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- Israel comes under heavy rocket attack from Gaza after the killing of Islamic Jihad terror leader. This morning (13th) rockets continue to fall on Israel. Palestinian Preseident says, "Israel must stop its aggression!"
- Islamic Jihad says, "We're going to war with Israel." (12th November)
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These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
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 4. 13th June 2009
By Joel Joseph
May you be blessed of our Lord, Saviour, Father and Great God and be inspired in some way to move forward into the glorious things He has prepared for you.
In this edition:
●Dire USA warning
●Why the Iran election result was no surprise
Isaiah 62:1 "For Zion's sake I will not shut up and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until her Righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation burns as a lamp. The gentiles shall see your righteousness"
These are headlines and news snippets that have some prophetic significance, which I discuss briefly in the "commentary" section below. Very little of this will be found in the mass media.
●The US may stop supporting Israel at the UN. Obama says this may be the best way to punish Netanyahu because of his refusal to to meet his demands on the abolishment of settlements.(Israel Today June 1st)
●Obama reshuffles America's Middle Eastern allies
●US to send military team to Syria. This is to improve relations. But some analysts see it as a strategic move to further ring-fence Israel. (Reuters)
●Now the US tries to stop Israel from building a hotel on it's municipal owned land in Jerusalem, calling it a "settlement" (AP)
●Israeli PM says, "we will not stop settlements for natural growth, despite Obama's pressure" (Jerusalem Post)
●Obama says Iran has the right to have nuclear power (Washington Post June 2nd)
●Iran could have a nuclear bomb this year, says report in Israel Today (June 1st)
●Russian expert says nuclear bomb catastrophe "inevitable" (Professor Vladimir Kulagin, Moscow University)
●Iran now has enough low-grade uranium for a single nuclear bomb.(IAEA 5thJune)
●IAEA finds more uranium at second site in Iran (June 6th)
●Obama to Netanyahu: So, what about my peace plan? The US intends "strong arming" Israel into accepting their peace plan within two years. (Netanyahu aide)
●Israeli PM Netanyahu to make major policy speech within days. Hamas to make major policy announcement next week.
●Ahmadinejad wins Iran election.
Iran: The Iran election results were no surprise. Ahmadinejad is now back at the helm and ready to fulfil his ill-fated destiny. He believes that he is the forerunner to the coming of the Islamic Mahdi who will unite the Islamic world and form an army to defeat all the enemies of Islam.
His mystical pre-occupation with the so-called coming of the Mahdi and his desire to eliminate Israel places him in the same position as the Nazi dictator. This makes him an extremely dangerous character who could trigger all sorts of prophetic events.
Iran's Ahmadinejad seen skipping through the fields after his election win:
The headlines I have chosen above are only a small snippet of thousands all declaring much the same thing. When you see one or two headlines you may miss the significance and if you don't know at least the basics of Bible prophecy, you will definitely miss the significance.
I have deliberately chosen and presented these headlines like this, because they make the significance a lot clearer. It is not just this presentation though, there are so many other things all dove-tailing together now, that the situation is becoming a little more than URGENT. (Have a look at the headlines in previous editions as well, they add more weight to these issues).
America, be warned your days are numbered! "Mene, mene, tekel, upharsin" These strange words became known as the "writing on the wall " from God warning of Babylon's soon demise. Daniel interpreted them as, "God has numbered your days and brought you to an end, you are weighed in the balances and found wanting" Mighty unsinkable Babylon came to an end just after this.
Aspects of America could be described as modern Babylon. It's judgement is long overdue because it's modern Christians have become tolerant of all things evil. In the name of tolerance tyranny now awaits them. There has been one and only one reason why the USA has remained largely free, prosperous and secure in the face of their evil, and this is simply because they have been a bit more than a friend to Israel. They have the stood by Israel in their six wars since independence and in many other ways. God has blessed America for being Israel's primary friend and He has stayed long overdue execution for all their incredible evils. (God says if you bless Israel you will be blessed and if you cures Israel you will be cursed)
Now the story is changing before our eyes and it is changing fast! The one thing that has been the salvation of the USA is now being eroded. America, the writing is on the wall, for you now!
America's Obama is shifting allegiances in the name of world peace. He is not only turning his back on Israel, as he tries to befriend the Arab world, he is actually obstructing Israel's own future.
Another thing worth remembering is that peace means different things to different people. Peace to the world of Islam means, an Islamic world. Peace to Islam means surrender of everything that is not Islamic. Islam believes it is the final work of God and He is now finished with Moses and Jesus and therefore the Jews and the Christians have no legitimacy. You don't believe me? I dare you to research it!
Peace with the true, living God comes from knowing Him, being known by Him and following Him and His ways.
