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- Uranium found at new undeclared Iranian site. They are pushing the buttons alright! (The world, particularly the EU’s inability to bring Iran to book is giving them license to continue their march towards their repeated intended goal of attacking Israel.)
- Israel comes under heavy rocket attack from Gaza after the killing of Islamic Jihad terror leader. This morning (13th) rockets continue to fall on Israel. Palestinian Preseident says, "Israel must stop its aggression!"
- Islamic Jihad says, "We're going to war with Israel." (12th November)
- Bible prophecy is about to take another leap forward!
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
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 102. December 2nd 2011
The world, it's end and new beginning
News events and comment.
●Turkey says Syria is at the 'point of no return' and could drag the whole region into conflict.
●Netanyahu warns: "Arab Spring is pushing the Middle East backwards."
●Russia's PM, Medvedev is at war with the missile defence systems of the US and Israel! "Russia beating the war drums" says the Debka Files. Medvedev announces measures to ensure that they can destroy the command and control systems of the US anti-missile defence systems in Europe. Those systems are also linked to Israel's defence systems.
●The "Occupy Wall Street" movement reveals it's true colours. The Miami, US version says" Israel should be nuked" and the "Jews should go back to the ovens." Anti-Semitic chants have occurred in numerous other "Occupy" events
●Egypt: At the Muslim Brotherhood rally on Friday 25th November Chants are heard. " One day we will kill all Jews."
●Iranian General, Yadollah Javano threatens: " We can strike anywhere in Israel".
●Iran's parliament votes to downgrade Britain .Then parliament erupts with chants "Death to Britain."
●German Die Welt says North Korea is supplying Syria with nuclear technology.
●Syria says that new sanctions imposed on it are a "declaration of economic war." As the Arab-led sanctions against Syria were announced Russia sent a new shipment of missiles to Damascus. Russia opposes sanctions against Syria.
The image above is particularly interesting to me. On the right is a giant image printed onto fabric of Gaddafi. It was rolled out at a rally while he was still in power. On the left is Syria's Assad surrounded by his followers at a recent rally.
Only a megalomanic psychopath would see himself as so big and important. Assad is a more dangerous psychopath than Gaddafi was, because he is secretive, quiet and calculating, while Gaddafi was an in-your-face madman. Iran's Ahmadinejad (picture with nuclear symbol) is also deeply psychologically disturbed. He is another classic megalomanic psychopath. Mega means big and the definition of a psychopath is one who is emotionless in his pursuit of domination and control. Dangerous people!
A new Hitler is emerging. Iran's Ahmadinejad will have allies with him!
The world, it's end and new beginning
What is the world?
It amazes me how little of this subject is known or recognised by the modern professing church. Modern churchianity just isn't on the cutting edge of Biblical truth. They continuously spit out the same traditional stuff. Of course the Bible says that the "lukewarm church" will be spat out by God.
The world is not the earth.
The world was made by man while the earth was made by God.
The two original words used in the Bible are completely different. The word for world means the socio / political / economic order. We could say that the earth is dressed with the world. The word for earth means the physical earth including the land, sea, mountains etc.
Some say the world will never end. They are right and wrong. This current world order will end soon and a new one is coming under the government of our Lord and Messiah.
The nature and characteristics of the world:
1 John 5:19 "The whole world lies under the power of the wicked one."
2 Corinthians 4:4..."whose minds the god of this world has blinded..."
Revelation 12:9 "So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world."
1 John 2:15 "Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
Romans 12:2 "Do not be conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind."
John 15:18-19 "If the world hates you, you know that the world hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own
James 4:4 "Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God."
John 12:25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life."
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
1 Corinthians 3:19 "For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God..."
1 Corinthians 2:12 "Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God..."
Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above, not on things of the earth."
1 John 5:4 "Whoever is born of God overcomes the world."
Lets string together the main points from these verses:
Satan is the world's deceiving god. It's wisdom is foolishness. The world loves its own. Believers are in the world but not of it or it's spirit.
Perhaps the most amazing verse above is 1 John 5:4 In the original it implies direction. That is most important. This is one of the prime ways and methods to evaluate your own spiritual life and that of others (not from a condemning point of view but from a pure Biblical point of view. "A tree is know by its fruit.")
Can you see how powerful that verse is especially in today's lukewarm spiritual climate? If you are truly born of the Spirit of the living God, you will be overcoming the world and its ways!!! If you are no different to the world and you love its ways, you are not born a again! Don't argue with me and send me emails. Argue with God. That is what He said plain and clear!
Today most Christians are completely one with the world. They're nicely comfortable within its traditions, entertainment and all its ways. They are no different to the world except for a few words that they say.
At a critical time like this many don't know what real genuine repentance is or means in relation to the world. Many churches don't preach or teach or even touch on this subject. Their churches are no better than a Mickey Mouse circus.
The world loves its own and inspires them through the media, traditions, entertainment and the like. (Please see Edition 23 titled "The power of the media" for more on this)
Very few Christians realise that they are slaves of the world and it's god, Satan.
