Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Israel and the Burning Tree

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Open your doors, O Lebanon, That a fire may feed on your cedars. Wail, O cypress... Zech 11 1-2a NASB

That is a verse that I randomly turned to during my morning devotions a few days ago. It would not have struck me as important except I had recently heard about the big cypress tree that mysteriously caught on fire and fell to the ground on 1/16/12. I read about the story and thought there might be some prophetic significance to it but did not see anything at first. Then when I randomly turned to the verse above I felt prompted to investigate it further. The deeper I dug the more amazed I became.

We will start with taking a look at some of the facts about the tree and the incident. The following information was derived from the many accounts on the web, and some accounts differ in various details. Here are some links to some of the many accounts of the story.


The Facts

The tree is approximately 3500 years old, oldest pond cypress in the world (some consider the pond cypress to be a type of bald cypress.)

5th oldest tree of any type in the world.

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Originally 165 ft tall, reduced 46-47 ft to 118-119 ft after a hurricane in 1925 broke its top off.

The unusually late hurricane hit Florida the night of Nov 30 as a tropical storm and achieved hurricane force after crossing into the Atlantic. So I believe the tree was most likely damaged on 11/30 or 12/1. During the storm 55 people died at sea.

Diameter 17-18 ft

Named “The Senator” after Florida state senator Moses Overstreet, the tree was nicknamed “The Big Tree.”

Tree was located in Big Tree Park, FL which is located between U.S. 17/92 and The General Hutchinson Pkwy.

Local fire company responded at 5:50 AM EST

At 7:50 a 20 ft section fell off the top leaving approx 99 ft

By 8:15 most of the tree finally collapsed.

20-25 ft remains standing after the fire.

Investigators believe that the fire started near the top of the tree an was most likely caused by an old smoldering lightning strike or by friction. One reason the tree burned so quickly was because it was hollow.

A nearby 2000 yr old cypress tree named Lady Liberty was not damaged.

The Analysis

A senator named Moses donated the land the tree was on and thus the tree was named after him. The age of the tree puts its birth at approx. 1488 B.C. This is very close to the time that Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt. Ussher places the Exodus at 1445 B.C. So it is not outside the realm of possibility that this tree sprouted the same year as the Exodus. And let’s not forget about Moses’ encounter with a burning plant.

The late archaeologist Ron Wyatt believes that he has found the place of the Red Sea crossing as indicated in this diagram. BTW; he also found chariot wheels on the sea floor there. http://wyattmuseum.com/red-sea-crossing.htm

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Ready for this; drawing a line from the tree to a spot of the Red Sea crossing as indicated below is 5772 Nautical miles. We are in the Hebrew year of 5772 now. The line also goes through the land of Goshen and is very close to Succoth where Ron has indicated the Exodus started and the line approximates their trek through the wilderness to the Red Sea.

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The next noteworthy event in the life of the tree was in 1925 on 12/1 when its top was broken off by the hurricane. Did anything happen on 12/1 in relation to Israel or that would affect Israel?

1925 December 1 The Locarno Treaties are signed. These agreements are an attempt to settle security problems left unresolved at the end of World War I. The main treaty, which confirms Germany's western borders with France and Belgium, is signed by the powers directly concerned and is guaranteed by Britain and Italy. Germany signs treaties with its eastern neighbors, Poland and Czechoslovakia, but they are not given the same protection. France, however, concludes an agreement with the latter countries promising to help them if Germany breaks its commitment to settle any future disputes with them peacefully. The Locarno Pact makes Germany's entry into the League of Nations possible. http://www.humanitas-international.org/holocaust/1925-29t.htm

So on the exact day the tree broke, Germany—Israel’s arch enemy-- is strengthened. I am not a historian but I would imagine that this strengthening eventually led to the destruction of many Jews during WWII at the hands of the satanic psychopath Hitler. And how many Jews were killed by the Germans? According to many estimates, about 30-35%. How much of the tree got destroyed in 1925? About 29 % (rounded up). And remember we are not dealing with exact numbers, just estimates, so the numbers are very close.

The next recorded event in the life of the tree was that a plaque and decorative iron fence were removed by vandals in 1945. What happened of importance in 1945 in relation to the children of Israel?

