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Edition 324: August 10th 2016
The drama of the Temple:
The drama of the Temple:
This is a highly controversial issue, full of incredible drama, symbolism and warnings! But it is also liberating. It is a major part of God’s prophetic plan for the close of the age and the next one!
The prophesied Third Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is coming very soon. Don’t go there! Steer clear! Guard your heart! Don’t follow anyone who will lead you to the new temple in Jerusalem.
The Temple Mount was the choice of God for the temples. It began when David offered a sacrifice there; fire came down and consumed it. As a result he said, “Surely this is the house of God.” (1 Chronicles 21:26, 22:1).
When King Solomon dedicated the temple to the Lord, fire came down and consumed the offering. (2 Chronicles 7:1)
Revelation 13:13-14 (The beast or antichrist) “He performs great signs so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and he deceives those who dwell on the earth by those signs...”
The coming Third Temple will be announced by fire, but this time it will be a satanic fire! The nations will fall for the delusion.
I tell you that the Third Temple will not be the house of God but the house of Satan! Untold millions will be deceived right here!
Although not inspired writing, we are told in the book of Maccabees 2:1-13, that Jeremiah the prophet said that the Ark of the Covenant would be unearthed in the last days and installed in a temple in Jerusalem and that fire would come down from heaven as a “confirming” sign.
But there is so much more to the temples, previous and to come that we must know and look into.
Who owns the Temple Mount?
Muslims claim that the Temple Mount is theirs. They claim that the Jews have no rights to it. The Jews claim that the Mount is theirs and was given to them by God’s own covenant. Catholic and other orthodox Christians claim that they have a right to a presence on the Mount.
So who is right?
2 Chronicles 3:1 “Now Solomon began to build the house of the Lord at Jerusalem on Mount Moriah, where the Lord had appeared to his father David...”
Nehemiah 2:19-20 (Nehemiah comes to Jerusalem and views the wall) “But when Sanballat the Horonite, Tobiah the Ammonite official and Geshem the Arab heard of it, they laughed us to scorn and despised us saying, ‘What is this thing that you are doing? Will you rebel against the king?’ So I answered them and said to them, ‘The God of heaven Himself will prosper us; therefore we His servants will arise and build, but you have no heritage or memorial in Jerusalem.”
These verses above are so profound they need no explanation at all. Palestinians, Arab nations, Europe, mass-media, do you want to come against God’s revealed will? You are thieves and the writing of your destruction is on the wall!
Thieving from God is not very clever, but then what do you expect from these blind fools.
Denying the existence of the Jewish temples by Islam is the same as Holocaust denial!
Some organisations working for the rebuilding of the temple include:
●The Temple Institute.
●The Temple Mount Faithful.
●The Descendants of King David. Click HERE.
●Many in the Israeli Government and the recently constituted Sanhedrin are also calling for the rebuilding of the temple now.
The Third Temple is coming soon:
Amos 9:11 “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in days of old.”
Daniel 9:27 “He (antichrist) shall confirm a covenant with many for one week; but in the middle of the week he shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering, and on the wings of abominations shall be one who makes desolate.”
2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away (departure) comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or is worshipped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.”
But what about the following two verses?
Revelation 21:22-23 “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God almighty and the Lamb are its temple and the city (New Jerusalem) had no need of sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of the Lord illuminated it and the Lamb is its light.”
This verse above relates to the New Jerusalem in ages to come, which will not be upon the earth, but above it during the Millennium.
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles this temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”
This verse above relates exclusively to those who are born-again of the Spirit of God and no one else.
The purpose of the temples:
In one word it is holiness!
Every little detail of the construction of the Tabernacle, the Ark of the Covenant, the temple and even the instruments and temple implements, were to be made to 100% perfection according to highly detailed plans. All of this speaks of the holiness of God.
The Third Temple will contain a Holy Place, but without the presence of the Holiness of God.
That will be the key missing component.
The Third Temple will be a perfect example of modern unsaved man. It will represent mans attempt to be right with God, but with Satan ruling his life. The Third Temple will be a tribute to fallen man, to humanism, to failed religion, to all that is unholy.
Let me do a detour here to inform you that there are many who claim that the Ark of the Covenant has been found, or is hidden under the Temple or is in Ethiopia, or who-knows where. It makes no difference because the Spirit of God is not there! So even if it were to appear, it will be an empty shell.
It became a meaningless relic when the temple veil was torn by God from top to bottom on the day of the cross. It may still contain the Ten Commandments in stone, but as said, we now have the law in our hearts.
Jeremiah 3:16 “Then it shall come to pass, when you (Israel) are multiplied and increased in the land in those days says the Lord ‘that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of the Lord.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore.’”
Please don’t pay any attention to the world’s biggest fraud and liar (proved to be so), the late Ron Wyatt, who claimed to have found both Noah’s Ark, the Ark of the Covenant, dried blood of Yeshua and numerous other things that were all a grand deception. Please don’t send me emails on this – look it up!!
Temples of stone:
The end of the road for the Ark of Covenant which contained the law written in stone was a temple building made of stone. It had its purpose, as does the law. But both ended in destruction, with the presence of God being transferred to the believer’s heart.
The temple in stone and the law in stone have similar meanings and implications and relate to a heart of stone, whereas the law now given in our hearts refers to the torn veil, and the empty temple. (Hebrews 10:16)
Bear in mind that a heart of stone goes to hell. (Ezekiel 36:26)
With the temple veil torn, an empty temple without the presence of God will be open to contain the presence of the world’s god - Satan. It will become a universal place of worship to the god of hell and will become a testimony to world-unity based on all that is unholy.
Acts 17: 24-25 “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is He worshipped with men’s hands...”
The 9th of AV:
This year, the Hebrew 9th of AV falls on August 13th. That’s in a few days time. This day is called Tisha b’Av and commemorates the destruction of the first temple and the second which both occurred on the 9th Av. Other severe tragedies and catastrophes to befall the Jewish people have been added to the commemoration, the Holocaust being one of them.
As we approach this day again, could it be significant in relation to the new coming temple in some way? Maybe, we will have to wait and see.
The tearing of the veil:
The Holy of Holies was separated from the Holy Place with a thick veil, whose purpose was to hide, separate and divide sinful man from the presence of the most Holy God. In fact anyone entering this place, besides the High Priest, who had gone through a cleansing ritual before, and on the Day of Atonement, would be struck dead immediately by God.
When our Lord was crucified, as He died, the temple veil was torn from top to bottom, by a supernatural act. It was extremely thick and 60 ft high and torn from top to bottom. It was 30 ft wide and 1 inch thick. It needed an army to put it up. No man could tear a thing like that.
The fact that is was torn from top to bottom again points to a supernatural act of God.
This amazing miracle now left the Holy of Holies open and exposed for all to see and enter in. (Hebrews 6:19-20, Hebrews 10:19-22)
At the crucifixion, the temple veil was torn. At the Second Coming, the temple itself will be torn down as the earth quakes with a huge earthquake with an epicentre right under the Mount of Olives, overlooking the Temple Mount.
If I can put it this way: Those of the new temple have rejected the torn veil. But the veil is torn. So now all their sacrifices, offerings, prayers in the temple amount to crucifying our Messiah again and again.
The veil is torn...you can’t do it again and again. You can’t crucify our Lord twice! (Hebrews 6:6). Perhaps the Catholics and Anglicans should learn that lesson, because that is what they do in the eucharist! Every mass they partake in, including the Christ mass is crucifying our Lord again. Some of them may lean that lesson the hard way in the tribulation!
God does not dwell in a building and does not require, praying hands and priests to be dressed in pretty frocks wearing stupid hats called Mitres, dedicated to the fish-god. No priest stands between God and man. No priest can offer salvation. No priest is holy because he is a priest. No priest of any description is your “father”. (Matthew 23:9)
To presume all of the above is to un-tear the temple veil and to nullify the work of the cross!
Now everyone who had a heart of stone, and now has a soft, Spirit-filled heart, who wants to, can come into the glorious presence of God, unrestricted, with no priest anywhere in sight, and wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans. That’s why those still bound up behind an un-torn veil and in a pretentious building full of evil, priests, hate us.
It is only the work of the cross and the shed blood of the Lamb that “tears the veil.”
The High Priest could only enter through the veil with the shed blood of a sacrificed lamb. (Hebrews9:7)
Hebrews 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”
But be careful how far you take this amazing supernatural story. The eternal Holy of Holies (God’s presence) can only be entered by those with the sacrificial blood of the Lamb in their hearts. Outside of that (unbelievers) will still be struck dead and cast into hell at the presence of God.
You cannot stand in the presence of God without a torn veil in front of you.
The significance of the torn veil and the entrance into God’s presence is exclusively for those who have accepted and believe in the work of the sacrificial blood of our Jewish Messiah and His cross.
