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Edition 87. August 14th 2011
Deliverance and destruction.
News events and comment.
●For the first time Palestinian leader Abbas tells his people to launch Arab spring-style protests across Israel ahead of his initiative to get Palestinian statehood at the UN in September.
●Netanyahu agrees to restart negotiations with Palestinians. His proposition is a gamble! He is offering pre-1967 land for peace for an agreement on Israel's right to exist. Although he is on thin ice, it's highly unlikely that they will agree to Israel's future security. In fact the heart of Islam is opposed to Israel, the Jew and the Christian.
●Israel invests $22 million on crowd control weapons in preparation for expected uprising and riots ahead of September UN Palestinian statehood bid.
●Hamas leader says that under no circumstances will they recognise Israel as the "owner of one square centimetre" of the land of Israel.
●Palestinian leader says "Numerous countries lining up to support UN statehood bid." The list now stands at 122 nations.
●In a historic move Palestinian leader Abbas and UN head Ban Ki-Moon have agreed to begin the Palestinian statehood bid at the 66th session of the UN on September 20th, with a vote to take place a few days later. This bid will include statehood for Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem. I will have much more to share on this in your next edition. Please bear in mind that this statehood bid will evoke the anger of God and most probably begin the tribulation period.
The time leading up to the UN statehood bid is going to be wild.
●Watch for a surprise attack by Israel on Iran's nuclear facilities very soon.
●Syria is unravelling. Isaiah 17 speaks of Damascus 's sudden destruction. Watch Syria!!
●Obama has Ramadan dinner at White House.
●Tutu demands that Holocaust victims must "forgive the Nazis for the Holocaust." In the past he has compared Israel to Hitler's Germany. He says that "unjust Israel will bite the dust" Tutu says that the "Christian God sides with the Palestinians whom he compares to the Israelites under slavery in Egypt. (YNet News)
This shocking but excellent article by Giulio Meotti can be found here:
Deliverance and destruction.
God's trumpet will soon sound loud and clear! The destruction of the things that the world esteems highly is about to gain momentum.
Right now there are so many things on the world stage all converging and dovetailing at the same time. We're seeing escalating tensions in the Middle East. The Arab spring is unravelling and turning into a nightmare winter. The Arab world, joined by most nations of the world are on an ever increasing slippery slide as they conspire for Palestinian statehood, against God's revealed word.
The world economy is teetering like stoned drunkard. World equity markets are in crash mode as the world economy slows down and heads for double dip recession. Stupid American politicians drunk on unserviceable debt are staggering around looking for answers as they get downgraded. By the way, God downgraded the US some time ago, thanks to Obama's insistence that Israel capitulates to the Palestinians.
The world is on the brink of a new severe recession and perhaps even a depression. Currencies are experiencing severe volatility while gold is charging to one record high after another on it's safe-haven status.
More and more political leaders are calling for help because they've run out of ideas. They've become paralysed and dysfunctional. They're all waiting for some super-wonder man to lead them out of the economic quagmire. They will soon get their desired new whiz-kid leader. He will be the antichrist disguised, and empowered by the incredible mind of Satan himself.
On the nature-front, weather upheavals are leading to record droughts and fast-spreading famines in many parts of the world.
Isaiah 24:19-20 "The earth is violently broken, the earth is split open, the earth is shaken exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard...it's transgression shall be heavy upon it."
Isaiah 28:22 "Now therefore do not be mockers, lest your bonds be made strong; for I have heard from the Lord God of hosts, a destruction determined, even upon the whole earth.
Is it all coincidence that so many things are lining up?
Of course it isn't.
Here's the big issue that you would do well to take heed of, think about and pray about.
If we are charging down the road to the coming of our great Messiah, Satan is coming too! The wrath of God will take place at the same time as the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man.
It's not a good idea to place yourself in the way of coming destruction is it? "God is not mocked" says the Bible, so why would you? In the past God has always warned and spelt out His intention to bring destruction on or into a certain situation. You can't accuse someone of not being fair, when he warns repeatedly beforehand.
Whenever God has warned of impending destruction, He has always offered a stay of judgement or a way out based on repentance. But God knows the future. He knows that the world at large will remain faithful to its god, Satan. So for the world, impending judgement and destruction is inevitable.
