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- Israeli election: The final result is still up in the air, but it seems like Netanyahu will be able to put together a coalition favouring Likud and himself, as at 21st September.
- Oil wars have the potential to cripple the world economy. When the US attacks Iran, Iran will attack Israel and "pop goes the weasel!"
- New US imposed sanctions on Iran's banking fraternity will further cripple their collapsing economy. = Hooks in jaws? (Ezekiel 38:4)
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind (Israel) by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known, I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall I will arise, when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.
Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity of darkness.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
20th September 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The exciting wait:
We remain in an impasse relating to the Israeli election outcome, and many other prophetic developments.
It’s as though God has put His finger on the pause button. It won’t be for long!
Don’t you just wish things would get moving and hurry up?
We must not try to ‘move’ things ourselves, in our time instead of looking to God to move in His time. But to be fully on His side, we need to grin and bear it!
I do expect things to suddenly escalate, perhaps in a most unexpected and dramatic way. Once the ball does get rolling, it is likely to roll very fast. One thing I do know for sure is that at the end of the day, everything will have worked out God’s way exactly and in His exact time. So we can rest (impatiently) in that!
The recent Iranian attack on Saudi oil Installations needs to be addressed.
Why did Iran hit Saudi Arabia? These two nations have been at each other’s throats for years. They have a deep rooted ancient hatred for each other’s brand of Islam. It is primarily a religious conflict.
Saudi Arabia was the home of the queen of Sheba in the Bible. It is identified as the land of Sheba and Dedan (Ezekiel 38:13), which is WW111 also called Gog and Magog. (Dedan is Yemen today)
Interestingly, the Ezekiel prophecy aligns Sheba (Saudi Arabia) with a group of nations which can be identified as the major western nations including the USA of today. This alliance is Israel-friendly as revealed in that prophecy, as they come to Israel defence.
What is so interesting about this is that only a few years ago this sort of alliance (Saudi Arabia, the US, Israel) would be so far out of the question!
The point is that Iran with pre-loaded religious hatred for the Saudi’s, now sees this alliance with whom they call the “great Satan” and the “lesser Satan,” the US and Israel.
Add to this Iran’s attempts to hit the world economy through its lifeline of black gold – oil.
Add to this the consistent, repeating statements of extreme hatred for Israel by Iran. If you have an arch-enemy who repeatedly says he is going to destroy you, that should raise you to action.
And then finally, what Iran really hates is the fact that Israel has been chosen by God for His purpose and that the US has been chosen by God to stand with Israel. So it’s a conflict with strong spiritual undertones as well.
Now, let’s add to this the fact that Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment record. I think it’s not a good idea to own property in Iran now!
So, looking at all of these factors, I hope you see how volatile, unsettled, unstable and explosive it is.
In these days particularly, we are in desperate need of prophetic glasses. We need to see, know and understand what the ancient scriptures have to say. If not danger of deception lurks!
Israel is the real target. That’s not surprising.
Tragically, and unbeknown to them, the churches of replacement theology are allies of Iran and enemies of God’s plan for Israel. Many churches are silent on the issue. Silence is tolerance and compliance!
Baa, baa black sheep have you any wool? Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full – all full of deceptive disease. That’s the state of many ministries today relating to Israel!
So, how do you think it will all play out? The Bible tells us.
The Jews have a chilling chant relating to the Holocaust – “never again” but tragically, the Bible does reveal that a new holocaust, very different to the original will occur on Israel’s way to glory. The world has learnt nothing and neither has much of the church!
Israel please know and understand that there is a fast growing community of Christians who love you, and God’s plans for you, who stand with you and for you, and pray and fast for you regularly.
Iran is stirring in her final hatred for Israel. Iran has said numerous times that it wants to wipe Israel off the map. Well, guess who gets wiped off the map?
Jeremiah 49:36-37 “Against Elam (modern Iran) I will bring the four winds from four quarters of heaven and scatter them towards those winds. There shall be no nation where the outcasts of Elam will not go. I will cause Elam to be dismayed before their enemies and before those who seek their life. I will bring disaster upon them, My fierce anger says the Lord; and I will send the sword after them, until I have consumed them.” (Ezekiel 38:5 = parallel.)
And here is a message to Iran about Israel from God:
Isaiah 61:7 “Instead of your shame (Israel) you shall have double honour, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs.”
That's God’s “final solution:” Iran get's wiped off the map and Israel gets double honour!
Jeremiah 24:7 “Then I will give them (Israel) a heart to know Me...”
Do you hear the trumpet? Do you hear the knocking at the door of your heart to be ready?
Edition 487: September 17th 2019
These are words of life!
I’ve said many times of late – time is short, very short! It’s time to set your heart will, mind and soul after our Lord and His word. It’s time to repent – NOW. The King is coming!
Wherever you find repeating patterns of events and consequences in the Bible – you’re onto something. You better take note so that you don’t become another victim of history.
There are a number of “end-times” revealed in the Bible. ●We have the original end-time of the rule and reign on earth of Lucifer, resulting in the pre-adamic fall and destruction of the world that then was. ●We have the end-times of Adam and Eve and the dispensation of innocence, resulting in the fall which saw the curse of sin enter the world. ●We have the end-times of the world of sin and evil in the days of Noah. ●We have the end-times of the world dynasty of Babylon. ●We have the end-times of all the world empires like Rome. ●We have the end-times of the modern world-system. ●We have the end-times of the Millennial world.
Each of these “end-times,” although they span world history, has amazing, consistent, repeating patterns that are evident in each of them.
They all have one major ingredient, which is pride leading to their destruction. But as each end-time approached the pride and rebellion to God increased dramatically. This is exactly where we are now, and there are dozens of lessons to be learnt.
These great and tragic manifestations of end-time pride are characterised by the cry of Satan-filled man and the whole world-system: “I will” and “me now.”
Pride almost always turns to a curse in a person’s life if not dealt with.
These lessons become significant because of their repeating patterns and consequences.
2 Thessalonians 2:4 “He (antichrist) opposes and exalts himself above God.”
Daniel 11:3 “A mighty king shall arise, who shall rule with great dominion, and do according to his will.”
Satan in the form of the antichrist is called “the wilful king”
Let’s look briefly at some of these ‘end times’:
►The fall of Lucifer and the pre-adamic world:
Isaiah 14:13 “You (Lucifer) have been cut down to the ground. You who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above God; I will sit on the mount of the congregation...I will ascend and I will be like the Most High, yet you shall be brought down to Sheol (hell).” (Note the “I wills”)
►The fall of Adam and Eve:
Genesis 3:6 “When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant too the eyes, she took of its fruit and ate. (I will eat of it) She also gave to her husband and he ate.”
“I will be like God” was the lie they bought into.
►The fall of the world in Noah’s day:
Genesis 6:3-5 “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh...Then the Lord saw that wickedness of man was great in all the earth and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”
2 Peter 2:5 “God did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah , one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood of the world of the ungodly.”
Matthew 24:37 “As in the days of Noah, so also will it be at the coming of the Son of Man...”
The people in Noah’s day thought: “We will not be judged, we will continue as always.”
►The fall of Babylon Genesis 11:3-4 “Then they said, let us make bricks and bake them thoroughly. They had bricks for (instead) of stone and asphalt for mortar. They said, ‘come let us build a tower whose top is in the heavens; and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the face of the earth.’”
The fall of Babylon was due to the people exalting their will above God’s.
