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- Turkey has allied herself militarily with Libya in the last few days. This echoes the war dubbed WW111 of Ezekiel 38 & 39.
- Ongoing troubles in the US and many other nations are causing large numbers of Jews to make enquiries about returning to Israel. (When the Lion roars, His children will return, trembling from the West (Hosea 11:10)
- Israel launches attack on Hamas in response to their rocket attack on Israel. Israel launches new spy satellite. Israel launches attack on Iranian bases in Syria. “Mystery” explosions continue in Iran.
- Bubonic plague identified in China.
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
This verse, below was given to me by our Lord in December last year to give to you as the crowning verse for 2020. This was just before the corona-virus became a world pandemic:
The heading is, “Babylon humiliated.” End-time Babylon is the modern world system:
Isaiah 47:10-11 “You have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; You have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ Therefore evil shall come upon you and you shall not know from where it arises, and trouble shall fall upon you. You will not be able to put it off, and desolation shall come upon you suddenly.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6 “Let us not sleep as others do, but watch.”
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Matthew 24:43 “Know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”
Ephesians 5:13-14 “All things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Awake, you who sleep; arise from the dead, and Messiah will give you light.”
2 Timothy 4:8 “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
3rd July 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Watchmen what do you see?
Masses are in the salvation firing lines. This will include masses of prodigals and backslidden Christians. Entire churches will awaken to end-time Bible prophecy.
At the same time many, specifically those who are not, and come against being Spirit filled, will be taken over by strong and powerful deceptive spirits and fall away. They will join with the spirit of the antichrist and false spirits of the ecumenical, interfaith, one-world order system.
As the world shakes, more and more will look for stability – and find it in our Lord. The shaking is about to become extremely severe and masses will seek the truth, but because their hearts are not repentant and right the truth will not find them.
Many will go with what they believe is truth, but the truth-teller may be a fraud to begin with.
There are some out there presenting wonderful truth, rightly applied, but they are few and far between. When you encounter them, value and treasure them, and pray for them to continue.
As spiritual darkness descends, as prophesied in numerous passages, the entire world will be engulfed in the darkness of encroaching sin and wickedness. In very thick darkness light can’t penetrate and the light merges with darkness. (Luke 11:35)
Many times I have wandered through various wildlife areas at night with a torch. You need to watch carefully where you are going. You need to be a watchman alright!
Sometimes as you shine the torch, it picks up the shining, glowing eyes of a silent animal deep in the bush. You don't know if its a friend or foe, just from the glowing eyes.
If the torch doesn’t shine truly and brightly, how can you see and watch where you are going?
I know that many ministers and prophecy teachers read The Prophetic Scroll, and judging by what a lot of them have said, there is a growing unity in the message amongst us. That would be like many together, each with a torch, shining together in the darkness.
At the end of the day, the light of God’s truth is to guide us into the bright shining eternal glory of heavenly light, with an abundant entrance.
You don’t want to just scrape into heaven by the skin of your teeth, smelling like hell.
So, the important job of the watchman’s torch is to shed light on the right way and expose the wrong way. People’s lives are affected and changed by these things.
Not too long ago some so-called watchmen, under the curse of Nibiru taught their deceived followers that the planet Nibiru was about to strike the earth and destroy it. This was taught by the Revelation 12 –sign teachers.
Some today teach the most outrageous, dangerous, Satan-rooted heresy like: Modern day Jews can never repent because they are cursed, because a small group of them stoned Steven nearly 2000 years ago!
Disagreement amongst watchmen detracts and harms the message and Bible prophecy. It means some are not hearing from the Spirit of God, who has a unified message of pure truth. Too many watchmen are full of pride, watching through blinded eyes. They need to get out of ministry!
Agreement amongst watchmen adds weight and substance to the message. Agreement highlights and shines on the truth, confirming and establishing it.
Pride is a watchman’s light-killer. It dims the light and confuses it with the darkness. Pride in a Christian minster is terribly dangerous. It deceives him with his self-importance. It blinds him to the light.
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 “Such are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Messiah. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
The angel of light, Satan is in the darkness of the night! “Watchmen, watchmen, what of the night? “ (Isaiah 21:11) Watchman, are you looking into the night with your light? Do you see what is of the “angel of light?” Do you watch, see and warn?
Jeremiah 6:17-18 “I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet.’ But they said. ‘We will not listen!’ Therefore hear O nations and learn O congregations, what will happen. Hear O earth! I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their own schemes (thoughts), because they have paid no attention to My word and have rejected My instruction.”
In these above we see the sad reaction of the world to God's warning. They rejected it. That is exactly where we are today. But it’s quite another thing, and just as tragic when the watchman speaks a lot of hogwash and the people think he speaks the truth.
The most valuable torch-battery that a watchman can have is the cross of Calvary. It creates the power to give pure light, and strips out pride and its error.
The wonder of the cross is that it shows you that you are not valuable and precious, but that you are a dying rat with rabies, deserving of death. Then it raises you and gives you great eternal value.
Today we have a flood of ministers, ministries and so-called watchmen who are cross-less. They are of “another Jesus”. They are Spirit-less.
Their goal is your material wealth, so that they can benefit from it too. They teach self-improvement, self-esteem, self importance, all without the cross, which kills self. The speak the rat language.
They are not enemies of Christ. They are enemies of the cross of Christ! (Philippians 3:18) So they actually end up with “another Christ”!
The power of the cross and resurrection now works from inside your heart, where once the rat and blind bat lived.
Only stupid watchmen use weak, half-flat batteries in their torch. In their blindness they set themselves up as God’s editor, removing all the hard sayings and severity from their doctrine, producing spineless, worldly, weak counterfeit Christians.
It’s always the same people that get caught in big errors. They seem to attract all the rubbish. There’s a reason for that. It is because of their hidden pride, and because they have let in a spirit of error and have not cast it out or repented. It comes back seven times worse.(Matthew 12:45)
You need to be very careful and diligent with your faith. Examine it and guard it, and always move forward in total surrender to all truth, and actively avoid the error out there.
We see the two white horse riders contrasted in the Bible. Revelation 6:2 sees the rider on a white horse, given a crown (corona) and with a bow but no arrow, symbolising deception. Then we see God’s white horse rider at the end of the Revelation.
Revelation 19:11-14 “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war...and the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”
Notice the accompanying riders! The antichrist rider flies onto the stage with three other riders of the apocalypse - riders of deception, wielding death, destruction, and chaos.
Now notice our Lord on a white horse flying out of heaven with great armies of saints in fine linen, on white horses. The fine linen is the “righteousness of the saints”. (Revelation 19:8) Guess who these are? That’s us.
But note that we all return to make righteous war with our Lord. Since when do you go to war dressed in fine white linen? It is the final victory – the victory of fine righteousness over dirty wickedness! – Glory, I say!
Note well that at the marriage supper it is the church who are in fine while linen. Note well that as soon as dinner is over the white horse rider and the entire church still in white linen ride magnificently out of heaven at the Second Coming.
What amazing proof of a pre-tribulation rapture!!
Edition 76. May 15th 2011
The blindness created by traditionalism.
●Egypt officially re-establishes ties with Iran and breaks ties with Israel. This aggravates Egypt's relationship with the West. Jordan has submitted a bid to join the Gulf Cooperative Council, a group that is pro-west and Israel. This has angered Muslim organisations.
●Russia delivers 30 tons of special fuel to Iran for its nuclear plant.
●New tensions on all of Israel's borders as 'Nakba' rage ferments
The blindness created by traditionalism.
Sad but true:
I would like to share with you a heated discussion I recently had with a church pastor. On hearing that I was a Messianic believer, he immediately criticised me for coming under legalism. He just presumed that because we honour and recognise the Biblical Feasts of the Lord, that we are under the power of legalism.
I responded and said, "no we don't do any of these things from a point of view of legalism, but you worship the devil." He was so shocked that I even said such a thing!
I then went on to say that he was not only a devil worshipper, but also taught others the same.
His voice stammered and his face went red with anger!
I explained that his traditions of Easter, Christmas, infant baptism, Sunday Sabbath observance and other such Christian convocations were born in devil worship. They were all founded in evil Babylonian practices and adopted into the church by Constantine around 350AD. They were then formally cemented into church tradition by the first Catholic leaders in 600AD.
I asked this pastor why he thought the Catholics did that. He has no answer.
I gave him the answer which further infuriated him.