Now of course we are in the world, but we are not to be of its spirit. There must always be a tension between you and the things of the world.
When we are moving in the right direction we will know it deep within our hearts We will have that still small voice guiding us and leading us. We will be filled with the fruits of the Spirit.
The ways of the world are a cheap substitute for the fruits of the Spirit of the living God.
Will the world end?
The earth will not end, but the world will soon come to a bitter, bitter, terrible, terrifying, horror-filled end.
Because the world is the product of Satan it will end in judgement. God's new world will be one of perfection, purity, holiness, glory, and restored creation.
You may be thinking "I thought the Bible says that God loves the world" It says no such thing. The Bible says God so loved the world THAT He sent His Son to save whosoever would believe on Him out of the world. It goes on to say that he that doesn't believe is already condemned with the world!
"How can two walk together unless they are agreed?" says the Bible. The answer is they can't! Satan's world and God's world will never agree.
Only that which has gone through the purifying work of the cross of Calvary is in agreement with God and will endure.
The present evil world will end before many think. It's time is running out fast.
Almost every Bible believing preacher these days is unanimous on the fact that we are in the very latter part of the latter times for this world. We can't know the time exactly but we can know a great amount about the season.
You may not believe all these things, but I tell you, you are a fool if you don't prepare your heart and mind for the soon coming of our Lord.
How will the world end?
The world is essentially a product of its evil god, Satan. It must be judged and destroyed. The final destruction of all evil, demons, fallen angles, Satan himself and all the unsaved, is part of God's love, as He purifies the universe for an eternity of holiness.
The creation of hell is all part of greater love. The original word 'Agapao', means to 'love with social and moral implications'. It's much like the traffic cop dishing out speeding fines. That's part of the creation of a safer world. It's love in action towards the law abiding drivers and citizens. (That reminds me, I must go and pay my speeding fine.)
We are very close to the most dramatic events in all time. The final catastrophic climax of the ages will be played out, culminating in the seven-year tribulation period. This will be ended by the Second Coming of our Lord. At this time every remaining unsaved person on this earth will be cast out to hell.
The stage for the climax of the ages will be the Middle East and Israel in particular, but the whole world will be involved.
Zechariah 14:2 "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 from the city."
Zechariah 12:2-3 "Behold I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem and it will happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all people; and all who would heave it away will be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Joel 3:2 "I will also gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgment with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land."
The above three verses reveal prophetically that all nations will come against Israel and in fact all nations will come against God and His plan.
This is the big stage where the world will see its end. It will all happen in the final seven year tribulation period.
This seven year period will not only involve the world in military conflict, but it will also see the most incredible judgements of God on the world. This will include the fury of nature unleashed like never before as well as huge purely supernatural events.
There are many believers who have no idea, not the foggiest idea of what the tribulation period will be like. The judgements of God will run through the full seven years, but intensifying in the second half.
I really hope and pray that those who believe in a post tribulation rapture do not get what they want! The tribulation will be pure terror on earth.
You see, this will be an event incomparable to any that the world has seen.
Let's try and put things in context.
The world was shocked at the Nazi Holocaust, where some six million Jews died. The world was shocked at the 2004 Tsunami which killed 250,000 people.
How many will die in the tribulation?
The first thing that we must know is that although there will be numbers killed that are too hard to fathom, it will at the same time be the metamorphosis of the Jewish people at large. This will be when the Valley of Dry Bones miraculously comes to life. Ezekiel 37:11 "These bones are the whole house of Israel."
This will come as a huge shock to many. Others will simply refuse to believe it and return their heads to the sand.
Please don't send me emails saying that this is not love or you don't agree with the Bible numbers. Rather send your emails to God and let Him speak to you.
It's obviously impossible to know the exact numbers, but the Bible gives us many insights into this nightmare to end all nightmares.
The numbers will also be dependent on whether there is a pre-tribulation rapture or not. If there is a pre-trib rapture (as I believe) a huge number of people will be gone before the tribulation. Again it's impossible to know the exact number.
Let's use the Bible numbers and figures.
Isaiah 24:6 "Therefore a curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate. Therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few men are left."
Jeremiah 25:33 "In that day the slain of the Lord will be from one end of the earth to the other. They shall not be lamented or gathered, or buried; they shall become refuse on the ground."
Revelation 6:8 "I looked and behold a pale horse. And the name of him who sat on it was Death, and Hades followed with him and power was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with the sword, with hunger, with death and by the beasts of the earth."
Revelation 9:15 "So the four angels who had been prepared for the hour and day and month and year, were released to kill one third of mankind."
Zechariah 13:8-9 "And it shall come to pass in all the land, says the Lord that two thirds in it shall be curt off and die., but one third shall be left in it. I will bring the one third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined and test them as gold is tested.. They will call on My name and I will answer them. I will say 'This is My people'; and each one will say, 'The Lord is my God.'"
The above verses use one quarter, one third and two thirds. The two thirds of Zechariah applies to the land of Israel, where the campaign of Armageddon will take place. The others most certainly relate to the whole world.
