Revelation 2: The Letter From Jesus to Compromising Pergamos

Revelation 2:12-17

The third letter that Jesus wrote to the congregations on earth was Pergamos, also known as Pergamum. In the previous chapter, Revelation 1:16, John saw Jesus holding the seven stars in his right hand with a sharp two-edged sword in his mouth. Jesus introduces himself to this church as “He who has the sharp two-edged sword.”

The two-edged sword is Jesus’ word. He can create or kill by speaking. All he has to do is open his mouth and utter the sentence. The prophet Isaiah foretold that He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Isaiah 11:4

The commendation:  “I know your works, and where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. And you hold fast to My name, and did not deny My faith even in the days in which Antipas was My faithful martyr, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells.Rev 2:13

Satan’s Throne

In John’s day Satan’s throne was at Pergamum in what is now Turkey. At that time, Pergamum was the capital of the Roman province of Asia. It was here that the Olympic Games were started. It’s also where we get the medical symbol of the snake wrapped around Asclepius’ staff – the symbol on the World Health Organisation logo.

Satan moves from empire to empire. He’ll go wherever the power base is. So his throne moved from Babylon to Pergamum. In this empire, Satan was known as Zeus.

Zeus’s altar stood 800 feet up the 1000 foot mountain overlooking the city. All day long this altar smoked with the smoke of endless sacrifices. It dominated the city, like a pillar of cloud by day and a column of fire by night.

Antipas, Jesus’ faithful martyr, was roasted to death on this altar inside a bronze bull in AD 92. The evil thing was designed in such a manner that the victim’s screams made the bull bellow, but Antipas died praying for his church.

Berlin

In 1898 the throne was dismantled and taken to Germany. It’s now housed in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Using the altar as his model, Albert Speer created a colossal grandstand for Hitler at the rally grounds in Nuremberg, putting Hitler’s podium in the middle of the grandstand, in the place where the bronze Altar of Zeus stood in ancient Pergamum.

In 1939 Hitler would commence World War II from this podium. It was also where Hitler announced his ‘Final Solution’ to the world – the burnt sacrifice of millions of Europe’s Jews.

The altar has been closed to all visitors since 2014 while the Pergamon Museum building is being renovated. At the time of writing it’s been eight years. They could have built a whole new building by now. It makes me wonder if the throne is still secretly in use? I’m probably not the only one asking that question!

Has it inspired world leaders? Hitler and Obama both modelled their stages on this throne. Obama has been back to the throne of Satan several times and Angela Merkel lives across the road from it.

Pergamos Altar, Berlin

The Bible speaks of principalities and powers. Berlin is a power base. Has the power behind the throne influenced affairs in Germany?

The coat of arms of Berlin

Have a look at Berlin’s coat of arms. The beast with the feet like those of a bear is in Berlin. There could be more bears, but this one has come out of hibernation after World War 2 and it’s hungry.

In Revelation chapter 13:2, John saw a beast resembling Daniel’s beast – but he saw the entity as composite, and concurrent instead of sequential. He wrote, “The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion.” Revelation 13:2

So the fourth beast is sequentially a fourth empire and it will be dictatorship with foundations from Babylon, Medo-Persia, and Greece. Of the Greek gods, Zeus was the most important and highest ‘god.’

Satan’s plans for the third reich were frustrated but he’s on track for the fourth reich. This fourth beast is the empire about to be set up by the great reset and the fourth industrial revolution, where Klaus Schwab promised “you will own nothing but be happy.”

The WHO Hub

Did you know that in 2021 the World Health Organisation and Germany launched a new global hub for pandemic and epidemic intelligence? The hub is based in Berlin.

We know that the World Heath Organisation is trying to form itself into a World Government. I’m sure you’re putting it all together. They can go on declaring pandemics and force us to get vaccinated.

I’d already smelled “something rotten in the state of Denmark,” but the clincher for me was hearing that Babylon would deceive the nations with pharmakeia.

Pharmakeia

The Book of Revelation puts Babylon together with sorcery. If you look the word sorcery up in a Greek lexicon you’ll find it means pharmakeia. All nations would be deceived by Babylon’s merchants and Babylon’s sorcery. All the nations.

For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (pharmakeia) all the nations were deceived. Revelation 18:23

What Jesus Christ said to the church of Pergamos applies to us all.

The problem: “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.  Thus you also have those who hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.  Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth. Rev 2:14-16

The Nicolaitans have already been covered. Jesus commended the Church at Ephesus for combating them, see Letters From Jesus, to Loveless Ephesus and Persecuted Smyrna.

The Doctrine of Balaam

Balaam was freely given a prophetic gift from God, which he used for profit. Balak the king of Moab hired Balaam to curse Israel. Balaam found he couldn’t curse Israel directly. So Balak came up with a plan for Israel to bring a curse upon themselves by luring them into sexual sin with the Midianite women. The plan was successful.

What do Balaam’s prophets look like nowadays? Technocrats prophesying pulmonary death and Monkey pox? Klaus and his gene-genie billionaire friends worship their technology, their Artificial Intelligence, their immunisations and their gene therapy, which the whole world has been forced to take “for our health.”

Do you think vaccines are an idol? And compromising churches have gone along with it, saying we should keep each other safe and love our neighbour by taking the needle. Some compromise because they’re well intentioned but naive. Some because they run their churches as businesses and they’ll conform to keep them running.

They’ll tell us it’s biblical to submit to the authorities. No, NOT if it’s disobeying Christ! I wonder what Jesus would have said hearing he’d need a vaccine pass to attend church.

Balaam’s Servants

Balaam’s servants are described as having left the straight way and wandered off to follow the way of Balaam son of Bezer, who loved the wages of wickedness, 2 Peter chapter 2.

In the Book of Jude they have rushed for profit into Balaam’s error, Jude 1:11.

Jude is the smallest book of the Bible, there’s only one chapter. You’ll find it immediately before the book of Revelation.

