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21st June 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
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 471: May 28th 2019
Two sides of the sword:
These are words of life!
The Bible reveals both sides of the sword!
It reveals The Lamb and the Lion, law and grace, mercy and justice, the bride and the army. The Bible reveals the goodness and severity of God. It reveals war that is of God and peace that is of God and war and peace that is of the devil!
The Bible reveals a number of swords. They are: ●The sword of the word, and of the Spirit. (Ephesians 6:17) ●The sword of capital punishment. (Genesis 9:6, Romans13:4) ●The sword of murder. (Genesis 4:14). ●The sword of war of God. (1 Chronicles 5:20, 2 Samuel 22:35, ●The sword of war of the devil. (Psalm 120:7, Psalm 55:21, Psalm 140:1-2)
There are no contradictions here. It’s about correct interpretation and application of scripture.
The sword of God’s word is the most is more powerful than any nuclear weapon!
World war is coming to the world because world peace is coming to the world. World peace without the cross is a misnomer, and will never last. Godly initiated war is coming to destroy ungodly peace and bring about true, deep godly and holy peace – His way.
The sword of godly war is in fact a peacemaker!
Goliath’s amazing sword!
Goliath: Strong’s H 1555. “Golyath.” Meanings: Splendour, to reveal.
The giant’s so-called “splendour” is much like most of the enemies of Israel today, who are “splendid” in their own eyes, doing a “splendid” job in coming against Israel. But the name also “reveals” the intent of their heart to destroy God’s work with Israel.
In many ways, the antichrist will be a splendid one too. Now look at this verse speaking of Lucifer at his fall:
Ezekiel 28:17 (Amp) “Your heart was proud and lifted up, because of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendour. I cast you to the ground...”
The splendid giant, Goliath, filled with this spirit of Lucifer was cast to the ground in destruction!
The futility of the satanic sword of war was clearly seen in the hands of Goliath, the Philistine giant as he attacked David. The word ‘Palestinian’ is derived from ‘Philistine’. And David, of course, represents Israel today.
The Bible says that David “ran towards Goliath” before releasing the stone from the sling. That is a type of him not backing down when provoked. (1 Samuel 17:48) It has symbolic meaning for today.
Goliath was six cubits in height, his sword weight six hundred shekels and he had on six items of armour. (1 Samuel 17:4-7) That is 666!
Here is the fateful decree of Goliath:
1 Samuel 17:9-10 “If he (David) is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him, then you (Israel) shall be our servants. Then the Philistine Goliath said, ‘I defy the armies of Israel this day...” (This of course has many parallels today!)
The Philistines should have acted on the word of Goliath and submitted to Israel when Goliath was killed. Instead, today, they submit to the UN and others of the spirit of antichrist, “defying the armies of Israel.”
Do you see how the world has got this wrong? It’s just like Esau (father of the Arabs), who today are trying to reverse the effects of the sale of his birthright to Jacob (Israel)
But here is an interesting thing: David took Goliath’s own sword and cut his head off with it. Then, David said, ‘There is nothing like it, give it to me.’ He then took the giants giant sword and wrapped it in a cloth and kept it behind the ephod, which is the garment worn by the High Priest while performing his holy duty in the Ark of the Covenant. (1 Samuel 21:9)
Interestingly, the word used for “cloth” is the same word for military apparel. It is the word found in Isaiah 9:2-5 speaking of Israel coming to the “light of salvation” when the “cloth” garments of the enemies warriors will be rolled in blood and used for fuel of fire.”
This suggests an end-time application for the sword wrapped in cloth concealed behind the ephod. But most importantly, we must see the change in ownership of Goliath’s sword!
►Goliath’s sword at that point became David’s sword. It is now Israel’s sword!
This sword would put Excalibur to shame!
David’s slingshot killed Goliath and Goliath’s own sword made sure of it, when David used it to behead him. Here we see supernatural intervention of God in the defence of Israel (the sling and stone). God and David (Israel today) are a formidable force!
Is this a type of what is about to transpire again in Israel? – You bet!
Israel has a hidden, secret weapon! – It is Goliath’s sword! In type that means that the enemies of Israel will have only themselves to blame for their ultimate, soon coming destruction.
Think about this: Goliath’s sword was hidden behind the garments (ephod) used by the High Priest in the Tabernacle when he was conducting the most holy acts. What a strange place for David to store the sword of his enemy! But here is the amazing thing: This sword is now David’s sword and it is now holy! It has become an instrument of holy war for Israel and not against her!
