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- Turkey has allied herself militarily with Libya in the last few days. This echoes the war dubbed WW111 of Ezekiel 38 & 39.
- Ongoing troubles in the US and many other nations are causing large numbers of Jews to make enquiries about returning to Israel. (When the Lion roars, His children will return, trembling from the West (Hosea 11:10)
- Israel launches attack on Hamas in response to their rocket attack on Israel. Israel launches new spy satellite. Israel launches attack on Iranian bases in Syria. “Mystery” explosions continue in Iran.
- Bubonic plague identified in China.
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
This verse, below was given to me by our Lord in December last year to give to you as the crowning verse for 2020. This was just before the corona-virus became a world pandemic:
The heading is, “Babylon humiliated.” End-time Babylon is the modern world system:
Isaiah 47:10-11 “You have trusted in your wickedness. You have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and your knowledge have warped you; You have said in your heart, ‘I am, and there is no one besides me.’ Therefore evil shall come upon you and you shall not know from where it arises, and trouble shall fall upon you. You will not be able to put it off, and desolation shall come upon you suddenly.”
1 Thessalonians 5:6 “Let us not sleep as others do, but watch.”
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”
Matthew 24:43 “Know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.”
Ephesians 5:13-14 “All things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. Awake, you who sleep; arise from the dead, and Messiah will give you light.”
2 Timothy 4:8 “There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose of this report is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah.
3rd July 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
Watchmen what do you see?
Masses are in the salvation firing lines. This will include masses of prodigals and backslidden Christians. Entire churches will awaken to end-time Bible prophecy.
At the same time many, specifically those who are not, and come against being Spirit filled, will be taken over by strong and powerful deceptive spirits and fall away. They will join with the spirit of the antichrist and false spirits of the ecumenical, interfaith, one-world order system.
As the world shakes, more and more will look for stability – and find it in our Lord. The shaking is about to become extremely severe and masses will seek the truth, but because their hearts are not repentant and right the truth will not find them.
Many will go with what they believe is truth, but the truth-teller may be a fraud to begin with.
There are some out there presenting wonderful truth, rightly applied, but they are few and far between. When you encounter them, value and treasure them, and pray for them to continue.
As spiritual darkness descends, as prophesied in numerous passages, the entire world will be engulfed in the darkness of encroaching sin and wickedness. In very thick darkness light can’t penetrate and the light merges with darkness. (Luke 11:35)
Many times I have wandered through various wildlife areas at night with a torch. You need to watch carefully where you are going. You need to be a watchman alright!
Sometimes as you shine the torch, it picks up the shining, glowing eyes of a silent animal deep in the bush. You don't know if its a friend or foe, just from the glowing eyes.
If the torch doesn’t shine truly and brightly, how can you see and watch where you are going?
I know that many ministers and prophecy teachers read The Prophetic Scroll, and judging by what a lot of them have said, there is a growing unity in the message amongst us. That would be like many together, each with a torch, shining together in the darkness.
At the end of the day, the light of God’s truth is to guide us into the bright shining eternal glory of heavenly light, with an abundant entrance.
You don’t want to just scrape into heaven by the skin of your teeth, smelling like hell.
So, the important job of the watchman’s torch is to shed light on the right way and expose the wrong way. People’s lives are affected and changed by these things.
Not too long ago some so-called watchmen, under the curse of Nibiru taught their deceived followers that the planet Nibiru was about to strike the earth and destroy it. This was taught by the Revelation 12 –sign teachers.
Some today teach the most outrageous, dangerous, Satan-rooted heresy like: Modern day Jews can never repent because they are cursed, because a small group of them stoned Steven nearly 2000 years ago!
Disagreement amongst watchmen detracts and harms the message and Bible prophecy. It means some are not hearing from the Spirit of God, who has a unified message of pure truth. Too many watchmen are full of pride, watching through blinded eyes. They need to get out of ministry!
Agreement amongst watchmen adds weight and substance to the message. Agreement highlights and shines on the truth, confirming and establishing it.
Pride is a watchman’s light-killer. It dims the light and confuses it with the darkness. Pride in a Christian minster is terribly dangerous. It deceives him with his self-importance. It blinds him to the light.
2 Corinthians 11:13-14 “Such are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Messiah. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.”
The angel of light, Satan is in the darkness of the night! “Watchmen, watchmen, what of the night? “ (Isaiah 21:11) Watchman, are you looking into the night with your light? Do you see what is of the “angel of light?” Do you watch, see and warn?
Jeremiah 6:17-18 “I set watchmen over you, saying, ‘listen to the sound of the trumpet.’ But they said. ‘We will not listen!’ Therefore hear O nations and learn O congregations, what will happen. Hear O earth! I am bringing disaster on this people, the fruit of their own schemes (thoughts), because they have paid no attention to My word and have rejected My instruction.”
In these above we see the sad reaction of the world to God's warning. They rejected it. That is exactly where we are today. But it’s quite another thing, and just as tragic when the watchman speaks a lot of hogwash and the people think he speaks the truth.
The most valuable torch-battery that a watchman can have is the cross of Calvary. It creates the power to give pure light, and strips out pride and its error.
The wonder of the cross is that it shows you that you are not valuable and precious, but that you are a dying rat with rabies, deserving of death. Then it raises you and gives you great eternal value.
Today we have a flood of ministers, ministries and so-called watchmen who are cross-less. They are of “another Jesus”. They are Spirit-less.
Their goal is your material wealth, so that they can benefit from it too. They teach self-improvement, self-esteem, self importance, all without the cross, which kills self. The speak the rat language.
They are not enemies of Christ. They are enemies of the cross of Christ! (Philippians 3:18) So they actually end up with “another Christ”!
The power of the cross and resurrection now works from inside your heart, where once the rat and blind bat lived.
Only stupid watchmen use weak, half-flat batteries in their torch. In their blindness they set themselves up as God’s editor, removing all the hard sayings and severity from their doctrine, producing spineless, worldly, weak counterfeit Christians.
It’s always the same people that get caught in big errors. They seem to attract all the rubbish. There’s a reason for that. It is because of their hidden pride, and because they have let in a spirit of error and have not cast it out or repented. It comes back seven times worse.(Matthew 12:45)
You need to be very careful and diligent with your faith. Examine it and guard it, and always move forward in total surrender to all truth, and actively avoid the error out there.
We see the two white horse riders contrasted in the Bible. Revelation 6:2 sees the rider on a white horse, given a crown (corona) and with a bow but no arrow, symbolising deception. Then we see God’s white horse rider at the end of the Revelation.
Revelation 19:11-14 “I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse, and He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war...and the armies in heaven clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.”
Notice the accompanying riders! The antichrist rider flies onto the stage with three other riders of the apocalypse - riders of deception, wielding death, destruction, and chaos.
Now notice our Lord on a white horse flying out of heaven with great armies of saints in fine linen, on white horses. The fine linen is the “righteousness of the saints”. (Revelation 19:8) Guess who these are? That’s us.
But note that we all return to make righteous war with our Lord. Since when do you go to war dressed in fine white linen? It is the final victory – the victory of fine righteousness over dirty wickedness! – Glory, I say!
Note well that at the marriage supper it is the church who are in fine while linen. Note well that as soon as dinner is over the white horse rider and the entire church still in white linen ride magnificently out of heaven at the Second Coming.
What amazing proof of a pre-tribulation rapture!!
Edition 47. 1st August 2010
In this edition:
●What is a Messianic believer?
What is a Messianic believer?
Beware, this may be revolutionary to you! It may challenge and change much in your life...for the better! It may also cause you to reject it all and set yourself as an enemy of God!
To many this will be a fearful, unwelcome intrusion into their traditional ways, to others this will be an exciting adventure of new discovery, with God leading the way. To yet others, this will be a confirmation of what God is already doing in their lives.
Is this just another name to add to the array of titles we have today? No, its the name and description you are likely to be hearing a lot more of in the future.
A true Messianic believer is one who accepts and embraces the Abrahamic expression of truth. Simply put; Abraham was the father of many Gentile nations and the Jews. This is how the thread goes: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Israel, Yeshua / Jesus, Jewish and Gentile believers in Messiah.
The Roman-based thread, evident in most of modern Christendom is far off the mark and has picked up enormous amounts of pure error and occult activities on the way. It began in 300AD with many occult practices brought into Christianity by Constantine, which were later added to and entrenched into the Catholic church which began in 600AD. This plunged the world into the dark ages. Most of these terrible occult-founded errors have filtered right through into much of Christendom and are a major stumbling block in the way of the Jew coming to salvation. Yes "Christ crucified" is the major stumbling block of the Jews coming to salvation. That's of their own making, but there are many who have put additional stumbling blocks in their way.
Throughout the dark ages the Catholic church resisted the Jews. It persecuted and murdered them (Inquisitions.) This later turned into full- blown replacement theology, which essentially teaches that the church has replaced Israel whom God has now rejected and is finished with. Replacement theology also denies the truth that God has a specific plan for the Jews, Jerusalem and the land of Israel in these days. This polluted, erroneous doctrine of replacement theology in it's various forms has clouded most of Christendom, and has resulted in a slant and flavour of Christianity that replaces the Hebraic flavour of Christianity with the Rome/ Babylon/ occult stench.
The diagram below shows the deviation. (Read from bottom up)
The thread of truth would obviously pick up a Hebraic flavour along the way. Its traditions, convocations, feasts, and practices would be those sanctioned in the Bible. For example there is no such thing as the Jewish feasts. They are called the feasts of the Lord and should be carried over into our era. The feasts of the Lord are for the Lord's people...all of them.
Messianic believers consist of Messianic Jews and Messianic Gentiles. You will see these two bandied about a lot. Both are legitimate. The Messianic Jew is a Jew who has recognised Yeshua / Jesus. A Messianic Gentile believer would be a term for a Gentile who is saved, but identifies with the Abrahamic expression of truth.
Most Jews who come to salvation, recognising Yeshua / Jesus as Lord and Messiah have an enormous problem of identity soon afterwards. They don't want to be called Christians, because the church is so foreign to them. They can't fit in with rabbinic Judaism anymore, so who are they and where do they fit in?
The Jews know that Babylon represents imprisonment, exile, rejection. Why would they now want to join the modern church, which is filled with Babylonian practices? Assimilation into the institutionalised, organised church for Messianic Jews is impossible. The church today has a blind spot and suspicion of Messianic Jews. They fear that they are revived Judaisers who will rob them of their traditions and identity.
