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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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●Again we are in a lull before the prophetic storm, with nothing much of prophetic significance occurring right now. But don’t shut your eyes for one minute! Things can and will change fast!
●Keep an eye on Yemen as fighting escalates. It is ancient “Dedan” of “Sheba and Dedan” fame in Ezekiel 38:13 – the war of Gog and Magog. Sheba is Saudi Arabia. Both end up as allies of Israel.
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 377: August 8th 2017.
Times of the signs:
Signs, signs, everywhere! Or are they signs at all? In this edition I’ll be taking a look at this very important issue. I’ll be looking at the signs of our Lord’s coming, ones that we can trust and must know well, and at other signs of secondary importance. And at signs to be avoided, thrown out and rejected completely.
We will look at some biblical rules for interpreting signs!
We are heading very shortly for some dramatic times, with many signs. The signs, as you can imagine, are like a minefield, but there is a clear path through them that won’t get you blown up!
What are prophetic signs?
The Bible gives numerous signs showing where we are in time and what is coming.
There are signs in the skies. These would include astronomical signs in the constellations as well as supernatural signs.
There are hundreds of earth-signs. These are signs of things happening on the earth in the geo, socio, political realms and with people - believers, unbelievers and Jews.
There are also numerous, incredible signs in the original language of the Bible itself. These include numbers in scripture, signs in colours, names-meanings, and the like.
Then we have signs hidden below the surface in parable form.
There are certain signs that we are forbidden from knowing at this stage. (Deuteronomy 29:29)
There are signs specifically for Israel and others for the church. The sun-signs are often used for the gentile nations, while the moon-signs are for the Jews. (Not exclusively)
The time that we are in is full of signs all over the place, but as with all things scriptural, there are certain rules and disciplines we must stick to, to be successful.
For whom are the signs?
Matthew 16:1-4 “Then the Pharisees and Sadducees, came and tested Him, asking that He would show them a sign from heaven...He said, ‘A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given it, except the sign of the prophet Jonah.’” (The cross)
Luke 16:31 “If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.”
The above two verses indicate that many unbelievers will not believe because of signs. There are some instances where unbelievers will be moved by signs – but they are few.
John 4:48-50 “Yeshua said, ‘unless you people (Jews) see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe. The nobleman said to Him, ‘Sir, come down before my child dies!’ Yeshua said to him, ‘Go your way, your son lives.’ So the man believed the word that Yeshua spoke to him.”
Note in the verses above that one rising from the dead would not cause belief, while the other did.
Matthew 7:6 “...Do not cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, turn and tear you to pieces.”
Many times unbelievers will “trample the signs” underfoot. In these cases don’t even waste your time with them. They are sent to waste your time!
Some say we should seek the Lord and not the signs. Well that’s a totally ignorant argument and a contradiction of dozens of verses.
There is nothing wrong with seeking signs. Seeking signs obviously involves seeking our Messiah.
Again, I say don’t waste your time on people who will never repent. Have a look at the example from Noah in the story below:
Matthew 24:37-39 “As in the days of Noah, so also will it be at the coming of the Son of Man. As in the days before the flood, they were eating, drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the Ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.”
In this instance, God gave the unsaved world a seven day warning of coming judgement. Noah and his family were protected because they believed God and heard Him. (Genesis 7:10)
The warning was given seven days before the flood began, but today as in the days of Noah people reject God and His warning signs.
Here’s an interesting thought to ponder:
Did Noah and his family know the time of the flood? Yes they did. So, who was it then that did not know the day, because they were carrying on in their sin as normal? – it was the unbelieving world! The same principle applies in the story of Lot.
We are now in the “Days of Noah and Lot” again. Do we know the time of the coming judgement and therefore the rapture? I believe certain believers with their ears open to God will hear and know, especially as the time draws nearer.
By the way, the beautiful rainbow is a double edged sword! One message is that judgement will never come to the earth again through a flood. The other message is that judgement upon sin is real. And the next time it comes is by fire.
Some dangerous pitfalls:
Today we are in a fast-moving world of digital everything. Information spreads like lightning. This has made Bible study so much easier and streamlined, although I can say that my own most valuable growth-time was in the 80’s and pre-internet days.
But that said, the heart of man has not changed. By and large he is still a lazy slob when it comes to Bible study.
Mankind is an animal dominated by: Group-speak, crowd-psychology and confirmation-bias. These are terms for the collective thought and action of a crowd. A crowd often takes on a life-force of its own, which soon becomes a domain controlled by Satan – and yes, even in the church!
There is a dangerous, erroneous confirmation-bias found in the media. People give authority to YouTube, or TV, or the radio, or the newspaper. They think that it automatically contains the truth. After all, it must be right, it’s been published!
Psalm 64:2-5 “Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked, from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity, who sharpen their tongue like a sword and bend their bows to shoot their arrows – bitter words, that they may shoot in secret at the blameless ...They encourage themselves in an evil matter.”
Do you see the power of “group speak” in this verse above?
Biblical truth and its inner guide, the Holy Spirit, must be your “confirmation bias.” On top of this, don’t make assumptions that ministers of the gospel are always right. It is the Holy Spirit of God in your heart by the new-birth – not your church doctrine!
Don’t read into a Bible-text what you want it to say. Wipe the slate clean of your preconceptions, and let the truth speak.
Erroneous doctrine knocks on to other doctrines and you end up with a big hermeneutical mess. There is a very good reason why important, major doctrines are well-established.
Beware of prophetic hype. You can’t hype it up – as if to make it happen the way you want! Building-up, plugging, promoting, and beating the hard-sell drum are the ways of the world and are in fact signs of nothing but manipulation.
You can often tell if a person is really in the truth. Truth stands the test of time. It stands scrutiny and criticism. It has an air of grace to it, of rest and comfort. Those not in the truth must always fight, castigate, berate, censure, criticize, flog, and come down on others who are really in the truth!
They cut down the real truth so they can gain control.
To equate truth-seeking with your own exclusive view, necessitates the ignoring of the Holy Spirit as your guide, and elevates you, making you the one to be avoided.
You see, many people simply can’t believe that they may be wrong. I heard one well-known individual recently speak for an hour on a radio show predicting that Nibiru would hit the earth the very next day after this radio show. That was two weeks ago! He actually believed everything he was saying! He was unaware that he was part of the giant Nibiru curse.
By the way, please don’t miss next week’s edition!
Beware of pride. Beware of elevating people. Even our Lord Himself ran away from people trying to elevate Him before His time! (John 6:15)
Acts 8:9-10 “There was a certain man called Simon, who previously practised sorcery in the city and astonished the people of Samaria, claiming that he was someone great, to who they all gave heed, from the least to the greatest, saying ‘this man is the great power of God.’”
The August 21st 2017 eclipse, “Sign”
We have a well-known eclipse coming up over the USA on August 21st.
Generally, eclipses are not signs, because they are so common. But this one may have some significance, simply because it falls on the Hebrew day, Elul 1st. Let’s have a brief look at some facts.
The word Elul means “Harvest”
Elul in Jewish history:
●Elul 1st marks the beginning of the blowing of the shofar, every morning until the Feast of Trumpets, which is one month away on Tishrei 1st (September 21st.)
●Elul 1st marks the time when Jews visit the graves of loved ones and mourn for them.
●Elul 1st Was the time the prophet Haggai commanded the rebuilding of the Temple. (520 BCE)
●Elul 23rd was the date the dove brought the olive leaf to Noah. (2105 BCE)
●Elul is the time for the Jews to open their hearts to God. “We look backwards that we might move forward”, say the sages. (Psalm 27)
●Elul is the month of new beginnings, mercy and forgiveness according to Jewish tradition.
I was reading the notes of a well-know Rabbi the other day and this jumped off the page at me: “Elul is the time of redemption. Everything looks bleak, but it can be reversed in a second, just like God splitting the Red Sea. We prepare in the month of Elul, but the redemption happens in a flash!”
The eclipse may also signal war! The Gog, Magog war, Isaiah 17 and Psalm 83 are on the horizon already, so it may be that the US, who is primarily in the sights of the eclipse, may be ready for some exciting times!