Jude spoke of the need to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints; For certain men have crept in unnoticed, who long ago were marked out for this condemnation, ungodly men, who turn the grace of our God into lewdness and deny the only Lord God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Jude verse 4

The gay rainbow and all it stands for is another idol that some churches have fallen for. There have been warnings in the past, particularly with the 2013 Jude storm. That year, Britain celebrated the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. At the same time Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron introduced the same-sex marriage bill which the Queen signed. In giving it her royal approval, she broke her coronation oath. Queen Elizabeth bears the title ‘Defender of the Faith.’ In her coronation oath of 1953, she swore to maintain the laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel.

The Lord’s response to Britain’s leaders soon came as the Saint Jude storm, nicknamed ‘Christian’ roared in the month of October 2013. The storm was so named because it happened on the feast of Saint Jude the Apostle.

The storm caused at least seventeen deaths. During the storm, a crane collapsed on top of the Cabinet Office in London, the office of the Prime Minister and cabinet of the United Kingdom.

‘Biblical’ floods in UK, unbiblical laws, and Acts of God

So watch out, Balaam’s servants are apostates who can lead a whole nation into sin. I’m not saying the Queen is apostate, but David Cameron introduced the same-sex marriage bill, which she signed and then he had the temerity to read from the Bible at Westminster Abbey while the bill was going through parliament next door. He described the subsequent storms as ‘biblical.’ I wonder why. If the storm was biblical, did he not realise that God had sent a message from the Book of Jude?

The reward:

There’s a lot to overcome.

Here’s Jesus’ promise; “To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it.” Rev 2:17

The reward for Pergamum isn’t mirrored back to us at the end of Revelation and the rewards for those who have overcome are somewhat mysterious. Jesus can be enigmatic.

What is this hidden manna? Manna tastes a bit like a honey wafer and it’s the food of angels. The Hebrew word manna literally means “what is it?” So we’ll have to wait and see.

As for the white stone reward, the Olympic games began at Pergamum. It hearkens back to the ancient Roman custom of awarding a white stone to the victors in athletic games with their name inscribed on it. This served as their ‘ticket’ to a special awards banquet.

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Revelation 1:1, What does 8,88,888, and 8888 Signify?

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Revelation is the testimony of Jesus Christ (Rev 1:2) and the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. (Rev 19:10)

There’s a blessing for those who read, hear and keep the words of the prophecy. You can’t just read the book, you have to hear and keep the words. Who better to explain it than the author? He has the Spirit of the Lord, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. Isaiah 11:2

The first verse of Revelation begins with Jesus and God. God wants to show His servants things that must happen at the time of the end and he gave the Revelation to Jesus, to give to John through an angel.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, Revelation 1:1

Did you notice that Jesus not only sent it, he signified it? How does one signify something? In years past, a letter would be sealed with hot wax and the seal imprinted with the person’s signet ring.

There’s an example of this in the Book of Esther, chapter 8 verse 8. Note the eights.

You yourselves write a decree concerning the Jews, as you please, in the king’s name, and seal it with the king’s signet ring; for whatever is written in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no one can revoke.” Esther 8:8

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The Bible does have some significant numbers. Six is the number of man and seven is the number of God. We always hear about 666 when it comes to the Book of Revelation, but never 888. The number eight is Jesus’ number.

In Greek, the name of Jesus is spelled I H S O U S. Each Greek letter has a numerical value and so if we then take each letter in Jesus’ name and add them up, the total comes to 888.

I H S O U S (Jesus) = 10 + 8 + 200 + 70 + 400 + 200 = 888.

NameGreek letterValue
Iiota10
Heta8
Ssigma200
Oomicron70
Uupsilon400
Ssigma200
TOTAL888
Above: The name of Jesus in Greek, I H S O U S

8 is the same, up or down.

Sideways it’s the symbol of infinity, represented by an 8 laid down.

Eight is the number of resurrection and the resurrection is the eighth ‘great sign’ recorded in John’s Gospel.

God has left us with some signs to see. Here is a cosmic wonder from heaven; the Infinity Symbol discovered at the heart of the Milky Way in 2011, and a thing of beauty from the earth – a butterfly called “Anna’s 88.” Butterflies are used as a symbol of new life and the resurrection.

Jesus is referred to as the ‘Son of Man’ 88 times in the New Testament.

The Book of Revelation has Jesus’ number stamped on it. There are 22 chapters of 404 verses, and 22 multiplied by 404 equals 8888.

Signed, sealed, signified and delivered – that’s his book.

We’re not used to seeing Jesus as a king, but we will be soon.

Judah’s signet and cord

Judah and Tamar were ancestors of Jesus Christ. The royal line began with Judah;

The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor a lawgiver from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes; And to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
Genesis 49:10

In Genesis 38 Judah gave Tamar his signet and cord, and staff as a pledge before he lay with her. When confronted she produced them asking, “Please determine whose these are—the signet and cord, and staff,” Genesis 38:25. It was an awkward question for Judah but not for God. Whose signet was it? The message is there in a hidden equidistant letter sequence which spells out “God encoded, God is truth.”

Related post: Through the Word: Tamar

Jesus as King

Jesus is the Greek version of the Hebrew name Joshua. The meaning of the name Jesus is ‘Yah Will Save, Yah Saves.’ Salvation is to be found under no other name.

Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

God said through the prophet Isaiah;

“Turn to me and be saved, all you ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.
 By myself I have sworn, my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be revoked:
Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear.
Isaiah 45:22-23

Every knee will bow before Jesus.

Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,  and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Philippians 2:9-11

Related post:The Great Sign in Heaven.’

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The name Jesus: Summary

Anna’s 88

Is the butterfly with 88 on it’s wings a sign, or a coincidence?

Jesus brought to the temple after his eighth day and greeted by a prophetess named Anna, a widow in her 80’s.

Luke 2:21 And when eight days were completed for the circumcision of the Child, His name was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

Luke 2:21-24 Now when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male who opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”), and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, “A pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons.”

Luke 2:36-38 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity;  and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.  And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

The LORD’s signet ring

Ancient kings used signet rings to designate authority, honor, or ownership. A signet contained an emblem unique to the king. Official documents were sealed with a dollop of soft wax impressed with the king’s signet, usually kept on a ring on his finger. Such a seal certified the document as genuine, much like a notary public’s stamp today. In 1 Kings 21:8, the evil Queen Jezebel took King Ahab’s signet ring and “wrote letters in Ahab’s name and sealed them with his seal.” The ring’s stamp gave her letters the king’s authority. In Daniel 6:17, a signet ring was used to seal a stone covering a lions’ den: “A stone was brought and laid on the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet and with the signet of his lords, that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel.” A royal signet ring is also featured in Genesis 41:41-43 and Esther 8:8.

