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Edition 335: October 26th 2016
Signs of the times, olives and doves!
Signs of the times, olives and doves:
Isaiah 8:18 “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.”
Bible prophecy is so fantastic, wonderful, glorious, and majestic – there’s nothing like it on earth! It’s filled with comfort, love, purity and holiness. It’s also filled with terror, fear, wrath and destruction all at the same time. Most don’t believe it in spite of the fact that it is all happening anyway, leaving them behind locked up in the prison of the ignorant.
How many times have you heard people say “I’ll believe it when I see it?” Actually, no they won’t. Luke 16:31 “...Neither will they believe if they see one rise from the dead.”
Believing is seeing, but seeing does not always mean believing! Believing is a heart issue with God, which opens your eyes. A closed heart is a sure way to closed eyes!
In this edition, I would like to deal with signs, times, seasons and many such things. As a freight train approaches it creates all sorts of sounds, sights and signs.
►Further down, I have a spectacular revelation and sign to share with you about ravens, doves, olives, kings and the soon coming of our Lord! (Under the picture).
Knowing the signs?
Are we able to see and know the signs or are we forbidden from knowing the signs and their messages as the majority of churches today teach?
Acts 1:7 “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father has put in His own authority.”
The verse above so clearly refers to the disciples themselves, asking our Lord about these end-time signs, way back then. It wasn’t for them to know at the time, because it was all too far into the future.
Now here is the answer for us in these days. Note that it’s the opposite!
Please don’t send me emails with the lame, dead, mistranslated and applied “No one knows the time!”
1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 “Concerning the times and the season, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you....You brethren are not in darkness that this Day should overtake you as a thief.”
Matthew 24:32-33 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree; when its branch has already become tender, and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So you also, when you see all these things, know (Lit=I command you to know) that it is near, even at the very doors.”
So, has God given us multitudes of signs in many areas to confirm and add to our faith? Yes of course.
Genesis 1:14 “God said, let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from night; and let them be for signs and season and for days and years.”
We are to search out signs and meanings:
I’ll let these profound verses below speak for themselves:
●Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but those things which are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
●Daniel 2:22 “He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, and Light dwells with Him.”
●Daniel 12:4 (Amp) “You Daniel shut up the words and seal the book until the time of the end. Then many shall run to and fro and anxiously search the Book, and knowledge of God’s purposes, as revealed by His prophets shall be increased and become great.”
●Daniel 8:19 (Amp) “Behold, I will make you know what shall be in the latter time of the indignation (tribulation) of God upon the ungodly, for it has to do with the time of the end.”
●1 Chronicles 12:32 “The children of Issachar had understanding of the times, and knew what Israel ought to do.”
These men of Issachar had astronomical insights. They were watchers of the skies. They read into these signs messages for Israel in times of war. (Be careful here – don’t go overboard! Also don’t throw the baby out.)
Primary and secondary meanings:
All of the biblical signs, symbols, numbers and parables contain a central, primary, most important message. These are normally the face-value, first meaning.
But there are also many secondary meanings in the signs, sometimes quite a few. These we could call applications. They do not nullify the primary meanings, but are like overlaid layers.
There is a danger here in taking an analogy too far and reading too much into the sign. In dealing with these things, we much be sensitive to and be led by the Spirit of God.
When Bible prophecy contains more than one message, this is called the law of double reference.
Let’s look a bit further:
●The greatest sign and message of all is that which we see in fulfilled Bible prophecy itself. All the prophecies of the Old Covenant that have been fulfilled in the New, were fulfilled literally and exactly in time and space. That on its own is a major sign of the veracity of the Bible, and its supernatural content. It also means that this pattern of literal fulfilment will continue.
Interestingly, today many, including Bible teachers mock and scorn the astronomic sign of Revelation 12. But the Bible itself calls it a “great sign!” (Look it up, it’s pretty spectacular)
Revelation 12:1 “Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet...”
●Arguably, the greatest of all prophetic signs is Israel becoming a nation in 1948 and Jerusalem being restored to the Jews in 1967. Israel’s very existence and the great return to the land are also powerful signs.
●We see great signs in the messages of the seven letters to the churches in the Revelation, which plot the course of church history. Every church that ever existed can find its identity here, with God’s commendation and condemnation.
●We see great signs in the messages of the seven Feasts of the Lord, which plot the course of Gods people, and contain many other incredible signs and messages.
Our Lord uses signs for many purposes least of them is to warn the world and His people of what is coming. Many people believe that Bible prophecy becomes void if the people turn and obey the Lord.
That sounds good, but its rubbish. Pure Bible prophecy foretells and predicts something that is coming, ready or not. It deals with God’s foreknowledge. He predicts things He knows will occur because He owns the future and knows all about it.
This also does not mean God is sitting in heaven pushing red buttons to make things happen. He will be doing that in the tribulation period.
God always warns of impending judgement beforehand. It’s His nature!
A very great sign for the world now:
What follows is a spectacular revelation. It is largely hidden below the surface. For your benefit, here it comes:
We are now in the Hebrew year 5777. The Rabbis drop the thousand and refer to it as 777. In their custom they assign a word or acronym coming from the numbers for the year. This year it is the word “Oze” meaning might in the regal or kingly sense. The primary acronym for “oze” is the olive leaf, which comes from the letters making up 777 (all three together). The Rabbis are now calling 5777 the year of the olive leaf!
Some of the Jewish sages say that the essential “oze” or might of the Bible is in the olive leaf.
In Hebrew, the number seven is “zayin”. It also has an association with a crown and a sword, which comes from the meaning of the singular use of “zayin.”
What follows is well known amongst the Hebrew Rabbis and Jewish traditions. But they have missed the most spectacular meaning in the signs of what follows, because they have not yet found the Messiah.
●In Hebraic custom the symbol of the olive fruit represents King David. The olive leaf symbolises the Son of David - Messiah.
●The olive leaf is one of the symbols on the official Israeli emblem. The Rabbis describe the leaves of the olive tree as its “wings.”
●Moses threw a branch into bitter water, which transformed the bitter water into sweet. In the Hebrew Scriptures it was an olive branch (Exodus 15:22-26).
●Olive oil is also a light source. In Bible days lamps used olive oil as their fuel source, turning darkness into light. We know the parable of the ten virgins, five who did not have enough olive oil for their lamps.
●It has been discovered that olive leaf extract is a powerful healer of cardio vascular (heart) problems.
●In the Bible, olive oil is used as the anointing oil. It is also used today in anointing people for Holy Spirit blessing and work.
What amazing doves!
Do you know that the prophet Jonah was sent to the nations of the world to warn them? He didn’t like that so a big fish swallowed him and spat him out on the beach, with his tail between his legs.
But Jonah spent three days and nights in the belly of that whale. This is clearly a sign and symbol of our Lord’s crucifixion, burial and resurrection.
Do you know that in Hebrew tradition, Jonah was the Shulamite woman’s child raised from the dead by Elijah?
So, Jonah got up, went to Nineveh and delivered God’s warning message.
But here’s the amazing thing. You can look it up: The name Jonah means “dove!” Dove? It should have been whale or something like that! But no, God chose a dove to bring his message of judgment to the nations. This dove had spent three days and nights in death and been raised from the dead!
Nineveh was a city full of evil, and horrific unrestrained terror and violence.
►Today the ruins of the city of Nineveh lie within the city borders of Mosul. This is the home of the terror group ISIS and the present battle to liberate it. ISIS recently blew up the shrine of Jonah in Mosul (Nineveh). Good one ISIS, that’s going to serve you well!!
Why did our Lord say that the only sign given to this evil generation is the sign of Jonah? Could it mean that version two is right upon us now? Yes!
In Nahum chapters two and three you will find descriptions of the destruction of Nineveh including by water! We know the Mosul dam is ready to burst, which would flood Mosul – modern day Nineveh! There are no whales in this dam, only a dove sitting on the wall!
My friends, this is all happening now – just switch on the news and in the midst, the crucified and risen dove, Jonah calls for repentance!
(For more on the battle in Syria and surroundings, and the original ISIS terrorist, Saul of Tarsus, see the previous edition.)
Now, we know the Noah story. How did it end up? Noah sent out a dove. The dove came back with an olive leaf in its mouth.
Remember that the olive leaf symbolises the Messiah. It is linked to this year 5777.
Do you see what is unfolding? Noah’s dove and Jonah the dove are building up to it!
●The central message of Jonah the “crucified” dove, raised from the dead, is that total destruction and judgement is coming upon the nations of the world, and its people if they will not accept the finished work of the cross.
●The central message of Noah’s dove with an olive leaf is, the judgement of God is almost over and a new world of peace is coming. In today’s terms it means world peace is coming when Messiah returns at the end of the judgement upon the world called the tribulation.
This may blow your socks off:
The Hebrew words for olive leaf are, “zayith” = olive, “aleh” = leaf; together it is aleh-zaith.
