a success.


Russian Planes Over Syria

Consequently, the US Coalition and Russia have agreed to coordinate their bombing campaigns so as not to occupy the same air space at the same time, and risk an inadvertent incident between their pilots. All the while, US President Obama and Russian President Putin are barely on speaking terms due principally to the crisis created by Russian involvement in the Ukraine and Crimea. Yet, there is enough mutual respect (fear) of each other that either side, with a couple of minor exceptions, is not going to force the issue of who they support and who they bomb.

Which is why the United States objected merely in an obligatory manner to Russian airstrikes against rebel units supported by the US, soon after Vladmir Putin sent his military to Syria. Which is also why Russia abruptly switched targets to mostly include ISIS; thereby, appeasing President Obama who (mildly) objected to Syrian rebels being targeted. Either way, as long as Russian and American bombs hit ISIS camps, everyone is happy.

Already Russia has paid a hefty price for its publicly pretentious purpose of helping the world get rid of ISIS. The latest evidence is now quite convincing that the Russian commercial plane crash on October 31st that killed 224 people (mostly Russian) was a direct result of a bomb planted on board by one of the ISIS cells in the Sinai Peninsula. How and to what extent Putin will react or retaliate has yet to be determined.

Return of the Russian Bear

What makes this absurdly complex but dangerously volatile situation in Syria so remarkably end-times in its unfolding is the continuing political and military rise of Russia to global prominence; which has resulted in Russia’s unopposed arrival in Syria. Moreover, Russia’s resurgence as a major player on the world stage is a prelude for the Biblical Gog-Magog prophecy to be fulfilled with the invasion of Israel. I have written about this astonishing prophecy in several Eye of Prophecy articles, with varying points of reference and emphasis.

The following excerpts in italics are taken from one of those articles, Beware of the Bear, posted 3-22-14. The first two paragraphs of that article mention former US President Ronald Reagan and his influential role that led to the eventual dismantling of the Soviet Union. The next paragraph in that article begins with President Reagan’s now famous demand.

Some of you may remember: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall.” The Russian President complied, resulting in the reunification of East and West Berlin; also, the end of Soviet dominance of East Germany, which had become like a vassal state to Russia. Soon to follow was the break-up of the Soviet Union, in which most of the 14 satellite states that comprised the Russian Sphere declared their independence from the mother land. By the end of 1991, the Soviet Union was no more. The principal nation of Russia converted to (still is) the Russian Federation. Many of these peripheral countries became independent states, such as Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Moldavia, Uzbekistan (and all the other “stan” states), and the Ukraine.

The American eagle flew proudly over the Russian bear, and spread her wings to protect and defend the nations that embraced democracy. The United States regained her status as the world’s only superpower. The Soviet Union seemed to implode from within … suffering from all the ills of economic collapse, political corruption, and social disarray. Virtually overnight, her status as a superpower vanished. Many politicians, social scientists, economists, religious leaders, and even evangelicals believed the once mighty Russian bear was dead.

Students of prophecy shook their heads in disbelief, questioning whether their analysis of the Ezekiel 38 & 39 Gog, Magog attack on Israel could possibly be accurate. Many students of the Bible reexamined the Scriptures to determine if, “the prince who rules over the nations of Meshech and Tubal” (Ezekiel 38:2) and, “Gog” ruler of the land of Magog would, in fact, be the ruler of the nation that comes against Israel, “from the distant north” (Ezekiel 39:1). Had they been wrong all this time? Russia couldn’t even lead itself, let alone a great multi-national army as Ezekiel so graphically portrays in Ezekiel 38:9: “You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them (Israel) like a storm and cover the land like a cloud.”

The Beware of the Bear article then shifts to Vladimir Putin’s rapid rise to power. The article continues:

We see, now, that the Bear was not dead, but in a state of prolonged hibernation. Due mostly to the leadership of one man, Vladimir Putin, the people from the mother land of “the distant north” once again proudly wave the Russian flag. Recently, Mr. Putin voiced his opinion that the greatest calamity of the 20th century—indeed of modern history—was the disintegration of the Soviet Union. In no uncertain terms, he was implying that this catastrophe even exceeded the monumental disasters of World War II, including the unthinkable, unimaginable tragedy of the Holocaust. But, then, with autocrats such as Putin, we must consider the source. For many, it is crystal clear what Putin intends to do: Whatever the cost, he means to rebuild the once mighty Russian empire and reestablish its preeminence among the global family of nations.

In a little over twenty years, Russia has emerged economically, politically, and militarily as a force to be reckoned with; in large part due to Vladmir Putin’s ominous, but remarkable rise to prominence and power. After serving for 16 years as a KGB officer, Putin eventually became Russia’s President in 2000, serving in that position until 2008. (Many countries have a president, however, their highest position of leadership is that of prime minister. In Russia, it’s just the reverse … President first, then Prime Minister).


Photo of Vladimir Putin in a Headline by a Pro-Russian Online News Source

Another Stunning Gog/Magog Development

Russia’s incursion into Syria is not about ISIS … that’s only a pretense. Some political and military experts accurately ascertain that Russia’s presence is a show of commitment to and support of the Assad regime. But, had Russia entered the Syrian conflict for that or any other stated objective than their purported contribution to end the growing threat of ISIS, neither the Western allies nor Israel would have condoned Russia’s military bases in Syria—a country which has been the most avowed enemy of the Jews, with the possible exception of Iran.

One Important (Real) Reason for Russia’s Entrance into Syria

This past August, a startling discovery was broadcast, but not necessarily by major news media throughout the world. From the very competent but lesser-known online newsletter of Israel Hayom, which consists of several daily articles from staff and guest journalists, an article was posted on August 31st, 2015, with headlines that read: Supergiant natural gas field discovered off Egypt’s shores.

Early in the article, we read that: “Italian energy group Eni SpA announced Sunday it had discovered a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field, potentially the largest known gas field in the Mediterranean Sea, off the Egyptian coastline, predicting the find could help meet Egypt’s gas needs for decades to come.”

Just a couple of months earlier, Egypt had signed a two-billion dollar agreement with this Italian company for exploration of energy reserves in the Mediterranean, but also in the Sinai and the Gulf of Suez.

According to estimations, the gas-field named Zohr was found about 120 miles from the Egyptian coast and may hold more than 30 trillion cubic feet of natural gas, which could, “eventually prove bigger than the Leviathan and Tamar fields combined.”

*Note: The estimated potential yield of the Leviathan field is 22 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. Of the Tamar reserve, some 8 trillion cubic feet.

For Israel, who holds the rights to Leviathan and Tamar, the newly discovered Zohr field will produce intense competition in the natural gas industry. However, the Israeli government still has not officially endorsed the “framework” for commencement of drilling in the Leviathan gas field; although Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his supporters are optimistically confident that the Leviathan project will be soon approved and underway.

Israel’s National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Minister Yuval Steinitz said about this incredible Zohr exploration: “The discovery of the huge natural gas field off Egypt’s shores is a painful reminder that while Israel ‘fell asleep at the wheel’ and has taken far too long to approve the natural gas framework (referring to Israel’s gas fields), the world is moving forward in a way that can affect our exports.”

Steinitz also said, “We have to approve the gas framework without delay and advance Israel’s natural gas industry.”

In my opinion, it is absolutely no coincidence that Russia moved into Syria just a few short weeks after the Zohr natural gas discovery was publicized. Which is one of the two real reasons why Russia wants to be and will be a major player in the Middle East—from this time forward to the short and getting shorter time of the Day of the Lord, the catalyst of which is the Rapture, followed by the Seven Year Tribulation.

What better way than to: (1) establish a pre-coalitional (Gog/Magog) base of operation in Syria on Israel’s northern border; (2) create an economic and political partnership with the soon to be rags-to-riches nation of Egypt … on Israel’s southern border.

Major Reason/Motive for Russian Presence in the Middle East

These two stunning developments—discovery of the Egyptian natural gas field and Russia’s inroad in Syria—are two more significant in-place pieces of the Gog/Magog prophetic puzzle. But as end-times relevant as they are, both are a means to an end … a secondary goal of Gog’s ulterior intention and ultimate objective.

Although Russia is a major producer and exporter of oil and natural gas, the leader (Putin) of this aggressive bear of a country wants more … more natural resources, more global clout, more economic power, and more land. But Russia and her current Gog/Magog allies, chief of which is Iran, covet one thing above all else: ISRAEL.

Covet in the sinister sense of destroying the Jews and taking over the land of Israel.


Leviathan Natural Gas Field

In an Eye of Prophecy article entitled Gog, Magog, and Leviathan, published 1-3-15, on the matter of the (yet undeveloped) Israeli natural gas fields and their prophetic implication, I’d like to present some excerpts from that post to further expose the actual reason for Russia’s sudden interest in the Middle East. As follows:

In ancient literature and oral tradition, and as occasionally referenced in Scripture, Leviathan was a large mythical sea creature or even a real-life behemoth that was virtually indestructible by man or nature or anything except God himself. Not unlike the modern-day Loch Ness Monster legend.

The prophet Isaiah refers to this monstrosity by its name, and what will happen to it in the last days, telling us that, “In that day the Lord will take his terrible, swift sword and punish Leviathan … He will kill the dragon of the sea” (Isaiah 27:1). Whether this creature actually existed is not the issue; rather the emphasis is on its symbolical representation (depicted in ancient Aramaic literature as a seven-headed monster) of all that opposes God.

From Ezekiel and other prophets we learn that this opposition will be a Satanic led coalition of nations as presented in the Gog/Magog invasion and subsequently in the ten-nation confederation that gives itself wholly to the Antichrist. The emphasis in the symbolism of Leviathan is that of: ENORMOUS.

The discovery of these gas fields off the coast of Israel is nothing short of amazing. For several reasons, two of which are: (1) Proceeds from the sale and distribution of these natural gas fields could increase Israel’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) substantially. In the eyes of global economic powers including the Arab Cartel, it could level the playing field to the extent that Israel would become self-sufficient in natural gas consumption while cutting into the proceeds of surrounding Arab countries. It could change the financial dynamics of the entire Middle East, by making Israel a major player in the competitive field of energy production.

(2) It provides and confirms the Biblically predicted incentive for Russia and select Russian allies to launch a colossal campaign against Israel as found in Ezekiel’s prophecy. Before discovering and developing these natural gas holdings, Israel offered a variety of exports to maintain a favorable trade surplus, but nothing like what these natural gas fields could accomplish. And, thereby, attract the attention of other nations, both friend and foe.

Let’s read again what exactly it is that appeals to Russia enough to actually strike Israel. Listen to the boast of Prince Gog from the land of Magog to his cronies and against the true and living God: “I will go to those formerly desolate cities that are now filled with people who have returned from exile in many nations. I will capture vast amounts of plunder, for the people are rich with livestock and other possessions now….” (Ezekiel 38:12, italics for emphasis).

First: As most know, the Jews have returned to Israel from exile in great numbers. This has been emphasized in several Eye of Prophecy articles as well as a myriad of other articles by both Biblical and secular scholars and journalists. Indeed, it is a matter of common knowledge to anyone who knows just a little about what’s happening in Israel and the Middle East.

Second, what does Scripture say that Gog/Magog will covet in Israel? Livestock … perhaps literally but more so figuratively representing the prosperity of a nation. But even more so, Russia, Iran, and other nations in this evil, greedy confederation will crave a vast amount of gas and oil and other tangible goods that are by-products of hydrocarbon fuel … vast amounts of plunder, other possessions, including silver and gold purchased with the currency of such wealth.

Until recently, Russia wouldn’t have thought twice about Israel’s possessions. In the past, Russian officials rarely said anything about Israel and certainly didn’t go out of their way to court Israel as an economic or political neighbor. However, they could always be counted on to vote in favor of whatever sanction of the day against Israel had been proposed by countries of the United Nations hostile toward Israel … of which there are many (most). By and large, however, Russia’s animosity toward Israel remained relatively silent and unobtrusive. Until now.

In the article entitled, Gog, Magog, and Leviathan, I go on to explain that, in the past few weeks, (which now would refer to the latter part of 2014) Vladimir Putin had begun to publicly criticize Israel on such things as Jewish settlements in so-called occupied land of the West Bank. President Putin had jumped on the international band-wagon of slandering Israel by trumpeting the cause of the Palestinians voiced by (most countries of) the United Nations concerning Israel’s alleged oppression of the Palestinian Arabs.

Continuing with another excerpt from that article:

Yet the height of irony, if not hypocrisy, is that Russian political and economic officials have been subtlety and secretly (as much as some things can be secretly suppressed) reaching out to Israel with proposals of mutual benefit to both countries, particularly economic benefits. Why is that? The consensus answer from political and economic experts seems to focus on only one factor: Russia’s keen growing interest in the vast gas and oil reserves recently discovered by Israel, especially the offshore findings!

Which leads to a secondary but equally significant motive for Russia to overrun Israel with Muslim countries in tow: First, take Israel. Second, take over your Arab or Persian allies and their oil and gas fields! It’s a classic historical paradigm in which a strong country sometimes will turn on its confederates, after the ally helped the host country defeat its enemies and/or after a treaty was signed. In fact, that’s exactly what will happen between Russia and her allies (read all of Ezekiel 38 & 39); only they will turn on each other BEFORE they accomplish their diabolical objective. They won’t know until it’s too late, but the Gog/Magog campaign will be: Mission Impossible! But not until they utterly terrify Israel with one of the most massive invasions ever attempted. A Leviathan attack!


Although Egypt is not specifically identified as one of the Gog/Magog nations who will join the Russian and Iranian confederation against Israel, she assuredly will be among the “many others” (Ezekiel 38:6). Meaning other countries (mostly Muslim) that will trail along with Russia in its epic, but disastrously doomed campaign against Israel.

Listen to what the Lord says to Gog through Ezekiel: “Get ready; be prepared! Keep all the armies around you mobilized, and take command of them. A long time from now you will be called into action. In the distant future you will swoop down on the land of Israel, which will be enjoying peace after recovering from war and after its people have returned from many lands to the mountains of Israel. You and all your allies—a vast and awesome army—will roll down on them like a storm and cover the land like a cloud” (Ezekiel 38:7-9).

This prophetic word from God Almighty is both a taunt and a challenge to Gog, ruler of the land of Magog (Russian leader of Russia). Furthermore, the distant future written by Ezekiel some 2,500 years ago is NOW. All these things are falling swiftly into place before our 20th & 21st century eyes.


As previously indicated, almost single-handed Vladmir Putin has restored the fortunes of the collapsed Soviet Union, and reestablished the fighting capacity of the Russian Bear. Unwittingly, he has fulfilled God’s prophetic challenge to: get ready. To be prepared. To keep all the armies around you mobilized. That’s exactly what he’s doing in Syria; he’s getting his military prepared and keeping them ready with real war games, not just simulated exercises.

What he doesn’t know is that the Lord is setting him up, his country, and all nations who will align themselves with Gog of Magog for a great fall. For a defeat so devastatingly and divinely miraculous that all the nations of the earth, especially Israel herself, will know that, “I am the Lord.” (Ezekiel 38:16). And, “In this way, I will demonstrate my glory to the nations…” (Ezekiel 39:21).

“And from that time on the people of Israel will know that I am the Lord their God” (Verse 22).

Moreover, this awesome defeat of the Gog/Magog alliance will be accomplished exclusively by God, himself … without the need for Israel to defend herself. Israel’s fighting won’t take place until the last few months of the seven-year Tribulation, in the final war to once and for all end all wars … the even greater battles of Armageddon. At that time Messiah Jesus will fight alongside Israel and rescue the Jews from annihilation at the hands of the Antichrist (Nero) and his confederation of nations.

“On that day the Lord will defend the people of Jerusalem; the weakest among them will be (fight) as mighty as King David! And the royal descendants will be like God, like the angel of the Lord who goes before them! For on that day I will begin to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem” (Zechariah 12:8-9).

But first will come the Gog/Magog campaign. God gave this warning to Gog/Magog (Russia) through Ezekiel: “…Gog, I am your enemy. I will turn you around and put hooks in your jaws to lead you out with your whole army…” (Ezekiel 38:3-4).

And, “Son of man, prophesy against Gog. Give him this message from the Sovereign Lord: I am your enemy, O Gog, ruler of the nations of Meshech and Tubal. I will turn you around and drive you toward the mountains of Israel, bringing you from the distant north. I will knock the bow from your left hand and the arrows from your right hand, and I will leave you helpless. You and your army and your allies will all die on the mountains … You will fall in the open fields, for I have spoken, says the Sovereign Lord” (Ezekiel 39:1-5).

Although the Gog/Magog assault against Israel will entail a vast military alliance rolling down on Israel like a perfect storm, it’s evident now that Russia will prepare for this massive invasion through its recent unopposed military infiltration of Syria. The Russian Bear has been drawn to its prey by the lure of riches and power in the Middle East.

Some students of prophecy think the assault will take place just before the Rapture, others at the end of the Rapture, by equating it with the final battle in Megiddo (Armageddon). It would take at least one, probably two articles to document and explain the fact that the Gog/Magog campaign against Israel is NOT the same as the final assault against Israel led by the Antichrist, known as Armageddon. There are numerous differences between these two apocalyptic events, as presented primarily in the books of Ezekiel, Daniel, Zechariah, and Revelation.

As documented in prior articles, I’m convinced the Gog/Magog invasion will take place within a year after the Rapture, some six years before Messiah Jesus returns.

Whenever it will take place, on the authority of Scripture, this warning is issued: Beware Russian and Persian Bears. Do not defy the true and living God, His Messiah, and their special possession, Israel. The trap you set for Israel will become a bear trap.

Please refer to more details of the Gog-Magog invasion in other Eye of Prophecy articles entitled, The Omega Generation (published 2-15-14); Alliances Against Israel (9-20-14); and Russia & Iran Versus Israel (10-4-14).

Things to Ponder

The pieces are rapidly falling into place. The modern-day alignment of Gentile nations identified in Scripture against Israel is one of the twelve end-times signs that are taking place in the 21st century or have already occurred in the 20th century. These milepost signs are listed in Eye of Prophecy articles entitled, Look Up, Redemption is Near Part I, posted 7-11-15 and Part II published 7-18-15.

“…And they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” (Matthew 24:30).


The time is soon, so very soon when Jews and Gentiles alike who have believed and received the atoning sacrifice of God’s Son, Messiah Jesus, will be among those who shout when the seventh angel sounds his trumpet:

“The world has now become the Kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).

