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Isaiah 18:3-7 “All inhabitants of the world and dwellers on the earth: When He lifts up a banner on the mountains, you see it; and when He blows a trumpet you hear it...In that time a present will be brought to the Lord from a people tall and of smooth skin, and from a people terrible from their beginning onward, a nation powerful and treading down, whose land the rivers divide – to the place of the name of the Lord of hosts, to Mount Zion.”
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●We continue in the prophetic impasse, with no major prophetic developments. There have been numerous threats of military action from Israel, Syria and Iran and a few minor skirmishes here and there. They are significant in setting the tone, but we sit and wait. This is called learning patience!
●For this publication, I’m not really interested in all the little news items around the world. It’s only the events and issues that have a direct relationship to Bible prophecy. These things can change fast!
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 380: August 29th 2017.
A great, sign and signal!
Please don’t underestimate the importance of this edition. In the coming days and months it will become even more important.
The lion of the tribe of Judah will very soon growl, calling all his sons and daughters back from the west (Hosea 11:10) – for a great surprise!
At this time this great Lion will emerge from behind the veil of spiritual blindness hanging over the Jewish people. The tribulation period will begin suddenly, as the true church disappears in rapture!
A great sign will appear for the unsaved Jews and Gentiles of the world.
How it is to play out:
God has called Israel for a purpose. This includes His call for Israel to be His witness, in holiness and righteousness. That’s why Israel will always be a stumbling block to the world, which wants a new-world order in sin, evil and wickedness!
Romans 11:26-27 “So all Israel will be saved, as it is written: The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob (Israel). For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins.”
Acts 13:47 “I have set you (Jews) to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.”
We must understand that the church is God’s primary agent of evangelism to the lost during this church age. As the church age ends in a rapture-flash – God’s new agents of evangelism to the lost, both Jews and Gentiles will begin to appear quickly. These will be the Jews and Gentiles of the tribulation, called “tribulation saints.”
Some teach erroneously that all the Jews will only be saved on the last day of the tribulation at the Second Coming. There will be a huge mass saved then, but Jews and Gentiles will be saved throughout the tribulation period, starting right at day one.
The term “Day of the Lord” is not just a reference to the last day of the tribulation. In some verses it is a reference to the entire church age, in others it is the entire seven-year tribulation. You need to go by context, otherwise you will get it all messed up.
In fact there is one verse in which the entire tribulation period is referred to as the “hour of trial that will come upon the whole world.” (Revelation 3:10)
When and how do the Jewish masses get saved?
Romans 10:19-21 “I will provoke you (Jews) to jealousy by those who are not a nation (church raptured). I will anger you by a foolish nation (church raptured)...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.”
I have inserted the word “rapture” in brackets above. It is very likely that the Jews will be made jealous and angry at the same time by the rapture. They will protest that they are the chosen ones and have now been left behind!
But it’s not over for the Jews!
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Isaiah 66:8-10 “...Shall the earth be made to give birth in a day? Or shall a nation be born at once? As soon as Zion (Israel) travailed (tribulation) she gave birth to her children. ‘Shall I bring to the time of birth and not cause delivery’? Says the Lord. Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb.’ says your God. Rejoice Jerusalem, and be glad with her...”
The above two verses traditionally, are seen as relating to the re-birth of Israel as a nation in 1948. But there is also a double reference here, in that they speak of the spiritual salvation coming to the Jews as a result of their jealousy and anger at God taking the church and leaving them behind.
Of course not all Jews are saved in one day, but if we have a pre-tribulation rapture, which I believe, it will have dramatic and enormous consequences on the unsaved Jews. Talk about their day of reckoning! They will be shocked beyond measure.
Isaiah 66:13 “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you (Israel); and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Isaiah 66:14-16 “When you (Jews) see this, your hearts shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like grass; The hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants and His indignation to His enemies...By fire and the sword, the Lord will judge all flesh; and the slain of the Lord will be many.”
The “flourishing bones” verse above is a parallel with the great “dry bones” prophecy of Ezekiel 37 speaking of the coming salvation of the Jews.
What is “When you see this” referring to in the verse above? It is referring to the Jews seeing their Messiah and getting saved.” This could indicate that the Jews will also see the rapture and be dramatically impacted. Their anger will turn to rejoicing as they suddenly see who their Messiah is.
This can only occur in the tribulation period, as the Jews are saved.
The rapture of the church ends one dispensation, and starts the next immediately, and plunges the world into the worst tribulation it has ever seen. And that very rapture itself will be one of the great veil-lifting signs for the Jews, turning their initial anger into recognition of, and great love for their Messiah.
The Greatest Sign of all:
***1 Corinthians 1:22 “Jews request a sign and Greeks (Gentiles) seek after wisdom.”
The Jews cry out for a sign. Nothing has changed, they still do. Our Lord said to the unbelieving Jews that only the sign of the prophet Jonah would be given to them. But what a sign! That is the entire message of the cross encapsulated! It is the death burial and resurrection of our Lord.
One day soon, the Jews will see the sign! They will see their own Jewish Messiah – their brother, Lord, Saviour and God.
So, here we see that signs are primarily for Israel (not exclusively). But we can still read the messages on their sign-boards and gleam plenty.
The greatest sign of all time will be the salvation of the Jews, the veil-lifting of spiritual blindness upon the Jews throughout the tribulation period, culminating in a dash for salvation at the end of the tribulation.
The Jews will see their Messiah, now the Lion of the tribe of Judah, but this will be a Lion of love, forgiveness and mercy to them. He will be a Lion with a Lamb-nature.
This great sign of lifting spiritual blindness will be accompanied with a falling veil of spiritual blindness on many of those who refuse to see! Much of the church will be blinded because of this. (Romans 11) They too will see the Lion, but with the lion-nature!
***Isaiah 8:17-18 “I will wait on the Lord, who hides His face from the house of Jacob (Jews); and I will hope in Him. Here am I and the children whom the Lord has given me! We are for signs and wonders in Israel from the Lord of hosts, who dwells in Mount Zion.”
***Isaiah 7:14 “The Lord Himself will give you (house of David) a sign: Behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emanuel.”
***Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
Isaiah 43:8-13 “Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all the nations be gathered together and be assembled...You (Jews) who are My witnesses (sign) says the Lord, and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe in Me...There was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses...”
►The word, “witnesses” above is: Strong’s H 5707, “Ed.” Meanings: witness, sign, testimony, a recorder. This word is similar in meaning to the word “scribe”, which in modern terms would be a reporter or journalist. It also means a sign or banner.
***Isaiah 11:12 “He will set up a banner (sign) for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.”
***Jeremiah 32:21 “You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm and with great terror.”
Note in this verse above that the Jews were brought out of Egypt, a type of the world today, with signs and terror. This will again occur as the world changes into the dispensation of the seventieth week (tribulation) and the Jews come to the Promised Land of salvation.
In the verses above we see clearly what the great sign is for Israel, which is still to come. The sign is the recognition and acceptance of our Jewish Messiah as their Messiah – the King of the Jews. The sign includes saved Jews taking the gospel to the world.
The signal that kicks it off is the rapture of the church, which initially makes the Jews jealous and angry, but quickly turns around to glory.
The Jews will begin to be saved in large numbers at the start of the tribulation period, then we see this work speed up towards mid-tribulation as the two witnesses (Jews) and the 144,000 saved male Jews go into high evangelism gear.