So, how do the Rabbis explain the teaing of the veil? They believe that the Roman Emperor, Titus removed it with the other sacred vessels when the temple was destroyed. The main point is that they reject the fact that it was torn from top to bottom by God.
Of course, this means that they reject the cross, as they do. This has massive implications for the Third Temple and the religion of the Rabbis. A Third Temple with an untorn veil or no veil speaks satanic volumes!
There are two massive, all-important messages here specifically for the Jews. Your exciting, end-time redemption draws nigh - very nigh! Secondly, your Rabbis and leaders who reject Yeshua the Messiah and the cross are far-removed, and hell-bound. Jews, please make the right choice!!
The Third Temple and dispensations:
Although the temple, like the law, had a universal purpose of indentifying God’s holiness, it is primarily for the Jews. Temple worship was destroyed at the start of the church age. The law was transferred from the temple to our hearts at the start of the church age.
We can say then that the coming Third Temple will again signal a dispensation change. This will mark the completion of the seventy weeks of Daniel.
It will be marked with the Third Temple. This will be the tribulation temple – in more ways than one!
The Third Temple will be a terrible demonstration of the fact the Jews at large; will still be in unbelief at that time. Their temple sacrifices will be a rejection of the sacrifice of Messiah and the torn veil. This is why they will experience ever increasing wrath at that time.
This is the “wrath-temple.” It is a rapture clock!
It is the rapture that is holding back this new doomed, temple of doom!
The Third Temple, Islam and the antichrist:
“The new temple will be a place of worship for all people!” Oh how sweet! The news media will cry out loud and long about that when time comes.
It is no accident that the Muslims claim the Temple Mount as theirs. It is no accident that the Muslim Dome of the Rock stands where the Jewish Temples once stood. It is no accident that Islam will be part of the new world order’s one-world religion. Jews (unsaved), nominal-professing Christians and Muslims will make up the central core of this evil, satanic, one-world religion.
Is it then any wonder or surprise that the antichrist, most probably a Muslim, will be able to walk into the new temple, unrestricted, to proclaim himself as God?
Today, The Temple Institute has made ready all implements, materials, convocations and even the Temple Priests for the Third Temple. They have drawn up the plans. They have the entire Temple ready and waiting for construction and operation.
But the Temple Mount is no longer, consecrated, holy ground! It is defiled and polluted with Islam. It is soon to be even more polluted, with interfaith religion and its desire for world ruler ship from that Mount.
O yes, the Third Temple is coming and it will be consecrated afresh, cleansed and prayed over by rabbinical priests. But they have no spiritual power. And then it will become intensely polluted by the antichrist himself at the half way mark through the tribulation period.
The deep satanic spiritual pollution of interfaith, Islam, Rabbinical Judaism, and nominal Christianity / Catholicism will all collectively exalt the Third Temple, but it will be a stench in the nostrils of God.
By the way, the Bible speaks of Jews who are not saved as the Synagogue of Satan. (Revelation 3:9)
Europe’s resistance to God is another nail in its coffin.
Europe’s desecration of God’s will, and disgusting, shameful condemnation of so-called Israeli settlements in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, the Golan and the West Bank, in effect hands the Temple Mount to the Palestinians.
Europe and the UN for that matter have in effect made a mockery of the outcome of the 1967 war in which Jerusalem (all of it) was returned to the Jews, in line with God’s word.
Europe and the UN have declared that East-Jerusalem, which includes the Temple Mount, as “occupied territory.” Islam, by numerous “fatwah’s “ has done the same.
Today, the unashamed goal of Europe and the UN is to make Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, a world-religion capital, but given to Palestinian claims first.
Here is a powerful answer to Europe, the UN and all nations and people opposing God’s will and plans. You can add to this Psalm 83!
Isaiah 8:9-10 “Be shattered, O you peoples, and be broken in pieces! Give ear, all you from far countries; gird yourselves, but be broken in pieces. Take counsel together, but it will come to nothing; speak the word, but it will not stand, for God is with us.”
The destruction of the new Third Temple:
Many people, Jews in particular, will be horrified at that headline above. They’re waiting for and expecting the Third Temple to be built and I’m talking about its destruction!
The Third Temple will be built and soon, but it will be the shortest surviving temple. It will last for three and a half years only.
And who will destroy it? It won’t be the Muslims! It will be our Lord Himself at the Second Coming. Do you think our Lord will use the temple, polluted by inter-faith, Islam and the antichrist for His rule and reign for a thousand years? Never!
We don’t know this, but it’s also possible that the earthquake that will strike the Mount of Olives and surrounding areas at the Second Coming also knocks down the temple.
Zechariah 14:4 “In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which faces Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives will be split in two from east to west, making a very large valley; half of the mountain will move towards the north and half towards the south.”
The two verses that imply our Lord will return to the Mount of Olives and then proceed through the now-closed Golden Gate into the temple should be taken cautiously. If you read the context surrounding them, they refer to the “east gate” of the Millennium temple, not even in Jerusalem.
It’s an amazing fact that the dispensation of the law, the sixty nine weeks of Daniel, was characterised by two temples. The dispensation of the tribulation, the seventieth week of Daniel, will be characterised by a temple. Then we go into the Millennium and there is no temple on the Temple Mount anymore.
You have to be blind, deceived or plain ignorant not to see dispensations here.
The Millennium Temple:
This temple will not be built in Jerusalem on the Temple Mount. It will be built 16 miles or 25 km to the north out in the desert. It will not be built with regular methods. It will be built by our Lord Himself at the command of His word.
Someone once said, “Oh that’s a long way off, so we don’t need to be concerned with it.” What if the Millennium is only seven or eight years away!
Ezekiel chapters 40 to 48 describe the Millennium temple.
Zechariah 6:13 offers more insight into this temple.
This is a huge subject. I’ll be doing a separate edition on it soon.
Possible Temple scenarios:
We are racing towards the close of the age and the start of the tribulation period, which requires a temple in Jerusalem, at least at the half way mark through the seven years.
●One very real, possible scenario is for war to break out and the Dome of the Rock to be a “victim”, clearing the mount for the Third Temple.
●Another possible scenario is for that war, or the ongoing conflict between Arabs and Jews, to result in a peace declaration or covenant of some sort which would contain a peace deal involving the Temple Mount. This could be part of Daniel 9:27.
●Another possible scenario is for a world inter-faith organisation to create a deal in which the Temple Mount and coming temple is shared between the major religions and becomes the desire and hope of the nations, the bridge between religions.
Any of these or a mix of them are real possibilities.
The issue with this entire subject is that it all points to the fact that time is just about up. If all the other signs and pointers are before us, this means that we will see all these begin to take place very soon.
Beware: The appearance of the Third Temple is prophesied. It will be built very soon. All those under the law will run to it, accept it and venerate it. Beware, my Messianic friends. Some of you are under the law and you know it. You are on thin ice!
I took this picture in a weird and wonderful, beautiful spot in the enormous Makgadigadi Desert, called Kubu Island. This is an awe-inspiring, spectacular and strange place. It’s all 4X4 territory and then only if it’s not flooded. There are no roads facilities or infrastructure at all. This desert is over 20,000 sq km in size.
If you would like to see more pictures of this “un-earthy” landscape, click HERE.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 323: August 3rd 2016
Terrorism – almost impossible to defeat, but its end is nigh!
Terrorism – almost impossible to defeat, but its end is nigh!
►Please note throughout this edition how amazingly relevant the Bible verses are that I’ve chosen, to today’s situation. They may as well have been written yesterday!
Terrorism is increasing in Europe, the USA, UK and other nations. It is getting worse. It must get worse if the world is fast approaching the tribulation period. Many people think that it’s just a passing situation and will soon be gone and done with.
Mark13:7 “When you hear of wars and rumours of wars; see that you are not troubled. For all these things must come to pass, but the end is still not yet.”
The original word used for “rumours” is Strong’s G189 = “Akoe.” The word is used to describe an audience hearing a report of, or hearsay of an event.
This is the secondary weapon of the terrorist. It is the fear created in and by the report of the event.
The turmoil, of terror creates the tumultuous headlines of revolution and mayhem. But we must know that the lawlessness and chaos of terrorism emanates directly from Satan himself.
You will be surprised how much the Bible has to say about terrorism and how relevant and accurate it is in today’s terms!
The big weapon of the terrorist is not bombs, bullets and murder, it is mass fear. Fear reduces your ability to defend yourself and when severe enough it, leads to giving up, capitulation and surrender.
Fear is a powerful weapon of the enemy, but in most cases is actually empty, unless you were directly hit. It is a weapon to intimidate and produce control. This is the central tenant of Satan and his ready hosts –Islam (and others).
