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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 84. July 14th 2011
How, when and why will the Jews be saved
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Esther 4:4 "For if you remain silent, deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place... who knows weather you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this".
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●Hezbollah warns Israel against maritime threats. Large gas fields have recently been discovered off Heifa in Israeli waters. Lebanon has eyes on this.
●Muslim Brotherhood tells Hilary Clinton "The US must drop support for Israel" as a condition for renewed relations.
●Hilary Clinton says we need to pursue peace with the Muslim Brotherhood.
●A UN debate on Palestinian statehood will begin in the UN on 26-28th July. This debate will be centred on the Palestinians becoming members of the UN, ahead of their September statehood aspirations at the UN.
●The World Council of Churches (WCC) has just had a conference in Greece attended by most of their member churches. It declared that the Jewish State "is a sin" and an "occupying power". It accused Israel of "dehumanising the Palestinians" and called for "resistance to the evil occupation as a Christian duty."
It seems that WCC is the evil occupying force. It is paving the way for another Holocaust. The tragic thing is that in relation to Israel, the WCC and it's member churches have more in common with Hitler, Ahmadinejad and other Islamic terrorists, than with our Lord and His word. In fact they are paving the way for the antichrist himself.
Catholic leader Melkite Gregory proclaimed at this conference that "There is a Zionist conspiracy against Islam"
The Catholic peace movement Pax Christi has joined the Methodists Church and just launched a new boycott of Israeli goods "in the name of love."
►►►Please note that I personally, and The Prophetic Scroll distance and separate ourselves from the WCC and it's member churches totally and completely.
Islamic extremism uses war-talk and war actions. The Islamic Brotherhood on the other hand is the peace-talking arm of Islam. The Brotherhood have come as doves fooling the blind and stupid into believing that they are for peace.
The Brotherhood on the one hand talks peace while on the other, they want an end to peace treaties with Israel held by some Muslim nations. The Brotherhood wants Israel and want it without Jews.
The heart of Islam is for peace, but peace to them means an Islamic world with the absence of resistance.
The heart of Islam wants the destruction of the Jewish state and the so-called Christian west.
Israel is in danger of loosing the war of public opinion. Islam with the help of much of the church is winning this war. The danger of replacement theology in the church is that it leads to replacement reality!! Once public opinion has swung heavily in one direction more than half the battle is won. The big shock awaiting many is that they are dealing with the unconquerable living God and His word, His promises and His ways.
The world's big mouth today is all about "the roadmap to peace" and peace for the Middle East and Israel. Dividing the land will bring peace they shout! This is just how the antichrist comes onto the stage.
Daniel 11:21..."He shall come in peaceably and seize the kingdom by intrigue."
Daniel 8:23-25 "In the latter time of their kingdom, when the transgressors have reached their fullness, a king shall arise, having fierce features, who understands sinister schemes. His power shall be mighty, but not by his own power; He shall destroy fearfully, and he shall prosper and thrive, he shall destroy the mighty and also the holy people. Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity. He shall even rise against the Prince of princes, but he shall be broken without human hand."
●Today both Europe and the Arab-spring nations are essentially in need of powerful leadership. They will get one soon. He will be the antichrist.
We may be very close to some of the most dramatic events the world has ever seen, and the unfolding of the greatest drama of all time.
The next edition will be shocking!
How, when and why will the Jews be saved
How will the Jews be saved:
Firstly we need to know that there are hundreds of prophecies indicating that the Jewish people will be save in very large numbers at a point in time.
There is no difference in how a Gentile or Jew gets saved. The only universal way is by faith, through the new birth in Yeshua / Jesus, the one who was crucified and rose from dead and is coming again soon. The substitutionary work of the cross and shed blood of Messiah is the way to salvation.
The three legs of the tripod of salvation are: The new birth, adult water baptism and baptism in the Spirit.
Because of the rebellion of the Jews at large they were blinded to their Jewish Messiah. This was temporary. The veil of blindness will be lifted.
The Jews at large will be saved under immense pressure. This will be as a result of the world's hatred and rejection resulting in catastrophic wars, which will shortly break onto the world stage.
