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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 105. January 10th 2012
Love or truth or both!
News events and comment.
●Syrian dictator, Assad may be the next tyrant to topple. All of the Arab Spring dictators were overthrown or killed by their own people. Assad will be next if he doesn't first of all attack Israel, which he has promised to do. This would initiate the war of Isaiah 17 in which Damascus "lies a ruined heap." The other possibility is that Assad is overthrown and Syria becomes another pawn in the Arab Spring game. The Damascus war would then follow. Either way it's coming!
●Russian and French warships have now moved into positions off Syria while US drones fly over the Iranian coast.
●The US has just deployed a large number of troops into Israel for joint operations relating to oil-wars or any other conflict- escalation. A US aircraft carrier will be joining the deployment offering air and missile support in conjunction with Israel.
●We're on the brink of major prophetic developments in the Middle East!
Love or truth or both!
1 John 3:18 "...Let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and truth."
Why is this issue so important?
One of the major characteristics of the time period near the Lord's return is a huge, monumental, satanically driven attack on truth.
If you're standing on a railway line and your eyes are misty and there's a lot of noise around, how can you see or hear the train coming? Seeing and hearing and knowing the truth is so vital in the face of the coming onslaught.
If Satan can cast down, confuse or obscure the truth in your life, he has a major highway right into your heart.
If you go into the zone where nuclear radiation is all over the place, you need protective clothing. Who removed the sign saying "Protective clothing needed?" A great part of the church did. They say: "Don't worry about doctrine or truth, just love everybody right now." "All is clear in the world", they say. They're leading you to disaster in the name of love!
Today's church leaders fit into one of these categories: Stupid leaders, clever leaders or dangerous leaders.
Stupid leaders don't question things. They just accept and regurgitate what they've been taught. Like their flock, they have the pandemic called spiritual laziness. Cleaver leaders question things especially traditions. They measure everything against the word of God with the Spirit's leading. Dangerous leaders have questioned things, they know the truth, but they ignore it and go with the dictates of their people and the world's traditions.
Today many have become their own false gods. Their eyes are blinded to truth. They're wrapped up in their own deceived ideas, measuring themselves among themselves.
Today most Christians have been completely woven into the very fabric of the world and it's god Satan. They're blind to their own state.
There is only one narrow, valid way to glory and that is the way of the cross of Christ. The world and a fast growing number of churches today believe that God word is not valid and the wide road of tolerance is right. They contradict God and His word.
Proverbs 21:30 "There is no wisdom or understanding or counsel against the Lord."
Please understand that I have no interest in proving myself right and others wrong. I have no interest in towing your church line either. I'm consumed with a passion for truth and to see you well-prepared to meet our Lord of glory without regret and loss of eternal reward.
The big tree:
Love is one of the fruits of the Spirit. Fruits grow on trees, so what is the tree? The tree is obviously the Spirit. Or we could rightly say; Spirit led truth. You can't exalt a fruit above the tree itself.
If you ignore or lessen the importance of the truth-tree and exalt the fruit of love above it, here's what happens: You can then join all things together in unity.
You see, truth divides and separates, between right and wrong. Truth says 2+2=4 not 5. Take away truth in the name of love and 2+2 = anything you want.
Truth is the great divider, so if you want overall religious unity, you must get rid of truth.
You absolutely can't have love and truth if you support the Multi-Faith movement today. You can only have love, with truth cast aside.
Love without truth is humanism and is ultimately the road to hell.
If you're going to have unity based on your love, you have to equally love Buddha, Mohamed, Jesus and all others. If you have unity based on truth, you can still love the people of other religions, but you're only united with those who love Yeshua /Jesus exclusively.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved. And for this reason God sent them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
2 Timothy 3:13 "Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived."
2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers...and they will turn from the truth."
Love says: "God would not send anyone to hell, all religions are valid".
Truth says: "Unless you are born again you will not see the Kingdom of God".
Love and truth says: "You must be born again. Your growing love for our Messiah will then transform you into vessel of His love".
Love says: "God is love and therefore can't be full of wrath".
Truth says: "God is love therefore His wrath is revealed against all sin, hatred and un-holiness."
Romans 2:2 "We know that the judgement of God is according to truth..."
