B’reisheet – Another New Beginning

With the High Holy Days coming to a close, the Torah reading cycle begins anew beginning with B’reisheet (In the Beginning or more correctly, In a Beginning). We feel that this coming year will be a very important year prophetically and biblically and we want to spend more of our time reflecting upon the holy Torah and it’s important lessons. With that said I have reprinted a commentary on B’reisheet from Rav Ariel bar Zadok from Kosher Torah.com on the Secrets of Creation. I hope you enjoy it!

astral planeBereshit, the beginning – is always the most mysterious of times. We need but read this one parasha of the Torah to realize how little we truly understand its mysteries. So much information is packed into such a small number of words. There are secret codes, mathematical computations, holy Names and so much more that even the seventy chapters of the Tikunei Zohar, which only comment on the first verse of Bereshit, cannot do justice to Parashat Bereshit.

Bereshit begins with the beginning, the beginning of creation and what we know as the beginning of time. We begin to measure time from the creation of Adam some 5775 years ago. As the text teaches us, Adam was created on Day Six of creation. Creation thus began five days prior. Yet, as we know from modern science, our universe is approximately 16 billion years old, our planet Earth (Tevel) is over four billion years old by itself. How can it be that this fantastic amount of years be our true age when the universe is only 5775 years old, plus six days? The answer to this question might not please the fundamentalists who have not the insight to understand the Torah correctly, but there is no contradiction whatsoever between scientific discovery and Torah truth. Indeed the two are the same and always have been.

The Six Days of creation have always been viewed by our holy Rabbanim, especially the Mekubalim as being a metaphor of time instead of being an exact representation. Indeed, as the Torah says, the universe was created in just “six days” each of only twenty-four hours. This is what the Torah says, therefore, it is the absolute truth. Yet, a point made by Albert Einstein is that time is relative. It does not always travel at the same speed. In other words, we judge the speed of time by our present standards of measurement. Einstein has shown that these standards are not universal. Time has been seen to fluctuate. Thus, what might be six days of twenty-four hours from one point of perception could be 16 billion years from another point of perception. Both points of perception would experience the passage of time from their own individual context. 16 billion years could thus be equal to a time period of a mere six days.

There are two great reference materials that discuss this matter in detail. Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan (obm) wrote on this topic in his “Immortality, Resurrection, and the Age of the Universe” (Ktav, Hoboken NJ, 1993). In this classic work Rabbi Kaplan documents and translates original Hebrew material from impeccably authoritative sources that I am sure will do more than raise an eyebrow in surprise. A second work written by noted Israeli physicist Gerald L. Schroeder entitled, “The Science of G-d – The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom” (Broadway Book, NYC, NY, 1997) discusses the Torah view of creation from a scientific point of view. Dr. Schroeder, who is also well-versed in Torah mysticism, provides a very convincing argument how six days expand into 16 billion years. His book is must reading for anyone truly wishing to understand and integrate Torah wisdom with scientific discovery.

Another one of the great secrets discussed by many of the holy Mekubalim (with the interesting exception of the Ari’zal) is that our creation was not HaShem’s first creation, nor was Adam (the one spoken of in this parasha) the first created man. (Reference Rabbi Kaplan’s translation of Derush Or ha-Hayyim by Rabbi Yisrael Lipschitz, the author of the Tiferet Yisrael, in the text cited above) Very well concealed, but nonetheless present within mystical texts is a teaching about the cosmic cycles of previous and future creations, the universal Shemitot.

This teaching reveals to us that there are epochs of creation, which are separate and different from one another. Each epoch or Shemita manifests the spiritual influence of one of the seven lower sefirot. According to many Mekubalim (Sefer Magen David, Yalkhut Reuveni and others) we are presently in the Shemita of Gevurah (severity), which explains why our present epoch of human history has been so marred by violence and bloodshed. The previous Shemita was that of Hesed (mercy), which explains why the ancients of prehistoric, pre Adamic times were supposed to have had an advanced civilization, built upon peace, a true Paradise on Earth (or Garden of Eden). Once this was lost (or concluded), a new phase of creation began (i.e., our epoch of history). After our epoch is complete, the Shemita of Tiferet begins. This is the time after Mashiah, what we refer to as Olam HaBa.

The teachings of the mystical Shemitot explain the tides of history and the influences predominate in individual centuries and millennia. Some have suggested that its secrets are still closely guarded by the Mekubalim and this is why the Ari’zal and others did not mention them. Some teachings are still closely guarded secrets. It is even permitted to lie and to deny their existence rather than to admit that they exist or that they have any legitimacy.

When we read about the creation and the generations prior to the flood we must remember, we are talking about a world far different from our own. The creation story in and of itself is a metaphor and code that contains within it all the secrets of science and technology. Anything discovered, or to be discovered by science is concealed in code form within the first two chapters of Bereshit. While the holy Mekubalim are aware of a great number of these secret teachings, even they do not know them all.

