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Edition 369: June 21st 2017.
Mysteries of the Rapture:
In the previous edition we looked at some of the mysteries of God and what that really means. By way of a quick summary, here are some main points:
The word “mystery” in the original is “mysterion” meaning “hidden from those on the outside, or hidden from the ungoldly.” It does not mean that those things are hidden from the believer – quite the contrary.
Romans 16:25 “Now to Him who is able to establish you according to the gospel and preaching of Yeshua the Messiah, according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began but now has been made manifest and by the prophetic scriptures has been made known...”
The rapture of the church is one of these mysteries:
1 Corinthians 15:51 “Behold I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die) but we shall be changed in a moment in a twinkling of an eye...”
This is why the unsaved cannot even comprehend what the rapture is, and why they mock us! To them it’s all a closed up mystery - an Enigma.
Unveiled and revealed Bible prophecy is vitally important in so many respects, least of all in assisting us to fear the Lord. Only those who know and understand the fear of the Lord, have access to true deeper revelation and biblical wisdom.
But why does a huge part of the church not teach on these wonderful things? Is it still a mystery to them, or are they just deceived, teaching only nice, happy, motivational, me-now sermons?
Is your church destroying you by preaching from the Bible?
If you or your church will not hear or receive or teach on the prophetic word, especially the prophecies of the greatest prophet ever – Yeshua, you are in danger of being destroyed. You must “heed the prophetic word.” (2 Peter 1:19)
One of my early mentors from the 70s, Derek Prince, often said, “Ignore the prophetic word at your own peril!”
Some are thinking – that’s a bit outrageous Joel! Who are you telling I’m going to be destroyed because I ignore prophecy? Don’t you know I’m a Christian and I love Jesus?
Okay, well here is the word of the Lord, out of the Bible for you and all church leaders:
Acts 3:22-23 “Moses truly said to the fathers: ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a Prophet (Yeshua) like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you. And it shall come to pass that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.’”
So, I say again, is your church destroying you? Is your minister leading you to destruction by teaching you nice happy motivational sermons week after week and teaching nothing on prophecy? Just read that verse above again!
The churches, ministries and individuals who won’t teach Bible prophecy are a great danger to you, but also an affront to our Lord. They are rejecting prophecy, a major aspect of the greatest prophet of all – Yeshua! No wonder their churches are dead and being destroyed in great numbers.
Do you know that a huge number of churches are falling apart right now? They are “being utterly destroyed.” The numbers are staggering. But what is more staggering is that there is one consistent common cause. They are all Spirit-less churches, mostly denominational, which don’t believe, preach or teach end-time prophecy, including the rapture!
Perhaps an even greater, unsurprising tragedy is that the “utter destruction” that the Bible promises to these who won’t teach prophecy is resulting in the Spirit of God moving out to let in an evil, dark spirit – and they can’t even see it.
On the other hand, a large part of the church is seeing phenomenal growth amongst those who would dare not reject the prophetic teaching of our Lord. This is especially true in the eastern nations today.
Again, I ask, is your church or minister preparing you for destruction by what he won’t teach? And please don’t tell me that this is the way it’s always been. My friends, this time things are different!
You see, it’s not a matter of what you want to believe. It’s not a matter of cherry-picking your doctrine. I tell you as a believer, if you do not know or get to know prophecy in these dark days – you are headed for destruction!
This does not mean that we all have to agree on every last, little detail, but we must agree on the big, major, doctrinal issues. (Hebrews 6:1-2)
Here’s a nice little prophecy for those who won’t preach the fullness of the word:
Isaiah 29:11-14 “The whole vision has become to you like a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one who is illiterate, saying, ‘read this please’; and he says, ‘I cannot for it is sealed’...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 commandments of men...Therefore the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hidden.”
What happens to our bodies and when?
Thankfully, all true believers will soon get new resurrection bodies. These will be new supernatural eternal, glorious bodies, completing our salvation.
Our new bodies, will be given to the “dead in Messiah” and “we who are alive” at the time. It will occur in a blinding flash at the rapture.
Here is the classical rapture verse:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 “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 in the air and thus we shall always be with the Lord.”
Now, note what happens as the rapture occurs:
1 Corinthians 15:51-53 “Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we will be changed, in a moment in a twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (for the church age.) For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible (old bodies) must put on incorruption, and this mortal, immortality.”
These new bodies will neither marry nor produce children. That is very important to remember!
Matthew 22:30 “In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like the angels of heaven.
In regards to marriage and childbearing, we will be like the angels who do not marry. Other verses reveal additional, incredible supernatural qualities, which we will receive. We will be just like Him. (Romans 8)
Now consider this huge difference in the Millennium:
Isaiah 65:20-25 “No more shall an infant from there live but a few days, nor an old man who has not fulfilled his days; for the child shall die one hundred years old...My elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands, they shall not bring forth children for trouble (but will still produce children)...the wolf and the lamb shall feed together, the lion shall eat straw like an ox...”
Do you see what I see? It is huge!
If there is no pre-tribulation rapture and only a post-tribulation rapture, this would mean that all the saints together - of the church age and the tribulation, would get their resurrection bodies together as we go into the Millennium.
So, would we all be marrying and producing kids and working like normal in the Millennium? Or would be in resurrection bodies, not marrying, like the angels?
Sorry, you can’t have it both ways.
The answer is an incredible proof of a pre-tribulation rapture. It is another group, the tribulation saints who go into the Millennium in natural bodies, but with longevity restored!
Wonderful rapture meanings:
What’s in a name you ask?
Here are some of the words used to describe the rapture in the Bible:
●The catching away. (1 Thessalonians 4:17)
●The escape. (Luke 21:36)
●The gathering. (2 Thessalonians 2:1)
●The transformation. (Philippians 3:20)
●The rescue and deliverance. (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
●The blessed hope. (Titus 2:13)
●The mercy. (Jude21) (not a mercy)
●The instant changing. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
●The manifestation of the sons of God. (Romans 8:19)
●Redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:18)
Let’s string those together. The rapture is described as:
●The catching away. ●The escape. ●The gathering, ●The transformation. ●The rescue. ●The deliverance. ●The hope. ●The mercy. ●The changing ●The manifestation. ●The redemption.
Does that paint a glorious picture or what? Just those words alone reveal a great deal about the mystery of the rapture.
Glorious pre-tribulation rapture types:
●Enoch is a well-accepted type of the rapture of the church. He was taken alive by God, before the flood of Noah, a type of the tribulation. (Hebrews 11:5) The Bible says, “God took him.” (Genesis 5:24)
This amazing phrase is Strong’s H3947 “Laqach.” Meanings: Take, carry away, seize, capture, stolen, capture as flash of lightning, receive in marriage.
Isn’t that the rapture, perfectly pre-figured in the Old Covenant? How incredible is that!
●Joseph has so many types and meanings associated with his story. Let’s have a look at a few:
Just as Joseph gets ready to reveal his true identity to his brothers, something amazing occurs:
Genesis 45:1 “Joseph could not restrain himself before all those that stood before him, and he cried out, ‘make everyone go out from me!’ So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.”
Who are these that are taken away before Joseph reveals himself to his brothers? In type, we could say that this was the church. The great revealing is done to the Jews alone. Joseph is a type of our Messiah, who has no helpers or missionaries or church evangelists with him. He does the work alone, as is seen in many other verses.
There is a similar type in the story of Daniel and the fiery furnace. The three children of Israel are thrown into the fire, but Daniel himself, a type of the church here, is nowhere to be found!
There are many other glorious types of the rapture hidden in the stories of the Bible.
More on the mystery of the rapture in the Old Covenant:
Is this amazing passage below a hidden story of the rapture? Is the church not the “faithful man” and the “first ripe fruit”?
