So what was happening in the Southern Kingdom? What was going on in Judah?  They finally had a righteous King,  Jehoshaphat. His name means, “Jehovah has judged”. He began his reign in the 4th year of King Ahab of Israel’s reign and reigned 25 years.

2 Chronicles 17:3, “Now the Lord was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the former ways of his father (ancestor) David, he did not seek the Baals (4) but sought the God of his father, and walked in His commandments and not according to the acts of Israel. (5) Therefore the Lord established the kingdom in his hand; and all Judah gave presents to Jehoshaphat, and he had riches in abundance. (6) And his heart took delight in the ways of the Lord; moreover he removed the high places and wooden images from Judah”. The remainder of the chapter goes on to say how powerful they were, how abundant  the riches of the land. Because they had reform, revival.

David was not actually his ‘father’, his father was King Asa. Jehoshaphat was the 4th King of Judah,  the kings who came from the bloodline of King David, ‘a man who was after God’s heart’. (Acts 13:22)

King Jehoshaphat not only brought the worship of the One True God back into Jerusalem, but he sent priests throughout all the Kingdom of Judah to teach the people the Book of the Law. No longer would God’s people perish for a lack of knowledge.

Their borders were safe and there was a new  respect for Judah. 2 Chronicles 17:10, “And the fear of the Lord fell on all kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, so that they did not make war against Jehoshaphat.” That little patch of the world again held respect and power of all the kingdoms.

During the hard times in Israel, the people groaned, mourned, suffered. They were in famine. They were in total ignorance of their great God, Jehovah. Can you imagine what it was like? Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him…. Ahab … did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him (1 Kings 16:30, 33). Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”(2 Corinthians 3:17) There was no freedom or liberty in the northern kingdom of Israel, only bondage and darkness.

During the same time the southern kingdom of Judah rejoiced. There was freedom from war, rain, a reverential fear of the Lord, liberty. What made the difference? A righteous leader!

Proverbs 29:2 tells us, “When just leaders are in power, the citizens celebrate;
    but when evil people gain control, their joys become moans.” (The Voice)

Later in his reign, King Jehoshaphat made wrong decisions, but it was wonderful in the land when he followed God with all his heart.

 

The spirit of Elijah and Jezebel continues throughout the Church Age, into the Tribulation period. Malachi 4:5 tells us, “Behold, I send you Elijah the prophet before the great and dreadful day of the Lord“. So everyone was expecting Elijah to come, every Passover Seder they set a place for him, look out the door to see if he is coming. But we have not come to the ‘great and dreadful day of the Lord’- Yet.

Matthew 17:11-13, “Jesus answered and said to them, “Indeed, Elijah is coming first and will restore all things. But I say to you that Elijah has come already, and they do not know him but did to him whatever they wished”…Then the disciples understood He spoke of John the Baptist.” Elijah did not come back in the flesh, but John the Baptist had the spirit of Elijah upon him.

We read in Mark 9:4, how Moses and Elijah showed up on the Mt of transfiguration, Moses representing the Law and Elijah the prophets. Moses representing the Abraham lineage and Elijah representing the ‘wild branch’, and I do mean wild!

Revelation 2:18, the church of Thyatira tolerated Jezebel and that was their downfall. When the servants threw Jezebel down in I Kings 21:25-26, the dogs ate her body, leaving only the skull, feet and palms of her hands. So here is what is ‘spiritually left of Jezebel to work throughout the ages:

  • Skull– mind control, Jezebel was a control freak and used a form witchcraft to control
  • Feet – representing her walk, way of life, future goal, intentions, ambitions
  • Palms – speak of bribing, greasing of the palms, everything for profit

I Kings 17:1, “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord God of Israel lives, there shall not be dew nor rain these years except at my word.” parallel that with what James 5:17 says, “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.”

