|This website comprises the Abrahamic Expression of faith, which goes to the Jew and the Gentile, with a Messianic slant. I affirm the fullness of biblical truth, embracing the cross of Calvary. I reject Babylonian paganism in the church and the legalistic excesses of the Messianic Movement. This ministry has a distinct kingdom vision, identifying with God’s call and plan for the Jewish people. My position is pre-trib! Personally: I was saved in 1976 while working as a war correspondent, journalist, photographer, artist and environmentalist. My interest in Bible prophecy was instant. My calling came soon afterwards. It is to share this great drama, to stand watching and to glorify my God.|
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Edition 43. July 1st 2010
In this edition:
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● The Messianic ministry in Jerusalem, 'Revive Israel' reports a "surge in interest among secular and religious Jews in the person of Yeshua/ Jesus"
● Russian President Medvedev calls for new world order and a "new united future world currency" (FT.Com June19)
● Obama's popularity wanes at home and surges in Europe. Now more popular in Europe than in US.
● Saudi Arabia gives Israel "clear skies" to attack Iran. At the same time reports say that there is currently a large build up of US forces in Iran's neighbouring countries. Some sources now believe an attack is imminent.
Miraculous Israel past present future:
Israel born in the miraculous:In Biblical times the land of Israel saw the demonstrative miracle-working hand of God many times. Almost every time it was in favour of His people and against their enemies. On some occasions the supernatural miracle working power of God acted against the Israelites, but only to bring them back to God in repentance.
Genesis 17:15-17 Deals with Gods instruction to Abram (changed to Abraham later) to have a child with his wife. Both were long past childbearing age, but the supernatural power of God was at work and a child was born. The birth of Isaac was miraculous. Then came Jacob. He had his name changed by God to Israel after a supernatural appearance of the Lord.
God made an eternal covenant with Abraham and his miracle seed. This covenant also included the whole land of Canaan as an "everlasting possession." He told Abraham that his seed and offspring would be strangers in this strange land until Moses led them out into the promised land.
Genesis 12: 2,3 "I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you."
In Old Testament times, God worked in an extremely demonstrative way with huge supernatural miracles. The parting of the Red Sea to let the Israelites through and the closing of it on the pursuing enemy was one of many examples.
As we gone on through time we see the hand God continuously at work over His people.
Because of the rebellion of the children of Israel they were told that they would be dispersed and scattered abroad. (Ezekiel 22:15) But in this dispersion, God also told them that they would be miraculously preserved as a people and then returned to their land. Ezekiel 11:16,17 "Although I have cast them afar off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone. I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel."
God made an eternal covenant with the Jews and not with the Arabs. Genesis 17:7,8 I will establish My covenant between Me and you (Abraham) and your descendants after you for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants. Also I give to you and your descendants the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God. Verse 20,21 "And for you Ishmael (the root of the Arab nations) I have heard you. Behold I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly, but My covenant I will establish with Isaac."
Isaiah 11:11,12 "The Lord shall set His hand a second time to recover the remnant of his people who are left...He will set up a banner for the nations and will assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Israel's miraculous victory in six wars:
●It's interesting that Jacob had his name changed to Israel as a result of an all night battle. In May 1948 Israel became a nation. This was right after the Second World War had ended in which Hitler tried and failed to destroy the Jews. On the same day nationhood was declared by the League of Nations (changed to United Nations) Arab armies form six neighbouring countries attacked Israel. It had a very small rag-tag volunteer-army and was outnumbered by hundreds of thousands of troops.
Israeli nationhood marked one of the most important prophetic events of our time.
●After 15 months Israel forced a surrender from the Arab armies. Israel lost 6000 as opposed to hundreds of thousands in this "War of Independence" This resulted in the formation of the Israeli Defence Force. (IDF)
This cease-fire resulted in the dividing of the Jerusalem.
●In 1956 the Sinai War lasted 100 hours before it fell to the IDF with the loss of 230 Israeli's as opposed to thousands.
●In 1967 the Six Day War saw 776 IDF soldiers killed and again many thousands of enemies killed. In this war for some reason many Egyptian and Syrians shot down their own planes and bombed their own tanks. Syria lost 13 Migs on the first day, mostly at their own hand. This war saw the re-uniting of Jerusalem, a prophetic milestone!
Israel's miracle preservation in it's wars of yesteryear.
●Other wars included the 1970 War of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1982 Galilee War.All of Israel's wars resulted in victory against huge numbers. There are dozens of testimonies from many of miracle events occurring. Israel has had six major wars since and including independence. The next one will most probably be the great war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 &39! Israel will be brought to the brink of destruction in this war, but will win in the end with God's supernatural invovement.
