The Coming of Jesus, the “Son of God!”

Jesus son of God

Jesus, the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29)

Christmas is about the coming of the Messiah. It is about the coming of God’s Son. It is about God coming to earth, born to a virgin named Mary. It is about God literally becoming flesh. Some have asked if this is a pagan concept?  According to the Bible, it is far from being a pagan idea. Rather, it is how God’s redemptive plan not only unfolded but was fulfilled!

On each and every Israel trip, we are surrounded by wonderful Jewish people. Over the years, many have become dear friends. However, their rabbis and scholars would argue for centuries that the concept of God having a son is indeed quite unbiblical. Such a concept even crosses the line into idolatry. The entire concept of God sending His “only begotten Son” (John 3:16) is foreign to Judaism. Even in what is anticipated by our Jewish friends as the first coming of the Messiah in the future, our Jewish friends believe this Messiah will not be divine but rather simply human.

Son of GodYet upon a closer look, did the Jewish community during the time of Jesus expect the Messiah to be the Son of God?  The anwer to this question is a resounding Yes!  In fact, there was a common belief that the Messiah would be one who would heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and demonstrate his power of nature through signs and wonders. Even the Jewish sect called the Essenes at a place called Qumran reveal in the writings of the Dead Sea Scrolls that they were anticipating the Messiah to be the Son of God. This belief comes right out of their understanding of Daniel 7.

Additionally, according to the Jewish Sages and in light of what Isaiah said (7:14 – “a virgin will conceive and bear a son…”), the coming Messiah would have no biological father. Midrash Genesis Rabbah 35 says, “The redeemer whom I will raise up among you will have no father, as it is written, ‘Behold the man whose name is Zemach [branch], and He will branch out of his place; and He also says, ‘For he shall grow up before him a a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground.'”

So this Christmas, we celebrate once again the coming of the Soon of God. His name is Yeshua, for He has come to take away the sins of the world (John 1:29).

For the full article, go HERE.

Here is the video by a Messianic ministry called One For Israel. Even though it is in Hebrew, it is sub-titled in English!

 

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Turkey, Russia, Trump & End Times Prophecy?

Trump and Erdogan

What will the future hold between Turkey, Russia, and the U.S? (credit: Walid Shoebat, www.shoebat.com)

There are various opinions on “end times” scenarios. I personally respect other Christian viewpoints on eschatology (doctrine of “last things”). To me, eschatology is a secondary issue, unlike the doctrine of salvation or the Trinity.

Given this, I want to share in this blog an interesting article written by Walid Shoebat. It’s more an article on prophecy than politics (thank goodness, for we had enought of the latter lately, haven’t we?). I’ve posted other excerpts from Mt. Shoebat before. While I may not agree with every detail he shares (and that’s OK), this ex-Palestinian terrorist who became a Christian (it is an amazing story actually!) is well-versed in Islamic eschatology. In a nutshell, Mr. Shobat continually sees the rise of radical Islam as playing a major role in “end times” prophecy. Specifically he sees the rise of Turkey as playing a significant role in Islam’s anticipation of the re-establishment of the Caliphate and the coming of the “12th Imman” (someone Mr. Shoebat identifies as one in the same as the “Anti-Christ” of the Bible). Shoebat specifically identifies President Erdogan as the leading candidate for being the Anti-Christ. I view Shoebat’s conclusions as extremely interesting to say the least. But I invite you to research his views (there are many of his videos up on YouTube) on your own. HERE is a good introductory video about Walid Shoebat. Click HERE for his web site.

Anyway, with the upcoming Trump Presidency and with Russia and Turkey making the news as of late, this article is quite timely.

Here is the article.

