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21st June 2019
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The walls of Jerusalem:
Poetry is not really my thing. But I do recall lots of poetic thoughts as I walked around the streets of Jerusalem some time ago. I was awe struck not by where our Messiah walked, but the thrilling thought of where He will walk. The dusty streets, stones and walls became the subject of some paintings I did later. But I’m now going to wax lyrical. I’ve put together a painting of words – for your benefit.
Ancient stones are whispering silent soliloquies, among the sun-burnt walls. Corner-stones of spiritual stability and strength, still stand secure, riddled with holes of the ancient hatred’s bullets, and stained with dried blood of ages past, and present times too.
These stones of Jerusalem’s protection are stones of separation – holy, immovable stones, seemingly dead, but breathing life of living history. The moss-dripping masonry are milestones, with living, green twigs in crags - walls of ruined relics, written into eternity’s word.
Listen to the stones; put your ear to the walls of wisdom. Do you hear the cries of the dead? Do you hear the shrieks of celebration? Do you hear the rocks, the great carved boulders, and the pebbles, anointed with glorious and fearful prophecy?
The scarred stones of poetic justice are again announcing judgement soon to fall. The ancient stones are echoing the warnings of God. No other city-stones speak thus.
Sin's offering, the offspring of evil, will soon yield frightful fruit: Fear, horror, terror and panic. Even the beautiful aged stones of Jerusalem will shiver and shake under earth’s soon quaking!
Yet the calm, confident, contentment of fearless holiness, and eternal beauty will stand secure amongst the strain and stress of destruction's dread.
Sin’s eternal separation from the victory and glory-producing suffering of Calvary will soon be the shock of all shocks to the sin-filled world of self-worship.
Do you see the lion on the wall? Do you hear the eternal Lion, and His severe message? Do you hear God’s trumpets under His Lion’s feet and in His roar?
Can you distinguish between the Lion of God and the roaring counterfeit lion frightening only the spiritually frightened and fragile?
Sound the trumpet! Sound the glistening terrible trumpet. Sound the trumpet of ingathering. Sound the trumpet of great victory! The world’s blinded ears see nothing – fools of tragic fools - deceived in the midst of God’s shining love – rejected!
Sound the trumpet! Sound David’s harp, and raise the golden sword of glorious victory!
The sword of Satan has pierced the Shepherd, but soon the Shepherd’s sword shall strike the roaring serpent and the people will scatter to a certain hell, with all the sin-filled nations drowning in their doomed sin. Babylon’s man-made, imposter-made,confused bricks of mortar will be no more.
Sound the trumpet. Raise the alarm, raise the sword of glory, and roar, Lion of Judah - roar! Awaken your people from fateful slumber, to their coming Lamb.
The stonework of the stonemasons of Jerusalem speaks of salvation past, present, and soon to come. The stones of Jerusalem contain a living message, a message of life, eternal life, freely given but of utmost cost and glorious value.
But you must bow your speak to the speak of these sculptured, weathered virtues. You must fall on your face in the dust before the message of these rocks of ages. As you do, salvation speaks, and soon shouts, lighting the core of your life with unquenchable, immortal fire – the fire of God!
These old speaking stones sing a new song of stern severity, of great gravity. They are sharp, hard stones, but soft and gentle to His own. They are stones of solid prophecy. They will fall on and crush the nations. They speak of things to come, and very soon too.
As we see the spectacular, dramatic, majestic message of the walls of Jerusalem, Let’s take a glimpse into the exclusive, holy, eternity of eternities:
There will be stones of pure silver, streets of glorious gold. All around, imbedded in gates and walls, always open, will be unimaginable jewels. They will be jasper, sapphire, emerald, pearls, topaz, beryl, amethyst, rubies diamonds, and more.
There will be no sun or moon - the light of God’s glory will be everywhere, forever – always.
There will be the tree of life, next to crystal rivers, each tree yielding fruit once a month and there shall be no more curse! Lions shall be your friends.
The army of the Lord will now be the bride of Messiah, bedecked in righteousness, with incorruptible crowns of untarnished magnificence, ready - forever and ever.
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end...”