But ever so sadly, those left behind who have chosen this world and rejected so great a salvation freely given by the grace of God will recoil in terror and dismay at another loud shout from the heavens:

“It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ…” (Revelation 12:10).

Said the Jewish Apostle Peter to the Jewish high priest and other religious leaders who demanded to know by what power or whose authority Peter and John had healed a crippled man:

“Let me clearly state to all of you and to all the people of Israel that he was healed by the powerful name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, the man you crucified but whom God raised from the dead. For Jesus is the one referred to in the Scriptures, where it says, ‘The stone that you builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:10-12).

Does God Really Have a Son? … Part II


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God in Human Form

Such a troubled world we live in. And it’s not getting any better. Poverty, disease, oppression, ethnic conflict, and wars have been the scourge of mankind from the beginning of time; but since the First World War they have increased exponentially on a global scale.

Before the First World War which was labeled the War to End All Wars—because no one could imagine that it would ever be repeated—combat casualties were seldom counted in more than tens of thousands. But the predictable progression of technology coupled with the relentless regression of morality resulted in the horrifying military and civilian deaths in World War I and World War II that were measured in the tens of millions. With millions more wounded and displaced from their homes, right up to the estimated 10 million refugees from today’s slaughter in Syria.

As if the incredible increase in the sophistication and destructive power of conventional armaments and munitions in just twenty years’ time from World War I to World War II (tanks, ships, planes, submarines, small arms) wasn’t enough; by the end of the second world war, we found a way to harness and unleash the fearsome fission and fusion power of the atom itself.

Indeed, the atomic bomb brought a swift end to the Pacific War against Japan; and as accurately calculated by both military and civilian experts, actually saved hundreds of thousands of Allied and Japanese lives that would have been lost through additional weeks or months of conventional warfare.

Subsequently, nuclear arsenals of some of the world’s major powers have ironically served as a deterrent to flash point incidents that could trigger a third world war, such as the Cuban Missile Crisis between the United States and Russia in 1962.

But now this nuclear cloud hangs ominously over every man, woman, and child on the planet. How long can the apocalyptic potential of a nuclear war be restrained? Especially, if a rogue nation like North Korea decides a first strike is worth the risk. Or an equally rogue nation like Iran develops and uses nuclear warheads to accomplish its sworn agenda of eliminating Israel from the face of the earth?

Like never before in the history of the human race, the world we live in is on the precipice of an unparalleled cataclysmic catastrophe that could shatter mankind beyond recovery. With regard to such magnitude of destruction, according to the Bible there is both bad news and good news.

The warning of this world-wide disaster comes from Jesus Christ, himself, speaking of the Great Tribulation: “For there will be greater anguish than at any time since the world began. And it will never be so great again. In fact, unless that time of calamity is shortened, not a single person will survive…” (Matthew 24:21-22).


But there is good news. Continuing with the last part of Matthew 24:22, Jesus says: “But it (the Tribulation) will be shortened for the sake of God’s chosen ones.”

Messiah Jesus, Son of God

Jesus assures us that the human race will survive. He can make that kind of guaranteed promise because he, himself, will intervene. He can and will do that because he is, in fact, God’s Messiah and God’s Son, as affirmed in last week’s article based on three (of several) astounding passages in the Old Testament … Psalm 2 and Psalm 110. And, Genesis 1, which announces the plurality of God (Trinity) when it says: “Let us make human beings in our image to be like ourselves” (Genesis 1:26).

First, a couple of excerpts (in italics) from last week’s article regarding the Lord God declaring that the Messiah (King) is, indeed, God’s Son.

Then the passage states, “For the Lord declares: ‘I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain’” (Psalm 2:6). The chosen king is the Messiah and the context pertains to the end-times reign of God’s Messiah.

Listen to the astonishing response of the King (Messiah) as he refers to The Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (God of the Bible). The King speaks:

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord. He (the Lord) said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession’” (Psalms 2:7-8, NASB).

The first Me is the King; the second Me is the Lord (God) … the King’s Father.

Then from Psalm 110, the amazing statement by King David that there is another Lord to whom the Lord God (God the Father) speaks. As follows:

“The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet” (Psalm 110:1, NASB).

Who is my Lord? To whom is David referring … who is David’s Lord?

Frequently King David speaks of the Lord, his God. Meaning the one true and living God of Israel. But here David proclaims that the Lord God is talking to another Lord, who is (also) David’s Lord. We know this second Lord is the Messiah because of what the rest of the chapter tells us concerning Messiah’s rule and role as the Scepter of Zion and the judge among the nations. But the crucial component of this magnificent passage is that the Messiah is (also) David’s Lord (my Lord) who is inherently equal to The Lord (God); but with a different role or position or expression of that deity.

Then later a summary of these two passages plus Genesis Chapter One:

The Triune Personage of Almighty God is not three separate gods. He is One God in Three Persons. This plurality is plainly present in God’s first introduction of himself in Genesis.

Nearly all Jews who know anything at all about their heritage and chosen place in God’s created universe agree that Messiah comes from King David’s lineage of the tribe of Judah. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it was none other than King David, himself, who spoke of Messiah—God’s Royal Son—as David’s Lord!

In the very first book of the New Testament, the Jewish Apostle Matthew provides a meticulous, but amazing genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth … descending from King David. From there, the remainder of the New Testament (Covenant) gives us convincing historical records that Jesus, himself, claimed to be this Messiah—Son of God, Son of David, Son of Man. Fully God and fully man. Furthermore, he validated these claims with many marvelous miracles, teachings that astounded even the most educated and religious Jewish leaders, and most of all his spectacular resurrection from the dead.

The Jewish Apostle Paul, who had a personal salvation encounter with Messiah Jesus while Paul was on his way to Damascus to arrest, imprison, and possibly execute Christians, later wrote to Titus: “…while we look forward with hope to that wonderful day when the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, will be revealed” (Titus 2:13).


It was plainly evident to Paul that Jesus Christ was not only the Son of God, but also God the Son. And that Messiah Jesus would return as King to fulfill the hopes of believers, Jew and Gentile alike, for peace and justice in an otherwise hopeless and unjust world.

Moreover, Jesus frequently referred to God as his Father. The purpose of these statements was to further affirm and clarify that God is One God in Three Persons, and that Jesus was God the Father’s Son, thus, the appointed Messiah. But also to emphasize the fact that God the Father was exclusively Spirit. Said Jesus to the woman at the well: “For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24). It was Jesus who became God Incarnate … God in human form. Because it was necessary that Jesus’ blood be shed as a man; a propitiation for every person who would believe … satisfying God’s requirements through the Law that innocent blood must be spilled as a redemptive atonement for mankind.

With the exception of thousands of Jews who believed and received Yeshua as their Lord and Savior in the first three hundred years or so after the birth of Christ and hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews in today’s world, most Jews tend to think only of Jesus as a post-Old Testament person who started a new religion, as recorded in the New Testament.

Consequently, they are under the impression that when a Jew leaves Judaism and becomes a Christian, that he or she undergoes a conversion (converts) to Christianity. That simply isn’t what happens. Nor is it true of a person converting from say, Islam to Christianity. Biblical salvation through believing and receiving Jesus as Messiah Lord and Savior is not a conversion from one religion to another. As said several times in prior Eye of Prophecy articles: Biblical Christianity is not a religion—unless Roman Catholicism and the cults are considered.

Instead, Biblical (God’s) salvation is a personal relationship with God available through personal trust in the once for all sacrificial atonement of Jesus’s death on the Cross. It is simply believing and accepting what God through Messiah Jesus has done for us; that which we could not do for ourselves through all the requirements of religion or man-made privileges of race, e.g. membership, maintaining religious rituals, good works, or innate worth by virtue of being born into a particular race or religion.

Jesus of Nazareth proved beyond any reasonable doubt that he was Divine (God the Son) through his supernatural signs and wonders, with his own resurrection from the dead the most amazing miracle of all. That is an authentic historical fact, affirmed by hundreds who saw him after he arose from the dead.

Moses wrote about the plurality of God, which later became known as the Trinity. King David attested to the truth that the Lord God called another (Person) Lord and that this Lord was God’s Son. Micah prophesied that Messiah would be born in Bethlehem, but that his origin was from the distant past … from eternity.

The prophet Isaiah said that He (Messiah) “…was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins … All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all” (Isaiah 53:5-6). Once again, the personal pronouns used by Isaiah are just that … personal. They cannot possibly refer to Israel, if for no other reason that Israel cannot and does not qualify to atone for its own sins.

Let’s look at another magnificent prophecy from Isaiah that Messiah is God, who would come to the earth in human form. In this sweeping timeless (to God) announcement, we find both the first advent of Jesus Christ (as the suffering servant of Isaiah 53) and his second advent (return to earth to establish the Kingdom of God).

“For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!” (Isaiah 9:6-7).

Well into the Great Tribulation we read what will happen: “Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens: ‘It has come at last—salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ…” (Revelation 12:10).

Old Testament Appearances of Messiah (Jesus)

In addition to Old Testament descriptions of the coming Messiah, some of which have been examined in last week’s and this week’s article, there are also several spectacular sightings of Messiah in the Old Testament—what a handful of scholars (including me) refer to as the Pre-Incarnate Epiphanies of Jesus Christ.

I firmly believe that the purpose of these amazing personal appearances of God in the flesh was to proactively and prophetically reinforce the written predictions about the Messiah … as David’s (other) Lord and God’s Royal Son. As well as to correlate with and be a prototype of the actual (final) birth of Messiah, i.e. born of a Virgin conceived by the Holy Spirit. Fully man and fully God. The Old Testament pre-Incarnate appearances gave God’s own people, the Jews, a wonderful preview of the greatest coming attraction of all time: God’s Son in human form.

To prepare Israel and the nations for the greatest event of human history: That God the Son was born in Bethlehem, lived among his people, was crucified, buried, and rose the third day; and is now seated at the right hand of God until the appointed day of his magnificent return to the earth in that same resurrected and glorified body in which he will rule and reign forever from Jerusalem.

Time and space will permit identification of only three of these Pre-Incarnate appearances.

However, before we examine each one, it is vitally important that we understand this basic premise (fact) that will be supported by these examples: God the Father is Spirit and ONLY Spirit. Thus, each of the Epiphanies depict God’s Son, Jesus Christ; as only he is the express image of God in human form. (Colossians 1).

Another important thing to remember is that God’s angels often take on human form throughout both the Old and New Testament. However, two significant factors enable us to determine whether these men are angels or the Messiah, himself. (1) The context and events of what is taking place including Scripture stating that The Lord is speaking (2) Whether or not the actual people involved in the encounter refer to the angel as Lord, or as just an angel (messenger).

Abraham and the Three Men

Many know the story of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Bible entailing Abraham’s passionate intercessory plea that God withhold his judgment for the sake of just ten righteous people. This event begins with: “The Lord appeared again to Abraham near the oak grove belonging to Mamre. One day Abraham was sitting at the entrance to his tent… He looked up and noticed three men standing nearby…” (Genesis 18:1-2).

As the passage tells us, this was not the first time that the Lord appeared to Abraham. Nor was it the first time that God took on the form of a man. That occurred when Abraham met the mysterious King of Salem. Several scholars including me believe that this man, Melchizedek, was none other than the Pre-Incarnate Messiah (Jesus).

In the book of Hebrews we read the account of Melchizedek first recorded in Genesis.

“This Melchizedek was king of the city of Salem and also a priest of God Most High. When Abraham was returning home after winning a great battle against the kings, Melchizedek met him and blessed him … The name Melchizedek means ‘king of justice,’ and king of Salem means, ‘king of peace.’ There is no record of his father or mother or any of his ancestors—no beginning or end to his life. He remains a priest forever, resembling the Son of God” (Hebrews 7:1-3).

In Hebrews Chapter 5 and later again in Chapter 7, the author quotes Psalm 110, which we examined in last week’s article as a pivotal passage in which King David makes this astounding statement: “The Lord said to my Lord, ‘Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies…” (Psalm 110:1).

But what I didn’t quote last week (saving it for this week’s article) is what else David wrote about the other Lord who the Lord God, himself, referred to as Lord. King David continues his dramatic disclosure of what God (the Father) declares about the second Lord (God the Son):

“The Lord has taken an oath and will not break his vow; ‘You are a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek’” (Psalm 110:4).

There’s absolutely no ambiguity or confusion as to what David is saying, especially when you combine Psalm 110 with Psalm 2, and other passages such as Micah 5.

The author of Hebrews summarizes by saying: “There were many priests under the old system, for death prevented them from remaining in office. But because Jesus lives forever, his priesthood lasts forever. Therefore he is able, once and forever, to save those who come to God through him. He lives forever to intercede with God on their behalf. He is the kind of high priest we need because he is holy and blameless, unstained by sin. He has been set apart from sinners and has been given the highest place of honor in heaven” (Hebrews 7:23-26).

Returning to the story of the three men who visited Abraham, the context is crystal clear: Abraham knew that two of the men were angels, but the third was the Lord, himself. Why can we say that with utmost certainty? Because in the written account by Moses, he refers to this man as, The Lord. Moreover, Abraham addresses him as Lord. He also said: “…Should not the Judge of all the earth do what is right?” (Genesis 18:25). Then later Abraham says, “…Since I have dared to speak to the Lord, let me continue—suppose there are only twenty?” (Verse 31).

Therefore, in light of the Biblical evidence that God is Spirit, the intriguing question before us is whether God (the Father) appeared to Abraham as Melchizedek and later as one of the three men at Abraham’s tent as The Lord (who said to my Lord); or if he was David’s (my) Lord to whom The Lord was speaking (Psalm 110).

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Especially to Jews and Judaism, would the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, himself, actually appear in bodily form? Likewise: Is it possible for a human being to look at/on the Most High God (El Elyon, in Hebrew) and live? According to what God told Moses and the Israelites, to gaze on God’s glory (God, himself), meant certain death. Which is why the Lord shielded the brilliant, but lethal light of his Holiness from the Israelites in a dense cloud or pillar of fire.

Let’s look at another stunning person to person encounter with the Lord God, as experienced by Abraham’s grandson, Jacob.

Jacob Wrestles with God (Literally!)

Before we examine the extraordinary account of Jacob’s wrestling bout with Divinity, let’s review Jacob’s first personal episode with God as he was fleeing from his brother, Esau. You remember the story:

“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night … As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway. At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and he said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants” (Genesis 28:10-13).

Then the Lord proceeds to review and renew his covenant with Abraham and Isaac to Jacob, which is the everlasting promise that the land (Israel) would be given to the Jews in perpetuity. In this amazing scene, Jacob saw God, himself; although it was through a dream, not a face to face meeting, as such. That would come some twenty years later during Jacob and his family’s return to the land of Canaan (later to be called Israel). Read with me:

“During the night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two servant wives, and his eleven sons and crossed the Jabbok River with them. After taking them to the other side, he sent over all his possessions. This left Jacob all alone in the camp, and a man came and wrestled with him until the dawn began to break. When the man saw that he would not win the match, he touched Jacob’s hip and wrenched it out of its socket. Then the man said, ‘Let me go, for the dawn is breaking!’ But Jacob said, ‘I will not let you go unless you bless me.’ ‘What is your name?’ the man asked. He replied, ‘Jacob.’ ‘Your name will no longer be Jacob,’ the man told him. ‘From now on you will be called Israel, because you have fought with God and with men and have won.’ ‘Please tell me your name,’ Jacob said. ‘Why do you want to know my name?’ the man replied. Then he blessed Jacob there. Jacob named the place Peniel (which means ‘face of God’) for he said, “I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared’” (Genesis 32:22-30).

So much could be said concerning this astonishing event, such as why God would even engage Jacob in a physical wrestling match, and let Jacob win. However, in summary, there is no doubt, whatsoever, that the man was the Lord, himself … not an angel. With Jacob breathing a sigh of immense relief that he had physically touched the Lord, and had seen God face to face and lived to tell about it.


But how could this be? How could this be the God whom not even Moses could look on face to face and live? Scripture tells us that God spoke to Moses face to face, but that clearly is a figurative way of saying it was (what we would call) a person-to-person or one-to-one communication. We know this to be true because every time that Moses entered the Tabernacle or met The Lord on Mt. Sinai, God enshrouded himself in a dense cloud to protect Moses from God’s lethal glory.

The text is quite evident that this was not a dream Jacob was having; it was remarkably real. Consequently, it could not have been God (the Father) who literally wrestled with Jacob. Thus, if we accept the unmistakable evidence of Scripture that God appeared in human form (as God’s Son, the Second Person of the Trinity) throughout the Old Testament, then why is it so difficult to believe that Jesus of Nazareth is God’s final incarnate appearance (once and for all)?

Moses & the Seventy Elders

Did you know or remember that God actually appeared in human form on Mount Sinai? I think many students of the Bible often overlook that amazing account. This was over four hundred years after Joseph, then Jacob and his family, took up permanent residence in Egypt. By and large, the Israelites had forgotten about their Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It was time to be reintroduced to the God of Israel, who would continue with his plan to bring salvation to the world through the Jews, inevitably and specifically through the Jewish Messiah, Jesus.

Did you know that the Ten Commandments (along with other features of the Mosaic Law) had been given directly by God to Israel even before Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and received the stone tablets upon which the “finger of God” wrote the Ten Commandments? You can read about that in Exodus Chapter 20. In fact, when God delivered the Commandments to the people, his thunderous voice so frightened them that they pleaded with Moses: “…You speak to us, and we will listen. But don’t let God speak directly to us, or we will die!” (Exodus 20:19).

Prior to that God had given explicit instructions to Moses that the people were not to ascend Mt Sinai or even touch the mountain—upon the pain of death. But then the Lord made a temporary exception that Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy of Israel’s elders could accompany Moses in a climb up the mountain; for the express purpose of meeting with God to worship him and to celebrate the Covenant that all the people had agreed to, “…do everything the Lord has commanded” (Exodus 24:3).

Listen to the short, but stunning description of what transpired:

“Then Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders of Israel climbed up the mountain again. There they saw the God of Israel. Under his feet there seemed to be a surface of brilliant blue lapis lazuli, as clear as the sky itself. And though these nobles of Israel gazed upon God, he did not destroy them. In fact, they ate a covenant meal, eating and drinking in his presence!” (Exodus 24:9-11).

Later, God again veiled his presence in a dense cloud of fire and smoke on the mountain. God called (and spoke) to Moses from within that cloud.