I Kings 17:1 left out the part of him praying earnestly, but then praying is normally done in secret, in your ‘WAR ROOM’! There is no one from the religious community of priest and prophet left to make any difference so God raised up Elijah. So what do we know about Elijah? He was a Tishbite:

  • Hebrew: Eliyahu ha’tishbi m’toshavei gil’ad
  • In Hebrew Tishbi and Toshavei are the same words
  • Toshavei is “stranger, foreigner, sojourner”
  • Elijah was not a native-born Jew, he was an outsider! He was totally outside the false religious system, the tolerating priesthood and the corrupt political system.

From The Jewish Book of Why, “Elijah was known by several names. Gileadite being one. This because he lived east of the Jordan River in Gilead. He was not a citizen of the area. He belonged to the class of tolerated half-citizens called toshavim, “dwellers.” Hence, the same Tishi or Tishbite was applied to him.”

One thing we know about Elijah, and the spirit of Elijah upon John the Baptist – they were the most unpolitical correct and outspoken voices of their times.

 

 

 

 

This is the first of my series of the times we are living in right now, “These are the Days of Elijah.” God has been revealing to me much about the parallel of those times in history and our current season.

Much of what I am hearing from God has to do with this election season, but it is much more than what you think. This election is not political, it is a spiritual war. The story of Elijah and Jezebel took place over a period of over 20 years and you will be seeing much parallel with our nation today.

This year we had a leap year on both the Gregorian and Hebrew calendars, which is very unusual. The Gregorian calendar adds one day to February every 4th year. But the Hebraic calendar adds an entire month 7 times in 19 years. One day in my prayer time I felt drawn to go back and see when the last time this happened. It was 2008, another presidential race year when Barak Obama was voted in as the 44th President, defeating John McCain. I felt compelled to look again and found it was in 2000, when George W. Bush was elected as the 43rd President, defeating Al Gore- a race that went to the Supreme Court. Again I looked back and it was in 1992, when George H Bush lost the election to Bill Clinton. And here is where the story begins……

That takes us back 24 years and things in our country do not look the same. So let’s take as look at what the nation of Israel looked like during the time of the Days of Elijah. The nation was divided. 10 Tribes made up the Northern Kingdom called Israel. 2 Tribes made up the Southern Kingdom called Judah. When the Kingdom divided the first king of Israel, King Jeroboam, put 2 golden calves in strategic places for people to worship. He was very concerned about his people going to Jerusalem the required 3 times a year for the Feasts of the Lord. He put one up in Dan, by the Lebanon border and the other in the southern region in Bethel, ‘the house of God’. The people became darkened in their faith and the nation continued in decline, without their faith and hope in God. By the time of King Ahab, the nation had drastically declined. So much so that Ahab was prompted to go to Tyre (Lebanon area) and marry the princess Jezebel to form an political alliance for a strong military and trade route.

Jezebel’s father was Ethbaal of Tyre, high priest and king of the Phoenicians. According to Josephus, Ethbaal served as a priest of Astarte, the primary Phoenician goddess. Jezebel most likely was the priestess. When she came to live in Israel, she brought her idols with her. She was responsible for bringing Baal worship into Israel. She personally funded false religion as 850 prophets ate from her table – 850!!  King Ahab immediately built a sanctuary for Baal in the heartland of Israel, Samaria (I Kings 16:31-33)

She also massacred the prophets of the Lord, all except for 100 that Obadiah had in caves and personally fed with bread and water.

All this happened and Elijah had not even shown up on the scene yet. That comes tomorrow. Stay tuned.

 

 

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

It has been said, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” Please learn from the history of this Hebrew month and pray. This is going to be a very challenging month world-wide.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Israel’s enemies acknowledge historical dates and plan attacks on those dates.

Every Hebrew month has a Tribe, Constellation and Hebrew letter associated with it. These hold keys to our promises for that month and help us to pray in line with God’s timing and to get our lives into time with His specific appointed times.

These next three months of Tammuz, Av & Elul are the most challenging months for Israel. History repeatedly has shown that if anything tragic is going to happen to Israel it will happen in the months of Tammuz & Av. These three summer months heat up both naturally and spiritually. In the United States of America, this will be the period of the hottest months of this presidential election. The kingdom of this world is fighting against God’s plans and promises for Israel and the Church.

