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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.
16th August 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Help in troubled times:
The US economy is strong, as are the major world economies, but we are seeing critical cracks in then all as they slow! Technical indicators are pointing to a world recession. The most reliable indicator is the US bond-yield curve inversion. I won’t go into details, because, it’s not our thing. It is a reliable recession indicator.
The timing of this lines up with so many other prophetic events, soon to come. Once a recession begins it escalates into many other areas.
A recession does not mean a market crash is on the horizon, although that’s always possible, based on sudden falling sentiment, which spreads like lightning. It means hard times are coming.
Why mention this? It is because these things affect the whole world, including Christians. Are you able to withstand coming troubles? Yes, the worst will be in the tribulation, but we are in the forerunner period now.
Many believers will be casting out economic recession demons, to no avail. Many will be asking why, why, why! It’s often a different story when your own family is involved. Are we as believers all family?
It’s difficult to recognise other believers as such, and as part of our very own family, with who we will be spending eternity. Through the new birth, we are brought together by the blood of our Lord.
Troubles in the world demand your attention and focus, but if you let them eat into you, they will damage you, discourage you, lead you astray and rob you of your coming reward. These troubles in the world will be temporary and will soon make way for a new glorious eternity!
The things of the Spirit of God are real and alive. You can’t think through to spiritual reality with your intellect or understanding, but you can and must see and get rid of the obstructions to the Spirit of God being released in and through you to other people.
God’s word – the truth, is your anchor and your hope. It is your reality and it is the source of your help and for others in trouble. It is His ancient word, a miracle and a mystery that is still so relevant today, in interpretation and application! What is amazing to me is that God’s word is so ancient, yet so true. It outlines the very reason why fallen modern man will reject it. It shows that modern man has another, modern gospel, chopped and changed to suite the sin-loving, compromised masses!
Ancient metal Bibles found in Jordan:
John 6:63 “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you, they are spirit and are life.”
Proverbs 23:23 “Buy the truth and do not sell it, also wisdom, instruction and understanding.”
Psalm 62:5 “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.”
Note the amazing things in the verses above: Truth, wisdom, instruction and understanding are essential in these days. The source is exclusively, the Spirit of God, turning words to life!
In the face of troubles, people run to all sorts of sources for help, including the occult. There they find comfort and relief from Satan himself, in disguise, for a short while – then he kills!
But people also run to stable believers for help, are you able to really help them in the things of God and the things that will matter for eternity?
Whatever remains untouched by the work of the cross and the Spirit in of God in you, remains untouched in others too. It is the way of the mystery of the work of the cross that draws people to our King and Lord. These, the broken ones, carrying their cross, are the beautiful ones in these days.
Psalm 42:7 “Deep calls under deep!”
You can do many good things in life, all devoid of the Spirit of God and amounting to a big zero.
2 Corinthians 4:10 “We carry around in our body the death of Yeshua, so that His life may revealed in our bodies.”
What a staggering verse that is? We carry death to produce life!
Have you thought of the fact you are walking containers of the mystery of the death of our Lord – salvation for others?
Romans 6:5 “If we have been united with Him in His death, we will also be united with Him in resurrection.”
Are you able to accurately help seeking believers on all the issues of Israel, Jerusalem, the Jews and the plan of God for them? I tell you, we might know these things well, but the great majority of believers worldwide are in the dark on this incredible and exciting subject.
As a result of their darkness they are vulnerable to be Satan’s “light.”
Edition 26. January 22nd 2010
In this edition:
●The failure of replacement theology
●An incredible conclusion!
Replacement theology's extreme danger to Israel
Please don't take this subject lightly, it's of monumental importance today, and will be the issue that will identify who will go on in ever increasing deception and who will go on in glory! This is a tragic and extremely exciting issue, depending upon your position.
Before we get into the meat of this edition, let's define our terms, so we're on the same page:
Replacement theology is a far reaching doctrine invented by the church and practiced by the great majority of churches today. Thankfully, there is a big swing away from it back to the ancient immovable truth, as more and more become aware of it and also respond to the Spirit of God and His current work.
Replacement theology is essentially the doctrine that declares that God replaced Israel with the church. It goes further, believing that God has no plan for the Jews except that they should join institutionalised churchianity and become Christianised. It goes still further in believing that God has no plan for the land of Israel and Jerusalem.
It's proponents teach that God has set aside Israel and the Jews and made the church the new Israel. They teach that wherever you see the word Israel or Jerusalem in the Bible, you simply replace it with the church. They believe that God's work with Israel ended at Calvary with the Gentile church now superseding Israel and the Jews.
There's nothing new with replacement theology, its been around for ages. But it is tragically gaining momentum today. It's very strongly entrenched in almost all denominational churches and is especially strong in all Calvinist churches. Unfortunately it's also being proclaimed by a growing number of Pentecostal churches.
Replacement theology is widespread and powerfully entrenched in the World Council of Churches and its members. It's an ugly anti-Semitic doctrine born in hell that runs side by side with its evil sisters A-millennialism, supersessionism and the various forms of liberation theology, especially Palestinian liberation theology.
It has its roots in the allegorical interpretation of scripture, which had its roots with Augustine and Origen way back when. Augustine wrote that "Bible must be interpreted with reference to church orthodoxy". What blasphemy!
Allegorical interpretation sees fit to apply allegory wherever the interpreter wishes. it "spiritualises" the scriptures and takes away literal meaning especially of the prophetic. It is inconsistent, divisive and dethrones the Bible.
Replacement theology is full-blown dangerous deception, error and the root of anti-Semitism.
In Acts 15 Paul, Barnabas, Peter and James convened a meeting of the elders to decide upon what conditions non-Jews would be admitted to the church, which was mostly Jewish back then. Today the opposite is true.
Many are accidental supporters of replacement theology, by being uninformed or neutral. With God there is actually no such thing as neutrality. He says; "If you're not with me , you're against Me".
It's the root of the Holocaust, and will again be the underlying theology which will lead the world's resistance to Israel.
The truth is that God has a distinctive plan for the Jews and the land of Israel in the coming days. The Bible speaks of the fact that God will bring the Jews back into their land in spiritual blindness and will then lift that veil of blindness as He brings them to salvation and uses them for His powerful end time purpose.
The failure of the "replacement" church:
You may be able to steal from the bank and get away with it, but you're a giant fool if you think you can ever steal anything from God and get away with it!
Replacement theology is theft by the church. On the one hand it attempts to steal what God has promised to Israel and on the other hand, rejects Gods plan for Israel.
Because this evil theology replaces Israel with the church it actually leaves Israel open to be taken over by the Palestinians. The Bible shows clearly that this will occur and invoke the fury of God. Joel 3: 2 & Zechariah 12: 3
Replacement theology is Christian pride and boasting in action. The Bible has nothing good to say about pride. It blinds you...always! "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud"
We must understand that Israel was elected, rejected and is being accepted again. There are portions of scripture dealing with each; you can't get them mixed up or ignore what doesn't suite you
Romans chapters 9 and 11 are very important in dealing with this.
Romans 11: 25-27 "I don't want you to be ignorant of this mystery, so that you are not boastful or proud. Israel has experienced hardening in part, until the full number of Gentiles has come in" (Much of the church is ignorant of this and exalts itself above Israel)
Israel's hardening is partial until a particular point in time. This is when the full number of Gentiles has come in. When will this be? Good question! Luke 21:24 tells us. "Jerusalem will be trampled on by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled." This began in 1967 when Jerusalem was restored to Jewish control for the first time since it was destroyed in 70AD. It is therefore in our time!
Romans 11 goes on with a powerful picture of an olive tree with the natural branches broken off. These it says are the Jews, who were cut off because of their unbelief. Then comes the incredible grafting in of the wild olive branches. These are the Gentile believers.
In verse 20 we are told "not be proud or boastful but to FEAR"! Let me quickly add that when God says you need to fear Him for a particular issue you'd better listen up! Much of the church ignores God right here! "Fear, for if God did not spare the natural branches he may not spare you either...and you also will be cut off....How much more will these natural branches (Jews) be grafted back in to their own tree?"
Verse 29 says "The gifts and calling of God are irrevocable."
This is not talking about calling or gifts of the Spirit as many teach. In context it is talking about the calling and gift of Israel to the world, which will be completed God's way!!
In many ways Israel has to deal with an enemy on many fronts. Islam is one and the church of replacement theology is another.
The true church is a "mystery" and a separate work of God that interrupts not replaces the Old Covenant. It has its own distinctive character. It started at Pentecost and lasts for 2000 odd years before the Old Covenant comes to its climax in seven years.
The "replacement church" is on thin ice. Its about to become strongly empowered by a counterfeit force. It's now in the twilight years of God's patience.
If Satan can get rid of the significance of Israel he can bring down the veracity of the Word of God and a large part of the church is helping him!
You need to be aware, in terms of timing that all of these issues are strongly related to the second coming of our Messiah and the general time period we are in now.
The rise of Christian Zionism:
A recent report in the Jerusalem Post says "Evangelicals are seeing the error of replacement theology" Thank the Lord for this! Christians United for Israel is one organisation presenting a united face to Israel in this regard and is also putting their money where the mouth is. They've collected and distributed millions of dollars to Israel. They organise and run regular "Night to Honour Israel" events in each major city of every one of the US states.
This organisation has literally hundreds of member churches with over five million individual members (including myself) It has a number of saved Rabbis on the board as well as Benjamin Netanyahu.
Many churches around the world are seeing with new eyes. Unfortunately these will remain the minority because the Bible teaches that the masses will join forces to come against Israel and the Jews.
Gods purpose is not to favour the Jew above any other, but it is to bring blessing and salvation to the world through His work using the Jew as the whole prophetic picture unfolds.
The impossibility of replacement theology:
There are so many hundreds of verses of scripture that make no sense at all if the church has replaced Israel. It devalues and undermines Israel and exalts the church in arrogance and pride. When the church relates to, instead of replaces Israel the pieces of the giant jig-saw all fall into their correct place and the picture is clear.
Replacement theology in all its forms is irreconcilable with the Bible. It simply can't fit in with almost all verses dealing with the re-gathering of Israel. It also has major problems with what is actually happening now.
There is however one very brilliant way to legitimise replacement theology, and that is simply to deny or cast down the veracity of the Bible. The satanically inspired allegorical method of interpretation does just this. It takes away the literal meanings and foists into it whatever the interpreter wants.
You can't fit the church into dozens of portions of scripture relating to Israel and the Jews. here is one chapter among hundreds.
Jeremiah 31: 8-36 "Proclaim, give praise and say, O Lord save your people, the remnant of Israel. Behold I'll bring them from the north country and from the ends of the earth...a great throng will return...Hear the word of the Lord you nations, "He who scattered Israel will re-gather him'...they'll come streaming to the goodness of the Lord. 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...For I will forgive their iniquity and their sin I'll remember no more."
