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- In days the Trump / Kushner “Deal of the Century,” peace plan will be out.
- Oil wars have the potential to cripple the world economy. When the US attacks Iran, Iran will attack Israel and "pop goes the weasel!"
- Today is the start of the 74th UN General Assembly. (Debates begin on the 24th.)
- War with Hamas / Gaza is on the horizon. War with Hezbollah too, and war with Iran!
- Russia, Syria, Turkey and China are all in the prophetic wings!
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind (Israel) by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known, I will make darkness light before them and crooked places straight.”
Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice 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 will see His righteousness.
Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity of darkness.”
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.
13th September 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Signs of numerous times:
Biblical signs are designed to draw people in to the kingdom of God and to our grand Messiah. They are not designed to promote the pomp of pastors and teachers. Biblical signs will get the attention of some and others will never respond or believe.
Far too many teachers use signs which are not true signs to elevate themselves.
Signs do not take the place of the Holy Spirit who is the primary agent in these things.
True biblical signs can be very exciting indeed.
But don’t go overboard looking for signs everywhere. Your faith is much more important.
There are signs relating to almost every subject of the Bible:
There are numerous signs of the times we are in now. There are signs of The Lord’s coming, signs of the coming tribulation, signs of the veracity of the Bible itself, and of false prophets, teachers and deception. There are examples of erroneous signs, and signs of biblical truth. We see signs of the antichrist arising and many signs of anti-Semitism and replacement theology in the world and the church.
They are all there if you honestly look for them, led by the Spirit. Signs are really for those who want to see! If you genuinely encounter the Spirit of God, He will firstly cause you to repent. If you really see the true signs, you will repent.
Signs presented as from the Lord, which fail, are in themselves a sign - a sign of a false teacher. These failed signs instead of causing repentance cause mocking, scoffing doubt, discouragement, disbelief and falling away! (Deuteronomy 18:21-22, Jeremiah 23:30-32)
Great discernment is needed in these things, it’s no small issue!
Micah 3:6-7 (Amp) “It shall be night to you and you shall have no vision, yes it shall be dark without divination (comprehension) and the sun shall go down on the false prophets...and the seers shall be put to shame...for there is no answer from the Lord.”
Jeremiah 14:14 “The Lord said to me, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in my name. I have not sent them...”
Signs and Israel:
Isaiah 8:18 “...We are for signs and wonders in Israel, from the Lord.”
The greatest sign is Israel’s journey to salvation, and yet most can’t see it at all! They think it’s just the normal progression of history.
We are now, even within the next few weeks, at the point where signs for Israel are about to break and come into play. (1 Corinthians 1:22)
Of course regular readers know just how it will work out in the end:
Isaiah 66:19 “I will set a sign among them (Jews)...they shall declare My glory among the Gentiles.”
Funny things this: The world calls the Palestinian territories the “occupied territories.” But have a look at the verse below and see what God says!
Deuteronomy 1:8 “See I have set the land before you; go in and possess (Lit=occupy) the land which the Lord swore to your fathers – to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to give to them and to their descendents after them.”
Other verses show that these areas to be occupied by Israel are in fact today’s so-called West Bank, Jordan Valley and surrounds.
So, Netanyahu promises to annex these very areas, and the world comes against it!
Beware of disinformation and collusion alliances! These are the methods of the media to entrap you.
Bible teachers today, more than ever, need to be full of great truth. The secret key is to teach the full gospel as led by the Spirit. (Hebrews 6:1-2) If you do it will contain within it a powerful method of checking. It will show Israel is: ●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected ●Regathered ●Repented ●Accepted.
Any doctrine that does not include all of the above bullet points, in that order is suspect!
Today many teachers stop short at “Rejected.” You can hear them and tell them a long way off. They make derogatory remarks about Israel and her fall and never have any good thing to say about what is coming for Israel. Their teaching will not bear witness in your heart. Obey that still small voice.
When the Jews come to spiritual life, it will be a great sign for the world and in fact for themselves also. It will be “Life from the dead!” (Romans 11:15)
When you are fully surrendered to our great King and Lord, everything in your life’s doing goes through the cross and is approved by our enthroned King. When not, life is a hit and miss affair founded on all that is shifting and shaking, surrendered to your own pride!
►Psalm 82:5 “They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are unstable (Lit=moving).”
Proverbs 4:19 "The way of the wicked is like darkness, they do not know what makes them stumble."
The great shaking is beginning. We see it as we look at the sudden deterioration of law and order, morality and political chaos in the world. World war is on the horizon. Will you be able to stand securely, if we are not snatched out of here before?
Will you be able to help others see and stand in these days?
Edition 20 December 6th 2009
In this edition:
●Coming great deceptions.
Truth and error travel the same highways:
There is a principle evident in the scriptures especially in Proverbs. The Bible speaks of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Knowledge is the intake of information, understanding is the digesting of it and wisdom is the application of it.
Knowledge on its own can be dangerous and puff you up in pride, but when it's being done in the spirit, this knowledge becomes revelation knowledge. The original word for knowledge is gnosis, but the word epi-gnosis means knowledge that is above ordinary knowledge.
My job in these editions is to bring you knowledge, which has come to me over a long period of time. It is to me epi-gnosis. It is your job to take it further and transform it to into understanding and wisdom.
There is one very important issue that we need to know in our pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom and this is; It is impossible to know God or His ways outside of His family. If you are not born of the Spirit of God, all the knowledge in the world will still land you in hell.
The Bible declares that the things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned. We need to go through the cross of Calvary to enter the family of God and then we still need to apply the cross to the realm of our intellect. This is the way the knowledge and truth of God comes to us.
To give us further access to the deeper things of God we need to be baptised in water and the spirit. The foundation of salvation is like a tripod and we need all three legs. The new birth, adult water baptism, and spirit baptism. If one or more legs are missing the tripod will fall over.
Isn't it interesting how many believers with one or two of these legs missing just can't see the impassable gulf between the world and the kingdom of God.
The ways of deception:
Deception has spiritual roots but it grows in the ground of ignorance.
Truth, on the other hand, is always rooted in the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God.
The first thing that deception always does is it obscure the cross. When the cross is obscured, the things and ways of God become nebulous and variable. When the cross is obscured, the ways of the world, the flesh, and the demonic become strong, simply because the application of the cross into our lives on a daily basis, breaks and separates us from the power of the world the flesh and the demonic.
When the cross is obscured our minds becomes the playground of all sorts of great ideas...all devoid of God.
When the cross is obscured, people become very worldly, filled with the sins of the flesh and a home for the demonic. When the cross is obscured, try as you much as you like, but you can't see that Satan is the god of the world and the ways of the world.
When the cross is being applied into our lives we receive sight to see clearly and we receive the power to walk in victory.
Today deception is growing on all fronts. It is becoming very powerful and widespread. In many instances it is blatant and in your face. In some cases it is subtle and lurks like a snake in waiting for its prey. Deception is dangerous in all its forms and has immense power.
It is a surprising and shocking thing to read what God thinks of the church, as revealed in the seven letters in the Revelation. Here we see just how successful deception becomes, with many churches falling into the trap of the devil. (Please read edition 11 for more on this)
Deception is essentially a spirit. With this being the case, it's almost impossible to identify it or deal with it outside of the gifts of the Spirit. 1 John 4: 1-6 "Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they're of God...We are of God and he who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Candidates for deception:
The proud: Personal pride or ego will blind you to the things of God. Pride is essentially trust in self. Humility before God and His Word always gives clarity of spiritual sight. How can you have sight and understanding if God is resisting you. James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud" Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked."
