Monday, July 13, 2020

The Kinsman Redeemer

The Jewish tradition is to read the book of Ruth at Pentecost. They give many good reasons for this, here are two, read more at Wiki(Shavuot)  [1].




  • The events of the book of Ruth take place during the barley and wheat harvest season, that is, basically covering the seven week period from Wave Sheaf Day to Pentecost (Firstfruits to Shavuot).



Rth 1:22 ... and they came to Bethlehem in the beginning of barley harvest.
Rth 2:23 So she stayed close by the maids of Boaz in order to glean until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest. And she lived with her mother-in-law.
  • Ruth was recognized for her kindness in caring for her mother in law Naomi. Boaz noticed her for her kindness, and was eager to redeem her. Ruth wasn't out to save the world, she sought to look after ONE person, Naomi; and her story became part of God's word, and she became the mother of kings. She shaped history by her kindness.
Rth 3:11  Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence (virtue).

Christians have more reasons to study the book of Ruth. The events described are filled with prophetic meaning, some fulfilled, some still future.  Consider that Naomi pictures Israel, Ruth pictures the church, and Boaz the kinsman redeemer pictures Jesus Christ.


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To understand the story, we will have to refer to a few laws found in the books of Moses concerning gleaning, Levirate marriage, and redemption of land. I will summarize the book, comment on some interesting tidbits, and focus on a few verses of interest. I assume you are familiar with the story, if not, note that the Book of Ruth is only four chapters, 85 verses in all. You can read it in a few minutes. 

The Story Of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz

A Jewish man named Elimelech falls on hard times (a famine), then takes his wife Naomi and his two sons Mahlon and Chilion to the land of Moab. Mahlon marries Ruth, (which we don't learn until Ruth chapter 4, chapter 1 only tells us that the sons married Ruth and Orpah). Elimelech and his sons die, so Naomi heads back to Israel. She tells her daughters in law to return to their parents, but Ruth clings to Naomi.

Elimelech - My God Is King
Naomi - Pleasant, Desire
Mahlon - Sickly
Chilion - Failing, Wasting
Ruth - Friend, Vision
Orpah - Neck, Drip, Cloud

Gleaning


So how do two widows support themselves? By gleaning the fields during harvest. Gleaning was ancient Israel's welfare system. The poor, especially widows and orphans and strangers or foreigners were allowed to do this. It wasn't a handout, they had to work in the fields.
Lev 23:22 When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God

Did you notice that this verse on gleaning is in the middle of the chapter that describes all the Holy Days? And it falls immediately after describing Shavuot. One verse seemingly out of place in the listing of the Holy Days, as if to draw one's attention to the connection between Pentecost and Ruth.

Salador Dali "Familia Ruth Moabitidis"
Ruth goes to glean according to the law, and happens to end up in Boaz's field.  Then a love story unfolds between Boaz and Ruth. Naomi coaches Ruth on how to act with Boaz. In our culture, the threshing floor scene described in Ruth 3 is hard to understand. It might even sound inappropriate to us. But here's where we need to examine the laws of Levirate marriage and the kinsman redeemer to understand what's going on. The word Levirate comes from Latin levir meaning husband's brother. It has nothing to do with the Levitical priesthood.

Deu 25:5  When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her. 6 It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.

In short, the widow of a man who dies without a son can marry his brother to produce an heir.

Lev 25:23 The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24 Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land. 25 'If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his relative has sold.

The  problem is that Boaz is not a brother to Mahlon and is not obligated by Dt 25 to marry Ruth, and redeeming land as described in Lev 25 doesn't require marrying the kinsman's widow - Israel My Glory [2]. However, both Naomi and Boaz do refer to Levirate marriage to raise up a son for the deceased. And everyone in the story had the expectation that marrying Ruth was part of redeeming the land. So the word "brother" in Dt 25 may have been expanded to include nearest kinsman.

The Threshing Floor Scene

So with the law of the Kinsman Redeemer in mind, read the Threshing Floor Scene.

Rth 3:7  When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at the end of the heap of grain; and she came secretly, and uncovered his feet and lay down. 8 It happened in the middle of the night that the man was startled and bent forward; and behold, a woman was lying at his feet. 9 He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative  (near kinsman)." 10 Then he said, "May you be blessed of the LORD, my daughter. You have shown your last kindness to be better than the first by not going after young men, whether poor or rich. 11 Now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you whatever you ask, for all my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence. 12 Now it is true I am a close relative (near kinsman); however, there is a relative closer (nearer kinsman ) than I.
Ruth asks Boaz to spread his skirt (wing, kanaph) over "your maid" because he is a near kinsman.The word "skirt" in the KJV is actually "wing", kanaph in Hebrew, and came to refer to the hem of a man's garment. Boaz reveals there is a nearer kinsman. Ruth asks for redemption, she does this by using the word amah, translated maid (3:9). This is not the same as the words she used in chapter 2. There, she referred to herself first  as a foreigner ger (2:10), then as lower than a servant shiphchah (2:13), here she means someone marriageable amah - The Handmaid's Deal [3]. She could have married a younger men and taken care of herself, but didn't - she pursues Boaz so Naomi can be redeemed.  (v 10)

The Redemption

Boaz seemed eager to settle the matter - he gave Ruth six measures of barley for Naomi. Six indicates that Ruth's labor is done, and Boaz won't rest till the matter is concluded - SuperiorWord [4].

