What is Tisha B'av?
Tisha B'av (The Ninth of Av) is a day of mourning and fasting. The holiday commemorates various tragedies that befell the Jewish people throughout history, particularly the destruction of the two temples in 586 BCE and 70 CE. It is believed that many of the tragedies remembered on Tisha B'Av actually occurred on this date. Tisha B'av is the culmination of a three-week period of mourning.
"The 9th of Av, Tisha b'Av, commemorates a list of catastrophes so severe it's clearly a day set aside by Yahweh for suffering. Learn seven historical events that took place on Tisha b'Av, the Jewish day of mourning.
- 1. The Spies Returned With a Bad Report
- 2. Both Holy Temples Were Destroyed
- 3. The Battle at Betar Was Lost
- 4. The Romans Plowed the Beit Hamikdash
- 5. The Jews Were Expelled From England
- 6. The Jews Were Banished From Spain
- 7. Both World Wars Began"
Wherever we turn, the foundations of our civilisation are under threat. The crisis is all-pervasive: a stalled economy and declining living standards, a broken welfare state, an authoritarian Great Awokening dedicated to re-engineering our society, a new values-based class conflict, and war between the great powers - Daily Telegraph 23.2.23.
The Sons of Japheth and the Beast - Bro Roger Lewis
Adeline (Ogle County, Illi.).
-Brother Coffman writes as follows:
"The Ogle ecclesia having been misrepresented by the mere-manite wranglers on the subject of God manifest in flesh; will you allow me a place to set forth our views upon the misrepresented point.
By God manifest we mean that a manifestation took place in the Son born of Mary, previous to his official anointing, as well as after.
We regard this as a testimony to be believed, however we may fail to understand. Jesus says, 'If you don't believe that I am he ye shall die in your sins.' 'To the law and testimony, if we speak not accordingly, the light is not in us.'
We know that the Deity is unchangeable and cannot die; yet the Son of God, the Saviour died, and thus God in manifestation died, for the Son of God was the manifestation.
We regard Jesus as not only a medium of manifestation, but also the manifested one, as saith Jesus,
'He that seeth me seeth the Father.'
Paul says, 'God was manifest in flesh, ' and Jesus was he. The only begotten one that came out of the Father, was the spirit of the Father with mortality upon him, weak and tempted in all its points like as we.
The Jews could not believe this, and said he blasphemed because he said he was Son of God, an equal of God, as all children are considered of their fathers. Jesus (from his babyhood upwards, in the days of his flesh) at once was composed of two sides, one in union with the other, for Deity is not annihilated when in union with mortality.
He still remains Deity, though in manifestation through a flesh nature. Thus we understand Jesus when he says 'I was before Abraham;' and John when he says, 'And Jesus was before me.' But as regards the person Jesus, we do not understand him to have pre-existed. We understand him to have been a manifestation of his Father in the same sense that John was a manifestation of his father.
Zechariah was not from all eternity, therefore John was not with him from all eternity; but the Father of Jesus was from all eternity, and in this sense he was before John.
By this we can perceive that while the first Adam was of the earth, the second Adam, Jesus, was the Lord from Heaven. We accept Jesus as a God manifestation, as coming from the Father in the manner testified in Luke 1:35: The 'Holy thing,' an 'Equal,' 'The Son of God,' 'Thy salvation, 'A light to lighten the Gentiles.'
Consequently when he died and rose again he ascended from whence he came. The mortality being swallowed up in the Resurrection, he became con-substantial with Deity, of whom in the days of his flesh he was a manifestation by spirit, through or in the flesh.
A mere human being, ever so highly endowed by Holy Spirit, would not be in the same relation to God as His own Word made flesh. Such a man would be a mere medium; not the 'Holy thing,' 'Thy salvation,' 'The Saviour,' 'A light,' and other titles by which the Lord Jesus is described. The foregoing sets forth the true position of the Ogle ecclesia on this important subject."
The Christadelphian, Mar 1873
Hannah the handmaid of Yahweh - Bro Roger Lewis
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Current events fulfilling prophecy
The fact that Russia is persevering through a slow war with high losses is highly indicative of several things. First, that Putin does not feel the pressure of the type of ranting, rioting internal dissent experienced in Western countries, where political leaders feel the direct threat to their power. Putin evidently feels himself well past such a threat-demonstrating that he has fully transitioned to the role of Autocrat, and that he feels that the power of his government over the people is absolute.
Secondly, a slow, high-loss war indicates his lust for conquest is not dissuaded by a sense of impatience. He wants what he wants, and will take the time and expend the effort required to obtain it. He's already invested over 8 years in combatting Ukraine. It is evident he'll take the time he needs to finish the acquisition.