This eclipse may come and go with no consequences. On the other hand there are too many signs for it to be ignored. Don’t go overboard with these things, just open your heart to the voice of the Lord and let Him speak.
You see that strange picture at the top? That’s a flying nuclear megillah! What! You say, and rightly so! A megillah is a silver canister used to contain a rolled up Torah scroll. But if you read Zechariah 5 you will see it is speaking of what looks very much like a nuclear missile flying through the air!
►For more on this see Edition 147 and the heading “The most shocking verse...” Click HERE.
The conditions for sign seeking:
No watchman or prophecy teacher must ever be influenced by the approval of man, or the rejection of man. The approval or rejection of man is a snare – always.
Looking for and finding signs of the times, is exciting business indeed, to say nothing of all the drama in and around the subject. But there are certain rules of exegesis, interpretation and application that we dare not ignore.
●First and foremost, and which disqualifies most people, is that we must be fully open to the Spirit of God, to be fed and led by Him in our study. We do not blindly accept and follow YouTube! The Bible does not say (thankfully) “They searched YouTube daily to see if these things be so.”
●The biggest issue is that there must be an inner witness, a still small voice of the Lord’s leading in your heart. If so He will bear witness in you that this is right or wrong. God speaks to those who have spiritual ears.
●Secondly, all the signs must agree harmoniously. In other words, they must not contradict each other, or other doctrines, or require a new interpretation of established doctrine. There is no room for “private interpretations.”
2 Peter 1:20 “Know this, that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation.”
Sign-seeking is exciting, but unfortunately, sometimes we need to wade through the distracting voices of many who have not done their homework. They blindly follow the crowd as if this is some big game.
●The signs must all be in place. Sky-signs are useless, and not signs at all if the required earth-signs are not there too, at the same time. Please read that again!
●Note the followers! Certain signs seem to attract certain types of people. It is actually so consistent it’s amazing. Many signs are pure deception sent by Satan to sidetrack and catch out the vulnerable and gullible. Nibiru is a classic example.
Sign-seeking attracts boneheads, muttonheads, blockheads, birdbrains, lamebrains, numskulls, morons, kooks, crackpots, oddballs, screwballs and fruitcakes. But don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. Don’t write-off YouTube. Be discerning and our Lord will guide you through the minefield into wonderful truth!
Beware the blind guides:
Unfortunately there are some who have taken it upon themselves to decide for everyone, what being a Berean (searching the scriptures daily) means. They say that you must agree with us. They say, search and find our way and only our way and warn all others!
Acts 17:11 “These (Bereans) were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.”
These people who believe that, being a Berean means seeing things their way only, are the ones who secretly bring in division. Of course there must be unity in doctrine. But many times error is introduced in the name of true-doctrine.
1 John 4:1 “Beloved do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are from God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
Romans 16:17 “Note those that cause divisions contrary to the doctrine which you have leaned, and avoid them.”
2 Timothy 4:3-5 “...They will heap up teachers for themselves and they will turn their ears away from the truth...But you, be watchful in all things...”
Acts 20:30-3 “Men will arise from among you, speaking misleading things, to draw away the disciples after themselves. Therefore watch and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears.”
The problem with many so-called signs from the Lord, is that they are not signs from our Lord at all! And when this becomes manifest in sign-failure, it causes the faith of many to be rocked. You can’t tell them that they shouldn’t have put all their hope and trust in one egg-basket, although that may be true.
There is a whole world of believers out there at varying stages of spiritual growth, maturity and strength. What about all the prodigal’s that were just ready to return? What about the field-day that failed signs presents to the media and other critics of the church?
We all make mistakes and go wrong here and there on our way to glory, but it’s the real big ones that are the problem.
Many believers are also turned off prophecy altogether when there is a big sign-failure. You see, there is no such thing as a failed prophecy. There are only failed interpretations or applications. When one or more of these fail, it does not change the truth one little bit, but rocks the faith of the weak or new.
Signs, signs everywhere, but few see the great big sign with its heavy warning attached for those who will not see it! That’s coming in the next edition!
Prophecy teachers and watchmen:
Most have a real passionate heart after the Lord. Some are still on the road of discovery. Some go off into a ditch on this side of the road and some on that side, but they soon come back to the middle of the road.
Do not write off what one says that you don’t agree with on one issue or another. We are in a very advantageous place these days. Thankfully, our Lord has given us many great teachers and revealed many amazing things – be thankful for that.
The Bible does warn us though, that some are to be avoided. (Note some of the verses above in this edition.) These are the ones with little knowledge of the scriptures and those who discourage others from believing anything that isn’t their own belief.
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My aim is your glory. My aim is to know my Lord more deeply and make Him known. My aim involves all that these things entail – it’s for your benefit. We are going into critical times and we must get rid of obstacles to our journey. These are days of life and death issues. These are days of decisions in the valley. These are days of great conflict, but also days of deep peace and rest.
You are of great value! Your potential in our Lord is great. You are light in the darkness!
What a wonderful time to be alive in our Lord’s kingdom!
I took this picture of the world’s greatest baobab tree, called the Sagole giant, with a circumference of over 40m in the Limpopo region. I manipulated it a little with texture effects and added one of my cheetah pictures for fun.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 376: August 1st 2017.
The mystery of eternity
Eternity is a beautiful, mysterious, wonderful word. It is also freighting! It’s a powerful word, with the ability to change you dramatically!
The word is Strong’s H 5703 and G 166. (Hebrew and Greek) The meanings are: Without beginning or end, never ceasing, everlasting, continuing existence, forevermore.
The word “eternity” has many synonymous terms and parallels, with similar meanings and concepts. We must look at the whole lot together to get the full picture.
The mystery of eternity relates to other biblical mysteries. Remember that the original word for “mystery” means that it is hidden to the blind and unsaved, but revealed to the insiders (believers). Even with this in mind, this particular mystery is still not fully revealed to us yet.
1 Corinthians 13:12 “Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know, just as I also am known.”
Some of the complimentary mysteries are: The mystery of kingdom, the mysteries of godliness and sin-free holiness.
The eternal kingdom is totally politically incorrect as we will see further down.
What is eternity?
Eternity is not just a long time. It’s another dimension totally.
Time itself will soon go through a spectacular metamorphosis. Time is not permanent, eternity is.
There will soon be a time where there will be no more time!
Revelation 10:6 “To Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay (time) no longer.” (The original word used for “delay” is “Chronos” Strong’s G5550, meaning time itself)
We are given wonderful glimpses in the Bible of things to come, beyond our wildest imagination.
There is a frightening exclusivity attached to the eternal kingdom of God.
Eternity – the contraposition:
Revelation knowledge is a powerful thing. Its opposite is concealment. Very often when we see something in its contraposition or opposite, it gives greater understanding. The tragedy of the world of unbelievers is that they have no spiritual revelation. All the great things of God are concealed.
They have no revelation of their own coming destruction, their own looming, grim ride to eternal hell. They don’t even have revelation of their own spiritual ignorance and blindness, because they will not believe.
The world is trying to destroy all things godly in nature and character. All but gone is finesse, sophistication, morality, integrity, ethics, culture, and virtue! A terrible stinking replacement has come in to temporarily overthrow godliness.
The world’s kingdom is fully fallen, being seduced and blinded by sin and the love of it. God’s light only shines into the world through the Bible and believers, and the world is getting more and more turned-off to both, it’s only source of help.
The world has its own value system, replacing that of the Bible. Of necessity it must reduce values to their lowest common denominator – That which emanates from Satan.
The world has made its choice. It has chosen Barabbas as its saviour! It must now settle for all things, including the nature and spirit of Barabbas!
Did you know that the word “Barabbas” (Bar Abbas) means, “Son of the father?” Did you know that the first name of Barabbas was Jesus?
But this Jesus, son of his father – Satan, the murderer, had no cross and no salvation. He was a political revolutionary, a thief and murderer. Yet the world cried “Give us Barabbas.”
