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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 365: May 23th 2017.
Today, May 23rd is Jerusalem Day. It is the day commemorating the return of Jerusalem to Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967. It is also called Re-unification Day. This day is part of the prophesied restoration of all of Israel and the return of the Jews to the land. It’s all linked and tied together in the will and plan of God for the close of the age.
Before the replacement theology crowd start barking at me again, let me explain: The true born-again believer, Jew and Gentile has no need of a city, a building or any physical place, including Rome, and its abdominal Vatican.
Hebrews 13:14 “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
Our Messiah Himself is our perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, and He resides in our hearts and not in buildings.
But there most certainly is a prophetic aspect to Jerusalem that we dare not ignore or play down. It is the centre-stage of the entire end-time prophetic reality.
But let’s first discuss the Trump visit to the Middle East and what it means now.
The Trump visit to the Middle East:
The grand stage continues to be set – fast!
President Trump’s first stop was Saudi Arabia, the home of the Sunni Muslims. They are the eternal enemies of the Shia Muslims centred in Iran. Obama supported the Shia. So Trump has turned that on its head. But more than a conciliatory meeting and speech, the enmity between Iran and the Saudi’s has been revived.
Trump has demonstrated his ignorance of true biblical Christianity by claiming that all three of the monotheistic religions worship the same God. Hogwash, Mr. President!
But there are much deeper issues involved here, which are unfolding. I will share much more on this as we go forward.
The Bible word “Sheba” is the name for current day Saudi Arabia. The word is Strong’s H 7614, “Sheba,” meaning; “seven” or an “oath.”
Ezekiel 38:13-15 “Sheba (Saudi Arabia), Dedan (Yemen), the merchants of Tarshish, and all their young lions (Commonwealth nations headed by US) will say to you, ‘Have you come to take plunder? Have you gathered your army to take booty, silver and gold, livestock, goods and great plunder?’...Then you (Gog) will come from the far north, with many with you, a great company and a mighty army.”
These verses above are part of the well-known, familiar passage referring to what will no doubt be WW111, which is due very soon.
►Does the meaning of this word “Sheba,” show us anything? Is there some sort of “oath” coming maybe for “seven” years that would involve the Sunni Muslims? Or is the message that this historic Middle East trip began in Sheba (Saudi Arabia), and it marks the beginning of the process leading to the coming “seven year / oath”?
What is amazing is that right up until the end of the Obama rule; Saudi Arabia was not really seen as an ally of the US. How quickly things have changed!
Another possible effect of this provides a way for the Trump-led US to deconstruct Obama’s nuclear “death to Israel” deal with Iran, and pave the way for military action against Iran, with the Saudi’s as an ally. Of course it could also inspire Iran to move much more quickly in its stated objective of eliminating Israel.
The peace deal:
Trump met Abbas in Bethlehem to discuss peace with Israel. Nothing of substance emerged from the meeting, or did it? Actually, it was a key meeting of great importance. It was the first time that Abbas declared his willingness to pursue peace with Israel.
Trump has offered to facilitate further meetings, all leading to a big, and new final peace signing deal. The whole world is being primed to receive and accept the peace deal that will in reality be a war-deal and a deal with the devil!
I’m not suggesting that Trump, Abbas, Netanyahu or anyone else that we know is the coming antichrist. We just don’t know that yet. I suspect it will be someone else, soon to hit the headlines.
So, we don’t have dates yet or details, but the process is now underway, with all sides being willing partners (for now anyway.) Daniel 9:27 is well on the way!
As a result of the Trump Middle East visit:
●We see preparations for Sheba and Dedan (Saudi Arabia and Yemen) to enter the great war of Gog and Magog on the side of Israel and her allies including the US.
●We see the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant beginning to emerge.
●We will see further identifying aspects of Francis, the false prophet arising.
Jerusalem Day 23rd May:
2 Chronicles 33:4 “...The Lord said, My name shall be in Jerusalem forever.”
This is a most important day! It is the mark of 50 years since Jerusalem was reunited with Israel and restored to the Jews. In 1967 Jerusalem was reclaimed in the Six-Day War. In the first week of June that year, the Jews marched into the old city.
