Google’s Hebrew predictive text predicts Jewish Messiah?

Just added Hebrew keyboard to my phone since my Moto G4 handset rolled out Android 7.0 a few days ago.

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If you type in the Hebrew word for Jesus whilst texting, the next words are computer-predicted.

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HaNotzri (Christian) | HaMoshiach (The Messiah) | Ho (He)

Which makes me think, how does Google’s predictive algorithm work?   Is this bit of software licenced from somewhere else? Or is it self-learning from conversations from Hebrew speaking Android phone users?

Its not picking it up from me, as I am not a regular and confident Hebrew speaker.

Compared to texting with English, the left hand pic is what’s predicted instead…..

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The right hand picture I’ve written Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, a Ukrainian/New York Rabbi often mistaken as being the Messiah by Ultra Orthodox Jews in Israel and elsewhere.   Here there aren’t any words related to Messiah, King of Kings or anything else.

Curious?   I am.

 

Do you have gifts of discernment?

If you know me or you don’t, I’m a Christian who did some volunteer work in Jerusalem Israel, serving the Jewish people, seeing and experiencing holidays and place associated with the Bible.

I’ve experienced some very odd things that are hard to explain, that come from being in a political and spiritually volatile place.   I’m now living in London UK, and after seeing some big changes happening with work, church, friends, these I am needing to seek the Lord about some complex challenges for the future.

I’ve been reading recently about the gifts of the spirit.   I’ve just read this particular article which talks about Gift of Discernment which really encouraged me.

This is one of the best things I’ve read on the subject.

http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2010/08/08/8-signs-you-may-have-the-spiritual-gift-of-discernment/ 

I think its crucially important for Christians who seek to understand these, or already have spiritual gifts, not to misuse them or boast about them, and of course, Christians who don’t yet grasp these biblical concepts to discard it as a fad or a peculiarity also.

1 Thessalonians 5 : 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil. 23 Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.

The Lord revealing dark secret in a London park

Firstly, I don’t pretend to have any special knowledge any talent.   The Lord reveals things to me every so often.    Not in any particular pattern or reason why I should I know.

Here is London’s is Regent park.   I often enjoy walking through here on a Sunday before I go to church.   I live in North West London and my church is the centre of the big city.

I needed to be praying and fasting over some critical decisions in my own life right now.   I went walking in London on Saturday through some of my favourite places, but I felt the Lord directed me to somewhere different.

This extra park is called Primrose Hill.   At the top of here are some pretty great views of London, and its assorted collection of building furniture like Tower Bridge, Telecom Tower, The Gherkin, Big Ben etc.  Sadly, I didn’t get any pictures and all I have is Google’s images from a grey and cloudy day.

Behind where I was standing, I walked past some trees in a slightly odd circular shape.   It was here that Lord told me to pray over this area as it has some kind of connection with Witchcraft.    I prayed over the area, not for me to have any authority over this, as I don’t.   I am new to intercessory prayer and pastors who do this recommend not to be boastful in the way pray over places with sources of some kind of stronghold.   Like I said, I am in no way trying to be expert on this.   I also felt I should research why the Lord is tell me this stuff.    I know absolutely nothing about this park.

The next day, I spent some time with Google on Primrose hill, trying to figure out if this has any meaning.   Straight away I notice some things.   Some of these links are connected directly to Witchcraft and Wicca sites, so I want to be mindful not to be too interested in some of these finer detail.

This web site from the Royal Parks mentions this:-
At one time this was a place where duels were fought and prize-fights took place. The hill has always had a somewhat lively reputation, with Mother Shipton making threatening prophesies about what would happen if the city sprawl was allowed to encroach on its boundaries.

I agree that ancient park land should not be built on, these places should not spoilt in the name a constant need for home taking away our green places.   I know well that Pagan culture is attracted to nature and wildlife, actually here there was some construction going on in the park, but just renew seating and a bit of landscaping.

Who is Mother Shipton?

Wikipedia; Ursula Southeil 1488–1561, A prophetess (A witch)

In particular she is thought to have predicted the invention of the motor car “A Carriage without a horse shall go; Disaster fill the world with woe..”

Connection with my home city of Portsmouth.

Meanwhile I realised this name sounded familiar.   About 80 miles away, my home city in Portsmouth named a pub after this witch:-

A bit more research, shows this to be one of UK’s worst pubs for violence, see this link http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/dont-count-me-inn-1596870

Seeing as Primrose park had a murder and this pub is used for brawls, I’m willing to guess that this witch brought a curse of violence on places associated with her.

I know people formerly associated with witchcraft, occult, seances and fortune telling who left this and came to Christ.    I know that history has shown us that otherworld stuff is real and is dangerous.   Often people are introduced to this today through Goth/Grunge culture and heavy metal music.   Unhealthy interest in the occult has separated a close friend of mine from truth of the Gospel he once had.

