What Compelled Me To Write “Message For This Entire Human Race”

What led me for the subtitle?

‘Guaranteed Destiny for Civilization as History Which has Already Occurred’

Take note from the start that no information on the book I wrote years ago is even mentioned or in any way promoted; but rather what caused me to spend the year writing almost 500 pages along with my now 16 free websites, 1000 lengthy blogs, and much more through these past ten years on chains of restriction making life very difficult while living in the Philippines as a spiritual student directly from Yehovah, and totally away without even contact from my past life of 51 years in America.

So why the subtitle as written on the above book cover?

Because through faith in our creator and having zeroed trust in self or man, YHVH reveals scripture throughout the entire Bible such as Ecclesiastes 8:7-9 and 9:12-13 being what has already happened as end time prophecy which be our signs of the times written in Matthew 16:2-4, Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Revelation 6

Know this also;

“But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (AMPC)

At 12 years of age I carefully with thought and action stole a car with intent to commit suicide, and not from depression or twisted thoughts, but rather just wanted a better life in a place I heard of called heaven; therefore through my actions fulfilled, by all means I should have become very dead.

When I was 15 an overdose on drugs, and at 16 a gun was put to my head along with becoming a hitchhiker going cross country while finding myself in many a bad situation.

At 19 suicide again which had no reason to fail just as the first time with a hose from the exhaust going inside for an easy way to self exterminate – but the car ran out of gas ‘again’ because badly as I wanted my escape from what seemed like a meaningless life – it was not yet my time.

At 32 a head injury from a Harley crash which required a neurosurgeon to remove a piece of my brain and diagnose me as permanently disabled along with other times through life when I could have or should have become no more but lived on for a purpose.

So why have I become a still being educated messenger from Yehovah Elohim [God] for this entire human race everywhere on earth for a time yet to come?

Continue reading for an answer.

“Yeshua answered, “Be careful that no one misleads you [deceiving you and leading you into error]. For many will come in My name [misusing it, and appropriating the strength of the name which belongs to Me], saying, ‘I am the Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed),’ and they will mislead many. You will continually hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end [of the age]. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs [of the intolerable anguish and the time of unprecedented trouble].

Very little thought is required for any open mind just willing to look at our misled world civilization this day with wars, violence, and corruption everywhere; and when the super powerhouse of nuclear weapons is added along with the massive supply of biological and chemical weapons; there is enough to annihilate our entire human race over and over as in 10,000 times;  and if it was not part of Yehovah’s plan to eventually save our entire human race made clear in Isaiah 45:22-25 – that is exactly what would happen.

Want an overview on just how twisted our human race has become via pathetic human rule and religious mislead?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/father-of-lies-all-believe-2/

Isaiah 26:9, Isaiah 1:4, Isaiah 54:7-8 (KJV)

Therefore great suffering through judgments must still come being the only way for Yehovah to teach righteousness upon a totally misled and rebellious human race.

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https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/eXR9on/yehovah-yahweh-yhvh-say-the-name-of

“Then they will hand you over to [endure] tribulation, and will put you to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name. At that time many will be offended and repelled [by their association with Me] and will fall away [from the One whom they should trust] and will betray one another [handing over believers to their persecutors] and will hate one another. Many false prophets will appear and mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, the love of most people will grow cold. But the one who endures and bears up [under suffering] to the end will be saved. Matthew 24:4-13 (AMP)

There is absolutely no mislead from spiritual truth regarding the gruesome and chaotic coming future upon Christians not even knowing their true identity as Israelites; and because they as true believers, according to their own words, have never been obedient and showered with blessings; our entire civilization has always been nothing but division through uncountable different beliefs, doctrines, ways, and traditions ever since the beginning of humanity.

Has it ever been made clear in all churches that the Statue of Liberty in New York represents the great whore of Mystery Babylon? Regardless of how much fact based truth is shared on any subject, this entire world of natural minds being worldly, carnal, or in the flesh, will only believe what seems right to them as written in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25 while despising with hate any not like them.

Therefore rather than me delivering more extensive writing multitudes [billions] will not believe – until its to late – any having a want for realities truth through faith and prayer with an open mind willing to become spiritually lead will learn only what YHVH supplies according to the intent within each individual’s heart that YHVH reads to know exactly who we are — rather than lying lips praising His name while walking as a fruitless vine fit for the fires of affliction and wrath.

These links below are few of so very many that any seeking can do their own research – but need to be made aware that without Yehovah’s spiritual lead, many flaws mixed with untruths will be fed into your mind. After all, has not our entire worldly civilization been deceived as written in Revelation 12:9 with a description in Job 15:15-16, Psalms 14:2-3 and much more never taught in the religions of man?

http://yahushua.net/babylon/liberty/pagan_statue.htm

http://yahushua.net/babylon/liberty/whore.htm

http://www.wrightworld.net/greatwhoreuponmanywaters.htm

But that deception is not upon those called out of this world because they, being few, are spiritually instructed through giving themselves completely to Yehovah for His use.

What I am being prepared to become a part of follows in the Scripture below, but in ways, most will not believe or understand because they have been wrongly taught which is made more clear in the link sharing my effort through all the years I have been writing to gain spiritual knowledge.

“This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come. Matthew 24:14 (AMP)

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm

So exactly who will spread the Good News Worldwide During These End Times?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

Answer for the question near the start of this writing above all scripture just read;

Because it was not my own decision just as it was not the decision of Jeremiah through these following words which speak very clearly to any who can listen in spiritual ways as one being predestined.

“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. (Jeremiah 1:5)

I am not Jeremiah, Ezekiel, David, Samuel, Moses, Amos, Elijah, John, Paul, Zephaniah, Habakkuk, Peter, or any other men of YHVH despised for their words of message; however, I am a man who is not liked, understood, or believed spiritually speaking – therefore when individuals have been chosen, we just accept whatever our life may become as Yehovah Elohim [God] describes in these words . . .

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me ·first [before you]. If you ·belonged to [were of] the world, it would love you as it loves its own. But I have chosen you out of the world, ·so [because] you don’t belong to it. That is why the world hates you. Remember ·what [the word] I told you: A ·servant [slave; bond-servant] is not greater than his ·master [lord; see 13:16]. If people ·did wrong to [persecuted] me, they will ·do wrong to [persecute] you, too. And if they ·obeyed my teaching [kept my word], they will ·obey [keep] yours, too. [But] They will do all this to you on account of ·me [my name; 14:13], because they do not know the One who sent me.  (John 15:18-21) EXB

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

In Pure Truth, How Can One Chosen and Called Remain On This Planet, Yet No Longer Be Of This World?

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“Therefore if you have been raised with Yeshua Christ [to a new life, sharing in His resurrection from the dead], keep seeking the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of Yehovah God. Set your mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. For you died [to this world], and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory [as firstfruits]. Colossians 3:1-4

Being not of this world is having your mind and hearts intent focusing only on things above in the 3rd heaven – being spiritual – where Yehovah’s throne is; therefore means having no interest in anything worldly such as taking no part in human traditions like Christmas and all the unwritten holidays with pagan origin, or all the religions of man with their own doctrines, ways, beliefs and traditions not spiritually instructed, or any other ways being carnal as described in these words. . .

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/thoushalthavenoother.htm

I am 61, and have always believed in YHVH [God] even though I had no religious upbringing or even went to any church, so does not it seem strange that through 27 years of private studies that I have never become a church member in any denomination while now having absolutely zero association with any religions or beliefs in this entire world?

How can that be?

If I were to look to man, scholars, shepherds, religious leaders, fellow believers, or any people worldwide for spiritual direction being billions, how could it become possible for me or any individual become as a messenger for YHVH when they have become deliberately misled through human doctrines, bias human beliefs, and the extreme psychological powers the god of this world holds over the entire 7.4+ billion world’s population?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-kingdom-of-satan-is-earth/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/JjVJ36/the-deceptions-of-satan-the-devil

Or was our Father Yehovah Elohim misleading through these following words?

“And the great dragon was thrown down, the age-old serpent who is called the devil and Satan, he who continually deceives and seduces the entire inhabited world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9 (AMP)

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Deuteronomy 31:29

Because of this deception not believed, especially by Christian Israelites not even knowing their identity, great punishment is growing very near along with unknown separation between this world filled with religious hypocrites praising and loving Yehovah through words, music, tears, and bodily motions while living only to glorify themselves, rather than actually obeying our eternal Father Yehovah Elohim via walking their commanded walk which most all less few seem to ignore through my past decade of experiences.

Isaiah 26:20-21, 59:1-4

Now it is very important that you take notice of the word iniquity in verses 21 and 4. What exactly is iniquity? The word basically means sin or wrong doing in the eyes of our Creator – thus walking on a crooked path through disobedience – such as taking part in pagan holidays like Christmas and all others that billions do.

Also living selfishly with zero compassion for others while coveting material worldly items which shall perish, or just any ways of humanity going totally against royal laws based on love that will be eternal – or do you feel that all the laws and way of man have been for the good of our entire human race ever since our beginning?

Read some of the over 240 titles in my two main links shown at the end, and then ask yourself what good has ever really come upon our human race under the yoke pathetic human rule?

Hundreds of millions are going to die in horrible ways through the years ahead with the beginning of sorrows for this human race almost fully in place; and I have become a man shaped and molded by Yehovah Elohim [God] through many years of having to endure a poor quality of life while just accepting whatever situation came upon my wife and I with her always by my side: therefore being prepared as a messenger and survivor through faith during perilous times when millions are dying with my message being on how to spiritually endure through inner peace with Yehovah’s protection, and on making known the gospel and mysteries of the Kingdom of Yehovah here on this earth which has always been hidden from this world of natural minds not spiritually fed.

“He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables, so that they will continually look but not see, and they will continually hear but not understand, otherwise they might turn [from their rejection of the truth] and be forgiven.” Mark 4:11-12 (AMP)

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Isaiah 6 and Revelation 6 clearly reveal truth never taught in today’s human religions.

What has been written in the link below being 200 plus pages using scripture, is not liked, read, or understood by most; however, contains a message from scriptures on shepherds and congregations worldwide, and how all worldly shall learn the hard way.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

Through these past 10 years, all that my wife and I have had is one difficulty upon another through having no money, her many illnesses, no social security, and very little food with rice being our main food that we are now out of; so in truth, we need help no matter how small; and know Yehovah repays by measure. Luke 6:38, 43-46

jeffcallarman@ymail.com  This is our Paypal ID and email

Who I am, and my purpose:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

Main 2 links used most are. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, and more including the hard life my wife and I currently live because Christians have shown absolutely no compassion through a decade of experiences.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in, and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

Some news not good. . .

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/  – nual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

Contact me

google.com/+JeffCallarman

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

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Amazingly Precise

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In fact so accurately true, that only 144,000 out of earths near 7.5 billion will gain spiritual understanding of the great suffering coming upon all humanity, why these things must be, and their end-time mission as written in Matthew 24:14 with purpose that over 2 billion Christians and all beliefs have not knowledge of according to the Holy Bible; and that is because it’s not followed as instructed, or spiritually believed in full by any part of our entire earthly Christian Israelite civilization as directed within its 31,102 verses; and for any that keep reading, I will get back to this very important end time subject with more depth.

Disagree with those words just read? Have your own understanding on all things? The Bible says why in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25

There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him,
But its end is the way of death. (AMP)

Feel that your church, beliefs, doctrines, traditions, fellow believers, pastors, ministers, priests, bishops, reverends, prophets, and all titles are the only correct just as all the impossible to even count beliefs worldwide?

Read or simply glance at this information in the links below while asking yourself as a believer in YHVH one question.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6ml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

http://ttimesofttrouble.webs.com/uncountablereligions.htm

Would our loving Yehovah who has always been, is everywhere, and knows all things, create a human race which He knew would multiply into many billions only to torture throughout all eternity because they did not believe in or accept Yeshua? Wrongly called Jesus Christ, just as His Father is wrongly called God because there have always been many Gods.

However, nobody can be told this fact or any other if they are not in agreement because;

Before every person lies a road that seems to be right, but at the end of that road death and destruction wait. Proverbs 16:25 (VOICE)

Every issue spoken in this writing can be proved, and that is because 1 Thessalonians 5:21 speaks another part of our instruction towards living by every word – rather than the ways of this world civilization being as all natural minds.

“But test and prove all things [until you can recognize] what is good; [to that] hold fast. “Examine all things. Firmly hold onto what is good.                                                   “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 

“But the natural, nonspiritual man does not accept or welcome or admit into his heart the gifts and teachings and revelations of the Spirit of God, for they are folly (meaningless nonsense) to him; and he is incapable of knowing them [of progressively recognizing, understanding, and becoming better acquainted with them] because they are spiritually discerned and estimated and appreciated. 1 Corinthians 2:14 (AMPC)                                                                          

I could ask the billions what take part in Christmas to prove all things according to their book of instruction for this physical life, but why bother when the greatest pagan holiday on this earth is the pleasant road for most all including atheists?  Now concerning all Torah keepers as being very self-righteous, and have no part of pagan holidays, but rather the feasts – their iniquities still keep them all separated from Yehovah, such as selfishness, and to covet any worldly items making them all as goats rather than sheep becoming part of the Millennial Kingdom. James 1:22-25, 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18, Matthews 22:36-40, 25:31-46, and much more scripture on love all through the Bible.

 “What I want from you is your true thanks; I want your promises fulfilled. I want you to trust me in your times of trouble, so I can rescue you and you can give me glory. But God says to evil men: Recite my laws no longer and stop claiming my promises, for you have refused my discipline, disregarding my laws. Psalms 50:15-17

So exactly who are the 144,000? And what is their purpose?

The answer for all not spiritually led or called at this time cannot be told; and that is because what they feel, think, or believe is their only right path in this life – therefore want nothing which goes against their human wisdom taught by self, or man even though the Bible directs all to become disassociated with worldly ways as one that overcomes the god of this world.

How can we, as Christians successfully become overcomers?

“It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. Psalms 118:8 (NKJV)

Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Proverbs 3:5-6 (AMP)

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19 (AMPC)

If you do as scripture instructs through making self sacrifices, loving others through deed when possible, rather than empty words having no heart intent: and can feel the verse just read as speaking directly to you as your calling – you have become ready for spiritual understanding not of this world regarding the two witnesses in Revelation 11, the 144,000 in Revelation 7:1,4, 14:1,3 – and why they are the same

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

If you were called by our Lord Yeshua to hear end time instruction to follow: would you feel ready, willing, and prepared for going into a world filled with hate and deception while having no money, food, or supplies for your 31/2 year mission – only to meet your own death?

He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases. He sent them out to preach God’s Kingdom and to heal the sick. He said to them, “Take nothing for your journey—neither staffs, nor wallet, nor bread, nor money; neither have two coats apiece. Into whatever house you enter, stay there, and depart from there. As many as don’t receive you, when you depart from that city, shake off even the dust from your feet for a testimony against them.” Luke 9:1-5 (WEB)

I not only feel ready, but have well experience what life has to offer through living on faith, and being detested by this world of false, misled, and extremely selfish brethren that will learn the hard way through the affliction of wrath, and during judgement as goats rather than sheep – thus separated from YHVH during His millennial kingdom.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

The Time Has Arrived for any Living as Genuine Israelite Christians, not Jews, to Firmly Grasp Truth Never Taught in any Worldly Religions of Mankind

How much thought have you ever seriously given to these following words in scripture?

I tell you the truth [L Truly, truly, I say to you], whoever believes in me will do the same things that I do. Those who believe will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. [C They will do greater things because all believers—not just Jesus—will have the Holy Spirit living in them and empowering them.] John 14:12 (EXB)

Can you picture over two billion Christian’s going empty into this dying world while living on faith, being despised by most, and doing even greater works then Yeshua?

Have you ever really asked yourself how it would be possible for some of these verses on the end time witnesses to be true when only two are involved?

I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands, standing before the Lord of the earth. If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies. If anyone desires to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, that it may not rain during the days of their prophecy. They have power over the waters, to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. Revelation 11:3-6 (WEB)

First of all, much of scripture just read is doing works even greater than our Lord Yeshua, because He did not cast plagues on all worldly human and disobedient Christians worldwide.

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them. Their dead bodies will be in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. From among the peoples, tribes, languages, and nations people will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not allow their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. Those who dwell on the earth rejoice over them, and they will be glad. They will give gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 11:7-11 (WEB)

Second is, how could it be possible for all on this earth, nearing eight billion, being of different peoples, tribes, languages, and nations looking on their dead bodies while rejoicing, and giving gifts because they were killed? If you were on the north or south pole, how could see those two dead men?

Reminder of scripture not believed if the mirror is involved;

“The great dragon was thrown down, the old serpent, he who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. Revelation 12:9

What exactly do those words mean? Absolutely nothing to over 7.4 billion misled and deceived earth dwellers not chosen or called as firstfruits to reign with Yeshua during the Millennial Kingdom here on earth.

How can billions saved be deceived?

“And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus will kill with the breath of His mouth and do-away-with by the appearance of His coming — whose coming is in accordance with the working of Satan, with all power and signs and wonders of falsehood, and with every deception of unrighteousness for the ones perishing because they did not receive the love of the truth so that they might be saved. And for this reason, God sends them a working of error so that they will believe the falsehood, in order that all the ones not having believed in the truth but having taken-pleasure in unrighteousness may be condemned.  2 Thessalonians 2:8-12 (DLNT)

What this entire world of Christian Israelite’s need to do is spiritually understand that the words they are to live by in the Bible, (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4, Luke 4:4) were not written for a divided and deceived world that does not even know of Yehovah or Yeshua – but rather for the over two billion calling themselves Christian; therefore the words just read in the above scripture strongly warn all Christians of their coming strong delusion so that all they believe is false and a lie – such as all the signs and wonders in a dying world which fools billions.

Ready for some in depth study on the 144,000 using the Bible to interpret itself?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/rLjExR/mystery_babylon is not where most all believe, and the identity of the great whore will become as a major shock to the over 324 million population.

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In all the categories and tags I use, there could easily be uncountable more on every subject concerning our entire human race – thus I make clear that in my links below, many subjects regarding our civilizations coming destiny are well covered, with more always added.

Because all that I do or live for is direction from above, my wife and I have accepted our previous 10 years of hardship lacking even basic needs; therefore help has always been needed no matter how little it may be.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email, and Paypal ID — May our Father soften your heart and direct your path. Thank you.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 235] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – accurate bad news so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – continual news which reveals just how deranged our human race has become

EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTERS FOR ‘ALL CIVILIZATION’ ON MANY SUBJECTS

EXTREMELY SERIOUS MATTERS FOR ‘ALL CIVILIZATION’ ON MANY SUBJECTS

The title of this writing follows a short distance below with many very important topics for discussion on the way this world truly is, and what you should expect to become of your own personal life along with family, children, and friends everywhere on this earth.

Who am I?  Certainly no preacher, no prophet, no evangelist, and not even a church member or part of the uncountable beliefs and religious organizations worldwide; but rather being a man that has become completely disassociated with worldly ways while seeking spiritual education not of this world, but rather from the 3rd heaven where Yehovah Elohim is on His throne with Yeshua by His side.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NZ1l1v/how-yeshua-became-jesus

My biblical studies began in 1989 as a loner. When the end of 2006 arrived, I became as displaced through leaving the USA on a one way ticket to the Philippines; and being I had little money, it was gone in one month. So with no income of any kind, and no employment for an American now 61, as years pass by through living without many basic needs – our [My wife and I] entire life became one of living on faith with no trust in man for help or knowledge; therefore became as a living sacrifice dying to ourselves daily. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/spiritually-dying-to-self/

. . .while only seeking direction from above — rather than from this misled and deceived world as it is written in the Bible through scripture not believed by Christianity — but Christians will say they do believe this world has been deceived – everyone but themselves being over two billion — while not even knowing who they are, who Israel is, about Esau and Jacob spiritually,

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/r9bxXr/the-edomites-in-end-time-bible-prophecy-being-christians – Jacob and Esau

what the church actually is, where Satan dwells, and just how Elohim [God] views shepherds and all Christian believers worldwide; and even though some answers all need to know in the Bible are now being made available from scripture for direction of your own studies – it is ‘your own choice’ to learn now, or wait until during affliction, wrath and tribulation growing very near according to the signs of the times.

Let’s now get into our “Serious Matter Regarding all Humanity:”

We can concentrate our first endless discussion on how prescription drugs taken as directed kill 100,000 Americans a year. That’s one person every five minutes, or why children with autism has risen 78% in the past decade, or why more than 30 vaccines are being given to children before age 3, or why children today are less healthy than 50 years ago, or why so many more obese people today than decades past?

We can talk about atrocious acts upon people happening moment by moment in various places worldwide, and many are the quality or state of so being atrocious, that words can in no way accurately describe what suffering hundreds of millions have been and are going through. Just a fractional glance can be viewed in these links.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-human-mind-is-the-most-deceitful-of-all-things-and-incurable/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/photos-of-modern-slavery/

We can exchange much sad truth about human trafficking being a multi-billion dollar business scattered worldwide, or about how children of all ages are drugged for the purpose of sex slavery, thus placing their extreme suffering mentally and physically which goes far beyond words. What if it was you as a slave with a price tag? What if you were placed into labor without pay? What if you were pushed into sickening, filthy, disgusting sexual situations of every kind? What if you were killed just so your organs could be sold to someone in need for liver, pancreas, heart, lungs or whatever? What is done with near an estimated 25 million victims equals a very sad truth the majority of humans turn their backs on just as all other worldly wrongs upon one very gullible civilization. This is another vital subject with no end for discussion.