Rth 4:5 Then Boaz said, "On the day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you must also acquire Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of the deceased, in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance." 6 The closest relative (nearer kinsman) said, "I cannot redeem it for myself, because I would jeopardize my own inheritance. Redeem it for yourself; you may have my right of redemption, for I cannot redeem it."
Rth 4:8  So the closest relative (nearer kinsman) said to Boaz, "Buy it for yourself." And he removed his sandal. 9 Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, "You are witnesses today that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and Mahlon. 10 Moreover, I have acquired (purchased) Ruth the Moabitess, the widow of Mahlon, to be my wife in order to raise up the name of the deceased on his inheritance, so that the name of the deceased will not be cut off from his brothers or from the court of his birth place; you are witnesses today.
Boaz, The Kinsman Redeemer


Boaz redeems the land, Naomi, and Ruth. The phrase "kinsman redeemer" only occurs in some translations of the book of Ruth. Other translations use relative, or close relative, or simply kinsman or redeemer. Adding kinsman to redeemer conveys an important piece of information. Not just anyone could redeem the person in distress, it had to be family. This is a type of Jesus coming in the flesh to be a family member to all mankind. He is our Redeemer, AND a kinsman. It is not just used in the book of Ruth - the Lord repeatedly calls Himself the Redeemer of Jacob aka Israel, see Isaiah 41, 44, etc, but it's the same word as in Ruth (goel). The New Testament expands redemption beyond Israel to all mankind. The goel pictures the whole Gospel message. Multiple commentators list four requirements of a goel, see how Jesus fulfills every one - Abide In Christ [5].

  • He must be near of kin.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  • He must be able to redeem, ie not need redemption himself.
Being the Son of God and living a sinless life qualified Jesus to redeem.
Rev_5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
  • He must be willing to redeem.
John 10: 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. 
  • Redemption was completed when the price was completely paid.
He paid the penalty of our sins with His own blood. Note that some authors have a different fourth requirement, "He must accept all the obligations of Redeemer" - Chuck Missler [6], referring to the nearer kinsman being unwilling to take Ruth with the land.

Ruth, the Moabitess

Many writers say that  Ruth was a Gentile - Servant Of Messiah [7], Biblical Thoughts [8], they also believe that the church is (mostly) Gentile - Five Doves [9]. So they would naturally view Boaz marrying Ruth as a type of Christ marrying a Gentile church.  The Bible doesn't explicitly say either of those things.


Some scholars point out that during the Joshua period, the Israelites killed and displaced the occupants of the entire land of Moab, and then reoccupied the land of Moab for themselves for 300 years - Ruth Was Israelite  [10]. But it was still called the land of Moab. Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh were said to live in the "land of Moab". The displaced Moabites were enemies, so it doesn't make sense that Elimelech would go to live with them. According to Linda Watson [11], Ruth was a Moabite by geography, not by race. She was an Israelite living in Moab, though they probably worshipped other gods there. 

Ruth makes a speech when Naomi urges her to return, her response is well known.

Ruth 1:16 (KJV)  But Ruth said: “Entreat me not to leave you, Or to turn back from following after you; For wherever you go, I will go; And wherever you lodge, I will lodge; Your people shall be my people, And your God, my God.

See the words "shall be" in italics? That is a convention in the KJV to indicate those words are not in the original language. Most other translations don't let you know that. Usually it doesn't matter, but here it can change the meaning. In Hebrew, forms of "to be" (am, is, are) are left out in the present tense, so I could introduce myself by saying "I John", it is implied that it means "I am John". The phrase  "your people SHALL BE my people" is different from "your people ARE my people". A few translations also say "your God WILL BE my God", which again is different from "your God IS my God. It sounds to me like Ruth is telling Naomi they are both Israelites, worshiping the same God. On the other hand, the Jewish Publication Society translates this verse with future tense, and they know their language better than me, so do your research and make up your own mind. Young's Literal Translation is the only one that sticks to present tense.

Ruth 1:16 (YLT) And Ruth saith, 'Urge me not to leave thee -- to turn back from after thee; for whither thou goest I go, and where thou lodgest I lodge; thy people is my people, and thy God my God.

Ruth's identity is hidden from the world just like Israel's identity is hidden from the world today - The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel…Found [12]. There are certainly Gentiles in the church, but it is not accurate to say the church is mostly Gentile or that Christ is marrying a Gentile bride.

One last piece of internal evidence. Moabites (actual descendants of Lot) were not allowed into the congregation of Israel for ten generations. It seems the nearer kinsman would have been justified in refusing to marry Ruth if she were a Gentile. This may not apply to women however - Ellicot's Commentary [13].
Deu 23:3  An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever.


The Nearer Kinsman

Nearer Kinsman gives his shoe
If Boaz pictures Christ, who is the nearer Kinsman that wants the land but not the girl? Some authors say that it is the Law. The law of God has a prior claim on the sinner, and that claim is to condemn, not redeem - livingtemples(Ruth) [14]. The unnamed nearer Kinsman says he cannot redeem it. Likewise, the Law can't redeem, only Jesus can. Taking it a step further, we know that the Lawgiver at Mt Sinai was the one who became Jesus. The way for Jesus the Lawgiver to relinquish His claim on Israel was to die. Then Jesus the Savior could take over. Jews today won't even say the name of God (YHVH) - He is the unnamed nearer Kinsman. Again, research and come to your own conclusions.


Observations

Knowing who pictures whom, consider these observations, courtesy of Chuck Missler - [6]. The observations are his, the commentary is mine. When you read Naomi, Ruth, Boaz; think Israel, Church, Jesus.

  • In order to bring Ruth to Boaz, Naomi had to be exiled from her land
The northern kingdom of Israel was conquered and deported in 722 BC. The southern kingdom AKA Judah (the Jews) lasted till 592 BC, but a remnant was restored to the land of Israel - Jewish Virtual Library. The Romans destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD. Israel and Judah have been in exile since then until 1948. This roughly corresponds to the Church era.
  • Ruth does not replace Naomi
Some teach that the Church has replaced Israel, that the promises to Israel have transferred to the Church. This doctrine, called Supersessionism or Replacement Theology, was developed before Israel became a country again, when those Biblical promises looked impossible. 

