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- The signing of the Abrahamic Accord at the White House later today is of no prophetic consequence on its own. Collectively with others it does have significance, but not Daniel 9:27
- Iraq (the home of Babylon) is reported to be lining up to make peace with Israel.
- There will be no talk of, or deal relating to the Temple Mount at this signing.
- Iran and friends threaten missile attack on Israel and the UAE because of their new friendship.
- Trump warns Iran of “1000-times harsher response” if Iran attacks US Ambassador to South Africa.
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
18th September 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Watch the watchmen:
But first: Rabbi Jonathan Cahn’s prayer meeting, “The Return” will be held on the Washington Mall, Washington DC, on the 26th September. This day is known as Shabbat Shuvah. Interestingly the Bible reading for the day is, “Return O Israel, to the Lord your God.”(Hosea 14:2-10 Micah 7: 18-20 Joel 2:15-27) It’s all centred on a global call for the church to return to the ways of God, and for Israel’s return to Messiah.
Today is the beginning of Rosh Hashanah / Feast of Trumpets, depending on the sighting of the new moon. ●This is NOT the rapture time and start of the tribulation.
The current peace efforts between Israel and some Arab nations is NOT the final antichrist peace deal - not by any means. What they are is incremental peace efforts.
This is NOT the “peace and safety, then sudden destruction” verse coming about. That verse relates to the Daniel 9:27 peace deal and the tribulation.
But these things collectively are important in that they present a new dawn for the Middle East. The knock-on effects and influence of these peace efforts are causing others to want to jump on the band wagon too.
Because these are such critical and dangerous times, this is a more important time than ever to be led correctly by men of God who are led by the Spirit and have a history of accuracy and stability. There are many amongst the riff raff.
So many wannabe watchmen and teachers are leading people astray with inaccurate, wrong pronouncements. Some are so outrageous! A watchman of the Lord is not one who watches for possibilities. He knows where to look and what to watch for and is led by the Spirit of God, therefore he is right.
I was given some “100% for sure” information in charts and numbers and various things as to why this would be the rapture time – for sure 100%! It didn’t sit right. When checking it out myself nothing added up!
Because a blind, always-wrong watchman says something is a sign; that does not make it so, by any means.
Being wrong destroys your authority and credibility, and damages the prophetic word and the faith of others, especially new believers.
Being wrong on major biblical things means one thing for sure – absolutely: You have not heard from God and you speak your own opinions.
The Spirit led teacher / watchman will have a history of godly stability and is therefore trustworthy.
Discernment is more critical than ever in the face of fast growing deception.
Ezra 3:13 (Temple rebuilt) “The people could not discern the noise of the shout of joy from the noise of the weeping of the people...”
Error becomes an immovable mountain if not dealt with, because it is formed and secured on the pillar of pride.
Spirit led, and inspired knowledge, understanding and wisdom endures and produces godly fruit.
One way to know a false teacher: When brought to correction, they will turn on you because you won’t join them in propping up their pride!
The Spirit of God in your heart is the umpire. He brings peace when you are on the right track. But you need the baptism of the Spirit. If not your umpire is you, yourself.
The condition of the end-time church:
There is a powerful prophetic message for the end-time church hidden in the messages to the seven churches in Revelation 2 & 3. They were seven historic churches. All seven contain truth for us, but prophetically, they also plot the course of church history.
The first three churches, Ephesus, Smyrna and Pergamos speak of the times gone by. The last four plot the course of the end time church and run concurrently. They are Thyatira, representing the Catholic and other orthodox churches. (They are cast into the tribulation) Sardis is the church that has a “name to live but is dead”. They are told that Lord will come upon them as a thief and they won’t know when! This represents the denominational Spirit-less churches. (With a few exceptions) Then comes the glorious church – the church of Philadelphia. They have the key of David, opening the doors to the Jews. (Isaiah 22:22) This church keeps the word and is promised to be kept out of the tribulation. Finally we have the lukewarm church of Laodicea, which is spiritually blind. God “vomits them out of His mouth.” “Laodicea”: Strong’s G2993, “Laodikeia” From two root words: ‘Laos’ = people and ‘Dike’ =Ruling. This is the people ruled” or “people/self opinionated church.
