Saturday, November 4, 2017

It's heads again! The Paradigm

Imagine flipping a coin 40 times and having it come up heads every time; while the odds for that happening are exceedingly high, one might wonder if something outside of yourself is controlling that. I once taught a class called Parallels in the Bible where it was pretty clear that the Biblical God had his hand in the design and outcomes.  I just read a book that basically combines both of these ideas; it is easily one of the most amazing books that I have ever read. It combines these two phenomena by paralleling the lives and events of a 40-year period in Israel’s history** with the events in America over the last 40 years and a finale at the end that puts you smack dab in today’s current events with a peak at the future. It does this in an uncanny, remarkable, too specific and detailed to be blind luck way that leaves you speechless. ** By Israel I mean the northern kingdom called Israel that formed after King Solomon was King (Judah was the southern kingdom).

The book is called The Paradigm and it is written by Jonathan Cahn. Two plus years ago I raved about Jonathan Cahn’s book called The Harbinger. Jonathan refers to that book in Paradigm and they are clearly related. The Harbinger is like a footnote in the Paradigm since they both share the same context and dilemma: America, like ancient Israel, is facing judgment. By the way, I continue to read Jonathan’s book called The Book of Mysteries, for it is like a devotional, in that it has 365 readings, but it is unlike a devotional in that it isn’t syrupy and conventional. But, I digress.

The source of the material is right there in the Bible. Cahn’s genius and inspiration is his observation in seeing the parallels in our world. One might wonder if something or someone outside of ourselves is controlling these two spheres! Indeed, there is: The Biblical God called Yahweh, Yeshua, and Holy Spirit. I highly recommend that you read this book. I bought my copy at Hobby Lobby, one of the few stores left where you can buy good books.

Sunday, March 5, 2017


I can think of no better way to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the reformation than to read my book: Wittenberg Encounter! Luther is one of the characters and the town of Wittenberg is front and center on the cover and in the story.

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Dennis Kananen

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

More on Ezekiel and my Book Corner

Months ago I started a series of posts on Ezekiel and got up to around chapter 12 and then got distracted by many things. Coincidentally (if there is such a word in God’s economy), I received an issue of Bible Study magazine that featured a special section on Ezekiel. I subscribed to Bible Study because one of its regular writers is Michael S. Heiser who is the author of the provocative book, the Unseen Realm that I wrote about several posts ago. Anyway, some of the articles are: the Mission of Ezekiel, God is There, Prophet to the Exiles, Ezekiel’s Embodied Prophetic Voice, Prophetic Rhetoric in Ezekiel 16, Echoes of Leviticus in Ezekiel, A Message to the Rebels, Ezekiel, Whose Sins Caused the Exile?, Gog of the Supernatural North, and finally, Ezekiel and Trauma.

If you go through Ezekiel chapters 12-16, there is a rather overwhelming recounting of Israel’s recalcitrant sinfulness. The article Prophetic Rhetoric in Ezekiel 16 really sheds some light on this display of divine damnation... And I quote:

“Building on the metaphor of Israel as Yahweh’s wife, the prophet tells a vivid story of Israel’s relationship with God…. The prophet’s vivid imagery and strong language in this metaphorical story would have shocked his hearers. Ezekiel 16 contains some of the most explicit language in the Bible. The text repeatedly refers to Jerusalem’s “whorings,” “lewd behavior,” “lust,” and “insatiable” desire for her lovers. “At every street corner you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, spreading your legs with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by” (NIV).

The author of this article, Jason Gile, Ph.D, is a professor of Old Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. He also compares the depiction of the rise and fall of Israel to the “prophetic transformation of the Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32.”

Book Corner

I just finished reading another exciting novel by Joel C. Rosenberg: The Third Target. What can I say? It’s never a dull moment when you read one of his books. I’m about half done with another Bodie & Brock Thoene book: When Jesus Wept. What a dynamo they are! And then there’s my second book: Prague Rendezvous. I had said earlier I would have it done by the end of 2016…. But here we are and, what can I say, but I’m close. At least I have more pages into this book than were in my first book (Wittenberg Encounter). By the way, Wittenberg Encounter is available in paperback! See the link below for how you can order it.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Succoth 2016

Today at sundown is the first day of Succoth (Soo - Coat), or, as it’s translated in the NKJV: Feast of Tabernacles/Booths. I took the pictures shown here in Qumran, Israel in 1999. The staff who worked at Qumran had apparently made one, but I had seen them in many places on our trip through Israel (mostly on balconies) in Nazareth and Jerusalem. Many Jewish and Messianic families make these and spend time in them. I know of other Christians who have done so as well. If we make it into the Millenium, we will do so too, as this verse makes clear:  

Zechariah 14:16
“And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.”

Every year the ICEJ (International Christian Embassy Jerusalem) celebrates the Feast of Tabernacles in Israel.

Today, at 1:30pm EST, the ICEJ's 2016 Feast of Tabernacles celebration will go LIVE from Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea, Israel. Check out the Feast streaming schedule on their website.
“May you blessed by this wonderful event, and we pray you will be able to join us in person next year! - ICEJ Feast Team”

So, I’d recommend that we all learn more about these structures so we’re ready!
Here are some other verses that mention the feast:
Leviticus 23:42
‘You shall dwell in booths for seven days. All who are native Israelites shall dwell in booths that your generations may know that I made the children of Israel dwell in booths when I brought them out of the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.”

Nehemiah 8:16
Then the people went out and… made themselves booths, each one on the roof of his house, or in their courtyards or the courts of the house of God, and in the open square of the Water Gate and in the open square of the Gate of Ephraim.

Nehemiah 8:17
So the whole assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and sat under the booths; for since the days of Joshua the son of Nun until that day the children of Israel had not done so. And there was very great gladness.

Zechariah 14:16
And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles.