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Edition 409: March 20th 2018
Amazing changes coming in Israel
The prophecies of the Bible reveal much of the future. Israel in particular is at the centre. There are some huge changes coming in Israel according to numerous prophecies. Most will occur in the seven-year tribulation period. The changes are glorious.
God’s purpose for Israel:
Regular readers should know this backwards by now, so here is just a brief summary:
God’s overall plan is to use the largely Gentile church to be His instrument of blessing, bringing salvation to the lost. To do this He has made us pure and holy. That’s right! In spirit we are perfect and holy through the new-birth. It is the soul area which is not yet perfected, upon which we work.
The Bible suddenly – in one day, reveals a great dramatic switch, in which God now uses the Jews to be His instrument of blessing and salvation to the world.
Why, what happened? How can this be? Where is the church, whose job is evangelism? There is only one logical answer and that is that the church is nowhere to be found. It was taken in rapture.
So, if the church, as an instrument of God is holy, what will be the state of Israel as God’s instrument? Yes you guessed it – holy and pure!
That’s surprising, because today, they are anything but holy.
Israel’s tragic choice:
Here we see their terrible choice which was caused by the rejection of the Messiah.
Hosea 8:1-3 “Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have transgressed My covenant and rebelled against My law. Israel will cry to Me, “My God, we know You!” Israel has cast off good; the enemy will pursue him.”
Israel was commanded, long ago to drive out the nations that eventually became the Arabs, and Palestinians. (Listed in the verse below) God had previously made an everlasting covenant with her.
Exodus 34:11-14 “Observe what I command you this day. Behold I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst. You shall destroy their altars, break their sacred pillars and cut down their wooden images, for you shall worship no other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous is a jealous God.”
Israel did not complete the job of cleansing the land as commanded by God, and now the Palestinians haunt and harass them. They are “irritants and thorns” to Israel.
Numbers 33:50-55 “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 you let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
The tragedy continues: Israel will accept a new covenant made between them, the Palestinians and the nations, under the auspices of the antichrist. It will break the existing covenant at least from their side. God will still keep His side, but it will open the door for much upheaval, wars and the like.
Here, in the verse below, we see the tragedy of Israel’s disobedience and the effects:
Ezekiel 15:6-7 “Like the wood of the vine, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so I will give up the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will set My face against them. They will go out from one fire, but another fire will devour them. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I set My face against them...”
The verse above applies partially to the Holocaust, but it is also prophetic for the last days. It will not last for long though. Israel will repent.
The coming holiness:
Something dramatic will happen that will cause Israel to repent fast. Many, not all Jews, will recognise their Lord, who is our Lord, in one day. They will subsequently change their attitudes in a flash. Technically speaking, they will not be born-again as the church is, but their repentance will still lead them to an outward form of holiness.
The Bible says that Abraham had righteousness “imputed to him.” (Romans 4:22) He was not born again in the same way that the church is. This is likely to be the same pattern for the Jews in the dispensation of the tribulation period.
It will have to be something huge to produce this almost national repentance.
There is only one event that will happen suddenly and quickly, in one day, in a “twinkling of an eye”, that will cause this reaction. It is the rapture of the church. Because the Jews are the people chosen by God (and they know it), the rapture will be devastating for them, being left behind.
They will be jealous and angry at the same time. (Deuteronomy 32:21, Romans 10:19)
In case you were wondering, the rapture will only be for the true church. It will not include unrepentant, professing Christians, - those who profess to be Christians without the fruits.
The big wars, in which Israel will soon be involved, may also be a catalyst.
The completion of the Isaiah 17 war in which Israel will be a key player, destroying Damascus, and is still to come, will occur in one day. Other dramatic world events may also cause, or add to the reason for this national repentance.
Now, consider this staggering verse below:
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Isaiah 66:7-8 “Before she (Israel) travailed (tribulation), she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard of such a thing? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Shall a nation be born in a day?” (Isaiah 26:17-18)
In the verse above we see a glorious prophecy of the birth of Israel as a nation, in one day, but it has a double reference to their spiritual birth as well, which will come in one day. (I reject with contempt the satanically inspired use of this verse to describe the church, by the dispensation-denying Revelation 12-sign teachers and others!)
At the same time, a supernatural removal of the veil of blindness upon the Jews will occur, as they repent en-masse.
Isaiah 59:20-21 “The redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression (repent) in Jacob (Israel), says the Lord.”
If you saw the Lord of glory in full majesty in front of you, you would be shattered, falling to the ground in surrender and repentance in the light of His holiness.
Zephaniah 3:12-13 “I will leave in your midst a meek and humble people and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall do no unrighteousness and speak no lies, nor shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth...”
This coming holiness, revealed in these verses above, and there are dozens more, will be in sharp contrast to the world and its growing, intensifying sin, wickedness and evil.
Surprisingly, many people hate biblical holiness, and the reason is because they love sin.
Ezekiel 37:21-23 “Thus says the Lord God, ‘Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land and on the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king over them all. They shall no longer be two nations nor shall they ever be divided again. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor their detestable things...”
Israel now and then:
●Here is the present position of Israel:
Isaiah 29:13 “The Lord said, ‘Inasmuch as these people draw near to Me with their mouths and honour Me with their lips, but have removed their hearts far from Me, and their fear towards Me is taught by the commandment of men...”
Isaiah 29:9-10 “Pause and wonder! Blind yourselves and be blind! They are drunk, but not with wine...for the Lord has poured out on you the spirit of deep sleep and has closed your eyes...”
●Here is the coming position of Israel:
Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out the obscurity of darkness...”
Romans 11:11“If their fall is riches for the world, and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness?”
Thanks to the works of Satan in the Catholic church, and many others of replacement theology, the church has spurned the Jews. But, as regular readers know the soon coming rapture of the true church will be the single, one day event to turn things around.
Romans 11:2 “God has not rejected His people whom He foreknew...”
Romans 11:23 “They also (Israel), if they do not continue in unbelief will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again.”
Romans 11:25 “...Hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. (Come into the fullness of life.) And so all Israel will be saved.”
The words “come in” in the verse above could be referring to the rapture. It is Strong’s G1525.
Romans 11:15 “If their (Jews) being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be, but life from the dead.”
Matthew 23:39 “I say to you (Israel) you shall see Me no more until you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Paul tried to provoke the Jews to jealousy and did so only partially. (Romans 11:13) The job given to the church is to provoke the Jews to jealousy and they too have largely failed. But the church will soon provoke the Jews to jealousy in the form of the rapture.
Interestingly, the Catholic church who have stood against Israel since their foundation, believing that they are superior, will be left behind and cast into the tribulation. (Revelation 2:22) Most analysts believe that this church at Thyatira, refers to the orthodox churches, specifically the Catholics.
Zechariah 8:22-23 “Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. In those days, ten men of every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
The Jews in the tribulation period will go though many nightmares. Many Jews will not repent at first but will come to the Lord at various times in the tribulation.
Zechariah 12:8-10 “In that day (tribulation) the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem...they shall be like David and the house of David shall be like God, like the Angel of the Lord before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look upon Me whom they have pierced and mourn for Him...”
Powerful Jewish evangelists in tribulation:
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
The verse above says much more than what we might think! It is a “sign” that causes them to become a “light to the Gentiles”. What is the sign? It doesn’t say, but logic and probability says that it is the rapture of the church.
Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
What a powerful and comforting verse this is above for Jews in the tribulation!
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that just as you (Israel) were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear and let your hands be strong.”
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you (Jews), and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Exodus 19:5-6 “If you (Israel) will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...”
Ezekiel 20:41-42 “I will accept you (Jews) as a sweet smelling aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers.”
Psalm 125:3 “The sceptre of wickedness will not rest on the land allotted to the righteous.”