January 27, 1945

Soviet troops liberate the Auschwitz and Birkenau concentration camps

April 11, 1945

U.S. troops reach the Buchenwald concentration camp and discover that the prisoners had liberated themselves from a forced evacuation. A few days later, British troops liberate the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp for women.

April 29, 1945

U.S. troops liberate the Dachau concentration camp

May 8, 1945

V-E Day is declared -- Victory in Europe

August 15, 1945

V-J Day is declared -- Victory over Japan

So an iron fence was removed from around the tree the same year that the Jews were set free from prison.

The nearest road to the tree is the General Hutchinson Parkway, and the nearest address to the tree is 777 General Hutchinson Pkwy.

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I did a little research on General Hutchinson. If I have the right general he was a famous aviator that was instrumental in defeating the enemies in WWII, making another WWII delivering of the Jews connection to this tree. https://slsp.manpower.usmc.mil/gosa/biographies/rptBiography.asp?PERSON_ID=444&PERSON_TYPE=General

So in light of all of this I believe that this tree has symbolic connections with the children of Israel. Take note that the tree named Lady Liberty was not damaged—indicating The Big Tree does not represent the United States. Why would a tree representing Israel be on American soil? Was it not the United States that gave the children of Israel a place of refuge before, during, and after WWII? Do we not have the highest population of Jews in the world, even greater than in Israel? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_population

The Future Implications
Assuming this tree is a symbolic representation of the children of Israel, and assuming the recent fire and destruction of most of the tree is a representation of what might happen to Israel in the future, what are the possible implications? In my opinion the immediate implication is that many Jews will leave America and or die in the future.

What might bring about the destruction of many Jews and or their leaving America in the near future? Let me speculate and imagine a scenario of how this could possibly occur. Note: this is not a prediction, just speculation. Let’s say Israel launches a preemptive attack against Iran, and the strike does not go as planned and Iran inflicts a lot of damage upon Israel, killing many Jews, other nations are also involved and the crisis involves nuclear materials, resulting in large amounts of radiation being put into the air. Much damage is done to the oil industry including the shutdown of the straits of Hormuz from sunken ships. Oil prices skyrocket, causing massive inflation. In retaliation for our support of Israel a nuclear action is attempted against the United States. The world views Israel’s actions as evil and blames them for the sad state of world affairs. Great persecution arises against Jews across the world causing them to flee their present countries of residence and return to Israel.

Scripture tells us that at some point in time the entire world will come against Israel and she will fall and will be persecuted and trampled underfoot for 3.5 years just as the ashes of this tree are being trampled underfoot. Why did the tree burn down? Because it was hollow, just like Israel is “hollow,” because she does not recognize the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. But just like this tree did not fall all the way down and her roots are intact giving the possibility that shoots will sprout up, so Israel will not be totally devastated but she will “come back to life” after her demise. Jesus will save her and raise her back up.

Zechariah 11, the passage I randomly turned to, speaks of her demise and associates it with the antichrist in v 15-17.

1Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars.

2Howl, fir tree (translated cypress in NASB); for the cedar is fallen; because the mighty are spoiled: howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down.

3There is a voice of the howling of the shepherds; for their glory is spoiled: a voice of the roaring of young lions; for the pride of Jordan is spoiled.

4Thus saith the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter;

5Whose possessors slay them, and hold themselves not guilty: and they that sell them say, Blessed be the LORD; for I am rich: and their own shepherds pity them not.

6For I will no more pity the inhabitants of the land, saith the LORD: but, lo, I will deliver the men every one into his neighbour's hand, and into the hand of his king: and they shall smite the land, and out of their hand I will not deliver them….

15And the LORD said unto me, Take unto thee yet the instruments of a foolish shepherd.

16For, lo, I will raise up a shepherd in the land, which shall not visit those that be cut off, neither shall seek the young one, nor heal that that is broken, nor feed that that standeth still: but he shall eat the flesh of the fat, and tear their claws in pieces.

17Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.

Here is another connection; if you draw a line from The Big Tree to The approximate location of the missile launch west of Los Angeles (exact location not known) on 11/8/2010 the same day Netanyahu was in New Orleans being heckled over settlements--the line goes through Phoenix, Arizona and is 2012 nautical miles long.

