Friday, June 28, 2013

DOUBLE PLAGUES, PART 3

THE DOUBLE PLAGUES UPON BARACK OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY: Part 1, and Part 2 to this series.

With the outlining of these (so far) 9 “double disasters” that have come upon the presidency of Barack Obama, remembrance is evoked of an ancient Pharaoh in the land of Egypt who also had a series of plagues come upon him. After studying Pharaoh’s plagues, we can discern certain lessons and interesting types and shadows and subtle parallels from his plagues and the circumstances of the Israelites in bondage that can be applied to this current study, especially in light of Obama being compared in the past to Pharaoh Tut and Pharaoh Akenaton.

Tutankhamun (official royal name), Tutankhaten (birth name), popular known as King Tut:



Obama as Tut:


Obama as Akenaton:


Curiously, King Tut was the son of Akenaton; thus, Obama has been compared to both father and son.

HOW THE ISRAELITES CAME TO BE IN EGYPT

Jacob had fled from his father-in-law Laban and returned to his home in Canaan, bringing with him his two wives and a number of servants and herds and flocks (Gen. 31). On his journey home, he encountered “a man” with whom he wrestled till dawn. Perceiving that this man was a supernatural being, he begged for a blessing, and at that time, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel (Gen. 32).

Israel would have 12 sons. Though he loved Rachel, he had been compelled to marry her older sister Leah, and by Leah he had six sons and a daughter. By Rachel, he had two sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

Israel loved Joseph very much and would give him gifts that provoked jealousy from his brothers. When Joseph had dreams that someday his mother and father and his brothers would make obeisance to him, it was more than they could take (Gen. 37).

The brothers plotted one day to rid themselves of Joseph, so they managed to trap him in a pit and then sell him to some Midianites who in turn sold him to some Ishmaelites who were on a trade caravan to Egypt. The brothers then tore Joseph’s coat, one given to him by his father, and smeared it with blood and then gave it to their father and let him presume that Joseph was dead. For all intents and purposes for the brothers, he was. They never dreamed they would see him again (Gen. 37).

Joseph was brought into Egypt, it appears, during the time that the Hyksos were ruling. The Hyksos were not native Egyptians, but rather foreigners who managed for a time to overrun the area of Egypt near the Nile delta.

Joseph was bought by Potiphar, a native Egyptian, to be a type of overseer in his home. It was quite clear early on that God was with Joseph, for he was blessed in all that he did. At some point, Joseph caught the eye of Potiphar’s wife and she tried to seduce him, but when Joseph rejected her advances and fled, she accused him of attempted rape, and Joseph was thrown into a prison for about two years (Gen. 39).

There, Joseph met two household servants of Pharaoh’s (1), the baker and the butler. It came to pass that each had a dream of which neither understood the meaning. Upon hearing the dreams, Joseph was given the interpretation by the Lord and explained them. The butler was happy to hear his dream’s interpretation, for it was revealed that he would be restored to his former position. The baker, however, did not receive good news -- he would be put to death for his supposed misdeeds. What Joseph claimed would happen to each did come to pass. The butler, when restored, forgot to tell Pharaoh about Joseph though Joseph had hoped he would (Gen. 40).

Some time passed when Pharaoh had not one, but two troubling dreams. In the first, he dreamed there were seven fat cows followed by seven emaciated cows. These seven cows ate up the first fat cows. Then Pharaoh dreamed that he saw seven ears of corn full and ripe followed by seven stricken ears of corn, blasted by dry winds. These seven ears of corn ate up the first fat ears. Seeking the meanings of these two dreams from his court counselors, interpreters and magicians, no one could help him (Gen. 41).

Then the butler remembered Joseph, who was still in prison. Joseph was quickly cleaned up and brought before Pharaoh, who told him his two dreams.

Joseph understood at once that both dreams were one and the same: seven years of plenty were going to be followed by seven years of hard famine.

One of the most important principles of interpretation was explained by Joseph at that time.

And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass. --Genesis 41:32

A "doubling" of an event can be a sign that something has been established by God. The "doubling" that is noted here came from the Pharoah, the ruler of Egypt. It is perhaps important to note here that God "spoke" to Pharoah via his dream although Pharoah was not godly and apparently was not even seeking Him on the matter, and that this prophetic word did not come from a prophet.

