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Violent Outraged Americans, Oklahoma City Bombing, American High School Shootings, Families Divided By Jesus Christ, Anger Rage And Wrath, Defining Nations And Kingdoms Exactness Of Jesus' Prophecy, Daniel's Prophecy, No Peace For Sea Of The Wicked, Causes Of Wars And Personal Conflict, Satan Bound, Jesus' Intended Meaning?, Earthquakes In The Old Testament
Scenes From Columbine High School Shooting - April 20, 1999
While we have concentrated thus far on terrorist bombing attacks which appear to have been carried out by specific organizations or ethnic groups with a very specific agenda, or at least by persons who are sympathetic to their causes, the tragedy of human rage and rebellion does not end there. In recent years, the American press has been filled with shocking stories of lone gunmen, or of one or two persons who have lashed out at society due to some kind of personal turmoil occurring within their own lives. We have read of attacks being carried out in family restaurant chains, such as McDonalds, in U.S. post offices and in other government buildings, in hospitals, and even within the Public School System.
For example, on January 25, 1993, a lone gunman opened fire on employees as they arrived for work at the CIA, (Central Intelligence Agency), Headquarters in Langley, Virginia, U.S.A.. Two people were killed as a result of the attack, and three others were wounded. About three and half years later, a pipe bomb exploded in Centennial Park outside of the Olympic Village in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.. That attack resulted in the death of one bystander and had the potential for killing many more. Following are four more recent reports from CNN regarding deadly incidents which occurred at a Xerox plant in Honolulu, Hawaii, at a boat repair facility in Seattle, Washington, at a church in Fort Worth, Texas, and at a hospital in California:
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Suspect in Honolulu Shooting Spree Faces First-Degree Murder
The Xerox Corp. warehouse where police say an employee shot and killed seven co-workers was expected to be open for business on Wednesday, with counselors available for shocked and grieving staff. The suspect, identified as 40-year-old Bryan Uyesugi, who joined Xerox 15 years ago, surrendered on Tuesday after an armed standoff with police. Police said he would be charged with first-degree murder. It was the worst mass killing in Hawaii, a state with one of the lowest murder rates in the nation.
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Massive Manhunt Under Way For Seattle Gunman
A massive dragnet remains in effect in Seattle, as police use helicopters and dogs to search for a gunman who killed two people and left two others wounded in a deadly rampage at a boat repair company. The gunman, wearing camouflage clothing and sunglasses, calmly walked in and shot four employees at the company without saying a word, then fled the scene, police said. The attack came a day after seven people were killed in a shooting in Hawaii.
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Church Gunman Kills 7, Self, In Texas
FORT WORTH, Texas (CNN) -- Investigators early Thursday were trying to identify the black-clad gunman who killed seven people and himself at a Fort Worth church Wednesday night.
The killer and six of his victims remained inside Wedgwood Baptist Church, and a seventh victim died at a Fort Worth hospital, police said. Investigators closed the church to check for explosives.
The man's identity and motive remained unknown early Thursday. Police described the killer only as a slender white man in his mid-20s or 30s, dressed entirely in black. He shot himself in the head at the end of his spree, Mendoza said.
In addition to those killed, another seven were wounded, and some of those were reported in critical condition late Wednesday. The wounded included at least four teens, two boys and two girls, and a 12-year-old boy. Another five teens were unaccounted for early Thursday.
The attack came about a half-hour after the beginning of a prayer service and annual youth rally called "See You at the Pole," at which teens gather at a flagpole and pray for friends, families and nations. The rally attracted teens from across the area, police said.
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Three Employees Killed At Hospital
ANAHEIM, California (AP) -- A gunman said to have been angered by his mother's death stormed into a hospital Tuesday and opened fire, authorities said, killing three employees. Police said the rampage ended when the suspect, identified as Dung Trinh, 43, was grabbed by people inside the hospital and held until police arrived. A gun was recovered. Trinh was apparently angry at the West Anaheim Medical Center over the death of his mother at another hospital earlier that day, authorities said. Mot Trinh, 72, had been treated at West Anaheim Medical Center in June for an undisclosed illness. She was taken to Anaheim Memorial West Hospital early Tuesday and died about five hours later. After her death at about 10:30 a.m., police Lt. Steven Walker said Trinh drove a few blocks to West Anaheim Medical Center. "Suspect Trinh, armed with a handgun, opened fire, killing three victims," Walker said.
