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I was saved in 1976 and became extremely interested in Bible prophecy, being an ex war-correspondent and photographer. My calling and aim is to share the dramatic and all-important issues of prophecy relating to our day. This is a calling to unfold and share the wisdom of God as contained in His word. There is also much teaching in these pages for your heart. It’s not all prophecy! Please study these things further yourself and understand that the format is non-exhaustive. Please search the scriptures to “see if these be true.” This is a "watchman" and Bible prophecy teaching website.
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●The recent US-led airstrike on Syria has led to a big zero again – so far. Israel was not involved in any way and no involvement came from Russia or Iran. Prophetically, it leaves us watching and waiting again. Of course, Russia may respond militarily at any time. We will watch. But for now it’s a waiting game again, and not the big event many are saying. It does however consolidate the players, identifying them. But they are still in the wings of the stage. There have been many threats and rhetoric from some nations, including Iran, but no action. Do bear in mind that this entire issue is volatile and can change in a flash...and probably will.
●As Israel warms up for its 70-year birthday celebrations, census numbers have been released. The population inside Israel now stands at 8.842 million. This is 43% of world Jewry. I wonder when it will hit the important biblical number of 888. Pretty soon I think!
●Funny thing this: The UN has just celebrated “International Day of Happiness.” Israel ranks highest in the “happiness” stakes – (BIN)
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
Edition 61. 26th November 2010
In this edition:
●Satan's plan for the world.
Satan's plan for the world:
The previous two editions were tiled Satan's plan for the church and God's plan for the church. Now we come to Satan's plan for the world and God's plan for the world (next edition)
"Imagine there's no heaven.
It's easy if you try.
No hell below
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today.
Imagine there's no countries...living life in peace." - John Lennon
This really is the perfect theme tune of hell itself. It encapsulates Satan's plan for the world perfectly. Satan's plan is to bring about world peace. It was his plan with Babylon and it is again now. He is the god of deception. He comes as an angel of light. He is the great counterfeiter.
His plan is to bring world peace. His real motive is not world peace but the capturing of as many people as possible in his web of deception, ultimately bringing destruction and eternal hell to all his victims.
Because he is a deceiver and he knows God's plan is ultimate world peace, he uses this as his main instrument of deception. He counterfeits almost everything that is in God's plan.
The big problem is that the majority of the world's population don't question. They believe and think that everything will continue as normal. They think that if everyone else is in the same boat, the boat must be fine. The boat of the masses is not fine. It's sinking.
If the spiritual veil could be pulled back, the people of the world would be shocked to see that they are in fact being led by the leader of demons and fallen angles.
Identifying the world:
The Greek word 'kosmos' is the original word used in the Bible for 'world'. The word 'ghay' is the word for earth. The world is not the earth. The word 'kosmos' means the socio-political order and everything relating to man and his doings. In a sense its the adorning of the earth. 'Kosmos' relates to the physical earth. The world system is doomed, not the earth.
The world has its own god, none other than the prince of hell Satan himself. Satan is the "god of this world". The Bible never tells us to hate the earth, but it does command us to "love not the world" (1 John 2:15) and to "hate our lives in the world." (John 12:26) As believers we are children of the Kingdom of God which is at enmity with the kingdom of this world.
God does have overall ownership of the earth and will soon destroy the world and replace it with His own new-world, with our Messiah as the one-world head and ruler.
Satan is called the "god of this world". (2 Corinthians 4:4)
He is also called the "world power". (1 John 5:19)
1John 5:19 "We're of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one." The original word used here is 'kosmokratos'. "Kosmos is the word for world and "kratos" for power. It means that Satan is the power behind the world system. It's similar to the old Greek world 'hoopokrites' which is where we get the word hypocrite from. It's a theatrical term. The hoopokrite would come onto the stage to introduce the next act, wearing either a smiley mask or a sad mask, indicating tragedy or comedy.
The word itself actually means; "the one wearing the mask is not the same as the mask he presents." This is just the same as Satan, the world power. He wears many masks both good and evil to deceive people, but behind it all is the devil himself.
These verses speak volumes:
Revelation 12:9 "...The devil and Satan who deceives the whole world."
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him."
James 4:4 "Friendship with the world is enmity with God."
John 16:33 "In me you will have peace, in the world tribulation."
Ephesians 2:2 "You once walked according to the course of this world..."
These verses indicate what the world is and who it's god is and what our response should be.
Satan's plan for the nations of the world:
A one-world government or a form of world national unity is the plan of Satan. This would go a long way down the road to world peace. But it will be a deceptive peace to produce control. It will only last for seven years.
One of the forerunners to this will be a world currency. This is already being spoken of now in many world institutions. It may not be a long way off. A new world currency would be a brilliant method of brining economic stability to the world, but again it will be a deception.
Some brilliant world leader will soon appear and come up with the most incredible new system of government producing world unity. It will be so clever very few will dispute or even question it.
Revelation 17:13 "These are of one mind (unity) and they will give their power and authority to the beast." This verse in context, is speaking of a time in the tribulation period when the nations of the world, in unison will willing give their authority over to the new world leader, antichrist.
The world will hail this new leader and his plan. They will think that world peace is now upon us. This person will be Satan in disguise. He will enter and inhabit this political leader at the start of the tribulation period.
Matthew 4:9 Is a really good example of Satan at work in the tempting of our Lord. At the end of a 40-day fast, while in the wilderness, Satan offered our Lord the kingdoms of the world if He would only worship him They were his to give. Our Lord said no. Satan will again offer a person the kingdoms of the world if he will worship him. This time this person will accept and at this point become the antichrist.
Satan's plan for the religions of the world
The world has many religions. They are all doomed to hell. Even within Christendom there are thousands of denominations (divisions), that's a tragedy. There is only one truth and one legitimate Godly way. God's plan for the world's religions is to destroy them. All outside of the cross are counterfeits.
The final seven year world conflict, called the tribulation period, sees Satan come to power after inhabiting one individual; the antichrist. But with him is a religious figure called the false prophet. He unites the world religions, with the exception of cross-centred and applied Christianity.
At the tower of Babel we saw man's attempt to reach God their own way. At the time there was a mixture of Babylonian and Egyptian religions. They came together in an effort to find God and world peace.
Surprisingly, God said in Genesis 11:6 "Indeed the people are one...now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them" There is power in unity, make no mistake. But unity outside of God's plan brings destruction from God. He then destroyed Babel. He will again destroy greater end-time Babylon and it's multi-faith 'tower' of futile attempts to reach God and bring in world peace. Futile because they try to do this their own way and not God's way.
There is a very deadly fast growing philosophy out there which will become a major spiritual force. This is the view that all religions are legitimate and have equal rights to God. It's very logical in today's democratic world, but if you hold this view it demonstrates that you are not saved. Some are thinking now: "I can't believe he said that"
There is one huge big issue: If there are other ways to be saved, the cross of Calvary and the blood of Yeshua /Jesus was meaningless. The cross of Calvary stands as the great divide between the impassable gulf separating heaven and hell. No cross, no salvation...that's the bottom line! Salvation through the cross is the only way and it's exclusive.
Of course Christianity without the cross can and will join successfully with all other religions. It will be empowered by the god of the world.
Satan's plan for the earth:
The earth is going to be renovated by fire.
There really is only one hope for this poor old earth that has been so messed up by the greed of man and that is the return of our Lord and the millennium. I will address this in the next edition which will be titled "God's plan for the world".
Many ignorant people mock God because they say that Bible indicates that the earth is 6000 years old. This can be proved very accurately in Bible genealogies from Adam to Christ to now.. But the earth is much older than that. There are many portions of scripture that relate to a pre-Adamic world that could have lasted for million of years. In those days Lucifer was the "light bearer" to the nations that then existed. For God's own reasons the Bible only hints at these things. When we finally get to Adam, Lucifer is already fallen and is now Satan. He leads a new rebellion and Adam and Eve fall right into the trap. This causes a curse to go through to the whole of creation.
The earth itself has a lingering curse upon it that came about at the fall of Adam. This was symbolised in the earth springing forth with "thorns and thistles." Yeshua/Jesus did take the curse on the earth while He was being crucified. This was symbolised in the crown of thorns, but this was done positionally. It still has to be worked out at a specific time in the near future. It's just like our salvation. We are saved now, but there is still a glorious future outworking and manifestation coming.
In the mean time this old earth has to suffer at the hand of man.
This earth is incredibly beautiful, but it's very dangerous. On a personal level, I've been injured a dozen times doing environmental work in the deserts, forests and great plains. I've seen people killed by lions, stomped on by elephants and I've lost many environmentalist friends.
This is all Satan's doing. He lurks behind all the environmental beauty.
It's clear from hundreds of sections of scripture that Satan will intensify his efforts to wreck the earth before his judgement comes.
The natural upheavals during the tribulation period will be caused by Satan and by God pouring his wrath out at the same time. It's not going to be a pretty time!
The thing is that God is so holy and Satan so evil, that never the twain shall meet. God cleanses every single area where Satan has had any involvement or access. Even the heavens above will be cleansed.
At the end of the dispensation of the fullness of time (millennium) the earth will be renovated by fire. (2 Peter 3:13)
This will be the end of the earth in it's present form as we go on into the "eternity of eternities." Revelation 21:1
But long before we get to the end of the millennium, the earth, the wilderness and the world system are going to be shaken like never before as Satan causes as much havoc as possible when he realises that his days are up. God's judgement is seen in the four riders of the apocalypse. Is it Satan or God doing this? It's both. Satan will not sit by as a spectator when God's judgement begins. There will be conflict in the spiritual realm, which we won't see, but there will also be out-workings and manifestations of this conflict in the physical realm.
A lot of the end time verses of scripture relating to the tribulation period mix together events for the physical earth and the socio-political world. The wrath of God, the wrath of Satan and the wrath of man will all be running together.
The most incredible judgements the world has ever seen will be poured out on this world in the tribulation period. But they are primarily designed to bring mankind to repentance. By this point in time the grace of God has all but been rejected.
Most will think..."How could God bring these big judgements on us?"
The answer is simple. The judgements of God are in fact acts of holiness. He is pure and holy and judgement is always on what is evil. These end-time judgements are all part of the cleansing and purifying of the world for a new world where Satan will be bound and imprisoned and truth, holiness and purity will reign.
The problem is that fallen man essentially loves evil.
2 Thessalonians 2:9-10 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of Satan with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they might be saved."
Everything about Satan's plan and work is deception.
