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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 268. July 15th 2015
Foolishness or wisdom for today:
Foolishness or wisdom for today:
Proverbs 9:9-10 “Give instruction to a wise man and he will be still wiser...The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
Do you want to spend the rest of your life as an angry fool, or a disciple of our Lord filled with the awesome joy and wisdom of God?
Imagine going off into an enormous desert without even looking at a map beforehand! Most people have gone off on a long journey and are on the wrong road all along, and they don’t even know it yet.
At this point of time in the history of the world, prophetically speaking, one of the very big problems and issues is universal foolishness.
In this edition I want to look at the contrast between what God calls foolishness and what He defines as wisdom. It’s wise to know what God thinks on the issue!
You will be very surprised to see who is who in this zoo and why. You also need to know that the issue is highly spiritually charged and will become much more so as we head into critical prophetic times.
We all know about the massive increase in sin worldwide, but do we know the underlying causes?
Foolishness from God’s point of view:
Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, but he who heeds counsel is wise.”
Proverbs 14:16 “A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.”
Proverbs 16:25 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”
Proverbs 1:28-30 “They will call on Me but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me, because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord, they would have none of My counsel and despised all My reproof.”
Proverbs 15:12 “A scoffer does not love one who reproves him, nor will he go to the wise.”
Job 15:8 “Have you heard of the secret counsel of God? Or do you limit your understanding to yourself?”
1 Corinthians 3:18-19 “If anyone seems to wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”
Here now are a few sentences strung together using the sections of the verses above in bold:
►The fool thinks he right. He is filled with self-confidence, limiting his understanding to himself. Because something seems right to him, he thinks it is right. He will not go to the wise for instruction; he despises the reproof from God. He is one with the wisdom of the world, which is foolishness.
Wisdom from God’s point of view:
The image above describes just how these things work for us as believers. Knowledge of God and His word is the input. Understanding is “digestion” of the knowledge created by the Holy Spirit working in us. Wisdom is the application and output of it all.
Proverbs 4:7-9 “Wisdom is the principle thing; therefore get wisdom and in all your getting get understanding. Exalt her and she will promote you (make you great); she will bring you honour when you embrace her...a crown of glory she will deliver to you.”
In this wonderful verse above, the original words used for “promote you” actually mean “make you great.” This is obviously not from a pride point of view or a worldly point of view. God wants you to be great in His sight and you will be if you become filled with wisdom. God gives rewards for those who do well in His kingdom.
There is no pride in wanting what God wants for us. This is demonstrated in the Bible by those who are given crowns of reward. They are seen casting their crowns before our Lord, the one who gave them. The typology here is that even our rewards come under His Lordship and are therefore pure and holy.
Colossians 2:2-3 “...The mystery of God, both of the Father and Messiah, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.”
Isaiah 33:6 “Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times and the strength of your salvation; the fear of the Lord is His treasure.”
Note in the verses above that wisdom does not just roll up at your door. You need to seek it, and hunt it down.
You can’t become wise with God by studying in any seminary. You can only become wise with God under the instruction and power of the Holy Spirit.
You need to dethrone your own wisdom and come before our Lord in brokenness and humility before you have any hope of gaining His wisdom.
Who may be wise with God?
It’s absolutely not a class thing. It’s not a race thing. It’s not an economic thing and it’s not a thing related to I.Q. or education.
The wonderful thing about true Biblical Christianity is that in the new-birth we all become one family with one foundation.
Anyone can then build on his foundation what he wants. Sometimes that makes an uneducated person wise! It makes a poor person rich in Him, but also lifts him out of material poverty.
People, who become wise with God, become wise in a multitude of other areas as well. The benefits are enormous, far reaching, pure, holy and wonderful.
Job 11:6 “That He would show you the secrets of wisdom! For they would double your prudence...”
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
How foolish to go into this world with only the wisdom of the world! Today things are different. It’s not like before when God overlooked ignorance. Today, spiritual ignorance is a powerful force that blinds you to its presence and opens doors to the demonic.
Acts 17:30-31 “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world.”
The verse below occurs in the tribulation period, but it will have forerunners to it.