"The Bible is filled with prophecies promising peace and wealth to Israel, and a great many are still unfulfilled, including a promise detailing specific borders, a promise of a King from the line of David, and a promise that Israel would one day be wholly devoted to God. " - Compelling Truth [15]
  • Ruth learns of Boaz's ways through Naomi
The Old Testament has been faithfully preserved by the Hebrew people for 3500 years. The differences between the Masoretic text of Isaiah and the Dead Sea Scroll of Isaiah are incredibly minor even though they are 1000 years apart. Note too that the New Testament was written by Jewish authors (Luke excepted).  Christian faith is based on a book written and preserved by Jews.
  • Naomi meets Boaz through Ruth
Currently, the Jewish people do not accept Jesus as the Messiah or the New Testament as scripture (except for the Messianic Jews). But that NT says "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."  - Acts 4:12. Missler's point is that the Church will introduce Israel (particularly the Jews) to Jesus. But given the arrogance and antisemitism of the collective Christian churches over the last 1900 years, it is hard to imagine a scenario where the Jews will listen to Christians about religion. For more info, see Wiki(Antisemitism_in_Christianity) [16]. I don't know how and when the Jews will be introduced to the Messiah, and indeed they do expect Him shortly, but maybe He will introduce Himself personally.
  • No matter how much Boaz loved Ruth, he had to wait for her move
God will not force salvation on anyone. Yes, there have been forced conversion through history, but do they really count? The point is, you have to ask. The Kingdom of God is voluntary.
  • Boaz, not Ruth, confronts the nearer kinsman
Deut 25:9 says the woman who requests Levirate marriage and is turned down is to remove the man's shoe and spit in his face. But Boaz confronts the nearer redeemer himself - he does get the shoe, no record of spitting in his face. This simply means that Jesus will do the heavy lifting for us, that is, doing for us what we can't do for ourselves. Sometimes we have to "stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD" - Ex 14:13.


Future Fulfillment

Some say you can't understand Rev 5 without understanding the book of Ruth, and the importance of the goel. The scroll with seven seals could be considered a title deed to the earth. John was weeping bitterly that no man was able to open the scroll. But Jesus Christ prevailed to open the scroll.
Rev 5:9  "Worthy are You to take the scroll and to break its seals; for You were slain, and redeemed us to God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
These are some of the reasons to study the book of Ruth, Pentecost or not. 

References

1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shavuot
2. https://israelmyglory.org/article/ruth-and-boaz-the-story-of-the-kinsman-redeemer
3. https://ohr.edu/8234
4. http://superiorword.org/ruth-3-14-18-shesh-seorim-six-measures-of-barley/
5. http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/lev25v25.html
6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkpV3tcENC8
7. https://servantofmessiah.org/hebraic-biblical-studies/ruth-type-gentile-bride/
8. http://www.biblicalthoughts.org/gentilebrides.htm
9. http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/may2011/elianeb530.htm
10. https://christogenea.org/podcasts/ruth-was-israelite-ruth-was-not-moabite-race
11. http://12tribehistory.com/was-ruth-a-moabite/
12. https://stevenmcollins.com/
13. https://biblehub.com/commentaries/ellicott/deuteronomy/23.htm
14. http://livingtemples.org/Ruth/ruth13.htm
15. https://www.compellingtruth.org/replacement-theology.html
16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antisemitism_in_Christianity

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

A Tale of Two Prophecies

And Three Statutes

And Five Hidden Messages

And One Monarchy

First the prophecies.

Prophecy #1
Gen 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,
Until Shiloh comes,
And to him shall be the obedience of the peoples.
Prophecy #2
Ruth 4:12 Moreover, may your house be like the house of Perez whom Tamar bore to Judah, through the offspring which the Lord will give you by this young woman. 




Prophecy #2 sounds more like a wedding toast, which is the spirit in which it was delivered.  Someone said this to Boaz when he had just purchased (yes purchased) Ruth for his wife. Since Boaz was descended from Perez, it makes sense as a toast or a prophecy. If the speaker understood Prophecy #1, it could be interpreted as wishing Boaz and Ruth to have royal offspring, which they did in the dynasty of King David.



Judah, the fourth son of Jacob is mentioned in both verses. The scepter in Gen 49 refers to royalty  - Wikipedia(Sceptre) [1]. On the surface, it seems like the two prophecies are saying that Judah and Tamar's descendants will be kings (through Boaz) until you find out that Tamar was Judah's daughter in law, a scandal.


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Statutes


Why did Judah and Tamar have children? Enter the law of Levirate marriage (nothing to do with the Levitical priesthood). If a man dies childless, his brother marries the widow to father a child so the dead man's name is not forgotten.

Statute #1
Deut 25:5 When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man. Her husband’s brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her. 6 It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of his dead brother, so that his name will not be blotted out from Israel.
This was written long after Judah, but it was already the custom in Judah's time. Tamar married Judah's first son Er, who died. Then she married the second son Onan, who wouldn't father a son because that son would inherit the double portion due to the eldest son instead of him, so God took his life. Judah had one more son named Shelah, but he was too young to marry yet, and Judah was afraid somehow Shelah would die too. When Shelah was grown, Tamar was not given to him as a wife. Sooo, she hatched her own plan. She posed as a harlot to entrap Judah and had twin boys, Perez and Zerah. There are lots more interesting details to the story which is told in Gen 38.

Which brings us back to the second prophesy spoken to Boaz. The book of Ruth is not just to give the genealogy of David, that only takes the last five short verses. One of the lessons is the example of a kinsman redeemer, which serves as a type for Jesus Christ. As Boaz redeemed Naomi and Ruth, and Naomi's land, So Christ has redeemed mankind.

Statute #2
Lev 25:23 The land, moreover, shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are but aliens and sojourners with Me. 24 Thus for every piece of your property, you are to provide for the redemption of the land.  25 If a fellow countryman of yours becomes so poor he has to sell part of his property, then his nearest kinsman is to come and buy back what his relative has sold.
With this statute (and the Jubilee year), you cannot permanently lose your land. EVER. There is a provision for redeeming it if one falls on hard times. Mankind has a bond with land, probably because we are made from the dust of the ground. The land is permanent, and most people have a desire to own a piece of it.

There is a technicality here. Boaz is not a brother to Mahlon and is not obligated by Dt 25 to marry Ruth, and redeeming land as described in Lev 25 doesn’t require marrying the kinsman’s widow - IsraelMyGlory [2]. However, both Naomi and Boaz do refer to Levirate marriage to raise up a son for the deceased. And everyone in the story had the expectation that marrying Ruth was part of redeeming the land. So the word “brother” in Dt 25 may have been expanded to include nearest kinsman.

