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Edition 249. March 4th 2015
Knowing your real friends and enemies:
Knowing your real friends and enemies:
There is one prime reason for this edition. You’ll find it further down under the heading Israel’s important friends and great loss. But before we get to that let’s do some groundwork and look at these things from a personal point of view.
This is not the time to stand alone. And it is also the time to know who your enemies are, and how and why they are your enemies.
This time period is the pre-amble to the tribulation. It is the time in which a number of great earth-shaking events and wars will take place, before the world enters the ‘time of Jacob’s trouble’. This is the time when everything that can be shaken will be shaken.
Although the full shaking takes place in the tribulation we will see the forerunners to it.
This is the time when a great many people will have their faith rocked and end up shipwrecked! This is the time when the lukewarm church reaches maturity, ready to be spat out by our Lord. (Revelation 3:16). This is the time when our Lord will “kill with death” certain people of a particular church.
Don’t argue with me. If you don’t believe that, just hover your mouse over the verse that says it, or better still, go and study the whole context – it identifies with the Catholic church: Revelation 2:23
This is the time when the “love of many will grow cold” (Matthew 24:12) and “believers will betray one another.” (Matthew 24:20.)
This is the time when deception will deceive like never before. Our Lord warned of it five times in His discourse on the Mount of Olives alone. (Matthew 24:4.)
As we enter this, the greatest drama of all time, it is time to know where you stand and with whom you can stand.
There is an enormous number of verses dealing with friendship in the Bible. It has a lot to say about whom your friends should be and whom you should avoid.
Friendships with people are very important in our spiritual lives. If Satan can break them he has achieved a great victory.
The stability of a nation and even the world is built on relationships and friendships. Satan knows his time is short and he is sowing discord now in every sphere he can.
Hebrews 10:25 “Don’t forsake the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
This verse above is very important. I don’t believe it’s talking about what has become the Sunday church service in our day. I believe it is talking about a form of identity of like-minded believers in close friendship and fellowship. But note that it is especially related to the coming of the events of the Day of the Lord – which are the rapture, and the approaching tribulation.
The importance of friendship in godly development:
As believers we get a lot of support by knowing that we are on the right course. In fact we are all like pillars in a temple holding it up, which is good for everyone inside.
Here are a few very important self-explanatory verses:
Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”
Psalm 119:63 “I am a companion with all those who fear you.”
At the other end of the spectrum we run into trouble with the wrong friends because of their influence:
James 4:4 “...Friendship with the world is enmity with God. Whoever then wants to make himself a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.”
Proverbs 25:19 “Confidence in an unfaithful man in a time of trouble is like a bad tooth and a foot out of joint.”
Proverbs 26:24-25 “He who hates disguises it with his lips and lays up deceit within himself; When he speaks kindly do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.”
A real true godly friend will see you God’s way and want His best for you. He will be a good friend, perhaps even going so far as to lay down his life for you, but he will not give you sweet talk all the time:
Proverbs 27: 5-6 “Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed. Faithfull are the wounds of a friend but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Proverbs 17:17 “A friend loves at all times and a brother is born for adversity.”
Proverbs 18:24 “A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
I once heard a friend say this: “Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what sort of person you are.”
How true that is.
So now we see some insights into the Biblical issue of friendship. But we must be aware that this is the playground in which Satan lays many traps as well. It goes without saying that Satan hates the true believer and anything that will strengthen him.
John 15:19 “If you were of the world, the world would love its own. Yet because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.”
Do you want to know if you are on the right track with our Lord? The verse above gives us a brilliant key. Does the world hate you? The tragedy of many believers especially those outside of the baptism in the Spirit is that they can’t even see kingdom of the world!
Don’t take this lightly, it’s very important. Does the world love you? If it does and you love it and fit in comfortably you are on the wrong track.
Have a look at the dilemma Jeremiah the prophet faced:
Jeremiah 20:9-10 (This is headed: Jeremiah’s unpopular ministry) “His word was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back. For I heard many mocking; fear on every side...All my acquaintances watched for my stumbling, saying perhaps he can be induced; then we will prevail against him...”
Believe it or not Satan has planted his workers all around us, trying to bring us down.