I was chatting to a friend in the world of high finance a few days ago. We were talking about the plans of many international institutions to bring in a new one-world currency. He said it would be a brilliant thing and would introduce some stability to the imbalances within the nations. He was quite right, but guess who will be behind the plan?
Satan will try to bring in world peace on many fronts. He will try to unify the world's religions. He will get the people of the world to think they are building a 'tower' to God. He will even get the people of the word to welcome a world leader empowered by himself, with open arms as the "saviour" of the world. He will come as an "angel of light."
When much of his plan reaches a point of limited success, his game will be up. He will then run headlong into the fury and wrath of God. All Satan's plans will be undone. He will be exposed. At this point all of his true motives and plans will become clear. In wild wrath he will turn on his own supporters spreading death and destruction on an unprecedented scale. Unfortunately and tragically it will be too late for untold millions who, in their deception will go to destruction and doom.
Amongst many other names, Satan is called: The angel of light, the deceiver, the tempter, the enemy, the evil one, the adversary. It's worth bearing these names in mind, because they reveal his true character.
The first verse below shows the end of Satan, and his two prime servants, the antichrist and the false prophet. The next verse shows the end of all the people who've followed them.
Revelation 20:10 "And the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever."
Revelation 20:11-15 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it from whose face the earth and heaven fled away...and I saw the dead both great and small standing before God and books were opened and the Book of Life was opened and the dead were judged according to their works...Then death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. Anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."
Heaven or hell:
Buddhists at your monastery event; You are known for self sacrifice and humility. In fact you knock the spots off many Christians in terms of your love, bliss and spiritual inner peace. You display fruits of character that are noble and desirable. Your non-materialistic separation from the ways of the world is admirable. But you have been deceived by the master of deception, Satan himself. You reject the new birth through the work of the cross of Christ and the cleansing work of His blood. Your good works will not save you. To be saved on good works, the passing grade is 100%. Hell awaits.
Hey young kid...your life is before you. Much pressure will come your way to conform to this or that religion because it is family tradition. When the time comes and you decide to look for truth, you will find it if you seek it diligently. The salvation plan of God is so simple that a child and a beggar can find it, says the Bible. Heaven is calling you kido!
Here is a woodcut by Gustave Dore. It's one of a series titled "Paradise lost". This shows Satan cast down to the earth. It's interesting in that it shows Satan as a beautiful creature.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 60. 20th November 2010
In this edition:
●God's plan for the church.
God's plan for the church:
This edition must be read with the previous edition "Satan's plan for the church.
In the last edition we looked at Satan's plan for the church revealed miraculously in many portions of the scriptures.
Now we come to God's plan for the church and it's no surprise that there are just as many amazing prophecies showing God's plan of victory for His church. But it will only be for a part of the church.
But first let's discuss briefly some foundational issues.
The true church of God can't be joined. No one ever has or ever will join it. You can only be born into it. The new birth may come in various ways, just like a natural birth, but the end result is recreation and regeneration. This means that your spirit is re-created, born anew and God Himself comes to live in you by His Spirit. The soul (mind) is renewed bit by bit, but there is no such thing in terms of spirit rebirth. It occurs at a point in time and place after a conscious decision.
The new birth will be evident by a new inner leading away from old things and into many new things. The main evidence of the new birth will be a new love for our Messiah and His word. You will be led from being a self-centred person to a God-centred and other people-centred person.
As soon as humanly possible after the new birth, you need to be baptised in water and then in the Spirit.
So the foundation pillars are: New birth, adult water baptism, and Spirit baptism. God builds upon this foundation using the tools of His word, the Bible and His word by the inner voice or leading. Study, prayer and fasting are foundational in our journey.
God leads us to know Him and to know His pure doctrine. We are born into God's family, the church. The original word for church is "ekklesia" meaning "called out ones." We are called out of the kingdom of this world and into His glorious kingdom. The more we discover the true God and His glory, the more we want to share Him. Until you know God deeply you will not find your place in the Kingdom and while this is so, you will always be uncomfortable, like a jigsaw piece out of place.
If you set out to seek the Lord without abandoning self-will, sin and the ways of the world, you will not find Him. You will find the imposter.
Truth is not correct doctrine. It is correct doctrine with the inward enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Only the Holy Spirit can give true sight and lead you into all truth.
Gods building plan is exact, precise and with no variables. This can be demonstrated in the fact that everything that God commanded his servants to build was according to exact dimensions. From the Ark of Noah to the Ark of the covenant, to the Tabernacle of Moses and to the Temple in Jerusalem.
There are no churches in a city, only the church. No church leader has the authority to tell anyone that they are not part of their church. If you are born again you automatically belong to the church universal and the local church. God's requirement for all believers is for them to mature in the things of God, His way and that is through complete abandonment to Him. The mark of the modern church is shallowness and mixture of truth and error.
The seven letters to the churches in the Revelation are His assessment of the church. They were historic churches, but because this is a book of prophecy, these letters have a prophetic application as well.
Four of the churches are mixed with condemnation and commendation from God. One (Laodicea) is only condemned, while one (Philadelphia) is only commended. Both Philadelphia and Laodicea relate to end-time churches.
Let's now have a look at Philadelphia, which shows a powerful, victorious, and successful church.
The church at Philadelphia.
The original word Philadelphia means "brotherly love"
The letter to this church begins with our Lord identifying Himself as "He who is holy and true" (Revelation 3:7) This church is associated with holiness and truth. It goes on to say that "He has the key of David" In Isaiah 22:21 the key of David is identified as those "who are a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the house of Judah." This is a clear indication that those in this church are Messianic believers who have a vision and passion for God's final work with Jerusalem and the Jews. This also represents the Davidic Messiah, referring to the Hebraic slant within the Messianic community. This is not those in replacement theology at all!
The key of David also relates to the fact that David was a man after God's heart. He had a heart sold out on the Lord even though he was not perfect.
The "key of David opens what no man can shut and shuts what no man can open". This speaks of Godly authority on the one hand and evangelism or missionary work on the other.
In history this church was being attacked by traditional Rabbinic Jews. This letter refers to these Jews as those "of the synagogue of Satan." The "door" referred to here is to this church and not to the Christ rejecting synagogue! The unsaved legalistic, Rabbinic Jews still come strongly against the Messianic Jews today just as they did in history. (See the video by Jacob Damkani, a friend of mine, in the videos section.) Verse 9 speaks of the fact that these unsaved Jews will eventually "bow down and worship before your feet and know that I have loved you." In the tribulation period untold masses of Jews will be saved.
Perhaps the most exciting thing about this church is the amazing and powerful promise from God in verse 10 that they "will be kept from the hour of tribulation that comes upon the whole world to test them."
The hour of trial is a reference to the seven year tribulation period that will come upon the whole world.
The original word used for "keep from the hour" is the Greek word 'ek' which means; "clean out away from". This church will not go through the tribulation.
Interestingly the Bible says in verse 12 of these people "He that overcomes, I will make a pillar in the temple of My God..." and here in the picture below, we see the remains of the original church at Philadelphia (in Turkey) and what remains is two enormous strong pillars
In verse 11 and 12 the believers within this church are rewarded with a crown and three names are written on them: "I will write on Him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God the new Jerusalem and I will write on Him My new name." In the Old Testament, the Lord told the priests to pronounce a specific series of blessings on the Israel, which concluded with this thought: Numbers 6:27 "So they shall put My name on the children of Israel and I will bless them."
Again we see that this church is associated with Israel and the Jews. In other words this church has a Messianic slant.
The message to the church of Philadelphia in the Revelation is powerful indeed. It has absolutely no similarity at all to the churches of Thyatira and Laodicea, which fit the orthodox churches and denominational churches. See previous edition.
The churches around the world that can be identified within this Philadelphian letter are the ones who follow God's plan. This is the true "glorious church" It is distinctly different in many respects from the others.
With so much division, controversy, confusion, deception and error in the church today, isn't it just so good to see that God has a plan of victory cutting through all the confusion for those that chose to go His way. He knew it would be this way as revealed in the seven letters.
The Abrahamic expression of faith:
This is Gods will and plan for true believers.
In a nutshell the Abrahamic expression is simply- to the Jew and Gentile. Abraham was the father of many nations and the father of the linage Isaac-Jacob- Israel- the Jews. This expression is not to the Jew and it is not to the Gentile. It is to both rightly applied and expressed. The Messianic movement today is God's final work. It is still in its infancy, so it has adjustments to make alone the way. Some go overboard and into excess with things relating to the Jew. These are people with the disease called Israelitis. Others believers centre only on the Gentile expression.
That said the true Messianic, Abrahamic expression will always have a Hebraic character to it. It will have none of the occult-founded traditions of the church within it.
The Abrahamic expression of faith will have nothing within it that is foreign to the Jew or that would be a stumbling block for them coming to faith in Messiah, besides the Messiah Himself. Our Messiah is the stumbling block for the Jews as revealed in the Bible, but this is temporary. The church has created and placed many other stumbling blocks in the way of the Jew.
The big thing is that the flavour and character of the church in all its ways needs to be welcoming and inviting to the to the Jew. Our Lord returns in relation to the salvation of the Jews.
The Abrahamic expression of faith does not only affirm what is true, it rejects what is false.
The Bible declares that when the "times of the Gentiles are fulfilled, then all Israel will be saved, then the Second Coming comes about and completes the picture. (Luke 21:24)
(See edition 47 "What is a Messianic believer" for more.)
The Hebraic character of the true church:
●This has nothing at all to do with coming under the law. Judaising the Gentiles was the controversy of Act 15, Galatians and a few others. This was essentially the erroneous belief that Gentiles had to obey the law of Moses, become circumcised and the like to be saved. Galatians 2:14-16 "...Why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews?...knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by faith in Jesus Christ..." Salvation is by faith alone, but there is also no justification for turning the church into what it has become.
●On the same line of thought I am in no way suggesting that only Messianic believers are saved. The murderer on the cross next to Yeshua / Jesus, was promised salvation by our Lord on his simple one sentence expression of faith. Revelation 2:24 speaking of the church at Thyatira, which is a clear reference to the Catholic church says this: "As many as do not have this doctrine and who have not known the depths of Satan, I will put on you no other burden. Hold fast what you have till I come." This verse indicates that even these individuals within the Catholic church will be saved. But note the condition.
●I am in no way deciding who is saved or not. My aim is to present the truth and to warn of error. Salvation is up to our Lord alone.
Today the church has a Hellenistic flavour which has filtered in. This has been mixed with Roman, Babylonian and Egyptian occult practises that the Catholic church has refined and adopted.
