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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 128: July 19th 2012
Enemies of Bible prophecy:
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●It’s becoming very interesting watching the Middle East right now isn’t it. I don’t want to say that the current situation in Syria is the fulfilment of Isaiah 17’s destruction of Damascus. It’s not yet. In that prophecy we see Damascus left a “ruinous heap”...that’s still coming. We must also Israeli involvement. But it could well be the early days of Isaiah 17!
●May I remind you of my view. The ongoing Arab Spring and the arising of the people against their cruel dictator leaders is right. It will all become very wrong when they drag Israel into the situation. Israel will not interfere in the Arab Spring and hasn’t done so, but someone will soon do something to cause Israel to react.
That will change the entire nature of things and lead to the unfolding of many prophetic events.
Keep your eye on all of these events!
Enemies of Bible prophecy:
The enemies of Bible prophecy are many. They are the friends of the god of this world.
Some people are enemies of Bible prophecy out of simple ignorance and disinterest. When they do come across snippets of prophecy, they reject it.
Many are in total darkness and ignorance about these things and many others say stupid things like “It’s all just coincidence.”
Some are enemies of Bible prophecy because it doesn’t suit their half-baked, self-centred view of things.
Some are enemies of Bible prophecy because of their misguided doctrinal position.
Others are direct enemies of Bible prophecy because they’re enemies of the living God.
Many people hate prophecy because they love evil!
You can’t be neutral to Bible prophecy; you must reject it or receive it.
Our Lord declares, “Those that are not for Me are against Me” (Matthew 12:30)
Let me make an obvious statement. There’s an inextricably link with the Bible and Bible prophecy! Bible prophecy accounts for a great deal of the content of the Bible. Today there are many so-called believers, who have little time for the Bible.
The great danger in avoiding Bible prophecy:
Bible prophecy is like the eyes of the church. It shows us where we are going, where we should not go and what’s coming.
That’s so obvious yet perhaps it’s the biggest problem in the church today.
If you remove the eyes, you’re going to stagger around blindly.
As humans we have six senses. If you think you can do without your eyes because you have five others...you’re a stupid fool!
Perhaps a greater danger than spiritual blindness is the fact that if you reject Bible prophecy, you automatically replace it with your own ideas and the ideas of the world and its god, Satan.
Many ministers of certain types of churches would never teach or even mention Bible prophecy. They themselves are ignorant of it and its vitally important place in the church. They are the blind leading the blind!
Many people within the church are end-time scoffers. In their clouded ignorance they mock and come against prophecy. I know people just like this!
2 Peter 3:3-4 “Knowing this 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 were.”
We must realise and understand that we’re in a spiritual environment that is highly charged with spiritual conflict. There is a real devil, believe it or not. His time is running out, which is why he is intensifying the conflict.
If he can cloud or confuse Bible prophecy, he has achieved much.
We must come boldly into our Lord’s presence with humility and fear. But in dealing with satanic opposition and the demonic we must stand firm and fight hard, giving him no ground at all.
If we set our hearts in humility after our Lord and His word, He will lead us into all truth! If we are humble towards the devil, he will lead us into all error!
Proverbs 9:10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
The importance of correct interpretation of prophecy:
Today most people want to know what’s in the near future for them. Of course it’s mostly out of self interest and self- preservation, but nonetheless, people want to know if there’s going to be another 9/11 or another big tsunami or earthquake ripping up California. They want to know if their money is safe in the bank. They want to know what’s in the future for their kids.
All these things are quite legitimate, but most would be shocked at what really is coming!
Fulfilled Bible prophecy has a 100% fulfilment hit-rate!
The prophecies of the Old Covenant fulfilled in that era, were fulfilled literally and exactly in time and space. The prophecies of the Old Covenant, fulfilled in the New Covenant, were also fulfilled literally and exactly, some with incredible detail. This obviously means that all the prophecies of the Bible that are still unfulfilled, will be fulfilled in the same pattern.