The pictures below show all that remains of Laodicea today. The Spirit of God flew away from this church and God spat them out of His mouth. (Revelation 3:16) The pillars still standing represent truth, but all else is gone.
1 Timothy 3:15 (Amp) “You know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and stay – the prop and support of the truth.”
So, what we see here is a very powerful and accurate picture of the end-time church. Some of it is the walking dead. Some are a horror of evil. Some are cast into the tribulation, spat out and condemned. And right in the midst is the church who keeps and loves the word and is pro-Israel.
Bear in mind that there is a terrible, tragic church and a glorious, growing powerful church side by side in these days. Don’t get tunnel vision for just one side of the coin.
The Bible speaks of a great end-time revival (the latter rain) in the last days. (Joel 2:23, Hosea 6:3) and in many other verses.
A major prophetic mark of the times is increasing deception in the church. You can’t have increasing deception without increasing deceivers and that’s where the problem lies.
Satan used deception to try to stamp out the early church because he knew it would wreck his kingdom. Now we have the same scenario again. Sometimes you have to be severe in your dealings.
Acts 13:9-11 “Then Saul, also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit looked intently at him and said, ‘O full of all deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all unrighteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord? And now indeed the hand of the Lord is upon you, and you shall be blind, not seeing the sun for a time, and immediately a dark mist fell upon him...”
It is most important to know prophetic things to come, but also the timing of those things, to avoid deception. You must see with spiritual eyes today.
A Spirit-led and inspired watchman / teacher is always restrained in what he sees and says. He is led by the restrainer.
We are now at the start of the new Hebrew year 5781. It will end and change to 5782 on Rosh Hashanah 2021. That is September 7th - 8th 2021. That’s a very important date!!
This year, 5781 is going to be year like no other. It’s going to be a wild time of stress, strain and pressure. But in the midst there will be islands of peace amongst the pillars of truth.
The good news is that we are on the verge of great revival. We are seeing it in many nations of the east. Of course there will always be churches deteriorating and dying.
Many of those who have gone off into a ditch will repent and return. Many will continue to slip and slide further away.
As we enter the beginning of these wild times, I want to assure you that The Prophetic Scroll will be your place of spiritual stability and rest.
Edition 258. May 6th 2015
The characteristics of the tribulation:
The characteristics of the tribulation:
The tribulation period will be the worst time ever, but with a very powerful, strong and positive outcome. Don’t focus just on the tribulation, but the end result of purity and holiness.
Those born of the Spirit of God now will not go through the tribulation, but because it is a major part of the end-time picture and a huge part of the scriptures we must look into it. If you know your Bible, you will know that a large part of the church as revealed in the messages to the seven churches in the book of Revelation does go into the tribulation.
The tribulation culminates in the greatest failure in world history and the greatest victory ever. It is the culmination of all of Satan’s attempts to derail the plans of God, judged, and cast into hell. It is the final victory of God’s great, wonderful, marvellous plans.
The tribulation will be a time of personal torment, stress and suffering to the point of desired suicide by masses. At the same time we see masses saved and set free during the time period.
There are many characteristics of the tribulation period that we will see emerging and growing now before the tribulation begins. The majority will occur exclusively in the seven-year period, but many of them have forerunners now.
In this edition, I will deal with some of the characteristics that have forerunners and then look at the overall nature and characteristic of the entire period.
What is the tribulation?
Briefly, it is referred to as the time of “Jacob’s trouble”, the “seventieth week” of years as recorded in Daniel. It is the tribulation and great tribulation referred to in the Revelation.
It is the culmination and completion of the Old Covenant, which was put on hold for the Church dispensation or age. It is a time period in which God primarily deals with “Jacob” being Israel and the Jewish people. It is a very specific time of exactly seven years made up of Hebrew years containing 360 days each.