If the church is Israel since when will God bring us back from the ends of the earth. Since when was the church "scattered". Since when does God make a new covenant with the church; that's done already.
Why replacement theology will lead to war:
This may shock you, I hope it does...with a positive outcome!
As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. This is a principle as sure as gravity.
Replacement theology leads to the horror of replacement reality! It is the devil's Trojan horse in the church.
It was this theology that was behind Hitler. He quoted from Luther in his evil book Mein Kampf. Luther wrote that the "Jews were damned and rejected" and that "they and their synagogues should be burnt so that not even a cinder of them remains" and many other things that I will not write.
The encyclopaedia of Judaica comments on this saying "The whole Nazi Holocaust was pre-outlined here by Martin Luther" By the way, Luther was one of the reformers and I have no problem giving credit where due. He did open the eyes of the church to some degree in other areas. He also caused immeasurable harm.
The world's two state solution or "roadmap to peace" is a direct contradiction of God's one state solution and will bring down the wrath and judgement of God. It will all lead to world war.
God's one-state solution imports the Jews into the land and expands the land itself, while He expels the Arabs as owners of the land.
Jeremiah 12:14 -17 "My evil neighbours who touch the inheritance of My people Israel, I will pluck them out of the land of Judah. After I have done this I will return and have compassion on My people and will bring them back into their land" This is a one state solution. The "evil neighbours" and the two-state mob would do well to read this, but they won't!
Joel 3:2 Declares that dividing the land of Israel brings war not peace.
Daniel 11: 39 Speaking of the coming Antichrist says "This foreign god will rule over many and will divide the land for gain at the time of the end" The rest of this section describes coming war.
The Catholic church stood by in silence during the Holocaust! Right now a great many churches are silent on these issues as Israel's enemies gather and war clouds rise on the prophetic horizon.
What you don't talk about speaks volumes!
Silence is not golden in this regard!
Another form of replacement theology:
By the way, another powerful example of replacement theology in a somewhat different form is in the Arab world. Islam essentially believes that God started His work with Moses and the Jews, but they didn't fulfil His plan and form the Muslim religion, so God ditched them and moved onto Jesus and the prophets. They also didn't fulfil God's plan, so He ditched them. Mohamed did, so the Muslims have now replaced the Jews and the Christians, who now don't have a legitimate right to exist. This in fact the root behind the Islamic world's hatred of the Jews and Christians. But please read edition 16 for a truly wonderful outcome to even this large problem.
Some related verses:
Zechariah 8: 13 "It will come to pass that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you and you shall be a blessing."
Ezekiel 11: 17-19 "I will gather you from the peoples and countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel...Then I will give them one heart and will put a new spirit within them."
Isaiah26:15 "You have increased the nation, You are glorified, You have expanded all the borders."
Hosea 2: 23 " Then I will say to those who were not my people, you are My people, and they'll say, You are my God"
Time is short. The Bible says that God will not strive with man forever.
Amos 8: 11 "The days are coming says the Lord that I will send a famine and a thirst on the land, not of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the Lord"!
My friends, a time of spiritual darkness and deception is coming. There is one sure way to stay safe with our Lord and this is to develop and maintain a soft heart before Him and to be right in doctrine.
There are so many churches today that follow replacement theology. You need to be warned and stay clear of popular US preacher Rick Warren. He declares that Christians should stay away from Bible prophecy. He suggests that it's a diversion of the devil. He is a strong proponent of replacement theology and regularly says that the Palestinians own the land.
●Yes I agree; Bible prophecy makes no sense at all with Israel and the Jews removed and replaced by the church! Rick Warren has fearlessly set himself up as God's editor!
●Bible prophecy is the "eyes" for the church. Take it away and you're a blind sitting duck in the devil's sights!
Other well known modern adherents and promoters of replacement theology include, Dominionist David Wilkerson, Robert Schuler, Gary North, David Chilton and many others.
The tragedy is that many Christians have given themselves blindly to their church leadership, and it's doctrine. As a result they don't have the eyes to see nor the ears to hear anything that may be beyond church doctrine. They falsely presume that because their preacher uses the Bible, everything must be fine.
Imagine standing in the middle of a railway line which is not parallel. it may be fine here where you're standing, but further down the line the error grows very wide.
Replacement theology is a sure road to disaster.
You need to know exactly what your church leader believes in regard to these things. Go and ask him. If your church is silent on this issue, go and ask them why.
The Alon example of excellence : Alon International is a body of believers serving our Lord Jesus Christ. (in an amazing way, I might add) If you look at their website at www.alon.org.za and go to the "doctrine" page it has the normal statement of faith. But then it has a section titled "Alon comment on Israel" Here you will not see any neutrality at all. "We do not embrace replacement theology" it says and gives the details. This is what your church needs especially in this day and age!
Replacement theology is not some little error in the church. It is the biggest in history. It is a doctrine of devils that will lead to the deaths of who-knows how many people. It will be the rejoicing of hell, but only for a short season!
Today the Gentile church, full of paganism is no place for a Messianic Jew. They are intolerant of replacement theology. The identity of the modern church has shifted far from what it should be. This is a tragedy and one of the reasons why a large part of the church will be "spewed out."
The Jews say to Christians "You'll have to forgive us Jews for being a little nervous of you. Two thousand years of Christian love has worn down our nerves."
If you want a sure-fire way to be clear of all forms of replacement theology, simply read the Bible from Isaiah to Zechariah. It should take you no longer than a week or two. No, I'm not trying to be funny.
Many are teaching and preaching many wonderful things and God is using them greatly.
An incredibly powerful conclusion:
This is truly amazing!!!
These end-time related verses are similar. Isaiah 21:11 "Watchman what of the coming night?" Isaiah 62: 6 "I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day or night" Jeremiah 31: 6 "For there shall be a day when the watchmen will cry on Mount Ephraim. "Arise and let us go up to Zion. Proclaim, give praise and say "O Lord save Your people" Isaiah 52:8 "Your watchmen shall lift up their voices...for they shall see eye to eye when the Lord brings back Zion."
Here's the big thing: These verses all use the original Hebrew word 'Notzrim' derived from 'Natsar' for "watchmen". This just also happens to be the modern Hebrew word for a Christian. These Old Testament words were written long before Christianity existed! In fact the word Nazareth is also derived from this same word.
Early Christians were called Nazarenes!
●This speaks of the fact that in these days God will have people with some association with Nazareth, the ones whom the Jews call Christians, standing as "watchmen" watching out for and with Israel and seeing eye to eye as this grand prophetic drama of the ages plays out! What glory!
Can you see the amazing prophetic significance now? God chose the word for "watchmen" that the Jews would later use as their word for a Christian and the same word from which Nazareth is derived and they were written down by the prophets long before the Christian era! Those verses most certainly have prophetic relevance to our day!
Is God speaking to you now, or of you, dear reader? I have a strong feeling that some reading these words now are finding the very purpose for which they were born!
Thank God that today, the number of Christian watchmen is growing fast. This is in spite of the fact that the number of Israel's enemies are growing at the same time.
Will you be one of those who will stand for Israel, when the satanically charged "replacement" church joins the world in coming against Israel? I know I will stand with and for her! Before you say yes, it may be costly!
Israel will soon stand alone as she waits for her Messiah, will you stand with her?
"If you bless Israel you'll be blessed and if you curse Israel you'll be cursed" declares the Bible. Don't argue with that, it's the way it is!
Today God is raising up watchmen for Israel. This can involve anything from simply praying, to sharing or joining with others or doing whatever God calls you to, in this blessed purpose.
Those Christians in the "replacement" camp are working for a doomed, cursed purpose. It'll be popular with the masses though!
The way to be blessed is very simply to line up with what God has already blessed!
●God's wonderful purpose will culminate in all of His family coming together as one...what glorious drama! In a coming edition I'll share with you perhaps the most exciting, dramatic, soon coming uniting of the "WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, Judah and Ephraim!
●I will share with you just how the current Zionist Christian / Hebraic roots move of God is literally the exciting corporate, awakening of the House of Ephraim!
For further reading on this subject please read: Hal Lindsay's powerful well researched book "The road to Holocaust" Here he deals with the fact that replacement theology will be the road to a new Holocaust! Dwight Pentecost's monumental book "Things to come." Here he deals exhaustively with all the covenants and just about everything you can imagine relating to these issues. Derek Prince also has tons of material on these issues.
Romans 11:12 "If their transgression (the Jews) was riches for the world and their loss means riches for the Gentiles, how much greater riches will their fullness bring"
Micah 7:8-18 "Do not boast or gloat over me, my enemy, when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light and I'll see His righteousness...The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might. They shall put their hand over their mouths and they shall lick the dust like a serpent. Who is a God like You pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage?"
Heaven or hell:
Jew, Muslim and Christian...you've all had claims to the land of Israel and to the favour of God. Do you know that it all makes no difference to your personal eternal destination? There is only one thing that saves you from hell and delivers you into the eternal presence of God and that's a deep personal belief and commitment to Yeshua / Jesus.
Old men, you're on the doorstep of eternity. You're going to live forever, but where will you dwell and with whom? Once you get there it will be too late to change your mind! Nobody likes to suffer, but suffering regret for eternity...yikes! On the other hand what a wonderful outcome to get into your eternal abode with rewards and congratulations from none other than the King of Kings!
In closing here is a woodcut done by Gustave Dore showing the prophet Micah urging the Jews to repent. They didn't but they will! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 25. January 17th 2010
In this edition:
The power of testimony
This edition is a slight detour from the main theme of prophecy in general, but it does fit into a neat spot.
The lives of so many millions of people today are being rocked and wrecked by so many things. This is the age of insecurity and the devastation of lives. When peoples lives are shaking they look around for something to grip onto...something that is stable!
If you've read any of the previous editions, you'll know just why this is happening and that it's not going to get better. In fact very soon everything and everyone that can be shaken will be shaken and everything that doesn't have an enduring foundation will fall.
We are at the start of a huge spiritual battle. It's a battle for the lives and souls of untold millions of people.
But I want to focus down to just a few people now, so that you, my dear reader can see that even if you are one who is being shaken now, that all is not lost. In fact this could well be the start of many profound things in your life's purpose.
I've recently come across a number of old friends. All are believers and all have gone through tragic and terrible times. One good friend has had her family life wrecked by suicides and dramas that would have knocked anyone for a loop. She has had her spiritual life rocked, but is now starting to see the light of day again.
Another girl, my very special wide-eyed beautiful friend from about 20 years ago, recently came back into my life. We were very good friends, but after her marriage and her moving to another city we drifted apart.