Joseph advised that a wise man be put in charge of filling the granaries in the store cities to prepare against that time. Pharaoh agreed, and chose Joseph for the job (Gen. 41).

The famine came but Egypt was prepared. The famine was quite widespread, extending even northward into Canaan. When rumors came to Israel and his sons that there was grain in Egypt, he sent some of them to go buy some (Gen. 42).

It was because of this journey that the brothers and Joseph met once more. Because the years had gone by, the brothers did not recognize their younger sibling, who had now grown up and was very much in the court of Pharaoh as a right hand man. And like his dreams of years ago, they made obeisance to Joseph as they entreated him to accept their payment for some grain.

On their second trip there, Joseph revealed his identity and the news that the famine had yet several more years. He encouraged them to bring their families to Egypt and appealed to Pharaoh on their behalf that they might have the land of Goshen to raise their herds and flocks. They were shepherds, and as such, an abomination to the Egyptians, so Pharaoh agreed to Joseph’s family coming to Egypt and having the land he requested (Gen. 46).

Soon after Israel and his son’s arrival in Egypt, they met Pharaoh, who encouraged Joseph to place any who had experience with cattle as overseers of his own herds.

The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. --Genesis 47:6

What was meant to be a temporary stay in Goshen until the famine had run its course became four hundred long years. And then a pharaoh came to power who knew not Joseph.

Continued in part 4.

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Notes:

1) Pharaoh is not a proper name. It is a title that means “great house,” Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, 2003, pg 1285.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

OBAMA AND KENNEDY CORRECT JEHOVAH

The Word of God about homosexuality:

Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. --Leviticus 18:22

If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. --Leviticus 20: 13

The mouth of Obama about traditional marriage:

“It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people,” Obama said in a statement. “The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it.”

Better off? -- We shall see.

TORRENTIAL RAINS PROMPT FLOOD WARNINGS IN MIDWEST in aftermath of yesterday’s storms.

Now . . .

Incredible heat wave setting up over California and Nevada, which could challenge decades-old records.

DANGEROUS HEATWAVE SETTLES OVER U.S. SOUTHWEST

HEATWAVE MAY THREATEN WORLD’S HOTTEST RECORDS

ERRATIC JET STREAM BRINGS EXTREMES AND WARNINGS TO U.S.


While Obama goes to Africa (and lands in raw sewage dumped at the airport by protestors wanting to disrupt his visit), Secretary of State Kerry is in Israel.

Dozens and dozens of articles and commentaries about yesterday’s rulings; in fact, so many that I have decided to link only to a couple.

Justice Scalia is apparently flabbergasted that the majority not only ruled against DOMA, but went so far as to label those who support traditional marriage as “reprobates.” Justice Anthony Kennedy, who is from California (Sacramento), where the massive heatwave is setting up, btw, apparently agreed with Obama that God needed correcting and wrote his opinion slapping Him on the wrist accordingly.

SCALIA’S DISSENT ON DOMA BREATHTAKING

12 OF THE MOST CUTTING HIGHLIGHTS FROM SCALIA'S DISSENT

John McTernan warns us where these rulings are going to take us: KENNEDY RULING CALLS CHRISTIANS "ENEMIES OF THE HUMAN RACE."

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

INTERESTING TIMING: WHITE HOUSE DOWN OPENS IN 48 HOURS

The Supreme Court has decided that traditional marriage cannot be defended -- they declare DOMA to be unconstitutional.


Paul Schlicta has laid out a pretty good case for WHAT’S WRONG WITH SAME-SEX MARRIAGE for American Spectator.

J. Matt Barber argues that the SUPREME COURT DOES NOT HAVE THE AUTHORITY TO REDEFINE MARRIAGE.

I’ve written before that David Wilkerson warned that judgment is coming to the Supreme Court. What form that will take or when, he was uncertain, but that it would come he was certain.

In the meantime, Accuweather and the Weather Channel are both reporting that a very strong and potentially damaging storm system is setting up today in the Midwest over areas that have already been very hard hit by recent storms. It appears that about 100 million people could be impacted by the storms.


If you did not get a chance yesterday to read John McTernan’s timely post, Abraham or Lot?, I am linking to it again as I think he makes some very powerful observations about the kind of Christian we choose to be in this hour will have a tremendous impact on our families and whether we will stand or lose all in the coming days.

