This week in the news: Trump’s prophetic report card. How is he doing at being the end time King Cyrus? How is he doing as President of the United States?
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But first, we’ll take a look at some Biblical principles and patterns to equip you to understand what is going on a little better.
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I’m trying to teach you to see the principles and the patterns of scripture so you can become your own expert and begin to see, on your own, what is happening. This is the role of the teacher. In the West, a teacher is someone who feeds information to people. But the Hebraic way is for a teacher to teach students, or disciples, how to arrive at the understanding themselves. Then, when the students have learned how the teacher thinks and what the teacher knows, the students are released by the teacher to go into the world to teach others how to study the scriptures. We see this in the work of Yeshua who taught His disciples and then instructed them to take His method, His knowledge and understanding into the world after Him. But, in fact, that was the way of Hebraic Rabbis of that time and still is to this day.
So, it is important for you to learn the principles and patterns in scripture which is why I do what I call “teaching news”. In other words, I am not just feeding you information and expecting you to believe what I say. I am teaching you the principles and patterns so that you can be a Berean – number one – and learn to use the principles and patterns for yourself – number two.
So, let’s review a couple of principles and patterns from my previous broadcasts so that you can see how they apply.
Here is an important method to finding the application of the headlines in scripture. Simply remember the places in scripture where former Kings and people have done exactly what is going on today. Remember, Ecc 1:9 Whatever has happened, will happen again; whatever has been done, will be done again. There is nothing new on earth. This is one way we know that the prophecies of old will have both far and near fulfillments. By the time we get to the end of the age, we will see elements of all the prophecies within current events.
One application I want you to see from these principles is how President Donald Trump is fulfilling the role of the Persian Kings and in him we will see elements of several of those Kings that affected Israel in the captivity in Persia. King Cyrus ruled from Babylon. End times Cyrus will also rule from Babylon. It’s a pattern.
As I pointed out in an earlier broadcast, Trump also is like Ahasuerus from the time of Esther. This may be important prophetically because it may point to a fulfillment of prophecy at Purim.
Another point to consider is that, even though the Jews were allowed to return to Jerusalem by King Cyrus, they were still not allowed to be a sovereign nation. We see this today in that the current political State of Israel is in the same status as it was in King Cyrus’s time. Israel is beholden to the United Nations, and more specifically, the United States which is end times Babylon. Thus, King Cyrus became a type and shadow of another “King” who would rule over Israel from Babylon, the end times Babylon.
As you know, I believe that in the end of days, the U.S. President (whether the current one or a future one) will be from Gog, the Israelite whose name we find in 1 Chronicles 5:4. In fact, I believe that it was necessary for the end times “King of Babylon” to be related to ancient Gog in order for him to have the same interest in and power over Israel that King Cyrus wielded.
The end times King of the North will be Persian given the pattern shown in Daniel 11. The first King of the North was Persian. The next two were Greek. So, reasoning this out and looking for a pattern, we can expect the next King of the North to be Persian since the Greek empire is not sovereign and not a military empire or an empire on the rise. The pattern makes a kind of sandwich – Persian, Greek, Greek, Persian.
However – and here’s the caveat – we would expect to see elements of the ancient Greek empire to show up in end times Babylon? Why? Because end times Babylon is ruled by the same principle as the last Beast government which is still on the rise. That last Beast government will have all of the elements of the seven empires before it. And so will end times Babylon.
These two empires – end times Babylon (ruled by a Hebrew descendant of Gog) – will go to war with the end times descendants of Esau.
Now, let’s talk about Purim and Hanukkah, both of which are prophetic for the end of days. The Christian focus on Christmas and Easter prevents most from having proper understanding of prophetic events. The prophets of old prophesied about Hanukkah and Purim before they happened. Christmas and Easter have no prophetic value at all.
Many of the prophecies about Purim and Hanukkah were already fulfilled. Jeremiah 25:1-14 is a prime example of a prophecy that already happened – the House of Judah’s captivity into Babylon.
Daniel chapter 11 prophesies about four Kings of the North. History records for us the three of those prophecies have been fulfilled. And there is one more to come which is happening right now before our eyes as the ancient Persian empire begin its reformation.