Got Questions: What does it mean that Zerubbabel was the LORD’s signet ring (Haggai 2:23)?

The heart of the matter

Have you ever heard the noise of the heart?  I’ve heard it on a fetal heart monitor when I was pregnant.  It makes a noise like “Leb-bab, Leb-bab, Leb-bab.”  Leb and lebab is the Hebrew word for “heart.” 

Did you know the Throne of God has aspects of the human heart?

Twenty-four ribs guard the heart – twelve on each side, and in Revelation 4, twenty-four elders surround the throne of God along with the four cherubim.

The heart has to be guarded.  Proverbs 4:23 states,  “Above all else, guard the heart, for it is the well-spring of life.”

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Because the heart is the throne of our conscience, the seat of our decision making.  We need the cleansing of Christ’s blood.

1 John 7 states “the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

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Source: Knowing Jesus

The heart removes the C02 and pumps blood around the body.  Jesus’ AB negative blood is used for universal blood transfusions.   I’ve written about it on my Red Sky blog:

AB-solute proof, the blood that speaks

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Laminin

In our cells we have laminin, the cell scaffolding protein foundation structure for most cells and organs.  Laminin is vital for the maintenance and survival of tissues.  Does laminin remind you of anything?

Colossians 1:17 states that Jesus “is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

As Romans 1:20 states, these are some of God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—to be clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.

Great designers always leave their mark.

My thanks to Carrie for providing the inspiration for this article.

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Hebrew word study: Lebab (03824) means heart, mind or the inner man, contrasted to the outer man (See Dt. 30:14Joel 2:13;1Sa 16:7). Lebab is often compounded with “soul” for emphasis, as in 2Chr 15:12 (cf. 2 Chr 15:15).

Heart – Leb, Lebab (Hebrew Word Study)

Body codes

God’s sign language

Einstein quote, coincidenceWhat do you think about coincidences?  Is it God trying to get our attention?  Or, as Einstein said, “a small miracle where God chooses to remain anonymous?”

I think people often get signs and dismiss them as coincidences.  I don’t dismiss them, you can miss out on a lot when you do that.

Have you experienced God trying to get your attention?  Has He tried to sign to you or speak to you with a word?  To hear, you must have the Word.  Hearing comes from the Word.

So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

There are two kinds of Words in the Bible, LOGOS for general application and RHEMA for personal application, where the Holy Spirit will speak directly to you, bringing  revelation.

I think hearing with the Rhema word is something that is caught rather than taught.  When I heard people say ‘they heard from the Lord,’ I’d think ‘how?’  In time I caught on after meditating on the Bible.

If you don’t have the Word, you will be deaf and He will sign.

God communicated by sign until I understood the Word.  Now the sign and the Word tend to work together.

Here’s a practical example of a sign working with the Word;
My mother died with a row of sevens accompanying her.  She died at 7pm on the 7th day of the 7th month, aged 77.

The link is here if you want to read more and see the video I made for her.

Coincidence?  Noticing all the sevens, I asked the Lord if it was a sign.  The answer was in the affirmative.  He explained to me that Heaven is a place of rest, and He’d sent the sign wanting to reassure us she was at rest.

From the Word He showed me where Heaven is mentioned as the “seventh-day rest” in the Bible.  The Sabbath day is the seventh day;

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest … Hebrews 4:9

God used signs all the way through the Bible.  It’s standard operating procedure for him.

The sign either precedes or follows the Rhema word.

GUWG-Faith-CompassThe Word is like a compass, the sign is like a landmark, and the discovery is like orienteering, navigating, or tracking.  You have to read and look.

My book is based on how the Lord guided me using His Word, coincidences, visions and dreams, with signs accompanying.

It’s the number one thing I hope to convey to the reader of my book – how to look for God and hear Him.

After His death and resurrection, the Lord worked with the apostles confirming His word with signs.

“And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.”  Mark 16:20

He is still doing it today, because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:18

We just need eyes to see and ears to hear.  Matthew 13:15-17

 

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Number 153, signs and symbols

Lightbulb & fish

Ever had a lightbulb moment?  I asked the Lord about the meaning of the 153 fish in John 21:10, and I was given a maths answer.  Amazingly I grasped the explanation.  Having to learn statistics in order to get my Diploma of Business helped. 

I had to overcome a lot to learn the math behind statistics.  I’d failed at maths at school, I had a lot of painful memories from the classroom. 

As a child in a crucial year before high school, I had a teacher who wrote the equations on the board without me being able to see.  All I could see was his back, and he wouldn’t let me move.  This went on for a whole year.  After getting him again the following year, it was game over as far as maths was concerned.  I learned nothing.

I didn’t have the internet where I could have taught myself from helpful websites.  I couldn’t even take my maths book home. I didn’t have parents or older siblings to help me.  “She can’t learn,” my mother was told.

In order to learn the subject, I had to overcome the teacher’s curse, the bad memories, and my loathing for maths.  Fortunately I have a very patient husband who helped me with the mechanics of maths in statistics.

But I kept complaining to God.  “Why do I have to learn this?” I protested, “we’re never going to use it in our business!”

“Make friends with maths” the Lord told me.  Not reconcile myself to maths, not become acquainted with maths; He wanted me to believe I could learn maths and take an interest in it!  It was a big ask.

In Proverbs 4, a Father’s instruction, He said; “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.”  Proverbs 4:7.

I never did use statistics in my business. But let me show you what I did learn.  The first things I learned in statistics were Factorial numbers and Venn diagrams.  These form the basis of the wonderful things God showed me later.  I am going to explain some cryptic but important signs and numbers contained in the Bible.

I’ll put the maths down at the bottom of the post.

