Sunday, January 31, 2016

Bethel, The House of God

The geography of Ezekiel 48 has Ezekiel's Temple not in the city of Jerusalem but miles to the North of it.

One problem existing among a few people who understand that correctly like Jack Kelly of GraceThruFaith.com is they have a desire to say Ezekiel's Temple will be the same one The Antichrist will desecrate.  (some say this while still thinking the Temple is in Jerusalem in which case all I need to do is point out Ezekiel's geography).

I've already addressed the error of connecting the Abomination of Desolation to Ezekiel 44 when refuting a heresy far more dangerous then anything Jack Kelly teaches.  The words for Abomination are completely different.

There are a lot of people trying to come up with uninformed interpretations of what the Outer Court being trodden under foot of the Gentiles in Revelation 11 means.  Luke 21:24 however clarifies it, the same terminology is used there, it is about Jerusalem being under foreign occupation.  I believe the same time frame is intended, ending with The Rapture and the Last Trumpet.

The city refereed to as Spiritually Sodom and Egypt where Jesus was Crucified is indisputably Jerusalem.  Some insist the "Holy City" of the first few verses of Chapter 11 can't be the same then.  This duality of Jerusalem is what The Bile is constantly about, it is God's Holy City because of his covenant with David, but it's also constantly in rebellion.  Just read Luke 19:41-44.

Jack Kelly talks about how The Jews refer to Ezekiel's Temple as the Third Temple (but admits those same Jews are expecting to build it in Jerusalem).  The Jews lack the New Testament therefore they are missing pieces of the puzzle.  They are ignorant of Jesus warning that the Abomination of Desolation will happen again.  Revelation has Jerusalem rocked by devastating Earthquakes at least twice, in 11 and 16 in the Seventh Bowl of Wrath.  I think it's unlikely the Antichrist's Temple will survive that.

The Jews seeking to rebuild The Temple may like to say they're going to fulfill Ezekiel 40-48, but their actual plans don't match that.  The Temple institute is expecting to have a Menorah and a Veil and a Wall of Separation and separate courts for Gentiles and Women, and a High Priest.  We Christians know that Ezekiel's lack of mentioning these things isn't taking them for granted, everything lacking in Ezekiel's Temple has New Testament significance.

But Size is the biggest issue, the size of Ezekiel's Temple is larger then the entire modern city of Jerusalem.  And the geography envisioned is dependent on changes to the land that happen in the Seventh Bowl of God's Wrath.  Every theorized location for Ezekiel's Temple has an inhabited city there currently with Jewish and Muslim populations, modern Israel isn't going to permit destroying any of those.

Now that I've addressed that error, let's discus the significance of Ezekiel's Temple being outside the City.

Some might wonder, how does that make sense when the city is called "YHWH is There" in the last verse of Ezekiel?  Well first Ezekiel says The Temple will be open only on Sabbaths, New Moons and the Holy Days.  Only citizens of New Jerusalem, His Bride, get to be with Him 24/7.

I find it interesting how The Ark was constantly separate from The Tabernacle during the time between it leaving Shiloh and the Dedication of Solomon's Temple.  For 60 years The Ark was at Kiriath-Jearim till David brought it to Zion.  The Tabernacle however was at Nob till Ahimelech was killed and then was at Gibeon till The Temple was dedicated.  So from the 8th year of David till the 11th year of Solomon the Ark was in Zion and the Tabernacle further North.

Gibeon can't work in my opinion as equivalent to where Ezekiel's Temple will be since it's not even close to directly north, it's way to the west.  It's merely an interesting type picture.

Where do I think Ezekiel's Temple will be?  My mind has shifted on that.

I first made this post when I favored Shechem or around there, but then I updated it as I leaned towards Shiloh for the longest time (same location Jack Kelly favors).  And I still feel Salem of Melchizedek isn't Jerusalem but rather Shiloh and/or in the Shechem area.

But as I was looking recently at some of the maps of Ezekiel's geography that I consider the most accurate.  The Holy Portion does not seem to go far enough North to include Shiloh.  In fact it occurred to me that Shiloh seems to be in the land allotted to Judah in Ezekiel's allotment.  That struck me as significant since the name of Shiloh is associated with Judah in Genesis 49:10.

I've actually grown skeptical recently of the assumption that Shiloh is a name for The Messiah in that verse.  It's the prior verse Revelation 5 identifies with Jesus.  I see Christians constantly citing Rabbinic opinions that Shiloh is the Messiah, which makes me laugh, they're people who don't think Jesus was The Messiah.  Either way I think it would make sense if in the Messianic Kingdom the capital of Judah is Shiloh.

Anyway as I was observing these maps it started to occur to me Bethel might fit.  I did a google search and others had indeed calculated Bethel about 11 or 12 miles North of Jerusalem would be the center of the Holy Portion.  But these scholars did not see the center as where The Temple is as I do, so they argued for it being the start of a stairway or something leading to The Temple or the City.  The Ladder Jacob saw connected Heaven to Earth, not two Earthly locations.

Genesis 28:16-22 KJV
And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it.  And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.
No place in Genesis or the whole Torah is more blatantly defined as the House of God, yet we keep over looking it.  I also wonder if the "Gate of Heaven" comment is a clue to the geography of Revelation 19:11 and how it ties in with Zechariah 12-14 and Isaiah 63.  Something I'm still studying.

In Genesis 31:13 God called Himself "The God of Bethel".

In Genesis Jacob returns there to keep his promise, and God makes further promises to Jacob.  And Deborah, Rebecca's nurse, was buried beneath an oak tree.  Later in Judged 4:5 another more famous Deborah lives under a Tree at Bethel.

It was Jacob who named the place Bethel.  Moses however uses the name retroactively twice when discussing Abraham's travels.  Genesis 12:8.
And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west, and Hai on the east: and there he builded an altar unto the LORD, and called upon the name of the LORD.
And he returned there in 13:3, most of the events of that chapter take place there.

BTW, in Hebrew "Called upon the name of YHWH" is the same phrase as the end of Genesis 4.  I keep seeing people say the Hebrew really says at the end of Genesis 4 men "profaned the name of The LORD", but like the claims about what the Hebrews says of Nimrod being a mighty hunter "Before The LORD" that claim doesn't hold up in my attempts to verify it.

It's interesting that this is east of Bethel.  Again the size of Ezekiel's Temple complex is huge.  What if Bethel is the site of the Holy Place, and Abraham's altar equates to the Brazen Altar?  (the Hebrew words for Pillar and Altar refer to distinct things).

If you look at diagrams of Ezekiel's Temple, the Brazen Altar is at the center, with three gates leading to it and the Holy Place to the West.  The East Gate is sealed after The Temple is consecrated (Hai which is a different transliteration of Ai, means ruin or heap).

Judges 20:18-27 says the Ark was kept at Bethel at that time, the KJV obscures this by translating the name "the house of God".   Does this contradict other passages like Joshua 18, Judges 19 and 1 Samuel 1-13 that seem place the Ark and Tabernacle in Shiloh all this time?

Judges 21:19 refers to Shiloh as north of Bethel when saying a yearly Feast of YHWH was kept there.  Genesis 49:10 defines Shiloh as Gathering place of the People.  It could be Bethel was the usual keeping place of The Ark but Shiloh was where the Feasts were held.  Or maybe the two cites just weren't as far from each other as the modern archeological identifications would have us think?

1 Samuel 7:16 refers to Bethel as a place Samuel regularly visited.  In 1 Samuel 10:3, Samuel sends Saul to Bethel to the "Hill of God", where he has a profound Spiritual experience.

I've also been contemplating theories about the Geography of Eden.  I've watched this video from Rob Skiba.  I really don't like the Pyramid stuff and I could do without the Flat Earth stuff.  But he still has interesting speculations.

I'm thinking that Adam was created by the shore of the Mediterranean Sea, maybe around Joppa.  And then maybe The Garden was Bethel, and Abraham's Altar where God made animal skin garments for Adam and Havvah.  And maybe the Oak tree that Deborah was buried under was roughly where the Tree of Life was? (not the actual same tree of course).  Deborah means Word.

Now because of Jeroboam the land of Bethel was tainted by a Golden Calf, and it comes up in Amos and Hosea because of that.  But a Prophet of YHWH foretold Josiah would destroy that Idol and cleanse the area.  And indeed he did.  No such cleansing happened for the site of the equivalent Idol set up at Dan, why is that?  Maybe it has something with do the different destinies for Dan and Bethel.

Friday, January 29, 2016

What did Peter mean by Paul being hard to understand?

2 Peter 3:15-16
And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
This is used by enemies of Eternal Security and of Faith Alone, and by people saying we are still under the Law to say basically that you shouldn't take those most commonly cited Paul passages at face value.

Peter said "some things", he did not say the main point that most of Paul's Epistles are all about.

 Some people will translate 2 Peter 3:17 in a way to make it seem like it uses the word Amonia or Lawless.  But this is a completely different word that I feel the KJV was correct in rendering Wickedness. So no, it doesn't help us determine what he meant by Paul being misunderstood in the prior verses.

My first instinct as a historian was to think of how the earliest Christian Gnostic, Marcion, used Paul as the basis for most of his heresy.  But Marcion lived well after Peter's time.  And think Marcion has been misrepresented by the Church Fathers.