Micah 7:1-4 “Woe is me! For I am like those who gather summer fruits...there is no cluster to eat of the first ripe fruit, which my soul desires. The faithful man has perished (disappeared) from the earth, and there is no one upright among men...The day of your watchman and your punishment comes; now shall be their perplexity.”
The word translated “perish” is Strong’s H6, “Abad.” Meaning: “escape, flee, taken, perished, void”
Is this verse below not another Old Covenant verse which could apply to the rapture?
Isaiah 26:20-21 “Come my people, enter your chambers, and shut the door behind you; hide yourself as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation (tribulation) is past. For behold the Lord comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity. The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.”
Ephraim and Manasseh are the modern day Christians of the West. Some say they are the British, some say the US. They are neither. They are the redeemed of the nations which would include the true born-again disciples of all these nations.
Hosea 9:11 “As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird – no birth, no pregnancy, no conception!”
The surrounding context of the verse above speaks of the rebellion of Israel and its coming troubles. But right here we have this astounding verse! Is it not a type of the rapture?
No one knows! – Rubbish!
Even the unbelievers know and repeatedly misquote this verse, as do many Christians:
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows, no not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only.”
They all say, you see, it says no one knows when the rapture will be!
Prepare for a big shock!
If you read the preceding verses they are speaking of the tribulation period. In fact a previous heading is “The Great Tribulation.” If you read the verses following Matthew 24:36, again they are speaking of the tribulation period. If you read the other parallel gospel accounts, again, they are speaking of the tribulation period.
So why then, right in the middle of a lengthy and involved discourse on the tribulation period, would there suddenly be a verse saying “no one knows” when the rapture of the church will be?
The answer is simple. Matthew 24:36 is not talking of the rapture at all. In fact, it is not talking of anything that has to do with time! Are you surprised?
Let’s do a quick word study:
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows...”
It is the conditions of the time (tribulation) which are being spoken of. It is saying...of these horrendous tribulation conditions no one knows! That changes the entire meaning doesn’t it? That also makes it completely consistent with the surrounding context.
Now let’s dig a bit deeper!
Matthew 24:36 “Of that day and hour no one knows...” What “day and hour”? Is it the rapture? No it is not. Again the presumption is wrong, wrong, wrong!
The Bible uses the term “Day of the Lord” for various events. One usage is to describe the entire church age. One usage is to describe the very last day of the tribulation and the Second Coming. The most common usage is to describe the seven-year tribulation period.
You have to go by context to see which one is being referred to.
So now we have the word “day” as a reference to the tribulation. Let’s go on:
Revelation 3:10 “I will keep you from the hour of trial that will come upon the whole world...”
The Bible uses the word “hour” to refer to the entire seven year tribulation.
So now we have “day” and “hour” as references to the tribulation period. So, let’s go back to Matthew 24:36. This is what it is saying: Of these terrible conditions in the tribulation period, no one knows. He can’t even imagine how bad it will be.
Again that satisfies the surrounding tribulation-context and the context of the parallel verses.
But what about the term, “no one knows the day and hour,” being used as an idiom for the Feast of Trumpets, the next to be fulfilled prophetically? This feast is also known as the feast of which no one knows the day and hour, due to it beginning on the new moon, which could occur over two days?
If Matthew 24:36 is a reference to the tribulation period as a whole, and the Feast of Trumpets marks the start of the tribulation then we can rightly use this as a marker for a pre-tribulation rapture as well, because they occur in conjunction with each other.
So now, please get rid of the use of that verse saying no one knows the time of the rapture!
Will we see the rapture coming?
There will be numerous signs of the coming tribulation, so yes we will, because it occurs as the tribulation begins.
By the way, I totally reject the work of various people and ministries on YouTube and elsewhere claiming that there is a gap between the rapture and the start of the tribulation. Some say the gap will be days, some say 30 days, some say perhaps even ten years. None of them have any substantial Bible verses to back them. They only have somewhat stretched ideas from some verses. Their real reason is to perpetuate their belief in imminence and “no one knows the time.”
There is much more to that, which I will share at another time. In the meantime, I reject it all.
Apostasy: A mystery revealed:
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (apostasy) comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”
The verse above has been the source of much confusion and debate over the years. Many people have taken it to mean that the rapture can’t happen until the apostasy or falling away of the church.
The “Day” spoken of in this verse refers to the entire seven year tribulation period.
The word “apostasy” can also be translated as “departure.” If you do a word study, you will find something amazing.
“Apostasy” is used 18 times. It is used 16 times as a verb and twice as a noun. Four times it means leaving the faith. That means that 14 times it means depart or get up and leave – permanently.
We must take the context into consideration as well as the frequency of the use of the word.
So, it should say: 2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means, for the tribulation period, will not begin unless the departure (rapture of the church) happens first and the man of sin is revealed.”
Doesn’t that now make a whole lot of sense? And we have not violated or changed the word, just corrected erroneous translations!
The tragedy of unbelief:
There is a principle revealed in the Bible, which people would do well to take heed of. It’s not” when I see it, I’ll believe it”! It’s just the opposite. You must come to the Lord in belief, and then you will see.
Matthew 13:58 “He did no mighty works there (Nazareth) because of their unbelief.”
Hebrews 3:19 “They could not enter in (to the Promised Land) because of their unbelief.”
Psalm 78:21-22 “The Lord was furious; so a fire was kindled against Jacob, and His anger came up against Israel, because they did not believe in God, and did not trust in His salvation.”
Psalm 95:10-11 “This is a people who go astray in their hearts and they do not know My ways, so I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.”
Psalm 106:14-15 “They (Jews) lusted exceedingly in the wilderness, and tested God in the desert, and He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.”
Psalm 55:19 “Because they do not change, therefore they do not fear God.”
Do you see why so many will remain blind and dumb to the things of God?
My friends, unbelief in any of these spiritual issues, including the rapture, will blind you!
I have so much more on these subjects, never shared, which I will in future editions. Some of the material I have for you is truly amazing – we are heading for exciting times!
I encourage you to know these things well. They may just be your lifeline. If you click on the “Editions by subject” button and go down to “Rapture”, there are numerous other editions with a wealth of information on this spectacular subject.
I placed the orchid on a mirror, sprayed it with water, left the camera shutter open for two minutes (at night) and “painted” the flower with the light of a small pen-light.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 368: June 14th 2017.
The Great Awakening:
In this edition I’ll be discussing the various awakenings which are of great importance in these days. These awakenings are directly associated with the biblical “mysteries”, which I’ll also deal with.
This will encompass:
●The awakening to holiness now.
●The awakening of the true Christian in rapture.
●The awakening of the Jews to their Jewish Messiah.
●The awakening of the unsaved world to judgement.
Here are some of the biblical uses and meanings of the word, “Awake”:
Awake: (Hebrew): Strong’s H 5782 “Uwr” meaning: “To be aroused or stirred, to stir up, to be excited and triumphant and to arise to watchfulness.
Awake (Greek): Strong’s G 1453, “Egeiro” meaning: To appear, raise up, to arise from the sleep of death. It can also mean to be sober minded.
The mystery of the “mysteries:”
When you wake up you see. When you are asleep you don’t see! But there is a greater depth to these things spiritually. We must understand that some things for some people are impossible to see.
They are asleep or blinded because they are a God-created mystery. These mysteries are hidden to the unbeliever, but God reveals them to His own family – the true believer. But there are still certain conditions to be met before we get the mysterious password to this wisdom.
So, the awakening must be from God’s perspective. Many spiritual mysteries can only be awoken to and understood by those on the inside. It’s like having a password to a secret club. You can’t come in without it, or with the wrong password.
So, the mysteries of God are not total mysteries, they are conditional and exclusive.
Here is the meaning of the word:
Mystery: Strong’s G3466, “mysterion” meaning: “Hidden, not obvious to the natural understanding, or hidden from the ungodly”.
Just in this meaning alone, do you see why many will never be able to awaken, see, or recognise many spiritual things.
Here are some of the Bible “mysteries”:
● The mystery of Israel’s blindness. (Romans 11:25) ● The mystery of the rapture. (1Corinthians 15:51) ● The mystery of revelation. (Romans 16:25) ● The mystery of the gospel. (Ephesians 6:19) ● The mystery of Godliness. (1Timothy 3:16) ● The mystery of the kingdom. (Mark 4:11) ● The mystery of God’s wisdom. (1Corinthians 2:7) ● The mystery hidden from generations, now made manifest to the saints...Messiah in you, the hope of glory. (Colossians 1:26-27) ● The mystery of iniquity (sin). (2Thessalonians 2:7)
So, what we have here are mysteries to the outsider and the unbeliever, who is without the Spirit of God. To the insider who meets the conditions, and those who operate in the discernment of the Spirit of God, the “mysteries are revealed.”
Do you see the incredible benefits of coming to our Lord His way and why this is so important?
The awakening to holiness and righteousness:
1 Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I say this to your shame.”
Sin is one of the “mysteries” mentioned above.
Do you see why the unsaved can’t awake to righteousness? They can’t see what sin is. God has hidden its meaning from them. If you can’t see what sin is, you can’t see the only answer – the cross! You can’t get rid of something you don’t recognise.
But this verse above is also addressed to the believer who has fallen into sin, as is the verse below.
Romans 13:11-12 “...It is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armour of light.”
We are the ones who need to awake out of darkness which has come into our lives when the light of God has dimmed through sin.
This is also a powerful admonition to the backslider, and here is another:
Ephesians 5:14-16 “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light. See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
Backsliders beware! Your time is running out. Yes our Lord will lovingly welcome you back into the fold on repentance, but bear in mind that His grace has limits. Bear in mind that the days are becoming more evil and you will slide further and further away!
Renewal, revival, revitalisation, resurgence, are some of the awakenings we are seeing. Prodigals and backsliders are sliding back to our Lord. This is all the work of our Lord. It is the latter rain of the Spirit of God.
Multitudes are in the valley of decision and storming to salvation. These works are now occurring in the eastern nations of the world at an alarming rate. Jews, Muslims, Chinese, Indians and even those in Bongo-Bongo land and beyond are awakening to the saving grace of the Spirit of God.
The awakening of the Christian to full salvation:
Very soon now, all true believers will suddenly awaken in new, glorious, supernatural bodies, incorruptible, ageless and forever perfect and beautiful.
Our old lives will be gone in a blinding flash. The final enemy – death, will be dead!
What a momentous day that will be. We will awake in a peace-paradise of unimaginable glory, majesty and wonder. Serenity, joy and ecstasy will rule our grandiose new world.
This is all a great mystery, but we as true saints of the living God believe it all, while the world thinks we are crazy for believing such things.
Isaiah 26:19 “...Awake and sing you who dwell in the dust; for your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out its dead.”
Psalm 17:15 “I will see Your face in righteousness; I shall be satisfied when I awake in Your likeness.”
Again, the rapture of the church is one of the “mysteries.” How can you believe it as an unbeliever? You can’t!
This is why the unbeliever has no hope (Ephesians 2:12) and we have that fulfilling “blessed hope.” (Titus 2:13)
The awakening blast:
The Feast of Trumpets is so called because of the many trumpet blasts that occur to herald and close the Feast. There are many different types of trumpet blasts, each with major, significant meanings. Most relate to the coming judgement of the tribulation period – the end of one dispensation and start of the next.
This feast is the next to find prophetic fulfilment, specifically in relation to the Jews. It will mark the start of the tribulation period and their mass salvation.
One of the trumpet blasts is called “The awakening blast.”
It has great, wonderful and frightening symbolism attached!
The “awakening trumpet blast” is sounded to awaken the Jews to their Messiah. It is also the herald of their judgement and of the world (but more on that further down.) At this trumpet blast the world will see the Lamb of God transformed into the Lion of Judah!
It’s not surprising then that this trumpet blast may well also signal the rapture of the church, because it occurs right at the start of the tribulation period.
The awakening of the Jews to their Messiah:
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.”
Notice who is the prime evangelist to the Jews is at this time. It is “I” the Lord Himself! The church will be gone.
As the “Awakening trumpet blast” sounds on The Feast of Trumpets, it will “shatter” the air. The mysterious reverberation will be the signal for millions of dry bones to begin flying together and to be miraculously joined to each other just at the right places. Sinews, muscles and flesh that was long thought dead, will come to life in a flash and masses of Jews, no longer spiritual Holocaust-like skeletons will awaken and arise!
Amazingly, much of the church and all of the churches of replacement theology hate this idea. They can’t see through the thick fog of the prejudice and hatred!
The Jews will march forward through walls of wailing, with golden gates open and welcoming. The new weeping and howling will be of pure joy! Jews will again dance like David danced, in celebration!
They will walk forward through a parted veil into glorious light. There standing before them will be the one whom they pierced, offering forgiveness, love and compassion to them all. What wonderful drama!
Jeremiah 31:17 “There is hope in your future (Israel) says the Lord, and they shall come back to their own borders.”
Isaiah 29:18-19 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book (Lit= scroll) and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity and out of darkness. The humble shall increase their joy in the Lord, and the poor (in spirit) among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”
Isaiah 29:23-24 “When He sees His children, the work of My hands, in His midst, they will hallow My name, and hallow the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who murmured will learn doctrine.”
Israel’s spiritual blindness is one the “mysteries” we looked at above. Do you see why the unbelieving world can’t see it or understand it? Do you see why the unbelieving world, the modern demon possessed scribes – the mass-media, have no idea why Israel is blind and soon to see after miracle spiritual eye-surgery?
Poor old media! They will forever have a thick veil of hefty blindness over their eyes. They will forever serve the devil himself.
The awakening of the unsaved to judgement:
Jeremiah 6:10 “To whom shall I speak and give warning, that they may hear? Indeed their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot give heed. Behold the word of the Lord is a reproach to them; they have no delight in it.”
Isaiah 5:14-21 “Therefore Sheol (hell) has enlarged itself and opened its mouth beyond measure; their glory and multitude and their pomp and he who is jubilant, shall descend into it...Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!”
Isaiah 14:9 “Hell from beneath is excited to meet you at your coming; it stirs up the dead for you. All the chief ones of the earth it has raised up from their thrones, all the kings of the nations.”
The demons and devils are stirring as they awaken to their soon-doom. Their works are flooding the world. (Revelation 12:12) Multitudes in the tribulation period will fulfil the above verses perfectly! (Joel 3:14)
In many ways the doom of the unsaved is a great tragedy, and catastrophe, simply because of their blindness, which is self-caused.
Today, people are full of the burdens of sin. The hefty pressures and stresses of modern living are weighing people down all over the world. They look everywhere but to our Lord for answers. The world is awakening to a welcoming devil, whom they can’t see or even believe exists.
Sin is a mystery to the unsaved. They call it human rights and many other incorrect names. They are blind to the mystery of sin, the mystery of godliness, and the mystery of hell right before them.
They can suppress the stress with pills, but there is no pill to make sin go away. There is no forgiveness-pill. They are soon going to awaken from their nightmare-sleep into judgement and eternal destruction.
You see, the unsaved are essentially all thieves. They’ve stolen their lives, created by God for His purpose and now use it for their purposes. They are empty, cursed and doomed and a result.
One of the greatest questions anyone could ask, and often leads to great depression and psychological problems is: What is the purpose of my life? Why am I here? Is this all there is? Even the very wealthy and those who think they have arrived, must still ask the question: Is this Ferrari or Rolls Royce, all there is?
Why can’t my red Ferrari and my Rolls in the garage forgive me and make me right with God? Why can’t my car love me back and comfort me? Because it’s a car you idiot! The same is true for the entire world’s materialism.
Only our God can fill the empty void in your heart created by Him, to be fulfilled by Him. A car, a plane and yacht don’t fit in there. Even God’s beautiful natural creation can’t take away your sins.
Personally, I’m a tree-hugger, I love them, but I can tell you from experience that trees don’t hug you back. They don’t even say thank you for admiring them!
Tragically, the world is seeing a massive increase in suicides now. Amazingly the answer was right before them. The answer is fulfilment, peace and victory in our Lord! But people will rather listen to the devils demon-inspired mass-media. (Talk about fake-news!!!)
The mass-media believes that man is the measure of all things. The ways of the world are the measure, they believe! But man is devolving! His ways and world are deteriorating. The ways of modern man are like a blind man staggering around, leaning on Satan for guidance.
When you awaken to God’s plan and purpose for your life, wonderful things start happening. The world’s great mysteries begin to clear up. Hope arrives at your door and you begin to see with new eyes. Suddenly you see that the thing in your garage is a dead, cold, piece of metal.
Hell is one of the “mysteries”. The unsaved can’t see it, yet it’s their eternal home. The unsaved world will awaken soon and in an instant they will understand the mysteries of sin, hell and why they are there. They will have to say “amen” to their judgement.
If they had a vision of approaching hell, their story would change in a flash.
What do you have to do to wake up? And what do you have to do to see and understand the mysteries of God, which are inextricably linked to awakening?
You must be born-again. You must come to our Lord in absolute surrender, brokenness, and humility. You must choose the fear of the Lord and forsake your own ways. You must set your heart to know Him and follow Him.
Daniel 12:2-3 “Many of those who sleep in the dust will awake, some to everlasting life, some to shame and everlasting contempt. Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
Many humans are destined for exaltation and eternal elevation, right in the face of many heading for the depths of hell.
We must awaken to watchfulness now! Many are not watching. Many remain blinded by their shameful, deceived, blind guides!
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophecy falsely, and the priests rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so. But what will you do in the end.”
Many of these things, my friends are on the doorstep!
I took this picture of the African Fish Eagle in one of our local game reserves.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 367: June 7th 2017.
Hunger for God:
In these fast approaching end-days, the pressures, tests and challenges are intensifying. “The love of many will grow cold”. There are wonderful answers and provisions in the Bible for those who will seek them out. There are many who will endure and many who will be swept away with the world!
This edition will shatter some of your views.
It’s not okay!
It’s not okay and not enough to believe in Jesus – “even the demons believe and shudder!” It’s not okay to simply call yourself a Christian and think you’ve arrived. It’s not okay to measure yourself amongst yourselves, or the masses of these days, or most of the modern churches today.
You must come to salvation through the new birth and then set your heart and soul and every aspect of your life to follow our Lord, grow in Him and know Him more and more intimately.
You must be radical in your pursuit of our Lord in these days; otherwise you are in danger of being swept into mediocrity and onto the road to hell.
Today, the lives of many, Christians included, are filled with spiritual ignorance, emptiness, vacancy, and vulnerability to all manner of deception, error, sin, and modern idolatry.
People want acceptance and not rejection. That’s fine, but God will not accept you and your idols.
The essential, single-minded pursuit of God:
Yes, we are saved in an instant, but we need to “hunger and thirst for righteousness”. We need to have a driving desire, a longing, yearning, zeal and passion for truth in this dark, gloomy, world.
You cannot and will not counteract the war on truth in these days, if you are not selective, discerning, and single-minded in your hungering after our Lord and His truth. In many cases even the modern churches have conceded to error, concealed, shrouded and hidden the truth.
You need to spend time, separated to our Lord, alone in your deep pursuit of God and knowledge of His word and ways, in prayer and study. You must “take heed that you are not deceived”!
Pursuit of God, if done right, produces discovery and revelation of our Lord. If done right, you will notice that it also produces a great disconnect with the world.
Our calling as believers and our purpose is to live above the world. It is to stand against the blast of the wind of the world and set the sail of our lives so that we can move forward against that ill-wind! It is to be other-worldly. That’s one of the reasons the world hates us – because we are not like them.
Do you fit in comfortably with the world and its ways? If you do, you need to get saved and begin to hunger after our Lord!
As a believer, it’s very hard to grow above the level of your church and its leader, if he and they are products of modern-world Christianity. I’m not calling on anyone to leave their church – that’s between God and you. But I am calling you to great heights in and with our Lord.
Guard your heart with all your strength! You can’t have a heart that is wrong and live right! “Blessed are the pure in heart: For they will see God.”
Today much of the church, especially the spirit-less church is doomed and doesn’t even know it. Their flock are pampered, passive, blinded wimps, going along with the dangerous flow of the world. Much of the modern church has married the world. Amazingly, the Bible prophesied it.
The sign of spiritual ruin is all around us, it is lukewarmness and a mixture of truth and error and the chasing after ear-tickling, motivational me-centred hogwash.
Obstacles to your hunger for God:
●Do not set your heart after miracles, signs and wonders. They do not determine truth! When and if they come along, well and good! Even then question them. Truth can withstand scrutiny.
●Don’t trust what the world thinks. It has been fashioned and formed by the god of this world.
●Do not trust yourself and your own heart!
Proverbs 28:26 “He who trusts in his own heart is a fool.”
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it?”
Job 28:13 “Man does not know its value (wisdom), nor is it found in the land of the living.”
●Very few people are aware of how much they have been formed and fashioned after the lives and opinions of modern man, the world system and hidden demons.
They have mixed themselves with the deadly mixture of truth and error. Mixture produces confusion and makes you lukewarm, ready to be “spat out by our Lord.” (Revelation 3:16)
Leviticus 19:19 “You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed, nor shall a garment of mixed linen come upon you.”
You can’t find “mixture” being spoken well of in the Bible. It is universally condemned. It produces sterility.
●Be careful of the “love” crowd! They will lead you the wrong way! Are you surprised?
"God is love" does not mean love is God. If love is God that means that anything that is love is of God and is right. That is wrong and pure deception. Do you see how the devil cleverly reverses the truth to deceive and capture many?
Note that the powerful end-times, “perilous times,” verse in 2 Timothy 3:1-2 speaks condemningly of “Lovers of self, the love of pleasure” and more. Clearly then, everything that is of love is not necessarily of God! In fact these people have a form of godliness, but deny its power, which lets Satan rule.
God sends strong delusion to people who “believe the lie and had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Don’t tell me that everything that is love and pleasure is of God!
If you as a man say you love another man, love is involved. But is it of God because it is love? – Never!
True biblical love always includes rebuke and correction, measured against the Bible. “As many as I love I rebuke.” (Revelation 3:19)
●Don’t get hung up on hobby-horse doctrines and try to prove everyone wrong and yourself right. Don’t centre on exposing of error!
Truth always exposes error, but you need insight, knowledge, understanding and wisdom to deal with error. You need the God-given weapons.
Sometimes people come under demonic influence by going after spiritual error without the spiritual strength of truth in their hearts. You need the supernatural power through the gifts of the Spirit to even see some deceptive error.
The occult and the believer:
Many believers have had an involvement with the occult in their lives, before being born-again. Some still mix various dark, condemned practices in with their Christian lives now. It is a far greater issue than most are aware of.
At the close of this age the battle will absolutely intensify in the spiritual, supernatural and with occult power at work.
You cannot have any involvement at all with these things as a believer. You must rip it all out of your life forever. Don’t underestimate the great danger you will place yourself under if you have any participation with the following practises. Please read this entire section and take note of it.
Here are just some of the occult practises absolutely condemned in the Bible:
●Divination: It consists of fortune telling, consulting familiar spirits. ●Consulting the dead: Which would normally be through a medium. ●Astrology: It includes horoscopes, fortune telling, card reading, and the use of a prognosticator or star-gazer. ●Witchcraft: It includes sorcery, spells, the use of enchanting materials like drugs, certain types of music, dancing and the like. ● Idol worship: It includes the elevation, exaltation and consulting of charms, various items, art works, carvings etc. ●Devil worship: It includes the direct worship and consulting of Satan himself.