Daniel prophesied about Antiochus Epiphanes in chapter 11:29-39 that resulted in the season of Hanukkah that we now celebrate.
YHVH never told any prophet what year His punishments would happen. He only told them the punishments would happen. Also notice that YHVH doesn’t provide all the details. For instance, Jeremiah’s prophecy about the Babylonian captivity did not include the account of Esther. Daniel’s prophecy about the invasion of Jerusalem by Antiochus does not include any detail about the Maccabees. Our Father expects us to be familiar enough with the general outline of the characters, situations, conditions and events to recognize their far fulfillment when these happen in our time.
This is where Beast Watch News hopes to be different than other prophecy sites and news analysts. I don’t have a political horse in this race when it comes to the United States or her President. I don’t have a favorite. My view is specifically prophecy oriented. All I have is an interest in how prophecy is being fulfilled so we can see Yeshua’s Kingdom coming. The prophecies are there to tell us what to do and where to go when the time comes. That alone is my agenda – to help you know what to do and where to go when the time comes. That is why I keep teaching you the principles and the patterns.
The down side of this position for me is my news reporting can be quite unpopular when I report negatively on someone’s favorite horse. It is necessary for us to stop being patriots of any earthly Kingdom to become citizens of the Commonwealth of Israel, the sovereign, Messianic Kingdom of Yeshua. We must view the news from the perspective of how the news is working to bring Yeshua back to the earth, not for how it is affecting our opinion of our favorite politician or our patriotism for whatever country we live in.
Let’s now look at President Donald Trump’s foreign and domestic policies for clues about where he is taking the world. Trump’s foreign policies are getting the U.S. in hot water in the Middle East, Asia and Russia. I’ll discuss the reasons for this in awhile, but first let’s look at Trump’s domestic policy to see how it is working.
The President has proven himself to be as astute at running the business of the U.S. government as he is at running the Trump empire. According to an article in the Washington Post, his success comes from a mixture of assets – “braggadocio, business failures, and real success”.
Trump has dabbled in everything from real estate to steak, casinos and beauty queens, and he serves as an executive for more than 500 companies. Yet on top of his real business success, he has built an architecture of self-aggrandizement. “I play to people’s fantasies,” Trump wrote in his 1987 book “The Art of the Deal.” “I call it truthful hyperbole. It’s an innocent form of exaggeration — and a very effective form of promotion.”
It is likely past time to lay the state of the U.S. economy squarely in Trumps lap. And guess what… He gets a big thumb’s up!
From Breitbart we learn seven surprising facts about the new Trump economy that isn’t widely reported in the MSM (mainstream media).
1-The Latino unemployment rate is the lowest it has ever been in the history of government tracking. It is now just 4.7%.
2-Black unemployment is at an 18-year low – 7.3%. This is the lowest it has been since 2000.
3-The overall American unemployment rate is now at 4%, also the lowest in 18 years, or since the year 2000.
4-The third quarter of 2017 showed a growth rate of 3.3% with fourth quarter projections over 4%. This is despite the two recent devastating hurricanes.
5-For the first time in more than a decade, a majority of Americans see our economy as “good or excellent.” A near record of 41 percent believe 2018 will see an even better economy and their home values rise; 42 percent believe their wages will increase.
6-Consumer confidence is directly related to Wallstreet. The stock market is booming and continues to reach record highs. In fact, AT&T plans to increase U.S. capital spending $1 billion and provide $1,000 special bonuses to more than 200,000 U.S. employees.
7-Manufacturing is booming. In the final year of the Obama presidency, America lost a net of 16,000 manufacturing jobs. So far in 2017, a full 171,000 manufacturing jobs have been created. Moreover, the manufacturing unemployment rate is just 2.6 percent, the lowest ever recorded.
Massive tax cuts should make for a very bright 2018 and relieve fears of the stock market gains becoming a bubble.
The other good news about the tax cuts is they may also finally kill off the onerous Obamacare mandate, a massive tax increase that brutalizes those making less than $50,000 a year. Other goodies include incentives for corporations to repatriate trillions stashed overseas to avoid America’s unnecessarily high tax rates.