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Of course, out of all of these insane attacks carried out by enraged American citizens, the most deadly one occurred on the morning of April 19, 1995, when a massive truck bomb exploded outside of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, U.S.A.. This massive explosion resulted in the untimely death of one hundred and sixty-eight persons, and hundreds more were wounded. To this day, rumours abound amongst conspiracy theorists regarding whether or not the accused, Timothy McVeigh, who has since been sentenced to death, and his accomplice, Terry Nichols, who has received a life sentence thus far, really acted alone, or if they might have just been scapegoats for a much larger conspiracy against the American government. As I mentioned earlier, we would all be wise to not blindly accept the twisted truths which are spoon-fed to the population at large by the government's propaganda organ, the mass media.
Aside from the lethal 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, undoubtedly, the incidents which have shocked the American public the most, are those which have occurred within the "sacred" American Public School System, such as the March 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, U.S.A.. While I have employed the use of the word "sacred", please understand that I do not mean holy to Christians, but rather sacred to the high priests of higher learning, who subtly fill the hearts and minds of our Christian children with their blasphemous lies concerning EVILution and other false scientific distortions; who teach our Christian children that gay and lesbian relationships are acceptable forms of human behaviour; who persuade our Christian children to doubt and passively rebel against their very own parents, and who basically accuse God of being a liar, and His Word a lie, because He, and it, are contrary to their satanic teachings.
Being as I discuss this same topic at length in the article "Plight Of The Children", I will forego discussing it in detail here; however, I would like to provide you with a chronological list of the growing number of violent and bloody terrorist acts being committed by obviously unstable American teenagers, since the last quarter of 1997. These heinous and pre-meditated crimes have sadly resulted in the pre-mature deaths of several dozen teachers and students:
Oct. 1, 1997 - Luke Woodham, then age seventeen, and an eleventh grade student at Pearl High School in Pearl, Mississippi, opened fire on his classmates with a deer rifle. He killed his former girlfriend, Christina Menefee, and Lydia Dew, a girl whom he had taken to the prom the previous year. Seven others were wounded. Woodham had already bludgeoned, stabbed and killed his mother, Mary Woodham, age fifty, before he left for school.
Dec. 1, 1997 - Michael Carneal, then age fourteen, and a student at Heath High School in Paducah, Kentucky, shot and killed three female classmates, Kayce Steger, Jessica James and Nicole Hadley, and injured five others during a before-school prayer meeting.
Mar. 24, 1998 - Mitchell Johnson, then age thirteen, and his cousin, Andrew Golden, then age eleven, ambushed their fellow classmates as they exited Westside Middle School near Jonesboro, Arkansas, following a false fire alarm. Four students and a teacher were killed in that incident, and ten others were injured.
Apr. 24, 1998 - An unnamed fourteen year old eighth grade student at J.W. Parker Middle School in northwestern Pennsylvania fatally shot a teacher and wounded two students at an eighth-grade dance. He was later apprehended by the owner of the dance hall as he fled on foot.
Apr. 28, 1998 - Two teenagers were shot and killed, and a third was wounded while playing basketball at Philadelphia Elementary School in Pomona, California, about forty miles east of Los Angeles. The names and ages of the killer and the victims aren't available.
May 20, 1998 - Jacob Davis, an eighteen year old senior, and football player at a high school in Fayetteville, Tennessee, shot and killed fellow teammate, eighteen year old Nicholas Creason, in the school's parking lot.
May 20, 1998 - Kipland Kinkel, age fifteen, and a student at Thurston High School in Springfield, Oregon, fired fifty-one rounds from a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns. Two of his fellow students, Mikael Nickolauson and Benjamin A. Walker, were killed in the school's cafeteria, and another twenty-two were injured before Kinkel was wrestled to the ground by two other students and disarmed. Kinkel is also accused of murdering his parents, William and Faith Kinkel, the day before the shootings. Police found five bombs, a hand grenade and a howitzer shell casing stashed under his home.
