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The Rise of the Beast…?

http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=1620

*I only follow generally the PNW, we must be careful NOT to overly press too much literal aspects to the Book of Revelation, though I am myself a certain Historic Premillennial, which includes both the literal and the spiritual aspects therein in the Book.

PS.. But yes, I surely believe in the rise of the Beast (antichrists), but He has yet to be revealed in his last, final “personage”, The Antichrist, but HE will come! (1 John 2:18/ John 5: 43)… Myself, I do not doubt he is alive today!  But we must leave this revealing up to God’s purpose and timing. And again, the Church will see ‘The Antichrist’, 2 Thess. 2: 3, etc.

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The Feast of Trumpets and the 2nd coming of Jesus! (The Jerusalem Connection)

The Feast of Trumpets and the 2nd coming of Jesus!

Adam Eliyahu Berkowitz said: “The growing phenomenon of Christians observing the Biblical holidays is bringing Jews and Christians closer while helping to eliminate anti-Jewish replacement theology. This phenomenon is creating a new Bible-based aspect within Christianity, and for some Jews, revealing a previously hidden aspect of the holidays.
Wednesday evening began an intense period including three major Jewish holidays, starting off with Rosh Hashana (the New Year), continuing with Yom Kippur (Day of Repentance) ten days later, and ending with Sukkot. Until recently, this was a uniquely and exclusively Jewish experience. Now, many Christians are finding spiritual meaning in experiencing the Feasts and holidays they previously only read about – the source for the holidays in Judaism is, of course, the Bible, and many Christians are drawn to the holidays for their Biblical origins.”

God says: “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of Yahweh, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.”… “The sovereign Yahweh will sound the trumpet.”… “Then will appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven. And then all the peoples of the earth will mourn when they see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory. And he will send his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of the heavens to the other.”… “For Christ himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of Yahweh, and the dead in Christ will rise first.” (Leviticus 23:2; Zechariah 9:14; I Thessalonians 4:16)

The Jerusalem Connection says: Just as Jesus literally fulfilled the spring Feasts of Yahweh, of Passover and Shavuot (Pentecost) so he will fulfill the fall Feasts, of The Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah),Yom Kippur and Tabernacles. The Feast of Trumpets anticipates the coming of Jesus in power and great glory and the gathering of all believers to himself. Even so, come quickly LORD Jesus. Hallelu YAH!

Holy Scripture Reading, Acts 26: 28-29, NIVUK.

Acts 26:28-29New International Version – UK (NIVUK)

28 “Then Agrippa said to Paul, ‘Do you think that in such a short time you can persuade me to be a Christian?’

29 Paul replied, ‘Short time or long – I pray to God that not only you but all who are listening to me today may become what I am, except for these chains.’ ”

New International Version – UK (NIVUK)Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Holy Scripture Reading, John 21, NASB.

Today’s Bible Reading

September 22

John 21; NASB

1 “After these things Jesus manifested Himself again to the disciples at the Sea of Tiberias, and He manifested Himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch.” So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish. 7 Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord .” So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord , he put his outer garment on (for he was stripped for work), and threw himself into the sea. 8 But the other disciples came in the little boat, for they were not far from the land, but about one hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish. 9 So when they got out on the land, they saw a charcoal fire already laid and fish placed on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish which you have now caught.” 11 Simon Peter went up and drew the net to land, full of large fish, a hundred and fifty-three ; and although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” None of the disciples ventured to question Him, “Who are You?” knowing that it was the Lord . 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and the fish likewise. 14 This is now the third time that Jesus was manifested to the disciples, after He was raised from the dead. 15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord ; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord ; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord , You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. 18 “Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were younger, you used to gird yourself and walk wherever you wished; but when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will gird you, and bring you where you do not wish to go.” 19 Now this He said, signifying by what kind of death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me!” 20 Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord , who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him said to Jesus, “Lord , and what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!” 23 Therefore this saying went out among the brethren that that disciple would not die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he would not die, but only, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is testifying to these things and wrote these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 And there are also many other things which Jesus did, which if they were written in detail, I suppose that even the world itself would not contain the books that would be written.”
*Love verse 25!

Holy Scripture Reading, Romans 15: 7, NIVUK.

Verse of the Day

“Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”

Romans 15:7 NIVUK

Holy Scripture Reading, John 20: 19-31, NASB.

Today’s Bible Reading

September 21

John 20:19-31 NASB

John 20

1 “Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came early to the tomb, while it was still dark, and saw the stone already taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and came to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” 3 So Peter and the other disciple went forth, and they were going to the tomb. 4 The two were running together; and the other disciple ran ahead faster than Peter and came to the tomb first; 5 and stooping and looking in, he saw the linen wrappings lying there; but he did not go in. 6 And so Simon Peter also came, following him, and entered the tomb; and he saw the linen wrappings lying there, 7 and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself. 8 So the other disciple who had first come to the tomb then also entered, and he saw and believed. 9 For as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 10 So the disciples went away again to their own homes. 11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord , and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher ). 17 Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’ ” 18 Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord ,” and that He had said these things to her. 19 So when it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and when the doors were shut where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 And when He had said this, He showed them both His hands and His side. The disciples then rejoiced when they saw the Lord . 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 “If you forgive the sins of any, their sins have been forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they have been retained.” 24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples were saying to him, “We have seen the Lord !” But he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.” 27 Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 28 Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Jesus said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”

The Book of Isaiah, etc.

I have started a personal study on the Book of Isaiah, with all the up-tick and movement today on nature and natural disaster in our world, I thought this Book would be a place to go. The overall literary and genre aspect of Isaiah is prophecy, but this is simply NOT to tell (just) future events per se, but to express Isaiah’s sense of Israel’s place in God’s overarching redemptive plan for the world. God is fully Sovereign and has His own purpose and plan in His Creation!  But this is fully Judeo and Christian in a Fallen and Broken world, and National Israel, i.e. Modern Israel is central in this Plan. Let me recommend the Introduction of Isaiah taken from the ESV Study Bible (2008 by Crossway Bibles). Of course I use it myself!  But, as I have noted I like and use also the 2011 NIV Translation and the 2011 NIV Study Bible. I recommend both!  I believe and advocate Bible and Theological Study, today’s Christians simply MUST be Biblically literate. (Fr. R.)