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Edition 441: October 29th 2018
How long, O Lord?
The big question every believer wants to know is how much longer until the coming of the Lord? So many prophetic things are all lined up and ready to go. It’s like all the actors are in the wings, the lights are dimming but the curtain is still down.
Prophetic events are like a fuse burning, a ticking time bomb; a clock with one minute to go! It’s like an elastic band stretched out and wound up. It’s like the ultimate war-lord with a hand hovering over the big red button.
So here we sit waiting patiently and some like me, not so patiently. Will someone please hit that big red button already! But do not become discouraged. Our Lord’s will, must not offend.
Acts 17:31 “He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness, by the Man whom He has ordained.”
Zechariah 14:7-8 “It shall be one day which is known to the Lord...and in that day living waters shall flow from Jerusalem...And the Lord shall be King over all the earth.”
Hebrews 10:25 “...As you see the Day approaching.”
1 Thessalonians 5:4-5 “You brethren are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. Therefore let us not sleep as others do, but let us watch and be sober.”
As we look at the verses above, we see that our Lord knows the exact day, and that we are to be in the light in this regard. That does not means we will know the exact day, but to fulfil these verses, it will have to be very close to the exact time.
(The verse that speaks of the Lord not knowing the day, applied to the time-period when He was here on this Satan-infested earth.)
I think there is very little time left. Personally, I doubt we can go any further than the Feast of Trumpets next year. That is already stretching things! It is more likely that we will see things develop very rapidly now, and perhaps within months.
As you see, I’m avoiding actual date setting, down to a day, but not the wider time period.
Habakkuk 1:2 “O Lord, how long shall I cry, and You will not hear? Even cry, ‘Violence!’ and you will not save.” The Lords reply: “Look among the nations and watch – be utterly astounded! I will work a work in your days which you would not believe, though it were told you. For indeed, I am raising up the Chaldeans (Babylonians)...”
The verse above has a prophetic dimension to it, with Babylon being a type of the modern world. It must become fully “ripe.” That’s happening right now!
►James 5:7-8 “Be patient brethren, until the coming of the Lord...Be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.”
I really don’t like the first part of this verse above. I don’t want to be patient! But I suppose that’s just tough, so I have to grin and bear it! But the second part of the verse, I really do love. So, let’s just get on with the job, but always with a keen, impatient eye on prophetic developments.
You know that lousy feeling when you run out of time to complete something, wishing you had started sooner? That feeling should motivate us now to establish our hearts and be ready.
Isaiah 49:23 “...They shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Establish (sanctify) your hearts...urgently:
So, we are told to “establish our hearts” while we wait for the Lord.
If you are saved your heart is already established. But “heart” sometimes refers to our soul, or self-life which is where we must do the work of sanctification. This word means “to make as a saint.”
●Holy: Strong’s H6944. “Qudesh.” Meanings: Apart, separate, pure, sacred.
●Saint: Strong’s G40. “Hagios.” Meanings: Holy, set apart, pure.
Sanctify, is the same root word as saint, which is the same root word as holy.
Leviticus 20:7 “Sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am the Lord your God.”
Now, let’s look briefly at one of those wonderful, strange ways of God’s working:
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I sanctified you.”
Apart from destroying the abortionist view that life only begins at birth, this verse above, is mysterious! Before we were born, we were sanctified – made holy! How can anything be done for us before we were born?
It’s all related to one little word – foreknowledge. God knew us before the foundation of the earth, never mind before being born! (Ephesians 1:4) He knows what choices you will make in the future, even now. We can’t comprehend that.
So, now we have to establish our hearts renew our minds and sanctify ourselves. But how much easier when we know that God knows that we will do it and walk in ways He has already prepared.
Acts 20:32 “I commend you to God and to His word of grace, which is able to build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.”
When you have spent half your life or more studying all about our Lord, led by His Spirit, praying and growing, you can do nothing but love Him more. The more you draw near to Him, the greater you fear Him as well. But this is a safe fear. It neutralises all other fears and gives birth to many wonderful things.
The unsaved don’t sanctify themselves. Manu believers too are in love with the world and do nothing to prepare themselves for eternity.
Psalm 52:3-4 “You love evil more than good, and lying rather than speaking righteousness. You love all devouring words, you deceitful tongue.”
Jeremiah 14:10 “Thus says the Lord to the people: They have loved to wander, they have not restrained their feet. Therefore the Lord does not accept them. He will remember their iniquities now, and punish their sins.”
2 Timothy 3:4 (Amp) “They will be treacherous, betrayers, rash and inflated with self-conceit. They will be lovers of sensual pleasures and vain amusements more than lovers of God.”
