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Edition 362: May 3rd 2017.
The Great Return:
The Great Return:
I will deal with the backslider in this edition, but also those with a desire to really move forward in a significant new, urgent manner in these days. The great return to our Lord of Israel, - the backslider, will also be in view. It’s timely, and urgent. I’m sure that almost every Christian knows someone who has or is backslidden.
Time is running out. The amount of breaths you have left in you are numbered! The amount of time we all have is limited and determined either by the events of life, the rapture or the tribulation period and its climactic conclusion.
Living for self now or God and eternity:
Why is living for self such a futile existence? Why is it never truly fulfilling? It’s because at the end of the me-now, self-life sits Satan and he can never be appeased, fulfilled or satisfied with you. He gives to you only to entrap you!
You may experience some happiness with self on the throne of your life, but you will never experience true inner joy!
By the way, “happiness” comes from the root word “hap” which is related to chance. It is vastly different to the much deeper word – joy.
If you live for self you will cry with regret the day you stand before our Lord and He opens the curtains revealing the depths of your life and what He had planned for you, – and you ignored Him.
The greatest tragedy today is spiritual complacency. It seems nobody cares. Truth or error, right or wrong – who cares!
When you remove the gospel from your own life, or from society for that matter, you are removing the ability for tears to form in your eyes!
You remove the spiritual force that keeps your heart soft before our Lord and people. You then become a non-emotional freak - A sort of psychopath.
People are very special. The reason is because they were created by our very special God and have been given the potential to become everything they were meant to be in our Lord and for His kingdom.
Hebrews 12:1 “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and sin which so easily ensnares us and run the race the race before us with endurance.”
The backslider’s reasons:
Proverbs 14:14 “The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, but a good man will be satisfied from above.”
Many people are totally backslidden in heart although outwardly they may appear just like a normal Christian. They don’t know their sorry state because they have no point of reference or comparison. This can only be found in knowing your Bible well and thoroughly under the inspiration of the Spirit.
There are so many reasons that people present for departing from the faith. Most of them are that their expectations were not met. Many are about to have their ideas changed!
The Bible declares that God will shake everything that can be shaken. That’s not for His amusement. The major cause for the coming great shaking, is to shake people into the truth and shake the world out of its sin, and ultimately to destroy all its sin.
Many of you reading this may know of friends or family who have backslidden. Please tell them that their backsliding days are over!
It’s time for the backslider to slide back! My friends, our Lord is a God of a second chance. He is holding out His hand to you now.
It’s time to seek the Lord. Unbeliever, this is for you too. Your time has come to seek the Lord.
Backslider and unbeliever; please know this. God’s mercy and grace is reaching out to you, but don’t trivialise it. Don’t ignore it – it does have a limit!
The time is now:
Ephesians 5:15-17 “See that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time because the days are evil. Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
This means that we can actually buy-back the time the devil has stolen from us. Repentance is the great neutraliser of the works of the devil.
Today there are so many voices all crying for your attention. They want you to go their way. They want you to be like them. You need to learn to tell many voices to shut their traps! You need to learn which voices can speak to you. It is not many!
Many people are brilliantly stupid! They spend their lives reading and studying, bettering themselves so that they can be brilliant, but they leave God out. They are no different to the local village idiot.
Many people will never be free. They won’t forsake and reject the curse - generator in their lives. There are certain things in the world that are more or less harmless, but there are many things and people backed by powerful curses. These curses will transfer if you let them.
►You have no chance of stopping that transfer of spirits if you can’t see and identify them and know how to deal with them. Spiritual warfare and absolute forsaking and renouncing the source of curses and the cutting and severing of all ties are absolutely necessary.
I’m sure many of you have seen those you counsel and give help to, never see victory. Often times (not always) its powerful curses at work, which they can’t see.
●If interested or needed please read Edition 104: “Turning curses into blessings.” HERE
●If needed please read Edition 83: “Counselling believers in perilous times.” HERE
God’s way is hard when you won’t surrender. Then it is easy when you do. Man’s way is easy and cheap. When fully in it, God’s way seems impossible to even understand. To go man’s way, you need not forsake all your sin, garbage and the people who will bring you down.
Today, it’s very difficult for many to forsake the world and its ways. The world has opened their eyes to what is essentially an ongoing lie and blinded them to truth.
You must forsake the attachment to the world. The world must hate you at the end of the day! (Galatians 6:14, John 15:18-19)
To be “spat out” by the world is an honour and privilege. To be “spat out” by God is an eternal terror. (Revelation 3:16) To be hated by the world means you are God’s special, loved, best friend forever!
Ministers of the gospel, teachers, preachers, evangelists, and churches, need to prepare now, right now, for the great spiritual awakening of Jews, Gentiles and Christians seeking the truth.
Time is just about up!
Time is not the great healer! Truth is the great healer. Error has made many sick and shipwrecked spiritually. But truth forgives, shows mercy, delivers, strengthens, inspires and leads to the heart of God.
Be careful – don’t delay your coming back to our Lord! You may find the door closed.
The Seeking Christian:
Proverbs 8:17 “I love those who love Me, and those who seek Me diligently shall find Me.”
The seeking Christian will find our Lord. The seeking Jew will also. They will find each other and the Lord!
The true Christian does not need to seek the Lord for salvation, because he is saved. He needs to seek the Lord for the salvation of his soul, which is subsequent and apart from the initial salvation of the spirit experience at the new birth.
The Jews released from Egypt, had to go into the wilderness to get Egypt out of them, before they could enter the Promised Land. So it is with the prodigal backslider. In many respects they have been captivated by the world and its ways.
The Christian seeking a deeper walk with our Lord also needs to forsake much.
As you seek our Lord, you will find Him and one day you will find yourself sitting right next to Him.
Here are a few powerful verses for the diligent seeker:
Proverbs 12:26 “The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray.”
Proverbs 13:20 “He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companions of fools will be destroyed.”
Psalm 36:9 “With You Lord is a fountain of life; in Your light we see light.”
The Seeking Jew:
Please read through these verses below taking note of the following:
●Note: These verses don’t fit the church. They can only fit the Jews and Israel.
●Note: We see here the great drama of Israel elected, rejected and accepted, all encapsulated.
●Note: In these verses we see the prophetic story of the amazing, incredible, history-shattering great return of the Jews and their subsequent ministry to the Gentiles in the tribulation period. What wonderful drama is this!
●Note: God destroys the nations that came against Israel, when the Jews are being returned and restored. (Your days are almost up – Europe!)
Jeremiah 3:12-22 “Return, backsliding Israel, says the Lord, and I will not cause My anger to fall on you; for I am merciful says the Lord, and I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord your God...Return O backsliding Israel for I am married to you...Return O backsliding Israel and I will heal your backslidings.”
Jeremiah 33:6-8 “I will bring health and healing; I will heal them and reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth. I will cause the captives of Judah and Israel to return and I will rebuild those places as at first. I will cleanse them from all their iniquity by which they have sinned against Me and I will pardon all their iniquities...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them.”
Acts 5:31 “Him God has exalted to His right hand, to be Prince and Saviour, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.”
Zechariah 8:23 “In those days, says the Lord of hosts, ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.’”
Zephaniah 3:20 “At that time, I will bring you back and gather you; for I will give you fame and praise among all the people of the earth, when I return your captives before your eyes, says the Lord.”
Zechariah 8:13 “It shall come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.”
Isaiah 35:1-5 “The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom as a rose; it shall blossom abundantly and rejoice...Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped...”
Zephaniah 3:9 “Then I will restore to the people a pure language, (Hebrew restored) so that they may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”
Isaiah 49:19 “Your waste and desolate places, and the land of your destruction, will now be too small for the inhabitants.”
Isaiah 14:1 “The Lord will have mercy on Jacob and still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land. Strangers (Gentiles) will be joined to them and they will cling to the house of Jacob.”
Ezekiel 11:16 “Although I have cast them (Israel) far off among the Gentiles, and although I have scattered them among the countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone.” (Maintain identity in the diaspora.)
Deuteronomy 30:7 “The Lord will put all these curses on your (Israel’s) enemies and on those who hate you and persecute you.”
Joel 3:4 “What have you to do with Me O Tyre and Sidon and all the coasts of Philistia (Gaza / Palestinians)? Will you retaliate against Me? If you do, swiftly and speedily I will return your retaliation upon your own head.”
