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- Islamic Jihad says, "We're going to war with Israel." (12th November)
- Bible prophecy is about to take another leap forward!
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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...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Israel) in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord God.”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their hearts so they cannot understand.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
8th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The tree-huggers delight:
The Bible uses plants, trees, colours, animals, birds, numbers and more to describe people and nations. It is the subliminal symbols that are of great significance and meaning, especially in relation to Israel.
Did you realise that the entire course of Israel’s history is plotted in the trees? There is much more to these symbols and metaphors - for another time.
Here are some amazing messages blowing in the wind, relating to Israel.
►The Olive tree: (Romans 11)
These trees have very deep, well established roots. They are sometimes called eternal trees, because they are so hardy; they live for many thousands of years. An ancient olive tree appears to die, but then miraculously, new shoots appear out of the dead wood continuing its existence.
The olive tree produces a rich olive oil which has numerous uses, but is also a type of the Holy Spirit. Olive oil is required to keep the temple menorah flames burning. This symbolises light. Olive tree leaves are symbols of peace. Remember the dove bringing back an olive branch to the ark after the flood of judgement.
The root of the olive tree is symbolic of God Himself. The root is called, “holy.”
Biblically, there are two olive trees of importance. The natural olive tree, is symbolic of Israel, and the wild olive tree, is symbolic of the church. The wild olive branch was “grafted” into the natural olive tree, thus partaking of the goodness of the root.
The national emblem of Israel includes two olive branches.
An ancient olive tree grove:
►The Fig tree:
The fig tree is symbolic of spiritual fruitfulness after severe pruning or judgement. It relates to Israel in the tribulation period, awakening to spiritual life.
The fig tree is unique in that its blossoms appear before the leaves. It should have fruit appearing before the leaves. This is why our Lord cursed the unfruitful fig tree, causing it to die. The root was not destroyed though, and a new tree full of fruit, is about to appear.
When the disciples asked out Lord what would be the sign of His coming, He listed a number of judgements to fall on the world. But one of these was the sign of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32-34 “learn the parable of the fig tree: When is branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So also you when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the very doors. Assuredly, I say to you, ‘this generation (of Jews) will be no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.’”
Present day Zionism and the awakening of the Jews, as well as modern anti-Semitism are signs of the fig tree putting forth leaves and about to produce much spiritual fruit.
►The Almond tree:
The almond is the first tree to flower in its season, which at the end of winter. The flower has five petals to it, five being the number of grace. The temple menorah, a symbol of light, has oil cups or containers in the shape of almond flowers.
The Hebrew word for “almond” is “shakeid” which also means to “awake” and “watch”.
The almond is symbolic of Messiah’s resurrection. It speaks of the supernatural power of God as seen in Aaron’s almond branch that budded in one day. (Numbers 17:8)
Jeremiah 1:11-14 “The word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ I said, ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said, ‘you have seen well for I am about to perform My word.’ And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘what do you see? And I said, a boiling pot and it is facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’”
The message here is that as the almond (Israel) flowers and buds she will be plunged into the tribulation period.
Jeremiah 31:28 “It shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy and to afflict them, so I will watch over them to build and plant says the Lord. In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes...’”
Psalm 80:8-9 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt, You have cast out the nations and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root and it filled the land.”
This vine, Israel, is described as “the choicest vine.” But it is a vine that also has within it a “winepress.” (Isaiah 5:1-2) The “winepress” speaks of the crushing tribulation to come!
God planted Israel as a “noble vine” of the highest quality, yet it became an alien, degenerate vine. This speaks of Israel's rebellion to Messiah. (Jeremiah 2:21)
As with the olive and the fig tree, the vine will bear its good fruit in its time, which is just around the corner!
►Other trees symbolic of Israel:
Joel 1:12 (Context: Israel is invaded in the tribulation period) “The vine has dried up and the fig tree has withered; and the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree. All the trees of the field have withered. Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
But we know that Israel's story does not end in the tribulation. Joy will return.
The Cedar: Symbol of power, royalty and majesty. The Oak: Symbol of strength and stability. The Palm: Symbol of military victory and victory in Messiah. The Pomegranate: Symbol of abundance and joyfulness. The Acacia: Symbol of beauty. The Myrtle: Symbol of God’s favour and blessing.