She has just gone through a terrible split up, come under incredible stress and has also had her spiritual life rocked.
In many ways I wish I could take her place, so that she can go free
Here is where deep eternal issues come into play.
It's very simple: You can take all the garbage that the devil throws at you and let it crush you, or with our wonderful Messiah at the helm, you can take all the pressure and devastation and let it turn you into a diamond of great value.
You see, when the cross of Calvary is applied into our lives, it puts to death all the rubbish that comes from the world, the flesh and the demonic and it raises us to a new life. This new life on the resurrection side of the cross is deep, rich and full of purpose!
Tears of regret generally get you nowhere, but after metamorphosis, tears of joy are another thing altogether. These God remembers as He prepares you for many new things.
The amazing, miraculous thing with our Lord is that we can take all the time that's been robbed from us and "buy it back" and still have a powerful godly life that is a testimony and and a help to many people in these perilous times. The other side of the story is to have no application of the cross into your life, which means you're essentially living for self and have all the diamond potential lost!
The very worst thing anyone can do as a believer under pressure is to turn from our Lord and give an even greater victory to the devil.
Many people are standing at the crossroads. They can die to self and go on into God's wonderful calling, or live for self and continue wasting their time and everyone else's!
In many ways, going through devastation can either be the very issue that plants you securely like a tree of righteousness or sends you down the river with the flood.
The big thing is that God has a purpose, plan and calling for each of us. This is where true depth, joy, purpose and meaning comes into one's life.
It's not God's fault that so many people wreck their lives, but it is His plan that it gets turned around for His glory!
What a waste to go through so much pressure in life and miss God's purposes.
There is enormous eternal value in seeing God's hand at work as He brings you through the fires to His purpose. Allowing Him to use you as a living testimony can feed so many people with eternal food.
You see, at the end of the day, life is a drop in the ocean of eternity, but what we do with it now has eternal consequences for us and others.
The Bible uses the analogy of fire hitting a pile of wood, hay and stubble and a pile of gold, silver and precious stones.
When fire hits the first pile, nothing but a puff of useless smoke is left to drift aimlessly away. But when fire hits the second pile, these are refined and endure. This relates directly to the lives of believers. As we enter eternity, some will scrape in with no reward and others will enter with a reward-state that will be with them for eternity!
A life lived for "me, myself, I" is a life wasted, while a life given to our great God and His purpose and plan is a life with eternal value.
It's easy to see which is which. Is your life a giving life or is it a constantly receiving life? An outward looking, giving life is the way to go.
The testimony of Watchman Nee:
This wonderful man of God had a tortured life...literally! His ministry started in China about 100 years ago. Then he was thrown into prison for his faith and for trying to set up a secret printing operating for the gospel. From prison he smuggled out numerous hand written notes, which have subsequently become the hundreds of Nee books. When this was discovered by the authorities, they ripped his tongue out his head with a pair of pliers.
Nothing they could do silenced him. This testimony actually saw many of his prison guards becoming secret converts. He was finally martyred in prison.
His life of persecution is still bearing incredible fruit.The spirit of God is still moving through this man's selfless life.
It's actually just like the title of one of his books- "The release of the Spirit" Its all about brokenness and how "the alabaster box" containing the expensive perfume, must be broken to release the aroma.
John 12:24 "Except the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone, but if it dies it bears much fruit" This is the principle of brokenness!
Prison authorities tried relentlessly to get Nee to deny his faith.
When he died, they cleared out his prison cell and this was the note they found under his pillow:
"Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners and was resurrected after three days. This is the greatest truth in the universe. I now die because of my belief in Christ."
I cut my spiritual teeth on the writings of this man (and a few others) Here are just a few of his many powerful life changing books dealing with brokenness:
"Not I but Christ" "A living sacrifice" "The release of the Spirit" "The messenger of the cross" "The normal Christian life"
To summarise: He believed, experienced and taught that self needed to die, so that Christ could shine. A sacrificial lifestyle is the way to go. Brokenness releases God's Spirit through us. To be an effective messenger of the cross we need to be crucified people, taking up our cross daily. The normal Christian life is sacrificial, where brokenness creates victory, joy and glory. This can only be done by the application of the cross.
The testimony of Alon:
Alon is a Messianic church with a Kibutz flavour to it. It's a fellowship up in the mountains and forests of the Limpopo region of South Africa. Alon has bases in Cape Town, Jeffries Bay and Israel. It's a wonderful community of believers involved in the arts, music, farming, carpentry, interior decor, two restaurants, a number of businesses a nursery, primary and high school, an orphanage, a hospice and other things including regular missionary work in the nations of the world.
It's a ministry with people of all races, from many countries and all walks of life, but central to everything is a heart with and for Israel and God's prophetic plan for the Jews now and into the future.
It's a ministry with a powerful leadership base, who have all gone through incredible hardship and unjustified persecution.
This has done nothing but deepen their walk with our Lord and seen the ministry strengthen greatly.
The reason I mention this is because it demonstrates strongly that what God has planted can't be destroyed. It can only go from strength to strength.
I've been involved with this ministry for more years than can I remember and I know that God has been preparing it for the last 20 years or so for the exciting times that lie ahead.
Have a look at the website at:
On a personal level or an organisational level, what God plants can't be destroyed, it can only grow through troubled times.
God only uses whom he has prepared. Brokenness that comes into our lives from the devil can only be to one's benefit if we look for and find God and his purposes through it all. Weather this has been our lot or not, we still need the brokenness of and from God in our lives if we are going to be used by Him.
Brokenness essentially comes through our choice to apply the cross to every area of our lives. As we do this we are delivered progressively into newness of life. It's a life of glory.
In this new life on the resurrection side of the cross, we see with new eyes. We see spiritual reality as opposed to religious obsession.
Cross-less Christianity is all around us. It is rooted in the flesh and full of "yes you can" great ideas all destined for hell.
When we bow down to God, our reason is defeated. All that originates in our minds is brought into the subjection of our risen Messiah of great glory. We now begin to see things God's way. All false doctrine is destroyed.
As we apply the cross to every area of our lives, we immediately identify with all others who've gone through the cross. We're in instant unity and automatic disunity with cross-less Christianity.
The Godly church.
I have mentioned these things in previous editions, but its worth repeating.
The testimony of much of the church today is lacking one major thing and that is the application of the cross. We are lacking people who teach and preach the cross. God requires a crucified person to preach the cross.
If your church does not exalt, preach and teach the daily application of the cross; run, run, run away from it. If the cross is being correctly applied it will produce results. It will "melt" many people into Gods glory and chase others away. It will NOT be neutral on the big issues of the day.
A church where the application of the cross is central will be driven by the energy of the Spirit as opposed to the energy of the flesh.
A cross-central church will have a powerful Abrahamic expression to it, which is characterised in a heart for the Jew and Gentile. It will be keenly involved in the prophetic; it will have a pastoral and teaching ministry that is Bible-balanced, has a Hebraic flavour to it and will be regularly involved in missionary work and evangelism.
The Bible declares that in this day, there will be "multitudes in the valley of decision" The Bible declares that in these days "Truth will be cast down in the street" "The love of many will grow cold" and many will be "spewed out of the mouth of God"
As many reject the absolutes of the scriptures in favour of variable values, their lives will fall apart bit by bit.
Many will wake up and come searching for the truth. Yes the end time picture will be one of devastation, but it will also be a time of the salvation of very large numbers.
God will use those whom he has prepared for this great end time harvest.
The testimony of God in our lives needs to be the testimony of the cross. It is the power of God.
Many churches today impart eloquent words, theory and concepts, but not deep life. They do not preach the cross in the spirit of the cross and their converts are spiritually sick and shallow. You can't transfer what you do not have! They have no spiritual authority.
The one who has no deep experience of what he proclaims is a counterfeit and a fraud.
We need to bear the cross we preach! This is the testimony full of clean power and authority.
2 Corinthians 4: 12 "Death works in us but life in you"
It's really only as the cross is allowed to burn deeply into our own lives that we can transfer resurrection life to others.
There is something about a person who has the marks of the cross on his life. You can't explain it in words really, but this person has deep spiritual reality within him. This person is a living testimony of the glory of God, who reigns supreme in him!
Heaven or hell:
They say that the eyes have it. They say that the eyes are a window into the soul. What is in your soul young girl? Is Yeshua / Jesus deeply rooted in your heart? If so...good, but you still need the work of the cross to clean out every "room" of your soul. Young girl in spite of what many say, heaven and hell are real! Don't gamble your life on it not being so!
Old man, you look like you've had a long stressed life. If you are still alive, you can turn that all around into glory, even now at your ripe old age! Your life has so much potential. Did you know that God has an incredible plan to make you a living testimony to those around you.?
In closing here is a Marc Chagall impression of Job, turning to the Lord. He was a man of great suffering. Job 42: 5,6 "I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my (spiritual) eye sees You, therefore I repent in dust and ashes." He lost everything, but as he came into God's plan the Bible says Job 42:10 "So the Lord restored Job's losses...The Lord blessed his latter days more than in the beginning" What a testimony!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 24. 1st January 2010
In this edition:
●Preparing for Messiah.
Preparing your heart and mind for the soon coming of our Lord
I'm not really into new year's resolutions, but there is something to be said for picking a point of identification for new things in life. Time is short, so the sooner we all get radical in our pursuit of the Lord, the better. The word radical comes from the root word radix, which means "to go to the root"
I can assure you dear reader, that my aim and objective in these editions is not to prove myself right and others wrong or to impress with any fancy words. It is to help you in whatever way possible to be right with God and be ready for Him at His coming. These are all eternal issues with eternal consequences!
God's plan for you in perilous times:
Some things are unique for each individual while others are universal. In this edition I'll deal with the more general issues.
Perilous times are here and will intensify greatly from here on. But you need to have something other than what is all around us as a measure. if your standard of comparison is the icy-cold average church today, then you are in grave danger! "If you compare yourselves among yourselves you are not wise" - 2 Corinthians 10:12
If your standard of measure is what you think and what the world is saying and doing, you are on a slippery slope to hell. You see, the world is moving. The Bible talks about the "course of this world". Its moving at great speed ever further away from God. If your Christian life is essentially no different to the world, you are a monumental failure and a fast growing one at that. You will then be moving, on course with the world away from God.
Whenever I see a funeral and hear the sobbing and wailing, I wonder where that person in the coffin is now. People at funerals always pick on the good things to say. "What a wonderful person he was". Nothing wrong with that, But at death you meet God. What's important is what He says, not the people left behind! Their words are powerless. God will say either "Well done good and faithful servant" or "depart from Me into hell" Imagine the regret, the OOPS of discovering that your whole life was on the wrong course and wasted.
