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No-Fly Zone Declared, Israeli Ground Forces Move North, And Other News

After the Israeli Prime Minister's earth-shattering speech yesterday in which he unveiled that the Iranian leadership misled and lied to the world about its nuclear weapons program, analysts are trying to discern what the next few weeks entail and what Netanyahu's real angle is.  While some suspect he merely wants the Trump Administration to nix the Iranian nuclear deal, I suspect there is more brewing than that.

Hugh Hewitt and others, including even unidentified U.S. officials, believe that Israel is gearing up for a real war to drive Iranian forces out of Syria and put a stop to Hezbollah's rampant military buildup.  When you consider the 2006 war in Lebanon, the current situation is far more developed than even then—Hezbollah now has some 200,000 missiles and rockets and Iran proper has at least 13 military installations in Syria.

Israel has just extended the April civilian no-fly zone over the north part of the country until the end of May indicating that the IDF expects continued military activity on both sides.  In addition, IDF tank-hauling trucks have been spotted heading north toward the Syrian/Lebanese borders on Highway 6.


After comments yesterday from President Trump, Sarah Sanders, and other U.S. officials, it seems all-but-inevitable that the U.S. will nix the Iran deal and Israel will look justified in further military operations against the Iran/Hezbollah threat in the north.

Now that Putin is threatening to deliver the S-300 anti-aircraft and missile defense system to the Syrian government, it is quite likely that the Israeli government feels like they are being drawn into a conflict with just a small window of opportunity left for unimpeded strikes.  If they are going to deal with Iran and Hezbollah, they increasingly feel like it's now or never.

As stated earlier, Hezbollah and Iran are much better armed and prepared than in the 2006 war and the situation is only growing more dire for Israel by the day.  People often forget that despite Israel's tremendous technical advantage, that war essentially ended in a stalemate and casualties were even more evenly split than in the Six-Day War.  The stalemate has allowed Hezbollah to regroup and deepen its control of southern Lebanon.  Couple that with Iran and Russia digging in in Syria and Assad on the verge of winning the civil war, and it isn't hard to see why Israel is taking action now.

In terms of Bible prophecy, one can envision numerous situations in which Israel unintentionally stokes a direct confrontation with Iran and Russia by beating up on chief Assad allies Hezbollah and the Iranian Shi'ite militias.  Or perhaps a massive volley of much-improved missiles from Lebanon or Syria causes an unexpectedly high number of casualties in northern Israel.  In turn, Israel feels forced to take out command-and-control in Damascus.  And there you have Isaiah 17.  See Jeff's excellent recent article on the topic.

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Changing course, it has just come to my attention that Pentecost/Shavuot in 1948 may have fallen on the very day Israel became a nation: May 15, 1948.  But wait, wasn't Israel reborn on May 14th?  That is certainly the day they consider to be their independence day, but in fact the land was still controlled by the British until the next day.  The British Mandate ran from September 29, 1923 until May 15, 1948.  And according to the observable calendar, May 15th of that year was Pentecost.

Just think of the possibility: the Church and the nation of Israel were both born on Pentecost (or some might argue, conceived).  That being the case, Israel's 70th anniversary on the biblical calendar would actually be on Pentecost this month (sometime in the May 20–27 range).

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Lastly, my brother in Christ over at Heavenly Perspectives wanted me to bring an important analysis about Avengers: Infinity War to your attention.  This movie had the highest-grossing open of any movie in history and could conceivably be the highest overall grosser of all time.

The message?  [SPOILERS] An extraterrestrial super-being wants to destroy the people of earth and we need to ban together to fight him.  This being is ultimately successful in causing millions to disappear/vaporize into thin air.  My oh my—the timing.  It's almost a play-by-play from the Bible's final prophecies: a war to end all wars, God judging the whole earth in His wrath, the rapture, etc.  Only the characters are switched.  The super-being who causes millions to disappear is the villain in the story.

Check out the after-credits scene, which bears an uncanny resemblance to the rapture scenes from Jerusalem: Countdown and Left Behind:


And speaking of the rapture, dear brother and pre-trib rapture proponent Chuck Missler, founder of Koinonia House, has just passed away.  We will meet him in the air on the day we (soon) see our LORD.  He was 83 years old.