Tammuz is known as the ‘fourth month’ in the Bible according to the Biblical Calendar and is the tenth month on the civil calendar. The number 4 carries the meaning of learning, teaching, testing and trials. It also is the number of material completeness, a world number since on the 4th day material creation finished. It is the number of the great elements (earth, air, fire, water) regions of the earth (north, south, east, west) divisions of day (morning, noon, evening and midnight) seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring). The number 10 signifies the perfection of Divine order, beginning a new series of numbers. It also stands for completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, whole cycle is complete. Putting those 2 numbers together we see that there will be a completeness of things that have been sown these past months and many people will be reaping things they do not want to reap. It is a good time to pray for a crop failure on all the negative words and deeds sown and to stand in the gap for our nation like never before.

Tammuz is the name of a Syrian god, but was also worshipped also by the Hebrews women with lamentations, in the fourth month of every year. Their idol worship was an abomination to God! It is a proper noun and means ‘sprout of life’, a Sumerian deity of food and vegetation. The only time the Bible records that name is found in Ezekiel 8:14 when God was showing Ezekiel all the abominations that were going on in the Temple, “So He brought me to the door of the north gate of the LORD’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for Tammuz.” Vs 17 tells of how they were smelling the branch. The cedar branch is used in the worship of this Syrian god and instead of the Hebrew women trusting God for life, they had turned to trusting a cedar to give them fertility and life, IN THE HOUSE OF GOD!

Here are some historical events connected with this month (specifically watch the 17th day of Tammuz- this year begins at sundown July 22)