The gematria of “aleh-zaith” in Hebrew is 522. This is also the identical gematria number, 522, for the Hebrew word shlom olam meaning eternal world peace!
This number 522 also happens to be a multiple of the gematria of the name Noah which is 58. (9x58 = 522), with nine being the number of finality. Five is the number of grace and 22 is the number of disintegration according to Bullinger’s “Number in Scripture.”
I don’t want to get into this here and now, because it’s a lengthy affair. Many sages and Rabbis have done the elaborate calculations pinpointing the date of the return of the dove to the ark. They put the date at Elul 25th. In Hebraic tradition this was the day of creation.
Just like the olive leaf, when Messiah comes He will bring peace and turn all things bitter into sweet. But first the raven must fly!
The raven must fly!
Genesis 8:7 “Then Noah sent out a raven, which kept going to and fro until the waters had dried up.” (The raven did not return to the ark.)
In Hebrew custom the raven is an unclean bird and the dove clean. The raven here represents the flesh, sin and all that is not of God, while the dove represents the supernatural plan of God – His way.
●The raven represents failure for the people in much the same way as ten of the twelve spies sent out by Joshua came back with an evil report, while two brought back the good, conquering report.
The dove with the olive leaf represents Messiah and the raven with nothing, the anti-Messiah.
●The raven has many mythological meanings. Firstly in Greek mythology it symbolises eternal life. In our application here, this would be a sign of eternal life in hell.
●The Greeks believed that the raven was a “messenger” bird of their god Apollo, a type of antichrist.
●Because the raven can smell death, being a carrion scavenger; some cultures believe the raven is a symbol of impending death and destruction.
●The raven is believed in some cultures to represent sadness.
●The raven is highly esteemed in the occult and witchcraft.
Compare all of these characteristics to those of the dove and you get the point!
Tragically, the Jews at large will only see and accept their Messiah at the end of the tribulation. They will follow wolves and ravens in their blindness until then.
To summarise: ●We see this Hebrew year being the year of the olive leaf. ●We see that the olive leaf symbolises the Messiah. ●We see that 777 is associated with the olive leaf. ●We see the dove with the olive leaf returning to the ark symbolising the end of the tribulation period and coming of Messiah. ●We see that the gematria of the olive leaf is identical to world peace. ●We see the antichrist of ultimate failure symbolised in the raven.
Bear in mind that the above discourse dovetails in with our Lord’s prophecy saying that His coming again will be “as in the days of Noah.”
Please understand that the Messiah is not returning (Second Advent) this year. He will not return until the end of the tribulation (except for the rapture which occurs before.)
The wonderful application of all of this is that Messiah will begin to appear to the Jews now, this year, as the veil of spiritual blindness is lifted. This brings them into peace with God. This continues and increases through the tribulation.
What the Jews need to see and will begin to in ever increasing numbers from this year, is the dove of peace, the Holy Spirit, descending and alighting on their Messiah as it did at His baptism (Matthew 3:16.)
Baptism represents death and resurrection to new life as a work of the “dove” of resurrection life, the Holy Spirit. My Jewish friends, you need to die to your old ideas and beliefs and be raised into glorious resurrection life.
Yes, this is the year of the olive leaf in the doves mouth for you (representing Messiah), but you need to see the dove on your Jewish Messiah’s shoulder! Do not follow the raven!
The sign-less church:
Bible prophecy constitutes 27% of the Bible. If you leave it out, your gospel is incomplete. It is then a dangerous deception in these days.
Matthew 16:3 “...Hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.”
Today most churches avoid Bible prophecy and the signs of the times. These ministers who are really wolves behind the pulpit are dooming and blinding their sheep to the domain of dark doctrine and the shallows of spiritual blindness, dead letter and superficiality.
In fact the Bible says that if you, as a man of God, do not warn the people of coming catastrophe, their blood will be upon your shoulders. (Ezekiel 33:6)
I wonder how much blood the wolves behind some pulpits have on their hands. Can you see their bloody hands? I can!
To have no prophetic insight, knowledge or understanding in this day, means you are blind in the face of immeasurable danger!
Some signs to look for now:
Daniel 12:8-10 “I heard, I did not understand. Then I said, ‘My Lord, what shall be the end of these things’? And He said go your way Daniel, for the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end...When the wise shall understand.”
Note and understand from the verse above that there are specific signs for this time period, in spite of the great majority of churches being silent on them!
In looking for signs, keep your foremost focus on seeking our Lord first. In looking for signs, keep tuned into the Spirit of the Lord. Let things go that don’t add up in your heart.
● Watch and know what is happening in the Middle East now, particularly Syria and Iraq. Watch for Russia’s actions and military movements in the region. These are all consistent with the prophecies of WW111 in Ezekiel 38 & 39.
● Watch for the involvement of Israel in any of these conflict zones. It is coming according to prophecy.
● Watch for development around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Watch for events leading to a rebuilt temple.
● Watch for European and United Nations actions against Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews.
Zechariah 8:2 “I will return to Zion with great zeal; with great fervour (Lit=fury and rage). I am zealous for her,’ the city of truth, the mountain of the Lord, the holy mountain.
Other verses describe Jerusalem as: A city not forsaken, the city David, the city of God, the city of righteousness, the city of the great king, the city of perfect beauty, the joy of the whole earth.
Put that lot in your pipe and smoke it, stupid UNESCO!
Watch for the dome of fire!
The central sign-rich stage is the Middle East. Then we zoom in to Israel, Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. This must be our primary place of prophetic interest.
In all these things look primarily for signs of the soon coming of our Lord, by rapture before the tribulation begins. Its fine to look for coming tribulation events, but that should always be secondary, because they will be after the rapture.
I took this picture of a curious giraffe in the early morning light, in the Kruger Park.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 334: October 19th 2016
Amazing prophetic insights:
Amazing prophetic insights:
In this edition I want to have a further look at some things we have just touched on before and others not at all. Most of these things relate to the rapture of the church and the following tribulation period.
When we pre-tribulation rapture believers, look at the tribulation period, there is always a sense of glorious victory and thankfulness that we will “escape these things.” The post-tribber always looks ahead to the tribulation with fear, gloominess and despair!
Most of this edition requires pure simple logic. I know that many will bear witness to these truths and their hearts will leap for joy!
Luke 21:25-26 (Amp) “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars, and upon the earth distress, trouble and anguish of nations in bewilderment and perplexity, not knowing which way to turn at the roaring of the tossing sea. Men will swoon away and expire with fear, dread and apprehension and at the expectation of the things that are coming upon the world, for the very powers of the heavens will be shaken.”
Psalm 19:9-11 “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether, more to be desired than gold, fine gold, sweeter than honey and the honeycomb. By them, Your servant is warned, and in keeping them, there is great reward.”
Insights into the tribulation period:
Right up front let me say that the true, born-again church will not go through any part of the tribulation. But not all who think they are the church are the church! Many entire churches will go right into the tribulation!
Many are believers in name only. Their hearts are far from God, as can be seen in their fruits and love for the world.
All of the unsaved will go into the seven-year tribulation. Many will get saved and become “tribulation saints”. Many will turn viciously against God, cursing him, knowing that the judgements are from Him.
The entire world system will be destroyed in the seven-year tribulation. We as believers are offered a great escape before it all goes bang.
Bible names and descriptions of the tribulation period:
●Jacob’s trouble (Jeremiah 30:7) ●Seventieth week of Daniel for “My people” (Jews) (Daniel 9:27) ●Day of Israel’s disaster (Deuteronomy 32:35), (Obadiah 1:12-14) ●The wrath of God (Revelation15:1) ●The hour of judgement (Revelation 14:7) ●The day of distress and tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30) ●The overflowing scourge (Isaiah 28:15, 18). ●The day of vengeance (Isaiah 34:8) ●The year of vengeance and retribution (Isaiah 34:8) ●The day of wrath and ruin (Zephaniah 1:15) ●The day of darkness, blackness, and gloominess (Zephaniah 1:15)
Let’s string these descriptions together:
Coming upon “My People” (Jews) is disaster for Israel, the wrath of God, the time of judgement, distress and tribulation. An overflowing scourge, vengeance and retribution, is coming. Ruin, darkness, blackness, gloominess.
If you look at the character of these points above, and there are many more, you can only come to the conclusion of a pre-tribulation rapture. Since when is even one of these points above due to come upon the church?
The very purpose of the tribulation period is to bring Israel to salvation and to bring wrath, punishment, vengeance, judgement upon the world for its sin.
We, as believers have been brought to salvation and received the judgement and punishment due to us. Our Lord paid the price and gave the resulting salvation to us as a free gift.
On the cross, in the agony of suffering for us and payment of the price for all our rebellion, our Lord said “IT IS FINISHED.” That meant the payment for all sin was finished and completed by the cross. The only condition is that it must be believed and received, through the new-birth.
