November 29, 2008

28th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 16: Book of Daniel

Back to the book of Daniel this time Chapter 12:
Dan 12:1-3
Prophecy of the End Time "At that time Michael (Archangel of God) shall stand up, The great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, (tribulation period) Such as never was since there was a nation (Israel), 
Even to that (FUTURE) time. 
And at that time your people shall be delivered (end of the Tribulation), Every one who is found written in the book. 
2 And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake (those who are dead), Some to everlasting life, Some to shame and everlasting contempt. 
3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever." 

 "At that time" means "during the time of the end." the time period the angel is describing in this part of the prophecy. We have now reached the middle of the Tribulation when Antichrist breaks his covenant with Israel, seizes the temple, and sets himself up as world dictator and god. This is the "abomination of desolation" that Daniel wrote about in 9:27; 11:31; and 12:11, and that Jesus referred to in His Olivet Discourse (Matt 24 and Mark 13). 

The last three and a half years of Daniel's seventieth week will usher in a time of terrible suffering. "For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be," said Jesus (Matthew 24:21). Also  Revelation 13.
One of the features of this terrible time will be Antichrist's (Satan's) war against the Jewish people (Rev 12), but Michael, the angel assigned to care for the Jewish people, will come to their aid. God's elect people will be preserved (Matt 24:22). This will include the 144,000 who are sealed by the Lord (Revelation 7). God will keep His covenant with Abraham and see to it that the Jewish remnant will enter into their promised kingdom. 

November 28, 2008

27th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 15: Book of Daniel

Jesus Christ in Matthew Chapter 25, also quoted the Book of Daniel reaffirming what was revealed to Daniel about 500 years before.
Matthew 24:15-16

The Great Tribulation (Mark 13:14-23; Luke 17:23,24,37; 21:20-24) 
"Therefore when you see the 'abomination of desolation,' (placed there by the Antichrist - statue of himself? pig? something that desecrates the Holy Temple of the Jews?)
spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place" (whoever reads, let him understand),
16 "then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
21 For then there will be great tribulation,
 (3.5 years) such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be. 
22 And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; but for the elect's sake (the elect will be spared the worst of it) those days will be shortened. 

26th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 14: Book of Daniel

To continue with Dan Chapter 9 and it's prophecy, here's a quote from  The Bible Exposition Commentary:
"In A.D. 70 A.D., the prophecy in Dan 9:26 was fulfilled when the Roman armies destroyed Jerusalem and the temple, and the Jewish nation was scattered. The Romans are the people of the prince that shall come," and that prince is the future Antichrist that Daniel described as "the little horn" and the blasphemous king. This takes us to the third period."
Period 3 : 7 years (Dan 9:27). "The pronoun "he" refers to "the prince that shall come" (v. 26), this is, the Antichrist. We are now in the final seven years of the prophetic calendar that Gabriel gave Daniel, the period that we know as "the Tribulation" or "the day of the Lord." While the world has always known wars and desolations (Matt 24:3-24), the end of the age will introduce a time of terrible suffering that will climax with the return of Jesus Christ (Rev 6-19; Matt 24:15-35).

The event that triggers this last seven-year period is the signing of a covenant between the Antichrist and the Jewish nation. At this time, the Antichrist is a key political figure in Europe one of the ten toes of the image in Dan 2, and the "little horn" who emerges from the ten horns in 7:8,24 ff — and he has the authority and ability to end the "Middle East problem." He covenants to protect the Jews from their enemies, probably so they can build their temple and restore their sacrifices. The spiritually blind Jewish leaders, ignorant of their own Scriptures, will gladly enter into the covenant "I have come in My Father's name, and you do not receive Me." Jesus told the Jewish leaders of His day; "if another comes in his own name, him you will receive" (John 5:43).
After three and a half years, the Antichrist will break the covenant, seize the temple, and put his own image there, and will force the world to worship him (2 Thess 2; Rev 13:1). This is the "abomination of desolation" (Dan 11:31; 12:11) that Jesus spoke about that marks the midpoint of the Tribulation period (Matt 24:15; Mark 13:14). The "man of sin" and "son of perdition" (2 Thess 2:3) who up till now has deceived the world by playing a shrewd political game will now reveal himself as a tool of Satan and a cruel world dictator. Christ will defeat him when He returns to establish His kingdom (Rev 19:11-21).
(The Bible Exposition Commentary)

November 26, 2008

25th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 13: Book of Daniel

To expand on yesterday's blog:
Note: Some scholars claim that the command to Nehemiah to build the walls was in 455B.C, a year later to what I have stated.

