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Friday, 09 January 2009, at 2152 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The Filistin Factor

If you think that the title of this column resembles the title of a Robert Ludlum novel, you're right.  And, yes, it's by design.  I just like the man's style.  He was a master of his genre.

Similar to "a voice crying in the wilderness", I will continue to proclaim the importance of what I call "The Filistin Factor" until people finally get it on a large scale.  To say that The Filistin Factor is a concept of world-changing importance is not an exagerration.  So, you might ask, "Just what is The Filistin Factor?"

The Filistin Factor is actually more than one concept.  It is the confluence of several concepts.  One of those concepts is the propagandistic twist of language (the English language, in particular) to cause the mass population to overlook the obvious.  And, just what is "the obvious"?

The people referred to as "The Palestinians" in the so-called "mainstream" news media are the same people as "The Philistines" recorded and described in the Holy Bible.  Really.  And, the word Filistin is the English transliteration of the Arabic word that is normally translated "Palestinian".  In other words, they call themselves Philistines.  So, why shouldn't we call them Philistines?

In most translations of the primary canon of the Holy Bible, there are 20 references to the place called Gaza.  In modern language, we still use a metaphoric technique that is used even more frequently in Bible language.  That technique is to refer to an entire land by the name of its capital city.  Thus, when the Bible refers to the "land" of Gaza, it is actually refering to the country whose capital is the city of Gaza:  the country of Philistia -- the land of the Philistines.

map of the Holy Land, showing Philistia

The word "Palestine" itself -- with its "long-I" final syllable -- is a linguistic lie.  So, too, is the word "Palestinian".  The people of that area speak Arabic.  And, in that language, they are called Filistin (pronounced exactly the same way as the English word "Philistine").  It is only when we come to grips with that reality that we can even begin to understand The Filistin Factor.

The Philistines were one of the ancient enemy nations that surrounded Israel.  Their capital city was Gaza.  (And, it still is.)  The Philistines were the people that often harrassed Israel.  In one battle, their champion soldier was a giant named Goliath.  In addition to the 20 mentions of Gaza in the Bible, there are another 29 uses of the word "Philistine" and 215 uses of the plural "Philistines".  There are other mentions of the Philistine cities of Ashkelon, Ashdod, Gath, and Ekron.  Gaza is the city where Samson -- the strongest man that ever lived, and a champion of Israel -- was put into slavery after he was tricked into cutting his hair (and thus losing his great strength, which was given to him by God through his long hair).  The modern State of Israel should heed the moral of the story of Samson, because they have given away the strength of their numbers to the Philistines by withdrawing from their settlements in Philistia (otherwise known as the Gaza Strip).  Just as the Philistines constantly harrassed Israel in ancient times, the same is true today.

Only with all of that background can one begin to understand The Filistin Factor.

The population of the world -- but especially of the Christian West -- is being duped into thinking that the conflicts between Israel and the "Palestinians" is nothing more than some ethnic dispute over land.  But, it is much more.  It is the acting out of the conflict between Isaac and Ishmael.  It is the perpetuation of the conflict between Israel and Egypt.  (In the wake of the destruction of Egypt at the original Passover, the king sent away a group called the Sea Peoples, who had been living in Egypt.  Some scholars believe that the Sea Peoples were the ancestors of the Philistines.)  But, some "leaders" in the modern news media do not want people to realize that this ancient conflict still rages, because they also do not want people to realize that God exists.  If anyone recognizes this ancient conflict for what it truly is, then they might be forced by circumstance to realize that the conflict (and its outcome) were predicted thousands of years ago by the Holy Bible.  And, if that is true, then the other predictions of the Bible must also be true.  And, if that is true, then so must the moral laws be true.  And, there are some that will go to great lengths to support the idea that there is no way that the Bible could be true.

So, the next time you watch a TV news story that says the Israelis are causing destruction and are "oppressing" and/or invading the people of the "Gaza Strip", just think of the word "Philistines" every time you hear "Palestinians".  The next time you hear the lamestream news media say that Israel should back off from the attacks against the terrorist group Hamas, just remember that God told the leaders of Israel that they were expected to "utterly destroy" the Philistines.

And, don't worry, that destruction will come ... soon.  How can I be sure?  Because there is no mention of Gaza or the Philistines in the various Bible prophecies of the End Times.  So, because the Tribulation is already upon us, the time for the Philistines to be conquered and/or destroyed is upon us.  With that in mind, it seems that Israel will soon defeat Hamas ... by totally destroying them.

If you steel your mind in that manner, then you will not fall prey to The Filistin Factor.


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Thursday, 25 December 2008, at 1620 hours
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"Christmas" versus The Christ

Five years ago, I wrote a column that sought to "rescue" Christmas from commercialism and secularism.  The column was called "The hijacking of Christmas".  My hope was to help return our society to a more reverent view of Christmas.  Little did I realize at the time that the research I began would lead me down a much different path than originally expected.

I have come to realize that it is impossible to rescue Christmas from secularism, and make it more reverent, because Christmas (at least, as we know it in modern times) is actually opposed to Christianity!  The details of my follow-up research can be viewed in a two-part column series called "Christmas needs an extreme makeover".

Don't get me wrong.  I would love for it to be true.  The world certainly needs all of the things that Christmas purports to promote:  peace, love, joy, harmony, and hope.  But, how can we have those things, which come from God, if we pervert the very worship of the God that provides those things?

Even the very day selected to purportedly celebrate the birth of Jesus is actually an insult to God.  The pagans of ancient Rome used the 25th of December to celebrate the Feast of the Invincible Sun.  That was a leftover from Mesopotamian sun-god worship.  The sun god of Mesopotamia was named Baal.  Yes, you read correctly.  We celebrate the birth of the Son of God on a day that was dedicated to the worship of the arch-enemy of God.

Many of my columns tend to "go long".  So, for those of you that prefer the "short version", this column is intended to condense five years of research and spiritual transition into some bite-sized chunks that most people can easily digest.  Hopefully, you will soon be able to see just how far away from God the celebration of modern Christmas really is.

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Christmas custom says:  Put up lights to "help the Wise Men find their way", and to show the world that we are celebrating Jesus.  Hold contests to see who has the "best" lights.

The Holy Bible says:  Jesus is "the light of the world".  (John 1:9 and 8:12)  He needs no other light.  Regarding those pesky competitions, "... what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God."  (Luke 16:15)  Besides, have you ever noticed that the organizations that sponsor those Christmas lighting contests are usually the local chamber of commerce and the local electric company?  Hmmmmmm.

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Christmas custom says:  We must spend lots of money, so that "the children" will have a "good Christmas".

The Holy Bible says:  "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."  (1st Timothy 6:10)  Teaching young children to expect something for free is merely teaching them the same "entitlement mentality" that is now bankrupting our national economy.  Santa Claus is the ultimate welfare sugar-daddy.  (Besides, within a week, half of those toys will likely be broken.  The owners of big retail chains are the ones that have a "good Christmas" when the masses spend lots of money.  Just like Leftist politicians, the retailers hide behind myths and children to bilk most of the public out of their money.)

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Christmas custom says:  Put up an evergreen tree as a place for family gathering, as a sign of everlasting life, and just for fun.

The Holy Bible says:  "You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations which you shall dispossess served their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree."  (Deuteronomy 12:2; see also:  Isaiah 57:5)  Christmas trees are pagan ... period!

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Christmas custom says:  Christmas is about peace on Earth.  Even people that are not Christians can celebrate Christmas.

The Holy Bible says:  "All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him."  (Matthew 11:27)  "Jesus said to him, 'I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.'"  (John 14:6)  Modern people that call themselves Christians seem all too eager to compromise the exclusivity of Jesus and His divinity.  As famous author Josh McDowell put it, "He is either a liar, a lunatic, or the Lord."  In his classic book, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, McDowell then disproves the first two assertions, and proves the third, by a vast array of logical and historical examinations.  How dare we bring Jesus low by saying that "anyone" can celebrate Him?

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The exclusivity and divinity of Jesus was so highly regarded in the early days of Christianity that church doors were guarded.  At a certain point in the worship service, the leader would call for all those that had not been baptized to leave, lest they might even look upon the elements of Holy Communion!  (The original purpose of ushers was to make sure that those non-Christian people would actually leave — not to help them find a seat on the way in.  They would've been considered "church bouncers" in our modern terminology.  The tradition is preserved in the text of the Divine Liiturgy of Saint John Chrysostom, which is routinely celebrated in Orthodox churches -- but, ususally without actually barring the doors shut.  Alas.)  Contrast that with how casually most Christians treat the things of God now.

In ancient times, it was expected that people would consider the Christian faith, and examine it, and be trained in it, for up to a year before even being allowed to make a decision toward baptism.  Such strict discipline was needed to prevent converts from bringing their pagan customs into Christianity and infecting it.  Eventually, people began to relax the rules, and the infection began.

Look how far we have fallen.  Churches actually promote the incorporation of Santa Claus (a.k.a.:  Satan Lucas) into formal worship services at this time of year.  Some churches do the same with elves, which were originally pagan Germanic demi-gods.  I believe it is no coincidence that Santa wears a red suit, and the color of Communism is red.  (And, another group that wore red suits were the Edomites, whom King Saul of Israel failed to "utterly destroy" as commanded by God.  Their name means "red people".)  Santa promotes the welfare mentality, which must become widespread in order for Communism to take over a successful capitalist country from within.  (And, if you don't think that is happening right now here in the United States, then you simply haven't been paying attention.)  There is a significant parallel between Communism and Islam.  Both are totalitarian, both are at war with Christianity, and both require lies and misery in order to come in and "fix" the situation.  When a dumbed-down populace sits around and waits for their next welfare check from Santa Government, then that populace is ripe to be picked by totalitarian thugs.  (And, if you don't think that a Communist-funded version of Islamic Law is about to take over America, just wait until after the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama.)

When a country abandons God, and turns their back upon His Son, then they put themselves into danger.  One of the ways that we have shown our disdain for the truth of the Holy Bible, and our abandonment of "the word made flesh" in Jesus, is by injecting a pagan celebration into our Christian faith, and then allowing that celebration to mold our doctrines.  It is a theological case of a cart pushing the horse.

What will we do to stop the revolt of Christmas versus The Christ?

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And, in other "Christmas" news...

Santa killed a family in California.

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While the world sits "fat, dumb, and happy" full of turkey and ham, the Islamists are relentlessly working toward a total takeover of the Holy Land.  Recent rocket attacks by Hamas upon Israel broke the truce, and produced a diplomatic standoff with Israel's neighbors.  Not only does the "lamestream" news media continue to describe the so-called West Bank (which is really the ancient lands of Judea and Samaria) as belonging to the Palestinians (who are really the descendants of the ancient Philistines, and are called Filistin in Arabic; therefore, I shall call them what they are:  Philistines!), but the media also ignores the obvious signals of Islamist takeover intentions.  For example, in remarks that were soon edited out of online Associated Press reports, Philistine president Mahmoud Abbas said, "Come to the ocean of peace that starts from Mauritania and ends in Indonesia."  That is Islamist code-speak.  It means "join the Islamic world".  It comes from the Islamic belief in "dar es salaam" — the so-called "house of peace", which means all that are members of the Islamic faith.  All that are not believers in Islam are regarded as members of the "house of war".  Therefore, what the Philistine president was really saying was that all Israeli citizens should become Muslim!

That would be the Islamists' version of "peace on Earth" at this time of year.

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In another news report, amateur science buffs are now engaging in genetic experiments to produce new life forms.  I think it is no accident that the news media waited until Christmas to release this information.  (That way, they could not be accused of totally "suppressing" the information.  They simply published it at a time when the fewest number of people would be reading the news.)  The news story makes it clear that such experiments have been going on for some time, as there are not only companies but also amateur associations quoted as having been active in promoting this activity.

So, again, while everyone is focusing on pagan-inspired sins associated with so-called "Christmas" — such as greed, gaudiness, and gluttony — the forces of evil are at work tinkering with the basic elements of God's design for life.  Although the Holy Bible is technically silent on when Jesus was born, that is because the clues were readily understood in ancient times.  Those clues indicate that Jesus was actually born during the annual Passover celebration.  But, regardless of when Jesus was born, what a horrible contrast this news presents.  On the one hand, the very Author of Life volunteered to take on human flesh in order to save us from our sinful ways, and arrived on Earth in the form of a newborn baby.  On the other hand, created beings are experimenting with trying to create entirely new forms of beings, but have no real understanding of their actions.  Jesus came "that you may have life, and have it more abundantly".  If those "scientists" (some of whom do not even have a degree in biology) make a mistake, it could unleash destructive diseases upon the Earth.  What a coincidence that the Bible predicts that a plague will kill one-third of the people on Earth during the latter part of The Tribulation, which I believe has already started.

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So, even the news reports indicate that Christmas is at war versus The Christ.
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Monday, 22 December 2008, at 2204 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

NASA has four PHAs this Hanukkah

For those that have not read my latest book, nor my other columns on this topic, a PHA is a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid.  That is an object in outer space that has the potential for striking Earth and causing damage.  This year, during the eight days of Hanukkah, there are four PHAs in the NASA Near-Earth Object database.

This is significant because, as two of my recent columns explained, the Bible makes a clear prediction that Damascus will be destroyed.  Further, that destruction is linked by historical events to the Jewish festival of Hanukkah (Hebrew for "dedication").  I believe that God will use an asteroid strike to destroy Damascus; and, that He will do it during Hanukkah.  As events unfold, signs seem to point with increasing clarity to the destruction occurring during this year's eight-day Hanukkah festival, which has already begun.

Just today, a follow-up news report from WorldNetDaily announced that Syria is now demanding that Israel give up the Golan Heights as a token for merely starting any further "peace" negotiations.  Not only is the Golan region a strategic high ground, but it is also part of the Biblical territory of ancient Israel.  Therefore, Syria's request not only disrespects the modern Israeli government, but it also disrespects God.