Ezekiel 28:25-26 “When I have gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered, and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell in their own land...then I will execute judgement on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord.”
Ezekiel 11:17-19 “I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel. They will go there and take away all its detestable things and abominations. Then I will give them one heart and put a new spirit within them and take away the stony heart and give them a heart of flesh.”
Can you hear the trumpet?
In these latter times, the Jews will seek the Lord. It will be a time of veil-lifting, of eye-opening, of temple-building, and revival. It will be a time of the destruction of many nations.
Jews – Can you hear the trumpets? Can you hear the people shouting and yelling? Can you see the walls of Jericho falling – again? My friends, it was those walls that stood in your way as you obeyed God on your way to the Promised Land.
Those barriers to your salvation are again crumbling. Just like in Jericho of old, your armies went in after the trumpet blasts and the walls fell. The king of Jericho tried to prevent you from obeying the Lord. He was destroyed. Today the god of this world – Satan is trying the same thing!
Now, many stand in your way again. God will again use your armies as His “battle axe” to destroy those who get in your way!
But hold on a minute, my Jewish friends. Note that the Gentile woman Rahab, who had helped your people earlier, was removed from Jericho before the city was destroyed and taken to a place “outside the camp of Israel” later to be united with Israel. (Joshua 6)
That speaks of the pre-tribulation rapture of the church. It speaks of the great escape from the wars and drama of the coming time of Jacob’s trouble.
Yes, my Jewish friends, you can be saved now rather than later in the tribulation. Guess which one is better? Many of you are already seeing through the torn veil! Don’t wait!
As we have seen, all end-time prophecies assume Israel is in the land with Jerusalem as its centre, and with the veil lifting, and the Jews coming to salvation in droves.
►This really is a true Holocaust for the devil and his world!
Jews, you have a new Red Sea crossing coming up, from Egypt (the world) to glorious salvation.
The great return of the Jews to their Messiah is the very thing that inspires and expedites the salvation of the Gentiles in the tribulation period.
It was always the duty of the church to make the Jews jealous and to take the Gospel to them first. Now here we see the great reversal. In the tribulation period, it is now the Jews who make the Gentiles jealous for salvation!
The salvation of the Jews is starting to gather momentum now. It is one of the great and glorious signs we are to look for and take note of relating to the soon-coming dispensation change and rapture.
Your great prayer:
Proverbs 16:3 “Commit your works to the Lord, and your thoughts will be established.”
When your thought life is established in God and His word – your victory has arrived.
If you are a returning backslider, or one seeking a new deeper life in Messiah, these are some things you may consider. Let the Lord show you your tailor-made plan.
●Repent in all sincerity and cast off all complacency and the reasons you had for turning away.
Repent, big time. “Welcome home My dear friend” – says the Lord!
●Write the vision. (Habakkuk 2:2) It’s good to have a point of identification to which you can look back and say – “That was the day I got my act together with my Lord.” Write out a list of things that you will do according to His leading.
By way of testimony, I have a list on old yellowed, faded paper in the back of my Bible, which I still look at from time to time. I wrote the list in 1980.
That is my denial of self list, in which I wrote down many things I would absolutely forsake and get out of my life. I have never backslidden, praise our Lord, but I did this anyway back then, as a dedication to My Lord.
Some items on my list were achieved immediately and some took a bit of time, involving some battles. Today, everything on my list is done, achieved and a reality in my life, for which I am most thankful.
Pray with determination over your plan and your list. Pray with expectation. Pray with fervent prayer. Pray with desperation and passion. Pray regularly, many times a day. Pray in your normal every-day language without putting your hands together!
●Pray God’s word back to Him. Write out or mark a number of verses relevant to your situation and confess them aloud. Proclaim them and speak them, believe them in expectation.
●Make it your plan to diligently “study God’s word to show yourself approved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
You are known by what you do and say. You are also really known by what and who you let into your life and on what conditions.
Make sure it is the things and people that facilitate your growth in Messiah and do not obstruct it.
Psalm 144:4 “Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.”
Make your breaths count with God. They are actually not yours in the first place! (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 6:19)
I took the orchid picture and added some texture effects, then superimposed the butterfly with similar effects. - Don’t remain a worm!
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 361: April 26th 2017.
The spirit of Revelation
The spirit of Revelation:
Psalm 119: 18 “Open my eyes that I might see wondrous things from Your word.”
To live a truly successful Christian life, one must have revelation of and from our Lord. If not, your spiritual life will be dry and lifeless. You may still be saved, but you will be missing the great blessings of what God has provided for us now.
Revelation is a gift of the Spirit of God. It does not come from your own self, study, knowledge or church doctrine. It is alive and exciting and especially necessary in these days of fast moving prophetic developments.
Without it the dangers you face, are great.
Right up front let me say that the Spirit of Revelation reveals Yeshua, the Lamb of God and the Lion of the tribe of Judah!
Here’s a good way to see it: The Greek word “knowledge” is the word “gnosis” but the word “epi-gnosis” means “knowledge from above” or what we would call “revelation knowledge.” It is that knowledge made alive and enlightened.
Another way to look at it is: Under the leading of the Spirit of God, knowledge is the input from God’s word; understanding sifts it and applies it and wisdom is the application of it.
And yet another way to look at it is: “Logos” is the Greek word for “word,” while “rhema” is the Greek word for revealed, Spirit-led, revelation word.
Revelation knowledge operates primarily through and in the word of God, but is not restricted to it. It can and does spring up within one’s heart as the “still small voice.” The Spirit of revelation can also speak to us in purely external situations, like in and through nature or art and the like.
The previous edition was about the spirit of antichrist at work, now preparing the world for the soon-coming final antichrist. This edition is about glorious victory and being equipped and prepared for the times ahead, included is dealing with the spirit of antichrist.
My friends, this is a dangerous time. It is a “perilous time”, but it is also a great, exciting time and a time where you can take and use end-time pressures to grow in our Lord like never before.
The Spirit of revelation operates on a personal basis, bringing revelation into your heart. It operates specifically in relation toBible prophecy and things to come. Included in this, is revelation relating to God’s plan for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
The revelation gifts of the Spirit as laid out in the Bible are: ●The word of knowledge. ●The word of wisdom. ●The discerning of Spirits. We could add to the list, the ministry gift of the teacher (of prophecy) and the watchman.
The word of knowledge gives us a now-word for a situation. The word of wisdom unveils and gives us wisdom in and for a situation. The discerning of spirits gives us insight into spirits at work, both of God, and demonic spirits.
We call the operation of all of these gifts collectively, “the spirit of revelation.”
It is absolutely critical for your spiritual safety and success in these days, to know and hear the Spirit of God as He reveals and unveils many of these things to us.
The opposite of the Spirit of revelation is obviously no revelation, but there is more! You will be left with the spirit of great error. You yourself will be the leader and guide of your life. What a dangerous thing that is!
The real opposite if the Spirit of revelation is the exaltation and approval of yourself.
●●●Proverbs 8:34-35 “Blessed is the man who listens to Me, watching daily at My gates, waiting at the posts of My doors. Whoever finds Me finds life, and obtains favour from the Lord.”
Watchman: I’ve taken this definition from the various original Hebrew words translated “watchmen” in the Bible.
The watchman: ●Is to watch closely. ●He is to look and watch well and thoroughly. ●He is to observe and to look all around and about. ●He is to keep watching. ●He peers into the distance. ●He watches as a guard to protect and preserve the people.
The watchman is one who knows the scriptures backwards. He watches always with the Bible in mind. He watches with prophecy in view. He watches, measuring what he sees by the word of God. He watches with the spiritual gift of revelation in his heart, speaking to him through situations and the still small voice of God welling up in his heart.
We see here, in word definitions and in the verse above that there is far more to the watchman than meets the eye! He watches and waits before the Lord. He is one who reveals and opens up the paths and ways of our Lord.
Many churches today don’t touch Bible prophecy. They have no watchmen; they are blind in this world full of traps, deceptions and deep, dark, satanic holes.
The minister without revelation is like a blindfolded person standing in front of a table full of thousands of jig-saw puzzle pieces, and he has no idea how to put them together. He can’t see the end from the beginning.
The watchman sees and knows the end from the beginning as he watches! (Isaiah 46:10)
Revelation will produce excitement. The word of God will come to life as inner enlightenment leads and guides you and shows you many wonderful things! (Psalm 119:18)
If we are on the right track we will have sight and insight, seeing where we are going and also seeing the pitfalls and ditches along the way. If we are on the right track we will see the glory of God in our hearts and the wickedness there too, still to be removed.