Although Moses doesn’t provide a detailed description of “The God of Israel” in this scene, it is fully obvious that who/what they saw was a man, in human form. Why can I say that? Because the passage says, “under his feet…” with the clear connotation that they were the feet of a man. In fact, with the exception of animal’s feet, what other kind of feet could they be?

Yet we also know that Moses, himself, was not allowed to look on (the face of) God directly. That fact is inescapably evident from the equally well-known story of what happened when Moses subsequently pleaded with God to, “…show me your glorious presence” (Exodus 33:18).

Do you remember the Lord’s reply? He said: “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you … But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live … Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen” (Exodus 33:19-23, italics for emphasis).

Moses wanted to look directly (face to face) upon the glory (the very essence) of the Lord. But under no circumstances would God permit this. Instead, the Lord God (Father) allowed Moses to gaze on the afterglow of God’s glory, but not directly facing God.


Therefore, we need to again pose the question: Why would God make an exception and allow Moses and a group of more than seventy Israelites to stare directly at him and survive? When, in, fact, God would not even allow Moses to look privately at the uncovered “face of God,” and live. Or a better question: Was it an exception at all?

There is only one explanation.

Which is the same answer for all of the Old Testament appearances of God in human form: It is not God (Spirit) the Father, but rather God the Son who physically appeared to Abraham, to Jacob, to Moses and the elders. And later to Joshua, Gideon, Daniel, Zechariah, and others. Then to arrive for the final time in human form as Jesus of Nazareth. But this final appearance was different, as Christ lived among us for some thirty-three years. It was much more than just a brief (here now and then gone) but nevertheless significant epiphany for specific reasons as recorded in the Old Testament. With the providential purpose to demonstrate that God would appear in human flesh once and for all.

This would be accomplished exclusively by David’s Lord, the Royal Son of God … the Messiah who is both David’s Lord and his corporal descendant through the tribe of Judah!

Things to Ponder

The wonderful words of God’s angel have reverberated through the entire world for two millennia: “…I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” (Luke 2:10-11).

Said another angel to Joseph: “…do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit. And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus (Yeshua), for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:20-21).

“All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet: ‘Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God is with us’” (Matthew 1:22-23, quoting Isaiah 7:14).

To the Jewish and Gentile believers in the city of Colosse, the Apostle Paul writes:

“…May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. Christ is the visible image of the invisible God…” (Colossians 1:11-15).

Said Jesus to the people: “…Everyone who listens to the Father and learns from him comes to me. (Not that anyone has ever seen the Father; only I, who was sent from God, have seen him)” (John 6:45-46).

One of Messiah’s disciples, Philip, said to him: “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be satisfied. Jesus replied, ‘Have I been with you all this time, Philip, and yet you still don’t know who I am? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father!’” (John 14:8-9, italics for emphasis).

A few days later, after Jesus had arisen from the dead, the so-called doubting disciple, Thomas, would express what all the disciples beyond any doubt knew to be true. When Thomas saw the risen Messiah and the still visible wounds in his hands, feet, and side, he exclaimed:

“My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28).

Does God Really Have a Son? … Part I



In The Beginning

I can’t imagine being blind, can you? Or deaf, but if I had to be one or the other and could choose, I would not choose blindness. I am immensely grateful for my eyesight and seriously sensitive, as I’m sure you are, to those who have lost their sight. I hold great respect for those who have adjusted to this difficult disability through the tedious process of learning braille, and trained themselves to do all the things that those of us who can see take for granted in our everyday lives.

As much as we empathize with those who cannot see, we wouldn’t want someone who is blind leading another blind person through one of the busy intersections of Mesa, Arizona, my home city. It just isn’t a safe thing to do. And certainly not one blind person leading another who is blind along (for example) a majestic but unguarded edge of the Grand Canyon, also in Arizona.

Yet, spiritual blindness is ultimately far more dangerous than physical, because it literally is a matter of everlasting life or death. According to the Bible our eternal destiny is determined by our response to God’s offer of salvation. Even more specifically to the living Word of God, Messiah Jesus, who Scripture says has brought the Light of God’s salvation to the entire world.

The Jewish Apostle John began his Gospel with this incredible introduction of Jesus, whom hundreds of millions down through the ages have believed and received as God’s prophesied Messiah Savior to both Jew and Gentile. Listen to these remarkable words of truth:

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it” (John 1:1-5, NASB).


Despite miracle after miracle and despite profound words of wisdom through parables and plain teachings, the Jewish religious leaders refused to believe that Jesus was the Messiah and certainly not the Son of God. Even in the face of substantial Biblical evidence, the very idea that God has a Son is still heretical to Judaism. In spite of actual proof in their own Scriptures (Old Testament) of the eternal existence of Messiah, they simply could not and would not see who Messiah really was/is.

Time after time the Pharisees and Sadducees tried to trap Jesus into saying or doing something contrary to the Law of Moses, including dozens of pious laws that they had added to the Torah.

On one of these occasions, “Jesus replied, ‘And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God’” (Matthew 15:3). He then goes on to use a specific example of how the religious leaders desecrated the commandment to honor father and mother.

Jesus then said to them: “You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you, for he wrote, ‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God’” (Matthew 15:7-9).

Later, Jesus’s disciples said to him: “Do you realize you offended the Pharisees by what you just said?” (Verse 12).

Jesus replied, “…They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch” (Verse 14).

Undoubtedly, some of these ditches are as big as the Grand Canyon! Or, perhaps, to coin a phrase: The blinder they are, the deeper they fall.

USA Grand Canyon South Rim

Israel’s Partial Blindness

Some twenty years later after Jesus arose from the dead and returned to heaven, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Rome about this blindness. He states: “…Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of the Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved….” (Romans 11:25).

I quoted this verse in last week’s article, but the textual emphasis in today’s article is that of blindness (to the truth of God’s salvation). Whether the word is hardness of heart (hard heart) or blindness as found in the King James Version, the meaning is the same … a spiritual blindness or a calloused heart caused by repeated rejection of Jesus, the author and mediator of the New Covenant foretold by Jeremiah.

Paul goes on to say: “Many of the people of Israel are now enemies of the Good News, and this benefits you Gentiles. Yet they are still the people he loves because he chose their ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn. Once, you Gentiles were rebels against God, but when the people of Israel rebelled against him, God was merciful to you instead. Now they are the rebels, and God’s mercy has come to you so that they, too, will share in God’s mercy” (Romans 11:28-31).

Although I certainly don’t have anything close to the full measure of compassionate love that Messiah Jesus, the Apostles Paul or Peter or John, and I’m sure many others have for their Jewish brethren; anyone who has read just a few of my Eye of Prophecy articles will clearly see my passion for Israel and the Jewish people. This enthusiasm includes an ardent anticipation of the physical return of the Jews to the Promised Land and for their spiritual restoration, both of which have begun in the 20th and 21st centuries. But as the Apostle Paul observed in the first century, so it still is today: Many of the people of Israel are enemies of the Good News

With the exception of Messianic Jews the world over, what is it that the vast majority of Jews cannot or will not see, hear, and believe? What is the primary cause of their spiritual blindness that the Old Testament prophets predicted would befall them? Why do they dismiss out of hand the claims of Jesus Christ to be the only way to God, which he validated with his miraculous resurrection from the grave?

As written by several authors, including me, the obvious reason offered by the Jews, themselves, relates to their rejection of Christianity as the perceived illegitimate child of Judaism BECAUSE some persecution of the Jews in the last 2,000 years has been at the hands of (so-called) Christians. If they are referring to the Roman Catholic Church and some true believers who have wrongfully supported the deceitfully erroneous concept of Replacement Theology (the Church has symbolically or spiritually replaced Israel), they are fairly accurate in this association.

However, if they consider Hitler and his Third Reich as being Christian in principle or practice, they have mistakenly lumped this evil regime with true Christian believers. Nor, for that matter, was Germany anything resembling a (so-called) Christian nation. The Third Reich deliberately distorted Christianity to, in part, provide a warped rationalization for genocide. It was and will forever remain the most diabolical Big Lie about what true believers in Jesus Christ are and represent. So, when you combine Fascist Nazi Germany with Russian Communism (or even the Russian Orthodox Church which was also a cultic deviation of the true Church), and the Roman Empire’s (which hated Christians as much or more than the Jews) devastation of Israel leading to the Great Diaspora, what you get is a Satanic effort to eliminate the Jews through various cults and godless nations that were anything but true Christianity.

Nonetheless, there are several prominent Rabbis in Israel and throughout the world who recognize the genuine concern and care that (particularly) evangelical Christians bear for Israel and the Jews, including me. So much so that a well-known Israeli Rabbi, Yechiel Eckstein, founded an organization that has grown significantly in the past couple of decades, called The International Federation of Christians and Jews. Whereas, Rabbi Eckstein appreciates the cooperation and contributions made by so many Christian supporters of Israel, he stops far short of acknowledging Jesus as the Jewish Messiah. Which is representative of Israel’s partial blindness.


Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein

Notwithstanding the misguided animosity that many Jews display toward Christianity, there is a deeper, more spiritual, and even theological motive for them to reject the New Covenant as recorded and presented in the New Testament.

Most Jews, whether Orthodox, Conservative, Reformed, or even Liberal, believe in a Jewish Messiah who will one day (soon) bring redemption to Israel, rescue them from their enemies, and usher in an era of everlasting peace. But few Jews (again, with the exception of Messianic Jews) believe that their Messiah is Divine. Certainly not the Son of God as claimed by Jesus Christ and millions upon millions of people who have received him as their personal Savior … including tens of thousands of Jews.

The biggest objection to Jewish belief in Yeshua (Jesus) as Israel’s Messiah Savior is that he cannot possibly be the Son of God. Why? Because the religious leaders of Judaism contend that God does not have a Son, nor can he possibly be a Triune God as The New Testament Scripture so clearly teaches … One God as God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. According to most Rabbis and observant Jews, whoever Messiah will be and whatever attributes he will possess, he will not be deity, as only God is Divine.

Several Bible Scholars, including me, have frequently pointed to the historical evidence of the birth, life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ specifically fulfilling dozens of Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah. First to arrive as the Lamb of God Redeemer in the first century and establish the Kingdom of Heaven in the hearts of men and woman the world over; then to return as King of kings any day now to usher in the Everlasting Kingdom of God on the earth.

In this article, however, we will examine Biblical evidence to affirm that God does have a Son and that the Son is co-existent with and equal to God, the Father. Moreover, that this Son of God is, indeed, The Messiah. Although there are more (chiefly, Isaiah Chapter 53), we will look at just three Old Testament passages that provide credible (actually incredible because of the remarkable revelatory disclosure) confirmation of this truth. Sadly Jews, especially the Orthodox have missed this or deliberately suppressed or twisted the evidence of their own Scriptures.

Psalm 2

Nearly all Bible teachers, whether Jewish Rabbis or Christian scholars, recognize this Psalm of David as one of the Messianic prophecies. This becomes especially evident in the second verse: “The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one” (italics for emphasis). The word anointed means divinely chosen or appointed.

Then the passage states, “For the Lord declares: ‘I have placed my chosen king on the throne in Jerusalem, on my holy mountain’” (Psalm 2:6). The chosen king is the Messiah and the context pertains to the end-times reign of God’s Messiah.

Listen to the astonishing response of the King (Messiah) as he refers to The Lord—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (God of the Bible). The King speaks:

“I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord. He (the Lord) said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, and the very ends of the earth as Your possession’” (Psalms 2:7-8, NASB).

The first Me is the King; the second Me is the Lord (God) … the King’s Father.

In this and other similar passages, most Jewish rabbis or scholars contend that the personal pronouns that clearly refer to the Son (King) apply to the nation of Israel. In this fashion, the attempt is made to explain away the notion that God is speaking to his Son or the Son to his Father, God. Whereas there are a handful of passages in which Israel is referred to as a son or daughter and occasionally personal pronouns he, him, she, and her are utilized, the contextual setting of those passages clearly show that God is speaking to or about Israel as a nation.

Not so in this text and other passages in which the antecedents and grammatical syntax of the passage plainly are NOT referencing Israel. Although God sometimes refers to Israel as he or she, Scripture does not use the personal pronouns I or me for Israel, as though the nation Israel was speaking in the first or second person. Furthermore, the Anointed One is referred to as the Lord’s King (My King). Israel once had many kings, but Israel itself was not nor will ever be God’s King. In fact, that makes no sense at all.

The King announces that “He” (The Lord God) has made (declared) the King, God’s Son. In this passage the word or concept Begotten linguistically, intrinsically, and contextually means a coronation or divine selection. An analogy would be the birthright of a Jew’s oldest (in this case only) son.

As expressed in the New Living Translation from which I normally quote, “The Lord said to me (the King), ‘You are my son. Today I have become your Father’” (Verse 7).

1-The Holy Name of Jesus

Then later in Verse Twelve of the NASB: “Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”

Time/space does not permit in-depth elaboration, but there’s simply no way that the personal pronouns in verse twelve or any other verses in this chapter apply to Israel as a nation. The text and context refer to God’s Son, who is the King; hence the Messiah.

Psalm 110

In this equally famous passage, King David is unmistakably speaking about two Lords, with the clear connotation that they are equally divine; as is the correlative fact that the second Lord in this passage is one and the same as the Son of Psalm Chapter 2. Read the words of King David with me:

“The Lord says to my Lord: ‘Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet” (Psalm 110:1, NASB).

Who is my Lord? To whom is David referring … who is David’s Lord?

Frequently King David speaks of the Lord, his God. Meaning the one true and living God of Israel. But here David proclaims that the Lord God is talking to another Lord, who is (also) David’s Lord. We know this second Lord is the Messiah because of what the rest of the chapter tells us concerning Messiah’s rule and role as the Scepter of Zion and the judge among the nations. But the crucial component of this magnificent passage is that the Messiah is (also) David’s Lord (my Lord) who is inherently equal to The Lord (God); but with a different role or position or expression of that deity.

Read it again: The Lord says to my Lord: Sit at My right hand…”

Did you know that Jesus often quoted or referred to the Hebrew Bible, what Christians classify as the Old Testament? Messiah Jesus cited the passage we just read when he asked the Jewish religious leaders a question. Prior to that some Sadducees had once again tried to trap Jesus with what they thought were questions too difficult for him to answer, as found in Luke Chapter 22. Time/space in this article doesn’t permit a lengthy description of the Jewish religious leader’s question or challenge to Jesus or his answer. You may want to read it for yourself in Luke 20:27-38. But listen to the reaction of the religious leaders to Yeshua’s reply:

“Well said, Teacher!” remarked some of the teachers of religious law who were standing there. And then no one dared to ask him any more questions” (Luke 20:39-40, italics for emphasis).

The religious teachers had their chance to entrap Jesus and failed once again. Now it’s the Lord’s turn, and he challenges them with an inquiry about the identity of the Messiah. In the very next verse we read:

“Then Jesus presented them with a question. ‘Why is it,’ he asked, ‘that the Messiah is said to be the son of David? For David himself wrote in the book of Psalms: The Lord said to my Lord, Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet. Since David called the Messiah, Lord, how can the Messiah be his son?’” (Luke 20:41-44).

Scripture doesn’t record their answer. With the unmistakable inference that they had no answer, because they could not answer this profound question! Why couldn’t or wouldn’t they answer the question?

(1) Despite what their own Scriptures said, they refused to believe that there was anyone else the Lord God (The God of Israel) would call “Lord,” other than himself. (2) For that reason Messiah’s arrival through David’s lineage would be a natural birth only, as the idea of Messiah being God’s Son (therefore, existing before David) was simply incomprehensible to them … again, despite the irrefutable evidence of God’s Word. Which is why Judaism cannot accept and still denies the supernatural Virgin birth of Messiah Jesus.

Psalm 110 fits perfectly with Psalm 2, but also with other passages such as:

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past” (Micah 5:2).

This verse specifically predicts the geographical place of Messiah’s origin, but much more than that. It tells the Jews and the whole world that Messiah is from the distant (timeless) past, with the convincing connotation that Messiah is Divine … God, himself, in human form.

And, where was Christ Jesus born? Easy answer: Bethlehem. In fact there were two villages called Bethlehem at the time of Yeshua’s birth. Scripture is so amazingly accurate in its prophecies that the smaller of the two villages was identified … Bethlehem Ephrathah!


What ancient origin and how distant is his past? Well, let’s take a look!

Genesis Chapter 1

Read with me one of the most powerful but provocative (primarily to Judaism) passages in all of Scripture:

“Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ (Genesis 1:26, NASB, italics for emphasis). Not once, not twice, but three times God refers to himself in the plural; no less in the very first book of the Bible. Jewish and Gentile Christians alike often refer to this incredible creation account to further affirm the New Testament references to Messiah Jesus and the Holy Spirit as part of the Triune God … The Godhead. That all Three in One were active in creation of man in their image.

Us, our, or ourselves of Genesis 1 are patently plural.

Jewish scholars attempt to refute this obvious fact by saying that the plural (we, us) was sometimes employed by kings or other royalty to denote majesty. Whereas that is true with regard to some historical records, it is rarely true of Scripture. Almost always the kings of Israel spoke in the first person, as does God, himself. It would take considerable research (of which time doesn’t permit for this article) to determine how many times, if any, that the Lord uses We or Us when speaking to his prophets, but I can safely summarize that at least ninety-nine percent of the time, the singular pronoun is utilized.

Except that is, for the very first chapter in Scripture that provides the monumentally significant fact that God is our Creator. Up front, the Lord wants us to understand that He is the one and only God, but that He is also a Triune God. Don’t ask me or any Bible scholar to adequately explain that. It is simply too much for the human mind to grasp. But since when does human intellect alone fully explain even half of the mysteries of the universe, let alone the inscrutable concept of a Triune God. We haven’t even yet figured out gravity. We know that it exists only because it must exist to explain why heavenly bodies stay where they are and why we don’t go spinning off into space. We know gravity exists only because if what it does. We have no clue where it came from, any more than we know where wind originates.

There are analogies like the sun: God the Father is the sun itself; God the Son is the light of the sun; God the Spirit is the rays of the sun. Or the three forms of water … liquid, solid, and gas. But they are inadequate metaphors. I think the closest we can come to at least a limited understanding of this otherwise unfathomable paradigm is ourselves: The body, soul, and spirit … indivisible yet separate facets of (a human) being.

In fact, when God refers to his plurality in the Genesis account of creation, he relates to the creation of man in God’s image.