The self seeking: James 3:14 "If you have envy, self seeking in your hearts...this wisdom is worldly, soulish and demonic"
The ignorant: Ignorance is a playground for demons. 2 Corinthians 11.14 "Satan transforms himself into an angle of light." In this day and age we need to have spiritual discernment and insight into the fact that Satan can and does appear in many forms. Ignorance of the prophetic word will also set you up for deception. In fact ignorance is one of the curses which comes upon people for failure to obey God's Word. Deuteronomy 28:28. The Lord will strike you with blindness, madness and confusion of heart. This is brought out further in Hosea 4:1-6 which is an amazing discourse on the rise or fall of a nation. It says "Because there is no truth mercy or knowledge of God in the land, the land will mourn...My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge."
Deception of customs and traditions in the church:
False doctrines and idolatry:
There are so many false doctrines in the church today, it would take a book to deal with them all. Some of the big ones that are hugely damaging include replacement theology. These are playgrounds of demons.
Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception according to the traditions of men".
2 Peter 2:1,2 "There will be false teachers and prophets among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies...and many will follow their destructive ways, because of who the way of truth will be blasphemed".
The way and plan of God for the church is to be in unity. There is only one church. Our Messiah doesn't have many different bodies growing from His neck all divided (denominations) from each other.
1 Corinthians 1: 10 This condemns all sectarianism (denominationalism) as sin! We are to be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement, speaking the same thing" Some may be thinking now that you can't believe I just said that. Well no I didn't...God did!
Sectarianism, denominationalism and division is deception.
Calvinism, Catholicism and other denominations which all have their own different divided sectarian beliefs and ways are all deceived. How can God be divided against Himself?
Bibles: (I will do a separate edition on this some time soon as it is a huge and very important subject)
The Bible is the Word of God or is it? Yes it is in it's original form. It is absolutely vital and of major importance to all true believers who love our Lord. Wouldn't it be logical then that Satan, who is the chief counterfeiter would want to bring confusion into the Bible itself.
Today there are many differing Bibles around. In fact choosing a Bible could be like walking through a mine field.
Very few people know this but as the Spirit of God moved over a group of people who compiled the Word of God, so the spirit of deception moved on another group of people to produce Spirit-less Bible. The two are irreconcilable.
An early church conference dealing with the Byzantine manuscripts (20,000 surviving) became the canon of scripture, inspired by God. The second was the Alexandra conference which authorised manuscripts which were essentially re-written by Origen and viewed as corrupt.
Bibles originating from Byzantine are the truth. Then a latin version came about and then The King James Version in English (which has some minor translational issues) The New King James version, which by-passes the latin version and goes back to the root of the the original manuscripts but is in modern English. It is the best by far.
Bibles originating in the corrupt Alexandra manuscripts include the New International version and many other modern Bibles.
The New International Version yields to modernism. It has 64,000 words omitted (compared to the Byzantine manuscripts) Many of these omissions and changes relate to major doctrines. It has numerous verses completely removed. Revelation 22:18 warns against changing the Word. Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32 also warns of the same thing.
The NIV will soon have a newer version called TNIV. (Today's NIV) This new version has even more changes including a host of changes making it gender-neutral. References to the Son, Father, He, Him and thousands of others have been removed.
The NIV is an exercise in translational treason and has led to much deception today.
You may think these issues are not important. They are the seeds of deception and error, which are becoming more and more dangerous as we move on towards the close of the age.
Very few Christians today know their Bibles never mind which ones are right.
Let me share with you a tragic example.
A friend of mine a while ago came running in with a big smile on his face yelling: "Did you hear...they've found out that Jesus was married and had kids" It just so happens that this individual doesn't know his Bible at all.
Isaiah 59: 14 "Truth is fallen in the street"
Believer, if you love our Lord, you need to love His Word as well. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Speaks of those that "God will send strong delusion so that they believe the lie, because they didn't receive the love of the truth."
Romans 1: 18 is one of the few verses of scripture in which the wrath of God is evoked. "For the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
At the end of the day, deception is always the fault of the recipient. God has given us the answer, which is His Word and the tools needed to walk in truth and victory.
Deception is progressive. This is just the same as our walk with our Lord. It is progressive as well.
Luke 21: 8 "Take heed that you are not deceived"
Daniel 8:25 The coming of the antichrist will be shrouded in deception. "Through his cunning he will cause deception to prosper under his hand."
Deceptions of the world:
The Blue Beam Project will deceive many. Essentially, its a technology simulated second coming. Tests have already been done involving a holographic projection of a "Christ Image" Blue Beam promotes a new world order, one world religion. Holographic images projected from satellites of Christ, Mohamed, Buddha and others will 'merge' into one to produce a new 'One God'
The first step will be to cause a collapse of archaeological and other scientific understanding by bringing in supposed new discoveries that will falsify evidence already in existence supporting the Bible. The purpose will be to cause the masses to reject their foundational beliefs and undermine them, paving the way for a new multi-faith God encompassing all beliefs in a new powerful globalist movement.
The second stage will be a huge world-wide simultaneous staging of optical holograms and lasers with sound in 3D. NASA is involved secretly at this stage. These strong holograms will give the appearance that they have come from the sky, when in fact they will have been projected from satellites. This new unique divinity will in fact be the devil at work. He will explain that the Bible has been misinterpreted and misunderstood on a massive scale, setting the stage for his acceptance.
Some of you may be wondering if there was something wrong with the pizza I've just eaten. This is just ridiculous you say. Oh yes, I say! Well then please tell me why it has been so incredibly easy for someone like dan brown to deceive untold millions of Christians with his "Jesus was married and had kids" story.
By the way, if Jesus was married and had kids, then that blood line is still around today. If you know your Bible the blood of our Lord was supernatural. It was pure and without the Adamic sin-line in it. This sets the stage for someone in our day to declare that he is the new Messiah being the continuation of the pure blood line of Jesus.
It is only the blood of Jesus that cleanses from sin. Can you see the deceptive power of the devil in dan brown? The world stage is now set for another Christ to declare that he has supernatural powers originating in the blood line of Jesus.
The Blue Beam Project may sound out of this world, but actually its exactly the sort of thing of the devil would do to set the stage for his entrance. It may itself be a big deception.
Weather it comes off this way or not isn't really the issue, what is of critical importance is that need to have ourselves well armed and prepared to stand in the face of many coming deceptions.
The Bible warns of end time "lying signs and wonders"
The sheer numbers that are and will be deceived according to Bible prophecy are enormous to say the least.
Some other deceptions.
Perhaps the biggest most widespread and dangerous deception is that which is adhered to by most unsaved people, but is also very widely manifest in the church. Most unsaved people believe that if there is a God He would not send them to hell, because they are basically good. Many who are not truly born again of God, but do go to church, think the same thing. Well, going to church can't save you simply because it didn't die for you!
God saves no one , neither Jew nor gentile because they are good. He only saves those that gone through the cross.
Neutrality is a curse. The agnostic believes that the truth is unknowable, so they're neutral. Many others believe that absolutes are old fashioned. Isaiah 5:20 "Cursed are those who call evil good and good evil; who put light for darkness and darkness for light...woe to those who are wise in their own eye."
Many believe that truth is not important is relative and open to interpretation. This was the very first sin recorded in the garden of Eden. Satan said to Adam "Has God said you shall not eat of every tree" In other words...question God's authority...a very stupid thing to do!
The purpose of prophecy:
The purpose of prophecy is to give us eyes to see where we are, where not to go and where we should go. It is ultimately to glorify our risen Messiah. It is hated in many circles today, simply because it is in conflict with the ways and goals of the devil and his world. He always slams and brings confusion into whatever is against him.
The prophets of old were often despised by the people back then because they warned people that they were on the wrong track. These prophets of old were often loners, spending long periods of time in the deserts, seeking the face and wisdom of God. They were granted spectacular insight into Gods plans and purposes as they separated themselves from the masses. Today Bible prophecy is more important than ever. It a lot more important that hardly anyone can imagine! Ignore Bible prophecy at your own peril.
