Mike Klemm

Mike Klemm

Sunday, 06 February 2011 02:51

Revelation Pt. 14 - The Seven Lampstands

"Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches." (Revelation 1:19-20)

Rabbis have a saying that scripture barely speaks unless it speaks of Messiah, and that is certainly true of the Revelation. So when Jesus told John to write "what you have seen", we can deduce that the events of the ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus were implied. And when John was told to write "what is now", Christ was referring to the condition of His bride, which would be addressed with the 'Seven Letters' to the Churches. Then, "what will take place later" clearly refers to the prophetic portions of the Revelation that are associated with Christ's return for His bride.
Saturday, 05 February 2011 14:03

UFO Above Temple Mount?

Fact or Fiction? Was there really a UFO hovering over the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on January 29th? I'll present the evidence, and you can decide.

UFO_Temple_MountThe UFO in question can be seen in this photograph just above and to the left of the Dome of the Rock. It's a small glowing orb that appears to be hovering about 100 feet above the surface, and at around 1:00 AM on Saturday, January 29th, it was filmed by at least three individuals in Jerusalem. 

Some maintain this was a legitimate UFO sighting due to the multiple witnesses and recordings, while others claim it was a hoax. The videos have gone viral on YouTube, and everyone is weighing in with their opinion. So what is the truth? When we examine each of the videos and compare them, I think we can draw a reasonable conclusion.

The first video we'll examine is also the first video that appeared on YouTube, taken from a rather distant vantage point in Jerusalem. On this video you can hear several men speaking in Hebrew, and they are clearly alarmed at what they are watching;

VIDEO #1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ-bNOy_CKQ

They seemed to have been quite alarmed and surprised at the flash of light that came from this orb before it shot upward into the sky, and equally amazed by the twinkling red lights that replaced it when it disappeared. But while compelling, this single video certainly doesn't remove all doubt. For that, we would need multiple recordings from different vantage points. To that end, notice that there was another individual in the foreground filming this event on his cell phone. He posted his recording also, from a slightly closer vantage point, so let's compare them side-by-side to see if they agree;

VIDEO #2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwp_WHFhA4A&feature=related

It would seem that they agree completely. But there is even more evidence available, because another resident of Jerusalem also recorded this event, but from a much closer vantage point;

VIDEO #3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDJXg8o8CMQ

This third video was taken from a much closer vantage point and from a different direction. In this one, we can see how the orb of light descends over the Dome of the Rock, and then wanders slowly off to the side. This video also records the same burst of light as the other two videos, and the same twinkling red lights that were seen above the Mount in the first two videos. And this video also corresponds to the first two in both sequence and timing. If it is a hoax, it's extremely well coordinated.

At this point, it appears that we have three legitimate recordings of the same event, since the time lines and physical evidence appear to be identical in each instance. However, since these videos came out last week, YouTube has been filled with corny hoaxed videos, simply to make fun of those that may believe this is a legitimate sighting. But unless someone can provide evidence that these individuals created three separate masterful forgeries, I'm persuaded that the videos are legitimate.

SO IF IT'S REAL, THEN WHAT IS IT?

While many speculate that phenomenon like this is due to extra-terrestrial life forms visiting our planet, I think they will ultimately find their answer much closer to home. These entities are not extra-terrestrial, they are extra-DIMENSIONAL. In other words, they are the 'celestial beings' of the Bible that have been with us from the beginning. The only question is, what are they up to?

 
 





 
Friday, 04 February 2011 01:14

'Hoofbeats' Part 2

“When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.” (Luke 21:9-11)

Our last ‘hoofbeats’ post ended with Christ’s prophecy of the “wars and revolutions” that would precede the end of this current age. Today we’ll examine the first three conditions of this prophecy as part of our exhortation to 'watch' for His coming. With rebellions occurring all over the Middle East, this prophecy is taking on greater urgency with each passing day.

CONDITION #1) Wars and Revolutions

Egyptian_Riots"When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened."

Since their return to the land in 1948, Israel has seen virtually nothing BUT wars and revolutions, not only in their own land, but in the surrounding Muslim nations as well. So this statement was quite prophetic indeed. Since the conclusion of WWII, it would seem that the Middle East has been the epicenter of the social and political unrest in the world, and this unrest appears to be ratcheting up to an entirely new level in recent weeks.

As this is written, the Tunisian Egypt_Tear_Gasgovernment has already fallen, and the demonstration in Egypt has become increasingly violent, causing President Hosni Mubarak to issue a promise to step down later this year. Now this unrest has spread to Jordan, and King Hussein has had to make a number of political maneuvers in a bid to maintain power. But it doesn't end there. Consider what has happened in the Middle East and North Africa in just the last two weeks alone;

1) Tunisian government forcibly overthrown
2) Thousands of Somalis fled to Yemen to avoid genocide
3) Rioters are attempting to take down the government of Yemen
4) Iran successfully installed their puppet Prime Minister in Lebanon
5) Iran returned the 'Mahdi Army' radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr to Iraq
6) Rioters are attempting to take down the government in Egypt
7) Churches are being bombed and Christians killed throughout many Muslim countries
8) Demonstrators are attempting to overthrow the government in Jordan.
9) Demonstrations are now brewing in Algeria and Morocco.

Jordanian_ProtestAnd this is only a partial list. If you read any news service from the Middle East, you'll find an entire series of demonstrations, riots, and general uprisings that may surprise you. It seems that the spirit of revolution is alive and well, and is spreading like a brush fire. While terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hizbollah are hinting of a ‘summer war’ against Israel in 2011, Israel's remaining neighbors are also growing increasingly anti-semitic. Israel's hostile neighbors today include Syria and Lebanon (Hizbollah) to the north, Gaza (Hamas) to the southwest, and the West Bank (Fatah and Hamas) to the east. To date, only Egypt to the south and Jordan to the east have provided any stability for Israel, but if their current governments fall, Israel will likely be completely surrounded by hostile Islamic governments. Of course, the Bible portrays just such a political scenario in the last days.

CONDITION #2) Nation Will Rise Against Nation

The next condition would be that these revolutions would lead to nations rising against each other. While the world has seemingly always been at war and nations have always risen against nations, I believe that this prophecy is specific to the Middle East, and to a particular point in time.

If you study the visions of Daniel as a progressive revelation, it becomes apparent that they describe a renewal of the ancient battles between Syria (the King of the North) and Egypt (the King of the South) in the last days. We have already seen this division in recent decades, as the Shiites in the northern 'horn' of the Fertile Crescent have become allied against the Sunnis in the southern horn. As Iran continues to grow it’s influence with these northern nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, Syria has emerged as it's most useful pawn.

It is through Syria that the antichrist will make his move, according to Daniel chapter 11. This is confirmed by Islamic prophecy, which holds that the 'Mahdi' will return to Damascus when he 'returns' to the earth from a 'well' (read 'Abyss') Some of you may remember that we covered this in class a few years ago. Of course, you may also remember that he will be accompanied by 'Isa''(the false Jesus) when this takes place. However you slice it, he will be a 'King of the North' that will initially use Syria as his capital, and he will be strongly opposed by the Egyptian 'King of the South'. That leads us to the next point.

CONDITION #3) Kingdom Against Kingdom

As the world is introduced to "the man of lawlessness" described by the Apostle Paul, many nations will oppose him, at least initially. But as he consolidates his Islamic empire and reconstructs his Caliphate, nation by nation will fall to him like dominos. Still, Daniel 11 makes it clear the Egypt will oppose him more than once, and so the ancient battles of the Seleucids in the North and the Ptolemies in the South will be revived.

I believe these two factions are symbolized by the two legs from Nebuchadnezzar's statue in Daniel 2, with the five 'toes' of the Seleucids probably represented by Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Iran, and the five 'toes' of the Ptolemies represented by Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. This list constitutes the ten modern-day nations that are prophesied for destruction by Isaiah, and since the book of Revelation also prophesies ten nations in the last days (ten ‘horns’), it would seem that Daniel and John were speaking of the same thing.