A terrible example:
Some of your friends may turn on you!
I know a number of women personally who have all joined together in a loose “Jezebel” affiliation of hell. Some of them were good friends of old. They are all now into witchcraft, of various forms. They are nice and friendly!
A while ago I got a rather sudden supernatural insight and revelation into the fact that these women would soon want to see me dead. They haven’t said anything like that or done anything, I just know and sense danger! Unfortunately for them the tables have been turned in the spirit realm so I know I’m protected.
I have run into a fair amount of persecution from many sources in the past and some from friends of the past.
You see, we are in a spiritual environment and climate first and foremost. There are spiritual forces, demons and devils at work in certain types of people who are open to it, even un-knowingly. If they could see what instruments of hell they are they would be shocked beyond belief. And of course some know full well that they are the devil’s disciples.
In this day we need to be vigilant in so many areas. But if we remain close to our Lord and draw near to Him, He will show us the traps.
The collision of the cross:
Why will some of your friends hate you when the pressure is on? It’s not because they have suddenly seen a nasty wart on your nose. It is because they are friends of the world and its god - Satan and the Spirit of the living God in you is colliding with them.
It’s because the major kingdoms of the universe are in conflict.
It’s interesting to me that our Lord and King-Saviour, Yeshua, hung on and died on a cross for our salvation. It is the application of the cross into our lives that generates the power of God to move us ever forward with our Lord.
It is the cross that stands at the cross-roads for many. But the interesting thing is that when He was observed on the cross, His disciples ran away, denied Him, and fled. If ever there was a group of people who should not have done that it was they.
Yet these same disciples and close friends of our Lord turned on Him. Eventually though, they gave their lives for Him!
Bear in mind that when Satan sees you crucified with our Messiah he freaks out. He will cause your friends to run away! But that’s okay, you stay right there and let them run. Just like Calvary, some will come back and receive of God through you. Others will run forever till they arrive in hell.
The cross is the source of incredible power. Its power has and will collide with the power of the devil now and forever. Saving power, renewing power, spiritual power all flow from the cross and its application.
Our very inner lives (self) are on a collision course with the cross. The world itself and all demonic forces are on the same collision course.
Some of your enemies:
Satan’s “angels of light” in camouflage are your prime enemies.
The lukewarm church is one of your real big enemies. Your big enemies are those who lead you to mediocrity. They instruct you in the way of conformity to the values and virtues of the world. They lead you to fall in love with cow dung, which is what Paul likens the world to. (Philippians 3:8)
Be advised that the lukewarm church in the Revelation is vomited out of God’s mouth – permanently. And be aware that the church of Thyatira, the compromisers, are cast into “great tribulation” by our Lord.
There are some who will eventually betray you to the devil. They will secretly hate you because they secretly love the god of the world.
Matthew 24:10 “Many will be offended and will betray one another and hate one another.”
Perhaps your worst enemy is the one most of you love the most. The modern entertainment world in all its forms is the heart of the world system – Satan. The modern mass-media is just the same. It is the expression and the very word of Satan.
Knowing how to stand secure in these days:
The first and most important issue is that you must want to. If you want to move ever forward with our Lord, you’ve won half the battle.
Proverbs 15:24 “The way of life winds upward for the wise so that he may turn away from hell below.”
Gaining victory is impossible while your enemies are your friends. You must make your enemies your enemies and your friends your friends. You need to have supernatural eyes that can see the heart motivations of your friends.
I know a woman who has been a believer for ages. But I always had a sense that she was not all the way there with our Lord. Something was holding her back in some areas. She married an unbeliever in spite of the verse that says “Don’t be unequally yoked with unbelievers.” She had the same useless, stupid philosophy that most do that she would lead him to the Lord.
The opposite happened he led her more and more away from the Lord.
You see, you must decide how serious you want to be in following our Lord. You must make His word your very best friend. You must be prepared to sacrifice many of your ideas. You must be prepared to pay the price and then do it.
Dealing with enemies:
We are to operate in love in terms of the big picture. That may involve offering pure forgiveness and it may involve rebuke as well.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good word.”