I said that the primary reason was because the first, or early church, had a distinctly Hebraic flavour to it which included observance of the Feasts of the Lord. This was not acceptable to Constantine who himself was a practitioner of pagan Babylonian traditions. Constantine had supposedly become a believer, but had not rejected his devil worship.
I went on to explain that under the leadership of Satan, Constantine's main thing was to introduce a new type of church that was very different. It had to be acceptable to the pagan-worshipping Romans of the day and would have to be hostile to the Jews, whom he hated. It was Satan's ace trump. This was his way of defeating the church and keeping the Jews out of it. After all, the Jews had once before been in Babylonian captivity, why would they want to come under its spell again.
If Satan can prevent the Jew from coming to salvation, he can delay the Second Coming and his own 'execution'.
"The mix of truth and the occult produced the dark ages", I said. "The reformation was a mighty move of God, but it was incomplete and the Protestants simply continued with the paganism."
Then I told this pastor that not only was he perpetuating this evil mixture, but that he was responsible for preventing the Second Coming of our Lord. I think he had to exercise great restraint in not hitting me!
I then told him that the Second Coming was completely associated with the salvation of the Jews. "If you know your Bible", I said, "you would know that there are literally hundreds of scriptures showing that the Jews will be in their land and coming to salvation en mass just before the coming of the Lord.
I asked the pastor if he was being obedient to the Bible by sending the gospel to "the Jew first and then the Gentile"? I asked him if he was obeying the scriptures which say that the Gentile church is to "make the Jew jealous"? He had no answer.
I then told the pastor that he was actually perpetuating, maintaining and enforcing the Babylonian barrier to the salvation of the Jew. "As long as the church clings to the satanic, occult, pagan traditions which it does, it will remain a hostile place for any Jew," I said.
The bottom line, I said, is that "God is already starting the 'great restoration' and you are being left behind!"
The absolutely amazing thing is that this pastor could not see his own entrapment by the devil. Hopefully his anger at me will lead to him softening before our Lord.
What an amazing thing that a church pastor would defend his involvement in the occult and reject God's truth.
The reunion between the Jew and the Christian Zionist / Messianic believer.
The verse below relates to many of the modern church leaders, entrenched in their self-centred and pagan-painted church world. Many in church leadership will continue in deep darkness, their eyes closed to God's wonderful truths and plan for the close of the age.
***Please take special note of the following two verses.
Zechariah 11:16-17 "I will raise up a shepherd in the land who will not care for those who are cut off (Jews), nor seek the young nor heal those that are broken, nor feed those that still stand...Woe to the worthless shepherd, who leaves the flock! A sword shall be against his arm and against his right eye; his arm shall completely wither and his right eye shall be totally blinded."
But as the Jew begins to come to salvation note the following!!
Jeremiah 3:12 "Return backsliding Israel says the Lord and I will not cause My anger to fall on you...only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the Lord and scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree...Return O backsliding children for I am married to you...I will give you shepherds according to My heart who will feed you with knowledge and understanding."
This is amazing indeed. Can you see it? There is one form of leadership who are blind to God's plan and another who will act according to God's own heart for His people.
The Jews have a great future. Yes they will come under severe discipline and be involved in some wild wars. But out of all the pressure, the hatred and even the Christian antagonism towards them, God will bring them to salvation.
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."
Jeremiah 31:33 "I will be their God and they shall be My people...I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I will remember no more."
Ezekiel 11:17-19 "I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel...then I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within them and take the stony heart out of their flesh."
Those with a heart for Israel are thankfully growing in huge numbers today. But so also are those in dangerous deception and replacement theology. These are becoming God's own enemies (in the name of Jesus)
It is the Christian Zionist or Messianic believer who is right with God. Be careful out there; this whole thing is spiritually charged. It is already and will become even more so in the coming days. It will be the great divide between God's work and the devil's in part of the church.
An amazing parallel:
There are some incredible parallels in Biblical history, which we need to consider and be aware of. History often repeats itself, especially if it's all part of Bible prophecy!
The children of Israel were perused by the Egyptians through the Red Sea as they fled into the promised land, resulting in the deaths of the their perusing enemies.
We must be aware that Egypt in the Bible is one of the types of the world system. Babylon is another. The amazing parallel in this story is this: In these last days the Jews are starting to enter the promised land again. This time it's both the actual land and the spiritual promised land of salvation. According to Zechariah, the armies of the world gather against Israel in the last days in a futile attempt to destroy her. The Bible shows that the world's armies will be defeated!
The devils greatest enemy is our greatest friend. It's the cross of Christ. This was the vehicle to the greatest triumph and victory of all time. It was also Satan's great plan, which quickly backfired on him.
The cross is an instrument of death. But more than that, it led to resurrection and newness of life.
The application of the cross into our lives is just the same. It leads to our victory and Satan's defeat. As we apply the cross into our lives, it delivers self, or the flesh nature to death and brings us into a new holiness and victory.
Tragically, a great many believers today are enemies of the cross of Christ. They're not enemies of Christ, just enemies of the cross. Without the cross at work in your life, you are full of self-love, self-will and worldliness. You'll also be blind to the work of the demonic in your life.
Without the cross at work in your life you will fully exposed to doctrines of demons and the powers of deception trying to get you sidetracked.
Yes you may be saved, but it's the daily application of the cross that leads to abundant life in the Spirit...full of victory, wonder and glory!
Beware, today there are very few modern churches that teach, preach or practice the application of the cross after salvation on an ongoing basis. They are in great danger.
Brokenness and humility actually gives you sight. It brings with it knowledge, understanding and wisdom. It lets you see into the wonders of eternity with new eyes. The absence of the cross leaves self intact and blinds you to everything but what the devil wants you to see. You are devoid of true wisdom.
Keeping traditions and laws born in hell will hinder your walk with our Lord. Keeping the traditions born in the scriptures (not in a legalistic way) will endear you to our Lord in a new way.
There has never been a time where knowing the Bible is more vital. Knowing and doing or applying it is the way victory.
There are more and more very dangerous, deadly deceptions out there that are growing in numbers.
Deuteronomy 28:13 "The Lord will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only and not beneath, if you heed the commandments of the Lord your God, which I commanded you today, and are careful to observe them."
Here's the opposite:
Deuteronomy 28:20 "The Lord will send on you cursing, confusion and rebuke on all that you set your hand to do...because you have forsaken Me."
Heaven or hell:
Woman, you have beautiful eyes. They were created and given to you by the God of the universe. He also gave you spiritual eyes. But if you turn your heart away from the living God your eyes will not see the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Worldly traditionalism will put a sad mask on your face. It will hide you from the truth and leave your eye full of darkness! The truth will set you free and put a lot more than a smile on your face. Walking in the truth will fill you with a deep inner joy and prepare you for heaven.
Here is a painting by Vincent van Gogh of an Olive tree grove. It has a nice flow to it. But this man was a complete failure. In his life he only sold one painting and lived the life of a manic depressed atheist and then killing himself, steeling away his own God given life. He knows all about God now, but it's too late!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 76. May 8th 2011
Too many voices
●The Third Intifada:
"All Arabs to March on Jerusalem on May 15th" Two days before this on the 13th a mass gathering is being planned in Tahrir square Cairo Egypt. This gathering is being planned to send a clear message to Israel and the rest of the world that Palestine will be liberated and the Third Intifada will now begin. This is supposed to be a new unified push against Israel and to prepare the way for a new Palestinian state to be declared in September.
This new Intifada (struggle) against Israel may well be the vehicle that will drag Israel into the wider Middle East conflict on the go now. In a matter of months the whole 'landscape' has changed and become more polarised.
What is happening in the Middle East:
As regular readers know, I love the Jewish people. Even the unsaved Jews are to me brothers and sisters in waiting. Almost every Jew in the world has a deep hope that the holocaust will never be repeated.
Jerusalem will soon be divided and a second holocaust is coming. These are terrible words and they pain me, but it is God's word, which we must exalt above our own.
Zechariah 12:2 "I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it.
Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations to the Valley of Jehoshaphat; and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nation; they have also divided up My land."
●Israel and Jerusalem will be divided, against God's word, as seen in the above verses and others. It will not lead to peace but the anger and fury of God, which will lead to great destruction.