The 144,000, in the original are called “The servants of the Lord, doing His work.” (More on that another time.)
What then is the Revelation 12 “great sign”?
Revelation 12:1-5 speaks of this great sign appearing in heaven, which is a woman giving birth to a male Child. We all agree that the woman is Israel. The male Child is either the church or our Lord Himself.
If the male Child is our Lord, it is consistent with numerous other passages; some mentioned in this edition, that our Lord Himself, through His Spirit, will be working in the tribulation saints, Jews and Gentiles. He is the agent of evangelism in the tribulation.
Psalm 130:8 “He Himself will redeem Israel from all his iniquities.”
The Hebrew word mostly used for a sign means a supernatural sign. In some verses the same word is used for miracles.
I believe that the coming sign in the heavens will be a supernatural sign and not the constellation alignment on September 23rd. But September 24th will reveal all!
The heartfelt cry of the Jewish people in the tribulation period:
Isaiah 26:16-18 “Lord, in trouble (tribulation) they (Jews and not the church) have visited You, they poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them. As a woman with child is in pain cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O Lord. We have been with child, we have been in pain; we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the earth fallen. Your dead shall live; together with my dead body they shall arise, awake and sing...”
This is a perfect description of the futility of the Jewish rejection of Messiah, but ending in glory, just like the dramatic story of dry bones coming to life in Ezekiel 37.
This verse above is not referring in any shape or form to the church! It is the cry of the Jews in the tribulation period. You can’t fit the church in here at all, without some serious interpretive gymnastics.
The rest of this incredible discourse above goes on to describe much of the tribulation period and the restoration of Israel at that time.
A powerful verse and sign:
Micah 5:3 “He shall give them up (Israel) until the time that she who is in labour has given birth; then the remnant of His brethren shall return to the children of Israel.”
This powerful verse above contains much revelation. It is saying that God will give up on the Jews, as He has done because of their rejection of the Messiah, until the time the Jews are in labour and come to salvation in the tribulation period, and the rest of the Jews in dispersion return to Israel and the Jews now back in the land.
This verse above has nothing to do with the church. The “labour” and “birth” is the tribulation and the coming salvation of the Jews. Here is another similar verse below:
Hosea 5:15 “I will return again to My place till they (Jews) acknowledge their offence. Then they will seek My face; in their affliction (tribulation) they will diligently seek Me.”
In this entire area of signs and sign-seeking, beware that we are in a time of many false or lying signs as well.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 “The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders.”
Revelation 13:13-14 “He performs great signs so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men. And he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs...”
Personally, I believe that these lying and false signs are primarily from servants of Satan, the unsaved and some in the church without the Spirit. Many times a wrong or incorrect interpretation of something does not mean the person is a false prophet or is unsaved or any such thing.
Please make that distinction.
We all get interpretations wrong or mixed up sometimes.
The sign to watch for:
I’ve mentioned these things so many times, so I’ll just touch on them again.
The big sign to watch for is anything and everything relating to the start of the tribulation period. A pre-tribulation rapture obviously means we go before the tribulation. So watch for the coming tribulation – it will have numerous forerunner signs.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition.”
One of my mentors, Derek Prince often said, “When you see the term ‘Let no one deceive you’ it is because people are deceived on that very thing.”
A more accepted interpretation (and logical) of the original words in the verse above is: “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day – the entire tribulation period, will not come unless the departure (rapture) comes first and the man of sin is revealed.”
This means that the coming of the antichrist is a vital sign to look for. We will see him coming, although not arriving on the stage. We will see preparations for his arrival with the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant and other peace measures also mentioned in Daniel.
He will not just arrive out of the blue! They plan these conferences, like they did with Oslo, a long time beforehand. The peace deal to watch for must be for seven years.
There is no single verse for it, but I believe it must occur on a Feast of Trumpets, so it looks like it must be 2018. It’s too late now for 2017 – although we can hope against hope!
The coming constellation alignment on 23rd September may have some meaning. It will most likely be added to numerous other warning signs and harbingers. None of them has turned out to be the big deal yet, but all together, the picture is of serious warning. Time is short, whichever way you look at it!
To be fully rejected:
I can’t stress enough the importance of totally rejecting the modern, private interpretation and doctrine proclaiming a gap between the rapture and the tribulation start. There is no verse in the Bible saying or implying that. It has been derived by stretching the interpretation of a verse far too far. Like dominoes, it knocks out other doctrines.
It was designed to promote the doctrine of imminence.
As we get closer, we WILL see it all coming and we will know the time!
I wish I could join those who believe in the Revelation 12 sign as currently being presented, but I can’t and won’t. It’s not a salvation issue but an interpretation difference, so I still see us all as brothers and sisters, who will end up in the same boat – ready or not!
The greatest sign ever, just like the sign of Jonah, will be the soon-coming salvation of the Jews. “It will be like life from the dead”. It will be “as though they were never cast off.”
The great sign that will shatter the Jews and much of the world will be the rapture of the church itself. That will make them jealous and angry at the same time. Can you imagine the horror of a traditional, orthodox Rabbi realising that the rapture of the church has taken place and he still sits there! Horror, of horrors! (Don’t think they don’t know what the rapture is!)
When is the rapture?
Personally, I would love for the rapture to be right now. But, I must be honest to myself and especially to you. The truth will harm no one except those that don’t love it and who make idols out of error.
I would love to be wrong about the rapture not being this year – love to, but I can’t be dictated to by myself and any pre-conceived ideas.
There is now next to no chance it will be this Feast of Trumpets. There are far too many other required signs still missing. Of course there is a very slight chance that everything will fall into place in one month. A huge war might do it.
I have actually said many times that I think 2018 (Trumpets) is the furthest out that we can go. I simply can’t see us going beyond that at all. This year looked like it, but it is fast becoming less and less likely.
I will continue to watch, pray, warn and spit out what doesn’t fit. It is my passion to serve My Lord in these things and you as a result.
If I have to eat these words in this edition and change it because the situation has suddenly changed, I will happily do so in a flash!
Exciting times are going to escalate. They are going to accelerate, compound and intensify as the shaking begins.
The great sign will have its own forerunners. We watch with great anticipation. Hurry up please Lord!
Its wildflower season in Namaqualand now! I took this picture in this incredible 1000km long floral wonder that comes to life once a year.
If you would like to see a lot more pictures of this amazing landscape, click HERE
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 379: August 22nd 2017.
A symphony of drama!
This edition is a little different. It is a continuous usage of Bible verses describing great end-time events. This edition is made up of Bible verses themselves. I’ve removed the actual chapter and verse headings and added a few words for continuity, making it easy to read.
When you read through the Bible with the Spirit of God leading you, it’s like sitting before a momentous concerto, an ecstatic rhapsody, a passionate romance, filled with tragedy and glorious victory. It’s a melody, a cantata, an opus and a horrendous, thundering, spine-tingling tear-jerker.
Here is the outline of the overall plot of this huge drama.
God birthed the Jewish nation through Abraham, with eternal covenants, for His purpose of bringing salvation to the world. They rebelled against God and His call. Their rebellion did not nullify the call, but only delayed it.
God ditched the Jews temporarily, and continued His plan with the church.
But, God’s plan didn’t fail. It will be completed as the Jews return to their Promised Land and their Jewish Messiah – Yeshua.