Here are a few shocking verses dealing with this subject:
Leviticus 20:3 “I will set My face against that man and cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.”
Note in this verse above, the witchcraft resulted in God cutting the man off from his people. I know some Christians who have ventured back into satanic activity after being saved, who are forever cut-off from the people of God.
Acts 8:9-11 “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 whom they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest saying, ‘this man is the great power of God.’ And they heeded him because he had astonished them with his sorceries for a long time.”
Note that Simon was “previously” involved with the occult!
People run to people like this. People elevate and idolise them. People almost worship them. People lift them up onto a pedestal. People claim that these ones are great! People say that they must be of God because of the great power or insight that they have!!!!!
Do not think that because something, someone or some ministry appears to be “great” it is of God automatically. Untold million are deceived this way.
Did you know that King Saul had within him a mixture of spirits? He committed suicide on the battlefield after consulting a witch!
This is not the way to hunger after God. You do not elevate anyone ever for their fame, insights, so-called miracles or supernatural doings.
Most of the illegitimate signs, wonders and insights these days are by people weak in spiritual character, who secretly want to elevate themselves. They want recognition and acceptance. They have a pride problem backed by Satan. They want you to “hunger” for them and not God’s truth through faith.
If you set your heart to blindly follow and hunger after any individuals, you will be led astray. You will not find the depths of God.
Acts 13:8-12 “Elymas the sorcerer withstood them, seeking to turn the proconsul away from the faith. Then Saul, also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And 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 upon him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand. Then the proconsul believed...”
Acts 16:16-19 “Now it happened, as we went to prayer, that a certain slave girl possessed with a spirit of divination met us, who brought her masters much profit by fortune telling. This girl followed Paul and us and cried out, saying, ‘these men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation.’ But Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, ‘I command you in the name of Yeshua, the Messiah, to come out of her.’ And he came out that very hour. But when her masters saw that their hope of profit was gone, they seized Paul and Silas...”
What an incredible situation! Please note that it does Satan no harm to uplift the servants of God. Satan himself told the truth in this verse above. He said that these men were servants of God and they were. But there was an evil hidden agenda. Paul saw through the self-promotion!
Be very careful of individuals or entire ministries excessively promoting themselves, Watch out for manipulation – it is deadly. Watch out for hidden financial agendas. In most cases they are using our Lord as their sponsor. Be careful of people or ministries who reject you because you question them and their motivations.
Now, do you want to get closer to our Lord? Do you want progress in your hunger after Him? Read the verse below:
2 Timothy 3:8-13 “As Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth; men of corrupt minds, disapproving concerning the faith; but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all.”
These men resisted the truth. Can I say that again? They resisted the truth. They had only bits of it that suited them. They rejected the truth that they deemed objectionable! They could progress no further!
There are untold millions in this category. They are stuck where they are. They can’t go any further even though they may want to. How many churches do you know that are stone dead? They are stuck in a perpetual rut. They will not open themselves to all of the truth.
People who have been directly involved in the occult should never be in the ministry. Of course they can be saved and forgiven, but there is almost always a problem of them falling back somewhere along the line.
If you have been directly involved in the occult, Satan regards you as his possession and ownership and he will not easily let you go. He may release you for a time. You have created a situation for yourself that is almost impossible. You need to be actively on your guard all the time!
A word of warning: Don’t ever contemplate getting into occult activity. It is often irreversible – don’t take the chance!
My friends, if you as a believer do not grow in the things of God you will remain thoroughly worldly and you may think that’s fine, but read on!
1 Corinthians15:19 “If in this life only, we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most pitiable.”
James 3:15 “This wisdom (demonic) does not descend from above, but is earthly (worldly), sensual (self), demonic.”
Note from the verse above, that believers who are worldly, are descending and declining. It goes from worldly ways to self-orientation to being demonically driven. The direction is down.
The way out of the devil’s traps:
Many times people who’ve been involved in the occult feel trapped. There’s a good reason for that. In the Bible, the word used for “divination,” which includes most of those satanic activities, is “python.” (Strong's G4436)
A python is a snake that kills its prey by coiling around it and strangling it. The spirit of “python” does just that. It slowly squeezes the breath and life of God out of you.
In these evil days many will turn to Satan for help because modern churches are not setting them free. Don’t ever make a deal with the devil. It will trap you, and ultimately strangle you to death.
God does not mince his words in this regard. He calls you an “abomination” if any of these satanic activities are in you, or you participate in them. He turns a deaf ear to your prayer.
The way out is through genuine, real and complete repentance. There is always a price to pay in this regard. In most cases it’s a visible, demonstrative act of repentance that is the first step.
This involves the sacrifice of all contacts and identification with the items of the occult. Burn every book, idol or contact item. Destroy them all. Don’t sell them. Don’t give them away – burn them. Then you need to forsake the people involved as well. If you don’t say goodbye to them all, you are on thin ice, with fire below.
I tell you now, with the authority of God, if you do not, forsake it all you will not get free.
To be truly free you need to solidly repent, set your heart, mind and soul to love the truth, and fear our God in all humility as you come to him in surrender.
You need to embrace the cleansing cross of Calvary and learn what it means to take up your own cross daily.
1 Thessalonians 5:21 “Test all things, hold fast to what is good and right, and abstain from every form of evil.”
Some helpful verses in this regard:
Psalm 25:9 “The humble He guides in justice, and the humble He teaches His way.”
Psalm 19:9 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.”
Job 28:28 “To man He said, ‘Behold, the fear of the Lord that is wisdom...”
Proverbs 8:13 “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; pride and arrogance and the evil way and the perverse mouth I hate.”
Proverbs 14:26-27 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to avoid the snares of death.”
Proverbs 22:4 “By humility and fear of the Lord are riches, honour and life.”
Consider your ways:
2 Corinthians 13:5 “Examine yourselves to see if you are in the faith...”
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
James 4:14 “...What is your life? It is even a vapour that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.”
Here today, gone tomorrow. Yes maybe, from the perspective of the world, but no one is ever truly “gone.” What is gone is the moment, the vapour, the mist of our lives on earth, which includes our opportunity to make eternal good of our lives – God’s way.
Seeking and finding our Lord in a more intimate and deeper, growing way, involves forsaking a lot. It is costly. It is not some cheap easy-believism, as present by many today. It is not for sissies and spiritual slobs.
This why so few will find Him in that special way – they are not prepared to pay the price! They are the original cheapskates! Are you a spiritual cheapskate?
Psalm 2:11-12 “Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in your way...Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.”
By the way, the verse above most certainly includes praise and worship in service to the Lord. Today most praise and worship is devoid of the fear of the Lord – totally! Sometimes, after watching some praise and worship, I think I would have got more from Led Zeppelin or Jethro Tull!
My friends, having a diligent heart after God is the way to truth, safety, fulfilment and glory!
I took this picture of the remains of a Camel-Thorn tree in the beautiful Namib Desert.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 366: May 31th 2017.
The effects of the rapture:
The effects of the rapture:
This edition is for all true believers, but also for the scoffer, sceptic, sneerer, cynic, heretic, doubter, denouncer, atheist, agnostic, apostate and average garden variety unbeliever. We can add to the list, pagan Christmas and Easter celebrator, idolater and religious modern free-thinker.
Have you all got a big surprise coming!
What is the rapture?
Plain and simply, the rapture is the instant metamorphosis and translation of true born-again Christians, in a blinding flash to meet our Lord. It is the completion of our salvation as seen in the glorification of the body, incorporating the dead and living in Messiah.
The rapture decisively ends the church age or dispensation, suddenly, and sees the immediate beginning of the next dispensation, the seventieth week of Daniel, also called the time of Jacob’s trouble, or the tribulation period.
Who goes in the rapture?