Thirdly, it is evident his affinity for history has shown him that victory can be obtained with sufficient willingness to sacrifice his own people for 'the cause.' Treating his soldiers as "cannon fodder" can bring desired results for his personal glory, which is the same as the glory of Russia. This level of ruthlessness has been held in abeyance for some time (e.g. North Korea). When Russia's leader shows this kind of willingness to sacrifice troops for his ambition, we can be certain other leaders of similar character will follow.
Fourthly, Putin feels secure enough that he is ignoring the sanctions, threats and military power of the Western world. He is pushing through the noise, and effectively saying, if you want to stop me, you must go to war with me. He has a nuclear arsenal, certainly, but taking such a position usually indicates there is something more substantial to his ability to wage war than what the common Western media perceives. This may not be so much as his ability to bring terrible weapons to the fore (he has them), as much as it may be he has the means to bring Western countries to their knees by other means, such as through interrupting energy supplies, cyber-warfare, political interference, stirring up internal dissent, sabotage, food shortages, etc.
The Berean Christadelphian, Aug 2022
Beneficial to US - certain to provoke Kremlin.
"hooks into thy jaws" - Ezk 38: 4
Wake up the mighty men of war - Joel 3: 9
The daily readings - AUDIO
For those who ask: "Why does Ukraine matter? "
This is why Ukraine matters.It is the second largest country by area in Europe by area and has a populationof over 40 million - more than Poland.Ukraine ranks:1st in Europe in proven recoverable reserves of uranium ores;2nd place in Europe and 10th place in the world in terms of titanium ore reserves;2nd place in the world in terms of explored reserves of manganese ores (2.3 billion tons, or 12% of the world's reserves);2nd largest iron ore reserves in the world (30 billion tons);2nd place in Europe in terms of mercury ore reserves;3rd place in Europe (13th place in the world) in shale gas reserves (22 trillion cubic meters)4th in the world by the total value of natural resources;7th place in the world in coal reserves (33.9 billion tons)Ukraine is an important agricultural country:1st in Europe in terms of arable land area;3rd place in the world by the area of black soil (25% of world's volume);1st place in the world in exports of sunflower and sunflower oil;2nd place in the world in barley production and 4th place in barley exports;3rd largest producer and 4th largest exporter of corn in the world;4th largest producer of potatoes in the world;5th largest rye producer in the world;5th place in the world in bee production (75,000 tons);8th place in the world in wheat exports;9th place in the world in the production of chicken eggs;16th place in the world in cheese exports.Ukraine can meet the food needs of 600 million people.Ukraine is an important industrialised country:1st in Europe in ammonia production;Europe's 2nd's and the world's 4th largest natural gas pipeline system;3rd largest in Europe and 8th largest in the world in terms of installed capacity of nuclear power plants;3rd place in Europe and 11th in the world in terms of rail network length (21,700 km);3rd place in the world (after the U.S. and France) in production of locators and locating equipment;3rd largest iron exporter in the world4th largest exporter of turbines for nuclear power plants in the world;4th world's largest manufacturer of rocket launchers;4th place in the world in clay exports4th place in the world in titanium exports8th place in the world in exports of ores and concentrates;9th place in the world in exports of defence industry products;10th largest steel producer in the world (32.4 million tons).Ukraine matters. That is why its independence is important to the rest of the world.
Dutch Van Spall
- The Nave was full of smoke from the glory of the Deity - Rev 15: 8
...there is reason to believe that the Millennium will commence a few years before the world attains to 6,000 years. It is apocalyptically revealed, that it will end at the "LITTLE SEASON," which comes within the limit of the Millennary Week of 7,000years from the Creation-
This puts the beginning of the Millennium back into the Sixth Chiliad, and before its termination, as many years as may constitute the Little Season. If this consists of four years, then the Millennium will begin four years before the world is 6,000 years old-in A.M. 5996 ... Thus, the end of the Little Season will synchronize with the end of the A.M. 7000...The " unparalleled tribulation " is to precede the Millennium, and will, of course, require time for its development. In Micah 7 : 15, the period for performing the truth and mercy sworn, or covenanted, to Abraham and Jacob is chronologized by" the days of Israel's coming out of the land of Egypt,"
The " unparalleled tribulation " of Mark 13 : 19, 20 belonged to the end of the Mosaic Dispensation, and has long since passed away ; but the " time of trouble" foretold by Daniel and Jeremiah,... is a pre-millennial chronological period of 40 years. ...There can be no Millennium until the judicial work of these 40 years is accomplished. They are the period of the Seventh Vial; and
... The whole world of powerful kingdoms has to be revolutionized. The governments, aristocracies, hierarchies, and democracies, have all to be broken up ; the nations, emancipated from these destroyers, illuminated and blessed in Abraham and his seed.... doing the work up in a flash...none but the spiritual inebriates of the clerical kingdom could for a moment
- "The "short time" at the end of the thousand years is the epoch when the work is finished.It hath been Divinely purposed that the earth shall be inhabited by flesh and blood for seven thousand years; but beyond that period its presence will not be tolerated.The postmillennial rebellion against the benign government of the Saints is the consummation of its iniquity, and the crisis of its fate.Symbolically speaking, the Devil is devoured by the fire of the Deity, in the lake of fire and brimstone, into which he is cast, as were the Beast and the False Prophet, who shall be tormented day and night, by the third angel (Ch. 14:11; 19:20; 20:10) to the aions of the aions; or beginning of the thousand years".Eureka 20.2.