The grand summary:
Israel is: Deeply rooted in God with an eternal future. Israel contains the light-producing oil of the Spirit of God and soon will be Messiah’s light of the world! Israel will be at peace soon. The church is a “wild” family member of Israel through our joint root in God. Israel will become fully fruitful after pruning. Israel’s ripening fruit is a sign of Messiah’s coming. Israel will bud and come to life supernaturally in a day and then bring the light of salvation to the Gentile world. Israel will go through the winepress of tribulation, be attacked from the north and fall under calamity, because she was the choicest, noble vine and yet gave herself to paganism. (Baal) Finally Israel will fulfil God’s call and plan in power, majesty and strength, abundance, and blessing.
All of this is revealed in the nature of this forest of trees, and the corresponding Bible verses. How can you not be a tree-hugger!
Edition 33. March 18th 2010
In this edition:
●News events and issues.
●The coming of the Lord.
In the news:
News events and issues of prophetic importance.
●The CIA of the US and M16 of the UK and some other top spy agencies whom I don't want to name now are saying that Iran may have a working nuclear bomb by April 2011. You can be absolutely sure that Israel will not allow nuclear weapons in Iran to get anywhere near to the "working" stage.
●Der Spiegel says that according to its sources Iran may be able to have a simple nuclear bomb ready before the end of this year.
●The Times of London has just reported that Iran already has a neutron initiator. That's the A-bomb trigger mechanism.
Be aware that Iran's enemy is not only Israel and the West but the Sunni-based oil states of the region. Iran has also got Iraq in its sights. It has not forgiven nor forgotten the war between them some years ago.
Most people in the West don't have the foggiest idea how deep rooted the divisions and hatreds are between the Sunnis and Shites. I can tell you now that Iran is funding Shia rebels in Yemen and Iraq as well as in its big prize, Saudi Arabia. Yes Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map, but it also wants to be recognized as a world leader and to get revenge on its Arab enemies.
●Iran has a massive Shia network of supporters and fighters in Afghanistan and Lebanon (Hezbollah) and in many other regions.
●Iran may well unify all of these objectives into one huge thrust against Israel. In this scenario it would kill two birds with one stone or so it thinks.
●Abu Dhabi has just spent $17 billion on anti missile hardware. The UAE and Saudi Arabia have recently together spent $25 billion on defensive systems. In fact Saudi Arabia is seen by many Arabs as a totally corrupt US ally. They are all preparing for war between Arab factions.
You can be sure that this Jihad-generation will be savage ruthless and it will all involve oil. This will have dramatic consequences for the world economy. I have carefully studied all the wars in the Middle East since the Second World War and all of them sent the oil price higher in varying degrees. Right now the world economy is still on crutches and in fact may be ready to head for the dreaded double dip recession. A sharply rising oil price now would knock the world economy right off it's crutches and onto its back!
We are on the verge of an epic Arab Sunni / Shia show-down to put them all to shame and the great prophesied conflicts between the Arab world and Israel. The fuse for full-on war is burning! We are now in the short lull before the storm.
●At the same time Europe is heading for greater upheavals as the sovereign debt issues spiral out of control. You aint seen nothing yet! Greece may be off the radar for now, but it won't be for long. The pain in Spain is about to hit the fan. Germany is in big trouble, with no hope of getting out of it's debt without very severe austerity programs that will bring their own additional problems. France is teetering on the brink and the UK is in huge financial trouble, much of which is still to surface.
The point is that Europe is in transition to its ill-fated epic end-time destination.
●World stock markets have done very well since the March 08 low. Most of the major markets have been in a good upward trend in anticipation of global economic recovery. Stock markets are always anticipatory. They price in the future about six to nine months down the line. Back in March 08, the world was still in its crushing recession, yet that was the start of the market upturn and bull run. It was anticipatory.
But now we are seeing a gradual topping out of the markets. They have run out of momentum and could be ready for another severe downturn. They would be pricing in a soon coming new economic crisis. 26 of the world's emerging markets will be a lot less affected, but they will be clobbered by the coming fiscal meltdown in the developed world.
The US is well beyond becoming an empire of unsustainable debt. Uncle Sam and his sidekick Humpty Obama will soon watch as their empire comes down like the tower of Babel!
●The gold price is likely to rocket as it's safe haven status comes into play, although this won't last into the tribulation period.
What we are going to see soon is the rise of Islamic Jihad, the arise of conflict with Israel, the restructure and re-mergence of Europe and the rise of Catholicism combined with lukewarm churches into a Satanically driven world religious leadership system (The false prophet)
The soon coming of the Lord:
In previous editions I have touched on some of these issues, but I now want to include additional important insights and give you a very clear picture as we put the pieces of the puzzle together.
But first some background and an answer to the dumb critics who repeated say and teach that no one knows the time of the coming of the Lord.
