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►Israel: ●Elected ●Rebelled ●Rejected ●Regathered ●Repented ●Received.
- Palestinian preacher tells crowds at event marking the fall of Constantinople, “The task of Muslims is to wage jihad for Allah, liberate Jerusalem and conquer Rome.” “We will shake the foundations of Israel” (PA) (19th January)
- Israel gears up for Holocaust commemoration with 10,000 police as security. This as anti-Semitism continues to rise worldwide, especially in Europe. (Kushner and team will be one the guests.)
- Deal of Century to be released at White House on Tuesday.
These will change on Sundays or as the Lord leads.
Psalm 50:21 “You thought that I was altogether like you, but I will reprove you.”
Psalm 10:4 “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in not in his thoughts.”
Psalm 10:13 “Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, ‘You will not require and account,’”
Deuteronomy 8:3, 16 “He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna ...to test you and to do you good in the end.”
Psalm 106:15 “They soon forgot His works, and tested God in the desert. He gave them their requests, but sent leanness into their soul.” (vs 35 &40)
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.
24th January 2020
Shabbat Shalom to all!
More on 2020:
I have spoken on 2020 before, but this is an extension to my previous predictions.
I recently watched a compilation video of prophecies for 2020 by various Christian teachers, all put together. Let’s just say I rejected it all! It was nothing but pampering, financial promises for giving, man-pleasing, comfort-zone assuring, and of course all to the tune of “The Lord told me.”
They were all about “me, myself, and I”, the “me-now” materialistic, worldly church.
Of course they all missed the big prophetic events of our time – Israel!
So what is the Lord saying for 2020?
2 Chronicles 20:20 “O Judah and your inhabitants of Jerusalem, believe in the Lord your God, and you shall be established. Believe His prophets and you shall prosper.” (Note the verse number above and below)
Exodus 20:20 “Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you, so that you may not sin.’”
Our Lord is saying that this will be the year Israel becomes prophetically central.
This will be the year of the true church standing as a “foundational pillar.” (1Timothy 3:15) upon which the Israeli dimension of His kingdom may rest. He is saying that He will use certain “watchmen opposite watchmen at the gate.” (Isaiah 52:8, 62:6)
These selected watchmen will together watch out for Israel, Jerusalem and the Jews. They will watch for the coming fall of the world! End-time Babylon the great, is a type of the world-system and it is due for a great fall.
Jeremiah 51:10-11 “The Lord has revealed our righteousness, come let us declare in Zion, the works of the Lord our God...His plan is against Babylon to destroy it.”
Isaiah 21:6-9 (The fall of Babylon) “The Lord said to me: ‘Go set a watchman, let him declare what he sees’...Babylon is fallen is fallen...”
The call of the watchman is to watch over words of truth and to watch for the enemy on the inside. It is to watch for all things prophetic relating to Israel, the church and the timing of it all.
A watchman speaks guides and warns, but you cannot speak without seeing first. The true watchman sees God’s word with substantial knowledge of it and revelation-eyes.
They will watch for Israel’s coming sight of the lifted veil and the falling veil of blindness on much of the church in pride.
The section of the church falling deeper into blindness will have their own “watchmen”, united as champions of deceptive error, leading their people to “find their lives in the world”! (Matthew 10:39, John 12:25)
The big message for 2020 is the veil lifting and a veil falling.
God’s work with and in Israel will become predominant, central and in the forefront. It will also be the great divider. It will divide between those who love the truth unreservedly, and those who don’t.
The 2020 church that stands with God’s plans for Israel will be persecuted and attacked, by many inside the corrupted church, and those outside in the world. But it will be blessed of God.
2020 is also the Hebrew year 5780, which translates as the 17th Hebrew letter “Pey” which means “mouth.” It symbolises victory. It has secondary meanings: “Speak”, “Blow”, and “Scatter.” The numeric value of “pey” is 80, which is prophetically significant.
This is the year of the mouth of the prophets and watchmen seeing and speaking for God. It will be the year of prophets and watchmen delivering guidance and blows to those in perpetual error.
It will also be the year of the blabber-mouths of the false prophets, who scatter rather than unify, and those who just talk plain rubbish in the name of the Lord.
The start of Israel’s salvation:
Joel 2:32 (Addressed to Israel). “It shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. From Mount Zion and Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, as the Lord has said, among the remnant whom the Lord calls.”
Romans 10:9 (Heading: Israel needs the gospel) “If you confess with your mouth the Lord Yeshua the Messiah, and you believe in your heart, that God has raised Him from dead, you will be saved.”
Psalm 80:5-7 “You have fed them (Israel) with the bread of tears, and given them tears to drink in great measure. You have made us a scorn to our neighbours, and our enemies laugh amongst themselves. Restore us O God of hosts. Cause Your face to shine and we shall be saved.”
Hosea 14:1-2-3 “O Israel, return to the Lord your God, for you have stumbled because of your iniquity. Take words with you, and return to the Lord, and say to Him, ‘Take away all iniquity; receive us graciously, for we will offer the sacrifices of our lips. (Repentance)
The Prophetic Scroll:
The overall purpose of The Prophetic Scroll (TPS) and me personally, is to glorify our Lord and His kingdom. It is to bring knowledge, understanding and wisdom to you of these things, particularly through the prophetic word of God. It is to warn, inform and reveal.
Job 22:28 “You will also declare a thing and it will be established for you; so light will shine on your ways.”
The purpose of TPS is to present to you enlightened, spirit-led truth, without apology or the approval of man, denomination or institution, with no self-seeking. It is to stand with God’s exciting, dramatic plan for Israel and the church.
The problem today is that most churches don’t teach eschatology at all, so their congregations are largely in the dark.
There is a certain dryness and powerlessness in them, to say nothing of the fact that their spiritual ignorance lets the devil in with his “wisdom.” They won’t stand in the storms.
There’s a new church forming! It is doctrinally pure, with no mixture with Babylon, clean and glorious. This is just as the wide-road church plunges into deeper darkness.
Your own goals for the time ahead should include a greater depth of death to self and the world and strong determination to follow our Lord to glory, no matter what.
Don’t get bent out of shape with things that don’t matter. Don’t worry about pleasing others or what they will think. Don’t be one of those with regrets when you fly into the kingdom of glory.
Set your goal and focus on glorifying God in your life. These things you will never regret and be eternally thankful for.
O, yes – will it be Rosh Hashanah this year? Stay tuned!
Edition 23. December 26th 2009
In this edition:
●The power of the media
The incredible power of the media
For the purpose of this article media is: TV, radio, print media, advertising, movies, social media, music and the Internet.
It influences everyone with few exceptions and is a major tool of both evil and good. Media has within it the power to lead untold millions to hell and to be a tool in the hand of our Lord for His purposes.
The media is essentially responsible for the shaping of the world through manipulation by the god of this world, Satan himself.
The world has drifted so far from God's ways in recent times its really shocking. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 prophecies this: "In the last days there will be perilous times for men will be lovers of self, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of Godliness, but denying its power, and from such turn away."
The incredible thing about the above passage is that every single word of that discourse perfectly fits almost every movie, soap opera, and bit of entertainment today. The tragedy is that the verse actually refers to so-called Christians and not the world at large. It's those that have a form of Godliness, but deny its power. What a clear description of non spirit-filled, worldly church goers today!
In the tribulation period, and yes professing Christians who aren't born again, will be here on earth, that's for sure, a group of young, single, Jewish men (only) will lead a world revival to rival them all. These young virgin-guys will follow the Lord blindly, they'll be those that speak only truth and they'll be pure and holy, without fault!! You can read about them in Revelation 14: 1-5, with a further description identifying them in Revelation 7:1-10
"What" you say, "you mean God will use a bunch of 'pure' young Jew boys, who don't even know what's on at the movies, and not us!" "Don't you know, we celebrate Chrissmiss and Easter!" "We're worldly wise, we know all about the Hollywood celebrities and we know who's having sex with who on TV". "We keep up with the world, after church we go to the movies and watch and listen carefully to the foul language and blasphemy, (and then proclaim it good) we've even just seen the Michael movie!"
Dear Jewish reader, you need to know that no matter what the media says God is about to use you in a very powerful way. Right now as we speak, God is secretly raising up what will be a spiritual super-army. Yes that's right. People don't know that God has groups of people around who are already separated to Him in holiness...waiting. Now, its a secret hidden work, but these will burst onto the world stage soon.
The world's media has created a world perfectly in line with the character of its god, but it has also created a world of compromised self-orientated Christians who are essentially no different to the world. The reason is simply because they've never learnt what it is to be "crucified to the world." They've never even been taught it!
Today we're in a global wave of self indulgence, self absorbed pleasures, self seeking, greed and violence which has been propagated and disseminated by the mass media. There was a day not long ago when the media had some self-control in it as a result of strong Christian influences, now that's all gone, and the media is completely released from Godly influence. It now manifests the power behind it.
"Self seekers" are told in Romans 2:8 that they "won't obey truth, but will obey unrighteousness and will receive indignation, wrath, tribulation and anguish"
Daniel 12:4 -9 "Shut up these words and seal the book until the time of the end, many shall run to and fro and knowledge shall increase...These words are sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, made white and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly and none of them shall understand, but the wise will understand"
We are now in this time of an explosion of knowledge and information like never before, thanks to the various media. But note in the above verse that only one type of person really understands things and these are the wise (obviously, wise from God's point of view) The wicked are specifically told that they shall not understand what's going on. They will not see what is of God and what isn't. They will be unable to see the ever widening impassable gulf between the kingdom of this world and the Kingdom of God as they head for hell.
Media is all about mind control and its been overwhelmingly successful. Actually, to be more accurate, the spiritual power behind media is all about mind control. Most people are completely blinded to the presence of a big spiritual force, the devil himself lurking behind the media, intent on control.
Satan wants control. If he can get your mind, he's got access right into your heart and he's got you! You see, its not so much that the media has destroyed the morality of the world, its Satan behind the media at work. Its essentially a spiritual issue.
What the world is and how it works:
Its very important to understand what the world is and how it all works. God did not create the world. He created the earth. The world can be defined as the socio-political, economic, order residing upon the earth. It's like the adornment of the earth, which is all headed for destruction, to be replaced with the true new world order, soon!
Masquerading behind the world system is its power, Satan himself. He is the master of deception and camouflage.
The Bible uses the original Greek word 'kosmokratos' to describe Satan in the world. This word means 'world power'. There is another interesting Greek word, it is 'Hupokrites'. This word comes from ancient Greek theatre and is the name for the person who would come onto the stage to introduce the next act. If a tragedy he would wear an 'angry' mask. If the next act was to be a comedy, he would wear a smiley mask. We still have these associated with theatre today. This is the origin of the word hypocrite as well, but the word actually means 'the one behind the mask is not the same as the mask he portrays.
This is the big key to identifying the very nature of the world system. Satan is the deceiving, two-faced 'hupokrite' hiding behind masks of good and evil.
Satan comes as an angel of light. The world's media is blind to this and in fact blind to his existence and presence right in their own hearts.