No one ever said on his death bed, that he has spent too much time studying the Bible and preparing himself for God.
God has a plan for every human on earth and it's not His fault if people won't come to Him and go His way.
God's plan for you is to be a leader! Yes all of you. No not a leader in the normal sense, but a leader of your own life. He wants you to lead your life led by His Spirit, to glory and not to be a follower of the world! Be careful of being a dumb sheep of the world and a stupid traditionalist!
I once (actually eight times) read a wonderful book by A.W. Tozer called "The set of the sail" It's all about how you need to set and constantly adjust the sail to move forward. You need to set the sail in a particular way to move forward against the winds of this world. The easy way is to do nothing and go with the wind, but your end will be a big nasty surprise to you!
The necessity of solitude:
Eagles never fly in flocks, they fly alone. The Bible uses Eagles as a type for believers in a few places. Deep divine fellowship with our God of glory can only be experienced by you alone as you separate yourself to Him. People who forsake the world's ways and abandon themselves as they push, alone into the presence of God, are those that are romanced by Him and come out forever changed.
I'm not talking about independence from God, just the opposite in fact; but I am talking about spending a time removed from all the noise of the masses and opinions of people. You can't live on second hand revelation for long.
You can't hear the voice of God for yourself in the midst of multitudes of voices. Single mindedness with our Lord comes in our own private faith.
Another important factor relating to solitude with God is that it teachs us to shut-up and listen to Him. It sets our focus on Him alone. The busier you are the more hectic your world. You can only really bow your life to God when you see Him as He is and you can take no one with you to do this.
A.W. Tozer said this: "Stay in the secret place until the surrounding noises begin to fade and God's presence envelops you."
Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"
God's presence is in the "secret place" you can only go there alone. This is where you will find the "path of life" and receive visions of eternal glory?
●Moses was most affected as he spent time alone with God separated from the people. Even his face was 'burned' with glory!
●Jacob wrestled alone with God. He was 'branded' by that encounter, which saw him physically impacted for the rest of his life. This encounter saw his name being changed to Israel and resulted in him dying to the old as he moved in a new dimension with God afterwards. He became the forefather of Israel.
●As Daniel separated himself alone to God, he received spectacular celestial visions, full of incredible meaning even for our day.
●Yeshua / Jesus Himself often separated Himself alone unto God in the desert. In fact He fasted alone for 40 days before His ministry began.
●Paul had deep encounters alone with God. In fact, after salvation, he spent 14 years alone in the desert before his ministry began.
●John spent his last days alone on the island of Patmos, where he sought after God with great zeal. This resulted in more amazing, incredible visions from the heart of God than anyone in history has ever had.
No one can do this for you, you need to press into the presence of God alone. This is the way to the place of perfect peace. This is the place of transformation. People can give you information and even inspiration, but only a lone divine encounter can really transform you and leave you forever gloriously changed.
A single glimpse through the prison windows of this world to eternity has life-changing power. You can only do this in the solitude of your own faith.
The Christian life is a journey pictured in the feasts of the Lord. We go from Passover (salvation), through Pentacost (filled with the Sprirt) to Tabernacles, which represents being in His presence.
The richness of God's experiences for us doesn't end at Pentecost. After Pentecost comes Tabernacles!
On the other side of the solitude coin is fellowship and relationship with other believers. This is essential in terms of balance. But be careful, don't think you will advance with God if you are in close, friendly fellowship with a bunch of half- baked believers, in love with the world and its ways.
What is needed is a clear distinct separation in terms of time between fellowship with people and fellowship alone with God.
It's a good idea to seek out some radical believers, who are seriously intent on seeking the Lord no matter what and relate to them.
The single life:
The Bible exalts the single life. There are very many very successful singles in the Bible. Here are some of them: Yeshua / Jesus, Paul, Daniel, Jeremiah and many others. Marriage is for the majority, but there is much to be said for the single life.
By way of testimony, in 1980 I set my heart after our Lord in a new way. Through much prayer and fasting, the Lord impressed upon me and birthed in me the desire to be single. I set my life then in dedication to Him as a single. But it came with great pressure from people who had no understanding of this. Celibacy is a gift and calling from God. It's a glorious life. Of course marriage can be successful as well.
Here is an interesting discourse. 1 Corinthians 7: 26- 33 "Because of the present distress its good for a man to remain as he is. If married don't seek to be loosed, if single don't seek to be married. If you marry you haven't sinned...but I say this, time is short...I want you to be without care, he who is unmarried cares for the things of the Lord and how he may please the Lord."
The implication in the above portion of scripture is that the closer we get to the coming of the Lord the more we should be concerned with doing his will and being single really sets you free to do this.
Matthew 19 speaks of the fact that single life can be by birth, calling or choice!
If you're not called to be single and want to by choice, God will come into your life like a flood and fill the gaps. He will be your partner in a special way, I can testify to that.
By the way, the 144,000 of the Revelation, who will impact the whole world with their ministry, will all be singles. (Revelation 14: 4 and 7:4-8)
The issue here is that to be right with God at His coming, you need to be in your right calling. You need to know it and walk in it.
Please don't send me emails, I'm not against marriage. This is just for those few who want to be free to do God's will un-restricted as they see the soon coming of the Lord.
Young people out there, this may not be easy; but let me tell you that a life of calculated, deliberate abstinence is the way to a powerful life! You'll be able to live a life without the stress of regret and become the apple of God's eye! He will use you and reward you.
Know your Bible:
As we get closer to the Revelation of our Messiah of glory, we need to be ready. Weather we go in the rapture, stay here or die first, we are very near to our Lord's coming. The way to be right with God is to have a soft and broken heart before Him and to know your Bible backwards. We need both. The Bible itself will help greatly in our transformation. It'll help us transform our way of living. Die without its influence and you'll regret it forever!
Very few people today take the Bible seriously. They play with it. They're enslaved to nice Christian fun and games and they worship the world. Actually you're a giant fool if you play with a two edged sword! If you have the Bible deeply rooted in your heart you are free from any and all enslavement.
The Bible is alive and eternally wise, it will never reveal its secrets to the, the casual enquirer, the curious, the irreverent, or the sceptic. To them it's a hidden, dark, confusing mystery. This is one of the divine qualities of the Bible. You can't know it or hear its voice outside of its spirit or its requirements. "The things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned", says the Bible.
The Bible is the only book in the world that certainly and accurately plots the future for the world and all those who will be ready for heaven. It's the only book in the world that gives you and I the way into the future and spells out the peril of going the wrong way. It's the only way to real deep peace with purpose.
You don't need to know everything in the Bible, but there is much that you dare not misunderstand.
I must say in my own pursuit of my God and the more I've studied His Word in the last 30 years or so, the more I've had untold peace in my heart. It's also left me with an ever growing understanding that there is a whole new world out there.
If you are approaching your spiritual life correctly it will have Godly results.
The Bible declares that those who are ready, will be rewarded. These rewards are eternal. In eternity we will all be different. Yes, we will be equal in terms of the foundation of salvation, but some will scrape in by the skin of their teeth and have their futile works burned up like fire hitting straw. Others will be like those adorned with gold and jewellery and wear crowns of glory forever. Some will have great authority relating to future worlds, kingdoms and other places in the universe!
Did you know that there is special eternal reward given only and exclusively to those that look for the coming of our Messiah.? Here it is 2 Timothy 4:8 (amp) "Now there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, for being right with God, which the Lord the righteous judge will give me on the great day; but not only to me but all who have loved and yearned for and welcomed His return."
If you don't know your Bible in this time, you are in much greater danger than you can imagine.
Dr. Derek Prince:
There's a lot to be said for 'last words'. I want to share with you a very interesting true story. Brother Derek Prince, whom I consider one of my spiritual fathers, died at about 90 a few years ago. He was arguably the greatest Zionist Christian of modern times. He was British, with his ministry headquartered in the US, but he lived in Jerusalem. He had an extremely profound, radical and prolific ministry, which started in the Second World War. He was loved, adored and hated by the traditionalists. Thousands of people carried his coffin down the streets of Jerusalem. I actually met him in the 1970s.
Just before he died, a US senator visited him and asked him what he believed was the main thing God was doing now. Brother Derek struggled for breath and said, " He is restoring Israel and the Jews and starting to judge the nations of the world. He then slipped into eternity.
Many times I have been left with his profound words ringing in my head for ages afterwards. When I heard this, these words rang loud and clear and still are!
If God is starting to restore the Jews and Israel now, be very sure that the nations of the world will determine their own destiny by how they respond to God's work. This principle is just as valid for the individual.
If I may add one thing to Brother Derek's words: The Bible declares that judgement begins in the house of God. So yes God is restoring Israel, starting to judge the nations AND He is now starting to judge the church. Part of His judgement on the church (only the lukewarm and non-spirit filled churches) is to withdraw His Spirit and let them continue in their own strength motivated by the spirit of the world.
The leadership of many churches today IS the judgement of God on lukewarm Christians!
This entire issue of the salvation of the Jews and the land of Israel on the one hand and replacement theology on the other hand will be a fence of division rising higher and higher. Those on the side of Gods work will go on in glory, while those on the other side will grow in deception as they work for and with the devil.
If ever there was a man who was ready to step into eternal glory it was this man. In a future edition I'll share amazing key points within the testimonies of a few men of God who dramatically impacted the world. (None will be modern living preachers)
I encourage you to study the teachings of Derek Prince. There is a link to his material under the "links" button.
Truth and error:
If your church is into replacement theology or neutral towards these things, it and its pastors need to fear greatly what is coming upon them. On the other hand when you fear God, and His entire Word, you have nothing else to fear. The fear of God gives you confidence and contentment.
Let me share this with you. I know an individual, a pastor, who says he loves the Jews. But when asked what he thinks of the basic human rights of the Palestinians to a part of Israel and Jerusalem, he says; "yes of course they have these rights. This is the world's roadmap to peace" he says.
Incredibly, this is exactly the sort of absolute cow dung that is so prolific today. He knows that the Bible says something about the Jews somewhere, so he proclaims this like a sort of insurance policy. He knows very well, all about human rights. These he exalts above God. This pastor has set himself up as God's judge! What a big surprise he has coming soon!
Of course I'm not against human rights generally, but where they conflict with God's rights, guess which one to chose?
Many church leaders will not be ready for the Lord at His coming. They will be found working with and for the devil in disguise, promoting the ways of the world. The shocking thing is that the implication within the Laodicea church of Revelation chapter three, is that huge amounts of churchy people will be spewed out of the mouth of the Lord like vomit! It's not just a few.