Satan, working through his agent; the world system, a section of the church, Islam and others, is trying to stop God’s whole plan from fulfilment.
They will all be destroyed in the process. In the soon coming tribulation period after the rapture of the church, the Jews will come to salvation, albeit in terrible times, and bring salvation to much of the world.
The great drama was: Israel elected, rejected and soon to be accepted, with major, eternal ramifications for the whole world.
He Himself will seek out His lost sheep. He will gather them from the four corners of the earth, saying “Let My people go.”
Don’t rejoice over me (Israel) my enemy, when I fall. When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me. He will bring me forth to the light and I will see His righteousness.
I will plant them in their land and never again shall they be uprooted.
The church will be the pillar and foundation of truth, but some will change the truth of God for a lie, bringing the wrath of God on themselves, as in the days of Noah and Lot.
The church will have fellow workers for the truth, identifying the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. They will rebuke those falling away from sound doctrine.
A sign of the end times and warning: Be not deceived.
Much of the church will be cut-off from the Olive tree as the natural branches (Jews) are grafted back in. Consider the goodness and severity of God! If God did not spare the natural branches (Jews), He may not spare you (church) either. Continue in His goodness otherwise you also will be cut off.
Many will not endure sound doctrine, and will heap up false-teachers around them. Savage wolves will come into the church not sparing the flock, drawing away the disciples to themselves.
The truth will be cast down in the street. People will change it, add to it and remove from it, cursing themselves in the process. Many will perish because they did not receive the love of the truth. They will grow in the love of themselves.
God will send strong delusion to those that will not receive the love of the truth. They will believe the lie.
In the last days scoffers will rise up saying, “where is the hope of His coming”.
The love of some will grow cold, some will be spat out. Some will depart from the faith. Some will run out of oil for their lamps. Many will be offended and betray one another.
There will be many who will be led by the Spirit into all truth. They will know things to come. They will continue looking for the blessed hope, eagerly waiting for Him to appear. They will not be in darkness. They will be discerning of the signs of the times. They will be watchful, casting out those that offend.
Some will be watchmen for the house of Israel. They have come to the kingdom for a time such as this. They will rejoice with Israel. They will not hold their peace – for Zion’s sake and for Jerusalem’s sake, until their righteousness goes forth like brightness and her salvation burns as a lamp.
Salvation of the Jews:
Behold, the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. They (Jews) shall know Me from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sin no more.
I will give you (Israel) a new heart and put a new spirit within you.
I will accept you (Jews) as a sweet smelling aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered; and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers.
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.
I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me who they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son.”
See, I have inscribed you (Zion) on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me.”
Prophecy to the dry bones (Israel) and say, ‘Behold O My people, I will open your graves and bring you into the land of Israel. I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live.’
Can a nation be born in a day? Yes, it will be so. “I will also remove the iniquity of that nation in one day.” They who were not My people are now My people.
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.
I will bring the blind by a way they did not know, and make darkness light before them.
The desert will bloom in anticipation. The wilderness will become like Eden. The eyes of the blind shall see. The olive tree will re-grow its natural branches, once cut off. The vine and the fig will flourish.
The Jews will look upon One born in Bethlehem, of a virgin. They will see a Son given – God with us, whose name is “Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and the Prince of Peace. He will be pierced through His hands and feet, resurrected, ascended and soon to come again. They will mourn in sorrow for their own lost brother.
Gentile believers, “comfort My people”, says the Lord, they have paid double for their sins.
The veil has be torn and its shreds are now lifting, letting the light stream in.
It will be a time of veil-lifting, of sight and light and mercy. The veil-lifting will be like life from the dead.
It will be in a time when a pure language (Hebrew) is resurrected out of the ashes, becoming the language of dry-bones now alive and thriving. Beauty will arise out of ashes.
The land of Israel will be too small for all the regathered inhabitants. Israel will be the head of the nations.
Many false prophets:
The Lord has set watchmen on your walls, saying listen to the sounds of the trumpet! But they said we will not listen. The watchmen are blind, ignorant and dumb. If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, the blood of the people is on their hands.
Watchmen what of the coming night?
Wail, shepherds, cry and roll in the ashes you leaders of the flock, for the days of your slaughter are here and you won’t escape. The prophets prophesy falsely. The people say to them, “Do not see and show us correct things. Speak only smooth things to us”.
The church raptured before the tribulation:
Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial which shall come upon the whole world to test them.
Behold, I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep (die), but we will be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. (For the church age).
The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Messiah will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.
Peace will be taken from the earth.
They will make a confederacy against Israel, saying “let us cast them from the earth”.
I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you. (Israel will be invincible in war.)
You Israel will be My battle axe to break the nations in pieces.
Jerusalem will become a burdensome stone for all nations and those who divide it will be cut in pieces. They also divided My land says the Lord. The result is war.
There is a sound of noise from the city! A voice from the temple! The voice of the Lord, who fully repays His enemies!
Many nations have gathered against you, Israel, who say, “Let her be defiled”, but they do not know the thoughts of the Lord. They will die on the threshing floor.
Thus says the Lord of hosts: He has sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you (Jerusalem) touches the apple of His eye.
Hear, O earth, behold, I will certainly bring calamity on this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not heeded My words.
The people cast down the truth and throw out restraint. There is no more knowledge of God in the land and the lands mourn.
It will be a time when Gentiles will grab the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying “Let us go with you for we have heard that God is with you.” The Jews will be “hallowed” before the Gentile nations.
Those who were a curse (Jews) will now be a blessing for the world in tribulation. It will be as though they were never cast off.
This will be a time, like never was nor ever shall be again. It shall be a time that the forefathers looked to with wonder.
The Lord will again show great wonders and the nations will be ashamed.
O Israel, at first you will be regathered to be melted in My fury. Then you will know that I am Lord.
It shall come to pass that in all the land (Israel), that two thirds will be cut off and die.
Then the sons of those who afflicted you will come bowing to you and fall at your feet.
It will be a time of fury and wrath. A time of mercy and forgiveness for some. Mountains will quake, lives will shake.
Those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced. Your foes will be fine dust and it shall happen in an instant – suddenly. They will be drunk with their own blood. All flesh shall know who the Lord is. All weapons formed against you, you shall condemn.
As you, the nations, have done to My people, your reprisal shall return upon your own head.
I will feed those who oppress you (Israel) with their own flesh and they will be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I the Lord am your Saviour, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob (Israel).
Seek in the light!
Seek the Lord while He may be found. The night is coming when no one can work!
Men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.
Our gospel is hidden to them that are lost in whom the god of this world has blinded the eyes of them who believe not.
Out of His mouth goes a sharp two edged sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
He said, “It is done”! I am the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of life freely to Him who thirsts.
Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.
Truth is fallen in the street, but multitudes will be in the valley of decision.
We will not hold our peace – for Zion’s sake. We have come to the kingdom for a time such as this! Light approaches for Israel; darkness descends on a great part of the church. The shining sun shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. Wisdom is stored up for the upright.
Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice!
There will be an abundance of peace and truth in the fear of the Lord.
Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times!
I took these three pictures in Botswana. This is one of our fast disappearing White Rhinos. I played around with textures and merged the pictures into one. (BTW, when I create an image like this, the original is normally about one metre in size.)
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 378: August 15th 2017.
