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Favorie 42 Four Beasts of Daniel

Synopsis of May 14, 2015………. The Four Beasts of Daniel 7

For many decades scholars have put forth that the four beasts Daniel saw in his vision are: The Babylonian Empire, The Medo-Persian Empire, The Grecian Empire, and The Roman Empire. If the beasts he saw in his vision are not empires of the past, but empires in modern history, or empires of the last days, then which empires, or nations, would the four beasts describe?

The Era of the Visions
Daniel 7:2-3 – “Daniel said, ‘I was looking in my vision by night, and behold, the four winds of heaven were stirring up the great sea. And four great beasts were coming up from the sea, different from one another.”

The four winds of Daniel may well be equivalent to the Four Horsemen of Revelation 6 and the four winds of Zechariah 6, both of which appear in the end times just before Yeshua comes to set up his millennial reign! That Daniel’s vision belongs to the era just prior to Yeshua’s coming in power is verified by Daniel 7:7, 13 and 14. The vision of the beasts takes place at the same time as the Great White Throne of Revelation 20:11 is set up.

The Lion
Daniel 7:4 – “The first was like a lion and had the wings of an eagle. I kept looking until its wings were plucked, and it was lifted up from the ground and made to stand on two feet like a man; a human mind also was given to it.”

What modern nation, whose symbol is a lion, has had dealings with the modern nation of Israel? England, or Great Britain, of course. And the wings of an eagle belong to the United States, which started out as colonies of Britain, but were “plucked off” during the Revolutionary War (1775-1783), in response to King George III’s undesirable policies.

The Bear
Daniel 7:5 – “And behold, another beast, a second one, resembling a bear. And it was raised up on one side, and three ribs were in its mouth between its teeth; and thus they said to it, ‘Arise, devour much meat’!”

What modern nation, whose symbol is a bear, has had dealings with the modern nation of Israel? The bear, like the lion, is easy to identify – it is modern day Russia. Russia has displayed some of the worst anti-Semitic hatred in modern history, engaged in a holocaust of over fifty million people, and has annexed many other nation-states at the end of World War II thus fulfilling the scripture “arise and devour much meat!” of Daniel 7:5. Russia is also responsible for bringing communism into the world. Communism is very left leaning, as opposed to fascism which is right leaning and democracy which is more centrist leaning. Could this left leaning be fulfillment of the scripture “raised up on one side” of Daniel 7:5?

The Leopard
Daniel 7:6 – “After this I kept looking, and behold, another one, like a leopard, which had on its back four wings of a bird; the beast also had four heads, and dominion was given to it.”

What modern nation, whose symbol is a leopard, has had dealings with the modern nation of Israel? Again, the leopard, like the lion and bear, is easy to identify – it is Germany. Another word for leopard is panther, or in the German, panzer. Germany had Panzer Tanks, Panzer Troops, and Panzer Flying Divisions.

The four wings most likely refer to France whose symbol is the rooster. However, the four wings may not refer to France at all, but may imply two sets of wings, or perhaps two nations that aid the leopard. In this scenario, then the four wings would be identified as Italy and Japan, both of whose air power resources backed Hitler in World War II.

The four heads of Europe (or four Reich’s) would then be: The Holy Roman Empire – 800 to 1806; The German Empire – 870 to 1919; The Third Reich of Hitler – 1933-1945; and The European Union – 1951 to present.

The Dreadful Beast
Daniel 7:7-8 – “After this I kept looking in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrifying . . .

The Fourth Beast will also be one that has dealings with the modern nation of Israel. Today, the United Nations is at the forefront of the efforts to institute the One World Government. Already the United Nations determines how nations educate their children, intervenes in international and national military conflicts, oversees the world’s financial systems, and makes final determinations in legal matters involving disputes among nations. In so doing, it will devour, crush, and trample down any nation that stands in the way of its efforts to be the supreme ruling authority. And, just as the One World Religion will draw from many beliefs to form a “unity”, so too will the Dreadful Beast, the One World Government.