Revelation 17:1-6 Is a clear reference to the Catholic church and the abominations it has introduced to the church. It is called a "great harlot, arrayed in purple and scarlet and adorned with gold and precious stones". She is called "Mystery Babylon the Great the mother of harlots and the abominations of the earth". She is said to be "drunk on the blood of the saints and with the blood of the martyrs."
The true church is reflected here:
Revelation 14:12 "Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."
Our faith includes keeping the word of God, which must include rejecting the word of the imposter. When we return to the true undefiled word of God we will stand out from the traditional masses, who blindly follow their poisonous traditions without question. The truth will always have a Hebraic character.
It is a fallacy that we are to keep nine of the ten commandments. Where does it say that we are released for Sabbath observance? Jesus fulfilled the law, not did away with it. If stealing or murder is not a good idea because it's part of God's law, the who gave permission to remove the Sabbath? Yes the Sabbath does not need to be kept in a ritualistic manner full of don'ts, but it is a day to be "remembered" and kept "holy" .
The early church did meet on a Sunday, but they also kept the Saturday Sabbath. You can have meetings any day you like, but there is no precedent for changing or ignoring the Sabbath.
Both Jews and Gentiles were praised by God for keeping the Sabbath and the prophets predicted a time when the Gentiles would keep the Sabbath! (Isaiah 66:23; Ezekiel 44:24; 46:3-4)
Sabbath observance and identification (not legalistically) will mark and separate believers from those who blindly follow the satanic traditions of the world without question. Ezekiel 20:12 "Moreover I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign (mark) between Me and them and that they might know that I am the Lord who sanctifies them."
There are currently huge numbers of Christians returning to Sabbath observance. It's an unstoppable work of God.
The seven festivals of the Lord:
1 Corinthians 5:8 " Let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." This is a clear instruction to keep the feats, but to do so in a new way. The "unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" means in holiness and with a sincere heart after the Lord. This would involve having no identification with Easter, eggs, rabbits, Santa, Christmas, Christmas trees and all such occult practices (See the previous edition for more)
Colossians 2:16 "Therefore do not let not anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a new moon celebration or a Sabbath day." This simply means that we are not to come under legalism in doing these things. It does not say we are not to practise them!
2Peter 1:12 "Be established in the present truth" The present truth is a reference to the New Testament epistles. Of course we need to know the Old Testament, and much in it is perfectly relevant, but we need to be "established "or centred in the New. At Pentecost much changed.
Traditional Christians who won't give up worshipping the devil (Christmas, Easter etc) in the not too distant future will forsake occult traditions and engage in the practise of the Feasts of the Lord! My question is if this will be the case then, why not now? Zechariah 14:16 "It shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all those who came against Jerusalem, shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts and to keep the Feast of Tabernacles."
We as believers should have no part in the pagan traditions of the church. We should participate and identify with the seven feasts of the Lord.
Separation is not a politically correct word. I think you know what I think of political correctness! Separation is what is needed big time in these days! Separating yourself in pride is wrong, but being separate from the ways of the world unto God and His ways, will endear you to Him. Yes you may stand out from the crowd, but it's good to remember that the crowd is on the road to a Christ-less eternity!
I know many who have changed their ways and are now following the Lord in this new way. They all say that it is thrilling and liberating.
Gods plan in church government:
The previous edition is titled "Satan's plan for the church." God's plan is pretty much the exact opposite. Let's have a look at some points:
When you build a new house on the spot where an old exists, you need to break the old one down to build the new. Jeremiah 1:10 "See I have set you over the nations and kingdoms to root out and to pull down, to destroy and throw down, to build and to plant." This can be applied to the fact that the church needs to built on a clear foundation with all the evil traditions and practices of the "nations and kingdoms" of the world pulled down and destroyed.
Leadership in the church is male. Some are thinking "I can't believe he just said that!" Well, I did and here is the reason: The word's 'rabbi' and 'pastor' in their original languages have a gender association to them. They are male words. It's the same as the words mister or miss. They have a gender connotation. On top of this there is no precedent in the scriptures for a female rabbi or pastor. There are references in the Bible to female evangelists or a prophetess, but not pastor.
Today most of the church is powerless to identify and deal with the Jezebel spirit within the church. The Jezebel spirit relates to the usurping of male authority. It is often accompanied by the Ahab spirit, which relates to the submissive male.
Leadership is appointed by God and not some democratic church governing body.
Leaders will not use control measures or insist on being separated above the laity in title or dress.
Leaders will themselves be crucified people, delivering the message of the cross. The leader who does not know suffering for doing right is not fit to lead.
The kingdom of God exists only where the pure, true authority of God is exercised. The leader will be God's ambassador representing truth and God Himself.
No church leader that knows God can ever be sectarian, denominational or compromised with Rome!
The primary duty of the church is to be a bastion of truth...to guard and protect it. Whenever the children of Israel departed from truth, the devil charged in. The same was true with the defeat of the early church and the same is true now.
God's leaders will never say things like "doctrine doesn't matter, it's just your heart that matters". That is dangerous hogwash.
Eternal victory, the glorious church:
The Bible gives us astounding insights into the future glory that is laid up for His servants.
Let's have a look at a few of them:
The marriage supper of the Lamb is one the beautiful images of the future for God's church. Only His family will be present. Revelation 19:5-21 describes this fantastic event. Verse 7-8 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory for the marriage of the Lamb has come and to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints".
The glorious church Ephesians 5:27 Speaks of the fact that our Lord will "present to Himself a glorious church not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it will holy and without blemish."
Gold, silver, precious stones, or wood, hay, and stubble...pick your choice! The issue is that what you end up with will be your eternal lot! The Bible views fire hitting a pile of all these things. Only the gold, silver, and stones survive while the rest goes up in a puff of smoke. This is the view, in type, of our eternal reward state. What we did in response to God's plan for our lives will have eternal ramifications!
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 "If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stone, wood, hay, straw, each ones work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it, for it will be revealed by fire and the fire will test each one's work. If anyone's work endures he will be rewarded, but if anyone's work is burned up he will suffer loss, but he himself will be saved as through fire."
God's plan for the true believer is not to give him a better life. It is to liquidate him, and then raise him up to a new life on the far side of the cross. The cross was a once- for- all work achieved by our suffering Messiah, but there is an ongoing work and application of the cross on a daily basis into our lives that is part of God's plan. It is the ongoing work of the cross that separates the old and unclean for the new and holy.
God's plan is pure and holy. Holiness for the believer is one of the keys to the presence of God in our lives. As we grow in holiness so we see and understand God more and more. He draws us into His secret place of glory. As this occurs, so the things of the world become dim.
Hebrews 6:1 "...Let us go to perfection, not laying again the foundation..."
Psalm 25:14 "The secret of the Lord is with those who fear Him, and He will show them His covenant."
Psalm 31:20 "You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence..."
Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God". This simple little verse is the reason why very few people in this day will "know God" The world today is the exact opposite of stillness in all its ways! Outward silence and stillness leads to inner clam.
Hosea 2:14 "I will lead her into solitude and there speak to her heart."
The Bible speaks a lot about the "many" and the "few". Unfortunately it is always the many who go the way of the world and the few who go the way of our Lord. Thankfully there will be a large number in pursuit of God and His ways, but there will also be a bigger number who will go the way of the world.
In the face of increasingly "perilous times" God has His kids growing in glory as they go His way and follow His plan. What an incredible almost unimaginable shock it will be for many when they stand before God in judgement and find out that He had a wonderful plan for them all along and they ignored it, following Satan's plan! Imagine the horror that many church leaders will experience when they find out that their church is not in God's plan!
The Messianic movement, embracing the Abrahamic expression of faith with Hebraic influence, always has been and still is God's plan for the church.
Of course true believers of other persuasions are saved, as salvation is by faith alone, but they are on a dangerous journey now.
Do you want to have God's best for you now and into eternity? Do you, dear reader, want to press on into deeper realms of glory? Do you want to know Him more deeply and be known by Him? You were created for just this purpose, don't let it slip by.
Only the true pure church with a kingdom vision, following God's plan is unshakeable.
Hebrews 12:25-29 "See that you do not refuse Him who speaks, for if they did not escape, who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised saying, yet once more I shake not only the earth but heaven also. Now this "Yet once more" indicates the removal of the things that are being shaken, that the things that cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace with reverence and fear. For our God is a consuming fire."
Proverbs 28:14 "Blessed (and joyful) is the man who fears always." It is through fearing God always in an attitude of humility and reverence that we become equipped to progress onwards to perfection in the beauty of holiness.
God's plan is holy and for us requires holiness. He demands holiness. It is beautiful...supremely beauty!
Isaiah 57:15 "For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place with him who has a contrite and humble spirit. To revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones." Holiness and humility are twins. Pride denies God's holiness and says effectively that you are the big deal!
1 Peter 1:15 "Be holy for I am holy." If God demands something He makes provision for it, but it's not automatic, it must be sought. His provision is in His word. Holiness corresponds to natural beauty.
Psalm 93:5 "Your testimonies are very sure; holiness adorns your house o Lord forever."
Psalm 96:9 " O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth."
Psalm110:3 "Your people shall be volunteers in the day of Your power; In the beauty of holiness from the womb of the morning. You have the dew of Your youth."
Our human minds can't even begin to imagine the eternal glory that is laid up for us.(2 Corinthians 4:17) Isn't that just amazing!
God gives us glimpses of the future, it is dramatic, terrifying and frightening for many and full of wonder, majesty and glory for all those that are His.
Deuteronomy 30:19 "I call heaven and earth as a witness against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing therefore chose life."
Psalm 140:13 "Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name. The upright shall dwell in Your presence."
Jeremiah 29:13-14 "And you will seek Me and find Me when you seek for Me with all of your heart. I will be found by you says the Lord and bring you back from your captivity..."
Job 11:6 "O that He would show me the secrets of wisdom..."
1 Corinthians 2:7-16 "We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the of the ages for our glory...Eye has not seen nor ear heard nor have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches the deep things of God."
Heaven or hell:
Hi Mom...long time no see. As you died many years ago, I proclaimed that we would meet again! I vividly recall driving away from the hospital and seeing multiple cloud formations that looked just like a city in the sky. As I got home I opened my Bible and the page that fell open was all about the New Jerusalem. You spent your life as a dedicated believer in our Messiah. You taught in a Hebrew nursery school and in a Sunday school. You laid an excellent foundation for yourself and for us kids. You had an amazing love for the Jews for which you were greatly respected in the community You led the way in the Abrahamic expression of faith. Thank you mom!
