Early last week, for no particular reason, I felt drawn to re-read the Gospel According to Luke. A few days into that endeavor, the passage (10:18b) in which Jesus says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven,” jumped out at me.
I’d been having a dialogue with an almost-but-not-quite believing friend and he seemed stuck on Jesus’ divinity. In response, I had asserted that it was impossible to evade his divinity if you take the Bible seriously, however at the time, I had remembered only some of the more well known passages to that effect. The Luke/lightning passage was one I’d forgotten. How else could Jesus witness such an event if he were not, in some way, timeless and all-seeing — i.e., God?
Around the same time, listening to a podcast sermon recorded last year by the pastor who has become my hands-down favorite (after listening to hundreds of sermons from at least twenty other pastors) — Francis Chan of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, California — he ‘camped’ on the very same verse. “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.” Just think about that, he remarked. How cool is that? Pretty cool, I thought, and also pretty coincidental that that one same small verse had been thrust into the foreground of my awareness twice in one week.
Then, just last night, I received a comment (#14) from one ‘El Gallo’ on my 12th Mahdi post from last Wednesday, featuring (you guessed it), the Luke 10:18b ‘lightning’ passage. Since I hadn’t mentioned either of the two things above to anyone, the string of three ‘hits’ on it made me sit up and take notice.
I’ve cribbed, paraphrased, excerpted and added to the gist of his reasoning below (some of which he excerpted from others) and, to be honest, I’ve lost the train of what’s what, mixing in some other things I’ve discovered along the way. As such, his comment is worth reading in full, (though, for the record, I still have a ‘thing’ against citing tracts that attempt to convince with lots of capital letters and exclamation points — one of the Achilles heels for the credibility of much of the prophecy community, I’m afraid). As with any of this, CAPS!!! or no caps, you should check it all out for yourself. Because some is wrong or breathless does not mean that it all is that way.
Why did Obama pick the story of the Isra (from the Koran) in his speech in Cairo when he said, “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when… Jerusalem is a… place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed (peace be upon them) joined in prayer”?
The point is to put Jesus on the same footing as Mohammed (if not a bit below him). The rest the story of the Isra and Mi’raj or “Night Journey”, 12 years after Muhammad became a prophet in the 7th century, involves a miraculous, winged, lightning steed named Al-Burāq (in Arabic, البُراق, or al-Burāq = “lightning”). Mohammed rides Buraq from Mecca to Jerusalem and back. Interestingly, the word for lightning is virtually the same in Hebrew (ברק, pronounced bä·räk’, Strongs H1300).
For a Rabbi (like Jesus) to say “I saw Satan fall like lightning”, he would have to say, “I saw Satan fall like Barak” with the emphasis on the second syllable.
Now, you may be thinking, that’s all very well, but I’ve seen The Passion of the Christ and James Caviziel, in his hyper-realistic portrayal of our Lord doesn’t speak Hebrew but Aramaic. Nice catch. The two are related, but only like Latin to French. There are some strong similarities, but many differences. Throwing more cold water on the theory, the Aramaic word for ‘lightning’ is ’0qrb’ (yes, that’s a zero at the front; don’t ask me what it means). All I know is that (quite curiously) that combination of symbols is pronounced B’aRQoA, which looks pretty similar. What language was Jesus using when he said the words quoted in Luke 10:18b? We can’t know, but it’s close either way.
The “Greek” verse of Luke 10:18 does not contain an actual Greek word for “fall”. Instead, the Greek word translated as “fall” appears to be a rare form of a Hebrew word for “transgressions”. So, the words of Jesus in this verse probably refer to heavenly transgressions (i.e., rather than a physical fall).
In Hebrew, the letter vau is transliterated as an “O” or “U”. It is primarily used as a conjunction to join concepts together. So, to “join” in Hebrew poetry the concept of lightning (Barack) and a high place like heaven or the “Heights of Heaven”, the letter “O” or Hebrew vau would be used. Y’all with me?
Thus it would seem that Jesus said, 2000 years ago, that he saw Satan’s transgression and that it/he was (in Hebrew or Aramaic), ‘Barack Obama’. (Keep in mind that Jesus, as God, is outside of time. He sees/saw everything that was, is and that, from our perspective, is yet to come.) Is that weird, shocking and borderline unbelievable? Well, yes. But books like Daniel make clear that various aspects and meanings of scripture are ‘locked up’ for a time. I.e., they mean nothing until the context of events gives it to them. Such is the case with the Bible codes also — a phenomenon which has gained the highest scientific credibility after first being dissed.