Daniel appears to have seen modern empires, not historical empires, in his vision, as the vision takes place just prior to the setting up of the Great White Throne of judgment at the end of days. The first three empires appear to be the English Empire, the Russian Empire, and the German/European Empire consisting of the four European heads. The fourth empire may be an extension of the United Nations which will morph into the One World Government under the control of the antichrist, or Satan.


Favorite 41 Alliances In The World Today

Synopses of May 19-27, 2011….. The Alliances One, Two, and Three

The prophecies of Ezekiel and Daniel tell us that war is coming against Israel and what nations and people groups will be involved. What is most interesting about this is that the prediction of Ezekiel, made over 2600 years ago, lines up very closely with the current alignment of nations that we see emerging today: the Islamic nations which are forming coalitions to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth”, and the western nations which tend to be supportive of Israel.

The Kings of Prophecy

King of the North
We are told that the King of the North, Russia, will ally itself with numerous allies – Ezekiel 38. Do we see this happening? Indeed we do. The Shanghai Cooperation Organization members are Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. In addition to Iran, Pakistan, India, and Mongolia are observer nations. It brings together almost half the world’s population, several members have nuclear weapons, many are big energy suppliers, and it includes some of the world’s fastest-growing economies. Their goal: establish a One-World Currency.

King of the South
We are told that the King of the South will come against Israel and attempt to wipe them off the face of the earth – Psalm 83. Do we see this happening? Indeed we do. The Organization of the Islamic Conference represents the aspirations and expectations of the 57-member states and Muslim communities across the world. Their goal: eliminate both Israel (the little Satan) and the United States (the great Satan).

Kings of the East
We are told that the Kings of the East will form coalitions – Isaiah 41, Revelation 16. Do we see this happening? Indeed we do. The BRIC brings together four of the world’s largest emerging economies: the nations of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Their goal: the establishment of a “multipolar world order”, diplomatic code for a rejection of America’s position as the sole global superpower.

King of the West
Finally we are told that the King of the West will also form alliances – Jeremiah 25 & Revelation 13. Do we see this happening? Indeed we do. The European Union, including the Group of Twenty (G-20) and the Group of Eight (G-8 have come to historic agreements in London, some of which could have far-reaching implications for the governance of the global economy, and have called for a new world trade agreement. This union is also thought to be the Revived Roman Empire. The original Roman Empire had two capitals, one in Rome, and the other in Istanbul or modern Constantinople, the capital of Turkey. The modern western, or European nations, are only one leg! The eastern leg, still centers around Turkey, who has signed treaties making it an ally of Iran, Syria and Russia. It wants to revive the Ottoman Empire, which occupied much of the land once known as Babylon! Their goal: a unified One-World Government.

What about the “New World Order”?
Many are talking about the coming one-world order, from the US President, to British leaders, to industry moguls. The Bilderbergs and other secret societies plan to implant every human being on the planet with a microchip under the skin either in the forehead or in the right hand no later than 2017 (Revelation 13:16-17). Their goal: establish a globalized world, a new world order.

Conspiracy Theory Participants

1771 – Illuminati
The Illuminati is the fore founder of several other groups whose primary goal is to prepare for a one world government, or a new world order. The Illuminati planned three world wars. The third war is to be between the Muslims, Christians, Jews, and all nations of the world.

1933 – The Freemasons
Spearheaded by the Freemasons , the mottos on the back of the US Dollar, Novus Ordo Seclorum, and Annuit Coeptis, can be translated to announce this intention to the world. An accurate translation of Novus Ordo Seclorum is “A New Order of the Ages,” and Annuit Coeptis translates to: “Providence has Favored Our Undertakings.”

1921 to 1959 – Council on Foreign Relations
In 1922 the Council of Foreign Relations endorses a world government, and in 1950 states that we will have a new world government whether or not we like it! In 1959 The Council put out a paper whose goal was to convince the United States government to promote a new international order.

1954 – The Bilderbergs
The Bilderbergs were founded and became one of the most secretive organizations in the world. Their goal was to pull all of the European nations together economically before uniting the entire world. They intend to implant a microchip in either the right hand or forehead of every human being on the planet no later than 2017.