  • Tammuz 1, historically it is the date Joseph was born and died. Rabbinical teaching says that if someone fulfills their earthly assignment well they will die on the same date of their birth. This is also said to be the day that Joseph was given the coat of many colors and created major jealousy with his brothers
  • Tammuz 17, 1312 BC, Moses descended from Mount Sinai and found the people worshiping the Golden Calf, breaking the 2 tablets containing the Ten Commandments- 3,000 Israelites were killed by Levites that day
  • Tammuz 3, 1271 BC, Joshua commanded the sun to ‘stand still at Gibeon’, Joshua 10:12.
  • Tammuz 17, 2 Kings 21:7, evil King Manasseh of Judah set up an idol in the Holy Sanctuary of the Temple
  • Tammuz 9, 587 BC, – the walls of Jerusalem were breached – 2 Kings 25:3, I Chronicles 27:7, Jeremiah 39:2, 52:6- famine in the land of Israel which resulted in Jerusalem being destroyed a year later and the cease of the daily sacrifices in the Temple  [2015, this is the day that the Supreme Court declared equal rights for same sex marriage- the White House was lit up in rainbow colors]
  • Tammuz 9, 586 BC, Jerusalem were breached after many months of seige by Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian forces (First Temple was destroyed  on Av 9)
  • Tammuz 10, 423 BC, King Zedekiah was captured by Babylonian troops in the plains of Jericho, as recorded in Jeremiah ch. 39. The evil Nebuchadnezzar forced Zedekiah to witness the slaughter of his sons, and then Zedekiah’s eyes were gouged out.
  • Tammuz 5, Ezekiel 1:1, Ezekiel began to have prophetic visions of end time events
  • Tammuz 17, 70 AD, Titus & Rome breached the walls of Jerusalem. Beginning of the end of the Second Temple, which was destroyed three weeks later on Av 9)
  • Tammuz 17, 135 AD, Second Jewish-Roman War. Roman military leader Apostomus burned a Torah scroll prior to Bar Kokba’s revolt. They believed the Torah was made by man and not by God.
  • 325 AD, Constantine started Roman Christianity. The cross Constantine had was for the god of Rome called Tammuz, for which he had a dream of conquest.
  • Tammuz 23, 1099,  Crusaders captured Jerusalem to “liberate the Holy Land from the infidels.”  (En route, the Crusaders carried out a campaign of rape and pillage; an estimated 40% of European Jewry was slaughtered in the process.) The day following their conquest of Jerusalem, the Crusaders murdered all the city’s Jews, by herding them into a synagogue and setting it on fire. Jews were barred from Jerusalem for the next century.
  • Tammuz 27, 1205 AD, Pope Innocent III published official Church doctrine that saw Jews doomed to eternal damnation for the curcifixion of Jesus. This charge of deicide was the basis for much anti-Semitism. This was reversed in 1963.
  • Tammuz 17, 1239, Pope Gregory IX ordered the confiscation of all manuscripts of the Talmud
  • Tammuz 17, 1391, More than 4,000 Spanish Jews were killed in Toledo and Jaen, Spain
  • Tammuz 17, 1559, The Jewish Quarter of Prague was burned and looted
  • Tammuz 29, 1922, the League of Nations confirmed the British Mandate of Palestine, territory taken from the Ottoman Empire following World War I. The Mandate charged Britain with securing the establishment of the Jewish national home, and safeguarding the civil and religious rights of all the inhabitants of Palestine.
  • Tammuz 2, 1927, The town of Nablus (biblical Shechem) was convulsed by an earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter Scale. Nearly 300 people were killed and 1000 injured, many of Shechem’s historical buildings were destroyed.
  • Tammuz 7, 1938, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated a conference at Evian, France, where 32 world leaders discussed the problem of Jewish refugees. Unfortunately, little was accomplished, as nation after nation offered excuses for their refusal to accept Jewish refugees. Chaim Weizmann was quoted as saying: “The world seemed to be divided into two parts — those places where the Jews could not live, and those where they could not enter.” The conference failed to pass even a resolution condemning German treatment of Jews. The lack of action further emboldened Hitler, proving to him that no country had the moral fortitude to oppose the Nazi assault on European Jewry.
  • Tammuz 17, 1944, The entire population of Kovno ghetto was sent to the death camps
  • Tammuz 5, 1946 (15 months after WWII & Holocause ended), Jewish refugees from the Holocaust, with no other place to go, returned to their hometown of Kielce, Poland and were attacked by the townspeople in a blood pogrom that left 42 Jews dead and 80 wounded. The pogrom began with rumors spread that Jews had kidnapped a Polish child.
  • Tammuz 17, 1970, Libya ordered the confiscation of all Jewish property
  • Tammuz 6, 1976 On July 4, 1976, as America was celebrating its bicentennial, Israeli commandos performed a spectacular raid to rescue 100 Jews held hostage at Entebbe airport in Uganda.
  • Tammuz 17, 1981, Israel attacked the Tammuz-1 nuclear reactor at Osiraq in an attempt to scuttle Iraq’s nuclear program
  • Tammuz 17, 1994, Shoemaker Levi Comet began to break up, ending with bombarding Jupiter with 16 fragments on Av 9, each with an impact of a nuclear bomb
  • Tammuz 16, 2000, Senator Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut was nominated as Al Gore’s running mate in the presidential election, becoming the first Jew nominated for this post by a major party.
  •  Tammuz 24, 2002, one week following the 17th of Tammuz fast, water started to come out of the Western Wall. One of the stones, 15 meters up the wall, has suddenly become dripping wet with no earthly explanation
  • Tammuz 17, 2006, Lebanon and Israel went to war after Hezbollah kidnaped 2 Israeli soldiers. (Chuck Pierce prophesied January 29, 2006, “watch Lebanon. I will bring conflict into Lebanon, because it is the boundary that I will deal with this year concerning My promised land of Israel. The warlike tribes of Lebanon will once again arise. But in the end, I will win this war, and the riches that have been withheld from My Kingdom plan will be released.”)
  • Tammuz 1, 2009, Gay Pride parade in Jerusalem on the eve of Tammuz. Rabbis called for fasting and prayer, that the abominations could cause God to ‘vomit out’ the Jewish inhabitants of the Promised Land.
  • Tammuz 8, 2010, US, Israel Warships in Suez May Be Prelude to Faceoff with Iran
  • Tammuz 17, 2010,  GAZA STRIP – The U.S. has asked Hamas not to talk about contacts with Obama administration officials, a source close to Gaza-based Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh told London’s Arabic-language al-Quds al-Arabi, according to a report in YNet news. The Washington paper said the U.S. administration has decided it must work with Hamas because of its status in the Arab and Islamic world

The 3 week period between Tammuz 17 and Av 9 (Tisha B’Av) are called ‘bein haMetzarim’, aka Between the Straits, Dire Straits. Lamentations 1:3, “Judah has gone into captivity, under affliction and hard servitude; she dwells among the nations, she finds no rest; all her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.” Fear is strong during these 21 days because of the historical events connected with these two dates.