Revelation 12 – the truth!
In this edition, I want to present you with some straight neat truth, as pure as can be. You will see that I adhere to the traditional, accepted view of the Revelation 12 sign and its peripheral issues. There is a reason why well-established doctrinal beliefs are so.
This is an unemotional, Bible-based look at this issue, which has become a real big deal in recent times. This is not an attack on anyone at all. The supporters of the Revelation 12 sign are quick to say that we must be “Bereans,” and “search the scriptures to see if these things be so”. That is what I will be doing in this edition.
I will use the term “Revelation 12 sign” or “Rev signers” for the supporters of the collective view of Revelation 12:1-5, Isaiah 66:7-8, the astronomical alignment and other related verses and issues.
What is the Revelation 12 sign?
Revelation 12:1-5 “A great sign appeared in heaven: A woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and on her head a garland of 12 stars...She bore a male-Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. Her Child was caught-up to God and to His throne.”
The Revelation 12 sign, all hinges on one presumption. This is that the Revelation 12:5 “male-Child” is the church, which will be raptured because the rapture-word “harpazo” is used in the original text of that verse.
Note that the word “Child” is capitalised indicating deity, or our Lord Himself and not the church.
The man-Child being the church is further “proven” by including Isaiah 66:7-8, speaking of a nation born (again) in a day. This they claim is the rapture of the church. If so, it necessitates the changing of the well-established term “born-again” to “conception.”
They claim that the true believers of the church are not yet born-again, only conceived and will be born-again at the rapture. This then necessitates the changing of the well-held view that the church was born at Pentecost. They claim it was conceived at Pentecost.
There is much more to the “sign,” which I won’t get into, because everything hinges on who the male-Child is.
With the male-Child being interpreted as the church, a big leap is then made to the software astronomical programme, Stellarium (and others) in which we find a planetary alignment of the constellations, which seems to confirm the birthing of the male-Child (the church) in Revelation 12.
This alignment takes place on September 23rd this year and is being presented as the day of the rapture, because of the movements within this constellation of stars.
The so-called once in 7000 year alignment within the constellation may be so, but it is far from being unique or important. There are numerous other alignments of different clusters of planetary objects that will occur only once ever, and numerous others that we have no idea about because they are constantly being discovered.
Besides, 7000 years in astronomic terms is a drop within a drop in the ocean.
This connection of the constellation alignment and Revelation 12 only works if the male-Child is the church. It all rises or falls on that one thing.
The Harpazo (rapture)
The original word used for “rapture” is “harpazo.” It is correctly used in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 speaking of the corporate church, both the dead in Messiah and the living church at the time of being “caught up” or raptured. The same word is used in Revelation 12:5 speaking of an individual, the male-Child, being caught up or raptured.
But the word used here is in the singular. The best interpretation is that this male-Child is our Lord Himself and the “rapture” is not of the church but referring to His ascension.
Here are some other verses where the original word used is “harpazo.”
John 10:12 “...the wolf catches (harpazo) the sheep and carries them off.”
John 6:15 “When Yeshua perceived that they were about to come and take (harpazo) Him by force to make Him King, He departed...”
Matthew 13:19 “...The wicked one snatches (harpazo) away the word...”
Jude 1:23 “Others save with fear, pulling them out (harpazo) of the fire...”
So, we have to say that “harpazo” can apply to the ascension of our Lord. There is not enough evidence in this word alone to make the male-Child the church at the rapture.
The traditional view of the male-Child being our Lord and not the church stands securely.
Conception or new-birth and Pentecost:
If you want to really argue the point, the conception was before the foundation of the earth!
If you interfere with a major doctrine of Yeshua by changing it and calling it something else, not only are you in trouble with God, but you are messing up other doctrines through the domino effect.
You are causing confusion especially with young believers or those searching for salvation in the new-birth.
Terminology is very important.
Personally, I have problems with many traditional views, but most certainly not all, and especially not the major doctrines of Messiah as revealed in Hebrews 6:1-2. We dare not change them or their meanings.
Conception does not save you, the new-birth does. There was no cross at conception.
If you change the new-birth to conception, there is a domino effect with other doctrines. You have to also change the fact that the church was born, birthed, founded and came into being at Pentecost. Now you have to claim that the church was only conceived at Pentecost and will be born-again in the future.
You have now messed up and interfered with the meanings of the Feasts of the Lord and their applications from a dispensational point of view. The Feast of Pentecost marked a major dispensation change with the new-birth as the key component.
The great Isaiah 66 error:
Further “proof” by the Rev 12 signers that the new-birth must occur when the church is raptured, is presented in the grossly misinterpreted Isaiah 66:7-8 passage. Firstly bear in mind that the church is not seen in Old Covenant passages. It is in “mystery” form here.
Isaiah 66:7-10 “Before she travailed she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a male child. Who has heard of such a thing? Who has seen such things? Shall the earth be made to give birth in one day? Or shall a nation be born at once? For as soon as Zion travailed she gave birth to her children...Rejoice with Jerusalem and be glad with her, all you who love her.”
Note that the word “child” is not capitalised here meaning its application is Israel.
If you read this passage without preconceptions you will see what it is saying and to whom!
It is addressed to Israel. It is speaking of Israel. In fact the chapter is headed “The Lord vindicates Zion.”
The traditional view, which I fully accept because it is logical, is that this is a prophetic reference to Israel becoming a nation in one day in May 1948. The verse also has within it a wonderful double reference applying to the coming salvation of the Jews in the “one day,” which is the tribulation period.
It is not and cannot be the church being referred to here.
Again the identification of the male-Child of Revelation as the church falls flat when trying to make it fit Isaiah 66.
The “rod of iron:”
More “proof” is presented by the Rev 12 signers that the man Child is the church, because it is seen with a “rod of iron.”
Revelation 12:5 “She bore a male-Child who was to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. Her Child was caught-up to God and to His throne.”
So, what about this “rod of iron”, and who is this that is caught up to God’s throne?
Psalm 2:8-9 “The Lord has said to Me, you are My Son, today I have begotten you, I will give you the nations...You shall break them with a rod of iron...”
The context of this Psalm is clearly well within the tribulation period and it is talking of our Lord Himself. By the way, this is one of the wonderful proof texts of the deity of our Lord.
Here is another verse identifying the “rod of iron”:
Revelation 19:15-16 “Out of His mouth goes a sharp sword that with it He should strike the nations. He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, and He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.”
What about the verse shedding light on the church of Thyatira in the messages to the seven churches?
Revelation 2:27 “He shall rule them with a rod of iron.”
This verse in fact a quote from Psalm 2:7-8, looking back to this authority being given to our Lord.
There is a further problem in extending this to whole church. This is not addressed to the entire church. It is for the overcoming believers within the church of Thyatira.
Again, the primary identification of the One who shares the throne of God, in Revelation 12:5 is our Lord. A secondary application would be the church.
The faulty connection:
If the male-Child is not the church, you can’t connect Revelation 12 to the constellation alignment as seen in the astronomical programme “Stellarium.”
Now, before we go any further, take note, that all through church history, especially recent history, there are a number of interpretations of this male-Child. Some claim that he is Israel; some claim that he is the collective 144,000; some claim that he is our Lord and some claim that He is the church.
Each view has some validity, so you can’t just write-off a view blindly. No one sucked their view out of their thumb. They all come from odd bits of the Bible itself.
