2017 … Ready or Not!

Hello Prophecy Connections readers! May the presence of God be with you as 2017 unfolds and flags representing countries around the world unfurl to begin a new year. Actually this date is for those who follow the Gregorian calendar. Here are some interesting facts about that dating system from http://www.history.com/news/6-things-you-may-not-know-about-the-gregorian-calendar

1. The original goal of the Gregorian calendar was to change the date of Easter.
In 1582, when Pope Gregory XIII introduced his Gregorian calendar, Europe adhered to the Julian calendar, first implemented by Julius Caesar in 46 B.C. Since the Roman emperor’s system miscalculated the length of the solar year by 11 minutes, the calendar had since fallen out of sync with the seasons. This concerned Gregory because it meant that Easter, traditionally observed on March 21, fell further away from the spring equinox with each passing year.

2. Leap years don’t really occur every four years in the Gregorian calendar.
The Julian calendar included an extra day in February every four years. But Aloysus Lilius, the Italian scientist who developed the system Pope Gregory would unveil in 1582, realized that the addition of so many days made the calendar slightly too long. He devised a variation that adds leap days in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. While this formula may sound confusing, it did resolve the lag created by Caesar’s earlier scheme—almost.

3. The Gregorian calendar differs from the solar year by 26 seconds per year.
Despite Lilius’ ingenious method for syncing the calendar with the seasons, his system is still off by 26 seconds. As a result, in the years since Gregory introduced his calendar in 1582, a discrepancy of several hours has arisen. By the year 4909, the Gregorian calendar will be a full day ahead of the solar year.

4. Some Protestants viewed the Gregorian calendar as a Catholic plot.
Though Pope Gregory’s papal bull reforming the calendar had no power beyond the Catholic Church, Catholic countries—including Spain, Portugal and Italy—swiftly adopted the new system for their civil affairs. European Protestants, however, largely rejected the change because of its ties to the papacy, fearing it was an attempt to silence their movement. It wasn’t until 1700 that Protestant Germany switched over, and England held out until 1752. Orthodox countries clung to the Julian calendar until even later, and their national churches have never embraced Gregory’s reforms.

5. Britain’s adoption of the Gregorian calendar sparked riots and protest—maybe.
According to some accounts, English citizens did not react kindly after an act of Parliament advanced the calendar overnight from September 2 to September 14, 1752. Rioters supposedly took to the streets, demanding that the government “give us our 11 days.” However, most historians now believe that these protests never occurred or were greatly exaggerated. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change, writing, “It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.”

6. Before the Gregorian calendar’s adoption, the English new year began on March 25, or Lady Day.
Julius Caesar’s calendar reform of 46 B.C. instituted January 1 as the first of the year. During the Middle Ages, however, European countries replaced it with days that carried greater religious significance, such as December 25 (the anniversary of Jesus’ birth) and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation). The latter, known as Lady Day because it celebrates the Virgin Mary, marked the beginning of the year in Britain until January 1, 1752.

Another amazing fact is that, in contrast to calendars created throughout history by humans, GOD’S CALENDAR HAS NOT CHANGED. Consider this information from http://www.bible-history.com/jewishyear/jewishyear_heart-message.html

[Red highlights are mine. — PY]

God is a stickler on timing, events, and their meaning. His calendar is marked in the stars, kept by the moon, observed by the sun, and ordered in the rotation of the earth. All of his important dates are written in advance, his feasts, celebrations, Sabbaths and epoch changing events. 

“And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:” (Dan 2:21)

“Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.” (Mat. 2:2)

“The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, `For we also are His children. (Acts 17:24-28)

He calls us to remember His past appointments. He knew the Hebrews would be in bondage for 400 years in Egypt, and the precise day His deliverer Moses would stand before Pharaoh, demanding that he let God’s people go. He let Daniel peek at His appointment book to see the great world empires that would arrive, each in it’s own season to rule the earth and govern it’s people. (Dan. 2) He appointed 70 weeks of years upon the Jewish nation divided into precise sequences, that foretold the rebuilding of Jerusalem, the death of Messiah, and the coming of anti-christ. He planned for the “fullness of times”, (Gal. 4:4) when His Son would manifest to the world, while the Jewish religious leaders were ripe with hardness of heart, during the height of the Roman Empire, with it’s technology, justice, roadways, culture and language.

What I find comforting, is that the Lord, has a calendar, not just for Israel and the nations, but for each of us. He knows your comings and goings, your rising up, and sitting down. He has special surprises planned for you, even still. Even after disappointments, devastations, and life changing seasons. Have you failed yourself? God will not fail you. Have you been lost in unbearable anguish? God grieves with you. Perhaps you’ve been hardened in religion, burned out and left empty, searching for that early passion which seems so unreachable now. God has a new beginning on His calendar for you. 