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So this draws connections between this tree, Israel, settlements, Phoenix, and a missile—who some think came from a Chinese sub.

And here are a few final connections; the tree fell on the birthday of a famous mason--Benjamin Franklin—I assume you know about them and their future plans regarding Israel. And it just so happens that I share the same birthday, and as far as I know I am the only one to make the associations, by God's power of course, between Israel and this tree. How about that for a coincidence?

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Update 3/1

A new development has arisen in regards to the incident that I believe has significance. At first it was reported that the cause of the fire was unknown. It is now being reported that a Florida woman named Sara Barnes was arrested for allegedly setting fire to the tree.

The name Sara is a derivative of Sarah, Abraham’s wife. She is the proverbial ancestral mother of the children of Israel. The name Barnes can have associations with a barn, or it can mean warrior. “According to one etymology, the name is derived from Old English beorn (warrior)” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barnes_(name)

Therefore Sara Barnes in its essence means or can represent Israel as a warrior or Israel at war. Thus Sara Barnes setting the tree on fire and destroying it can represent Israel going to war and bringing destruction upon herself as a result. Also from what I gathered a lot of people were upset at the tree being destroyed and I am sure those feelings will be transferred to Sara Barnes for her foolish act. In the same way I believe that the world will look at Israel’s war actions with hatred at the difficulties that it will bring to the world.

Thus I believe that the tree being set on fire by a lady named Sara Barnes is a confirmation of the future implications that Israel’s war actions will bring destruction and hatred upon Israel. Please do not misunderstand me, I am not against Israel defending, and protecting her interests—I stand with Israel. I am merely stating what I believe will be the results of her actions as implicated by the burning tree incidents.

It is reported that Sara said that she lit on fire the bramble at the bottom of the tree because she needed light. Jesus said “I am the light of the world.” Let us pray for Sara Barnes and Israel the warrior that they would see the true light and come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Conversations with Pagans

There have been quite a few instances of people hearing strange noises outside. While investigating one such story in an adjoining state I ran across this series of comments left by a pagan or satanist regarding the noises. Even though much of what he says is way off base to say the least, I believe some of what he says does contain some truth and I feel that it may benefit us to examine parts of what he said.

...They showed us who the Anti-Christ is in 1977 in the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the gray alien who comes out of the ship and gestures for peace, he is the bringer of the light, the light bearer, the Sun god, Lucifer…

All those people out there who talk about "love" and unconditional love, these people are all 100% Anti-Christ. It's the Anti-Christ who loves you. It's the Anti-Christ that brings peace, and brings help and technology. It's Jesus Christ who comes to bring war, and to destroy the earth, and to put billions of people into hell to be tormented day and night forever….

Not one single truth is spoken of within the Church. For instance, there is no Pre-Tribulation rapture, just the exact opposite is true. Jesus Christ isn't God. Jesus does not come first, the Anti-Christ does. Jesus brings war/death

But just to let all of you know, because I know you do not know, the Pope, who is the false prophet spoken of in Revelations, indicted through secret language that the New World Order would begin on 3/23/12. Personally I think/hope he is wrong, but I cannot say that he is. One thing I'm 95% sure of, at the beginning of 2013 it's time for the Tribulation to begin. Anybody here know what comes first? 1/3 of the earth is killed. War of the Worlds sounds is what you're hearing. Time to pay the piper

the government already knows what it is. The governments of the world are working with the "aliens", and they are going to orchestrate a New World Order upon this world, where the Jews are the masters of the world, and their gray alien god is the creator of all things. And anybody who doesn't worship their god, is going to die. The great 7 year Tribulation is about to start, the Pope indicted 3/23/12, but I hope it's not until the end of 2012 or beginning of 2013....

Signed Oil Trading Academy, comments left on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efmjV1q4jWw

He starts off by making an alien antichrist connection. I also believe that the antichrist will be associated with aliens and have been trying to warn people of this for years.

He next tells the basic pagan/satanic lie that satan has deceived his followers with--That satan is good, and God is bad. What would one expect from followers of the father of lies, the great deceiver, satan. I wonder how many times satan has lied to his followers and they still believe him? God never lies. In this very fact alone you know that God is good and satan is evil.

