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- The Kurds in Syria call on Russia and the Assad regime for help. Bear in mind that this stage of the war broke out on Yom Kippur, the day of the anniversary of the Six-Day War, which was essentially about getting Jerusalem back into Jewish hands.
- Although the US withdrawal from Syria has thrown the region into chaos, from a biblical, prophetic point of view, we are seeing an alignment of prophetic wars and their involved nations, all lining up. These are the wars of Syria / Damascus, (Isaiah 17) Gog & Magog (Ezekiel 38 &39 and Psalm 83. There are 10 nations mentioned in the Psalm 83 war and nine nations in the Gog / Magog war. Some of the nations overlap indicating that this could all be one big war.
- Russia comes in to fill the void left by the US in Syria."Jerusalem spooked by Russia's growing control over the Midle East." (Times of Israel 18 October.)
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Matthew 21:15 “When the chief priests and the scribes (Media) saw the wonderful things that He did...they were indignant.”
Matthew 23:13 “Woe to you scribes, (Media) Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven for men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.”
Deuteronomy 27:18 “Cursed is he who makes the blind to wander out of the way of God.” (Media)
Jeremiah 8:6, 9 “Everyone turned to his own course... Look the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood...The wise men are ashamed, and dismayed and taken. Behold, the have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have.” (Media)
Isaiah 30:1 “Woe to the rebellious children, says the Lord, who take counsel, but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin.” (Media)
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.
18th October 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
- There is still no Israeli government in sight as Bennie Gantz rejects Netanyahu’s latest offer to form a unity government. But Gantz says he is thinking about it. It is this impasse that is delaying the release of the “Deal of the Century.”
- AThe US brokered ceasefire in Syria is falling apart one day after it was instituted! Mike Pompeo tells Netanyahu this morning (18th October) that the US will still support Israel.
- Late breaking news is that this morning 18th October, the ceasefire has broken down with renewed fighting, shelling and bombing in the region of the ceasefire as smoke rises from towns.
- Iran says it will continue to violate the nuclear deal as it moves to higher levels of uranium enrichment, provoking the world and Israel in particular.
- The Russian bear is making serious, strategic advances in Syria and in the wider Middle East. Iran and Turkey are fateful players, preparing the way for WW111 (The war of Gog and Magog, Syria and others. We are witnessing a very fast reshuffling of the stage.
- What we are seeing in the Middle East is battle for power and control – all perfectly prophesied!
Israel has a beady eye on it all. Prophetically, Israel must be a key component of these wars. It really doesn’t matter who does what, because prophecy will and is being fulfilled!
By the way, because the Bible prophecies certain things that does not mean it is sanctioning those things. They will come to pass right or wrong.
Bible interpretation and application:
In this report I want to draw your attention to some very important issues relating to our understanding of the Bible. These issues have always been important, but now as we head into these dangerous end-times, it is of critical importance.
We need to understand that Bible prophecy comes in various forms. Sometimes it is written directly for the present time exclusively. For example, the prophecies of Isaiah 17 relating to the soon coming destruction of Damascus, Syria, have never had an occurrence in history. Therefore its interpretation and application is for one point in time – now.
Then, we have many prophecies that were events that took place historically. That would be the interpretation. But they may have application to future events. This is called prophecy with a double reference. In these cases you need to be well disciplined in your application. Never take and application or analogy too far!
In dealing with prophetic application you must always be on guard against presumption. You really do need the gifts of the Spirit to correctly see into prophecy. Bear in mind that the word of God is useless, dead letter, or it is alive and presently speaking. The baptism in the Spirit makes the difference.
Sometimes a prophetic vision or message may be built on a number of different sources, and like a grand conductor, the Spirit of God puts it all together.
Prophetic interpretation and application must not contradict any verse in the Bible.
There is much to be said about prophetic dreams and visions. Personally, I don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, but I’m very cautious. More so from whom they originate.