I think the odds of gambling against that are too incredible to contemplate, yet that’s just what most people do.
The reality is that although most people have a keen interest in their future, they’ll look everywhere but to the truth!
The allegorical method of interpretation is wrong! Yes, some prophecies do have a double reference or type and shadow associated with them, but the actual fulfilment was always physically, literally and historically real.
We’ve seen the fulfilment of some 735 prophecies or 81% - all literally. This fulfilment pattern will obviously continue just the same way for the remaining 19%.
Here are some important verses of scripture relating to prophetic watchfulness:
Isaiah 21:11“Watchman what of the night, watchman what of the night.”
Ezekiel 33:6-7 “But if the watchmen sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, and the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at the watchman’s hand. So I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel, therefore you shall hear a word from My mouth and warn them for Me.”
Jeremiah 33:3 “Call to Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know.”
Amos 3:7 “Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.”
Weather you believe Bible prophecy or not, it is being fulfilled right before your eyes and will continue to do so!
Some people are disqualified from seeing or receiving truth:
John 18:37 “...Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”
Proverbs 3:32 “His secret counsel is with the upright.”
Understanding of Biblical truth is conditional. That’s not politically correct but neither is God!
Have you ever wondered why some people just can’t see and understand spiritual things even when you explain it all really well? Have you ever wondered why there is such confusion and disagreement on the subject of Bible prophecy?
The Bible says that God is not a God of confusion and it says that Satan is the god of confusion! So, are you confused?
I suppose it’s just like our Lord says; “That even if they saw one raised from the dead they would not believe.”
Job 15:8 “Have you heard of the (lit=secret) council of God? Or do you limit your understanding to yourself.”
Job 23:12 “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.”
Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from your word.”
Psalm 119:89 “Forever, O Lord Your word is settled in heaven.”
If you ignore the Biblical conditions, God is not obliged to give you the full truth. If you do not have the living truth in your heart, you have little hope of living a holy, successful spiritual life. And you have no hope of fully understanding prophecy.
1 John 3:3 “Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself.”
2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore having these promises, beloved let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”
1 Peter 1:15 “As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct.”
The Bible on its own is no different to any book. We call the words in the book ‘logos’. The word ‘rhema’ means revelation knowledge. It’s the knowledge that is above knowledge. Rhema is God-breathed word.
We have the same thought in the two words ‘gnosis’ and ‘epi-gnosis’. Gnosis is the original word for knowledge, while epi-gnosis is the term for knowledge that is above knowledge or the God-breathed and inspired knowledge.
Again, this thought is brought out in the Bible where it says that the “letter of the word kills, but the Spirit gives life.” (2 Corinthians 3:6)
There’s a huge difference. In fact this is the very reason why so many churches are stone dead. Their word is dead letter. Their ministers are ministers of death!
This is also the very reason that so many dry up in their spiritual lives. It’s also the reason why so many remain in a stagnant state or get confused by it all.
This all important transfer from dead letter to living word occurs only in and through the baptism of the Spirit.
Some won’t agree and will argue and send me emails. That’s okay, you don’t have to believe it, but let me wish you good luck in your spiritual life...you’re going to need it.
Enemies of prophecy in the pulpit:
Luke 8:18 “Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”
The above verse is perhaps one of the most politically incorrect verses in the Bible. Surely it should say, “More shall be given to those who don’t have”.
What does it mean to take heed how you hear? It means to exercise discernment. It means don’t simply swallow everything that’s out there.
Today we have an incredible thing on the go in the church pulpits of the world.
On the one hand we’re seeing many teaching and preaching the truth. They include prophecy in their mix. Others are exactly the opposite. They avoid it and are quite dead and boring. They’re one with the world.
Their stupid sermons are simply the principles of the world scantily clad in half-baked spiritual terms.
They’re full of half-truths...the wrong half!
There’s a huge responsibility on pastors and teaches.
