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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 61. 26th November 2010
In this edition:
●Satan's plan for the world.
Satan's plan for the world:
The previous two editions were tiled Satan's plan for the church and God's plan for the church. Now we come to Satan's plan for the world and God's plan for the world (next edition)
"Imagine there's no heaven.
It's easy if you try.
No hell below
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there's no countries...living life in peace." - John Lennon
This really is the perfect theme tune of hell itself. It encapsulates Satan's plan for the world perfectly. Satan's plan is to bring about world peace. It was his plan with Babylon and it is again now. He is the god of deception. He comes as an angel of light. He is the great counterfeiter.
His plan is to bring world peace. His real motive is not world peace but the capturing of as many people as possible in his web of deception, ultimately bringing destruction and eternal hell to all his victims.
Because he is a deceiver and he knows God's plan is ultimate world peace, he uses this as his main instrument of deception. He counterfeits almost everything that is in God's plan.
The big problem is that the majority of the world's population don't question. They believe and think that everything will continue as normal. They think that if everyone else is in the same boat, the boat must be fine. The boat of the masses is not fine. It's sinking.
If the spiritual veil could be pulled back, the people of the world would be shocked to see that they are in fact being led by the leader of demons and fallen angles.
Identifying the world:
The Greek word 'kosmos' is the original word used in the Bible for 'world'. The word 'ghay' is the word for earth. The world is not the earth. The word 'kosmos' means the socio-political order and everything relating to man and his doings. In a sense its the adorning of the earth. 'Kosmos' relates to the physical earth. The world system is doomed, not the earth.
The world has its own god, none other than the prince of hell Satan himself. Satan is the "god of this world". The Bible never tells us to hate the earth, but it does command us to "love not the world" (1 John 2:15) and to "hate our lives in the world." (John 12:26) As believers we are children of the Kingdom of God which is at enmity with the kingdom of this world.
God does have overall ownership of the earth and will soon destroy the world and replace it with His own new-world, with our Messiah as the one-world head and ruler.
Satan is called the "god of this world". (2 Corinthians 4:4)
He is also called the "world power". (1 John 5:19)
1John 5:19 "We're of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one." The original word used here is 'kosmokratos'. "Kosmos is the word for world and "kratos" for power. It means that Satan is the power behind the world system. It's similar to the old Greek world 'hoopokrites' which is where we get the word hypocrite from. It's a theatrical term. The hoopokrite would come onto the stage to introduce the next act, wearing either a smiley mask or a sad mask, indicating tragedy or comedy.
The word itself actually means; "the one wearing the mask is not the same as the mask he presents." This is just the same as Satan, the world power. He wears many masks both good and evil to deceive people, but behind it all is the devil himself.
These verses speak volumes:
Revelation 12:9 "...The devil and Satan who deceives the whole world."
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
James 4:4 "Friendship with the world is enmity with God."
John 16:33 "In me you will have peace, in the world tribulation."
Ephesians 2:2 "You once walked according to the course of this world..."
These verses indicate what the world is and who it's god is and what our response should be.
Satan's plan for the nations of the world:
A one-world government or a form of world national unity is the plan of Satan. This would go a long way down the road to world peace. But it will be a deceptive peace to produce control. It will only last for seven years.
One of the forerunners to this will be a world currency. This is already being spoken of now in many world institutions. It may not be a long way off. A new world currency would be a brilliant method of brining economic stability to the world, but again it will be a deception.
Some brilliant world leader will soon appear and come up with the most incredible new system of government producing world unity. It will be so clever very few will dispute or even question it.
Revelation 17:13 "These are of one mind (unity) and they will give their power and authority to the beast." This verse in context, is speaking of a time in the tribulation period when the nations of the world, in unison will willing give their authority over to the new world leader, antichrist.
The world will hail this new leader and his plan. They will think that world peace is now upon us. This person will be Satan in disguise. He will enter and inhabit this political leader at the start of the tribulation period.
Matthew 4:9 Is a really good example of Satan at work in the tempting of our Lord. At the end of a 40-day fast, while in the wilderness, Satan offered our Lord the kingdoms of the world if He would only worship him They were his to give. Our Lord said no. Satan will again offer a person the kingdoms of the world if he will worship him. This time this person will accept and at this point become the antichrist.
Satan's plan for the religions of the world
The world has many religions. They are all doomed to hell. Even within Christendom there are thousands of denominations (divisions), that's a tragedy. There is only one truth and one legitimate Godly way. God's plan for the world's religions is to destroy them. All outside of the cross are counterfeits.
The final seven year world conflict, called the tribulation period, sees Satan come to power after inhabiting one individual; the antichrist. But with him is a religious figure called the false prophet. He unites the world religions, with the exception of cross-centred and applied Christianity.
At the tower of Babel we saw man's attempt to reach God their own way. At the time there was a mixture of Babylonian and Egyptian religions. They came together in an effort to find God and world peace.
Surprisingly, God said in Genesis 11:6 "Indeed the people are one...now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them" There is power in unity, make no mistake. But unity outside of God's plan brings destruction from God. He then destroyed Babel. He will again destroy greater end-time Babylon and it's multi-faith 'tower' of futile attempts to reach God and bring in world peace. Futile because they try to do this their own way and not God's way.
There is a very deadly fast growing philosophy out there which will become a major spiritual force. This is the view that all religions are legitimate and have equal rights to God. It's very logical in today's democratic world, but if you hold this view it demonstrates that you are not saved. Some are thinking now: "I can't believe he said that"
There is one huge big issue: If there are other ways to be saved, the cross of Calvary and the blood of Yeshua /Jesus was meaningless. The cross of Calvary stands as the great divide between the impassable gulf separating heaven and hell. No cross, no salvation...that's the bottom line! Salvation through the cross is the only way and it's exclusive.
