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The Exodus

Good people leave in hordes their troubled land
behind their homes and life built from the sand
a vengeful war is raging, death is rife
the killers have no care for human life.

A place that once belonged to family fare
husband with wife, child played without a care
a gift from God for everyone to dwell
evil has turned it to a living hell.

Innocent child sees torture, rape and more
beheaded man, blood, flesh and gore
it’s etched into their minds, seen night and day
when they should have it in their hearts to play.

But not for them, the joy has long since fled
they have not any home to rest their head
they trudge along through valley, field and road
most of them laden down with heavy load.

Sick and old, man and woman, girl and boy
babies being carried, no glint of joy
heavy burdens hauled to who knows where
No sign of hope just gloom and vacant stare.

One by one borders closing every day
the refugees arrive but turned away
left alone a spectacle to all of us
a desperate and lonely exodus.

© D Marsden 2018

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Oh Well

Someone told me there is no hell
I said there is,
They just said, …oh well!

They've never seen a shanty town
and all the faces-mostly frowns
nor have they seen the poverty and despair
and their tin shacks and vacant glare.

The children have no toys or games
they don't go dancing in the rain
they've never rode on swinging chair
just sit in the blazing sun and stare.

That wretched sun it is so hot
nowhere can I find a pleasant spot
I'll be home tomorrow among the leafy trees
and sit drinking in the English summer breeze.

I'll watch the children on the park
running around and singing like the lark
I'll see my wife and kids as happy as can be
we'll sit and dine and talk, then watch tv.

I'll gaze at the stars and ponder
why is this place I do wonder?

I told someone there is a hell
and he just said… oh well!

© D Marsden 2016
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Repentance

The young boy grew up, wanting much more
burning inside was a decadent fire
he did what he liked and liked what he did
but it wasn’t enough, wanted much higher.

The devil knew this, he offered a deal
I’ll fill your desires to exceed your goal
till your heart’s content, fun, take what you want
but a levy I’ll need, my price is your soul.

How long do I get to taste all life’s dreams?
will you grant me till I’m thirty years old?
the devil he grinned then laughed out so loud
such a large price for a fool to be sold.

Youth and the devil shook hands, the deal was struck
you go on your way, you go and have fun
the man strolled along with great joy and glee
he held his head high, thought life had begun.

The years quickly went, the man had indulged
he took all the pleasures the devil laid out
sat in his dim room with drink in his hand
thirty years, it’s midnight, the clock shouted out

A shadow appeared; a figure so black
a demon approached, I’ve come for your soul
the devil has sent me to collect his due
“please leave me alone, please let me grow old”

You made a pact, you had pleasures abound
you took all you could without much regard
the devil gave out his promise in full
a deal is a deal no matter how hard.

The man fell down on his knees and prayed fast
a frightened boy, his pride all in tatters
please take me away from this journey to hell
oh Lord save my soul, what really matters.

At that point, a bright light, an angel stood
Begone you demon of old, your powers are weak
I come in the devil’s name, the demon said
the man he repents, in God’s name I speak

The devil knows his errand is futile
he has been cheated, a wound to his mark
no torment to please, no suffer of soul
the demon backed off, formed into the dark.

All of the angels in heaven cry out
a chorus sang loud, the way has been paved
the glory of God, how brightly his light
a time to rejoice, a soul has been saved.

© D Marsden 2020

Buddy

What a time
a time of grief
a life is taken
like a thief
fifteen years melt away
so quick in disbelief.

He could not stay
my loyal friend
we said goodbye
time now to mend
to heal and rest
pain at an end.

Endless walks, Clumber Park
a ten mile trip
to Hardwick Village
even with a damaged hip
didn’t bother him at all
he’d just run and skip.

Roamed through woods
in dim moonlight
or on the black
and darkest night
chasing rabbits
in full flight.

Chasing golf balls
just for fun
golfers scorned
and cursed him some
come on Buddy
time to run.

Roamed valleys and fields
tow paths, plains and woods
swam rivers, lakes, canals
and seas when he could
when waters were in recline
he’d wallow in the mud.

The country walks we’re his joy
The Lakes, Cornwall and more
Somerset, Yorkshire Moors and Dales
Norfolk Broads and Exmoor
put some mileage on those legs
before constant pain and sore.

His last few months
he couldn’t stand
about three barks
was his command
he knew we’d come
with helping hand.

The pain became too much
for Buddy to endure
his life ground to a halt
his joy became no more
but now he’s free to run
just as he did before.

A place on the lawn
his favourite spot
he’d lay in the sun
when the weather was hot
now we’ve named it
Buddy’s Plot.


D. Marsden ©

The ten lost tribes of Israel

This story goes back to the times when the Israelites were taken into captivity by Assyria in 721 BC. This relates to the 10 northern tribes who were taken off into captivity and settled in Halah and Habor (2 Kings 17:6).

Note: all bible quotes are from the kjv unless otherwise stated.

The Twelve Tribes of Israel

The twelve tribes were from the descendants of Abraham. In 1868 BC Abraham had a son named Isaac by his wife Sarah.  In 1807 BC Isaac and his wife Rebekah had twins, Esau and Jacob. Between 1723-1710 BC Jacob (whose name was later changed to Israel) had 12 sons. 11 of these sons, along with his son Joseph`s son, Ephraim, were appointed land by Moses when Canaan was conquered and divided up. These became the 12 tribes of Israel. Ephraim, who was adopted by Jacob became one of the 12 tribes. Ephraim became a powerful leader and head of the northern tribes which later led to the name Ephraim being adopted as representation of the northern tribes.

Now that makes 13 tribes in all, but the Levites didn`t acquire a portion of land, they were appointed the priesthood of the tribes.

The Levites were given cities. They lived among all the tribes of Israel and they were given the city of Jerusalem also and authority over the holy temple.

The southern kingdom (known of as the House of Judah), consisted of Judah and Benjamin and part of the Levites, but always noted as the two tribes of Judah, or just Judah.