The world must now stew in its own wild oats! This world’s new world is world-centred and has eyes only for materialism. It gets rid of God and His pure virtues to receive stress, distress, disquiet, affliction, anguish, anxiety, dejection, misery and sorrow, and ultimately, judgement.
A glorious wonder for the believer:
The following verses are astounding indeed! What a God we serve! Read these verses, proclaim them, speak them, pray them, believe them and let them transform you and lift you up!
Daniel 7:18 “The saints of the Most High, shall receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.”
Revelation 22:5 “There shall be no more night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord gives them light, and they (saints) shall reign forever and ever.”
Daniel 12:3 “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
These words below are some characteristic of the eternal kingdom of God which I’ve taken from numerous verses in the Bible:
Holiness, glory, majesty, splendour, triumph, exaltation, miraculous, immortal, jubilant, wondrous, delightful, joy, euphoria, peace, morality, quality and many more.
With all of NASA’s resources, it can only look into a sin-drenched universe. Neither NASA nor any telescope of any kind can see or find holiness and peace. None can see eternity.
Even if they could find heaven out there, they would see nothing, because God has blinded them to the realm of spiritual purity and eternity.
Eternity is the “dwelling place of our Holy God.” No un-crucified eyes will see God or His dwelling place. No tongue that has not been nailed to the cross will even be able to speak real pure and holy things.
Isaiah 57:15 “Thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and a humble spirit, to revive the heart of the contrite ones.”
Politically incorrect eternity!
Regular readers know what I think of political correctness! But let’s have a look below the surface and offend many people.
We have noted an inextricable link between eternity, God and holiness. In fact eternity will be fully and completely holy forever.
Holy: (Hebrew) Strong’s H6944 – “Qodesh”. Meanings: Apartness, set-apart, separateness, sacredness, hallowed. The Greek meanings are similar, but we can add: Sacred, blameless, pure, veneration. These meanings relate to things, places, behaviour and character.
So when we look at the full meaning of holiness we see an astounding, totally politically incorrect, wonderful thing indeed!
We are “apart” people! We are separated people! We are not part of the crowd making up the world. In spirit we are pure in an impure world!
We are apart, apart, apart! We will have no part in or with sin – forever!
Do you know why the world hates true Christians? It’s because we are apart and not like them! That is why they want us to be like them! You see, we are better than them. Just listen to them talk. It’s not from a pride point of view – God forbid. It’s from a grace point of view. Don’t ever treat God’s grace lightly.
As we move from holiness within us, by the new-birth, to holiness in soul, it can only produce in us deep thankfulness and worship.
Worship: (Hebrew) Strong’s H7812 – “Shachah.” Meanings: Bow down, stoop low, reverence, fall on face, prostrate oneself, surrender, adore. One of the rendered meanings of “worship” is to kiss like a dog licking his master’s hand! The word implies physical action in posture as well as attitude.
Have you ever worshipped our Lord in a true, demonstrative way?
By way of testimony, I often used to go to a local cemetery, find any old grave, and lie down on top of it to pray. I would start a fast this way, making death to self a demonstrative thing. Then I would get up, which for me symbolised arising from the dead to newness of life.
But, for me the attitude of bowing down in worship was the main thing. (I don’t do that anymore because these days it would take me half an hour to get up again, being partially crippled now.)
I often used to climb nearby mountains alone and on the top, standing on the edge; I would literally bow down, while deep in prayer. (The picture at the bottom is one of those mountains.) Sometimes I led groups up there and we would stand on top yelling out proclamations.
There were many other such things I did. It changes your perception of worship and deepens your walk with our Lord. Don’t be afraid of doing demonstrative things. Some people may think you’re strange and odd, but so be it!
True, deep worship strengthens your holiness and brings God’s grace to you, which is your spiritual beauty! This is what produces an alluring attraction in you.
Did you know that the word for “grace” in some languages is the same word for “thank you”? For example, “grazie” is the Italian word for grace and thank you. Did you realise that God’s grace upon you, is in fact the God of the universe saying thank you to you!
How can that be? The all wise, all holy, all knowing God says to you “thank you!” Well, I say thank you Lord!
Preparing for eternity:
The Spirit of God never enters a person and then leaves them to live like the world, with its value-system. God always leads us, forever forward and upward by His Spirit.
Today, so many are unconquered, compromised, spiritual disasters. They have made friends with their enemies whose job it is to keep them from God’s requirements. So many people look right at the eternal Light and see nothing!
Corruption is irreversible. God does not try to fix it or make it better. God’s solution is death and new birth...a new creation which is eternal. Today people are blind slaves to the here and now!
Cultivate a love for the truth. Study it, proclaim it, and know it well. Exalt truth and submit to it.
Titus 1:2 “Acknowledge the truth, which is according to godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God who cannot lie, promised before time began.”
2 John 1:2 “The truth abiding in us will be with us forever.”
Truth, holiness and worship are the central big issues in our lives.
What we are and become in character and personality will be eternal. The building of a pure, holy, wise character will endure forever.
But what we are, and are becoming, relates directly to our love for and application of the truth.
Psalm 119:111-112 “Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever; for they are the rejoicing of my heart. I have inclined my heart to perform Your statutes forever, to the very end.”
Psalm 119:160 “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgements endures forever.”
Character check: What’s your attitude to all truth? What’s your attitude to Bible prophecy? Most are stumbling in the dark. Prophecy is a glorious bright light shining in a dark place.
We must realise that there are many qualities that we gather up as we go along the road to eternity. These things will come with us into eternity.
All that was not of God in our lives ends up as a puff of smoke and is quickly gone forever. Our works will be rewarded. They will be purified by God’s fire or fried! (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)
But the entire life of the unbeliever will smoke forever!
Now, let’s have a look at two all important lists of things:
Things of eternity:
●Our new incorruptible bodies.
●Our heavenly homes. (With angels and dogs!)
●Our holiness and righteousness.
●Our rewards and authority in our future reign.
●Our godly character.
●Giving to the gospel produces “enduring riches.” (Proverbs 8:18)
●Suffering for the sake of the gospel or our testimony has eternal rewards.
Things that are temporary:
●Houses, cars, kettle, chocolate, lawnmower.
●All earthly, physical possessions.
●Job, money, status, pride.
●Sin, poverty, sickness and death.
●Lies, error, false doctrine.
Now, with these two lists above in mind, read the following verses:
2 Corinthians 4:17-19; 5:1“Our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, for the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal...If this tent (body) is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.”
Do you see what I see, or don’t see? The Bible says we are to look at the things we can’t see! (If I wrote the Bible, I would not have said that!) People buy a red Ferrari so that it can be seen, and now we have to close our eyes when we walk into the garage!
Looking at things you can’t see is the right way to go. Looking at all the things you can see is the way to blindness! It’s impossible for the world to look at the things they can’t see. This is why they only have eyes for “me now.”
The only thing the world can possibly do is make idols of time, space and materialism, because it has no revelation of eternity, not even its own doomed eternity.
The things of eternity and the Spirit are linked. The things of the world and the flesh are also.
1 John 2:15-17 “Do not love the world or the things of the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, - the lust of the eyes and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lusts of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”
Hebrews 13:14 “Here we have no continuing city, but we seek the one to come.”
1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only, we have hope in Messiah, we are of all men most pitiable.”
Some eternity verses with a short commentary:
2 Peter 1:11 “An entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour, Yeshua, the Messiah.”
Some will just scrape into heaven, emerging from the puff of smoke that was their futile works, but they will have made it! Others will arrive with an “abundant entrance.” The grandstand in the clouds will be full of witnesses cheering and celebrating!
Hebrews 10:14 “By one offering (the cross) He has perfected forever, those who are being sanctified.”
What an incredible verse! The work of the cross was perfect, but endures forever!
Isaiah 25:8 “He will swallow up death forever, and the Lord will wipe away tears from all faces.”
Death – all death is an enemy. It has a date-stamp on it!
Psalm 119:89 “Forever O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.”
Imagine trying to prove God wrong! What insanity, and yet so many do!
Proverbs 8:18-19 (The excellence of wisdom) “Riches and honour are with me, enduring riches and righteousness. My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, and my revenue than choice silver.”
