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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 13. October 6th 2009
In this edition:
●Number in scripture
The previous edition was all about the "glory that is to be revealed". There is another side of the story. The Bible reveals prophetically much about hell. In fact there are three times more portions of scripture dealing with hell than with heaven.
Due to this fact we have no right to ignore it as most churches do today.
In fact there is an astounding side to this story, of which few are aware. You can't really know the depth of the love of God without knowing this side of things. People with an understanding of hell, will be a lot more urgent, passionate and real with their message of the love of God to a hell-bound world.
I am no fan of modern preachers. I cut my spiritual teeth on the old school preachers the likes of Charles Finney, Watchman Nee, AW Tozer, Derek Prince and a few others. These were preachers and teachers that didn't mince their words. They were frequently hell fire and brimstone preachers as well as teachers of the love and forgiveness of God. The majority of their disciples remained faithful to the Lord till death! Charles Finney for example was an incredibly fiery preacher of the 1800s. Yet no one has ever had as many converts remain faithful unto death without ever backsliding, as those converted under his ministry.
Today we have spineless, sickly sweet preachers of hollow love, never daring to preach against sin or what it means to take up your cross and die daily. Their messages are motivational, worldly and powerless. Today, with few exceptions, modern preachers never preach on hell and their converts are carbon copies of themselves, essentially no different from the unsaved! Their members are no different to those of the local sports club.
Hell is eternal, it is a place of imprisonment. It was never created for people, but for the fallen angels, demons and devil. But alas, this will be the destination of all the unsaved as well.
I have often taken a wrong turn and landed up lost. In my car, all I had to do was go back and make the correct turn. The enormous tragedy of life is that if you step into eternity without salvation, you can't go back and change it! It's too late!
You can say you don't believe in hell, as many do, that's like saying you don't believe in gravity! It's real and what anyone believes about it won't change anything.
There are many words used in the original scriptures dealing with hell, some in Hebrew and some in the original Greek. Each gives a slightly different insight. Some of these words include: 'Sheol', 'hades', 'infernus', 'gehenna', 'hinnom', 'tartarus', 'abyss' and a few others.
The meaning of these words, translated into the English Bible include: 'Place of torment', 'pool of fire', 'outer darkness', 'unquenchable fire', 'everlasting fire' 'eternal destruction' 'second death'
Just a quick reading through these words should be enough to give a clear understanding of some of the characteristics of hell.
The key words here are eternal and everlasting.
The single most important thing is the severity and gravity of all of this. The most amazing thing is the contrast of heaven and the glory of God (see previous edition)
Some argue that hell isn't consistent with a God of love. This depends on your interpretation of love. The final cleansing and purifying of the entire universe from all evil and sin is most certainly love in action.
The two eternal judgments to come:
There are two great judgements spoken of in the scriptures and they are vastly, different. 2 Corinthians 5:9 is the first one and is called the Judgement Seat of Christ. Only believers appear here to be eternally rewarded for their works done in response to Gods call and plan for each individual. There is no salvation offered here, obviously because only the saved appear here.
The second is The Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11. Only unbelievers appear here. It says "books (plural) are opened" These are the Lambs book of life and the book of that individuals works. Their names are not found in the book of life, indicating that they rejected the salvation of the cross and chose to be saved on their works!!!! How many people do you know who say things like "I'm okay, I've been basically good". "God would never send a good person to hell." and the like. That's the biggest and most tragic lie from the pits of hell that could ever pass through anyone's lips.
So now, these Christ-rejecting people chose to get saved based on their good works. Well, horror of horrors! Yes they could've been saved by their works but the mistake they made is not seeing that the passing grade is 100%! So, their book of works is opened and their works are stacked up next to the perfect 100% grade of Yeshua / Jesus and they fail miserably!
No salvation or reward is offered here, it's too late!
These, the "small and the great", are all cast out into eternal hell!
It's kind of enlightened self interest not to trust in yourself and to cast your life into the everlasting security of our wonderful Messiah who paid the price for all failure and who gives you His 100% passing grade as a wonderful free gift!
On top of the amazing grace of free salvation for believers, comes rewards that will be with us forever!
Number in scripture:
Psalm 18:31 "As for God His way is perfect"
Bible prophecy is a very powerful subject because it deals with the present and the future. Everyone has some sort of interest in the future. It really is a powerful tool of evangelism. But many claim that the Bible isn't true, or at least can't be trusted completely! Read on my friend!
