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Favorite 11 The Mercy Seat

Synopsis of Nov. 12, 2015 ….. The Tav, The Cross, The Mercy Seat, and Yeshua

Deuteronomy 21:22 – “If a man has committed a sin worthy of death and he is put to death, you hang him on a tree
Galatians 3:13 – “Yeshua has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangs on a tree.”

The Cross
The first Adam lost everything at the foot of the Tree Of The Knowledge Of Good And Evil in the Garden of Eden. Today, Christians speak of leaving their sins at the foot of the cross upon which Yeshua was crucified. A traditional cross was most often an olive tree upon which a crossbeam was attached, as required by both Deuteronomy 21:22 and Galatians 3:13. In Romans 11:17-24, Paul compares Israel to an olive tree. He says the Jews are as the natural branches of the olive tree, and the Gentiles as wild branches. Yeshua, a natural branch (Isaiah 11:1-2), is hung on an olive tree!

Some say that the cross was in the shape of a lower case “t” (or plus sign +), which is the way the tav [ת] was written in ancient Hebrew. The tav denotes a mark, sign, or cross, and in ancient Rabbinical tradition the Tav is known as the Seal of God and also the Seal of Truth. Yeshua is referred to as the aleph-tav [אֵת], and he is the truth. On the cross, he sealed our eternal salvation with his blood. The cross was rarely two wooden posts nailed together, as shown in most churches today. Others say the cross upon which Yeshua was hung was in the shape of an upper case “T”. Both styles were used.

The Mercy Seat
Romans 3:25 – “Yahweh has set forth Yeshua to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.”

A small wedge was generally placed on the tree just below the feet of the person being crucified. This wedge allowed the person to relieve the pressure on their arms, thus making breathing a tad easier, and was called the mercy seat! The word propitiation, used in Romans 3:25 is the word hilastērion [ἱλαστήριον G2435], which literally means: the cover of the ark of the covenant in the Holy of Holies. In other words: the mercy seat.

The Heel
Genesis 3:15 – “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will bruise your head, and you will bruise his heel.”
Romans 16:20 – “And the God of shalom will quickly crush Satan under your feet.”

In the third chapter of Genesis, Yahweh prophecies that Satan will bruise the heel of Yeshua. This prophecy was fulfilled during the crucifixion as Yeshua hung on the cross. When a person’s heels were nailed to the tree, a small piece of acacia wood was placed on the outside of each heel. The nail was then driven through the acacia, through the heel, and into the olive tree. Interesting that all of the furniture in the Tabernacle was constructed of acacia wood, or as it was called in the Older Covenant scriptures, shittim wood [שִׁטָּה H7848] (Exodus 25:10 and 37:1).

The Outstretched Arms
Mark 15:27 – “They crucified two robbers with Him, one on His right and one on His left.”
1 Corinthians 1:22 – “For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom.”

As Yeshua is hanging on the tree (cross), his outstretched arms and his hands are pointing to two robbers, one on his right, and another on his left. One of the robbers wants Yeshua to prove he is the Mashiach by saving himself and both robbers (Luke 23:39). The second robber, using his wits (in other words, his wisdom), tells the first robber that they both deserve their punishment and asks Yeshua to remember him when he comes into his kingdom (Luke 23;40-42).

Yeshua’s outstretched hands can be seen as a offer of salvation to both robbers. Looking once again to Paul’s comparisons in Romans 11:1-36, is it possible that one of the robbers was a Jewish man from Jerusalem, and the other robber a Greek or Gentile man from Galilee? Quite likely, for Paul tells us that the natural branches have rejected Yeshua’s offer but the Gentiles have accepted it. Even agricultural observations of that time tell us that the natural olive trees grew in Jerusalem but the wild olive trees grew in Galilee!

Yeshua is our mercy seat. Satan bruised his heel upon the cross, but his resurrection has crushed Satan’s head. Yeshua’s outstretched arms ask us the same question he posed to the two robbers: “Will you follow me?” Who will you be: a person who has rejected his offer, or one who has accepted his offer and been given eternal life. The choice is yours. Choose wisely.

