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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.
Edition 281: September 16th 2015
Israel, it's your time:
Israel, it's your time:
Psalm 102:13-16 “You will arise and have mercy on Zion; for the time to favour her, yes the set time has come to favour her, yes, the set time has come. For your servants take pleasure in her stones and show favour to her dust. So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For when the Lord shall build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory.”
The church is the crowning victory of God’s work. The true church is made up of Gentile and Jewish believers, born again of the Spirit of God. The unsaved Jews make up the group the Bible calls simply the Jews or Israel. Unsaved Israel is not the church, but the true church does become part of Israel by adoption and being grafted in (Romans 11:24-25)
God has a spectacular plan for the majority of the unsaved Jews in the near future. He has a wonderful plan for the church. He has no plan for those unsaved Jews and Gentiles who remain unsaved up to the close of the tribulation, where Satan’s plan for them comes into force.
The church age or era is about to come to an end. Almost 2000 years of God’s grace and work which began at Pentecost has a time limit on it. The church age began on the day of Pentecost at a moment in time. It will end in a moment in time too.
The rapture will close the church age and the world will kick into the seven-year tribulation period. This is also called the “time of Jacob’s trouble”. It is Jacobs trouble and not trouble for the church. Jacob is always a reference to Israel. Not once in the Bible is Jacob a type of, or reference to the church. Jacob refers to Israel 100% of the time.
The main focus of the tribulation period is Israel and the Jews. This is the time period in which God pours His wrath and judgement out upon the Jews and the world at large for their rejection of our Messiah.
This is the time period in which the Jews, en mass will see through the lifting veil that their Messiah is our Messiah and that He is preparing to come back a second time. They will be utterly shocked, and astounded to realise that their Messiah is their very own brother!
Imagine the shock of Joseph’s brothers as they realise that Joseph is their brother, the one whom they rejected and left for dead. Well, imagine that shocking, but glorious experience occurring all over Israel and throughout the Jewish world. What incredible drama!
But Satan himself will try all in his power to stop this great revelation. He will and even is now working to do so. He is working through the Arab world, much of the western world, Europe in particular. He is working through much of the church and almost all of the world’s mass media to bring the Jews down.
It’s not because you’re special that God chose you, Israel. It’s not because of your religion, it’s because you’re marked! You’re marked with God’s call and plan, which is irrevocable. (Romans 11:29). He knew that you would ultimately turn to Him and fulfil His calling.
Jeremiah 31:31 “The days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
Ezekiel 37:12-14 “Prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves... I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land...”
Now, our Lord and Saviour is about to put a new Spirit in you, Israel, and remove the hardened heart. So, sing, Israel sing!
Praise the Lord with the harp, make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings, Sing to Him a new song; play skilfully with a shout of joy.
Psalm 96:1-2 “Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord all you earth. Sing to the Lord and bless His name; proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. I will bear the indignation of the Lord...He will bring me forth to the light and I will see His righteousness.”
Israel, it’s your time! It’s your time to face the music for your own rebellion to the living God. It’s your time to face the music of the wrath of Satan, the wrath of man, the wrath of the Arab nations, the wrath of the great bear of the north, the wrath of the wolves in the pulpits– all in their deep deception and ignorance!
Israel. It’s your time. That terrible veil of blindness is being lifted even now and you are beginning to see your majestic, glorious Jewish Messiah emerging from behind the veil. O, yes Israel, you are about to face the music, but can you hear that incredible heavenly music? Can you hear the trumpets heralding your conversion? Talk about a triumphal entry to the blast of a million trumpets into the eternal purposes of the living God!
Israel, do you hear the music? Do you hear the trumpet blasts? Do you know what they mean? Do see you your Messiah, your Brother holding out His forever nail-pierced hands to you, in beautiful forgiving welcome?
Matthew 23:37-39 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See, your house is left to you desolate. I say to you, you shall see Me no more, till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”
Romans 11:25-26 “I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so, all Israel will be saved.”
Many Jews are already saying “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.” Many are turning to Him now. The majority will do so in the tribulation period, but why wait. Do it now!
By the way, if there is a post-tribulation rapture, it is the “time of the church’s trouble”, not Jacob’s.
If there is post- tribulation rapture, why are 144,000 all Jews, the focus of God’s work of evangelism in the tribulation? (Revelation 7:4-8)
So, when does your time begin, Israel?
We can see in all the current news events that Israel’s time is starting up right now. We will see Israel becoming the focus of intense conflict now. The great battle in the spirit realm is beginning to intensify and it will manifest more and more in the natural realm now.
But we are not in the tribulation period or any part of it yet. This will be when Israel becomes the main focus.