God knew there would be a woman waiting at the well at midday in Samaria, who needed relief from the shame that she felt for so many years. He knew there would be a tax collector named Zaccheus who would respond to the offer of fellowship and grace from the “Son of man.” He knew a man named Simon would deny Him three times in His greatest hour of need, but called Him anyway, because loving grace would transform him into Peter the rock. He came to seek and save that which was lost. And aren’t we all lost? Especially those of us with spiritual pride, who claim, “we see”. (John 9:41)

God has a calendar for the Jewish year, the nations, and for you. Are there any unfulfilled promises? They are still there, waiting activation, waiting pursuit, written on His calendar, and guarded by His sovereignty. They remain with His gifts and callings that are irrevocable. (Rom. 11:29) You’re days are carefully watched over, you’re never far from His thoughts, and never removed out of His plans. Pursue Him with renewed boldness and watch His calendar come alive with your divine destiny, full of His grace and good news… for you and all those He’s called you to touch.

I love what the author pointed out concerning God’s calendar as it relates to me and YOU!

The current year on God’s calendar is 5777. It began on October 2, 2016, the eve of Rosh Hashanah — the Jewish New Year. It will end on the eve of Rosh Hashana, September 20, 2017. Some believe it will have prophetic significance because of God’s emphasis on the numbers 3 and 7. We shall see as we continue to WATCH FOR PROPHECY CONNECTIONS …

Trump / Pence Victory a “God Thing”?

Franklin Graham: The media didn’t understand the ‘God-factor’ in Trump’s win

November 10

U.S. Election Day 11/08/2016

It is finally Election Day in the USA — a day that has been both dreaded and hoped for by American citizens and for those who wish to benefit from the “American dream” way of life. As my Facebook friends know, I have been making use of that venue to ardently campaign for the Donald Trump Movement to “make America great again.” And I have been exposing the Clinton Cartel’s lies, deceit, and crime.

My prayer for this historic day is for a spirit of calm to override unrest and hatred. I pray that EVERYONE will stay safe, and ALL individuals will be careful with their words and actions as the election plays out. I pray that peace will overcome violence in the aftermath. I pray for the safety of police officers and first responders. I denounce the spiritual forces that are working to derail this election and bring about chaos in this beloved country. I ask for safety for all military personnel, both in country and serving abroad. I’m thankful to Almighty God for allowing us to remain free to this point in our history.

IF God allows the enemy to win this election, I will know that He has plans to use His sincere followers to shine light into the darkness of lost souls. IF He chooses to respond in a positive way to the prayers of repentance and restoration that Christians have been raising up on our country’s behalf, I will be assured that there is much work to do, and the enemy won’t like it! We must EXPECT opposition and persecution, and we MUST STAND FIRM on what is true and right.

The following is an article from Jeff Berwick — who must be terribly disappointed that the world economy has not yet crashed — concerning what MAY happen on “the day after” we learn who our next president will be. We must not be afraid. We must stay focused on the only One who offers salvation for eternity — Jesus Christ. And we MUST stand firm in faith and truth.

 

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Paranoia Deepens in US as Cyber-attacks Prepare Post-Election Tumult

Second U.N. resolution to deny Jewish ties to Jerusalem!

A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.

“The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: 2 ‘I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves…. I will keep a watchful eye over Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the clans of Judah will say in their hearts, “The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God.”’” (Zechariah 12:1-5, NIV)

UNESCO Adopts Second Resolution Denying Jewish Ties To Jerusalem

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By JNS.org October 27, 2016

The United Nations Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee adopted a controversial resolution Wednesday that ignores Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

 

Meeting in Paris, the resolution titled “Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls” passed with 10 countries voting in favor, two opposing and eight abstaining. Only eight votes were needed to pass the resolution.

 

The resolution criticizes Israel’s actions around the Temple Mount, which it refers to solely by its Muslim names “Al-Aqsa Mosque/Al-Haram Al-Sharif,” and defines it only as “a Muslim holy site of worship.”

 

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism as the place of the First and Second Jewish Temples. The Second Temple also plays a significant role in Christianity and is mentioned in the New Testament.

 

The World Heritage Committee’s decision comes less than two weeks after the body’s 56-member Executive Committee passed a similar resolution also ignoring Jewish and Christian ties to the Temple Mount.

 

That measure was only adopted by a plurality (24 votes) and not a majority, as the largest number of countries (26) abstained from the vote after intense lobbying by Israel.