It is a time period of distinction, in which the judgement of God upon the world system comes to a climax. It is a unique time in which the wrath of God, the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man and the wrath of nature all explode onto the world scene for this climactic conclusion of the world system under Satan. It sees the return of our Lord and casting into hell of all the unsaved on the earth.
The end of the tribulation sees the end of the Adamic curse upon nature as it is freed into glorious liberty, just like it was before the fall.
The tribulation period sees multitudes saved, becoming “tribulation saints”. It is the doorway to the millennial reign of Messiah.
Judgement is not the end purpose. It is the means to an end. If you have a very dirty shirt, you can’t clean it without it going into the water. The water isn’t the end of the process, the clean shirt is.
God is holy and everything about Him is holy and right. His soon coming Millennium – that follows the tribulation, will be completely holy. The heavens and in fact the whole universe will be holy, pure and full of the glory of God forever.
The further away you go from God and His ways (even as a Christian), the more you will be filled with impure, unholy, evil. It is these who are the chief complainants against the judgements of God in the tribulation.
The danger of the tribulation:
What has happened over time is that the church has hidden its light and become self-obsessed. The church has not spoken out against the sin and evil of the world, and the result is that the devil has gradually removed the values and virtues and absolutes of the Bible from society and inserted his own.
Biblical principles have been removed from more and more aspects of life with the resultant extreme change in value systems. Sin and evil advance and are progressive because they have a advancing, progressive god. The world has become corrupted in the extreme! It is beyond repair.
The world is beyond repentance. It can only be destroyed and re-created. This happened once before at the flood of Noah.
Don’t underestimate the powers of the tribulation! Here is the sad, tragic situation revealed in these two verses below:
Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him (antichrist), whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
Note that it is only the tribulation saints, those born again in the tribulation that will not be sucked in to Satan’s world.
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them for He is Lord of lords and King of kings...”
The main, overriding characteristic is love.
This is what the word “tribulation” means:
Tribulation: Strongs H6862 “Tsar” meaning: Narrow, distress, hard, tight, oppressed. The Greek New Covenant version is G2347 “Thlipsis” meaning: A pressing, pressure, distress, affliction, persecution, aguish.
Do you know what a “tribulum” is? It is a farming implement used for thrashing and crushing wheat. It is the same root word for tribulation!
Just looking at these word meanings alone – it’s not a pretty picture is it?
It will be the worst, most intense time of death and destruction the world has ever seen, so why then do I say that the main characteristic of the time is love?
If you have a three year old kid and he is playing with a razor blade, is it love to take it away? Of course it is.
If the world has been corrupted from top to bottom and departed so far from the ways of God in every area, is it love to return it to God’s clearly revealed desire and purposes? Of course it is. Love and evil and sin don’t go together.
The tribulation is the great clean-up, the final destruction of evil and sin as God sets up a universe of purity, holiness and eternal glory.
The only way you can say that this great clean-up is not love is if you don’t believe sin is sin and evil is evil. If you believe that it’s your democratic right to live as a homosexual or in any other form of sin, of course you’re not going to like it all being judged and destroyed.
Note that the word meanings for “tribulation” above are mostly psychological. So, this time period is going to be the great working out of the final clash of modern human rights with God’s rights and ways. The resulting stress of a world facing defeat and judgement is seen in those word meanings.
Oh no! I’m not suggesting that the troubles will only be psychological – not at all. They will be hugely demonstrative and globally massive in their tumultuous physical destruction.
When absolutely everything that modern man has put his beliefs, trust and actions in comes crashing down, the world will freak out!
Here are just a few of the Bible verses showing the psychological effects and characteristics of the time:
Revelation 6:4 “Another horse, fiery red, went out and it was granted to the one who sat on it to take peace from the earth, and that people should kill one another, and there was given to him a great sword.”