Matthew 24:32-34 "Now learn (original word is a command) this parable from the fig tree. When it's branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So you also when you see all these things, know (original word is a command) that it is near, even at the door. Assuredly I say to you, This generation will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled."
Bearing the original words in mind we could say: "Now, I command you to learn..." "When you see all these things, I command you to know..."
That messes up the "no one knows the time" bunch doesn't it.
The fig tree is used in many places as a reference to Israel. So what our Messiah is saying here is that when Israel becomes a nation again, the coming of the Lord is near. The generation that sees these thing, will be the final generation.
1 Thessalonians 5:1-6 "But concerning the times and season brethren, you have no need that I should write to you, for you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape, But you brethren are not in the darkness, so this Day should overtake you as a thief...let us watch and be sober"
The above verse speaks of the fact that the Day of the Lord comes as a thief to the unsaved. For when when they (the unsaved) are saying "peace and safety" destruction comes upon them suddenly. Then the passage switches to the believers saying..."But you brethren are not in the darkness."
Note that this verse is talking of the "times and season"! My question to the "no one knows the time" mob is'''"what do you do with this verse.?
2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, saying. "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the father fell asleep all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
John 16:13 "When He the Spirit of truth has come He will guide you into all truth...He will show you things to come."
Amos 3:7 "The Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets."
Daniel 12: 9,10 Go your way Daniel for these words are sealed up until the end time. Many shall be purified and made white, but the wicked will do wickedly and none of the wicked shall understand.
Zechariah 14: 7 Speaking of the coming of the Lord it says: "It shall be a day which is known to the Lord"
So now we have verses ●commanding us to know the time, ●saying that the brethren are not in the darkness about the time and season and we have the word of our Lord saying that ●He will show us things to come ●It is the wicked who shall not understand.
Some pointers towards the soon coming of the Lord:
Matthew 24:37-38 "But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of man be, for as in the days before the flood they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage until the day that Noah entered the ark."
Luke's account adds "the days of Lot"
The conditions in the days of Noah and Lot are just like the conditions today. In other words people are unprepared today, just as they were before the flood and couldn't care less about coming judgement. Even most Christians today, have little or no interest in these things. They are getting married having kids and planning for a long happy future in the world, while the warnings are all around us.
The times of Noah were also characterised by extreme evil in the world, with much violence. The times of Noah and Lot (Luke 17) were also days in which homosexuality was rife, just like today. There are many other similarities, but the main thing I want you to see is that Noah knew judgement was coming. He knew when it was coming and he spent much time warning of this impending cataclysmic judgement. Not only did he know and warn of judgment he prepared for it by building a huge boat. He didn't build it in some secret place. Everyone saw it and knew what he was doing and yet, except for eight people they didn't care.
Here are some interesting things that happened: Noah finished building the ark and filling it with animals. Then from the inside God summoned him in. God then closed and sealed the door shut. What happened next? ...Nothing at all happened. God said Genesis 7:1-4 "Then the Lord said to Noah, come into the ark you and your household...for after seven more days I will cause it to rain".
So, Noah heeded Gods warning by listening to Him and preparing for the coming judgement. Hebrews 11:7 adds some detail and says " Noah by faith, being warned of God concerning events not yet seen took heed...by this he condemned the world."
God gave many clear warnings of impending judgement. He then said it would take seven days after everything was ready and in place for the judgement to start falling from the sky. It was not and is not God's style to catch people out and catch them unprepared. God loves the world in the sense that He wants them saved. He always warns ahead of time. He has always done this and now its no different.
Yet today we have a great many (perhaps the majority) of churches teaching and preaching that no one knows the time. "Don't get into this heavy end-time stuff" they say. Many come against end-time teaching and preaching with strong arrogant attacks.
Today many churches are Laodicea through and through and on the road to disaster. They are filled with self-opinion and reject or downplay a great part of the scriptures.
Because the characteristics of the time we are in now are compared with the "days of Noah" in the Bible, I would not be surprised if the remnants of the ark are found soon as a confirming sign.
I've personally had a great interest in this and tried to organise an expedition to Ararat many years ago, but the government of Turkey turned it down. I then tried to organise another expedition later with Jim Irwin one of the NASA moon visitors. He had been up there to Ararat a few times before, but he died before the new trip got off the ground.
There are so many stories. legends, rumours, and evidence of varying importance of the remains of some large wooden, hand fashioned object under the ice cap in the area called the Ahora Gorge on the side of mount Ararat. The Bible says that the Ark came to rest on Ararat.
●I think God has prevented it from being found until a specific time in the near future.