The Spirit of revelation will always look right into your heart and soul and shed God’s light on just what is needed in the depth of your being.
The true Spirit of revelation will always show you hell.
The Spirit of revelation will always show you things to come! But there is a great danger we need to be aware of. Here it is:
John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
John 12:35 “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.”
Isaiah 55:6 “Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near.”
These verses imply that a time is coming, and it is very soon, when it will be very difficult to walk with our Lord in all truth. Most of this will be in the tribulation period, especially the second half, but there are forerunners now.
Don’t mess around with your spiritual life. This is not a game!
The great error:
The Spirit of revelation has a counterfeit spirit at work. This is the “spirit or error.” (1 John 4:6)
This evil spirit always tries to lead you astray. This spirit is at work now trying to bring about a multi-faith world of peace. This spirit will try to reproduce Christianity but without the purifying cross. This new-world order and new-world faith is of the devil.
The Jews rejected their Messiah because they expected Him to set up a world kingdom of peace back then. We know by revelation that the kingdom did come back then, but it’s invisible, in our hearts now in the church age.
But before you mock the blindness of the Jews, let me tell you that it’s no different at all for a large part of the so-called church. They believe world-peace and the kingdom now is the truth. They believe that they can bring in world-peace by coming together with all religions as one!
It’s a terrible movement, growing very fast in these days, sweeping millions into its deathly fold.
The Bible says that we are to “test the spirits.”(1 John 4:1) This is where the Spirit of revelation comes in. We are also to test the spirits at work in ministries and ministers in particular.
They must be stable, extremely well Spirit-schooled in the word. They must be restrained and not fly off after every fad or new things. They must be like a pillar in the temple – holding it up for the benefit of God and others – in that order!
Many are being raised up to be strong, not only for themselves in these days of instability, but for others...like that pillar in the temple of God. Many are being raised up with the wisdom of our Lord.
The problem is that most churches rehash what has worked before. The ministers rehash what they have been taught instead of what has come from their own diligent study under the inspiration and leading of the Spirit of God.
If you remove the bits of truth from the Bible that you deem objectionable your truth is error. It’s no different to be adding things or removing things from the Bible, which are cursed! There is no revelation at all in that!
Real revelation prevents getting stuck in a rut. A rut often comes from someone else’s revelation, that is now dry and stale, delivered as present truth, when it’s actually dead, boring hogwash.
The dangers facing those with no revelation:
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint.”
Today we are in a world with no doctrinal restraint, and no moral restraint. “Truth” is all variable and relevant to today’s situations. Howling wolves are responsible!
Most of these things are so obvious, yet so many have fallen into the traps.
The person with no revelation of the word has pure dead letter as his guide. But his dead letter is actually not really dead! It is alive to devils and demons! He is in a world of spiritual ignorance, even though he may have a degree in theology. He will not endure when the pressure is on.
He will get many things wrong in the word and be led by his own mind rather than the Spirit of God. He will be led by what seems right.
There will be no clear, distinct, division in his life between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. These will be blurred together in many respects.
He will fall into many deceptions, private interpretations of doctrines, false doctrines and divisions. He will be infiltrated by unseen demons, especially spirits of error.
Revelation 2:24 Speaking of the evil church of Thyatira, our Lord condemns them because they “knew the depths of Satan”. These are the doctrines of Jezebel amongst others, producing control.
Most analysts agree that Thyatira describes the Catholic church.
They contrast with 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God.”
“The depths of Satan" or “the deep things of God!” It’s your choice!
What are the qualifications for revelation?
It’s most important to know that you can’t create revelation! You can’t make the voice of God speak. You can’t say you see things shown you by God unless He really has.
The baptism in the Spirit is the main qualification to receive the gifts of the Spirit.
There’s a big difference between seeing something in the word of God and the “ah ha” moment!
The Spirit of revelation comes to those who meet the conditions. It’s exclusive and it’s not for all.
Perhaps the most important qualification is fear!
The fear of the Lord:
Do you sit on your throne? Are you enthroned in your world? Are you king or queen of your world? If so, you have a nasty surprise coming. You need to get off your throne and allow our Lord to sit there as He should.
You will never be able to fear the Lord as required, while you are enthroned in your world.
The fear of the Lord is one of the major qualifications for advancing in the things of God generally, but very specifically in these revelatory gifts as well.
I’ve heard so many definitions of the fear of the Lord – mostly pure rubbish. The best I’ve ever heard was from Derek Prince. He said, “The fear of the Lord means to fear Him!”
Most people think that fear is always a negative thing...No sir!
Because the fear of the Lord is commanded, it is entirely positive. ●It creates in you the openness to receive God’s help and draws His presence in. ●It causes you to examine yourself. ●It creates a godly and biblical focus, and gives clarity on godly issues.
It begins and continues by choice! (Proverbs 1:29)
● “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge and understanding”. (Proverbs 9:10)
● “They who have the fear of the Lord walk uprightly”. (Proverbs 14:2)
● “It leads to life, peace, contentment and you won’t be visited with evil.” (Proverbs 19:23)
● “Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times, and the strength of salvation, the fear of the Lord is His treasure.” (Isaiah 33:6)
● “The Lord encamps around those who fear Him.” “They will receive a place of refuge.” (Psalm 34:7, Proverbs 14:26)
● “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever.” (Psalm 19:9)
● “The secret counsel of the Lord is with those who fear Him and He will show them His covenant.” (Psalm 25:14)
● “The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him.” (Psalm 103:17)
Those that reject the fear of the Lord will never receive its incredible benefits!
● “They will call on Me and I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but will not find Me, because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord. They would have none of My counsel and despised My reproof.” (Proverbs 1:28-29)
“Fools despise wisdom”! (Proverbs 1:7) This proverb speaks also of the fear of the Lord.
Job 21:14-15 (Amp) “They say to God, ‘depart from us for we do not desire the knowledge of Your ways. What is the Almighty, that we should serve Him, and what profit do we have if we pray to Him?’”
Do you know how many people have kicked God and His ways out of their lives? Perhaps billions!
These are just a few of the many verses on the fear of the Lord, required to move forward with our Lord, and for all in any sort of ministry.
The active fear of the Lord in your life dethrones you and highly exalts and enthrones our Lord. It strips out the importance of your own words and makes God’s word supremely important.
It’s an odd thing, but the fear of the Lord brings the love of the Lord into the forefront of your life.
The fear of the Lord brings millions of benefits into your life and brings you close to Him and Him to you. It creates in you something you can’t even describe! It makes you a very special person to our Lord and to others.
The fear of the Lord will guide you into all truth, with the Spirit of God at your side.
Above all, the fear of the Lord brings you that glorious, wise, Spirit of revelation.
With no fear of the Lord there is no Spirit of revelation and self-importance becomes all important. With the fear of the lord and self dethroned, God-importance is all important.
A classic end-time example:
Today we are in the period known as the end-times. Everyone and his auntie wants to know what’s coming and when. There’s nothing wrong with that. In fact it is the work of God leading His people in preparation. But an unfortunate off-shoot is being seen, in people seeing what they want to see.
Too many are twisting interpretations, finding new personal “revelation,” thinking it’s all from God. We are seeing too many going too far off track into the Spirit-less ditch.
Trying to make things fit your beliefs is the wrong way around.
A good (terrible) example is this: One individual with a YouTube ministry believed Bin Laden was the antichrist while he was still alive. Now he believes Bin Laden is the antichrist because his body was dumped at sea and the antichrist “arises from the sea”!
Another taught that Nibiru would hit the earth destroying it this past Christmas day, but it would be okay, because the rapture would happen then!
Amazingly, these false prophets and devil’s disciples never apologise for their hogwash afterwards!
What is worse is that many people believe these liars and follow them, especially the gullible.
I fully appreciate that these are exciting times, but we must not put the cart before the horse. That said, just a reminder: I’m a fully fledged pre-tribber, watching, studying, and preparing my own heart for the soon coming of our Lord. The rapture is coming soon, perhaps sooner than we think!
Personally, I have a stirring in my heart and impending feeling. But I won’t get out of line.
Alive to the word:
In my own case, I spent all my working days in the media world, living in the fast and dangerous lane. It damages you psychologically by making you unemotional to most situations. Very often I would read a verse that I have read before and suddenly it would speak right into my heart, bringing required change.