The fruit of godly wisdom is more valuable than anything on this earth and it endures.
Your encounter with the living God will have dramatic effects if you sincerely come to Him. As you encounter Him you will be woefully undone – and it must be so! You will suddenly see and know holiness and see and be horrified at the evil of the world around you, and you will be gloriously saved – forever!
Isaiah 6:3-7 “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is filled with His glory...Woe is me, for I am undone! I live in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts...Behold, this has touched your lips; your iniquity is taken away and your sin is forgiven.”
Revelation 4:8 “...Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty, who was and is and is to come!”
Your testimony is a seed of eternity. It has eternal value for yourself and others who know you. The unsaved may scorn you, but in their own alone time – they think and think about your testimony.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith – the salvation of your souls.”
Isaiah 9:7 “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end.”
You can have an “eternal weight of glory” or a weight of stress and depression now, and hell forever!
I took this picture from a chopper flying over the Cathedral Peak mountain range in the Drakenberg, one of my favourite stomping grounds of the past.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 375: July 25th 2017.
The curse of Nibiru:
“Am I my brother’s keeper?” Are we to be concerned or even to try to correct fellow believes headed for disaster? Or should we just stand back and watch the church be injured and deceived? In this edition, I’m presenting to you a serious warning that if ignored, will have consequences.
The original Bible words used for a curse means: “To bind under a strong, vile, illegitimate power”.
A curse is like a tight strangling grip of darkness, misfortune, and affliction. It always comes from an evil, supernatural source. A curse is the kiss of death from Satan to you! People become slaves to all sorts of spirits when under a curse.
Curses are closely related to sorcery, divination and witchcraft. Few people would disagree that the witchcraft practises of Babylon for example, are not curse-producing.
Curses are generated in a person’s life by them believing and accepting, occult, satanic, demon-infested beliefs and practises. They also come through the words of enchanters, fortune tellers, clairvoyants, and others.
Involvement in witchcraft of any form always produces curses. Curses lead to demon oppression or possession in their extreme form.
Curses often come in disguise. Their end objective is to captivate and control people, leading them astray, into the arms of the devil.
Satan always desires to infiltrate the church. The true church is the one institution that he can’t get control of. He beguiles and manipulates and grabs hold of gullible or weak Christians through curses wherever he can, which is normally after they themselves have opened those doors!
Some people under a curse often try to use the Holy Spirit, in a manipulative manner but it’s the wrong spirit in disguise.
In some cases a person may inadvertently stumble into a curse-situation. This will not necessarily get that person trapped in a curse as such, as long as they identify it and move away from it.
Curses are easy to pick up and difficult to throw off. Bear in mind that curses always have a cause and a cure.
Proverbs 26:2 “Like a flitting sparrow, or a flying swallow, so a curse without a cause will not alight.”
A curse at work is often seen in many other areas of the victim’s life. It infiltrates and spreads like a disease, causing mental, emotional, and physical problems and much more. Repeated failure is a classic sign of a curse at work.
If we can, we are to set people free, or at least show them the way to be free, with warning!
What is Nibiru?
The image above is from an ancient Sumarian tablet depicting the Anunnaki god, Anu.
The word “Nibiru”comes from certain Babylonian beliefs – all cursed!
“Nibiru” comes from an ancient Babylonian language called Akkadian. It means “crossing point of transition.” Interestingly that is one of the meanings of the Hebrew word for Babel. Nibiru was the god-shepherd of the stars.
He was also the evil god Marduk, the ruler of the cosmos. He was thought to “shepherd the stars and planetary configurations like sheep.”
So, we see that the word itself means “crossing over,” which represents a crossing over into a godless, spiritual, demonic world. Nibiru was the god who organised the passageways between heaven and earth.
Some Babylonian beliefs refer to Nibiru and Jupiter as one and the same.
Nibiru is also known as Planet X and other names. But the original word and its meaning is what is important.
Nibiru is believed to be an actual planet, the size of Jupiter, in an elliptical orbit around the solar system, in the opposite direction to the other planets. (The title image at the top is a scale representation of earth and Jupiter, showing the massive size difference.)
Nibiruites believe this massive planet visited the earth in prehistoric times, floated just above the earth and offloaded an army of little semi-spirit people, who eventually became the human race.
These half-human spirits are called the Anunnaki. Because these spirit-beings have no physical form they seek to inhabit animals or humans, possessing them.
There are dozens of other legends and myths about Nibiru and the Anunnaki.
Many believe that due to the orbit of Nibiru, it is about to hit the earth!!
Fools of all fools:
Nibiru has been forecast to hit the earth numerous times. It has recently been presented as the planetary dragon of Revelation 12, which, in reality refers to Satan’s activities on earth during the tribulation period. (Much more about that another time!) There are numerous new forecasts popping up all the time of the new date for Nibiru’s collision with the earth – and all very soon!
So, if you say some object is going to hit another object at a specific time, and if you have any brains at all, you need to know the speed, direction and trajectory of both objects. You can’t send a rocket to the moon if you don’t know where it is, or what its speed is.
No one knows where Nibiru is! No one knows what its speed or trajectory is – no one. They can’t know because it doesn’t exist. Some believe Nibiru hides behind the sun, like a naughty child playing hide and seek, sticking its pretty head out in the evening.
Of course they know this to be fact because they saw it on YouTube. They don’t question or doubt that the makers of the videos are blithering, deceived, blind, demon-filled, lying idiots.
They believe Nibiru is hiding behind the sun and only briefly sticks its smiling face out at dusk and then quickly hides again! “Oooo look auntie Ethel there’s Nibiru – hiding next to the sun – O, how sweet!”
This clip shows how to make your very own Nibiru, deceiving gullible Christians: Click HERE
Some believe that astronomical programs have covered a little space where Nibiru is hiding. But the explanation is simple. These gaps and there are dozens of them, come about because the program converting flat images to a spherical shape simply has areas of overlap where the edges don’t fully meet. Other programs also have these gaps, but in other areas, so if you want to see what one of them is “trying to hide” just use the other program – you will see its all normal sky – no Nibiru!
Some believe that NASA is deliberately trying to hide the existence. What hogwash! Did you know there are now numerous fake NASA sites spewing out all sorts of garbage, designed to deceive? Besides, it would be highly damaging to NASA to hide these things.
Did you know that not one single private astronomer or astronomy association or institution, and there are many, has ever been able to find any trace of Nibiru?
These Nibiru-believing fools, actually believe it will hit the earth and cause some of the damage revealed in the Revelation, like rivers going bitter.
If a planet the size of Jupiter, hit the earth, do you think it would do the limited damage revealed in the Revelation? Of course not, it would totally annihilate the earth completely!
Again, just look at the scale difference between earth and Jupiter in the title image at top.
The Bible reveals great destruction in the book of Revelation during the tribulation and not before. The Bible does not speak of the total annihilation and destruction of the earth. The Bible speaks of meteorites (plural) and an asteroid hitting the earth in the tribulation. None are called Nibiru and none measure up to the supposed Nibiru size.
There is no reliable proof of the existence of Nibiru from any optical, visual telescope, or from any radio telescope – ever.
Again, I must say for the benefit of these huge Nibiru fools, if you predict that any object is to hit any object at a point in time, you need to know of its existence, its speed and its trajectory.
If you don’t have those factors, then you must have another source of information. And that’s the issue! The other source is Satan himself!
To believe this Nibiru rubbish, you need to have a few screws lose!
Fallacies and fat failures:
Above: Anu, god of the Anunnaki and king of the gods in heaven, and planetary movements with his pilot overlooking his earth colony and the “tree of life” from Nibiru. (Babylonian tablet.)
By the way the Nibiru god Anu is also closely identified with Ishtar the evil god from which Easter is derived.
“Nibiru will hit the earth in September”, declared Bible code analyst Glazerson, who found it in the Bible codes. The only problem was that this headline was due for fulfilment in September 2016!
Some believe Nibiru is responsible for giant earthquakes. Some believe it is responsible for crop circles. That’s a lot of credit given to a non-existent planet!