1968 – The Club of Rome.
The goal of the Club of Rome is to regionalize and unify all the nations of the world into a ten division empire. They claim that this will happen because of a worldwide financial crisis.

1973 – Trilateral Commission
The Trilateral Commission was founded by David Rockefeller. Their goal was to unify three different groups – the United States, The Western World or European Union, and Japan. The goal was to pull these three together as the beginning of a new world government based on financial interdependency.

1945 – League of Nations – became United Nations in 1968
1996—The League of Nations publishes a report called Our Global Neighborhood in which it outlines the plan for a global government. Then in 1980 the UN laid the plans for a new world order.

1960s – New Age Movement

The New Age Movement says that the New Age Messiah comes in a body, gives out a number of 666, then takes over the government and religious order globally. This Messiah will become the antichrist and proclaim himself to “be god” and who will rule over all these so called little gods – the millions of members of the New Age Movement.

Other Groups, Movements, Books, Reports, Magazines, and etcetera Throughout the Ages:
Beginning in 1910 with the Carnegie Endowment’s espousal of a new world government, literally dozens of other espousals have been made by politicians, authors, industrialists, think-tanks, and others.

The world is changing and changes are happening so fast that one can’t keep up. Daily newspapers and online websites that track world news give hour by hour and even minute by minute updates. Although each group tackles world wide conditions in a different manner, one common thread can be seen in the goals and purposes of each of these groups: the institution of a new world order and a one world governing body. Each group, in its own way, helps to turn the heart of man away from Yahweh/Yeshua and towards a human solution.


Favorite 40 End Time Nations

Synopsis of May 20, 2011.. The End Time Nations

Genesis 10:1-3, 6-7 – This is the family history of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah. After the flood these three men had sons. The sons of Japheth were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras. The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Riphath, and Togarmah. The descendants of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The descendants of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The descendants of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan.

The Sons:
Genesis chapter 10 gives us the family history of two of Noah’s sons and where they first settled. This becomes important when determining their modern relationship to Israel. These sons are the end times peoples who become Israel’s enemies. The third son, Shem, is the father of the Hebrews, and thus is not an enemy of Israel. The sons are:

  • The sons of Gomer, including Togarmah lived in the territory that comprises modern day Turkey.
  • The sons of Ashkenaz, the Ashkenazim, describes Jews from Germany, Austria, and Poland.
  • The sons of Magog, Tubal, and Meshech are Russians, along with people of the former “stans” of the Soviet Union.
  • The sons of Cush, settled in Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria and from there parts of Africa. The African settlements would have included modern day Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan, and may have included Eritrea as well.
  • The sons of Put settled in ancient Libya, an area that includes modern Algeria and Tunisia.

The Main End Time Players of Ezekiel and Daniel:

  • Gog = Prince of Magog, or Ruler, or the man on top, or perhaps a demonic spirit (Ezekiel 38:1-14)
  • Gomer = one of Japheth’s sons; the Ashkenaz. Germany or Turkey. Turkey has formed an allegiance with Russia, Syria, Iran, and Lebanon
  • Magog = Scythians, of Indo-Aryan heritage. Emigrated from north of Israel going all the way to the Asiatic Circle. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Afghanistan. All former republics of Soviet Union.
  • Rosh = Russia, the people living north of the Black Sea
  • Meshech and Tubal = most likely the former Soviet republics, or part of the present nation of Turkey.
  • Tyre = modern Lebanon
  • Persia = Iran, Persia until 1935 when it changed its name to Iran. Includes Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • Ethiopia or Cush = Sudan, Ethiopia, possibly Eritrea. One of Noah’s sons: the descendants of Cush settled in Arabia, Mesopotamia, and Assyria, also in Africa in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan, one of the major countries unfriendly to the west and Israel.
  • Libya or Put = another grandson of Noah. Libya, has formed an alliance with Russia. Foreshadow of Ezekiel 38 as Libya positions itself in Russia’s corner. May include Algeria and Tunisia.
  • Togarmath = Phrygia, a western kingdom in Asia Minor which was part of the geographical area we currently call modern Turkey. May also include Azerbaijan, Armenia.