The Pentagon claims that the country is now “safer” since homosexuals can now serve openly in the military. Never mind that sexual assault cases in the military have risen by the thousands, with now 40% of those cases being males who report they have been assaulted. It has reached such a crisis proportion that there was recently a hearing where several top generals and commanders appeared before members of Congress to give account of the situation.

June 13th is the day that President Obama chose to have two third-graders introduce him at an official LGBT function at the White House. He proclaimed that from “Minnesota to Maryland,” same-sex marriage was advancing forward, and he hinted that he felt confident that soon same-sex marriage would be all across this land. As he was boasting of this advancement, a storm system set up over Minnesota that produced a derecho and tornadoes, particularly in Obama’s “home state” of Illinois, in which Maryland bore the destructive brunt of the storms.

Then Obama boasted that from the Senate to the NBA, homosexuality was being openly embraced and welcomed. A short time later, while the Miami Heat and the San Antonio Spurs were playing, patrons watching the NBA game at an oceanside bar had the deck they were sitting on suddenly, and without warning, collapse into the bay, throwing nearly 100 people into the water. Note was made of the logos of the two teams: the Miami Heat has a flaming ball that looks like a meteor, and the Spurs have a spur that looks like a falling star. Within hours, a large fireball was witnessed over the East Coast.





It was reported in the news yesterday that scientists are studying why a small tsunami came ashore in New Jersey on the 13th. Speculation, at this point, is that the remnants of the derecho earlier that day caused the large waves. Interesting the fireball and the tsunami within hours of Obama’s speech, epecially since several people believe that God has shown them a meteor or meteors hitting the Atlantic Ocean causing a tsunami.

Suspicious Observers notes in his daily briefing today that Comet ISON is getting ready to 'crash' into the asteroid belt, and NASA has made no public moves to monitor ISON's movement thru those rocks. Perhaps we should stay aware; afterall, Russians in Chelyabinsk sure got a surprise in February when over a thousand people were injured and multiple buildings damaged when a fireball exploded over their area, so, yes, it can happen.

Today is a day for prayer and for drawing close to Jesus. It is a day that, as McTernan notes in his post, will be a day that either we hear the warning from God or we don’t. In May 2010, Cindy by the Sea wrote two posts that have always stayed in my mind, both about the signs at that time showing there was coming a day "when no man could work": When no man can work and The end of the world. Wilkerson warned that there comes a day when a nation is handed over to the reap the consequences of her sins. The Supreme Court today informed the Holy God of Heaven, "We shall do as we please. We shall do what seems right in our own eyes."

People, God is NOT mocked. Deuteronomy 28 outlines all the curses that come upon a nation that turns its back on God. Destruction in various forms will come and at various times and at varying levels. The handwriting is on the wall. For Belshazzar, judgment came in the midst of his throwing a big party. By morning, he was dead and his kingdom occupied by the Iranians.

McTernan and Koenig as well as others, myself included, have frequently noted that within 24-48 hours, some event has happened in the wake of pushing Israel on the peace process or in connection with abortion or homosexuality. McTernan has been especially faithful to note such correlations between Gay Pride events and earthquakes or severe weather. Interesting then that 48 hours from today, on Friday, WHITE HOUSE DOWN will open in theaters.


A movie that is reported to be a near copy of a movie that was just opened in March, while Obama was in Israel.



Does that mean the White House, or America, will literally be down in 48 hours? Who knows? Perhaps not this nation as a whole but perhaps something significant about Obama's presidency. Do not ignore the "other" story that has been in the news all this week as this decision from the Supreme Court was being prepared: the steadily increasing tensions between Obama and Putin to the extent that Secretary of John Kerry publicly stated yesterday that the U.S. was not looking for a confrontation with the Russians, i.e. "We're not looking for a fight." It is no coincidence that these two stories, Snowden and anticipation of the Supreme Court's ruling, have been playing out in tandem this past week. A number of commentators have mentioned that Obama does not command respect from Putin and that Putin has been openly, and without fear, contemptuous of Obama over the issue of Edward Snowden.

PUTIN SENDING MESSAGE TO OBAMA OVER SNOWDEN? 4 min video

For those who love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ remember what Jesus said, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." --John 14:27

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

KERRY IN ISRAEL, ASSANGE, ABRAHAM OR LOT?

YNet News is reporting that Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Israel on Thursday working on the peace process.