Beware of getting weird! Some people have a natural propensity for going and making an idiot of themselves. You can’t live in the Spirit 24 / 7! Of course we are always in the Spirit in terms of salvation, but the revelatory gifts come and go. We can’t force them to be there.
Some people think there’s a spirit responsible for everything and behind ever door and in every corner. On the other hand, the things of the Spirit will often lead you right out of your comfort zone – so just relax in the Lord and trust in the Spirit of revelation.
There is safety and strong confidence in surrendering fully to our Lord. That’s the only way His Spirit comes in to lead us into all truth and show us things to come. (John 16:13) It’s the way to be, and the way to move forward.
The fear of the Lord, humility, cross-bearing, and self denial are the ways to the glorious wisdom of God, with success and victory in your life from our Lord.
Psalm 66:16 “Come and hear, all you who fear God.”
I took this background picture in the rain forest of Gabon and the Kokerboom (Quiver tree) picture at sunset in the Richtersveld desert and merged them for effect.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 360: April 19th 2017.
The spirit of antichrist:
The spirit of antichrist:
We are in a time right now of ominous, impending, prophetic developments. The spirit of antichrist is preparing the world for the fearful, fateful, imminent advent of the final antichrist. At the same time, the people of God are growing stronger and stronger.
Daniel 11:32-33 “Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery; but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits, and those of the people who understand shall instruct many...”
1 John 4:3 “Every spirit that does not confess that Yeshua the Messiah has come in the flesh is not of God and this is the spirit of antichrist, which you have heard is coming and now is in the world.”
1 John 2:18 “Little children, it is the last hour, and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. They went out from us but were not of us; for if they were of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they may be manifest, that none of them were of us.”
I have written very little on the antichrist in previous editions, simply because he will be a central figure in the tribulation period and not before. The antichrist is a major subject for those of the post-tribulation rapture belief – not me!
But, the Bible speaks of the “spirit of antichrist” operating in many antichrists before the tribulation begins, of which we must have some knowledge – hence this edition.
The spirit of antichrist, according to our title verses above, operates in people who specifically deny that Yeshua is God. This spirit goes out in association with the church as well.
Satan’s ace is to get into the church, especially into the leadership. Division and strife are his calling cards!
An antichrist is a human being possessed with a satanic spirit, usually in a leadership form. There are many individuals who are demon possessed, but not specifically possessed by the undiluted manifestation of the antichrist spirit of Satan. There is a satanic hierarchy.
A person with an antichrist spirit will have many of the characteristics of the final antichrist himself.
This edition is not so much about the antichrist of the tribulation period, who will be the supreme embodiment of man’s rebellion to God, but about that spirit at work right now, and how to identify it and steer clear.
The spirit of antichrist is a powerful ruling spirit. It is a conquering spirit. It is a usurping and replacing spirit, getting rid of the true and replacing it with error and illegitimate leadership.
The spirit of antichrist is seen in political leaders, church leaders, religious leaders and the like!
Definition of antichrist:
“Christos” is the Greek word for Christ, corresponding to Mashiach in Hebrew. So the word means anti-Messiah. But in the original there is more to it. The words used mean to “come against” and “to replace.”
The end purpose of this evil spirit is to come against, and get rid of the Messiah, replacing Him with a false Messiah.
The antichrist spirit goes still further. Once you have replaced the true Messiah with a false Messiah, this spirit can then literally and physically get rid of Christians by killing them, which is part of his objective.
The antichrist spirit denies that Yeshua is the Messiah. He denies the Father, Son relationship. But he does not deny Yeshua. He does not deny the existence of God. He denies that Yeshua is God, because he himself later proclaims himself to be God!
You may have noticed that this is also the spirit behind replacement theology, which gets rid of God’s calling and plan for the Jews and replaces them with the church. Amazingly they can’t see that they are of the spirit of antichrist in this regard.
The great danger of these days is to be in this physical and spiritual world with eyes only for the physical. To be able to even see and identify spirits at work, you need the gifts of the Spirit. To deal with these evil spirits, you most certainly need the gifts of the Spirit.
As stated above, some very clear examples of the spirit of antichrist in the church today are seen in replacement theology and also in the Jezebel spirit, which is prolific in the church. This is a spirit out to bring down God’s leadership and replace it with illegitimate leadership, destroying the church from within. It is not exclusively seen in women as some believe.
He will be known by his fruits:
True believers are known as such by the fruits they produce. In the same way the spirit of antichrist is known by its fruits.
Firstly, it’s worth bearing in mind that the final antichrist himself is known as the “son of perdition.” The only other person in the Bible with this title was Judas. The title means they are hell-bound!
He is also known by his names: Beast, dragon, deceiver, lawless one, and many others.
This is a collection of characteristics of the spirit of antichrist, derived from the relevant verses:
●He opposes God. ●He exalts himself above God. ●He is a blasphemer. ●He receives worship and sits in the temple. ●He is a controller. ●He rejects God’s law but operates in his legalism. ●He operates with lying signs and wonders. ●He is a chief deceiver. ●He is filled with unrighteousness and wickedness. ●He feeds those who do not love the truth. ●He creates division. ●He is a liar, thief and murderer. ●He murders the saints. ●He is a deceptive peace-maker. ●He is a champion of lust, homosexuality included. ●His “truth” is doctrinal error. ●He obscures the cross of Messiah, robbing it of its power. ●He glorifies human works and opposes the work of the Spirit. ●He removes boundaries and borders. ●He operates in pride and hates those who fear the Lord. ●He is the architect of inter-faith and a new Babel. ●He exalts and glorifies national ignorance.
There is a powerful antichrist spirit in Islam and rabbinical Judaism. Islam believes in Jesus, but absolutely denies that He is God. Judaism is much the same for now. Although the Catholics believe in Jesus, there are many characteristics of the antichrist spirit in their midst.
Purposes of the spirit of antichrist:
His chief purpose is to obtain worship, willingly or not. This spirit is a fear monger. He creates illegitimate fear. Of course, the fear of the Lord is what we need, not fear created by the devil. His fear is to produce domination and control.
This is the end the objective of the spirit of antichrist, when it is fully manifest. This is the goal to which the spirit of antichrist is working right now, and the tragedy is that most can’t see it or even know it! And tragically, the goal of the antichrist will be successful in the tribulation period, albeit for a short time. Here it is:
Revelation 17:13 “These (nations) are of one mind and they will give their power and authority to the beast.”
Revelation 13:8 “All who dwell on the earth will worship him (antichrist), whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
What a staggering statement that is in this verse above!
So, here we have the two great end-time purposes to which the spirit of antichrist is working now. They are to receive power (to control) and worship.
Please bear in mind that the believer’s power comes from the cross of Calvary. If this evil spirit of antichrist can obscure or remove the cross, he strips the believer of power, leaving him wide open to deception.
A deliberate rejection of revealed truth leaves you guilty as charged and opens you to deception.
It’s interesting to note that the spirit of antichrist vehemently opposes the work of God, which is ultimately to bring salvation to the world. In this church dispensation it is us, the church who are God’s main workers and the main subjects of Satan’s attacks.
Very few Christians in the West have any idea at all of the persecution and martyrdom of Christians in the East today. The numbers are truly horrific.
In the tribulation period, God’s main workers to bring salvation to the nations are the Jews, and likewise, they will be hated, persecuted and slaughtered.
Today the modern liberal church hates us cross-bearing believers and hates Israel and God’s plan for them as seen in their evil doctrine of replacement theology. It’s the same spirit of antichrist attacking both.
The deadly end-time acts of the spirit of antichrist:
The main method the spirit of antichrist uses is to blind people to his presence and operations. A spiritually blind person is very easy to deceive! This blindness comes primarily from ignorance.
Today we are in a world characterised by rebellion to the word and ways of God. You may think that rebellion to His ways is no big deal. The verse below calls you a witch!
1 Samuel 15:23 “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”
There is a power behind witchcraft. It is the power of the spirit of antichrist! Bear that in mind the next time you promote the rebellion of homosexuality.
The most deadly attack of the spirit of antichrist is and will be anti-Semitism in the world and replacement theology in the church.
Replacement theology is the spiritual arm of anti-Semitism. It is fully evil and of the devil. In fact, replacement theology in the church today, is the Holocaust of the Jewish dead of the Holocaust. It’s killing them all over again, and giving the spirit of antichrist the authority for the coming Holocaust!
