Video: Joel Richardson – Why Rome Is Not Mystery Babylon

Video:  Why Rome is Not Mystery Babylon | The Underground with Joel Richardson #86

“Is this episode, Joel discusses several reasons why the city of Rome does not match the biblical criteria to be Mystery Babylon.”

The Prophetic Purpose Of Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Interesting.

In this article, let’s explore why God strategically chose Bethlehem.

Why Bethlehem?

Bethlehem was previously known as the city David was from and where he was crowned king of Israel. The humble town is approximately six miles south of Jerusalem, where Jesus would later be crucified. Because of a prophecy foretold by Micah, for some 700 years, God’s people looked to Bethlehem as the birthplace of their long-awaited Messiah.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, although you are small among the tribes of Judah, from you will come forth for Me one who will be ruler over Israel” (Mic. 5:2).

The Bible assures God orders the steps of His people (see Ps. 37:23). Perhaps there is no better example of this promise than how Mary and Joseph found themselves delivering our Messiah in the place that was foretold.

As Luke recorded in his Gospel, while Mary was pregnant with baby Jesus, the Roman emperor decreed that a census be taken (see Luke 2:1). Consequently, because Joseph was a descendant of David’s royal line, the census required he make the several-day journey from his residence in Nazareth to report to his ancestral home—Bethlehem. And the story is sure to note that Mary makes the journey, too. (One can imagine Mary’s accompaniment was not by choice for a woman in her condition, but likely out of obligation to enroll as the new wife of Joseph.)

Consider the precise timing of these events. Just a little longer in Nazareth, and the prophecy of the Messiah’s birth in Bethlehem would have failed. Yet by no planning on Mary’s part, nor any intention on the part of the emperor to fulfill any prophecy, Mary and Joseph are brought to Bethlehem. And at just that moment, Mary goes into labor to deliver Jesus.

What Bethlehem Reveals

Bethlehem’s selection by God as the birthplace of the Messiah was no happenstance. Nor was it chosen only because Joseph’s lineage happened to originate there. No, Bethlehem was strategically picked to be part of God’s redemption plan from the beginning—that Jesus would come to earth as the final, once-for-all, sacrificial lamb of God (see 1 Pet. 1:19–20).

As only God could know, events were orchestrated throughout the centuries, so that by the time of Jesus’ birth, Bethlehem was the city where lambs purchased for sacrifice in the temple were born and raised. In fact, in those days, every firstborn male lamb in Bethlehem was set aside to later be delivered to Jerusalem. And without coincidence, so was the lamb of God. Charisma

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.   And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”  Luke 2:8-12

 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger.  Luke 2:15-16

How did the shepherds know where to go?

Many do not realize that Micah further prophesied that kingship would come to the “Daughter of Jerusalem” at Migdal Eder: Micah 4:8 “As for you, O watchtower of the flock [Hebrew Migdal Eder], O stronghold of the Daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the Daughter of Jerusalem.” Migdal Eder was a watchtower located in the northern part of Bethlehem built to protect the Temple flocks.

“During lambing season the sheep were brought there from the fields, as the lower level functioned as the birthing room for sacrificial lambs.”

Priestly shepherds “would wrap the newborn lambs in swaddling clothes” and place them in a manger “until they calmed down” to keep them “without defect”, suitable to be sacrificial lambs for the sin of the Israelites. Bethlehem was special because the shepherds in the fields of Bethlehem raised lambs for the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. The shepherds who heard the angelic choir and came to see the baby Jesus were certainly familiar with the technique to birth a sacrificial lamb, and were likely puzzled by why a baby was birthed in the manner and location of a sacrificial lamb.

In fact, the angels did not have to tell the shepherds precisely where to go in Bethlehem to find Jesus, because there was only one manger where sacrificial lambs were birthed, the cave under the watchtower of Migdal Edar.  Rochester Edu

The Most Popular Bible Verse Of 2017

The YouVersion Bible app in 2017 was installed on more than 290 million unique devices.  Engagement with the Bible app increased in 2017 with 16.7 billion chapters read, 3 billion chapters listened to, 222 million verses shared, and 120 million verses images created.