I also think about how Paul is the most misunderstood NT writer when it comes to sexuality.  With people for hyper prudish attitudes quoting Paul the most, and those who don't believe The Bible agrees with itself often saying Paul and Paul alone of NT writers supports Plato's sexual morality.  All of the NT clobber passages are form Paul.  Yet I feel I have shown elsewhere that Paul isn't the prude people think he is.

But..... Let's use Scripture to interpret Scripture, and keep our personal biases out of this.

Acts deals with Paul being accused of saying things he didn't say, but those are accusations of unbeleivers, Peter is alluding to misunderstandings within The Church.

This is from 2nd Peter not 1st Peter.  This is Peter's eschatological epistle, especially chapter 3 which this ends.  He's warning of deceptions in the end days that we need to be prepared for.

I agree with those scholars who say contrary to the titles we've given them that 2nd Peter was actually written well before first Peter.  That best explains why First Peter is more polished in it's use of Greek (something skeptics use to assert they can't have same author).

1 Thessalonians is generally believed to be among Paul's earliest Epistles, so could it be 2nd Peter was written between the Thessalonians Epistles?

Because in II Thessalonians 2 is where Paul himself refers to people misusing what he had to say.  Now I often see it claimed verse 2 refers to a letter forged in Paul's name.  But I disagree, the context here is clearly about a misunderstanding on what he said in I Thessalonians 4.

You see I find Pre-Trib commentaries on II Thessalonians 2 hilarious because that chapter is all about refuting Pre-Trib's imminence doctrine.  I had covered this in the very first post of this blog.  (Disclaimer however, since that first post I've changed my position on Dispensationalism.)  But this is also why I don't agree with attacking Pre-Trib by saying it didn't exist before Darby, because this misunderstanding was one Paula addressed while he lived.

And today many Pre-Tribbers will argue only Paul talks abut the Rapture, they'll misuse his Mystery statement to assert that you won't find it taught in the Olvite Discourses or Revelation or any of the Prophets of the Hebrew Bible.  And 1 Corinthians 15 is the sole basis for the Secret Rapture doctrine.

So that is most likely the issue Peter had in mind.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A New Perspective on Isaiah 14

I did a major study on Isaiah 14 before.  I now have new insights that have forced me to reject the idea of it being relevant to the Death and Resurrection of the Antichrist.  Much of my insights there are still helpful, and I don't feel like repeating my adjustments to the Translation.  That post however also predates my changing my view on Daniel 11:36-45.

Isaiah 13:1-14:27 is all one Prophecy, remember that as you study this yourself.  I still feel this thematically connects Revelation 12 to Revelation 18.

As I was thinking about that again recently, it hit me how I really should have realized after talking about a possible allusion to the Abyss there that I had just discovered an Old Testament reference to Satan being bound in the Abyss.

Verse 19 was the main smoking gun to my reading Revelation 13 into it, "thrust through with a sword" but as I read it more carefully now, it's not Satan or the King of Babylon being described that way, just talking in general about people who have died violently because of this individual's evil deeds.

I also realized that when talking about the King of Babylon being sent to Sheol it never says this individual died at any point.  Another note I should mention is the word translated "dead" in verse 9 isn't a usual Hebrew word for dead but Raphaim.

The standard view among the faithful is that it starts out talking about the King of Babylon then the subject switches to Satan.  I said in the prior post I felt verse 12's grammar justified that, but I now realize that was my bias talking.

Another view is that this is all just about a human King of Babylon and that the seeming references to someone falling from Heaven shouldn't be taken at face value.  One video on Youtube insists the term "Sides of the North" being used in Psalm 48 about Zion proves that term is about a Terrestrial location, Jerusalem.  However Psalm 48 could be the Heavenly Zion of Hebrews 12:22 and Revelation 14, the heavenly location that will become New Jerusalem at the Wedding Feast and then descend after the New Heaven and New Earth are created.  The "Sides of The North" is where I believe the Heavenly Temple/Tabernacle is.  Interestingly Pagan Canaanite texts also use this same terminology of Heaven.

And the view of Bible skeptics is that Isaiah is just poetically comparing a human King of Babylon to a mythical god.  I have addressed that elsewhere.

I have considered a new option.  There is no Human King of Babylon in this chapter, this King of Babylon is never described as an Adam or an Enosh, he's never defined as human.  Just as Ezekiel 48 refers to Satan as the King of Tyre after talking about Tyre so here Satan is called the King of Babylon.  Because Jesus called him the Ruler of The World (Archon of the Kosmos) in John's Gospel, and Paul called him the "God of this Aion".  He offered Jesus all the Kingdoms of The World and will give them to The Beast in Revelation 13.

The beast is in conflict with Babylon in Revelation 17, but I think that plays into Satan's manipulations.  And it could be God's destruction of the City in chapter 18 is after The Beast conquers it and destroys it's system represented by the Harlot in chapter 17.

(Note, this does not change my view that the Prince of Tyre in Ezekiel 48 is a human ruler, but I'm less certain that has anything to do with The Antichrist).

It could be the Abyss is being idiomatically spoken of as his grave in verse 19.

In verse 20, the "thy" before both "land" and "people" isn't in the Hebrew. Even if their presence is grammatically justified somehow (I'm by no means a Hebrew expert), this could be going back to whatever Satan's intended role was before he started working against God's will in Genesis 3, that he's destroyed lands and people he was meant to be responsible for.

It could be the narrative jumps forward a thousand years when Satan is cast into the Pit and then cast out.

In that past Isaiah 14 study I talked about The Assyrian at the end.  This now gives me a new answer to that mystery.

Chris White has a video where he seeks to refute the view of The Antichrist being an Assyrian.  I basically agree on that but have differences, for one in the past I'd criticized that video for ignoring Isaiah 14.  But I completely agree on Isaiah 9-11, though I do think that could have an End Times second fulfillment, if so that Assyrian would be more likely a decoy Antichrist.

The key to it's relevance here is Micah 5 starting in verse 4.  I agree with him that the context of that Prophecy is Millennial, (I had even before this recent insight).  But I'm not so convinced of the argument that the hypothetical language means it's not something that will happen.  White himself uses hypothetical statements to build eschatological doctrine elsewhere, with John 5 which his False Christ book is dependent on (I think that refers to Barabbas).

Now I'm thinking again of my argument that there may be more time between Satan being let out of the Abyss and the Gog and Magog invasion then people realize (I agree with Christ White that Ezekiel 38-39 is post Millennial).  What if Micah 5's Assyrian invasion of Israel is something that happens very soon after Satan is freed from the Abyss?  Satan's first act in the events leading up to the Gog and Magog War?  A detail Revelation 20 skips or glosses over?

In which case Micah 5 and Isaiah 14's Assyrian Prophecies could be the same event, an event soon after the thousand years expire.  And whether there is an individual being called "The Assyrian" or just about the nation and people of Asshur would be irrelevant.  This could also tie in with my thoughts on Isaiah 17 and Damascus.

Monday, January 25, 2016

The Eschatological significance of The Spring Feasts

It is popularly said the Spring Feast of Leviticus 23 were fulfilled in the First Advent and the Fall Feasts will be the Second Advent.  And that is mostly true, but the Fall Feasts do come up in the Gospel narrative.

Jesus' Crucifixion is the most important fulfillment of Passover.  But I think it has post shadowings as well as foreshadowings.  In the Book of Acts, Passover (incorrectly translated Easter once in the KJV) and Unleavened Bread continue to come up well after the Pentecost on which The Church was born.

This is a follow up of sorts to my recent post on the Fall Feasts.  That was focused on the Midway Point, this post will deal with how the Week begins and ends.  So like The Godfather Part II it is a prequel and a sequel at the same time.

I shall interpret the time periods from Revelation 11-13 (I'll mention Daniel's too, but I no longer feel Daniel's need to be Eschatological).  The math I did with my current 2030-2037 theory in mind, but I did similar calculations before with other years.  I encourage you to do your own calculations.

Revelation 11:1-2 says Jerusalem will be trodden under the foot of the Gentiles for 42 months.  Many have come up with all kinds of convoluted explanations of what that means, but using Scripture to interpret Scripture this is explained by Luke 21:24 as clearly an expression of military occupation.

"And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled." and the next verse is the Second Coming and The Rapture.  Luke 21:20 through the first part of this verse I believe was fulfilled in 70 AD and Revelation 11 is the last part of the times of the gentiles.  But if it has a second fulfillment in the End Times, I believe it is at the start of the week not the midway point.

After the Two Witnesses are resurrected and ascend into heaven the people of the city (who we were told at the start are mostly gentiles) will believe and praise God, then the Last Trumpet sounds.  That is when the Fullness of the Gentiles are come in (Romans 11:25).

The 42 months I don't think necessarily need to be fulfilled to the day, they're broadly the same time period as the 1260 days but different in the specifics.  42 months before Yom Teruah takes us to (assuming there is a second Adar in there) the New Moon of Nisan three and a half years before.  Allowing wiggle room the siege could happen a little before or after.

The possibly that something will happen in the last month before the Week begins is logical, in the last month of the year the Barley Harvest is what lets Israel know the next New Moon will be the New Year.  Ezra 6:15 tells us the Second Temple was finished on the 3rd of Adar.  It is possible the Third Temple will be finished right before the Week begins, but I also think it possible it could last awhile before it begins.