Another act of the spirit of antichrist will be a great deception that he is the Messiah of the end-times. He will delude the masses, the uneducated and the gullible into believing that the Lord has arrived and is here on the earth.
One of the main works of the spirit of antichrist is to introduce error. To be consistent in his method of operation, he obscures and removes the truth and then brings in the error. Remember that error is a spirit! (1 John 4:6)
The biggest error in the counterfeit church (and some churches), is that you can be saved by works without the radical born-again experience through the blood of Messiah and His cross.
Another dangerous error is that you do not need to take up your cross daily, and deny self. This goes hand in hand with the error of worldliness and ignorance of demon activity.
Of course there are numerous smaller errors, but we need to be aware of these big errors, which can and will affect your eternity.
The spirit of antichrist is the spirit of blasphemy. We see this in Revelation 13:6-7 where he opens his mouth in blasphemy against God, His name, His tabernacle and His people, who dwell in heaven.
The word “blasphemy” also means: Contempt, slander, injury to one’s name, reproachful.
Many of the unsaved in the tribulation period turn in blasphemy against God for the massive judgements that come upon the earth.
Perhaps the greatest work of the spirit of antichrist is to get the whole world to accept and love evil and sin. (John 3:19, 2 Thessalonians 2:9-10)
He will perform many supernatural miracles to deceive those looking for signs and wonders without the fullness of truth.
The spirit of antichrist will cause many to be lovers of themselves, filled with pride. They will be scoffers of end-time things, filled with lusts. They will be mockers. They will cause divisions, not having the Spirit.
The spirit of antichrist uses love to achieve his goal. Love enveloped by truth is powerful. Love without truth is vulnerable to become a tool of the devil!
The antichrist is characterised by incredible intelligence and persuasiveness. (Daniel 7:8, 20, 8:23) He comes as an “angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He is a crafty trickster (Ezekiel 28:6). He is full of self will, being called the “wilful king.” (Daniel 11:36)
The spirit of antichrist will use all the tools of the devil to prepare the world to receive him as God!
The time is late:
The hour is very late, there is little time left. Soon the hour will become the “hour of trial which will come upon the whole world” – the tribulation period. Soon the day will become the “Day of the Lord” – the whole seven year tribulation period.
It is time to watch and pray – be vigilant, be encouraged in our Lord. Move forward with Him. Repent of all known sin, walk right and holy with our God, study to show yourself approved unto God. Actively get rid of all complacency, mixture of truth and error. Get rid of a lukewarm attitude. Be hot for God!
We are in a critical time in history, becoming more so daily. Revelation 12:12 speaks of the fact that Satan knows his time is short, so he causes more and more havoc on the earth. This means things in the world are not going to get better but far worse.
The spirit of antichrist has a major ambition in making the free world - not free! His world is one of control. His world is one of unholy, evil, sin and wickedness. If you have not discovered it yet, sin, evil and wickedness is full of bondages and everything but freedom and peace, which is just what Satan wants.
Will the final antichrist be a Jew?
The answer is no!
It is not in the Bible. So how did such a far reaching, well-believed lie become a Christian tradition?
Revelation 13:1 reveals a beast arising from the sea. The sea is always a type of the Gentile nations.
Revelation 13:11 reveals “another beast”, the false prophet, arising from the earth. This is a type of the Jews. So it means that the false prophet could be a Jew or have a hidden Jewish identity or heritage.
This amazing verse below implies that this antichrist is a “prince of Israel.” This does not mean he is an Israel Jew, it means he has a significant role in the end-time events of Israel.
Ezekiel 21:25-27 “Now to you,O profane, wicked prince of Israel, whose day has come, whose iniquity shall end...you shall lose your crown and be overthrown.”
Satan’s main reason for attacking the true church of the living God is to disarm them of their weapons! It is only the true, Spirit-filled church that has a full complement of spiritual weapons, and the authority to use them to bind the works of the devil and cast him out.
How can the church be here on earth, with those weapons while the antichrist is also here at the same time? We have the power and authority to defeat his works. Only a pre-tribulation rapture answers this question.
The full manifestation of the spirit of antichrist occurs as he manifests at the terrible table of his deceptive peace covenant. As he signs the dreaded covenant, which breaks God’s existing covenant, he is revealed and fully indwelt and possessed by Satan.
That evil spirit of Satan now in that individual will be revealed and released upon the world. This event begins the final seven-year tribulation period, the next dispensation. At this point, the restrainer of evil, the church is removed in the rapture.
The rapture is a secret event because our Lord does not deal in judgement with the antichrist at the rapture. He most certainly does at the Second Coming, which is why that is not a secret event by any means.
Only those who are awake and watching will be ready at the rapture. Every eye will see Him at the Second Coming.
You can be pretty sure that the antichrist will come up with a grand excuse and explanation for the rapture. He will deny it by replacing it with a lie of some sort.
Happily – doom and gloom!
The Bible assigns a great many verses to the final end and doom of the antichrist. Here are some of the verses. For the sake of space, I’m not writing them out – just hover your mouse over them:
Ezekiel 28:7-10; Daniel 7:11, 27; Daniel 8:25; Daniel 9:27; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; Revelation 17:11; 19:20; 20:10
Once the believer has stepped into eternity he will be forever free of all satanic spirits and forces, never again to be threatened by dark, grim, gloomy forces.
This victorious believer will never again need his spiritual armour and weapons of warfare. The Bible sees this in a most wonderful way as the believer casts off his armour and finds underneath it a beautiful wedding garment, white and clean!
Revelation 19:14 “The armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”
If only the world could see behind the veil. If they could see just for a moment, the world of angels, demons, spirits, gods and God all right there behind the veil, they would be shocked to the core. Tragically, most will see it all when it’s too late, as they step into eternity.
Thankfully, many know and see all these things with spiritual eyes and take appropriate action, preparing for a giant leap into eternity!
We have a comforting, blessed hope.
Titus 2:13 “Live godly in this present age, looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Saviour, Yeshua the Messiah.”
1Thessalonians 4:17-18 “We who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them (dead in Messiah) in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.”
I took this background picture of the Gemsbok (Oryx) in the Namib Desert and the zebras in Etosha, also Namibia, and merged them for interest.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 359: April 12th 2017.
Joseph: Rapture secrets:
Joseph: Rapture secrets:
My friends, these are most exciting times with many prophetic dramas occurring. These rapture truths are almost unknown and untaught in these days. You must know them!
Joseph’s relation to the rapture is only one of the revelations, but as they say – there is more, further down, and more to come in upcoming editions.
Joseph and the rapture:
Joseph was betrayed and sold by his brothers into prison in Egypt. He interpreted Pharaoh’s dream correctly, was released from prison, and made ruler in Egypt. His brothers came twice to Egypt to buy food, but did not recognise Joseph, who did recognise them.
On the second visit of the brothers to Egypt, Joseph revealed the secret of his identity to them and that he was alive. They later returned with enough food to see them through the coming seven years of famine. They then told their father Jacob that Joseph was alive and well!
Just as he was released from prison by Pharaoh, before the seven years of famine began, Joseph was given a Gentile bride.
So, who is Joseph?
Joseph’s name means “God is Salvation.” The name Pharaoh gave him on his release from prison was, “Zaphnath-Paaneah,” meaning: “The revealer of secrets.” (Genesis 41:45)
In terms of typology, Joseph is a type of our Messiah, soon to be revealed to the Jews. His Gentile bride is a type of the church. But as with our Lord being head of His body – the church, Joseph is also a type of the Gentile church.
But Joseph, as a son of Jacob, is very much a Jew. So he is a wonderful type of the Jewish believer and the Israel of God, the church.
The great reveal:
Genesis 45:1 “Joseph could not restrain himself before all those that stood before him, and he cried out, ‘make everyone go out from me!’ So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.”
Who are these that are taken away before Joseph reveals himself to his brothers? We could say that these one represent the church and the rapture. Either way, the great revealing is done by Joseph alone. There are no missionaries or church evangelists with him. He does the revealing alone.
Why is it that the church is not involved in the revealing of our Jewish Messiah to the Jews? Could it be because the church has just been raptured! Yes, you are right!
When was Joseph released from prison?
Psalm 81:3-6 “Blow the trumpet at the time of the new moon, on our solemn feast day...This He established in Joseph for a testimony, when he went throughout the land of Egypt...his hands were freed from the baskets...”