●A new deadly alignment between the Palestinian groups Hamas and Fattah has been forged. They have formed a new interim unity government and will hold elections soon. "We extend our hands to all Palestinian brothers to counter the Israeli enemy" they said at their meeting in Egypt. Part of the new larger group's goal is to form an independent Palestinian state within the borders of Israel. (see previous edition's news)
●Britain and France have just announced that they will recognise the new Palestinian state soon to be declared within God's decreed borders of Israel.
●Hamas leader defends his right to wage armed struggle against Israel (Wall Street Journal)
●Israeli Prime Premier Netanyahu says that the new unity deal signed between Hamas and Fatah is the death knell for the peace process. The UN Chief welcomes this new unity deal.
●Netanyahu faces growing pressure for a peace treaty with the Palestinians. The Turkish president links unrest in Middle East to Israel.
●It's no coincidence that civil wars and revolutions in the Middle East are occurring all at the same time. So far the final outcome is unclear. What is clear is that the way will be paved for a new united front against Israel and in favour of the Palestinian causes. There is a big unseen hand directing all of this in the spirit realm. It will all become clear soon!
●The entire situation is also polarising the position of Islamic extremists against the West. In their eyes there is no difference between Israel and the West. The demise of Bin Laden, the war on Gaddafi and coming NATO involvement in other Arab nations is all being seen by the Islamic world as a western / Israeli assault on them.
●Egypt is to "permanently" open border with Gaza in spite of the Israeli blockade and protests.
●Egypt's new ties with Iran are growing stronger.
●New poll...60% of Egyptians want a return to Sharia law. 54% want no more peace with Israel.
●While the instability grows in the Middle East, Europe again teeters on the edge of another huge credit crisis. The eurozone may soon break up and reform with only the strongest members.
●China and Russia jointly block the US / EU effort to get the UN to condemn the Syria for its attacks on civilians.
●Iran produces movie "The coming is near" It's about the coming of the Islamic messiah who will lead their armies to victory over all non-Muslims.
●Canadian PM says "I will defend Israel whatever the cost."
●Gaddafi quotes: "The Bible is a forgery." "Christianity is not for Africa." "Israel must cease to exist."
●David Wilkerson, whose prophecies were dubious to say the least, but was a lover of Israel has been killed in a car accident in Texas.
●The Central Methodist church launches campaign: "Being gay is a gift from God" Why would God bestow this "gift" only to condemn it throughout the Bible?
Too many voices
As we move further into the times of prophetic fulfilment we are also entering a time where many voices are speaking dangerous, deceptive rubbish. This itself is prophesied in the scriptures. Right in the midst of all the Satanically inspired confusion, our Lord's truth stands safely and securely as it always has and invites those who would, to come in to a world of truth, and peace. (In that order!)
The wisdom of the crowd is a dangerous thing. People feel safe in numbers. Many people think that because many others think the same things, and of course it's also the Hollywood consensus, then it must be right or okay! Be careful, you're in for a big surprise!
My passion is to know my great God, King and saviour, to be known by Him and to make Him known to others. I have no interest in trying to prove myself right and others wrong, but of course I do want to be right with my God! So with this in mind let's go on into the meat of this edition.
2 Timothy 4:3-4 "For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables." The original word used here for "heap up" actually means to multiply and accumulate!
If you can't see the problem how can you see the solution!! Today there are many voices crying out..."Come this way."
Many of these voices seem reasonable in today's terms. They're politically correct, but they are not God's voice or way.
Alienation from God is the result of His displeasure with the human condition today. The result is many voices of so-called reason.
Today we are in a world where many voices are contradicting the word of our Lord. Many so-called Christian leaders are calling for the Bible to be re-interpreted with today's morals and values in mind. "Truth is being cast down in the street."-Isaiah 59:14
The only good thing about all of this is that the Bible prophesied that it would be just like this!
It was Satan who said, way back in the garden "Has God said you shall not eat of every tree" Today ministers of the gospel are again chanting the word of the devil..."Has God said." They are preparing their own way ahead to a horrific judgement.
Please read the following shocking verses of scripture. Then read them again. I know many of you will not believe that these are the words of the Lord! I'm prepared to bet you that your happy chappie pastor has never ever preached these words!
Galatians 1:9 "If anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received let him be accursed."
Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
2 Thessalonians 3:14 "If anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that person and do not keep company with him."
Romans 16:17 "Now I urge you brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.
2John 10 "If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him."
Note that the above verses are very clear. God's truth comes to us at great expense. We are not to interfere with it at all. We are not God's editor or judge!
It was the wonderful musician and teacher Keith Green who proclaimed; "All roads lead to judgement." This is one of the reasons why Bible prophecy is hated so much, it's because it spells out and paves the way to judgement.
Actually, God's judgement really is love in action. The warning sign saying that a bridge has fallen down around the corner is actually love. To remove the sign is hatred in action.
Today, many voices say that Bible prophecy is not relevant. It is much more so today than ever before! The three verses below speak to our sick, shallow situation today.
Isaiah 30:10 "These rebellious people say to the seers, 'Do not see,' and say to the prophets, 'Do not prophesy to us right things speak only smooth things, prophecy deceit.'"
Ezekiel 22:28 "Her prophets plastered them with untempered mortar, seeing false visions and divining lies for them saying, 'Thus says he Lord God' when He has not spoken.'"
Ezekiel 13:10 "They have seduced My people saying, 'Peace' When there is no peace. One builds a boundary wall and they plaster it with untempered mortar- say to those who plaster it with untempered mortar, that it will fall. There will be flooding rain and great hailstones shall fall and a stormy wind shall tear it down."
You can reject God's prophetic word, like many do. You are a fool if you do so. God has given us His word to warn us and direct us His way. If we don't go His way we will never find true deep peace. Have a look at this powerful verse relating to the children of Israel in the desert.:
Psalm 106:13 "They soon forgot His works;...They tested God in the desert. He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul."
Today many believers are only half-believers. They want to hear only what suits them. The funny things is that they are filled with emptiness, stress and "leanness." God wants to test us, not the other way around. In His testing, if we test Him, we might get what we want, but we will be full of "leanness".
The road to spiritual ruin:
The road to spiritual ruin is filled with good intentions, good ideas and the opinions of many clever people, but its devoid of God's leading and power.
The way of truth essentially only comes through the application of the cross into our lives. The cross is the instrument of death that kills self-will, self-opinion and all the human good in me. The cross then delivers us to newness of life and into the wonderful world of God's truth.
The way to spiritual success is to have a soft and broken heart to and before our Lord and to know and receive His word in fullness and without question.
Here are a few powerful verses of scripture which may shock you!
2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 "...with all unrighteous deception, because they did not receive the love of the truth...and for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
1 Timothy 4:1 "Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons."
Acts 20:27 "For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God."
We need to be "arrested" by the word of God and His Spirit. We need to be a hard impenetrable wall to the word of the world, deception and the devil.
The answer is to know our Lord and His word. It's not good enough to be saved and remain ignorant of His word. We need both. That may sound obvious but there are shockingly few believers today who know our Lord's word at all! They know the multitude of worldly voices very well.
Ecclesiastes 7:21 "Do not take to heart everything people say."
Leviticus 20:23 "And you shall not walk in the statues (customs) of the nations which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, therefore I abhor them."
Psalm 106:34-36 "They did not destroy the peoples concerning who the Lord had commanded them, but they mingled with the Gentiles (lit- pagans) and learned their works and served their idols, which became a snare to them." Verse 40 "Therefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against His own people."
Isaiah 2:6 "For you have forsaken Your people, the house of Jacob, because they are filled with eastern ways; they are soothsayers like the Philistines..."
Matthew 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples among the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching to observe all things I have commanded you..."
1 Corinthians 14:33 "God is not the author of confusion, but of peace."
True revival is nothing more or less than returning to God's word in obedience. Today we have revival, but its shallow. It's based on a half baked gospel.
Many believers today are half-baked. That's because they are products of their half-baked leaders. It's not so much what they preach, but what they don't!
We are about to see a great shaking all around the world. Everything that people put their trust in will be shaken. Will you be there to give them the answer? Will you be there to offer them true Godly stability?
2 Timothy 3:13 "Evil men and imposters will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived, but as for you continue in the things you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them."
Proverbs 30:5-6 "Every word of God is pure. He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words."
Many voices in the church:
The Bible declares God's wish within the church. Here is the perhaps the most 'unbelieved' verse in the entire Bible. Personally, I don't know one Christian minister who believes this verse:
1Corinthians 1:10 "Now I plead with you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgement."
