Posted by: cindybythesea | April 15, 2015

Playing with Fire – *Updated

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Titus Arch depicting the looting and destruction of Jerusalem 70 AD

It would be almost 9 years before God’s judgment against Rome and its newest emperor Titus Flavius Sabinus Vespasianus would come. But, come it did and within a few short hours, the City of Pompeii was completely destroyed by the eruption of nearby Mt. Vesuvius sending the city of Rome reeling as the favored resort of affluent Romans was buried in heaps of scorching sulfur and ash, Yes, in a matter of hours, the city of Pompeii with its public bath houses, its amphitheatre, its many restaurants and pools was completely obliterated as if they had never existed.

It would have been hard for Titus to have imagined what the future would hold for him. Hailed a hero for his middle-East conquest and systematic destruction of Jerusalem he would ascend to the throne in just a few short years, but his success would be short-lived and would in fact be marred by one disaster after another culminating in his untimely death two years later – by poisoned fish, no less according to some; a fitting ending you might say for the man who destroyed Jerusalem and its holy temple and completed the Colosseum  which in time became the place of martyrdom for many Christians.

   Stones from the Western Wall of the Temple Mount (Jerusalem) thrown onto the street by Roman soldiers on the Ninth of Av, 70

Jerusalem, a burdensome stone

The Bible declares in Zechariah 12:3 that Jerusalem will be a “burdensome stone” and all who try to move it will severely injure themselves. Titus found this out. The stone arch depicting his systematic destruction of the city and its temple erected after his death in 81 AD by his brother Emperor Domitian as a memorial to him – an etched in stone reminder of one who pitted himself against this stone and lost, A warning perhaps to anyone who might be foolish enough to do the same.

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On Monday April 6, while reading to children from the book “Where the Wild Things Are” at the annual White House Easter Egg hunt, President Obama and the children he was reading to were invaded by some pesky bees that  interrupted the reading of the story and left the children shrieking, At first glance this seems innocent enough. A pretty day, a garden party ….. what could be dark or malignant about that?

We’re all familiar with the old adage that those who do not learn from history are in destined to repeat it. And, if you are familiar with the Bible at all you recognize that many Biblical events often occur and repeat on certain dates which  is where the bee incident gets really interesting. Consider this:

– Monday April 6 (the day of the bee incident) was Nisan 17, the day Haman ( in the book of Esther) was hanged for his plot against the Jews.

– And, Wednesday April 1 (also April Fool’s Day) was Nisan 13 the date on which the Persian King enacted his decree for the destruction of the Jews, at the behest of Haman, which is the same day President Obama signed the framework for the deal with Iran freeing their hands you might say to complete the destruction of the Jewish people and of the state of Israel to which they have vowed.

A sign, I believe that the actions of this President are about to bring judgment upon himself and the nation.  Just consider how many times, this Presidents public image has been marred by flies, rodents and now bees. All known to represent enemies of God’s chosen people. Where the wild things are, indeed!

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There comes a time when God’s judgment will be enacted . Which brings me to the terrible visions that many have had regarding the future of America and its demise. In the last few years there have been a number of Christians  who have had  horrific visions of America burning as a result of God’s judgment. A terrifying thought when you consider what could happen when God’s hand of mercy and protection is removed. For a sobering account of these visions check out the  Friday April 10, blog my friend Charmaine at Running from Babylon.

Friends, the President has embarked upon a plan which will have serious consequences not just for him but for the nation.  Without a doubt the Iran deal is playing with fire. And, like Titus and the city of Pompeii  judgment may not come today, tomorrow or the next day – but, be assured, it will come and when it does it will be swift and through.

*** Please see April 16 post at Running from Babylon for a video of Pompeii that is a must see!

Make sure today that if you have not done so already that you have made Jesus your place of safety.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6

Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus!  Cindy


  1. weighed and found wanting just like daniel read the handwriting on the wall in daniel 5. is sad to think the days are numbered for america. this has been a blessed home for us. much “grace shed on thee” as the old song goes. but………God’s kingdom is coming!!! all kingdoms fall as His rises! that is call for praises to the Most High God our Lord and Savior Jesus!!!!!!! i praise and thank Him for what has been….and what will be 🙂

  2. Isaiah 5:20King James Version (KJV)

    20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

    I feel this is true of our country at this time and the days get more evil as they pass.

    God Bless you Cindy, as we watch and wait together for our Lord’s return.

    Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earrh as it is in Heaven.


  3. 81 AD? 81=9×9 This temple erected as a reminder of the judgement.
    What is most interesting about the acts of Rome is that it persecuted God’s chosen after the death of Christ in which those who were grafted together now becoming the real Israel. Satan used the fifth column attack method of seeking to destroy the people of God by shifting his method to joining with them by using Constantine to create what would become the RCC. What I find most interesting is that the many so called “churches” or DENOMinations, through the “reformation carried with them many of the same whorish attributes of it’s mother.
    The modern Israel still awaits it’s messiah (who already came) they are not God’s chosen people. They rejected Him (Christ). They must go to Him. Some will, most will not sadly.
    And then the many of these.
    Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

    • HI Jeff, while I appreciate you taking the time to comment, I have to go on record as saying I wholeheartedly disagree with two of your statements. The church is not Israel and yes, in spite of their current state of unbelief they remain God’s chosen people …. the book of Romans is clear on this. Please desist trying to sell this idea here at Cindybythesea. Any further comments regarding this will be edited or deleted.

      • thanks for that stand cindy. we are grafted in (and only part of the plan) not a whole tree of our own that has replaced the original as that teaching promotes. israel will come to life again in God. they are awaiting being born again just as we were at one time. God will fulfill His Word-not one falls to the ground.

  4. Exactly Andre’ 🙂

  5. My family and I went to see the Pompeii exhibit that is touring the US today. Then I came home and thought I would catch up on blog reading and find both your blog and Charmaine’s. I don’t think that was a coincidence! We had actually commented about the timing of the destruction of Pompeii and the destruction of the temple while we were there. One thing that struck me was all of the Egyptian influence in the Pompeii artifacts. The video on Running from Babylon about Sodom and Gomorrah also seemed to show a ziggurat and sphinx. Any thoughts on why Egypt would be connected to all of the destruction? Thinking there is a connection….

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