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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!
Edition 357: March 29th 2017
The Rapture and the left-behind:
The Rapture and the left-behind:
“Not all Israel is Israel” says the Bible. (Romans 9:6) Likewise, not all the church is the church!
The true born-again, truth-believing, Christian will go in the rapture. The professing, non-born-again Christian (counterfeits) will not.
These are intensely critical days! It’s a unique time – even the Bible says so in numerous places. These are the days of impending great doom, and great, glorious victory for many. But beware! The Bible talks repeatedly of “many” and “few”, saying many will not be saved and few will.
Which way will you go at the end of your day?
When God turns up the heat, some who were lukewarm will become too hot to handle, and will come running to our Lord in the fear of Him – Voila! They will find Him and enter His peace. Those who are wise and do so before the tribulation will be rapture-ready.
What are the signs to watch for?
Signs, signs everywhere! We have signs in the sky, signs on the earth, signs in the world, signs in the church, signs in Israel. Everyone and his auntie is taking about signs and has their own take on them.
A primary Bible sign is one in which the details are clear, literal and real. They take precedence over and must be in place before any secondary sign.
A secondary sign is one whose identity or events are not clearly defined and could be interpreted in various ways and could even be extra-biblical.
Matthew 24:30 “Then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and all the nations shall mourn and they shall see the Son of Man coming...”
The word “sign” is Strong’s G4592 = “Sermeion.” It means: “Miracle”, “Supernatural” sign or wonder. It is an occurrence transcending the natural world.
There are numerous other verses, where this word is used. They speak of supernatural signs and miracles. Here are just a few examples of this word:
Matthew 12:38 “...Master we would seek a sign from you.”
Luke 21:11, 25 “There shall be great earthquakes in divers places and famines and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs from heaven...There shall be signs in the sun and in the moon and in the stars ...and upon the earth distress of nations...”
John 2:11 “This beginning of miracles (signs G4592) Yeshua did in Cana in Galilee...and His disciples believed in Him.”
The Revelation 12 “sign” is this word as well.
The Revelation 12 sign: Some problems!
The Revelation 12 sign as seen in the computer program, Stellarium is a secondary sign. It also has a number of other well-accepted interpretations over the age. There are some details of the current new interpretation that I have problems with.
The real big thing I have a huge problem with, is not so much the sign itself, but the extent to which many people are going. They are going way too far overboard!
This is my position on it: I’m putting it on the shelf.
So, I’m not throwing it all out. For me, it’s on hold, with caution, which is what I advise.
As we get nearer the time, we will see if the other primary signs appear...then I’ll take the Stellarium sign off the shelf. If not – forget it all...and any other signs as well.
The greatest and most important sign of all:
●Can we know exactly when the church age will end with the rapture of the church?
●Can we know when the tribulation period will begin, and then complete Daniel’s seventy weeks?
The answer to the former question is dependent on the latter. The answer to the latter question is yes – conditionally. What is that condition? Let’s dig.
Daniel 9:27 “He (antichrist) shall confirm a covenant (Lit=treaty) with many for one week (of years), but in the middle of the week, he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering...”
Daniel 11:21 “In his place shall arise a vile person (antichrist)...he shall come in peaceably and seize the kingdom by intrigue.”
Daniel 8:24-25 “His (antichrist) power shall be mighty...he shall destroy fearfully and shall prosper and thrive, he shall also destroy the holy people. Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper and he shall magnify himself. He shall destroy many in their prosperity (peace). He shall even rise against the Prince of princes.”
1 Thessalonians 5:2-3 “For you know perfectly that the day of the Lord (seven year tribulation) so comes as a thief in the night (to those sleeping). For when they say ‘peace and safety’! Then sudden destruction comes upon them as labour pains and they shall not escape. But you brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
●The word “peace” in the verse above is very interesting. It is not the normal word for peace. It is Strong’s G1515 “Eirene”, meaning: National peace, a nation in tranquillity, exemption from war, security and safety.
So, here we see that there will be a national seven-year peace treaty made with the antichrist.
All those who have been coming up with new, private interpretation of this event saying it’s not a peace treaty, it’s an old existing treaty, like the Oslo accord, simply being resurrected and now ratified – are wrong!
The verses of Daniel above show that it’s a seven-year peace treaty. No previous treaty of any sort was for seven years, besides that, previous treaties are null and void and would need to be re-negotiated.
Some say that it is not a peace-treaty, because Daniel 9:27 doesn’t say it is. But as I have shown, a number of other verses show that it is!
This great event identifies, reveals and releases the antichrist. Simultaneously, the “restrainer” (the Holy Spirit-filled church) is removed ending the church dispensation, and starting the tribulation period immediately.
It is at this point, that the “dead in Messiah and we who are alive,” (the church) will be caught up (raptured) to meet the Lord in the air.”
There is no inter-dispensation gap or time period. There can’t be. Where would those who die in that gap period go?