Now of course God has used His divided church mightily, but that doesn't mean all the voices of division are right. In fact the above verse is prefixed with the words "Sectarianism is sin."
There is enormous power and strength in unity, even a false unity. But a Spirit led unity based on truth is undefeatable. This is why much of the divided church will fall away under the coming end-time pressures.
If you want a real shock, read God's assessment of the church in the letters to the seven churches of the Revelation!! There is only one of the seven (Philadelphia) that is without condemnation and fully commended. Interestingly, the main characteristic of that church, which is remarked on twice, is that it "keeps My word."
By the way, this is church is also associated with the "key of David" which is expounded on in Isaiah 22: 21-22 which speaks of being a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. This means to have a father heart for the Jews as Messianic believers and Christian Zionists do.
The whole Israel issue and salvation coming to the Jews will be the big divide for the church. It is already so.
We have laid up before us a spectacular, wonderful, magnificent, glorious future with eternal rewards, beyond our wildest imagination.
Eagles never fly in flocks. The one who separates himself to God in quiet serenity and full surrender is the one who will experience His divine presence and be romanced by God Himself. He will be forever changed and forever removed from all the voices of the day.
With the word of God alive in your heart you will see the many so-called men of God who are actually prison warders in disguise trying to lead you into the prison and captivity of their traditions and of this world and its ways. You will be empowered by spectacular, wonderful visions of glory and eternity.
The word of our God is a powerful transforming thing. It will make you an oddball compared to the world and it's ways. It is full of wisdom, love and glory, but it also contains severity!
If you play with a two edged sword you're a fool!
Romans 11:22 "Consider both the goodness and severity of God..."
There are many who have laid up for themselves a devastating dungeon of eternal imprisonment. They have cast down God's word and exalted their own. They've accepted the word of the masses. They've glorified the word of Hollywood's demon possessed heroes.
This is the beginning of what the Bible calls "perilous times" This is the time to know and love our Lord and His word deeply.
Joel 3:14 "Multitudes multitudes in the valley of decision! For the Day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Unfortunately the "valley of decision" will turn into the valley of desolation for many as well.
Yes there will be huge numbers of people looking for salvation, reality and hope in the coming days. Will you be ready to help them and share with them the wonderful glorious depths of the Kingdom. Or will you give them some spineless, powerless, traditional hogwash?
Proverbs 28:4 "Those who forsake the law (word of God) praise the wicked..."
Job 23:11-12 "My foot has held fast to His steps; I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food."
Heaven or hell:
Young woman you will be shocked beyond belief if you step into eternity without salvation through the shed blood of Yeshua / Jesus. All the opinions of everyone in the world will matter nothing. Do you know our Lord? I don't mean knowing about Him. Do you have Him in your heart? Does He know you as His own child. Do you know His word and does He know yours? Have you had your self righteousness defeated by Him, or are you still queen on your own throne?
Amazingly all the nations of the world will come against Israel, and the Jew not too long from now. You may think you could never be deceived by someone like Hitler. Oh yes! Read the first two versus in this edition, up in the news section. The same spirit that was in this evil man will again lead the nations into a second holocaust! Be warned Satan is a very powerful deceiver!
Here is a painting by Michael Turovsky depicting the inhumanity of man under the deceptive power of evil, Satanically driven men in the holocaust. Nothing has changed! There is an excellent book out by Hal Lindsay called "The road to holocaust" He plot just how it's all coming again. The tragedy is that much of the church will spearhead the it.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 75. April 23rd 2011
Israelitis, the disease
●Palestinian leaders have announced that they will declare an independent state within the borders of Israel in September. They say that they will seek UN backing for their new sovereign state. It's unlikely that the UN will oppose such a move.
●As reported in the previous edition, the Palestinians are calling for a new intifada against Israel. They started by using Facebook for this. Thankfully, Facebook took down the page, but the intifada will most probably go ahead.
●Egypt is actively increasing and improving ties with Iran. Saudi Arabia is now moving further away from away from relations with the US.
Almost like a giant jigsaw puzzle the pieces are falling into place one at a time, preparing for the rapid unfolding of Bible prophecy in our generation.
Israelitis, the disease
The disease Israelitis is rampant. It is damaging but It has a cure.
This is simply the error of going overboard on issues relating to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. Unfortunately many people have a tendency to go into one of two ditches on either side of the road. The one ditch is to ignore or neglect the Israel issue. The other is to go overboard and get unbalanced.
Both extremes are dangerous error with serious consequences.
When many people discover all the amazing wonderful truths about Israel from a prophetic point of view in the scriptures, they get very excited. Many also get very angry that they've been deceived by erroneous church doctrine of neglect on this subject for so long.
Many have good intentions to start with and want to obey the scriptures, but land up in this excess. Soon the balance gets out of sync with the Spirit of God and the same devil that leads people into neglect or replacement theology, now leads them into the ditch of excess on the other side of the road.
All sorts of odd things have been happening with people infected with Israelitis, from men arriving in Jerusalem and claiming to be one of the two witnesses to gross error. This does nothing to influence the Jews with the gospel.
Jews, can detect when people are authentic in their concern and presentation of the truth.
John 16:13 "When He the Spirit of truth has come He will lead you into all truth...and show you things to come." This verse speaks of the fact that we will be led safely along God's path for us without going into excess if we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit of God.
There's nothing new about Israelitis. Let's have a look at the first appearance of it in the church.
Acts 15:5 "Some of the sect of the Pharisees who believed rose up saying, "It is necessary to circumcise them, and to command them to keep the law of Moses." This discourse goes on to say that the church leadership had declared that the Gentile believers need not be compelled to adhere to anything more than abstaining from idolatry, things strangled, from blood and sexual immorality.
The book of Galatians is all about the contrast between law, grace and faith. Essentially salvation is based on faith alone and not on the works of the law. We should not be brought under the works of the law in terms of salvation. It is the Judaisers who always want to bring people under the law.
Consider these very important verses of scripture. You may be surprised!
Colossians 2:16-17 "Therefore let no one judge you in food or in drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or Sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ."
Romans 14:2-3 "For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him."
Romans 14:5-6 One person esteems one day above another, another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day observes it to the Lord and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not."
Romans 14:14 "I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for who Christ died."
1Corinthians 10:23-24 "All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful; all things are lawful for me but all things do not edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other's well being. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market." (The only exception is food offered to idols, in verse 28)
1Corinthians 6:12 "All things are lawful for me...but I will not be brought under the power of any."
1Timothy 4:3-5..."Commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving, by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God."
Galatians 4:9-10 "But now after you have known God, or rather are known by Him, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days months seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have laboured in vain."
Galatians 5:1 "Stand fast in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of legalism (bondage)"
These verses are amazing indeed and offer deep insight into the issue of legalism.
Some believe that certain foods may not be eaten and days must be observed. Others believe that we don't need to in a legalistic sense. The issue is not to bring the other into bondage. Don't condemn them.
Now what about this: John14:15 "If you love Me keep My commandments."
It really is a tremendous thing to obey our Lord and His word, but we must distinguish between doing things as a result of an inner prompting by the Spirit of God or by doing things in a legalistic manner.
Keeping God's law or word relating to the Sabbath or Passover or the other feasts is not a legalistic requirement for salvation, BUT it brings a big blessing!!! Be careful of throwing the baby out with the bathwater! Keeping laws can't save you but it can bless you abundantly.
Yeshua / Jesus did not do away with the law as revealed in many scriptures. Matthew 5:15-17 is a case in point. He did not come to nullify the law but to fulfil it. So in Christ we have the law fulfilled.
Yeshua / Jesus, Paul and the apostles kept Sabbath and the feats, but not in the manner the Pharisees wanted them to.
Interestingly our Lord and saviour broke the Sabbath law from the point of view of the legalistic Pharisees. He kept Shabbat, but not in the way the Pharisees had decreed. In other words, all the man made do's and don'ts need not be obeyed.
Here's a good way of looking at the overall situation. It really is a blessing to identify with the Saturday Sabbath, the feasts of the Lord, Passover and the like. Do it as a celebration to our Lord. Do it with the Biblical Hebraic flavour. Do it as an issue of identification. But don't get trapped in legalism.
Where to draw the line:
It may seem quite obvious to draw the line at devil worship! You may say; "Of course we wouldn't have anything to do with that."
