“Thou madest man a little lower than the angels, thou crownedst him with glory and honor and didst set him over the works of thy hands. Thou has put all things in subjugation under his feet.” (Psa. 8:6)
“The first man is of the earth, earthy, the second man is the Lord from heaven.” (1Cor 15:47)
The human race has always had miscreants throughout existence, since father Adam sinned by disobedience of God’s law and received the promised death sentence, which the human race inherited. Crimes from jay-walking to petty theft, grand larceny, violent-weapons-bearing-major robberies, kidnappings for money, home invasions, single, serial, mass killings and hate driven terrorism are all growing alarmingly in the fast approaching end of The Gospel Age.
The “Good News” Age, the good news is the sacrifice of Christ, who died for us that we may live. The only good news, after the violence at the end of this age is that it will mark the end of The Present Evil World and the beginning of Christ’s Kingdom on earth.
Probably, USA’s Capital City has more organized and trained police officers of one kind or another than any other city in the world. There are the DC Metro Police and other police departments in the satellite communities. Add to this the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, US Marshals, DEA, etc., and of course, every government and private office building of any consequence has its own security force.
There are no better police anywhere else in the world, except perhaps in Israel, and certainly in the city of Jerusalem, their capital, which seemingly our government wants to divide between the Israelis and their enemy, the Arabs. We might as well divide New York City with the El Qaida terrorist.
This is not a complaint, in fact, all these police and more are needed in these troubling times of this time of trouble, and it is quickly growing greater than any since there was a nation (Dan 12:1). But Washington has been known as the murder capital of the USA. All cities of the world are similarly policed and more are needed in each, including USA’s capital city. Still the average resident of those cities is not safe on the streets.
Looking at Washington, DC, it is a good bet that no other city of the world has as many lawyers, judges and law courts, certainly not per capita, and all busier than they should have to be. Also, our capital is the best educated in the nation with more advanced college degrees probably than any other city, in the world.
the american prision system
America’s prison system is in a condition of serious crisis. Since the declaration of the war on drugs 40 years ago, our country has amassed the largest prison population the world has ever seen.
Overcrowding and unconstitutional conditions have gotten so bad that one of the worst offenders, California, was recently ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court to either transfer 33,000 people to other jurisdictions or simply let them go.
Now, former police officer, turned criminal justice professor, Peter Moskos has devised a modest proposal that, he argues, could solve the problem of our congested prisons overnight: give prisoners the option of being flogged instead of being imprisoned.
Born in Jerusalem
If you are an American citizen born in Jerusalem, the United States Government will not include Israel as the place of birth on your passport. “One Jerusalem” is involved in an important effort to end this discrimination against Israel.
The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case brought by an American citizen born in Jerusalem. US citizen Menachem Zivotofsky was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 2002.
The US State Department has refused to list “Jerusalem, Israel” as place of birth on his passport and would only write “Jerusalem” instead. There are US towns named Jerusalem, New York, for instance. This is despite the fact that in 2002 Congress instructed the State Department to “record the place of birth as Israel” on passports of American children born in Jerusalem if parents request it.
The present administration urged the Supreme Court not to hear the case. The justices instead not only agreed to hear the case, but also directed the two sides to address the broad question of whether the law “impermissibly infringes the president’s power to recognize foreign sovereignties.”
This case is especially important at a time when the US President has effectively endorsed the division of Jerusalem in calling for a return to the 1967 borders, which were extended after the entire Arab world attacked Israel and lost the war. While an overwhelming majority of Congress supports defensible borders and a united Jerusalem.
(Taken From the “One Jerusalem” Newsletter)
Troubling Times and The Time of Trouble
“And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Gen. 6:5)
This was at the time of the end of the “world that then was” before the flood. (2 Pet. 3:6) The period in which our earthly father, Adam disobeyed the one law God had given him – his sin – a deliberate disobedience for which he had been promised the death sentence, “dying thou shalt surely die,” and the eviction from the Garden of Paradise (Eden). See how fast the human race began to degenerate: Adam and Eve had a son, Cain who became a tiller of ground. Then they had Abel who became a sheep-tender. Cain was jealous of Abel and killed him because he offered a more excellent sacrifice to The Heavenly Father.