Fear as the terrorist’s weapon, strikes much further and wider than the terror event. In fact its reach is worldwide.
The world is helpless in the face of terrorism and is at its mercy. Or is it?
This is the “or is it?” edition!
Terrorism, the definition:
The Bible uses a number of original words translated as “terror”. They each have very insightful meanings and are relevant to today’s situation. The original words used for “violence” are similar in many respects. The word “terror” appears 29 times in the Bible.
Terrorism is undeclared war and is particularly heinous and evil because it preys on soft, vulnerable targets, which are always innocent, in the fact that they are the soft public at large. Terrorism glorifies martyrdom at the expense of the softest of soft targets.
Proverbs 6:16-19 “These things the Lord hates: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift to run to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.”
God hates the shedding of innocent blood. This applies perfectly to terrorism, and by the way, it also applies perfectly to abortion.
It is Satan himself who comes to “kill, steal and destroy.” (John 10:10) The Quran calls its believers to violence 109 times.
Terrorism is a world war. It is WW111 in another form. It can’t be defeated with 10 atom bombs.
Here are some Bible definitions for you:
Terror: ●Hebrew= Strong’s H2847 – “Chittah”. Meaning = Terror, fear.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H928 – “Behalah”. Meaning = Sudden terror, panic and ruin.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H367 – “Eymah”. Meaning= Terror, idols, dread, terrible horror.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H4737 – “Maaratsah”. Meaning= Terror, violence, shock, awe.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H1091 – “Ballahah”. Meaning= Terror, dread, alarm, calamity.
●Greek= Strong’s G5401 – “Phobos”. Meaning= Fear, terror, dread, strike, terror.
Violence: Hebrew= Strong’s H2555 – Chamac (Hamas) Meaning= Cruelty, injustice, damage, terror.
So now, if we put all of these together we come up with a universal, biblical meaning of “terrorism.”
►Terror is a dreadful sudden-strike, an alarming, cruel, unjust, event, creating ruin, horror, panic, fear, shock, awe, dread, and calamity.
Terrorism’s weapon – fear:
Terrorism is primarily psychological warfare. If you think about it, just a few people dying in a terror attack rocks the whole civilised world by the fear it creates.
Fear: ●Hebrew= Strong’s H3372 – “Yare”. Meaning= Terrify, afraid, fear, awe, reverence, revere.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H3374 – “Yirah”. Meaning= Terrifying, awesome, fear.
●Hebrew= Strong’s H4172 – “Mowra”. Meaning= Awe-inspiring spectacle
●Greek= Strong’s G5401 – “Phobos”. Meaning= Fear, striking terror, dread.
●Greek= Strong’s G1167 – “Deilia”. Fear, cowardice.
Jeremiah 1:8 “Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you.”
The verse above is on the mark! Fear is the face of terrorism that the whole world sees.
►Fear is the way to overcome fear!
Proverbs 14:26-27 “In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence...The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life to avoid the snares of death.”
If we as believers nurture and walk in the fear of the Lord, it will drive out the fear of the devil. It is the fear of the Lord that makes us strong and brings our Lord into our lives in a special way. Please study the fear of the Lord yourself. You will see amazing and wonderful benefits.
We could say: We must put our faith in the fear of the Lord.
***2 Chronicles 16:9 “The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him. In this you have done foolishly; therefore from now on you shall have wars.”
Psalm 11:5 “The Lord tests the righteous, but the wicked and the ones who love violence, His soul hates.”
Do you know that Islamic terrorists actually love violence!
Proverbs 29:10 “The bloodthirsty hate the blameless, but the just seek his wellbeing.”
Psalm 73:6 “Pride serves as their necklace; violence covers them like a garment.”
Islamic terror’s purpose:
The aim of Islamic terrorism, as far as Israel is concerned, is the same as Catholic-created replacement theology, now in most churches. It is to replace and get rid of the Jews. The aim is the same as Nazi Germany. The church does it by doctrine. The Nazi’s did it by murder and Islam does it by both.
The aim as far as the world is concerned, is world domination and control.
The underlying purpose behind Islamic terror is to create capitulation so that Islam and Sharia law can march in. But on the way to world domination, Islamic terror first has to get past Israel, subduing and converting the Jewish state to Sharia / Islam!
That is where Islamic terror meets its match and ultimate defeat.
Israel is called and chosen by God to become His great and final work in the world. The Jewish state will soon become Yeshua’s state, exalting the cross of Calvary, with Islam destroyed. How’s em apples, terrorist?
As Islamic terrorists hit soft targets, they, also infiltrate “soft” nations to start with. This is why Islamic terror, has such a tough time making any headway in Israel. Israel is Islam’s worst nightmare. Europe, on the other hand is Islam’s dream.
Europe is a leader in moral cowardice, surrender and hatred for God’s plans for Israel. Europe has become a good friend of the devil.
I have just read a shocking article on the rapid increase in anti-Semitism in Europe, France in particular. If you don’t think there is a relationship between Islamic terrorism and anti-Semitism in Europe, you don’t know God or His word at all.
You see, by importing great mobs of Muslim migrants, into Europe, the UK, US or anywhere, you are importing raw Islam. You are importing anti-Semitism! Please find me one active Muslim who is not deeply anti-Semitic! That person does not exist. You are importing enmity with God. You are importing your ultimate doom!
Learn your lessons from Israel, you stupid nations! But you won’t! You would rather attack Israel, because Satan is your god.
America, many are saying it’s too late for you. I’m not so sure.
America has been a great not because it has been good, but because it has been a nation under God, supportive of Israel. So, is the new bad of America going to sink her? God does not destroy a nation because of its sin. He allows a nation to fall because the light has gone out! So, can America still be spared? It’s really up to you...the light!
Why, the plague of terrorism?
There is a strong principle in the Bible in relation to defeating an enemy. This obviously is not relating to our personal walk as a Christian – that’s another subject. The principle is that if you won’t defeat your enemy, your enemy will defeat you!
Numbers 33:50-55 Instructions for the conquest of Canaan: “Moses, speak to the children of Israel and say to them: When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, destroy all their engraved stones, destroy all their moulded images and demolish all their high places...but if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you, then it shall be that those who you let remain, shall be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your sides, and they shall harass you in the land where you dwell.
The very real Palestinian problem of these days is a result of Israel disobeying the verses above!
Numbers 32:20-23 “Moses said to them; if you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the Lord for the war, and all your armed men cross over the Jordan, until He has driven out His enemies from before Him and the land is subdued, then afterwards you may return and be blameless before the Lord and before Israel, and this land shall be your possession. But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the Lord; and be sure your sin will find you out.”
Proverbs 1:24-27 “Because I have called and you have refused...you disdained My counsel and would have none of My reproof, I will also laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you.”
If only Israel obeyed these verses ages ago when they were given, the story would be different. But it’s not too late, and thankfully, Israel is now taking appropriate action.
The mass - media and terrorism:
The biggest problem people have, is wrongly identifying the problem! In a war, military advisers are normally key components of the defence force. In dealing with terror, it’s a different story.
The much greater problem stemming from this is that people go to the news media for their information. There is nothing wrong with getting the facts from the media, but be very careful when things spill over into opinion!
In fact if you receive the opinions of the mass - media, you are already defeated.
May I remind you of a truth I have mentioned many times: Satan is the “god of this world.” As such the mass media is his mouthpiece and deliverer of his opinions. Satan is the “kosomkratos” (world power). He is the deceiving power behind media.
The reason why most people can’t see Satan at work is because they are blind to the spiritual realm. It’s also because they have given themselves, albeit inadvertently, to him and come under his blinding force. (2 Corinthians 4:4). On top of this, they wilfully “believe not” the things of God. So God Himself has also blinded them. (2 Thessalonians 2:11)
Then add to these things the spiritual curses anti-Semites and anti-Semitic nations have inflicted upon themselves and you begin to see why so many people and nations are totally doomed today. (Genesis 12:3)
The blind mass-media pick on a few good Muslims doing good things (and there are many.) Then they extend that further in their blindness, saying that Islam is a religion of peace. Now they have given sanction to this evil religion of mass murder.
It is anything but a religion of peace, calling it’s believers to violence 109 times, including dismembering, torture, beheading and more.
The end objective of Islam is world domination and control. Oh yes they believe in peace...but what they mean by peace is the absence of resistance to Islam and forced submission to Sharia law, which violates untold numbers of human rights!
They have also contributed to deceiving the whole world. They identify some problem areas and then justify the rest of Islam and claim it is a religion of peace!
More lies have been invented and told by the mass-media about Israel than anything or anyone ever!
Political correctness is on the road to self - destruction and world war. The politically correct believe the incorrect mass - media and the political liars in power today. They refuse to see or even admit that the root of the terror-enemy is the religion of Islam.