Just today, NASA placed three more asteroids in their NEO database for the Hanukkah timeframe.  Each of them was discovered less than 24 hours before publication of this column.  None of the three new asteroids is designated as "potentially hazardous", even though Asteroid YQ2 has an average estimated miss distance that is very close to that of Asteroid EV5, which is PHA designated.  The new additions bring the total to ten asteroids that will pass astronomically "near" Earth during this year's Hanukkah.  Of those ten, four are designated as potentially hazardous.  (They are:  EV5, LV3, UX34, and AC5.)

Earlier today, I sent my prior columns on this topic to several media outlets and government agencies — both Stateside and overseas, especially in the Middle East.  So far, not one of those recipients has replied.  And, site traffic numbers do not show any noticeable increase.  Therefore, it seems that my warnings are being ignored.  As this blog shows, the Bible makes clear that most of the people in Damascus will ignore a warning.  I've tried.

I find it more than coincidence that Syrian President Bashar Assad chose today to announce a harsher stance regarding potential peace negotiations with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.  This is so parallel to the hardness of heart shown by King Ahaz of Judah, and by Governor Antiochus IV of Assyria, both of whom angered Yehowah (the "proper name" of the One True God) by making pagan sacrifices in the Temple of God in Jerusalem.  And, this hardness of heart by President Assad, if extended to the idea of ignoring a warning about a Bible prediction of an asteroid strike against his capital city, could lead to the needless deaths of many thousands of his citizens.  And, by ignoring the warning, President Assad is behaving in a manner parallel to Pharaoh Rameses II of Egypt.  Most everyone on Earth knows that ignoring the warning from Moses did not turn out well for Rameses and his country.

For the record, I sent my previous two columns on this topic to news agencies in Damascus, Jerusalem, and London.  I also sent the information to government agencies of Syria (via their embassy in Washington), Israel (via their embassy in Washington), and the United States.  Over the past five-plus years, I've written on a number of difficult and controversial topics.  I have never even been sued, much less forced to withdraw any of my columns.  That is despite having ruffled some high-level feathers.  For example:  proving that the FBI created a phony paper trail in order to cover up the true cause of the downing of TWA Flight 800 twelve years ago.  I value my credibility.  I would not toss it into the wind.  Therefore, I urge readers to examine the statements made in these blogs and to consider forwarding my warning to people living in the Damascus area.

The scientific facts are lining up with the Bible prediction.  This includes "signs in the sun, moon, and stars".  Who will heed the warnings?


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Saturday, 20 December 2008, at 0123 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Does diplomatic deal drive Damascus destruction?

Shortly after I wrote the recent column, "Divine deadline for destruction of Damascus?", a news story in WorldNetDaily reported that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is negotiating with Syrian President Bashar Assad to work out a foreign-policy "legacy deal".  In an apparent attempt to pursue "peace in our time", Olmert seems intent on brokering an Israeli retreat from the strategic Golan Heights.  I believe this would be an error "of truly Biblical proportions".

Bible prophecies make clear that, during the End Times, Israel will occupy the borders that God established in ancient times.  Those borders mostly affect modern-day Syria, and include the current Syrian capital of Damascus.  As I wrote recently, the Bible says that Damascus will be utterly destroyed from being a city.  The language of the 17th chapter of Isaiah implies that the destruction will be sudden.  I believe that the destruction will be caused by an asteroid strike.  Such an act would carry a "divine signature".  It would also make people wonder about the reason.  This column attempts to explain the "why" behind the destruction of Damascus, based upon clues from the Bible and from history.

The previous column referenced above explains the links between the ancient Assyrian occupation of Israel, the pagan sacrifice in the Hebrew Temple by the occupying commander (Antiochus Epiphanes), the miracle of Hanukkah, and the eventual destruction of Damascus.  But, is there more to God's anger than "merely" having a pig sacrificed upon His altar by pagan Antiochus?  Yes.  As bad as that insult was to God, something else happened.  And, that something else is remarkably parallel to the current plans of Prime Minister Olmert to give away the Golan.

That "something else" can also be described as "something worse", and it is recorded in the Bible in 2nd Kings 16:1-20.  The reason that it is worse is because the pagan sacrifice of Antiochus was made by a foreigner.  But, when a king of Judah removed the required items of God from the Temple in Jerusalem, in order to make room for an altar to a foreign god, that was even worse, because he should have known better.  King Ahaz had a bad record regarding his spiritual life, as we shall now examine.

In verse three of the above-cited chapter, we learn that King Ahaz "even made his son pass through the fire".  That is Bible language for offering a child sacrifice to the demon idol Molech.  (There is a spiritual connection between political power, abortion money, genetic experimentation, and sacrifice to Molech.)  And, the same verse expands the concept by making clear that Ahaz killed his own son "according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had driven out from before the sons of Israel". In other words, Ahaz practiced "appeasement diplomacy" by adopting the spiritual ways of the enemy, and thus insulted the One True God.   But, wait, it gets even worse.

Not long after the reign of King David, the nation of Israel had become divided.  The northern kingdom was the land of the "ten tribes", while the southern kingdom was the land of the tribe of Judah.  (The twelfth tribe was the tribe of Levi, the priestly tribe.  They had no tribal lands of their own, and were thus scattered to serve among the other tribes.)  In addition to fighting the enemy nations that surrounded them, the kingdoms of Israel and Judah began to fight each other.  King Ahaz found himself in such a situation, and his response to that situation earned him (and his nation) the wrath of God.

The northern kingdom came to be called Samaria, after its capital.  The king of Samaria at that time was Pekah.  He had made an alliance with the king of Aram, and they jointly attacked the land of Judah.  In a diplomatic end-run, King Ahaz then made an alliance with the king of Assyria, whose name was Tiglath-Pileser.  (His name means, "Thou will uncover the wonderful bond".  Keep that in mind.)  In order to secure the alliance, King Ahaz took gold and silver out of the treasury of the Temple of God in Jerusalem, and gave it to King Tiglath-Pileser.  Now, here is where the story gets bumpy.

The city of Damascus was (and still is) the capital of the kingdom of Aram (also known as Syria; the language is Aramaic).  After the Judean-Assyrian alliance defeated the Samarian-Aramean alliance, the two winning kings met in Damascus.  There, King Ahaz saw a large altar to the pagan gods of Damascus.  King Ahaz sent instructions to Urijah the priest to build a duplicate altar at the Temple in Jerusalem.  Verse 15 documents two important points.  First, Ahaz commanded Urijah to burn regular sacrifices upon this new altar to another god.  Second, Ahaz reserved the use of the bronze altar to God "for me to inquire by".

You might ask, "So what?"  The answer is, "Plenty."

According to the laws of God, as passed down to the Levite priests in the book of Leviticus (and thus known as the Levitical Law), only prophets and priests were allowed to inquire of God.  A king could only make direct inquiry to God if that king were also a prophet (as was King David).  Otherwise, it was forbidden for a king to inquire of God.  The king was required to ask a prophet, and the prophet could then ask directly of God.  Despite having just built an altar to a foreign god in the Temple of Yehowah (the "proper name" of the One True God), King Ahaz still wanted to make direct inquiry to God via the bronze altar.  In modern terms, King Ahaz would be considered a "universalist", who hedges his spiritual bets by worshipping every god that he can think of.  Such practice is very insulting to the One True God.  But, wait, it gets even worse.

Not only did Ahaz build a foreign altar in the court of the Temple of God, but he also later moved and defiled other items in the Temple court that were dedicated to God.  He put the foreign altar on the north side of the Temple.  (The north side is considered holy to God the Father.  The east side is holy to the Messiah — whom Christians believe is God the Son, namely Yeshua [Jesus].)  Ahaz also took the bronze Sea (where the priests performed ritual washings) off its custom-made stand (four bronze oxen), and "put it on a pavement of stone".  In other words, he brought it low.  If an occupying foreign king had done such acts, it could at least be understood in terms of psychological warfare.  But, because an Israelite king did it, it can only be understood in terms of spiritual and national treason.

So, kings have defiled the Temple of God twice.  Once was by a treasonous Israelite king (before the Babylonian exile), and the other was by an arrogant pagan king (during the "inter-Testamental period", after the return from Babylon, but before the birth of Jesus).  Both of the defilements were caused by the worship of foreign idols that had been previously worshipped in Damascus.  In both cases, these defilements led to much bloodshed.  (Ahaz begot Hezekiah, whose weak foreign policies mimicked those of his father.  That eventually led to the Babylonian captivity.  The defilement by Antiochus led to the Maccabean Revolt.)  Further, in the early days of Christianity, the Sanhedrin issued a written order (given to Saul of Tarsus) to kill all of the Christians living in Damascus.  Apparently, the Sanhedrin had "agents in place" that would assist Saul upon his arrival there.  (Otherwise, why would Saul have needed a written order?)  Therefore, God has three long-standing reasons to be angry toward Damascus.

But, wait, there's more.

Fast-forward to modern times, and the plans of Prime Minister Olmert to give away the hard-won Israeli territory in the Golan.  The plan is to give away the Golan to neighboring Syria, whose capital is Damascus.  Israel captured the Golan in the Six-Day War, and that victory is considered part of God's miraculous protection of Israel.  And, now, Israel wants to give away this strategic high ground?!  That certainly sounds like a fourth insult toward God.

The prophet Amos wrote, "Thus says the Lord: "For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they have threshed Gilead with implements of iron."  (Amos 1:3)  The language of the verse indicates that the fourth transgression is separated from the other three.  As the paragraph above shows, the first three transgressions were committed in ancient Israel, before the Roman destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70.  The fourth transgression takes place after Israel was revived in 1948.  God has sealed the destruction of Damascus; it will happen.  The only question is when.  My previous column on this topic suggests that it will happen during Hanukkah, possibly this year.

As it turns out, the connection to Hanukkah goes not only through Antiochus, but also through Ahaz.  How?  In 2nd Kings 16:18, we read that Ahaz "... removed the Sabbath pavilion which they had built in the temple, and he removed the king's outer entrance from the house of the Lord, on account of the king of Assyria."  In my previous column, I pointed out that this area, known as Solomon's Portico, was the very place where Jesus told the Jews plainly that He is the promised Messiah.  When the Temple was later refurbished under Nehemiah, after the return from Babylon, he apparently repaired the damage that Ahaz had done.  But, there is still the matter of the insult to God's authority.

What about the people living in Damascus now?  Do they bear responsibility for the sins of generations long past, or for the actions of their current government?  Should they face destruction for things beyond their control?

Perhaps these columns will be used, in this age of instantaneous global communication, to warn those living in Damascus of the impending destruction.  God did the same for the people of Nineveh, and they avoided destruction by repenting.  But, this destruction was foretold thousands of years ago.  The only difference is that now, with the fourth transgression currently in progress, the people of Damascus have a slight degree of advance warning.

Is there any proof that God provides advance warning to the people of Damascus?  Yes.  Jeremiah 49:23-27 says, "Against Damascus. 'Hamath and Arpad are shamed, For they have heard bad news. They are fainthearted; There is trouble on the sea; It cannot be quiet. Damascus has grown feeble; She turns to flee, And fear has seized her. Anguish and sorrows have taken her like a woman in labor.  Why is the city of praise not deserted, the city of My joy?  Therefore her young men shall fall in her streets, And all the men of war shall be cut off in that day,' says the Lord of hosts.  'I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, And it shall consume the palaces of Ben-Hadad.'"

The fact that the sea "cannot be quiet" indicates a natural disaster, as opposed to the Israeli nuclear strike opined by Hal Lindsey.  God asks why the city is not deserted, indicating that He expects them to flee in response to a warning.  He says that the destruction will occur "in that day", meaning that it will be sudden.  All of these points are consistent with an asteroid strike.
It is also interesting that God refers to Damascus as the "city of My joy".  Why?  Keep in mind that Saul of Tarsus became a Christian on the road to Damascus.  He was cared for by the very people that he was sent there to kill.  He changed his name to Paul, and became the greatest evangelist in the history of the Christian faith.  And, to this day, the headquarters of the Antiochian Orthodox Church is there in Damascus ... on a street called Straight.  (Paul stayed in the house of Ananias, in Damascus, on a street called Straight.)  Therefore, my belief is that God is sending a warning to the people of Damascus, so that the Christians and Jews can escape the coming destruction.  Sadly, the same text that confirms that such a warning will go out also confirms that many will ignore it.

The same happened in Sodom.

What will happen after the destruction of Damascus?  The areas south and east of there "will be for flocks, and no one will make them afraid".  That rules out a nuclear strike, because lingering radiation would kill flocks of sheep.  I believe the impact of an asteroid will have some dramatic effects that will benefit Israel.  Her borders will be increased, thus returning to their Biblical place.  (And, in a dramatic expression of divine authority, also doing the exact opposite of the Olmert land legacy deal.)  I believe that there will be other benefits to Israel.  I have described one such benefit to a high-level business executive in a private e-mail.  I do not have money to invest in his stock right now.  Perhaps that is a good thing, lest anyone accuse me of writing these words for money.  (See Acts 8:14-25 and 16:16-24)

Think back now to the name of the ancient Assyrian king with whom Ahaz made a deal.  His name means "Thou will uncover the wonderful bond".  What was that bond?  Was it a deal, made with the treasures of God?  If so, it only seems logical that the deal was for Ahaz and Tiglath-Pileser to divide the conqureed kingdom of Aram.  And, if that's true, then the dividing line would essentially return the border of Israel to where it had existed under King David.  Going in the direction of Assyria (on a modern map, eastern Syria and western Iraq), that border would be the Euphrates River.  That would greatly increase the "security zone" for Israel's population centers, provide them with more open land ("for flocks"), and provide Israel with new lands for oil drilling.  The only obstacle is the government of modern Syria.  But, if an asteroid destroys Damascus, then Israel can reclaim the lands of the "wonderful bond" that was purchased from Assyria by King Ahaz with God's treasure from the Temple in Jerusalem.  And, after seeing the capital of Syria wiped out by an asteroid, what nation would be foolish enough to dare dispute a claim enforced by God?

