Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Commentary: Happy New Year?


by Guy C. LaMar


Here are various sources on this so-called New Year.

The Encyclopædia Britannica (1998):
“The earliest-known record of a New Year festival dates from about 2000 BC in Mesopotamia, where in Babylonia the New Year (Akitu) began with the new moon after the spring equinox (mid-March) and in Assyria with the new moon nearest autumn equinox (mid-September).”
The Encyclopædia Americana (1999):
“Among ancient peoples the beginning of the year was determined by one of various events, such as the spring or autumnal equinox or the winter or summer solstice. In Egypt, for example, beginning about 2773 BC, the year began with the heliacal rising of Sirius, which coincided with the start of the flood period of the Nile and came not long after the summer solstice.”
So, the ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians (think modern Lebanon) and Persians (think Iranians today) began their new year with the autumn equinox (September 21), while the Greeks, until the 5th century BC, observed their new year with the winter solstice (December 21).

The World Book (2001) states –
“Many ancient peoples … performed rituals to do away with the past and purify themselves for the new year. For example, some people put out the fires they were using and starting new ones. …

In early times, the ancient Romans gave each other New Year’s gifts of branches from sacred trees. In later years, they gave gold-covered nuts or coins imprinted with pictures of Janus, their god of gates, doors, and new beginnings. JANUARY was named after Janus, who had two faces – one looking forward and the other looking backward.”
The Encyclopedia Britannica (1998):
“By the Roman republican calendar, the year began on March 1st; after 153 BC the official date was January 1st, and this was confirmed by the Julian calendar (46 BC).

In early medieval times most of Christian Europe regarded March 25th (Annunciation Day) as the beginning of the year, though for Anglo-Saxon England New Year’s Day was December 25th.”
Now, the Celts (which historically included the Gauls, Celtiberians, Gallaecians, Galatians, Britons, Gaels, and their offshoots) celebrated the new year on November 1, marking the end of summer and the harvest, and the beginning of the cold, dark winter ahead. Truly, a precursor to All Hallows' Eve – better known as Halloween – in which they would build “sacred” bonfires to scare off evil spirits and to honor their sun god.

So, since Roman Catholic leaders falsely assumed that our Lord Jesus Christ was born on December 25th, they also erroneously assumed His mother Mary conceived Him on March 25th – nine months before.

Days and Customs of All Faiths (1957):
“March 25th is called the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary…It celebrates the occasion when the Archangel Gabriel appeared to the young Jewish maiden and announced to her that she was to be the mother of Jesus…Although the Church began very early to commemorate this event, the date itself cannot have been fixed before the date of Christmas was established, which was sometime late in the fourth century. The two dates are dependent on each other, because they must normally have been nine months apart…Then, reaching all the way back, people decided that this was not only the day on which Christ’s earthly life began -- it was the day everything began, the day of Creation itself. From here it was a very short step – an almost unavoidable one – to the idea that March 25th must be the beginning of the year, and from the twelfth century until the calendar reform in 1752, March 25th was New Year’s day”
Brethren and friends, as you should plainly see, the true history of New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day is smothered and deeply rooted in pagan traditions. It originated in the minds of men.

The very first month of God’s sacred calendar is called in His living word, Abib/Nisan. The definition of Abib from the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible is “head (of grain), already ripe, but still soft – green ears of corn.” Later, the Jews would call this month Nisan – the first month of the Canaanite calendar. God's New Year for 2022 is April 2, 2022 on the Gregorian calendar.

God’s New Year for the world begins in the spring, when things are coming alive. Not in the dead of winter, when things are dormant. □


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Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The True Story of Christmas - an eight-part story (Sermons)



1:23:42

Minister Michael C. Garrett begins this sermon - which becomes an eight-part series of sermons - explaining just where this world's modern Christmas came from. The fact that it DID NOT come from the Bible, but rather from paganism.


1:35:39

Minister Michael C. Garrett continues in this second-part speaking about the REAL MEANING OF CHRISTMAS. He continues explaining that there has been perpetuated a false concept that Jesus was born on December 25th. He was NOT born on, or anywhere near, December the 25th! 


1:38:09

Minister Michael C. Garrett begins this third-part speaking about the great Healer! The fact that this whole world - in this present evil age - is getting sicker by the year, and about people who have ingrained within their mind a lifestyle which is NOT according to the living word of God! Along with the fact - from God's living word - that there will come a time when those of our people will have their mental, emotional, and sexual issues HEALED, and REMOVED.


1:38:09

Minister Michael C. Garrett continues speaking of the true story of Christmas - teaching that the so-called "Christmas Story" - which is so badly named - is not the true story of Christmas at all, but rather THE STORY OF THE HUMAN BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST! He continues in the Book of Luke, which gives us another take on the human birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


1:28:01

Minister Michael C. Garrett continues on this chilly day - the fifth part in this series - speaking about the REAL STORY OF CHRISTMAS. He continues going through the Books of Matthew and Luke.


1:39:46

Minister Michael C. Garrett - in this sixth part of the series - explains that NOTHING EVER stays the same, except the fact that JESUS CHRIST IS FOREVER! He is "the same yesterday, today, and forever"! - Hebrews 13:8.


1:34:26

Minister Michael C. Garrett - in this seventh part - begins by speaking about the fact that America was founded upon the concept of FREEDOM, but that this nation doesn't appear to practice that concept anymore! EVERYTHING - in this end-time - is just upside down! - 1 Corinthians 14:33. He continues - from the living word of the Eternal One - exactly what He says in regards to the STORY OF THE HUMAN BIRTH OF JESUS CHRIST. Continuing in the Book of Luke.


1:37:43

Minister Michael C. Garrett - in this final sermon of this series - continues explaining that there is a lot of information within the living word of God about the human birth of Jesus Christ found in the Book of Matthew and Luke.


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Monday, December 20, 2021

Personal From... present evil age of technology


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present evil age of technology

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We certainly are living in spooky times.

A time when our computers or cell phones can so easily be compromised by hackers, or people you know – or thought you knew – who are knowingly or unknowingly out to screw you over!

And then the next thing you know, the police, the FBI, or even the CIA, is knocking on your door as a person of interest in some garbage Ponzi scheme!?

O’ how so much better it was in the days of the 80s on back!

When times were so much more simple and so much better than these which we are living in – a time when EVERYONE appears to KNOW everyone else’s business, based upon a lot of false information and fake news! This present evil age of technology!

Personally, I have researched online and discovered that there is a large amount of garbage about me being spewed out! Complete and utter stupid things came up about me!

Now, throughout the years I have had several phone numbers. Because I like to be left alone. And when people begin to bother me too much, I tend to shut down my emails, social media platforms, cell phone number, etc.