Masses will be saved:
One of the most interesting factors relating to the soon coming of our Messiah and the surrounding events is that untold masses will turn to the Lord. The Spirit of antichrist will intensify, but at the same time the Spirit of the Lord will be poured out causing many to get saved.
Joel 3:14 "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, for the Day of Lord is near."
What is most important these days is to question things. Not in a big deal way, but to look for the truth. Truth can stand scrutiny without any problem. The problem is that so many just accept and receive anything and everything blindly.
Truth stands victorious:
One of the churches mentioned in the seven letters of the Revelation is without a single word of condemnation levelled against it by our Lord. It is highly favoured and commended. It is told; "Because you have kept My Word to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of tribulation coming on the whole world to test it." The church of Philadelphia is a glorious church free from deception, powerful and victorious.
Truth always leads to correct living while error always leads to wrong choices and a life set on the wrong road.
Truth is the road and path to the presence of God while error eventually leads to hell.
James 3: 17 The wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and with good fruits.
Heaven or hell:
Old man before you died you had every opportunity to make Yeshua / Jesus the Lord of your life. Did you? You know all about it now, but from your eternal home. Where are you now old man? You're not in your grave, that's just the remains of your body! If only you could speak to the living, what would you say? I wonder if it would make any difference.
Young girl, you're alive now, you have your life before you. Are you going to waste it? Heaven or hell is before you and what you do now with the salvation offered by our Messiah of Glory will determine your eternal abode! Don't gamble with eternity!
In closing here is a woodcut impression by Gustave Dore of Lucifer overlooking the Garden of Eden. It is part of a series entitled "Paradise Lost" Yes, paradise was lost as a result of deception, but what is coming will be "Paradise regained and its coming soon!(Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 19 November 27th 2009
In this edition:
●History is about to repeat itself.
●Dry bones live and bring World War Three
Ezekiel's amazing prophecies: Form resurrection to nuclear war!
Before we discuss Ezekiel lets have a look at some history. Whenever there are historic patterns that repeat themselves we need to sit up and take note! History repeats itself sometimes with deadly consequences. Imagine going into war and knowing the outcome beforehand. I think that's what may be called having an unfair advantage. Except in this case it's an advantage alright and is completely fair. God's word says; "He declares the end from the beginning"
In 1948 World War Two had been finished for a short while and The League of Nations had just become the United Nations. One of its early resolutions was to give statehood to Israel. On May14 1948 the nation of Israel was born, bringing about a very important milestone in prophetic fulfilment. This infuriated the surrounding Arab nations.
1948 war of independence
24 hours after independence Israel was attacked by Arab armies much larger than their rag tag, very small army. The odds against Israel were huge to say the least. But this was the first of six wars that all ended in Israeli victory.
Now history is about to repeat itself with the most dramatic and tragic consequences the world has yet seen.
Firstly, just a word of warning. It's difficult to put a time line on prophetic events if the Bible itself doesn't. That said, the Bible does offer many indications and by applying simple logic we can see pretty clearly what fits in where. We must be clear and dogmatic on what the Bible is clear on. At the end of the day we have the Author living in our hearts and He will guide us and show us things to come.
Ezekiel sees 'dry bones' coming to life!
A sculpture of the prophet Ezekiel:
If you read the book of Ezekiel from beginning to end you'll note that it's prophecies are continuous in time following one after the next. In Ezekiel 37 we have one of the most incredible prophecies of the Bible. It is called the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. It follows many of the prophecies of conflict with the Arab world which I've detailed in edition 16
Dry Bones is one of the most important prophecies of the spiritual new birth of the Jews at large. It is followed immediately by world war.
So, Israel's natural birth brought immediate war and now we see that Israel's spiritual new birth brings war again!
This is the amazing story of Dry Bones coming to life and then provoking the hatred of the world.
Ezekiel 37 outlines a vision given to him by God of a valley full of dry bones. God says to Ezekiel "Can these bones live?" He goes on to tell Ezekiel that He will cause breath to enter and then He will put sinews, flesh and skin on the bones. He will put breath into them and then they will "know that I am the Lord."
Ezekiel then hears the bones rattling and sees the bones coming together and as breath enters they live and stand on their feet "an exceedingly great army." Then God tells Ezekiel that these bones "are the whole house of Israel".
Verses 12 to 14 are amongst the most exciting in the Bible. "Thus says the Lord God, behold O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel." Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your land, then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken and performed it."
This is one of the clearest portions of scripture of the coming salvation to the Jews at large. It is directly associated with the return to the land of Israel as well. We are now at the start of this wonderful drama as more and more Jews are beginning to see that their Messiah is Yeshua / Jesus.
The Bible declares that God will bring the Jews back into their land in spiritual blindness and will then lift the veil, so to speak, and they will see and recognise who their Lord is. We are now at this point where these things are just getting started.
Ezekiel 38 and 39 comes right after 37!
Now that's not an unusual headline, but what is unusual is the content. Dry bones (chapter 37) coming to life speaks of a re-birth and new life. Well, now as the we see the incredible new birth of Israel on a spiritual level, we again see an almost immediate attack. The war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 takes place right after dry bones live. In fact it will most probably be while 'dry bones' are coming to life. Unlike the war of independence, this time it's a world war and the indications within Ezekiel are that it will be nuclear.
The odds stacked against Israel in this war are again monumental, but again Israel is victorious in the end. She does suffer great loss in the war. Israel has had the odds stacked against it in six major wars since independence and has won each time. What this actually means is that any nation coming against Israel really has the odds stacked against it and not the other way around.
After all these Messiah-less years and all the hardship and persecution, the Jews are now ready to complete and fulfil God's original calling on them to be a blessing and to bring salvation to the nations. This really is such wonderful drama!
The Ezekiel 38 and 39 war of Gog and Magog
Ezekiel identifies a number of time factors in this prophecy:
Ezekiel 38:7 says that it will be; "after many days and in the latter years, when you are brought back...from many peoples and are gathered on the mountains of Israel." This places the war in our day.
The nations mentioned in the Ezekiel prophecy which collectively come against Israel, come form the regions indicated in the map above. The exact modern locations might be a bit different, but this isn't important. What is important and without doubt is that the leader of this war will be modern day Russia, supported by many other Islamic nations. There is one important addition: Ezekiel says "and many peoples with you." This could refer to numerous other Arab Islamic states. I have indicated them as the "others" in the map above.
In modern day terms the nations who attack Israel are Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, and various Islamic nations south of Israel. Some historians identify Gomer with Germany. We will see once the battle gets underway won't we!
One thing that is a certainty is that this will be an incredible and large mix of nations. The majority are Islamic.
This will be the war where God uses Israel to break the back of Islam.
Jeremiah 51:20 "You (Israel) are My battle axe and weapons of war, for with you I will break in pieces the nations and with you I will destroy kingdoms."
Note that the weapons spoken of by Ezekiel like swords etc are all he knew at the time. It does prophecy no harm to apply modern weaponry if the context and time places its fulfilment in modern times.
The attacking nations run headlong into the fury of God. He uses various supernatural 'weapons' as well like giant hailstones, and a massive earthquake.
The allies of Israel are mentioned in Ezekiel 38 : 13 These are "Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions." These are difficult to identify, but common interpretation says that the people of Tarshish originated from the Mediterranean sea area that is most probably around Spain today. They traded fine linen by sea with the people of what is today called Britain. The lion is a symbol of Britain and the 'young lions' would then be the main commonwealth powers.
Sheba and Dedan are now in the area of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait. These nations may end up being allies of Israel. In fact they are kind of allies today.
This is not the war of Armageddon spoken of in The Revelation. That war is terminated by the return of our Messiah, while this one ends with Israeli victory. Armageddon is very short in time followed immediately with the commencement of the millennium. this one lasts seven years.
This war is commonly called the war of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel identifies Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Gog was the name of a prince who lived in the area today called Russia. Magog simply means the people of Gog and Rosh is current day Russia. The name Gog could also be a reference to the spiritual prince or power behind him. It is symbolic of the antichrist spirit behind the Russian leader.