►The fall of all the world empires: These are well documented throughout the Bible. Rome became a God-hating dynasty which was destroyed. (Revelation 2:22 17:2-6, 18:19)
►The fall of the modern world:
Isaiah 24:4-5 “The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty (proud) people of the earth languish. The earth is defiled under her inhabitants...because they have broken the everlasting covenant.”
Isaiah 24:19-20 “The earth is violently broken and split open. The earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard, and shall totter like a hut. Its transgressions shall be heavy upon it...” (Jeremiah 30:7, 11)
Again, as each end-time approaches, wickedness reaches a climax and people dig in with pride and rebellion against God. And each time God destroys them...and the world learns nothing again and again!
Why is modern man so wicked? Because he can! All he is doing is revealing the nature of his god. The arising of you is a terror when you are not submitted to the living God.
Instead of repentance, when judgement upon evil is approaching, all hell breaks loose. We see this classically illustrated in the following verse:
Revelation 12:12-13 “Rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that his time is short. When the dragon saw that he had been cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child” (Yeshua)
Do you see the relationship here between time being short, increasing wrath, and persecution of the godly and truth? This fully manifests in the tribulation. but we are in the forerunner period now.
A very soon-coming great catastrophe:
The world is on the brink of trying to make peace its own way.
You can’t have salvation without the cross, or peace without going God’s way.
Peace is not the main issue – truth is, and bear in mind that God will ultimately bring peace through war, not through the peace efforts of man.
We are now on the verge of the fall of God’s eternal covenant with Israel. This attempt at world peace (Daniel 9:27) in the form of the coming peace treaty will “confirm a covenant between Israel, the antichrist and the many” (world) It will, by default break God’s existing, eternal covenant and arouse His fury and wrath.
Daniel 11:28 “While returning to his land with great riches (antichrist), his heart shall be moved against the holy covenant; so he shall do damage and return to his land.”
Note in this prophecy above that we see the antichrist moving against the holy covenant. That could of course be the cross-bought salvation covenant, but in context it relates to God’s eternal covenant with Israel.
Here are some more shocking verses relating to God’s covenant:
Psalm 89:34 “My covenant I will not break, nor alter My word that has gone out from My mouth.”
Isaiah 28:15-18 “Because you (Israel) have said, ‘we have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation period) passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves’...Your covenant with death shall be annulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation period) passes through, then you shall be trampled down by it.” Verse 22 “Destruction is determined, even upon the whole earth.”
Daniel 11:32 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant, he will corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong and carry out great exploits.”
Romans 11:29 “The gifts and calling of God (upon the Jews) are irrevocable.”
Daniel 11:36-37 “This king (antichrist) shall do according to his own will: He shall exalt and magnify himself above every god and shall speak blasphemies against the God of gods and shall prosper until the wrath has been accomplished, for what has been determined shall be done. He shall regard neither the god of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor any god, for he shall magnify himself above then all.”
Israel cannot sign any sort of peace covenant with the world, Palestinians, antichrist or anyone, without breaking God’s pre-existing eternal peace covenant made thousands of years ago.
Israel will be duped by the god of this world into thinking a peace covenant is the way to peace. Israel will rise up saying “I will” sign this deal. I will, I will, I will.
As Israel, rebels against God one final time, so God brings judgement in the form of the tribulation, at the same time He opens the veil of blindness upon the Jews to Himself – their Messiah of glory!
Israel, finally says, “I will exalt the Lord!”
What terrifying, wonderful, majestic drama and glory!
The target of the enemy:
In the midst of all this drama, the enemy in the form of the mass-media and its religious side-kicks will try to trip up God! Not very clever! The half-baked church will be a primary tool of the devil.
The enemy will, and is now trying very hard to obscure the cross from the Jews. The relationship and alliance between Israel and the church is absolutely key to Israel’s seeing who their Messiah is.
The command of God to Gentile believers is “Comfort my people” not shoot them down! (Isaiah 40:1) The command of God is to bless them and stand with them.
The churches of replacement theology and many You-Tube ministries think they are doing God a favour by condemning the Jews all over again. As I’ve said before, many of them are of the spirit of Hitler just without gas chambers!
There is a mass of confusion-clubs of Jezebel’s and wizards all at war with the real truth and each other. All are manifesting just like in the days prior to the Holocaust, and they can’t see the blood-stained signposts of WW11.
Far too many churches are silent on the Israel issue. Silence in the face of attack is tolerance. Actually they are true betrayers.
Here is the job of the church, then and now:
Romans 10:14 “How then shall they (Israel) call on Him who they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard and how shall they hear without a preacher.”
False prophets and deceptive spirits lurk in pulpits and pews and all over the Internet!
Have a good, solid look into these incredible two verses below and note the main points:
Jeremiah 23:30-32 “I am against the prophets, says the Lord, who steal My word, everyone from his neighbour. I am against the prophets who use their tongues and say, ‘The Lord says.’ I am against those who prophesy false dreams and tell them and cause My people to err, by their lies and their recklessness. I did not send them.’”
Acts 8:9-10 “There was a certain man named Simon, who previously practised sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to who they all gave heed, saying ‘This man is the great power of God.’”
These two verses are a clear description of so many of our so-called prophets and teachers today?
It’s tragic when we find all this garbage in the church. We could expect it in the world and its media!
In fact, the world’s media are just like Lucifer – exalting themselves above the knowledge of God.
They speak with false authority backed by multitudes of opinions. Where there is no fear of the Lord, and truth is cast down in the street, there is no fear of their lives being on the wrong track, or fear of sin, or judgement to come. “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom”.
Right now we are on the very escarpment, the rocky height and cliff-edge with a sheer drop below! The political situation in Israel, with today’s election on the go, political turmoil in so many nations, the liberal left shooting themselves in the foot everywhere in the world at the same time, and all the arising anti-Semitism worldwide – are all signs we are on the edge!
Israel is about to take centre stage again. The “Deal of the Century” is about to be released. War drums are thundering on numerous Israeli horizons. Palestinians, with the world in their lap are gearing up for their final push to claim new frontiers in Israel.
Iran has a new-found weapon – hit the oil market. This can potentially cripple the world economy in a flash! Will the US allow it – no sir!
The world stands on the edge of the precipice with not even a shudder, and not even a look over their shoulder to the truth of God’s word and covenant promise to Israel.
Here are a few of the many verses revealing God’s will, plan and purpose for Israel in these days.
I strongly suggest that you study and know these verses, because they are opposite of the world’s beliefs today:
Numbers 33:50-55 Instructions for the conquest of Canaan: “Moses, speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their moulded images and demolish all their high places...but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those who let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.”
Nehemiah 2:19-20 (Nehemiah comes to Jerusalem and views the wall) “But when Sanballat the horronite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard of it they laughed us to scorn and despised us saying, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem.”
Obadiah 1:10 “For violence (Lit-Chamac, Hamas in English) against your brother Jacob (Israel) shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off forever.”
Isaiah 14:27 “For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out and who will turn it back?” (This discourse is centred on the destruction of Assyria, and Philistia, the modern day Palestinians.)
God’s will is not for any sort of arrangement that would see Islam become the majority. God’s will is above democracy!
The answer to “I will:”
Of course there is no harm in strong determination to excel or do your best, but when the “I will” violates God’s will that’s where the problem lies.
The answer is humility before the Lord. The answer is yielding to the word and not the world.
1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.”
“I will” is always a matter of choice. “I will humble myself” shows exactly whose responsibility it is!
In these days you must have your daily dose of deep truth.
Pride creates tentacles attached to and enslaved to their creators, disconnected from God.
Clean your roots. Clean your culture. Break free! You must do it!
You must be sealed of God in these days. The seal of the world will lead you to the mark of the beast and the seal of hell!
