Have the Tribulations of Jacob Began?
Obama and the Travail of Jacob
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Barak Hussein Obama has just been elected to serve for a second term as President of the USA.
Obama won in 26 States, Romney in 24.
Obama got ca. 62 million votes; Romney ca. 59 million.
United States presidential election, 2012
Record number of Hispanic and Asian voters head to the polls to help Obama secure second term - as his support among whites plummets
by Lydia Warren
Ten per cent of voters were Hispanic - and 71 per cent voted for Obama
Romney won 59 per cent of white votes - the biggest majority by any presidential candidate in U.S. history that failed to win White House
African-American votes for Obama achieved 2008 levels [actually 93 versus 97 per cent in 2008].
Democrats won younger votes, while Republicans scored older ones
52 per cent of men voted for Romney compared to 44 per cent of women
President Obama's second term in the White House was largely secured by record numbers of votes from ethnic minorities, while his popularity among whites plummeted, exit polls have revealed.
Hispanics, the fastest-growing demographic in the United States, accounted for ten per cent of all voters in the election, an increase on last year's record of nine per cent, the polls suggested.
Of these, 71 per cent voted for Obama, up from 67 per cent in 2008. In a sign Republicans are failing to win over this increasingly influential group, Romney won just 27 per cent.
A record number of Asian voters - three per cent of the electorate - also turned out, with nearly three-quarters backing Obama. He also won a staggering 93 per cent of African-American votes.
Yet while his popularity among ethnic minorities swelled, he received just 39 per cent of the white votes, down by four per cent on the last election, a drop his campaign had anticipated.
Hispanic voters were no doubt alienated by Romney's tough stance against immigration in the primaries, calling for 'self deportation' and making life tough for undocumented immigrants.
Obama was elected due finding favor in the eyes of women, Hispanics, Afro-Americans, and Asians. He also had an advantage with young people.
Israel in the End Times will be curses by being ruled by young people, women, and by foriegners.
Concerning women Obama received more votes because he supports abortion. On the side of Mit Romney (who opposed Obama) there were those who spoke against abortion. They may have exaggerated.
In my opinion, the question of abortion should be divided into two sections: (a) Abortion on Demand; (b) Abortion in specific cases. These are separate matters and deserve individual consideration. Even if one believes that abortion should be forbidden in all cases mo matter what a distinction should be made. Abortion is killing. It borders, very often, on murder. When millions of unborn babies are being killed and you have a chance to save most of them you should do so. Once you have done that you may well have more chance for other cases to be reviewed. Most abortions are of otherwise healthy fetuses carried by women who otherwise could be make good mothers. Why sacrifice them?
Anyway, many women who never had an abortion and probably would never have need to consider one consider the question a point of honor for them. They want control over their own bodies in principle. They say that if theoretically they were ever in a certain situation they should be allowed to do as they see best without requiring male sanction. This is what they think. Many women really are misused, exploited, and deprived of their just rights. They are then brain-washed into focusing their justified resentments on the subject of abortion which is not really pertinent to the issues involved.
In reality most abortions are against the will of the mother. The women is usually being pressured by outside influences.
Obama supports and encourages Islam which in effect cruelly subjugates females. Most Islamic women however accept this situation. They may well prefer it. Some of them openly say they rather their men rule over them and do for them everything that is needed. All of this is a subject for a separate discussion.
In principle the Biblical Tradition and the Israelite Practice is to recognize the rights of women as equals in most fields.
Men however should be the predominant element.
Women should not rule over men. There were exceptions in the Bible. Some women were Prophetesses. An example is Deborah the Prophetess (Judges 4). Even Deborah however was not a direct ruler. She gave advice to Barak who was directly in charge. Because Barak insisted that Deborah accompany him in going out to War he was told that he would be punished by the final glory going to a female. This Happened when Yael the wife of Heber the Kenite killed Sisera the enemy general while he was sleeping.
The Bible says:
16 To the woman He said:
I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception;
In pain you shall bring forth children;
Your desire shall be for your husband,
And he shall rule over you.
At all events it is a question of emphasis. Everyone has to work out their own approach to these matters according to their individual circumstances.
Nevertheless, in principle a woman should not try to take a man's place.
A woman shall not wear anything that pertains to a man, nor shall a man put on a woman's garment, for all who do so are an abomination to the Lord your God.
Obama also received slightly more support from young people.
Youths in most cases should not take control. In the Bible a male was considered liable to go out to war at the age of 20. Before then he could not do so.
The Levites began their apprenticeship at the age of 20 yet only when they were 30 years old could they actually serve.
Here too, there were always exceptions.
Jeremiah was very young when he was first called (possibly only 17):
4 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying:
5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.
