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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 425: July 10th 2018
The course of the nations:
Invisible strings attach the nations to their prime controller. The nations are on course – a deadly course of decay in the dark. The nations are contaminated and must go bad.
Degeneration and deterioration are the keywords.
The collective consciousness and group-speak of the nations is a deadly thing. It gives confirmation to the plan of the devil. You need to know the ways of God well to escape the terrible grip of band-wagon thinking. The contraposition is where the truth is.
If the kingdom of God could be called a nation, it is increasing in glory, majesty, magnificence, splendour, triumph and all things good, even now and will be forever.
One thing we must realise is that the course of the nations cannot continue for much longer without judgement coming upon the whole world.
Lucifer tried to exalt himself above God. In so doing, he also exalts himself above God’s law, which is why the nations are in such a mess. They are trying to be above the law! As such, they are a law unto themselves, and failing miserably!
Jeremiah 10:23 “O Lord, I know the way of man is not in himself; it is not in man who walks to direct his own steps.”
Jeremiah 17:5 “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord.”
The Bible says that the “truth is being cast down in the street.” (Isaiah 59:14)That means the law of God is also being cast down. It is the law which identifies sin.
We as believers have a higher law – the law of life in Messiah in our hearts.
By casting down God’s laws and exalting their own ways, the unsaved are being hit with the huge double whammy of no identification of sin, and no restraint!
The nations in their quest to change and do away with God’s laws have let a genie out of the bottle. Just like wafting smoke, you can’t put it back in!
God’s choice and way is to have nations with defined, separate identities and strong borders. This is the case for Israel and also the nations of the world. The reason is simple. Nations under God can keep evil out and righteousness in, effectively.
This does not mean a nation must become a theocracy, but it does mean that God-based laws and leaders that respect God’s laws, should be in place.
A godly nation does not mean that all people are automatically saved. “The whole world lies under the wickedness of the wicked one.” (1 John 5:19) But it is God’s will to have stable secure nations, as revealed in the verse below, and for the reason shown.
1 Timothy 2:1-2 “Pray for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence ...for God desires all men to be saved and come to knowledge of the truth.”
When a nation is under God in peace and quiet, it is easier for the gospel to go out.
A nation under God is impacted in the areas of family, church and state. That’s like the tripod of stability. If you remove one leg, the tripod will fall over.
Acts 17:26-28 “He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on the earth, and determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, so that they should seek the Lord and find Him...for in Him we live and move and have our being.”
Psalm 147:13-14 “He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed you children within you. (Jerusalem) He makes peace in your borders...”
All nations and world economies are heading for international domination and control. Here is the shocking, soon coming reality:
Isaiah 10:13-14”By the strength of my hand (antichrist) I have done it, and by my wisdom for I am prudent. I also have removed the boundaries of the people, and have robbed their treasuries. I have put down the inhabitants like a valiant man. My hand has found like a nest the riches of the people, and as one gathers eggs that are left, I have gathered all the earth, and there was no one who moved his wing, nor opened his mouth with even a peep.”
Revelation 13:3 “...All the world marvelled and followed the beast.”
Revelation13:7 “...Authority was given him (antichrist) over every tribe tongue and nation.”
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind, and they will give their authority and power to the beast.”
When Adam fell, he became a puppet of Satan. He bought into the lie that he could be like God in his independence from God.
►The nations must be removed from being “under God” to being “under Satan”, so that he can gain control of the world. That is what brings God’s wrath and destruction.
Removing the boundaries:
God set boundaries between good and evil. ●He set boundaries between nations. ●He set boundaries betweenmale and female, ●He set boundaries between child and parent. ●He set boundaries for young children, seen in discipline. ●He set the boundaries of law and order. ●He set spiritual boundaries keeping the occult and witchcraft out. ●He set the boundaries of Israel. ●He set the boundaries between the saved and the unsaved. ●He set boundaries betweenheaven and hell.
To create nations under Satan, all of these boundaries must be removed. Chaos and anarchy are the ingredients and working constituents required for mass control by Satan.
You tell me, are any of these boundaries being tampered with today? Yes sir – all of them!
If there was a verse saying, “You shall not eat peanut butter because it sticks to your mouth.” You can be sure that CNN and others of the mass-media would be having 24/7 panel discussions on the virtues of peanut butter!
It is the things of God that are being broken down so that the things of the devil can flood in.
The philosophy behind borderless equality is togetherness as one, with no separation. That necessitates the removal of the cross, because it is the eternal separator!