Nibiru fools, including a spiritist contactee predicted that it would hit the earth in 2002, 2007, 2012, 2015, and on Christmas day 2016!
The Christmas day 2016 Nibiru strike was interesting. This Jezebel declared to the world that Nibiru would strike the earth – coming out of nowhere, on Christmas day, but all would be okay, because the rapture would happen just before.
As far as I know, this ignorant, deceived woman has not repented for poisoning and injuring the body of Messiah. Tragically, gullible Christians fall for these things, but also new baby Christians get fed the devil’s poison unknowingly.
1 Timothy 4:1-2 “The Spirit expressly says that in the last days, some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”
Damaging the body of Messiah:
Matthew 18:7 “Woe to the world because of its offences! They must come, but woe to the man by whom the offence comes.”
You may or may not be aware that there is actually a fast growing community of Christians who believe the earth is flat. More than that, they actually attack us who believe it is a sphere. These fools deserve to be excommunicated instantly! Throw them out of the church!
You may or may not believe that there is actually a growing group of Messianic believers who believe that Jesus is the antichrist. They “replace” salvation exclusively through faith and grace, as revealed in the Epistles, with law-keeping, which then becomes their saviour.
The truth must and will stand supreme. The abusers of it are the problem and they cause damage to the body.
The Nibiru monkeys are in the same category. You see, you are not free to believe whatever rubbish you like. You can do untold damage to the church, to say nothing of giving our critics more canon-fodder!
This entire Nibiru deception damages the body of Messiah, while releasing curses.
Deception, disinformation, error, fraud, cheating, idiocy, and ignorance, are modern plagues to be dealt with.
Tragically, many have little regard for the damage they do and we’re about to see a lot more of that!
Witchcraft in the world is one thing, but in the church, it is a terrible thing and it’s very real! Just because it takes another form does not mean it is not witchcraft at work.
Witchcraft has huge destructive power. Do you think it’s a small thing? Here is what the Bible declares about the last part of the tribulation period:
Revelation 18:23-24 (Finality of Babylon’s fall) “The light of a lamp shall not shine in you anymore. And the voice of the bridegroom and bride shall not be heard in you anymore. For your merchants were the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery (Lit=witchcraft), all the nations were deceived, and in her was found the blood of the prophets and saints and of all who were slain on the earth.”
Note that staggering statement – “All the nations of the world were deceived”!
Galatians 3:1 “Who has bewitched you (Christians)...before whose eyes Yeshua the Messiah was clearly portrayed as crucified.”
Witchcraft in the church obscures the cross, which is the instrument that purifies, cleanses resurrects and keeps us in the truth.
The word “bewitched” in the verse above means to be under a witchcraft spell, or to be trapped in a curse. This is one of the signs of the times.
1 Samuel 15:23 “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft.”
Once you get into these things an invisible authority takes hold of you and you become trapped. Deceptions grow and spread. The only remedy is spiritual deliverance.
Tragically, many today have hardened their hearts to God and His wonderful truth. And just as tragically, many church leaders, and teachers, including numerous fake YouTube fools are guilty.
Deuteronomy 27:18 “Cursed is the one who makes the blind to wander off the road.”
Ephesians 4:18 “Their understanding is darkened, alienating them from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart.”
You can often see when a person goes off track into error. Most times they simply come back into the truth. But sometimes they cross an invisible barrier and are grabbed by the authority of an evil power. They then become spiritually blind, and become the representative of that illegitimate force and authority.
These people will not hear you. They become fully stubborn.
Matthew 24:11 (Amp) “Many false prophets will arise and deceive and lead many into error.”
Psalm 109:17 “As he loved cursing, let it come to him; as he did not delight in the blessing, so let it be far from him.
What a shocking verse this is above!
Deception at work:
What makes the curse of Nibiru really bad is found in herd or mob mentality. Group speak, confirmation bias, monkey see - monkey do mentality, or the bandwagon effect.
People today are spiritually lazy and would rather follow the crowd. There is always a dangerous illegitimate authority in the opinions of the masses. Beware, and be a Berean!
The book of Acts in particular is full of examples, some extremely severe, of heavy dealings upon those bringing deception into the church.
I have warned before that those who get into this stuff without spiritual armour, are exposing themselves to the attached curses. Some will never get free!
It is ignorance and arrogance that will lead you into deception. When people refuse to even examine a view apart from theirs, even if it happens to be the truth, they are already deceived.
It’s always the ones who you would expect to get into these foolish things that always do. Many people are prone to deception; they always fall into its trap and never change or grow in the Lord and His truth.
Many people fall for fake news all the time. Their sources are as far off as they are! They’re simply gullible.
God’s severe conditions for Israel:
Joshua 7:13 “...Thus says the Lord God of Israel: There is an accursed thing in your midst O Israel; you cannot stand before your enemies until you take away the accursed thing from among you.”
Zephaniah 1:4 “...Against the inhabitants of Jerusalem, I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place, the names of the idolatrous priests, with the pagan priests.
Exodus 23:13 “Be circumspect and make no mention of the name of other gods, nor let it be heard from your mouth.”
Note some of the conditions in these verses above for Israel’s victory. Note that even the names are forbidden!
The world will be clamouring for an excuse for the rapture of the church once it happens.
Immediately after the rapture, the world will be in stunned disbelief. They will immediately look for an excuse. Some will look and find the right reason in the right place – the Bible. Others will look anywhere and everywhere for anything that shifts the blame from themselves.
They will look right into the heart of Satan and see Nibiru!
They will say: Nibiru came along and picked up and removed believers, just as Nibiru once came to the earth and offloaded little strange people.
“O, that’s far-fetched rubbish” you say! O, yes, as if all this cursed Nibiru stuff isn’t pure rubbish! But the world will have to find something to get themselves off the hook. The world will look to Satan for its answer, but we will have looked to our Lord and be gone.
The funny thing is that the rapture is far-fetched! He will fetch us from far and wide, and take us very far! That’s the ultimate “far-fetch”!
When our Lord fetches us in the rapture, imagine being so stupid as to think it was Nibiru! Actually, even intelligent people in the tribulation period will believe it was Nibiru, because they are under a curse!
The curse of Nibiru is the belief by so many in nothing. They have believed and accepted nothing but cursed fairy tales, or more correctly witches tales!
Psalm 19:11-12 “By them (Words of the Lord) Your servant is warned, and in keeping them there is great reward. Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.”
Job 6:24-25 “Teach me and I will hold my tongue; cause me to understand wherein I have erred. How forceful are right words! But what does your arguing prove?”
Ephesians 6:12 “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers, against rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armour of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day.”
I took the background pictures in the enormous desert called Nxai Pan in Botswana, of a group of seven giant Baobab trees called “The sleeping sisters.” (Baines Baobabs).
If you would like to see some more pictures of this spectacular place click HERE
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 374: July 18th 2017.
Suddenly – the King!
Our Lord and Saviour, the King of kings and Lord of lords, the Prince of peace and Lord of glory, will arrive suddenly! The rapture of the true church of the living God, will take place suddenly. The tribulation will begin suddenly. The veil of blindness upon the Jews will be lifted suddenly!
Sudden destruction will come to this world - off guard and unaware.
If we put the root meanings together of the word “suddenly” in both Hebrew and Greek we come up with: Surprising, straightaway, instantly, unexpectedly.
The meanings can be extended into the resulting actions or emotions as well. For example, “sudden” as used here in the Bible often produces shock, awe, confusion, regret, hysteria and the like.
The sudden rapture:
The biblical rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:17) or “catching up of we who are alive,” is an event which is exclusive. It’s only for the born-again, true church. It will take place in an “atomic moment.” This is the meaning of the original word “moment,” used in 1 Corinthians 15:51-52. It means the smallest division of time possible.
The rapture is also seen as occurring in a “twinkling of an eye.” This is also an incredibly short space of time. This term has other wonderful meanings. Let’s have a brief look at it:
One of the Feast of Trumpets rituals is called the “Tashikh” symbolising the casting off of sins and the beginning of all things new. It is to be performed in the late afternoon at dusk, just as the sun sets and just before the night begins. This very short transition period is known as the “twinkling of an eye.”