Now I particularly don’t much care what opinion others may have of me. Because I am super happy within my own skin among my own family members.

However, through my research of those previous phone numbers, my name has been linked to some of the vilest and disgusting social media platforms!

It truly sickens me that my name would be linked to such filth!

And, to say that I was ever registered a Democrat is false information, people! I have NEVER EVER registered or voted Democrat in my entire life!

My parents were Republicans. And, although my mother didn’t vote, my father was a full-blown Republican. I was not even brought up to think as a Democrat – or for that matter as a Liberal!

It’s insane!

Yet, there are some “researchers” in this world who actually buy into these links which these electronic devices which you are I are indelibly linked to.

As an example: I did a deposition on a lawsuit once. And these lawyers brought up things that I had forgotten about over thirty years ago! And, their “facts” were NOT correct. I had to tell them the TRUTH behind how the history of this evil age records things.

Now, it may be true that we live in a so-called “information age,” but much of this information is based upon false information and utter lies!

Long ago, when the personal computer was just getting started, my computer was compromised. I had ordered some books online from my credit card and was charged for things I did not purchase!

I filed a police report. The hacker was never found, and the issue was NEVER resolved! It was believed that I was hacked from China. It took me years to get another credit card.

But a family member messed that one up for me also!

So, if you completely trust this world’s electronic devices and this present evil age of technology – then you are opening yourself up to the vile works of Satan the devil.

Because I know firsthand that it can be used for EVIL and LIES!

Also, I know of someone who is dead set against me and who is out to destroy me – online.

This person has hacked my personal computer time and time again! And he has linked me to social media sites that I have never even heard of!

Now, this person of whom I speak is someone that I have blocked from my life – as much as I am able to – and of whom I know fairly well. He has an evil hatred towards me – surely because I am a Conservative Christian.

He HATES Christians.

This person also hacked the FBI at the age of fourteen. And when the FBI finally caught up to him, they raided his home and confiscated all his electronic devices. He could have done something fantastic with his talent and been a great asset to the world – but he took a different path in life. An evil path. Let it be noted, that he was raised by a very Liberal single mother.

I had tried warning him. I tried helping him. But, because of his utter hatred for Conservative Christians, he went on a smear and attack campaign against me!

If one is a TRUE Christian – a true follower of Jesus Christ – they wouldn’t be concerned with being a busybody trying to gather “information” about others.

As I go through life, I have found that I am less and less concerned about others’ business.

SELF-FOCUS is what is needed!

I have also found that I detest being around gossipers – people that cast judgment stones at others.

Now, as for those who try to destroy others via this world’s technology – just remember, you will reap what you sow!

“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap” – Galatians 6:7.

The LORD our God makes it crystal clear – NO LIARS will be in His kingdom! – cf. Revelation 21:8. □


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Thursday, December 16, 2021

Beware of wolves among the sheep


So often in Church settings, a wolf will come along and will mingle their work with other true Church of God family members. And because this wolf doesn’t like this or that, the wolf will end up hating on the true Church of God family member, then they will begin to use others to work against the one in whom they feel has done them wrong.

O’ how I have witnessed many wolves sneak their way into the Church of God and take steps for this to occur! And by them doing so within the Church of God, it causes additional steps to occur! - such as strife and division.

Truly, this has been a major problem since the Church of God began – cf. Acts 8:9-24; 2 Timothy 4:14.

Brethren, it is all self-serving vanity at work!

It’s people desiring their ego to be stroked.

Our Lord Jesus Christ says, “ … ‘by their fruits you will know them’” – Matthew 7:15-20. In other words, by their character, their ways. They expose themselves to what they are really about. And we are WARNED to block such from our Lord and Savior’s Church and even from ourselves.

NEVER allow a wolf among the sheep of Christ!

They work for Satan the devil, not for God Almighty!

There are SEVEN things which the LORD our God literally hates, and He – through the spiritual inspiration of King Solomon – lists them for us –

“These six things the LORD hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him:

17) A proud look, …”

In Hebrew the word is rûm or rāmam, meaning “to be high, raise up, to be proud, haughty, … and high in attitude.” Someone who is conceited, self-absorbed, and self-serving.

“ … A lying tongue, …”

Truly, someone who lies.

“ … Hands that shed innocent blood.”

And there is nothing more innocent than an unborn child! Life begins at conception!

18) “A heart that devises wicked plans, …”

Truly, someone who is conniving in their ways.

“ … Feet that are swift in running to evil.”

Truly, someone who latches onto things that they should not be involved in.

19) A false witnesses who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren - Proverbs 6:16-19.

Do you know someone in the Church of God who has tried to work you against others in the Church!? Have they tried to get you on their side of disliking another within the Church of God!? Or, they have spoken ill of another within the Church of God!?

Brethren, do not fall victim to such small-minded people.

Just simply note them and forgive them, because they have exposed themselves to the fact that God’s Holy Spirit DOES NOT live within them, and they are NOT doing the will of the Eternal God.

A true Christian is to continue shining brightly the light of Christ unto all.

Let Jesus Christ be seen in you! □

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

7 Proofs That Jesus Is Christ (Sermon)

The Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries is very pleased to announce our latest sermon via our YouTube channel - Leonard V. Johnson.


7 Proofs That Jesus Is Christ

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In this sermon, Minister Leonard V. Johnson takes you through a few of the hundreds of inferences and shadowy types as well as direct prophecies about our Lord Jesus Christ and the things which He would do! 

Direct Link to the sermon "7 Proofs That Jesus Is Christ"

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Monday, December 13, 2021

Personal From... The Calm Is Over

       
Greetings Everyone! Please bear with me – I took typing for a semester in junior high school – but didn’t do very well. So, here I am, typing away with one finger at a time.

Now, in the last Personal, I had spoken of The WatchMan Report – that small modern voice of Ezekiel’s who is carrying out an IMPORTANT Message. And, due to some “family dynamics” at the moment I’m having to take a short “sabbatical” from that. However, I just recently typed up an article entitled “Freedom – A True Blessing From God” in which I mention four great blessings which the LORD our God has blessed upon the two brothers Ephraim and Manasseh – the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations and the United States of America respectively.

I had gone over a little about how we came to understand and the fact that everything about this great worldwide work of God – of true education – is as different as the very manner in which we each, individually, were called by God, and led into this true understanding. And, speaking with a brother just yesterday, I nearly burst into tears at the very thought of the great blessing from God in the very knowledge of knowing that the blinders before our eyes have been lifted concerning Death and the Resurrection unto life!