The war (and any other in the Middle East) could have dramatic effects on the world economy. As much as 40% of the world's oil travels through the straights of Hormuz, which are controlled by Iran. (part of Persia in ancient times) That nation could easily cripple the world economy or do substantial damage to it by sending the oil price sky high as a result of closure.
War involving the Middle East will inevitably result in oil wars. This will be one of the factors that will cause another world economic melt down, setting the stage for the Satanic /antichrist world economy grab which will result in financial control and domination. The fact that so much of the world's oil lies in Arab / Islamic countries is not accidental. I see it like a giant play with the actors waiting in the wings, about to come onto the stage. They meet their match in the Middle East!
The language used by Ezekiel to describe aspects of this war indicate that it could be nuclear. We have not had a nuclear bomb dropped in hostile action since the close of World War Two. This will most likely be the next.
Ezekiel uses terms that imply great devastation which could be nuclear. "Fire and brimstone" and a "great shaking" are just two of them.
Military might will come from the air "like a storm covering the land, like a cloud covering the land" as well as by land and sea.
Ezekiel 39: 9 is remarkable and strange. It says that the weapons used will take seven years to destroy after the war. Verse 12 says that for "seven months the house of Israel will be burying the dead in order to cleanse the land." Verse 15 says that a "search party will mark the bones of the bodies, till the buriers come." These verses could be due to nuclear contamination.
Ezekiel 39:6 "I will send fire on Magog and those who live in security in the coastlands."
What sort of fire is this? It could be nuclear, but lets also bear in mind that God doesn't need the help of atom bombs, remember Sodom and Gomorrah!
The war of Isaiah 17 which sees the destruction of Damascus the capitol of Syria may be part of the Ezekiel war. Syria today was part of the much greater Assyria in Bible days. This Damascus war may also be nuclear. Personally I think it will be a separate war, but we will all find out soon, wont we!
We all know too well that the leader of Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. We also know that he has nuclear aspirations. Iran will undoubtedly be one of the nations to meet its fate in Israel.
There are things in this war that we know for sure and other things that we can't be sure about.
We can't be sure about the exact timing of the war although it will most probably be just before the tribulation starts. We can't be sure if the USA will be involved, although it may classify as one of the 'young lions'. We cant be sure if it will be nuclear, although it may well be. We cant be sure who all the nations are today.
We can be absolutely sure it will be in our time. We can be sure it will involve Russia. We can be sure that it will be largely Muslim driven. We can be sure it will be one of the most devastating wars of all time. We can be sure that Israel wins and God defeats the enemies. We can be very sure that this war will confirm the spiritual rebirth of the Jews which started just before the war.
Israel's victory brings world peace:
Ezekiel 39 ends in a most wonderful way.
Verse 23 "The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity and because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of the enemy and they fell by the sword."
Verse 25 "Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel.
Verse 28 "Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God...and I will not hide My face from them anymore, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel."
Israel's long and hard fought road to survival and victory ends in natural and spiritual victory. These things will all transpire exactly the way God has spelt it out.
In the natural or physical, God will continue to use Israel to bring about the destruction of His enemies, ultimately resulting in world peace. On the spiritual side of things, God will continue to bring salvation to His people and only when this has all happened God's way, again peace will be the result.
Its not clear exactly when this war will take place. We do know that it is the latter years. We know that it is during the period of Israel's return to the land and spiritual awakening. We know that it takes seven years to clean up and we know that it results in Israeli victory.
Gog and Magog appear again in the Revelation, but this time they are used symbolically for Armageddon. The Bible often uses types and shadows as a double reference. The Revelation uses Gog and Magog because there will be many similarities. The two wars are not one and the same though.
The Ezekiel war sorts out once and for all who owns the land of Israel, Jerusalem and all its contents.
This war brings the world's 'roadmap to peace' to an abrupt halt in the most dramatic failure of all time. It sets Israel firmly in the land and in control.
Principle of attack:
There is a well established principle and pattern that has been evident throughout the scriptures.
It is that whenever God does something that is important, Satan attacks it. Where it relates to God's choice Satan always loses in the end. Its important for us to know that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the driving Satanic, demonic forces in the background.
If the church were to come into unity in favour of God's choice in many of these issues, the outcome may have been different. But prophecy spells out the fact that much of the church will side with the devil against God.
You new -age preachers, deceived adherents to, and promoters of replacement theology in the church take note of this: God will breathe new spiritual life into the Jews, He will give them their land, all of it and He will destroy all enemies that come against His plans.
Pastors, priests and very reverends who promote replacement theology, you're working with and for the devil himself and you will lose! You're on the losing side.
Let me just add that there is no such thing as neutrality. If you say you neutral on these issues, no you're not. Our Lord says that if you're not for Me you're against Me.
The purpose of prophecy:
At the end of the day, knowledge of Bible prophecy is not designed to amuse us or give us more knowledge so that we can be informed and impress our friends. It's primary overriding purpose is to draw us, heart, mind and soul closer to our great Messiah. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God's prophetic Word is a very powerful tool of evangelism as well, but don't ever lose sight of the fact that it is given to us to defeat our own wisdom and replace it with the glorious wisdom of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Prophecy, ultimately exalts and magnifies our Lord and His ways, purpose and plans. His ways are above ours and it is us not Him who need to make the adjustments.
The reason many people don't like Bible prophecy is that they have some sort of knowledge that it will interfere with their plans and life's goal.
So many times I have heard believers say; "No one knows the time, don't you know the Bible says nobody knows the time of the coming of the Lord." This isn't actually what they mean. What they really mean is; "Don't interfere with my happy life. Everything will carry on just as normal!
2 Peter 3:3 "Know that in the last days scoffers will come, walking according to their own lusts, saying where is the promise of His coming, all things will continue as they were."
No my friends, all things will not carry on as normal. God is about to intervene in the affairs of this world like never before. Prophecy, shows us things to come, giving us the grace of being well prepared and helping others to be prepared as well. Prophecy brings us face to face with a Holy, Righteous God, no arguments allowed.
In closing: Dry bones LIVE! This is a woodcut by Gustave Dore of one of the most powerful prophetic events of our time. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 18 November 22nd 2009
In this edition:
●The three paths to world peace
●World parliament of religions
●Islam's plan for the world
●The way of our Messiah
This edition is a follow on from edition 15 on the new world order.
In this edition I would like to have a brief look at the three main paths to world peace. Only one will work
Today there are a number of new world order initiatives on the go. Some will take place within weeks in December. None are likely to be the final new world order treaty or government, but all are dramatic steps to this end. They are all deadly forerunners preparing the world one step at a time to swallow the devil's plan for world domination.
An organisation called the World Council of Religious Leaders recently came about. It's aims, outlined at its Millennium World Peace Summit, amongst others is to bring about collective wisdom for the establishment of a community of world religions and to inspire understanding in the pursuit of world peace.
In December we will see another organisation, the Council for a Parliament of World Religions convene in Australia. We will also see The UN's Copenhagen Climate Change Conference (which involves new world order discussions.) kick off in December. We've just seen the EU appoint its new President, who takes office at the end of December.
The coming antichrist system will have two arms to it. These will be a multi- faith ecumenical movement which will become the religious arm. This will be headed by the Biblical false prophet. Either this new Parliament of World Religions or a revised form of the World Council of Churches will be it. It will be headed by the devil in disguise and all of its participants will end in hell.
The political arm will most probably be a reformed United Nations or G20, headed by the EU or a revised form of it.. Either way it will be headed by the antichrist from the Biblical revised Roman Empire, which is the EU today.
The political arm and the religious arm will work side by side, driven by Satan in an attempt to bring world peace.