 

Later, Brazil and Mexico voiced regret over their “yes” vote and Italy, which abstained, also said it should have voted “no.”

 

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO Carmel Shama-Hacohen called the resolution “absurd.”

 

This is yet another absurd resolution against the state of Israel, the Jewish people and historical truth,” he said.

 

In a show of defiance, Shama-Hacohen threw a copy of the resolution in the trash.

 

“UNESCO’s vote on Jerusalem is a piece of rubbish, rightly dumped in the garbage can by our Ambassador!! Long live Jewish Jerusalem!!!” Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon wrote on Twitter.

 

LINK: http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=754#FOjcgu7AVBhbW50O.99

 

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Israel is being betrayed by nations around the world, just as the prophet Zechariah foretold. Notice that Brazil, Mexico and Italy “voiced their regret.” What does that mean for Christians? It’s a reminder that we must remain strong, without regret!

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Microchip Implants for “body enhancement”?

“Do not be deceived.” — Jesus

Microchip Implants Being Marketed As Human Body Enhancements

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By Tom Olago October 25, 2016

 

Microchipping of animals for medical and tracking experiments has gradually become acceptable, but humans?  Whoa, not so fast!  Privacy proponents, conspiracy theorists and faith-based groups have consistently warned of the dangers from their various viewpoints.

 

And yet, those nagging concerns are slowly fading, as people become conditioned to embracing the attendant security and convenience while shrugging off the risks. 

 

This transition has been made easier by a subtle but powerful change in strategy that fights the psychological barriers: microchip implants for human beings are now being marketed as enhancements to the human body; the creation of a ‘superman’, of sorts.

 

And this change in approach seems to be working. In a recent report, organicandhealthy.org described Australia as the first country to begin microchipping its population. As recounted in the report, back in 2010 CBS news reported that the Australian government had a potential RFID microchipping plan in the works related to the health care system.

 

Now, as this plan begins to unfold, the push is not a result of mandated health care reforms, but rather a clever propaganda campaign that equates RFID microchipping with becoming superhuman, and people are begging for it.

 

Under the headline ‘Australians embracing super-human microchip technology’, Australia’s premier media outlet news.com.au (News Corp Australia) reports:

 

“It may sound like sci-fi, but hundreds of Australians are turning themselves into super-humans who can unlock doors, turn on lights and log into computers with a wave of the hand”.

 

Shanti Korporaal from Sydney, is at the centre of the phenomenon after having two implants inserted under her skin. Now she can get into work and her car without carrying a card or keys, and says her ultimate goal is to do away with her wallet and cards completely.

 

The microchips, which are the size of a grain of rice, can act like a business card, transfer contact details to smartphones and hold complex medical data….

 

Minnesota software engineer, Tim Shank, had his dogs implanted with GPS chips in case they got lost. Now, he has a chip of his own.
“This is an NFC chip, so it’s similar to what phones have nowadays,” he told CBS News of the chip inside him. Shank had a small incision made in his finger so the tiny chip, which emits low frequencies, could be inserted inside.

 

He programmed the chip to open his smart lock at home and control his smartphone. “It turned off my ringer,” Shank showed off.

 

Maura Gillan for the dailynebraskan.com similarly noted how student Johnathan Carlson had an RFID chip implanted into his hand by a Lincoln tattoo artist. Carlson is a freshman computer and electrical engineering double major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

 

He said the original plan was to get a magnet implanted in his finger to detect magnetic fields, but with more research Carlson saw the practicality of getting an RFID chip. “It has unlimited applications,” he said. “It’s just a matter of where is it already been implemented and where am I willing to implement it.”…

ENTIRE ARTICLE at http://www.prophecynewswatch.com/article.cfm?recent_news_id=751#Xf6gqqGALh4MVSE4.99

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This is an example of something that can frighten people, but it’s NOT the “mark” spoken of in Revelation 13. Here is the prophecy …

 

Revelation 13:11  “Then I saw a second beast, coming out of the earth. It had two horns like a lamb, but it spoke like a dragon. 12 It exercised all the authority of the first beast on its behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. 13 And it performed great signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to the earth in full view of the people. 14 Because of the signs it was given power to perform on behalf of the first beast, it deceived the inhabitants of the earth. It ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. 15 The second beast was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that the image could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. 16 It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads, 17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name. 18 This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. That number is 666.”

Specifically, the prophecy foretells that “the mark” will be forced on “all people.” It will be placed “on the right hand or forehead.” And it will implement a global credit system that will be required for buying and selling. Scholars and prophecy students alike have gone to great lengths to figure out the meaning of the “number of a man.” Some have even written books about it and make a living by giving lectures to try and convince people that they alone know the answer to the riddle.

