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●Iran is rising up with threats of war against allies – the US and Israel. Re-imposed sanctions on Iran have led to this. It could get out of hand quickly. Well worth keeping a beady eye on!
●Turkey warns the US over its sanctions on Iran!
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.
Edition 162 June 7th 2013
News events and commentary:
My comment begins with ***
●Turkey is in the news. It is on the dawn of its Arab-spring. Turkey is in many significant Bible prophecies. I will be doing a complete edition on this.
●Obama declares June as “lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender Pride Month. The proclamation was signed on May 31. This was the date of the Oklahoma tornado. Some reports say that Obama is to use this to promote the homosexual agenda worldwide. ***Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goes before destruction.”
●Many nations including certain US states are now redefining God’s word on marriage to include homosexual marriage. They have exalted themselves above God. To you ‘Christians’ also promoting homosexual marriage, do you think you are saved? Are you sure? I would hate to be in your shoes when you stand before our God!
● Here’s a surprise. Populous Nigeria is said to have over 40 million Christians and growing fast. The majority have recently developed a heart for Israel. Some of their churches donate to Messianic ministries, with one recently donating an ambulance to the Israelis.
●Israel and US generals have been secretly drawing up a plan for an attack on Iran. The plan is “on the shelf” for now, but the fact that it is there shows how seriously both are taking it. It also demonstrates that behind the scenes, the top military officials of both nations are good friends!
●Motorola invents high tech “tattoo” implant containing all your passwords, banking details and much more. It is applied like a “mark” or stamp onto the skin.
●New deadly virus has world health authorities worried due to its fast spreading nature. It is an off-shoot of the MERs-CoV virus (Middle East Respiratory syndrome). There is no cure and as with the previous SARS epidemic it may affect global travel and business.
●At their General Assembly a few day ago, the Church of Scotland adopted its new pro-Palestinian position entitled, “The inheritance of Abraham” (The Jewish Press.com) ***The resulting document entitled “The Kirk” is a delusion of monumental scriptural ignorance, but then it was drawn up by monumental Jezebels of the church in Scotland.
●Ethiopian officials demand a response from Egypt after threats are made by Egypt to destroy a new dam being built on the Nile River by Ethiopia. Those who know your prophecy, know what this could lead to!
(The image above is part of the “copper scroll” containing the dramatic prophecies of Isaiah. It is one of the Dead Sea scrolls. I’ve superimposed the shofar over it.)
●This is a powerful, clean, holy and righteous subject!
The subject conjures up fearful images, but the truth is the opposite, as you will see. You should find great comfort and encouragement in these words.
We will look at judgement related to the believer, self judgement, the judgment seat of Messiah, when, why and how we are to judge, and also when we are not to judge. We will look at the judgement of the nations and judgment of all unbelievers.
Another word for God’s judgement is love! Read on, my friend.
If you go to school or university you must be tested or examined. There is nothing wrong with that, yet there is one verse of scripture that most unbelievers know (wrongly) and that is “don’t judge.”
Godly judgement in all its various forms is corrective and guiding. It is also relates to the removal of sin, evil and all that’s not of God. How can that be bad...unless of course you are bad!
If you go to school or university and you know you have done well, you can be confident under examination. In fact you would welcome examination and be joyful at your results.
Its only wicked, evil and sinful people that have a lot to fear in judgement!
The principle of Biblical judgement:
The main purpose behind this edition is so that you can leave behind the erroneous ways of the world and much of the church and prepare yourself to stand clean, holy and confidently before our wonderful God of glory and holiness, Yeshua the Messiah and King of the universe.
The biggest principle behind judgement is holiness. It is designed to create a world of holiness. After all is said and done there will be a universe of holiness. Judgement is designed to protect and preserve God’s truth and it is to punish Satan, sin and evil.
Judgement is hated by the world because it condemns the world. Judgement separates between Godly good and all that is not of God.
This very issue of judgment is and will be the reason why so many true believers are hated and many will be martyred.