(This link is an interesting open letter to John McCain in 2008. http://www.jackgur.com/Straits.htm)

Both Tammuz 17 and Av 9 are fasting days listed in Zechariah 8:19. Feast Days were appointed by God, but these Fast Days are appointed by man. These fasts centered on themselves, not sorrow for sin, but sorrow for thier loss.

TRIBE- Reuben, the first son of Jacob and Leah. As the first born, he should have recieved a double portion of inheritance, leadership and priesthood of the family after Jacob’s passing. Because of his sin of sleeping with Rachel’s handmaiden, he lost all 3 firstborn privileges. The rulership went to Judah, the priesthood went to Levi and the double portion went to Joseph. He was a lover, unpredictable, many bi-polar tendencies, will not fight even to defend his family, stubborn, headstrong.

The prophetic word given to Reuben at Jacob’s passing is found in Genesis 49:3, “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. (4) Unstable as water, you shall not excel, because you went up to your father’s bed; then you defiled it– he went up to my couch.”

This shows us the instability facing this coming month, but the redemptive gift to Rueben is “the excellency of”. To those who overcome the weak areas of Reuben, their work will be rewarded for excellency. Remember, Genesis 49:1 said those prophetic words were for the LAST DAYS. We can learn about how to overcome now by those prophetic words and aligning ourselves correctly.

CONSTELLATION/MAZAL- CANCER, “The Crab”- In the summer months,  when the weather is hot, the crabs multiply in the water. Crabs pinch and hurt and this month was basically a time in which the Jewish people were hurt.

The Hebrew name is Sartan. This is composed of two words, sar & tan, which literally reads, “remove the body’ (in order to reveal the soul). This month the pressures of life cause us to reveal what is really inside of us. (Interesting how this name is so close to the name of satan.)

LETTER- CHET (rhymes with ‘mate’ and has a sound of ‘ch’ as in Bach) is the 8th letter in the Hebrew Aleph Bet and has the numerical value of 8. Since the number 7 is the number of completeness, the number 8 stands for new beginnings. Jewish boys are circumcized on the 8th day, a covenant sign of his new beginning.

Chet is the pictograph of a wall, a fence or inner chamber and means ‘to fence’ – to separate, to cut off from, to protect.  number of ‘spiritual perfection’.

Grace/favor is a Chet word in Hebrew spelled Chet Nun (action, life). The word picture created is to fence or protect life, like a fence surrounds a garden. (Genesis 6:8)

Refuge is also a Chet word, spelled Chet (fence), Samech (support), Hey (feminine ending, what comes from). The word picture says that refuge is a fence of support. (Psalm 7:1-2)

Life (chayim) and Living (chayah) are both Chet words.

Let’s speak life, grace, favor and life to this coming Hebrew month.

Isaiah 62:1, “For Israel’s Sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not hold my peace”

This month, stabalize our faith by spending time in the Word and not in the world’s media. That way you will be makng a wall of protection around you and your family for the days ahead.  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem as they enter into the season of the Dire Straits.

 


Jupiter was hit by a Comet or an Asteroid March 17, 2016. On the Jewish Calendar this was the 7th day of Adar II, 5776. Why is this important? This is the date of the anniversary of Moses’ death. (see article below the photo)

So….. why is this important you may ask? Because the largest planet called Jupiter is regarded as the King Planet, representing King David and the Nation of Israel.God named all the stars and planets are ‘wandering stars’. God originally named this wandering star “Tzedeq“, the ‘righteous one’.