Daniel 9:24
The seventy "weeks". The word "weeks" means "sevens," so Gabriel was speaking about seventy periods of 7 years, or 490 years. Keep in mind that these years relate specifically to Daniel's people, the Jews, and their holy city, Jerusalem. In his prayer, Daniel's great concern was that his people be forgiven their sins against the Lord, the city be rebuilt, and the temple be restored: and these are the matters that Gabriel will discuss. To apply this important prophecy to any other people or place is to rob it of its intended meaning.
Gabriel explained that during those 490 years, the Lord would accomplish six specific purposes for the Jewish people. The first three have to do with sin and the last three with righteousness. The Lord would "finish the transgression," that is, the transgression of the Jewish people, and "make an end of " Israel's national sins.

The last three divine purposes focus on righteousness and the future kingdom of Messiah. When Jesus returns, He will establish His righteous kingdom (Jer 23:5-6; 31:31-34) and rule in righteousness (Isa 4:2-6). In that day, the Old Testament prophecies of Israel's glorious kingdom will be fulfilled, and there will be no need for visions or prophets. "To anoint the most holy" refers to the sanctifying of the future temple that is described in Ezek 40-48.

Period #1—49 years (Dan 9:25). During this period, the Jews will rebuild the city of Jerusalem in troubled times. The key issue here is the date of the decree. This is not the decree of Cyrus in 538 permitting the Jews to return to their land and rebuild their temple (Ezra 1; Isa 44:28), because the emphasis of this decree is on the city of Jerusalem. While some students opt for the decree of Artaxerxes in 457, sending Ezra to Jerusalem (Ezra 7:12-26), that decree also emphasized the temple and its ministry. The decree of Dan 9:25 is probably that of Artaxerxes in 445 authorizing Nehemiah to go to Jerusalem to rebuild the walls and restore the gates (Neh 2:5-8).

Period #2—483 years (Dan 9:26). Gabriel affirmed that 483 years are involved from the giving of the decree to the coming of "the Anointed One, the ruler" (7 x 7 = 49; 7 x 62 = 434; total = 483). When you count 483 solar years from the year 445, you end up with A.D. 29 A.D./30, which brings us to the time of Christ's ministry on earth. But this Anointed One, the Christ, will not be permitted to rule; for His people cried out, "We have no king but Caesar" (John 19:15). "We will not have this man to reign over us" (Luke 19:14). The Messiah will be "cut off, but not for himself ("and will have nothing," NIV). This speaks of His rejection by the Jewish nation (John 1:11; Luke 13:33-35) and His crucifixion as a criminal, turned over to the Roman authorities by His own people and one of His own disciples. But He died for the sins of the world, including the sins of the Jewish nation.
(to be continued)

November 25, 2008

24th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 12: Book of Daniel

Daniel 9:24-27. - (This is the prophecy Given to the Daniel by the angel Gabriel)

24 "Seventy weeks (70x7= 490 years. The first 62 are pertaining to Israel, up to the time the Messiah  is cutoff/ crucified. Then there is a gap period for the Church Age. When the church is taken away the the last week of 7 years commences ) are determined For your people (Israel) and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. 
25 "Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem (454 BC) until Messiah the Prince (Christ Jesus), there shall be seven weeks (7x7=49 years) and sixty-two weeks(62x7=434 years. Total= 483 years from command to rebuild Jerusalem); The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. 
26 "And after the sixty-two weeks (454 BC + 483 years = 29 AD) Messiah shall be cut off (crucified on the cross), but not for Himself; And the people (Roman Empire) of the prince (Titus, son of Vespasian) who is to come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary (70AD Jerusalem destroyed). The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined". NKJV
(After the GAP period which commenced when Christ was crucified and His church established - also referred to as the Church Age. Recall 69 weeks (483 years) are already passed) :-
27 "He (Antichrist) will make a treaty with the people for a period of one set of seven (7 years), but after half this time (3.5 years), he will put an end to the sacrifices and offerings (in the Jerusalem Temple). Then as a climax to all his terrible deeds, he will set up a sacrilegious object that causes desecration, until the end that has been decreed is poured out on this defiler." NLT