Today the big thing is human rights, decided and voted on by humanists. Human rights are fine when they line up with God’s rights, but in many cases human rights are the opposite of God’s ways. The answer is not a democratic vote but judgement! This, the true believer welcomes, embraces and in so doing, becomes a weirdo to the world!
God’s enemies reject His judgment on all things. They’ve replaced it with their own. They have a foundational resentment to God’s judgement, which actually goes right back to the Garden. They have elevated themselves to God’s judge! (Or so they think!)
Genesis 4:13 “Cain said to the Lord, my punishment is more than I can bear.”
Notice in the verse above that Cain had no repentance or even recognition of his sin. He complained about God’s judgement and authority. He was concerned about self! This is the very heart of the sinful, criminal mind.
At the end of all days...God’s judgement rules! How privileged we are to have God’s Word, power and grace to line up now with His ways.
The insightful shofar:
The shofar is a ram’s horn or any other horn modified to be used as a trumpet. Only the cow or bull horn is forbidden.
The word ‘shofar’ itself means, “incising beauty”. To ‘incise’ means to cut or burn into. The origin therefore, of the word means “beauty out of cutting or burning. This brings to mind the powerful verse which says the Lord will bring “beauty out of ashes.” (Isaiah61:3)
Many people decorate their shofar by incising or etching into it. They beautify it with Biblical words and Hebraic symbols.
I have a large shofar which is a kudu horn from an animal killed by a lion in the Kruger Park. To decorate it, it’s been highly polished and I’ve layered it with silver and gold leaf. Then I etchched and embossed into pewter, a menorah and the words “Yeshua Lion King of glory and Yeshua of Yerushalayim. I’ve embossed an olive tree and grapes into it as well, and stuck a blood red ruby at the top. I’ve used bracelets of red and gold beads in diamond patterns on it. It sits comfortable on my dining room table and is always a subject of conversation.
Here is my shofar:
This is in fact the purpose of the shofar. It is to produce the beauty of righteousness and holiness out of judgement.
In the Bible, the shofar blast is a signal to awaken the Jewish people from their spiritual sleep. It is used to proclaim the sighting of the new moon, which begins the Feast of Trumpets or Rosh Hashanah. This feast marks coming judgement. The shofar is also blown on the Feast of Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. This feast is also associated with judgement.
The shofar was also blown to call or gather the armies together for battle, as well as at other solemn occasions.
The shofar symbolises repentance holiness, war and judgement! It has a deep personal application in terms of repentance and holiness and has profound implications for national Israel and her coming repentance through judgement. In other words it points to God the judge of all as well as our Lord of mercy and forgiveness.
The shofar has largely lost its meaning for the church, but many Messianic fellowships use it and revere it.
The shofar has numerous sounds:
The Tekiah sound: It consists of one long straight blast. It relates to the Kingship of Messiah and pure unbroken holiness. It was also used in the Ark of the Covenant and in the Temple.
The Shevarim sound: It consists of triple blasts representing wailing or sobbing and is associated with repentance.
The Teruah sound: It consists of nine quick successive blasts representing an alarming wake-up call. It is used at Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and relates to coming judgement.
The shofar symbolises solemnity and all seriousness before a righteous God. It is fearful, but also positive.
This is a high quality clip of the shofar blasts: click HERE.
The coming of the Lion:
Have you heard the footsteps of a lion? No you haven’t! I’ve encountered many lions in the African wilds. They approach silently...deadly silently! The bloodcurdling roar is another story and so is the charge, jumping on the unsuspecting prey. On many occasions I’ve watched and photographed lions at close quarters, sometimes from a vehicle and sometimes on foot. Every single time, I’ve been astounded and moved by their severe, stealthy power and absolute viciousness as they tear their prey to pieces. I know from firsthand experience why the lion is called the “king of the beasts.”
These images are far removed from a gentle lamb in the fields! Amazingly most unbelievers believe that if Yeshua is real He wouldn’t harm a flea. They think that if He is coming again, He will come offering gentle love, compassion, bliss and forgiveness again. Little do they know that at the Second Advent no one will be saved...not one person! He is coming again...as the Lion with fiery judgement.