Romans 1:18-25 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
We're entering a time of immense spiritual conflict. Most people will not see it, because it is primarily being fought in the spiritual realm. It's consequences are and will become more and more evident as we go into this monumental time.
The battle is for the minds and hearts of people, but especially true believers.
2 Peter 3:3-4 "Knowing this first; that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts and saying where is the promise of His coming...all things will continue as they have."
Isaiah 59:14 "...For truth is fallen in the street and cannot enter."
2 Timothy 3:1-7 "In the last days perilous times will come...for men will be lovers of themselves...always learning and never coming to a knowledge of the truth."
We're headed for catastrophic times. Regular readers will know that I've pointed out a few times approximately how many will die in the soon coming tribulation. Here's an even bigger shock, which you do well to take heed of: I know of a number of accounts of people who've had near death experiences or actually died and been brought back. Some of them speak of having encountered many spectacular and wonderful things. Some have remarked on the fact that only about 2% of the professing church made it! This is extra-biblical, so we don't put undue weight on it, but if it's only vaguely true...Yikes!!!!
In Matthew we have the well-known parable of the sower. Three out of four who heard the truth, turned it down! That's 75%. Of course this is a parable, but the point is that the larger majority are destined for hell.
The tragedy of our day is that billions of people are completely blind to their own state, but what is an even greater tragedy is that the church itself has largely cast aside truth in the name of love. It is being led by the nose-ring to the slaughter.
Galatians 5:7 "You ran well, who hindered you from obeying the truth."
Proverbs 1:25-26 "Because you disdained all My counsel (truth), and would have none of My reproof, I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes."
Today a great part of the church is in total darkness about what is coming, when, why and how. They're in ignorance of the state of their own hearts and completely in the dark about the spiritual war for their own eternal state. Why is this? It's the leaders that are to blame.
Hosea 4:9 "And it shall be like people like priest, so I will punish them for their ways, and reward them for their deeds."
The verse above is the terrible truth. The verse below is the exact opposite and the way of the diligent, with a heart after our Lord.
Jeremiah 4:19 "O my soul, my soul! I am pained in my very heart! My heart makes a noise to me; I cannot hold my peace, because you have heard, O my soul, the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war."
This verse is amazing. It was written thousands of years ago by Jeremiah. If ever there is a verse of scripture that grabs me personally...this is it! By the way, this verse is my heart's desire for you as well.
Of course love without truth would throw that verse out and say: "Just pray for money and be happy now."
I was chatting to a friend who I hadn't seen for some time a while ago. He's been a believer for many years. He goes to a normal ordinary spineless church. I was amazed that he didn't even know what the Arab Spring is.
The way ahead
The glorious church is the one that's moving ever forward with our Messiah in all truth and love
We need to "take heed that we're not deceived" That means we need to be vigilant. Actually the original word for "take heed" is an agricultural term. It means we need to pull out the weeds, water and nurture the plant well.
John 18:37 "...Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice."
3 John 3-4 "For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. I have no greater joy to hear that my children walk in the truth."
Here is the way of the word. This is the way to safety:
2 Peter 1:12 "Therefore I will not be negligent to remind you always of these things though you know them and are established in the present truth."
2 Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourselves approved unto God, a workman who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
The above verses are a true delight. They speak of continuing in the word of truth and not giving up. They speak of the very opposite of today's pandemic - spiritual laziness.
Don't take these things lightly, we're in a world of spiritual conflict and we need to be prepared to stand against the onslaught and move forward with our Lord.
The biggest error and deception that's coming, is peace created by loving people. They'll try to bring peace to the world. In fact the world's "Roadmap to peace" for Israel is a perfect example. To bring peace, they say divide up the land of Israel. God's truth says that's the way to war! (Joel 3:2)
The fast growing apostasy of the church is directly related to false doctrine and the perversion of truth.
Truth will "out" in the end...always and absolutely. Don't you think it's kind of wise to line up with it now?
Truth without Spirit-led love creates the bondage of legalism.
Love without truth makes you a humanist with a low view of God and a high elevated view of yourself.
At the end of the day it must be Spirit-led love together with Spirit-led truth that will keep you safe and moving forward with our great Messiah, King, Lord and God.
Isaiah 13:6 "Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty."
Here's a painting by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri depicting the apostle Matthew.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!