The Lion of lions, the Lamb of God, the sword of pure peace, will be our very comfort and eternal grace. Stones once silent, will serenade and sing with a song of songs and a descant that will reverberate through the universe.
Are you ready for the great grandeur - the glory to come?
Edition 462: March 26th 2019
The deal of the ages:
These are words of life!
You are of enormous eternal value – potentially!
As the world races off faster and faster to its doom, stress, anxiety and all their offshoots are also racing ahead. The world is trying very hard to rescue the world! That’s like trying to lift yourself up by your shoelaces! You just can’t do it.
The “Deal of the Century” will be the world’s attempt to bring peace to the Middle East, the world’s way, but in the heart of the deal is Satan enshrined, enthroned, but camouflaged.
But the deal of the ages is another story!
Many Christians ignore Bible prophecy to their detriment. Many have been led that way by wolves in pulpits, and many have themselves to blame, being weakened by their neglect.
Most people live for themselves and their home – this world, and have no idea about eternity.
Many worldly Christians are not interested in the things of God. In fact if our Lord was here now in the flesh, they would reject Him for obstructing their fun in the sun. They would choose the criminal, Barabbas again!
Many are pursuing, the ways of Barabbas and his fruits! You can cast down the word of God in the street, or see it as your necessary food, to eat now! (Job 23:12, Jeremiah 15:16)
The deal of the ages begins by design, plan and promise in eternity past and moves through to the cross of Calvary, where the deal was signed in the blood of the Lamb, and on through to eternity, where believers will rule and reign in the universe with our Lord.
God’s deal of the ages:
It all began before the foundation of the world – when our Lord was crucified! (1 Peter 1:20) The deal of the ages is only for the saved.
In the eternal scheme of things, our Lord’s crucifixion runs through all ages. That’s not easy to understand, but it’s the way it is!
John 6:54 “Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood (the cross) has eternal life.”
►Eternal: Strong’s 166 – “Aionios,” Meanings: Ages, everlasting, without end, never ceasing.
Titus 1:2 “God, who cannot lie, before time began, promised us our hope in eternal life.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has put eternity in their hearts.”
John 10:27-28 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.”
John 12:25 “He who loves his life (soul) will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”
2 Corinthians 4:17-18 “Our light affliction which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things seen are temporary, but the things not see are eternal.”
2 Corinthians 5:1 “We know that if our earthly house, this tent (body) is destroyed, we have a building from God, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
God’s deal of the ages is all about eternity!
No peace for the world:
The world cries “peace, peace,” as it works for world peace. There is a peace that the world gives. It is of the god of the world. It’s a lie and a fraud.
John 14:27 “Peace I leave you; My peace I give to you, not as the world gives...”
Isaiah 48:22 “There is no peace, says the Lord, for the wicked.”
John 16:33 “In Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation.”
The unsaved are infused with the fallen, sin-impregnated, unredeemed blood of Adam. The born-again Christian also has the blood of Adam in him, but in his blood is the invisible, sin-free, spiritual, supernatural blood of Messiah!
When you study all the verses relating to destruction of the world-system and compare them to the glory that lies ahead for believers, you can see how far apart these worlds are.
The promise of God to those who are saved is the metamorphosis from this life to glory!
That which God has attached to Himself by word, promise or covenant is of great value. God has placed His own name in Jerusalem, making it of great value, for His purposes. He has attached Himself to Israel, the remnant Jews and to Christians by covenant promise. We are of great value.
We see this in the parable of hidden treasure, where a man finds great treasure hidden in a field and goes and sells everything he has to buy the field, with the treasure therein. A man finds a pearl of great price and sells all that he has to buy it. (Matthew 14:44-46)
This is all about your priorities and what you attach value to.
Paul says that he considers the things of this world as dung compared to the excellence of the knowledge of God. That’s exactly what far too many Christians have attached value to – cow dung!
The Bible says that qualifying believers will receive eternal rewards described as great valuable treasure, gold and silver. The rewards are described as the brightness of the stars. They are also described as valuable, eternal crowns. They are described as the victory prize.
These rewards are not for all Christians. They are exclusively for those who meet the requirements. This is obviously not a salvation issue, but an issue of rewards for those who are already saved.