Don't get me wrong, I love America. It has done more for the world in terms of science, technology, medicine, evangelism, and just about everything you can think of, it's evils aside. But all of this is about to come crumbling down as they run headlong into the fury of God. No it won't happen in five minutes, but time is short!
The Bible declares that Gods anger will arise as the nations try to divide the land of Israel. This will bring war and not peace! (Joel 3) and dividing or "moving" Jerusalem will bring all nations into conflict (Zachariah 13)
It's not just America though, in fact they are late arrivals. Most of the nations of the world are now on this deadly road as they unite to pressurise Israel into a satanically inspired soon coming disaster. The nations of the European Union were the main instigators of the world's roadmap to peace, and have now been joined by the US.
Isn't it interesting that the EU headquarters as seen from above is in the shape of the satanic broken cross or so-called peace sign:
If you don't already know, let me remind you that this sign is not the peace -sign it is the hell-sign! It originates from satanic worship and occult practices where the arms of a cross are broken, representing rejection of the true cross and it's meaning.
The roadmap to peace is the roadmap to war:
Why then is the world's "roadmap" the path to war and not peace for the Middle East? Well, it's simple...God's word declares the land of Israel (all of it) was given by Him in an "eternal" covenant to the Jews. The covenant, which includes the blood line of our Jewish Messiah comes through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and not Ishmael (Arabs). Part of the plan of God for the close of the age involves the Jews in their land, coming to salvation and being the bearer of truth that they were originally called to be.
There is a often miss-applied portion of scripture in Romans 11 which speaks of the calling of God being without repentance. The correct application and context (derived from previous verses) is referring to the calling of God to Israel. It will be completed!
In the Bible we see the Abrahamic, Davidic covenants and others all with reference to the Jewish people in their God-given land and it's all for God's own grand purpose. Modern man's roadmap to peace is perhaps one the greatest deceptions of our day and flies in the face of God's choice.
Just have a look at these incredible portions of scripture relating to the land of Israel and Gaza! Talk about throwing a cat amongst the pigeons!
Joshua 15 speaks of the inheritance of the children of Judah which includes Gaza!
Amos 1:6,7 speaks of the destruction of Gaza because they (Philistines) tried to take it captive. vs13 widens this to include other Arab nations, who "will be destroyed because they tried to enlarge their territory" (The Philistines relate to the Palestinians. In fact in Greek the word Philistinos is the same as Palestinian)
Zech 9:5 and on speaks of the fact that Gaza will be very sorrowful and it further says that God will cut off the "pride of the Philistines"
Judges 2:1,2 "I led you from Egypt and brought you to the land which I swore to your fathers and said I will never break My covenant with you, and you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land. You shall tear down their alters..."
This amazing portion of scripture foreshadows the terrible and tragic, soon coming peace treaty to be signed between Israel and the person who will be revealed then as the antichrist. This will launch the most severe judgements of God on the world ever known to man called the "tribulation". The first three and a half years will see terrible geological upheavals, with a dangerous socio-political peace and then all hell breaks out in every sphere for the remaining three and half years.
Ezekiel 11:17-19 "I will gather you from the nations and peoples where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel...then I will put a new spirit within them and take out the stony heart out of their flesh"
A frightening portion of scripture declares that the person that will become the antichrist will "divide the land of Israel for gain" Dan11:39 This will most probably be related to the coming peace treaty.
Ps 83:4, "Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more." Oh yes, we will see!
The world has forgotten that the Bible also declares in Zechariah 51:19,20 "Israel is the tribe of His inheritance and you are my battle-axe and weapons of war, with you I will break the nations in pieces"
Zechariah 2:8 Speaking of Israel "He who touches you touches the apple of My eye"
Here is a very interesting snippet of information: The Nazi's tried to destroy the Jews and they were destroyed. The US actually helped in their destruction by putting an end to the second world war with an atom bomb or two. Germany was already finished by this stage, but the US was involved anyway. Very shortly afterwards, the US was involved in the most amazing fulfilment of prophecy by setting up the UN whose, first major act was to pass a resolution recognising a Zionist state...the nation of Israel. Yes that's right! The UN actually gave birth to the Israeli state.
A few days later the Arabs revolted and the war of independence broke out. A small ill-equipped rag- tag army crushed many invading Arab nations. The US came to Israel's aid then and in all the wars since. Israel with the help of God and the US won all six wars against incredible odds.
Now the story is changing fast as the US changes it's tune and the UN, the EU and the rest of the world all turn their backs on Israel.
We are now seeing the futile attempts of the whole world to bring about peace, which will result in catastrophic judgements from God and it's not far off!
Gods roadmap leads through the golden gate of His choosing into peace and glory now and in time to come.
I did say last time that I would present you this time with a teaching on the "the timing of the coming of our Lord and saviour. It is not quite ready, so you will get it next time.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and hang in there!