Moreover, finally, after decades of being blocked for no good reason, this tax bill ends the dumb ban on oil drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which will create any number of solid manufacturing jobs in an area in desperate of them.
Hopefully, everything mentioned above will turn into the kind of job growth this country should have seen after coming out of 2008’s Great Recession (had Obama’s affection for socialism, wealth distribution, and central government control not smothered it).
And a jobs boom could not come at a better time for the American worker. With unemployment at just 4.1 percent, something close to full employment, wage increases will surely follow.
The question now is will the media tell Americans the truth about Trump’s economic success? From the Washington Post:
As real data and anecdotal accounts of a growing economy begin to pile up, it will be interesting to see whether the media gives President Trump even partial credit for the building momentum. And it isn’t just a question of whether the media will treat Trump fairly, but also a question of whether giving credit where credit is due will have a positive effect on his approval ratings and lift the Republican Party’s prospects for the November 2018 midterm elections. It is important that Trump and Republicans be associated with the robust economy.
Throughout President Barack Obama’s reign, the media rarely if ever blamed him for subjecting the American people to years of historically weak economic performance. There was little criticism of his high-tax, job-killing policies, and practically no one dared to question the thousands of burdensome regulations produced by Obama’s imperial presidency.
Indeed, Obama was the only president who never had a single full year with 3 percent GDP growth in the post-war period despite adding more than $9 trillion in debt. Yet there was never much analysis by Democrats and their allies in the liberal media of the damage wrought by the hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity that didn’t happen. Fast-forward to 2017, however, and there is no shortage of stories suggesting that people will die as a result of the Trump tax cuts.
The critical part of that last paragraph has to do with the liberal media not reporting on Obama’s damage to the U.S. economy while he was in office, yet the liberals refuse to give Trump credit where it’s due.
Perception is reality, so “they” say. In the case of President Trump’s economic successes and Obama’s failures, though, the perception is guided by opinion, not reality.
The liberal media’s bias has gotten so stupid that the press has suddenly become fixated with the nearly $1.5 trillion that Republican tax cuts might add to the nation’s debt. In other words, they are sounding the alarm that Republican tax cuts could add to the debt in 10 years what Obama added, on average, every 16 months of his presidency.
To answer the question whether the press will tell Americans the truth about Trump’s economic success, the answer is likely ‘no’. But that is no surprise, nor is it unusual. The media has been the patsy of the ruling elite since before the printing press. However, the press won’t have a way to avoid delivering good news about Trump’s domestic economic policies now that his tax package has been passed in Congress.
Well, that’s not quite right, either. The liberal press will still trumpet (pun intended) their negative view that helping the economy through tax cuts will harm the economy in the long run. The problem the liberal press will have is that there are hundreds of millions of people in America who heard that when Reagan did the same thing. We all reaped the benefits of the Reagan economy, didn’t we? Even those who continued to oppose Reagan reaped the benefits of his positive economy.
President Trump also has another accomplishment that no other Republican president since Ronald Reagan could do. He opened up drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Reagan was the first to attempt Arctic drilling, but he failed to get it passed. President George W. Bush also tried, but failed.
President Trump has domestic successes behind him now. To some, these would seem to say that my view of him as an end times “King of Babylon” who leads the world to war is just me being negative. But let’s look at what the scripture says about end times Babylon.
Before we proceed, let’s take a look at the first Babylon under Nimrod. That first Babylon under Nimrod was in the land of Shinar and it was prosperous. Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylon also was prosperous. But ‘Shinar’ means ‘divided state of mind’.
America today is a land divided. Yeshua said a house divided cannot stand. The divisions between conservatives and liberals will destroy America from within. So this destruction is not going to come just from whatever President happens to be in office when it happens. This division in American politics is one factor – a big contributing factor – in America’s destruction. Before America is destroyed as prophesied in Revelation, she will be prosperous. So prosperous that the nations all bewail her destruction.