Of course Christianity without the cross can and will join successfully with all other religions. It will be empowered by the god of the world.
Satan's plan for the earth:
The earth is going to be renovated by fire.
There really is only one hope for this poor old earth that has been so messed up by the greed of man and that is the return of our Lord and the millennium. I will address this in the next edition which will be titled "God's plan for the world".
Many ignorant people mock God because they say that Bible indicates that the earth is 6000 years old. This can be proved very accurately in Bible genealogies from Adam to Christ to now.. But the earth is much older than that. There are many portions of scripture that relate to a pre-Adamic world that could have lasted for million of years. In those days Lucifer was the "light bearer" to the nations that then existed. For God's own reasons the Bible only hints at these things. When we finally get to Adam, Lucifer is already fallen and is now Satan. He leads a new rebellion and Adam and Eve fall right into the trap. This causes a curse to go through to the whole of creation.
The earth itself has a lingering curse upon it that came about at the fall of Adam. This was symbolised in the earth springing forth with "thorns and thistles." Yeshua/Jesus did take the curse on the earth while He was being crucified. This was symbolised in the crown of thorns, but this was done positionally. It still has to be worked out at a specific time in the near future. It's just like our salvation. We are saved now, but there is still a glorious future outworking and manifestation coming.
In the mean time this old earth has to suffer at the hand of man.
This earth is incredibly beautiful, but it's very dangerous. On a personal level, I've been injured a dozen times doing environmental work in the deserts, forests and great plains. I've seen people killed by lions, stomped on by elephants and I've lost many environmentalist friends.
This is all Satan's doing. He lurks behind all the environmental beauty.
It's clear from hundreds of sections of scripture that Satan will intensify his efforts to wreck the earth before his judgement comes.
The natural upheavals during the tribulation period will be caused by Satan and by God pouring his wrath out at the same time. It's not going to be a pretty time!
The thing is that God is so holy and Satan so evil, that never the twain shall meet. God cleanses every single area where Satan has had any involvement or access. Even the heavens above will be cleansed.
At the end of the dispensation of the fullness of time (millennium) the earth will be renovated by fire. (2 Peter 3:13)
This will be the end of the earth in it's present form as we go on into the "eternity of eternities." Revelation 21:1
But long before we get to the end of the millennium, the earth, the wilderness and the world system are going to be shaken like never before as Satan causes as much havoc as possible when he realises that his days are up. God's judgement is seen in the four riders of the apocalypse. Is it Satan or God doing this? It's both. Satan will not sit by as a spectator when God's judgement begins. There will be conflict in the spiritual realm, which we won't see, but there will also be out-workings and manifestations of this conflict in the physical realm.
A lot of the end time verses of scripture relating to the tribulation period mix together events for the physical earth and the socio-political world. The wrath of God, the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man will all be running together.
The most incredible judgements the world has ever seen will be poured out on this world in the tribulation period. But they are primarily designed to bring mankind to repentance. By this point in time the grace of God has all but been rejected.
Most will think..."How could God bring these big judgements on us?"
The answer is simple. The judgements of God are in fact acts of holiness. He is pure and holy and judgement is always on what is evil. These end-time judgements are all part of the cleansing and purifying of the world for a new world where Satan will be bound and imprisoned and truth, holiness and purity will reign.
The problem is that fallen man essentially loves evil.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of Satan with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved."
Everything about Satan's plan and work is deception.
I was chatting to a friend in the world of high finance a few days ago. We were talking about the plans of many international institutions to bring in a new one-world currency. He said it would be a brilliant thing and would introduce some stability to the imbalances within the nations. He was quite right, but guess who will be behind the plan?
Satan will try to bring in world peace on many fronts. He will try to unify the world's religions. He will get the people of the world to think they are building a 'tower' to God. He will even get the people of the word to welcome a world leader empowered by himself, with open arms as the "saviour" of the world. He will come as an "angel of light."
When much of his plan reaches a point of limited success, his game will be up. He will then run headlong into the fury and wrath of God. All Satan's plans will be undone. He will be exposed. At this point all of his true motives and plans will become clear. In wild wrath he will turn on his own supporters spreading death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. Unfortunately and tragically it will be too late for untold millions who, in their deception will go to destruction and doom.
Amongst many other names, Satan is called: The angel of light, the deceiver, the tempter, the enemy, the evil one, the adversary. It's worth bearing these names in mind, because they reveal his true character.
The first verse below shows the end of Satan, and his two prime servants, the antichrist and the false prophet. The next verse shows the end of all the people who've followed them.
Revelation 20:10 "And the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it from whose face the earth and heaven fled away...and I saw the dead both great and small standing before God and books were opened and the Book of Life was opened and the dead were judged according to their works...Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."
Heaven or hell:
Buddhists at your monastery event; You are known for self sacrifice and humility. In fact you knock the spots off many Christians in terms of your love, bliss and spiritual inner peace. You display fruits of character that are noble and desirable. Your non-materialistic separation from the ways of the world is admirable. But you have been deceived by the master of deception, Satan himself. You reject the new birth through the work of the cross of Christ and the cleansing work of His blood. Your good works will not save you. To be saved on good works, the passing grade is 100%. Hell awaits.
Hey young kid...your life is before you. Much pressure will come your way to conform to this or that religion because it is family tradition. When the time comes and you decide to look for truth, you will find it if you seek it diligently. The salvation plan of God is so simple that a child and a beggar can find it, says the Bible. Heaven is calling you kido!
Here is a woodcut by Gustave Dore. It's one of a series titled "Paradise lost". This shows Satan cast down to the earth. It's interesting in that it shows Satan as a beautiful creature.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!