As the Jews begin to see who their Messiah is they will NOT come into the normal Babylon/ Rome-characterised church. They will automatically at their new birth, become part of the true Babylon/ Rome-free church.
This is one of the reasons why the Messianic movement is so important. The true character of the Messianic movement comprises the Abrahamic expression of faith, which is to the Jew and the Gentile, with a Hebraic character. It is has no part with and is clean from the Babylonian practises like Christmas, Easter and the like.
The Messianic movement in like a bride in waiting. It's been birthed and is now being prepared for a flood of Jewish believers.
The Jews will be saved in large numbers, the Bible makes that abundantly clear:
Romans 11:1 "I say then has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I am also an Israelite of the seed of Abraham of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people, who He foreknew ..."
Jeremiah 31:31 "Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with house of Israel and the house of Judah."
Ezekiel 11:16-19 "Although I have cast them (Jews) afar off among the Gentiles...I will gather you from among the peoples...then I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them and take the stony heart out..."
Jeremiah 32:38-39 "They (Jews) shall be My people and I will be their God: The I will give them one heart and one way that they may fear Me forever...and I will make an everlasting covenant with them."
Jeremiah 30:22 "You shall be My people and I will be your God."
Zechariah 3:9 "I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day."
The "day" being referred to in the verse above relates to the entire seven-year tribulation period, which is also called "The day of the Lord" in other scriptures.
Will all Jews be saved?
There is a misconception or rather a misunderstanding out there that the verse in Romans 11:26 that says "All Israel will be saved" means every single last one will be saved. It does not.
It's like saying, "all the apples are ripe" That could mean, all the apples in the basket, or every last apple in the world. Both would be correct statements, but context shows which one is being spoken about.
What this verse means is that all of those who respond to Messiah will be saved. In fact not only will it not be all in the general sense, it will be all of "the remnant".
Isaiah 10:21 "The remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God."
The Jews will not be saved automatically because God has chosen them. The only ones who will be saved are those who respond to our Messiah's call by faith. Romans 11:1 reveals that God's choice is according to His foreknowledge. That's difficult for us to get our heads around. Essentially God sees into the future and writes down His choice according to that. Actually we are in a similar position. We can see into the future by looking into God's word. It's a good idea to set your life on the path that lines up with His future.
When things like predestination and other things difficult to understand come up, it's a good idea not to reject God's word because you don't understand or like something. It's a good idea just to accept that God knows best, sit down and shut up!
The hand of God is upon His people
When will the Jews be saved:
Romans 11:25-26 "For I do not desire brethren that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved
Matthew 24:32-34 "Now learn the parable of the fig tree: When its 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 that its near even at the door. Assuredly I say to you this generation will by no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled."
There is little doubt that the above verse speaks of Israel's birth as a nation, which occurred in 1948. This verse speaks of the generation that sees these things come to pass. It will be the final generation of this era. As we approach the time, salvation will begin to flow to the Jews.
Salvation swings to the Jews in large numbers when the "fullness of the Gentiles has come in." This began in 1948 at independence and was further confirmed in 1967 and will be fully complete soon.
Ezekiel 39:27-29 "When I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of their enemies lands and I am hallowed in them in the sight of many nations, then they shall know that I am the Lord their God..And I will not hide My face from them anymore: for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel."
Ezekiel 20:41-42 "I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples...then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the land for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers."
The above two verses are wonderful promises to the Jewish people. They also have a time line in them. The time of salvation to the Jews begins at the time of their regathering as a nation. Also note that in these two verses we have the issue of who the land belongs to, settled by God!!
God brings them back into their land in blindness and then lifts that veil of blindness when they are in the land.
The time period in which salvation goes to the Jews begins at their nationhood, but the full flood will occur in the near future.
There is a wonderful picture in the Bible of dry bones putting on flesh and then the Spirit of God. Here is the climax:
Ezekiel 37:12-14 "Therefore prophecy and say to them (dry bones), 'Thus says the Lord God, "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, O My people, and brought you up from your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken it and performed it'" says the Lord."