Not a fan of Julian Assange but have to agree with his "oh-the-irony" assessment of the Obama-Snowden drama. Assange notes, "The US government is spying on each and every one of us, but it is Edward Snowden who is charged with espionage for tipping us off."

So true.

Assange further hails what qualifies as the true mark of "service to humanity": It is getting to the point where the mark of international distinction and service to humanity is no longer the Nobel Peace Prize, but an espionage indictment from the US Department of Justice.

For those Christians who follow end-times events, we know that the NSA spying program, also known as PRISM, has all the hallmarks of being the program (or at least of being a precursor program) the Antichrist and his False Prophet will use to track the movements of all humans on earth. At least the warning the Apostle John gives in his book The Revelation seems to indicate that humans will be closely monitored, primarily for the purpose of ensuring that humans are worshipping the image of the Beast.

Assange details the hypocrisies he sees coming from President Obama.

John Kerry has publicly stated that he believes Edward Snowden to be a traitor for "violating his oath." Absolutely no comment from Kerry if he believes President Obama to be a traitor since Obama laid his hand on Lincoln's Bible and promised to uphold the laws of the land but crossed his fingers behind his back when it came to DOMA. Obama doesn't care for the law upholding traditional marriage, so simply refused to enforce it.

Speaking of the Obama administration's battle against traditional marriage, John McTernan has written an especially thought-provoking post about the LGBT agenda -- ABRAHAM OR LOT? His post has a sense of "little else more can be said about this battle." We, as Christians, will either choose to be like Abraham or like Lot, and depending upon our decision, we will survive or lose all.

It is believed that the Supreme Court will hand down their ruling this week on same-sex marriage. Last year, when they handed down their ruling on Obamacare, a super derecho formed in Chief Justice Robert's home state of Indiana and became a 700-mile long line of storms that wiped out trees, and power, and damaged homes and businesses and left Washington, D.C., in the dark for nearly a week. One can't help but notice that when Obama said recently when hailing same-sex marriage "from Minnesota to Maryland," another derecho formed and impacted those very states. Now, a tremendous storm moved into Minnesota yet again and wiped out power, causing "the largest electrical outage in Minnesota history," according to the Star Tribune.

It's hard to say how the Supreme Court will rule, especially considering their confusing ruling this past week on our Fifth Amendment rights. The justices now claim that remaining silent is the same as an admission of guilt.

From the Washington Times:

The dissent, written by Justice Stephen G. Breyer and joined by three other liberal justices, argued that permitting a prosecutor to comment on a defendant's constitutionally protected silence would "put that defendant in an impossible predicament." A defendant must choose "between incrimination through speech and incrimination through silence."

Like I said, we can't really say how the Supreme Court will rule.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

ANOTHER SITS IN HIS PLACE -- FOUR YEARS TO THE DAY OF AN INFAMOUS INSULT

Oh, dear! Four years later, to the day, of insulting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, we see one of the strongest imprecations (curses) ever uttered against President Obama photographed. And he is bemused not realizing just what it means.

On JUNE 8, an official White House photo was released of a visit by several guests to the Oval Office four days earlier, on June 4.

In an article titled "Who do you think you are?: Chilean president justifies breaking protocol and sitting at Obama's desk by saying his daughter was born in America," we learn, dated June 8 (see note below), from Mail Online (emphasis mine):

President Sebastián Piñera of Chile broke White House protocol by sitting at President Barack Obama's desk during a Tuesday meeting to discuss bilateral trade arrangements. In an embarrassing faux pas, the 63-year-old billionaire sat down at the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office on Tuesday, breaking the White House's political protocols. 'I'm going to sit at the President of the United States' desk,' Piñera said in front of a visibly surprised President Barack Obama.


Chile is a name that can mean "ends of the earth," "seagulls," "where the land ends," "cold, or "snow" (Chile, wikipedia)

On February 27, 2010, Conception, Chile, experienced an 8.8 magnitude earthquake, the 6th strongest ever on record. I wrote about it here.

We have two dates here of deep interest.

The first date is that of June 4.

The breach of protocol occurred on June 4, by a foreign president on his first official White House visit.

Flashback to June 4, 2009:

President Obama was in Cairo, Egypt, to give his first official speech on the Middle East, titled "A New Beginning," and it was his effort to reach out to the Muslim world. In that speech, Obama publicly rebuked Israel, and declared that their "settlements" were the stumbling blocks to peace.