My first girlfriend, the Jewish kid from across the road, my mom taught you in nursery school. You were well taught in all things Jewish. Later you did come to believe in Messiah, but what has happened since? You've lost your way! The idols of this world have led you astray. My friend, our Lord still holds out His nail scarred hands to you with the offer of mercy. Will you return to Him? I loved you a lot, still do as a special friend, but our great Messiah loves you so much more than you can ever imagine. Heaven or hell is set before you...please make the right choice!
The is a painting by Rembrandt representing the fury of Moses after being given the ten commandments by God. He returned from the mountain only to discover that the people had retreated into idol worship. The story is no different today. God has give us a lot more than the ten commandments and the world largely ignores it all. But they do worship the devil alright.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 59. 14th November 2010
In this edition:
●Satan's plan for the church.
Satan's plan for the church:
Firstly, do we or don't we criticise:
The answer is no and a resounding yes. Many people have a spirit of criticism deep within them. They're motivated by the pride of self exaltation at the expense of others. They are eternally critical, always elevating themselves and putting others down.
That said, constructive criticism is another story and should be welcomed. Truth is the big thing, but truth applied with a baseball bat is no better than error. Truth sought in humility before God gives you wisdom. Leave out the humility aspect and you get knowledge, which puffs you up in pride and becomes legalistic and destructive.
Trying to prove yourself right and others wrong is a stressful, depressing activity, unless of course, you are so far down that road that you have seared your conscience.
●Truth has companions called freedom, holiness and peace. Error has companions called imprisonment, evil and stress. Truth comes through humility and error comes through pride...always!
The Bible speaks of the "spirit of truth and spirit of error" This simply means we are dealing primarily with the spiritual world where the demonic plays a big role. We are to "take heed that we are not deceived" (Matthew 24:4)The term "take heed" in the original is an agricultural term and implies keeping the ground fertile, soft and with the weeds ripped out. It's has an active, vigilant implication. Satan has legal rights to deceive proud, non-vigilant people.
Candidates for deception are those who look only to their leaders, those in love with the word of the world and its traditions, those full of personal ambition, those unwilling to suffer persecution and those ignorant of the scriptures.
Remaining silent in the face of extreme danger is very foolish. Being blind to the coming onslaught of deception is just as dangerous.
We need to actively cultivate humility, the fear of God and respect for the authority of the Bible
There is no danger, only safety in truth rightly sought and applied. This is the way to unshakeable faith.
John 8:31-32 "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free" Notice that the "truth" does not "set you free." It only does so when you are passionate about the word and have become a disciple (lit-subjected pupil, learner or a humble pupil-learner.)
John 16:13 "When He the Spirit of truth has (lit-fully) come, He will lead you into all truth...and show you things to come."
2Timothy 2:15 "Be diligent to present yourselves approved unto God, a workman (lit-of the word) not ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth."
Here is something few people think of: If you say you love our Lord, you are a big, deceived liar if you do not love His word. He and His word (truth) are one, declares the Bible. Yeshua /Jesus says "If you love Me keep My commands." You cannot love the Lord without loving His word. The tragedy of our day is that too many people say they love the Lord and they love the word of an imposter!
Seeking truth is liberating indeed, but it puts you on a collision course with error.
The key in criticism is correction. To point out what is wrong is wrong. To point out what is wrong and what is right is right (if done with the right attitude.) Our Lord shows us the way: "I judge and My judgement is righteous, because I seek not My own will." (John 5:30) That's a very powerful verse of scripture!! John 7:24 commands us to "judge with righteous judgement."
The incredible danger of casting down truth
If Satan can render the church powerless, he has full legal rights and abilities to wreck the world. The church is the "light of the world" if this light goes out darkness floods the world.
Satan has been very successful in doing just this. If he can interfere with the truth he can divide the church, rendering it ineffective. If he can go even further and replace truth with error and deception he has achieved a large victory.
The early church was united and powerful. There was one church, divided geographically only. It was distinctly Hebraic in character. One Roman emperor after another tried to destroy the church with intense persecution. This only made the church stronger. In 300AD Satan came up with his ace trump card: Defeat the church from within. Bring in error, the occult and deception. The Roman emperor Constantine stopped persecution and made Christianity the official state religion. But to make it palatable to the masses he mixed in a whole lot of Babylonian occult practices. These were part of his own belief system.
The light went out.
This began the spiritual dark ages. By 600AD the Catholic church was born. It adopted all of Constantine's occult practices, which are still in the church today.
This Catholic church through the dark ages was the most murderous evil institution the world has seen. It institutionalised a host of occult practices and came up with a powerful, evil solution to keep the masses in subjection and deception. This included the removing of the scriptures from the people at large. Bible ownership by the laity was outlawed. In fact many were tortured and burnt to death by the Catholic church, for owning or reading a Bible.
Satan's plan revealed in Pergamos, Thyatira, Laodicea.
Satan masquerades as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14) His plan is to add to, and take away from the truth.
These three Bible words have profound meanings and implications. They paint a frightening picture all too evident, all around us today.
The book of Revelation is a "book of prophecy" (Revelation 1:3) The messages to the seven churches in the opening chapters therefore have a prophetic significance to them as well as historic. In fact, these seven letters plot the course of church history up to the tribulation very accurately. If you want to get a shock read what God thinks of the church!
The seven churches of the Revelation plot the course of church history in the names but also in the content. Here are the names and their meanings: The word Ephesus means 'beloved, becoming relaxed'. It represents the early church era from about 30AD to 100AD. Smyrna means 'bitterness' and represents the era of intense persecution form 100AD to about 300AD. Pergamos means 'thoroughly mixed' and represents the era in which Constantine mixed Babylonian occult practises into the church from 300AD to about 600D. Thyatira means 'perpetual sacrifice' and represents the Catholic era from 600AD into the tribulation. Sardis means 'escaping' and represents the reformation period from about 1500AD. Philadelphia means 'brotherly love' and represents the true, pure church with the "key of David" representing Messianic believers. Laodicea means 'people ruled' and represents the era from about 1900 into the tribulation.
For the purpose of this article we are just going to look at the churches of Pergamos, Thyatira, and Laodicea.
The word Pergamos means 'thoroughly mixed', and this is just what Satan did using Constantine and his Babylonian occult practises This began the defeat of the powerful early church. It was caused by the introduction of error.
This church is told by God "I know your works and where you dwell, where Satan's throne is." (Revelation 2:13) In verse 14 we are told that this church "holds the doctrine of Balaam" and in verse 15 "the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which things I hate" This church has placed a "stumbling block before Israel" the stumbling block is idolatry. The Jews have had many run-ins with God over idolatry in their past. These idolatrous practices within this church are foreign to the Jews. The true gospel is to go to the "Jew first and the gentile" (Romans 1:16)
Satan's throne is a reference to Rome. The Roman emperor Constantine decreed that the state and church be one.
The city of Pergamum had a pagan temple within it called Aphordisia, dedicated to the goddess of sex. 'Worship' was done through sex acts. Participants were pagans and so-called Christians of the day. It was later renamed the temple of the cross in 640AD.
It's very important to identify the doctrines of Balaam and the Nicolaitans. These words offer incredible insight.
●The word Balaam is derived from two Hebrew root words meaning 'swallow' and 'people'
●The word Nicolaitan comes from two Greek root words. 'Nico' meaning to 'conqueror' and 'laos' which means people.
The Nicolaitan heresy in that day insisted on separation of the clergy above the laity. All power was to be given to the clergy who were separated and identified by dress codes, names and the like. Jesus says "call no man father, neither be called masters"!!!!! (Matthew 23:9) They also had belief systems of compromise with the world. They taught that Christians must remain members of pagan clubs.
Jesus says He "hates" the doctrine of the Nicolaitans! It is designed by Satan to keep the people in submission to an all powerful leadership.
Constantine had a vision one night. He saw a blazing cross with the words "In this sign conquer the world" above it. He adopted the sign of the chi-rho superimposed in a sun as his symbol and also as the insignia for his armies. This sign has occult origins. It became known as Constantine's cross.
Here it is:
Can you see the amazing picture coming into place?
Pergamos means 'thoroughly mixed' relating to the mixing of the occult into the church. Balaam means to 'swallow the people' under mind control and Nicolaitan means to 'conqueror the people', which was done by the introduction of the occult and the separation of the clergy and laity.
This church marked the start of Satan's plan, with a new type of church that was completely different from the early church. It marked the start of the failure of Christianity. The church is commanded to repent. (Revelation 2:16)
Now we come to Thyatira as the Pergamos era comes to an end. By now so much error had become institutionalised and entrenched in church doctrine. The Catholic church in those days was very successful in killing all who opposed them. They removed the Bible from the people and outlawed ownership of it. In fact they killed people who broke this law by torturing them to death by burning at the stake.
The word Thyatira means "perpetual sacrifice" Common consensus is that this relates to the Catholic church and its doctrine of transubstantiation which they believe occurs at communion. Transubstantiation means the priest has the power to miraculously change the bread into the actual body of Christ and the wine to the real blood of Christ. This means perpetual ongoing sacrifice. On the cross Jesus said "It is finished"
This church had tolerated the teachings of a false prophetess metaphorically identified with Jezebel who "killed the prophets" (Revelation 2:20) This relates to the fact that Catholic church killed all who came against it. The false teachings were designed to "beguile my people" or mislead them. The original Jezebel led Israel into idolatry and sexual immorality. The Catholic tradition of Easter is also in view here, which was a pagan practice involving sex. This church is full of idolatry. Jezebel had an deep association with paganism.
Jezebel killed the prophets, but she herself was killed and torn to pieces by dogs.
The Catholic church will align itself with the antichrist and kill the people of the prophetic word (Jews). It will be involved in the second holocaust during the tribulation period!
Interestingly Jezebel usurped authority. This church has pagan and idolatrous practices elevated above God's word. The leaders are mere figureheads in subjection to idolatry.
Example: The Bible (New Testament epistles) commands us to keep the feast of Passover. (1 Corinthians 5:8 ; Acts 18:21) The original word is 'Pesach' which means Passover. The evil Catholic church teaches its blind followers to keep Easter.
The Bible often uses double reference in it's language. This church taught "My servants to commit sexual immorality" and to "eat things sacrificed to idols" These terms are often used to describe idolatry in a larger sense.