Favorite 10 Dividing Israel

Synopsis of May 07, 2011….. Dividing the Land of Israel

Joel 3:1-2 – “For behold, in those days and at that time, When I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat. Then I will enter into judgment with them there on behalf of My people and My inheritance, Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; and they have divided up My land.”

One of the major prophecies to specifically watch for is the division of the land. This land is all the land from the river of Egypt to the Euphrates, which includes the modern nations of Saudi Arabia, Omen, Yemen, Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Kuwait, UAE, and several other nations within the Middle East Region (Genesis 15:18-21).

Palestinian diplomats, politicians, and others are threatening to unilaterally declare that Palestine will become the 193rd member state in the United Nations this September within the pre-1967 borders. Efforts to force Israel into accepting a two nation solution will not only be unsuccessful, they will directly incur Yahweh’s wrath. Psalm 83:12-17 asks Yahweh to make those who want to divide the land like tumbleweed and windblown chaff, to chase them like a storm and frighten them with wind, to make them afraid, shamed, disgraced, and to be destroyed.

Yahweh’s Wrath
Zechariah 12:2-3 – “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling and a burdensome stone for all the people when they lay siege against both Judah and Jerusalem; all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces.”
Yahweh answers the Psalm 83 prayer and promises that any nation that comes against Israel will be cut to pieces!

Palestinian statehood, and the division of the Land of Israel, is just one of the steps in the continuing narrative of prophecies being fulfilled before our very eyes. At some point in the near future, many nations will unite and try to utterly destroy Israel and the Jews. Yahweh has allowed Satan and others numerous attempts to do so in history, none of which have been ultimately successful – the Jews still live, and always will, because Yahweh has promised that they will never be totally destroyed: “For I am with you, says the LORD, to save you; though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you” (Jeremiah 30:11), and only if all of the laws governing the universe can be nullified will Israel cease to exist (Jeremiah 31:35-37).

Purim 2017

The dates for Purim 2017 are Sunday, March 12th and Monday, March 13th, 2017.

Purim begins at sunset today, Saturday, March 11 and ends at sunset Monday, March 13.

Purim celebrates the victory of the Jews over those who would try to oppress or kill them. It is one of the most enjoyable festivals on the calendar, celebrated by reading the Book of Esther, during which people will boo, howl, hoot and shake noisemakers whenever Haman’s name is mentioned.

Many homes, synagogues and Jews celebrate by putting on plays and dressing up as one of the characters, especially Esther, Mordecai, and Haman. Dressing up symbolizes the way Esther’s true identity was hidden until Esther put on her royal clothing and revealed herself to King Ahasuerus. Food is an important part of the festival as well and many send baskets filled with two kinds of food and drink to each other. Others will give money to the needy or to charities they support. Purim is such a popular holiday that it will continue to be celebrated after the Messiah comes (Midrash Mishlei 9).

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Favorite 9 The Trees

Synopsis of August 16, 2012……. The Trees

Matthew 24:32-33 and Mark 13:28-29 – “When the fig tree branches begin to bud and its leaves begin to sprout, you know that summer is near. Likewise, when you see all these things, you can know Yeshua’s return is very near, right at the door.”

And what does Yeshua say about the time when one sees the fig tree bud? Yeshua lists all these things: deceptions, false-christs, signs in the sun, moon, and stars, days like those of Noah, just to mention a few. But until that time, they (and we) shall receive power to be his witnesses unto the ends of the earth. Until that time, we are to occupy, and continue occupying until he returns and fully establishes his kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

The Many Trees
Isaiah 55:12 – “You will go out with joy and be led out in peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees in the fields will clap their hands.”

Many are very good at seeing scripture through a Greek mindset. However, they often forget that most, if not all, terms in the Newer Covenant have been fully defined by the Older Covenant and that scripture, even the Newer Covenant, is all written from a Hebrew mindset, no matter what language it is written down in. One must first determine how a word or expression is used in the Older Covenant before defining its use in the Newer Covenant.