The northern kingdom (known as The House of Israel or Ephraim) consisted of the tribes of: Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Issachar, Asher, Zebulun, Joseph and Levi.

They separated into two nations after the death of king Solomon. Solomon`s son, Rehoboam became king and the northern tribes didn`t follow the harsh rule he imposed over them, this caused the nation to split into two separate states. Rehoboam, the king of Judah planned to war against the northern state to bring all the tribes back under a one king leadership, but God relayed a message to him not to fight and he backed off.

Here is how the bible describes the event:

ll Chronicles 11: 1-4

1 And when Rehoboam was come to Jerusalem, he gathered of the house of Judah and Benjamin and hundred and four score thousand chosen men, which were warriors, to fight against Israel, that he might bring the kingdom again to Rehoboam.

2 But the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah the man of God, saying,

3 Speak unto Rehoboam the son of Solomon, King of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin, saying,

4 Thus saith the LORD, ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren: return every man to his house: for this thing is done of me, And they obeyed the words of the Lord, and returned from going against Jeroboam.

 1 Kings 12:24

Thus saith the Lord, ye shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel: return every man to his house; for this thing is of me. So they hearkened unto the word of the Lord, and returned and went their way, according to the word of the Lord.

As we can see in the two passages above this was part of God`s plan.

The northern tribes are conquered

When Assyria conquered Israel in 721 BC Israel consisted of two nations, split into a nation of the ten-tribe house of Israel (Ephraim) and the two-tribe house of Judah.

The northern nation of Israel was taken into captivity and this became the separation that would last until today, when they were separated from Judah completely, later to be referred to as the lost tribes of Israel.

When the Assyrian kingdom fell into decline, the ten tribes then decided to migrate to better lands and started their long and arduous migration which took several hundred years. In the passage below we see that God told them to mark their way.

Jeremiah 31:21

Set thee up waymarks, make the guide-posts: set thine heart toward the high way. Even the way by which thou wentest: turn again, O virgin of Israel, turn again to thee thy cities.

Archaeology can attest to the migration of the Israelites of this period through the landmarks and cultural artefacts unearthed and various forms of written stone records discovered relating to the period.

In Genesis 48 we see that Jacob tells Ephraim, the leader of the ten northern tribes, that he will become a nation that would consist of a series of nations whose people will be so vast that it would be difficult to number.

Genesis 48: 17-19

And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father`s hand, to remove it from Ephraim`s head unto Manasseh`s head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put the right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

So, we see in this passage that the ten lost tribes migrate and become many nations somewhere in the world. They have not disappeared from existence but grown into a mighty nation or group of nations closely related.

Babylon the new world empire

Some years later in 612 BC Babylon became the next world empire and in 597 BC the Babylonian king, Nebuchadnezzar, conquered Jerusalem, plundered and destroyed the temple and the Jews were carted off into Babylonian captivity.

After the house of Israel being taken into captivity by the Assyrians, the Israelite nation consisted of the House of Judea only, commonly referred to as the Jews.

The Persian Empire

In 538 BC Babylon fell to the Medes and Persians and the Persian Empire became the second great empire in the ancient world. During this period, Cyrus, the king of Persia, let the Jews go back to their homeland, to rebuild their temple in Jerusalem that the Babylonians destroyed previously. From the destruction to the start of rebuilding of the temple the period of exile was 70 years. (Jeremiah 29:10)

But the bible states that the returning exiled Jews consisted of only descendants of the southern tribes, the house of Judah. Nothing is mentioned of descendants of the ten northern tribes, the house of Israel. The returning Jews were of the house of Judah only. The number of the returnees was 42360. (See Ezra 2:64 and Nehemiah 7:66).

So, what became of the house of Israel?

Hosea gives some specific information on the matter.

Hosea 1: 6-11

6, She conceived again and bore a daughter. And the Lord said to him, call her name Lo-ruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel, that should in any wise pardon them.

7, But I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and will save them by the Lord their God, and I will not save them by bow nor by sword nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen.

8, Now when she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived, and bare a son.

9, And the Lord said, Call his name Lo-ammi: for ye are not my people, and I will not be your God.

10, Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass that, in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not my people, it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the living God.

11, And the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint themselves one head, and shall go up from the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

What does Ezekiel say about the northern kingdom?

Ezekiel chapter 37: 11, 16, 17, 21, 22, 26.

Verse 11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel: behold they say, Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.

Verse 16 And thou, Son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions.

Verse 17 And join them for thee one to another into one stick, that they may become one in thine hand.

Verse 21 And say unto them. Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

Verse 22 And I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all:

Verse 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them: it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

Ezekiel is proof that the ten lost tribes of Israel exist by the fact that they will be reunited again at the end times. The dry bones represent the nation of Israel.

The two sticks clearly show that God is referring to the whole twelve tribes of Israel, the two divided nations that will again come together as one.

The children of Israel will be gathered from all the nations, meaning that they are scattered around the world, but they will be brought home to the holy land.

The house of Judah was brought back to the holy land in 1948, three years after the second world war had ended. In that year David Ben Gurion, the future prime minister of Israel, declared a new state of the house of Judah, it was named the state of Israel. (More information on this later).

The house of Israel (the ten lost tribes) is yet to come home and be reunited with the two southern tribes.

Sometime in the future this will happen and they will have one king, or one prime minister rule over them. As Ezekiel, verse 22 above states: they shall become one nation again and never be divided into two nations. This clearly refers to the end times by the fact that they shall become one nation again forever.

Another interesting point to make is that in verse 26 above, God says that he will set his sanctuary (temple) in the midst of the Jewish community forevermore. This indicates that the temple of Solomon will be built again, for a third time, in the holy city of Jerusalem.

God makes a new covenant.

Jeremiah 31: 31-34

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

Jeremiah is clearly speaking about the end times here when all the tribes of Israel will come together never to be separated again. There will be no need to preach about God anymore because this event will happen after the tribulation and the whole world will have witnessed proof of who God is. There will be no doubt.