The best way to arrive at the correct view is to take them all as legitimate, find the verses that conflict or don’t add up fully and then simply eliminate the views where all the pieces don’t fit harmoniously.
Of course before you even start doing that you need to really trust on, lean on and rely on the leading of the Spirit.
The only people that have any credibility in doing this are those who know their Bible well, and are prepared to study it without pre-conceived ideas.
What about the constellation alignment:
So, if we can’t connect Revelation 12 to the coming convergence on September 23rd, is there anything in it at all?
I think there may be a message in the stars, but for me it is unrelated to Revelation 12. The message is simply another warning sign that all these end-time events are on the horizon.
I can’t read more into it honestly. For me, it will come and go, but the overall message is – get ready.
Killing the messenger:
A great problem that has arisen within some of the Rev 12 signers is that they automatically condemn anyone who searches the Bible to “see if these things be so,” and who doesn’t see it their way. Of course they say the opposite, but what they mean is that everyone must see what they see – or be condemned.
Some of them castigate, berate, rebuke and flog anyone who doesn’t see things their way.
My friends, the end result of unchecked error is greater error. Believing something that is wrong, no matter how sincere you may be, does not make it right. It is truth that sets us free. We are obliged to search the scriptures for truth and not an individual’s “truth”.
A big problem I’ve noticed of late is that many of the self-appointed critics of truth-seekers are products of the modern shallow church. They are the ones without the Spirit of God leading them.
If you are presenting a new doctrine, which is of “private interpretation,” you are on thin ice with God. (2 Peter 1:20)
It is not objectivity to kill the critic and elevate the error.
I doubt that there will be a rapture in September.
I hate even writing that headline! Regular readers know well that I’m a classic pre-tribber and constantly look for the signs. I wish the rapture was yesterday! But I must be honest to myself and to you, in what I see.
At this late stage, it is near to impossible for the rapture / tribulation to occur in September.
●The major earth-signs are still missing!
In sign-seeking, they must all be there, in line. The sky-signs and the earth-signs must be evident together.
If you have missing pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, you can’t complete the picture.
The missing signs will all be there in the tribulation period. Many of them will have forerunners. We will see many of them begin to come about before the tribulation actually begins.
Here are some of the missing earth-signs:
●The false prophet system or world church is far from a reality. ●A one-world government is far from coming about. ●A ten-nation confederacy in the area of the old Roman Empire is far from coming about. ●A one-world currency is still away. ●A peace deal between Israel and “the many” is far from coming about. ●The required Third Temple, or beginning stages of it, is not in sight yet.
These things can of course come about very quickly in the correct circumstance, but generally speaking, it looks more and more like 2017 doesn’t fit the rapture bill. I wish it were not so!
Regular readers know well that I believe the tribulation period will begin on a Feast of Trumpets, with the rapture happening right at the start. It now looks like it may be 2018. I very much doubt we can go much beyond that. Trumpets 2018 for me is the outer limit.
What may happen:
There is one remote possibility which could see a Feats of Trumpets 2017 rapture (September 21st) and the earth-signs fall into place very quickly. That could be caused by a huge world war, which is on the horizon anyway. That could cause a peace treaty of some sort to come about.
A huge world war could cause enough calamity to cause other signs to fall into place.
There is a very likely possibility that the current tensions with North Korea develop into military conflict, although North Korea is not in Bible prophecy. (It will become part of the prophecy of the “Kings of the East” – but that only occurs midway through the tribulation.)
People, as usual are going overboard with great speculation on how powerful North Korea is. It is not. It is a push-over for the US. If others like China and Russia are brought in then we could have WW111 on our doorstep.
The North Korea situation on its own is a distraction from the bigger threat which is Iran and other Arab nations – to Israel!
To anyone who is not a believer, you are on thin ice with real fire and fury below! Now is the time to get saved. To those who are saved and especially to new believers, don’t trust in a sign alone. Don’t go overboard and don’t panic.
To all who read this: If nothing happens in September – do not lose hope! Do not lose faith and trust in our Lord and His word.
Do not stop watching and seeking. Rest and relax in the Spirit of God and let Him lead you and guide you. Above all, remain diligent.
You don’t want to end up shipwrecked as a believer because of something that was wrong in the first place!
You can lose nothing at all by being ultra cautious. You can lose nothing at all by rejecting the Revelation 12 sign, or at least putting it on the shelf. If nothing happens, you will be safe. If the rapture does occur you will be part of it, and safe.
Truth will stand and come out in the end. My position on this is not mine alone. It is a long-standing majority consensus.
The good in this all:
There is a great godly good in this entire thing. It draws attention to the fact that we are close! Time is running out fast! It all draws attention to the urgency and the necessity to watch, pray, seek and yell from the housetops.
If anyone is wrong in the timing of these things, it means that we are even closer still.
A GREAT sign:
I’m not sure when – still working on it and praying for the right time, I will be publishing an edition on a spectacular GREAT sign that will amaze, startle and shake many! It will shake and shatter many in the Christian world. It will shake and rattle the Jews!
Stay tuned. (It has nothing to do with this Revelation 12 sign.)
The purpose of this edition is, hopefully to get people out of the mould of tunnel-vision in this, and to see that there are other views. Stick to your view if you want, but don’t stand in the way of others with a view that is a better fit!
In all these things we are to glorify our Lord. Time is running out fast. Don’t let that become a dead slogan.
Many of these things are interpretive issues and not major salvation issues. September 24th will reveal all!
We are in exciting times indeed, but don’t panic. Stay calmmmmmm!
I took these two pictures in Botswana. I took the colour out of the baobab tree and gave it some shine. I merged the lion into a veil and put them all together.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 377: August 8th 2017.
Times of the signs:
Signs, signs, everywhere! Or are they signs at all? In this edition I’ll be taking a look at this very important issue. I’ll be looking at the signs of our Lord’s coming, ones that we can trust and must know well, and at other signs of secondary importance. And at signs to be avoided, thrown out and rejected completely.
We will look at some biblical rules for interpreting signs!
We are heading very shortly for some dramatic times, with many signs. The signs, as you can imagine, are like a minefield, but there is a clear path through them that won’t get you blown up!
What are prophetic signs?
The Bible gives numerous signs showing where we are in time and what is coming.
There are signs in the skies. These would include astronomical signs in the constellations as well as supernatural signs.
There are hundreds of earth-signs. These are signs of things happening on the earth in the geo, socio, political realms and with people - believers, unbelievers and Jews.
There are also numerous, incredible signs in the original language of the Bible itself. These include numbers in scripture, signs in colours, names-meanings, and the like.
Then we have signs hidden below the surface in parable form.
There are certain signs that we are forbidden from knowing at this stage. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
There are signs specifically for Israel and others for the church. The sun-signs are often used for the gentile nations, while the moon-signs are for the Jews. (Not exclusively)
The time that we are in is full of signs all over the place, but as with all things scriptural, there are certain rules and disciplines we must stick to, to be successful.
For whom are the signs?
Matthew 16:1-4 “Then the Pharisees and Sadducees, came and tested Him, asking that He would show them a sign from heaven...He said, ‘A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.’” (The cross)
Luke 16:31 “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
The above two verses indicate that many unbelievers will not believe because of signs. There are some instances where unbelievers will be moved by signs – but they are few.