Throughout scripture, both nations and individuals are symbolized as trees. Judges 9:8-16 uses trees to describe Abimelech and the houses of Jerubbaal and Millo, Jotham, and the people of Shechem.   Daniel 4:10-28 uses the image of a tree to represent Nebuchadnezzar. Daniel 10:33 talks of Assyria as the top boughs of a tree. Isaiah 55:12-13 uses tree imagery to depict the many peoples who will clap their hands with joy when the thorns and biers become fir and myrtle trees at His coming. Ezekiel 31:3-15 depicts Assyria as a cedar tree, and the other nations as fir, chestnut, and other trees. Zechariah 11:1-4 repeats this theme, also depicting Assyria (Lebanon) as a cedar trees, and the peoples of Bashan as oaks. Ezekiel 17:1-24 calls Babylon a cedar tree that spreads itself out like a willow tree.

The Fig Tree Is Israel
Matthew 21:19 – “Seeing a fig tree beside the road, Yeshua went to it, but there were no figs on the tree, only leaves. So Yeshua said to the tree, “You will never again have fruit.” The tree immediately dried up.”

But just who or what is this fig tree that Yeshua refers to? In order to understand the time of His imminent return, one must first determine who that fig tree represents. Hosea 9:10 states that the patriarchs are the firstfruits of the fig tree. Joel 1:6-7 tells us that Israel is the ruined fig tree whose bark has been stripped ethnically, nationally, and geographically. Jeremiah 24:2-8 states that the good figs are those Jews who went into captivity, and the bad figs those Jews who rebelled against the Babylonians or who went down to Egypt.

Luke 13:6-9 expounds upon the vineyard spoken of in Isaiah 5:1-7. Luke tells us that the fruit is from the fig tree in the vineyard (see especially verse 7). In Matthew 21:19, Yeshua curses the fig tree. In this passage, the fig tree specifically is a representation of the Jewish leadership from whom He had expected to find some fruit after three years of teaching in the Temple, but also has the wider representation of the nation of Israel and the land of Israel as well, which forty years later began to wither and die. Both the nation and the land remained dead until the Jews began to return in the early 1900s.

Luke 21:29-31Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they begin to bud you know that summer is and the kingdom of God is already near.
Luke speaks of both the fig tree and all the trees. These trees represent both Israel and the other nations that sprouted up at about the same time: Lebanon 1943, Jordan 1946, Syria 1946, Egypt 1952. And are not these the nations that are constantly in daily news reports at this time? Are not these the very same nations listed in Psalm 83 as those nations that come against Israel to wipe her off the map. Clearly, the generation that has seen both the fig tree and all the trees put forth their branches is our generation.

Scripture is not the only source that refers to Israel as the fig tree. Even secular writings do so. One such source is “The Apocalypse of Peter”, written in Egypt about 135CE. Therefore we can rightly conclude that Israel is absolutely the fig tree Yeshua is referencing.

Favorite 8 Palestine Belongs to the Jews

Synopsis of March 02, 2012……. The Land of Palestine Belongs To The Jews

Biblical Records
Genesis 17:8And I will give to Abraham, and to his descendants, the land of his wanderings, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

According to the first book of the Bible the land of Canaan, also known as Palestine, belongs solely to the Jewish people: the sons of Isaac and Jacob – Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. It does not belong to the sons of Ishmael.

Deuteronomy 1:7-8 puts it this way: “Go into the country of the Amorites as well as into the neighboring regions; the Arabah, the hill country, the Shephelah, the Negev, and the seacoast. Go into the land of the Canaanites and the Lebanon, as far as the great river Euphrates. I have set the land before you; go in and take possession of the land that I have given to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, and to their descendants.”