If you say the church now has to pay again for our sin by the events of the tribulation, you are saying, His work is NOT FINISHED. You are the deceived liar. How dare you tell our Lord His work on the cross was incomplete!!
I hope you also see why there will be such great regret, sorrow, sadness, gnashing of teeth, weeping and wailing by the masses during the tribulation.
Imagine the shock of discovering (too late) that all these horror judgements are due because of sin, evil and wickedness. But that someone had came along and fully paid the price for them all, so that they could go free. And they rejected Him. Now they must pay up!
Imagine the shock of having to pay for something that was already paid for, but you rejected it, and now you can’t pay because you are full of the disease that you want to be free from. You can’t pay for sin with sin! You can only pay for sin if you have no sin!
Amazing insights into the people of the tribulation:
The verses I’m going to use below are most interesting, but few people have any idea what is fully contained in the messages.
●Note in these verses below, that they all occur in the tribulation period. ●Note that they deal exclusively with the Jews and not the church! ●Understand that the great commission given to the church has been taken over by Jews in these tribulation verses. ●The conclusion must be that the church is not here during the tribulation and God is completing His initial call to the Jews given in the days of Abraham.
Zechariah 8:22-23 “Many peoples and strong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord. In those days, ten men of every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, ‘Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”
Isaiah 49:6 “I also will give you (Israel) as a light to the Gentles, that you should be My salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Context from surrounding verses is during the tribulation.)
Isaiah 55:5 “Surely you shall call a nation you do not know, and nations who do not know you shall run to you (Israel,) because of the Lord your God, and the Holy One of Israel; for He has glorified you.” (Context is in the tribulation.)
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 light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
There are so many other verses like these. In terms of correct Bible hermeneutics, interpretation and application, you can only say that the Jews are the primary focus in the tribulation.
►We have now seen that the tribulation is to bring judgement and punishment on the sinful world. We’ve seen that the Jews do the work that the church should be doing and we’ve seen that the church is mysteriously absent during the tribulation. Where is the church?
So, why is the church not fulfilling her role as evangelists and mission workers in the tribulation? Consider the following:
Ambassadors of Messiah:
In a few passages, the Bible refers to true born-again believers as “ambassadors for Messiah” (2 Corinthians 5:20). The word “ambassador” means a non-permanent envoy or messenger.
The ambassador to a foreign nation was historically called home first before a declared war would start.
Isn’t that an amazing insight? Even today, when a nation goes to war with another, the ambassadors deliver the judgment and are then recalled. If we are the Lord’s ambassadors to this world, and the war of the entire tribulation period is coming soon, where would we be recalled to?
If we are “aliens and exiles” (1 Peter 2:11) in this world, temporary, non-permanent envoys, our home “nation” is heaven! That means a pre-tribulation rapture!
We are to be faithful ambassadors of a lot more than salvation only. We must deliver the news of the coming judgement. We must represent and describe our eternal home country as well. It is a powerful tool of evangelism.
If the future universe, our home, is pure, holy, sinless and righteous, that is what we must present to Satan’s world.
Please understand that the course of the world (Ephesians 2:2) is constantly moving further away from God, while the absolutes of God’s word have not and are not changing to accommodate the world.
Quite an insight:
2 Thessalonians 2:1-7 “Concerning the coming of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit, or by word or by letter as if from us that the Day of the Messiah has come.. Let no one deceive you by any means, for that Day (tribulation period) will not come unless the falling away (departure) comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition...and now you know what is restraining, that he might be revealed in his own time...He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way.”
I’ve highlighted the “departure”. The original word used has the definite article in front of it, meaning that it is wrongly interpreted as a general “falling away” of the church. The correct word (and it is in Strong’s), is “the departure” of the church.
Do you see how one single word can change an entire meaning?
The character of the whole world changes in a flash at the rapture. It’s not simply because of the rapture, but because the antichrist steps unrestrained, onto the world stage then. The dispensation changes immediately at that point.
As we have seen, the purpose of the tribulation is to bring judgement and punishment on the world. It is to bring Israel to salvation and restoration. The church is already saved and made holy and righteous.
Zechariah 8:13 “It will come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you, and you shall be a blessing.”
Romans 11:15 “If their (Jews) being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be, but life from the dead.”
Isaiah 49:22-23 “Thus says the Lord God: Behold I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations (Gentiles), and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Why in the tribulation do the Jews preach to the Gentiles? Why is there such a powerful consistent theme of the Jews blessing the world? That is the church’s job!
Here we see a job which was given to the church being performed in the tribulation by the Jews. This is the blessing of God going to the nations.
Again it begs the same logical question. Where is the church? – Have a guess!
Isaiah 13:6-13 “Wail for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty...every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrow will take hold of them; they will be in pain as a woman in childbirth. They will be amazed at one another; their faces will be like flames. Behold, the day of the Lord comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate; and He will destroy its sinners from it...I will punish the world for its evil; I will halt the arrogance of the proud...Therefore I will shake the heavens, and the earth will move out of its place, in the wrath of the Lord.”
The single greatest reason for the tribulation period is spiritual. It is because the world will not accept the only legitimate payment for sin – all sin, including the hidden sin-nature born of Adam, flowing in all unbelievers.
It is only the shed-blood and sacrifice of the cross that is the full, once-off payment.
If we were in any part of the tribulation, we would be partaking of the punishment and judgement for sin upon the Messiah-rejecting world. We would be twice judged for sin. This would also mean that the work of the cross was insufficient and unfinished in dealing with our sin.
The cross or the tribulation:
Repentance for salvation is a one-time event. The new birth is a one-time event. You don’t get born again, again and again each time you sin. If you have rightly divided between body, spirit and soul and applied the right verses, to the right areas of your life, you will see and know this.
On-going repentance is in the area of the soul, not spirit. It can be likened to humility, fear of the Lord, sorrow for sin, straightening out your life and the like. For the true believer the power of sin has been removed, but we still need to deal with its lingering effects and invasions into our minds.
The world’s sin, evil and wickedness is heading for a confrontational end under the wrath, judgement and punishment of God.
The world has a choice. It does not have to go that way. It can choose the judgement poured out upon our Lord and Saviour as a substitute, at the cross.
We do not pay twice for our sins! It’s the way of the cross or the way of the wrath of God!
At the Great White Throne Judgement, we see the unsaved trying to be saved based on their works. “Books were opened. Their names were not found in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Now, their own personal book of all their works is opened, because they have chosen salvation based on their works. This is the horrifying tragedy of most of the world, including its great people. They really do think that if there is a God He would save them because they’re good people.
The big mistake they have all made is believing that they can pay for sin with sin. They didn’t know that the required passing grade is 100% and they are now bankrupt.
Only our Lord lived a sinless life. Only He could pay fully for sin, and He gives it to us at the new-birth...for free!
Unfortunately those who choose the tribulation method of payment for sin will still not make it. What a shock to have to pay with the world for all its sin and then have to stand before the Lord to personally pay for all their own sin again and still end in hell.
Talk about failure!
I know I’ve laboured this point a fair bit, but how many unsaved people do you know that think they’re okay?
The nature of the world:
I was looking for a verse the other day. So I was going through thousands of my hand written and categorised notes as I often do. One old yellowed page of notes that I wrote in about 1980 jumped out at me. So here is a summarised view of just what it was that jumped out:
1 John 2:15-16 (Amp) “Do not love or cherish the world or the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh (craving for sensual gratification) and the lust of the eyes (greedy longings of the mind) and the pride of life (assurance of one’s own resources or the stability of earthly things) – these do not come from the Father, but from the world itself.”
The world has a hidden god. If the veil were lifted, people would be shocked! The world is ruled by Satan, hosts of demons and evil spiritual forces, masquerading as good angels of light. Here are a few of the many Bible descriptions of the world:
●All of the works of the world are evil (John 7:7). ●The entire world, not just bits of it, “lies under the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19) ●This evil beast is the one who “deceives the whole world” (Revelation 12:9). ●The kingdom of God is not of this world. (John 18:36). ●It is impossible for the world to receive the truth (John 14:17). ●The world is on course, heading for destruction. (Ephesians 2:2) ●The world’s wisdom is the essence of foolishness. (1 Corinthians 3:19). ●The world blinds the minds of the unbeliever. (2Corinthians 4:4). ●The world has a multitude of variable values contained in its many mixed voices. (1Corinthians 14:10)
The answer to the world:
●We are to be crucified to the world. (Galatians 2:20) ●Set you mind above the world (Colossians 3:2). ●As our Lord is now, so are we in this world – way above it! (1 John 4:17). ●The kingdoms of the world will become the kingdoms of our God after judgement upon it. (Revelation 11:15). ●We are not conformed to the world and its ways. (Romans 12:8). ●We are aliens and exiles in this world – not part of it! (2 Peter 2:11). ●We are in this world for now, but not of it. (John 17:14) ●We are to hate our lives in the world. (John 12:25).