Why on earth would Satan work to bring world peace? Simply because, as the master of deception, if he could achieve it, he would suck almost the whole world into his domain. Because the whole world wants peace he will oblige! Satan is a master counterfeiter and he knows that Gods plan is to bring peace to the world. God will do this His way, but Satan will try to counterfeit it. His attempted peace will be false, deceptive and counterfeit, coming very close to the real thing in many respects along the way.
Satan's underlying objective is not be to bring world peace but domination and control. World peace will be his weapon.
This is all well described in hundreds of prophetic verses of scripture in both the old and new testaments. All the nations of the world eventually do hand over power to the antichrist.
The new appointment a few days ago of Herman van Rompuy as President of the EU is interesting. I can't say if he will be or won't be the final antichrist. I tend to believe he will be the forerunner. He has already (since appointment) said that he will work towards a new world order. "This is my desire" he said. His two year appointment has done away with the six month rotating president system.
He is relatively unknown, mild mannered, humane and Catholic with a background in high finance. I will watch his progress carefully.
Here he is. Note that the cartoon represents him rising like a snake.
High on the agenda of a new world order will be economic as well as environmental issues. Obviously this doesn't mean that everything to do with the financial world is to be avoided and likewise with environmental issues.
The environment was created by our Lord, not the devil. Yes it has the Adamic curse on it until the millennium begins, but we should still have an active concern for our environment. We need to simply steer clear of the new age mob.
Those interested, have a look some of the amazing verses of scripture relating to the environment at the top of the "God's Garden" section.
1) The plan for peace by the World Parliament of Religions.
The new Parliament of World Religions kicks off in Melbourne Australia on the 3rd December...just a few weeks time. It will be one of the biggest conferences ever of this sort with many thousands of participants from all the regions and religions of the world.
It's main goal is to bring about a new world of peace for the common good of all humanity and nature. It's intention is to promote inter-religious harmony
It all sounds so good doesn't it?
There is one very big all important thing that we as believers need to bear in mind and heart: We need to be arrested by the Word of God. It needs to be the source of our whole life and only dwelling place.
If other religions are legitimate and there are other ways to God, the cross of our Messiah would have been meaningless, to say nothing of the very many portions of scripture declaring that Yeshua / Jesus is the one and only way to salvation. Purity and separation from the ways of the world are key factors for the true believer.
The cross of our Messiah gives us victory over the world the flesh and the demonic and puts us in another world so to speak. Now don't get all weird and take things to ridiculous extremes!
If you are not saved the Bible way you are going to hell. So then how can you walk and work together with other religions. You see, there are two major things standing in the way of world peace the world's way:
1) The cross of our Messiah. The cross brings salvation to our spirit beings. Then after we're saved we still need the application of the cross into the soul realm of our lives. It delivers us from the root of humanism and separates us from the world and its ways.
2) All of the prophetic Word relating to Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. The Bible is very clear on exactly what role Israel will play and I can assure you its not the world's way! The world's 'road-map' to peace is not God's way. If you go down this road you will meet God in the middle of the road
If you want world peace the world's way, you will ultimately have to deny our Lord, reject His Word and get rid of God's prophetic plan for Israel!
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them and be separate" James 4: 4 "Friendship with the world is enmity towards God...Whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God." Amos 3:3 "How can two walk together lest they be agreed."
There is only one thing that describes this World Parliament of Religions and that is Babylon. The main characteristic of Babylon was the attempt to reach God and bring peace to the world in collaboration with all the Babylonian occult religions. God would have none of it and destroyed the whole lot.
This is exactly the same thing. Unfortunately there will be hundreds of so-called Christians in attendance. Beware, many Christians will become nothing more than useful idiots in the hands of the devil.
Every aspect of this World Parliament is cursed.
Please read edition 15 on "The New World order" for more on this subject.
2) Islam's plan for world peace:
Islam's desire for Britain recently expressed in mass demonstrations is much the same as its plans for the world.
The World Parliament wants to bring peace to the world by tolerance while Islam wants to bring peace to the world by domination
The Prince of Peace Yeshua/ Jesus will bring peace to the world when He returns to Jerusalem in the midst of world war and puts an end to it all. He then sets up the true new world. At this time Satan, who is the inspiration behind all rebellion to God is banished, preparing the way for real world peace.
Islam also wants world peace, but to them, a world of Islam is world peace and the way to get there is by crushing all in its path.
The pictures above and below were taken at the recent demonstration in London and need no explanation.
Islam's big mistake:
Of course this isn't true for the moderate or nominal Muslims, but it most certainly is the case for true radical Islam. (Radical means "going to the root")
The short over-riding bottom line is this: Islam believes that Moses was called of God to form the Muslim religion and bring it to the world. He failed, so God moved on to the prophet Jesus and the apostles, who were also true Muslims and were also supposed to do the same thing. They failed, so God moved on to His final act which was to form the Muslim religion and bring it to the world through the prophet Mohammad. He is the answer and only way to world peace in their view.
Let me add that by world peace they mean a Muslim dominated world. By peace they mean, no more opposition to themselves.
The meaning of the word Islam means submission to the will of Allah.
You may not be aware of it; Islamic Shariah law governs every aspect of human life including: When to lie, when to kill an apostate, how to run a government, the correct way to beat a wife and many more.
There are certain sects within Islam that do believe that other religions have legitimacy. But again they believe that world peace will only be achieved when all religions come into a Islamic unity. Many of these adherents will be at the conference in Melbourne mentioned above. They believe that working with other religions is a means to their end.
In their view, because the Jews and Christians failed in their mission, God rejected them and therefore they have no legitimacy today. The root of Islam believes that the very existence of the Jews, a Zionist state and the very existence of the Christians is an anathema. They believe that the Jews and Christians of the world stand in their way to bring Islam to the world.
This is the root of the conflict. Please read edition 16 on the Arabs / Palestinians in prophecy for more on this subject.
●An Egyptian Muslim cleric Amin Al-Ansari recently said this on Al Rahma TV "Judgement day will not come before the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them. The Muslims will kill the Jews, be patient"
●Hezbollah: All of Israel is now within our range of fire" (November 12)
3) The way of our Messiah:
Isaiah 9: 6 "His name will be called Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace and of the increase of His Government and peace there will be no end."
This is the way it will all work in the end. It will occur in fullness after the second coming and setting up of the millennium, but before this happens Daniel 9 is in play. It speaks of the fact that "wars and desolations are determined."
Daniel 8:25 "Through his cunning he shall cause deceit to prosper...he shall destroy many in their prosperity and peace." This is the way of the antichrist. Just as the world thinks it has achieved peace and shortly after the fateful peace treaty is signed with Israel, the devil will reveal his true character and turn on all who have put their trust for peace in him.
1Theselonians 5: 3 "For when they say peace and safety then sudden destruction comes upon them as a thief, and with labour pains and they shall not escape."
In front of the UN building in New York is a massive sculpture entitled "Let us beat our swords into ploughshares." It's title is part of a quote from Isaiah 2:4 Which says "Let us beat our swords into plooughshares and our spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."
Here it is:
Oooo! How nice! what a looovely idea, it sounds just like John Lennon's "Imagine." Here are a few verses from his theme tune of hell! "Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky...I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one." Right now at this point in time John Lennon knows how wrong he was, but it's too late!
The only problem is that what comes before world peace from God's prophetic point of view is an Armageddon verse in Joel 3 :9,10 "Prepare for war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near. Beat you ploughshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears."
The UN and all other new world order organisations may think that they can bring peace to the world, but no they can't!
Not only will they not bring peace to the world but they will all end in hell for their failure to recognise the one and only true saviour of the world. This is an end far worse than any can imagine!
Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace for the wicked"
Psalm 119: 165 "Great peace have they that love your Word and nothing causes them to stumble."
John 14:27 "My peace I leave with you, not as the world gives, give I unto you, let not your heart be troubled nor fearful."
The way of our Messiah is the way of true peace. It is fully available to any who would chose to go His way. He brings us wonderful peace and joy internally in the face of escalating external troubles. And after the world has met its match, and been defeated, then comes external world peace as well.