We can view how this world of charities massive in size to small for helping people through every sad category are in truth nothing more, for the most part, than greedy liars lining their own pockets just as politicians, evangelists, preachers, and our entire world of corruption always taking from the have-nots in our dying human race. Just do your own word search on corrupt charities while knowing none can really be trusted. Think of giving like this; if caring people would help others directly, they would feel happy, and be happy because another’s smile was their guarantee on doing good – whereas hundreds, thousands, millions to billions go to uncountable charities worldwide – while those in need are lucky if they ever even receive pennies on the dollar; kinda like the way today’s world of Christianity gives to other believers in need from compassion none have that I have experienced for 10 years now.

We can boast about our beliefs, our religion, our own God, or being saved – because to most all believers, their way is the only way with everyone not as them being wrong – but when we can eliminate the middleman by going directly to Yehovah through following His book of instruction, we will become spiritually led just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were led into the fiery furnace. Know also that to walk the walk as instructed is no easy life, but rather to present yourself as a living sacrifice. (Daniel 3:8-30, James 1:22-25, Romans 12:1-2)

We can always just bring up subjects of interest concerning all as food for thought; so what about increased earthquakes partially due fracking?  What about millions of dying fish, fowl, and world food shortages? What about nations with nuclear, biological, chemical weapons on the rise against each other? What about all the prophetic signs of the times in the Bible? What about only one genuine truth not believed in Revelation 12:9 within a world civilization so divided there are millions of different truths from every belief and every religion?

We can detail the way women are violently raped when only trying to collect water or wood to burn in areas of great drought with famine, or the way ISIS and other rebel groups use women, girls and boys as worthless throw away sex toys; and even more sad is their brutal ways of rape and sodomy bringing some victims to a torturous death. So what is really being done for our entire human race? Ted talk shows talking the talk? Politicians never doing anything but speaking lies while having zero concern for humanity? Billions of Christians singing and praising God while feeding the preachers belly in the house of Satan?  If only so-called Christians would study to show themselves approved by walking their commanded walk – Yehovah Elohim would be spiritually teaching them what no human can.

We can make mention of the over 60 million refugees/displaced people worldwide, and just as all humanly researched figures – when it comes right down to human suffering, and this world of have-nots lacking a life with anything good, the figure could easily be way higher when the lives of people scattered worldwide have been viewed. Want to know what makes few different then the many worldwide? Their mode of life becomes learning of the lives of others worldwide through famine, drought, rebel violence, drug cartels, torture, diseases, massive unknown graves, genocide, volcanoes, earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, typhoons, tsunamis, and hurricanes leaving nothing but a trail of death and destruction while asking themselves – What if it was me instead of one of them? Why would any person ever ask themselves that question? Because they can see the cards of life so plain that their worst ever thought could happen to them.

We can only communicate genuinely if our minds become disassociated with worldly material things as made clear in Colossians 3, because only then can our conversation become spiritually lead with understand while knowing we have been brought together for a purpose in helping others during these coming years with much affliction, wrath, and tribulation; and what you just read has so much importance that this link must be read on the two witnesses and the 144,000 with much unknown truth for firstfruits – if they have chosen obedience over worldly ways.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/10/17/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation-2/

We can as individuals being few detailed in link above and below, have our purpose laid out just as Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Daniel, Elijah, Job, Amos, Paul and all others chosen for Yehovah’s use during these end times according to His will; therefore we expect no worldly friends or pleasure through material objects that shall perish — thus do as we are being spiritually instructed to prepare for delivering a message of truth majorities of this world don’t want to hear – yet we do it regardless because that is our only real purpose in our temporary human life.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

We can discuss the many ways of human torture with detail, because somewhere right now it’s happening to any number of people being of all ages; and with that thought – what if it was you being tortured? Have you ever taken the time to view tools of torture and the way they are used? I have many times, and to think of myself being tortured in the many ways it is done is no pleasant thought!!  What if ways of life you never expected were to come upon you without warning? Look at FEMA, the CIA, FBI, and this world’s population with a great hate for Americans because of the many millions killed in secret wars against third world countries; and then give some thought to the American Genocide against the peoples of Korea, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Iraq, and elsewhere – so ask yourself this – if you were seeing a great killer nation getting ready to fall with a chance to participate while remembering what they did to you, your family, your life, your country, and all the innocent inhabitants,  would not you jump at the opportunity for revenge? What all humans need to do is wear the other shoe as if it was them, rather than being the judge against others, when in truth they would be the same through hateful blindness. Do a study on secret wars, bloodshed, torture, and genocide with America being the culprit, then awake for the worst timesoftrouble en route.

We can debate human conditions in America on its downward spiral out of control spin with no hope, but what good has any debate or argument ever provided other than a public drama by politicians meant only to brainwash viewers, or for some just to increase that invisible wall of hate against anybody or anything anywhere being a fabricated lie? and all religions are no different, except they sell their lies for tithes and love offerings. Either way debates mean absolutely nothing because what is is — thus we can only speak what we know spiritually through good intent while just leaving others to their own self just as the message in Ezekiel chapter 2.

We can deeply focus on the all Seeing Eye or the occult symbolism all around us everywhere as a sign of a planned human control with its start millenniums ago – but sadly; most all humans deny the way things truly are because they lack spiritual knowledge on why Lucifer was created to become a Satanic world deceiver.  If you are one of the few called out of this world in John 15:19,  you should know there is a purpose for all things. 2 Timothy 2:21 (EXB) So for any wanting a good overview on world reality, below can be very educational for any unbiased mind.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/42vJNr/illuminati_history_thru_2000

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/V95BRL/the-real-world-order

We can express ourselves on just how badly messed up our entire human race really is, but to no avail because our entire population has become as psychologically controlled slaves. Have you ever looked at the inhuman animals Americans have allowed to run and destroy their country? Now look to see other countries worldwide in their own downhill mess without hope, and what do you see? Better days ahead in a crumbling human race with death in the air? Much about our crumbling civilization being approximately 240 individual reads can be viewed in the link below.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble

We can arbitrate on world problems always becoming worse and worse without our own solution, because spiritually speaking; judgment has already been made and witnessed as written in many books of the Bible. — “That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and Elohim requireth that which is past”.  Do you have understanding from Ecclesiastes 3:15 and the other verses in the same book? Just for a glimpse of what has already been, read Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, Ezekiel 5, and many more books on end time events that have already been in the eternal eyes of our creator being everywhere always without time or distance with special notice on the 66 verses in Lamentations chapter 3 – because those words give this world of disobedient Christians a vision of their own coming future. Think it’s my imagination through 27 years of wanting to know YHVH while never becoming a church member at 61?

We can converse in depth on the New World Order in progress of eliminating billions of people on this earth, and there is nothing bearing more grim sadness than America’s coming downfall through completely stripping all people of their rights and freedom – but when really looked at, is not that what the corrupt American government has always done to their controlled population? Four years ago I wrote and had published a 474 page book titled ‘Message For This Entire Human Race’ having much detail on how all people in America have been thoroughly brainwashed, and how this was accomplished. Even though it never sold, there was still plenty of education on how and why things regarding humanity truly are. The link below offers much well researched information not only on the Georgia Guidestones, but also symbolism, mind control, and all the unseen unknown darkness the almost in place New World Order holds over all humanity in many different ways.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/aw99py/sinister-sites-the-georgia-guidestones

We can make known how Americans killed by sick cops http://killedbypolice.net/ now outnumber Americans killed in the Iraq war; and when you read all the stories on those wrongly imprisoned as scapegoats to make others look good as if job well done, or the guilty released to repeat their gruesome rapes and murders along with all those innocent being shot, tased, or beaten to death – just think of the many thousands of unreported brutal crimes made by police who are suppose to serve and protect! The truth is to become a police officer this day has become as an open market for any sick mind with macho want to kill [just as the military] and do whatever they please under their badge and identity as the law – because their gun, taser, club, hand cuffs, rib busting kicking shoes with other deranged cops helping makes them real tough in the same way as Clintons, Obama, Bush and all the political blood draining scum worldwide with ‘all misleading religions’ and the Pope included — because much blood shall their lies4tithes bring. Once again, this link below sheds much true light on how Yehovah views all religious titles.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

We can bring to light how American government has completely turned their backs to veterans, and always has for many reasons which include their small pay, losing their spouses through being separated, taking ignorant orders from the deranged top down, risking their lives, losing their sanity, and returning to a life of depression, unemployment, drugs, alcohol, and just different ways of slow death having no one that really cares along with a government pissing all over them – rather than helping with their every need. What about Vietnam for but one example being a worthless so-called war? A soldier named Galinac is among the roughly 2.8 million U.S. military personnel — out of 7.4 million total — who served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 and were exposed to Agent Orange, one of several potent defoliants deployed by the military (20 million gallons) to destroy the Vietnamese jungle and, along with it, the enemy’s hiding place. Galinac died at the age of 64 on April 24, 2013, almost two years after being diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, common among Vietnam veterans. Know also is how America has been a major supplier of hard drugs as a lucrative business while also dumbing minds, so even way back then shipped heroin to America in soldiers body bags; — and 20 years later came another man made so-called war with a different way of destroying soldiers lives through ‘Desert Storm’ and other man made conflicts causing veterans who returned with a mysterious and deadly illness supplied by their own government, and the government of Iraq just as our murdered Vietnam vets. And Americans love their country which is only out to exterminate them all in the end. Welcome to America, land of the free and home of the brave soldiers that are shit on by their loving righteous government out to wipe out the entire nation through the purposely controlled and dumb down population living in their own darkness with death coming. In addition:

We can also, in no uncertain terms, discuss how in the same way the U.S. has also turned against the entire population – thus putting the 324 million en route to becoming another 3rd world nation filled with corruption, violence, hunger, disease, terrorism, prison camps, massive graves, no truth, and no gospel along with Christians turning against each other – and extreme cannibalism lying ahead just as written in the Bible that Christians don’t believe because their church is an illusion, and so is the rapture along with all the doctrines of man millions have put their faith in. In other words when the rapture comes a little girl not saved is being beaten and raped, so the millions of saved better than thou Christians just say sorry — as they soar into the clouds. Talk about pathetic stupidity!

We can have strong discussion on FEMA camps, guillotines, gas chambers, perhaps millions of plastic coffins, portable prison or containment cells, and many other subjects regarding what is happening in America; however, rather than argue, judge, hate, despise and believe only our own misled mind –  the only direction we can take must be according to His will through our prayers asking Him to direct our path – and never our own worldly ways through all knowing pride being wrong and worthless. Proverbs 3:5-6, 14:12, 16:18

We can speak on the way billions shall fall under the slow kill genocide which has been at work in many ways for decades worldwide; and in my link supplied, this subject along with many more, such as mind control, are presented as a smorgasbord to keep a steady flow of information which concerns the nearing future of our entire human race. Below is the shockingly very sad truth on how 262 million have been murdered by human rule with the total this day being closer to 300 million. Also a book that really has more solid education than this world of fools can see while fiddling with text, social sites, religious smorgasboards, media lies, and this world of evil lurking and readying to pounce on the billions living in their own false light of darkness.

https://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/RM1.RINGS.OF.TEARS.HTM

We can share feelings of disgust with fear for our own safety, health, families, children, and loved ones when realities on what humans have been doing with so many millions of tons garbage, or uncountable toxic containers containing every imaginable danger to health along with all the massive amounts of nuclear waste off loaded into ocean depths which all have their own lifespan to contain what is within; in other words our planet has become as a time bomb with a slow fuse; and when the massive little known to most radiation leak in this link has been viewed. . .

http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/02/08/unimaginable-levels-radiation-fukushima-pacific-ocean-leaks

Everything about what humans have always done to each other along with this planet will become known when for the first time the message of Elohim’s kingdom is made known worldwide by the two witnesses being the 144,000 – only then during the midst of the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth will humans become aware as death creeps upon them through great suffering of why all these things must be.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/12/26/amazingly-precise/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/13/the-two-witnesses-of-revelation/

We can discuss the largest food and beverage companies that combined make $1 billion each day, but have no concern over the consumers health they fill with unhealthy foods and drink loaded with toxins and chemicals. Would you eat your favorite breakfast cereal if you knew that it contained Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), a product also used in jet fuel and embalming fluid? Can you imagine grilling your low fat veggie burger if you found out that its main ingredient is Monosodium Glutamate MSG being a Silent Killer Lurking in Your Kitchen Cabinets?  If energy drinks like Red Bull and others are a cocktail of death, imagine what has also been added to popular soft drinks? If you really know what the contents of soft drinks are, you would not think it is “soft”. It is really “hard” on your health. There is much more information available to any seeking the way things truly are everywhere on this earth, but how many really study to show themselves approved rather than self-pride? Just as all matters, facts for discussion have no end.

We can deeply consult and compare opinions because none of us know all things or are perfect; therefore can learn from each other through faith and prayer when spiritually minded through using scripture as our advisor for all matters at hand, and then carry on with fact on all subjects as they truly are, such as PHARMA, physicians, dentists, vaccines, government created diseases, and this world of lies which is ruled by the father of lies all humans “of this world” believe according to the Bible.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/father-of-lies-all-believe-2/

We can loudly express the many ways the elite world controllers have psychologically dumb down all civilization through having control over all major media, television, religions, education, governments, celebrities, music, and basically everything in every way having to do with blocking minds from seeing the fall of America, and through years ahead, our entire human race which has become as a cancer to this earth. So speak the Georgia Guidestones and the Holy Bible as the only true and accurate road maps – [with a touch of spiritual fine tuning due flaws in all versions of the Bible along with all the twists in everything via human bias] – defining all civilization destinies on this globe. Isaiah 26:9, 20-21 (EXB) 24:5-13 (ESV)

We can as individuals conciliate, placate or pacify others through misleading words caused by the spirit of Esau within this world of disobedient Christians, but how can people possibly not see or hear what is all around and everywhere right in front of them? Because humans see only themselves through their natural minds not called out of this world according to scripture never taught. Want spiritual enlightenment? Spend some time on biblical reality being where I spend all of mine through years past to this day in December of 2016 March of 2017 for revision as led.

We can more than just make mention of the endless universe, why earth, why humanity; and in addition ask ourselves endless questions about horrid world conditions, or why Yehovah as the only true Elohim [God] would allow such atrocities?  Or Allah who is capricious through seeing a merciful smiling Elohim one minute followed with righteous beheading the next? No wonder the Arabs are unstable in their ways!  Buddhists believe that the ultimate goal in life is to achieve “enlightenment” as they perceive it while not seeming very enlightened in any way on what has been happening worldwide ever since the beginning of humanity. Fact is this – whomever or whatever people believe in has always allowed so much human suffering for thousands of years, that people everywhere just look the other way or make up their own stories on why this or that has happened. So why must these things be? The answer becomes clear when spiritually understood; and the links I share supply what the religions of man worldwide have never taught their congregation.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/08/28/the-mystery-of-yehovah-those-predestined-human-suffering-salvation/

Again — Become aware also that the over 200 pages I wrote years ago details through scripture on exactly how our creator views all shepherds/ministers/pastors/bishops/etc and churches worldwide as the blind leading the blind while bringing much shed blood from whom they preach and sell their intentional and unintentional misleading lies too. This writing below also supplies how to gain YHVH’s [God] protection on this earth during the worst timesoftrouble en route growing closer as time passes. Truth is not smooth as all would like to have it – yet still remains what really is.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

We can only examine our own self through simply asking; what have I ever really done for fellow human beings? Or what have I ever really done for this planet? Or most important, what have I ever really and truly done for my God that I claim to love so much? If you’re Christian, answer the question in Luke 6:46 while knowing of your faith through James 1:22-25 and 2:14-17 according to your actions which all shall be judged. 1 Samuel 2:3, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Jeremiah 17:10, etc.

We can now confront our greatest enemy being our own mind wanting to take us anywhere and everywhere – except where YHVH wants us to go. Why do I speak these words and what exactly do they mean? First, look at our civilization this day with over 7.4 billion going in only the direction their mind leads. Next look at all the religions of this world going in the same direction as their mind leads which makes them no different through division.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/XL6Xml/how_could_an_entire_human_race_actually_be_deceived

I have had a nonstop plea towards all Christianity through these past 10 years that my wife and I have needed any help possible for our basic necessities in life, such as food, or whatever small amount any good hearted person with compassion can spare. Just original Kraft mac and cheese I have missed for a decade, and it’s been about a month since I ran out of good imported peanut butter and jelly like Skippy and Smuckers. I love coffee, but have been stuck drinking Nescafe 3&1 instant since 2007. Love to cook and prepare meals, but have not been able with nothing good to cook, no stove, not even our own home; and added has been the physical, mental, and spiritual battles my wife has been going through since 2009 due many health issues such as Myoma, UTI, Congenital Heart, and even more.

What hurts most is Yehovah’s truth regarding the action of Christianity towards others in need, because every word spoken in the Bible about the disobedient Christian walk has been proven very true through many years of experience while living in hardship and many difficulties; however, when a believer fully realizes that Yehovah Elohim knows all things, all we can do is live on faith, and wait on whatever His will may be.

We can only try for years and years while keeping our faith, so please help us.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email and also Paypal ID – so some rice would be very nice at $40 per sack at 50 kilo.

The accident in the link below happened in April 2016, and I still have not been able to make all the needed repairs even though I am a mechanic, welder, bodywork, and man of many trades without good tools and zero funds.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/mpxzXp/lifes-misfortune-in-different-ways-for-us-all

However, when some of my many writings have been read and viewed, the worst in someone’s life becomes as a blessing when compared with what you see in these. . .

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/13/the-human-mind-is-the-most-deceitful-of-all-things-and-incurable/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/14/photos-of-modern-slavery/

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/01/17/government-genocide-murdering-262-million/

May Yehovah Elohim become your only director in this life that is nearing the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this earth.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and more.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

WHAT IS REALLY HAVING FAITH?

Please, please, please share this writing because we all on this earth need help in different ways.

Faith is preparing for life’s coming storms upon all humanity as written; therefore learning to live on faith through putting trust in only our creator when there is no other way for survival.

When two people are drawn together from different parts of the world while being have-nots with absolutely nothing material in their life, yet stay together regardless of their many hardships to be married and become as one. . .

Our wedding in 2009

There is a purpose for all things through those chosen and called out of this world that all natural worldly minds cannot spiritually grasp. John 15:19  1 Corinthians 2:14

It’s because through faith, there is a purpose for all things.

“We are assured and know that [YHVH being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love YHVH and are called according to [His] design and purpose. Romans 8:28 (AMPC) with God’s name restored.

Through faith, those called and chosen know that they cannot direct their own steps.

“O Lord [pleads Jeremiah in the name of the people], I know that [the determination of] the way of a man is not in himself; it is not in man [even in a strong man or in a man at his best] to direct his [own] steps. Jeremiah 10:23

Through faith, those chosen continually look to the Father for making their path in this life straight according to His will, and never their own.

“In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:6

Through faith, we know to put no trust in humankind because Satan and his ministers scattered worldwide mislead while selling lies for tithes being un biblical.

“So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of YHVH. It is better to depend on Yehovah than to trust mortals. 1 Corinthians 2:5, Psalms 118:8

Through faith is knowing this entire world has been misled, deceived, snared, tricked, and beguiled leaving none, no, not one pleasing in the sight of YHVH.

“And the huge dragon was cast down and out—that age-old serpent, who is called the Devil and Satan, he who is the seducer (deceiver) of all humanity the world over; he was forced out and down to the earth, and his angels were flung out along with him. 

“The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men to see if there were any who understood, dealt wisely, and sought after God, inquiring for and of Him and requiring Him [of vital necessity]. They are all gone aside, they have all together become filthy; there is none that does good or right, no, not one. Revelation 12:9, Psalms 14:2-3

Is not scripture true when spiritually sought? Is not the near 7.5 billion living and thinking in worldly ways the children of men? Has not Satan deceived this entire world?

Therefore, through faith, these words of scripture become clearly understood, and taken very personally. . .

“If you belonged to the world, the world would treat you with affection and would love you as its own. But because you are not of the world [no longer one with it], but I have chosen (selected) you out of the world, the world hates (detests) you. John 15:19

Through faith is seen this entire human race in a division led by their own way which seems right and can be told nothing different from whatever their own human spirit leads; thus keeping them of this world, and despising any not like them while lacking the fruits of loving others as they love themselves.

“There is a way which seems right to a man and appears straight before him, but at the end of it is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25

Through faith, we know that the church, being a building has absolutely nothing to do with the Greek word ekklesia which means a calling out, therefore it was wrongly translated leaving all church buildings worldwide as an illusion filled with mislead, and where Satan dwells.

Through faith, we know that the name of God and Jesus Christ are more manmade titles having nothing to do with whom they really are being Yehovah Elohim and Yeshua HaMashiach.

Through faith, we also know that through world division, pride, and all the ways which seem right to humans — very, very, few will agree with anything written or spoken differently from their own thoughts; and reason is because any not chosen and called out of this world through disassociation, know only their self.