Revelation 6:15-16 “The kings of the earth, and the great men, the rich men and the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and free man hid themselves in caves and rocks of the mountains and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.’”
Revelation 9:6 “In those days men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die and death will flee from them.”
Revelation 9:20-21 “The rest of mankind who were not killed by these plagues did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons and idols of silver and gold, brass and stone and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk; and they did not repent of their murders or their sorceries or their sexual immorality or their thefts.”
Revelation 11:18”...The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come.”
Revelation 16:9 “And men were scorched with great heat and they blasphemed the name of God, who has power over these plagues, and they did not repent.”
Now, in these verses above we see mankind trying to seek death to escape the wrath of God. We see important people like world leaders trying to hide from the judgements of God and we see the greatest tragedy of all; people refusing to repent and actually turning on God and blaming Him.
They knew these tribulation judgements were coming from God and instead of repenting they accused Him.
Let me ask you this: Do you believe that homosexuality, abortion, wild living with no restraint and all forms of perversion are basic democratic human rights? If you are part of the family of the modern world, you would say yes absolutely yes!
Here is my answer to you: You don’t know God. You have never even met Him. Your Christianity is a big lie; you are a counterfeit Christian. You are not saved. You have no respect or even understanding of the ways of God. Your Bible is your own belief system. You are living in a blind fool’s paradise.
Will you be able or equipped to deal with the powerful spiritual forces at work in the tribulation?
As you slide into the tribulation period, you will be slaughtered mentally by Satan, God, nature and man. All the garbage that you have clung to, which has become part of your very being, will be stripped away in judgement. Will you repent then?
Let me remind you that your life is not your own, you don’t own it. God created you for His purposes. You are a thief of your own life if you have given it to the ways of the world.
Here’s a powerful thought: Do you know why true born-again believers will not go through the tribulation? It’s because we are pure, holy, righteous, and sin free now! Oh yes we are! Before you get mad and think, how outrageous, let me explain to those that don’t yet understand.
This is the single biggest differentiating factor between true Christianity and all other religions. At the new birth we are made new in spirit. Our wall-to-wall human spirits are re-created supernaturally by our Lord and we are made perfect. If we are run over by a bus one day after salvation we will be saved because we are perfect.
But this purity and perfection and righteousness resides in our spirits and not in our souls. It is the soul where the gradual renewal has to take place. The biblical way is that salvation works from the inside to the outside, while all other religions work the other way and fail.
So, we are already perfect in spirit and ready for eternity and our sin which is in the realms of the body and soul are removed by the work of the cross.
It is the unbeliever who is unclean in every realm of his life and only has himself to come to his own aid. He is destined for the tribulation and its judgments.
Dirt and scum, clean and pure:
There’s something not nice about being a dirty mess (unless your name is Hagar the Horrible.)
Today the world is full of dirt and scum of all types and forms and it’s getting worse quickly.
The answer to the massive increase in the world’s crime, rioting, stealing and fall from the virtues of God can be found in one single, profound verse, and of course it’s application.
Hosea 4:2 “There is no truth, mercy or knowledge of God in the land. By swearing and lying, killing and stealing and committing adultery, they break all restraint, with bloodshed after bloodshed.”
The rest of this chapter goes on to show the terrible consequences of a world without restraint. But note the reason in the first place. It is when the knowledge of God has been removed from the land.
Now, as we get to the tribulation period, the “restrainer” of evil is removed. The restrainer is the true Church indwelt by the Holy Spirit. And what is the result? It’s a world gone satanically mad! It’s a world that has become a cesspool of dirt and scum, evil idolatry and witchcraft.
If our Lord were not to clean up the scum and dirt, He would not be a God of love.
Is God unfair?
Many believe that God will be unfair by judging what has become normal behaviour, in the tribulation. They believe that any form of judgement or severity upon them is not fair.
Firstly how can He be unfair, when He has told you all these things beforehand? How can He be unfair when His warnings have been before your eyes all your life?