Revelation 12:12-13 “Rejoice O heavens and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows he has a short time. Now when the dragon saw that he had been cast down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male Child.”
The wrath of Satan referred to here has a terrible manifestation for Israel. There is almost universal agreement amongst believers who believe, that the “male Child” is our Jewish Messiah and the “woman who gave birth to him” is Israel and the Jewish people.
Note in the verse that as the wrath of Satan intensifies, as his time grows short, Israel is at the receiving end.
If you don’t know the thousands of verses that relate to the regathering of Israel first in spiritual blindness into their land before their spiritual awakening, for their great end-time purpose, you are going to fall for the devil and his word.
There are multitudes of Christian ministers who are pure fools from God’s point of view who have already succumbed to the word of the devil. They have become preachers of replacement theology.
They spread this poison from their dark pulpits to their poor miss-guided flock. They are working for the devil and will soon participate with Satan’s wrath against the multitudes of tribulation saints as well as Israel.
War is coming soon. World war is brewing between superpowers backed by the super-religions. War is brewing between God and His eternal foe, the devil and it will manifest throughout the world.
Your life is a choice. In fact you have chosen! Not choosing our Lord and His word when it is offered to you is choosing the devil and his word which is the way of the world.
Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live.”
Isaiah 66:3-4 “...Just as they have chosen their own ways and their soul delights in their abominations, so I will choose their delusions, and bring their fear upon them; because when I called, no one answered, when I spoke they did not hear; but did evil before my eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight.”
Proverbs 8:35-36 “Whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favour from the Lord; but whoever sins against Me wrongs his own soul; all those who hate Me love death.”
The Bible says that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” So we can simply listen to a person speak for a while and tell what is in their hearts. The things you do and like and tolerate are all a reflection of what’s in your heart and the depth of experience of and with our Lord.
Fools choose fools for their close friends. Wise people hang around with wise people. But perhaps we should have a look at the end of the story. Here it is:
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed.”
►Show me your friends and I’ll tell you what sort of person you are!
The eternal wisdom of the Bible:
The picture below is a mix of some of the seventy ancient metal Bibles recently unearthed in a cave in Jordan. They date back to the early Church era. They refer to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord, and are of major archaeological and spiritual importance.
These metal Bibles speak of the doctrines that make our Christian experience unique. The work of the cross and the resurrection are key and central, but because of their centrality and importance, they are also under attack today. In fact even within the church, these doctrines have been watered down and in some cases cast out.
My friends, embrace our Lord of mercy and grace, but also embrace His word- all of it. It is being cast down changed, watered down and thrown aside. Embrace God’s word and keep it alive in your hearts and minds and it will make you wise.
You can only have true, real, lasting, deep peace when you have got rid of Satan! The world has no way or hope of doing it, so the world appeases, accommodates, placates, retreats and surrenders to Satan. Of course they can’t see into the spiritual realm at all, so they don’t know who or what their enemy is and is doing.
The Christian who rejects the fullness of the gifts of the Spirit is in exactly the same boat.
The liberal left, the Obama types, the spineless, the deceived, the morally corrupt corruptors and other political leaders of our day do try to get rid of this Satan that they can’t see. Yes they do. They try to get rid of the Bible. Ban the book, play it down, cast it out or ignore it. For right there in the middle of the Bible is Satan – spelt out clearly. All his ways and workings are presented by God.
The way of appeasement will bring temporary peace, but the end results are too terrifying to contemplate.
You see, I’m absolutely sure that this is one of the main reasons why the Bible is rejected, hated and ignored. It’s all about spiritual warfare! Yes people love darkness rather than light, but it’s also Satan at work trying to camouflage and hide himself. Have you ever wondered why so few preach or teach on hell these days, just as it approaches? Same reason!
It is only the Christian in tune with the Spirit of God, full of His power, presence, wisdom and weapons of warfare that can live in true deep peace with God.
2 Peter 3:16 (Amp) “...Those who are ignorant and unstable twist and misconstrue the epistles to their own utter destruction, just as they misinterpret the rest of the scriptures.”
The Spirit of the living God will always lead you to the great wisdom contained in the Spirit-awakened scriptures. If you in any way interfere with the words contained in the Bible and the literal interpretation of them, you are a fool cursing yourself forever.