As I had written of that said article, no other brother nations – before or since – have had more blessings from God! Yet, now those blessings are being withheld – and the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations, as well as the United States of America, are being condemned! And surely, this too is blinded to the masses. Our nations are standing condemned to complete destruction!

Friends, I pray that I don’t rain on your parade – Minister Guy LaMar had typed up an article entitled “A Message of Only Doom!?” – in which he rightly stated, “We strongly believe in preaching the TRUTH and the FACTS of the ‘gloom and doom’ which is coming.” Now, I wish not to only speak of this utter destruction which is coming – if we as a nation – do not repent, yet, this is a very serious matter! Our beloved nations – yours and mine – are facing COMPLETE DESTRUCTION!

Now, about this time last year, I had typed up an article “Blow The Trumpet!” – of a prophetic dream that involves the soon-coming destruction of the nation of Judah – today known as Israel. And it saddens me to know that surely the average reader possibly just passed that article and that it was totally unheeded. Woe to you who did. No others but us and our affiliated churches are sounding this ALARM!

And, it will come!

Now, as we are very much aware RUSSIA (and I remind you, Russia, not the USSR – which has not existed in three decades) is amassing troops near the Ukrainian border. And like what Ted Galen Carpenter wrote in The National Interest, and I tend to agree, “It would be difficult for Russia to execute anything more than a very geographically limited expansionist agenda, even if it has one.” Personally, I believe that the United States of America needs to be a bit more isolationist. As Tucker Carlson stated in regards to Russia – imagine how the US would feel if Mexico and Canada became satellites of China!? We wouldn’t like that at all! Carlson went on to say that a NATO takeover of Ukraine would compromise Russia’s access to its Sevastopol Naval Base – which since the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation in 2014, the naval base is again under Russian control. Richard Sakwa - Professor of Russian and European politics at the University of Kent – has said that if Russia was to lose the naval base it would be “the biggest military geopolitical defeat of Russia in the last thousand years.” This all, as I see it and understand it, has to do with NATOs lust to continue its expansionism eastward – including to Ukraine. I have always believed that the United States joining NATO in 1949, was a bad thing. President Donald Trump has repeatedly argued that the U.S. provides too much cash for NATO. And after some tough talk by Trump, NATO states paid up, increased spending by $100 billion! Surely, this alone got the oligarchs' underwear in a wad!

Let us think on this: From George Friedman of Geopolitical Futures
“For 25 years, the fundamental questions regarding NATO was … from the American point of view, … First, with the Soviet Union gone, what is NATO’s purpose? Second, how does NATO serve the American national interest? Third, given the fact that the EU has almost as large a GDP and almost 200 million more people than the U.S., why isn’t Europe’s collective contribution to NATO’s military capability larger than the U.S.’? … I don’t simply mean money, but a suitably large, trained and equipped force able to support the wars that are being fought now.

The automatic answer to the first question is that NATO’s purpose is to guarantee its members’ security. On the second question, it can’t be argued that NATO has served American interests since 1991. For the last 15 years, the U.S. has been engaged in wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Muslim countries. Whether wise or not, these wars have been waged to different degrees under both Republican and Democratic administrations. NATO is a military alliance and one of its members, the United States, has been involved in wars for 15 years. NATO as an institution has not devoted anywhere near the military force it could afford to any of these wars. …

Someone was going to point out that NATO is obsolete. Trump happened to enjoy saying it.” 1
Today – in this 21st century – nations are interrelated as never before. And even though I believe that America should regain again its isolationism - isolationism in the United States has never been about a total avoidance of the rest of the world. But rather, like what Thomas Jefferson stated, of not being “entangled in alliances” – it is true that what happens in one nation affects all nations sooner or later. As I’ve mentioned before – the four years of the Trump Administration was the calm before the storm – now, events are being seen on the horizon which is moving fast and are increasing their momentum! This nation, as well as the world, is now heading rapidly into the most terrifying destruction the mind of man can conceive!

It is a serious matter of life and death – and of eternity – for us all!

The oligarchs of this world – influenced by Satan the devil, the likes of the Rothschilds, Morgan, Rockefeller, and Du Pont families, and many others – KNOW many of the causes which are drawing this world ever-closer to a type of reboot. Yet, they will NEVER tell you the truth concerning the ever-increasing inflation, the dollar devaluation – and many of the other CAUSES of evil which they are perpetuating! 

Why is it that all these Sunday morning comedy shows – the innumerable televangelists and religious leaders DO NOT shout this WARNING to you!? Well, they are – and I say this with the authority of Jesus Christ – false prophets, ministers, and leaders. Truly, “And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness [self-righteousness], whose end will be according to their works” – 2 Corinthians 11:14-15. THEY ARE BLINDED! They do not understand God’s prophecies! They do not preach what God’s living word says. The greater majority of them take a sentence or a paragraph out of the Holy Bible and completely take it out of context – and skip over roughly 98 percent of the rest of God’s living word!

Let me tell you why I am sounding this warning! It’s not my own will which does so – but the will of Jesus Christ.

Friends, one of the major prophets of God, was the prophet Ezekiel. And under the Old Covenant priesthood, he had been a priest. Now, he was among the captives by Babylon along with other Jews – Ezekiel chapter 1

Verse 2 – “On the fifth day of the month, which was in the fifth year of King Jehoiachin’s captivity, 3) the word of the LORD came expressly to Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the River Chebar; [another name for the Euphrates River in Chaldea – Southeast Iraq] and the hand of the LORD was upon him there.”

And in a vision – of which last month I posted the fourth part “Revelation – A Book of the Past and the Future” which also covers this vision – the prophet Ezekiel, too, saw these enormous and massive cherubim’s. He recorded what he saw.

While this is different than what the apostle John saw centuries later, the prophet Ezekiel, in vision, was seeing the very throne of God. And he would go on to write a MOST IMPORTANT PROPHETIC WARNING FOR US IN THIS END-TIME!

Chapter 2 –

Verse 1 – “And He [the LORD, the very One who would become Jesus Christ] said to me, ‘Son of man, stand on your feet, and I will speak to you.’ 2) Then the Spirit entered me when He spoke to me, and set me on my feet; and I heard Him who spoke to me.”

Verse 3 – “And He said to me: ‘Son of man, I AM sending you to the children of Israel, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have transgressed against Me to this very day. 4) For they are impudent and stubborn children. I AM sending you to them, …’”

Now, “the children of Israel” basically are our peoples of the modern Western world – The “children of Israel” did here, and does today, include all twelve tribes – with the inclusion of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh – making THIRTEEN.

And as we see in Chapter 3, the prophet Ezekiel was sent specifically “to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL” – a term which refers ONLY to the people who were of the northern kingdom of Israel. They were never referred to as Jews.