How amazing is this. We win on all fronts!
In this edition I have presented you with three paths to world peace. They are as different as can be with two being of the devil himself and will end in world war and ultimately in hell.
The first is the way of tolerance and the second is the way of domination, neither are Gods way.
The third is God's way and will end in true world peace, but only after a brief visit to this nice calm location in the image below. No, not for a nice eased out, sun-tanning holiday. This is the Jezreel valley, also known as the valley of Megiddo, the scene of the battleground of Armageddon and the futile end of all the world's attempts to do things without God.
The new World Parliament of Religions will fail to bring world peace, just as its predecessor, Babylon did. it will bring the judgement of God to the world as they strive for peace their own way. Islam will fail to bring world peace. It will bring only violence, hatred and misery.
Only the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, THE Prince of Peace, Messiah Yeshua / Jesus will bring world peace. Final, complete, total world peace is coming soon. Peace is coming to Jerusalem and the world. A new Jerusalem is coming to Jerusalem as well, further down the line, but more about that another time.
Revelation 11: 15..."The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever."
This takes place after the sounding of the trumpet judgements, at the start of the millennium. Yes world peace is coming. It will be set up by our Messiah on His return to Jerusalem for a thousand years.
It's all in the Bible in the form of prophecy, and some are very detailed at that!
BUT, can we trust Bible prophecy? Isn't it all open to interpretation?
Well, let me assure you that you can trust it with your life!
The pattern of fulfilled Bible prophecy speaks to its authenticity and trustworthiness. For example, every single prophecy in the Old Testament of the coming of the Messiah, was fulfilled exactly, literally and in detail. Bible prophecy predicted that He would be born of a virgin, born in Bethlehem, would be pierced, would be betrayed, would be raised from the dead and many more. Then, the prophecies of the New Testament were fulfilled in exactly the same manner. For example the rebirth of Israel, the restoration of the language of Hebrew, the restoration of Jerusalem to the Jews and many more.
So, if this was the pattern of fulfilment, the remaining unfulfilled prophecies will be fulfilled in exactly the same manner. It's also worth bearing in mind that not one failed!
In fact, you are gambling against immeasurable odds if you rejects God Word.
Yes friends, you can trust the Bible 100%
In closing this edition, here is a Gustave Dore woodcut of the apostle John being shown the New Jerusalem by the Angel of the Lord. (Dore was a prolific Russian artist of the early 1800's. (Thanks to Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 17 November 17th 2009
In this edition:
●Wise words of old. (Part one)
Wise words of old for today
●This is a collection of some very powerful quotes relating to many things. They are from old-school preachers dating back from the 1700s to the early 1900s. None are from today's preachers and teachers. As you well, know I am no fan of modern preachers with few exceptions. Many of these quotes are shocking in today's terms, but this is because 'today' has moved so far away from yesterday. If these were appropriate hundreds of years ago, they are much more so today!
You can be part of the great apostasy or the great awakening. Both are gathering momentum today. To be part of the prophesied great apostasy (falling away from the faith) you need do nothing...just drift along with the flow. To be part of the great awakening, you need to set your heart and soul after our great Messiah with determined purpose and everything in you.
We are entering a time period where many things will be shaken. Ignorance will be the breading ground of great deceptions. The wrath of God, the wrath of the devil and the wrath of man will all hit the world together. To be ready and to be able to stand securely, you need a lot more than simply to know the truth. You need to have it forged and fired into the very core of your existence. To be safe and right with God you need a soft and broken heart before Him and to know deep spiritual truth backwards!
I've selected a very small handful of quotes from A.W Tozer, Watchman Nee and Charles Finney. They're in no particular order. These are from many books, perhaps a few hundred in all, which I've meticulously and lovingly digested over the last 30 years. I cut my spiritual teeth on the material from these guys and consider them my spiritual fathers. With the addition of Derek Prince. Paul the apostle said that it's good to have many instructors but few fathers.
I have so many of these quotes that from time to time I'll present you with more in some future editions. I'll space them out a fair bit because this is a departure from prophetic subjects, but nonetheless of great importance today.
Books and other publications by these three are available through the 'Resources' link at the top.
Jeremiah 6:16 "Ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it; Then you will find rest for souls."
Tozer, Nee, Finney (below)
The words of life:
A.W Tozer (late 1800s) The Old Cross and the New and some other books: He was a prophet of his time, and a prolific author. His legacy reaches well beyond his grave and has impacted countless millions calling them to a deeper life in God.
"All unannounced and mostly undetected there has come in modern times a new cross into popular evangelical circles....From this new cross has sprung a new philosophy of the Christian life and a new type of meeting. The old cross would have no truck with the world. For Adam's proud flesh it meant the end of the journey. The new cross is not opposed to the human race, rather it's a friendly pal. It's the source of oceans of good clean fun and innocent enjoyment. It lets Adam live without interference. His life motivation is unchanged; he still lives for his own pleasure"
"God offers life, but not an improved old life. The life He offers is life out of death. It stands always on the far side of the cross. God salvages the individual by liquidating him and then raising him again to newness of life"
"Truth is the daughter of God. If you look for truth you may find comfort in the end. If you look for comfort, you'll get neither"
"Nothing less than the whole Bible can make us a whole Christian."
"Today we need those with a baptism of clear sight, who can see through the mists of confusion with prophetic vision"
"The neglected heart will soon be overrun with worldly thoughts, his life will soon become a moral chaos as the creeping wilderness takes over. Complacency is a deadly foe of spiritual growth"
"We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum."
"Refuse to be average. Let your heart soar as high as it will. Many Christians today have wasted their lives"
"The idea that this world is a playground and not a battleground has now been accepted by the vast majority of Christians...they are no different to dressed up drunks"
"Whatever a person wants badly and persistently enough will determine that person's character"
Sound Bible exposition is an imperative MUST in the church. Without it no church can be a New Testament church. Christianity today is man-centred and not God-centred"
"The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things."
"The thoughtful soul to solitude retires. Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible. It wears us out with multiplying distractions and destroys our solitude"
"The idolatrous heart assumes that God is other than He is, and substitutes for the true God one made after its own likeness. This God will conform to the image who created it - a monstrous sin. People today have modified God and created Him in their own image."
"Many today have an imaginary Christ to keep them satisfied, but they also have an imaginary salvation"
"Among the plastic saints of our times Jesus has to do all the dying and all we want is to hear another sermon about His dying. No cross for us, no dethronement, no dying. We remain king within the kingdom of mansoul and wear our tinsel crown with all the pride of a Caesar; but we doom ourselves to the shallows and weakness of spiritual sterility."
"Before the church goes into eclipse, there must first be a corrupting of her simple basic theology. The masses of her adherents come to believe that God is different from what He actually is; and that is heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind"
"Christianity has become so entangled with the world that millions never guess how radically they have missed the New Testament pattern. Compromise is everywhere. The world is whitewashed just enough to pass inspection by blind men posing as believers."
"There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth at all"
"People who refuse to worship the true God now worship themselves with tender devotion. Every person is as holy as he wants to be"
"Too many Christians want to enjoy the thrill of feeling right, but are not willing to endure the inconvenience of being right"
"We become what we love"
"The Lord will not fully bless a man until He has fully conquered him."
"In Christ I have died yet I'm more alive now than before."
"I live here but I'm not at home here."
"I lose my life to save it."
"I am wisest when my reason is defeated."
Watchman Nee 1903 - 1972: The Normal Christian Life. The Salvation of the Soul. He was thrown into prison in China for his beliefs where he spent most of his life. Of the 100s of Nee books only one was written by him. All the others were collections of his notes smuggled out of prison. Prison authorities tore his tongue from his mouth in an attempt to silence him. He was a man of incredible suffering.