The phrase "kinsman redeemer" only occurs in some translations of the book of Ruth. Some translations use relative, or close relative, or simply kinsman or redeemer. Adding kinsman to redeemer conveys an important piece of information. Not just anyone could redeem the person in distress, it had to be family. This is a type of Jesus coming in the flesh to be a family member to all mankind. He is our Redeemer, AND a kinsman. It is not just used in the book of Ruth - the Lord repeatedly calls Himself the Redeemer of Jacob aka Israel, see Isaiah 41, 44, etc, but it's the same word as in Ruth (goel). In fact, the word goel is used about 100 times in the Old Testament. The New Testament expands the redemption beyond Israel to all mankind. The goel pictures the whole Gospel message.

Tit_2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

AbideInChrist.com [3] lists four requirements of a goel, see how Jesus fulfills every one.

  • He must be near of kin.
Hebrews 2:17 Therefore, He had to be made like His brethren in all things, so that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.
  • He must be able to redeem, ie not need redemption himself.
Being the Son of God and living a sinless life qualified Jesus to redeem.
Rev_5:9  And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
  • He must be willing to redeem.
John 10: 17 For this reason the Father loves Me, because I lay down My life so that I may take it again. 18 No one has taken it away from Me, but I lay it down on My own initiative. 
  • Redemption was completed when the price was completely paid. 
He paid the penalty of our sins with His own blood.

Statute #3

Dt 23:2 No one of illegitimate birth shall enter the assembly of the LORD; none of his descendants, even to the tenth generation, shall enter the assembly of the LORD.

Again this was written well after Judah and Tamar lived, but apparently it applies. Certainly some commentators think it applies to Perez and Zerah, for example Superior Word [4]. The interesting thing is that King David IS the tenth generation from Judah. The word translated as "No one of illegitimate birth" is mamzer, and is male. Apparently females were exempt from this restriction. Aaron, the first High Priest, married Elisheba daughter of Amminadab, three generations from Perez.

Ruth 4:18 Now these are the generations of Perez: to Perez was born Hezron, 19 and to Hezron was born Ram, and to Ram, Amminadab, 20 and to Amminadab was born Nahshon, and to Nahshon, Salmon, 21 and to Salmon was born Boaz, and to Boaz, Obed, 22 and to Obed was born Jesse, and to Jesse, David.
Exo_6:23  And Aaron took him Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab, sister of Naashon, to wife; and she bare him Nadab, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.

But Wait, There's Five Hidden Messages


There is the obvious link connecting the stories of Judah and Tamar (Gen 38) with Boaz and Ruth (Ruth 1-4) in that Boaz is a descendant of Judah through Tamar's son Perez. There is another non-obvious link in that the descendants from Boaz to David are encoded in five hidden messages in Gen 38 itself.

You may have heard of Bible codes - words, names, dates and places hidden in the text. Bible codes are interesting yet controversial. The books of Moses (Genesis included) were written at least three generations before Ruth - GotQuestions [5], Chronology Of Ruth [6], yet the names Boaz, Ruth, Obed, Jesse, and David are embedded in the text of Gen 38. All five of these names are short so one would expect one or even two to show up in a large enough text like a chapter, but not five in one chapter, and in the very chapter that speaks of Judah's descendants. Not only that, they appear in chronological order.

How do these Bible codes work? The technique used here is called Equidistant Letter Sequence (ELS). The text is examined by computer (or by hand) skipping letters by a fixed amount - spaces are always skipped. In this case, the spacing is 49 letters apart for all five names. ELS works best in a language like Hebrew written without vowels.

As I said, Bible Codes ARE controversial. An Internet search will turn up plenty of hits, both for and against them.  Bible codes gained attention in the 1994 with the publication of a paper called "Equidistant letter sequences in the Book of Genesis" [7] by Doron Witztum, Eliyahu Rips, and Yoav Rosenberg (WRR). Bible codes were then popularized by  Michael Drosnin's book "The Bible Code" [8] in 1998. However, the ELS idea did not originate with the computer age, though computers make it much easier to do the tedious work. Written references to hidden ELS messages date to the 13th century - Wikipedia(Bible_Codes) [9]. The claim is that these are not just coincidence, for a mathematical discussion of this, see ELS In Genesis [10]. Professor Barry Simon published a rebuttal of Witztum, Rips, & Rosenberg, "The Case Against the Codes" [11]. Do your own research, draw your own conclusions. If you don't believe God wrote the Bible, Bible codes won't convince you. If you do believe it, it will reinforce your faith. I think there are messages encoded, like the example of Gen 38, but the WRR paper and Drosnin's book (which I have not read) try to make too much out of Bible codes.

I find these points to be a more balanced view of ELS, from God On The Net [12].

Bible codes can not be used to tell the future*.
Bible codes do not contain new teachings.
Christian beliefs are not based on the bible codes.
There are no Bible Codes in the Apocrypha.
There are no Bible Codes in the New Testament**.
All Bible codes can be confirmed manually with an English-Hebrew Interlinear Bible, or the Internet.

* Ironically, Bible Codes appear to all be prophetic, but only make sense after the fact.
** A few codes have been found in the Greek, but not statistically significant. Researchers have shifted their focus to the Aramaic New Testament - Greek Bible Code [13].

The late evangelist Chuck Missler [14] was convinced of ELS, he wrote a book on it called Cosmic Codes [15], I'll give him the last word.
One of the reasons that the sordid tale of Judah and Tamar has been included in the Scriptures is because this incident is included in the family tree of the Messiah. It is interesting that hidden within the text of Genesis 38, at 49-letter intervals, are the names of Boaz, Ruth, Obed, Jesse, and David-in chronological order! [See figure] ; note that Hebrew goes from right to left, and the names are coded backwards.) - Koinonia House [16].