All those truly born-again of the Spirit of God, through the work of the cross of Calvary and the shed blood of Messiah will be taken. There is a widely held belief (and controversy) that this is narrowed down to only believers who are in fellowship with our Lord at the time.
I’m not getting into that debate, except to say – why chance it? Live right with our Lord now!
Jews who are saved through the new-birth now are part of the church and will be raptured.
But here is the big thing: Many who think they are saved are not, which can be seen in their fruits. At the end of the day, few will be saved in comparison to population numbers. This will still be a large amount of people. Again, don’t chance it – make sure of your salvation!
If you are not sure of your salvation, please read the section under the button “Salvation.”
Those who are not saved will have an opportunity to be “saved” and become part of the group known as tribulation saints, but they will not be part of the church as such, or the rapture.
Those who think they are saved and are not:
Beware; the great enemy of the church is the false church, the harlot church – the bride of antichrist. This is a false, cross-less church full of Babylonian idolatry and paganism. (Revelation 17:1-6)
All religion, including Christianity without the cross is apostate, false and counterfeit. It is all based on law and works as opposed to faith and grace. It all has a fateful satanic future.
The only thing preventing Islam, Judaism and apostate Christianity from coming together into a new-world, one-world religion is the cross of Calvary. Remove it and “bang,” they will all come together into a great monster, well received and worshiped by the world, – and end in hell!
In the last number of years there has been a systematic denial of the major doctrines of truth in the Bible, by much of the modern church. This new church has re-characterised itself completely! The consequences are Satan, marching unrestricted and unrestrained into those churches, well camouflaged.
Much of the modern church has changed from a living body into a dead religion.
The tribulation period will come upon the whole world suddenly, and a huge amount of professing Christians will be left to go through this time of unprecedented disaster.
The truly saved will be delivered.
This amazing word “deliver” in the verse below, is not the usual word used. It has a glorious meaning indeed!
►1 Thessalonians 1:10 “He delivers us from the wrath to come”.
In the original, “the wrath” has the definite article in front of it, meaning a specific time period. This is a clear reference to the tribulation period. The word “delivers” used here is similar to the rapture word – “harpazo”, meaning to snatch away by force.
This Greek word “deliver,” is Strong’s G 4506, “Rhyomai” meaning: “To rush to draw close to oneself in rescue.”
Isn’t that just incredible – what insight we get into God’s word when we look below the surface!
So, our Lord will very soon rush to rescue us, drawing us near to Himself in the rapture, just before the tribulation begins.
Major effects of the rapture:
The first and perhaps foremost effect of the rapture on the world will be disbelief and then shock. Fear, panic, sorrow and regret will follow. Anger and jealousy will also result.
The world will suddenly realise that God has ignored their good works. The emotion of hatred for God will encompass many as they realise that God has treated them as strangers and left them behind.
People will suddenly realise that the Bible is true. People will suddenly believe in Noah’s Ark!
People will know, but forget quickly that they are the reason for God’s soon coming judgement. As in the days of Noah, God, in His mercy gave the world 120 years to repent. He warned them for over a century and they ignored all the warnings!
Today many have been warning the world, over and over again as well.
The rapture is the great and powerful demonstration of God the supreme judge. It will show and prove that God distinguishes clearly between the saved and the unsaved.
The rapture will be the biggest proof ever that God judges the unredeemed in their sin! If you, like the atheists, and the counterfeit churches don’t like the idea that God judges sin, then you must be happy in your world of sin, evil, wickedness, terror, cruelty, murder, theft, hatred. You must shut up and stop complaining.
The soon-coming annihilation of all sin and evil is good – very good.
Of course, what you can do is just deny God, and His word, which identifies sin. Then you can rename it or deny sin. The only problem with that is you can’t do it because all sin still has a terrible undeniable stench to it!
You can’t come against God’s word! You will only be coming against yourself and injuring yourself beyond measure, eternally and irreversibly!
All the so-called Christian supporters of homosexuality and other Bible-defined sins, you will be going through the tribulation, because that may be proof you are not saved. I’m not talking about people who fall into sin and come out through repentance. I’m talking about those who actually support the sin, contrary to God’s word.
By the way, if you support homosexuality, I suggest you read Romans chapter one!
Fear and confusion:
Fear and panic amongst the left-behind will be a worldwide psychological reaction to the rapture. Confusion will reign supreme as many search everywhere for answers. Satan is the “god of confusion”!
Fear behaves irrationally. The tribulation period will be a time of chaos and irrationality!
Many people, especially the religious, will begin to cry out to God and try to bargain with Him. They will say: “But God, I am basically good, look at all the good I’ve done, God.” “My church taught me to be good, and I was.”
Many will turn on their left-behind church leaders, pastors, bishops, and ministers with a vengeance – and rightly so! They taught them to be good, but not how to be truly born-again.
Many will turn on the mass-media with a vengeance for their removal of God from society and sanctioning of sin and evil!
Many others will begin a fervent search for any records and all material on the rapture that born-again believers had given them in the past. They will want to know why they have been left-behind. They will suddenly try to make right with God, but it will all be too late.
As the fear, panic and confusion dissipates, many, perhaps the majority of people in the world, will begin to accept it, and will believe that everything will be okay and peace will abound in the world. That will be an idea soon shocked to death!
My friends, sorrow, can have good results, but it can also confirm your ride to hell.
2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”
Many will never believe:
The tragedy is that many people will never believe no matter what. Even if they see great signs and wonders that are real and true, they won’t believe.
Luke 16:26-31 “There is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot...And he said, ‘No father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will not repent. If they did not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’”
Many will be fooled by lying signs and wonders and miracles. The devil himself will be producing plenty of them and some spectacular ones too.
Many people in the tribulation will turn against the living God with hatred and blasphemy. In one sense they are acknowledging God! How insanely stupid can you be to curse the living God? How insanely stupid can you be to set yourself up as His judge, when He is judging you and the world? (Revelation 16:11, 13:6)
The tribulation period is coming suddenly upon the world – ready or not!
Isaiah 47:11 “...Desolation shall fall upon you suddenly, which you shall not know.”
Sudden: Strong’s H 6597, “Pithown” meaning: In an instant, straightaway, surprisingly, shockingly.
The effects of the rapture on the Jews:
Today there’s a growing number of Jews who are being saved, but the majority are still not. Their salvation en-masse lies ahead, in the deep darkness of the tribulation period.
The reason for this is not because God has chosen for them to go through the tribulation, but because God knows, in His foreknowledge that they will only turn to Him and recognise their Jewish Messiah, Yeshua then.
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you (the Jews) and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”
Isaiah 62:12 “They shall call them, (the Jews) the Holy People, the redeemed of the Lord, and you shall be called “Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken.”
The deeper the darkness – the brighter a light shines. “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament forever and ever”. (Daniel 12:3)
This wonderful verse below is speaking of the “light” of Bible prophecy, but it applies perfectly to us as believers as well.
2 Peter 1:19 “We have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
A surprising, greatly overlooked proof of a pre-tribulation rapture is seen in the numerous verses speaking prophetically of the mission of the Jews in the tribulation period. They are the ones who deliver the message of salvation to the Gentile world at that time.
They, and not the church, whose job this was, are now exclusively, God’s evangelists. So where is the church? You guessed right – in heaven.
So many times, people who have not been diligent in their Bible study, but diligent in traditional church attendance, come to a place of really wanting to move forward with our Lord. They get suddenly “born” into this fullness of the word of God.
They now see with new eyes, and they see the Zionist, Hebraic expression of the full truth.
They wonder how there could be so much in the Bible and in the heart of God about the glorious future of the Jews. They often can’t believe just how much they have been hoodwinked by their church!
Many times people in this “new” discovery are like new-born babes with a new toy. It’s like a new-birth all over again!
The torment and terror of the tribulation period will be in the physical and natural realms as the earth convulses and shakes. It will be in the socio-political realms as devils and demons take over. It will be in the spiritual realms and will result in the worst psychological deterioration of mankind known to man.