The miraculous catch of fish was the last miracle Jesus ever performed.  153 fish were caught. John 21

When they landed, they saw a fire of burning coals there with fish on it, and some Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish you have just caught.” So Simon Peter climbed back into the boat and dragged the net ashore. It was full of large fish, 153, but even with so many the net was not torn. John 21:10

153 is an odd number.  What did Jesus mean by 153 fish?

153 is a triangular number.

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A triangular number is where the sum of a given number forms an equilateral triangle.

153 means people.
153 adds from 1 to 17: 153 = 1 + 2 + 3 + 4+ 5+ 6 + 7 + 8 + 9 + 10 + 11 + 12 +13 + 14 + 15 + 16 + 17.

17 means nations.
17 is the number of nations present at Pentecost.

Five factorial, or 5! is  120.  It’s expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.
120 means the church, which started off with 120 believers in Jerusalem, In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) …”  Acts 1:15

The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.  Acts 2:47.

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Each one teach one.

So now you know the meaning of the 153 fish.  The first disciples Jesus called were fishermen.  He said to Simon Peter and Andrew, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:18-21

The Vessel of Fish

Imagine two circles, where God is in one circle, and people are in another.  Now join the two circles so they overlap.

I’m going to use the two circles of the Vesica Piscis, which literally translates as the “Vessel of Fish.”

In this “Vessel of Fish,” we have two circles, where one represents God and the other man.  Jesus is in the overlapping area as the intersection of God and Man.  That’s why he called Himself both “The Son of God” and “The Son of Man.”

Any person who comes to God through Christ is “in Christ.”

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

Vesica Piscis

153 represents the width of the Vesica Piscis, the Vessel of Fish.  Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer worked that out.

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The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vessel of Fish (the Vesica Piscis) to the width (153) across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

fish1So we’ve got the square root of three, the number three representing God in the form of the Trinity, and 153 representing the catch of fish and the Vessel of Fish.

power plugAlso interesting is that 1.732 is used in measuring power.  In electrical engineering, wattage = voltage x amp x power factor x 1.732.  It reminds me of Christ being referred to as “the power and the wisdom of God” in 1 Corinthians 1:22-24.

moonAnother interesting square root is that of 153.  The square root of √ 153 is 12.369, the amount of full moons in one year.

Signs and symbols

Just as the moon can hide itself, in Isaiah 8 the Lord spoke of hiding his face from Israel and binding up his testimony among the disciples.  The fish and the number 153 are for signs and symbols.  “Here am I, and the children the LORD has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the LORD Almighty, who dwells on Mount Zion.”  Isaiah 8:11-18.

The sign of Jonah

Do you understand now what Jesus meant when he gave the Teachers of the Law the Sign of Jonah?  He was in the vessel of the fish for three days and nights.

The Scribes and Pharisees Ask for a Sign
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.”  But He answered and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  Matthew 12:38-42.

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Ichthys

The Greek word for fish is “ichthys.”  Christian used the icthys symbol which incorporates the Vesica Piscis shape to identify themselves.  As early as the first century, Christians made an acrostic from this word: Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter, i.e. Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior.

No symbol means the same thing to all people at all times.  Greeks, Romans, and many other pagans used the fish symbol before Christians. Probably because it was in the constellation of Pisces.

Hence the fish, unlike, say, the cross, attracted little suspicion, making it a perfect secret symbol for persecuted believers. When threatened by Romans in the first centuries after Christ, Christians used the fish mark meeting places and tombs, or to distinguish friends from foes.

Source: http://www.christianitytoday.com/history/2008/august/what-is-origin-of-christian-fish-symbol.html

Thanks for reading this.  I hope I’ve explained the maths, the signs and the symbols clearly.  Hopefully it will satisfy both the Jews and the Greeks.

Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. 1 Corintians 1:22-24

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Christian symbol on a paving stone at the Temple of Apollo, Didim, Turkey. Note the fishing net.


After writing about the signs God used with fish, I came across this.  Is the Lord still using fish for signs?  Why wouldn’t he?   Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Hebrews 13:8

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The Maths

Triangular number

153 (number)

Factorials

Factorial is the product of all positive integers less than or equal to the number you start with.  You put a ! after it to show its factorial.  So here’s an example, starting off with the number five.

5! is 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120,
4! is 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 24,
3! is 3 x 2 x 1 = 6,
2! is 2 x 1 = 2,
1! is 1 x 1 = 1

So five factorial is 120, expressed as this, 5! = 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1.

The sum of five factorial, 5! + 4! + 3! + 2! + 1! is 153.

Venn Diagram

In a Venn diagram, two circles are joined, with an overlapping area representing a set.  The region in both circles, where the two sets overlap, is called the intersection.

Archimedes work “On the Measurement of the Circle.” 

Archimedes, a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer applied the square root of three (√3) to the number 265 divided by 153 in his ratios for the Measurement of the Circle.  It is not known how he determined this.
Source: Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Archimedes circle

Archimedes used these ratios as upper and lower bounds ‘On the Measurement of the Circle.’

So if you make the intersection of two circles a height of 265, the width will equal 153.  The mathematical ratio of the height of the Vesica Piscis to the width across its center is the square root of 3, or 1.732.

The square root

In mathematics, a square root of a number a is a number y such that y2 = a; in other words, a number y whose square (the result of multiplying the number by itself, or yy) is aFor example, 4 and −4 are square roots of 16 because 42 = (−4)2 = 16.


What are my qualifications to back this up?  I’ve been reading the Bible for 25 years, I am a member of the Body of Christ with a teaching gift, and I am a child of God.  I should also mention I passed University level Statistics!

God indeed chooses the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; He chooses the weak things of the world to shame the strong. (1 Corinthians 1:27-29)

I’ve also blogged about it from a different perspective on my other blog ‘Red Sky in the Morning,’ Go fish.


Related post about my struggle with statistics: The wall


References

Vesica piscis

Venn diagram

Square root

Archimedes and the Square Root of Three

Meaning of Numbers in the Bible The Number 120

Fundamentals of Electricity – Watt’s Law – Three Phase

The trap in the ground, and the trumpet in the sky

richter-scale“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” is the word I got after questioning the shaking we’ve been experiencing in New Zealand.

I keep an eye on signs.  I discern things.  That’s my gift.  Not that I always get it right.  I check what I see with the Bible. And I ask God questions.