References


1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sceptre
2. https://israelmyglory.org/article/ruth-and-boaz-the-story-of-the-kinsman-redeemer
3. http://www.abideinchrist.com/messages/lev25v25.html
4. http://superiorword.org/ruth-4-18-22-perez-to-david-from-the-breaker-to-the-beloved/
5. https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Deuteronomy.html
6. https://www.bible.ca/archeology/bible-archeology-timeline-date-chronology-of-ruth-1300bc.htm
7. https://projecteuclid.org/euclid.ss/1177010393
8. https://www.amazon.com/Bible-Code-Michael-Drosnin/dp/0684849739
9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_code
10. https://www.math.toronto.edu/drorbn/Codes/Nations/WRR2/index.html
11. http://torahcode.us/torah_codes/code_history/TheCase.htm
12. https://www.godonthe.net/evidence/codes.htm
13. http://ad2004.com/Biblecodes/Greekmatrix/Grkmatrix.html
14. http://www.chuckmissler.com/
15. https://store.khouse.org/products/cosmic-codes-book16. https://www.khouse.org/articles/2004/522/print

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Is Corona Virus The Pale Horse?


Even people who know very little about the Bible will recognize the term "Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" from the book of Revelation. And most people know to associate the fourth horse, the Pale Horse, with death and disease. The Corona Virus COVID-19 looks like it could fit that description. Let's see.




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 What Is The Pale Horse?


In Rev 5, Jesus Christ is given a scroll with seven seals on it. The first six seals are opened in chapter six. The seventh seal is not opened till chapter 8, and it takes until chapter 19 to be finished. The first four of the six seals are the Four Horsemen. How do we know what they represent? Because they line up with a prophecy that Jesus gave, recorded in Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21.

White Horse - False Religion
Red Horse - War
Black Horse - Famine
Pale Horse - Plagues

Here's what the Bible says about that Pale Horse. Does this match the corona virus?

Rev 6:7 When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” 8 I looked, and behold, an ashen* horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth. NASB



*also translated pale, pale green, pale colored. From the Greek word chloros.

Kill a fourth of the earth! That would mean nearly two billion people. Estimates of the corona virus fatality rate are less than 5%, some estimates are much lower - Slate [1]. The Corona virus COVID-19 does not fit the Pale Horse. That could change if it mutates, but as it is now, no, it is not the Pale Horse.

WHEN???


Timing is also an issue. Authors don't seem to have a consensus on WHEN the Four Horsemen ride.



The disciples wanted to know when as well.
Matt 24: 3 As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, WHEN will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them, “See to it that no one misleads you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will mislead many. 6 You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end. 7 For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and in various places there will be famines* and earthquakes. 8 But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs**.

* Luke 21:11 adds Plagues or Pestilences
** Also translated as Sorrows or Travail, birth pangs appears to be most accurate.

Prophecy In The Headlines


Weather.com [8]
The problem in nailing down the timing is that false religion, war, famine, and plagues have been part of human history for a long time.  But all four appear to have intensified in the 20th century, and intensified again in the 21st. We ARE living in the end times. ALL of the things mentioned in Matt 24, false religion, war, famine, pestilence (Corona Virus, locusts), earthquakes, are happening now like never before.






Washington Times [12]

Be aware that prophecies have dual or even multiple fulfillments, echoes in advance if you will - United Church of God [9]. For example, Antiochus Ephiphanes was a fulfillment (in type) of the end time Anti-Christ - Prophecy Proof [10], Prophecy Forum [11]. A plague happening now could be seen as a fulfillment in type of the ride of the Pale Horse. The real thing will be much, MUCH worse. No matter how one interprets the timing of the Four Horsemen, remember "the end is not yet, these are the beginning of birth pangs". The Four Horsemen are only the first four of seven seals. In my opinion, we have crossed into the time of the beginning of birth pangs. But along with the warning, there is hope:



2 Chron 7:13  If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the LOCUSTS to devour the land, or if I send PESTILENCE among my people;
14  If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.



References

1. https://slate.com/technology/2020/03/coronavirus-mortality-rate-lower-than-we-think.html
2. https://lifehopeandtruth.com/prophecy/end-times/four-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse/
3. http://www.avoiceinthewilderness.org/prophecy/revbook/seals1-4.html
4. https://www.cbcg.org/prophecy/order-of-events-in-the-book-of-revelation.html
5. https://www.cogwriter.com/news/prophecy/covid-19-is-not-the-end-of-the-world-but-could-it-be-teotwaki
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Horsemen_of_the_Apocalypse
7. https://endtimesprophecyresearch.com/have-any-of-the-7-seals-been-broken
8. https://weather.com/news/news/2020-03-31-earthquake-boise-idaho-montana
9. https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy/dual-fulfillment-in-bible-prophecy
10. https://www.prophecyproof.org/multiple-fulfillments-in-bible-prophecy/
11. http://www.prophecyforum.com/antiochus.html
12. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/25/this-is-huge-locust-swarms-destroy-crops-in-east-a/

Monday, April 6, 2020

The Paradigm: A Pattern For America

Many stories in the Bible serve as patterns of events to come later. These aren't prophecies as we normally think of them, that is prediction -> fulfillment, but rather as types. In the story of Abraham almost sacrificing Isaac, Isaac pictures Jesus. Isaac is the type, Jesus is the antitype, the fulfillment.

Jezebel and Ahab
1 Kings 16:31 to 2 Kings 10:34 records the reign of King Ahab and his wife Jezebel over the northern kingdom of ancient Israel. The characters and events of their rise and fall are a type for characters and events occurring right now in America, impossible as that seems. Again, it is not a prophesy in terms of prediction, but a type, a pattern or paradigm of things to happen "in the latter day". It is the premise of the book The Paradigm: The Ancient Blueprint That Holds the Mystery of Our Times [1] by Jonathan Cahn. For a quick intro, see a review of his book at Conservative Firing Line [2].

This article is a summary of Cahn's book. The main characters and events are summarized in tables. This can serve as a reference to anyone who has read the book, or as an introduction to the prophetic types of ancient Israel being played out in modern America.