Apr. 20, 1999 - Two students dressed in black trench coats, eighteen year old Eric Harris, and seventeen year old Dylan Klebold, set off pipe bombs, threw grenades, and selectively opened fire on fellow students at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, a suburb located to the southwest of Denver. Beginning their cold-blooded killing spree in the school's first-floor cafeteria, the pair continued firing at students in the hallways as they made their way up to the second-floor library. Witnesses claim that the deadly pair laughed and hooted aloud as they shot their victims at close range. They finally took their own lives in the library. In all, fifteen people lost their lives, including students and faculty members. In addition, dozens more were injured before the deadly assault ended.
May 20, 1999 - Thomas Solomon Jr., a fifteen year old sophomore at Heritage High School, located in Conyers, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, opened fire on his fellow students with a .22-caliber rifle. Six classmates were wounded, none of them fatally, in the attempted massacre. The student later surrendered in tears to the assistant principle after a failed attempt at committing suicide with a handgun.
Dec 6, 1999 - Thirteen year old Seth Trickey, a student at Fort Gibson Middle School, located near Muskogee, Oklahoma, wounded four classmates with a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.
Perhaps one of the most shocking things about some of these shootings by high school teens, is that they occurred in middle and upper class communities where both parents and residents alike were of the mistaken belief that such things could never possibly happen. Not only that, but in some cases, the student killers were in good standing with their schools, and were above suspicion. Sadly, they did happen. Who can doubt then, that spiritually-speaking, something is seriously wrong with the United States of America, just as there is something seriously wrong with the entire world?
Truly then, precisely as the Lord prophesied so long ago, in our current century, we are a planet which is clearly at war with itself. From international wars involving many nations, to bilateral wars and border skirmishes, to oppressed ethnic groups rising up against their powerful overseers, to deadly terrorist attacks carried out by Islamic fundamentalists and other interest groups, to international and local drug wars, to invisible economic wars to suppress and enslave nations, to senseless shootings and killings by obviously unstable individuals, to inner city violence and gang wars, and even to wars within our very own families between parents and children, Jesus's words have indeed been fulfilled to the letter. Concerning wars between family members due to our Christian faith, consider the following revelatory verses prophesied by Jesus Himself:
"And a man's foes shall be they of his own household. He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me."
Matthew 10:36-38, KJV
"Now the brother shall betray the brother to death, and the father the son; and children shall rise up against their parents, and shall cause them to be put to death. And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved."
Mark 13:12-13, KJV
"Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law."
Luke 12:51-53, KJV
So again, this present generation is one which is literally poisoned and filled with anger, rage, and wrath. If left unchecked, simple anger can lead to violent rage, and rage can lead to venting one's wrath upon others. All of these things are clearly not of the Lord; for as the Apostle Paul tells us, we should not let a day pass, we should not let the sun go down, without resolving any issues which may otherwise result in a root of anger or bitterness growing in our hearts, which will poison our souls. Rather than resort to violence and force in order to resolve our problems and get our way, we must all learn to exercise a certain degree of love, patience, forgiveness and diplomacy; for the latter are creative and productive, while the former can only be destructive. Consider the following verses:
"A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger . . . A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife."
Proverbs 15:1, 18, KJV
"He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
Proverbs 16:32, KJV
"The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression."
Proverbs 19:11, KJV
" . . . let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil . . . Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
Ephesians 4:26b-27, 31-32, KJV
"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth."
Colossians 3:8, KJV
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;"
Hebrews 12:14-15, KJV
It is interesting to note that in describing these wars of the Endtime, the Lord specifically said 'For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom', as if He was denoting a difference between the two. The word "nation" is derived from the Greek word "ethnos". While this word is often used to refer to non-Jewish, or Gentile nations of the Earth which do not worship the God of Israel, in its purest form, it refers to those people who belong to a certain ethnic group or tribe. At the same time, the word "kingdom" is derived from the Greek word "basileia", which is used to refer to either actual royal power and authority, or else to the actual kingdom and territory which is ruled by a king.