He is coming again as the Lion and the Lamb. He is coming as the Lion to all unbelievers, demons, devils, fallen angels and all that is of the world system. He is coming again as the Lamb of love only and exclusively for believers.
►At the end of the day it is not your opinions that count, it is not democracy that counts, it is not the opinions of your peers, friends or university professors that count, it’s not the opinions of the law of the land or judges that counts; it is only God’s judgement that counts!
God’s judgement in future and now as revealed in His word is supreme, righteous, right and full of holiness. His judgement settles everything for all eternity.
The believer’s judgement:
The self-judged are clean people, holy and righteous and full of value to God.
Those who are truly born of the Spirit of God will not be judged for salvation ever. That was settled at the cross of Calvary and your acceptance of its finished work. We will be judged for our works or lack of them. No one was ever or ever will be saved on their works, including Theresa.
If you go to school and no one bothers to check if your work is right or wrong, something is wrong! God created you for a wonderful purpose with a plan made in heaven before the foundation of the earth. He will examine our works according to this plan. That is good news, unless you’ve lived to indulge and satisfy self all your life.
Our Lord has given us the wonderful opportunity to judge ourselves now, so that we won’t be judged in future.
Judgement of self, is synonymous in many instances with taking up your own cross and denying self. Self-will is a hidden enemy that must be brought to God’s light and dealt with.
Why is self obsession and self indulgence so wrong? Most don’t even know that it is. It’s because deep down hidden within ‘self’ is Satan. You see, you can’t see much of God or His word without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Likewise you can see little of Satan without the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Satan operates in the believer’s life through the flesh (self), the world system and the demonic and he operates in camouflage.
Today there is very little teaching exposition these things in the modern church. No wonder most people can’t see Satan lurking in the background of their lives. Oh yes they still may be saved, but missing God’s best.
Today many people are charging down the road of self-delusion.
Delusion: means “Led astray from the right way.” Imagine getting to the end of your life only to find out that you’ve been on the wrong road all along.
Now, imagine going to court because you have broken the law and the judge says this to you: “I’m going to send you home and allow you to judge yourself!”
God is the ultimate judge. He has transferred His judgment to the Son who has transferred it to the Word and the Word allows us the great grace of judging ourselves now according to the Word of God.
Isn’t that a wonderful reality and glorious opportunity given to us?
Judgement of self is not a negative thing. What it does is it empties us as vessels so that we can be filled in a new way with God’s presence. This is the way to have God draw near to you.
Beware the un-judged! They are full of self-will. They are ungodly. They’re a loose cannon. They have no restraint. Satan lurks in the shadows of their lives!
Do you want to stand before the Lord in great regret and see what was to be your reward, go up in smoke or do you want to stand before our Lord with no regret and in confidence?
John 5:30 “...My judgement is righteous because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me.”
John 7:24 “Don’t judge according to outward appearance, but judge with righteous judgement.”
Sometimes we do have to judge the words, doctrines and actions of others, but the key is found in this verse above. We are not to do any such thing from a point of view of seeking our own will or exaltation. Too many want to lift themselves up and put others down. That is wrong. Spiritual discernment is different from judging in the negative sense.
Here are just a few examples relating to believers involved in judgement.
1 Peter 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment to begin in the house of God.”
Romans 2:2 “We know that the judgement of God is according to truth against those who practise such things.”
Acts 20:30-31 “Also from among yourselves men will arise speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves, therefore watch and remember that for three years, I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”
Acts 13:9-11 “Then Saul also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit looked intently at him and said, O full of deceit and all fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease from perverting the straight ways of the Lord, and now indeed the hand of the Lord is upon you and you shall be blind not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately a deep mist fell on him.”
1 Corinthians 5:5 “Deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.”
John 7:24 “Do not judge according to appearance, but judge with righteous judgment.”