Do not resist God’s plans for Israel:
Jeremiah 12:14-17 “Against all My evil neighbours who touch the inheritance which I have caused My people Israel to inherit. Behold, I will pluck them out of their land and pluck out the house of Judah from among them. Then it shall be after I have plucked them out that I will return and have compassion on them...and bring them back to their land.”
Isaiah 62:2-4 “The Gentiles shall see your righteousness and all kings your glory. And you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will name...You shall be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord...You shall no longer be termed forsaken...You shall be called Hephzibath and your land Beulah, for the Lord delights in you.” (The name “Hephzibath” is an ancient Hebrew name meaning: “My delight is in her.”. The name “Beulah” means: “The land shall be married.”)
Isaiah 43:12 “I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses, says the Lord.”
Israel at war in the tribulation:
Deuteronomy 23:14 “The Lord your God walks in the midst of your camp, to deliver you and give your enemies over to you; therefore, your camp shall be holy, that He may see no unclean thing among you and turn away from you.”
Numerous other prophecies speak of Israel at war in the tribulation. Israel will suffer many setbacks, but she will always be ultimately victorious and invincible. The verse above shows one of the reasons for her victory. It is because Israel at war will be holy!
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold onto his ways, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
Today, much of the church is asleep, especially relating to these issues. It’s largely the fault of dead meat behind pulpits. You must be careful what you feed on.
In the natural world there are two types of birds of prey. One is a scavenger, feeding on rotten dead meat. The other feeds on live meat. The scavengers are all pretty ugly looking birds, while the others like eagles are beautiful. My point is that you can decide what to feed on – life or death!
The vulture, a scavenger is a type of God’s judgement of shame upon the spiritually diseased. (Matthew 24:28, Revelation 18:2, Revelation 19:17-21)
Branches come from and carry the DNA of the root. You will pick up many traits of the spiritual root of your teacher. There is a transfer of spirits!
We are on the verge of extremely dramatic times, even in the months ahead. Wake up and be ready!
Isaiah 62:10-12 “Go through, go through the gates! Prepare the way for the people; build up, build up the highway! Take out the stones; lift up a banner for the peoples...And they shall call them (Jews) The Holy People, the redeemed of the Lord; and you shall be called Sought Out, a City not Forsaken.”
The verse above is so powerful, especially in light of the present situation today! Israel will be a banner for the peoples, redeemed, sought out and not forsaken!
There are many verses in this edition. Please take careful note of them. For the studious, it’s always good to list them yourself and study them in your Bible, and do read the surrounding context as well.
It is also very good practice to write out important verses and pray over them, making them your own confession and proclamation. Saying them out loud is also good practice.
Many times (when I was younger), I used to lead groups of people up to the top of the nearby Drakensberg mountains, 11,000ft high, where we would pray and shout proclamations into the rare air. Some of those proclamations were the verses in this edition.
The major theme of this edition, (holiness) is just as applicable to the true church today.
I took the picture below from a chopper flying over Cleft Peak, looking towards the Cathedral range in the Drakensberg Mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 408: March 13th 2018
The rapture, tribulation and dates:
We all know about the recent date-setting fiasco. That does not mean that dates are not significant in prophecy. That was all Satan’s attempt to distract from and derail interest in prophecy. The faith of many was rocked and shaken by the interpretive failures which caused many to give up. Some say we should now ignore the subject
I disagree! This edition is a fresh look at our glorious hope, dates, possibilities, probabilities, what to avoid like the plague, and what to dive right into. Please note carefully what I am saying and what I am not saying relating to dates.
In giving us glimpses into the prophetic future, God’s word gives us numerous indications in parables, dates, numbers, types and shadows, archaeology and much more.
Importance of Bible prophecy:
There is tremendous authority and importance in the prophetic word. (Matthew 26:56)
Deuteronomy 18:18-19 “I will raise up for you a Prophet (Yeshua) like you (Moses)...”It shall be that whoever shall not hear My words which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him.”
According to the verse above it is a very serious, and for most, tragic thing, if they will not hear the prophetic word of our Lord! Do you see how important it is?
Words spoken (and written) in the Spirit never die. They will live forever as you will with your words.
A most important prophetic insight:
The Torah is the Hebrew name for the first five books of the Bible. In Hebrew it does not contain chapter headings and breaks. It is continuous with each verse being numbered consecutively from beginning to end.
So, a Hebrew verse number has a corresponding chapter and verse number in the English Bible.
We know also that the Hebrew calendar is different to ours. We are now in 2018, which is 5778 on the Hebrew calendar.
Some scholars have noted that there a link between the Torah verse number and the Hebrew year.
Here are some incredible examples:
●The year 1938 was the beginning of the Holocaust during WW11. (The war itself began earlier.)This was the Hebrew year 5698. The 5698th verse in the Torah is this:
Deuteronomy 29:24 “All nations would say, ‘Why has the Lord done so to this land? What does the heat of this great anger mean?”
The previous verse speaks of the land burning, and the following verse gives the reason: It is because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, which He made with them when He brought them out of the land of Egypt.
●The year of Israel’s independence, May 1948 was the Hebrew year 5708. The 5708th verse in the Torah is:
Deuteronomy 30:5 “The Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers.”
●The year of Jerusalem’s recapture in the Six-Day War was 1967. It is the Hebrew year 5727. The 5727th verse in the Torah is:
Deuteronomy 31:3 “The Lord your God Himself crosses over before you; He will destroy these nations from before you, and shall dispossess them. Joshua himself crosses over before you just as the Lord has said.”
The three examples above are pretty amazing. They do set a precedent for looking further into this. But be warned; do not take these things too far.
Now we come to the present time. What does the year-verse principle tell us about 2018?
●The year 2018 is the Hebrew year 5778. The 5778th verse in the Torah is:
Deuteronomy 32:19 “When the Lord saw it (Israel’s unfaithfulness), He spurned them, because of the provocation of His sons and daughters. He said I will hide My face from them.”
But this verse is in the middle of a discourse, so we need to see it all together. The previous verse condemns the Jews because they have “forgotten God and the Rock that begat them. The following verse is incredible. Technically, it relates to the next Hebrew year which begins in September this year, so it is actually part of 2018 as well.
“But I will provoke them to jealously by those who are not a nation. I will move them to anger by a foolish nation.”
Who is the nation that is not a nation? It can only be the mostly Gentile church. What is it that suddenly makes the Jews jealous and angry at the same time? The Bible does not say, but the most logical explanation would be the rapture of the church.
There is a long-held tradition that Jews call Gentiles a “foolish nation” or “no nation,” because they were left out of the original calling of God.
The Jews believe that they are the chosen people, and rightly so, but can you imagine how jealous and angry they would be if God took the church in rapture and they were left behind?
So here we have a very possible and probable description of the rapture of the church, before the tribulation period begins...and we have a possible date or year at least!
Does this mean that the rapture and tribulation start will be in 2018? It most certain could and probably will. BUT the other ducks must be in line as well. At this stage they are lining up fast, but we’re not there yet. It could all happen quickly – come on ducks, make a move.
The verses following Deuteronomy 32:19 describe the tribulation. Here are some descriptions from verses: 22 to 29.
Fire is kindled in My anger, disasters will heap-up on them. Arrows will be upon them. They shall waste in hunger with pestilence and bitter destruction. The teeth of the beasts will be against them. The sword shall destroy with terror. They will be dashed in pieces. Oh that they would consider their latter end!
Romans 10:19 speaks of the Jews being provoked to jealousy by a nation that is not a nation and made angry by them. This verse is a quote from Deuteronomy 32:19 (above). The significance is that the discourse of the 5778th verse in the Torah, corresponds to the year 2018.
It is extremely significant that this verse is brought over into Romans and the discourse of the return and salvation of the Jews.
Here are a few more interesting things:
2018 BC was the year God made the first covenant with Abraham for the people. This was 70 years after Abraham’s birth in 1948 BC.