I’m sorry, but it is an extremely weak argument to suggest that the plurality of God in the Genesis account is merely a way of God underscoring his majesty. In fact, the Lord doesn’t need to stress his majesty at all, as it’s all too apparent by the very fact that he is the Creator.

If that were the case, why didn’t the Lord refer to himself in the plural when he gave the Law to Moses at Mt. Sinai, or on other tremendously important events throughout the Old Testament, such as the parting of the Red Sea? Moreover, I believe there is an absolutely obvious reason why the Lord rarely (if ever) refers to himself in the plural following the Genesis account. Once God disclosed the profound truth that he is God (the one and only God) who created the universe and all living things including triune man/woman, there was no need to continue the plurality when referring to himself.

Although Moses, who wrote the Torah (first five books of Scripture) didn’t wholly understand the plurality of God’s existence because the Divinity of Messiah wouldn’t be revealed until later, it was or should have been understood that the Lord’s very essence consisted of the awesome Three in One God, who created man in that same plural image.

Actually, the first reference to Messiah is also found early in the book of Genesis: “And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

Anyone who has even limited knowledge of the Bible will recognize that famous passage. It is God (the Father) passing judgment on the serpent (Satan) for deceiving the woman, who in the context of this event was a representation of (later to come) Israel. The “He” is none other than Messiah who would come from/through Israel (offspring), and who would be wounded by Satan (Jesus death on the Cross), but would then strike a fatal blow to Satan … conquering death itself.

Not until we get to the New Testament and the birth, life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, do we find several references to the Triune Godhead, although the word Trinity is not actually used. And there is certainly no ambiguity whatsoever: God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are intrinsically and irrefutably declared to be One God in Three (Divine) Persons.


“Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. He existed before anything else (he is from the distant past, Micah 5:2), and he holds all creation together” (Colossians 1:15-17).

And, “For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross” (Verses 19-20).


The Triune Personage of Almighty God is not three separate gods. He is One God in Three Persons. This plurality is plainly present in God’s first introduction of himself in Genesis.

Nearly all Jews who know anything at all about their heritage and chosen place in God’s created universe agree that Messiah comes from King David’s lineage of the tribe of Judah. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, it was none other than King David, himself, who spoke of Messiah—God’s Royal Son—as David’s Lord!

In the very first book of the New Testament, the Jewish Apostle Matthew provides a meticulous, but amazing genealogy of Jesus of Nazareth … descending from King David. From there, the remainder of the New Testament (Covenant) gives us convincing historical records that Jesus, himself, claimed to be this Messiah—Son of God, Son of David, Son of Man. Fully God and fully man. Furthermore, he validated these claims with many marvelous miracles, teachings that astounded even the most educated and religious Jewish leaders, and most of all his spectacular resurrection from the dead.

Stay tuned to next week’s Part II article as we present more stunning evidence from the Old Testament of specific appearances of God in human form. But since the Bible is crystal clear that no man can look at/on God (the Father) and live, the only logical and rationale explanation is that these Epiphany appearances were none other than God’s beloved Pre-Incarnate Son, Yeshua.

Things to Ponder

Indeed, blindness is a tragically sorrowful condition of the human race. Physical deprivation of sight and spiritual absence of light in the world are conditions of fallen humanity. Whether physical diseases and disabilities or whether the spiritual disease of sin that leads to death, there is really no hope for mankind apart from God’s redemptive remedy. God created us to have fellowship with him, to live in a perfect paradise of light and peace.

He gave us free will to choose him, his plan, and his ways and continue forever in that perfectly created condition. But we chose to go our own way by abandoning his plan for eternal happiness and rejecting his truth that would otherwise keep us safe and secure from sin and its horrible consequences … to allow the evil already introduced by Satan to infiltrate our minds and hearts.

We made God in our image….

The horrific result: Darkness.

Jesus is Light.

The Jewish Pharisees absurdly accused Jesus of being a sinner because on the Sabbath he healed a man born blind! This awesome miracle begs the question: Who was really blind?

This humble, common man born blind profoundly replied to the Pharisees: “I don’t know whether he is a sinner … But I know this: I was blind, and now I can see!” (John 9:25).

Then the Pharisees cursed the man and said, “You are his disciple, but we are disciples of Moses! We know God spoke to Moses, but we don’t even know where this man comes from” (Verse 28-29).

The man replied: “Why, that’s very strange! He healed my eyes, and yet you don’t know where he comes from? …Ever since the world began, no one has been able to open the eyes of someone born blind. If this man were not from God, he couldn’t have done it” (Verses 30-33).


Concerning the inherent spiritually blind condition of all people, including all religious leaders, Jesus said:

“My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going. Put your trust in the light while there is still time; then you will become children of the light…” (John 12:35-36).

The Rest of the Story … Bibi’s Speech to the United Nations

The Rest of the Story … Bibi’s Speech to the United Nations

Good, bad, or indifferent, my age makes me a Baby Boomer. One characteristic of the Boomer generation and even more so our parent’s generation is that sometimes we wish for the good old days! (Minus the Great Depression and World War II, which was before my time!) Not that they were all that good, but they were certainly different in one respect than today’s world: More often than not we were given or took the initiative to get as many facts, as much evidence as we could to determine if a news headline or a caption was true. It seems that today’s Facebook, Twitter, Hashtag generation wants only rapid-fire headlines to tell them the complete story.

Something like: I don’t have time for, so don’t bother me with all the facts; this is all I need to know.

I realize that this is an over-simplified generalization; nevertheless, it is generally true. Plus, it is not meant to be a criticism of today’s generation (my kids and grandkids are part of this generation!). Rather, it is intended to be a matter-of-fact observation with a touch of warning mixed in. A caution that experientially stems from those in a past global generation who fell for the Big Lie of Hitler and his Third Reich.

An American icon named Paul Harvey apparently recognized this post-modern disconcerting trend to skim over details, to accept at face value what one read or heard without concern for all of the facts. Though he was first and foremost a journalistic artist—with his broadcasting program geared to both drama and humor—he was also an ardent student of history. It hasn’t been all that long since he passed away (February, 2009); thus, many of us remember his famous radio program that aired Monday through Friday for some three decades: The Rest of the Story. For a short time thereafter, Paul Harvey’s son, then former Arkansas Governor and current Republican Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee replaced Paul Harvey.

The gist of his radio show was to take a (headline) story of the past and provide us with little known or forgotten facts of an event or person. But sometimes the completed report would clarify or correct misperceptions and even outright discrepancies of what actually happened. After dramatically filling in some of these blanks, he would end the program with, “And now you know the rest of the story.”


Two weeks ago, the Eye of Prophecy article, Tell a Big Lie Long Enough, included excerpts from and commentary on the speech of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations. You may want to read that article to realize just how much historical and contemporary distortion of the Israeli, Palestinian conflict was being foisted on the entire world.

A misrepresentation so glaring that there’s no other way to classify it except as a Big Lie.

Since that article and last week’s companion article, several more Israelis have been killed or wounded by Palestinian lone wolf attacks with an unmistakable connection to President Abbas’s incitement of his people.

Moreover, to demonstrate just how much our United States leaders don’t want to be bothered with the actual facts, Secretary of State John Kerry attributed the attacks to ongoing Jewish settlements (implying unlawful construction) in East Jerusalem or the West Bank. On the spur of the moment he simply regurgitated old headline lies repeated by Abbas to the UN … that Israel has been guilty of occupation (settlements) and aggression.

Secretary Kerry made absolutely no reference to the obvious reason confirmed by the known facts, i.e. that the attacks are retaliation to Israel’s alleged decision to change the visitation status (Status Quo) of Temple Mount for both Jews and Arabs. No such thing was planned or has been carried out. But this is exactly what Mahmoud Abbas told the United Nations and what the Palestinians needed or wanted to hear. Which led directly to the current murderous rampage against innocent Israelis. Does our Presidential Staff really believe Mahmoud Abbas’ Big Lie? Do they bother with the facts? Do they care about the truth?

John Kerry tried to backtrack on his assertion about settlements, but not by correcting his misstatement of the facts and cause of the riots. Instead he said, “There is no justification for violence against Israelis.” At least he got that part right.

Then State Department spokesperson John Kirby turned right around and accused Israel of violating the status quo on the Temple Mount—which as we already know is a flat-out lie.

But the good news is that the very next day (10-1-15) after Abbas’s inflammatory speech to the UN, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Bibi as he is fondly known) was permitted to present, The Rest of the Story.

As with Abbas’s speech, time/space doesn’t permit but a few excerpts from and commentary on Netanyahu’s message, but it’s important to realize that the facts contained in this rebuttal are just that, facts. Evidence that can be fully documented through any objective reference source one cares to examine. Which is the first definition or characteristic of truth—that of factual (truthful) accuracy—as presented in last week’s Eye of Prophecy article, The Whole Truth.

With the second vital component of Truth: that of an objective, exclusive (divine) source and standard so clearly contained in the Bible. Backed up with hundreds of fulfilled prophecies and with miracles that only the one true and living God can do.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s Address to the United Nations

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech is essentially in two parts. With the first and longer portion a solemn reminder of Iran’s hostility toward Israel and the United States and the P5 + 1 infamous nuclear deal with this deceitful, militant, rogue nation. For what I think are some insightful Eye of Prophecy articles on this subject, please refer to the following articles in particular: Let’s Make a Deal, posted 12-14-13. Divine Consequences of Iran’s Arrogance, Part I & II, posted 5-23-15 & 5-30-15. A Deal That Will Live in Infamy, published 8-1-15.

With the second part geared toward the Palestinians, including the lies being told by their leaders. But also to challenge the United Nations itself and its inexplicable animosity toward Israel. In fact, the speech commences with some chastisement of the UN.

The Speech Begins:

“Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you greetings from Jerusalem. The city in which the Jewish People’s hopes and prayers for peace for all of humanity have echoed throughout the ages.

“Thirty-one years ago, as Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, I stood at this podium for the first time. I spoke that day against a resolution by Iran to expel Israel from the United Nations. Then as now, the UN was obsessively hostile towards Israel, the one true democracy in the Middle East. Then as now, some sought to deny the one and only Jewish state a place among the nations. I ended that first speech by saying: ‘Gentlemen, check your fanaticism at the door.’

“More than three decades later, as the Prime Minister of Israel, I am again privileged to speak from this podium. And, for me, that privilege has always come with a moral responsibility to speak the truth. So after three days of listening to world leaders praise the nuclear deal with Iran, I begin my speech today by saying, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen, check your enthusiasm at the door.’

“You see, this deal doesn’t make peace more likely. By fueling Iran’s aggressions with billions of dollars in sanctions relief, it makes war more likely. Just look at what Iran has done in the last six months alone, since the framework agreement was announced in Lausanne…”


Netanyahu proceeds to identify over ten specific actions conducted by Iran during this time-frame, such as setting up new terror cells in several countries and shipping missiles to Iran’s proxy Hezbollah in Lebanon, which borders northern Israel, as well as drones to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

He then summarizes this part of the message by saying, “In the wake of the nuclear deal, Iran is spending billions of dollars on weapons and satellites. You think Iran is doing that to advance peace? You think hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief and fat contracts will turn this rapacious tiger into a kitten? If so, you should think again … You know they say, actions speak louder than words. But in Iran’s case, the words speak as loud as the actions…”

He then cites a couple of quotes from Iranian leaders including Ayatollah Khamenei.

Although my previous two articles focused on the Palestinian, Israeli conflict, not Iran, the essence of those articles matched Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion, i.e. that actions speak loud, but so do words, especially lies. If actions speak louder, it’s only in hindsight … after the fact. Lies told ahead of time can disarm, mislead, and desensitize us to the facts of what can and usually does happen if we blindly believe what we are told or think is happening without finding out what really has occurred and why it is taking place.

His Speech Concerning Iran Continues:

“I’ve said that if Iran wants to be treated like a normal country, let it act like a normal country. But this deal … will treat Iran like a normal country even if it remains a dark theocracy that conquers its neighbors, sponsors terrorism worldwide and chants, ‘Death to Israel, Death to America.’

“So here’s a general rule that I’ve learned and you must have learned in your life time—When bad behavior is rewarded, it only gets worse … I have long said that the greatest danger facing our world is the coupling of militant Islam with nuclear weapons.”


I and many others who care about these things continue to be perplexed and perturbed at the precarious view held by most leaders of many Western Nations including the United States.

Which is: The apocalyptic actions and words of Iran are only bluff. That their bark is bigger than their bite. That they wouldn’t dare follow through on their stated intentions. The end result is that we still don’t take them seriously. Or, at the very minimum, we think we can entice them through negotiation and appeasement to act and react like a normal civilized nation. But this is exactly what happened just before it was too late to prevent World War II. What makes the United States and its allies think that Iran doesn’t mean business? By the time Iran is nuclear armed, it will be too late.

A Dramatic Pivotal Point in Netanyahu’s Message:

“Last month, Khamenei once again made his genocidal intentions clear before Iran’s top clerical body, the Assembly of Experts. He spoke about Israel, home to over six million Jews. He pledged, ‘there will be no Israel in 25 years.’ Seventy years after the murder of six million Jews, Iran’s rulers promise to destroy my country. Murder my people. And the response from this body, the response from nearly every one of the governments represented here has been absolutely nothing!

“Utter silence. Deafening silence.”

(At this point Benjamin Netanyahu remained silent for a little over 40 seconds to let what he had said soak in. Some have already dubbed his message, The Silent Speech. Although I have read the entire speech, I haven’t watched all of it; however, I did watch a few minutes of it including this powerful pregnant pause. It was electrifying).


After a few more words, he said: “But throughout our history, the Jewish people have learned the heavy price of silence. And as the Prime Minister of the Jewish State, as someone who knows that history, I refuse to be silent. I’ll say it again: The days when the Jewish people remained passive in the face of genocidal enemies—those days are over. Not being passive means speaking up about those dangers. We have. We are. We will. Not being passive also means defending ourselves against those dangers. We have. We are. And we will.”


He then goes on to explain the brutal treatment of the Jews by Babylon, Rome, the Inquisitions, the Pogroms, and most of all the Holocaust. Followed by another potent and penetrating observation that echoes loudly hundreds of Old Testament prophecies concerning the end time’s rebirth of Israel as a nation and restoration of the Jews as a people (Which I’ve also written about in many Eye of Prophecy articles and in two books).

Said Netanyahu: “Yet the empires of Babylon and Rome are not represented in this hall of nations. Neither is the Thousand Year Reich. Those seemingly invincible empires are long gone. But Israel lives. The people of Israel live.”

Later in his speech, Netanyahu boldly declares: “So here’s my message to the rulers of Iran: Your plan to destroy Israel will fail. Israel will not permit any force on earth to threaten its future….”

Good for you Benjamin! The true and living God of the Bible said that would happen: Peoples and empires who sought Israel’s destruction would themselves be destroyed. Yet, Israel and her people would return and remain forever. That is happening before our eyes in this generation.

Netanyahu’s words were not boastful. Instead, as a man and Prime Minister who studies Scripture, he is fully aware that the promises to protect and preserve Israel since her rebirth as a nation come directly from Almighty God—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Those are guarantees that will be kept because Scripture says that God never lies. That he is the Eternal Omnipotent God of truth and certainty. And that his Messiah IS TRUTH.

The Message Switches to the Palestinians

After discussing the strategically all-important alliance between Israel and the United States (with exception of disagreement over the Iran nuclear deal) and Israel’s amazing contributions to the world including innovations and advancements in agriculture, science, computer technology, medicine, and chemistry, the Prime Minister’s speech shifts to the Palestinians.

“Israel remains committed to achieving peace with the Palestinians as well. Israelis know the price of war. I know the price of war. I was nearly killed in battle. I lost many friends. I lost my beloved brother Yoni … I am prepared to immediately, immediately (he repeats for emphasis) resume direct peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority, without any preconditions whatsoever. Unfortunately, President Abbas said yesterday that he is not prepared to do this. Well, I hope he changes his mind.”

Netanyahu continues: “… I remain committed to a vision of two states for two peoples, in which a demilitarized Palestinian state recognizes the Jewish state. You know, the peace process began over two decades ago (he was referring to the Oslo Accord of 1993). Yet despite the best efforts of six Israeli prime ministers—Rabin, Peres, Barak, Sharon, Olmert, and myself—the Palestinians have consistently refused to end the conflict and make a final peace with Israel. And, unfortunately, you heard that rejectionism again only yesterday from President Abbas. How can Israel make peace with a Palestinian partner who refuses to even sit at the negotiating table?”


My article of two weeks ago only alluded to, but did not elaborate on Abbas’s implied appeal that the United Nations make a resolution to unilaterally (without any input from Israel whatsoever) approve a Palestinian State. One, I might add, that is militarized; a state that will only result in a civil war between the Palestinian Authority and Hamas as they vie for authority; and/or a state that will eventually become a proxy to Iran. In other words, a Palestinian State that will become a perfectly unwanted replica of Syria.

The Address Continues:

“The Palestinians should not walk away from peace … if we actually sit down and try to resolve this conflict between us, recognize each other, not use a Palestinian state as a stepping stone for another Islamist dictatorship in the Middle East, but something that will live at peace next to the Jewish State, if we actually do that, we can do remarkable things for our peoples.”

Again, Netanyahu directs his remarks to the United Nations Assembly by saying, “The UN won’t help peace … by trying to impose solutions or by encouraging Palestinian rejectionism, and the UN, distinguished delegates, should do one more thing. The UN should finally rid itself of the obsessive bashing of Israel.”


UN Ambassadors before a Security Council Vote on Sanctions

He then uses the same example I used in the Eye of Prophecy article Tell a Big Lie Long Enough (which was written before I read Netanyahu’s address to the UN), i.e. the totally disproportional number of unjustified UN sanctions against Israel compared to the one sanction against Syria.

He continues:

“Talk about injustice. Talk about disproportionality … Well, frankly I am not surprised. To borrow a line from Yogi Berra, the late, great baseball player and part-time philosopher: When it comes to the annual bashing of Israel at the UN it’s, ‘déjà vu all over again.’

“President Abbas, here’s a good place to begin: Stop spreading lies about Israel’s alleged intentions on the Temple Mount. Israel is fully committed to maintaining the status quo there. What President Abbas should be speaking out against are the actions of militant Islamists who are smuggling explosives into the Al-Aqsa mosque and who are trying to prevent Jews and Christians from visiting the holy sites.