Deuteronomy 34:1-3 confirms this: “Now Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, to the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And the LORD showed him all the land, Gilead as far as Dan, and all Naphtali and the land of Ephraim and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah as far as the £western sea, and the Negev and the plain in the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, as far as Zoar.”

Secular Records
The Bible quite clearly states that the land of Palestine, or Israel, belongs to the Jews. But is this the only record we have that this land belongs to the Jews?   Not at all. Secular records also declare the same:

  1. Balfour Declaration-1917. The Balfour declaration states: “His Majesty’s government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people.”
  2. The Mandate For Palestine-1920-1922. The Mandate for Palestine clearly delineates to whom what land does and does not belong. The “Mandate for Palestine,” established the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in western Palestine, a 10,000-square-miles area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea. The legally binding document was conferred on April 24, 1920, and unanimously approved on July 24, 1922.
  3. United Nations General Assembly Resolution 181. On November 29, 1947, the United Nations passed Resolution 181 which called for the partition of the British-ruled Palestine Mandate into a Jewish state and an Arab state. It was approved with 33 votes in favor, 13 against, 10 abstentions and one absent. The Jewish State was to be all of Canaan, including the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and the Arab state was to be the nation of Jordan.
  4. The Israeli Declaration of Independence-1948. The declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel clearly states that the land of Palestine was the birthplace of the Jewish people, that they had been forcibly exiled for about 1800 years, and that their desire to return since the exile began had not diminished nor been forsaken. It also declares that this right to return was recognized in the Balfour Declaration of 1917, and re-affirmed in the Mandate of the League of Nations in 1922, and was finalized by the UN General Assembly Resolution 181.

Islamic Records
Even the Islamic Qur’an states that the land of Palestine belongs to the Jewish people.
Surah 17:104And We said unto the Children of Israel after him: Dwell in the land.”
Surah 5:20-21God gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples – the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin.
Surah 10:93-94And We had certainty settled the Children of Israel in an agreeable settlement.”
Surah 17 Surah 17 clearly states that the Children of Israel will be exiled twice (17:4), records the destruction of the First Temple and Mohammed never contests the Bible’s claim that the Temple was in Jerusalem (17:7). Surah 17 also depicts the time when the Children of Israel will be regathered for the final time, and that they will thereafter dwell in the land of Palestine (17:104).

Genesis 12:3 – “I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse.”
Surah 2:47 O Children of Israel, remember My favor that I have bestowed upon you and that I preferred you over the worlds.”

It is abundantly clear that the land of Palestine belongs to the Jewish people as witnessed by Biblical, secular, and Islamic records, and does not belong to the Arabs. Both the Bible and the Qur’an tell of the punishments for any who fail to accept this fact.

Why then, do the leaders of Western and Arab nations continue to attempt to forcibly divide the land of Israel? Perhaps it is because both refuse to believe the word of their scriptures and do whatever seems right in their own eyes. Perhaps it is because the Western Nations refuse to accept the truth of the Bible and the Arab leaders the teachings of the Koran. Perhaps it is because both, like Ishmael, refuse to accept the covenants made by Yahweh to the peoples of the earth. Perhaps it is because many, like Satan, refuse to submit and are determined to exalt their own throne above the throne of Yahweh.

Favorite 7 Mark of the Beast

Synopsis of September 6, 2011 …. Is Transhumanism The Mark Of The Beast?

Matthew 24:37-44 – “When the Son of Man comes, it will be like what happened during Noah’s time . . .
Genesis 6:11 – “Yahweh looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then Yahweh said to Noah, “The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth”

Will mankind’s unceasing search to be smarter, faster, more powerful, and immune to disease eventually cause Yahweh to once again rain judgment down upon the earth as He did during Noah’s time? Will this search ultimately lead to a human that ain’t quite human and become the “Mark of the Beast”?