Hebrews 8: 10-12

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And they shall not teach, each one his neighbor and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Here in Hebrews we see the same prophesy repeated. It’s understood that the apostle Paul wrote the book in AD 67, around 700 years after Jeremiah first prophesied. Paul was reiterating what was to come in future events. As this prophesy has not yet been fulfilled it relates to sometime in the future.

Where are the lost tribes now?

From 721 BC, when the northern tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by the Assyrians, until the present day (2020) there is a span of 2741 years.

So, where are they now? We know that they are still around because the scriptures tell us that they will be reunited again at some later time in history, a time not yet reached. The scriptures also tell us that they will have grown so vast that they are too many to number and that they will consist of many nations.

From the point of migration after the fall of Assyria it is suggested that they gradually moved West and settled in various countries, namely: Great Britain, the Netherlands, Germany, North Africa and other parts of western Europe.

As these nations grew, they in turn migrated to various places including America. As the British Commonwealth formed this expanded into Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many other countries, correlating with the fact they would become many nations and difficult to number due to their masses.

Modern day Israel

On the 14th of May 1948, in Tel Aviv, David Ben-Gurion declared a Jewish state to be known as the State of Israel.

Over the following years the Jews were gathered from around the world. The Jews that had kept their identity as being from the southern tribes, the nation of Judah.

There was much debate as to what name to use. Some suggested Judea instead of Israel but it was rejected because it referred to the territory that was not covered in the treaty. Even though Judea was the original birth place of the Jews and the name Jew was widely accepted as a recognizable name for the nation that survived as such, even when in exile.

They had formed a new state for the first time in nearly 2000 years and the State of Israel once again, jumped out of the history books and came into existence, even without the lost northern tribes. Maybe it was named Israel for future times when all tribes will be united again under one leader.

Gargoyles

Gargoyles

Gargoyles are architectural structures in the form of carved statues, usually made of stone, protruding from buildings and monuments of historical interest. They are constructed with a channel of some type formed into them along the top and through the head to divert rain water from the building, thus protecting the mortar joints and masonry from erosion.


Gargoyles protrude outwards to send the water spouting away from the face of the building, usually from the mouth of the mythical creature that the gargoyle represents.


The famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has many gargoyles protruding from the roof area, or at least it did have before it was ravaged by fire in 2019.

Medieval Churches


The medieval churches are the main residences of these stone artefacts. Much work went into these buildings in the form of their stone carvings of all depictions and the elaborate columns, pillars and lintels. The intricate shapes and aesthetics of the buildings were something to be appreciated and admired also, as were the wooden structures such as the vaulted ceilings and internal ornate corbels that the timber roof structure sat upon.The vaulted ceilings lay open and were structurally engineered to carry the heavy load and stresses. They also had to look pleasing to the eye also and incorporated much craftsmanship in their making and appearance. Take a look up inside any church and you’ll see the results.

Different Forms


Gargoyles have many variations. A lion’s head with its mouth open was a common feature. This varied from cathedral to cathedral and many took on a distorted form. Later gargoyles became a mix match of many creatures and forms. In medieval times their appearances morphed into many forms that always seemed to take on a sinister or terrifying look.

Chimera


Another form of gargoyle is the chimera. These were not for diverting water from the building but for ornamental purposes. They are commonly known as grotesques but are classed as gargoyles due to certain similarities.


The true form of a chimera can be seen taken from the description in Greek mythology as follows:
• Chimera: a monster from Greek mythology that is fire breathing, has a lions head, a goats body and a snakes tale.

In ancient Greek mythology, the chimera was feared as a bad omen when sighted. The term “chimera” has become to symbolise any mythical creature that has two or more mixed body parts taken from various animals.

Gargoyles quite often lent themselves to the chimera or variations of that form.

THe Church View

Not only were gargoyles used for diverting water away from buildings, they also had another purpose. Some say to ward off evil.
It’s strange to think that the image of such a grotesque figure could do this, when the figure itself seems to er on the side of evil, with its unusual shape and contortions, it’s unnatural hybrid configuration and it’s medieval demonic looks that some gargoyles portrayed. With so many despotic looking stone statuettes staring down at the congregation from high above their heads, it’s a wonder they didn’t refuse to enter the churches of that era.

The church hierarchy of the time sort various ways to coheres their flock into repenting of the wickedness of their ways. The church, as a building, offered spiritual security to the people of the middle ages that was willing to seek it. Outside the church was all the evil and sin to be tempted by. The church represented a sanctuary to the masses, a safe haven.
The gargoyles were to remind them of the evil in the outside world. The message they were saying was that it was better to be inside the sanctuary of the church than on the outside, where temptation, sin and wickedness lies. A form of converting the pagans to Christianity.
This was a ploy adopted by the Christian church in medieval times. One that put fear into the hearts of the people in the hope of them attending church en-mass.

Ancient Gargoyles


Gargoyles go back long before Christianity though.
In Olympus, in ancient Greece, The Temple of Zeus has many lion shaped water spouts and the ancient Egyptians build and carved many gargoyles in the form of lions.


The Temple of Zeus was built between 470 BC – 456 BC. Built mainly of limestone with much marble used also to incorporate the finer finishes. Many sculptures were of marble, including its 102 lion – headed gargoyles.


The ancient Egyptians preferred the lion form also, although other forms were constructed such as hooded snakes and demon types. The Egyptian gargoyles were mainly to keep their temples safe from Seth, a god of chaos, not for diverting rainwater from the buildings, which would have been less important in a desert climate.

Medieval Times

The more modern gargoyles, that we are accustomed to seeing on our churches and such, came into being round about the 12th century AD.


The noise of water rushing through the gargoyle is said to resemble a gargling sound.
The word gargoyle is from the French word gargouille, which means throat.
If we put the two together we get the image of someone with their head thrown back, their mouth in the shape of a funnel and blowing air from their lungs through a liquid at the back of their throat, to ease a sore throat usually. What they are said to be doing is gargling. Hence the word gargoyle.