Psalm 90:10 “The days of our lives are seventy years, and if by reason of strength they are eighty years.”
This “seventy years” could also be applied to Israel. The year 5778 marks the 70th year from the rebirth of Israel. Could this have significance for Israel’s prophetic future? Yes sir!
Bear in mind that God does things “decently and in order.” (1 Corinthians 14:40)
Now we come to the end of the Hebrew year 5778 (Tishrei 1) or September 10th on our calendar.
Interestingly, the Torah reading (in their synagogues) for that day is:
Genesis 21:10 “Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, Isaac. (Jews)”
This verse above, relates to the Arabs, and thus the Palestinians today. This and other verses speak of the final destruction of the Palestinian efforts to take over Israel and Jerusalem. It will be Israel that “casts out the bondwoman.”
So as we look at these dates and factors above, it does look like we could be on the verge of major prophetic developments. If all the other biblically required things fall into place as well, we are ready to go. But be warned, I’m not setting this as the for-sure date. A lot must still fall into place. We will watch and pray.
Absolutely forget about looking for signs in the sky. Run away from that garbage. It is irrelevant, a waste of time, a distraction and a deception. The signs in the sky in the Bible occurred at the crucifixion and will again occur at the Second Coming. Don’t send me emails on this – simply read all the verses.
Oh, and of course you have to read them in dispensational context!
Jordan is the centre of the Hashemite kingdom which includes Syria and Iraq as well. The capital is Amman (Ammon in Bible times) The Hashemites are a brand of Muslims.
Jordan has a peace-treaty with Israel, which has lasted since 1994 and been reasonable successful.
The peace-treaty is now in peril as a new “Arab Spring” sweeps Jordan. Militants have one thing in mind and that is to break and nullify the peace-treaty, and set Jordan in place as an aggressive Muslim nation towards Israel.
Numerous large marches and demonstrations have been taking place in Jordan recently, calling for the overthrow of the present government and the nullifying of the peace-treaty.
We all know the famous prophecy of Isaiah 17 in which the city of Damascus, Syria is totally destroyed in one day. But this same event is also spoken of in Jeremiah 49, Amos 1, Zephaniah 2, and implied in other passages.
When we put them all together we see that cities within a radius of 200 miles or so, of Damascus are also destroyed. Amman, Jordan is one of them!
This destruction event is caused by Israel, in retaliation for attacks on her. So, right now it looks like these ducks are starting to line up for their fateful prophetic role.
The importance of blessing Israel:
Numbers 23:20 “Behold, I have received a command to bless (Israel), He has blessed and I cannot reverse it.”
The verse above is part of the discourse in which Balaam was hired to curse Israel. Note that you cannot reverse God’s blessing on Israel. Those who do try are cursed by God!
Today the UN is a cursed organisation. The Palestinians are a cursed people. Many nations are under the curse of God. (Including Canada under Trudeau) and of course many individuals are cursed by God. All the churches of replacement theology have the curse of God flowing in them.
So who do you think you are Joel Joseph, calling these nations and churches cursed? Read on.
It’s all about Israel’s right to their God-given land, city and existence in peace.
Jeremiah 31:10 “Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’”
Isaiah 40:1 “Comfort, yes comfort My people, says the Lord. Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity is pardoned, for she has received from the Lord’s hand double for all her sins.”
Who are they that are to “comfort My people”? Obviously it’s not My people comforting themselves. It can only be another group with a godly side to them. It’s you – the church!
Now let’s have a look at some godly wisdom for you:
Numbers 24:9 “Blessed is he who blesses you (Israel), and cursed is he who curses you.”
Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.”
Psalm 122:6 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you.”
Can you imagine the Palestinians obeying these verses? Can you see why they are cursed?
The principle works for nations, businesses, families, and individuals.
Beloved brethren, there are powerful spiritual forces at work in these things. Take heed! God will allow certain Christians to be overcome by Satan on these issues.
At this time the spirit of antichrist is at work trying to derail the church and get rid of Israel. Most are not aware that he will arise in association with the church in some way. (1 John 2:18-19, 4:2-3)
The antichrist spirit has been working for a long time through spirit-less, deceived churches to destroy God’s plan for the Jews, and the Jews have taken note. These churches have been the very reason for the Jews staying away from the church!
The spirit of antichrist comes with a false, beguiling, seducing authority. He wants recognition, acceptance and worship and he finds it amongst defenceless, ignorant, worldly Christians.
Deuteronomy 27:18 “Cursed is he who makes the blind to wander out of the way of God.”
The Jews are the spiritually blind until the veil of blindness is lifted, but there is still a huge responsibility on the church for causing, or adding to their isolation. They are cursed!
But the Jews are not totally innocent.
There is a very dangerous belief among the Jews today, that the one who gives them their new temple will be their Messiah. Wrong, wrong, wrong! That will be the antichrist!
The churches that come against Israel in these days will land up in the tribulation period – guaranteed! Do you think not? I suggest you read the seven letters from God to the churches in the early chapters of the Revelation. (Revelation 2:22, Revelation 3:16)
Because of all these things we need to watch diligently and take heed of coming events.
Isaiah 62:6 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent and give Him no rest till He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.”
The verse above is profound indeed:
God says, “I have posted watchmen on your walls.” The office of the watchman is a specific, honourable, responsible, high calling of God. Please note that the true watchmen are called of God! They will be characterised by success in their watching and analysis, because it will be of God.
They will often be at odds with and hated by the world and many churches. They will be rejected by self-appointed watchmen. There is a time coming soon when the God-called watchmen will “see eye to eye”. (Isaiah 52:8)
Watchmen who continuously fail in their watching analysis are not of God. They are self-appointed counterfeits and should be rejected. They have no authority, except that of the spirit of error.
This is no light issue. Today there are dozens of so-called watchmen out there, repeatedly failing in their predictions and analysis. There are some on YouTube with a 100% failure rate. There are some who are full of pride, operating under the spirit of legalism which is witchcraft.
There are some presenting huge false doctrines leading the masses astray.
If you are not diligent and do not take heed, you will be beguiled, deceived and swallowed by protagonists of satanic hogwash.
Death and eternity:
We all know someone who has died. One thing it does is cause people to wonder where that person who has died is now.
In reality there is no death. It is the just the word we use for transition from one realm to another.
We all live forever. That is an extremely sobering statement! Yet today people live for self and their daily pleasures, with no thought or action in preparation for eternity.
As we approach the seven-year tribulation we should be aware that around 4.2 billion people will die in this short time period. Most will die violently.
Prophecy predicts the rapture of the church before the tribulation. At that point we will be translated into new, supernatural bodies that are incorruptible and glorious – just like the body of our Lord after His resurrection.
●But the unsaved will also end up in new eternal bodies. The difference is that they will in some way be supernaturally imprisoned forever.
Let’s have a look at just a few characteristics of our eternal, soon coming state:
What is coming for the born-again believer is beyond imagination in magnificence.
Numerous verses reveal that in resurrection, our personality continues, but perfected. There is recognition of people, remembrance of things on earth, and awareness of our environment and present position. We will have full memory and all knowledge.
Philippians 3:21 “He will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body...”
1 Corinthians 15:42-44 “The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.”
So, here we have new bodies of ●incorruption, ●glory, ●power, ●spiritual, but able to transcend into the physical realms as well, as our Lord did.
1 Corinthians 15:35-38 “How are the dead raised up and with what body do they come? Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive until it dies, and what you sow, you do not sow the body that shall be...God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.”
So, we have been sown. In a sense we are in seed- form now. Are you going to become a field of weeds or wheat?
1 John 3:2-3 “...When He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him like He is, and everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself.”
If you are looking forward to the resurrection and you are not purifying yourself – you are deceived.