“Are the earthquakes we’ve been experiencing since 2011 about sin?” I asked doubtfully.

The day before the Kaikoura earthquake Brian Tamaki, the self-appointed bishop of Destiny Church said, “the earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin … Massive earthquakes have already hit in Christchurch and you could have just about predicted that one.”  The next day he was a  prophet in big trouble with the gay community who didn’t like what he said.

Well, he detected something, but he was off target.  We’ve always had sin.  It’s a worldwide problem.  All that kind of talk does is make God look like a smiter who likes to thump people!  Not helpful.

God walks a fine line between staying his hand and meting out justice.  I wish people would stop seeing Him as ‘the almighty smiter.’ He is a just God.  When God’s people refuse to heed His Word, He brings a just and curative discipline upon them.  In this instance, I see His mercy and His appeal for us to see the signs and hear what He has to say.

“No.  It’s the land.  I am warning about the land …” the Lord said, tracing the number two into our shaken country.  Two huge earthquakes happened simultaneously, involving two different plates. Two earthquakes, at two minutes after midnight, that lasted two minutes, with two people dead, affecting two islands (the North and South Island), and to top if off the land underwent a two metre shift south of Marlborough.

The scientists said they’d never seen anything like it.

Also, rare events surrounded that quake.  There was a super moon (not that we saw it) and eerie strange flashing lights across the horizon in Wellington while the earth shook.  It made me think of lights flashing at a railway crossing.  And After the earthquake, a huge storm struck the Wellington area.  It was seriously weird.

I’d taken God’s warning to be about the land in New Zealand.

“It’s APEC, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade agreement. That’s what it is!!” I thought, thinking of the APEC meeting the globalists were all going to later that week.  If you read my previous blog post from November, you will see why I was focusing on that. Over the years APEC economic development has worsened poverty and inequality while strengthening corporate power.

“But what’s with the pattern of ‘two’s’ in this latest earthquake?” I asked.

Lion roaring, illustration for book about Aslan“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” God asked before showing me a lion roaring unseen from a thicket, an eagle swooping, a trap springing from the ground, and a trumpet sounding in a city.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”
Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:3-7

I can see what TWO meant now.  US Secretary of State John Kerry and NZ prime minister John Key were meeting about Israel before Donald Trump took power. “The land” God referred to wasn’t just our land, it was the covenant land of Israel … and the TWO State Solution.  NZ put forward a motion in the UN Security Council on the 23rd of December 2016. It criticized Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.  That meeting led to the Paris peace conference three weeks later on the 15th January 2017.

If I’d been serving up coffee at that meeting, I would have been asking “would you like a cup of trembling with that?”

I am going to show you the bird swooping to the ground, explain the trap, and you will hear a trumpet sounding in a city.

The trap

israelThe peace talks are a trap.  Fatah (Palestinian West Bank) and Hamas (Gaza) are likely to use whatever land they can gain as a base from which they and their friends plan to topple the Jewish state and evict all Jews from the land.  If I am wrong, why did Hamas launch missiles from Gaza the minute Israel surrendered that land for peace?

This Two State Solution was hammered out in Paris without agreement from Israel. It was shameful.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?”

For the last two years, New Zealand has been complicit in this. It started in 2014 when NZ bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

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Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Amos 3:5

The bird swoop

During an earthquake in the same year, a giant eagle commemorating the Hobbit movie swung wildly from side to side in Wellington Airport’s international terminal before crashing to the ground. The eagle ‘crash’ landed on Wellington anniversary day.  The quake was centered 138 km away in Eketahuna, a small town occasionally used in conversation to represent “the real New Zealand.”

Fortunately, the one-tonne eagle didn’t land on anyone.  If the bird swooping down was a warning from Amos, where was the bait?

The bait

In 2015 NZ attempted to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by using our position on the UN Security Council, causing Israel to send a blunt message to us: Don’t try to renew peace talks.

The trumpet

When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?

On September 30th, 2016 more than 70 world leaders gathered in Israel for the funeral of Shimon Peres. The following day witnesses heard strange shofar (ram’s horn trumpet) sounds coming from the sky in Jerusalem and observed the appearance of a perfect circle of clouds. See the videos below.

The next day, October 2nd, Rosh Hashanah, called the  Feast of Trumpets began.  In contrast, here’s a video of the Shofar being blown at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem during the Feast of Trumpets on October 3rd, 2016.  As you can hear, the sky shofar is a lot louder.

Disaster

A month later, on the 9th of November 2016, US Secretary of State John Kerry quietly slipped into New Zealand. We were surprised at the timing because it was election day in the US.

Then he flew from Christchurch to Antarctica.  Kerry arrived back in NZ three days later for a two-day stopover in order to meet Prime Minister John Key and Foreign Minister Murray McCully.  They met on the 13th November to discuss “particularly matters currently before the United Nations Security Council, including the Syria crisis.”  What got decided in that meeting?

That scheming had barely ended when at two minutes after midnight on the 14th November 2016 NZ was struck by the massive 7.8 earthquakes. This time there was damage in Wellington, and Kaikoura was devastated.

When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?  Amos 3:6

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NZ shaking

Three years after our one-tonne eagle swooped to the ground, and two months after the latest earthquake, more than seventy nations met in Paris regarding dividing the land on the 15th January 2017.

Hours before the council met to discuss the resolution, Israeli media reported that an anonymous Israeli official had accused Obama and US Secretary of State John Kerry of scheming behind Israel’s back to push a resolution through condemning Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.

Now Israel fears a fresh UN initiative after the Paris conference.  I am not surprised.

The rock

There is a proverb that says If you set a trap for others, you will get caught in it yourself. If you roll a boulder down on others, it will crush you instead.” Proverbs 26:27

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The boulder reminds me of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream of the final empire in Daniel 2 when a rock not cut by human hands struck the final empire on its feet, breaking it all to pieces and blowing it away like chaff before the wind.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever. This is the meaning of the vision of the rock cut out of a mountain, but not by human hands—a rock that broke the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver and the gold to pieces.  Daniel 2:45

God also said I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.” Zechariah 12:2

Here’s to the Kingdom to come, the Kingdom that will never be destroyed, the Kingdom of God.  May His Kingdom come, may His will be done.