All the above nations are Islamic nations, except Russia.

In geographic relation to Israel, the following observations can be made:

  • The Border States = Syria, Lebanon, northern Jordan.
  • Sheba and Dedan = Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman, Kuwait, and United Arab Emirates.
  • Tarshish = Spain or England (the Western economic nations) The symbol of England is the Lion: its cubs include the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and African colonies.

Spheres of Power: Or, the most dominant power in a geographic region in relation to Israel.
The Biblical prophets predicted that in the end days, there would be four main superpowers (or spheres of power) in four geographic regions in relation to Israel. They are the King of the North and the King of the South – Daniel 11, the Kings of the East – Revelation 16, the King of the West – Jeremiah 25 & Revelation 13. The prophets further predicted that there would be alliances formed between some of these kings.

The End Time nations are all on stage today. Pay attention to the time frame. Individual prophecies can have multiple fulfillments.

Sukkoth 2017

The dates for Sukkoth 2017 are Thursday, October 5th, 2017, to Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, in the Hebrew Year 5778.

Sukkoth begins at sunset today, Wednesday, October 4th and ends at sunset Wednesday, October 11th.

The Moedim are Dress Rehearsals for prophetic events. The fall moedim have yet to be fulfilled. Sukkoth is the third and final of the fall moedim, and will be fulfilled when Yeshua returns to set up his millennial reign. Praise Yahweh for his promise to fulfill this prophecy.

Break out the sukkahs, it’s time to go camping for a week. It is time to give Yahweh thanks for all of the harvests.

This is a great time for the children – building the sukkah is just like building and decorating a fort. All meals are eaten in the sukkah, the whole family sleeps in the sukkah, and it is one of the most joyous, festive celebrations of the year. It is not until the culmination of the summer that all of the crops are harvested and Sukkoth celebrates the final gathering of the fruit and vine crops as one gives thanksgiving to Yahweh for His sustenance throughout the rest of the year.

Sukkoth today celebrates a return to Jerusalem to celebrate Sabbath and will find its final fulfillment when Yeshua returns to Earth, gathers all nations together, and sets up His Millennial Reign, a temporary period of one thousand years before eternity begins.

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Yom Kippurim 2017

The date for Yom Kippurim 2017 is on the Sabbath of Saturday, September 30th, 2017, in the Hebrew Year 5778.

Yom Kippurim begins at sunset today, Friday, September 29th and ends at sunset Saturday, September 30th.

The Moedim are Dress Rehearsals for prophetic events. The fall moedim have yet to be fulfilled. Yom Kippurim is the second of the fall moedim, and will be fulfilled when Yeshua returns to judge the nations. Praise Yahweh for his promise to fulfill this prophecy.

The day of atonements. Yes, I said atonements, not atonement!

Under the Older Covenant, this day is the day the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) would make atonement for the holy sanctuary, for the Tabernacle, for the altar, for the priests, and for all the people (Leviticus 16:33). This is the day upon which the Book of Life was sealed for the following year.

Under the Newer Covenant, Yeshua entered has entered the Holy of Holies in the Heavenly Temple, cleansed the altar with his own blood, made atonement for all sin, and now sits at the right hand of Yahweh. For the Bride of Yeshua, there is no longer any condemnation (Romans 8:1) – no need for a yearly atonement.

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Favorite 39 Hear and Experience Yahweh

Synopsis of December 17, 2015……… Hearing From Yahweh

Deuteronomy 6:4 – “Shema Yisra’el, Yahweh Eloheynu, Yahweh echad!
On July 02, 2015, we looked at The Foremost Command and concluded that if you want to fulfill the requirements of the first and foremost commandment, then: Shut up and listen!   Today, we will determine how to see and hear from, enter into his presence, and experience Yahweh.