The hatred for the state of Israel and the entire Arabic / Islamic antagonism is prefigured in the following verse.
Psalm 83: 4, 5 "Come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent (heart). They form a confederacy against you."
Zephaniah 2: 8 "I have heard of the reproach of Moab (Arabs / Palestinians) and the reviling of the people of Ammon with which they have reproached My people, and made arrogant threats against their borders."
The Islamic antagonism for Israel and the Jews which is going to intensify greatly very soon, is outlined in the great war of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Daniel 12:1 "Michael shall stand up the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people. There shall be a time of great trouble such as never was since there was a nation. At that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book."
Gods eternal long-term plan for Israel is revealed in dozens of sections of scripture in both the old and new Testaments. One of the best summaries is in Isaiah 60:1-12. Here are the main points: "Arise shine for your (Israel)light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."
Much of the modern church teaches that this and other verses relate to the church and not Israel. This is called replacement theology and is an evil doctrine of devils, that will ultimately result in a second Holocaust! I've covered replacement theology in other editions in the website.
The Miracle of Jerusalem:
Jerusalem can only be described as a miracle city. It has seen more wars and conflicts that one can count. it's been destroyed numerous times, but each time it has risen from the ashes and now awaits the return of our Messiah.
I've walked around the old city of Jerusalem. I've walked around the City of David and walked around the old city walls. I once stood in front of the golden gate, now sealed closed and had all sorts of wonderful thoughts go through my head. I'm not interested in the slightest bit in the tourism stuff and where Jesus walked etc. In fact I have contempt for the commercialisation of those things. But what I am always struck by is the future element. There is an incredible air of anticipation of a spectacular miraculous future all around. It's like excitement building up in a theatre for the greatest drama ever, as you wait for the curtains to open.
Our Messiah will return to this city, to the mount of Olives. He will supernaturally open the golden gate as He walks through to the new temple on the temple mount. Our Lord will not return to Las Vegas, or the Vatican, in fact he will most probably destroy those with one Word!
The pictures below taken by myself are of the golden gate looking across from the Mount of Olives and David's City a bit further down the old wall.
Amos 9:11 On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down and repair its damages. I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old". vs 14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them...I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them."
Psalm 137:5 "If I forget you O Jerusalem, Let My right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember you, let My tongue cling to the roof of My mouth, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above My chief joy."
Jerusalem's troubles are far from over though. We are going to see big troubles again very soon. Finally, the world's roadmap to peace will end in war and destruction like has never been seen before and then the return of our Lord will finally bring peace.
Zechariah 12:2 "Jerusalem will be a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding people when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will be crushed and cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Jeremiah 30:7,11 "Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it...For I am with you says the Lord to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations where you have been scattered...I will correct you in justice."
Zechariah 12:2, 3, 16 "For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem: The city shall be taken, the houses rifled and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations and in that Day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives."..."A great panic from the Lord will be among them, everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour...and the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together, gold, silver and apparel in great abundance....And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts."
Joel 3:20 "Judah shall abide forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation."
To accurately pray for the peace of Jerusalem (as the Bible commands) one needs to pray that all these events will come soon! it's no use praying as many do: "Lord bring peace to Jerusalem." We need to pray for the Prince of Peace to return soon to Jerusalem and all that is involved in that."
Israel's miracle land.
Amos 9:13 "The mountains shall drip with sweet wine and the hills shall flow with it.
The land of Israel and the whole world for that matter, will soon have the Adamic curse lifted that still lingers on the earth. It will be restored in one of the greatest supernatural miracles of all time to the way it was before the fall in Eden.
At Calvary our Lord had a crown of thorns pushed down onto His head. He paid for and took the sins of the world on the cross, but the crown of thorns represents the curse on nature. The Bible says that at the fall of Adam, the earth sprang forth with thorns. Yes He has paid for it all, but the full positional and glorious manifestation of it all is still future.
Isaiah 35:1, 2, 5"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them and desert shall blossom and rejoice and blossom as a rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice....Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened."
Ezekiel 36: 29 "I will deliver you from your uncleanness and I will call for the grain and multiply it and bring no famine upon you and I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields..."
Isaiah 51:3 "He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the Lord."
The Jerusalem Post always carries this slogan on its front page. "Where once reigned the desert, the flower now blooms."
Even as the spiritual eyes of Israel begin to open to their Jewish Messiah the land seems to be rejoicing in anticipation as well. The desert will fully bloom on His return.