There is a battle going on right now in the heavenly realms, and the signs are manifesting here on earth.

Jesus said, “upon this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.”  Matthew 16:16.

As Christians and members of the church built and headed up by Jesus Christ, will we join the struggle and stand with Israel?  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12.

We need to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as commanded in Psalm 122.

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2numbertwoincircleFurther to the word I’d been given from Amos 3“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” the Lord gave me a second word, from Psalm 2.

It’s God scoffing at the nations who conspire against Him.  They’ve earned His derision.

Why do the nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?
The kings of the earth rise up and the rulers band together
against the Lord and against his anointed, saying,
“Let us break their chains and throw off their shackles …”
Psalm 2:1-3.

I recommend reading the rest of it in Psalm 2.

The King he will install on Zion, his holy mountain is His Son.

Here’s another blog that deals with the subject of Psalm 2 and the UN: The United Nations of Psalm 2: The Great Hope of the New Age


Links

Israeli ambassador to New Zealand recalled after UN security resolution

Israel fears fresh UN initiative after Paris conference

France, America and New Zealand – Get Ready for God’s Response to Dividing the Land.  Michael Snyder on Jim Bakker show.

Warning to New Zealand don’t touch Israel

Opinion: Resolution 2334 – Preserving the two state solution.  As published in the New Zealand Herald on 12 January 2017;  “At the heart of this whole debate is whether we will see a future in which two states, Israel and Palestine, live side by side in peace and security.”

The early church wanted to know the times and dates for when Jesus would return.  This term “peace and security” was given as a sign before the Lord’s sudden return;  “Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.  1 Thessalonians 5

TIMELINE

US Secretary of State John Kerry led the most recent attempt at brokering a final peace agreement in Israel.  Those talks broke down in 2014.

2014 NZ makes a bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.

On Wellington Anniversary Day, the Weta bird crashes to the floor at the Wellington airport.

2015 The NZ government in Wellington has been attempting to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations by using its position as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.  Israel sends blunt message to New Zealand: Don’t try to renew peace talks

30 Sept 2016 Shimon Peres funeral held in Jerusalem.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/gallery/2016/sep/30/shimon-peres-funeral-in-pictures

Obama attended the memorial service.  The White House amended the transcript of Obama’s eulogy of Shimon Peres, crossing “Israel” out with a line after naming the city of Jerusalem.

1 October 2016 Sky trumpet (Shofar) sound over Jerusalem
This event occurred on October 1, in Jerusalem where witnesses heard the strange trumpet sounds and observed the appearance in the sky of a perfect circle of clouds.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F06QKIzcB74
http://strangesounds.org/2016/10/strange-sounds-and-weird-sky-in-jerusalem-video.html

14 November 2016 – A 7.8 magnitude hits NZ, damaging Kaikoura and Wellington.

23 December 2016 – UN resolution 2334.  In another step toward carving up Israel and forcing a “solution” NZ put forward a motion in the UN Security Council criticizing Israel’s settlement in East Jerusalem, commonly referred to as the West Bank.

24th December 2016 “DECLARATION OF WAR”: NETANYAHU ISSUES BOLD THREAT TO COUNTRY THAT BETRAYED ISRAEL AT U.N.2016.  Israeli ambassador recalled from New Zealand after UN resolution.
This reporter is bemused about Israel declaring war on NZ.

15th January 2017, over 70 nations meet at the Middle East peace conference in Paris regarding dividing the land.  The final communique of the Middle East peace conference held in Paris shied away explicitly from criticising plans by US president-elect Donald Trump to move the American embassy to Jerusalem and said a new conference would be held by year-end for interested parties.  http://www.thenational.ae/world/middle-east/peace-talks-in-paris-deliver-warning-to-israel-and-trump

The view from the wall

habakkuk-2-1I will stand my watch
And set myself on the rampart,
And watch to see what He will say to me,
And what I will answer when I am corrected. Habakkuk 2:1

In November 2016 another great earthquake struck the land, during a supermoon. It happened in the area of north Canterbury – with aftershocks in Seddon. This one was different though, as the scientists had never seen anything like it. Two huge earthquakes had happened simultaneously. Two earthquakes, that lasted two minutes, with two people dead, affecting two islands (the North and South Island) – and the land underwent a two metre shift south of Marlborough.

Wellington was struck along with Kaikoura. Parliamentary Service released CCTV footage from the Speaker’s corridor, showing portraits of previous Prime Ministers swaying and banging against the walls.

Strange lights flashed across the horizon in Wellington while the earth shook. The eerie lights were an extremely rare occurrence. After the earthquake, a huge storm struck the Wellington area.

I noted the strange signs, and the pattern of twos.

“Lord, I see the signs. “I know we are in a fault zone – but why is the land shaking so violently lately? What do want to say?” I asked.

The King replied, “Under three things the earth trembles, under four it cannot bear up:
a servant who becomes king, a godless fool who gets plenty to eat, a contemptible woman who gets
married, and a servant who displaces her mistress.” Proverbs 30:21-23 (NIV)

“Can you please explain the verse?” I asked.

“The context is about godless servants who have stepped outside of their delegated authority. These stewards are selling land that is not theirs to sell, and they are behaving in a contemptible manner.”

“The earth indeed trembles. Under what will it not bear up?” I asked.

“You will see. I have given you the context. Now write what I show you,” the King advised.

I saw myself on a castle wall. I was there with the watchers, scanning the land with binoculars. But it was dark.

The day before the earthquake in November 2016, a self-appointed bishop lifted his voice; “The earth convulses under the weight of certain human sin. And it says it spews itself up after a while. That’s natural disasters. ‘Cause nature was never created to carry the bondage of our iniquity. And so you get earthquakes. Take note because you’ll forget it out the door. But next year if this happens you’ll know why.”

smite

Pointing to the ruined church in the distance, he said “See, massive earthquakes have already hit in Christchurch and you could have just about predicted that one.”

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” I muttered from Psalm 11:3, ignoring the self-appointed bishop.

I went to the control tower and called the King. “We need to hear from you – not him!” I said.