The Two Witnesses will be killed three and a half days before Yom Teruah.  1260 days before that takes us to about, depending on when the proceeding Barley Harvest is, either the 7th of Nisan or 7th of Iyar.  Ezra 3:8 tells us Iyar was when Zeubabel and Jeshua began their work, they are considered types of the Two Witnesses so the Witnesses beginning their ministry in Iyar makes sense.  The 7th of Nisan is traditionally conjectured from the narrative of Joshua to be when his two spies were sent into Jericho, they too are types of the Witnesses.

I've argued before that the 1290 days are the first half of the Week not the second as usually assumed.  I've gone back and forth on if the Abomination of Desolation should begin or end it.    Either way what does happen at the beginning is the sacrifice and oblation being taken away.

If the 1290 days end on Yom Teruah then they could begin about either the 10th of Nisan or exactly a month before.    I could also see when they end being 10 days before or 10 days after.  If the earlier month for this is what happens it'd be the same with the Two Witnesses, and visa versa.  The 10th of Nisan I think will be important either way.

My theory on the first 6 seals is they happen very quickly in the Nisan that begins the Week.  The White Horseman might be the Antichrist before his death, or might be an anitchrist and/or a decoy antichrist.  Christians who want to co-opt the Rabbinic concept of Messiah Ben-Joseph as someone separate from Jesus could easily see that figure in the White Horseman.  The other three horseman will ride at about the same time, maybe as his allies or maybe as his enemies.

Whatever identity for him is true, I think he'll have his own Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem on the 10th of Nisan.  Maybe as someone many Jews and Christians will accept as a Messiah, or maybe as a conqueror.  And then maybe given a Crown on the 14th of Nisan.  And maybe killed on either the 14th or 26th of Nisan.  Cause either way for most of the first half of the Week the First Beast isn't a factor.

The Fifth Seal is a heavenly event, it shows all Martyrs of the Church, not just victims of a specific persecution.  But it's opening could still correlate to a specific persecution, like the one Jesus described in Matthew 24:9-14.

I've argued before that the Sixth Seal will open on the 14th of Nisan based on it's connection to Acts 2 and Joel 2 making the Earthquake and Darkness when Jesus was on The Cross it's near fulfillment.

I had argued then the 144,000 are sealed in Revelation 7 on Pentecost, I still feel they're connected to Pentecost but they're also called the First fruits in Revelation 14 so I now think their sealing will begin on First Fruits.

In one Seventh Trumpet post I talked about how Jewish custom has the Last Trump on Yom Teruh and the First Trumpet on Pentecost.  Connecting Trumpets to Pentecost is justified by Exodus 19-20 where in the third month when the Decalogue was given on Pentecost the Trumpets were sounded.

I think on the Pentecost following the start of the Week the 144,00 will be saved sparking a massive revival, the latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a repeat of the Pentecost of Acts 2.  Their Prayers will fill the golden Censor in the Heavenly Temple, it'll be thrown into the Earth causing more Earthquakes and thunder and lighting.  Then the Trumpets will be given to their Angels and the first will sound burning up the green grass and trees right as the Harvest season is starting.

I have no theories yet on when the 2nd-4th Trumpets will sound.  I have a post where I discus the timing of the Fifth and Sixth Trumpets.  Where I conjecture the Five Months the locust torment men will end on the 17th of Nisan, the day Jesus Rose, and Haman was hanged.

The text of Daniel 12 does not in any explicit way link the end of the 1290 days to the Sacrifices being restored.   It could be they're are restored 2300 mornings and evenings (1250 days, about 37 lunar months, 3 years) after their taken away, like Daniel tells us was the case with Antiochus' Abomination.  But in this case that wouldn't end on Hanukkah but in the Nisan that starts year four of the week.  Or perhaps they never will be restored.

If one insists the 1290 days need to be the second half.  If they begin on Yom Teruh they could end on the last day of Unleavened Bread, if they begin on Yom Kippur they could end on the New Moon of Iyar.  Either way fitting what I already suspect that when the Week is over the Israelites won't be able to observe Passover at the proper time and will need to delay to Second Passover.  If they begin three and a half, seven or ten days before Yom Teruah.  Still not quite allowing everything to be cleansed in time for a proper Passover.

The 42 months the Beast is allowed to continue, if they begin in early Tishri or late Elul would end in about Adar, again not needing to be fulfilled to the day.  Purim is when the sons of Haman were hanged.

The 1260 days Israel (The Woman) is in the wilderness begins right after The Rapture, even if they were fleeing in a sense already from the Abomination before.  1260 days from Yom Teruah takes us to about the 20th or 21st of Adar, and 1260 days from Yom Kippur takes us to about the end of Adar and Beginning of Nisan.  This is when their Messiah, a namesake of Joshua, will lead them into the Promised Land from Edom, as shown in Isaiah 63.

I think we need to consider that how the Armageddon reference in the 6th Bowl ties into Revelation 19 isn't quite what we assume.  And also that Satan being sealed in the Abyss is not the same day as Revelation 19 either.

I now respond to Post-Tribbers who say everyone else believes in more then one Second Comings by pointing out that Revelation 19 is never Biblically defined as the Second Coming.  Revelation 14 is where the Greek word Paursia is used.

Zechariah 12-14 is one vision but it has pieces, 9-11 are a separate vision.  Chapter 12 has the reference to Meggido/Armageddon, Chapter 13 has a possible illusion to the Idol Shepherd of chapter 11 being dealt with, and I think maybe the two thirds who are cut off and die are the armies following the Beast in Revelation 19 not Israelites as people often assume, two thirds of all gentiles, or the world's total population.

And Chapter 14 depicts Jerusalem still under siege, perhaps from Satan directly this time.  And Jesus Second Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives.  This one will also be on the 10th of Nisan, this time He'll be riding on a White Horse.  And given a Coronation on the 14th or 15th of Nisan. And perhaps raise from the dead whoever among the saved are still not yet raised on First Fruits (Ezekiel 37). So this Nisan will be important even though the Passover won't be kept till the following month.

The 1335 days is the one number form Daniel I'm most certain on.  It begins on the Yom Teruah that finished Revelation 11 and ends early in Sivan.  There is a strong possibility of it ending on Pentecost or the Sabbath the day before Pentecost.  No matter what the next Sunday after will be the Biblical date of Pentecost.

Pentecost as the day the Church Age began, and the Day Israel as born as a Nation with the giving of the Covenant in Exodus 19-20, fits perfectly as the day to formally begin The Millennium, or the Government that will rule The Millennium and a little after.  Because as I said before the only event that happens right when the Thousand years expire is Satan being released.  So I think the end of the 1335 days will be when Satan is bound in The Abyss.

Will the Spring Feats have relevance after The Millennium?  Well I think Satan will be released the same day he was bound, on if not near Pentecost.  I have a hunch the Gog and Magog war will involves the 17th of Tammuz, 9th of Ave and 3rd of Tishi, because God said in Zechariah he'd make their Fast Days joyous celebrations.

Seven years after 3rd of Tishri fits what I said on the Fall Feasts about New Jerusalem and Tabernacles.  Seven months later may mean they'll be finished cleaning up the dead bodies after Passover and need to do one last Second Passover.

So that is my view of the End Times relevance of the Spring Feasts.

My Hypothesis for the fulfillment of the Fall Feasts in Revelation

I watched much of Michael Rood's Prophecies in the Fall Feasts.  He says much that I found wonderfully edifying, especially on the Seventh Trumpet.  But I disagree on the Final Week beginning and ending in Tishri, I see the Fall Feasts as chiefly the midway point.

I want to lay out my hypothesis here, and while I'll be linking to earlier posts I'm also going against some things I said before in those same posts.  My mind does change as I study more.

I have a post on how the Two Witnesses and the 7th Trumpet fulfill Yom Teruah.  And about the Rapture of The Man-Child.  But I have one thing to add for Yom Teruah.

I'm hesitant to build doctrine on Rabbinic Traditions the way Michael Rood does, but some are interesting.  One idea not gained directly from The Bible is the days of Awe which begin with Yom Teruah and end with Yom Kippur in which the gates of Heaven are open.  Well one more thing we are told about the Seventh Trumpet in Revelation 11 is that the God's Temple in Heaven and the Ark of the Covenant was seen.  Genesis 24:55 could provide a basis for a period of ten days.

2 Chronicles 31 has the first fruits of Hezekiah's harvest begin being heaped up in the third month (the month of Pentecost) and finished in the Seventh month when they are gathered up and placed in the secret chambers of YHWH's House.  The beginning of Revelation 11 tells us the city of Jerusalem will be mostly Gentiles during the first half of the Week.  At the end when most of those people believe The Witnesses after their ascension, that is when he Fullness of the Gentiles is come in.

The days of Awe are the days you can seek atonement, the Judgment is set on Yom Kippur, but it's carried out on Tabernacles.  According to Rabbinic views at least.  That can happen to fit what I will lay out below, but it's not necessary for my argument.

The main interpretation of the twin Goats of Yom Kippur is that both point to Jesus, one bears our Sins and the other's Blood is shed for them.  One is Jesus bearing The Cross the other is him On It.  Biblical symbolism can be layered however, so that preferred view need not conflict with others.