Of course it's impossible to know the exact numbers, but what we can see is that the sort of numbers place these events as the worst in world history by a long shot (with the exception of the flood of Noah)
Many rightly say that the six million killed in the Holocaust was a huge number or the 230,000 killed in the 2004 Tsunami was a huge amount.
Today we have 7 billion people on earth. The verses above show that about two thirds will die in the tribulation. That would be about 4 billion people.
This equates to 2.5 million a day who will die. Just to put this in context, in the Holocaust less than a thousand a day died.
It's important to understand that these huge numbers will be killed by the "sword" which relates to war in general, and by the biggest famines the world has ever seen and by pestilence or perhaps demonically inspired beasts. This will be a time of incredible supernatural activity. This is the time culminating in the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature.
Isaiah 12:6-9 " Wail for the Day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty, therefore all hands will be limp, every man's heart will melt and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them...their faces will be like flames. Behold the day of the Lords comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger to lay the land desolate and He will destroy its sinners from it."
The above speaks of untold horror. (Please read the previous edition titled "The Lamb and the Lion of God.")
The entire prophecy of Ezekiel's dry bones (Ezekiel 37) coming to life is fulfilled in the tribulation period. We are seeing forerunners now, but the main thing is still ahead of us.
That incredible prophecy shows how the Jewish people at large come to spiritual life and salvation. That's the ultimate slap in the face for the devil.
When will the world end?
We don't for sure, but we do know that we are in the season. There are very few true Bible believing teachers who don't believe this. We have almost unanimous agreement that we are in the season.
In numerous previous editions I've pointed out that the tribulation will begin on a feast a trumpets. 2014 is the most likely, but we can't be 100% sure.
Looking at the very many pieces of the jig-saw puzzle all falling into place at great speed, it most certainly is the season!
The world's new beginning
The word dispensation, which is used nine times in the New Testament is the original word "Oiknomia" from which the word 'economy' is derived. It means that God worked in different ways at different times with man, just like different economies work in different ways.
The Millennium kingdom is the next dispensation. It is the time of our Lord's Kingly rule on this earth. This is the true new world. It will be here soon. The Second Coming of our Lord wraps up the seven-year tribulation period and brings in this magnificent new world.
Nature itself will be "released from the bondage of corruption" or the Adamic curse. It will be changed supernaturally in a flash and see a perfect creation in place for a thousand years.
The Bible gives so many wonderful descriptions of the coming new world scattered all around. Some of these go into detail and some just paint a brief picture. Either way, what is coming is beyond imagination. Those that miss out, because they are unsaved, will no doubt have a knowledge of this spectacular glory, but from the eternal regret of hell.
If you are unsaved and reading this now, I strongly encourage you, plead with you, not to gamble with your eternal destiny. You need to repent and be born of the Spirit of the living God now! Don't wait, don't delay, you don't know when you will step into eternity.
Very few people have any concept of the greatness of God. The world has dimmed their eyes and replaced God's glory, filling their heads with the cow dung of Hollywood, celebrity and other creations of devils and demons.
The coming glory is so great it is beyond imagination. It is so pure, clean and wonderful that it fills me with excitement just thinking about it. (If you want to be shocked please read edition 96 tilted "Holiness")
The new world in the Millennium will have only one religion. There will be no Methodists, Anglicans, Catholics and the like. By this time all false religions and counterfeits will have been cast into hell. There will be no unbelievers on the earth. Those who were saved in the tribulation will continue on in their bodies, but with longevity restored. Those who were saved before the tribulation will be in glorified supernatural bodies.
The religion of the Millennium will be centred around the worship of our Messiah with no divisions.
As we look at the current world events we see the stage being set with the actors waiting in the wings.
The world is going like a train, firmly on track towards it's meeting with doom.
Why hang on to what is doomed?
You know, oddly, people say its not love to speak about these things. The exact opposite is the truth. It is pure hatred not to warn someone that the bridge just down the track is missing...not so!
The good news is that our great King and Messiah has provided the answer and given to us real peace.
As mentioned I believe as do many others in a pre-tribulation rapture of the church. If you want to see more on this, please ready edition 89 titled "Pre, mid or post tribulation rapture."
Jeremiah 7:23 "This is what I commanded them saying, 'Obey My voice and I will be your God, and you shall be My people and walk in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well with you."
Heaven or hell:
Military man of the Israeli Defence Force do you know who you are praying to and will He hear you? There's good news and bad! The good news is that our Messiah will hear the cries of the Jewish people as they respond to Him. The bad news is that if you don't know that His name is Yeshua (Jesus) He will not hear you ever!
Young Palestinian kid, you are being used as a pawn. You are being brought up to hate the people that God will use to bring destruction on the Arab world. But the good news is that you can change sides easily. You need to be born again. Do you know that a large number of Arabs will be saved in the soon coming tribulation? Will you be one of them?
Here's a painting by Miriam Brysk titled "Children of the Holocaust."
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!