Then followed a period in which God permitted angels to try their hand at recovering man from the conditions imposed by sin. One can imagine how eager these angels were to participate in the exciting acts of the creation they had joyously witnessed. They were totally incapable of reversing the Creator’s Plan and to restore Adam and Eve to that which was lost – life eternal.
Verse 6 – “And it repented the Lord that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.” The word translated repented here is from the Hebrew word nacham [naw-kham], the primitive root of which is to sigh and by implication to be sorry – to pity. There is no indication that the Creator changed his mind or heart in the normal thought of the word repent. All, in fact, was going exactly the way He had foreseen and planned from the beginning. Everything was proceeding according to his “eternal purpose [Divine Plan].” (Eph. 5:11) He had pity for man’s growing depravity and it was the set time to bring that world to a halt. All that could be gained in the knowledge of evil for his creatures, both spirit and human, had been accomplished. Any furtherance of this “world that was” would be counter-productive to mankind and God’s “eternal purpose.” It was the due time.
“Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:” (Isa. 46:9,10)
What a reassuring message from our Heavenly Father, “the ancient of days,” whose major character traits are power, wisdom, justice, and love. There is none other with the power to accomplish all according to an eternal purpose. No other wisdom exists capable of creation with an eternal purpose and to declare the end from the beginning. This is exact justice in whom “judgment is laid to the line and righteousness to the plummet.” (Isa. 28:17) All these things equally balanced with perfect, Divine Love, “for God is love.” (1 John 4:8)
With these things in mind, we must take a look at what our Heavenly Father accomplished for us during this period designated by Him as “The World That Was.” He formed a habitat and from the elements thereof created man, a singular creature in HIS own image and HE tells us about it succinctly, clearly and simply in very few words. Yet, man in his “wisdom” has expounded upon it to the extent of literally billions of words. We dispute, argue, fight, theorize, and disregard the teaching of Scripture; and with Satan’s “help,” concoct all manner of [false] religions and science.
The Angels rejoiced at God’s creation of man and were dismayed at man’s sin and consequent death penalty. No doubt, they wanted eagerly to help and started out with fervor at the opportunity the Creator permitted. But, bit-by-bit, their every effort failed until finally Satan, the deceiver, implanted the idea that they could begat an entirely new order of earthly creatures.
These deceived angels were led to believe they could assume earthly form and beget a new order, which they commenced to do. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” (Jude 1:6) It had been against God’s laws of nature.
Crossbreeding between different species produces “mules” that cannot reproduce, though frequently they are superior to their parents in many respects, such as mental capacity, strength and endurance. The products of the union of angels and the daughters of men were “giants.” They were physically and mentally larger and stronger, with a much greater tendency to evil.
Those disobedient of the sinful angels were not given the death sentence as was man, but were confined until the great Day of Judgment so they could not interfere. As with man, these fallen angels who will not be rehabilitated will be eliminated. “Know ye not that we (the Saints) shall judge angels…” (1 Cor. 6:3)
But, why did God permit such a thing to happen when in his omniscience, He knew it was inevitable. What good came of it? – A wonderful lesson in the knowledge of evil for both the natural and spiritual creations. The vast majority of the spiritual who did not participate with the few who kept not their first estate, learned by observation of the abject failure of those who did, through their disobedience – sin. Those angels who fell from their first estate and practiced this abomination were confined in darkness until the Day of Judgment. Mankind learned a further lesson in the extreme sinfulness of sin – disobedience to God’s laws, though still the vast majority has not as yet learned this lesson.
In the meantime in the World that was, there were certain “sons of man” from Seth to Noah who maintained faith in God, even though they were unable to trace him. These are mentioned by name in the chronology of Genesis that establishes the period as 1656 years from the Creation of Adam through the flood.