The five crowns:
●The incorruptible crown. (1 Corinthians 9:25). ●The crown of righteousness. (2 Timothy 4:7-8) ●The crown of life, also called the martyrs crown. (James 1:12 Revelation 2:10) ●The crown of joy. (Philippians 4:1 1 Thessalonians 2:9) ●The crown of glory. (1 Peter 5:4)
There are different degrees of punishment in hell as revealed in numerous verses.
Israel and the Millennium:
Israel is the main theme and subject of the Millennium. The Jews saved in the tribulation period go through into the Millennium, with Gentiles who are also saved then. But the Millennium is the crowning glory for Israel.
At the end of the Millennium all believers of all ages go through into the eternity of eternities.
Psalm 50:2-6 “Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God will shine forth. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent. A fire shall devour before Him, and it shall be very tempestuous all around Him. He shall call to the heavens above, and to the earth that He may judge His people. Gather together My saints to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice. Let the heavens declare His righteousness. For God Himself is Judge.”
Isaiah 66:12 “Thus says the Lord: Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles, like a flowing stream...So I will comfort you; and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Ezekiel 37:26 “I will make a covenant of peace with them (Israel), and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore...The nations also shall know that I the Lord, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
Ezekiel 36:35 “They will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden.”
Job 5:22-23 “You shall not be afraid of the beasts of the earth, for you shall have a covenant with the stones of the field; the beasts of the field shall be at peace with you.”
Isaiah 65:24-25 “It shall come to pass that before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear. The wolf and the lamb shall feed together; the lion shall eat straw like an ox...”
In the Millennium: ●The Holy Spirit is poured out on all flesh. (Joel 2:28, Isaiah 32:15, Ezekiel 39:29) ●The knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the whole earth. (Habakkuk 2:14) ●There is no more war. (Isaiah 2:4) ●The whole earth is in singing and praise. (Isaiah 14:7) ●The nature of animals is changed (Isaiah 11:6-9) ●There is perfect environment. (Isaiah 30:26, 35:6-7) ●The deserts will bloom. (Isaiah 35:1)Longevity will be the norm. (Isaiah 65:22)
In the Millennium Satan all demons, fallen angels and evil spirits are cast away. (Matthew 13:41)
Details of the deal:
Note in the verse below that the deal of the ages includes many things most people have no idea about at all. Please note the wonder and magnificence of what is to come.
Philippians 3:21 “He will transform our lowly body that it may be confirmed to His glorious body.”
Note in the verse above that our resurrection bodies will be as supernatural as our Lord’s was after His resurrection. Note in the verse below that the “host” implies various forms of intelligent beings out there in the universe.
Isaiah 45:12 “I have made the earth and created man on it. It was I – My hands that stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded.”
“Host”: Strong’s, H6633 “army” “service”, “intelligent beings.”
1 Corinthians 15:40-49 “There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies, but the glory of the celestial is one and glory of the terrestrial is another. There is one glory of the sun and another glory of the moon and another glory of the stars, for one star differs from another star in glory. So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption and raised in incorruption...it is sown a natural body and raised a spiritual body...We shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.”
Authority, ruling and reigning in eternity:
Note in the verses below that only those who meet the conditions qualify. They all relate to our future. As you read them allow them to expand your faith.
2 Timothy2:12 “If we endure, we shall reign with Him.”
Daniel 7:18 “The saints of the Most High shall receive the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”
Daniel 7:27 “Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall obey and serve Him.”
Revelation 3:21 “To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne.”
“Throne”: Strong’s H3678 “Kicce”. Meanings: Seat of honour, authority, tribunal, royalty, power.
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.”
Romans 8:19, 21 “For the earnest expectation of the creation waits for the revealing of the sons of God...because the creation itself will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.”
There is much glory in these verses above, that we don’t have understanding of, this side of resurrection. But one thing is clear: Believers who meet the requirements will have authority over all sorts of things in the entire universe.
The principle of authority in eternity is much the same as it is now. Only when we wilfully submit into God’s authority can we have authority. Those who seek and claim authority now have none.
You need to have spiritual eyes to see God’s authority. When you do you will see it in everything from the instinct of a puppy to a king on a throne.