Strong's 83 in Hebrew is eber.  "Wings."  It's the word used in Isaiah 40:31:

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.

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  1. Thank you Gary - everything almost seems surreal right now. And that clip from Avengers - just eery!

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    1. I was shocked by how similar that scene was to Left Behind! Unbelievable!

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  2. 1 Then I saw an angel coming down from heaven, holding in his hand the key to the bottomless pit and a great chain.

    2 And he seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, 3 and threw him into the pit, and shut it and sealed it over him, so that he might not deceive the nations any longer, until the thousand years were ended. After that he must be released for a little while.

    4 Then I saw thrones, and seated on them were those to whom the authority to judge was committed. Also I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for the testimony of Jesus and for the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. 5 The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years.

    (Revelation 20:1-6 ESV)

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  3. Gary,

    A couple of interesting notes to parallel your quoting of (Isaiah 40:31):

    Strong's #220, ἀλέκτωρ alektor {al-ek'-tore} being "a cock, rooster or any male bird"
    Strong's #253, ἀλυπότερος alupoteros {al-oo-pot'-er-os} being "free from pain or grief"

    Chuck passed 220-days after the Great Sign and 253-days after the 8/21/17 solar eclipse over the United States.

    PR

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    1. Amazing! God controls every day of our lives.

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  4. Dan Matson has just posted his charts to include Chuck's passing as he was very much involved with Chuck in his own instruction and learning. It's on his Facebook Page so I'm not able to link it because its not on his website yet because he's traveling. Just a heads up. More interesting numbers! Blessings - Sherry

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  5. EVERYONE! *PLEASE* Watch the following video. It is absolutely, positively God-sent astounding. It absolutely blew my socks off, and I have been in a state of constant praise to God. It's an incredible perspective on the upcoming events in a few weeks. Please watch, please. I assure you it will bless you. Praise God!

    https://youtu.be/Ahf82vS_tLM

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    1. [youtube width="320" height="266" src="Ahf82vS_tLM"/]

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    2. Thank you, Gary. God bless you. Everyone, again; please watch this video. It's an incredible perspective.

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  6. My kids and I went and saw Infinity War this weekend. On the way home the first thing we all started talking about was how much it looked and felt like the rapture.

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    1. SPOILER ALERT - INFINITY WAR

      We saw "Infinity War" opening weekend. The most memorable line was when Peter Quill (aka "Star Lord") was confronted with the question, "Who is your master?" His response was something like, "What do you want me to say? Jesus Christ?" At which I yelled out, "Yes!"

      But the "rapture" of Thanos was the culling of half of all living things in the universe due to its limit of resources. He thinks he's saving the universe by killing (at random) half of everyone.

      Knowing that there is going to be a second part to this story, you can see a parallel that Thanos, who has gained all the power that he wanted in Infinity War, will sit in power for a time. After that time he will surely be defeated.

      PR

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    2. The name "Thanos" is interesting too, they just left out some letters from "Than-AT-os" the GREEK GOD OF DEATH...

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    3. Oh and these "stones" on his glove remind me of two: a) the different colors of the Nibiru 'red dragon' system (but these are more than 5) and b) the breastplate stones of the Israeli priest (again, 12 not 5)... Just my 2 cents on that.

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  7. Isaiah 21:2 which this hangs upon and which casts, according to this insight, POTUS Trump as the "Treacherous Dealer dealing treacherously" deserves some digging. As there is so much negative 'baggage' around that word, here is some root meaning, taken from Biblehub.com, which clarifies.

    The word translated Treachery is "bagad: to act or deal treacherously". Looking at its roots we find: A primitive root; to cover (with a garment); figuratively, to act covertly; by implication, to pillage

    So, the 'flavor' of this style of negotiation is to conceal (cover) things, such as true intentions, facts driving the Deal, true strength's and weaknesses at play and other specifics which, when known by ONLY one party, empower them to an advantage in the negotiation as they exercise the "Art of the Deal" for the purpose of 'taking a spoil, or pillaging'. Anyone who is a student of The Donald's style will immediately see that this fully resonates with his TRADEMARK methods, more so than almost any other figure in the Modern Business environment, Maranatha!