The Rise Of Antichrist And How Will Donald Trump Deal With Him According To Biblical Prophecies (Learn A Secret On How To Predict The Future)
by Walid Shoebat, December 9, 2016
So how will the Donald deal with the Kurds (wanting a state), Russia (wanting to expand) and Turkey (wanting to revive an Islamic empire and is already encroaching into Syria and Iraq) and including but not limited to the Russian-Turkish alliance which some fear is the “Magog Alliance”?These are some hefty issues for the Donald.Enter “the secret” to our success in predicting the future where you can learn it too.But before we tell you how to predict (I promise you I will, later on in this article), Trump’s behavior is already seen and thank God, it is the opposite of what many of the huff-and-puff crowds desires.While many expected him to drain the swamp and hire populist revolutionaries, as it turns out, Trump is more pragmatic. He will fix the Abomination by first uniting an Obama divided nation. He can only do this by going somewhat against the wishes of warmongers and the loudmouths.Therefore, we predict that the United States will shine. Unlike what Trump said during his campaigns, he reversed much of the rhetoric already and we predict that he will notdeploy multidivisional forces to the region to ‘combat ISIS’.ISIS is pretty much waining. We predict that Trump will befriend the man whom he never mentioned once during his campaign: Erdogan.Trump is a fox and he knows to “keep your enemies closer”.Always remember, expectations shift to face reality.

Eurasia

Eurasia?

EURASIA THE  MEGA-CONTINENT “RISING FORCE”
Eurasia is the mega-continent “rising force” which is attracting more and more nation-states to its sphere. The Russian view today is that “Eurasia” consists of the land lying between Europe and Asia proper; namely, those made up of Western and Central Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, part of Caucasus, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

But can Russia accomplish this dream? No. At Fatima, Russia was declared to break up and turn more towards Christianity (and I already know some disagree with me on this). That, plus a humpty-dumpty dream never molds as planned. This dream is at a conflict with Turkey which wants the ‘Stans’; Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

Lets just say that “Stan” converted to Islam long ago and is why God got rid of them thanks to St. Mary, the Pope and Ronald Reagan.

While many concern themselves with the Eurasian dream, this does not mean that the US is not going to occupy a predominant position. While the U.S. position is certain to be less hegemonic than before (Trump is an isolationist), Trump, regardless of his friendly approach with Putin, he will still not cut any deals where Putin will be declared victor and Trump looking like he was dominated by Putin.

Unlike what Trump displayed in his speeches, he will not make deals with Putin that serves Russian interests without serving U.S. interests as well.

Trump has the edge, most Americans have the feel that the U.S. as a nation, when unlike Eurasia or Europe or the neo-Ottoman dream, it has 50 nation states; all speak the same language; all connected with no borders, and all will be extremely united under Trump with assets of at least $269.6 trillion dollars and it still leads the world which tries to unite to supersede it.

With Trump’s victory, all the “America doom and gloom” false prophets–including but not limited to–all the “America will be no more since Antichrist needs to rise to rule the world” were completely silenced.

Stop listening to madmen.

Unravelling prophecy takes work, much work. Taking a look at the other competitors to the U.S., we find a current Turkish-Russian cooperation, the E.U, China … and unlike the U.S., they are all fragile.

THE TURKISH-RUSSIAN (EURASIAN) ALLIANCE 
Turkey is not and will not shift towards Russia and neither will Trump or the west fear this alliance. Turkey is becoming the magnet to many Muslim nations.

Behlul Ozkan, an assistant professor at Marmara University and the author of “From the Abode of Islam to the Turkish Vatan” confirms what we have been saying all along: Turkey is on the rise to reclaim its Ottoman hegemony. Ozkan adds in the mix the positions of Russia and the U.S.

On the one hand, as Ozkan points, Alexander Dugin, one of the Kremlin’s chief ideologues and a key proponent of “Eurasianism,” has been meeting with A.K.P. officials. This is not a total surprise given the parallels between Russia and Turkey, with their ambivalence toward the West. Mr. Dugin hopes his country will lead an emerging anti-Western “Eurasian” alliance while Mr. Erdogan believes it is Turkey’s historical destiny to champion a Muslim world bullied by the West.

But Turkey is still one of the biggest patrons of the Syrian rebels (something Trump hates), while Russia is Mr. Assad’s staunchest backer (whom Trump likes).

And as Ozkan confirms “while Turkey is still a member of NATO, and remains intertwined with the European Union, albeit more for economic than for political reasons it cannot afford to align itself exclusively with authoritarian regimes [like Russia]”.

Turkey can never completely reprise its Ottoman-era role in the Middle East and is why the future threat is a fragile; it will be broken down to ten entities, with partly clay and partly iron (Daniel 2).

This is a humpty-dumpty beast. What this beast has in common is that they are all fragile and is why it stems from the regions we mentioned.