People will be given to hopelessness, fear and uncertainty. Many will try to commit suicide, but “death will flee from them.” (Revelation 9:6)
Terror will be experienced by those who believed they were Christians, but only professed belief, instead of being born-again into God’s family.
What a terrible tragedy to realise that you have been led astray, deceived and deluded all your life by the mass-media and its god – Satan, and wolves in the pulpit influenced by that same evil god.
What is salvation, what is your life?
Imagine some drunken bum in the gutter, frustrated with life, at last coming into salvation by the new-birth. He gets saved right there in the gutter. As he staggers to stand up, he falls over and gets run over by a bus. Would he be saved and go in the rapture as one of the “dead in Messiah?”
Yes he would. He will receive no rewards for the things he did as a believer, because he was only a believer for five minutes, but at the point of salvation, he was born a new creation spiritually. He became 100% perfect in spirit at that time. His mind and body did not change at the point of salvation, but will on the completion of his salvation at the rapture.
Now consider that on the other side of the road watching our drunken friend getting run over, stands a Christian-seminary lecturer, well educated, and well dressed, well-spoken, well respected, and highly intellectual. He is a professing Christian but not born-again.
He is full of self will, worldly ways and hidden sin, like all of them. He crosses the road in the opposite direction, so as not to get involved. But he trips and gets run over by a bus coming the other way.
Would he go in the rapture of the dead in Messiah? No sir – he won’t. He will go to the great supper of the dead at the end of the tribulation where he himself will be “vulture food.” (Revelation 19:17-18) His end will be hell.
I wonder what he would think if he could see our saved gutter-bum in heaven?
You see, the academic intellectual believes he is good and cleaver and if there is a God, He will smile down on him, while scorning, as he casts the drunken bum into hell. That’s what you call a giant eternal Oops!
Have you sat down and considered and weighed up what your life actually is and what it means? Have you used the available power of God through the cross of Calvary to radically transform every area of your life?
My friends, in terms of time, eternity is pretty long and yet what we do in this brief, passing “vapour” determines not only our salvation, but our eternal reward-state and position in our Lord’s kingdom. (James 4:14, 1 Corinthians 3:12)
But there is hope:
Those left behind at the rapture will experience the worst time of their lives and the worst time of the world, but there is hope. They will still have a chance to become believers in our Lord and become part of the great company of “tribulation saints.”
Many of these will be killed in the tribulation. In fact, one of the effects of the rapture will be hatred for God and His people in the tribulation, by some.
I think that people will welcome death in that time!
This group will consist of Jews and Gentiles, but will not become part of the church itself. They will be saved to go into the Millennium, to serve God’s purposes there and then.
They will get longevity in perfect health for the Millennium, while the church will have already received perfect, glorious, resurrection bodies at the rapture.
Those who miss the rapture still have a chance at going into the Millennium and missing hell.
At the very end of the Millennium there will be a grand reuniting of all things in God, and the final manifestation of all that hell is.
So, if you miss the rapture, don’t get angry with God – turn to Him. We may all still spend eternity together.
Rejection of our Lord in the tribulation period seals your fate forever and makes you a child, born of God for His purpose, but given over to the devil for eternity by none other than yourself.
Every single human being will be affected in the tribulation period. The major effects of the tribulation will be the psychological effects of the dramatic realisation that God, His word and His Spirit are all right and they were all wrong.
The effects will be shattering as people are suddenly confronted with their sin and evil, and the judgement of God upon it all. People will suddenly know that holiness God’s way, through the cross, was the only way to go and they chose to go their own way.
In a certain sense, the tribulation period is the love of God in action. It rids the world of sin and evil.
But, you don’t need to remain an enemy of God, trapped in your fallen ways through the unredeemed blood of Adam in your veins. You can choose the glorious salvation of our Lord offered free right now through the pure blood of Messiah shed for you.
To find out more on salvation, what it is and what it isn’t, and what you must do, click the “Salvation” button at top right of this website.
I took these pictures some time ago in the wilds of South Africa. The Baobab tree is called “The communion tree” because many years ago Cecil Rhodes and his army had communion here on their way to make war. The White Rhino is under siege with a horror war underway against it, by savage, psychopathic hunters and poachers.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 365: May 23th 2017.
Today, May 23rd is Jerusalem Day. It is the day commemorating the return of Jerusalem to Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967. It is also called Re-unification Day. This day is part of the prophesied restoration of all of Israel and the return of the Jews to the land. It’s all linked and tied together in the will and plan of God for the close of the age.
Before the replacement theology crowd start barking at me again, let me explain: The true born-again believer, Jew and Gentile has no need of a city, a building or any physical place, including Rome, and its abdominal Vatican.
Hebrews 13:14 “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
Our Messiah Himself is our perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, and He resides in our hearts and not in buildings.
But there most certainly is a prophetic aspect to Jerusalem that we dare not ignore or play down. It is the centre-stage of the entire end-time prophetic reality.
But let’s first discuss the Trump visit to the Middle East and what it means now.
The Trump visit to the Middle East:
The grand stage continues to be set – fast!
President Trump’s first stop was Saudi Arabia, the home of the Sunni Muslims. They are the eternal enemies of the Shia Muslims centred in Iran. Obama supported the Shia. So Trump has turned that on its head. But more than a conciliatory meeting and speech, the enmity between Iran and the Saudi’s has been revived.
Trump has demonstrated his ignorance of true biblical Christianity by claiming that all three of the monotheistic religions worship the same God. Hogwash, Mr. President!
But there are much deeper issues involved here, which are unfolding. I will share much more on this as we go forward.
The Bible word “Sheba” is the name for current day Saudi Arabia. The word is Strong’s H 7614, “Sheba,” meaning; “seven” or an “oath.”
Ezekiel 38:13-15 “Sheba (Saudi Arabia), Dedan (Yemen), the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions (Commonwealth nations headed by US) will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, silver and gold, livestock, goods and great plunder?’...Then you (Gog) will come from the far north, with many with you, a great company and a mighty army.”
These verses above are part of the well-known, familiar passage referring to what will no doubt be WW111, which is due very soon.
►Does the meaning of this word “Sheba,” show us anything? Is there some sort of “oath” coming maybe for “seven” years that would involve the Sunni Muslims? Or is the message that this historic Middle East trip began in Sheba (Saudi Arabia), and it marks the beginning of the process leading to the coming “seven year / oath”?
What is amazing is that right up until the end of the Obama rule; Saudi Arabia was not really seen as an ally of the US. How quickly things have changed!
Another possible effect of this provides a way for the Trump-led US to deconstruct Obama’s nuclear “death to Israel” deal with Iran, and pave the way for military action against Iran, with the Saudi’s as an ally. Of course it could also inspire Iran to move much more quickly in its stated objective of eliminating Israel.
The peace deal:
Trump met Abbas in Bethlehem to discuss peace with Israel. Nothing of substance emerged from the meeting, or did it? Actually, it was a key meeting of great importance. It was the first time that Abbas declared his willingness to pursue peace with Israel.
Trump has offered to facilitate further meetings, all leading to a big, and new final peace signing deal. The whole world is being primed to receive and accept the peace deal that will in reality be a war-deal and a deal with the devil!
I’m not suggesting that Trump, Abbas, Netanyahu or anyone else that we know is the coming antichrist. We just don’t know that yet. I suspect it will be someone else, soon to hit the headlines.
So, we don’t have dates yet or details, but the process is now underway, with all sides being willing partners (for now anyway.) Daniel 9:27 is well on the way!
As a result of the Trump Middle East visit:
●We see preparations for Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia and Yemen) to enter the great war of Gog and Magog on the side of Israel and her allies including the US.
●We see the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant beginning to emerge.
●We will see further identifying aspects of Francis, the false prophet arising.
