In that day, I will restore David’s fallen sukkah. I will repair it’s broken walls and restore it’s ruins. I will rebuild it as in the days of old.

– Amos 9:11

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

Hans Christian Andersen published a children’s fairy tale in 1837 titled ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’ (Danish, Kejserens nye klæder). His story was based on an even older Indian anthology of fables – the Nirvāṇalīlāvatī of Jineśvara – dated to 1052. In the original Indian fable, a dishonest merchant swindles the king of Śrāvastī (a town

I have set watchmen on your walls

Three thousand years ago, Solomon the son of David proclaimed, “Unless YHVH builds a house, they who build it labor in vain. Unless YHVH guards a city, the watchman stays awake in vain” (Psalm 127:1).  The Hebrew word for watchmen used in this context is shomrim (singular shomer), meaning ‘one who guards

Living in the shadow of World War III

On October 6, 1981, four Islamist Egyptians (two soldiers, one ex-soldier and an engineer) jumped out of military trucks in front of the presidential viewing stands during the Egyptian Army’s victory parade commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Yom Kippur War. They threw four grenades into the grandstands and then

The rage of the nations, the hooks of God

King David prophesied that in the Last Days, international leaders of this rebellious planet will unite together to oppose the God of Israel, the Messiah of Israel and the Davidic Kingdom:   Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot empty things? The kings of the earth take their stand and the rulers

The Elephant and the Nazi

A small town in Germany In 1968 John Le Carré published his fifth novel, A Small Town in Germany. In that story, Alan Turner (a British Foreign Office official/spy working for MI6) is sent to investigate the disappearance of Leo Harting (long-term temporary employee at the British Embassy), who is suspected

Sodom, Jericho and Babylon

“God is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not willing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9)   Then YHVH saw that the wickedness of mankind was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts

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