1 Corinthians 6:3 “Do you not know that we will judge angels, how much more the things that pertain to this life.”
Only the Holy Spirit knows the full truth and its application. Judgment must always be from the point of view of the leading of the indwelling Holy Spirit, in line with the Bible.
Judgement of doctrine: (Can only be done by mature believers).
1 Corinthians 2:15 “He who is spiritual judges all things.”
2 John 10 “If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your home nor greet him.”
Romans 16:17 “I urge you brethren note those who cause divisions among you contrary to the doctrine you have learnt and avoid them.”
1 Corinthians 3:4 “When one says I am of Paul and another, I am of Apollos, are you not carnal (fleshly)?”
Isaiah 19:14 “Truth is cast down in the street.”
1 Corinthians 1:10 “I plead with you brethren that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you...”
This is most important in this day in particular! As we enter the end-time scenario we are fast approaching the coming of Messiah and the demise of Satan. If ever there is a time Satan would have a keen interest in confusing and messing up doctrine it is now.
Do not think that because you are a child of God, you can’t be deceived by the devil and his doctrines of error.
2 Peter 2:2 “Many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.”
Acts 20:29 “For I know this, that after my departure, savage wolves will come in among you , not sparing the flock.”
1 John 4:1 “Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone into the world.”
We do NOT measure or test doctrine against the beliefs of this church or that. We do NOT judge doctrine against church tradition. We do not judge ourselves according to other believers. (2 Corinthians 10:12)
It is the job and duty of the true Spirit filled and led Church to judge doctrine according to Spirit-led and revealed truth. Today this is rare. The enemy has capitalised on the slackness of the Church in this regard and brought in many dangerous, deceptive doctrines.
Today the church is terribly divided and full of false doctrines. Here are two of them:
Hyper-grace: This is the new error sweeping Christendom now. It maintains that the grace of God is free to all, limitless and has no strings attached. This doctrine is a seedbed for sin, nullifies the need for repentance and mocks the purifying holy work of the cross. This is a perversion and extension of truth, making it error. This one single verse below judges and destroys the entire doctrine of hypergrace!
Titus 2:11-13 “The grace of God has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Yeshua the Messiah.”
This doctrine presumes all are ultimately saved, God loves everyone unconditionally, all religions are legitimate, and belief in a variable system of truth, is fine. All you need is love and sincerity. This is the religion of Obama, Oprah, Mandela, and other new-age, one-worlders.
Isaiah 5:20 “Cursed are those who put light for dark”.
Isaiah 65:11-14 “You are those who forsake the Lord...therefore I will number you for the sword and you shall all bow down to the slaughter, because when I called you did not answer, when I spoke you did not hear, but did evil before My eyes, and chose that in which I do not delight. Therefore you shall eat but still be hungry, drink and still be thirsty .You shall cry with sorrow and wail for grief of spirit.”
Judgement produces revival:
That’s an odd concept, but it’s Biblical.
Judgement shakes the things that people put their trust in. Many turn to the Lord in such a situation. Judgement in the church cleans it out of the riff-raff and spiritual compromisers. Revival comes to a Church on fire for our Messiah. A Church full of truth is full of spiritual power.
Charles Finney (He was a hellfire preacher 200 years ago who had the most converts remain faithful to the Lord all their lives.)
Here are some quotes from Dr. Finney. They may not be word for word as they are from my memory.
●“Sinners will only be converted when the power of sin and worldliness is destroyed in the Church.”
● “When Christians are not offended at the evil all around them, they are useless and powerless, even their prayer is an abomination to God.”
● “You (preachers) say so little of hell so as to infer to your people that you do not believe in its existence.”
● “Christian preachers today make the impression that Christ loves the sinner so much that they have nothing to fear.”
● “Christians declare by their conduct that there is no truth in the gospel. Heaven weeps and hell rejoices at this. Perhaps millions will meet you at their judgement day and if permitted to speak would curse you for your compromise.”
● “A sinner must be made to feel his guilt. Ministers must annihilate every excuse and hiding place for sin. Tear away his last lie and make him feel condemned to hell. Many sinners do not seek God, only their own comfort. The Church effectively sends them to hell by giving them a false sense of comfort and a false hope.”
