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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 76. May 15th 2011
The blindness created by traditionalism.
●Egypt officially re-establishes ties with Iran and breaks ties with Israel. This aggravates Egypt's relationship with the West. Jordan has submitted a bid to join the Gulf Cooperative Council, a group that is pro-west and Israel. This has angered Muslim organisations.
●Russia delivers 30 tons of special fuel to Iran for its nuclear plant.
●New tensions on all of Israel's borders as 'Nakba' rage ferments
The blindness created by traditionalism.
Sad but true:
I would like to share with you a heated discussion I recently had with a church pastor. On hearing that I was a Messianic believer, he immediately criticised me for coming under legalism. He just presumed that because we honour and recognise the Biblical Feasts of the Lord, that we are under the power of legalism.
I responded and said, "no we don't do any of these things from a point of view of legalism, but you worship the devil." He was so shocked that I even said such a thing!
I then went on to say that he was not only a devil worshipper, but also taught others the same.
His voice stammered and his face went red with anger!
I explained that his traditions of Easter, Christmas, infant baptism, Sunday Sabbath observance and other such Christian convocations were born in devil worship. They were all founded in evil Babylonian practices and adopted into the church by Constantine around 350AD. They were then formally cemented into church tradition by the first Catholic leaders in 600AD.
I asked this pastor why he thought the Catholics did that. He has no answer.
I gave him the answer which further infuriated him.
I said that the primary reason was because the first, or early church, had a distinctly Hebraic flavour to it which included observance of the Feasts of the Lord. This was not acceptable to Constantine who himself was a practitioner of pagan Babylonian traditions. Constantine had supposedly become a believer, but had not rejected his devil worship.
I went on to explain that under the leadership of Satan, Constantine's main thing was to introduce a new type of church that was very different. It had to be acceptable to the pagan-worshipping Romans of the day and would have to be hostile to the Jews, whom he hated. It was Satan's ace trump. This was his way of defeating the church and keeping the Jews out of it. After all, the Jews had once before been in Babylonian captivity, why would they want to come under its spell again.
If Satan can prevent the Jew from coming to salvation, he can delay the Second Coming and his own 'execution'.
"The mix of truth and the occult produced the dark ages", I said. "The reformation was a mighty move of God, but it was incomplete and the Protestants simply continued with the paganism."
Then I told this pastor that not only was he perpetuating this evil mixture, but that he was responsible for preventing the Second Coming of our Lord. I think he had to exercise great restraint in not hitting me!
I then told him that the Second Coming was completely associated with the salvation of the Jews. "If you know your Bible", I said, "you would know that there are literally hundreds of scriptures showing that the Jews will be in their land and coming to salvation en mass just before the coming of the Lord.
I asked the pastor if he was being obedient to the Bible by sending the gospel to "the Jew first and then the Gentile"? I asked him if he was obeying the scriptures which say that the Gentile church is to "make the Jew jealous"? He had no answer.
I then told the pastor that he was actually perpetuating, maintaining and enforcing the Babylonian barrier to the salvation of the Jew. "As long as the church clings to the satanic, occult, pagan traditions which it does, it will remain a hostile place for any Jew," I said.
The bottom line, I said, is that "God is already starting the 'great restoration' and you are being left behind!"
The absolutely amazing thing is that this pastor could not see his own entrapment by the devil. Hopefully his anger at me will lead to him softening before our Lord.
What an amazing thing that a church pastor would defend his involvement in the occult and reject God's truth.
The reunion between the Jew and the Christian Zionist / Messianic believer.
The verse below relates to many of the modern church leaders, entrenched in their self-centred and pagan-painted church world. Many in church leadership will continue in deep darkness, their eyes closed to God's wonderful truths and plan for the close of the age.
***Please take special note of the following two verses.
Zechariah 11:16-17 "I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off (Jews), nor seek the young nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand...Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither and his right eye shall be totally blinded."
But as the Jew begins to come to salvation note the following!!
Jeremiah 3:12 "Return backsliding Israel says the Lord and I will not cause My anger to fall on you...only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord and scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree...Return O backsliding children for I am married to you...I will give you shepherds according to My heart who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."