There is no exact formula in how to deal with enemies. There are numerous examples in the Bible offering a wide variety of actions. So, we must be led by the Spirit. If we are, the results will often be just what the Spirit of God wanted in the situation.
The divine friendship:
The best friend you could ever have is the one who sees you God’s way and genuinely desires His best for you. This friend would be God’s divine messenger, prophet and servant to bring you face to face with our great God – to help you prepare and move into His glorious presence.
Israel’s important friends and great loss:
Proverbs 26:24-25 “He who hates disguises it with his lips and lays up deceit within himself; When he speaks kindly do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart.” (Applied to Obama who has the spirit of Islam in his heart.)
With all of this in mind, let’s remember that what applies to friends and enemies applies very much to nations as a whole as well. Israel at this point in time is a very special nation, having the hand and eye of God upon it. There is no other nation on earth with the same calling and provision upon it as Israel.
The United States has been blessed throughout its history because it had been a close and good friend of Israel. This has generated blessing upon Israel while disaster has fallen upon one nation after the next throughout history, who have been Israel’s enemies.
The Netanyahu address to the US congress is not the main issue, but it was the event of separation. It will produce the trigger!
Right now Israel is at the crossroads in many ways. The most dangerous and earth-shattering event upon us now is the loss of the US as Israel’s prime friend. The reason why this is more important than with any other nation is simply because of the size and influence of the US in all its ways.
What befalls the US always affects the whole world in varying degrees.
The Muslim US President has in one powerful move befriended Islam in a very wide manner and thrown Israel under the bus.
Let’s remember the age old verse decreeing blessing on those who bless Israel and cursing on those who come against Israel. This verse may not work the next day, but throughout history it has always proved true.
Obama has now engraved an irremovable target on the back of the USA. When our Lord withdraws his hand of overall protection, the devil will come in like a flood.
As far as Iran goes, it has never revoked its desire to wipe Israel off the map and now has the green light from Obama to go right ahead. There is reliable information out there that Iran has secret nuclear facilities that the West does not have access to. Of course this begs the question, why? If your desires are peaceful, why have these secret places and why develop weapons grade uranium which can’t be used in nuclear reactors?
Obama has now sold the USA to the devil and simultaneously dumped Israel. There are evil spiritual principalities and powers of significance at work here.
I have a passion for the US and its people. I would love to be optimistic and I would love to believe that everything is going to be fine. But it’s not!
Israel has officially lost its prime friend to Islam and to a nation dedicated to destroy her.
I used to say and believe that because the US has the largest number of Jews outside of Israel, it will always be protected. I don’t believe that anymore.
I believe we are now going to see some sort of enormous dramas that will drive most of the American Jews back to Israel, just like the “hunters” verse (Jeremiah 16:16). If this does occur soon, and the moment Jews begin to leave the US, America, your days are not numbered they are over.
My friends, as Israel now sits at the crossroads, facing an evil and great danger, so the US sits at a tragic crossroads. Of course what is coming will knock-on to the rest of the world.
Obama, you have chosen Satan as your close friend, but know that there will be enormous consequences, and you have inflicted your evil friend on your nation!
What to do about America?
We must keep things in perspective. The US still has an enormous number of people, businesses, organisations and politicians who are pro-Israel. This is the reason for the continuing survival of the US. It is Obama himself who is the real problem. Of course most of the Democrats are in the same boat, but can one man bring down a nation?
This is not some little policy change or disagreement on some issues; it involves the very survival of Israel. If Obama gets his way, Iran will get its way! It will then a matter of time before the world is at war.
This is an existential issue for Israel, and Oh yes, it’s also an existential issue for the US! Obama is not throwing Israel under the Iran nuclear-bus, but the whole of the US under God’s judgement- bus!
You see, this is all primarily a spiritual issue as said earlier. Satan knows his time is short and he is working in and through Obama and Islam to cause this great coming conflict.
The main issue with all these things is that they are dovetailing together concurrently. This really is a critical time in world history.
I created this mixed-media work incorporating various abstract impressions of the cross.
I took this picture while driving around in the wilds. I noticed the unusual looking “rock” that roared.
Shalom and grow in grace!