From the beginning of the Adamic race, there were certain men who reverenced the Creator and had faith in Him. Noah was of this number and because of his faith; he and his wife, three sons and their wives were saved out of the flood. These eight people began a New World (order). In this new order man was on his own, Angels were not allowed to interfere except as directed by the Creator. Man had free will to maintain reverence and faith in his Creator or take the course of sin and degradation – a further step in gaining the knowledge of evil.
After the flood, the Patriarchal Age ensued in which certain individuals starting with Noah were favored because of their faith and reverence. They are the spiritual progenitors of the people of the Kingdom of God.
Of the three sons of Noah, Shem retained the reverence to his Father and it was from this lineage that sprang Abraham 352 years after the flood. Noah lived 350 years after the flood and died 2 years before Abraham [Abram] was born. Noah had to have been greatly venerated by all mankind; after all, he was the grandfather of the new order. This would have been especially true in the line through Shem. So, it’s safe to say, Shem and Abram were greatly influenced by Noah.
Abraham is styled the father of the faithful (Rom. 4:16). God made certain Covenants with him, which were passed on to Isaac, one of his sons. The first of these promises was designed to separate Abraham from the land of his birth and all the evil pagan influences thereof. Abraham was of the Chaldeans who were advanced in the various sciences and even Abraham was said to have been schooled in the celestial sciences. True, there also were pagan influences extant in the Land of Canaan, but Abraham was a stranger there and had no renown as he did in the land of his birth, which made him less likely to be led astray.
Then Abraham showed the depth of his faith by obeying God’s instructions to offer Isaac, the promised son of his old age, on the altar of sacrifice. Thus, creating a type of the sacrifice of the only begotten Son of God to be the ransom for man. God then made a unilateral covenant with Abraham: “That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.” (Gen. 22:17) The two seeds (stars of the heaven/sands of the seashore) among other things are the purchased offspring of The One Seed, which is Christ. These are the spiritual and earthly houses of the new Adam and Eve (Jesus and his Church) – The Anointed father and mother of all creation.
These promises were re-stated to Isaac and subsequently to one of his sons, Jacob, both having retained their father’s faith.
When Jacob died, his twelve sons formed the nucleus of the nation of Israel to whom God gave His law and made them His people. God gave Jacob the name Israel which means “ruling with God.” There ended the Patriarchal Age and began the Jewish Age.
The Law Covenant given to the twelve tribes in the wilderness after they were led out of Egypt came 857 years after the flood. This nation became the Kingdom of God, as a type of His Universal Kingdom to come in due time. Further promises were extended to them, some conditional and some unconditional.
“And as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be also in the days of the Son of man.” (Luke 17:26–Dia.) In Noah’s day before the flood, God’s earthly creation had reached its extremity. As the present evil world reaches its extremity, God will destroy it, not with a flood of water for He promised not to do that again. But, saved out of this coming destruction will be a remnant, as Noah and his family were at the flood. These eight people saved from the flood were a percentage of the total population of the world at the time and it might be that the remnant saved from the destruction of the present evil world will be a similar percentage of the current at the time, total population.
Though the second destruction of the world will not be a flood of water, the results will be the same. The world as we know it will be destroyed just as it was in the flood except for the remnant that will live through it as did Noah and his family. Keep in mind that “the earth abideth forever” as we are told in Eccl. 1:4. Keep in mind also that there are a number of Hebrew and Greek words translated world and earth, meaning land – the physical earth, to ages, meaning the infrastructure or the societal nature of the make-up of life. The latter is what is destroyed of both worlds, though in both, certain changes did and will occur to the physical.
The “days of the Son of Man” began on his return in 1874 with a harvest of his church, His Bride. In 1914, after forty years duration of this Harvest, THE CHRIST began to establish His Kingdom with the commencement of the time of trouble during which Satan and his minions will be dispossessed. This is, at least, circumstantial evidence that 1914 marked the close of the door to the High Calling.
When the rain began in the World That Was, Noah was ordered into the Ark and after all the creatures that would avoid the destruction were inside, the door to the Ark was sealed shut. As in the days of Noah, it began symbolic rain in 1914 with the Great War – the first phase (wind) of the time of trouble.