If we look at our world today, it is very easy to see how the definitions of these two words perfectly describe the world's geo-political makeup. We have some Gentile nations which are ruled by presidents and prime ministers, while others are ruled by kings and queens. Not only that, but in ancient times, a nation could be comprised of a number of different smaller kingdoms which all made up a part of the whole. Such was the case with the nation of Israel; which under the leadership of Joshua and Caleb, was divided between the descendants of the twelve Patriarchs, that is, the twelve sons of Jacob, so that in essence, Israel was actually twelve nations within a nation.
We find the very same kind of geographical divisions occurring today. For example, in some countries, a nation is divided into different states, such as in the United States of America, and the Republic of Mexico; which in Spanish is known as "Los Estados Unidos Mexicanos", or "The United Mexican States". In other countries, the land is divided up into different provinces, such as in Canada and France; and yet in others, such as in Japan, the country is divided up into prefectures. At the same time, we also have large land masses, known as continents, which are divided up into different countries which each contain their own ethnic groups, like Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
So, if we consider the actual literal meaning of the Lord's prophecy, based upon the information I have now shared with you, we see that it was a very precise prediction which has indeed been fulfilled; because not only have nations risen up against nations, but individual ethnic groups have risen up against each other, as well as against the tyrannical rulers of the countries within which they find themselves. Consider the example of the Kurds, who are currently spread out between Turkey, Iraq and Iran; or the Palestinians who primarily occupy Jordan, but who are fighting for a homeland in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip; or the current strife between the Muslim Kosovar Albanians and the Christian Serbs; or the Muslim rebels in Chechnya and Dagestan who are now at war against the Russian government; and on and on it goes.
Just as the Lord made mention of the prophecies of Daniel in His Endtime sermon found in the twenty-fourth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, where He speaks of the Abomination of Desolation and its related events, it has occurred to me that perhaps when He speaks of nation rising against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, He may also have been referring to another prophecy written by Daniel in one of his earlier chapters. Consider the following verse which I also discuss in such articles as "The Kings Of The North And The South":
"And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay."
Daniel 2:43, KJV
While I suggest in other articles that this verse might be referring to the different forms of government which exist in our world today which are at odds with each other, such as democracies and dictatorships, or capitalist countries and communist countries, perhaps we should now expand that definition, by suggesting that it may also rightly describe the civil unrest, racial wars and "ethnic cleansing" we see occurring between such groups as I mentioned a moment ago. One thing is for certain; the sea and the waves, that is, the people and the nations of the world, are indeed roaring against each other like they have never done before; and someday soon, some of them will unite under the Beast and roar against God Himself, and blaspheme His Name, as I explain in other Endtime articles. So it is clear then that the wicked people of the world are not at rest. Everywhere we look, there is some degree of war and civil unrest. The symbolic waves of the worldwide sea are truly roaring. Consider the following revelatory verses which support this allegory:
"There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked."
Isaiah 48:22, KJV
"But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
Isaiah 57:20-21, KJV
"And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;"
Luke 21:25, KJV
"And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Revelation 17:15, KJV
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Indonesian Riot Police In Jakarta
While on a family level, part of this turmoil is due to some members being willing to contend for their Christian faith, while other members actively fight against them, Jesus and the Apostle James also inform us that the basic cause of all wars and human turmoil, are nothing less than the sins of selfishness and greed, lust, pride and jealousy; which are all signs of an absence of real love in the world. I discuss this same topic in the article "Selfishness: A Sign Of The Endtime?". Consider the following verses:
"And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold."
Matthew 24:12, KJV
"From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
James 4:1-7, KJV
One thing is for certain; as James clearly states, Satan is indeed the author of war and confusion; and he is definitely running wild in the world at this current time; igniting wars and causing bloodshed wherever he goes. Thank God that the Bible tells us that in a time not too distant from now, our adversary, Satan, will be temporarily prevented from ravaging the Earth during the glorious Millennial Reign of Jesus Christ and His Resurrected Saints; as we see in these verses found in the Book of Revelation:
"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season."