I am absolutely convinced that God will destroy Damascus at Hanukkah.  The only question that remains is whether it will be the Hanukkah that starts in a few days, or will it be another one in the next few years?  Bible history tells us that God sends warnings just in time.  It is always plenty of time, as long as it is heeded promptly.  In these days of Internet communication, cell phones, automobiles, and modern highways, there would be no need for God to send a warning months in advance.  A few days should be all that are necessary.  And, as it turns out, Hanukkah starts in a few days.

I hope that Prime Minister Olmert reads this, and thinks twice about giving away the Golan.  His political ambitions seem to carry more effect than he might have realized.  It seems to me that his daring diplomatic deal is driving the divine destruction of Damascus.


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Thursday, 18 December 2008, at 0436 hours
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Arctic oil BOOM, or cosmic quake?

In a recent blog entry, Divine deadline for destruction of Damascus?, I mentioned that I would soon write more about the possibility that comet debris could contaminate one-third of the waters of Earth.  Such contamination would fulfill the Bible prophecy that describes the blowing of the first of the famed Seven Trumpets described in the eighth chapter of Revelation.  Although the information available is sketchy, it appears that the event may have occurred.

Back in October, to describe how debris from a comet could fulfill the prophecy of the first trumpet, I wrote God does not slumber.  That entry contained NASA charts that show how Earth can pass through the debris trail of a comet that has crossed Earth's orbital path.  I also described that NASA did not discover the approach a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid until only a few hours before it came only 37,000 miles from Earth.  (In the world of astronomy, that is a very close shave.)  That asteroid could have knocked bits of debris from the trail of Comet Boattini/Barnard down to Earth.  Some might think that such a scenario is a high degree of speculation on my part.

Oh, yeah?  Well, explain this.

In the icy waters off the northern coast of Siberia, on the 23rd of November, there was a concentration of nine magnitude-five earthquakes in a single day.  Those earthquakes occurred at a point where the continental shelf drops down to the deep ocean floor.  What caused those seismic events?

USGS graphic of Arctic quake events

USGS graphic of quake cluster off the Siberian coast

(What caused nine Mag-5 quakes in a single day?)

Another blogger has suggested that Russia actually detonated several nuclear bombs at the bottom of the ocean, in an attempt to shake loose a deep oil deposit.  But, I could not find any evidence to support that scenario.  (Nor could I find any evidence to negate it.)  Although that might seem like a foolhardy scenario, keep in mind that we are talking about a country that runs truck engines all winter long on vodka.  And, we are talking about the country that produced "Tzar Bomba" -- the largest man-made explosion in history.  The seismic wave from the Tzar Bomba blast completely circled Earth three times!  (Not to throw stones from a glass house, keep in mind that our own country has done some rather foolish things in the name of science -- including the Tuskeegee Experiment and the MK-Ultra program.)  So, admittedly, I cannot rule out the possibility that Russia would risk creating a massive tsunami and geological instability in a pursuit of potential petroleum.

But...

The location, concentration, intensity, and timing of these seismic events suggest to me another possibility.  And, that possibility is "fueled" by an idea that I wrote about several years ago.  What if this cluster of nine earthquakes was caused by ... comet dust?  Absurd, you say?  Read on.

If the impact of an asteroid with air can produce a 1.8-kiloton explosion (equal to a tactical nuclear weapon, and one-seventh the size of the bomb that flattened much of Hiroshima), then what could happen if comet debris landed in the ocean, fell to the bottom, and then was ignited by an undersea volcano?  The answer to that question would, of course, depend upon the chemical makeup of the comet debris.

The possibility of such an intense reaction is suggested by, of all things, my work to uncover the cause of the downing of TWA Flight 800.  Among other things, it turned out that metal-alloy shrapnel found in the bodies of the Flight 800 crash victims is consistent with highly-specialized oxidizer pellets used in missile warheads to intensify the explosive effects.  What if the comet debris at the bottom of the ocean contains a compound that has the same explosive-enhancing effects as the oxidizer pellets used in missile warheads?  What if the comet debris fell to Earth back in October, struck the polar ice off the Siberian coast, melted through, and then settled upon the ocean floor?  What if, a few weeks later, an undersea volcano (not an unusual event at the border of a continental shelf) ignited the debris that was lying dormant there?  What if, upon being ignited by the volcano, the compound produced such an undersea explosion (actually, a series of explosions) that it was registered as nine separate earthquakes by United States Geological Survey seismographs located thousands of miles away?  And, what if, after detonation, that dormant compound changed into something so toxic that it could contaminate one-third of Earth's total water supply?  (For an example of how a chemical compound can change after detonation, I again rely upon the research done on the Flight 800 disaster.  Military-grade conventional explosives leave a distinctive residue called PETN, which was found on the beams of the Flight 800 wreckage.)

Not only does the above scenario follow a logical progression, but it also matches the Biblical description of the events that follow the sounding of the first of the Seven Trumpets.  As my book, Tribulation:  2008 reveals in detail, I believe that the seven-year Tribulation period started this past September, on the Hebrew Feast of Trumpets.  According to a variety of signs (some of them astronomical, and thus beyond human control), I believe that the angel blew the first trumpet in Heaven at the same time that the first trumpet was blown in Jerusalem to begin this Feast of the Lord.  The prophecy in Revelation 8:7 uses distinctive language -- not used in any of the other prophecies of the trumpets -- that a series of events followed the blowing of the trumpet.  The original Greek word used suggests events unfolding over a period of time.

Regardless of whether the undersea explosions were caused by comet debris, or by Russian nuclear weapons, the question remains whether the trigger for the seismic events produced any toxic effects upon the waters.  If it did, then it matches the description of Revelation 8:7.  As for me, I'm leaning in the direction of comet debris, because it follows a logical progression from the near-pass by Comet Boattini/Barnard back in October.  That event matched, to the day, the Biblical formula for the decompression of time between Heaven and Earth, as explained in my book.  What are the chances that such an event could match -- in precise detail, including the day of its arrival -- descriptions predicted almost two thousand years prior by a fisherman living alone on a Greek island?  The only explanation that makes logical sense is that John's prophecies in Revelation are true to the N-th degree, and that they are now unfolding before our eyes.

Besides, I believe that another Bible-predicted event will be connected to a nuclear disaster.  Keep in mind that the Ukrainian word for Wormwood happens to be chernobyl.  Hmmmmm.

With all of these facts in mind, were the Arctic undersea events a Russian "oil boom", or were they cosmic quakes?


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Sunday, 07 December 2008, at 0252 hours
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Divine deadline for destruction of Damascus?

background

Even people that do not know God are beginning to wonder if the recent election of Barack Obama as president somehow fits into a divine timetable.  My answer is a resounding "yes".  The details of why I believe that are explained in my book, Tribulation:  2008.  The main premise of that book is that The Tribulation — the final, seven-year period of human history on Earth — has already begun.  (It began on the 29th of September, the Feast of Trumpets on the Hebrew calendar.  The book was released about six weeks prior, after several months of research and writing.  Events since then have confirmed key predictions in my book.  One of those predictions was that Barack Obama would be elected, and that he would play a key role in End Times prophecy.  (But, according to my analysis, he is not The Anti-Christ.  Are you surprised?)

In the introduction of Tribulation:  2008, I explain that I owe a great debt to author Hal Lindsey.  His first book, The Late, Great Planet Earth put the foundations under my pre-existing curiosity about Bible prophecy.  I was 15 years old when I read the paperback version in 1973.  I consider it one of the classic works of Christendom.  Yet, also in the introduction of my book, I declare that I think Hal Lindsey was wrong about at least one key detail.  (If you read this, Mr. Lindsey, don't worry.  I still regard you as a man of great knowledge, insight, and wisdom.)

This column was sparked by Hal Lindsey's most recent column in WorldNetDaily.  Lindsey's column, "Revisiting 'the burden of Damascus'", suggests that Israel will soon launch a surgical nuclear strike against her enemies.  The primary goal will be to prevent Iran from launching an all-out nuclear strike against Israel.  In the process of this Israeli attack, Lindsey suggests, the Syrian capital of Damascus will be utterly destroyed.  I agree with his premise that Damascus will be destroyed, because the Bible passage that he quotes plainly states that it will.  And, I agree that the timing — after Obama's election, but before his weak and anti-Israel foreign policies are put into effect at his inauguration — is on-target, so to speak.

But, I disagree with the method.

The premise of this column is that Damascus will be destroyed by a divine event, totally beyond human control.  Why do I believe that?  There are several reasons.

First, there is the strategic consideration of nuclear contamination.  Any nuclear strike by Israel upon Damascus would result in lingering area contamination, plus downwind fallout contamination.  I do not think that a "tactical" nuclear weapon, which could limit nuclear fallout to within Syria's borders, would be sufficient to utterly destroy Syria's capital.  The use of a "strategic" nuclear weapon would surely enrage Syria's downwind neighbors -- primarily Jordan, and possibly Saudi Arabia.  That, in turn, would trigger the type of regional war that Israel has been careful to avoid since 1973.  And, a nuclear weapon of any size would render the area uninhabitable at a time when Israel's population is growing and her neighbors are becoming increasingly unruly.  Why would Israel destroy "prime real estate" in such circumstances?  If I can figure this out, then surely Israel's ministries of defense and intelligence have already considered it long ago.

Second, there is the foreign-affairs angle.  This includes not only the "downwind neighbors", but also all of the nations in Israel's sphere of influence — whether positive or negative.  The current policy of the United States is that our country is a staunch ally of Israel.  (I suspect that will change in a hurry after the upcoming inauguration, when Barack Obama makes clear his meaning of the "58th state".  If that happens, then we will quickly shift from ally to enemy of Israel.  And, if that happens, then it will be too late to stop the falling of the Biblical "dominos".)  In the world of foreign affairs, a large-scale Israeli strike against a neighbor (even if that strike is non-nuclear) could have negative repercussions in trade, economics, and other aspects of diplomacy.  In the shaky transition between the Bush and Obama administrations' policies toward Israel, disrupting the foreign affairs situation could become a case of "he that makes waves gets wet".

Third, and most important, is the spiritual angle.  It is not widely advertised, but there are Jewish scholars that study the Christian prophecies.  And, it is becoming increasingly clear to even the most skeptical observers that there is complete integration between the Old Testament prophecies and the New Testament prophecies.  (Hal Lindsey has made that abundantly clear for almost four decades.  An increasing number of Jews agree.)  I believe that the continued growth of the Messianic Jewish movement proves that Jews recognize that their Messiah is coming ... back.  But, even those Jews that do not recognize Jesus as their Messiah are still coming to the realization that the Old Testament prophecies are lining up toward ultimate fulfillment.  With that in mind, a nuclear strike against Syria or Iran might be viewed by some religious leaders in Israel as an attempt to do God's job for Him.  Thus, I believe the religious leaders in Israel would discourage such an attack.

I believe that God will perform a strike of His own, and soon.

Why do I believe such a radical thing?  There are many reasons.  Some of the evidence is beyond human control.  (Many of the proofs used in Tribulation:  2008 were "signs in the sun, moon, and stars", so that no one could claim that any form of human manipulation was used to create any sort of "self-fulfilling prophecy".)  Just as I had predicted that the Bible's description of "blood mingled with fire" matches comet debris contaminating the waters of Earth (more about that soon), I believe that God has put signs in place to announce that He will soon perform a "divine air strike".

Hanukkah is coming.  For those that do not study "religion", here is a brief explanation.  The holiday of Hanukkah celebrates the "rededication" of the Hebrew Temple, after a group of God-trusting "insurgents" threw off the yoke of the occupying Assyrian governor, Antiochus IV Epiphanes.  This cruel, pagan oppressor had defiled the Temple of God by sacrificing a pig in the Most Holy Place, and smearing the pig's blood onto the altar.  (He did this to defile the Temple, in anticipation of building a statue of Zeus in the Temple of God.)  God was not happy.  So, He inspired the Hebrews to rebel; and, God gave them the strength to be successful against a militarily superior occupying army.  (The Hebrew insurgents came to be known as the Maccabees, which means "hammers".)  After defeating the oppressors (whose capital was in Damascus), the Israelites needed to cleanse and rededicate the Temple.  But, there was not enough oil to keep the lamps lit.  God caused a one-day supply of oil to burn in the lamps for eight days*, thus giving the Israelites enough time to press more olives to produce enough oil to keep the lamps lit.  The Hebrew word "Hanukkah" means "dedication".  (I did not know this linguistic fact, nor its significance, until a telephone chat late Friday afternoon with Messianic scholar Pastor Mark Biltz, whose research into the Biblical significance of celestial signs has now become world-famous.)  My call to Pastor Biltz was prompted by the recent close-alignment of Jupiter, Venus, and the Moon.  I inquired whether there was any celestial significance.  It was only after that chat that I read Hal Lindsey's column.  The combination of the two sparked this column. 

*Keep in mind that, in Hebrew numerology, eight is the number of the Messiah.  Jesus spent His last eight days in Jerusalem.  Just as Hanukkah celebrates a "second chance" for the people of Israel, Jesus is the "second chance" for the entire human race.  And, when He was asked directly if He was the Messiah, He answered the people directly at one point.  The timing of that Q&A is very important.  Read on.

buckle your seatbelts

I use that introductory phrase a lot; but, it's even more true this time than usual.  If my analysis is correct, then God has passed judgment upon Syria, and He is about to execute the sentence.  And, as usual, God's timing is perfect.  What a great Hanukkah present for the nation of Israel.