He next tells us that the pretrib rapture is a falsehood—I agree. There will be a rapture, but it will not be pre trib. He also says that the antichrist will come before the rapture—this again is correct—the rapture will follow the persecution of Jews and Christians at the hands of the antichrist.

He then tells us that the Pope is the false prophet. I also agree that a future pope will be the false prophet.

He then asks the question if anyone knows what comes first? He says the killing of 1/3 of the world’s population—he is close the Bible tells us ¼ of the world’s population will die during the first 4 seals.

And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth. Rev 6:8

He says the sounds being heard are War of the World sounds—alien sounds. Personally I think they are probably warm ups for Project Bluebeam. http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Project_Blue_Beam

His discourse is a classic example of how many paganists and satanists think. Unfortunately many have been deceived by the devil and will suffer severe consequences lest they repent. But what I find ironic and sad is that some of them know more end times truths than a lot of Christians, who have been deceived by the pretrib rapture easy believism—as I was for many years. Too bad these pagans do not know the most important end times truth--that Jesus is God and He is good and perfect and righteous and He will defeat the devil by His Word.

Here is another one who has been deceived, he claims that WWIII is not far away and that it will be the catalyst for their new society.

…Well guess what Bozos, it still is. It's basic economics that if you keep printing currency, you'll get inflation. This is obvious. So why do you think that the American government is continuing to do it? Because it's part of Our plan to bring about "a perfect storm facilitating societal change". It's working….

So try to understand this: There will be a war between America, some of its puppet government Arab States and Iran. This will be horrendous - but it can't be helped. Already the American public is frantic in its calls for action. We are merely answering those calls.

China and Russia will be involved. Enjoy! You vote for the people who call the shots and press the buttons… http://www.henrymakow.com/satanistreiterates.html

Collapse of the dollar, societal change—New World Order, WWIII with China, Russia and America involved and coming soon to a theatre near you. So why did I bring their comments to your attention? Because some of you still have not waken up to the fact that the rapture will not be pre trib, and that you will have to live through the first 5 seals. Have you prepared for that scenario? The satanists know it is coming, I and others have been trying to warn you, yet some Christians say that one’s rapture theology doesn’t matter, and that we should not make a big deal about it because it is divisive. What did Jesus say?

And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. Luke 21:34

My prayer is that Christians would awaken to essential end times truths and that America would be brought to its knees in repentance and that we as a country would turn back to God and that America would not cooperate with the plans of satan and his followers.

Ready or not here it comes!

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Preparing for the Financial Crash

The Financial Crash--we know it is coming--the question is when, and what can we do to prepare?

Yes, that is right a financial collapse is coming, it is listed in scripture as one of the events that will happen before the rapture--Seal 3. We know that the antichrist will be brought to the scene as the solution to the world's problems after the demise of WWIII, the financial collapse, and the worldwide pandemic.
I have included a chapter in my book The Coming Epiphany about being prepared, which is linked at the sidebar. To double check my preps I emailed a friend, Roy, who I respect and asked his opinion. (Roy was used of the Lord to help me come to the realization of the fact that the rapture will not occur until after the sixth seal is opened and has also helped mentor me in the pre wrath view. He has a website called Prophecy Truths.) I thought others would benefit by hearing what he has written and as usual none of this is to be considered financial advice--just his opinion.

Actually, I have always modestly prepared for something like this (very modestly). There is no perfect preparation, since we do not know what will happen exactly and when it will happen in sequence. I also know from many modern words of prophecy through many others, that this economic crash engineered by man, will affect nations all over the earth. Their intent is to seize control (NWO folks). You (likely) cannot run away to a safe place and watch it all unfold from a safe distance. Therefore, your question is appropriate in a general sense--what can we do individually to prepare, knowing that each person's preps will be different than the next person's. And also realizing that we likely cannot perfectly prepare and ride out the whole thing unscathed.

As a licensed Certified Financial Planner (CFP) for nearly 20 years with an MBA oriented to Finance, my answer is couched in good planning practices vis-a-vis risk. I won't answer what I am doing personally.

There are 3 major groups by household financial assets.