Curiosity abides in all of us and it is a great pleasure to find what appear to be parallels or types, to pin point dates and prognosticate. It is in our fallen human nature to try to reveal things of the future that no one else has “figured out.”
Belying admonition of the Psalmist “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say on the Lord. and keep his way He shall exalt thee to inherit the land.” (Psa 27:14 and 37:14)
GEORGE GILDER, The Wall Street Journal (07/05/11):
America's enemies understand deeply and intuitively that no U.S. goals or resources in the Middle East are remotely as important as Israel. Why don't we?
Israel cruised through the recent global slump with scarcely a down quarter and no deficit or stimulus package. It is steadily increasing its global supremacy, behind only the U.S. In an array of leading-edge technologies, it is the global master of microchip design, network algorithms and medical instruments.
During a period of water crises around the globe, Israel is incontestably the world leader in water recycling and desalinization. During an epoch when all the world’s cities, from Seoul to New York, face a threat of terrorist rockets, Israel's newly battle-tested “Iron Dome” provides a unique answer based on original inventions in microchips that radically reduce the weight and cost of the interceptors.
Israel is also making major advances in longer-range missile defense, robotic warfare, and unmanned aerial vehicles that can stay aloft for days. In the face of a global campaign to boycott its goods, and an ever-ascendant shekel, (The Jewish Dollar.) it raised its exports 19.9% in 2010's fourth quarter and 27.3% in the first quarter of 2011. Investors would be well advised to seek investment in Israel’s leading edge industries.
Israelis supply Intel with many of its advanced microprocessors, from the Pentium and Sandbridge, to the Atom and Centrino. Israeli companies endow Cisco with new core router designs and real-time programmable network processors for its next-generation systems. They supply Apple with robust miniaturized solid state memory systems for its iPhones, iPods and iPads, and Microsoft with critical user interface designs for the OS7 product line and the Kinect gaming motion-sensor interface, the fastest rising consumer electronic product in history.
Vital to the U.S. economy and military capabilities, tiny Israel’s unparalleled achievements in industry and intellect have conjured up the familiar anti-Semitic frenzies among all the economically and morally failed societies of the socialist and Islamist Third World, from Iran to Venezuela. They all imagine that by delegitimizing, demoralizing, defeating or even destroying Israel, they could take a major step toward bringing down the entire capitalist West.
To most sophisticated Westerners, the jihadist focus on Israel seems bizarre and counterproductive. But on the centrality of Israel the jihadists have it right.
U.S. policy is crippled by a preoccupation with the claimed grievances of the so called “Palestinians” and their supposed right to a state of their own on the West Bank and Gaza. But the Palestinian land could not have supported one-tenth as many Palestinians as it does today, without the heroic works of reclamation and agricultural development by Jewish settlers beginning in the 1880s, when Arabs in Palestine numbered a few hundred thousand.
Actions always have consequences. When the Palestinian Liberation Organization launched two murderous Intifadas within a little over a decade, responded to withdrawals from southern Lebanon and Gaza by launching thousands of rockets on Israeli towns, spurned every sacrificial offer of “Land for Peace” from Oslo through Camp David, and reversed the huge economic gains fostered in the Palestinian territories between 1967 and 1990, the die was cast.
Religion in the usa
With all of the consternation about religion in this country, it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of just how many anomalies our religiosity is in the world.
A Gallup report issued on Tuesday underscored just how out of line we are. Gallup surveyed people in more than 100 countries in 2009 and found that religiosity was highly correlated to poverty.
Richer countries in general are less religious. But that doesn't hold true for the United States.
Sixty-five percent of Americans say that religion is an important part of their daily lives. That is compared with just 30 percent of the French, 27 percent of the British and 24 percent of the Japanese.
I used Gallup’s data to chart religiosity against gross domestic product per capita and to group countries by their size and dominant religions.
(By Charles M. Blow, September 4, 2010)
Ancient date seed from Masada may yield “medicinaL” bounty
A 2,000-year-old date seed discovered at Masada four decades ago may provide new cures to numerous ailments, Israeli scientists say, after making significant advances, against all odds, in producing fruit from the seed.