1868 German map -- Part One

1868 German map shows Damascus well within Biblical border of Israel

(image source:  Jewish National and University Library)

The map above shows the borders of the Kingdom of Israel as they existed under David and Solomon.  In the northeast part of the kingdom, the border was the Euphrates River.  Because of various territorial wars (which David mostly won), the borders at that time were somewhat larger than the original borders of the Twelve Tribes during the time of the Judges.  Almost five centuries later, during the time of Jesus, the borders of Israel had shrunk under Assyrian and then Roman occupation.  But, even then, Damascus was barely outside the border of Israel.

1868 German map -- Part Two

Yellow area shows Damascus barely outside the shrunken border of Israel

(different portion of same map as above; click for complete map in new window)

Now, here is where it gets really interesting.  Israel had conquered those portions of the land of Canaan that God commanded.  Thus, the land of Israel was carved out of the lands of several pagan nations.  When the people and their leaders fell into sin and corruption, God raised up the Babylonian Empire under King Nebuchadnezzar to sack Jerusalem and take Israel into captivity.  When the people of Israel repented, God allowed them to return and rebuild Jerusalem under the leadership of Nehemiah.  Then, they fell into sin again, and God sent the Assyrians to occupy and oppress Israel.  Then, the Romans conquered that part of the world.  Then, God sent His only Son to save first the people of Israel and then the rest of the world.  When the leaders of Israel turned their backs upon Jesus the Messiah, and used the Romans to kill Him, then God used the Romans to destroy Jerusalem.  That left a piece of unfinished business:  the pig at the altar.

Fast-forward two thousand years to the present.  Weapons now exist that can cause more death and destruction in an hour than the most powerful ancient armies could have done in a month.  Certain nations, most notably Iran, have openly threatened to use weapons of mass destruction to "wipe Israel from the map".  The chemical WMD stockpiles that were in Iraq before the US invasion were smuggled into Syria.  Modern Syria is the historical descendant of ancient Assyria.  And, given that chemical weapons were used against the Jewish people before (by Nazi Germany), it is unlikely that God would allow another nation to use such weapons against His people now that they have returned to their ancient homeland.  And, even if God were planning to use another nation to rebuke Israel, the instrument that He would choose would not be the same nation that sacrificed a pig upon His altar.

In early October of this year, an asteroid struck Earth's atmosphere with such force that it produced an explosion equal to a tactical nuclear weapon.  The explosion occurred high in the sky over the desert in Sudan, and was witnessed with the naked eye by people as far away as the coastline of Somalia.  Although NASA is capable of accurately predicting the path of incoming asteroids, they also admit to potential uncertainties in such predictions.  (And, sometimes asteroids can suddenly appear — shortly before a potential impact — that were previously undetected.)

During the eight days of Hanukkah this year, there are eight Near Earth Objects already in NASA's database.  (As noted above, eight is the Hebrew number of the Messiah.)  Of those eight, Asteroid 2008 EV5 is designated as a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid.  It just happens to be scheduled to pass near Earth on the first full day of Hanukkah.  As the column by Hal Lindsey noted, the Bible makes clear that Damascus will be utterly destroyed (Isaiah 17:1).  Not only shall it be destroyed, but also verses 7-8 make clear that it shall be done specifically by a divine event, and not by human hands.  (That is the point that I believe Mr. Lindsey overlooked in his recent column.)  Verse 14 specifies that it will happen at night.  (Interestingly, the Hebrew word used for "evening" in this verse is "ereb".  It comes from the root word for "dark", which is "arab".)  If an asteroid strikes a city at night, the resulting explosion will be visible from far away.  It would have a devastating effect equal to a nuclear weapon, but without the resulting contamination.  Verse 2 says that the destruction will reach beyond the borders of Syria, also destroying "the cities of Aroer" — the region near the River Arnon in modern Jordan.  Nuclear destruction is ruled out by verse 2, because the area "will be for flocks" after the destruction "and none shall make them afraid".

If the area described above is destroyed in that manner, then two things will result.  First, the land will become inhabitable by Israelis that have been displaced by that nation's compromising "peace" accords.  Second, and more importantly, it would expand Israel's territory to its original Biblical borders.  This is no small matter, because many of the End Times battles described by the prophet Ezekiel take place in areas that were part of Israel's territory during Bible times, but are not (yet) during modern times.  Therefore, as we quickly draw closer to the return of Jesus, some event must cause Israel to reclaim its Biblical borders.  The destruction of Damascus — along with large areas of Syria and Jordan, but without nuclear contamination — would be an event that corresponds to the Ezekiel scenario.

Why on Hanukkah?

There are three main reasons why I believe that such an event could occur on this coming Hanukkah.  First, it would be a clear sign of God's vengeance upon the Assyrians for having sacrificed a pig upon His altar.  ("God is not slow, as some count slowness...")  Second, given that such an event must happen in order to clear the way for the battles of Israel's coming war with "the Gog-Magog Alliance", causing that event to happen during Hanukkah would be God's clear "signature" for all to see.  Third, and most important, by tying the event to Hanukkah, God will also make clear to the Jewish people that Jesus truly is their Messiah.  How?  Because, when the question came up to His face, it was during Hanukkah.  (see John 10:22-23)  Jesus was walking at Solomon's Porch, during the "Feast of Dedication" (Hanukkah).  Just in case any skeptics try to claim that it was otherwise, verse 23 adds, "... and it was winter".  Hanukkah is the only Hebrew feast that takes place in winter.

but, wait, there's more

In order for a loving God to redeem His chosen people, even though they had previously rejected His Son as their Messiah, there needs to be convincing proof that Jesus really is their Messiah.  The 10th chapter of the Gospel of John culminates in the answer that Jesus provided when the Jews standing nearby asked him plainly if He was the Messiah (the Christ).  To paraphrase the dialogue, Jesus told the Jews that, if they would not believe His open answer that He is the Messiah, then they should believe the works that He did in His Father's name.  Some accused Jesus of having a devil.  Others questioned among themselves, "Can a devil open the eyes of the blind?"  But, for the purposes of this discussion, the key historical point is that this dialogue occurred during Hanukkah.

Now, let's recap the situation in light of the facts discussed herein.  Approximately 165 years before Jesus was born, the Maccabees successfully overthrew the occupation of Israel by the Assyrians.  The Assyrians were led by Antiochus IV, who angered God by sacrificing a pig upon His altar.  Later, when Jesus was in Jerusalem, a group of Jews openly asked Him if He was the Messiah.  This occurred during Hanukkah.  Jesus told them that they should believe the miraculous works that He did.  Two thousand years later, Israel is threatened by the presence of chemical weapons hidden in modern Syria.  Their capital is Damascus, which was also the capital from which Antiochus has ruled over Israel during his occupation.  The Bible predicts that Damascus will be utterly destroyed.  The method of destruction leaves the land safe for flocks of sheep, thus ruling out a nuclear strike by Israel.  There is a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid expected to pass near Earth during Hanukkah.  If an asteroid strikes, the explosion would parallel that of a nuclear weapon, but without the contamination.  If such an event occurs during Hanukkah, it would be a "good work" for Israel.  Thus, it would simultaneously complete both the vengeance of God upon the Assyrians (Old Testament) and the declaration of Jesus about His good works as the Messiah (New Testament).  Such a simultaneous event would bridge the gap, thus proving to modern Jews that Jesus really is their Messiah.  (That realization is necessary, so that many Jews can be saved before the terrible destruction during the seven-year Tribulation, which has already begun.)  This event can only occur during the End Times, thus setting the stage for Israel's predicted war with Gog and Magog.  That war eventually leads to the Battle of Armageddon, which is cut short by the divine return of Jesus to establish the one-thousand year Kingdom of God on Earth before the final Judgment Day.

When viewed in that light, it appears that God has set a divine deadline for the destruction of Damascus.


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Sunday, 30 November 2008, at 0021 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Dollar General pulls 666 shirts from shelves

"Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching."  (2nd Timothy 4:2, emphasis added)

We don't always know when we'll be tested.  Sometimes, it comes as a complete surprise.

My wife and I were out shopping on Saturday.  It was a pleasant, relaxed time for us to just be together.  We had gone out for a leisurely breakfast.  Then, we took the scenic route back to our town from the next town up the road.  Then, we went into the local Dollar General store for a few "domestic" items.

Then, the test came.

While in the store, I looked through a rack of long-sleeve T-shirts.  I turned my head, and there "it" was.  "It" was a black T-shirt with a big skull emblem.  Below the skull was some Greek writing.  Below the Greek writing, in mirror writing, was "666" in fancy script.  And, next to the black shirt was a green shirt with a skull, two crossed guitars (mocking the crossed-rifles emblem of the Infantry branch of the US Army), and "DCLXVI" in Roman numerals.

For those victims of modern public education that never learned to read Roman numerals, that equals "six hundred sixty six".  For those that do not know, the number "666" is the "Mark of the Beast" written about in the Book of Revelation.  That book is the last book of the Holy Bible.  It contains the prophecies about the End Times -- the final years of mankind on Earth.  The final seven years are called The Tribulation, which culminates in the Battle of Armageddon.  (I believe that The Tribulation actually began two months ago.  For a detailed explanation, please read my book, Tribulation:  2008.)

T-shirt with 666 in Roman numerals

T-shirt on sale at Dollar General store

(depicting "666" in Roman numerals)

photo by:  Tom Kovach

The above photo is of the second T-shirt.  The photo was taken with my cell phone.  I did not take a photo of the shirt with the Greek writing, but wish that I had.  It has been about 25 years since I've read anything in Greek.  (And, even then, it was only a few words and phrases of "Church Greek", which I learned from the Liturgy book while attending a Greek Orthodox parish.)  But, in my limited recollection, I think that the shirt said "Satan".

My wife has gotten accustomed to my activism.  And, although she supports it in principle, she does sometimes find it "inconvenient".  (I agree.  But, I find losing the foundations of our country and our culture to be a lot more inconvenient.  So, I fight on.)  Anyway, when I showed the shirts to my wife, and explained the meaning,  I told her that I was going to talk with the store manager.  Instead of asking, "Do you have to do that now?", she resolutely said, "Please do."

I felt sorry for the manager.  She was caught totally off guard.  I was not rude, nor loud, nor did I speak aggressively.  I simply pointed out the facts.  She was stunned, and she thanked me for pointing it out to her.  She then got a clerk, and they both went over and pulled every one of those offensive T-shirts off the rack and put them in a back room.

My wife and I resumed our shopping.  She told me that she was proud of me, and thanked me for standing up for what's right.  I thanked her for being so sweet and supportive.  Then, the manager came to us in a shopping aisle.  I was caught off-guard this time; but, in a good way.

The local store manager told us that she had called the district manager.  He, in turn, thanked the store manager for taking action.  He then told her that he would be calling every Dollar General store in his Middle Tennessee district, and directing them to pull those shirts from their shelves.  My wife and I were pleasantly stunned.

Having spent 16-plus years in a military uniform, and being a member of the group Rolling Thunder, I'm accustomed to a certain level of gruffness at times.  I personally do not have any skulls or other "culture of death" symbols on my vests, even though "back in the day" I was capable of making a head-shot from 650 meters without a scope.  (It was a paper target, on an open range at Eglin AFB.)  The point is that I've been around skulls and other scary emblems for a long time.  That is a sad by-product of the military defense of country and culture.  Nonetheless, I do not endorse such symbolism on the wide-scale societal level that we have seen grow for the past two decades.  And, because of that creeping (and creepy) growth into our society, selling the "bad boy image" has become commonplace in our culture.

Hopefully, the above explains why such symbolism got past the buyers at Dollar General's corporate headquarters.  Given that the HQ is located just north of Nashville, which is often regarded as "the buckle of the Bible Belt", I'm inclined to think that their buyer simply ordered an assorted load of T-shirts, without necessarily knowing what graphics would be on the shirts.  (But, if that's true, then Dollar General needs to train their buyers to be a bit more thorough.)

Regardless of how the T-shirts got onto the rack in the first place, the good news is that Dollar General managers at two levels took the initiative to correct the problem once it was brought to their attention.  For that, I want to give them credit.  They also passed their test.  (God's test for me was to see if I would point out the problem.  God's test for them was to see how they would handle the problem.  Read the third chapter of Ezekiel.)

"Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you."  (James 4:7)


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Saturday, 29 November 2008, at 0052 hours
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"The Church" versus The Christ

Perhaps there is no better day of the year than "Black Friday" to consider some various ways in which modern Christendom seems to work against its professed King.

And, perhaps there is no more concrete reminder of it than today's news that a Wal-Mart worker on Long Island was trampled to death ... by people shopping for Christmas presents.  (Many modern Christians seem to find "Black Friday" more important than Good Friday -- which is known in the Christian East by the more reverant term "Holy and Great Friday".)

In years past, I've written extensively about the hijacking of Christmas.  Eventually, my research led me to believe that Christmas needs an 'Extreme Makeover', if it is to be kept around at all.  For those that don't want to read those lengthy columns (too much turkey making you drowsy?), here are a few points that should get your attention.

According to my Bible research, Jesus was born in the Spring -- specifically, on Passover.  And, the entire celebration of Christmas -- especially its placement just after the Winter Solstice -- is of totally pagan origin.  And, before you "deck the halls with boughs of holly", consider that a fellow Bible-researching blogger told me that "holly wood" is the material of the handle of a witch's broom.

But, that's trivia compared to the larger issues that I want to present here.

Over the past few months, I've received e-mails from friends and pastors that have read my second book, Tribulaiton:  2008.  They have told me that it opened their eyes.  But, it seems that there are some "religious" people that are quite content to keep their eyes shut tight.  And, they want to make sure that everyone else keeps their eyes shut, too.

In order to blind people's eyes to the truth, these "Relief Valves" hide behind certain oft-repeated myths.  These myths are repeated so often that many people believe them.  Yet, there is no proof anywhere in the Bible for such myths.

Myth #1:  The Antichrist must come from the Middle East.  (Therefore, no one in the West can know in advance who he is.)  Really?  Where does it say that in the Bible?  In fact, can anyone show me one verse in the Bible that describes where the Antichrist comes from?