Satan as the god of this world has a loud booming voice and its the media. The mass media is his voice pushing you always to conform to his ways. He wants to neutralise you as a believer and suck you into his world. He wants your mind and your thinking to be filled with his garbage. He wants you to be neutral to all the evils of the world. He does it gradually, bit by bit and he's very successful at it!
Here is a collection of powerful verses of scripture that speak absolute volumes:
2 Corinthians 4:4 "The god of this world (Satan) has blinded the minds of them that believe not"
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them (the worldly) and be separate says the Lord and be removed from the unclean"
James 4:4 "Friendship with the world is enmity with God, whoever then wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God"
1John 2:15 "Do not love the world nor the things of the world, if anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him"
1 John 4:4 "You are of God little children and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world."
1 John 5: 4 "Whatever is born of God overcomes the world and this is the victory that has overcome the world - our faith"
1 John 5:19 "We know that we are of God and the whole world lies under the power of the wicked one."
How then can all of this be reconciled with John 3:16, which says that "God loves the world"? Good question, lets have a look at what this portion of scripture really says!
John 3:16-19 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life...He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, and this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their works are evil."
Can you see it? Its conditional. God's act of love for the people of the world was the coming of The Light and the cross of Calvary. Reject it and you're in trouble. Outside of the cross, the world is doomed.
If you just take John 3:16 on its own, you're taking it out of its context which gives it a different (wrong) meaning. God does not love the world, in the sense of acceptance. His love was and is the offer of salvation. Read it again and re-read the verses just above it!
The gods of the media world:
The god of this world has created many gods in his image that are blindly worshipped today, even by the majority of Christians. The world of celebrity is a world of gods created by the media and its god, but devoid of truth, holiness and godliness except for a few who've been wonderfully saved.
Today many blind, deceived Christians worship the world of celebrity in a shocking way. Because of the status and fame behind celebrities, ignorant believers accept, receive and worship them as gods. Yes they are gods, but gods of evil, especially the Hollywood types.
What does it mean to be separate from the world (2 Corinthians 6: 17) ?
Obviously this doesn't mean physical separation like living as a pauper in a monastery. Although it often can involve physical separation for a time. Our Lord often went off alone into the desert for a time. Paul the apostle spent 14 years almost alone in the desert before his ministry really started.
It most certainly does mean physical separation from the evils of the world, unless of course you're going into some of those places for ministry purposes or something like that.
It doesn't mean living in poverty. God wants His people to be successful in what he has called them to do! This may involve being successful in business or with money, but being inwardly separate from the world in heart.
I does mean getting out of the unwinnable race to keep up with the Joneses, which the media constantly drives us to be participants in.
Separation from the world is essentially a heart issue. We are in the world but not of it and that's the key...being not of it!
Neither you, I, nor anyone can ever be separate from the world unless you can see it and the power behind it.
How to get victory over the world:
Galatians 6:14 "The world has been crucified to me and I to the world" This is THE answer. Its the cross. The application of the power of the cross breaks the power of the world and sets us free from its grip. Its the application of the cross and its power that gives us eyes to see the great gulf between the kingdom of the world and the kingdom of God. Its the application of the cross that gives us the power to move forward in new resurrection life.
Oh, and let me throw this in for good measure. The application of the cross into your life will make you strange in the world's sight! It will hate you as a result!
Romans 12:1 "Be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind" This portion of scripture relates to an ongoing work after salvation, but it doesn't happen automatically. its an ongoing discipline that only comes by your choice. The word 'renew' should actually be translated 'exchange" Its an exchange of my old way of thinking for His.
Colossians 3:2 "Set your mind on things above and not on things on this earth." I've heard so many say things like: "He's so heavenly minded, he's no earthly good." Actually according to this verse, the truth is the opposite. You will be no good in God's hands unless you are heavenly minded!
To really be able to see the world and its power, you need to be a believer made and constructed God's way. He has set up the way to build your life. It involves going through three transitions. 1) The new birth, as a deliberate decisive act. 2) Adult water baptism, which is not infant sprinkling. That is a Babylonian occult practice introduced by the Catholic church. The original word baptism (baptismo) means to be immersed. It is used also in reference to burial. You immerse a dead person completely into the grave. There is not one single example of infant sprinkling anywhere in the Bible, while there are dozens showing adult baptism. Adult baptism is a type of dying to the world and being raised up into new resurrection life. 3) Baptism in the spirit as a deliberate act of choice in obedience to the Word. This immersion in the Spirit obviously gives us greater clarity of Spiritual sight.
These are like the three legs of a tripod. If one or more is missing it wont be long before you fall on your head. Its also the reason why so many Christians are so defeated by the world...they're incomplete in their very foundational make up.
Israel and the media:
The media has played a massive role in deceiving the whole world. The Satanic powers of the world media have portrayed the Palestinians as the rightful owners of the land. They are seen in the eyes of the world as poor victims of an evil aggressor. According to the devil, they are fighting for their land. The truth is the exact opposite. I'm not going to go into this subject here because I have covered it in many previous editions. The bottom line though is that God's truth will endure and the Jews will stand in their own land (all of it) and the Palestinians together with the armies of the world will be destroyed! How about that for a turn of events!
The world's "roadmap to peace is actually Satan's roadmap to false peace and will end in world war.
Its sort of enlightened self interest to go with the winning side you know!
Israel went from the Godliness to bondage and captivity and will finally return to Godliness. The world, with many religious types in tow, is now in the death throws of bondage and captivity to an empire of evil, destined for hell.
As far as Israel and the Palestinians are concerned, a pretty good rule of thumb is to take what the media says, reject it and apply the opposite! Put that in your pipe and smoke it CNN.
I've been involved in the media world all my adult life. I worked for top newspapers around the world covering everything from wars and conflicts to fashion and entertainment and just about everything in between. I've been shot at, shot and hit once, thrown in jails, dined with presidents and celebrities and lived in the fast lane with front row seats to the extremes of life. I was involved in the music world for years as well. I've also been involved in Christian documentary work, magazine work and the advertising industry. Today, I still have contacts with some generals and leaders of the armed forces of a few countries and keep a keen eye on the news, but only as it relates to prophecy or the Bible in some way.
In many respects I was really privileged to have my finger on the pulse beat of the world system and have been through more experiences than ten lifetimes. I've seen the extremes of the good, bad and ugly close up.
There did come a time when my Lord led me to step out of the news media world and separate myself to Him in a deeper way. This was in 1980, some four years after salvation. I then went into full- time Bible college. I've studied the Bible thoroughly and deeply since then and read it through cover to cover three times. I'm constantly amazed at just how inexhaustible it is. It always speaks freshly and gives new insights. It really is alive!
1980 was a monumental year for me. It marked the last time I went to a movie. I also broke completely from the entertainment and music world, which I was very much involved in. 1980 also marked the start of years of regular fasting in my pursuit of our Lord and His ways.
Now what I see more clearly than anything is that the hand of our great Messiah was at work leading me in all this time. He has given me eyes to see the power behind the world and its voice - the media, which I was so much a part of. I see so clearly how easy it is to influence people with words and images.
It was no accident that I spent my life in the media world. I see now that this has been the purpose and call of God as it all comes to His conclusion.
I can testify to the fact that standing separate from the world and its ways brings untold peace, satisfaction, rest and joy. Oh and did I mention it also makes you an oddball, but a glorious one! On the other hand being a Christian in love with the world brings stress, torment, unhappiness and slavery.
These are not fancy words to impress. They are real, so very real! I saw it just yesterday, as I met with an ex-girl friend, who is a half-baked believer, on the verge of suicide. She is one with the world and its ways and lives under a dark cloud of heavy stress.
An address to the critics:
I fully realise that there are many people who wont receive this message, but my responsibility isn't to people but to my God. In the soon-coming tribulation period, true believers will be removed and untold masses of professing non -born again Christians will be left. Many of them will get saved in the tribulation period. Many of those will be martyred. Many of the half-baked Christians anchored to the world will become the actual murderers and persecutors of those that wont serve the god of the world. There will of course be an easy way to escape martyrdom and that's to simply go with the flow of this evil world, of course at immeasurable cost.
The media has been extremely effective in neutralising untold masses of Christians. Spineless pastors and deceived teachers are too chicken to stand against the world system these days. Many don't even know that they need to.
The days are becoming fiercely dangerous, deception and compromise with the world is everywhere, even in the midst of much of the church. Today believers really need some solid determination and spiritual guts to stand against the things of evil and to stand for the TRUTH.
I know that there are many who will grab the essence of this message and move forward with our wonderful Lord, but many won't because of their enslavement to the world through it's media and its god.
Galatians 4:16 "Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?"
Thankfully there is a growing number of believers who can see the division between the world and the Kingdom of God and have separated themselves in growing holiness to our Lord. It is these that God will use.
The media will be used significantly in the coming of the antichrist and the setting up of world control by the new world order. It will play a pivotal role in all these things. The media will be the main force of manipulation, in the soon coming tribulation period. It will be involved in every single area.
Complete control is the desire of the devil. He is already well on his way to achieving this. The answer is to question things. Controllers don't like being questioned because it undermines their control, but this is what you need to do with almost everything media related. Question what the media says, don't accept it all blindly like an idiot. Don't be an average dumb sheep swallowing all the traditions of the world, question them all, from a Biblical perspective.
Today the world worships "ME NOW". If it feels right do it now! That's the way of the modern world, thanks to media and its god. Me now is actually the cry of Satanism, but the media has subtly infused it into the thinking of many Christians.
It takes a brave person to reject the influence of the media. In this day and age, it seems that the accepted, average thing to do is to become a Christian and add Jesus to all the idols of modern life. Just conform to the ordinary and average and don't rock any boats of traditional modern worldly thinking.
You can't add Yeshua / Jesus to a life filled with idolatry. if you try, it will be another Jesus that you have. If you don't stand for the pure truth, you'll fall for everything.
I vividly recall being shattered after reading a book by Watchman Nee, many years ago called "The normal Christian Life" It was so shocking to me because it presented a picture of normality that was a million miles from anything we have today. Thank you so much for that, Watchman! (By the way, you can read some wonderful quotes from him in edition 17)
You see, today. the normal Christian is filled with a mix of Christianity, paganism, devil worship, the occult and anything else the world says is acceptable.
There are huge pressures starting to intensify now, designed by the devil in disguise, to drag down believers and keep billions imprisoned to him.
Colossians 2:8 "Beware, lest anyone take you captive, through philosophy and deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world and not according to Christ." If this was written today here is what it would say:
My version "Beware lest anyone take you captive through the deceit of the world's media, according to its movies, TV, entertainment and traditions, which are according to basic principles of the world and not according to Christ."
The huge problem is that few can even see the devil behind the world. If you can't see the problem how can you fix it?
Let me close with a radical statement. If you want to be a successful believer in this day, you need to be able to see through the smokescreen of the media to the power behind it and be removed from its influence! And likewise you need have spiritual eyes to see and know our Great King and Lord and His ways.