“Go back to the wall, and switch to infra-red,” the King said. Grabbing the infra-red binoculars, I looked out over the land.

The gates of my country were wide open. Foreigners from the most populous place in the world were streaming in to buy the land. They were being freely admitted at the gates, after waving great wads of cash at the government. The children of the land are being displaced by them.

Cries of protest are being met with accusations of racism.

Globalists had put a name over the gates, and it was called “TRADE.”

“Trade?” I asked.

“Free trade is good trade!” I heard the globalists tell our little country of 4 million.

“The NZ-China free trade agreement started this. It didn’t put restrictions on house sales to overseas buyers,” the King explained.

“It’s not free,” He added. “New Zealanders are suffering because the wealthy 1 per cent from other countries buying the houses are driving up prices to levels they can’t afford. Because 1 per cent of China is over 10 million people, it’s the most obvious example. This is also destabilising your economy.”

“So it’s not about the earth convulsing under the weight of sin?” I asked.

“No. I am trying to warn you that Babylon is rising. It’s a Luciferian world government. His ministers are getting rich through trade. Look at the King of Tyre in Ezekiel 28;

By his wisdom and understanding he gained wealth for himself and amassed gold and silver in his treasuries. By his great skill in trading he increased his wealth, and because of his wealth his heart grew proud.

Lucifer, the ordained guardian in Eden, was and is the real power behind trade. This is what I said about Lucifer, “Through his widespread trade he was filled with violence, and he sinned.” Read it in Ezekiel 28. It’s the same spirit behind globalism, behind trade.

nzquakekaikoura-jpgYour laws are being changed, and your land is being destroyed by globalism. Keep watch, because you need to explain what is happening.

When you sing the words to your national anthem, I hear. I take it seriously, even when your country sings it just as a song.  The fight is sneaky, and insidious – and it’s not just about trade.  The family, the building block of the nation and its culture is also under attack.

Ben Carson, an American leader, warned “If you look at the writings of the neo Marxists, when they talk about the new world order, there were two fundamental things in their way – the Judeo Christian faith, and their strong families. Those were the things that had to be attacked. There’s a book published in 1958 called The Naked Communist by Cleon Skousen, which lays out the whole agenda. This stuff is not secret, you can read about it – in Saul Alinsky’s book, Rules for radicals.  It’s a quick easy read, you can see all the things that are happening today.”

“Come with me,” the King said. I went from the castle wall to a dormitory. A series of rooms led off the main corridor. I entered the long corridor at room 2010.

Room 2010

sleeping-churchWalking into the room, I saw that everyone was asleep. I could hear cicadas outside – and snoring. Even the guards of the land were sleeping. In September, the King shook the sleeping people gently. “Wake up!” he said.

Room 2011

The name of the room was ‘Christchurch.’ It was February 2011. I saw globalist Julia Gillard, the unelected leader from Australia give an address to the New Zealand parliament. She was the first foreign leader ever to do so – and she did not have the authority to say what she was saying, as she’d deposed the governor of her own land.

Gillard was praising neo-liberal economics, trade liberalisation and free trade agreements.

Looking into the future, she extolled the Trans Pacific Partnership, of which New Zealand had been a founding partner since 2005. “I was proud to stand with Prime Minister Key, President Obama and our seven other partners in November last year… pledging to the make the expanded Partnership a reality by the time of APEC this year. The Partnership could be a stepping stone to an Asia Pacific Free Trade Area. If we achieve that, we will create a free trade community as significant as the EU or NAFTA. A zone of trade, investment, jobs as big as the Pacific itself.”

“Wake up!” the King said six days later, as the land shook violently in Christchurch. The Cathedral was destroyed, and 185 people died.

Room 2013

seddon-and-beehiveThe name of room 2013 was ‘Seddon.’ Richard Seddon had been the nation’s longest-serving prime minister. There was a prominent statue of him outside Parliament Buildings. Seddon had come to represent the authority of the state in New Zealand.

The parliament had just made marriage between homosexuals law, even though there was no mandate for it or referendum about it. In the time it was being passed into law, the land suffered the worst drought in seventy years.

I watched a member of the parliament mock the Church, and quote the Bible at them. “Don’t make this into a big deal,” he sneered; “Life will go on …”

“One of the messages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. Well in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous gay rainbow across my electorate …”

In May 2014 of the following year, the traitor would be unceremoniously sacked from Cabinet following revelations he’d approached police seeking information into a criminal case being taken against Donghua Liu, a corrupt Chinese businessman and National Party donor.

But in the meantime, he had the floor.

He stopped while the parliament laughed. “It has to be a sign, sir, it has to be a sign. If you are a believer it certainly is a sign. Can I finish for all those who are concerned about this with a quote from the Bible; Deuteronomy 1:29, Be ye not afraid.”

He did not see that the context of the passage he’d quoted from was about rebellion against the King.

“Be afraid!” the King retorted, and indeed, there was a sign. Three days before homosexual marriage became legal, there was another earthquake, this time in Seddon.

No-one noticed the authority of the state in New Zealand being shaken.

Room 2014

eketahuna-nzThe name of this room was Eketahuna, It is considered by some to be the stereotypical rural New Zealand town, a place occasionally used in conversation to represent “the real New Zealand.” It was marked by a giant Kiwi.

On Wellington Anniversary Day, the 20th January 2014, the land shook at Eketahuna.

During the earthquake, one of two giant eagles installed at Wellington airport to commemorate the film the Hobbit swung wildly from side to side, crashing to the ground at the gate into the land.

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Photo Ross Giblin, copyright Dominion Post, Fairfax.

He said to those on the walls, “Put the trumpet to your lips! An eagle is over the house of the LORD because the people have broken my covenant and rebelled against my law.” Hosea 8:1

No-one noticed the King trying to shake real, rural New Zealand awake. Meanwhile, the first big debate about foreign land sales took place, when the Crafar Farms were sold to a Chinese investor.

Two years passed. So much land had been sold that the children of the land could no longer afford to buy a house in Auckland, the land’s largest city. I saw something I’d never seen before, people forced to live in cars while more than 30,000 houses owned by foreign investors sat empty.