No He is not unfair He is most fair and all-worthy.
Revelation 5:9 “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honour and glory and blessing.”
Betrayal, Persecution and martyrdom:
The tribulation period will be marked by one terrible characteristic, which is betrayal even to death or martyrdom. Our Lord speaks of this as one of the signs of the coming of the end.
Matthew 10:21-22 “Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death and you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.”
Note that it is believers, family members and those who are close to each other betraying each other.
The chief cause of Christian persecution is spiritual. It is the outworking of conflict in the spirit world. Don’t for one moment entertain the idea that it is because of this or that problem with the Christians themselves. It’s a matter of the darkness hating the light.
This will be in full swing in the tribulation, but let me ask you this, would you betray someone you don’t like - even a family member? How could you if the love of God is really working in you? I understand it because I’ve come under persecution many times for this publication.
It’s not just the betrayal though; it’s also persecution in general that will be intensifying massively in the tribulation. In fact we are already seeing it starting up now.
Again many accuse God of being unfair. They ask, “How can God allow such terrible things to happen to believers?”
The answer may surprise you!
Martyrdom happens in a flash, not like some drawn out sickness. Beheading happens in a flash. But here is the astonishing thing: God allows these things to happen, but the end result is eternal special reward that lasts forever.
Martyrdom brings special rewards as does any form of persecution for the Lord’s sake. So here is the devil and his people thinking they have won a victory by killing Christians, while in fact the truth is the opposite. They are doomed and the believer is eternally rewarded!
John 16:1-2 “These things I have spoken to you that you should not stumble. They will put you out of the synagogues; yes the time is coming that whoever kills you will think he offers God service.”
Revelation 20:4 “I saw thrones and they that sat on them, and judgement was committed to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Yeshua and for the word of God, who had not worshipped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their forehead or on their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years.”
Psalm 116:15 “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”
1 Corinthians 15:55 “O death where is your sting?” O Hades where is your victory?”
The futility of sin and evil:
The tribulation period is the final judgement of God on a sin - and evil-filled world.
God has warned over and over again that His judgements are coming on a Messiah-rejecting world. If you respond positively to our Lord and His word, condemnatory judgement will not be coming your way. If you heed the warnings, peace is your future.
Know this: There is a consistent theme that runs throughout the scriptures and this is: God is right. His ways are blessed. The ways of self, the world and those originating in the demonic are cursed, doomed and will be judged. Simply, it’s blessing or judgement.
The spectacularly magnificent end:
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them for He is Lord of lords and King of kings...”
This deeply satisfying verse shows the results of a deceived, blinded world surrendering to the devil himself. As we’ve seen in other verses in this edition, these satanically maddened people even try to make war against our Lord. Talk about a futile exercise!
But note the obvious, inevitable, glorious conclusion: “The Lamb will overcome them!”
For believers now before the tribulation, and those who become believers in the tribulation, it’s not just a case of being on the winning side; it’s a case of being right with God, clean, pure, holy, righteous and part of His wonderful family forever.
The big take away from this edition is this: The tribulation is Satan’s last stand and God’s response. It is all manifested in the attempted attacks on God and His family by modern man and world full of demons.
There is extreme futility in every aspect of a life outside of salvation in Messiah. A life pursuing self, lived for and ordered by self is empty and hollow, unfulfilling, isolated, alone, awaiting great terror.
Alternatively what joy to live with purpose, with fire in your heart, in great expectation, alive with abundance of knowledge, understanding and wisdom of heart, awaiting inexplicable, incomprehensible, eternal glory and wonder?
The pursuit of our great King the Messiah of majesty is a magnificent obsession, producing light, love, meaning and fiery spirit.
The true person of God is other-worldly, can’t be controlled or manipulated by man and the media, unshakeable, deeply mysterious, and filled with passion.
I took this picture in the Namib Desert of a Camel Thorn tree. I removed the colour and created a few effects and then combined the flower for the overall effect.
Shalom and grow in grace!