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A Brief History of Ahab and Jezebel's Reign


Ancient Israel
Israel began as a nation when Moses led them out of slavery in Egypt. While they were never perfect, the people of Israel started out well, but after a few centuries, began to drift away from God. This apostasy was slow at first, but in the northern kingdom of Israel, King Ahab and his wife Jezebel accelerated the move away from God towards Baal. Jezebel is seen as manipulating Ahab, especially in the practice of child sacrifice. Ahab and Jezebel got caught in a scandal killing a man named Naboth to steal his vineyard. Surprisingly, Ahab shows remorse when confronted by Elijah, so God postpones some of his punishment till after his death. Ahab has an enemy named Ben Hadad, a king to the east, who troubles Israel. Ahab manages to capture Ben Hadad, then inexplicably lets him go. Elijah tells Ahab that he should have killed Ben Hadad, but now has traded his life for Ben Hadad. Ahab dies in battle, but Jezebel maintains power as queen mother through her sons Ahaziah who only lasts two years and her son Joram who reigned for twelve years. Elijah's protoge Elisha anoints a military commander Jehu to take the throne from Ahab's son Joram. Jehu becomes king, teams up with a holy man Jehonadab, and destroys the temple of Baal and kills many of the prophets of Baal. But Jehu doesn't go far enough in reforming Israel.

A Brief History of Bill And Hillary Clinton's Reign


America began as a nation when the Founding Fathers broke away from England. While they were never perfect, the people of America started out well, but after a few centuries, began to drift away from God. This apostasy was slow at first, but Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary accelerated the move away from God towards paganism. Hillary is seen as manipulating Bill, especially in the practice of abortion. Bill and Hillary got caught in two scandals, one involving a real estate deal called Whitewater, some suggest killing a man named Vince Foster to hide evidence; and two, Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky. Surprisingly, Bill Clinton shows remorse when confronted, some of the penalties are postponed till after he is out of office. Bill Clinton has an enemy named Bin Laden, a terrorist leader to the east, who troubles America. Clinton had nine separate chances to take out Bin Laden, but inexplicably lets him go. He traded American lives for Bin Laden. Bill Clinton's term ends, but Hillary gains power as a US Senator for eight years then Secretary of state for four years. While Hillary was the heir apparent to become President in 2008, Barack Obama won the nomination and was elected. A political outsider Donald Trump took the Presidency after Obama, taking it away from Hillary. Trump teams up with a religious man Mike Pence, and reverses abortion policies of Clinton and Obama. Does Trump go far enough in reforming America?

Regardless of how one might feel about any of the current players in American politics, one has to admit the parallels with ancient Israel. Why was this paradigm recorded? Why is it playing out now?

THE KING




Let's look in more detail at the parallels between King Ahab and Bill Clinton. They both rule over nations slipping into apostasy, and instead of reversing the trend, accelerate it due to the influence of their wives. They both sanction the killing of children, both are dogged by scandals, and both have an enemy from the east.






Ahab vs Bill Clinton
Ahab Clinton Chap
Accelerates apostasy Epitomizes apostasy
4
Morally weak Morally weak
4
Adept commander Talented leader
4
Conflict between culture of heritage and new ethos Conflict between culture of heritage and new ethos
    struck down ban on using aborted tissue
    vetoed partail birth abortion
Normalized and endorsed homosexuality
    issued proclamation to honor gay pride
4,6
Pagan practices went from secret to public
Pagan morality supplants Biblical morality
State sponsored paganism - built a temple to Baal
4
Israel became materialistic, sensual, vulgar USA became materialistic, sensual, vulgar
4
Promoted child sacrifice Championed abortion
4
Reigned 22 years -1Kings 16:29 In office 22 years
    AG, Gov Arkanas 77-81, 83-93, Pres USA 93-2001
8
Nemesis: Ben Hadad. See NEMESIS chart Nemesis: Bin Laden. See NEMESIS chart
9
Scandal
    Kills Naboth and takes his vineyard
Scandal
    Affair with Monica Lewinsky
10

THE QUEEN



What about the parallels between Ahab's wife Jezebel and Bill's wife Hillary? Both of them acted as co-regents, one could argue they were the power behind the throne. They both waged war on the nations's traditional morals, that is a war on religion. Jezebel was a priestess of Baal, Hillary dabbled in the occult. Both women had their own power base after their husbands were out of power, and in each case, were the first women to do so. And just like Ahab and Bill Clinton, they were in power the same amount of time.


It may be hard to believe that there is a war on religion, on Christians, in America. That sounds like something that happens elsewhere. Christians may be beheaded "over there", but not here. Yes there is a war on Christianity being waged by the liberal left. Author David Horowitz has written about it, DARK AGENDA: The War to Destroy Christian America [3].



Jezebel vs Hillary Clinton
Jezebel Hillary Chap
Elite of cosmopolitan cultureBorn and raised in Chicago, worked on east coast
5
Proponent of child sacrificeChief advocate for abortion
    Hillarycare compelled govt funded abortion
5
Political marriage to AhabPolitical consideration in marriage to Bill
5
Contempt for Israel's faithWage war on traditional and biblical values
5
Sought to change IsraelAgent for social and cultural change of USA
5
Distrusted by manyDistrusted by many
5
Coregent Co-president
    Bill "two for the price of one"
    Office in West Wing known as Hillaryland
6
Caused Ahab to
    Build temple to Baal
    Waged war on Biblical faith and morality
    Champion religion that sacrificed children
Convinced Bill to advance abortion
2015 NYC "deep seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to change"
2016 DNC open about abortion
2016 platform sought to strike down Helm and Hyde amendments
6,19
Priestess daughter of Phoenician King Ithobaal, High priest of Astarte
    Brought 400 pagan priests from Phoenicia
    Astarte goddess of fertility, sex, war, Destruction
    Astarte aka Queen of Heaven
Invited non Christian advisors to Camp David 1994
    Jean Houston, Marianne Williamson
Jean Houston
    Pantheism, all is God
    Very high priestess
    Actively dialogue with neters, gods and goddesses
    Promotes Isis aka Queen of Heaven
HRC held seances at the White House*
    Channeled Eleanor Roosevelt
5,7
Dwelt in capital city Samaria after Ahab's death Dwelt in capital city Washington DC after Bill's term
13
First queen of Israel to exercise power after king dies First First Lady to seek office after presidential term
13
As queen mother, held sway over sons Ahaziah and Joram US Senator, then Secretary of State under Obama
    back in White House, counselor to Obama
17
In power 36 years
    22 years with Ahab
    2 years with Ahaziah
    12 years Joram
In power 36 years
    22 years with Bill
    2 years presidential campaign
    12 years Senator + Secretary of State
26