Having been germinated, astoundingly, by an Israeli team more than three years ago, and kept alive since, the ‘Judean date’ sapling appears likely (though not certain) to yield a now-extinct species that was renowned in ancient times as a treatment for heart disease, chest problems, the spitting of blood, weakened memory and other medical conditions, possibly even symptoms of cancer and depression.
The seed was discovered during the 1960s archeological excavations of Masada by Prof. Vigael Yadin, an eminent archeologist, political leader and the second IDF chief of General Staff.
The Dead Sea region of Judea was famous for its extensive and high-quality-date-culturing in the first century CE. High summer temperatures and low precipitation at Masada contributed to the seed’s exceptional longevity.
The plant's location is kept secret because of its great scientific and financial value. It could produce fruit at the age of seven years, according to Dr. Sarah Sallon, a physician and director of Hadassah University Medical Center’s Louis Borick Natural Medicine Research Center (NMRC) in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. She heads the team that succeeded in planting, germinating and growing the date seed, and describes its findings and hopes for it in the June 13 issue of the prestigious journal Science.
The date project is part of the NMRC’s Middle Eastern Medicinal Plant project aimed at conserving, developing and researching the rich legacy of medicinal plants in Israel. The extinct “Judean date” is regarded by NMRC as having particular importance.
The ancient seed in Sallon’s experiment was procured from Bar-Ilan University, and germination was handled by Dr. Elaine Soloway, an expert on desert agriculture at the Arava Institute of the Environment at Kibbutz Ketura.
When the seedling was 15 months old, direct radio-carbon dating on shell fragments performed by Dr. Egli of Zurich University showed an age compatible with the Roman siege of Masada almost 2,000 years ago, thus making it the oldest seed ever to be germinated.
Early genetic analysis of the seedling, performed by Dr. Yuval Cohen of the Volcani Institute at Beit Dagan, shows differences from modern cultivated date species.
Further analysis is planned in the hope of discovering particular genetic characteristics that made the Judean dates famous both as a prized source of food and as a valuable medicine, Sallon told The Jerusalem Post.
“Our next stage will be to grow more dates, in the hope of better understanding their genetics and possibly breeding the ancient date as a modern one,” she continued.
“We need to reintroduce ancient crops and plants that once flourished in this region and to investigate them scientifically for their properties. As much as Hadassah is involved in the most modern medical technologies, it also promotes our desire to discover new cures for diseases out of ancient sources.”
(Judy Siegel, The Jerusalem Post, June 20-26, 2008)
praise for “the invention of the jewish people”
a BOOK By Shlomo Sand
“...much reviewed and rebutted, and recently translated into English – is provoking the international community by arguing that Jews have never been genetically or otherwise ‘a people’...Sand’s larger point, that Israel needs to become more like other Western democracies and less obsessed with their ethnic purity, is welcome.” NEWSWEEK
“The translated version of his polemic has sparked a new wave of coverage in Britain and has provoked spirited debates ... The book has been extravagantly denounced and praised.” Patricia Cohen, New York Times
“Shlomo Sand’s The Invention of the Jewish People is both welcome and, in the case of Israel, much needed exercise in the dismantling of nationalist historical myth and a plea for an Israel that belongs equally to all its inhabitants. Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don’t change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.” Eric Hobshawm, Observer, Book of the Year
“A formidable polemic against claims that Israel has a moral right to define itself as an explicitly and exclusively Jewish society, in which non-Jews, such as Palestino-Israelis, are culturally and politically marginalized.” Max Hastings, Sunday Times
“Zionism’s quest for a historical homeland is brilliantly excavated by Shlomo Sand in his recent The Invention of the Jewish People.” Alex Cockburn, The Nation
“I am one of many Jews who would agree with Sand that a decisive factor in the future of Israel will be its capacity to be far more attentive to the narratives and rights of its Palestinian and other non-Jewish citizens.” Jonathan Wittenberg, Guardian
“[Shlomo Sand’s] Quiet earthquake of a book is shaking historical faith in the link between Judaism and Israel.” Rafael Behr, Observer
“It is certainly one of the bravest [books of the year].” Terry Eagleton, Times Library Supplement
And many others similar to the above.