●The course of this temporary world is down. (Ephesians 2:2) It is getting worse, with no restraint. Life’s journey in the world is towards increasing darkness, because that is the nature of the god of the world.
●The course of this eternal kingdom is up. (Daniel 2:44) It’s a journey in the light, towards the light. It is a journey of increasing holiness, consciousness and resentment of sin, with growing multi-dimensional peace.
The world can’t do it, because the key to the end of sin does not come by trying to be good, but by death. Death to sin occurs on the cross only! Only the cross creates true holiness.
In this shocking verse below (and there are many other similar verses), we see the end result of not giving attention to sanctification:
Revelation 3:4 “You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with Me in white for they are worthy.”
The previous verses call for watchfulness and repentance! Note well that only a few were worthy!
The mind of modern man thinks he is invincible and needs no guidance and especially, no judge. That’s just why the world is in a mess and deteriorating.
Most people are seeking a better life in the world. They are seeking some reward at the end of the rainbow. But outside of God, when they find the end, they find they’re in hell.
Do you dream of being wonderfully, truly wealthy with God, forever in eternity? Is your treasure laid up in heaven?
Modern man has reduced himself to the level of a robot, cold and dead, but blindly alive to the devil. In his deep darkness he can’t even see that the family of man are charging down the wrong road.
With the world of digital automation has come the loss of dirty, muddy kids, which are healthy kids. ‘Automated’ modern kids are destitute of character, forever spoilt.
The unsaved can’t see their own dark kingdom, because their “lamp” emits darkness!
Luke 11:34-35 “The lamp of the body is the eye. When your eye is good, your whole body is full of light, but when your eye is bad, your whole body is full of darkness. Take heed that the light that is in you is not really darkness.”
Only in His light do we see the kingdom of God and also the kingdom of darkness. If you only see one, your light is faulty. Light shows up the devil, evil and sin. Light shows us holiness.
Proverbs 20:27 “The spirit of man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.”
The one who judges himself and examinses himself in line with the word is full of God’s light! (2 Corinthians 13:5, 1 Corinthians 11:31,)
We need the spirit of wisdom and revelation now like never before. We need to put on the whole armour of God now! It’s easy to become discouraged when having to wait, but wait and stay strong.
The time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine. (2Timothy 4:3) Deceiving imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving many. (2Timothy 3:13-14) Error will overthrow the faith of some! (2Timothy 2:15-18) That means that false doctrine lets the enemy in. (Acts 20:27)
Standing with Israel:
Israel is God’s time clock. We must hear its heartbeat!
If you have a valuable treasure chest and you’ve lost the key, and then suddenly you find the key, you will love it, and value it. The Jews are that key! They are the key to open the treasure of salvation to themselves and all others who would be saved in the tribulation.
Our job as Christians is to recognise them as a highly valuable key, but more than that – to love them. Your love for the Jews is also a key to the treasure chest of eternal reward for you!
We see that the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3:7 has this key. Here it is called the “key of David,” and is directly associated with those who help (father) Jerusalem. (Isaiah 22:21-22)
God’s purpose is to graft the Jews back into their olive tree again. (Romans 11:24-25)
Because of Israel’s fall they were cut off from their own olive tree and grace went to the Gentiles in a new dispensation.
God brings Israel out of the world to bring them into their land and then His kingdom. That’s just the same for us. We are brought out of the world, by new-birth, into a cross-cleansed kingdom within us, and then to heaven at the rapture.
The world and the worldly church will meet their god with his feet on the cursed dust of the ground. We, the true church, will meet our Lord in the air, putting superman to total shame.
Numbers 23:9 (Amp) “From the top of the hills, I see Israel, the people, dwelling alone. They shall not be reckoned among the nations.”
Do you see this incredible verse above? That’s why Israel is hated by the world! It can’t and won’t assimilate into the world because God has a separate, holy plan for them.
If you can’t see yourself as a Christian in this verse above too, you better go back to the drawing board! We are not reckoned with the nations!
►We are about to see the Trump / Kushner “deal of the century” to bring peace to Israel by forcing some sort of assimilation on them. It will lead to the soon coming deal with the antichrist!
The real reason behind anti-Semitism and its evil twin, replacement theology, is because Israel can’t fit in with the nations and the world-church. The god of the world, doesn’t like that, but God’s plans will win through.
Psalm33:4 “The word of the Lord is right and all His work is done in truth.”
Jeremiah 31:13 “...I will turn their mourning into joy.”
Standing against Israel:
If you are a church of replacement theology, you must go through the tribulation. If the church has replaced Israel and Israel is the key to the salvation of the Gentiles in the tribulation – that’s you!