A. modest income folks (most people in the USA struggling to get by)
B. middle income folks (have a good income but likely lots of debt too)
C. wealthy folks

For group A, their best preps would be to cut back on discretionary spending and obtain some real goods that will help them in a financial collapse. This includes some food stores, so that they can eat if retail stores are disrupted. If doesn't have to be expensive, since the food basics are not costly in bulk (some rice, beans, potatoes, veggies). Some who have the skills, will can veggies and fruit and have a storage that way.

Food, shelter and clothing are the bare basics (and water). If they have gardening area, then preparing it well and planting in 2012 is warranted, along with purchasing some heirloom seed packs. When they have the basics covered then maybe getting some silver coins of different types is a good choice, so that they have purchasing power in the future if the currency collapses (high or hyper inflation). However, real goods have always become barter items during an economic/financial crash, in every country.

For group B, they need to do the same things as group A, but with more assets and income, they can probably do a little more. Cut debt and lower spending ahead of time. Have some silver, and if they have higher assets maybe a few gold coins. With some saved assets, they can open a savings account in Norwegian Krona or Swiss Francs, to protect them from a dollar crash. There are a couple of Banks in the USA where one can do that. Norway has a surplus and saved national assets, so their Krona will almost certainly appreciate against crashing currencies. The Swiss Franc is a little less safe, but they have weathered wars OK as a neutral country, for many centuries, and were the currency refuge of choice.

Group C can do all the above, and likely also have a well-stocked refuge place far away from the high population centers. They can have gold and silver, and diversify some assets in safe currencies too. History tells us that most won't prepare, thinking their wealth will protect them, but it could disappear overnight (Bank crashes and stock market crashes and bond defaults). Just because someone is wealthy, it doesn't mean they have any more likelihood of coming through it OK if they don't prepare, as compared those in group A above who prepared as best they could given their modest capabilities.

In a currency crash/economic crash, real usable goods mean a lot and retain real value. The reason is that it is difficult to obtain them afterwards, even if one has a pile of gold or silver. These are storage foods, soap, sewing kits, heirloom seeds, guns, ammo, etc. Silver coins can be pre-1965 US dimes, quarters, halfs, etc. which contain about 715 ounces of silver per $1000 face value. One doesn't have to buy $1000 face value bags, they are sold in small amounts too, especially at coin shops. Those will be readily accepted during a crash, and a little less, the common silver 1 oz coins sold by the US, Canadian or Mexican government.

Silver coins are much more usable for survival in a crash, than gold, since silver's purchasing power more approximates the value of things a person might want to obtain. http://www.cmi-gold-silver.com/small-survival-gold-silver-coins.html

The thing to remember, is that during a crash, it is likely that there will be a Bank holiday declared by the president. During that time, the Banks will be closed and ATMs likely will not work. Therefore, having a modest amount of cash on hand is prudent. When the banks reopen after a week or two, generally the country's leader declares a devaluation of the currency (say 40 or 50%). Suddenly all money in the Bank buys less real goods, and many foreign made goods become very expensive. A 50% devaluation makes a person poorer, and therefore it argues against having large amounts of cash in hand at your home during the Bank holiday. It will be devalued. However, one can spend it during the Bank holiday buying essentials if possible, before they skyrocket in price. Cash is not king during a financial crash or hyperinflation. Rather, real usable goods are king.

So...the above is generally what I would counsel people. Of course one can be even more specific, but that specificity is by the individual, since each person and family differs on what is good for them.

Any of Group A, B, or C could also think about friends and relatives in rural areas, they might go to if they had to bail out of their home in the city. For some this is a possible option, and for many others, it is not an option. If so, then they will need to work with their neighbors to safeguard their little area in the city or suburb/subdivision.

Even very modest preps done beforehand, when things are available and inexpensive, will serve anyone well.

All that said, trust in God our Father and ask Him for guidance and help now,and when the crash comes. There are promises in the Bible about God's people prospering even when the world system is crashing around them. We should strive to be in that group of "God's people", whose hope and trust is in the Lord. And not merely hoping but standing in prayer on specific promises in the Bible which is how God our Father wants us live.

God bless and shalom, Roy

On retrospect I would like to add that after the antichrist takes over the world at the 3.5 year point that no one will be able to buy or sell without taking the mark--better known as the great tribulation. Preparing for that time would require much more extensive preparations than just preparing for a financial collapse.