Experiencing Yahweh
Hearing from Yahweh does not come naturally to most human beings. It takes patience and practice. It takes a conscious decision to put aside one’s own agenda and wait on for Yahweh to speak. One can employ the methods listed below:

Shut Up And Listen
Psalm 37:7 – “Rest in Yahweh, and wait patiently for him . . .”
Psalm 37:34 – “Wait on Yahweh, and keep his way . . .”
Psalm 130:5 – “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”
Micah 7:7 – “I will look unto Yahweh; I will wait for the God of my salvation . . .”
Find a quiet place, enter your prayer closet, calm your thoughts and emotions, then wait for him to speak.

Enter Into His Presence
Psalm 45:15 – “They will enter into the King’s palace.”
Psalm 95:2 – “Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving . . .”
Psalm 96:8 – “Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.”
Psalm 100:4 – “Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise.”
Enter through the gates of the heavenly throne room with thanksgiving and come into Yahweh’s presence.

Experience His Presence
Ezekiel 43:2 – “And, behold . . his voice was like a noise of many waters . . .”
Acts 22:7 – “I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue . . .”
Revelation 14:2 – “I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, as the voice of a great thunder . . .”
Yahweh speaks to many in many different ways. Yahweh’s voice has many different qualities and may sound similar to those descriptions above, or may have a completely different sound to you.

Genesis 15:1 – “After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision.”
Acts 11:5 – “I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision.”
Luke 1:22 – “And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision . .”
Yahweh frequently uses dreams and visions as well as speaking. Perhaps Yahweh will give you a dream or vision as well.

Is It Really Yahweh
Malachi 3:6 – “For I, Yahweh, do not change.”
Hebrews 13:8 – “Yeshua is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
1 John 4:1 – “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God.”
Is the voice you are hearing really Yahweh? Are the dreams and visions really from Yahweh? True messages from Yahweh will conform to what is written. True messages will always be in harmony with Yahweh’s unchanging, eternal nature. Test the messages you receive to see from which spirit they originate. If they are from Yahweh, then what you hear or see will not contradict Yahweh’s word – the holy scriptures. If they are from Yahweh, then others with whom you share your insights will confirm their holy origin. Once confirmed, write them down in a journal if this helps you remember – record the vision or message as Yahweh commanded Habakkuk to do, then wait for it to be fulfilled (Habakkuk. 2:2).

Benefits Of Waiting Upon Yahweh
Isaiah 30:18 – “ . . . blessed are all they that wait for him.”
Isaiah 40:31 – “But they that wait upon Yahweh shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Waiting upon Yahweh brings blessings. Hearing from Yahweh will only increase your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:23). Hearing from Yahweh allows you to soar to greater heights, walk and run without becoming weary or fainting!

Hearing from Yahweh is possible. Many have heard from him throughout history, and since he does not change, it is still possible today. He may speak to you in a small, still voice. Or, he may speak in a loud, thunderous voice! He may come to you in a dream, or in a vision. When he does, nothing you hear or see will contradict his word – the holy scriptures. Your message, dream, or vision will be confirmed by others. Your message will bring you all the fruits of the spirit in abundance and give you increased stamina to endure the hardships of this mortal life.

Favorite 38 Hard Hearts

Reprint of March 03, 2016………… Hard Hearts

Instances of hardened hearts can be found throughout scripture, especially in the scriptures describing the Exodus of the Hebrew slaves from Egypt. In some, it is Pharaoh who hardens his heart and in others it is Yahweh who hardens his heart. Several different Hebrew, one Aramaic, and one Greek words are translated into the English words harden or hardened, but in Hebrew have very different meanings. Using the same English word for these different meanings can lead to a misunderstanding of exactly what scripture is saying.

The Words In The Scriptures
• The Hebrew Words
chazaq [חָזַק H2388], meaning: to strengthen, to be strong, to sustain, encourage, make firm.
kabed [כָּבֵד H3513 and H3515], meaning: to be heavy, great, hard, difficult, burdensome.
qashah [קָשָׁה H7185], meaning: to make stubborn, to make severe, make burdensome, make hard, make stiff.
qashach [קָשַׁח H7188], meaning: to make hard, stubborn, or unfeeling, to be grievous, difficult, or severe.
‘amats [אָמֵץ H553], meaning: to be strong, alert, courageous, to strengthen, harden, make firm, obstinate, assured.