There is coming a time very soon where the pressures on Israel will intensify dramatically. Much of the church will stand against Israel with the forces of darkness. Will you? When the pressure is on, will you identify yourself with Israel and God's work? I know I will.
God may well use the hatred of Islam to drive Bible believing Christians and Jews closer together in the days ahead. Islam has a an eternal hatred for both the Jews and Bible believing Christians. Please read edition 16 for a liberating detailed view of this. Israel is now beginning to recognise more and more that its true eternal friends are Messianic Bible believing Christians.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the President of Israel, who is also on the board of Christians United for Israel (link above left) recognises this and has often said exactly this.
You can never be right with God while being wrong in the major, big, foundational doctrines of the Word of God. Jeremiah 15:16 "When I discovered your words, I devoured them and they became my heart's joy and delight."
I know an individual who has been a believer for many years. He always battles with worldliness. He doesn't own a Bible!
The key of David:
The book of Revelation is the Revelation of Jesus Christ and it has within it the revelation of the body of Christ. God presents His view of the church. God's entire summation of the church is contained in the seven letters in Revelation chapters two and three. The message to the church of Philadelphia is the only one with not one word of condemnation and has only commendation. It's worth taking note of what God thinks of the church in these letters.
If you have any interest in following our Lord and being ready for Him, you should seriously consider this letter. Use it as a measure or standard. Don't bother about what this person or that says about this church or that. Consider God's view! You may stand before your church leadership now, but you WILL stand before God, answerable to Him soon. He judges according to His Word and not according to your church's word.
Here are some incredible and wonderful keys to glorious success with God. These are the issues that define a successful church, from God's point of view. These are the ingredients that you need to be right with God and ready for Him. They are found in the message to the church of Philadelphia in Revelation 3: 7-13
●The big thing about these believers as opposed to others is that they are associated by God with the key of David and as a result, our Lord says that He sets before them "an open door, which no one can shut"
The "key of David" is further described in Isaiah 22 :20- 23 This key refers to the unlocking of the wisdom of David and the scriptures in general, but also relates to authority. This key refers to those who "are a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and to the house of Judah" In other words these believes are identified with the Jews and Israel. These are they who will have a compassionate involvement with the Jews and this great end time move of God. Jeremiah speaks of this in chapter 33: 14-16 saying "I will fulfil My gracious promise which I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah...In those days Judah will be saved."
Can you see it now? These believers are the ones, who will see with God's prophetic eye what He is doing in Israel, Jerusalem and with the Jews. This is a Messianic church with an Abrahamic, Hebraic expression. THE KEY OF DAVID OPENS THE DOOR THAT NO ONE CAN SHUT! No one can shut the work of God; people can only destroy themselves trying to.
Do you want to be ready for our Messiah when He comes? Good, me too. We need to be doing what He is doing and working with Him. Remember that neutrality actually sets you against our Lord's work. Our Lord says that "if you are not with and for Me you're against Me."
This powerful Godly church is further identified with the following characteristics.
●"You have little strength" This implies that "self" has been crucified and defeated by the application of the cross by these believers. Self - strength and human effort has been brought down. "It's not I that live but Christ" "I must decrease and He must increase."
●"You have kept My word and not denied My name." This implies that these have studied and devoured the Word of God and keep it in their hearts. They are singular in belief, with the gods of this world kept out.
●These reject those of the "synagogue of Satan". These would be the rabbinical Jews who reject Yeshua / Jesus. It also implies that they know the difference, meaning that they have a Messianic, Abrahmic expression.
●These are commended a second time for keeping the word of God "You have kept My word to persevere". They are told that they will be kept out of the "hour of trial that will come upon the whole world to test it" The original words used here are very enlightening. "Kept out" actually means kept completely clean out away from. and the "hour of trial' is a reference to the tribulation period."
●These believers are informed that they will be made a "pillar in the temple of God" A pillar holds up the whole building! Talk about a success!
This church is contrasted in a most horrific way with the next church in Revelation 3, called the church of Laodicea. This word comes from two root words meaning people and opinions. This is the self motivated and opinionated church. These are the ones who are lukewarm to the things of God and His word. They are mixed with worldliness and end up being spewed out of the Lords mouth. You can read more about the seven churches in edition 11.
To be ready for Our King of glory at His coming involves knowing and following our Messiah and His word; all of it!
When is the Lord coming?:
I would encourage you to read edition 9, which has a lot more on this subject. Our Lord is coming soon. There are so many issues all dovetailing together now. It is very likely that 2011 may be the start of the tribulation. If it isn't, we are still instructed to look for His coming. Titus 2:12, 13 "Denying ungodly and worldly lusts we should live soberly, righteously and godly...looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our Lord and God." We need to be ready and looking all the time. We are commanded to know the signs of the times.
You see, if you get run over by a bus tomorrow, then the coming of the Lord arrives for you tomorrow! You have one day left to get ready! It's too late after the bus has moved off.
●To be ready for the Lord means to be found doing what he has called you to do. This involves doing His work relating Israel. ●To have the cross applied to all areas of life and to have died to the world, the flesh and the demonic. ●The Bible says that the Lord is coming for a "spotless church, without blemish" ●The way to be ready is to know your Bible very well. ●Part of being ready involves "looking for His coming" ●Being ready involves cultivating a deep romance with our Lord in solitude. ●Find likeminded believers and relate to them regularly. ●You set your eternal "brightness" or "reward" state here on earth now. ●The greatest (in the truest sense of the word) greatest tragedy of all time for any person is to have a life wasted to the world when God arrives!
Isaiah 33:6 "Wisdom and knowledge will be the stability of your times and strength of salvation; The fear of the Lord is His treasure." What an incredible verse of scripture! The original word 'stability' is the word for a gyro. A gyro is a fast spinning wheel which was used in the hull of ships. When set in motion it would keep the ship on course. Storms could come from this side or that, but the ship would stay on course. Gyros are used today in many direction finding instruments. Wisdom and knowledge of our great God and his Word is the way to stability in our times. The conditions of today are unstable to say the least. Many people are as unstable as a blind, one legged drunkard with a broken crutch. Sadly, many Christians too. But there IS a wonderful way to stability in our time. Added to the requirement of wisdom and knowledge is the fear of God.
Do you want to be ready for Him at His coming? Do you want to be "His treasure"? That's great, I do too. The way is to fear Him! "Ahh, come now Joel, that's old fashioned hogwash. Don't you know fear is no way to live?" Maybe so in the general sense, but not with God. Only those that have a good healthy fear of Him will move forward. In fact the very reason for the instability of the world is that it has no fear of Him. Here's the formula for glory: Wisdom, knowledge and the fear of God. That will make you a very valuable and eternal treasure and ready for heaven!!!!!
Heaven or hell:
I always loved your hairstyle Prof. Einstein, you were really different. I've always had a strong attraction to controversial people like you. Your brilliant insight into nuclear fusion was really behind the invention of the atom bomb. I think we're very close to seeing that blast onto the world scene again. You had such knowledge and wisdom; much more than most people, but did you understand the reality of heaven and hell? I know you believed in God, but did you fear Him enough to be your Jewish Messiah's treasure? I know you were very critical of the church for its murderous history of the Jews at first. I'm with you on that! Then in 1940 you softened to the church, because it had started to allow intellectualism. But did you consider that brains can't save you? You know all about that now, don't you? You knew that the Yeshua / Jesus is King of the Jews. But even the demons believe that and shudder at their destiny, says the Bible. So what's needed is more than an intellectual belief. Oy vey, Professor Einstein, where are you now, did you make a very big mistake in your life's calculation?
Hey, young girl, if brains couldn't save the old man next to you, why do you think that beauty can save you? "Well, I'm basically good" you say. Oh yes, well, that can't save you either. "Well, I don't believe a loving God would send me to hell". Oh yes, that won't change anything. "Well, I don't actually believe in God, you know". Do you seriously think that will make Him disappear? "Well I want to be happy, I'm still young". Do you know that what God offers you with salvation is much better than happiness? It's called joy and stays deep within your heart in happy times and unhappy times. Young woman, the winds of God's Spirit are blowing your way. Don't be so foolish as to ignore Him. You don't know when you will step into eternity. You need to be ready now. Once you get to your eternal destination, that's it...signed, sealed, delivered!
In closing here is a painting by Marc Chagall representing God's defence of Israel. It is titled "The face of Israel" The original is a lithograph done in 1954. It shows the angel Michael with sword in hand defending Israel. In this day are you going to stand with Michael and Israel as the world comes against her? I know I will!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 23. December 26th 2009
In this edition:
●The power of the media
The incredible power of the media
For the purpose of this article media is: TV, radio, print media, advertising, movies, social media, music and the Internet.
It influences everyone with few exceptions and is a major tool of both evil and good. Media has within it the power to lead untold millions to hell and to be a tool in the hand of our Lord for His purposes.
The media is essentially responsible for the shaping of the world through manipulation by the god of this world, Satan himself.
The world has drifted so far from God's ways in recent times its really shocking. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 prophecies this: "In the last days there will be perilous times for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but denying its power, and from such turn away."
The incredible thing about the above passage is that every single word of that discourse perfectly fits almost every movie, soap opera, and bit of entertainment today. The tragedy is that the verse actually refers to so-called Christians and not the world at large. It's those that have a form of Godliness, but deny its power. What a clear description of non spirit-filled, worldly church goers today!
In the tribulation period, and yes professing Christians who aren't born again, will be here on earth, that's for sure, a group of young, single, Jewish men (only) will lead a world revival to rival them all. These young virgin-guys will follow the Lord blindly, they'll be those that speak only truth and they'll be pure and holy, without fault!! You can read about them in Revelation 14: 1-5, with a further description identifying them in Revelation 7:1-10
"What" you say, "you mean God will use a bunch of 'pure' young Jew boys, who don't even know what's on at the movies, and not us!" "Don't you know, we celebrate Chrissmiss and Easter!" "We're worldly wise, we know all about the Hollywood celebrities and we know who's having sex with who on TV". "We keep up with the world, after church we go to the movies and watch and listen carefully to the foul language and blasphemy, (and then proclaim it good) we've even just seen the Michael movie!"
Dear Jewish reader, you need to know that no matter what the media says God is about to use you in a very powerful way. Right now as we speak, God is secretly raising up what will be a spiritual super-army. Yes that's right. People don't know that God has groups of people around who are already separated to Him in holiness...waiting. Now, its a secret hidden work, but these will burst onto the world stage soon.
The world's media has created a world perfectly in line with the character of its god, but it has also created a world of compromised self-orientated Christians who are essentially no different to the world. The reason is simply because they've never learnt what it is to be "crucified to the world." They've never even been taught it!