In 2017 the world’s favorite Bible verse was the words of Joshua, which showed up as the top verse on YouVersion that was most shared, bookmarked, and highlighted by the global Bible App. Continue reading “The Most Popular Bible Verse Of 2017”

Video: Believe in God in 5 Minutes (Scientific Proof)

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And by the breath of His mouth all their host.”  Psalm 33:6

Video:  Believe in God in 5 Minutes (Scientific Proof)

Gerald Schroeder is a scientist with over thirty years of experience in research and teaching. He earned his Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctorate degrees all at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with his doctorate thesis being under the supervision of physics professor Robley D. Evans. This was followed by five years on the staff of the MIT physics department prior to moving to Israel, where he joined the Weizmann Institute of Science and then the Volcani Research Institute, while also having a laboratory at The Hebrew University. His Doctorate is in two fields: Earth sciences and physics.

Water, Science, And The Bible

Editor’s note: Today’s commentary is based on a talk Farah is giving to Chuck Missler’s Koinonia Institute in Idaho this weekend. Maybe you saw the headlines in January of this year. “Planet Earth makes its own water from scratch deep in the mantle” – New Scientist, Jan. 27, 2017 “Did Earth makes its OWN water deep… Continue reading “Water, Science, And The Bible”

Video: Jewish Girl Dreams, Turns To Lord Jesus….Beautiful Testimonial Of God’s Love

Jewish girl Daniella had the most remarkable in a dream that changed her life forever.

Jessica began to read the New Testament and the gospel stories about Jesus Christ. She began to fall in love with this wonderful saviour. Then, the moment came that changed her life forever.

“In just one second, like the flick of a switch, my eyes were opened to see that this how God loves me. That I am loved, and that God loves me so much, that he gave his son for me, so that I can have forgiveness for my sins.”  Read here.

Watch her incredible testimony below.

Video: Jewish girl dream a fish & turned to Lord Jesus….Beautiful Testimony (Subtitles)

Why Israel Matters – A Documentary Series

Why Israel Matters is a 13-episode documentary produced by Christians in Defense of Israel (CIDI), Liberty Counsel, and Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN).

The nation of Israel told through the stories of her people.

The Christian leader’s main purpose behind the series is to familiarize people with a true and honest understanding of what the nation of Israel and the Jewish people mean to God and how He has worked through them over the millennia in miraculous ways…

Mati Shoshani, an Israeli expert on the history of the Jewish State, leads viewers through various biblical sites of the Holy Land on a weekly basis, uncovering the miraculous story of how and why God chose the people of Israel to inhabit and claim the Holy Land for His glory. OneNewsNow

Israel is a land of ancient history, storied traditions, and opposing peoples. In the western world, this Middle Eastern nation is seen through the hazy lens of news headlines and political spin.

Why Israel Matters, a new original documentary series presented by Christians in Defense of Israel and Liberty Counsel with Impact Productions and TBN, gives viewers an up close and personal view of this small nation that plays a big role on the world’s stage.

Why Israel Matters explores the big picture topics associated with Israel by zooming in on first-hand accounts of actual people who live this this historic land.

Full of moving stories, thought-provoking questions, and inspiring takeaways, this original series will strengthen viewers’ faith and empower them to thoughtfully engage in the global conversation.

The tv series began in February.  Each episode is about 27 minutes.  Episodes are available online.

Watch online

Airing Schedule TBN
Tuesdays at 10:30pm ET/7:30pm PT
Wednesdays at 4:30pm ET/1:30pm PT
Fridays at 4:30am ET/1:30am PT

More about the series.

Messiah Unveiled Down Under

An Israeli backpacker had to travel to the other side of the world before finding the Jewish Messiah no-one had told him about at home.

Born and raised in a secular kibbutz (and knowing almost nothing about Jesus), Omri Jaakobovich was taken aback when the Dutch-born host of his hostel in Paihia, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, kept referring to him as one of God’s ‘chosen people’.

Like most Israelis, he had been horrified by the relatively recent assassination of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by an Orthodox Jew in the name of God.

So he challenged his host: “What’s so chosen or so much better about us Jews?” adding that for the first time in history a Jew had killed the chosen leader of the Jewish nation.

But he was shocked by her reply: “It’s not the first time that the Jews have killed the chosen leader of the Jewish nation.”

“What are you talking about?” he wondered.