John 4:48-50 “Yeshua said, ‘unless you people (Jews) see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe. The nobleman said to Him, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies!’ Yeshua said to him, ‘Go your way, your son lives.’ So the man believed the word that Yeshua spoke to him.”
Note in the verses above that one rising from the dead would not cause belief, while the other did.
Matthew 7:6 “...Do not cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, turn and tear you to pieces.”
Many times unbelievers will “trample the signs” underfoot. In these cases don’t even waste your time with them. They are sent to waste your time!
Some say we should seek the Lord and not the signs. Well that’s a totally ignorant argument and a contradiction of dozens of verses.
There is nothing wrong with seeking signs. Seeking signs obviously involves seeking our Messiah.
Again, I say don’t waste your time on people who will never repent. Have a look at the example from Noah in the story below:
Matthew 24:37-39 “As in the days of Noah, so also will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. As in the days before the flood, they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
In this instance, God gave the unsaved world a seven day warning of coming judgement. Noah and his family were protected because they believed God and heard Him. (Genesis 7:10)
The warning was given seven days before the flood began, but today as in the days of Noah people reject God and His warning signs.
Here’s an interesting thought to ponder:
Did Noah and his family know the time of the flood? Yes they did. So, who was it then that did not know the day, because they were carrying on in their sin as normal? – it was the unbelieving world! The same principle applies in the story of Lot.
We are now in the “Days of Noah and Lot” again. Do we know the time of the coming judgement and therefore the rapture? I believe certain believers with their ears open to God will hear and know, especially as the time draws nearer.
By the way, the beautiful rainbow is a double edged sword! One message is that judgement will never come to the earth again through a flood. The other message is that judgement upon sin is real. And the next time it comes is by fire.
Some dangerous pitfalls:
Today we are in a fast-moving world of digital everything. Information spreads like lightning. This has made Bible study so much easier and streamlined, although I can say that my own most valuable growth-time was in the 80’s and pre-internet days.
But that said, the heart of man has not changed. By and large he is still a lazy slob when it comes to Bible study.
Mankind is an animal dominated by: Group-speak, crowd-psychology and confirmation-bias. These are terms for the collective thought and action of a crowd. A crowd often takes on a life-force of its own, which soon becomes a domain controlled by Satan – and yes, even in the church!
There is a dangerous, erroneous confirmation-bias found in the media. People give authority to YouTube, or TV, or the radio, or the newspaper. They think that it automatically contains the truth. After all, it must be right, it’s been published!
Psalm 64:2-5 “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity, who sharpen their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows – bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless ...They encourage themselves in an evil matter.”
Do you see the power of “group speak” in this verse above?
Biblical truth and its inner guide, the Holy Spirit, must be your “confirmation bias.” On top of this, don’t make assumptions that ministers of the gospel are always right. It is the Holy Spirit of God in your heart by the new-birth – not your church doctrine!
Don’t read into a Bible-text what you want it to say. Wipe the slate clean of your preconceptions, and let the truth speak.
Erroneous doctrine knocks on to other doctrines and you end up with a big hermeneutical mess. There is a very good reason why important, major doctrines are well-established.
Beware of prophetic hype. You can’t hype it up – as if to make it happen the way you want! Building-up, plugging, promoting, and beating the hard-sell drum are the ways of the world and are in fact signs of nothing but manipulation.
You can often tell if a person is really in the truth. Truth stands the test of time. It stands scrutiny and criticism. It has an air of grace to it, of rest and comfort. Those not in the truth must always fight, castigate, berate, censure, criticize, flog, and come down on others who are really in the truth!
They cut down the real truth so they can gain control.
To equate truth-seeking with your own exclusive view, necessitates the ignoring of the Holy Spirit as your guide, and elevates you, making you the one to be avoided.
You see, many people simply can’t believe that they may be wrong. I heard one well-known individual recently speak for an hour on a radio show predicting that Nibiru would hit the earth the very next day after this radio show. That was two weeks ago! He actually believed everything he was saying! He was unaware that he was part of the giant Nibiru curse.
By the way, please don’t miss next week’s edition!
Beware of pride. Beware of elevating people. Even our Lord Himself ran away from people trying to elevate Him before His time! (John 6:15)
Acts 8:9-10 “There was a certain man called Simon, who previously practised sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to who they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying ‘this man is the great power of God.’”
The August 21st 2017 eclipse, “Sign”
We have a well-known eclipse coming up over the USA on August 21st.
Generally, eclipses are not signs, because they are so common. But this one may have some significance, simply because it falls on the Hebrew day, Elul 1st. Let’s have a brief look at some facts.
The word Elul means “Harvest”
Elul in Jewish history:
●Elul 1st marks the beginning of the blowing of the shofar, every morning until the Feast of Trumpets, which is one month away on Tishrei 1st (September 21st.)
●Elul 1st marks the time when Jews visit the graves of loved ones and mourn for them.
●Elul 1st Was the time the prophet Haggai commanded the rebuilding of the Temple. (520 BCE)
●Elul 23rd was the date the dove brought the olive leaf to Noah. (2105 BCE)
●Elul is the time for the Jews to open their hearts to God. “We look backwards that we might move forward”, say the sages. (Psalm 27)
●Elul is the month of new beginnings, mercy and forgiveness according to Jewish tradition.
I was reading the notes of a well-know Rabbi the other day and this jumped off the page at me: “Elul is the time of redemption. Everything looks bleak, but it can be reversed in a second, just like God splitting the Red Sea. We prepare in the month of Elul, but the redemption happens in a flash!”
The eclipse may also signal war! The Gog, Magog war, Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 are on the horizon already, so it may be that the US, who is primarily in the sights of the eclipse, may be ready for some exciting times!
This eclipse may come and go with no consequences. On the other hand there are too many signs for it to be ignored. Don’t go overboard with these things, just open your heart to the voice of the Lord and let Him speak.
You see that strange picture at the top? That’s a flying nuclear megillah! What! You say, and rightly so! A megillah is a silver canister used to contain a rolled up Torah scroll. But if you read Zechariah 5 you will see it is speaking of what looks very much like a nuclear missile flying through the air!
►For more on this see Edition 147 and the heading “The most shocking verse...” Click HERE.
The conditions for sign seeking:
No watchman or prophecy teacher must ever be influenced by the approval of man, or the rejection of man. The approval or rejection of man is a snare – always.
Looking for and finding signs of the times, is exciting business indeed, to say nothing of all the drama in and around the subject. But there are certain rules of exegesis, interpretation and application that we dare not ignore.
●First and foremost, and which disqualifies most people, is that we must be fully open to the Spirit of God, to be fed and led by Him in our study. We do not blindly accept and follow YouTube! The Bible does not say (thankfully) “They searched YouTube daily to see if these things be so.”
●The biggest issue is that there must be an inner witness, a still small voice of the Lord’s leading in your heart. If so He will bear witness in you that this is right or wrong. God speaks to those who have spiritual ears.
●Secondly, all the signs must agree harmoniously. In other words, they must not contradict each other, or other doctrines, or require a new interpretation of established doctrine. There is no room for “private interpretations.”
2 Peter 1:20 “Know this, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Sign-seeking is exciting, but unfortunately, sometimes we need to wade through the distracting voices of many who have not done their homework. They blindly follow the crowd as if this is some big game.