Nuclear War in the Bible


Descriptions of a nuclear war are written of several times in the scriptures. The quotes in this blog are taken from the King James Version (KJV) of the Holy Bible. Some bible passages can tax your brain trying to understand them but after years of reading they become clearer.
What is not clear is that is this God’s power using the elements of nature, as he so often does, or is he using man’s own destructive power?

The first reference I’ll talk about is in the book of Zechariah. This describes the “end times” when the Jews are back in their homeland.


Zechariah 14: 12-15


12, And this shall be the plague with which the Lord will strike all the peoples that wage war against Jerusalem: their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths. 13, And on that day a great panic from the Lord shall fall on them, so that each will seize the hand of another, and the hand of the one will be raised against the hand of the other. 14, Even Judah will fight at Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance. 15, And a plague like this plague shall fall on the horses, the mules, the camels, the donkeys, and whatever beasts may be in those camps.


Take the lines where Zechariah wrote:

“their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mouths.”


What power known to humankind do we know that would cause such an horrific effect? This will happen while the armies in question (The enemies of Israel) are still stood on their feet, meaning instantly, before their skeleton hits the ground. A nuclear explosion would cause this effect. Zechariah states that all the animals in and around the area shall perish likewise. Nothing escapes a nuclear explosion.


Taking Hiroshima as an example; the city was destroyed with one bomb and thousands of people killed instantly. Today’s nuclear warheads are estimated to be a 100 times more powerful.


Israel has had the atom bomb since the 1950s, although under secrecy and has not been publicised to the world. Certain friendly and allied countries know this but avoid the issue. At present they are the only country in the middle East with nuclear capabilities.


When did Zechariah write these predictions of the future?


In the book of Zechariah, chapter 7, verse 1, king Darius is mentioned in his fourth year, which places the date at 519/518 BC. Chapters 9-14 has no specific reference to date either, but since it was in Zachariah’s lifetime, obviously, it is placed around 40 years later in 480 BC. The writing of this prophesy took place around 2500 years ago when the usual weapons soldiers had to fight with were swords. Zechariah must have found this vision from God very strange and frightening and hard to contemplate. Hence the unusual description of someone from that era in ancient times trying to explain a future nuclear war.

let’s now have a look at what Isaiah said.
(Isaiah lived around 700 years before Christ).

Isaiah 13: 9-11


Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it. 9, For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light. 11, I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.


This verse speaks of the earth not receiving any light. It is understood by science that if the world would be plunged into a global nuclear war, the devastation would be so vast that the world would be in darkness or semi darkness. Science even states that the world could suffer a lack of sunlight for up to two years, causing a type of temporary ice age, (nuclear winter). This condition would be due to the effect of the masses of dust clouds in the atmosphere created by the “mushroom” effect of multiple nuclear explosions and blocking out the sunlight.

What about Damascus?


17: 1-3 An oracle concerning Damascus.


Behold, Damascus will cease to be a city and will become a heap of ruins. 2, The cities of Aroer are deserted; they will be for flocks, which will lie down, and none will make them afraid. 3, The fortress will disappear from Ephraim, and the kingdom from Damascus; and the remnant of Syria will be like the glory of the children of Israel, declares the Lord of hosts.

Damascus is said to go back to a time before recorded history and many scholars believe that it is the oldest city continuously inhabited from ancient times to the modern day. Aroer is a town to the East of the Dead Sea, on the bank of the River Arnon, in present day Jordan. In biblical times it was occupied by the Moabites.


The city of Damascus has seen much destruction through history, right up to today, indeed, the modern Syrian civil war has seen vast swathes of the city destroyed by bombing and made uninhabitable, but it has not yet been totally destroyed. Damascus has not yet ceased to be a city. This being the case, the prophesy relates to a future event.

17: 14


At evening time, behold, terror! Before morning, they are no more! This is the portion of those who loot us, and the lot of those who plunder us.


This verse seems to indicate an incident that will be swift, in less than a full day. Total destruction before the next day arrives. Israel’s enemies will be destroyed in such a short time.

66:15-16 Final Judgement and Glory of the Lord


“For behold, the Lord will come in fire,and his chariots like the whirlwind, to render his anger in fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire will the Lord enter into judgement, and by his sword, with all flesh; and those slain by the Lord shall be many.


That element “fire” keeps repeating in the scriptures as a destructive force that will be used in the end times.

Now let’s take a look at What Jeremiah says:
(Jeremiah began prophesying in 627 BC).


Jeremiah25:31-33


31, The clamor will resound to the ends of the earth, for the Lord has an indictment against the nations; he is entering into judgement with all flesh, and the wicked he will put to the sword, declares the Lord.’ 32,“Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, disaster is going forth from nation to nation, and a great tempest is stirring from the farthest parts of the earth! 33, “And those pierced by the Lord on that day shall extend from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented, or gathered, or buried; they shall be dung on the surface of the ground.


In this prophesy Jeremiah mentions many nations, from one end of the earth to the other, the whole earth at war, not just a particular area or continent. Another point to make is that the number of dead will be so great, in such a short time, that mourning and burying will be impossible and the bodies will be left to rot in the open.

49: 23-27Judgment on Damascus


Concerning Damascus: “Hamath and Arpad are confounded, for they have heard bad news; they melt in fear, they are troubled like the sea that cannot be quiet. 24, Damascus has become feeble, she turned to flee, and panic seized her; anguish and sorrows have taken hold of her, as of a woman in labor. 25, How is the famous city not forsaken, the city of my joy? 26, Therefore her young men shall fall in her squares, and all her soldiers shall be destroyed in that day, declares the Lord of hosts. 27, And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Damascus, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-hadad.”


We have the “fire” element, again on Damascus. To destroy a city totally by fire almost instantly would take a mighty force. Nuclear warheads are that fiery force.
Ben-Hadad was originally the title of of the Armenian king in ancient times. It was claimed as a title for further kings. The Aram kings had attacked Israel extensively during biblical times, judgement brought on to the Israelites but eventually judgement was reversed and God punished Israel’s enemies by “fire.”
Ben-Hadad eventually became a title for a leader of a deity just as Pharaoh was for the Egyptian rulers. Ben-Hadad: ruler of Damascus.