“…Far from endangering the holy sites, it is Israel that ensures their safety. Because unlike the powers who have ruled Jerusalem in the past, Israel respects the holy sites and freedom of all—Jews, Muslims, Christians, everyone. And that, ladies and gentlemen, will never change. Because Israel will always stay true to its values … This is the true face of Israel. These are the values of Israel.

*Note: See the Eye of Prophecy article, The Heart and Soul of Israel, posted 1-4-14.

Prime Minister Netanyahu concludes his speech with this straightforward probing challenge:

“So here’s a novel idea for the United Nations: Instead of continuing the shameful routine of bashing Israel, stand with Israel. Stand with Israel as we check the fanaticism at our door. Stand with Israel as we prevent that fanaticism from reaching our door. Ladies and Gentlemen, Stand with Israel because Israel is not just defending itself. More than ever, Israel is defending you.”

More Truth

“Why are the nations so angry? Why do they waste their time with futile plans? The kings of the earth prepare for battle; the rulers plot together against the Lord and against his anointed one. ‘Let us break their chains,’ they cry, ‘and free ourselves from slavery to God’” (Psalms 2:1-3).

It’s inexplicably bewildering how so many people throughout the ages, including today’s cynical, me-generation, have believed the original Big Lie that comes from Satan, himself. The Lie believed by Adam and Eve.

Which is: Freedom or liberty or the pursuit of bliss (which is mostly personal pleasure and self-indulgence) is possible only when they break the restraints that they perceive God has placed on them. That God’s divine laws and standards deprive them of self-realization or self-fulfillment or so-called deeper knowledge of mystical things, which is nothing more than a desire to become their own god; thereby, creating and maintaining their own criteria for right and wrong, good and evil.

In short, to say: “No thanks, God; I’ll go my own way and do my own thing.” Or, “I’ll create my own religion or belief system and, if I do just enough good or get lucky, maybe you’ll accept me.”

In fact, it’s just the opposite. Listen to the words of Jesus concerning real truth and actual freedom when he speaks of the transforming reality of Biblical salvation, which includes so many wonderful benefits such as forgiveness, redemption, and everlasting life. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). People the world over know these words. Few know who said them … or what truth Jesus is talking about.

Then a few verses later Messiah explains what it is that actually enslaves the human race. “…I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever (referring to sons and daughters in the family of God). So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free” (Verses 34-36).


It’s not so hard to figure out that global grief and turmoil is caused by oppression, ethnic and national disputes, deprivation, wars, crime, injustice … just to name a few of the world’s ills. There’s a whole dirty laundry load of reasons: Pride, greed, lust, hatred, lying, sexual immorality, sorceries, jealousy, and pursuit of pleasure no matter the cost. On and on we could go. These are the things that take away true mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual freedom.

Christ is telling us that doing anything and everything we please results in slavery, physically and spiritually. That is the truth of it. The only TRUTH that will set us free from the devastating consequences of slavery to sin is the liberating truth of God’s salvation.

King David knew of the coming Messiah as he wrote about God’s Royal Son in the passage cited above from Psalm Chapter 2; although he wasn’t privy to all of the details or sequence of events of Messiah’s arrival, some one thousand years later.

And David knew all about truth, as he writes about it frequently.

For example: “Declare me innocent, O Lord, for I have acted with integrity; I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. Put me on trial, Lord, and cross-examine me. Test my motives and my heart. For I am always aware of your unfailing love, and I have lived according to your truth” (Psalms 26:1-3)

He knew that real truth is God’s Truth.

Like all of us, David had sinned; but he knew the truth of redemption, long before his Redeemer came to the earth to retroactively purchase David’s salvation (proactively for all those who would choose Christ in the future). Thus, he was willing to be put on trial and cross-examined by God. Because he knew that if he trusted in and responded to God’s love and forgiveness, God’s promise of reconciliation and restoration was: The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The Truth Rejected

Referring to Messiah Yeshua, (Christ Jesus) the Apostle John writes: “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:10-13).

No, the Jews haven’t rejected God’s specific plan for them to possess the Promised Land of Israel forever (Abrahamic Covenant). Rather, most of them to this day have disbelieved the truth of God’s universal plan that salvation and eternal life would come through the New Covenant. The Covenant of Grace through God’s gift of his Son, Messiah Jesus to the whole world, Jew and Gentile alike.

But God knew this would happen and, just like with Joseph and his brothers, God made something wonderfully good (permanent redemption) come out of this horrible injustice … the crucifixion of Messiah. The just for the unjust.

As a result thousands of Jews in the first century believed and received Jesus as their Messiah, including the most devout of them all—a Pharisee who had staunchly defended the Law of Moses to the extent of imprisoning and killing Jews who had accepted Christ as their personal Savior. Only for Paul to have a life-changing encounter with the risen Messiah on the road to Damascus. Then to, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit which had been given to indwell the hearts of Jew and Gentile believers alike, write most of the New Testament; including numerous quotes from the Old Testament to show that (as is said): The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.

That the New Testament contains the Rest of the Story.

Though God withdrew his protection from Israel a second time (the first time when Assyria then Babylon conquered Israel) when the Romans destroyed the second Temple resulting in the Great Diaspora of the Jews until 1948, he would not completely abandon or reject them.

Concerning the destiny of Israel which is unfolding before our very eyes, the Jews have returned and are still returning to their providential place and time in God’s historical, eternal plan. As exemplified by the actions and words of their Prime Minister, they are beginning to once again understand their role in proclaiming the truth and essence of who they are and what they were chosen to do: To bring light and salvation to the whole world. But a salvation that, in large numbers, they have not yet experienced themselves.

Many Jews now understand that God’s promise for them to return and possess the Holy Land of Israel and the Holy City of Jerusalem is being fulfilled in this generation. That is the physical, corporeal truth of who they really are and what must actually happen. But most haven’t yet grasped the truth of the spiritual component of their destiny. That the Jewish Messiah they long for has already arrived, some two thousand years ago. That his birth, life, death, and resurrection from the grave was the culmination of both the law and sacrificial system of atonement, which was only a shadow of what and who was to come. That Yeshua is the prophetically fulfilled real object (person) of redemption, accomplished through his once for all universal sacrifice to bring so great a salvation to the human race.

Which is why their spiritual reconciliation to the Lord lags behind their physical restoration to the Land. But this, too, will change … and soon.

Listen to what the Jewish Apostle Paul says:

“I ask, then, has God rejected his own people, the nation of Israel? Of course not! I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham and a member of the tribe of Benjamin. No, God has not rejected his own people, whom he chose from the very beginning…” (Romans 11:1-2).

To this day, many Jews including Rabbis concede the controversial point that God withdrew his protection of their people, which led to the greatest tragedy of all … the Holocaust. That part is true. As a result, many other Jews (and all too many Gentiles) believe that God did totally reject Israel. That part is not true.

Paul goes on to say: “Did God’s people stumble and fall beyond recovery? Of course not! They were disobedient, so God made salvation available to the Gentiles. But he wanted his own people to become jealous and claim it for themselves. Now if the Gentiles were enriched because the people of Israel turned down God’s offer of salvation, think how much greater a blessing the world will share when they finally accept it” (Romans 11:11-12).

And still later in the chapter: “…Some of the people of Israel have hard hearts, but this will last only until the full number of Gentiles comes to Christ. And so all Israel will be saved….” (Verse 25-26).

I say with the Apostle Paul:

“…the longing of my heart and my prayer to God is for the people of Israel to be saved. I know what enthusiasm they have for God, but it is misdirected zeal. For they don’t understand God’s way of making people right with himself. Refusing to accept God’s way, they cling to their own way of getting right with God by trying to keep the law. For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in him are made right with God” (Romans 10:1-4).


That time is near, so very near. Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

Whether you are a Gentile or Jew, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:13).

Things to Ponder

In some way, at some time or another have you thought about such things as: Who am I? Why am I (actually) here? How did I (really) get here? Where am I going? How will I get there? What will prevent me from getting there? Does anyone really care what happens to me? If so, what can they do about it?

Or: What is truth?

God puts those questions in our minds and hearts; because he loves us so much. He cares because he has the answers, some that we will understand in this lifetime, others we won’t truly grasp until we reach the other side. But there are two sides to the other side. One with answers. The other with perpetual doubt, confusion, and terror. Our choice in this lifetime will determine which side we will reach when we die.

He knows the heartaches that life brings our way, whether we cause them or whether they are beyond our control. The Bible says that if we draw near to God, he will draw near to us. First, to save us once and for all when we say, “Yes”, to Jesus. Then with the help of the Holy Spirit, to help us grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ until the day that we see him face to face.

It truly is a matter of eternal life and death. Choose Messiah Jesus (Son of God, Son of David, Son of Man) and live forever in heaven. Choose anything or anyone else and forever be separated from God and the host of heaven in a place too terrible for words.

“And this is what God has testified (sworn as truth): He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life” (I John 5:11-12).

And now we know: The Rest of the Story.

History. His Story.

Please, take a few more minutes and listen to this beautiful song written by Graham Kendrick, performed by Robin Mark

The Whole Truth


The Truth … Nothing but The Truth

“Do you solemnly swear that you will tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” Nearly everyone recognizes this oath and when it is required … either in a court of law or in a pre-trial deposition. It is a vow that was and still is used by United States Courts (and in some fashion or another by the courts of many nations) for centuries, although the words may have changed and the so help me God unfortunately has been dropped by many jurisdictions.

If you have participated in a trial—as a plaintiff, or defendant, or witness—then you can personally relate to the gravity of such a solemn pledge. At the very least you can picture a courtroom scene in some old movie. The witness takes the stand, raises his/her right hand and places their left hand on a Bible while taking this oath. However, the Bible is seldom used in today’s secular age.

Before anyone can testify by sworn deposition or in court, they must pledge to tell the whole truth the entire time they are testifying. But why swear to it? Isn’t it expected that we would tell the truth in a court of law? Ideally, yes; in reality, no—not everyone will tell the truth even when testifying in court. Which makes it a crime with a potentially severe penalty (including possible prison time) to lie at a trial. Someone’s economic, social, political, cultural future could be at stake … even their very life. In fact, it is the 9th of the Ten Commandments that contain some of the absolute universal truths God gave to the Hebrews and the entire world.

“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).

Although this commandment focuses primarily on the official setting of a trial, it was obviously a general decree applicable to any and all situations in the course of human affairs; as are all of the Ten Commandments and other Biblical principles pertinent to man’s accountability to God and interaction with each other.

We’ve all lied, some more than others, but lying is wrong no matter how many times we tell a lie or the size of the lie. Normally, the bigger the lie the more serious the repercussions; but a lie is a lie, no matter how you slice the pie. We’ve all experienced adverse, even destructive consequences of lying, whether we lied or were lied to.


Especially if, for example, a leader like Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas—from the hallowed halls of the United Nations—accuses Israel of occupation and aggression, not much different than testifying in a court of law. But he wasn’t misleading Israelis, his avowed enemies, because they know better; he was deceiving both his people and the international community. Surely, he wouldn’t lie in front of such a revered international organization. But that’s exactly what he did, as covered in last week’s article that included excerpts from and commentary on Abbas’s speech to the UN.

In addition to all-encompassing fabrications about Jewish occupation (in the negative connotation of the word) of Israel, Abbas specifically pointed to alleged Israeli violation of Temple Mount regulations (the status quo). It is primarily this lie that has provoked the recent lone wolf attacks by Palestinians on Jews, which has intensified even more this past week. In fact, Hamas has declared that the 3rd Intifada (uprising) officially began this past Wednesday, October 14th. Other Palestinian leaders have mimicked President Abbas’ accusations. For the Arabs in Israel, whatever their Palestinian leaders say must be true.

Such as Abbas’ mendacious and belligerent embellishment about Temple Mount when he said: “Al-Aksa is ours and so is the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. They (the Jews) have no right to desecrate them with their filthy feet. We won’t allow them to do so and we will do whatever we can to defend Jerusalem.”

Filthy feet? Do you see the senseless hatred in such malicious but childish rhetoric? Defend Jerusalem? From what? From Israelis reacting to and stopping the brutal unprovoked attacks by the Palestinians? Defend a city that doesn’t belong to the Arabs in the first place?

This atrocious rabble-rousing incitement from top Palestinian leaders has filtered down through the social media among Palestinians, e.g. Twitter and Facebook. In an article written just two days ago in USA Today, Shimrit Meir, founding editor of the Arabic news site Al-Monitor was quoted: “If you look at the Facebook pages of attackers, though, they don’t have a goal; they want revenge, they want blood.” The article goes on to say, “Twitter and Facebook are flooded with images of blood dripping off knives under hashtags such as #the knives…intifada and #Palestine…Intifada. Many of those knife-wielding Palestinians, shot by Israeli security forces, are described as killed ‘in cold blood.’”

To demonstrate just how viciously degenerate these lies and the ensuing attacks have become, the Palestinian Bar Association presented a posthumous award to Muhanned Halabi, the 19-year old law student who stabbed two Israeli men to death and seriously injured three others, including the wife of one of the men and their daughter. I wrote about this in last week’s article: Tell a Big Lie Long Enough. According to the Bar Association, “The martyred hero Halabi was an outstanding student at the faculty of law.”

One can only wonder if his law professors taught that murdering Jews was both legal and necessary. Or if Arab law students must take an oath that says, “I swear to tell lies, more lies, and nothing but lies about the Jews.” Of course I’m being sarcastic, but only in response to such a depraved award bestowed upon this murderer.


Photo of a 13-year old Palestinian boy who was wounded by Israeli security forces this past Monday after he and a 15-year old companion stabbed and critically wounded two Israelis in Jerusalem, one of whom was also 13 years old. PA President Abbas told the press that the Palestinian boy pictured above was killed in cold-blood by the Israelis. The boy is not only alive, he’s receiving care in an Israeli hospital! Apparently Abbas doesn’t care if hard evidence (photos) proves him wrong.

Later, in today’s article, we’ll examine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin’s (truthful) rebuttal in his address to the UN General Assembly on October 1st, the day after Abbas’ speech. But first, let’s discuss Truth itself, at least enough to grasp the essence and dynamics of such a provocative subject.

“What is truth…?” (John 18:38).

During the utterly unlawful and unjustified trial of Jesus of Nazareth, in which he was falsely accused by “witnesses” who lied, this was the facetious relativistic question that the Roman Governor Pontius Pilate asked when Jesus said: “…Actually I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true” (John 18:37, italics for emphasis).

No less than four times in two short sentences, Jesus refers to truth. “Four?” you question. “I only see three.” Hey, I italicized the first word of Jesus’s reply just to give you a hint!

The word actually or actual (real, the genuine article) is a synonym of truly (truth); it is another way to express or explain that what we’re saying or describing (perhaps testifying) truly happened. In this case, the Lord said that the main purpose he came to this world was to (actually) testify to the truth. With the stunningly significant reality that had Jesus not been given to the human race, we would never know or experience the truth of God’s plan of salvation! Nor really know who God is and what he’s actually like.

I can confidently say that because of the many other (truthful) references to creation and redemption found in Scripture. Such as: “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth… For God in all his fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through him God reconciled everything to himself” (Colossians 1:15-16, 20).

In his remarkably profound declaration to Pilate, Jesus was referring to the two basic components that define and describe truth, as applicable to Christ himself and the whole world.

Physical, Earthly Realm

First, truth applies to and actually is the reality of facts … what is said and done by God and by people. Those who testify must tell exactly what they saw and heard. To the best of their ability, nothing should be left out or embellished. Just the facts and nothing but the facts … the whole truth and nothing but the truth. Concerning Jesus, it was all the things he said and did publicly in front of all the people, including the Jewish religious leaders. Though he often spoke in parables, anyone who was sincerely seeking the truth would understand the parables. Those who had made up their minds to disbelieve and reject Jesus would not and could not comprehend, as they had already determined not to listen to what was true. They simply didn’t want to understand or agree.

But he also spoke plainly by directly and meaningfully declaring and defining the truth. With such startling statements as, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).

Or the equally astounding assertion that he was one with and equal to God the Father, when he told the Jewish religious leaders, “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM!” (John 8:58).


The next verse tells us that they immediately picked up stones to throw at Jesus. Why? Because Jesus referred to himself by the holy, awesome name of God … YHWH, or with vowels inserted, Yahweh. The very name that God gave to Moses when Moses asked who was sending him to his people and to Pharaoh.

Which leads us to the second crucial component of (real, objective) truth.

Spiritual, Universal Realm

In addition to truth equating to the factual reality of people, places, things, and events (what is said, what is done, when and where it happens), truth must also originate from a universal, independent, completely objective, and exclusive source. A Higher Court if you will. The only way truth can be exclusive and objective is that it must have a spiritually Divine source or reference point, because we are as much or more spiritual beings than we are physical.

Absent a Supreme, Sovereign source and standard (God), all human ideas, philosophies, religions, thinking, viewpoints, and creeds are invariably subjective … subject to individual or group preference, flawed suppositions, and skewed opinions. These subjective vantage points even include right and wrong, good and evil. We humans can define practically anything the way we choose, to include morality; then challenge those who disagree to prove we’re wrong.

If truth is not eternally exclusive and perpetually objective, then any and all beliefs can be true. Which they obviously are not. If for no other reason that each belief system claims that it possesses the only truth; or, at the very least, the main reservoir of truth.

And for those who throw up their hands in cynical frustration and end up believing that there are several paths which lead to God, immortality, or paradise, I must bluntly respond: that is fatalistic nonsense. Not only is it a cop-out, it’s also a belief system to believe that all beliefs will eventually find God or some kind of Nirvana.

If you say that fire will burn me if I touch it, and I say that it won’t; then one of us must be wrong. Of course you will be right, because you have an objectively true and verifiably consistent and constant reference point to confirm what happens when I put my hand in the fire. Both science and faith acknowledge these universal laws of physics, none of which are contradicted by Scripture. However, this same supernatural being (God) on occasion has set aside the laws of physics when and where he chooses. Which is why Daniel’s three friends survived a blazing furnace seven times hotter than normal, without so much as smelling of smoke! (Daniel 3).

But the God of the Bible never abrogates his spiritual laws. Repeating for emphasis: Never.