The US Pentagon is rumoured to know a lot more than they've released. One piece of now-petrified, hand tooled wood was found in the snow in one season when the ice cap receded more than normal.
Mount Ararat is a dormant volcano, but it is always active with rumblings and small earth tremors. The mountain used to be much lower and has been rising in height for many years. It could be that volcanic activity or warmer temperatures will melt the ice cap and reveal just what is there.
Some applications have been put forward to the Turkish authorities to allow expeditions to use ground penetrating radar to "see" through the ice. Either way, the mountain will soon reveal its secrets. Apart from being the greatest ever archaeological discovery, it will have earth shattering, stunning, dramatic spiritual implications.
●It will be the sign that Yeshua / Jesus is coming very soon, not as a gentle lamb, but a roaring lion in judgement on an entire Christ rejecting world!
If the remnants of the ark are found soon, be very sure of one amazing thing: It will confirm to many sceptics that God's Word is true and it will be one of the final great signs that judgement is about to fall on the world.
Here are some websites relating to expeditions and searches for the remains of Noah's Ark:
Seek our Lord with all within you:
The true church of the living God is an alive born-anew organism consisting of those with the Spirit of the living God living a glorious life inside of them. Its not a divided, institutional, organised, humanistic place of tradition and control.
The world is going to go through some horrific changes soon as Satan enters the human being who will be the antichrist. Here are some of the surprising global changes revealed in Isaiah 10:13 onwards. This is speaking of the soon coming antichrist: "By the strength of my hand I have done it and by my wisdom. I have removed the boundaries of the people and have robbed their treasuries. I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. My hand has found like a nest, the riches of the people...I have gathered all the earth and there was no one who resisted me."
Can you see what this is saying? A time of absolute control is coming. This speaks of control of the nations of the world as they become one- world. It speaks of powerful financial control. This will be a new from of socialism like Marxist / Leninism.
Obviously it ties in perfectly with the financial system of control spoken of in the Revelation, which declares that no one will buy or sell unless they are marked and part of the antichrist system.
Be ready and get your own life right with God. Beware of the arise of institutionalised organised Laodicea! When it comes to your own personal spiritual well -being you need to realise that there is a huge gulf between the lukewarm church of toady and the truth. These churches teach you to accept things the way they are and not to rock boats of tradition. These Christians are stage-managed and taught to look no further than their own world. They become passive observers and blind followers of a very small, limited aspect of truth. This is the tragedy of much modern Christianity today. It's evident in the church, the cell group, the fellowship clubs and right through their lives. They are deeply rooted in their own ways and the ways of the world and will not change! A false unity and form of control is forced upon them.
True Bible-based Christianity was never intended to be a mechanism to promote social clubs, denominationalism, sectarianism, traditionalism, control and money centred religion or any other such thing.
Thankfully a great many believers today want to move forward with our Lord and want to change. They smell the stench of death in the institutional church. They see their self righteous churches as an obstacle to their own growth. Many wonderful believers have been dragged down and become trapped in religiosity. Religious empires of personal ambition, apathy to the truth, greed and compromise are all around us today.
The light of the living God shines into the hearts of those who are open to Him. Our glorious Messiah will take you forward with Him, if you set your heart after Him.
How can you be ready for our soon coming Messiah when your church doesn't believe it and teach it?
Its time to become a revolutionary! Revolutionaries have this simple mindset: Do whatever it takes to get closer to our wonderful Messiah! Revolutionaries are radical people and let nothing stand in their way. They are single minded as they get themselves onto God's path!
John 3: 17-19 "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world through Him might be saved. He who believes in Him is not condemned, but he who does not believe is condemned already...and this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light."
John 10: 7-11 "I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers; but the sheep did not heed them. I am the door; if anyone enters by Me he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to kill and destroy; I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep."
Heaven or hell:
Your beautiful eyes will see nothing but eternal suffering with all those in hell, OR your eyes will soon look upon the glorious saviour of the world as He lovingly accepts you into heaven forever. And what makes the difference? It all depends on weather you've been born into His family, while you had the chance and time here on earth. The key is to use your eyes to look for that which you can't see just yet!
Old hands what have you done? All your works all your life will amount to nothing if you didn't have our Lord living in your heart by the new birth. All the good works your hands have done will not get you saved! But if you have been born anew, the works your hands did in His name will be rewarded and those rewards will endure forever.
In closing this edition here is a woodcut by Gustav Dore of the Ark of Noah. I have chosen this because of the significance of the days we are entering now. Many of the same characteristics of those days are with us now. "As in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the coming of the Lord." Thanks to the Adelaide University Librbay
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!