Ron Lawrence - Personally I see no real evidence to show that the 'little season' cannot be a time period beyond both the working period of 6,000 years and the full 1,000 year period of the kingdom. I will need to look further into this.
- admin His reasoning that sin and death is allotted 7 000 years and no more. This seems a powerful argument.
- A question brewing in my mind is the start date of the 7 day plan...Bro Thomas relates it to the beginning of the Adamic creation. We know now his expectations were premature. He reckoned the creation to be BC 4089.Is it possible that Adam and Eve lived in innocence and enjoyed companionship with the Elohim many years prior to their trial.... the starting period not being from the six days of the earth's reformation but the foundation of the age when the order was rearranged to take account of sin.This would bring the start date forward....but then we have the problem of the 2 days (2 000years) from either Messiah's birth or beginning of his ministry or crucifixion. According to the English Bible 2030 would be 2 000 years after his crucifixion - no time for Armageddon.Then there is the parousia AD 70 plus 2000 years = 2070 which does seem a plausible date for the millenium to begin if our Lord returns within the next few years which seems a reasonable expectation according to world events.
-"Anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see."-(Rev. 3:18). "Ye have an anointing (χρισμα) from the Holy One, and ye know all things;" "the anointing (το χρισμα, to chrisma) which ye received from him adideth in you, and ye have no need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and even is taught you, ye shall abide in it."-(1 John 2:20, 27.)
Hence for one to be anointed is for him to be taught the truth as the Spirit has exhibited it in the Scriptures of the prophets and apostles, which are
'profitable for teaching, for conviction, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, completely furnished for every good work."-(2 Tim. 3:16.)
This is the true anointing in the absence of "spiritual gifts."
Bro Thomas scraps from his writings
The Christadelphian, June 1872
"Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king" Isa 23
Perhaps we are seeing indications...The the Queen has now completed 70 year reign "one king" -- may signal the revival of the antitypical Tyre [Global Britain]. The British government is perhaps now fulfilling the seductive role outlined in the prophecy.
Sweet promises to the commonwealth nations, strengthening and renewing old ties. Boris Johnson has remained in position against all natural odds [Dan 4: 17]. Perhaps he is the right man for this job - a gentle and approachable style to charm the leaders of those nations whose economic and security interests coincide with the British government - all worked out by the unseen operations of the angels.
A trade deal with India is anticipated for October. This could give real impetus to a renewed relationship between Tarshish North and East...different in character to the days of empire - shared interests.
At the time of the end - Dan 11: 40
...the Russo-Assyrian autocrat shall attack Constantinople by sea and land, and with such whirlwind impetuosity that the Sultan's dominion shall be swept away.
... The whirlwind-nature of the attack implies, I think, not only its overwhelming character, but that when it is made, the allies [NATO?] of the Sultan will be off their guard; that is, by the Autocrat's assurances of peace and moderation for which they will give him credit, Constantinople will be left unprotected, and it will fall into his hands before they can come to the rescue.
To "push at him,'' and to "come against him," are phrases which imply more than simple invasion; they indicate likewise the direction that invasion is to take. In the case of the king of the south, when he "pushed at him" he directed his course towards Constantinople, but he did not "come against him," because he was stopped by "the powers."
The king of the north, however, is to do more than push, he is actually to "come against" the, Sultan, which can only be done by sitting down before Constantinople.
Elpis Israel 3.5.
Milestones June 2022
Concerning the angels that sinned Bro Thomas wrote...