There is no substitute for the most powerful and glorious media work the world has ever had...The Bible itself. In these dangerous days it is needed more than anything else. Reading and studying the Bible may seem old fashioned today, but it will fashion you well and prepare you for these days and for eternity. The cost of Bible-ignorance is far too high to contemplate.
Psalm 16:8 -11 "I have set the Lord always before me, because He is at my right hand, I shall not be moved...You will show me the path of life; In your presence is fullness of Joy"
Heaven or hell:
Adriana, you've reached the pinnacle of your modelling career, in fact I've heard you being called a super-model. Well done, my friend! You know, I was also involved in your fashion world many years ago, I know it well. Let me give you some news: You're not going to stay so pretty for ever, but you are going to live forever. I see you're wearing a cross around your neck now. Interesting isn't it. Hey, you sultry-eyed Brazilian beauty, that little cross can't save you. I do know that you love our Lord, but have you actually made Him the Lord of your life yet? I would love to see you in heaven, I think we will meet again there!
Hi Anthony, its been a long time since we first met and had lunch together. You've had many amazing roles. You starred in The Ten Commandments, Jesus of Nazareth, you played one of the popes and the uncle of Mohammed. But, Zorba, did you make Yeshua/ Jesus your Lord before you died at 86? You now know that Oscar can't save you. Fame, fortune and being a nice guy won't get you to heaven. In fact there'll be many "great" people at the Great White Thorne Judgement. They all go to hell for rejecting the free gift of salvation. It would really be great if you're not at that Great White Throne event! I have a sneaking feeling that you are in heaven. We'll find out soon won't we.
In closing here is a Gustave Dore woodcut impression of Lucifer being cast down to the world, where he became its deceptive god (and still is). This is one of a series titled 'paradise lost'. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 22. December 17th 2009
In this edition:
●Coming cataclysmic catastrophes
●Coming glorious global calm
The judgement of God is close at hand, be warned!
The book of revelation is essentially THE revelation of our Messiah Yeshua / Jesus in His risen form. This is not a revelation of the suffering servant and lamb of God. It is a spectacular, wonderful, glorious revelation of our Messiah the Lion in all His Glory and Majesty.
The book is also a revelation of what it will take to bring an end to the wrath of the devil and the wrath of man against God. It reveals the wrath of God in the form of ever increasing waves of judgement one after the next. Amazingly God offers His hand of friendship to any who will repent along the way, and many will. Just as amazingly, much of humanity driven by Satan himself will not repent and bring doom upon themselves. John 3:19 "This is the condemnation that the light has come into the world and men loved darkness rather than light, because their works are evil"
The funny thing is that most people have an interest in the future and want to know what's coming, but few want to prepare themselves spiritually. This subject, although not nice, is a very powerful tool for evangelism, don't underestimate it!
God sometimes uses the environment and nature to bring about His purposes, but don't for one minute think that He is limited to the natural world. He is supernatural and many of the coming catastrophes upon this world will be purely supernatural and will come right out of the blue with no warning.
It's important to understand that God works with and deals with mankind in different ways at different times. Some people reject dispensationalism because it doesn't suit their pre-conceived ideas. But it is a Biblical truth. Hebrews 1:1 "God who in different dispensations of time, spoke in different ways..." We are now in the age or dispensation of grace or the longsuffering of God. The Old Testament was characterised by the demonstrative power of God in a monumental way. we don't see those sort of judgements now. The times of Noah, Lot, Babylon, Egypt and the exodus and others are examples of how God worked with mankind back then.
The Bible teaches that the seven year tribulation period is actually the culmination of the Old Testament. Daniel 9: 24. "Seventy weeks are determined upon your people and your holy city" The word used for "weeks" is the word shabua, which means group of seven. In context it is referring to weeks of years. This passage of scripture outlines a 70 x 7 year time period cut out in time for the Jewish people. It is divided into two periods one of 69 x 7 years and the final 7 years, also called the time of Jacobs trouble and the seven year tribulation.
The entire character of this seven year time period makes it distinctly part of the Old Testament, it has the same characteristics. This is why we see the most incredible waves of judgements hitting the world in the seven year tribulation. It would not be in God's character to do this now during the current age of grace.
This is one of the many reasons why the true church will not be here during this time of God's wrath. The Bible says "God reserves His wrath for His enemies."
The seven year tribulation period sees a return to the same sort of spectacular, severe judgements on the whole world that we saw in Old Testament times.
But in the time period running up to the tribulation (now) we will see small forerunners of these judgements but because we are still in the age of grace, these are minor in comparison to what's coming.
In this edition I've listed the tribulation judgements in the order in which they will roll out. Some will run the entire course of the tribulation and others not. These come in three waves of seven each. They are the: seven seal judgements, the seven bowl and seven trumpet judgements.
Some teach that the first three and a half years will be a time of peace. This is wrong. It will only be a time of political (deceptive) peace with Israel. The tribulation kicks off with a peace pact signed between the antichrist and Israel, but that's as far as it goes. Most of the judgements of the Revelation run throughout the tribulation and have a much wider scope than the peace pact with Israel.
There are many other portions of scripture throughout the Bible also dealing with these judgements. Some add other aspects or expand on them, but The Revelation lists most of them in order.
Why the catastrophes:
Before we get into this subject, its important to understand why they will come about. The Bible says that God does nothing unless He reveals it to His prophets first.
We need to understand that the coming catastrophes are essentially the final conflict of a spiritual battle. It began with Lucifer wanting what God has, which is worship. The battle went all the way through time and now reaches its culmination. Its also very important to know how Satan works. He always starts with gentle persuasion or manipulation. If he cant get worship and servant hood that way, he turns up the heat and works through intimidation and finally domination. We see this clearly when he offered Yeshua / Jesus the kingdoms of the world (which are his to give) if only He (Messiah) would bow down and worship him. When this failed he moved on to inspire the crucifixion of our Lord.
The big overriding reason for the coming judgements is simply because when you break the laws of God, judgment follows. That's it in a nutshell, plain and simple. The good news for believers is that God's judgement has already fallen on Yeshua / Jesus at the cross and we who believe are no longer under judgement, but its a completely different story for the world. The whole world has and is moving further away from God's ways and purposes in rebellion to Him at an ever increasing rate, motivated by Satan himself.
God has set up various institutions for a strong nation under God. These are church, government and family. All three are falling apart fast, due to Satan's infiltration.
Its primarily the responsibility of the church to be the bastion of truth in the world. Today much of the church has moved very far away from this. The church has largely abdicated in its responsibility to the truth.
Many churches started off well, but as they grew bigger and bigger so they became more and more respectable and compromised with the world! Tolerance is one of the last evil virtues of a collapsing society. Much of the church, in its desire to become respectable and acceptable in the world's eyes has become tolerant of and relevant to the world and lost all traces of true Godly power. As a result, silently and unbeknown to blind pastors, a counterfeit power full of lying signs and wonders has crept in. The problem is that when a believer casts the truth down, he doesn't stay in a vacuum. The devil will always fill those gaps.
Today led by blind deceived leaders, much of the church regularly and ignorantly bows down to the great Satanic god Hollywood and worships at the shrine of the Satanic god of entertainment.
The collapse of those three institutions that God set up for a strong nation is one of the reasons why the devil is having his way.
Its the job of church leadership to keep the devil at bay, and to stay separate from the world. if they won't he will say thank you very much and walk right in camouflaged as an angle of light, which will end in judgement!
Matthew 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its savour its good for nothing except to be cast out and trodden under foot."
Yes, today there is a growing uncompromised church of genuine truth. It stands separate from the world and its ways and the compromised church of today.
Its worth bearing in mind that the way to be right with God is this: You need to have a soft broken and contrite heart before Him and be right in doctrine. The two go hand in hand.
Over the years I've heard many ministers say "don't worry about doctrine." I've also heard many teach very little on the heart of man and plenty on keeping their little church doctrines. That's a sure way to get shipwrecked!
Anyway, the world is on a collision course with God. The coming judgements are a direct result of a compromised church and a world gone off into relativity where there are no absolutes any more.
Satan, the god of this world is using modern man to gain control of the political world, the economic world, the technological world and the military world. This full spectrum of world dominance will never come to complete fruition though, simply because God will destroy it all in its tracks.
Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is that because much of the present-day church has cast down the "spirit of the truth" the "spirit of error" has flooded in, led by the prince of darkness (that's not Ozzy) The tragedy is that the antichrist will arrive on the world stage directly associated with the church! Untold millions perhaps billions will fall for his cunning deception. 1John 2:18 implies that he (the antichrist) "went out from us but was not of us".
God will very soon remove His true church ending the age of grace and will begin a deadly outpouring of the greatest worldwide judgements ever seen on this planet.
Another very significant reason for the coming cataclysmic judgements on the world is because it has tried to interfere and change God's plan for Israel and the Jewish people. There is much about this in previous editions, so I won't go into it here.
A principle of judgement.
Judgement is only hated by the law breaker. If we didn't have the laws of the road, there would be anarchy on the roads. The purpose of the law is to keep us in check and maintain an environment of calm and peace. You could accurately say that when a criminal is thrown into jail, the environment is now a little bit better. Likewise the coming judgements and catastrophes are actually designed by God to cleanse the world and bring about His glorious new world!!!!
The judgement of God only comes when His longsuffering and patience has been tested to the limit. God will not strive with man forever - Genesis 6:3. God is slow to anger, but it does have a limit!
The coming cataclysmic judgements of God, seen in the Revelation
1)The seven seal judgements:
●The opening of these seals releases the four horsemen of the Apocalypse
The first horseman of the Apocalypse is the rider on a white horse. This speaks of the arrival in deception of the antichrist on the world stage. Satan himself will at this point enter and inhabit one individual person, who will be the head of a world government. He will come in on the wings of peace, making peace with Israel and the Arabs and bringing in a whole lot of incredible, brilliant plans, systems and ideas. The kingdoms of the world will gladly give their authority over to him as will the church headed by the antichrist's sidekick, the false prophet.
●Then comes the rider on the red horse. This seal releases world war and conflict. "He will take peace from the entire earth"
●The third is the rider on the black horse. This seal releases worldwide famine on a massive scale.
●The fourth is the rider on the pale horse. This seal releases a massive increase in death. The pale horse implies death from sickness, plagues, pestilence and disease, but not limited to that. This will see a fourth of the world's population dead. (A staggering amount)
●Then comes the mass martyrdom of those who get saved during the tribulation period. They are told to "wait a little longer until their blood is avenged."
●The sixth seal releases the most incredible geological and astronomical upheavals the world has ever seen. We see earthquakes, signs in the sun, moon and stars. We see stars falling to the earth. This speaks of a bombardment of many meteorites hitting the earth. So severe is this wave of judgements that many people including leaders, will try to hide themselves from "the wrath of the Lamb" They will wish to die, but death will escape them for now.
●The seventh seal releases a chilling, stunned silence in heaven. What follows is another wave of massive earthquakes and storms on earth.