“I will” in rebellion to God, originates in the heart of Satan, but as an individual, it is your choice to doom yourself or place yourself in line for untold blessings!
Isn’t it amazing that so few churches worldwide have anything at all to say on these prophetic end-time events? Their blinded flock get swallowed by the world’s lies, misinformation and pure non-information of preachers – blinding them.
Failing to tell the whole truth on an issue is not a direct lie, but it has the same consequences of leaving you with gaping holes in your faith. Many say: “We don’t get into this end-time stuff, because it scares people.” That is such common rubbish. Their people are left with plenty of faith and hope in the fallen and fast-falling world!
For many people, the Bible is their worst enemy and for many it is their best friend. There is no middle ground with Yeshua. Likewise there is no middle ground with the Bible.
I took these pictures in the forests of KwaZulu/Natal. This is a lilac-breasted roller.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 486: September 10th 2019
These are words of life!
The Feast of Trumpets, also called Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) occurs this year on September 29th – October 1st (Leviticus 23:23-25) The seven feasts of the Lord are filled with idioms and important messages that we dare not avoid or ignore.
They plot the course of Israel from Passover to their coming salvation, and they plot the course of the work of God from the cross to the throne, they also plot the course of the major events of Bible prophecy, with many astounding, hidden messages within.
Each of the feasts, in biblical order, has a historic fulfilment as well as a prophetic fulfilment.
The feasts are: ●Passover (the cross), ●Unleavened bread (holiness) ●Firstfruits (resurrection) ●Pentecost (church age) ●Trumpets (rapture /tribulation start) ●Atonement (wrath judgement) ●Tabernacles (Messiah dwelling with us).
In these amazing feasts we see history from the original Passover, representing the events of the cross, the course of the church age, the rapture, the tribulation, the Second Coming and Millennium.
We see the grand plan for Israel from being elected, rejected, regathered, repented and to finally being accepted.
In the feasts we see God’s plan through the ages for Israel and for the church!
In terms of fulfilment, right now we are at the transition from the first four feasts, fulfilled in the events of the cross. We will shortly see the close of the church age and the start of the tribulation period, which are seen the final three feasts. The next due for fulfilment is The Feast of Trumpets.
This may be the most important Feast of the Lord! In this edition, I will outline a few biblical basics and present you with some pure logic, and reveal some amazing messages. We must know what to be aware of, what to look for and what to avoid and ignore.
Basics of the Feast of Trumpets:
Here are some of the meanings of this feast:
Rosh Hashana: Head of the year. Yom Teruah: Day of shofar blowing. Yom Hadin: Day of Judgment. Yom Hazikaron: Days of awe. Yom Hakesesh: Day of concealment. Yom Ha-Zekaron: Day of remembrance. The feast is characterised by: The coronation of the King, the Resurrection day.
This feast day is also known as “The day of which no one knows the day and hour,” because it begins on one of two days - when the new-moon is sighted.
The feast is the start of the “high holy days of awe.”
Leviticus 23:2 “Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: The Feasts of the Lord are, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.”
Colossians 2:16-17 “Let no one judge you in food or in drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Messiah.”
We see in the verses above that they are the feasts of the Lord. They are a holy convocation and that they are the shadows of things to come. We dare not remove them or change their order.
By the way you could quite accurately say that the Babylonian / Catholic created feasts of Easter and Christmas in which the pig is substituted for lamb at the main meal, is of the false, counterfeit lord!
1 Corinthians 10:11“All these things (Old Covenant) happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages has come.”
The feasts are not exclusively for Israel as some teach. Our Lord, as well as the apostles and the early church all participated in the feasts. The rejection of the importance of the feasts is a brick in the wall. We must tear it down to build up. (Jeremiah 31:28)
I’m not suggesting that born-again Christians need to partake in the feasts in a legalistic manner, but we should know them, know their messages, approve of them, bless them and support them. For the many that do practice them – they already know that there is a blessing upon it.
The Hebrew month of Elul (preceding Rosh Hashanah, which begins in the month of Tishrei.) traditionally sees the trumpet blown once a day to warn the people to be ready and return to the Lord. However on one day the trumpet is not to be blown. This is called the “hidden day” Elul 29, the day of release at end of a Shemita year. The symbolic reason is to hide the coming event from Satan. This also ties in with the words of our Lord: “No one knows the day or hour.”
Traditionally, on this feasts, apples dipped in honey are eaten. Pomegranates are eaten. The crown of the pomegranate when viewed from above forms a perfect Star of David pattern. In fact that is the origin of the national symbol of Israel, which comes from the pomegranates attached to the robe of the high priest.
The Feast of Trumpets begins as the new moon is sighted, beginning the Hebrew New Year. It is the only feast that begins at a variable time. It could be one of two days, because the sighting of the new moon could be on either day.
So, no one knows the exact day or hour. When the new-moon is sighted by two witnesses, the Shofar sounds and the Feast begins.
The word “Shofar” (trumpet) in Hebrew is Strong’s H 3104 – Yowbel. Meaning a rams horn trumpet. But did you know that “Yowbel” is also the word for “Jubilee?” There’s a message in that!
Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s new book, “The Oracle” is excellent. He deals with some of this tie up between jubilee and shofar in the book.
There is a very interesting Greek word used for “trumpet” on some occasions in the Bible:
Trumpet: Strong’s G4536 – Salpigx: Meaning a shaking, quivering or reverberating sound.
This word refers more to the sound than the trumpet itself. In other words a shofar can make a salpigx sound if blown accordingly.
This feast is full of trumpets blasts, more than one hundred, all of incredible meaning.
Here’s the interesting thing: At the end of the trumpet blasts the last trump sounds. It is a slow, shaking, quivering reverberating sound.
But why that and what does it mean? Read on!
The last trumpet and the twinkling eye:
1 Corinthians 15:51-52 “Behold I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trump. For the trumpet will sound and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
In this exciting discourse above, Paul is using analogies that would be very familiar to the early church, with its largely Jewish membership and background. He is using the lingo of the feasts!
Some say that the “last trump” is the same last trump used by John on Patmos in the Revelation. Quite simply, the Revelation had not yet been written when Paul was writing, so he could not have been referring to that “last trump” There is a last trump for Israel at the end of the tribulation and a last trump for the church age.
Let’s step back a moment. There are 101 trumpet blasts to be made on the Feast of Trumpets. They are required to have a variety of durations, with the last blast, being the long quivering blast.
Here are the blasts:
Tekiah = 1 long blast. Shevaim = 3 short blasts Teruah- 9 quick blasts in quick succession. The three groups of blast are repeated three times and then again eleven times. This adds to 99 blasts. The one missing blast would make it 100. So, the last trump is the 100th.
The term “last trump” is very specific. In fact the word is “trump” and not trumpet, which could mean any trumpet. The word “trump” in the Oxford Dictionary refers to a particular blast or sound from a trumpet.
This is very important! Why must the last trump be the long shaky, reverberating, quivering blast? It is because it represents a powerful, great shaking! It represents the start of the tribulation period, where everything that can be shaken will be shaken. The rapture occurs right at the beginning of this great world shaking!
The last trump then, is distinct from all the other trumpet sounds or notes of the Feast of Trumpets.
Let’s go back to our key verse above (1 Corinthians 15:51-52). The word “moment” in the original is “atomo” – the smallest division of time possible. That’s how quick the rapture will be. Then we see another interesting phrase – “twinkling of an eye.”
This is also a powerful idiom originating in the Feast of Trumpets. It relates to when the rapture will happen. The twinkling of an eye is that time period at dusk, just as the sun sets on the horizon forming a brief twinkle.