They are quite a small group at this stage, but they will grow very fast in the near future. Messianic Jews are part of the Messianic movement of God. The Messianic Gentile arm is the other. Both are gloriously reconciled as one in Messiah.
The Messianic expression goes much further and roots out the traditions of Rome. Many of the traditional practises of the the church of Rome come directly from the occult practises of Babylon: Some of these include: The exaltation of the virgin Mary. (She was no virgin after Jesus and prayer to her is no different than praying to a leaf on a tree). The practice or participation in Easter, Christmas, lent and others, which are rooted in the occult.
A big and evil tradition is infant sprinkling, called baptism. It has with it the belief that a baby is freed from the power of original sin and becomes an eternal church member at the point of sprinkling. This tradition originates in Babylon. The pagan priest would put the mark of Tammuz on the baby's forehead by sprinkling water and fluids on the kid's head. The pagan priest would pray to the child-god Nimrod -Tammuz while performing the ritual. He would also come up with a name for the child he was 'anointing' There is no example in the scriptures of infant sprinkling.
The Biblical truth is full adult immersion. The original word for baptise is 'baptismo' which is associated with burial. You don't sprinkle some dirt on a coffin. You immerse it totally in the ground. Coming up out of the baptism water is a type of resurrection or new life. In every single Biblical example only adults are baptised.
The modern church today, has, with few exceptions, blindly adopted many of these occult -formed traditions.
Mark 7:13 "You nullify the word of God and make it of no effect by your traditions handed down."
There is a big debate and unfortunately a division between those who insist on full Torah observance and those who recognise it, but not in a legalist way. I have no problem with those (mostly Jews) who keep Torah, but I do have a problem with those who try to make others especially Gentiles do the same.
Let's have a look at what the Bible teaches and note I am using the New Testament epistles, which is the main teaching for the church:
Romans 14:1-6 "Receive one who is weak in faith, but not to disputes about doubtful things, for one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who doesn't, for God receives both. One person esteems one day above another and another esteems every day alike. He who observes the day observes it to the Lord and he who does not also does so to the Lord. Let us not put a stumbling block in our brother's way (vs13)
The above portion of scripture is very plain and clear. It teaches that doing things in a legalistic manner, shows weak faith, but it also legitimises choice for those who want to go that way. The verse does however teach that those who don't want to keep days, must do so unto the Lord. In other words, they would still have a recognition of these things.
Galatians 4:10, 11 "After you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days, months, seasons and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have laboured in vain."
The whole context of Galatians is freedom from legalism. Paul is not forbidding the observance of these things here. It's doing these things in a legalist way, that's the problem.
Colossians 2: 16, 17 "Let no one judge you in food or drink or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
Mark chapters 2 and 3 speak of our Lord doing things on the Sabbath that were supposedly unlawful. "Is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath?" He asks the Pharisees. Mark 3:6 "Then the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might destroy Him."
Please note one very important thing here. Our Lord Himself did not keep the letter of the law in the way that the Pharisees expected. And the result was that they wanted to kill Him. This is exactly the same thing that we see all over the place today in most religious circles. Legalism produces a pride that looks down on others that don't see or do things exactly their way. "The letter (of the law) kills, but the Spirit gives life." (2 Corinthians 3:6) Romans 14 above says we are to "receive one who is weak in faith, not kill them!
Both Jews and Gentiles trapped in legalism are often extremely condemnatory of anyone who doesn't keep their laws their way.
What then do we do with special days?:
1 Corinthians 5:7,8 "Christ who is our Passover was sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast..."
Acts 18:21 "I must by all means keep this coming feast in Jerusalem, but I will return again to you."
Acts 16:13; 20:6 "And on the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made..."
1 Corinthians 16:8 "I will tarry in Ephesus until Pentecost."
The above verses (and there are others) most certainly do teach about observing certain days like the Sabbath, Passover and the feasts. Do we now have a contradiction to deal with? No not at all. We need to at least recognise these days and set them apart from others. We need to identify with the Biblical meanings and messages behind these days, but we do not need to become legalistic in our practises.
I know of a number of Messianic congregations that have a Shabbat celebration on Friday evenings.
The true Messianic believer accepts the ultimate prophetic word and destiny for Israel and the Jews (both the land and the people). The destiny of Jerusalem is brought out in Isaiah 62:7 "It will become a praise in all the earth." But before this it will become the bone of contention and "stumbling stone over which the nations will fall." (Zechariah 12:3).
The church today has taken the Jewish fruit and rejected the Jewish root and replaced it with the root of an imposter.
The true Messianic believer will embrace a Hebraic expression of worship and fellowship and steer clear of both Jewish legalism and Christian occult-born traditions. The Messianic believer will have the truth set before him and be one who is 'arrested' by the truth, led and enlightened by the Spirit of God.
The Gentile believer:
Israel is called to bless the nations and the nations are called to bless Israel. But what is brewing now is another Holocaust caused brought on by the Gentile nations.
The job of the Gentile believer is to "provoke the Jew to jealousy", not to tell them that God has finished with them. The New Testament epistles teach that the gospel is to go to the Jew first and the Gentile! (Romans 1:16)
We are very close to a very big paradigm shift where the "times of the Gentiles" will be up! It is then that the Bible declares "all Israel will be saved." and then the Messiah will return.
Beware of the very severe warnings in the Revelation to the churches. Revelation 2: 5 to the church at Ephesus: "Repent or your lampstand will be removed." The church of Thyatira in Revelation 2:22 is told that they will be "cast into great tribulation unless they repent". and in Revelation 3: 16 the church of Laodicea is told that because they are lukewarm, God will "spew them out of His mouth."
The non- Messianic church has failed in it's God given role to make the Jews jealous and to aim the gospel at the Jew and the Gentile. It needs deep repentance and change of direction and course.
It's interesting that the Bible speaks of a veil of blindness over the Jews, which will be lifted soon. At the same time the church has it's own veil of blindness to deal with as well.
The ultimate glorious Messianic believer:
The Revelation of Jesus Christ contains within it messages to seven churches. These messages have a historic context to them as well a present and a future prophetic aspect to them. In fact there is a marvellous plot of the whole church age contained in them. The last few are very important.
The church at Philadelphia is the church of glory! The Messianic believer is fully identified within Philadelphia!
This church is the only one of the seven without one word of condemnation levelled against it by our Lord.
This church holds the "key of David" which is explained in Isaiah 22:21, 22 "He shall be a father to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and the house of Judah. The key of David I will lay on his shoulder." So we see here that this church has an identity, involvement and heart for the Jews. This church is commended because it "keeps the word". This church is also told that those of the "synagogue of Satan will come and bow down to them." This would be a reference to the rabbinic Jews who reject Yeshua /Jesus. This church is told that because they have "kept the word they will be kept from the hour of hour of trial that will come upon the whole world."
This is clearly a Messianic church, being involved with Israel, Jerusalem, the Jews and keeping the word, which also implies not keeping occult traditions.
The good news and glory of today is that more and more believers are finding that they are misfits. Their churches have failed them, deceived them and let them down. The Spirit of the living God is making them uncomfortable with traditional, institutionalised churchianity. They are looking for and finding a powerful new identity with God's miraculous work with Messianic believers, both Jew and Gentile. This work of God cannot be stopped!
Some important points:
Romans 11 uses the olive tree as an analogy. In a nutshell, it speaks of Gentiles as the wild olive branch being grafted into the tree, while the natural branches, the Jews are cut off for unbelief. But then Gentiles are warned that they will also be cut off if they reject or come against God's new work of re-grafting the natural branches (Jews) back in to their tree.
Romans 11:25, 26 Brethren, I don't you want you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that hardening in part has happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in and so all Israel will be saved."
Ezekiel 39:22 "The whole house of Israel shall know that I am the Lord their God from that day forward. The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity; therefore I hid My face from them..."Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel;...for I shall pour out My Spirit on the house of Israel and will not hide My face from them anymore."
Zechariah 9:23 "In those days ten men from every nation (Gentiles) shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man saying "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you."
Isaiah 60: 1,3 "Arise shine for your (Jews) light has come and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you...the Gentiles shall come to your light."
Ezekiel 20: 41 "I will accept you as a sweet aroma when I bring you out from the peoples...and I will be hallowed in you before the Gentiles, Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I bring you back to your land, Israel."
Ezekiel 37: 23 teaches that in the re-gathering and coming salvation of the Jews they "will not defile themselves with idols, nor detestable things". This would obviously include the occult traditions of the Gentile church.
Acts 15:20 "Abstain from things polluted by idols" What a far reaching and powerful verse!
These amazing verses teach that God's grace in about to swing to the Jews. Messianic Gentile believers will recognise, welcome and accept this fully, while the traditionalists will grow in dangerous deception and ultimately come against this work of God.
Shocking views of intelligent Christians:
I was talking with one educated individual on these things a while ago. He says: "Why should the Jews deserve salvation, they crucified Jesus and God has rejected them." I said, "no they didn't crucify Him...you did!" The truth is that He gave His life up willingly for all of us. I then asked this guy if he thought that he deserved salvation? He then saw that he was trapped! This highly intelligent turkey had just blindly accepted oceans of erroneous thinking. Most of which is deeply entrenched in the church and an obstacle in the way of the Jews coming to salvation.
A church pastor I spoke with some time ago said to me that God was finished with the Jews. If some get saved they must be become fully Christian and join the church and participate in it's traditions and practises. The ignorance of this is just so incredible!
There is a shocking number of Christian leaders, who are ignorant of the scriptures. All they do is regurgitate what they have been taught.
There is a view out there that all Christians are "spiritual Jews" This is rubbish and makes a mockery of a great many portions of scripture. This is based on the allegorical method of interpretation, which enables you to make the Bible say what you want!
The Catholic church and its offshoots have created an intimidating and fearful place for the Jews, instead of provoking them to jealousy. Why is the salvation of the Jews at large important? Simply because "When all Israel is saved then the Messiah returns. And of course there are hundreds of passages of scripture revealing that the Jews will be saved en-mass in the time period running up to the second coming.
The Messianic congregation offers a welcoming safe haven and home for Jews where they can fit in comfortably, while steering clear from the entrapments of legalism and the occult.
If you're a Gentile Christian you don't need to become a Jew. If you're a Jewish believer you don't need to become a regular church member. If you are either you must flee from an identity with occult based traditions and practises.