Including the possibility of seeing Satan or other villainous figures in the Scapegoat.  I've argued on this blog before about both Cain and Barnabas.  I've also thought about the Goats of the Sheeps and Goats judgment being cast out.  I really don't like the Book of Enoch's popularity, but it does reflect a possibly very old tendency to see Satan in the Azazel/Scapegoat by calling it's most unique fallen angel Azazel.

What's relevant here is IF you think such a connection is valid, it can justify seeing Yom Kippur as the day Satan is cast out of Heaven.

My study of Isaiah 14 has lead to me to a conclusion that the Eight King ascending out of the Abyss happens after, probably the same day, Satan is cast out of Heaven.  Since I made that study I no longer view his death has needing to happen during the end times.
[Update note: my perspective on Isaiah has changed rendering this point moot.]

Traditional Jewish interpretations of the chronology of Exodus say the 40 days Moses was on Mt Sinai from Exodus 24:18-31:18 were Elul and the Days of Awe.  Near the end of that period is when chapter 32 tells us they made the Golden Calf.  When Moses came down on Yom Kippur they were worshiping it.  Antiochus Epiphanes' Abomination of Desolation was set up 10 days before it was consecrated.

So connecting the Abomination to Yom Kippur could make a lot of sense.  But I still think it possible there is an abomination of sorts at the start of the Week.  But putting these pieces together really helps my theory that the Image of Revelation 13 is the Eight King.  If you're thinking "but he has to kill the Witnesses before Yom Teruah" well I think that Beast is actually the second one.  Ascending out of the Bottomless Pit can apply to both, but Apollyon is The False Prophet.

I think maybe the mortal sword wound being healed isn't a death and resurrection itself but a sign that he's already resurrected.

But for those that insist the Abomination must happen both at about the middle of the week and before the Rapture.  I would consider placing it maybe when the Witnesses die three and a half days before the Rapture.  Or maybe a week before on Elul 23 the day referenced at the end of Haggai 1.  Or maybe 10 days before, Jesus refereed to 10 days of tribulation in the message to Smyrna.  Or maybe the beginning of Elul referenced at the start of Haggai 1.  Post-tribbers think Matthew 21-28 must span three and a half years because of other Biblical importance to that time frame, but Jesus mentioned no specific time lengths.

Yom Kippur imagery possibly still exists in Revelation 14 as well.  In the past I've written off theories that the Rapture doesn't happen all at once.  I'm now more open to that but not in any sense of them being separated by years, but rather less then half a month.  The Church is caught up on Tzom Gedaliah at the latest after being glorified on Yom Teruah.  If you're not saved by the Last Trumpet it's too late to be the Bride, but maybe not too late be a guest at the wedding.  No one I think gets Raptured alive after Yom Kippur.

The Son of Man on the Cloud with the Sickle and Crown is both the High Priest and the Shekinah Glory which are prominent in Leviticus 16.  The 144,000 I see s being a specific group of Church Age believers from each Tribe of Israel, but also representing the whole in a sense.

Those who argue Jesus was born on Tabernacles (a theory I find impossible) like to Translate John 1:14 "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us," as "And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us".  Well if any use of "dwell" or it's word forms can justify an illusion to Tabernacles, let's look at Revelation 13:6 talking about The Beast.

"And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven."  I've long viewed this as proof we are Raptured by this point.  Now I don't think we're at Tabernacles yet, I see this as the II Thessalonians 2 abomination event.  But it shows the conditions are in place.

One of the themes of Revelation 14 is the Grape Harvest.  The Grape Harvest has to be done before Tabernacles, Tabernacles is the festival to celebrate the Harvest.  One thing you can point out to undermine people's assumptions about how the Last Supper relates to Passover is to point out that there is no Torah basis for drinking wine on Passover or during the days of Unleavened Breast.  The only Holy Day where wine is mentioned is the Feast of Tabernacles in Deuteronomy 16.

When I was real little, I used to visualize God filling seven bowls with his Wrath as him vomiting into them.  As I got older I started thinking of that as silly and immature.  Until when I used to listen to Chuck Missler's seminars a lot how he'd cite verses I can't remember right now as saying our Sin is like a vile stench in God's nostrils.

And now I'm thinking of this Grape and Wine connection.  You know how when someone gets drunk off red wine they puke vomit that looks kinda blood red?  Well imagine then seven bowls filled with God's blood red vomit, two of which are poured into the world's water supply.  It will logically become red like blood.

The Blood=Wine connection didn't begin with the Last Supper.  It's implied in the very etymology of the Hebrew words for them according to Strongs.  It's implied in Genesis 49:11 and Deuteronomy 32:14 which refer to wine as the blood of grapes.  And Isaiah 63 which talks about Blood and Winepresses.  And it's repeated again at the end of Revelation 14, talking about God's Wrath.

Revelation 20 tells us those post Rapture Saints martyred for not taking The Mark will be beheaded.  Revelation 15 has them all in Heaven before the Bowls of Wrath are poured out.  I don't think this persecution will last very long, Revelation 13 seems to give the Beasts the means to kill most resisters pretty quickly.  I don't think any die after the Bowls have started.  Revelation 14:13 says.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, "Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
I've speculated before this could mean from here on all believers who die are resurrected and raptured right away.   But if not I think these martyrs will be Raptured when Tabernacles starts.

Does that mean I think once the Bowls start the only people on earth without The Mark are the Israelites being protected in Edom?  Maybe, maybe not.  It could be the troubles caused by the Bowls, even the first Bowl which will effect every Marked person, will hamper the beasts' ablity to kill anyone else.

John The Baptist was also beheaded, only other NT reference to that form of capital punishment, it's is pretty rare in Tanakh too, only occurrence I can recall is Jehu using it.

When I argued for Jesus being born in December, I also conjectured John was conceived between Yom Kippur and Tabernacles.  I now favor the 14th of Tishri as the day his conception process started paralleling Jesus on the 14th of Nisan- First Fruits.  Since one theme of that was Jesus being conceived at the same time frame (on the Hebrew calendar) as his Death and Resurrection, perhaps likewise John was beheaded on the 14th of Tishri.

Contrary to the Blood Moon hype, the 14th not 15th days of Biblical Months are the Full Moons.  The least important thing I'll mention in this thread is that if one model I'm speculating for when this might play out is correct, the 14th of Tishri in question will be a Lunar Eclipse.

Because I view Revelation as Chronological.  I believe the time allotted for the Bowls must span about three and a half years, the 42 months the beast reigns and 1260 days Israel is in the widlerness.  Arguments for a shorter time for the Bowls include Chris White and other Pre-Wrathers saying they're a month, Michael Rood saying they span the days of awe, and Rob Skiba saying they're all one day.  The only shorter model I could entertain is them spanning the seven days of Tabernacles.

But I've found an answer for how to bring the Tabernacles connection and spanning three and a half years together.

I've argued before the First Bowl must happen soon after The Mark is instituted.  Back then I was willing to allow half a year between them, but now I think closer to five days.  Then in my Great City post I observed how the remaining 6 bowls came in pairs.

The first Bowl I think will be the 15th of Tabernacles immediately following the Midway point drama I've just discussed.  One year later the 2nd and 3rd bowls will be poured out on the 16th and 17th of Tishri, destroying the world's water supply.

One year after that the 4th day of Tabernacles will see the Sun become really super hot.  But that I don't see lasting a long time.  In John 7 the midst of the Feast is when Jesus (The Sun of Righteousness) made his presence known.  The next day it will be blotted out, and based on Isaiah 13 that continues at least to the fall of Babylon.

One year after that, the last Tabernacles during the seven years, will see the last two days fulfill the last two bowls.

Haggai 2 refers to the 21st day of the Seventh month as a day YHWH will shake the nations.  I see that as alluding to the great earthquake of the 7th Bowl, the greatest of any in history including the more commonly quoted Sixth Seal.

Because of how Haggai 2 ties into Hanukkah and my careful reading of the Maccabees account.  I think the 21st of Tishri was actually the day the Maccabees liberated Jerusalem, but it wasn't till the 24th of Kislev that they had cleansed everything, then the following 8 days they Rededicated The Temple with a sort of second Tabernacles.  Antiochus Epiphanes did not die till awhile later, contrary to speculation I did before I read the accounts more carefully, we don't know when exactly.

As I said in the Great City post, the 7th Bowl is when Jerusalem is divided in three, and then after that God will judge Babylon.  That day is a judgment on Jerusalem, but also part of it's liberation, the beginning of it being reshaped into what we see in Ezekiel 40-48.

The eighth day I think will be Revelation 17-18 (and to an extent early 19) the Judgment on Babylon.

Esther 2:16 says Esther became the King's Wife in the Tenth Month (Tebet) of the seventh year.  It doesn't say what day.  Hanukkah begins in late Kislev but always ends in Tevet/Tebet.  The New Moon of Tevet is always during Hanukkah.

The next event in Revelation's timeline is the Marriage Supper.  Michael Rood talks about Jewish weddings being traditionally a seven day feast followed by an eighth day, thus justifying placing it on Tabernacles.  But remember Hanukkah is eight days because it was a second Tabernacles.

And The Bride of Christ is also His Temple, so it makes sense that the Feast of Dedication (which Jesus observed in John 10:22) will be the Wedding Feast in which He dedicates Himself to His Bride.