"Whatever is produced by the mind lacks spiritual power"
"Our end is God's beginning. Too many have gone too far for the world to use them and not far enough for God to use them. The Christian life is not a changed life but an exchanged life."
"Separation to God and from the world is the first principle of the Christian life."
"We will lose interest in the world and see it's doom and it in will lose interest in us when the power of the cross is at work in us."
"With complete consecration comes perfect peace. I want nothing for myself and everything for my Lord"
"Are you living for the Lord or for yourself. Rest lies in looking to the Lord and not ourselves. It's a great thing when I discover I am no longer my own, but His"
"The soul renounced shall abound in the boundlessness of God's life."
"There is nothing more tragic than to come to the end of one's life and then know that we have been on the wrong course"
"Unless self love is abandoned the believer will forever shrink back when called to take up the cross for Christ"
"God's way of deliverance from sin is altogether different from man's way. Man's way is to try and suppress sin by seeking to overcome it. God's way is to crucify the sinner"
"He who is able to accept everything gladly from the Lord - including dryness and barrenness and completely disregard self, is he who lives for Him"
Charles Finney 1792 - 1875: Revival Lectures (No preacher since New Testament times has ever had as many converts remain faithful until death as those converted under Finney)
"Christians are more to blame for the lack of revival than sinners for not being converted"
"Revival pre-supposes that the church has sunk so low. Revival is then a return of the church from its backslidden state. Only then can sinners be converted. True revival breaks the power of the world and sin over Christians. The salvation of sinners follows revival in the church"
"When a worldly spirit is in the church it is seen in Christians conforming to the worlds ways in dress, talk, reading of novels and their music, it shows that they are far from God. Even their prayer is an abomination to God"
"Today's Christians are half-converted and their conversion is of their own minds.".
"The unsaved are affected by the conviction of truth seen in its believers."
"Christians are to testify to the guilt and danger of sinners, the reality of hell, the necessity of a holy life, denying self and the soon coming of the Lord"
"Christians today make the impression that Christ loves the sinner so much and with such compassion, that they have nothing to fear. The church has given many a false comfort and hope."
"All sinners are on the very verge of hell and in a danger far greater than they can imagine. The sinner must be made to feel distressed. The comfort full of death relieves this blame."
"God comes to the sinner with pardon in one hand and a sword in the other; repent and live or refuse and perish."
"If Christians accommodate a love for the world, they make the salvation of the world impossible"
"Most ministers today are rocking the cradle of a sleepy church, compromised with the world"
"Today's Christians make their vows to God and then go and bow down at the shrine of fashion and other worldly pursuits and then wonder why there is no revival. Christians declare by their conduct that there is no truth in the gospel"
"Millions of souls will meet you on their judgement day and if permitted to speak, would curse you for leading them to hell by your practical denial of the truth"
"The evils of gay balls must be condemned"
"Revival will cease when the doctrine shifts from truth, when there is disunity in the church, when the church no longer honours the Sabbath and when the church takes the neutral ground on morals."
"You can't obey God and error. The church needs more division. If they are not agreed on truth keep them out."
"True doctrine is indispensible to growth in grace. Rightly instructed and trained the Christian will take the right road, if not they will backslide."
"A want of entertainment and a lack of spiritual conversation is evidence of a backslidden heart."
"Where there is no revival it is all the fault of the church."
In closing, I took this picture of this magnificent giant Baobab tree some 3000 years old and 40m in circumference. (There is another similar tree in the 'God's Garden section) To stand strong through time in the face of many storms, droughts, and upheavals we need to be deeply rooted in the things of our Messiah!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 16 November 7th 2009
In this edition:
●The Arabs / Palestinians in prophecy
●The coming salvation of many Arabs
The Arabs / Palestinians in prophecy
●Most world leaders will one day cry from hell "If only we took the trouble to find out Gods plan"!
When the jig saw pieces are in the right place the picture is clear and you rest from the stress of trying to make a piece fit where it doesn't belong.
Right up front let me say that God loves all people and desires that all come to salvation. He has a plan for every human being on this earth. He has a plan for each individual, each family, each nation and the world. Few recognise and see it .
This doesn't change the fact that He has a plan and it in no way nullifies the plan if people don't see and respond to it. As an individual finds true deep inner peace when he comes into God's plan for his life, so also would the larger groups or nations find peace.
First things first: We need to identify who the Arabs / Palestinians are from a Biblical perspective.
God chose Abraham to be the "father of many nations" and also to start and carry the line of promise culminating in our Messiah. Abraham did produce the line of promise but also missed God along the way and produced a line that was rejected by God as the line of promise. The Arabs are not rejected by God per say; it's just the Messiah thread that is rejected. Esau was the twin brother of Jacob, but he didn't want to be part of Gods plan and also sold his birthright so he drops down to the rejected line.
Jacob and Israel are the same person. God changed Jacob's name to Israel after a dramatic encounter with God.
So, this is the origin of the Arab people. But where are they today? In dealing with Bible prophecy, there is no problem in identifying regions by applying their modern names. The borders are not exactly the same as the original and some merge into neighbouring countries, but the bigger picture is what's important. The table below is by no means exhaustive, there are many other Arab nations.
There are hundreds of other verses of scripture in the Bible dealing with the Ismaelites, Hagerites, (Arabs) of the nations mentioned in the table above, and their hostility towards Israel and the Jews. I have chosen just a handful for this article. There is a huge weight of other evidence in the Bible that's consistent with these.
Before we go on we need to have a look at the character of Ishmael the father of the Arabs. In Genesis 16: 10- 12 the Bible lists four characteristics of the man. ● He will be a wild ass among men.● His hand shall be against every man. ● Every man's hand shall be against him. ● He shall dwell over against all his brethren. (this phrase is a Hebrew idiom meaning he will dwell with his brethren but in hostility.
These are the characteristics and are still very evident today.
Esau, the second father of the Arabs also has some remarkable characteristics found in Genesis 25 and 27. Here we see that "he despised his birthright" and also was exceeding jealous that Jacob his brother had now legally acquired the birthright from his father, even though he had sold it. It all culminates in the monumental statement of Genesis 27: 41 "So Esau hated Jacob...then I will kill my bother Jacob". Remember Jacob became Israel.
So, from Ishmael and Esau we now have the complete Biblical picture of the origin of the relationship with the Arabs towards the Jews: ●Aggression, ●retaliation, ●hostility, ●hatred and killing.
Both the fathers of the Arabs, Ishmael and Esau formed the roots of the conflict with Israel that still exists today. This sets the stage for the future of the conflict as well. Interestingly 24 hours after the birth of the nation of Israel in 1948, Egypt and Jordan attacked Israel in what became the war of independence.
Now we need to identify who the Palestinians Arabs are.
There is a great deal of controversy around this issue as you can imagine. The Bible does cut through it all and leaves us with absolute clarity as we will see just now.
There is no legitimacy for a group of people called the Palestinians. Before 1920 none existed. What constitutes a nation and where are its borders? The Palestinians originate from neighbouring states. Arafat for example was an Egyptian, born in Cairo.
For example if you have French people now living in England, can they demand a French nation or state within the borders of England? Of course not.
The ideology behind the Palestinian's claim to the land of Israel is recent indeed. The Muslim religion has hijacked the Palestinians and tricked them into believing that the land is theirs. There is no such country as Palestine. Please do your own research on this, you will be amazed at what comes up on a simple Google search.
The shocking truth
The whole world and it's auntie thinks the Palestinians have a right to a state within the state of Israel. More and more deceived, ignorant church ministers, like blind guides, are leading their followers into what will soon become a lot more than a ditch. They're working side by side with the spirit of antichrist against what God is doing now.
Church member let me warn you of the gravity of the situation. The Bible declares that if "you are not with Me you're against Me" There is no neutrality. If you're not for our Lord and what He's doing today, you're against Him!!