Revelation 20:1-3, KJV
Having now closely examined the first part of Jesus' Endtime prophecy concerning "wars and rumours of wars", let us move on now and discuss another part of His prophecy. As the Lord said, "there shall be . . . earthquakes, in divers places". The phrase "in divers" is derived from the Greek word "kata", and means throughout. In other words, there will be temblors in many different regions of the world. Now, it has occurred to me that some scoffers and unbelievers are bound to say that there have always been wars on the Earth, and there have always been earthquakes as well. That being the case, why then do Christians find such significance in the Lord's words? If I were a child of the world, who understood very little of the Bible's contents, I would have to agree with such people; because on the surface, Jesus' words do not appear to have that much significance; because there indeed always have been wars and earthquakes.
However, I am not a blind child of the world; and because I believe that the Lord, by His Spirit, has given me a certain degree of understanding regarding some of these issues, I am of the opinion that what is truly intended by our Lord's words, is a little deeper than what appears on the surface. In other words, for Jesus' words to be a true prophecy, they would have to be prophesying something which would be above and beyond the norm, so that it would stand out and be recognized by those people who have a discerning heart. To say it more plainly, I believe that Jesus really meant for us to understand that the wars, earthquakes, and other signs He gave us regarding the Endtime, would be much greater in their numbers, much greater in size, scope and intensity, and much more destructive in nature, than in all previous years since the world began.
In the case of wars, as we have already clearly seen, wars, skirmishes and civil unrest have heavily marked this century since the very beginning. Not only that, but it is only in this century, that we have seen wars fought which have been truly worldwide in scope; even to where the warring nations are separated by literally thousands of miles of ocean. To add to this fact, it is only in this current century that it has become possible to kill literally tens of thousands, or even millions of people, by the mere pressing of a button! Whereas in times past such a feat would require days, weeks, months, or even years to accomplish, some evil governments of the world can now do the very same thing in less than an hour! Need I remind you of Hiroshima and Nagasaki? Or need I mention that deadly chemical and biological warfare did not sear the public conscience until the war in Southeast Asia in the 1960's and early 1970's, when napalm was used to destroy untold acres of farmlands and jungle, in order to expose the Viet Cong? In my mind then, Jesus' prophecy regarding wars and rumours of wars has truly come to pass.
So what about earthquakes? Can the same be said of them? As you will see by the time you have completed reading this rather lengthy section of our series, I believe that we can also answer in the affirmative. Unlike man's wars, the onset of which are rather predictable, earthquakes strike without warning, and depending upon their magnitude, they can be extremely devastating. Consider the following excerpts from an October 1999 AsiaWeek report regarding the Kobe earthquake:
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Beyond The Aftershocks
Kobe Shows Its Mettle Following Its Quake
At 5:46 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1995, an earthquake of magnitude 7.2 on the Richter scale ripped through the Japanese city of Kobe. Over 6,400 people were killed and 40,000 were injured in the last major East Asian quake prior to the Taiwan disaster. More than 250,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged in the city and environs. The transportation system was shattered, the economy crippled. But the city, indeed the entire nation, mobilized to rebuild Kobe. Within three months, Shinkansen bullet trains cruised smoothly into Kobe station, and in five months the dense local rail network was running as well.
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Upon performing a study of the Holy Scriptures, we discover that there are quite a few references found throughout the Bible, which mention great earthquakes occurring as a result of the Lord's wrathful judgments upon wicked men. Due to the oft times symbolic nature of the Scriptures, sometimes it is difficult to know when an earthquake is meant to be taken literally, and when it should be understood in a figurative manner. Not only that, but it is also difficult to determine at times, when the Prophet is referring to an event of the past, and when he is referring to one of the future. Consider the following series of verses, found in the Old Testament, which describe these many events:
"But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD. And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them: And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods."
Numbers 16:30-32, KJV
"And there was trembling in the host, in the field, and among all the people: the garrison, and the spoilers, they also trembled, and the earth quaked: so it was a very great trembling."
1 Samuel 14:15, KJV
"And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the LORD; but the LORD was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the LORD was not in the earthquake: And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice."
1 Kings 19:11-12, KJV
As we continue our discussion in part five, I'll be sharing some more examples from both the Old and the New Testaments regarding earthquakes. In addition, we will be examining such topics as the Lord's triumphant Return upon the Mount of Olives, the Brook of Kidron, Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives, and similarities between the Valley of Jehoshaphat, also known as the Valley of Decision, and the Valley of Megiddo. I trust that you will join me.
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