The coming threat to world humanity is not the ‘strongest nations’ which God in Ezekiel 28 clearly says that the threat is destroyed by the “most terrible [powerful] of the nations”. This would mean that Russia and the U.S. will eventually shift from Turkey.

Turkey and prophecy

What will be Turkey’s role in the end times?

Ezekiel 28 is God speaking not I. Therefore, Russia and the U.S. will eventually unite and distance themselves from Turkey.

So few (especially secular experts) focus on God. If they only focused in reverse of what they think, they will get it. In God’s mind, when “peace and safety comes,” “war is on the horizon,” and when “rumors of wars” is on the horizon, no war is coming, and it is still “peace and safety” stupid.

War comes sudden and is unexpected.

Also, it is not the strong nations that we should worry about, but the cornered nationsthat becomes the major threat. A lion basks in the sun until a threat passes by from another lion, bear or a leopard.

It is when strong nations hurt that something has to realign. The more that Turkey, Europe or Russia are cornered, the more we should be concerned. Turkey’s economy like Russia is already feeling the repercussions of Putin’s and Erdogan’s policies. As Ozkan points:

“The Turkish currency has fallen by some 20 percent against the dollar over the past 11 months. The outlook is so grim that foreign investment has begun to flee the country. Even the deputy prime minister for economic affairs recently admitted that Turkey is going through “its toughest period since the end of the First World War,” when the Ottoman Empire collapsed.”

But it is this type of downfall that makes nations dangerous. Turkey is caught between a lion and a bear. It cannot mess with its relations with Europe. As Ozkan states:

“[Turkey] sends around half its exports to the European Union, and its economy is kept afloat by European investment. Joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization would be paltry [meager] compensation for what it would give up by spurning Europe.”

Above all, we have consistently forecast the enduring power of the United States. This is not a forecast rooted in patriotism or jingoism; the United States is and will be the pre-eminent power, but by the end of this decade (2018-2023), Turkey will emerge as a major regional military power, and Turkish-Iranian alliance will increase as a result. This will not bode well with King Trump or with Czar Putin.

Ozkan confirms what we have said all along:

“century after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire, Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his supporters believe that they can restore the empire’s former glory. Stroll through the streets of any Turkish city and you will see car windows emblazoned with the imperial seals of Ottoman sultans, who are also commemorated in the names of new multibillion-dollar building projects.”

The mark of the Ottomans is already being accomplished. Erdogan is putting together the Ottoman Empire as Ozkan confirms:

Mr. Erdogan, the country’s leader for 14 years, is the one chiefly responsible for putting the Ottoman Empire at the center of Turkey’s collective imagination. The Ottoman sultans doubled as the caliphs of the Muslim world, which is not lost on the supporters of Mr. Erdogan’s Justice and Development Party, or A.K.P. The chairman of the A.K.P.’s youth wing recently declared Mr. Erdogan “president of all the world’s Muslims.” Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a prominent Qatar-based cleric associated with the Muslim Brotherhood, similarly regards Turkey’s president as “the hope of all Muslims and of Islam.”

Where were these ‘experts’ three decades ago? They, unfortunately did not read a Bible.

Erdogan has his eyes set on Syria and Iraq:

“These ambitions seem to have an especially pronounced effect on Turkey’s Middle East policy. After Syria’s civil war began in 2011, Ankara sought to replace the regime of President Bashar al-Assad with Islamist allies. To that end, it sponsored armed groups that would do its bidding in Syria, groups named for Ottoman rulers like the Sultan Murad Brigade and the Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror Brigade.”

In recent months, Mr. Erdogan has lamented that Mosul, a major hub in Ottoman times and now one of Iraq’s most important cities, was left outside Turkey’s borders when the Republic of Turkey was founded in 1923.

Turkey has a military presence in northern Iraq that dates back to the second half of the 1990s, when the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or P.K.K., with which the Turkish government has been at war for more than 30 years, established camps there. More recently, in anticipation of the fall of the Islamic State, Turkish troops have set up a base near Mosul. A.K.P.-supporting pundits have argued that in the post-Islamic State order, northern Iraq should be administered by Turkish-backed Sunni Arabs, Sunni Kurds and Sunni Turkmens — not the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad.