This church is told that it "knows the depths of Satan" (verse 24) God says of those who "cling" to this church "I will kill your children with death" (verse 23)
The church was given time to repent but it did not. It is therefore cast into great tribulation.(verse 22)
There is no doubt that Thyatira refers to the Catholic church (and other similar orthodox churches)
In history the Catholic church taught that salvation was by works and could even be bought. Now they teach that salvation is by church membership.
The word means 'people ruled' or 'people opinionated' and represents the church era from 1900 into the tribulation. This would very clearly fit most of the denominational churches which have democratic (people ruled) forms of church government. These churches are full of self-opinion opposed to God's opinion.
These churches say..."It's all open to interpretation. There are no absolutes anymore". They allegorise prophecy and whatever suits themselves.
God's form of church government is not the same as the world's. God always calls an individual, anoints him and places him in leadership. This was very clear in the Old Testament and in the early church era. God does not operate the church on democratic principles.
Much maligned Laodicea represents the church of the world and not the kingdom of God. It is full of the world's ways, values and beliefs. This church has a fatal, deadly flaw within it that will lead it to hell. It thinks it can see, yet God says it is blind.(Revelation 3:17)
The incredible tragedy of the pride of thinking that you can see, when God says you can't is that you can't see the truth even if you try. It's worth remembering that pride in all its forms always, always blinds you! This is why the homosexual movement will never see the error of its ways...it is built on gay pride! There is a saying out there: "There are none so blind as those that cannot see!"
How do you get to see truth? There is only one way and that is through humility and repentance before God.
This church is "lukewarm" to the things of God and as a result will be spewed (lit: vomited) out. (Revelation 3:16) This church says it is rich and wealthy, but God says it is wretched, poor, blind, miserable and naked." This church says it is in need of nothing, implying self sufficiency. This church is commanded to repent. Our Lord stands outside the door knocking, implying that this church is not His church.
Satan's plan here is to institute church government based on democracy and people-opinion. This keeps the people lukewarm to God's ways and word and to be self sufficient and dependant. Satan has blinded the spiritual eyes of this church. it is a sitting duck for his takeover and control.
Because Laodicea is inherently blind to truth, Satan has brought in many "truths" and divided it very successfully. Satan's plan is division, while God's plan is unity.
This is the church of "people opinions" In other words its full of variable values and doctrines. Many "people opinions" on doctrine means many divided churches, just like modern Christendom.
"Satan comes to kill steel and destroy". We know that verse so well, but we don't believe it relates to killing truth, steeling unity and destroying God's church, do we?
Some satanic practices that have filtered through to Christendom:
Constantine introduced many other pagan rituals and practises to the church that were born in hell. Most of the particularly evil and Satanic traditions, have through time spread to the protestant churches as well.
The 25th December was decreed by Constantine as the day to honour the birthday of our Lord. This day was called the birthday of the sun as it marked the journey of the sun just after solstice. This was the birthday of Sol Invictus, the "unconquerable sun".
Old Nick is an ancient name for Satan! That may come as a surprise but it won't change the truth!
Here are some quotes and references:Satan is also known as DEVIL, PRINCE-OF-DARKNESS, HA-SATAN, ACCUSER, DIABOLOS, OLD-NICK.
Devil: Besides the name Satan, he is also called Beelzebub, Lucifer . . . and in popular or rustic speech by many familiar terms as Old Nick . . . (Oxford English Dictionary)
Old Nick: A well-known British name of the Devil. It seems probable that this name is derived from the Dutch "Nikken", the devil.
The devil’s trademark “ho, ho, ho” was carried over from the early medieval Miracle Plays to the popular old English play “Bomelio,” as the following lines from the play verify:
Ho, ho, ho! the devil, the devil! A-comes, a-comes, a-comes upon me,. . . a popular old English play "Bomelio" (Dodsley, Robert. A Select Collection of Old English Plays, Vol. VI. The Project Gutenberg Ebook.
The shocking truth is Santa Claus originated from a character identified as the devil or Satan
Well now here is something I'm sure most don't know: "Happy birthday to you...hep hep hurray" This was introduced into church practice originally in the year 933. Why hep hep (pronounced hip, hip)? There is no such word. It is the acronym for "Hierosylma Est Perdita", which means "Jerusalem is fallen" It comes from an anti-Semitic war cry. "Jerusalem is fallen and we're on our way to paradise" which was used in rioting and inquisitions against Jews. The same battle cry was used later in the1819 as Germans attacked and massacred Jews across the nation.
The next time you sing happy birthday to your nice little kid, cast a thought back to the millions of Jews who were slaughtered while this battle cry was being sung.
Infant sprinkling or Christening:
This practice does not exist in the Bible. So where did it come from?
It was introduced by Constantine in 370AD and called baptismal regeneration, in which original sin was supposedly cleansed. It was made compulsory for all citizens of Rome in 416AD. Those who refused were tortured to death by the church. There were millions! No wonder Revelation 17:6 speaking of the great harlot that is most certainly the Catholic church says: "they became drunk on the blood of the saints."
Rome taught that even little babies would not be saved if they had not been infant baptised! The Council of Trent: "Infants, unless regenerated unto God through baptism, whether their parents be Christian or infidel, are born to eternal perdition."
Infant sprinkling originated in Baal worship. The Baal-priest would first exorcise evil spirits and then sprinkle water or oil on the child's forehead making the sign of Tammuz as he did so. This is the letter "T", later adopted as the "sign of the cross."
A brief overview of some other pagan beliefs:
In Babylonian tradition Tammuz was the son of Nimrod and Semiramis. Nimrod ascended to heaven. He became Baal the sun-god. Semiramis was supposedly supernaturally conceived and came down to earth from the moon in the form of an egg. Semiramis then became known as Ishtar (pronounced Easter) from then on. She became known as the goddess o sex. She herself had a supposed supernatural conception. The sun burst rays from the sun-god Baal caused her to get pregnant. The son she had was Tammuz also called the "son of god". Ishtar became known and worshipped as the "mother of god" or the "queen of heaven." Tammuz was killed by a wild pig. Some of his blood fell on a small evergreen tree (pine) which grew into a full tree overnight. These trees were then called sacred and became part of their ceremonies. The trees were cut down and decorated with silver and gold balls in dedication to the sun and moon gods. Jeremiah 10:2-3 "Do not learn the ways of the Gentiles...they cut down a tree from the forest...they decorate it with silver and gold and fasten it down."
The image below represents Tammuz with his crosses around his head and the reunion of Ishtar and Tammuz.
Ishtar proclaimed a 40-day period of sorrow to mark the anniversary of the death of Tammuz. Worshippers were to make the sign of Tammuz (T) over their hearts in respect. (This is the origin of lent) They were also to eat "sacred cakes" with the letter T on top. From then on, the first day after the full moon after the spring equinox a celebration was to be made. It was known as Ishtar's day and was celebrated with the fertility symbols of rabbits and eggs. Because Tammuz was killed by a wild pig, pork was to be eaten on that day.
So, Christmas and Easter involve the eating of a ham. This has Babylonian origins but is also another of the many reasons why the church is a fearful foreign place to the Jew!
The image below shows Ratzinger holding the monstrance, It is used during Easter and other celebrations. It is a sunburst with the wafer of communion bread in the centre. At the bottom (arrowed) is a crescent moon. This is just the point where the priest converts the bread and blood into the actual body and blood of our Lord, or so they believe. It has more to do with the sun and moon gods than anything else!
Let me add that the old King James Bible uses the word "Easter" The original word is "Pasha" which is the same as the Hebrew equivalent "Pesach" which means Passover. Passover has nothing to do with Easter. We are commanded to keep Passover.
I've said in numerous editions and again: A good way to check if your tradition or convocation is of God or the devil is this: Does the world accept or reject it? All of the above Babylonian traditions are accepted and practised by the world. "Satan is the god of this world"
The most dangerous, deadly, deceptive, doctrine of devils and demons ever to be inflicted upon the world by the Catholic church is the lie born in hell that the Catholic church and its leadership are infallible. The Catholic Council of Trent declared in 1562 (still in force): "Let anyone be accursed who would dare to suggest that the church's sacramental rites are impiety."
This church has perfectly fulfilled the plan of Satan
God wants our thinking transformed, but he never operates through mind-control and domination.
Satan's plan has been to fill the church with the occult, divide it, control it and render it ineffective in God's terms.
God's plan is to root out the occult in repentance, return to the truth in spirit-led unity.
Satan's plan for the church involves replacing revelation of God's word with the word of church doctrine, infiltrated with the devil, to produce mind control. God wants us to do His will freely, but he never acts through control...never!
What can you do?
Can you see what has happened in church history? Can you see that the Bible prophesied it all along? Can you see where we are today and how we got here? Can you see what to avoid and what the truth is?
If you have been infant sprinkled or 'baptised' as a baby, you need to break and separate yourself from it. Go before our Lord and break any and all lingering powers or attachments. You need to be adult baptised in the Biblical way. This will absolutely infuriate the perpetuators of the infant christening tradition. You will see the flash of Satan's eye in theirs as they oppose you.
You need to separate yourself from occult practises and return to Godly traditions and practises.
You need to separate your thinking from the traditions and ways of the world.
The message to the seven churches from God in the Revelation, gives a very clear action to those involved in these churches. REPENT is His repeated word. Repent means to forsake, turn around and go a new way.
Breaking and separating from satanic activities is very, very liberating!
You may think that none of these things are important because the world and most of the church thinks that they're okay. God does not think so! read His word without your church doctrine glasses on!
You may think that you're okay because the majority are in the same boat. You may continue on in deception and be saved at the end of the day, but you will be spiritually impotent in this life.
Romans 12:2 "Be not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind". (With the word)
Please don't underestimate the following verses of scripture. They paint an incredibly powerful picture.
1 Corinthian 1:10 "I plead with you brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and same judgement." This chapter is headed "Sectarianism is sin."
2 Thessalonians 2:9-11 "For the coming of the lawless one is according to the workings of Satan, with all power signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they may be saved and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie".
2 Timothy 4:3 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers."
Romans 16:17 "I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you learned and avoid them."
Which churches will fail and follow Satan:
There are many other prophecies relating to the failure of much of the end-time church. The Revelation gives a shocking insight into many churches that are doomed. "They were given time to repent, but did not". "They will be cast into great tribulation" (By the way, this implies that there will be churches that will escape it) "They will be spewed out of God's mouth".
We see in these sections of scripture that many churches will continue in Satan's plan. These will be churches who will align themselves with the world's ways. They will be churches filled with occult traditions. They will be churches involved in the multi-faith movement. They will be churches propagating replacement theology. They will be churches blind to the prophetic word. They will be all the churches of the World Council of Churches including the 'outer, observer' members.