It's a lot more serious when God has also presented His detailed plan and purpose on certain issues and then warned the world repeatedly not to come against it.
Nahum 1:2 "God is jealous and the Lord avenges; the Lord avenges and is furious. The Lord will take vengeance on His adversaries and He reserves wrath for His enemies."
Our great God, Lord and saviour is our comfort and security, but He is a supreme terror to all who oppose Him.
If you reject Him as the Lamb, you will receive Him as an angry Lion.
Psalm 69: 24 "Pour out your indignation upon them, and let your wrathful anger take hold of them."
Psalm 76:7-9 "You yourself are to be feared; and who may stand in Your presence when you are angry? You caused judgment to be heard from heaven; the earth feared and was still, when God arose to judgement, to deliver all the oppressed of the earth.
Luke 12:49 "I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled."- Yeshua / Jesus.
2Thesselonians 1:6-10 "Since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angles, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord from the glory of His power, when He comes in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among those who believe..."
From the verse above we see clearly that the purpose of God's wrath is not correction or disciple its punishment and the creation of purity and holiness. That flies in the face of modern liberal thinking, but It's God's way.
Believers are not perfect. They all get caught up in sin or lifestyle choices that are against God's will. Yeshua / Jesus had a particular compassion for people trapped in sin. He offered forgiveness and deliverance.
You don't need to have arrived before you go to heaven. You don't need to be perfect, although that is God's will. If you get truly born again and saved and are still battling with sin and you die...will you go to heaven? Of course you will. You may lose out on reward, but you will be saved.
Let's say that the person we're talking about was enslaved to drugs. He will be saved, but God's wrath and destruction will come upon the whole drug world. It will come upon the drug pushers.
God's destruction is coming upon all sin, all ungodliness and all those who try to bring believers into bondage and captivity. God's destruction doesn't come upon the saved sinner, because his sin is forgiven...free of charge.
Just think about it, that's an amazing thing. I know many people who scoff at and condemn believers who are trapped in sin. They say..."How could he be saved, look at what he does...so much for His God" But what they don't know is that our drug addict has truly called out to God and is now part of God's family even though he is battling for victory. The self righteous accusers will get the wrath of God while our saved druggie goes to heaven.
The lessons from Noah, Egypt and Babylon.
We see this so very clearly in the days of Noah. God warned repeatedly that destruction was coming failing repentance.
The days of Noah were a type of the world today. God has warned the world repeatedly that destruction is coming. The world is unconcerned, and in fact rebellious to God. God's ark of safety today is the true, spirit led and inspired church.
The children of Israel in Egypt under Pharaoh was another example of God bringing deliverance to His people. He warned Pharaoh many times. Finally he had no option but to "let God's people go" from their slavery This is a type of the believer in the world today. But, even after all the warnings, the Egyptians still came after God's people. They were destroyed by God in the Red Sea.
The lesson here is that destruction is coming upon the world. It's god, Satan will try to defeats God's people, but won't succeed.
The Babylonian captivity was similar. Even though the rebellion and sin of the children of Israel led to their captivity, God destroyed the captors.
Today we're in a very similar situation to all three of these events! There is one consistent pattern that is clear to see. God will have His way. His plan will come to pass. He will bring salvation and victory to His people the Jews and to all that line up with His plan.
He will destroy those that come against His plans and His ways.
The demise of Israel's enemies
Satan is Israel's great enemy because he knows that the Jewish Messiah came through the people of Israel and is coming again soon in association with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Every time the Jews fell into captivity they were in fact coming into the captivity of the god of this world, Satan. This was the case at Noah's time, in Egypt under Pharaoh and in Babylon. In each case the children of Israel were themselves full of sin and to blame.
But the sin in His chosen people did not nullify His plan. In fact God brought staggering, monumental judgements on Israel's captives every time.
Born in war:
Israel was born in war. 1948 saw Israel's birth as a nation. One day later she was attacked on all fronts by Arab forces much larger than her own rag-tag volunteer army. Israel won the war of independence with God's help. The enemies of Israel were destroyed.