Today we're in a global wave of self indulgence, self absorbed pleasures, self seeking, greed and violence which has been propagated and disseminated by the mass media. There was a day not long ago when the media had some self-control in it as a result of strong Christian influences, now that's all gone, and the media is completely released from Godly influence. It now manifests the power behind it.
"Self seekers" are told in Romans 2:8 that they "won't obey truth, but will obey unrighteousness and will receive indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish"
Daniel 12:4 -9 "Shut up these words and seal the book until the time of the end, many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase...These words are sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of them shall understand, but the wise will understand"
We are now in this time of an explosion of knowledge and information like never before, thanks to the various media. But note in the above verse that only one type of person really understands things and these are the wise (obviously, wise from God's point of view) The wicked are specifically told that they shall not understand what's going on. They will not see what is of God and what isn't. They will be unable to see the ever widening impassable gulf between the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God as they head for hell.
Media is all about mind control and its been overwhelmingly successful. Actually, to be more accurate, the spiritual power behind media is all about mind control. Most people are completely blinded to the presence of a big spiritual force, the devil himself lurking behind the media, intent on control.
Satan wants control. If he can get your mind, he's got access right into your heart and he's got you! You see, its not so much that the media has destroyed the morality of the world, its Satan behind the media at work. Its essentially a spiritual issue.
What the world is and how it works:
Its very important to understand what the world is and how it all works. God did not create the world. He created the earth. The world can be defined as the socio-political, economic, order residing upon the earth. It's like the adornment of the earth, which is all headed for destruction, to be replaced with the true new world order, soon!
Masquerading behind the world system is its power, Satan himself. He is the master of deception and camouflage.
The Bible uses the original Greek word 'kosmokratos' to describe Satan in the world. This word means 'world power'. There is another interesting Greek word, it is 'Hupokrites'. This word comes from ancient Greek theatre and is the name for the person who would come onto the stage to introduce the next act. If a tragedy he would wear an 'angry' mask. If the next act was to be a comedy, he would wear a smiley mask. We still have these associated with theatre today. This is the origin of the word hypocrite as well, but the word actually means 'the one behind the mask is not the same as the mask he portrays.
This is the big key to identifying the very nature of the world system. Satan is the deceiving, two-faced 'hupokrite' hiding behind masks of good and evil.
Satan comes as an angel of light. The world's media is blind to this and in fact blind to his existence and presence right in their own hearts.
Satan as the god of this world has a loud booming voice and its the media. The mass media is his voice pushing you always to conform to his ways. He wants to neutralise you as a believer and suck you into his world. He wants your mind and your thinking to be filled with his garbage. He wants you to be neutral to all the evils of the world. He does it gradually, bit by bit and he's very successful at it!
Here is a collection of powerful verses of scripture that speak absolute volumes:
2 Corinthians 4:4 "The god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them that believe not"
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them (the worldly) and be separate says the Lord and be removed from the unclean"
James 4:4 "Friendship with the world is enmity with God, whoever then wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God"
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him"
1 John 4:4 "You are of God little children and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
1 John 5: 4 "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith"
1 John 5:19 "We know that we are of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one."
How then can all of this be reconciled with John 3:16, which says that "God loves the world"? Good question, lets have a look at what this portion of scripture really says!
John 3:16-19 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, and this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their works are evil."
Can you see it? Its conditional. God's act of love for the people of the world was the coming of The Light and the cross of Calvary. Reject it and you're in trouble. Outside of the cross, the world is doomed.
If you just take John 3:16 on its own, you're taking it out of its context which gives it a different (wrong) meaning. God does not love the world, in the sense of acceptance. His love was and is the offer of salvation. Read it again and re-read the verses just above it!
The gods of the media world:
The god of this world has created many gods in his image that are blindly worshipped today, even by the majority of Christians. The world of celebrity is a world of gods created by the media and its god, but devoid of truth, holiness and godliness except for a few who've been wonderfully saved.
Today many blind, deceived Christians worship the world of celebrity in a shocking way. Because of the status and fame behind celebrities, ignorant believers accept, receive and worship them as gods. Yes they are gods, but gods of evil, especially the Hollywood types.
What does it mean to be separate from the world (2 Corinthians 6: 17) ?
Obviously this doesn't mean physical separation like living as a pauper in a monastery. Although it often can involve physical separation for a time. Our Lord often went off alone into the desert for a time. Paul the apostle spent 14 years almost alone in the desert before his ministry really started.
It most certainly does mean physical separation from the evils of the world, unless of course you're going into some of those places for ministry purposes or something like that.
It doesn't mean living in poverty. God wants His people to be successful in what he has called them to do! This may involve being successful in business or with money, but being inwardly separate from the world in heart.
I does mean getting out of the unwinnable race to keep up with the Joneses, which the media constantly drives us to be participants in.
Separation from the world is essentially a heart issue. We are in the world but not of it and that's the key...being not of it!
Neither you, I, nor anyone can ever be separate from the world unless you can see it and the power behind it.
How to get victory over the world:
Galatians 6:14 "The world has been crucified to me and I to the world" This is THE answer. Its the cross. The application of the power of the cross breaks the power of the world and sets us free from its grip. Its the application of the cross and its power that gives us eyes to see the great gulf between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. Its the application of the cross that gives us the power to move forward in new resurrection life.
Oh, and let me throw this in for good measure. The application of the cross into your life will make you strange in the world's sight! It will hate you as a result!
Romans 12:1 "Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" This portion of scripture relates to an ongoing work after salvation, but it doesn't happen automatically. its an ongoing discipline that only comes by your choice. The word 'renew' should actually be translated 'exchange" Its an exchange of my old way of thinking for His.
Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above and not on things on this earth." I've heard so many say things like: "He's so heavenly minded, he's no earthly good." Actually according to this verse, the truth is the opposite. You will be no good in God's hands unless you are heavenly minded!
To really be able to see the world and its power, you need to be a believer made and constructed God's way. He has set up the way to build your life. It involves going through three transitions. 1) The new birth, as a deliberate decisive act. 2) Adult water baptism, which is not infant sprinkling. That is a Babylonian occult practice introduced by the Catholic church. The original word baptism (baptismo) means to be immersed. It is used also in reference to burial. You immerse a dead person completely into the grave. There is not one single example of infant sprinkling anywhere in the Bible, while there are dozens showing adult baptism. Adult baptism is a type of dying to the world and being raised up into new resurrection life. 3) Baptism in the spirit as a deliberate act of choice in obedience to the Word. This immersion in the Spirit obviously gives us greater clarity of Spiritual sight.
These are like the three legs of a tripod. If one or more is missing it wont be long before you fall on your head. Its also the reason why so many Christians are so defeated by the world...they're incomplete in their very foundational make up.
Israel and the media:
The media has played a massive role in deceiving the whole world. The Satanic powers of the world media have portrayed the Palestinians as the rightful owners of the land. They are seen in the eyes of the world as poor victims of an evil aggressor. According to the devil, they are fighting for their land. The truth is the exact opposite. I'm not going to go into this subject here because I have covered it in many previous editions. The bottom line though is that God's truth will endure and the Jews will stand in their own land (all of it) and the Palestinians together with the armies of the world will be destroyed! How about that for a turn of events!
The world's "roadmap to peace is actually Satan's roadmap to false peace and will end in world war.
Its sort of enlightened self interest to go with the winning side you know!
Israel went from the Godliness to bondage and captivity and will finally return to Godliness. The world, with many religious types in tow, is now in the death throws of bondage and captivity to an empire of evil, destined for hell.
As far as Israel and the Palestinians are concerned, a pretty good rule of thumb is to take what the media says, reject it and apply the opposite! Put that in your pipe and smoke it CNN.
I've been involved in the media world all my adult life. I worked for top newspapers around the world covering everything from wars and conflicts to fashion and entertainment and just about everything in between. I've been shot at, shot and hit once, thrown in jails, dined with presidents and celebrities and lived in the fast lane with front row seats to the extremes of life. I was involved in the music world for years as well. I've also been involved in Christian documentary work, magazine work and the advertising industry. Today, I still have contacts with some generals and leaders of the armed forces of a few countries and keep a keen eye on the news, but only as it relates to prophecy or the Bible in some way.
In many respects I was really privileged to have my finger on the pulse beat of the world system and have been through more experiences than ten lifetimes. I've seen the extremes of the good, bad and ugly close up.
There did come a time when my Lord led me to step out of the news media world and separate myself to Him in a deeper way. This was in 1980, some four years after salvation. I then went into full- time Bible college. I've studied the Bible thoroughly and deeply since then and read it through cover to cover three times. I'm constantly amazed at just how inexhaustible it is. It always speaks freshly and gives new insights. It really is alive!
1980 was a monumental year for me. It marked the last time I went to a movie. I also broke completely from the entertainment and music world, which I was very much involved in. 1980 also marked the start of years of regular fasting in my pursuit of our Lord and His ways.
Now what I see more clearly than anything is that the hand of our great Messiah was at work leading me in all this time. He has given me eyes to see the power behind the world and its voice - the media, which I was so much a part of. I see so clearly how easy it is to influence people with words and images.
It was no accident that I spent my life in the media world. I see now that this has been the purpose and call of God as it all comes to His conclusion.
I can testify to the fact that standing separate from the world and its ways brings untold peace, satisfaction, rest and joy. Oh and did I mention it also makes you an oddball, but a glorious one! On the other hand being a Christian in love with the world brings stress, torment, unhappiness and slavery.
These are not fancy words to impress. They are real, so very real! I saw it just yesterday, as I met with an ex-girl friend, who is a half-baked believer, on the verge of suicide. She is one with the world and its ways and lives under a dark cloud of heavy stress.
An address to the critics:
I fully realise that there are many people who wont receive this message, but my responsibility isn't to people but to my God. In the soon-coming tribulation period, true believers will be removed and untold masses of professing non -born again Christians will be left. Many of them will get saved in the tribulation period. Many of those will be martyred. Many of the half-baked Christians anchored to the world will become the actual murderers and persecutors of those that wont serve the god of the world. There will of course be an easy way to escape martyrdom and that's to simply go with the flow of this evil world, of course at immeasurable cost.
The media has been extremely effective in neutralising untold masses of Christians. Spineless pastors and deceived teachers are too chicken to stand against the world system these days. Many don't even know that they need to.
The days are becoming fiercely dangerous, deception and compromise with the world is everywhere, even in the midst of much of the church. Today believers really need some solid determination and spiritual guts to stand against the things of evil and to stand for the TRUTH.
I know that there are many who will grab the essence of this message and move forward with our wonderful Lord, but many won't because of their enslavement to the world through it's media and its god.
Galatians 4:16 "Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?"
Thankfully there is a growing number of believers who can see the division between the world and the Kingdom of God and have separated themselves in growing holiness to our Lord. It is these that God will use.