Luke 21:24 “They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led away captive into all nations, and Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.”
One prophecy teacher has pointed out in his most recent work that the tribulation has to begin at the close of a Shemitah year and cycle. He maintains that it can now only be in seven year times at the earliest, because that’s when the next Shemitah is.
That’s quite logical, but here is my problem with this. It is based on the presumption that we have the dates correct. It presumes that the calendar is absolutely right. You see, it doesn’t really matter what calendar you use, they all have discrepancies and a few variables within them.
There is another big problem and that is that God stopped reckoning the Shemitah and jubilee when Israel was out of favour with Him. That’s an important consideration. What we have been doing is counting the Shemitahs and jubilees as though there was no break in them. That’s fine to get some sort of picture, but can we count them with absolute certainty when God is not?
Now that the Shemitah has passed this time around, does that mean that we have to wait another seven years? For the reason I’ve just presented, I believe not.
So what we have to do is place less emphasis on any calendar and place a lot of emphasis on all the biblical signs. When all the signs begin to line up, then the right calendar dates will emerge. God will reveal more knowledge as we get closer.
That said, we are in the time period of numerous signs appearing very quickly.
In an upcoming edition I will present to you a very compelling study centred on the fact that the Shemitah / jubilee calendar that we have looking at is in fact one year out. Keep your eye on the coming Feast of Trumpets!
The stones will make their music:
Psalm 149: 2-4 “Let Israel rejoice in their Maker; let the children of Zion be joyful in their King. Let them praise His name with dance; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and harp, for the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation.”
Luke 19:40 “I tell you that if these (disciples) should keep silent, the stones would immediately cry out.”
The title image right at the top is a montage I created of the gates into Jerusalem. The Golden Gate (top left) is closed and will be opened by our Messiah Yeshua on His return. Other gates have their own messages. Some display lions – shall we say representing the soon coming Lion of the tribe of Judah. Zion Gate is shot up, filled with bullet holes, the remnants of the war which returned Jerusalem to Jewish control and a lingering horror-sign of upcoming conflict over the city.
Isaiah 60:10-11 “The sons of foreigners shall build up your walls...In My wrath I struck you, but in My favour I have had mercy on you. Therefore your gates shall be continually open and not be shut day or night.”
The stones of Zion Gate have a new frightening association with Zechariah 12:2 “Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem and I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away (divide it) will surely be cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it.”
Do you see and hear the word of the stones full of bullet holes? Every world leader should be locked in a room and made to read that verse above in Zechariah a hundred times and then write it out a thousand times!
It’s not just the stones that will cry, sing and dance. Israel’s coming peace will be celebrated by the mountains and the hills breaking forth into singing, and even the trees will clap their hands! (Isaiah 55:12)
Dead, very dead and dry skeletons will come to life and cry out!
Out of the “valley of decision” will come a valley full of very dry bones and miraculously they will start coming to life.
Ezekiel 37: 11-14 “These bones are the whole house of Israel. They indeed say, ‘Our bones are very dry, our hope is lost and we are cut off. Behold, O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up and bring you into the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord...I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live, and I shall place you in your own land...”
By the way, this chapter ends with talk that sounds very much like the Third Temple!
The final and great end-time purpose of and for the Jews is found in a number of incredible verses:
Isaiah 60:3 “The Gentiles shall come to your (Israel) light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Acts 13:47 “I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah 49:3 “You are My servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”
Do you see that saved Jews will be the messengers of our Lord to the Gentile world in the tribulation period?
The stupidity of resisting God’s plans for Israel:
Iran has proclaimed her own destruction! Iran’s leaders have recently proclaimed that Israel will not exist in 20 years. Iran, you are doomed with all other nations who did the same thing! You have proclaimed your own doom and destruction with your own mouth. It is on the way!
Isaiah 60:14 “The sons of those who afflicted you (Israel) shall come bowing to you...”
The Palestinian stones have got them nowhere except into the firing line of the Israeli Army. Just like Goliath of old, their weapons have been unable to bring down David, who, on the other hand had his stones guided supernaturally by God to the target.
Now, Israel, take note of the next verse! In this single small, succinct verse of scripture, which you have ignored, is the very reason for all your troubles. If you had obeyed this verse when you entered the Promised Land, you would not be faced with it now!
Judges 2:2-3 “You shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars. But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this? Therefore, I will not drive them out before you, but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.”
But we are now at the end of the great drama, Israel, you will respond to this verse above and you will be victorious after great battles, and the tables will be turned as revealed in the verse below.
Jeremiah 30:16 “All those who devour you (Israel) shall be devoured; and all your adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity. Those who plunder you shall become plunder, and all who prey upon you shall become prey.”