"The apostle Peter, speaking of the "false teachers" that would arise among Christians "by reason of whom the way of truth would be evil spoken of," illustrates the certainty of their "damnation" by citing three cases in point; namely, that of certain angels; that of the antediluvian world; and that of Sodom and Gomorrha.Now the earth, we know, was the place of judgment to the contemporaries of Noah and Lot, and seeing that these three are warnings to inhabitants of earth, it is probable, that they are all related to things pertaining to our globe in the order of their enumeration -- first, judgment upon its pre-Adameral inhabitants; secondly, upon the antediluvian world, which succeeded them; and thirdly, upon Sodom after the flood" - Elpis 1.2.
Evil existed prior to Adam's sin - Gen 3:5,22. As evil is the consequence of sin there was sin before Adam was created.
The principle of exaltation to immortality is faith and obedience learned under trial.
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" - Heb 11: 6.
Only Yahweh the eternal El is from everlasting to everlasting...
"Who only hath immortality" - 1Tim 6:16.
He is a creative power and undoubtedly has been busy during the endless ages.
The angels KNEW good and evil prior to Adam's transgression. They understood by experience. Therefore they were not created immortal. Immortals are spirit and not corruptible - they have no propensity to sin.
Yahweh does not create immortal automotons. The angel Elohim of Lk 20: 36 were granted immortality following a probationary period of trial prior to Adam's existence - or the beginning of the Adamic age.
Being originally creatures with freewill it is inevitable that some would sin. I have not as yet seen an exposition of worthy consideration that compares to Bro Thomas's concerning "the angels that sinned" 2Pet 2: 4.
..."Jesus is coming back to earth to reign as king..."
Our Lord could return at any moment "as a thief" (the world is asleep) but "Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments" with lamps trimmed and burning in preparation for the arrival of the bridegroom.As the 6th vial draws to a conclusion we will be taken away before the Russian autocrat seizes the throne of the dragon (Constantinople). We have already seen "three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet". [Though the present Russian regime is anything but democratic]. But whether these events have fulfilled prophecy [Rev 16: 13] in entirety is - I confess - I feel totally inadequate to answer].
- Andrew White - well I personally think not, because the frog spirits come out of the mouth of the dragon as well as the beast and false prophet.The dragon has not fully developed yet ((I think,) because Russia is to take Istanbul (Constantinople) and so unite East and West.It is my belief that when he p u ts the cross back.on St. Sophia, that signs (same language as in Rev 13) may be more than political and religious signs and lying wonders will accompany a reunion of the Eastern orthodox and RCC.No doubt if this is true Putin or whoever is the autocrat will revel in the glory of the moment.How much.of this we will see is difficult to.know but we live in very exciting times and the world is going to be rocked like a madman.
Yes I see that the dragon is not YET fully developed in terms of governing Constantinople but if we take Rev 16 as it appears chronologically the unclean spirits go forth prior to our Lord's advent and therefore before Russia takes Constantinople. As we know Russia is the Dragon - I agree "not fully developed yet" - not having taken the Constantinopolitan throne - it seems to me the frog like spirits (liberty, equality and fraternity) have already been fulfilled among the three governing centres - Russia, France (in combination with Germany), Vatican. In consequence we are at the moment in time when Rev 16: 15 could be fulfilled at any moment
"Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come" - Matt 24: 42.
Efforts to revive 'the holy Roman empire' at home (as well as the EU)
As the 6th vial draws to a conclusion we will be taken away before the Russian autocrat seizes the throne of the dragon (Constantinople). We have already seen "three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet". [Though the present Russian regime is anything but democratic]. But whether these events have fulfilled prophecy [Rev 16: 13] in entirety is - I confess - I feel totally inadequate to answer].
Certainly there are different views on this prophecy which can be debated with interest. I Personally I agree with Bro Thomas Matt 24: 30, 31 concern our Lord's forthcoming advent and these verses are included in parenthesis."This generation" I consider an example of the multi layers of scriptural meanings - the parable of the figtree being another. We can relate the parable to both AD 70 and the putting forth of leaves as Israel (the fig tree) became a nation again.
"He was subject to all the emotions by which we are troubled" - that which is born of flesh is flesh with its natural inclinations "hence he was enabled to sympathize with our infirmities".Because he was Son of Deity as well as Son of Man the law of the spirit of life was strong in him. Being filled with grace and wisdom -"notwithstanding the plague of such a nature he was obedient in all things...there was no sin in him" "he was without sin" "he who knew no sin was made sin for us".
Who is the anointed cherub & what are the stones of fire
A thrilling, systematic, plainly explained exposition of Ezk 28 by Bro Roger Lewis.
CANZUK - Re-emergence of Tarshish and the young lions -Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Friends of Israel.
Psalm 48 - Bro Arthur Hughes