6 Then said I:
Ah, Lord God!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.
7 But the Lord said to me:
Do not say, I am a youth,
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
8 Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you, says the Lord.
Jeremiah was an exception. Exceptions always existed. On the whole, the rule of the young is not to be encouraged. It should not be a general rule. Youth is good but everything in its place. The Nations of Israel has suffered in the past due to this. It was responsible for the division of Israel and the Separation of the Ten Tribes from Judah.
Because King Rehoboam listened to young men (instead of older ones) the Nation of Israel was split into two sections.
43 Then Solomon rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David his father. And Rehoboam his son reigned in his place.
1 And Rehoboam went to Shechem, for all Israel had gone to Shechem to make him king. 2 So it happened, when Jeroboam the son of Nebat heard it (he was still in Egypt, for he had fled from the presence of King Solomon and had been dwelling in Egypt ), 3 that they sent and called him. Then Jeroboam and the whole assembly of Israel came and spoke to Rehoboam, saying, 4 Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.
5 So he said to them, Depart for three days, then come back to me. And the people departed.
6 Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who stood before his father Solomon while he still lived, and he said, How do you advise me to answer these people?
7 And they spoke to him, saying, If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.
8 But he rejected the advice which the elders had given him, and consulted the young men who had grown up with him, who stood before him. 9 And he said to them, What advice do you give? How should we answer this people who have spoken to me, saying, Lighten the yoke which your father put on us?
10 Then the young men who had grown up with him spoke to him, saying, Thus you should speak to this people who have spoken to you, saying, Your father made our yoke heavy, but you make it lighter on us, thus you shall say to them: My little finger shall be thicker than my father's waist! 11 And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!'
12 So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam the third day, as the king had directed, saying, Come back to me the third day. 13 Then the king answered the people roughly, and rejected the advice which the elders had given him; 14 and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges. 15 So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from the Lord, that He might fulfill His word, which the Lord had spoken by Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.
16 Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:
What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
Now, see to your own house, O David!
So Israel departed to their tents. 17 But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah.
The rule of women and youths in the End Times is considered a curse.
4 I will give children to be their princes,
And babes shall rule over them.
5 The people will be oppressed,
Every one by another and every one by his neighbor;
The child will be insolent toward the elder,
And the base toward the honorable.
12 As for My people, children are their oppressors,
And women rule over them.
O My people! Those who lead you cause you to err,
And destroy the way of your paths.
It was forbidden for Israelites to surrender their Independence. They were not to allow themselves to be ruled by foreigners.
14 When you come to the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me, 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
The Sages understood this injunction to apply not only to Monarchs but to all positions of authority. It was forbidden to surrender national independence to foreigners.
Nevertheless we are also commanded to treat everyone with respect and dignity. This includes foreigners.
Remember, All the Israelites were slaves and oppressed strangers in Egypt. This is what the Bible tells us repeatedly and emphasize so that we never forget. We are told to remember what we were and always be sensitive towards others:
[Exodus 22:21] You shall neither mistreat a stranger nor oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.
Even so, the Israelites were warned that, as punishment for their sins, the resident aliens would come to rule over them.
43 The alien who is among you shall rise higher and higher above you, and you shall come down lower and lower.
The rule of women, youths, and alien foreigners is openly boasted of by Obama supporters. They are actually chortling over it.
Romney Is President By MAUREEN DOWD
Mitt Romney is the president of white male America. ...
In its delusional death spiral, the white male patriarchy was so hard core... it made little effort not to alienate women. The election had the largest gender gap in the history of the Gallup poll, with Obama winning the vote of single women by 36 percentage points.
Romney and Tea Party loonies dismissed half the country as chattel and moochers who did not belong in their 'traditional' America. But the more they insulted the president with birther cracks, the more they tried to force chastity belts on women, and the more they made Hispanics, blacks and gays feel like the help, the more these groups burned to prove that, knitted together, they could give the dead-enders of white male domination the boot. ...
More women voted than men. Five women were newly elected to the Senate, and the number of women in the House will increase by at least three. New Hampshire will be the first state to send an all-female delegation to Congress. Live Pink or Dye. ...The voters anointed a lesbian senator, and three new gay congressmen will make a total of five in January. Plus, three states voted to legalize same-sex marriage.
Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, told The Washington Post's Ned Martel that gays, whose donations helped offset the Republican 'super PACs,' wanted to see an openly gay cabinet secretary and an openly gay ambassador to a G-20 nation.
Is This the Beginning of Jacob's Trouble (Jeremiah 30:7)?
Jeremiah 30 spoke of a time when Israel would go into Captivity. He speaks of men feeling like women and of the Oppression of Foreigners. The Rule of Obama may be preparing the way for such an occurrence.