In July 1994 the Shoemaker Levi Comet broke into 20 pieces and bombarded the planet Jupiter from July 16-22, THE SAME DAY AS SECRET TALK TO DIVIDE THE LAND OF ISRAEL, THE OSLO ACCORDS! Each strike was more that the nuclear bomb that hit Hiroshima in WWII and the area hit on Jupiter was the size of planet earth. This happened to be on the same day as the most dreaded date on the Hebraic calendar, the 9th of Av, the anniversary of the destruction of both Temples.

When Pat Robertson was reporting this today on 700 Club I learned something new. When God created the heavenlies, He put Jupiter was a ‘big brother’ to planet earth and gave it a strong gravitational force field that would take any hit from asteroids and comets before the would hit planet earth. I likened that to the nation of Israel and our prayer. As we pray for the nation of Israel and the peace of Jerusalem, we prosper and are protected. Psalm 122:6. Jesus told us to ‘watch and pray. I pray for Israel but I consider this heavenly occurrence a ‘watch and pray’ event.

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From AISH.com: Yahrtzeit of Moses in 1273 BCE (Jewish year 2488), on the same day of his birth 120 years earlier. (Consequently, “May you live to 120” has become a common Jewish blessing.) Moses was born in Egypt at a time when Pharaoh had decreed that all Jewish baby boys be drowned in the Nile River. His mother set him afloat in a reed basket, where he was — most ironically — discovered by Pharaoh’s daughter and brought to Pharaoh’s palace to be raised. When Moses matured, his heart turned to aid the Jewish people; he killed an Egyptian who was beating a Jew, and he fled to Midian where he married and had two sons. God spoke to Moses at the Burning Bush, instructing him to return to Egypt and persuade Pharaoh to “let My people go.” Moses led the Jews through the ten plagues, the Exodus, and the splitting of the Red Sea. Seven weeks later, the Jews arrived at Mount Sinai and received the Torah, the only time in human history that an entire nation experienced Divine revelation. Over the next 40 years, Moses led the Jews through wanderings in the desert, and supervised construction of the Tabernacle. Moses died before being allowed to enter the promised Land of Israel. He is regarded as the greatest prophet of all time.

March 9 Solar Eclipse

Posted: March 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

Solar Eclipse March 9 2016 Indonesia

This photo is from SpaceWeather.com. Today Indonesia experienced the first total solar eclipse of 2016. The men on the tree were trying to see the eclipse through the branches to protect their eyes. NASA reports, “The Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse come at the end of a Hebrew month, when there is no light on the moon, the moon is totally hidden.The moon comes in between the sun and earth and blocks out the light from the sun to earth, and this will occur in the daytime.

Today is the 29th day of the month of Adar A. There are 2 months of Adar on the Hebraic calendar this year since it is Leap Year and Adar B begins at sundown on March 10th.

Tomorrow is February 29, 2016 on the Gregorian calendar. That extra day in February makes this a leap year, which happens every 4 years.

The Hebraic calendar is the calendar that God created in Genesis 1 and the Jews were entrusted to keep this calendar accurate. This calendar adds an entire month 7 times in 19 years.  In a leap year the month of Adar would be called Adar A (Adar 1) for 12th month and Adar B (Adar 2) for the 13th month. This has also known as a “pregnant year”.

Tomorrow is 20 Adar A, 5776 on the Hebraic calendar, making this a ‘pregnant year’. It is very unusual for both calendars to have a leap year at the same time. I have looked back a few years and 2008, 2000 and 1992  were leap years on both the Hebraic and Gregorian calendars.

2016, 2008 and 2000, 1992 were all Election years in the United States.

  • 1992 – George H Bush vs Bill Clinton
  • 2000 – George W Bush vs Al Gore
  • 2008 – Barack Obama vs John McCain
  • 2016 – ?

I am praying for this next president. Praying that God would not give our nation what we deserve, but that He would in His mercy give us a president after His own heart. May this year be pregnant with a president that hears God’s voice, who prays, who loves Israel and walks in integrity and rules in justice.

God help our nation come back to You, I pray You will start with me.