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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 125: June17th 2012
The curse of ignorance in this day:
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
●AlQaeda is again actively recruiting suicide bombers for new missions.
●Iran’s economy is on the brink of collapse! This will further corner the angry beast!
●Most Israeli born Arabs want to continue living in Jerusalem and Israel. (Jerusalem Post)
●The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt says when they come to power they will turn their attention to Israel. “Egypt’s capital will no longer be Cairo but Jerusalem.” ***What an amazing insightful statement! More and more their intentions are emerging from the smoke screen which still blinds the West! (Israel Today June 10th)
●The EU leaders are plotting a new “superstate” This will include a fiscal union with Germany in charge. (Mail Online June 6th 2012)
●The highest ranking Muslim cleric Sheik Abdul Abdullah, in Saudi Arabia again calls for all churches to be destroyed in the Middle East. He says this is the will of Mohammad. This must be done to prepare for Sharia law to be introduced in the whole of the Middle East.
The curse of ignorance in this day:
Ephesians 4:17-18 “Do not walk as the rest of the Gentiles do in the futility of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their hearts.”
Very rarely have I seen one single verse of scripture that so succinctly analyses and summarises the condition of the unsaved, as in this verse above!
We’re in the early stages of some of the most dramatic times this earth has seen...all spelt out in Bible prophecy.
Ignorance in this day means that you will not be ready! You will be caught unaware of the dramas about to fall on you!
We’re in a time of rapidly escalating conflict in the unseen spiritual realm.
We’re in the time of the great battle for the hearts and souls of people and their eternal destination.
Why the profound ignorance?
If you are blind to a big hole in front of you, you just may fall into it.
If your enemy knows his time is just about up he’s going to fight a lot harder just towards he’s demise.
Satan knows full well that his days are numbered and he knows that by blinding people they will be harmless to him and he will be able to draw them easily away from the true and living God. That really is the story in a nutshell.
The tragedy though is that untold billions of people will soon be swept away to an eternal hell.
What is true ignorance and its opposite?
True Biblical ignorance locks you up and enslaves you to the ‘darkness’ that is in the world. It imprisons you to the world and its ways. True Biblical ignorance prevents you from seeing and preparing to meet our Lord.
We’re not talking about ignorance in the intellectual sense here, although some degree of literacy is important.
We’re really talking about the most important thing in life and that is ignorance of the true and living God, the way of salvation and the leading of the Spirit of God particularly through the word of God.
The three verses below really pin-point true ignorance. As you see it really has little to do with intellectualism but rather your source and fuel for your life’s journey.
You can be very clever and very worldly operating in the energy of your own flesh and self effort. This will not save you!
Romans 1:22 “Professing to be wise they became fools.”
1 Corinthians 3:19 “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
Jeremiah 10:23 “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
The Godly side of things:
The Bible uses three words which are progressive.
They are: ‘knowledge’ ‘understanding’ and ‘wisdom’
Knowledge is the simple intake of Godly knowledge, while understanding is the discerning and dissemination of it and wisdom is the application of it.
Here’s the catch: You can’t learn these at school or college! These three wonderful gifts of God come primarily by opening your heart to our Lord in brokenness and humility.
And what shall we say of holiness? Yes sir...it’s required to hear from God.
Proverbs 3:32 “His secret council is with the upright.”
Of course Bible study, prayer and other factors come into the picture as well, but you can really soar and fly high with our Lord and Saviour just with a heart fully surrendered to Him. What I love about that is that it takes growth in our Messiah out of the realm of exclusivity.
Even the uneducated can be strong in the Lord if they want to.
In fact a person with a low intellectual level can fly way above the proud university graduate any day!
One of the Bible words for ordinary head-knowledge is “gnosis” But then we also have “epi-gnosis” the latter being knowledge that is above knowledge. In other words, this would be what we call revelation knowledge or God-breathed and spoken knowledge.
The following verse really describes what this revelation knowledge is:
1 Corinthians 2:7-10 “Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God.”
This is what sets the true believer apart from all others...He hears God speak and knows His voice! (I’m not talking about hearing audible voices.)
How glorious, wonderful and full of life is God-breathed revelation knowledge, especially in this day of rampant evil and confusion on every front!