The all important Temple Mount was also restored to Jewish control then. The Temple Mount is under the sovereign control and ownership of the State of Israel, but in an attempt to appease the Muslim Arabs, supervision of the Temple Mount was given to the Wakf, the Muslim body in charge of religious sites.
Hindsight has shown how wrong that was.
The day after the coming Feast of Pentecost, the Jerusalem Sanhedrin will reinstate a Temple ceremony which defines and establishes the borders of Jerusalem. This rite was last performed by Nehemiah in the sixth century BC. After the borders are designated and marked, the Thanksgiving of Nehemiah will be re-enacted. (BIN 9th May)
2017 less 1967 is 50! This is the number of Jubilee! So this Jerusalem Day is being seen as much more significant than others because it is Jerusalem’s modern Jubilee.
Is this now all leading to the end of the “times of the Gentiles?” The answer is yes.
Jerusalem shall be trodden down by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles is fulfilled. (Luke 21:24)
This marks the major start of the salvation of God to the Jews.
Some Jerusalem facts:
Isaiah 66:8-10 “Who has heard of such a thing...Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation (Israel) be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed, she gave birth to her children...rejoice and be glad O Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you who love her...”
The verses above link the rebirth of Israel in 1948 and Jerusalem. The rebirth and restoration are required - for the rebirth and restoration of the Jews to our Lord.
The name “Jerusalem” appears 806 times in the Bible. (Zero times in the Quran!) It was established 4000 years ago.
Our Lord was falsely accused, arrested, tried and executed in Jerusalem and even betrayed. The world today does the same.
He rose from the dead in Jerusalem and ascended to heaven from Jerusalem. He will soon return again to Jerusalem. The world can do nothing about that!
●Jerusalem is where the church was born at Pentecost – a new dispensation.
●Jerusalem is called “The city of peace.” (Revealed in its name.)
●Jerusalem is called “The city of the great King.” (Matthew 5:35)
●Jerusalem is called “The holy city.” (Isaiah 52:1; 66:20)
●Jerusalem is called “The city of our God.” (Psalm 48:1)
●Jerusalem has been “chosen by God.” (2 Chronicles 6:6)
●Jerusalem (and Israel) is the city for which our Lord is “jealous.” (Zechariah 1:14)
●Jerusalem is the city over which our Lord wept. (Luke 19:41)
●Jerusalem is the city that will be defended by our Lord. (Zechariah 14:11-12)
First and last kings:
The first and last kings of Jerusalem are one and the same! The first king of Salem, 4000 years ago was Melchizedek . He was a type of Messiah. Some believe he was actually a pre-incarnate Messiah.
Abraham went to Mount Moriah to offer his son Isaac to the Lord. This was also some 4000 years ago. This mount was where the two previous Temples stood. The last King of Jerusalem will be none other than Yeshua Himself.
He will return to earth at the spot where He left, the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount. He will enter the Old City through the Golden Gate, bricked up for many centuries awaiting the Lord.
This was where our Lord began His work of revealing His plan of salvation to the world. This was where the great work of redemption as seen in the cross of Calvary occurred and it will be the headquarters of His final work with man.
No wonder Satan has chosen Jerusalem for his evil works. It’s simply because God has chosen the city and placed His name there.
Zechariah 3:2 “The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you’!
No wonder all the nations of the earth will be gathered against Jerusalem in battle, in the final days of the tribulation period.
Jerusalem saw the manifestation of salvation for the world and will see the manifestation of Satan in the form of the antichrist. Jerusalem will see both the biggest victory of God and the greatest failure and defeat of Satan and his followers ever.
My own experience:
I have mentioned this before, but for me it is profound. I recall walking the dusty streets of Jerusalem, lined with stone buildings. I recall sitting on the Mount of Olives looking over old Jerusalem and being struck, not so much by the physical place, but by the fact that our Messiah would soon be right there again.
I was moved by a constant feeling of Déjà vu, a sort of recognition and identity, but also a feeling of ominous, impending disaster just on the horizon!