The climax of earthly history will be the revealing of Messiah to the Jews. We are not far from it. The rapture will occur soon. Maybe this year! That will start the dispensation of Daniel’s seventieth week of years and the most tumultuous time the world has ever seen or ever will.
In all of this, the transition from this life to eternal life is right before us. Many will regret their wasted lives. Many will rejoice in their choice to obey God and put their lives right.
Beloved brethren, it’s all about one major thing: Is your life glorifying our Lord?
I took the background picture of the baobab trees at Kubu Island and the saddle billed stork in the Okavango Delta – Botswana.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 407: March 6th 2018
God’s truth / Satan’s truth:
This edition may be shocking to some.
I will deal with some of the big underlying spiritual moves and forces at work in the world today. Some of these include: Globalism, Universalism, Post-truth and Interfaith. These things are flooding the world now at great speed, together with many other dangerous false doctrines. Be aware of what is going on, so that you can be pro-active.
Defining the term:
God’s truth is unchanged and has always been revealed in His word by His Spirit. It has the goal of leading us to the cross and beyond, defining our walk, and much more. It comes with defined fruits of the Spirit.
Satan’s truth is just the same! Satan uses pure error, but his big deception lies in his use of biblical truth, but always with the cross missing. It comes with fruits of his spirit – poison.
The cross is the holiness-creator for us. The word “holiness” is rich in meaning:
Holiness: Strong’s H6944 “Qudesh”. Meanings: Apartness, separation, sanctification, pure.
Satan’s truth can include many biblical concepts like love, peace and unity, but all without the cross and the holiness it creates.
Cross-less, unholy Christianity is Satan’s counterfeit.
●The cross is the greatest obstacle to globalism, a new world order, and world peace simply because the cross is the great separator. It only unifies those who have received it and now embrace it.
●The second greatest obstacle to globalism is Israel. Like the cross of God, the call of God to the Jews, indentifies and separates them from the nations of the world, for God’s exclusive plan. The Bible forbids the Jews from assimilating into the nations, even in their dispersion.
Globalism must get rid of the cross and God’s call for Israel.
We, as true believers, must be led by the Spirit, but in this day that must include the Sword too! The Sword of the Spirit is severe. It is two edged, separating and dividing.
Today, too many are led by the Sprit of truth mixed with Satan’s truth and purposes, too many are misrepresenting pure biblical truth, and bringing it into disrepute. (2 Peter 2:1-3) A mixture of God and the devil will never ever work or produce godly results.
●The end goal of God’s truth is the coming of Messiah and a new world, pure and holy.
●The end goal of Satan’s truth is the coming of his messiah and a new world full of sin.
Satan’s authority to create his world is a well camouflaged lie and a deception. His selective use of scripture is in fact the essence of heresy. He uses many minsters and platforms like YouTube.
Satan’s use of teachers:
Some teachers of the gospel may have started well, but somewhere down the line, pride came in and the deception-door was opened! In these last days there will be thousands of them!
The nature of the false teacher is to draw away disciples after themselves. (Acts 20:30) But what they are doing is drawing people into the clutches of Satan.
The false teacher will try to get you to be led by him.
There are only two sources of revelation. One is the Holy Spirit and the other is Satan. Revelation correctly used, produces knowledge, understanding and wisdom by grace, with accompanying biblical fruits.
Revelation used by someone backed by Satan produces legalistic, judgemental control. It is actually the power of witchcraft at work.
“Witchcraft is the control of people by a spirit, which is not the Spirit of God”. – (Derek Prince)
Satan’s teachers are inside and outside of the church.
The mass media like CNN, Sky and all the others, are no longer news channels. Now, they shape the news, so that they can shape you. But it’s their big boss, Satan doing the shaping! Satan is shaping you to fit in with his globalist, evil agenda.
Part of the globalist world-agenda is to de-moralise society. They do this by constantly moving the acceptable limits of morality a bit further down, then a bit more. The world, in its ignorance, buys it all. Then they say it’s all acceptable, because the world thinks so.
Before Satan can change your morality, he must alienate your affections for God, His word and His holiness, which are all inextricably linked. He does this gradually, although now it’s all speeding up. You must know God’s word extremely well in these days, and apply it.
The word of the media and all the institutions of the world, traditions, and cultures, take pre-eminence when God is removed from society.
Politics, property, money, materialism, entertainment and all the ways of the world, become a god when God is gone. Culture and tradition takes the place of faith. They require no moral repentance and are therefore unholy in nature. People these days don’t like anything that requires deep repentance!
Ignorance of the word of God, led by the Spirit of God, is a most dangerous thing, today.
Biblical truth comes with a package which including morality. People don’t like that. They want the truth, but the not the lifestyle of the truth.
The true teacher will not yield to that. He will teach the truth with its morality and the severe consequences of avoiding it.
God’s true teachers will be led by the Spirit and therefore will be led into all truth. They will be expositors of real, complete truth. (Acts 20:27) They will preach and teach all of the truth and not selected items.
The true teacher will show you the right way, which is through repentance, to the cross, and on to glory! He will present to you the goodness and severity of God. (Romans 11:22)
A true, Spirit-led teacher will always leave you changed. You will feel clean and right.
The principle of cross-created and inspired repentance is that it creates holiness inside, and is a border and barrier keeping evil out. Repentance is a daily walk.
Globalism, war and sin:
A satanically created globalist world must be amoral. It must cast down the values, virtues and holiness of the word of God. Holiness comes exclusively from God. It has no place in Satan’s world.
Remember the great prophecy of Isaiah 59:14 “I looked and saw the word (law) cast down in the street.”
You do not cast the word down without consequences! The tragic result is that the word of the world and its god, Satan, is then exalted in the streets of the world!
Not too long ago we had many nations “under God.” Today many of those nations are under Satan. You can see it in the fruit.
Hitler had a globalist agenda. He wanted to create a thousand-year Nazi-ruled world in which they would dominate. The Jews stood in his way, because they are biblically and prophetically destined never to assimilate into the world.
The purpose today of all churches of replacement theology and various forms of anti-Semitism is no different than that of Hitler!
When you go into a church of replacement theology, do you see the swastika on the pulpit? If you don’t, you need to open your spiritual eyes! It’s right there.
Globalism involves a great change from nations under God, to nations under Satan and a hot church to a lukewarm institution of devils and demons.
Please bear in mind that globalists don’t just want you on board with them. They want to change and shape you into a piddly little creature that fits nicely into a slot in hell.
●War is a tool of globalism.
Wars are essentially fought over territory or religion. War creates chaos, fear and anarchy. The answer is a one-world system and a one-world religion. That then, gets rid of independent territories and religions. That should open the door for peace, they think!
War creates fear which creates the desire for peace. When the war is severe enough, it will be peace at any cost that will be accepted. That will include surrender to Satan’s antichrist.
Satan’s global, new world order will never be able to get rid of sin, so it is simply renamed and removed as an issue. Sin is gradually accepted and enshrined and becomes a basic human right.
The final end result of Satan’s new one world order is the enthronement of sin. No wonder the Bible calls the antichrist, “the man of sin.”
Guard your life:
Guard your hearts. What is in your heart sets and determines the course of your life!
Like never before, we need to be vigilant. We need to be discerning in identifying all the attacks upon us, and we need to be personally thorough and severe in removing the dangers.
Proverbs 4:20-23●“Give attention to My words. ● Incline your ear to My sayings. ●Do not let them depart from your eyes and ●keep them in the midst of your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to all your flesh. ●Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it springs the issues of life.”
The two verses below are so profound and far reaching. They should be on top of your “Daily Bread” promise-box!
Job 20:5-6 “The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite (Lit=godless) is but for a moment. Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, and his head to the clouds, yet he will perish forever like his own refuse.”
Job 17:9 “The righteous will hold to his way, and he who has clean hands will be stronger and stronger.”