The seeker-friendly purpose-driven church movement is a huge danger to truth-seekers. The emergent church movement will end in hell. The dominionist movement is doomed. Many of the Charismaniac churches are not on the right path.
There is no doubt according to numerous other prophecies that Satan will have a huge army of so-called churches following him and his sidekick, 'the false prophet' of the Bible, in the tribulation period.
It's not my job or yours to decide who is saved or not on an individual basis, but it is our job to know the difference and to know the plans of the devil.
This is a serious warning. We are in the day of fast prophetic fulfilment.
Satan's plan for the church is revealed to us in God's judgement of the church in the Revelation.
Pergamos demonstrates how Satan introduced the occult and defeated the church. It shows how the separation of the clergy above the laity brought the people into subjection and under brutal control.
Thyatira shows us how Satan institutionalised these things into the church, that now knows the "depths of Satan" instead of the depths of God. This church that removed the Bible from the laity, now elevates the word of the Catholic clergy above the word of God. This the Catholic and orthodox churches are "cast into great tribulation"
Laodicea shows us Satan's plan for the church by introducing democracy into church government. It is lukewarm to the things of God. It is essentially a counterfeit church. Laodicea is a clear description of the modern divided denominational church world. God spits it out of His mouth.
Satan's plan is to conquer the people and swallow them up in his ways. It is to "thoroughly mix" in poison.
Amazingly many churches will befriend those of other religions and beliefs, even the devil in disguise, but will come against those who speak the truth.
The answer for this deluded section of the church is not knowledge. It is repentance, which brings Godly knowledge, wisdom and revelation. The big key issue is that these churches refuse to repent. The messages to the seven churches in the revelation does however show that there will be a few who do repent, but not the whole church.
God's true church, will grow in unity, strength and glory. Christ's church will be triumphant and victorious while the church in subjection to Satan's plan will end in defeat.
Where is the true church? It's all over the place. It's all believers who love our Lord supremely and His word. It's all believers who shake off error and risk standing alone against the masses. There may be some in this church or that. It is NOT all who claim to be Christians!
The true church of the living God and the word of God are about to come under extreme attack. Beware the "other Jesus" That will be presented by the weakened, divided church, together with the Muslims and others.
***The next edition will be on God's plan for the church.
1 Timothy 3:15 "The house of God which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of truth."
Acts 13:9-10 "Then Paul filled with the Holy Spirit looked intently at him and said "O full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease perverting the straight ways of the Lord?"
Revelation 12:9 "Satan, who leads the whole world astray."
Heaven or hell:
Salvation, prayer or anything at all has nothing to do with Mary who is no virgin either. (She was before the birth of Jesus only) Ratzinger, what have you done? Your office will serve you no good at all when you stand before our Jewish Messiah, the King of the Jews. How many Jews have you inadvertently prevented from coming to salvation, by your pagan infiltrated church?
Messiah, King of the universe, Lord of all truth and supreme judge of all. Thank you, thank you for the salvation you offer. Thank you for all the glory that lies ahead in our future. Thank you for your wonderful word of promise. Come soon Lord, please come soon.
Here is a beautiful woodcut by Gustave Dore. It's one of a series titled "Paradise lost" and represents Satan surveying his angles in the stolen temple.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 58. 7th November 2010
In this edition:
●Summary of pointers towards the Lord's coming
Jerusalem Post launches new "Christian edition"
●This new monthly edition is a response to the "love shown the Jews by many Christians" The editors say: "It is our hope and wish that Christians and Jews get a lot closer together." The Jerusalem Post is a respected, but secular newspaper. It is now going to facilitate this hope. The latest edition runs this story: "Could Zionist Christians be the lost tribes of Israel" It's a powerful story!
●I will be presenting the Jerusalem Post editor with material for this new, exciting publication.
Summary of signs of our Lord's coming
With so much information on the coming of our Lord scattered in many editions, It's appropriate to do a summary of all the major points in one edition, so here we go. (I've added some new material as well.)
Isaiah 33:6 "Wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times and the strength of your salvation. The fear of the Lord is His treasure." The original word used here for 'stability' comes from the root word for a gyro. In the old days they had big gyros (flywheels) in the hull of ships. They would start these gyros spinning and waves or storms could come from either side, and the ship would stay on course. It is wisdom and knowledge of God's word that will keep us stable and on course through the intense storms that are coming.
Much more important than knowing all the ins and outs of prophecy is knowing our Lord and being known by Him!
Can we trust Prophecy?
Yes we can, but more than that, prophecy speaks to the authenticity of the scriptures in a larger sense as well.
There is an absolutely astounding aspect to number in scripture. People are still finding more and more of these incredible intricacies in the Bible. The Bible was originally written in three alpha-numeric languages. This means that the letters of the alphabet also have numeric values. So you can add up the numeric value of a word. Numbers also have meanings in the scriptures. For example 1 is unity 2 is division 3 is trinity 4 is the world 5 is grace 6 is man under sin 7 is spiritual perfection 8 is resurrection 13 is rebellion and so on.
Every single title for our Messiah in the Bible adds up a multiple of 8. Every single name of the enemies of God in the Bible adds up to a multiple of 13. There are many thousands of others. The bottom line is that these point to the fact that the Bible is miraculous and supernatural. The mathematical odds of this being coincidence are monumental. More on this in edition 13
Prophecy itself also speaks of the veracity of the scriptures. All of the prophecies of the Old Testament fulfilled in Old Testament times were fulfilled 100% literally with not one miss. All of the prophecies of the Old Testament fulfilled in the new were also fulfilled in the same manner. Some were very detailed like all of those of the coming Messiah.
All of the New Testament prophecies fulfilled in this era were also fulfilled exactly. The most important ones here relate to Israel becoming a nation again and Jerusalem being restored to the Jews.
If prophecy was fulfilled literally and exactly in time and space then obviously the remaining prophecies will be fulfilled in the same manner.
Those who claim that the Bible (including prophecy) is all open to interpretation and allegorical have no answer for this.
You are gambling against immeasurable odds if you reject the literal meaning and message of prophecy.
Our Messiah is coming soon:
Many have set dates for the coming of the Lord and missed. We are commanded to look for the coming of our Lord and to know the signs. If a date setter gets it wrong, what have you lost? Nothing at all. I would rather look and be wrong than not look at all and be blind to the signs! There are some whose date setting material has been very superficial, but others who have put much prayerful work into their analysis. They were wrong on the date, but they caused me to give their view serious consideration.
The big things is...what if one of the views is correct? Think about those words for a moment!
The problem with setting any exact date is that there are different calendars and time frames out there. We have the Jewish calendar which had a 360 day year and the Gregorian calendar which has a 365 day year.
So which do we use? And then there are leap years to take into consideration. And then do we factor in the fact that both calendars have been changed along the way? Can you see the problem?
But there is a very easy way of cutting through all the variables.
Our Lord says that He will return during the generation that sees Israel become a nation again. The Bible declares in Psalm 90:10 that a generation is 70-80 years long. The most agreed upon consensus is 70 years. Israel became a nation in 1948, so if we add 70 to that we come to 2018. Then we have to subtract 7 years for the tribulation period, which brings us to 2011 for the start of the tribulation and rapture (if you believe in it).
Now, if we use the 360-day calendar then the end of the 70-year generation after Israel's birth will be 2016. Come forward 7 years for the tribulation comes to 2009! We are most certainly not in the tribulation period now, so this view is wrong. (If we use the 80-year generation, it's still way ahead)
There are numerous other views out there of how long a generation is, so it's difficult to be 100% sure which one is right. One of them is right! Anyway, who cares, the main ones are near enough! Of course it's nice to know as much as our Lord permits us to know, but really, the actual day is not the most important issue. Getting, and being ready is!
Having said that there is a very strong possibility that the tribulation will begin on a the feast of trumpets in 2011. (See edition 41 for more) if not, I will continue to look, watch and be ready. (Note I said possibility!)
What to look for:
There are two comings of the Lord. One for His church and one back to the earth with His church to set up the Millennium. The great majority of the prophecies relating to the second coming of Our Messiah fall in the seven year tribulation period. It's important though to realise that some of these events will have forerunners or "birth pangs"
It's important to know what to look for in regard to the coming of all these events.
There is one single big thing. Israel is Gods time clock. It's not the stars or planetary alignments or some stupid Mayan calendar...its Israel. Everything hinges on and centres around Israel Jerusalem and the Jewish people. Yes there are many other signs of the times, but Israel is the clock.
The main signs that will occur shortly before the coming of the Lord
These are some of the main prophecies I've dealt with in previous editions:
●The birth of the nation of Israel in a day in 1948 and the return of Jerusalem to the Jews in 1967. This is found in many prophecies of the Old and New Testaments. (Isaiah 66:7-8, Amos 9:14-15, Matthew 24:32.)
●The final generation of this era begins with Israel's birth in 1948. (A Biblical generation being 70 years in length (Psalm 90:10; Luke 21:29-32)
●The re-gathering of the Jews to their land, also called the second exodus. (Jeremiah 23:7-8; 31:10)
●The return of the Jews to their land, in spiritual blindness at first. (Isaiah 42:16; Romans 11:25)
●The lifting of the veil of spiritual blindness, once in the land. (Ezekiel 37:11-14; 39:29, Isaiah 35:5)
●The rebirth of the "pure" Hebrew language to Israel before the coming of the Lord. (Jeremiah 31:23; Zephaniah 3:9-13)
●The start of nature's upheavals or "birth pangs" including intensifying weather events, famine and much more.(Matthew 24:8)
●The divided church comes against Israel, gets cut off, before it joins up with the false prophet and antichrist.(Romans 11:22-25)
●The love of many believers grows cold. (Matthew 24:12; 2Timothy 4:3)
●This time period begins to resemble the "days of Noah" (Matthew 24:37)
●Many believers will be offended at the truth and betray one another. (Matthew 24:10)
●In these latter times believers will depart from the faith giving heed to deception. (1Timothy 4:1)
●Perilous times come, savage wolves draw many away to themselves in deception. (Acts 20:27-29; 2 Timothy 4:3)
●Last days scoffers come against prophecy (2 Peter3:3-4; Jude 18)
●A large part of the church becomes lukewarm ahead of it being "spat out" (Revelation 3:16)
●The great apostasy of the church begins.(2Thesselonians 2:3)
●The true church grows in glory and deeper commitment to our Lord, His work and His word. (Ephesians 5:27)
●The gospel preached around the world. (Matthew 24:14)
●Israel singled out for intense persecution including major wars. (Ezekiel 38, 39; Ezekiel 22:20; Psalm 83:4)
●Collapse of the world economy in preparation for a world currency and control system. (Revelation 13:17)
●Technology at the level for the monetary control-system of the "beast." (Daniel 12:4)
●Formation of a world political, religious and economic order ahead satanic control. (Daniel 7:16-24; Revelation 13:1-2)
●Palestinians (Arabs) try to take the land of Israel. (Ezekiel 36:2; Zephaniah 2:8-11)
●The rise of Islamic militancy.(Psalm 83:4; Ezekiel 25:13-17; 28:25; 35:5-15)
●The rise of Russia for its fateful war with Israel (Gog and Magog) Ezekiel 38
●China has an army of 200 million ahead of its end time role. (Revelation 16:12)
●The world's road-map to peace in which the land of Israel is divided and Jerusalem is divided, brings war.(Joel 3:1-2; Zechariah 12:2-3)
●Conflict over the land of Israel and judgement on Israel's enemies (Mica 7:8-10; Ezekiel 28:25)
●Temple reconstruction on the Mount. (Daniel 9:27; Amos 9:11-12; Acts 15:16; 2Thessalonians 2:1-4; Isaiah 2:1-3; Zechariah 1:15; Hosea 6:2-9; Isaiah 56:7)
●The arising of the Messianic Movement and Christian Zionism. (Those who will stand with Israel.) Matthew 10:6; Ezekiel 3:17; Isaiah 52:8; 62:6-7)
●End of 6000 years of Adamic era. (That is 6000 years of generational chronology from Adam to now, but excludes the pre-Adamic world.)