He stipulates that if we, for example, commit adultery, or steal, or lie, or put any other man-made gods or god-less systems in place of him, we’re also going to get burned … emotionally, physically, but most of all spiritually. Every wrong thing we do is sin, and Scripture tells us that the penalty of sin is both physical and spiritual death … eternal separation from God. Neither natural science nor religion agrees with this (Divine spiritual) truth, that all are born with a sin nature. Nor do they concur with another Spiritual Law that guarantees redemption from the penalty of sin including everlasting life to those who place their trust in Messiah Jesus. This legal promise doesn’t contradict the law of spiritual death for those who reject God’s Son as Savior. Rather, it simply transfers (exonerate) the person from one legal verdict of guilty (spiritual death) to another legal verdict of innocent by Divine pardon.

So, who’s right? Are there Spiritual Laws established by the One God, the only God in the universe or not?

If you say being a good person, doing good works, and keeping the demands of your religion is the only way to make it to heaven, and I counter with the Biblical claim that only faith in God’s grace (the gift of his son’s death on the cross for our sins) can save me, you, and the entire human race, then one of us must be wrong.

There is, however, one common denominator for all religions; although this commonality is expressed in a maze of divergent dogmas … not including Christianity which isn’t a religion by definition.

The common factor: All religions have a formal structure of self-worth, good works, and ritualistic performance of required duties in order for those who become members (usually through baptism or verbal vow of commitment to that religion) to be accepted by the hierarchy of that system or cult and/or by whatever god(s) they worship. Or in the case of Buddhism, the attainment of Nirvana.

The God of the Bible is God

The God of the Bible is radically different from all other (man-made) gods of all religions or cults. Scripture is crystal clear that trust in the Lord (plus nothing else) is what redeems us. Beginning with Abraham’s explicit trust in God to leave his home and travel to a land promised by God to him and his descendants … the everlasting possession of Israel.

God’s covenant with the Hebrews through Moses was a covenant of law and sacrifices to reveal in great detail the very existence, character, and plan of God for the Jews but also the entire human race. One in which the Jews were to be a source of light and salvation to the Gentiles. But this was a conditional covenant, and God’s chosen people could not, did not keep their end of the agreement. Although the Lord gave his people hundreds of years to try to keep his law, they could not, would not. Then and now, most Jews misunderstood the difference between (the purpose of) the law that told them what sin was and the sacrificial system that led to forgiveness of sin. Gradually, the sacrificial spilling of innocent (animal) blood for their sins became a ritualistic obligation in which they dismissed or overlooked its true significance, a shadow or picture of the great once for all sacrifice of Messiah, as stated in Isaiah Chapter 53 and other passages.

For this reason, God told his people through the prophet Jeremiah (and Isaiah), that he would strike up a new covenant, which was accomplished when Messiah Jesus died on the cross, but then rose from the dead to seal and validate this everlasting covenant!


Sadly, most Jews today still refuse to recognize or accept that covenant, with the remarkable exception of hundreds of thousands of Messianic Jews the world over.

God’s plan of salvation and the eternal destiny of all who place their trust in the sacrificial death of Messiah Jesus as found in the Bible is TRUTH. His son, Jesus Christ testified to that truth. And what is (that) truth? The truth is that Messiah Jesus is the only WAY to God and the only source of LIFE everlasting. He is the very embodiment of eternal universal truth. Furthermore, he validated these claims with one incredible miracle after another, culminating in the greatest achievement of all … resurrection from the dead!

Not only miracles by Messiah Jesus but mighty miracles by God the Father as recorded in the Old Testament. Not only miracles, but the irrefutable historical evidence of fulfilled prophecies … hundreds of them. Time and time again, God challenges other religions, gods, prophets, and religious leaders to predict the future with 100% accuracy or perform the astounding miracles that only the true and living God can do. Down through the ages there has been no response from those so-called gods or prophets. They won’t respond, because they can’t make prophecies come true with 100% accuracy, not even 10%. So, they won’t predict the future, and they can’t perform miracles.

That, my friend, is TRUTH. Objectively and exclusively found in no one else except the God of the Bible, which is the very Word of God. Proven by the mighty miracles of our God, and the amazingly detailed fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, which are also miracles.


There is truth that applies to the physical world and truth that applies to the spiritual world.

And yet, God’s truth of forgiveness, redemption, and eternal life is offered to all who will believe and receive Jesus Christ as their personal savior … which makes God’s salvation inclusive for all peoples. Scripture is replete with this thematic truth, as summarized in the most quoted and well-known verse in the Bible:

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16.

Exclusive truth with an inclusive invitation of salvation and everlasting life to all who will believe and receive Jesus as Savior. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Unless you prefer deceit, half-truths, or lies?

But I’m thinking that you want what the Lord says we all desperately need: To be made right with God by his righteousness freely given to us.

“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with underserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood…” (Romans 3:23-25).

“Can we boast, then, that we have done anything to be accepted by God? No, because our acquittal is not based on obeying the law. It is based on faith. So we are made right with God through faith and not by obeying the law” (Verses 27-28)

Just ask Abraham, who was made right with God long before the law was given by God through Moses. “And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith” (Genesis 15:6).


Messiah Jesus sacrificial death on the cross retroactively applies to Abraham, to all peoples, Jew and Gentile alike, before and also after Messiah’s birth, life death, and resurrection.

That is the Truth, the whole Truth, and nothing but the Truth, so help us God.

Things to Ponder

Listen to these amazing words from God recorded by the prophet Isaiah: “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, through your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool” (Isaiah 1:18, NASB).

This is God’s invitation to every man, woman, and child; not to check our brains at the door that leads to God’s plan of salvation. But to use our reason to comprehend that God and God alone can remove the stain and guilt of our sin(s). To instantly turn red into white the moment we agree through sound reasoning that he can and will save us. Then follow what we know in our heart to be true. This isn’t blind faith: it’s faith in what God through his Son has done what we could not do for ourselves.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved” (Romans 10:10-13).

I consider myself to be pretty much as logical, rationale, and reasonable as the average person who possesses all three of these traits. So, if a man performs multiple miracles including healing of diseases and deformities, feeds thousands with a few fish and loaves of bread, or walks on water (overcoming the laws of nature), I’m going to stand up and take notice. If this same man who claims to be God says both he and God are One; and they love me enough for this Son of Man to die on the cross in my place and promises me a complete pardon if I believe this; and then rises from the dead to prove that he is who is says he is, here’s what I’m going to do.

I’m going to believe him. I’m going to trust him with my destiny.

In fact, I’ve already have … many years ago.

I’ve chosen to believe and receive Messiah Jesus, who is THE TRUTH. Which is exactly what Christ Jesus said that he is. As well as the Way and the Life.

*A Personal Note: I’m guessing by now you’ve realized that we didn’t get to Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the United Nations, as I said we would earlier in the article. Or if you didn’t catch it, then shame on you … because you weren’t paying attention. Just kidding!

And, yes, I could have (which I’ve done before) simply deleted that paragraph or restated it to indicate it would be the subject of next week’s article. But I’m doing it this way to share something I haven’t shared with readers before.

It has to do with why some Eye of Prophecy articles are in two or more parts, i.e. Part I, Part II; or the same topic continued in the next article under a different title.

As would be expected, sometimes I plan ahead for multiple part articles knowing the subject will be too long for just one article. But that occurs only about half the time involving multiple part articles. The other half of the time, I don’t realize how long the article might be until well into or almost done with it! That was the case this week. Consequently, next week’s article will primarily be about Prime Minister Netanyahu’s UN speech on October 1, 2015.

Don’t miss it!

Tell a Big Lie Long Enough….


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If You Tell a Big Lie Long Enough….?

According to an intriguing report from the United States Office of Strategic Services during World War II: “…people will believe a big lie sooner than a little one; and if you repeat it frequently enough people will sooner or later believe it.”

This conclusion was based on a thorough study of German propaganda before and during the war, predicated primarily on Adolph Hitler’s venomous book of hatred against the Jews, Mein Kampf. Subsequently, the Big Lie paradigm was adapted as a political stratagem by Reich Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, who spared no expense and contemptuously crossed every line of decency, morality, and truth in order to denigrate and demonize the Jews.

Hitler wrongly accused the Jews of using this Big Lie tactic to undermine Germany; then he developed the same strategy to turn a long-standing Anti-Semitism into mass murder of the Jews through the sadistically perverted plan called the Final Solution. Although leaders of nations telling lies about their enemies has been an age-old practice, not until the Nazis came into power was this Big Lie scheme consolidated into a formal program of deliberate deception, mostly about the Jews; but also to democratic nations regarding Germany’s agenda of annexing land or seeking justice and restoration for their humiliating defeat in World War I.

At the time, most Germans and many Europeans who harbored even slight Anti-Semitic sentiments believed what they heard in speeches and on the radio, watched in movies, and read in the press. Then and especially now with post-War hindsight, most Americans and their World War II allies were and are historically aware of the Big Lie phenomenon perpetrated by the Nazis; accordingly, we consider the source and comprehend the deceptiveness.

But that is not the case regarding the constant Islamic distortion of history in today’s Middle East. Few know that the prophet Muhammad, himself, proclaimed that it was perfectly okay to lie to Christians, Jews, and even other Muslims in order to achieve Islamic subjugation of the infidel. Today, tell them that you mean them no harm, that you pursue only peace. Then one day, when the time seems right, launch an intifada and kill them to achieve both short and long-term goals.

Since the Palestinian Liberation Organization was formed in 1964 to “liberate Palestine” primarily through armed conflict, then later renamed the self-governing Palestinian Authority in 1993 at the Oslo Accords; Muslim Arab countries in particular and non-Arab Islamic nations in general have pursued a two-pronged program of violence and deception to accomplish their professed objective of a two-state solution in Israel. With their real goal to dismantle the State of Israel and eliminate the Jews entirely from that state.

The Muslims failed to destroy Israel through an Arab-Iraqi military coalition campaign in Israel’s War of Independence of 1948-49, the Six-Day War of 1967, and the Yom Kippur War of 1973. Thus, they resorted to suicide bombings, to mortar and missile attacks primarily from the Gaza Strip, to economic boycotts, divestments, and sanctions (BDS), and recent lone wolf attacks on innocent Israelis (stabbings, shootings, stone throwing, vehicles). All the while utilizing persistent and progressively frequent propaganda that many European nations and all too many Americans are beginning to believe.

Deadly Duo of Deceit and Destruction

In the very recent past, there has been an alarming increase of individual Palestinian attacks against Israelis … on Temple Mount, in the streets, in vehicles, at bus stops, and even in Jewish synagogues—anywhere that a defenseless (soft-target) Jew or Jewish family can be found. Whenever these attacks occur, the Palestinians invoke the terrorist mentality that such actions are justified and necessary in their struggle against oppression, an oppression that doesn’t exist except in the incessant lies that stream from Muslim leaders. This has been going on for the past three decades or so. But in the last few days, the lies are getting bigger and the assaults bolder.

In a Breaking Israel News article by Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz, a frequent contributor to that website, we read: “In a shocking act of audacity, the Palestinian Authority has demanded the international community and UN intervene to prevent further Israeli violence, citing ‘the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem,’ while failing to mention the young men were killed while stabbing Israelis.”

One of the Palestinians was Muhammad Halabi, a nineteen year old law student from al-Bireh, near Ramallah. On Saturday night (October 3), in the old city of Jerusalem, he stabbed five Israelis, including a two-year old girl, killing two men. He grabbed a pistol from one of the men he had just killed and began shooting randomly at more Jews. During this rampage, he was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

Palestinian Authority spokesman Ihab Bseiso, as publicized in the news site Wafa Palestinian, claimed that the Israelis were conducting a, “military offensive in multiple Palestinian cities.” Then the PA alleged that the Israeli escalation was an obstacle to ongoing peace efforts and the two-state solution. Also that the current situation in the West Bank and Jerusalem has become volatile exclusively because the Israelis have attempted to divide al-Aqsa Mosque, Islam’s third holiest place, between Muslims and Jews.


*Note: I have watched video footage of the recent confrontation between Israeli Police and Palestinians hurling Molotov cocktails and large rocks on the Temple Mount. It’s irrefutably clear who started the conflict, and it wasn’t the police. What’s apathetically apparent, however, is that most people won’t take the time to check out all the visual and written evidence. Instead, they accept outright what Arab news sources are propagating, or at the very minimum reach a conclusion that there must be some credibility to what Muslims are saying about the Israelis, because they say it so loud and so often.

But it’s not just the biased Palestinian Authority news accounts. Even the BBC in Great Britain distorted this and other Palestinian attacks on Israelis. With regard to the above cited incident, the BBC headlines stated, “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two.”

Many people, including me on some occasions, only glance at certain headlines without reading much or any of the story. As stated in a United with Israel article published a few days later, “Almost every word in the headline is wrong or distorted. The main focus of the headline is the death of the Palestinian terrorist who was ‘shot dead’ portraying his death as an unrelated event, and branding him as a victim. There is no mention of his heinous actions.”

Said American journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in a cynical response to this incredibly misleading headline: “To be fair, it takes a great deal of creativity to come up with headlines like this one.”

In a follow-up article the BBC changed its headline to read: “Jerusalem, Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City.” But the BBC issued no apology, and by then the damage through distortion had been done.

Muslims in general, Palestinian Arabs in particular, and entirely too many nations and news sources have become increasingly confident of global impunity to and world-wide acceptance of what they say; to the extent that no matter how big the lie or omission, nations and peoples will now or one day soon believe them.

Moreover, it’s abundantly clear that the growing deadly attacks on Israeli civilians is a result of incitement directly from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; who is himself becoming progressively and intensely bolder in his proliferation of big lies about Israel and the Jews. As epitomized in his recent speech of September 30th to the United Nations General Assembly, he is overtly implementing the Muslim strategy of distorting events and facts to the point of literally rewriting history. Middle East history as found in the Palestinian education system and textbooks and journalism and maps is markedly different from the real history of Israel’s existence, especially since 1948.

It’s no coincidence that the recent series of assaults came directly on the heels of Abbas’ speech to the United Nations.

Before we examine some of the astonishingly inaccurate statements Abbas made in his UN speech, we need to understand that many Western journalists who report on these Israeli, Palestinian incidents, are slowly but surely slanting their columns toward empathy with the Palestinians. At the very least, they sanitize the brutal unprovoked assaults against Israelis by omitting or watering down the fact that Palestinians were killed as direct result of their murderous rampages against Jews. Often reporters classify the Palestinian killers as militants, in the same way that they label, for example, ISIS or al-Qaeda killers as militants or terrorists.

Of course, they are terrorists, but what is frequently overlooked or brushed aside is that millions upon millions of Muslims approve what the militants among them do. Most Muslims would not kill Jews and Christians mainly because they don’t want to risk prison or death. However, the militants are simply mainstream Muslims who are acting out what the Koran and their prophet Muhammad commanded them to do … subjugate all infidels (Christians and Jews) through whatever means necessary, including murder.

The actual evidence is overwhelming: The majority of Palestinians in Israel and Muslims elsewhere condone the murder of Israelis. For example, after the recent attacks on Israeli civilians, there were videos of Palestinians rejoicing over the deaths of the Jews. They celebrated with fireworks, by waving Palestinian flags, and by handing out sweets to each other. Much like dancing in the streets when the twin towers fell on 9/11. But when Jews die, there is a deeper (depraved) satisfaction of one less Jew in the world.

In the stabbing attacks described earlier, three of the five Israeli victims were parents and their small child. The husband was killed, the daughter was severely injured, as was the wife/mother. In her hospital bed, the wife of her slain husband, Aaron Benita, gave an account of what happened during and after the attack. With the knife still embedded in her neck, she ran for help from her attacker. She said that nearby Arab bystanders, “had murder in their eyes. They laughed in my face.”

Due to the number of these recent attacks, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled a planned trip to Germany this past week.


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits Adelle Benita in hospital

Another horrific assault involved four Jewish children, ages four months to nine years in the rear seat of their parent’s car. When the father stopped the car at a red light, he and his wife were attacked and murdered while still in the car, right in front of their children.

Palestinian President Abbas’s Speech to the United Nations

You may want to watch or read a print-out of this speech delivered on September 30, 2015. It is replete with lies and innuendoes. Lies that deliberately falsify what actually has taken place in Israel since its’ foundation as a Sovereign State. Lies that are couched in dramatic words and emotional overtones that appeal to those who champion repressed people all over the world. A suppression that purportedly is solely the responsibility of the Israelis. But a fabricated oppression that has no basis in reality, whatsoever.

For sake of time/space in this article, I will cite only a couple of excerpts as representative examples of the Big Lie syndrome. Then, provide some historically factual commentary on what this leader of a nation that doesn’t exist would have us to believe.

The Speech Begins:

“Palestine comes today to the United Nations … at a time when it is still tending to its wounds and still burying its beloved martyrs of children, woman and men who have fallen victim to the latest Israeli aggression, still searching for remnants of life amid the ruins of homes destroyed by Israeli bombs on the Gaza Strip, wiping out entire families … murdered along with their dreams, their hopes, their future and their longing to live an ordinary life and to live in freedom and peace. Palestine comes today to the General Assembly because it believes in peace…”


Give me a break!

Neither the Palestinian Authority which governs the West Bank, nor Hamas in the Gaza Strip, nor the vast majority of Palestinians—even many who are Arab citizens of Israel—acknowledge Israel’s existence. That is why they rarely refer to Israel as Israel; rather it is still Palestine, which has NEVER been a country in the first place. Nor are the Palestinians a people of any such territory. They are Arabs, most of whom still have Jordanian passports. Before Israel was reborn as a nation, if anyone referred to the Palestinians, they were referring to the Jews. Not until the Palestine Liberation Organization came into existence in 1964 did Arabs began calling themselves Palestinians, this to give the counterfeit impression that the land formerly called Palestine belongs to them.

Just exactly who are the martyrs here? When someone murders another exclusively because of the victim’s religion or race, isn’t the victim the martyr? Since when do those who are killed or imprisoned because they murdered a completely innocent person become a martyr? Muslims not only rewrite history, they also redefine words and terms.

Muslims kill Jews just because they are Jews. Israelis swiftly retaliate by capturing or killing the killers not because the perpetrators are Muslims, but because they are murderers. Who, then, is the martyr?

Israeli Aggression? The facts are crystal clear. One only has to do a little research to fully realize that the Palestinians, either individually or collectively through Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and other terrorist’s cells in Israel, are the ones who time and time again initiate the clashes. They are the aggressors by methods described earlier in this article, such as lobbing mortars into Israel. So, if Israel responds, then are they the aggressor? Muslims not only rewrite history, redefine meanings of words, they also reinvent and reverse logic and reason.