Also in Revelation 1-2 the Seven Churches (which typify the entire Church) are represented by Seven Lampstands.  Hence the importance of the Menorah to Hanukkah.  And Zechariah 4 has the two olive trees, the Witnesses next to it.  Jewish Weddings traditionally have Two Witnesses.  Jews also like to link Zechariah 4 to Hanukkah, seeing the Olive Trees on each side of the Menorah as foreshadowing the two added candles of the Hanukkah Menorah.

Jesus called himself "The Light of The World" in John 8, but He also called us in Matthew 5:14 "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid."

I disagree with the view that during this time-frame two thirds of all Jews will be wiped out in a holocaust that surpasses Hitler's.  I think that one detail of Zechariah 13 is being misused.  This will be a time that Israel (The Woman of Revelation 12) is protected in the Wilderness like in the days of Moses (which Tabernacles is supposed to be a memorial of).  There will be hardships, but I agree with those who assert that viewing the end times as God and Satan torturing the Jews until they repent is in fact a sneaky kind of antisemitism.  I believe this time results in their finally accepting Yeshua as their Messiah, but it will be what's done for them not to them that brings that about.

This isn't the final fulfillment of Tabernacles however, Zechariah 14 tells us it'll be observed in The Millennium.  And I've argued before that Tabernacles will be when New Jerusalem descends and the Eight Day when Time (as we know it) stops.  Though when I talked about that in the past I was more open to the Seven Millenniums theory that I now oppose.

I now have a follow up on the Spring Feasts.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Did Paul cause the Abomination of Desolation?

On my other Blog I already addressed the Jesus Words Only movement which seeks to deny Faith Alone and Eternal Security by declaring Paul a heretic (and blaming him for monarchical Church structure).

I'm going to discus this movement again here because their eschatology is a peculiar form of Preterism that effectively makes Paul the False Prophet and the Jesus whom Paul preached the Antichrist, though they don't talk about the Beasts in Revelation.

They talk about Matthew 24:23-26 and insist Paul's conversion in Acts 9 fits the description of the (they forget the word is singular rather then plural) False Christ Jesus was warning of.

Thing is, they seem to consider Revelation valid since they think Paul is who Jesus meant by Balaam.  But their standard for ruling out Paul's vision should equally apply to John, because when discrediting Paul's they insist Jesus won't appear again to anyone till he comes in the clouds.  Jesus intent in Matthew 24:23-26 was not to say private revelations can't happen, but to address counterfeit Parusias, Paul never tries to define his encounter as The Parusia, he clearly shows familiarity with Matthew 24:27-31's Parusia as he refers to it in 1 Corinthians 15, I Thessalonians 4 and II Thessalonians 2.

At any rate that part of Matthew 24 is after the Abomination of Desolation, not before.

They will talk about the claim that Paul puts a quote from Euripides' Bacchants that was said by Bacchus (manifesting as The Stranger) in Jesus mouth.  "it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks".  "Kick against the goad/prick" was a common Greek proverb, the desire to connect this usage of it in Acts to specifically that play of Euripides is because these are the only two surviving works of antiquity to have the pricks be plural rather then singular.  But the quote in the play is different "why dost thou continue to rage and kick against the pricks, a man against a god".  If Paul (or a demon appearing to Paul) was intending to paraphrase that, I'd expect him to include that last part but express it in a more monotheistic fashion.

There is an overlooked Biblical allusion to Goads I think might be relevant.  Ecclesiastes 12:11.  "The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.".

And they'll talk about Paul being praised by the demon possessed oracle in Acts 16.  They ignore how in The Gospels demons always proclaimed Jesus to be who He truly was also.

The centerpiece however is their claim about the Abomination of Desolation.

I first want to say I actually agree with them that Paul's flaws and mistakes are apparent in Luke's account in Acts.  And that in Acts 21 Paul did disobey God by going to Jerusalem and consequences happened because of that.  But connecting that event to the Abomination of Desolation issue is pure error.

They claim based on Ezekiel 44 that an uncircumcised Gentile walking into The Temple can qualify as the Abomination of Desolation, and so when Trophimus did what he was accused of doing in Acts 21:29, that fulfilled Jesus Prophecy from Matthew 24:15.

Jesus said "the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet".  Daniel used that phrase twice, in 11:31 and 12:11, and arguably has a similar concept in mind in 9:27.  In all three of those the word for Abomination is shiqquwts  (Strongs Number 8251).  Jesus must have used that same Hebrew word when He spoke this in Hebrew, if there is any text claiming to be the legit Hebrew text of Matthew that uses a different Hebrew word here, it must be a fraud.

That word is the same word translated Abomination in passages like 1 Kings 11 and 2 Kings 23, when Chemosh is called the Abomination of the Moabites, and Moloch/Milcom the Abomination of the Ammonites and Asteroth the Abomination of the Zidonians.  In 2 Chronicles 15:8 the KJV translates it Idols, in many other verses it's used with the usual Hebrew word for Idol in a way that treats it as a synonym.  This word is God's derogatory term for Idols and false gods.

This word is however never used in Ezekiel 40-48, (but was earlier in Ezekiel).  The word translated Abomination in Ezekiel 43 and 44 is Towvah (Strongs number 8441), it's not even etymologically related.  This word is also the word translated Abomination in Leviticus 18, that I feel should more accurately be translated "taboo".  This word does not refer to Idols themselves but rather to behaviors that were Levitically unclean.  This Hebrew word was never used even once in the entire Book of Daniel.

They object to Paul's teaching that God no longer dwelt in The Temple.  They attempt to use secular historians starting with Josephus to show the divine presence left The Temple in 66-70 AD.  I have elsewhere on this blog argued that those events Josephus refereed to (which Tacitcus and Yosippon merely borrowed from Josephus) actually happened in 30 AD.

The Second Temple actually never had the Shekinah Glory to begin with, Ezra 6:13's account of the dedication of the Second Temple lacks any mention of that.  I think the Second Temple still had the Holy Spirit till Pentecost, but from that day on We are God's Temple.

Their objection to what Paul taught on Circumcision I would respond to with the fact that Ezekiel 44:7-9 referred to "uncircumcised in heart, nor uncircumcised in flesh".   This circumcision of the heart theme begins in Leviticus 26:41 and is in Deuteronomy 10:16 (quoted by Stephen in Acts 7:51) and 30:6, and also Jeremiah 4:6 and 9:26.  

Paul said in Romans 2:28-29 "For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God."

One last thing thing I want to talk about is how they take the Ravening Wolf of Benjamin Prophecy from Genesis 49:27 and believe it refers to Paul.
Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
Many Paulian Christians also like to see both famous Benjamite Sauls as the fulfillment of this, following the rule of Dual Fulfillment.  King Saul started out good but went bad and become a persecutor of David.  Paul's story goes in the opposite direction.

Whether or not that is the proper understanding of that Prophecy I can't be certain.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Yom Teruah and Trumpets

I talked about the controversy of affiliating Yom Teruah with Trumpets in my initial Seventh Trumpet post.  I went back and forth on Psalm 81 more recently.

On one of the Karaite websites I follow I noticed that they object to affiliating Trumpets with Yom Teruah.  Even Karaites can be fallible.

The Herbew word for neither kind of Trumpet is used in Leviticus 23:24 or Numbers 29, that is correct.  To me as I argued before whether it's the Shofar or the Silver Trumpet is irrelevant, Revelation's Trumpets I believe draw on both as does The Rapture Trumpet.

The Karaites like Chris White feel Teruah without a clear Trumpet reference refers to the people making noise, not a Trumpet.  Thing I've noticed though is that many Bible verses that use Teruah grammatically of the people shouting still reference Trumpets if not in the same verse very near by.

Revelation 11 also has voices shouting and making Alarm in Heaven after the Seventh Trumpet sounds.

Jeremiah 4:19 and Zephaniah 1:16 both use Teruah in reference to the Shofar, with the KJV translating it Alarm.  Joshua 6 uses it while also talking about the Trumpets at the battle of Jericho.  Psalm 150, the last Psalm (and a short one), uses it in verse 5 in reference to Cymbals but Trumpets were mentioned earlier.  Also 2 Chronicles 13:12, 15:14 and Psalm 47:5.  And Amos 2:2 uses it and the Shofar.

2 Samuel 6 15 and 1 Chronicles 15:28 use it and also mention Trumpets while talking about when David brought The Ark to Jerusalem.  Revelation 11 tells use after the Seventh Trumpet is sounded that the Ark will be seen in the Temple in Heaven.

Some verses that don't use the word without mentioning Trumpets directly, are referring to "The Alarm of War" Numbers 10 and Joshua 6 both tell me we can infer the Alarm of War involves Trumpets.

Still, in The Torah this is the Holy Day we're told the least about.  It's not mentioned in Deuteronomy 16 or Ezekiel 45.  Yom Kippur is also absent from those chapters but it has Leviticus 16 dedicated to it.

Nehemiah 7:23-8:12 is all on this day, and it makes that day pretty important, though no Trumpets are referenced.

Before that however was Ezra 3, in verses 1-2 and 6-7 talking about the first year of the return from captivity (though some argue a time jump between verses 6 and 7).  Verses 8-9 jump to the Second Month of the Second year to talk about Zerubbabel and Jeshua starting their work.  I can't help but wonder if it can be conjectured while not clearly stated verse 10 has jumped forward to the anniversary of what was recorded before, that that day is supposed to be the day for consecrating the foundations during this period.