But, the Bible says that there will be an increase in dreams and vision as the end approaches. We must be watchful, but also watchful in relation to whom these dreams and visions come from, because many, in their pride, are on the manipulation band wagon!
The central purpose behind all prophecy is to reveal and inform us about the coming of our Lord, It is o give us knowledge, understanding, wisdom and sight of His soon coming and all the events surrounding His coming. It is bring Israel face to face with her Messiah.
Bible prophecy also reveals the work of the enemy. It reveals the modern kiss of Judas in replacement theology!
Time is very short!
We must always beware of spiritual novices with some of these gifts. Many of them create a big mess, which has to be unravelled.
We must always be aware of the spirit in and behind certain Bible teachers and ministers. Too many have a pride and ego problem, which the devil uses to bring in great error. Too many are subtly creating division, which becomes a sect and finally a cult!
Beware of those who come with forcefull "private or personal interpretations". (2 Peter 1:20)
Here is a shocking portion of scripture:
1 Corinthians 1:10-13 “I plead with you brethren, by the name of our Lord, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement...Now I say to you this, that each of you says, ‘I am of Paul’, or ‘I am of Apollos’, or ‘I am of Cephas’, or ‘I am of Christ.’ Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptised in the name of Paul?”
This scripture above is a terrible indictment on the church. Today we see so clearly, the disastrous effects of a church divided. Yet we still the proud and arrogant, trying to “capture” and control people in their divisive sects.
There is strength in unity. There is extra strength in godly unity. In these days a solid Spirt-led knowledge of God’s word is an absolute necessity and a safety net
You should listen to no one who has does not have the evidence and fruit of listening to, and understanding the voice of God. There are many voices out there, all vying for your attention. Learn to be discerning and shut off the voices of the world.
In your pursuit of God and in your own study time, you need to be seriously disciplined. I heard someone say the other day: “They’ve taken away discipline in the schools now the children don’t respect us, their parents anymore.”
How true and tragic that statement is. It applies jus as well to your relationship with our Lord. No discipline no respect for Him and don’t expect to get anything from Him.
Part of our discipline involves waiting patiently for our Lord. What alternative do we have? But keep your spiritual eyes and ears open. Things may suddenly develop very fast!
Edition 270. July 29th 2015
Dealing with critics:
Dealing with critics:
1 Corinthians 2:14-15 “The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them because they spiritually discerned. He who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is judged by no man.”
As prophecy marches on to its grand conclusion, the Bible reveals that opposition, criticism, and resistance to God’s word and His people will intensify greatly. This will manifest in increased persecution, martyrdom, general criticism, and also in masses falling away from the faith.
In this edition I want to deal with our average, garden-variety of criticism against the Bible and true born-again believers.
The purpose of this edition is to strengthen your own faith, secure you in your beliefs and give you some ammunition to shoot down your critics. (You see those guns at the top? No, don’t shoot down your critics that way – it’s just an illustration!)
How we deal with criticism reveals much about our maturity in our Lord.
Principles of truth:
The main reason why people hate the truth of God’s word is because it sheds light on their dark lives and they love the darkness.
John 3:19-20 “This is the condemnation, that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. Everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.”
Psalm 97:10-11 “You who love the Lord, hate evil...Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.”
The further away from the truth you move, the darker your life will become and the more you will hate those of the light who speak the truth.
To really believe God’s word you must do it and get it inside of you. Until you do it, you won’t even see it! Note in the verse above that God’s word condemns you until you accept it. In a similar fashion, the lives of God’s disciples walking in His light, condemns the lives of the unsaved without a word being said.
People actually want you to be like them and when you’re not they don’t like it. The world-system’s greatest enemy is the word of God made alive by the Spirit of the living God.
In these end-times we will see a lot more opposition confronting us than ever before, as the spiritual forces behind truth and error clash like never before.
Criticism and judgement:
Sometimes a good discussion outlining the ways of God is all that’s needed to defend against a critic’s attack. But some people have no manners. They are insolent pigs full of self-will and antagonism. These people rarely come to the truth and should just be left to go their own way.