ISV – Revelation 18:11 The world’s businesses cry and mourn over her, because no one buys their cargo anymore—
Revelation 18:12 cargo of gold, silver, gems, pearls, fine linen, purple cloth, silk, scarlet cloth, all kinds of scented wood, all articles made of ivory, all articles made of very costly wood, bronze, iron, marble,
Revelation 18:13 cinnamon, spice, incense, myrrh, frankincense, wine, olive oil, flour, wheat, cattle, sheep, horses, chariots, and slaves (that is, human souls)—
Revelation 18:14 “The fruit that you crafted has abandoned you. All your dainties and your splendor are lost, and no one will ever find them again.”
President Trump’s victory at home is setting the stage for the destruction of the United States. For those who are in love with Trump, let me remind you to put your affections on Yeshua and not on His anointed, the one who is appointed to bring about the end of the age. YHVH uses both the positive and the negative for His purposes. Remember, our Father has only one final purpose in mind which is to rid the earth of His enemies and rule over all the earth from Jerusalem.
Now, let’s talk about President Trump’s latest braggadocio which has to do with his foreign policy. This week, he used his new success with the tax cuts and the economy booming to threaten the United Nations. He threatened to cut aid to UN member states who vote against the U.S. at the upcoming UN General Assembly on the issue of Washington’s Jerusalem move and then bragged that the U.S. will save “billions” in the process.
Earlier I said that we can expect Trump to fulfill other Persian King prophecies regarding Jerusalem. During the time of Darius, a revolt of non-Jews living in Persia occurred.
Ezra 5:1 At that time, the prophets Haggai and Iddo’s son Zechariah prophesied specifically to the Jews in Judah and Jerusalem in the name of the God of Israel.
Ezra 5:2 So Shealtiel’s son Zerubbabel and Jozadak’s son Jeshua restarted construction of the Temple of God in Jerusalem. And the prophets of God were there supporting them.
Ezra 5:3 Right about then, Trans-Euphrates Governor Tattenai, Shethar-bozenai, and their colleagues approached and challenged them. They asked, “Who authorized you to build this Temple and to reconstruct this wall?”
Ezra 5:4 In answer, we responded with a list of the names of the men who were building the structure.
Ezra 5:5 But God watched over the Jewish leaders, who could not be forced to stop working until Darius received a report and responded in reply.
Right now, there are in Jerusalem, Rabbis – i.e. prophets – who say that President Trump is fulfilling the end time role of King Cyrus. They are prophesying specifically to the Jews just as Haggai and Zechariah did. Governor Tatnai of Trans-Euphrates is a type and shadow of those who come against Jerusalem and the rebuilding of the Temple, in the end of days.
Also, Temple Institute is ready with everything needed to start building the Temple again. Just like in the Book of Ezra when the reconstruction was started and then stopped, it will be re-started. The rebuilding of the Temple has had starts and stops in modern times just like in the days of old in the Book of Ezra.
From verse 3, Tatnai was a governor of Persia. Today, the remnant of ancient Persia is Iran. Currently, Iran is reforming part of its vast territory through alliances with Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. Persia’s people in the far north, who migrated out of Persia, are the Russians. They are the super power backing the fast-rising end time King of the North, Iran.
Darius complied with the Persian Governor’s request and went back in the records to see if the Jews had been given permission to build the Temple. Ezra chapter 6 recounts how Darius defied Tatnai to allow the Jews to continue their work. We may see something similar come out of this confrontation between Trump and the UN.
Some nations have already called Trump’s bluff.
Boliva’s UN ambassador, Sacha Llorenty, has already advised Haley that the first name she should write down in her black book is Bolivia. For many countries, especially in the Middle East and Latin America, it will be a badge of honour to defy the bullying of a super power. Countries normally close to the US, such as Egypt, Canada and France, are having to take a discreet step away. They have their own courts of public opinion.
Yet this could turn into an expensive symbolic clash for the UN as a whole. In 2016, the US remained the largest donor to the United Nations, contributing more than $10bn – roughly one-fifth of its collective budget. Of this, $6bn was voluntary and $4bn assessed. The US gives $2.4bn to UN peacekeeping operations alone.
In addition, according to figures from the US government’s aid agency USAid, in 2016 the US provided $13bn in economic and military assistance to countries in sub-Saharan Africa and $1.6bn to states in east Asia and Oceania.