1948 saw the birth of the World Council of Churches (WCC) It has been Israel's enemy since then and still is.
The UN was formed in 1945 just as the WW11 ended
These two organisations, the UN and the WCC are God's new enemies. They are all opposed to Gods revealed plan and will for Israel. They are also opposed to the true Messianic church who stands, with and supports Israel. The UN and WCC will soon be destroyed by our God.
God's true church was born in war. As soon as the true church was born it came under attack by Satan in the form of 10 successive Roman emperors who tried to stamp the church out. The Romans were destroyed. Satan continued to try to destroy the true church through the Roman church. It awaits it's destruction.
The siege of Jerusalem in 70AD by the Romans saw the Temple destroyed. The siege of the true church by the Roman church has been ongoing since 300AD
Exodus 6:6-7 "Say to the children of Israel: I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burden of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgements. I will take you as My people and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God..."
Genesis 6:11-13 "The earth was corrupt before God and the earth was filled with violence...and God said to Noah, the end of all flesh has come before Me...I will destroy them with the earth."
2 Peter 3:7 "The heavens and earth which now exist are kept in store by the same word, reserved for fire until the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men."
The days of Noah, Egypt under Pharaoh and the Babylonian captivity all resulted in huge destruction, it will be no different again.
Imagine the stupidity of aligning yourself with what is absolutely guaranteed to be destroyed by God!
The coming Shofar blast:
Isaiah 27:13 "So it shall be in that day that the great trumpet will be blown. They will come who are about to perish in the land of Assyria, and they who are outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem."
Revelation 4:1 "After these things I looked and behold a door standing open in heaven. and the first voice I heard was like a trumpet speaking saying :Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this."
Here are some interesting word-meanings associated with Rosh Hashanah (The Feast of Trumpets)
Rosh Hashanah = The head of the year
Teshuvah = repentance
Yom Teruah = The Day of the awakening blast
Yom HaDin = The Day of judgement
HalMelech = The coronation of Messiah
Yo'okov, = The time of Jacob's trouble
Chevlai shel Mashiach = The opening of the gates
Kiddushin / Neshu'in = The wedding ceremony
Yom Hakeseh = The hidden day or day or the day of hiding.
Also called the day of which no one knows the day or hour. (because it begins on the sighting of the new moon.)
Can you see the significance of the Feast of Trumpets? If we string those words together and the picture becomes clear.
It is the Feast of awakening to repentance (for the Jews). It's the feast signifying judgement, the tribulation period, the opening of the gates of heaven, the wedding of the Lamb and it's the day of hiding of God's people. It starts on a day "that no one knows the day or hour of"
Can you also see that there are pointers to rapture in this feast?
Rapture in the Old Testament:
Yes, yes I know all about the rapture controversies, but I'm still entitled to my opinion. The sad thing is that there're so many people out there that get so bent out of shape if you dare oppose their view.
Anyway, here are a few Old Testament verses implying a pre-wrath rapture.
Isaiah 26:2 "Open the gates that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in."
Joel 2:15-16 "Blow the trumpet in Zion, consecrate a fast call a sacred assembly, gather the people...Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber and the bride from her dressing room."
Psalm 27:5 "For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me on a high rock."
Zephaniah 2:3 "Seek the Lord all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness and seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the Day of the Lord's anger."
The Lion is coming...you need the Lamb on the cross!! It's the Lamb of God that offers forgiveness and salvation. If you reject it, that's fine, that's your choice, but you will face the Lion of the tribe of Judah in judgement and wrath. That will be inescapable.
If your life as a believer is full of sin, you need deliverance, but don't for one moment think God will reject you. If you are truly His, you are in His family, sin and all. God will empower you if you let Him, to work in you and deliver you from sin. You don't need to be free from sin in the firstplace to get saved. Destruction is coming on those who reject our Lord's salvation. Don't be one of them.
If you don't choose to go the right way, you will be going the wrong way. These are not the issues you want to gamble with.
There is victory, safety, deliverance, security and eternal glory all wrapped up in God's ways and in His word.
Revelation 19:15 "Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of almighty God."
Here is a classic. It's Michelangelo's version of trumpet judgements.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!