(In parenthesis my comments) 

23rd Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 11 : Book of Daniel

Let's now consider Daniel Chapter 9, containing more amazing and accurate prophecies. 
"Now while I was speaking, praying, and confessing my sin and the sin of my people Israel, and presenting my supplication before the Lord my God for the holy mountain of my God, yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.  And he informed me, and talked with me, and said, “O Daniel, I have now come forth to give you skill to understand. At the beginning of your supplications the command went out, and I have come to tell you, for you are greatly beloved; therefore consider the matter, and understand the vision": (Daniel 9:20-23 )
As Daniel prayed, the angel Gabriel suddenly appeared before him, offering comfort and understanding to Daniel's troubled heart. Gabriel's purpose was to bring and end to Daniel's inner confusion by imparting to him a new revelation from God. Tomorrow we will see this new revelation.
To have a greater appreciation of the above scenario, consider this: Gabriel had been in the third heaven (2 Cor 12:2-3). That's billions of light years away - farther than our minds can grasp - and yet Gabriel now stands before Daniel, arriving in a flash - in nanoseconds!
Light travels 6 trillion miles in one light year.  We could travel 13 and a half billion light years and still not arrive at the third heaven - God's throne. It's incomprehensible.

November 23, 2008

22nd Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 10: Book of Daniel

In the previous passages in Chapter 7 where Daniel dream't of four beasts, God provided him anmessenger to interpret the dream on His behalf - the angel Gabriel. The message of Chapter 2, Nebuchadnezzar's dream, had been so clear and unified, whereas now his own dream was filled with diversity, the edges of his understanding ragged, all because he was dealing with 4 terrible beasts - not an immense one-piece image of gold, silver, and bronze - but a diversity of four beasts acting out their beastly nature in fits of anger, violence and conquest. Then in verse 18, suddenly something exciting happens where the saints of the most High take the Kingdom. Dan 7:17-18:  'Those great beasts, which are four, are four kings which arise out of the earth. 18 But the saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.' 

This is when Jesus Christ returns, and, as we have already stated, the stone smites the feet of the image, placing Christ and His saints in control. They are the ones who return with Jesus - individuals who missed the terrible 7-year tribulation period because they were raptured up.

November 21, 2008

21st Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 9: Book of Daniel

Daniel 7:9, 19-26
9 "Then I wished to know the truth about the fourth beast, (EU? Revived Rome Empire)  which was different from all the others, exceedingly dreadful, with its teeth of iron and its nails of bronze, which devoured, broke in pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet; 
20 and the ten horns that were on its head, and the other horn which came up, before which three fell, namely, that horn which had eyes and a mouth which spoke pompous words, (Antichrist) whose appearance was greater than his fellows. 
21 "I was watching; and the same horn was making war against the saints, and prevailing against them, 
22 until the Ancient of Days came, and a judgment was made in favor of the saints of the Most High, and the time came for the saints to possess the kingdom. 
23 "Thus he said: 'The fourth beast shall be A fourth kingdom on 
earth (Rome, EU), Which shall be different from all other kingdoms, And shall devour the whole earth, Trample it and break it in pieces. 
24 The ten horns are ten kings Who shall arise from this kingdom. And another (Antichrist) shall rise after them; He shall be different from the first ones, And shall subdue three kings. 
25 He shall speak pompous words against the Most High (God), Shall persecute the saints of the Most High, And shall intend to change times and law. Then the saints shall be given into his hand For a time and times and half a time (3.5 years. In prophetic language a time signifies a year; and a prophetic year has a year for each day. Three years and a half - a day standing for a year,). 

26'But the court shall be seated, And they shall take away his dominion, To consume and destroy it forever." 
(In parenthesis my comments) 

November 20, 2008

20th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 8: Book of Daniel

Book of Daniel 7:9-14
Vision of the Ancient of Days 
9 "I watched till thrones were put in place, And the Ancient of Days (GOD Almighty) was seated; His garment was white as snow, And the hair of His head was like pure wool. His throne was a fiery flame, Its wheels a burning fire; 
10 A fiery stream issued And came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; Ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, And the books were opened. 
11 "I watched then because of the sound of the pompous words which the horn (Antichrist) was speaking; I watched till the beast (Antichrist) was slain, and its body destroyed and given to the burning flame. 