2) The seven trumpet judgements:
These trumpet blasts release incredibly huge judgements on a massive scale on the earth.
●The first trumpet releases massive hail stones and fire on the earth which destroys one third of the trees and grass on the whole earth.
●The second trumpet sees a massive "mountain burning with fire" which falls from the sky into the sea. One third of the sea turns to blood as one third of all the fish are killed. One third of all ships are destroyed as well. This "mountain" is most likely an asteroid, much larger than the earlier bombardment of meteors.
●The third trumpet releases a "great star burning like a torch" falling to the earth. This is not the "great mountain" of the previous judgement. The fact that this one is called a "great star" means that it is even larger than the other. It contaminates one third of the rivers and waters on earth resulting in the death of "many" This star is called "Wormwood" which means bitterness. It will most certainly have deadly properties to it.
●The fourth trumpet releases a judgement which darkens a third of the sun, moon and stars, leaving a gloomy world.
●The fifth trumpet blast releases a series of "woes", warned about in the previous one. The first woe sees the bottomless pit opened releasing a plague of demon led locusts. These will not be normal locusts, but animals with scorpion-like bites. They will be commanded not to destroy plant material and led only to attack humans who are not protected by God. They are led by a demon called "Apollyon", which means destroyer. This world-wide attack will be so severe it causes people to seek death, but it will be in vain. They will be prevented from dying. Some believe that these locusts are actually helicopters because of some similar descriptions. This is not so. These will be supernaturally charged, demon led insects of some sort. They may in fact be manifesting demons.
●The sixth trumpet or second "woe" releases four demons that make way for an 'army' of 200 million. This is perhaps not a literal army, but an army of demon spirits who were previously bound. It doesn't really make much difference who or what they are, the end result is that a third of the world's remaining population is killed by them. One fourth of the world has already been killed and untold millions in other judgements, now we have another third of the remainder being killed. We now have up to about 60% of the world's population dead. Incredibly the Bible declares that even now, the remainder still refuse to repent!
●The seventh trumpet is the final "woe". As heaven begins to rejoice, because we are nearing the end, the last earthquakes and some more great hail is released.
3) The seven bowl judgements:
These judgements release the final "wrath of God" on the earth and are purely supernatural.
●The first is the release of foul and loathsome sores upon all who had previously received the "mark of the beast".
●The second judgement kills every single living thing in the sea.
●The third judgement sees all of the rivers, lakes and waters of the earth, turned to blood.
●The fourth judgement sees the heat being turned up. Supernatural power now turns up the temperature of the sun to such a degree that humans are "scorched with great heat" The result is that the remaining people "blaspheme" God because of their pain.
●The fifth judgement speaks of darkness falling on the kingdom of the antichrist. People are inflicted with great pain and "they gnawed their tongues because of the pain"
●The sixth judgement now sees the river Euphrates dried up to prepare the way for an army of 200 million men from the east who are preparing to invade Israel. This ends in Armageddon.
●The seventh judgement releases the greatest earthquake ever seen on the earth topped with massive hailstones the size of large rocks. This earthquake re-arranges much of the earth, destroying many island, cities and mountains.
The coming fiscal fiasco:
Early in these shocking judgements (perhaps before the tribulation starts) will come a world economic crisis to put them all to shame. This will lead to a world stock market melt down, wiping out untold trillions of dollars in a flash, preparing the way for world economic control by the antichrist.
The world economic melt down that we saw recently will be a Mickey Mouse event compared to what's coming. Oil and the Arab world will play a major part. The short version is this: For the antichrist to gain control of the world's economy he will have to destabilise it first.
When you can no longer service your debt, you're finished that's it...over. The USA and Europe are empires of growing monumental debt. Like a house of cards or a house built on sand it will all fall down. Talking of building on the sand Dubai is interesting. It now has the tallest building in the world, just like the tower of Babel was at the time. Dubai wants to become a world financial capital, just like Babylon was. Dubai is building a massive hanging garden, just like they did in Babylon. Now, I'm not saying that Dubai is Babylon, but its most certainly a type! It's now on the verge of bankruptcy.
The world's a lot more dependant on oil than most believe and it seems that God has planned it so that most of the oil is in Arab / Islamic control. It's within their financial interests to keep trade going, but as soon as the pressure is really on, through war or something like that, they could easily restrict supply sending the oil price into orbit and crippling the world economy.
Either way, the antichrist will come up with the most brilliant plan ever conceived and devised to bring the world economy into a system of control involving the "mark of the beast" It is very likely that we could see a fresh push for a single world currency soon.
James 5:1 "Go now you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that will come upon you. Your riches are corrupted, your gold and silver is corroded...you've heaped up treasures in the last days".
The big banks of the world will be right at the forefront of the devils new system. Its worth bearing in mind that the banking system was birthed in Babylon. God destroyed it and will again destroy revived worldwide Babylon, which is seen all over the place especially in religious circles. (See previous edition) There has been much talk of bailing out banks that are too big to fail. We will soon see the opposite. Many banks will become so indebted they we will be too big to save!
There is a fiscal hurricane coming upon the world soon!
Most of the above judgements look like something out of a science fiction novel. The reason is simply because we have seen nothing like it at all in the last 2000 years or dispensation of grace. But you only need to look further back to the Old Testament judgements to see that this is perfectly in character with God.
Those worrying about climate change are barking up the wrong tree. Those worrying about global warming are sweating the wrong stuff. That's all a waste of time! What is coming will dwarf anything the world has ever seen. The inconvenient truth is simply that mankind will be totally and completely powerless to do a single thing to prevent what is coming soon.
These cataclysmic judgements will wipe out about 60% of the worlds population. That's about 4 billion people perhaps more, depending on the world population size now. If we are close to 7 billion now then 60% will be just over 4 billion. The Bible does declare in various places that these judgements will be far worse than anything the world has ever seen.
My friends, it's a fearful thing to fall into the hands of an angry God! Now of course you can put your head in the sand like an ostrich and say, "please don't give me all these scare tactics, don't you know a God of love would never do anything like this" Well you can reject it all, but that will change nothing at all except perhaps to make your own situation worse and increase your own guilt!
You can also say, like most do; "nobody knows the time, all thing will carry on as normal" These people are called "last days mockers" in Jude 18 and "last days scoffers" in 2 Peter 3:3
Ten to one, the true living born-again church, including the Messianic Jews who have recognised that Yeshua / Jesus is Lord, will not be here during this time period, so we will escape it.
So, when will this all happen? I would encourage you to read edition 9 on page three for a very interesting view on timing. Don't take that edition lightly, these think could well begin in 2011! I also deal with the command of God to know the time in edition 9.
Cool, calm, collected peace is coming soon.
Habakkuk 3:2 "In Your wrath remember mercy"
God will shake everything that can be shaken and everything that mankind puts their trust in. But the catastrophes have within them the mercy of God. No one can stop the soon coming renovation of this earth, but people can stop the judgement coming upon themselves, as individuals, by turning to the free gift of salvation offered in the midst of the trouble.
Right now we are in the calm before the most powerful tumultuous storms the world has ever seen. But immediately after the storms, will come a calm and peace brought down on the earth and transforming it supernaturally by our Messiah.
The dramatic conflict of the ages between Satan and God will soon and finally come to a shocking and incredible climax, with the world going through a baptism of fiery judgements resulting in a new world of calm, peace, love, joy and glory.
Gods glorious eternal purpose is to bring about a millennium of calm and peace and the restoration of the earth to the way it was always supposed to be before the fall in Eden. His purpose is to remove in judgement all evil, rebellion and everything rooted in Satan. He will do and complete this after all of His grace has been rejected.
Revelation 11:15 "The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ and He shall reign forever and ever."
Paradise lost will become paradise restored, but only for those who accept His offer of forgiveness and respond accordingly. All others are destined for cataclysmic catastrophes and then hell eternal.
Heaven or hell:
Old man you died at 110 years old, what a long life! But you're going to live a lot longer now that you're in eternity! What did you do with your life here on earth? Did you prepare yourself for eternity? As you now know, you can't reverse or change your destiny, it's too late now. Did you make Yeshua / Jesus the Lord of your life while you had the opportunity? You know all about the reality of heaven and hell now don't you?
Young girl, if the old man next to you could speak to you now from his eternal habitation, do you know what he would say to you? I can almost hear him pleading and pleading and pleading, with tears of urgency, saying "get saved fast" He is crying for you! You still have time, what are you going to do with it? What you do with the salvation offered to you, will determine whose neighbourhood you're going to hang out in forever!
In closing here is Gustave Dore impression of the riders of the Apocalypse. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 21. December 10th 2009
In this edition:
●The damage done to the Jews by the evils of Christian traditions
Christmas and Easter are designed by the devil to keep the Jews from the church!
The overall purpose of this edition isn't to come against the Catholics or others, but to come against the traditions that have put a stumbling block in the way of the Jews and to encourage any who dare to do so, to break from their traditions and set theirs hearts after our Lord with a fresh, pure zeal and passion. Of course I do have irreconcilable differences with the Catholics, but as said, that's not the central purpose here.
It is a very powerful thing when a Christian apologises to a Jew for the damage the church has done to them in times past. It opens doors which have long been been shut as a result of evil Christian action and tradition.
In fact the Catholics have killed more Jews than Hitler, in their history. Don't be so naive as to think that the Jews at large don't know this. Many Jews will spit before walking into a church building due to all the death and hostility inflicted upon them by the Catholic church and others in times past.
It's a fearful thing to lay stumbling blocks especially those that originate in "the depths of Satan" in front of God's people. God has warned against it. "My servants have been beguiled by the false prophetess Jezebel" Rev 2:20 This is in the letter from God to the church at Thyatira, which relates to the Catholic church. It goes on to identify the strong influence of idolatry and adultery as influencing factors of corruption and unfaithfulness originating in "the depths of Satan"
Israel has fallen into the trap of idolatry many times in her past history, she does not need another dose of idolatry inflicted upon her from the church, just when the Jews are starting to recognise that Yeshua / Jesus is their Messiah!
The rebellion and disobedience of the Jews led to the Babylonian captivity around 600 BC. This saw them becoming filled with pagan and occult practises of the time and place. BUT after repentance the Babylonian captivity ended with the return to Israel and the rebuilding of the temple according to the exact truth of Gods measurements.
The return from the Babylonian exile speaks of repentance and the rebuilding of the temple speaks of following God and going His way in truth.
The Catholic church is still enslaved to Babylon. Why would the Jews want to go into another modern-day captivity!!
Interestingly there is not one single item or thing in the Vatican or St Peters or in any of their traditions that originate in the Jewish temple. There is plenty (almost everything) that has its origin in Babylon!
Mark 7:8-13 "Laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the traditions of men...all too well you reject the commandment of God that you may keep your tradition....making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down.
Deuteronomy 18: 9-22 "When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you (the Jews), you shall no longer learn to follow the abominations of those nations...you shall be blameless before the Lord."
Jeremiah 10: 2 "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles". 27: 9 "You shall not serve the King of Babylon."