You, my friends, need to know these things. The Christian world has had the great privilege of holding all these truths and answers in their hands for nearly 2000 years. But today, the blind guides in the pulpits have deprived and starved the sheep of these powerful truths.
Israel’s answer to terrorism:
Israel has had one victory after the next in conventional wars and in defeating terrorism. Today Israel is teaching other nations in Asia how to deal with terrorism. Surprisingly and shockingly, Europe and other nations, to a lesser extent criticise and blame Israel for the trouble.
How does Israel deal with terrorism? They identify it right on the nose and then they go after them and destroy them. Then, normally, a week or so later, the Israeli Defence Force goes in and demolishes the homes of the families of the terrorists. Unlike the terrorists, the IDF removes the family from the house before destroying it.
How does Europe deal with them – they invite them in, appease them, give them all sorts of rights in the name of political correctness, and then come crying to the world when they get blown up.
How many Quran-believing Muslim migrants are being allowed into Israel in the name of good neighbourly, political correctness...any ideas? None is the answer.
And how many Quran-believing Muslim migrants is Europe, the US and others taking in? A great mass is the answer.
God will use His and Israel’s enemies to punish Israel and bring the Jews to salvation. But do you think God will say thank you to His enemies for this work? He will kill them all!
Obadiah 1:10 “For violence (Lit-Chamac, Hamas in English) against your brother Jacob (Israel) shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off forever.”
Isaiah 10:33 “Behold, the Lord of hosts (armies) will lop off the bough with terror; those of high stature will be hewn down, and the haughty will be humbled.”
Terrorism will be defeated:
Ezekiel 13:18 “...Will you hunt the souls of My people and keep yourselves alive?”
You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that terrorism is impossible to prevent with any normal defences. It’s impossible to safeguard all soft targets everywhere all the time. So in effect terrorism is the most powerful “weapon” in the world. Or is it?
There is a way and means of defeating terrorism. God advised it in His word. Israel has used this method and perhaps not surprisingly, Israel will totally defeat terrorism again.
The reason why Europe, the US and the UK won’t use this method is because they don’t want to. They have been blinded by God and the devil. They believe in the inerrant goodness of man and religion. They are too stupid to acknowledge God.
The only effective way to defeat terrorism is to defeat and break the back of the cause, which is Islam. Yes terrorism exists in other spheres, but not to the same extent as with Islam.
Pretty soon Islamic terror will have crossed the line. There is no doubt that Israel is Islam’s prime target. There is no doubt that Israel, currently on the sidelines, will soon be drawn into major Middle East conflict. There is no doubt that Islamic terror will soon step up activities in Israel.
There is no doubt that Israel will react in a way severe enough to destroy the Islamic soldiers of terror.
Deuteronomy 33:29 “Happy are you O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, the shield of your help and the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, and you shall tread down their high places.”
Psalm 125:3 “The sceptre of wickedness shall not rest on the land allotted to the righteous, lest the righteous reach out their hands to iniquity.”
The sceptre of wickedness in the verses above is most certainly Islam!
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold, all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Ezekiel 35:12-14 “I, the Lord have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.’ Thus says the Lord God: ‘The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.” (Arab nations.)
Islamic terrorism is going to get a lot worse, before Israel and a few other nations rise up in fury and anger against it. But they are already sowing the seeds of their own destruction.
The amazing thing is that Europe and the world are and will turn against Israel more and more in the near future and it is Israel that will be serving the world by defeating and destroying this terrible enemy which the mass-media loves so much.
Oceans of peace
As believers living in the light and love of our Lord and the darkness and hatred of Islam all around us, we can and must live in internal peace. What a privilege we have.
Isaiah 66:12 “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream...and you shall be comforted in Jerusalem.”
Psalm 91:5-6 “You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that walks in neither the darkness, nor the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”
The great defeat of Islamic terrorism by God’s “battle-axe” Israel, will take place, but it will only be completed towards the end of the tribulation period. (Jeremiah 51:20) The beginning of the defeat of Islamic terror has begun.
Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You.”
I took these pictures in beautiful Namaqualand, breaking the rules of photography, and shooting directly into the sun from a position lying flat on the ground and looking up. Once a year for a few weeks, this desert, a few thousand sq. kms in size becomes the most beautiful place on earth with wild flowers from horizon to horizon. It covers the west coast of South Africa extending into Namibia.
If you want to see more pictures of this wonderful, peaceful place, click HERE
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 322: July 27th 2016
The immense gravity and evil of Replacement Theology
The immense gravity and evil of Replacement Theology:
Exodus 32:26 “Then Moses stood up in the entrance of the camp and said, ‘Whoever is on the Lord’s side, let him come to me.’”
In this edition I want to share with you some very important and relevant issues that you must know in these days. This is all a very powerfully spiritually charged issue. It will be the fence of division between heaven and hell for many, as it is even now.
There are great attacks intensifying now in this area and also great victory, joy and peace right here.
Whose side are you on?
What is Replacement Theology?
It is essentially the belief that God has finished with the Jews as an entity and that the church has replaced the Jews. This obviously extends through to the city of Jerusalem and Israel as a whole, both of which are inextricably linked to the Jews and their future.
Proponents of this evil theology maintain that all the blessings contained in the Bible now come upon the church and all the curses upon the Jews. They claim and teach that wherever you find the word “Jew” in the Bible it must replaced with “Christian”. “Jerusalem” must be replaced with the “church” and “Israel” also becomes the entire church.
Those of replacement theology teach that God has finished with the Jews because they rejected their Messiah and because they crucified Him. They maintain that the only future for the Jew is to get saved, become a Christmas Christian, and he must then go to church on Sunday like all nice happy Christians and eat marshmallow rabbits and the Easter ham.
All of those who are into replacement theology reject the end-time prophecies relating to the Jews, Jerusalem and Israel. The eschatology of the replacement theologian has no place for the Jew and is only concerned with riches and good coming upon themselves.
The evil roots of Replacement Theology:
It was the devil working in and through his ready agents, Constantine, and the Catholic church, spreading later to the Reformers and now the major denominational and orthodox churches, who created replacement theology. Unfortunately in these days, even some Spirit-filled churches have bought into the great lie and deception.
And, let me tell you, that it is a great deception. Perhaps the majority of the professing church in these days supports replacement theology. Some are covert in their support and some are supporters of it by and in their silence.
Semi-Christian organisations like the BDS Movement are fully into replacement theology. They are anti-Semitic, which is one of the evil off-shoots of replacement theology.
The objective of Replacement Theology:
The final objective of replacement theology is the replacement reality of getting rid of the Jews. Its logical conclusion is another Holocaust. The spiritual objective is to prove God a liar and wrong. If Satan can do that, he has a legal right to escape his own end-time judgement.
The objective of replacement theology in the heart of so-called Christian proponents is to elevate their pride of race, grace and place with God. It is to put down the Jews and elevate themselves.
There are many other grave dangers involved in replacement theology. To mention just three: Its proponents have to reject biblical dispensations and have to be post- tribbers. (But more on that further down). Secondly, they will end up in the camp of inter-faith on the way to hell!
Thirdly, if God has finished with the Jews, then there is no significance to the land of Israel. The two-state solution may as well be a many-state solution.
Mass death caused by one word removed from the Bible by the Catholics:
Replacement theology has led to the mass murder of untold millions of Jews through the age. No wonder the Jews are afraid of having anything to do with the church.
But let’s have a brief look at how it came about, so that we can steer clear of it, expose it and condemn it.
“Israel” and “Israelite” appear 79 times in the New Covenant. In all but two occasions it is referring to literal, Jewish Israel and not the church. Romans 9:6 and Galatians 6:16 are the exceptions – or are they?
In the original Bible, the word “kai” means “also”. One little omission of this word in the King James and other older Bibles in which the Catholic church had influence, has been responsible for almost all of replacement theology and its replacement reality of the mass murder of Jews.
Galatians 6:16 “Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule – to the Israel of God.”
At face value as we read that verse above it could easily mean that the “Israel of God” is the church. If that were so, we could also say that God is finished with Israel.
Now let’s look at the original translation: Galatians 6:16 “Peace and mercy be upon all who walk by this rule and also upon the Israel of God.”
Now we have put in the original word “kai” meaning “also”.
Do you see it? If we say that the church is the “Israel of God” it leaves no room for Israel. But if we say “Peace and mercy to all who walk by this rule AND ALSO TO THE ISRAEL OF GOD” It actually means that the Israel of God is a separate entity from the church. The “Israel of God” are the saved Jews.
So, in short, the proponents of replacement theology believe and teach that God has cast away the Jews, because they have stumbled into rejection of the Messiah, Yeshua. They believe that God’s initial calling on the Jews has been withdrawn by God and given exclusively to themselves.