The Messianic church is one that has an identity with, involvement with, and heart for the Jews, Israel, Jerusalem and God's plan for the Jews that are still lost. If your church has no little interest in these things in it's teachings, worship and fellowship, it is not a Messianic church.
This doesn't mean that a church needs to go overboard on these things either. The Abrahamic expression is to both the Jew and Gentile.
If your church is neutral toward these things, it is also an enemy of our Lord! Yeshua / Jesus says "If you are not for Me, you are against Me." The term "for Me" here is an active term!
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying traditional non-Messianic churches are not saved or anything like that. I am saying that they're in danger!
Today there is a paradigm shift on the go. Many believers are unhappy and unfulfilled in their dying dinosaur churches as the Spirit of God moves in their own personal lives. Many will continue as blind followers of blind guides. At the same time, many are leaping for joy in their new identity in and with God's present new move. It's like when the two pregnant women, Mary and Elizabeth met. Unborn John the Baptist "leapt for joy" as he 'recognised' the unborn Messiah, and King of the universe in front of him, still in Mary's womb!
You would be a dumb turkey if you went and asked a second hand car salesman if it's okay to buy one of his second hand cars! You need to get an outside opinion. Don't go and ask your nice priest in his nice frock if all of this is true or not. Go to our great Lord and God. He will show you.
The King of the Jews
There is a big difference between giving intellectual accent to something and actually doing it and putting it into practise.
Many Christians are afraid of this, just as Jews are afraid of the church. They think that they will have to start obeying all sorts of laws religiously. Well, as you can see the truth is not in keeping laws to make an angry God smile on you, but it's a matter of recognition, identification and a new way of thinking.
It's all about truth, your own heart and your life's desire. It's not about keeping on going in the bus that's headed over the cliff. If your heart is really after our Lord and you desire Him and His truth with an all encompassing passion. He will lead you. He will show you, but you need to be open for a God-created revolution!
The real glory is that in Messiah, Jew and Gentile will be gloriously united in grace and truth. Actually there will also be large numbers of Arabs that will come into the Kingdom as well pretty soon.
http://www.messianicdirectory.info/ This is a comprehensive resource base for all things Messianic. We are listed here also.
http://jerusalemcouncil.org/articles/community/list-of-messianic-congregations/ This is a list of all the known Messianic congregations in the world.
http://www.messianictimes.com/ Good general news site
http://www.givengain.com/cgi-bin/giga.cgi?cmd=cause_dir_cause&cause_id=1507 This site is called Messianic Good news and that's just what it is.
http://www.inthedays.com/ Good Messianic news blog
Ephesians 2: 14,15 "For He Himself is out peace who has made both one and has broken down the middle wall of division between us, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is the law of commandments, contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace."
Heaven or hell:
Old rabbi, who are you raising your hands to? You would say, "to the Messiah". Well do you know who your Messiah is? It's none other than the Jew of all Jews Yeshua / Jesus. Yes raise your hands to your soon coming Messiah, but if you don't recognise that He has been here before and died for your sins, you will go to hell. You must accept His sacrifice for you at His first coming to be able to meet Him again.
Young girl, some very exciting times are coming. God is doing a new work in this world in this day. Are you ready? Are you going to go the way of the majority and the way of traditionalism? Are you going to melt into the everlasting arms of our glorious saviour, the King of the Jews and the Gentiles and the Arabs? Don't wait to make up your mind, you may not have the time you think! These are monumental life changing issues, don't hesitiate!
Marc Chagall was a Russian Jewish artist who became a believer later in life. His paintings are wonderfully playful and today sell for many millions. This one is entitled "Christ in the clock" It's rich with symbolism as most of his painting are. There are varied interpretations of this painting, but here is one. Christ crucified is a stumbling block to the Jew (lying on his back) The clock represents advancing time and the pendulum fish represents the church. Time is running out for the church and the time of God's favour is about to awaken the Jew. Why is there a horse floating in the sky? Well of course that's because he was an artist and therefore a touch mad.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 46. 24th July 2010
In this edition:
●Truth and Error
●The rapture and second coming compared.
What is truth
Most people are unaware that the entire time period relating to the coming of our Lord on the wings of truth, also has with it the coming of the devil or antichrist as a counterfeit lord, whose entrance onto the stage will be with all error, unrighteousness and deception.
In many situations, truth is illusive, but it is of monumental importance in this day. According to Bible prophecy it will become more and more attacked, questioned, rejected and replaced. The Bible says that "truth will be cast down in the streets." The only way the devil will be able to "deceive the whole world" (Revelation 12:9) during his final performance will be by interfering with and casting down truth.
The measure of all things is Godly truth. It is not your church doctrine. It is not the beliefs of this denomination or that. It is not all the Babylonia occult- errors of the Catholics and their evil twin the Anglicans. It is the pure Word of God straight and neat!
Amos 7:7 "Behold the Lord stood on the wall made with a plumb line and with a plumb line in His hand....Behold I am setting a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel; I will not pass by them anymore." The plumb line hangs straight and shows if the wall is also straight or not. God's plumb line is His word. Truth is exact.
We are to build our lives with the plumb line of God's truth.
Truth and error travel the same highway, but are inspired by two different Gods. In this edition I want to have a brief look at both truth and error and the many incredible things associated with the subject.
Our Messiah said "I have come to establish the truth."
Truth and error are essentially spirits. The Bible talks of the "Spirit of Truth and the spirit of error". (1John 4:1-6)
One day you will not stand before your priest, pastor, reverend or rabbi. You will not stand before any Hollywood celebrity or hero. You will stand before the living God and judgement will be "according to truth" If that is the case (and it is, mark my words) don't you think it's kind of important to examine the subject and be calmly settled in truth?
In the last days "lawlessness (no truth) shall abound and the love of many will grow cold" (Mathew 24:12) We are heading for dangerous days.
Bible truth must be read or interpreted in a literal way as much as possible. The allegorical method of interpretation foist into it anything the interpreter desires. Obviously there is allegory in the scriptures. For example Yeshua / Jesus is called the "Lamb of God". He is not a lamb. That is allegory. But you can't apply allegory to anything you like.
The key to all interpretation is within the Bible itself. Bible prophecy was fulfilled in an exact literal way and will continue in that manner. Many church leaders today have appointed themselves as God's editor! They have a shock coming!
Characteristics of truth:
There are many characteristics of truth, but here are just a few:
Truth is clean, it's holy and pure. Truth will always leave you deeply satisfied. Truth sets you free indeed. Truth is not variable or relative, it is absolute. You can't have 2+2=4 and 2+2=5. One is absolute truth and the other not. Truth can never sit comfortably with error.
Truth has triplets which accompany her. They are the indwelling Spirit, love and mercy. "When He the Spirit of truth has come He will lead you into all truth."(John 16:13) Without the fullness of the indwelling Spirit through the baptism of the Spirit, there is no guarantee to be led into truth! Truth without love and mercy becomes legalistic. The Spirit of God leads you into truth and love and mercy tempers the application of truth.
Spirit led truth may show mercy and tolerance. It may operate in love towards an enemy, but it will not bend the truth. The person may be shown love but that doesn't mean he is not an enemy anymore (although that may be the end result)
Not one of us has ever come to the full truth immediately. It's a progressive journey of wonderful discovery. God does not blow us away because we are ignorant of truth. The key is to be open to it and humble before our Lord. Then He will lead us in love and mercy into all truth.
Truth without love becomes legalistic, while love without truth becomes tolerant of all evil. Truth and legalism are terrible twins.
Truth sets free!
"God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud" (James 4:6) The key is to maintain an attitude of humility before God and His word. The big thing that humility does is that it allows you to see clearly. It opens the door to spiritual light and sight!
The way to truth and preservation of the truth within you is actually very simple indeed. All you need is a soft broken heart before our Lord and then simply ask Him for understanding and wisdom.
The Bible declares that a "tree is known by its fruit" Truth has many wonderful glorious fruits. Some include: Unity. love. joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control, understanding and wisdom.
God's will is not for all people to be saved. "God desires all people to be saved AND come to a knowledge of the truth." (1 Timothy 2:4)
Characteristics or error:
If truth comes through humility before God then error comes through pride before God.
The spirit of error is unclean, it accommodates and tolerates all types of evil. It will lead you astray. The spirit of error may sit comfortably with many other errors, but it will never sit comfortably with the truth. The spirit of error will always persecute or attack the Spirit of truth. The spirit of error is the way of the majority
Accidental error always has hope of correction, but the real danger with error is that it almost always comes in on the wings of pride and arrogance. All heresy and false doctrine is birthed in pride. The big thing that pride does is blind you. So if you are essentially spiritually blinded, you are in greater danger than you can imagine.
Haven't you ever been amazed at just how difficult it is to get unsaved people to see the truth?
John 8:43 "Why do you not understand My word? Because you are not able to listen to My word. You are of your father the devil."..."He who is of God hears God's word." (vs 47)
2 Corinthians 4:4 "Whose mind the god of this age has blinded who do not believe lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God should shine on them."
2Thesselonians 2:1-11 "Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him...let no one deceive you...The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power and lying signs and wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth that they may be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie."
The above three verses are absolutely frightening! Can you see it? In each case a lack of belief results in being blinded by the devil and by God! If both are at work preventing you from coming to the truth, you will not see truth, no matter how hard you try. Can you see how important it is to have a soft heart of belief towards God and His word?
Truth and error have nothing to do with how clever you are. Many very clever people are in rank error when it comes to the all important things of God. It's all about the condition of your heart!
Error always leads to confusion enslavement and imprisonment. But beware, if your heart is hard towards God, you will also "sear your conscience" and be in much greater danger than you can imagine. That's like having no nerves in your hand. You won't feel any pain when you put your hand on a hot plate! A person with a seared conscience sees, feels, knows or cares about nothing but himself.
Error leads to confusion!
If a "tree is known by its fruit" then error has many of them.
One important fruit of error can be seen in the un-teachable attitude of these people. It is seen in their bad character traits as well.
On a church level, today many are filled with the rotten fruits of Babylonian occult practises that have filtered down through Catholicism. These trees of error have poisoned a great many.
Fruits of religious error are also manifest in the appearance of pope's, priests and bishops. Their symbols and dress is nothing but the pride of separation above the people.
Another major fruit of Catholicism was the dark ages and the imprisonment and mass murder of a great many Jews and others in the inquisitions. (I will soon do an edition on some of the horrifying Satanic icons, statues and images depicting Lucifer in the tunnels and secret rooms under the Vatican.)