The ritual is still performed today, at any body of water by the practise of casting stones, representing the sins of Israel, into the water while quoting Micah 7:19-20 “God will again have compassion on us, you will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
A previous verse in the same discourse (verse9) says that “God will bring them (Jews) forth into the light and they will see His righteousness.”
Paul, in 1 Corinthians 15:52 in describing the rapture of the church, compares it with the “twinkling of an eye” ritual at Rosh Hashanah (Feast of Trumpets)
Do you see what I see?
The rapture will happen very fast. It will happen on a Feast of Trumpets, which is the next to find prophetic fulfilment, and it will signal the mass salvation of the Jews, as they go into the tribulation period, which will begin immediately, suddenly, at the same time.
The big thing to bear in mind here is that there will be no time to prepare. Those who think they can wait till the last moment before getting saved or getting ready will be “suddenly” shocked! The suddenness of the event will catch the world totally off-guard!
For those in the sudden rapture, it will be instant transformation into incorruptible, eternal glory!
The rapture is sudden, exclusive, selective and spectacular and is very closely associated with the start of the tribulation.
Enoch is a type of the sudden rapture. Imagine walking along with someone and suddenly “he was not, because God took him!” (Genesis 5:24) No wonder people think we’re crazy!
Will it be world peace or world war?
Will the rapture leave behind a world of temporary peace?
No it won’t. The peace treaty or covenant that starts the tribulation and reveals the antichrist peace-maker is the only “peace” the world will see. The “peace treaty” will be a gigantic lie and deception.
The only “peace” the world will see is the word “peace” written on a piece of paper!
Some believe that the first half of the tribulation will be peaceful and only the second half will be the “wrath of God.”
Not so! The entire tribulation will see natural and social upheavals. Yes, the second half will be far worse, but far worse than the devastation of the first half!
1 Thessalonians 5:3 “When they (unsaved) say ‘peace and safety!’ then sudden destruction comes upon them like labour pains upon a pregnant woman and they shall not escape.”
Isaiah 47:11 “...Desolation shall come upon you (Babylon) suddenly, which you shall not know.”
Jeremiah 6:26 Impending destruction: “O daughter of my people...the plunderer shall come upon us suddenly.”
Jeremiah 51:8 “Babylon has suddenly fallen and been destroyed...”
“Babylon” in these verses above is not the literal city, but the end-time world-system in type.
So now we see that the true church will suddenly meet our King and so be with Him forever in everlasting peace. We see that the world will suddenly meet their lord – the antichrist, in massive tribulation and everything but peace!
Mental anguish and turmoil of the time:
Very few people are aware of how much the Bible has to say about the sudden deterioration of the mental condition of people in the tribulation period!
The tribulation period and a fair amount of the preceding forerunner times will be a time of great conflict in the spiritual realm, which will have ramifications and consequences in the natural, specifically in the hearts and minds of people.
Be aware that the whole world will suddenly be engulfed in spiritual conflict with no restraint, which will instantly transfer to the minds of the masses.
►For more on dealing with these issues personally, see Edition 372 “God’s psychology for today.”
The tribulation period is the final end of God’s patience with sinful, evil, wicked mankind. It is the end of His grace, which has warned about over and over again.
These tragic, but powerful verses below all relate to the stressed out minds of the masses in the time period called the tribulation:
Deuteronomy 28:28 “The Lord will strike you with madness and blindness and confusion of heart.”
Jeremiah 20:4 “Thus says the Lord: ‘Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies and your eyes shall see it...”
Jeremiah 15:8 “...I will cause anguish and terror to fall on them suddenly.”
Isaiah 13:6-9 “Wail, for the day of the Lord is at hand! It will come as destruction from the Almighty, therefore all hands will be limp, every man’s heart will melt, and they will be afraid. Pangs and sorrows will take hold of them...Behold the day of the Lord comes, cruel with both wrath and fierce anger, to lay the land desolate and He will destroy its sinners from it.”
The key words and phrases from these verses above are:
●Madness ●blindness ●confusion of heart ●A terror to yourself ●Sudden anguish ●terror ●fear ●sorrow ●Limp hands,melting hearts.
Note that these words above all relate to one’s psychological state!
The tragedy today is that sin is worshipped and accepted. Holiness is rejected, refused and condemned. This is all a total reversal. God’s word said it would be this way. The reason is simple:
Satan is the god of sin. Our Lord is the God of holiness. Satan gave birth to sin in the Garden. Our Lord was the sacrifice for sin in the new birth, of which holiness is the result. But you can only reach it by being born-again!
The one and only remedy for sin and the way to holiness and peace is the way of the cross. Outside of the new-birth mankind is doomed to a fallen deteriorating life now and in eternity.
The heart of man is desperately wicked says the Bible. (Jeremiah 17:9) People love the darkness and sin. (John 3:19)
The term “born-again” is vitally important. It is key and foundational to true, pure, biblical Christianity. It is NOT to be changed, renamed or interfered with in any way, by anyone. Being born-again means being born-again, NOT conceived.
Isn’t it interesting that we are in a time where “knowledge will increase.” (Daniel 12:4) But at the same time deception is increasing. (Matthew 24:4) Both travel along the same highway!
Truth and holiness and error and sin are growing further and further apart these days, making it very easy to identify which is which. Then why are these days characterised by great deception and delusion? It’s because at the same time, spirits are putting out the spiritual eyes of the hard-hearted!
The messages of Joseph:
Joseph was a type of Yeshua. He was a Jew, but also has a close affinity with the Gentiles.
Both Yeshua and Joseph were rejected by their brothers. Both went to Egypt. Both were stripped of their robe / coats. Both overcame temptation and both were falsely accused. Both were unrecognised by their brothers at first. Both provided salvation.
Joseph landed up as a chief in the chief of the Gentile world – Egypt. He married a Gentile bride.
Now let’s have a look at some incredible facts!
In the Amplified Bible and in the Jewish, Hebrew Bibles, Psalm 81:5 contains a great mystery. In this one verse Joseph’s name has an extra “h” inserted. The ancient Rabbis believed that because Joseph sanctified his divine name by resisting Potiphar’s wife, he deserved having this extra letter from the divine name “Yahweh” added to his name.
Joseph (in Hebrew) now had part of the name of the Messiah in his name.
►Another powerful explanation for the added letter “h” is found in the same story. Before Joseph was about to be appointed Viceroy by Pharaoh, he was required to be able to speak all seventy languages of the then world. He could not, so the angel Gabriel came to him in the night and supernaturally gave them all to him, but added the extra letter to indicate that Joseph’s future ministry would be of God and to every nation, tribe and tongue on the earth.
When Joseph became Viceroy he had all the Egyptians circumcised. This is a type of his passion to have the whole world converted. This passion is also seen in Moses taking the bones of Joseph with him out of Egypt.
Moses took the bones of Joseph with him symbolising this desire to convert the world.
Pharaoh gave Joseph a new name on his release from prison, on the day which became the Feast of Trumpets (Psalm 81:3-6). The new name was: Zaphnath-Paaneah, meaning “The revealer of secrets.” (Genesis 41:45) Bear in mind that the children of Israel were released from Egypt also on the Feast of Trumpets. (Isaiah 27:13)
Will the Jews begin to have the great secret revealed of the Messiah’s identity on a Feast of Trumpets? – You bet!
Joseph was released from prison to become the kings king. Pharaoh did this by giving him the royal ring and clothing him with new garments of fine linen and put a golden medallion around his neck. Then Pharaoh gave Joseph his own chariot to ride out to all the people.
As he rode out, the people all called him by the name “Avrech”. (Genesis 41:42-43) The Hebrew sages interpret this name as, “The one to whom we all kneel”.
Do you see what I see?
Joseph is a type of our Lord. He is the revealer of the great secret that Yeshua is the Jewish God of the Jews. This revelation will hit the Jews suddenly, with the great drama beginning on a soon-coming Feast of Trumpets.
Joseph revealed himself to his brothers “suddenly.” It was a sudden revelation.
