I’m blessed to have more than just a normal pastoral staff. My pastors are experts in Hebraic history, Hebraic culture, halakhah (walking out the Torah), and history in general. And if there is a tough geographical question, our senior pastor just calls his brother, the biblical geographic expert. My pastors are all esteemed writers for First Fruits of Zion, a well-respected Messianic publication ministry. Although my pastors are not dogmatic; a “no,” generally means “no.”
During a recent study of Isaiah, I asked my pastor if these verses had ever been historically fulfilled.
Then Adonai said to Yesha‘yahu, “Go out now to meet Achaz, you and your son Sh’ar Yashuv, at the end of the aqueduct from the Upper Pool, on the road to the Launderers’ Field; and say to him, ‘Take care to stay calm and unafraid; don’t be demoralized by these two smoldering stumps of firewood, by the blazing anger of Retzin and Aram or the son of Remalyah; or because Aram, Efrayim and the son of Remalyah have been plotting against you, thinking, “We will invade Y’hudah, tear it apart, divide it among ourselves and appoint the son of Tav’el as king there.”
“‘This is what Adonai Elohim says: “It won’t occur, it won’t happen. For the head of Aram is Dammesek, and the head of Dammesek Retzin. In sixty-five years Efrayim will be broken and will cease to be a people. The head of Efrayim is Shomron, and the head of Shomron is the son of Remalyah. Without firm faith, you will not be firmly established.”’” Isaiah 7:3-9 (CJB)
No scholars, including my pastors believe that these verses relating to sixty-five years have ever been fulfilled. Many prophets believe that the sixty-five years began on May 14, 1948 (Iyyar 5, 5708). The prophecy is that Ephraim (the United States) will be broken and cease to be a people prior to that day sixty-five years later. Iyyar 5 is sixty-five days from today, for on Israel's Memorial Day 2014 we will experience the sixty-sixth anniversary of Israel’s Independence Day.
The world awaits these two men, and their Crimean Chess Game. Will they begin WWIII? (Much of my research and analysis will likewise become moot if the USA passes Israel's Independence Day Anniversary unscathed. I believe that we are entering the Fourth Seal of Revelation. Thus, I believe that Putin and Obama will begin some type of a war.) Is this time frame Vladimir Putin’s moment to break the USA? We’ll know in sixty-five days, won’t we?
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