The biggest danger is truth mixed with error:
Religious error is a product of "Another Jesus" (2 Corinthians 11:4) He is a counterfeit and of another spirit and his 'truth' comes very close to the real thing.
A huge danger facing the world is truth mixed with error. Obama and his evil 'sister' Oprah are at the forefront of this. The bottom line behind their religion (born in hell) is that there are many ways to God. Each person has their own idea of God and way to God and all are equally valid. This is like religious communism. "Of course a loving God would never send anyone to hell, all will be accepted," they say. The work of the cross and the blood of Yeshua / Jesus is meaningless for salvation, they believe.
This is very widespread and growing. They take many verses of scripture relating to love and things like that and twist the context. They exclude other portions of scripture, which doesn't fit with their ideas. It looks good because it has bits of so-called truth mixed in.
Truth presented in a legalistic way is just as wrong as error. Some may have just the right words, but they use them as a baseball bat! There may well be a time to use truth as a sword, but it must be through the clear leading of the Spirit. In fact this is only for more mature believers. The job of a baby is to eat the right food and grow up. Adults play baseball!
The mixture of truth and error doesn't sanctify the error. Truth may tolerate error for a short while, but the error will always remain so.
The Bible declares "Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?"
Think about these things:
Truth produces unity. 2+2=4. That's it. We who believe this are in unanimous automatic untiy.
Error produces confusion and division (denominations). 2+2=4, 5, 9 anything you believe.
I was chatting to a friend the other day, who had just got saved. She said, "it's so confusing trying to find a church". She was very right! Many church leaders will encounter the "terror of the Lord" one day soon as they stand in judgement for the mess they have created.
The pursuit of truth:
A person may be known by what consumes their thoughts and actions. In a day with so many divisions and errors all around us in the religious world, the pursuit of truth is vital. The very first thing we need to do is make sure that me, myself, I is on the cross. The way into the depths of God's truth can only be found with self on the cross. In fact it is the absence of the cross that has produced so many divisions and denominations! The modern divided church is the product of proud man's best shot.
As we grow in the grace of God's wisdom and truth, it's a mighty, wonderful thing. When we see something from God's treasure trove we are often surprised that others can't see it also. "Can't you see it, don't you understand you dumb idiot"
We need to be careful of the attitude which easily springs up in us of trying to prove others wrong and ourselves right. If this is our motivation we are equally as guilty. Now, of course its good to be right, but how we handle it is the issue.
Examples and dangers:
Imagine setting off on a journey to a city 1000kms to the south. You intend to obey the rules of the road. When you get close to your destination you see a sign saying 50kms to a city 1000kms north of your starting point. You did well, you obeyed the rules of the road. The only problem is that you went in the wrong direction. This is the great tragedy of a great many people! They are just going along blindly with the flow, presuming that their leaders are going the right direction.
The answer is to wipe the slate clean, take off your religious glasses and begin afresh with God's word as the supreme thing.
I recall being completely deceived by a religious crowd way back in the late 1970s. I quickly lay myself before our Lord and began to study His word. I read my Bible cover to cover three times, which took about three weeks each time. This really was the start of a glorious walk to freedom. I then began to study it in depth and still do to this day.
A good very simple example of truth and error and the massive impact on untold millions of people is in the translation of one word in the Bible. The Old King James version, is a translation from the Latin. It is venerated by the Catholics. It uses the word 'Easter.' in Acts 12:4. The New King James version, which is translated from the original and is the best by far, uses the word 'Passover.' The original word used is Pesach, which means 'Passover'. Then in 1Corinthians 5:8 we are told "Let us keep the feast." The original word here is Pesach meaning Passover.
Easter is derived from the Babylonian sex goddess Ishatar. This is why rabbits and eggs are part of it. They are both symbols of fertility. (See edition 21 for much more)
The Catholic Pope of the day excommunicated some poor guy called Anatolia for celebrating Passover and not Easter, many moons ago! Way to go Anatolia!
Today virtually the whole Christian world practises or celebrates Easter and not Passover and on a different day!
Many believe the great error that infant sprinkling (baptism) saves you. This error comes from a Babylonian occult practise!
The truth is that adult baptism after conversion, through the new birth is required. That makes many people mad!
Beware when your measure of truth is church tradition!!
Unfortunately many people will hate you with a passion when you challenge or reject their traditions. But let's see what God says: "You make the word of God of no effect through your traditions handed down." (Mark 7:13)
Some priests, bishops, and pastors will go to hell because they are not saved and teach others that salvation comes by being basically good and becoming a church member!
The Bible says that the salvation plan is so simple that a "child and a wayfaring man will not go wrong in it." You need to be born again it says. You need regeneration, not church laws.
I don't know how many times I've sat in some dumb church and left thinking "Is that all there is. Is that all they have to offer" and what they did offer was just some motivational ear-tickling rubbish!
The church is supposed to be the bastion and protector of truth. I would encourage you to read edition 11 on the seven messages to the churches in the Revelation "glory and horror"
Truth according to the mass media is pure error. Satan is the god of this world and the media is his mouthpiece. Of course the media may report truthfully on something like an accident, but they will almost always be wrong on anything with spiritual overtones. Their agenda is that of the devil himself.
Case in point: The world's road map to peace in Israel presented by the media is pure error. It's the road map to war actually. In many situations if you apply the opposite you will be nearer the truth. For example CNN may present Obama's "many ways to God" in a story. The opposite is the truth. There is one way to God.
The danger is that many people erroneously think that because something is in print or on TV or the movies or comes from some celebrity it must be true. Error has huge masses of gullible followers!
Truth opens your eyes and lets God into your life, error blinds you and lets the devil in and keeps God out.
Truth will always leave you fulfilled and deeply satisfied while error will always leave you unfulfilled, uncomfortable, uneasy, unsure and stressed. (Unless you have seared your conscience)
Bible prophecy is truth and is essentially the eyes of the believer. If you are not in this truth, you are in danger. You wont know where you are going or what's coming and will be ill-prepared.
The pursuit and finding of the gospel truth will give you glimpses into eternity and lead you in the beauty of holiness. It will strengthen you and inspire you on your journey to perfection. You will be able to face the future and face God with confidence, while much of the church and the world around us gets shaken to its very foundation in the coming days.
The big question is...are you free? are you truly free indeed? Are you free from the devises of religious divisions or denominationalism? Are you free from the devises of the god of this world? Are you free from trying to prove others wrong and yourself right? Are you free from the bondages of sin? Are you free from the entrapments created by celebrity and Hollywood and the opinions of man? Are you growing in the truth?
If so, then you can say "The truth has made me free indeed." (John 8:32)
Psalm 25:9 "The humble He teaches His truth. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth."
Jeremiah 29:13 "You will find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart"
Jeremiah 15:16 "I found Your words and I ate them and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart."
Heaven or hell:
Old aboriginal man, our God has made a way for you to be saved. You need to get saved to go to heaven. Your occult errors and traditions handed down from generation to generation have not made you free. You are in a prison of your own making, which will be immeasurably worse in hell, unless you break free from the chains of bondage and accept the work of the cross and the cleansing blood of our Lord.
Young kid...what is in your future? Will you go blindly the way of your fathers and ancestors or will your beautiful eyes look upon our magnificent Messiah as He welcomes you into His glorious Kingdom. Will our Lord say to you one day, "well done good and faithful servant" or "depart from Me into eternal hell." Please make the right decision when required!
"Till we all come to knowledge of the truth" This is the Isaiah Scroll, one of the dead sea scrolls containing the book of Isaiah in its exact form. I've superimposed into it the painting by Rembrandt of a rabbi. Today there is a growing number of rabbis who believe in Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah) Soon there will come a time when Jews will come to the knowledge of the truth in great numbers. It is written!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 45. 18th July 2010
In this edition:
●Secret keys to spiritual success
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● July 18 2010 (Israel Today) Palestinian leader Abbas not only rejected an American request to restart direct peace talks with Israel, he introduced a new precondition that will make resumption of talks almost impossible. He insists that Israeli premier Netanyahu halt all Jewish construction in Samaria and Judea permanently. This includes east Jerusalem.
There is no doubt that we are on the door step of monumental developments in the Middle East. Right now we are in the lull before the storm.
Amazing secret keys to spiritual success
Please also read the two editions called "Wise words of old" (edition 17 November 2009 and edition 40, May 2010)
Bible prophecy doesn't only deal with the big-ticket items, but also speaks very personally into our own lives. If God's Word promises rewards to some of his children, then in a way, that is prophetic, simply because it still lies ahead. This edition is related to these deeply personal and individual issues. God has a calling and a plan for every single believer. It's just as prophetic for God to have a plan for Israel, for example, as a plan for you and I.
There are many keys to a successful spiritual life that are universal to all believers, but there are also many keys to victory that apply only to our individual tailor-made lives!
Surprisingly many of the keys I'm going to share with you are little known today, but they are right there in the Bible for any to take hold of. Of course nothing in the Bible is a secret, but I'm calling these "secret keys" simply because they are only for those who diligently seek them out. They are hidden to many others. They are rarely taught today and in fact shunned by many.
1Corinthians 2: 7 "We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory...But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit, for the Spirit searches all things, yes the deep things of God."
There is such a great wealth of wisdom, experience, transformation, and deep things of God awaiting us. It's God's plan for you and I to experience the fullness of what He has laid up for us. Most believers never even touch the surface. Many don't know that there is so much more for them, because they either don't care, or haven't been taught how to get there.
Hosea 2:14 "I will allure her and bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her."
This beautiful verse implies separation and solitude. The wilderness is not the place of the masses. This speaks of a lone, individual, meeting with God. As we withdraw privately, in deep surrender and humility before our great King, He begins to fill us with His wonderful ways. Of course there is a place for meetings, but that is not where you will grow. Your real growth takes place in your own wilderness, alone with God.
The word philosophy means "the love of wisdom" and wouldn't we all like to be wise? But be careful, because there are two distinct types of philosophy. Colossians 2:8 "Beware lest anyone deceive you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
James 3:15 "This wisdom does not descend from above, but is worldly, sensual, demonic."
Because this wisdom is of the world and it's god Satan, it's all over the place. It's everywhere and very easy to see, pick up, learn and fill your life with. It's in your face through the media, celebrities, politicians, your work colleagues and even in your own family!
This empty philosophy is deeply rooted in the religious traditions of various denominations.