Is this giving us another clue that this feast will be marked by the rapture, and even that the rapture will occur in the early evening?
So, Paul is using the language and idioms of the Feast of Trumpets in his rapture discourse of 1 Corinthians 15!
Here we see, that the rapture will occur in a blinding flash and then the slow drawn out shaking and quivering of the world in tribulation will begin.
The restrainer of evil, the Spirit filled church will be gone in a flash, with all the God haters rejoicing. This will usher in the greatest shaking and manifestation of evil ever seen.
I suspect that in the tribulation, many who hated the church will wish that it was still here to bring at least some sort of restraint into the world! (Matthew 24:21, Joel 2:2)
Don’t be fooled, the last trump is the great sign and a massive wake-up blast to the Jews, and those left behind.
1 Thessalonians 4:16 “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Messiah will rise first, then we who are alive and remain, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
US President Trump:
With all the "trumps" of this feast, some would wonder about the relevance or tie-up with President Trump. I would not go too far with this, but I for one, most certainlt don't think it is a coincidence that we have modern day Trump blast, friendly to Israel at this particular time!
After all it is God who raises up national leaders and brings them down for His ultimate purposes, in His time. (Daniel 2:21)
The nay sayers:
These are the days of required discernment in times of terrible trickery.
As with all important things of God, the devil confuses and brings in doubt, denial and deception.
Jeremiah 6:17 “I have set watchmen on your walls saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet’! But they said; we will not listen.”
Be very sure of this one fact: If there is no last trump to end the church age, the church goes through the tribulation! You can’t have a dispensation of grace still within the Old Covenant dispensation. One must end before the next begins (immediately)
There are many Bible teachers out there who are spiritually banished to Palooka Island. They have no insight and are of the spirit of the world and all its error. Leave them. Even in this issue of the feasts there is a lot of dangerous error out there.
For some reason they hate the Feast of Trumpets most.
If you deny the importance and relevance of the last trump, the reason is generally because you are of replacement theology.
The reason some reject the Feast of Trumpets or change the order of the feasts is to get rid of the pre-tribulation rapture.
There are many familiar verses of scripture written by Paul where he uses very familiar idioms known and respected by the early church, which was mostly Jewish. Today, thanks to the evils of the Catholic church, these idioms and symbols are unfamiliar to the modern church except for some.
Many simply follow each other in the errors. They have come under the same spirits.
Many teach that the rapture will be fulfilled by and in the Feast of Pentecost. If that is so, everything in this edition is meaningless trash. If that were so, what would fulfil trumpets? The order would be out and many things will not add up.
The original Feast of Pentecost was about the giving of the law on this day when Israel was at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Moses came down the mountain with the law in stone on this day. It is therefore prophetically symbolic of the law being changed from “in stone”, to “in our hearts” which occurred on the New Covenant day of Pentecost as the church age began. Acts 2:1-4
The Feast of Pentecost, logically and in order, comes as the Old Covenant closes and the New begins. There are certain aspects of Pentecost that could associate it with the rapture, but then there are also aspects that fit any of the feasts.
The Feast of Pentecost was fulfilled by Pentecost – simple!
And now just to confuse the crowd that say “no one knows the day or hour, not even the Lord.” Here is a verse from the Bible for them to put in their promise box:
Zechariah 14:7 “It shall be one day which is known to the Lord, neither day nor night, but at evening time it shall happen.”
Much false doctrines and errors have the purpose of changing established doctrine and getting rid of key elements of our Christian life. It always knocks on to other doctrines.
God’s desire is for all to be saved. He knows what’s coming and when!
1 Thessalonians 5:9 “God did not appoint us to wrath, but to obtain salvation.”
Imagine having a terrible life with all sorts of tragedies and things going wrong, remaining unsaved, and then going to hell! Imagine also having a terrible life with all sorts of things going wrong, but getting saved and then going to heaven forever!
The Feasts of Trumpets proclaims the rapture and hell on earth, for seven years. It intensifies to the wrath of God represented in the Feast called Yom Kippur (Days of Awe), but then comes the Feast of Tabernacles, where our God Himself lives with His own family in a whole new dispensation.
What an incredible journey!
The family of God in the very near future will all be united in supernatural wonder and glory – ready or not. (Better to be ready!)
1 Thessalonians 4:14 “For if we believe that Yeshua died and rose again, even so God will bring with Him those who sleep (have died) in the Lord.”
Psalm 37:18 “The Lord knows the days of the upright and their inheritance shall be forever.”
By obedience to your calling you can live a fulfilled life with meaning purpose plan direction, discipline expectation mission and reward at the end of it all!
I took these two pictures in one of my old favourite places – the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 485: September 3rd 2019
The power of the resurrection:
These are words of life designed to impact and change you from within!
Philippians 3:10-11 “May I know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if by any means, I may attain to the resurrection of the dead.”
Here above, Paul, after being saved for many years, asks this profound question. It identifies our subject, of which most people are ignorant – “The power of the resurrection.” Note also that Paul, by no means has a complacent attitude about being resurrected himself.
Philippians 3:20-21 “Our citizenship is in heaven from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Yeshua, the Messiah, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body...”
The word “transform” above comes from a root word meaning metamorphosis.
It carries the meaning that some of the original will remain, but the transformation will be spectacularly different in so many ways. The new transformation will “conform” to something, or Someone – our Messiah. Lord and Saviour!
The power of the resurrection is not just something related to Messiah. It will soon include you and in fact the whole earth!
If you look at all the characteristics of our Lord after His resurrection, that is just what we will be like, but with our own individual characteristics!
So, at the instant of rapture, a great, great supernatural power will hit us and every single atom of our being will be re-created into something that will put Superman to shame. The power of the resurrection goes much further. It destroys every abode that Satan had in our lives. It transforms our character and personality into something pure and holy. We will have all knowledge.
Talk about power! We will be made of supernatural power!
Power: Strong’s G1411 – “Dynamis.” Meanings: explosive miracle power, might, force, strength.
Let’s have a look into this power that will soon change us, as revealed in the Bible.
This is the power to: ●Be conformed to His likeness in resurrection. (2 Corinthians 3:18) ●It is the power to conquer sin and walk in holiness. ●It is the power to overcome Satan and his demons. ●It is the power to overcome the world. ●It is the power to have sins forgiven. ●It is the power to snatch and grab all believers out of this earth in rapture.
This power will be so forceful and strong and such an incredible mystery that it is unimaginable for us and will shock all those left behind at the rapture.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those that love Him.”
Isaiah 64:4 “Since the beginning of the world, men have not heard nor perceived by the ear, nor has the eye seen any God besides You, who acts for the one who waits for him.”
Psalm 31:19 “Oh, how great is Your goodness, which You have laid up for those who fear You, which You have prepared for those who trust in You.”
There are so many mysteries of the universe and of the kingdom of God still to be unveiled, which we shall be see, know and even participate in.
This power is at work in us as true believers in a limited form even now.
Ephesians 3:20 “To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Messiah Yeshua, throughout all ages , world without end.”
The power and the glory:
Resurrection power and the very glory of God are inextricably linked.
1 Chronicles 29:11 “Yours, O Lord is greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty. All that is in heaven and on the earth is Yours, Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.”
Psalm 63:2 “I have looked for You in the sanctuary, to see Your power and Your glory.”
I know from my own point of view and experience that just thinking and praying over this coming power and glory is a very humbling experience. It takes your breath away!
Obviously the unsaved world are the scoffers and mockers and nay-sayers. But unfortunately many believers, especially those still living for self, and the world are also nay-sayers.
