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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Hosea told us About Animal, Bird and Fish Deaths… "at that day"


You may have seen the news. Birds falling from the sky, fish washing up on the shores in the nations of the U.S., Haiti, Brazil, the UK, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Japan, Vietnam, Philippines and Taiwan.

You may have missed it while birds have been found dead from the West Nile virus this week in Los Angeles and now today: "Fears are increasing in Germany that blackbirds are being wiped out by a tropical disease, while tests are being conducted on a number of cadavers to try to find out why they died.

Reports of mass deaths of blackbirds through the Rhine-Neckar area of Germany have been gathering pace over the last few weeks, and on Wednesday the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine in Hamburg, pointed the finger at the Usutu virus which comes from Africa.

“The find is alarming as the Usutu virus can also infect people,” said Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit, virologist at the Institute, although he stressed there was no known case of a person becoming infected with the virus in Germany."


Why? Why on earth is this happening?

Hosea 4:3 told us this would happen... but are we listening? I am not too sure.
That is why your land is in mourning, and everyone is wasting away. Even the wild animals, the birds of the sky, and the fish of the sea are disappearing. (NIV)
The reason?
There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed. Hosea 4:2 (NIV)
Since the 1970s, the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center in Wisconsin has tracked mass mortality events among birds, fish and other animals. Until now you probably did not know that.

Global mass wildlife deaths are also tracked on The Global Wildlife Disease News Map which displays activity collected and reported by the Wildlife Disease News Digest.



In March of 2010, one year before the devastating earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan, an unusual article from BBC News reported on the unusual sightings of multiple deaths of giant oarfish found on the shores of Japan:
"In recent weeks, 10 specimens have been found either washed ashore or in fishing nets off Ishikawa Prefecture, half-a-dozen have been caught in nets off Toyama Prefecture and others have been reported in Kyoto, Shimane and Nagasaki prefectures, all on the northern coast."
While only 10 in number, this was very unusual since many in Japan felt that the appearance of the dead oarfish mean't that an earthquake disaster was coming for Japan. Perhaps, ten of the oarfish may be a 'mass' die off as little is known of the great sea creature other than they are thought to be the stuff of the legends of giant sea serpents sailors have described for hundreds of years.

Unusual too, because in Japanese lore, oarfish, which can actually grow up to 50 feet in length normally live at ocean depths of 3/4 of a mile and deeper are very rarely ever seen, but when they are found it is believed that they are the harbinger of an oncoming earthquake.

Today, marine biologists believe that the Japanese oarfish sensed the changes and shifts in the crust and sought safety.

Water is a common theme in these mass die offs. Does Hosea later tell us this is somehow tied to the division of the land?
Hosea 5:10 The princes of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; On them I will pour out My wrath like water.

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Update November 23, 2014: Peru investigates deaths of 500 sea lions on north coast
"The local governor has accused fishermen of poisoning the mammals, which usually come close to the shore looking for food.

But Peruvian environmental police are looking into other possible causes for the deaths, including disease and the accidental ingestion of plastic.

The rotting corpses were found on Anconcillo beach in the Ancash region.

Agents said the bodies were of young as well as old animals, the official Andina news agency reported.

They were considered a health hazard and quickly removed from the beach, which lies some 400km (250 miles) north of the capital, Lima.

Earlier this month, a similar incident happened further north, in the Piura region, where the bodies of nearly 200 sea lions, dolphins, turtles and pelicans washed ashore.

Officials are still investigating the causes of those deaths."

Update November 9, 2014: Dead fish in Rio Olympic bay baffle scientists
"Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Thousands of dead fish have begun mysteriously washing up in the polluted Rio bay that will host sailing events at the 2016 Olympics -- and experts are at a loss to explain why.

Guanabara Bay has already been the subject of concern amongst sailors who are to compete in Rio because of the human sewage that gets pumped into its waters.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has expressed confidence that Guanabara will be fit for purpose by the time of the games.

But the recent appearance of thousands of dead fish, and the foul stench of their rotting carcasses, has attracted further scrutiny with the Olympics less than two years away.

Scientists are baffled by the phenomenon but say there is no evidence so far to suggest pollution is the cause."

Update May 19, 2014: Post-mortem underway after California fish die-off
"MARINA DEL REY, Calif. (AP) — Marine biologists worked Monday to determine whether a recent Southern California heat wave, lack of oxygen in the water or other factors might have caused the death of thousands of fish along the coastal waters of Marina del Rey.

California Fish and Wildlife workers continued to remove the dead anchovies and stingrays that created a silvery blanket on the water's surface and a pungent smell that set off a feeding frenzy among harbor seals, pelicans and seagulls. An octopus was also found among the dead sea life"
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Update May 2, 2014: Today we get an update to the January 30th report on dying starfish.


What's Killing the Starfish? Scientists Need More Clues
"WASHINGTON — Scientists are struggling to find the cause of a gruesome disease that is killing off numerous species of starfish on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America.

Researchers said on Thursday that they have ruled out some of the possible culprits, including fungi, some parasites and certain types of microbes. Now they're considering whether viruses or bacteria may be to blame.

The starfish, also called sea stars, are being obliterated by an unexplained wasting disease that causes white lesions to appear before the animal's body sags and ruptures and it spills out its internal organs. "There's the potential that some of these species could actually go extinct," said Cornell University ecologist Drew Harvell, one of the scientists involved in the loosely organized search for a cause."

Update April 28, 2014: Killer virus spreads unchecked as pork hits record
"The killer stalking U.S. hog farms is known as PEDv, a malady that in less than a year has wiped out more than 10 percent of the nation's pig population and helped send retail pork prices to record highs. The highly contagious Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus is puzzling scientists searching for its origins and its cure and leaving farmers devastated in ways that go beyond financial losses."

"Since June 2013 as many as 7 million pigs have died in the United States due to the virus, said Steve Meyer, president of Iowa-based Paragon Economics and consultant to the National Pork Board said. United States Department of Agriculture data showed the nation's hog herd at about 63 million as of March 1, 2014."

Update April 20, 2016: Today, NBC News reports Ohio hog farms hit by disease that kills baby pigs. This is the same PEDV disease reported by the Farmers Forum of Ontario, Canada: Ontario pigs hit by new PEDV-like disease.

In Ireland swine are being killed by PRRS, the Porcine Reproductive and Respiratory syndrome according to this Farmer's Journal headline: Irish pig supply hit by Blue Ear disease.

CNBC just reported: USDA tries to contain virus killing millions of pigs - Porcine epidemic diarrhea has killed millions of pigs in 27 states since showing up in the U.S. last May.

"You are the sons of the Lord your God." If you did not believe the Bible warnings in Deuteronomy 14:8 by now, its time to watch the headlines! "For you are a people holy to the Lord your God, and the Lord has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth."
"The pig is also unclean; although it has a divided hoof, it does not chew the cud. You are not to eat their meat or touch their carcasses." NIV
That's just one reason why Matthew 5:17-19 tells us Jesus said:
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
In Saudi Arabia this Passover week, Time reports that we are seeing a plague like the days of Egypt as a mysterious disease outbreak that is thought to be linked to camels. The Time article says it is killing one-third of the people it infects. It is called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS. But the CDC says it kills half of those infected. The World Health Organization began tracking the disease on September 23, 2012, three days before Yom Kippur.
"About 49 people have been infected in the past six days by the incurable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, which has claimed 76 lives in Saudi Arabia. The country's Health Minister said he did not know the cause of the sudden rise in cases"

"Authorities say the disease, which scientists have linked to camels and is similar to the SARS virus, does not spread easily from person to person and could die out on its own. However, some experts have warned that the virus could mutate, allowing for easier human-to-human transmission."

Update April 8, 2014: The LA Times reports: Beef prices hit all-time high in U.S.
Extreme weather has thinned the nation's cattle herds, roiling the beef supply chain from rancher to restaurant.
"Come grilling season, expect your sirloin steak to come with a hearty side of sticker shock.

Beef prices have reached all-time highs in the U.S. and aren't expected to come down any time soon.

Extreme weather has thinned the nation's beef cattle herds to levels last seen in 1951, when there were about half as many mouths to feed in America. We've seen strong prices before but nothing this extreme," said Dennis Smith, a commodities broker for Archer Financial Services in Chicago. "This is really new territory.""
The Washing Times also reported today that US bacon prices rise after virus kills baby pigs:
"The U.S. is both a top producer and exporter of pork, but production could decline about 7 percent this year compared to last — the biggest drop in more than 30 years, according to a recent report from Rabobank, which focuses on the food, beverage and agribusiness industries."

Update March 5, 2014: The New York Times today asks: Minnesota Mystery: What’s Killing the Moose?
"In the 1980s, moose numbered about 4,000 in the northwest part of the state; today, there are about 100. In Northeast Minnesota, the population has dropped by half since 2006, to 4,300 from more than 8,800. In 2012, the decline was steep enough — 35 percent — that the state and local Chippewa tribes, which rely on moose meat for subsistence, called off the moose hunt. The mortality rate rebounded slightly this year, but moose continue to die at twice the normal rate to sustain a population. Researchers elsewhere, along the southern edge of moose territory in New Hampshire and Montana, are also beginning to notice declines in the animals’ numbers."



Update February 26, 2014: Report: Camels Play Key Role in Spread of Deadly Virus in Middle East
"Researchers remain stumped about the origin of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome but now say the virus (or a close relative) has been circulating in camels for more than two decades...

A new study released on Feb. 25 provides the strongest evidence yet that camels are a major player in Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a viral disease that has killed dozens of people in the Middle East since it was first detected in 2012 and whose origin remains elusive."

"“This tells the community right away that we’ve got to be very concerned about who has contact with camels in Saudi Arabia,” said Peter Daszak, president of EcoHealth Alliance, a New York-based organization that studies the animal-human health border, and a co-author of the paper. “Especially those who have come into contact with young camels.” The animals are frequently raced, traded, eaten or kept as pets, all of which raises the chance that viruses could jump from the animals to human beings."