Yes we need to be careful of legalism, but we also need to be careful of the many traditions which are rooted in the occult.
It is very important to reject the Satanic, occult pagan practises of the church such as Easter, Christmas and the other convocations and traditions born in Babylon and brought into the church by the Catholic church and adopted by the Protestant church.
It's also very important to remember that the way you set up your worship, or institution has huge consequences for the Jews. Our job as revealed in the scriptures, is to "make the Jew jealous". The gospel must go to the "Jew first and then the Gentile". There are other similar portions of scripture. The reason that it's important for salvation to go to the Jew is because the Second coming is completely associated with the salvation of the Jew.
Much was brought into the early church to keep the Jews out.
Be careful throwing out the Sabbath and the feats. There are a number of verses indicating plainly that the Sabbath, and feast of tabernacles will be kept in the millennium age or dispensation.
"We observe Sunday instead of Saturday because the Catholic Church, in the Council of Laodicea (A. D. 336), transferred the solemnity from Saturday to Sunday."- "The Convert's Catechism of Catholic Doctrine,"
Satan tried many times to stamp out the Jews, because he knew that the Messiah would come though the Jews. It's the same thing now. He knows that the salvation of the Jews will see the return of the Lord. So again he tries to prevent this. Unfortunately Satan has used the church very successfully to create an institution foreign and hostile to the Jew.
The Jews were once before in Babylonian captivity, why would they again want to come into an institution characterised by Babylonian paganism?
I know testimonies of many Jews feeling very welcome and comfortable coming into a Messianic fellowship. I also know of many who would spit before walking into a normal church.
The church is by and large a big mess today, but we must understand that it is still the body of Messiah. We need to help it, pray for its restoration and transformation back to the way it was supposed to be.
We don't need to go overboard on these Israel issues, but we do need to get rid of the Satanic elements in the church.
You see, it's all about identification. Unfortunately the traditional church is more identified with Rome and Babylon than Jerusalem and Israel.
Some people go overboard in terms of names. Many with the disease of Israelitis say that you can't use the name Jesus. The name Jesus is an acronym. As long as we are talking about our Jewish Messiah, the one who was crucified and rose again, then we are on the same page. The Bible uses many other acronyms and types for our Lord. I prefer the name Yeshua which means (Yah) God our salvation (shua).
How to diagnose Israelitis:
Those with this disease are easy to spot. They are bound in legalism. Legalism always manifest in judgementalism. People become very judgemental when you don't keep their set of rules or tradition.
In Christ we have been set free from legalism. Yes we still need to obey the rules of society and the rules of the scriptures, but not to make some angry God smile on you. If the Spirit of the living God is in your heart, He will lead you to obey His truth. But it will be from within your heart and not some external set of laws.
The truth is neither neglect of the Israel issues nor in excess. The truth is revealed in the Abrahamic expression of faith, which is to the Jew and the Gentile.
Many Gentile believers who've been trapped all their lives in the bondage of Roman flavoured Christianity, when they discover the wonderful truths in the Bible about Israel and the Jews, they tend to go into the ditch of excess with tunnel vision. Some of them have gone so overboard that they're an embarrassment.
People with Israelitis run around looking for a Jew to convert. "Ah, a Jew, a Jew they say and smother him with "love". But they're actually scaring the poor guy off.
There is of course a much more dangerous issue in the church today and that is replacement theology and the complete rejection of all the prophetic word relating to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jew neglect of Israel. This evil theology replaces Israel with the church in essence, but that's another subject.
The answer is simply to be led by the Spirit of God. "He will lead us into all truth." This "truth" must balance with the entirety of the scriptures and not just a few sections of it.
If we are seeing through the glasses of full Biblical truth, we'll see and have eyes for both the Jew and the Gentile.
The Abrahamic expression of truth and faith is where the full truth is. Abraham was the father of Isaac and Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel. Israel and the Jewish people was line that gave birth to our Messiah.
But Abraham was also the father of many Gentile nations. In fact he was also the father the father of the Arab nations.
We must see and understand that there are sections of scripture, covenants and prophecies that relate distinctly to the Israel, Jerusalem, the Jew, the Arab and the Gentile nations at large. Its only in Christ that we all become one.
The Abrahamic expression is removed from the occult, pagan practises and identity of the church and embraces the Biblical convocations, traditions and practices.
The Abrahamic expression of faith is the true Messianic movement.
It is always worth going God's way...it is blessed and has His favour on it.
We all have a tendency to fall into excess or neglect and get out of sync with our great God and saviour. we need to be on our guard especially in this day.
We must understand that we are heading into perilous times, where a great number will become deceived and fall away. We are also heading into the most exciting times of world history.
Don't give yourself blindly to your leader. Submission is fine, but not without question on these big issues. Truth can withstand being questioned quite easily.
Acts 5:38-39 "Leave these people alone for if this plan or this work is of men it will come to nothing; but if it is of God, you cannot overthow it."
Acts 17:11 "These received the word with readiness and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."
Isaiah 40:1 "Comfort yes comfort My people says your God. Speak comfort to Jerusalem..."
Heaven or hell:
Old gentile man with your funny hat...your traditions can't and won't save you. You need to obey the scriptures and be born again. If so, your future is one of great glory. In fact words can't fully describe the glory that is laid up for those who love our Lord and saviour.
Old Jewish rabbi, no amount of study will save you. No amount of law-keeping will save you. You can set your yourself apart from others in your appearance, but are you born of the Spirit of the living God? If not hell will welcome you at your coming.
Here is a painting by Rembrandt done in 1654. It's titled "Old Jewish man."
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 74. 29th March 2011
In this edition:
●The identity of the nations in World War Three
●The imposition of the no-fly zone on Libya and accompanying military enforcing of it will cause other Arab nations in the region to realise that they too will have a big force on their side. This will make the ongoing revolutions a lot easier for the one side and a lot harder for the rulers to keep the genie in the bottle!
As I've said before the big thing to watch right now in relation to the fast moving Middle East situation is Israel. The moment Israel gets drawn into the fray...we will have the potential for World War Three.
The other big thing to watch is who is waiting in the wings, ready to fill the power vacuum in these nations. The Muslim Brotherhood and their friends, Al-Qaida are wanting to rule and bring in Sharia law in these nations.
A power vacuum is a dangerous thing. It could (and most probably will) be filled by new leaders who will collectively come against Israel, fulfilling their prophetic role.
The fast changing Middle East situation is no series of coincidences.
●Palestinians call for a new intifada against Israel:
Some are calling the recent uprisings in the Middle east the "Facebook revolution." There is no doubt that the power of social media is now a significant worldwide force that conventional politics and military forces can't control or get their hands on. This new Facebook launched intifada is due to begin on the 15th of May. Of course we know that "Satan is the god of this world" and therefore the real force behind this and other attacks on Israel. I do support the effort to close down this Facebook presence. Press freedom does have limits especially when it calls for the mass murder of people.
●International billionaire, financier and market investor George Soros is spending $50 million to host a huge new international effort to set up a global new order and to reform the world currency system.
There will be 200 academics, business and government leaders at the event from the 8th to 11th April.
Amazingly it will be at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, the site of the original Bretton Woods conference, which in 1944 formed the current global financial system and formed the World Bank and International Monetary Fund.
This event is a step in the direction of prophetic fulfilment. It's part of the process leading to a one-world currency and government. This is man's attempt to bring in global control and world peace. It is sponsored by Satan.
●Europe is again teetering on the edge of another huge financial and credit crisis. We could soon see a shakeup that will result in the EU fulfilling its fateful prophetic destination.
The identity of the nations in World War Three
The unravelling and fast changing Middle East situation is the beginning of the stage being set for war.
Obadiah 1:15 "For the day of the Lord upon all nations is near; as you have done, it shall be done to you. Your reprisal shall fall upon your own head."
Obadiah 1: 3-4"The pride of your heart has deceived you (Edom), you who dwell in the clefts of the rocks, whose habitation is high; who say in your heart, 'Who will bring me down to the ground?"...From there I will bring you down says the Lord."
Obadiah 1:10 "For your violence against your brother Jacob (Israel), shame shall cover you and you shall be cut off forever."
The Edomites were the descendants of Esau and the Israelites were descendants of Jacob, but both came from the same father. This is where the Arab jealousy and enmity started.