We read in 2nd Kings 16:6, the first instance where the name Jews is used – “At that time Rezin king of Syria recovered Elath to Syria, and drave the Jews from Elath …”KJV. The southern kingdom had retained Jerusalem as its capital and had seceded from Israel. They were led by the tribe of JUDAH – hence they are called Jews. Now, the term “children of Israel” refers to all twelve tribes – the House of Israel and the House of Judah.

This specific commission is mentioned -

Verse 1 – “Moreover He said to me, ‘Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the HOUSE OF ISRAEL.’”

The Prophet Ezekiel WAS BEING HELD CAPTIVE

Understand – the prophet Ezekiel was a prisoner. His country, Judah, had been invaded, and he was among the prisoners of war in a prison camp next to the River Chebar in the nation of Babylon when he was writing this.

But the HOUSE OF ISRAEL – the very nation to which he was being sent to – had been taken captive more than a hundred and forty years before in roughly 734-732 BC! The HOUSE OF ISRAEL had been taken captive to Assyria on the southern shore of the Caspian Sea. Yet, here’s a twist – even before the prophet Ezekiel was taken prisoner, the Assyrians themselves had been taken into captivity – together with the Israelites. Where the Israelites would eventually migrate and be “sifted” into other lands. This is covered in Minister Michael C. Garrett’s enlightening seven-part series of articles entitled “God’s Promises To Abraham.”

The prophet Ezekiel spent the rest of his life in Babylonia as a prisoner. Now, upon the writing of this Personal, I went online and researched the prophet Ezekiel. Most Jews simply believe that Ezekiel’s prophecies are unique in that they were experienced in Babylonia. 2 Well, it’s like going to Jewish sources – like the Talmud – to learn about Jesus Christ! They rely too heavily on their Jewish writings! Instead of turning to The Authority – God the Father and the living Jesus Christ! And the majority of them go on and announce – O’ many Jews returned during the past two centuries and re-established independence for a modern state of Israel in 1948 – thus fulfilling these prophecies! Yet, NOTHING could be further from the living truth of God!

The lamentations and woes of the message to be carried to the “HOUSE OF ISRAEL” never occurred in the prophet Ezekiel’s lifetime or anytime later! Ezekiel - and not, as they say, “The Men of the Great Assembly” – merely received and wrote this warning message. It truly was a prophecy for this END-TIME!

The LORD God said to Ezekiel – and his 21st-century counterpart who was ultimately to proclaim this message – “’ Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the HOUSE OF ISRAEL’” – Ezekiel 3:17. In other words, one who is watching world events in light of biblical prophecy.

The LORD God also puts it another way – Chapter 33

Verse 2 – “’ Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them: ‘When I bring the sword [which means WAR] upon a land, and the people of the land take a man from their territory and make him their watchman, 3) when he sees the sword coming upon the land, if he blows the TRUMPET and warns the people, 4) then whoever hears the sound of the trumpet and does not take warning, if the sword comes and takes him away, his blood shall be on his own head. 5) … But he who takes warning will save his life.”

Verse 6 – “’ But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand.’”

Verse 7 – “’ So you, son of man: I have made you a watchman for the HOUSE OF ISRAEL; …’” – the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations and the United States of America respectively.

So, there is certainly a duality here. The LORD God sets modern “watchmen.” Under the New Covenant, through our High Priest, by His minister Guy LaMar, in this territory, has made me a watchman. And I do not take this important commission lightly! That is – like I say at the opening of every The WatchMan Report, the reporting of news “from around the world in relation to biblical prophecy.” To WARN – without the slathering of politics – our peoples of the 21st century House of Israel.

Just what is the crux of the prophet Ezekiel’s warning!? Turn with me if you will to the 5th chapter of the Book of Ezekiel

Verse 7 – “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Because you have multiplied disobedience more than the nations that are all around you, have not walked in My statutes nor kept My judgments, nor even done according to the judgments of the nations that are all around you’ – 8) therefore thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Indeed I, even I, AM against you and will execute judgments in your midst in the sight of the nations. 9) And I will do among you what I have NEVER DONE, and the like of which I WILL NEVER DO AGAIN, because of your abominations!’”

Now, logic itself dictates there can be only one time of trouble more severe than any before or since. And, the prophet Ezekiel wrote the nature and the extent of this soon-coming trouble –

Verse 11 – “’ Therefore, as I live,’ says the Lord GOD, ‘surely, because you have defiled My sanctuary with all your detestable things and with all your abominations, therefore I will also diminish you; My eye will not spare, nor will I have pity. 12) ONE-THIRD OF YOU SHALL DIE OF THE PESTILENCE, and be CONSUMED WITH FAMINE in your midst; and ONE-THIRD SHALL FALL BY THE SWORD [by WAR; and to a great extent, a nuclear war!] all around you; and I will SCATTER ANOTHER THIRD to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.’”

Verse 13 – “’ Thus shall My anger be spent, and I will cause My fury to rest upon them, and I will be avenged; and they shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken it in My zeal, when I have spent My fury upon them.’”

God is going to allow this grave trouble to come upon our peoples, more than any others, because they have KNOWN HIS WILL – but have ignored it and have rebelled against Him!

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O’ my dear friends, the LORD our God has blessed the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth Nations along with the United States of America as no other nations before or since! Not only –especially at the beginning of the American Industrial Revolution – has the LORD our God blessed us with material wealth and military power unmatched, but He has blessed our nations with His living TRUTH which our nations have rejected. Sadly, just today I saw that the United Nations has placed an idol out front of their New York Visitor’s Plaza Headquarters which resembles the ‘beast’ of the Book of Revelation chapter 13

Verse 2 – “Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.”


As I’ve said, today, in the 21st century, we have this Critical race theory, Cancel culture, this Woke movement, along with the openness, pride, and acceptance of homosexuality spreading throughout our nations like a wildfire! And our children are soaking it up like a sponge. Thousands upon thousands of our nations church buildings have a pagan phallic symbol – the ancient Canaanite tribes had rituals, including the baking of long loaves of bread for blessing, which was, in turn, placed under poles representing the fertility and power of their gods. Eventually, the tall poles became focal points for community worship and were included in the earliest churches as a false Christianity swept through the known world at that time.

Our sins are monumental!

Continuing in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 6

Verse 6 – “’ In all your dwelling places [truly, the different lands in which they would eventually migrate to and be “sifted” into] THE CITIES SHALL BE LAID WASTE … 7) The slain shall fall in your midst, and you shall know that I AM the LORD.’”

Verse 8 – “’ Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.’”

Now, the phrase ‘YOU SHALL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD’ is used by the prophet Ezekiel, designating the Lord our Savior’s second coming in glory and in power!