100_31751 Samuel 2:8

Think of what I share like this; what if your life for a decade never brought you any happiness even though you believed, prayed, endured, and waited for anything better than the life you had?

How would you feel through years and years experiencing this world of Christianity showing zero love with compassion for others in need when it a commandment?

What could possibly be any more clear than these following words of scripture Christians totally ignore?

“I give you a new commandment: that you should love one another. Just as I have loved you, so you too should love one another. John 13:34 (AMPC)

“The person who has My commands and keeps them is the one who [really] loves Me; and whoever [really] loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I [too] will love him and will show (reveal, manifest) Myself to him. [I will let Myself be clearly seen by him and make Myself real to him.]  John 14:21 (AMPC)

“Anyone who hates (abominates, detests) his brother [in Christ] is [at heart] a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding ([a]persevering) within him. By this we come to know (progressively to recognize, to perceive, to understand) the [essential] love: that He laid down His [own] life for us; and we ought to lay [our] lives down for [those who are our] brothers [[b]in Him]. But if anyone has this world’s goods (resources for sustaining life) and sees his brother and fellow believer in need, yet closes his heart of compassion against him, how can the love of God live and remain in him? Little children, let us not love [merely] in theory or in speech but in deed and in truth (in practice and in sincerity). 1 John 3:15-18

“Teacher, which [a]kind of commandment is great and important (the principal kind) in the Law? [Some commandments are light—which are heavy?] And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as [you do] yourself. These two commandments [b]sum up and upon them depend all the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 22:36-40

“But be doers of the Word [obey the message], and not merely listeners to it, betraying yourselves [into deception by reasoning contrary to the Truth]. For if anyone only listens to the Word without obeying it and being a doer of it, he is like a man who looks carefully at his [own] natural face in a mirror; For he thoughtfully observes himself, and then goes off and promptly forgets what he was like. But he who looks carefully into the faultless law, the [law] of liberty, and is faithful to it and perseveres in looking into it, being not a heedless listener who forgets but an active doer [who obeys], he shall be blessed in his doing (his life of obedience). James 1:22-25

Listen, my beloved brethren: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and in their position as believers and to inherit the kingdom which He has promised to those who love Him? If indeed you [really] fulfill the royal Law in accordance with the Scripture, You shall love your neighbor as [you love] yourself, you do well. So speak and so act as [people should] who are to be judged under the law of liberty [the moral instruction given by Christ, especially about love]. For to him who has shown no mercy the judgment [will be] merciless, but mercy [full of glad confidence] exults victoriously over judgment. What is the use (profit), my brethren, for anyone to profess to have faith if he has no [good] works [to show for it]? Can [such] faith save [his soul]? If a brother or sister is poorly clad and lacks food for each day, And one of you says to him, Good-bye! Keep [yourself] warm and well fed, without giving him the necessities for the body, what good does that do? So also faith, if it does not have works (deeds and actions of obedience to back it up), by itself is destitute of power (inoperative, dead). James 2:5, 8, 12-17

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1 Samuel 2:8

The meaning of the verse just read has absolutely nothing to do with today’s worldly riches, but rather speaks of an earned position within His eternal government. Isaiah 9:6-7, Revelation 5:10, ect.

My wife and I have been without funds and have no food, so we pray as always and also ask Yehovah how much longer until we find just one genuine believer being as a doer of what you command rather than a hearer only, and continue our wait for our most simple needs.

The site below through compassionate crowdfunding at the time if this update [4/8/2017] gained 130 shares, yet no help that we really need. Why is that?

https://www.youcaring.com/jeffandmylenecallarman-789450

Because the god of this world only hates love, kindness, truth, compassion, empathy, and everything to do with righteousness; therefore being the misleading spirit of evil as the prince and power of the air, he injects selfishness and mislead into all minds which nullifies this world of Christianity from even knowing the creator they worship in words without deed, because Father Elohim [God] is love. Read again 1 John 3:17-18 while knowing there are many verses that accompany being a commandment. For any wanting deep spiritual truth, this read below offers much.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/03/10/the-kingdom-of-satan-is-earth/

So our faith has become a decade of patience through knowing YHVH has been shaping and molding us for use in these end times according to His will; therefore through faith, no matter what life’s circumstance comes upon us — without choice we just accept our life as it is, and that is because those with faith through endurance and self-sacrifice of life’s basic needs, are those who which pleases our Father — therefore know their destiny.

Do you love our creator? How much? Enough to do be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

Enough to be as sheep rather than the goats in Matthew 25:31-46? Ever wonder where and how the judgment will come upon all the goats worldwide?

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/09/03/the-millennial-resurrections/

Enough to bear fruits through obedience? Luke 6:43-46

Enough to not be cast into the coming fire of affliction? John 15:1-6

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We have reached a point having no more rice, and that is what we have been eating daily as our main food for ten years — therefore some rice would be nice that costs $40 per 50 kg sack.

jeffcallarman@ymail.com This is my email and our Paypal ID — May our creator direct your path, Proverbs 3:6

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/  Myself

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  My Efforts for Spiritual Knowledge

https://www.facebook.com/mmsunio  My Wife

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/  Contains writings on faith, truth, obedience, end times, human suffering, slavery, and much more including many photos..

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many [over 240] individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://vigilantcitizen.com/ – How Powerful This World of Darkness Truly Is

https://truthernews.wordpress.com/ – In depth fact most all don’t want or have knowledge of.

http://www.newworldordernews.com/ – Accurate news on twisted people in every position so true people cannot believe.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/ – Continual reports which reveal just how deranged our human race has become.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mPWJZ/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-1

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/n9z36E/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-2

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/2mw7me/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-3

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/Dx26Jv/lifestyle-for-a-man-of-god-part-4

Contact

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

jeffcallarman@ymail.com

Is Your Life a Blessing or a Curse?

For many, what they think is blessing hides their hidden curse being judgement with punishment en route; and for many with faith, their seemingly curse in life will become a blessing. Psalms 33:17-22

When we have been placed within our spiritual prison for life, all that we can do is seek our daily path through instruction nobody of this world follows — because it’s not of this world. Proverbs 1, 2, 3, John 15, and Colossians 3 tell it like it is.

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With all the hard times in life billions worldwide have to deal with in their own way — whether it be hunger, homeless, surrounded with massive rebel violence, death, chemical genocide, diseases, torture, wrongly in prison, a victim of human trafficking, or brutal rapes with children included – which is in truth just a part of the uncountable atrocities upon innocent human beings everywhere on this planet earth, thus my wife and I have well learned to just accepted our own difficulties for many years while seeing the little we have as more of a blessing when compared to what multitudes scattered worldwide must face each day for years and years upon more years being their entire life of nothing but hardship and survival; therefore we just deal with our own way of existence through faith and prayer going far beyond just words, and beyond our world of false Christianity having words only with nothing more.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts Towards Spiritual Knowledge

http://timesofroubles.webs.com/mywritingsforgod.htm Ditto

Below is a brief description of what happened to us back in April 2016, and to this day nothing has changed because zero help has ever come our way through loving and righteous Christianity – and sadly the same holds true for those always being tortured in North Korea, and places all over this globe; and it’s all because of the incapable human rule which has always been based on power, greed, and control over our entire civilization being as nothing above worthless human trash which can easily be seen by those few on this earth seeking truth on the way things truly are. So what do politicians do? Ask Killery or even Trump why this world is nothing but lies? Ask them why billions were dumped into their smorgasbord of lies as presidential candidates  rather than the power and control they have in turning billions and trillions towards helping our brutalized soon to fall United States? They won’t answer because it’s the plan of the New World Order to kill and destroy for reducing our world population through the extermination of billions.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ylRD1O/30_population_control_quotes

Because of our living situation, we went looking for a place to rent even though we had no funds because; 1) my disability from old head injury long ago, 2) having no pension, social security, employment or income for these past 10 years in a 3rd world country, less 4 months work in 2012 — and 3) has been my wife’s health problems that became so extreme, she had to stop teaching 4th grade so we could move for gaining help to care for her during hard times filled with much pain. And the reason for no money was we put everything we had from the sale of our lot and home into the near unlivable shack where she had been raised, and still the home of her parents in their 80’s with no income – thus not even our own making our life as a prison needing escape with only faith being our hope.

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Even after my own paint job and many repairs through months as little funds allowed, our day did not end well.

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Since meeting in 2007, we have always had very little in this life; therefore having even less just comes as nothing new. By rights, Mylene and I could have easily died because when we went off the road, down into shallow embankment and flipped doing about 40 mph, and because of no seat belts we were as marbles being shaken in a can – yet neither of us was badly hurt because our guardian angel was with us; and given the way our situation in life has been for almost a decade – only those few with spiritual understanding can relate – thus what happened had purpose through more shaping and molding that Yehovah has been doing for years to prepare our faith for the hardest times within the greatest world chaos that has ever been; therefore now it’s our greatest prayer for some help that we have needed for almost a decade comes our way because we really have down to absolutely nothing for so many years with strong and valid reasons why; yet even with all my efforts towards spiritual education, what is coming upon America and this world according to the signs of the times – no help has come since this happened in April 2016.

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Even though all we own is this 1997 Nissan Jeep that I had redone all the brakes, wheel cylinders, pinion seal, lights, still needs a decent radiator, fuel line, recovered the two seats, metal repair in floors, painted and more, but had no funds to rebuild the front end, replace idler arm, shocks or rear tires; thus driving that day – when the lower right control arm came loose, the front left wheel went left by itself taking us quickly off the road with no warning.

Far as our living conditions we accept. . .100_3524 Her parent’s private restroom and shower they prefer, and mine below they chose not to use because it is different even though there is no flush.

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Mylene’s mom and dad behind the empty shack next to us because we have no back yard beyond the outhouse.

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Our only transportation has been like this since April 2016, and being I was a mechanic, welder, body man, and painter with many other hands on trades – I could have easily repaired everything for a thousand dollars, buy some food to eat, and even had a needed good needed nights sleep.

Ever heard of a living Sacrifice? Well, leaving my entire prior life in 2006 was exactly that:

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I am 61 and would love a game of Chess, a drink, good music, and some normal conversations on the way things worldwide truly are. But sadly, I want far too much than this world is willing to supply.

One Big Question: Who are you in The Eyes of our Creator that knows all things with absolutely nothing ever hid?

One of self? Hate? Greed? Self-Righteous? All Knowing? Religious Hypocrite? Or like most all believers living through their words only while having Zero Action For Others In Need?

So what are Christians suppose to do?

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/w28QO5/love_god_seeks_in_believers_but_cannot_find_as_commanded

As for my loving wife and I,

this past decade has been nothing beyond a hard, hungry, hurting, and needful life in many ways with Christians showing absolutely zero care or concern — even though the words in the Holy Bible tell exactly their coming destiny through dead faith revealed in Matthew 25:31-46 and James 2:14-17, 1 John 3:17-18 — But do they believe who they claim to love, honor, and worship?

We would be more than thankful for any help no matter how small, because just a little is far better than nothing.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/about/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ljD9ZQ/vital-untaught-truth-in-all-religions-worldwide

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  Efforts For My Spiritual Knowledge with links on our ways of life – therefore when our Father is ready He will bring us any small help such as a care package with basic foods, hygiene needs or anything individuals can spare no matter how little the amount being much to those without really anything. If you cannot help us, please at least share just for the warnings in links below.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for what is soon to become the worst timesoftrouble ever on this planet.

http://www.cross.tv/timesoftrouble  Over 690 of my blogs

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/azozgy/father-of-lies-all-believe

jeffcallarman@ymail.com  Email

timesoftroubles@gmail.com

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED IN NYC FIFTEEN YEARS AGO WHEN THE TOWERS FELL? THE BIBLE REVEALS

FOR WHAT WELL PLANNED INTENTIONAL PURPOSE THIS HAPPENED BEING ANOTHER WAY TO DRAIN TRILLIONS FROM THE U.S. FOR FALSE WARS TERRORISM AND ANY OTHER LIES PRESIDENTS COULD TELL TO KEEP CITIZENS FROM KNOWING AMERICA WILL COLLAPSE AS PLANNED BY THE NEW WORLD ORDER; AND THE WILL OF GOD TO ALLOW AS PUNISHMENT.

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Whenever a massive lie against humanity has been told over and over enough times through many years, decades, and centuries, most all hearing those lies, [being over seven billion this day] will believe them even if there exists no proof to make them true; and this exact same fact about corrupt lying governments “worldwide” also holds true regarding all religions, beliefs, and false God’s in the same way.

Or does our entire civilization realize they have always been lied to and misled? Thus fully prepared for the worst timesoftrouble ever before on this planet earth which shall not take life from thousands, not hundreds of thousands, and not millions – but billions of lives in many gruesome ways?

Do you consider yourself prepared to receive YHVH’s protection when massive calamities come upon this earth? Have you been following His Book of Instruction known to genuine believers in Yehovah and Yeshua as the Holy Bible?

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I only ask because YHVH shows His mercy to only those He chooses as written in Psalms 33:17-22 and Romans 9:18. So what have you ever done for someone else that would please Him? What in your entire life have you sacrificed, or passed by just for means or a way to help another with simple basic needs like a good meal? Who are the few and who are the many in Isaiah 26:20-21? Our entire worldly civilization has been deceived exactly as written in Revelation 12:9 which include over two billion Christians saying that is not true because they have been saved, forgiven, and not deceived – being the greatest lie they all believe. I have over 25 years of private studies, and have never been a church member or part of any organization on this globe; therefore was called out of this world (John 15:19) ten years ago not only to learn directly from our eternal creator – but also what it truly means to live on faith through a decade of nothingness through becoming as a living sacrifice in day to day existence while experiencing this world of Christianity through their disobedience, greed, and selfish actions they shall be greatly punished for and judged by. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Is there even one person wanting to know why our human race was created? Who Israel really is? Who the Jews are? Why evil? Where humanity has been, is now, and what lies ahead for our entire population with reason why?

This writing with links at the end carry much information all need to know, yet very few will take interest because there is a way which seems right to all humans – until the uncountable different ways of death come upon all. Proverbs 16:25

Don’t want what the Bible says? Then just scroll down to read how the United States Government has always brought much death upon the innocent worldwide through telling lies most all Americans have always believed – just like the Pope telling lies billions of Catholics believe along with the frauds and hypocrites in Christianity accompanied with all religions and beliefs leading our blind human race into their own bath of bloodshed.

What more can be said? Who wants truth? Who believes truth? Whose God is not themselves? Who has no selfish greed like this world of Christians that can’t even supply some Kraft dinners or peanut butter for another Christian in need through ten years of seeing and experiencing them just as YHVH through their dead faith as not doers of the word? James 1:22-25, 2:14-17

Truth is not liked or believed; therefore those that deliver what is not wanted become hated and despised just as Ezekiel and all men of YHVH with unsmooth words, yet regardless we run the race set before us. Hebrews 12

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/RJP16w/how-christians-lacking-spiritual-knowledge-hate-god  – This link gives some understanding for what was written in John 15:18-21.

THE SEALS OF REVELATION 6 AS DEFINED BY MATTHEW 24

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Revelation, the final book of the Bible, is arguably one of the most difficult to understand.  There have been countless expositions written and numerous sermons preached in an attempt to identify the colorful symbols which populate this prophetic book.  But despite its name, the book of Revelation remains sealed to most who read and study it.  To many, the so-called “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse” are as enigmatic today as they were when the apostle John first recorded the visions he received while on the isle of Patmos about 95 CE.

Yet there is a proven way to understand many of the symbols found in Revelation.  That method is to use parallel Scriptures that speak of the same events.  In this article, I will compare the symbolic “seals” opened in the 6th chapter of Revelation to the prophetic words of Messiah Yeshua recorded in Matthew 24.  As you will see, there is an undeniable link between the two passages.

Let’s start by setting the scene for the prophecy found in Revelation 6.  In Revelation 4, John is transported in vision to heaven and sees the very throne of God the Father.  In Revelation 5, John notices that God is holding a scroll in His right hand which is sealed with seven seals (Rev. 5:1).  At first, no one in heaven above or on the earth or under the earth is found worthy to open and read the scroll (Rev. 5:2-4).  But then the Messiah Yeshua appears on the scene, and he is declared worthy to break the seals and open the scroll (Rev. 5:5-7).

After receiving the praises of the heavenly host (Rev. 5:8-14), Messiah begins opening the seals on the scroll in chapter 6:

REVELATION 6:1 Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.”  2 I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (NASU)

The opening of the 1st seal presents a symbolic white horse ridden by one who has a bow and a crown.  Using his weapon and his authority, he went forth warring against and defeating his enemies.  The phrase “conquering and to conquer” alludes to a continual state of warfare on the part of this entity.

REVELATION 6:3 When he broke the second seal, I heard the second living creature saying, “Come.”  4 And another, a red horse, went out; and to him who sat on it, it was granted to take peace from the earth, and that men would slay one another; and a great sword was given to him. (NASU)

When the 2nd seal was opened, John saw a fiery red horse mounted by a rider carrying a huge sword.  This rider was allowed to initiate widespread warfare on the earth.

REVELATION 6:5 When he broke the third seal, I heard the third living creature saying, “Come.”  I looked, and behold, a black horse; and he who sat on it had a pair of scales in his hand.  6 And I heard something like a voice in the center of the four living creatures saying, “A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius; and do not damage the oil and the wine.” (NASU)

The opening of the 3rd seal revealed a black horse ridden by a man carrying a pair of scales.  The scales were used to weigh out small quantities of very expensive food (a denarius was about a day’s wages in the 1st century).  The command to avoid damaging the oil and wine shows that these, along with food, would be in scarce supply.

REVELATION 6:7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature call out, “Come!”  8 I looked and there was a pale green horse!  Its rider’s name was Death, and Hades followed with him; they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword, famine, and pestilence, and by the wild animals of the earth. (NRSV)

The breaking of the 4th seal revealed the last of the “Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.”  The horse was the pale green color of decaying flesh, and the rider of this horse was Death himself!  The grave followed after Death, and he was given power to kill 25% of the earth’s population.  This widespread destruction of life was caused by the cumulative effects of all four horsemen.

REVELATION 6:9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  11 And there was given to each of them a white robe; and they were told that they should rest for a little while longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brethren who were to be killed even as they had been, would be completed also. (NASU)

The opening of the 5th seal symbolically showed the slain martyrs from ages past crying out to God for justice.  However, they were told that the time for justice had not yet come.  There were still a certain number of believers who had to be martyred (as they had been) before God’s wrath would be poured out on those responsible.

REVELATION 6:12 I looked when he broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair, and the whole moon became like blood; 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind.  14 The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  15 Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; 16 and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?” (NASU)

The opening of the 6th seal brings about a great earthquake, which is accompanied by signs in the heavens above.  All of mankind will realize from this awesome spectacle that God is about to execute His wrath through the Messiah upon the wicked.

Now that we’ve looked at the symbolic opening of all six seals in Revelation 6, let’s look at the introduction to Yeshua’s parallel prophecy recorded in Matthew 24:

MATTHEW 24:1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the Temple, and his disciples came up to show him the buildings of the Temple.  2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things?  Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”  3 Now as he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be?  And what will be the sign of your coming, and of the end of the age?” (NKJV)

Understandably, Yeshua’s statement about the coming destruction of the Temple caused great concern among his disciples.  After pondering his words, they came to him and asked for additional information on the calamity he had prophesied for the Temple.  Although they likely assumed that the destruction of the Temple and the end of the age would occur at the same time, in fact they asked two separate questions:

  1. WHEN would the Temple be destroyed?
  2. WHAT would be the sign of the Messiah’s coming and the end of the age?

Some of the ensuing prophecy given by Yeshua in response to their questions pertained to the coming destruction of the Temple by the Romans in 70 CE.  However, those 1st-century events did not completely fulfill the prophecy found in Matthew 24.  Another fulfillment, this one at the end of the age of man which will lead to his return, was the ultimate focus of Messiah Yeshua.

Multiple fulfillments of the same prophecy present one of the greatest difficulties in properly understanding the Bible.  Many times in the Scriptures, we see a prophecy that fits more than one person or event.  The guiding principle for understanding these prophecies was stated by King Solomon in Ecclesiastes.  He tells us “that which has been is what will be, that which has been done is what will be done; there is nothing new under the sun” (Ecc. 1:9).

In such cases, preliminary fulfillment does not completely satisfy or extinguish the prophecy.  In fact, there are two general types of dual prophecies found in the Bible:

  1. Prophecies that are substantially fulfilled by initial events, where subsequent fulfillments are an echo of the first occurrence; and
  2. Prophecies where the initial fulfillment is incomplete, and the comprehensive fulfillment of the prophecy is yet future.

The prophecy found in Matthew 24 is of the second type.  Although some of the information there related to the Roman conquest that would occur 40 years later, the ultimate fulfillment of these events will take place at the time of the end.  This is the same time period covered by the book of Revelation.

Now let’s look at the specifics from Matthew 24:

MATTHEW 24:4 And Jesus answered and said to them:  “Take heed that no one deceives you.  5 For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.  6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.  And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.  8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.  9 Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  10 And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.  11 Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many.  12 And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold.” (NKJV)

Contained within this passage are events that closely match the symbolic seals found in Revelation 6 (as shown below).  The next passage (Matt. 24:13-28) includes information about an event that is not specifically mentioned in Revelation 6, but is addressed in Old Testament prophecy:  The siege and capture of Jerusalem by the nations of the world (Zec. 12:2-3; 14:1-2).