Now for the prophesies of the NT


Matthew 24: 21-22


21, For then there will be great tribulation, such as has not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, and never will be. 22, And if those days had not been cut short, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short.


Mark 13: 19-20


19, For in those days there will be such tribulation as has not been from the beginning of the creation that God created until now, and never will be. 20, And if the Lord had not cut short the days, no human being would be saved. But for the sake of the elect, whom he chose, he shortened the days
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Enter Jesus


These two passages taken for Matthew and Mark respectively are about Jesus talking to his disciples regarding the “end times,” the ” tribulation” as it is often referred to in the bible.
Jesus is speaking of a disaster that has not been seen before, even greater than the two world wars. A disaster so great that the world won’t see again. A disaster in the form of another world war, but this time using nuclear weapons. This time the world is heading towards total annihilation.
Jesus goes on to say that if it isn’t stopped, then no life will be saved, the human race will wipe itself out. But there is hope for humankind. Jesus goes on to say that those days will be shortened before the end is played out by humanity. The only one who can stop this destruction is Jesus himself. He is speaking of his second coming. He will come back to earth at the height of a nuclear world war and stop it before it’s to late.

Revelation


The book of Revelation is a whole book of twenty two chapters on the subject of the end times. The destruction of the world in the stages leading up to the return of Christ and the imprisonment and destruction of Satan, the Antichrist and the false prophet. It then goes beyond into the new world set up by God, judgement day and a new beginning.
It is a book that is written symbolically and can be difficult to understand, but the more it is read, the clearer it becomes. It should be read in conjunction with the book of Daniel. In Daniel lies the key to understanding Revelation. The book of Revelation is a story in itself and a separate subject to be covered at a later date.

Nightingales

The front line is fighting hard
Nightingales every one
tending to the sick
not knowing when time’s done
braving every day the enemy
until the day will come,

when we’ll rejoice
and thank them every one
the Nightingales on the wards
in homes and all, bar none
we’ll thank them for their valour
by them the war is won.

we owe them everything
those that risk their life
their selfless acts for strangers
saving, child, man and wife
they have but one focus
keeping us well is their drive.

Pin the medals on their chests
for they had no orders
they did their lot willingly
they went past the borders
gave so much love and care
nothing did they hoarder

Indebted to them, so many
volunteers every one
left their homes to fight
a light of love they shone
we pray God keeps them safe
till the nightingales have won.

©D Marsden 2020

The History and Persecution of the Jews

Introduction

I believe if you want to know the truth go to the earliest source. Not the info of some latter-day professor who has to feed his ego. Not the Darwinian who wants to change history. The books of the old testament are some of the oldest historic writings available, telling the story of a nation as it happened through their generations. These writers didn’t want fortune or fame from their writings. They weren’t after producing a best seller, although that’s what they did achieve. No, their purpose was to document events as they happened regarding their nation’s existence. The pain and suffering as a nation; the trials and tribulations of their lives and relationship with God; their times in exile; their punishments for turning away from God; their glory and fruitfulness when living with God; their rewards for obeying God’s law. It was all written down as a document to be preserved, not for financial gain, but to be handed down to future generations. It is a testament to all the nations of the world. To all those that will listen and understand. If you want to know the unbiased truth read the holy scriptures, read them as a history book. Learn the truth. There are many lies written in various forms of literature but there can only be one truth. Seek it. The writers of the holy bible were just documenting events. The old testament isn’t about converting people to religion, it’s about events that happened to a nation, and other nations around them. It’s about the people, their relationships, their wars, their travels and migration. It’s about history first hand.

PART 1

It’s a phenomenon and a mystery how and why the Jewish race has been persecuted throughout history. They have endured harsh times by their oppressors, even to the brink of extermination, and yet they survived against all the odds. Here is a brief overview.

The patriarchs

1967 – 1606 BC

This story takes us back in history over 4000 years to the forming of the nation of Israel at the times of the patriarchs (the heads of the Hebrew people). The leaders here referred to are Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, three of the patriarchs. Abraham was known as the father of all the nations, the first patriarch. He was born in 1967 BC. Abraham and his wife Sarah were originally known as Abram and Sarai respectively. They and several family members moved out of their country into Canaan, under God’s command. This is where God gave them their former names the year was 1892 BC. God made a covenant with Abraham and his descendants to inherit the whole land of Canaan forever. Abraham was born in 1967 BC and moved into Canaan when he was 75 years old. He had a son when he and his wife, Sarah, were old and assumed that Sarah would never carry a child, but was eventually blessed. In 1868 BC they had a son and named him Isaac. Years later, Isaac married Rebekah and in 1807 BC they had twins, Esau and Jacob.

Incidentally, the wives of these leaders: Sarah (wife of Abraham), Rebekah (wife of Isaac) and Leah (a wife of Jacob,) are all known as the matriarchs. These three father figures and the three wives mentioned are entombed at the Hebron holy site: The Cave of Machpelah, sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims alike.

Just to mention, Jacob had another wife named Rachel. Leah and Rachel were sisters but Rachel couldn’t conceive at first and Leah gave Jacob six sons and a daughter, Rachel gave him two sons at a later date.

12 sons and 12 tribes

Jacob

Jacob, also named Israel by God, was Abraham’s grandson. He had twelve sons (all patriarchs) born between 1723 and 1710 BC and eventually they each ruled over a part of the twelve Hebrew tribes that came together as a nation and became known as the twelve tribes of Israel. (The Israelites).

Judah

Judah was one of the most prominent of the twelve tribes and covered the city of Jerusalem. Kings Solomon and David were from this tribe and the bloodline passed down to Mary and Jesus. Jerusalem became the capital of Israel. King Solomon build the holy temple in the city of Jerusalem.

The twelve tribes consisted of ten of the Northern Kingdom and two of the Southern Kingdom. The Northern Kingdom was: Simeon; Reuben; Gad; Ephraim; Issachar; Naphtali; Manasseh; Asher; Zebulin; Dan. The Southern Kingdom was: Benjamin and Judah.