Agreed … the dreams, hopes, and future of Palestinians are gone when they are killed during wars and intifada that they initiate. Their dreams: That Israel will capitulate to their every demand, such as a militarized Palestinian State, a Jewish return to indefensible 1967 borders, Jerusalem as a Palestinian Capital, and return of hundreds of thousands of so-called refugees. Their hopes: That Israel will cease to exist as a nation. Their future: That there will be no more Jews anywhere in the land.


Mahmoud Abbas United Nations Speech

The Speech Continues:

“The Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip has confirmed once again the urgent and pressing need to end the Israeli occupation and for our people to gain their freedom and independence. This aggression also confirms the Israeli Government’s adherence to the policy of occupation, brute force and war, which in turn obliges the international community to shoulder the responsibilities towards the Palestinian people and towards peace.”


Although there are several other deceptions contained in Abbas’s address to the UN and through the daily rhetoric streaming from Muslim and Palestinian sources, the allegation of Israeli occupation is the Biggest Lie of all. I have written about this in some prior Eye of Prophecy articles, but it bears repeating. Since when are a people guilty of occupying a land that belongs to them in the first place? By default, ownership obtained through purchase of land parcels, through the United Nations Resolution of 1947, and most of all through an ancient title-deed given to them by God, himself, extend Jewish rights to occupy that land. But contemporary connotation suggests that occupation means unlawful trespassing or illegal possession and residency.

It’s one thing for the Palestinian people and their leaders to make these unsubstantiated claims, as it’s all too evident they will do anything to get want they want, even by lying to anyone and everyone who will listen. It’s quite another for entire peoples and nations to actually listen to them and believe much of what they say. But that’s exactly what the international community has done and is doing with frightening frequency. Which is why the United Nations has issued some 45 resolutions against Israel since 2013, and only one or two against Syria, where a quarter million (mostly innocent) people have been killed by warring factions in just the past three years.

Actually, the UN probably doesn’t know who to sanction in Syria these days! Would it be Assad? Or the rebel groups who oppose Assad? Or Iran for supporting Assad? Or the United States for supporting the opposition to Assad? Take your pick. No, it’s so much easier to bash Israel, the only free, democratic nation in the entire Middle East.

But then I seriously doubt that most of non-Muslim countries or even many Arabs and their representatives to the United Nations know much, if anything, about the true history of the Middle East. Those that do know better do everything they can to falsify the facts.

The United Nations in existence today has conveniently forgotten its own history; the irrefutable fact that it passed a resolution in 1947 which legally endorsed a Jewish State in Palestine, to later be called by its ancient heritage name of Israel. Which was a long overdue affirmation of the Palestine Mandate that followed the Balfour Declaration of 1917, i.e. some of what was then called Palestine belonged to the Jews. That part of the territory of Palestine would also be given to the Arabs alongside of the Jews. But the Arabs refused, and the very next day (May 15th, 1948) five Arab nations launched an all-out assault with a vastly superior military on the vastly outnumbered Jews … ending in a Jewish victory that was against all odds.

Both Biblical and secular history indisputably confirm that the Jews were in the land long before the Arabs. I repeat: A long time before … at least 2,000 years before. Furthermore, the Jews were driven out of Israel by the Romans, who did not take up residency in the land; which didn’t then or now follow the usual pattern of conquering nations inhabiting the land they conquer. Several centuries later, the Muslims drove out many remaining Jews, and some Arabs took up residency in Israel, whose named had been changed to Palestine by a Roman Emperor.

Only for the Arabs to be vanquished by the Ottoman Turks, who, like the Romans, did not actually occupy Palestine. Then the British conquered the Ottoman Turks in World War I and declared Palestine as a territory that could be equally occupied by both Jews and Arabs. At no time after World War I or World War II did the Arabs make any serious attempt to form an Arab State in Palestine, because surrounding Arab countries like Jordan would not allow them to do so. But primarily because the Arabs stubbornly refused to share the land alongside Jews.

Thus, the Arabs within the state of Israel never have had nor will ever have a legitimate right or even argument to ownership of the land. If the conditions of the argument hinge on who was there first, or who now has the greater number of people, or who was legally granted the right of statehood by international authority of the UN, or who has amazingly developed the land—economically, socially, politically, militarily—then Israel wins on all counts. The only portion of land taken by force occurred during the 1967 Six-Day War; in which the Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula, and Jerusalem were captured by the IDF in a miraculous victory over an impressive Arab military coalition. However, Temple Mount was given back to Jordan and the Sinai to Egypt. Then in 2006, Israel forcibly removed all Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip, which prepared the way for Hamas take over. Israel kept the Golan Heights; to give it up would be national suicide for Israel.

Yet, Mahmoud Abbas has the audacity to assert: “Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip has confirmed once again the urgent and pressing need to end the Israeli occupation…”

The so-called aggression in the Gaza Strip referred to by Abbas was last year’s IDF Operation Protective Edge in which Israel retaliated for the brutal murder of three Jewish teenagers, but primarily to more missiles launched from the Gaza Strip into Israel. Moreover, the Arabs living in the Gaza Strip (and the West Bank) are as free as they can be considering the corruption of and deprivation caused by their leaders. There is no Israeli occupation in Gaza; there aren’t even any Israelis soldiers stationed or civilians living in Gaza.

In the erroneous negative sense of the word, Israeli occupation simply doesn’t exist in Israel. Neither did I see any evidence, whatsoever, of alleged apartheid when I drove a rental car through much of Israel in 2006.


Photo of Israeli Checkpoint Near West Bank

There are strategic checkpoints surrounding the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and at Israel’s borders … no different than what we experience in the United States through our Border Patrol. But not the adverse connotation of occupation already discussed. Yet, people all over the world, even many Americans, are under the impression that the Jews are to some extent, in some fashion “occupying” land that doesn’t belong to them. They have heard about Israeli occupation enough to begin to believe it. It’s a lot easier to conclude that it must be true, if not only Palestinians but leaders of nations the world over say it’s true. It’s a lot easier to believe it than to spend a little time reading up on the real history of the Middle East applicable to Israel. Because the Jews have miraculously returned to their land with a supernatural revival of their ancient language; and quickly developed into a vibrant nation with a powerful military (for the small size of Israel), it’s all too easy to forget about the six million Jews murdered in Nazi death camps just one-two generations ago.

One More Quote from Abbas’s Misleading Speech:

“The Palestinian people, who miraculously recovered from the ashes of Al-Nakba of 1948, which was intended to extinguish their being and to expel them in order to uproot and erase their presence…. when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were torn from their homes and displaced within and outside of their homeland … to refugee camps in one of the most dreadful ethnic cleansing and dispossession in modern history…”

Overall, the fabrication of Israeli occupation is the biggest lie believed by many in today’s world, because it is the foundational false premise on which so much of the world’s misconception of historical Israel is built. However, the above quote from Abbas is undoubtedly the most blatant, belligerent, grossly fraudulent travesty of what actually happened in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence that I have ever heard.

It is shamefully and shockingly duplicitous. Duplicitous (two-faced) because in reality it actually describes and applies to what happened to the Jews during the horrendous years of the Holocaust … certainly not to the Palestinians in 1948.

Commentary. Here’s why:

PA President Abbas’ mention of Al-Nakba is a reference to Israel’s War of Independence in 1948 and the humiliating defeat—called the Day of Catastrophe (Al-Nakba)—of the Arabs, who were still decades away from being called Palestinians (those who reside in Israel).

When Israel became a sovereign state in 1948, she opened her doors to the Arabs to become citizens … to live side by side with the Israelis. Historical records clearly demonstrate that the Arabs rejected this generous offer. When five Arab nations attacked the fledgling state of Israel, there was absolutely no deliberate or even unintentional attempt by the Jews to (in Abbas’ words) “extinguish their being (Arabs) and to expel them in order to uproot and erase their (Arabs) presence…”

Instead, Arab leaders told their people to leave Israel until the Jews were annihilated; that an Arab victory would be swift and sound. The main reason was because the Arab military coalition needed the land space and facilities of Arab villages to conduct their operations against the Jews. Their own people were strategically in the way of these military objectives. As a result hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled Israel to neighboring Muslim countries like Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan. When the Israelis convincingly defeated the Arab confederation, most of the Arabs did not return, which has produced the “refugee camps” cited by Abbas. Those camps remain to this very day, only much larger.

There was no ethnic cleansing, no dispossession as Abbas so deceptively declares. All one has to do is to read the historical accounts of what actually transpired to know that the Palestinian Arabs (they weren’t even called Palestinians until the 1960’s) were in no way, shape, or form, “torn from their homes and displaced within and outside of their homeland” as Abbas so cleverly claims. Any displacement that took place was at the direct orders of the Arab military leaders to their own people and/or the natural desire for (especially the well-to-do) Arabs to get out of harm’s way during this very sudden war initiated by the Arabs.

There was, however, a forced mass exodus of Jews from surrounding nations, such as Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia because these countries wanted no Jews in their land after Israel became a state. In fact, many of the dramatic grievances against the Palestinians that Abbas alleges in his twisted historical account actually apply to the Jews during the horrible Holocaust atrocities perpetrated against them by the Nazis, followed by the post-World War II dispossession from their homes in nearby countries.

Abbas would have us believe a Big Lie; that his people were victims of a “dreadful ethnic cleansing” at the hands of the Jews and that the Jews now occupy a land that doesn’t belong to them. In fact, it was the Jews who lost six million of their own through ethnic cleansing in Europe.

Muslims everywhere appear irrationally intent on finishing what Hitler began … the genocidal elimination of the Jews from the earth. Which is why the Palestinians have rejected any and all land for peace offers made by Israel over the past several decades that would lead to a Palestinian State within the current boundaries of Israel. What Israel has asked in return is profoundly simple, but much too hard for the Arabs to accept; which is recognition of Israel as a sovereign state with Jerusalem as its undivided Capital. The Arabs want far more than East Jerusalem or the Golan Heights or all of the West Bank. They want all of Israel. No, they want more than that. They want Israel to cease to exist altogether.

That is why there will never be real peace in Israel until Messiah Jesus, the Prince of Peace returns.

That is why the newest and most often used tactic of the Palestinians in particular and Muslims in general is the Big Lie: That Israel is not Israel; it is Palestine. Therefore, the Jews are occupying a land that belongs to the Arabs.

Tell it loud enough and long enough and people will believe it.

It’s bad enough that the Palestinians teach their children these lies. It’s quite another for the PA President to stand before the United Nations General Assembly and revise history through pathetically fraudulent claims of ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. What’s worse: People all over the world, including their leaders, believe these lies of Israeli occupation and aggression.

Things to Ponder

Do you see what Israel is up against? But on the authority of the Bible, I can tell you this: No matter how perilous Israel’s position, surrounded by deceitful enemies, what Israel is facing is nothing compared to what the Palestinians and all individuals and nations who harbor the idea that the Jews have no right to Israel or any rights at all. They are up against the true and living God … the God of Israel and his Messiah who happens to be a Jew who died for the sins of the whole world.

Our God is an awesome God. He is a God of love and grace and mercy.

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins” (Ephesians 1:7). He loves everyone the same … all peoples of all languages and nations.

He is also a God of truth and justice and destiny.

Said the Jewish Apostle Paul: “God’s purpose was that we Jews who were the first to trust in Christ would bring praise and glory to God. And now you Gentiles have also heard the truth, the Good News that God saves you. And when you believed in Christ, he identified you as his own by giving you the Holy Spirit, whom he promised long ago” (Ephesians 1:12-13).

For individuals the world over, God’s plan of salvation applies to everyone equally. But God has a second, concurrent plan for the nation and people of Israel. Listen to what The Lord told Moses as a reminder of what He first promised to Abraham:

“I am Yahweh—the Lord. I appeared to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob as El Shaddai—God Almighty—but I did not reveal my name, Yahweh, to them. And I reaffirmed my covenant with them. Under its terms, I promised to give them the land of Canaan, where they were living as foreigners. You can be sure that I have heard the groans of the people of Israel, who are now slaves to the Egyptians. And I am well aware of my covenant with them” (Exodus 6:2-5).

Later, when Israel abandoned the Lord their God, they were disciplined by means of foreign nations conquering and exiling them, culminating in the Great Diaspora by the Romans. But Scripture is replete with prophecies that God would return the Jews to Israel and restore them physically and spiritually, which is taking place before our 20th and 21st century eyes.

In 1967 when the Jews reclaimed the Holy City Jerusalem of the Holy Land of Israel, God’s discipline of his people ended. From that time on, nations and individuals who seek to destroy the Jews will pay an extremely heavy price.

“O God, do not be silent! Do not be deaf. Do not be quiet, O God. Don’t you hear the uproar of your enemies? Don’t you see that your arrogant enemies are rising up? They devise crafty schemes (lies) against your people; they conspire against your precious ones. ‘Come,’ they say, ‘let us wipe out Israel as a nation. We will destroy the very memory of its existence’” (Psalms 83:1-4).

Rest assured, God will no longer be silent when it comes to Israel. He hears and sees the arrogant taunts and loathsome lies of those who seek to erase Israel from the face of the earth. Soon, very soon, the Holy One of Israel will spring into action!

Spiritual Bodies … A Contradiction of Terms? (Part II)



Spiritual Bodies … A Contradiction of Terms? (Part II)

Everyone wants to live forever. Both rich and poor, famous and common seek immortality. However, many think, act, and live as though this earthly life is all there will ever be. They want to experience all the pleasure, achieve all the prestige, and acquire all the possessions possible during this life; then hope that they’ve been just good enough to merit God’s favor in the hereafter. Others blindly follow false gods and the false promises of the men who made those gods to a paradise that doesn’t exist for them.

Either way, they end up ignoring or rejecting the life-giving truth proclaimed by Jesus, himself. “…whosoever believes in him will not perish (spiritual death) but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

They disregard the profound warning that Jesus issued regarding the eternal life or death consequences that a person’s belief system and life’s pursuit would bring: “If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake and for the sake of the Good News, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Mark 8:35-37).

What many don’t fully grasp is that immortality is a reality, but only on their Creator’s terms … according to God’s eternal plan for the human race. But this existence will either be Life or Death. Life in spiritual bodies equipped to live in heaven forever. Or, what Scripture calls the Second Death … eternal separation from God also in a body but one that is spiritually dead. One that is more like the Walking Dead depicted in the television program of the same name, but without the Hollywood imitative inaccuracies.

Resurrection to Life? Or, resurrection to Death? We have a choice.

In last week’s Part I article, we examined what it is that has compelled and persuaded millions of people since the first century AD to place their personal trust and destiny in Jesus Christ. Permit me to quote from that article (in italics).

We are compelled by the amazing love of God expressed in his Grace freely bestowed through the precious gift of his son, Messiah Jesus. It is the greatest gift ever given, purchased by the highest price ever paid (not our purchase with good works or self-worth, but God’s purchase), the very blood and life of Jesus Christ—the righteous for the unrighteous, the just for the unjust, the innocent for the guilty.

We are persuaded by the very cornerstone of our belief and trust: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Son of God, Son of David, and Son of Man reigns from heaven and will soon return to reign on this earth … in the same glorified, spiritual body that was his when he left the grave. All other religious founders or leaders are still in their graves. But not the Lord. Our Redeemer lives!


Now let’s take an up-close and personal look at the who, what, how, and when of the mysterious, but nevertheless astounding actuality of the spiritual body. Because without this transformed body which is a new extreme make-over of our original earthly body, there’s no way that we will be equipped to live forever in heaven. Or be able to do extraordinary things on this earth during our rule and reign with the King of all kings … our Lord and Savior Messiah Jesus.

If you like, think Superman … without the kryptonite! But for a vastly superior purpose: To worship, praise, and serve the true and living God, undefiled. Without the earthly hang-ups and baggage that the very best of men and women bear daily on this weary, wicked world we live in. To fellowship and rejoice with the host of heaven in a paradise so wonderful that even the most vivid human imagination cannot envision or comprehend.

Who Will Live Forever with a Spiritual Body? (Who is Qualified?)

Scripture precisely and powerfully proclaims in dozens of passages that only those who personally believe in the Gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ will be saved from the penalty of their sins, which is eternal separation (death) from God. Instead, we have been freely given the awesome privilege of everlasting life with an immortal body that will surpass our highest expectations or attainable aspirations.

This Gospel is both simple and profound, easy to understand yet difficult for so many to believe; because they mistakenly think that they must do something to earn whatever kind of salvation they have imagined or have been taught by (their) religion. How much they must do or how much will be enough depends on the religion they follow.

As I have said several times in prior Eye of Prophecy articles: Christianity is not a religion. It is the only belief system which asserts that God did for the human race what it could not do for itself through good works, self-worth, or meritorious conduct. That is why it is called the Gospel, which means, Good News. Jesus Christ did it all! He perfectly fulfilled the Law of Moses, so that mankind can stop trying to earn salvation by keeping the law, which couldn’t be done in the first place. Moreover, the very essence and heart of the Christian faith is a personal relationship with God available to all those who have been restored and reconciled to God by simply believing and receiving Jesus Christ and what he accomplished on the Cross. Then confirmed by his mighty resurrection from the dead. That same resurrection will be graciously given to all who have placed their faith in Christ. The same spiritual body possessed by Messiah Jesus after he arose from the dead will be part of the believer’s eternal inheritance.

Let’s return to I Corinthians Chapter 15 and quote again Paul’s definitive summary of the Good News: “…Christ died for our sins … was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (Verses 3-4).

Yet even some believers in the Corinthian Church doubted whether there was or would be such a thing as a resurrection from the dead. Others believed in a resurrection, but only of the human spirit, not the body; in spite of the overwhelming evidence that Jesus was seen bodily, not merely as a spirit. Mary Magdalene was the first to see Jesus after he arose. She touched him … the Bible intimates that she most likely hugged him! By very definition a spirit cannot be touched.

Jesus dispelled all doubt to his disciples (and hundreds of others) who at first couldn’t fathom that he had arisen and returned from the dead as a whole person. When Christ suddenly appeared to them behind locked doors, “…the whole group was startled and frightened, thinking they were seeing a ghost! ‘Why are you frightened?’ he asked. ‘Why are your hearts filled with doubt? Look at my hands. Look at my feet. You can see that it’s really me. Touch me and make sure that I am not a ghost, because ghosts don’t have bodies, as you see that I do’” (Luke 24:37-39).