Apart from being blind and ignorant of the scriptures, you will be under a curse as you stand against Israel. That curse will deepen your blindness and compound your problems.
These issues are major spiritually charged end-time issues and dramas. Be warned.
Powerful occult forces, curses and doctrines of demons will intensify greatly in the coming days around this subject – Israel.
►Israel is the ultimate prodigal son! God has not forsaken Israel. Israel will be in trouble with God “until!” (Romans 11:25)
Micah 7:9-10 “I (Israel) will bear the indignation of the Lord because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness. Then my enemy will see and be covered with shame...”
God has always treated Israel’s rebellion severely. That’s because He has put His name, His glory and His honour in them (Including Jerusalem.) But God knows that they will soon repent and be restored. The world does not know that and can’t see it.
Outside of God, man can’t know any of these things. He can’t know God, His nature or character, or His judgements, or His righteousness, or holiness.
The wonders of Bible prophecy:
Prophecy is the missing element from all world religions. But one third of the Bible deals with prophecy in some way. That means that the churches that won’t touch Bible prophecy are of the world’s spirit. You can see it many other areas too.
Bible prophecy deals with the coming of the Lord, judgement, heaven, hell and much more!
Bible prophecy distinguishes the true Messiah from the antichrist.
One of the main objections Jews have to Yeshua being the Messiah is that He did not bring peace to the world as prophecy requires. Have a look at the following verse:
Matthew 4:8 “The devil took Yeshua up an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give to you, if you will fall down and worship me.’ Then Yeshua said to him, ‘Away with you Satan, for it is written, you shall worship the Lord your God only and Him only will you serve.’”
Satan has executive authority (Strong’s G1849 “Exousia) over the kingdoms of the world. (Ephesians 2:1-3, 6:12) But, God’s kingdom is now in Spirit and in our hearts. So, peace is here now. Only at the Second Coming, when the world-system is destroyed, will full world-peace come.
Another often mentioned objections to Yeshua being the Messiah is that If He is, why have Christians persecuted millions of Jews for so long?
That is a deep tragedy. The answer is two-fold. It is that much of the persecution occurred at the hands of counterfeit Christians. The Catholics of the dark ages were far from being Christians! The second response is that cursed replacement theology has infiltrated much of the church in these days. Replacement theology leads to replacement reality!
According to prophecy, the antichrist will promise to bring in world peace in unity and love.
The antichrist will say that he is here to bring love, peace, harmony and unity to the world. Yeshua will bring war, wrath, and destruction to the world. He will then create a new born-again world, an Eden on earth, a paradise of glory and deep eternal peace.
If you go through life without the knowledge of Bible prophecy, you have no concept of what sin is or righteousness and judgement. You are adrift in a storm without a rudder.
Genesis 28:16 “Then Jacob arose from his sleep and said: ‘Surely the Lord is in this place and I did not know it.’”
The verse above speaks of Jacob who became Israel, but it applies excellently to all who awake to spiritual sight. Suddenly, they see the “Lord in this place!”
●Do not delay your repentance. Do not delay your pursuit of God through His word. The Lord is already “in this place!”
The current situation:
The biggest return of Jews to Israel will be from the USA. The murderous shooting of Jews at Pittsburgh recently may well lead to the start of the great prophecy in which our Lord “roars and brings His sons home from the west.” (Hosea 11:10)
Right now Russia, Iran, Syria, Gaza, Golan, Lebanon / Hezbollah and the Palestinians are all waiting in the wings. They are all aligned ready and waiting. I’m not really interested in all the minor news events relating to these issues. It’s the big picture that is of vital importance.
We are seeing a worldwide, consistent development amongst liberal, lefties. They are all quickly consolidating into beasts. They are all raging with the same voice. They and their leaders are all raging in unison against the virtues and values of our Lord.
Psalm 33:16 “No king (world leader) is saved by the multitude of an army, or a mighty man delivered by great strength. (in numbers)
We will see the preparations for the soon-coming antichrist summit. We will see the beginning of the major wars of prophecy, starting up.
The entire Middle East is ticking and tocking! The picture is becoming amazingly clear.
So, in our wait for our Lord of glory, we sanctify ourselves urgently. We line up with God’s word on Israel, we watch for the main prophetic events.
How long, O lord? Soon and very soon!
People who are truly godly cause others to see a glimpse of God and to turn to and reflect on God. It often causes the unsaved to stop and think, even if they don’t respond now.
The unsaved have to try to be self-important and self-sufficient in their pride. Their pride is linked to the world-system which is the great manifestation of pride – all doomed
►Pride is trying to be someone you’re not. We, as true Christians are becoming someone we are!
This is composite of a few of my pictures: Sunset, olive tree, kokerboom, elephant.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!