Here is God’s contradiction of you, Reverend Replacement Theology. Read on and you will see just how serious God treats this issue and how He will replace you from the kingdom of God!! ...Oops!
Here are your questions, Reverend Replacement Theology:
●Has God cast away His people? God’s answer is: Certainly not! (Romans 11:1)
●God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. (Romans 11:2)
●Have they stumbled that they should fall? God’s answer is: Certainly not! (Romans 11:11)
●Do not 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. (Romans 11:25)
●The gifts and calling of God (upon Israel) are irrevocable. (Romans11:29)
Now, let’s write that out:
►God has not cast away His people the Jews, because He foreknew that they would return to Him. They have certainly not stumbled so that they should fall forever. Their hard hearts are only in part, until all the Gentiles are saved. God’s call upon the Jews is irrevocable! DO NOT BE A STUPID, IGNORANT IDIOT WITH THIS MYSTERY!
The great backfire:
The great backfire upon the church leaders, ministers and congregation members of every single one who is wilfully into replacement theology is this:
They believe and think that they have superseded the Jews. They believe that they have replaced the Jews and have God’s favour upon them.
Here is the great OOPS: The truth is the exact opposite!
Romans 11:17-18 “If some branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches (Jews).”
Romans 11:20-22 “Because of unbelief they (Jews) were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty but fear, for if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Consider the goodness and severity of God: On those who fell, severity; but towards you goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off.”
►I hope you see the gravity of this situation! I don’t know one other false doctrine that contains the threat by God of being cut-off and not spared!
Replacement Theology is also called “Supersessionism”.
The word “supersede” means to supplant and replace another thing. It comes from the Latin word “Sedeo, which actually means “to sit upon.”
So, you ignorant minister of replacement theology, you think you can “sit upon” the Jews and elevate yourselves? According to my Bible it will be you who is “sat on” by God!
Oh, and while I’m really angry let me ask you a few questions you ministers, reverends, and bishops of replacement theology:
United under the hat of hell:
Why do you separate yourselves above and apart from the laity in your Babylonian dress, names and titles?
The Catholic ceremonial mitre (hat), must maintain the appearance of a fish-head from the side with the mouth open. This originated in the evil pagan-worship of the Babylonians in honour of the fish-god Dagon. (Look it up). Today it is used by all orthodox churches, mainly the Catholics, Anglicans, Eastern Orthodox, Russian Orthodox and some other churches like the Lutherans.
So, those who wear this ridiculous hat are actually in submission to the fish - god Dagon, knowingly or not! Why do you wear the hat of the fish god – Dagon, you frauds?
Other items commonly used by the clergy are the Canterbury cap, Cassock (floor-length dress-like garment), Ferraiolo (full-length cape), Collarino (Clerical collar), and numerous types of hoods, scarves, coats, crosses.
The one thing that all of these items have in common is that they visually separate the clergy from the laity. In fact they “elevate” the clergy above the laity. This is exactly what the Bible condemns with words like “hate”. It’s called the doctrine or practise of the Nicolaitans. (Revelation 2:6, 15)
“Nicolaitan” means “to conquer the people"!
You can add too all of this, the evil insistence by the clergy of being called “father”. Like hell they are my father! I will never ever call any minister “father” – never! Here are the words of our Lord:
Matthew 23:9 “Call no man on earth “father.”
So now, you evil wolves and blind guides, of replacement theology, do you see how far you are from God?
Do you know how the Catholics, Anglicans and others get around this? They simply cast down the word!
I warn you today: I warn you, I warn you – flee anything and everything to do with the Catholic church and others of similar orthodox origins and everything even vaguely to do with replacement theology. There are spirits at work here too powerful for you to handle!
Another very important thing to understand is that the replacement theology of the Catholic church and other orthodox churches, is not only concerned with getting rid of and replacing the Jews, but also all things Hebraic in terms of customs, convocations and traditions. Their big concern has been to re-characterise the church and replace Hebraic tradition with Babylonian, pagan, occult tradition.
The good news:
In spite of the years of replacement theology, a wonderful thing is happening with many churches:
Many are now celebrating and identifying with Hebraic convocations. More and more Christian believers are now using the true name of the Messiah – Yeshua. Christians, in growing numbers are indentifying with the feats of the Lord.
More and more Christians are recognising their Jewish roots and rejecting the church’s pagan, Roman, inflicted roots. Hebraic traditions, customs and biblically rooted practises like the blowing of the shofar, the appearance of the tallit and menorah are becoming common place with many Christians.
No I’m not talking about coming under the law, just identifying with this work of God.
►Interestingly, according to Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, Many Israelis are noticing these things and some are even saying that this is all happening because we are in the Messianic era. Cahn tells WND that this is not a new Christian faith, but a “dramatic reformation of the faith in its original true form.”
How absolutely, wonderfully true that is! And that is exactly what the Bible has commanded the Gentile church to do and be all along! (Romans 1:16, Romans 11:11)
The funny thing (not so) is that Jews will rather spit before walking into a traditional church. Now they feel welcome, loved, accepted and a strong sense of identity and belonging in these new Messianic fellowships.
Some are even discovering that the Messiah is a Jew! (What a terrible reproach on the Catholic church!)
The end of the story:
Sometimes it’s a good idea to find out what the end of the story is, especially when it is clearly spelt out in the Bible.
So, how do the replacement theologians get around and explain the Bible’s all out condemnation of replacement theology and support for God’s plan for the Jews in hundreds of verses?
They have one brilliant method – so brilliant it had to be born in hell. They simply reject the veracity of the Bible. They claim it’s not literal, but is all allegory. They cast down God’s word and elevate themselves above the word, which is in fact casting down God and elevating themselves above God. They are setting themselves up as God’s judge.
Here is the end of the story for the Jews:
Romans 11:11-15 “Have they (Jews) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! Through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness...If their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will be their acceptance, but life from the dead.”
“God will graft them in again.” He will bring glorious salvation through the Jews to the world. What a slap in the face for the wolves in the pulpits!
The great tragedy, as we have seen above, is that God will cut off those in replacement theology. In fact He is doing it right now! So, He cuts off just as He grafts the Jews in.
Does this not bring to mind to failure of Nazi Germany and the Holocaust? The big difference though is that this is the enormous eternal failure of a division of Christianity, not Nazi Germany!
So, now who do you think you are, you anti-Semitic replacement theology minister, poisoning your sheep?
God’s rejection of Israel because of unbelief is not final and permanent. It is temporary. It is the duty of the church to speed up their final salvation, not cut them off and replace them!
“Has Israel stumbled and fallen completely” – Certainly not says Paul. Let me say that again: Certainly NOT. Do you hear and see that you demon inspired, denominationally blind guides – Certainly NOT. God has not replaced the Jews. Gods call on the Jews is irrevocable.
Romans 11:27-28 “This is My covenant with them (Jews), when I take away their sins. Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake (for now), but concerning the election, they are beloved for the sake of the fathers.”
Jeremiah 46:27-28 “Do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return and have rest and be at ease; no one shall make him afraid. ‘Do not fear, O Jacob My servant,’ says the Lord, for I am with you; for I will make a complete end of the nations to which I have driven you, but I will not make a complete end of you. I will rightly correct you, for I will not leave you wholly unpunished.”
The root of almost all of God’s work through the ages has been with the Jews. The forefathers of the church were all Jews, as were the forefathers of our Lord. He was and is the Jew of all Jews. The early church was Jewish, the apostles were Jewish and the Bible’s authors were Jews. The original missionaries to the world were Jews.
The true church was supposed to be Hebraic. The Jews will be the instruments of God in the final dispensation. The Catholics will be there, cut off and rejected by God and under the leadership of the antichrist.
The terrible answer to Replacement Theology:
In one word it is “Tribulation.”
If you say that God has finished with the Jews and that there is only the church, that means that the tribulation saints are the church and not the Jews.
I can see the “penny dropping” with many people right now!
If you believe in replacement theology, you are going through the tribulation. If you believe in a post- tribulation rapture, you have to believe in replacement theology!
When you figure it all out and put all the pieces together, there is only one way, one doctrinal position that necessitates a pre-tribulation rapture and that is the view in which there are different dispensations for the Jews and the church age.
The natural extension of Replacement Theology:
This evil theology replaces Israel with the church, but the real essence of replacement theology is the replacement of God’s word with man’s word, which can extend into every sphere of life.
For example, those so-called Christians who support homosexuality are of replacement theology. They have replaced God’s word against it and condemning it in the Old and New Covenants with their own theology and word.
Image the stupidity of participating in a Catholic-created doctrine all your life, which is totally condemned in hundreds of verses and then discovering that the devil himself has hoodwinked and deceived you all along. And yet the answer was right in front of you!