Room 2016

The name of this room was ‘Apec,’ which stands for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit. In the face of an increasing rise in anti-globalisation sentiment, Bollard, the former globalist governor of New Zealand’s central bank said Apec would achieve the globalist’s aims in incremental steps.

On the 14th November 2016 globalist John Kerry, the American Secretary of State, met globalist prime minister John Key at Wellington. They were worried about the TPPA – the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement not going ahead, because Trump, the new President Elect of America intended to stop it.

The people of the land did not know that the TPPA was even worse than Apec, because the non-discrimination provisions of the TPPA would prevent the Government banning TPP nationals from buying property in New Zealand.

tppa

After the meeting, John Key prepared to fly to Apec in Peru. Until he was stopped by the latest earthquake.

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“Lord, what did you mean by the pattern of ‘two’s’ in this latest earthquake?” I asked.

“Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?” He asked by way of reply, before showing me a lion roaring, an eagle swooping, a trap springing from the ground, and a trumpet sounding in a city.

Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey?
Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing?
Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything?
When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.”
Amos 3:3-7

“What do you want us to do?” I asked.

“Keep watch. You are watching the heads of the beast appear” the King replied. “The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” 1 Peter 4:7

Serve for my glory, for light casts no shadow.

Submit to the government, and love your neighbour, as you put on the armour of light. And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.

So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Romans 13.

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Standing in front of the ruined cathedral from 2011, the King spoke out of the book of Haggai.

He asked, “Do you remember this house in its former glory? How does it look to you now? Does it not seem to you like nothing?”

This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘In a little while I will once more shake the heavens and the earth, the sea and the dry land. I will shake all nations, and what is desired by all nations will come, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘The silver is mine and the gold is mine,’ declares the Lord Almighty. ‘The glory of this present house will be greater than the glory of the former house,’ says the Lord Almighty. ‘And in this place I will grant peace,’ declares the Lord Almighty.” Haggai 2.

The fading flower …

Shortly after my last post where I asked “Who wants to live forever?” my mother passed away.  For most of her life she grappled with the highs and lows of bipolar disease.  She’s free of her demons at last. 

My memories of her when she was bipolar aren’t good, but in between times she had a happy, sunny nature.  And that’s how I want to remember her.

I’ve made a youtube video of the powerpoint I prepared for the funeral, showing scenes from her life, which I and my family feature in.

It’s here if you want to see it.  The music is “Who am I?” by Casting Crowns.

It brings to mind the scripture that God has compassion on us mortals – who are here today and gone tomorrow, just like the grass and flowers.  That’s why Jesus wept at the grief of Lazarus’s sisters.

As a father has compassion on his children
so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
for he knows how we are formed,
he remembers that we are dust.
The life of mortals is like grass,
they flourish like a flower of the field;
the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.
But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
and his righteousness with their children’s children—with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.
The Lord has established his throne in heaven,
and his kingdom rules over all.” 

Psalm 103:13-19

I wasn’t sure of how things were with my mother and God.  He gave me a story to tell her on the last occasion she had a serious heart attack, which I wrote here.

superscript_seven_u2077_icon_256x256God gave us a sign that she’d gone to be with him.  Seven is the number of rest, and she’d entered his rest, dying at 7pm on the 7th day of the 7th month, aged 77.

He explains about that rest in Hebrews 4;

There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest.

Hebrews 4:9

I recommend reading the whole passage from Hebrews 4:1-11.

SeriousFaith_ImagesREST

Hebrews 4:1-10 The Promise of Rest

So now I know what can go on my mother’s headstone; “At rest.”  Two simple words that say so much.

Signs in the Heavens – March 2015

I am the light, Image of Christ appears in the aurora borealis above Iceland 19-3-15

‘I am the light’: Image of Christ the Redeemer appears in the aurora borealis above Iceland.

We are truly in the times of the signs, and I promised I’d blog about them.  First of all, we had Northern and Southern lights, on the 18th March 2015 from the magnetic storms hitting the planet.  Here in NZ, they went all the way up to Auckland.  Did you see them where you were?

When Jesus was asked about the signs in the end times, He said; “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.” Luke 21:25.

Here is a wonderful sign that appeared from the Northern lights >

source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2911437/I-light-Image-Christ-Redeemer-appears-aurora-borealis-Iceland.html?printingPage=true

It confirmed something I’d prayed about earlier in the week.  I asked the Lord what He wanted me to blog about in the lead up to Easter.  “I AM the Light of the World” is the answer that came to me.  I always wait for a confirmation, and I think the picture of Him appearing in the aurora borealis is a wonderful sign.

Solar Eclipse 20-3-2015

Solar Eclipse 20-3-2015

Tomorrow there will be a solar eclipse on Friday the 19/3/15 in the northern hemisphere.  This is a solar occurrence that has never happened before in human history.  It coincides with the day of the Spring (and Autumn) Equinox and the beginning of the Hebrew month of Nissan, the first month in the Biblical calendar year.  “The concurrence and rarity of this natural event, together with the times in which we live, indicates the finger of God,” Gidon Ariel, an Israeli Orthodox Jew told Breaking Israel News.  Source: http://www.breakingchristiannews.com/articles/display_art.html?ID=15598

The 3rd blood moon of the Tetrad occurs next month on April 4th.  A Tetrad is where there are four lunar eclipses in a row.

Here’s a handy link if you want to track the eclipses: http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london?iso=20150320

I’m down in the southern hemisphere so I won’t see tomorrow’s eclipse, but I’d be interested in hearing about what you see in the northern part of the world.

 

The times of the signs

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The second moon of the Tetrad, 8th Oct 2014

Last night we in New Zealand witnessed the second blood moon of the Tetrad, where four total lunar eclipses occur in a row six months apart.

When Jesus was asked about the signs that would precede His return He said there will be signs in the sun, moon and stars.  (Luke 21:25).  We have now entered the times of the signs.  So look up!  But more importantly, when you look up, what do you SEE?

A lot of people know the signs are significant.  Have you done any star-gazing while looking through the Bible, to try to understand what we might be witnessing?  I’ll be writing about what I see in those signs when I have some time on the weekend.

In the meantime, here is last night’s blood moon on our news.
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/pictures-blood-moon-lights-up-nz-sky-6101798