It's very comforting to know that the only hope for the environment of the world and not just Israel is the return of our Messiah. From this point onwards, the curse on nature will be lifted. It will be changes supernaturally. We will have perfect environment. The very nature of animals and all creation will be changed and glorified in a miracle flash.
All the work of the greenies, tree-huggers, new-age bunny-huggers and the like will be brought to nothing, destroyed by our Lord and in a flash, at the Second Coming, the earth will be as it was supposed to be in the Garden of Eden before the fall! (Don't get me wrong, I'm not against environmentalism at all. Outside of our Lord's Kingdom it's all futile.)
Some Christians say that the Jews and Israel don't deserve God's favour and aren't special in any way. As if they deserve God's grace! No the Jews aren't special, it's simply that this is God's choice. For me that's just fine. If God chose the Zulu people to bring salvation to the world, things would be just the same. People would say that they don't deserve it.
What about the verse of scripture that says there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, male and female etc.? This relates to those in Christ or in other words, those who are saved and within God's Kingdom. It has nothing at all to do with God's plan and manner of bringing salvation to the world.
The miracle salvation of the Jews:
Romans 11:1- 25 "Has God cast away His people? Certainly not...For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own opinion, that hardening (blindness) in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved."
Isaiah 45:17 "Israel shall be saved by the Lord, with an everlasting salvation forever and ever."
Zechariah 12: 10 "I will pour on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of Grace and supplication, then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son."
Isaiah 60:15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations...you shall know that I the Lord am your saviour and your redeemer the Mighty One of Jacob."
Ezekiel 37 The greatest miracle of all time is found in this chapter. It's called the vision of the valley of dry bones. The vision sees a skeleton putting on flesh and standing up tall. Verse 11-13 "These bones are the whole house of Israel. Our bones are dry and our hope is cut off. Thus says the Lord "Behold O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel". "Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you will live, and I will place you in your own land."
God will bring the Jews to salvation His way and it won't be with the help of the church-at-large. It will of course be with the help of Messianic believers and those in the church with their eyes open to Gods prophetic plan.
Israel's modern enemies:
Anti-Semitism driven by Satan himself has tried to destroy the Jews through the ages. One of the darkest times for the Jews was the period of the crusades which was spearheaded by the Catholic church of the dark ages. The inquisition followed, also led by the Catholic church, which saw many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Jews tortured to death. Then came the Holocaust. Each of these failed to destroy the Jews.
If the Catholic so-called followers of Jesus have murdered and killed so many Jews in the past, it's little wonder that the Jews have a hostile attitude to Jesus. Traditional Christianity has Christianized Jesus and removed His Jewishness, thus alienating the Jewish people at large from their Jewish Messiah. Many of the Jews think Jesus was a nice Gentile Christian!
Tragically, many millions, perhaps billions will come against what God is doing and WILL complete in Israel in the very near future. Amazingly they can't see the miracle hand of God at work in Israel's history. They are setting themselves up against the supernatural power of the Almighty God.
If God proclaims something prophetically and does it in history, don't you think that should be a cause for great faith, belief and celebration? I do! Amazingly, many even within the church will side with the devil in disguise, work with him and for him in an attempt to bring about Israel's downfall. God will use their attacks to sharpen Israel, bring them to repentance before destroying all His enemies and delivering Israel in battle and into spiritual new-birth.
Ultimately Israel will survive every attempt to annihilate it and will be victorious in all battles even though in some soon coming wars, it will seem as though Israel is on the losing end
Jeremiah 51:19, 20 "Israel is the tribe of His inheritance...you are My battle-axe and weapons of war, for with you I will break the nations in pieces, with you I will destroy kingdoms.
As the Jews get saved en-mass, so God will turn many of His and Israel's enemies to Himself in salvation. There is coming a time not far from now where the Arabs will also begin to find Messiah. In fact its already starting. This is really wonderful, but it will only be a smaller proportion of the Arab world. The majority will remain Muslim.
I can testify that I am seeing a rising interest in this website from people in many Arab countries and lands of the east. Praise our Messiah!
Just as a 'by the way'...we are now seeing a big swing away from the west in terms of economic growth towards the east. Dark Europe is in its death throws. The US is in ever growing economic trouble. Great Britain is now small, but it's economic woes are becoming great. China, India and numerous other Asian countries are seeing a surge in economic growth. At the same time, these nations are seeing a new exciting whirlwind of spiritual activity and re-birth, while Europe, the UK and some western countries return to the spiritual dark ages.