(The little horn, or beast, speaks, and his words are great. Martin Luther said that this little horn is the New Testament Antichrist of the future.This little horns' appearance was not for an earlier period of history, but for the end time of Dan 12:4. Because this little horn - the Antichrist- arises at the last day out of this grouping of 10 nations. Since the European Union is now in place, there is little question that the Antichrist can -and will - arise soon.)
12 As for the rest of the beasts, they had their dominion taken away, yet their lives were prolonged for a season and a time. 
13 "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man (Jesus Christ), Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before Him. 

(The Ancient of Days in Verse 9,- Yahweh- presents the kingdom to His Son, Jesus Christ. This is the moment when the stone cut without hands we read yesterday, smashes the feet of the image in Daniel Chapter 2.) 
14 Then to Him (Christ Jesus) was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall not pass away, And His kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed." 

November 19, 2008

19th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 7: Book of Daniel

Dan 7:1-8
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream and visions of his head while on his bed. Then he wrote down the dream, telling the main facts. 
2 Daniel spoke, saying, "I saw in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the Great Sea. 

3 And four great beasts (representing 4 great nations) came up from the sea, each different from the other. 

4 The first was like a lion, and had eagle's wings. ( represents Babylon, which in Nebuchadnezzar's image, in Chapter 2,  was the head of gold -2:37-38)
 I watched till its wings were plucked off; and it was lifted up from the earth and made to stand on two feet like a man, and a man's heart was given to it. (reminds us of how God humbled King Nebuchadnezzar, and made him live like a beast for seven years (Dan 4:16,28-34). God told Daniel that the Babylonian Empire would fall.) 

5 "And suddenly another beast, a second, like a bear (symbolized the empire of the Medes and Persians who defeated Babylon)

It was raised up on one side (the Persians were stronger than the Medes), and had three ribs in its mouth between its teeth. (most probably, they stand for Lydia, Egypt, and Babylon, nations that the Medes and Persians had conquered.) And they said thus to it: 'Arise, devour much flesh!' 

6 "After this I looked, and there was another, like a leopard,  which had on its back four wings of a bird. 
( Greece; the wings represents Alexander the Great's swift conquests. More than 11000 miles from Greece). The beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.(Alexander's untimely death in 323 B.C. left him without a successor and his kingdom was divided into four parts and assigned to his Generals. 
Palestine and Egypt went to Ptolemy I; 
Syria was ruled by Seleucus I; 
Thrace and Asia Minor were assigned to Lysimachus; 
and Macedon and Greece were governed by Antipater and Cassander)

7 "After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong (the Roman Empire). It had huge iron teeth; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. (The Roman armies swept across the ancient world and defeated one nation after another until the empire extended from the Atlantic Ocean east to the Caspian Sea and from North Africa north to the Rhine and Danube Rivers. Egypt, Palestine, and Syria were all under Roman domination.)

It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns (10 Kings or Rulers).

 8 I was considering the horns, and there was another horn, a little one (Anti-christ - more on this little horn later), coming up among them, before whom three of the first horns were plucked out by the roots. And there, in this horn, were eyes like the eyes of a man, and a mouth speaking pompous words." 

18th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 6: Book of Daniel

In Daniel Chapter 7 he dreams about 4 winds and 4 beasts - all of which represents the same powers we read in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Chapter 2: Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome, along with the 10 toes of iron mixed with clay - a description of the revived Roman Empire, a regrouping of nations many believe to be the European Union. In Chapter 7, which we will examine tomorrow, we see the 4th beast has 10 horns similar to the 10 toes of Nebuchadnezzar's image: again, symbolic of the restored Roman Empire. 
The 4 winds blowing upon the sea indicate trouble - and all these nations near the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea, and the Mediterranean have indeed experienced troublesome times throughout history. However, only when the European Union ultimately produces the Antichrist will the world truly know what real trouble is. 