So, prophet Ezekiel certainly pin-points this end-time prophecy to “the HOUSE OF ISRAEL” – which is this 21st century the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America – notice –

Verse 10 – “’ And they shall know that I AM the LORD; I have not said in vain that I would bring this calamity upon them.’”

In other words, He doesn’t talk just to hear Himself talk!

Verse 11 – “’ Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘Pound your fists and stamp your feet, and say, ‘Alas, for all THE EVIL ABOMINATIONS of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL! For they shall fall by the sword, by famine, and by pestilence. 12) … Thus will I spend My fury upon them. 13) Then you shall know that I AM the LORD, when their slain are among their idols all around their altars, …’”

A TIME OF ‘GREAT TRIBULATION’!

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said that in this end-time – ‘this generation’ that there would be certain signs of when this present age is nearing its end – the Book of Matthew chapter 24

Verse 4 – “And Jesus answered and said to them: ‘Take heed that no one deceives you. 5) For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ [saying that Jesus was the Christos, the Messiah] and will deceive many.’

And we can certainly look around our nations and – without naming names – we understand that this prophecy has undoubtedly come true. An awful lot of people have been deceived about who Jesus Christ really was, what He stood for, and what was His teachings and His doctrines. And that’s a tragedy.

Verse 6 – “’ And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. …’

In the Book of Luke he uses the word “commotions,” “’ But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end [meaning, the end of this age] will not come immediately’” – verse 9.

And we are certainly hearing of wars and rumors of wars – i.e. a possible war between Russia and Ukraine; a war between Iran and Israel which is inevitable.

And then our Lord Jesus continues on in Verse 7 – “’ For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. …’

And, certainly, we tend to believe that this is a reference to the Book of Daniel – ‘the kingdom of the North,’ and ‘the kingdom of the South.’ The European combine and the Islamic confederation – whatever they will call themselves in the future. I think this is an indication of the growing tension between these two groups of people.

Let us now turn to the Book of Revealing – the Book of Revelation which also prophesies of this very thing – chapter 6

Verse 3 – “When He opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ 4) Another HORSE, FIERY RED, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword.”

A direct reference to a final holy war between the end-time ‘king of the North’ and the ‘king of the South’ – cf. Daniel 11:40; Revelation 9:13-16.

Continuing, our Lord Jesus Christ says, “ … ‘And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.’

Religious motivated militancy and aggression often led to war. And wars often lead to famine. And famine often leads to pestilences.

Revelation chapter 6

Verse 5 – “When He opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, ‘Come and see.’ So I looked, and behold, a BLACK HORSE, and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand. 6) And I heard a voice in the midst of the four living creatures saying, ‘A quart of wheat for a denarius [which was approximately one day’s wage for a worker!], and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not harm the oil and the wine.’”

Verse 7 – “When He opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, ‘Come and see.’ 8) So I looked, and behold, a PALE HORSE. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades [the grave] followed him. And power was given to them over A FOURTH OF THE EARTH, to kill with sword [meaning war], with hunger [meaning famine], with death, and by the beasts of the earth.”

You take 7.8 billion people – we’re talking about 1 ¾ billion people are going to die as a result of these events here! And I know this is horrible news! Again, when the prophet Ezekiel saw what was written on that scroll, it was “lamentations and mourning and woe.” – cf. Ezekiel 2:9-10.

Our Lord Jesus Christ ended this with –

Verse 8 – “’ All these are the beginning of sorrows.’

The End-Time Prophets Appear On The Scene

Notice again chapter 6 of the Book of Revelation

Verse 9 – “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. 10) And they cried with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?’”

Verse 11 – “Then a white robe [will be] given to each of them; …” – meaning signs of immortality and eternal life. “ … and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, …” – to wait, be quiet, be easy for a little season. “ … until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed.” – speaking of the end-time prophets.

And as our Lord Jesus Christ spoke privately with His disciples He continued with this end-time prophecy – Matthew chapter 24

Verse 9 – “’ Then they will deliver you [pertaining to the end-time prophets] up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. 10) And then many will be offended, will betray one another. 11) Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. 12) And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. 13) But he who endures to the end shall be saved.’

They – possibly twelve end-time prophets – will be given power from God Almighty and Jesus Christ to begin prophesying – testifying - to kings, to world rulers, to the captured elect of God, to a great religious leader and political leader – standing before the god of the earth (Satan the devil) – WARNING and proclaiming the kingdom of God soon to come – for 3 ½ years!

Verse 14 – “‘ And this gospel of the Kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, AND THEN THE END WILL COME.’

A REMNANT ESCAPES

Recall that I had quoted the prophet Ezekiel, who quoted the LORD God saying, “’ Yet I will leave a remnant, so that you may have some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the countries.’” Well, I want you to understand this often misunderstood revelation.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said of this ‘great tribulation’ that – Matthew chapter 24

Verse 22 – “’ And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved [and the Moffett translation adds, ‘alive’]; but FOR THE ELECT’S SAKE those days will be shortened.’

And we can compare this with the Book of Revelation chapter 12

Verse 13 – Now when the dragon [Satan the devil] saw that he had been cast to the earth, he persecuted THE WOMAN who gave birth to the male Child.”

This being JUDAH, the nation today called Israel.

Verse 14 – “But THE WOMAN was given two wings of a great eagle [cf. Exodus 19:4], that she might fly into the wilderness to her place, where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time [3 ½ years], from the presence of the serpent.”

Keep in mind, the resurrection occurs on the SEVENTH TRUMP. The seven last plagues follow that. So, we will already be in “low earth orbit” in the clouds being with Jesus Christ, in preparation for the time He, Jesus Christ, directly engages humankind.

In Verse 17 – “And the dragon was enraged with THE WOMAN, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony [the gospel] of Jesus Christ.”

Now, there will be physical people of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL who will come to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior, and will “keep the commandments of God and have the testimony [the gospel] of Jesus Christ” during this period of intense persecution by Satan the devil and his followers – hence the final ‘beast’ power, and the final false prophet.

Now, I understand that so many remnant churches of God do not see this passage in this way. But again – let us keep in mind, the resurrection occurs on the SEVENTH TRUMP – cf. Revelation 11:15! This indicates here the physical people of the HOUSE OF ISRAEL, not the Church of God! □

Bibliography:

1) Friedman, G., NATO, and the United States, Jan. 18, 2017 - https://geopoliticalfutures.com/nato-and-the-united-states-3/. Retrieved 10 Dec. 2021.
2) Altein, Y. and Heppenheimer, A., The Prophet Ezekiel, Chabad.org. Retrieved 10 Dec. 2021.                                                                                                   

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Freedom - A True Blessing From God


Greetings Everyone! It's always a great pleasure and an honor to be with you! Welcome our friends in Germany, Canada, Argentina, Romania, and all around the world - as well as our friends throughout the United States of America! Welcome to the Church of Jesus Christ Online Ministries, and I'm Leonard V. Johnson.