Jerusalem Day 23rd May:
2 Chronicles 33:4 “...The Lord said, My name shall be in Jerusalem forever.”
This is a most important day! It is the mark of 50 years since Jerusalem was reunited with Israel and restored to the Jews. In 1967 Jerusalem was reclaimed in the Six-Day War. In the first week of June that year, the Jews marched into the old city.
The all important Temple Mount was also restored to Jewish control then. The Temple Mount is under the sovereign control and ownership of the State of Israel, but in an attempt to appease the Muslim Arabs, supervision of the Temple Mount was given to the Wakf, the Muslim body in charge of religious sites.
Hindsight has shown how wrong that was.
The day after the coming Feast of Pentecost, the Jerusalem Sanhedrin will reinstate a Temple ceremony which defines and establishes the borders of Jerusalem. This rite was last performed by Nehemiah in the sixth century BC. After the borders are designated and marked, the Thanksgiving of Nehemiah will be re-enacted. (BIN 9th May)
2017 less 1967 is 50! This is the number of Jubilee! So this Jerusalem Day is being seen as much more significant than others because it is Jerusalem’s modern Jubilee.
Is this now all leading to the end of the “times of the Gentiles?” The answer is yes.
Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)
This marks the major start of the salvation of God to the Jews.
Some Jerusalem facts:
Isaiah 66:8-10 “Who has heard of such a thing...Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation (Israel) be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she gave birth to her children...rejoice and be glad O Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her...”
The verses above link the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and Jerusalem. The rebirth and restoration are required - for the rebirth and restoration of the Jews to our Lord.
The name “Jerusalem” appears 806 times in the Bible. (Zero times in the Quran!) It was established 4000 years ago.
Our Lord was falsely accused, arrested, tried and executed in Jerusalem and even betrayed. The world today does the same.
He rose from the dead in Jerusalem and ascended to heaven from Jerusalem. He will soon return again to Jerusalem. The world can do nothing about that!
●Jerusalem is where the church was born at Pentecost – a new dispensation.
●Jerusalem is called “The city of peace.” (Revealed in its name.)
●Jerusalem is called “The city of the great King.” (Matthew 5:35)
●Jerusalem is called “The holy city.” (Isaiah 52:1; 66:20)
●Jerusalem is called “The city of our God.” (Psalm 48:1)
●Jerusalem has been “chosen by God.” (2 Chronicles 6:6)
●Jerusalem (and Israel) is the city for which our Lord is “jealous.” (Zechariah 1:14)
●Jerusalem is the city over which our Lord wept. (Luke 19:41)
●Jerusalem is the city that will be defended by our Lord. (Zechariah 14:11-12)
First and last kings:
The first and last kings of Jerusalem are one and the same! The first king of Salem, 4000 years ago was Melchizedek . He was a type of Messiah. Some believe he was actually a pre-incarnate Messiah.
Abraham went to Mount Moriah to offer his son Isaac to the Lord. This was also some 4000 years ago. This mount was where the two previous Temples stood. The last King of Jerusalem will be none other than Yeshua Himself.
He will return to earth at the spot where He left, the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount. He will enter the Old City through the Golden Gate, bricked up for many centuries awaiting the Lord.
This was where our Lord began His work of revealing His plan of salvation to the world. This was where the great work of redemption as seen in the cross of Calvary occurred and it will be the headquarters of His final work with man.
No wonder Satan has chosen Jerusalem for his evil works. It’s simply because God has chosen the city and placed His name there.
Zechariah 3:2 “The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you’!
No wonder all the nations of the earth will be gathered against Jerusalem in battle, in the final days of the tribulation period.
Jerusalem saw the manifestation of salvation for the world and will see the manifestation of Satan in the form of the antichrist. Jerusalem will see both the biggest victory of God and the greatest failure and defeat of Satan and his followers ever.
My own experience:
I have mentioned this before, but for me it is profound. I recall walking the dusty streets of Jerusalem, lined with stone buildings. I recall sitting on the Mount of Olives looking over old Jerusalem and being struck, not so much by the physical place, but by the fact that our Messiah would soon be right there again.
I was moved by a constant feeling of Déjà vu, a sort of recognition and identity, but also a feeling of ominous, impending disaster just on the horizon!
For me it was a strange, apocalyptic and wonderful experience. In a way, I could almost see it all unfolding already.
I knew deep inside why this place is so important and why it will be a place of such massive contention in the near future. Looking over Jerusalem, I knew why the Psalmist says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Looking over Jerusalem, I knew that I would personally have a lot more to do with it in the future. That has turned out to be this publication itself and its many wonderful results.
The atmosphere of Jerusalem is as dead as the dust for those with no spiritual eyes, and electric and alive to those with prophetic eyes!
In a certain sense, there is so much with eternal consequences and eternity attached, that comes right out of Jerusalem, and will again soon, in the run up to our Messiah’s return to this city.
Our Lord looked over the city with prophetic eyes and wept, because of what He could see and what He knew was coming.
In many ways, Jerusalem encapsulates the whole world. It is a microcosm of the world, as it rejects God’s will. The nations of the world did not recognise neither the King of the Universe, nor His will and plan for Israel and Jerusalem, “Therefore He hid these things from their eyes!”
Today, almost the entire world has the significance of Jerusalem hidden to them. They have been blinded by God in their pride and presumption. (Matthew 11:25)
Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles, including numerous Gentile empires, and evil Catholic popes. But the word of prophecy has a sting in its tail for all the devil’s disciples. “Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, UNTIL...”
Interestingly, the Bible predicts that our Lord will return to the Mount of Olives, from which He ascended. It says, “His feet shall stand upon the Mount...” Just a short distance in front of the Mount will be the rebuilt temple, now with Satan standing in it!
They (Jews) will “look upon the one whom they pierced” in Jerusalem, and the Spirit of grace and supplication will pour out upon them.
Jeremiah 3:17 “At that time (when Israel returns) Jerusalem shall be called the Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it...they shall walk no more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.”
Isaiah 33:20 “Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation.”
Isaiah 62:6-7 “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 establishes and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.”
Psalm 122:6-7 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.”
Critical, exciting times:
What is coming now with Jerusalem will enrage many nations. It will all cause great conflict. It will be the cause of many individual people to be shattered and others to be thankful to our Lord.
Many will now be confronted with great insecurity. They will begin to fall apart! Their stress levels will go through the roof in an instant producing heavy depression.
They will be given to hopelessness, fear and uncertainty. Many will arise in anger and hostility.
What we will see now is conflict between Satan and God break out like never before. It will manifest in nations and people. At the same time these very issues will be the cause of many turning to our Lord for salvation.
We will see the veil of spiritual blindness upon the Jews to their Jewish Messiah being removed more and more.
These are exciting times.
One thing we need to bear in mind is that Jerusalem in the tribulation period will be a city of purity and holiness.
The constant attacks on Jerusalem by the Palestinians, the UN and churches of replacement theology will come to a sudden and bitter end after the Second Coming.
Psalm 137:5-7 “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let My right hand forget her skill...Remember O Lord, against the sons of Edom, (Modern Palestinians) the day of Jerusalem, who said, ‘raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!’”
We can be sure that we are now right at the start of major changes. As goes Jerusalem, so goes the world!
This “Jerusalem Day” marks the start of transition. It will all speed up now.
Be careful of coming deception in relation to God’s plans for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Can you in all sincerity say that you love our Lord – really? If so, do you love His plans revealed in His word?
The name of an evil king of Syria who came against the Jews, trying to stop them on their way to the Promised Land was Og. The name means “Baked in ashes!”
My friends, Jerusalem will soon be the place of great conflict - another Holocaust. God’s enemies will all be baked in ashes again! Don’t be one of them!
This is one of my lion pictures which I’ve blended into the image of the Golden Gate, Jerusalem. I’ve used gold leaf as well, and stuck the butterfly in to represent coming freedom.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!