The wisdom that we need to seek is from above, from God Himself. But He doesn't share His deep wisdom with the superficial or the unsaved world.
You cannot know the deep things of God with your pride, ego and self-life intact. The wisdom of God is hidden from the arrogant.
Colossians 2:3 "In Him are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."
Note that the "treasures of the wisdom and knowledge" of God are hidden.
The other day I was talking with the CEO of a large company who is supposedly a Christian.. He is well known and very clever. But he has an arrogant streak in him. The subject turned to spiritual things and I was shocked at how completely ignorant this 'wise' man is!
The deeper things of God do not come automatically on silver platter to you as a believer. There are many conditions you need to fulfil. That's not popular but it's true.
The way to grow in grace:
John 12 speaks of an alabaster box or pot containing a very precious strongly scented ointment used to anoint bodies at burials. It needed to be broken so that "the whole house could be filled with the aroma." This is a brilliant type of what we as believers need. We need the brokenness that comes through taking up our cross so that the scent of the Spirit of God can be released all around us.
The Spirit of the living God does not surround a self-centred person. Self is the vessel hindering the release of the Spirit. It must be broken.
The first huge issue is we need to know is that it's impossible to live the Christian life! Formulas, traditions, prayer meetings, laws, rules etc. all have one major flaw to them. They presume it's possible to be victorious in the Christian life, if you just do these things. This is a big lie. Neither you nor your church can live this life successfully. The secret key is to give up and stop trying!
Abraham, Moses, David, Paul, (you name them) all the apostles and even Yeshua /Jesus couldn't live the Christian life! Our Lord pointed to the way of victory. It's revolutionary: John 5:30 "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear I judge and My judgement is righteous because I do not seek My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me." John 8:28 "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He and that I do nothing of Myself; but as the father taught Me, I speak these things, and He who sent Me is with Me." In the garden of Gethsemane He cried out "Father remove this cup from Me, nevertheless not My will but Yours be done (Luke22:42)
Pretty soon the disciples must have noticed that Yeshua /Jesus was odd! He had an indwelling God that He kept talking to and turning to! Inside of Him was someone else!
He kept saying odd things like "The Father abides in Me" and "It is He who does the work" and "I am one with the Father."
It is only God the Father that can do it! the secret key is in the relationship between Yeshua / Jesus and the Father. Imagine Yeshua / Jesus saying "I can of My own self do nothing"!! How amazing is that? After all He is the King of all Kings! But He was showing us how to be victorious. In the flesh and in His own strength, He could not do it.
What is needed is the surrender of me, myself, I. It's the 'I' that needs to die. Our Lord showed us how to die to self and what it means. The way of the flesh is to lay aside the cross and not to die. The flesh wants to live supremely in its own simple worldly wisdom! Job 15: 8 "Have you heard of the secret council of God, or do you limit your wisdom to yourself."
The most wonderful moment in life comes when you realise that you can't do it and give up trying to. Paul had this experience in Romans 7:15-18 "What I do I don't want to do and what I hate that I do...For I know that in me dwells no good thing...O wretched man that I am, who will deliver me from this body of death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord."
So the answer isn't to try harder and harder, it's to give up and die to self. As we do this a glorious exchange begins. Instead of my own self life comes His life of victory. A very special fellowship now develops with the living God right in the centre of your life!
We are a unique new species and the true church is a beautiful bride. As you go this way you will run into trouble with modern churchianity! It's worth remembering that the institutionalised church will persecute those that don't follow them and those that do follow the truth!
The church of Rome through the ages has manufactured a great counterfeit for the true Christian life. It has become widespread in many other denominations and ministries as well. Many of these institutions are hiding places for counterfeits. They are cross-less! They are not enemies of Christ, but "enemies of the cross of Christ." (Philippians 3:18)
Holiness and separation from the ways of the flesh and the world are a pre-requisite for a truly victorious life. Proverbs 3:32 "His secret council is with the upright."
A reverent fear of God is also required. This is largely missing in today's church. Psalm 25:14 "The secret council of the Lord is with those who fear Him and He will show them His covenant." This an incredibly powerful verse of scripture. It limits those to whom "the Lord's secret council" is given. It indicates that these people will be shown many things relating to God's plan for their lives!
It's impossible to love someone you don't know. It's also impossible to fear someone you don't know. Both are needed for spiritual success. Can you see why so much of the modern church world is in such imminent danger!
The way to victory is by taking up your own cross daily. This is also likened to dying to self, or decreasing so that He increases. The way to resurrection is the way of the death. As resurrection is on the far side of the cross, so is victorious living for us on the far side of death to self and the ways of the world.
Until the day that you see your self-life as an obstruction to God, you will be useless to Him. You may think you don't need to die to self and that God is using you, but it's all empty!
It's worth remembering that you can't impart God to others. You can only impart the right way. People must go to God themselves. There is no group salvation. Yes we can stand in the gap for others in prayer, but we can't do what they must do.
I've been very encouraged by the testimony of some who have let me know that they get more from this website for the spiritual lives than anywhere else. I know of one young guy who lives on a farm up on a mountain far from here, who diligently reads through this website on his cell phone in the early hours of the morning. Yes that's you Liam!
Most of the younger generation today are in huge trouble, but God is working with many to prepare them and turn them into His apostles!
The point is that we all need to be serious and diligent in seeking the ways of our Messiah. If you seek you will find, if you don't seek there is no promise to find anything.
Daniel 2:21 "He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things". Please note that God operates in exclusivity. This is not popular, but it's God's way, like it or not. God gives more wisdom to those who are already wise!
He blinds and confounds those that are wise in their own eyes."! (Isaiah 5:21) Don't you think it's worth going His way?
There is no big general handing out of wisdom, knowledge and understanding. It's only for those who individually meet the requirements.
If you are going the right way there will be the marks of victory on your life:
You will be the living dead and will have the marks of the cross on your life. You will have gone through Gethsemane-like trials and sufferings of putting the flesh to death so that the Spirit of the living God can be released.
You will have lost your life to the world and its ways and you'll recognise and see the enemy.
You will be humble before God and His Word and take a strong stand against the devil and his ways.
You will know and stand for the truth and be offended at what offends God.
You will find that you will grow in spiritual authority and Godly knowledge, wisdom and understanding.
You will be filled with a deep inner joy and peace.
You will have a new holiness and a new natural desire within you to please God.
You will desire to see others advance in the deep things of God.
You will be in control of your money, thoughts and tongue.
You will have a love for Israel, the Jews and Gods plan for the close of the age.
You will have a passionate longing, interest and love for the coming of our Lord and Messiah.
You will find it very difficult to assimilate into much of the modern church.
You will be a glorious oddball.
You will be the apple of Gods eye.
There is a very significant all important thing that happens when we apply the cross, brokenness and all these things. We will begin to see the magnitude and greatness of our God. You can't be a big deal and have a big God, it's impossible! If you're a big deal, you have a god made in your image that you can control, but you have a big shock coming!
When we go the way of the daily cross, our daily spiritual victory increases and rises. We need to say "Greater is He in me rather than I am great and worthy." We need to let Him increase as we decease.
In closing this edition let me share with you a great secret. Those who do not take up their cross to follow Yeshua / Jesus will only know Him as Jesus born in a stable. They will know much about His humanity, but they will know nothing or very little of the risen Messiah. They will see the Lamb but not the Lion and will be half-baked believers!
Our Lord of majesty is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is now and forever crowned with glory, but it was the crown of thorns that came first. It's the same way for us. Victorious resurrection life is on the far side of the cross.
He is the creator of all life, Saviour, Lord, King, Judge Alpha and Omega, He holds the universe together and has the keys of heaven and hell.
If you do not know the Deity of Christ, you will easily be able to exalt yourself above Him because you won't fear Him, but there is coming a day when every knee shall bow to Him and confess that He is Lord, but it will be too late to save you if you don't do this before your death!
If we are moving into greater depths of knowledge, understanding and the wisdom of God, we will be extremely interested in all Bible prophecy. It all relates to His coming. As our lives melt into His we will see things His way and above all we will see many wonderful prophetic things as they approach
Amos 3:7 "Surely the Lord does nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets."
1 Corinthians 15:51 "Behold I show you a mystery, we shall not all sleep (die) but we shall be changed in a moment (atomo, in original) in a twinkling of an eye at the last trumpet..."
Amazingly this verse shows that not everyone will die! How about that! There is one generation, and it is this one, that will escape death and be translated alive in an atomic moment into glory. Roll on the rapture!!
Don't be casual with your life, its earthly journey may end soon and then you will live forever in one of two neighbourhoods.
Job 12:13 "With Him is wisdom and strength; He has counsel and understanding."
Psalm 91:1 "He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
Psalm 31:20 "You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence."
Heaven or hell:
Without salvation that comes through the work of the cross you are going to hell. Of course I know that's not politically correct or fashionable to say, but it's the truth. After salvation you need to take up your own cross and die daily, to be truly free. That's also not popular but again it's the only way. If not you will constantly be on the other side of the fence and barred from true spiritual victory
If you go the Biblical way, you will have a lot more than the winds of victory blowing in your face. You will be truly free. You will be free indeed! Don't settle for the average spiritual climate of today. Set your face against the winds of this world and the Spirit of the living God will transform you and lead you into every increasing glory.
In closing here is a composite, mixed media art work including the abstract and realism.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 44. July 10th 2010
In this edition:
●Why prophecy is important yet rejected.
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● July 8 2010 "Palestinian leader Abbas branded as a moderate by the international community, speaking in Arabic to the Arab news media says he prefers war against Israel, but can't do it alone." The western press would not report this. It doesn't suit their agenda.
●10 July 2010. According to sources within the Israeli Defence Force new classified information shows that Hizballah has increased to full strength in southern Lebanon. It is stockpiling in schools and hospitals.
Both of the above items show that Israel is far from being safe. It won't take much to spark off another conflict.
Why Bible prophecy is so important yet rejected:
There is one big, enormous, overriding issue here: All unfulfilled prophecy points to and deals with the coming of our Lord and Messiah in some way. If Yeshua /Jesus is coming back again what will be the circumstances, why, how, when, what will happen to the world system, what will happen to me? And many other deep, dramatic questions immediately spring to mind.
Is He coming again like before to offer salvation, or is He coming this time for judgement? If He is coming to judge a Christ-rejecting world, can I hide from Him, or will He go away if I just ignore all of this like so many others?