They say that everything is going to carry on just the same. They stagnate with their views, set in concrete. The normal natural world is their standard and focus.
What lies ahead for you is determined by your choice, and what you believe and do about it! If your focus is the world, you are in for misery and great misery is your future.
The more people try to create a better world the more obnoxious, wicked and evil it becomes. They can’t do it. They will always find at the root of the self-life and the world – Satan. Most people are heading in that direction.
They reject everything out of the ordinary, and then call us crazy!
As a believer you must downsize the influence of the world in you – now. You must identify the enemy in your own self-life – the sin-nature and die to it. Get ready for the most important day in your life. This is the day of your death or rapture.
To examine your progress, it’s always a good idea look back and take stock. Look at how many spiritual milestones there are in your life.
In almost all the important things of God, the devil is at work trying to subvert and wreck the things of God. He comes as an angel of light, the chief counterfeiter.
►The counterfeit of the power of the cross is human intellect, and reasoning!
Job 15:8 “Have you heard of the secret counsel of God, or do you limit your wisdom to yourself?”
Acts 17:32 “When they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked, while other said, ‘We will hear you again on this matter.’”
An absolute requirement:
To be saved you must believe in our Lord. But believe what?
You must believe that He is God, You must believe in the substitutionary work of the cross of Calvary. You must believe that He defeated the enemy. You must believe in the resurrection. You must repent! If humanly possible, you must be baptised by full immersion as an adult.
Romans 10:9 “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
Romans 6:5 “If we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly, also we will be in the likeness of His resurrection.”
1 Corinthians 15:13-17 “If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Messiah is not risen...then your faith is in vain...and you are still in your sins!”
The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead is one of the seven all-important key, foundational doctrines of Messiah as revealed in Hebrews 6:2. It is included with the just-as-important doctrine of “eternal judgment.”
Some characteristics of resurrection power:
The power of the resurrection is death to all death. It places you in eternity, in glory forever.
Luke 20:36 (In the resurrection) “Nor can they die anymore...”
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces. The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth.”
John 17:3 “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God and Yeshua the Messiah whom You have sent.”
Romans 8:29-30 “Whom the Lord foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among brethren...These He also glorified.”
Romans 8:22-23 “We know that the whole of creation groans and labours with birth pangs until now, and not only they, but we who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
Bear in mind that there are many things that the Bible just hints at, and gives quick glimpses of, that are beyond our imagination. There is an entire universe out there. God did not create it for no reason. It is all part of the dimension of our future.
The resurrection of damnation:
The power of resurrection extends right through to the unsaved. This is the power behind the “impassable gulf” that will forever separate the saved and unsaved. (Luke 16:26)
John 5:29 “The hour is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth – those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation.”
Daniel 12:1-2 “At that time, your people (Israel) shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book. Many of those who sleep (die) in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.”
Acts 24:15-16 “I have hope in God, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and the unjust. This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offence toward God and man.”
Everyone will be raised! Not everyone will be saved. What a terrifying thing to be raised by the power of God and imprisoned in hell, because you trusted in the world and its ways!
Let me tell you, that there are a great many people out there who will not be saved no matter what. So many times, I have heard Christians say, that people will believe if they see supernatural miracles or someone raised from the dead.
Yes, many will respond positively, but some are so set in their ways, nothing will move them.
Luke 16:31 “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though they see one raised from the dead.”
Israel, your repentance is required by your God – now!
Hosea 6:1-2 “Come let us return to the Lord; for He has torn us, but He will heal us; He has stricken us, but He will bind us up. After two days, He will revive us. On the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”
Isaiah 58:8 “Your light shall break forth like the morning, your healing shall spring forth speedily, and your righteousness shall go before you. The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.”
Israel, your time is now, but it is running out fast. You are about to be thrust onto centre-stage and right into the limelight.
You have three choices: See and recognise your Messiah and be saved now. Or go through into the tribulation period where you may be saved. Or remain unsaved and secular.
Churches, what are you preaching?
How many churches are preaching the full gospel as revealed in Hebrews 6:1-2, which includes resurrection from the dead and eternal judgement, as foundational doctrines?
Does your church teach on these things? To be a fully rounded, fully equipped and a growing church, all seven of the doctrines of Messiah must be taught and preached and practiced. The areas in which you compromise will be the areas of your weakness and defeat.
Resurrection is a powerful force, but also a powerful hope in the face of all the storms of life. There is nothing more positive than the hope of resurrection. Tragically, very few churches teach on it.
It’s quite normal to look at the things we can see. But we need to set our eyes on what we can’t see yet, and the very powerful hope of glorious resurrection. (Colossians 3:2, 2 Corinthians 4:18)
Acts 4:33 “With great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Yeshua. And great grace was upon the all.”
Romans 8:18 “I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.”
I’ve said many times and will continue to say so, Once we step into eternity, there is no going back to change things or make things right. It is all signed sealed and delivered – forever.
Don’t give up because of pressures or for any reason at all. Go forward my friend – forward to glory. What is coming is incorruptible glory full or supernatural power, able to transcend the spiritual and the physical. Magnificence and majesty are right before us.
This supernatural resurrection power will also transform this earth and in fact the entire universe, when the time comes around! Hope in our Lord and His work
I took these two pictures in the Namaqualand Desert during flower season. It is flower season again now.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 484: August 27th 2019
Deadly doctrines developing:
These are words of life!
Biblical doctrine, unlike other dogmas is spiritually charged. It is the safe, steady, secure foundation of our faith. Its source is our Lord Himself, His Spirit, His word and His teachers. But it can easily be hijacked by those led by the spirit of error, demons and false teachers.
We are exposed to many false doctrines on our growth-journey, but they normally hit the garbage can soon, as the Spirit of truth leads us forward. However doctrine is fast becoming the main playground of end-time enemies of our Lord. It is predicted to get steadily worse.
We must be aware of it, how it operates, why it is intensifying now, through whom it comes and how to deal with it.
I have touched on some of these things before, but the entire spiritual environment is in a state of flux right now. It’s time to put on your armour and use your spiritual gifts.
Don’t become a false-doctrine hunter:
Never make chasing false doctrine a priority. Chase the truth as a priority and deal with false doctrine when necessary, and then move on.
Many people are insecure in their faith, full of the fear of rejection and other psychological problems. The spiritual environment is an easy place to look for and find acceptance. False doctrine attracts many people like flies!
Often proponents of false doctrines are looking for self-importance and affirmation. When they find it they “imprison” it becoming ultra-protective over their “catch” so as not to be left out in the cold again. Control gives them a false sense of security.
You must also be aware that in dealing with false doctrine you are often open to the transfer of spirits, so you have to have your armour on!
In most cases false doctrine rises to a point where you can identify it clearly, and cut its head off.
Be well aware of the real purpose and great danger in false doctrine or biblical error:
- It leads to erroneous living.
- The aim of false doctrine is to lead you to a false spirit and a false Messiah.
How does false doctrine arise?
In almost every case, pride is the root of false doctrine. The world is now exalting itself against God in almost every imaginable way. This is just like Lucifer exalting himself above God with his string of “I will” statements. (Isaiah 14:12-14) And the fall of Adam and Eve as they bought into the great lie – “You will be as God.” (Genesis 3:5)
Pride is the fuel of much evil. It is the fuel of ultimate discontent! It is the fuel and root of rotten fruit in the believer’s life.
Be careful out there! False doctrine is grows and spreads. It knocks on to other doctrines like wildfire. It is far more difficult to get out of than to get into!