The Jews, with their new found, long-lost “Brother” will be the great “light to the nations” – to every tribe and tongue and nation!
Joseph is also called by the sages, “The splendour of Adam.”
My friend, our Lord and glorious Saviour is the final and complete “splendour of Adam!” My Jewish friends, you will soon become the “splendour of Adam” as your eyes look to Joseph and see not him but your great King of kings and Lord of lords! My friends, we as true believers in our Lord, at the rapture, will soon become the final “splendour of Adam, too!
The drama to end all dramas:
Well, my friends it is already a spectacular drama of monumental proportions as we have seen so far. The main subject of this edition is the suddenness of it all. Have a look now at some verses relating to our theme.
Psalm 6:10 “Let all my enemies be ashamed and greatly troubled; let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly!”
Malachi 3:1 “Behold I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. The Lord whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the Messenger in who you delight, behold He is coming, says the Lord of hosts (armies.)”
Isaiah 29:5 “The multitude of your foes shall be like fine dust, and the multitude of the terrible ones shall be as chaff that passes away; It shall be in an instant, suddenly!”
Leviticus 26:15-16 “If you despise My judgements, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will appoint (sudden) terror over you...”
Zechariah 3:9 “...I will remove the iniquity of that land (Israel) in one day.”
Habakkuk 3:4 “His brightness was like the light; He has rays flashing from His hand, and there His power was hidden.”
The word “light” in the verse above is the same word used for: “The breaking of the dawn, awakening, light of life, light of face.”
There is a great awakening coming to Israel from the hand of our Lord. They will suddenly see His face, in a new light – the light of life. It will be a new dawn that will have been birthed in the twinkling of an eye!
Suddenly, the future!
We’ve seen that many things will happen very suddenly. There are other things that will also happen suddenly, but from a wider prophetic point of view. These things we will see taking shape.
It is the issues surrounding Jerusalem, the Jewish people and even the Temple Mount that are now in the prophetic mixer.
Watch for Syria to fall. Watch for Jordan to turn against Israel. Watch for Lebanon to become a lot more hostile with Israel. Watch for Iran to explode onto the stage. Watch for the King of the North and of the South to appear. Watch for the Psalm 83 war to start. Watch for a new Temple. Above all watch your own heart.
Imagine that one day you will be sitting right there where you are now, just like normal, and in a blinding flash you will suddenly be in heaven! What a thought! But the funny thing is; it will soon be very true!
My friends we are about to go into the most astonishing, amazing, dramatic and fantastic times. Staggering, stunning and splendid are words that come to mind when considering the future for the true believer!
2 Peter3:14 “Be diligent that you be found in peace.”
When you move forward in the truth, you move into holiness and ever -expanding peace.
The world promotes and celebrates the destruction of restraint in society and the advance of sin and evil. They deplore the advance of holiness and purity.
My friends, “diamonds are forever!” (1 Joel 1:1) You have the potential to be a diamond in the pillar of God’s eternal temple. You were created to shine like a bright jewel forever.
Did you know that the purity of a diamond determines its value? Diamonds full of flaws can still be used, but only as industrial stones. A pure flawless diamond goes into a valuable ring or crown for all to see and admire.
A diamond is a pure and true “rock of the ages”!
The purity of a diamond speaks of the beauty of holiness! The purity of you is just the same.
Will you be an eternal dazzler? I hope you are. (1 Corinthians 15:41)
This is one the pictures I took of a magnificent Baobab tree at Kubu Island in the Makgadikgadi Desert, Botswana. I’ve superimposed it over an art work. Kubu is an island of vertical rock and ancient baobab trees rising out of the 20,000sq km salt pan.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!
Edition 373: July 11st 2017.
Will Israel break God’s covenant?
What makes Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews unique and special is that they are the only ones that God has made eternal covenant promises with, besides true, born-again believers. These covenants identify and separate Israel from the world – forever!
The covenant promises also reveal God’s prophetic plans, purposes and will. They find their dramatic conclusion in these days, and the time period just ahead.
Biblical covenants are between two people, or in this case, between God Himself and the Jews as an entity. But is a covenant still valid if one side breaks his side of the deal?
The central theme of this edition is God’s eternal covenant of peace with Israel and Satan’s counterfeit covenant of peace with Israel for seven years.
Genesis 17:7-8 “I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God.”
Deuteronomy 4:40 “You shall keep His statutes and commandments that it may go well with you and with your children after you and that you may prolong your days in the land which the Lord your God is giving you for all time.”
Psalm 105:8-9 “He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations, and the covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant.”
These verses above are so rich with many legal terms. They are substantial, clear and perfectly spelt out with no ambiguity!
Who are God’s covenant promises for?
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.”
Note in the verse above that the children of Israel were to drive out the inhabitants of the Promised Land as they went in, by commandment of God. So much for the UN’s claim that Israel is the occupying force!
Israel did not fully comply with this and the Palestinian issue is the resulting “irritant.”
Exodus 34:11-14 “Observe what I command you this day. Behold I am driving out from before you the Amorite and the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst...”
Note in the verse above, the list of people who were to be removed. These are the origins of the Arab /Palestinian people today. Note that Israel was to make no covenant of any sort with them!
Let me say that again: Israel is forbidden from making any covenant with them, but is to drive them out of the land.
Genesis 17:18-21 “Abraham said to God, ‘O that Ishmael (Arabs) might live before You!’ Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; (Jews) I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his descendants after him.”
So, in these verses above we see that God has made covenant promises with the children of Israel, and not the Arabs / Palestinians. The covenant promises from God are exclusively for the Jews and the land of Israel. There are other promises given to the Arabs.
Israel’s covenant with God is of peace:
Numbers 25:12-13 “The Lord spoke to Moses and said to him, say “Behold I give to him My covenant of peace; and it shall be to him and his descendants after him, a covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for His God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.”
Ezekiel 37:26 “I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore.”
Isaiah 54:10 “The mountains shall depart and the hills be removed, but My kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has mercy upon you.”
The end result and fruit of God’s covenant promises with Israel is of peace. This is peace in the land of Israel, peace in the city of Jerusalem and ultimately peace in the hearts of the people.
Israel’s coming fateful mistake:
Leviticus 26:15-16 “If you despise My judgements, so that you do not perform all My commandments, but break My covenant, I also will do this to you: I will appoint (sudden) terror over you...”
Israel will break their side of God’s covenant promises with devastating consequences, for them and the whole world. But God will not break His side of the deal. The covenant promises will endure. But they will have a temporary seven-year hold as the great tribulation partially destroys the world.
Israel will make a fateful, forbidden covenant with the person who is to be revealed as the antichrist, which will bring the world’s most severe curses and catastrophes upon the world and Israel for a short season.
Jeremiah 11:2-5 “Hear the words of this covenant, and speak to the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Cursed is the man who does not obey the words of this covenant, which I commanded your fathers when I brought them out of the land of Egypt, from the iron furnace, saying, ‘Obey My voice...that I may establish the oath which I have sworn to your fathers...”
●Hosea 8:1-3 “Set the trumpet to your mouth! He shall come like an eagle against the house of the Lord, because they have broken My covenant and rebelled against My law. Israel will cry to Me, “My God, we know You!” Israel has cast off good; the enemy will pursue him.”
●Isaiah 24:1-6 “Behold, the Lord makes the earth empty and distorts its surface. It shall be; as with the people, so with the priest...The earth mourns and fades away, the world languishes and fades away; the haughty (proud) people of the earth languish. The earth is defiled under its inhabitants...they have broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth...therefore the inhabitants of the earth are burned and few are left.”
Again these verses above are clear and full of tragic meaning and soon-coming reality!
The forbidden, cursed covenant:
As we have seen in these amazing verses above, Israel will break their side of God’s covenant. They will make a new covenant, a peace deal, in place of God’s covenant, against God’s will and command. Israel will make a cursed covenant of peace with Satan himself – in disguise!
This cursed act will not nullify God’s eternal covenant, but will put it on hold for seven years!
Isaiah 28:15-18 “Because you (Israel) have said, ‘we have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol (hell) we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, it will not come to us, for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood we have hidden ourselves...’Therefore, your covenant with death will be annulled, and your agreement with Sheol (hell) will not stand...”