I took this picture at a waterhole at the magnificent, enormous, Etosha Game Reserve, Namibia. Etosha is 22,200 sq km, while the Kruger Park is 19,000 sq km.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 333: October 12th 2016
World peace Man’s way or God’s way:
World peace Man’s way or God’s way:
Before we begin, this is edition 333. Ezekiel 33:3 “When he sees the sword coming upon the land, he must blow the trumpet to warn the people...” Jeremiah 3:33 “Call to Me (Israel) and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Isaiah 33:3 “At the noise of the tumult (tribulation) the people shall flee; when You lift Yourself up, the nations shall be scattered.”
Everyone wants to live in peace. Everyone wants to be able to put their head down at night and sleep peacefully. Logically, this desire for personal peace must extend outwards to the nation and the world.
Here’s the interesting conundrum: You can have peace God’s way or you can have peace man’s way and end in hell, which is the very antithesis of peace.
We are in a time now of accelerating prophetic events, including massive wars and conflicts and everything but peace. New wars are about to break out. Huge dramas in the geo-political arena are going to rock, shake and rattle the world. A new world economic catastrophe will soon hit.
There are some incredible, powerful, wonderful keys of truth right before us that can and will produce the goods in the face of everything falling apart. But there is a master deceiver, with his plan camouflaged and hidden, as a deadly trap right before everyone too.
The original ISIS terrorist:
A man once wanted a world of peace. The early Christians stood in his way, so he massacred and killed them. One day, he set off down the road from Aleppo, Syria, to Damascus, the Syrian capital, to murder more Christians.
What he didn’t count on was bumping into God on the Damascus road. God threw him to the ground and struck him blind, leaving him grovelling in the dirt. His name was Saul of Tarsus! The city of Tarsus is next door to Aleppo and Antioch, although today they’re technically on the border of Turkey. That area, in those days was known for its violence and what we would call today, pure terrorism. Saul of Tarsus was a Jew, but not your happy friendly type that you could go and eat bagels with. He had a lot in character with ISIS today.
Interestingly, ISIS was founded in this very same area and today is trying to set up dominance and a caliphate right along the sides of the road to Damascus with Jews and Christians dead.
We know the story – Saul suddenly realised that something supernatural had happened. “A light from above fell on him.” (Acts 9:3) Something outside of, and above his understanding had knocked him flying to the ground – blind! As he looked up, expecting the next blow, perhaps to kill him, he heard the voice of the Lord.
Saul, full of fear, said, “Lord what do you want me to do?” (Acts 9:6)
This was what we know as the Damascus road conversion. His name became Paul and he became the killer of devils and demons, with a God-given, commission, and supernaturally equipped ministry of salvation, victory and peace to his previous “infidel” Gentile enemies.
Not even 1000 Shakespeare’s could have come up with such incredible drama and even with a touch of satire to it!
This is the road to peace! It is to be struck blind to your own ideas and goals. It is to be knocked flat to the ground in brokenness and surrender. It is to be supernaturally converted, hearing God’s voice and rising in obedience to it. It is to now see with new God-given eye-sight.
Peace the world’s way
Many years ago I was commissioned to cover, journalistically and photographically, a massive World Council of Churches conference in Rustenburg South Africa, called “The Road to Rustenburg”. This was all about churches coming together in unity to create a new world of peace. The title of the conference was a play on “The road to Damascus.”
The essential big-ticket item was this: We are all going down the road to Damascus. We need a socio-political change. We need to join the oppressed, which would then bring world peace.
Many similarities with the road to Damascus story were presented by many keynote speakers. Every single one of them had one missing ingredient, which was the supernatural conversion of Saul.
One of the speakers even likened his road to Damascus interpretation with the rebuilding of Babel, citing Genesis 11:6 “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language , and this is what they begin to do; now nothing they propose to do will be withheld from them.”
He went on to point out the power in unity and when all become one with a single purpose. He kind-of forgot about the fact that God destroyed it all, like he did with the plans of Saul of Tarsus.
So this then is the world’s way to peace. It excludes the genuine new-birth and supernatural conversion and leaves all participants as demon filled, blind to the things of God, continuing down the road to Damascus (or Babel) with socio-political motivations, objectives and inspirations.
Little do they know, see or understand the soon coming total annihilation of Damascus (Isaiah 17), or remember the destruction of Babel.
Peace man’s way excludes the required supernatural God-created metamorphosis to new-birth. It will bring you peace alright – peace with the world, peace with Damascus and Babel, and have you got a nasty surprise coming!
Those who are of this world-peace, must “bomb” God’s word, His people, the Jews, and true biblical Christians, because their way to peace is totally different, separate and unacceptable to them.
Messages of doom:
Do you know Bible numbers have meanings? For example: 1=unity, 2=division, 3=trinity, 4=world, 5=grace, 6=man under sin, 7=spiritual perfection and completion, 8=resurrection and so 4th!
When these numbers appear in three’s they are more important.
●4 is the number of the world.
●444 is the gematria of Damascus.
In Strong’s concordance we see additional interesting snippets. “G” in front of a Strong’s number means the original word is in Greek and “H”, in Hebrew.
●G444 is the number of the word, “Anthropos”, means: human being.
●H444 is the number of the word, “Alach”, meaning: Becoming morally corrupted.
●The word “Syria” is Strong’s H759, “Aram”, Meaning = “Exalted” (as in pride).
So now putting this together we see a powerful message:
The city of Damascus, capital of Syria, symbolic of the world, is doomed to total and complete destruction, “never to rise again” (Isaiah 17). The number 4 (world) is engraved into Damascus and Syria. Proud, corrupted, unsaved human beings are inextricably linked to it all in their doom.
Building peace the wrong way:
An insane German, worse than any terrorist, tried to build a perfect world of peace, to last for 1000 years! God’s chosen people, the Jews, stood in his way, like the Christians did for Saul of Tarsus. Hitler was his name.
The reason why Hitler hated the Jews was because God loved them and has His own plan for world peace involving them.
Let me give you some shocking news:
●The word, “Iran” comes from the word “Aryan”. These were an ancient Germanic people of an area in present-day Europe called Germany. They then moved down and assimilated with the Persians.
●The word “Aryan” means “noble” and was associated with perfection in nobility.
The Aryans were associated with human perfection in bodily form, which is why Hitler was so obsessed with them and believed he could create his new perfect world of noble peace with Aryans.
●The name “Adolf” means “The noble wolf.” How many “Adolfs do we have behind pulpits? Hoooo boy!
►Interestingly one of the gematria calculators set to Hebrew calculates the number of “Aryan” as 522 and the number of “Holocaust” as 522.
●The term in the Greek for “burnt offering” in the New Covenant, is the word: “Holokaustoma” (Strong’s G3650). It is the word from which “Holocaust is derived.”
Genesis 22:3-8 speaks of Abraham offering his son Isaac as a “burnt offering” to the Lord. Some translations define this “burnt offering” as a “Holocaust”. On the cross, our Lord became the “sin-offering” and the “burnt offering” for all.
Tragically, in spite of the massive price paid by the Jews in the Holocaust, they have still not paid the price for sin required by God. Our Lord Himself became the “Holocaust” for us and the Jews. He was our “burnt offering”, and through Him alone comes salvation.
My Jewish friends and brothers and sisters in waiting, your Jewish Messiah was your Holocaust! He paid the price completely for your salvation. If you reject Him again and again, the Bible declares that another Holocaust is coming your way. Please make the right choices now!
No salvation, no eternal peace:
So, we have seen a deadly link and association with the doom of Damascus, the doom of the world, the doom of man’s way to peace. We have amazing connections with Iran, Syria, the Holocaust, and the Holocaust to come, and many other things I’ll not get into now in this edition.
The unsaved hate us because they’re ugly, earthy, hell-bound larvae, and we’ve been transformed and made beautiful and perfect by God-given metamorphosis – the new-birth!
The unsaved believe world peace will come by unity and an inter-dependent human family, with universally accepted ideas. Their morality is variable, relevant for today, all inclusive, with no absolutes, virtues or values. There is no such thing as sin for them, and obviously no true holiness.
The world thinks: “Be like us. Then you will be one of us.”
World peace mans way, is man-made.
The power of the true Christian comes from the cross. That is His cross and your own cross taken up daily. The cross gives you the power to be different to the world and keeps you from integration into the world and its ways and thinking.
You know the stupid, insane statement, “He’s so heavenly minded. He’s no worldly good”? It’s a great lie. It has the bad, fiery breath of Satan on it. The truth is this: The worldlier you are, the more powerless you are. The more worldly you are, the greater your friendship with Satan and the more an enemy of God you are.
Worldliness in your life is a great and powerful measure of your walk with our Lord. “If you are born of God you will overcome the world.” (1 John 5:4)
The masses want an unholy God. They want a God that they can give birth to, manufacture, control and dictate to. They want a God that they can “edit” and judge. They want a God that’s not essentially different to them. You see people hate it when you’re not like them or you show them up by the things you do or won’t do.