A Post-Truth World!
►The “Word of the Year” for 2016, according to the Oxford Dictionary was “Post Truth.” Their definition is: “Circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
The graph below shows the increasing frequency of the term “post truth” in recent years:
“Post truth!” You have to be totally stark-raving mad, and insane to believe that! Yet this is the way of the world’s deluded intellectuals, crackpot clever people, mass-media mugs, lamebrain liberal politicians, and other blinded, devil-deceived and empowered fruitcakes.
The true, repentant, faith-filled believer, on the other hand, stands securely in the temple of glorious, unchangeable, eternal truth, celebrating its awesome wonder, splendour, majesty and miraculous magnificence, transforming us from glory to glory!
Psalm 60:4 “You have given a banner to those who fear You, that it may be displayed because of the truth.”
You can’t redefine truth because it’s absolute and of God. You can only redefine yourself. It is modern humanity that is the fast-deteriorating problem.
Truth is not words and concepts although they are involved. Truth is a living Spirit – the Spirit of God. Truth is alive and well and will endure forever!
A “post truth” world of necessity means a sin-filled world of variables where anything goes. It is only God’s truth that identifies sin and deals with it through the cross. A post-truth world implies that truth is obsolete and something else has replaced it.
What has replaced it? No-truth, no absolutes, no authority structures based on God’s word. No family values, no virtues, no manners, no restraint from evil, and no Jewish Israel!
The Ten Commandments are of God. They define sin and point the way to the answer – the cross. A post-truth world rejects them and contains the commandments of Satan and points the way to hell.
Here are just a few of Satan’s commandments:
Do what you will.
Isaiah 14:13-15 “I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will sit on the mount of the congregation. I will ascend above the clouds. I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to hell.’”
Today, many people would take God to court for violating their rights in this new post-truth world.
Post-truth is for brainless, hell-bound fools and politicians. Tragically many churches and their wolf-leaders are wallowing in the post-truth cow dung too.
The damage done:
A move away from God and His word kills your conscience. A damaged conscience is dangerous and makes you a moral psychopath. Actually, it’s like leprosy killing your feelings and emotions – preparing you for your ride to hell. (That’s just why leprosy is a type of sin in the Bible.)
●God’s new world order is full of holiness. ●Satan’s new world order is full of sin. Satan’s work is to make his new world order acceptable to all. The problem though is that sin almost always comes with many other satanic commodities like sickness, depression, stress, poverty and more.
Pride causes rebellion to God and refusal to repent. Humility causes submission to God and repentance. Have you ever noticed that proud and arrogant people are so blind to truth and often filled with many hang-ups, and obsessions?
Many people want to be saved, but they don’t want holiness. They are so deeply entrenched in sin that it’s normal to them. In fact it draws them forever downward. The funny thing is that holiness is powerful in its attraction. It draws you higher and fills you with all things good.
Matthew 23:12 “Whoever exalts himself will be abased, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Obadiah 1:3 “The pride of your heart has deceived you...”
Psalm 10:4 “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of His thoughts.”
Be careful what you let into your heart, because it will grow and expand. Error grows. The Bible says “tend your heart.” That is an agricultural term meaning that we are to tend our hearts as a gardener. Rip out the weeds and nurture the good.
Most Christians are more concerned about the approval of their peers, finding favour with the world, measuring themselves amongst themselves, with the media as their standard, rather than the requirements of God.
God’s requirements have not changed one bit. They are the cross applied to the flesh, the world and the demonic! They are humility before our Lord, brokenness, surrender and an ongoing walk of repentance.
●The world’s no-cross is the great evil-maker. No-cross leaves you full of sin. Even your good is sin. ●The cross is the self - killer and holy - maker.
There is a unique power available exclusively to Christians walking in fellowship with our Lord. It’s a secret, hidden, but glorious power. It is called the power of the cross. (Philippians 3:10) This power gives us the strength die self and to walk free from sin.
Dead, hell-bound digital truth:
Today we are in a world of digital data and artificial intelligent design. Algorithms and centralised processing is being set up to produce digital dictatorships! Who controls data controls humanity!
The digital world is amoral they say. No it is not!
Satan has access to wherever God has been removed.
The digital world does what its creators make it do. It therefore takes on the morality of its creator. It is engineered to suit the globalist agenda. The control of data is a powerful means of controlling the future of humanity and the masses. Data is a control mechanism in the wrong hands!
The digital data world is and will become the power of the 666 system.
Hacking human brains is the next big thing.
For you, dear believer, the globalist agenda will not get’s its hands on you. For you it will fail miserably. The rapture will take care of that. For the unsaved it will be a huge success, only for a short time!
God’s response to Satan’s “truth”
Satan’s use of God’s truth to deceive the masses will not last. But being aware of the problem and how it works, gives you a huge advantage. God’s age old word is more than enough to defeat the devil on every front.
Proverbs 1:25-27 “If you disdain My counsel, I will laugh and mock when your terror comes. When you call on Me, I won’t answer because you did not choose the fear of the Lord. Whoever listens to Me will dwell safely and securely.”
Isaiah 5:20-24 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light, and light for darkness...Woe to those that are wise in their own eyes...Therefore as fire devours stubble, and flames consume the chaff, so their root will be a rottenness, and their blossom will ascend as dust; because they have rejected the law (word) of the Lord.”
Psalm 139:21-24 Do I not hate your enemies...I hate them with perfect hatred, I count them my enemies...Search me, O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxieties; see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Satan once before got the masses to accept the way of peace without the sin-removing cross. The world will again receive Barabbas, but they won’t see that he is the antichrist!
The opposite of the cross of Calvary is worldly humanism. The cross slays self-effort, humanism glorifies it.
As we go forward nearer and nearer to our glorious eternity, we must remain vigilant, holy, pure and wise to the devil’s devices. Stay clear of globalism in all its forms including liberal politics. Let you life be an impenetrable barrier and border to all of these globalist endeavours.
Thankfully a number of churches and ministries are teaching and preaching some excellent material on these things. Others continue like stupid ostriches with their heads in the sand.
I took the background picture of a giant baobab tree in the Limpopo Province and combined it with one of my own art works also of a baobab. (I guess you’ve figured out that I love these trees!)
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 406: February 27th 2018
Signs of maturity:
Maturity in the Lord is different for everyone. “To whom much is given, much is required and to who little is given, little is required”. But there are many consistent requirements for all believers.
This edition is about is about maturity in the Lord in these days, and the end-time obstacles.
There is no end to the depths of maturity in our Lord! Its effects endure forever!
Transformation from glory to glory:
At the new birth something glorious happened. We became one with our Lord in spirit – holy and pure. We now have incredible potential for that perfection to work from our spirit, into all areas of our lives as we follow our Lord to maturity.
Mirror, mirror on the wall...what are you telling me? The word of God is an odd mirror. As we look into it we see our risen Lord in all His glory and perfection. Too many have smashed God’s mirror in the street! Now all they have is Satan’s monster-mirror of deception and lies to look into.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “We all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
As we, reverently look into God’s mirror, why do we see an image of our Lord? Firstly it’s because that is just what we are like in spirit. Secondly, it’s because that is our standard and measure of comparison. It shows us how many things need changing and transformation, in the soul realm.
Note that we change from glory to glory and into His image. This is an amazing mirror!
People really don’t value God’s word these days as they should, because they don’t see or understand eternity. They don’t understand the eternal value of their potential transformation. They are also hindered by many of the forces of the world and its god, Satan.
Our Lord said of Satan: “The ruler of the world has nothing in Me.” (John 14:30) As we arrive at the destination of maturity we will see little or nothing of Satan’s ways left in our lives.
Luke 13:3 “If you don’t repent you will be condemned with the world.”
As we look into God’s mirror we see many things that require attention and immediate repentance.