Myth #2:  The Antichrist must come from Rome.  Really?  See above.  But, this myth is fueled mostly by anti-Catholic bias, which further divides Christians from one another.  Jesus prayed about us to the Father, "that they may be one, even as we are One".  Have there been some problems in the Roman Catholic Church?  Oh, yes!  (just like any other church denomination)  But, remember that their roots come from the Christians that survived the orginal wave of persecutions (which started because Roman pagans believed that so many people converting to Christianity was the cause of a severe drought).  We owe some respect to those roots.

The ultimate expression of the above two myths comes from those people that believe that The Antichrist will be a Muslim from the Middle East, but living in Rome and masquerading as the Pope!  (There really are people that believe it.  They used to call my talk-radio program.)

Myth #3:  There is no point in studying End Times prophecy, because "no man knows the hour nor the day".  Although the quoted verse is true, Jesus also said that we will know the "signs and seasons".  How will we know them?  That is explained in the book.  But, certain people want to ignore -- or even attempt to discredit -- a complete and logical examination of Bible prophecy, because they don't want to consider the idea that The Tribulation could happen in their lifetime.  And, that leads us to...

Myth #4:  No Christians will be on Earth during The Tribulation.  Again, this is refuted extensively in the book.  Here is the short version:  If there are no Christians on Earth during The Tribulation, then who gets persecuted by The False Prophet and by The Antichrist?  (Before you answer, "The people that are converted directly by the Holy Spirit, after The Rapture," you should read 2nd Thessalonians 2:7)

Modern Christians are so fixated on shortcuts to Bible reading that they don't apply logic.  (In fact, some people actually think that it would be "un-spiritual" to apply critical logic to Bible reading.  What do they think God meant when He said, "Come, let us reason together"?)  Those shortcuts lead them to believe myths, simply because they saw someone say it on television or heard it on the radio.

Modern Christians are so fixated on their expensive "toys and games" that they don't seem to want Jesus to come back soon ... if at all.  Yes, it's true that terrible times are in store for some people during The Tribulation.  Yes, it's true that our lives might get disrupted.  But, it's also true that God will put His seal of protection upon many believers during that time ... just to show the enemy that He can!  And, it's also true that Saint John knew all of those things when he wrote...

"... even so, come Lord Jesus."

Now, if only "The Church" would stop interfering with the plans of The Christ.  (Interestingly, considering the introduction to this column, Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men."  Matthew 5:13)


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Wednesday, 19 November 2008, at 1548 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Obama -- what are the chances that he is "The One"?

Recently, I put out a blog entry that 666 was the winning number for the Illinois state lottery on the day after Election Day.  Illinois, of course, is the home state of US Senator Barack Hussein Obama II, who has (ostensibly) become our president-elect.

So, what are the chances that Obama really is "The One"?  (In an increasing number of columns, blogs, and letters to the editor, that is the term by which Obama is referred:  The One.)

Obama supporters have criticized me for daring to even imply that there is any connection between the election of Barack Obama and the prophecies in the Holy Bible regarding the seven-year period known as The Tribulation.

Imply?  I wrote an entire book about The Tribulation!  And, sadly, I wrote that Barack Obama plays a prominent role in fulfilling the prophecies about this period of time.  (Which, by the way, has already begun.)  The book spells out that role quite plainly, and everything that Obama does confirms that the book is correct.

coincidence?

Was I merely grasping at straws to smear Obama, as critics claim?  Or, was it more than mere coincidence that the number 666 made headlines in Obama's home state the day after the election?  Let's do the math.

Regular readers know that I don't like math.  However, I do like precision, and math is an expression of precision.  And, no one is more precise than God.  Recently, I used math to show that God has given a simple but precise mathematical formula to help us understand the truth of His Word regarding the future of our world.  Through that formula, I was able to demonstrate that events in outer space last month took place on the exact day when the Bible formula said they would.  Nobody could've made a prediciton like that, with that level of precision, except God.

do the math

So, let's see what the numbers have to say about the "coincidence" of the Illinois Lottery picking 666 on the day after Election Day in the home state of the (purported) president-elect.

The chances of picking that number on any given day are one in a thousand.  Multiply that by 365 days in a year, times 4 years in a presidential election cycle, times two candidates likely to win (in our media-steered election process that ignores better-qualified candidates), times 50 states from which the president-elect could have come, times 42 states that have a lottery.  The resulting odds are one in 6,132,000,000 (yes -- more than six billion to one) for that event to happen as it did.

but, wait, there's more

If the number "six billion" rings a bell, it's probably because -- only a few years ago -- it was in the news quite a lot.  In 1999, scientists and the news media proclaimed that the population of Earth had exceeded six billion people.  So, does it seem "more than coincidence" that this one person -- out of more than six billion -- is called "The One"?  What are the odds of that?  A little more than six billion to one?

Only God knows exactly how many people are on Earth at any given moment.  (For example, I think that the figure shown by the US Census Bureau world population 'clock' is somewhat inflated.)  My personal feeling is that the odds of Barack Obama being "The One" precisely matched the number of people on  Earth at the moment when a specific event occurred.  What event?  Just like the exact population of Earth, only God knows the answer to that question.

Given the fact that Obama's home state had a prophetic number on his first day as "president-elect", it certainly seems that God is dropping us some major hints that events are lining up precisely as He predicted centuries ago.  What are the chances that people will pay attention?


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Friday, 14 November 2008, at 1254 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Conservatives should beware of political "Relief Valves"

Here is an example of media bias against conservatives.  But, the bias comes from a source that many conservatives overlook.  That would be a person that advertises himself as a conservative talk-radio host.  Yet, that person also tries to convince his listeners to ignore truly conservative choices.  For example, he told listeners to vote for phony conservative John McCain.  That would be like a fitness trainer telling his students to eat a "healthy" brand of doughnuts.

I refer to such Republican shills as "relief valves".

In the wake of the presidential election last week, many callers to various talk shows expressed their worry that we are indeed entering a political disaster "of Biblical proportions".  Given that I recently released a book that details that very thought, and which predicted (months in advance) that Obama would be elected (and that a comet would pass near Earth shortly after this year's Feast of Trumpets), it seemed like a good idea to call in to one of the local talk shows and mention my book.  This is especially true considering that the host has been supportive of some of my activism in the past, and that we have been on friendly terms for the most part.  That is, until I began steering people away from the Republican Party.

Yet, even I didn't expect what happened, or how it happened.

A little background is needed.  Whenever I call in to the Michael DelGiorno show, it is routine for me to be put on hold for anywhere from 45 minutes to two hours.  Yet, once on the air, my call-ins have mostly been positive exchanges.  (There was one very notable exception, a few months ago, when I expressed my desire for "equal time" to discuss the new America's Independent Party.  The host routinely interviews the chairmen of the state's Republican and Democratic Parties.  As the state AIP chairman, I asked for equal time.  DelGiorno was very rude to me that day, interrupting me more often that usual, and even trying to shout me down ("Don't push a pusher, 'cause I can push back!").  People even asked me later about his level of rudeness.  I wrote it off to the fact that he was taking strong cold medicine, and had made several out-of-character remarks on-air that day.)  As the months went on since his arrival in Nashville, though, DelGiorno began playing little electronic tricks on me.  While I would chat with him on-air, there would be very loud music playing in my telephone earpiece.  The music was distracting to me, but the radio listeners could not hear it.  Thus, it made me seem stupid.  Another trick was to do the inverse.  He would ring a little bell at certain points in our conversations.  I could not hear the bell through the phone, and my radio was turned down, but listeners could hear it.  (A friend told me about it, so I began wearing a headphone radio while talking on the phone.  I then chided Michael on-air for "ringing that tacky little bell".  Until the day that I called him on it, I was the only caller that he treated that way.  After I pointed it out, he gave a few other callers "equal time" with it.)  The bell gave an implication that, "This caller is a putz."  Despite all of that, I have been able to get a lot of good information out to the Nashville-area listening audience.  Examples include my lawsuit against TN Gov. Phil Bredesen, my creation of a group to stop student-upon-staff school violence, my research into the meaning of Obama's last name, and the significance of Obama's phony draft registration.  (All of those examples were "exclusives".)

But, then...

Last week, on the morning of Thursday, 06 November 2008, I was listening to the show.  So many callers brought up the topic of Obama potentially being The Antichrist, etc., that DelGiorno dropped all other topics and discussed that one.  (Most listeners admire him for discussing Christian topics on-air; but, there must be enough negative e-mail that station management gets after him about it.  So, some days it's OK to discuss the Bible, and other days it is not.  I strongly support discussing Bible topics.  My first talk-radio program was called "PR-Squared", because the main topics were "politics and religion".)  By the time I got on the air (after being on hold for a relatively short half-hour that time), it was almost time for the noon newsbreak.  (DelGiorno routinely bumps my calls to the end of the line, so that I won't have time to fully explain important details before an "automatic break" cuts me off.  It's one way to make sure that no caller sounds smarter than the host.)  On this occasion, however, he told me to call back at 1220, after Paul Harvey News, and we would discuss the book in more detail.

I did call back, on time, as instructed.  But...

During the extended newsbreak, host Michael DelGiorno had accomplished one of his stated goals since moving to Nashville in April of 2007.  He met music star Faith Hill, who was in the Cumulus Radio building for some other event.  (The facility is otherwise nicknamed "The Valentine Building")  In his typical boyish style, DelGiorno routinely goes ga-ga over Faith Hill on-air, and that day was the epitome.  But, to assuage his guilt for lusting after Faith Hill, he had to come up with something negative to say about her, so that he would not need to spend the night in the family doghouse.  So, he spent most of the next half-hour talking about how Faith Hill was wearing some perfume that smelled like the scented toilet paper often found in public restrooms.  I am not kidding!

Of course, during that time, I was still waiting to discuss Bible prophecy.

When I finally did get back on the air, he only gave me a few seconds to mention the topic of the book.  There was no mention of my last name, nor the title of the book, nor my Web site address, nor any other way to find the book; nothing.  After less than thirty seconds, he went to another caller.  The caller after that one got the "final say" for that day.  He opined that at least DelGiorno had not said that Faith Hill smelled like used toilet paper.  (Again, I am not kidding.  DelGiorno might need to worry about a libel lawsuit from Faith Hill, but I think that maybe he should worry even more about a couple of fists from her husband, music star and movie actor Tim McGraw.  After all, that caller must've told the call screener what he wanted to say, unless DelGiorno doesn't have control of his program.)

After the program, I e-mailed Michael and said that he should not waste my time jerking me around as he did.  If he wants me to discuss the book on his program (and, he said so on-air), then he should schedule me for a real segment, during which I could field questions from callers, just as he would for any other author.  Instead of responding on-topic, DelGiorno went into a diatribe in which he mocked my current lack of a job, mocked my vocal quality, and claimed that my calls are "divisive and distracting" (after telling listeners just a few days prior that I'm "skilled enough" to get my point across quickly and effectively before a newsbreak).  The bottom line of our several e-mails back and forth is that DelGiorno banned me as a caller or guest on his program.

In this tacky situation, there's a lesson for conservatives.

Beware of anyone — journalist, politician, party leader, or talk-radio host — that talks the talk but doesn't walk the walk.  That person is likely a Republican "relief valve".  The mission of a Relief Valve is to give true conservatives a means for venting their righteous anger, but without doing anything that would cause actual change in the overall situation.  So, for example, if a talk-radio host tells you that his program is popular with little children, and then three minutes later says, "I would give my left testicle to debate Barack Obama," then that person is likely a mere double-minded Relief Valve.  If a talk-radio host frequently tells listeners about how stable his marriage is (including details that most people would think are quite private), and then almost as frequently tells listeners about his lusts for a married celebrity, then that person is likely a Relief Valve (or, just plain insane).  If a person tells you that he really supports the views of Alan Keyes, but then repeatedly says "Keyes doesn't stand a chance", and tells listeners to vote for a RINO such as John McCain, then that person is likely a Relief Valve.  If a talk-radio host frequently touts his Christian faith, and frequently encourages listeners to "be aware of the times in which we live", but then actively prevents listeners from knowing anything about a book that says we are currently living in The Tribulation (with many facts to support that view), then that host is likely a Relief Valve.    If a talk-show host says that he would do any job to support his family, but has never done any job but radio, then that person is likely a Relief Valve.  (Especially if that host also makes fun of someone that actually has done a variety of unpleasant jobs to pay the bills, and simultaneously has done conservative activism without pay for many years.)

I could go on, but you get the idea.

Conservatives can do better than to put all their trust into some mere Relief Valve.  It's one thing to make those calls to talk-radio programs (and, those calls are important), but it's more necessary to back up those calls with real action.  An example of "real action" would be for conservatives (especially in Tennessee) to switch to America's Independent Party, instead of remaining stuck with either of the Big Two political parties that collude to diminish America's sovereignty and give illegal aliens a free ride on the backs of American workers.  Real action would be supporting a candidate that knows how to deliver fundamental changes, and has a track record to prove it, instead of supporting the choice of wealthy party insiders.  Real action would be filing lawsuits against elected officials that trample citizens, promote tyranny, and violate the Constitution.  But, sadly, all that most people do is call and vent their emotions to a handy Relief Valve.  And, that is all that the Big Two parties want you to do!

By the way, if a talk-show host tells listeners that he is a "trained professional", but then says on-air that Faith Hill smells like toilet paper, that host is simply proving his lack of professionalism.  In that particular case, it is the listeners that need relief.  When the local station dropped the G. Gordon Liddy show in favor of this guy, I worried that this day might come.  (In his tacky series of e-mails, which showed some disconnect from reality, DelGiorno mocked my talk-radio skills.  But, my last talk-radio program started on 19 stations, and quickly went to 51 stations nationwide.  How many stations has a DelGiorno program ever been on at one time?)