It is a deadly plague in the church with consequences, especially for young believers.
False doctrine can discourage believers from moving on. Seeking Christians tend to get inoculated against the truth, when constantly bombarded with the next, new big, pile of garbage camouflaged as good food.
The problem with getting into false doctrine is it makes you a betrayer. Only deep repentance can fix that, otherwise you become totally untrustworthy in our Lord’s kingdom.
By their fruit and their doctrine you will know them!
Deadly, developing doctrines:
Because of the time period we are in, many false doctrines will arise related to the main, specific issues of these end-times. Some are old and maturing false doctrines, with a new evil face, some are developing now and some will fully manifest in the tribulation period.
The big issues of these end-times are:
Attempts at a one-world government. (Revelation 17:13) ●Attempts to break down borders between nations. (Isaiah 10:13, Acts 17:26) ●Attempts at a one-world currency. (Isaiah 10:14) ●Attempts at a one-world religious order. (Revelation 18:3) ●Attempts to “sanctify” the world. (Luke 16:15, Proverbs 21:2) ●Attempts to control the masses. (Isaiah 10:14, Revelation 13:4) ●Attempts to get rid of godly virtues, holiness and truth. (Isaiah 5:20, Ezekiel 22:26 Hosea 4:1-2) ●Attempts to bring in the antichrist. (1 John 2:18, Revelation 6:2-4) ●Attempts to get rid of Israel. (Psalm 83:4)
(Please hover your mouse over the verses above and read them. There are many more on each subject.) Now, you tell me how many new false doctrines are emerging in direct relation to all these points above?
Beware of new doctrines. Beware of doctrines with fancy new interpretations. Beware of doctrines glorifying and exalting man. Beware of doctrines with “private interpretation.” (2 Peter 1:20)
A powerful key in identifying false doctrine is to look to the final presupposition of the doctrine. What is its ultimate goal? Many times that goal is hidden.
All false doctrine is alive with an anti-God agenda.
The biggest false doctrine of all:
This, the biggest false doctrine of the lot is nothing new. It has been around in the church since its inception. But it now has a new evil face!
It is the belief that you do not need to be born-again to be saved. It is the belief that a loving God will not send anyone to hell. It is the belief that your inherent, basic good will save you.
This is the doctrine taught and believed in by thousand of churches and billions of people!
You may be surprised at what follows – read on!
The events that we collectively call the cross, includes the death burial and resurrection of our Lord. It was during these events that our Lord descended and defeated Satan and his host, triumphing over them and making a show of them. (Colossians 2:15)
Please remember that as a born-again believer, you were crucified with Him. You were and are in Him. Your salvation includes victory over the very source of mans problems – the enemy.
This is why the self-ruled world can never be right for heaven. They have in their hearts the undefeated enemy – Satan and a host of demons. Man can’t save himself because he did not die for himself. Man can’t save himself because he never defeated the devil in his own heart.
Self has a sin-splurting “engine” within its heart, which is in Satan’s service, by birth into Adam’s family.
It was our Lord, exclusively who defeated the enemy and we are in our Lord!
Those not born-again have an undefeated foe in their heart, called “self” or the “sin-nature” and they can never get rid of it. They can be good but they will go to hell.
Those not born-again have an undefeatable foe in their hearts!
This undefeatable foe changes like a chameleon, but bear in mind that even its good is unredeemed! With an undefeated enemy in your heart, even your good times are bad in God’s view.
This undefeatable foe can only be defeated by the full work of the cross!
The new deadly doctrine is that self is a god. Self does not need to die on a cross. Cross-death is meaningless and powerless they say. It is you, you, you that counts. You can do it, yes you can!
They believe that the resurrection is in fact you arising to a new socio-political order and direction in life.
All the new “self” orientated doctrines attempt to justify the sin-nature with a flavouring of self-esteem and self importance.
A very good measuring stick of your growth in the Lord is seen in how much of the world you have and are overcoming? (John 16:33, 1John 5:4)
You will often find that the real counterfeit Christian (even in leadership) is one who has a secret love for the world. It always goes hand in hand with pride and a secret love for the self-life. It eventually manifests, normally bringing many people down too.
So, billions of people think they’re good enough for heaven. They have been taught by false teachers!
You can’t go to heaven or into the Millennium without being saved. To be saved you need judgment. The cross is the believer’s judgment and the tribulation period is the judgement that turns those who will enter the Millennium, to our Lord.
Godly holiness and victory over the devil is required for salvation. In Messiah, it’s all a done deal! But man without Messiah can’t do it, so he invents new doctrines to accommodate him and his devil.
Here we see the deep meaning and extent of salvation.
Through Adam, Satan polluted the self-life, but also the whole world-system.
The world can never be truly holy for the same reasons as above. It cannot defeat the devil in its heart. Man cannot get rid of his own devil in his heart. The world can’t get rid of the devil in its heart! If they could, that would be like lifting themselves up by their own shoelaces. It doesn’t work.
If you are on the right road, the world will hate you, because you have the world’s enemy in your heart. (John 15:18-22)
What a wonder our salvation in Messiah is!
Damnable dangerous doctrines:
One of the modern damnable doctrines is that doctrine itself is not important. Of course, doctrine on its own is dead letter, but Spirit-filled doctrine is alive and well and goes hand in hand with love, mercy and joy and all the fruits of the Spirit.
What do you think – God gave us glorious doctrine for us to say we don’t need doctrine!
Those who reject or downplay the importance of Spirit enlightened doctrine, by default replace it with the doctrines of the world and self.
Because you reject God and His word, changes nothing except you. It turns you into a slowly morphing beast.
Another powerful key in identifying false doctrine is: What is its effect on the plan of God for Israel?
All doctrines that are not consistent with God’s place and call for Israel are false. There are many new one just emerging now.
Sometimes you would be surprised at just how stupid and ignorant some people are!
I recently saw a woman present what must be the world’s top, stupid false doctrine. She was predicting the hour of the coming of the Lord last month (which didn’t happen). She said: “No man knows the day or hour. So that means that a woman will know”! (Unfortunately, I can’t write what I think!)
The terrible thing about that is that she has followers!
As we look at the establishment of the early church, we see the monstrous attacks against it and what the early disciples did about it. We need to bear this in mind now.
Counteracting false doctrine:
Acts 6:10 “They were not able to resist the wisdom and the Spirit by which he (Stephen) spoke.”
Do you realise that your Spirit-filled words and wisdom of God, shuts people up. Obviously not all people, but it does dramatically affect some people. Notice from the verse above that resistance to our Lord crumbled by the confrontation!
Have a look at this shocking picture:
Simon the sorcerer apparently got saved and the people said of him: “This is the great man and power of God and they heeded him.”
Acts 13:8-12 “Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul (Paul) filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, “O full of deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all unrighteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? Now, indeed the hand of the Lord is upon you and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time.” And immediately a dark mist fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed...”
Note the very strong words and attack by Paul on those trying to mess up the building of the early church. We are now in much the same situation again.
Acts 20:27-30 “I have not shunned declaring to you the whole counsel of God...Also, from among yourselves men will rise up speaking perverse (lit=misleading) things to draw away the disciples after themselves.”
Mark 4:24 (Amp) “He said to them, ‘be careful what you are hearing. The measure of thought and study you give to the truth you hear, will be the measure of virtue and knowledge that comes back to you.”
Romans 16:17 “Now I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them.”
These verses above are very insightful. They are words of warfare.
Be equipped for today’s onslaught:
Much of the church is in fact the true church’s great enemy, in that they deny the gifts of the Spirit, the supernatural weapons of warfare and the full armour of God as provided in the scriptures for believers. Walk away from them.