“This is what you did to Yeshua,” was her response.

Realising that Yeshua (Hebrew for Jesus) was a Jew like himself, Omri’s interest was piqued: “Were they trying to hide something from me?” he pondered. “How come they told me absolutely nothing about him in Israel?”

Having wrestled since he was a kid with the question, ‘Why was I born if one day I have to die?’ it now seemed logical to him that, ‘if Yeshua has been raised from the dead, maybe I too can be resurrected.’

A chance meeting with another Israeli backpacker who had a Tenach (what Christians call an Old Testament) among his belongings led Omri to start reading its prophecies.

And seeing Yeshua in every one of them, he became convinced beyond any doubt that He was indeed the promised Messiah – at which stage he thought he was the only Jewish believer in Jesus as he didn’t know of any others.

Continue reading “Messiah Unveiled Down Under”

Literally – Planting the Seeds Of The Third Temple

The new Sanhedrin in Israel has begun planting to provide the agricultural needs of the Third Temple.

“When people think about sacrifices, they think about animals and blood,” Rabbi Weiss said. “But most of the sacrifices were, in fact, from plants, grown around Israel.”

Many of the elements for the daily Temple service were agricultural and specific to the Temple. Semolina was frequently brought as a sacrifice with olive oil. The wine libation came from vines cultivated using a specific method. Rabbi Weiss pointed out that even some minor aspects of the Temple service required vast agricultural resources….

Ever-present on the altar were three piles of wood: the first for burning the animal sacrifices, the second for making coals to burn the incense, and the third for the perpetual altar fire commanded by the Bible.  BreakingNewsIsrael

Plants required for the Temple

There are many different plants required for the Temple, each with its own special conditions. The Sanhedrin’s new Temple forests are dispersed around Israel to provide the specific conditions suitable for each plant. In the Hebron Hills, they planted 30 Cedars of Lebanon and several pomegranate trees. In Kochav Hashachar overlooking the Jordan Valley, they planted half an acre of grapevines surrounded by Cedars. In Shaarei Tikvah in Samaria, cinnamon trees, one of the 11 ingredients in the Temple incense, are ready to be planted. In Itamar, a vineyard of 200 vines has been dedicated to Temple use. Seven date palms were planted in the Western Negev for use in the Shavuot offering.  BreakingNewsIsrael

There is also a modern-day Israeli farmer Guy Erlich growing plants for a future Third Temple.

It started with the Balsamon tree, better known as the Balm of Gilead.

For 1,000 years, ancient Hebrew farmers in this area were the only ones in the world known to cultivate this exotic plant, using it for medicinal and cosmetic purposes. Now Erlich’s biotech adventure is reviving that trade and more.

“He knew how to make out of it most important medication of the ancient world, a perfume that was considered to be the best perfume in the Roman Empire,” Erlich explained. “It says it’s the first ingredient of the incense of the Holy Temple and since the Second Temple period, it says (it was used) as the anointing oil of the kings of Israel. At the sixth century, it disappeared from here, together with the Jewish people.”

Erlich got his first plant from a shoot that was smuggled by a German scientist out of Saudi Arabia and brought to Israel. Oddly enough, the plants he grows are thriving in the intense heat and salty soil on the shores of the Dead Sea. CBN

 

Photo by Ian W Scott

UPDATE–Joel Richardson: What Is The Sign Of September 23, 2017?

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth.
Rev.  12:1-2

Claims and speculation about September 23, 2017:
This September there will be a unique celestial configuration during and right after Rosh Hashanah (Sep. 20-22).  It will reach its completion on
September 23, 2017, which is a Saturday.

  • The sun passes through Virgo – clothed in the sun.
  • Moon under her feet.
  • A crown of 12 stars – constellation Leo, which is composed of 9 stars. In 2017 three more added (Mercury, Mars, and Venus)
  • Jupiter the king planet will be between the legs of Venus below her womb.

Feasts

These are the feasts of the Lord, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at their appointed times. Leviticus 23:4

Seven feasts were given to Israel by God.  The 7 feasts are prophetic types, or symbols, that point to the Messiah and which will be fulfilled in Him.

Let no one act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day things which are a mere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.   Colossians 2:16-17

There are 4 spring feasts and 3 fall feasts.  The spring feasts have been fulfilled, the fall feasts have not been fulfilled.