If I accept the fact that He is coming again, I'll be alright won't I, because I've been more good than bad in my life? That's a huge misconception and lie! If you are going to trust your own good works to get saved the passing grade is 100%. To be saved you need to have the living God living in you through the new birth, then you get given as a free gift the 100% perfection of Yeshua / Jesus. Your own good works count only for reward as a believer, but not for salvation.
My church doesn't teach on these things Joel, so why take any notice of what you're saying?
My church teaches self-motivation and a long, happy, positive life for me and my kids if I just believe it and confess it; now don't come and rock our comfortable boat, Joel!
There are many obvious reasons why prophecy is so important, but lets have a look at it all from a pure Biblical perspective.
About one fifth of the content of the Bible is prophecy or is related to prophecy. The very first prophecy occurs right up front in Genesis and centres on the ultimate, end-time fall of Satan and victory of our Lord. Genesis begins with a paradise lost and revelation closes with paradise restored.
Isaiah was a prophet, so was Jeremiah and Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. All were prophets! All prophesied of things to come. Many of these Old Testament prophets prophesied of the first coming of our Messiah, some with intricate detail, but everyone of these prophesied of many things relating to the second coming and the close of the present age.
An impression of the prophet Jeremiah
The New Testament repeats and expands on many of the Old Testament prophetic utterances, but also introduces the very foundational structure for the church. Ephesians 4:11 "He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God..."
These ministry offices are the very pillars of the church! Note that number two is the prophet. Now of course we all know that a lot of these ministry gifts or offices have been turned into nothing than a circus performance by many, but a bigger and more tragic issue is that many churches today have stripped out almost everything relating to the prophetic Word.
The five-fold ministry office of the prophet has been largely removed from the church today, or ignored. In some situations its been turned into the rubber-stamp of a bless-me-now club! The prophet in the church needs to be one who knows Bible prophecy backwards and uses it as his basis to direct, lead, guide and warn.
It is the prophetic word that gives us eyes to see into the future and to see where we are going and where we should not go.
If you or your church removes Bible prophecy from it's menu you are a blind sitting duck!
Let me tell you what happens when your teacher or pastor removes certain Biblical things from his preaching and teaching that he or the congregation deems objectionable. The Spirit of the Living God leaves! That church would be none the wiser, as it continues to operate in the energy of humanistic flesh!
I've seen it first hand. A number of churches that used to be right on the mark with prophetic teaching and utterances have now seen fit to remove it all. They are now Spiritless institutions. Some are spearheading inter-faith activity, some are more politicised than they should be. Some used to be pro-God's plan for Israel and now they're in the opposite camp! They're now blind to the prophetic Word and also to the works of the devil.
Why many cast down Bible prophecy:
First and foremost, we need to understand that we are in a spiritual climate and environment and that's where the battleground is staged.
Our Lord and Saviour is coming soon. If so, then so is Satan for his final hour! Satan comes in camouflage, bringing blindness to his existence and presence. 2 Thessalonians 2 :9-12 "The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan with all power, signs and lying wonders and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish because they did not receive the love of the truth. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion that they should believe the lie." "The lie" being referred to here is that Satan is God.
Can you see it? As Satan approaches he comes with deception. On top of this God sends delusion to those who reject Him. How can these people possibly see and understand the things of God? Both Satan and God are blinding them!!
Perhaps the biggest reason prophecy is rejected is because it's truth. Satan hates truth and always tries to sow confusion into it or replace it. "Our God id not the author of confusion" says the Bible - 1 Corinthians 14:3. Then in James 3:16 "Demonic wisdom brings envy, self- seeking, strife, confusion and every evil thing."The Bible declares that in the last days truth will be cast down in the streets.
The Bible identifies the spiritual climate at the time of the end of the age:
2Timothy 3:1-5 "In the last days perilous times will come, because people will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, without self-control...lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying it's power and from such people turn away."
Today we are in the me now generation. It's especially evident in the youth of today, but its widespread. There is really only one answer and that is the application of the cross. Death that results fro the application of the cross kills self and this me now existence! As I die to self, I am more and more delivered into victorious living. It was Paul the apostle who said "I die daily" and "its not I that live but Christ who lives in me" and "As I decrease He increases."
Pride and self-opinion are sure ways to become blinded to the things of God. James 4:6 "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble, therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you." If God is resisting you because of your pride, Satan will fill the gap! You will never ever be able to see things God's way if He is resisting you!
Unbelief also produces blindness to the things of God, including prophecy:
2 Corinthians 4: 4 "The god of this age (Satan) has blinded the minds of them who believe not, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God should shine on them."
People will not be able to see or understand prophecy because spiritual sight comes conditionally. If you're not born again you can't even see the Kingdom of God says the Bible. What a shock that is! Then on top of the new birth there is a further requirement for spiritual sight which is to be in the spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:14 "The natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned, but he who is spiritual judges all things."
To see, know and understand the things of God, including prophecy, one needs to be born again and baptised in the Spirit. These are foundational. Then obviously, one needs to study and know the Word of God.
Have you ever tried explaining some of the deeper things of God to an unbeliever? Have you ever felt like tearing your hair out because they just can't see it? Well, this is why.
There is a huge difference between the gospel of the Bible and the gospel of today. Much has been removed for the today's church teaching. The application of the cross and the brokenness that comes with it is all but gone today. "I determined to know nothing among you but Christ and Him crucified" This is the way of the Christian life. Denial of self is central to discipleship. Yeshua / Jesus said "take up your cross and follow Me"
The fear of God has been removed from modern preaching. Today its all about accepting the Lord as a sort of background sponsor to your life. Today the church has created God in its image and a half truth is presented as the whole truth. It's not Jesus come into my very special life. Its me come into His! This is a subtle but huge difference.
If you don't chose the cross you do chose to lay it aside and your life may be full of nice happy, motivational living, but it will be powerless and essentially blind.
Today, spiritual discernment and insight is desperately needed and what he have instead is a world of spiritual blindness!
We have no right to remove from the gospel what Jesus, the apostles and the early church didn't"
We need to know and understand Bible prophecy very well through the teaching and leading of the Spirit of God.
During the dark ages the Catholic church banned the private ownership of Bibles and burned many people at the stake for owning one! Here is Canon 14 of The Catholic Church Council of Toulouse: "We prohibit the laity from having books of the Old or New Testament; we most strictly forbid their having any translation of these books." To this day this counterfeit church discourages the private study and ownership of Bibles. It's not their official stand anymore, but nevertheless its very evident.
They have always and still do insist on the separation of the clergy (priests in frocks) above the laity (ordinary people). They believe that it is their priests who are the dispatches of their truth to the ordinary people. By the way, this is called "the deeds and doctrine of the Nicolaitans", which is found in two of the messages to the seven churches in the Revelation. (also in the book of Acts). 'Nicao' in the original means to conquer and 'laos' means the people. The Nicolaitans were the forerunners of this dangerous heresy of separation of the clergy above the laity and is strongly condemned and "hated" in the Revelation.
It was and still is an evil practise to keep ordinary people in blind subjection to the proud, pompous, arrogant so-called leadership of a dead, blind church.
Ignore prophecy at your peril!In this day and age of variable values and multitudes of opinions on everything, isn't it wonderful to know that we have something that cuts right through all the rubbish and stands supremely, solidly and securely as it has for multitudes of generations.
Bible prophecy is totally trustworthy. It has never failed and never will!
The beliefs of so many millions of people will be shattered and turned upside down as the prophetic Word unfolds more and more in our day.
On a personal level I can testify that I've had my own belief system challenged and shattered on numerous occasions soon after I was saved and began to study God's Word. The Bible absolutely shocked me as God shed His light on it and started to open my eyes. In many instances I couldn't believe that I was such an idiot and so wrong!
As our Messiah began to break down my pride, I began to see and understand why I was blind to so many things.
As pregnant Elizabeth met with Mary, the baby in her bosom "leapt for joy" at the unseen recognition of the soon coming Messiah in Mary. Now the Spirit of the living God is again causing a "leap for joy" inside His own as our Messiah's coming nears for the second time. But at the same time Satan is preparing people for his coming by bring dull, blind deception!
Here are just the Bible chapter headings of 2 Peter: "Fruitful growth in faith." The trustworthy prophetic Word." "Destructive doctrines." "The doom of false teachers." "Depravity of false teachers." Deceptions of false teachers." "The Day of the Lord". "Be steadfast." As I turned the page I was greeted with "Deceptions of the last hour" in 1 John.
Prophecy is all open to variable interpretations isn't it?
"Oh, its all open to interpretation" is the oft chanted anthem of today! 2 Peter 1:19-20 "We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts, knowing this that no prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation."
The above verse is one my favourites. Venus is the morning star. It shines brightest in the darkest hour, just before dawn. What this is saying is that once you realise that prophecy is the most sure thing, the light of God has arisen in your hearts and will shine on prophetic interpretation and the way ahead. Private interpretation is condemned. This simply means that all the varying and different opinions out there do not come from God and His light of revelation.
Many say that there are too many differing Bible translations for any of it to be true. The abundance of poor translations of the Bible is a major problem. But its not surprising actually. If Satan can confuse the truth he can get in with his error. All poor Bible translations are the result of the efforts of man led by himself. There are some terrible translations that deliberately cast doubt on major doctrines. But the Spirit of the living God has seen to it that His truth will endure.
Some Bible translations like the old King James are fine. It has just a few translational errors. Its difficult to read though. The New King James Version is by the far the best and most accurate. it's in modern English, so its easy to read.
I will do an edition on Bible translations soon, as its a very important subject. Be warned it will shock you and upset many apple carts!
The term 'radical' is much aligned these days and in many instances rightly so. Many radicals have a man-made agenda normally with political overtones. But the word radical simply means the 'root". So a true radical believer is one who gets to the Biblical root of issues.
In this day and age there is a great need for a return to true radicalism. If you are not, you will not be rooted in the things of God and you will be rooted in the superficial, variable things and opinions of the world!
This is especially true with Bible prophecy, which is our eye into the future.
The answer is simple: Come to God in humility! Then apply diligence in setting you heart after our Lord. Get to know Him privately, deeply, intimately. Cast your life down before Him and into His hands! Take up your cross of death daily.
As you do this you will begin to go through a mighty metamorphosis! You will start to go through a great and an incredible identity crisis! You will begin to change from a self-centred 'me-now' person to an outward looking, giving person. Suddenly, wisdom will start to come your way. You will begin to see with new eyes! Knowledge and understanding of many wonderful things will come to you.