This is amazing indeed. Can you see it? There is one form of leadership who are blind to God's plan and another who will act according to God's own heart for His people.
The Jews have a great future. Yes they will come under severe discipline and be involved in some wild wars. But out of all the pressure, the hatred and even the Christian antagonism towards them, God will bring them to salvation.
Jeremiah 31:31 "Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."
Jeremiah 31:33 "I will be their God and they shall be My people...I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more."
Ezekiel 11:17-19 "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...then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh."
Those with a heart for Israel are thankfully growing in huge numbers today. But so also are those in dangerous deception and replacement theology. These are becoming God's own enemies (in the name of Jesus)
It is the Christian Zionist or Messianic believer who is right with God. Be careful out there; this whole thing is spiritually charged. It is already and will become even more so in the coming days. It will be the great divide between God's work and the devil's in part of the church.
An amazing parallel:
There are some incredible parallels in Biblical history, which we need to consider and be aware of. History often repeats itself, especially if it's all part of Bible prophecy!
The children of Israel were perused by the Egyptians through the Red Sea as they fled into the promised land, resulting in the deaths of the their perusing enemies.
We must be aware that Egypt in the Bible is one of the types of the world system. Babylon is another. The amazing parallel in this story is this: In these last days the Jews are starting to enter the promised land again. This time it's both the actual land and the spiritual promised land of salvation. According to Zechariah, the armies of the world gather against Israel in the last days in a futile attempt to destroy her. The Bible shows that the world's armies will be defeated!
The devils greatest enemy is our greatest friend. It's the cross of Christ. This was the vehicle to the greatest triumph and victory of all time. It was also Satan's great plan, which quickly backfired on him.
The cross is an instrument of death. But more than that, it led to resurrection and newness of life.
The application of the cross into our lives is just the same. It leads to our victory and Satan's defeat. As we apply the cross into our lives, it delivers self, or the flesh nature to death and brings us into a new holiness and victory.
Tragically, a great many believers today are enemies of the cross of Christ. They're not enemies of Christ, just enemies of the cross. Without the cross at work in your life, you are full of self-love, self-will and worldliness. You'll also be blind to the work of the demonic in your life.
Without the cross at work in your life you will fully exposed to doctrines of demons and the powers of deception trying to get you sidetracked.
Yes you may be saved, but it's the daily application of the cross that leads to abundant life in the Spirit...full of victory, wonder and glory!
Beware, today there are very few modern churches that teach, preach or practice the application of the cross after salvation on an ongoing basis. They are in great danger.
Brokenness and humility actually gives you sight. It brings with it knowledge, understanding and wisdom. It lets you see into the wonders of eternity with new eyes. The absence of the cross leaves self intact and blinds you to everything but what the devil wants you to see. You are devoid of true wisdom.
Keeping traditions and laws born in hell will hinder your walk with our Lord. Keeping the traditions born in the scriptures (not in a legalistic way) will endear you to our Lord in a new way.
There has never been a time where knowing the Bible is more vital. Knowing and doing or applying it is the way victory.
There are more and more very dangerous, deadly deceptions out there that are growing in numbers.
Deuteronomy 28:13 "The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I commanded you today, and are careful to observe them."
Here's the opposite:
Deuteronomy 28:20 "The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion and rebuke on all that you set your hand to do...because you have forsaken Me."
Heaven or hell:
Woman, you have beautiful eyes. They were created and given to you by the God of the universe. He also gave you spiritual eyes. But if you turn your heart away from the living God your eyes will not see the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Worldly traditionalism will put a sad mask on your face. It will hide you from the truth and leave your eye full of darkness! The truth will set you free and put a lot more than a smile on your face. Walking in the truth will fill you with a deep inner joy and prepare you for heaven.
Here is a painting by Vincent van Gogh of an Olive tree grove. It has a nice flow to it. But this man was a complete failure. In his life he only sold one painting and lived the life of a manic depressed atheist and then killing himself, steeling away his own God given life. He knows all about God now, but it's too late!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!