Miracle Israel will always be a thorn in the side of globalisation. It's therefore an enemy of those trying to create a one world government and currency. The Jews in dispersion were never able to fully assimilate into the nations. This was so that God's ultimate purpose would be fulfilled. Assimilation was always impossible, because it went against God's purpose. In other words God has supernaturally seen to it that Israel and the Jews would always be separate, identifiable and independent.
The cursed satanic church doctrine of replacement theology (which essentially replaces Israel with the church) is nothing more than the devil's attempt at getting rid of Israel with twisted so-called Christian theology. As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. It can be demonstrated that replacement theology led to the Holocaust and will again lead to a second Holocaust not long from now.
The same thinking is behind the Muslim world's desire to destroy Israel. They would never be happy with a two-state solution or parts of Israel and Jerusalem. They want it all. They view the two-state solution as a step in this direction.
I once saw an account of Russian farmers who gathered with shotguns to try to come against UFOs that had supposedly been seen in their area. Just think for a moment of just how stupid it is to try and come against something you know nothing about. If they were real, they would be far superior and not be hostile.
It's infinitely more stupid to try and come against God's supernatural, miracle working power!
Let me add that a dangerous enemy of Israel is all those, especially in many churches who are neutral. Neutrality in the face of God's clear revealed will in His Word is a curse. Yeshua / Jesus says that if you are not with Me you are against me. Isaiah 5:20 "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."
The greatest danger facing the church now and into the near future is that it becomes blinded by pride. As God acts for and on behalf of Israel and the Jews, the church will not like that because it wants it all for itself! Many within the church will be just like the older brother who got jealous of all the father did for the repentant, returning prodigal son.
I ask you personally...what will you do? Will you welcome the once lost son, or will you join the king of pride, Satan?
I speak for myself; I will welcome with open arms my lost Jewish, Gentile and Arab brothers as they see the glorious light of salvation.
The land of Israel is a miracle. So is nationhood, the city of Jerusalem and the soon coming mass salvation of the Jews.
What is about to dawn on the world is a time of tragic devastation and deep darkness. Hell, from beneath, raises its arms to receive many at their coming. It's also a time of spectacular, wonderful magnificence as the greatest drama of all time unfolds. Untold millions will find salvation...Jew, Gentile and Arab alike.
It's enlightened self-interest to find out what God is doing and work with Him! Trying to resist or come against the miraculous and supernatural is not very clever.
God did not preserve and act supernaturally with Israel and the Jewish people through the ages for no reason! On top of this God outlined His plan for Israel clearly in the Bible. His great and grand purpose not only will be, but is already on track to reach its ultimate glorious goal. What we have is the end-time plan carefully spelt out and it actually is already happening before our eyes.
One has to be incredibly dumb or deceived to come against all of this!
As the world enters the twighlight zone of the present age, and much of the church enters its Laodicean age, so the spectacular, glory of God's new age is dawning. It was all be birthed and will be completed in the miraculous and supernatural and will all take place just the way God said it would.
Jerusalem, Israel is soon to become the world capital of the Messianic millennium age. Our messiah will rule from the temple and true deep lasting peace will flow like a river from here. There will be no World Council of Churches, no world government, no Vatican, no Pope, no denominations, no Christmas, no Easter nor any other occult celebrations. the feats of the Lord will be celebrated and the glory of God will envelop the world.
Jeremiah 30: 16 "Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries, every one of them shall go into captivity. Those who prey upon you I will make a prey, for I will restore your health to you and heal your wounds says the Lord, because they called you and outcast saying: "This is Zion, no one seeks her."
Heaven or hell:
Jewish women of the Israeli Defence Force, your disguises may hide you from your enemy, but nothing will ever hide you from God. Don't for a moment think that because you are called the "chosen people" you have been automatically chosen for salvation...no you have not. God chose you to bring about His great purposes, but you need to chose Him to become His own child. What a tragedy it would be if God uses you for His purpose and you end up in hell because you didn't chose His plan of salvation!
Young girls from rural Africa, you believe your face paint will keep demons away. I've got bad news for you! No amount of face paint, animal sacrifice or other traditional belief will save you from hell. It's only the sacrifice and shed blood of our great King, Lord and God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, that has the power to save and cleanse you. Being born into a tribal system will not save you, just like being born a Jew will not save them. If you seek to stay in traditionalism, you are on the way to hell. If you seek the truth, you will find it and be set free.
In closing here is a sketch by Gustave Dore representing Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The next time He comes to Jerusalem will not be as saviour but as Judge of the world! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!