Update February 1, 2014: Perhaps, reckoning to the dream of Joseph, the cattle herds of America have shrunk 7 years in a row. This report from CattleFax Winter 2012 advises a six year decline. We are one year past that now and in year seven. In fact, this report from the Fort Wayne Gazzette states:Cattle herd at lowest since 1951.
"The lingering effects of drought across the Great Plains in recent years have led to another decrease in the U.S. cattle herd.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reports that the U.S. inventory of cattle and calves totaled 87.7 million animals as of Jan. 1. That was down by about 1.6 million cattle, or 2 percent, compared with a year ago.

The agency says this is the lowest January inventory since 1951. A bright spot was a 2 percent increase in young, female cattle retained for breeding. One expert says that factor could allow the herd’s seven-year contraction to stabilize.

Totals in Texas, the nation’s leading cattle producer, decreased 4 percent. The January report had been anxiously awaited because the agency didn’t issue a report in July due to sequestration."
Wake up!!! Cattle in the U.S. are at the lowest population since 1951 and still declining. Are you paying attention?

Update January 30, 2014: Believe me, you will want to see this special report from PBS: Mysterious epidemic devastates starfish population off the Pacific Coast


"Up and down the Pacific Coast, starfish are dying by the tens of thousands and no one knows why. Special correspondent Katie Campbell reports from Seattle on how researchers and citizen scientists are investigating the spread of the mysterious and distressing syndrome."

"Scientists are searching for clues to what’s been killing starfish up and down the West Coast. The mysterious die-offs were first noticed in Washington State.

That’s where KCTS Seattle has been partnering with the environmental public media project EarthFix to get to the bottom of the epidemic.

Special correspondent Katie Campbell reports.

"Starfish, also known as sea stars, are wasting away by the tens of thousands, not just in Puget Sound, but up and down North America’s Pacific Coast. And nobody knows why."

This update from PBS has been my first of 2014 but there have been 74 others already reported this year (see list below). In 2013, ABC News reported on the "Sea star wasting disease" and there were at least 798 other reported mass death events, in 2012 there were 465 and in 2011 there were 186 reported:
2nd February 2014 - Thousands of fish found dead in a river in Banyumas, Indonesia. Dead Fish Indonesia

30th January 2014 - Hundreds of cattle dying due to 'mystery disease' in New South Wales, Australia.

29th January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish appear in Kings River, California, America.

29th January 2014 - Hundreds of Chickens die suddenly in Madiun County, Indonesia.

29th January 2014 - 10 Tons of fish die suddenly in lake Maninjau, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

29th January 2014 - Masses of fish and squid wash ashore dead on beach in Kauai, Hawaii, America.

28th January 2014 - 20,000 Birds killed due to outbreak of avian flu in Hong Kong, China.

28th January 2014 - Hundreds of turtles washing ashore dead along east coast of India.

28th January 2014 - Tens of thousands of dead fish washing up along a river in Tennessee, America.

27th January 2014 - Tons of fish found dead in two dams in Bandung Regency, Indonesia.

26th January 2014 - 470,000 Birds killed, 1.75 million more to be killed due to outbreak of Avian flu in North Jeolla, South Korea.

24th January 2014 - 25 dead whales found near Kice Island in Florida, America.

24th January 2014 - Thousands of dead fish found near River Thames in Oxfordshire, England.

23rd January 2014 - 10,000 Chickens die suddenly due to avian flu in Kudat, Malaysia.

23rd January 2014 - Hundreds of dead birds found, 'never seen anything like it' in Burleson, Texas, America.

23rd January 2014 - Millions of fish have died in a lake in Batangas, Philippines.

22nd January 2014 - 1,000 Birds dead from outbreak of disease in Kaiapoi, New Zealand.

22nd January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish washing up at Thompson's Bayou in Florida, America.

21st January 2014 - Millions of Oysters have died suddenly during past 2 months from 'mystery disease' in Port Stephens, Australia.

21st January 2014 - 8 Whales dead, more stranded off the coast of Florida, America.

20th January 2014 - 19,000 Birds killed due to Avian flu in Shandong, China.

19th January 2014 - 'Scores' of Buffaloes dead from 'mystery disease' during past few weeks in Rewari, India.

18th January 2014 - Tens of thousands of dead fish wash up along entire beach in Vargas, Venezuela.

18th January 2014 - Mass die off of fish occurring in a branch of the Nile in Desouk, Egypt.

18th January 2014 - 70+ Whales Stranded, 20 dead on beaches in Golden Stranded Whales New Zealand Bay, New Zealand.

18th January 2014 - 1,000 Ducks found dead in a reservoir in North Jeolla Province, South Korea.

18th January 2014 - Tons of dead fish washing up on beaches in Lambayeque, Peru.

17th January 2014 - Thousands of dead fish appear on the shores of a river in Old Lyme, Connecticut, America.

17th January 2014 - 26 Dolphins, 15 Turtles, 11 Sea Lions found washed up dead along coast of Piura, Peru.

17th January 2014 - 20,000 fish have died off the coast of Mati, Philippines.

17th January 2014 - 5,300+ dead fish found in Clinton Lake, Illinois, America.

17th January 2014 - Large die off of fish in a river in Qinhuai, China.

16th January 2014 - Hundreds of ducks die suddenly due to bird flu in Wonogiri, Indonesia.

15th January 2014 - 7 Dolphins, 2 Sea Lions, 1 Whale found dead along coast of Sinaloa, Mexico.

15th January 2014 - Large die off of Shrimp 'due to disease' in Ernakulam, India.

15th January 2014 - 100,000 dead fish in Sparks Marina, 'reason unknown' in Nevada, America.

14th January 2014 - Mass die off of Wild Boars 'due to disease' in Lithuania.

14th January 2014 - Thousands of Cattle dead due to flooding in Tabasco, Mexico.

14th January 2014 - 13 whales stranded, 5 dead, 8 to be killed in Farewell Spit, New Zealand.

14th January 2014 - Thousands of fish have died 'due to cold' in Olentangy River, Ohio, America.

14th January 2014 - Tons of fish found dead, 'worst fish kill ever' in a river in Mindanao, Philippines.

13th January 2014 - Massive fish die off due to sea freezing so fast in Lovund, Frozen Fish in NorwayNorway.

13th January 2014 - 50,000 Birds killed due to avian flu in Hubei, China.

11th January 2014 - Thousands of various fish found dead in a river in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

10th January 2014 - A large number of parrots, kangaroos and emus found dead 'due to heatwave' in Australia.

10th January 2014 - 10,000 birds killed due to avian flu in Bac Ninh, Vietnam.

10th January 2014 - Thousands of fish dead due to pollution in a river in Durban, South Africa.

9th January 2014 - 150 Ducks dead due to outbreak of bird flu in Redwood City, California, America.

8th January 2014 - 100,000 bats fall dead from sky in Queensland, Australia. Dead Bats in Australia

8th January 2014 - 35 Turtles wash ashore dead along the coast of Chennai, India.

8th January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish appear in a lake is a 'mystery' in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

8th January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish found in a river in Minas Gerais, Brazil.

8th January 2014 - Mass fish kill 'due to pollution' in a pond in Foshan, China.

8th January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish wash up on shores of a lake in Oran, Algeria.

7th January 2014 - 40 Bald Eagles now dead from 'virus' in Utah, America.

6th January 2014 - 4,700 Cattle dead from outbreak of Foot and Mouth in Kerala, India.

6th January 2014 - 2 rare Whales dead after beaching on Long Island is 'unusual' in America.

6th January 2014 - 39 Pilot Whales dead after stranding on beach in New Zealand. Dead Whales in New Zealand

6th January 2014 - Hundreds of ducks die suddenly in Malang, Indonesia.

6th January 2014 - Massive fish kill due to pollution in a river in Kurger Park, South Africa.

6th January 2014 - Hundreds of fish found dead in a lake in La Molina, Peru.

5th January 2014 - Hundreds of dead fish found in a pond, 'like the apocalypse' in Varbina, Bulgaria.

4th January 2014 - 500+ Goats dead from outbreak of plague in Xinjiang, China.

4th January 2014 - 47 Marine animals (seals, turtles, dolphins, birds) found dead on beach in Chiclayo, Peru.

3rd January 2014 - Tons of dead fish found in a river in San Martino in Rio, Italy.

3rd January 2014 - Second mass die-off of Sardines during past 2 weeks washes up on beaches in Valparaiso, Chile.

3rd January 2014 - Large die-off of fish found in a river in Hsinchu County, Taiwan. Dead Sardines in Chile

2nd January 2014 - NOTE: 20,000 Birds have died since November due to disease around Great Salt Lake in America.

2nd January 2014 - 23,000 Chickens killed due to bird flu in Guizhou, China.

2nd January 2014 - Hundreds of fish have died in a lake in NSW, Australia.

1st January 2014 - Thousands of fish, including turtles and ducks dead from 'fuel spill' in Culiacan, Mexico.

1st January 2014 - Thousands of dead fish washing up on beaches in El Oro, Ecuador.

1st January 2014 - Massive fish die off in fish ponds in Thong Nhat, Vietnam.
Update November 7, 2013: CBS Los Angeles reports: Scientists Stumped By West Coast Sardine, Starfish Die-Off

SAN PEDRO (CBSLA.com) — What is causing some marine life along the West Coast to disintegrate and die-off?

KNX1070′s Brian Ping reports a mysterious disease is decimating a breed of starfish even as federal officials are slashing projected West Coast sardine harvests.

Scientists say an outbreak of “sea star wasting disease,” an affliction that causes starfish to develop white lesions, lose arms, and eventually disintegrate, is spreading at a rapid rate from Southern California all the way up to Alaska.

The disease has killed off some 95 percent of orange and purple starfish that are commonly found in West Coast tide pool populations, according to the Associated Press.
Update October 22, 2013: Can oarfish predict earthquakes? Maybe it's not as crazy as it sounds

Marc Lallanilla LiveScience
"Finding a giant oarfish washed up on the beach is a rare occurrence, since the fish is a deepwater species that's rarely seen at all. So when a second oarfish was found just five days later, the rumor mill kicked into high gear.

An 18-foot-long (5.5-meter) oarfish carcass discovered on Oct. 13 was considered a once-in-a-lifetime event for beachgoers on Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. But that event was followed five days later by a second oarfish, measuring 14 feet (4.3 meters), found on a beach in San Diego County.