If you agree that Tom Kovach would make a much better talk-show host than Michael DelGiorno, then contact the new Program Director of WWTN-FM in Nashville at (615) 321-1067 and tell him so.  (If you prefer e-mail, his address is:  Charley.Connolly@cumulus.com.)  You can also tell him that, for the first three months, I'll work for half of what they're currently paying DelGiorno.  (I'd even consider hosting a mere one-hour "Nashville Nooner", if WWTN would bring back Gordon Liddy.)  That would be plenty of time for me to prove that I deserve a raise and a contract renewal.  It would also be plenty of time to show listeners how Nashville talk radio should sound.

Regardless of whether I get another talk-radio program, the big lesson here is that true conservatives — nationwide — need to focus their energies on making real changes, and should not dissipate that energy via some shill called a Relief Valve.

Spread the word, while you are still free.
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Thursday, 06 November 2008, at 1905 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Obama's winning numbers: 6-6-6

As my wise old Rusyn grandmother often warned me, "Be careful what you pray for, because you might get it."

For most of this year, I have prayed for God's wisdom and guidance as I researched the material for the book that eventually became Tribulation:  2008.  (The original working title was Are We Already in the End Times?  The research for the book was sparked by a friend's question, "Could it be that Barack Obama is the Antichrist?)

According to my book, he is not.  (Are you surprised?)

But, that does not mean that Obama is entirely off the Biblical hook.  For the details of what I mean by that, I suggest that you read the book.  In the meantime, confirmation of everything that I wrote in the book is coming from many directions.

Illinois Lottery winning numbers, the day after Election Day

One direction that I did not anticipate was a State of Illinois official Web page.  Specifically, it is the Web page for the winning lottery numbers for Wed, 05 Nov 2008.  (I captured the page, and stored it on my Web site, because the original page will eventually change as new numbers are posted.)

Illinois Lottery numbers, day after Election Day -- ZOOM

 

This is a zoom of the captured area.  Please pardon the sloppy highlighting.  (I'm more into "substance" than into "form".  Those that have heard my talk-radio programs know that I was not blessed with a "real radio-announcer voice".  But, nobody has ever called me a bad host, because the substance of the content overrides the form of the voice.)

Even those that know very little about the Bible still understand the significance of the number "666" (which I hate to even type on my computer).  They know that it is associated with absolute evil, albeit perhaps wearing a benevolent mask.  (just as "Satan transforms himself into an angel of light" -- 2nd Corinthians 11:14)  Hopefully, the fact that the very first sunset on a president-elect Obama included -- in his home state -- the number 6-6-6 as Obama's "winning numbers" is a fact that will get the attention of even the most hardened scoffer.

I wonder what "Peggy the mooch" thinks of this major-league hint from God.  (I heard that nickname, and the audio clip, from statewide talk-radio host Steve Gill this morning.)

"Peggy the Mooch" is quite emblematic of many Obama supporters.  Recently, I passed along to friends a forwarded e-mail story called "It's all about the ice cream".  The story describes a third-grade class that takes an interest in the presidential election.  The teacher decides to offer a practical lesson by staging a mock election in the classroom.  But, the teacher didn't anticipate little Olivia's one-sentence campaign speech:  "I will give everybody ice cream."  The class immediately forgot about little Steven's well-researched campaign speech.  And, despite teacher prompting, the class ignored questions about who would pay for the ice cream, etc.  Olivia won by a landslide.

One of my friends is a NY liberal.  I debated about whether to even send her the story, knowing that I would get a backlash.  What surprised me, however, were the purported "facts" that my friend used to justify her support of Barack Obama.  She claimed that Obama was the epitome of the American Dream, because he came from a "poor family" and rose to get elected president.

However, she has totally ignored the following real facts.

  • Barack Hussein Obama I was a Harvard-educated economist from a politically-connected family in Kenya.
  • Barack Hussein Obama II got substantial financial backing from Dr. Khalid al-Mansour in order to go to Harvard Law School (after attending two other colleges, in different parts of the country, and admittedly blowing a lot of money on booze and drugs).  How many products of "a poor family" can afford to do that?
  • Barack Hussein Obama II was, by reliable accounts, born in Kenya of a Kenyan father.  Under the British law that was in effect at the time of his birth, that makes the younger Obama a natural-born citizen of Kenya.  (Thus, not only is he Constitutionally disqualified from becoming president, but he is also illegally occupying an office in the United States Senate, unless he can prove that he legally entered this country and became a naturalized citizen within the qualifying dates.)
  • Barack Hussein Obama II is not even 100 percent Black.  (He is 50 percent White, 34 percent Arab, and only 16 percent Black.  He is, however, 100 percent Socialist.  That, of course, would be just fine with Peggy the Mooch and Olivia the Ice-Cream President.)
  • Kenya's current prime minister, Raila Odinga, is the cousin of Barack Hussein Obama II, who campaigned for him during a trip to Kenya.  (Is is legal for a sitting United States senator to attempt to sway a foreign election?)
  • Prime Minister Odinga received higher education in East Germany when it was still a Communist country.  Prime Minister Odinga named his son "Fidel" -- not a typical Kenyan name.

I could go on, but that would take away from the prophetic "hint" that God has allowed the Illinois Lottery provide to anyone that will pay attention.  To people such as Peggy the Mooch, it might seem as if Obama is an "angel of light".  But, don't worry, that illusion won't last much longer.  "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."  (Matthew 11:15)


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Tuesday, 28 October 2008, at 0943 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The Sign of the Son of Man

One would think that people would "get it" by now.  Alas, apparently, they do not.

We have officially entered The Tribulation -- the seven-year period, predicted in the Holy Bible, that immediately precedes the return of Jesus the Christ.  (Many thanks to Mel Gibson for injecting "the" into the popular lexicon, via his blockbuster movie, The Passion of the Christ.  The word "Christ" is a title; it is not His last name.)

In my recent book, Tribulation:  2008, I primarily used examples that are beyond human control to prove the Bible predictions.  One would think that aligning the Sun, Moon, and stars to do things that are rare, if unprecedented, would be proof of God's unique activity.  One would think that specific patterns of earthquakes in areas with prophetic significance (such as the Milwaukee Deep, which is explained in my book) would be enough to awaken the populace from its daze.  One would think that my previous column, "God does not slumber", proving that celestial events occurred exactly on schedule according to the combination of a Biblical timetable and military tactical experience would prove that God is in action to bring about the final salvation of the human race.  One would think that high-tech space telescopes discovering a silhouetted Cross in the zone called "the center of the universe" would be realized as proof of Jesus' prediction that the "Sign of the Son of Man" would appear in the heavens.  It seems that NASA has provided us a foretaste of this event via the Hubble Space Telescope.

NASA photo -- Cross in center of universe

NASA photo of a Cross in the center of the universe

 

Jesus said, "The lamp of the body is the eye..." (Matthew 6:22) and an American sculptor named Hiram Powers said, "The eye is the window of the soul...."  The first photo above shows what appears to be a reflection in the pupil of an eye; it is really the center of a nebula formation thousands of light-years away from Earth.  Some have called that nebula the Eye of God, for obvious reasons.  Note that the center of the eye is also the central point of what appears to be a silhouette of the Crucifixion of Jesus.  Further, the image is from an unusual perspective — a ground-up view, from the left side of Jesus (as He would've seen it from the Cross).  Knowing that the right side of Jesus was pierced by a Roman spear, and knowing that the soldier doing the piercing was under a centurion, and knowing that the right side of a military formation is the place of honor, it seems that the view of Jesus in the middle of the God's Eye nebula is the view that the centurion would've had at the moment that he uttered, "Truly, this man was the Son of God."  (Matthew 27:54; Mark 15:39)  Thus, mankind's realization that Jesus is truly the Son of God — and, thus, the true Savior of all mankind — is not only the central event of the universe, but also the central point of the universe.

For those scoffers that say this explanation is quite a stretch, consider the other two photos.  The middle photo is a small wooden Crucifix, decorated in the ancient iconographic style of the Orthodox Church.  Icons of the Crucifixion almost always show Jesus' body in the twists of an agonizing death.  Orthodox icons of this event also normally show the inscription ("Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews" — often abbreviated "INRI", from the Latin "Iesus Nazarenum, Rex Iudaem") that was posted above Jesus' head, and the footboard.  Note that the outline of the sign is visible in the nebula's silhouette, and the footboard is implied by the angle of His legs.

The bottom photo shows a three-dimensional perspective, as the centurion would've seen while supervising the execution, and clearly shows the torturous effects of gravity upon Jesus' body.  (Sadly, another person present at Golgotha, and thus witness to the painful events, was His mother, Mary.  The "empty space" at the center of the Eye of God nebula could also, thus, be her perspective.  She could not have been far from the Cross, because Jesus spoke to her just before His last breath.)

Hopefully, the reader is convinced that "the Sign of the Son of Man" is in place in the heavens, just as Jesus predicted it would be.  Because the pages of Tribulation:  2008 were printed in black-and-white, it was not possible to go into this much detail in the book.  At some point in the not-too-distant future, the reader can expect to see this Sign in the sky without the aid of the Hubble Space Telescope!

"Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near."  (Luke 21:28)


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Sunday, 26 October 2008, at 0935 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

God does not slumber

In my last blog entry, I pointed out that certain celestial events precisely matched the timing of a Biblical formula.  And, I pointed out that the timing matched my interpretation of Biblical prophecy.  And then, on the expected date ... nothing happened.  Or, did it?

Research for my book, Tribulation:  2008, began sometime in late January or early February.  After about six months of research and writing, the book was released in late August.  In the book, I explained that the "hail and fire, mingled with blood" described in Revelation 8:7 seems to best match a description of the disintegration of a comet.  The debris from the comet then falls to Earth and fouls one-third of the waters, as the remainder of the verse describes.

My previous blog entry also went into detail about how NASA's calculations of the arrival of a comet (Boattini / Barnard) matched the formula for the "decompression of time between Heaven and Earth", the same formula that the book used, as it applied to a five-second delay between a trumpet command and its battlefield response.  So, I was quite surprised and disappointed when nothing appeared to happen on Wed, 21 Oct, when Comet Boattini/Barnard passed near the Earth.  (Don't get me wrong.  I'm not eager for one-third of the water on Earth to be fouled by pollution from outer space.  Nor am I eager to experience the other punishments that God has predicted for the Last Days.  I am eager, though, for God's will to be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.)

So, as the scoffers sometimes ask, was God sleeping?

No!  As my previous blog pointed out, an asteroid (TT-26) was expected to pass near Earth the very next day.  (Asteroid TT-26 had been designated a "potentially hazardous asteroid" the week prior.  But, the PHA designation disappeared from NASA's Web page a few hours after my talk-radio interview in Saint Louis, which dramatically boosted traffic to my Web site and blog.  [The show got 500 hundred e-mails, asking for my Web address, within 24 hours.  Sales of my book have jumped by more than 16,000 sales ranks since then.]  At about the same time that the PHA designation disappeared, the Comet name was changed on the NASA page from Boattini to Barnard.  I had specified Boattini in the blog and the interview, because that was the only name used by NASA until that sudden change after the interview.  Then, just before the comet arrived, NASA's Web page changed again, and the name appeared as Boattini/Barnard.  Coincidence?)

Then, something quite unexpected happened.  Another "soldier" suddenly appeared on the "battlefield".  His name was Asteroid 2008 UM1.  (The paths of Near Earth Objects, including PHAs, are measured in units called a Lunar Distance — the distance from the Earth to the Moon.  One LD equals 304,000 kilometers.)  Asteroid 2008 UM1 passed 0.2 LD from Earth.  Yes, you read correctly:  two-tenths of an LD from Earth!  That equals only 60,800 kilometers, or 37,696 miles.  (In astronomical terms, that was a very close shave.  How many truckers do you know that are still driving after having received a million-mile safety award?)  And, NASA discovered Asteroid 2008 UM1 only a few hours before that close shave.

But, nothing happened ... right?  Not so fast.

Of the verses used to describe the punishments that occur on Earth after each of the seven trumpets are blown, only one uses the word "followed".  (I've consistently used the New King James Version of the Holy Bible, unless making certain linguistic comparisons.  That is because it is both accurate and readable.  I did receive one e-mail from someone that told me I should "repent" for not using the King James Version, or face the consequences on Judgment Day.)  The Greek word is ginomai (Strong's number 1096, as used in both the King James Version and the New American Standard).  It is important to note that ginomai is a prolongation of the verb "come into being" or "to be made".  Thus, the event that follows the blowing of the first trumpet is something that happens over a period of time.  Ginomai is not used with the blowing of the other trumpets.  (And, this makes sense from a military viewpoint.  Once the soldiers on the battlefield hear the first trumpet, and if they know that there is a plan for other trumpets to soon follow, they will be more alert for the remaining trumpets.  Thus, the five-second battlefield delay described in my previous blog entry would not be so long for the other trumpet commands.)  Thus, there is something different about how the battlefield action is played out in response to this first trumpet.  In my opinion, it is not that "nothing happened".  Instead, it seems that God has used some special-operations tactics to begin His final battle against evil on Earth.

Enter space dust.

Comets are described by astronomers as "dirty snowballs".  They are a combination of ice and various debris and or minerals, usually in the form of dust-size particles held in the ice.  The comet's tail is produced by particles of dust and ice falling off the main body of the comet as it hurtles through space.  Thus, just as a boat leaves a wake of foam in the water, a comet leaves a wake of space dust.  And, if an object passes through that wake of space dust, and "pushes" it closer to Earth, then some of that dust could fall to Earth.