While there are many fanciful theories about the nature of the “abomination of desolation” mentioned by Messiah (Matt. 24:15), the primary understanding of it is given in the parallel passage found in Luke’s Gospel.  Luke states that when armies surround Jerusalem, we will know that its desolation is near (Luke 21:20).  Just as Titus and the Roman army surrounded and destroyed Jerusalem in 70 CE (40 years after this prophecy was given), the city will again be subjected to capture in the future, this time by the armies of the world.

After warning those in Jerusalem, Yeshua returns to the events outlined in Revelation 6:

MATTHEW 24:29 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (NKJV)

Here we see Yeshua state that immediately after the capture of Jerusalem, signs will appear in the heavens.  These same signs are mentioned in conjunction with the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12-14).

At this point (Matt. 24:30-31) the Messiah skips the first six trumpet judgments detailed in Revelation (Rev. 8:1-11:14) and goes to the final part of the 7th seal, which is the 7th trumpet (Rev. 11:15-19).  An exposition of this part of the prophecy is outside the scope of this article.

Now that we have covered the Scriptures in question, let’s compare the two prophecies to see if any additional understanding can be obtained.  For ease of comparison, let’s look at a side-by-side list of the seals found in Revelation 6 with the corresponding explanatory Scriptures from Matthew 24:

REVELATION 6 MATTHEW 24
1st Seal = ???
Behold, a white horse. He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev. 6:2) “Take heed that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.” (Matt. 24:4-5)
2nd Seal = Widespread Warfare
Another, a fiery red horse, went out.  And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Rev. 6:4) “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matt. 24:6-7)
3rd Seal = Famine
There was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (Rev. 6:5-6) “There will be famines . . .” (Matt. 24:7)
4th Seal = Death of 1/4 of Mankind from First Four Seals
There before me was a pale green horse!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.  He was given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:8) “There will be . . . pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:7-8)
5th Seal = Martyrdom of Believers
I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Rev. 6:9-11) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” (Matt. 24:9-10)
6th Seal = Heavenly Signs
Behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.(Rev. 6:12-14) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matt. 24:29)

With the apparent exception of the 1st seal, a comparison of the two sets of related Scriptures clearly shows that the symbols revealed in the seals match up with the details of the Olivet prophecy given by Yeshua.  It is obvious that the sword-wielding rider of the fiery red horse (2nd seal) represents widespread warfare between nations, alliances, and even ethnic groups.  The black horse and its scale-carrying rider (3rd seal) symbolizes the scarcity of food that occurs during famine.  The pale green horse and its rider, Death (4th seal), represent the various ways that humans will die from the effects of the “Four Horsemen.”  The souls crying out from under the altar (5th seal) are used to symbolically introduce an end-time martyrdom of believers.  Finally, the signs in the heavens (6th seal) indicate that God is about to punish a sinning and unrepentant humanity.

Since there is such an obvious relationship between most of the elements in these two passages, it’s easy to conclude that they are both referring to the same prophesied events.  But if this is the case, why does the symbolism of the first seal (Rev. 6:2) appear so different from the first event spoken of by Yeshua (Matt. 24:4-5)?  John’s vision seems to imply conquest by a righteous ruler, while Yeshua’s words appear to indicate religious deception.

A hint at why the initial clue is unclear is found in the proverbs of King Solomon:

PROVERBS 25:2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. (NIV)

It is to God’s glory to hide things from mankind, but it is to our glory if we put forth the effort and time to seek out those things that He has concealed.  If the two passages of Scripture in question were easily reconcilable, the beginning of the end of this age and the coming of Messiah would be plainly laid out for all to see.  There would be no need to truly search for understanding.  But due to the apparent differences, many have missed the relationship between these two passages.

Assuming that the first seal IS the same as the warning given by Yeshua, how then do we arrive at a correct understanding of the symbolism?

There is a biblical principle that will guide our understanding in this matter:

ISAIAH 28:10 “For it is precept upon precept, precept upon precept, line upon line, line upon line, here a little, there a little.” (ESV)

Most who recognize a connection between Revelation 6:2 and Matthew 24:4-5 usually draw their interpretation primarily from one passage or the other, and then try to harmonize the remaining one.  But using the guidance found in Isaiah 28:10, let’s combine one prophecy with the other and see the total picture that emerges.

First, we have to define the symbols from Revelation 6:2 to grasp what we are being told.  The first symbol is that of a WHITE HORSE.  In the Bible (and especially in the book of Revelation, the color white represents “righteousness,” “goodness,” or “purity” (Rev. 3:4-5, 18; 4:4; 6:11; 7:9, 13-14; 19:11, 14).  So the color of the horse is designed to convey to us that, in some sense, the rider is considered good or righteous.

Next, we note that the rider has a BOW for a weapon.  The bow represents “military strength,” especially military strength that can be projected from a great distance.  With the bow, the rider has the ability to strike from long range while being relatively safe from counterattack.

We also see that the rider is given a CROWN.  In the Bible, a crown represents governmental power and the authority to rule.  Therefore, the rider represents a government or ruling entity.

Lastly, we are told that this “good” governmental power uses its military might to successfully wage war.  In fact, the implication of the statement that the rider “went out CONQUERING and TO CONQUER” suggests a continual state of aggressive warfare by this power.

In summary, we have the following symbols and their meaning in the 1st seal:

SYMBOL/ACTION MEANING
White Horse Righteousness, Goodness, Purity
Bow Military Strength (Long-Range)
Crown Rulership, Power, Government
“Went Out Conquering and to Conquer” State of Continual/Perpetual Warfare

Now that we’ve defined the Revelation 6 part of the prophecy, let’s add the factors disclosed by Yeshua from Matthew 24:4-5 to it.  He tells his followers to beware of being DECEIVED.  He states that many would COME IN HIS NAME, claiming that he was the Messiah, and would deceive many.

Without the context of Revelation 6:2, it would be almost impossible to assign this deception to anything other than a strictly religious arena.  However, when all the factors from the two passages are combined, we are left with the following description:

INTERPRETATION SYMBOL/WARNING
A governmental power… Crown
That appears good/righteous… White Horse
Initiates extended warfare… “Went out conquering and to conquer”
Using long range weapons and tactics… Bow
Yet they are deceiving many people… “Take heed that no one deceives you”
While proclaiming the name of Christ. “Many will come in my name”

Does any world power in this modern age fit that description?  Yes!  With the apparent exception of the “widespread deception” attribute, a better question would be “can this prophecy be about any modern nation other than the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA?”

Most Americans think that our country represents all that is good and right in the world.  We think of ourselves as the “good guys.”  Many of us dislike the fact that the US government is intruding more and more into our everyday lives.  However, as a nation we are prosperous and wealthy, and we want to believe that the people running our government have our best interests at heart

In response to the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, the leaders of our government have initiated a series of initiatives to protect our “Homeland.”  Shortly after those attacks, President George W. Bush announced his intention to begin a “War on Terrorism.”  On September 18, 2001, the US Congress authorized President Bush to:

Use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons. (Public Law 107-40, S.J. Res. 23)

On September 20, 2001, President Bush presented his response to the attacks in an address to a joint session of the US Congress (and via television and radio to the American people).  In this address, he stated:

Our war on terror begins with al-Qaida, but it does not end there.  It will not end until every terrorist group of global reach has been found, stopped and defeated.

President Bush laid out for the American people the foundation for a decades-long struggle against terrorists and the states that support them.  When America invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, the American public was solidly behind the President.  A slimmer majority also supported the March 2003 invasion of Iraq, believing both actions were necessary to defeat “terrorism.”

However, this “War on Terrorism” is turning out to be exactly what President Bush promised at the onset – a perpetual war allegedly against terrorist groups and the nations that harbor and supply them.  In fact, members of the Bush administration referred to their anti-terrorist policy as the “Long War.”  President Bush used this new name in his 2006 State of the Union speech, when he said:

“Our own generation is in a long war against a determined enemy.” (January 31, 2006)

During his 2007 State of the Union address a year later, the president made this telling statement:

“The evil that inspired and rejoiced in 9/11 is still at work in the world.  And so long as that’s the case, America is still a nation at war.” (January 23, 2007)

Even though the presidential administration has changed since these wars started, America still has tens of thousands of troops on the ground in the Middle East.  However, our military might is not primarily composed of men, but rather of advanced technology.  Just as the bow was the long-range weapon of choice in ancient times, unmanned drones, cruise missiles, jet planes, and “smart” bombs are the modern equivalent.  For instance, some of the bombing missions flown by the US Air Force in the campaign against Iraq originated from Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.  The round trip time for these flights was generally over 30 hours.  Additionally, other combat sorties were flown from the island of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean and off of aircraft carriers stationed in the Persian Gulf and elsewhere.  America has lost relatively few men in their conquests of Afghanistan and Iraq because we were able to attack from a distance that did not allow our adversaries to respond effectively.

But, most will object, this is where the similarities to the prophecies we are studying end.  Certainly our government isn’t perfect, but it’s the best form of human government in our modern world.  How can one say that our government is “deceiving many” people in the name of Christ?

As most Americans would readily admit, the US is predominantly perceived as a Christian nation (although not nearly as much so as 50 years ago).  The American leader at the time of the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush, was a member of the Methodist Christian denomination.  He said on several occasions that he recommitted himself to Jesus Christ in 1986 in the process of conquering alcoholism.  When asked what political philosopher he most identified with in a 1999 presidential campaign debate, Bush named Christ, “because he changed my heart.”  Former Vice President Cheney was also a Methodist.  The Republican party these leaders belong to is generally perceived as representing Christian values and ideals.  Many Democrats, especially those from the middle of the country, also identify themselves as Christians.  For the most part, our government appears to be run by people who proclaim themselves to be followers (in one fashion or another) of Jesus Christ.

However, these same leaders who espouse Christ are involved in a massive deception that has already cost thousands of lives and, according to biblical prophecy, is leading to a global war that will claim the lives of well over a billion people.  What is this deception?

It is the very same event that allowed the rider of the white horse to initiate perpetual warfare against terrorists — the attacks of September 11, 2001.

Any unbiased, logical and thorough evaluation of the evidence pertaining to the events of 9/11/01 will quickly reveal a plethora of problems with the official story.  In fact, there are so many holes in the government’s version of what happened on 9/11/01 that it would be amazing for anyone who has taken a detailed looked into this event to NOT have questions.  Some of the problems with the official story are listed below:

EVENTS BEFORE THE ATTACK INDICATED FOREKNOWLEDGE

Financial Market Transactions

In the days before the attacks, significantly higher than average numbers of stock put options (essentially, bets that a company’s stock will decline in value) were placed on several companies greatly impacted by the events of 9/11/01.  These companies included:

  • United Airlines and American Airlines, two of the airlines used in the attacks.
  • Munich Re and the AXA Group, two reinsurance companies that had to cover billions of dollars worth of insurance claims because of the attacks.
  • Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, and Bank of America, financial services companies hurt by the attacks.

There was also a huge increase in the number of stock call options (essentially, bets that a company’s stock will increase in value) purchased on Raytheon on the day before the attacks (Raytheon is the maker of Patriot and Tomahawk missiles).

Additionally, there was an abnormally large increase in the purchase of 5-year US Treasury notes (considered to be very safe investments in times of uncertainty) before the attacks.

All of these financial transactions were extremely rewarding after the attacks took place.

Avoidance of the Targets

Just before 9/11/01, high government officials began avoiding the targets of the attacks:

  • Attorney General John Ashcroft stopped flying commercial airlines in July 2001.
  • Pentagon officials canceled travel plans on 9/10/01.
  • San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown received a warning on 9/10/01 not to fly from National Security Advisor (now Secretary of State) Condoleezza Rice.
  • Ariel Sharon, Prime Minister of Israel, canceled plans to address Israeli support groups in New York City (NYC) on 9/11/01.

Additionally, some business leaders and others avoided the targets:

  • Silverstein Properties, the lead company in a consortium that had just obtained a 99-year lease on the World Trade Center in July 2001, was supposed to meet on the 88th floor of one of the World Trade Center (WTC) towers to “discuss what to do in the event of a terrorist attack”; however, this meeting was canceled on the night of 9/10/01.
  • Jim Pierce, President Bush’s cousin, was scheduled to attend a conference on 9/11/01 at his company’s office on the 105th floor of the WTC South Tower.  But the conference was moved to the nearby Millennium Hotel, allegedly because the group was too large.
  • Business executives, some of whom worked in the WTC, were in Nebraska attending a meeting hosted by billionaire Warren Buffett at Offutt Air Force Base on the morning of 9/11/01 (interestingly, President Bush visited that same base later in the day).
  • At a cost of $50,000, Zim American Israeli Shipping Co. broke a lease that extended through the end of the year in order to vacate the World Trade Center just days before the attack.
  • Two employees of Odigo, an Israeli instant messaging service with offices in the World Trade Center, received e-mail warnings of the attack two hours before it occurred.
  • Scotland Yard prohibited Muslim author Salman Rushdie from flying on 9/11/01.

THE HIJACKING SCENARIO

Although the FBI named 19 Arab hijackers responsible for the events of 9/11/01 within two days of the attacks, there is little tangible evidence to support this assertion.

Fatal Flaws in the Hijackers’ Plan of Attack

The entire hijack plan was ill conceived and suffered from numerous logistical problems that should have caused it to fail had the US air defense system been operating normally on 9/11/01:

  • The originating airport for the flights that struck the World Trade Center towers (American Flight 11 and United Flight 175) was Boston Logan instead of any of several airports nearer to NYC.  This created a 40-minute window of exposure for interception of each flight.
  • The flight that reportedly struck the Pentagon (American Flight 77) flew from Dulles Airport in eastern Virginia to the western border of West Virginia before returning to Washington DC.  It was in the air for an hour and 23 minutes before allegedly attacking the Pentagon.  The impact was 83 minutes after the first hijacked flight went off course, 58 minutes after the WTC North Tower impact, and 40 minutes after the WTC South Tower impact.  Yet this jet was not intercepted as it flew over what is normally the most heavily protected airspace in the United States (if not the world).  Even under circumstances of severely reduced US air defenses, there was still ample opportunity to intercept this flight.
  • The flight that reportedly crashed in Pennsylvania (United Flight 93) flew from Newark, New Jersey almost to Cleveland, Ohio before turning around to fly toward Washington DC.  Had it reached its alleged destination, it would have been airborne for over an hour and a half.

 

Under standard air defense operating procedures, the odds of these “hijacked” planes escaping interception with this plan would have been exceedingly small.

Lack of Evidence

There is no solid evidence that any of the alleged hijackers were on any of the hijacked flights.  In fact, there is substantial evidence that some of the identified hijackers definitely were NOT involved:

  • Except for a video allegedly showing the hijackers of Flight 77 released by a third party, no other security video footage of any of the hijackers boarding their flights has been made public.
  • None of the alleged hijackers’ names appeared on the airlines’ passenger lists.
  • At least seven of the alleged hijackers have turned up alive since the attack, and one listed as involved was proven to have died in a small plane crash in Florida in 2000.
  • None of the four flight crews radioed Air Traffic Control to notify them of hijackings in progress.
  • None of the four flight crews took the few seconds necessary to punch in the four-digit hijacking code.
  • No public evidence indicates that the remains of any of the hijackers were identified at any of the crash sites.
  • None of the contents of any of the black boxes from the hijacked planes have been made public.
  • Four and a half minutes of a phone call from Flight 11 Attendant Betty Ong was made public; it describes some stabbings but does not provide any details indicating that Arab hijackers were on board.

Odd Behavior of the Hijackers

The behavior of the alleged hijackers preceding the attack does not exhibit the skill and discipline needed to pull off such an ambitious plan:

  • The alleged hijackers are reported to have visited topless bars and drank alcohol, despite being portrayed as fundamentalist Muslims motivated by religious fervor to carry out the attacks.
  • Allegedly, Mohammed Atta just barely made it to Flight 11 in time to board, although he had supposedly been planning this event for years.

Success of the Hijackers

The proposition that the alleged hijackers were successful using their crude methods and poor skills is difficult to believe:

  • The hijackers supposedly took over four jets using only box cutters.
  • None of the four flight crews were able to stop the alleged hijackers, in spite of several of the pilots being war veterans.
  • None of the alleged hijackers were good pilots, yet three of the four successfully piloted these technologically advanced planes to relatively small targets and hit them with extreme precision.

 LACK OF US AIR DEFENSE RESPONSE

Several elements are involved in domestic air defense of the continental United States.  The air traffic control system continuously monitors air traffic and notifies the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) of any deviations by aircraft from their designated flight paths or loss of radio contact.  NORAD regularly monitors air (and space) traffic and is prepared to react immediately to any threats or emergencies that arise.  It has the authority to order units from the Air Force, the Air National Guard, or any other branch of the armed services to scramble fighters in pursuit of jetliners in trouble.  This is standard operating procedure for the US air defense system.  In the year 2000, interceptors were dispatched a total of 129 times.  Between September 2000 and June 2001, jet fighters were scrambled 67 times.

Despite normal intercept times of between 10 and 20 minutes for domestic flights that go off course or lose radio contact, on 9/11/01 the hijacked planes seemingly roamed the skies at will without interference from the US air defense system.  For some reason, routine interception procedures were not followed on that day.

Reporting Failures

FAA response times for reporting the deviating aircraft were much longer than the prescribed guidelines:

  • According to the official timeline from NORAD, the FAA took 18 minutes to report Flight 11’s loss of communication and deviation from its flight plan.
  • According to the official timeline from NORAD, the FAA took 39 minutes to report Flight 77’s deviation from its flight plan.

Failure to Scramble Interceptors

Interceptors were only scrambled from distant bases after long delays:

  • Despite the fact that Flights 11 and 175 were headed for NYC, no interceptors were scrambled from New York’s La Guardia Airport or from Langley AFB in Virginia.
  • Despite NORAD having received formal notification of the first hijacking at 8:38 am, no interceptors were scrambled from nearby Andrews AFB to protect the Pentagon until after it was hit at 9:37 am.

Failures to Intercept

Once they finally got in the air, interceptors flew at only small fractions of their top speeds, ensuring that they would be unable to intercept the airliners:

  • The two F-15s scrambled from Otis AFB in Massachusetts at 8:52 am flew to Manhattan at an average speed of 483 mph, less than 26% of their top speed of 1,875 mph; they arrived about 8 minutes after Flight 175 had hit the WTC South Tower.
  • The two F-16s scrambled from Langley AFB at 9:30 am to protect the capital flew at an average speed of about 411 mph, just over 27% of their top speed of 1,500 mph; they arrived about 12 minutes after the Pentagon was hit.

Failures to Redeploy

Nearby fighters on routine patrol duty were not redeployed to intercept the airliners, nor were fighters that reached Manhattan too late sent south to defend the capital:

  • Two F-15s flying off the coast of Long Island were not redeployed to Manhattan until after the second WTC tower was hit.
  • The two F-15s scrambled from Otis AFB to protect Manhattan could have reached the capital in under 10 minutes once they arrived over NYC. At that time, there were still 26 minutes remaining before the Pentagon would be hit.

War Games

Several different war game exercises were in process on the morning 9/11/01 as the attack unfolded.  Although there has been only limited information released to the public about these exercises, they reportedly included:

  • Operation Northern Vigilance– This exercise, planned months in advance of 9/11/01, redeployed jets that normally patrolled the northeast sector of the United States to northern Canada and Alaska.  It was allegedly in response to a Russian exercise in which long-range bombers were dispatched to their northern territory.
  • Operations Vigilant Warrior and Vigilant Guardian– These were apparently a pair of war games (attacker versus defender) which involved live-fly simulations of hijackings.  Both this pair of operations and Northern Vigilance probably involved the use of “injects” into actual screens to simulate aircraft.  These games apparently resembled the real attack sufficiently to confuse military officers.
  • The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Plane Crash Drill– The NRO provides our nation its eyes and ears in space.  It operates a system of reconnaissance satellites to provide real-time monitoring of objects in the skies.  On 9/11/01, NRO headquarters in Chantilly, Virginia were evacuated as part of a drill simulating a small corporate jet crashing into one of the campus’ four towers.
  • The Tripod II Biowarfare Exercise– FEMA had deployed to NYC on 9/10/01 to set up a command post at Pier 29 in preparation for a biowarfare exercise scheduled for 9/12/01.

Interestingly, these exercises closely resembled the actual events of the 9/11/01 attacks (four alleged hijackings, three jetliner crashes into buildings, and the toxic calamity at Ground Zero caused by the building collapses).

WORLD TRADE CENTER BUILDING COLLAPSES

On 9/11/01, three skyscrapers (WTC 1-North Tower, WTC 2-South Tower, and WTC 7-Salomon Brothers Building) totally collapsed, with fire given as the primary cause.  Fires have never before or since caused steel-frame buildings to collapse.  One of these buildings, WTC 7, was over 300 feet away from the North Tower and was not hit by a plane.