Now, some are claiming that oarfish washing ashore is a sign that an earthquake will soon follow. Shortly before the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, about 20 oarfish stranded themselves on beaches in the area, Mark Benfield, a researcher at Louisiana State University, told LiveScience in an earlier interview. [Video - ROV Captures Bizarre Deep-Sea Oarfish]

The oarfish is known in Japan as ryugu no tsukai or "messenger from the sea god's palace," according to the Japan Times. Dozens of the deep-sea denizens were discovered by Japanese fishermen around the time a powerful 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile in March 2010.

Kiyoshi Wadatsumi, a specialist in ecological seismology, told the Japan Times, "Deep-sea fish living near the sea bottom are more sensitive to the movements of active faults than those near the surface of the sea.""
Update October 16,2013: Business Insider reports Moose Populations Are Plummeting In The Northeast
"North America's moose population is plummeting and scientists are not 100% sure why.

An article in the New York Times reported that moose are dying off at 25% per year in northeast Minnesota — that's a big jump since the death rate used to hover around 8 to 12%. In the 1990s the moose population in Minnesota was around 4,000. Its now down to less than 100."
Update August 20, 2013: CNN reports Dolphins dying by the dozens along East Coast

(CNN) -- What's killing the East Coast dolphins?
"The carcasses of dozens of the marine mammals, seven times more than normal, have been washing up on beaches this summer, and scientists are struggling for answers to the die-off.

In Virginia alone, at least 164 dead dolphins have been found this year, said Joan M. Barns, public relations manager for the Virginia Aquarium in Virginia Beach. Almost half of those, 78, have washed ashore in August, she said.

As of Tuesday, federal authorities say, they have recorded 228 dolphin deaths this year from New York to Virginia. In all of 2012, 111 deaths were recorded."
Update July 24, 2013: Scientists discover what’s killing the bees and it’s worse than you thought
"As we’ve written before, the mysterious mass die-off of honey bees that pollinate $30 billion worth of crops in the US has so decimated America’s apis mellifera population that one bad winter could leave fields fallow. Now, a new study has pinpointed some of the probable causes of bee deaths and the rather scary results show that averting beemageddon will be much more difficult than previously thought.

Scientists had struggled to find the trigger for so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) that has wiped out an estimated 10 million beehives, worth $2 billion, over the past six years. Suspects have included pesticides, disease-bearing parasites and poor nutrition. But in a first-of-its-kind study published today in the journal PLOS ONE, scientists at the University of Maryland and the US Department of Agriculture have identified a witch’s brew of pesticides and fungicides contaminating pollen that bees collect to feed their hives. The findings break new ground on why large numbers of bees are dying though they do not identify the specific cause of CCD, where an entire beehive dies at once."

"Bee populations are so low in the US that it now takes 60% of the country’s surviving colonies just to pollinate one California crop, almonds. And that’s not just a west coast problem—California supplies 80% of the world’s almonds, a market worth $4 billion."
Update June 19, 2013 Fox News reports: Biologists race to solve mysterious mass animal deaths in Florida lagoon

At least 111 manatees, 300 pelicans, and 46 dolphins — emaciated to the point of skin and bones — were all found dead in America’s most biologically diverse estuary.

Something is seriously wrong. The northern stretches of the Indian River Lagoon of Florida has a mass murder mystery that biologists are racing to figure out. The lagoon contains more species than anywhere else in the U.S. It is a barrier island complex stretching across 40 percent of Florida’s coast, around Cape Canaveral, and consisting of the Mosquito Lagoon, the Banana River and the Indian River Lagoon.

Update April 4, 2013: Reports of thousands of dead fish from Gulf St Vincent Australia
SWIMMERS and fishers have been reassured that they have nothing to fear from the water in Spencer and St Vincent gulfs in the wake of mass fish and dolphin deaths off the state's coastline.

SA Health told The Advertiser algal blooms, found across the state's coastline most likely due to March's prolonged hot weather and heavy winds, did not affect human health in any way.

"Consumption of fish caught alive do not represent health concerns, however SA Health advises fish caught dead should not be eaten due to concerns over decomposition and spoilage," a spokeswoman said yesterday.

The assurance comes as a taskforce of experts starts testing water to help solve the mystery of the thousands of dead fish and 16 dead dolphins.

The Fisheries Department, Environmental Protection Authority and SA Water will lead the taskforce, which will also conduct tests on the fish and some of the dolphins.

Several other nations around the world have also experienced unexplained mass sea deaths in recent months.
Update March 15, 2013: Dead fish fill Rio de Janiero Olympics rowing lake +The lake that will host rowing events at the Rio de Janiero 2016 Olympic Games is facing a huge cleanup after it was filled with 65 tonnes of dead fish." Update January 17, 2013: Tens of thousands of dead fish wash ashore on South Carolina beach
"Thousands of dead fish washed up on mile and a half stretch of beach in South Carolina Tuesday, officials said, at least the second such occurrence in the region in a week.

Roughly 30,000 to 40,000 menhaden fish, 6 to 8 inches long, were spread along the shore from DeBordieu Beach in Georgetown County, S.C., to Pawleys Island, a town on the state's Atlantic Coast, and thousands more were expected, Pawleys Island Police Chief Michael Fanning said."
Update December 19, 2012: Deadly virus that has killed hundreds of lambs and calves on UK farms 'has spread to every county'
"The killer Schmallenberg virus has now been detected in every county in England and Wales

Virus has already killed hundreds of lambs or calves on British farms, and figures are expected to rise"
Update June 8, 2012: Millions of sardines are washing up in Japan this week as "An entire port town in Japan has been left reeking of dead fish after nearly 200 tons of stinky sardines washed up on its shore.

The massive shoal started washing up at the fishing port of Ohara, on Japan's west-facing North Pacific Ocean coast, on June 3 and quickly turned the sea red.

Since then, the bizarre phenomenon gone has rapidly got out of control much like the spiritual condition of so many today.

Update May 28, 2012: A mystery disease has killed more than 10,000 saiga antelope in Kazakhstan.

"Conservationists are warning that the mass deaths could spell disaster for the saiga, which is already an endangered species.

The figure could account for up to a quarter of the global population of the species''


Update April 6, 2012:   Massive Dolphin Die-off in Peru May Remain a Mystery

"LIMA, Peru -- When a retired fisherman called to report that about 1,500 dolphins had washed up dead on Peru’s northern coast, veterinarian Carlos Yaipén’s first reaction was, “That’s impossible.” But when Yaipén traveled up the coast last week, he counted 615 dead dolphins along a 135-kilometer stretch of coastline. Now, the death toll could be as high as 2,800, based on volunteers’ counts. Peru's massive dolphin die-off is among the largest ever reported worldwide."

Update February 26, 2012: Today, Hosea's prophecy has deeper significance as the "animals of the field", both lambs and cattle are dying throughout the United Kingdom as a mystery virus that is believed to have begun in Schmallenberg, Germany last summer. This report today from The Telegraph states:

"Infected ewes do not show any symptoms of the virus until they give birth, with horrific results. Farmers have described delivering the deformed and stillborn animals as heartbreaking.

The lambing season has only just begun, which means that the full impact of the disease will not be felt until the weather warms up and millions more animals are born.

On the Continent, some farms have lost half of their lambs. So far the worst hit in Britain have lost 20 per cent, according to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)."
In the past eight months, the USGS has logged 95 mass wildlife instant die-offs in North America and that's probably a dramatic undercount, according to the USGS. The list includes 900 some turkey vultures that seemed to drown and starve in the Florida Keys, 4,300 ducks killed in Minnesota, 1,500 salamanders in Idaho, 2,000 bats in Texas, and the still mysterious death of 2,750 sea birds in California.

On average, 163 such events are reported to the federal government each year, according to USGS records. And there have been much larger die-offs than the 3,000 blackbirds in Arkansas. Twice in the summer of 1996, more than 100,000 ducks died in Canada.

Do we know what is coming? Well, we should because God declares the end from the beginning.
“And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.” Genesis 15:14
The people of this nation and others have declared lies and deceit…. let’s outlaw prayer in school, speaking the name of our Savior, let’s replace the Bible with the false religion of evolution, let’s have our highest court legalize murder in our abortion clinics and let our lower courts make divorce commonplace.  Let’s call it "pro-choice" and "a right to choose". Let’s give "tolerance" and embrace false gods and false prophets of many religions, let us separate God from our state.  Let’s waste billions of dollars each year searching for the origins of life in space in our foolish attempt to promote the atheistic false religion of Darwin.  

While we are at it, we might as well make the rule of the people as the days of Noah, so we approve the marriage of man to man, woman to woman and we teach in our schools that homosexuality is an acceptable life-style, one that you are free to choose.

And now some even say Jesus was ‘just a man’.  They think that we can put God in a box and understand His mystery and majesty. Some proclaim that Yeshua did not remove the curse of death by the law He established in Eden, that the penalty only He can overcome and reverse by His own perfect life and resurrection was done alone by a mortal man. Because of love I am here to warn all about this great sin.

Turn your heart. God’s purpose in chastisement and tribulation is according to God’s own proclamation.

It has a divine purpose, to get us to a point of turning our hearts and our actions back towards Him and His word and to show us that we are to away from the sins that keep us from fellowship with Him.  God often does this at a personal level with only minor chastisement. 

But told Hosea warns us about this… that cities and the nations will come to their knees with devastating chastisement before they will give up their stubborn refusal to honor and worship him.

Anyone who has been through a traumatic experience because of the behavior of one of their children knows how stressful that can be.  If your child committed a robbery or killed someone, as a parent it would affect you deeply and gravely.  If you had ten children, but only one or two of them ever bothered to call you or visit you, the loneliness you might experience would hurt very much.

It is difficult to imagine what it must be like for our God to have to deal with a people, a ten-nation like ours.  So the coming chastisement is something He will do to discipline those who He loves when they refuse to repent and return to Him. The following words come from Hosea. They have updates placed in them for what we are seeing today so that your eyes might be opened.