The verse above points to the fact that Joseph was released from prison on Tishrei 1, when the new moon was sighted, which is the Feasts of Trumpets. What powerful symbolism of the soon-coming release from spiritual captivity of all the Jews, as God reveals the Messiah to them.
But remember that Joseph is also a type of the church. Does this verse mean that the church will be released from its “captivity” on this earth, on the Feast of Trumpets?
Does this verse mean that the rapture will occur on a Feast of Trumpets just as the dispensation of “Jacob’s trouble” – the time for “My people” begins? Yes you are right!
Another notable event that occurred on the day that became the Feast of Trumpets was the cessation of slavery of the children of Israel in Egypt. The Exodus occurred in the spring of the month of Nissan, but the active slavery ended on Tishrei 1.
Does this mean that the major release from spiritual slavery for the Jews begins in a major way on the Feast of Trumpets? Yes it does.
Here we have two major, very important issues relating to timelines and what occurred when.
●Joseph was released from prison in Egypt (a type of the world) on the Feast of Trumpets. Joseph is a type of the church and of the Jews.
●The Israelites as a whole were released from the slavery and bondage of Egyptian captivity on The Feast of Trumpets! (Isaiah 27:13)
The Feast of Trumpets is a major pivotal point and turning point in history. It symbolises the start of judgement, the seven-year tribulation period, which culminates in the dramatic end of the age of man, of Satan, sin, rebellion and of the Second Coming, leading into the Millennium.
The Feast of Trumpets will end the church age in the rapture and begin the “resurrection” of the Jews to their prophesied salvation.
Please understand that in recent editions, I’ve been building a solid case for the clear-cut differences between the dispensation of the church and the seven year tribulation period. The differences are enormous to say the least.
What I want to stress in this edition is that the church, whose job it is to evangelise, is missing in the tribulation. It is God Himself, without the help of the church (who has let Him down in this regard through this age of grace anyway) who reveals the Messiah to the Jews. And these saved Jews then become God’s evangelists in the tribulation, revealing the Messiah to the Gentiles.
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
My point is simple. If the church is not here in the tribulation, when did it go? The answer is right at the start of the tribulation, as we will now see.
Some names and titles for the Feast of Trumpets:
●Zicharon Trualr: A memorial of triumph and shout for joy.
●Yom Teruah: The awakening blast.
●Yom Hadin: The day of judgement.
●Ha Melech: Coronation of the Messiah.
●Chevlai shel Mashiach: The time of Jacob’s trouble. (The birth-pangs of Messiah.)
●The opening of the gates.
●Kiddushin Nesuin: The wedding ceremony.
●Natzal: The resurrection.
●Yom Hakeseh: The hidden day.
●Teshuvah: Returning in repentance.
Things that happened on the Feast of Trumpets:
●The creation of the world.
●The creation of Adam.
●The sin of Adam.
●Cain killed Abel.
●The flood dried and the ark’s doors were opened.
●Abraham was born.
●Isaac was born,
●Jacob was born.
●Elisha was born
●Yeshua was born on the Feast of Trumpets, some believe.
●Jacob arrived at Bethel.
●Isaac was offered up.
●Joseph was released from prison.
●The First Temple was dedicated.
●This year, 21st September, which is the Feast of Trumpets, is the day the UN has proclaimed as “The International Day of Peace.” It’s still unknown what exactly they have planned.
As you look through the two lists above, some things should strike you. Firstly, you should see how important the feast is. Secondly, you should see how many things have direct prophetic implications. Thirdly, and the main point of this entire edition, is that you should see the close relationship between this feast and the tribulation period.
Notice that one of the names for the Feast of Trumpets is “Chevlai shel Mashiach.” This term means “The birthpangs of the Messiah.” It is also a term used by the Rabbis for the “time of Jacob’s trouble,” also called the seven-year tribulation. (Jeremiah 30:7)
►So here we have a remarkable, direct association with the tribulation period and the Feast of Trumpets.
Hebrew tradition places the births of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, all on a Feast of Trumpets. Does this mean that a future Feast of Trumpets, perhaps the next one, will be the time the tribulation starts for the Jews who are the descendants of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?
Note also that one of the events that occurred on the day that became the Feast of Trumpets was Jacob’s arrival at Bethel. The name “Bethel” means “The House of God.” The town was first called “Luz” before Jacob changed its name.
“Luz” means: “separation”, or “turning away.”
So here we see Jacob, (Jews), who have all turned away from their Messiah, returning to the House of God on a Feast of Trumpets.
Does this mean that Jacob, (Jews), will begin to be saved, from the Feasts of Trumpets onwards? Bear in mind that Jacob is also one of the names for the tribulation period. (Jacob’s trouble)
Yes that’s right!
The rapture seen in the Feast of Trumpets:
We have seen that the Feast of Trumpets must be the prophetic pin-point of the start of the tribulation period. We have seen that the rapture simply must take place before the tribulation.
Now, let’s have a look at some other hidden secrets in the Feast of Trumpets.
As we have seen, the Feast of Trumpets has many names. One of them is “the day of release.” This speaks of the release of the Jews from their spiritual blindness. It also speaks of the release or rapture of the church from the world.
The Feast of Trumpets is known as the “Hidden Day.” This speaks of the rapture as an event hidden from the world. (Yom Hakeseh)
The Feast of Trumpets is also called the “Day of Awakening judgement.” (Yom Hadin) This speaks of the time of judgement upon the Jews in the tribulation period. It could also apply to the raptured church appearing before the “judgement seat of Messiah” – for their rewards.
More on the drama of the Feast of Trumpets:
Psalm 102:13-16 “You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for the time to favour her, yes the set time has come...For (when) the Lord shall build up Zion: He shall appear in His glory.”
The term “set time” in the verse above is Strong’s H4150, “Moed.” This word means: Appointed feast, sacred season, appointed meeting, appointed sign. It is the word for the Feasts of the Lord.
This verse most certainly means that the time of spiritual salvation and favour upon the Jews will begin on a feast day, and in line with the others, that would be the Feast of Trumpets. Our Lord’s “appearing in glory”, would be a reference to the Second Coming at the end of the tribulation.
Do you see how rich with meaning that verse above is?
Do you see how many incredible pointers there are to a soon coming Feast of Trumpets, being the great starting point for the salvation of the Jews en mass and the start of the tribulation period?
The great presumption is that a pre-tribulation rapture will occur just before or on the day the tribulation begins – a Feast of Trumpets!
The prophetic implications of all these things are monumental to say the least, and there are many more, which I haven’t even looked at here and now.
If this great and important feast of the Lord, which is next in line to be fulfilled, is not fulfilled by the start of the tribulation – pray tell, what will be its fulfilment?
A monumental pre-tribulation rapture proof:
Now, prepare to be amazed!
Romans 10:19-21 “I will provoke you (Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will anger you by a foolish nation....I was found by those who did not seek Me: I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me, but to Israel he says: All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.”
According to this incredible verse, God will do something that will provoke the Jewish people to jealousy. It was and still is the job of the church to “provoke the Jews to jealousy.” The gospel is to be preached to “the Jew first” according to the Bible.
But please note in this verse above, God will do something with a “nation” to anger the Jews! So here we see that the Jews will be made jealous and angry at the same time.
What will make the Jews both jealous and angry together?
The Jews are God’s chosen people and they know it. Salvation from God going to the mostly Gentile church has not really made them jealous or angry because they have rejected the Messiah of the church – Yeshua. In many respects, the Jews hate the church.
But what if this event is the rapture of the church? Would that not stun the Jews? Would that not suddenly make them realise how wrong they have been to reject their Jewish Messiah? Would that not give them an instant wake-up call? Would that not make them instantly jealous and angry at the same time, especially seeing as their eyes will now be opened to the truth of who their Messiah is.
Is it the rapture that makes them jealous and angry? The verse says that "He was made manifest" to this "nation" (church.)
Was this the reason Joseph had to calm his brothers down and tell them not to be angry with themselves as he revealed his identity to them? (Genesis 45:5)
The verse above is the end of Romans chapter 10. There are no chapter divisions in the original texts. From here we go straight into the classical Romans chapter 11, which is all about the Jews being grafted back in to their Olive tree and their coming to salvation.
We know that this is coming and it will reach its crescendo in the tribulation period.
Do you see it? Do you see it?!
