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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 114. March 30th 2012
The David and Goliath prophetic parallel.
News events and comment.
►God willing, in the next edition I'll share some shocking facts with you on Easter and some wonderful facts on Passover.
● As said before, it's risky business trying to make news events fit into Bible prophecy. There are many things we can't be absolutely sure of until they occur, but also many things we can be sure of. Current news events in the Middle East are most certainly all forerunners to the tribulation period and the coming of our Lord and Messiah. We are in the countdown phase!
●The Obama administration refuses to call Jerusalem Israel's capital. (State dept. briefing)
●A number of people attending a recent Hezbollah rally were asked by a journalist what their biggest dream was. Most said: "To see Israel wiped off the map!" (CNBC)
The David and Goliath prophetic parallel.
The Bible is full of amazing parallels, which are far too incredible to be coincidences. from time to time I'll share some more of these with you, but for now let's have a look at some Bible stories and their shocking prophetic relationship and significance for our day.
The fateful giant Goliath
If you are using the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, don't bother reading on. The NIV removes David from this story, changing the entire meaning and the prophetic significance. (See editions 110 and 111 for more on the NIV dangers)
The story of David and the Philistine giant, Goliath has many powerful parallels for us today.
Here is the story: 1 Samuel 17:14-58
Goliath has an ill-fated 666 connection.
Six is the Biblical number of man under sin and 666 is the number relating to the antichrist.
He was six cubits tall, had six pieces of armour and his sword was six hundred shekel of iron. (666)
Interestingly the Christian's armour has seven pieces. (Ephesians 6:14-18) Seven is the number of spiritual perfection.
What's in a name?
The word 'Philistine' (Strong's H6430) means 'immigrant' or 'migrant'.
►The word 'Palestinian' is a transliteration of the name Philistine! The David and Goliath story relates prophetically to Israel and the Palestinians today.
The name 'Palestinian' in Greek is 'Peleshet', which means 'dividers' or 'migrant invaders'. This word is found numerous times in the Bible which in English is translated Philistine.
Obviously there is a strong connection between the original Philistines and the modern Palestinians.
Neither the Philistines nor the Palestinians were born of Israel. They had no common descent. They are of different Arab decent. Arafat for example was born in Cairo, Egypt. In fact there is much proof of some Palestinian ancestry originating in Syria. Some of them came from nearby islands including Crete and some from surrounding Arab nations. The Philistines settled in the Gaza areas and were constantly at war with the children of Israel, the most famous conflict being that of Goliath and his armies against David and his army.
The first original name for Judea was Canaan and not Palestine as is claimed.
There was never ever an independent state called Palestine. This simply means that the immigrant Palestinians are the occupiers and not the Israelis. Besides, God in no uncertain terms, gave the whole land of Israel to the Jewish people in an eternal covenant!
Genesis 17:8 "Also I give you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession..."
This eternal covenant is also spoken of in Genesis 13:15. Genesis 15:18. Genesis 28:4. Genesis 48:4. Exodus 13:11. Exodus 32:13 Jeremiah 25:5. and many more.
And if you still think it's not an eternal covenant, here's the end of the story:
Amos 9:14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel. They shall build the waster cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them. They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God."
It's interesting to note that Mr 666 - Goliath, stood in Gaza. He had intentions to conquer and occupy the land of Israel. He was an immigrant invader.
By the way, most Muslims today believe 666 is a holy and good number.
'Goliath' means 'shameless' or 'splendour' The word relates to human pride and arrogance.
Goliath came from "Gath" (1 Samuel 17:4) This word means "winepress". This has Armageddon connotations! The battle took place at Shohoh (also called Socoh) which means "shut in" This is in an area of ancient Judah and not in Gaza itself. Israel in many respects is "shut in" by God. There're many analogies that spring to mind, like Noah being "shut in" to the ark of God's protection.
The wider area where the battle took place was called the valley of Elah (1 Samuel 17:3) "Elah" is one of the ancient Hebrew words for an oak. It's also associated with "Elon" or "Alon" meaning "acorn". Out of a small acorn comes a big oak tree. The oak is associated in many places with Israel's repentance in times of threat. This is pointing to the time period we're in now.
The David and Goliath story culminates with the death of Goliath, but the threats all started 40 days before. 40 is a type of trial, probation and chastisement.
When the Philistines saw that Goliath was truly dead, with his head cut off, they turned and fled. Interestingly, Goliath's head was displayed at a place that became known as the "place of the skull' in Jerusalem. This was where our Lord was crucified.
The modern day Philistines are the Palestinians and they are giants simply because the whole world is behind them! Also bear in mind that the Palestinians have the whole giant Muslim world behind them.
Above is the Hezbollah flag (yellow) the fist clothed in the Palestinian flag and the flag of Israel.
Almost all of the Palestinians have settled in Israel in the last 150 years.
There are many British people now settled in the US. Can you really say that the US must now become a British state because there are a bunch of British settlers in the country? Of course not.
Please be aware that the real motive of Satan working through the Palestinians is to claim all of Israel as their own. The main reason for this is because God said the opposite
A slingshot guided by our Lord in the hand of His servant brought down the Philistine giant. A slingshot in the hand of God's enemy, trying to bring down the giant of Biblical prophecy, is useless.
Zechariah 9:6 "A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod (next to Gaza) , and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines."
Isaiah 8:7-10 "The Lord brings up over them the waters of the river strong and mighty, the king of Assyria (modern day Syria) in all his glory...Be shattered O you peoples and be broken in pieces ...take counsel together, but it will come to nothing...for God is with us."
The ill-fated Hamas organisation and people:
The name Hamas is found in Obadiah 10. In Hebrew it's the word Chamac meaning "violence" Hamas is simply the English transliteration of Chamac.