WTC Twin Towers

Both the Twin Towers fell straight down, through themselves, following the path of maximum resistance, a behavior never before observed in spontaneous collapses of any type of vertical structure.  The towers also exploded outward into concrete dust and shattered steel, a result inconsistent with the known behavior of steel structures outside of explosive demolition.  Although the pattern of destruction was much more complete than normal controlled demolitions, the collapses of both WTC 1 and WTC 2 exhibited features seen only in intentional demolitions:

  • Sudden onset accompanied by thunderous bangs.
  • Visible explosions ringing the perimeters of the buildings.
  • Energetic ejections of dust (called squibs) at regular intervals.
  • The production of a huge amount of dust.

Both towers started to disintegrate both above and below the crash zones in the first few seconds of their falls.  The South Tower collapsed 29 minutes before the North Tower (although it was struck 17 minutes after the North Tower and the damage done to the building was less substantial):

  • Unlike the North Tower, the South Tower’s core structure was largely undamaged by the off-centered jet impact.
  • The South Tower had much less severe fires than the North Tower.
  • Smoke from the fires in the South Tower became progressively darker up to the time it collapsed, indicating that they were dying down.
  • Audio recordings of NYC firefighters indicate that they reached the crash zone of the South Tower; in fact, they described their plan for using two hoses to control the fires found there.

Amazing video footage and photographs of the South Tower just minutes before its collapse reveals yellow-to-white hot molten metal dripping downward.  Additionally, numerous witnesses describe molten metal underneath all three WTC buildings for several weeks after their collapses.  The problem is that the hydrocarbon-fueled fires burning in the WTC buildings were not nearly hot enough to produce the approximately 2,750°F temperatures needed to melt structural steel.  Additionally, the color of the molten metal rules out that it was aluminum from the buildings or planes, since liquefied aluminum is a silvery color.  So how did jet fuel fires which were never hot enough to melt steel cause the steel in these buildings to melt?  Why did this steel remain in a molten state under the WTC rubble for several weeks after 9/11/01?

WTC Building 7

WTC 7 imploded at 5:20 pm on 9/11/01 (approximately 20 minutes AFTER its collapse was announced live on British television by the BBC news crew covering the events of 9/11/01 from New York).  As mentioned earlier, it was not hit by a jet.  WTC 7 experienced total collapse, allegedly because of fires; however, no steel-frame building before or since has ever totally collapsed due to fire.  This building was a 47-story steel-frame skyscraper.  Only small fires were visible in it on 9/11/01.  Yet this building also collapsed in an almost perfectly vertical fall into a remarkably small pile of mostly pulverized rubble.  Buildings only 60 feet on either side of WTC 7 were virtually unscathed from its collapse.

A close observation of the collapse of WTC Building 7 shows that it had all of the features of an implosion engineered by controlled demolition:

  • The collapse of the main structure commenced suddenly (several seconds after the penthouse fell).
  • The building sank precisely into its footprint in a vertical manner.
  • Puffs of dust (squibs) emerged from the building’s facade early in the collapse, moving up the side of the building instead of downward (as would normally be expected in an unaided top-down collapse).
  • The collapse was total, producing a rubble pile only about three stories high.
  • The main structure totally collapsed in under 7 seconds, essentially at the speed of free fall; for comparison, WTC 7 collapsed only about a second slower than it would have taken a brick dropped from the building’s roof to reach the ground in a vacuum.

WTC Building 7 was home to quite a few interesting tenants:

  • NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s Office of Emergency Management had a bomb-hardened command bunker located on the 23rd floor (interestingly, he evacuated his emergency management team to a makeshift command center just as soon as the 9/11/01 attacks began).
  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) had offices on the 11th, 12th, and 13th floors.  Reportedly, the SEC’s offices housed a large amount of evidence for 3,000-4,000 ongoing insider trading cases that was lost when WTC 7 collapsed.
  • The US Secret Service had offices on the 9th and 10th floors.
  • The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) had offices on the 24th and 25th floors.
  • Reports later surfaced that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) also had secret offices located in WTC 7.

Suppression of Physical Evidence

The physical evidence from the World Trade Center buildings, as well as the attacking jets, was suppressed or systematically destroyed:

  • Controlled Demolition, Inc. submitted a plan for recycling the WTC steel only 11 days after the attack and received approval.
  • Most of the steel was quickly shipped to Asia for recycling.
  • Investigators were barred from the crime scene and had little or no chance to examine the steel.
  • None of the contents of the four black boxes from the hijacked jetliners has been released.
  • The National Transportation Safety Board was not allowed to investigate the jet airliner crashes.

 PENTAGON ATTACK

In many ways, the Pentagon attack is the most difficult to accept.  It defies logic that this home to the military establishment of the world’s mightiest superpower and prime terrorist target would NOT have been defended.  It also seems very unlikely that a terrorist using a plane as a weapon would have targeted the back side of the Pentagon in an extremely precise aerobatic maneuver, instead of just hitting the front side in a simple head-on collision.

Unprotected Target

The Pentagon was hit after ample warning was given that hijacked planes were being used to attack high profile buildings.  The 9:37 am impact occurred well over an hour after the first signs of a hijacking and 34 minutes after the South Tower strike confirmed that an attack was underway.  Even though the Pentagon is only about 10 miles from Andrews Air Force Base, where two combat-ready fighter wings were stationed on 9/11/01, no meaningful defensive action was undertaken to protect the Pentagon.  The inbound aircraft was monitored on radar as it approached Washington DC.  In addition, a military C-130 (seen over the Pentagon immediately after the impact) was reportedly dispatched to observe the aircraft.  But no interceptors were sent to stop the incoming plane.

Unqualified Hijacker/Pilot

None of the alleged hijackers were good pilots; none had ever flown jets, let alone large technologically advanced commercial jetliners.  However, probably the most ill-equipped of them was the alleged hijacker/pilot of Flight 77, Hani Hanjour:

  • Hanjour attended a flight school in Scottsdale, Arizona for four months in 1996 and 1997, but he never completed the coursework for a single-engine aircraft license.
  • Failing his courses at the Arizona flight school he was attending didn’t seem to bother Hanjour.  According to an employee there, “He didn’t care about the fact that he couldn’t get through the course.”
  • In August 2001, Hanjour attempted to rent a small plane from an airport in Bowie, Maryland.  After taking Hanjour on three test runs to ensure that he could actually fly, his request to rent the plane was declined.  The flight instructors who flew with him noted that he had trouble controlling and landing the small single engine Cessna 172.

It is questionable that even a well-trained fighter pilot could have executed the maneuver that supposedly crashed a Boeing 757 into the Pentagon. It required making a tight 320-degree turn while descending 7,000 feet in about three minutes, then leveling out so as to fly low enough over the highway west of the Pentagon to knock down 40-foot tall lamp posts.  After crossing the highway, the pilot had to take the plane to within mere feet of the ground in order to crash into the Pentagon at the first-floor level while managing to avoid impacting the lawn.  To top it all off, he had to do all of this while flying at a speed exceeding 520 mph by the time the plane crashed.

The spiral dive approach to the Pentagon was such an extreme maneuver that experienced air traffic controllers watching on radar thought it was a military jet.  The tree-top final approach skimmed objects in the yard and crashed the plane into the first floor of the building.  Experienced pilots have wondered if any human pilot could have executed the maneuver.  Quite a feat for Hani Hanjour, who couldn’t control a single engine prop plane and who had never sat in the cockpit of a jet.

Attack Hit the Only Hardened Part of the Pentagon

The location of the impact was Wedge One, one of five radial sections of the building.  It was being renovated, and was only five days from completion when the attack occurred.  The renovation program included the following improvements to the building:

  • Exterior walls reinforced with steel.
  • Exterior walls backed with Kevlar.
  • Installation of blast-resistant windows.
  • Installation of fire sprinklers.
  • Installation of automatic fire doors.
  • Creation of a building operations and control center.

The renovated area was the only part of the Pentagon with a sprinkler system, and it had been reconstructed to withstand bomb blasts. Because of the renovation, the stricken portion of the building was sparsely occupied.  While about 4,500 people normally would have been working in the targeted area, because of the renovation work only about 800 were actually there.

More than half of the people listed as missing after the attack worked in the Pentagon’s Naval Command Center.  These personnel were moved into the remodeled areas shortly before the attack.  Of the thousands of people in the building at the time of the attack, only 125 people were killed.  Of those, none were high-level officials.  Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was safe in his office on the opposite side of the building.

The fact that the attack targeted the one portion of the building that was mostly vacant is all the more remarkable considering the approach required by the aircraft blamed for the damage.  According to National Transportation Safety Board information recently acquired via the Freedom of Information Act, American Airlines Flight 77 approached Washington DC from the west northwest on a heading of 99 degrees.  Instead of attacking the huge building in a direct fashion, which would have required simply descending into the Pentagon, the jet executed a 320-degree descending spiral toward the south, losing over 7,000 feet of altitude before leveling out at nearly tree-top height as it made its final approach from the southwest.  Additionally, this spiral approach added approximately three minutes to the flight time of the aircraft (time which COULD have been used to intercept the plane).

Lack of Physical Evidence

Due to a suppression of physical evidence by the government, the truth about what actually hit the Pentagon on 9/11/01 remains shrouded in mystery and is the subject of heated arguments among skeptics of the official account.  Immediately after the attack, authorities systematically set out to confiscate, destroy or suppress the evidence:

  • Video recordings from an adjacent gas station and nearby hotels were seized by the FBI very shortly after the attack.  Additionally, traffic monitoring video cameras along the nearby highways maintained by the Virginia Department of Transportation have not been released.
  • Recordings of security video cameras around the Pentagon have not been publically released.  Up until recently, only five frames of security video had been made public (and then only as an unofficial leak) from all the security cameras that monitor the periphery of the Pentagon.  An additional release of video on 5/16/06 due to a Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch added nothing of value to what was already available.
  • A photographed scrap of aircraft debris that has markings similar to an American Airlines 757 seemingly corresponds to the forward portion of the right side of the plane, yet the scrap was far to the left of the plane’s path.
  • Few photographs of the Pentagon’s interior prior to removal of debris have been publically released.
  • Investigators were not allowed access to the crash site until well into October 2001.
  • The government has refused to disclose the fate of aircraft debris collected at the Pentagon or disclose the results of any attempts to identify the aircraft parts.
  • The government has implausibly insisted that the black boxes recovered from the crash yielded nothing useful.

The government’s behavior regarding the physical evidence could be due to several reasons.  The military has a penchant for secrecy, which has been heightened by the atmosphere of national emergency produced by the 9/11/01 attack.  However, they also could be attempting to suppress evidence that would disprove the crash of Flight 77.  Finally, it’s worth considering that they are now suppressing evidence that would prove the crash of a Boeing 757 in order to use this information at a later date to derail “conspiracy theorists” who have taken the position that Flight 77 did NOT hit the Pentagon.

CASUALTIES FROM THE ATTACKS

The death toll of the attacks, although horrible, was much lower than it should have been if not for numerous favorable target selection and timing factors.

Flights

All four flights had low occupancy rates:

  • Flight 11 had a capacity of 158, but had only 76 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 175 had a capacity of 166, but had only 46 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 77 had a capacity of 188, but only had 50 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).
  • Flight 93 had a capacity of 182, but only had 26 passengers on board (not counting the alleged hijackers).

World Trade Center

The towers were attacked before most people had arrived for work, and were hit high enough to allow most who were there to escape.

  • When Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46 am, the World Trade Center buildings were at less than half the occupancy they would have by mid-day of a typical day.
  • WTC 1 was hit just 15 stories below the top, and most of the people who were trapped were between the 95th and 110th floors.
  • WTC 2 was hit only 30 stories below the top, and the plane missed the core of the building, allowing people to evacuate from above the impact zone.  The 17 minutes that had elapsed from the first hit also allowed many people to escape the South Tower while the elevators were still working.

Pentagon

The portion of the Pentagon that was attacked, the West Block, was in the process of being renovated, and so was at low occupancy.

  • 125 people were killed in a building containing 20,000 people.
  • No high-level Pentagon officials were killed in the attack.

STRANGE COINCIDENCES

Many events and decisions in the days and months preceding the attacks helped to make the incompetence theory more plausible:

Rules Changes

Procedural changes limited the ability of pilots and military commanders to respond to hijackings:

  • A 6/1/01 order stripped field commanders of the autonomy to respond to hijackings.
  • The FAA banned firearm possession by commercial pilots two months before the attack.

Where Were They?

Several top officials, including the President of the United States, were not available until after the attack was over:

  • President Bush remained at the publicized location of Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida until about a half-hour after the news of the attack went on worldwide TV, first listening to second grade students read about a girl and her pet goat, and then holding a press conference.
  • General Richard Myers, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, allegedly remained in a meeting with Senator Max Cleland until nearly the time the Pentagon was hit.
  • Brigadier General Montague Winfield had Navy Captain Charles J. Leidig, Jr. (a rookie) assume his watch as Deputy Director for Operations for the National Military Command Center (NMCC) at 8:30 am on 9/11/01; he relieved him after the attack was over.

GOVERNMENT RESPONSES

What was the government response to all the alleged incompetence displayed on 9/11/01 that allowed the hijackers to succeed in their attacks?  Did those in positions of authority have to take responsibility for the lapses that left thousands dead?  Were they fired or demoted?

Despite the worst failure in history of the military to protect American civilians, and the worst alleged engineering failures in history, there were no honest investigations and no consequences for the responsible authorities.

Air Defense Failures

No one was held accountable for the numerous unprecedented failures in air defense:

  • General Richard Myers, Acting Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on 9/11/01, was confirmed as Chairman two days later despite being unable to provide any meaningful answers to questions regarding the air defense failures.
  • General Richard Eberhard, commander of NORAD on 9/11/01, was promoted to head the newly created US Northern Command (NORTHCOM), which took the homeland defense role from the US Joint Forces Command.
  • NORAD’s official press release contradicted early statements by high-ranking officials that no interceptors had been scrambled on 9/11/01.
  • NORAD’s vague timeline raises far more questions than it answers, yet officials have never been required to give a full account of the discrepancies.
  • The 9/11 Commission later advanced a new timeline which contradicted NORAD’s earlier timeline and the testimony of military officials to the Commission itself.

Building Collapse Inquiry

Based on the official story, the total collapses of WTC 1, WTC 2, and WTC 7 were the three largest engineering failures in history.  How were they investigated?

  • FEMA was given the sole authority to investigate the collapses even though it is not an investigative agency.
  • The investigative team assembled by FEMA consisted of unpaid volunteers.
  • The investigators were not allowed access to Ground Zero.
  • The investigators were not provided with the blueprints of the buildings.
  • The resulting FEMA report states that the causes of the collapse “remain unknown at this time.”  By the time the report was released, disposal of all the WTC steel had been completed.  The fact that WTC 7 supposedly failed in a way that contradicts a century of engineering experience makes it the largest and least understood structural failure in history.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report failed to even mention the existence of WTC Building 7.
  • The 9/11 Commission Report denied the existence of the Twin Towers’ core structures.
  • The report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on the collapse of the WTC Towers purports to provide a “probable collapse sequence” for each Tower but truncates its timelines before the collapses even begin.

 

As you can see, there are hundreds of legitimate questions about what actually took place on 9/11/01.  Yet, even given this volume of evidence and uncertainty, many will reject outright the possibility of such an enormous deception by the American government.  They will do so without any investigation of the facts, on the grounds that no one would be audacious enough to try and pull off such a huge lie. 

However, German Nazi leader Adolph Hitler wrote about just such a deception in his defining work, Mein Kampf  (“My Struggle”):

. . . In the big lie there is always a certain force of credibility; because the broad masses of a nation are always more easily corrupted in the deeper strata of their emotional nature than consciously or voluntarily; and thus in the primitive simplicity of their minds they more readily fall victims to the big lie than the small lie, since they themselves often tell small lies in little matters but would be ashamed to resort to large-scale falsehoods.  It would never come into their heads to fabricate colossal untruths, and they would not believe that others could have the impudence to distort the truth so infamously.  Even though the facts which prove this to be so may be brought clearly to their minds, they will still doubt and waver and will continue to think that there may be some other explanation.  For the grossly impudent lie always leaves traces behind it, even after it has been nailed down, a fact which is known to all expert liars in this world and to all who conspire together in the art of lying.  These people know only too well how to use falsehood for the basest purposes. . . . (p. 134, James Murphy translation)

Hitler, while Chancellor of Germany, went on to implement his version of the “big lie” when he approved a plan to torch the Reichstag building in Berlin where the elected members of government met daily.  The Reichstag building was burned on the night of 2/27/33, and Hitler was able to blame this act on his rivals, the Communist Party in Germany.  This act, and his response to it, paved the way for Hitler to become the dictator of Nazi Germany.

Joseph Goebbels, Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda and allegedly one of those involved in the planning of the Reichstag fire, had this to say about his leader’s “big lie” concept:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.  The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie.  It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

Conclusion

With the understanding of the first seal, we can now complete our outline of Revelation 6:

REVELATION 6 MATTHEW 24
1st Seal = American Empire
Behold, a white horse.  He who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer. (Rev. 6:2) “Take heed that no one deceives you.  For many will come in my name, saying I am the Christ, and will deceive many.” (Matt. 24:4-5)
2nd Seal = Widespread Warfare
Another, a fiery red horse, went out.  And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another; and there was given to him a great sword. (Rev. 6:4) “And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars.  See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.” (Matt. 24:6-7)
3rd Seal = Famine
There was a black horse, and its rider held a scale in his hand.  Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, “A quart of wheat for a day’s wages, and three quarts of barley for a day’s wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!” (Rev. 6:5-6) “There will be famines . . .” (Matt. 24:7)
4th Seal = Death of 1/4 of Mankind from First Four Seals
There before me was a pale green horse!  Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him.  He was given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and pestilence, and by the wild beasts of the earth. (Rev. 6:8) “There will be . . . pestilences and earthquakes in various places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.” (Matt. 24:7-8)
5th Seal = Martyrdom of Believers
I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held.  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”  Then a white robe was given to each of them; and it was said to them that they should rest a little while longer, until both the number of their fellow servants and their brethren, who would be killed as they were, was completed. (Rev. 6:9-11) “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for my name’s sake.  And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.” (Matt. 24:9-10)
6th Seal = Heavenly Signs
Behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood.  And the stars of heaven fell to the earth, as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind.  Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.(Rev. 6:12-14) “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matt. 24:29)

If this understanding of prophecy is accurate, the United States of America is currently on a course that will soon lead directly to World War III.  How is it possible that the people of America have been deceived so comprehensively?  The apostle Paul outlines the likely reason in II Thessalonians 2:10-12.  He states that God will send strong delusion upon people at the time of the end, and they will believe the lie because they have no love for the truth and take pleasure in unrighteousness.  Unfortunately, that description fits much of the American population these days.

While we as believers can do nothing but pray about the situation and ask for God’s protection in the great tribulation that lies ahead, it is comforting to understand WHY these prophesied events are going to happen.  May the Eternal Father keep and protect His people as we witness the birth pangs of the coming kingdom of God!

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https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble offers a good choice being many individual reads on various subjects concerning the major mess America and our entire world civilization is truly in; and includes worldwide misled Christianity according to the Bible which has left billions not spiritually prepared for the coming beast in Daniel and Revelation.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/539/  shares some of my years of effort to gain understanding of Yehovah.

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/father-of-lies-all-believe-2/

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THE MYSTERY OF YEHOVAH: THOSE PREDESTINED-WHY HUMAN SUFFERING-AND SALVATION FOR ALL


Note that all the categories and tags I use are deeply covered when any with open minds seeking spiritual truth from not of this world investigates my links at the end of this informative article, and shares what all need to know.

Who can see all things? Who feels they know all required? Who feels secure? How many know that absolutely nothing about them being thoughts, ways, actions, and hearts intent can be hid from Yehovah Elohim?

Excellent read on God’s sacred name unknown to most; https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

And that includes this world of false brethren, sisters, shepherds, evangelist, singers, Bible study teachers, and every religious title on this earth being believers that talk their Christian talk, but never walk their commanded walk while living as lovers of themselves accompanied with extreme selfishness I have experienced this entire past decade; and all reasons why have been spiritually made known for any being drawn by the words in John 6:44, and all that you shall read in this lengthy writing on truth for these end times.

Welcome to Christian love and obedience within a deceived and misled human race.

What is Yehovah really trying to accomplish here on earth?  This is a question that religious men and women have pondered since the dawn of creation.  Paul tells us that the mystery of Yehovah Elohim was hidden throughout all the ages and generations from the time of creation until the appearance of the Messiah.  After his first coming, however, the heavenly Father revealed this mystery to His saints (Col. 1:26).  Yet how well do those who profess to have accepted Yeshua the Messiah really understand Yehovah Elohim mysterious plan?

Most Christian denominations believe that they have a good grasp of the mystery of YHVH the Father.  They think He is saving those who, of their own free will, accept the sacrifice of His son Yeshua.  Conversely, they believe that Elohim will condemn and eternally punish those who do not accept that sacrifice (either because of conscious rejection or ignorance).

Under that basic premise, most of Christianity has implicitly decided that Yehovah is going to end up saving just a minority of humanity, since even the most optimistic assessment can only conclude that most people throughout history have NOT accepted the saving sacrifice of Yeshua.  Yet does this understanding agree with what Elohim says He will do in His Word?  In this writing we will examine what the Bible truly teaches about this misunderstood mystery of YHVH God that even now so few really comprehend.