The very thing that will make the Jews jealous and mad with anger is the rapture of the church. The largely Gentile church is that “nation”. Note that it happens before Romans 11 and the mass salvation of the Jews in the tribulation!
Do you see how perfectly it all fits together, and how consistent it is with so many other pre-tribulation rapture passages, thoughts and ideas rooted in the word of God?
This is an absolutely critical time, even this very month and the next few, are of major importance. We are just about at a major, exiting crossroads for the world, the church and the Jews.
Some more amazing types:
Joseph knew his brothers, while they did not recognise him. He only revealed himself to them when they came the second time.
After the great reveal, Joseph’s brothers go forth saying “He is alive!” This is a type of Jews taking salvation to the nations.
Joseph said to his brothers as he revealed his identity, “Come near to me.” (Genesis 45:4) The Bible says in Ephesians 2:13 “Now in Messiah, you who were once afar off have been brought near through the blood of our Lord.”
Jews, you will soon recognise your Messiah and draw near to Him!
The great sign:
The great sign to watch for is the start of the tribulation period. Yes the rapture will take place just before, but the tribulation is not just suddenly going to appear out of the woodwork overnight. There will be preparations made, perhaps months before the signing of the Daniel 9:27 peace agreement.
These things need to align with a Feast of Trumpets. We will see them all approaching.
Do not watch for any one, single sign in the sky or anywhere else, unless all these other signs are dovetailing at the same time.
There is no doubt that the soon-coming tribulation period – a new dispensation, will begin on a Feast of Trumpets. A pre-tribulation rapture means it’s coming very soon! It will be this year or next at the outset!
With all the other signs around right now, it’s all very exciting.
However, again I must put out a very serious word of warning and caution. There are far too many, especially on YouTube who are teaching dangerous, excessive stuff...all overboard! There are too many who are so obviously totally ignorant of the word of God, trying to be teachers, influencing the weak and gullible with pure second hand, excessive manipulation.
We will see the tribulation coming! We will see it coming at least a few months before. If the signs are not there – forget it all and get ready to wait!
I do suspect that it may even be this year, but if not and your faith is shipwrecked then what? Yes, you had it in the wrong place, but the teachers of excess, throwing caution to the wind, are much more guilty!
Here are some relevant verses for your interest and use:
Isaiah 49:6 “Is it too small a thing that You should be My Servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved ones of Israel; I also will give you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you (Jews), and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your (Jews) light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity of darkness.”
Zechariah 12:10 “I will pour on the House of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look upon Me whom they have pierced...”
Zephaniah 2:3 “Seek the Lord, all you meek of the earth, who have upheld His justice. Seek righteousness, seek humility. It may be that you will be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.”
I took this misty picture in one of the amazing dead tree pans, Namib Desert.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 358: April 5th 2017.
The Incredible Journey:
The Incredible Journey:
Before we begin this edition, in an upcoming edition, I have some very exciting revelations from our Lord to share with you about the rapture. It is surprising and wonderfully glorious!
“A tree is known by its fruit!” But the tree must be cut down! “The axe must be laid at the root of the tree,” says the Bible.
In this edition I want to take you on an incredible journey. We will go from death to life to glory!
Many are on the journey already, but too many are chasing the wind with no set purpose in life.
Many are in the “valley of decision” and many have just started their journey. Many others need an understanding of some of the majestic miracles of the believer’s walk in faith with our Lord.
Once you are truly born-again of the Spirit of God, by the blood of Messiah and the work of His cross, you must be adult-baptised in water by full immersion, - you must be baptised in the Spirit, and you must set your heart to “study the word, and show yourself approved unto God.” (2 Timothy 2:15)
The journey begins:
Our incredible journey begins the wrong way around from the world’s perspective. It begins with death and moves on to life and then heaven.
We are told in the Bible to lose our life to find true life. To take up our cross daily, to die daily, to fall on this Rock, and be broken!
But, here now is the great holy contradiction: We are told in the Bible that we already have “abundant life,” that we are “seated in heavenly places now.” We are told that we are “more than conquerors and joint heirs of all things, complete in Him”.
We are born-again into the perfection of God. We are “complete in Him” from the moment we are truly saved. But this relates to our spiritual position in Him. In the temporal, soulish and bodily realms, nothing changed at the new birth.
This is where self-denial, cross-bearing and life-losing comes into play.
That’s the unique and glorious thing about our salvation. We are made new, 100% perfect in spiritual rebirth and then, we work that pure salvation from the inside to the outside.
All other religions (including counterfeit Christianity) work the other way around. You are required to become right with God from the outside in. That’s why they all produce the fruits of failure.
The incredible journey:
There are two most important journeys for us to consider. One is inward and the other is outward. The inward journey is far more important for us at this stage, and will affect the outward journey later on, which we actually can do nothing about.
Let’s have a rather unusual look into our journeys, by looking deeply into ourselves.
If the unbeliever could see into spiritual things with his eyes, he would look into himself and see only the common, sin-soaked red blood of Adam, forever cursed, which he can never get rid of.
Only the pure blood of a sin-free sacrifice can purify it.
Satan is the author of all sin. He can never be appeased, always demanding more until he consumes his victim.
Biblically, red is the colour of sin, death, fire, hell.
The unbeliever now looks even deeper into himself, and he sees the numbers six and four. Six is the number of man under sin and four is the number of the world. Four is also the number of Adam and the number of blood.
Forever stamped on the doomed unbeliever’s forehead is Adam, sin and the world! He can’t shake it off. It’s right there, even though the mirror won’t show it. He is on his journey to hell.
The poor unbeliever sits doomed, trying to be good, trying to be a better person, thinking that some angry God is going to smile on him because at least he tried to be good. But his good is as doomed as he is because he can’t get rid of his cursed red blood and his cursed numbers six and four.
I once heard someone say: “If only I could get away from my life!”
Now, here comes the true, born-again believer and he looks into himself, and his spiritual eyes see blue blood! Blue is the colour of royalty and kingship, divinity and heaven.
As he looks even deeper, he sees pure, beautiful sapphire-blue blood change to blood of gold. Gold is the colour associated in the Bible with God, refinement, wisdom, truth, authority, anointing, holiness and rest. Then, deeper still and he sees pure, shining, glorious white!
Deeper still and the believer sees with spiritual eyes, the numbers eight and seven, eternally, invisibly stamped on his forehead. Eight is the number of resurrection and seven is the number of spiritual perfection.
So, what happened? How did the believer’s blood lose its curse, become pure and holy, and how did he shake off those cursed numbers six and four, and acquire the divine numbers of eight and seven?
Well, glad you asked. He died! Yes he did. He died and was raised a new creation, with old things passed away! It is the work of the cross that kills you dead, and raises you to glorious new life. As the believer dies and is born-again, the curse in his blood and those cursed numbers disappear, albeit positionally at this stage of the journey.
Let’s have a look at some strange creatures:
Do you know what the “tola” is? Do you know what the “Chillazon” is?
►Psalm 22:6 “I am a worm (tola) and not a man, a reproach of men, despised of the people.”
The normal Hebrew word for a “worm” is “rimmah,” but here the word used is “tola.” This word means “crimson scarlet” – the colour of blood. This rare, rather odd worm clings to a tree in its death and oozes its crimson red blood, staining the tree. Three days later the red blood solidifies into a pure white permanent stain. Say no more!
Isaiah 1:18 “Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow.”
►The stripes of the prayer shawl (Tallit) and the tzitzi (tassels) are stained with a beautiful royal, sapphire blue. In Bible days this royal blue was attained by crushing a particular Mollusc with blue blood called the “Hillazon”, also spelt “Chillazon.”
After the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD, this mollusc disappeared into extinction. The Rabbis then permitted the stripes of the tallits to be stained with black dye.
Only in recent years, the mollusc has reappeared in the shores of the Mediterranean. Some believe it’s a sign of the soon coming of the Messiah.
Do these sea shells on the sea shore tell a prophetic story? Is this a prophetic sign of things to come?
When I bought my new tallit about a year ago, I recall looking all over for one that had this particular blue dye in the stripes with alternating gold stripes. I finally found one that cost almost as much as a blue Ferrari! It was one of the best things I ever bought!
This is the royal blue which the Bible commands the garment of the High Priest to be stained with.
If you look into yourself with spiritual eyes and see blue blood, and you see seven and eight on your forehead, you are qualified for the outward stage of the journey. That is the journey to heaven, and in fact to co-rule and reign with our Lord in the entire universe and all its worlds – for eternity.