Let us examine these possibilities:
For decades, now, TV shows and films have been portraying mankind’s desire to more than human, in short to be trans-human. In the 1970s Six Million Dollar Man made its debut. In 1982 Blade Runner hit the box office. Since then, there’s been no shortage of movies and shows that feature enhanced humans: Dollhouse, The Terminator, Spider-Man, Splice, and The Matrix, just to name a few. But the movies pale in comparison to some of the real enhancements that have been introduced in recent years. For instance:

  • Just days ago a thin, high-tech electronic body monitor printed on a flexible Band-Aid like substance was heralded.   Some prophecy teachers wondered if this could become the Mark of the Beast. Not likely in my opinion.
  • On August 16, 2011, fourteen year old British car-racing fan Matthew James made headlines when he was given a state-of-the-art, cyborg-style hand and forearm.
  • IBM has unveiled an experimental computer chip it says mimics the human brain in that it perceives, acts and even thinks. Cambridge University researchers have created the first-ever animal with artificial information in its genetic code.

Human enhancement is at the center of the transhumanism debate, and the media announces almost every scientific transhuman breakthrough as beneficial to mankind. Tom Horn states that “even more sinister genetic tinkering” is taking place behind closed doors.   When Obama repealed the Bush era restrictions on human/animal/plant genetic engineering, this process took off at an alarming rate of speed and is now being fast-tracked with billions of dollars by the Pentagon and the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Horn “suggests people, as we now know them, are in the process of a man-made redesign in order to make them super-beings or even non-human entities . . . . what they may do is lead us literally into the fulfillment of biblical prophecy.”

In the summer of 2008, Representative Brad Sherman chaired a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee focusing on the diplomatic and security implications of the spread of “genetics and other human-modification technologies.” Additionally, Congress has been discussing topics such as biotech’s potential for creating super soldiers, super intelligence and super animals. It was noted that the convergence of nanotech, biotech, computers and cognitive sciences, along with new applications could “put agents of unprecedented lethal force” in the hands of friendly and enemy sources. Even the topics of genetic discrimination, eugenics, and the civil rights of humans and animals whose bodies and intelligence might be enhanced to the point of inability to tell if such a combination is human, or animal, was broached.

In short, if the transhumanist movement succeeds in transforming humans into something that is post-human that no longer needs flesh covered bones to survive, then these words of Yeshua take on an entirely different meaning. Yeshua states that “no flesh will survive”, not that “humanity will not survive”, according to Britt Gillette.

If Tom Horn, Britt Gillette, and others are correct, then perhaps a human that ain’t quite human, rather than some simple injection of a microchip could, indeed, be the “Mark of the Beast”. Artificial hands, artificial eyes. Artificial brains! Now that would certainly set apart real humans from Beast approved humans, eh? Scripture tells us that in Noah’s day, the seed of man, animal, and plant had all become corrupt (i.e.: intermingled). Transhumanism and the enhanced human movement seem destined to take us right back to that condition. Scripture is very clear: Any being that is not fully human (i.e. receives the mark of the beast) will be thrown into the lake of fire. Eternal life is only found in Yeshua.

Favorite 6 Giants are Coming

Synopsis of August 20, 2015…………… Giants Are Coming

Ezekiel 33:5 – “He heard the sound of the trumpet but did not take warning; his blood will be on himself. But had he taken warning, he would have delivered his life.”

Warning, Warning, Warning,” cried the robot to Will Robinson. “The eagles are coming,” cried Bilbo to the elves, dwarves, and wizard. Today, Tom Horn, Steve Quayle, Cris Putnam, and others are crying out, “The giants are coming.” Just who are these beings and where do they come from?

Who’s Who of Giants
Genesis 6:4 – “The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of renown.”
Genesis 14:5 – “Chedorlaomer and the kings that were with him defeated the Rephaim and the Zuzim and the Emim.”
Genesis 15:20 – “and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Rephaim.”
Numbers 13:33 – “There also we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak).
Deuteronomy 2:10-11 – “The Emim lived there, a people as tall as the Anakim. Like the Anakim, they are also regarded as Rephaim, but the Moabites call them Emim.
Deuteronomy 2:20 – “The Rephaim formerly lived in it, but the Ammonites call them Zamzummin.”