Biography Reveals Hillary Clinton Séance, Religious Devotion to Abortion [4]

THE NEMESIS



Let's examine the parallels between Ahab's archenemy Ben Hadad, and Clinton's archenemy Bin Laden. Beyond the similarity of their names, they both threatened and harassed Israel or America, both attacking capital cities, both killed in their bedrooms, betrayed wittingly or not by their couriers. And they both died 10 years after their big attack.



 

Ben Hadad vs Bin Laden
Ahab NemesisClinton NemesisChap
Ben HadadOsama Bin Laden
9
Ahab captures Ben-Hadad, lets him goClinton had 9 chances to eliminate Bin Laden
9
Semite, from the eastSemite, from the east
9
Threats against ancient IsraelThreats against America
9
Became active when Ahab became kingBecame active Dec 1992
9
Ben = "son" + 5 letter nameBin = "son" + 5 letter name
9
Hadad = thunderMeaning of name unknown
Attacked capital city SamariaAttacked capital city Washington DC
12
Assassinated by Hazael, his courierCIA locates him by tracking his courier
18
Killed in his bedroomKilled in his bedroom
18
Killed 10 years after AhabKilled 10 tears after 9/11
18

THE HEIR


The heirs refer to the successors to Ahab and Bill Clinton, the one who would continue the apostasy. Ahab's heir was his second son Joram. Clinton's heir was President Barack Obama. Here we see the similarities between the two. It's interesting that Ahab's successor skipped an intermediate king, Ahaziah. Clinton's successor skipped an intermediate President George Bush. Once in power, Joram and Obama followed the aspostasy of the paradigm, more war on religion, more child sacrifice and abortion. Curiously, they both reigned 12 years.



Joram vs Obama
Joram Barack Obama Chap
Heir is third king
    Ahab -> Ahaziah -> Joram
Heir is third president
    Clinton -> Bush -> Obama
15
outward display of piety
    removed Baal's pillar
outward display of piety
    campaigned against gay marriage (later reversed)
15
continued apostasy of Ahab and Jezebel continued apostasy of Clintons
    champions redefining marriage
15
Baal worship continues
    child sacrifice continues
As Illinois senator, Obama fought bill against infanticide
15
War on religion
    makes Elisha focus of his anger
    wants to execute Elisha
War on religion
    calls people of faith problems, obstacles, enemies
religious liberty is a code word for discrimination, intolerance,
     sexism, homophobia, Islamophobia, Christian supremacy
16
reigned 12 years 12 years on national stage
    2004 DNC Convention speech
    2016 DNC Convention speech to the day
12 years in power
    2005 US Senator
    2009 - 2017 President
24

THE WARRIOR



The paradigm does not stop with Ahab's successor. Another figure named Jehu came on the scene suddenly, killed Joram and became king in his stead. Likewise Donald Trump, though well known in America, entered politics as an outsider, and in a wild and crazy campaign became president. Both Jehu and Trump contend with the Heir (Joram and Obama) and the Queen (Jezebel and Hillary). Both stop the slide into apostasy and the child sacrfice. Other parallels listed below.





Jehu vs Donald Trump
JehuDonald TrumpChap
Elisha anoints Jehu at Ramoth-Gilead during Joram's reignMost prayed over and prophesied over candidate in history
21
Takes vengeance on Ahab
    cut off his descendants
    1K 19:16-17, 2K 9:1, 2K 10:11
20
Contend with former queen and her agenda - 2K 9:22Contend with HRC for Presidency
20
Outsider
    Military commander
Outsider
    Trump went to NY Military Academy
20
Character
    Confrontational, combative, contentious
    Boastful, self-promoting, not godly
    Zeal for God, follow godly counsel
    Man of action, decisiveness, and resolve
Character
    Confrontational, combative, contentious
    Boastful, self-promoting, not godly
    Zeal for God, follow godly counsel
    Man of action, decisiveness, and resolve
20
Appears when apostasy on the verge of being sealedAppears when apostasy on the verge of being sealed
20
Rise of the Warrior
    Attacks the Heir - Joram
    Race to the throne appears crazy - 2K 9:20
    Kills Joram, body thrown in Naboth's vineyard - 2K 9:24
    Kills Jezebel - 2K 9:33
Rise of the Warrior
    Attacks the Heir - Obama
    Race to the Presidency appears crazy
    Confronts HRC about abortion during debates
    Defeats HRC for President 2016
20,21,23
Jehu knew Ahab - 2K 9:24Trump was a friend of Clintons
22
Before rise to power, Jehu served AhabBefore rise to power, DT pro-abortion
22
Capital city Samaria hostile to JehuTrump inauguration had crowds of supporter and protestors
    Witches curse Trump every crescent moon*
27
Ahab built temple and altar for Baal
    Jehu tore them down, made it a refuse dump
Bill enacted government support and funding of abortion
    Trump reversed it
28
Apostasy slowed but not reversed
    Jehu not careful to keep the whole law of God
    Did not turn from sins of Jeroboam
Apostasy slowed but not reversed
    Reform is partial and selective
    Nationalism competes with reform
29

*BBC News [5]

THE HOLY MAN






And each Warrior had a religious man by his side, Jehu had Jehonadab, who as a descendant of Rechab, lived by a strict code of behavior, as does Mike Pence. Jehonadab and Pence brought credibility to Jehu and Trump respectively.