The Great Escape:
Our incredible journey includes the much hated great escape – the rapture! As the world runs out of the grace of God, the wrath of God will begin. This is when we as true believers are snatched, grabbed and yanked right out of the world in an atomic flash!
Critics of the rapture (the real dumb ones) always say, “O, that’s just escapism.”
Here are just a few “escape” stories and promises:
●Noah escaped the flood. (Genesis 7:13-17)
●Lot escaped the fiery fury of God in Sodom and Gomorrah. (Genesis 19:16)
●Enoch escaped the flood too. (Genesis 5:24)
●“He delivers us from the wrath to come.” (1 Thessalonians 1:10)
●”I will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world...” (Revelation 3:10)
●“Watch and pray that you may be found worthy to escape these things.” (Luke 21:36)
Here are two verses speaking of those who won’t escape:
●1 Thessalonians 5:3 “When they say, ‘Peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes...and they shall not escape.”
●Hebrews 12:25 “See that you do not refuse Him who speaks, for if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on the earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven.”
Our great escape places us neatly in heaven for the duration of the tribulation on earth – how wonderful is that?
Spare a thought though for all those who could have escaped, but will soon sit in great regret, filled with anguish, grief, sorrow and heartache!
Are you worthy to escape?
Those who go in the rapture will be those who are truly born of the Spirit of God. In other words - all true Christians / believers.
Romans 8:14-16 “As many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the children of God...The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God.”
1 John 5:4 “Those who are born of God overcome the world”.
Please remember that there is also a separate category of believers who are set apart for special favour. These are those who are found written in the “Book of Remembrance”, these people will obviously also be found in the “Lambs Book of Life.”
Here is the glorious “book of remembrance” and the conditions to be found in it (in bold):
Malachi 3:16 “Those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them, so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His word.”
Some people get so mad when you speak to them about their morality. They’ll be your great friend in all things, until the morality issue comes up then they’ll turn on you like a viper. That’s when you really see what they’re made of, and what sort of person they are.
The coming world of glory will be a world that has gone through judgement! It will be pure and holy in all its ways. It will be full of His holy majesty. For it is the judgement of God that will have made it so!
Do see that the judgement of God is a good and glorious thing.
God’s creation is utterly beautiful and what is coming will be so beautiful in all respects, that we can’t even imagine it – you should be a lover of all things holy, pure, righteous and beautiful.
My friends, we are on an incredible journey of great expectations and great adventures, leaving the common people behind! If you are saved, you are not common! We are on a pilgrimage and a quest for greatness in eternity.
March on and make your days count for our Lord and for eternity. (Psalm 90:12)
The Great Adventures:
This is yours truly (above) at seven years old. You can see that I developed a love for great adventures a long time ago! In fact it was this very passion that led me to become a journalist / photographer with various media around the world, experiencing some very exciting, wild times!
My love for great adventures was most certainly what inspired my interest and love for eschatology once I was saved. The same passion led me to a love for God’s word for all things related to Israel.
As far back as I can remember, I was always moved by what moved people. I wanted to know what made them tick and kick and what motivated them to do the things they did. I was always fascinated with psychology and the “windmills of the mind.”
I always wanted to know what the purpose was of life, and what was over the horizon.
Only after I was saved and started to move forward with our Lord, did I begin to understand what the world is and who is behind it, and why the unsaved can’t even see their world for what it is.
“The world cannot receive Him because it neither sees Him nor knows Him” (John 14:17). The world through its wisdom did not know Him. (1 Corinthians 1:18.)
Here are some thoughts relating to modern man and his futile existence, which I have gleamed through many great adventures around the world.
People of this modern, instant, digital era are essentially lost, empty souls with shallow minds. They are the living dead; darkened - with no true enlightenment. Their attempt to rule their lives is a futile, directionless, valueless attempt to turn themselves into their own ill-conceived image of their god.
Their emptiness echoes with the silent voices of hosts of invisible demons. They don’t live; they just exist. They pass the time, filling their lives with what is essentially nothingness.
Their worship of nothing is in fact the worship of Satan, as can be seen by the fruits of modern cultures, especially in Europe.
They have no borders, barriers or restraint in their morality and their lives in general.
They are self-made, of troubled, disturbed minds. Their lives are no different to that of a beautiful stone sculpture. Their modern despairing civilisation is characterised succinctly by “The Scream.”
They are living, walking idols – for destruction!
The modern world has the standards, variable values and virtues of the world’s man as their truth and the world’s god, as their guide.
They are one with unredeemed Adam. They have his sin-laced, blood in their veins. They are cursed along with their entire ‘respectable’ civilisation of doom.
Let me tell you that modern civilisation is as uncivilised as a savage. The same spirit lives in, and drives them. Modern civilisation is changing fast – very fast. It is getting worse all the time.
The history of civilisation has taught us one thing. – We don’t learn from the history of civilisation!
The Bible shows us the cause of the nightmare: People are “wilfully ignorant”. (2 Peter 3:5) One of Satan’s names is, “The wilful king!” If you want to become biblically wise, you must set your will to go His way, and be willing to pay the price.
Be very careful of allowing others to drag you into their doomed journey with them!
Imagine the shock of having the eyes of your understanding opened as you arrive at your journey’s eternal destiny – hell!
The great identity crisis:
If in your new identity as a Christian, you find it difficult to move forward, you are in desperate need of the cross. Give up trying and die! The application of the cross wipes out the old and generates new resurrection life – on the far side of the cross.
The only way you as a Christian can rid yourself of the inner conflict between the voices of your heart and your will, is to get rid of and silence one of them.
You can throw out the voice of God, who is calling you forward to perfection, or throw out the voice in your head telling you that you are right and God is wrong!
If you throw out the voice of God, you’re in for a big surprise and it won’t be a teddy bear’s picnic!
You must go through this identity crisis as soon after being saved as possible, and you must let it tear you apart and crush you. If you don’t, you will always be drawn up by God and down into the pits by the devil. You will be unstable, susceptible to deception and never be usable.
This great identity crisis gets to the root of you, and remakes you from the root up to the branches and to the fruit. The word “root” actually comes from the word “radix” from where we get the word radical! If you are not a radical Christian, you need to go and change your name to Half-Baked Harry.
Truth is the greatest friend you can have. It keeps you safe. Have you noticed that there are some people you just feel safe around and others you feel an uncomfortable disquiet when you’re with them?
To be double-minded is to be half crucified, half living, mixed with truth and error. It’s a dangerous journey into the bowels of evil. It begins with a small erroneous belief. The little error, then starts growing and it spreads.
That little error rejects correction. It then transfigures into a small spiritual monster. It then grows into a huge idol - owning, enveloping, engulfing and consuming the individual.
Once an idol has flourished in the heart of an individual, it’s very difficult to remove.
We are not on any old journey! We are on a journey to perfection! Our Lord says “Be perfect even as your heavenly father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Spirits can see that we are different. People can see it too. That’s why we are hated, and that’s why our Lord of love was hated!
My friends, once you have gone through this awkward Christian identity crisis, you enter a glorious leg of the journey. Your disputes with God and in your own mind are over, and you will fly high!
Peace is your new best friend.
Most people have a desire to know the future. They want to know what’s coming. They want to know where their journey is taking them. They make their plans accordingly. It’s no different in the bigger scheme of things.
The funny thing is that many traditional ministers of the gospel ridicule us who love and teach eschatology, which they don’t even mention.
But their flock want to know. They are hungry to know! They are being betrayed by their ministers!
My friend, eschatology is one of the most powerful, primary tools to motivate us to perfection. It’s a primary ingredient for a successful journey now and to come.
You need to get into an environment with other believers who are like-minded and open to the fullness of the truth, including all aspects of Bible-based doctrines, including eschatology.
Your eternal future, your reward-state, your position in the Kingdom of our great King and Lord is more important than you can imagine.
Much of the purpose of this edition is to help you to move forward with our Lord and to give you the strength to stand securely and to be well-prepared, so that you will never backslide or fall away in these days of increasing pressure.
We are on a glorious journey...it’s a glory-story, but there are many obstacles along the way in the form of error, doctrines of the world, and misdirected “truth.”
These are all words of life my friends.
This is a composite of a few of my photographs: A baobab tree, leaves and a lion. I merged them together and created some texture effects.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!