The above verses are truly wonderful, but this is Ezekiel 37. What follows is Ezekiel 38 and 39. This is the prophecy of the great war of Gog and Magog! Dry bones and the WW111 may not be exactly chronological, but they are are closely related as revealed in many other scriptures.
Whichever way you cut it...the salvation of the Jews will occur in the midst of great conflict.
Isaiah 35:4-5 "Say to those who are fearful-hearted, be strong do not fear! Behold your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God: He will come and save you. Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped..."
The verse below brings in a time line. It will be when the full end is made to the nations of the world. This will begin in the tribulation period and reach its conclusion at the second coming.
Jeremiah 30:11 "For I am with you says the Lord, to save you; though I make a full end of the nations where I have scattered you."
The verse below is a remarkable prophecy of the Hebrew language being restored to the Jewish people. This happened in 1948 just as Israel became an independent nation.
Zephaniah 3:9 "For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord.
The verse below speaks of the final rest at the end of the tribulation period. This is when the salvation to the Jews reaches its climax and is completed.
Zephaniah :3:14-20 "Sing for joy O daughter of Zion! Shout O Israel, be glad O daughter of Jerusalem. The Lord has taken away your judgements, He has cast out your enemy, the King of Israel, the Lord is in your midst; you shall see disaster no more...The Lord your God the Mighty One will save you...Behold at that time I will deal with those who afflict you...At that time I will I will bring you back, even at the time I gather you, for I will give you fame and praise among the people of the earth, when I return your captives before your eyes".
Jeremiah 30:7 "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."
The verse above is widely held as prophetic of the tribulation period. The "time of Jacob's trouble" relates obviously to Jacob, which is a common reference to the Jewish people. This is a reference to the whole seven year tribulation.
Why will the Jews be saved?:
The Jews will be saved to fulfil God's prophetic word. He has said that it will happen...it will happen. If Satan can keep the Jews from salvation, he can delay his own demise and prove God wrong.
Ezekiel 36:22-26 "Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'Thus says the Lord God: I do not do this for your sake, O house of Israel, but for My holy Name's sake, which you have profaned among the nations wherever you went."...I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you..."
The Jews will be saved by God to honour His own word and His plan for the world.
The Jews will be saved to fulfil God's first call to them as the chosen people. They were originally chosen to be God's messengers to the world. They were to be the bearers of the good news of the gospel. They messed up, but God will still have His way and they will be His messengers. This will be primarily in the tribulation period, but is beginning now.
Zechariah 2:11 "Many nations shall be joined to the Lord in that day and they shall become My people...and the Lord will take possession of Judah as His inheritance in the Holy Land and will again choose Jerusalem."
Zechariah 8:23 Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man saying "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.'"
In the Revelation we see that the 144,000, and the two witnesses, who are all Jews will be the primary vehicles of salvation to those who will be saved, both Jew and Gentile in the tribulation.
The Jews will be saved to usher in the Second Coming of our Messiah and complete God's prophetic promises.
It's very important to understand that the salvation promise to the Jews is inextricably linked to them being in their land, with Jerusalem as their own.
Much of the conflict around the Jews relates to the land and the city. It will go God's way. The way of the world will be proven to be futile and end in untold misery and ultimately hell.
Opposition to the Jews being saved:
Satan is the primary resister, but he works through people and organisations.
Satan knows that the second coming of Yeshua / Jesus is directly related to the salvation of the Jews. He knows that if he can keep them from salvation, he delays his own judgement. This is the primary reason that there has been and will be so much conflict around this issue.
The main organisations being used by Satan to prevent the Jews from coming to salvation are:
●The world in the form of the United Nations,
Satan is the god of this world and as such, the longer he can preserve his territory he remains it's god. It's important to identify what the world is from a Biblical perspective. The world is not the earth. The two original words are different. The word for world is kosmos and it means the socio/ political/ economic order adorning the earth.
The UN and other similar bodies are Satan's dwelling place. He will use them to oppose God's word and plan for the close of this age.