It really is shocking to read the many portions of scripture on the failure of the church in these days. So many believers will be swallowed up by the forces of darkness as the world heads for its final great catastrophe! The dead, blind leaders of many churches will be responsible!
Enemies of prophecy are Israel’s enemies:
God has forever merged and blended His prophetic word into the very being of the Jews. In fact it’s just the same for the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem.
Almost all unfulfilled prophecy deals with Israel in some way.
Isn’t it amazing that you can listen to sermon after sermon from a church that avoids prophecy and you’ll never hear anything positive about God’s plan for the Jews!
In fact it’s just as true the other way around. Those who never preach on the place and call for the Jews are blind to Bible prophecy.
This amazing verse below is so exciting. I’ve seen it come about more and more as many ministries open up to these things.
Isaiah 52:8 “Your watchmen will see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion.”
As the Lord’s work gathers momentum relating to the Jews, more and more are “seeing eye to eye.” I’ve seen some change their tune completely of late!
Of course there’re many in the other camp who’ll always be “enemies of Zion,” but then they’re not the Lord’s watchmen, are they? They’re the devils watchmen dressed in pretty long flowing Nicolaitan frocks with reversed collars. (The Nicolaitan spirit separates the clergy above the laity. It’s hated by our Lord!)
Bible prophecy spells out great troubles that lie ahead for Israel, but Bible prophecy is Israel’s best friend!
Troubles are coming, but as we see and know, it’s all part of Israel’s journey to magnificent glory.
The great tragedy is that those who reject prophecy and therefore God’s plan for Israel will and do play straight into the devil’s hands!
They become supporters of the world’s doomed ways. They become true humanists devoid of God!
Let me speak plainly and directly. Time is running out fast! We’re on the doorstep of some very dramatic times. What’s coming very soon is extremely tragic and terrible. On the other hand it’s all thrilling and exciting.
This time period is one of rapidly intensify conflict in the spirit realm, which is and will manifest more and more in the nations.
Things will most probably explode in severity very soon.
●The Catholic Church failed in its attempt to exterminate the Jews in the Inquisitions.
●Hitler failed in his attempt to exterminate the Jews in the Holocaust.
●Islam is going to try its hand very soon. They will ultimately fail as well, but not before causing great chaos.
●Later on in the tribulation period the nations of the world will meet their doom as they try to destroy Israel in a unified attack.
But what’s coming next and very soon is Islam’s attempt.
We must know how the prophetic picture fits together. We must at least know the basics or we’ll be in danger.
I encourage you to look into this website often, as well as your own favourites that deal with prophetic events.
Let me tell you something: Love is a choice. It’s not a feeling it’s a choice! Love for our Lord and His word is also a choice. May I encourage you to fall in love with our Lord and His word afresh?
When you choose to love something or someone the actions follow easily.
Make a fresh decision to choose to love the word of God and prophecy in particular. If you do that, it will be so much easier to face the coming catastrophes in this world.
2 Peter 1:19 “We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
Bible prophecy is not the whole thing. It’s just a part, but a very necessary part of the entire Christian package.
In many ways Bible prophecy is like the dew of heaven. It’s beautiful, refreshing and makes things wonderful in their time. Prophecy enriches our spiritual lives and even though there are many warnings, it all ends in absolute refreshing blessing for the believer. It’s a great comfort!
Prophecy gives us the grace of seeing things God’s way and through His eyes.
Prophecy destroys the works of darkness. It confounds all self-opinion, annihilates sin and destroys all that’s of the god of this world!
Prophecy exalts all that’s of the true living God, all that’s holy, righteous, and wonderful and all that’s on the far side of the cross!
Psalm 37:37 “Mark the blameless man, and observe the upright; for the future of that man is peace.”
1 Thessalonians 4:18 “Comfort one another with these words.” (Coming of the Lord)
Here’s a beautiful woodcut by Gutave Dore titled “Baruch writes Jeremiah’s prophecies.”
Shalom and grow in grace!