The verses are not labeled because you need to open the book of Hosea for yourself, study it and find these words and let them speak to you directly. {Bold underlines are mine.}

For the land has committed great whoredom, [departing] from YHVH. And it shall come to pass at that day, that you [are] not my people. [That you do not even know your name, your identity as my chosen or who I AM.] And I will cause all your religious joy to end, your own festival days, your Sunday sabbath, Easter and Christmas or imaginations. 
But the two witnesses called out by Moses - heaven and earth will speak and it shall come to pass in that day, I will hear, says YHVH, I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth. [As for you, you are to] Hear the word of YHVH, you children of Israel; For YHVH has a charge against the inhabitants of the land: "Indeed there is no truth, Nor goodness, Nor knowledge of God in the land.  There is cursing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery.
[Even] In the [Promised] land itself they break boundaries, and bloodshed [from terrorism] causes more bloodshed.  {They think giving the heritage land I gave to them in a peace treaty is their solution.}
{Because of my love I will warn you of your sin} Therefore the land will mourn, And everyone who dwells therein will waste away. All living things in her, even the animals of the field and the birds of the sky; Yes, the fish of the sea also die. 
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because they have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you, that you will not be a priest to me: seeing you’ve forgotten the Torah of your God, I will also forget your children.  As they were increased, so they sinned against me: [therefore] will I change their glory into shame.
I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me:   [but] Ephraim will become a desolation in the day of rebuke; Among the tribes of Israel I declare what is sure.  [This will be at a time when] The representative leaders of the people of Judah have become like those who move a boundary; On them I will pour out My wrath like water. 
[Then] they will then call out and say "Come, let us return to YHVH. For He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.”  "He will revive us after two days; He will raise us up on the third day, That we may live before Him.”
[His identity is not seen in his own mirror because] Ephraim mixes himself with the nations; yet I will spread My net over them;
I will bring them down like the birds of the sky.
I will chastise them in accordance with the proclamation to their assembly. Woe to them, for they have strayed from Me! Destruction is theirs, for they have rebelled against Me!  I would redeem them, but they speak lies against Me.
Their princes [representative leaders of people] will fall by the sword Because of the insolence of their tongue.
"Put the shofar to your lips! Something like an eagle is over YHVH's house
Because they have broken my covenant, And rebelled against my Torah.   They have set up kings, but not by me. They have made princes (leaders of people), and I didn't approve.
I wrote for him {Ephraim} the many things of my law [Torah]; But they were regarded as a strange thing  {They strangely think it was hung on the cross.}
For Israel has forgotten his Maker and built palaces; And Judah has multiplied fortified cities; But I will send a fire on his cities,  ....For you were unfaithful to your God. You love the wages…
What will you do in the day of solemn assembly, And in the [appointed judgment] day of the feast of YHVH? 
[Their economy will collapse] Nettles will possess their pleasant things of silver. Thorns will be in their tents.  The days of [punishment’s] visitation have come. The days of reckoning have come.
Israel will consider the prophet to be a fool, And the man who is inspired to be insane, Because of the abundance of your sins, And because your hostility is great.  [But] A prophet watches over Ephraim with my God. A fowler's snare is on all of his paths, And hostility in the house of his God. {The opposition against the prophet to Ephraim will come from within}.
{What happened to Ephraim?} My God will cast them away, because they did not listen to him; And they will be wanderers among the nations.  Their heart is divided. [What will happen?] Now they will be found guilty. They make promises, swearing falsely in making covenants [against God and the land]. Therefore judgment springs up like poisonous weeds.  When it is my desire, I will chastise them; And the nations will be gathered against them, When they are bound to their double guilt.
{In this tribulation, this chastisement}, it is time to seek YHVH, Until he comes and rains righteousness on you.  [Because] You have plowed wickedness. You have reaped iniquity. You have eaten the fruit of lies, For you trusted in your way, in the multitude of your mighty men.  {you trusted your military to protect you but they could not stop the chastisement}. Therefore a battle roar will arise among your people, And all your fortresses [systems] will be destroyed.... Though he flourishes among the reeds, an east wind will come, The wind of YHVH coming up from the wilderness; It will plunder his {Ephraim’s} treasury of every precious article {your debt based economy will fail}.
{So why the chastisement?}
Ephraim surrounds Me with lies and the house of Israel with deceit; Judah is also unruly against God, Even against the Holy One who is faithful.  It is your destruction, O Israel, That you are against Me, against your help.. Where now is your king that he may save you in all your cities...
The iniquity of Ephraim is bound up; His sin is stored up.  The pains of childbirth come upon him....
{But there is a great promise after the slavery as in the days of bondage for Israel in Egypt…}
I will not execute the [complete] fierceness of my anger. I will not return to destroy Ephraim: For I am God, and not man; the Holy One in the midst of you; And I will not come in wrath
{Like the days of the Exodus} They {Ephraim} will walk after YHVH, Who will roar like a lion; For he will roar, and the children will come trembling from the westReturn, O Israel, to YHVH your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity
Take words [the Torah] with you and return to YHVH.... I will heal their apostasy, I will love them freely, For My anger has turned away from them.  Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways {the ways are God’s Torah, His teaching and instruction} of YHVH are right, And the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them. The key to understanding righteousness is to understand God gives us His teaching and instruction for living because He loves us and He never changes His mind. He teaches us some very simple guidelines about how we are to live. It's the original message of the Deceiver to fall for the idea that God does not mean what He says or that He changes His mind. Don't listen to that message any longer.
God keeps His promises} it shall come to pass, [that] in the place {in Israel} where it was said unto them, You [are] not my people, [there] it shall be said unto them, [Ye are] the sons of the living God. {that place, that land is the promised land}. Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land.
Therefore I will return, and [I will] to cover her {all Israel – Ephraim’s and Judah’s sin} nakedness.  I will sow her [all Israel] unto me in the land; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to [them which were] not my people, Thou [art] my people. Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek YHVH their God, and David their king; and shall fear YHVH and his goodness in the latter days.
Did you see that? All the Children of Israel return in the latter days and seek YHVH!

What does this all mean?

It means that it is now time for you to repent and return to God's covenant, return to hear and do His word and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path so that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment.

God is a sovereign God. He has given us His Biblical prophets to warn in advance of these things. He is a loving God but a time of judgment is coming and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation. You can accept His gift of life. Consider carefully what your life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua. Do it now!
Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Who Were the Legions of Rome?

Many people are of the opinion that "the" significant prophetic passage concerning the "antichrist" is the last portion of Daniel 9, and specifically verse 26.

Many prophecy students also believe this demonstrates that the anti-christ will come from a "revived" European Roman Empire, from the E.U.

While it is certainly understandable how a casual reading of this "verse" could lead one to conclude this, perhaps, if we just dig in a bit and do some deeper historical homework, we might see who the so-called "Roman" legions were that attacked and burned Jerusalem in 70AD. I think you will be surprised when your eyes are opened to the simple truth.

Most people naturally assume the foot soldiers, the Legions that destroyed Jerusalem and The Temple in 70 AD were Romans soldiers, you know, the Italian guys we have all seen in the Jesus movies, the men from Rome. After all, they are called the Legions of Titus aren't they?. Well, actually the truth is, the foot soldiers were not really Romans at all, and believe it or not the Roman commander Titus did not order the destruction and burning of The Temple. He opposed it. But the message is don't believe me, check out what scholars and historians have to say about the facts for yourself!

Then, once the history record is clear in your mind, Daniel 9:26 will actually drive quite a large wedge of doubt for any revived European Roman Empire thinking and all of the supposed EU "anti-christ" theories. But don't stop reading now, give history a chance to open your eyes and consider what really happened yesterday in 70AD and let it give you insight into what is happening in the world today today!

This post has been updated from the original study in 2008, because once you know who those "Legions" really were, you will understand the significance of the Arab Spring and Palestinian bid for UN status on September 23, 2011 and the reality of Scriptural prophecy.

Yes, a one world order is the oppressive, evil plan but it needs to be understood that a revived Ottoman Empire, not one of Rome is the story line. Extreme and radical Islam and its call for jihad and the creation of a universal Islamic state governed by the closed society of Sharia law is the issue confronting us from Mecca, not Rome.
"What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this is new”? It has been already in the ages before us." Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
Instead of an errant EU storyline, as you will see, this verse points specifically to an existing Middle East "anti-christ" that has been there all along since the 6th century opposing the Bible with the Koran and pressing toward the ultimate goal of wiping the Jewish people off the Promised Land.

That goal includes into an objective to destroy the "root" of Christianity. After all, if you destroy the root, the tree dies.

You will see that this empire with the goal of a "Universal Caliphate"; a one world religion and government ruled by the Koran and Sharia law is the empire whose "Legions" have always been comprised of people from the Middle East - NOT Roman soldiers from Italy, France, Spain or Germany. Nor leadership from the Vatican for that matter.

There is no doubt that the Roman leadership was significant 2,000 years ago, and today a majority of Europeans in the UK, France and Germany believe that their government should simply vote in favor of recognizing a Palestinian state at the UN despite the preference of their national leadership to seek "negotiations" with land swaps for peace based on pre-1967 borders just like those recently re-proposed by President Obama. Spain's and Russia's leaders are also openly backing a Palestinian state recognition "without negotiation" and recent headlines tell us Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Malta, Belgium and Luxembourg support that as well.

However, the U.S., Germany, Italy, Holland, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria have said they oppose the U.N. move to declare a Palestinian state.

Please stay with me and let's focus on verse 26 of Daniel chapter 9. Begin by looking at its immediate context "after threescore and two weeks" and take a deep look from the light of Scripture:
"Know and understand this: From the issuing of the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until the Anointed One, the ruler, comes, there will be seven 'sevens,' and sixty-two 'sevens.' It will be rebuilt with streets and a trench, but in times of trouble. After the sixty-two 'sevens' the Anointed One will be 'cut off' and will have nothing." Daniel 9:25-26
While different interpretations have been suggested here by various scholars of this declaration, for a moment let's stick with the mis-interpretation that has enjoyed the most widely accepted measure of acceptance so far in the West, at least here in North America. That interpretation states that this prophecy is all about the anti-Christ.

But this portion of the prophecy is speaking of Jesus (Yeshua), the Anointed One. He is Messiah, the 'one' who was “cut off” at His crucifixion. From that week of Passover, the prophecy jumps forward 40 years to Titus' leadership at the destruction of the Temple, “the sanctuary” in Jerusalem in 70AD. Let's read:
"The people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end will come like a flood: War will continue until the end, and desolations have been decreed." Daniel 9:26-27
What this prophecy is conveying is absolutely paramount in terms of identifying the heritage of the "peoples" and the "nations" representing the 'end days' empire that arose some 600 years after the desolation of the Temple and the destruction of the Old City by the Legions.