It provided $13bn to countries in the Middle East and north Africa, $6.7bn to countries in south and central Asia, $1.5bn to states in Europe and Eurasia and $2.2bn to western hemisphere countries, according to USAid.
The danger is that Trump’s row could spiral out of control, causing long-term damage to the UN and to the reform programme of the secretary general, António Guterres. The US has already pulled out of Unesco, and this week the UN high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, announced he was not seeking a second term, saying he would not bend the knee to the US.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/un-begins-debate-on-jerusalem-resolution/2017/12/21/37cf9bf8-e65d-11e7-833f-155031558ff4_story.html?utm_term=.de133053333f The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday did overwhelmingly pass the measure rejecting the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Despite blunt warnings of U.S. funding cuts, 128 countries voted in favor of the nonbinding resolution and only nine voted against it. Another 35 countries abstained.
“The United States will remember this day in which it was singled out in this assembly for the very act of exercising our right as a sovereign nation,” said Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N. “We will remember it when, once again, we are called up to make the world’s largest contribution to the U.N., and we will remember it when many countries come calling on us to pay even more and to use our influence for their benefit.”
Haley had said the U.S. Embassy would be moved to Jerusalem regardless of the vote.
Although the measure is nonbinding, it carries political resonance, particularly in the Middle East where the U.S. decision has sparked protests and been condemned by Arab governments. Underscoring the U.S. isolation on the issue, even many allies have publicly appealed to the administration to reverse its position and leave Jerusalem’s status undecided until Israelis and Palestinians negotiate terms.
The list of countries whose representatives came to the podium included many adversaries that have squared off with the Trump Administration, including Venezuela, Syria and North Korea. They all portrayed Trump’s Dec. 6 decision to recognize Jerusalem and move the embassy as a boon for extremists and an obstacle to peace.
Despite how this vote turned out, do you see the similarities between Donald Trump’s actions and those of Darius? In another broadcast, I pointed out how Trump is not only similar to Cyrus, but also to Ahasuerus. And here we see a similarity to King Darius, too, in that President Donald Trump heralds the Jews’ right to Jerusalem in the same way King Darius did. I will perhaps do an analysis on this UN vote next week.
Again, let me point out that the ancient Persian Kings reigned from Babylon until Alexander the Great conquered Persia.
Trump’s business success is not translating well to good foreign policy even though it seems to be working for domestic policy. This fits with the Great Tribulation period as provided in the prophets, especially, Daniel, Jeremiah and Revelation.
Let me share with you a fatal mistake that Donald Trump is making. It has to do with a former President that many compare him to, Ronald Reagan. Reagan and Trump both embraced the Eisenhower doctrine of “peace through strength.” And, like Eisenhower, both built up the military. This week, Trump stated, “Any nation that trades away its prosperity for security will end up losing both,” Trump said.
One former senior official in the George W. Bush administration observed that Trump was far less sanguine than his predecessor on the question of alliances with other nations.
“President Trump obviously sees a Hobbesian world with enormous challenges to the United States, and the Strategy sees countries like China, Iran, and Russia as rivals and opponents, not partners,” Elliott Abrams — who served as deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser in the George W. Bush administration — told The Algemeiner on Monday.
“Accordingly, it calls for an increase in American military strength,” Abrams said. “That is a welcome change from the Obama approach to world affairs.”
Trump further said that Israel is not the cause of the problems in the Middle East, Iran is. A statement like this falls in line with what I have been reporting in previous months that President Trump is pushing for war with Iran because he sees Iran as the problem. The problem is that he doesn’t see how that move will affect the United States.
His new national security strategy identifies Russia and China as threats to US prosperity, saying that both countries are “developing advanced weapons and capabilities that could threaten our critical infrastructure and our command and control architecture.”
Nevertheless, in his speech, Trump presented the US and Russia as allies in the war against Islamist terror groups. The president warmly mentioned a phone call he received from Russian leader Vladimir Putin thanking the US for supplying intelligence that thwarted a major terrorist outrage in the city of St. Petersburg.