Who is this soon coming Messiah?
He is not some gentle Jesus that you can bring down to your level. He is returning as the God of the universe, all creation and every atom of your being. He is the supreme judge of all and has the keys of heaven and hell. He is a jealous God and a consuming fire.
Before He created the heavens He was. He holds the universe together with His word. He is entirely Holy. His Kingdom is eternal. He is the Prince of Peace, the King of all kings, Lord of all lords, King of glory, the King of the Jews. He is the beginning and end of all things. All will fear and fall before Him, for some too late. His Kingdom will never be destroyed. He is the one who gave you your life, for His purposes and plans. His word is supreme, the highest of all words. He is the One and only way to salvation.
If you do not bow before this Great God now, you will later on at the Great White Judgement in shame, regret, weeping and wailing, but it will be too late.
All arguments against Him will cease in His presence. All the opinions of the world and all it's evil ways will be silenced and destroyed by our King of holiness. Glory, majesty, holiness, peace and victory are the characteristics of the future.
The prophecy jigsaw puzzle is falling into place rapidly painting a clear picture. Only some can see it. Too many, like in the days of Noah, couldn't care less. In fact that itself is an amazing end time prophecy.
In these days of prophetic fulfilment, we need to be ready in heart and be prepared with Spirit-led knowledge. Amazingly very few churches these days preach or teach on these subjects, just at the time they should be! They are preparing their flocks to be lukewarm to the things of God and on fire for materialism and the things of the world.
It all begins and ends with God's work in the promised land, and with the people of promise and the city of Jerusalem. There are far too many ducks lining up in a row now for it all to be coincidence.
This really is the most exciting time to be alive. We have purpose, meaning, hope and a deep inner peace in these dangerous, perilous days!
Hebrews 9:28 "To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time."
Hebrews 10:25 "Exhort one another, so much more as you see the Day approaching."
Matthew 16:3 "You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times."
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake I will not hold my peace and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest until her righteousness goes forth as brightness and her salvation burns as a lamp."
Heaven or hell:
Shock and awe is coming. When you stand before the soon coming saviour of the world with the keys of hell in His hands, what will be the expression on your face? Will be shocked like never before? A great many will be shocked in disbelief, but it will be too late. Disbelief should have been belief in our Lord and exclusive salvation through the cross of Christ
When you stand before the King of the universe soon, will it be with too-late tears of regret or tears of unspeakable joy as our God welcomes you into His kingdom? I can't imagine the shock and regret that will befall all the unsaved! The only way to stand before our great God and King with confidence is by bowing down to Him now.
This is a Gustave Dore woodcut representing Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. What incredible drama this event must have been. Much more dramatic than this is the soon coming recognition by the Jews of their own Jewish Messiah, Yeshua /Jesus
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 57. 30th October 2010
In this edition:
●Concerted attack on Israel by the church
Dramatic news events
A number of news events have just occurred that are so important that they need to be dealt with now. They are shocking indeed, but also point to the veracity of Bible prophecy and the soon coming of our Lord.
As regular readers know I've often spoken of the coming onslaught on Israel by the world and supported by much of the church. This issue is of major importance. The Bible prophecies that Israel will be betrayed by a large part of the church. Israel is the rising fence that no one can straddle. It is the issue that will cause many to run with the world peacemaker, Satan, straight down the road to hell.
Why is it that so much of the church is now openly coming against Israel in a concerted manner? It's almost as if some invisible force is directing them from the sidelines!
Matthew 12:30 "If you're not with Me you are against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters." This verse flies in the face of modern day thinking. Note it does not say "if you are not with Me that's okay because your opinions are valid."
Here are the events that I will look at:
●The Catholic church turns on Israel.
●The Methodist church condemns Israel.
●The Anglican church in a move that threatens Israel.
●The Presbyterian church comes against Israel.
●World Council of churches continues with it's anti-Israel program.
●Palestinians to declare statehood in 2011.
The church greatly endangers Israel.
●Catholic church calls for Israel to get out of the "occupied territories." In a two week synod a few days ago at the Vatican, Middle Eastern bishops of the Catholic church decided that Israel was the "root of the Middle East woes" The final statement declared that Israel must end "occupation". It went on to say that security barriers, military checkpoints, the jailing of terrorists were the reasons behind many of the problems.
In clarifying remarks the synod declared that "the Holy scriptures cannot be used to justify the return of the Jews to Israel and the displacement of the Palestinians" The notion of a "Jewish state" was rejected.
Israel's ambassador to the Vatican, Mordechai Levi, decried the synod's view.
A week ago Benedict XVI and Vatican bishops called on the international community to "take the steps to put an end to the 'occupation' of the territories" The Vatican called for Jerusalem to be given a special status which involves dividing it.
Israel's deputy foreign minister Daniel Ayalon reacted angrily to this, calling it "Arab propaganda."
●The Methodist annual conference has now reviewed its policy on Israel. The church voted to boycott products from Israeli "settlements" calling them illegal. It enflamed the Israeli Chief Rabbi "This is a sad day for Jewish-Methodist relations". The Methodist Conference has "swallowed hook line and sinker a report full of inaccuracies, misrepresentations and distortions of Israeli policy" he said. "The Methodist church should hang its head in shame, just as surely as it will cause the enemies of peace to cheer from the sidelines."
The report also declares that Zionism, and in particular Christian Zionism, is incompatible with Methodist beliefs. The 54-page report was produced by a working group chaired by the Rev Graham Carter, a former president of the church. It states: "The key hindrance to security and a lasting peace for all in the region is the occupation of Palestinian territory by the state of Israel, now in its fifth decade."
It omits mention of Hamas's desire to eliminate Israel.●Anglican archbishop of apostasy.
The archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the head of the worldwide Anglican Church, recently proclaimed, "Christian doctrine is offense to Muslims."
One publication said "It's hard to know where to begin to assess such a statement, when one considers the source. Officially, the archbishop of Canterbury is the chief bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury".
Not only did the archbishop apologize to Islam for Christianity, he turned history on its head in the same document, accusing Christianity of "being promoted at the point of a sword."
The Anglican church has long been a voice of enmity towards God's plan for Israel, being an adherent to the evil doctrine of replacement theology. (I must add that there are some within the Anglican church who do support Israel)
Retired South African Anglican Tutu has just renewed his call for a boycott of Israel.
●A new organisation called Churches for Middle East Peace has just organised a "religious rally against Israel". It's participants include many mainstream denominations. Some of these include sections of the Catholic church, the Anglican church, the Methodist church, the Presbyterian church, the Alliance of Baptists , the American National Council of churches and other Calvinist churches. One participant called Friends of Sabeel called for the dissolving of the Jewish state and replacing it with a "multi-ethnic Palestine".
●Presbyterian church of the USA at its recent synod adopted a dangerous new policy. This is called the Middle East Study Committee (MESC) and was put together by a group of theologians who set out to use theology to delegitimize the Jewish state of Israel. This group calls for the US to withhold financial and military support to Israel. It apologizes to the Palestinians for the fact that the church conceded that Israel has a right to exist. It denies any connection between biblical covenants and the Jewish people. Oddly, this new Presbyterian policy is sub-titled "breaking down walls" It will in fact do the opposite. Reading through all the details it is nothing short of a declaration of war against Israel.
The Anti-Defamation League called this new policy an "offensive attack on Israel, which mixes toxic bad history with politically motivated distortions."
●The World Council of Churches (WCC) has always been anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian. There is a 'same-spirit' among all its members. In fact all multi-faith organisations are anti-Israel without one single exception. In 2007 the evil multi-faith WCC launched an anti-Israel global initiative. It has spearheaded many others since then.
In reading up on all the recent World Council of Churches material, I felt a terrible deathly spirit of antichrist over all the material. Some of it made me very angry. In fact I won't even write on it, it just makes me feel sick. I have not one single positive word or thought towards them. This organisation is prime-evil in disguise.
Isn't it interesting that many of these church institutions are dying dinosaurs in their own right, yet still have the energy to launch attacks against the work of God!
Israel in growing danger:
There is a fast rising swell of churches around the world taking a stand against God's plans for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. Many others are complicit in their silence, but what is particularly important is that many are now coming out in open attack.
Why is this happening:
Firstly, a large part of the church is coming against Israel because it's politically correct to do so.
Secondly, it's happening because deceived, blind leaders are following a spirit and the people at large couldn't be bothered to find out what God's word says. They are blindly submitting their spirit and soul to their church leaders and church doctrine without question.
Please don't email me and tell me not to point out all this stuff and just let things be. My friends, that would not be walking in love. Love warns of coming danger. We are heading for very dangerous times. Eternity is at stake for many!
Judas the betrayer:
Right in the midst of the disciples was the betrayer. Judas thought he was right in what he was doing. He was politically correct. He had the unsaved world (the Romans) on his side. Although the betrayal led to the crucifixion, what Judas and his unsaved partners couldn't see was that God had a plan of victory right through it all!