People hate God’s holiness working in people. They say they love God, but actually hate His holiness. The reason is because the “heart of man is desperately wicked” says the Bible and they secretly love sin, wickedness and evil.
They don’t know it yet but they love Satan, not God!
The mass-media – the world’s voice:
The love of God gets rid of sin and is holy. The love of the world accommodates and includes sin.
The world’s mass media are the architects of world peace. The world’s politicians are the builders using these plans of the architect. But neither of them are aware that they are deluded, blind, demon-inspired puppets of hell, building a world for destruction.
The world’s mass media are perhaps the most evil of all institutions in the world. They have prepared for themselves the worst corner of hell! They have led more people there than any others. They have cursed God more than any others.
The world’s mass-media hates you in the name of love. Actually their love is so shallow it’s a joke. The mass-media wants to control you through misinformation and error which is their truth!
Their biggest cursed acts are seen in their redefining of what godly holiness is. They have redefined truth! They have redefined sin and destroyed holiness.
They have killed the conscience of the world.
The god of this world, Satan, with his co-workers the mass-media and much of the church, is responsible for the de-valuing, de-sensitising and the making of monsters out of the people.
Tragically, much of the church has done exactly the same thing, working blindly in cahoots with the media and its god, Satan. Instead of confronting sin, the church now teaches how to accommodate sin. Today most Christians think that if they fit in with the world, they’re okay with God. That’s the unadulterated garbage they’ve been taught, by their Spirit-less Adolfs!
Proverbs 28:4 “If you forsake the law (word) of God, you will praise the wicked.”
Peace never comes in wickedness.
1Thessalonians 5:3-4 “When they (unsaved) say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. But you brethren (saved) are not in darkness, so that this day should overtake you as a thief.”
It is Satan himself, as the antichrist that comes with promises of peace, just like he has done with past empires. And has the world learnt?
Daniel 11:21 “In his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honour of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably, and seize the kingdom by intrigue.” (The word “intrigue” here is Strong’s H2519 meaning “fine promises of peace.”)
Daniel 8:25 “Through his cunning he will cause deceit to prosper under his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart. He shall destroy many in their prosperity (peace). He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.”
You would think that the world would have learnt from Babel. You would think that the world would have leant from every war Israel has fought in – winning them all! You would have thought the world would have learnt from the Nazi’s, who failed to destroy the Jews.
Do you think the world has leant from Babel? Here we have the nations of the world in unity trying to create peace again, in the near future: Revelation 17:13-14 “These are of one mind, and they will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them...”
The world led by its voice of evil – the mass-media, has learnt nothing and is about to plunge headlong into its final huge, monumental, prophesied eternal destruction. Amazingly, the answer is right before the world – it is the truth of the Bible. Amazingly, the answer is being ignored again as the world chooses Satan, at the command of the mass-media. “Give us Barabbas”, they say!
Every single time Israel ceded land for peace it brought conflict and not peace – not one exception. That alone should speak loudly.
God has given the land to Israel with covenant promises. It must be, and remain a Jewish state, for God’s final purposes.
Land for peace is the way, plan and action of Satan working through his chief agents, the world’s politicians, religious leaders and mass-media.
How can you have land for peace, in rebellion to God ever produce peace?
How to kill God:
You can go down the road to Damascus or a new Babel of peace, to create world peace, by killing God’s people, but you must kill God as you encounter Him. You must kill His word.
Many entire nations like France, the Netherlands and others in Europe are prime leaders in the attempted murder of God. Many nations like those of Europe, once had the fire and light and God burning bright within them. They tried to kill God, because they loved sin more. They killed His word. They are now empty, dead shells of depression, futility and hopelessness.
They have been handed over to the gods of sex, the gods of humanism, the gods of Babylon and Babel and the gods of Islam and multi-faith with all it’s stinking stench! Their peace is a lie, that’s why so many of them commit suicide. You don’t mock God and His word and get away with it.
●To have peace man’s way, you must accept sinful lifestyles in the name of human rights.
●You must acclimatise yourself to sin, and accommodate it.
●You must remain in ignorance to the unseen world of demons.
●You must kill your conscience, and sensitivity to our Lord and His word.
●You must kill the cops. They represent the authority structures of God – like it or not. (Romans 13)
●You must kill God’s law, because it identifies what sin is demanding punishment for it.
●You must kill Bible prophecy, because it spells out your doom.
●You must kill God, so that your pride, ego, self reliance, own opinions and love for evil can flourish.
●You must kill God because He has the keys of hell, your eternal destination.
►Have you God killers got a big surprise coming! There is still time to cast your pride down and humble yourself before God.
Everlasting righteousness and holiness:
The future world will be contained in a universe of eternal, everlasting righteousness and holiness. Isn’t that something?
Only that which has gone through the cleansing, purifying, sin-removing, Holocaust-removing work of the cross will be part of the eternal glory, soon to come.
Daniel 9:24 “Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and for your holy city, to finish transgression and make an end to sins, to make reconciliation for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness...”
Psalm 119:142 “Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness and Your law / word is truth.”
Romans 6:22 “Now having being set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.”
Everlasting peace for any individual is inextricably linked to salvation, everlasting righteousness and everlasting holiness.
Isaiah 32:17 “The work of righteousness will be peace and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever.”
Psalm 119:165 “Great peace have they that love Your word and nothing causes them to stumble.”
Isaiah 54:10 “The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.”
My friends, the world is on its road to Damascus, carrying bricks to build the new tower of Babel – a bridge to heaven and world peace.
Unless you, personally, get struck down and are left blinded to your garbage, grovelling in the dirt, you are doomed. Unless you see a “great light” shining from above and arise and say “Lord what must I do,” you will go the way of the worldly crowd.
Peace comes on the wings of the final death throes of self under the discipline of God.
Unless you swiftly change sides from “killer” of God’s word and His people, in the name of world peace, to God’s side, His way – your doom is fast approaching!
The cross of Calvary saw the Jewish Messiah of majesty and glory, become your Holocaust! Reject Him and an eternal far worse Holocaust is coming your way! Don’t put it to the test!
I took this picture of this massive, old, beautiful, strange Baobab tree in a private game reserve in the Limpopo province, north of where I live.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 332: October 5th 2016
Lead (the metal) – Surprise!
Lead (the metal) – Surprise!
(The three containers above are called Megillahs. They are silver containers for the Torah Scrolls. Originally they had lead tops or caps.) The Megillah is also a term for the Scroll of Esther, which speaks of anti-Semitism and the backfiring thereof!)
I had something else written and planned for this edition. I was searching for something and found something else! Here it is:
When using Strong’s Concordance, you normally look up a word and it gives you the original Hebrew or Greek word meaning and an attached number of that word. But you can do it the other way around as well. You can look up a number to find what word is associated with it.
Numbers in the Bible also have meanings, derived from the verses in which they appear. For example, “Five” is the number of grace and “seven” is the number of spiritual perfection and completion. When the number is compounded like 777, the meaning has greater significance.
Well, with Rosh Hashanah (the Hebrew New Year) one day old, the Hebrew year is now 5777. So, I looked up 5777. The word attached is “Lead” (the metal.) So, I thought – ‘that’s pretty boring’! Then I realised that my memory is slowly going down the tubes, because I wrote something on “lead” a few years ago!
So, I smacked my forehead a few times, and viola – my memory was back in a flash!
But now there is more! The story, I wrote years ago, is now very real and shockingly right on the doorstep.
My friends, this edition is startling indeed! So many things are all dovetailing now. I feel our Lord has given me these things for the purpose of sharing, warning and encouraging.
Bear in mind that I am associating lead with the number 5777 in this edition, simply because it is the association in Strong’s, which is not inspired like the Bible, but it has many signs, symbols, numbers and meanings which all have some relevance.
Lead in the Bible and in the occult:
Jeremiah 6:22-29 “A people comes from the North Country, a great nation (Russia)...they will lay hold of bow and spear, they are cruel with no mercy...our hands grow feeble...they are walking slanderers. They are bronze and iron; the bellows blow fiercely, the lead (5777) is consumed by fire. The smelter refines in vain, for the wicked are not drawn off.”
Ezekiel 22:18 “Son of man, the house of Israel has become dross to Me; they are all bronze, tin iron and lead (5777) in the midst of the furnace.”
Ezekiel 22:20-22 “As men gather silver, bronze, iron and lead (5777) and tin into the midst of the furnace, to blow fire on it, to melt it; so I will gather you in My fury, and will leave you there and melt you...Then you shall know that I the Lord have poured out My fury upon you.”
►There are other similar verses, but there most certainly is a link here between lead (5777) and the war of Gog and Magog and perhaps the start of the tribulation period.
The symbol of the metal, lead looks very much like a slightly distorted Swastika or Nazi symbol.