The way up is down. The true Christian life is full of amazing paradoxes that are most important. As we die to self we are more alive than ever. The less we are at home here the more we are seated in heavenly places. We are strongest when weakest. We lose our life to find abundant life. We're wisest when our natural reason is defeated.
Our great and glorious God of grace and mercy holds the universe together from the smallest atom to the greatest galaxy. He is entirely holy and completely other. He is the great I AM, the Prince of Peace the King of Kings, the King of the Jews, the King of all ages. His Kingdom is here and it's still coming. It will endure forever. And this God is my Father, friend and saviour!
1John 5:4 "For whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God."
2 Peter 1: 2-4 "Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust."
Heaven or hell:
Crowd psychology doesn't crack it. What the majority thinks doesn't mean it's right. There is no safety in numbers with our Lord and saviour. Neither you nor I nor anyone else will be judged on the majority opinion! There's no use trusting in the majority consensus if that majority will go to hell for rejecting our Lord's exclusive salvation plan. There is no ultimate hope outside of the Biblical way.
Salvation can only be a deeply personal thing. No one else can get saved for you. Membership of a church doesn't save you. "I looked and I saw the dead both great and small standing before God and books were opened. And another book was opened which is the Book of Life...anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:12) Hell will be full of multitudes of people, insignificant, small and great. You need to have your own private, deep salvation experience, which will get your name written in the all-important Book of Life!
In closing here is a painting done by Jacobus Pierneef in the late1800s of a magnificent Baobab tree. These glorious, incredible, enormous African trees live to well over 3000 years, but they will not outlast the truth of Bible prophecy! Because of their deep roots they can survive desert conditions. If we are deeply rooted in the things of God we will also endure. (There are some photographs of some of these giant trees taken by myself in the God's Garden section.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 43. July 1st 2010
In this edition:
Recent news items of prophetic significance.
● The Messianic ministry in Jerusalem, 'Revive Israel' reports a "surge in interest among secular and religious Jews in the person of Yeshua/ Jesus"
● Russian President Medvedev calls for new world order and a "new united future world currency" (FT.Com June19)
● Obama's popularity wanes at home and surges in Europe. Now more popular in Europe than in US.
● Saudi Arabia gives Israel "clear skies" to attack Iran. At the same time reports say that there is currently a large build up of US forces in Iran's neighbouring countries. Some sources now believe an attack is imminent.
Miraculous Israel past present future:
Israel born in the miraculous:In Biblical times the land of Israel saw the demonstrative miracle-working hand of God many times. Almost every time it was in favour of His people and against their enemies. On some occasions the supernatural miracle working power of God acted against the Israelites, but only to bring them back to God in repentance.
Genesis 17:15-17 Deals with Gods instruction to Abram (changed to Abraham later) to have a child with his wife. Both were long past childbearing age, but the supernatural power of God was at work and a child was born. The birth of Isaac was miraculous. Then came Jacob. He had his name changed by God to Israel after a supernatural appearance of the Lord.
God made an eternal covenant with Abraham and his miracle seed. This covenant also included the whole land of Canaan as an "everlasting possession." He told Abraham that his seed and offspring would be strangers in this strange land until Moses led them out into the promised land.
Genesis 12: 2,3 "I will make you a great nation and I will bless you and make your name great and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you."
In Old Testament times, God worked in an extremely demonstrative way with huge supernatural miracles. The parting of the Red Sea to let the Israelites through and the closing of it on the pursuing enemy was one of many examples.
As we gone on through time we see the hand God continuously at work over His people.
Because of the rebellion of the children of Israel they were told that they would be dispersed and scattered abroad. (Ezekiel 22:15) But in this dispersion, God also told them that they would be miraculously preserved as a people and then returned to their land. Ezekiel 11:16,17 "Although I have cast them afar off among the Gentiles and although I have scattered them among countries, yet I shall be a little sanctuary for them in the countries where they have gone. I will gather you from the peoples, assemble you from the countries where you have been scattered and I will give you the land of Israel."
God made an eternal covenant with the Jews and not with the Arabs. Genesis 17:7,8 I will establish My covenant between Me and you (Abraham) and your descendants after you for an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants. Also I give to you and your descendants the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan as an everlasting possession, and I will be their God. Verse 20,21 "And for you Ishmael (the root of the Arab nations) I have heard you. Behold I have blessed him and will make him fruitful and will multiply him exceedingly, but My covenant I will establish with Isaac."
Isaiah 11:11,12 "The Lord shall set His hand a second time to recover the remnant of his people who are left...He will set up a banner for the nations and will assemble the outcasts of Israel and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth."
Israel's miraculous victory in six wars:
●It's interesting that Jacob had his name changed to Israel as a result of an all night battle. In May 1948 Israel became a nation. This was right after the Second World War had ended in which Hitler tried and failed to destroy the Jews. On the same day nationhood was declared by the League of Nations (changed to United Nations) Arab armies form six neighbouring countries attacked Israel. It had a very small rag-tag volunteer-army and was outnumbered by hundreds of thousands of troops.
Israeli nationhood marked one of the most important prophetic events of our time.
●After 15 months Israel forced a surrender from the Arab armies. Israel lost 6000 as opposed to hundreds of thousands in this "War of Independence" This resulted in the formation of the Israeli Defence Force. (IDF)
This cease-fire resulted in the dividing of the Jerusalem.
●In 1956 the Sinai War lasted 100 hours before it fell to the IDF with the loss of 230 Israeli's as opposed to thousands.
●In 1967 the Six Day War saw 776 IDF soldiers killed and again many thousands of enemies killed. In this war for some reason many Egyptian and Syrians shot down their own planes and bombed their own tanks. Syria lost 13 Migs on the first day, mostly at their own hand. This war saw the re-uniting of Jerusalem, a prophetic milestone!
Israel's miracle preservation in it's wars of yesteryear.
●Other wars included the 1970 War of Attrition, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, the 1982 Galilee War.All of Israel's wars resulted in victory against huge numbers. There are dozens of testimonies from many of miracle events occurring. Israel has had six major wars since and including independence. The next one will most probably be the great war of Gog and Magog in Ezekiel 38 &39! Israel will be brought to the brink of destruction in this war, but will win in the end with God's supernatural invovement.
The hatred for the state of Israel and the entire Arabic / Islamic antagonism is prefigured in the following verse.
Psalm 83: 4, 5 "Come and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel be remembered no more. For they have consulted together with one consent (heart). They form a confederacy against you."
Zephaniah 2: 8 "I have heard of the reproach of Moab (Arabs / Palestinians) and the reviling of the people of Ammon with which they have reproached My people, and made arrogant threats against their borders."
The Islamic antagonism for Israel and the Jews which is going to intensify greatly very soon, is outlined in the great war of Ezekiel 38 and 39.
Daniel 12:1 "Michael shall stand up the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people. There shall be a time of great trouble such as never was since there was a nation. At that time your people shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book."
Gods eternal long-term plan for Israel is revealed in dozens of sections of scripture in both the old and new Testaments. One of the best summaries is in Isaiah 60:1-12. Here are the main points: "Arise shine for your (Israel)light has come and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For behold darkness shall cover the earth and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising."
Much of the modern church teaches that this and other verses relate to the church and not Israel. This is called replacement theology and is an evil doctrine of devils, that will ultimately result in a second Holocaust! I've covered replacement theology in other editions in the website.
The Miracle of Jerusalem:
Jerusalem can only be described as a miracle city. It has seen more wars and conflicts that one can count. it's been destroyed numerous times, but each time it has risen from the ashes and now awaits the return of our Messiah.
I've walked around the old city of Jerusalem. I've walked around the City of David and walked around the old city walls. I once stood in front of the golden gate, now sealed closed and had all sorts of wonderful thoughts go through my head. I'm not interested in the slightest bit in the tourism stuff and where Jesus walked etc. In fact I have contempt for the commercialisation of those things. But what I am always struck by is the future element. There is an incredible air of anticipation of a spectacular miraculous future all around. It's like excitement building up in a theatre for the greatest drama ever, as you wait for the curtains to open.
Our Messiah will return to this city, to the mount of Olives. He will supernaturally open the golden gate as He walks through to the new temple on the temple mount. Our Lord will not return to Las Vegas, or the Vatican, in fact he will most probably destroy those with one Word!
The pictures below taken by myself are of the golden gate looking across from the Mount of Olives and David's City a bit further down the old wall.
Amos 9:11 On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down and repair its damages. I will raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old". vs 14-15 "I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them...I will plant them in their land and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them."
Psalm 137:5 "If I forget you O Jerusalem, Let My right hand forget her skill. If I do not remember you, let My tongue cling to the roof of My mouth, if I do not exalt Jerusalem above My chief joy."
Jerusalem's troubles are far from over though. We are going to see big troubles again very soon. Finally, the world's roadmap to peace will end in war and destruction like has never been seen before and then the return of our Lord will finally bring peace.
Zechariah 12:2 "Jerusalem will be a cup of drunkenness to all the surrounding people when they lay siege against Judah and Jerusalem. I will make Jerusalem a very heavy stone for all peoples; all who would heave it away will be crushed and cut in pieces, though all the nations of the earth are gathered against it."
Jeremiah 30:7,11 "Alas for that day is great, so that none is like it and it is the time of Jacob's trouble, but he shall be saved out of it...For I am with you says the Lord to save you; though I make a full end of all the nations where you have been scattered...I will correct you in justice."
Zechariah 12:2, 3, 16 "For I will gather all the nations to battle against Jerusalem: The city shall be taken, the houses rifled and the women ravished. Half of the city shall go into captivity, but the remnant of the people shall not be cut off. Then the Lord will go forth and fight against those nations and in that Day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives."..."A great panic from the Lord will be among them, everyone will seize the hand of his neighbour...and the wealth of all the surrounding nations shall be gathered together, gold, silver and apparel in great abundance....And it shall come to pass that everyone who is left of all the nations that came against Jerusalem shall go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts."
Joel 3:20 "Judah shall abide forever and Jerusalem from generation to generation."
To accurately pray for the peace of Jerusalem (as the Bible commands) one needs to pray that all these events will come soon! it's no use praying as many do: "Lord bring peace to Jerusalem." We need to pray for the Prince of Peace to return soon to Jerusalem and all that is involved in that."