By the time Noah was born, Ha’Satan’s messengers, the fallen angels, were mating with human women and producing the giants, the mighty men of renown, the Nephilim. These Nephilim, who go by several different names as noted above, were huge! Ordinary men seemed like grasshoppers in comparison. Certainly a warning to pay attention to if these beings are once again coming upon the earth.

Who’s Who of Hybrids
Isaiah 13:21 –“the satyrs shall dance there.”
Isaiah 34:14 –“the satyr shall cry to his fellow.”
Isaiah 6:2 – “Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings.”
Daniel 7:1-8 – Four beasts, one a lion with eagle’s wings, another a leopard with four bird’s wings, and another with teeth of iron
Revelation 4:6-8 – The four living creatures have six wings, eyes all around, faces of various different animals.
Revelation 9:7-8 – Locusts with wings, looking like horses, having the hair of women, the faces of men and tails like the sting of a scorpion.

Who knew! Satyrs, or half man – half goat beings. Nimrod, scripture also tells us, became a גִּבּוֹר gibbor [H1368], meaning a hybrid being, as well as meaning someone who is extremely strong.  Seraphim and Cherubim of human form but having animal features as well. Beasts that are part one animal, part another. Woof. Scary stuff, and certainly a warning to pay attention to if these beings are coming upon the earth.

Who’s In The Earth
Peter and Jude both tell us of angels that have been bound under the earth, in hell. Jude 1:6 tells us about the angels that are bound in everlasting chains in darkness. 2 Peter 2:4 affirms this binding.   Likewise, Job 26:5 tells us that, “the Rephaim writhe beneath the waters.” 1 Samuel 28:13 states that the woman of Endor saw Samuel, and the “gods” coming up out of the earth. Revelation 9 tells us of the four angels that are bound under the great Euphrates river and about the locusts that come up from the pit and further informs us that the commander, or king, over the locusts is none other than Abaddon, or Apollyon – our old friend and Nephilim of Genesis 10 – Nimrod.

The Giants Are Coming
The four angels under the Euphrates have been “prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men” (Revelation 9:14-15). These beings, held under the earth, are coming to wreak havoc on humanity. The locusts from the Abyss are coming to torment mankind for five months, and those who are tormented will wish for death but be unable to attain it (Revelation 9:3-6). But wait, there’s more:

The giants, as translated by the Septuagint are also coming. Isaiah 13:1-3 tells us that Isaiah saw a vision in which Yahweh beckons a ruler, perhaps Nimrod, to open the gates to allow gibborim to come out of hell to fulfill his wrath against Babylon.  Isaiah 13:7 informs us, as does Luke 21:26, that men’s hearts will melt with fear, as these giants come to utterly destroy the both the land and the sinners within it (Isaiah 13:9). Scary stuff, and certainly a warning to pay attention to if giants are coming upon the earth.

The Giants May Already Be Here
Watchers 10, a 2016 DVD by LA Marzulli and Richard Shaw, details the removal of a giant from Kandahar, Afghanistan by US Armed Forces. This giant weighed an estimated 1100 pounds, and stunk worse than skunk, stood about twelve to fifteen feet tall, had red hair, six fingers, six toes, and a double row of teeth. This story was first mentioned by Steve Quayle several years ago. The soldiers that were confronted by this giant were greatly shaken by this event. One could say, their hearts were melting with fear! Scary stuff, and certainly a warning to pay attention to if giants have already come upon the earth.

Luke 21:26 – “Men’s hearts will fail them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

Giants and hybrid beings are real, not the imagination of hyperactive minds. The earth is a holding tank for the dead, the fallen angels, the demons, and the giants. The four angels under the Euphrates are coming to kill one-third of mankind. The locusts are coming to torment mankind for five months. And the giants are going to be released to wreak havoc upon the earth and upon mankind to fulfill Yahweh’s wrath. You’ve been warned . . . . are you paying attention?