One of these secrets discussed in the holy Zohar (1, 254a, in the hashmutot) is that our planet Earth is actually hollow and that it has seven layers to it, one inside the other. This view was even postulated by Sir Edmund Haley (discoverer of Haley’s Comet) without him having any knowledge of the Zohar. According to the Zohar, each layer is separated by a 100-mile high sky; each inner layer of the earth is illuminated by the Earth’s core, which serves as an inner sun. All different types of creatures are said to live in inner Earth, some more human than others, including giants, centaurs and (according to Rabbi Avraham Azulai’s Sefer Hesed L’Avraham) over 300 other species. Indeed, the Zohar teaches that when Adam first came to Earth, he did not inhabit the surface realm but the inner realm. Herein is said to lie the true Garden of Eden.

It is said that there are passages from these inner worlds that go to our surface world; their openings being associated with holy places. The most famous of these is the cave of the Patriarchs at Makhpelah in Hevron. Deep within the recesses of the cave there is said to be a passageway that descends down into bowels of the Earth leading to the Garden of Eden. This is where Adam and Eve were buried, just outside their old home. This is why Avraham Avinu chose this place and why the Arabs wish to block a Jewish presence here. For whoever controls the cave in Hevron controls to doorway to paradise. Woe to us that it should fall into the hands of an evil enemy.

Another mystery of Bereshit is that our holy Rabbis teach that Adam prior to the Fall was not a human being by our present standards of understanding. (Reference Sefer Ben Ish Hai, Hakdama to Parashat Bereshit S.R. in the name of the Ari’zal). Adam was originally created with a body of light instead of one of flesh and blood. His intellect was said to surpass that of the highest angels. Our Rabbis have taught us that Adam was able to see from one end of the universe to the other. In other words, Adam’s mind was large enough to comprehend all the knowledge in the universe simultaneously. Unlike mankind today that uses only a minor portion of our brainpower, Adam used his full mind. It would be equivalent to say that Adam, before the Fall, had an I.Q. of over 2,000. With our greatest geniuses today having an I.Q. of only 200, we cannot imagine what ten times that intellect could possibly be. Woe to us for what we have lost due to the Fall.

The metaphoric manner in which the story of the Fall is presented also conceals a great deal about the true nature of man and the universe. One should not concern oneself with the question as to what type of fruit was taken from the forbidden Tree of Knowledge, because it was no mere physical piece of fruit. The story of the fall relates to us Adam’s descent into the dimensions of physical reality from his original home in the spiritual planes.

After the Fall, the first generations were not like the people who live today. According to our Rabbis when Adam became a physical being, his stature was not like ours. Adam and his immediate offspring were supposed to have been giants standing over 150 feet tall. Indeed Rabbi Yosef Shani in his Sefer Sha’ar Yosef compiles numerous Midrashim and correlates them to some of the world’s mysteries. He concludes that ancient cities, long ago forgotten in the jungles of South America, were originally built by the children of Cain. Among these ancient cities appear to be seats carved into the sides of mountains big enough to sit someone 150 feet tall. The existence of these ancient carvings is documented fact as are ancient ground drawings hundreds of yards across that only become visible to someone flying overhead.

There are many mysteries about the ancient, pre-flood generations. Our Rabbis have taught that those generations knew the secret wisdom of the angels (Reference Sefer Hanokh, quoted by Rabbi Haim Vital in his commentary to the Zohar). Today this wisdom we call technology. Our Sages are suggesting to us that the pre-flood era was as advanced technologically, if not more so, that we are today. As Shlomo HaMelekh so rightly said, “there is nothing new under the sun” (Kol. 1:9). It is possible that the technological advancement of the pre-flood generation contributed to their destruction. Ancient Gentile legends tell of a great continent empire known as Atlantis that was destroyed by a great flood. Rabbi Shani concludes from Midrashim that Atlantis was the home of the children of Cain. Their warlike ways brought destruction upon all. The Zohar teaches that the surviving technologies of the pre-flood era have become the source of every practice of unclean idolatry and magic ever since.

In pre-flood times, numerous things existed that are long lost today; among them are the animals known as dragons, unicorns and the phoenix. All three of these animals are mentioned directly in the TaNaKh. Dragons are the Tanin mentioned in Job 7:12 and the Phoenix is the Hol mentioned in Job 29:18 (see Rashi). Unicorns are considered by many to be the Biblical animal known as the Tahash, whose skins were used to cover the Ark of the Covenant.

Another mystery of Bereshit revolves around the person of Hanokh Ben Yared. All we read about him in the Torah can be found in Bereshit 5:16-24. Of all the pre-flood era ancients, he lived the shortest, only 365 years. Is it a coincidence that he lived the same number of years as there are days in the solar year, or is the Torah sending us another subtle message? Pasuk 24 tells us that Hanokh, unlike any other biblical figure except Eliyahu, never died. He simply “was not” for G-d had taken him. While the Torah narrative about Hanokh stops here with eight short pasukim (verses), the Midrash expands on the topic of Hanokh and opens us to us a wealth of information about angelology and other mystical secrets.

metatronThe famous “Hozeh” of Lublin writes in his Sefer Kehilat Ya’aqob (vol. 1, 26c, item Hanokh) that Hanokh is the only soul that achieved a higher level (Haya) than Moshe Rabbeynu himself (Neshama). The “Hozeh” writes that when Hanokh ascended into Heaven he was transformed into the angel …(sorry, can’t reveal that name because it is the real name of Matat) and that this angel was the angelic teacher who taught Moshe the Torah. Apparently, the written Torah has left out some very important information. Yet, everything is there concealed within the Torah codes. Where else do you think the Midrashim came from?