Thanks to the historical facts and the research recorded by others, let’s look further into the clear record:

In 70 A.D., four Roman Legions under Roman General Titus attacked Jerusalem, the result of which was the destruction of the altar and as Messiah Yeshua put it, His "Father's House" which was The Temple. If we just look at the specific people groups from these four "legions" who destroyed The Temple, perhaps we can see these same people may be the fathers of "the people" who will in the end... follow the “ruler who will come” and defile Jerusalem, the place of God's name YHVH. Yes, it is YHVH, not Allah!

It is pretty easy to see how someone could read this verse and eventually conclude since history does repeat itself, that the anti-Christ could one day be the leader of a revived "Roman" people, but this is not the case. After all, that conclusion is based on the premise that the people who made up the Roman "legions" that desecrated and destroyed The Temple were after all - Roman citizens, right?

Wrong. They were not.

The truth is, there is more, much more to the story here than is usually told - if we just look at the plain record. What seems apparent is not what actually happened when we go to the history books and skip traditional conjecture.

If we will just do some homework and research, we will quickly find out that while the people who made up the "leadership" of the "legions" were indeed Roman, those foot soldiers that actually attacked and destroyed Jerusalem were not Roman Citizens and they were not from the lands of today's Europe. In fact, the "legions" were not Europeans at all, they were the ancient enemies of the people we know as the Jewish people, the same nations that Joshua was told to drive out of the Promised Land. They were recruited from the lands of the Middle East that surrounded Judea at that time and they remain there today.

Why did they join the Roman Legions? By their service in the Roman military, they would become Roman soldiers and Roman citizens. We can see this in the historical record at www.roman-empire.net.
The realms of so-called 'client kings' were largely seen as an extended part of the Roman empire. Very often these royal houses owed their position to Rome. As part of the arrangement between Rome and the client kingdoms, the kings had to provide troops for Roman campaigns. It was therefore not uncommon for the troops of such client kings to fight alongside Roman forces in battle against the enemy.

The reality is that Titus' army in Judaea in AD 70 was accompanied by forces of Agrippa II (Palestine), Sohaemus (Emesa) and Antiochus IV (Commagene). Some of the troops from these client kingdoms form the area today known as "The Levant" were even trained in a fashion similar to that of Roman legions, in order to be more effective on the battle field when working in union with real Roman forces.

For instance the annexation of Galatia as a Roman province brought the thirty cohorts of King Deiotarus under Roman command and saw them formed into a Roman legion (Legion XXII). Though this was clearly an exception. The vast majority of troops from annexed client kingdoms became auxiliary forces.
Let's examine exactly where Titus' "Legions" were from, but first, a little more history is needed:

As we know, in 70 A.D. Titus was the Roman General who sacked Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple rebuilt by Herod. Historical records tell us Titus' four Legions surrounded Jerusalem. There were three Legions on the west side of the city and the fourth Legion approached from the Mount of Olives from the east. General Titus was quite crafty in that he put pressure on the food and water supplies by allowing thousands of observant Jewish pilgrims to enter the city to celebrate the Passover that year, and then he refused to allow them to leave. Many fought hard against the Legions. At one point, Titus was nearly captured, but in the end, much of the population was killed, dispersed or enslaved. Jerusalem, was significantly broken and the Temple was destroyed. The Roman historian Publius Cornelius Tacitus gives us his own account of this event:
"Early in this year Titus Caesar, who had been selected by his father to complete the subjugation of Judaea, and who had gained distinction as a soldier while both were still subjects, began to rise in power and reputation, as armies and provinces emulated each other in their attachment to him. The young man himself, anxious to be thought superior to his station, was ever displaying his gracefulness and his energy in war. By his courtesy and affability he called forth a willing obedience, and he often mixed with the common soldiers, while working or marching, without impairing his dignity as general. He found in Judaea three legions, the 5th, the 10th, and the 15th, all old troops of Vespasian's. To these he added the 12th from Syria, and some men belonging to the 18th and 3rd, whom he had withdrawn from Alexandria. This force was accompanied by twenty cohorts of allied troops and eight squadrons of cavalry, by the two kings Agrippa and Sohemus, by the auxiliary forces of king Antiochus, by a strong contingent of Arabs, who hated the Jews with the usual hatred of neighbors…" —Tacitus The History New Ed edition Book 5.1 Editor: Moses Hadas, Translators: Alfred Church, William Brodribb (Modern Library; New York, 2003)
There are a few important pieces of information that Tacitus tells us. The first is that the Roman "Legions" were accompanied by “a strong contingent of Arabs, who hated the Jews with the "usual hatred of neighbors”. The Jewish historian Josephus also records that many other kings and their armies from the immediate nations that surrounded the land of Israel accompanied the Roman Legions as they went on to attack Jerusalem:
"So Vespasian sent his son Titus from Achaia… to Alexandria, to bring back with him from thence the fifth and the tenth legions, while he himself, when he had passed over the Hellespont, came by land into Syria, where he gathered together the Roman forces, with a considerable number of auxiliaries from the kings in that neighborhood." —Flavius Josephus The Complete Works of Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews Or The History Of The Destruction Of Jerusalem Book III, Chapter 1, Paragraph 3
Let's look further where Josephus specifies not only the names but also the numbers of the client king legion warriors who were willingly recruited to join in the attack against the Jews and Jerusalem:
"Malchus also, the king of Arabia, sent a thousand horsemen, besides five thousand footmen, the greatest part of which were archers; so that the whole army, including the auxiliaries sent by the kings, as well horsemen as footmen, when all were united together, amounted to sixty thousand, besides the servants, who, as they followed in vast numbers, so because they had been trained up in war with the rest, ought not to be distinguished from the fighting men; for as they were in their masters’ service in times of peace, so did they undergo the like dangers with them in times of war, insomuch that they were inferior to none, either in skill or in strength, only they were subject to their masters." —Flavius Josephus The Complete Works of Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews Or The History Of The Destruction Of Jerusalem Book III, Chapter 4, Paragraph 2
Another important piece of information can be gathered from both Josephus and Tacitus. It is precisely which Legions of fighting men were involved in this attack. These were:

• Legion XV Apollinaris
• Legion V Macedonica
• Legion XII Fulminata
• Legion X Fretensis

What is so important to understand here is that under Roman rule, joining the army was a both a duty and a distinguishing mark of Roman citizenship. Caesar's promise was that by serving 15 years in a Legion, you then became a full fledged "Roman citizen" — a privilege that was passed on to your children. Further, during the first century, when a Legion was based in a particular province, it got all of its recruits it needed directly from that area.

The point of course, is that although many of the Roman Legion warriors were citizens of the Roman Empire, it does not follow that they were men from Europe as many naturally assume. For some reason, possibly due to the fact that the capital of the Roman Empire was in Rome — and thus in Europe — it is easy to forget that the Roman Empire also included a vast portion of the "client kingdoms" of the Middle East as well.

Because most of the Roman soldiers were recruited from the kingdoms and provinces where their garrisons were located, the legions that were stationed in the Middle East were the Arab and Syrian peoples of "The Levant". The Levant is the Eastern Mediterranean, a geographic and cultural region today that consists of Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and part of southern Turkey.

Commenting on the predominant Syrian make-up of the Roman Legions, the Jewish historian Josephus commented:
"The greatest part of the Roman garrison was raised out of Syria; and being thus related to the Syrian part, they were ready to assist it." —The Wars of The Jews: History of the Destruction of Jerusalem By Flavius Josephus Trans. William Whiston BOOK II: CHAPTER 13:Paragraph 7.
Again, knowing the great hatred that the Syrian’s had for the Jews of Jerusalem, Josephus elsewhere recounts that the "Syrians and Arabs" who were camped outside of the city of Jerusalem actually disemboweled over two thousand Jews who had escaped the city in order to search for any gold that they may have swallowed:
"The multitude of the Arabians, with the Syrians, cut up those that came as supplicants, and searched their bellies. Nor does it seem to me that any misery befell the Jews that was more terrible than this, since in one night's time about two thousand of these deserters were thus dissected." — The Wars of The Jews: History of the Destruction of Jerusalem By Flavius Josephus Trans. William Whiston BOOK V: Chapter 13: Paragraph 4.
It is pretty amazing, but the majority of the “Roman” soldiers that destroyed Jerusalem were Arabs and Syrians. When we look at the four Roman Legions that were under Titus during the siege against Jerusalem, we can now see that they were primarily from the Eastern portion of the Roman Empire and they were primarily from Syria, which is also known as eastern Turkey.

When you consider the recent conflict that has arisen between Turkey and Israel over the Gaza flotilla incident, history comes alive and we realize nothing is new under the sun.

Update September 12, 2011: Turkish frigates to confront Israeli vessels, disable their weapons. From Debka…
“The Erdogan government sharply ratcheted up its threat of war on Israel Monday, Sept. 12 with a report that three Turkish Navy frigates are to sail for the eastern Mediterranean "to ensure freedom of navigation and confront Israeli warships if necessary.

As Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was set to start a visit to Egypt, Turkish naval sources reported: "If Turkish warships encounter an Israeli military ship outside Israel's 12-mile territorial waters, they will advance up to 100 meters from the ship and disable its weapon system."

The threat bluntly applied to Israel's naval enforcement of its UN-approved blockade of the Gaza Strip.”
Now, let's look again at the four legions that were led by General Titus during the Jewish-Roman war and consider the names of the geographic locations as to where their garrisons were located as recorded by history:

1) Legion X Fretensis (Syria), 2) Legion XV XV Apollinaris (Syria) 3) Legion XII Fulminata Melitene (Eastern Turkey & Syria) and 4) Legion V Macedonica (Moesia Serbia & Bulgaria)

So while these four Legions were all involved in the destruction of Jerusalem and The Temple, the one Legion in particular that went through the wall breach and set fire to the Temple was the Legion known as "X Fretensis" or the 10th Legion. It was this particular Legion that history records as having actually pulled down the entire Temple, and they made the Temple Mount their new military base. In fact, this Legion stayed there for a couple of hundred years after the great destruction.