●The signs must all be in place. Sky-signs are useless, and not signs at all if the required earth-signs are not there too, at the same time. Please read that again!
●Note the followers! Certain signs seem to attract certain types of people. It is actually so consistent it’s amazing. Many signs are pure deception sent by Satan to sidetrack and catch out the vulnerable and gullible. Nibiru is a classic example.
Sign-seeking attracts boneheads, muttonheads, blockheads, birdbrains, lamebrains, numskulls, morons, kooks, crackpots, oddballs, screwballs and fruitcakes. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Don’t write-off YouTube. Be discerning and our Lord will guide you through the minefield into wonderful truth!
Beware the blind guides:
Unfortunately there are some who have taken it upon themselves to decide for everyone, what being a Berean (searching the scriptures daily) means. They say that you must agree with us. They say, search and find our way and only our way and warn all others!
Acts 17:11 “These (Bereans) were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
These people who believe that, being a Berean means seeing things their way only, are the ones who secretly bring in division. Of course there must be unity in doctrine. But many times error is introduced in the name of true-doctrine.
1 John 4:1 “Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Romans 16:17 “Note those that cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you have leaned, and avoid them.”
2 Timothy 4:3-5 “...They will heap up teachers for themselves and they will turn their ears away from the truth...But you, be watchful in all things...”
Acts 20:30-3 “Men will arise from among you, speaking misleading 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.”
The problem with many so-called signs from the Lord, is that they are not signs from our Lord at all! And when this becomes manifest in sign-failure, it causes the faith of many to be rocked. You can’t tell them that they shouldn’t have put all their hope and trust in one egg-basket, although that may be true.
There is a whole world of believers out there at varying stages of spiritual growth, maturity and strength. What about all the prodigal’s that were just ready to return? What about the field-day that failed signs presents to the media and other critics of the church?
We all make mistakes and go wrong here and there on our way to glory, but it’s the real big ones that are the problem.
Many believers are also turned off prophecy altogether when there is a big sign-failure. You see, there is no such thing as a failed prophecy. There are only failed interpretations or applications. When one or more of these fail, it does not change the truth one little bit, but rocks the faith of the weak or new.
Signs, signs everywhere, but few see the great big sign with its heavy warning attached for those who will not see it! That’s coming in the next edition!
Prophecy teachers and watchmen:
Most have a real passionate heart after the Lord. Some are still on the road of discovery. Some go off into a ditch on this side of the road and some on that side, but they soon come back to the middle of the road.
Do not write off what one says that you don’t agree with on one issue or another. We are in a very advantageous place these days. Thankfully, our Lord has given us many great teachers and revealed many amazing things – be thankful for that.
The Bible does warn us though, that some are to be avoided. (Note some of the verses above in this edition.) These are the ones with little knowledge of the scriptures and those who discourage others from believing anything that isn’t their own belief.
Don’t miss next week’s edition!
My aim is your glory. My aim is to know my Lord more deeply and make Him known. My aim involves all that these things entail – it’s for your benefit. We are going into critical times and we must get rid of obstacles to our journey. These are days of life and death issues. These are days of decisions in the valley. These are days of great conflict, but also days of deep peace and rest.
You are of great value! Your potential in our Lord is great. You are light in the darkness!
What a wonderful time to be alive in our Lord’s kingdom!
I took this picture of the world’s greatest baobab tree, called the Sagole giant, with a circumference of over 40m in the Limpopo region. I manipulated it a little with texture effects and added one of my cheetah pictures for fun.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 376: August 1st 2017.
The mystery of eternity
Eternity is a beautiful, mysterious, wonderful word. It is also freighting! It’s a powerful word, with the ability to change you dramatically!
The word is Strong’s H 5703 and G 166. (Hebrew and Greek) The meanings are: Without beginning or end, never ceasing, everlasting, continuing existence, forevermore.
The word “eternity” has many synonymous terms and parallels, with similar meanings and concepts. We must look at the whole lot together to get the full picture.
The mystery of eternity relates to other biblical mysteries. Remember that the original word for “mystery” means that it is hidden to the blind and unsaved, but revealed to the insiders (believers). Even with this in mind, this particular mystery is still not fully revealed to us yet.
1 Corinthians 13:12 “Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, just as I also am known.”
Some of the complimentary mysteries are: The mystery of kingdom, the mysteries of godliness and sin-free holiness.
The eternal kingdom is totally politically incorrect as we will see further down.
What is eternity?
Eternity is not just a long time. It’s another dimension totally.
Time itself will soon go through a spectacular metamorphosis. Time is not permanent, eternity is.
There will soon be a time where there will be no more time!
Revelation 10:6 “To Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay (time) no longer.” (The original word used for “delay” is “Chronos” Strong’s G5550, meaning time itself)
We are given wonderful glimpses in the Bible of things to come, beyond our wildest imagination.
There is a frightening exclusivity attached to the eternal kingdom of God.
Eternity – the contraposition:
Revelation knowledge is a powerful thing. Its opposite is concealment. Very often when we see something in its contraposition or opposite, it gives greater understanding. The tragedy of the world of unbelievers is that they have no spiritual revelation. All the great things of God are concealed.
They have no revelation of their own coming destruction, their own looming, grim ride to eternal hell. They don’t even have revelation of their own spiritual ignorance and blindness, because they will not believe.
The world is trying to destroy all things godly in nature and character. All but gone is finesse, sophistication, morality, integrity, ethics, culture, and virtue! A terrible stinking replacement has come in to temporarily overthrow godliness.
The world’s kingdom is fully fallen, being seduced and blinded by sin and the love of it. God’s light only shines into the world through the Bible and believers, and the world is getting more and more turned-off to both, it’s only source of help.
The world has its own value system, replacing that of the Bible. Of necessity it must reduce values to their lowest common denominator – That which emanates from Satan.
The world has made its choice. It has chosen Barabbas as its saviour! It must now settle for all things, including the nature and spirit of Barabbas!
Did you know that the word “Barabbas” (Bar Abbas) means, “Son of the father?” Did you know that the first name of Barabbas was Jesus?
But this Jesus, son of his father – Satan, the murderer, had no cross and no salvation. He was a political revolutionary, a thief and murderer. Yet the world cried “Give us Barabbas.”
The world must now stew in its own wild oats! This world’s new world is world-centred and has eyes only for materialism. It gets rid of God and His pure virtues to receive stress, distress, disquiet, affliction, anguish, anxiety, dejection, misery and sorrow, and ultimately, judgement.
A glorious wonder for the believer:
The following verses are astounding indeed! What a God we serve! Read these verses, proclaim them, speak them, pray them, believe them and let them transform you and lift you up!
Daniel 7:18 “The saints of the Most High, shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5 “There shall be no more night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord gives them light, and they (saints) shall reign forever and ever.”
Daniel 12:3 “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
These words below are some characteristic of the eternal kingdom of God which I’ve taken from numerous verses in the Bible:
Holiness, glory, majesty, splendour, triumph, exaltation, miraculous, immortal, jubilant, wondrous, delightful, joy, euphoria, peace, morality, quality and many more.
With all of NASA’s resources, it can only look into a sin-drenched universe. Neither NASA nor any telescope of any kind can see or find holiness and peace. None can see eternity.
Even if they could find heaven out there, they would see nothing, because God has blinded them to the realm of spiritual purity and eternity.