Rebellion to authority is rooted in the fall of both Lucifer and Adam. Their sin was merely a fruit of their deeper rebellion to God’s authority. Rebellion is contagious! When you reject God’s authority you are on a slippery slope, driven by the devil and his demons.
How did Adam and Eve break God’s first covenant (The Edenic covenant)? They were promised many blessings in the garden, but forbidden from eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, which would have made them wise.
There was nothing wrong with the tree! The lesson was that wisdom outside of God is fallen, unredeemed and develops into sin.
We see the great, majestic final triumph of the ages wrapped up the spectacular last chapter of the Bible. Here the forbidden Tree of Life becomes the essential tree of our eternal wisdom. It is seen together with the Book of Life – eternal life for the believer.
Revelation 22:1-3 “He showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits each tree yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse...”
Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will give to eat from the tree of life which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
The universal church – the kingdom of God is headquartered in heaven. It operates as a theocracy under the King of kings. True believers in local churches are automatically members of the universal church. There are no divisions of any sort.
The end of the Christians life is ascension to the throne of God and ruling and reigning in authority on the earth,and in the universe.
“We are joint heirs of all things”. (Romans 8:17)
“We are partakers of His divine nature”. (2 Peter 1:4)
Ephesians 2:6 “We have been raised up together and made to sit together in the heavenly places in Messiah.”
Matthew 19:28 “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
1 Corinthians 6:2 “Do you not know that the saints will judge the world?”
God’s glorious, majestic deal of the ages is on offer. Some of God’s covenant promises are unconditional. Rewards are not. God will keep His side of the deal, but your participation is conditional on your own doings and response.
God’s glorious deal of the ages involves your eternal “brightness,” and how bedecked in gold, silver and jewels (symbolism) you will be forever.
Your body soul and spirit will all be perfect. Your new home in heaven will be perfect and magnificent beyond imagination. Your new home in your new world – heaven will not be made with hands but with glory. (2 Corinthians 5:1)
Your character and personality will be pure and holy and forever sin-free. In fact all your sin will be forever forgotten. You will have no sickness, stress, anxiety, depression and the like. You will live in eternal, tangible peace, in perfect environment.
You will be commissioned with authority to co-reign and rule with Messiah and perform tasks in the entire universe in which you will be able to travel at the speed of thought. The next time you look up at the stars, just remember that all of that is part of God’s kingdom and were created for us all.
Your body will be set as ageless at perhaps around the equivalent of our 30 yrs old. (This is where DNA stops growing) Your body will be able to transition between a natural state and a supernatural state in an instant.
There is much more coming that is beyond our imagination! When you consider all these magnificent things, and then you look to the world trying to construct a world of peace, but full of sin – then you know why the world hates us!
1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Our Lord of glory:
Our Messiah is the essence, origin and very definition of life, light and wisdom. He is distant yet so very close. He is transcendent, and everywhere and yet removed. He sees all, knows all, judges, loves and shows mercy. He destroys and builds up. He is pure holy power.
He looks at you and into you. He knows you better than you know you. He knows all about you. He knows your every thought. He chooses to love you, forgive, you, show you mercy, raise you up, enthrone you, and give you great wonderful life forever.
We must rule and reign in our lives now too, but it’s all far removed from what is to come.
Be circumspect, examine yourselves as you go, flee all sin, pursue holiness, seek the Lord always, draw near to Him, and you will be on the right path.
The Bible surprisingly says, “Be diligent to enter His rest.” (Hebrews 4:11)
Who is building you? Who do you really hear from? Who do you see and follow?
Psalm 97:10-11 “You who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the souls of His saints; He delivers them out of the hand of the wicked. Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.”
This evil world will soon be destroyed, as in the days of Noah. The ark came to rest on Mt. Ararat. The word means: “The curse reversed.” As believers we are now dead to the world and in peace.
What lies ahead for the world is world war, whining, wailing, whimpering and conflict, terror and disaster. What lies ahead for the believer is peace that surpasses understanding, victory, triumph, exaltation, grandeur, jubilation and much more!
Spiritual beauty attracts and inspires and causes desire and emulation.
I took the background picture at sunset, flying above the clouds in the Drakensberg Mountains in a chopper, and the sunrise picture in the Namib Desert and mixed them for effect.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!