With the facts, we can easily conclude that the people who actually destroyed the Temple and the city were not men of Rome, but men of the middle east. Many indeed were not Europeans, but rather they were the peoples that lived in Syria, Eastern Turkey, Arabia and in Egypt during the first century. And so again, after seeing the same pattern in Ezekiel, Daniel 8 and Daniel 11, once more, the Bible has led us to the same geographic region, the middle east NOT the EU as being the people that are against Jerusalem, the place God chose to "put His Name".

Let's learn more from the Jewish historian Josephus:
"So Nero esteemed these circumstances as favorable omens, and saw that Vespasian’s age gave him sure experience, and great skill, and that he had his sons as hostages for his fidelity to himself, and that the flourishing age they were in would make them fit instruments under their father’s prudence. Perhaps also there was some interposition of Providence, which was paving the way for Vespasian’s being himself emperor afterwards. Upon the whole, he sent this man to take upon him the command of the armies that were in Syria; but this not without great encomiums and flattering compellations, such as necessity required, and such as might mollify him into complaisance. So Vespasian sent his son Titus from Achaia, where he had been with Nero, to Alexandria, to bring back with him from thence the fifth and. the tenth legions, while he himself, when he had passed over the Hellespont, came by land into Syria, where he gathered together the Roman forces, with a considerable number of auxiliaries from the kings in that neighborhood." —Flavius Josephus The Complete Works of Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews Or The History Of The Destruction Of Jerusalem Book III, Chapter 1, Paragraph 3

"But as to Titus, he sailed over from Achaia to Alexandria, and that sooner than the winter season did usually permit; so he took with him those forces he was sent for, and marching with great expedition, he came suddenly to Ptolemais, and there finding his father, together with the two legions, the fifth and the tenth, which were the most eminent legions of all, he joined them to that fifteenth legion which was with his father; eighteen cohorts followed these legions; there came also five cohorts from Cesarea, with one troop of horsemen, and five other troops of horsemen from Syria. Now these ten cohorts had severally a thousand footmen, but the other thirteen cohorts had no more than six hundred footmen apiece, with a hundred and twenty horsemen. There were also a considerable number of auxiliaries got together, that came from the kings Antiochus, and Agrippa, and Sohemus, each of them contributing one thousand footmen that were archers, and a thousand horsemen. Malchus also, the king of Arabia, sent a thousand horsemen, besides five thousand footmen, the greatest part of which were archers; so that the whole army, including the auxiliaries sent by the kings, as well horsemen as footmen, when all were united together, amounted to sixty thousand, besides the servants, who, as they followed in vast numbers, so because they had been trained up in war with the rest, ought not to be distinguished from the fighting men; for as they were in their masters’ service in times of peace, so did they undergo the like dangers with them in times of war, insomuch that they were inferior to none, either in skill or in strength, only they were subject to their masters." —Flavius Josephus The Complete Works of Josephus, The Wars Of The Jews Or The History Of The Destruction Of Jerusalem Book III, Chapter 4, Paragraph 2
Using the NASB Bible translation, let's now take a look back at Gabriel's words to Daniel at the conclusion of chapter 9 in verses 25-29. Let's consider the reality: Chapter 9 deals with Messiah's crucifixion and the subsequent end of the Jewish occupation of Jerusalem and its destruction by the "Legions" in 70 AD.

We need to also consider the events and just who the people really were [my comments are bracketed]:
"So you are to know and discern that from the issuing of a decree [given by King Artaxerxes to Ezra] to restore and rebuild Jerusalem until Messiah the Prince [Yeshua-Jesus] there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks [49 years + 434 years = 483 years]; it will be built again [the walls of Jerusalem rebuilt by Nehemiah] , with plaza and moat, even in times of distress [the time of distress when Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite oppressed Nehemiah]. Daniel 9: 25-29
It is VERY important to note that the Horonites were from Bethoron. They worshipped the Canaanite god, Horon. Today, in Israel, the two Palestinian Muslim villages of Beit Ur al-Foqa‎, "Upper house of straw" and Beit Ur al-Tahta‎, "Lower house of straw" preserve part of the original Canaanite name for the towns of Upper and Lower Bethoron.

Then...
"Then after the sixty-two weeks the Messiah will be cut off [crucifixion] and have nothing, and the people [Arabs, Syrians and Egyptians] of the prince [Titus] who is to come will destroy the city [Jerusalem] and the sanctuary [The Holy of Holies - The Temple]. And its end will come with a flood; even to the end there will be war; desolations are determined [desolations for Jerusalem and as you will see for Rome].
Daniel goes on...
"And he [Yeshua-Jesus] will make a firm covenant [the covenant of eternal life] with the many [believers] for one week [Passover week: The lamb of God was inspected 4 days in Jerusalem, then Yeshua-Jesus arose on the third day], but in the middle of the week [Passover crucifixion day] he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering [Yeshua-Jesus is the ultimate offering. Sacrifices and offerings were suspended in time in 70AD with the destruction of the altar of the Temple];
And...
and on the wing of abominations will come one [Titus] who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed [decreed by Messiah and recorded in Matthew 24] , is poured out on the one who makes desolate." [God placed His name in Jerusalem and chose The Temple Mount, for the sake of His name He will also not let one that offends Jerusalem go unpunished].
The words "poured out" are a key description here. To understand this,
we need to go back and consider what eventually happened to Titus after his "Legions" destroyed Jerusalem, some 600,000 people, the Temple and the Altar of God where Titus as an act of abomination and desecration to the Temple and God, made sacrifices to the Roman standards in the Temple court.

Much like Sodom and Gomorrah, destruction and desolation were soon literally poured out on the Roman Empire. In God's world, what goes around comes around.

Titus returned to Rome in June of 71AD. Later, he became emperor after the death of his father Vespasian in 79AD. Titus ruled the Roman empire but his reign ended most abruptly. We all know the story, but many may not have put it together.

Everyone has heard about the famous Mount Vesuvius, it is one of the most infamous volcanoes on planet Earth, and due to its location it is certainly one of the most dangerous.

It erupted in 79AD, the year Titus became Emperor. In fact it erupted in the first month of his reign.

The eruption of Mt. Vesuvius buried the cities of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabia underneath volcanic cinder and hot ash that preserved the scene and the ruins of the city of Pompeii and its inhabitants. All the pagan Roman temples including those of the false gods Jupiter and Neptune were burned and destroyed in Pompeii. The evidence is still there for the world to see... frozen in time.

In ancient time volcanoes were thought to be controlled by the underworld gods. The ancient false Canaanite deity was Horon. Is there a link to Horon? Perhaps, this false Canaanite idol was known as the god of the underworld and transposed through time, became the Roman god Pluto and had the same identity as Horon. Pluto was the brother of Jupiter and Neptune and a so-called god of the "underworld".

Amazingly, the volcano's last eruption was in 1944, the same year that Hitler ordered the deportation, imprisonment and murder of some 600,000 Hungarian Jews. Within a matter of months in 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau became the site of another horrific mass murder not unlike what occurred in 70AD in Jerusalem.

As to Titus, within the first year of his reign in Rome... disease, pestilence and a three-day fire once again destroyed portions of the capital city of Rome.

Desolations? Titus suddenly and mysteriously died in 81AD at age 42, perhaps from sexually transmitted disease acquired from his lover Berenice, the sister of Julius Agrippa II who was married three times prior to living with Titus in Rome.

So how do we consider these things?

There is a common teaching and principle found throughout the Bible that starts in Deuteronomy 19 and it is repeated in Matthew. It is the principle that truth requires the testimony of two or three witnesses.
“so that every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.” Matthew 18:16
In this case, so far we have some very solid historical witnesses that have come forward to testify today. Surely the testimony is established.

We must know too, Daniel set the pattern for us in considering the Word of God.

If we are to understand His Word and what it says about the future of our world and lives, we are to "diligently" study His Word with constant prayer and fasting asking for insight, understanding and revelation. In turn, God promises to do His part and answer with help from The Comforter.

I say this because I believe that He will enlighten us and open the Scriptures concerning today's world events.

Daniel experienced the mystery, paradox and distress of what God showed him. He was sickened for many days.

Despite what Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says about the holocaust, we cannot dispute history. If we do, we can never know reality or our future.

The information shown in this important video report ties directly back to the events of 70AD and today's modern Titus who speaks in the vehement legacy of Hitler. In 2007 I read a report from Associated Press that states:

Israel’s end is near, says Ahmadinejad. Iran’s hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said the world would witness the destruction of Israel soon. This has been reported even by the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

It is a fact that the "Roman" Legions were actually the middle east people groups that hated Israel. THEY ARE THERE TODAY surrounding Israel. It is true the Legions were "led" by their military leader Titus and it is true the men of the middle east attacked the city and Sanctuary of our living God, YHVH. The same Temple where the tribes of "all Israel" had worshiped at the Temple Mount. But what role do the men of the "Legions" have in future prophecy?

Let's go back to Daniel 9:26. The word translated into English as "prince" is the Hebrew word "nagiyd". This word means leader or captain.

As we know, the leader, Titus surrounded Jerusalem with his legions V Macedonica (their emblems were the bull & eagle), XII Fulminata (their emblem was a thunderbolt), XV Apollinaris (their emblem was an image of Zeus) on the western side and as noted X Fretensis, a fourth legion was on the Mount of Olives to the east (their emblems were a bull, the animal of the goddess Venus and a wild boar).

Emblems or symbols of God's creatures are important in prophecy so I have listed them here. Since emblems are very important in considering prophecy, we need to know there is an initial "clue" given here, and it has to do with the Greeks!

To understand, we have to know how Daniel described the Greeks if we are to understand the "beasts" of Daniel's prophecies and the timing of their empires.

This takes a bit more explanation, but if you will bear with me, please consider this question... What people group, what empire has controlled the Temple Mount following the Roman empire's occupation?

History is quite clear on the answer, since the 6th century, the Muslim people of the Islamic empire have controlled the Mount. This empire which was started by Mohamed the only empire there in The Land that has followed Rome's domination of the piece of land. By God's providence, which allows mankind the choice of good and evil, the choice to serve Him or not, allows the leopard's dominion of the Temple Mount. The end is as the beginning.