There is so much more than needs to be expounded upon. Yet, there is no end to the commentary on parashat Bereshit. I have recorded a six hour lecture series on the first three chapters of this parasha and I have not even scratched the surface of all the material that there is to learn.

Let this small essay thus serve as our introduction into the Torah. Know that whatever it is you will ever learn, no matter how much, you will have only scratched the surface garments of our holy Torah.

Be in awe of Torah. Respect it and honor it. After all, it is the word of our Creator. When we examine it and explore it, we will always find out everything it is that we need and want to know.

Advertisements

Bloodd Moons, Gog Magog and Obama the Contemptible One

The Obama Regime is planning to force Israel into a peace plan that creates a Palestinian state.Ultimately, nothing good is going to come out of these negotiations and Israel should immediately walk away from the negotiating table.

Any “peace guarantee” that Israel receives will only be temporary.Palestinian Authority Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash made that abundantly clear during a recent sermon. At the Friday Ramadan services, which were attended by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and broadcast on Palestinian television, Habbash explained to Muslim worshipers that Palestinian Authority officials “only through the wisdom of the leadership, conscious action, consideration, and walking the right path” are headed toward “achievement, exactly like the Prophet [Mohammad] did in the Treaty of Hudaybiyyah, even though some opposed it.”

Palestinian Media Watch – an Israeli research institution that translates anti-Israel broadcasts in the Palestinian media – explains that the Hudaybiyyah peace treaty of 628 A.D. refers to “a 10-year truce that Mohammad, Islam’s Prophet, made with the Quraish Tribe of Mecca. However, two years into the truce, Mohammad attacked and conquered Mecca.”

The Palestinians don’t plan to establish a real, lasting peace with Israel. In fact, according to one survey two-thirds of all Palestinians believe that the eventual goal of the Palestinians must be “to get back all the land for a Palestinian state.”

There is not going to be any solution to the “Jerusalem issue” any time in the foreseeable future even if a peace treaty t is forced upon Israel. And this is precisely what the Tanakh foretold would happen in the last days. In Zechariah 12:3, we are warned:

“And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.“

And this is exactly what has happened. The nations of the  world are trying to figure out what to do about Jerusalem. the burdensome stone.

And the Obama regime should tread with extreme caution. Zechariah also says that “all that burden themselves with it [Jerusalem] shall be cut in pieces”. When the United States forces Israel to divide her land,  the U.S. also find itself divided and cut in pieces. Hopefully HaShem will begin with the traitorous District of Columbia and it’s chief residents.

And it should be noted  that all of this is will be occurring just as we are entering the blood red moon tetrad of 2014-2015. British Consul-General Sir Vincent Fean stated in 2013 that a permanent agreement between Israel and the PA would be reach by the spring of 2014, considered to be ‘crucial to the inception of a Palestinian state’ and just in time for the blood moons of Pesach (Passover).

Over the 5000 years only 142 tetrads have been recorded or known, quite a rare event. But when they all four fall on Jewish holy days, it is extremely rare – only seven of these have taken place since the first century. During past tetrads on Jewish holy days, significant historical events have taken place before, during, or after the blood moons which have historically signaled times of great distress for the Jewish people.

The first of the seven tetrads occurred on Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles in 162 and 163 A.D., which happened during one of the worst persecutions of Jews and Christians that began in 161 by Marcus Aurelius, emperor of Rome.

The second occurred on Passover and the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) in 795 and 796.

The third tetrad occurred on Passover and Day of Atonement in 842 and 843 A.D. A lot happened in those years that affected both Christians and Jews. In 842 a synod in the eastern Church reaffirmed the use of icons, which had been banned for the second time in 814. In Europe, Muslims had been attacking Sicily for several years as they attempted to conquer Italy and Europe, and this continued as they attacked and captured Messina in Sicily in 842. In 843 the Treaty of Verdun divided the Holy Roman Empire into three parts. This affected Jews adversely because the French were tolerant of Jews, but when the French no longer had power over most of Europe, then anti-Jewish feelings were allowed to manifest, leading to persecution of the Jews.

The Fourth tetrad of eclipses occurred on Passover and the Day of Atonement in 860 and 861 A.D. In 861 Muhammed al-Mudabbir arrived in Egypt and tripled the jizya (tax) on Christians and Jews.

The fifth tetrad occurred on Passover and the Feast of Trumpets in 1493 and 1494. In 1492 King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain ordered the expulsion of all Jews from Spain, about 200,000. Many fled to Morocco where they were later persecuted. It was also in 1492 that Columbus discovered America; the U.S.A. was to become the home of many Jews and a friend to Israel.

The sixth tetrad occurred on Passover and Tabernacles in 1949 and 1950, just after the creation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 and the 1st Arab coalition against the newly formed Jewish state culminated in the  Israeli War for Independence which formally ended on July 20th, 1949.

The seventh tetrad  occurred on Passover and Tabernacles in 1967 and 1968, with the 6-Day War taking place in June of 1967 when Israel captured all of Jerusalem and additional land.