There is an amazing fact relating to Bible prophecy. The prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled 100% literally and accurately. Some like the prophecies of the coming of the Messiah were very detailed even down to where He would be born. The prophecies of the New Testament have been literally fulfilled as well with not one miss. For example all those dealing with the restoration of Israel and Jerusalem were fulfilled exactly. Therefore the remaining unfulfilled prophecies of both Testaments will be fulfilled in the same manner and pattern. You are gambling against immeasurable odds if you reject or water down prophecy! It's fulfilment pattern has been 100%
But we have another powerful indicator of the veracity of the scripture. It's called Bible Numerics.
The term is Bible numerics not numerology. The latter being an occult practice. This is also not what has become termed Bible Codes. Bible numerics is also called Gematria.
There is a profoundly incredible and intricately complex pattern of numerics built into the Word of God. It makes it completely supernatural, as no human could ever have put this together. It is one of the very powerful pointers towards the fact that the Bible is true!
None of these patterns exist in any other book.
Firstly, this is only found in the original scriptures of which there are some 20,000 surviving copies. The languages of the original Bible are called alpha-numeric. This means that each letter of the alphabet has a numeric value to it. It's like the Roman letters that we see on some watches and clocks. For example the X is a Roman letter, but also has the value of ten.
So, in these alpha-numeric languages you can add up the numeric value of a word. This is the case in Greek, Hebrew and Aramaic, the original languages of the Bible.
Now, numbers in scripture also have meaning. For example One is the number of unity, two, the number of division, three the number of the trinity, four the number of the world, five the number of grace, six the number of man under sin, seven is the number of perfection, eight the number of resurrection, nine the number of finality, ten is the number of divine order while eleven is the number disorder, twelve is the number of completion or perfect government, thirteen is the number of sin, rebellion or apostasy to God, and many more which we won't get into now. These meanings are derived from the many verses of scripture themselves that deal with each.
For example Four is the number of the world. This comes from verses dealing with the "four corners of the world", The four seasons". Four rivers flowed out of Eden", the four lunar phases and so on.
What we can now do is simply add up the values of words and verses in the Bible and see what meanings they have. This is where the miracle starts!
The name Jesus in the Greek is Iesous. I=10; E=8; S=200; O=70; U=400; S=200 Now add them up and we come to 888. Eight is the number of resurrection. Contrast this with the name of the coming antichrist which will be 666. Six being the number of man under sin. The name Jesus Christ appears 888 times in the original New Testament.
Amazingly every single name attributed to our Messiah like "The Lamb of God" adds up to a multiple of eight except for one of them. This one that doesn't, adds up to a multiple of 13 which is the number of sin, rebellion or apostasy. Incredibly it is the gematria of the name hung above the head of our Lord on the cross saying "Jesus of Nazareth King of the Jews" Isn't it interesting that on the cross our Lord was forsaken and became sin and rebellion in our place!! This title ads up to 2197 or 13x13x13. Coincidence? I think not!
Now here is a staggering fact: Every single name of every single enemy of God in the Bible adds up to a multiple of 13!
There are thousands of other incredible amazing similar situations with all the other numbers as well. The number seven has hundreds of miracle applications.
The mathematical odds behind all of these things being chance is too much to calculate or measure.
The Bible, including its prophecy, is the rock on which every pseudo intellectual and critic who mock and attack it has been smashed to zero in the past and will be in the future!
Today archaeology and all the sciences are catching up with and proving the Bible true. There is design, calculation and plan throughout the scriptures. Job quoting God says "Have you entered into the treasures of a snow flake"!
Yes salvation is by faith alone, but it's interesting to see and know that it's not blind faith and there is some amazing evidence that demands a verdict!
A famous Russian mathematician and atheist Ivor Panin discovered Bible numerics back in 1890 and became a believer as a result. He said "The Bible could not have been written except by the inspiration of God Himself."
Some books dealing with this subject include: The Seal of God by FC Payne, Number in nature and the Bible by Ambrose Fleming who was also the president of the Victoria Institute of Scientists. Ivor Panin's book has been out of print for many years.
In closing this edition here is a rendition of the last judgement by William Blake
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and hang in there!