You need to find out what that man behind your pulpit believes and why!
Let me inform you that any minister or servant in the kingdom who does not have enough time to study these things out backwards, is a fraud and counterfeit. He has not been appointed and placed there by our Lord.
REPLACEMENT THEOLOGY LOSES. GOD’S WORD WINS!
Lions everywhere! I took this picture in the wilds of Botswana. Note the cubs at right and lions in the grass in front. Shall we go for a walk Daniel?
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 321: July 20th 2016
The great backfire!
The great backfire:
You don’t mock God and get away with it! You don’t oppose Him and come against His revealed will without running into huge trouble. Bear in mind that our great Messiah is both the Lamb of God and the Lion of the tribe of Judah.
I have had numerous encounters with wild lions out in the wilds of the Southern African nations. While working on endangered species programs, I’ve encountered lions while on foot, slept under the stars with lions roaring all around (and a fire going.)
I was once out in a private game reserve owned by a friend of mine, an ex-Miss South African, who gave up that world for the wilds. We followed on foot as a lion led us into a group of five other lions tearing a buffalo to pieces for dinner.
I’ve seen a tourist taken out of her sleeping bag and devoured by a lion in the Okavango. I’ve seen others killed by lions. Very few people ever escape from the jaws of a lion, and you can never outrun a lion.
All lion-encounters in the wilds are highly dramatic and special events. At full roar – the air and even the ground shakes. All other animals keep quiet, it’s a memorable event. This really is the reason why our Lord is compared to a lion.
Once, some time ago, I was with a group of conservationists spending the night on a large island in the 15,000 sq. km. Okavango Delta. We slept under the stars, with the night divided up and each person taking their turn sitting night-watch to keep the fire going. We heard lions roaring at seven different points around us – and this was an island! It was an uncomfortable night.
The funny thing is that we could smell the lions and hear their breathing and their footsteps, but we never even saw them on this occasion. In the morning there were lion tracks all around us.
The point of this story is that the Lion of God is harmless to us that are of His family and love Him. This Lion loves us too. To be loved by a Lion is a wonderful thought! Imagine going for a walk around your neighbourhood with your great friend an enormous Lion walking next to you!
The One who is shortly to return is returning as the Lion and many will not outrun Him or escape His jaws. They will find out the real hard way that they have been taught half-baked hogwash, a soft, soppy, gospel with only the Lamb and no Lion.
Please note that our Jewish Messiah, the “Lion of the tribe of Judah”, is a Jewish Lion and everything about His soon coming relates to the Jews and the world’s treatment of them! “When He roars, His sons will come trembling from the west.” (Hosea 11:10)
Joel 3:16 “The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; the heavens and the earth shall shake; the Lord will be a shelter for His people and the strength of the children of Israel.”
The great backfire, the subject of this edition, is the tragic mistake that many make because they have only been taught about the love of the Lamb. The Bible teaches: “Consider the goodness and severity of God.” This is a devouring Lamb that roars!
Unsaved world and all anti-Semites, remember this one thing: You may think you are a lion too, but you are a sick, diseased, starved lion ready to die. When you try to hunt any of God’s people, you are messing with the wrong Lion!
Ezekiel 13:18 “...Will you hunt the souls of My people and keep yourselves alive?”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
France, and the rest of Europe for that matter, has still not learnt their lesson. “Be strong France” says the media. What a tragedy, says everyone. And rightly so! The public are soft targets and as such attacking the soft and vulnerable makes you a spineless hell-filled swine.
But no one at all is looking at the underlying problem, and this is why it’s only going to escalate. France has not learnt its anti-Semitic lesson. In fact anti-Semitism is growing fast in Europe, just as it did before WW11. France is one of the world’s leaders of soft anti-Semitism and support for the devil’s two-state solution, which we all know is a one-state solution – a Muslim state in Israel.
France, your anti-Semitism has and will backfire on you as it will with the rest of Europe.
If you have forsaken the word of God, then the god of the Jezebels in the mass media are your gods. They will show you the right way to hell. Just listen to them and receive their opinions on all these things.
The great, shocking, surprising backfire:
Many will be caught in this great whiplash, in the great sting of God.
Tragically, the anti-Semitic leaders of the world will soon be devoured, burnt to ashes, turned to bones in the coming destruction. “Well, that’s a bit severe, Joel” – you say! Read on my friends!
Psalm 102 prefigures the Holocaust and the world’s acts of anti-Semitism. This would include the mass-murder of the Jews in the Inquisitions by the Catholic church.
The Nazi’s Auschwitz:
Psalm 102:3-11 “My days (Jews) are consumed like smoke and my bones are burned like a hearth (furnace). My heart is stricken and withered like grass, like one starved of bread, my bones cling to my skin. I am like a pelican of the wilderness...My enemies reproach me all day long and swear an oath against me. For I have eaten ashes like bread and mingled my drink with weeping...my days are like a shadow which lengthens and I wither away like grass.”
Do you see how clearly the Holocaust is viewed in Psalm 102? Here now is the big backfire-surprise upon all anti-Semites and the enemies of Israel and those who stand in the way of the soon-coming salvation of the Jews:
Psalm 21:8-12 Your hand (God) will find all Your enemies; Your right hand will find those who hate You. You shall make them as a fiery oven in the time of Your anger; The Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them. Their offspring You shall destroy from the earth, and their descendants from among the sons of men. For they intended evil against You; they devised a plot that they were not able to perform. Therefore You will make them turn their backs; You will make ready Your arrows on Your string towards their faces.”
The backfire is not finished:
Do you see the backfire caused by God and His battle-axe, Israel, in Psalm 21 above?
But hang on there, God is not finished with the great backfire.
There is no section of scripture in the Bible that more closely and accurately prefigures the Holocaust than that of Psalm 102 which we’ve just looked at above. But that’s not the end of Psalm 102! It contains the most dramatic, glorious, wonderful, spectacular backfire on the devil that you can imagine.
Just as the Jews in the Holocaust, must have been at the point of giving up in total despair, comes the answer...For most of them it was too late! But I am using this prophetically now as was the purpose of the Psalm.
Let’s continue with Psalm 102, after the “Holocaust”
Psalm 102:13-28 “You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for the time to favour her has come. For Your servants take pleasure in her stones, and show favour to her dust. So the nations shall fear the name of the Lord, and all the kings of the earth Your glory. For the Lord shall (Lit=when) build up Zion; He shall appear in His glory. This will be written for a generation to come...The children of Your servants will continue, and their descendants will be established before You.”
So now we have the end of the backfire. God has brought His and Israel’s enemies to destruction in His “fiery oven”, and now the favour of God is poured out on His choice, His love, His people – Israel, the very subject and target of the devil’s attacks! What an incredible failure the Holocaust was! What a failure all the mass murders of the Catholic church was!
What a failure Islam is and its terrorism.
Do you also see the “backfire” of good in this great drama? What victory there is for God’s people!
Genesis 50:20 “You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good...to save many people alive.”
Note those closing words of the backfire-verse: Israel will be established. God’s original purpose and plan for the Jews will be established. It will come to pass. Unfortunately, because of the satanic hatred in His enemies, it will be established on the wings of war and destruction.
God’s love and His choice are sacrosanct:
So you think gentle Jesus meek and mild would never harm a flea because He just loves everything and everyone – Oh, how sweet! “Look Ethel, there’s baby Jesus in a lovely little manger with little lambs all around! We should go home and get baby Jesus out of the Christmas cupboard.”
Our Lord’s love is selective! Yes He loves the whole world, but only through the “eyes” of the cross of Calvary. Be careful in what you believe! God’s love and choice is supreme and He will defend what and who He loves against His enemies.
But what about John 3:16, you protest! I say there is no such thing. There is John 3:16, 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21! Perhaps you should try reading them – you will be shocked!
I say again, as I have many times – Some reading these very words will soon become enemies of the living God. They will become enemies of the cross and then enemies of God’s word upon Israel, and then enemies of the full word and then enemies of God Himself.
In most cases it’s progressive.
Many will be caught in the great backlash! Oh, yes there’s great revival coming, but at the same time, the “love of many is growing cold.”
Beware; there are some things that are much more dangerous than others. Some things are spiritually charged with strong, powerful spiritual forces. There are some things that will absolutely get you “handed over” by God to the devil and you will not be able to escape. Read Romans 1 where three times in the chapter, unrepentant homosexuals and their supporters are handed over by God!
The arranging of the stage:
There are so many things on the go now that are all leading to the grand finale. The stage is almost set and ready. The main central actor is Israel and the Jewish people. And just like a well constructed dramatic play, we have the tragic enemies lurking, awaiting their entrance and incredible defeat.
Israel is waiting in the wings. Right now, thankfully, Israel is on the sidelines with only a few minor events taking place. It’s the lull before the storm! Soon Israel will be centre-stage!