Zechariah 8:13-15 "And it shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing, do not fear let your hands be strong."
Today there are many nations that still think Israel and the Jews are a "curse among the nations" It goes without saying that the Muslim nations are in this boat, but today many of the western nations are also opposing God's plans for the Jews.
●A large part of the church.
Israel is currently facing de-legitimisation by the church. This will lead to war. God has legitimised Israel in His word by numerous promises and covenants. A part of the church will be responsible for great conflict coming to Israel. Guess who will be annihilated? Remember that God's plan was revealed in the Exodus. Satan's plan was to oppose it. It was the Egyptian army that was destroyed by God in the Red Sea of judgement.
Romans 11:21-22 "For if God did not spare the natural branches, (Jews) He may not spare you either (Gentile believers) Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: On those who fell, severity; but towards you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness, otherwise you also will be cut off."
The majority of the church has lost its early-church Hebraic character. Satan working through the Catholics instituted these changes, making the church a completely foreign and hostile institution for Jews. Bear in mind that mixture of truth and error produced the dark ages! The Jews have been in Babylonian captivity before. Why would they again want to come into an organisation that has more in character with Babylon than the early church?
The early church was what we today would call Messianic. They celebrated the seven feasts of the Lord, Passover and honoured the Saturday Sabbath. There was no such thing as Christmas, Easter, infant baptism and the many other traditions of the church in the early church prior to Constantine and the Catholics. Today's modern Messianics are very similar to the early church.
Interestingly Jews feel welcome and at home in Messianic congregations. Many of them spit before going into a traditional church.
The complete changing of church character by the Catholics was carried over the by the reformers and is still in force today, except for those who have broken free from the pagan bondage. In many churches, it's another form of replacement theology. The Catholics replaced the original true character of the church essentially to keep the Jews out.
Many Christians actively believe that God has finished with the Jews because of their rebellion and rejection of Messiah. I recall arguing with one idiot pastor some years ago who believed just that and taught his blind flock the same.
Jeremiah 31:36-37 "If those ordinances depart from before Me says the Lord, then the seed of Israel will also cease from being a nation before Me forever." "If heaven can be measured, and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will cast off the seed of Israel for all they have done."
The "ordinances" being referred to here are in the preceding verses which speak of God forgiving their sin and saving them.
God says here in spite of what "they (Jews) have done, he will still save them. There is no way in the world anyone would ever be able to fulfil the requirements above for God to cast them off and away!
The funny thing is that the idiots who believe that the Jews don't deserve to be saved because of their sin, think that they deserve to be saved!
In case you don't know it, let me tell you, Jew, Gentile, Christian and non-Christian...none of you deserve salvation. You all deserve to go to hell, just like me!
Salvation is by faith and grace to all sinners who cry out for forgiveness.
The salvation of the Jews is inextricably linked to the 70th week of Daniel, also called the time of Jacob's trouble, also called the tribulation period! It's therefore also directly linked to the second coming of our Lord. It's important business!
The story of Joseph being lost to his brothers in Egypt, being followed by a dramatic revealing of himself to his brothers is not some nice Bible story to tell your kids. It's one of the most profound and dramatic prophecies of our Messiah, Yeshua / Jesus revealing Himself to His lost brothers, the Jews after all these years.
Zechariah 12:10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son."
Heaven or hell:
Young Gentile kid, what are you going to do with your life? Have your parents neglected to teach you truth? Have they prepared you for hell? You're at the age of accountability and you need to make some eternity-setting decisions. The pressures on you in this day and age are immense, but if you call out on the Lord He will hear you.
Young Jewish man, has your religion prepared you for hell? You're at the age of accountability to God. He requires that you get saved through the blood of your Jewish Messiah. Do you know who He is? You have not been chosen for automatic salvation. Most rabbis don't yet know who the Messiah is. His name is Yeshua. He will open your eyes to great wonders.
Here is a wood-cut by Gustav Dore of the Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. This must have been one of the most dramatic events in history just as it will be when our Messiah reveals Himself to his brothers the Jews.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!