So many traditions in the church have become part of 'normal life' They are accepted without question. I fully realise that I will be seen as an enemy of those who cling to their traditions blindly. The problem is that all of the traditions I am referring to in this edition are rooted in Babylonian occult worship.
I have heard many say, "That all doesn't matter because we sanctify the secular by our involvement". Apart from that being a statement right out of the heart of Satan himself, it's just so stupid and short sighted. Why on earth would you want to participate in something that is rooted in witchcraft, forbidden by God and cursed from beginning to end?
Besides all of that, let me now really make the traditionalist angry!
Christmas, Easter, the dress of Catholic leadership, the sun worship of the Catholics and their past close association with the swastika and many other pagan practises have a very dangerous tragic consequence. They are all major obstacles in the way of the Jew coming to salvation and entering the church.
The Bible declares that gospel is to go to the Jew first and then the Gentile! Now, again I realise that this may sound like blasphemy to many, but here it is in black and white: Romans 1:16 "The gospel is the power of God to salivation for everyone who believes to the Jew first and also for the Greeks."
There are literally hundreds of other portions of scripture clearly laying out God's wonderful plan of salvation for the Jews.
How did all these occult practises get into the church:
How did things go so horribly wrong and why is there still so much of the occult so deeply rooted in the church today?
Well, lets have a short lesson in church history.
The early church up until 300 AD had a distinctly Hebraic flavour to it. It was founded in Jerusalem and had mostly Jewish converts although many Gentiles started coming in as the church expanded. Satan tried to stamp the church out by bringing intense persecution on it by ten successive Roman Emperors. This only made the church stronger.
Satan then came up with his trump card which was to defeat the church from within and bring error and the occult into it. He did this through the Roman Emperor Constantine who himself was a worshipper of Baal and Babylonian gods. He was apparently "converted" and became a Christian. He stopped all persecution of the church and made it the official state religion. But to make it more palatable to the masses he introduces many forms of Babylonian occult practises to the church.
As these evil practises became more and more entrenched and accepted, so the light went out and the dark ages started. By 600 AD the Catholic church had its first Pope and the church had changed radically from what it was at first. It was now riddled with the occult and its supernatural power was now counterfeit. The key that the pagan Popes used to maintain control of the masses was the removal of the Bible from the laity. The church in the dark ages soon became the most murderous institution the world has seen.
Then came the reformation, an incomplete work, but a great step out of the darkness. This spiritual enlightenment produced the renaissance and the industrial revolution. Unfortunately much of the church has not awakened fully and is clinging to its occult practises, which sent it into darkness in the first place!
Now of course there is nothing wrong with a church adopting certain modern traditions or cultural activities as long as they are not rooted in the occult.
A forever flawed leadership:
The Bible says "call no man on earth father" ( Mathew 23:9 ) Yet the Catholic priests all call themselves "father" and insist on being called "father" The word Pope means "father".
My father died many years ago, but I still remember him vividly. My spiritual Father is alive and very well indeed. I know Him too, it's Yeshua / Jesus, God almighty. I know for a fact that no Catholic of any description on this earth is my father!!! None of them, not one!!! I reject them all. They are all counterfeits!!!
When the Roman empire collapsed the Popes took on the title that had previously belonged to to the Roman emperors - Pontificus Maximus, forever linking the Catholic church with the Roman empire. This obviously points to the future as well and relates to the revised Roman Empire, the European government.
On a similar subject, Mary is not my mother, nor is she the mother of God! Since when does God have a mother? Mary was the mother of Yeshua / Jesus, or His humanity, but not His deity. Isis was the origination of the mother-goddess cult. Isis was also called "the mother of God" and "the queen of heaven." By the way, Yeshua / Jesus is our "intercessor" not Mary.
And talking of counterfeits, the Catholics do not teach or preach the new birth. To them, being saved is belonging to their hideous church. They have led untold millions down the wrong road and straight to hell. I do concede that there are some in this church that are truly saved. This is indicated at the end of the letter to the church at Thyatira in Revelation 2. But the shocking thing is that the ones that are saved are those within this church who do not 'hold' or 'cling' to its doctrine!
Pagan practises in the church:
The early church which was mostly Jewish observed none of the pagan festivals and practises of the church today, not one of them!
1 Corinthians 10:13 Amp "Shun, keep clear away from, avoid by flight if needs be any sort of idolatry, which is loving or venerating anything more than God"
Jeremiah 10: 2, 3 "Do not learn the way of the Gentiles...for one cuts down a tree from the forest...they decorate it with silver and gold, they fasten it down with nails and hammers, so that it won't fall."
The Christmas tree is riddled with paganism. It was around in Babylonian days hence the warning by Jeremiah above. By the way, the silver and gold balls were originally icons of sun and moon worship! It is a fact that the red suite worn by the slob in the picture does not represent blood, but was first inspired by Coca Cola. (Go and check it out if you don't believe me)
The Babylonians celebrated the birthday of the sun (not son). This was the day after the shortest day of the year, or solstice. This was set as the 25th of December. This was seen by them as the re-birth of the unconquered sun. In fact the word for the Catholic season of advent means 'coming' and takes place in the run up to the 25th December. It means the coming of the birthday of the sun (not son).
The belief of so many is so shallow these days. Yeshua /Jesus is not Lord of their lives. Its just the same as having a plastic Jesus, a sort of nice sponsor in the background just like the fat slob Santa in his ridiculous Coca Cola suite, who only comes out to play and have fun once a year. The reality is that their Ho, ho, hoing slob is more like Frankenstein and will do them all a lot more eternal harm than any monster. Actually "ho, ho, ho" was the friendly cry of the pagan god Thor also called the Yule god.
Easter was the Babylonian goddess of sex. The way you worshipped her was by going through the Easter gate into the occult temple to have sex with a whore.
Her original name was Ishtar.
This is the name that the Roman Emperor Constantine chose to replace the Biblical Passover. Sex or fertility symbols were all over this evil Babylonian temple. The rabbit and eggs were the main Babylonian symbols of this form of worship, being symbols of fertility and frequent sex.
Oh what a lovely little bunny, how sweet, and what a big pretty egg it has!
The Bible says that we are to keep the feast of Passover, not Easter. The old King James version of the Bible uses the word Easter, while the new King James used the word Passover. The original Greek word correctly translated is the word Passover! 1 Corinthians 5: 7 "Christ our Passover was sacrificed for us, therefore let us keep the feast" The same original word translated Passover is also used in Acts 12: 4, which is incorrectly interpreted as Easter in the old King James Bible. The original word used is "pascha", which means Passover.
Passover is not about sex and fertility, it's about God's judgement passing over us due to the blood of our Messiah.
Again as with Christmas, Easter is a Satanic ritual designed by the devil to keep the Jews out of the church and of course to nullify the Word in the lives of Christian participants. (Read Mark 7 above again)
The image below is a composite of some of the pagan Easter symbols unearthed and discovered around the ruins of Babylon.
The pressures on short sighted Christians to conform and accept the traditions of the occult without question are extremely strong.
"Be not conformed to the world or its ways". Romans 12:2
Deuteronomy 4 :19 "Take heed that when you see the sun, the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven you don't feel driven to worship them and serve them."
The Catholic church is riddled with the occult. Yes it does adhere to many wonderful truths, but why on earth go half way with God and half way with the devil? Sun worship is evident in so many of its practises, buildings and traditions. Again all forms of sun worship have their source in Babylon and Satan.
Solar symbols are everywhere in Catholicism. Sol Invictus, meaning 'the unconquered sun' has its roots in ancient pagan astrology practises and is seen throughout Catholicism. The image below is of an early Roman coin called Sol Invictus, which was a dedication to the sun god.
Son worship has changed into sun worship through Sol Invictus. It's interesting that all these Sol Invictus idols are brought out and into the Catholic mass on December 25, the birthday of the sun.
Here we have another occult practise designed by the devil to keep the Jews from the church. The "whore of Babylon" is at work. She has led many in other modern protestant churches to become prostitutes of the truth.
The image on the right below is St Peter's chair in St Peter's basilica Rome, which is just below a bronze and gold depiction of Sol Invictus, also represented in that idol Benedict is holding (left)
The Catholic hat or Mitre:
What a stupid hat! But can you see how closely it resembles a fish in profile (with open mouth). The big question is why such a stupid hat and why is it only used in high-'holy' ceremonies?
The Mitre is a direct copy of the hat worn by important people in Babylon when they worshipped the fish- god Dagon.
The two sketch-diagrams below are from articles dealing with Dagon in ancient Babylon. The other pictures show the similarity.
Here we have yet another practise rooted in the occult designed by Satan to keep the Jews out of the church.
The Babylonia occult swastika and the cross:
Zephaniah 1: 4 "I will cut off every trace of Baal from this place (Israel). The names of the idolatrous priests with the pagan priests, those who worship the host of heaven." (just think about that verse!!)
Isaiah 47: 13 "You are wearied of the multitude of your counsels; Let now the astrologers, the stargazers and the monthly prognosticators stand up and save you. Behold they shall be as stubble, the fire shall consume them, they'll not be able to deliver themselves from the power of the flame."
The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for thousands of years by the Egyptians , Babylonians, Chinese, the Mayans and others. It represents sun-power and strength. Hitler was influenced largely by Luther, quoting often from him, but he was also a devil worshipper gaining much of his inspiration from this source. His attempt to wipe out the Jews was actually to an attempt to display his strength in setting up a 'pure' new world. It is no accident that he chose the swastika as his symbol.
The church also used this symbol. The image below is a composite of swastikas from the past. At the top from the left: An Egyptian column, then a Mayan symbol. In the middle right we have one of the Popes and the bottom row are some of the many Nazi symbols associated with the cross.
Again we have another reason for the Jews to steer clear of the church.
Some other occult, pagan practises originating in Babylon, which are in the church, which I haven't gone into include: Mother and child worship, relic worship, infant baptism or sprinkling, prayer for the dead, the sign of the cross, some of the names bestowed on Mary, cakes made to the queen of heaven (hot cross buns) and many more.
God's judgement on the paganism and the occult
The message to the seven churches in The Revelation is God's view of the church. It's worth taking note of what God thinks, I think. The message to the church at Thyatira relates to the Catholics. Rev 2: 23, 24 "I will kill her children with death and all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts and will give to each according to your works....as many as who do not have this doctrine and who have not known the depths of Satan, I will put on you no other burden." This church is also told that it will be cast into great tribulation.
Children (verse 23) are those that cling to their mother. In other words those that cling to the mother church and its doctrine are in fierce trouble with God. Note also that this church's doctrine originates in " the depths of Satan", How incredible and tragic is this?
There are hundreds of symbols, traditions and practises associated with the church that are deeply rooted in the occult. It's not my purpose to go into them all here, but simply to draw your attention to the main overriding and very important factor behind this edition. Christian, in participating in these things, you are headed for disaster and and are instrumental in laying stumbling blocks in the path of the Jews.
God has always judged and condemned paganism and the occult. Sometimes His judgement was swift and sometimes it was a long time coming, but it always did and always will.