So, here we have an organisation born and bred in violence, living in violence now and will ultimately meet a violent end.
Here is the motto of the Muslim Brotherhood: "Allah is our objective; the Quran is our constitution, the prophet is our leader; Jihad (mass murder) is our way and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations."
The Muslim Brotherhood is a deceptive so-called peace loving organisation made up of mostly Palestinians. Their goal is to unite Palestinian causes and take over Israel finally.
Slings, stones, swords, bows, arrows and axes:
David will again destroy Goliath in these end times. Israel backed by God's plan of action will finally bring down the Palestinians backed by the god of this world. The image above shows the Palestinians using slingshots, but without God's guiding hand they are useless.
Jeremiah 51:20 "You (Israel) are My battle axe and weapons of war; For with you I will break the nations in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms."
Jeremiah 50:23 "How the hammer of the whole earth has been cut apart and broken..."
Isaiah 10:5 "Woe to Assyria, the rod of My anger and the staff in whose hand is My indignation."
Isaiah 34:5 "For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; indeed it shall come down on Edom (Arabs), and on all the peoples of My curse for judgment."
Isaiah 41:15 "Behold I will make you (Israel) into a new threshing sledge (implement) with sharp teeth..."
Zechariah 9:13-15 "For I have bent Judah My bow, fitted the bow with Ephraim and raised up your sons O Zion against your sons O Greece and made you like the sword of a mighty man. Then the Lord will be seen over them and His arrow will go forth like lightning. The Lord will blow the trumpet and go with whirlwinds from the south. The Lord of hosts will defend them; they shall devour and subdue with slings and stones..."
Do you think the world has learnt anything from David's victory over Goliath? Of course not. Have a look at the amazing parallels in these verses.
1 Samuel 17:46 "This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand and I will strike you and take your head from you and this day I will give the carcases of the Philistines to the birds of the air and the wild beasts, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.
Ezekiel 38:23 "Thus I will magnify Myself and sanctify Myself and I will be known in the eyes of many nations. Then they shall know that I am the Lord."
Revelation 19:17 "...to all the birds, come and gather together for the supper of the great God, that you may eat the flesh of kings, captains and mighty men..."
David is a type of Israel and of our Christ.
David represents Israel, but also represents Christ in many respects. Goliath and the Philistines represent the Palestinians backed by the whole world.
Goliath also represents the antichrist. Isn't it interesting that a stone brought down Goliath. In the book of Daniel we see the great image representing the world's kingdoms also being brought down by a stone! Except this "stone" striking the giant is none other than Christ Himself at the second coming!
Now here's an amazing fact:
Goliath is linked to 666. The golden image of Nebuchadnezzar is also linked to 666. Daniel 3:1 "Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height was sixty cubits and it's width six cubits..."
The image represents the kingdoms of the world through the ages, with the feet mixed with iron and clay representing the final end-time period. The stone hitting the feet and bringing down the entire image is none other than our Lord Himself at His return. David's sling brought down one man and caused the Philistines to flee. This stone will bring down the whole world!
There are other 666 connections to Nebuchadnezzar's dream image in various languages, which I won't go into now.
Here's the parallels:
►Goliath / Daniel's image / Palestinians / antichrist / world destroyed.
►David / Israel / Christ / Millennium
Do you want to be so stupid as to support the Palestinians? Guess who will be brought down in the end? I'm not a gambling man, but the odds are 100 to 0 against the Palestinians.
The odds are also 100 to 0 in favour of our Lord bringing down the whole world system at His second coming.
The meaning of all of this for you is: be prepared to reject the giant of worldly persuasion in support of the devil's plans. Be prepared to stand with and for out great King...be prepared!!
A collection of verses dealing with the modern David and Goliath conflict.
Ezekiel 32:6 "I will also water the land with the flow of your blood; even to the mountains and the river beds, will be full of you. When I put out your light, I will cover the heavens and make its stars dark; I will cover the sun with a cloud and the moon shall not give her light."
Ezekiel 35:5-6 "Because you have an ancient hatred and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore, as I live say the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you."
Ezekiel 36:2-5 "Thus says the Lord God: "Because the enemy has said of you, Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession...Therefore thus says the Lord God: "Surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted joy and spiteful minds, in order to plunder its open country."
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 shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Zechariah 9:5-6 "...Gaza also shall be very sorrowful ...the King shall perish from Gaza. A mixed race shall settle in Ashdod, and I will cut off the pride of the Philistines."
Joel 3:1-2 "For behold in those days and at that time, when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgement 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."
Amos 1:3-6 "For three transgression of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away it's punishment, because they have threshed Gilead with implements of iron...For three transgressions of Gaza and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they took captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom. But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza...and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish says the Lord God."
Understanding who Israel is and what the Bible has to say prophetically about Israel, changes your life's focus and allows you to see many things with new eyes.
I recently listened to a sermon by some preacher on David and Goliath. His entire thesis was that you can overcome the giants in your life. Although that's obviously true, he missed the entire prophetic message in the story, just as the world at large has learnt nothing and is missing the entire message.
The Palestinians are on a collision course with the rock of God's will, just as Goliath was. The world will support the loser, because it's god, Satan is the ultimate loser!
Exciting times...I would think!
Psalm 83:4 "They have taken crafty counsel against your people and consulted together against your sheltered one. They have said, "Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more."
Micah 4:11-13 "Now also many nations have been gathered against you , who say, "Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion. But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel, for He shall gather them like sheaves for the threshing floor. Arise and thresh O daughter of Zion..."
Here's a painting by Rubens depicting David about to behead Goliath.
The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace
Shalom and grow in grace!