Jehonadab vs Mike Pence
JehonadabMike PenceChap
Meets Jehu on the way to depose AhabJoined Trump after nomination
25
Jehonadab interested in Jehu's desire to purge the nation of heathenismReligious leaders will have concerns about the ways of Trump
25
A Rechabite, a religiously conservative groupStrict code of behavior
25
Jehu assures Jehonadab
"See my zeal for the Lord" - 2K 10:19
DT assures Christian leaders, "I'm on your side"
25
Jehu needed Jehonadab to look credibleReligious conservative support crucial to Trump's campaign
25

THE PROPHESIES


One character from the Paradigm is missing, that is, has no modern day counterpart, that is the role of Elijah (and Elisha). And by this, I mean prophesies as we normally understand the word, prediction then fulfillment. As far as I know, no one prophesied to Bill Clinton about the consequences of not taking out Bin Laden, or warning him about the rush into paganism. It does seem that people prophesied over Trump, but I have no specifics. Was there a modern day prophet speaking to all the players like in ancient Israel? Nonetheless, we have some of Elijah and Elisha's words.




Elijah's Prophesies
Ahab Clinton Chapter
Dogs will lick Ahab's blood 1K 21:21, 2K 9:24
11
Cut off his posterity 1K 21:21, 2K 10:1-11
11
Dogs will lick Jezebel's blood 1K 21:23, 2K 9:33-35
23
Judgments to come after Ahab's death
Bring the evil upon his house in his son's days 1K 21:29
Repercussions AFTER reign ended because Bill:
    Overturned Glass Steagall 
    Deregulated derevatives
    Directed Fannie Mae to sub prime mortgages
11
Exposure of personal sin
    Naboth killed for his vineyard
Exposure of personal sin
    Affair with Monica Lewinsky
    Dec 1998 Impeached, perjury, obstruction of  justice
11
Sorrow and repentance
    Tore his clothes when confronted
    Sackcloth and fasting
Sorrow and repentance
    9/11/1998 9AM Admited at prayer breakfast
    9/11/2001 9AM Twin tower attack
    Admitted his false witness
    Surrendered his law license
12,13
Exposed in 19th year
    Died 3 years later - 1K 22:1-2
1/20/1998 - Exposed in 19th year
1/20/2001 - End of second term
11,12
Tied to tribe of Levi
    Ahab died in battle of Ramoth-Gilead, a Levite city
Tied to tribe of Levi
    Levi -> Levin -> Levinsky -> Lewinsky
11

Why Is This Paradigm Playing Out In Modern America?


Again, regardless of how one might feel about any of the current players in American politics, one has to admit the parallels with ancient Israel. One point of this article is to demonstrate that it is just beyond coincidence that the Paradigm of Ahab's reign is mirrored in modern America. One can argue that some of the parallels don't fit all that well. One could also argue that many events in Ahab and Jezebel's life have no parallel today. But there are too many uncanny fulfillments of the the ancient type. It is not coincidence. Why was this Paradigm recorded? Why is it playing out now?

The simple answer to why it was recorded is because Ahab was a king in Israel. The reigns and deeds of all the kings are recorded. But his reign carries profound significance for America today. Israel was at a crossroads, where the slide into apostasy was becoming irreversible, they were turning away from God. And God would no longer protect and bless a nation that went after other gods. He sent them a warning, and also sent them someone to stop the slide into godlessness. Eventually Israel was conquered and sent into exile. Likewise, God has sent warnings to America to turn back from godlessness lest He remove His blessings and protections, and lest we too are conquered. Did we learn from Sept 11? Are we learning from COVID 19? "Nearly half of the country believes that the sweeping and deadly coronavirus is a wake-up call from God" - Washington Examiner [6]. Today is a good day to repent.

I am in awe of Jonathan Cahn's amazing ability to tie prophesies and types to the modern world. I wrote a previous article based on his writings, see Sycamore of Ground Zero [7]. One question he raises in the Paradigm without answering is why America parallels ancient Israel. I think it is because America is descended from Israel. I know that is controversial, Cahn doesn't believe it himself, but the theory has been out there for about 200 years. It has been well documented by Steve Collins - Lost Ten Tribes Found [8], Yair Davidiy The Tribes: The Israelite Origins of Western People [9], and others The United States and Britain in Bible Prophecy [10]. America parallels Israel because we ARE Israel, not the tiny country of Israel in the Middle East, but the actual descendants of ancient Israel. And of course, I am in awe of God Who foresaw this 3000 years ago and recorded it for our caution now.

I see no predictive value in the Paradigm. As I peek ahead in the Bible, Jehu reigns for 28 years. Presidents can serve a maximum of two terms. Furthermore, Trump is already 73 years old. The northern kingdom of Israel continued more than 100 years after Jehu - Wiki(Kings_of_Israel) [11], then Assyria conquered and exiled northern Israel. Many people, including me, believe we are already in the end time, meaning we don't have 100 years. The value of the Paradigm is not in guessing dates, but realizing that America is at the same fork in the road as Israel, the choice is to turn back to God or slide further into apostasy, which won't end well.

As Elijah said to Israel then (1K 18:21)

How long will you hesitate between two opinions? 
If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him.



References
1. https://www.amazon.com/dp/1629994766
2. https://conservativefiringline.com/review-the-paradigm-by-jonathan-cahn/
3. https://www.amazon.com/dp/163006114X
4. https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/biography-reveals-hillary-clinton-seance-religious-devotion-to-abortion
5. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39090334
6. https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/poll-29-see-biblical-last-days-44-say-virus-is-gods-wake-up-call
7. http://jlfreeman-1.blogspot.com/2014/06/sycamore-of-ground-zero.html
8. https://stevenmcollins.com/
9. https://www.amazon.com/Tribes-Israelite-Origins-Western-People/dp/965902553X
10. https://www.ucg.org/bible-study-tools/booklets/the-united-states-and-britain-in-bible-prophecy
11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kings_of_Israel_and_Judah