I simply cant for the life of me understand why so many Christians love the occult so much and refuse to just drop it! The only explanation I can think of is that they are so bound by the traditions of the world that it (empowered by the devil) has blinded them.
The Catholic church (and other similar orthodox churches) will be a very big part in Satan's end time plan. This will be God's judgement on them. I would not be surprised to see the false prophet of the tribulation emerge from this evil institution.
Revelation 18: 2 Speaks prophetically of the gigantic fall and total disaster that is coming on all aspects of modern revived Babylon including large parts of the church. "Babylon the great is fallen is fallen and has become a habitation of devils and the abode of every fouls spirit"
Isaiah 47: 3-7 This is amazing and relates to many nations like Europe, but the subject matter deals with the final humiliation of Babylon. "Your shame will be seen, I will take vengeance...as for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts (armies) is His name, the Holy One of Israel. Sit in silence, Babylon and go into darkness, for you shall no longer be called the Lady of Kingdoms. I was angry with My people and gave them into your hand. You showed them no mercy." Verse 15 "No one shall save you"
The lady of Babylon is no lady, she is a whore, and a slut, a pure witch! (Not my opinion but God's opinion contained in many passages of scripture) The counterfeit kingdom of Popes that has arisen out of her in Rome, will become a significant force in tandem with the revised Roman empire (new world government) and will again spearhead, or at least be involved in the mass murder of Jews.
You may say, please leave us alone and don't rock the boat. Don't point out all of these things, just accept that it's the way things are. My answer is NO.
Why would the Jews want another Babylonian captivity?
The Jews have on many occasions been dealt with very severely by God for delving into the occult. God has brought judgement on them, sent them into captivity and allowed them to be defeated every time they fell into the worship of false gods and practises.
Even now religious or Rabbinical Judaism, which rejects Yeshua / Jesus will lead them into judgement again.
Most Jews have an inbuilt fear and resistance to Christian conversion simply because they know all too well that the church has many roots in the occult and paganism. Most Christians think that to get saved Jews need to become Christianised and join institutionalised churchianity!
"Come now Jew boy, now that you're saved, have a ham sandwich with us as we celebrate Chrissmiss"....I think not!
Its interesting to look into the Word of God to see the end of ancient and revived Babylon and the end of the Jews. Babylon ended in the most horrific destruction and judgement of God while the end of the Jews is in wonderful salvation!
Psalm 137 "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion". Oh yes, so why would the Jews again want to have any part with what is essentially Babylonian captivity again, just in a new name...churchianity?
The pure Judaeo-Christian heritage of most of the Western world has been sold out. Its not going, its gone and what is now arising in its place is a deadly mix of paganism and ungodly worldly humanism in the name of Christianity. Our civilisation is on deaths door step. A time of thick darkness and deception is coming fast, a time of chaos and confusion, to put any drunk to shame. Beware dear reader, of the spiritual pimps out there, who are enemies of the cross of our Messiah and all truth. Perverted truth has been the death knell and path of destruction for Israel many times before.
Jews beware, the spirit of Hitler is not dead and will come to you as a wolf in sheep's clothing this time offering peace. My dear Jewish reader, you have suffered much, but beware you are in mortal danger again.
God will have His Gentile faithful few, who will be voices of dissent and who will stand with and for the Jew and Israel. Only follow those men that follow God and the fullness of truth. These days you need some spiritual guts to head for glory!
A glorious pure future:
Isaiah 61:1,2 This speaks of the glorious future for the Jews."The Lord will console those who mourn in Zion and give them beauty for ashes...you shall be called the Priests of the Lord, you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles...Instead of your shame you shall have double honour, and in their own land they shall posses double. I will direct their works in truth and will make with them an everlasting covenant"
I once stood on top of Masada in Israel with a number of Israeli Defence Force Generals, who regularly go up there to pray and declare..."Never again will Jerusalem fall into gentile hands" ...and that includes Gentile Paganism!
Christian beware, God is already moving forward to bring the Jews to salvation, but He is leaving much of the abominable Christian church behind!! What God is doing now is most remarkable. He is lifting the veil of blindness on the Jews in ever increasing numbers as they see and recognise that their Messiah is the Jewish Messiah of the true church. He is also separating to Himself a pure glorious church. The work of God is always according to pure truth.
The evil traditions of the church may keep the Jews out, but it will not keep them from the glorious salvation which is coming their way in ever growing numbers.
In the coming days the Jews will be reconciled with many of their Gentile, Christian brothers and sisters, and it will be a reunion like Joseph with his brothers. God's heart is and will be for a Jew and Gentile Messianic church with a Hebraic flavour and with all of Babylon rooted out!
The God I know is the God of truth, but He always offers forgiveness and pardon. He offers healing for those who want deliverance from the powers of darkness. He shines His light on the way forward. He offers beauty out of the ashes of repentance. He offers a whole new life full of truth, righteousness, holiness and glory.
The life He offers was bought and paid for with the suffering of the cross and resulting resurrection, which itself delivers power for us to walk in new resurrection life.
Note: My objective is not to get anyone to leave this or that church. Salvation is not dependant on what church you go to or what traditions you adhere to. No church or tradition can save you because no church died for you! Salvation relates to you knowing God and being known by Him. The objective of this edition is to present a simple and dire warning and to offer a much better way.
For further reading and study on this subject please read the monumental book by Alexander Hislop titled The Two Babylons. In the front of the book, a note from the editor declares; " Its gratifying to know that no one so far as we are aware has ventured to challenge the accuracy of the historical proofs adduced in support of the startling announcement of the title page." It was written in 1916 and documents the amazing parallels between ancient Babylon and the Catholics as well as many others of the orthodox persuasion.
Heaven or hell:
Long gone head of the Catholics Leo XII, (left) did you take the trouble to get saved. You led your abominable church till you were 97 years old. You issued a decree forbidding your people to own or read the scriptures and you enforced many other doctrines of devils. Where are you now, you blind guide? Yes I know where your body is lying, for all to see, but where are you now. If you were permitted to speak to the living now, what would you say? And what would you say to the current dark, deceived leadership of the Catholic church, knowing what you now know? You know now Leo, that Mary could never help you and your repetitious prayers to her were all in vain. You know now Leo, that your doctrine of the immaculate conception of Mary is an immaculate deception! You know now Leo, that not only were you not infallible, you were an incarnation of evil!
Rabbi Jacob Lipszyc (right) you were murdered in the Holocaust, but did you make right with your Jewish Messiah and chief Rabbi Yeshua/ Jesus before your cruel execution? Where are you now rabbi? If you could address us now, what would you say knowing what you know now?
In closing this edition here is a woodcut by Gustave Doré depicting the construction of the tower of Babel by the occult-rich Babylonians. This was their attempt to reach God, but they were riddled with paganism. We know what the outcome was. Dear reader, do you want to reach up to God also? That's great! But you need to do it His way!
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 20 December 6th 2009
In this edition:
●Coming great deceptions.
Truth and error travel the same highways:
There is a principle evident in the scriptures especially in Proverbs. The Bible speaks of knowledge, understanding and wisdom. Knowledge is the intake of information, understanding is the digesting of it and wisdom is the application of it.
Knowledge on its own can be dangerous and puff you up in pride, but when it's being done in the spirit, this knowledge becomes revelation knowledge. The original word for knowledge is gnosis, but the word epi-gnosis means knowledge that is above ordinary knowledge.
My job in these editions is to bring you knowledge, which has come to me over a long period of time. It is to me epi-gnosis. It is your job to take it further and transform it to into understanding and wisdom.
There is one very important issue that we need to know in our pursuit of knowledge, understanding and wisdom and this is; It is impossible to know God or His ways outside of His family. If you are not born of the Spirit of God, all the knowledge in the world will still land you in hell.
The Bible declares that the things of the Spirit are spiritually discerned. We need to go through the cross of Calvary to enter the family of God and then we still need to apply the cross to the realm of our intellect. This is the way the knowledge and truth of God comes to us.
To give us further access to the deeper things of God we need to be baptised in water and the spirit. The foundation of salvation is like a tripod and we need all three legs. The new birth, adult water baptism, and spirit baptism. If one or more legs are missing the tripod will fall over.
Isn't it interesting how many believers with one or two of these legs missing just can't see the impassable gulf between the world and the kingdom of God.
The ways of deception:
Deception has spiritual roots but it grows in the ground of ignorance.
Truth, on the other hand, is always rooted in the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God.
The first thing that deception always does is it obscure the cross. When the cross is obscured, the things and ways of God become nebulous and variable. When the cross is obscured, the ways of the world, the flesh, and the demonic become strong, simply because the application of the cross into our lives on a daily basis, breaks and separates us from the power of the world the flesh and the demonic.
When the cross is obscured our minds becomes the playground of all sorts of great ideas...all devoid of God.
When the cross is obscured, people become very worldly, filled with the sins of the flesh and a home for the demonic. When the cross is obscured, try as you much as you like, but you can't see that Satan is the god of the world and the ways of the world.
When the cross is being applied into our lives we receive sight to see clearly and we receive the power to walk in victory.
Today deception is growing on all fronts. It is becoming very powerful and widespread. In many instances it is blatant and in your face. In some cases it is subtle and lurks like a snake in waiting for its prey. Deception is dangerous in all its forms and has immense power.
It is a surprising and shocking thing to read what God thinks of the church, as revealed in the seven letters in the Revelation. Here we see just how successful deception becomes, with many churches falling into the trap of the devil. (Please read edition 11 for more on this)
Deception is essentially a spirit. With this being the case, it's almost impossible to identify it or deal with it outside of the gifts of the Spirit. 1 John 4: 1-6 "Do not believe every spirit but test the spirits, whether they're of God...We are of God and he who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error."
Candidates for deception:
The proud: Personal pride or ego will blind you to the things of God. Pride is essentially trust in self. Humility before God and His Word always gives clarity of spiritual sight. How can you have sight and understanding if God is resisting you. James 4:6 "God gives grace to the humble and resists the proud" Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and is desperately wicked."
The self seeking: James 3:14 "If you have envy, self seeking in your hearts...this wisdom is worldly, soulish and demonic"
The ignorant: Ignorance is a playground for demons. 2 Corinthians 11.14 "Satan transforms himself into an angle of light." In this day and age we need to have spiritual discernment and insight into the fact that Satan can and does appear in many forms. Ignorance of the prophetic word will also set you up for deception. In fact ignorance is one of the curses which comes upon people for failure to obey God's Word. Deuteronomy 28:28. The Lord will strike you with blindness, madness and confusion of heart. This is brought out further in Hosea 4:1-6 which is an amazing discourse on the rise or fall of a nation. It says "Because there is no truth mercy or knowledge of God in the land, the land will mourn...My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge."
Deception of customs and traditions in the church:
False doctrines and idolatry:
There are so many false doctrines in the church today, it would take a book to deal with them all. Some of the big ones that are hugely damaging include replacement theology. These are playgrounds of demons.
Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception according to the traditions of men".
2 Peter 2:1,2 "There will be false teachers and prophets among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies...and many will follow their destructive ways, because of who the way of truth will be blasphemed".
The way and plan of God for the church is to be in unity. There is only one church. Our Messiah doesn't have many different bodies growing from His neck all divided (denominations) from each other.
1 Corinthians 1: 10 This condemns all sectarianism (denominationalism) as sin! We are to be "perfectly joined together in the same mind and judgement, speaking the same thing" Some may be thinking now that you can't believe I just said that. Well no I didn't...God did!
Sectarianism, denominationalism and division is deception.
Calvinism, Catholicism and other denominations which all have their own different divided sectarian beliefs and ways are all deceived. How can God be divided against Himself?
Bibles: (I will do a separate edition on this some time soon as it is a huge and very important subject)
The Bible is the Word of God or is it? Yes it is in it's original form. It is absolutely vital and of major importance to all true believers who love our Lord. Wouldn't it be logical then that Satan, who is the chief counterfeiter would want to bring confusion into the Bible itself.
Today there are many differing Bibles around. In fact choosing a Bible could be like walking through a mine field.
Very few people know this but as the Spirit of God moved over a group of people who compiled the Word of God, so the spirit of deception moved on another group of people to produce Spirit-less Bible. The two are irreconcilable.
An early church conference dealing with the Byzantine manuscripts (20,000 surviving) became the canon of scripture, inspired by God. The second was the Alexandra conference which authorised manuscripts which were essentially re-written by Origen and viewed as corrupt.
Bibles originating from Byzantine are the truth. Then a latin version came about and then The King James Version in English (which has some minor translational issues) The New King James version, which by-passes the latin version and goes back to the root of the the original manuscripts but is in modern English. It is the best by far.
Bibles originating in the corrupt Alexandra manuscripts include the New International version and many other modern Bibles.
The New International Version yields to modernism. It has 64,000 words omitted (compared to the Byzantine manuscripts) Many of these omissions and changes relate to major doctrines. It has numerous verses completely removed. Revelation 22:18 warns against changing the Word. Deuteronomy 4:2 and 12:32 also warns of the same thing.
The NIV will soon have a newer version called TNIV. (Today's NIV) This new version has even more changes including a host of changes making it gender-neutral. References to the Son, Father, He, Him and thousands of others have been removed.
The NIV is an exercise in translational treason and has led to much deception today.
You may think these issues are not important. They are the seeds of deception and error, which are becoming more and more dangerous as we move on towards the close of the age.
Very few Christians today know their Bibles never mind which ones are right.
Let me share with you a tragic example.
A friend of mine a while ago came running in with a big smile on his face yelling: "Did you hear...they've found out that Jesus was married and had kids" It just so happens that this individual doesn't know his Bible at all.
Isaiah 59: 14 "Truth is fallen in the street"
Believer, if you love our Lord, you need to love His Word as well. 2 Thessalonians 2:10 Speaks of those that "God will send strong delusion so that they believe the lie, because they didn't receive the love of the truth."
Romans 1: 18 is one of the few verses of scripture in which the wrath of God is evoked. "For the wrath of God is revealed against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
At the end of the day, deception is always the fault of the recipient. God has given us the answer, which is His Word and the tools needed to walk in truth and victory.
Deception is progressive. This is just the same as our walk with our Lord. It is progressive as well.
Luke 21: 8 "Take heed that you are not deceived"
Daniel 8:25 The coming of the antichrist will be shrouded in deception. "Through his cunning he will cause deception to prosper under his hand."
Deceptions of the world:
The Blue Beam Project will deceive many. Essentially, its a technology simulated second coming. Tests have already been done involving a holographic projection of a "Christ Image" Blue Beam promotes a new world order, one world religion. Holographic images projected from satellites of Christ, Mohamed, Buddha and others will 'merge' into one to produce a new 'One God'
The first step will be to cause a collapse of archaeological and other scientific understanding by bringing in supposed new discoveries that will falsify evidence already in existence supporting the Bible. The purpose will be to cause the masses to reject their foundational beliefs and undermine them, paving the way for a new multi-faith God encompassing all beliefs in a new powerful globalist movement.
The second stage will be a huge world-wide simultaneous staging of optical holograms and lasers with sound in 3D. NASA is involved secretly at this stage. These strong holograms will give the appearance that they have come from the sky, when in fact they will have been projected from satellites. This new unique divinity will in fact be the devil at work. He will explain that the Bible has been misinterpreted and misunderstood on a massive scale, setting the stage for his acceptance.
Some of you may be wondering if there was something wrong with the pizza I've just eaten. This is just ridiculous you say. Oh yes, I say! Well then please tell me why it has been so incredibly easy for someone like dan brown to deceive untold millions of Christians with his "Jesus was married and had kids" story.
By the way, if Jesus was married and had kids, then that blood line is still around today. If you know your Bible the blood of our Lord was supernatural. It was pure and without the Adamic sin-line in it. This sets the stage for someone in our day to declare that he is the new Messiah being the continuation of the pure blood line of Jesus.
It is only the blood of Jesus that cleanses from sin. Can you see the deceptive power of the devil in dan brown? The world stage is now set for another Christ to declare that he has supernatural powers originating in the blood line of Jesus.
The Blue Beam Project may sound out of this world, but actually its exactly the sort of thing of the devil would do to set the stage for his entrance. It may itself be a big deception.
Weather it comes off this way or not isn't really the issue, what is of critical importance is that need to have ourselves well armed and prepared to stand in the face of many coming deceptions.
The Bible warns of end time "lying signs and wonders"
The sheer numbers that are and will be deceived according to Bible prophecy are enormous to say the least.
Some other deceptions.
Perhaps the biggest most widespread and dangerous deception is that which is adhered to by most unsaved people, but is also very widely manifest in the church. Most unsaved people believe that if there is a God He would not send them to hell, because they are basically good. Many who are not truly born again of God, but do go to church, think the same thing. Well, going to church can't save you simply because it didn't die for you!
God saves no one , neither Jew nor gentile because they are good. He only saves those that gone through the cross.
Neutrality is a curse. The agnostic believes that the truth is unknowable, so they're neutral. Many others believe that absolutes are old fashioned. Isaiah 5:20 "Cursed are those who call evil good and good evil; who put light for darkness and darkness for light...woe to those who are wise in their own eye."
Many believe that truth is not important is relative and open to interpretation. This was the very first sin recorded in the garden of Eden. Satan said to Adam "Has God said you shall not eat of every tree" In other words...question God's authority...a very stupid thing to do!
The purpose of prophecy:
The purpose of prophecy is to give us eyes to see where we are, where not to go and where we should go. It is ultimately to glorify our risen Messiah. It is hated in many circles today, simply because it is in conflict with the ways and goals of the devil and his world. He always slams and brings confusion into whatever is against him.
The prophets of old were often despised by the people back then because they warned people that they were on the wrong track. These prophets of old were often loners, spending long periods of time in the deserts, seeking the face and wisdom of God. They were granted spectacular insight into Gods plans and purposes as they separated themselves from the masses. Today Bible prophecy is more important than ever. It a lot more important that hardly anyone can imagine! Ignore Bible prophecy at your own peril.
Masses will be saved:
One of the most interesting factors relating to the soon coming of our Messiah and the surrounding events is that untold masses will turn to the Lord. The Spirit of antichrist will intensify, but at the same time the Spirit of the Lord will be poured out causing many to get saved.
Joel 3:14 "Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision, for the Day of Lord is near."
What is most important these days is to question things. Not in a big deal way, but to look for the truth. Truth can stand scrutiny without any problem. The problem is that so many just accept and receive anything and everything blindly.
Truth stands victorious:
One of the churches mentioned in the seven letters of the Revelation is without a single word of condemnation levelled against it by our Lord. It is highly favoured and commended. It is told; "Because you have kept My Word to persevere, I will keep you from the hour of tribulation coming on the whole world to test it." The church of Philadelphia is a glorious church free from deception, powerful and victorious.
Truth always leads to correct living while error always leads to wrong choices and a life set on the wrong road.
Truth is the road and path to the presence of God while error eventually leads to hell.
James 3: 17 The wisdom that is from above is pure, peaceable, gentle, yielding, full of mercy and with good fruits.
Heaven or hell:
Old man before you died you had every opportunity to make Yeshua / Jesus the Lord of your life. Did you? You know all about it now, but from your eternal home. Where are you now old man? You're not in your grave, that's just the remains of your body! If only you could speak to the living, what would you say? I wonder if it would make any difference.
Young girl, you're alive now, you have your life before you. Are you going to waste it? Heaven or hell is before you and what you do now with the salvation offered by our Messiah of Glory will determine your eternal abode! Don't gamble with eternity!
In closing here is a woodcut impression by Gustave Dore of Lucifer overlooking the Garden of Eden. It is part of a series entitled "Paradise Lost" Yes, paradise was lost as a result of deception, but what is coming will be "Paradise regained and its coming soon!(Thanks to the Adelaide University Library)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!
Edition 19 November 27th 2009
In this edition:
●History is about to repeat itself.
●Dry bones live and bring World War Three
Ezekiel's amazing prophecies: Form resurrection to nuclear war!
Before we discuss Ezekiel lets have a look at some history. Whenever there are historic patterns that repeat themselves we need to sit up and take note! History repeats itself sometimes with deadly consequences. Imagine going into war and knowing the outcome beforehand. I think that's what may be called having an unfair advantage. Except in this case it's an advantage alright and is completely fair. God's word says; "He declares the end from the beginning"
In 1948 World War Two had been finished for a short while and The League of Nations had just become the United Nations. One of its early resolutions was to give statehood to Israel. On May14 1948 the nation of Israel was born, bringing about a very important milestone in prophetic fulfilment. This infuriated the surrounding Arab nations.
1948 war of independence
24 hours after independence Israel was attacked by Arab armies much larger than their rag tag, very small army. The odds against Israel were huge to say the least. But this was the first of six wars that all ended in Israeli victory.
Now history is about to repeat itself with the most dramatic and tragic consequences the world has yet seen.
Firstly, just a word of warning. It's difficult to put a time line on prophetic events if the Bible itself doesn't. That said, the Bible does offer many indications and by applying simple logic we can see pretty clearly what fits in where. We must be clear and dogmatic on what the Bible is clear on. At the end of the day we have the Author living in our hearts and He will guide us and show us things to come.
Ezekiel sees 'dry bones' coming to life!
A sculpture of the prophet Ezekiel:
If you read the book of Ezekiel from beginning to end you'll note that it's prophecies are continuous in time following one after the next. In Ezekiel 37 we have one of the most incredible prophecies of the Bible. It is called the vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. It follows many of the prophecies of conflict with the Arab world which I've detailed in edition 16
Dry Bones is one of the most important prophecies of the spiritual new birth of the Jews at large. It is followed immediately by world war.
So, Israel's natural birth brought immediate war and now we see that Israel's spiritual new birth brings war again!
