“A Heavenly Wonder” Portends Tumult on Earth

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The Great tribulation may be closer than you think

Revelation 12 is generally accepted† to be describing a mid-tribulation event.

It begins like so:

12 And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

It is a vision shown to the Apostle John, by an angel, while on the island of Patmos, some 2000 years ago. It may well be represented like so:

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This is, in fact, a representation of the constellation of the night sky 2000 years into John’s future.  It is, perhaps, one of the signs of the “things that shall be” spoken of by Yeshua. And it is given to the watchmen of the End Times as a warning. The significance of this warning is not lost on John, although he may not understand all its implications: Jesus, through John, is here giving us a ‘heads-up’ on the date, and also the circumstance, of a period of the End Times known as mid-tribulation.

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Stellarium representation of the night sky for September 23, 2017 [Image: September 2015.com]

Here is the “crown of 12 stars” that John sees, and the woman clothed with the sun, and with the moon at her feet, no less. As for Jupiter, He is “in” her pelvis:

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September 23, 2017: Feast of Yom Teruah or Rosh Hashanah [Image: Unsealed]

The Apostle continues to write what he is shown:

And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered.

Jupiter, then undergoes a series of retrograde motions “within” the body of Virgo. This to-and-fro motion of Jupiter (with respect to the earth)  lasts 44 weeks — the period of a human gestation. The Apostle marvels at this never-before witnessed event. This very event, shown to the Apostle John by an angel sent by Yeshua 2000 years ago, is to be plastered on the night-sky less than a year from now. And, … it falls on the Feast of Yom Teruah—an appointed time of Elohym.

Here is the image with descriptive overlay:

YOM TERUAH (also known as Rosh Hashanah) is the “Day of Shouting” or the “Day of the Blowing of the Trumpet”, and—by virtue of it being the only feast day to fall on a new moon—became known as “The Feast In Which No Man Knoweth the Day or the Hour.” That phrase was a Hebraic idiom for the combined first and second days of the new moon in the month of Tishri, because the new moon had to be declared by the (naked eye) site of two witnesses (yet another idiomatic expression). This left some ambiguity, of between 12 and 36 hours, for the new moon to “arrive”. To allow adequate time for preparations each year, the Jewish Sanhedrin would mark down both days for celebration ahead of time—and pragmatically refer to it as “one long day”. Jesus is [Mat 24:36; Mar 13:32] giving a veiled reference to the exact date (not an exact reference to a veiled date) so that only End-Time believers would understand, and non-believers would be obfuscated.

And it is a mid-tribulation sign.

And the tribulation is 7-years long.

Now you do the math …

And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth:

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John here appears to be describing an event that will occur on the following Yom Teruah — September 10, 2018 — which seemingly portends, on one level, to a meteor storm, or intense meteor shower. It will also be significant for events that will take place on earth well apart from the celestial events that will directly impact the earth. The heavenly (celestial) events portend earthly events.

If you think the world’s already lost its mind, watch a year from now when the real show (3 ½ years of Great Tribulation) starts.

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Click here to see how to be saved. If you are already saved, be of good cheer and, help win the lost, and labour for the harvest.

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  • Note: some refer to the 3.5 years of Great Tribulation as simply the tribulation, which could be a cause of confusion to others.
  • †Note: there is a similar (but not identical) event that occurred in 2 BC, equally postulated to represent the time of the birth of Jesus, that the preterist will argue is the ultimate fulfillment of this event.
  • For the record: I downloaded Stellarium (it’s free), punched in the date, using Jerusalem as my vantage point, and got the same representation. If you would like to try for yourself, the following video takes you through how to do it:

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ochlokratia

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The rule of government by mob or a mass of people, or, the intimidation of legitimate authorities.

First Known (English) Use: 1584

— Middle French ochlocratie (1568), from Greek ochlokratia, from ochlos (mob) + kratia (form of government, rule, or influence).