The arguments used by those who support the gap are very weak, and in fact amount to nothing but presumption. It’s very dangerous building a doctrine on presumption.
There is no verse of scripture saying or implying a gap after the rapture and the tribulation start.
Those who support it are looking for an explanation for their erroneous doctrine of imminence.
Joseph and his wife:
We all know the wonderful story of Joseph being left for dead by his brothers and finding himself in slavery in Egypt. He finds favour with Pharaoh by interpreting a dream, which leads to him being exalted and given a Gentile wife named Asenath.
Then comes the dramatic, great reveal, as Joseph identifies himself to his brothers and their father Jacob / Israel. In this story, Joseph is a type of our Lord, Yeshua.
Romans 11:15 speaks of the return of the Jews to their Messiah as “life from the dead.” This parallels perfectly with Ezekiel’s “Dry bones” coming to life. What drama!
But there’s more! As Pharaoh gave Joseph this wife, he also changed Joseph’s name to Zaphnath-paaneah. This name means “The revealer of secrets.” Pharaoh did this because of the revealing of his dream, but the much greater truth, is that Joseph himself is in fact, the great secret of who the Messiah is, revealed in type. Very soon “Joseph” will be “revealed” to his brethren.
One of the many names for the Feast of Trumpets is “Yom Hadish”, meaning, the day of hiding. This is because the new moon is concealed and hidden. Its revealing is confirmed by two witnesses, starting this feast.
Many, including myself, believe that a Feast of Trumpets marks the start of the tribulation period.
Does this mean that the revealing of Messiah takes place from this feast onwards? Yes it does! Numerous other verses describe the lifting of the veil and the revealing taking place in the tribulation period.
Isaiah 49:26 “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 (then) know that I the Lord am your Saviour, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob (Israel).”
Now, please note!!!
Psalm 81:3-6 “Blow the trumpet at the time of the new moon, on our solemn feast day (Tishrei 1/Trumpets)...This He established in Joseph for a testimony, when he went throughout the land of Egypt...his hands were freed from the baskets...”
This incredibly prophetic 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 their Messiah to them.
Does this point to a pre-tribulation rapture? The answer is – yes!
Joseph was 30 years old when he was released from his two-years in prison and began ruling. Our Lord’s ministry began when He was 30 years old and the two years is a type of the 2000-year wait of the Jews for their Messiah to be revealed.
Interestingly, Joseph’s wife, Asenath, becomes a type of the church. She is not seen or heard of again after the great reveal to the brothers.
Note also that Joseph took his Gentile bride before the 7- year famine - another type of the pre-tribulation rapture.
So, here we see the great secret of the revealing of Messiah to the Jews, going into high gear on the Feast of Trumpets as the seven-year tribulation starts.
The character of the tribulation:
The Old Covenant is incomplete. There are seven disastrous years required to complete it. The tribulation period centres on God’s dealings with the Jews, and on the punishment of the unbelieving world. It is not for the church.
This is called the “Time of Jacob’s trouble (Israel), the seventieth week for My people (Jews).
The tribulation period is described as: “The Day of sorrows.” (Matthew 24:8-13) “The Day of wrath.” (Zephaniah 1:15) “The Day of indignation.” (Zephaniah 3:8). “The Day of vengeance.” (Isaiah 34:8, 64:4).
The Bible sees the characteristics of this time period as so severe, masses of people will seek to die.
Revelation 9:6 “In those days, men shall seek death, but will not find it; they shall desire to die, but death will flee from them.”
Revelation 6:16 “They said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall upon us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb.’”
The fury of the left-behind:
Those who are left behind at the rapture, are obviously the unsaved, but also the great company of so-called Christians and those who thought they were saved because they believe in Jesus. These are counterfeit believers and all those who have no real new-birth experience.
One thing the rapture will do is identify very publically those who were not genuinely saved. They will be left behind.
The Bible reveals that many people will still not repent in the tribulation, but will turn on God in their fury and hostility.
At the rapture, the Bible says that sudden destruction will come and they will not escape the tribulation! (1 Thessalonians 5:3)
Have a look at these shocking verses revealing the arrogance of modern man:
Revelation 16:11 “They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.”
Revelation 16:21 “Great hail from heaven fell upon men, every hailstone about the weight of a talent (approximately 34kg or 75lbs), and men blasphemed God because of the plague of hail, since that plague was exceedingly great.”
Revelation 16:9 “Men were scorched with great heat, and they blasphemed the name of God who has power over these plagues, and they did not repent.”
Revelation 2:21-22 (The church of Thyatira – the orthodox churches) “I gave her time to repent and she did not...I will cast her into great tribulation, unless they repent...”
Now have a look at this verse and note the big difference:
Revelation 11:13 “In the same hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. In the earthquake seven thousand were killed and the rest were afraid and gave glory to the God of heaven.”
All these people are aware that these terrible tribulation judgements are coming from God Himself. It is God who has the power over these things and also has the keys of heaven and hell.