Sometimes we need to respond by speaking judgement into a situation.
There really is no formula. We must be let that still-small voice of the Spirit in our hearts, show us how to handle the various attacks we face.
Here are a few general verses to help you:
Proverbs 15:1-2 “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, but the mouth of fools pours out foolishness.”
Proverbs 28:25 “He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife, but he who trust in the Lord will be prospered.”
Proverbs 13:18 “...He who regards reproof will be honoured.”
Proverbs 27:6 “Faithful are the wounds of a friend, but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.”
Proverbs 28:23 “He who rebukes a man will find more favour afterward than he who flatters with the tongue.”
Don’t get caught up with spiritually ignorant people on the “don’t judge” story. It’s a huge liberating subject in which the Bible is clear.
Matthew 7:1 “Judge not that you be not judged.”
The verse above is the one cited by most critics. The verse means, don’t judge in a continuous nit-picking manner, trying to exalt yourself and put others down. It does not mean don’t judge in other matters, especially relating to doctrine.
You can find much more on the subject HERE.
Examples from our Lord:
Most people can’t believe that our Lord while here on earth rebuked yelled at and even hit certain people. The same is true of the disciples as they built the early church. These critics have never bothered to study the scriptures and have been poorly taught by ignorant ministers.
We all know the story of our Lord taking a whip to the money-changers in the temple forecourt and kicking their tables over. Here are a few more verses dealing with severity:
Acts 13:9-11 “Then Saul who is also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked intensely at him (the sorcerer) and said, ‘O full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, 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 on him.”
1 Corinthians 5:4-5 “In the name of our Lord Yeshua Messiah, when you are gathered together, along with My Spirit, with the power of our Lord, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”
Titus 1:13 “Therefore rebuke them sharply that they may be sound in the faith.”
Titus 1:9 “Hold fast the faithful word as you have been taught, that you may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.”
2 John 10 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him; for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds,”
Don’t forget that our Lord did not speak forgiveness to the woman caught in adultery, about to be stoned. He said to her, “you are forgiven, now go and sin no more.”
Critics from outside and from inside:
As believers saved by the shed blood of Messiah and the work of the cross, we have to deal with critics from outside of true biblical Christianity and sometime from within. The Bible has numerous examples of how to deal with both.
Critics from inside the church:
In most cases, if a critic is truly born of God, he will see the answer to his criticism quite quickly and peace will rule. But sometimes some people are impossible to deal with. They are often frauds, counterfeits or just deceived trouble-makers.
One of the great problems in the church today, which is almost unknown and unseen, is the Jezebel spirit operating in certain women. Many pastor’s wives are pure Jezebels today. The Jezebel spirit always tries to usurp and bring down male authority. She always tries to kill the work of God in the church.
Because she lurks inside the church, she is difficult to spot, but I assure you she is right in the middle of most churches and especially every one that does not have the eyes and spiritual authority through the gifts of the Spirit to kill her.
Just like Jezebel of old, she must be killed. In this day that does not mean physically, although some might wish it did! It is the Jezebel spirit that must be killed, thrown out to her death. In many cases she will resist her death like crazy. If you sense you are winning, continue until she is completely destroyed. If not throw her and her spirit out of the church fast.
Unfortunately the divisions in the church created largely by those outside of the Spirit don’t help at all. Doctrinal divisions are a source of many controversies and arguments, but most can be resolved with pure Spirit-led Bible doctrine.
There is never a better helper, defence than the Spirit-led word of God. Unfortunately many believers in this instant pop-up world know more about what’s on at the movies than their Bible.
Critics from other religions and outside of the church:
There is one huge eternal problem within all religions. (True biblical Christianity is not a religion.) The problem is that all religions believe in salvation by works and the keeping of laws.