●“Sinners on the verge of hell are in infinitely greater danger than they can imagine. They must be made to feel distressed by their condition. Do not give an anxious sinner comfort and relief. That is the comfort full of death.”
● “God comes with a sword in one hand and pardon in the other. Repent and live of refuse and perish.”
The judgment of unbelievers:
On a number of occasions I have seen a stranger in front of me in a shopping centre or some other place, and as I looked at their faces, I “saw” them screaming in shock and terror from hell. Most times I stopped the individual and told them how much they were loved by our Messiah. Normally they politely say thank you and move on.
The big issue here is that, it will all be too late once you have stepped into eternity. Most people -even if they believe in God, -believe that they will be okay because they are more good than bad. How stupid to gamble irreversible eternity on the opinions of the stupid masses!
Believing in God will send you to hell. The Bible says that even the demons believe and shudder at their coming judgement. You need to be born into the family of God through the blood-birth of Messiah!
The Great White Throne judgement of God is the greatest terror of all time for all unbelievers, great and insignificant. Kings, queens, paupers and peasants will stand before God and “books” (plural) will be opened. Their names will not be found in the Lamb’s Book of Life, which has only the names of His family members in it. Then their book of works will be opened. Yes, these people thought that they could be saved on the basis of good works. Their works will be stacked up next to those of our Messiah and be found desperately wanting.
If you want to be saved on works, you can – but the passing grade is 100%. Even one sinful thought ever in your life fails you. The true believer by contrast, has already accepted the 100% passing grade of Messiah as a substitute. In spirit, the believer is 100% right with God.
The unbeliever has nothing to stand on. He has no salvation-foundation, no redeemed life of God and pitifully lacking works. He is cast from this palace of Holy Terror into hell for ever.
Why is the Great White Throne judgment such a positive thing? It is simply because it is the great cleansing act of the results of all the works of Satan. It is part of the cleansing of the universe and the part of the great restoration of the entire universe into a pure, holy and righteous state.
The Great White Throne judgement is found here: Revelation 20:11-15
If only unbelievers could see their future, if they remain unsaved, they would come running into the kingdom of God. In fact part of the reason for the judgements of the tribulation period is to shake everything that can be shaken so that a flood of repentant people will come into the kingdom of God.
The judgement of the nations:
Matthew 24:7 “Nation will rise against nation and kingdom against kingdom.”
Matthew 25:31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him and He will separate them one from another as a shepherd divides sheep from goats and He will set the sheep on the right and the goats on the left.”
This section of scripture then goes on to describe the ones who had a heart for His own brethren and the ones who did not. This implies that believers (tribulation saints) with a heart for God’s own plans for the Jewish people in this day were counted as sheep nations and the unbelievers who opposes Gods plans were the goat nations and cast into hell.
The judgment of the nations of the world does not take the place of judgement on individuals.
The nations of the world will be destroyed in the campaign of Armageddon. It intensifies in the second half and results in entire nations being destroyed in military operations as well as other judgments.
The verse below in Isaiah 26:9 declares, “When Your judgements are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.” That looks further and further from being even a remote possibility in this day. But that changes nothing. All things and everyone who stands in the way of God’s coming judgement will soon be wiped off the earth and cast into hell at the Second Coming. Then that verse will become gloriously true for a thousand year reign of peace!
Do you think there will be democracy in the Millennium? You’re a fool if you do.
Psalm 2:9 “Ask Me and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break (rule) them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.”
Revelation 19:15 “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...”
No, his name is not Daniel. I took this picture of my game-lodge owner friend Willie Joubert sleeping in the arms of big lion out in the wilds. The lions are fine with him, but not others. This is the picture of true believers comfortable and confident in the presence of the Magnificent King. If the lion does not know you personally, you are in big trouble. My friend is a believer so when he meets the Lion of the tribe of Judah, he will be confident.
Shalom and grow in grace!