The eighth tetrad will occur on Passover and Tabernacles (Sukkot) in 2014 and 2015. So does the blood red moon tetrad of 2014 and 2015 signal that another season of war is now upon us? I believe if we follow the pattern, it bodes for a decisive war – quite possibly the war outlined in Ezekiel, Gog U Magog.

In addition to the blood moons of 2014-2015 is the real possibility of a enormous financial collapse. In 2001 and 2008 we had  stock markets crashes on the ‘shemitah’ – a time that occurs every seven years in ancient Israel when debts were wiped out. The next Sabbatical year is Sept. 25, 2014 thru Sept. 13, 2015. So 9/13/15 is the day to watch. Since we had two stock market crashes outside of a biblical tetrad, something worse, like a dollar collapse could be coming close behind.

Daniel’s prophecy demonstrates that the End of Days despot will force Israel into a peace treaty that gives land to it’s enemies:

In his place a despicable person will arise, on whom the honor of kingship has not been conferred, but he will come in a time of tranquility and seize the kingdom by intrigue. 22 The overflowing forces will be flooded away before him and shattered, and also the prince of the covenant. 23 After an alliance is made with him he will practice deception, and he will go up and gain power with a small force of people. 24 In a time of tranquility he will enter the richest parts of the realm, and he will accomplish what his fathers never did, nor his ancestors; he will distribute plunder, booty and possessions among them, and he will devise his schemes against strongholds, but only for a time.

Israel in Prophecy had written considerable material on this despicable person. We have for a number of years proclaimed that this person is Obama, the president of the US.  We believe he is poised to fulfill biblical prophecy and unilaterally declare a Palestine State which will trigger the biblical juggernaut of the End of Days. We will be watching closely as events unfold.

– 167 Forever

 

 

 

//

Terrorism Against Israel is not Terrorism – at least not in Jordan

Jordan’s lower house of parliament doesn’t consider resistance against Israel to be “terror” and amended a law governing a state security court’s jurisdiction accordingly. The Jordan Times (via EOZ) writes:

The deputies agreed that any actions against Israel cannot be “terrorism” at all; hence, they approved a provision that excludes actions against Israel from terrorism crimes.

The draft amendments limit the jurisdiction of the SSC to five crimes specified in the Constitution: treason, espionage, terrorism, drugs and money counterfeiting.

The bill will be sent to the Senate for deliberations and endorsement, after which it will be forwarded to His Majesty King Abdullah for ratification.

If approved, this Mother of All Loopholes is bound to boomerang on the Hashemites.

[Source – Israel Daily News Stream from Honest Reporting]

These kind of news reports get my blood boiling. But its all in line with biblical prophecy from the Tehillim:

Why are the nations in an uproar
And the peoples devising a vain thing?
The kings of the earth take their stand
And the rulers take counsel together
Against the Lord and against His anointed, saying,
“Let us tear their fetters apart
And cast away their cords from us!”

He who sits in the heavens laughs,
The Lord scoffs at them.

(Psalm 2)

 

Obama – Enemy of Israel

The following article was sent to us from Ted Belman at Israpundit

 

By Amnon Lord

 

Now that the best and brightest have finished their comparisons with Munich and Chamberlain, I wish to provide another, somewhat more shocking, comparison, one that in the past, resulted in people calling for smelling salts.

 

In March 2010, I attempted to explain the American president’s seemingly incomprehensible behavior in simple terms, making use of the name Charles Lindbergh. The legendary pro-Nazi pilot surfaced again in Philip Roth’s novel “The Plot Against America”, published in 2004. Roth penned a novel based on speculative history (“what would have happened if…”)- in this case, what would have happened had Charles Lindbergh won the 1940 elections rather than FDR, the incumbent against whom he ran for president.

The great United States of America and the great land of Germany – the land that was, coincidentally, ruled at the time by that Chancellor named Adolf Hitler – would have developed ties of friendship and mutual accord. Roth waxed eloquent on the effects this would have had on American Jewry and on the resulting cooperation that would have developed between American Jewish leadership and the new anti-Jewish American government.

 

For nearly four years now, it has been clear that the then-new American president sees the world in a fashion that is diametrically opposed to what we expect from an American government. He disposed of the bust of Churchill that stood in the White House. All the historical narrative that contains the struggle of democracies against totalitarian regimes, the Munich agreement, appeasement, giving in, Chamberlain – all those are one story in his history book. Even the Spanish Civil War is irrelevant. In his book there are imperialism, colonialism, Zionist aggression and peoples that awaken and rebel. That is how, in 2010, this Lindbergh-style president supported Argentina in the renewed hostilities that developed between that country and Great Britain over the Falkland Islands.

 

By the beginning of 2010, when Obama began a political siege on Israel for building in Jerusalem while evincing goodwill gestures such as stretching out a hand towards Ahmadinejad’s Iran, shaking hands with and hugging Chavez as well as offering US friendship to the then president of Brazil, Lula de Silva, it seemed clear that the American president felt that the world was ready for the Chavesian, Ahmadinejadian and Bashar-Assadian style of leadership.