To refresh my memory and in the preparation for this message today I studied up, briefly, an outline of U.S. history, along with many of the lives of our earliest presidents, as well as doing something I have never done before – the reading of the whole of the Declaration of Independence – which lists the many cases of abuse by King George III. Also, I went and read some of the Constitution of the United States of America as well as re-reading some of the histories of our national seal and the American flag.
  1. The Freedom of Religion.
  2. The Freedom of Speech.
  3. The Freedom of Assembly.
  4. The Freedom of the Press.
The most precious of freedoms.

Now, if you have never read the Shanghai Sun, as well as the controlled news source by the Peoples Communist Party – The People’s Daily – out of China, I highly suggest you download those and read them.

The very freedom of religion in China is a very tenuous thing and barely legal in China today. In Mainland China, the freedom of religion is provided for in the Constitution of the People's Republic of China, yet with a caveat: the government controls what it calls “normal religious activity,” defined in practice as activities that take place within government-sanctioned religious organizations and registered places of worship. There is what is called the Three-Self Patriotic Movement of the Protestant churches in China. The Three-Self Church (TSPM) - the government-sanctioned “patriotic” Christian organization in China, in combination with the China Christian Council as the lianghui. They form the ONLY state-sanctioned “registered” Protestant church in mainland China. All other Protestant denominations are illegal. 1

Truly, wherever you look around the world, the freedoms that the United States of America has, are not enjoyed.


For this message today I want you to understand a little about why our great seal of the United States of America has so many interesting replicates of THIRTEEN.

Let’s turn to the 48th chapter of the Book of Genesis – when elderly Jacob (whose name would be later changed to Israel) was about to die – now recall that Joseph’s brothers - Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan. Gad, Asher, Naphtali, and Benjamin – sold him into slavery, and he ended up in Egypt. Truly allowed by God to provide a place for the nation of Israel to grow up and to eventually be delivered by Moses out of slavery and to inherit the promised land.

Now Jacob is elderly and about to die – notice verse 8

“Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, ‘Who are these?’ 9) Joseph said to his father, ‘They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.’ And he said, ‘Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.’”

Jacob (whose name was later changed to Israel) was almost completely blind – Verse 10 – “Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.”

Verse 11 – “And Israel said to Joseph, ‘I had not thought to see your face; …”


Recall how very distraught he was when his sons had brought unto him the coat of many colors dipped in blood, and he thought that his favorite son had been killed.

“ … but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”

Verse 12 – “So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13) And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, …”

Because Joseph wanted his firstborn – Manasseh – in his left hand to be near his father’s right hand, to receive that righthanded blessing, which would pass on the blessings which he knew he had inherited from his father, and his father had inherited from Abraham. Now, let us always remember that Abraham’s original name was Abram – his name being changed to Abraham cf. Genesis 17:3-8 – because he was to become “a father of many nations.”

“ … and brought them near him. 14) Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn.”

Verse 15 – “And he blessed Joseph, and said:

‘God, before whom my father’s Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day, 16) The angel [the Hebrew word used is mal ‘āk, meaning messenger, an angel] who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; LET MY NAME BE NAMED UPON THEM, …’”

This statement (which I posted in bold) is an extremely IMPORTANT statement to understand the Holy Bible! To understand all of 1st Kings, 2nd Kings, 1st Chronicles, and 2nd Chronicles. That the name ISRAEL and the HOUSE OF ISRAEL was to be placed upon Ephraim and Manasseh. Not on Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan. Gad, Asher, Naphtali, and Benjamin – only upon Ephraim and Manasseh! They would be called ISRAEL and the HOUSE OF ISRAEL.

“ … ‘And the name of my father’s Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.’”

Now, when we look back through our history we do indeed find that the very words “Saca,” “Saka,” “Sacae,” and “Saxon” and so forth, are derived from the meaning “sons of Isaac.” 2

Verse 17 – “Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.”

Verse 19 – “But his father refused and said, ‘I know my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become A MULTITUDE OF NATIONS.’”



Now, I’m sure many who support, follow, and read our articles and listen to our sermons are familiar with the fact that Minister Michael Garrett wrote a series of articles entitled “God’s Promises To Abraham” which covers a greater majority of this today. But, where else would one look for brother nations, who look alike, who act alike, and it’s obvious who has the same genealogical background, where one brother would be a “multitude of nations,” and the other brother a “great” single nation!? It doesn’t exist – except in the case of the United States of America and the British Commonwealth of Nations.

Now, let us think and let us acknowledge that if there had been no Abraham and his descendants there never would have been a world that has progressed to the point we have today.



Verse 20 – “So he blessed them that day, saying, ‘By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.”

The other day I played the patriotic song “My Country Tis of Thee,” and began weeping like a child. The melody used is the same as that of the national anthem of the United Kingdom – “God Save the Queen.” Alternatively, “God Save the King”
God Save our King
Long live our noble king,
God save the king.
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us,
God save the king!
And, of course, I couldn’t help but think of our soon coming King of kings and Lord of lords – the living Jesus Christ!

Now, when that national anthem was sung by the estimated 8.5 million patriotic besieged Londoners during World War II who were being carpet-bombed out of existence by Adolf Hitler’s Luftwaffe and their V-2 rockets, it certainly would have been quite stirring! Yet, we all should stop and think just what this world would have been like had there never been a British Empire.

Now, in this 21st-century world, we have the Woke Culture along with the Cancel Culture spreading through our schools like out-of-control cancer. And it truly began back in the 1960s, when they began instead of really teaching the kind of history they should, they began attacking and demeaning the United States of America along with our Founding Fathers, so that children going through history class in this generation learn that George Washington was a slave owner, Thomas Jefferson had a black mistress, and they began learning a type of history which caused them to reject, resent, and hate the Anglo-Saxon Americans. And, even my wife has commented to me many a time – that colonization was a terrible thing. So, a lot of our peoples today are interpreting American history in the eyes of colonization or the overwhelming Independence Movement in Puerto Rico. Or they look at America exploiting our territories leading to their higher poverty rates. But, in fact, had it not been for the Magna Carta and King John of England agreeing to sign that royal charter of rights – truly the very beginning of English law – then the very conceptual ideas of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence along with her Constitution, they would NEVER have had the concept “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

ALL MEN ARE CREATED EQUAL.