Our brief comment
The only true “Palestinian”, if there is such a person, is the Jew. It was their nation “Israel” before it was Palestine and it was much larger than the little plot of ground now determined by the Jews to be Israel, but determined by the Arabs, their jealous brothers, to be added to the vast land they already occupy, even though there seems to be very little oil in the ground of Israel. The Arabs never have done much with their huge portion of the Middle East except to let their rulers get rich from the oil.
What could have attracted these “non-genetically connected people, who call themselves Jews” to get together and claim the right to be these dastard and evil people? Maybe it has been a higher level of intelligence that has made them claim a common heritage; even in the face of the Nazis and other haters who were almost successful in efforts to rid the world of them.
However, we know they are mostly the offspring of Abraham whose progeny was born in Canaan before Abraham’s children took possession of it. They went into Egypt for water because of severe drought in their homeland and were enslaved by the Egyptians. After some years they escaped, led by Moses with crucial help from their God. They formed the nation of Israel on the land designated as theirs by The Lord God and it was several times larger than what they have claimed today.
This isn’t to say that some Arab’s, Orientals, Caucasians, Black Africans and others have not become Jews. It has happened in every society. After all, we are from the same original pair.
Letter of General Interest
September 4, 2011
Dear Marjorie and All There,
Please forgive me for the lack of correspondence in the last four months. Many have written and sent cards that I have not been able to answer. So I try now to give an update on what 2011 has brought.
Of course we have all been shocked at the world events from the terrible earthquake in Japan to the terrorist attack in Norway! Also our area of the world is in a huge change and everyday uncertainty as governments go in this part of the world.
My year of 2011 started with the news that my landlord wants to sell the house that I had been living in for 13 years in Tiberias. So this was a big change and new season in my life as I have given up doing Bed and Breakfast in my home. This was a huge pleasure meeting guests from many countries, but also a huge work alone without Lev. So, after several months of searching, I found a cozy 2 bedroom, basement apartment in a community outside Tiberius. I was able to move in May.
However, I still have the same address: P.O. Box 1877, Tiberias, as well as the same phone number 04-6712038.
My second big crisis was a health one. I started having trouble with my stomach in February. First it was thought to be a virus, then bacterial infection, but after a CT scan and a colonoscopy it was found I had a tumor in my colon that was cancerous. So after having a removal of a cataract on my right eye on June 14th, I went into the hospital for colon surgery on June 15th. There were complications so I had a 2nd surgery within a week. Also collapsed from pneumonia, so I was in the hospital one month! A long heavy time!!! Now I am trying to recover at home and regain the strength. I had and do have a lot of good help from my friends here, and miracles from the Lord in many ways.
So it has been a heavy Spring/Summer for me. I thank the Lord daily for His care. The oncologist said I had a large tumor in the colon and they had to take a big section out. BUT the 22 lymph nodes in the area were clean, so I don’t need a heavy chemotherapy treatment now. So I praise the Lord for this!! I still need to have the colostomy closed, but I take one day at a time.
I hope all are well there and you have had a blessed summer and hope the hurricanes stay away from your area.
Israel feels like they are awaiting a possible “Hurricane” with the PA going to the UN later this month. We don’t know if that will mean violent demonstrations here! The terrorist attacks in the South two weeks ago, and the many Ground rockets into Beersheva gave us a taste of what can come. So we rest in the Lord’s care daily!
Thanks for your efforts to continue producing and sending out the Epiphany Newsletter. The Lord bless you! Take Care!
Shalom and love, Hava Bausch (ISRAEL)
September 1, 2011
Epiphany Bible Students Ass’n
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World conditions worsening — Fast and — More to come just as prophesied.
ANNOUNCEMENT: The date of our memorial is April 5, 2012. The moon becomes new this year nearest the Spring Equinox (using Jerusalem as the proper location) at 5:58 p.m., March 22, making Nisan 1 at 6 p.m., March 22 and counting from that time, we arrive at six p.m., April 5. We have offered much more detail on this calculation in some of our previous Memorial papers.