If so it's interesting that Ezra 3:10 refers to Trumpets, and says "after the ordinance of King David", and then verses 11 and 13 use Teruah 3 times with the KJV translating it Shout.

What can be interesting in terms of a Tishri Rapture in general is 2 Chronicles 31, talking about Hezekiah's reforms.  Verses 5 and 6 talks about offering made for The Temple at Hezekiah's command, including First Fruits offerings.  Then verse 7 says.

"In the third month they began to lay the foundation of the heaps, and finished them in the seventh month."

Early in the third month is when Pentecost happens, could this time frame be a type of the time frame of The Church?  Our foundation laid at Pentecost and finished in Tishri?  Because after this these offerings were gathered up and stored in the "chambers in the house of the LORD" in verses 10 and 11.

While I don't like to build doctrine on Extra Biblical Jewish Traditions, especially ones not attested before The Talmud in the 2nd Century.  The customs that went on during the first Century Second Temple period were an influence on the imagery of the New Testament.  I've already done a post on how Yom Teruah customs tie into the Two Witnesses.

Numbers 10 is about the Silver Trumpets sounding every Holy Day and New Moon.  What is interesting about Yom Teruah is it is the 7th New Moon of the year.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Did The Lost Tribes go to Japan?

I did a post on why in general I think The Lost Tribes went East rather then West, where I mentioned the Japan theories.  The role DNA studies play in speculating about the Lost Tribes in Japan I addressed on my Revised Chronology Blog.  I've been wanting to do this post specifically on the Japan theories for awhile.

Most blogs or articles on The Lost Tribes in Japan aren't going to mention Anime and Video Games (and maybe Godzilla) as much as I'm going to.  But being a Nerdy Fundamentalist is part of my gimmick, and I figure mentioning what Western Pop Culture likes most about Japan can make this subject accessible to people it wasn't before.  But if you're going to read this mainly for that then I should warn you it may take awhile to start popping up.

I think this theory could have truth in it, but I shall keep a skeptical eye.  Plenty of arguments made for it I think certainly range from bad to being quite a stretch.  And there is plenty of reason to suspect Nicholas McLeod was being deliberately dishonest and manipulative about many things.

Critics of the theory will point out that proponents are being very selective in what Japanese customs they'll mention, including both relatively nation wide ones and local isolated ones, and not mentioning ones that don't fit.  I understand that.

Thing is, I at least am not going to suggest Israelites were the only ancestors of the Japanese.  There were probably multiple migrations of people to the Islands that make up Japan, and even the ones that brought Hebrews may not have brought only Hebrews.  And there are also things that may not be explainable only by a Biblical origin, but when viewed next to other less common similarities become more interesting.

The Suwa-Taisha local ceremony that is argued to parallel the offering of Isaac is perhaps the most compelling.  I'll deal with it later, but before discussing a possible specific Tribal identity.

The oldest versions of the theory focus on saying it's the Priestly and/or Aristocratic clans that had Israelite origins.  While a later version focused on certain lower class and outcast populations.  It's possible each of those could have some truth to them with Israelites still not being the only ancestors of any group.  The DNA study touched on the Northern Kingdom's non Levitical priesthood.

The more moderate versions often focus on the Hata Clan, speculating them to have been Nestorian Jewish Christians from the Third Century AD.  Which strictly speaking wouldn't be a Lost Tribes connection at all.  But a lot of Christian theology about the Lost Tribes says Christians have knowingly or not often sought out the Lost Tribes in the spread of the Gospel.  Now a lot of that can tie into Two House theology which can be dangerous.  But it's something to keep in mind.  If the Hata Clan has the specific origin speculated (Jewish Christians who were once in Assyria), then combined with other speculation of mine they could have included descendants of the maternal half siblings of Jesus.

Seeing Hexagrams popping in Japan cited as evidence can be particularly controversial, because some object to The Star of David.  And that symbol is hardly unique to Judaism.

The comparison between the Omikoshi and The Ark of the Covenant can seem compelling.  A western person looking at it tends to think "that's what an Oriental version of The Ark would look like".  Thing is similar things do exist in other religions.  In fact Bible skeptics love to look at similar objects serving a similar function in Egypt and just accuse Moses (or someone much later) of copying that.

What sets The Ark apart is that there can be only one because this is Monotheism.  However based on The Lemba and their Drum of Thunder I can believe exiled Israelites may have decided to have something else play the same ceremonial function.  Especially Northern Israelites who after Jeroboam followed Moses much less strictly then the Lemba do.  The Ethiopians are also okay with replica Arks, and they claim to have the real one.

The overall comparison of the standard layout of a Shinto Shrine to the Tabernacle/Temple of Solomon, (with the Honden as the Holy of Holies and Haiden as the Holy Place), has a lot of parallels that are pushing it and others that are just pretty standard for any Temple.  What's striking to me is how Shintoism doesn't practice Idolatry in the strictest sense, the Hondens house sacred relics that represent the Kami but aren't viewed as being the Kami itself.

And, that access to the Honden is so restricted.  Most Pagan Temples of antiquity certainly took precautions to protect their inner sanctum from being vandalized, but they wanted them to be open for the Public to see the Idol.  A lot like the Lincoln Memorial or a Catholic Church.  Often with the priests performing parlor tricks to make the Idol seem alive.  But the Honden in Shintoism and the Holy of Holies in Mosaic Judaism, are strictly off limits to laymen.

The argued similarity between Shinto Shrines and Solomon's Temple partly interests me because I'm a Legend of Zelda fan.  Playing Zelda games as a kid/teenager who knew nothing I know now about Shintoism I always felt the Temple of Time (particularly as it is in Ocarina of Time and Twilight Princess) seemed like the inner Sanctum of Solomon's Temple.  With the main room you first enter being the Holy Place, the Altar of Time equating to the Altar of Incense, the Door of Time equating to the Veil, and the Room of Time being the Holy of Holies.  With the Pedastool of Time being about where the Ark would be, or God's Throne in the Heavenly Temple in Revelation 4.

Of course that isn't the only area where I've read my Christianity into Zelda.

The architectural aesthetics of the Temple of Time being like a Medieval Catholic Church/Cathedral which often drew on The Temple's design are perhaps one reason for that.  But now that I know more about Shintoism I think the design of a Shinto Shrine was likely a major influence.  That the inner most room houses a sword (The Master Sword) is good evidence of that.  The Relics housed in Hondens are usually either a Sword, a Mirror or a Stone of some kind, based on the imperial regalia of Japan.

But it is interesting that 1 Samuel 21:9 tells us the Sword of Goliath was kept behind the Ephod in the sanctuary of Ahimelech.  The Sword of Goliath was probably much larger then The Master Sword being the Sword of... well... Goliath.  It's size probably more comparable to The Biggoron Sword.  However Cloud and Sephiroth's swords are too ridiculously huge to be practical weapons even for Goliath.  British Israelism sometimes tries to make the Sword of Goliath become Excalibur of Arhturian Legend, with the Sword of Nuada (one of the four Treasures of the Tuatha de Danann) being an identity it took along the way.

One of the first aspects of Shintoism one might be likely to see in Japanese media is the Miko (Shrine Maiden).  Rei Hino in Sailor Moon, the woman who sings that really long song to awaken King Ceaser in Godzilla vs Mechagodzilla, Yuna in Final Fantasy X is like a Miko, the six Maidens in Legend of Zelda Four Swords Adventures are called Mikos in Japan.  And there are some Animes with Miko in the title, one of which I'm hesitant to mention here.

The Miko doesn't usually come up discussing this topic because most people assume ancient Israel didn't have any kind of ceremonial virgin status.  However my study of the word Almah conjectures it might have refereed to something like that.  The Miko vow of Chastity is not life long which makes it more like what I've conjectured for the word Almah (because Mary was one) then either Vestal Virgins or Nuns.  It seems that originally the Mikos served as Oracles or Prophetesses of some sort.  The Bible does record there being Prophetesses in Ancient Israel, at least one of whom (Miriam the sister of Moses) is affiliated with the word Almah, and possibly a second given how you think Isaiah 7 ties into Isaiah 8.

The Far East usually sees Dragons as positive benevolent beings rather then monsters needing to be slain like in the West.  The few exceptions, the few examples of seemingly evil Dragons in Eastern mythology are Japanese, Japan has the Benevolent type too of course.  Now Evil Dragons don't have their sole origin in The Bible, but still this being a particular characteristic of Japan in contrast to it's neighbors is interesting.  Video Games like Zelda and Final Fantasy and Anime like Escaflowne featuring Dragon Slaying are usually assumed to reflect a western influence, and while Arthurian style romance is a connection there, it may also be because it's not as alien to Shinto thinking as one might assume.

It is possible to look at Izanagi as an Adam figure, and Izanami as Havvah/Eve.  I've talked about that when discussing Evangelion.  Though upon further thought they seem more similar to the Kabbalistic concept of Adam Kadmon and Lilith, though I feel the Kaballists party gave Lilith significance that belongs to Eve.  The traditional burial cite of Izanami is Mt. Hiba, a name that could come form Havvah/Eve.