People generally find it easy to accept our Lord. But, you see, our Lord said – “follow Me.” So salvation is not just accepting the Lord, although that is a part of the process, it includes believing and following!
Following our Lord is costly. It means changing our direction and going His way. It means not following the world!
As we approach the entire end-time drama, we are approaching the final manifestation of Satan. His world is becoming more and more disgusting, and tragically acceptable to the spiritually blind. But it will always produce its rotten fruits of stress, inner torment and much more.
Ephesians 2:1-2 “He made you alive who were dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who works in the sons of disobedience.”
Hebrews 12:8-10 “If you are without chastening of which we all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons...we are chastened that we may become partakers of His holiness...which yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness.”
1 Corinthians 11:31-32 “If we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged, but when we are judged we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world. “
If you are unsaved you are automatically on the world’s path. If you are saved, and on this path, you must change course fast as a wilful, determined act of repentance in faith.
You go forward to ever-increasing maturity in the Lord by faith and repentance.
Psalm 17:4 “By the word of your lips, I have kept myself from the paths of the destroyer.”
Psalm 119:11 “Your word I have hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you.
What an amazing calling!
We have been called by our Lord to salvation and more. What an incredible calling it is! Here are some amazing verses. Please note just what they are saying.
Ephesians 1:4 “He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world that we should be holy and without blame before Him...”
Ephesians 2:8-10 “By grace you have been saved through faith and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah Yeshua for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”
2 Timothy 1:9 “We have been saved and called with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Messiah Yeshua, before time began.”
1 Corinthians 2:7 “We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the ages for our glory.”
Now let’s list what these amazing verses above are saying:
●We are to be “holy and without blame” in maturity!
●God “prepared for us” good works to walk in.
●We have been called to with a “holy calling” not of human works or origin, but for His purposes.
●We have been given “the hidden wisdom of God to speak.”
All of the above relates to our works and growing in maturity.
But the really amazing thing is when these things occurred: They all happened “before time began and before the foundation of the earth.”
Do you see it? It is not only our salvation which was determined by a calling before the foundation of the world, but the very works that we do!
So, He called you to maturity, not only before you were born, but before the world was born!
That should give you real security, comfort, strength, assurance, and confidence. Amazing indeed!
It’s not a hit and miss, haphazard, anything-goes situation. This is why planning your own life can be most frustrating.
Foreknowledge is a powerful thing. For example, if you need to go to a nearby town to get something, and you know the way, you can confidently jump in your car and go there. If you don’t know the way, it’s a different story. You need a road map, which will give you the foreknowledge.
People always get confused about predestination. The Bible teaches that predestination is according to God’s foreknowledge. He knew beforehand that you would choose to become a child of God, he then predestines you according to that foreknowledge.
Here we see that God’s foreknowledge of our salvation and the works we are to do, came about before the foundation of the world.
In other words, our full, mature, completion... spirit, soul, body and works are all predetermined. But we must still find that predetermined plan and walk in it.
He who does the will of God abides forever! (1 John 2:16-17) It is not so much the person that abides forever, but the person and his godly works, manifesting in eternal reward enduring forever.
A lifestyle of humility before God and repentance is most rewarding. It fixes even things we didn’t know were broken in our lives. It begins to reveal to us many wonderful things.
As a Christian, there is always a way out of our troubles. It’s called repentance. As a non-Christian there are a million ways out. They are all dead-ends!
Life itself is a gift of God because it has intrinsic, potential, eternal value locked up in it every day. Gold, silver and precious stones, symbolically, are given by God as His gift to us for our works done, led by Him, everyday. (1 Corinthians 3:12)
That’s just why long-life can be such a blessing.
Or you can just live for yourself everyday and waste your life entirely.
A total impossibility:
You cannot serve God and love the world.
It is the cross and application of it that delivers us from the world.
2 Timothy 4:10 “Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world...”
What a terrible situation! Here Demas, a disciple and follower of our Lord and of Paul, leaves him because of his love for the world. We don’t know what exactly caused the apostasy of Demas, but we most certainly know more than enough from that one short verse!
Here is the answer and requirement to move forward with our Lord in maturity:
Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified to the world and the world to me. It is no longer I that live, but Messiah, who lives in me.”
The cross stands between the world and you. The world thinks – you are dead to me, I can’t use you. And you think of the world - I am dead to it, it has nothing in me.
Do you want to be free from sin? Then die on the cross.
Romans 6:6-7 “Our old man (sin nature) was crucified with Him that that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin. He who has died has been freed from sin.”
You can’t follow our Lord, and do His will, without your cross.
The maturity counterfeit:
Jeremiah 17:5-7 Cursed is man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. He shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes...Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, for he shall be like a tree planted by the waters...”
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?”
The great Christian maturity counterfeit is trusting in self and its power. Note in the verses above that it brings a curse! Don’t brush that aside!
Filling self with Satan is ultimately unfulfilling and terribly damaging.
Paul brings out the same message in his letter to the Galatians.
Galatians 3:1-2 “O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes, Yeshua the Messiah was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
Note that a cursed witchcraft spirit is within this church. It leads them away from truth, and above all, obscures the cross. They are operating in self-effort, and legalism with no faith or grace – cursed.
This is the way of the Christian masses today. It’s a cursed way...the way of darkness.
The carnal (fleshly, self orientated) mind is enmity with God. (Romans 8:7) Many people don’t get their prayer answered, even though they say they love the Lord, because they are God’s enemy!
Many people unwittingly feign maturity. They think that worldly maturity is spiritual, Christian maturity. Yet it’s all of the flesh.
So often you meet someone and immediately, red lights start flashing – red, fleshly, flashing lights! His words may all seem right, but something from within is all wrong.
Then sometimes you meet someone and there is an immediate inner witness and heart-connection, and you just know that the same spirit has been encountered.
Here are some deadly characteristics of counterfeit maturity:
●The spiritual and supernatural gets substituted for the soulish and materialistic.
●Doctrinal theology and understanding takes place of revelation.
●Psychological reasoning is substituted for discernment.
●Works are substituted for faith and power.
●Legalism takes the place of grace, faith and love.
Today, many of these things have crept into the church: Hedonism, self-gratification, indulgence in superficial enjoyment and pleasure.
True maturity can’t be counterfeited, because it comes from God and is on the far side of the cross.
Only the cross of Calvary makes you holy!
Without the cross, you can be as good as you like, all to no avail. Without the cross your maturity is a fraud, a lie and a deception.
The Pharisees could not produce one miracle, yet claimed to be good, and in touch with God! They obeyed the law, yet were stone dead in sin. They, in fact tried to kill our Lord, because He broke their Sabbath law. Their maturity was a lie.
Galatians 4:30 “Cast out the bond woman and her son. (Ishmael = the flesh, legalism) The son of the bondwoman shall not be heir...”
You can’t mature in the Lord by the works of the law, the flesh, the world or anything apart from the cross of Calvary.
The “pride of life” will get you nowhere. Be careful of the ministry that does not preach or teach on the cross and its personal application and that does not teach a lot on repentance.
Many will never mature:
●Many will never change because they don’t want to. They’re happy going nowhere.
●Many can’t change. They’re under a curse from which they need deliverance first.
●Many will never change because they are counterfeits, planted by the devil in the church.
●Many will never change because the cost of discipleship and repentance is too high for them.
●Many will never change because they are in love with the comfort and approval of the world.
Luke 6:26 “Woe to you when all men speak well of you!”
There are so many ways to a successful life. There are so many voices, so many motivational messages and ways. Most work to some degree. All fail with God.
Most people think they are born to live for themselves and that’s all they do all their lives.
The absolute pinnacle of success in the world, the desire of man, is empty when you get there!
Hebrews 5:14 “Solid food belongs to those who are full of age (mature), that is, those who have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
1 Corinthians 2:6-7 “We speak wisdom among those who are mature, yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the rulers of this age who are coming to nothing. But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.”