Part of the curse that will come over you is deep, intense, spiritual blindness like a thick never-ending dark cloud. You will be a king of deception and pride.
Job 41:34 “He (Satan) is king over all the children of pride.”
Has God made you angry yet?
In many respects our Lord does not operate the way fallen man expects. Consider the fact that God gives to those who have, so that they will have more and takes away from those that have little or nothing!
That flies in the face of modern human rights thinking and democracy! Yes of course we should be considerate to the poor, but be careful of equal distribution of wealth and everything in between. There is a reason why the poor are poor. Poverty is essentially a curse! That is what must be addressed and fixed. Without dealing with the root, you have no chance dealing with the fruit.
In terms of foolishness and wisdom, we have exactly the same principle at work. God gives to the wise so that they have more wisdom and takes away even the little the fool has. Does that make you angry? Go and complain to God.
Ecclesiastes 2:26 “God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God.”
Daniel 2:21 “...God gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding.”
Whichever way you look at it, there is little time left:
My friends, time is running out fast! You may not be aware of it, but the machinery, cogs and gears of so many prophetic clocks are close to ticking their last! We are almost at the midnight hour, a time of deep darkness for most and of glorious light for some.
People think that everything’s really okay. The sun will come up tomorrow like always and the world will be fine.
Why then is the biggest, largest most catastrophic series of judgments ever, about to hit this world in the seven-year tribulation? Surely a judge has to be fair and give out the same judgement for the same crimes. Actually, that’s right! This simply means that the conditions of the world are far worse than most can even imagine.
There is little time left to make your life count for God.
Great, grand foolishness:
Thinking that you can bring peace to the world, the world’s way, without the living God is foolishness on a grand scale.
The giant fools of the world are uniting today to cast down God’s word, because it comes against the world’s way of doing things. It’s getting worse fast.
In a nutshell, world peace will come when the Prince of Peace returns to Jerusalem on the wings of the destruction of all His enemies.
The picture below is a composite of foolishness. If only these people knew! Actually let’s re-phrase that. They do know the truth. They have rejected it and become fools. By the way, the kid holding the “world peace” poster is declaring the exact opposite of God’s word.
You may think that the two-state solution is the way to peace. You fool! It is the way to Islam taking over all of Israel and destroying the Jews.
It’s just the same situation now as it was before the first coming of our Lord! Satan working through Herod tried to stamp out all the young Jewish boys to get rid of the one who became the Messiah.
Islam is the modern Herod. They are driven by Satan, trying to prevent the Second Coming and all that is associated with it. They are trying to kill the Jews, because the King of Jews is coming back soon. They don’t know it, but Satan does and they are his weapons.
►By the way, did you know that the name Herod means “Son of a hero”? I wonder which ‘hero’ he had as a father. It could only be Satan. We could add many ‘heroes’ to the list, like the Catholic church, Hitler and all your own favourites!
King Herod was an Arab. (Look it up.) In today’s terms that would make him a Muslim. Of course not all Arabs are Muslims, but the great majority are.
Herod had an obsession with control. His slaughter of the innocents was part of his evil strategy to control the then world. Why did Herod kill only the Jewish boys? Because prophecy said that the Messiah would be born a Jew in Israel. What’s the different now? Nothing at all! We have Islam, the son of its hero, represented in the Palestinians, trying to stop the coming of the Jewish Messiah so that Satan can gain ruling control!
Herod, Haman, Hitler and Hamas have one thing in common. They all tried to destroy the Jews. Hell is their eternal home!
We know God’s word and we see the prophetic destruction of Satan’s plans rolling along to their terrible climax.
The greatest fools are those who get their information, education and values from Satan. Satan is the god of this world and obviously the mass-media is his voice and teacher.
Foolishness and evil often go hand in hand. But in these end days these evil twins are being joined by the power of the occult and unseen demon forces.
Everything that the world teaches you must be measured against the wisdom of the word of our Lord.
Fools, all fools will believe the mass media and the fool politicians who have just put together the Iran deal. WW111 here we come!
I took this picture at a waterhole in the Savuti area of Botswana.
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Shalom and grow in grace!