In the beginning the subtle deceiver, the serpent (נָחָשׁ"nachash") was allowed in the garden. Today, he is there again disguised as a religion of peace. This began during the first Islamic invasion of 638AD. As a monument to Mohamed, the Dome of the Rock was built on the very Temple Mount. Construction began in 688 and it was completed in 691AD and the Al Aqsa Mosque is on the wing, the edge of the Temple Mount.

Since that time, these have caused desolation at the Temple Mount. Desolation of worship, desolation of prayer and the desolation of God's name YHVH. Instead the name of another appears there.

Indeed, by law today only a Muslim prayer is allowed atop the Temple Mount, it is illegal to pray to the God of Israel. Today's prayers to another are an abomination: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that devises wicked imaginations, mischief, a false witness, and he that sows discord. (Please see Proverbs 6:17-19.)

Today, on the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad repeated his storyline that 9/11 was a complicated plan designed by the U.S. as a pre-text to Middle Eastern military invasions.

Sound familiar? These lies too are an abomination. Proverbs tells us that. 9/11 was a wake up call to the book of Daniel and to those that follow the Word, but many have hit the snooze button and await a wake up call from an EU anti-christ that is not coming.

In fact, the book of Daniel ties many of the prophetic time lines given by Gabriel to the exact time period of the the advent of Islam and event at the Temple Mount.

During the last 1,300 years, Arab-Muslim domination of the land of Israel and the middle east for that matter has been very violent. Then, during World War I, when the head of this Ottoman "leopard" was seemingly destroyed. The Armistice of Mudros was signed on October 30, 1918, it brought what seemed to be an end to Ottoman rule and their domination in the Middle East. This was foretold by Daniel and later by John (the Revelator).

We must consider the Bible AND the historical facts that are plainly before us. If we do, we can learn that the end-time "empire" that will surround and oppose Israel is a revived version of the empire that succeeded the Roman empire in Jerusalem, the same empire that was injured but now revived. Eyes wide open... it is worth repeating, it's Islam and it has been resurrected just as the prophecies tell us!

The EU prophecy storyline is simply on the wrong map.

Radical Islam cannot be ignored. That has become abundantly clear since 9/11, yet Islam's influence in the U.S. has grown exponentially. The spots of the leopard has been seen, but the beast is still not seen by many due to the natural camouflage of the beast. The middle east Islamic Ottoman empire is being revived. We can see it in the Arab Spring. We can see it in the global plans to divide Israel. This empire is an integral part of the former destruction of yesteryear. They have clearly succeeded the Roman-Byzantine empire and it is their one world "religion-government" that deceives so many today.
"And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by [the means of] those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live." Revelation 13:14
The leopard's head, it seemed was slain in 1918, but its head has indeed now been revived again in full force and in the form of the fourth leopard beast, radical Islam.

This Muslim revival started during the 1940's when the Muslim Brotherhood stirred it up in Egypt, and now they have returned in the same area, they are turning into a powerful extra-political force right before our eyes, leading a campaign of violence and attack. This began this weekend with the attack on the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

It also turned against Egypt's Nasser and tried to kill him in 1954 but failed. Nasser declared the Muslim Brotherhood organization illegal and arrested some 60,000 people, condemning its leaders to death. But President Sadat released the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1971 and let them widen their influence and spread throughout the mid east. They quickly spread into Iran where they flourish today. (Source: Oil - International Gasoline Prices and Consumption)

What has happened this year in Egypt is their resurrection and we must not forget that it was Egypt that spawned the Pharaoh that "knew not Joseph", the Pharaoh that enslaved the people Israel.

This radical empire, made up of the infighting Sunni's and Shiite's is the same kingdom that Daniel described as the feet of "iron and clay". Why? Like iron and clay, Sunni and Shiite do not mix, they fight, yet they are the two feet of the "beast" of Islam.

Since the violence that erupted in Egypt, radical Islam, a political/religious beast that is different from any other seen before has re-arisen as the fourth beast that is like no other, dreadful, terrible and potentially 2 billion strong!! These people of Ishmael and Esau are declaring holy war - "jihad" and are once again surrounding the people of Jacob. Indeed, some experts say that 10% of the Muslim population are radical. That just happens to be "200 million" people that want to do nothing but behead Jews and Christians with the sword of radical Islam.
"And there went out another horse [that was] red: and [power] was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword." Revelation 6:4
But that is not the end of the story:
"He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints." Revelation 13:10
Since September 11, 2001, a near global state of emergency and war has been declared because of Islamic terrorists and the terror continues. The danger grows each day. Islam is growing. Sharia law expands globally almost every day.

On September 15, 2008 Fox News reported that the Britain adopted Sharia Islamic law within the country's High Court civil system. You need to know this and never ignore what is happening around you.

Let's see how Daniel described his vision of this fourth beast:
"After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it [was] diverse from all the beasts that [were] before it; and it had ten horns." Daniel 7:7
Dreadful and terrible.

Did you know that Sharia law, the only law of Islam demands beheading?

As described by Joel Richardson in his first book, "AntiChrist, Islam's Awaited Messiah", most of us in the "west" do not live in an atmosphere of "martyrdom", so we must remain focused on those that do face the potential of horrific terror mentioned in Revelation. The mid-east, now more than ever is living with the threats and coming chaos that the Bible speaks of that will be taking place in the last days before the return of God's people to His Torah, to God's land and the return of The Messiah.

As Richardson explains, many people in the Mideast may soon be faced with the choice of worshiping the "Mahdi".

The Bible calls him the Assyrian. I believe he is the one who will desire to establish his caliphate in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. After all, the Assyrian mosques are already there and "the land" is surrounded by the specific coalition of Islamic nations described in the Bible as part of the final beast empire. Look for this caliphate announcement in the news. It is coming at us as the Muslim leader that will work re-establish the caliphate and he will be speaking peace.

In his book, Richardson wisely counsels that the Imams, Mullahs, Sheiks and Ayatollahs will give their allegiance to this "Mahdi". I have corresponded with Mr. Richardson and he will be coming out with a new book. Watch for it and buy it.

I do believe that God will also show great mercy on many of the people of Ishmael. I believe this will be the final demonstration of the love God has shown toward all men including Abraham's illegitimate son Ishmael. After all, God saved him in the desert, so He will do so again. In fact, Hagar, Ishmael's mother is representative of God's great love. God went to her in the desert to encourage her after she and Ishmael were disowned and tossed out of the family of Abraham. I believe that this is one of the key reasons that the Bible is full of admonishments to protect and care for widows and the fatherless. It is one of the great commands.

Remember this, we have a great promise from God. It is about His Kingdom to come. This "mountain" will fill the whole earth. Let's read from Daniel:
"Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver, and the gold were crushed together, and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth." Daniel 2:35

"These great beasts, which are four, [are] four kings, [which] shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Daniel 7:17-18
And judgment will certainly come as foretold by Daniel:
"I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. Thus he said, The fourth beast shall be the fourth kingdom upon earth, which shall be diverse from all kingdoms, and shall devour the whole earth, and shall tread it down, and break it in pieces." Daniel 7:21-23
Today's news tell us: "International reaction was almost uniformly negative last week when news broke that Britain had officially granted Muslim Sharia courts permission to rule on everything from divorce to domestic violence. After all, in its strictest form, Sharia law requires the stoning of women accused of adultery, and the execution of converts from Islam, among other draconian punishments for offences that aren’t even considered crimes in the West. In the U.K. and abroad, pundits and politicians denounced Britain’s capitulation, but only one elected official responded with a daring proposal aimed at preventing Sharia law from gaining such a foothold in America."

In fact, a couple of years ago, U.S. Representative Tom Tancredo proposed a “Jihad Prevention Act” that “would bar the entry of foreign nationals who advocate Sharia law [and] make the advocacy of Sharia law by radical Muslims already in the United States a deportable offense.” In his official announcement on September 18, 2008, Tancredo observed: “This is a case where truth is truly stranger than fiction. Today the British people are learning a hard lesson about the consequences of massive, unrestricted immigration.”

Recently, in the U.S., our own Treasury Department has announced that they will teach a seminar on "Islamic Finance" to U.S. banking regulatory agencies and that Harvard University's "Islamic Finance Project" will coordinate the event. You can learn more about this at Harvard's Islamic Finance program here. This is important, please search the facts out on your own. The beast of Islam has arrived.

We must understand the implications of its Sharia law. Why? Perhaps many have spent time in Daniel 7 and know that the 3 beasts actually represent the occupational invasions and history of the land of present day Israel. These were the Babylonian, Medo-Persian and Grecian Empires which dominated the area of the Middle East.

Now many of us in the west since WWI and WWII have watched the fourth beast of Daniel 7 come out, and due to our post Hitler focus, we have mis-understood that the 10 horns represent a Roman Empire in a revived form. I certainly have - at least in the past. Many have innocently said that the European Union is "the beast" and that the 10 WEU nations will rise in Europe to be the 10 kings of Daniel 7.

Innocently, I repeat that... innocently many believe this. Why wouldn't they? The great deceiver Satan has done everything he can to set a path for deception. But after much prayer, we must look at the Bible with the same Hebrew eyes and the Hebrew mindset in which the scrolls are written. There is a reason the Hebrew language is being restored as God promised, it is so we can understand His voice in the Bible:
"I will restore unto them a pure language" Zephaniah 3:9.
"When we get to Revelation chapter 13, we see that the fourth beast of Daniel is described by John as having seven heads and having the same ten horns. Now think about it; if the beast that John saw was like a leopard (Grecian Empire), had the feet of a bear (Persian Empire) and the mouth of a lion (Babylonian Empire), does that beast represent any Western power or confederacy of nations such as the European Union? If we really prayerfully focus with the text and ignore any prejudice whatsoever, we will notice that the beast of Revelation 13 is the rise of Babylonian, Persian and Grecian Empires "combined together" into a geopolitical mega empire which will cover the entire middle east region from Turkey in the West all to way to Pakistan and Afghanistan in the East encompassing all the Islamic-Arab world under its religious-political dominion today." (From Rodrigo Silva)

Look at a map of these three Middle East empires and try visualizing them together as one single map. You will notice that the Middle East is the center of this future kingdom which will give rise to the anti-christ. As I began to search the Scriptures with the help of the Holy Spirit and some world maps everything began to fit like a glove. God says something very interesting in Isaiah:
"Remember the former things of old: for I [am] God, and [there is] none else; [I am] God, and [there is] none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times [the things] that are not [yet] done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" Isaiah 46:9-10
In this passage, God says that He declares the end from the beginning. In effect, the future is already revealed in the past. Prophecy is circular in form, not just linear. The Hebrew word translated as "beginning" in Isaiah 48 is the word re'shiyth. Guess what the book of Genesis is called in Hebrew? You guessed it! It is re'shiyth! This gives us some insight into the future, for God said that the end is already declared in re'shiyth, that is, in "the beginning".