[Jeremiah 30:1] The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
[Jeremiah 30:2] Thus speaks the Lord God of Israel, saying: Write in a book for yourself all the words that I have spoken to you.
[Jeremiah 30:3] For behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, that I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah, says the Lord. And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.
Jeremiah is prophesying about the Lost Ten Tribes and Judah, i.e. THE CAPTIVITY OF MY PEOPLE ISRAEL AND JUDAH: They will return. This is what God has promised.
[Jeremiah 30:4] Now these are the words that the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah.
God spoke about the Lost Ten Tribes and about the Jews as two separate entities that nevertheless on a spiritual psychological level are connected.
[Jeremiah 30:5] For thus says the Lord:
We have heard a voice of trembling,
Of fear, and not of peace.
[Jeremiah 30:6] Ask now, and see,
Whether a man is ever in labor with child?
So why do I see every man with his hands on his loins
Like a woman in labor,
And all faces turned pale?
The effects of nuclear radiation or of biochemical warfare could produce the described reactions. When I was young I had peritonitis (an appendix that exploded) so I have an inkling of what could happen.
A man being in labor with child, Like a woman in labor, could also refer to punishment for homosexuality, the emasculation of males, and related attitudes.
There is no vacuum. Reward and Punishment do exist. We do not always see it and sometimes it takes a long time to take effect but it is inexorable. Sin brings disaster and punishment. Repentance and good deeds can help us and may even turn curse into blessing.
[Jeremiah 30:7] Alas! For that day is great,
So that none is like it;
And it is the time of Jacob's trouble,
But he shall be saved out of it.
According to the Zohar on this verse: The Messiah will be revealed in the Galilee, wars will be stirred up in the world; all the nations of the earth will join together to drive the Daughter of Jacob (i.e. Israel and the Jews) out of the world i.e. out of existence).
Joseph will Help Save Israel!
cf. also: Midrash HaGadol (VaYatzei p.539):
# IT IS EVEN THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE, BUT HE SHALL BE SAVED OUT OF IT. There is no harder time for Israel than the War of Gog and Magog. There is no trouble like it, as it says about it: IT IS EVEN THE TIME OF JACOB'S TROUBLE, BUT HE SHALL BE SAVED OUT OF IT. They will not be saved at that time other than by virtue of Joseph #.
We identify Joseph as primarily the USA, UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and people in South Africa.
The Yoke of Foreigners will be Broken!
[Jeremiah 30:8] For it shall come to pass in that day,
Says the Lord of hosts,
That I will break his yoke from your neck,
And will burst your bonds;
Foreigners shall no more enslave them.
The Idol Worshippers will no longer oppress Israel (Rashi).
[Jeremiah 30:9] But they shall serve the Lord their God,
And David their king,
Whom I will raise up for them.
DAVID THEIR KING: Some say it means a resurrected David; others say a descendant of David; others say there will be a future Messiah descended from David who will rule alongside a resurrected David who will serve as his deputy. In my opinion it means a physical descendant of David who will be the very personification of David and maybe even in some way a personification of him.
[Jeremiah 30:10] Therefore do not fear, O My servant Jacob, says the Lord,
Nor be dismayed, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from afar,
And your seed from the land of their captivity.
Jacob shall return, have rest and be quiet,
And no one shall make him afraid.
Here Israel and Jacob are juxtaposed. This denotes both the Lost Ten Tribes and Judah together.
The Midrash Tanchuma applied this verse to the Exiles in Spain and Gaul and their neighbors meaning in Western Europe in general.
[Jeremiah 30:11] For I am with you, says the Lord, to save you;
Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you,
Yet I will not make a complete end of you.
But I will correct you in justice,
And will not let you go altogether unpunished.
The scattered of Israel usually refers to the Jews of Judah. The Jews were scattered all over whereas the Lost Ten Tribes were cast out as a group to a few areas, e.g.
[Isaiah 11:12] He [i.e. God] will set up a banner for the nations,
And will assemble the outcasts of Israel,
And gather together the dispersed of Judah
From the four corners of the earth.
[Isaiah 11:13] Also the envy of Ephraim shall depart,
And the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off;
Ephraim shall not envy Judah,
And Judah shall not harass Ephraim.
OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, = The Lost Ten Tribes who will be found gathered together in specific areas.
THE DISPERSED OF JUDAH i.e. the Jews who are scattered all over the world.
Jeremiah 30: The End Time Return
We need to repent. Everything is in the hands of Heaven. Even if a Ruler is otherwise a bad person and has evil intentions and wicked advisors the Almighty may still direct him to act righteously if his subjects deserve it.
[Proverbs 21:1] The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord,
Like the rivers of water;
He turns it wherever He wishes.