But wait, it gets better.
In Matthew 24:27, Jesus says (ESV), “For as the lightning comes from the east and shines as far as the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.” The Greek word translated as “for” in this verse in the KJV is gar (Strong’s G1063). This word can also be translated as ‘seeing’ or ‘when’, e.g., ‘seeing Barack come from the East’ or ‘when Barack comes from the east’ and shines as far as the west is timing signal that Jesus is coming back soon. From lowly roots in the Far East (Indonesia) to America (the bastion defining ‘the West)… interesting… at least. Luke 17:24 is relevant in a similar fashion. I.e., when you see this, indicates Jesus, then it won’t be long until you see me return.
Adding even more paranoid intrigue, El Gallo notes, is the name of BHO’s enforcer, Rahm Emanuel, which in Hebrew can be translated as “Thunder, God with us.” In Revelation, thunder presages ominous announcements. It also goes naturally with lightning. Now here’s where I pick up with a post I’d been meaning to finish that’s been sitting in draft for several months…
The origin of Rahm Emanuel’s first name is a bit murkier. The name Raham (with an extra ‘a’, in 1st Chronicles 2:44) means “pity, mercy, compassion” and also, according to my hard copy of Strong’s (H7357 & 7356): “womb; cherishing the fetus”. Take OUT the ‘heh’ (i.e., reverse the process that God took with Abram, when he made him ‘Abraham’, and with Sarai, his wife, when He made her ‘Sarah’) and what do you have? Rahm.
In other words, take God out of ‘cherishing the fetus’… take God out of all notions of “pity, mercy and compassion” and replace them with their twisted, earthly equivalents and you have… Rahm Emanuel, the right-hand man to the guy doing more to promote abortion and persecute Israel than anyone in a generation. Alternatively, of course, Ram implies a goat… often associated with both Islam… and Satan. I don’t have time to unpack that one!
National Union chairman Ya’acov “Ketzele” Katz sent a letter to White House chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel last week admonishing him not to forget his Jewish and Israeli origins.
Katz’s missive came in response to a reported verbal exchange between Emanuel and an unidentified American Jewish leader.
Katz claims that in a private meeting with the unnamed leader, Emanuel said, “In the next four years, there will be a peace agreement with the Palestinians on the basis of two states for two peoples, and it does not matter to us who is the prime minister.”
Since he said that, back in February, the administration has gotten far bolder, as have the Islamists, e.g., this letter from the Saudis that came to light just this past weekend.
“We want from you a serious participation to solve the Palestinian issue and impose the solution if necessary,” the Saudi monarch told Obama, according to the paper, which is owned by a nephew of the monarch. It did not elaborate.
Throughout it all, Rahm Emmanual begins to look like an anti-John the Baptist who mostly stays in the background but plays a critical, fore-ordained role. Or perhaps an anti-Esther the closer one looks, unlike the one who might have been, but didn’t get elected. Here’s something else from the article I did not know:
During the Clinton administration [Emanuel] directed the details of the 1993 Rose Garden signing ceremony for the Oslo Accords, down to the choreography of the handshake between prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO leader Yasser Arafat.
Yeah, that Yasser Arafat. Pleased to meet you. Hope you guessed my name…
UPDATE I: In the context laid-out above, this seemed particularly intriguing in a must-read post by David P. Goldman (formerly known as, ‘Spengler) ovre at First Things (H/T: Anchoress).
He [Obama] understands the various tribes of American politics as cultures to be profiled and manipulated. He is the political equivalent of an alien species against which Americans have no natural defense.
In comments, he continues:
I would urge [Jewish organizations] to treat Obama like a new Pharaoh…
UPDATE II: Frank Gaffney, Jr. is also on point in this piece on the Cairo speech.
The man now happy to have his Islamic-rooted middle name featured prominently has engaged in the most consequential bait-and-switch since Adolf Hitler duped Neville Chamberlain over Czechoslovakia at Munich… there is mounting evidence that the president not only identifies with Muslims, but actually may still be one himself.
It’s an observation of seemingly little consequence unless one understands the specific, close and enduring ties between the Third Reich (which became defunct in Europe with the end of WWII) and many Arab governments where, in effect, it persisted.
UPDATE III: Updated video here.