What we need to complete the church and create fully balanced believers in this particular time is: Gifts, armour, weapons, and doctrine. Here they all are in a nutshell:
►Gifts of the Spirit: Prophecy, serving, teaching, exhortation, leadership, mercy. The word of wisdom, word of knowledge and special faith. Healings, miracles, discernment of spirits, tongues, interpretation of tongues. (Romans 12:6-8 1 Corinthians 12: 8-10 1 Peter 4:11)
►Armour to stand in battle: Belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation. (Ephesians 6:11)
►Weapons: Sword of the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 10:4-6)
►Doctrine: Hebrews 6:1-2 reveals the full seven doctrines of Messiah: ●Going forward to perfection, ●repentance from dead works, ●faith towards God. ●The doctrine of baptisms (plural), ●of laying on of hands, ●of resurrection of the dead and ●of eternal judgement.”
Finding a church:
Look at the points above from “Gifts” down to “Doctrine.” In those short few words you will find everything required of a church. A church does not have to be called a “church” as such. It does not need to be an organisation contained in a building. It can be a “congregation,” or even a smaller group of believers.
It’s often very insightful to look for what they won’t preach. If it is out of line with what I have mentioned above, all sorts of problems will be evident in that ministry.
All error knocks on to other doctrines down the line and leads to an error in lifestyle as well as a loss of eternal reward for those involved.
Going down with the ship:
Today churches are failing, falling away and sinking at an alarming rate. Of course there are many doing very well too.
It might be an admirable act for a ship’s captain to go down with the boat, but don’t take an analogy too far! If the ship is sinking – get off fast!
When people are being shaken to the core they look for stability. Multitudes are and will be looking for stability and salvation. (Joel 3:14)
The Bible warns of “another gospel” and “another Christ”. And although the church will not encounter the antichrist, they will and are encountering the spirit of antichrist in many instances.
The Bible has some deadly warnings for those who teach and spread false doctrine, intentionally or not! False doctrine has the power to shipwreck the faith of new believer, starting out on their journey!
Jeremiah 14:14 “The Lord said to me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them...”
Deuteronomy 27:18 “Cursed is he who makes the blind to wander out of the way of God.”
So the real big specific end time false doctrines developing now relate to the false Messiah, the false gospel, the false cross and the place of Israel and the Jews.
Check your food and clean the house out!
False doctrine blinds you to the truth and you need the truth like you need your necessary food. (Job 23:12, Jeremiah 15:16.)
Our spiritual food is the sustenance of our spirit and soul.
Tradition and culture are often like far reaching tentacles of a nasty beast that won’t let you go. Throw out traditions that do not exalt God.
What you repeatedly consume and give yourself to, will influence your entire spiritual life. It will also be the licence for error and false doctrine to get under your skin.
I love this verse below. It speaks volumes, which we can extend to our spiritual food.
Proverbs 24:4 “By knowledge rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”
We are not in a static environment. We are in spiritual warfare. Be careful who you receive from! There are some out there trying to feed you birdie num nums!
Doctrine that is really effective is that which has become a reality in your life.
A lot more than war drums are beating right now! The Middle East is on the verge of going bang! Much of the church is under attack too. The church is very close to its completion and rapture. False doctrine is an ongoing attack. It’s like the devil having his last throw at Christians.
As Israel nears her appointed time, much false doctrine surrounds her. Only true Spirit led doctrine will guide you safely through these critical times.
Stand strong, don’t waver, seek the truth and love the truth, be holy, and glorious days are just ahead!
I took the background picture in the beautiful Moremi Reserve in Botswana. I inserted one of my pictures of a black eagle.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 483: August 20th 2019
A preview of heaven:
These are words of life!
No human on earth knows the full extent of all the glorious mysteries of heaven and the eternal state that lies ahead. Many have had dreams and visions of heaven, most are simply imaginations, some are lies and perhaps a few are true. We can’t rule out the true, because of the liars.
So, what I have done for your benefit, is draw together, the teachings of numerous Bible verses on the subject and added some thoughts. It is only the Bible that contains the full truthful authority.
There are a number of heavens.
Through the many wonders of the Bible, studied prayerfully, we get many glimpses of eternity, which offer us a great anchor and future hope.
The Bible speaks of the heavens above, which would be the visible sky, clouds, stars moon and astronomical goodies.
The Bible speaks of the heaven in the north of the sky. That would be the current dwelling place of God, a physical place for now, but with qualities that transcend the physical, which in many respects are beyond our understanding.
The Bible speaks of an eternal heaven still to be created which will be the ultimate, final eternal abode of all creation. This new heaven will include a new earth, and in fact many new earths! It will include everything that constitutes the kingdom of God, under the rule and reign of our great King.
John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world.” It is a kingdom of supreme power (1 Corinthians 4:20)
Our future headquarters are in heaven!
2 Timothy 4:18 “The Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever.”
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the greatness and increase of His government and peace there will be no end.”
There is no soul-sleep as taught by some, and there is definitely no soul annihilation either.
2 Corinthians 5:8 “We would rather be absent from body present with Lord.”
Shake rock and roll:
Don’t bother spending much effort working and praying for peace in the world. If you could attain it in this world, that will be a deception. Magnificent new world peace is coming on the wings of war and the destruction of all that is not of God. (Revelation 19:11-16, 19-21)
Obviously we must pray for peace in our immediate world and as required by scripture, but we will end up as the odd ones in a world headed for destruction.
We are now entering a time of worldwide shaking, but the kingdom is unshakable! (Hebrews 12:25)
Everything will be shaken by judgment. Only that which has the work of the cross and shed blood of the Lamb in it and on it will survive.
Revelation chapter six begins with the opening of the seal judgements. It sets off the tribulation period on earth. It begins with the release of the four riders of the apocalypse. As these riders ride – great judgements fall in their wake.
Revelation 6:4 “And another horse fiery red, went out. And it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth and that people should kill one another; and there given to him a great sword.”
This verse above occurs right at the start of the tribulation. Don’t tell me that the first half will be a time of peace! The exact opposite is the truth!
Please note that four riders, ride throughout the tribulation – all four for all seven years.
Are you on the right course?
If you are on the right course spiritually, and your focus is heavenly, it will be seen in your focus away from the world. (2 Corinthians 4:18) The application of the cross is to self and the world. You simply just can’t love the world like before when you see it crucified, and you and understand heaven and eternity.
You are born into this world and into Adam. The way out is death to the Adamic life and the world. (Galatians 2:20) Nothing of the old life is raised. It’s all new and heaven-ready. Yes you can sanctify certain things of the world, but that is for a godly purpose.
It’s not by becoming freaky spiritual hermits that we overcome the world. It is by seeing the world under death-sentence and the new world set before us!
We have been made the light of the world with the light of our Lord in us – not to light up the world like some flashy, attractive theme park, but to direct the light of eternity and the glory of God’s great future kingdom to the world.
We are the lights of the path to heaven!
How can you as a God-lit believer still light up the Satan’s masterpiece, the world, with Satan’s light which is really darkness?
1 John 5:4 “He who is born of God overcomes the world.”
We are now seeing the simultaneous arising and mixing of good and evil. We are in absolute need of discernment and exposure to truth – the real truth full of its hard sayings, goodness and severity!
Perhaps the most powerful way and method of knowing that you are on the right track, comes from the inner witness in your heart, measured against the word. In these critical days you must know that you have used your God-given spiritual weapons to defeat Satan.
Our Lord said: “Satan has nothing in Me.” (John 14:30) We are in the same boat spiritually. Satan can’t defeat us except when we ourselves let him in!