Egypt is World Power

C1600 – 1200BC

Israel came out of Canaan into Egypt because of famine in 1677 BC. Jacob was 130 years old at the time. After dwelling in Egypt for 135 years, the tribes of Israel prospered, multiplied and grew strong. Pharaoh saw that they were growing and becoming a large nation. He feared that someday they would become a threat to him and Egypt. So, in 1382 BC he took them into slavery. They remained so for another 80 years. They were made to build cities and monuments and life was cruel and harsh.  In the scriptures it mentions that they also built the city of Ramses. Later, the king of Egypt ordered all the male babies born to the Hebrews to be cast into the river. Moses survived and was brought up by Pharaohs daughter, he eventually had to flee Egypt and had a calling from God to return and lead the Israelites out of slavery.

 

PART 2

Exodus to Canaan

1462 – 1422

Moses eventually lead the Israelites out of bondage from the land of Egypt through the desert unto the land of Canaan. He sent 12 spies into Canaan, one out of every tribe and instructed them to stay 40 days and gather information on the inhabitants, the food grown, the richness of the land, the terrain, etc, there. After 40 days they reported their findings to Moses.  God told the Israelites that they will dwell in the desert for 40 years as a punishment for disobeying him repeatedly, 1 year for each of the 40 days that the spies were gone into the land of Canaan. The generation that disobeyed him will not see the promised land but their descendants will.

Joshua conquers Jericho.

The Israelite army prepares for war and the priests carry the Ark of the Covenant into battle as a mighty weapon empowered by God. The seventh and last trumpet was sounded and the walls of Jericho fell, making way for the mighty army of Israel to go forward and destroy the city and its inhabitants. The spoils of gold and silver and all precious items were taken back to the Israelite’s camp and into the treasury. The Israelites go on to take all the land of Canaan by fighting many battles in the following years.

Israel`s Fall from Grace

Israel was appointed a series of Judges to rule over them. During this era, they turned away from god several times and worshipped idols. God punished them by delivering them up to their enemies. When they repented god favoured them again and restored their status.

1372 – 1332 BC 1st Apostasy

Israel in captivity for eight years under the rule of the king of Mesopotamia.

Judges 3:7 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and forgot the Lord their God, and served Baalim and the groves. 8 Therefore the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hand of Chushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia: and the children of Israel served Chushan-rishathaim for eight years.

1332 – 1314 BC 2nd Apostasy

 Israel again in captivity, this time for eighteen years under Eglon the king of Moab.

Judges 3:12 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done evil in the sight of the Lord. 14 So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.

1252 – 1232 BC 3rd Apostasy

This time it was twenty years in captivity for their sins. Their oppressor was Jabin the king of Canaan

Judges 4:1 And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. 2 And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin King of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. 3 And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel.

1212 – 1205 BC 4th Apostasy

Seven years in captivity under the rule of the Midianites.

Judges 6:1 And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord: and the Lord delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years. 6 And Israel was greatly impoverished because of the Midianites; and the children of Israel cried unto the Lord.

Israel is World Power

1200 – 750BC

1172 BC 5th Apostasy

With God`s favour, Israel conquers the Midianites, under the leadership of Gideon, and becomes a world power. Gideon dies in 1172 BC and Israel once again turns away from God and worships the false god Baalberith.

Judges 8:32 And Gideon the son of Joash died in a good old age, and was buried in the sepulchre of Joash his father, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites. 33 And it came to pass, as soon as Gideon was dead, that the children of Israel turned again, and went a whoring after Baalim and made Baalberith their god.

1145 – 1127 BC 6th Apostasy

Eighteen more years of oppression for disobeying God

Judges 10:6 And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the Lord, and served Baalim, and Ashtaroth, and the gods of Syria, and the gods of Zidon, and the gods of Moab, and the gods of the children of Ammon, and the gods of the Philistines, and forsook the Lord, and served not him, 7 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon. 8 And that year the vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years, all the children of Israel that were on the other side Jordan in the land of the Amorites, which is in Gilead.

Reign of Saul

1065 – 1025 BC

The birth of Saul was around 1105 BC and in 1065 BC he became king. He ruled until 1025 BC. During his Reign, in 1036 BC, the Philistines slaughtered the Israelite army and carried off the Ark of the Covenant. While the Ark was in the Philistine`s possession it became a curse unto them. They moved it among their people and suffered much destruction. Turmoil fell on them wherever it went. They had possession of the Ark for seven months before returning it back to the Israelites for fear of further deaths.

Reign of David: 1025 – 985 BC

And Solomon: 985 – 945 BC

David was born in 1055 BC and became King of Israel in 1025 BC, the year that Saul died. Prior to this date he ruled over Judah from 1030 BC. He remains king of Israel until 985 BC. He was thirty years old when he became king and reigned for forty years. Under David`s rule the nation of Israel grew in power and prosperity. King David fought many wars and battles, he defeated many enemies and spilled much blood on the battlefields. In 1015 BC King David and one of his wives, Bathsheba, had a son and they named him Solomon.

Solomon was anointed King of Israel in 985 BC and ruled for 40 years until 945 BC. A temple was to be built in Jerusalem, to be God`s house and a place for the Ark of the Covenant, King David prepared the design and all the materials for the temple in readiness for his son Solomon to take charge. David wanted the job of building the temple but God told him that his son was to be the builder because David`s hands were soiled with the blood of too many wars.

Chronicles 22: 7 And David said to Solomon, my son, as for me, it was in my mind to build a house unto the name of the Lord my God. 8 But the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, thou hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not build a house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the earth in my sight. 9 Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

So it was that Solomon built a magnificent temple as the house of God. In 985 BC work started on the building of the temple and it finished in 962 BC. The Arc of the Covenant was placed in the temple in 974 BC. Solomon became a great and wise ruler. He was granted great wisdom from God and was recognised as the wisest man on earth. Solomon died in the year of 945 BC.