Symbolically, lead is associated with and governed by the planet Saturn, which itself has strong occult connections. It has numerous dark connections relating to death and destruction.
►Lead is a toxic metal, mixed with many impurities. In Babylonian times it was associated with spells, curses and divination.
●Lead is also used to cap nuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles, to prevent radio-active leakage before use.
***Zechariah 5:2-11 “He said to me, “what do you see?” I answered and said, “A flying scroll, its length is twenty cubits and its width is ten cubits.” Then he said to me, “This is the curse that goes out over the whole earth: Every thief shall be expelled, according to what is on the side of the scroll and every perjurer shall be expelled.” I will send out the curse says the Lord of hosts; it shall enter the house of the thief and the house of the one who swears falsely by my name. It shall remain in the house and consume it, with its timber and stones. Lift your eyes and see what this is that goes forth. A basket goes forth. This is their resemblance throughout the whole earth. Here is a lead disc lifted up and there is a woman sitting inside the basket. This is wickedness and he thrust her back into the basket and threw the lead cover over its mouth. Then I looked and there were two women coming with the wind in their wings, for they had wings like the wings of a stork and they lifted up the basket between the heaven and the earth. So I asked the angel, where are they carrying the basket? So he said to me to build a house for it in the land of Shinar when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base.”
These strange verses have mystified many over the years. Hebrew is a language where the same words sometimes have different meanings. We have to go into the context to get the right ones.
● Zechariah uses the term a “flying scroll”. The word used here is Megillah (Strong’s H4039) which is a metal cylindrical container with a cap on it. It is used to contain the scroll of God’s word.
But Zechariah sees a giant Megillah, and it flies and goes out over the whole earth.
The image below shows the normal megillah (bottom right) that contains God’s word in scroll form. The image also shows the dimensions of the megillah mentioned in Zechariah and a Trident intercontinental ballistic missile.
●The next important word we must understand is “curse.” The original word used by the prophet for “curse” is the Hebrew word “alah”. It is spelt like that and is used in a few other places. It means to swear or curse, and is also used in association with foreign gods. The resemblance to “Allah” and Islam by extension is not coincidental!
●Note this curse “remains afterwards”. This implies that it has some sort of toxic residue that will remain after it consumes timber and stone. This is most certainly consistent with nuclear destruction and the radiation aftermath.
●Then we see aflying basket: The word used for basket is, “epha”. This word simply means “a container”
●Now we see a woman in the basket. The original word used here for “woman” is, “Ishah (Strong’s H801). Interestingly this word means either “fire offering” or “woman”. You need to use the context to see which one is right. The fire offering here is said to be “wickedness”. I think the results of a fiery nuclear war will most certainly fit that bill. “A fire offering” in Strong’s can also be translated as “fiery sacrifice,” which is the meaning of the word “Holocaust”.
●The lead disc. (5777): This strange flying metal cylinder containing a fiery sacrifice is topped with a lead disc.
●Now the prophet looks again and sees two women (fire offerings) in a container with wind in their wings, being lifted up between heaven and earth. This describes the path of intercontinental missiles.
●Finally we see the container of the fiery offering brought to a house in the land of Shinar to await its launch from a “base.” Shinar is in ancient Babylon, which today would be symbolic of the modern nations of the world, many of which are nuclear powers. (No, I don’t believe the rebuilding of Babylon in Iraq has anything to do with Bible prophecy.)
Let’s summarise this whole section and see what we come up with:
►Zechariah sees a long thin flying metal container with a lead (5777) top to it. This container is associated with a curse that covers the whole earth.
The metal cylinders contain a “fiery offering or sacrifice”, lifted up and flying between heaven and earth. It has some sort of residue that causes it to “remain” on wood and stone. They are stored in many nations until needed.
How interesting that God would use the word “megillah,” which is the very container of the scroll of His holy word to deliver His judgement on those who have rejected His holy word for Israel!
►Here’s an interesting snippet:
Joel 2:30-31 “I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth; blood and fire and pillars of smoke...in the terrible day of the Lord.”
The original word used for “pillars” in this verse is Strong’s H8490, which means “spreading like a palm tree top.” That’s a pretty exact description of a nuclear bombs mushroom cloud!
Israel’s tragic disaster:
God’s word reveals that Israel will endure and will make it through to the other side. God’s covenant promises and blessing will come through – completely!
But in the interim, Israel will tragically see huge dramas, another Holocaust of sorts, and it will look as though it’s all over for the Jews and their state.
Israel cannot sign any sort of peace covenant with the world, Palestinians, antichrist or anyone, without breaking God’s pre-existing eternal peace covenant with them made thousands of years ago.
Please understand that the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant nullifies and replaces God’s peace covenant. This is exactly why it brings destruction and not peace.
Ezekiel 37:26-28 “I will make a covenant of peace with them (Israel) and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: I will establish them and multiply them and set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My tabernacle will be with them; indeed I shall be their God and they shall be My people. The nations also will know that I, the Lord sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” (The following verses describe the Gog and Magog war.)
Understand that God’s eternal covenant with Israel is multifaceted. It includes the land of Israel as a state. It includes the city of Jerusalem and the Jewish people. (Please see the section entitled “Covenants and Promises” under the “Teachings” tab at the top of this website.)
Please understand that these eternal covenants result in peace if obeyed. They are peace covenants. They are God’s peace treaty with Israel.
People like to expound on Daniel 9:27 and say that it doesn’t mention the word “peace”. As usual, these are people ignorant of the Bible. There are dozens of other verses in the Bible speaking of this coming signing as a “peace” deal. People with tunnel vision tend to get things all messed up.
The Daniel 9:27 covenant is Satan’s peace covenant – a big lie, which directly opposes God’s covenant promises of peace. The verse below is a parallel to Daniel 9:27.
Daniel 11:21-24 “In his place shall arise a vile person, to whom they will not give the honour of royalty; but he shall come in peaceably (making peace) and seize the kingdom by intrigue. With the force of a flood they will be swept away from before him and be broken, and also the prince of the covenant (antichrist) ...He shall become strong with a small number of people...He shall enter peaceably.”
We must look more deeply into God’s peace-covenant and the curse generated upon those who break it.
Jeremiah 11:2-5 “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant, which I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice...that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers...”
Isaiah 24:1-6 “Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and distorts its surface. It shall be; as with the people, so with the priest...The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty (proud) people of the earth languish. The earth is defiled under its inhabitants...they have broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth...therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few are left.”
2 Kings 17:15-18 “They rejected His statutes and His covenant that He had made with their fathers...Therefore the Lord was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight.”
God “removes Israel from His sight” because of their breaking of the covenant. As our Lord turns His eyes away from Israel for a short time, the stare of Satan takes precedent! Israel foolishly thinks she is now safe in Satan’s hands.
Isaiah 28:15 “Because you have said, ‘we have made a covenant with death and Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge (tribulation) passes through, it will not come near us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood, we have hidden ourselves.’”
The verse above most certainly speaks of the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant, which reveals the antichrist. When it occurs, will Israel know what she is doing? The verse seems to imply so. But the main point is that Israel thinks it can break God’s covenant and make this new one to bring about a better world. They think they will now be safe. How wrong they will be!
Israel, through the Two-State Solution and the coming peace covenant with the antichrist will curse herself in so doing. But the curse also goes on to those who try to usurp and take over the land of Israel.
God’s covenant curses upon the usurpers of His covenant are revealed in verses I’ve mentioned under the “Teachings” tab.
God’s covenant with Israel is the peace covenant! It is the only valid one. Satan’s covenant with Israel will also be a peace covenant, but it is the fraud, the counterfeit and the sure path to tribulation, destruction and hell in the name of peace and love!
My friends, we are on the eve of destruction! It may be a few more “eves”, but the cursed traps have all been set and God’s word proclaims the soon coming incredibly severe destruction will come. It will arrive suddenly.
So, where are we?
We have many pieces of the giant jigsaw drama before us. Exactly how and when they all fall into place we don’t know for sure. We watch and pray, we use all the available indicators, calendars, measures and everything else we can. God acts decently and in order (1 Corinthians 14:40) constantly using signs, symbols, dates, patterns, and cycles. He always warns before bringing judgement.
The most probable scenario now lies in the change to the Hebrew year 5777. Could it be that 5777 sees nuclear conflict and war and the tribulation start? That would place the rapture just before it.
Israel is about to be dragged into Middle Eastern conflicts. WW111 is on the doorstep. She will be punished by God for her rebellion, but saved and brought through to ultimate victory.
When does it all begin:
What if I said the war of Gog and Magog begins in November this year? I don’t know that for sure, but it could. I don’t want to put too much emphasis on the movement of Jupiter in the great sign of Revelation 12, but there’s very compelling evidence.
The great sign has its main fulfilment in September 2017 on Rosh Hashanah, which would be the beginning of the tribulation and hopefully, the rapture.