I also can't help but suspect Beth-El is remembered in their legends. with the "Floating Bridge of Heaven" being Jacob's Ladder, and the "Pillar of Heaven" being Jacob's Pillow.  Remember Beth-El was also called the "Gate of Heaven".  And this part of the mythology is supposed to be before the islands of Japan were created.

It's also possible to see Amenominakanushi, Takamimusuhi and Kamimusuhi as possibly being a corruption of The Trinity (which I believe can be deduced from the Hebrew Bible alone).  Takamimushi is attributed with the act of creating Mankind, but he made Ten original Humans from Mud rather then just one Adam.  Takami is usually interpreted to mean Height or High, it could work as a Japanese translation of Elyon.

Now some websites comparing the Shinto pantheon to the Canaanite one (which the Israelites also backslid into worshiping, especially in the North) slip up I feel by comparing Amaterasu to Astarte or Asherah.  Rather I feel an interesting similarity between the Canaanite and Shinto pantheons is having a female solar deity (Shapash/Amaterasu) and a male moon god (Jerah/Tsukuyomi), male moon gods are far from rare, in fact them being female is just about unique to the Greco-Romans.  But females for the main personification of the sun are known to my knowledge only among the Canaanites, in Shinto and among western and northern European Celtic/Germanic/Norse mythologies which I think likely borrowed it from the Phoenicians and Dan.  But among the European examples the sun goddess was never a leading deity of the pantheon, while Amatersau is often defined as the lead god of Shintoism.  And The Bible does hint at Sun Worship being very popular at certain times at least.  Like in the account of Josiah where we're told he tore down Sun worshiping altars.

There is even a specific myth the two solar goddesses have in common, involving her not shining for awhile until persuaded to shine again.

The comparison of Baal-Hadad to Susanoo is valid, though there are other Baal candidates among the Shinto Kami as well, but it's Susanoo who kills Orochi, an evil Dragon that resembled the Lotan of Ugarit, Lotan often gets compared to the Biblical Leviathan and Rahab.

Yomi could also be compared to Sheol.

After Izanami is dead and the main Shinto Kami come into the picture, Izanagi functions similarly to El in the Ugraic texts (and the Sumerian Anu), as a more distant ruling God who's offspring are fighting with each other over direct rule of the Earth.  Ugarit had different kinds of gods as Baal's rivals though, Ugarit ultimately sided with Baal, but both can come off as a villains.  Common motifs but different perspective.

Something else notable is when Wikipedia is explaining how the English "god" might be a flawed translation of Kami says.
The wide variety of usage of the word can be compared to the Sanskrit Deva and the Hebrew Elohim and the arabic Allah, which also refer to God, gods, angels or spirits. 
I think Sama or Kami-Sama makes a good translation of Adonai also.

Of the claims attributed to McLeod the most problematic is his imagined first Emperor Osee.  The first Emperor of Japan according to known Japanese history and mythology is Jimmu, born in 711 BC and began his reign in 660 BC.  McLeod claimed with no source that the first Emperor was Osee who began his reign in 730 BC.  730 BC is when Ussher dated the proper beginning of Hosea's reign as the last king of Northern Israel.  Osee makes sense as a hypothetical Japanese form of Hosea, and McLeod would have likely used Ussher's dates.

Hosea is interesting.  He did NOT continue the "Sins of Jeroboam" which was Idolatry, but did do evil, what that evil was isn't clarified.  His death isn't recorded, he was taken into captivity in the deportation usually dated to 722 BC but which Ussher dates to 724-721 BC.  He could have continued as a leader of his people in Exile like Jechoniah would during the Babylonian Exile, and later his descendants.  We don't know how old he was at any point, it's possible he could have had a son in 711 BC and lived to 660 BC if he was like 30 in 730 BC.  So it seems McLeod's intent was to imagine Hosea as the father of Jimmu but forgot to make all the pieces of his puzzle clear.  Still there is no real evidence Osee came from anything other then his imagination.

But the name Oshi does exist, it's the name of a Castle in Japan that was the object of the Siege of Oshi in 1590.  Searching this Wikipedia page it pops up in the lesser known names of many Japanese Emperors.  Oshi is also the name of a Japanese Board Game.  The instruction sheet of which links itself to Jimmu.  Another similar name is Oshii.  But that is a very tenuous connection for a likely fabricated story.

And now I've learned something I'd missed before.  The Son of Amatersau and father of Ninigi who's said to be the first to travel to Japan, is named as Ame no Oshihomimi no Mikoto.  The Oshi element is part of that name, and is in the only part that is the individual name (some references to him say only Oshihomimi).  A Hebrew origin for Homimi could come from HaMem (The Mem), Mem being the name of a letter of the Hebrew Alphabet.  Memi is also an existing Jewish family name.

So if the traditional dates are a little exaggerated but not as much as most skeptics would say, particularly if you gave the dates for Jimmu to Ninigi.  Then Oshihomimi can fit the time-frame of Hosea king of Israel perfectly.  Maybe before the main Japanese sources were written 711-660-585 were remembered as the important dates of a founder figure, and assumed that was Jimmu and worked the rest of the chronology from there.  Or maybe Ninigi and Jimmu were originally the same person, but an expanded genealogy was added to the mythology later.  Or the generations between them were added, King Hosea could have had a son born around 734-730 BC who'd be old enough to reproduce in 711 BC, and he certainly could have had a Grandson reach adulthood by 660 BC.

The father of Oshihomimi was Susanoo, the Kami who is possibly equivalent to Baal.  Hosea didn't engage in the Sins of Jeorboam, which means not Idolatry presumably.  But he could have been given titles that referenced the Sun, and used the word Baal in the sense of it meaning Husband or Master/Lord.  Or his parents may have been named Hadad and Sapash.  Correction, at least one parent of King Hoshea is named in 1 Kings 15-17,  Elah which could be interpreted to mean "goddess" in Hebrew, though it's normally taken to mean Oak or Elm.

The myths of the traditional ancestors of Jimmu are sometimes compared to the Patriarchs of Genesis.  Ninigi fell in love with Konohanasakuya-hime, but her father wanted him to marry her older sister.  The details playing out as similarly to Jacob as some make it sound I can't verify and have seen contradicted.  A verifiable parallel between Hoori and Joseph I can't find.

Japanese theories, like Native American ones, will often make a key factor out of the Arzareth reference of II Esdras 13:45 where Hosea is Osea, which I talk about here.

I've decided I don't want to retread everything claimed on this subject elsewhere.

Now on to the Suwa-Taisha tradition.  How it's usually presented is as follows.
At the back of the shrine "Suwa-Taisha," there is a mountain called Mt. Moriya ("Moriya-san" in Japanese). The people from the Suwa area call the god of Mt. Moriya "Moriya no kami," which means, the "god of Moriya." This shrine is built to worship the "god of Moriya."

At the festival, a boy is tied up by a rope to a wooden pillar, and placed on a bamboo carpet. A Shinto priest comes to him preparing a knife, and he cuts a part of the top of the wooden pillar, but then a messenger (another priest) comes there, and the boy is released. This is reminiscent of the Biblical story in which Isaac was released after an angel came to Abraham.

The knife and sword used in the "Ontohsai" festival

At this festival, animal sacrifices are also offered. 75 deer are sacrificed, but among them it is believed that there is a deer with its ear split. The deer is considered to be the one God prepared. It could have had some connection with the ram that God prepared and was sacrificed after Isaac was released. Since the ram was caught in the thicket by the horns, the ear might have been split. 

In ancient time of Japan there were no sheep and it might be the reason why they used deer (deer is Kosher). Even in historic times, people thought that this custom of deer sacrifice was strange, because animal sacrifice is not a Shinto tradition.

My friend went to Israel and saw a Passover festival on Mt. Gerizim in Samaria. He asked a Samaritan priest how many rams were offered. The priest answered that they used to offer 75. This may have a connection with the 75 deer which were offered at Suwa-Taisha shrine in Japan.
 Because it seems this festival has, because of the modernization of Japan, ceased being practiced how it used to be, it is difficult to independently verify the details. It's considered odd because usually Animal Sacrifice wasn't a thing in Shintoism.

 (note, I've tried and failed to verify the Samaritans offering 75 Rams claim, and some sites repeating this claim on this subject say 75 lambs but I haven't verified that either.  It reminds me of how 70 Bulls are offered during Tabernacles according to Numbers 29.  But it is certainly true the Samaritan affiliate Unleavened Bread with the Offering of Isaac)

After a good deal of digging I have independently verified the mountain being called Moriya by finding these two websites.

http://www.japanvisitor.com/japan-temples-shrines/suwa-shrine-nagano
https://punynari.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/suwa-grand-shrine-a-touhou-pilgrimage/
And now I can add the Wikipedia page for Takeminakata.

There it is spelled Moreya-No-Kami (God of Moreya).  And the Kanji used to spell it are given as 洩矢神(Mode Arrow Kami), but Google Translate seems to think the Moreya part is only pronounced Mo Ya.  Which suggests the name as it's traditionally pronounced isn't natural to Japanese.  This Wikipedia page is about how the the grander Japanese national mythology ties Suwa in, it doesn't tell us much about the local significance.

[[Update April 30th 2017: And now Moreya has it's own Wikipedia page. ]]

And the Deer affiliation I verified with these three sites

http://www.greenshinto.com/wp/2011/11/29/suwa-taisha-in-wonderful-nagano/
http://tsukaguchi.blogspot.com/2015/08/suwa-taisha.html
http://memim.com/suwa-taisha.html
[[Update APril 30th 2017: and now a reference exists on Wikipedia.]]