 

Obama simply prefers Iran over Israel.
On his visit to Israel in March 2010, the above-mentioned Lula pointedly refrained from laying a wreath on Herzl’s grave; he most decidedly did not refrain from laying one on Arafat’s grave. This is the world in which the American president feels at home, the one he sees himself leading.

 

The agreement signed with the Iranians in Geneva sets a new record for the about-face in policy that characterizes the US government under Obama.

 

Obama’s policy is not centered on neutralizing Iran’s nuclear power. It is centered on the beginning of a wonderful friendship with the Ayatollahs whose regime has not retreated from plans to destroy Israel and which has not abandoned its worldwide terror network.


The secret communications channel, the details of which were revealed in the Maariv Hebrew newspaper magazine cover story, proves that there is a change in orientation and not a concerted diplomatic effort to prevent nuclearization. In the not-too-distant future, we will see Obama on a historic visit to Tehran and watch him shake the hand of the “Supreme Spiritual Leader”.

 

The fact that Obama has adopted a Lindberghian policy doesn’t mean that in this new context he is not being realistic. The worrisome reality is that the relative strengths in the much-discussed, historical hostility between Sunnis and Shiites in the Middle East, are not balanced, this according to a reliable security source with access to intelligence data. Syria is the main area for this struggle and what the US and Israel see is that the Shiites, backed by Iran, are a solid power with the ability to control and carry out a clear policy.

 

In contrast, the Sunnis do not have any real power at this point. They are fragmented. The Syrian opposition has not proved that it is internally cohesive and can control and keep order in major sections of Syria, let alone in Iraq. They were unable to retain power even in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood won control. So the Americans handed over Iraq, Syria and Lebanon to Iran.

 

There is no doubt that President Obama knows very well that he is turning into a partner of leaders who have committed crimes against humanity and a friend of those who declare their intentions of doing so. No problem. He simply prefers Iran over Israel.

 

In addition, it must be added, that in terms of the past, Israel also preferred the forces known today as Shiite: Iran, the Lebanese Shiites (who became the Hezbollah), for example. But in Obama’s case, strategic realism is simply a cover-up for ideological preference.

 

Obama also prefers to place a wreath on the grave of Ayatollah Khoumeini rather than those of Herzl or Ben Gurion.

 

This May Sound Terrible, but….

 

Amir Oren, the Haaretz writer who acts as if he is an American source of influence, had a slip of the tongue last week when he said:

 

    “..This is the reason for the adamant refusal of 5 presidents over 28 years to forgive Pollard. The man himself is not important to America, the punitive and preventive lesson his story teaches Israel is what counts: don’t be a wise guy and don’t show off…Netanyahu, in this regard, is liable to become a political Pollard.”

 

It is probably accurate to say that Amir Oren is threatening us. But who has sent him? Who is behind him? After all, Oren himself is of no importance. What is important is what he is telling us about the real American use of Pollard. The same point was taken on Israel’s Channel 2 “Facts” show and in another article by Nahum Barnea (famous columnist, ed.) on relations between the US and Israel. Barnea, unlike Oren, is not confused about where his loyalties lie. He is an Israeli and a patriotic one. He does not think that the Americans are wise or justified in torturing one of their own citizens this way. He has a different spin, comparing Pollard with the freeing of the Iranian scientist within the framework of the Iran agreement.

 

The slip of the tongue at the beginning of last week was meant to remind former/retired Israeli security personnel that they had better continue to cooperate with the Americans in their anti-Israeli government policies, given that the basic premise is that what is good for the USA is not good for Israel.

 

I know. It sounds terrible. But the highest ranking security personnel in Israel see what happened to certain persona over the years because of the Pollard and other sagas. Rafi Eitan (who was Pollard’s handler) cannot enter the USA. Aviam Sela’s (the Israeli general who planned the Osirak attack) budding career was destroyed by American dictates. Amos Yaron (Dir.Gen. of the Defense Ministry during the Sabra and Shatila massacre) has problems. Even (former Mossad head) Yuval Diskin once had trouble getting a visa to the USA.

 

And even more telling: there is a great demand – and rightly so – for the skills of Israeli security people in various industries here. They combine vast knowledge with diplomatic ability that ordinary businessmen lack. And developing weapons exports vitalizes the Israeli economy – but some of this trade requires American authorization and is dependent on the US.

 

Therefore, as awful as it sounds, it is quite possible to envisage a situation where top level Israeli security persona fall into line with US directives in an unwritten agreement: i.e. we will back your positions in exchange for freedom of employment. Wikileaks documents exposed the terrible blabbing of Israeli security and intelligence personnel at the American Embassy; one can only imagine what they say when they are actually in the US.

 

So Pollard serves as the stick; and as far as concerns the carrot, I suggest taking a look at how for many years top policy-makers have said that Saudi Arabia – and even Bill Clinton said it – is the pension fund of retired American government officials: Say what we want you to say, announce policies that we like, and at retirement, accept a lucrative job at our expense.

 

I know it sounds just terrible when it is applied to our people.

 

And what about former prime ministers? Let us just say that in the marketplace of lectures at universities and various institutes, Ehud Olmert is not paid to talk about the exciting cultural renaissance in Israel nor about its hi-tech. He is paid to sell Israel and its government down the river for the highest available price.

The Fall of Babylon – Part 6 of Daniel study

Daniel chapters 5 and 6, show the fall of the Babylonian empire under King Belshazzar and rise of the Medo-Persian Empire under Darius the Mede and after him Cyrus the Persian.

It would appear that since the death of Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel had been relegated to a position of lesser influence. But now, here in chapter 5, while everybody panicked concerning some mysterious handwriting which appeared on the wall where the revelries of Belshazzar were taking place, the Queen, possibly Belshazzars mother, remembered the divinely gifted Daniel, who was summoned to foretell the imminent first stage in the collapse of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream-image – the fall of the golden head, Babylon, of which Daniel would now be witness to.

During that evenings debauchery, Belshazzar and his nobles blasphemously drink from sacred Jewish temple vessels, offering praise to inanimate gods, until a hand mysteriously appears and writes upon the wall of the palace – Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.

Daniel was summoned to interpret the message. Despite the fact that in speaking to Belshazzar Daniel knew he was addressing another ruthless and arrogant autocrat, Daniel did not shrink from delivering his message of reproof and doom. After reminding Belshazzar of the forgotten lesson learned by Nebuchadnezzar, he says, “You his son Belshazzar. have not humbled your heart.” (v 22). “You took the Temple vessels and used them to praise gods of silver and gold, copper, iron, wood and stone that do not see or hear or know anything, but you gave no honor to God, in Whose hands are your soul and all your ways” (v 23).

Mene, Mene – God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end.
Tekel – You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.
Upharsin – Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians.

The days of Babylonian supremacy had been numbered and were now complete. Belshazzar had been weighed in the scales and found wanting, and the Babylonian empire therefore broke in pieces as the ascendant star of Medea rose over the world. That very night Belshazzar was slain and Darius the Mede took over the kingdom.

To READ MORE GO TO OUR DANIEL – THE VISIONARY OF ISRAEL PAGE

Our Messianic Hope

In the last few days I have been on edge. I can only think that it’s symptomatic of the times we live in. Many of us are keenly aware of the desperate time we live in and no doubt that has taken a number of years of our lives. Ever since the 2008 election of Obama I have sensed a heavy darkness descend upon America. In recent days my irritability has been greatly increased, no doubt from the continual assault upon our minds and emotions. I myself know that Barack Obama is an imposter, a Manchurian Candidate under the absolute control of the Illuminati Network or Babylonian Brotherhood.

The book of Daniel clearly tells us that todays events were  foretold long ago:

 Jerusalem of Gold“Understand O son of man; for the vision belongs to the time of the end…Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation; for it belongs to the appointed time of the end.”

Hashem even told Daniel that understanding the visions would only belong to those who lived in the Last Days:

“And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” (Dan 12:9).

Until the appointed time, only HaShem could know what was going to unfold during the end. There have been many who have had to re-assess their understanding of the Last Days simply because the facts on the ground have changed.  But many still cling to their antiquated theologies and therefore cannot recognize the brazen-faced contemptible king who would arise during the final conflict.

The Time of the End began in 1967 when Jerusalem was re-captured by the Israeli Defense Forces thus terminating Gentile control of Jerusalem. In 1948 CE, the new nation of Israel was established and in 1967, Jerusalem again came under Jewish control for the first time in 2573 years.

 Daniel prophesies were sealed until the Time of the End.

DURING the last two thousand years, many schools of prophetic thought have been proposed, but the Jews returning to the Holy Land in 1948, and Jerusalem being freed of Gentile domination in 1967, open the door to a new understanding of the prophetic Scriptures that was hidden from the Church throughout the Christian Era. Since Daniel wasn.t opened until the end-times, every one of those earlier views are at best, questionable.

The Book of Daniel says an wicked leader will arise from a fourth empire that is different from all kingdoms. In chapter eight  Gabriel informs Daniel that the power of this brazen -faced king would be mighty but not by his own power. The power that is his to use comes from a small group of people, spoken of in chapter 11. It is well documented that Obama wasObama the Wild Donkey-Man Lackey

groomed by the Power Elite for the time when he could ascend to power. This was accomplished by a very powerful and well financed group of movers and shakers whom we know as the Illuminati among other names.

In chapter seven the end time despot is noted for changing laws and times. Obama has certainly brought about many laws which are detrimental to America and even toward Israel. His preference toward Arab and Muslim nations who desire Israel’s destruction is well known even among his allies. The times have drastically changed since 2008 – Arab Spring, Sociaslism being rammed down our throats.

Social chaos is the GOAL for the revolutionary. The crisis of crime and disorder is the door for the agent of change to enter the community and to initiate the paradigm shift. This is actually a distinguishing sign of the evil leader spoken of in Daniel: “…and he shall think to change the seasons and the law…”

The passage refers to seasons and law. In Hebrew the words seasons and law are tzman and dat. Tzman can refer to an appointed time such as religious observances or even the times in which we live.  In October of 2008, just days away from the election , Senator Obama said “We are Days Away From Fundamentally Transforming The United States of America”

I personally believe he is purposely instigating events and changes in our country to bring about a race/culture war which will destabilize American society and give him reason to crack down upon the population and further sever our rights. Race relations are at an all-time low and will not improve while he is in power. This is all part of the Illuminati Agenda.