We must gain victory in our choices. We must choose between: ●The exalting pride of Lucifer, or the humility of God, ●The lies of Satan in Eden or the truth of God, ●The cross-less Barabbas or the crucified Yeshua, and God in Him. ●It must be the love of the world, or of the kingdom of God.
Nothing will be concealed at judgement, good or bad. (Luke 8:17) “If you are not with Me you are against Me.” said our Lord. (Matthew 12:30) Only those two categories exist. There is no middle ground or neutrality.
We will all be judged according to truth, according to the word and according to our life’s work for the Kingdom. We will be judged for every thought, for every idle word and for all our deeds. (Matthew 12:36) Our Lord, in judgement is seen as the One with “eyes of flame and fire.” Who can withstand that glare of fire! (1 Corinthians 3:11-15)
Over and over again people say that we as believers have nothing to fear in the coming judgement. That is true from a salvation point of view, but not from a rewards point of view.
My friends the loss of reward that would have been yours – forever is a very big deal!
Think about this:
God placed in you His perfect, holy and clean Spirit by new-birth for a purpose, which is not only your time on earth! He has mighty plans for you that run into eternity. Of those that are saved, only some will be fully ready, even though they were destined for much greater things.
Eternity will be sin-free. You and I will be pure, holy, righteous forever, in a pure, clean and holy eternity! No one can even imagine that. Don’t give up!
In many ways the absolute best the world has to offer is nothing more than filthy rags in the sight of our Lord. We too are in sackcloth now. But robes of glorious righteous royalty are coming. Yes they are already here in terms of our position in Messiah, but the final manifestation is still coming.
When we see into eternity in faith, it causes dramatic changes in our life.
Job 42:6 “Therefore I abhor myself and I repent in dust and ashes.”
The Kingdom of God:
The completion of prophecy and the wrapping up of this world order, has unimaginable results and changes as revealed in the Bible:
Daniel 9:24-25 “Seventy weeks are determined on thy people (Israel) and for your holy city, to ●Finish transgression. ●To make an end of sins, ●To make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, ●To seal up the vision and prophecy and anoint the Most Holy.”
Ephesians 5:5 “This you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous person who is an idolater has any inheritance in the kingdom of God.”
Here, in these verses above, we see a new world with no wickedness, no sin, because it has all been paid for and removed by the cross. We see everlasting righteousness, which would include peace and rest.
The only access to the eternal kingdom is through the cross. That is just the beginning! We then go through to what most people just can’t imagine: Ruling and reigning with Messiah in the universe forever!
2 Timothy 2:12 “If we endure, we also shall reign with Him.”
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes, I will grant to sit with Me on My throne...”
Philippians 2:21 “He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body.”
Daniel 7:27 “Then the kingdom, dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under all heaven shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
The end for the believer is not salvation or resurrection. It is ascension to the throne of God.
The characteristics of heaven:
Matthew 18:4 “Whoever humbles himself as a little child is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”
In some ways we could call the soon coming Millennium a dimension of heaven. It most certainly will be a dispensation that is totally different and very much part of the kingdom of God. Here are a few characteristics of the Millennium. There are many more.
Isaiah 11:6-8 “The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard lie down with the young goat, the calf and the young lion and the fatling together – the young child shall lead them. The cow and the bear shall graze together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox. The nursing child shall play by the cobra’s hole...”
Isaiah 35:1 “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose.”
Hosea 2:18-19 “In that day I will make a covenant for them, with the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and with the creeping thing of the ground. Bow and sword of battle, I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. I will betroth you to Me forever. Yes I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in loving kindness and mercy...”
An often overlooked characteristic of the Millennium, and of heaven is that they are full of animals of all types, some incredible by description.
I often sit in my glass studio / conservatory with a water feature at each end and birds hopping around (inside too) Massive tree-ferns and towering strelizia’s hang above the glass roof, with keyboard, headset and the ongoing thought of the very close presence of many readers, far away, but right with me in spirit, mind and prayer – and I just know that this is family and a little glimpse of heaven now.
I have been extremely fortunate to experience many situations out in the wilds of Southern Africa. Many of these places are just like a heaven on earth. Today, I’m barely mobile!
The Millennium is not the end of the age. It is the next dispensation after the tribulation. Then only comes the final eternity of eternities.
Appearance of majesty:
Our Lord gave us glimpses of great wonders in His appearances after His resurrection.
We saw a Man glowing with purity, separate from other people, yet very much with them. We saw a Man who could appear through walls at will and disappear as quickly. He could be touched, He could eat. We saw a Man who knows everything. We saw a Man who could travel at the speed of thought, but also within the dimension of space and time. This was on the Mount of Transfiguration where He appeared with saints of antiquity, Moses and Elijah, introducing them to saints of the day, still alive: Peter, James and John.
After the resurrection, our Lord appeared only to believers! This hints at the tribulation period in which our Lord will not be freely accessible to people on the earth in the tribulation.
Everything about a dead man raised three days and nights later, and still walking around is so totally out of this world, miraculous and supernatural!
1 Peter 1:16 “Be holy, for I am holy!”
The new you:
There will be no more death, no more tears except of joy, no more suffering. Your new body will be perfect. It will be just like that of our Lord in supernatural character. We will know all things. We will all have a new name. (Revelation 2:17, Isaiah 62:2)
1 John 3:2 “Now are we the children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” (1 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 3:18, Colossians 3:4)
2 Peter 1:11 “So an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua the Messiah.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 “We know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Hebrews 12:1 “We also, since we are surrounded by such a great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay every weight aside, and the sin that so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
We shall be like Him! Some will have an abundant entrance, seen by a great cloud of witnesses as we enter heaven, and to a house made by supernatural, miracle command! What a future!!
Or you can go to hell:
To get to hell you have to resist God and the call of His servants and cast down His word. It’s easy if you try! Just do nothing! To get to hell just follow the mass-media, the entertainment world, and the customs of modern man. Listen to the modern minister.
Romans 2:5 “In accordance with your hardness of heart and impenitence, you are treasuring up for yourselves wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgement of God.”
Matthew 13:11 “It has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”
Hell is an eternity as well. It is the place of unimaginable regret and sorrow. I cannot imagine the incredible regret of those who made that choice. It is a choice that God will honour.
The opinions of man will be destroyed. The mass-media will be on their way to hell.
I think at the end of the day (in heaven) the most thankful people will be those who were warned of hell and heeded the warning!
False doctrine comes in many forms and intensities. Many times, people just come right, because they have the Spirit of truth in them. Sometimes they go further of course.
But false doctrine will always affect the fullness of what you are supposed to be. It will and does affect your actions and lifestyle. It will and does affect your eternal reward!
If you were called to be a success at something particular that is of the Lord, and you spend half your time battling false doctrine, you will lose out in eternal reward!
False doctrine, pursuing the spirit of error, and being all messed up does have consequences, which are eternal!
Colossians 3:15 “Let the peace of God rule (as an umpire does) in your hearts.”
Having a correct and fully as possible understanding of heaven, and our eternal state is absolutely required for strength and stability in these days. It will and does affect how you live now! It empowers you with a lot more than political will!
Once you have arrived, you will be in a new world overflowing with peace and rest. Your purpose for existence will suddenly become manifest for all to see and know.
Proverbs 8:23 “I (wisdom) have been established from everlasting, from the beginning before there ever was an earth.”
Psalm 113:4 “The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens.”
I took the picture of the Fish Eagle in the Okavango Delta and blended it into a picture I did from a chopper over the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!