945 BC – 721 BC

After the death of Solomon, the nation was divided: the ten tribes the Northern Kingdom (Israel) were ruled by Jeroboem and the southern Kingdom (Judah) was ruled by Rehoboem (Solomon`s son). The two now separate kingdoms wared against each other. For many years this carried on.

Assyria World Power

750 – 612 BC

In 721 BC Samaria, the capital of the Northern Kingdom was taken by the Assyrian army. Israel had once fallen from grace through idol worship of the heathen gods. The Northern Kingdom (Israel) was delivered in to the hands of the Assyrians and carried off as slaves…

 

PART 3

Fall of Israel to Fall of Judah

721 – 586 BC

In 586 BC Jerusalem, the capital of the Southern Kingdom of the tribes of Judah was captured by the Babylonian army, under the rule of Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon. The Babylonians destroyed the holy temple in Jerusalem and burnt it to the ground. The walls of the city were knocked down and the houses burnt. Many of the citizens were slaughtered, men young and old, women and children all fell by the sword. All the treasures of the temple were carried off to Babylon, along with rich nobles of the tribes of Judah and taken into slavery. The remaining poor were left in the city. Once again, God had punished his people severely for turning to worshipping false gods. Now their holiest of places had been destroyed.

Babylon is World Power

612 – 539 BC

After conquering Assyria, with the aid of the Medes and Persians, Babylon becomes a world power and the first great empire of the ancient world. Also known as the Chaldean Empire. It had several leaders and during the time of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, it was ruled by King Nebuchadnezzar. Babylon was a nation of idol worshippers and during his reign Nebuchadnezzar had the Etemenanki Ziggurat rebuilt.

The Jews without a temple

586 – 516 BC

During this period of the Jews in exile the Medes and the Persians were on the rise as an army joined to fight common enemies. Darius was the king of the Median empire and the Persians were ruled by Cyrus the Great. In 539 BC Darius the Median took the Babylonian kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar`s son, Belshazzar, the then king of Babylon at the time, was slain the night the empire fell.

Persia is World Power

539 – 333 BC

After the fall of Babylon to the Medes and Persians, in 538 BC Cyrus allowed the Jews to return to their land of Judah. To build their temple again. 50,000 Jews returned to their home, albeit under the rule of the Persian empire.

Restoration of the Temple

516 – 400 BC

Work started on the temple and after many years it was rebuilt. It was finally finished in 516 BC under the reign of Darius the Mede. A celebration, the Passover, took place to mark the occasion. The Jews had come home once again, to their land, given to them by God. But still under foreign rule.

Greece is World Power

333 – 63 BC

Greece became the next world power, the third of four great empires in the ancient world. They conquered the Persian empire under the leadership of Alexander the Great. They took control of Jerusalem but let the Jews govern themselves as Cyrus did previously. They were still under the rule of the Greek Empire but allowed to practice their religion. In 168 BC the Seleucid king, Antiochus IV, desecrated the temple by erecting a pagan alter inside the temple and sacrificing a pig to the Greek God Zeus. Revered to in the bible as the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel. This led to a revolt and Judah became an independent state within an empire, but only briefly. They were overthrown and Antiochus IV stopped all Jewish worship and implemented worship to the Greek pagan God Zeus.

Rome is World Power

63 BC – AD 476

Rome was a republic from the 6th century BC until it became an empire in the 1st century BC and had its first emperor. In 63 BC it became the fourth great empire of the ancient world, the mightiest of them all. The Jews came under Roman rule and although Judah was under Roman occupation, the Jews still had their own laws and religion to practice, in a way controlled by the occupying Romans.

Rome had been fighting wars with Greece on many fronts and for centuries until Rome finally defeated them when in 168 BC at Pynda, at the battle of Cynoscephalae, Greece fell.

Destruction of the second temple

AD 70

Under Roman occupation the Jews had several skirmishes with the Romans, but not enough to be a threat to the might of the Roman Empire.

In AD 66, 33 years after Jesus’ crucifixion, the Jews once again revolted. The Emperor Nero sent Vespasian to restore order. In AD 68 some order of semblance had been achieved in the province. The Romans then concentrated their efforts on Jerusalem. At that time Nero committed suicide. Vespasian was declared Emperor and returned to Rome. His son, Titus, then lead the army in Jerusalem. By AD 70 they had penetrated the city and began the systematic slaughter. The Roman soldiers murdered just about everyone they came into contact with in a bloody frenzy. Men, women, children, all innocent bystanders, fell under the sword. They made their way to the temple and in a fit of madness they slaughtered the Jews trying to save it. The Romans set fire to the temple, climbing over dead bodies in their attempt to loot for treasure. The Temple was destroyed for the second time in history. Thousands of Jews were slaughtered and thousands that were left were sent to Egypt to work as slaves. Others were dispersed throughout the Roman empire and persecuted, sometimes as entertainment in the arenas.

The holy relics of the temple were carted to Rome and put on display as a celebration of their victory.

Once again, the Jews were enslaved and taken away from their holy land. They were dispersed all over the Roman Empire…

 

PART 4

AD 70 to AD 1967

From the destruction of Jerusalem and the holy temple, the Jews, through the centuries, settled all over the globe. Anti-Semitism followed them wherever they went, but very few remained in the holy land. In the first two centuries many settled in Babylonia.

The age of the prophets had gone and God no longer spoke to the Jews directly to them. The rejection of Christ was maybe their major stumbling block. God chose not to speak to them directly any more but the old testament prophets wrote about and predicted the future of the Jews right up to the end of the modern world.

The Spanish Inquisition seen many Jews murdered for their beliefs and opposition of Christianity.

Nazi Germany and Adolph Hitler saw the worst atrocities of the Jews in modern times and maybe the worst time in the 4000-year history of the Jewish people. Around six million Jews were murdered between 1939 and 1945.

Of course, there were many incidents of anti-Semitism in between these times in modern History.

AD 135

Jewish rebellion against Roman rule ended in what was described as a massacre with the romans slaughtering thousands of Jews at Betar, a Jewish settlement about six miles south of Jerusalem.