• The Aramaic Word
tĕqeph, [תְּקֵף H8631], meaning: to grow strong, to be forceful, arrogant, prideful.
This word is only used in the book of Daniel; twice about Nebuchadnezzar (4:22, 5:20), and twice about the tree in his dream (4:11, 4:20), and once regarding the enforcement of the statute he had written (6:7).

• The Greek Word
pōroō [πωρόω G4456], meaning: to make the heart grow hard, callous, dull, to lose the power of understanding, to be blinded.
In each scripture, the topic is that of blindness: the inability to see, hear, or understand with the heart.

Hardened: Qashah [קָשָׁה H7185]
Exodus 7:3 – “And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt.”
Exodus 13:15 – “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was hardened about letting let us go, that Yahweh slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt.”
Qashah occurs 35 times in 28 verses in the Hebrew. Only twice does it refer to Pharaoh, once about the stiff-necked condition of his heart, and once about his stubborn refusal to let Yahweh’s people go. It is used several other times to refer to a stiff-necked person or peoples, twice about a woman’s hard labor, and numerous times about difficult, hard, or severe circumstances.

Hardened: Qashach [קָשַׁח H7188]
Job 39:16 – “She is hardened against her young, as if they were not hers.”
Isaiah 63:17 – “O LORD, why hast you made us to err from thy ways, and hardened our heart from thy fear?
Qashach is only used twice in scripture. Most translations of Job 39:16 more accurately portray the essence using the words: “deals cruelly with” or “deals harshly with” rather than “is hardened against”.  Isaiah 63:17 speaks about a stiff-necked heart. Not once is qashach used about Pharaoh!

Now that we understand the words, let’s take a closer look at exactly what happens when Pharaoh’s heart ishardened”:

Hardened: Kabed [כָּבֵד H3513 and H3515]
Exodus 8:15 – “But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart.”
Exodus 8:32 – “And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also.”
Exodus 7:14 – “And Yahweh said unto Moses, ‘Pharaoh’ has hardened his heart’.”
In these scriptures, it is very clear that it is Pharaoh himself who hardens his heart. The plagues have caused him to have a heavy heart, a heart that has become burdened due to the disasters wrought by the plagues. The English word, hardened, which generally denotes someone who has become hard-boiled, cynical, hard-edged, or unsentimental towards others, is not the best word to use. It is not his feelings about the Hebrew people that are causing Pharaoh’s heart to be burdened, but the damage the plagues are doing to his image, to his status as God of Egypt! He is bent out of shape because his authority and the authority of all of the Egyptian gods are being undermined.

Hardened: Chazaq [חָזַק H2388]
Exodus 10:20 – “But Yahweh hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.”
Pharaoh had already made up his mind to prohibit the Hebrew slaves from leaving Egypt. Each successive plague increased this resolve. Yahweh therefore encourages Pharaoh to continue in this direction and strengthens his resolve to do so. Yahweh stands alongside Pharaoh and says: “Be strong, don’t weaken.” Pharaoh’s resolve needed to withstand all of the plagues until all of the Egyptian gods had been decimated. Not only did Yahweh plan to bring his people out of Egypt, he also intended to bring them out with riches given to them by the Egyptians! In order to accomplish this, Pharaoh could not weaken and allow the Hebrew slaves to leave prematurely. Once again, the English word, hardened, which generally denotes a forcing to become gives the impression that Yahweh is forcing Pharaoh to go against his own desires. Chazaq tells us that just the opposite is true – Yahweh is not forcing Pharaoh’s heart into a different direction, he is strengthening it to stay the course.

Chazaq, chazaq, v’nit ‘chazaq! – “Be strong, be strong, and let us be strengthened!.
Once again, the English words used to translate the Hebrew scriptures have given misleading meanings to what scripture is really saying. People have free will – Yahweh does not force a person to change their mind or heart. But once that heart or mind has been made up, Yahweh will give the person the strength to carry out their desires! Be careful what direction you allow your own heart to take – if you willingly choose to defy Yahweh, he may give you the strength to do so, especially if he is using you to show his strength, godhead, and holiness to others!