Israel's miracle land.
Amos 9:13 "The mountains shall drip with sweet wine and the hills shall flow with it.
The land of Israel and the whole world for that matter, will soon have the Adamic curse lifted that still lingers on the earth. It will be restored in one of the greatest supernatural miracles of all time to the way it was before the fall in Eden.
At Calvary our Lord had a crown of thorns pushed down onto His head. He paid for and took the sins of the world on the cross, but the crown of thorns represents the curse on nature. The Bible says that at the fall of Adam, the earth sprang forth with thorns. Yes He has paid for it all, but the full positional and glorious manifestation of it all is still future.
Isaiah 35:1, 2, 5"The wilderness and the wasteland shall be glad for them and desert shall blossom and rejoice and blossom as a rose. It shall blossom abundantly and rejoice....Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened."
Ezekiel 36: 29 "I will deliver you from your uncleanness and I will call for the grain and multiply it and bring no famine upon you and I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields..."
Isaiah 51:3 "He will make her wilderness like Eden and her desert like the garden of the Lord."
The Jerusalem Post always carries this slogan on its front page. "Where once reigned the desert, the flower now blooms."
Even as the spiritual eyes of Israel begin to open to their Jewish Messiah the land seems to be rejoicing in anticipation as well. The desert will fully bloom on His return.
It's very comforting to know that the only hope for the environment of the world and not just Israel is the return of our Messiah. From this point onwards, the curse on nature will be lifted. It will be changes supernaturally. We will have perfect environment. The very nature of animals and all creation will be changed and glorified in a miracle flash.
All the work of the greenies, tree-huggers, new-age bunny-huggers and the like will be brought to nothing, destroyed by our Lord and in a flash, at the Second Coming, the earth will be as it was supposed to be in the Garden of Eden before the fall! (Don't get me wrong, I'm not against environmentalism at all. Outside of our Lord's Kingdom it's all futile.)
Some Christians say that the Jews and Israel don't deserve God's favour and aren't special in any way. As if they deserve God's grace! No the Jews aren't special, it's simply that this is God's choice. For me that's just fine. If God chose the Zulu people to bring salvation to the world, things would be just the same. People would say that they don't deserve it.
What about the verse of scripture that says there is no difference between Jew and Gentile, male and female etc.? This relates to those in Christ or in other words, those who are saved and within God's Kingdom. It has nothing at all to do with God's plan and manner of bringing salvation to the world.
The miracle salvation of the Jews:
Romans 11:1- 25 "Has God cast away His people? Certainly not...For I would not have you to be ignorant of this mystery, lest you be wise in your own opinion, that hardening (blindness) in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in, and so all Israel will be saved."
Isaiah 45:17 "Israel shall be saved by the Lord, with an everlasting salvation forever and ever."
Zechariah 12: 10 "I will pour on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of Grace and supplication, then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son."
Isaiah 60:15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated, I will make you an eternal excellence, a joy of many generations...you shall know that I the Lord am your saviour and your redeemer the Mighty One of Jacob."
Ezekiel 37 The greatest miracle of all time is found in this chapter. It's called the vision of the valley of dry bones. The vision sees a skeleton putting on flesh and standing up tall. Verse 11-13 "These bones are the whole house of Israel. Our bones are dry and our hope is cut off. Thus says the Lord "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 will live, and I will place you in your own land."
God will bring the Jews to salvation His way and it won't be with the help of the church-at-large. It will of course be with the help of Messianic believers and those in the church with their eyes open to Gods prophetic plan.
Israel's modern enemies:
Anti-Semitism driven by Satan himself has tried to destroy the Jews through the ages. One of the darkest times for the Jews was the period of the crusades which was spearheaded by the Catholic church of the dark ages. The inquisition followed, also led by the Catholic church, which saw many hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions of Jews tortured to death. Then came the Holocaust. Each of these failed to destroy the Jews.
If the Catholic so-called followers of Jesus have murdered and killed so many Jews in the past, it's little wonder that the Jews have a hostile attitude to Jesus. Traditional Christianity has Christianized Jesus and removed His Jewishness, thus alienating the Jewish people at large from their Jewish Messiah. Many of the Jews think Jesus was a nice Gentile Christian!
Tragically, many millions, perhaps billions will come against what God is doing and WILL complete in Israel in the very near future. Amazingly they can't see the miracle hand of God at work in Israel's history. They are setting themselves up against the supernatural power of the Almighty God.
If God proclaims something prophetically and does it in history, don't you think that should be a cause for great faith, belief and celebration? I do! Amazingly, many even within the church will side with the devil in disguise, work with him and for him in an attempt to bring about Israel's downfall. God will use their attacks to sharpen Israel, bring them to repentance before destroying all His enemies and delivering Israel in battle and into spiritual new-birth.
Ultimately Israel will survive every attempt to annihilate it and will be victorious in all battles even though in some soon coming wars, it will seem as though Israel is on the losing end
Jeremiah 51:19, 20 "Israel is the tribe of His inheritance...you are My battle-axe and weapons of war, for with you I will break the nations in pieces, with you I will destroy kingdoms.
As the Jews get saved en-mass, so God will turn many of His and Israel's enemies to Himself in salvation. There is coming a time not far from now where the Arabs will also begin to find Messiah. In fact its already starting. This is really wonderful, but it will only be a smaller proportion of the Arab world. The majority will remain Muslim.
I can testify that I am seeing a rising interest in this website from people in many Arab countries and lands of the east. Praise our Messiah!
Just as a 'by the way'...we are now seeing a big swing away from the west in terms of economic growth towards the east. Dark Europe is in its death throws. The US is in ever growing economic trouble. Great Britain is now small, but it's economic woes are becoming great. China, India and numerous other Asian countries are seeing a surge in economic growth. At the same time, these nations are seeing a new exciting whirlwind of spiritual activity and re-birth, while Europe, the UK and some western countries return to the spiritual dark ages.
Miracle Israel will always be a thorn in the side of globalisation. It's therefore an enemy of those trying to create a one world government and currency. The Jews in dispersion were never able to fully assimilate into the nations. This was so that God's ultimate purpose would be fulfilled. Assimilation was always impossible, because it went against God's purpose. In other words God has supernaturally seen to it that Israel and the Jews would always be separate, identifiable and independent.
The cursed satanic church doctrine of replacement theology (which essentially replaces Israel with the church) is nothing more than the devil's attempt at getting rid of Israel with twisted so-called Christian theology. As goes the spiritual so goes the natural. It can be demonstrated that replacement theology led to the Holocaust and will again lead to a second Holocaust not long from now.
The same thinking is behind the Muslim world's desire to destroy Israel. They would never be happy with a two-state solution or parts of Israel and Jerusalem. They want it all. They view the two-state solution as a step in this direction.
I once saw an account of Russian farmers who gathered with shotguns to try to come against UFOs that had supposedly been seen in their area. Just think for a moment of just how stupid it is to try and come against something you know nothing about. If they were real, they would be far superior and not be hostile.
It's infinitely more stupid to try and come against God's supernatural, miracle working power!
Let me add that a dangerous enemy of Israel is all those, especially in many churches who are neutral. Neutrality in the face of God's clear revealed will in His Word is a curse. Yeshua / Jesus says that if you are not with Me you are against me. Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes."
The greatest danger facing the church now and into the near future is that it becomes blinded by pride. As God acts for and on behalf of Israel and the Jews, the church will not like that because it wants it all for itself! Many within the church will be just like the older brother who got jealous of all the father did for the repentant, returning prodigal son.
I ask you personally...what will you do? Will you welcome the once lost son, or will you join the king of pride, Satan?
I speak for myself; I will welcome with open arms my lost Jewish, Gentile and Arab brothers as they see the glorious light of salvation.
The land of Israel is a miracle. So is nationhood, the city of Jerusalem and the soon coming mass salvation of the Jews.
What is about to dawn on the world is a time of tragic devastation and deep darkness. Hell, from beneath, raises its arms to receive many at their coming. It's also a time of spectacular, wonderful magnificence as the greatest drama of all time unfolds. Untold millions will find salvation...Jew, Gentile and Arab alike.
It's enlightened self-interest to find out what God is doing and work with Him! Trying to resist or come against the miraculous and supernatural is not very clever.
God did not preserve and act supernaturally with Israel and the Jewish people through the ages for no reason! On top of this God outlined His plan for Israel clearly in the Bible. His great and grand purpose not only will be, but is already on track to reach its ultimate glorious goal. What we have is the end-time plan carefully spelt out and it actually is already happening before our eyes.
One has to be incredibly dumb or deceived to come against all of this!
As the world enters the twighlight zone of the present age, and much of the church enters its Laodicean age, so the spectacular, glory of God's new age is dawning. It was all be birthed and will be completed in the miraculous and supernatural and will all take place just the way God said it would.
Jerusalem, Israel is soon to become the world capital of the Messianic millennium age. Our messiah will rule from the temple and true deep lasting peace will flow like a river from here. There will be no World Council of Churches, no world government, no Vatican, no Pope, no denominations, no Christmas, no Easter nor any other occult celebrations. the feats of the Lord will be celebrated and the glory of God will envelop the world.
Jeremiah 30: 16 "Therefore all those who devour you shall be devoured and all your adversaries, every one of them shall go into captivity. Those who prey upon you I will make a prey, for I will restore your health to you and heal your wounds says the Lord, because they called you and outcast saying: "This is Zion, no one seeks her."
Heaven or hell:
Jewish women of the Israeli Defence Force, your disguises may hide you from your enemy, but nothing will ever hide you from God. Don't for a moment think that because you are called the "chosen people" you have been automatically chosen for salvation...no you have not. God chose you to bring about His great purposes, but you need to chose Him to become His own child. What a tragedy it would be if God uses you for His purpose and you end up in hell because you didn't chose His plan of salvation!
Young girls from rural Africa, you believe your face paint will keep demons away. I've got bad news for you! No amount of face paint, animal sacrifice or other traditional belief will save you from hell. It's only the sacrifice and shed blood of our great King, Lord and God, Jesus Christ the Messiah, that has the power to save and cleanse you. Being born into a tribal system will not save you, just like being born a Jew will not save them. If you seek to stay in traditionalism, you are on the way to hell. If you seek the truth, you will find it and be set free.
In closing here is a sketch by Gustave Dore representing Christ's entry into Jerusalem. The next time He comes to Jerusalem will not be as saviour but as Judge of the world! (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!