True biblical Christianity operates on faith and grace as opposed to law and works. And never the twain shall meet. You can’t join Christianity. You can only be born into it through blood. You cannot become a Christian by keeping any set of laws.
Every religion rejects the supernatural work of the shed blood and cross of our Messiah, which forever separates between everything of God and not.
So as we deal with critics of the religions out there, these are root issues. In most cases you can end a criticism or attack very quickly by going directly to this bottom line instead of arguing about all sorts of other ins and outs.
What the unsaved want is salvation without the Saviour, heaven without holiness and all the glories of eternity without the inconvenient, interfering, politically incorrect Messiah Yeshua. It’s good to keep in mind that all argument is futile, if it ignores and rejects the cross.
They think God is just what and who they think He is! They have created a god in their own image and expect to be welcomed into heaven. What a shock they have coming!
Critics from the godless and atheists:
These types are perhaps the worst to deal with. The common denominator behind all godless atheists is their love for themselves, materialism, and the ways of the world. Without exception they are demon filled, so you need to be equipped with the gifts to see into the spirit realm in dealing with them.
Some atheists contend that the Bible is full of scientific absurdities that could not have happened. I saw a poll in which 54% of Americans do not believe in creationism. Oh, I see, so that is the measure of truth!! Since when does some stupid poll made up of largely foolish people mean anything at all?
Some maintain that the Bible is full of contradictions. This is a common criticism but is so incredibly flawed. There are no contradictions in the Bible.
This is how the perception has come about:
There are over 25,000 surviving original texts of the Bible written in the three original languages of ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek. The Bible was first translated into English from the Latin. The Catholic church infused into it words and verses that supported their own religion. Numerous other translations simply built on the King James and included those errors.
Other translations like the New King James go directly to the original manuscripts as their source. But there are still odd translational errors that have slipped through. Of course most Bibles except the NIV can be used for study and edification because they contain enough truth.
If you have an NIV, do yourself a favour and throw it out. It has thousands of major errors, changes, entire omissions of verses and a pro-abortion / homosexuality slant. It also denies the deity of our Lord. If you send me emails and argue with me. I’ll simply tell you this: Type into Google “NIV errors”; and happy reading.
There are a few discrepancies on the version of events reported by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. These are actually not a problem at all. When you think of different reporters at a news event, each one sees some things the others don’t see. That does not mean they are wrong.
Also bear in mind that language itself is limited, and has changed with many words meaning different things today.
Now we come to dispensations. Here is a classic example of a so-called contradiction. In Genesis 4:15 it speaks of Cain murdering his brother. It says that he was not to be put to death, only marked. Then in Genesis 9:6 it says that if you shed man’s blood, by man your blood must be shed (Capital punishment).
Now we have an irreconcilable contradiction or do we? Actually there is no contradiction at all. The marking of Cain for murder occurred before the law “You shall murder” came along some 450 year later. Even God can’t make a law that has not come about yet retroactive, when it is only coming way off in the future.
Likewise there are numerous things that changed with each dispensation. There were some things that did not change and therefore carry through into all dispensations. Most of the so-called contradictions are a result of a dispensation change. For example, there are hundreds of differences in laws and principles between the Old and New Covenants.
Some point out that the Bible discriminates against women in some places and homosexuals in other places.
This is perhaps the most stupid argument I have heard in a long time. All that does is presume that homosexuality is right and always has been right because blind foolish people today think its right. It has never been right in either the Old Covenant or the New, with numerous verses condemning it.
The Bible does not discriminate against women. Of course this depends on your view of discrimination. The Bible has roles for men and women. Try reading Proverbs 31.
The big bottom line is that if you think the Bible is full of contradictions, then you think God is wrong. If you think that, you think you are right and above Him. Perhaps you should appoint yourself as His boss.
It’s impossible for God to be wrong on anything ever!
Some big recurring criticism:
●Yeshua is not God: Matthew 1:23, Isaiah 9:6, 2 Peter 1:1, John 1:14 John 8:58 and many more.