There is great symbolism here in that all the weapons of war aimed at Israel are in fact behind God. Whatever happens to Israel has to go through the living God first! Do you see why the world at enmity with Israel is doomed? This also speaks volumes against all the churches of replacement theology and anti-Semitism.
Today Goliath’s sword is believed to be hidden in Ireland, but that’s another story! Oh, did you know that Ireland is trying to pass a bill criminalising any of its citizens that travel to Israel and buy Israeli goods in the so-called occupied territories? Shame on you, land of uilleann pipes!
Bear in mind that Goliath himself decreed that his own people were to be subservient to Israel if he was killed by David. This is still playing out today.
Deuteronomy 33:29 “Happy are you O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.”
So, Israel now has the supernatural power of God behind its modern sling and the holy power of God behind Goliath’s sword!
Isaiah 6:66 “There is a sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord -who fully repays His enemies!” (Note the number)
Joel 3:4 “...Will you retaliate against Me? But if you retaliate against Me, swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head.”
Obadiah 1:15 “The day of the Lord upon all nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you; your reprisal shall return upon your own head.”
The Palestinians have brought upon themselves the loss of their birthright to the land of Israel, due to Esau’s sale of it to Jacob / Israel. They have the curse of Goliath upon them and the curse of God upon them. (Genesis 12:3, Joel 3:2)
The splendid sword of Goliath failed in its mission to destroy David and bring down Israel. Now that same sword, just as a sword of Damocles in Israel’s hands will succeed in bringing down modern Goliath – all the enemies of Israel!
Beware US Democratic Party, and those amongst you who say “Jesus was a Palestinian and not a Jew.” You are exalting Goliath again! Good luck with that!
Isn’t it interesting that the champions of the unsaved world always make the wrong choice!
The world has and is choosing wrongly! It has chosen Lucifer, Satan, Adam, Esau, Ishmael, Goliath, Delilah, Jezebel, and Barabbas, the popes, the religion of law and works, and soon the antichrist!
Our weapons are not physical but spiritual. Israel’s weapons are both. (2 Corinthians 10:4) We are to stand in the gap for Israel in her time of conflict, in prayerful support.
True biblically based Christians do not seek war or conflict, but we don’t become complacent pacifists and play dead to the devil. We don’t run, we stand!
Some say, ‘you Christians are always talking about war.’ The truth is that the purpose of war and conflict in the Bible is to bring in peace, holiness and eternal victory! Can you hear Beethoven’s 5th (V-Victory) in the background?
Today, Israel is one of the most powerful military forces in the world, and most certainly in the Middle East. They have an amazing array of weapons.
- Israel had a weapon known as the Magic Wand. They developed it further, giving it new advances in missile technology and renamed it, “David’s Sling.” It is now operational.
- Israel developed its own missile defence system called the “Iron Dome.” Isaiah 4:5 “The Lord will create above every dwelling place in Mount Zion, and above her assemblies a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory, there will be a covering.”
- Israel and the US jointly developed the new, F35 Lightning jet fighter – the most advanced in the world, with multiple weapons systems. Psalm 144:6 "Flash forth lightning and scatter them; shoot out your arrows and destroy them,”
- Israel is believed to have nuclear weapons. (Zechariah 5:1-8)
- Israel’s symbolic sling is now loaded with the USA! Think about that, Iran!
- Israel’s secret weapon is Goliath’s now holy sword! We may see a surprise here soon, but for now this sword constitutes all the weapons collectively in Israel’s hands.
Israel’s rebellion to God:
We know from multitudes of verses that Israel is in rebellion to Messiah, but will repent. Much of the calamity that is still to come will be a result of her present rebellion.
When we as believers support Israel, we don’t come into unity with the sin of Israel’s rejection of Messiah, but we must come into unity with Gods plan and purpose to reveal Messiah to them and their ultimate grand purpose as fellow brothers and sisters to come.
►We don’t love others with our feelings, but with the Lord in us, based on His truth and not the opinions of man or the media. Our Lord is the lover of all lovers, and that must shine through.
We must see these things with spiritual eyes – God’s eyes and put away all our own opinions and especially those of the mass-media, the true Christian’s great enemy.
The reason so many can’t see God’s plans for Israel is because they have been spiritually blinded. They now become proponents, some in their silence, of violence and death to the Jews!
I heard one idiot on the way to demon possession by the spirit of legalism say, “I’ll be okay because I have my eyes open.” How can you see anything when God has blinded you, and the devil has opened your eyes to his work?
To really see things objectively from God’s point of view (which is all that counts) you need to be born-again of God’s family, and awake to His word, by surrender and obedience to it.