The curtains will soon go up. Most of this drama will occur in the tribulation period, but we are now in the time period of forerunners and labour pains although even those will greatly intensify as we approach the rising of the stage curtains.
Here are a few verses that should shake you and awake you. These verses may not seem like the nice happy ones from “My daily Bible Verses” happy box. But they are perhaps your best friends, because they spell out God’s warnings. How wonderful of our God to show us where to go and where not to go!
Isaiah 66:14 “The hand of the Lord shall be known to His servants, and His indignation to His enemies.”
Isaiah 65:13-14 “Behold, My servants shall rejoice, but you (enemies of God) shall be ashamed; behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and wail for grief of spirit.”
Isaiah 60:14 “Those who afflicted you (Israel) shall come bowing to you, and those who despised you, shall fall prostrate at the soles of your feet; and they shall call you, ‘the city of the Lord, Zion the Holy One of Israel.”
Ezekiel 35:12-14 “I, the Lord have heard all your blasphemies which you have spoken against the mountains of Israel saying, ‘They are desolate; they are given to us to consume.’ Thus with your mouth you have boasted against Me and multiplied your words against Me; I have heard them.’ Thus says the Lord God: ‘The whole earth will rejoice when I make you desolate.”
Psalm 2:6-9 “I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree; the Lord has said to Me, You are My Son, today I have begotten You. Ask of Me and I will give You the nations as Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them in pieces like a potters vessel.”
We have seen the backfire on the enemies of Israel and God. But let’s have a look now at the “backfire” of the goodness and love of God:
The blessing on the pro-Israel Gentiles:
Isaiah 40:1-2 “Comfort, yes comfort My people! (Addressed to Gentile believers) says Your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem and cry out to her, that her warfare is ended, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has received from the Lord’s hand, double for all her sins.”
Isaiah 49:22-23 “Thus says the Lord God: Behold I will lift My hand in an oath to the nations (Gentiles), and set up My standard for the peoples; they shall bring your (Israel’s) sons in their arms and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. Kings (Gentile) shall be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers; they shall bow down to you with their faces to the earth, and lick up the dust of your feet. Then you will know that I am the Lord, for they shall not be ashamed who wait for Me.”
Isaiah 56:6-8 “The sons of the foreigner (Gentiles) who join themselves to the Lord, to serve Him, and to love the name of the Lord, to be His servants – everyone who keeps from defiling the Sabbath, and holds fast My covenant – even them I will bring to My holy mountain, and make them joyful in My house of prayer.”
There have always been a handful of Gentiles who have stood with the Jews in their troubled times. Some have given their lives for the children of Israel.
A better way to see it is that we should have a love for God’s choice and what He loves. If we love Him we will love His word and His word upon Israel. But our love for Israel must always be secondary.
There is nothing wrong with having God’s enemies as your own too, just be careful how you let it play out.
Israel will ultimately be invincible. Zechariah 12:9 “It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all nations that come against Jerusalem.”
Psalm 105:15 “Do not touch My anointed ones, and do My prophets no harm.”
Make your choice! Confess it out loud. Speak it and pray it. Anchor it in the Lord. (Habakkuk 2:2-3)
Joshua 24:15 “If it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served or the gods of the Amorites. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Beware, some churches:
Satan’s ace trump is to get right into the church and even stand behind the pulpit.
There are many churches today who won’t touch the subject of Bible prophecy (eschatology). They are either blind to it all, totally deceived or just trying to tow the line of their stupid hierarchy and denominational leaders sitting around a round table in their neat suits, blinded and spreading the blindness.
Some churches are preparing their flock for abundant blessing and some churches are preparing their flock for eternal disaster.
There are some churches teaching Bible prophecy and doing it excellently. There are some wonderful prophecy teachers out there and some who do regular updates – excellent. Good stuff JD!
On a personal level, it’s always a good idea to take things that are very important and drum them into your heads. “Write the vision” says the Bible. Write out Bible verses on these things and proclaim them in your prayer.
On many occasions, when I was young and fit, I used to lead groups climbing high mountains nearby, camping on top and proclaiming these verses on Israel out loud from the mountain tops. We would shout them, making them echo from different pinnacles, sing them and sit and pray silently. Sometimes we were hit by vicious storms, and sometimes we had some injuries to deal with. These mountains are over 3000m (10,000ft) high and very dramatic.
The picture below is of these mountains of proclamation.
I took this picture from a chopper flying over the back of the Cathedral Peak and Bell, looking towards the Chessmen at sunset. This is in the Drakensberg range of mountains.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 320: July 13th 2016
Post-tribulation rapture impossibilities (Part 3):
Post tribulation rapture impossibilities (Part3).
Truth is a wonderful thing. It causes you to rest and be in peace as you embrace it. Most biblical truths are clear and simple and easy to understand, but some require a lot of searching, digging, praying and fighting opposition forces.
Thankfully, the Bible says that the message of salvation is so simple a child and a wayfaring man won’t go wrong in it. I wish it said that for eschatology as well!
Finding answers to deeper truths is very satisfying and comforting, but as always, bear in mind that these particular eschatology subjects are not issues of salvation.
The rapture trumpet ending the church age is about to sound. We are now right at the sunset of the church age. We are on the doorstep of a major dispensation change. The seven trumpet judgements will soon sound for Israel bringing her to correction and glorious salvation in the tribulation period.
The dispensation deniers:
There are many, big differences between the dispensations, but there is one huge, undeniable difference between the Old Covenant dispensation and the New. It is that God, in the Old Covenant operated and worked in big demonstrative ways and means. For example He brought huge judgements directly on the world, people, cities and even things. He poured plagues out, fiery judgements, floods, storms, inflicted his enemies with sickness and many such things.
The New Covenant brought a dispensation change, beginning at Pentecost, and what we call the era of grace or the long-suffering of God began. This church age of grace sees no such judgements. Yes there have been natural upheavals in the last 2000 years or so, but they have all been of natural origin. God is not sitting in heaven pushing big red buttons in this dispensation.
It can be demonstrated that some events have corresponding human rebellion associated with them, but nothing like those of the Old Covenant.
The final seven-year tribulation period is also called the time of Jacob’s trouble, which is primarily for Israel. It is also called the seventieth week of Daniel 9:27. Daniel’s seventy weeks is “determined upon My people” the Jews. There is a gap between the sixty ninth and seventieth week, where the church age fits in, but the sixty nine and seventieth week are all part of the whole and “determined” upon the Jews and not the church.
Numerous other passages of scripture show that the final seven-year tribulation is a period cut-out and determined upon the Jews dispensationally. It is the close of the full seventy weeks or the fullness and completion of the Old Covenant.
The biblical descriptions of this seven year tribulation show that the big, huge judgements that were on the go in the Old Covenant are back again in the seven-year tribulation.
God does not use natural disasters today within the church age to punish mankind. In the Old Covenant He most certainly did and will again in the tribulation period. This alone is proof of different dispensations and operations of God.
Genesis 6:17 “Behold, I Myself am bringing the flood of waters on the earth, to destroy from under heaven all flesh in which is the breath of life and everything upon the earth shall die.”
I have said all of this to prove that there are different dispensations, cut out in time in which God has chosen to work in certain different ways with man. That does not mean that God Himself has changed.
Besides this, the Bible itself speaks of different dispensations: Hebrews 1:1, Ephesians 1:10, 3:2, Colossians 1:25.
There is an almost consistent view, belief and chant from those who support a post-tribulation rapture (post tribbers), denying the existence of dispensations. Their theology requires the removal of dispensations and they’re all pretty much in the same boat.
Post tribers must get rid of Daniel’s seventieth week as a clear-cut dispensation for “My People” the Jews. A post - tribulation rapture requires the church to be on the earth in the tribulation, so that it can be raptured at the end of the tribulation.
So then, post tribbers must include the church and Jews as one single group with no separate purposes or plans upon them.
In other words Mr. Post-tribber, you are of replacement theology – like it or not. You can’t have your cake and eat it too.
The post-tribber is of replacement theology in the sense that they must replace Israel as a specific cut-out group with the church, making them both one in the tribulation.
There can be no church present in the tribulation, if we have a pre-tribulation rapture. The church must be in the tribulation, if there is a post-tribulation rapture. So, if the church is in the tribulation, the seventieth week of Daniel is not for “My people” the Jews. So that part of the Bible would then be wrong.
But do you see the problem, impossible to resolve? The post-tribber has to get rid of the seventieth week as a dispensation. So, someone’s living in cloud cuckoo land!
The 144,000 conundrum:
The mid-tribulation rapture of the 144,000 totally disproves a post-tribulation rapture. It seems as though the Bible actually labours the point of not harming the earth in any way until the 144,000 are sealed.