●Yehsua is not the only way to be saved: John 14:6, Acts 4:12, John 17:3, John 3:36, 1 Timothy 2:5, Romans 10:9,
●The 6000 year-old earth conundrum: It is 6000 years since the creation of Adam. The earth is far older. The earth is millions of years old and was inhabited by nations under the ruler ship of Lucifer before his fall. The pre-Adamic creation is a very interesting study.
●The Ark would have been far too small for two of all animal types: That is quite true, but the Bible says that it was two of every kind. In other words, two of every species type, and only land-borne animals. Some people have done these calculations and they fit the ark-size exactly.
The miraculous Bible:
Everything about God is supernatural and miraculous. We are only now beginning to find out of some of the hidden great miracles and wonders of the Bible. Modern archaeology, science, medicine, technology, psychology and so much more is confirming the veracity of the scriptures. There have been a great many books written on this in recent years.
One of the astounding miracles lies in Bible numerics. (Not numerology, which is an occult practice) Here is the quick short version:
Bible numbers have meanings originating from the Bible itself.
For example: One = unity, two= division, three= trinity, four= the world, five= grace, six= man under sin, seven= spiritual perfection, eight= resurrection, nine= finality, thirteen = sin, rebellion to God and so on.
The original texts of the Bible were written in three alpha-numeric languages. This means that each letter has a numeric value. So you can simply add up the numeric value of a word.
People have since discovered that every single word or title used for our Messiah adds up to a multiple of eight (resurrection), except for one. This is the title in Hebrew “Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews”, which adds up to a multiple of thirteen (sin, rebellion.) It was on the cross that He became sin and rebellion for us!
Every single enemy of God in the Bible adds up to a multiple of thirteen!
This is an enormous wonderful subject. It is what got my own father saved. There have been a number of very good books on the subject, the most comprehensive being “Number in scripture” by EW Bullinger.
There are other codes and picture-based alphabets that are also amazing. The Otiot is a picture-based alphabet which is just incredible. Please have a look at the Alan Horvath’s YouTube channel for more on this.
The funny thing is that people have tried to prove God and His word wrong since time began. No one has ever succeeded, and yet people still try. What futility! How dumb can you be!
A great proof of the authenticity of the Bible:
The plot of the course of the children of Israel from their creation, to their rebellion and captivities, to their return to their land in spiritual blindness, to the opening of their spiritual eyes, to the creation of the state of Israel, to the recapture of Jerusalem and to all the opposition against them in these days – was all prophesied in the Bible thousands of years ago.
There are still a few terrible and magnificent prophecies relating to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jewish people that need to be fulfilled. The pattern of fulfilment will continue to be just the same as it has been!
Unbelievably, all those who come against God’s plans for Israel, don’t even know that they themselves are prophesied against in the Bible!
A beautiful thing:
There are many of these sorts of things in the Bible. If you take the names of the descendents of Adam to Noah and apply the word meanings of their names, it paints a spectacular picture. In the table below, the names are on the left and the name meanings on the right. Now just read the meanings as a sentence from top to bottom:
The Godly counsellor:
2 Timothy 3:16 “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 work.”
At various times we all need to be involved in helping people who get into various forms of trouble and need counsel. It is one of my favourite topics. I have written a fair bit on the subject and encourage you to have a look at the following editions.
Please do save these editions as references and source material for counselling.
►Edition 83: “Counselling believers in perilous times.” Click HERE
►Edition 104: “Turning curses into blessing”. Click HERE
The most incredible and amazing thing, which is beyond my understanding is that people still try to prove God wrong, exalting their lives of evil and sin above God and His word of purity and holiness. The futility of exalting yourself in whatever way above God is beyond words.
If you have a problem believing God and His word, try believing first even if you don’t understand yet, and pretty soon everything starts to fall into place. If you continue in disbelief, nothing will change for you.
I took this picture at sunset in the Kalahari Desert.
Shalom and grow in grace!