The above verses speak of the ultimate destruction of the Arab nations who come against Israel, but included in this is "all nations" Add to this Zechariah 12:3 "It shall happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will surely be cut in pieces though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
The nations hate Israel because they hate God and His soon coming Messiah. Israel's rebirth is proof of the truth of God's prophetic word.
All nations of the earth will eventually be gathered against Israel and Jerusalem. This isn't far off is it? But it's the Islamic Arab nations that are the champion haters of Israel.
All nations of the world will gather against Israel at Armageddon, but a huge international force will also be gathered against Israel in what we could call the Third World War. This is well before Armageddon and should not be confused with it.
Here are some Arab nations of the Middle East and some details about them and their relationship with Israel.
Syria has a single party authoritarian government which is a classical Islamic dictatorship under the rule of a long standing family dynasty, currently led by Bashar al- Assad. The country is violently anti-Israel and pro- Iran.
Iran is an Islamic republic ruled by a single supreme leader / tyrant. Ahmadinejad has a Messianic complex believing that he has to prepare the way for the coming Mahdi (Islamic Messiah) by ridding the world of Jews. His mother is a direct descendant of Muhammad. Iran is a huge country with a huge military machine. It hates Israel.
Saudi Arabia is an absolute Islamic monarchy. It is the largest oil producer in the region. It is pro-West and has a tolerable relationship with Israel. It has big divisions and antagonisms between its own mix of Shiite and Sunni Muslims. Both want control of the state's oil wealth. Saudi Arabia despises Iran with its majority Shia population.
Yemen is a so-called Islamic presidential democracy, but tyrannical and essentially a dictatorship. It is one of the homes of Al Qaeda. It controls the vital oil and general trade route called the "gate of tears"
Bahrain is an Islamic democracy which is pro West and soft towards Israel. It is the home of the vital US 5th Fleet, which has for many years been seen as some sort of stabilising force in the region. It has big internal divisions.
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with very limited democracy. Jordan has an active working peace treaty with Israel and is pro-West. The queen is beautiful. Many prophecies speak of Amman which was and still is the capital of Jordan. The people of Moab are also identified as those of Jordan. Biblical Elam is also modern day Jordan. At the end of the day, Jordan will come against Israel.
Pakistan is a so-called democratic republic. It is in chaos with the corrupt government teetering on the edge. It is a nuclear state. It is pro-West and tolerates Israel. It is home to the violent Jew-hating Taliban, who want to gain control of the country and it's nukes.
Lebanon was a democracy but recent events have seen the overthrow of the pro-West, government. It is now run by Hezbollah which hates Israel.
The Philistines or people of Philistia originally settled in what is today called Gaza, in the south west of Israel. Phistinos is also the root of the word Palestinian, and could be interpreted to include the so-called Palestinians in a larger sense.
Ishmaelites: Descendants of Ishmael who prophetically speak of the whole Arab world of which 95% are Islamic.
Many Muslims now believe that Jesus did rise bodily, but was not crucified. They believe that Jesus will return again with their soon coming Muslim Machdi. They believe that Jesus will return as a servant of Mohammad.
It's important to know that Iran's Ahmadinejad, whose mother is a direct descendent of Mohammad, believes that its his duty to prepare the way for the coming Machdi. He must do this by first of all ridding the world of Jews.
The Arab confederacy against Israel
Psalm 83:4-5 "They have said come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one counsel and one consent; they form a confederacy against You."
Amos 1:6-8 For the transgressions of Gaza...I will not turn away its punishment...I will send fire on the wall of Gaza...and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish says the Lord."
Obadiah 1:13 "You should not have entered the gate of My people (Israel) in the day of their calamity. Indeed you should not have gazed upon their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity."
Ezekiel 35:5-6 Because you have had an ancient hatred, and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword at the time of their calamity, when their iniquity came to an end, therefore as I live says the Lord God, "I will prepare you for blood, and blood shall pursue you."
Ezekiel 25:15 Thus says the Lord God: Because the Philistines (Palestinians) dealt vengefully and took vengeance with a spiteful heart, to destroy because of the old hatred, therefore I will stretch out My hand against the Philistines and I will cut them off..."
The above verses are staggering indeed. They point to coming war. They identify the time period of this war. It will be in the era when Israel is in calamity and her iniquity comes to an end. We are at the start of this period now.
The above verses indicate that one of the reasons for the attacks on Israel will be for get hold of their "substance."
The identity of the nations of World War Three:
Ezekiel 38 and 39 speak of the soon coming monumental war in which many Arab nations are joined by some non-Arab nations to attack Israel. They come to take a "spoil"
It is generally referred to as the war of Gog and Magog and should not be confused with Armageddon. Gog and Magog is used in reference to Armageddon in the Revelation, but there it is used in type. The two wars are vastly different in their character, length and outcome.
We can identify the nations by looking at an ancient Biblical map and simply overlaying the modern map with current names over it.
Gog and Magog are present day Russia.
The Kings of the East: This would be a confederacy of eastern nations. They are led by an army of 200 million. China today has an army that size. China is also identified by the word Shino meaning "stem of bamboo."
England, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Australia and a few others are found in the term "The merchants of Tarshish and the young lions" This was a city in what is Spain today, which traded with the England. England has as its symbol a lion. The young lions could be identified as the commonwealth countries, mentioned above. These nations are identified as allies of Israel in this war. Today these nations are friends of Israel, if only just!
The map below identifies some of the nations of Ezekiel chapters 38 and 39.
The reasons behind much of the rioting in the Arab world today is for a better deal. They want an end to tyranny dictatorship and corruption. The majority of the people of these nations have been left impoverished. Right next door to these Arab nations is Israel, which is seeing bumper crops. New big gas finds have just occurred. Israel's techno-driven agricultural industry produces 95% of their own needs, with much being exported.
Of course, central to this big attack on Israel will be the "eternal hatred" of the Arab / Islamic world.
It's worth noting that the southern states of Russia are all Islamic now.
The current events in the Middle East have not yet brought Israel into the fray. This will happen soon.
The Christian confederacy against Israel.
Most of the modern church embraces replacement theology, which is actually a more respectable name for anti-Semitism. It essentially replaces Israel with the church and believes that God has finished with Israel. Most of these churches support the Palestinian's (erroneous) view that the land of Israel belong to them. When the pressure is really on these churches will side fully with Satan and his "roadmap to peace". It will bring war.
The greatest danger facing the church is deception. Isn't it interesting that when asked by His disciples what would be the signs of His coming, Yeshua / Jesus warns five times on deception in that single discourse (The Olivet discourse). There are a number of ways believers can get deceived.
Those with a problem with God are in danger of deception. Those with a lack of Spirit led Biblical knowledge are in danger. Those who've given themselves to false teachers are in great danger. Those in love with the world and it's ways are in danger.
The problem with deception is that it doesn't stay constant. It grows. The problem with deception is that because it's Satan's work, it will lead you to fulfil his purposes.
Satan's great plan and purpose today is to deceive the world into thinking that God has finished with Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. This is all key in the coming of Messiah.
Satan has been very effective in transforming the church and its mission, but where did Christian anti-Semitism begin?
The Constantine creed is by default the creed of most Christians. It was also called the first council of Nicea. It is your creed unless you have rejected it.
This creed is the root of all Christian anti-Semitism. It began in the heart of Satan, was consolidated in the evil emperors of Rome and then further entrenched by Constantine and the Roman Catholic church. This abomination-creed has been adopted by other protestant churches in the sense that it has never been rejected by them.
This creed was the root of the murder of millions of Jews by the Catholics in the inquisitions. It is the root of the anti-Semitic, Jew hating writings of Martin Luther and Calvin. It is the root of the Holocaust and will be the root of the coming anti-Semitic moves by the a large part of the church as it spearheads the world's final assault on Israel.
All false doctrine will eventually lead to an end planned by Satan himself. It may take time, but it will get you shipwrecked!
The Constantine Creed of the year 325: (extracts)
"I renounce all customs, rites, legalisms, unleavened breads and sacrifices of lambs of the Hebrews, and all other feasts of the Hebrews...and Sabbaths. I renounce absolutely everything Jewish...I will not eat with Jews or feasting with them. I renounce everything Jewish."
"Furthermore, any follower of the Jewish Messiah may not have communion with us. "
"I accept the customs, rites, legalisms and feasts of the Romans including the new Sabbath."
