Daily Archives: October 5, 2013

Pondering Prophecy: The Firm Covenant

“For one week he shall make a firm covenant with the many;

Half the week he shall abolish sacrifice and offering;

In their place shall be the desolating abomination

until the ruin that is decreed is poured out upon the desolator.”

Daniel 9:27

All the analyses I’ve looked at interpret this to mean that Israel will make a 7-year peace treaty with her neighbors, but I don’t see that in the text.

“One week” is a common Bible prophecy term for seven years, so I have no problem with that. However, a “firm covenant” is not specifically a “peace treaty.”

FIRM: Solidly in place and stable; having steady but not excessive power or strength.

Synonyms: Stable, steady, steadfast, resolved, wholehearted, secure, resolute, unwavering, committed.

COVENANT: Agreement; legal contract.

Synonyms: Commitment, contract, guarantee, pledge, promise, pact, deal, arrangement, agreement, undertaking, understanding.

Also, I don’t see the text saying Israel will make a treaty with her neighbors. If you look at the structure of the passage, “he” refers to “the desolator”, not to Israel. Therefore, the agreement will not be made by Israel, but by the Anti-Christ.

As for “the many”, there’s no indication in the surrounding text who that refers to, but it could refer to “the great harlot who lives near the many waters” (Revelation 17:1). The angel tells John, “The waters that you saw where the harlot lives represent large numbers of peoples, nations, and tongues” (Revelation 17:15).

I’m thinking it’s possible, even likely, that “the many” is the United Nations in New York City. Not only is this a place of many waters where large numbers of peoples, nations, and tongues reside, but also it is a place where nations routinely gather to make “firm covenants” with each other.

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For the Record:

The Catholic Bible (New American Bible Revised Edition) footnotes this passage entirely as a prophecy that was fulfilled in 70 AD.

* [9:27] One week: the final phase of the period in view, the time of Antiochus’ persecution. He: Antiochus himself. The many: the faithless Jews who allied themselves with the Seleucids; cf. 1 Mc 1:11–13. Half the week: three and a half years; the Temple was desecrated by Antiochus from 167 to 164 B.C. The desolating abomination: see note on 8:13; probably a pagan altar. Jesus refers to this passage in his prediction of the destruction of Jerusalem in Mt 24:15.

I believe the Mt 24:15 reference has been misinterpreted. The surrounding text in Matthew 24 makes it very clear that Jesus was talking about the Great Tribulation at the end of all time, not the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD.

Look at the line right before it:

Matt 24:14 – “This gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the world as a witness to all nations, and then the end will come.”

The gospel had not been preached to all nations in 70 AD. It has been now.

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Barricade Barry attempts to close the Iwo Jima Memorial to veterans

From a blog posting by Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard:

Another open-air memorial in the Washington area is closed and barricaded off: the Iwo Jima Memorial, just across the bridge from D.C. in Rosslyn, Virginia. A source sends along this picture of the barricade set-up at the memorial, which is also called the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial:

“I took the picture yesterday afternoon. Those barricades had been there at least a day. People can still walk into the Memorial area, but for many elderly and disabled vets, it is important they be driven and park right next to the statue,” the person who took this picture emails. […]

“This picture is from North Marshall Drive (100 yards up the hill from the 110) facing the only road in and out of the Memorial for cars. There are parking spots for cars and buses right next the Memorial that can only be accessed via this road.” […]

The stop is a popular destination for veterans and tourists alike, and, in my observation, is usually completely unmanned and unguarded. But, for some reason, it’s closed to the public during this federal government shutdown.

An Honor Flight of World War II veterans from Syracuse was being taken on a tour of Washington DC, and they paid as much heed to the barricades at the Iwo Jima memorial as an earlier group of veterans had paid to the barricades at the WWII memorial. Here’s a photograph of the group:

These guys stormed the beaches of Normandy, and Barricade Barry thinks he can scare them off with a flimsy portable barrier and some yellow tape?

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The Unaffordable Care Act

Because the Obamacare exchanges are now closed for repairs, a lot of folks are finding it difficult to determine just how much more they’re going to have to pay for health insurance under the new law. To help answer this question, here’s a handy map based on data from the Society of Actuaries that will give you an idea of how much more you’ll be coughing up for coverage under the ludicrously misnamed “Affordable Care Act” (unless you happen to live in New York, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, or New Jersey):

You’ll no doubt be happy to hear that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi considers it “very fair” to jail miscreants who fail, for whatever reason, to do their patriotic duty and sign up for Obamacare.

Oh, and that one guy who managed to navigate the online exchange and get him some of that wonderful low-cost health insurance? He didn’t.

And what about those nice people the government has hired to help us poor hapless schlubs jump through all the hoops necessary to sign up for Obamacare? You can read about some of them here… but be forewarned, it isn’t pretty.

(crossposted at bluebird of bitterness)

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CNBC has Breaking News!

I am not making this up.

2013_10 04 Breaking News Obama goes for walk

2013_10 04 Biden in shades

Source:
http://twitchy.com/2013/10/04/breaking-obama-took-a-walk-and-cnbc-was-totally-on-it-pic/

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Disgusting!

Park Service Ranger - disgusting

We saw earlier this week how our narcissistic, petty-pants, banana dictator of a president spent more money trying to prevent WWII vets from visiting their own open-air memorial than ever gets spent babysitting the area when the government is not shut down.

Now we hear via Breitbart that the vile little toad has sent National Park Service (NPS) personnel out across the country to shut down HUNDREDS of parks and historic sites that the federal government DOES NOT FUND!

The famous Ford’s Theater — site of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination — is run by a private non-profit group.

Obama had it forcibly shut down.

The Claude Moore Colonial Farm (CMCF) in Virginia receives ZERO funding from the government.

Obama ordered the NPS to barge in to the Farm, without prior notification, and remove all staff and volunteers, then barricade the public access points, right before a scheduled event.

In Arizona, 100 campgrounds are managed by Recreation Resource Management and fully funded by visitor fees.

Obama had all of them forcibly shuttered and all campers kicked out.

George Washington’s home — Mount Vernon — is run by the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, a group that takes no federal or state money to operate.

God bless those Southern Belles! They told the NPS stormtroopers to skedaddle. Mount Vernon was staying open.

Newt Gingrich tweeted that Obama wasn’t going to take THAT lying down. No sirreeeeee. He had his Spite Squad barricade the bus turn-around. I mean … those damn Mount Vernon ladies are probably Tea Party Terrorists … or something.

2013_10 02 Tour bus turn around closed

Source:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/10/03/Obama-Forcing-Shut-Down-of-Parks-the-Feds-Don-t-Even-Fund

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