As revealed in the verse above, Israel will think that they will be safe and have peace by making this new covenant! Talk about a grand tragedy! But also note that the peace covenant with the antichrist will not last and will be annulled.
What powerful deception Israel will come under!
The world will also reap the curse. Because it is of its god – Satan, it will encourage and welcome this “peace” deal with the antichrist.
Many Bible teachers get this satanic, antichrist peace covenant wrong because they look exclusively at Daniel 9:27, which only reveals some aspects of the covenant. There are many verses relating to this soon-coming covenant with hell. We must examine them all together to get the full picture.
The more traditional view is absolutely right. That is that this is a seven-year peace covenant signed between the person who will be revealed by that signing as the antichrist, and Israel as well as “the many.”
Some teach erroneously that this is not a “peace” covenant, because Daniel 9:27 doesn’t use those words. – Hogwash! Some teach that this is one of the previous peace efforts like the Oslo accord simply resurrected. – Hogwash!
No previous peace deal with Israel was a seven-year covenant, as it must be. All previous covenants are null and void and would have to be re-negotiated. The word “peace” is found in other verses.
Here are some of the verses dealing with this fateful, coming covenant:
Daniel 8:24-25 “His power (antichrist) shall be mighty, but not by his own power; he shall destroy fearfully and shall prosper and thrive; he shall destroy the mighty and also the holy people...He shall destroy many in their prosperity (and peace). He shall even rise against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without human hand.”
Daniel 11:21-22 “In his place shall arise a vile person (antichrist) to whom they will not give the honour of royalty, but he shall come in peaceably (Lit=making peace) and seize the kingdom by intrigue...He shall be the prince of the covenant.”
Daniel 11:30-32 “...He (antichrist) shall rage against the holy covenant and do damage. He shall return and show regard for those who forsake the holy covenant...he shall defile the holy sanctuary and place there the abomination of desolation. Those who do wickedly against the covenant he shall corrupt with flattery, but the people who know their God shall be strong...”
Note in these verses above we have the prince of the covenant of hell and the Prince of princes! Israel will make the wrong choice initially!
Israel cannot sign any sort of peace covenant with the world, Palestinians, antichrist or anyone, without breaking God’s pre-existing eternal peace covenant with them made thousands of years ago.
The covenant of the “prince of the covenant” (antichrist) is exactly what brings destruction and not peace.
Daniel 9:27 “He shall confirm (make oneself mighty) a covenant with many for one week (seven years); but in the middle he will bring an end to sacrifice and offering and on the wing of abominations shall be one who makes desolate...”
The coming peace covenant of Daniel 9:27 may well include the rebuilding of the Third Temple, which is required in a number of verses.
The Daniel 9:27 treaty may be a non-aggression pact or a pure peace treaty. It may include a land for peace deal. It may even include a multi-faith dimension.
The tribulation period will begin suddenly at the same time as this signing of the peace covenant. But much more very surprising things about that in the next edition!
The cursed covenant of peace is the same event revealed in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 speaking of the revealing of the man of sin (antichrist.)
Israel will repent:
Deuteronomy 4:30-31 “When you are in distress (tribulation)and all these things come upon you in the latter days, when you turn to the Lord your God and obey His voice, He will not forsake you nor destroy you, nor forget the covenant of your fathers which He swore to them.”
Israel will make the tragic mistake of breaking God’s covenant and accepting Satan’s false peace covenant. But they will soon realise it, and turn to the Lord in repentance.
Leviticus 26:40-42 “If they confess the iniquity of their fathers and their unfaithfulness...and are humbled and accept their guilt – then I will remember My covenant with Jacob, and My covenant with Isaac, and My covenant with Abraham; I will remember their land.”
Exodus 23:27 “I will send My fear before you, I will cause confusion among all the people to whom you come and will make all your enemies turn their backs to you.”
Not only will Israel repent and turn to the Lord, but our God will come in and back them in a whole new way. The above verse relates to invincible Israel during the Exodus. It is also prophetic relating to Israel being ultimately invincible in war during the tribulation.
The city of Jerusalem is part of God’s eternal covenant of peace. We are called upon to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” (Psalm 122:6)
Amazingly the name of the city has much more to it.
The word “Jerusalem” itself is made up of two words, “Yrw”, meaning “foundation” and “Salem” meaning “peace.” The city is also known as the “habitation or dwelling place of peace.”
It is the only city or place in the world where God says, “I have put My name forever.” (2 Chronicles 33:7)
Counterfeit “peace” will come to Jerusalem through Satan. He will set up his “office” right there. He has chosen Jerusalem. Satan’s “peace” will be the seven year tribulation! Satan is a liar, thief and murderer. His peace efforts will be annihilated by the Prince of Peace as He returns to His Jerusalem, the “habitation of peace.” (Zechariah 3:2)
The final new covenant:
Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold the days are coming says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.”
This new covenant does not cancel out the existing eternal covenant between God and Israel. The new covenant is like a new layer on top of and over the previous covenant. It relates to people as individuals and their personal salvation.
The Jews will participate in this in large numbers in the tribulation period.
The way of truth:
Passover led to the Exodus and the deaths of the enemies of the children of Israel in the plagues of Egypt. The Exodus led to the Promised Land and the deaths of the enemies of Israel in the Red Sea. The Promised Land now leads to the promise of salvation to the Jews and the deaths of the enemies of Israel in the tribulation period!
The way of peace is the way of truth. Making deals with devil will never produce peace! Drawing near to God in the fear of God is total and complete safety, with its result – peace! Bible prophecy spells out ultimate peace for all those that are His.
The lying mass-media:
The mass-media like CNN are and will be champions in promoting the ways of the devil and in condemning the ways of God and His truth. They will be part of the inspiration of Israel’s acceptance of the antichrist covenant. They will be part of the very reason for the coming tribulation period.
The mass-media are champions and major sponsors of the war against God, His people, and His word.
The mass-media, full of evil, are enthroned by the masses as the truth-bearers and peace-bringers. Talk about blind deception! They will be the world leaders in world destruction!
The “peace” the media speaks of is the absence of resistance to their ways, and the release and free-reign of Satan. This is why the media always has to try to prove God wrong!
If you are truly saved you rest in Him and are at peace.
The grand summary:
God made eternal covenants with the Jews including the land of Israel. These were eternal covenants of peace, and to bring peace to Israel. They were not to be broken, carrying curses with them if they were. The covenants were exclusive and not inclusive of the Arab / Palestinian people. The covenants would result in God’s final purpose being achieved; of bringing salvation to the fallen world through the Jews in the last days.
No other “peace” covenants were to be signed.
Satan has a counterfeit peace covenant in-waiting. He will deceive Israel into breaking their existing covenant of peace with God and making “peace” his way.
This great tragedy will infuriate the living God and cause His curses to come into effect immediately as seen in the seven-year tribulation judgments upon Israel and the world.
Through all of this, God’s eternal covenant will still stand, but Israel will get war in the name of peace during the short seven-year period. Israel will repent and return to the living God. This will bring salvation to them and to many people of the world in tribulation.
Now, it is Satan who is infuriated that his covenant is finally annulled and rejected. He then turns up the heat as does God in response, and the world is finally destroyed at the Second Coming, giving way to the Millennium. (Revelation 12:12)
That’s what you call great drama! And it’s all just on the horizon!
The main point in all of this, which is vitally important to understand, is that the soon-coming signing of a peace deal has far more devastating consequences than most imagine!
It is so important to choose God’s ways and His life. (Deuteronomy 30:19)
Breaking God’s covenant brings false peace for a short season and then destruction.
Isaiah 54:13-14 “All you children (of Israel) shall be taught by the Lord and great shall be the peace of your children. In righteousness you shall be established.
Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called you in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
Incredibly, we see the prince of the covenant at work, and the Prince of the covenant at work! Israel will be fooled by the prince, but the Prince will receive them, save them and bless them.
I took these two pictures some years ago and now I’ve merged them into one new picture.
Shalom and grow in His Grace!