Many unbelievers will find when they die, after a successful life, that every second of their lives was a waste. It was wasted on self, sin, the world, and the plans of the devil.
If any unbeliever battles all his life to be good and right, he would be wrong on judgement day, because he has entered eternity as a wrong person!
Biblical truth is the foundation and source of our spiritual awakening and growth. It is also Israel’s, but that is not the end. Truth is the active pathway to the presence of the King and even to the sharing of His throne! (Ephesians 2:6, Revelation 3:21)
Truth is addictive and contagious, most exciting, and deeply satisfying!
Standing with and for Israel is the right way, the logical way and the way of reward.
We must put up spiritual borders and defences today, and fortify them. Our spiritual lives are at stake! Borders and barriers are important. Our spiritual gifts at work set up these borders with reinforced armour.
Those who reject the gifts have no armour but their own foolish minds. They have no borders to keep the devil and his world on the outside.
Satan hates borders, because the greatest eternal border has him on the far side- locked out forever.
I’ve said many times and will continue to do so: We need a specific, active pray strategy today. It must begin with personal repentance for all know sin. It must include the use of the sword of the Spirit in defensive strategy and offense against spirits of wickedness.
We must pray confusion into the enemy.
Part of the reason for the fall of the world is the disunity in the church and its failure to fully preach and teach the word of God. This leads to a compromised, weak, ineffective church.
The true church of God must be in unity for prayer to be effective. That does not mean all churches must be included. There are very many that must be excluded and severed from any idea of unity.
Knowledge of eschatology (end-times) today is more important than ever. Many Christians are as dead to eschatology as the unsaved. They are products of their pastors and leaders who don’t touch eschatology.
As a believer if you have no sword of the spirit, you have no spiritual authority and the spirit world knows that. You are then an ordinary inconsequential believer, no different to the world. Your authority is as significant as that of the media.
Here are two verses filled with the magnificence and majesty of God:
Revelation 1:16 “He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.”
Revelation 19:15-16 “Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God and He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
Peace on earth:
Many believe that our Lord came to bring peace on earth now and everything is going to be just fine. The famous song (which I despise) “Glory to God and peace on earth.” even goes a long way to promoting that lie.
Here is what the verse really says:
Luke 2:14 (Amp) “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased – men of good will, of His favour.”
The truth is, peace on earth is most certainly coming, but only to a select, exclusive group – the saved! So the unsaved ho, ho, ho crowd can sing that song all they like, world peace is not coming to them.
Matthew 10:34 “Do not think I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword.”
Add to this the misconception which is cast in stone-sculpture on the side of the UN building in New York: “They beat their swords in plowshares...”
There are two important verses. One comes first and then the other:
Joel 3:9-11 “Prepare for war, wake up the mighty men...Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weak say, ‘I am strong.’ Assemble and come, all you nations...”
Isaiah 2:4 “...They shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation anymore. (Micah 4:3)
So yes, as I said earlier, war against all that is not of God creates world peace.
More powerful verses on swords:
Hebrews 4:12, Ephesians 6:17-18, Joel 3:9-10, Jeremiah 47:5-7, Proverbs 12:18-19, Psalm 59:7.
Keep in mind as you note world headlines, that the David (Israel) and Goliath (Palestinians) story is far from over. The only new thing is that the nations of the world, particularly Europe, have joined the Palestinian cause against Israel!
And on a personal level, keep in mind that true biblical Christianity is not for sissies!
The sword of God cuts and divides between what is of God and what is not in our own lives and also in the world out there. It is just the same for Israel. As we willingly submit to our Lord and merge into His ways, these swords become less painful, for which we will be eternally thankful.
Tough times are coming, but I see with my spiritual eye that very many will fly high, very high in wonderful shining glory forever. Many of your lives will stand as an eternal living monument to our Lord and His glory. Don’t lose heart!
Psalm 57:4-5 “My soul is among lions; I lie among the sons of men who are set on fire, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. Be exalted O God, above the heavens; and let Your glory be above all the earth.”
Isaiah 49:1-3 “...The Lord has called me from the womb; from the matrix of my mother He has made mention of my name and He has made my mouth like a sharp sword. In the shadow of His hand He has hidden me and made me a polished arrow. In His quiver, He has hidden me. And the Lord said to me, ‘you are My servant, Israel, you who strive with God...in whom I will be glorified.’”
Serious and severe times are here, for many they are the tools of glory.
I took this picture from a chopper flying over the Cathedral Peak and Bell in the Drakensberg.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!