In order to lay out the mystery of our creator, we must first understand some things about Yehovah that the Father reveals of Himself through telling us quite a bit about Himself and His abilities in the Bible.

Yehovah Elohim the Father – Omnipresent, Omniscient and Omnipotent

These three impressive sounding words describe God’s presence, knowledge, and power, which are concepts found often in the Scriptures.  We will examine each in turn:

OMNIPRESENCE

The term “omnipresent” refers to the ability to be present everywhere at the same time.  The Scriptures tell us that God the Father, through His Holy Spirit, maintains a presence in all of His creation:

Note that most all Bible versions have done away with Yehovah and Yeshua being their proper personal names — and through these links below, much can be learned for the reason why.

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/ZOXmRb/the-true-pronunciation-of-the-sacred-name

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/NnWnPv/authority-of-the-bible-as-written-autographs

https://dochub.com/timesoftrouble/gv1vr3/flaws-in-all-translations-of-the-bible

PSALM 139:7 Where shall I go from Your Spirit?  Or where shall I flee from Your presence?  8 If I ascend to heaven, You are there!  If I make my bed in Sheol, You are there!  9 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.  11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” 12 even the darkness is not dark to You; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with You. (ESV)

JEREMIAH 23:23 “Am I only a God nearby,” declares the LORD, “and not a God far away?  24Can anyone hide in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the LORD.  “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the LORD. (NIV)

PROVERBS 5:21 For a man’s ways are in full view of the LORD, and He examines all his paths. (NIV)

PROVERBS 15:3 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. (ESV)

OMNISCIENCE

To be “omniscient” means that one has total and complete knowledge of all things.  What does the Bible tell us about God the Father’s knowledge?

ISAIAH 46:9 Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me.  10 I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.  I say:  My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. (NIV)

ISAIAH 48:3 I foretold the former things long ago, my mouth announced them and I made them known; then suddenly I acted, and they came to pass. (NIV)

ISAIAH 42:9 Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them.” (ESV)

PSALM 139:1 For the director of music. Of David.  A psalm.  O LORD, You have searched me and You know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; You perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; You are familiar with all my ways.  4 Before a word is on my tongue You know it completely, O LORD.  5 You hem me in — behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. (NIV)

LUKE 12:6 “Are not five sparrows sold for two small coins?  Yet not one of them has escaped the notice of God.  7 Even the hairs of your head have all been counted.  Do not be afraid.  You are worth more than many sparrows.” (NAB)

MATTHEW 24:30 “Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  31 And he will send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other. . . .  36 But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” (NKJV)

These Scriptures show that God knows all things, and that He often foretells the future to us through His prophets.  But we are told even more here; God does not just make known future events, but He actively works to carry out His plan.  It’s not simply a case of the heavenly Father being able to see the future.  God specifically tells us that He takes action to make prophesied events occur.

OMNIPOTENCE

The term “omnipotence” means having power over all things.  Let’s see what the Scriptures tell us about God the Father’s power:

ISAIAH 44:24 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, “I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, stretching out the heavens by Myself and spreading out the earth all alone,” (NASU)

JEREMIAH 10:12 But God made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding. (NIV)

JEREMIAH 27:5 “With My great power and outstretched arm I made the earth and its people and the animals that are on it, and I give it to anyone I please.” (NIV)

JEREMIAH 32:17 Ah Lord GOD!  It is You who made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm!  Nothing is too hard for You. (NRSV)

JEREMIAH 51:15 “He made the earth by His power; He founded the world by His wisdom and stretched out the heavens by His understanding.” (NIV)

ISAIAH 40:25 “Who will you compare Me to, or who is My equal?” asks the Holy One.  26 Look up and see:  Who created these?  He brings out the starry host by number; He calls all of them by name.  Because of His great power and strength, not one of them is missing. (CSB)

JOB 36:22 See, God is beyond reach in His power; who governs like Him? (JPS Tanakh)

God’s power is so great that He created the entire vast universe using it.  The power of God is also manifested in His ability to design a plan and ensure that it is carried out to achieve His will and purpose:

ISAIAH 14:24 The LORD of hosts has sworn:  As I have designed, so shall it be; and as I have planned, so shall it come to pass: (NRSV)

ISAIAH 14:27 The LORD of hosts has planned; who can thwart Him?  His hand is stretched out; who can turn it back? (NAB)

ISAIAH 43:13 “Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand;I act and who can reverse it?” (NASU)

ISAIAH 46:10 I foretell the end from the beginning, and from the start, things that had not occurred.  I say: My plan shall be fulfilled; I will do all I have purposed. (JPS Tanakh)

LAMENTATIONS 3:37 Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it? (NIV)

II CHRONICLES 20:6 [King Jehoshaphat] said: “O LORD, God of our fathers, are You not the God who is in heaven?  You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations.  Power and might are in Your hand, and no one can withstand You.” (NIV)

Yehovah’s power is such that whatever He has decided to do, that is what will be done.  YHVH tells us that He has designed a plan that will be implemented because no one (not man nor angel) has the power to thwart or withstand His purpose.

If YHVH truly is all powerful, and if He has a definite plan for mankind, then nothing happens outside the scope of that plan.  Logically this means that He is the author of everything that happens, both good and bad.  Numerous Scriptures confirm this to be the case:

ISAIAH 45:7 I form the light, and create darkness:  I make peace, and create evil:  I the LORD do all these things. (RWB)

LAMENTATIONS 3:38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that good and evil come? (NIV)

ECCLESIASTES 7:13 Consider what God has done:  Who can straighten what He has made crooked?  14 When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:  God has made the one as well as the other.  Therefore, a man cannot discover anything about his future. (NIV)

DEUTERONOMY 32:39 “See now that I, I am He, and there is no God besides Me; it is I who put to death and give life.  I have wounded and it is I who heal, and there is no one who can deliver from My hand.” (NASU)

I SAMUEL 2:6 The LORD both kills and gives life; He brings down to the grave and raises up. (NET)

JOB 5:18 For He wounds, but He also binds up; He injures, but His hands also heal. (NIV)

HOSEA 6:1 “Come, let us return to the LORD.  He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us; He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.” (NIV)

Because He is all powerful, Elohim is the source of everything that happens, both good and bad.  The Scriptures show that He is the One who wounds and kills, in addition to being the One who heals and makes alive.  As the Almighty Creator and Supreme Power in the entire universe should, God the Father takes complete responsibility for all things in this world, evil as well as good.

Yet very few believe Elohim when He claims to be the source of evil.  They refuse to accept the very words of Elohim recorded in the Bible and instead prefer to believe in a different Elohim being there are many Elohim meaning God’s, thus choosing one of their own devising.  The Elohim of most Christians isn’t the source of the evil in the world.  Instead, they believe Elohim simply allows His creation to choose evil because He has given them the free will to do so.

Many cite the first half of Habakkuk 1:13 in support of their contention that YHVH, far from being the creator of evil, cannot even so much as look upon it:

HABAKKUK 1:13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil; you cannot tolerate wrong. . . . (NIV)

“There!  The Bible says it, so I believe it!” proclaim those who hold this view.  But if this is really the point the prophet is making here, then he is contradicting the scriptural wisdom of King Solomon (Pro. 15:3).  Since the Messiah told us that the Scriptures cannot be broken (John 10:35), let’s look at the context of the entire first chapter of Habakkuk to understand what he is really saying about God.

Habakkuk 1:2-4 records the prophet’s cries to YHVH regarding the sin and violence that were rampant within Judah during the reign of the latter kings.  In Habakkuk 1:5-11, God reveals to him that He is going to raise up the Babylonians against Judah to punish them for their sins.  This in turn causes Habakkuk to wonder why God would use a people more violent and wicked than Judah to punish His chosen ones:

HABAKKUK 1:12 Are You not from eternity, Yahweh my God?  My Holy One, You will not die. LORD, You appointed them to execute judgment; my Rock, You destined them to punish us.  13 Your eyes are too pure to look on evil, and You cannot tolerate wrongdoing.  So why do You tolerate those who are treacherous?  Why are You silent while one who is wicked swallows up one who is more righteous than himself?  14 You have made mankind like the fish of the sea, like marine creatures that have no ruler.  15 The Chaldeans pull them all up with a hook, catch them in their dragnet, and gather them in their fishing net; that is why they are glad and rejoice.  16 That is why they sacrifice to their dragnet and burn incense to their fishing net, for by these things their portion is rich and their food plentiful.  17 Will they therefore empty their net and continually slaughter nations without mercy? (CSB)

In reality, we see that the words of Habakkuk about YHVH prove the exact opposite point from what most understand from the first half of verse 13.  Even though Judah’s sins were grievous, Habakkuk was appalled at God’s solution after He showed him how He was going to deal with them.  Habakkuk wondered how YHVH could choose the treacherous, vicious, arrogant Babylonians (i.e., Chaldeans) to punish His people.  Although he realized that the Jews needed to be corrected, Habakkuk could not understand YHVH’s choice of people to serve as His instrument of punishment.  So Habakkuk’s point really was, “YHVH, I know You hate evil, yet You are going to choose a people even more wicked than we are to punish us.  WHY?”

YHVH has and continues to make use of various (and often evil) proxies to carry out His will.  The Heavenly Father uses fallen angels such as Satan (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7) and the unnamed spirit who enticed King Ahab to his death through deception (I Kings 22:19-23; II Chr. 18:18-22), pagan prophets such as Balaam (Num. 22:5-24:25), and despotic men such as Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 25:9; 27:6; 43:10) and Persian king Cyrus (Isa. 44:28; 45:1-4; II Chr. 36:22:23; Ezra 1:1-4) to accomplish His will.  Despite what men and nations plot in their own minds to do, it is the will of God that is ultimately done:

PSALM 33:10 The LORD foils the plans of the nations; He thwarts the purposes of the peoples.  11 But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of His heart through all generations. (NIV)

Because YHVH is using His creation to complete His plan, it is often incorrectly assumed that the Father is simply doing His best to rescue a plan gone horribly wrong.  For instance, many believe that a powerful angel now called Satan (the Hebrew word for “adversary”) rebelled and became the archenemy of YHVH at some point in the distant past.  They believe that this Adversary almost succeeded in derailing YHVH’s plan to bring many human sons into His family (Luke 3:38) by tempting Adam and Eve into disobeying YHVH Elohim.

However (as this line of thought goes), the heavenly Father was able to salvage His plan for humanity by sending His Son Yeshua to the earth to provide a means for humanity to be forgiven and saved from the sin and death that entered the world through Adam’s choice (Rom. 5:12).  It appears that although the devil and his angels will ultimately be defeated, first they will succeed in dragging down most of humanity into the fiery pit of hell with them (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 14:9-11; 20:10).

Yet this imaginary scenario is absolutely contradicted by the Scriptures, which show that the sacrifice of Yeshua for sin was part of Yehovah the Father’s plan from the very beginning:

1 PETER 1:18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.  20 He was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake. (NRSV)

REVELATION 13:8 All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast — all whose names have not been written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. (NIV)

II TIMOTHY 1:8 . . . God, 9 who saved us and called us to a holy calling, not because of our works but because of His own purpose and grace, which He gave us in Christ Jesus before the ages began, (ESV)

ACTS 2:22 “Men of Israel, listen to these words:  Jesus the Nazarene, a man clearly attested to you by God with powerful deeds, wonders, and miraculous signs that God performed among you through him, just as you yourselves know — 23 this man, who was handed over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you executed by nailing him to a cross at the hands of Gentiles.” (NET)

ISAIAH 53:10 Yet it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. (NIV)

YHVH did NOT have to improvise because the attack of Satan disrupted His original plan.  The Messiah’s sacrifice for mankind’s salvation was not a revision or addition to the Heavenly Father’s initial blueprint.  It was the focal point of the plan of Elohim even BEFORE the creation.

To believe that YHVH had to change or modify His plan in any respect is to believe that it was initially imperfect.  How could an omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent God have designed a flawed plan that required revision to make it work?  The simple answer is that a perfect God would not, indeed could not, have drafted an imperfect plan.  Consequently, the design we now see unfolding must be EXACTLY what YHVH intended from the very beginning!

Is “All” Too Lofty A Goal For YHVH?

If taken at face value, the Bible convincingly shows that YHVH the Father is all powerful and that He fully intends to bring His plan to a successful conclusion, despite the best efforts of those in the physical and spiritual realms.  Therefore, what we see taking place in the world cannot be YHVH scrambling to make the best of a bad situation, but rather YHVH’s original plan unfolding.  But, as strange as it seems when viewed logically in the light of Scripture, this obvious conclusion that YHVH the Father is in total control of all things is not acknowledged by most who profess to worship Him.

The reason most have concluded that YHVH is NOT in absolute control is because they have accepted the idea that He has given His creation “free will.”  Even if the Eternal Father wants to save all of mankind (I Tim. 2:4), many believe that He can’t because they have been taught that YHVH God will not force anyone to be saved against their will.  Effectively, the common belief is that YHVH has ceded His sovereignty to His creation.  Therefore, the creation will determine the outcome of the divine plan, not Yehovah Himself.

The Father may not want anyone to perish but everyone to come to repentance (II Pet. 3:9), but according to the prevailing view, YHVH will NOT get what He desires.  Because it is thought that He has given man the “free will” to choose life or death, some will choose NOT to be saved.  In this warped scenario, the choices of mortal men are allowed to override the outcome desired by the immortal YHVH Elohim.

Yet does this understanding square with what the Bible says?  Let’s see what the Scriptures teach about YHVH’s plan for ALL mankind:

JOHN 12:32 “And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw [helkuso] ALL people to myself.” (NRSV)

In this statement, Messiah Yeshua gives us a glimpse into what YHVH planned to accomplish through the sacrifice of His Son.  It’s clear from the next verse (John 12:33) that the phrase “lifted up” was a reference to Yeshua’s impending crucifixion.  The Messiah plainly understood that his sacrificial death was a necessary part of YHVH’s plan which would eventually lead to ALL mankind accepting him as their Lord (“Master”).  Paul expands on the words of Yeshua to confirm the end result of his atoning death:

PHILIPPIANS 2:8 He humbled himself, by becoming obedient to the point of death — even death on a cross!  9 As a result God exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus EVERY knee will bow — in heaven and on earth and under the earth — 11 and EVERY tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father. (NET)

Yeshua’s ability to put aside his own desires and do the will of the Father resulted in YHVH exalting him above all things except Himself (I Cor. 15:27).  In the end, the entire creation will bow to Yeshua and confess that he is Lord.  This outcome will bring glory to YHVH the Father, because it will signal the successful completion of this phase of His plan.

TITUS 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared for the salvation of ALL men, (RSV)

Paul tells Titus that YHVH’s unmerited favor, which was manifested in the appearance of Messiah Yeshua, will ultimately lead to the salvation of all mankind.

I TIMOTHY 2:3 . . . God our Saviour, 4 who will have ALL men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (DRA)

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul states that YHVH will have all of humanity come to a knowledge of the truth and be saved.  He doesn’t say how or when this will happen, but it is communicated as a certainty.  Because this statement is so definitive, many modern translations try to water it down by rendering it as “YHVH, who desires all men to be saved.”  The implication of translating it this way is that YHVH really does WANT to save everyone, but for some reason He won’t be able to accomplish that goal.

Since we have already seen from the Scriptures that YHVH’s will and purpose cannot be thwarted, this slight change in rendering does nothing to invalidate the underlying sentiment of Paul’s statement.  If the omnipotent YHVH truly desires all men to be saved, there is nothing in this universe that can stop that outcome from happening.  Therefore, we are left to decide whether we believe YHVH is powerful enough to accomplish His will.  Unfortunately, many have believed Satan’s deception that He ultimately will not be able to achieve this desire.

I CORINTHIANS 15:22 For just as in Adam ALL die, so also in Christ ALL will be made alive.  23 But each in his own order . . . (CSB)

ROMANS 5:18 Therefore just as one man’s trespass led to condemnation for ALL, so one man’s act of righteousness leads to justification and life for ALL. (NRSV)

We know that everyone since Adam has died because of sin (Rom. 5:12).  The only human never to have sinned was Yeshua the Messiah (II Cor. 5:21; Heb. 4:15; I John 3:5), and sin still caused his death because he had to die for the sins of the world (I John 2:2).  So when Paul contrasts the death that was brought by Adam with the life that will be brought by Messiah, he has to be talking about the entirety of humanity.  “All” humans have been condemned to death because of Adam’s disobedience; for Paul’s comparison to be true, the same “all” must eventually be justified and made alive by Messiah’s act of righteousness.

II PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some people think of slowness; on the contrary, He is patient with you; for it is not His purpose that anyone should be destroyed, but that EVERYONE should turn from his sins. (CJB)

If it truly is NOT YHVH’s purpose to destroy anyone, but rather to see all mankind repent, how can anyone or anything prevent that from happening?  As we are told in the Scriptures, the purpose within YHVH‘s heart will stand firm forever (Psa. 33:11) and His plan will be fulfilled (Isa. 46:10).

I TIMOTHY 4:10 . . . We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of ALL men, and especially of those who believe. (NIV)

Paul received his insights into the mystery of YHVH by revelation from the glorified Messiah himself (Gal. 1:11-12; Eph. 3:3).  He probably understood what Elohim was accomplishing better than anyone else, before or since.  Throughout his letters, Paul casually drops theological bombshells regarding universal salvation.  Here in his first letter to Timothy, he plainly states that Elohim will save all mankind, starting specifically with believers in Yeshua the Messiah.  Once Paul’s universalist view is recognized for what it truly is, it’s interesting to note how often he states or alludes to the salvation of all mankind in his letters.

Is Our Destiny Preordained By God?

Another controversial matter that Paul addresses in several places is the topic of predestination.  In fact, his letter to the Ephesian congregation contains a considerable exposition on this concept and how it ties in to universalism:

EPHESIANS 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as He chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love 5 He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, 6 to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. (ESV)

Paul gets right to the heart of his message quickly.  In verse 4, he tells the believers in Ephesus that Elohim the Father “chose us” (each believer) to be blessed in Messiah Yeshua “before the foundation of the world.”  Many claim that this choosing refers to the church as a whole, and not to every individual believer.  This view, however, is based more on the natural human aversion to the concept of predestination than on the actual teaching of Paul.

In verse 5, Paul tells the Ephesians that in love Elohim predestined believers for adoption as His sons through Messiah Yeshua.  He did this “according to the pleasure of His will,” as the New English Translation renders the final part of verse 5.  In other words, the heavenly Father did this because it’s what He wanted to do.  It’s the way Yehovah Elohim wrongly known as God decided to achieve His goal of ultimately bringing all mankind into His family.

As Paul explains elsewhere, God does not choose us because of anything we have done or will do in the future (II Tim. 1:9; Rom. 9:11).  Instead, each of us was chosen because God the Father showed us favor.  The Greek root word translated “grace” in verse 6 is charis.  Although it is usually rendered “grace” in the New Testament, it literally means to bestow undeserved “favor” on someone.  YHVH predestined each one who is called and chosen in this age to the exclusion of all others.  When He did this before time as we know it began, He was showing us unmerited favor, as Paul told Timothy:

II TIMOTHY 1:8 . . . God, 9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life — not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace.  This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (NIV)

Paul’s comments elevating YHVH’s grace above our works must be viewed in the light of his understanding of predestination.  Paul never denigrated YHVH’s Law (Rom. 7:16; Gal. 3:21) or a believer’s observance of it (Rom. 3:31; I Cor. 7:19).  Rather, he showed that YHVH’s calling does not depend on man’s desire or effort, but solely on the Father’s mercy (Rom. 9:16).  Yeshua himself stated this to the Jews of his day:

JOHN 6:44 “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws [helkuse]him.  And I will raise him up on the last day.” (ESV)

JOHN 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life, the flesh is no help.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and life, 64 yet some among you do not trust.”  (For Yeshua knew from the outset which ones would not trust him, also which one would betray him.)  65 “This,” he said, “is why I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has made it possible for him.” (CJB)

Those who truly come to the Messiah do not simply decide for themselves one day to do so.  If we believe the words of Yeshua, only those YHVH specifically “draws” come to him.  The word translated “draws” in John 6:44 is from the Greek root helko.  Here is what Bauer, Gingrich, Arndt, and Danker (BGAD) have to say about the literal meaning of this word:

To move an object from one area to another in a pulling motion, draw, with implication that the object being moved is incapable of propelling itself or in the case of pers[ons] is unwilling to do so voluntarily, in either case with implication of exertion on the part of the mover. (Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature, 3rd edition)

Interestingly, helkuso (a form of the same Greek root word found in John 6:44) is used in Yeshua’s statement that his sacrificial death would eventually “draw” all people to Him (John 12:32).  Again, the implication is that these people will not come voluntarily, but will come because of the action of YHVH Elohim.