James 3:17 “The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits without partiality and without hypocrisy.”
Characteristics of maturity:
●Maturity goes hand in hand with godly wisdom.
●Maturity means diligently seeking godly knowledge and understanding.
●Maturity means rejecting many things. It is a narrow road, not wide!
●Maturity means knowing God’s word and the author – Well.
●Maturity is stability. This includes disciplined doctrinal stability.
●Maturity is a characteristic of the trustworthy.
●Maturity in a believer is seen in being able to take criticism and rejection.
●The end result of maturity in the Lord is inner peace.
●Those who are mature in the Lord are other-worldly and have a degree of mystery about them.
●The mature will be shocked at how much hogwash they used to believe.
●The mature will be bond-slaves to our Lord and His word, in liberty and free from legalism.
●The mature have a deep love of and for truth and holiness.
●The mature in the Lord have a degree of nervousness about them, before the Lord. They are secure in their faith, but the nearer you get to God the more in awe of Him you become, and realise how totally helpless you are and dependant on Him.
●The mature develop a deep love and appreciation for all living things. Wherever there is God-created life, they will be amazed, and not just at red setters (dogs). The mature will be in awe of and celebrate God’s magnificent creation.
●The mature will have a deeply rooted, broad kingdom vision, as opposed to a local institutional church vision. The local church, is of course part of the entire kingdom view.
Scars of maturity:
I’m a wildlife freak, and a tree-hugger, with a passion for God’s creation. Here in Southern Africa, you can tell how mature a lion is with one glance. His face will be full of scars from fights. He may have a limp; his colour is fading, his skin is deeply scarred and marred with permanent blood stains.
When he looks at you, you shudder! When he roars, you are riveted!
Beloved brethren, don’t fear the scars of maturity. They mean that you are a glorious survivor and have learned a great deal. You have beaten the devil, the world system and even your own flesh!
If you think you won’t get scarred as you mature, perhaps you better go to sleep now for the rest of your life.
Satan makes you stupid. He blinds you. He makes you proud and prevents you from growing and maturing in the Lord.
If pride blocks your growth and makes you obnoxious, then humility opens you to growth and makes you wise. Humility and repentance are the ingredients for metamorphosis.
God has a predetermined plan for you to walk in. You are called to maturity.
If the Lord does not come soon, your end-time...your death is coming. The instant our Lord comes for us in rapture or death, it’s all over. Your maturity, or lack of it, is eternally set! Think about that for a while. Pray about it. It’s true.
You see, salvation is wonderful, but there is much more to it. You don’t want to step into eternity and see all the great things that God had planned for you before the foundation of the world, go up in smoke, because you were a turkey all your life.
I took the lion picture in Botswana and combined it with an acacia sunset a leaf and feather.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 405: February 20th 2018
The demise of false prophets:
This edition is about the demise of false prophets and false teachers, primarily within the church. By false prophets, I also mean false watchmen of prophetic things.
Today many churches are closing down. At the same time many believers are falling away.
Those falling, are primarily from the non-Sprit filled churches, and in the west.
Yet, false prophets and teachers are increasing dramatically. Their demise is coming! It’s a good idea to know about the final end of false prophets and teachers!
The curtain is about to go up on the greatest drama ever! Here is our key verse:
Ezekiel 12:24-28 “No more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. I, the Lord speak and the words which I speak come to pass...None of My words shall be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done, says the Lord God...Prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy out of their own heart and spirit and have seen nothing...They have envisaged futility, saying ‘thus says the Lord!’But the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope that their word may be confirmed.”
The verse above is extremely instructive. It is saying:
●False prophets, teachers and those whose source is false visions, will soon end.
●If the Lord is speaking – it will come to pass.
●If the Lord is not in it, it will fail and not come to pass.
●It says that false prophets and teachers look for confirmation and agreement wherever they can find it. This would include in and out of the church, in dreams and visions, in the constellations, and among their own followers. But it’s all futile.
The Bible speaks of the “Spirit of truth” and “the spirit of error.” Truth and error, especially in terms of all things biblical, are a result of the manifestation of spirits. (1 John 4:6, Ephesians 6:12)
We absolutely need the ministry of teaching and prophecy, because of their vital, direction-giving leading. Satan tries to sow confusion into it all.
The nature of the false prophet and teacher:
False prophecies and teachings all originate in a false spirit, but come in through pride.
Pride blinds you. It also blinds you to pride in others. Pride food in which error grows.
Pride always blocks revelation from God. You are left with your own understanding. If you are full of pride, your revelation is from yourself and your own mind, sourced in error.
The Spirit of error always hides in camouflage. It masquerades as light and truth!
Pride is a terribly, sneaky, dangerous thing. It was the source of Lucifer’s fall, Adam’s fall and untold billions of others. Pride in Bible teachers and prophets is deadly!
The mouth of the teacher will find him out. The false teachers talk about themselves far too much. Too many of them are “called” by their ego, pride, and desire for self-importance. They’re imposters.
You need that spiritual gift called discernment of spirits, and the “still small voice” inside you to let you know with whom you are safe. Likewise a little voice will let you know when an individual is to be avoided like the plague.
2 Timothy 2:18 (Disapproved worker) “They have strayed concerning the truth, saying that that resurrection is past and they overthrow the faith of some.”
Please note in the verse above, that disapproved workers overthrow the faith of some, particularly the weak!
The false prophet or teacher claims to speak with divine authority. They often call on their small group of sectarian supporters to confirm their “truth” which, in reality, is error!
Those within the grip of a false prophet or teacher always think they are better than others and above others in the body of Messiah. They look down on those not in their camp.
The damage they do:
False prophets and false teachers give you a ●false sense of security. They give you a ●false vision, a ●false hope and a ●false expectation. They give you ●distorted, misleading views, which are always at odds with other established doctrines. ●They give you untruth!
False teachings, because they are all of the spirit of error, have destructive power locked up in them. People take what they say and believe it and act on it.
The intention of the spirit of error is to sidetrack you, injure you and bring you down.
There is special condemnation in the Bible for those who capitalise on, or injure the weak and gullible. Their demise will be great.
Proverbs 14:15 “The simple (gullible) believes every word, but the prudent man considers well his steps.”
You can and must “demise” false teachers out of your life now! When you identify them, under the leading of the Spirit – get them out of your life. If you don’t, when you receive them, and accept them, you are coming under their spirit.
Beloved brethren, the “transfer of spirits” is a dangerous reality. Be on your guard. I’ve seen it more times than you can imagine.
Bear in mind that it’s easy to fall for a false teaching, but it’s far more difficult to get out of it once you’re in!
Too many today make great error their friends, and wonder why they keep falling into the error- trap. They can’t get free from the underlying attraction of the spirit of error because God will not set you free from your friends. You must make error your enemy.
You must identify and correctly name a false doctrine, as sin!
False prophets and teachers are doing enormous damage to many in the body of Messiah. When people get duped they get trapped, hoodwinked and their growth gets stunted. This then affects their eternal reward, as accurate growth in Messiah has great reward itself.
Jeremiah 5:25-26 “Your iniquities (errors included) have turned these things away, and your sins have withheld good things from you. Among My people are found wicked men; they lie in wait as one who sets snares; they set a trap to catch men.”
Ezekiel 13:18-23 “...Will you hunt the souls of My people and keep yourselves alive?...With your lies you have made the souls of the righteous sad, whom I have not made sad; and you have strengthened the hand of the wicked....I will deliver My people out of your hand and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Isaiah 9:16 “The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed.”
Do not fail to read the verses above!! I’ll say it again: Do read these three verses above!
If we (rightly) apply these verses above to the sin of false doctrine and prophecy, note what occurs: ●They set a trap to catch you. ●They strengthen the hand of Satan and his crowd. ●The people are led to destruction by the teacher.