Yes it may occur before, but all the signs need to be there as well.
By the way, Lamech was 777 years old when he died, then the flood came, five years later. Do you see what we have here? It’s a 5777! (Genesis 5:31)
By the way, the tribulation period is revealed in the Revelation as a succession of seven seal judgements, seven trumpet judgements and seven vial judgements. That’s 777. The tribulation period is represented at its start in the Feast of Trumpets which is the fifth of the seven feasts. So do we have another 5777 here?
A new world financial crisis:
I’m not going to get into this in any depth here, but it can be demonstrated, looking back that world stock markets crashed in cycles of 777. This is seen by adding seven years, seven months and seven days to each successive big crash. According to this, the next one is due now!
A huge world economic melt-down is coming very soon. A world financial market collapse does not come because the world economy is slowing down. It comes because suddenly, confidence and faith in the market collapses, usually caused by a specific event.
A market melt-down is always a result of a combination of factors worrying the markets and then a sudden sentiment fall, knocking on and causing fear, panic and capitulation. That then feeds on itself, exacerbating the entire situation. Fiscal fear always overreacts!
The current situation with Deutsche Bank of Germany is a case in point. The bank is actually quite solid fundamentally. The huge fine it has to pay has sparked fears of a liquidity crisis, so people run to take their money out causing the whole thing to get a lot worse and knocking on to other banks in Europe.
But at the same time banks in China are in trouble as is their property market. So, all in all we have a very fragile situation and this, without any big wars.
If other external events are in play at the same time, market panic goes into overdrive!
A few final snippets:
Satan, the god of this world, wants to create a “perfect” world of peace as a counterfeit to God’s coming perfect world of peace.
►In the Bible the word “Syria” is Strong’s H759 –Aram, Meaning = “Exalted” (associated with pride) Damascus has the numeric value of 444. Four is the number of the world.
►Interestingly the name Iran is the root word “Aryan” This is the name of an ancient Persian people who were thought to contain elements of perfection. It was Hitler who wanted to create a thousand-year millennium of peace with “perfect” Arian people.
To create a new world of peace, they have to get rid of God’s peace-plan. They will have to get rid of Israel in whom the call of God resides now and will continue.
Isaiah 54:10 “My kindness shall not depart from you (Israel), nor shall My covenant of peace be removed.”
If you have any brains, I suggest you turn to the end of the book and see who the victor will be. Be wise and chose God’s choice!
So, am I saying all these things will come to pass in this year, 5777? I’m saying it’s possible, highly probable, but nothing is for absolute sure. This is a high-watch year!
My friends, I’ve shared with you some very powerful indicators and pointers in this edition. Do not go overboard with these things. Do go overboard with God’s pure straight and neat word.
Do go overboard with your personal life before our Lord, be holy, be right with him, be repentant, be ready, and grow in His grace. Be a radical Christian! Stand strong in the face of the enemy.
I took this picture lying down in the flowers, looking up into the sun during flower season in amazing Namaqualand.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 331: September 28st 2016
Hear what the Spirit says to the churches:
Hear what the Spirit says to the churches:
Proverbs 8:1 (Amp) “Does not godly wisdom cry out and understanding (of God) raise her voice?”
Are you prepared for the times that lie ahead? Is your church teaching you, and preparing you for the near future and for eternity?
A new and powerful, evil wave of deception is warming up, right now, ready to flood the world. Will you be able to stand? Will you shake, shudder and sink?
Do you have ears to hear the Spirit of God, or do you only have ears to hear the media and your church minister? Do you have ears that shut off and then shut out the garbage of the world?
The term, “Hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” is found numerous times in the Bible, and specifically in the messages to the seven churches in the Revelation.
This time in history is very specific and unique. This time outlined in the Bible has many exclusive characteristics to it.
This is the time of increasing love, joy, peace, stability, knowledge, understand and wisdom of God for some. It is also the time of increasing deception, hatred, fear, torment, war, disasters, confusion and ignorance for many. This is the time hell raises her hands to receive many at their coming. (Isaiah 14:9) It is also the time, heaven rejoices because of the all the new residents about to arrive.
The word of God comes to all believers at all times, but the Spirit of God speaks to us specifically now in and for these specific, unique times as well, but few have ears to hear!
Are you getting ready to make one step and one giant leap into eternity?
Deception, ignorance and arrogance - the deadly triplets!
Today there are many voices out there all backed by spirits competing for you – to own you! Don’t think that as a believer, you are immune from deception.
Peter heard and listened to the voice of Satan and betrayed our Lord, but repented. (Mark 8:31-33.) Judas heard the same voice of Satan that Peter did and betrayed our Lord without repentance. (Matthew 26:14)
There is one giant universal voice that we all need to silence, and that is the voice in our own heads saying that we are okay and don’t need any other voice.
Ignorance of God’s word is a most dangerous thing, but it is symptomatic of the arrogance seen in the masses. It always leads to deception, because it always originates in the voice of Satan himself. Hearing and knowing God’s voice comes from making the right choices and meeting the conditions.
The verse below speaks of the “counsels and imagination of an evil heart.” If ever there is a verses that applies to the modern mass-media, this is it. These are simply biblical terms for crowd-speak and confirmation bias. But note the result in the verse! What an incredibly succinct verse:
Jeremiah 7:23-24 “Obey My voice and I will be your God and you shall be My people, and walk in the ways that I have commanded you that it may be well with you.’ Yet they did not obey nor incline their ear, but walked in the counsels and the imagination of their evil heart, and went backwards and not forward.’”
● Are you hearing the voice of the Lord through the knowledge of God and the voice of His Spirit, or the voices of “pleasure in sin for a season”?
● Are you hearing the voices of the world saying, “follow us?” Are you following the voices of the greatest deceptions in the church?
● Are you following the voices of the YouTube liars and manipulators?
● Are you hearing the voice of money demanding “possess more and own me now?”
● Are you listening to and following the voice of the dung-head wolves in the pulpits saying, “The land belongs to the Palestinians?”
● Are you listening to the voices of rebellion to authorities as seen in the masses?
The voice of the Spirit in the seven churches:
The great plot of church history is revealed in the messages to the seven churches in the Revelation. The messages were for seven historic churches, but also speak to all true believers now as they plot the course of church history. But there is more. We must hear what the Spirit is saying to us personally and relating to our future.
The plot of the course of the church age is revealed in the names of the churches and the brief descriptions of them.
●Ephesus: Meaning = Growing cold. This church left its first love. (It represents the early church.)
●Smyrna: Meaning = Bitterness. This church was severely persecuted. (It represents persecution by the ten Roman emperors of the church.)
●Pergamum: Meaning = Thoroughly married or mixed. This church began to mix and marry paganism with truth and they needed to repent. (It represents the Constantine era.)
●Thyatira: Meaning = Perpetual sacrifice. This church represents the perpetual sacrifice of the Catholic Eucharist, control through the Jezebel spirit. It is a church of murder, cast into the tribulation. (It represents the Catholic and orthodox churches through to the tribulation.)
●Sardis: Meaning = Escaping. This church represents the reformation churches escaping Catholic domination, but it was an incomplete escape. The church is “dead.” (It represents the denominational, divided, Spirit-less church through to the tribulation.)
●Philadelphia: Meaning = Brotherly love. This church is highly praised, has a love for the word and for Israel and is promised an escape from the tribulation. (It represents the true, pure and powerful church, with a heart for Israel, ending in the rapture.)
●Laodicea: Meaning = People opinioned. This church is lukewarm, full of evil mixtures, it is spiritually blind, condemned and vomited out. (It represents all the modern churches, mixed with paganism, lukewarm to God’s word, full of self orientation and unrepentant.)
The phrase “Let him who has an ear hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” appears at the end of every one of these seven letters! The powerful meaning of this lies in the tragic implication that many do not have ears to hear the Spirit! This is perhaps the biggest reason why the church has become such a mess.
►Here are some of the main points I’ve simply lifted out of the seven letters to the churches and strung them together to paint the overall picture:
●Christians must test those who call themselves apostles and prophets. Believers must keep their love for our Lord alive and burning by the Spirit. When people lose their first love for our Lord many other things take the place in their lives.
●We must nurture a godly hatred for the doctrine and deeds of the Nicolaitans. This is the separation of the clergy above the laity, in dress, titles and structure, for the purpose of control.
●God commands repentance from evil works and sin or He will “remove your lamp stand.” The repentant and overcoming believer is promised great reward.
●Those of the synagogue of Satan (unsaved rabbinic Jews) are identified and condemned.
●Some believers “dwell where Satan’s throne is.” These believers placed a stumbling block before the Jews, but cursed themselves, as do all those today coming against Israel.
●God says, “I will kill your children with death” because of their abominations and their knowing of the “depths of Satan.”
●Some churches have the Jezebel spirit of manipulation and control within them right at the top. They do not repent and are cast into great tribulation. This is very common today.