While the European Union will never return to its previous unity, it will still survive and operate in a fragmented way in the next few years. With Germany (like Turkey and Russia) to suffer severe economic reversals, while Poland to increase its regional power; this will make Russia, Turkey and Germany become cornered lions. Erdogan’s attempt to “blackmail” Europe with the Russo-Turkish alliance is unlikely to bear fruit — Europeans en masse do not fear Russia, however, they do fear Turkey already, especially with the Muslim immigration issue.

For now, Turkey needs the U.S. for political and military reasons until 2023, when it declares its independence from military imports. Trump needs Erdogan in managing the Black Sea and Turkey’s participation in the containment of Russia’s expansions. This will continue and we will see initially Trump coalescing to Erdogan.

WILL TRUMP COMBAT ISIS?
Therefore, the United States, unlike what Trump said during his campaigns (he reversed much of the rhetoric already) he will not fulfill the masses dreams to “deploy multidivisional forces to the region to combat ISIS”. ISIS is pretty much waining, but he will befriend the man whom he never mentioned once during his campaign: Erdogan. Trump is a fox and he knows to “keep your enemies closer”.

By using the Bible we were able to accurately predict Erdogan’s rise to Trump’s rise by focusing on Daniel, Isaiah, Revelations and Jesus Who predicted Nationalism: “Nation will rise against Nation”. This ‘humpty-dumpty’ beast is not a global one world government and the clock is going backwards.

For “Trump’s war on ISIS,” Syria and Turkey become key issues. Trump will use Ankara’s ambitions and its ability to cope with Middle Eastern realities.

Walid Shoebat

Walid Shoebat (www.shoebat.com)

But this relationship we expect will deteriorate. Here is what Trump will be up against: the Kurdish issue.

The United States and the European Union consider the Kurds as a key ally in the fight against ISIS. In August, the Syrian Kurds, with American support, were poised to gain control of a long strip along the Turkish-Syrian border. Once this became clear, Turkey, together with its Syrian proxies, launched a military operation to push back both: theKurds and ISIS. Turkey and its proxies gained control of an area that they used to create a buffer zone between two Syrian Kurdish-administered territories.

As Ozkan points: “Both Iran and Russia liked what Turkey did. They were happy to see the American-backed group’s ambitions checked. Both Turkey and Iran fear the carving of swaths of land to create a Kurdistan while the U.S. desires a Kurdish independence. With American assistance, Moscow and Tehran fear they could be counted on to remain an American ally and perhaps even to host American military bases, threatening Iranian and Russian interests. Accordingly, by using Turkey to beat the Syrian Kurds, Moscow and Tehran hope to drive them away from the United States and into their own arms.”

We already know from scripture that the bear rises on one side, that is Persia (Iran) without Media (Kurdistan). Always keep that in mind and the prudent can sift how prophecy will unravel.

Therefore, Turkey’s toying with the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a pact led by Russia and China that is meant to rival the European Union will fail.

Turkey is turning away from potential partners in the West since these value democracy and human rights. What is arising globally as Ozkan points out is “another world of autocrats, pseudo-monarchs and aspiring czars.”

In other words, the clock is turning backwards to an era pre WWI in preparation for a WWIII as we have been declaring. Why did we predict this?

Simple: The world needs to get closest to that position the Bible predicted when the Ottomans collapsed. When Christ returns He stands where He left off. Christ will meet the very enemies who destroyed His Temple in Jerusalem, the very people (Legion X) which was comprised with Syrians, Arabs and Turks (Muslim). To God the world is a clock, He turns it forward when He pleases and He turns it backwards when He pleases and is why He said that “history repeats”:

“History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)

All we do is monitor from the Bible where these clock-turning moments are and where we are at that clock. There are a few years left before the end, so be patient and run with us on this marathon of destiny.

And so now you know the secret to our success in predicting the future. Its not rocket-science, its simple biblical wisdom, which all can have at their fingertips by contemplating each and every verse always praying and meditating and always considering that each verse is prophetic.

Eventually Trump by the time he reaches a second term (if he does) will end up in a fallout with Turkey. In the meanwhile, Christians should begin to play the symphony, in unison, as Christ leads the spiritual battle to victory.

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(The reposting of his article is taken with permission from www.shoebat.com)

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