Revelation 7:-4 “Do not harm the earth, the sea or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads. And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty four thousand of the tribes of Israel were sealed.”
Yet during the tribulation, especially the second half, we see a third of the people of the earth killed, the earth itself wrecked by multitudes of events, the sea, rivers, trees and much more destroyed, poisoned and wiped out.
It is obvious from the verse above that the 144,000 are sealed and saved near the start of the tribulation, while this angelic restriction is still in place upon the destruction of the earth.
Revelation 14:1-5 reveals more on the 144,000. They are now seen in heaven after their mid-tribulation rapture and after much destruction upon the earth.
Now let’s remember that the post-tribbers must get rid of dispensations. They must include the 144,000 Jews with the church. They can’t have them as a distinct separate group of people.
The post tribber, according to their own beliefs have to include the 144,000 in their post-tribulation rapture, which, according to them, occurs right at the end of the tribulation.
Do you see the un-resolvable problem?
The Bible clearly teaches that the 144,000 are in heaven at mid-tribulation. This does not have enough weight to mean that the entire church will go in a mid tribulation rapture. These 144,000 Jews, as they arrive in heaven are called the first fruits. But these are the first fruits of the Jews as a dispensation. The church is the “first fruits” of the church dispensation, and arrive in heaven right at the start of the tribulation.
Sheep and goats:
A post tribulation rapture would see the church raptured at the Second Coming, do a U-turn and return to the earth, which would now have all unbelievers removed from the earth. So who then are the “sheep and goat” nations to be separated by judgment at the Second Coming?
If this were the case, obviously the “sheep” nations are still on earth at the Second Coming and would not be the ones returning in the U-turn rapture. If the “sheep” nations had already been to heaven, been rewarded, seen in their heavenly attire, how can they also be the ones on earth awaiting the Second Coming?
At the Second Coming, we all agree that the goat nations, the unbelievers of the world are cast off the earth, removed in judgement to hell. So, if the sheep nations, the tribulation saints, are raptured at the Second Coming, we have an empty earth and no one to repopulate it in the Millennium.
This is a post-tribulation rapture impossibility.
The antichrist rules in the Millennium if you are a post-tribber!
Of course, and rightly so, many would object to this headline! But read on, and you will see the post-tribber’s dilemma.
The rapture and the removal of the restrainer occur at the same time. The restrainer is the one who is preventing the antichrist from being revealed. The restrainer is the true church indwelt by the Holy Spirit. So, for the tribulation to begin, the antichrist must be revealed and present upon the earth. For this to occur, what is holding him back from being revealed must be removed.
2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day (the entire tribulation) will not come unless the falling away (Lit=departure) comes first, and the man of sin (antichrist) is revealed, the son of perdition.”
(The term “falling away” as used here does not mean falling away from the faith, but rather the departure of the church. Look it up)
2 Thessalonians 2:7 “The mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains, (church indwelt by Holy Spirit) will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one (antichrist) will be revealed...”
So, in these two verses above we see that the restrainer, who most now believe is the church indwelt by the Holy Spirit, must be removed for the antichrist to be revealed. The removal of the church is also the very thing that closes the church dispensation. These two events must happen together. You can’t have the church dispensation still open during the seventieth week dispensation.
The thing that actually starts the tribulation period is the Daniel 9:27 peace covenant, but it is this that also reveals the antichrist. So, when we put it all together, this is the order: The peace covenant is signed (confirmed), the church is raptured, and the antichrist is revealed. All must occur in very close proximity to each other.
So now, how can any of this fit a post-tribulation rapture scenario? That would mean that the church would have to be raptured at the end of the tribulation as the antichrist is revealed and a peace covenant is signed, all as we go into the Millennium! Sorry – it just doesn’t fit at all!
That would mean that the antichrist is around and in force during at least the first seven years of the Millennium!
Do you see the impossible post-trib scenario?
The “gathering together” after the tribulation:
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 “The Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, with the trumpet of God and the dead will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord, therefore comfort on another with these words.”
The classic rapture verses above are often shot-down by the post tribbers quoting Matthew 24:31.
Matthew 24:29-31 “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
The post tribbers point out some similarities between the two discourses and then say – “you see, the rapture happens at the end of the tribulation.” What we must do is look at the differences and not only the similarities between the two.
Here are some of the differences between Matthew’s description and Paul’s: Only Matthew speaks of: the sun being darkened, the moon not giving its light, the stars falling from the sky, the powers of the heavens being shaken, all the tribes of the earth mourning, the whole world seeing the coming of the Son of Man, God sending His angels to gather the elect.
Paul’s account has none of those descriptions.
In Matthew 24 our Lord comes slowly down through the clouds with all eyes seeing Him. In Paul’s account we rise in a blinding flash, the twinkling of an eye to meet our Lord in the air, seen by no one else. In Matthews account, the angels gather the elect in Paul’s account our Lord Himself does.
There are numerous visible, demonstrative sign before the Second Coming in Matthews account and no prior signs at all before the rapture in Paul’s account.
In Matthews account the saints are gathered on the earth for our Lord’s return. In Paul’s account, the saints are translated immediately to heaven.
The “elect” of Matthew 24 are the remnant Jews, saved in the tribulation and not the church. It is the church which is the subject of Paul’s discourse.
In Matthew’s account we have the words “gather together.” This is referred to by the post-tribbers as the rapture. The word is Strong’s G1996 “episynago” meaning “to bring together or gather into one place”. It does not mean rapture. It is the gathering of the Jews together after their scattering through the world, for the purpose of their salvation.
Matthew 24’s account includes passages of reference from various books of the Old Covenant. This is not the case in Paul’s discourse at all. This implies again that the Jews are in view in Matthew’s account and the church in Paul’s account.
Another little snippet of proof of difference lies in the fact that Matthew’s account speaks of the gathering of the elect from the four winds, from one end of the earth to the other. This is exactly the phrase used by God describing the scattering of the Jews for their rebellion to Him. Again, the Jews are in view here.
So we see the same phrases used for the scattering of the Jews and for their regathering.
What about the rapture trumpet and the trumpet of God in Matthew’s account. Are they not one and the same? No they are not.
Isaiah 27:13 “It shall be in that day that the great trumpet will be blown; they shall come who are about to perish in Assyria, and they who are outcasts in Egypt and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount in Jerusalem.” – The “great trumpet” here relates to Israel’s ingathering.
The church is not seen on earth in the tribulation verses of the Revelation. But surprisingly neither is the church in view in Matthew’s account of the tribulation in chapter 24. The church is not in view in Daniels seventy weeks, nor is the church in view in the time of Jacob’s trouble (tribulation).
There is an undeniable consistency used in the passages describing the tribulation, both Old and New Covenants and this is that the Jews are in focus and not the church.
The Bible itself distinguishes between the Jews and the church. Many post tribbers deny this.
But before we write off the post tribber altogether, let me inform you that there are one or two other important “doctrines” and portions of scripture that they hang their beliefs on. I will deal with them in a future edition. I’ve kept their most compelling argument till last, but you can relax, because it will also be the final nail in their coffin.
The book of remembrance:
Malachi 3:16-17 “Those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and those who esteem His name. They shall be Mine says the Lord of hosts, on the day that I make them my special treasure, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him.”
The verse above is not the “Lamb’s book of life.” This is a very special book for a select few of the Lord’s real special favourite people. The main characteristic of these people is that they “feared the Lord!” They valued and “esteemed” or respected and uplifted the name of the Lord, which relates to all of His characteristics and the entirety of His word.
These verses fly in the face of political correctness. You can protest that “God does not show favour,” and you would be wrong, O so very wrong!
God does not show favour, in terms of who gets saved, but after salvation, God not only shows and has favourites, He rewards them, protects them and records their names in a special book which lasts and endures forever!
There are other wonderful hidden mysteries about this spectacular, magnificent book, which I’ll share another time.
You can scream the odds that God is not politically correct, but instead of sitting on your high horse judging God without fear, it would be a better idea to fall on your face in repentance before God.
By this way, this amazing book will always have few entries in it. It is for the few and not the majority.
It’s such a good idea to surrender totally to our Lord in fear, love and humility.
2 Corinthians 3:18 “We, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, by the Spirit of the Lord.”
Transformed = Strong’s G3339, “metamorphoo” = To change form to another.
This verse above relates to our on-going transformation as we renew or exchange our minds for His and the word of God.
The real great news is that there is soon coming a time when this transformation will instantly switch to the full and complete transformation and metamorphosis of our entire body, mind and soul, into an image of untold glory.
That’s a good thought to always keep in mind even when we go through difficult times.
I took this picture of an ancient camel-thorn tree in the Namib Desert, converted it to black and white, add some textures and the flower for interest
Shalom and grow in grace!