For me it was a strange, apocalyptic and wonderful experience. In a way, I could almost see it all unfolding already.
I knew deep inside why this place is so important and why it will be a place of such massive contention in the near future. Looking over Jerusalem, I knew why the Psalmist says to pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
Looking over Jerusalem, I knew that I would personally have a lot more to do with it in the future. That has turned out to be this publication itself and its many wonderful results.
The atmosphere of Jerusalem is as dead as the dust for those with no spiritual eyes, and electric and alive to those with prophetic eyes!
In a certain sense, there is so much with eternal consequences and eternity attached, that comes right out of Jerusalem, and will again soon, in the run up to our Messiah’s return to this city.
Our Lord looked over the city with prophetic eyes and wept, because of what He could see and what He knew was coming.
In many ways, Jerusalem encapsulates the whole world. It is a microcosm of the world, as it rejects God’s will. The nations of the world did not recognise neither the King of the Universe, nor His will and plan for Israel and Jerusalem, “Therefore He hid these things from their eyes!”
Today, almost the entire world has the significance of Jerusalem hidden to them. They have been blinded by God in their pride and presumption. (Matthew 11:25)
Jerusalem was trodden down by the Gentiles, including numerous Gentile empires, and evil Catholic popes. But the word of prophecy has a sting in its tail for all the devil’s disciples. “Jerusalem will be trodden down by the Gentiles, UNTIL...”
Interestingly, the Bible predicts that our Lord will return to the Mount of Olives, from which He ascended. It says, “His feet shall stand upon the Mount...” Just a short distance in front of the Mount will be the rebuilt temple, now with Satan standing in it!
They (Jews) will “look upon the one whom they pierced” in Jerusalem, and the Spirit of grace and supplication will pour out upon them.
Jeremiah 3:17 “At that time (when Israel returns) Jerusalem shall be called the Throne of the Lord, and all the nations shall be gathered to it...they shall walk no more after the stubbornness of their evil heart.”
Isaiah 33:20 “Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; your eyes will see Jerusalem, a quiet habitation.”
Isaiah 62:6-7 “I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, and give Him no rest till He establishes and until He makes Jerusalem a praise in all the earth.”
Psalm 122:6-7 “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May they prosper who love you. Peace be within your walls, prosperity within your palaces.”
Critical, exciting times:
What is coming now with Jerusalem will enrage many nations. It will all cause great conflict. It will be the cause of many individual people to be shattered and others to be thankful to our Lord.
Many will now be confronted with great insecurity. They will begin to fall apart! Their stress levels will go through the roof in an instant producing heavy depression.
They will be given to hopelessness, fear and uncertainty. Many will arise in anger and hostility.
What we will see now is conflict between Satan and God break out like never before. It will manifest in nations and people. At the same time these very issues will be the cause of many turning to our Lord for salvation.
We will see the veil of spiritual blindness upon the Jews to their Jewish Messiah being removed more and more.
These are exciting times.
One thing we need to bear in mind is that Jerusalem in the tribulation period will be a city of purity and holiness.
The constant attacks on Jerusalem by the Palestinians, the UN and churches of replacement theology will come to a sudden and bitter end after the Second Coming.
Psalm 137:5-7 “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let My right hand forget her skill...Remember O Lord, against the sons of Edom, (Modern Palestinians) the day of Jerusalem, who said, ‘raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!’”
We can be sure that we are now right at the start of major changes. As goes Jerusalem, so goes the world!
This “Jerusalem Day” marks the start of transition. It will all speed up now.
Be careful of coming deception in relation to God’s plans for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Can you in all sincerity say that you love our Lord – really? If so, do you love His plans revealed in His word?
The name of an evil king of Syria who came against the Jews, trying to stop them on their way to the Promised Land was Og. The name means “Baked in ashes!”
My friends, Jerusalem will soon be the place of great conflict - another Holocaust. God’s enemies will all be baked in ashes again! Don’t be one of them!
This is one of my lion pictures which I’ve blended into the image of the Golden Gate, Jerusalem. I’ve used gold leaf as well, and stuck the butterfly in to represent coming freedom.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!