Isaiah 51:22-23 “See I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling, the dregs of the cup of My fury; ‘You shall no longer drink it. But I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, lie down that we might walk over you.’”
Your biggest enemy is your friend in disguise. It is the world’s mass media. The inspiration of the media is the god of lies, while the God of truth has another message altogether. Be careful what and who you believe, Israel. The world’s mass media is of powerful, dangerous, demonic spirits, which they can’t even see or know exist.
Some characteristics of the time:
The Lord will bring back the Jews to their land from the four corners of the earth, from all nations where they have been scattered. They will have been preserved as a nation in the diaspora. The land will be too small to contain the full regathering.
The deserts of Israel will blossom and bear fruit, tree planting will turn the wilderness into an Eden. Ruined cities, gardens and vineyards will be restored. The regathering will be a “banner to the nations”. Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone to all nations. The Jews will never again be uprooted from their land. The Lord will expand the borders of Israel. The nations will attempt to divide the land and the city. The Lord will bring salvation to the Jews and put in them a new spirit.
We must understand that there are two dimensions revealed in prophecy for Israel in these days.
God will bring His untold glory, blessing and victory to the Jews. He will also not let them off the hook, and bring severe punishment upon them for their rebellion. Do you know what the best thing to do here is? Don’t question God, just accept and believe Him and His perfect word.
The Temple on the Mount:
Stones, walls, gates, passions, tempers, tantrums, promises and prophecy are all part of the dramatic mix that makes up Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount is the most important and valuable piece of property on this earth. It is sacred to the Muslims, Jews and some Christians. It is called “The Noble Sanctuary of Jerusalem” and the “Har HaBayut” (Hebrew). It is also called Mount Moraih and Mount Zion. It has eleven gates, ten reserved for Muslims only. The area is 37 acres in size.
Tradition has it that God gathered the dust from this mount to create Adam. This was the site of Abraham’s offering of Isaac, a type of the events of the cross and a type of Israel itself in that Isaac’s offspring, Jacob had his name changed to Israel.
The Temple was the site of the revered Holy of Holies. As such it has always represented the presence of God on the earth, before Pentecost.
This is currently the site of the imposter “temples,” The Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. This was the site of the First Temple, the Second Temple and will be the site of the soon coming Third Temple. It will not be the site of the fourth or Millennium Temple.
The Bible predicts in a number of places that a new temple will stand on the Temple Mount at the half-way mark into the tribulation.
Because it is spoken of in prophecy, it will be built very soon. This Third Temple will be important to the religious Jews at that time. It will be the temple in which the antichrist declares himself as God.
At the Second Advent, our Lord will enter this temple through the Golden Gate, now sealed closed. The Bible doesn’t lay out the details, but it appears that He will destroy this temple because it had been polluted by the antichrist. The new Millennium temple will be built on another location, out in the desert. (Ezekiel 40-48).
Because of the role of this Third Temple, Jews and Muslims will fight to the death over it.
Expect the current troubles to escalate dramatically now. Expect major conflict over the Temple Mount. Expect huge conflict and expect it now.
The big (very big) thing:
We all know the dreaded prophecies of Isaiah 17 and the one-day destruction of Damascus, the horror prophecies of Ezekiel 38 &39, also referred to as WW111 involving Russia, Iran and many nations of the world. We know the prophecies of Psalm 83 and the Arab confederacy calling for the destruction of Israel.
All of these wars may happen very close to each other or even merge into each other. They may occur inside the tribulation, but they appear to be pre-tribulation wars.
We all know that they are simmering and seething right now. But here is the big thing:
None of these events and brewing wars are the actual prophetic wars yet. They are all missing one key prophesied nation, which is Israel.
Prophecy requires the involvement of Israel in these big wars. This is the big thing we must wait and watch for. Until Israel is involved, these prophecies are in preparation phase. But be aware that this lot can all and most probably will occur very fast. In fact Israel could be drawn into active conflict in a day.
Of course we are already seeing the development of the third Intifada, but these are minor skirmishes compared to what is coming.
The entire Middle East situation is currently charged with explosive emotion and content. It is supernaturally charged and ready to go bang! It will happen very quickly.
Jewish people, your Brother, your very own Brother, the King of King and Lord of Lords is about to turn to you in judgement, mercy, love and all truth. He will make you an eternal excellence. Your time is now, open your hearts in repentance and turn to Him.
If only you could all see Him now, you would already fall on your faces with thanksgiving for the incredible future that lies right before you.
The lion sleeps tonight! Not for long though! I took this picture of my friend, Willie Joubert, the owner of Mabula Game Reserve with one of his beautiful lions.
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Shalom and grow in grace!