The betrayer committed suicide and went to hell. His work of betrayal failed. He thought he was right, but ignored Gods plan. He was the failure. All those that were on his side were left in ultimate failure. Our Lord rose from the dead into glorious victory as will all of His true disciples.
Today a large part of the church is the betrayer of God's purpose and plan to bring salvation to the Jews and through them to complete His plan, which He began thousands of years ago. Church betrayal will result in a second Holocaust, but in the midst of it God's plan will be accomplished and ultimate glorious victory will be the end, while the betrayers will be doomed. Church betrayal will result in them being cut off! (Romans 11:22)
You can't come against the work of God ultimately. You can try but you will broken in pieces.Replacement theology (supersessionism)
Replacement theology holds that Jews are not actually Jews. Christians are! It is the evil doctrine that replaces Israel with the church. It maintains that God has finished with the Jews and has no future plan for them. It maintains that all the curses in the Bible are now upon the Jews and all the blessings are on the church. It maintains that the eternal covenants God made with the Jews are for the Christians and that they have no relevance for the Jews. It maintains that the church has superseded the Jews. It rejects any importance for the city of Jerusalem.
Replacement theology was brought into focus by Martin Luther, who wrote a series of the most hateful words against the Jews ever. His writings prefigured the Nazi holocaust almost exactly. Interestingly Hitler often quoted these words written by Luther.
Luther's works volume 47: "The Jews are a miserable accursed people. What shall we Christians do with this rejected and condemned people...we dare not tolerate them. We should set fire to their synagogues and schools and bury and cover whatever will not burn, so that no one will ever see a cinder of them. This is to be done in honour of our Lord and Christendom. I further advise that their houses also be seized, burned and destroyed....their Talmudic writings and prayer books must be taken from them...and much more. Luther died two days after this cursed writing. These volumes go on to define replacement theology.
Interestingly, the Lutheran church today is strong into replacement theology.
Replacement theology leads to replacement reality! The church (much of it) is and will again be responsible for a great many troubles that are coming on Israel.
Most are not aware that Hitler wanted to create a millennium of peace. He believed the Jews were an obstacle to this. Today the world's "roadmap to peace" is essentially no different. It aims to set up Middle East peace, which will translate into world peace, by replacing Israel with Palestine and the Jews with the Palestinians.
Don't be so naive and deceived as to think that the Palestinians want to live under a two state solution. If they do accept it, it will only be as a strategy to take the whole land.
Hitler surveying 'perfect' people for his Jew-less world of peace!
Who are the Palestinians?
The Arab people who became known as the Palestinians were of many different origins. Most originate in Jordan and Egypt and some from Cypress. The majority originated way back from the Philistine people and not from the land of Israel. Palestine on any map is a region and not a country. It was never a state. The Jews never displaced anyone from a country that didn't exist.
The land was given by God to the Jews, then it fell to the Romans, then it came under Ottoman control, then the British mandate controlled it, then the UN gave it back to the Jews.Here is an excerpt from the Palestinian Charter(PLO) It is directly contrary to God's prophetic will and plan:
Article 22: "Zionism is a political movement organically associated with international imperialism and antagonistic to all action for liberation and to progressive movements in the world. It is racist and fanatic in its nature, aggressive, expansionist, and colonial in its aims, and fascist in its methods".
"Israel is the instrument of the Zionist movement, and geographical base for world imperialism placed strategically in the midst of the Arab homeland to combat the hopes of the Arab nation for liberation, unity, and progress. Israel is a constant source of threat vis-a-vis peace in the Middle East and the whole world."
"Since the liberation of Palestine will destroy the Zionist and imperialist presence and will contribute to the establishment of peace in the Middle East, the Palestinian people look for the support of all the progressive and peaceful forces and urge them all, irrespective of their affiliations and beliefs, to offer the Palestinian people all aid and support in their just struggle for the liberation their homeland." (Hogwash!)
●Ramallah October 2010: Salam Fayyad said that they would declare statehood in the summer of 2011.
●A joint survey of Israelis and Palestinians published last week revealed that the majority of Israelis want peace and the majority of Palestinians want war and reject peace talks.
●Reuters (October11 2010) : "Israel makes settlements offer; Palestinians say no." Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Palestinians a trade off. This incorporates a freeze on building of settlements, if they recognise Israel as a Jewish state.
Please don't send me emails on this, it won't change what I believe.
Democracy has been elevated to god-status by the god of this world.
If we were in 1940 now and we had 10 people in a room and we voted on weather homosexuality was okay or not. Realistically, we might get 9 against, citing Biblical opposition to homosexuality as a reason, and one in favour. Democracy would vote homosexuality out. Now fast-forward to today and the same scenario. Now we would get something like three against and seven in favour and democracy would say it's okay. What has changed? God's word hasn't. Modern man has changed, replacing God's values with their own.
Democracy will eventually vote God down and out, in fact its already happening at an alarming pace.
Democracy is and will vote Israel out and the Palestinians in. It will vote for a divided land and city of Jerusalem. It will eventually vote for the antichrist himself.
Democracy is only okay when it is itself in subjection to the word of God. Democracy is on a hell-bent collision course with the living God!
In fact anything released from God's influence will manifest the spirit behind it..
I'm not suggesting a theocracy, I'm simply warning of the inherent dangers of democracy. Most people think that the majority is right. They believe in safety in numbers. There will be a great number in hell.
Prophecy spells it out:
930 times the Bible declares that Israel belongs to the Jews!
Christian, you can only give the Palestinians their "rights" to the land of Israel if you replace the Word of God with your own word!
Genesis17:8 "I give to you and your descendants the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession and I will be their God."
Jeremiah 3:10, 31 "Hear the word of the Lord O nations and declares this in the isles afar off and say, He who scattered Israel will gather him...for the Lord has redeemed Jacob." Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah...for I will forgive their iniquity and remember their sins no more."
Ezekiel 11:16-19 "Although I have cast them off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among the countries, I will be a little sanctuary for them in the countries...Then I will give them one heart and will put a new Spirit within them and take away the stony heart."
Ezekiel 20:41-42 "I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples and gather you out of the countries where you have been scattered and I will hallowed in you before the Gentiles. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you into the land of Israel, into the country for which I lifted My hand in an oath to your fathers."
Amos 9:14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel, they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up, from the land I have given them says the Lord."
Zechariah 2:12 "The Lord will take possession of Judah and His inheritance in the Holy Land and will again chose Jerusalem. Be silent all flesh before the Lord."
Prophetic judgement on the end time church and those in replacement theology:
Ezekiel 36:2-7 "The Lord says: "Because the enemy has said of you (Israel) , Aha! The ancient heights have become our possession" Therefore O mountains of Israel, hear the word of the Lord, surely I have spoken in My burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and all Edom (Arabs), who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted joy and spiteful minds in order to plunder the open country...I have lifted My hand in an oath to Israel, that the nations around you shall bear their own shame, but you Israel shall shoot forth your branches and yield your fruit."
Isaiah 49:26 "I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with wine. All flesh shall know that I am your Saviour and your redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob."
Isaiah 51:22-23 "See (Israel) I have taken out of your hand the cup of trembling and the dregs of the cup of My fury: You shall no longer drink it. I will put it into the hand of those who afflict you, who have said to you, 'lie down that we may walk over you'..."
Jeremiah 30:16 "Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries will go into captivity. Those who plunder you shall become plunder and all who prey on you I will make a prey". vs22 "You shall be My people and I shall be your God."
Amos 1:13 "For the transgression of the people of Ammon (Arabs), I will not turn away it's punishment, because they ripped open the women with child, that they might enlarge their territory."
Zechariah 12:3 "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem and I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples and all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Romans 11:21 "For if God did not spare the natural braches (Jews), He may not spare you either...If you do not continue in His goodness you will be cut off." vs25 "For I do not wish you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own eyes that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in."
1Timothy 4:1 "The Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deception and doctrines of demons."
2 Thessalonians 2:3 "That Day won't come unless the great apostasy comes first"
What can you do:
What you need to do is find out what your church believes on the Israel, Jerusalem, Jew issue. Find out what your church leader believes on replacement theology. It is not my right or duty to tell anyone to leave this or that church. What I am saying is that the fence is rising fast and your eternal destiny could depend on these issues.
Don't get involved with some of these organisations with a right-wing political agenda. Don't get involved with any organisation that supports violence. We as believers walk in love, but sometimes that love also means separation and a breaking from the evil spirits at work in mounting an ever increasing resistance to Israel and Gods work of bringing them to salvation.
There are a great many churches fast becoming aware of these issues and changing their tune. They are now aligning themselves with God and His work. You may want to seek out a church that is open to this.
The only way you can adopt an anti-Israel approach is by denying or casting down the truth of the Bible and prophecy in particular. Many of Israel's enemies in the church do use the Bible but in an allegorical manner. In other words they cast down the literal meanings and foist into it whatever they want it to say.
Isaiah 59:14 "The truth has fallen in the street"
We are on the verge of monumental times. Many will betray Israel. Thankfully, many will not. Many who do will repent and change their ways in line with the Bible.
There are fearful consequences for betraying Israel.
Perilous times are upon us and in the midst is glory and victory.
In the midst of all the confusion, betrayal and apostasy, God will have His watchmen for Israel. He will have many who will be a blessing to Israel. He will have His glorious church moving ever forward with Him in victory.
There is one profound way to say safe and moving with God in these days and that is to have a humble, broken attitude before our Lord and His word. A soft heart and a head full of the WORD is the way to glory.
Matthew 16:3 "You hypocrites, you know how to discern the face of the sky, but you can't discern the signs of the times!"
Matthew 24:33 "When you see all these things know (command) that its near right at the very door."
Hebrews 10:25 "Exhort one another, so much more as you see the Day approaching."
Heaven or hell:
These images were taken of Benedict meeting and praying with Muslims and other religious leaders in a multi-faith meeting in Jerusalem recently. The multi-faith movement sounds good and politically correct. If there are other ways to be saved, the cross and shed blood of our Lord were meaningless.
Only the cross and shed blood of our Lord offer salvation. All other roads may lead to Rome, but be careful, Rome is doomed. Some religious leader giving legitimacy to other religions doesn't legitimise them with God. If you believe that there are other legitimate ways to heaven other than through the cross of Calvary, you are in grave danger.
This is a really amazing painting by Marc Chagall. It is titled "resistance" It symbolises centrality of the cross, but also the resistance of the people to the work of God in their midst. Unfortunately there is no difference today!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!