There is much more to the creed and others like it, but the main point is that this creed openly comes against the Jews, changes the Sabbath, denies the Biblical feasts of the Lord, and enforces the many idolatrous practices of the church.
The creed replaces truth with error. It is the root of replacement theology and anti-Semitism.
It is the work of Satan
Remember that Satan has always tried to come against God's work. He tried to destroy the children of Israel many times. He tried to destroy our Messiah shortly after He was born. He tried to destroy Israel in the Second World War and will try it again.
This creed is the root of replacement theology practiced by the majority of the modern church. Replacement theology in a nutshell replaces Israel with the church.
The Constantine creed gives Satan a legal way into your heart to bring in deception, particularly in relation to Israel.
●●● I encourage you to go before our Lord in prayer and to cut, break, sever and renounce the Constantine creed and all pagan Jew hating practises of the church.
Be very aware that God's word will not fail...none of it. The prophetic word will endure and come through exactly as it says. You can, like many Christians exalt yourself and your ways above God and His, but you will be destroyed.
Nobody is capable of derailing God's word.
We are now in times of dramatic prophetic fulfilment...you had better be on God's side!
The world hates God and His exclusive ways. It hates God's Messiah and His works. The Arab world is in the same boat. The Bible reveals that these two together form a dangerous confederacy against Israel. This is Satan's work of trying to derail God's work and word.
A large part of the church will spearhead the work of Satan in coming against Israel. This all started a long time ago. The church has not learnt its lesson! There are major spiritual forces at work here. We all need to be aware that this is essentially a spiritual conflict. We need to be protected with the full armour of God. We need the gifts of the Spirit to lead us and keep us in the truth.
Jeremiah 30:11 "For I am with you says the Lord, to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations where I have scattered you, yet I will not make a complete end of you, but I will correct you in justice, and not let you go altogether unpunished."
Jeremiah 30:16 "All who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries, every one of them shall go into captivity; Those who plunder you shall become plunder, and all who prey upon you, I will make a prey. For I will restore your health to you and heal your wounds says the Lord, because they called you an outcast saying; "This is Zion; No one seeks her."
Heaven or hell:
Old man peering from the darkness...your life is just about over. Have you made right our Messiah. If so, before you is eternal light. If not before you is eternal darkness! Even now, it's not too late to change your course and follow the Light. Amazingly the Bible declares that you can "redeem the time" That means buy back the time the devil has stolen from you!
Young kids, the window to God is before you. You can chose to follow the ways of your traditions or ancestors or you can chose to say yes to the prompting of the living God in your hearts. You do need to make the choice. Nobody lands in heaven or hell by accident!
Here is a painting by Mikhail Turovsky. He is Ukrainian Jew now resident in the US. His father was killed in the Nazi Holocaust. This led to him to do many paintings depicting the inhumanity of that time. The second Holocaust is coming soon!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 73. 20th March 2011
In this edition:
●The soon coming paradise and who will be there.
●News from the Middle East and beyond.
The concerted military attack on Libya is designed to remove the tyrant Gaddafi. At time of writing it's too early to say exactly what will follow, but we do know that Libya is one of the participants in the great war of Gog and Magog who attack Israel.(Ezekiel 38 & 39)
Libya will make a fateful mistake and join up with a confederacy of Muslim / Arab nations to attack Israel. This confederacy will include Egypt (the king of the south), Russia, the kings of the east, which would include China. It will include Turkey, Iran, Ethiopia and others. Ezekiel 38:9 "They will ascend coming like a storm covering the land like a cloud..."
This will be a unique war. Much of Israel will be defeated, but God Himself will then come in and cause Israel to destroy her enemies completely, giving Israel a stunning victory. You don't want to be in a war where God is directly involved...not very clever!
Right now we are seeing the stage being set. We will soon see a confederacy of Islamic states that will come against Israel, provoking the anger of God.
●The blind western press has whitewashed the Muslim Brotherhood. If you believe the superficial rubbish presented in the media, think again!
"Allah is our objective; the Prophet is our leader; the Quran is our law; Jihad is our way; dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope". - The Muslim Brotherhood.
Does this sound like the motto of a moderate peace loving non-violent organisation? Let me tell you some things you will never see in the western press: The Muslim Brotherhood is the parent organisation of Al Qaeda. They are committed to filling the leadership vacuum in the Arab world. Their ultimate goal is to establish Shariah law around the world. Their secret behind-the-scenes plan is the expansion of Islam. They will come as sheep, befriending their enemy...just as Satan does!
They same is true of the Arab League. They come as sheep, but if you take the trouble to look more deeply into them they have war against Israel in their hearts.
The events unfolding in the Middle East will eclipse all others as we go forward. We need to watch Israel now. The upheavals in the Middle East will soon focus on Israel. Some news coming to me from my sources indicates that one Arab nation may soon do something purely to provoke a response from Israel. When and if this does happens it will unite the now-divided Arab world against their common enemy - Israel. We have the seeds of the Third World War developing now.
There is now a growing danger that Israeli prime minister Netanyahu will succumb to pressure and divide Jerusalem and Israel itself. Of course this has already been done to some degree, but the timing now makes it of paramount importance. When this happens beware! I've used these verses many times before, but here goes again.
Joel 3:2 "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the valley of Jehoshaphat and I will enter into judgement with them there on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations; they have also divided up My land." Note that the dividing of the land brings war and not peace!! Note that the dividing of the land will happen!!
Zechariah 12:3 "It will happen in that day that I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all people; all who heave it away will surely be cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it. In chapter 14 it's revealed that half of the city will go into captivity and in verse 3 it says that Lord Himself will go forth and fight against those nations. We are now in the forerunner period of these events.
Politicians need to read and understand God's position...but they won't
If you look down at the previous edition, note that I published it on the 8th March. This was four days before the Big Japan earthquake / tsunami. The edition is titled "I will shake all things" One verse used speaks of the "distress of nations" and the "sea and waves roaring."
The Japan earthquake / tsunami most certainly adds to the catastrophic world scenario right now, especially in light of the Christchurch quake, the Queensland floods and the dramas in the Middle East. But all of this is nothing compared to the severity and intensity of what is coming. These are only the beginnings of birth-pangs. The events of the tribulation period combined will wipe out one third of the world's population.
The soon coming paradise
●Please see edition 64 titled "Why the unsaved are unsaved" for more on these subjects.
The previous edition is titled "I will shake all things" and deals with God's wrath on this proud arrogant, Christ-rejecting world. This all gives way to ultimate peace, tranquillity, glory and victory. But this incredible peace comes God's way and not man's way. It is exclusive and includes only those who have been saved through the cross and blood of our Messiah.
All the things that people put their trust in will be shaken to their roots. The time period we are in now is described in the Bible as being "perilous". It's also called the time of "birth pangs" or "labour pains". Well, the good news is that after birth pangs comes the birth. This birth is the new glorious, perfect world or millennium age of peace.
When looking at all the troubles, catastrophes and dramas of the world and its people, it's good to bear in mind that this is temporary and that what is coming is even beyond our imagination. Romans 8:18 "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us." 1 Corinthians 2:9 "Eye has not seen nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for him."
There are many other sections of scripture dealing with unimaginable glory to come. There are also a number of scriptures dealing with the fact that the entire universe will be our domain in the future.
There are also a number of scriptures dealing with the fact that at resurrection we will receive new eternal bodies that will be the same in make up as that of our Messiah after His resurrection. It will have both spiritual and physical qualities. We will know all things.
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 known just as I am known."
Isaiah 51:3 "The Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places; He will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody."
Jeremiah 33:3-6 "Call on Me and I will show great and mighty things which you do not know...I will reveal to them the abundance of peace and truth."
The problem with the perilous times and birth pangs is that it produces enormous amounts of stress, pain, depression and torment. It's a terrible thing to suffer these things without a future hope.
What a difference it is when you have hope and your faith is growing in our Lord and His amazing word.
The nature of the paradise to come:
There are far too many sections of scripture dealing with the coming glorious future to deal with here, but let's just outline the main points:
God's original perfect plan for man and the world will finally be manifest.
We will be in eternal supernatural bodies...just like that of Yeshua / Jesus after His resurrection. This body has both spiritual and physical properties which are interchangeable. This body can travel at the speed of thought. It can transcend the physical by moving through solid objects like walls.
We will be in perfect form. We will be different from each other according to our reward state. We will be recognisable to each other.