Dat (law) is the Hebrew word for law or decree. It particularly refers to ‘royal decree’. Obama’s attempt to change the law is two-fold.  First, he must negate the US Constitution, to take the rights of the American people, particularly the rights of free speech and religious expression. America’s royal law is our constitution; a document that Obama circumvents regularly and believes is antiquated and should be shelved. This single document created the framework for the greatest nation in history and is responsible for more than 224 years of liberty and prosperity yet many on the left see it as an obstacle for their version of a new world order.

Obama since his election has done more to damage the constitution than his predecessors. His background as a constitutional law teacher and lawyer has helped him to begin to unravel our constitutional republic. There are many instances where he simply ignores what the constitution allows. His illegal war against Libya is a good example. Unlike his predecessors who sought (and received) Congressional approval for the ill-conceived wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Obama brazenly sent American forces into combat without seeking Congressional approval or consultation.

Returning to Daniel 8 we note that “thru his cunning he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand.” Craft is referring to deception and treachery. Obama’s deception is legendary. Barack Obama enjoys high approval ratings after four years of failed policies, 46 million Americans subsisting on food stamps and another 15 million unemployed. My 1957 JPS Tanakh translates it as ‘some who understands stratagems.’ Obama is a master strategist, which any political analyst would agree. Everything he does is carefully thought out. Even when it appears that he is out of political capital, he always seems to land on his feet.

One important detail in the characteristics of the last tyrant is that HaShem has ordained that he will be successful at whatever he sets his hand to. “He will cause astounding devastation and will succeed in whatever he does….He will cause deceit to prosper, and consider himself superior.”  No amount of struggle against him will succeed in uprooting him from power. According to Daniel this leader will be unstoppable. Men nor governments will be able to stop him. This is due to God’s own will.  This man will set out on a plan to destroy Israel:

“…he will exhaust the holy ones…who will be given into his hand until a time, and times, and half a time.” (7:25)

This does not mean we should stand idly by and do nothing. On the contrary the Book of Daniel tells us that

“…they who are wise among the people shall cause the many to understand; yet they shall stumble by the sword and by flame, by captivity and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall stumble, they shall be helped with a little help; but many shall join themselves unto them by treachery. And some of them that are wise shall stumble to refine among them, and to purify, and to make white, even to the time of the End, for it is yet for the time appointed.”

As in the days of the Maccabee Uprising, the sages alive at the kietz and those with understanding will bring many people to the truth of the Torah.  But the cost to them will often be their lives. But a time will come when the Contemptible One is destroyed by God.

“Yet he will be destroyed, but not by human power.”

At the appointed time, at the kietz, this wicked leader will be judged by HaShem and he and his kingdom will com to an abrupt end.  This is foretold both in Daniel chapter two when the Exile Kingdom of Iron and Clay is crushed by the Kingdom of God, described as a stone cut from a mountain.

The Midrash Milkhamot HaMashiach, a rabbinic text, states that this End of Days evil ruler is the one whom the Christians call the Anti-Christ. In Jewish sources he is called Armelius and is the leader of Edom, the king of Romi (Rome/Europe/US).

Jewish writings speak of this evil ruler as:

1. A man unsuitable to rule will be brought into power in the Last Days.

2. His ego will know no bounds.

3. People will be taken in by his charisma and power of speech.

4. He will claim to be a Christian, but is not.

5. He will the representative of an evil world body which will claim to represent the true Messiah (Illuminati).

Obama, as we and others have demonstrated is not fit to lead. Many Americans feel he is an imposter, which he is, and that he is not the legitimate leader of America – we have not conferred the honor of kingship upon him because he is a fraud, who perpetrated a complex deception upon the American public with the help of a small group of people as required by prophecy. (In the recent 2012 election, there is a lot of evidence that he stole the election through massive voter fraud).

The Daniel passage quite possibly is referring this fact – An unqualified sitting president who was not properly vetted nor re-elected.  The Jewish sages believe this phrase means he is not the legitimate ruler. The fact that there are numerous instances of voter fraud in critical precincts during the 2012 election goes a long way in supporting this. The Media abandoned it’s responsibility to vet Barak Obama in 2008 and our elected officials turned a blind eye or were complicit. Either way, they are criminals and one day will pay for their high crimes against the people of this country. ( If they are judged by the true Messiah, gentile nations are judged by Noachide Law. Unlike Judaism, Noachide Law has only one penalty for crime – death).

Establishing the Kietz

Both Jewish and Christian scholars cite 1967 as the beginning of the last days. Christians called the fulfillment of the times of the gentiles, when Jerusalem would be under the control of Israel once again. Since that time there has been a tremendous up swing in prophetic alignments and growing hatred of Israel. Far more interesting is a 750 year old prophecy about this important juncture.