Now, in reality, that concept is not in the minds of hundreds of the leaders within the nations of this earth. And it certainly is not practiced within those nations either.

Think about this… What would India be like today had it not been for England!? Well, for one thing, the burning of wives on the funeral pyres of their husbands, called widow-burning, commonly known as sati (“suttee” in English) – as it had been practiced in India since the late fourth century B.C. – was banned by England in the late 1800s. 3 But, certainly still exists today in Hindu India! 4 Today, the Republic of India – which on the 15th August 1947, India officially ceased to exist as a British Colony – has an overcrowded population of over 1.32 billion – in a nation where 25% of the population is already living on less than US$2 a day 5 - along with having the worst air pollution in the world! Of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, 21 were in India in 2019. 6 And, still to this day, 15% of the total population in India defecates in the open in India, according to WASH report 2021! 7 And then they bathe in the river!? IN THE 21st CENTURY! In their Hindu society – their cow worshiping society, their Brahma cows – their holy cattle!

Let us turn to the 49th chapter of the Book of Genesis. This certainly gives us a bit of a clue as to where these nations are today.

Verse 1 – “And Jacob [ISRAEL] called his sons and said, ‘Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you IN THE LAST DAYS:

Verse 3 – “’ Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.’”

Verse 4 – “’ Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it – He went up to my couch.’”

And, this is all that is said concerning Reuben.

Friends, it can be shown that Reuben is FRANCE.

If you look throughout the history of France, you see how many governments there have been in France 8 – of the incredible instability of that nation, along with their proclivity – which as far back as the puritanical days of the 1800s up to the 1920s when the United States of America was drastically different – certainly one nation which was prone for pornography, and prostitution, was France. By 1810, Paris alone had 180 officially approved brothels. The 19th century was also the time of several fabulously rich courtesans in Paris. They have been very unstable, yet “excellency of dignity” – certainly with the French Emperors and even with the renowned Charles de Gaulle. The “excellency of power” – France has been a very powerful nation, and had spent a higher percentage of its GNP from 1918 to 1935 on its military than other great powers and the government had added a large rearmament effort in 1936. The German Army was certainly motorized; ten percent of their army was motorized in 1940 but they could muster only 120,000 vehicles, compared with the 300,000 of the French Army. 9 Yet, Germany defeated France! Because the French did not have the will – and I certainly have several books in my library, like The D-Day Companion by Jane Penrose which does mention the internal tensions of the Allies, and of how the British and American High Command remained suspicious of General de Gaulle. 10

In August 1944 Sir Winston Churchill said of France:
“For forty years I have been a consistent friend of France and her brave army; all my life I have been grateful for the contribution France has made to the culture and glory of Europe, and above all for the sense of personal liberty and the rights of man which has radiated from the soul of France. But these are not matters of sentiment or personal feeling. It is one of the main interests of Great Britain that a friendly France should regain and hold her place among the major powers of Europe and the world. Show me a moment when I swerved from this conception, and you will show me a moment when I have been wrong … 

I had many differences with General de Gaulle, but I have never forgotten, and can never forget, that he stood forth as the first eminent Frenchman to face the common foe in what seemed to be the hour of ruin of his country, and possibly of ours; and it is only fair and becoming that he should stand first and foremost in the days when France shall again be raised, and raise herself, to her rightful place among the great Powers of Europe and of the world.”
Verse 5 – “’ Simeon and Levi are brothers; …’” – and they were the House of Judah. They are from the same mother. And certainly Simeon and Levi cannot be told apart today – we would call them Jews.

“ … ‘Instruments of cruelty are in their dwelling place. 6) Let not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united to their assembly; For in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they hamstrung an ox. 7) Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! [cf. ch. 34:26] I will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.’”

Well, this certainly took place – Simeon and Levi had no inheritance, as did Ephraim and Manasseh. It’s most fascinating that Manasseh actually had two sections of land north of Benjamin and Judah – East and West. And later on, we come to see that there was a Northumbria and a Southumbria, along with the American Civil War with its Mason-Dixon Line and the difference between Northerners and Southerners in the United States of America which is Manasseh. I certainly find all of this most fascinating! So, Simeon and Levi were not given an inheritance in that land.

Verse 8 – “’ Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; Your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; Your father’s children shall bow down before you. 9) Judah is a lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’”

Verse 10 – The scepter shall not depart from Judah [speaking here of the Jews], Nor a lawgiver from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes; …’”

And, this is the first time in God’s living word of an individual named Shiloh who was to be the Savior of all mankind – the living Jesus Christ!

Verse 13 – “’ Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, …’”

Zebulun being HOLLAND.

Now, the Port of Rotterdam in South Holland is the largest seaport in Europe and the world's largest seaport outside of East Asia. From 1962 until 2004, it was the world's busiest port by annual cargo tonnage. 11 There is also the Port of Amsterdam in North Holland. It is the 4th busiest port in Europe by metric tonnes of cargo. Today, the port is the second-largest port in the Netherlands. 12 Holland is and has been, a great seafaring nation.

“ … ‘And his border shall adjoin Sidon.’”

Verse 14 – “’ Issachar is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens.’”

Verse 15 – “’ He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed his shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves.’”

Issachar is FINLAND.

In doing just a little research about Finland, we come to see that in the 18th-century wars between Sweden and Russia twice led to the occupation of Finland by Russian forces. 13 For the greater majority of Finland’s history they have been overrun and been “slaves” to other nations. And even though the Finnish withstood Russia in the early part of World War II, they lost nearly 10 percent of their territory, including their fourth-largest city, Viipuri.

Now, it’s very interesting when we come to Dan. In verse 16 of the Book of Genesis chapter 49 – 

“’ Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel. 17) Dan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse’s heels So that its rider shall fall backward. I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!’”

Dan being IRELAND.

And Dan is omitted from the 144,000! Now, there are twelve tribes mentioned in the 144,000. Joseph is mentioned (that being Ephraim and Manasseh). And, there are 12,000 from each of those twelve, except Dan. How many tribes altogether!? THIRTEEN.

In my studies, I came across the Great Famine, also known as the Irish Potato Famine – a period of mass starvation and disease in Ireland from 1845 to 1852. At least a million people are thought to have immigrated as a result of the famine, mainly to North America. 14 After the massive influx of Irish immigrants in the 1850s, many found themselves working as police officers and firefighters. During the 1900s, five out of six New York police officers and nearly half of New York City's law enforcement officers were of Irish origin and descent. 15 The Irish immigrants wanted to be judges, lawyers, and policemen – “Dan shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel.”