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Kratos (Cratus) was son of Pallas and Styx and personification of authority, one of Zeus’ winged enforcers—along with siblings Nike (victory), Bia (force/violence), and Zelus (zeal).

In Ancient Greek political discourse, three forms of government where considered unrepresentative:

  • Tyranny — sole-ruler (not strictly evil, but by no means good) who had forced their way into power and governed by self-interest
  • Oligarchy — political power controlled by a select group of individuals
  • Ochlocracy — government by the mob

These were in distinct contrast to three forms of representative government:

  • Monarchy — hereditary rule generally with the genuine interests of the people in mind
  • Aristocracy —  power in the hands of a small, privileged few
  • Democracy (the Aristotelian polity) — rule of the commoners through government representation of an entire citizen body

Polybius described a cycle of political organisation, that he called anacyclosis: monarchy degenerates into tyranny before the aristocrats depose the tyrant and before it degenerates further into an oligarchy, which is replaced by the rule of the people (democracy), which is then overrun by mob rule, which may or may not progress to anarchy before power is seized by a new monarch.

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Ochlocracy is a pejorative majoritarianism — the fickle crowd (mobile vilgus) from which the word “mob” derives (1680s). Polybius, in the 2nd century BCE, coined the term in his Histories, referring to a pathological form of popular rule (cf. democracy). Both the Talmud and Rashi, a Jewish biblical commentary, make reference to ochlos as anything from “mob”, to “populace”, to “armed guard”.

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The threat of “mob rule” to a democracy is restrained by ensuring that the rule of law protects minorities or individuals against short-term demagoguery or moral panic —

such as President Eisenhower assured in September of 1957.

Examples of mob-rule through history include Ancient Rome, the Salem Witch Trials, political lynching, and the Kiev Pogroms. Contemporary ochlocracies would be the 1986 revolution in Philippines and the recent revolutions in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia.

This weekend you could do worse than visit Ochlocracy in Action. Or you could be the Grecian philosopher to lead a revolt against the Olympian Gods for allowing the Athenian School of Philosophy to be destroyed by the foot of a clumsy immortal, killing everyone inside. Rally the Athenians to your cause, tearing down buildings, recruiting fellow rioters, and taking it to their gods to establish an Okhlos over ancient Athens. Or you could play Mob Rule, with its more contemporary feel.

Or, finally, you could just watch the Olympic Games Closing Ceremony.

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ANNOTATION

“Government by the rabble”, 1580s, from [Middle] French ochlocratie (1568), from Greek okhlokratia (Polybius) “mob rule”, the lowest grade of democracy, from kratos “rule, power, strength” (-cracy) + okhlos “mob, populace”, perhaps literally “moving mass,” from proto-Indo-European *wogh-lo-, from root *wegh- “to go, transport” in a vehicle (see weigh). Related: Ochlocratic; ochlocratical. Greek also had okhlagogos “mob-leader”, ochlagogue.

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New Hebrides

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Vanuatu, a small volcanic island group in the South Pacific, was named for the Hebrides Scottish archipelago by James Cook. The first Europeans, a Spanish expedition, arrived in 1606 to be greeted by a Melanesian lineage spanning three millennia.

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Location of the New Hebrides in the South Pacific

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The New Hebrides archipelago

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Espiritu Santo is the largest and northern most island in the archipelago.

On his return trip to New Zealand in 1774, Cook landed at Tana, one of 80 islands, charting the archipelago and giving it its name.

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The Landing at Tana in the New Hebrides, William Hodges [Wikimedia Commons]

In 1839 the first Christian Missionary to the islands, Reverend John Williams, was cannibalised.

New Hebrideans were some of those coerced, tricked, or plain kidnapped to work as labourers, particularly at the sugar cane plantations of Queensland and Fiji. Blackbirding, as it was known, was a thriving industry between 1842 and 1904, not limited to a specific locale.