We know from Bible prophecy that the major theme of "the end" of the exile is the monumental struggle between Israel and the nations that oppose her. Another major theme is that the anti-christ will come from a beast government-religion. Rest assured that this government-religion will be based in the middle east.

Since God told us in Isaiah that the end is already declared in Genesis, I know we have a very vivid picture of what is going to transpire in the not too distant future. In Genesis, we find that the struggle is not between Israel and an European confederacy, not between Nicolas Sarkozy of France and Netanyahu, but the struggle is indeed well defined.

In Genesis, we find that the struggle is between Isaac and Ishmael, between the descendants of Jacob and Esau! A struggle between YHVH and Allah. George Bush said they were the same, they ARE not!

We also find in Genesis that the center of this anti-God religious government is created by a king in the authority of Nimrod, the founder of Assyria and Babylon (Genesis 10:8-12). Nimrod was the one who organized a political and religious system in the land of Shinar (Genesis 11). Shinar is the region of modern day Iraq where ancient Babylon existed. The very place that our valiant military troops are still located today. Is it a coincidence that the coming anti-christ is called the king of Babylon (Isaiah 14:4), the Assyrian? (Isaiah 14:25, 30:30-33)

Is it a coincidence that this religion and government has returned to its own base in the land of Shinar (Zechariah 5:5-11)? Is it a coincidence that Iraq has been and Iran now is the center of Global news today? (See Revelation 18). More from Mr. Silva:
"The amazing thing is that the major theme of struggle and tribulation between Jews and Arabs is confirmed throughout the rest of the Bible. The Old Testament prophets mentioned every single one of Israel's last days enemies by name. Zechariah and the prophet Joel referred to them as Israel's "surrounding neighbors" or "the people round about".

The great prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, Obadiah, and Ezekiel gave us their very names:

-Babylon - Iraq (Isaiah 13-14, Jeremiah 5-51)
-Assyria - Assyrians of Northern Iraq (Isaiah 14:25, 30:30-33, Zephaniah 2, Micah 5)
-Edom - Jordan and Arabia (Isaiah 21, Jeremiah 49, Ezekiel 35)
-Moab - Jordan (Isaiah 15, Jeremiah 49)
-Ammon - Jordan (Jeremiah 49)
-Damascus - Syria (Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 49, Amos 1, Zechariah 9)
-Gaza and Philistines - Palestinians (Isaiah 14:28-33, Jeremiah 47, Joel 3)
-Egypt (Isaiah 19, Jeremiah 46)
-Tyre - Lebanon (Ezekiel 28, Joel 3)
-Magog, Meshech, Tubal, Togarmah and Gomer - Turkey (Ezekiel 38)
-Persia - Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan (Ezekiel 38)
-Arabia - Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (Isaiah 21, Jeremiah 49)
-Ethiopia - Sudan (Isaiah 18)
-Libya (Ezekiel 38)
-Elam - Iran (Jeremiah 49)

All these nations literally surround Israel.

“Thus says the LORD 'Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it'” Zechariah 12:2-3
Look at the Hebrew word "earth" in Zechariah, verse 3: it is "erets", it means: land, country, territory, district, region or tribal territory.

Who wants to heave away Jerusalem today? The most vocal now that Arafat is dead is Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Now read this verse:
"... And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the region are gathered against it'” Zechariah 12:3:
Lets open our eyes, we may have insisted that the beast will be a confederacy of European nations, but now we MUST acknowledge that God has not changed his mind ("I change not") when he spoke against "Babylon, Assyria, Arabia, Persia, Damascus (Syria) and Gaza". He meant it and He did not say "the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain or Greece".

God wants us to now know and I have the heart to let you know that He was not using Middle Eastern names as code words for modern European nations. Israel's struggles are not with Europe nor with any future European political or religious leader, but with the descendants of Ishmael and Esau who gave birth to the people who would perpetually hate the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob until the end.

The Bible describes the anti-christ and calls him a king of fierce countenance, the man of sin, the son of perdition, the man of lawlessness, the king who speaks blasphemies against the God of heaven, the king who seeks the help of god of war (yes, he will be a religious Muslim leader, not an atheist). He is called "the Assyrian" for a reason.

Some say that anti-christ means "in place of Christ". The context where the word appears speaks about a person who denies Christ, denies Messiah as God incarnate in the flesh.

Let's see how Scripture defines the term:
"And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an anti-christ." 2John 1:6-7
So let's ask a question, who is in total opposition to Him as the incomprehensible "God in the flesh" but in reality it is in subtlety? This is exactly what many in the Arab world look for. They are believe in another Jesus called "Isa". Isa to the Muslim mind is a great prophet, the son of Mary who never died for the sins of mankind, who is not the Son of God and who will return to the earth as a prophet to help the Mahdi, the 12th Imam destroy the people of "the book" (the Bible). If you consider yourself one of "the people of the book", it is time to be a watchman.

This belief of the one called "Isa" is in total opposition to the reality of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus) because of the teaching of a "book" called the Koran. It is my view that Satan "believes" God and that in the end, the Jews will recognize Yeshua as their Messiah and he has created his own counterfeit religious-political system to try to prevent that from happening by wiping the Jewish state "off the map" between the river Jordan and the Mediterranean Sea. You can read the anti-christ inscriptions, the abomination of desolation because Islam has already inscribed them on dome at the center of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

GO HERE TO SEE THEM FOR YOURSELF.

I encourage you to look at them, if you do not - YOU WILL NOT BE A WITNESS TO THE TRUTH.

Islam also teaches: 'Fight those who believe not in Allah and his apostle, nor acknowledge the religion of truth [even if they are] people of the book [i.e. Jews and Christians] , until they pay with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued [enslaved] ''(Sura 9:29).

''Fight and slay the pagans (i.e. non-Muslims) wherever ye find them, and seize them, beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every stratagem; but if they repent ... then open a way for them (Sura 9:123).

Now consider this phrase from the Hadith (the sayings of Muhammad), the second most important piece of Islamic literature after the Koran: "The Hour (last day) will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. ‘O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari, vol. 4, b. 52, Hadith # 177).

The Bible says that the anti-christ will seek to destroy the people "Israel" from the face of the earth. This is the very thing that extremists have been trying to accomplish for so long, yet many are still blind to this reality and expect some European devil to accomplish this. You might say: "Wait a minute, Adolph Hitler was from Europe, not from the Middle East and he tried to destroy the Jews". That seems reasonable, but many don't know the truth that Islam was behind Hitler's "final solution"! Research and check this out for yourself.

Today, Arab leaders like Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah say: "If the Jews all gather in Israel they will save us the trouble of going after them worldwide."

The events predicted in the Bible about the final struggle are becoming reality before the eyes of the world today. This fact is in the news each and every day. Yet many in the Western world have let the deceiver toss us a curve ball to the fact that the Bible must be read through the lens of Hebraic eyes.

When we take God's word for what it is, when he names the very countries against Israel today, we must know that God is very clear about his message for the end times. He gave us the names of the nations, He gave us the geographic locations and even with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, He also gave us the countries and the religious ethnic groups to be involved in the final drama. These nations are specifically named in the prophets as Middle Eastern nations, the geographic location God points to is the Middle East and the ethnic groups mentioned by God as the players of the final drama are Jews and Arabs. The descendants of Isaac and Jacob (Jews) now struggling against the descendants of Ishmael and Esau but there is hope!

To learn more about Islam from Al Fadi, a former radical Muslim turned Christian who's now on a mission to tell Muslims the truth about Islam. Watch this Stakelbeck report from CBN TV.



You can also view all episodes of Stebelbeck on Terror.

It is time to know, we should not be trying to "find" a battle between Jews and Germans, Jews and Italians, Jews and French. God did not forget to tell us who the real enemies are. We must look to "the beginning" and listen to what God has been saying to us all along.

May you, as a "seeker" of truth who studies or teaches Bible prophecy realize that many have been looking in the wrong direction. But it is not too late to step back and read God's message for these last days from a new perspective, and forget our preconceived Western presumptions. After all it's not about Washington D.C. or the Vatican, its about Jerusalem! It always has been.

As was promised to Daniel, .... time has allowed knowledge to continue to increase greatly about His Word. Especially in the last ten years and I do believe that God's Word is not so mysterious as we may have first thought when speaking about the nations that oppose Israel. Like He says in His word, they are right there surrounding Jerusalem and their religion is taking Europe down today, I pray the U.S. will not soon follow.

As good watchmen, we must bridge our thinking and consider Mecca, a city surrounded by the seven hills of the Sirat mountains... This is important!

Ahmed Qurei, the Palestinian Authority official has led many peace talks with the Jewish state has said that "the Temple never existed" and that "Israel has been working to "invent" a Jewish historical connection to Jerusalem" but lies never become truth.

In Messiah's brotherly love, pray for the Peace of Jerusalem, the descendants of the Legions of Titus remain against her and they are growing. As you will see in this video, Europe is changing, the world is changing. It is time to wake up to share the gospel message with a changing world and the Legions of Titus, the great nations of Ishmael's and Esau's descendants.



About 5 years ago, Joel Richardson, the author of The Islamic Antichrist really got me to thinking about the attack on Jerusalem. He and Walid Shoebat also provide research in a newer book God’s War on Terror: Islam, Prophecy and the Bible, that you should read because they provide extensive information and greater understanding on the modern day Legions of Titus and those that oppose and surround Israel today.

But as I noted above, Joel Richardson will release another new book. I know that it will be a critical work for every Bible Believer to read. So keep you eyes open for it, I know I will.