“That’s a great thing,” Trump stressed. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work.”
Thus, even though Trump believes Russia may be an enemy of the United States, he is also hoping Russia will turn out to be a friend.
Here is where Trump is missing a piece of the puzzle. Russia will always stick with Iran over other nations because they are the same people – they are all ancient Persians. As long as it suits Russia to keep the U.S. thinking they are allies, they will continue to make it seem so. General Patton was right when he said the Russians are America’s greatest enemy. This is a fact that Eisenhower missed, too. Those who follow Eisenhower’s doctrine, as Trump does, misses it, as well.
Patton is quoted as saying the following, when speaking about the Allied forces liberating Europe:
I’ll say this; the Third Army alone with very little help and with damned few casualties, could lick what is left of the Russians in six weeks. You mark my words. Don’t ever forget them… Someday we will have to fight them and it will take six years and cost us six million lives.
President Trump may not be the final U.S. President to fulfill Bible prophecy, but he is certainly being used by YHVH to line up the prophecies for Yeshua’s return.
Now let’s turn our attention to Iran’s war preparations south of Saudi Arabia.
What is the objective behind the recent surge of ballistic missile attacks staged by Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi militias against Saudi Arabia?
With the Saudi-led coalition retaking 85% of the country from the Houthis, Tehran understands fully its Yemen campaign is coming to a dismal end.
Will Iran’s losses in Yemen force it to move ahead with an Israel invasion? It could if Iran is counting on the Houthis to be strong enough to sandwich Saudi Arabia between Iran and Yemen. Iran is north of Saudi Arabia and Yemen sits across most of Saudi Arabia’s southern border.
The Houthis have been lobbing missiles into Saudi Arabia for months, but the lobbing picked up steam in the beginning of November. Again this week, more missiles were fired into Saudi Arabia.
Foreign Policy dot com published an article about the war that everyone is expecting between Iran and Saudi Arabia. The article is based on the idea that the war between the two nations has already begun.
Here is the part of article written by a secular author with no interest, apparently, in Bible prophecy.
When asked to address the question of what a Saudi-Iran war would look like, my first instinct is to ask the reader to look around because it is already happening. As the futurist William Gibson noted, “the future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.” Already, Saudi Arabia and Iran are killing each other’s proxies, and indirectly are killing each other’s advisors and troops, in Yemen, Syria, Bahrain, and Saudi Arabia’s Shiite Eastern Province.
The future is likely to look similar. The existing pattern will intensify, eventually spill over in a short, sharp direct clash, and then sink back down again to the level of proxy wars in other people’s territories.
The preferred method of conflict between these states has for a long time been proxy warfare. Since its devastating eight-year war against Iraq, the leadership in Tehran has demonstrated a strong preference for acting through proxies like Lebanese Hezbollah, the Iraqi Shiite militias, and Hamas. Lacking a strong military for most of its existence, the state of Saudi Arabia has likewise used proxy warfare to strike painful blows against its enemies, notably against Egypt’s occupation forces in the 1962-1970 Yemeni civil war and against the Soviets in Afghanistan. Both these players try to get others to do most of their fighting and dying for them.
This author expects the Middle East wars to take on a Vietnamese-like situation in that they will continue, after a short and direct clash, without further direct confrontation. He expects this to be mostly proxy war. Little has this author understood that the United States is now a proxy of Saudi Arabia.
Why do I say that? What do I mean?
The United States backs the Saudis and is now at the behest of the Saudis, even to the point of trying to create an official alliance between the Saudis and the Israelis. The U.S. has also built a permanent military base in Israel from where it can guard Israel, according to recent news articles.
This may be how the United States gets involved in the military conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It may be that the U.S. will pick up the fight on behalf of the Saudis from Israeli soil. Therein lies the rub. Any attack on Iran by the United States – whether it be in defense of the Saudis or Israel – may be just the provocation Iran will need to move ahead with the Daniel 11:40 attack on Israel.
If, as I believe, the United States is headed by “Gog” – the US President – this battle will constitute the Gog from the land of Magog war found in Ezekiel 38. This means, if I am right, that the Gog war and the King of the North war in the end of days are connected.