It’s really not very cleaver to turn on, and blaspheme God in the time of tribulation and distress! It is really an extreme pride thing, which is the reason they landed in the tribulation to start with!
Those who will not go in the rapture:
Hebrews 3:12 “Beware brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God.”
The true church is born of the pure, Holy Spirit of God. The counterfeit church is born of its own theology, own unholy ideas and lies.
The true church has the Spirit-revealed Bible as its source. The counterfeit church has the dead-letter of the Bible mixed with all their own ideas as their source.
The counterfeit church is inspired and led by Satan, although they can’t see it at all.
Imagine the shock of having the eyes of your understanding opened in hell!
The message to the seven churches in the Revelation reveals that over-comers are rewarded. Here are some promises to those who don’t overcome, revealed by God to the seven churches:
●“I will fight you with the sword of My mouth.”
● “I will cast you into great tribulation.”
●“I will come upon you as a thief.”
●“I will spew you out of My mouth.”
●“I will remove your candlestick from its place.”
●Our Lord said to professing Christians: “Depart from Me I never knew you.” They claimed to know Him, and did this or that in His name. (Matthew 7:21-23)
●Paul says: “It is impossible for those once enlightened, who have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted of the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again the Son of God...” (Hebrews 6:4-6)
Are you a hairs-breath from eternity with our Lord?
The character of grace upon this earth is about to be removed and replaced with the character of multiple wraths!
Genesis 6:3 “The Spirit of God will not contend with man forever.”
But here is the great news:
1 Thessalonians 1:10 “...He delivers us from the wrath to come.”
What is the “wrath to come”? A number of other verses define it as the tribulation period. It would really take a lot of linguistic gymnastics to explain away this simple verse! There are other parallel verses to this as well.
Revelation 3:10 “Because you have kept My word to persevere, I also will keep you from the hour of trial (tribulation), which shall come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth.”
1 Thessalonians 4:4 “You brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief.” The “Day” mentioned here is universally accepted as a reference to the tribulation.
Opinions are no substitute for years of Bible study:
Opinions, opinions everywhere and from everyone and his auntie! There are far too many who are unstudied, having no revelation knowledge who are out there giving their opinions on everything biblical, particularly in relation to end times.
Rather than desperately seeking the truth, they are really seeking the approval of man, to boost their egos. Many are simply trying to prove themselves right and others wrong, elevating themselves and putting others down.
Many of these people don’t know the difference between the voice of demons and the voice of God.
Knowing what other people say about a biblical topic, because you watched a YouTube video, does not make you a Bible scholar or authority of any note at all. If that’s your source, it makes you a blind, presumptuous, puppet and copy cat, - too much of a slob to study the unadulterated word yourself.
►Be very careful of people claiming to be prophets saying that the Lord spoke to them and told them something and it doesn’t come to pass. The moment someone has done this once and it fails – reject them and not the Lord! Do not let your faith in our Lord be shaken, but do loose you faith in false prophets instantly.
Obviously, this doesn’t apply to those who simply made a mistake or are unenlightened on a subject. I’m referring specifically to those who claim that the “Lord told them.”
The Bible warns specifically against false prophets, false teachers, false apostles and more!
These false prophets and teachers discredit the presentation of the truth.
►Be careful of the great disappointment!
So, when will the rapture happen?
It’s absolutely incomprehensible that God would not warn of the coming tribulation. In all the big judgements of history, God warned, sometimes even down to the day.
If we can know when the tribulation period is about to start, a pre-tribulation rapture will precede that.
There are too many primary signs not in place or even on the horizon yet to say when the tribulation will begin.
►But, these things can fall into place quickly in one possible scenario:
The only thing that can drive the primary signs into place fast is some form of sudden chaos in the world, like a huge world war.
A great big world war would most probably involve nuclear weapons, or the like, making the war very destructive and very short. This would involve the destruction and re-organisation of nations. It would create economic chaos and would create a clambering to make peace!
This could all come about very soon and very fast if the Ezekiel 38 & 39 WW111 breaks out soon.
If this occurs, then we could well be looking at a 2017, Feast of Trumpets start of the tribulation period, which would mean the rapture just before it.
If however, things carry on more or less as they are right now, forget about 2017. I will then be looking to the Feast of Trumpets 2018 with great anticipation.
I have a big problem seeing how things can continue much beyond that!
Watch for the appearing of the great sign – the peace treaty. Without it throw Stellarium out!
My friends, we are to watch for the signs (plural). We are to know the times and seasons. These are exciting times! The church age will soon end and the tribulation will begin, revealing the antichrist.
Part of this great signing sign in Daniel 9:27 will be the preparation to build a temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
All other signs are meaningless and null and void without this being in place.
It is almost a sure, done-deal that this will occur on a Feast of Trumpets – either this one or next.
Psalm 27:5 “In the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me.”
I took this picture as I awoke one morning after sleeping out in the wilds of the Namib Desert.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!