November 18, 2008

17th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 5: Book of Daniel

In yesterday's passage, note the gradual deterioration of the metals in Nebucadnezzar's dream: from gold to silver to bronze to iron to clay, a clear demonstration that history marches on, men and their cultures become increasingly corrupt. Further the specific gravity of each of these metals decrease. Gold is 19; silver 11; brass 8.5; cast iron 7.8; mixture of iron and clay about 1.9.
The world in which we live in is the revived 5th kingdom as prophesied by Daniel. The stone or rock
(as some translations quote - The New Century Version and the New Living Translation), is Jesus Christ. And the kingdom that will be setup up is the millennial Kingdom in which Christ will reign for 1000 years.
In Matthew 16:
13 When Jesus came to the area of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his followers, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"
16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God"
18 So I tell you, you are Peter. On this rock I will build my church, and the power of death will not be able to defeat it." New Century Version
Christ was the Rock in Nebucadnezzar's dream. Yes, the Rock will hit the feet, not head, or chest, or thighs or legs but the group that revives at the time of the end - the 10 toes, the restored Roman Empire.

16th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 4: Book of Daniel

Now to come to the prophecies of Daniel proper - its mind boggling to think these were prophesied more than 2500 years ago, and which such accuracy and consistency.
King Nebucadnezzar had a dream which troubled him. He called his "magicians, the astrologers, the sorcerers, and the Chaldeans" to interpret it but not one of them could. However the God of Daniel, a Jewish exile in Babylon, revealed to him what the dream meant. Here's the scripture:
Dan 2:31-45
31 "You, O king, were watching; and behold, a great image! This great image, whose splendor was excellent, stood before you; and its form was awesome. 32 This image's head was of fine gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of clay.  34 You watched while a stone was cut out without hands, which struck the image on its feet of iron and clay, and broke them in pieces. 35 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." 

36 "This is the dream. Now we will tell the interpretation of it before the king. 37 You, O king, are a king of kings. For the God of heaven has given you a kingdom, power, strength, and glory; 38 and wherever the children of men dwell, or the beasts of the field and the birds of the heaven, He has given them into your hand, and has made you ruler over them all — you are this head of gold (Babylon). 39 But after you shall arise another kingdom inferior to yours (Medo-Persia: this was fulfilled in 539B.C.) in ; then another, a third kingdom of bronze, which shall rule over all the earth. (Greece under Alexander the Great) 40 And the fourth kingdom shall be as strong as iron, inasmuch as iron breaks in pieces and shatters everything; and like iron that crushes, that kingdom will break in pieces and crush all the others.(Roman Empire- two thighs: Western And Eastern Empires) 41 Whereas you saw the feet and toes, partly of potter's clay and partly of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; yet the strength of the iron shall be in it, just as you saw the iron mixed with ceramic clay.(Roman Empire of today-European Union) 42 And as the (10) toes of the feet (Confederation of 10 nations)were partly of iron and partly of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong and partly fragile. 43 As you saw iron mixed with ceramic clay, they will mingle with the seed of men; but they will not adhere to one another, just as iron does not mix with clay. 44 And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom (Under Christ) which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone (or Rock) was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it broke in pieces the iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold — the great God has made known to the king what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure." 

November 15, 2008

15th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 3: Book of Daniel

Says Jack Van Impe:
The victory in 1967 "began the countdown to Messiah's coming to rule and reign at Jerusalem. 
[Ps 2:6 "But as for Me, I have installed My King, Upon Zion, My holy mountain." NASU, and 
Matt 5:35-36 "or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING." NASU ]
Here's why. Just before Christ appears upon the Mount of Olives to establish His glorious kingdom, all Gentile nations will gather together at the valley of Megiddo and then march to the valley of Jehoshaphat for history's final attack against Jerusalem. At this time the Gentiles temporarily retake the city. But their victory is short-lived, because then Christ appears and destroys the Gentile armies, bringing the times of the Gentiles to its horrendous conclusion. Christ will reign from Jerusalem, the capital of the world, for a thousand years (see Rev 16:16, Joel 3:2, and Zech 14:2-16)
Now here's the clincher. The Gentiles cannot march against Jerusalem and take it during earth's final battle if the Jews do not control the city. The Jews must be in possession of the Holy City for such an attack. This is why the Six-Day War of 1967 was so prophetically significant - it prepared the way for the battle of Armageddon and Christ's return. In a sense I'm giving you the end story first, but it's important for you to understand this as we see the enormous impact that the Book of Daniel has on the outcome of history"