NASA chart of Earth passing through comet wake

Asteroid 2008 UM1 was quite a surprise to NASA scientists.  While the course-tracking calculations for comets are made from hundreds of observations over decades, the track for Asteroid 2008 UM1 was made from only nine observations — all made on the same day that it passed near Earth.  (A similar scenario accompanied the discovery of Asteroid 2008 TC3, which was discovered only 19 hours before it caused a 1.6-kiloton explosion over the desert of Sudan as it impacted Earth's atmosphere earlier this month.)  Amateur astronomers around the world have complained that NASA has photos of the explosion, but that the agency is not releasing them.  Some of them are crying "government cover-up".  As the above NASA chart shows, they are able to track space dust from comets that passed near Earth decades, or centuries, before.  So, what happened literally "in the wake" of the comet that passed near Earth last week?  Will NASA ever tell the public?  Hmmmmmmm.

So, to summarize, a small asteroid suddenly appears in the wake of a comet.  NASA has been tracking the comet, which was discovered more than a hundred years ago, and knows that it will pass much closer to Earth than most comets.  Both the asteroid and the comet appear on the exact day that matches a Biblical formula for the timing of events that follow a major Bible prediction.  But, it was a "surprise".

The Bible says that the "hail and fire, mingled with blood" will "follow" the blowing of the first trumpet.  As I've described in my book, and in previous blog entries, this description matches the scenario of debris from a comet falling to Earth.  The detail that I had not considered was that the debris could be knocked to Earth by another object passing through the wake of the comet.

As my book describes, iron ore in the space dust could explain the appearance of "blood" as the debris from the dirty snowball falls to Earth.  But, there could be other explanations, which could include the existence of some unearthly form of mold or bacteria.  If the vehicle is iron ore, though, and if the ore is attracted by Earth's magnetic poles, then perhaps the space dust would land primarily on the ice caps at the North and South Poles.  There is a lot of ice there.  Does that ice equal one-third of Earth's total water resources?  And, has it already been polluted by falling space dust — but the effects have not yet been realized, because the ice has not yet drifted to the glacial edges and fallen into the oceans?  Keep in mind that the "shooting stars" we see from Earth's surface are often the size of a pebble or a grain of sand.  During the same time frame that this scenario was playing out in the skies, Earth experienced one of our regularly-scheduled meteor showers.  How could scientists distinguish space dust from Comet Boattini/Barnard from the comet wakes that we pass through to produce dazzling meteor showers?  If some of that dust and debris landed in polar ice, would we even know that it happened?

That scenario would explain the specific use of the word "followed" in Revelation 8:7, but not in the other verses that describe the blowing of the other trumpets.  Keep in mind that "The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."  (2 Peter 3:9 — the verse that immediately follows the verse from which we get the formula for "the decompression of time from Heaven to Earth".)  In His great mercy, God is causing even His punishments, which we sinful humans have definitely earned, to move as slowly as possible yet still meet His overall timetable.

NASA image of Near-Strike course of Asteroid SV-11

 The above image is NASA's calculated path of Asteroid SV11, which is on a Near-Strike course for Earth in the year 2014.  As my book points out, NASA also predicts a rare combination of solar and lunar eclipses for the one-year period between Spring 2014 and Spring 2015.  I was alerted to this scenario by news reports of the findings of Pastor Mark Biltz, a Messianic Jewish pastor that is also an amateur Christian astronomer.  He reports that the eclipse pattern matches the description that Jesus gave for celestial events that occur after The Tribulation is complete!

God does not slumber.


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Monday, 13 October 2008, at 1305 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

The times of the signs

At first glance, the title of this column might seem to be a mistake.  It is not.

(NOTE:  This column is a bit long, even by Kovach standards.  And, it gets a bit scary toward the end, even by Kovach standards.)

Having spent six months writing a book on Bible prophecy, and having hinged much of what I wrote upon this year's Feast of Trumpets, it might seem that I would be justifiably  disappointed that "nothing happened" during the two-day feast that began when the New Moon rose on the evening of the 29th of September.  Since mid-June of this year, I've been saying that a significant earthquake is likely in the area of Northern California that I have dubbed the Quake Crescent.  At the center of that area is a large idol of an owl at a place called the Bohemian Grove.  The owl is one of the representations of Lillith, a demon that has been described in the literature of several Middle Eastern cultures for most of recorded history.  (Another representation is a nude, long-haired woman — very much like the one on the Starbuck's Coffee logo.  Coincidence?  I think not.)  The earthquake that shook the Sacramento area on 05 August was, in my opinion, only the foreshock of the quake that I believe will topple the idol of the owl.  The owl idol itself. the Bohemian Grove itself, this summer's California Supreme Court decision, and the Starbuck's Coffee company are all associated with the promotion of homosexuality.  I believe that is the reason that God will punish Northern California with an earthquake that damages both the idol and the capital of Sacramento.  But, that quake did not occur on the 29th of September.

So, is all of my research worthless?  Au, contraire


Terra-cotta image of demon Lilitu 
Kiskil-lilla: depicted in a Mesopotamian terra-cotta known as the Burney Relief.
Believed by some scholars to be same as Lillith.
Note resemblance to Starbuck's logo, including the similar-shaped adornments on the heads of the two women.  Also note her bird-like feet, and the owls on either side of her.
(image source:  Wikipedia)
 
 

Those months of research proved to me (as if I didn't already know) that the Holy Bible is a document filled with precision.  The language is precise.  The numbers are precise.  The mathematical formulas are precise.  The mentions and descriptions of other "gods" and demons are precise.  (Starbuck's claims that its logo represents a Siren — a mythical Greek temptress that lured sailors into crushing rock formations.  Lillith is sometimes described as "the maiden who screeches constantly".  Coincidence?  Again, I think not.)  Sometimes we do not have enough understanding and insight to appreciate the precision.  And, sometimes that insight is withheld from us until God's timing has been fulfilled.

Let's talk about God's timing.

Much of my recent book, Tribulation:  2008, hinged upon the formula given in 2nd Peter 3:8, "But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day."  When no earthquake happened on the Feast of Trumpets, nor did "hail and fire ... mingled with blood" fall from the skies, I was admittedly perplexed.  (*My writings make clear that I believe the scenario in Revelation 8:7 involves a comet.)  Did I get the whole thing wrong?  Did I mess up the calculations based upon the formula?  (That is possible, given the difference between the 360-day Hebrew calendar and the 365-day Gregorian calendar.  But, that difference is covered in the book.  So, was it something else?)  Was my work destined to "fall upon the ash heap of history", only to be trampled upon by scoffers?

Or, did I simply miss a detail somewhere?

If so, where was that detail?  Was it part of the formula itself?  Was there another formula in another part of the Bible?  Was it a different application of the same formula?  When I wrote the book, I tried to pick apart every detail — trying to "sit in the seat of the scoffer", and thus "attack" my work from the outside — in an effort to ensure the highest degree of accuracy.  I only published the book when, as the saying goes, "There was no doubt in my military mind."

And, then it hit me.  The detail that I had left out was a military detail.

Usually, when a command is given via trumpet on the battlefield, there is a built-in amount of lag time before the signaled movement actually begins.  How much lag time?  And, knowing that there is a decompression of time from Heaven to Earth, how could we calculate it?  Is there an example to follow in the Bible?

Yes.

In the Book of Daniel, there is a point at which Daniel prays for wisdom and knowledge from God.  Eventually, the angel Gabriel, who explains that he was detained by a battle with the Prince of Persia, visits Daniel.  God had heard Daniel's prayer, but the answer took 21 days to arrive.  (Given that the spiritual battle took place on Earth, we know that the angel is describing 21 days on Earth, and not 21 days in Heaven's time.)  So, by the explanation given to Daniel, we know that there can be a lag time between the moment that God utters a word and the time that the word is accomplished (although, the very fact that the delay is explained in that instance indicates that such delays are rare).  Now that we know that such a lag can exist, can we calculate whether such a lag exists in this case?

Yes.

We know from scientific studies conducted regarding car crashes that it takes approximately one second for the human brain to perceive a dangerous situation in the traffic ahead of a driver.  It takes another second for the driver's foot to be applied to the brake pedal.  At normal in-town driving speeds, it takes another second for the car to stop.  That is three seconds from the time the danger occurs at the first car until the second car stops.  But, that application is based upon the driver seeing the danger at the speed of light.  A trumpet blows at the speed of sound.  (To my knowledge, there is no direct example in the Bible of how fast sound travels in Heaven as compared to Earth.)

Let's use a battlefield example.  A commander gives a command, and the bugler is standing near the commander.  Knowing that the commander is about to say something, the bugler already has the bugle to his lips.  (Revelation 8:6 says that the seven angels with the seven trumpets "prepared to blow".)  Even with that preparation, the bugler must process the command in his mind, think of the corresponding melody, and then begin to play it on the bugle.  The sound must then travel to its intended audience, and then the soldiers on the battlefield must process what they heard, begin to respond individually, and then mold their individual responses into a group response.  That is six separate steps.  But, the angel is a spiritual being, so the mental processing in his mind is instantaneous (the angel's mind is not filtered through a body of flesh).  That would approximate a five-second lag time.  That, in turn, seems appropriate to the battlefield analogy.

So, how long is a second in Heaven?

In the book, I showed that a half-hour in Heaven equals 20.8 years on Earth.  That was determined by dividing the "thousand years is one day" by the "silence in Heaven for about half an hour" found in Revelation 8:1.  There are 48 half-hours in one day.  One thousand divided by 48 equals 20.8 years.  So, what about the seconds?

There are 1,800 seconds in a half-hour.  So, 20.8 years times 360 days on the Hebrew calendar equals 7,488 Earth-days in a half-hour in Heaven.  (There are 7,592 Earth-days, if you multiply by the 365 days on the Gregorian calendar.  But, the reader will soon see that this difference is virtually insignificant to the final calculation.)  So, if we divide the number of days by the number of seconds in a half-hour, we discover that one second in Heaven equals 4.16 Earth-days by the Hebrew calendar or 4.21 days by the Gregorian calendar.  For those that love math (I don't), that difference equals 1.2 Earth-hours out of a span of approximately 21 Earth-years.  As I wrote earlier, the difference is virtually insignificant.

So, now that we know how long a second in Heaven lasts on Earth, what do we do with that knowledge?

In the battlefield analogy above, we saw that there was approximately five seconds of lag time from the time the bugler blew the signal until things changed on the battlefield.  If we apply that same concept to the blowing of the first trumpet of Revelation, then we see that the lag time on Earth is notable, because of the decompression of time from Heaven to Earth.  Five seconds of lag time in Heaven, times 4.185 days (thus, splitting the difference between the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars, just to eliminate arguments), equals 20.925 days of lag time on Earth from the time the trumpet starts to blow until a result happens on Earth.

So, is there anything that we can anticipate on Earth that happens 21 days after the Feast of Trumpets?  And, does such an event correspond to anything that I wrote in the book?  And, does that event correspond closely enough with Bible language to — hopefully — remove doubts from the minds of scoffers?

Oh, yes!!

Revelation 8:7 says, "The first angel sounded, and hail and fire followed, mingled with blood, and they were thrown to the earth."  (emphasis added)  The language does seem to imply a built-in lag time.  And, my book contains a detailed explanation of why I believe that the "hail and fire ... mingled with blood" accurately describes the disintegration of a comet as it passes through the Earth's atmosphere, as opposed to other possibilities.  Now, do we have any evidence of even the possibility of a comet coming near the Earth during a time that matches the lag time described above?

According to this NASA Web page, the Comet Boattini (official NEO designation: P/2008 T3) will pass near Earth's orbit ... on the 22nd of October!

Various objects — comets, asteroids, wayward satellites, and other "space junk" — sometimes fall toward Earth.  These are tracked by NASA, and are categorized as "Near Earth Objects" (NEOs).  One recent NEO was discovered only 19 hours before it struck Earth's atmosphere over Sudan.  The asteroid (about the size of a car) burned up in the atmosphere on Tuesday, 07 October, providing a light show over eastern Africa.  (The atmospheric burn was very fast, thus producing an explosion approximately one-seventh the force of the atomic bomb dropped upon Hiroshima.)  Notably, it marked the first time that scientists were able to accurately predict the trajectory of an inbound asteroid.  According to SpaceWeather.com, as of this writing, scientists know of 990 potentially hazardous NEOs.

There are some unique aspects to the Comet Boattini impact scenario.  First is the "hail and fire ... mingled with blood", which potentially matches the scenario of a comet disintegration.  Second is the timing.  (While scientists are happy to have predicted an asteroid strike 19 hours before impact, the Holy Bible predicts such an event more than 19 centuries before impact.  For the math lover, it means that the Bible is almost 17 million times more accurate than NASA scientists!)  Not only is the timing consistent with the "lag time" presented above, and the lag time properly follows the Feast of Trumpets, but the timing also coincides with an event planned by scientists on Earth.

Now, this is where it gets scary.

Almost six weeks ago, I questioned whether a planned experiment of the Large Hadron Collider could create a black hole that draws in a NEO to impact Earth.  It turned out that the 10 September experiment was a "dress rehearsal", and not the full-blown atomic particle collision that could produce an unpredictable result.  Since that time, two things have changed.  One is that CERN, the parent organization of the LHC, has now completed the worldwide super-computer network that is required to keep up with the enormous volume of data that is expected to be produced by the experiment.  On the 21st of October, CERN will hold an "inauguration" ceremony for the Large Hadron Collider.  The stated purpose of the LHC is to produce conditions — at the atomic particle level — that will replicate the conditions "just before the Big Bang" when the universe was created.

The Holy Bible tells us, in English, that, in the beginning, "the earth was without form, and void".  In Greek, the quoted phrase is only one word:  chaos.  Thus, untold billions of dollars from the economies of more than two dozen countries are literally being poured into a black hole with the goal of producing chaos!

My fear is that they will succeed.

God is not mocked.  If the leading nations of the world get together to seek chaos, then perhaps God will give it to them.  Perhaps the comet will impact the LHC facility.  Perhaps those scientists will get a momentary opportunity to witness the "God spark" that they seek.  And then, they will regret their choice.  But, in the process, will the rest of the planet be "impacted" by their decision?