EPHESIANS 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, 8 which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight 9 making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ 10 as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite ALL things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. (ESV)

Paul plainly tells us here that the mystery of YHVH’s will is that He is uniting all things in heaven and earth to Himself through His Son, Yeshua.  Every facet of the Father’s plan is aimed at achieving the goal of reconciling all things back to Himself, as Paul also stated in his second letter to the Corinthians:

II CORINTHIANS 5:18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christand gave us the ministry of reconciliation:  19 that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.  And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation. (NIV)

YHVH’s goal is for us to develop His godly character and become spiritually complete; He wants His children to “grow up” to become just like Him (Matt. 5:48).  The way we become like Him is through the work of His Holy Spirit in us during the process of reconciliation.  YHVH is NOT working with everyone at this time; instead, He is only calling a few in this age (John 6:44) who were predestined before the beginning of time to fulfill God’s purpose:

EPHESIANS 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.  13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (ESV)

In the 2nd chapter of Ephesians, Paul specifically states that our predestined salvation is not based on our works.  Rather, the favor Yehovah shows us is a gift:

EPHESIANS 2:4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — bygrace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (ESV)

Our salvation does not give us cause to boast.  We are YHVH’s handiwork, His creation.  He has made us what we are; the good works we do were preordained before the beginning of time.  Therefore, we can take no credit for doing them.  We earn NONE of the good things YHVH does for us; they are a divine gift:

JAMES 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. (ESV)

In his letter to Titus, Paul reiterates that our good works (which he urges believers to maintain) do not save us:

TITUS 3:4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by Hisgrace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.  8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable to men. (NKJV)

Continuing in his letter to the Ephesians, Paul spells out how the mystery of God applied to those Gentiles in Ephesus:

EPHESIANS 3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles — 2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you, 3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words, 4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.  5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:  6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel. (ESV)

Paul was a very learned man, having studied extensively at the feet of Gamaliel the Elder (Acts 22:3; cf. 5:34), one of the brightest Jewish sages of his day.  However, he takes no credit for having figured out for himself the mystery of Elohim.  Instead, Paul clearly states that this mystery (which had been hidden from all former generations) was made known to him by revelation from the Messiah Yeshua (Acts 26:15-18; Gal. 1:11-12).  This mystery was that just as the remnant of YHVH’s chosen people (the Jews) were destined for salvation, so were the rest of the people from all the nations (“the Gentiles”).

Paul addresses this universal salvation of all mankind in his letter to the Roman assembly:

ROMANS 11:25 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I want you to understand this mystery, brothers:  A partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  26 And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”; 27 “and this will be my covenant with them when I take away their sins.”  28 As regards the gospel, they are enemies of God for your sake.  But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.  29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  30 For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience, 31 so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  32 For God has consigned [sunekleisen] ALL to disobedience, that he may have mercy on ALL.  33 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!  34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor?”  35 “Or who has given a gift to Him that he might be repaid?”  36 For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.  To Him be glory forever.  Amen. (ESV)

In this chapter, Paul addresses how the salvation of all Israel will be achieved.  He clearly states that the unbelieving Jews, those who don’t accept Yeshua because YHVH Himself blinded them (Rom. 11:7-10), are still loved by Him.  But he goes on to show that the salvation of all Israel is not the final goal of YHVH’s plan.  In verse 32 he uses a form of the Greek root word sugkleio (which literally means to “hem in,” “enclose” or “imprison”) to describe what YHVH has done to all men.

Specifically, Paul tells us that YHVH has imprisoned ALL mankind (both Jew and Gentile) in disobedience – less those predestined and drawn out of this world as written in John 15:19.

Why would YHVH do this?  Paul tells us the reason is so that in the end He might have mercy on all.  This aspect of YHVH’s plan is so awesome to Paul that he launches into a praise of YHVH’s unsearchable and unknowable ways, which are beyond man’s ability to understand.  To paraphrase Paul, everything is FROM YHVH, THROUGH YHVH, and TO YHVH.  As humans, we can take credit for nothing.

EPHESIANS 3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s gracethat was given me by the working of His power.  8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ, 9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in Godwho created all things; 10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.  11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that He has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord, 12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him. (ESV)

Here Paul says that even though he is the least of those whom YHVH has called (cf. I Tim. 1:13; I Cor. 15:9), through the gift of YHVH’s favor he was chosen to bring this good news about the mystery of Elohim to the people of the nations.  This is according to YHVH’s age-lasting purpose, which is being accomplished through the Lord Yeshua the Messiah.

EPHESIANS 3:18 I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.  20 Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, 21 to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.  Amen. (NRSV)

Paul realized that YHVH’s mysterious plan was very hard for man to grasp.  Here he prays that YHVH would help the saints understand the fullness (“breadth, length, height and depth”) of His plan.  He finishes this section of his letter by stating that the power of Yehovah Elohim (i.e., the Holy Spirit) working within us is able to accomplish much more than we can request or even understand.

Paul also speaks of predestination in his letter to the Romans:

ROMANS 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.  29 For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  30 And those whom He predestined He also called, and those whom He called He also justified, and those whom He justified He also glorified. (ESV)

Messiah Yeshua is the focal point of the Father’s plan, the firstborn of many sons of God to come.  Paul here states that for those who love God, everything that happens eventually works out for their benefit.  YHVH predestined those who are being called by Him to be justified in Messiah.  Those He justified by the Messiah’s sacrifice will also be glorified and used to further His plan.

When the topic of predestination is understood properly, we have to realize that nothing happens apart from YHVH’s plan Even though we occasionally go through painful trials, these are ultimately for our good and will help us to reach spiritual maturity, as James explains:

JAMES 1:2 Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  4 But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing. (CSB)

In the 9th chapter of Romans, Paul used the example of Jacob and Esau to illustrate how YHVH has predestined those He calls:

ROMANS 9:10 And even more to the point is the case of Rivkah; for both her children were conceived in a single act with Yitz’chak, our father; 11 and before they were born, before they had done anything at all, either good or bad (so that God’s plan might remain a matter of His sovereign choice, not dependent on what they did, but on God, who does the calling), 12 it was said to her, “The older will serve the younger.”  13 This accords with where it is written, “Ya’akov I loved, but Esav I hated.” (CJB)

As a good illustration of YHVH’s predestination, Paul cites the example of Jacob and Esau.  He tells us that before their birth, before they had done anything (good or bad), YHVH Elohim decided to use Jacob in His plan, but to reject Esau.  Paul clearly states that the choice YHVH made was based on Him being the supreme ruler of the universe, not on anything Jacob or Esau did.  Some try and make this Scripture mean that Yehovah foresaw what each of the twins WOULD do later in their lives and then chose Jacob over Esau based on that foreknowledge.  But that interpretation specifically denies the point Paul is making here about Elohim’s absolute authority, not foreknowledge, being the basis for the selection.

Human nature causes most people confronted with this scenario to assert that YHVH was unfair to Esau.  Paul anticipated this objection and addressed it next:

ROMANS 9:14 What then shall we say?  Is God unjust?  Not at all!  15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whom I have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I have compassion.”  16 It does not, therefore, depend on man’s desire or effort, but on God’s mercy.  17 For the Scripture says to Pharaoh:  “I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display My power in you and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”  18 Therefore God has mercy on whom He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whom He wants to harden. (NIV)

No, YHVH is not unjust, according to Paul.  The reason is because YHVH’s plan is not based on what a man wants or what a man does, but rather on YHVH’s mercy.  YHVH used Pharaoh for a specific purpose, so that the whole world might understand His awesome power.  YHVH had mercy on the children of Israel, but He hardened Pharaoh’s heart, bringing destruction upon the land of Egypt.  All of these events were orchestrated by YHVH the Father to further His plan and purpose for mankind.

Again, Paul expects that what he has just said will elicit hostile questions from his readers.  “If YHVH hardens my heart and makes me stand in opposition to His will (just as He did with Pharaoh), why does He still punish me?  How am I truly to blame?  Who can withstand YHVH’s purpose?”

ROMANS 9:19 One of you will say to me:  “Then why does God still blame us?  For who resists His will?”  20 But who are you, O man, to talk back to God?  “Shall what is formed say to Him who formed it, ‘Why did You make me like this?'”  21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for noble purposes and some for common use?  22 What if God, choosing to show His wrath and make His power known, bore with great patience the objects of His wrath — prepared for destruction?  23 What if He did this to make the riches of His glory known to the objects of His mercy, whom He prepared in advance for glory — 24 even us, whom He also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? (NIV)

Paul answers these questions simply.  Since YHVH the Father is the Creator and Ruler of the universe, He can do as He pleases.  Those created have no right to ask the Creator why they are made a certain way.  He shows that YHVH, the Master Potter, has created some vessels for holy use and some for common use (cf. II Tim. 2:20-21).  Paul goes on to state that the common vessels will be broken during the process of YHVH’s plan being carried out to show the holy vessels the riches of God’s glory.

Paul’s response regarding YHVH’s process for accomplishing His plan closely mirrors the Father’s words to Job, when he questioned YHVH Elohim following the occurrence of a series of tragedies in his life.  YHVH allowed Satan to test Job by destroying his children, his material goods (Job 1:13-19), and his health (Job 2:7).  Being a righteous man, Job did not understand why God was putting him through such pain and suffering.

After repeatedly professing his innocence and asking YHVH to prove that He was justified in causing his suffering, YHVH finally answered Job with a series of questions designed to illustrate His magnificence and power (Job 38:1-41:34).  Delineating His awesome acts of creation, YHVH caused Job to see that His power and authority gave the heavenly Father the right to do as He pleased in his life:

JOB 42:1 Then Job answered the Lord:  2 “I know that You can do all things and that no plan of Yours can be ruined.  3 You asked, ‘Who is this that made My purpose unclear by saying things that are not true?’  Surely I spoke of things I did not understand; I talked of things too wonderful for me to know.  4 You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak.  I will ask you questions, and you must answer Me.’  5 My ears had heard of You before, but now my eyes have seen You.  6 So now I hate myself; I will change my heart and life.  I will sit in the dust and ashes.” (NCV)

If we accept the biblical position that YHVH does have the right to make some human vessels for honor and some for destruction, the question then becomes:  “Will those broken vessels of wrath be cast away forever by God after their use, or will the Master Potter reshape them into holy vessels at some future point?”  By recognizing the scriptural doctrine of universal salvation, we can see that YHVH has committed to eventually remake those common vessels into holy vessels.

PHILIPPIANS 2:12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed — not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence — continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose. (NIV)

Paul tells us that we are to “work out our salvation with fear and trembling.”  However, he goes on to show that it really isn’t us who does the work, but YHVH.  It is the heavenly Father who causes us to “will” (want to do something) and to “act” on those desires.  This is according to His purpose, which ultimately is for our good.

Paul clearly teaches predestination.  What Calvin, Luther, and others who recognized this teaching missed was that Paul also taught universal salvation.  They did not understand the timing aspect of Paul’s teaching.  Yes, some were predestined to be saved in this age.  However, this did not mean that the rest who are not saved in this age are forever lost.  God will save all mankind, but He will do so in the way and at the time He decides.  Each person will be saved when it is his or her time (I Cor. 15:22).

Predestination – Does the Rest of the Bible Support Paul’s Teaching?

There are very few today who accept the doctrine of predestination.  Most steadfastly assert that humanity has free will, and that YHVH does not limit the will of man, but allows him to exercise that will even to the point that it overrides His own.  But what do the rest of the Scriptures have to say about YHVH’s will and the fulfillment of His purpose?  Let’s examine some passages from the Old Testament to see if this teaching was a new innovation by Paul, or if it had its roots in the Hebrew Scriptures:

JEREMIAH 10:23 You know, O LORD, that man is not master of his way; man’s course is not within his choice, nor is it for him to direct his step. (NAB)

This is a very straightforward and direct statement from Jeremiah.  He clearly states that man does not control his destiny, does not choose his own path or direct his own steps.  The clear implication is that it is Yehovah Elohim who does these things.

PROVERBS 16:9 In his mind a man plans his course, but the LORD directs his steps. (NAB)

The Artscroll Tanach Series is a set of Jewish commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures from talmudic, midrashic, and rabbinic sources.  Here is what the commentary on Proverbs says about this proverb and its companion statement from Jeremiah:

Like many other verses in Scripture, this verse teaches that man is not in control of his own destiny.  He can only make plans; the ultimate outcome, however, is in the hands of Hashem.  The prophet Jeremiah also proclaims that (Jeremiah 10:23) . . . a man’s path is not his own.  Accordingly, we must learn to place our trust in Hashem and fervently pray that He set us on the path of success so that we may see our plans reach fruition (Meiri). (p. 301, vol. 2,Mishlei / Proverbs)

Similar comments are found elsewhere in the psalms of David, as well as in the proverbs of Solomon:

PSALM 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. (NIV)

PSALM 37:23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD, and He delights in his way. (NASU)

PROVERBS 20:24 Man’s steps are ordained by the LORD, how then can man understand his way? (NASU)

The Artscroll Tanach Series commentary on Proverbs ties together the theme of these final two verses:

This oft-quoted verse (similar to Psalms 37:23 . . . By Hashem are a man’s footsteps established) expresses the limited extent of our ability to understand Divine Providence.  Man is a puppet in the hands of Hashem and as such often has no comprehension of the circumstances of his mortal existence.  But this itself can be a source of encouragement, for we trust that whatever our condition, Hashem has our best interests at heart. (p. 408, vol. 2,Mishlei / Proverbs)

Notice how similar this rabbinic view is to that of the apostle Paul, who stated that YHVH causes everything that happens to work together for the good of those who love Him and are called in accordance with His purpose (Rom. 8:28).

PROVERBS 19:21 The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established. (NRSV)

PROVERBS 16:1 A man may arrange his thoughts, but what he says depends on the LORD. (JPS Tanakh)

These two related statements from Solomon indicate that the mind of a man does have some ability to formulate independent thoughts and schemes.  However, when it comes to actions and spoken words to express those thoughts, man is dependent upon YHVH.  There is no such thing as “chance” or “luck”; YHVH ELOHIM is in control of all things:

PROVERBS 16:33 The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD. (CSB)

Numerous stories from the Old Testament show the hand of YHVH in planning and carrying out His will through the actions of men.  Let’s look at some of them to see how YHVH guided events to fulfill His purpose.

JOSEPH

First, let’s look at the story of Joseph, the favorite son of Jacob by his beloved wife Rachel.  Because of the special treatment that Joseph received from Jacob, the rest of his brothers hated him (Gen. 37:3-4).  Eventually, this hatred caused them to plot to kill Joseph.  Reuben, the oldest son of Jacob, was able to keep the other brothers from slaying him.  However, they did sell Joseph into slavery and deceive his father into believing that he had been killed by a wild animal.

Joseph ended up as a slave in Egypt, but YHVH was with him in everything that he did.  Thirteen years after being betrayed by his brothers, while Joseph was being held unjustly in prison, YHVH gave Pharaoh a prophetic dream that he did not understand.  But YHVH also gave Joseph the ability to accurately interpret that dream for the ruler of Egypt of the famine that He was about to send upon the land (Gen. 41:25, 28).  Because of the wisdom and discernment that Joseph displayed in regard to the dream, Pharaoh elevated him to the second highest position in all the land.  He also placed him in charge of the effort to prepare the land for the famine that was coming after seven years.

When the prophesied famine struck, Jacob heard that there was food in Egypt.  He sent his 10 oldest sons down from Canaan to Egypt to purchase grain.  Joseph immediately knew them when they arrived, but they did not recognize him.  After testing his brothers to see if their hearts had changed since their earlier actions against him, Joseph revealed himself to them.  In doing so, he stated that everything that had happened to him was predestined by God:

GENESIS 45:4 And Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come near to me.”  So they came near.  Then he said:  “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt.  5 But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life.  6 For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.  7 And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.  8 So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.” (NKJV)

Joseph realized that everything he had suffered was part of the plan of YHVH.  Therefore, he didn’t hold his brothers liable for what happened to him, but rather understood that YHVH the Father was responsible.  This realization was what allowed Joseph to forgive his brothers for their plot against him:

GENESIS 50:18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him.  “We are your slaves,” they said.  19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid.  Am I in the place of God?  20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (NIV)

Although his brothers acted against him out of hatred (motivated in large part by divinely-inspired events such as his dreams), Joseph did not hold them accountable for their actions.  He forgave them because he realized that YHVH accomplished His will through them.  In this, we see that Joseph was a type of the Messiah, who also forgave his brothers the Jews for their persecution and crucifixion of him (Luke 23:34).

The Jews of Yeshua’s day did what they did because YHVH blinded them to His plan (John 12:37-40; Rom. 11:7-10), in order for His atoning sacrifice for mankind to be successfully offered:

ACTS 3:13 “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified His servant Jesus.  You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go.  14 You disowned the holy and righteous one and asked that a murderer be released to you.  15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead.  We are witnesses of this.  16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.  17 Now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders.  18 But this is how God fulfilled what He had foretold through all the prophets, saying that His Christ would suffer.” (NIV)

I CORINTHIANS 2:7 But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; 8 the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory; (NASU)

By understanding that YHVH ELOHIM is ultimately responsible for all things, it is possible to see why YHVH commanded us to forgive those who oppose, oppress and attack us:

MATTHEW 5:44 “But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” (NKJV)

To really forgive our enemies, it helps for us to recognize that YHVH’s blinding has caused them to be against us.  They are “vessels of wrath” which YHVH is using to make known to us “the riches of His glory” (Rom. 9:22-23).  This realization of YHVH’s sovereignty and His control of events was why Joseph could truly forgive his brothers of their transgression against him.

PHARAOH

The story of the Pharaoh of the Exodus is of great benefit in understanding how YHVH brings events to pass in order to fulfill His will.  As quoted earlier from the 9th chapter of Romans, Paul clearly stated that YHVH hardened Pharaoh’s heart in order for Him to prove something to the world (Rom. 9:17-18).  Let’s start the story with YEHOVAH’s words to Abram 430 years prior to the Exodus:

GENESIS 15:13 Then the LORD said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years.  14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions.” (ESV)

This prophecy from YHVH to Abram specifies an exact time period – 400 years.  According to the cantillation signs in the Hebrew text of Genesis 15:13, the phrase “400 years” refers back to the words, “your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs.”  The years of Abraham’s offspring being strangers in a strange land began with the birth of Isaac, NOT with the Egyptian enslavement.  Therefore the text ought to be understood as follows:  “Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs . . . 400 years.”  It was 400 years from the date of Isaac’s birth until the Exodus, and 430 years (Exo. 12:40-41; Gal. 3:17) from the time of YHVH’s covenant with Abram.

Notice that ELOHIM pronounced a very specific time period for these very specific events.  YHVH didn’t just allow them to happen or foresee them happening.  He directly acted to cause them to happen at a precise point in time.  In his commentary on the Exodus, the Jewish sage Rashi wrote that the covenant of the pieces (Gen. 15:13), the angelic announcement of Isaac’s birth (Gen. 18:10), his actual birth (Gen. 21:2), and the Exodus from Egypt (Exo. 12:41) all took place on exactly “the selfsame day” on the Hebrew calendar:

On the fifteenth of Nisan the ministering angels came to Abraham to announce (it) to him, and on the fifteenth of Nisan Isaac was born, and on the fifteenth of Nisan there was decreed the decree “between the pieces.” (p. 121, vol. II, The Pentateuch and Rashi’s Commentary)

Clearly, the fact that all these events occurred on the same date was not coincidence, but part of the design of YHVH’s plan.  For that plan to be fulfilled precisely as YHVH desired, Pharaoh had to do exactly as YHVH intended.  When Moses first received instructions from the Angel of YHVH from the burning bush, a brief outline of the events that would occur during the Exodus was given to him:

EXODUS 3:16 “Go and gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, 17 and I promise that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, a land flowing with milk and honey.” ‘  18 And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, ‘The LORD, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days’ journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the LORD our God.’  19 But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand.  20 So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go.  21 And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, 22 but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing.  You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters.  So you shall plunder the Egyptians.” (ESV)

YHVH ELOHIM later added some additional details about the reaction of Pharaoh to the miracles ELOHIM would grant Moses to perform:

EXODUS 4:21 And the LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power.  But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.  22 Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, Israel is My firstborn son, 23 and I say to you, “Let My son go that he may serve Me.”  If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.’ ” (CJB)

Here we see the first mention of YHVH hardening the heart of Pharaoh.  For the will of God to be carried out according to His plan in this matter, all 10 plagues (culminating with the death of the firstborn) had to occur.  By hardening his heart, YHVH ensured that Pharaoh didn’t abandon his rebellion before YHVH ELOHIM accomplished His objectives.  He specifically tells Moses His plan shortly thereafter:

EXODUS 7:1 And the LORD said to Moses, “See, I have made you like God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.  2 You shall speak all that I command you, and your brother Aaron shall tell Pharaoh to let the people of Israel go out of his land.  3 But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and though I multiply My signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, 4 Pharaoh will not listen to you.  Then I will lay My hand on Egypt and bring My hosts, My people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great acts of judgment.  5 The Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring out the people of Israel from among them.” (ESV)

The first time we specifically see it stated that YHVH hardened Pharaoh’s heart is after the 6th plague of boils:

EXODUS 9:11 The magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils, for the boils were on the magicians as well as on all the Egyptians.  12 And the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the LORD had spoken to Moses. (NASU)

After hardening his heart to ensure that the punishment would continue, YHVH then threatened Pharaoh and Egypt with another horrible plague:

EXODUS 9:13 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Get up early in the morning, confront Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says:  Let My people go, so that they may worship Me, 14 or this time I will send the full force of My plagues against you and against your officials and your people, so you may know that there is no one like Me in all the earth.  15 For by now I could have stretched out My hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth.  16 But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you My power and that My name might be proclaimed in all the earth.  17 You still set yourself against My people and will not let them go.  18 Therefore, at this time tomorrow I will send the worst hailstorm that has ever fallen on Egypt, from the day it was founded till now.’ ” (NIV)

YHVH clearly stated through Moses that He had raised up Pharaoh for the very purpose of revealing His power and glorifying His name through him.  Could Pharaoh have stopped the plagues by giving in to YHVH’s demand to let His people go?  No, we see from the very words of God that this was not an option.  YHVH’s plan required that all 10 plagues be poured out on Egypt, and nothing (not even Pharaoh himself) could have been allowed to stop that from happening.  YHVH the Father clearly and unambiguously states this fact over and over in the Exodus narrative:

EXODUS 10:1 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of Mine among them 2 that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD.” (NIV)

Again, after the 8th plague of locusts, Pharaoh seemed ready to give in (Exo. 10:16-17).  However, we see that YHVH once more intervened and hardened the heart of Pharaoh to stop him from accepting Moses’ demands:

EXODUS 10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the Israelites go. (CSB)

Likewise, after the 9th plague of darkness, Pharaoh was ready to acquiesce to Moses’ request (Exo. 10:24).  But once again, YHVH did not allow him to do so:

EXODUS 10:27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. (JPS)

In Exodus chapter 11, Moses told Pharaoh of the 10th and final plague that would fall upon Egypt:  the death of the firstborn.  Hot with anger at Pharaoh’s refusal to let the Israelites go, Moses left Pharaoh’s presence:

EXODUS 11:9 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Pharaoh will not listen to you, that My wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”  10 Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh, and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not let the people of Israel go out of his land. (ESV)

Did Pharaoh have free will in this incident?  A literal reading and acceptance of the biblical account at face value shows that the intervention of YHVH was what caused Pharaoh to reject the requested release of the Israelites numerous times.  YHVH’s hardening of Pharaoh’s heart was the reason that the Egyptian firstborn died, and the reason that the Passover sacrifice was ultimately required.