I've found a Jewish website that lists Deer as being Kosher.
http://www.chabad.org/library/howto/wizard_cdo/aid/133726/jewish/Which-Animals-Are-Kosher.htm
Deer definitely fit the requirements for qualifying as Clean laid out in Leviticus 11:3 and Deuteronomy 14:6.  What's interesting about the above random Jewish site is that of all Land Animals considered Kosher, Deer is the only example listed that isn't specifically talked about in Numbers 28-29.  Deuteronomy 14:4-5 does specifically mention Deer among many others however.

[Update: I've speculated that the Hebrew word for Ram could have become confused for a type of Deer, and the Song of Solomon's references to Roes, Harts and Hinds may be key to that.  And I've also considered that the mistake went the other way.]

That the time of year for the festival is Spring Time I've verified here.
http://www.japanvisitor.com/japanese-festivals/festival-april
The precise ritual in question happening on specifically April 15th I have verified here.
http://tsukaguchi.blogspot.com/2015/08/suwa-taisha.html
Which I just noticed is one of the Links I already provided, I archived these months ago not all at the same time.

April is in Springtime, the Hebrew Month of Nisan usually happens in March and April, rarely it could spill over into May.  The 15th of Nisan is Passover/First day of Unleavened Bread.  The 14th is the day the Lamb is killed.

Jewish traditions suggesting the offering of Isaac happened at the same time that would later become Passover can be traced back to at least the book of Jubilees, where combining the information from Jubilees 17:15 and 18:3, places the offering of Isaac on either the 14th or 15th of Nisan.  (Jubilees adds some Job inspired reason for what God does here that I don't approve of however.)  Given what the offering of Isaac means to Christians, we should be very attracted to connecting it to Passover.  April 15th is also while The Sun is in Aries The Ram (or used to be at least).

I found one example of the entire ritual being described Independent of making a Lost Tribes connection.  It does compare it to the Offering of Isaac, but in the way scholars love to compare mythical motifs they don't really think are directly connected.  Ritual Sacrifice Blood Redemption.

I found something online talking in-depth about the local customs, with no discussion of The Bible or Lost Tribes. Jomon Pottery Not all of it is available on the free preview, but the ritual in question seems to be alluded to on page 175 (I think it may be described in more detail on page 169 which I currently can't see).  This book also confirms that Mishaguji was originally Mi-Saku-Chi, on page 178.  The meaning speculated is Saku is blossoming, or manifesting the life-force under the soil or in the womb.  In Hebrew Isaac (derived from Zachaq) means laugh, but the laughter of Sarah was because she didn't expect to be able to conceive a child.

So we have a name phonetically similar to Moriah, which in Hebrew is MoriYah, the right time of year, and the similarity of the ritual itself.  I think that is an awful lot to be a coincidence.

One thing I want to add that usually isn't mentioned on this subject, the Suwa-Taisha area also has a sacred tree.  It's unclear from what I've read if it's on the Mountain called Moryia or somewhere else.  It's a purely conjectural hunch of mine that maybe the most ancient long forgotten origin of the veneration of that tree was it being identified with or used as a representation of the Tree of Life.

As far as my bringing up Japanese Media goes.  One of the links verifying the name Moriya is about a video game franchise I'm not familiar with yet, Touhou.  It seems interesting however.  But it's a genre of games that don't suite me, and I'm not sure they've even been localized in the West.  And I only have Nintendo systems.

So those are my thoughts on the subject.  It's not something I'd consider definitively proven, but it's interesting.

Update October 2016: Tribe of Gad?

I decided I wanted to add to this my thoughts on something I read recently.  It seems some link Japan specifically to Gad, or at least The Imperial Family.

The argument is mostly an old archaic name for The Emperor, Mikado, they point out the Mi in Japan is an honorary Prefix.  I do know that the K and G sounds in Japanese can become confused, for example the Japanese word for God is usually spelled in our alphabet as Kami, but in compound words like Megami (Goddess) and Shinigami (god of death) or either Yagami the K is a G instead, though the Japanese Kanji for Kami is no different.  But sometimes it's still a K in compound word like Mikami or Omikami or Okami.  And an O or U at the end seems to be a common result of transliteration into Japanese.

What other sites I've read so far haven't pointed out is the Hebrew letter Mem can also be a prefix that means "from" or "from the".  Example, Nahem mean "Comforter" and Menahem means "from the Comforter".  So Megad/Migad would mean "from Gad".

Japan like many nations has had many alternate names for itself (Yamato though is strictly speaking just the largest island).  Some names known are Jippon, Nippon and Niphon.  One name the Chinese have called them is Zeppen.  That has lead some to an argument that that name could come from Ziphion, Gad's firstborn son (Genesis 46:16).

Could this claim for the Imperial line overlap with the theories about them coming from Samaria's last King Hoshea discussed above?  His tribal Identity isn't clearly stated, in fact it doesn't seem to be for many Kings starting with Omri.  Hoshea may or may not be a native of Samaria, Samaria as the capital could have had a more diverse population then most Kings.

The earlier King Menahem is called Ben Gadi or "Son of Gadi", Gadi is the same in the Hebrew as "Gadite", so perhaps Gadi wasn't the personal name of his father but rather this phrase identifies him as a Gadite?

The house of Menahem does NOT like Jeroboam, Baasha or Ahab have a declaration that it's male line was or will be entirely blotted out.  His son Pekahiah was killed in a coup by Pekah ben Remaliah.  Pekah is later killed in a coup by Hoshea ben Elah.  Could Hoshea have been of Menahem's house, that is often called the House of Gadi?   Hoshea and Menahem both paid tribute to the same Assyrian King, Tiglath-Pileser.

Maybe Elah was Pekahiah's brother?  Or Sister, ending with a Heh is usually grammatically feminine in Hebrew but our assumptions about some names forget that. Or maybe Elah was a wife of Menahem or Pekahiah?

We are repeatedly told there is more to the story in an alluded to Northern Kingdom counterpart to Chronicles, but it hasn't been preserved since it (being kept by a less faithful Kingdom) wasn't God's Word.

The idea of Kings coming from Gad is intriguing to me because I've noticed something about Moses Blessing on The Tribe of Gad in Deuteronomy 33:20-21 that most don't.  It's a blessing that seems to imply Royal status, similar terminology to that used of Judah in Genesis 49:9-10.  So Lost Tribes speculation aside that convinced me Samaria did have a Gadite dynasty.

Japanese Shinto Shrines tend to have Lion statues serving as mystical guards.  Possibly connected to the two Lion statues that were before Solomon's throne (1 Kings 10:19 and I Chronicles 9:18), or to the Lion imagery in Gad's blessing.  People comparing Shinto Shrines to the Temple will misquote those Solomonic references to make it sound like those Lions were in The Temple.

Lions being symbolic of Kingship isn't limited to Biblical symbolism.  Whether or not it all traces back to the Lion of Judah is hard to determine.  But it's interesting that a very notable example of that symbolism in modern Pop Culture is the Disney movie The Lion King.   It being associated with Africa is interesting in-light of the Aksumite Royal family's claim of descent from Solomon.  But what's interesting here is how that symbolism is among the things The Lion King has in common with Kimba The White Lion, the Anime franchise it clearly borrowed much from.

Below is taken from Britam's description of Gad given for the purpose of supporting their bias for European identifications, in this case Sweeden.
"Gad asserts himself. He is capable. He has a pioneeer initiating aspect. He is adventurous, enterprising, and concerned with material wealth sometimes at the expense of family considerations. Gad belongs to a group. Peer pressure is important to him. When you deal with someone from Gad chances are you will be impressed with their friendliness, with their letting you into their circle. The problem is that it will require an OK from the circle. Gad checks back with the group and prefers not to finally commit himself/herself unless the "group" also does. It is not only how Gad himself sees you. It can also be how Gad thinks the group will see you and how the both of you will fit in with the group.
Gad is open to others but prefers unions with his own kind as does everybody but with Gad it is even more so. Families from Gad have a tendency to split up yet retain contact over distance and time. Not everyone succeeds in this but those who can do it are to be congratulated. Family is important and valuable. Gad is also a "chopper", a "cutter-off". Gad knows how to chopp somebody off, to let them go. Gad is frisky and alive. Look at his stone. It contains the simplest and dullest of all colors yet it is attractive and dynamic. Gad can put life into the mundane. There is an aspect of innocence and eternal youth about Gad."
I feel like it happens to describe Japanese culture fairly well.  In the sense that it can be read as describing an individual it could fit many Anime protagonists, I see a little of Tsukino Usagi in that description of Gad.  Some of that kinda describes Anime itself.

Does that fit Japan better then Sweeden?  IDK, I've never watched a Sweedish cartoon.  But I'd' say Sweeden is claiming to be Dan right in it's very name, like her cousin Denmark.

As far as Britan's desire to identify the Goths with Gad goes.  I believe the Goths, Geats and Gautr descended from the Gutians of ancient Mesopotamia who descended from Gethur son of Aram son of Shem son of Noah.

I've already elsewhere criticized Britam's desire to associate Ephriam with Royalty.

I may in the future respond specifically to Britam's arguments for making Japan Edom.