NEXT TIME:

In the next installment we’ll examine the frequency of earthquakes, famines and pestilence that have been increasing at an alarming rate.
Friday, 28 January 2011 18:27

Can You Hear The Hoofbeats?

You can almost hear the 'hoofbeats' of the Four Horsemen in the Middle East today as Muslim uprisings continue to grow in number and in strength throughout the region. The latest unrest is the protesting and rioting that is spreading across Egypt, which has been escalating with each passing day. Of course the goal of these protestors is to take down the largely secular Mubarek government in the same manner that protesters took down the Tunisian government earlier this month. But they should probably be careful what they wish for, because if recent history is any guide they won't like the result. In Muslim nations, revolutions generally result in Islamic regimes and the oppression of Sharia law.
Saturday, 22 January 2011 16:54

'haSatan' - Consuming and Imprisoning

The last few Hebrew word studies we've done have all pertained to God's name or God's creation account, and in each case, the original pictographic form of the language revealed a spectacular additional layer of meaning that was not conveyed by the modern Hebrew text. So this week, I thought it would be interesting to examine the name of the adversary, and see what the pictographs may reveal about his name and overall nature. The results were actually quite interesting, and quite consistent with what we have learned about him throughout scripture.

haSatan

haSatanFrom Webster's 'New World Hebrew Dictionary', we find the word 'satan' interpreted in the following manner;

satan  nm  1. Satan; 2. accuser; opposer; 3. obstacle.

The name of Satan appears in the Old Testament Hebrew as 'haSatan' when we render it phonetically, with each letter 'a' sounding like a short 'o', as in the word 'on'. The word 'haSatan' can be interpreted as either a name, as shown above, or as an attribute such as 'accuser' or 'opposer' or 'obstacle'. When we combine the potential meanings of this word, we can see how the common interpretation of 'the adversary' is appropriate. 
 
As you can see in the illustration of the Hebrew letters, the 'Hey' is the first letter of his name, which gives us the first part of that interpretation, which is the word 'the'. You may recall from our prior Hebrew word studies that when the Hebrew letter 'Hey' precedes the object, it is pronounce 'ha' and it means 'the'. We saw this with 'haEloheem' which meant 'the powers', or 'haShamayim' which meant 'the heavens'. But this letter is technically not part of the name of Satan, or at least, it does not describe his essence. The next three letters will do that. So let's review his entire name as presented in scripture, and see what it reveals.

The Pictographs

HeyAs we learned in the lesson on the Tetragrammaton, the letter 'Hey' is intended to get one's attention. It's a picture of a man with raised arms, and it's meanings include 'look' or 'reveal' or 'breathe'. It also carries many associated meanings such as 'behold', and it can even mean 'praise'. The particular meaning that is used in each instance would depend entirely on the intended context, and yet they are closely related.

ShinThe second letter of 'haSatan' is really the first letter of his name, and it is the letter 'Shin', which the original Hebrew depicts as two front teeth. The meanings for this word include 'two' because of the two front teeth, but it also carries the meanings of 'sharp' or 'press' or 'eat/consume'. All of these meanings can be associated with teeth, and again, context determines which particular meaning is implied.

TetThe next letter of this name is the letter 'Tet', which in ancient times was depicted as a basket. This basket was a very understandable symbol for the meanings 'surround' or 'contain', because that is what baskets do. imprisonment is a related concept as well. However, it also carried the meaning 'mud', presumably because that is how mud was carried in the making of bricks. But it can also mean simply 'basket' or 'container'.

NunThe last pictographic letter in this name is the 'Nun', whose symbol was a seed. As you would imagine, the meanings of this letter are all associated with what results from seeds, and include 'continue' or 'heir' or 'son'. And as with all the other pictographs, it can also mean 'seed'. 


The Meaning

In order to develop the proper context for these pictographs, we only need to reflect on what we know of Satan from scripture. When we consider how Satan has persecuted Israel, who along with Jesus Christ is the heir to the kingdom of God, then the inferred meanings of each letter become clear. The pictographs simply reveal the role he has played throughout scripture;

"Behold he who consumes and imprisons the heir." 