Clearly this episode was NOT primarily about getting His people freed from slavery.  Rather it was about establishing a literal salvation from Egypt for the Israelite firstborn that would symbolize the later salvation the spiritual firstborn would have through the sacrifice of Yeshua the Messiah, our Passover (I Cor. 5:7).  The original was necessary to foreshadow the future.  Consequently, YHVH made sure that Pharaoh reacted in such a way that allowed that first Passover to occur as He had planned.

Now, back to the question Paul raised in Romans chapter 9:  Was YHVH unjust to punish Pharaoh after causing him to rebel against Him?  Paul initially deflected this question by saying that the created have no right to question what the Creator does (Rom. 9:19-21).

However, the apostle to the Gentiles then went on to explain that YHVH is using most in this age simply as “vessels of wrath” (Rom. 9:22) in the process of showing mercy to His “assembly of the firstborn” (Heb. 12:23).  Through these spiritual firstborn, YHVH will eventually have mercy on all (Rom. 11:30-31).

SENNACHERIB

For another example of predestination in the Tanakh, let’s look at the story of Sennacherib, the king of Assyria.  Sennacherib came against Jerusalem during the reign of Jewish king Hezekiah.  His envoy proclaimed to the Jews that they should not look to King Hezekiah or to YHVH their ELOHIM to save them.  After putting on sackcloth, King Hezekiah sent Eliakim, Shebna, and the senior priests to the prophet Isaiah for God’s input on the matter.  Here is the message from YHVH that Isaiah sent back to the king:

ISAIAH 37:21 Then Isaiah son of Amoz sent a message to Hezekiah:  “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says:  Because you have prayed to Me concerning Sennacherib king of Assyria, 22 this is the word the LORD has spoken against him:  “The Virgin Daughter of Zion despises and mocks you.  The Daughter of Jerusalem tosses her head as you flee.  23 Who is it you have insulted and blasphemed?  Against whom have you raised your voice and lifted your eyes in pride?  Against the Holy One of Israel!  24 By your messengers you have heaped insults on the Lord.  And you have said, ‘With my many chariots I have ascended the heights of the mountains, the utmost heights of Lebanon.  I have cut down its tallest cedars, the choicest of its pines.  I have reached its remotest heights, the finest of its forests.  25 I have dug wells in foreign lands and drunk the water there.  With the soles of my feet I have dried up all the streams of Egypt.’  26 Have you not heard?  Long ago I ordained it.  In days of old I planned it; now I have brought it to pass, that you have turned fortified cities into piles of stone.  27 Their people, drained of power, are dismayed and put to shame.  They are like plants in the field, like tender green shoots, like grass sprouting on the roof, scorched before it grows up.  28 But I know where you stay and when you come and go and how you rage against Me.  29 Because you rage against Me and because your insolence has reached My ears, I will put My hook in your nose and My bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.” (NIV)

Through Isaiah, YHVH told Hezekiah that He had long ago planned that which was then happening.  YHVH clearly stated that He had predestined and raised up Sennacherib and He had given him his victories over the nations he had conquered.  To punish his impudence, pride, and lack of recognition of YHVH’s hand in his successes, YHVH told King Hezekiah that He would drag Sennacherib back to Assyria in shame.

That very night, YHVH fulfilled His word regarding King Sennacherib:

II KINGS 19:35 And that night the angel of the LORD went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians.  And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.  36 Then Sennacherib king of Assyria departed and went home and lived at Nineveh.  37 And as he was worshiping in the house of Nisroch his god, Adrammelech and Sharezer, his sons, struck him down with the sword and escaped into the land of Ararat.  And Esarhaddon his son reigned in his place. (ESV)

Clearly portrayed in this story is the fact that YHVH alone is sovereign and that He organizes the rise and fall of world leaders which includes Trump, and all before him not only in America, but leaders worldwide. (cf. Jer. 27:5 below).

NEBUCHADNEZZAR

In the prophecies of Jeremiah and Ezekiel, YHVH shows that Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar was His servant, used to accomplish His divine will.  In addition, YHVH stated that the Babylonian kingdom would continue under Nebuchadnezzar, his son (Nabonidus), and his grandson (Belshazzar).  It was under the rule of Belshazzar that YHVH would raise up Cyrus the Persian to conquer Babylon:

JEREMIAH 25:9 “I will summon all the peoples of the north and My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon,” declares the LORD, “and I will bring them against this land and its inhabitants and against all the surrounding nations.  I will completely destroy them and make them an object of horror and scorn, and an everlasting ruin.” (NIV)

JEREMIAH 27:5 “It is I who by My great power and My outstretched arm have made the earth, with the men and animals that are on the earth, and I give it to whomever it seems right to Me.  6 Now I have given all these lands into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, My servant, and I have given him also the beasts of the field to serve him.  7 All the nations shall serve him and his son and his grandson, until the time of his own land comes.  Then many nations and great kings shall make him their slave.  8 But if any nation or kingdom will not serve this Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and put its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon, I will punish that nation with the sword, with famine, and with pestilence, declares the LORD, until I have consumed it by his hand.  9 So do not listen to your prophets, your diviners, your dreamers, your fortune-tellers, or your sorcerers, who are saying to you, ‘You shall not serve the king of Babylon.’  10 For it is a lie that they are prophesying to you, with the result that you will be removed far from your land, and I will drive you out, and you will perish.  11 But any nation that will bring its neck under the yoke of the king of Babylon and serve him, I will leave on its own land, to work it and dwell there, declares the LORD.” (ESV)

EZEKIEL 29:18 “Son of man, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon made his army labor hard against Tyre.  Every head was made bald, and every shoulder was rubbed bare, yet neither he nor his army got anything from Tyre to pay for the labor that he had performed against her.  19 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:  Behold, I will give the land of Egypt to Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon; and he shall carry off its wealth and despoil it and plunder it; and it shall be the wages for his army.  20 I have given him the land of Egypt as his payment for which he labored, because they worked for Me, declares the Lord GOD. (ESV)

JEREMIAH 43:10 “Then say to them, ‘This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says:  I will send for My servant Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and I will set his throne over these stones I have buried here; he will spread his royal canopy above them.  11 He will come and attack Egypt, bringing death to those destined for death, captivity to those destined for captivity, and the sword to those destined for the sword.  12 He will set fire to the temples of the gods of Egypt; he will burn their temples and take their gods captive.  As a shepherd wraps his garment around him, so will he wrap Egypt around himself and depart from there unscathed.  13 There in the temple of the sun in Egypt he will demolish the sacred pillars and will burn down the temples of the gods of Egypt.’ ” (NIV)

YHVH gave Nebuchadnezzar victory and used him to afflict those nations He purposed to punish.  This Babylonian king was predestined by YHVH ELOHIM to accomplish His purpose during a critical period of Judah’s history.

CYRUS

Pharaoh, Sennacherib, and Nebuchadnezzar were not the only ancient rulers used by YHVH to further His divine plan.  The Persian king Cyrus was specifically named by YHVH through the prophet Isaiah as one who would be given victory by YHVH and then be used to fulfill His will:

ISAIAH 44:28 “It is I who says of Cyrus, ‘He is My shepherd!  And he will perform all My desire.’  And he declares of Jerusalem, ‘She will be built,’ and of the temple, ‘Your foundation will be laid.’ ” (NASU)

ISAIAH 45:1 “Thus says the LORD to His anointed, to Cyrus, whose right hand I have held — to subdue nations before him and loose the armor of kings, to open before him the double doors, so that the gates will not be shut:  2 ‘I will go before you and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.  3 I will give you the treasures of darkness and hidden riches of secret places, that you may know that I, the LORD, who call you by your name, am the God of Israel.  4 For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me.  5 I am the LORD, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.  I will gird you, though you have not known Me, 6 that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me.  I am the LORD, and there is no other;’ ” (NKJV)

EZRA 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled, the LORD stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia, so that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom, and also put it in writing, saying, 2 Thus says Cyrus king of Persia:  All the kingdoms of the earth the LORD God of heaven has given me.  And He has commanded me to build Him a house at Jerusalem which is in Judah. (NKJV)

Yehovah Elohim raised up Cyrus for the express purpose of bringing about the downfall of Babylon and allowing His people, the Jews, to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the Temple there.  Cyrus was predestined to accomplish a specific task for Almighty Yehovah, and the Eternal Father ensured that he successfully completed His purpose.

JEREMIAH

The prophet Jeremiah is one of several people mentioned in the Scriptures who was known by YHVH before they were born:

JEREMIAH 1:4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”  6 “Ah, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”  7 But the LORD said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’  You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you.” (NIV)

According to the very words of YHVH, Jeremiah did not have the free will to do anything other than what He told him to do.

Who I am and my calling not of my own decision:

https://ttimesoftrouble.wordpress.com/2017/02/08/what-compelled-me-to-write-message-for-this-entire-human-race/

Now let’s move on to the New Testament to see others, both good and bad, who were predestined to fulfill God’s purpose:

JOHN THE BAPTIST

The story of John the Baptist is generally well known to most Christians.  The words of the angel Gabriel to his priestly father, Zechariah, plainly show that John was predestined from before his birth to be the prophesied messenger announcing the first appearance of the Messiah:

LUKE 1:13 But the angel said to him:  “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard.  Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.  14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord.  He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.  16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God.  17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous — to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” (NIV)

John was a relative of Yeshua due to his mother Elizabeth being kin to Mary (Luke 1:36).  He had no say in how his life would turn out.  John was selected by YHVH before his birth and tasked with a particular mission (the preaching of repentance in preparation for the kingdom of God) that ended with his death at the hands of Herod Antipas.  From before his conception until his death, John’s path was charted by Yehovah Elohim.

THE BLIND MAN AT THE TEMPLE

JOHN 9:1 As he passed by, he saw a man blind from birth.  2 And his disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”  3 Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (ESV)

According to the words of the Messiah himself, this man had been born blind in order for Yeshua to bring praise to YHVH’s name by giving him sight.  This man’s entire life, including the years of suffering he experienced due to his blindness, was a prelude to Yeshua’s miraculous healing.  He was predestined for just that moment and just that miracle, so Yeshua could glorify YHVH through him.

JUDAS ISCARIOT

The eternal fate of Judas Iscariot, the betrayer of the Messiah, has long been debated in the Christian world.  However, what does not appear to be debatable is whether or not Judas acted of his own free will when he betrayed Yeshua.  The Scriptures clearly indicate that Judas was preordained to be a traitor to Yeshua’s cause, leading to his crucifixion:

JOHN 6:64 “But there are some of you who do not believe.”  For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray him. (NKJV)

JOHN 17:12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.” (ESV)

ACTS 1:16 “Friends, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (NRSV)

GENTILES IN ANTIOCH IN PISIDIA

Are there some who are destined by the Eternal Father to be in the millennial kingdom of YHVH?

ACTS 13:44 On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord.  45 When the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and talked abusively against what Paul was saying.  46 Then Paul and Barnabas answered them boldly:  “We had to speak the word of God to you first.  Since you reject it and do not consider yourselves worthy of eternal life, we now turn to the Gentiles.  47 For this is what the Lord has commanded us:  ‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’ ”  48 When the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and honored the word of the Lord; and all who were appointed for eternal life believed. (NIV)

Clearly, the Scriptures teach that those Gentiles in Antioch in Pisidia who believed the preaching of Paul and Barnabas were preordained by YHVH to enjoy age-lasting life during the millennial reign of Messiah Yeshua.

PAUL THE APOSTLE

After his conversion, Paul understood YHVH had predestined him from the time that he was born for the work of taking the gospel to the Gentiles:

GALATIANS 1:15 But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by His grace, was pleased 16 to reveal His Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man, (NIV)

Paul knew that this preordained responsibility was not due to anything he had personally done.  Rather, it was that Elohim showed him unmerited favor (“grace”) in calling him.  Paul’s letters indicate that he fully realized just how personally unworthy he was for the task that God assigned him:

I CORINTHIANS 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, and not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. (NASU)

EPHESIANS 3:8 To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, (ESV)

Paul was the most prolific writer in the New Testament regarding the doctrine of predestination.  Having been personally instructed by the glorified Messiah, he understood YHVH’s plan.  Paul knew Elohim had charted out the path of his life, and that he was destined to run the race on the course God had laid out for him:

ACTS 20:22 “And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.  23 I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.  24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me — the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.” (NIV)

HEBREWS 12:1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. (NIV)

At the end of his life, Paul recognized that he had successfully completed the race YHVH had set before him to run:

II TIMOTHY 4:6 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time has come for my departure.  7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. (NIV)

At the end of his life, after he had successfully completed that which YHVH had assigned him to do, Paul realized that he would be one of the few chosen from among the many that YHVH calls (Matt. 20:16; 22:14).  He understood that because he had faithfully carried out YHVH’s will, he would be rewarded with a place in the coming kingdom of God.

The “many are called but few are chosen” principle is YHVH’s counterbalance to an understanding of predestination.  Even Paul, who was aware that God had predestined him to take the gospel to the Gentiles, did not know for sure if he would finish his race successfully (I Cor. 9:24-27).  YHVH only chooses a few from among the many that He calls in order to conceal from those who are now called their immediate fate.  If He didn’t do this, being called by YHVH during this age could be absolutely equated with qualifying for a position as a priest/king in the coming Messianic kingdom.  Since YHVH doesn’t want His saints to be complacent, the “many called/few chosen” formula is a way to introduce uncertainty into the equation.

More about those predestined:

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Is YHVH Responsible for Man’s Suffering?

“OK,” some will say, “there appears to be biblical evidence that some people are predestined by Elohim for certain things.  But surely that can’t mean that He involves Himself in the lives of every single human being on the planet, can it?”

Well, let’s see what the Messiah has to say about the extent of God’s control over the physical world in the fulfillment of His divine will:

MATTHEW 10:29 “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?  Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.  30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (NIV)

If not one single sparrow falls to the ground apart from the will of Yehovah the Father, how much control do you think He exercises over mankind?  We don’t have to wonder, because the Messiah clearly tells us that WE are much more important to YHVH than many sparrows.  If He has numbered the very hairs of our heads, does YHVH care enough about us to be intricately involved in our everyday lives?  The scriptural and logical answer is “Yes.”

Most cannot fathom the idea that ELOHIM has preordained the destinies of billions of people.  Despite numerous Scriptures to the contrary, the concept of free will is so deeply ingrained in the religious beliefs of most that they cannot accept that Yehovah Elohim has predestined the lives (and ultimately, the salvation) of all mankind.

Many will object that YHVH cannot be in charge of every detail of each person’s life, because if He was, then He would be directly  responsible for all human suffering and pain on the earth.  Most cannot accept that YHVH would cause the horrific misery that is evident in this world.  Therefore, they rationalize that God doesn’t specifically cause what happens, but rather He simply allows it to occur because He has given His sentient creatures free will, and many of them have chosen to do evil.

Unfortunately, this rationalization doesn’t let YHVH off the hook.  If He truly is omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent, He has the presence, knowledge, and power to stop the suffering that happens.  To have that power and not make use of it to end human misery means YHVH is complicit in the suffering.  Either way it is viewed, YHVH bears responsibility for the suffering that humanity endures.

If YHVH is powerful enough to stop all suffering (and the Scriptures assert that He is), then why does YHVH ELOHIM not end it?  Could it be because this suffering ultimately serves YHVH’s purpose of bringing many sons into His family?

ROMANS 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.  19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.  20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the One who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.  22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.  23 Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  24 For in this hope we were saved.  But hope that is seen is no hope at all.  Who hopes for what he already has?  25 But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. (NIV)

Paul states that YHVH subjected His creation to frustration and decay, but that He will liberate it from these impediments when His children are revealed.  While Paul doesn’t go into the details, he clearly conveys a certainty that the present sufferings of humanity will pale in comparison to the glory that will be manifested in mankind when this portion of Yehovah’s plan is completed.

The prophet Isaiah quotes a promise from YHVH that all the pain and suffering of this present world will one day be forgotten when He creates a new heavens and a new earth:

ISAIAH 65:17 “Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth.  The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind.” (NIV)

Even the Messiah was required to suffer while he was on this earth.  This wasn’t suffering simply for the sake of suffering, but rather suffering with a purpose and goal.  This suffering contributed to Yeshua becoming complete, as the author of Hebrews tells us twice:

HEBREWS 2:9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.  10 In bringing many sons to glory, it was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation perfect through suffering. (NIV)

HEBREWS 5:7 In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to Him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.  8 Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered.  9 And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, (ESV)

If the Messiah had to suffer in order to learn obedience and be made “perfect” or “complete,” why should we expect anything different?  Is a slave greater than his master?  No, the best we should expect is to be like our Master (Matt. 10:24-25).  Since the Father decreed that our Master Yeshua had to suffer in order to be perfected, we too should expect YHVH the Father to put us through trials and tribulations in order for us to reach spiritual maturity and attain godly character (Jam. 1:2-4).

The primary difference between Yeshua and us is that he had a preexistent relationship with YHVH the heavenly Father and fully understood Elohim’s will and what was expected of him.  We, unfortunately, do not always know Elohim’s will for us.  We can only determine it by studying the Scriptures, developing a relationship with YHVH through regular prayer, and asking Him to reveal His will to us through His Holy Spirit.

Conclusion

The Scriptures portray YHVH the Father as being omnipotent.  Because of His incomparable power, there is nothing that YHVH cannot achieve.  Since He created and sustains all things through His Holy Spirit, no being within Yehovah’s creation is able to thwart His plan or purpose.  Several times, Elohim states in the Scriptures that His will is to eventually save all mankind.  His chosen vessel for accomplishing this salvation is His son Yeshua the Messiah.

Per His plan, YHVH has called many people now to worship Him.  However, from those many called, only a few will be chosen to be saved (Matt. 20:16; 22:14) in this age.  YHVH’s purpose in saving those few now is so that they can in turn help save others later.  Most are destined to be used by ELOHIM at this time to extend His mercy to those few.  YHVH’s plan calls for using most people in this age to show His wrath and to make His power and glory known to those on whom He is having mercy (Rom. 9:22-23).  Seeing and recognizing YHVH’s wrath and power causes those He has called and chosen to fear Him.  According to the Scriptures, the fear of YHVH leads to obedience, which brings us wisdom (Job 28:28; Psa. 111:10; Pro. 9:10; 15:33), knowledge (Pro. 1:17; 2:5), and life (Pro. 10:27; 14:27; 19:23; 22:4).

YEHOVAH ELOHIM planned in exquisite detail how to bring many sons into His family before He created the universe.  Unfortunately, as the apostle Paul stated, YHVH’s decrees are unfathomable and His ways incomprehensible to most of mankind (Rom. 11:33).  He has blinded the majority so that they cannot understand His plan or how it is being accomplished.  Even among believers, what YHVH is doing is not well understood.  However, when all is said and done, it will be recognized by everyone that YHVH alone is responsible for the salvation of humanity.  No one will be able to boast that they played any part in their own salvation.  It is by Yehovah’s grace alone, not our works, that our Father will bring us into His divine family.  In this way, Elohim the Father will receive all the praise and glory from His children for His merciful act of salvation.

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