My position is this: Jesus does not intentionally keep believers in the dark about issues of great importance. We need to stay alert and aware of what’s going on in the world — to the extent that we are able. We are to watch for the signs that He gave in parable format, but we are not to panic and jump ahead of GOD’S TIMETABLE simply to draw attention to what we have decided to believe as truth.

And we must be careful not to fall for three of Satan’s most deceptive minions: Convenience, Concern for safety, and Contentment.

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Israelis leaders urge Jews to READ THE ENTIRE BIBLE!

God is moving …

 

Have you heard that Israeli leaders are urging Jews to read through the entire Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter? Amazing, but true. Here’s the latest.

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(Central Israel) — You probably haven’t heard this in the mainstream media, but Israel’s most senior leaders are urging the Jewish people to read through the Bible, the whole Bible, verse by verse, chapter by chapter.

Can you imagine President Obama or any other U.S. leader calling on American people to read through the Bible? Neither can I.

Given the general trend here in Israel towards secularization, this is quite a surprising yet thoroughly encouraging development. I’m sure many of you are skeptical, but it really is true. Here’s the latest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off the new school year here by encouraging children to rediscover the Word of God and Biblical roots of their Jewish heritage.

“First of all, the study of the Bible,” he said in August. “Knowledge is a critical word. We want to give it [knowledge of the Scriptures] to every child in Israel, Jews and non-Jews as one, religious and secular. This is the basis of the new world, and the basis of Israel as a strong nation in the world.”

Last week, the prime minister and his wife, Sara, hosted another in a series of occasional Bible study groups at their official residence. They discussed — among other things — the Biblical connection Jews have to the Temple Mount, despite a recent U.N. vote denying Jews have any such connection.

The Netanyahus organized their first home Bible study group in December 2011, as I reported at the time. In so doing, they carried on a tradition first begun by David Ben Gurion and later by Menachem Begin but rarely repeated by other Israeli premiers. Their stated goal was to set an example for the nation and to “perpetuate a love of the Bible.” [See here and here for coverage of other Bible studies they have held.]

Meanwhile, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and several government officials have launched something they call the “929 Initiative.”

This is a wonderful and worthy effort to encourage all Israelis — even the most secular and non-religious among us — to read one chapter of the Jewish Scriptures a day, every day, until they have read all 929 chapters.

Rivlin and his colleagues kicked off the $12 million initiative in December 2014. Since then, they have been encouraging Israelis to continue reading verse by verse, chapter by chapter through the full Hebrew Bible or “Tanakh” until everyone finishes together in the summer of 2018 for the 70th anniversary of the prophetic rebirth of the Jewish State.

There is a pretty impressive and sophisticated website dedicated to the project, with Israelis of all kinds, from a wide variety of backgrounds, writing articles on what they think about the Bible verses they are reading. There is also an app that helps Israelis remember what chapter they’re supposed to read each day and help them mark their progress.

Here are several article about the initiative. I commend them to your attention.

I especially wanted to bring this all to your attention as we celebrate Sukkot, or the Feast of Tabernacles (aka, “Feast of Booths”). Why? Because in the Torah, Moses commanded the people to read through all the Scriptures in their entirety every seven years. Sadly, this is a commandment many if not most of my fellow Jews have forgotten, or never were aware of in the first place.

10 Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths, 11 when all Israel comes to appear before the Lord your God at the place which He will choose, you shall read this law in front of all Israel in their hearing. 12 Assemble the people, the men and the women and children and [a]the alien who is in your [b]town, so that they may hear and learn and fear the Lord your God, and be careful to observe all the words of this law. (Deuteronomy 31:10-12)

Some of my favorite stories in the Bible are when King Josiah called the nation of Judah together to hear the Word of the Lord read to them in its entirety, and when Ezra and the priests read the entire Bible to the nation of Israel after their return to the Land from Babylonian and Persian captivity.

Several years ago, we organized an Epicenter conference with the theme, “The Power of The Word.” Several of the speakers taught on this largely forgotten history of Jewish leaders calling the nation back to the Scriptures — if you’re interested in watching the videos of those and other messages, please click here.

I’m grateful to Netanyahu and Rivlin and to the other Israeli leaders who are calling our people back to reading the Bible cover to cover. Will you join me in praying that more Jews (and Gentiles) heed their call? Thanks so much, and Chag Same’ach — happy holidays from Israel!

LINK: https://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/have-you-heard-that-israeli-leaders-are-urging-jews-to-read-through-the-entire-bible-verse-by-verse-chapter-by-chapter-amazing-but-true-heres-the-latest/

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