James 1:5-6 “If anyone lacks wisdom let him ask God...but let him ask in faith with no doubting.”
Deuteronomy chapter 28 lists the blessings and curses of obedience and disobedience to God. Here are just a few of the curses. I’ve strung them together for better insight.
Cursed shall be in the city and in the country. Cursed shall be when you come in and go out. The Lord will send on you cursing confusion and all that you set your hand to do will be destroyed. The Lord will cause you to be defeated. The Lord will strike you with confusion of heart. And it goes on and on.
The point is that ignorance of God and his ways will lead you into many curses that will come upon you and you won’t be able to shake them off. Unfortunately many people don’t know and can’t see that they’re under a curse.
Even if you manage to live a successful life outside of God...you’ve got a terrible surprise coming as you enter eternity!
James 3:17 “But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits...”
What are the consequences?
Acts 17:30-31 “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness.”
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge, because they rejected the knowledge (of God) I also will reject them.”
My friends, time is running out! Yes, things may continue for a while, but did you realise that your time is running out to get your life completely right with God? Did you realize that you will be rewarded for your response or lack of it to God’s calling and prompting in your life?
The big eternal consequence for the unsaved is hell, but just look at the verse above in Acts. Note that God isn’t giving the end-time world a gentle suggestion! The command is to repent because the Lion of the tribe of Judah is coming to judge the world. There’s no argument or discussion about this!
The only issue is: Are you going to repent now and be ready for what’s coming, or are you going to carry on in your worldly ignorance?
The verse in Hosea is truly frightening isn’t it?
You see, today we’re in a world of staggering ignorance among the well educated. They’ve been blinded and neutralised by the media and they’re all following like stupid blind sheep.
Ignorance of Bible prophecy is one of the main issues that Satan uses to lead people to himself.
Bible prophecy is the “eyes” of God’s people. It spells out where we’re going, what’s coming and why. It’s all for a very valuable purpose.
Bible prophecy is God’s roadmap to victory.
Satan’s roadmap is the opposite of God’s in many ways, particularly in regards to coming war and peace. God says that dividing the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem will bring war to the world. Satan’s roadmap says, divide them and that will bring peace!
Let’s ask the question: Is Obama an ignorant idiot? Obviously not! He’s highly intelligent. But he is ignorant of God truth and ways. Even if he knows about God’s word on the subject, he’s in Satan’s camp on the issue! (Of course he may change his position down the line)
Satan will soon capitalise on the world’s ignorance of Bible prophecy relating to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. Satan will use this mass ignorance to lead the whole world against God’s revealed will and plans.
Will you be one of the worldly-wise, filling your head with the ways of the world, inspired by God- haters and devil-evil lovers...particularly those of the media?
Ignorance of the fact that you can’t get rid of the Jews has and will lead many millions of people straight to hell! Hitler tried and failed, simply because God’s plan is superior and way above anything that man can come up with.
The terrible consequences of ignorance of God’s ways and plans are about to explode onto the world stage!
The majority, in their pride arrogance and rejection of God, will follow the liar, deceiver, fraud, and counterfeiter!
Perhaps the biggest thing lacking in the church today is a spirit of repentance and humility.
Job 37:5 “God thunders marvellously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.”
The secular media of the world is the very voice of the god of the world!
Political correctness and human rights have superseded the living God and His word.
But it’s more than that...unfortunately much of the church has capitulated to the self same spirit and is no different to the world. In fact Satan himself as god of the world is leading and directing much of the church in the disguise of their leaders.
They’ve become acceptable to the world and the world tolerates them because they don’t rock the world’s boat!
The church today does not “thunder marvellously with God’s voice” as in the verse above. Today a lot of the church is the voice of a spineless compromised wimp!
So, is it all the fault of the spineless priests of the day? Well, no, not so. It’s just as much the fault of the people at large!
Jeremiah 5:31 “The prophets prophecy falsely and the priest rule by their own power; and My people love to have it so.”
Hosea 4:9 “And it shall be: like people, like priest.”