Friday, 21 January 2011 00:03

YHWH - The Hand & The Nail

Over the last several weeks we've examined some of the verses of the Bible from a Hebrew perspective, and have discovered that the original pictographic Hebrew letters reveal quite a bit more about the Old Testament than we could ever have imagined. In fact, from the first verse of the Bible to the 'Shema of Moses', the concepts of the 'Trinity' of God and the 'Son of God' are continually affirmed. So today we're going to do another study along that line by examining the name 'Yahweh', the primary Old Testament name for God.

The Tetragrammaton

YahwehThe four Hebrew letters of 'Yud-Hey-Vav-Hey' that comprise one of the names for God Almighty are often referred to by biblical scholars as the 'Tetragrammaton', which is merely a Greek term for something with four letters. The Tetragrammaton should not be confused with any of the other names for God in the Bible, such as Shaddai or Eloheem, but is specifically reserved to describe the name 'Yahweh'. 

As we've learned in previous lesson, Hebrew was read from right to left, so the name 'Yahweh' shown in the adjacent illustration is presented in that way, beginning with the 'Yud' on the far right, following by a 'Hey', and then a 'Vav', and then another 'Hey'. While the third letter of 'Vav' can be either a consonant or a vowel, it serves as a consonant with a 'W' sound in this instance, and the appropriate vowel points must be inferred. This is quite typical for Hebrew. All we really need to know in this instance is that the four letters that would equate to 'Y-H-W-H' in English would actually have two inferred vowels, and would sound like 'Yahweh'.

Thursday, 20 January 2011 02:19

Revelation Pt. 13 - "I Fell At His Feet"

"When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: 'Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades'." (Revelation 1:17-18)

Falling Facedown

A popular Christian song writer today wonders how might react upon meeting the Lord. As I recall, the writer asks himself "Would I dance for you Jesus, or in awe of you be still?" Well, I don't think he'd do either one if he was in the flesh or in the spirit, based on the examples given in the Bible. In the Bible, it would seem that those few who met the Lord face-to-face always fell at his feet, as John did. One of those was the prophet Ezekiel, who responded this way;

"...When I saw it, I fell facedown, and I heard the voice of one speaking. He said to me 'Son of man, stand up on your feet and I will speak to you.' As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me." (Ezekiel 1:28-2:2)

Tuesday, 18 January 2011 03:04

'Eloheem' - Revealed Through Blood

This is the third word in our analysis of Genesis 1:1, where the ancient pictographic forms of the Hebrew letters have alot more to say about God and His word than just the surface meaning of the words that they form.

The first word we examined was the very first word of the Bible, 'Beraysheet', which means "in the beginning" in today's translations. But we discovered that there was an underlying meaning in the pictographs which suggested that "The Son of God will be pressed by his own hand on a cross". Then, the second word of the Bible, 'Bara', is typically translated as "created", while the pictographs of the word openly point to the "Son of God" as the Creator. This week we'll examine the third word of the Bible, 'Eloheem', and we'll see what the pictographs have to say about this commonly used name for God.
Saturday, 15 January 2011 16:54

"Bara" and the "Son of God"

Time for another short Hebrew lesson, once again using the original pictographic form of the language.

Last week we discovered that the very FIRST word of the Bible, 'Beraysheet', which means "in the beginning", revealed the Son of Man pressing himself on the Cross. That was an interesting study that confirmed the New Testament claim that Jesus was slain from the beginning of creation. This week we'll examine the SECOND word of the Bible, 'Bara', which means "created", and see if it has anything additional to offer about the Creator. The results may surprise you.
Friday, 14 January 2011 14:47

Revelation Pt. 12 - "The Son of Man"

In our last session we were introduced to the seven churches of Asia minor, and in today's session we discover that these seven churches are represented by the seven lampstands or 'menorahs' that comprise the 'Tree of Life' that we examined in an earlier post. We are also introduced to Jesus Christ in his role as our 'High Priest';

"I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone 'like a son of man', dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance." 
(Revelation 1:12-16)