●Some so-called believers have a “name to live but are stone dead”. They are Christians in name only.
●Many Christians are not prophetically watchful. Others are “ready to die” for not being watchful or repentant. Because they will not watch the Lord says, “I will come upon you as a thief and you won’t know what hour this will be.” There are only a few names in this church truly saved. How incredibly true is that?
●The true, on fire, Spirit-led church, loves the word and knows it. They have the “key of David,” which opens the door in compassion to the Jews. (Isaiah 22:21-22) They keep an open door for the Jews to come to salvation, instead of putting a “stumbling block” in front of them, like other churches.
●They keep God’s word – all of it, and are kept from the tribulation.
●Finally, those who are lukewarm, full of their own opinions and not God’s will be spewed out. These are they that gray out right and wrong and mix truth and error. They are commanded to repent but don’t.
Bear in mind that the above points are God’s viewpoint and opinion.
Do you know that God promises a special, blessing on those who read and hear these letters? (Revelation 1:3)
I tell you, the modern Western-orientated church today is in such trouble it has no idea. Many of them are about to be spat out! (Revelation 3:16)
I have said many times and say again, at the end of the day, few will be saved. That statement is derived from dozens of verses.
Conditions to hear God’s word:
The message of salvation is so simple a child or wayfaring man won’t go wrong in it. But that’s where the simplicity ends. Of course there is much that is simple and easy to understand, but for the diligent, and serious about the things of God, there are conditions to be met.
The conditions though, end in great reward, and immeasurable blessing.
Here are some beautiful verses, great and wonderful promises and powerful insights into this:
Proverbs 2:7-8 (Amp) “He hides away sound and godly wisdom and stores it for the righteous – those who are upright and in right standing with Him; He is a shield to those who walk uprightly and in integrity.”
Proverbs 3:32 “His secret counsel is with the upright.”
Psalm 24:3-4 “Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? It is he who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord.”
Luke 8:18 “Take heed how you hear – for whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken away from him.”
2 Timothy 2:15 “Study and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved and tested by trial, a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analysing and accurately dividing, rightly handling and skilfully teaching the word of truth.”
Conditions to be deceived:
Job 9:4 “Who has hardened his heart against Him and prospered?”
Zechariah 7:12 “They made their hearts like flint, refusing to hear the law and the words which the Lord of hosts had sent by His Spirit through the former prophets. Thus great wrath came from the Lord of hosts.”
Proverbs 18:2 (Amp) “A self-confident fool has no delight in understanding (God’s truth or ways) but only in revealing his personal opinions and himself.”
Jeremiah 15:6 “You have forsaken Me says the Lord, ‘You have gone backward, therefore I will stretch out My hand against you and destroy you. I am weary of relenting.’”
Jeremiah 6:19 “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.”
Jeremiah 8:8-9 “How can you say, ‘We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us’? ‘Look, the false pen of the scribe certainly works falsehood. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken. Behold, they have rejected the word of the Lord; so what wisdom do they have?’”
2 Chronicles 36:14-16 “All the leaders of the priests and the people transgressed more and more, according to the abominations of the nations, and defiled the house of the Lord which He had consecrated in Jerusalem. And the Lord God of their fathers sent warnings to them by His messengers...but they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the Lord arose against His people, till there was no remedy.”
What makes a good church?
Does your church teach you all about the Hebraic origins and character of the true church? The true body of Messiah was conceived and birthed through the line of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel > Yeshua and His body, the church.
Because a good church will be chosen and empowered by the Spirit of God it will always have a wonderful depth to it that draws you in and makes you want more of the things of God.
A good church will preach the full doctrine of Messiah – all of it. All the major doctrines of the church are revealed in two verses – Hebrews 6:1-2
A good church will be music to the ears of God, and its people.
A good church will always hear what the Spirit is saying to the churches. They will also hear the false spirits and avoid them!
They will of course be led by the Spirit. There will be an air of liberty and freedom around them. They will exhibit the fruits of the Spirit. They will be strong and defiant to the world, and its approaches and influences.
They will be separate and at war with the forces trying to acclimatise them and mix them in with dark deeds of the world.
They will know God’s will and way for Israel, Jerusalem, the Jews and stand with them. They will stand with our Lord, against the enemies of Israel.
What makes a bad church?
“Many of you are enemies of the cross of Messiah” –Paul. (Philippians 3:18) The cross is the “power of God”. If your church does not centre on and preach and teach on the cross of Calvary and personal cross-bearing, get out of it!
It is impossible to ignore the cross without great spiritual counterfeit forces coming in.
What is your church silent on? It is most telling!
Revelation 3:2-3 “Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die, for I have not found your works perfect (complete) before God. Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent. Therefore, if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you.”
There is only one way to stay safe, blessed, growing and moving forward with our Lord in these days and that’s to know your Bible well and its author personally. If you don’t you may be simply gullible now, but later on when the pressure is really on and demonic forces and powers of deception increase like they will, you are in grave danger...much more so than you can imagine.
Isaiah 33:6 “Wisdom and knowledge (of God’s word) will be the stability of your times and the strength of your salvation.”
In this day we are seeing many believers, and a fast growing, number who are having their faith rocked, shipwrecked and destroyed. Their salvation has no solid foundation and everything is starting to shake. Ministries are folding and collapsing, especially in the West.
Many believers will soon find out that their knowledge and experience of our Lord was totally insufficient.
►The west is in danger of losing its basic democratic human right of free speech, simply because it has believed in free speech of the devil, without limits.
Error, false teaching and believing soon become idols of the mind and just as dangerous as golden calves. Except these idols of the mind, instead of going to destruction come to life and bite your head off, if you’re not careful.
We must have a broken, repentant, humble and hungry heart before our Lord. We must have Spirit-led knowledge, understanding and wisdom of the ways of God. We must be spiritually equipped and discerning for warfare with spirits of wickedness in high places, demons, principalities and the invisible powers of Satan.
The world’s most tragic statements:
●“I will exalt myself.” – Satan. (Isaiah 14:13)
● “Has God said; you shall surely die?” – Satan to Eve. (Genesis 3:3-4)
● “Come down from that cross and save yourself.” – The masses. (Mark 15:30)
● “Not this Man (Yeshua), give us Barabbas.” – The masses. (John 18:40)
● “Let His blood be upon us and upon our children.” - Jewish masses. (Matthew 27:25)
● “We will not listen to the watchmen.” - The masses. (Jeremiah 6:17)
● “Do not prophecy right and correct things to us. Speak only smooth things and deceits.” - The masses. (Isaiah 30:10-11)
● “You (God) will not require an account.” – The masses. (Psalm 10:13)
● “I hated and rejected the instruction and reproof of God.” (Proverbs 5:12)
Humility before God and the fear of the Lord is safety. The finished work of the cross and shed blood is the only way to salvation. Taking up our own cross daily is the road to abundant life. Everything that has not gone through the cleansing work of the cross of Calvary is doomed.
Create your own personal retreat:
There is such great comfort, wonderful peace and security in retreating into a quite secret place of deep fellowship with our Lord.
You don’t need to go and live in a cave (although sometimes I’m tempted!) But you need to get out of the mainstream of life with all its niggling pressures. Of course, I’m not for one moment suggesting a humanistic, me-centred retreat. I am suggesting a totally God-centred, Bible-centred retreat. It does not have to be to a physical place.
Although, today, I’m not mobile, I used to go for weeks on end, alone into nearby deserts, forests, wilderness areas and places with little or no infrastructure, living like a mad bushman, often fasting, setting my heart to seek and know my Lord more intimately. These were some of the most valuable times of my life.
This was one of my “homes” in Botswana:
Do it whatever way you want and for however long you want but it is a valuable necessity to grow and strengthen yourself in these days.
Get into the habit of practising denial of self when the opportunities arise. The more you do these things, the more you want to and the greater the value becomes.
So what is the Spirit saying to the churches?
●He is saying that many, perhaps most, Christians don’t know His word. ●He is saying that most are unprepared and full of evil thoughts, desires and actions. ● He is saying that most need to repent now and change direction. ● He is saying that many will become vomit! – Now there’s a nice Sunday sermon! But it’s tragically truer than Jesus loves everything and everyone without account. ●He is saying that many within the so-called church will become the spiritually-charged enemies of the cross-bearing believers. ●The Spirit is saying that there are some doing excellently and will be greatly rewarded.
Just a thought:
If we go through the tribulation period, will your faith be rocked? Will you still stand strong in the Lord? I think many will not endure. I don’t believe we will go through the tribulation, but what if? Where is your faith? Here’s a bit of logic: Will you throw eternity away for seven years of hardship?
I think you can pretty safely rest in the fact that we not go through any part of the tribulation.
I took this picture at night, fixing the lily to a tripod. With the camera on another tripod, I opened the shutter for two minutes and “painted” the flower with the light of a little halogen hand-held torch, from above, below and behind.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!