The United States does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlements. (Applause.) This construction violates previous agreements and undermines efforts to achieve peace. It is time for these settlements to stop. (Applause.)(excerpt, A New Beginning, transcript, emphasis mine)

He then declared that God had intended Jerusalem to be home to the "three great faiths," Jewish, Christian and Muslim -- that it was God's intention, thus His will.

Too many tears have been shed. Too much blood has been shed. All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus and Mohammed, peace be upon them, joined in prayer. (Applause.) (excerpt, A New Beginning, transcript, emphasis mine)

To commemorate his trip to Egypt, street vendors honored Obama with replica souvenirs of the "death mask" of King Tutankamen. The inscription on the masks proclaimed Obama to be the "New Tutankamen of the World."

King Tut actually had two names. His original name, Tutankhaten, meant "Living Image of Aten." Aten was an early representation of the ancient Egyptians' sun god. To the ancient Egyptians, the pharaoh, at his death, would rise to that sun to be subsumed by it.

The Aten, the sun-disk, is first referred to as a deity in The Story of Sinuhe from the 12th dynasty, in which the deceased king is described as rising as god to the heavens and uniting with the sun-disk, the divine body merging with its maker. By analogy, the term "silver aten" was sometimes used to refer to the moon. The solar Aten was extensively worshipped as a god in the reign of Amenhotep III, when it was depicted as a falcon-headed man much like Ra. In the reign of Amenhotep III's successor, Amenhotep IV, the Aten became the central god of Egyptian state religion, and Amenhotep IV changed his name to Akhenaten to reflect his close link with the new supreme deity. (Aten, wikipedia, emphasis mine)

Aten is closely associated with Ra, an early sun god to the ancient Egyptians.

Death mask of King Tut.


King Tut's second name was Tutankhamun, which meant "Living Image of Amun." Amun, like Aten, was also closely associated with Ra.

With Osiris, Amun-Ra is the most widely recorded of the Egyptian gods. As the chief deity of the Egyptian Empire, Amun-Ra also came to be worshipped outside of Egypt, in Ancient Libya and Nubia, and as Zeus Ammon came to be identified with Zeus in Ancient Greece. (Amun, wikipedia)

Obama not only had a death mask souvenir proclaiming an assocation with Ra. . . ,



but so did his campaign logo in 2008, which was that of the sun rising to the skies.


Here is the second date of interest  -- June 8.

Four days later, on June 8, (again in 2009), Obama was photographed at his Oval Office desk speaking on the phone to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The photo drew shock from some and delight from others (Islamics) for Obama was shown with his feet on the desk as he spoke to Netanyahu. Several noted that this "official White House photo" was actually an insult to Netanyahu for in the Middle East it is considered a deep insult to point the soles of one's shoes toward another, especially when speaking. Others were quite dismayed that he would put his feet up on the desk at all, as it seems so disrespectful to the office, and to the American people.



Shortly thereafter, a strong thunderstorm ripped thru the area, toppling a linden tree outside the Oval Office. It brought to mind the tree Nebuchadnezzar saw in a dream which was cut down by a Watcher to symbolize the loss of his kingdom. I wrote about it here.

Now, in 2013, on June 8th, we have an official White House photo released of a foreign president sitting at Obama's Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, and the accompanying article notes that, though bemused, Obama was "visibly surprised," i.e., he didn't see it coming. It was a "blind side." (Just noted a coincidence of a "blind side" in yesterday's post, as well as a reference to death. It's also interesting to note that it was the finding of King Tut's tomb and an alleged curse to those who found it that, wikipedia notes, led to several "horror movies featuring a vengeful mummy," i.e. the "walking dead." )

What are the odds that four years after insulting the Israeli prime minister while sitting at his Oval Office desk and a linden tree falling a short time later symbolizing loss of power, that to the day, another picture is released showing Obama startled to find another man sitting at his desk?

Since early in President Obama's presidency, there has been a Bible verse invoked against Obama from Psalm 109. It has been on bumper stickers, sent in emails, posted at numerous websites, and even on billboards. Some people have even lost their jobs for quoting this verse. This verse is so closely associated with President Obama that it is called the "Obama Prayer."  Now, we have just seen a photograph of it.

Let his days be few; and let another take his office. --Psalm 109:8.

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Date corrected from June 4 to June 8, as picture was from the 4th, but the article was from the 8th.