A classic example of how nations under God can be brought down is seen in Europe today. It was once a godly place – sort of, anyway! Today all things of God are far, far away. Europe is in darkness.
Some nations in Europe are now Juden Frei, meaning free of all Jews. Those countries are now in the process of being run over by Muslims. They have kicked God out and God has let the enemy in like a flood! Mark these words: Economic and political chaos is soon going to explode onto this stage!
Uncontrolled immigration is an attack on a nation’s stability. That is why Israel won’t let the flood of migrants in, like Europe has done.
Generally speaking, border security is not to keep good out, but evil.
The globalists think they are out to destroy nationalism, but they are out to try to destroy God. They are anti-God and His word. The nationalist agenda is God’s way for Israel – all through the Bible. This is also why the liberal left hate Israel and its claim on the land and the city.
The world capital of nationalism is Israel. The world capital of modern globalism is end-time Babylon, the mass-media and all the collective, intellectual dung-heads of the world.
We do in fact have successful, unified globalism right now! True believers are “one new man,” with “neither Jew nor Gentile, male or female” – all one in Messiah. But this new universal, global man is about to go to heaven for seven years and then to glorious eternity.
This kingdom of perfection is exclusive. It is a forbidden kingdom to all the unsaved of the world.
It is written and it will come to pass, and all things will end up God’s way! The “write” of the modern scribes is a powerless,deception!
How to fix any nation’s crime problem in one sentence:
Romans 13:3 “Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good...”
That’s it – one verse, which is the answer to all crime in a nation.
The authorities (police, law) must be a terror to the criminal and seen as such. If not, an inverse takes place and the criminal becomes a terror to society! It’s that simple?
The law must be a terror, or the criminal will be a terror. The law can show mercy when required, but must be the overall God-ordained terror.
This is the way things work in Israel. Their laws against terror are the toughest in the world.
Sin advances because it can. Punishment produces correction and repentance, but if you remove punishment you are in grave danger.
The liberal mind believes in the inherent goodness of man. God believes the opposite!
Interestingly, the criminal mind, motivated by Satan always comes against the authorities. The discourse above in Romans 13, speaks also of authorities as being minsters of God. That simply means that the office of the authority in a nation is of God.
Cain said to the Lord after murdering his brother and being “marked” by the authority of God: “My punishment is more than I can bear.” (Genesis 4:13) That is the root of the criminal’s hatred for the authorities! You see it everywhere.
He was only concerned about himself and not his victim.
Today we see nations that are strongly against crime, being successful and just the opposite, with those weak on crime. They become terrorised by the criminal.
The nation – Israel:
Hitler’s “final solution” for the Jews was the Holocaust. But the world’s biggest backfire ever was that as WW11 ended, Israel became a nation born in a day! (Isaiah 66:8)
Instead of destruction, came the miracle of Israel’s birth as a nation! From death came life.
Now we come to a great modern miracle soon to take place. God will remove the iniquity of Israel in one day! (Zechariah 3:9) So, the nation of Israel was born in a day, and the spiritual birth will take place in one day. Will the spiritual birth occur just as the world goes into tribulation and WW111?
God chose a people, a land and a city to complete His purposes. 40 times in the Bible, God swore an oath to the Jews which included the land for the nation.
The nations hate Israel because it contains the plan of God. The world is of its god – Satan.
Micah 7:9-17 “...He will bring me (Israel) forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness. Then she who is my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, where is the Lord your God? ...The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall put their hand over their mouth. Their ears shall be deaf. They shall lick the dust like a serpent...They shall be afraid of the Lord.”
Zechariah 12:9 “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem!”
Interestingly a nation under Satan is almost always anti-Israel.
The raging nations:
Psalm 2:1-2 “Why do the nations rage and plot a vain thing? The kings and rulers of the earth set themselves to take counsel together against the Lord, saying, ‘let us break their bonds in pieces...”
The nations want to destroy godly ways and structures, which are the “bonding” and strength of the nation. If they can do this, they deliver a weak nation to the devil on a platter!
Why do the nations so blindly accept evil and sin? Why do they fall for the lies of their heroes and villains? The world and the sin-nature of man are all of the same satanic spirit and they can’t see the difference even if they tried!
The nations compare themselves amongst themselves, and set their morality accordingly – not wise! The people become acclimatised to the standard of the nation.
When the masses are complicit there is power. There is strength in unity, even if it’s ungodly.
You can’t make peace with the world. You can’t make the world a place of peace. To do so, would mean that you must make peace with the devil and remove the cross.