Both the British and the French colonised the islands independently, before agreeing to an Anglo-French condominium (1906–1980). For almost 20 years before that, part of the New Hebrides had been a French protectorate, and another part claimed by the United Kingdom. In 1853, France had formerly taken possession of nearby New Caledonia which, from 1860 until the end of transportation in 1897, became a penal colony. France had constructed its own Pacific convict colony, and the New Hebrides was part of that.

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Espiritu Santo, New Hebrides, 1942 [Image: United States Navy]

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F6F-3 Hellcats of VF-40 at Espiritu Santo, 1944 [Wikimedia Commons]

 

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Flag of New Hebrides, 1966 [Wikimedia Commons]

The condominium allowed for three separate governments—a French, a British, and a joint administration (both local and European officials)—before Vanuatu was granted its independence on 30 July, 1980. This was the culmination of a rebellion that broke out on the island of Espiritu Santo, to which the local government asked of Britain and France for assistance.

Not keen to get involved in any skirmishes, the French in particular tarried. [It was revealed later that they were behind the rebellion all along.] The local government, however, received assistance from soldiers of nearby Papua New Guinea. But the Coconut War, as it came to be known, fizzled as one Melanesian combatant identified with the other.

The Republic of Vanuatu is now a parliamentary democracy with a written constitution, and a member of the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the Commonwealth of Nations. Australia, France, New Zealand and the United Kingdom are Vanuatu’s main benefactors, with China coming on the scene as the UK looks away from the Pacific. Otherwise, the economy runs on the basis of agriculture, tourism, financial services and its cattle farming.

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The Pot and the Kettle

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President Obama defies convention in his talk of Mr Trump.

I think the Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president. I said so last week, and he keeps on proving it.

To be so open about it the president must, no-doubt, believe this ardently. He must feel also that he has earned the right and confidence of the American people. And certainly he would have a lot of people who would agree with him. Perhaps that is why he said it? But I am happy to give him the benefit of the doubt, and consider it the former—that he said it out of a pure zeal for what he believes to be so.

Not many of us know what it’s like to run a country, let alone the world superpower (most of us have trouble enough running our own household). And there’s that old caveat about statistics. Nevertheless, others have looked at President Obama’s tenure (and many still will):

U.S. Economic Indicators under President Obama

The Good
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The BAD

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and The Unprepossessing

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Before 1980, greater increases in government debt were subsequently repaid. Since the 1980s that all changed, with ever-increasing debt (and perhaps no intention of ever paying off that debt) becoming the new norm.

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The only time in history that U.S. government debt has been higher was in 1946 (118% of GDP) to fund the war effort. The debt is currently equal to that of GDP: the U.S. government spends as much as the entire nation produces. In the mid 1900’s, annual government spending was just 3% of GDP. [Image: Metrocosm]

What of the social ramifications of the current president’s tenure? What of the street riots, police shootings, and general discontent? Not that we are blaming the president for these things, but they are part of the general malaise that seems to have gripped the U.S.

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Presidencies are more than just economies, and superpower presidencies far more than domestic issues alone. Think back to before 2008, when there was very much a global status quo. That state of equipoise was delivered by a century of American global oversight—our pax Americana.

Admittedly, 2008 was the time the GFC hit the globe. Nonetheless, we have since seen a planetary shift in fundamental international relations, most notably in the Middle East, and we appear to be falling headlong into another Cold War.

More than anything else, this presidency will be marked by an unmatched keenness to maintain American hegemony while drawing down on the resources used to do so. It is the age of “managing” international relations by forcing other nations to do much of the heavy lifting. It is (and will be) seen in the South Pacific, in Eurasia, in South America, and it’s wake is the very vortex in the Middle East.

That is, and will be, Mr Obama’s legacy.

And with that legacy, is the president entitled to his opinion? Has the president won the overwhelming confidence of the American people to give that opinion? Does the president have the authority, with the runs on the board, to dote some grandfatherly gesture to his ‘progeny’ like so?

Fit?

As far as my eyes see, America (and the world) is not fit for a haircut. And much of that is because of what has occurred on the current president’s watch.

We are at a precarious time in human history, in absentia of leaders. All is not well.

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