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    1. Did you ever hear about when one of Trump's flag poles was declared to be to big? I will have to dig up the info but basically he negotiated a deal to which the State agreed, donated his fines to veterans, and then hired a golf corse company to build up the land below where the flag had been, so he could then stick the flag on top of the hill and have it just as high as before.

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  8. I forgot I read this within the past few days. India has started a bio-metric "currency" system by which to purchase goods and services. People are being forced to use it. When I initially read the article a chill literally ran down my spine; precursor to the mark of the beast.
    https://www.trunews.com/stream/has-the-mark-of-the-beast-started-in-india

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    1. Michael , I read that article also and it doesn't surprise me that that area of the world is the first to force that into being. And a huge amount of our prophecy watchers in these last days believe the antichrist himself will be From Turkey or Islam so that would definitely fit to a tee. praying it won't be long now.
      MARANATHA Donna

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  10. https://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-5248045,00.html

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  11. I may be way off course, here, of course, but in light of reading the article I paste below, I see the following things happening:

    -May 12 comes, Trump pulls out of the Iranian nuclear covenant. Iran and several members of the EU are enraged. I think Iran will begin plotting, or execute acts of war/terrorism.

    -May 14, while IDF combats the attacks to the north, Gaza/Palestinians cross the border, and split the Israeli army between two fronts in direct confrontation. Trump, however, CONTINUES moving forward with the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv—officially opening the new building in Jerusalem, despite the on-going attacks/threats. During that time, I think he will present his long-awaited peace plan, (which I think the Israelis will accept). Meanwhile, the IDF will all but obliterate the Palestinian March in the south—causing them and their leaders in Gaza (Hamas?) to sit up and take notice as the deal offered by Trump is a last-chance 'salvation.'

    -I think soon after, (May 15th? Or perhaps Pentecost?), the Church is Raptured out, which includes President Trump (Pence and Pompeio), and the Deal of the Century is taken over and commenced by Jared Kushner..., which unite peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and the Third Temple is allowed to be constructed in that deal on the Mount, as an Israeli concession.)

    I'm willing to share scripture to back up my thoughts, if this isn't seen as being too far off...God bless.

    (See the article I posted just above about the peace plan.)

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  12. Another date to add is May 18th when the Pope's new movie releases "A man of his word." Seems to me that the stage is set.

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  13. Wisconsin 'DARK SKY' (!!) 3 day military drill from 15-17 May... Has anyone yet noticed? Being discussed on YT everywhere now.

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    1. No worries, Fam, we've drilled for that possibility, remember? Maranatha!

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  14. Ever inching closer - except now it is beginning to feel like we've crested the hill and are on the downhill slide.

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  15. "The British Mandate ran from September 29, 1923 until May 15, 1948."

    Yes, the British Mandate expired at midnight of the 14th. At 12:11 a.m. on the morning of the 15th, Israel got a call from the Truman White House, the first to recognize the new State of Israel. So, what David Ben Gurion and the others did during the day of the 14th wasn't actually "official" until midnight that night.

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  16. Something interesting I discovered. From Dec 6, 2017 when Trump declared Jerusalem the Capital of Israel, to May 15 is 160 days. Strongs 160 is "aiphnidios," which means sudden, unexpected. There are two occurrences of this word in the NT. 1 Thess 5:3 and Luke 21:34, both of which are referring to the "sudden destruction." Thought that was interesting.

    Also the 15th is the start of Ramadan. I think it would send a message to the world if Jesus were to take us out at the start of the "holiest" month of the year for one of the world's largest false religions.

    Lastly, it may just be a coincidence, but last night #heavenlybodymetgala was trending on twitter- some Hollywood fashion party celebrating how crazy people can dress and get away with it- while at the same time there was a real heavenly body in the sky that took my breath away. I don't know if it was Jupiter, or maybe Niburu or something, but it was the biggest and brightest thing apart from the sun or moon I have ever seen in the sky. Did anyone see that? To me it was a powerful example of the fallen, self-centered and godless condition of the world being completely oblivious to the "sudden destruction" that is about to come on the whole world, while God is practically shouting from the heavens, "beware of what is coming."

    Any thoughts?

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