Spring: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, and Harvest.
Fall: Trumpets, Day of Atonement, Tabernacles

Rosh Hashanah is not one of the feasts.  The Feast of Trumpets in 2017 is September 21-22.  Associating Rosh Hashanah with the Feast of Trumpets began in the second century A.D. shortly after the destruction of the Temple.

Listen to Joel Richardson’s good and wise words urging caution.
Video: The Underground Episode 64: What is the Sign of September 23, 2017?  from Joel Richardson

The Underground Episode 64: What is the Sign of September 23, 2017? from Joel Richardson on Vimeo.

Joel’s post in answer to a question -Rosh Hashanah is not a biblical feast, but Yom Teru’ah or the Feast of Trumpets is a biblical mood. It follows immediately upon Rosh Hashanah. I erred somewhat in emphasizing this.

UPDATE:  In this episode Joel demonstrates the various problems with the false claim that a unique astronomical sign will occur this year on September 23, 2017.

The Underground Episode 65: The False Sign of September 23, 2017 from Joel Richardson on Vimeo.

Recommended Resources:

Mystery Babylon: Unlocking the Bible’s Greatest Prophetic Mystery by Joel Richardson is available at Amazon.

The Feasts of the Lord: God’s Prophetic Calendar from Calvary to the Kingdom by Kevin Howard and Marvin Rosenthal is available at Amazon.

70 Nations – The Grandsons Of Noah

These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread. Genesis 9:19

The source of 70 nations is the 70 grandsons of Noah listed in the Bible in Genesis 9 and 10.

They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance. Psalm 83:4

High-ranking officials from 70 nations of the world will gather in Paris on January 15th in an attempt to force Israel to accept a two-state solution with the Palestinian Authority. By so doing, they will be fulfilling a momentous Biblical prophecy foretold thousands of years ago.

When Israeli statesman Shimon Peres passed away in September, leaders and dignitaries from 70 nations gathered in Jerusalem to pay their last respects. The symbolism is no mere coincidence; the very same number of representatives will gather in Paris, but this time to deny the Jewish connection to the Land of Israel.

“Everyone knows already what the purpose of the conference is: it will be used as another opportunity to try to impose a settlement on Israel and avoid direct negotiations between Israel and it’s neighbors,” Rabbi Avraham Arieh Trugman, director of Ohr Chadash Torah Institute, told Breaking Israel News. “What’s interesting is that it isn’t just one or two enemies with a specific grudge, like the Arabs or the Nazis. It is 70 nations, which in Torah terms, means all of the nations,” explained Rabbi Trugman.

Rabbi Shimon Apisdorf, a prominent Jewish educator and bestselling author, told Breaking Israel News that seeing 70 nations written in the headlines caught his attention.

“There is no question that the aspect of specifically 70 nations gathering is significant, the point being Israel is not one of them,” said Rabbi Apisdorf, citing the book of Numbers.

Lo, it is a people that shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Numbers 23:9
Full article at Breaking News Israel

See also:  January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

Online:
Table of Nations – Genesis 10 & 11 (clearer to understand)

Josephus and Genesis Chapter Ten
The Table of Nations – Gen. 10

See also:  January 15, 2017 – 70 Nations Will Gather In Paris To Discuss The Future Of Israel

Draft Summary From Next Weeks – January 15, 2017 – Paris Israel-Palestinian Peace Conference

Biggest Supermoon Since Israel Became A Nation

The Supermoon will be visible again in the evening of Nov. 14 and the morning of Nov. 15.  This full moon will be the closest and brightest supermoon of 2016 but also the largest since 1948.

On November 14th, something extraordinary is going to happen. On that date we will witness the closest full moon that we have seen since 1948. Known as a “supermoon”, this full moon will happen just six days after the U.S. presidential election.
If you look up into the night sky on November 14th, you will notice that the moon appears to be much bigger and much brighter than usual.
Could it be possible that there is some special meaning to the biggest supermoon in almost 70 years?
The last time we witnessed a supermoon of this size Israel become a nation, and as you will see below, many believe that the last couple months of 2016 could have historic significance for the Jewish people as well. ProphecyNewsWatch