The media will be used significantly in the coming of the antichrist and the setting up of world control by the new world order. It will play a pivotal role in all these things. The media will be the main force of manipulation, in the soon coming tribulation period. It will be involved in every single area.
Complete control is the desire of the devil. He is already well on his way to achieving this. The answer is to question things. Controllers don't like being questioned because it undermines their control, but this is what you need to do with almost everything media related. Question what the media says, don't accept it all blindly like an idiot. Don't be an average dumb sheep swallowing all the traditions of the world, question them all, from a Biblical perspective.
Today the world worships "ME NOW". If it feels right do it now! That's the way of the modern world, thanks to media and its god. Me now is actually the cry of Satanism, but the media has subtly infused it into the thinking of many Christians.
It takes a brave person to reject the influence of the media. In this day and age, it seems that the accepted, average thing to do is to become a Christian and add Jesus to all the idols of modern life. Just conform to the ordinary and average and don't rock any boats of traditional modern worldly thinking.
You can't add Yeshua / Jesus to a life filled with idolatry. if you try, it will be another Jesus that you have. If you don't stand for the pure truth, you'll fall for everything.
I vividly recall being shattered after reading a book by Watchman Nee, many years ago called "The normal Christian Life" It was so shocking to me because it presented a picture of normality that was a million miles from anything we have today. Thank you so much for that, Watchman! (By the way, you can read some wonderful quotes from him in edition 17)
You see, today. the normal Christian is filled with a mix of Christianity, paganism, devil worship, the occult and anything else the world says is acceptable.
There are huge pressures starting to intensify now, designed by the devil in disguise, to drag down believers and keep billions imprisoned to him.
Colossians 2:8 "Beware, lest anyone take you captive, through philosophy and deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ." If this was written today here is what it would say:
My version "Beware lest anyone take you captive through the deceit of the world's media, according to its movies, TV, entertainment and traditions, which are according to basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
The huge problem is that few can even see the devil behind the world. If you can't see the problem how can you fix it?
Let me close with a radical statement. If you want to be a successful believer in this day, you need to be able to see through the smokescreen of the media to the power behind it and be removed from its influence! And likewise you need have spiritual eyes to see and know our Great King and Lord and His ways.
There is no substitute for the most powerful and glorious media work the world has ever had...The Bible itself. In these dangerous days it is needed more than anything else. Reading and studying the Bible may seem old fashioned today, but it will fashion you well and prepare you for these days and for eternity. The cost of Bible-ignorance is far too high to contemplate.
Psalm 16:8 -11 "I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved...You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of Joy"
Heaven or hell:
Adriana, you've reached the pinnacle of your modelling career, in fact I've heard you being called a super-model. Well done, my friend! You know, I was also involved in your fashion world many years ago, I know it well. Let me give you some news: You're not going to stay so pretty for ever, but you are going to live forever. I see you're wearing a cross around your neck now. Interesting isn't it. Hey, you sultry-eyed Brazilian beauty, that little cross can't save you. I do know that you love our Lord, but have you actually made Him the Lord of your life yet? I would love to see you in heaven, I think we will meet again there!
Hi Anthony, its been a long time since we first met and had lunch together. You've had many amazing roles. You starred in The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth, you played one of the popes and the uncle of Mohammed. But, Zorba, did you make Yeshua/ Jesus your Lord before you died at 86? You now know that Oscar can't save you. Fame, fortune and being a nice guy won't get you to heaven. In fact there'll be many "great" people at the Great White Thorne Judgement. They all go to hell for rejecting the free gift of salvation. It would really be great if you're not at that Great White Throne event! I have a sneaking feeling that you are in heaven. We'll find out soon won't we.
In closing here is a Gustave Dore woodcut impression of Lucifer being cast down to the world, where he became its deceptive god (and still is). This is one of a series titled 'paradise lost'. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 22. December 17th 2009
In this edition:
●Coming cataclysmic catastrophes
●Coming glorious global calm
The judgement of God is close at hand, be warned!
The book of revelation is essentially THE revelation of our Messiah Yeshua / Jesus in His risen form. This is not a revelation of the suffering servant and lamb of God. It is a spectacular, wonderful, glorious revelation of our Messiah the Lion in all His Glory and Majesty.
The book is also a revelation of what it will take to bring an end to the wrath of the devil and the wrath of man against God. It reveals the wrath of God in the form of ever increasing waves of judgement one after the next. Amazingly God offers His hand of friendship to any who will repent along the way, and many will. Just as amazingly, much of humanity driven by Satan himself will not repent and bring doom upon themselves. John 3:19 "This is the condemnation that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their works are evil"
The funny thing is that most people have an interest in the future and want to know what's coming, but few want to prepare themselves spiritually. This subject, although not nice, is a very powerful tool for evangelism, don't underestimate it!
God sometimes uses the environment and nature to bring about His purposes, but don't for one minute think that He is limited to the natural world. He is supernatural and many of the coming catastrophes upon this world will be purely supernatural and will come right out of the blue with no warning.
It's important to understand that God works with and deals with mankind in different ways at different times. Some people reject dispensationalism because it doesn't suit their pre-conceived ideas. But it is a Biblical truth. Hebrews 1:1 "God who in different dispensations of time, spoke in different ways..." We are now in the age or dispensation of grace or the longsuffering of God. The Old Testament was characterised by the demonstrative power of God in a monumental way. we don't see those sort of judgements now. The times of Noah, Lot, Babylon, Egypt and the exodus and others are examples of how God worked with mankind back then.
The Bible teaches that the seven year tribulation period is actually the culmination of the Old Testament. Daniel 9: 24. "Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your holy city" The word used for "weeks" is the word shabua, which means group of seven. In context it is referring to weeks of years. This passage of scripture outlines a 70 x 7 year time period cut out in time for the Jewish people. It is divided into two periods one of 69 x 7 years and the final 7 years, also called the time of Jacobs trouble and the seven year tribulation.
The entire character of this seven year time period makes it distinctly part of the Old Testament, it has the same characteristics. This is why we see the most incredible waves of judgements hitting the world in the seven year tribulation. It would not be in God's character to do this now during the current age of grace.
This is one of the many reasons why the true church will not be here during this time of God's wrath. The Bible says "God reserves His wrath for His enemies."
The seven year tribulation period sees a return to the same sort of spectacular, severe judgements on the whole world that we saw in Old Testament times.
But in the time period running up to the tribulation (now) we will see small forerunners of these judgements but because we are still in the age of grace, these are minor in comparison to what's coming.
In this edition I've listed the tribulation judgements in the order in which they will roll out. Some will run the entire course of the tribulation and others not. These come in three waves of seven each. They are the: seven seal judgements, the seven bowl and seven trumpet judgements.
Some teach that the first three and a half years will be a time of peace. This is wrong. It will only be a time of political (deceptive) peace with Israel. The tribulation kicks off with a peace pact signed between the antichrist and Israel, but that's as far as it goes. Most of the judgements of the Revelation run throughout the tribulation and have a much wider scope than the peace pact with Israel.
There are many other portions of scripture throughout the Bible also dealing with these judgements. Some add other aspects or expand on them, but The Revelation lists most of them in order.
Why the catastrophes:
Before we get into this subject, its important to understand why they will come about. The Bible says that God does nothing unless He reveals it to His prophets first.
We need to understand that the coming catastrophes are essentially the final conflict of a spiritual battle. It began with Lucifer wanting what God has, which is worship. The battle went all the way through time and now reaches its culmination. Its also very important to know how Satan works. He always starts with gentle persuasion or manipulation. If he cant get worship and servant hood that way, he turns up the heat and works through intimidation and finally domination. We see this clearly when he offered Yeshua / Jesus the kingdoms of the world (which are his to give) if only He (Messiah) would bow down and worship him. When this failed he moved on to inspire the crucifixion of our Lord.
The big overriding reason for the coming judgements is simply because when you break the laws of God, judgment follows. That's it in a nutshell, plain and simple. The good news for believers is that God's judgement has already fallen on Yeshua / Jesus at the cross and we who believe are no longer under judgement, but its a completely different story for the world. The whole world has and is moving further away from God's ways and purposes in rebellion to Him at an ever increasing rate, motivated by Satan himself.
God has set up various institutions for a strong nation under God. These are church, government and family. All three are falling apart fast, due to Satan's infiltration.
Its primarily the responsibility of the church to be the bastion of truth in the world. Today much of the church has moved very far away from this. The church has largely abdicated in its responsibility to the truth.
Many churches started off well, but as they grew bigger and bigger so they became more and more respectable and compromised with the world! Tolerance is one of the last evil virtues of a collapsing society. Much of the church, in its desire to become respectable and acceptable in the world's eyes has become tolerant of and relevant to the world and lost all traces of true Godly power. As a result, silently and unbeknown to blind pastors, a counterfeit power full of lying signs and wonders has crept in. The problem is that when a believer casts the truth down, he doesn't stay in a vacuum. The devil will always fill those gaps.
Today led by blind deceived leaders, much of the church regularly and ignorantly bows down to the great Satanic god Hollywood and worships at the shrine of the Satanic god of entertainment.
The collapse of those three institutions that God set up for a strong nation is one of the reasons why the devil is having his way.
Its the job of church leadership to keep the devil at bay, and to stay separate from the world. if they won't he will say thank you very much and walk right in camouflaged as an angle of light, which will end in judgement!
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savour its good for nothing except to be cast out and trodden under foot."
Yes, today there is a growing uncompromised church of genuine truth. It stands separate from the world and its ways and the compromised church of today.
Its worth bearing in mind that the way to be right with God is this: You need to have a soft broken and contrite heart before Him and be right in doctrine. The two go hand in hand.
Over the years I've heard many ministers say "don't worry about doctrine." I've also heard many teach very little on the heart of man and plenty on keeping their little church doctrines. That's a sure way to get shipwrecked!
Anyway, the world is on a collision course with God. The coming judgements are a direct result of a compromised church and a world gone off into relativity where there are no absolutes any more.
Satan, the god of this world is using modern man to gain control of the political world, the economic world, the technological world and the military world. This full spectrum of world dominance will never come to complete fruition though, simply because God will destroy it all in its tracks.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that because much of the present-day church has cast down the "spirit of the truth" the "spirit of error" has flooded in, led by the prince of darkness (that's not Ozzy) The tragedy is that the antichrist will arrive on the world stage directly associated with the church! Untold millions perhaps billions will fall for his cunning deception. 1John 2:18 implies that he (the antichrist) "went out from us but was not of us".
God will very soon remove His true church ending the age of grace and will begin a deadly outpouring of the greatest worldwide judgements ever seen on this planet.