Let's have a look now at some little know but amazing, profound portions of scripture on the subject. The world is charging, hell-bent down the wrong road to peace! All along and for thousands of years the truth has been and still is right before our eyes in the Bible.
Psalm 105: 7-11 reveals the depth of the covenant made by God with Israel, not the Arabs. "He has remembered His covenant forever, the word which He commanded for a thousand generations. The covenant which He made with Abraham and His oath to Isaac and confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying to you I will give you the land of Canaan (Israel)"
There are many others dealing with the everlasting covenant of God to Israel and the Jews. How can you argue with the above verse?
Psalm 83:4, 5 Is the anthem of most Arabs "Come let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more...the people of Ishmael, Edom, Moab, Ammon, Assyria...have formed a confederacy against you"
Ezekiel 35: 5,6 (to Mount Seir which is in Jordan, therefore this is addressed to the Arabs) "Because you have an ancient hatred and have shed the blood of the children of Israel by the power of the sword...therefore as I live says the Lord God, I will prepare you for blood and blood will pursue you"
Ezekiel 36: 2-5 "Thus says the Lord God: Because the enemy has said of you, aha! The ancient heights have become our possession...therefore thus says the Lord God: Surely I have spoken in my burning jealousy against the rest of the nations and against all Edom, who gave My land to themselves as a possession, with whole hearted hatred joy and spiteful minds in order to plunder its country" The rest of this section of scripture goes on to describe the judgement of these nations and the renewal of Israel.
The above three verses really describe the Palestinian / Israeli conflict today in an amazing way, but from Gods perspective!
Zephaniah 2:8,9 "Moab and Ammon (Arabs) have made arrogant threats against the borders of My people, therefore says the Lord of hosts (armies), the God of Israel, Surely Moab shall be like Sodom and the people of Ammon like Gomorrah.
Zechariah 12: 2,3 "I will make Jerusalem a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding peoples, when they lay siege against Jerusalem and Judah. I'll make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples, all who would heave it away, will surely be cut in pieces, though all nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Joel 3:1,2 "In those days when I bring back the captives of Judah and Jerusalem, I will also gather all nations...and bring them into judgement there, on account of My people, My heritage Israel, whom they have scattered. They have also divided up My land."
The above two verses and the surrounding context makes it very clear, deadly clear, that dividing the land of Israel is a roadmap to war and destruction!! Take note you deceived preachers and teachers!! In fact, a lot of the Arab land surrounding Israel will become Israeli territory! Put that in your pipe and smoke it you poisonous vipers who adhere to replacement theology!
These amazing two prophecies (above) are addressed to all the nations of the world, but the Arabs are most certainly in the forefront of it all!
Jeremiah 51: 20 "You are My battle axe (Israel) and weapons of war: For with you I will break the nations in pieces."
Here is an incredible indictment against the leaders of the world and many ministers in the church today:
Mica 4:11-13 "Many nations have gathered against you saying, let her be defiled and let our eye look upon Zion, BUT they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, nor do they understand His counsel, For He will gather them like sheaves to the threshing floor...Arise daughter of Zion...you shall beat in pieces many people"
Ezekiel 28: 25, 26 "When I've gathered the house of Israel from the peoples among whom they are scattered and am hallowed in them in the sight of the Gentiles, then they will dwell safely in their land, which I gave to My servant Jacob...and they will dwell securely when I execute judgement on all those around them who despise them. Then they shall know that I am the Lord God.
It's important to understand that Islam, which is the main religion of the Arabs (not exclusively) seeks world domination. They see most of the western world as puppets of the Jews. The Israeli Palestinian conflict is only one arm of their operation. It is the most important though.
Not only is coming against what God is doing futile it places you under His curse! Read on!
Deuteronomy 30: 3 -7 "The Lord your God will bring you back from captivity and have compassion on you and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord has scattered you, even from the farthest parts...then the Lord will bring you into the land which your fathers possessed and you shall possess it...and the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on all those who hate you and who persecuted you."
The world's solution:
The world has tried on many occasions to resolve the Israeli Palestinian problem and failed every time. The reason is glaringly obvious. We have had the Oslo accord which failed, we have had dozens of United Nations resolutions, which have amounted to nothing more than an angry email being sent to Israel. Now we have the so -called road map to peace, which will of course result in the fury of God and bring war.
Unfortunately there are many more subtle satanic methods on the go, which will entrap and ensnare many.
Perhaps the most dangerous is the resolution put forward by Nelson Mandela. His answer to the Israeli Palestinian situation is to apply the South African solution. This was to break down the old constitution and throw open the whole country to democracy. He said that although Israel isn't an apartheid state it is a religious (Zionist) state and how can you have a religious state in this day and age?
Now of course there is nothing wrong with this solution, which did work wonderfully for South Africa, but there is plenty wrong with it being applied to Israel! It's not God's plan for Israel!!!
The problem with all of the world's plans for Middle East peace is that they sound good and reasonable, but God does things His way. You mean He doesn't consult with us? How dare He! Doesn't He know that we're important? Who does He think He is?
Most modern Church's today teach that the Palestinians have the basic human right to a state within the state of Israel and rights to part of Jerusalem as their capital.
When human rights conflict with God's rights guess which is the one to go for?
There is no other issue in the world today and in the Word of God that is as important for us all. It's one of the few situations that will invoke the anger and fury of God.
The Arabs have collectively come against Israel in six wars since independance and been defeated each time. What is coming will shake the whole world!
It appears from some of the verses above that Israel will soon be persuaded or forced to capitulate to the forces of darkness and accept the world's solution. This will be Israel's most deadly mistake. God will not capitulate. He will stand resolute with His plan and in fury and anger bring the whole world crumbling down to its knees. Israel will also go through more war and strife, on its way to salvation.
God's plan will ultimately work and be achieved His way. Unfortunately the world's way and plan will hit the proverbial iceberg soon and sink, just when it looked so good.
Salvation is coming to many Arabs
Although much of the Arab world will spearhead war and destruction towards Israel and the Jews, there is a most remarkable and wonderful portion of prophecy relating to many of them, which will be fulfilled soon, perhaps late in the tribulation period.
Isaiah 19:22-25 "And the Lord will strike Egypt and heal it, they will return to the Lord and He will be entreated by them and heal them...in that day Israel will be one of three with Egypt and Assyria even a blessing in the midst of the land, whom the Lord of hosts will bless saying, Blessed is Egypt My people and Assyria the work of My hands and Israel My inheritance"
What drama, what a spectacular, magnificent outcome. This is a drama to put a thousand Shakespeare's to shame!
And, my friends, it's a lot more than a drama, its reality and it's starting to happen now. We are in the amazing position of being participants, not spectators. We have the powerful and privileged opportunity of joining God and working with Him. This whole Middle Eastern situation is a milestone of the ages. This little spot of time is the most important of the ages. The prophets of old looked forward to it wishing that they could be here.
What we do now will have eternal consequences for many people!
You may ask, "what can I do?" Well, you can become more informed by studying the subject further. You can pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you can pray for those who are in the direct frontline of the situation. You can encourage others to join you in prayer along these lines. You can stand against those propagating the satanically inspired replacement theology in the church. That will get you into trouble with many, but it will be a Godly trouble!
The most important thing you can do is pray that God reveals and shows you what He wants you to do...and do it
Church beware, this issue is of monumental importance. Many of you are working with and for the devil himself. No you're not preaching from the Koran, yes you are using the Bible, but it's what preachers are not preaching that is the problem. If you decide to leave out massive parts because they don't suite you, you will add all sorts of garbage into your gospel in its place. Paul says "I have not shunned to declare to you the full council of God"
Church minister, very reverend, priest in your nice frock, you have the Word of God in your hands. You are accountable.
In closing:- Genesis 50:4 "You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good"
Israeli sculptor and artist Yaron Bob took the remains of Palestinian Kassam rockets, meant to bring death and destruction. He silver-plated them and transformed them into roses...symbols of peace!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!