Eternity is the “dwelling place of our Holy God.” No un-crucified eyes will see God or His dwelling place. No tongue that has not been nailed to the cross will even be able to speak real pure and holy things.
Isaiah 57:15 “Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and a humble spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Politically incorrect eternity!
Regular readers know what I think of political correctness! But let’s have a look below the surface and offend many people.
We have noted an inextricable link between eternity, God and holiness. In fact eternity will be fully and completely holy forever.
Holy: (Hebrew) Strong’s H6944 – “Qodesh”. Meanings: Apartness, set-apart, separateness, sacredness, hallowed. The Greek meanings are similar, but we can add: Sacred, blameless, pure, veneration. These meanings relate to things, places, behaviour and character.
So when we look at the full meaning of holiness we see an astounding, totally politically incorrect, wonderful thing indeed!
We are “apart” people! We are separated people! We are not part of the crowd making up the world. In spirit we are pure in an impure world!
We are apart, apart, apart! We will have no part in or with sin – forever!
Do you know why the world hates true Christians? It’s because we are apart and not like them! That is why they want us to be like them! You see, we are better than them. Just listen to them talk. It’s not from a pride point of view – God forbid. It’s from a grace point of view. Don’t ever treat God’s grace lightly.
As we move from holiness within us, by the new-birth, to holiness in soul, it can only produce in us deep thankfulness and worship.
Worship: (Hebrew) Strong’s H7812 – “Shachah.” Meanings: Bow down, stoop low, reverence, fall on face, prostrate oneself, surrender, adore. One of the rendered meanings of “worship” is to kiss like a dog licking his master’s hand! The word implies physical action in posture as well as attitude.
Have you ever worshipped our Lord in a true, demonstrative way?
By way of testimony, I often used to go to a local cemetery, find any old grave, and lie down on top of it to pray. I would start a fast this way, making death to self a demonstrative thing. Then I would get up, which for me symbolised arising from the dead to newness of life.
But, for me the attitude of bowing down in worship was the main thing. (I don’t do that anymore because these days it would take me half an hour to get up again, being partially crippled now.)
I often used to climb nearby mountains alone and on the top, standing on the edge; I would literally bow down, while deep in prayer. (The picture at the bottom is one of those mountains.) Sometimes I led groups up there and we would stand on top yelling out proclamations.
There were many other such things I did. It changes your perception of worship and deepens your walk with our Lord. Don’t be afraid of doing demonstrative things. Some people may think you’re strange and odd, but so be it!
True, deep worship strengthens your holiness and brings God’s grace to you, which is your spiritual beauty! This is what produces an alluring attraction in you.
Did you know that the word for “grace” in some languages is the same word for “thank you”? For example, “grazie” is the Italian word for grace and thank you. Did you realise that God’s grace upon you, is in fact the God of the universe saying thank you to you!
How can that be? The all wise, all holy, all knowing God says to you “thank you!” Well, I say thank you Lord!
Preparing for eternity:
The Spirit of God never enters a person and then leaves them to live like the world, with its value-system. God always leads us, forever forward and upward by His Spirit.
Today, so many are unconquered, compromised, spiritual disasters. They have made friends with their enemies whose job it is to keep them from God’s requirements. So many people look right at the eternal Light and see nothing!
Corruption is irreversible. God does not try to fix it or make it better. God’s solution is death and new birth...a new creation which is eternal. Today people are blind slaves to the here and now!
Cultivate a love for the truth. Study it, proclaim it, and know it well. Exalt truth and submit to it.
Titus 1:2 “Acknowledge the truth, which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
2 John 1:2 “The truth abiding in us will be with us forever.”
Truth, holiness and worship are the central big issues in our lives.
What we are and become in character and personality will be eternal. The building of a pure, holy, wise character will endure forever.
But what we are, and are becoming, relates directly to our love for and application of the truth.
Psalm 119:111-112 “Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”
Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgements endures forever.”
Character check: What’s your attitude to all truth? What’s your attitude to Bible prophecy? Most are stumbling in the dark. Prophecy is a glorious bright light shining in a dark place.
We must realise that there are many qualities that we gather up as we go along the road to eternity. These things will come with us into eternity.
All that was not of God in our lives ends up as a puff of smoke and is quickly gone forever. Our works will be rewarded. They will be purified by God’s fire or fried! (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)
But the entire life of the unbeliever will smoke forever!
Now, let’s have a look at two all important lists of things:
Things of eternity:
●Our new incorruptible bodies.
●Our heavenly homes. (With angels and dogs!)
●Our holiness and righteousness.
●Our rewards and authority in our future reign.
●Our godly character.
●Giving to the gospel produces “enduring riches.” (Proverbs 8:18)
●Suffering for the sake of the gospel or our testimony has eternal rewards.
Things that are temporary:
●Houses, cars, kettle, chocolate, lawnmower.
●All earthly, physical possessions.
●Job, money, status, pride.
●Sin, poverty, sickness and death.
●Lies, error, false doctrine.
Now, with these two lists above in mind, read the following verses:
2 Corinthians 4:17-19; 5:1“Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal...If this tent (body) is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Do you see what I see, or don’t see? The Bible says we are to look at the things we can’t see! (If I wrote the Bible, I would not have said that!) People buy a red Ferrari so that it can be seen, and now we have to close our eyes when we walk into the garage!
Looking at things you can’t see is the right way to go. Looking at all the things you can see is the way to blindness! It’s impossible for the world to look at the things they can’t see. This is why they only have eyes for “me now.”
The only thing the world can possibly do is make idols of time, space and materialism, because it has no revelation of eternity, not even its own doomed eternity.
The things of eternity and the Spirit are linked. The things of the world and the flesh are also.
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, - the lust of the eyes and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lusts of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Hebrews 13:14 “Here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only, we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most pitiable.”
Some eternity verses with a short commentary:
2 Peter 1:11 “An entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua, the Messiah.”
Some will just scrape into heaven, emerging from the puff of smoke that was their futile works, but they will have made it! Others will arrive with an “abundant entrance.” The grandstand in the clouds will be full of witnesses cheering and celebrating!
Hebrews 10:14 “By one offering (the cross) He has perfected forever, those who are being sanctified.”
What an incredible verse! The work of the cross was perfect, but endures forever!
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord will wipe away tears from all faces.”
Death – all death is an enemy. It has a date-stamp on it!
Psalm 119:89 “Forever O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”
Imagine trying to prove God wrong! What insanity, and yet so many do!
Proverbs 8:18-19 (The excellence of wisdom) “Riches and honour are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”
The fruit of godly wisdom is more valuable than anything on this earth and it endures.
Your encounter with the living God will have dramatic effects if you sincerely come to Him. As you encounter Him you will be woefully undone – and it must be so! You will suddenly see and know holiness and see and be horrified at the evil of the world around you, and you will be gloriously saved – forever!
Isaiah 6:3-7 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is filled with His glory...Woe is me, for I am undone! I live in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts...Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
Revelation 4:8 “...Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Your testimony is a seed of eternity. It has eternal value for yourself and others who know you. The unsaved may scorn you, but in their own alone time – they think and think about your testimony.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls.”
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.”
You can have an “eternal weight of glory” or a weight of stress and depression now, and hell forever!
I took this picture from a chopper flying over the Cathedral Peak mountain range in the Drakenberg, one of my favourite stomping grounds of the past.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!