Comet Boattini is expected to miss Earth by 75 LD.  (One LD is a "lunar distance" — the distance from the Earth to the Moon.  That distance is recognized as 384,401 kilometers.)  So, the comet is expected to miss Earth by more than 28-million kilometers (slightly less than 18-million miles.)  By astronomic standards, that is considered somewhat "near" the Earth.

NASA analysis of Comet Boattini -- Near-STRIKE

NASA orbital analysis of Comet Boattini near-strike course

(image source:  Jet Propulsion Laborator NEO tracking project)

The very next day, 23 October, an asteroid is expected to pass within only 3.6 LD of Earth's orbit.  Asteroid TT-26 (an "Apollo-class" NEO) is estimated at 70 meters in diameter.  In summary, an asteroid 25 times larger than Comet Boattini will pass 15 times closer than the comet on the very next day.  Have you read about this in any headline anywhere?

The LHC ceremony on 21 October is not expected to include any live experiment.  But, notably, it is three days prior to the annual United Nations Day.  (Three days is a very Biblical waiting period.)  In summary, LHC ceremony on the 21st, Comet Boattini on the 22nd, Asteroid TT-26 on the 23rd, and United Nations Day on the 24th.  All of this, by the way, will occur beneath the Crescent Moon — the symbol of Islam.

By the way, a retired geologist has a theory about earthquake prediciton.  He claims that his is the most accurate scientific method currently available.  He bases his predictions upon the effects that tides have upon the water in underground rock formations.  If the Moon can have an effect upon all the waters of Earth, then could other space objects — especially if they are moving at a much higher speed — also have a gravitational effect upon the waters of Earth?  And, could two such objects in a row — coming in from different directions — exert enough effect to trigger an earthquake?

The timing of this group of events matches — once the "lag time" is included — the events predicted in my book.  More importantly, it matches the predictions made in the most important Book of all time.  My hope is that, by showing the alarming truths that are unfolding literally right before us, many people will awaken to the truths of the Holy Bible.  And, having done so, that those people will recognize Jesus the Christ as the only true salvation, having been sent by God the Father to save sinful mankind from the end result of those unfolding events.


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Friday, 26 September 2008, at 2055 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Has NASA confirmed the coming Tribulation?

My recently-released book, Tribulation:  2008, discusses a phenomenon that our government's National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) calles Near-Earth Objects (NEOs).  Among the NEOs, there is one type called a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA).  Scientists at NASA have a special program that watches for NEAs, which could strike the Earth and cause damage.  This scenario was dramtized in a popular Hollywood movie called Deep Impact.

According to the NASA program office that scans the universe for dangerous NEAs, there is an asteroid orbiting our solar system that could strike the Earth in the year 2014.

NASA image of SV-11 orbit

NASA image of NEA designated SV-11 shows orbit intersecting Earth

The above image was downloaded from the NASA program office page that tracks the NEA designated as 2008-SV-11.  It is an Apollo-class Near-Earth Asteroid, meaning that it is at least the size of an asteroid that passed near the Earth in the year 1862 and caused fear.  As the asteroid burned in the daytime sky, it was given the name Apollo after the ancient Greek god of the sun.

The potential for an impact with the Earth in the year 2014 is consistent with my analysis of Bible prophecy concerning the Tribulation -- the seven-year period of widespread turmoil and destruction that immediately precedes the return of Jesus the Christ.  Details of that analysis are the basis of my book.  Both the book, and a separate set of astronomical calculations -- by Mark Biltz, a Messianic Jewish pastor, who compared astronomical events with the feasts of the Hebrew Calendar -- suggest that the Tribulation will have been completed by late in the year 2015.  Pastor Biltz and I agree that the event which is the "official" start of the Tribulation is the blowing of the first of seven trumpets by angels in Heaven.  We also agree that the blowing of the first trumpet (described in Revelation 8:7 of the Holy Bible) will coincide with this year's Hebrew Feast of Trumpets.  That feast takes place this coming Monday, the 29th of September.  It is marked by the sighting of the New Moon as the sun sets.

As the seven-year Tribulation progresses, destruction on Earth increases.  The Book of Revelation describes several sightings of "stars" that fall from heaven.  The different "stars" (which could technically be asteroids or comets) have different effects.  When the first trumpet sounds, "fire mingled with blood" falls from the sky.  As my book explains, this could be a case of a "dirty comet" passing through the Earth's atmosphere.  A comet is made of ice crystals mixed with "space dust" of various elements.  If that dust includes a high concentration of iron, for example, then ice melting as a comet passes through the Earth's atmosphere (thus developing a fireball from the friction) would resemble "fire mingled with blood".

Are there any indications in the Bible that this NEA discovery is actually linked to the desctruction described therein?  It appears so.  In the ninth chapter of Revelation, a star falls from the sky.  That star is given "the key to the bottomless pit", and the pit is opened.  The designation of the asteroid is SV-11, and its class is Apollo.  In verse 11 of that chapter, an angel is released from the pit.  The angel's name is Apollyon, which means "Destroyer".  Could this be a mere coincidence?  Possibly, but I don't think so -- especially not when it follows, in precise chronological order, other events described just prior to that in the Bible.  And, I think it is also no accident that the verse reference is 9:11.  Those numbers harken another day of destruction.

Time will tell whether my analysis of the Bible is correct.  But, as one friend told me recently, "This is all too coincidental to be a coincidence."


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Monday, 08 September 2008, at 1108 hours
Central Time -- Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Obama lied about draft registration

United States Senator and presidential candidate Barack Hussein Obama, in an interview yesterday with ABC News political correspondent George Stephanopoulos, on his program This Week, lied about his registration for the Selective Service military draft.  This is only the latest in a series of falsehoods and outright lies by Senator Obama and his campaign.  But, knowing that his name means 'crooked', does this move actually surprise anyone?  And, could this latest lie be an attempt to mask something even more sinister in Obama's past ... or America's future?

The interview took place "from the campaign trail" in Terre Haute, Indiana.  Stephanopoulos asked a question from a woman viewer from Georgia.  The question was whether Senator Obama had ever considered military service; and, if not, why.

"You know, I actually did," the senator answered, with a tone indicating that he thought this revelation might shock people.  Calming down a bit (see for yourself in this ABC News video interview segment), Senator Obama continued, "I had to sign up for Selective Service when I graduated from high school."

There is only one problem.  In the Spring of 1979, there was no requirement for Selective Service registration.  That requirement had been curtailed in March of 1975 by President Gerald Ford as the military brought back troops from the Vietnam War.  (I was keenly aware of that presidential action.  As a senior in high school at that time, I had come of age expecting to serve in Vietnam.  The week before President Ford ended the requirement for draft registration, I had signed my "delayed enlistment" papers for the Air Force.  I missed a day of classes to go out of town for my military induction physical examination.)

Those of us that lived through the post-Vietnam "drawdown" of our military (that was the trendy name for what we now call "downsizing") remember that the late 1970s was a tough time to get into the military.  The administration of President Jimmy Carter was characterized by high rates of unemployment, "double-digit inflation", exhorbitant loan-interest rates, and military pay rates so low that large portions of our American enlisted troops became eligible for food stamps.  (I was not a parent at that time.  Had I been, then I would've been eligible ... as a Sergeant!)  That was the economic and cultural climate at the time that young "Barry" Obama -- who came from a family that could afford to live in Hawaii and send him to Harvard -- was purportedly considering military service.

But, wait, there's more.

Explaining his purported thought processes from that time, Sen. Barack Hussein Obama continued, "But, keep in mind, I graduated in 1979.  The Vietnam War had come to an end.  We weren't engaged in an active ... uh ... uh ... military conflict at that point.  So, it's not an option that I ever decided to persue."  (His very telling pauses are a signature trait that talk-radio hosts Michael DelGiorno and Gwen Freeman have nicknamed "the Obama comma".)  So, the candidate claims that he did not join the military because there was no war.  But, he simultaneously claims that, even though there was no war, there was a requirement to register for the draft.

Oh, really?

For starters, there was no mandatory military draft registration at the time that Obama graduated from high school.  In fact, during the late 1970s, there was some discussion about whether the Selecitve Service would be abolished altogether.  Why?  Well, for one, there was the new concept of the "all-volunteer military".  That was born out of frustration by military leaders in Vietnam, who sometimes got lackluster performance from draftees that claimed, "I never signed up for this."  Also, as those of us patriots from the Vietnam generation will vividly recall, President Jimmy Carter had already pardoned all the "draft dodgers" that fled from America to avoid military service.  With a legal precedent for a presidential pardon from any penalties for draft dodging, questions arose regarding whether there was any point to keeping the Selective Service alive without teeth.

But, then...

At approximately noon Eastern Time (here in America) on Sunday, the 4th of November 1979, hundreds of college-age radicals stormed the American Embassy in Tehran, Iran.  Using firearms and firebombs, the purported 'students' overwhelmed the Marine Corps embassy security detachment.  (There is reason to believe that the Marines had been under orders to not fire on civilians.  That policy likely enabled the Iranians to take over the embassy.  As I wrote in December of 2003, after the fact had been declassified, the Marines stationed as peacekeepers in Beirut, Lebanon, in October of 1983 had been prohibited by their field commander from having a magazine in their rifle while guarding the USMC compound.  The seconds required for a Marine sentry to pull the magazine from its belt pouch, load it into the rifle, jack a round into the chamber, take the selector lever off "Safe", and begin firing were the seconds that cost the lives of 283 Marines in their barracks.)

So, at the time when Barack Obama graduated from high school, the United States had been engaged in a long-running "Cold War" with several Communist countries.  In early February of 1979, right during the time when Obama would've been considering his post-graduation plans, the Islamic Revolution booted Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi from the Peacock Throne of Iran, and installed the Ayatollah Khomeini as leader of that country.  (I remember that day well.  It was the first day of my combat training.  And, because I spoke a little Farsi -- from having befriended members of the Royal Iranian Air Force -- there was reason to expect that I could be sent on a "forward" assignment to Iran.)  Although the embassy takeover did not occur until several months later, it was openly discussed from the beginning that the Iranian Revolution could lead to a confrontation between Iran and the United States.  Keep in mind that Ayatollah Khomeini was the man that coined the nickname "The Great Satan" for the United States.

A few years before Obama graduated from high school, there was an event that came to be known as "the second Cuban missile crisis".  American strategic B-52 bombers, using an innovative technique in order to double as reconnaissance aircraft, took aerial photographs of Soviet freighters carrying missiles into Cuba.  (The bomber that took the photo that became front-page news came from the base where I was stationed at that time.)  The situation was resolved diplomatically, but was yet another example of Cold War toe-to-toe stress with Communsit nations.  Also during the late 1970s, American troops clearing vegetation along the border between North Korea and South Korea were attacked and killed by North Korean troops.  (Not to mention several sparsely-reported Special Operations missions to close North Korean tunnels into South Korea.)  All of this was a part of Barack Obama's high school years.

President Jimmy Carter, during his last year in office, reinstituted the military draft in early 1980.  Why?  Because it became apparent that the Islamist threat was not going away.  Military and intelligence analysts saw that a full-scale war with Iran might become possible.  The embassy hostage crisis in Tehran spawned the ABC-TV news program Nightline, whose nightly reminders of the number of days of the crisis (444) were an ongoing embarassment to President Carter.

So, although there was no military draft when Barack Obama graduated high school, the draft was reinstated as Obama began his college years.  Did this purportedly patriotic young man put off his college to take up arms to defend against a possible Islamist terror threat?  Nope.  Why?

Keep in mind that, during his formative years, Barack Obama was influenced by "father figure" Frank Marshall Davis -- who was involved in anti-American activities by the Communist Party of the USA.  (This is heavily documented by journalist Cliff Kincaid.)  Part of those activites involved telegrams and meetings with college-age Communists from ... Iran.  (Using FOIA requests, Kincaid has amassed FBI surveillance documents that prove this point.)  Given that Barack Hussein Obama was born to a Muslim father, raised by a Socialist mother that converted to Islam at some point between bearing two children to two different fathers, was heavily influenced by a Muslim step-father while they lived in the Muslim country of Indonesia, and was influenced by a Communist activist (hand-picked by Barack's maternal grandfather to be a "father figure" for Barack), is it any wonder that Senator Barack Hussein Obama has never publicly renounced Islam or Communism?

And, if it is true that Obama registered for the draft, then where is the birth certificate that was used to perform such registration?  (During the high unemployment of the Jimmy Carter years, the military stopped accepting anyone without a high-school diploma, or any number of other questionable points in their background.  The lack of a birth certificate -- at least, one that was not forged -- would've become an instant barrier to Selective Service registration.)

So, why did Barack Obama claim to have "had to" register for the military draft if it was not true?  And, why didn't Barack Obama join the military -- especially if he knew that it would "look good on a resume" for any future political ambitions?  And, why hasn't he publicly renounced Islam?  (Middle East scholar Daniel Pipes has already shown that Obama lied to cover up his childhood association with Islam.)  Speaking of childhood associations, did young Barack ever accompany Frank Davis to any Communist meetings with Iranian college radicals?  (And, if so, did he ever befriend Mahmoud Ahmedi-Nejad at those meetings?)  Obama's associations -- with Islam, with Communism, and with anti-American activities; and, his ongoing attempts to cover up those associations -- cause one to wonder what plans Barack Obama has when he claims a desire to "change" America.  (For details on the meaning of Obama's "plans for a 58th" state, see my new book, Tribulation:  2008.)


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Saturday, 06 September 2008, at 2031 hours
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Initial entry -- link to original archive

This is the initial entry of my blog:  The Crossbow.

My first several columns were done on separate HTML pages.

 The original archive for The Crossbow may be accessed at:  http://tomkovach.us/Columns/Crossbow/000--CB--Archive.html

Assuming that all of the techical setup stuff goes as planned, all future editions of The Crossbow will be found on this blog site.


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