What have I learned from this?   When I managed to spend a day seeking the Lord, he has given me words of knowledge on places I have not been before, without a reason why.   I write this to learn and share with others and so the Lord get give me more understanding of powers and principalities and how to pray over them.

 

Jerusalem terror attack and UN

Just been watching with horror at the reports of four people killed today in Jerusalem.

This is really close to my flat I lived at for 3 years (I lived in a different flat as well in Jerusalem for 1 year)

It will be interesting to see what the UN says about this attack.   This is because the UN’s headquarters is just another few hundereds metres away.

You can see the entrance has been designed with blocks to get cars to drive around to stop ramming attacks.     With the recent ramming attack in Germany that killed people in a similar attack.  The German government bought some special barriers from a company in Israel, as they industry leaders of anti-terror and security solutions to militaries and police forces worldwide.  A city in Spain has just approved a boycott Israel campaign.   Where they going to buy anti-terrorism solutions when they have an attack from radical Islam I wonder?

Most Israelis don’t like the UN, as they have never treated Israel fairly.   The idea of a impartial body to act to arbitrate disagreements between nations is sensible plan in theory, but the UN has always failed on this, as it issues more sanctions on Israel, a not perfect country, but a place that has democracy and freedom, then on countries like Iran, Saudia Arabia, North Korea, China, Cuba etc, which don’t have any these things.

After the massive changes in 2016 with Brexit and Donald Trump, which some people were up in arms and still are, I think they next big change in 2017 will be the collapse of the UN. With the UN forcing Israel’s hand to create Islamic dystopia nation called “Palestine” run by Fatah and/or Hamas, Israel plans to defund the UN and Donald Trump’s US administration may do the same.   As the US give 25% of the UN their money, that will cause the UN to teeter over bankruptcy.   At that point it will be rescued using the funds of an Islamic nation but only it’s terms.

The only way there will be peace in the middle east is through Christ, and for Israel to be restored as the bible foretells.

 

 

 

Canada 1. St Johns New Foundland

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St John’s sits in the extreme north east corner of Canada

I took a trip to Canada in August to see a close friend of mine I was with whilst in Israel.

I booked my flight later than I should of and the best deal I could get to go from London to Winnipeg required two stop overs.   One in St John’s New Foundland and one Halifax, Nova Scotia.

This is the longest flight I have done, and the first time I have been to North American continent in 15 years, with multiple stops travelling westwards you are going backwards across time zones.

St John’s is the capital of New Foundland and Labrador, the cluster of small provinces (Canada’s way of equivalent of individual states) on the east coast, along with New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia are called the Maritimes.

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Shipping is quite a big thing here.   This is a small capital city but a lot of young people, and good selection of interesting antique shops and bars and restaurants.

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I think it was still something like 8 in the morning and there was this weird fog shrouding the city in a mystery which was quite fun.   The taxi driver took me to Signal Hill which I was advised by friends this was a good place to explore as I had 7 hours free before my next flight.

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I got a cuddle with this lovely huge dog!   A Newfoundland dog was here with his owner enjoying the park.

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Poutine!   Canada’s own fast food.   A kind of mix of cheese and gravy served with chips.   I would of got some but I already had lunch here.

Everyone I met here, even the airport security was super friendly.   I had a great chat with the Bangladeshi taxi driver who took me from the airport to the main city.   He was driving part time and also at university.   Canada is great place for new immigrants, there is enough space and work to fit in so many new people.   The other taxi driver that took me back was a local guy with a very thick accent which sounded almost Irish.   Its quite clear that the folks of St John’s have strong Irish and Scottish descent.

Trip to Turkey 28. Flight home from Adana

I took a train from Tarsus to Adana to head home.   This still required (I think with any flight in Turkey) a change at Istanbul.

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There was this vintage train outside of Tarsus station.   Many years ago, trains went from Israel to Lebanon through Syria into Turkey.

These flags were not out when I went.   The station in Adana is quite a big grand looking place in a modern looking city, it looks a bit like the large Moroccan city of Cassablanca when I went in 2015.

Not much more than 200km from Syria!   If I did my journey the opposite way round, flying to Adana, I know people going off to join ISIS tend to enter Syria or Iraq from south east Turkey, I’m certain I’d get flagged up and put on some kind of list or something.

I didn’t really get a chance to look around Adana.  Its a really big city and this was my final destination before taking a plane home.   I took one stop to buy a small pizza from a bakery.  The two men there were friendly but they didn’t speak English at all.   Neither did my taxi driver I waved down.   Most of the folks I was speaking to required gestures to make myself understood.