Judah Ben Samuel was a  prolific German rabbi of the 12th century who made some astonishing and specific predictions about the future of Jerusalem and Israel that came true.  JudahthumbnailCAEGEZW3 Ben Samuel, also known as Judah ha-Hasid (Judah the Pious), lived and worked from the end of the 12th century until the beginning of the 13th century in Regensburg, authoring a number of books in the German language. Ludwig Schneider of Israel Today magazine has translated some of his work into English over the last few years, including “The Book of the Pious – Sefer Hasidim” and the “Book of Calculations – Sefer Gematriyot.” His identification of the beginning of messianic times corresponds to 1967 as we shall show.

Judah Ben Samuel published the results of his  calculations (Gematria) and astrological observations and summarized as follows: “When the Ottomans  conquer Jerusalem they will rule over Jerusalem for eight jubilees. Afterwards Jerusalem will become no-man’s land for one jubilee, and then in the ninth jubilee it will once again come back into the possession of the Jewish nation – which would signify the beginning of the Messianic end time.”

One jubilee is 50 years according to Leviticus 25. It is the 50th year after seven times seven years, the year in which each person should regain ownership of his or her land.  Samuel’s calculations were purely theoretical; there was absolutely no sign at that time of their being fulfilled. He himself was not able to experience their fulfillment, for it was only 300 years after his death that the first of his predictions were to come true.

The Mamluks, who had been reigning in Jerusalem since 1250, were conquered in 1517 by the Ottoman Turks. They remained for eight jubilees (8 x 50 = 400 years), that is to say they were in Jerusalem for 400 years. Exactly 400 years later, in 1917, the Ottoman Turks were conquered by the British. The League of Nations conferred the Mandate for the Holy Land and Jerusalem to the British. Thus, from 1917, under international law, Jerusalem was no-man’s land.

Then, when Israel captured Jerusalem in the Six Day War of 1967, exactly one jubilee (50 years) after 1917, Jerusalem reverted to Jewish-Israeli ownership once again. Thereby, according to the prophecies of Judah Ben Samuel, the Messianic End Times began.

Many scholars have studied and made reference to Judah Ben Samuel’s writings in an effort to understand how he reached his conclusions. Among those referencing Ben Samuel were Rabbi Isaac Ben Solomon Luria, a mystic dealing with the messianic world (Jerusalem, 1531-1572, Safed); Joseph Solomon Delmegido (1591 Candia – 1655 Prague), a mathematician and astronomer (“Mazref le-Chochma”), Azulai I (1724-1806), a famed bibliographer; Samuel David Luzzatto (1800-1865), a Bible scholar; historian Heinrich Graetz (1817-1891); and Torah scholar Jacob Epstein (1925-1993).

The secret of how Judah the Pious arrived at such accurate predictions has less to do with the actual calculations than it does with the fact that he had consecrated his life to God. His pupils Rabbi Isaac ben Moses (Vienna), Rabbi Baruch ben Samuel (Mainz) and Rabbi Simcha (Speyer) testify that Ben Samuel was a model of abstinence and selflessness and was awaiting with a burning desire the coming of the Messiah.

Ben Samuel was often called “Light of Israel.” Even bishops came to him for advice. If anyone asked him where his wisdom came from he would answer, “The prophet Elijah, who will precede the Messiah, appeared to me and revealed many things to me and emphasized that the precondition for answered prayer is that it is fueled by enthusiasm and joy for the greatness and holiness of God.”

But to recap the astonishing predictions: In AD 1217 this scholarly and pious rabbi prophesied that the Ottoman Turks would rule over the holy city of Jerusalem for eight Jubilees. Now, keep in mind, he made this prediction 300 years before the Ottoman Turks seized control of Jerusalem in 1517. If indeed 1217 and 1517 were jubilee years as Judah Ben Samuel believed, then his prophecy was exactly right, because exactly 400 years after the Turks took control of Jerusalem they were driven out of the city and the holy land in 1917 by the Allied forces under the command of General George Allenby – on Hanukkah, by the way.

The rabbi also prophesied that during the ninth Jubilee Jerusalem would be a “no-man’s land.” This is exactly what happened from 1917 to 1967, due to the fact that the Holy Land was placed under British Mandate in 1917 by the League of Nations and literally “belonged” to no nation.

Even after Israel’s war of independence in 1948-49, Jerusalem was still divided by a strip of land running right through the heart of the city, with Jordan controlling the eastern part of the city and Israel controlling the western part of the city. That strip of land was considered and even called “no-man’s land” by both the Israelis and the Jordanians.

It was not until the Six Day War in 1967 when the entire West Bank of the Holy Land was conquered by the Israeli army that the whole city of Jerusalem passed back into the possession of Israel. So once again the prophecy made by the rabbi 750 years previously was fulfilled to the letter.

It certainly would be significant if both 1917 and 1967 were Jubilee years, considering the significance of what happened in Jerusalem on those years. But it gets even more interesting, because Judah Ben Samuel also prophesied that during the 10th Jubilee Jerusalem would be under the control of the Jews and the Messianic “end times” would begin. If he’s right, the 10th Jubilee began in 1967 and will be concluded in 2017.

In light of these prophesies and the coming future events, my anxiety has been lessened by the hope of an earth bereft of a untouchable elite class and their masters who have brought untold suffering upon humanity for some number of millenia. Hopefully one day we may know exactly why. But until that time all of us should continue fighting against their rule, encourage one another and pray for  God’s guidance.