“I have waited for your salvation, O LORD!” – well, you look at the bitter hatred between the Irish and the British, who are related! The bitterness which even exists TODAY! Now, according to a 2016 census, 78.3 percent of the population of Ireland identify as Catholic. The second-largest consider themselves as Anglican – and it is a seething cauldron of absolute hatred.

Could it be that there is coming a time when Ireland will be a part of the prophesied United States of Europe!? Also, were you aware that Ireland was neutral during World War II!? – and had maintained a public stance of neutrality to the end, by refusing to close the German and Japanese Legations, and the Taoiseach (the prime minister and head of the government) actually signed the book of condolence on Hitler’s death!?

Verse 19 – “’ Gad, a troop shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph at last.”

A good possibility this being SWITZERLAND.

Verse 20 – “’ Bread from Asher shall be rich, And he shall yield royal dainties.’”

A good possibility this being BELGIUM.

There truly are some of the most intricate things you could find that grace their palaces – i.e. Belgian tapestries, lace, and cut glass – also an interesting fact, NATO headquarters are located in Brussels, Belgium – truly a world capital.

Verse 21 – “’Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words.’”

A good possibility this being SWEDEN.

We can certainly find it most interesting, and I certainly do, that the one nation which brought about a man by the name of Alfred Nobel, who not only discovered that when nitroglycerin was incorporated in an absorbent inert substance it became safer and more convenient to handle – hence “dynamite.” But then, after reading a bogus obituary of himself as a war profiteer, Nobel was inspired to bequeath his fortune to the Nobel Prize institution, which would annually recognize those who “conferred the greatest benefit to mankind.” And, certainly, if anyone gives “beautiful words,” it would be Sweden in the form of the Nobel Peace Prize.

Verse 22 – “’ Joseph is a fruitful bough, …’” – now Joseph is Ephraim and Manasseh. The United Kingdom and her Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America. Now, here, let us read the beautifully poetic words which the LORD our God would heap blessings upon Ephraim and Manasseh!

“ … ‘A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall. …’” – ever-growing!

Verse 23 – “’ The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. 24) But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), …’”

This is a most interesting and fascinating reference here – ‘the Stone of Israel.’ The Capstone, the Chief Cornerstone. What kind of structure is it where the capstone and the chief cornerstone are all one stone!? Now, I’ve mentioned this many times, and we can certainly go to the Book of Revelation for reference –

The Book of Revelation chapter 21

Verse 16 – “The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.”

Which is measured roughly 1,377 square miles! There are roughly only two shapes with measurements where “its length, breadth, and height are equal.” One is a square, and the other a pyramid.

It’s also most interesting to us that the capstone on the Great Pyramid of Giza is missing! - cf. Isaiah 19:19-20.

Returning back to the Book of Genesis chapter 49

Verse 25 – “’ By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above [speaking of weather here], Blessings of the deep that lies beneath [speaking of minerals and natural resources, i.e. oil], Blessings of the breasts and of the womb [speaking about life expectancy and physical health].’”

Verse 26 – “’ The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills.’” – truly, in every direction you look!

Now, this next part we will read from the New English Bible because it has a proper translation here –

“ … ‘They shall be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of THE PRINCE AMONG his brothers.’”

Verse 27 – “’ Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, And at night he shall divide the spoil.’”

A good possibility is this being NORWAY.

Verse 28 – ‘All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, …’”

And, so you see that Joseph is one of them, and when you count them there are twelve. But, when you add Ephraim and Manasseh, they are THIRTEEN.

I find it most interesting that the United States of America started with THIRTEEN colonies! On the backside of a United States dollar, on the Great Seal, behind the eagle is a cloud. But, inside the glory of the cloud are THIRTEEN stars. They represent the thirteen original colonies.

Now the little banner which is in the eagle’s beak reads E PLURIBUS UNUM – which means “out of many, one.” And, if we count the letters we come to THIRTEEN. Also, there are exactly THIRTEEN red and white bars on the shield. Also, in the eagle’s right talon is an olive branch that has exactly THIRTEEN leaves, and in his left talon, the eagle is holding exactly THIRTEEN arrows. Now, on the reverse side of the Great Seal are the words ANNUIT COEPTIS – which means “God has approved our undertakings.” Again, if we count the number of letters, there are THIRTEEN. There is also a pyramid with an eye above it, which symbolizes the Spirit of God which sees throughout all the world – and a missing capstone, which is to come back with shouts of “’ Grace, grace to it!’” – Zechariah 4:7. And, if we were to count the courses of stone of the pyramid, there are THIRTEEN courses.

Now, my friends, there are grave conspiracy theories to all of this – yet there are logical reasons for the symbolism of all the THIRTEENS. And I find it most fascinating!

Also, something which is interesting – there are popular phrases which use THIRTEEN.
  • THE SPIRIT OF 76.
  • AMERICAN EAGLE.
  • AMERICAN DREAM.
  • DON’T TREAD ON ME.

As I had said earlier, I have briefly studied many of the lives of our early US presidents, and I’d like to mention John Adams. He was, of course, one of the Founding Fathers of our nation along with being the second president of the United States. Now, I have seen several recent documentaries on the telly regarding John Adams. I’ve also seen biographies of Thomas Jefferson’s life – which is most fascinating indeed! He was the one who – basically – wrote the Declaration of Independence. Now, all these men that signed this important document truly pledged their lives to bring to birth a great nation along with the concepts of these freedoms we’re talking about.

Now, the Federalists introduced, and the Congress passed, a series of laws collectively referred to as the Alien and Sedition Acts, which was signed by John Adams in 1798 – which contributed directly to the election of Thomas Jefferson, who was completely against it. On July 4, 1826, the 50th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Adams died – unaware that Jefferson had died several hours before. Both had died FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE ON JULY 4th. And, it is certainly true that the Eternal our God had inspired those men to write the documents they did that have given me and you and all of us – including our peoples in Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and her Commonwealth of Nations – the innumerable blessings we have today, and certainly anyone else can THANK GOD for the great blessings they also have!

But, certainly, God Almighty’s hand was upon these men.

Now, friends, instead of our children learning that George Washington was a slave owner, and Thomas Jefferson had a black mistress – they should be taught the quality of character of these men and what they accomplished – and you can certainly say, THESE WERE GREAT MEN – who wrote the following –
“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, …”
The right to life. In 1973, our government passed a law in which the Court ruled that the Constitution of the United States protects a pregnant woman's right to choose to have an abortion – which means that millions of unborn babies DID NOT have the right to life. And this is a heinous, vile, and evil law that should be overturned.
“ … Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, --That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
It also lists a history of repeated injuries and usurpations which King George III had placed upon them, and I’ll list a few here –
“He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

“He has endeavored to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.”
And they ended this IMPORTANT document with –
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”
And indeed they did! □

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