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Turkey has been a popular place for holidays, but really Istanbul and Ankara, as its warm and quite cheap.  Turkish people are friendly and hospitable.    Just before I did this trip terrorism reared its ugly head, and I wasn’t swayed as going to smaller towns.   It does seem Turkey has taken a turn for the worse with more unrest, restrictions on the internet and putting journalists in jail.   Would I go again?   if troubles quieten down maybe, if I haven’t lived in the middle east before I would not of been I think.   I am really glad I did this trip when when I did in April 2016.

The end

Previous 27. Buildings in Tarsus

Trip to Turkey 26. Unusual Turkish cuisine

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Fomented carrot juice.   This really looks tempting.  Ahem.   Especially when its a colour different to what you think carrots should be.   This was from a road side kiosk shop that sold cigarettes and newspapers.

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These market carts are popular in Tarsus selling all kinds of wares.   I bought a jar of honey for 12TL (£3) which I later had confiscated in the airport as I had in my carry on, as honey is a type of liquid.  Bah.  Wasn’t impressed.

fryupAs well kebabs and mezes which are found in Turkish run places all the big cities in the UK, Turkish food can also be refined also, I like the fact there are many places to eat outside with nice gardens and fountains.   This restaurant back in Goereme provides meals on hot plates not dissimilar to candle powered heaters in Indian restaurants I have seen.

 

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Trip to Turkey 25. Museum of Tarsus

Ok, time to get back to final parts of this.  Tarsus doesn’t seem to promote itself very well to Christian visitors.   But there is this museum, I didn’t get a picture of it from the outside, so heres this Streetmap view.

turkish-museum3This concrete building, has market outside to buy home made local foods.

Inside the museum, there is a lot of early Islam like this grave stone and these rooms of how Ottoman people lived.  There is a quite creepy severed hand of a woman that was dug up which was quite macabre.

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There a large number of coins on display from the Roman, Greek, Byzantine, Akkadian – but not from Jewish people.

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This sign board was quite shocking.   Bad English, whited out bits, and ‘Cult Christianism’ and ‘showed the characteristics of a secret cult’   Umm, ok…..

This was the most disappointing museum I have seen in a long time.

Previous 24. Tarsus’s fairly small tourist market arcade
Next 26. Unusual Turkish cuisine

 

 

Stephen Sizer dropped by publisher about to flout CoE ban and launch new ‘peace’ ministry

I wrote a letter to Christian publisher IVP to re-consider stocking Sizer’s books which I got a kind but generic response about 5 years ago.  So I was surprised to see this link a friend sent me last week.

http://blog.camera.org/archives/2016/11/breaking_intervarsity_press_in.html

He likes to meet up with holocaust deniers, and have tea with Ayatollah of Iran’s family and got disciplined by the church of England for in 2015 for saying Israel was responsible for 9/11.  With a bit of Googling, you can see this man is a menace and a truly dreadful example to the church and witness to Jewish people.

Sizer looks like a typical gentle spoken silver haired vicar of a church in a village in Surrey but is obsessed in attacking Israel and the Jewish people, under the guise of some kind of false middle east peace project.

https://www.bod.org.uk/sizer-set-to-end-clergy-career-under-cloud/
http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/165549/stephen-sizer-warned-after-attending-anti-israel-meeting

It seems in recent months Sizer is completely unrepentant on his hostility to Jewish people, not stopped by being threatened with being fired, and as he is about to finish up from his church in Easter, he is planning another faux peace project.   All the people in yellow are Palestinians or have been involved with spreading hate about Israel pushing a Palestinian state at the expense of weakening Israel’s security.

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from statement from Bishop of Guildford’s web site here;

“It is therefore my decision that Stephen’s work in this area is no longer compatible with his ministry as a parish priest.
“In order for Stephen to remain in parish ministry, I have therefore asked for – and received from him – a solemn undertaking, in writing, that he is to refrain entirely from writing or speaking on any theme that relates, either directly or indirectly, to the current situation in the Middle East or to its historical backdrop.”

I would be curious to know what the Bish thinks about Church of England buildings being used for high charged political events after this warning which the reverend has blatantly violated?

I have driven through this main road in Virginia Water a few times to an away day with my church at a hotel 4 miles away.   Virignia Water is a idyllic looking English village that hides a pastor obsessively bent on hurting the nation of Israel.   Spin your mouse around to see the church behind.

For the gospel to successfully go out to the Jewish people, church leaders who are hateful to Israel and Jewish people are not fit to serve and should be removed as soon as possible.

Peace to Jewish and Arab people will only happen as per the bible’s framework.   Attempting to divide up God’s land which is not to be offered to any other part apart from the Jewish people comes with a catastrophic warning. Joel 3:2