November 14, 2008

14th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 2: Book of Daniel

Daniel was not only a prophet for the Gentiles, but also a prophet to his own people, the Jews. Daniel is distinctly a prophet of the "times of the Gentiles". This is significant because the "times of the Gentiles" continues on through the termination of Gentile world rule.
When Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, brought the vessels from the Holy Temple in Jerusalem into the treasure house of his god, this was the beginning of the "times of the Gentiles" which continues until the time when the Messiah returns. 
Recall, Jesus said in Luke 21:24 "And they will fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled". Translated this means Jesus is saying: Jerusalem will always be controlled by Gentiles - except for a brief interlude- until He returns (2nd coming). So in 586 B.C., Nebuchadnezzar took Jerusalem and Gentile dominion began.  
From that time onward, Jerusalem would be controlled by the Gentiles,  - the time preceding Jesus Christ's return to setup His glorious thousand year kingdom upon earth. With one exception. This exception occurred during the miraculous victory the Jewish army experienced as they captured Jerusalem during the Six-Day War, fought June 5-10, 1967.
After this military conquest, the Holy City Jerusalem was in Jewish hands for the first time in 2,553 years.

November 13, 2008

13th Nov 2013 - End Time Prophesies 1: Book of Daniel

I am back after more than a month as promised. However it is better late than never.
I have decided that there is a need to repeat the series on End-Times as the current world situation seems to all point to the approach of a "Tribulation" period as the world has never experienced before.
We will start off with the Book of Daniel as everything we need to know about the future is predicted in  this book of prophecy.
The prophesies in Daniel were to be sealed or not understood until the "time of the end". 
(Dan 12:4 -"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."
This century is the period where air travel is nearly at its maximum. 
Millions are running to and fro as predicted. 
And knowledge has increased beyond all imagination with the Internet, Android phones and Information Technology at its high. 
The "time of the end" is fast approaching and mysteries in Daniel are now unraveled as the end approaches and major prophesies being unsealed.   

November 10, 2008

Visit to BP after 52 years (Rev 1)

Just arrived at Palani's home 27th July 2008. Chinese Assembly Hall on Jalan Rahmat, the main road.

Post Office - My first Savings account created by filling a booklet with 10 cent stamps! I am still in possession of the passbook - probably the balance now must be worth a bit with the interest added on.

Another view of the Post Office. Papa's Telekoms office was upstairs in this same building. He was Technical Assistant in charge of Telecoms Batu Pahat.

Bombay Safi Store - was located where in the building where the yellow sign board is.

Entrance to BP market. We used to accompany (Grandmother) Ka or Mama marketing. Used to go down by Trishaw.

Another view of the market. Round the corner to the right was the old Batu Pahat Ferry. Papa when he spent a year as Head of Telekom Training Centre in KL used to take this ferry forthnightly to return to KL via Muar. I used to accompany on these journeys, as I was student in Victoria Institution KL (Form 2). Journey used to take 5:30hrs in those days.

What's left of the Boarding Ramp that led cars onto the Ferry.

Sultana Movie Theatre along Jalan Sultan. Street looks much the same but the theatre is in ruins.

Rustic sign - Shaw Brothers Sultana Theater.

Jalan Sultana house, our second home in BP, prior to Papa's departure to UK for studies.

Sultana house - another view. How different it looks!
Short-cut up the hill, which we used to take walking back home from the High School BP. Shortened about a 600 m.

Short-cut route - Road used when hill slopes above were wet.

Short cut route -leading on past the Rest House and TIGS.

High School Batu Pahat - Built in 1919

Meriam and Violet in front of the school.

Queen's birthday pageant in 1953? The trees in the left background are still there. See below..
Trees have really grown since 1956

View of the school looking west towards the tuck shop, and Prasad's house.

Me in front of the school.

In front of the Teachers common room. The reason for posting this photo is to remind us of  times we had when we had to wait anxiously for Mr Chanan Singh to appear to take us home.

"Here's what one of the many esteemed students had to say about his days at HSBP (then GES BP)

What about me when I was a student in Batu Pahat High School.  We were supposed to go to school only from Monday to Friday from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm.