The media, the movies, and the entertainment world, always say that they are simply reflecting the morality of the present world. That may be partially true, but the full truth is that they also create an evil morality, giving it authority, and then justifying it with comments like, “Everyone is like this.”
The media are masters of selective editing to create the picture they want.
Proverbs 28:4 (Amp) “Those who forsake the law (word) of God and man, praise the wicked, but those who keep it contend (get angry) with them.”
Psalm 119:53 (Amp) “Burning indignation, terror (Lit=horror) and sadness seize upon me because of the wicked who forsake your law (word.)”
Hosea 4:1-2 There is no mercy, truth or knowledge of God in the land...They break all restraint.”
We are our Lord’s ambassadors of stability in the shaking and raging nations!
Ambassador: One of another country, representing and speaking for his king or emperor.
2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are ambassadors for Messiah, as though God was pleading through us...”
But many of the Lord’s ambassadors have joined up with the world-system and are now total sell-outs that can't be trusted.
Tragically, many vociferous ambassadors are now gone or silent. The world has lost its marbles. It has lost its innocence! It is now guilty as charged!
The world today is the antithesis of holiness and all that is of God. It is evil, wicked, corrupt, obscene, depraved, hateful, vicious, vile, and just plain wrong. Wrath is its future!
When you remove God from a nation, don’t think that democracy has any validity!
The biggest enemy we will face in the run-up to all the end-time events will be the mass-media and the Spirit-less, spineless church.
Satan’s strategy is: “Corrupt them and conquer them.”
►The devil keeps control by keeping nations apart from God and His ways. This is the true apartheid of the mass-media! The mass-media is the self-appointed judge of all. They are evil censors, doing the work of their master. They censor godly ways and life on every front. They are the high-gods of apartheid and censorship.
We need to use spiritual warfare gifts to maintain godly virtues and values in the nations.
Nahum 2:1 “He who scatters has come up before your face. Man the fort! Watch your road! Strengthen your flanks! Fortify your power mightily!”
People love the world because they can’t see it. They see its thin veneer of deceptive beauty. They cannot see its true nature, or its ruler in camouflage.
The Hebrew words for “night” and “mixture” have the same root word. The nations, in their darkness have mixed into their deadly cocktail, all of the world’s wickedness.
Proverbs 28:28 “When the wicked arise, men hide themselves; but when they perish, the righteous increase.”
Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan.
The near future of the nations:
The seriousness, gravity and truth of God’s word are frighteningly revealed and spelt out in the verses below. The full horror of it all will take place in the tribulation period, soon to begin. But as you read through the verses, may they impact you deeply.
Ezekiel 7:5-10 “A disaster, a singular disaster has come! An end has come; it has dawned for you! Doom has come to you, who dwell in the land. A day of trouble is near and not of rejoicing. Upon you, I will soon pour out My fury...I will judge you according to your ways and your abominations...Doom has gone out; the rod has blossomed. Pride has budded.”
Zephaniah 1:14-17 “The great day of the Lord is near, it hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter. The mighty men shall cry out. It is a day of wrath, a day of trouble and distress, a day of devastation and desolation, a day of darkness and gloominess, a day of clouds and thick darkness, a day of trumpet and alarm against the fortified cities and high towers. I will bring distress upon men and they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood shall be poured out like dust, and their flesh like refuse.”
Psalm 33:10-12 “The Lord brings the counsel or the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the plans of His heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, and the people who He has chosen as His own inheritance.”
It is national suicide to kick God out of a nation.
How do you see the nations?
Jeremiah 4:26 “...I looked and behold, all the cities were broken down at the presence of the Lord, by His fierce anger.”
Yeshua loves and nourishes His bride. The antichrist hates and kills his bride the false church and the unsaved of the nations.
Today there is a new normal all around us. It is a normal full of advancing evil and wickedness. This requires the same normal from us and that is: “I have been crucified to the world and it to me.”
When the world is going in the wrong direction, you better be going the other direction fast.
The tragic sum of godless modern man is: “Me now!” and “Do what you will!” But all of this is about to run into the great ruler of the kingdom of God – the eternal, glorious, nation of God!
The course of the nations is doom. But you can live in that gloom perfectly victoriously! There is real revival when the church influences the nation.
Our nation - the kingdom of God, is the answer. Do you have your passport? You need it!
This is one of my paintings from some time ago. It is a mixed media creation using some collage elements, air-brushing and other techniques.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!