AD 1096

During the first crusade, tens of thousands of European Jews were killed by the crusaders as they passed through Europe on their way to the holy land. The crusaders were brutal and murdered all Jews, men, women, children, sick and old. Around 12,000 Jews were killed in the Rhyme Valley alone.

AD 1147

The second crusade struck Jews in Germany and France again. Many more Jews were slaughtered.

AD 1190

During the third crusade, many Jews were massacred in England. 150 Jews were murdered at York Castle by a mob enticed by the start of the third crusade.

AD 1236

Around 3000 Jews were massacred in France by the crusaders.

AD 1242

In Paris, by order of the pope and the French king, all copies of the Talmud were to be burned.

AD 1252

In May of this year pope Innocent IV (now there’s an irony) authorised the use of torture by the inquisition to obtain confessions from accused heretics. The Jews suffered greatly under this order.

AD 1290

During this year all Jews were expelled from England.

AD 1336

Several thousand Jews in Germany were murdered by the unofficial Armleder bands before the pope stopped the senseless killings.

AD 1391

Widespread anti-Semitism in Spain led to thousands of Jews being massacred. One of the worst attacks on the Jews in the middle ages.

AD 1421

Jews were attacked in Vienna, and across Austria. 300 trapped in the Or-Santa synagogue in Vienna, some committed suicide the rest were burned to death when the synagogue was torched from inside. The rest of the Jews in Vienna, around 200, were burnt at the stake.

AD 1553

The pope issued a decree condemning the Jewish religious writings and ordered them to be burned. All books were collected from the Jewish community and a large bonfire ensued.

AD 1648

The Cossacks, under the rule of Chmielnicki slaughtered thousands of Jews in the polish ruled eastern region. Hundreds of communities were destroyed and it is estimated that 100,000 Jews were murdered in all manner of death from the sword to drowning.

AD 1768

The Haidamacks, in the East polish region, slaughtered thousands of Jews of all ages and both man and woman. No mercy was shown and it is said that in one city the bodies had to be cleared off the streets for the soldier’s horses to pass.

AD 1819

Anti-Jewish riots took place throughout Germany.

AD 1905

2000 Jews were killed in Russian attacks over several areas of Russia and up to 2500 killed in Odessa by organised mobs.

AD 1918

After WW1 there was much anti-Semitism in Russia and many pogroms were organised resulting in around 150,000 Jews murdered.

AD 1938

In Nazi Germany, an event known as “Kristallnacht”, the Nazis murdered 100 Jews, burnt down their synagogues and ransacked their homes. Around 30,000 Jewish men were arrested and deported to the death camps. This was the start of the “final solution” and set the well oiled killing machine in operation. What resulted was the final death toll of 6,000,000 Jews.

AD 1939

Germany starts WW2 by invading Poland and the roundup of the Jews in the Warsaw ghetto takes momentum.  Mass executions of Jews follow.

AD 1941

The biggest single massacre of the Jews, during the holocaust, to the said date takes place in Kiev, Russia. In a place named Babi Yar. On 30 September 1941 the Nazis executed over 33,000 Jews.

In that same year, in October, known as the “Odessa massacre”, over 50,000 Jews were slaughtered.

AD 1942

Around 400,000 Jews were rounded up in the Warsaw ghettos and deported to the death camps.

AD 1944

Around 300,000 Hungarian Jews were transported by train to Auschwitz concentration camp for execution.

AD 1945

By the end of WW2, The Nazis had systematically exterminated 6,000,000 Jews.

AD 1947

The United Nations set out a plan that divided Palestine into two states, a Jewish and an Arab state. This was unacceptable by the Arabs and fighting broke out between Arabs and Jews.

AD 1948

A state of Israel was declared. It was the first time since 70 BC (1847 years) that the Jews had a recognised home again. The Arab / Israeli war started with Arab nations attacking Israel.

AD 1949

The war of independence for Israel ended. It saw over 6000 Israelis killed and around 1500 wounded.

AD 1950

Jews were permitted to leave Iraq (modern day Babylon) provided they gave up Iraqi citizenship. Over 100,000 Jews were evacuated from Iraq between the years of 1949 to 1951. The evacuations were named Ezra and Nechemia, after the leaders of the Jews from 597 BC, who led the Jews back to Jerusalem back then from Babylonian exile. Another 49,000 Jews were brought from Yemen and surrounding area between 1949 and 1950, in Operation Magic Carpet.

AD 1956

Israel invaded Egypt and among other Foreign nationals, Jews were forced to leave Egypt. Around 25,000 Jews fled the harsh regime and their assets were seized by the Egyptian government.

AD 1967

When the Jews advanced into Jerusalem it seemed like suicide with all the surrounding Arab nations attacking them. The Arabs sustained heavy losses but after six day the war was over. Israel had won and after capturing the holy part of the city, (the old city) up to the remains of Solomon’s temple, (the Wailing Wall), the Israeli general, Moshe Dayan stated that the Jews had come home, never to leave again.

AD 1973

Egypt made war again against Israel in what was known as the “Yom Kippur War.” In retaliation to the 1 967 six-day war, Egypt was hoping to regain back lost territory. The Jews fought back and won the war at a cost of 2500 Jewish soldiers dead.

The Dome of the Rock

In the holiest part of Jerusalem is the Muslim holy mosque, ” The Dome of the Rock. ” This is one of the holiest places in the Muslim world and is built directly where the holiest temple of the Jewish religion stood, “Solomon’s Temple.”

 Jesus was the last “live” messenger directly from God. From AD 33, after Jesus’ ascension, no more direct contact with God was documented. Although the scriptures have many passages from the prophets regarding later events. Several of those revelations came direct from Jesus. These events refer to the times when the Jews came back home to their holy land after nearly 2000 years of exile.

One prophesy stated that the Jews will have their land back in the end times, This happened in 1948. In 1967 they retook the holy part of the city of Jerusalem.

Another prophesy stated that Solomom`s Temple will be built again for a third time.

Watch this space.