What an absolutely stunning reality this was to the disciples!

Then he actually ate some food to further prove that he was not merely spirit. Since when do ghosts eat food?!


Thus, Paul challenges and even reprimands the Corinthians by asking: “But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either” (I Corinthians 15:12-13).

Paul continues: “And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But, in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is first of a great harvest of all who have died. So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam (born physically), everyone who belongs to Christ (born again spiritually) will be given new life. But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back” (I Corinthians 17-23).

Those who belong to Christ, by means of believing and receiving Him as Lord and Savior, will qualify to be part of the spectacular harvest of brand new spiritual bodies when the Lord takes his people to heaven at the Rapture.

What Is a Spiritual Body & How Is It Possible?

The Apostle Paul then goes on to pose a probing but perfunctory question; yet, it was not his own query. Instead of embarrassing the Corinthians by directly accusing them of asking such a question, Paul politely points to a hypothetical “someone.” With, however, the not so subtle inference that even some of the believers were harboring the same thoughts as non-believers, which is expressed by Paul as follows:

“But someone may ask, ‘How will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?’ What a foolish question…!” (I Corinthians 15:35-36)

Let’s pause here for a moment and return to the word oxymoron, discussed in last week’s article. Which is a glaring contradiction of two terms or ideas. With the first part of the word referring to someone or something that is quite sharp … meaning (intellectually) perceptive or even brilliant. And the second part of the word denoting something or someone rather dull … more like foolish. In fact our English word moron is the second half of this word!

To some extent Paul is using such a strong word (foolish) to chide those who would pose these kind of questions, but that is not his primary purpose. Rather, he’s employing the word foolish in the oxymoronic sense. That the concept of resurrection from the dead is a profound spiritual and physical fact (as he had already demonstrated by reminding them that Christ arose from the dead); but also an obviously simple thing to grasp in case someone is not seeing the forest because of the trees.

How else will those in Christ be raised except bodily, as part of the great harvest of believers when Christ returned? What other kind of form would they have but one like the Lord’s? What was it that Christ arose from? Answer: The grave, the dead. Before he could arise, he had to die. Thus, Paul seizes the opportunity with an analogy to the most fundamental explanation of life:

“…When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn’t grow into a plant unless it dies first. And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a bare seed of wheat or whatever you are planting. Then God gives it the new body he wants it to have. A different plant grows from each kind of seed. Similarly there are different kinds of flesh—one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish” (I Corinthians 15:36-39).

When Adam and Eve sinned by disobeying clear instructions from God, death entered the world. From that point the cycle of life was only possible when the seed of all living things first died, thereby, producing life again. Until the biological seed of plants or the sperm and egg seed of animals and humans first dies, there’s no way that life can begin. And when it is born and does begin, it’s a whole new and different form of life from the original seed that died. Paul initially refers to the seed of plants because without plant life there could be no other life … birds, fish, animals, or humans.

Paul then amplifies this analogy with the example of heavenly bodies possessing their own glory, or distinct innate essence, each different from the other (Verses 40-41).

Then he drives the point home by completing the correlation.

“It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever. Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory (meaning a new and much better essence or being) … They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies” (I Corinthians 15:42-44).

*Note: Jesus used a similar comparison when he said that all who wanted to live forever in the Kingdom of God must be spiritually reborn. Just like we are born physically with our earthly body, so can and must we be born-again spiritually if we are to live forever with the Lord in heaven. (John Chapter 3).

So, Paul is saying that it’s silly to think that there is no resurrection. Didn’t Christ, himself, rise from the dead? Or, once past that point of doubt, to think that we would be raised with the same earthly body in which we were born. As a result of sin, it was all too clear that our bodies grow old, deteriorate and eventually die. And why on earth would God raise us in spirit form only; when in fact he originally created us with a spirit and body to live forever. It’s foolish to think otherwise; meaning that our eternal existence in heaven will surpass the Garden of Eden paradise given to our original parents, Adam and Eve. Furthermore, this everlasting life will be lived in and with a superbly superior body … a spiritual body!


Paul goes on to say: “Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. Earthly people are like the earthly man, and heavenly people are like the heavenly man. Just as we are now like the earthly man, we will someday be like the heavenly man. What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that our physical bodies cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These dying bodies cannot inherit what will last forever” (I Corinthians 15:47-50).

When Will Those in Christ Receive Their Spiritual Bodies

We already know that our earthly bodies will be transfigured into everlasting heavenly spiritual bodies at the resurrection. But when will that take place? Most believers know the answer to that question, but not necessarily all the intricate details. Though no one knows the actual day and time when Christian believers are caught up to meet Messiah Jesus, commonly called the Rapture, we can otherwise know a great deal about this magnificent event. (Please refer to the first five articles posted on the Eye of Prophecy website in July, August of 2013, on the What, Why, When, Who, and How of the Rapture).

In the very next verse Paul discloses an astonishing revelation given to him directly from the Lord. One that he had already conveyed to the Thessalonian believers as found in I Thessalonians Chapter 4, but absent some of the details he imparts to the Corinthians.

“But let me reveal to you a wonderful secret. We will not all die, but we will all be transformed! It will happen in a moment, in the blink of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, those who have died will be raised to live forever. And we who are living will also be transformed. For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies” (I Corinthians 15:51-53).

Now, That’s Life!! Not the short time here on the planet then we’re gone without taking anything with us life—dramatically but deceptively summarized, for example, in Frank Sinatra’s song, That’s Life, or in the song written for him by Paul Anka, I Did It My Way.

You might want to check out the Eye of Prophecy article entitled, To Be or Not to Be … in Heaven. Posted 11-1-14.

Things to Ponder

By and large, Scripture doesn’t elaborate on the new glorified spiritual bodies that believers in Christ will possess when the dead in Christ are raised from the dead and those alive will also be transformed and immediately follow them. Suffice to say, our spiritual bodies will far exceed anything we could imagine. Neither, however, does the Bible leave us clueless.

There is a general overview and reliable supposition that we can make about our glorified bodies: They will be multi-dimensional. How many more dimensions than we currently have is unknown for now.

But here are a few of the distinguishing characteristics:

Physical Barriers Are No Problem

We’ve already touched on this earlier in the article … Luke Chapter 24. That account is also recorded in John’s Gospel. Even after they had been told that the Lord had arisen, his disciples were still in hiding from the Jewish leaders—meeting behind closed and locked doors.

“…Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! ‘Peace be with you,’ he said. As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side…” (John 20:19-20). Jesus didn’t knock or break down the door. He was just there! Picture entering the famous Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico without going through or down the entrance shaft.

Time and Space Are No Barriers

Remember Jesus walking with the two men on the road to Emmaus, after his resurrection. He verbally took them through all the prophetic Scriptures that spoke of him as the Messiah, then agreed to go to their home to eat dinner with them. Jesus, “…took the bread and blessed it. Then he broke it and gave it to them … And at that moment he disappeared!” (Luke 24:30-31).

One minute he was there and the next second he was gone! Gone, as in abruptly vanishing. How long it took him to get to his next destination is not known. But a spiritual educated guess tells us it was fast, very fast. Perhaps we will be able to travel at the speed of sound, or light, or even thought.

Eating, Drinking (Presumably Sleeping) Will Still Be Possible, but Optional

Notice in the account we just looked at with the two followers of Jesus that Jesus chose not to eat. He blessed the bread, gave it to the two men, and disappeared. The very evident implication in this scene is that the seven-mile walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus followed by the time spent at the house preparing dinner and whatever else occurred would have taken several hours. The men were hungry and so could have been the Lord. But he chose not to eat most likely because he didn’t need to.

On the other hand, he ate with his disciples in the account later in Luke Chapter 24. Our spiritual bodies will be such that eating, drinking, and probably sleeping will be optional. With exception that we will periodically partake of the water of life and tree of life in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22). Thus, we will have the pleasure of eating … who doesn’t want or like to eat! On the other hand, there are times when we just don’t want to take the trouble to eat. We will eat when we want to; won’t eat when we don’t want to!

Gravity Does Not Affect the Spiritual Body, Either in a Positive or Negative Way

“Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. Its rider (Jesus) was named Faithful and True, for he judges fairly and wages a righteous war. The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses” (Revelation 19:11, 14).

During the final epic battle of Armageddon, believers will follow our Lord directly from heaven; with the obvious conclusion that it will be from the sky above to the earth below, all the while riding white horses. Included in all the glorious features our spiritual bodies will possess, gravity will have no power over us. Suspended animation? Any time or place we choose.

Flying fast or flying slow. Look out earth, away we go!

Please, take a few more minutes and listen to this beautiful and powerful song by Nicole Mullen.  My Redeemer Lives

Spiritual Bodies … A Contradiction of Terms? (Part I)



Spiritual Bodies, Mutually Exclusive Words?

What in the world is a spiritual body? Is there such a thing? At face value, these two words compared, contrasted, and simply put side by side are mutually exclusive. Absent a Biblical definition and explanation, they are a contradiction of terms. A human body plus a human spirit equal a human being. Right? Of course, right! But a body that is a spirit or a spirit that is a body (spiritual body) just doesn’t compute. Spiritual body is a striking example of that odd but also ordinary word, Oxymoron.

Webster’s dictionary tells us that oxymoron comes from two Greek words: Oxys, meaning sharp or keen. Plus, moros, which means foolish. The resulting definition from Webster’s Dictionary: “a combination of contradictory or incongruous words (as cruel kindness).”

In other words, what otherwise keenly intelligent person would foolishly identify someone as cruelly kind? But when it comes to things spiritual such as what God accomplished through his amazing grace and kindness when Jesus Christ willingly died on that cruel cross, Scripture tells us: “The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God” (I Corinthians 1:18).

Referring again to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Apostle Paul states: “It is foolish to the Jews, who ask for signs from heaven. And it is foolish to the Greeks, who seek human wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the power of God and the wisdom of God” (I Corinthians 1:22-24).

What exactly is the Gospel of Jesus Christ? And how does that relate to or explain whether there is or can be such a thing as a spiritual body? Not the human body that houses the human spirit, one in which the spirit is separated from the body at death; rather an indivisible union of spirit and body in which the two distinct entities are inseparably one essence. So much so that it takes two words to describe this phenomenon … spiritual body.


Let’s continue in I Corinthians where we will find one of the most basic and precise descriptions of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in all of Scripture. The Apostle Paul writes:

“I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said” (I Corinthians 15:3-4).

First, a brief comment on, “just as the Scriptures said.” There are several things that distinguish the Bible and Christianity from man-made religions in the world, but three that irrefutably confirm that the Bible is the Word of the true and living God; therefore, that Jesus Christ is the only means of salvation, i.e. being made right with God.

  • Hundreds of prophecies that have come to pass. No other religion or so-called sacred texts have such eschatological proof to back up their claims. In fact, they make few, if any, predictions about the future because they know their god or gods or prophets cannot make them come to pass.
  • Numerous supernatural miracles performed by God, Messiah Jesus, and by the Holy Spirit through the Old Testament prophets and New Testament apostles.
  • Above all, Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. “…and he was raised from the dead on the third day…”

Resurrection from the Grave … That’s What It Is All About!

Just a few days before he would lay down his life as a ransom for our sins, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me” (John 14:6). Shortly before that he explained to his disciples, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat is planted in the soil and dies, it remains alone. But its death will produce many new kernels—a plentiful harvest of new lives. Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who care nothing for their life in this world will keep it for eternity” (John 12:23-25).

The Apostle Paul used this same analogy of a seed dying only to produce new life. That this renewed life will, in turn, produce the oxymoron marvel of spiritual bodies.

Jesus declared to Martha (and the whole world): “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this, Martha?” (John 11:25-26).

Just minutes after Messiah Jesus made this remarkable claim about himself, he raised Martha and Mary’s brother, Lazarus, from the dead! But notice that Jesus asked Martha if she believed that he was (I AM) life itself—the author and essence of life and life everlasting—as well as the very source of (bodily) resurrection before he raised Lazarus from the grave. Would she, could she believe on the basis of what Jesus had said and done up to this point in time—his claims of being Messiah, Son of God, and his mighty miracles to demonstrate that he was who he said he was—that he could do something about the tragic untimely death of her brother? Both Martha and Mary firmly believed that Jesus could have healed Lazarus before he died. But the Lord didn’t and Lazarus died.

Even before that, Jesus told Martha, “Your brother will rise again.” With Martha’s response conveying what some Jews believed, “Yes … he will rise when everyone else rises, at the last day” (John 11:23-24). However, many Jews and most Gentiles, especially the Greeks and Jewish Sadducees, did not believe in a bodily resurrection; if there was a resurrection, it would only be the human spirit. This, despite the fact that Job long before had recognized this astonishing truth: “But as for me, I know that my Redeemer lives; and he will stand upon the earth at last. And after my body has decayed, yet in my body I will see God!” (Job 19:25-26).

Then Jesus raised Lazarus right then and there to prove two primary things to Mary, Martha, and the watching world: (1) I love you and Lazarus, and I’m bringing him back to you and to me. (2) I will prove to you and to everyone that I have the power over life and death.

Lazarus raised

This mighty and moving demonstration of resurrection by the Lord was a real-life application experience of the dramatic doctrinal truth of John 3:16. As a result, “Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen” (John 11:45).

Lazarus and the little girl raised by Jesus, as well as each boy raised by the prophets Elijah and Elisha, were prototypes, because each of those raised from the dead had to die again. They were primarily proof that there can be and will be a resurrection from the dead. When Jesus told Martha that he was the resurrection and the life, he was looking ahead to his own (special) resurrection; followed by a great resurrection harvest of all who believed in him. But Jesus was referring to the immortal, incorruptible spiritual body that the Apostle Paul would further explain to believers in I Corinthians Chapter 15.

Just a few days later Jesus proved beyond doubt that he was the Son of God and the reality of the eternal spiritual body resurrection by being the first to rise from the dead with a glorified body—the very body that he now has and forever will have. And though he was the first and the greatest to be given such a body, he has promised that all those who believe and receive him as personal Savior and Redeemer will also be given such a glorified spiritual body.

Not a body that contains a spirit, but a body that is spirit!

That’s what Jesus meant when he said, “…The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into his glory, and God will be glorified because of him” (John 13:31). Glory in Scripture means the very essence of whom or what is being described, i.e. the glory of God and a glorified body.

The Power of the Gospel

What is it that has compelled and persuaded me and millions of people down through the ages, including some who are reading this article, to believe and receive Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Thereby, staking our eternal destiny on this faith and the object of our faith which convinces us that God can be trusted to save us from our sins and from the Tribulation to come, and give us eternal life through His Son.

We are compelled by the amazing love of God expressed in his Grace freely bestowed through the precious gift of his son, Messiah Jesus. It is the greatest gift ever given, purchased by the highest price ever paid (not our purchase with good works or self-worth, but God’s purchase), the very blood and life of Jesus Christ—the righteous for the unrighteous, the just for the unjust, the innocent for the guilty.

We are persuaded by the very cornerstone of our belief and trust: the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Son of God, Son of David, and Son of Man reigns from heaven and will soon return to reign on this earth … in the same glorified, spiritual body that was his when he left the grave. All other religious founders or leaders are still in their graves. But not the Lord. Our Redeemer lives!

It is a historical fact that Jesus Christ arose from the dead. Returning to our passage in I Corinthians Chapter 15, immediately after Paul encapsulates the good news of salvation into the simple truth of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, he affirms: “He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve. After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time … Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him” (Verses 5-8).

It never ceases to amaze me that so many people for so long have denied the resurrection of Jesus Christ, or are essentially indifferent to it. Most of those who deny or seriously doubt it do so for two main reasons: (1) they don’t believe or don’t want to believe the authenticity of the Bible. (2) They simply don’t want to accept the clear evidence as it doesn’t fit with what they want out of life. Which was emphatically expressed by Jesus in a verse quoted earlier: Those who love their life in this world will lose it.

Time and space does not permit an in-depth validation of the reliability of the Bible in this article. Except to say that as important as the Bible is to eternal doctrinal truth of mankind’s lost and sinful condition and God’s majestic plan of salvation for the human race, these truths are interwoven into and throughout an incredibly meticulous historical account of individuals, nations, places, times, and events. Both religious and secular scholars who are truly objective consider the Bible to be even more historically reliable than many secular historians. There are thousands more complete or partial manuscripts of the books of the Bible than the closest number of manuscripts to it, which is Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, both of which are fiction.

In other words, if someone is going to deny or even seriously question the historical fact that Jesus arose from the grave, as confirmed by hundreds of witnesses who saw him sometime during the forty days after his resurrection (before his ascension back to heaven), then they should also reject any and all secular historical accounts of, for example, the life and times of Augustus Caesar. Once again: Although the Bible is indeed a book of faith, it is much more than that. It is a historically reliable account of people, places, and events that provide an authentic backdrop of God’s interaction with the human race from the first Adam to the last Adam and beyond.


Then there are those who acknowledge the fact or at least the possibility that Christ arose from the dead but who are nonetheless indifferent to his resurrection. That is particularly true of 20th & 21st century folks. It’s like, “that’s nice, even pretty impressive, but what does it have to do with me?”

Well, if Jesus, himself, said it has everything to do with every person on this earth, might that not be a strong clue to listen up and take what he said and did to heart. As indicated earlier, when Jesus asked Martha, he asked everyone, “Do you believe this…” Believe what? Believe what Jesus had just told Martha and every person on this planet: “I am the resurrection and the life.”

Don’t miss next week’s Part II article when we’ll do some in-depth examination of the Spiritual Body.

Things to Ponder

Shortly after Jesus had fed a multitude of thousands with just five barley loaves and two fish, some in the crowd said, “We want to perform God’s works, too. What should we do?” (John 6:28).

Jesus didn’t give them a long list of religious requirements or do-good philosophies, because he knew they couldn’t keep the Law of Moses, nor does the law or good works bring salvation in the first place. Thus, his answer was simple. Only one thing is required:

“This is the only work God wants from you. Believe in the one he has sent” (John 6:29).

That’s it, that’s all, you might say.

Yes, that’s all.

The Philippian jailor pleaded with the Apostle Paul and Silas who had just prevented the jailor from committing suicide. The jailor asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Paul and Silas replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved…” Acts 16:30-31).

As the Apostle John said in one of his epistles, “And this is what God has testified. He has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God’s Son does not have life” (I John 5:11-12).

Do you believe this?


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