It’s well worth remembering that one of the marks of a false prophet, and an easy way to identify him or her is in their prophesying the wrong thing at the wrong time. The prophets of peace in times of impending world catastrophe are the false prophets of the day.
Jeremiah 6:14 “They have also healed the hurt of My people slightly, saying peace, peace, when there is no peace.”
I’m not for a moment suggesting that we can’t and shouldn’t walk in deep personal peace even in perilous times. Regular readers know full well that that's one of my main themes.
But the prophets who say that soon coming world catastrophe is not coming are the deceived false prophets and liars.
Why it’s all so important?
My friends, the fence is rising higher and higher. A great shaking is coming. Fence sitters will be shaken off onto one side or the other. Unfortunately the great majority will go with Satan.
Bible prophecy is not for our amusement or even to prove God right and the world wrong. The primary purpose of Bible prophecy is to knock you and me off our perches! It is to defeat us and leave us speechless. It is to bring us to surrender and into the loving arms of the living God...His way!
The first and foremost purpose of prophecy is to break us! It’s to break dependency on self and to break our attachment to the world system.
Only then can we see things God’s way. You see, this is the place where all argument has ceased. All doubting is gone in this glorious secret place!
Obviously this prepares us well to meet our Messiah in confidence, but it also prepares us to be Godly servants having Godly authority!
Acts 14:22 “Paul, strengthened the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying: “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”
Knowledge of at least some aspect of Bible prophecy is not only vital in this day for your own development in our Lord, but it’s one of the most powerful tools of evangelism. More and more, people want to know what tomorrow holds for them.
I’m fully aware that most would rather go to the fortune teller or read Nostradamus or the Mayan prophecies or the like, but there are many who will respond to the truth if it were presented to them.
The most amazing and terrible thing about spiritual ignorance is that it is actually means you are wise in your own eyes and this blinds you two times over! It blinds you to God’s kingdom and also the kingdom of the devil!
John 3:3 “I say to you, unless one is born again you cannot see the kingdom of God.”
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 “They did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie.”
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 “Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not.”
So here we have...blinded by God and blinded by the devil!
If you could see only one of these kingdoms you would get saved in a flash!
By the way, a number of people object to the fact that I speak about hell and Satan.
If I did not I would be betraying my God and betraying you! Let me share with you an amazing fact. As you get to know the living God more and more, He gets to know you more and more and he opens up much of the spirit realm to you. You end up looking into great wonderful glory and into the kingdom of darkness.
That’s not for our amusement, but for our edification and for our warning! Sorry guys, you’ll get both here. If you don’t like that rather than send me emails, just click the little ”X” at the top of page.
See edition 54 for more on spiritual blindness, here
Discernment of Spirit is the enemy of ignorance in this day.
God has provided all that’s necessary for His church to be successful. He’s provided the five-fold ministry gifts, which include the prophet!
1 Corinthians 12:1-11 speaks of the gifts of the Spirit of God to fully equip His servants. They are needed today more than ever!
Here they are:
● The word of wisdom.
● The word of knowledge.
● Special faith.
● Discernment of spirits,
● Interpretation of tongues.
The church is incomplete with any of these missing and Satan will capitalise on the holes in the armour! You can very sure of that!
I heard one pastor arguing against some of these above mentioned gifts, saying that they’re not for today. His church is divided against others, weak and ineffective, just as he is!
Job 11:7 “Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find the limits of the Almighty?
Psalm 139:5-6 “You have hedged me behind and before and laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.”
Proverbs 3:13-18 “Happy is the one who finds wisdom and gains understanding, for her proceeds are better than profit of silver and fine gold...she is a tree of life to those who take hold of her and happy are all who retain her.”
Here’s the beautiful Gabriel Stone.
It’s being called the Dead Sea Scroll in Stone!
The stone found in the Dead Sea region predates the time of Christ. It contains ‘Gabriel’s vision’ which contains 87 lines of text and speaks of the coming Messiah, the Son of David and the Messiah the Son of Joseph. The Son of David relates to the return of Messiah as a military King in judgement of the world. “He will make His enemies His footstool” Son of Joseph relates to the suffering Messiah who came, died and rose again. Interestingly, both are contained in the stone.
Shalom and grow in grace!