It will be sin free. The source and power of sin, Satan will be bound and cast out. Perfect holiness will abide.
It will include perfect environment. The source of environmental imperfection and imbalance, Satan will be gone. God will lift the curse that is on nature itself that came as a result of the fall of man.
It will include a "playground" which is the entire universe.
We will not have to wash the dishes.
The eternal paradise is not for everyone:
Today there is a strong movement growing within Christianity believing that all people will be saved and hell is only allegorical. All roads lead to Rome they say! All religions are legitimate they say!
Believe what you will, but here is the biblical truth. It's really incredibly stupid to reject God's word in favour of the word of some demon possessed Christian wolf in sheep's clothing.
I encourage you to read these verses. Don't skip on to the next section. These verses speak about the profound truth that Jesus is the one and only way to salvation and paradise. Don't gamble with truth!!
John 14:6 "I am the way the truth and the life; no man comes to the Father but by Me."
John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."
John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has everlasting life; and he who does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."
John 3:3 "I say to you, unless one is born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God."
John 8:24 "I say to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins."
Acts 4:12 "Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven whereby we may be saved."
1 John 2:23 "Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the father also."
1 John 5:12 "He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life." (grk=Zoe or spirit eternal life)
Hebrews 9:22 "...Without the shedding of blood there is no remission."
1 Timothy 2:5 "For there is one God and one moderator between God and men, the Man Jesus Christ."
1 Corinthians 3:11 "No other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ."
Eternal paradise is exclusive! That statement will make many universalists angry! That doesn't change the truth at all.
●Just think about it; if there are other legitimate ways to God, the cross and blood of Christ would be meaningless.
I think the most horrible and greatest regret of all time will be when those who were so close to salvation in Jesus Christ, but rejected it, end in hell.
The counterfeit emergent church is destined for eternal hell:
I have just become outraged at the news that one of the blasphemous emergent church leaders, the wolf whose name I will not even use, is gathering a huge following based on heresy and the removal of God's warnings relating to hell. He has written a book titled "Love wins". In a previous book "The Velvet Elvis" he rejects the virgin birth and downplays the need for conversion. He rejects the truth that Jesus is the only way to salvation, embraces the Yoga masters, and supports homosexuality. He is a modern day liberal enemy of the cross of our Messiah.
●There is nothing loving about false doctrine!!!
●There is nothing loving about removing God's warnings signs. That is hatred in action!!!
●The book "Love wins" is incorrectly titled. It should be "Hatred wins." It's hatred to remove God's warnings.
I warn you reading this. If you are a follower of anyone within the 'emergent church', you are destined for eternal hell.
The sort of people that fall for this sort of Satanic deception are those who are either ignorant of the truth, have a problem with God, have not surrendered themselves fully to our Lord, or who are demon possessed to start with. It is incredible pride and arrogance to interfere with God's word.
Emergent church followers, in their deception, arrogant pride and contempt, will rise up in judgement against God and His word relating to the following verses on hell and it's eternal nature:
Emergent church followers will accept everything but the truth. Those who proclaim the truth are and will be there greatest enemies!
Daniel 12:2 "Many of those who sleep (death) in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life and some to shame and everlasting contempt."
Luke 16:23-24 "And being in torments in Hades he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom. Then he cried and said, Father Abraham have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame."
2 Thessalonians 1:9 "These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power."
Revelation 20:10, 15 "And the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever...and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire."
Revelation 14:11 "And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever..."
Matthew 10:28 "Do not fear those who can kill the body, but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell."
Matthew 13: 49-50 "So it will be at the end of the age. The angles will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 25:41, 46 "The He will say to those on the left hand, Depart from me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angles...And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life."
2 Peter 2:4, 17 "For if God did not spare the angles who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgement...These are wells without water, clouds carried by the tempest, to who the gloom of darkness is reserved forever."
And there are many more.
●Please see editions 13 and 64 for more on this.
The image above stands in front of the UN building. It shows the beating of a sword into a ploughshare. It's their symbol of world peace. Sounds nice hey?
"When they say peace and safety sudden destruction comes upon them" - 1Thesselonians 5:3 Counterfeit Christianity promises peace in this world now and forever. God's truth promises internal peace now and forever to His own children and wrath for the world's children, with eternal hell to follow.
There's incredible safety, joy, comfort, peace and assurance in believing God and His word at face value. Are you confused or fed up with the modern church? Return to the old ways where the truth stands supreme.
Jeremiah 6:16 "Ask for the old paths where the good way is, and walk in it; then you will find rest for your souls.
Are you ready for eternity?
Are you ready for paradise? Here are some issues to consider:
The identity of the paradise-bound true church is this: It has and preaches the full complete word of God. It keeps the word. It preaches the judgement of God including eternal hell for unbelievers. It warns of the Babylon-characterised counterfeit church. It is unified in the Abrahamic expression of faith. It has a Hebraic flavour. It will be smaller in size than the majority. It will embrace the cross of Christ and be empowered by it. The gates of hell will not prevail against it.
As revealed in the verses of scripture in this edition, the overall condition for salvation is exclusive and comes by faith in our Messiah. Other portions of scripture reveal that this is salvation by faith in the finished work of the cross and shed blood of Messiah, resulting in His substitutionary death and bodily resurrection, ascension and second coming. The virgin birth is central to salvation. After the new birth, adult water baptism is required and then spirit baptism. These three are the foundational pillars of spirituality.
Study of the Word of God under the leading and inspiration of the Holy Spirit is essential for growth in our Lord. A soft, broken and humble heart before Him is essential to be led into truth. A hard impenetrable heart to the devil and his ways is essential.
Salvation is not by works or the keeping of laws. Works most certainly do come into the picture, after salvation. The works that we do in response to the leading of our Lord by His Spirit result in rewards that are bestowed on believers at the entrance to eternity.
We have a wonderful promise of spectacular glory laid up for us in the near future.
Rev22:12 "Behold I am coming quickly and My reward is with Me to give to everyone according to his work."
These rewards for works will be eternal and set us apart from one another for ever. Some will enter with no reward but be "saved so as by fire", while some will be rewarded with gold, silver, precious stones and various types of crowns. It remains to be seen exactly what these rewards will be or how they will be bestowed on us. Some believe that the rewards are literally gold etc. I'm quite happy to wait and see.
These rewards will not simply be for any works, but only those inspired by our Lord and His leading.
The most basic precondition that's needed to even begin to see God's leading and calling is to deny self and take up your own cross daily. The application of the cross purifies our thoughts, kills self-will and all our own good ideas. "It's not I that live but Christ" says Paul. It's the work of the cross embraced and applied in our lives that gets rid of the garbage and purifies us. The new life within, gives us the desire to and ability to know the truth.
Psalm 145:18 "The Lord is near to all those who call upon Him in truth".
The cross is a deadly instrument of death and also the way to resurrection. This is what we need in our lives now. Paul said."I must decrease so that He increases."
The cross is the instrument that puts to death self, the world and the demonic in our lives. We are freed by the work of the cross to see and be led by the Spirit of God.
John 16:13 "When He the spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth...and He will tell you things to come."
A glorious eternal paradise is coming soon. It's exclusive. There is only one way to be saved. All roads do not lead to heaven. Many churches like the emergent church movement are fulfilling prophecy perfectly. They will end up joining the great international, universalist, one world movement headed by the False Prophet and Satan himself.
The "gates of hell" will not endure against those of the truth. Wonderful, spectacular eternal glory awaits the children of the living God.
Psalm 62:5 "My soul wait silently for God alone, for My expectation is from Him."
Psalm 119:18 "Open my eyes that I may see Wondrous things from your word."
Psalm 66:16 "Come and hear all you who fear the Lord."
Heaven or hell:
Old man you better not be laughing at God and His perfect word. The Bible declares that He will laugh at and mock all those that have laughed Him off! The problem is that if God laughs at you in your calamity it will cost you dearly. In fact if you do not respond to His salvation call, your laughter will turn to weeping and howling from your abode in hell.
Old lady, if you have made right with God through the cross of our Messiah, eternal laughter is set before you. It will be the laughter of happiness and unimaginable joy. All you pain and suffering will be so far gone. Happiness, joy and eternal victory, with rewards are your future.
Here is a painting representing the garden of Eden by Thomas Cole done in 1828 The future that lies before us will be like the garden of Eden restored.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!