This is the amazing story of Dry Bones coming to life and then provoking the hatred of the world.
Ezekiel 37 outlines a vision given to him by God of a valley full of dry bones. God says to Ezekiel "Can these bones live?" He goes on to tell Ezekiel that He will cause breath to enter and then He will put sinews, flesh and skin on the bones. He will put breath into them and then they will "know that I am the Lord."
Ezekiel then hears the bones rattling and sees the bones coming together and as breath enters they live and stand on their feet "an exceedingly great army." Then God tells Ezekiel that these bones "are the whole house of Israel".
Verses 12 to 14 are amongst the most exciting in the Bible. "Thus says the Lord God, behold O My people, I will open your graves and cause you to come up from your graves and bring you into the land of Israel." Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves. I will put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your land, then you shall know that I the Lord have spoken and performed it."
This is one of the clearest portions of scripture of the coming salvation to the Jews at large. It is directly associated with the return to the land of Israel as well. We are now at the start of this wonderful drama as more and more Jews are beginning to see that their Messiah is Yeshua / Jesus.
The Bible declares that God will bring the Jews back into their land in spiritual blindness and will then lift the veil, so to speak, and they will see and recognise who their Lord is. We are now at this point where these things are just getting started.
Ezekiel 38 and 39 comes right after 37!
Now that's not an unusual headline, but what is unusual is the content. Dry bones (chapter 37) coming to life speaks of a re-birth and new life. Well, now as the we see the incredible new birth of Israel on a spiritual level, we again see an almost immediate attack. The war of Ezekiel 38 and 39 takes place right after dry bones live. In fact it will most probably be while 'dry bones' are coming to life. Unlike the war of independence, this time it's a world war and the indications within Ezekiel are that it will be nuclear.
The odds stacked against Israel in this war are again monumental, but again Israel is victorious in the end. She does suffer great loss in the war. Israel has had the odds stacked against it in six major wars since independence and has won each time. What this actually means is that any nation coming against Israel really has the odds stacked against it and not the other way around.
After all these Messiah-less years and all the hardship and persecution, the Jews are now ready to complete and fulfil God's original calling on them to be a blessing and to bring salvation to the nations. This really is such wonderful drama!
The Ezekiel 38 and 39 war of Gog and Magog
Ezekiel identifies a number of time factors in this prophecy:
Ezekiel 38:7 says that it will be; "after many days and in the latter years, when you are brought back...from many peoples and are gathered on the mountains of Israel." This places the war in our day.
The nations mentioned in the Ezekiel prophecy which collectively come against Israel, come form the regions indicated in the map above. The exact modern locations might be a bit different, but this isn't important. What is important and without doubt is that the leader of this war will be modern day Russia, supported by many other Islamic nations. There is one important addition: Ezekiel says "and many peoples with you." This could refer to numerous other Arab Islamic states. I have indicated them as the "others" in the map above.
In modern day terms the nations who attack Israel are Russia, Turkey, Iran, Libya, Ethiopia, and various Islamic nations south of Israel. Some historians identify Gomer with Germany. We will see once the battle gets underway won't we!
One thing that is a certainty is that this will be an incredible and large mix of nations. The majority are Islamic.
This will be the war where God uses Israel to break the back of Islam.
Jeremiah 51:20 "You (Israel) are My battle axe and weapons of war, for with you I will break in pieces the nations and with you I will destroy kingdoms."
Note that the weapons spoken of by Ezekiel like swords etc are all he knew at the time. It does prophecy no harm to apply modern weaponry if the context and time places its fulfilment in modern times.
The attacking nations run headlong into the fury of God. He uses various supernatural 'weapons' as well like giant hailstones, and a massive earthquake.
The allies of Israel are mentioned in Ezekiel 38 : 13 These are "Sheba, Dedan, the merchants of Tarshish and all their young lions." These are difficult to identify, but common interpretation says that the people of Tarshish originated from the Mediterranean sea area that is most probably around Spain today. They traded fine linen by sea with the people of what is today called Britain. The lion is a symbol of Britain and the 'young lions' would then be the main commonwealth powers.
Sheba and Dedan are now in the area of Saudi Arabia, Yemen and Kuwait. These nations may end up being allies of Israel. In fact they are kind of allies today.
This is not the war of Armageddon spoken of in The Revelation. That war is terminated by the return of our Messiah, while this one ends with Israeli victory. Armageddon is very short in time followed immediately with the commencement of the millennium. this one lasts seven years.
This war is commonly called the war of Gog and Magog. Ezekiel identifies Gog of the land of Magog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech and Tubal. Gog was the name of a prince who lived in the area today called Russia. Magog simply means the people of Gog and Rosh is current day Russia. The name Gog could also be a reference to the spiritual prince or power behind him. It is symbolic of the antichrist spirit behind the Russian leader.
The war (and any other in the Middle East) could have dramatic effects on the world economy. As much as 40% of the world's oil travels through the straights of Hormuz, which are controlled by Iran. (part of Persia in ancient times) That nation could easily cripple the world economy or do substantial damage to it by sending the oil price sky high as a result of closure.
War involving the Middle East will inevitably result in oil wars. This will be one of the factors that will cause another world economic melt down, setting the stage for the Satanic /antichrist world economy grab which will result in financial control and domination. The fact that so much of the world's oil lies in Arab / Islamic countries is not accidental. I see it like a giant play with the actors waiting in the wings, about to come onto the stage. They meet their match in the Middle East!
The language used by Ezekiel to describe aspects of this war indicate that it could be nuclear. We have not had a nuclear bomb dropped in hostile action since the close of World War Two. This will most likely be the next.
Ezekiel uses terms that imply great devastation which could be nuclear. "Fire and brimstone" and a "great shaking" are just two of them.
Military might will come from the air "like a storm covering the land, like a cloud covering the land" as well as by land and sea.
Ezekiel 39: 9 is remarkable and strange. It says that the weapons used will take seven years to destroy after the war. Verse 12 says that for "seven months the house of Israel will be burying the dead in order to cleanse the land." Verse 15 says that a "search party will mark the bones of the bodies, till the buriers come." These verses could be due to nuclear contamination.
Ezekiel 39:6 "I will send fire on Magog and those who live in security in the coastlands."
What sort of fire is this? It could be nuclear, but lets also bear in mind that God doesn't need the help of atom bombs, remember Sodom and Gomorrah!
The war of Isaiah 17 which sees the destruction of Damascus the capitol of Syria may be part of the Ezekiel war. Syria today was part of the much greater Assyria in Bible days. This Damascus war may also be nuclear. Personally I think it will be a separate war, but we will all find out soon, wont we!
We all know too well that the leader of Iran wants to wipe Israel off the map. We also know that he has nuclear aspirations. Iran will undoubtedly be one of the nations to meet its fate in Israel.
There are things in this war that we know for sure and other things that we can't be sure about.
We can't be sure about the exact timing of the war although it will most probably be just before the tribulation starts. We can't be sure if the USA will be involved, although it may classify as one of the 'young lions'. We cant be sure if it will be nuclear, although it may well be. We cant be sure who all the nations are today.
We can be absolutely sure it will be in our time. We can be sure it will involve Russia. We can be sure that it will be largely Muslim driven. We can be sure it will be one of the most devastating wars of all time. We can be sure that Israel wins and God defeats the enemies. We can be very sure that this war will confirm the spiritual rebirth of the Jews which started just before the war.
Israel's victory brings world peace:
Ezekiel 39 ends in a most wonderful way.
Verse 23 "The Gentiles shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity and because they were unfaithful to Me, therefore I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of the enemy and they fell by the sword."
Verse 25 "Now I will bring back the captives of Jacob and have mercy on the whole house of Israel.
Verse 28 "Then they shall know that I am the Lord their God...and I will not hide My face from them anymore, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Israel."
Israel's long and hard fought road to survival and victory ends in natural and spiritual victory. These things will all transpire exactly the way God has spelt it out.
In the natural or physical, God will continue to use Israel to bring about the destruction of His enemies, ultimately resulting in world peace. On the spiritual side of things, God will continue to bring salvation to His people and only when this has all happened God's way, again peace will be the result.
Its not clear exactly when this war will take place. We do know that it is the latter years. We know that it is during the period of Israel's return to the land and spiritual awakening. We know that it takes seven years to clean up and we know that it results in Israeli victory.
Gog and Magog appear again in the Revelation, but this time they are used symbolically for Armageddon. The Bible often uses types and shadows as a double reference. The Revelation uses Gog and Magog because there will be many similarities. The two wars are not one and the same though.
The Ezekiel war sorts out once and for all who owns the land of Israel, Jerusalem and all its contents.
This war brings the world's 'roadmap to peace' to an abrupt halt in the most dramatic failure of all time. It sets Israel firmly in the land and in control.
Principle of attack:
There is a well established principle and pattern that has been evident throughout the scriptures.
It is that whenever God does something that is important, Satan attacks it. Where it relates to God's choice Satan always loses in the end. Its important for us to know that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the driving Satanic, demonic forces in the background.
If the church were to come into unity in favour of God's choice in many of these issues, the outcome may have been different. But prophecy spells out the fact that much of the church will side with the devil against God.
You new -age preachers, deceived adherents to, and promoters of replacement theology in the church take note of this: God will breathe new spiritual life into the Jews, He will give them their land, all of it and He will destroy all enemies that come against His plans.
Pastors, priests and very reverends who promote replacement theology, you're working with and for the devil himself and you will lose! You're on the losing side.
Let me just add that there is no such thing as neutrality. If you say you neutral on these issues, no you're not. Our Lord says that if you're not for Me you're against Me.
The purpose of prophecy:
At the end of the day, knowledge of Bible prophecy is not designed to amuse us or give us more knowledge so that we can be informed and impress our friends. It's primary overriding purpose is to draw us, heart, mind and soul closer to our great Messiah. Knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God's prophetic Word is a very powerful tool of evangelism as well, but don't ever lose sight of the fact that it is given to us to defeat our own wisdom and replace it with the glorious wisdom of our King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Prophecy, ultimately exalts and magnifies our Lord and His ways, purpose and plans. His ways are above ours and it is us not Him who need to make the adjustments.
The reason many people don't like Bible prophecy is that they have some sort of knowledge that it will interfere with their plans and life's goal.
So many times I have heard believers say; "No one knows the time, don't you know the Bible says nobody knows the time of the coming of the Lord." This isn't actually what they mean. What they really mean is; "Don't interfere with my happy life. Everything will carry on just as normal!
2 Peter 3:3 "Know that in the last days scoffers will come, walking according to their own lusts, saying where is the promise of His coming, all things will continue as they were."
No my friends, all things will not carry on as normal. God is about to intervene in the affairs of this world like never before. Prophecy, shows us things to come, giving us the grace of being well prepared and helping others to be prepared as well. Prophecy brings us face to face with a Holy, Righteous God, no arguments allowed.
In closing: Dry bones LIVE! This is a woodcut by Gustave Dore of one of the most powerful prophetic events of our time. (Thanks to the Adelaide University Library.)
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!