The power of repentance:
You must be doctrinally clean and clean in heart.
We are all called to an increasingly deeper walk with our Lord. False prophets and teachers damage that. They hinder and oppress and obstruct your growth, throwing obstacles in your path.
Most times, false teachers and prophets won’t repent, which is why they get themselves more deeply entrenched in their error, or produce new and more dangerous errors.
A true, safe teacher or prophet may miss it sometimes, but a chief characteristic, is that they will be quick to repent and correct things.
Many teachers are not interested in years and years of diligent study of the scriptures and monumental efforts to know God deeply. They just want to know a few cherry-picked, fancy verses to impress others with. They are the ultimate, shallow, man-pleasers.
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophesy falsely and the priest rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so, but what will you do in the end?”
There is a sifting on the go right now ahead of the great shaking to come. Many teachers are being exposed as false. It is good and right that people see and know who they can trust in the critical days to come.
Beloved brethren, repentance is a wonderful thing for each of us personally. It is powerful on a national scale. It is clearly evident as a most welcome fruit in the lives of many teachers.
The lack of a walk of repentance leads to a walk of pride and much destruction.
Jeremiah 12:10 “Many rulers (Lit=shepherds) have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden My portion underfoot; they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.”
God’s word is the final perfect and sufficient revelation. We must not go outside of it for revelation.
You need to learn how to hate with godly hatred! (I see you raising your eyebrows!)
That does not mean going around hating people when you should be walking in love. But have a look at the following shocking verses, and note just what they’re saying:
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate sin, pride, arrogance and every evil way.”
Psalm 97:10 “Hate evil you who love the Lord.”
Amos 5:15 “Hate evil and love good (holiness).”
Psalm 119:104 “From your precepts I get understanding; therefore I hate every evil way.”
Do you hate with perfect hatred, sin, arrogance, pride, evil and the wickedness of the devil?
It’s not fashionable in this modern, era with its globalist accept-everything agenda to hate anything, except God and His truth that is! But how wrong they are and will soon all be exposed as wrong, wrong, wrong!
Loving God gives you correctly placed hatred. It makes you secure, holy and passionate.
Generally, when people come looking for answers they don’t want to get deception. They want the truth.
Does the doctrine presented produce the correct fruits of the Spirit and growth in that disciple? Does it lead to legalism and pride? Does it lead to right living?
We must, in this day be relevant to this day, without changing the truth. When helping others we must warn of the false teachers and false prophets who are all around today, and their main characteristics, some of which are - failed predictions, legalism, secret pride, control.
2 Peter 2:1-3 “There were false prophets among the people even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who brought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of who the way of truth will be blasphemed. By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words...”
Don’t be a fool and fall those who have a 100% proven track record of failed predictions. That alone should tell you plenty.
The internet and YouTube specifically, is a playground of dangerous deceivers, and many charlatans. Yes there is excellent material there too. Bear in mind that truth and error travel the same highway.
Today, spiritual deception is much more dangerous than before. People have a greater vulnerability to deception, because of their spiritual shallowness.
Speaking, listening to, or reading Christian material has an authority behind it. That’s where the danger lies. “Did you hear what he said?” “Have you read this?” “Have you seen this?” People put value and recognition on what people say, especially teachers.
We must be careful in these dangerous days not to add to and confound the problems that people have. Pure undefiled truth is always safe, but it must be rightly divided and applied. (2 Timothy 2:15)
Progression of a false teacher to cult-status:
Because of the massive spiritual deceptions that are about to hit this world, we must know how to identify and deal with false teachers and prophets. Some will go no further than superficial error. Some will go no further than sect-status, and then repent, but some will become cults.
The progression is: ●Error> ●False doctrine> ●Sect> ●Cult.
The journey of error is towards hell.
Cult-like leaders and most of their subjects go wrong with a simple error. Because they don’t see it, or won’t repent, it leads to a cross-over point and a slippery slope to cult-status, where they can’t get out – they’re trapped.
Most times we see repeating patterns evident in the formation of a cult leader:
The leader separates himself from others and becomes exclusive and secretive. They exhibit no humility, lots of pride and they have no fear of the Lord in them. They talk about themselves all the time. You will seldom hear them teach on the cross. They begin by mixing truth and error but end up in total error.
Teachers on the way to becoming cult leaders often have a superiority complex and think everyone owes them respect and support. They sometimes have deep psychological problems of rejection and try to gain acceptance by using manipulation.
They make their hobby-horse doctrine an idol. They then surround the idol with the “protection” of legalism, which is witchcraft or wizardry in action.
Micah 3:5-7 (Amp) “Thus says the Lord concerning the false prophets who make My people err, who when they have anything good to bite on, cry ‘Peace.’ And whoever gives them nothing to chew; against them they declare a sanctified war. Therefore it shall be night to you, and you shall have no vision, yes it shall be dark to you without divination (comprehension) and the sun shall go down over the false prophets. The seers (prophets) shall be put to shame and they shall be confounded; Yes they shall cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.”
Please take note of this extremely powerful verse above!
At some point these people come under a curse and from then on they are even more deeply trapped and they bring others into that terrible grip as well.
Most people are lured into the occult by wanting knowledge of the future. Because Satan’s kingdom is of darkness, you don’t know where you are, just like the verse says above.
God’s kingdom is of light! You will always know where you are and where you are going!
1 Samuel 15:23 “To obey is better than sacrifice...For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness as the iniquity of idolatry.”
Many make idols of their own opinions stubbornly. “Stubbornness is as idolatry.”
If you have been involved in the occult or a cult or even a sect and have seen the light and come out of it, well done, well done! But don’t go back anywhere near it. It has long menacing invisible tentacles and it will trap you again.
2 Peter 2:20 “After they have escaped the corruption that is in the world, through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua, the Messiah, and they are again entangled in them, and overcome, the latter end for them is worse than the beginning.”
Luke 11:26 “The unclean spirit goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state is worse than the first.”
The Bible speaks in numerous places about the coming demise of false prophets and teachers. Even teachers, who are okay, will receive a “stricter judgement”. There are so many warnings given against those who lead God’s people astray – it is shocking.
We need to separate ourselves from them. Leave them, let them go their way, but don’t let them take you with them!
Jeremiah 14:15 “Thus says the Lord, concerning the prophets who prophecy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, ‘sword and famine shall not be in this land’ – By the sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed.’”
The total, utter judgement and casting into hell of false teachers and prophets is spoken of succinctly in 2 Peter 2:4-11.
The judgement of God is upon all false teachers and prophets. Not only are their words not of God. God is against them!
Ezekiel 13:8-9 “The Lord says: ‘because you have spoken nonsense and envisaged lies, therefore I am indeed against you. My hand will be against the prophets who envisage futility...’”
The judgement and demise of the false prophets and teachers is so sever in the Bible, because of the damage done to many others.
●It is a frightening, weighty, gravity-filled thing to be in a position to influence God’s people!
Personally, my own prayer time is varied, but I pray twice a day on this very issue and do have others praying for me and The Prophetic Scroll every day as well.
“No more shall there be any false vision or flattering divination”, says our title verse. Yes, deception will continue, but you don’t need to be subject to it. God has given you the spiritual equipment to know and avoid it all now.
John 18:37 “...Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
John 8:32 “You shall know the truth and truth shall make you free.”
The true teacher or prophet doesn’t always get it right. The false, always gets it wrong even if he is right! The false is essentially a wrong person.
Most importantly, not everyone who you don’t agree with, or just don’t like is a false teacher.
We are about to be thrust into the greatest drama of all time. Exciting times lie just ahead. Severe and dangerous times too!
This is one of my mixed-media art works incorporating some old cloth and other collage elements. I superimposed the lion photograph over the art.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!