Another very significant reason for the coming cataclysmic judgements on the world is because it has tried to interfere and change God's plan for Israel and the Jewish people. There is much about this in previous editions, so I won't go into it here.
A principle of judgement.
Judgement is only hated by the law breaker. If we didn't have the laws of the road, there would be anarchy on the roads. The purpose of the law is to keep us in check and maintain an environment of calm and peace. You could accurately say that when a criminal is thrown into jail, the environment is now a little bit better. Likewise the coming judgements and catastrophes are actually designed by God to cleanse the world and bring about His glorious new world!!!!
The judgement of God only comes when His longsuffering and patience has been tested to the limit. God will not strive with man forever - Genesis 6:3. God is slow to anger, but it does have a limit!
The coming cataclysmic judgements of God, seen in the Revelation
1)The seven seal judgements:
●The opening of these seals releases the four horsemen of the Apocalypse
The first horseman of the Apocalypse is the rider on a white horse. This speaks of the arrival in deception of the antichrist on the world stage. Satan himself will at this point enter and inhabit one individual person, who will be the head of a world government. He will come in on the wings of peace, making peace with Israel and the Arabs and bringing in a whole lot of incredible, brilliant plans, systems and ideas. The kingdoms of the world will gladly give their authority over to him as will the church headed by the antichrist's sidekick, the false prophet.
●Then comes the rider on the red horse. This seal releases world war and conflict. "He will take peace from the entire earth"
●The third is the rider on the black horse. This seal releases worldwide famine on a massive scale.
●The fourth is the rider on the pale horse. This seal releases a massive increase in death. The pale horse implies death from sickness, plagues, pestilence and disease, but not limited to that. This will see a fourth of the world's population dead. (A staggering amount)
●Then comes the mass martyrdom of those who get saved during the tribulation period. They are told to "wait a little longer until their blood is avenged."
●The sixth seal releases the most incredible geological and astronomical upheavals the world has ever seen. We see earthquakes, signs in the sun, moon and stars. We see stars falling to the earth. This speaks of a bombardment of many meteorites hitting the earth. So severe is this wave of judgements that many people including leaders, will try to hide themselves from "the wrath of the Lamb" They will wish to die, but death will escape them for now.
●The seventh seal releases a chilling, stunned silence in heaven. What follows is another wave of massive earthquakes and storms on earth.
2) The seven trumpet judgements:
These trumpet blasts release incredibly huge judgements on a massive scale on the earth.
●The first trumpet releases massive hail stones and fire on the earth which destroys one third of the trees and grass on the whole earth.
●The second trumpet sees a massive "mountain burning with fire" which falls from the sky into the sea. One third of the sea turns to blood as one third of all the fish are killed. One third of all ships are destroyed as well. This "mountain" is most likely an asteroid, much larger than the earlier bombardment of meteors.
●The third trumpet releases a "great star burning like a torch" falling to the earth. This is not the "great mountain" of the previous judgement. The fact that this one is called a "great star" means that it is even larger than the other. It contaminates one third of the rivers and waters on earth resulting in the death of "many" This star is called "Wormwood" which means bitterness. It will most certainly have deadly properties to it.
●The fourth trumpet releases a judgement which darkens a third of the sun, moon and stars, leaving a gloomy world.
●The fifth trumpet blast releases a series of "woes", warned about in the previous one. The first woe sees the bottomless pit opened releasing a plague of demon led locusts. These will not be normal locusts, but animals with scorpion-like bites. They will be commanded not to destroy plant material and led only to attack humans who are not protected by God. They are led by a demon called "Apollyon", which means destroyer. This world-wide attack will be so severe it causes people to seek death, but it will be in vain. They will be prevented from dying. Some believe that these locusts are actually helicopters because of some similar descriptions. This is not so. These will be supernaturally charged, demon led insects of some sort. They may in fact be manifesting demons.
●The sixth trumpet or second "woe" releases four demons that make way for an 'army' of 200 million. This is perhaps not a literal army, but an army of demon spirits who were previously bound. It doesn't really make much difference who or what they are, the end result is that a third of the world's remaining population is killed by them. One fourth of the world has already been killed and untold millions in other judgements, now we have another third of the remainder being killed. We now have up to about 60% of the world's population dead. Incredibly the Bible declares that even now, the remainder still refuse to repent!
●The seventh trumpet is the final "woe". As heaven begins to rejoice, because we are nearing the end, the last earthquakes and some more great hail is released.
3) The seven bowl judgements:
These judgements release the final "wrath of God" on the earth and are purely supernatural.
●The first is the release of foul and loathsome sores upon all who had previously received the "mark of the beast".
●The second judgement kills every single living thing in the sea.
●The third judgement sees all of the rivers, lakes and waters of the earth, turned to blood.
●The fourth judgement sees the heat being turned up. Supernatural power now turns up the temperature of the sun to such a degree that humans are "scorched with great heat" The result is that the remaining people "blaspheme" God because of their pain.
●The fifth judgement speaks of darkness falling on the kingdom of the antichrist. People are inflicted with great pain and "they gnawed their tongues because of the pain"
●The sixth judgement now sees the river Euphrates dried up to prepare the way for an army of 200 million men from the east who are preparing to invade Israel. This ends in Armageddon.
●The seventh judgement releases the greatest earthquake ever seen on the earth topped with massive hailstones the size of large rocks. This earthquake re-arranges much of the earth, destroying many island, cities and mountains.
The coming fiscal fiasco:
Early in these shocking judgements (perhaps before the tribulation starts) will come a world economic crisis to put them all to shame. This will lead to a world stock market melt down, wiping out untold trillions of dollars in a flash, preparing the way for world economic control by the antichrist.
The world economic melt down that we saw recently will be a Mickey Mouse event compared to what's coming. Oil and the Arab world will play a major part. The short version is this: For the antichrist to gain control of the world's economy he will have to destabilise it first.
When you can no longer service your debt, you're finished that's it...over. The USA and Europe are empires of growing monumental debt. Like a house of cards or a house built on sand it will all fall down. Talking of building on the sand Dubai is interesting. It now has the tallest building in the world, just like the tower of Babel was at the time. Dubai wants to become a world financial capital, just like Babylon was. Dubai is building a massive hanging garden, just like they did in Babylon. Now, I'm not saying that Dubai is Babylon, but its most certainly a type! It's now on the verge of bankruptcy.
The world's a lot more dependant on oil than most believe and it seems that God has planned it so that most of the oil is in Arab / Islamic control. It's within their financial interests to keep trade going, but as soon as the pressure is really on, through war or something like that, they could easily restrict supply sending the oil price into orbit and crippling the world economy.
Either way, the antichrist will come up with the most brilliant plan ever conceived and devised to bring the world economy into a system of control involving the "mark of the beast" It is very likely that we could see a fresh push for a single world currency soon.
James 5:1 "Go now you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that will come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, your gold and silver is corroded...you've heaped up treasures in the last days".
The big banks of the world will be right at the forefront of the devils new system. Its worth bearing in mind that the banking system was birthed in Babylon. God destroyed it and will again destroy revived worldwide Babylon, which is seen all over the place especially in religious circles. (See previous edition) There has been much talk of bailing out banks that are too big to fail. We will soon see the opposite. Many banks will become so indebted they we will be too big to save!
There is a fiscal hurricane coming upon the world soon!
Most of the above judgements look like something out of a science fiction novel. The reason is simply because we have seen nothing like it at all in the last 2000 years or dispensation of grace. But you only need to look further back to the Old Testament judgements to see that this is perfectly in character with God.
Those worrying about climate change are barking up the wrong tree. Those worrying about global warming are sweating the wrong stuff. That's all a waste of time! What is coming will dwarf anything the world has ever seen. The inconvenient truth is simply that mankind will be totally and completely powerless to do a single thing to prevent what is coming soon.
These cataclysmic judgements will wipe out about 60% of the worlds population. That's about 4 billion people perhaps more, depending on the world population size now. If we are close to 7 billion now then 60% will be just over 4 billion. The Bible does declare in various places that these judgements will be far worse than anything the world has ever seen.
My friends, it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God! Now of course you can put your head in the sand like an ostrich and say, "please don't give me all these scare tactics, don't you know a God of love would never do anything like this" Well you can reject it all, but that will change nothing at all except perhaps to make your own situation worse and increase your own guilt!
You can also say, like most do; "nobody knows the time, all thing will carry on as normal" These people are called "last days mockers" in Jude 18 and "last days scoffers" in 2 Peter 3:3
Ten to one, the true living born-again church, including the Messianic Jews who have recognised that Yeshua / Jesus is Lord, will not be here during this time period, so we will escape it.
So, when will this all happen? I would encourage you to read edition 9 on page three for a very interesting view on timing. Don't take that edition lightly, these think could well begin in 2011! I also deal with the command of God to know the time in edition 9.
Cool, calm, collected peace is coming soon.
Habakkuk 3:2 "In Your wrath remember mercy"
God will shake everything that can be shaken and everything that mankind puts their trust in. But the catastrophes have within them the mercy of God. No one can stop the soon coming renovation of this earth, but people can stop the judgement coming upon themselves, as individuals, by turning to the free gift of salvation offered in the midst of the trouble.
Right now we are in the calm before the most powerful tumultuous storms the world has ever seen. But immediately after the storms, will come a calm and peace brought down on the earth and transforming it supernaturally by our Messiah.
The dramatic conflict of the ages between Satan and God will soon and finally come to a shocking and incredible climax, with the world going through a baptism of fiery judgements resulting in a new world of calm, peace, love, joy and glory.
Gods glorious eternal purpose is to bring about a millennium of calm and peace and the restoration of the earth to the way it was always supposed to be before the fall in Eden. His purpose is to remove in judgement all evil, rebellion and everything rooted in Satan. He will do and complete this after all of His grace has been rejected.
Revelation 11:15 "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever."
Paradise lost will become paradise restored, but only for those who accept His offer of forgiveness and respond accordingly. All others are destined for cataclysmic catastrophes and then hell eternal.
Heaven or hell:
Old man you died at 110 years old, what a long life! But you're going to live a lot longer now that you're in eternity! What did you do with your life here on earth? Did you prepare yourself for eternity? As you now know, you can't reverse or change your destiny, it's too late now. Did you make Yeshua / Jesus the Lord of your life while you had the opportunity? You know all about the reality of heaven and hell now don't you?
Young girl, if the old man next to you could speak to you now from his eternal habitation, do you know what he would say to you? I can almost hear him pleading and pleading and pleading, with tears of urgency, saying "get saved fast" He is crying for you! You still have time, what are you going to do with it? What you do with the salvation offered to you, will determine whose neighbourhood you're going to hang out in forever!
In closing here is Gustave Dore impression of the riders of the Apocalypse. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!