 But my teachers, especially my maths teacher sent me to Detention Class almost every Saturday to pull the steam roller across the school field, clean the classrooms and the lavatory for imitating him with “sine, cosine, tangent, right angle triangle, angle Ѳ, Pythagoras' theorem”…”a plane flies in a north eastern direction with a velocity of …km / hr, but was blown northwards by an strong easterly wind to an angle ω towards the east”. “Calculate the velocity of the wind…etc” (aiyah! forgot all those details already).

After class he would hide behind the classroom after aclass and peeped through the door creeks and hinges to see who was imitating him.

Lim Yew Boo (my school name) would always be the first name to be called out when he suddenly emerged from behind the classroom door to register me for detention class on Saturday.

My maths teacher had goofy teeth and was also long-sighted. So when we asked him “sir, sir how to do this sum”, he would take our maths book and look at it from a distance. We would then laugh at such a comical sight.  He too would laugh at himself, but cupped his mouth with his hand to prevent his ugly protruding teeth from showing.

Then I would laugh even more. Suddenly he would get angry with me for laughing so much.  Suddenly without warning he would come and knocked my head. Then he would take out his ‘detention class book’ and register me for his ‘special class’ almost every Saturday.

It always happened.  I was a hard core class criminal among other regular criminals from other classes to be sent for detention class almost every Saturday. There, we would pull the heavy steam roller wheel up and down across the field to flatten the lawn.

There were ropes on either side of the wheel for us to strap over our shoulders as we heaved, slipped, pulled and sighed. It was just like those Egyptian slaves pulling those heavy boulders with ropes to build the pyramids.

Else, my English, geography, science and other teachers will occupy my entire Saturdays and Sundays (when it should have been weekend holidays for me) making me write 100 – 500 lines during the entire week-end for disturbing and talking in class, making noises, imitating them in front of the class in their absence, or disappearing from class to go to the tuck-shop…etc, etc.

It was really a nostalgic school fun for me then

What about me then as a student?  I too was heavily punished with no rest during weekends or during school holidays"

Jb (Jahat Boy) - Also known as Dr Lim Ju Boo

View of the school field. Fond memories of the Fijian's thrashing all teams who ventured to play them. They were gifted athletes, with the likes of Tom Naidole & Rodrigo etc. They established many Malayan records then.

The home of our primary school Teacher, the late Mr Teo Teng Kooi's. He was a very pleasant and kind man who also taught all my brothers except for Ivan.

Minyak Buku. A 1955 photo of a class excursion to Minyak Buku. Class Master was Mr V.K Moorthy. The only beach where we could look forward for a good swim & picnic. See related blog titled 'Minyak Buku'
The same location now. A beach in ruins & neglect.

All that's left of the beach - filth!

Temenggong Ibrahim Girls School (TIGS) - the school where Mama taught.

539B Gunong Soga- our home for 3 years when Papa was away in UK to study Engineering. He returned in 1956 but was posted to KL as ACT Telekom Training Centre,

Another view of 539B. Abandoned and very soon to be demolished, This was our 3rd BP home.

My brothers will remember the sewage pipe and the valley beside our home with the toddy and banana trees still present. 52 years and the fauna has not changed much.

Palani surveying the ruined entrance to the kitchen & bathroom from the outside.

The slope of the hill where we used to go speeding down either in a bicycle or toy jeep.

The first house we ever stayed in after Papa transferred from Segamat. View of the house in 1949 with Hilary standing in the porch and Francis as baby.
And now years later!

Another view of the home.

Slope where Mama used to take us for walks in the evening. Terry used to through tantrums at this very spot and refuse to walk by sitting on the road.

The mosque rebuilt. It was a wooden structure before. We used to play in this mosque and even had the opportunity to strike the wooden gong.

Mr Chanan Singh - the teacher who without fail rain or shine take us to school and back. 4 of us used to squeeze into his Vauxhall together with his wife and son. His eldest boy Sunny has since passed away.

Chanan Singh and family. Dinner with Palani and Violet.

Mango friends for the last 58 years, Palani and me. Taken just before our departure back for KL.
"The glory of young men is their strength,
And the splendor of old men is their gray head" Prov 20:29

My sincere gratitude to Palani & Violet who took the trouble to show us around these nostalgic places.